Growing Smarter Together Awards 2013
The ABAG annual Growing Smarter Together Awards Program showcases
the positive work being undertaken by cities, towns and counties in the Bay
Area as it relates to a Bay Area vision and smart growth principles being
advanced through the FOCUS Initiative. Awards will be presented as part of
the ABAG Spring General Assembly.
Award categories include both personal and program or project-oriented
work and urban design.
Descriptions and videos of winners are below.
Seventh Annual ABAG Growing Smarter Together Awards
Local Governments and Agencies Honored for Sustainability Projects
The Cities of El Cerrito and Dublin joined Santa Clara County and its Planning
and Facilities and Fleet Departments in receiving ABAG's 2013 Growing Smarter
Together Awards for their outstanding projects. Presented during ABAG's Spring
General Assembly, the five 2013 awards highlighted innovative efforts in
revitalization, planning, and sustainable energy that helped create complete
healthy communities and promote conservation efforts protecting vital natural,
scenic, and agricultural resource areas.
- Welcome from ABAG's President
- Urban Design Award
to the City of El Cerrito Recycling
& Environmental Resource Center
El Cerrito's new recycling-community education facility is innovatively designed
on a horseshoe shaped old quarry, a circular movement metaphor of the recycling
process and features zero net energy use, solar photovoltaic energy production,
rainwater catchment, native landscaping and rain gardens, use of recycled steel,
aluminum and wood materials, and innovative educational signage. The program is
a model of waste reduction and recycling, a safe accessible one-stop shop
supporting residents' efforts to reduce their environmental footprint.
- Public Private Partnership Award
to the County of Santa
Clara & Stanford University
The milestone planning effort between the County and Stanford University/Palo
Alto was designed to meet the county green building ordinance using an alternate
means and equivalency process for LEED Silver credits. It is a model of how
collaboration and commitment to environmental sustainability can achieve effective
streamlined planning, at the same time supporting Stanford's more sustainable
solutions campus wide rather than metrics for one building.
- Preserving and Protecting the Environment
to the County
of Santa Clara, Planning Department
The Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan provides for the protection of
approximately 50,000 acres of critical wildlife habitat in Santa Clara County
over the next 50 years and is recognized as the largest multi-species Habitat
Plan in Northern California and one of the largest regional multi-species
plans in the Western United States benefiting more than 21 important plant
and wildlife species. A landmark collaboration between local jurisdictions
and state and federal agencies, the plan provides a streamlined and
consolidated method of endangered species permitting for local projects,
creating a mechanism for streamlining and assisting important capital
improvement projects, while ensuring that the most critical habitat areas
are preserved in perpetuity.
- Sharing the Benefits Award
to the City of Dublin for
The City of Dublin's Emerald Vista is a model development exemplifying
community revitalization: the renovation of public housing known as Arroyo
Vista into a new neighborhood which avoided displacement of past residents
while promoting a mixed income community with 188 units of affordable housing
and 198 market rate town homes and single family homes. Done in partnership
with Eden Housing and KB Homes, the City of Dublin leveraged the land value
(23 acres) through Dublin's local inclusionary housing policy to create an
entirely new community that includes a community center, childcare center,
active open space areas, and access to regional trail along Alamo Creek.
- Start it Up Award
to the County of Santa Clara,
Facilities & Fleet Department
Santa Clara County Photovoltaic Project demonstrates leadership
and commitment to making communities sustainable through technology and
renewable energy. The Photovoltaic Project is a model example of multi-agency
procurement of renewable energy utilizing an innovative power purchase
agreement. It also created a model for creating green communities and green
energy jobs with installation of solar Photovoltaic systems at eight different
County facilities, which will save the County $18.8 million over the 25 year
system lifetime and offset 100% for certain facilities' energy needs giving
buildings "zero net energy" status.
Note: These award videos are all .mp4 files,
which can be played in Windows Media Player.
Descriptions and videos of other previous award winners are below.
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