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The Draft Climate Action Plan Framework is now available for public review and comments.
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Join the City of Phoenix and Chispa AZ in a virtual workshop on January 28, 2021 to provide your input on addressing climate change. Share your concerns, needs, and ideas to co-create solutions. The workshop will discuss climate goals and actions focused on Extreme Heat.
Register online here by January 27
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The 2020 Climate Action Plan Community Survey is now closed. Click the photo to the right for a summary of the results.
vibrant healthy food system by 2050 with
zero food deserts
The 2009 Climate Action Plan is being updated with completion by the end of 2021.
The 2009 Climate Action Plan defined how the city would achieve a goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from city operations to 5 percent below the 2005 levels by 2015. In 2012, three years ahead of schedule, the city achieved its goal with a 7.2 percent decrease from 2005 GHG emissions. These findings were revealed in the 2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Report. In January 2014, City Council adopted a new goal to reduce GHG by 15 percent by 2015 compared to 2005 emission levels for City operations.
The most significant GHG reduction programs include:
In January 2020 the City of Phoenix became the newest member of C40 Cities. C40 Cities is a network of 94 cities worldwide committed to exhibiting leadership in tackling climate change to increase the environmental and economic wellbeing of its residents. Learn more about C40 Cities
Reduce Urban Heat Island:
To measure progress, the City recently completed two reports: the City of Phoenix 2018 Local Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report; and the 2018 Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report.
These Reports are an update to the City's 2015 Local Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report and 2016 Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report, and present the status of the City's progress toward meeting its current greenhouse gas reduction targets of 40 percent by 2025 (City operations) and 30 percent by 2025 (community-wide).
Learn more and view the reports
In 2016 Phoenix City Council adopted 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.
Transportation: Make walking, cycling, and transit commonly used, enjoyed, and accessible for every Phoenix neighborhood, including our disabled community
Waste: Create zero waste through participation in the Circular Economy
Water Stewardship: Maintain a clean and reliable 100-year supply of water
Building & Land Use: Reduce community carbon pollution by 80%-90% with the longer term 2060 goals of becoming a carbon-neutral city
Parks, Preserves, and Open Spaces: All residents live within a five-minute walk of a park or open space
Clean Air: Achieve a level of air quality that is healthy for humans and the natural environment
Local Food Systems: Maintain a sustainable, healthy, equitable, thriving local food system
The Global Cool Cities Alliance launched the Cool Roadways Partnership (CRP) to advance the use of cool roadway solutions that manage the impacts of rising urban temperatures. The CRP participants include jurisdictions, organizations, and manufacturers that are collaborating to help achieve scaled deployment of cool roadway and pavement options as a key strategy to build heat resilient communities. The participating jurisdictions anticipate
investing a total of $4.75 billion to add, maintain, or replace 70,000 lane-miles over the next 10 years. The Request for Information is available here and responses are being accepted through March 19, 2021.
Participants (as of December 2020)
On Aug. 25, 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 and made a strong statement about the importance of expanding investment in Phoenix for
bus service, light rail construction, and street improvements.
The previous transit plan, known as T2000, was a voter-approved tax that primarily funded transit service in Phoenix. Now broader and more comprehensive, the Transportation 2050 plan places additional emphasis on street needs including; street maintenance, new pavement, bike lanes, sidewalks and ADA accessibility which will all compliment the increase in transit services.
The Transportation 2050 plan was developed by a
citizen-led committee of transportation experts and community advocates and addresses a wide array of concerns expressed by residents who drive, bike, walk and ride transit service. The 35-year citywide street and transit improvement plan, which became effective Jan. 1, 2016, will triple the number of light rail miles in Phoenix by adding 42 miles of across the city, provide late-night bus and Dial-a-Ride service citywide, and will directly and indirectly benefit every street in Phoenix.
Learn more and view progress updates
During the summer, staying hydrated and cool is vital! The Heat Relief Network offers free water and indoor locations to cool off. Download a map of cooling locations (PDF) that are BOTH hydration stations and cooling refuge locations for anyone needing to get out of the heat.
When the forecast hits the triple-digit, City of Phoenix Rangers advise not hiking during these weather conditions and ask that hikers always follow these life-saving Take a Hike. Do it Right website safety guidelines.
Learn more about Heat Safety
Tree and Shade Master Plan is the product of the Tree and Shade Task Force, a multi-department committee led by the Parks and Recreation Department. The task force met for a year and a half to evaluate the causes of Phoenix's declining urban forest. The task force also looked at regulatory hurdles that prevent the construction of shade structures over public sidewalks. The Master Plan was adopted by the City Council on January 5, 2010.
The Tree and Shade Master Plan strives to create a
healthier, more livable and prosperous Phoenix through the strategic investment in care and maintenance of the urban forest and engineered shade.
Trees and shade structures are critical components of the infrastructure and over the long-term can save the city millions of dollars. The Master Plan provides a detailed roadmap to achieve an average 25% shade canopy coverage for the entire city.
Learn more about Trees in Phoenix
The City of Phoenix has been delivering
clean, reliable water supplies to homes, businesses, industries, and other area customers for more than 100 years. Our successes have come from engaging our customers in planning for our water supply needs and promoting the responsible use of water.
In an era of climate change, one advantage Phoenix has over others is this: desert cities know that drought is a constant threat, and plan accordingly. Long-range planning, investments in water supply alternatives, and a history of successes in water conservation have allowed Phoenix to weather every drought without resorting to mandatory water use restrictions or prohibitions. Phoenix is built for drought. However, the city is prepared to establish such restrictions in future years if absolutely necessary to ensure the safety and health of our residents. Read the 2015 Drought Management Plan here.
Learn more about Water Conservation