SCAG Sustainability Awards

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One of the highlights of the annual Regional Conference and General Assembly is the presentation of the 2018 SCAG Sustainability Awards, which honor projects in the region that best exemplify the core principles of sustainability from local governments, non-profits, developers and partnerships. The Sustainability Awards recognize projects that best coordinate land use and transportation to improve the mobility, livability, prosperity and health of Southern California.

The following projects were honored at the Sustainability Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 3:

City of Long Beach | 2017 Bicycle Master Plan, Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX3) & Willow Springs Wetland Restoration Project | Watch Video

Click image to watch the 2017 Bicycle Master Plan, Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX3) & Willow Springs Wetland Restoration Project VideoThis year’s award for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability recognizes the City of Long Beach for their overall excellence in two distinct plans and one project. Combined, these three efforts demonstrate the City of Long Beach’s holistic approach to sustainability that includes improvements in mobility, public health and natural lands restoration.

City of Cathedral City & SCRAP Gallery | Cycle Cathedral City Bicycle Outreach and Education Program | Watch Video

Click image to watch the Cycle Cathedral City Bicycle Outreach and Education Program VideoThe purpose of Cycle Cathedral City is to educate and empower while promoting bicycle use. By providing a year-round series of projects and events, the program encourages residents to to use more active transportation fortheir health and environment. Goals set for the program are to encourage biking, provide opportunities for students and residents to get more exercise, recycle donated and salvaged bikes and encourage community and student leaders to make sustainability a priority.

City of San Fernando | Corridors Specific Plan | Watch Video

Click image to watch the Corridors Specific Plan VideoThe Corridors Specific Plan fosters sustainable development patterns, encourages public transit and walking and biking within the downtown area and the surrounding neighborhood. San Fernando overcame multiple challenges in reaching successful adoption of the Plan including community push-back, budgetary constraints, a staffing shortage, regulatory constraints and difficulties that come with being an economically-disadvantaged community.

Cities of Arcadia, Azusa, Duarte, Irwindale, Monrovia, San Marino, South Pasadena and LA Metro | 626 Golden Streets | Watch Video

Click image to watch the 626 Golden Streets VideoModeled after the thousands of "ciclovia" events that have been staged in cities around the world, 626 Golden Streets temporarily closed off stretches of roadway from South Pasadena to Azusa for people to walk, jog, skate, bike, run and play. Over 18 miles of streets, linking 6 Metro Gold Line stations, were made car-free on March 5, 2017. Eight San Gabriel Valley communities participated in the event, which was held on the one-year anniversary of the Foothill Gold Line Phase 2A Azusa extension opening.

City of Rancho Cucamonga | Rancho Cucamonga Sustainable Community Action Plan | Watch Video

Click image to watch the Rancho Cucamonga Sustainable Community Action Plan VideoThe Sustainable Community Action Plan is a unique triple-bottom line approach to drive comprehensive sustainable change across not only Rancho Cucamonga’s environment but also its economy and community health and equity. Five key areas that the plan targets include energy and water efficiency, land use and open space, transportation and mobility, community health and environmental equity.

City of Perris | Live Well Perris | Watch Video

Click image to watch the Live Well Perris VideoAdopted in concurrence with the General Plan Healthy Community Element, Live Well Perris is a campaign to provide opportunities and create initiatives that provide citizens a platform to live a healthier, active lifestyle. Activities have included urban farming, free workout sessions, sports clinics for children, city-wide health fairs, hikes, yoga and a farmers market.

City of Hermosa Beach | PLAN Hermosa | Watch Video

Click image to watch the PLAN Hermosa VideoA combination of the city’s two key planning documents, the General Plan and the Local Coastal Program, PLAN Hermosa raises the bar for General Plan updates in Southern California by addressing new and critical topics like climate change and sea level rise. Using diverse outreach methods, PLAN Hermosa thoughtfully engaged the community and set a consistent graphic style and tone that contributes to the long-term utility of the document.