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Phoenix Achieves What Works Cities Certification at the Gold Levelhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/article/1991Articles and Features7/14/2021 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1991/Newsroom_Works_Gold.jpgPhoenix Achieves What Works Cities Certification at the Gold Level<div class="ExternalClassC968FD98FBE64037B88260E5D5AEB92E"><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong><em>Phoenix Recognized as One of the Best American Cities at Using Data and Evidence to Improve Residents' Lives</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/piosite/MediaAssets/Phoenix%20-%20Facebook%20-%20gold.png" alt="Phoenix is a What Works Cities Gold Certified City" style="margin:5px;width:284px;height:242px;" /><br></p><p>Phoenix has achieved 2021 <a target="_blank" href="https://www.bloomberg.org/press/bloomberg-philanthropies-recognizes-16-u-s-cities-using-data-most-effectively-to-improve-residents-lives/">What Works Cities Certification</a>, the national standard of excellence in data-driven city governance. What Works Cities Certification evaluates how well cities are managed by measuring the extent to which city leaders incorporate data and evidence in their decision-making.<br><br>Phoenix has advanced to the Gold level (from the Silver level in 2020) as part of WWC's Certification program. What Works Cities is a national initiative launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies to help cities use data and evidence more effectively to tackle their most pressing challenges.<br><br>"I'm proud that Phoenix has leveled up to earn the What Works Cities Gold certification, especially over the course of an incredibly challenging year in which city staff across departments had to pivot to meet new needs," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. "A city government that uses data, evidence, and resident perspectives to drive decisions and creation of policies and programs is more impactful, and more meaningfully serves its community. This achievement speaks to the innovative, passionate public servants in Phoenix, and the continuous effort to better learn from and respond to the needs and ideas of our residents."<br><br>What Works Cities Certification assesses cities based on their <a target="_blank" href="https://medium.com/what-works-cities-certification/what-works-cities-certification-assessment-guide-5c514f1dff1b">data-driven decision-making practices</a>, such as whether they are using data to set goals and track progress, allocate funding, evaluate the effectiveness of programs, and achieve desired outcomes from contracts with outside vendors. The program also measures whether cities are publicly and transparently communicating about their use of data and evidence.<br><br>Phoenix is among three previously certified cities to advance to the next level of Certification: Phoenix, AZ (Gold); Cambridge, MA (Gold); and Memphis, TN (Gold). Four cities renewed their certification this year: South Bend, IN (Silver); San Jose, CA (Silver); Tempe, AZ (Gold); and Topeka, KS (Silver). <br> <br>"Beginning in 2017, the What Works Cities Certification process has provided Phoenix a clear roadmap to enhance the strategic use of data and evidence across the organization. Leading with data has helped us to successfully navigate the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic," said City Manager Ed Zuercher. "This Certification is a great validation that we are operating at the highest level for the residents we serve."<br><br>The 16 new cities that achieved Certification this year include four cities at the Gold level (Austin, TX; Chattanooga, TN; Detroit, MI; and Gilbert, AZ) and 12 cities at the Silver level: Baton Rouge, LA; Bellevue, WA; Fort Collins, CO; Glendale, AZ; Irving, TX; Little Rock, AR; Madison, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Norfolk, VA; Portland, OR; San Antonio, TX; and Syracuse, NY. <br> <br>"City leaders are using data to understand and support the needs of residents like never before," said Michele Jolin, CEO and Co-Founder of Results for America, the lead partner in the What Works Cities initiative. "Throughout the COVID crisis and a historic reckoning with racial injustice, mayors have relied on data to identify and narrow racial gaps, and to make smarter investments that increase opportunity for all their residents. These cities are testing new solutions and measuring what works, rebuilding trust in government by engaging with their residents, and using evidence and data to drive faster progress on their toughest challenges."<br><br>Jennifer Park, founding director of What Works Cities Certification, shared, "Since Certification was first introduced, cities have made tremendous progress in their ability to build the data capacity and skills needed to drive their decision-making with data and evidence. This year, cities used data and evidence to guide their response to COVID, address budget shortfalls, reimagine public safety, advance equity, and much more. Data wasn't just a valuable tool for city leaders—it was a necessity."<br><br>What Works Cities Certification was developed by a team of experts from Results for America in close consultation with the <a target="_blank" href="https://medium.com/what-works-cities-certification/meet-the-what-works-cities-certification-standard-committee-524ed1394c74">What Works Cities Certification Standard Committee</a>. To evaluate cities, these experts conducted a rigorous validation process of cities' Certification assessments and participated in site visits to the highest-performing cities to determine the city's Certification level.<br><br>The program has inspired a movement of cities that are doubling down on their commitment to building the most well-managed local governments possible and using Certification as a roadmap for doing so. More than 200 cities have completed a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4620807/NEW-2018-Certification-Application">Certification assessment</a> to have their practices benchmarked against the national standard. The assessment is the first step to receiving exclusive support from What Works Cities to continue building a more effective local government. To learn more about the program and how to participate, visit <a target="_blank" href="https://whatworkscities.bloomberg.org/certification/">https://whatworkscities.bloomberg.org/certification</a>.<br></p></div>NewsarticleCommunications OfficeArticleMichael Hammett, Int. Deputy Communications Dir.602-859-5089602-534-0108michael.hammett@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/89/Michael_Hammett.jpgcityofphoenixazPhoenix has advanced to the Gold level (from the Silver level in 2020).

 

 

​Phoenix, Direct Pack Highlight Full Circle of Plastic Recyclinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/2637Public Works (Trash and Recycling)1/27/2023 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2637/Newsroom_PWD_MRF floor.jpg​Phoenix, Direct Pack Highlight Full Circle of Plastic Recycling<div class="ExternalClassFF63C90DC98F485C9B8158A87EBB5337"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">With <a target="_blank" href="/pio/superbowl">Super Bowl LVII</a> less than a month away, the City of Phoenix stands ready to achieve its goal of hosting the greenest Super Bowl events yet. By diverting 92% of waste produced at downtown Super Bowl activities away from the landfill, Phoenix would meet (and exceed) the EPA’s definition of a Zero Waste event.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Recycling is one of the main waste diversion methods. While the Public Works Department collects and sorts recyclables in Phoenix, partners like <a target="_blank" href="https://www.directpackinc.com/">Direct Pack, Inc. (DPI)</a> take it from there, bringing plastics all the way through the remanufacturing process to become new food packaging items once again.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“We don’t want recycling to be a mystery,” said Phoenix Public Works Director Joe Giudice. “We want every Phoenix resident to know what happens to the things they recycle – not only how they get sorted in our Materials Recovery Facility, but also where they go after that, how our partners like Direct Pack process them, and what the recycled items turn into. A transparent process can help people feel more fulfilled as they put items in their blue bins.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Each year, Phoenix processes recyclables from 400,000 households, including some material from other valley cities. All those items are taken to the Materials Recovery Center (MRF) where workers pre-sort items by pulling out things that shouldn’t be there (plastic bags and cords, for example). Disc screens then sort flat items (paper and cardboard) away from 3-dimensional items like cans, bottles, and plastic containers. From there, plastics are further separated from aluminum and glass.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Of the seven different kinds of plastic, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) – a clear, lightweight plastic commonly used for beverage bottles and berry, bakery, and sandwich packaging – is the most recycled worldwide.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“PET plastics are some of the most easily recycled plastics out there,” said Phoenix Public Works Deputy Director Eduardo Rodriguez. “That’s why it’s so important to get things like water bottles and plastic containers in the recycle bin. They can be recycled over and over again in many different forms.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">That’s where DPI comes in. In 2022 alone, DPI purchased 8.1 million pounds of PET from the City of Phoenix and took it to Direct Pack Recycling in Mexicali, Mexico. There the material is sorted, chopped, and washed multiple times before it is put back into the production of new food packaging again.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"With our newest recycling and recovery facility located only a few hours away from Phoenix, we can trace and recover all PET plastic collected in the area with a very low carbon footprint,” said Craig Snedden, president of Direct Pack, Inc. “This transparency is important, so you know that what you put in the recycling bin actually gets recycled and reused. The packaging you put in the recycling bin today can come back as your sandwich or berry packaging a month from now.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Phoenix’s partnership with DPI not only diverts 21 million pieces of thermoformed packaging away from the landfill each year, but it also brings those items through the full, circular business model of the recycling process.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"Recycling plastic bottles and containers is one of the major ways we’ll reach our Zero Waste goals for Super Bowl LVII,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Having a partner like Direct Pack to buy and remanufacture the plastics we sort at our City of Phoenix facilities is essential to diverting waste away from the landfill.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">To learn more about the sorting and remanufacturing processes of plastic recyclables, watch the virtual facility tours <a target="_blank" href="/publicworks/recycleplus">here</a> or fill out a <a target="_blank" href="/publicworks/zero-waste/signup">Zero Waste request form​</a> to schedule a free tour of the MRF.</span></div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNews
Volunteers Needed for Water Wrangler Conservation Program https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2635Water Services1/26/2023 4:58:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2635/Wrangler_NR_BecomeAWranglerb.pngVolunteers Needed for Water Wrangler Conservation Program <div class="ExternalClass21C10981A79B4FD69DCEF3DF0B29C5BB"><html> <div>Phoenix Water is asking community members to donate their time to help others learn about the importance of water conservation.  <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The continued Colorado River water shortage is a stark reminder of how important it is for everyone to reduce their water use. The innovative Water Wrangler program will teach people about water and empower them to share their knowledge with others. It is an excellent opportunity for community-minded people looking to be a positive influence. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Water Wrangler program includes a 12-hour training program that spans four sessions and covers Water 101, Utility Operations, Water Resources and Conservation, and Outreach Education. After completing Phoenix Water Wrangler Institute, participants receive a Certificate of Participation and a shirt. In addition, they will get opportunities to serve as community representatives at local events, public meetings, and City of Phoenix programs. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Periods of drought are common in the desert southwest, sometimes enduring for decades. To be part of the solution, community members must adapt to the desert lifestyle and do their part to be water smart. Through information sharing and community engagement, the Phoenix Water Wrangler Institute will activate water conservation for the benefit of everyone in our community.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>To apply, <a href="/waterservices/waterwrangler" target="_blank"><strong>submit an online application</strong></a> by Jan. 31 for the virtual training.  </div> <div> </div> <div>These are the requirements to participate:  <br></div> <div> <ul> <li>Volunteers who are at least 18 years or older<br></li> <li>A high school graduate/GED equivalent, or higher</li> <li>An excellent communicator  </li> <li>Able to fully complete pre-service, required training</li> <li>Comfortable with public speaking, familiar with community development, and experienced in collaborating across diverse groups</li> <li>Creative, responsible, flexible, and self-motivated </li> <li>Passionate about learning and promoting water conservation and sustainability in our desert city<br></li> </ul> </div> <div> <strong>Where:</strong> Virtual via WebEx (or another digital platform).<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>When:</strong> Trainings are on Thursday evenings starting February 16 to March 9. Volunteer opportunities range across weekdays, weekday evenings, and weekends.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Deadline:</strong> Registration for the Spring 2023 cohort is now open until January 31, 2023. All four training sessions are required to complete the program.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Apply:</strong> <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix.gov/waterwrangler"><strong>phoenix.gov/waterwrangler</strong></a>  <br></div> <div>  </div> <div>Media Contact:   <br></div> <div>Angela Serda  </div> <div>Public Information Specialist   </div> <div>Cell: (623) 499-8919 (call or text)  </div> <div>Email: <a target="_blank" href="mailto:angela.serda@phoenix.gov"><strong>angela.serda@phoenix.gov</strong></a><strong>  </strong></div> <div>   <br></div> <div>Volunteer Program Contact:   <br></div> <div>Emilie Brown<br></div> <div>Water Resource Specialist </div> <div>Phone: 602-495-5653</div> <div>Email:  <a target="_blank" href="mailto:emilie.brown@phoenix.gov"><strong>emilie.brown@phoenix.gov</strong></a><br></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNews
​Phoenix Launches Shared Micromobility Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2634Street Transportation1/20/2023 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2634/micromobility program launch event.jpg​Phoenix Launches Shared Micromobility Program<div class="ExternalClassC0D0AEAFFF0C4D0D9EB0D1149FF93540"><html> <p>​​The City of Phoenix launched its permanent Shared Micromobility Program on Friday by hosting a special event in downtown with vendors Lime and Spin. The vendors showcased their inventory of e-scooters, e-bikes, traditional pedal bikes and adaptive bikes to downtown stakeholders and the media.<br></p> <p>Various vendors have operated e-scooters in downtown Phoenix since September 2019 as part of a city-managed pilot program. On December 14, 2022, City Council authorized the Street Transportation Department to finalize an agreement with Lime and Spin to be the official vendors when the pilot program ended. The permanent program began Friday, and starts ahead of​​ an influx of visitors who will enjoy festivities scheduled to be held in downtown in February in conjunction with Super Bowl LVII.<br></p> <p>Each vendor is permitted to deploy as many as 1,500 vehicles within the program boundary area, with at least 20 percent being a mix of e-bikes and traditional pedal bikes. The micromobility​ vehicles will be available to operate from 5 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. daily. <br></p> <p>The vendors will offer options for individuals with disabilities, as well as reduced rates for those living on low income or who receive government assistance. Additionally, the city has designated some areas as Equity Zones, where historical disinvestment has resulted in a lack of transportation and economic opportunity. The vendors will be required to deploy 30 percent of their fleet within Equity Zones. Discounted rates will also automatically apply for trips beginning in Equity Zones.</p> <p>Learn more about the Shared Micromobility Program and view a program boundary and Equity Zones map by visiting <a target="_blank" href="/streets/scooters">Phoenix.gov/Scooters</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews

 

 

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