Del Paso Heights Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) Project

In January 2015, the City of Sacramento received notice that it had been selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program.  The SDAT program is an interdisciplinary community assistance program that focuses on the principles of sustainability by bringing teams of professionals to work with community decision-makers and stakeholders to help them develop a vision and framework for a sustainable future. The SDAT program is based upon a multidisciplinary understanding of the design process, with the goal of creating more sustainable places through a process that is holistic and rich with public input.

Six components of the SDAT program

  1. Preliminary visit

  2. Three-day visit from a multidisciplinary team

  3. A report highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the community with regard to sustainability, along with the opportunities and obstacles to change

  4. Consultations after a three-day visit

  5. A conference call six months after delivery of the assessment report to review progress

  6. One-day follow-up visit to complete a secondary assessment, one year after the SDAT report is delivered

The focus of the Sacramento SDAT project was on revitalization of the Del Paso Heights Community. The objective was to utilize the expertise of the multidisciplinary SDAT team to assist the city and its citizens in addressing key issues facing the community through the development of an updated planning framework for neighborhoods and urban villages with a focus on achieving sustainability through good design, education, and community participation.

Please Read the Final Report, “Reaching New Heights in Del Paso Heights” by Clicking Here.