PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

5/22/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:052218C
Subject:
Long Beach Receives Highest Honor for Outstanding Sustainability Achievements
Contact:
Kevin Lee
Public Affairs Officer
City Manager’s Office
562.570.6811
Kevin.Lee@longbeach.gov





The City of Long Beach has been recognized by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability, the highest honor awarded by SCAG. SCAG annually recognizes exemplary planning efforts that enhance the mobility, livability, and sustainability of the Southern California region. The City accepted the award at SCAG’s 53rd annual Regional Conference and General Assembly earlier this month.

“Long Beach is proud to be honored for outstanding sustainability efforts among municipalities, agencies, and organizations throughout the Southern California region,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This award affirms the City’s commitment to enhancing safety, recreation and open space opportunities, and connectivity within our community.”

In an unprecedented decision by SCAG, the City was recognized for overall excellence for a combination of three projects that demonstrate a holistic approach to sustainable planning, including improvements in mobility, public health, and natural lands restoration:

Long Beach Bicycle Master Plan

Adopted in February 2017 as an appendix to the City’s Mobility Element, the Bicycle Master Plan provides a unique vision with programs and policies designed to make bicycling in Long Beach more safe, convenient, and enjoyable for all bicyclists. 

Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX3) Pedestrian Master Plan

Also adopted as an appendix to the City’s Mobility Element in February 2017, the CX3 Pedestrian Master Plan will improve the walking environment and achieve greater transportation equity, enhancing the overall health and quality of life of residents. 

Willow Springs Park Wetlands Restoration

The City celebrated the restoration of the Willow Springs Park Wetlands in October 2017. The 12-acre project transforms a once inaccessible area within Willow Springs Park into a revitalized space featuring pedestrian trails, wetland and coastal sage scrub restoration areas, and an outdoor classroom for environmental education. 

This is the second consecutive year that the City has been recognized by SCAG. Last year, the Midtown Specific Plan received a Sustainability Award in the Integrated Planning category.

SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 191 cities, and more than 18 million residents. SCAG undertakes a variety of planning and policy initiatives to plan for a livable and sustainable Southern California now and in the future. For more information on SCAG’s regional efforts, visit: http://scag.ca.gov/ga2018.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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