Playa Vista was developed as one of six communities in the country selected by President Bill Clinton during his time in office as National Pilot Projects of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH). PATH’s goals are to improve the development, dissemination and use of new housing technologies.
Playa Vista was recognized as a model of livable, pedestrian- and transit-friendly communities and was among eight projects to receive a 1999 Ahwahnee Award from the Local Government Commission—a Sacramento-based nonprofit group that studies cities.
Playa Vista received an Energy Star Clean Air Award in 2001 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE). The award honors organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. Playa Vista received the award because it offers residents the ability to manage their household needs without getting into their cars.
Playa Vista was honored by the California Stormwater Quality Association with the 2006 Outstanding Stormwater Best Management Practice Implementation Project Award for its Freshwater Marsh, which reduced pollutants to the Ballona Wetlands, the Ballona Channel and Santa Monica Bay.
Brookfield Residential received a top Gold Nugget award for “exceptional concepts in design, planning and development” for Playa Vista in its Phase II community plan, which the judges applauded for its “ambitiousness, cohesion and clear intention of a knit-together neighborhood.”