Awards for Excellence in Sustainability

The Seventh Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability

The APA Sustainable Communities Division Awards for Excellence in Sustainability is an annual program that honors projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations dedicated to supporting sustainable communities. Each year, the award winners are announced during the annual National Planning Conference.

APA-SCD is excited to announce that the nomination period for the 2020 Awards is now open! (2020 SCD Awards Flyer)

This year, there are nine award categories:

  • Community Plan
  • Municipal, State, or Regional Plan
  • Policy, Law, or Tool
  • Energy Plan or Project
  • Park, Recreation, or Open Space Plan or Project
  • Green Infrastructure Plan or Project
  • Transportation Plan or Project
  • Urban Design Plan or Development Project
  • Leadership in Sustainability

2020 AWARD DEADLINE: Entries are accepted November 9, 2019, through 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

INFORMATION PACKET: Available for download here.


  • All entry nominations will be submitted via this web form.
  • You must fill out the form all at once (i.e., you cannot save and come back). You can download this survey preview (PDF) to view the survey format.
  • We suggest you utilize this Word document to prepare the text that you will need to provide prior to starting the form.
  • If you submit the form once and would like to re-submit before the end of the nomination period, please feel free to do so. If there are multiple entries for the same effort, the jury will review only the most recently-completed submission.


We will be hosting two webinars to discuss the awards and showcase some of the 2019 award winners. Please join us!

We will keep track of any FAQs and process updates on this page. If you have questions, please send an email to the Awards Coordinator at

Sign up using the form below to receive award updates and reminders (you will not be added to any other lists, and this list will be discarded at the end of the nomination period). If you prefer, you can email the awards coordinator to be added to the list.

Past Award Winners: