This project on Slauson Ave will add new raised landscaped median, add class III bike lane, widen the sidewalk from 8 feet to 11 feet and the aesthetic of the area by installing new furniture and pedestrian lights. The proposed project would reduce the peak hour traffic lane which may result in significant traffic delays.
EnvISIon Quality of Life
The proposed project scored the most points (100 out of a possible 181) in the Quality of Life category. The widening of the sidewalk, proposed landscape medians, installation of pedestrian lights and new street furniture will improve the aesthetic of the area and proposed bike lanes will also encourage alternative modes of transportation and impeases local traffic congestion. Additionally, key stakeholders, affected agencies, and the community have either been or will be engaged to solicit input on the project design.
The project scored 45 out of a possible 106 points in the Leadership category. At an organizational level, sustainability is one of the Values in the Department's strategic plan. At a project team level, the team is committed to evaluating sustainability through the Envision rating system; however there is no clear direction or indication yet on whether funding managers are willing to fund project enhancements to achieve increased sustainability. There is also plenty of opportunity for stakeholder feedback and involvement. Coordination meetings with local residents and SD2 are taking place. A website is developed per SD2's request for residents to provide their feedback. Additionally, an environmental document will be prepared for public review and community meetings will be held.
EnvISIon Resources Allocation
The project scored 58 out of a possible 182 points in the Resource Allocation category. A life cycle energy assessment will not be conducted as part of the project design, so we were unable to obtain points associated with reducing the net embodied energy of the project. Also, our project specifications typically do not include a requirement for obtaining materials and equipment from suppliers who implement sustainable practices. The use of recycled or regional materials to minimize transportation costs and impacts will also not be strict requirement in the project specifications. Also, we were unable to obtain points for commissioning an energy system because there is no energy systems associated with the project. We were able to obtain points for protecting fresh water availability because the project requires minimal usage of freshwater and bio-swales will be constructed (newly landscape medians) where appropriate to capture runoff and recharge the local groundwater.
EnvISIon Natural World
The project scored 41 out of a possible 182 points in the Natural World category. Two items were excluded in our rating because they did not apply to the project. These were the items associated with farmland, and development on steep slopes..
EnvISIon Climate and Risk
The project scored the least points (48 out of a possible 122) in the Climate and Risk category. This is mainly due to the fact that the rating system requires certain studies to qualify for the points. These studies include a carbon life cycle analysis to estimate greenhouse gas emissions and a climate impact assessment to assess climate threat. These studies are typically not conducted for a streetscape project such as this one. Climate change, such as a change in intensity of a 50-year storm, was also not considered in our design, so the project did not receive points associated with preparing for long term adaptability. The proposed landscape medians will reduce the pollutants such as carbon monoxide, sulpher oxide and others.
EnvISIon Overall Rating