Solar and Energy Efficiency (SEE) Workgroup Meeting

Please join us for our May SEE Workgroup meeting. Our guest speaker, CJ Berg, Energy Innovation Analyst in APS’ Customer Technology Product Development Team will be discussing APS’ new Take Charge AZ Pilot Program that offers free EV charging equipment, as well as installation and maintenance, available to municipalities and other sectors. In the second half of our meeting, time will be allotted for community updates and to pose energy efficiency-related questions/challenges in need of input and assistance.

RSVP to Anne Reichman at or via Outlook meeting notice.

Please note this meeting is open to SCN municipal, tribal, county and state government participants only.

Date/Time: May 21, 2019; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Wrigley Hall, Room 401, 800 Cady Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

SHADE Southwest Horticulture Annual Day of Education 2016

Date:September 1, 2016

Location:Arizona Biltmore Hotel

SHADE is an award winning all day educational conference hosted by the Arizona Nursery Association (ANA) that offers 5 different tracks: Pest Management & Plant Health, Design, Trees, Irrigation, and Innovative Landscape Trends. Each track consists of 6 one hour sessions on hot topics in the industry. For more information regarding sessions to read the brochure and to register please visit the ANA website (deadline passed).

Regional Tree & Shade Summit 2.0 – PowerPoints from the Summit

The Regional Tree & Shade Summit 2.0 was a huge success, thanks to our partners, sponsors, and volunteers. We had over 200 attendees from across Arizona that came to learn more about improving urban forestry in the desert with water and planning constraints in mind. Continue reading

Regional Tree & Shade Summit 2.0 – Branching Out One Community at a Time

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March 9th, 2016 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

AE England Building

ASU Downtown Campus

Urban forestry is critical for providing access to nature and ecosystems services to the dense living populations within Arizona urban areas. A well-established urban forest provides clean air, wildlife habitat, and cooling effects while promoting a sense of place and community in an area. Maintaining a cohesive urban forest enhances a community, more fully integrating it into nature. Arizona State University’s Sustainable Cities Network is hosting the second Regional Tree and Shade Summit in March 2016. Held at ASU Downtown’s AE England Building, this one day event will provide public, private, and nonprofit organizations with the tools, strategies, and best practices for urban forestry management in the arid southwest.

The Summit is free to attend and is open to municipal, private and nonprofit sector professionals and active citizens. It is being hosted in partnership with ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, the cities of Avondale, Mesa, and Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., the Arizona State Forestry Division, and USDA Forest Service. Funds for this project were provided by the Urban and Community Forestry Financial Assistance Program administered through Arizona State Forestry – Urban and Community Forestry Program, and the USDA Forest Service.


Keynote Speaker – Dr. Greg McPherson

greg-mcphersonDr. Greg McPherson is a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station located in Davis, CA, Greg grew up under a canopy of American elm trees in Howell, Michigan. Despite attempts to save the trees, all were lost to Dutch elm disease, and having felt the sting of that loss he became a green accountant, developing new methods and tools for quantifying the value of nature’s benefits from city trees. He works with a team of scientists to measure and model effects of trees on energy use, urban heat islands, air pollutant uptake, carbon sequestration, and rainfall interception. Their research is helping justify investments in urban forest planning and management. In 2000, Greg received the International Society of Arboriculture’s L.C. Chadwick Award for Research. Greg was a co-founder and Chair of the Tree Growth and Longevity Working Group and serves on the California Urban Forest Advisory Council. He attended University of Michigan (BGS), Utah State University (Masters in Landscape Architecture), and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Ph.D. Forestry).


Additional Speakers

Brad Lancaster is a dynamic teacher, consultant, and designer of regenerative systems that sustainably enhance local resources and our global potential. He maintains the website, filled with a wealth of information learned from being a Watershed Specialist. His hometown projects have included working with the City of Tucson and other municipalities to legalize, incentivize, and provide guidance on water-harvesting systems, demonstration sites, and policy. Brad’s aim is always to boost communities’ true health and wealth by using simple overlapping strategies to augment the region’s hydrology, ecosystems, and economies—living systems upon which we depend.


kieran-sikdar_0Kieran Sikdar is a Water Resources Engineer with Watershed Management Group. He combines his experience as a Civil Engineer (MS), Certified Floodplain Manager, and Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in cost benefit analysis, green infrastructure/low impact development design, watershed restoration, and permaculture design. His focus is to implement water-harvesting practices on a broad scale as critical flood mitigation and stormwater infrastructure to shade and beautify our communities while repairing our urban watersheds.


Regional Tree & Shade Summit 2.0
Branching Out One Community at a Time

March 9th, 2016 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

AE England Building

ASU Downtown Campus

424 N. Central Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85004

This event is free to attend; however, registration is required to plan for seating and food/beverage.



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EPA Green Government Award Presentation

Honoring ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network

Join us as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld presents ASU’s with the EPA’s Environmental Award for Green Government.

This award recognizes programs that promote collaboration, cost-savings, and sharing of best practices with other governmental organizations. Share in the success of the Sustainable Cities Network at the award presentation.

As former director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment,  focused on environmental-justice issues, working with residents and businesses, other city agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community groups to promote air quality, food availability, renewable-energy systems, sustainable land use, and greenhouse gas reduction. He joined the U.S. EPA in 2010.

Parking is available at the Fulton Center garage on the northeast corner of University and College Avenue. Your ticket can be validated at the event.

Date: Monday, March 4, 2013

Time: 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Location: Wrigley Hall, Room 481 Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(refreshments will be provided)

Please RSVP here: 

“Trees for People”: Developing a Tree & Shade Plan for Your Community


Resource Group Presentations

March 27th 2013, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, Contemporary Arts Building, Dobson Lecture Hall 1 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201


  1. – Provide municipal and tribal communities with steps that can be taken to develop a Tree and Shade Plan.
  2. – Show how a Tree and Shade Plan ties into general plans, compliance issues, heat island concerns and Low Impact Development (LID).
  3. – Demonstrate local success stories through presentations from other communities.
  4. – Offer communities the available Tree and Shade Plan resources.

View the flyer for the event here.


  1. 7:30-8:00 a.m.: Registration, networking and refreshments
  2. 8:00-8:15 a.m.: Welcome, Anne Reichman, Program Manager – ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network; Dave Richins, Councilmember, City of Mesa
  3. 8:15-9:30 a.m.: “Speak for the Trees”: Developing a Tree and Shade Plan, Lysistrata Hall, Richard Adkins, City of Phoenix
  4. 9:30-9:45 a.m.: Break, refreshments, visit resource booths
  5. 9:45-10:00 a.m.: From Quartzsite to Phoenix, You Too Can Become a Tree City USA, Donna DiFrancesco, City of Mesa
  6. 10:00-10:20 a.m.: It Takes a Village to Plant Trees (And Grants Help), Joanne Toms, City of Glendale
  7. 10:20-11:00 a.m.: Green Infrastructure and the Urban Forest – Thinking Outside the Planter Box, James DeRoussel, Watershed Management Group
  8. 11:00 a.m.-Noon: Growing Connections to Achieve Goals: Tree and Shade Plan Resources
    • – Urban & Community Forestry –Arizona State Forestry: Alix Rogstad, Program Manager; Tree City USA, Federal and State Grants
    • – Arizona Community Tree Council: Heilee O’Quinn, Community Development; Membership Benefits, Certified Arborist Training, Tree Care Workshops
    • – Valley Permaculture Alliance: Debbie Fishell, Shade Tree Program Director; APS and SRP Shade Tree Programs
    • – Arizona Nursery Association: Susan Chase, Communication and Education Director; Plant Something campaign, Container Grown Tree Guide
    • – Arizona Landscape Contractors Association: Janet Waibel and Judy Gausman, Sustainable Landscape Management Certification Program
  9. Noon-1:00 p.m.: Lunch, networking, visit resource booths

Sponsorship Opportunity:

The anticipated attendance for this workshop is between 50-70 municipal employees and/ or tribal community members. Sponsorships are available and sponsors will receive recognition on promotional materials at the workshop.

  • – Morning refreshments sponsor: $400-$500
  • – Lunch sponsor: $500-$800

*For more information on the workshop and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Donna DiFrancesco at (480) 644-3334 or at

LID Basics and Beyond: Low Impact Development Trends in the Southwest


Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Time: 8:30am-4:00pm
Location: Glendale Public Library Main Auditorium
5959 West Brown Street, Glendale, AZ 85302

Who Should Attend?
Municipal professionals in storm water management, engineering, planning, landscape architecture, parks and recreation, and other departments associated with infrastructure management.

What is LID?
Low Impact Development (LID) is comprised of a set of site-design approaches and small-scale practices to manage, capture, and infiltrate storm water for beneficial use as close to its source as possible. A good LID plan provides integrated solutions to reducing storm water pollutants, improving water quality and watershed conditions, and preserving trees and natural vegetation. Ideally, LID would decrease the cost of municipal storm water infrastructure and help preserve and/or enhance our urban green spaces.

Why Attend?
Within the next 5 years most cities in the Valley will be required to submit LID plans as a part of their storm water permitting process. A good municipal LID plan requires the cooperation of many internal and external development-related professionals and departments. This one-day workshop provides the opportunity for you to enhance your understanding of LID and to network and learn from other professionals working in our region.

Preliminary Agenda

  1. 8:30 – 9:00 : Registration and Refreshments
  2. 9:00 – 9:15 : Welcome
  3. 9:15 – 10:00 : Keynote speaker – Brad Lancaster, Designer, Consultant and Co-founder of Desert Harvesters non-profit organization.
  4. 10:00– 10:30 : What is LID? Why is it Important regionally?
    Eileen Dunn, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
  5. 10:30-10:45 : BREAK
  6. 10:45– 12:00 : Existing Regional Tools
    Kimberly Brewer, Tetra Tech – examples from San Diego to Phoenix
    Jenna Cleveland, Graduate Student, The University of Arizona, Water Resources Research Center – Tool kit
  7. 12:00 – 1:00 : LUNCH
  8. 1:00 – 1:30 : ROW Examples
    James DeRoussel, Watershed Management Group
  9. 1:30 – 2:00 : Public Facility Examples
    Grant McCormick, Campus Planner, The University of Arizona
  10. 2:00 – 2:30 : Permeable Paving Examples
    Glendale Park & Ride – Tom Kaczmarowski,Sr. Civil Land Development,Engineer, City of Glendale
  11. 2:30 – 2:45 : BREAK
  12. 2:45 – 3:15 : Urban Forest and Urban Heat Island
    Richard Adkins, Parks and Recreation Department, Forestry Supervisor, City of Phoenix
  13. 3:15 – 4:00 : Barriers & Solutions Panel Discussion
    Maintenance – Irene Ogata, Urban Landscape Manager, City of Tucson
    Watershed Management Group – James DeRoussel
    Codes / ordinances – Tetra Tech – Kimberly Brewer

Stay tuned for more details on the workshop and CEU/PDU opportunities.

To register early for this free workshop, please email Anne Reichman at Seating is limited and attendance will be on a first come, first serve basis. Questions? Please contact Anne Reichman, Program Manager for ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network at

This event is sponsored by

CEUs Approved for Professionals of:
Arizona Landscape Contractors Association (ALCA)
American Planning Association (APA) – CMs
Association of State Flood plain Managers (ASFPM) – CECs
Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)

CEU Approval Pending for the following organizations:
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) – CESs

2012 Eco-Loco Arizona Renewable Energy Conference, Prescott Valley, AZ

The Town of Prescott Valley will be sponsoring the inaugural Eco-Loco Arizona Renewable Energy Conference, which will be held on Friday, September 7th, 2012. The purpose of this conference is to bring Arizona communities of all sizes together to learn about ongoing efforts in the development of renewable energy resources statewide. Keynote Speaker, Leisa Brug of the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy, will discuss what has been achieved so far, and what we can all do together to maximize renewable energy resources for the benefit of our communities, our State, and our nation. More information and registration instructions for this conference are available for download

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