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Santa Rosa often wins acclaim for our many programs, innovations, and cost saving techniques. Awards garnered by the City since 2000 include:

League of California Cities

Helen Putnam Award - (COPE) Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (2008)

Sonoma County

Pete Peterka Award - (COPE) Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (2008)

Country Home Magazine

Ten Best Green Places (2008)

Best Life Magazine

100 Best Places to Raise a Family (2008)

National Civic League

All America City Award (2007)


Finance

National Purchasing Institute

Achievement of Excellent in Procurement Award - Purchasing and Stores Section (2005-2011)

Government Finance Officers Association

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Government Finance Officers Association

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

California Society of Municipal Finance Officers

Excellence in Operating Budgeting


Public Works

The Waterfront Center

Excellence on the Waterfront Award – Prince Memorial Greenway (2008)

Association of Environmental Professionals

Award for Outstanding Planning Document – Citywide Creek Master Plan (2007)

California League of Cities

Helen Putnam Award for Excellence – Prince Memorial Greenway (2004)

California Environmental Protection Agency

National Pollution Prevention Week Award – for exemplary work and efforts in pollution prevention (2002)


Recreation, Parks and Community Services

California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS)

Award of Excellence – Prince Memorial Greenway Park (2008)

California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS)

Award of Excellence – Howarth Park Maintenance: Bridging the Gap Between Recreation, Parks, and the Community (2008)

Family Life Magazine

Reader’s Choice Award – Youth arts and crafts; dance; drama programs; and youth horseback riding at Howarth Park (2008)

International Society of Arboriculture

Gold Leaf Award for Outstanding Arbor Day Activities – 30 years of USA Arbor Day celebrations in Santa Rosa (2008)

Family Life Magazine

Family Favorite Award – Camp Wa-Tam; youth drama, art, and dance programs (2007 and 2008)

Best Art Program - ArtStart

Best Summer Camps Program - Camp Wa-Tam

Best Party Location and Best Local Attraction - Howarth Park

Bohemian Newspaper

Howarth Park was voted “best park”, “best birthday party spot”, and “best picnic spot” by readers (2006 - 2012)

Camp Wa-Tam - best Summer Day Camp in Sonoma County (2010-2012)

Bennett Valley Golf Course - Best Public Golf Course (2010-2012)

Rincon Valley Community Park - Honorable Mention Best Dog Park (2010-2012)

California Parks and Recreation Society

CPRS Award – Art in Public Places program contributing to Economic Development (2005)

Bohemian Newspaper

Best Day Camp – Camp Wa-Tam (2005-2013)

California Counties Facilities Services Assn. (CCFSA)

2011 Award of Excellence for exceptional dedication to facilities and excellence through best practices, process innovation, staff development, department automation, and energy program improvements; one of only six cities/counties in California to receive this award. (2013)

US EPA

City Hall and Municipal Service Center-South earned Energy Star ratings in 2011

California Heritage Council

Certificate of Recognition (2012)

Arbor Day Foundation

Tree City USA Award (2006-2013)


Economic Development and Housing

California Association of Local Economic Development (CALED)

Award of Excellence for the Aggressive Economic Development Zoning Measures in conjunction with Economic Development and Housing (2013)

PCBC – The Premier Building Show

Award of Merit, Best in the West – Arroyo Point Apartments, Best Affordable Project under 30 du/acre and Best Apartment Project up to three stories (2008)

The Crossings at Santa Rosa

Award of Appreciation – Housing Authority (2008)

United States Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

High Performer Award – Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (2007)

International Economic Development Council

Honorable Mention – Venture Communities Program Special Event (2007)

California Association for Local Economic Development

Economic Development Award of Merit – Economic Development Strategy Phase I (2007)

NAHRO

National Award of Merit - Grace Brothers (2006)

Downtown Research and Development Center

Downtown Development Award

PSWRC NAHRO

National Merit Award – Dept. of Economic Development and Housing (2003 and 2006)

California Association for Local Economic Development

Economic Development Program Award of Merit – Venture Communities Program (2006)

NAHRO

National Award of Merit – Jay’s Place (2003)

California Redevelopment Association

Award of Excellence – Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa and Kenneth R. Blackman Conference Center -Redevelopment Agency (2003)

PSWRC NAHRO

National Merit Award – Economic Development and Housing (2003)

California Redevelopment Association

Award of Excellence – Santa Rosa Center Redevelopment Project – Redevelopment Agency (2001)

PCBC

Best in the West Gold Nugget Award – North Point Village, Best Affordable Housing – Housing Authority (2001)


Transit

California Transit Association

Small Operator’s Transit Excellence Award (2008)


Utilities

California Storm Water Quality Association (CASQA)

Outstanding Storm Water News, Information, Outreach and Media Award (2013)

Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Outstanding Outreach Participation – Top Agency in ACWA’s Region 1 (2012)

Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Best in Blue Award Finalist – Take it from the Tap! (2012)

North Bay Business Journal

Top Project Award Winner – Utilities Field Operations Building (2011)

Green Giant Green Award

Fuel from Aquatic Biomass (FAB) Project (2011)

Storm Water Solutions Magazine

Top Storm Water & Erosion Control Projects Program – Talbot Ave Storm Water Quality Offset Improvement Project (2010)

Association of California Water Agencies

Theodore Roosevelt Environmental Award – Fuel from Biomass (FAB) Project (2009)

Association of Municipal Water Agencies

Platinum Award for Utility Excellence – City of Santa Rosa Utilities Department (2009)

California Storm Water Quality Association

CASQA Outstanding Storm Water News, Information, Outreach and Media Award – Santa Rosa High Schools Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment Program, City of Santa Rosa Storm Water and Creeks Program (2009)

Association of Environmental Professionals

Outstanding Media Coverage of an Environmental Topic – Storm Water and Creeks Program Summary (2009)

Pearson Education

Pearson Education Sustainability Award – Utilities Aquatic Biomass to Fuel Project (2009)

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Clean Water Act Recognition Award – 2nd Place Pretreatment Subregional Water Reuse System – Environmental Compliance (2008)

National WateReuse Association

Institution of the Year Award – Subregional Water Reuse System (2008)

Association of Municipal Water Agencies

Gold Award for Competitiveness Achievement (2006)

Association of California Water Agencies

Claire A. Hill Water Agency Award for Excellence – The Geysers Recharge Project (2005)

American Council of Engineering Companies

ACEC Honor Award – The Geysers Recharge Project (2005)

Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California

CELSOC Excellence Honor Award – The Geysers Recharge Project (2005)

IREC Renewable Energy Innovation Award

Aquatic Biomass to Fuel Project (2008)

ICLEI Climate Innovation Award

Aquatic Biomass to Fuel Project (2008)


Community Development

California Association of Local Economic Development (CALED)

Award of Excellence for the Aggressive Economic Development Zoning Measures in conjunction with Economic Development and Housing (2013)

American Planning Association

Neighborhood Planning Award of Merit for the North Santa Rosa Station Area Specific Plan (2013)

American Planning Association

Merit Award for Focused Issue Planning – Station Area Specific Plan (2008)


Police

California Law Enforcement Challenge

First Place for Traffic Safety Efforts (2007)

California Highway Patrol

Commissioner’s Award for Overall Traffic Safety and Excellence (2007)