Gold Star Standards

A new level of recognition for Sustainable Jersey silver certified communities.

Silver certified municipalities are eligible to earn Gold Star recognition for achieving high levels of performance in key dimensions of sustainability. The levels of performance flow from our assessment of what we need to achieve as individual communities, and as a State, as defined in the Sustainable State of the State Report. Achieving these goals will rely on action at many scales and across boundaries, and the Gold Star Standards define the role that municipal governments must play to achieve success. 

Gold Stars will be awarded one dimension of sustainability at a time. The first Sustainable Jersey Gold Star Standards focus on Energy and Waste. Energy and Waste are fundamental dimensions of sustainability for which there are widely accepted metrics of performance supported by readily available quantitative data. Over time, new Gold Star Standards in additional dimensions will be developed and released.

See the overview of the Gold Star Standard in Energy and the Gold Star Standard in Waste for more details regarding the components of each standard.

  • Energy

    • Action details Community-Wide Emissions

      Mandatory
      • At least one school in your district is working on this action. Changes to this action taken at the district level will override the school-level activity. Please consult with your schools prior to making any modification at the district level.
    • Action details Municipal Operations

      Mandatory
      • At least one school in your district is working on this action. Changes to this action taken at the district level will override the school-level activity. Please consult with your schools prior to making any modification at the district level.

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  • Waste

    • Action details Achieve Target Recycling Rate

      Mandatory
      • At least one school in your district is working on this action. Changes to this action taken at the district level will override the school-level activity. Please consult with your schools prior to making any modification at the district level.
    • Action details Reduce Solid Waste

      Mandatory
      • At least one school in your district is working on this action. Changes to this action taken at the district level will override the school-level activity. Please consult with your schools prior to making any modification at the district level.

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