Excellence in Sustainability Awards

8th Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability

Closes: February 28, 2021, 5:00pm ET

The American Planning Association's Sustainable Communities Division (SCD) is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for the 8th annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability!

The awards honor projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting sustainable communities.

Please download the information packet or visit apascd.com/awards for more information.


Previous Winners

2020 Winners

The winners represent extraordinary achievements in eight Sustainable Planning categories. The categories and winners are:

Community Plan

EcoInnovation District Plan

City of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Municipal, State, or Regional Plan

Sustainable DC 2.0

Department of Energy & Environment and the DC Office of Planning
Washington, District of Columbia

Policy, Law, or Tool

Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines

Boston, Massachusetts

Energy Plan or Project

GeoMicroDistrict Feasibility Study

BuroHappold Engineering & HEET

Green Infrastructure Plan or Project

Heartwood Greenway System

Meyer Studio Land Architects
Omaha, Nebraska

Park, Recreation, or Open Space Plan or Project

Our Parks, Our Future: Austin Parks & Recreation Long Range Plan

Parks and Recreation Department
Austin, Texas

Urban Design Plan or Development Project

Hazelwood Green Preliminary Land Development Plan

ReMake Group
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Leadership in Sustainability

City of West Hollywood, California

West Hollywood, California

2019 Winners

Community Sustainability or Resilience Plan

2018 Cleveland Climate Action Plan: Building Thriving and Resilient Neighborhoods for All

City of Cleveland, Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Cleveland, Ohio

Sustainable Urban Design Plan or Development Project

Breathe Easy: Millvale Air Quality Planning

evolve environment::architecture
Millvale, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Sustainable Park, Recreation, or Open Space Plan or Project

Los Angeles County Master Plan for Sustainable Parks and Recreation: Phase I

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation
Los Angeles, California

Sustainable Green Infrastructure Plan or Project

Envision Shooks Run

City of Colorado Springs and Felsburg Holt & Ullevig
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Sustainable Policy, Law, or Tool

Building a Better Norfolk: A Zoning Ordinance for the 21st Century

City of Norfolk
Norfolk, Virginia

Leadership in Sustainability

Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) Program

Center for Communities by Design
American Institute of Architects
Washington, DC

2018 Winners

Community Sustainability or Resilience Plan

PLAN Hermosa — The City of Hermosa Beach's Integrated General Plan and Local Coastal Program

City of Hermosa Beach
Hermosa Beach, California

State or Regional Sustainability or Resilience Plan

Thurston Climate Adaptation Plan: Climate Resilience Actions for Thurston County and South Puget Sound

Thurston Regional Planning Council
Olympia, Washington

Sustainable Policy, Law, or Tool

Better Roofs Ordinance

San Francisco Planning Department & San Francisco Department of the Environment
San Francisco, California

Sustainable Urban Design Plan or Development Project

Meriden 2020: A Comprehensive Plan for Downtown Meriden

City of Meriden
Meriden, Connecticut

Sustainable Park, Recreation, or Open Space Project

Miramar Fruit & Vegetable Garden

City of Miramar
Miramar, Florida

Sustainable Transportation Project

Metro Expo Line Phase 2

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Los Angeles County, California

Sustainable Green Infrastructure Project

Community Greening Plan: A Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan for Harrisburg

Capital Region Water
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Leadership in Sustainability

Environmental Compliance & Sustainability Department

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Los Angeles County, California

2017 Winners

Sustainability or Resilience Plan or Project

Millvale EcoDistrict Pivot Plan

Millvale, Pennsylvania

Sustainable Urban Design Plan or Development Project

South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan

City of Austin Planning and Zoning Department Urban Design Division
Austin, Texas

Sustainable Transportation Project

Kansas City Downtown Streetcar

Kansas City, Missouri

Sustainable Park, Recreation, or Open Space Project

Lindsay Street Park

The Conservation Fund
Atlanta, Georgia

Leadership in Sustainability

Maryland Sustainable Communities Program

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Division of Neighborhood Revitalization
Baltimore, Maryland

2016 Winners

Sustainable Building Project Award

New Government House

Buenos Aires City Government
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sustainable Park, Recreation, or Open Space Project Award

Emerald Necklace Plan Phase 2

Amigos de los Rios
Los Angeles, California

Sustainable Policy, Law or Plan Award

Measuring the Sustainability Performance of New Development in Brampton, Richmond Hill, and Vaughn

Cities of Brampton, Vaughan, and Richmond Hill
Ontario, Canada

Sustainable Development Project

Denver Union Station

Denver Regional Transit District
Denver Colorado

Green Infrastructure or Transportation Project

Tualatin River Greenway Shared Use Path

City of Tualatin/Cardno
Tualatin, Oregon

Sustainable Urban Design, or Preservation Plan or Project

Eisenhower West

City of Alexandria/Smith Group JJR
Alexandria, Virginia

Leadership in Sustainability

Sustainable Jersey

New Jersey

2015 Winners

Emerging Leaders' Sustainable Plan or Project Award

Urban and Economic Transformation of Residential Areas Case Studies: Queens, New York City and Donja Dubrava, Zagreb, Croatia

Author: Andrea Maria Jandricek, University of Zagreb. Academic Advisers for the thesis included: Prof. Nenad Lipovac and Prof. Ljubomir Miščević from the Faculty of Architecture; Prof. Ljubo Jurčić and Prof. Josip Tica of the Faculty of Economics and Business; and Prof. Emeritus Gary Hack of MIT and the University of Pennsylvania and Prof. Yu-Hung Hong of MIT as independent consultants.

Green Infrastructure Project Award

Pendleton Multi-Way Boulevard and Green Infrastructure Project

Cascade Design Collaborative
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Leadership in Sustainability Award

City of Austin Neighborhood Partnering Program

City of Austin
Austin, Texas

Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Open Space Project Award

Crystal Springs Creek Habitat Restoration Project

City of Portland - Bureau of Environmental Services
Portland Oregon

Sustainable Building Project Award

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Brock Environmental Center

Smith Group JJR
Annapolis Maryland

Sustainable Development Project Award

Devens Sustainable Housing Pilot Project

MassDevelopment Finance Agency
Devens, Massachusetts

Sustainable Law, Policy or Plan Award

Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan

Memphis and Shelby County
Memphis, Tennessee

Sustainable Urban Design or Preservation Plan or Project Award

Scotts Run South Master Plan

Steve Hahn, Smith Group JJR
Tysons Corner, Virginia

2014 Winners

Sustainable Development Project

City of Lakewood, Colorado, for the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program + Network

Sustainable Building Project

Lemle & Wolff, Inc. in partnership with Design AIDD Architecture, Di Bari Engineering + The Daylight Savings Company for 812 E. 231ST Street, Bronx, NY

Sustainable Parks, Recreation + Open Space Project

21st Century Parks in partnership with Metro Parks, Future Fund Land Trust + Wallace, Roberts and Todd for The Parklands of Floyds Fork, Louisville Kentucky

Green Infrastructure Project

Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority in partnership with the City of Camden, Camden Redevelopment Agency, Heart of Camden + Center for Environmental Transformation for the Waterfront South Rain Gardens, Camden, New Jersey

Sustainable Plan Award

City of Austin, Texas, in partnership with Wallace, Roberts and Todd for Imagine Austin

Emerging Leaders' Sustainable Plan Award

University of Michigan — Yohan Chang, Ashlee Grace, Diego Horna Munoz, Katie Knapp, Megan McPhilimiy, Christian Rodman, Katy Ryan and Katie Wholey; students under the advisement of Larissa Larsen and Eric Dueweke for the Revising Toledo's Stormwater Credits Program.

Leadership in Sustainability Award

Wallace, Roberts + Todd