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Phoenix declares September “Planting For Monarchs Month”!

Photograph by Kim Pegram, Desert Botanical Garden

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego has issued a Proclamation declaring September as “Planting for Monarchs Month”. September is the perfect time to start thinking about what native plants you could place on your patio, balcony, or plant in your yard to provide essential habitat resources for this key pollinator species. 

View the Proclamation

The western population of the monarch butterfly has declined by 99 percent over the last 25 years, primarily due to habitat loss, climate change, and pesticide use. Mayor Gallego is calling for all Phoenicians to work together to plant native milkweed and native nectar plants to support the monarch butterfly. Working together, the habitat we each plant - no matter how small - can combine to create big change! 

Learn more about monarch butterflies and planting native milkweed and native nectar plants

Save the ​Monarchs!

Photograph by William Vann

Did you know that Phoenix plays host to the migrating monarch butterfly each year? We see them arrive in September and wave goodbye around May as they make their way to cooler climates for the summer. 

Working together, we can create a web of much needed habitat resources throughout Phoenix for this important species.

Read th​​​e PhxNewsroom article to learn ​​​m​ore

Phoenix ranks #16 on EPA's 2021 list of cities with the most Energy Star buildings!


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its annual “Top Cities” list, spotlighting the cities with the largest number of Energy Star certified commercial and multifamily buildings.​ Phoenix ranked 16th with 119 newly Energy Star certified buildings in 2020.

Energy Star certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings. ​​

View all 2021 EPA Energy Star Cities

​​Mayor Gallego Signs the Mayor's
 Monarch Pledge​


Mayor Gallego celebrated National Native Plant Month and her signing of the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge by visiting the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center.

Following Mayor Gallego’s signing of the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge, the City of Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs plans to coordinate with departmental liaisons to develop a five-year plan of city actions.

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Climate Ac​t​ion Plan Draft Posted for Public Comments

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​Four ways to make a difference on in Phoenix this Earth Day:

  1. Plant a tree through donations to phoenix.gov/plantatree.  You can choose to donate to trees in streets, parks or vulnerable neighborhoods. A receipt will be issued for tax purposes.

  1. Let your voice be heard by speaking in an upcoming Council budget meeting or writing a comment in support of earth-friendly ideas proposed in the budget. Items proposed in the budget are for Street Transportation to plant 9 cool and walkable corridors each year (1800 trees), a new Office of Heat Response & Mitigation and funding for Climate Action.  Learn more at phoenix.gov/budget.

  1. Pick up one of the 300 “clean-up kits" on Earth Day at Steele Indian School Park on April 22, 2021 from 8:00-12:00 being given away by Keep Phoenix Beautiful.  Kits consist of a 5-gallon Lowe's bucket, litter grabbers in both adult & child sizes, masks, gloves, and bags. We are encouraging residents to clean up their own neighborhood or local Park and tag us with photos at #MyBeautifulPHX.​
  1. Join Rio Reimagined to clean-up the Salt River: Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at community clean-up events!  Join an in-person clean-up to restore crucial wildlife habitat by removing litter and recyclables from the Salt River.  For more info and sign-up for the April 24th in-person clean-up at https://na.eventscloud.com/rioearthday.



Save the Monarchs!https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2044Environment & Sustainability9/1/2021 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2044/Newsroom_Environment_024.jpgSave the Monarchs!<div class="ExternalClassF4BCA79098D5498A80970B684E8E7B8D"><html> <div>​Did you know that Phoenix plays host to the migrating monarch butterfly each year? We see them arrive in September and wave goodbye around May as they make their way to cooler climates for the summer. <br></div><div><br></div><div>The monarch’s multi-generation, 3,000-mile-long migration and dramatic overwintering habits capture our imagination. But this key pollinator is currently struggling; the western population of the monarch butterfly has declined by 99 percent over the last 25 years. But one simple action can help them survive and thrive: plant! </div><div><br></div><div>Native milkweed and native nectar plants are essential for monarch survival. With the fall planting season in Phoenix about to start, consider planting native milkweed and native nectar plants to provide habitat for monarchs and other pollinators. From one or two potted plants on a balcony to landscaping an entire yard or business park and anything in between, it all makes a difference. </div><div><br></div><div>Working together, we can create a web of much needed habitat resources throughout Phoenix for this important species. Plus, we save on water use and support our native biodiversity by avoiding high water budget plants in favor of those native to the Phoenix region. ​<br></div><div><br></div><div>Mayor Kate Gallego's <a href="/oepsite/Documents/Mayor%27s%20Monarch%20Proclamation.pdf" target="_blank">Planting for Monarchs Month Proclamation​</a>.<br></div><div><br></div> <p>Learn more and find links to other resources at <a href="/oep/monarch" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/oep/monarch​</a>. </p> <div> <br> <br> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Join the City of Phoenix in the Fight to Combat Climate Changehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/1973Environment & Sustainability6/29/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1973/Newsroom_Environment_023.jpgJoin the City of Phoenix in the Fight to Combat Climate Change<div class="ExternalClass38BFD0527A4049E59BBC5A43B0E00EE0"><html> <p>​Are you concerned about climate change and the impacts to our water, temperatures, and air quality?</p> <p>The city of Phoenix is asking the community to provide feedback on the draft Climate Action Plan. The proposed plan addresses the challenges posed by climate change and the steps residents can take to help make Phoenix a more sustainable city.</p> <p>"This plan will be made stronger through community input and ideas, and achieving the goals set forth will require cross-sector and community-wide participation," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. "The Climate Action Plan establishes baselines and charts the path forward to net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner, and it will be updated every two years to track progress and to evolve with the unique needs and circumstances of our city."<br></p> <p>The draft Climate Action Plan includes goals and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from various activities in these areas: Stationary Energy, Transportation, Waste, Air Quality, Food Systems, Heat, and Water. There are many climate actions in the plan, such as reducing emissions from buildings; transportation and waste; supporting electric vehicles; building a network of cool pedestrian corridors; improving air quality; and continuing to foster an inclusive and equitable city.</p> <p>Share your climate action ideas and priorities with the city to help fight climate change. There are a variety of ways for residents to get involved: review the draft plan at <a href="/oep/cap" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/climate</a>, complete a <a href="https://ppaz1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_20tB6y04CxRnkMu" target="_blank">survey</a>, and submit feedback, comments or questions to climate@phoenix.gov.</p> <p>The deadline to provide your ideas and feedback is Friday, Aug. 13.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Mitigating Rising Temperatures in the Edison-Eastlake Communityhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/1882Environment & Sustainability5/5/2021 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1882/Newsroom_Environment_022.jpgMitigating Rising Temperatures in the Edison-Eastlake Community<div class="ExternalClassA353181A79BA40C9BB96041917E89524"><html> <p>​Cities across the globe are seeing rising summer temperatures, in part, due to the Urban Heat Island Effect. This phenomenon is largely due to urban infrastructure, including roads, buildings, and sidewalks absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night.</p> <p>In 2018, the city was awarded a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to redevelop the Edison-Eastlake neighborhood just east of downtown Phoenix, which tracks some of the hottest temperatures in the city each summer – up to 10 degrees hotter than other areas of the city. This community-driven redevelopment is leading the way for what it means to be a modern, heat-ready community.</p> <p>"It is fitting that a historic neighborhood such as Edison-Eastlake will be home to this new vision for heat-ready housing and community spaces that maintain the traditional qualities of a close-knit neighborhood," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “These new mixed-income units not only provide more modern amenities to residents, they also offer a sense of place with added resources, and promote climate action and heat mitigation in their design to enhance the well-being of our residents and our environment."<br></p> <p>The redevelopment includes: an expansion of Edison Park and the addition of a linear park along 19th Street; the addition of shade trees and shade structures within the many green spaces in the area; an expanded shade canopy along Van Buren, 19th and 20th streets to promote walkability; and the addition of shaded bus shelters. The plan also includes the strategic placement of buildings to block sun exposure and create shade; landscape design and placement of trees to maximize sidewalk shade; the use of heat mitigating roof coatings and building materials, among others.</p> <p>"The Edison-Eastlake community and its residents have dealt with hotter temperatures due to lack of investment for far too long," said Vice Mayor Carlos Garcia, who represents the city's District 8. “I hope this project will help lessen the impact of the warming climate for this diverse and historic neighborhood."<br></p> <p>Residents and community stakeholders have been part of the redevelopment team from the very beginning.  The Nature Conservancy identified the Edison-Eastlake Community as one of three focus areas throughout the Valley to address the impacts of rising temperatures. The project, with support from Phoenix Revitalization Corporation (PRC), engaged residents and stakeholders to create a Heat Action Plan that provides solutions to urban heat in the neighborhood. The Heat Action Plan identified some of the techniques to reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect.</p> <p>"It was important that we brought community partners to this project to provide unique expertise and ensure that the voices of the residents were not only heard, but that they saw their ideas come to life in the design and final product," said Deanna Jonovich, acting Housing director.</p> <p>Community member and resident leader Rosalyn Gordon said shade was of extreme importance to seniors and families, "so it was critical for me to participate in the various community meetings to help identify solutions to address the need for year-round shading in our neighborhood."<br></p> <p>The city's Housing Department also partnered with urban heat researchers at Arizona State University to offer mitigation best-practices and to place heat sensors throughout the community, including two roof top devices, to provide pre- and post-redevelopment data to measure the true impact of the heat mitigation efforts informed by the residents and project partners.</p> <p>"It's really about, 'show me the data," said Paul Coseo, PhD, associate professor of landscape architecture, The Design School, Arizona State University.  "We believe that these design elements will cool the neighborhood, but data will tell us if they really do."<br></p> <p>The redevelopment of the Edison-Eastlake Community is taking shape. New units are being constructed and residents now have an outdoor event space that is available for everyone to enjoy, with ramadas, a shaded, community stage and plenty of trees that are getting ready to throw some shade.</p> <p>Soluna, the first Choice Neighborhoods mixed-income housing development in the Edison-Eastlake Community, is currently taking shape as well. When completed, Soluna will be a modern community with a variety of amenities informed by the residents, including a computer lab, energy-efficient homes and shaded community spaces. The northeast corner will serve as the gateway to the neighborhood and will incorporate public art and shade into an arts plaza. </p> <p>The next phase of housing development, Harmony at the Park, will continue the heat-mitigation mission, with more shaded community spaces and elements to improve walkability, focusing on safety and comfort. The site will also include a linear park stretching from Villa to Polk streets. This park will provide open green space with walking paths and even more shade trees.</p> <p>And this is just the beginning of the story. The city of Phoenix Housing Department is seeking LEED for Neighborhood Development Silver certification for the area of the neighborhood north of Van Buren Street. LEED is a framework for identifying, implementing and measuring green building and neighborhood design. </p> <p>"This project will serve as a national model for redevelopment that incorporates health mitigation strategies and technologies at its core," said David Hondula, PhD, associate professor, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, Arizona State University. ​​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Mayors Across Arizona Join Hands to Celebrate Earth Dayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/1860Environment & Sustainability4/22/2021 1:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1860/Newsroom_Environment_004.jpgMayors Across Arizona Join Hands to Celebrate Earth Day<div class="ExternalClass706856F53E374C03944ED9D88ACE9509"><html> <p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and nine other Arizona mayors are coming together to celebrate Earth Day AZ, a new statewide collaboration that celebrates the ways Arizona communities support the Earth with the goal of inspiring residents to take action for Earth Day during the month of April.</p> <p> As members of and in partnership with Arizona State University’s Sustainable Cities Network, Arizona mayors are showing that there is power in unity and the role we all must play in ensuring our planet's health now and in the future. Collectively, we can protect our precious and diverse natural resources and secure a thriving future for our state and the world. <br></p> <p> "On Earth Day, it is important we take time to reflect upon the climate action we've taken and recommit to the projects and investments we need to advance this critically important work. I'm proud to stand with mayors across the state to ensure we are taking meaningful action to protect our planet for generations to come," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. <br></p> <p> Since April 22, 1970, Earth Day has been globally recognized as a way to motivate progressive environmental initiatives. Each year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, but every day is the perfect opportunity for residents to show their commitment to protect the environment through more sustainable practices. <br></p> <p> The following are simple ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and will help all of us achieve a more sustainable future: <br></p> <p> <strong>Reducing our consumption to be more sustainable:</strong> <br></p> <div> <ul> <li><p> Don't leave water running when not in use </p></li> <li><p> Carpool or use public transit whenever possible </p></li> </ul> </div> <p> <strong>Reusing materials to decrease waste:</strong> <br> </p> <div> <ul> <li><p> Use your own reusable water bottle or coffee mug </p></li> <li><p> Take reusable shopping bags to the grocery store </p></li> </ul> </div> <p> <strong>Recycling to reduce the amount of waste:</strong> <br> </p> <div> <ul> <li><p> Quickly rinse out food cans before placing in your blue recycling container </p></li> <li><p> Junk mail and magazines can go in your blue recycling container </p></li> </ul> </div> <p> <strong>Reconsidering the items used daily:</strong> <br> </p> <div> <ul> <li><p> Use energy-efficient and long-lasting LED bulbs in the home </p></li> <li><p> Buy recycled paper for your home and office </p></li> </ul> </div> <p>​Participating cities and towns for Earth Day AZ include:</p> <div> <ol> <li><p> El Mirage </p></li> <li><p> Flagstaff </p></li> <li><p> Fountain Hills </p></li> <li><p> Mesa </p></li> <li><p> Oro Valley </p></li> <li><p> Peoria </p></li> <li><p> Phoenix </p></li> <li><p> Sedona  </p></li> <li><p> Tempe </p></li> <li><p> Tucson </p></li> </ol> </div> <p>To learn more and view a video message from the mayors, visit <a target="_blank" href="https://sustainability-innovation.asu.edu/sustainable-cities/earth-day-az-2021/">earthdayaz.org​</a>.<br></p><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
City of Phoenix Seeks Input to Fight Climate Changehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/1577Environment & Sustainability10/20/2020 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1577/Newsroom_Environment_021.pngCity of Phoenix Seeks Input to Fight Climate Change<div class="ExternalClass66A92244F15444A69BC13BB9F0218E01"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The city of Phoenix is seeking community and stakeholder input on its draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) framework. The proposed plan will address the challenges posed by climate change and help make Phoenix the most sustainable desert city on the planet. </p> <p>“The global challenge of climate change demands local action, and as a member of the C40 Cities Global Climate Leadership Group and the Climate Mayors Steering Committee, I am committed to doing our part to usher in a healthier, more equitable, and more sustainable future,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. </p> <p>Phoenix’s membership in the C40 network of cities requires the city to develop a CAP. The draft CAP framework includes goals and specific actions for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from various activities categorized in three areas: Stationary Energy, Transportation and Waste. It also includes Phoenix-specific topics, such as Air Quality, Food Systems, Heat, and Water. </p> <p>“Climate action is an essential component of the effort to restore our economic security, modernize our economy, and enhance the well-being of our residents and our environment,” said Mayor Gallego.</p> <p>This opportunity to develop a plan comes after Phoenix just experienced the hottest summer on record, a drier than normal monsoon season and smoke-filled skies from wildfires within Arizona and all along the West Coast. Events like these are predicted to increase in frequency over the coming decades.</p> <p>To help fight climate change, the city would like to hear the community’s thoughts on how to enhance the environment. There are a variety of opportunities for residents to get involved: review the draft plan framework, participate in virtual workshops, and submit feedback, comments or questions at <a href="/oep/cap" target="_blank"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>phoenix.gov/oep/cap</a>.</p> <p>Public comment is due on December 31.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs

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Urban Wildlife Conservation Day and 1st Annual Walk for the Wildhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/oep/3983Urban Wildlife Conservation Day and 1st Annual Walk for the WildRio Salado Restoration Area - 2439 S Central Ave10/9/2021 3:00:00 PM10/9/2021 6:00:00 PMGP0|#c94e3a4a-0121-4d75-8aad-204822f78936;L0|#0c94e3a4a-0121-4d75-8aad-204822f78936|Environmental Programs;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​Register online Kick off Walk for the Wild Week with an in-person celebration of our local urban wildlife! October 9, 2021 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Rio Salado Restoration Area 2439 S Central Ave View flyer for more information