City Awards

City of Santa Rosa


  • 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)
  • National Civic League: All American 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 & Community Services


  • Press Democrat's 2014 Best of Sonoma County Reader's Choice Award
    • Best Golf Course - Bennett Valley Golf Course
    • Best Dog Park - Doyle Park
    • Best Campground - Howarth Park
    • Best Summer Camp - Camp Wa-Tam
  • American Institute of Architects, California: Merit Award - De Turk Round Barn Historic Renovation (2014)
  • American Institute of Architects, Redwood Empire Chapter: Honor Award - De Turk Round Barn Historic Renovation (2012)
  • California Preservation Society: Award - De Turk Round Barn Historic Renovation (2014)
  • International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter: Honor Award - De Turk Round Barn Historic Renovation (2013)
  • Structural Engineers Association of Northern California: Award of Merit - De Turk Round Barn Historic Renovation (2012)
  • California Park and Recreation Society: Excellence in Design Award - De Turk Round Barn Historic Renovation (2011)
  • 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 6 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 & 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 Department 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 - Department 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 and Erosion Control Projects Program - Talbot Avenue 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)