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Grow Smart Awards
We have announced the names of the recipients of the 2014 Grow Smart Awards, which will be presented at the Grow Smart Awards Celebration on Thursday, November 13, 5-7:30 pm at the McCleary Auditorium at Saint Alphonsus Medical System in Boise. The public is invited; tickets and more information are available at www.idahosmartgrowth.org. 
 
Smart growth is a range of characteristics related to a community’s decisions about land use, transportation, housing, patterns of growth and development and the preservation of its cultural identity and natural beauty. Smart growth actions equally strengthen a community’s economy, environment and its citizens. Each year Idaho Smart Growth celebrates excellent examples of smart growth projects from around the state. Submissions are reviewed by a jury of experts and awards are given in a variety of categories—not always each year.
 
This year’s award categories and recipients:
 
Community Excellence: 30th Street Cultural Arts Plan. An artist-led neighborhood plan for the city of Boise to help the West End build a strong cultural identity.
Green Building: CSHQA Boise Office. The architectural/engineering firm renovated an old warehouse into their LEED-Platinum-pending high-performance office space.
Commercial: 8th & Main Building. Downtown Boise’s most important and long-vacant corner is now home to Idaho’s tallest building, a mixed-use project with two levels of retail, internal parking, and offices. 
Small Community: Heartwood Center. A 100+-year-old former church in Sandpoint is preserved and gets new life as a civic center and community focal point.
Planning and Public Policy: McCall Downtown Master Plan Update. Resort community in southwest Idaho has a new plan for growing its downtown in a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly pattern.
Transportation: Moscow Intermodal Transit Center. North Idaho town builds transportation hub that makes connections among the downtown and the university, and accommodates pedestrians, bicycles, cars, vans and busses.
Mixed-Use: Owyhee Place and Owyhee Flats. Boise’s oldest hotel, from 1910, is renovated into a lively center comprising restaurants and other retail, conference spaces, offices and 36 rental apartments, while maintaining the historical design.
Charles Hummel Award: Jane Lloyd. This award recognizes personal integrity and commitment to smart growth principles. Jane Lloyd is a passionate civic advocate, leader, cultural and economic development ambassador and Idaho Smart Growth cofounding board member and tireless champion.
 
Sponsors of the 2014 Grow Smart Awards include host Saint Alphonsus Health System; Award Sponsors Idaho Power, Givens Pursley, HDR, CTA, the Owyhee; Event Sponsors McKibben + Cooper, CSHQA, McClendon Engineering, Spink Butler; Table Sponsors Andersen Construction, Harmony Design, city of Boise  and Harris Ranch.
 
Holiday Social
ISG is teaming with the US Green Building Council Idaho Chapter and the Urban Land Institute Idaho District Council for a combined member holiday gathering on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 5-8 pm, in the Owyhee lounge on Main Street in Boise. Join with friends from our partner organizations for fellowship and networking. The event is free; no-host food and drinks will be available. 
Peter Koonce Lecture
ISG is a cosponsor of an upcoming visit from transportation engineer Peter Koonce. Peter will present a free public lecture on street design dynamics and their impacts on our communities. Join us for this presentation!
 
The DNA of City Streets: Rethinking the Use of Street Right of Way
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6:00-7:00pm
Boise State University
Student Union Building: Jordan AB Ballroom
 
Peter Koonce, P.E., is a transportation engineer working to make systems more sustainable. He has worked in the public and private sectors serving communities with both practical and innovative solutions in Portland, OR.
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