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Durango is a Reporting STAR Community

3-STAR Seal

Durango is a 3-STAR Certified Community!

On June 29th 2017, the City of Durango became the 3rd community in Colorado and the 61st nationwide to be recognized for sustainability leadership by achieving certification from STAR Communities.

STAR is the nation’s leading framework and certification program for evaluating local social, economic and environmental sustainability and recognizes achievements both by local government and the wider community. Sustainability means different things to different people, so STAR provides a clear, data-driven approach to assessing the community’s sustainability efforts.

Durango was awarded points in a total of 163 performance measures across STAR’s seven goal areas:

  • Built Environment
  • Climate and Energy
  • Economy and Jobs
  • Education, Arts and Community
  • Equity and Empowerment
  • Health and Safety
  • Natural Systems

The chart below shows how Durango performed across these goal areas. We also received bonus credit for Innovation and Process.

With a final score of 275.9 points, Durango far exceeded the minimum 200 points required for a 3-STAR Community Rating. 

Durango STAR Results


Some key strengths of our community highlighted in the City’s STAR application include:

  • Built Environment: Access to high quality parkland, open space and public transit contributed to a high score in the Built Environment goal area.
  • Economy & Jobs: In recent years, the economy of Durango has experienced growth. Over 1,200 new businesses were established from 2013-2015 and unemployment has also dropped over that same time period.
  • Equity & Empowerment: Childhood poverty has steadily decreased in Durango since 2012 and between 2014 and 2015 there was a 9% decrease. This progress is supported by City programs such as the Food Tax Rebate and the Utility Refund, which reduce the financial burden of basic needs.
  • Health & Safety: Durango’s access to quality parks and open spaces provide residents with diverse opportunities to be active. This led the City to score well in the Active Living objective by reporting 88% of residents as being physically active in the past month.

Over the coming months, the City will work with community partners and Durango citizens to identify priority action areas, enabling the City and others to direct resources efficiently and effectively to the greatest areas of need.

To review Durango’s STAR results and learn more about the STAR Rating System, visit the STAR Communities Website.

On July 11th 2017, the Sustainability Division provided an update on Durango’s STAR designation to Council – learn more about Durango’s STAR journey and results by viewing the presentation here.