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Grow Your Own Food at Homehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2129Environment & Sustainability11/4/2021 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2129/Newsroom_Environment_026.jpgGrow Your Own Food at Home<div class="ExternalClassF6B7E00FE3FA47C8916568180B835B04"><html> <p>If you are interested in growing your own food at home, you could have a choice of three garden systems and training support for one year!<br></p> <p>The city of Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs (OEP) is excited to announce applications are being accepted for its new FREE Backyard Garden Pilot Program. Residents selected to participate will receive materials, labor, training and maintenance support, as needed for one year, at no cost.</p> <p>OEP is seeking passionate community members with an interest in growing food and willing to make a yearlong commitment to backyard gardening. The city has the capacity to welcome 90 people to receive a new garden system by the end of 2021.</p> <p>Learn more about the Backyard Garden Program and submit an application <a href="/oep/backyard-garden" target="_blank">online</a>. <strong>Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15.</strong></p> <p>This program is made possible through funding received from the federal Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Funds.</p> <p>Our partners NxT Horizon LLC, LEHR Innovations LLC, and Tiger Mountain Foundation are providing the garden systems and expertise to ensure the success of each participant. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Celebrate Urban Wildlife Conservation Dayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2094Environment & Sustainability10/8/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2094/Newsroom_Environment_025.jpgCelebrate Urban Wildlife Conservation Day<div class="ExternalClass3AE321EB4AA64257BCB2E80C5A161354"><html> <p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego has <a target="_blank" href="/oepsite/Documents/2021%20Urban%20Wildlife%20Conservation%20Day.pdf">declared October 9, 2021 as Urban Wildlife Conservation Day​</a> for the city of Phoenix. Everyone is invited to join us in celebrating Urban Wildlife Conservation Day and take part in the 1st annual Walk for the Wild. It's happening on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 8 - 11 a.m. at the Rio Salado Restoration Area, at 2439 S. Central Ave.</p> <p>This will kick off Walk for the Wild Week with an in-person celebration of our local urban wildlife. There will be:<br></p> <ul> <li> <p>3k walk on a paved path<br></p> </li> <li> <p>Audubon native plant sale<br></p> </li> <li> <p>Milkweed for monarchs planting</p> </li> <li> <p>Native seed giveaway</p> </li> <li> <p>Bird education</p> </li> <li> <p>Partner booths</p> </li> </ul> <p>Bring water with you, but water fountains and restrooms will be available. While this event is outdoors, masks and social distancing are recommended.<br></p> <p>​Check out this <a target="_blank" href="/oepsite/Documents/Urban%20Wildlife%20Event%202021.pdf">flyer</a> for more information or register <a target="_blank" href="https://www.virtualrunningclub.com/events/walk-for-the-wild/">here</a>.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Join Us for the 2021 "Phoenix Food Day & Healthfest"https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/443Environment & Sustainability10/7/2021 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/443/Newsroom_Environment_003.JPGJoin Us for the 2021 "Phoenix Food Day & Healthfest"<div class="ExternalClassF2161E58C7C44EFBB7B1960AC8685F09"><html> <p>Don't miss out on this year's Phoenix Food Day & Healthfest events hosted by the city of Phoenix and the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.jlp.org/">Junior League of Phoenix​</a>.</p><p></p><p>Phoenix Food Day & Healthfest is a free, health and wellness event that focuses on healthy lifestyles for families. The city and Junior League of Phoenix recognize that providing food and resources during the pandemic recovery is important.​<br></p><p>This year’s drive-thru and virtual events will include free food boxes and goodie bags for 2,000 families at each event. The goodie bags will be filled with prizes, kids’ activities, health and wellness vouchers, and much more. Cooking and gardening demos online too!</p><p><strong>Drive-Thru Events:</strong><br></p><ul><li><p>8 a.m. to noon - <strong>Saturday, October 23</strong> - V.H. Lassen Elementary, 909 W. Vineyard Road.</p></li><li><p>8 a.m. to noon - <strong>Saturday, November 6</strong> - Cartwright Community Garden, 4208 N. 51 Ave.<br></p></li></ul><p>For more information and to register, visit <a target="_blank" href="/OEP/FoodDay">phoenix.gov/OEP/FoodDay</a>.<br></p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Phoenix Plays Host to the Migrating Monarch Butterflyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2079Environment & Sustainability9/24/2021 5:30:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/bA-Bwp822U0Phoenix Plays Host to the Migrating Monarch Butterfly<div class="ExternalClassA9E95BF8EBAF484293067887336F52EE"><html> <p>Right now, these creatures are making their way through Phoenix. September is also the perfect time to start thinking about what native plants you could place on your patio, balcony or plant in your yard to provide essential habitat resources for this key pollinator species. </p> <p>The western population of the monarch butterfly has declined by 99% over the last 25 years, much of that due to habitat loss and pesticide use.</p> <p>Consider planting native milkweed and native nectar plants to support the monarch butterfly. <br></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <p>Mayor Kate Gallego's <a target="_blank" href="/oepsite/Documents/Mayor%27s%20Monarch%20Proclamation.pdf">Planting for Monarchs Month Proclamation​</a>.<br></p> <p>Learn more and find links to other resources at <a href="/oep/monarch" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/oep/monarch​</a>. ​<br></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <p>​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepVideoenvironmental-programs
Save the Monarchs!https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2044Environment & Sustainability9/1/2021 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2044/Newsroom_Environment_024.jpgSave the Monarchs!<div class="ExternalClassF4BCA79098D5498A80970B684E8E7B8D"><html> <div>​Did you know that Phoenix plays host to the migrating monarch butterfly each year? We see them arrive in September and wave goodbye around May as they make their way to cooler climates for the summer. <br></div><div><br></div><div>The monarch’s multi-generation, 3,000-mile-long migration and dramatic overwintering habits capture our imagination. But this key pollinator is currently struggling; the western population of the monarch butterfly has declined by 99 percent over the last 25 years. But one simple action can help them survive and thrive: plant! </div><div><br></div><div>Native milkweed and native nectar plants are essential for monarch survival. With the fall planting season in Phoenix about to start, consider planting native milkweed and native nectar plants to provide habitat for monarchs and other pollinators. From one or two potted plants on a balcony to landscaping an entire yard or business park and anything in between, it all makes a difference. </div><div><br></div><div>Working together, we can create a web of much needed habitat resources throughout Phoenix for this important species. Plus, we save on water use and support our native biodiversity by avoiding high water budget plants in favor of those native to the Phoenix region. ​<br></div><div><br></div><div>Mayor Kate Gallego's <a href="/oepsite/Documents/Mayor%27s%20Monarch%20Proclamation.pdf" target="_blank">Planting for Monarchs Month Proclamation​</a>.<br></div><div><br></div> <p>Learn more and find links to other resources at <a href="/oep/monarch" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/oep/monarch​</a>. </p> <div> <br> <br> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Join the City of Phoenix in the Fight to Combat Climate Changehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/1973Environment & Sustainability6/29/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1973/Newsroom_Environment_023.jpgJoin the City of Phoenix in the Fight to Combat Climate Change<div class="ExternalClass38BFD0527A4049E59BBC5A43B0E00EE0"><html> <p>​Are you concerned about climate change and the impacts to our water, temperatures, and air quality?</p> <p>The city of Phoenix is asking the community to provide feedback on the draft Climate Action Plan. The proposed plan addresses the challenges posed by climate change and the steps residents can take to help make Phoenix a more sustainable city.</p> <p>"This plan will be made stronger through community input and ideas, and achieving the goals set forth will require cross-sector and community-wide participation," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. "The Climate Action Plan establishes baselines and charts the path forward to net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner, and it will be updated every two years to track progress and to evolve with the unique needs and circumstances of our city."<br></p> <p>The draft Climate Action Plan includes goals and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from various activities in these areas: Stationary Energy, Transportation, Waste, Air Quality, Food Systems, Heat, and Water. There are many climate actions in the plan, such as reducing emissions from buildings; transportation and waste; supporting electric vehicles; building a network of cool pedestrian corridors; improving air quality; and continuing to foster an inclusive and equitable city.</p> <p>Share your climate action ideas and priorities with the city to help fight climate change. There are a variety of ways for residents to get involved: review the draft plan at <a href="/oep/cap" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/climate</a>, complete a <a href="https://ppaz1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_20tB6y04CxRnkMu" target="_blank">survey</a>, and submit feedback, comments or questions to climate@phoenix.gov.</p> <p>The deadline to provide your ideas and feedback is Friday, Aug. 13.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs

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 Green Bond Framework

​The city released a Green Bond Framework to attract “Impact Investors” interested in directing their investments toward sustainability-related projects in exchange for attractive financing terms.  ​

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Check out the latest TV coverage of sustainability in Phoenix. 

You can watch the full 11 minute video, or just check out the short clips about each of our sustainability actions:

Becoming a Carbon Neutral City Full Vide​​o (11 Mins.)​



Environmental Sustainability Goals Intro (2:17 Min.)

Buildings and Land Use (1:54 Mins.)

Transportation (1:04 Mins.)

Zero Waste (1:05 Mins.)

Water (1:25 Mins.)

Parks and Open Space (1:25 Mins.)

Clean Air (1:34 Mins.)

Food Systems (:50 Mins)

Environmental Sustainability Goals Close (:24 Mins.)