The Grow Smart Awards were established in 2005 to recognize exemplary efforts in planning and development that help create great places to live. Award recipients illustrate smart growth principles in a variety of ways. Recipients are selected by a jury of community leaders and industry professionals. Jury members are selected based on an illustration of solid knowledge of smart growth principles.

We hold the annual awards program in the fall of each year to recognize awarded projects.

Awarded projects and plans are plotted on the map above.

  • To see a key of the icons, click on the icon in the upper left corner next to the map title.
  • Zoom into an area to see all of the projects as they overlap when zoomed out.
  • Clicking on an icon will give you more information about each, and a link to more information on our website.
  • You can also browse the awards through the following links:

Charles Hummel Award

The Charles Hummel Award is an award given by the Idaho Smart Growth Board of Directors to leaders who have exemplified dedication to and implementation of smart growth principles in their careers and lives, reflecting a respect for place as well as for design and function.

Charles Hummel
Pete O’Neill
Stephen Meyer
Ken Howell
Jane Lloyd
Nancy Chaney
Renée Magee
Dale Bates
Doug Fowler
ElJay Waite

President’s Award

Prior to the establishment of the Charles Hummel Award, Idaho Smart Growth staff and board gave out the President’s award to a project or person exemplifying smart growth principles as part of the Grow Smart Awards.

Caldwell City Center Revitalization Plan
Banner Bank
Bown Crossing
Frank Martin
Sherry McKibben

Congratulations to the 2019 Grow Smart Award recipients! Accepting the awards were (L-R): Jim Bennet – Lewiston City Library & 5th St Reconstruction, Brooke Green – Kootenai Street Traffic Calming Plan, Doug Holloway – Boise River Greenbelt, Jackie Aymon – McCall in Motion, ElJay Waite – Charles Hummel.

They are joined in the picture by Idaho Smart Growth Board President Wyatt Johnson and our featured speaker, Robert Liberty.

2020 Grow Smart Awards

The 2020 Grow Smart Awards will be held on November 2020. Stay tuned for more information and don’t forget to nominate!