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Phoenix to Host Its First Electric Vehicle Test Drive Eventhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2873Environment & Sustainability9/27/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2873/blue EV hood (1).jpgPhoenix to Host Its First Electric Vehicle Test Drive Event<div class="ExternalClass406561A67124444598CD3C163EECA911"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">I</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">n</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> honor of National Drive Electric Week, The City of Phoenix's Office of Sustainability is hosting its first-ever Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive event on Saturday, Sept. 30. The public is invited to attend, and test drive a variety of affordable and luxury electric vehicles.</span></p> <p>More than 20 electric vehicle models will be available to drive during the event including various Tesla and Rivian models, the Chevrolet Bolt, the Kia EV6, and the BMW iX. </p> <p>In addition to test driving vehicles, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with several vendors. Utility companies SRP and APS will be available to answer questions about incentives and rebates offered to electric vehicle owners. Waymo, Blink, Buzze and many other vendors will also be in attendance!</p> <p>The event is from 8 a.m. to noon at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave. Onsite parking is available and residents can register to drive an electric vehicle on the <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-drive-electric-week-phoenix-ev-ride-drive-tickets-695472355537?aff=oddtdtcreator" target="_blank">Eventbrite</a> website. </p> <p>Media interviews will be available leading up to the event and the day of. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Phoenix Celebrates National Drive Electric Weekhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2868Environment & Sustainability9/22/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2868/Rivian.jpgPhoenix Celebrates National Drive Electric Week<div class="ExternalClass94434081D680420AB6F3153F2F69101F"><html> <p>​<span style="text-align:justify;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">National Driv</span><span style="text-align:justify;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">e Electric Week is from Sept. 22 through Oct. 1 and the City of Phoenix Office of Sustainability is celebrating in major ways. One celebration ​by hosting a series of events for current and potential electric vehicle owners.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">There will be opportunities to test drive an electric vehicle, learn about what you need to know before purchasing an electric vehicle and to learn about incentives and rebates available to current owners.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>EV 101 Electrify Your Ride | Sept. 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | </strong><a href="https://bit.ly/3rY0OfH" target="_blank"><strong>Register</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Are you considering purchasing an electric vehicle? The EV 101 Electrify Your Ride webinar is perfect for you! Learn what you need to know and ask questions before electrifying your ride. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>EV 102 For New EV Owners | Sept. 28 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | </strong><a href="https://bit.ly/3YnepZK" target="_blank"><strong>Register</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Current electric vehicle owners will not want to miss an opportunity to attend the EV 102 For New EV Owners webinar. Learn about the incentives and rebates that are available to electric vehicle owners. </p><p><strong>EV Ride and Drive | Sept. 30 | 8 a.m.-noon | NPHX Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave.| </strong><a href="https://bit.ly/3DMLTHE" target="_blank"><strong>Register</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">More than 20 electric vehicles will be available to test drive during the EV Ride and Drive event including various Tesla and Rivian models, the Chevrolet Bolt, the Kia EV6, the BMW iX, and much more. Waymo, SRP and Blink will be in attendance to provide information and answer questions about charging electric vehicles and driverless cars. Phoenix Public Library will also be in attendance signing people up for free library cards. Sixteen of the library locations now have charging stations available for electric vehicle owners.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information about the National Drive Electric Week events, email <a href="mailto:electricvehicles@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">electricvehicles@phoenix.gov</a>. <br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Phoenix Helps Kick-Off Heat Awareness Week with Summer Safety Tips https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2741Environment & Sustainability5/4/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2741/IMG_1070 (1).JPGPhoenix Helps Kick-Off Heat Awareness Week with Summer Safety Tips <div class="ExternalClass135025A0B5634EAC982BA4E6D402CE5F"><html> <p>Heat Awareness week is from May 1-5 and as temperatures start to increase, the City of Phoenix is sharing summer safety tips to keep you safe and prepare you for the hot summer months ahead.  <br><br>Here are some tips to keep you safe during the warm weather months:  <br><br><strong>Keep an Eye on the Weather</strong> <br>The National Weather Service issues heat watches and warnings (@NWSPhoenix on social media). During these times, it is recommended to remain indoors whenever possible. Even when an excessive heat day is not in effect, the summer weather can still be dangerous. If you need to be outdoors, it is recommended to be done by 9 a.m. or wait until after 6 p.m.  </p> <p> <strong>Listen to Your Body</strong> <br>Make sure to take frequent breaks and drink water regularly throughout the day, even when you are not thirsty. The CDC recommends that people working outdoors drink eight ounces of water every 15-20 minutes. Hydrating ahead of vigorous activity is effective. Avoid sugary drinks, alcohol, and caffeine.  <br>Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke (see graphic <a href="/piosite/Documents/PAYS_May_2023_Summer_Safety.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>).​<br><br></p> <p> <strong>Limit Time Outdoors</strong> <br>Even when an excessive heat day is not in effect, summer weather can still be dangerous. If you need to be outdoors, it is recommended to wrap up activities by 9 a.m. or wait until after 6 p.m.  <br><br><strong>Protect your Skin</strong> <br>Make sure to regularly apply sunscreen to exposed skin. The CDC recommends a minimum of SPF 15 or higher. In addition to wearing sunscreen, wear light-colored clothing and wide-brimmed hats. <br><br><strong>Find a Cooling Center and Hydration Center</strong> <br>The 2023 Heat Relief Network map launches on May 1. You can visit an indoor, air-conditioned cooling center for hydration needs. Indoor and outdoor hydration stations are also available where you can go to receive bottled water and other collected donation items.  </p> <p> <strong>Cooling Ordinance</strong> <br>Did you know there is a City ordinance that requires landlords to provide reasonable cooling to rental housing units? Phoenix landlords are required to maintain 82° or cooler for units with air conditioning, or 86° or cooler for evaporative coolers. To learn more about your rights or report a violation call 602-262-7210.   </p> <p>For more summer safety tips, visit Phoenix.gov/Heat.  <br></p> <p>Make sure to follow the City's social media accounts (@CityofPhoenixAZ) for more information during Heat Awareness Week and throughout the Summer with its Summer Safety campaign. Details on Phoenix.gov/Summer.  ​<br></p> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Grant Funding Available for Small, Food-Related Businesses in Phoenixhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2695Environment & Sustainability3/16/2023 7:55:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2695/Untitled design (35).pngGrant Funding Available for Small, Food-Related Businesses in Phoenix<div class="ExternalClass3B264802D1A648F3BB5CC6984AD9F7FC"><html>​The City of Phoenix is offering grants to small, food-related businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 or its negative economic impacts. Applications are now open for the <a href="https://phoenix-gov.formstack.com/forms/food_grants" target="_blank">Food Systems Transformation Grant</a>, which is part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)-funded Phoenix Resilient Food System Initiative.<br><br>The Office of Environmental Programs has $800,000 available in grant funding to distribute to small businesses located within Phoenix city limits. Eligible small businesses include those who are a part of the City's food system and play a role in the consumption, distribution, growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing or the disposal of food and food-related items. <br><br>Grants must be used to create a more resilient, sustainable, equitable, healthy, and thriving system. Examples of projects that help transform the local food system include but are not limited to: <br><br><ul><li>Advancing justice, equity, and fairness within the local food system.</li><li>Promoting efforts to reduce the impact of the local food system on our changing climate (mitigation).</li><li>Strengthening the resiliency of the local food system in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, various shocks, and disruptions (adaptation).</li><li>Enhancing food security, accessibility, affordability, and healthy eating.</li><li>Adopting new and/or expanding existing sustainable and innovative urban food production, distribution, aggregation, processing, and recycling practices.<br></li><li>Developing product prototypes.</li><li>Creating new, high-quality jobs to implement grant-funded projects.</li><li>Improving local market options.<br><br></li></ul>Small businesses are eligible to receive between $5,000 and $99,000 in grants and must use funds to complete all proposed projects within 12 months. Grant applications are due no later than March 31. Apply <a href="https://phoenix-gov.formstack.com/forms/food_grants" target="_blank">here</a> to view the full details and eligibility requirements. <br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
City of Phoenix Gets Heat Ready with Bookmark Art Contesthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2681Environment & Sustainability3/9/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2681/Photo_Burton_Barr (4).JPGCity of Phoenix Gets Heat Ready with Bookmark Art Contest<div class="ExternalClassFBC1847F557F41598F9730B74DFB6C3A"><html> <p></p> <p>The City of Phoenix Office of Heat Response and Mitigation is partnering with the Phoenix Public Library to host a <a href="/heatsite/Pages/Stay-Cool-Summer-Art-Contest.aspx" target="_blank">“Stay Cool Summer" art contest.</a> Contestants will create and submit a bookmark design that promotes heat safety and represents what a “Stay Cool Summer" means to them.  </p> <p>Contestants can feature a variety of ways to stay cool in their artwork such as staying hydrated, finding shade, using sunscreen, and much more. </p> <p>“As a mom, I know the importance of keeping our kids safe and entertained during the hot summer months," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This contest helps spread the message about heat safety in a fun and interactive way. Phoenix is a leader in urban cooling and heat response strategies, and these creative ideas can even lead to new innovations!"</p> <p>The Office of Heat Response and Mitigation was established in October 2021 making it the first publicly funded heat office in the nation. The department focuses on strategies to combat heat and bring awareness to the environmental impacts it has in Phoenix.  </p> <p>“Our office is proud to partner with the Phoenix Public Library for this year's art contest. It allows Phoenix kids to get creative while showcasing what it means to stay cool and safe during the summer," said City of Phoenix Heat Response and Mitigation Director Dave Hondula.</p> <p>Students can submit their artwork by scanning and emailing their design to <a href="mailto:heatreadyphx@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">heatreadyphx@phoenix.gov</a> featuring Stay Cool Summer art contest' in the subject line or by dropping it off at one of the Phoenix Public Library's branch locations. </p> <p>The deadline to submit a bookmark design is April 7. Visit <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/" target="_blank">phoenixpubliclibrary.org</a> to find a Phoenix Public Library location. <br></p> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
City of Phoenix Accepting Applications for a Free All-Spanish-Speaking Food Business Training Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2673Environment & Sustainability3/2/2023 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2673/PHX Worker Cooperative Vet Cohort1 (1).jpgCity of Phoenix Accepting Applications for a Free All-Spanish-Speaking Food Business Training Program<div class="ExternalClass309416121DC8450B875748ED3D1D2C69"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">T</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">he City of Phoenix and </span><a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="https://www.thriveconsultancyinc.com/" target="_blank">Thrive Consultancy, Inc.</a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> are partnering to launch an all-Spanish-speaking Sustainable Cooperative Food Business Training Program for Phoenix residents interested in collaborating to start a sustainable cooperative food business. </span></p> <p>During the program, participants will work with their peers to create business plans, develop start-up budgets and marketing pitches for a co-developed sustainable cooperative food business idea. Mentorship and business tools will be available to program attendees to help set them up for success.  </p> <p>Weekly training sessions will be held at the South Mountain Community Center in South Phoenix beginning March 16 through May 18 on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. Only 25 spaces are open for the program and participants must attend all 10 weeks to complete the program.  </p> <p>Interested applicants can visit the<a href="https://www.thriveconsultancyinc.com/programa" target="_blank"> Thrive Consultancy, Inc website</a> to apply. Applications are open through March 10. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs

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 Green Bond Framework

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