Regional Tree & Shade Summit
Branching Out One Community at a Time

SCN’s Regional Tree & Shade Summit 2.0 on March 9, 2016 highlighted best practices, information, tools, and strategies for cultivating our expanding urban forest in the Desert Southwest. Missed out on the Summit? View the PowerPoint presentations.

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Urban Sustainability Best Practices Student Projects

ASU students in SOS 498/594, Urban Sustainability Best Practices, worked with local communities and organizations on projects to create infographics, videos, and reports to further or promote sustainability efforts.

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Low Impact Development Toolkit

The Cities of Mesa and Glendale, with a grant from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA), have partnered to develop this Low Impact Development (LID) Toolkit, with the support of consulting planners and designers and the input of city agencies.

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Sustainable Cities Network Convenes Climate Scientists Municipal Leaders

On January 8, ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network (SCN) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) convened municipal and nonprofit leaders in order to discuss the impacts of extreme weather on local government.

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Project Desert Canopy: “Air Quality in Southwest Forests”

A multi-state project funded by the USDA Forest Service to conduct urban forestry ecosystem services assessments in partnering communities.

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SCN Statewide Meeting: “Building a Sustainable Future, One Community at a Time”

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

All personnel and decision-makers at the city, town, county and tribal levels interested in sustainability for their communities and Arizona are welcome to attend!

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The Arizona Rooftop Solar Challenge

The Network engaged with community partners on The Arizona Rooftop Challenge grant, working to streamline solar processes, and to increase solar accessibility.

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Sustainable Cities Network earns Green Government award

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.

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Local Cities and Sustainability

Mayoral forum organized by Network

The Mayors Sustainability Discussion, a panel discussion on city sustainability issues, fostered important dialogue between the mayors of Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa.

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“ Advancing and fostering a sustainable city requires great work & great collaboration. I am proud for Phoenix to be a member of the Sustainable Cities Network.”

Greg Stanton, City of Phoenix Mayor

Power Purchase Agreement

Network delivers energy contract

The Power Purchase Agreement is a template which includes contractual terms for local agencies and provides the opportunity for growth of the construction and maintenance of energy efficiency systems which are cost effective, efficient and environmentally-friendly.

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“ With help from the Network, City of Mesa has been able to make educated decisions on current energy efficiency projects & move forward on a $1 million streetlight retrofit program.”

Scott Bouchie, City of Mesa Deputy Director