SCAG Sustainability Awards

 

 

On May 1st, 2014, SCAG hosted the Annual Sustainability Awards at SCAG’s annual Regional Conference and General Assembly in Indian Wells. Formerly known as the Compass Blueprint Awards, the Sustainability Awards recognizes exemplary planning projects that support the core principles of mobility, livability, prosperity, and sustainability. This year, 14 public agencies and cities were honored in one of three new categories for their projects: Active Transportation, Green Region, and Integrated Planning. 

 

SCAG SUSTAINABILTY CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA

Active Transportation

  • Promotes active (bicycle and pedestrian) transportation planning.
  • Promotes physical activity, safety, education, and outreach.
  • Promotes linkages within existing active transportation and transit networks.
  • Promotes shift from cars to active transportation.

Green Region Initiative

  • Addresses climate change through GHG emission reduction of adaptation planning.
  • Preserves rural, agricultural, recreational, and environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Promotes energy and/or water efficiency and savings.
  • Ensures environmental justice regardless of race, ethnicity, or income class.
  • Promotes overall sustainability on various resource issues.

Integrated Planning

  • Integrates land use and transportation planning.
  • Promotes infill, Transit Oriented Development, and other forms of sustainable development.
  • Promotes a sustainable land use mix, including new housing.
  • Locates new housing near existing jobs and/or new jobs near existing housing.

2014 REVIEW PANELISTS

S. Gail Goldberg, FAICP – Executive Director, ULI Los Angeles

Melanie Schlotterbeck – Green Vision Project Coordinator, Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks

Stanley R. Hoffman, FAICP – President, Stanley R. Hoffman Associates, Inc.

Terry Roberts – Manager, Sustainable Communities Policy and Planning Section, California Air Resources Board

Al Zelinka, FAICP, CMSM – Director, Community Development Department, City of Riverside

Steve De George – Planning and Technology Director, Ventura County Transportation Commission

Cathy Creswell – Creswell Consulting

First/Last Mile Strategic Plan & Planning Guidelines
 
The First/Last Mile Strategic Plan & Planning Guidelines outlines a specific infrastructure improvement strategy designed to facilitate easy, safe, and efficient access to the Metro system, in line with the principles and goals of SCAG’s 2012-2035 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS). The Plan introduces a concept referred to as ‘the Pathway’, and provides direction on the layout of transit access networks and components within Metro Rail and fixed route Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station areas. These planning guidelines serve as a resource for Metro and the many public and private organizations throughout the region working to update programs, land-use plans, planning guidelines, business models, entitlement processes, and other tools that take advantage of LA County’s significant investment in the public transportation network.

 
Bike Santa Monica is a comprehensive effort of the City of Santa Monica to encourage more bicycling in the City by every possible means. It is based on a bold strategic plan: the Santa Monica Bike Action Plan (adopted November 2011), and includes programs—education, outreach, rides, classes, events, partnership, contests; facilities—bike lanes, trails, neighborhood greenways, key connections, bike boxes, signal detection, “sharrows”; and supporting facilities—Santa Monica Bike Center, Santa Monica Bike Campus, bike racks, bike rooms, and bike valet. Since the inception of Bike Santa Monica, Santa Monica has been recognized as a Bike Friendly City at the Silver Level by the League of American Bicyclists, bicycling has become the fastest growing commute mode in the City and the number of peak hour bicyclists is up 34% and the bicycle commute share is over 5%. 
 
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City of San GabrielCity of San Gabriel - Greening the Code
Excellence in Green Region
 
Greening the Code is a project conceived and executed to incorporate environmentally sustainable principles into its zoning regulations. After stakeholder interviews, community workshops and vetting by commissions and City Council, the result is 40 amendments to the code that are making it easier for San Gabriel to develop sustainably, while improving quality of life, expanding development opportunities, and reflecting the unique qualities of the community. The project demonstrates exemplary implementation of SCAG’s Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy as it makes a comprehensive, lasting and citywide change to regulations in support of the creation of walkability, bike-friendliness, transit usage, sustainable water management, more activated open spaces and the general betterment of the environment in San Gabriel.  
 
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City of Santa Ana - Triada at the Station District
Excellence in Integrated Planning
 
Triada at the Station District, a multicomponent project that provides a variety of housing types to lower-income households in Santa Ana and Orange County, is the outcome of a successful initiative to address the housing needs of a variegated community. The project enhances a strong sense of place already present in a diverse and historically-rich neighborhood anchored by the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center, along the path of the future Santa Ana-Garden Grove Fixed Guideway (light rail). Vacant lots and blighted buildings have been replaced with high-quality residences, new public spaces, resident amenities, social services, and above all, unique senses of place and security designed for large families with children and existing residents who have always been proud to call the area home. 

 
A citywide program for plazas, parklets, and bicycle corrals, People St facilitates partnerships between the community and the City of Los Angeles. People St allows community groups to reclaim and transform underutilized streets into pedestrian-oriented public spaces. All People St projects are located ‘below the curb’ on the roadbed of our city streets. This project is the culmination of many years of cooperation and collaboration between community groups, elected officials, City staff, and other non-governmental organizations to broaden capacity for innovative urban design at the neighborhood level. The program is greatly informed by six pilot projects that were installed in the city, beginning in 2011: a bicycle corral on York Boulevard in Highland Park; a pedestrian plaza on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake; and four parklets—two on Spring Street in Downtown LA, one on Huntington Drive in El Sereno, and one on York Boulevard in Highland Park. 
 
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City of San GabrielCity of Yucaipa - Historic Uptown Revitalization Program
Achievement in Active Transportation
 
The Historic Uptown Revitalization Program is often referred to as “Uptown” and is a place where people come in increasing numbers to join  in a more physically active, pedestrian-friendly shopping environment, that offers an increasing number of restaurants that promote healthy living, as well.  Two roundabouts replace formerly signalized intersections, and exhibit local public art features.   Reverse-angle parking distributes a choice of parking options.  Contributing to the ambiance, decorative street lighting with hanging flower baskets are watered with internal drip irrigation, using a weather-based irrigation controller directly connected to weather station data for daily schedule adjustments, below grade drip system to eliminate overspray and runoff, and speaker sound system for music and public address options.  These amenities support a pleasant walk through the Uptown, where commemorative bricks mark locations of some of Yucaipa’s earliest businesses and land uses.
 
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City of Oxnard-Groundwater Recovery, Enhancement and Treatment (GREAT) Program
Achievment in Green Region
 
GREAT is Oxnard’s citywide wastewater recycling program that supports planned growth and helps sustain Ventura County’s agriculture and restore the Ormand Beach wetlands. High-quality GREAT water will significantly replace imported and aquifer water supplies by replacing potable water used for irrigation and industry, directly supplying local farmers who will reduce groundwater extraction, directly supply aquifer injection wells to stop saltwater intrusion, and supply brine discharge for restored wetlands. When fully developed, GREAT will produce 21,000 AFY using energy efficient technology and solar power, help sustain the uniquely Ventura County green region, and focus future development along the GREAT backbone supply system. 
 
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City of Lynwood - City-wide Residential Design Guidelines
Achievment in Green Region
 
The City-wide Residential Design Guidelines are a comprehensive but compact fifty-page document, which provides the City's residents, developers and contractors with extensive guidance to achieve quality-based design in their new construction and remodeling/ rehabilitation projects. The Guidelines provide basic guiding principles as well as specific design criteria related to single family and multi-family structures. Of particular merit, the document was designed to promote "Safety by Design" principles and "Green Building" techniques, which aim to make the City of Lynwood's residential communities safer and greener. 
 
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Imperial County Transportation Commission - El Centro and Brawley Transit Transfer Stations
Achievment in Integrated Planning
 
The Brawley and El Centro transit stations are key locations that heavily influence current and future development patterns reducing the need for the more traditional way of transportation planning that emphasizes roadway expansion and separate land uses. The stations encourage compact, mixed-use infill development with streets designed to prioritize transit, walking and bicycling which prove to meet multiple quality of life objectives and are part of a suite of critical strategies to reduce transportation emissions, waste, noise and improve public health through more active lifestyles. These intermodal facilities will assist our continued growth of the regional transit system; reduce roadway congestion; and promote non-motorized accessibility and revitalization to our downtown districts.
 
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San Bernardino Associated Governments & County of San Bernardino - Countywide Vision
Achievment in Integrated Planning
 
The Countywide Vision was developed out of input and discussion from 22 single issue focus groups, 18 community meetings, and 3,656 responses from an online survey. The Vision was then adopted by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Board of Directors, and each of the 24 cities and towns in San Bernardino County. The Countywide Vision is a destination established by our residents, employers, educators, government officials and community and faith-based organizations. The groups came together to decide on a set of shared goals and ideas to make San Bernardino County a “complete county” where people can prosper and achieve well-being.

Active Transportation
City of Bellflower - West Branch Greenway Multi-Modal Transportation Corridor

The West Branch Greenway Multi-Modal Transportation Corridor is a 2.4 mile-long trail that runs through Bellflower’s downtown, parks, and cultural attractions. Built in 2010, the West Branch Greenway provides a peaceful community resource for exercise, bicycling, or a stroll downtown along with offering an alternative path to commute to work.

Green Region
Western Riverside Council of Governments | CAPtivate Western Riverside County

CAPtivate Western Riverside County is the first multi-jurisdictional climate action/adaptation plan. This program addresses the overall GHG emissions in the WRCOG subregion by preparing inventories and forecasts, identifying subregional GHG reduction targets, and developing GHG reduction measures/strategies in energy, transportation and land use, solid waste and water sectors to achieve subregional targets.

Integrated Planning
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) & Raimi + Associates - Orange Line BRT Sustainable Corridor Implementation Plan

The Orange Line BRT Sustainable Corridor Implementation Plan examined how transit-oriented development could occur at each of the 14 stations along the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit line. The plan focused on advancing smart growth and sustainable development through a variety of strategies, including redesigning older neighborhoods and adding transit-oriented development (with a targeted focus on stations with the most development capacity), improving bicycle infrastructure and pedestrian facilities within each station area, providing connecting transit service, and expanding opportunities for affordable housing.

Integrated Planning
City of Huntington Beach - Beach and Edinger Corridor Specific Plan

The Beach and Edinger Corridor Specific Plan serves as the framework for enhancing the economic performance, functionality and beauty of Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue. This plan embraces environmental sustainability through Smart Growth design principles and requires all projects to incorporate sustainable practices in order to develop a walkable, environmentally-friendly residential community.  

SCAG would like to recognize these organizations for their continued support of achieving the goals and benefits of the 2012-2035 RTP/SCS:

  • City of Anaheim
  • City of Artesia
  • City of Bellflower
  • Caltrans
  • Cathedral City
  • City of Costa Mesa
  • City of Duarte
  • City of Long Beach
  • Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA)
  • Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)
  • City of Pasadena
  • City of Perris
  • City of Pico Rivera
  • City of Rancho Cucamonga
  • City of Thousand Oaks
  • City of Tustin
  • City of Wildomar