The American Planning Association (APA) is recognizing the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program with its 2019 Excellence in Sustainability Awards for its dedication to supporting and growing sustainable communities.

The award, given by the APA’s Sustainable Communities Division, supports planners and related professionals in their efforts to foster a sustainable and resilient future. AIA’s SDAT program works with localities around the country to create community-driven action plans that help them achieve sustainable design plans for the future.

“Through the SDAT process, our community established a detailed implementation plan for positive change towards a sustainable future,” said Nathan A. West, AICP, City Manager of the City of Port Angeles, Washington. “Ten years after working with the SDAT team there continues to be new success stories, which include improved public access to our waterfront and over 60 façade improvements integrated by a large number of area businesses. All the success stories visually illustrate SDAT’s direct benefit to our community.”

Learn more about SDAT’s impact on Port Angeles.

Through the SDAT program, over 450 professionals from more than 30 disciplines have provided millions of dollars in pro bono services to over 80 communities across 35 states since 2005. The program has engaged approximately 20,000 participants in citizen-driven sustainability plans. SDAT projects have catalyzed billions of dollars in sustainable development while inspiring community pride and innovative partnerships. Overall, the public service has been successful in building sustainable communities from the ground up.