Sustainability Literacy

The SustainPHX Literacy Project, led by the City of Phoenix Green Team, is an effort to improve sustainability literacy. It is designed to educate, inspire and empower employees and city residents, particularly our youth (city programs, public schools, community based youth programs), on the importance of sustainable living. 

The project will cross traditional boundaries to embed sustainability in our culture and connect sustainability concepts of social and community engagement, economic prosperity and protection of natural resources. Increased sustainability literacy will lead to expanded habits for healthier living and active participation in a city culture that continues to take a leadership role in the world of sustainability.

The City of Phoenix Green Team initiated a multi-faceted approach to address sustainability literacy in the following areas:

  • City of Phoenix employees
  • City of Phoenix Youth Programs
  • Public Schools
  • Community-based Youth Programs

SustainPHX Literacy Project Phase I

City employees

The first phase of the project provides education to city employees through web-based training, bi-monthly Green Bags (lunchtime learning), and special events. 

 City of Phoenix Youth ProgramsPhoenix Afterschool Centers (PAC) Programs

The Green Team coordinated with the Phoenix Youth & Education Manager and Youth & Education Task Force worked together to develop the sustainability youth program for Phoenix Afterschool programs. 
Educational resources are provided to the PAC programs in the areas of:

Air & Climate  ♦  Energy  ♦  Waste  ♦  Water

The program coordinates and builds upon existing efforts of Waste (Recycling) and Water (Conservation) that have previously been taught in PAC programs. The project also will develop web-based, centralized sustainability educational resources.  Additional sustainability topics to follow in Phase II.