Wichita has been recognized for playing a leading role in a collaborative effort to create a more sustainable and livable community. The official announcement was made during Mayor Jeff Longwell’s media briefing.
Receiving a 3-STAR Community Rating for sustainability leadership from STAR Communities, Wichita is the 41st city in the nation and the first city in Kansas to receive this distinction. STAR Communities is a national organization that evaluates the sustainability and livability of communities. This evaluation is completed by using a robust rating system to track each community’s progress over seven sustainability objectives: arts and community; built environment; climate and energy; economy and jobs; education, equity and empowerment; health and safety; and natural systems. The framework of the company highlights 500+ outcome and action measures, 44 objectives and seven community goals.
“Wichita is making great strides toward addressing key areas crucial for our city’s growth and future success,” said Wichita city Council Member Janet Miller, filling in for the Mayor. “We are pleased with our three-star rating and plan to continue the collaborative work of fostering a high quality of life for all in our community.”
City officials in Wichita worked with several civic partners over the past year to achieve the 3-STAR rating. The Workforce Alliance, United Way, Bike-Walk Wichita, and many others were involved in this achievement.
“Sustainable cities provide a healthy environment, support a strong economy and continually improve the well-being of the community,” said Hilari Varnadore, Executive Director of STAR Communities.
The STAR Community Rating System is used by nearly 100 communities, and offers certificates in three levels which range from 3-STAR to 5-STAR.