Climate Action Solutions
These projects represent solutions-oriented actions to address climate risks in Arizona with a future-focused perspective that demonstrates measurable improvements in areas such as carbon reduction, heat island mitigation and water availability.
The winners will be announced at the 40th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards gala presented by SRP in the spring of 2022.
For the third year in a row, Classic Hotels & Resorts donated a percentage of its gross revenue from all its properties, including the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, to nonprofits participating in the 1% for the Planet initiative. The funds represent 1% of the company’s gross revenues at its properties in the western United States, including the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix. 1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving. Classic Hotels & Resorts
The Arizona Trail Rainwater Collector is an innovate, solutions-based approach to solving climate related challenges, preserving rural economics and saving lives on the Arizona Trail. Highlights include: a life-saving source of water for trail users; public and private partnerships; an innovative design that can be easily replicated throughout Arizona, and the world; and robust volunteer and community engagement. Arizona Trail Association, Town of Superior, Tonto National Forest, National Environmental Education Foundation, Freeport McMoRan Foundation and the University of Arizona
The City of Avondale is enabling widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) as a key tool for driving down greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. The city is making it easier to drive an EV by increasing access to charging stations and raising awareness of EVs and their benefits. Efforts included the city council’s adoption of EV charging standards for new development, a drive electric campaign with the debut of the newest charging station, and an EV car show. As a testament to the city’s actions, EV ownership in Avondale grew by 31% between Jan 2020 and Jan 2021. City of Avondale
Addressing the urban heat island, a quality-of-life issue in a desert environment, was key to the development of the City of Phoenix’s Cool Pavement Pilot Program. During the summer of 2020, Phoenix completed a project by installing an innovative asphalt seal coat technology that could provide meaningful relief from the urban heat island affect. This technology first tried by the City of Los Angeles, CA, reflects solar energy and reduces the daytime pavement surface temperature. The pilot resulted in 36 miles of Cool Pavement treatment in eight neighborhoods and one city park; all with the potential to improve comfort and livability in Phoenix. City of Phoenix - Street Transportation
APS is proud to have partnered with local nonprofits and government customers to implement two innovative energy programs as part of its goal to deliver 100% clean, carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. Through the Take Charge AZ program, APS provides the equipment and installation of two level 2 dual-port charging stations on a business customer’s property at no cost to the customer. APS partners can then provide EV charging to their fleet, employees, tenants and/or guests. The APS Solar Communities program is a unique opportunity for limited-income and moderate-income customers who may not otherwise have considered solar as an option. Arizona Public Service
Flagstaff’s Carbon Neutraility Plan is a framework for action to guide the Flagstaff community in responding to the Flagstaff City Council’s Climate Emergency Declaration and the associated goal of carbon neutrality by 2030. The plan accelerates the goals of Flagstaff’s 2018 Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, calling for a rapid increase in the City’s climate actions, a community-wide transformation, and a vast mobilization of resources. This plan demonstrates Flagstaff’s leadership in tackling the climate crisis by establishing an aggressive but realistic approach to achieving carbon emissions reductions to maintain a livable planet. City of Flagstaff
The study provides guidance for increasing shade and comfort for bicyclists and pedestrians in the city of Goodyear. The focus was twofold: to include the need for additional shade in the environment of the city and create a balance between motorized and non-motorized facilities. With this information, the city can make informed decisions to close the gaps and increase the level of shade. With these improvements the city will gain the benefits of shade, reducing the heat island effect, reducing storm runoff, and a providing a more livable and comfortable city. City of Goodyear, Coffman Studio
The project was developed as a resource for implementing Green Infrastructure within a completely developed suburban/urban environment. A toolbox of Low Impact (re)Development provides examples of renovation methods utilizing those techniques that can be incorporated into existing public infrastructure that accommodates drainage while creating a softer edge between urbanization and nature–not only helping to solve the problem of what to do with ‘First run-off, but also helping to catch excessive run-off, beautify and create a healthy environment and community. City of Scottsdale, Coffman Studio