City of Phoenix Celebrates Earth Dayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2313Environment & Sustainability4/20/2022 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2313/Newsroom_OEP_EarthDay_2022.jpgCity of Phoenix Celebrates Earth Day<div class="ExternalClass3F2D3398C2304DE0B4F10D842ACFC152"><html> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">In Phoenix, living sustainably is not just something we do on April 22 or during Earth Week; there are opportunities to celebrate and protect our planet all year long. From plans for developing electric vehicle infrastructure, to preserving urban farmland, the City of Phoenix is taking action to conserve resources, fight climate change, and improve the environmental quality of life for future generations.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p><p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego serves as Vice Chair of the <a href="https://www.c40.org/" target="_blank">C40​</a> Steering Committee, the governing body providing strategic direction for the global network of 97 cities committed to addressing the climate crisis.​<br></p><p>In this role, Mayor Gallego is a leading voice in promoting and advocating for bold and innovative climate action in cities around the world and inspiring change for a better future for all people. As Vice Chair, Mayor Gallego supports the mayors of C40 Cities as they work together to deliver a green and just recovery from the COVID pandemic and address the climate crisis. Mayor Gallego was elected to represent C40's North America region, encompassing 17 cities in the United States and Canada.<br></p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Join Phoenix in honoring Earth Day by learning more about many of the City services, events, and programs below. Learn more at </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="http://www.phoenix.gov/sustainability"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Phoenix.gov/Sustainability</span></span></a><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><strong>Calling All Environmental Heroes!</strong></span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}">Celebrate Earth Day with the City of Phoenix and Rio Reimagined and clean up the Salt River! </span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}">When: Saturday, April 23rd, 2022  8:30am – 10:30am </span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}">Where: West side of 91st Avenue, 1 mile South of Broadway, ½ mile North of Baseline in Phoenix (below the banks of the Tres Rios Wetlands). </span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}">Limited attendance due to parking constraints — <a href="http://na.eventscloud.com/rioearthday2022" target="_blank">sign up today by registering here​</a>! All volunteers will receive a small native plant or seeds to take home.</span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> <strong>Electric Vehicle Road Map and Input Opportunity</strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Approximately one year ago, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego created an ad hoc committee dedicated to advancing the adoption of electric vehicles in Phoenix. Since then, the committee has been hard at work developing the first draft of an </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="https://t.co/7ZsvsRgZIW"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Electric Vehicle Road Map</span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">. The plan is now ready for public review and comment!</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Review the draft roadmap, and provide input by taking </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="https://www.research.net/r/Z8MRJQ3"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">this short survey</span></span></a><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"></span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> <strong>Sustainability Officers at Local Schools</strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City of Phoenix City Manager’s Office of Sustainability is expanding its </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/sustainabilitysite/Pages/Green-Games-2020.aspx"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Student Council Sustainability Officer (SCSO) Initiative</span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">. The program invites local high schools to</span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> add a Sustainability Officer (SO) position to their existing student councils so they can help embed sustainbility  into the school campus by promoting practices that reduce environmental impacts.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Phoenix Union High School District first adopted the SCSO model in 2014, and now has 12 schools participating. In the upcoming 2022-’23 school year, high schools in both Tempe and Tolleson Union High School Districts will adopt the program, bringing lasting environmental progress (and increased scholarship and award opportunities) to 23,000 additional valley students.</span> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/environmental-programs/2315">Learn more.​</a><br></p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"></span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <strong>Urban Agriculture Fellowship Program</strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Through its Phoenix Resilient Food System Initiative, the Office of Environmental Programs (OEP) selected </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/oep/food-training"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Urban Agriculture Fellows</span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> to be trained as the next generation of growers in Phoenix. The fellows, all aged 18-24, get to work part-time with a local grower throughout 2022 to learn the future of farm entrepreneurship, innovation, and business ownership in Phoenix.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">“These young adults are going to have an opportunity to study under some of the most talented growers in the state,” said Food Systems Program Manager Joe Rossell. “This program is a direct result of us asking those farmers what their needs are. Our goal is to get these young agriculture folks imbedded; they’re going to get exposed to all aspects of the farm -- growing, distributing and selling food, and dealing with food waste.”</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"></span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <strong>Farmland Preservation Program</strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">A South Phoenix farm is now </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/newsroom/environmental-programs/2312"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">permanently protected</span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> from development thanks to the City of Phoenix’s </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/newsroom/environmental-programs/2224"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Farmland Preservation Program </span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">. The city recently invested $1,000,000 into the program as part of the Phoenix Resilient Food System Program.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">The farm sits on land owned by Bridget Bellavigna. By funding the purchase of the development rights from Bellavigna (with </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="https://www.centralazlandtrust.org/"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Central AZ Land Trust (CALT) </span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> as the administrator), Maya’s Farm now has a conservation easement on it, which ensures it will never be paved over or developed.</span> <br><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"></span> <br><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Governed by A.R.S. 33-271, et seq., conservation easements are a voluntary contractual relationship between a land trust and a landowner whereby the landowner sells or donates their development rights while still owning the land. A landowner can get paid 60-80% of the full sale value of the property (based on a qualified appraisal), and the farm will remain in agricultural production and open space in perpetuity.</span> <br><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"></span> <br><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">“Maya’s Farm is a gem in District 8, and I am relieved to see them permanently protected through the City’s Farmland Preservation Program,” Councilmember Carlos Garcia said. “Farmland within Phoenix is dramatically decreasing, and I am proud to serve on a Council committed to leading the efforts to conserve it for this generation, and generations to come.”</span> <br><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"></span> </p><p><br><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><strong>Sustainable Agriculture Grants</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">The Office of Environmental Programs has $645,000 set aside for grants to help farmers and food system workers protect the earth. The </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/newsroom/environmental-programs/2267"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Resilient & Sustainable Agriculture Grants</span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> are </span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">meant to help private and non-profit farms that are interested in transitioning toward a more sustainable, resilient, equitable, and thriving food system.</span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> The </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/newsroom/environmental-programs/2302"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant</span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> can help develop product prototypes, advance food equity, and lessen the food system's footprint on the environment.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">These grants are perfect for things like:</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> </p><ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Food waste mitigation</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </li> <li> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Agrivoltaics</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </li> <li> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Water efficiency measures</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </li> <li> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Shade structures/cloth</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </li> <li> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Vertical farming</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </li> <li> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Farm management software, sensing & Internet of Things (IoT)  </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </li> <li> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Agricultural robotics, machinery, and equipment  </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </li> <li> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Supply chain technologies </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </li> <li> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Innovative food (cultured meat, novel ingredients)</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </li> </ul> <p></p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">“By offering these grants to farmers, Phoenix is not only helping to strengthen the local food system but we're also encouraging growers to think of newer, better ways to take climate action that preserves and improves our land, air, and water for generations to come," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"></span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> <strong>Heat Response & Mitigation</strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Phoenix’s Office of Heat Response and Mitigation (OHRM) is leading the efforts of the hottest large city in the United States to find, deploy, and evaluate solutions to the growing hazard of urban heat. Though Phoenix has operated a portfolio of globally recognized urban heat programs for decades, the city took a more coordinated and aggressive response with the creation of OHRM.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">With the </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4BblX1OxuA"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">creation of OHRM in October 2021</span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">, Phoenix became the first city in the world with a publicly funded, municipal government office focusing on heat. The office’s creation was part of a $2.8 million climate and heat readiness investment which included a total of 14 new positions spread across 5 city departments, </span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">and allocations for the planting, watering, maintenance, and inventorying of trees,</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The office is charged with a dual and equal focus on heat response (helping people cope with hot weather) and heat mitigation (cooling the city and making it more comfortable). The creation of the office was motivated by increasing recognition of the significant impacts of urban and extreme heat on public health, infrastructure performance, water resources, livability, and economic vitality.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"></span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> <strong>Public Transit Service Changes</strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> </div> <div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Good news -- just in time for Earth Day! Valley Metro service changes, including for the MARY circulator, go into effect Monday, April 25, 2022. The </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/maps-schedules/mary"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Phoenix MARY Circulator</span> </span> </a> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> - a free neighborhood mini-bus - will have a route extension along 59th Avenue via Fillmore Street and Roosevelt Street. The extension makes it possible for area community members such as Casa Pedro Ruiz senior residents to access Desert Sky Mall, health centers, the Maryvale Community Center and many other places. Additional details at </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/maps-schedules/service-changes"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">valleymetro.org/</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">servicechanges</span></span></a><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">. </span></p><p><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><br></span></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"><strong>Recycling and Public Works</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The Public Works Department’s commitment to the Phoenix community is to create and promote a more sustainable Phoenix by providing waste diversion education, convenient and reliable diversion programs and to collaborate with organizations and businesses to develop a robust economy based on sustainability. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Through the </span><a href="/publicworks/reimagine" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Reimagine Phoenix</span></span></a><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> initiative, their goal is to divert 40% of our trash from the landfill by the end of 2020. We are determined to work with the community to achieve this goal, not just for the protection of our health and environment today, but to guarantee good health and a clean environment for future Phoenicians.  </span> <br></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Check out some the Recycling Education tools such as:</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p></p><p></p><ul><li><a href="/publicworks/zero-waste" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Zero Waste Team</span></span></a><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> (presentations, tours, etc.)</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li><li><a href="/publicworks/recycleplus" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Recycle+</span></span></a><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> (digital education)</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li><li><a href="/publicworks/residential-recycling" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Recycle Right Wizard</span></span></a><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> (check which items are recyclable at Phoenix facilities)</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></li></ul><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span></p><p></p><p></p><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span></p><p></p></div><p><br></p><p><strong>Sustainable Infrastructure at the 27th Avenue Compost Facility</strong><br></p><p>Did you know that the City of Phoenix was the first in Arizona to receive the Envision recognition from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure for a solid waste infrastructure project?   <br></p><p>The 27th Avenue Compost Facility is located next to the city's transfer station and recycling facility at 27th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.  The 27th Avenue Compost Facility opened in 2017 and sits on approximately 27 acres within the Resource Innovation Campus (RIC), a campus that aims to be a hub for innovators to develop Phoenix's circular economy and find sustainability solutions.  In its initial phase, the compost facility has the capability to process up to 55,000 tons of compost per year.  However, the facility has the future capability to expand and the potential to ultimately process up to 220,000 tons of compost.  The facility features a state-of-the art Turned Aerated Pile (TAP) composting system that makes large amounts of compost in nearly half the time as traditional composting methods. <br><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Envision system rates sustainable infra</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">structure across the full range of environmental, social and economic impacts. <a target="_blank" href="https://youtu.be/CXhOk5dGduI" title="Tour the 27th Ave Compost Facility">Take a virtual tour of the facility on YouTube.</a></span><br></p><p><br></p><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"><strong>Welcome to Tres Rios!</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Phoenix is a pioneer in the use of reclaimed wastewater. Nearly all of the City’s wastewater is collected, treated, and reused for various purposes such as energy production, agricultural and turf irrigation, groundwater recharge, and wetland restoration. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">The Tres Rios is a constructed wetland complex located where the Salt, Gila, and Agua Fria rivers connect. Millions of gallons of reclaimed water from Phoenix’s 91st Ave Wastewater Treatment Plant are pumped into the 700 acres of wetlands daily. The water ultimately flows into the river bottom, where it becomes a wildlife paradise for the hundreds of 150 species of waterfowl, mammals, and amphibians that call the wetlands their home. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Visitors are encouraged to spend time bird watching. The presence of emergent wetlands, riparian ecosystems, mesquite forests, and upper Sonoran Desert vegetation at Tres Rios make this area a paradise for migrating and year-round residents. Some unique sightings include the painted bunting, pelicans, bald eagles, osprey, and yellow-billed cuckoo. Fishing is allowed in the overbank area with an access permit. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Visitors of Tres Rios are required to have access permits. The permits are free and allow access to the overbank area (the area that is not part of the wastewater treatment process). The area is open to the public for hiking, fishing, birdwatching, and non-motorized recreation vehicles (bikes). Guests can get free access permits at </span><a href="/waterservices/tresrios" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">phoenix.gov/</span><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">TresRios</span></span></a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">. Permits are valid for three months and allow unlimited visits between sunrise and sunset, 365 days per year.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></p></div><p><br></p><p></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><strong>Saving for Your Water Future</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">The City of Phoenix has been delivering safe, clean, and reliable water to homes and businesses for more than 110 years. When you live in a desert city, you quickly learn to adapt. Protecting the City's most vital resource is a priority, and as shortages will continue on the Colorado River, we've been planning ahead and banking water supplies for years. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Our successes have come from engaging our customers in planning for our water future and promoting the responsible use of water. Water conservation is easy and a shared responsibility. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">These simple actions make a big difference:</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p></p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><li><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Use the Smart Home Water Guide to fix leaks in your home. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li><li><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Reduce your outdoor water use by planting desert-tolerant landscaping. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li><li><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Take shorter showers and only run the dishwasher when it's full. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li></ul><p></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">The information </span><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">available </span><a href="/waterservices/bewatersmart" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">here</span></span></a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> will help you and others in our community become more effective stewards of our vital water resources.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></p></div><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p><br></p><p><strong>More Trees, More Shade!</strong><br></p>Phoenix is helping to cool neighborhoods and increase social equity, one tree at a time. Mayor Kate Gallego, the City's Office of Heat Response and Mitigation (also known as HeatReadyPHX), along with the nation's oldest conservation non-profit, American Forests, began a new era of urban tree canopy growth with the planting of the city's first Cool Corridor in April 2022. More than 100 volunteers joined in planting elm, ash, sissoo, and Chinese pistache -- all drought-resistant, Phoenix-native trees.<br><br><p>Cool corridors -- high-traffic walkways and roads shaded with trees -- are one of the ways HeatReadyPHX is working to provide relief from hot weather and increase Tree Equity. The City has a goal to plant 100 cool corridors by the year 2030.<br></p><p><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">L</span><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">earn how the City of Phoenix Pl</span><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">anning and Development Department's ordinances and programs help increase shade and </span><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">protect plans an</span><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">d trees in new and existing developments by </span><a target="_blank" href="https://youtu.be/cn1XApXZKB0" style="font-size:13.3333px;">watching this video</a><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">.</span><br><br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"><strong>Multimodal Transportation</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">April is Valley Bike Month and the Bike to Work Phoenix event is April 20. </span><a href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2311" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Learn more</span></span></a>.<span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The Street Transportation Department continues to develop a comprehensive Micromobility Program. Micromobility is defined as “any small, low-speed, human or electric-powered device, including bicycles, scooters, electric-assist bicycles (e-bike), electric scooters (e-scooters), and other small, lightweight, wheeled conveyances.” </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Shared e-scooters are available in Downtown Phoenix. </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">City Council unanimously approved a six-month pilot program for the use of e-scooters in the downtown region in September 2019 and renewed the program to continue for another six months, beginning October 2020. In March 2021, City Council approved the pilot program to continue for one year (through March 2022). Recently, the current pilot was given an extension through March 2023 where the program will continue in its pilot phase.</span><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> </span><a href="/streets/scooters" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Learn more</span></span></a>.<br></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The Street Transportation Department continues to improve bike infrastructure citywide and is developing an </span><a href="/streets/atp" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Active Transportation Plan</span></span></a><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">In summer 2021, the city’s first two-way protected bike lane was installed on 3rd Avenue from Roosevelt Street to McDowell Road. An upcoming project will extend that bike lane north to past Thomas Road. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"><strong>Cool Pavement Program</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">In partnership with Arizona State University (ASU), the city’s </span><a href="/streets/coolpavement" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Cool Pavement Program</span></span></a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> studies how an innovative asphalt seal coat technology could provide meaningful relief from the urban heat island effect.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Asphalt collects and retains heat during the day and releases it at night. The cool pavement coating reflects a higher portion of sunlight that hits it, absorbing less heat. Because of this higher reflection, the coating has the potential to offset rising nighttime temperatures in the region.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">In 2020, nine locations totaling 36 miles citywide were selected to receive the cool pavement treatment. The city then worked with ASU researchers to conduct scientific tests of the cool paved areas, studying how it performed and how it might be used to lessen the retention of heat within the built environment. </span><a href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2064" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Results of the first year of the study</span></span></a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> showed that the average surface temperature in test locations is 10.5 to 12 degrees Fahrenheit lower than traditional asphalt at noon and during the afternoon hours, and that surface temperatures at sunrise averaged 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit lower.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span><a href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2113" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">The next round of the ongoing study started in October 2021</span></span></a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, and will analyze two new asphalt coatings that have higher reflective values than the material applied to the nine locations in 2020. One coating is the same light gray color and the other is a darker gray. City staff and ASU researchers also will analyze the durability of the coating during this next phase.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The program has been recognized in a variety of ways, that includes receiving an </span><a href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2268" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Innovative Transportation Solutions Award</span></span></a><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> and an </span><a href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2278" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Arizona Forward Crescordia</span><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink"> Award</span></span></a><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></p></div></div><p><br></p><br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programsVolunteers planting treesEnvironment@CityofPhoenixAZ #EarthDay @phxenvironment @talkingtrashphx @phxwater @phoenixmetrobusEarth Day, sustainability, environmentSpencer Blake602-818-6033602-262-6822spencer.blake@phoenix.govAshley Patton, Deputy Director602-292-3704ashley.patton@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/89/Ashley_Patton.jpgPHXEnvironment



Nominate Someone: 2024 Disability Awards https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/equal-opportunity/2775Equal Opportunity5/28/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2775/Newsroom_EOD_035.jpgNominate Someone: 2024 Disability Awards <div class="ExternalClass45DB9EB98E384B5AA4FE4D2175B36DBC"><html> <p>Recognizing ability, advocacy, accessibility, and achievements since 1993, the Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues has a proud history of honoring champions in the disability community that make a tremendous impact in the Valley.  <br></p><p>The Phoenix Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues and the City of Phoenix are proud sponsors of the Disability Awards and Recognition Event (D.A.R.E.). The event honors exceptional individuals, organizations, and businesses for their dedication and service to people with disabilities.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p><p>The award ceremony is held annually to recognize award winners that made a commitment to improving the quality of life for all residents and communities of Phoenix. It is our hope this will inspire others to emulate the honorees and provide inclusivity for the community of Phoenix.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p><p>Award categories include Architectural, Business, Community Service, Outstanding Educator, and the Det. Olsen Lifetime Achievement Award. Self-nominations are encouraged! Nominate yourself or others/businesses that demonstrate a commitment to community. D.A.R.E. award nominees represent the very best of Arizona.</p><p>Showcase the amazing work of individuals and businesses by nominating someone for the D.A.R.E Awards today! Nominations need to be submitted <a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=XGm5lg5PvUKK37p1V2A0a8dCr72llv1Cj74wxYXqWblUQlY3QUU0VkpFT1NMV001NzVIOVdMSjRYTC4u&wdLOR=c74825640-F7DE-4979-9E8E-0BE38E5B8BBE" target="_blank">online</a> by July 31. For more information, call 602-534-1279.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/eodNews
Enjoy World Atlatl Day 2024 on June 1 at S'edav Va'aki Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/3112S’edav Va’aki Museum5/25/2024 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3112/WorldAtlatlDay_SVM_001.jpgEnjoy World Atlatl Day 2024 on June 1 at S'edav Va'aki Museum<div class="ExternalClass40C168040722424893A66EDF1A4DE7F0"><html> <p>​On June 2nd, the City of Phoenix will officially celebrate it's first 602 day. Like other cities throughout the country, area code day gives Phoenix the opportunity to promote the city as a  great place to live, work, and enjoy live. The goal of 602 day is to partner with businesses, cultural organizations, and other groups to provide events and community engagement opportunities that cultivate. civic pride<br></p> <p>In celebration of 602 Day weekend, the S'edav Va'aki Museum invites families to join us for World Atlatl Day and test their prehistoric hunting skills at S'edav Va'aki Museum on Saturday, June 1st! S.A.L.T. (Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies), will be conducting an atlatl demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon. <br></p> <p>The atlatl is a weapon predating the bow and arrow. Used worldwide for thousands of years, it proved an effective weapon. It is a stick with a hook on the end to hold the dart/spear, that increased the distance, speed, and force of the dart/spear. ​<br></p> <p>This FREE event is open to the public with free museum admission from 9 a.m. to noon; donations are welcome. Pre-registration is not required and no experience is needed to join the demonstration. For more information on this or other events at S'edav Va'aki Museum, visit phoenix.com/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901.      </p> <p>The goal of World Atlatl Day is to increase awareness and appreciation of this ancient technology and have as many people throw an atlatl on a single day as possible. S.A.L.T. is a local Arizona group whose mission is to teach, share, learn, and practice the skills that allowed ancient people to not only survive but to thrive in their respective environments.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaakiNews
Phoenix’s Central Station One Step Closer to Completionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3111Public Transit5/24/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3111/Central Station East Tower Newsroom.pngPhoenix’s Central Station One Step Closer to Completion<div class="ExternalClass3ABEAA7FF79940658F34287C8A5A0B52"><html> <p> Central Station redevelopment, the mixed-use, transit-oriented development project hosted a topping-out ceremony for the east tower May 23, 2024. This event marks a significant milestone in the construction progress of Central Station.</p><div> </div> <p> Located in the heart of downtown, next to the historic Security Building, Civic Space Park, and ASU's Downtown Campus, Central Station is set to become a new city landmark consisting of two residential towers that will offer student and workforce housing, two levels of below-grade parking, City of Phoenix public transit hub, and retail/office spaces. <br></p> <p> Slated to open in early 2025, Central Station will transform how users experience the city's primary downtown bus and light rail transit center, which serves two million passengers annually. Central Station is a public-private partnership with the City of Phoenix retaining ownership of the land and the development partners entering into a long-term ground lease for the project. <br></p> <p> Representatives from the City of Phoenix, including Councilwoman Ann O’Brien, along with members from the development and project teams, GMH Communities, CBRE Investment Management, Medistar Corporation, Layton Construction, and Multistudio attended the topping out to celebrate this important milestone.  </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNews



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