Hilari Varnadore

Executive Director at STAR Communities

Hilari Varnadore is a systems-thinker focused on resilience and sustainability at the community-scale. She led the development and release of the nation’s first framework and certification program for local sustainability, the STAR Community Rating System. Hilari currently serves as the Executive Director for STAR Communities and is invested in local government adoption of sustainability measures that bring positive impact and change to the communities they serve. Hilari has two decades of experience in local government and nonprofit work. She was the first sustainability director for Frederick County, MD, where she established the Office of Sustainability, organized the sustainability commission and internal action team, and implemented new programs and policies related to transportation, green building, and climate and energy. Prior to that, she was a principal planner for local government, providing land use, environmental and municipal planning services. 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.

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