These projects represent achievements in education and/or communication that are designed for a wide audience and produce increased awareness, change in behavior or a deeper appreciation of sustainability initiatives.
The winners will be announced at the 40th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards gala presented by SRP on March 19, 2022.
The Arizona Water Blueprint addresses Arizonans’ need for comprehensible, accurate, non-partisan and detailed information about Arizona water resources and policy, empowering inclusive and informed decision-making about the state’s water future. The heart of the Blueprint is an interactive map comprising 56 discrete data layers. A user can easily explore Arizona’s water resources and infrastructure, download data specific to a particular geography, and visualize how different features and datasets are related. Because it offers unique opportunities to visualize and compare data and geospatial information, the Blueprint is being used in local and statewide planning discussions as well as in high school and university classrooms. Kyl Center for Water Policy, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, ASU
The Bats & Agave Initiative, run by Freeport-McMoRan Inc. collaborated with a diverse group of conservation stakeholders to restore agave plants for nectar-feeding bats in the Southwest. Through the initiative, agaves were planted across multiple communities. Increased environmental education efforts reached over 2,000 student and adult learners. Freeport McMoRan
Conserve and Protect Golden Ale is a public-private collaboration between Mother Road Brewing Company and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Conserve and Protect Golden Ale is one of Mother Road’s mainline beers which supports the Arizona Game and Fish Department. A portion of the proceeds from every pint goes toward on-the-ground wildlife conservation. The beer can artwork and programming promotes the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s “Conservation Membership Packages,” a new revenue stream for the department’s on-the-ground conservation work - protecting over 800 unique species of wildlife. Mother Road Brewing Company, Arizona Game and Fish Department
The Verde River Watershed Report Card, released in 2020, is the first of its kind to be created for the Verde Valley. Created by the Nature Conservancy and Friends of the Verde River, the Report Card is a set of community selected indicators that evaluate the overall health of the river system including water, habitat and community factors. This overall look at the watershed allows for the assessment of the effectiveness of conservation strategies. The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service
The Recycle Right Wizard is an educational tool created to standardize recycling education across the Phoenix metropolitan area. A collaborative effort between 12 cities, the Wizard allows residents to easily search the online tool for the correct way recycle and dispose of common household items. The tool can be found on the website for each of the 12 cities. City of Phoenix, Keep Phoenix Beautiful