Thursday, June 25, 2015

Greener Glendale Plan Recognized with SCAG Award of Excellence

The City of Glendale’s Greener Glendale Plan was awarded the “Excellence in Green Region Initiative” by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). SCAG is the nation's largest metropolitan planning organization. It undertakes a variety of planning and policy initiatives to encourage a more sustainable Southern California now and in the future.

The Greener Glendale Plan was recognized for three key achievements:
  1. Comprehensively addressing sustainability in Glendale, 
  2. Developing the plan with input and high participation from the community and all City Departments, and 
  3. For being actively implemented through other City policy documents including the North Glendale Community Plan, Housing Element, and the South Glendale Community Plan.
Development of the Greener Glendale Plan was funded by the Glendale Water and Power Department (via the Federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Grant) and staff work was conducted by the Community Development Department. The City used the international Urban Environmental Accords as a framework to outline how sustainability would be addressed in Glendale, and it received technical support from Local Governments for Sustainability, a non-profit, to develop the document. 

The Greener Glendale Plan addresses many sustainability concepts including:
  • Energy and water conservation, 
  • Land use and urban design, 
  • Transportation, 
  • Waste Reduction, and 
  • Nature & environmental health

The community of Glendale actively participated in the development of the Greener Glendale Plan. Participation included community groups like Coalition for a Green Glendale and Walk Bike Glendale, numerous businesses and schools, and community representation via the GWP Commission, Planning Commission, and City Council, who all approved the Greener Glendale Plan unanimously. Senator Carol Liu strongly supported the Greener Glendale Plan.

The Greener Glendale Plan is a great example of cooperation between the community and multiple City departments, agencies, and institutions to promote sustainability within our region.