ULI Sacramento’s Vision Honors Awards is an annual recognition of outstanding leadership in this region’s land use community. We celebrate projects, people, and efforts that shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in our Sacramento communities.
The last two years have been unusually challenging for many of us, including our businesses, our professions, and our personal circumstances. In spite of numerous obstacles, our members have found a way forward. For this reason, we will be honoring leadership occurring over the last two years instead of just one year.
Please join us on November 10, 2021, at the newly-renovated Sacramento Convention Center, to help recognize and celebrate our 2021 Vision Honors finalists and winners!
ULI Sacramento will present awards in the following categories:
- Project of the Year (2019-2021)
- Affordable & Workforce Housing Project (2019-2021)
- Building Healthy Places (2019-2021)
- Change Maker (2019-2021)
- ULI Sacramento Member/Achiever (2019-2021)
Winners will exemplify ULI’s mission of shaping the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities within ULI Sacramento’s coverage area, which includes the six-county Sacramento region, as well as the area south to Stockton and north to Redding. All winning projects and activities must have been completed between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2021. Nominations, made by members and non-members, closed in mid-June. Finalists for each category will be selected by a distinguished jury of ULI members, and will be asked for additional information on their submission. Finalists who are non-members must join ULI to continue in the selection process.
Winners will be announced in early September.
Project of the Year
The prestigious Project of the Year Award exemplifies ULI’s mission. The winning project will represent the highest standards of achievement in the development industry and will be evaluated with the following criteria:
- Achieves a high standard of excellence in all areas-architecture, planning and design, construction, amenities, economics, and management, etc.
- Must demonstrate innovation, market success, and meets the current and future needs of its surrounding community
- Considered Transformative, Innovative, Sustainable and a Catalyst for Economic Development
- Provides lessons, strategies, or techniques that other communities can replicate or adapt honoring ULI’s best practice principles.
Affordable and Workforce Housing Project of the Year
The Affordable and Workforce Housing Project of the Year achieves a high standard of excellence in all areas-architecture, planning and design, construction, amenities, economics, and management, etc. The project considers the needs of the surrounding community and provides lessons and strategies that other communities can replicate honoring ULI’s best practice principles. In addition, the Affordable and Workforce Housing Project will be evaluated based on the following:
- Mixed-Income Housing and Communities: Degree to which the development creates mixed-income housing or contributes to the creation of mixed-income communities through development or preservation of affordable or workforce housing.
- Community Impact: Degree to which the project has met its affordability goals. While developments that are substantially or recently complete will be considered, a project will stand out to the jury when they can see the impact on the surrounding neighborhood and residents
- Innovation: Degree to which the financing, design, technologies, and/or regulatory/policy support reflects innovations that increase affordability, reduce costs, and/or gain project approvals.
The winner will also be entered into ULI’s Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards 2022 competition.
Building Healthy Places Award: Place, Policy or Organization
The Building Healthy Places Award will include a Place, Policy, or Organization that exemplifies ULI’s mission. The winning Place, Policy, or Organization advances the understanding of the interconnectivity between health, equity, and the built environment and improves the health of the people and communities – physically, emotionally, and economically. The winner may be public sector, non-profit, public/private partnership or entirely private sector. The winner must demonstrate lessons, strategies, and techniques that could be used or adapted in other communities honoring ULI’s best practice principles.
The Change Maker Award celebrates an individual who has demonstrated exceptional ability to improve the Sacramento region by taking action for the common good, resulting in a widespread, beneficial impact on land use. This individual has selflessly spent time, during the last two years, bettering the community by gathering resources and/or knowledge to make a positive change to the way our community understands land use development. Examples of Change Makers could include an individual who:
- Ideated and implemented a new approach to community development
- Oversaw the implementation of a new project or policy that fundamentally improved the quality of life for an under-resourced neighborhood
- Increased awareness and promoted solution(s) to solve a significant industry challenge
Opportunities to Get Involved in Vision Honors 2021
Registration to attend Vision Honors will open in mid-September.
We will also be seeking a variety of event sponsors for Vision Honors this year.
If you would like to be notified when registration opens or are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mary Clementi at Mary.Clementi@uli.org.