Green Star® Communities Program
The Green Star® Communities program supports Alaska communities that wish to practice waste reduction, energy conservation, and pollution prevention. Communities that meet the Green Star® Community Standards are recognized for their accomplishments. This program is possible thanks to support of the USDA Rural Development Program.
Green Star® Provides Recognition
Through the original Green Star® program, it was found that businesses that are environmentally responsible also have a stronger bottom line. These same principles apply to communities where their water, wastewater, solid waste, and energy utilities are maintained and managed with best available practices. Examining a community's utility and waste management infrastructure, can result in significant financial savings and environmental benefits.
Today, Green Star® continues its EPA award-winning program now expanded to recognize communities that voluntarily meet and exceed Green Star’s standards of environmental responsibility. When these standards have been met, their community receives their Green Star® community award.
2017 Green Star® Community Enrollees
The Green Star® Communities Program seeks to improve landfill operations, reduce solid waste disposal, improve energy conservation, reduce wastewater generation, and improve drinking water management in rural Alaska through technical assistance and by recognizing the positive improvements to human and environmental health efforts of communities and their members. Sustainable solutions are realized by approaching waste and resource management with an integrated community-focused approach, and the Green Star® Award provides affirmative public recognition for achievements.
Funding support from USDA Rural Development provides the resources for the Alaska Forum to conduct community assessments, facilitate identification of priority issues, and provide technical assistance and training. This program supports many facets of a village's infrastructure and provides benefits to landfill operators, community environmental personnel, and city and tribal governments throughout rural Alaska.
Villages enrolled in the 2017/18 Green Star® Community program are:
- Lower Kalskag
- Stony River
- Upper Kalskag
The Program provides an initial on-site community assessment to identify existing service gaps necessary for sustainable waste and resource management improvements. The assessment is a community-wide review of local utility infrastructure and waste management services and provides information for the community to identify priority needs for improvement and specific action items. General information, training, and technical assistance is delivered onsite during the assessment and covers the following topics: Landfill management and operator training, household hazardous waste (HHW) management and reduction, energy conservation, waste stream evaluation, and water and waste water management. Information and materials are designed to engage both decision-makers and the community by providing practical, local, and sustainable solutions to many environmental and solid waste issues adjusted to address problems specific to each community's situation. Follow-up and technical support by Green Star® staff enable the community to develop a work plan to resolve issues in the village and progress towards earning their Green Star® Award.
Is Your Community Interested In Becoming Green Star® Certified?
Currently we are working on a group of selected communities throughout Alaska. We would happily add your community to our list! Please contact Sarah Ingram, firstname.lastname@example.org, (907) 331-0271 ext 4. If you have been invited as one of our target area communities, you can enroll in the Green Star® Communities Program to choose your membership options.