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
- 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 7:30 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