​​​​ Environmental Quality and Sustainability Committee



Urban Heat Island / Tree & Shade Subcommittee Formed

Next Meeting:

July 11, 2019, 1 p.m., Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington, 14th Floor

EQSC is proud to announce the creation of the Urban Heat Island/Tree and Shade Subcommittee.  The purpose of the subcommittee is to evaluate, analyze and recommend policies to address the issues surrounding Urban Heat and to advance implementation of the Phoenix Tree and Shade Master Plan.

"As our city continues to grow, so does the urban heat island and the need to provide heat relief," said Mayor Thelda Williams. "I look forward to the policy recommendations the subcommittee brings forward to mitigate the effects of the heat island and provide much needed shade throughout the city."


Phoenix City Council on March 22, 2017 approved the EQC's name change to better reflect its work. The focus of the Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission (EQSC) has expanded to embrace the social, ecologic and economic objectives of sustainability to improve quality of life for current and future generations.

The EQSC identifies and advises the Phoenix City Council on environmental quality and sustainability issues affecting the city and recommends to the City Council policies, positions, roles, and action the city might take to address those issues in a manner that protects, promotes, restores, or enchances the city's natural and built environments.

EQSC also announced the release of the city's most recent sustainability report.  The 2015-16 sustainability report highlights the accomplishments achieved thus far by the city and the 2050 Environmental Sustainability goals, which reflect the community's desired outcomes for a socially, economically and environmentally resilient city.  

EQSC Welcomes New Chair & Vice Chair!

Colin Tetreault, Principal, S2 Consulting and Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is now serving as Chair of the EQSC.  Elyse Giudas, Executive Director, Farm Express by Discovery Triangle and public health policy expert serves as Vice Chair.

Message from EQSC Chair Colin Teatreault

The Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission is the leading non-partisan sustainability-based citizen advisory body in the state of Arizona. The Commission engages the public, recommends policy, and acts as an honest broker in advancing sustainability within the city and beyond. Working in partnership with the community, businesses, NGO’s, and all levels of government, we are committed to advocating for and advancing solutions that make a demonstrable impact for all.


Creating a sustainable Phoenix is in our shared interest. By addressing pressing issues like global climate change, urban heat island, water availability, clean energy independence, complete transportation, and circular and inclusive economies we can create a socially just, environmentally beautiful, and economically prosperous future. It won’t be easy, but together we can create a 21st-century city for everyone.


Our Commission’s shared passion for the world is what drives our commitment to you, the public. We encourage you to join us in finding the most innovative solutions to our most pressing opportunities.


Please share your thoughts, ideas, recommendations, and solutions with us. We welcome the opportunity to work with you.


Together for a future for all,