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 The EQC Challenge

​A Call for Innovators

EQC invites creative thinkers to submit policy, project, and program proposals that advance the City's 2050 Environmental Sustainability Goals.

The EQC will review submissions and invite three finalists to present their submissions at the Commission's February 2017 Meeting.  The EQC will then consider recommending that the City Council formally adopt and implement one or more of the finalists' proposals.

Submission Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked or submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2016. 

​Learn more about the EQC 2050 Sustainability Goals Challenge.​

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 Message from EQC Chair Jeremy Stapleton

​​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 improving production.
  • 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 environment."