The EQSC Challenge

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​A Call for Innovators

The EQSC 2050 Sustainability Goals Challenge is closed.  Submissions are being reviewed and winner(s) will be announced at a later date.

 EQC has a new name -- EQSC!

​EQC is now the Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission (EQSC).

Phoenix City Council on March 22, 2017 approved the EQC's name change to better reflect its work. The focus of the now called EQSC has expanded to embrace the social, ecologic and economic objectives of sustainability to improve quality of life for current and future generations.

"Phoenix continues to take significant action in response to our environmental challenges, but we still have a lot to address," said Jeremy Stapleton, chairman, EQSC.  "I am proud of our elected leaders, our residents and my fellow commission members for their dedicated commitment to stewarding resources and improving the sustainability and resiliency of our desert city."

EQSC also announced the release of the city's most recent sustainability report.  The 2015-16 sustainability report highlights the accomplishments achieved thus far by the city and the 2050 Environmental Sustainability goals, which reflect the community's desired outcomes for a socially, economically and environmentally resilient city.  

 Message from EQSC Chair Jeremy Stapleton

​​The Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission is committed to making Phoenix adaptable and resilient in the face of population growth and economic and ecologic uncertainty. This year, we’ll be focusing on infrastructure and the built environment, our codes, policies, standards and guidelines that define the form and function of our city so that it’s easier for each of us to live lighter on the land and steward our resources.  

Join us in protecting and improving our environmental quality; here are a few of our favorite suggestions:

  • Better Air, Better Health: Carbon emissions from vehicles are the biggest detriment to our air quality while active mobility may be the biggest aid to public health. Re-design how you move about the valley. Incorporate walking,  biking, car-share and transit into your mobility options.
  • The 5 Mile Challenge: Try shifting more of your activities to within a 5 mile radius of your home; discover new people and places in your neighborhood. Living locally not only shrinks individual environmental impact, it helps circulate more money locally, strengthening our economy. Then let us know how it goes. Visit localfirstaz.com for ideas.
  • Recycling & Solid Waste: If you’re inhibited from recycling because of where you live or work, request that your property management provide the service and let your council member know you want recycling! If you don’t want those phone books delivered every year, you can opt out; visit yellowpagesoptout.com.  Compost with your neighbors; share the efforts and the rewards while helping the city send less to the landfill.
  • Invest Water Wisely: 70% of water use in Arizona is used on the landscape. Reduce water consumption and improve the return on your investment by planting native plants, edibles and medicinals. Naturalizing the landscape improves the habitat for pollinators and harvests the value of nature’s processes while improving food security and biodiversity. For the really passionate, consider hydroponics or aquaponics, methods that decrease water consumption while improving production.
  • Chime In: If you have employable, scalable ideas on how we can build and manage a more efficient city, let us know. Send the EQC an email or join us at our standing meeting on the second Thursday of the month at 7:45 a.m. in the Office of Environmental Programs at 200 W. Washington, 12th Floor.
  • Thank you for your companionship in the protection and enrichment of our environment."