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.
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).
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.
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.