Green Star Award Standards

Your organization must complete all ten Standards listed below to achieve the Green Star Award. This is only a summary of the Standards. For more details of the specific activities, please download the Standards Achievement Report (Word document).

Green Star Standard #1: Sign the Green Star Agreement, committing your organization to the Green Star Award process.

Acquire a commitment from an owner or manager in the form of a signed Green Star Agreement (Word document).

Green Star Standard #2: Implement internal initiatives that emphasize Green Star activities.

Implement internal Outreach/Education activities as well as Training/Incentive activities.

Green Star Standard #3: Reduce solid waste disposal.

Implement activities within several areas that affect solid waste generation and disposal, including Alter Purchasing Habits, Practice Waste Prevention, and Implement a Recycling Program.

Green Star Standard #4: Reduce energy and water consumption.

Implement activities in several categories including Lighting; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning; Building Envelope; General Electrical/Maintenance; and Water Use.

Green Star Standard #5: Reduce the use and improve management of hazardous materials and wastes.

This includes implementing activities that will reduce the use of toxics and manage toxics properly.

Green Star Standard #6: Encourage the use of alternative transportation.

Alternate means of transportation include using public transportation, van/carpooling, bicycling, skiing and walking. Since vehicle emissions are the major source of air pollutants in Anchorage and a large contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, this is one of the best ways to have a big impact on air quality. Added benefits include reduced parking problems, traffic hassles and stress, as well as improved employee health. 

Green Star Standard #7: Reduce vehicle-related pollution.

Sometimes you just need to use your car. But there are lots of ways to lessen your driving impact. This includes using engine block heaters to reduce start-up emissions, keeping your vehicle maintained, and allowing employeed to work flexible hours to reduce rush hour traffice and related pollution.

Green Star Standard #8: Reach out to the community about your Green Star efforts.

Consider opportunities to educate the public or your customers about your activities; participate in other Green Star activities, such as Electronics Recycling or Green Events; recruit a new Green Star member, or sponsor a Green Star program.

Green Star Standard #9: Provide measures of your success.

Identify and document two initiatives underway at your facility. Baseline data and measures of the changes are important parts of Green Star's program.

Green Star Standard #10: Identify future goals to ensure program momentum.

Continuing your Green Star program ensures that continual improvements are made. Your future goals will be revisited every two years on your Green Star Recertification Form.