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Hilari Varnadore

Director, LEED for Cities & Communities

U.S. Green Building Council STAR Communities


Hilari Varnadore is a systems-thinker focused on resilience and sustainability at the community-scale. She led the development and deployment of the first framework and certification program for local sustainability in the US, the STAR Community Rating System. Hilari currently serves as Director for LEED for Cities and Communities at USGBC. She previously administered STAR Communities as its executive/founding director. She is invested in helping cities use data to drive decision making, investments and community improvements. Hilari has more than two decades of experience in public administration and nonprofit leadership. She has served as a chief sustainability officer and principal planner (county government) and led two nonprofit organizations as CEO. Varnadore holds a Master’s of Arts degree from Northern Arizona University in Geography with an emphasis in Community Planning and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Unity College of Maine in Environmental Policy. She serves on the board of the Emerald Cities Collaborative and is a Girl Scout troop leader.

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