Sustainable Chinatown Initiative chosen as a recipient for APA National Planning Achievement Award

Residents advocated for a new 2,500-square-foot community center that will serve as a hub for social and educational activities, meetings, and celebrations in the Chinatown community.  

The American Planning Association (APA) has chosen the Sustainable Chinatown Initiative as one of its Gold National Planning Achievement Award recipients.

The Sustainable Chinatown Initiative project includes the San Francisco Planning Department, San Francisco Department of Environment and Enterprise Community Partners working together to bring more affordable housing and access to public space with a focus on the environment and sustainability. 

Through the project, one of the city's affordable housing developments, Ping Yuen, was renovated with improvements such as a $1.5 million solar photovoltaic and other energy efficient improvements and efforts to help the neighborhood face climate change and natural disasters. 

The APA honored a total of 25 individuals, planning departments, government agencies and private firms for their work on planning issues with its National Planning Excellence Awards and APA Achievement Awards during its National Planning Conference held today in San Francisco. 

“This year’s award recipients demonstrate how planning helps create communities that offer access and opportunity for all,” 2019 Awards Jury Chair Wendy Shabay said in a press release.  “Planning is vital to keep communities thriving and to ensure quality of life for residents.”

For more than 50 years, the APA's National Awards Program has honored global recipients whose work establishes "communities of lasting value." The APA, a nonprofit educational organization, includes 42,000 members who work with residents, civic leaders and businesses to create communities that enhance people's lives.

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