City of Phoenix Hosts Its Largest Neighborhood Tree Planting Event of the Seasonhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/3039Environment & Sustainability3/1/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3039/image000001.JPGCity of Phoenix Hosts Its Largest Neighborhood Tree Planting Event of the Season<div class="ExternalClassCAA0A79D70654191B18E50FFF6932A6A"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​The </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">City of Phoenix is planting approximately 200</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> 24" box trees for grant recipients living in a Westwood neighborhood on Saturday, March 2, marking it as the biggest City-sponsored neighborhood tree planting event of the season.</span></p> <p>“Planting trees across Phoenix not only enhances the beauty of our neighborhoods but also puts in motion our strategic vision for urban forestry. These trees represent our commitment to shade equity and climate resilience, ensuring that every resident enjoys the benefits of a greener, cooler, and more inviting environment," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.</p> <p>Last fall, the Office of Heat Response and Mitigation launched its Community Canopy grant program which offers free trees and tree planting support for residents and neighborhoods in <a href="https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sadda/sadda_qct.html" target="_blank">Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs)</a>. </p> <p>"I am incredibly proud to represent such a vibrant and engaged community," Councilwoman Laura Pastor said. “It brings me great joy to see so many of my constituents taking advantage of the Community Canopy grant program, as it not only beautifies our neighborhoods but also has numerous environmental benefits."</p> <p>Trees for the tree planting are being supplied by <a href="https://www.treeland.com/" target="_blank">Treeland Nurseries</a> and contractor <a href="https://westcoastarborists.com/" target="_blank">West Coast Arborists</a> will plant trees for grant recipients. In addition, each resident will receive a supply bag equipped with an irrigation timer, a moisture meter, a 100-foot hose, two t-shirts as well as information on their trees and how to care for them. </p> <p>“The goal of these tree plantings is to provide more shade to homes in Phoenix neighborhoods as well as bring communities together. A lot of these residents are meeting their neighbors for the first time," says Urban Tree Project Manager Lora Martens. “These tree plantings in front line communities, are truly improving the tree equity gap in our city." </p> <p>The grant program is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and <a href="https://phoenix-gov.formstack.com/forms/community_canopy_grant_application" target="_blank">applications</a> for the Community Canopy grant program are still being accepted. Residents interested in getting trees planted in their neighborhood can submit their application online at <a href="/heat" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/heat</a>. All projects must be completed by Dec. 31. <br><br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programsEnvironment
Phoenix Remains an A-Lister in Environmental Actionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2921Environment & Sustainability11/14/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2921/Copy of Untitled (749 x 421 px) (1).pngPhoenix Remains an A-Lister in Environmental Action<div class="ExternalClass0833937C225B4DB3ABF5744628DEF9C8"><html>​<span data-ogsc="black">Phoenix has been recognized by<a href="https://www.cdp.net/en/articles/citiesannouncements/new-class-of-119-a-list-cities-show-climate-action-becoming-mainstream-for-worlds-cities" target="_blank"> <span data-ogsb="yellow">Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)</span> </a>as one of 119 cities across the globe that is taking bold leadership on environmental action and transparency. <span data-ogsb="yellow">Thanks</span> to the environmental efforts implemented by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and the City, Phoenix received an A score.</span><br><br><span data-ogsc="black">"Phoenix is on the frontlines of climate change, which is why we're working day-in and day-out to develop new strategies to cut emissions, build resilient infrastructure, and importantly, empower residents to take climate action, too," Mayor Gallego said. "We are proud that CDP has validated our work, and pledge to continue our mission to become the most sustainable desert city in the world."</span><br><br>CDP’s Cities A-list is based on environmental data disclosed by cities to CDP-ICLEI Track. In 2023, just over one in ten cities scored by CDP (13%) received an A.<br><br>To score an A, in part, among other actions, Phoenix disclosed environmental efforts publicly through the CDP-ICLEI Track. Part of this disclosure is having a city-wide emissions inventory and having published a climate action plan.<span data-ogsc="black"></span><br><br>A-list cities are demonstrating their climate leadership through concerted and effective action. They are taking four times as many mitigation and adaptation measures as non-A-list cities.<br><br><span data-ogsc="black" data-ogsb="yellow">Phoenix is a leader in addressing climate challenges. Some examples include the City’s work to </span><span data-ogsb="yellow">install 220 new shade structures at bus stops</span><span data-ogsc="black" data-ogsb="yellow">, </span><span data-ogsb="yellow">winning the 2023 Top Green Fleet Award from the National Association of Fleet Administrators for work in transitioning fleet vehicles to electric and installing over 100 miles of Cool Pavement to reduce the urban heat island effect.</span> <span data-ogsc="black"></span><br><br><span data-ogsc="black" data-ogsb="yellow">Phoenix joins 118 other cities on this year’s A-List that are being recognized for their urgent and impactful climate action - from ambitious emissions reduction targets to building resilience against climate change.</span><br><br><span data-ogsc="black">To learn more about the City’s environmental efforts, visit <a href="/oep" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/oep​</a>.  ​</span><br><br><br><br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programsEnvironment
Deadline Extended: Applications are Open for Phoenix Free Food Waste Education Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2881Environment & Sustainability10/4/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2881/Untitled (749 x 421 px).pngDeadline Extended: Applications are Open for Phoenix Free Food Waste Education Program<div class="ExternalClassF0C83591EBDF4E418164B316D24B9ABB"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​Th</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">e City of Phoenix's Office of Environmental Programs and Arizona State University are offering a free educational program on how to prevent food waste in your home, including a year-long weekly compost collection service for up to 400 City of Phoenix residents. The Food Waste Watchers Program is </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)-funded Phoenix Resilient Food System Initiative.</span></p> <p>Through the program, residents in Phoenix will receive training on simple and practical tips to decrease household food waste such as better food purchasing, storing food practices, meal planning tools and will receive a composting service to collect their household food waste. Food waste can cost a family of four up to $1500 per year.</p> <p>“The City of Phoenix is continuously working to make it easier for residents to live more sustainably," Mayor Gallego said. “This program provides simple strategies to reduce food waste, in turn making our food system more resilient, reducing harmful carbon emissions, and saving families money. I encourage Phoenix residents who want to make a real difference in our community to apply for this empowering program."</p> <p>Qualifications include: </p> <ul> <li>Residents who meet the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) income requirements</li> <li>Those who live in one of the following City of Phoenix Villages: Alhambra, Laveen, Central City, Estrella, Maryvale, South Mountain or a food desert area in the Deer Valley or North Mountain Villages </li> <li>Residents must commit to participating in the program for one year.</li> </ul> <p>Applications are now being accepted through Dec. 8 and the program begins in mid-January 2024. For a full list of qualifications and to apply, visit <a target="_blank" href="/oep/food-waste">Phoenix.gov/OEP/Food-Waste</a>. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programsEnvironment
Phoenix Residents Invited to Attend the Third Annual Urban Wildlife Conservation Eventhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2882Environment & Sustainability10/4/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2882/Newsroom_CleanUp2.jpgPhoenix Residents Invited to Attend the Third Annual Urban Wildlife Conservation Event<div class="ExternalClass85A26BD587A24C98A54B34562465D2BC"><html> <p>​​On Saturday, Oct. 7, residents are invited to join the City of Phoenix, <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?95ca5dc663eac3d9aa041b23b6eb24ce3289711b3cb831fdddfa16cca1497e33">U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?2faf1f73ab7efae713357ef77bc5eb6e06fea0103320b6f01d4e00e0061b315f">ASU</a>,<a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?a637e4b97b947ffa7dba1b353e5ae92c188d1b1a6b8126e2ee31f08b5d89e4d0"> Rio Reimagined</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?ff80d3a02f49e8e826bc8ed3d4ba43f5d3feabf75463671e4939de39f2f3b08b">Corazon Latino</a> and the <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?2ce5aa4fefc84a72f841283550e8f879f720905a550b6ce1e9984ba5cb8d26b5">National Audubon Society</a> for a celebration of <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?c9e2c6a2ba90a15e61a70e9484af9add01cb7150dfac2b109189c9458a71fe16">Urban Wildlife Conservation Day</a>.</p> <p>Visit and learn about the diverse ecosystem of the Salt River, volunteer to help this unique habitat and enjoy fun family outdoor activities at this free community event.<br></p> <p> Location:  R io Salado Habitat Restoration Area, Northeast 7th Avenue Trailhead <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">28</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">01 S. 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ, 85003</span></p> <div> <br> </div> <p> <strong>Schedule of events (no registration necessary):</strong> </p> <div> <ul> <li><p>7 a.m. – Clean up the Salt River – Volunteers remove trash from river area<br></p></li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li><p>8 a.m.-noon – Community activities</p></li> <ul> <li><p>Live Animal Presentations – (8:15-8:45 a.m. and 10:15-10:45 a.m.) Educational sessions on our desert neighbors</p></li> <li><p> Walk for the Wild (9-10 a.m.) – Guided walk with bird, plant and cultural experts</p></li> <li><p>Storytelling (9:15-9:45 a.m.) – Entertainment through stories about nature</p></li> <li><p>Pollinator Planting (11-11:30 a.m.) – Plant with Keep Phoenix Beautiful​​<br><br></p></li> </ul> </ul> </div> <p>The Urban Wildlife Conservation event is held along the Salt River, a culturally significant natural resource to the Valley and home to a variety of wildlife. More than 30 local partner organizations are participating to share ways to celebrate and protect this shared space.<br></p> <p>Entertainment and refreshments will be provided by storytellers, artists, musicians and local food vendors. <br></p> <p>For more information, <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?e8871da7abb82b5610522d8a26116eafb276088270502b5a815f847c2be241f8">see the event website</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programsEnvironment
Phoenix to Host Its First Electric Vehicle Test Drive Eventhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2873Environment & Sustainability9/27/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2873/blue EV hood (1).jpgPhoenix to Host Its First Electric Vehicle Test Drive Event<div class="ExternalClass34F73FF1402D4A7E91663E04411361C0"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">I</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">n</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> honor of National Drive Electric Week, The City of Phoenix's Office of Sustainability is hosting its first-ever Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive event on Saturday, Sept. 30. The public is invited to attend, and test drive a variety of affordable and luxury electric vehicles.</span></p> <p>More than 20 electric vehicle models will be available to drive during the event including various Tesla and Rivian models, the Chevrolet Bolt, the Kia EV6, and the BMW iX. </p> <p>In addition to test driving vehicles, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with several vendors. Utility companies SRP and APS will be available to answer questions about incentives and rebates offered to electric vehicle owners. Waymo, Blink, Buzze and many other vendors will also be in attendance!</p> <p>The event is from 8 a.m. to noon at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave. Onsite parking is available and residents can register to drive an electric vehicle on the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-drive-electric-week-phoenix-ev-ride-drive-tickets-695472355537?aff=oddtdtcreator">Eventbrite</a> website. </p> <p>Media interviews will be available leading up to the event and the day of. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programsEnvironment
Phoenix Celebrates National Drive Electric Weekhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2868Environment & Sustainability9/22/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2868/Rivian.jpgPhoenix Celebrates National Drive Electric Week<div class="ExternalClass1AD9AEF00E1E4764B5A7FB34C0E53D4C"><html> <p>​<span style="text-align:justify;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">National Driv</span><span style="text-align:justify;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">e Electric Week is from Sept. 22 through Oct. 1 and the City of Phoenix Office of Sustainability is celebrating in major ways. One celebration ​by hosting a series of events for current and potential electric vehicle owners.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">There will be opportunities to test drive an electric vehicle, learn about what you need to know before purchasing an electric vehicle and to learn about incentives and rebates available to current owners.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>EV 101 Electrify Your Ride | Sept. 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | </strong><strong>Register</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Are you considering purchasing an electric vehicle? The EV 101 Electrify Your Ride webinar is perfect for you! Learn what you need to know and ask questions before electrifying your ride. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>EV 102 For New EV Owners | Sept. 28 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | </strong><strong>Register</strong><br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Current electric vehicle owners will not want to miss an opportunity to attend the EV 102 For New EV Owners webinar. Learn about the incentives and rebates that are available to electric vehicle owners. </p><p><strong>EV Ride and Drive | Sept. 30 | 8 a.m.-noon | NPHX Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave.| </strong><strong>Register</strong><br></p><p style="text-align:left;">More than 20 electric vehicles will be available to test drive during the EV Ride and Drive event including various Tesla and Rivian models, the Chevrolet Bolt, the Kia EV6, the BMW iX, and much more. Waymo, SRP and Blink will be in attendance to provide information and answer questions about charging electric vehicles and driverless cars. Phoenix Public Library will also be in attendance signing people up for free library cards. Sixteen of the library locations now have charging stations available for electric vehicle owners.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">For more information about the National Drive Electric Week events, email <a href="mailto:electricvehicles@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">electricvehicles@phoenix.gov</a>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programsEnvironment
Phoenix Helps Kick-Off Heat Awareness Week with Summer Safety Tips https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2741Environment & Sustainability5/4/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2741/IMG_1070 (1).JPGPhoenix Helps Kick-Off Heat Awareness Week with Summer Safety Tips <div class="ExternalClass135025A0B5634EAC982BA4E6D402CE5F"><html> <p>Heat Awareness week is from May 1-5 and as temperatures start to increase, the City of Phoenix is sharing summer safety tips to keep you safe and prepare you for the hot summer months ahead.  <br><br>Here are some tips to keep you safe during the warm weather months:  <br><br><strong>Keep an Eye on the Weather</strong> <br>The National Weather Service issues heat watches and warnings (@NWSPhoenix on social media). During these times, it is recommended to remain indoors whenever possible. Even when an excessive heat day is not in effect, the summer weather can still be dangerous. If you need to be outdoors, it is recommended to be done by 9 a.m. or wait until after 6 p.m.  </p> <p> <strong>Listen to Your Body</strong> <br>Make sure to take frequent breaks and drink water regularly throughout the day, even when you are not thirsty. The CDC recommends that people working outdoors drink eight ounces of water every 15-20 minutes. Hydrating ahead of vigorous activity is effective. Avoid sugary drinks, alcohol, and caffeine.  <br>Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke (see graphic <a href="/piosite/Documents/PAYS_May_2023_Summer_Safety.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>).​<br><br></p> <p> <strong>Limit Time Outdoors</strong> <br>Even when an excessive heat day is not in effect, summer weather can still be dangerous. If you need to be outdoors, it is recommended to wrap up activities by 9 a.m. or wait until after 6 p.m.  <br><br><strong>Protect your Skin</strong> <br>Make sure to regularly apply sunscreen to exposed skin. The CDC recommends a minimum of SPF 15 or higher. In addition to wearing sunscreen, wear light-colored clothing and wide-brimmed hats. <br><br><strong>Find a Cooling Center and Hydration Center</strong> <br>The 2023 Heat Relief Network map launches on May 1. You can visit an indoor, air-conditioned cooling center for hydration needs. Indoor and outdoor hydration stations are also available where you can go to receive bottled water and other collected donation items.  </p> <p> <strong>Cooling Ordinance</strong> <br>Did you know there is a City ordinance that requires landlords to provide reasonable cooling to rental housing units? Phoenix landlords are required to maintain 82° or cooler for units with air conditioning, or 86° or cooler for evaporative coolers. To learn more about your rights or report a violation call 602-262-7210.   </p> <p>For more summer safety tips, visit Phoenix.gov/Heat.  <br></p> <p>Make sure to follow the City's social media accounts (@CityofPhoenixAZ) for more information during Heat Awareness Week and throughout the Summer with its Summer Safety campaign. Details on Phoenix.gov/Summer.  ​<br></p> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programsEnvironment
Grant Funding Available for Small, Food-Related Businesses in Phoenixhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2695Environment & Sustainability3/16/2023 7:55:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2695/Untitled design (35).pngGrant Funding Available for Small, Food-Related Businesses in Phoenix<div class="ExternalClass3B264802D1A648F3BB5CC6984AD9F7FC"><html>​The City of Phoenix is offering grants to small, food-related businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 or its negative economic impacts. Applications are now open for the <a href="https://phoenix-gov.formstack.com/forms/food_grants" target="_blank">Food Systems Transformation Grant</a>, which is part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)-funded Phoenix Resilient Food System Initiative.<br><br>The Office of Environmental Programs has $800,000 available in grant funding to distribute to small businesses located within Phoenix city limits. Eligible small businesses include those who are a part of the City's food system and play a role in the consumption, distribution, growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing or the disposal of food and food-related items. <br><br>Grants must be used to create a more resilient, sustainable, equitable, healthy, and thriving system. Examples of projects that help transform the local food system include but are not limited to: <br><br><ul><li>Advancing justice, equity, and fairness within the local food system.</li><li>Promoting efforts to reduce the impact of the local food system on our changing climate (mitigation).</li><li>Strengthening the resiliency of the local food system in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, various shocks, and disruptions (adaptation).</li><li>Enhancing food security, accessibility, affordability, and healthy eating.</li><li>Adopting new and/or expanding existing sustainable and innovative urban food production, distribution, aggregation, processing, and recycling practices.<br></li><li>Developing product prototypes.</li><li>Creating new, high-quality jobs to implement grant-funded projects.</li><li>Improving local market options.<br><br></li></ul>Small businesses are eligible to receive between $5,000 and $99,000 in grants and must use funds to complete all proposed projects within 12 months. Grant applications are due no later than March 31. Apply <a href="https://phoenix-gov.formstack.com/forms/food_grants" target="_blank">here</a> to view the full details and eligibility requirements. <br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programsEnvironment



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