SCAG Sustainability Awards

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2017 SCAG SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS DUE JANUARY 23rd, 2017

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is committed to highlighting innovative and outstanding planning efforts from local agencies in sustainability. These projects are the integral to carrying out the goals and policies of the 2016 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS), and promote a cleaner and healthier Southern California. Each year, SCAG honors projects that best exemplify the core principles of sustainability with awards at the Annual Regional Conference & General Assembly.

SCAG is now accepting nominations for projects that coordinate land use and transportation actions to improve the mobility, livability, prosperity and sustainability of our region. More information about the types of projects that SCAG is looking for can be found below. The SCAG Sustainability Awards Program is open to all parties, including local governments, non-profits, developers and others. Eligible submittals include plans, projects and programs completed or adopted after January 1, 2013 and prior to December 20th, 2016. Along with the awards ceremony, videos of winning projects will be presented at the 2017 Regional Conference and General Assembly at the JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert on May 4-5.

Click here to download instructions and the submission packet.

AWARD CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA

SCAG is proud to announce three new award categories: Against All Odds, Collaborative Partnership and Healthy and Safe Communities in addition to Active Transportation, Green Region Initiative and Integrated Planning.

Against all Odds

Honors a sustainability planning effort completed by a public agency, jurisdiction, or community despite facing exceptional challenges and obstacles to success. Challenges include, but are not limited to, funding constraints, lack of capacity and regulatory issues. Extra consideration will be given to projects that benefit disadvantaged communities.

Collaborative Partnership

Honors a project that was completed as a partnership between two public entities or between a public entity and a private/non-profit organization. The Collaborative Partnership award serves to recognize stewards of sustainability who have worked together on a specific project or plan that improves the environment and quality of life within the SCAG region.

Healthy and Safe Communities

Honors a project or plan focused on public health and/or safety. Examples include, but are not limited to, plans that improve local air quality, access to healthy foods, traffic safety, physical activity and contaminated industrial sites (i.e., brownfields).

Integrated Planning

Honors a project or plan that is focused on the integration of land use and transportation planning. Submissions should identify how the project promotes infill, Transit Oriented Development, job and housing balance and other sustainable land use mixes.

Green Region Initiative

Honors a project or plan that addresses climate change through GHG emission reduction of adaptation planning. This includes projects that preserve rural, agricultural, recreational, and environmentally sensitive areas; promote energy and/or water efficiency and savings; ensure environmental justice regardless of race, ethnicity, or income class; and/or promotes overall sustainability on various resource issues.

Active Transportation

Honors a project or plan that promotes active (bicycle and pedestrian) transportation planning. Submissions could include projects that promotes physical activity, safety, education, and outreach; establish linkages within existing active transportation and transit networks; and encourage shift from cars to active transportation.

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City of Los Angeles – Sustainable City pLAn

The SCAG Sustainability Awards’ highest honor this year goes to the City of Los Angeles for their “Sustainability pLAn,” an ambitious, comprehensive and actionable policy roadmap to prepare the city of Los Angeles for an environmentally healthy, economically prosperous, equitable future.

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EXCELLENCE IN ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
City of Santa Monica – Breeze Bike Share

The Breeze Bike Share Program is a network of 500 public bicycles at 75 stations throughout Santa Monica that offers flexibility for one-way bike rides to get around town in a fun, healthy and environmentally-friendly way.

 


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EXCELLENCE IN GREEN REGION INITIATIVE
Antelope Valley Transit Authority – Antelope Valley Electric Bus Fleet

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority has made a commitment to convert to a 100 percent Electric Bus Fleet, which will make it the first all-electric public transit fleet in the country.

 


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EXCELLENCE IN INTEGRATED LAND USE & TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
County of Ventura – Update to Saticoy Area Plan

The updated Saticoy Area Plan, sets the stage for future reinvestment in Saticoy through improved land use and circulation patterns as well as increased opportunities for employment and affordable housing.

ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
City of Redondo Beach – Herondo Street / Harbor Drive Gateway Park and Cycle Track

The Harbor Drive Gateway Park and Cycle Track is a street redesign that improves accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians and provides a key link between the Hermosa Beach “Strand” and Redondo Beach’s Marina District.

ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
San Bernardino Associated Governments – Metrolink and BRT Station Accessibility Project

The Metrolink and BRT Station Accessibility Project will bring over 70 miles of high priority bicycle corridors, nearly 50 new or improved pedestrian crosswalks, and over 23 miles of upgraded ADA-compliant sidewalks to increase the accessibility and safety of transit stations in the San Bernardino area.

ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
California Department of Transportation & Imperial County Transportation Commission – Quechan Crossing

The Quechan Crossing project provides infrastructure improvements to one of the busiest ports-of-entry in the nation for pedestrian crossings and better accommodations for the high volume of elderly and disabled pedestrians.

ACHIEVEMENT IN GREEN REGION INITIATIVE
City of Riverside – Riverside Restorative Growthprint: Economic Prosperity Action Plan & Climate Action Plan

The Restorative Growthprint is a comprehensive plan that combines the city’s Climate Action Plan with a companion Economic Prosperity Action Plan for boosting low-carbon economic growth through investment in urban infrastructure, urban mobility systems, public-private partnerships and entrepreneurship.

ACHIEVEMENT IN INTEGRATED LAND USE & TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
City of Santa Ana – Depot at Santiago

The Depot at Santiago is a transit-oriented mixed-use development that provides quality workforce housing and catalyzes future urban development in its surrounding vicinity.

ACHIEVEMENT IN INTEGRATED LAND USE & TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
Western Riverside Council of Governments – Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee Program (TUMF)

The Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee Program implements a fee on new development projects that mitigates the impact of new growth on the area’s transportation infrastructure, while incentivizing mixed-use and transit-oriented development.