2021 - A Year in Review



Climate Action Summit: Thrive in 2035

Arizona Forward hosted a virtual statewide summit focused on how we can act today to ensure Arizona thrives in 2035, with 291 registrants participating in our sessions. Speakers included nationally renowned climate experts, Arizona congressional delegation members, and various experts on energy, water, agriculture, and resiliency.

View the 2021 Statewide Sustainability Summit Recordings.


Federal, State and Local Advocacy

Arizona Forward continued to advocate for important climate issues at local, state, and federal levels. Our relationships deepened with Senators Sinema and Kelly, and Representatives O’Halleran, Kirkpatrick, and Stanton as we advocated for policies that address climate change. Additionally, we championed the appointment of Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior and Michael Regan as EPA Administrator. At the state level, we advocated for sustainable long-term groundwater management and forest health. At the local level, our efforts focused in on several important issues including infrastructure for electric buses in the Valley, federal dollars for the City of Chandler Advanced Metering project, advancement of the City of Flagstaff MetroPlan, and the endorsement of the City of Phoenix Climate Action Plan.

Investing in Arizona: Critical Conversations and Collaboration

Several policy roundtables were held with members of Arizona’s federal delegation, and cities and chambers across the state culminating in a letter signed by five mayors, two chambers, and Arizona Forward’s Board of Directors. The letter, addressed to the state’s entire federal delegation, outlined a set of priorities for infrastructure funding for the state; clearly articulating a united voice for Arizona. Read the letter here. 


Positive Membership Growth

The addition of new members who share Arizona Forward’s environmental focus was inspiring. 22 companies from across the state joined our current members in advocating for a better Arizona.

Climate Action: Webinar Series

More than 600 people registered for webinars hosted by Arizona Forward on key climate change issues. National and local experts shared their perspectives and provided actionable information on:

  • Arizona’s Forests: Why We Care
  • A Clean Energy Economy: What It Means for Arizona
  • Ensuring AZ’s Long-Term Water Future
  • How Can Arizona Envision a Circular Economy Future? Two-Part Series

View the Webinar Recordings. 


Environmental Excellence Awards Finalists

While the awards program was postponed to 2022, Arizona Forward launched a campaign highlighting the 80+ project finalists with email, social media, and print media. These award worthy projects span a gamut of sustainability issues and serve as inspiration for us all as we move forward together.

Join us at the Gala on March 19, 2022.

Emerging Sustainability Leaders – Class of ’22

The fourth cohort of Emerging Sustainability Leaders Class commenced in the fall of 2021. This talented, diverse group of 22 outstanding individuals from a variety of business sectors is learning to apply new skills to advance sustainability in their organizations and the community.

Meet this year’s cohort and read their bios.

Phoenix Mural Project

Continuing our partnership on the Grand Canalscape, and building on our long-standing efforts to promote canal redevelopment, Arizona Forward partnered with the Phoenix Mural project to host a mural festival for the public. More than 85 artists painted their visions of Arizona and sustainability along the Grand Canal in Phoenix.

Ensuring Arizona’s Groundwater Supplies for the Future

Arizona Forward began hosting discussions on the future of groundwater management and how business community leaders play a role in ensuring the long-term security and sustainability of this vital resource. In 2022, continued roundtables will be held throughout the state to educate and advocate for long-term solutions.

Letting Our Voice Be Heard

Board members vocalized the importance for climate action and infrastructure investment with the following op-eds:

  • “Time to Keep the Good Times Rolling – Again” (Stephen Anderson)
  • “Arizona Must Take Action Now to Combat Climate Change” (Lori Singleton)
  • “Invest in Infrastructure to Help Slow Climate Change” (Bruce Hungate)
  • “Why Intel is Investing in the Verde River…and All Arizonans” (Aaron Blawn)

Read the op-eds from our board members.


Statewide Sustainability Roadmap

Significant progress was made on the following goals: Healthy Forests; Smart Transportation; Circular Economy; Parks, Open Spaces, and Trails; and Food Systems. We identified 14 goal areas of focus and great work continues on this important initiative.

Issue Committees

Arizona Forward engaged with 851 members and potential members throughout the state on a variety of topics discussed in the following issue committees meetings:

Sustainability Roadmap Committee
Long-term sustainability outcomes for the state of Arizona.

Water Strategies Committee
Ensuring long term water supplies and waterways.

Mobility & Clean Air Solutions Committee
Transportation solutions to enhance quality of life and environment.

Circular Economy/Waste Committee
(New!) Material waste reduction and reuse solutions.


2020 Accomplishments