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Housing and Habitat Celebrate Energy-Efficient Affordable Homehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/984Environment & Sustainability2/20/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/984/Newsroom_Environment_012.jpgHousing and Habitat Celebrate Energy-Efficient Affordable Home<div class="ExternalClassA66A890CA6924240A171E74B0AB391D4"><html> <p></p>Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona (Habitat) in partnership with the city of Phoenix Housing Department, held a home dedication and celebration ceremony for the first new, LEED Platinum affordable single-family home in Phoenix's Central City South neighborhood.<br><br><strong>About the new homeowner:</strong> Angelica was born and raised in the Central City South neighborhood. Looking to create housing stability for her and her son, she turned to Habitat. Today, she has the keys to one of 30 Energy Star Certified, affordable homes. <br><br>In the fall of 2017, Habitat was awarded by the city a contract to develop affordable single-family homes on 30 vacant lots purchased as part of the Matthew Henson HOPE VI redevelopment project. <br><br>The new, affordable homes are under construction and available for low-income homebuyers in the Central City South area.<br><br>For more information, visit <a href="https://habitatcaz.org/" target="_blank">https://habitatcaz.org/</a>.<br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Phoenix and EPA Announce New Initiative to Reduce Heavy-duty Trucks Emissions https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/937Environment & Sustainability2/13/2020 3:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/V5JNJoYSoMkPhoenix and EPA Announce New Initiative to Reduce Heavy-duty Trucks Emissions <div class="ExternalClass3FAB200B77E54E07BF12303CE528D707"><html> <div><div>At a news conference on Jan. 30, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-9-pacific-southwest">U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Southwest Region​</a> Administrator Mike Stoker announced steps to advance the national Cleaner Trucks Initiative, a program that aims to establish more stringent emissions standards to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) and other pollutants from heavy-duty truck engines.​</div><div> </div><div>Phoenix has been at the forefront of cleaner air initiatives, demonstrated by Public Works' commitment to replacing its fleet of diesel-engine solid waste trucks with CNG-fueled ones. As the recipient of the<a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/557"> recent $1 million grant</a> from the EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), Phoenix will soon be able to purchase nine solid waste trucks that use the ultra-low emission NOx compressed natural gas (CNG) to replace nine of its diesel-engine ones, and its long-haul trucking contractor, Mr. Bults, Inc., will be able to replace one of its long-haul diesel-engine truck with CNG.</div><div> </div><div>‘Clean air is essential to the well-being of Phoenix’s residents and visitors and paramount to our continued success. As the fifth largest and fastest growing city in the nation, we must set a strong example in reducing emissions. Currently, the number one producer of emissions in the Valley is vehicles,’ said Phoenix Mayor Gallego. ‘We are proud to partner with the EPA in our effort to reduce our city’s fleet emissions and educate other communities on the importance of a cleaner future.’</div><div> </div><div>According to the EPA, the CTI rulemaking follows petition from more than 20 organizations, including state and local sir agencies, to revise and promote stricter NOx standards. </div><div> </div><div>‘Through this initiative, we will modernize heavy-duty truck engines, improving their efficiency and reducing their emissions, which will lead to a healthier environment,” said EPA Administrator Stoker. “The U.S. has already made major reductions in NOx emissions, but through this initiative we will continue to reduce emissions while spurring innovative new technologies, ensuring heavy-duty trucks are clean and remain a competitive method of transportation.’</div><div> </div><div>Phoenix Public Works currently has 153 solid waste trucks using CNG fuel; 59 of those use the low NOx CNG. With the additional nine CNG solid waste trucks and one CNG long-haul truck, an estimated 1.8 tons of NOx emissions will be reduced and will conserve more than 75,000 gallons of diesel fuel. </div><div> </div><div>Also present at the Jan. 30 news conference were: Councilman Carlos Garcia, representing Phoenix Council District 8; Daniel Czecholinski, director of the Air Quality Division of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality; Philip McNeely, Maricopa County Air Quality Department director; and Dave Edwards, senior vice president of equipment and government relations for Knight Transportation. ​</div></div></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepVideoenvironmental-programs
Phoenix Joins C40 Citieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/838Environment & Sustainability1/21/2020 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/838/Newsroom_Environment_011.jpgPhoenix Joins C40 Cities<div class="ExternalClass0401F44F224B48A189C73E042022CA8E"><html> <p> ​The city of Phoenix is one of the newest members of C40 Cities. Phoenix has joined 94 cities worldwide in a global network committed to exhibiting leadership in tackling climate change to increase the environmental and economic wellbeing of its residents.</p> <p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego leads a city on the front lines of the climate crisis and has demonstrated national and global leadership on climate through innovative and inclusive solutions.</p> <p>Phoenix is a booming city addressing extreme heat, water stewardship, the circular economy, and accelerated decarbonization though an ambitious combination of climate mitigation, adaptation, resilience and equity policies. Mayor Gallego has put particular emphasis on reducing emissions from the transportation sector, and given its desert location, implementing heat mitigation strategies.</p> <p>"Phoenix is the fastest growing city in America. This growth has spurred unprecedented economic development, but it has also meant taking a harder look at the sustainability challenges facing a city located in the middle of the Sonoran Desert," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. "The C40 collective represents one-twelfth of people worldwide, and I know that, as a desert city, we bring unique experience and perspective to the table. Phoenix has affirmed our unwavering commitment to the tenets set forth in the Paris Climate Accord, and we continue to work toward a more sustainable future. Our membership in C40 reflects this commitment, as well as our desire to learn even more ways to enhance our climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience."</p> <p>"The cities of C40 are some of the most important leaders in the fight to halt the climate crisis and forge a more sustainable future — because while others make promises, we enact policies that address this emergency head-on," said C40 Chair and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.   </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Phoenix Completes LED Street Light Conversionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/947Environment & Sustainability1/14/2020 3:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/P2VEvVFIOLEPhoenix Completes LED Street Light Conversion<div class="ExternalClassD4491C4CE01F4EE7B84CAAC40C3CE8DE"><html> <p>​The city of Phoenix completed a citywide conversion of nearly 100,000 standard street lights to energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED). This conversion is one of the largest completed by a U.S. city.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepVideoenvironmental-programs
Free Sustainable Home Design Planshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/713Environment & Sustainability12/23/2019 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/713/Newsroom_Environment_009.jpgFree Sustainable Home Design Plans<div class="ExternalClassA7B956E93D2F405BA14FF9E544C949AC"><html> <p>The city of Phoenix Mayor and Council adopted ambitious 2050 Sustainability Goals, its roadmap to becoming a carbon-neutral, zero-waste city. As a step towards achieving these goals, the city of Phoenix wishes to encourage the construction of ultra-low energy use homes. </p> <p> T o create the designs needed in the marketplace, the city of Phoenix, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, Arizona (AIA) held a Sustainable Home Design Competition for a “near net-zero energy” single-family home that has the best potential for wide-spread adoption in the region (climate zone 2).  </p> <p> Now, users can <a target="_blank" href="/sustainability/homeplans">download the winning construction plans​</a> for free! ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Burn Cleaner, Burn Betterhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/714Environment & Sustainability12/23/2019 5:50:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/714/Newsroom_Environment_010.jpgBurn Cleaner, Burn Better<div class="ExternalClass3C615F3D9FB547FE97EC4699D256239F"><html> <p>​While a fireplace can be great on a cool winter night, all that smoke can mean possible fines and a substantial health risk to residents across Maricopa County. </p> <p>On No Burn Days, please don't burn wood and use a gas or electric fireplace instead. If possible, convert your wood-burning fireplace to natural gas or retrofit your fireplace with an air pollution reduction device. </p> <p>The Maricopa County Air Quality Department offers a free fireplace retrofit program. For more information, call 602-372-WOOD (9663).​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs

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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.)