STAR Communities certifies communities that are leaders in local sustainability.
STAR Communities certifies sustainable communities through the STAR Community Rating System, which assesses economic, environmental, and social performance measures. The eight categories are Built Environment; Climate and Energy; Economy and Jobs; Education, Arts and Community; Equity and Empowerment; Health and Safety; Natural Systems; and Innovation and Process. Three certification levels are possible: 3-STAR, 4-STAR, and 5-STAR Community designations. The City of Plano became a 4-STAR Certified Community in May 2015.