SCAG Sustainability Awards

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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is committed to highlighting excellent planning efforts from local agencies in sustainability. These projects are integral to carrying out the goals and policies of the 2016 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS), and they promote a cleaner, healthier, and happier Southern California. Each year, SCAG honors projects that best exemplify the core principles of sustainability with awards at the annual Regional Conference and 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 located within the six-county SCAG region, including local governments, non-profits, developers, and others. Eligible submittals include plans, projects, and programs completed or adopted after January 1, 2014 and prior to December 20th, 2017. Along with the awards ceremony, videos of winning projects will be presented at SCAG’s 53rd Regional Conference and General Assembly at the Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort and Spa on May 3-4, 2018.

Click here to download instructions and the submission packet.


SCAG accepts nominations in six categories: Active Transportation, Against All Odds, Collaborative Partnership, Green Region Initiative, Healthy and Safe Communities, and Integrated Planning.

Active Transportation

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

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.

Green Region Initiative

Honors a project or plan that addresses climate change through greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction or 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.

Healthy & 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 cleaning up 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.

Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) | Foothill South Settlement Agreement | Watch Video

Click image to watch the Foothill South Settlement Agreement VideoFor the past 20 years, TCA has been attempting to gain approvals for the southern extension of State Route 241. TCA’s Settlement Agreement with opponents was a breakthrough, and represents a responsible and practical approach to working with environmental communities on providing solutions to mobility issues while preserving valued environmental areas and resources.

UCLA Department of Transportation | UCLA BruinBikeSmart | Watch Video

Click image to watch the UCLA BruinBikeSmart VideoUCLA BruinBikeSmart is a safety and education program that allows cyclists who received a moving violation citation to have their citation dismissed by completing an online interactive bike safety course and paying an administrative course fee. This project is the first of its kind for Los Angeles County and required significant coordination between UCLA Transportation, the UCLA Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

City of San Bernardino | Waterman + Baseline Neighborhood Specific Plan | Watch Video

Click image to watch the Waterman + Baseline Neighborhood Specific Plan VideoThis Specific Plan provides comprehensive and multi-faceted strategies for revitalization of the neighborhoods surrounding the intersection of Waterman Avenue and Baseline Street. The plan establishes a long term vision for the area accommodating the addition of 1,200,000 square feet of new employment and commercial uses and 2,400 new housing units.

Imperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC) | Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Access Study for the California/Baja California Land Ports of Entry | Watch Video

Click image to watch the Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Access Study for the California/Baja California Land Ports of Entry VideoThis is the first ever border infrastructure study focused on improving a border crossing for pedestrians and cyclists. The study resulted in 102 recommended binational projects and policies including 34 pedestrian projects, 37 bicycle projects, 12 transit projects and 7 policies.

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation | Los Angeles County Master Plan for Sustainable Parks and Recreation: Phase I | Watch Video

Click image to watch the Los Angeles County Master Plan for Sustainable Parks and Recreation: Phase I VideoThis project plans for the following six unincorporated, park‐poor communities: East Los Angeles, East Rancho Dominguez, Lennox, Walnut Park, West Athens‐Westmont and Willowbrook. Each plan is individualized to analyze and address the unique needs of each of the six communities. The plan lays out a green space vision with an innovative design approach that includes new parks, parklets, fitness nodes and expanded walking paths.

City of Lynwood | Lynwood Safe and Healthy Communities Element |Watch Video

Click image to watch the Lynwood Safe and Healthy Communities Element VideoThe Lynwood Safe and Healthy Communities Element addresses both community health and public safety. It is the first adopted General Plan Element in California to combine the required Safety Element with the optional Health Element. The element includes policies related to re-entry and community violence in addition to the traditional General Plan safety topics.

City of Long Beach | Midtown Specific Plan | Watch Video

Click image to watch the Midtown Specific Plan VideoThis project plans for transit oriented development along the Long Beach Boulevard corridor in order to promote economic development, housing production, transit use and active transportation. The plan is built upon five identified guiding principles: Enhanced mobility and complete streets, safety and wellness, a sustainable future, supporting urban amenities, and working with and for the community. The Specific Plan originated from a SCAG Compass Blueprint Grant.