Environmental Quality Commission

Cactus flowerThe Phoenix Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) helps city leaders identify environmental issues and advises the City Council on opportunities to protect Phoenix's natural and urban environment.  The EQC works closely with the city's Office of Environmental Programs to implement and monitor initiatives that ensure a sustainable future for area residents and businesses.  

Established in 1987, the 15-member citizen-based commission has made significant strides in response to environmentally related challenges and opportunities facing city departments.  From providing recommendations on various city actions such as the City Well Shutdown Policy, to its most recent endorsement of Phoenix's solar project permitting process, the Commission has over the years set a course that continues to propel city efforts to unparalleled heights.  

The EQC plays a leadership role on a number of environmental topics, including greener neighborhoods, renewable and solar energy projects, land use policies, air and water quality, sustainable building codes, urban heat island, recycling initiatives, climate action plan goals, the Phoenix General Plan, and other key city efforts.  

Learn more about EQC's Initiatives, SubcommitteesMembers, and Meeting Minutes and Schedule

EQC Bicycle Initiatives Subcommittee achieves success and passes torch

In 2009, the Phoenix EQC established the Bicycle Initiatives Subcommittee to identify and eliminate the barriers to getting more people on bikes more often. Significant and unrelenting participation by an active and engaged bicycle community, EQC Commissioners and city staff led to these accomplishments:

  • Staffing of a Phoenix Bicycle Coordinator
  • Increased investment in bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure
  • Coordination with the Phoenix Police Department to improve understanding and enforcement of bicycle laws
  • Development of a city of Phoenix Bicycle & Phoenix Historic Neighborhood Map and a Bicycle Master Plan.

In 2012, upon recommendation of the Bicycle Initiatives Subcommittee, the Phoenix EQC initiated the Complete Streets Initiative to foster better performing streets and a more people friendly public realm, making a formal recommendation to the Mayor and Council to adopt a Complete Streets Ordinance.

The Mayor, Council and city management approved this recommendation, launching a tireless effort by staff and the Complete Streets Working Group, a volunteer and public-private collaboration, to draft the policy. In July, 2014 Phoenix City Council adopted the Complete Streets Ordinance and officially established the Complete Streets Advisory Board.

Jeremy Stapleton, EQC Chair, stated "With this successful progress, the EQC Bicycle Initiatives Subcommittee passes the torch to the Complete Streets Advisory Board.  The EQC will continue to collaborate with and champion efforts to improve our streets for environmental, social and economic prosperity."

Message from Jeremy Stapleton, EQC Chair:

"The Environmental Quality 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 third Thursday of the month at 8 a.m. in the Office of Environmental Programs at 200 W. Washington, 14th Floor.
  • Thank you for your companionship in the protection and enrichment of our environment." 



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