Growing Smarter Together Award Categories
- Distinguished Leadership Award – Elected Official
For a significant contribution to the implementation of creating better
communities locally and regionally by an individual elected to public office,
or recognition of an elected official for individual achievement as it
relates to community and/or committee leadership activities.
- Start It Up Award
For any policy, action, or regulation that removes barriers to, or provides
incentives for, the implementation of the regional vision for sustainable
communities. Applicants should submit the text of the policy or regulation
with their entry. The policy or regulation must currently be in effect to
- On the Ground – Getting It Done Award: FOCUSed Growth
This category recognizes city, county or town plan implementation that
reflects sustainable community goals within areas designated as Priority
Development Areas by local governments and as adopted by the ABAG Executive
Board. Eligible activities may include successful implementation of neighborhood
or specific plans or detailed general plans that encompass a mix of uses
including multi-family housing and/or retail, office, or resident-serving
amenities in infill, and/or transit-oriented locations.
Applicants are encouraged to send photos, brochures, and other materials
describing the projects. If submitting information related to housing
development, the description must include the number of units, affordability
levels and numbers of units, funding sources, etc.
- Preserving and Protecting the Environment
For any program, policy action/regulation or plan that works to preserve
and protect natural habitat, water and air resources, agricultural lands,
or other types of regionally significant open space. This could include,
but is not limited to, integrating environmental benefits into an overall
development plan or project.
- Public-Private Partnership Award
This category recognizes collaborative efforts between government and private
or non-profit organizations that support the implementation of sustainable
community goals in the Bay Area in terms of projects or plans. Nominations
will only be accepted from local jurisdictions, i.e., counties, cities/towns.
- Sharing the Benefits Award
This category recognizes the innovations jurisdictions have used to avoid
displacement or other adverse impacts, while promoting community revitalization.
This award will showcase the good ideas/ best practices promoting social equity
and environmental justice in the Bay Area.
- Building a Better Bay Area - Urban Design Award
This award highlights examples of innovative architecture. This encompasses
all aspects of the built environment such as a building, park, plaza, or
streetscape that enhances the vitality of a community. This category showcases
projects that demonstrate outstanding design quality surmounting the challenges
of infill development including land constraints, affordability, and
integration within an existing neighborhood. To qualify, the project must
be completed. Projects still in planning phase are not eligible.
- Powering Forward - Innovation and Technology Award
This category recognizes local government achievements in addressing
community challenges through innovation, use of technology, and education
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