Leveraging the Power
of Our Collective Voice
Our strength comes from 50 years of advocacy that champions equitable solutions to Arizona’s critical sustainability issues. These are solutions created from a broad coalition of voices and perspectives that span industries, communities and municipalities because we seek a better future, not just for a few, but for all Arizonans.
Arizona Forward's Work
For All Arizonans
From urban areas to rural and tribal communities, every Arizonan deserves to benefit from both a thriving economy and a healthy environment. Which is why advocacy is at the core of what we do. As a non-partisan organization, we give voice to the issues that take precedent—using science, data and long-term outcomes to identify the most critical matters. Then, we go to work to support policies, initiatives and programs, which align with our priorities.
Our advocacy work:
- Meet with elected officials at the federal, state and local level
- Participate in city council meetings
- Author op-eds, articles and letters of support
- Provide testimony to civic and national leaders
- Host roundtables with political and community leaders
- Hold events and policy sessions focusing on key issues
- Support community outreach programs to inform Arizonans
Advocating For Change
STATEWIDE SUSTAINABILITY ROADMAP
Arizona Forward leads conversations with government agencies, municipalities, subject matter experts and member organizations to develop long-term sustainability outcomes for the state. This multi-year Statewide Sustainability Roadmap articulates a collective plan to achieve environmental, social and economic sustainability goals.
CLIMATE ACTION MEETINGS WITH CONGRESS
To discuss ways Congress can support climate action policies and programs for Arizona, Arizona Forward hosted roundtable meetings with select members, Congressmen Stanton and O’Halleran, Senator Sinema and the policy advisor to Congresswoman Kirkpatrick.
Arizona Forward’s CEO is a member of the leadership committee to help define solutions for Arizona as part of an initiative launched by The Nature Conservancy, which is focused on clean air, clean energy and building a robust economy for our state. "We have an opportunity to move past polarization and chart a path that works for Arizona. Now is the time to move forward." - Patrick Graham
Drought Contingency Plan
Advocating for Water Supply
Arizona Forward’s support of this plan helped secure long-term water supplies for Arizona. By hosting an event with business and civic leaders, we helped raise awareness about how DCP benefits Arizona’s water supply. We continue building a coalition of support through collaboration and cooperation, especially as the next set of policy decisions will impact the long-term management of the Colorado River system.
Advocating for Water and Community Connectivity
RIO REIMAGINED TASK FORCE
Arizona Forward’s CEO contributes to the dialogue and guidance as a task force member, appointed by Mayor Kate Gallego to focus on the development of the stretch of river within the city of Phoenix.
RIO REIMAGINED INITIATIVE
With early involvement, Arizona Forward has engaged with the late Senator McCain’s staff in support of his vision for a vibrant urban waterfront and led conversations among community partners to hosting a statewide summit for stakeholders to share their ideas.
From vision to realization, Arizona Forward has supported and continues to advocate for the Valley’s canal redevelopment, recognizing its benefit to foster community and create a sense of place.
SANTA CRUZ HERITAGE PROJECT: TUCSON
This project revives the water flow of an urban river to downtown Tucson. Each day millions of gallons of reclaimed water are released into the Santa Cruz, offering connectivity for its communities along its trails, opportunities for historical and cultural revival and support for native plant species and wildlife.
Light Rail In Phoenix Metro
Advocating for Clean Public Transit and Equity
Arizona Forward strongly backed the Transit 2000 Regional Transportation Plan for Phoenix, which includes light rail transit in the Valley. Recently, our advocacy efforts focused on Prop 105 and 500, critical to funding.
EXTENSION OF LIGHT RAIL
Arizona Forward provided testimony and held briefing sessions that supported the continued development of light rail after it was placed on the ballot as a special measure that could have stopped development of the system. Always a strong supporter of the south central extension, our efforts helped secure the future of this project.
Prop 105 for the extension of the rail system: By opposing efforts to amend the city charter, which would have depleted funds previously allocated to light rail expansion, we helped preserve millions of dollars of federal grant money for improved Arizona infrastructure.
Prop 500 is an extension of the county’s half-cent transit sales tax: By supporting this initiative, we helped the funding of buses, light rail and major road projects.
Mobility and Clean Air Solutions
Advocating for Improved Air Quality
Bus Rapid Transit
As a new transit option for Phoenix, BRT will transform and improve transit speed, reliability and overall rider experience. We support BRT as a key component of T2050 to continue expanding the City of Phoenix’s high capacity transit network.
2050 TRANSPORTATION PLAN T2050
This 35-year street and transit plan will triple the number of light rail miles in Phoenix by adding 42 miles across the city as well as provide late-night bus and Dial-a-Ride service citywide. We champion its positive impact on Phoenix by supporting the initiative from its inception to today.
Arizona Forward members organized a group of stakeholders to visit Washington, D.C. to advocate for the continued funding for the 280-mile multi-use corridor, stretching from Mexico to the Hoover Dam. This statewide highway will open up new opportunities for enhanced travel, mobility, trade, commerce, job growth and economic competitiveness.
Phoenix Complete Streets
Arizona Forward supported the adoption of a Complete Streets policy for the City of Phoenix. These are the guiding principles and practices intended to ensure that transportation improvements create optimal conditions for a multimodal transportation system. The aim of these policies provides a system that promotes public health and accommodates people of all ages and abilities.
Protecting Arizona Forests
Advocating for Legislation for Arizona's Forest Industry
Arizona Forward authored letters of support to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that helped secure the passage of an extension to the 10-year stewardship contract agreement to 20 years. This extension allows for the continuation of investments required to re-establish the forest product industry in Arizona—one example of how we work to bring new partnerships and business models that are committed to protecting our forests and watersheds.
Advocating For Waste Reduction and Heat Readiness
City of Phoenix Waste Rate Increase
Arizona Forward testified before the City of Phoenix Council to support the continuation of recycling and composting initiatives, recognizing the City’s longtime commitment to sustainability as a guiding principle for its current programs and plans.
City of Phoenix Heat Readiness Program
In response to 150 heat-related deaths in the City of Phoenix, Arizona Forward advocated for the funding of this heat readiness program that forecasts extreme heatwaves, providing the critical warnings to save lives. Arizona Forward held briefings, volunteered to submit letters of support for the grant, participated in shade initiatives and actively supports heat readiness for all desert cities in Arizona.