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New Service Supports Sky Harbor Customers Who Are Blind or Have Low Visionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/2417Aviation7/18/2022 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2417/AIRA Newsroom.jpgNew Service Supports Sky Harbor Customers Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision<div class="ExternalClass27A3632B9C3443678B993DD3644E6AC2"><html> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">PHOENIX – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has added a new service to support customers who are blind or have low vision as they travel. This new service, called Aira, provides guidance through a mobile app to assist passengers with a variety of needs, including moving through crowds, avoiding obstacles, finding gates, using self-service kiosks and navigating through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>“Aira is great addition. It offers a whole new level of assistance for passengers who are blind or have low vision and builds on Sky Harbor's ongoing efforts to be a welcoming place for all our residents and visitors," said Mayor Kate Gallego. "I'm proud to know that Phoenix Sky Harbor, America's Friendliest Airport</span> <strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <em> <sup>®</sup> </em> </strong> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">, continues to be a leader in airport accessibility experiences for all travelers."<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>To provide this assistance, the Aira mobile app connects users with professionally trained visual </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">interpreters, who use live-streamed video to translate visual information into descriptive audio at the touch of a button, providing better efficiency, engagement and independence.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>“The addition of Aira service started with a constituent request to my office, asking to see how we could improve accessibility at Phoenix Sky Harbor," said Councilwoman Debra Stark, Chair of the city's Transportation, Infrastructure and Planning Subcommittee. “I'm proud that the Aviation team took this to heart, and made it happen. It's really a success story for their commitment to customer service."<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>The Aira app is free to download and available in the Apple App and Google Play stores. While accessing the service for personal use can require a monthly subscription, Phoenix Sky Harbor will offer the service for free to users at the Airport.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>Phoenix Sky Harbor has partnered with the nonprofit Foundation for Blind Children to help </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">promote the addition of Aira service at the Airport. Airport experience tours are one of the </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ways the Foundation helps their participants develop the skills needed to travel independently with confidence.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>“Our organization was founded to help people who are blind or visually impaired achieve greater independence, where vision loss is a diagnosis and not a disability" said Marc Ashton, Foundation for Blind Children Chief Executive Officer. “By making this commitment to, and investment in greater accessibility, Phoenix Sky Harbor is truly helping to advance that vision."<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>In addition to Aira, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport offers a variety of tools and programs for people with disabilities. Most recently, the Airport implemented hearing loops in renovated areas of Terminal 3 and the newly-added Terminal 4 Eighth Concourse, to improve accessibility for hearing-aid users to airport announcements and the overhead paging system. Phoenix Sky Harbor also provides a sensory room for individuals with autism, dementia or other sensory-related conditions.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>"At Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, we're committed to providing all of our customers the best possible experience, which includes making sure accessibility is a top </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">priority," said Director of Aviation Services Chad Makovsky. “I hope that with the addition of Aira service, our passengers will be empowered to travel the way they want when they choose Sky Harbor."</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>More information about the Airport's accessibility and assistance programs is available at </span> <a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="https://www.skyharbor.com/beforetraveling/Accessibility" target="_blank">https://www.skyharbor.com/beforetraveling/Accessibility</a> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">.</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br> </span>​<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNewsaviationNew AIRA Service APP Aviation#SkyHarbor #accessibility#aviation #AIRA Sky Harbor, accessibility, low vision, AIRATamra Ingersoll602-341-0928tamra.ingersoll@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/7/Tamra_Ingersoll.jpgPHXSkyHarbor

 

 

Take a Bite Out of Phoenix: City of Phoenix Partners with Local First Arizona to Celebrate Local Foodhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2648Environment & Sustainability2/3/2023 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2648/downtown phoenix.JPGTake a Bite Out of Phoenix: City of Phoenix Partners with Local First Arizona to Celebrate Local Food<div class="ExternalClass3669C6E761BB4CD8AAA863BA947B4852"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">J</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ust </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">in time for Super Bowl, the City of Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs and Local First Arizona are teaming up to launch its Phoenix: Let's Eat Local! campaign on Feb. 4 celebrating local restaurant owners, farmers, advocates and more to help build stronger food systems in Phoenix communities.</span></p> <p>“I can't think of a better time to launch this campaign," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “There are so many incredible local restaurants in Phoenix that I hope visitors will be able to try while they are here for the big game. Eating local is the ultimate way to get a taste of what Phoenix is about." </p> <p>Several areas were selected to highlight during the campaign due to the diversity of the Phoenix food scene. Roosevelt Row, Melrose, and Grand offer a well-known food community in the downtown Phoenix area, while Miracle Mile continues to emerge. South Phoenix, Maryvale, Eastlake Park and Nuestro Barrios Unidos features unique local neighborhood character and diversity in population.</p> <p>As a part of the campaign's initiative, the City of Phoenix is working towards making sure all residents have access to affordable, healthy local food options. On March 4, 2020, Mayor Kate Gallego and Phoenix City Council approved the 2025 Phoenix Food Action Plan, which features a goal to offer healthy food for all by 2050. </p> <p>“When residents support local food, they are supporting Phoenix communities as well as contributing to a more sustainable city," said Environmental Programs Administrator Nancy Allen. “When Phoenix businesses work together to produce, process and distribute food locally, they are also helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."</p> <p>In addition to connecting residents with local food options, the Phoenix Food Systems Program helps connect Phoenix residents with local farmers and food business owners with resources to grow food and operate a more sustainable business. It also empowers residents by educating them on how to grow their own produce. </p> <p>Residents can learn more about the Phoenix: Let's Eat Local! campaign and see a directory of local eateries in various Phoenix areas by visiting <a href="/oep/phxeatlocal" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/oep/PHXeatlocal​</a>. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews
Phoenix PD Awarded Prestigious Accreditationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2647Police2/2/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2647/Newsroom Graphic (1).pngPhoenix PD Awarded Prestigious Accreditation<div class="ExternalClass1DE656AAC3C74636BAFE51BB9DBD85C6"><html>​The Phoenix Police Department is now one of more than 20 statewide agencies that have earned accreditation through the Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ALEAP).<br><br>The Department has finalized this rigorous self-assessing program which has already improved operations and enhanced transparency. This accreditation is awarded through the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP).<br><br>The process of accreditation began two years ago, in January of 2021. ALEAP is entered into voluntarily and allows for each agency to conduct an internal review of policies and operations to meet 175 specific ALEAP standards. The review culminates with an extensive on-site assessment by a designated ALEAP Assessment Team which examines practices, procedures, management, operations, and support services. The public was also invited to offer input to the assessment team. Accreditation provides another layer of oversight, in which the community can be reassured that our department remains dedicated to providing professional services in a transparent environment.<br><br>Interim Chief Michael Sullivan attended the ALEAP Award Ceremony to accept the accreditation for the Phoenix Police Department. “When it comes down to it, accreditation is about improving overall performance and making sure we are in compliance with proven national standards and best practices,” said Chief Sullivan. “I believe that the Phoenix Police Department is better off today than when we started this process two years ago, and that we are set up for continued success in the years to come.”<br><br>This initial accreditation period is four years with annual reviews and updates to the accreditation standards. At the conclusion of the four-year period, another on site review will be scheduled to renew the accreditation for the Phoenix Police Department.<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNews
One-of-a-Kind Community Garden in Downtown Phoenix Unveiled in Advance of Super Bowl LVII https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2645Parks and Recreation2/1/2023 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2645/Republic-Services-Sustainable-Garden.jpgOne-of-a-Kind Community Garden in Downtown Phoenix Unveiled in Advance of Super Bowl LVII <div class="ExternalClass52D76523A7074B3586179DF3EECFC675"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">​​​​City of Phoenix officials, Republic Services and community leaders celebrated the unveiling of the Republic Services Garden at Margaret T. Hance Park Wednesday in downtown Phoenix.   </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">During a ribbon-cutting event, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari, Republic Services President and CEO Jon Vander Ark and community partners including Phoenix Community Alliance and the Hance Park Conservancy revealed the one-of-a-kind sustainable garden at Margaret T. Hance Park.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“As Phoenix welcomes thousands of visitors to Hance Park for Super Bowl LVII in just a few days, this Republic Services Garden will be a must-see experience,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “Public parks and open spaces are essential to healthy communities, and this sustainable garden is an investment that will pay dividends for those visiting and living in our downtown Phoenix community.” </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"I'm thrilled to finally showcase what a sustainable desert garden oasis can look like at Margaret T. Hance Park. Green spaces not only become a symbol of connected, active communities, but demonstrate the City's dedication to making Hance a world-class city destination," Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari said. " This one-acre addition to this downtown gem is sure to wow Super Bowl visitors and will greatly serve residents and families across our city for years to come." </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Fans of Super Bowl LVII, visitors and Phoenix residents will be able to enjoy the  garden, the latest component of the Hance Park Revitalization Project. The garden is sure to be an attraction to residents, visitors and anyone attending the Super Bowl Experience Presented by Lowe’s at Hance Park. Republic Services is the official Environmental Services Sponsor of the Experience.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">In spring of 2022, the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department partnered with Phoenix-based  Republic Services and Phoenix Community Alliance to announce the construction of the sustainable garden. The Republic Services Charitable Foundation’s $2 million sponsorship helped build the one-acre sustainable oasis featuring native desert plants and shaded walking and seating areas.   </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Republic’s vision is to partner with customers to create a more sustainable world, so we are proud to be working through our Charitable Foundation on our largest neighborhood revitalization project yet, right here in our hometown of Phoenix,” said Jon Vander Ark, Republic Services president and CEO. “This one-of-a-kind sustainable garden represents our commitment to creating cleaner, healthier and stronger spaces in the neighborhoods where our team members and customers live and work.” </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">When fully complete, the Republic Services Garden at Margaret T. Hance Park will feature 33 native desert plants chosen for their ability to thrive in the Phoenix heat and their low water requirements. The diverse selection of plants will provide a habitat for pollinators such as butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. The area includes a recycled steel canopy to shade walking paths, seating areas and swings, and energy efficient LED lighting is included for nighttime use.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Phoenix Parks are essential to a healthy urban environment and this garden will serve as a gathering place where residents and visitors can explore and enjoy nature,” Parks and Recreation Board Chair Kelly Dalton said. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div style="text-decoration:underline;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <strong style="">About the Hance Park Revitalization Project  </strong> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The <a target="_blank" href="/parks/hancerevitalization">Margaret T. Hance Park Revitalization Project</a> is a public-private partnership led by the Hance Park Partner Coalition, consisting of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Phoenix Community Alliance and Hance Park Conservancy.   </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Funding for the Hance Park Revitalization Project, estimated at $100 million, will come from public and private sources. City of Phoenix has dedicated $15 million of voter-approved Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative (PPPI) funds toward the project. A fundraising campaign is being led by the Phoenix Community Alliance and Hance Park Conservancy to generate private funding.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">  </span> </div> <div style="text-decoration:underline;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <strong>About Republic Services, Inc. </strong> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.republicservices.com/">Republic Services, Inc.</a> is a leader in the environmental services industry. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides customers with the most complete set of products and services, including recycling, solid waste, special waste, hazardous waste, container rental and field services. Republic's industry-leading commitments to advance circularity, reduce emissions and decarbonize operations are helping deliver on its vision to partner with customers to create a more sustainable world. </span></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

 

 

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