SACOG Salutes! began in 1999 in an effort to recognize outstanding and innovative land-use, transportation and air quality planning, programs and activism throughout the six-county SACOG region.
Following are the eight categories for the SACOG Salutes
- Bill Hughes Elected Official Award
- Blueprint Excellence Award
- Citizen of the Year Award
- Employee of the Year Award
- Mary Brill Youth Excellence Award
- Regional Business of the Year Award
- Regional Organization of the Year Award
- Regional Project of the Year Award
Bill Hughes was the driving force in the expansion of the SACOG Board, bringing voices from all of the region’s cities and counties to the table. He was a tremendous supporter of the Blueprint project and was chair of the SACOG Board at the time of his sudden passing in 2003. This category recognizes leadership excellence by an elected official* who has made a significant contribution to transportation, air quality improvement, or land-use planning in the Sacramento region at the local, state, regional, or federal level.
The Blueprint project is a multi-year study to optimize our transportation system through integrated land-use planning. This category recognizes a project implemented or completed in calendar year 2014, 2015, or 2016, organization, or business for unique approaches to smart growth. The nomination can be for a general plan, complete project, or program that addresses at least four of the following selection criteria and promotes the increased integration of transportation and land-use planning.
This category recognizes an individual or group of individuals in grades kindergarten through 12 who have made significant efforts on a project or campaign to promote peer education, engagement and behavior change in transportation, land use or air quality.
This category is for not-for-profit organizations or government agencies that have achieved overall excellence and made a significant effort to address, inform, and/or educate the public about transportation, air quality improvement, or smart-growth issues.