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Phoenix Tests Use of Cool Pavement to Mitigate Heat Island Effecthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/1392Environment & Sustainability7/9/2020 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1392/Newsroom_Environment_017.jpgPhoenix Tests Use of Cool Pavement to Mitigate Heat Island Effect<div class="ExternalClassDCF23B26A9AB4865874C20A671889180"><html> <p>​Something really ‘cool’ is happening in Phoenix…literally! The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department is launching a pilot study to evaluate cool pavement treatment.</p> <p>Asphalt collects and retains heat during the day and releases it slowly at night. Phoenix is among several cities that are experiencing the urban ‘heat island’ effect due to the retention of heat within the built environment. US Environmental Protection Agency data shows the difference in nighttime temperatures in heat island areas can be as much as 22 degrees hotter than temperatures measured outside the heat island. Higher nighttime temperatures lead to more energy consumption, more greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and other harmful effects.</p> <p>Cool pavement is lighter in color than traditional asphalt or other seal coatings. Cool pavement reflects back the sunlight that hits it. Because the surface reflects, rather than retains heat, cool pavement has the potential to offset rising nighttime temperatures in Phoenix. It should also help cool neighborhood areas that don’t have much shade from the sun.</p> <p>Cool pavement is not a paint treatment. It is a water-based asphalt sealant that is applied on top of the existing asphalt pavement. It's made with asphalt, water, an emulsifying agent (soap), mineral fillers, polymers and recycled materials. It contains no harmful chemicals and bonds with the asphalt layer underneath.</p> <p> <img src="/streetssite/MediaAssets/Cool_Pavement_04_72DPI.jpg" alt="Side-by-side temperature readings" style="width:250px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />University researchers will be taking measurements and collecting data over several years to evaluate the results and determine if cool pavement helps mitigate the heat island effect and if those effects are sustainable over time.</p> <p>Because the Phoenix area climate is unlike other major cities, the study team will also assess how the material holds up against 300 days of sunshine, monsoon storms, high temperatures and daily traffic.</p> <p>Esteban Park at 32nd Street and Roeser Road was the first site to receive cool pavement treatment. Eight other locations where streets were in good condition but were due for a surface treatment were selected in consultation with the Mayor and Council offices.</p> <p>To learn more about cool pavement, please phoenix.gov/streets/coolpavement.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programsCool Pavement at Esteban ParkEnvironment#CoolPavement #SealCoat #PavementPreservation #PHXSustainability #HeatIslandMitigationcool pavement, sustainability, heat island mitigation, seal coat, pavement preservation, road condition, pilot projectHeather Murphy602-292-3883602-495-7271Heather.Murphy@Phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/66/Heather_Murphy.jpgPHXEnvironment

 

 

​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 to Reopen West Plaza Park Featuring New Amenitieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2638Parks and Recreation1/25/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2638/IMG_1516.jpgPhoenix to Reopen West Plaza Park Featuring New Amenities<div class="ExternalClass40D70FE67E934744835950D332C89036"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">T</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">he City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Phoenix City Councilwoman Betty Guardado have partnered to reopen West Plaza Park featuring a wide range of new and improved amenities.</span></p> <p>“Offering Phoenix residents an environment where they can make memories, enjoy nature, spend time with their families and meet their fitness goals is exactly what this park was designed to do," said Phoenix City Councilwoman Betty Guardado. “This is a space that has amenities to fit the needs of all age ranges." </p> <p>West Plaza Park offers a brand-new butterfly garden, outdoor sport stations, a fitness equipment plaza, a large ramada complex, four small ramadas with ADA-compliant seating, benches and much more. </p> <p>The new garden is shaped like the pattern featured on Monarch butterfly wings and has several plants including Desert Milkweed, Pink Fairy Duster, Trailing Indigo Bush and Mexican Evening Primrose to attract common butterflies found in Phoenix.</p> <p>Phoenix residents are also able to enjoy various outdoor fitness activities including basketball, sand volleyball, cornhole, and a ping pong table. The fitness equipment plaza features a stationary bike, leg and arm extension, a chest and vertical press and abdominal bench.</p> <p>“I am truly proud of this park and everyone who helped make this project a reality. Thank you to Councilwoman Guardado and the Parks and Recreation team for making these amenities possible," says City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar. </p> <p>The City is welcoming local media to the ribbon cutting event to help spread the word to Phoenix residents that West Plaza Park is now open.  <br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

 

 

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