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



Pueblo Grande Museum Changing Name to “S’edav Va’aki Museum” https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2705Parks and Recreation3/24/2023 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2705/Sedav Vaaki Museum Front.jpgPueblo Grande Museum Changing Name to “S’edav Va’aki Museum” <div class="ExternalClassC3EF9F18F94E4CFEB05F092CDDF7C8FC"><html> <p>​During a Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board Meeting on Thursday, March 23, 2023, the board voted unanimously to change the name of Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park to “S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum."</p> <p>The name S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki (Salt River Pima – Maricopa Indian Community spelling) or Central Vahki (English spelling) is an O'Odham name that reflects the connection the site has with the local O'Odham and Piipaash communities. S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki refers to the large platform mound (Va'aki) that is preserved at the site, and the central location of this ancestral village within the Salt River Valley and to the extensive canal system created by these exceptional engineers before Euro-Americans moved into the region.</p> <p>The Parks and Recreation Board also approved the use of the marketing tagline, “Gateway to Phoenix Heritage."</p> <p>“Renaming the Pueblo Grande Museum to the S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum could not come at a better time as our city celebrates Phoenix History Month. The name change reflects our commitment to honoring the Indigenous people who helped build our community thousands of years ago. I look forward to the continued educational impact this museum will have on all Phoenicians," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.</p> <p>“S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum will continue to be an amazing resource for Phoenix history," District 8 Councilmember Carlos Garcia said. “We must ensure that our local institutions are reflecting the diversity of our area and taking steps to recognize and celebrate all cultures."</p> <p>“This is an important step for our City," said Kelly Dalton, Chair of the Parks and Recreation Board. "This new name reflects our commitment to honoring those who have shaped our culture and history."  </p> <p>“Words and titles matter. This name change will help to have a greater and more direct impact on how this significant ancestral site is interpreted," said Shane Anton, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.</p> <p>The previous name, Pueblo Grande, is defined in the Spanish language and denotes the site as a “pueblo," which is not how the O'Odham would describe their villages or habitation sites. </p> <p>The museum exists to preserve and help interpret the site and the ancestral occupation and to bring attention to living indigenous communities. Located on a site with one of the few remaining platform mounds (Va'aki) differentiates the museum from other museums in Phoenix. Rebranding the museum with an appropriate O'Odham name will better serve museum audiences. This change will elevate the museum's profile and increase interest in the site.</p> <p>Throughout summer and fall, the museum will gradually begin transitioning signage throughout the museum and on the website. </p> <p>In fall of 2023, the new S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum will unveil its new logo during a “reopening" event.</p> <p>The Parks and Recreation Department acknowledges the City of Phoenix is located within Native Land. Read the department's commitment to respecting Ancestral Indigenous Communities in our Land Acknowledgement Statement on <a target="_blank" href="file:///C:/Users/082377/Desktop/phoenix.gov/parks">phoenix.gov/parks</a>. <br></p><p>Pronunciation guide:<br></p><ul><li><strong>S'e</strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>d</strong></span><strong>av </strong>pronounced suh-UH-dahf</li><li><strong>Va'aki </strong>pronounced VAH-ah-kee</li><li><strong>O'Odham</strong> pronounced awe-THUMB</li><li><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Piipaash</strong><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> pronounced pee-POSH</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></li></ul><p><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
Phoenix Office of Innovation Partners with Venture Café to Host Innovation Challenge https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/innovation/2704Innovation3/23/2023 10:10:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2704/Skyline with Suguaro (1).jpgPhoenix Office of Innovation Partners with Venture Café to Host Innovation Challenge <div class="ExternalClass17FEC12458F94CDBA996F64F1A36B70E"><html>​​Students and residents can now apply to participate in a hackathon and pitch competition hosted by the <a href="https://venturecafephoenix.org/" target="_blank">Venture Café Phoenix</a> and the City of Phoenix’s Office of Innovation. Competitors will have an opportunity to develop innovative solutions that will increase access to chilled drinking water in public spaces – and compete for cash prizes.<br><br><div>“To solve an important challenge, Phoenix is tapping into one of our greatest resources— our creative and enterprising residents,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Expanding public access to drinking water, especially in areas of high pedestrian and public transit, is essential to keeping our residents comfortable and safe. I’m excited to see the ideas that come from the City of Phoenix’s first Innovation Challenge.”<br></div><div><br></div><div>Groups of five to six people will work together to develop an innovative concept to present to a panel of judges for a chance to win up to $600 per person. <br></div><div><br></div><div>“Access to water in a desert city with over 1.5 million residents is essential," said Vice Mayor Ansari. "However, given the challenges with existing infrastructure and our rapidly rising population, water access is not always guaranteed for our residents, particularly those who are homeless. I'm excited to see the solutions generated by those competing in the City of Phoenix's first Innovation Challenge."</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Here are some details for contestants to consider and discuss:</strong></div><div>• New technologies to provide drinking water in public spaces that could make a system more accessible.</div><div>• Non-tech ideas to provide access to drinking water without using plastic water bottles.</div><div>• Cooling and shading efforts to keep the systems cool so the water stays cool in extreme heat.</div><div>• Education and communication strategies around the systems to build interest and encourage people to use the bottle filling stations.</div><div>• Innovative ideas for maintenance and preventing vandalism, such as tech solutions or wrap-around support from the community or businesses.</div><div>• Adding a public art component to support the project and encourage community engagement and preservation of the system.</div><div>• Sustainable ways to alert if a system isn't functioning properly and potentially losing water, as well as providing alternative options for those who forget their water bottle and would like to use a water filling station.</div><div><br></div><div>Contestants will participate in the hackathon from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and attendees can watch the pitch competition from 5:30-7 p.m. at 850 PBC located at 850 N. Fifth St. Apply to participate in the hackathon or register to watch the pitch competition <a href="https://venturecafephoenix.org/event/thursday-gathering-innovation-night-the-city-of-phoenix/" target="_blank">here​</a>. Lunch and snacks will be provided. <br></div><div><br></div><div>About the Office of Innovation:<br></div><div>The City Manager’s Office of Innovation partners with residents, City departments, and local and national organizations to advance solutions to some of our City’s most pressing challenges, championing the strategic use of data to deliver effective, efficient and equitable impacts for the City and its diverse communities.  innovate@phoenix.gov <br></div><div><br></div><div>About Venture Café:<br></div><div>Venture Café Phoenix partners with companies and organizations that are evolving business, education, technology, social justice, science and the arts within Phoenix and beyond. Along with pitch nights, thought provoking content and one-on-one sessions, the Thursday Gathering event provides participants with hundreds of connection and action opportunities each week. When you take part in a Venture Café event, you can meet hundreds of creative, resourceful people who are just as invested in improving life in Phoenix as you are.</div></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/innovationNews
Critical Incident Briefing: March 8, 2023 – 27th Avenue and McDowell Roadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2702Police3/22/2023 9:47:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/wHL8MN_I45MCritical Incident Briefing: March 8, 2023 – 27th Avenue and McDowell Road<div class="ExternalClassE71424A986CD4F79BDA7558742F1B950"><html>​WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.<br> <br>The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting which occurred on March 8, 2023.<br><br>This incident occurred near the intersection of 27th Avenue and McDowell Road when Phoenix Police received two calls for service at a business in the area. The first, was from a man who identified himself and requested an officer to meet him at the business to turn himself in. The second call was from an employee of the business who said the man who called police was inside the store yelling and screaming. <br><br>When the first officer arrived, he entered the business and contacted the man described in the 911 call. The man and officer walked outside together. As they began to talk, the man moved close to the officer and pushed him. The officer used his taser causing the suspect to fall to the ground. The officer moved in to take him into custody, but the suspect kicked the officer – knocking the taser out of his hand. The suspect then continued to attack the officer. The officer backed away from the suspect and fired his duty weapon as the suspect continued to advance on the officer.<br><br>Nearby surveillance footage captured a portion of the incident.  <br><br>The suspect was treated on scene by officers and the Phoenix Fire Department. He was transported to a local hospital in serious but stable condition. The officer's body worn camera was activated and captured the incident.<br><br>The investigation into whether the man is related to any previous crimes is still ongoing.<br><br>The officer involved in this incident is assigned to the Maryvale Estrella Mountain Precinct and has approximately 6 years of service with the department. <br><br><p>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officer are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete, it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.<br> <br>Public records law requires redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of the Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.<br></p></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo



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