Gold Star Standards Technical Assistance

The Gold Star Standards provide performance standards and guidelines for action that correspond to Sustainable Jersey's best, evolving, understanding of what is a fair and feasible share of the effort to expect from each borough, town and city. If all municipalities achieved the Gold Star Standard, then collectively municipalities would be doing their part to achieve a sustainable future; and the impact would register at the state level. Over time the indicators we track in the Sustainable State of the State Report would demonstrate substantial and continuing progress towards our sustainability goals.

The Gold Star Standards in Energy and Waste were developed from two perspectives: (1) top-down, by setting target rates of improvement, and (2) bottom-up, by identifying practical municipal strategies that add up to meeting those targets. Each standard includes two major components:

1. The specific Gold Star actions which set the target rates of improvement in the key performance standards.

2. Successful completion of certain existing municipal certification program actions at the Gold Star Standard level.

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. 

NOTE: Since the Gold Star Standards are new and performance oriented, Sustainable Jersey anticipates providing flexibility to municipalities in how they achieve and document meeting them. In particular, the specific slates of base actions may be altered if there are other means of showing progress that is commensurate to the levels of performance described in the Gold Star Actions. Sustainable Jersey staff is eager to work closely with municipalities interested applying for the Gold Stars. Green teams interested in pursuing a Gold Star in Energy or Waste should reach out to the Sustainable Jersey staff listed below.

Sustainable Jersey Contacts

Energy: Nancy Quirk, Energy Program Manager, 609-771-2902,

Waste: Samantha McGraw, Program Manager, 609-771-2938,