In an effort to promote transit-oriented and sustainable development, Move San Diego is forming the “MOVE Alliance” (Mobility Options Viable for Everyone) with Walk San Diego and the California Center for Sustainable Energy as well as individual local experts in transportation, planning, urban design and architecture, to launch this sustainable development endorsement program. The MOVE Alliance endorsment will recognize proposed projects that demonstrate a commitment to creating, preserving and enhancing sustainable transit-oriented communities in the San Diego region. Residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects are eligible for this endorsement, and all projects will be evaluated on the same comprehensive set of principles, including (but not limited to):
· access to high-performing transit,
· project density,
· use of smart growth techniques,
· pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, and
· proximity to employment.
Those that receive the endorsement of the “MOVE Alliance” jury will receive a host of benefits, including permission to use the Alliance’s “seal of recognition,” a formal letter of recognition from the MOVE Alliance members, publicity and exposure through a press release, website recognition and recognition at Move San Diego events, as well as independent testimony at public hearings of decision-making bodies explaining the endorsement program and why the proposed project qualified for sustainable transit-oriented endorsement.
Our primary goal is to promote progress on the planning, development, and use of different transportation modes - such as walking, bicycling and public transit - and the land use patterns that help determine their effectiveness. Move San Diego seeks to bring the region's transportation investments into balance by protecting BOTH the region's enormous investment in roads AND its environment and quality of life. Transportation investments must be made in a more strategic. sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Move San Diego's 2011 accomplishments include influencing Regional Transportation Plan update, launching a new program, the MOVE Alliance, and hosting our first public Green Streets Exposition.
We worked for two years to influence the October 2011adoption of SANDAG’s 2050 Regional Transportation plan update, including California’s first Sustainable Communities Strategy. We increased funds for transit (38% ) and Active Transportation (from $700 million to $2.58 billion), and with our partners, we engaged thousands of people, resulting in 4,000 individual comments on the RTP (400% increase). We successfully pushed for an SCS to include a new regional transit oriented development incentive policy, Complete Streets, and for the development of future transportation and land use scenarios that address the “backsliding” of climate emissions in the last decades of the plan.
Move SD launched our first social enterprise program, the MOVE Alliance. The Alliance was created to help Move SD develop a formal process by which we endorse sustainable land use redevelopment and urban infill, and will review two projects by the end of 2011. We engaged 10 experts to participate, and have perpetuated public interest in this program though marketing presentations and press.
In 2011 Move hosted its first Green Streets Expo, free and open to the public. Over 1,000 people attended the Expo, which showcased clean, green, innovative transportation options, ridesharing, carsharing, electric vehicles and bikes, street cars, transit vehicles and local non-profits working on transportation. We held an evening event honoring 5 transportation leaders and innovators, and raised $27,500 for Move San Diego.
Goals for 2012 are to expand MoveSD, increasing our educational outreach, our research capability, and our advocacy effectiveness.We will do this by improving our fundraising and development plans, with the goal to hire 2 new positions by the end of 2012.
Move San Diego is unique. We are the only non profit advocating for improvements to mass transit for San Diego. Move SD convenes a diverse blend of environmentalists, developers and land use experts with strong connections in business, environment and local government. Staff will provide programs that educate San Diego’s residents and civic leaders on the benefits of improving our great transit system, while taking on climate change and improving quality of life at the same time. Transportation deficits are being discussed at a national, state and local level. Move SD is tracking and commenting on important legislation, and is the local non-profit voice of transit advocacy. Move SD is building coalitions that voices the interests of many sectors in the growth of rapid transit as an answer to congestion, transportation choices, public health issues, conservation of natualr resources and climate change.
After three years of being small, we have big dreams. We will work to expand the organization in 2012, so it can be a regional powerhouse and wealth of information how transporation and land use decisions affect the economy and how we live. We will challenge the policy makers to do more with the taxpayers investments in transportation, and make sure that the feasibility of quality transportation options truly drive the dialogue on where to invest. We are reflective of the new paradigm called for by SANDAG. We will help the region grow inward, creating opportunity rich neighborhoods that serve people of all income levels, with Mobility Options Viable for Everyone.
Thank you for visiting the Move San Diego profile. We are working hard to collaborate with multiple partners to bring forth a new vision for the future of the San Diego region built upon a diverse range of sustainable, accessible mobility choices. Our region has reached a tipping point where the impacts of climate change, suburban sprawl, and increasing fossil fuel based energy costs can no longer be ignored. These challenges create incredible opportunities to focus resources to build compact, complete neighborhoods while protecting our cherished open spaces, develop a new economy with a foundation in green and clean industries and services, and provide a world class public transportation system. Move San Diego is more than just transit advocacy and education, it is about continuing to improve the quality of life for all of the region's residents.
Thank you again for your interest in Move San Diego- we will not be successful without your participation and support. Please, get involved and join Move San Diego today. Your personal time and investment will help us bring about a world of change. I look forward to getting to know you well as we begin to work together to support sustainable communities.
The challenges of building a new non-profit in tough economic times are likely understood by many. Our board is transitioning from being mostly advisory to a working board that is assisting in fundraising, advocacy and organizational development. We have created many opportunities for our organization to succeed in our role as advocates, and are building the volunteer capacity to help us with outreach until we can afford to bring in the staff needed to further our mission: a development director, a program coordinator and a part time administrative assistant.
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