2020 SCAG Sustainability Awards

Overview
2020 Sustainability AwardsAnnouncing the 2020 Sustainability Awards Winners

SCAG received a record number of applications this year for the Sustainability Awards. The high quality and volume of applications made the task of selecting the projects most worthy of recognition a difficult choice for our panel of expert jurors. After deliberation, SCAG has selected six projects across the region to honor with Sustainability Awards and five projects to honor with Awards of Merit.

2020 Sustainability Awards Honorees
2020 Awards of Merit
  • Active, Healthy and Safe Communities:
    Meet on Beach, a Go Human active streets event coordinated between seven Orange County cities
  • Clean Cities – Alternative Fuels and Infrastructure:
    The City of West Hollywood for the EV Charge Up West Hollywood Program
  • Efficient and Sustainable Land Use:
    The City of Los Angeles for its Modernizing Transportation Analysis Program
  • Housing Innovation:
    The City of Los Angeles for its Transit Oriented Communities Incentive Program
  • Green Region – Resource Conservation and Climate Action:
    The City of Monrovia for its Community Garden Pilot Program
Award Details

The Sustainability Awards recognize excellence in coordinating land use and transportation to improve mobility, livability, prosperity and sustainability. Due to the cancelation of SCAG’s 2020 Regional Conference and General Assembly, the Sustainability Award winners will unfortunately not be honored at a formal ceremony, but videos for the Sustainability Award winners can be viewed below.​

We at SCAG would like to express our gratitude to all the organizations that applied to the Sustainability Awards this year and who are working to make the region a better place. We would also like to thank our nine jurors from across the region for lending their expertise in a range of planning and sustainability disciplines.

2020

Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability

Cities of Claremont and Pomona | CHERP-Locally Grown Power | Watch Video

The mission of CHERP-Locally Grown Power is to make solar power available to households forced to make choices as stark as between paying the electric bill or buying medicine. Currently, the federal government picks up 26 percent of the cost of residential solar. However, these subsidies flow almost exclusively to wealthy households, leaving solar power unaffordable for those who struggle hardest to keep the lights on. When CHERP set out to address the challenges with the prevailing model for commercial solar to meet the needs of low-income communities, they knew it wouldn’t be easy. Yet, CHERP has been licensed two award-winning patents that allow them to radically simplify the manufacturing of solar panels. By coupling this innovation with a non-profit business strategy, they aim to make solar a vehicle of carbon mitigation, job creation, local economic stimulus, and environmental justice.

CHERP is outfitting the nation’s first non-profit solar panel factory, located in one of California’s most economically disadvantaged and environmentally burdened communities. The Pomona pilot factory will be producing the world’s most technologically advanced solar panels in 2020. The model for distributed manufacturing is replicable and meant for the widest application possible, in disadvantaged communities across Southern California.

Active, Healthy and Safe Communities

City of Burbank | Burbank Channel Bikeway | Watch Video

Burbank believes in working with all its residents together to create a safe, beautiful, and thriving community. One important way the City embodies this mission is to connect their neighborhoods with active and safe “8-to-80” multi-modal transportation projects that allow all residents to travel safely, comfortably, and conveniently. Recognizing the many benefits of a bicycle-friendly community, Burbank has continued its mission to promote healthy eco-friendly transportation options with the Burbank Channel Bikeway project.

The Burbank Channel Bikeway project runs one mile along a tributary of the Los Angeles River called the Burbank-Western Flood Control Channel between the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station and Victory Boulevard. Once completed, the bikeway will connect the highly trafficked Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station to Alameda Avenue. This Bikeway expansion increases the City’s 8-to-80 bike path network that is instrumental in creating a safe and enjoyable system for all types of riders and pedestrians, while continuing to reduce the circulation demands of busy streets.

Clean Cities – Alternative Fuels and Infrastructure

San Bernardino County Transportation Authority | Zero-emission Multiple Unit Initiative | Watch Video

The zero-emission multiple unit (ZEMU) Initiative came to fruition through SBCTA’s dedication to expand multimodal opportunities while also recognizing the need to innovate cost effective solutions and maximize environmental benefits. San Bernardino County is home to some of the most severe air quality in California and the country. As such, SBCTA works persistently on fulfilling state, regional, and agency goals related to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation network and improving the quality of life for our residents. In order to achieve these goals, SBCTA has been in the forefront of developing innovative transportation projects that will significantly improve air quality in the region.

SBCTA’s Redlands Passenger Rail Project, now in construction, will simultaneously expand the regional rail network serving Southern California, move single occupancy vehicles off the congested Interstate 10, and reduce GHG emissions by developing and deploying the nation’s first ZEMU passenger rail vehicle as part of the future Arrow hybrid-rail service. After careful evaluation of appropriate technologies for the corridor, it was determined that hybrid battery-hydrogen powered vehicles would be the most feasible technology for further reducing emissions and for also having the flexibility to expand service beyond the 9-mile corridor and into Los Angeles Union Station. This allows for a longer range, reduced idle times, and for the ability to capture regenerative braking energy.

Efficient and Sustainable Land Use

City of Long Beach | General Plan Land Use Element Update | Watch Video

After more than 10 years of effort and more than 170 community engagement opportunities, an update to the City of Long Beach’s General Plan Land Use Element (LUE) was adopted by the City Council on December 3, 2019. Building upon the City’s award-winning Mobility Element, the updated LUE promotes infill, transit-oriented development, and a better jobs-housing balance through a strategy of encouraging mixed-use density near transit nodes and along transit corridors, in alignment with the RTP/SCS. The update aims to guide Long Beach to a more sustainable future, improve mobility choices, expand transit access, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. In addition to accommodating the City’s population and employment projections through the horizon year of 2040, the plan creates sufficient housing opportunity to address the City’s existing housing need due to overcrowding. The LUE advances several goals and policies for addressing equity in access to housing, jobs, community resources, and open space, while creating more opportunities for active living, improved urban design, sustainability, and overall quality of life for all.

Housing Innovation

City of Palmdale | Courson Arts Colony | Watch Video

The civic center area of the City of Palmdale has a high concentration of multi-family housing that served as the City’s primary stock of work force housing over many years. This housing was essential for those who worked in the aerospace industry in the Antelope Valley. Over the years the area became run down, the crime rate increased, and many families no longer found the area to be a desirable place to live. In 1999, the City of Palmdale committed to revitalizing the civic center area of the City with new affordable housing units and public amenities.

Over the course of the past twenty years the City redeveloped three City blocks, including construction of a new senior center and 153 units of affordable housing for seniors, acquired and revitalized 291 affordable housing units around the City park area, replaced the first community swimming pool in Courson Park and most recently construction was completed of the final phase of development known as the Courson Arts Colony. Courson Arts Colony consists of 159 affordable housing units with the development being focused around the cultivation and promotion of the arts. All apartments are equipped with fully furnished kitchens. The building’s common areas consist of a fitness room, a dance studio, art gallery, an art walk, flexible art space, digital art room, clubhouse room, homework room, leasing room, and an outdoor amphitheater. Courson Art Colony contains 60 permanent supportive housing apartments that will serve medically complex Veteran and non-Veteran households experiencing homelessness.

Green Region – Resource Conservation and Climate Action

Caltrans | Wildlife Passage Modifications on State Route 118 in Las Posas Valley | Watch Video

State Route 118 (SR-118) is currently one of the largest obstacles affecting wildlife movement within the Santa Monica-Sierra Madre Connection, a wildlife corridor located between the Santa Susana Mountains and Las Posas Valley. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and National Park Service, evaluated the effects of SR-118 on wildlife movement and mortality for two years by measuring wildlife mortality from vehicles, determining wildlife movement patterns in the area, evaluating the use of existing road crossing points, identifying land use that may affect animals’ ability to cross, and determining potential measures to improve these crossing points.

The study identified five key undercrossings which needed improvements to increase wildlife movement and reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions within the Santa Monica-Sierra Madre Connection. Using the findings from the study Caltrans constructed fencing and ramps in targeted locations to direct and assist with wildlife movement. Following construction, the National Park Service is conducting a year-long monitoring effort to assess the results of the improvements.

2019

Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability

City of Ventura | Kellogg Park | Watch Video

Nestled into city of Ventura’s Westside neighborhood, Kellogg Park is the result of extensive collaboration between residents and the City. Built on a vacant lot that once was the site of a rebar factory, the park serves the varied recreation needs of a community short on open space. Residents advocated for a number of amenities to meet the diverse needs of the community, including multi-generational opportunities to exercise, a community garden, and design components that allow for increased safety. The park also features innovative sustainable design such as a sand-filter swale “river” that reflects the nearby Ventura River watershed and provides recreational and educational opportunities.

In April of 2018, hundreds of residents joined to celebrate Kellogg Park’s grand opening as one of the most highly anticipated new facilities in Ventura’s recent history. This was a much-needed community gathering space, especially after the Thomas Fire had burned through the hillsides and destroyed over 500 structures in the City just a few months prior to the opening.

Active, Healthy and Safe Communities

City of Santa Ana | Central Santa Ana Complete Streets Plan | Watch Video

Santa Ana is the fourth densest large city in the United States, and about 55 percent of its residents do not have access to an automobile. The Central Santa Ana Complete Streets Plan (CSACS) will transform some of Santa Ana’s major thoroughfares into complete streets that enable safe and attractive access throughout the city. The analysis and recommendations in the CSACS were based primarily on the input received from the community, as well as existing land uses and transportation characteristics around central Santa Ana, and not based on throughput of vehicular traffic. This was necessary to identify pedestrian, bicycle, and transit movements within the study area. The CSACS analyzed the connections between the selected corridors and other existing or planned Complete Streets corridors and builds upon them to create a complete streets network that will improve access and mobility for all modes, including walking, bicycling, transit, and motor vehicles.

Clean Cities: Alternative Fuels and Infrastructure

City of Long Beach | City of Long Beach Fleet Services Bureau – Alternative Fuels | Watch Video

In 2017, the city of Long Beach created the interdepartmental Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Task Force and later formalized the BEV Policy to guide the transition of all possible City vehicles to electric. This policy is accompanied by a five-year implementation plan to electrify and install infrastructure for up to 200 vehicles. The safety fleet is currently 42% alternative fuel and the non-safety fleet is 60% alternative fuel. Use of renewable fuels saved approximately 7,700 short tons of GHG emissions in 2016, 7,600 tons in 2017, and a projected 7,900 tons in 2018. Long Beach carries a heavy pollution burden due to traffic congestion and Port activity and has some of the highest asthma rates in the state. By switching to alternative fuels, the city reduces emissions and allow residents to breathe easier without sacrificing service quality.

Green Region Initiative: Resource Conservation & Climate Action

City of Los Angeles | One Water LA 2040 Plan | Watch Video

This Plan takes a holistic and collaborative approach to address the city’s water resources from surface water, groundwater, potable water, wastewater, recycled water, dry-weather runoff, and stormwater as “One Water.” The Plan involves multi-departmental and multi-agency integration opportunities to manage water in a more efficient, cost effective, and sustainable manner. The level of complexity, scope, and large number of stakeholders involved makes One Water LA more comprehensive than most other studies or master plans. The 7 objectives are: 1. Integrate management of water resources and policies 2. Balance environmental, economic and societal goals 3. Improve health of local watersheds 4. Improve local water supply reliability 5. Implement, monitor and maintain a reliable wastewater system 6. Increase climate resilience 7. Increase community awareness and advocacy for sustainable water. By identifying the multiple benefits (environmental, economic, and social) of projects and programs, the City can implement more sustainable and cost effective solutions.

Efficient and Sustainable Land Use

City of Placentia | Old Town Placentia and TOD Packing House District Plans | Watch Video

The Old Town Placentia Revitalization Plan (OT) and the TOD Packing House District Plan (TOD) are two separate plans that work together to revitalize the City’s historic downtown area. A result of extensive public outreach, these two plans focus on sustainable design standards that complement historic architectural themes, developing quality housing, and expanding transportation options around a new Metrolink station.

The redevelopment of this historic area will connect the area to rest of the region, and is sure to enhance Placentia’s rich identity for generations to come.

Environmental Justice

County of Los Angeles | The Environmental Justice Pilot Project Initiative | Watch Video

This project focuses on addressing the disproportionate environmental and health impacts in disadvantaged communities both at land use policy and implementation levels. Through this project the County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning has developed and successfully implemented complementary programs that tackle pertinent environmental issues. The Industrial Use Task Force Pilot Program (“IUTF”) ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements for industrial land uses adjacent to disadvantaged residential neighborhoods in the unincorporated community of Florence-Firestone, while the Groundtruthing Initiative is a community-based participatory research strategy that produces documents local sources of pollution through innovative partnerships with community-based environmental justice organizations and local residents in vulnerable communities.

2018

Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability

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

This 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.

Active Transportation

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

The 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.

Against All Odds

City of San Fernando | Corridors Specific Plan | Watch Video

The 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.

Collaborative Partnership

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

Modeled 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.

Green Region

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

The 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.

Healthy and Safe Communities

City of Perris | Live Well Perris | Watch Video

Adopted 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.

Integrated Planning

City of Hermosa Beach | PLAN Hermosa | Watch Video

A 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.

2017

Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability

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

For 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.

Active Transportation

UCLA Department of Transportation | UCLA BruinBikeSmart | Watch Video

UCLA 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.

Against All Odds

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

This 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.

Collaborative Partnership

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

This 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.

Green Region

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

This 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.

Healthy and Safe Communities

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

The 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.

Integrated Planning

City of Long Beach | Midtown Specific Plan | Watch Video

This 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.

2016

President’s Award

City of Los Angeles – Sustainable City pLAn | Watch Video

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.

Excellence Awards

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

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.

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

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.

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

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 Awards

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.

2015

President’s Award for Excellence

President’s Award | Watch Video
City of Anaheim
Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)

The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) is the first LEED Platinum designed transit station in the world. Environmental sustainability is at the heart of ARTIC’s innovative design, construction, operation, maintenance, and financial feasibility and includes reducing energy use, water use, solid waste production, and carbon emissions through transportation modes and efficient land use. ARTIC improves connectivity to adjacent cities for multiple user groups, and provides regional connectivity. ARTIC promotes economic value by actively engaging in partnerships to minimize construction costs and by supporting population a walkable, transit oriented urban environment.

Excellence Awards

Excellence in Active Transportation | Watch Video

Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Broadway Dress Rehearsal Existing Conditions Report

A corridor in Downtown Los Angeles renowned for its historic cultural and commercial significance, Broadway is the focus of intensive short- and long-term pedestrian safety projects, transit planning, and economic revitalization, including the Broadway Dress Rehearsal, a phase-one implementation strategy under the City-adopted Broadway Streetscape Master Plan. The Broadway Dress Rehearsal Existing Conditions Report (BDR-ECR) establishes a precedent for measuring the performance of complete streets projects throughout the SCAG region, especially in terms of mobility and safety conditions for people walking, bicycling and accessing transit. Through an innovative methodology synthesizing various research techniques, the Report provides a comprehensive framework for both evaluating the impacts of complete streets projects and educating the public and elected officials about those impacts.

Excellence in Green Region Initiative | Watch Video

City of Glendale
Greener Glendale Plan for Community Activities

The Greener Glendale Plan for Community Activities (“Greener Glendale”) is Glendale’s comprehensive climate action and sustainability plan. From its inception, Greener Glendale was prepared in accordance with SCAG’s GHG reduction targets and the SCAG Compass Blueprint principles. Greener Glendale maps out specifically how Glendale will achieve the GHG reduction targets set by SCAG (8% by 2020, 13% by 2035). Glendale was able to create this map by completing an inventory of community GHGs and identifying actions that could be taken to measurably reduce Glendale’s GHGs. The specific actions included a variety of sustainability measures crossing the areas of land use, transportation, urban design and nature, environmental health, waste reduction, and energy and water conservation.

Excellence in Integrated Land Use & Transportation Planning | Watch Video

City of Coachella
City of Coachella General Plan Update

While only 40,000 residents currently call Coachella home, the City and its General Plan foresee the population will more than triple in size to 135,000 residents by 2035. In anticipation of this growth, the City needed a community based plan that would provide practical and responsible growth methods that emphasized walkability, neighborhoods, and sustainability. The City of Coachella, with support from Raimi + Associates, Sargent Town Planning, and Fehr and Peers have developed a General Plan with a strong emphasis on health, sustainability, and social equity.

Achievement Awards

Achievement in Active Transportation

City of Rialto Public Works Department
Rails to Trails/Along the Pacific Electric Railway

The City of Rialto’s Rails to Trails project brings the final section of the Pacific Electric Trail to realization while promoting the principles of placemaking, reduced reliance on cars, active transportation planning and encourages safe physical activity in an industrially growing, but economically challenged and racially diverse City. This project promotes linkages to existing active transportation and transit networks such as the PE Trail as it travels through the partner cities, Metrolink commuter rail and Onmitrans bus systems. The PE Trail also promotes moving away from cars to active transportation and Transit-Oriented Development by providing a 21 mile east-west route to travel between Rialto and Claremont that is separated from vehicular traffic.

 

Achievement in Green Region Initiative

Orange County Transportation Authority
Measure M2 Environmental Cleanup Program

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Measure M2 (M2) transportation sales tax, passed by Orange County voters in November 2006 by nearly 70%, includes provisions that integrate innovative programs that protect our environment for future generations. The Environmental Cleanup Program helps to improve overall water quality in Orange County from transportation-generated pollution. Program funds are allocated on a countywide competitive basis to assist jurisdictions to meet the Clean Water Act standards for urban runoff. Over $300 million in funds are available over the next 30 years, ending in 2041. The Program funds are designed to supplement, not supplant existing water quality programs. Eligible applicants include all 34 cities and the County of Orange.

 

Achievement in Integrated Land Use & Transportation Planning

Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County General Plan Update

The General Plan is the County’s first comprehensive plan update since 1980 and is the result of nearly two decades of work by hundreds of stakeholders, County staff, and partnering local, regional, and state agencies. The County unincorporated areas represent one of the most varied and complex planning areas in the world. They include urban, suburban and rural communities— mountains, valleys, forests, coastal areas and high deserts. The General Plan Update embraces the unique character of the unincorporated communities and their environs. An important component of the General Plan Update is the unincorporated County’s first Community Climate Action Plan, a sub-element of the Air Quality Element; digitizing, parceling, and refining land use and zoning maps to a degree of precision not possible with the mapping technology of 1980.

2014

President’s Award

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) | Watch Video

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.

Excellence Awards

City of Santa Monica – Bike Santa Monica/Santa Monica Bike Action Plan | Watch Video

Excellence in Active Transportation

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%.

City of San GabrielCity of San Gabriel – Greening the Code | Watch Video

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. 

City of Santa Ana – Triada at the Station District | Watch Video

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.

Achievement Awards

Los Angeles Department of Transportation – LADOT People St | Watch Video

Achievement in Active Transportation

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.

City of Yucaipa – Historic Uptown Revitalization Program | Watch Video

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.

City of Oxnard-Groundwater Recovery, Enhancement and Treatment (GREAT) Program | Watch Video

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.

City of Lynwood – City-wide Residential Design Guidelines | Watch Video

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.

Imperial County Transportation Commission – El Centro and Brawley Transit Transfer Stations | Watch Video

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.

San Bernardino Associated Governments & County of San Bernardino – Countywide Vision | Watch Video

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.

Honorable Mention

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