Davenport recognized for sustainability achievement

Posted Online: Aug. 13, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Press release submitted by city of Davenport

Davenport becomes Iowa's Only & Midwest's Largest '4‐STAR Community'

Mayor Gluba announced that Davenport has become the sixth community in the nation to receive a 4‐STAR Community Rating for its achievement in environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
"The City of Davenport and its many community partners are clearly doing great work to safeguard and enhance the lives of current residents while preparing to meet the needs of future generations," said Hilari Varnadore, STAR Communities' executive director. "The people of Davenport should be very proud of this accomplishment."
STAR Communities, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., administers a rating system with a comprehensive set of community metrics that cities, towns, and counties can use to measure performance across diverse areas, including "Built Environment," "Health & Safety," and "Education, Arts & Community." The voluntary program helps communities assess current conditions and find solutions to address current and emerging challenges. At the same time, STAR's rigorous certification program showcases communities that are leading the way, encouraging local accountability and driving continuous improvement.
More than 75 communities in 33 states and Canada are currently using the rating system. Davenport is only the sixth community in the U.S. to become a 4‐STAR Community, along with Tacoma, Washington; Broward County, Florida; Austin, Texas; Evanston, Illinois; and Tucson, Arizona. To date, the only 5‐STAR Community is Northampton, Massachusetts.
Mayor Gluba said "This national recognition reinforces what we all know; Davenport is a great city to live, work, retire, recreate, and invest in. Davenport is a national leader in innovation, livability and sustainability, and this recognition reinforces our leadership. I can't thank our staff and our community partners enough for all their hard work to make Davenport such a wonderful place."
Davenport achieved perfect scores in Arts and Culture, Civil and Human Rights and Outdoor Air Quality. Near perfect scores were achieved in Green Infrastructure, Hazard City of Davenport
Mitigation and Public Spaces. Davenport also excelled in Community Water Systems, Community Cohesion, Civic Engagement and Safe Communities and scored highly in Innovation. All totaled, Davenport received 439.1 points, doubling Des Moines' score.
Davenport now leads the entire Midwest as its largest 4‐STAR city.
Davenport is one of 31 local governments selected to participate in a year‐long pilot program of the rating system. Other Iowa communities involved with STAR include Des Moines, Dubuque, and Charles City. Des Moines became a 3‐STAR Community earlierthis year, with 219 points.
Recognition as the largest 4‐STAR city in the Midwest adds to a series of state and national awards for Davenport. Davenport has been recognized as the most livable small city in the U.S. by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and is also Iowa's largest "Great Place". The City was awarded the "Program Excellence Award" for sustainability by the International City / County Management Association in 2008. In 2010, Davenport became the first city in America with accredited police, fire, public works, parks and library departments while in 2013 it was named a Top Ten Digital City and received a "Sunny" award for transparency.
To view Davenport's full report, go to http://www.starcommunities.org/communities/19‐davenport‐iowa
To view the full list of communities involved, go to www.STARcommunities.org/communities.
STAR Communities advances a national framework for sustainable communities through the delivery of standards and tools built by and for local governments and the communities they serve. The organization administers the STAR Community Rating System, the nation's first framework and certification program for local sustainability.
For more information, visit www.STARcommunities.org. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @STARCommRating.


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