General Categories and Criteria for Nominations:
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Public Partnerships Excellence Award
The "Public Partnerships Excellence Award", recognizes the significant contributions of the Municipal Organization that exemplifies efforts to consult and cooperate with other municipalities, non-governmental organizations, community groups, other governments, and citizens for the purpose of delivering benefits to citizens.
- The nominee should have demonstrated balanced distribution of housing, working, cultural and leisure functions amongst all members of the community
- The nominee should have initiated projects and programs that create diversified employment opportunities
- The nominee should have adequate housing policy to solve housing needs of the community.
- The nominee should have initiated projects and programs to adequate programming, creation and maintenance of public services and facilities.
- The nominee should have contributed to promote the quality of life and to guarantee favorable conditions for the development of economic, social and cultural activities
- The nominee should have developed a common vision and strategy for the future that have improved communications among government organizations
- The nominee should have initiated projects and programs to improve planning of infrastructure – transportation, recreation, and utilities from a broader perspective.
- The nominee should have systems and technology that provide shared data to other government organizations for efficient utilization.
- The nominee should have developed guidelines to promote uniformity with respect to local planning that provide consistency among municipal regulations and predictability for the development community
- The nominee should have been effectively planning on a larger scale by having coordinated planning efforts
Environmental Protection Excellence Award
The "Environmental Protection Excellence Award" recognizes the outstanding practice of the Muncipality that demonstrates their work as a steward of the environment, or encourages environmental sustainability within their community.
- The nominee should have measurably contributed to the improvement of the community’s living and working conditions, cultural, environment and landscape values;
- The nominee should have developed and implemented programs for the conservation and protection of agricultural soils, agricultural forestry and grazing lands
- The nominee should have proper strategies that ensure adequate density levels in urban areas as well as avoidance of urban sprawl and activation of gap sites
- The nominee should have strategized integrated renewal and rehabilitation of urban historic centers and of classified cultural heritage
- The nominee should have strategized rehabilitation or regeneration of derelict areas
- The nominee should have strategized regeneration of illegal urban areas
- The nominee should have strategized effective programming for creation and maintenance of public services that facilitate both specific population needs and minimize territorial imbalances
- The nominee should have implemented programs for the protection of fundamental natural values through landscape building, integration of water resources’, protection of riparian’s and coastal zones’, forest areas’, enhancement of man-made landscapes, prevention of soil erosion and contamination
- The nominee should have actively contributed towards the conservation and enhancement of natural and cultural heritage;
- The nominee should have contributed towards promoting the quality of life and to guarantee favorable conditions for the development of economic, social and cultural activities;
- The nominees should have implemented comprehensive urban centers’ renewal, rehabilitation or regeneration and the promotion of urban networks’ coherence
- The nominees should have made efforts to successfully conserve and enhance rural areas’ potentialities
- The nominees should have made efforts to ensure population’s security in relation to natural and man-made hazards and disasters.
City's Identity and Heritage Preservation Excellence Award
The "City's Identity and Heritage Preservation Excellence Award" honors any municipal practice that demonstrates the work of Municipal Corporation as a steward of heritage, or the their efforts to encourage heritage conservation within the community.
- The nominee should have initiated and implemented projects where an existing place, property, building or landscape was returned to its original character in a manner that is respectful to the property’s historic past.
- The nominees’ conservation/restoration efforts should have enhanced the long-term survival and heritage integrity of the place and have been carried out without loss of significant heritage fabric and with the least possible physical intervention.
- The nominees’ project should have paid careful attention to the quality of the design, architecture, workmanship, and materials, as well as the impact of the project on the neighborhood and community.
- The nominee should have positively made measurable efforts to educate, promote, and foster positive appreciation of the value of heritage to the wider community.
- The nominees should provide evidence of how its efforts have broadened its community’s understanding of the goals of conservation and the importance of preserving cultural property through its conservation activities
- The nominee should have shown adherence to appropriate heritage conservation standards and overall heritage integrity of the building or feature.
- The restoration or conservation work should have implemented the compatibility of new buildings or structures with the heritage character of a neighborhood, streetscape or setting.
- The restoration or conservation work should have implemented the compatibility of new additions to heritage buildings, in terms of architectural design, scale, form and materials;
- The nominees’ projects should clearly define the historical accuracy of new landscape materials and plants;
- The nominees' projects should have retained the original landscape elements and plan materials.
- The nominee should have been able to clearly list their contribution to the community awareness of heritage resources and issues and the overall impact of these efforts.
- The nominees’ achievements in heritage preservation should be of exceptional relevance to the city’s heritage and gives a positive impression on the city’s image and profile.
Public's Health and Safety Maintenance Excellence Award
The "Public Health and Safety Maintenance Excellence Award" recognizes efforts of the organizations to improve the safety and security of the city. Included would be law enforcement programs, fire and emergency response programs, and youth programs related to public safety, and disaster response programs.
- The nominees’ efforts should have reflected measurable improvement using available data sources, demonstrate that improvement was made in terms of safety, mobility, modal choice, and quality of life in general.
- The nominee should have data and other sources such as surveys, photographs, videos, and testimonials to show how pedestrian, bicyclist, and traffic safety was improved by this project.
- The nominees should have formulated and implemented strategies to improve public safety and security.
- The nominees’ efforts should have resulted after alternatives were considered from among most projects resulting from a thorough and creative review of many options. It should explain how the selected option created the maximum benefit to the greatest number of people at the least cost and environmental impact.
- The nominee should have formulated and implemented strategies to monitoring buildings during renovations and construction to comply with all global standards.
- The nominee should have formulated and implemented strategies to enforce the owners and real estate management companies to comply with global housing standards.
- The nominee should have implemented successfully plans and strategies to improve health and safety performance. These initiatives could cover training, procedures, policies, new safety equipment, improved processes, awareness campaigns etc.
- The nominee should have developed and organized educational programs and campaigns to increase public safety awareness about buildings potential risks and potential disastrous elements such as gas, water, electricity and fire.
- The nominee should have formulated and implemented inspection standards for fire, fire alarm systems, anti flame materials, fire extinguishing systems and fire exits.
- The actions or achievements of the nominees’ program must have made a positive impact in allowing the fire/EMS department to respond to the needs of the community and assist in making that community safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to emergencies of all kinds.
- The nominees should demonstrated how these initiatives have been driven and supported by the senior management who have demonstrated their commitment and been at the forefront of getting the results.
- The nominee should have provided examples of challenges that they had to overcome to successfully implement these initiatives. This could be increasing understanding and awareness of health and safety issues or communication difficulties where the workforce and community do not share a common language.
- The nominee should have well defined statistical reports to quantify the impact that these initiatives have had on the public safety, such as reduced accident rates.
Hazardous Waste Management Excellence Award
The "Hazardous Waste Management Excellence Award", recognizes an outstanding program which addresses the household and CESQG of hazards of waste management at the state or local level and promotes pollution prevention, reduction of hazardous components in the municipal waste streams.
- The nominee's program should have promoted the safe use, storage and disposal of hazardous materials by educating consumers
- The nominee's program should have disposed the leftover or unwanted products through hazardous waste collection facilities.
- The nominee's program should have provided a model for planning, developing, and regulating commercial waste projects
- The nominee's program should have aimed at the mapping of hazardous waste.
- The nominee's program should have identify the gaps in the existing enforcement and subsequent identification of capacity building requirements of the hazardous waste management
- The nominee's program should have provided evaluation of existing disposal facilities
- The nominee's program should have been a composed effort of the formulation of a hazardous waste management concept, the introduction of a comprehensive waste minimization program in the industry and the formulation of bankable subprojects.
- The nominee's program should have provided funds for urgent measures to eliminate immediate threats to the environment and the public health
- The nominee's program should have defined and implemented an environmentally sound management system for hazardous waste generated in the community to protect human health, the environment and to support sustainable industrial development.
- The nominee's program should have showed an increasing awareness and dedication to solving both immediate and long term hazardous waste issues
Maritime Fishing Protection and Development Excellence Award
The "Maritime Fishing Protection and Development Excellence Award", award is given in recognition of significant contribution of the Municipality’s who has demonstrated exceptional contribution to fisheries development in the country and region by building up the Government's institutional and technical capacity to fulfill its overall program for the sustainable rehabilitation of the fishery sector by introducing technical innovations in most aspects of fisheries development.
- The nominee should have played a key role in helping governments grapple with a wide range of maritime issues such as security, threats of sea-borne attacks by terrorists or pirates, border issues, protection of the marine environment, introduced marine species, illegal fishing and boundary delimitation
- The nominee should have combined aspects of marine policy, law, science and security that offer a genuinely comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to the study of maritime issues.
- The nominee should have facilitated development of policies and legislative framework to address fishing and help the development of sustainable management of fish stocks
- The nominee should have initiated programs and strategies to maintain the wholesomeness of the sea and marine environment and life.
- The nominee’s initiative should have provided measurable results in protecting the marine environment and guaranteeing the sustainable utilization of marine resources and maritime safety.
- The nominee’s initiative should have implemented applications of modern technology and scientific research in the field of maritime fishing
- The nominee’s initiative should have constantly strengthened the comprehensive marine management, steadily improved its marine-related laws, and actively developed science, technology and educated pertaining to marine and fishing protection and development.
- The nominee’s initiative should have safeguarded the country's marine rights and interests and rationally developed and utilized marine resources.
- The nominee’s projects should have facilitated the ministry in planning and regulating marine resources, providing the fishing communities with support, and managing and developing fisheries and marine resources.
- The nominee should have provided assistance for the review of policies and strategies and in the preparation of an integrated coastal area management plan.
- The nominee should have aimed at promoting economic development among coastal fishing communities by improving fisheries management and rehabilitating inshore ecosystems.
Future Project Planning and Implementation Excellence Award
The "Future Project Planning and Implementation Excellence Award", recognizes a Municipality’s unique, effective and innovative long-term city planning projects, development strategies implementation and technical support in the areas of economic competitiveness and in enhancing the potential for sustainable economic growth and development.
- The nominee must have devised long- term plans to make its city the 'City of Choice' for entrepreneurs, business leaders, researchers, educators and members of the various creative professions
- The nominees' projects must have promoted a culturally rich, socially diverse and family‐friendly lifestyle
- The nominees' projects must have offered opportunities for personal growth, safety, and well being for all its residents over a long time frame.
- The nominees' projects must have analyzed and supported the opportunities that are of a quality and represents improvement and long-term sustainability
- The nominees' project must have demonstrated quality as an ever-rising standard and therefore should view the quality of a project from a long-term perspective
- The nominees' project must have adopted a horizontal approach cutting across the sectors of urban planning, economic development and environment, and conduct a step-by-step methodology that establishes a vision and development principles
- The nominees' project must have combined a comprehensive strategy aiming to maximize priorities and initiatives across city departments, building partnerships, and providing an umbrella to guide sustainable urban development
- The nominees' project must have been based out of a long-range vision and policy framework for how the city should plan for growth, provide public services, and maintain the qualities that define
- The nominees' project must have pursuit a fully inclusive planning process involving the city, residents, and community groups;
- The nominees' project must have focused on economic development, social development, security, justice and safety, infrastructure, land and environment and public sector excellence.
Transportation and Parking Management Excellence Award
The "Transportation and Parking Management Excellence Award", recognizes efforts that have improved the transportation, traffic and parking management systems of the city. Included would be law enforcement programs, parking facilities and traffic signal management, coordinated traffic controls, and more.
- The nominee must be responsive and innovative to skillfully handle transportation and parking management projects,
- The nominee must have developed and implemented projects for transportation management, ground-transportation logistics and parking facility management
- The nominee must have effectively implemented specific requirements of each project, including facility management, human resources and revenue control and project logistics
- The nominee must have effectively managed curbside logistics at a major airport or other busy public venues
- The nominee must have thrived to take in stride, the fast-paced environment and many other complexities of scheduling transportation.
- The nominee must have efficiently approached the day-to-day management of parking facilities with a focus on outstanding customer service and revenue management.
- The nominee must have facilitated transportation and parking management plans with enhanced cost controls, strategic security systems, revenue-focused parking layout consultation, logical positioning of entrance and exits and clear and concise directional signage.
- The nominee must have proactively seeked new and innovative ways to reduce costs and increase revenue.
- The nominee must have assisted parking management through parking layout analysis, facility maintenance, facility renovation coordination and oversight, signage, complete revenue control, electronic security and payment system upgrades.
- The nominee must have provided strategies for road intersection design, signal analysis & design, traffic signal installation, design, installation.
- The nominee must have implemented plans for operation of complete urban traffic control systems, maintenance & operation of traffic signals
- The nominee’s plans should detect real time changes in traffic flow and adjusts timing parameters constantly to match changing traffic patterns and achieve optimized operation.
- The nominee must have developed user friendly graphical user Interface (GUI) that allows for easy operation of traffic which can be upgraded or expanded to meet changing requirements.
- The nominee must have implemented a hierarchical structure of signal control which facilitates a "modular" approach to system expansion.
- The nominee must have provided details/reports of traffic flows for other planning purposes and integration of other applications into the system.
- The nominee must have enabled a hierarchical system of fall back operation in the event of temporary communications failure. Such equipment faults should be monitored by the system.
- The nominee must have implemented efficient VIP & Emergency Vehicle Preemption Systems which allow traffic lights’ normal operation to be preempted to provide safe passage of emergency vehicles at an intersection.
Parks and Green Spaces Excellence Award
"Parks and Green Spaces Excellence Award," recognizes efforts that have excelled in improving the existing parks and green spaces facilities and providing new amenities, landscape features and wildlife habitats within parks and open spaces.
- The nominee must have identified the different kinds of green space that exist in an urban area.
- The nominee must have determined the history of the development of different kinds of urban green space and described the roles of the city, state, and federal agencies in developing and preserving urban green space.
- The nominee must have described the roles of landscape architects and city planners in developing urban parks.
- The nominee must have identified various public interest groups that work to preserve urban green space and described their objectives, strategies, and accomplishments.
- The nominee must have defined some of the laws that protect urban green space.
- The nominee must have efficiently disseminated knowledge determining the importance of green space in maintaining environmental quality in terms of (a) effect on human life, and (b) effect on wildlife.
- The nominee must have examined the value of parks using participatory, visualization and quantitative survey methods
- The nominee must have analyzed the types and variety of green space and other landscaped public space that best satisfy people’s needs
- The nominee must have implemented projects and plans which have demonstrated how citizen participation can be brought to the strategic planning of "green space" on a continuing basis
- The nominee must have investigated the various functions (e.g. recreation, social interaction, heritage, ecological) of green space and other considerations such as equity or conflicts of use.
- The nominee must have a long-term plan for growing and managing the city’s green space system.
- The nominee must have focused on working to create a vision and framework for a world-class system that connects people with great public spaces, nature preserves, parks, plazas, and streetscapes.
- The nominee must have in place plans which aim to improve existing facilities and provide new amenities, landscape features and wildlife habitats within parks and open spaces
- The nominee must have devised strategies regarding improvements to landscaped areas to help combat problems of crime and disorder.
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