Congratulations to the 27 programs selected to participate in the City Showcase!
Sustainability Incorporated – Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Sustainability Framework
Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework builds on goals developed through a variety of public processes with input from city staff, city commissioners and community members. It includes three key aspects of sustainability – environment, economy and equity. The Framework is intended as a tool to help incorporate sustainability into current and future city planning efforts.
Going Green in Kansas City, Missouri - The Middle River Basin Green Solutions Project
As part of its Overflow Control Program, Kansas City is implementing a wide range of green infrastructure solutions and streetscape improvements to control sewer overflows. The Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project integrates green infrastructure systems into the public right-of-way, along streets, curbs, sidewalks and as part of traffic calming measures. Kanas City collaborated with local, state and federal stakeholders to implement this innovative pilot project to keep stormwater out of the sewer system and improve water quality.
Got Batteries? Hillsboro, Oregon’s Electric Vehicle Program
A key component of the Hillsboro 2020 Vision and Action Plan is the deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure through the Hillsboro Electric Vehicle (EV) Program. Since 2009, Hillsboro has worked with private, educational and medical facilities to install 35 charging stations that provide support for current EV users and are intended to encourage more widespread use of EVs. The program is intended to address the City’s long-term goal of shifting away from fossil fuels.
Taking Action to Create a More Sustainable Community – Cathedral City, California’s Energy Action Plan
Since 2000, Cathedral City has been creating and implementing diverse energy and solar initiatives to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas production, preserve natural resources and create a more sustainable community. In 2012, Cathedral City adopted a five-year Energy Action Plan that outlines energy-related goals which build off what the City has been doing over the last decade. The Plan focuses on energy conservation measures for both government and residents, and its implementation will result in significant energy and cost savings for the community.
It’s Always Good to Be Prepared - Flagstaff, Arizona Develops Resiliency and Preparedness Plan
The City of Flagstaff developed a resiliency and preparedness policy to build an increased community awareness of how weather and climate changes can impact critical resources. After completing vulnerability and risk assessments, the City identified and prioritized at-risk municipal operations and developed an emergency management plan. Flagstaff is one of the first cities in the country to adopt a comprehensive policy targeting climate preparedness for all municipal operations.
Better Living Through Planning - Lexington, South Carolina's Vision Plan
As the fourth fastest growing municipality in South Carolina, Lexington recognized the need to develop a plan to help current and future residents grow the Town responsibly. Over an 18-month period in 2011 and 2012, officials received input from town committees, the chamber of commerce, the school district, faith-based organizations, homeowner associations, and downtown merchants as well as the general public. The Town of Lexington’s Vision Plan provides a roadmap for development over the next 20 years by prioritizing and leveraging public investments, enhancing quality of life through improved traffic flow, and improving pedestrian connectivity.
Measuring Sustainability – Kansas City, Missouri’s Enterprise Sustainability Platform
The Kansas City, Missouri Facility Management Division developed and implemented an Enterprise Sustainability Platform. The Platform monitors energy use at city-owned buildings, provides “continuous commissioning” of a building’s performance and ensures that projects meet their energy conservation goals. The Platform has led to measurable cost savings and increased energy efficiency in facility management operations.
Take Us to Your Litter – Moore, Oklahoma’s Innovative Campaign to Promote Recycling
The City of Moore wanted to offer its citizens a recycling program, but could not afford the high cost of curbside recycling. When the City received a federal grant to renovate an existing property to serve as a drive-in recycling center, they realized significant citizen buy-in would be needed to get people to bring their recyclables to a central place. The City worked with a local advertising agency to develop an effective and unique "Take Us to Your Litter" public outreach campaign to promote the use of the new recycling center.
Sharing the Road – Boston Bikes
Boston Bikes is a city-wide initiative that seeks to make Boston into a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions. The program encourages more cycling by residents and visitors through a multi-pronged approach that focuses on educating young people, improving bicycle infrastructure, providing increased bicycle parking and organizing an annual Bike Week festival.
From Septic to Sewer - Making a Neighborhood Cleaner and Safer in Perris, California
Failing septic systems in the Enchanted Heights neighborhood in Perris have contaminated groundwater, and city officials planned to install a mainline sewer system to replace the existing septic tanks. However, many residents do not speak English and were resistant to signing the required “right-of-entry” forms that would allow contractors to perform work on private property. The City of Perris bypassed its usual outreach strategy of mass mailings, glossy brochures, and information briefings at City Hall in favor of a new approach that included PSAs in both Spanish and English and informal community discussions. The children of the community participated in outreach efforts as well. Many helped distribute flyers and encouraged their parents to support the project. The City’s outreach campaign paid off; more than 95 percent of Enchanted Heights residents signed the right-of-entry forms and the project is scheduled to be completed in 2013.
Let’s Move! Newark – Newark, New Jersey Makes Health and Fitness a Priority
A multitude of community-based partners, including youth service providers and city, county and state stakeholders came together to launch the Let’s Move! Newark initiative to address the epidemic of childhood obesity. The program brings together the many partners to plan and implement programs, events and policies that promote a more active and healthier lifestyle for residents of New Jersey’s largest city. The program strives to create a culture that promotes healthy choices for youth and families and contributes to a skilled and healthy workforce.
Pooling Community Resources - The Lowell, Massachusetts Neighborhood Impact Initiative
Coordinating interdepartmental and community resources, Lowell’s Neighborhood Impact Initiative targets particular neighborhoods on a rotating, annual basis to leverage tangible change. The program addresses infrastructure improvements, health and safety issues, code enforcement and economic development for areas with heightened crime and other issues. Examples of the types of projects implemented through the Initiative include the renovation of public parks, creation of new green spaces, enhancement of streetscapes and commercial facade improvements.
It’s Always Sunny in Danvers – Project Sunshine Helps Homeless Families in Danvers, Massachusetts
In the summer of 2011, nearly 150 families with approximately 235 children were living in motel rooms as part of a city program to provide emergency shelter for homeless families. Project Sunshine offered games, sports, and field trips for these children (ages 6-14) in a safe and educational environment. Without Project Sunshine, the children would not have had a place to play other than motel parking lots. There was no city budget for this program; it was made possible entirely through donations from banks, restaurants, public employees and volunteers.
A Regional Approach to Affordable Housing – Massachusetts Towns Create Regional Housing Service Office
Established in February 2011 by the Towns of Bedford, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Sudbury and Weston, the Regional Housing Services Office (RHSO) provides technical support for the administration of affordable housing. The RHSO was established as a creative approach to maintaining the 3,200 units of affordable housing in the service area.
Boston Says 'Welcome' In All Languages - The Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians
Created in 1998, the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians (MONB) ensures that new immigrants have access to the civic, economic, social and cultural life of Boston. The Office works to identify and address key issues facing new immigrants, facilitates collaboration among immigrant communities and other stakeholders, and improves access to city services and community resources. MONB has been nationally recognized as a model for assisting newcomers overcome the barriers and challenges they may face.
Non-Profit Collaborative Steps Up to Reduce Poverty - Savannah, Georgia's Step Up Savannah
The City of Savannah established Step Up Savannah as a non-profit agency focused on poverty reduction, with a Board of Directors comprised of city, business, neighborhood and social service leaders. Managing a coalition of 90 organizations, Step Up Savannah focuses on workforce development, wealth building, capacity building, communications and policy issues. Step Up acts as a conduit through which the City can engage a wide range of partners and develop a broad action agenda to reduce poverty.
Community Comes Together for Veteran Housing - Glastonbury, Connecticut and Purple Heart Homes
The Town of Glastonbury donated a building lot and worked with Purple Heart Homes (PHH), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing for disabled veterans, to construct a fully accessible home for a disabled Marine veteran who was injured in Afghanistan. PHH and a host of volunteer and community supporters worked together to build the house at no cost to the veteran.
A Coordinated Service Approach to Hoarding – The Arlington, Massachusetts Hoarding Response Team
The Arlington Hoarding Response Team provides emergency response, intake, referral and follow-up services for persons living in hoarded, unsafe and unsanitary living conditions in their homes. The team operates on a hazard reduction model to ensure affected residents can safely reside in their homes.
Ready for PRIMEtime – Northfield, Minnesota’s Out-of-School Time Program
Representatives from local schools, after-school programs, and non-profit organizations as well as community volunteers joined together to create PRIMEtime, a collaborative network focused on developing quality out-of-school time programming for low-income and at-risk youth in grades K-12. In 2011 PRIMEtime served over 1,100 youth, and among those who attended a 20 or more PRIMEtime programs, over 90 percent realized improvements in academic performance.
Moving the Needle on Academic Success – Delray Beach, Florida’s Community Solutions Action Plan
The Office of the Mayor of Delray Beach worked with the Children’s Service Council, local school districts, non-profits and private organizations to form the Community Solutions Action Plan (CSAP) to improve reading proficiency among low-income students in grades K-3. The CSAP focuses on increasing the number of children reading at grade level by making improvements in three critical areas: school readiness, school attendance and summer learning.
Limitless Libraries – Partnership in Nashville, Tennessee Improves School Libraries
Limitless Libraries is a partnership between the Nashville Public Library and the Metro Nashville Public School District that allows students to use their student ID to check out materials from the public library and have them delivered to their school. A daily courier service transports books and other materials between the public library and the schools. Limitless Libraries also provides school libraries with guidance and resources to improve their collections, providing students with improved access to up-to-date and engaging materials.
Preparing Kids for Success in School - Boston’s Thrive in 5
Thrive in 5 is a citywide movement to ensure that children of all races, ethnicities, incomes and abilities have the opportunities and support they need for success in school and beyond. To this end, Thrive in 5 works to improve the quality of early childhood education and build parent leadership/community capacity building strategies to support school readiness.
Team BPS and Parent University - Boston Public Schools Engage Families
The Boston Public Schools use their Team BPS and Parent University programs to engage families in their school communities. Team BPS is made up of a network of over 350 “Ambassadors” - parents, alumni, educators and community partners who volunteer as goodwill representatives for the school district. Parent University provides a year-long series of learning sessions to build capacity among families to help them effectively advocate for and support student learning and school improvement.
The Importance of Making Connections – Urbandale, Iowa’s Making a Connection Camp
The Making A Connection (MAC) Camp was developed to meet the needs of the at-risk youth population within Urbandale. The MAC Camp provides both educational and recreational opportunities for the participants throughout the summer. It is a partnership of the Parks and Recreation Department, Police Department, the Urbandale Community School District, and numerous community organizations such as the Urbandale Community Action Network.
Tech Goes Home – Bridging the Digital Divide in Boston
The mission of Tech Goes Home is to provide all residents with the tools, training and access to develop 21st century technology skills. Tech Goes Home provides participants with opportunities to connect with schools, community programs, government agencies, and each other as new members of the online community. The program has provided training and access to online resources to over 7,000 people, and has reduced barriers to technology use for those with special needs.
Read to Play- New Brighton, Minnesota’s Reading Incentive Program
Read to Play is a partnership between the New Brighton Parks and Recreation Department and the Mounds View School District that inspires youth to exercise their minds and bodies through a reading incentive program. Created in part to help combat childhood obesity, Read To Play offers children an active reward for reaching their reading goals, instead of coupons for fast food or other unhealthy food choices. For example, children who reach their reading goals can receive a complimentary visit to the Eagles Nest Indoor Playground in New Brighton.
Getting Ready, Getting In and Getting Through – Success Boston
In 2007 Mayor Thomas M. Menino launched Success Boston with the goal of doubling the college completion rates of Boston Public Schools (BPS) graduates. Working with partners from the education, philanthropy, business and non-profit sectors, the program has implemented a multi-faceted strategy to help students prepare for and succeed in college. Early results indicate that the program is making headway in increasing the persistence rate for BPS students entering college.