Sustainable Communities Division Awards for Excellence in Sustainability

To honor true leaders, their communities and projects in the field of sustainability planning, design, and development.

The Second Annual Awards

Deadline for entries: March 16, 2015

APA's Sustainable Communities, International, and Urban Design and Preservation Divisions are pleased to announce the Second Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability, to be awarded at the National Planning Conference in Seattle on April 19, 2015.


  • Sustainable Development Project
  • Sustainable Building Project
  • Sustainable Park, Recreation, or Open Space Project
  • Green Infrastructure or Transportation Project
  • Sustainable Policy, Law, or Plan
  • Sustainable Urban Design or Preservation Plan or Project
  • Emerging Leader's Sustainability Plan or Project
  • Leadership in Sustainability


Open to both APA members and non-members. Any plan, project, program, tool, process, report, or ordinance entered must have been published, implemented, or completed within three years of the date of submission. Published drafts of plans are not acceptable. See the Application Packet for more details.

Awards Reception

Awards will be presented at the Sustainable Communities, Urban Design and Preservation, and International Divisions' joint annual meeting and reception during the 2015 National Planning Conference of the American Planning Association in Seattle. Award recipients will receive a formal award and be featured in the three divisions' promotional materials throughout the year.

To Apply

All entry nominations shall be submitted digitally. Entries may be submitted to the Awards for Excellence in Sustainability Dropbox account by 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Monday, March 16, 2015. The application packet with Awards Criteria and full instructions is available at


E-mail or call Becky Bradley, AICP, at 610-264-4544.

2014 Award Winners

On April 27, 2014, the American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division handed out its first ever Awards for Excellence in Sustainability in seven categories:

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