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Phoenix Receives $1.4 Million in Brownfields Grants to Revitalize Communitieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/1204Environment & Sustainability5/6/2020 5:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/EK050N3N8EwPhoenix Receives $1.4 Million in Brownfields Grants to Revitalize Communities<div class="ExternalClass501A0CA0B3B0417C8D2E2CF6211F8D30"><html> <p>At a press conference today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Southwest Region Administrator John Busterud announced that the city of Phoenix is receiving two brownfields grants totaling $1.4 million. </p> <p>"Phoenix’s Brownfields Program is poised to continue to boost our economy with these $1.4 million grants from EPA," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. "The two grants allow us to address environmentally-challenged properties for the Rio Reimagined Project and provide low-interest rate loans for developers, businesses and nonprofits for cleanup of sites citywide."</p> <p>Through the <strong>Brownfields Communitywide Assessment Coalition Grant</strong> for $600,000, the city of Phoenix will lead a collaborative effort with the cities of Avondale and Tempe, and Arizona State University to assess, in each city, the area within one mile on either side of the 45-mile stretch of the Salt River (Rio Salado), Agua Fria and Gila rivers for potential brownfield properties. This project builds on previous EPA brownfields grants and work within the Rio Reimagined Urban Waters project area.</p> <p>The city is also receiving a <strong>Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund </strong>for $800,000 to clean up brownfield properties and work with local grassroots groups, developers and government agencies to finance brownfields cleanup projects to help Phoenix become a sustainable, connected and smart desert city. Local Initiatives Support Corporation Phoenix is a partner in this grant and will be providing services as the financial manager. Their expertise in community development and management of loan and grant funds will be beneficial. This award leverages other investments to spur economic and community development.</p> <p>A brownfield is a property for which the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. The Phoenix Brownfields Land Recycling Programs initiated in 1997, has cleaned up and put back into use, 310 acres of previously contaminated land, created or maintained over 3,300 jobs, and brought $312 million in private investment to the city.  </p> <p>To learn more about the city’s Brownfields Program, visit <a href="/oep/brownfields-about" target="_blank">https://www.phoenix.gov/oep/brownfields-about</a>.</p> <p>For more information about EPA’s Brownfields Program, visit <a href="https://www.epa.gov/brownfields" target="_blank">https://www.epa.gov/brownfields</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepVideoenvironmental-programs
Wastewater Treatment Biogas-to-Renewable Natural Gas Facility Receives Honorable Mentionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/1195Environment & Sustainability4/30/2020 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1195/Newsroom_Environment_014.pngWastewater Treatment Biogas-to-Renewable Natural Gas Facility Receives Honorable Mention<div class="ExternalClass14BF3B1559DD41A28A3A41ADA949B72D"><html> <p>​The City of Phoenix Water Services Department is pleased to announce that the Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) facility at the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant received honorable mention in <a target="_blank" href="https://www.fastcompany.com/90492165/world-changing-ideas-awards-2020-energy-finalists-and-honorable-mentions">Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards</a> in the energy category. This facility is the largest wastewater treatment biogas-to-renewable natural gas facility of its kind in the United States.</p> <p>The gas is a result of the natural breakdown of organic matter in the wastewater treatment process. Prior to this operation, the majority of this gas was burned off using flares. Through this new effort, 600,000 cubic feet of gas will be treated annually and transferred to a nearby commercial gas pipeline, where it will be sold on the open market as green energy.</p> <p>The carbon-neutral RNG produced at this facility offsets approximately 44,671 metric tons of CO2 per year — the equivalent of taking roughly 70,452 passenger vehicles off the road for one year!</p> <p>Now in its fourth year, the Wo​rld Changing Ideas Awards showcase how some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and companies are addressing grave global challenges. A panel of eminent judges selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 3,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology and more.</p> <p>“There seems no better time to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, resources, and, in some cases, their scale to tackle society’s biggest problems,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have uncovered some of the smartest and most inspiring projects of the year.”</p> <p> <strong>About the World Changing Ideas Awards</strong> </p> <p>World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.​<br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Heat Relief Efforts Adapt as COVID-19 Restrictions Remain in Placehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/1191Environment & Sustainability4/30/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1191/Newsroom_Environment_013.jpgHeat Relief Efforts Adapt as COVID-19 Restrictions Remain in Place<div class="ExternalClassC82C22C7A1684CE6B6BF901FBA1599B0"><html> <p> Record heat has arrived in Phoenix. Heat can be dangerous, and when temperatures are above 100 degrees, it is important for everyone to stay cool and stay hydrated. Coupled with the public health concerns brought on by the COVID-19 health emergency (coronavirus), staying informed about the resources available to be heat ready is essential.</p><p>Due to the coronavirus, many of the regional hyd ration stations and heat relief centers that would normally be in operation are not open, due to concerns about social distancing. Heat relief will be available at <a target="_blank" href="https://azmag.gov/portals/0/salvation-army-heat-relief-and-hydration-stations.pdf"> 12 Salvation Army centers across Maricopa County​</a> . The organization's emergency heat relief stations are available to anyone in need of assistance cooling down. Additionally, Phoenix's Human Services Department (HSD) will also continue purchasing water and distributing it to community-based providers that work with vulnerable populations like the homeless and seniors. <br><br>“With the early start to high temperatures, we want to make sure water is available to the communities that need it most. Due to the state's stay-at-home order, city buildings usually open to distribute water and provide cool spaces on hot days are still closed, so making sure the people working with those in need have the water to hand out is  crucial," Tamyra Spendley, HSD's Deputy Director said. <br><br>Last year, the city distributed over 500,000 bottles of water. It is through donations of funds that the city purchases and hands out water. Given the already urgent need for water, the city has already purchased 26 pallets of water to distribute through 35 community-based organizations. <br><br>To make a tax-deductible cash donation for water please call 602-677-6055.​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
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 Emissionshttps://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

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