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City of Phoenix, Arizona State University to Partner on New Regional Resource Innovation Center

January 9, 2014

City of Phoenix, Arizona State University to Partner on New Regional Resource Innovation Center

Annual savings expected from regional public/private waste reduction collaborative

PHOENIX – The city of Phoenix took another substantial leap forward as a global sustainability leader Tuesday afternoon as its city council gave policy approval of a four year agreement to work with Arizona State University to establish a ground-breaking public/private sustainability incubator focused on converting waste and other resources into economic value.

The Center for Resource Intelligence (CfRI) will be a network of public and private entities that provides a wide array of research, development, education and solution services to more effectively manage resources and create economic value. Industries ranging from energy, water, resource extraction, product development, manufacturing and recycling will collaborate in this effort that city staff project could result in $1-3 million of savings annually.

"This is about turning trash once destined for the landfill into business opportunities and jobs for our community," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "With this effort, Phoenix can lead the way to discover how to reduce our waste in a way that spurs innovation and advances our economy."

CfRI will be managed by the Sustainability Solutions Services (S3), a program within the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, in collaboration with the city, private sector affiliates and other municipalities and institutions. The city’s investment will initially focus on creating value, economic opportunity and jobs out of waste streams.

"Sustainability is the 'low-hanging fruit' when it comes to identifying new ways to save taxpayer dollars and generate new revenue to run our city," said Vice Mayor Bill Gates, chairman of the City Council Finance, Efficiency, Economy and Sustainability Subcommittee. "This public-private partnership will maximize our efforts by

encouraging green entrepreneurs to bring their businesses and ideas to life right here in Phoenix."

The center will work with various businesses and government entities to address types

of waste streams including food scraps, recyclables and yard waste using a project oriented collaborative model. Center collaborators will be able to introduce and sponsor projects while taking advantage of the knowledge base and synergies present within the CfRI’s network.

"The city of Phoenix is leading the way in supporting green entrepreneurs and reducing our solid waste," said Councilwoman Kate Gallego. "Sustainable businesses are the future of Phoenix."

The CfRI resulted from a series of stakeholder workshops conducted by S3 in collaboration with Phoenix’s Public Works Department to facilitate a regional partnership that will develop technologies and markets and create economic opportunities.

"This seed investment from the city of Phoenix will allow the Center for Resource Intelligence to develop a large network of organizations in the Valley and potentially around the globe that can collaborate to help achieve the levels of resource effectiveness required for 9 billion people to live well on the planet by 2050," said Dan O’Neill, general manager for S3. "We appreciate the leadership of John Trujillo and the team in the city’s Public Works Department for having the vision to find solutions to our Valley’s – and planet’s – sustainability challenges."

City staff estimates an additional 10 to 25 percent diversion of solid waste from landfill to other uses through the research and development of the CfRI and partnerships with the private sector.

The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives are the result of a $27.5 million investment in Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability by the Walton Family Foundation. Within the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, diverse teams of faculty, students, entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators collaborate to deliver sustainability solutions, accelerate global impact, and inspire future leaders through eight distinct initiatives. For more information visit sustainabilitysolutions.asu.edu.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives

Jason Franz, 480-727-4072

City of Phoenix

Yvette Roeder, 602-495-0189

ASU report: City of Phoenix reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 7.2 percent

January 6, 2014

According to a new report compiled by Arizona State University’s Sustainability Solution Services , the city of Phoenix achieved a 7.2 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, exceeding it goal by 2.2 percent three years ahead of schedule. In 2008 the city council adopted a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from city operations to five percent below the 2005 levels by 2015. The city met and exceeded that objective within four years.

The most recent greenhouse gas emissions report , was compiled by Sustainability Solution Services , a program within the Global Institute of Sustainability’s Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives , and states that in 2012, the city achieved a 7.2 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by emitting 629,504 metric tons of carbon dioxide and carbon dioxide equivalents.

"By already reaching its 2015 target for emissions reduction, the City of Phoenix has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability practices and reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said Rajesh Buch, practice lead for the Sustainability Solutions Services at ASU. "Continuing these practices and adopting the recommended actions should not only double emissions reductions by 2015, but also create a more resilient metropolitan region."

With support and guidance from the mayor and city council members, the city was able to reduce greenhouse emissions through the use of sustainable infrastructure and programs, including advanced methane capture systems at city-owned landfills; biodiesel and ethanol alternative fuels; energy-efficient streetlights, traffic signals, water and wastewater upgrades; energy efficiency measures in more than 45 city buildings; and various city solar power projects.

ASU helped assess and verify the results of the greenhouse gas emissions report by comparing the city’s emissions in 2005 and 2012, and evaluating the progress made toward the Climate Action Plan. With support and guidance from the mayor and city council members, huge improvements and changes were made by Phoenix since 2005, particularly in the use of sustainable infrastructure and programs including advanced methane capture systems at city-owned landfills, biodiesel and ethanol alternative fuels, energy-efficient streetlights and traffic signals, water and wastewater upgrades, energy efficiency measures in more than 45 city buildings, and various city solar power projects.

The findings of the 2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Report was released by the Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton on Dec. 3 at the third annual Go Green Conference hosted by the city of Phoenix and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives.

For more information on Phoenix’ greenhouse gas Inventory, contact Raj Buch, rbuch@asu.edu

For information on undertaking a greenhouse Inventory for your community, contact Mick Dalrymple, mick.dalrymple@asu.edu

Recommended links

- City of Phoenix 2012 Emissions Reduction Summary Report

Arizona Rooftop Solar Challenge Grant

July 30, 2013

SCN convenes communities for state solar grant

The Rooftop Solar Challenge is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative. This initiative supports 22 regional teams collaborating with the goal of reducing barriers and costs for residential and small commercial rooftop solar systems. The Arizona Rooftop Solar Challenge (ARC) was a regional partnership of this overall initiative, concluding in June 2013, after running for 18 months. The Network was a part of this statewide partnership led by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Energy Policy, also involving the municipalities of Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff, as well as Clarkdale, Gila Bend, Goodyear, Payson, Prescott Valley, Surprise, and Tempe; and AZ SmartPower a nonprofit solar education organization. The coalition focused on developing a list of best practices for local communities with the goal of lowering balance of system (BOS) costs, the non-hardware costs associated with design, installation, permitting and financing, which remain high statewide.

The Network was heavily involved in stakeholder engagement, a key component of this process. SCN contributed by hosting regular Solar and Energy Efficiency Workgroup meetings, and by assisting with and promoting other grant engagement activities. SCN also helped facilitate a survey of over 40 municipalities and a wide range of solar installers on permitting and planning and zoning practices, providing the basis to identify these best practices.

Findings from these surveys allowed collaborating grant partners to develop a list of community recommendations and takeaways in the areas of permitting, financing, interconnection standards, and planning and zoning. Highlights are listed below:

Solar Permitting:

-Providing a detailed solar permitting checklist.

-Providing a solar-specific permit application form.

-Allowing for electronic submission of permit applications, drawings, and payments.

-Shorten the installation process by reducing the time taken to receive a permit.

Solar Financing:

-Developing innovative financing models to broaden the options for financing solar, including loans, leases, interest rate buy-downs, and backstops.

Interconnection Standards:

-Encouraging the local utility to provide an online application for interconnection.

-Recommending more streamlined interconnection standards for smaller systems than for larger systems.

Planning and Zoning

-The ARC team developed two planning and zoning models – one for desert communities and the other for high elevation communities, recommending that communities adopt the model language appropriate for their area to ensure solar access of buildings in Arizona.

ASU presents Sustainability Operations Annual Review 2012

March 6, 2013

Arizona State University released its Sustainability Operations Annual Review 2012 this February. The four-panel pamphlet includes highlights about ASU’s progress in operational sustainability as well as relevant facts for each of the university’s overarching sustainability goals:

• Climate neutrality

• Zero waste

• Active engagement

• Principled practice

Download a PDF of the pamphlet from this Web page , or view a virtual version of the pamphlet on this Web page.

Please visit sustainability.asu.edu/practice to learn more about the university’s sustainability goals and how individual ASU community members can help ASU achieve climate neutrality.

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Sustainable Cities Network earns Green Government award

March 6, 2013

Award Presentation

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Arizona State University’s Sustainable Cities Network and its efforts in educating and promoting sustainability throughout the state.

On March 4, Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA’s Region 9 administrator and former director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, presented the Network’s program manager Anne Reichman with the Pacific Southwest Region’s 2012 Green Government award at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability.

Reichman says the past four years have been busy for the Network, and collaborations outside of Phoenix have increased.

"The Network shows what can happen when organizations and individuals come together and focus on the positives and the things they share in common," says Reichman. "Sustainability is a very broad topic so it’s exciting to convene the cities on some very specific areas such as solar and energy efficiency."

The Network was developed as a program within the Global Institute of Sustainability in response to challenging sustainability issues surrounding Arizona. Through local partnerships, the Network brings together experts, community members, tribal leaders, and city officials to gather lessons learned and share them with neighboring cities. Work groups collaborate on sustainability issues such as solar installation, urban heat island mitigation, city-wide recycling initiatives, and neighborhood design.

"Sustainability is really about where you live," says Blumenfeld. "And the network that’s been created from in and around metro Phoenix is really a testament to what the Sustainable Cities Network has been willing to do, and also a testament to ASU’s work in the community and ability to think about not just global issues, but local issues."

Since the Network’s inception in 2008, volunteers have connected with local and tribal sustainability practitioners from more than 25 jurisdictions and Maricopa County. The Network is an excellent example of ASU leveraging its place and supplying research to surrounding communities.

"It’s nice to see the cities use the Network as a vehicle by which they can share what they’ve learned," says Reichman.

Since 1999, the EPA has acknowledged scientists, organizations, teachers, journalists, and others for their significant contributions to "protecting public health and preserving our natural surroundings" through its Environmental Awards.

Together, the EPA and the Sustainable Cities Network provide real-world solutions in ways that are applicable, adaptable, and resourceful.

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

March 4, 2013

Presentations

City of Phoenix: Planning the Urban Forest Lysistrata Hall, City of Phoenix

"Speak for the Trees": Developing a Tree and Shade Plan, Richard Adkins, City of Phoenix

From Quartzsite to Phoenix, You Too Can Become a Tree City USA, Donna DiFrancesco, City of Mesa

It Takes a Village to Plant Trees (And Grants Help), Joanne Toms, City of Glendale

Green Infrastructure and the Urban Forest - Thinking Outside the Planter Box, James DeRoussel, Watershed Management Group

Resource Group Presentations

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

Susan Chase, Communication and Education Director; Plant Something campaign, Container Grown Tree Guide

Janet Waibel and Judy Gausman, Sustainable Landscape Management Certification Program

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

Outcomes:

-Provide municipal and tribal communities with steps that can be taken to develop a Tree and Shade Plan.

-Show how a Tree and Shade Plan ties into general plans, compliance issues, heat island concerns and Low Impact Development (LID).

-Demonstrate local success stories through presentations from other communities.

-Offer communities the available Tree and Shade Plan resources.

View the flyer for the event here.

Agenda:

7:30-8:00 a.m.: Registration, networking and refreshments

8:00-8:15 a.m.: Welcome, Anne Reichman, Program Manager - ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network; Dave Richins, Councilmember, City of Mesa

8:15-9:30 a.m.: "Speak for the Trees": Developing a Tree and Shade Plan, Lysistrata Hall, Richard Adkins, City of Phoenix

9:30-9:45 a.m.: Break, refreshments, visit resource booths

9:45-10:00 a.m.: From Quartzsite to Phoenix, You Too Can Become a Tree City USA, Donna DiFrancesco, City of Mesa

10:00-10:20 a.m.: It Takes a Village to Plant Trees (And Grants Help), Joanne Toms, City of Glendale

10:20-11:00 a.m.: Green Infrastructure and the Urban Forest - Thinking Outside the Planter Box, James DeRoussel, Watershed Management Group

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

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 Donna.DiFrancesco@mesaaz.gov.

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

December 10, 2012

Presentations

-Brad Lancaster, Regenerative Rights-of-Way: Local Harvests and Enhancements in Our Community Commons

-Eileen Dunn, LID and MS4 Stormwater Permit Nexus

-Kimberly Brewer, Implementing Existing LID Tools for the Community and Region

-Jenna Cleveland, Water Resources Research Center: Utility Guide to Rainwater and Stormwater Harvesting

-James DeRoussel, Community Based Green Infrastructure in Arizona's Public Rights-of-Way

-Grant McCormick, LID Examples in Public Settings

-Tom Kaczmarowski, Permeable/Porous Pavement

-Richard Adkins, The Urban Forest Resource: A Critical Component of Developing Sustainable Infrastructure and Healthy Living

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

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Refreshments

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

9:15 – 10:00 Keynote speaker – Brad Lancaster, Designer, Consultant and Co-founder of Desert Harvesters non-profit organization.

10:00– 10:30 What is LID? Why is it Important regionally?

Eileen Dunn, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

10:30-10:45 BREAK

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

12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 – 1:30 ROW Examples

James DeRoussel, Watershed Management Group

1:30 – 2:00 Public Facility Examples

Grant McCormick, Campus Planner, The University of Arizona

2:00 – 2:30 Permeable Paving Examples

Glendale Park & Ride – Tom Kaczmarowski,Sr. Civil Land Development,Engineer, City of Glendale

2:30 – 2:45 BREAK

2:45 – 3:15 Urban Forest and Urban Heat Island

Richard Adkins, Parks and Recreation Department, Forestry Supervisor, City of Phoenix

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 scnevents@asu.edu. 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 anne.reichman@asu.edu/480-965-2168.

This event is sponsored by

-STORM: Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities: azstorm.org

-AMEC: amec.com

-SRP: srpnet.com

-Engineering and Environmental Consultants inc. eec-info.com

-Watershed Management Group watershedmg.org

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

 

 

 

Valley mayors discuss sustainability in the midst of urban growth

November 8, 2012

Mayor Discussion

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Arizona's desert cities face many unique challenges associated with planning and achieving sustainability, particularly in urban areas. The downturn in the economy coupled with environmental changes and shifts in population and resources create unparalleled obstacles for local cities. What are communities doing to improve their livability in terms of social equity, environmental responsibility, and economic impact considering the current conditions?

Rob Melnick, executive dean of the Global Institute of Sustainability, leads Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton in a discussion that addresses the challenges and opportunities that face their respective cities. The mayors' discussion was coordinated by ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability and the Sustainable Cities Network.

Sustainability efforts touted by Valley mayors

September 28, 2012

by Dianna M. Náñez- Sept. 27, 2012

The Republic | azcentral.com

Critics say the Valley is among the nation's most unsustainable regions, warning that if the Phoenix metro area continues on its current path it will exhaust its resources and become a mirage in the desert.

On Tuesday, mayors from Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe fought that criticism, touting recent land-planning, conservation and preservation efforts to build a more sustainable region.

The mayoral panel, sponsored by Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability at Mesa Arts Center, addressed sustainability challenges and opportunities for cities.

Addressing the audience of about 250 people, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith acknowledged that the Valley's expansive development is a "miracle in the desert." But he said that responsible land planning can ensure that the region will thrive for future generations.

Smith said Valley cities are working locally and regionally to build more sustainable environments.

That effort has grown in recent years as more residents and municipal leaders say it makes economic sense to conserve and develop sustainable land-use and transit plans.

The urban sprawl that spread throughout the Valley during the real-estate boom is not a sustainable model, he said.

"We've gotten a little lazy ... recognizing how fragile our lifestyle is," he said. "We can't continue (on this path) ... and expect us to remain a miracle in the desert."

Mesa now has city-development and sustainability officials work together to ensure that sustainability is factored into land-planning and growth opportunities.

Smith said it's important to boost downtown-infill projects because sprawling Valley municipalities can't afford to provide services across such widespread city boundaries.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton shot back at one of the region's biggest critics, Andrew Ross, a professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University.

Ross's book, "Bird on Fire: Lessons From the World's Least Sustainable City," ripped the region for mismanaging the natural flows of the Salt River, for creating a sprawling overpopulated Mecca and for favoring commercial growth over sustainable growth.

Ross singled out Tempe's man-made Town Lake as a waste of precious water.

Stanton said he is not focused on Phoenix's standing in national sustainability rankings.

"I don't particularly care where my city is ranked next to Chicago," he said. "The question really is, are we doing all we can to advance sustainability?"

Stanton said that Phoenix has an ASU sustainability adviser providing input on land-planning, transit, and other growth and conservation issues.

He said Phoenix has boosted bus and light-rail options as transit alternatives to cars. He also touted historic-preservation and water-conservation efforts.

Stanton said he aims to brand Phoenix as a sustainable city to attract industries expanding or opening new businesses.

The mayors agreed municipalities must create regional-sustainability partnerships.

"The more we work regionally, the more success we'll have," Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said. Mitchell spotlighted Tempe's efforts to install energy-efficient street lights, a multi-modal transit system and a recycling program.

Noting Tempe's 175 miles of bike paths, Mitchell said the Valley should consider the benefits of creating a network of connecting bike paths, which would make bicycling a more viable option for people who want to ditch their cars.

Smith said Valley residents travel so much between cities that regional cooperation is essential.

"City lines only exist on maps anymore," Smith said.

The link to the article can be found here.

SCN awarded President's Award for Sustainability

May 1, 2012

Sustainability is a balance of environmental, social and economic concerns. ASU staff and faculty are advancing sustainability by demonstrating exemplary practices, leading by example, and sharing solutions to catalyze change.

This award recognizes ASU teams that have demonstrated excellence in fostering the successful development, implementation, and promotion of sustainability principles, solutions, programs, and services in the teaching, learning, research and business missions of the University.

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A day in the life of Mayor Greg Stanton

March 6, 2012

by Robert Leger - Feb. 4, 2012

The Republic | azcentral.com

Greg Stanton's day starts with a hitch.

His wife, Nicole, an attorney, has an emergency court hearing. So Phoenix's new mayor, whose schedule for the day includes greeting President Barack Obama, takes on the duty of getting their two children to school.

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Environmental Services Selected for Solar Feasibility on Closed Landfills

January 12, 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are

working together to provide technical assistance to assess the feasibility of developing solar energy

projects on closed landfills. The City of Tucson applied to be part of the program and is one of 26 entities selected. The City submitted an application for technical assistance which will evaluate at least five of the City’s closed landfills.

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McDowell Mountain Pump Track among county programs honored

September 8, 2011

Local winners to be honored Thursday by Board of Supervisors

Let’s face it, the younger generation is just not into ping pong and sandlot baseball. They’re seeking the adrenalin rush and thrill that mountain biking offers and that’s exactly what they’ll find at McDowell Mountain Regional Park’s new pump track! A pump track provides cyclists with a continuous loop with dirt mounds, bank curves, berms, bumps and grooves that both test and train their skills for all kinds of racing. It’s part BMX and part mountain biking.

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Six New Corporations Join the National Clean Fleets Partnership

September 1, 2011

Back in April, President Obama announced the National Clean Fleets Partnership against the backdrop of energy-efficient vehicles from all five of the charter partners, AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, UPS and Verizon. These companies collectively committed to deploy more than 20,000 advanced technology vehicles – an effort that will save more than 7 million gallons of fuel per year and further the Obama Administration’s goal of reducing U.S. oil imports by a third by 2025.

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Valley Forward Seeks Entries for 31st Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Program

July 15, 2011

PHOENIX (June 13, 2011) – Valley Forward Association is now accepting nominations for its 31st annual Environmental Excellence Awards program, Arizona’s oldest and largest competition of its kind. The event – known as the Academy Awards of the local environmental community – is presented in partnership with SRP and recognizes significant contributions to the sustainability of our region.

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Maricopa County and the Sustainable Cities Network

June 13, 2011

Arizona's desert communities face sustainability challenges that are truly unique. Fast-paced population growth, limited financial resources, and adequate water and energy for the future, require our communities to implement immediate, yet long-term, sustainable policies and practices. Creating sustainable desert communities calls for leadership, investment, collaboration, and active participation across all sectors. Local government, in particular, is critical to establishing effective policy and investments that greatly influence the growth and pace of sustainability in our region.

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Local government action to promote sustainability

April 19, 2011

The results of a major survey developed by the Center for Urban Innovation in cooperation with the Alliance for Innovation and the Sustainable Cities Network in the Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU are being published in The Municipal Year Book 2011.

The 2010 survey conducted by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the first of its kind, measures how and to what extent local governments are acting to promote sustainability.

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