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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

GreeningUSA Launches 12 Traits© Community Rating System

Beta Test and Public Comment Period in Syracuse

GreeningUSA has launched its 12 Traits© Community Rating System Beta Test Self Assessment Manual and Public Comment Period.  Read the Syracuse Post-Standard  story

The 12 Traits© is a comprehensive system to determine the overall sustainability of an existing city, town, village or county. It is the most comprehensive rating system developed for communities to measure their successes, and to make sense of how to prioritize future initiatives in their move to become truly sustainable. The City of Syracuse has signed on as the first beta tester, and the organization is currently seeking other communities, organizations and individuals to become involved in one of three ways:

1. Public Comment Period – is open until September 30, 2010. Read and review the 12 Traits© Self-Assessment manual and give us your constructive feedback.
2. Community Beta Testers - are being sought to complete the self-assessment by the end of this year.
3. Expert Virtual Committees – are being formed by those with specific expertise in any of the 12 Traits.

To download a copy of the 12 Traits© Self-Assessment Manual, please visit the GreeningUSA web site at

To become a Community Beta Tester or to volunteer to serve on an Expert Virtual Committee, please email the 12 Traits© Program Manager, Peter Arsenault, at