Phoenix recognizes the value of a diverse, vibrant, educated and connected populace. Empowering community cohesion is essential to building sustainable communities. Phoenix continually creates that cohesion by giving residents a sense of place and collective pride in their homes while celebrating social and cultural diversity.
Sustainability Literacy programs are important and the city is creating programs to educate employees and the community.
Programs or services provided in Arts & Culture, Civil & Human Rights, Social and Cultural Diversity, Community Health, Education & Literacy, Emergency Prevention & Response, Equitable Services, Food Access, and Youth Programs are a few examples of what is included in the “Community” sphere of sustainability.
Community Gardens are growing at four Housing Department senior center sites and at four community centers. Youth and seniors work together to grow and harvest food. For more information or to get involved, contact the Senior Programs Coordinator for your housing site or your nearest Community Center.
Let's Grow Phoenix Gardens
Through a grant from Cities of Services, the city implemented
Let's Grow Phoenix Gardens to help address the lack of access to healthy foods for residents in public housing communities.
Cool Roofs Project
The city, in partnership with
HandsOn Greater Phoenix and Keep Phoenix Beautiful, recruited volunteers to help coat 70,000 square feet of city roof tops with a reflective surface to help mitigate rising temperatures and air pollution. Currently, volunteers coated approximately 12,000 square feet of roof tops at the Adam Diaz Senior Center and Neighborhood Services Resource Center.
Green, Sustainable, Energy Efficient Neighborhoods
The Gordon Estates subdivision project, funded with federal
Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds, created affordable, energy efficient homes. The neighborhood consists of14 homes that are EPA Water Sense Efficient, Energy Star v3 rated, and indoor airPLUS certified. These homes set high standards and area great example of how to aid others in being good energy stewards.