​Promoting a Sustainable Phoenix and Environment

Mountain ViewThe Office of Environmental Programs advances environmental protection and sustainability through leadership, education, and policy/program development. OEP provides environmental compliance assistance and oversight to staff citywide. OEP manages the Sustainable Purchasing, food systems, air quality, climate change, Brownfields Land Recycling, Clean Water Act Section 404, and Pollution Prevention programs and staffs the Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission.  OEP completed a Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventory, implemented the STAR Communities Rating System, and assisted the Office of Sustainability in achieving the LEED for Cities Platinum certification.

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​Office of Environmental Programs
Phoenix City Hall
200 W. Washington, 14th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone:  602-256-5669
Fax:  602-534-0795
TTY:  602-534-5500 

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Free Sustainable Home Design Planshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/713Environmental Programs12/23/2019 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/713/Newsroom_Environment_009.jpgFree Sustainable Home Design Plans<div class="ExternalClass5685D811BF7149CFB986A6193469C369"><html> <p>The city of Phoenix Mayor and Council adopted ambitious 2050 Sustainability Goals, its roadmap to becoming a carbon-neutral, zero-waste city. As a step towards achieving these goals, the city of Phoenix wishes to encourage the construction of ultra-low energy use homes. </p> <p> T o create the designs needed in the marketplace, the city of Phoenix, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, Arizona (AIA) held a Sustainable Home Design Competition for a “near net-zero energy” single-family home that has the best potential for wide-spread adoption in the region (climate zone 2).  </p> <p> Now, users can <a href="/sustainability/homeplans" target="_blank">download the winning construction plans​</a> for free! ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Burn Cleaner, Burn Betterhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/714Environmental Programs12/23/2019 5:50:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/714/Newsroom_Environment_010.jpgBurn Cleaner, Burn Better<div class="ExternalClass2B60A2D6A4874EB3B636257EC7DB42FD"><html> <p>​While a fireplace can be great on a cool winter night, all that smoke can mean possible fines and a substantial health risk to residents across Maricopa County. </p> <p>On No Burn Days, please don't burn wood and use a gas or electric fireplace instead. If possible, convert your wood-burning fireplace to natural gas or retrofit your fireplace with an air pollution reduction device. </p> <p>The Maricopa County Air Quality Department offers a free fireplace retrofit program. For more information, call 602-372-WOOD (9663).​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Becoming a Carbon Neutral City https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/442Environmental Programs12/23/2019 5:40:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/442/Newsroom_Environment_007.JPG   ​https://youtu.be/5rtjcw8Ydsc Becoming a Carbon Neutral City <div class="ExternalClassD7FE8B8EC3274016A3C8719D19218597"><html> <p>​Check out the city's<span> 2050 Environmental Sustainability Goals that articulate the community's desired long-term environmental outcomes that would fulfill the General Plan aspirations of a Sustainable Desert City.</span><span aria-hidden="true" id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span aria-hidden="true" id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepVideoenvironmental-programs
Learn About Healthy Cooking, Growing Food and Keeping Fithttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/443Environmental Programs9/26/2018 8:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/443/Newsroom_Environment_008.jpgLearn About Healthy Cooking, Growing Food and Keeping Fit<div class="ExternalClassE23155D14A3040E9ACBBEF992541C96E"><html> <p>The city of Phoenix invites residents to attend this year's free Phoenix Food Day celebration, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Cartwright Community Garden, 51<sup>st</sup> and Glenrosa avenues.  The family-friendly event is presented by the Cartwright School District, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Maricopa County Food System Coalition, Valley of the Sun United Way and Vitalyst Health Foundation, and is all about food, health, fun and fitness.</p> <p>Phoenix Food Day offers the public education on healthy eating and nutrition, cooking demonstrations (and free samples) with Valley chefs, gardening tips with seed and plant giveaways, a special farmer's market event, live music, and a Healthy Kids Zone with games and prizes! </p> <p>At noon, join the Fry's, FiTPHX Apple Crunch to set a record for the most apples crunched at once! Visit <a href="/sustainability/foodday" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/sustainability/foodday</a>.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
New Urban Heat Island/Tree and Shade Subcommittee Establishedhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/441Environmental Programs5/31/2018 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/441/Newsroom_Environment_006.jpgNew Urban Heat Island/Tree and Shade Subcommittee Established<div class="ExternalClass01D512C491844E74A628AFEAD561D4D2"><html> <p>The Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission (EQSC), is proud to announce the creation of the Urban Heat Island/Tree and Shade Subcommittee.  The purpose of the subcommittee is to evaluate, analyze and recommend policies to address the issues surrounding Urban Heat and to advance implementation of the Phoenix Tree and Shade Master Plan.</p> <p>"As our city continues to grow, so does the urban heat island and the need to provide heat relief," said Mayor Thelda Williams. "I look forward to the policy recommendations the subcommittee brings forward to mitigate the effects of the heat island and provide much needed shade throughout the city."</p> <p>The recently established Urban Heat Island/Tree and Shade Subcommittee will include representation from a diversity of areas, including arboriculture, urban forestry, community health, commercial development and management, urban planning, environmental education, academia and residents.</p> <p>"Finding long-term solutions to tackle our urban heat island and tree canopy are imperative for the future of Phoenix," said Colin Tetreault, Chairman, EQSC.  "The Commission welcomes the opportunity to be the honest broker of ideas, solutions and policy recommendations that creates a 21st<span> </span>century city that is cooler, healthier, and more competitive."</p> <p>EQSC Commissioners Sarah Porter and Dwayne Allen will head the new subcommittee as Chair and Vice Chair respectively.</p> <p>For more information, visit<span> </span><a href="/oep/eqc" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/oep/eqc</a>.</p> <span aria-hidden="true" id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs