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​★ Check out what's new in OEP! ★​​


Saguaro Cactus Census


Desert Botanical Garden has launched a census of saguaro cactus growing in metro Phoenix to better understand the health and adaption of the population. Help us count saguaros in your neighborhood.

This May, the community can help the Garden document urban saguaros (Carnegiea gigantea) in the Valley through iNaturalist. Participants can share their observations on the app under the Saguaro Census project. 

This is the first step to generate a database to monitor the saguaro population in the Valley, learn more about their health and research the effects climate change might have on them.​

 Learn more about this project and how you can get involved


​2021 Climate Action Plan

The 2021 Climate Action Plan is now available. The plan was approved at the October 12, 2021 City Council Policy Session. ​​

El Plan de Acción Climática 2021 ya está disponible. El plan fue aprobado durante la reunión del Concejo Municipal del 12 de octubre de 2021.

Read the full plan​ / Lea el plan completo

Read the Executive Summary​  / Lea el resumen ejecutivo​


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.

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


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

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 / Lea la Proclamación

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! 

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Grown Your Own Food at Home 

If you are interested in growing your own food at home, you could have a choice of three garden systems and training support for one year!

The Office of Environmental Programs is excited to announce applications are being accepted for its new FREE Backyard Garden Pilot Program. Residents selected to participate will receive materials, labor, training and maintenance support, as needed for one year, at no cost.

Learn more about the Backyard Garden Program and submit an application o​nline
Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15.​

Phoenix Food Day and Healthfest 


The first Food Day and Healthfest drive-thru event of the year, held at V.H. Lassen Elementary on October 23rd was a HUGE success.  Vice Mayor Carlos Garcia, the Roosevelt School District, and Junior League of Phoenix kicked off the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Thanks to all our partners and sponsors 2,000 giveaways were distributed to more than 1,000 families, including: food boxes, food bags seed starting kits, and healthy recipes. Click here for cooking and gardening demos​. ​

If you live in the west Phoenix area, you are invited to attend the second Food Day and Healthfest drive-thru event at the Cartwright Community Garden on Saturday, November 6th.  Register here.

Urban Wildlife Conservation Day

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Mayor Kate Gallego has declared October 9th, 2021 a​s Urban Wildlife Conservation Day for the City of Phoenix. View the Proclamation.

Join us on Saturday in celebrating our urban wildlife and beautiful Sonoran Desert ecosystem at the First Annual Walk for the Wild, 8am-11am at Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area (2439 S Central Avenue). This outdoor event includes a 3k walk, Audubon native plant sale, a milkweed for monarchs planting, bird education, and much more! View the flyer for more information.




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.

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





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


We want to hear from you! Let us know what you think! ​

1​. View the draft ​​

2. Take survey to provide in​put

3. Registe​r for a works​hop​







​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.




 

 

Phoenix Plants First Cool Corridor at Cesar Chavez Parkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2321Environment & Sustainability4/22/2022 5:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2321/IMG_0656.JPGhttps://youtu.be/5mxNQHBqzIoPhoenix Plants First Cool Corridor at Cesar Chavez Park<div class="ExternalClass2E727B13B899460D8D9F8F9EB213A579"><html> <p></p>Phoenix is helping to cool neighborhoods and increase social equity, one tree at a time. Mayor Kate Gallego, the City's <a target="_blank" href="/heat">Office of Heat Response and Mitigation​</a> (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 on Saturday, April 16.<br><br>“With today's planting of more than 250 trees in the city's first Cool Corridor, we mark an important milestone toward our goal of 100 Cool Corridors by 2030," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “With American Forests and private sector partners, we're proud to prioritize investment in low-income and heat vulnerable neighborhoods. This corridor models the vision for tree equity and will serve students walking to and from nearby schools, public transit riders, and residents in this community."<br><br>Gallego helped plant one of the 259 new trees along Baseline Road at Cesar Chavez Park. More than 100 volunteers joined in planting Elm, Ash, Sissoo, and Chinese Pistache -- all drought-resistant, Phoenix-native trees.<br><br>The creation of a Cool Corridor marks a major milestone in the city's national partnership with American Forests, as well as Phoenix's Metro Urban Forestry Roundtable.<br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://www.americanforests.org">American Forests​</a> is dedicated to using forest preservation and reforestation to slow climate change and advance social equity. The organization's President and CEO Jad Daley also helped plant a tree to kick off the event.<br><br>“Phoenix is stepping up to ensure all people, regardless of race or income level, get access to the life-saving benefits of trees," said Daley. “This successful partnership between local government, passionate citizens and the private sector is exactly what we'd like to see in every city across America."<br><br>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. Achieving Tree Equity, according to the American Forests definition of the term, ensures that all people can experience the health, social, economic, and environmental benefits that trees provide.<br><br>American Forests' Tree Equity Score – an online map tool that measures the amount of tree canopy in all 150,000 urbanized neighborhoods across the United States – shows that the neighborhoods with the fewest trees are too often communities of color and economically disadvantaged.<br><br>This month marks one year since Phoenix became the first American city to pledge Tree Equity by entering into a five-year partnership with American Forests to implement a strategic, data-driven planting and preservation plan.<br><br>In the last year, American Forests has raised more than $325,000 for tree planting efforts on behalf of the city. Significant funding for Saturday's event came from Aspiration, IHeartMedia, and Salesforce. HeatReadyPHX is also working closely with Neighborhood Services, the Street Transportation Department, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation to make the planting possible.<br><br><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on Tree Equity or the American Forests partnership with Phoenix, please visit treeequityscore.org.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;text-align:left;font-size:10pt;">​</span></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepVideoenvironmental-programs
Student Council Sustainability Officer Initiative Expandshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2315Environment & Sustainability4/20/2022 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2315/Newsroom_Sustainability_01.pngStudent Council Sustainability Officer Initiative Expands<div class="ExternalClass9FE2B2577B854563927118C0D0949573"><html> <p></p>The City of Phoenix's unique Student Council Sustainability Officer (SCSO) Initiative is spreading across the state. The Tempe Union High School District and the Tolleson Union High School District adopted the SCSO model, bringing sustainability opportunities to 23,000 more students at 13 additional high schools.<br><br>The City of Phoenix City Manager's Office of Sustainability developed the first-of-its-kind form of student engagement. It invites high schools to add a Sustainability Officer (SO) position to their existing student councils.<br><br>With a Sustainability Officer on the council, students will be able to embed sustainability into the school campus by promoting practices that reduce environmental impacts. Sustainability officers teach their fellow students how to conserve more, waste less, and live overall more sustainably. SCSO projects and initiatives also increase opportunities for grants, special funding, and awards.<br><br>"We are seeing more students who are asking how they can become future sustainability leaders, and this program provides them the first step towards that career goal," said Darice Ellis, the Sustainability Specialist for the City Manager's Office of Sustainability<br><br>Now, in honor of Earth Day, the Arizona Department of Education is joining Phoenix in encouraging more districts to add Sustainability Officers to their student councils.<br><br>Phoenix Union High School District (PXU) first adopted the SCSO model in 2014, and now has 12 schools and 28,000 students participating. Among other benefits, PXU schools saw a reduction in costs associated with energy consumption and water use after adopting the initiative.<br><br>“Sustainability should be a core focus in our schools, and this medium provides a powerful way to integrate these ideas," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. “Students who learn these principles now are the same people who will change and improve the trajectory of our communities and our world."<br>In the Spring semester, SCSO schools compete in an annual Sustainability Challenge with a new topic each year from and the Office of Sustainability. At the end of the challenge the top three schools receive financial awards to complete sustainability projects on their school campus. Over the past four years, PXU schools have received a total of $20,000 ($5,000 each year).<br><br><p>Schools interested in joining the SCSO initiative can get mentoring from the City of Phoenix. Please contact Emma Collins at <span style="color:rgb(68, 68, 68);">emma.collins@phoenix.gov</span> or Darice Ellis at darice.ellis@phoenix.gov for more information on getting started.<br></p><p>​<br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
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-programs
Farmland Preservation Program Permanently Protects South Phoenix Farmhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2312Environment & Sustainability4/19/2022 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2312/Newsroom _OEP_1.jpghttps://youtu.be/PhJde2VybfQFarmland Preservation Program Permanently Protects South Phoenix Farm<div class="ExternalClass3629884468D74FC49455980C6DD20D14"><html> <span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;">A South Phoenix farm is now permanently protected from development thanks to the City of Phoenix’s <a href="/newsroom/environmental-programs/2224" target="_blank">Farmland Preservation Program​</a>. The city recently invested $1,000,000 into the program as part of the Phoenix Resilient Food System Program.</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;">Maya’s Farm, operated by Maya Dailey, is a 3.3-acre farm that uses organic and sustainable production methods. A mainstay at local farmers’ markets, the farm provides produce to local restaurants, engages in a Community Support Agriculture program and numerous educational efforts, and grows specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers, and eggs.</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;">“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 style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;">The farm sits on land owned by Bridget Bellavigna. By funding the purchase of the development rights from Bellavigna (with <a href="https://www.centralazlandtrust.org/" target="_blank">Central AZ Land Trust (CALT)​</a> 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 style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;">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 style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;">“In my opinion, it’s pretty much a win-win,” Bellavigna said. “We’re pretty much going to get appraised value for our land, for one. And number two, it allows us to help farmers help us.”</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;">Bellavigna, who eventually plans to sell her land to Dailey at a much more feasible price, will still be made financially whole because of the money Phoenix paid her for the conservation easement.</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;">“For many farmers, the dream of owning a farm is just that -- a dream,” Phoenix Vice Mayor Laura Pastor said. “But the Farmland Conservation Program, approved by the Phoenix City Council, is making that dream a reality. Many farmers would not be able to buy the land without this program.”</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;font-family:Calibri;">“Losing our farms threatens the resiliency of our long-term food system,” said Rosanne Albright, Environmental Programs Coordinator for the city of Phoenix. “To protect our food system, we need to prevent urban farms from being paved over.”<br></span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-family:Calibri;"><br>W</span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-family:Calibri;">ith the success of having conserved Maya’s Farm, Phoenix and CALT will continue to engage with other farmland owners. Interested farmland owners in Phoenix should contact Sharma Torrens at agconserveconsulting@gmail.com.</span><br> <br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepVideoenvironmental-programs
Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant Availablehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2302Environment & Sustainability4/6/2022 4:40:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2302/Newsroom_OEP_1.jpgAgri-Food Tech Innovation Grant Available<div class="ExternalClass91318E15EE5E48188024811C9BE930EB"><html> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"> <span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The City of Phoenix is offering grants to people within the food supply chain who are interested in agri-food technology to address climate change challenges. Applications are now open for the </span><a href="/oep/food-grants" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">, which is a part of the ARPA-funded Phoenix Resilient Food System Initiative.  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> The Office of Environmental Programs has $400,000 available to businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, and sustainable food cooperatives across the entire food system that adopt agri-food technologies and innovations into their operations. The grant can help develop product prototypes, advance food equity, and lessen the food system's footprint on the environment.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> Examples of qualifying agri-food tech include but are not limited to:   <br style=""> </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> Farm management software, sensing & Internet of Things (IoT)   </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> Irrigation/water tech   </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> Agrivoltaics  </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> Agricultural robotics, machinery, and equipment   </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> R&D   </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> Supply chain technologies  </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> Innovative food (cultured meat, novel ingredients)  </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> Food waste mitigation efforts across food system   </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> eGrocery online   </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> In-Store Retail & Restaurant Tech   </span></li> </ul><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Grants will range in amounts from $1,000 to $99,000 and must be spent by June 30, 2023. Other eligibility requirements apply. <strong style="">Grant applications are due by April 25, 2022. </strong>Apply <a href="https://phoenix-gov.formstack.com/forms/agrifoodtech" target="_blank">here</a> (aplicar en español <a href="https://phoenix-gov.formstack.com/forms/agrifoodtech_es" target="_blank">aquí</a>).</span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><p></p> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> Whether you are a food producer, distributor, processor, retail/restaurant owner, or food waste recycler, the benefits of agri-food tech will bolster your resilience, help tackle climate change, and increase the accessibility of local food in Phoenix. </span></p> <p> ​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs








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