Nominations are open now and will be accepted until September 15, 2014.
About the Sustainable Transport Award
Since 2005, the Sustainable Transport Award has recognized cities around the globe for profound leadership and vision in sustainable transport and urban livability improvements in the preceding year. These cities or major jurisdictions have shown throughout the previous year immense progress in implementing innovative transport and urban development strategies.
2013 winner Mexico City was recognized for expanding its Metrobús bus rapid transit (BRT) system and implementing the ECOBICI public bike-sharing program, while 2014 winner Buenos Aires transformed its city center into a pedestrian thoroughfare. Other cities from around the world have reduced greenhouses gas (GHG) emissions, improved air quality, brought in transit-oriented development (TOD) strategies, and nurtured healthier, more vibrant communities.
This award, while meant to highlight the achievements of one city, is also meant to show all city leaders what can be achieved by integrating sustainable mobility into planning and governance.
How to nominate
Nominations are accepted from any interested parties – including government, non-profit/NGOs, community groups, or academic institutions – that have a working knowledge of the city’s projects and can provide verifiable data and contact information for the city.
The winning city will be announced at the 94th Annual Transport Research Board Conference, hosted in January in Washington, D.C. This ceremony draws over 12,000 urban transport professionals from across the country. Past speakers have included former Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa, New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, and Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard.
The selection committee
The STA Committee includes the most respected experts and organizations working internationally on sustainable transport. Members of the Committee include:
- Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
- The World Bank
- Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
- GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)
- Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center (CAI-Asia)
- Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation in Developing Countries
- Clean Air Institute for Latin America
Last year’s winner: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, a city of three million, implemented 23 km (18 miles) of its Metrobús Sur BRT line, expanding the system throughout the city and cutting commute times in half. The city also transformed its city center into a pedestrian-friendly environment, along with redesigning much of its signage and intersections across the city to make walking safer and more enjoyable for people. These design changes have created a culture where people feel their safety is placed above the efficiency of car travel, while also making it easier for residents to gain greater access to their city in a way that promotes health.