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Library of Sustainability Resources

Municipal/Urban Sustainability

City Sustainability Plans

City of Flagstaff 2010 Annual Report

This year’s Annual Report on Sustainability celebrates the City of Flagstaff’s efforts toward sustainability made within the municipal organization and throughout the community. Sustainability requires an integrated commitment from every part of the organization, from Public Works to Community Enrichment to Information Technology. The 2010 Annual Report is an illustration of how every City Division contributes to improving municipal efficiencies (and effectiveness) and community well-being. The 2010 report highlights achievements such as the revitalization of San Francisco and Beaver Streets and the expansion of the Community Agriculture Project to include an additional garden in Sunnyside. It celebrates the City’s success in providing over 50 miles of FUTS trails and the selection of Flagstaff as one of eight “Inaugural Adaptation Communities” to participate in the first comprehensive climate adaptation program for local governments. The City of Flagstaff is dedicated to utilizing public resources efficiently while promoting a healthy, livable Flagstaff. This report provides the opportunity to reflect on the City’s successes and ensure that they keep raising the bar for Flagstaff as a vibrant, prosperous community. View the report.

List of Top 20 Most Populous Cities in the U.S., and Corresponding Sustainability Plans

This list includes information and links to sustainability plans and initiatives created by large cities in the U.S.

Seattle Health and Equity Assessment Report

The City of Seattle, a 5-STAR Community, has experienced significant growth and prosperity over the past several years, but not all residents are receiving the benefits. To address issues of inequality and opportunity, Futurewise recently released the Seattle Health and Equity Assessment Report, which examines disparities of access to affordable housing, reliable transit, jobs that pay a living wage, and other city services and benefits. View the report.

Sustainable Tourism Report

The Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) contracted with the Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center (AHRRC) to conduct a survey of sustainable tourism practices in Arizona, the purpose to collect baseline data on current progress by the industry and establish benchmarks for future research. The Research Division of AOT and the AHRRC created an E‐survey which was sent to thousands of practitioners across industry sectors – lodging, restaurants/bars, attractions, travel and tour providers, and destination marketing organizations. In general, the study found that Arizona’s tourism industry is doing a great deal to build a more sustainable future. Large percentages are knowledgeable about sustainability issues, and are responding to community and customer concerns. The majority of organizations are recycling, reducing waste, conserving water and energy, and are celebrating local cultures and sourcing local products. View the report.

Sustainable Tucson

Sustainable Tucson is a non-profit, grass-roots organization that builds regional resilience and sustainability through awareness raising, community engagement and public/private partnerships. Our members focus their action, advocacy and research through working groups addressing the unprecedented challenges of our time, economic meltdown, population pressures, climate change, and resource depletion. The Mission of Sustainable Tucson is to create a community-wide network of people and organizations facilitating and accelerating Tucson’s transition to sustainability through education and collaborative action. Visit Sustainable Tucson.

Sustainable Governance Resources

Brookings Institute

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. The mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans and secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system. Brookings Institute is consistently ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank.

CLIMAS

The mission of the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program is to improve the region’s ability to respond sufficiently and appropriately to climatic events and climate changes. The program promotes participatory, iterative research involving scientists, decision makers, resource users, educators, and others who need more and better information about climate and its impacts. CLIMAS investigators conduct research on the nature, causes, and consequences of climate change and variability in the southwestern United States. The program also supports efforts to improve climate forecasting in the region. Visit CLIMAS.

Climate Voices, Science Speaker Network

The Climate Voices network brings non-political conversations about the research findings of the majority of climate scientists to citizens across the United States and Puerto Rico. Scientists and other experts meet with neighbors and community organizations to initiate discussions about the local effects of a changing climate and possible ways to address impacts. Use the map to find a speaker near you and invite them to local meetings. View the resource.

IBM Center for The Business of Government

Connects public management research with practice. The Business of Government helps public sector executives improve the effectiveness of government with practical ideas and original thinking. Sponsoring independent research by top minds in academe and the non-profit sector, and create opportunities for dialogue on a broad range of public management topics. Breaking New Ground: Promoting Environmental and Energy Programs in Local Governments.

SCOTie – Highlighting Best Practices from Peer Communities in the West.

The Successful Communities Online Toolkit information exchange (SCOTie) is a database of active model smart growth and resource protection plans and policies from rural, amenity, and urban communities across the West. The information contained within the toolkit is designed to inform planners of best practices from peer western communities to preserve local identity, stimulate a healthy economy, and safeguard natural and cultural resources; empowering communities to craft policies that fit their local circumstances. SCOTie is designed to equip western communities with the tools to become more successful in preserving community character and quality of life. Visit SCOTie.

Sonoma County, California: Climate Change Resources

The Climate Protection Campaign’s mission is to inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis. The Climate Protection Campaign has helped Sonoma County set nine national precedents. For example, all Sonoma cities and the County adopted the boldest greenhouse gas emissions reduction target in the country – 25% below 1990 levels by 2015. The Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) was created in 2009 to improve coordination on climate change issues and establish a clearinghouse for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The RCPA is made up of the same Board of Directors as the SCTA (Sonoma County Transportation Authority) and includes representatives from each of the nine cities in Sonoma County and the Board of Supervisors. The Sonoma County Energy Independence Program is a County of Sonoma Energy and Sustainability Division program that serves county residents and businesses as a central clearinghouse of information about energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy generation.

Sustainable Cities Collective

Sustainable Cities Collective is a social media community. It provides a forum where users can contribute to the site as well as research and network with other urban future thinkers.

Solar Resources

Guidebooks and Policy Briefs

ASU’s Energy Policy Innovation Council (EPIC) Policy Briefs

EPIC provides informed, timely and fact-based summaries on energy policy issues that affect Arizona. Housed in the Center for Law, Science and Innovation, the organization’s goal is to advance Arizona’s energy industry potential, energy security and public welfare. They also provide downloadable policy briefs on a variety of scales. EPIC’s policy briefs can be accessed here and include a comprehensive scope of policies, from the local to national level.

Energize Phoenix: Energy Efficiency Policy Briefs and Resources

Energize Phoenix, a previous grant partnership involving the City of Phoenix, Arizona Public Service (APS) and ASU’s Global Insitute of Sustainability published the following Energy Efficiency Idea Guide to provide policymakers and stakeholders a quick-read of forty-six ideas for potential policies, programs and initiatives that can increase the adoption of energy efficiency in the built environment in Arizona. View the full briefs for these ideas.

Homeowner Education Videos

As a community service and to create additional long-term impact through the Energize Phoenix program, the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department, ASU and the Southwest Building Science Training Center partnered to produce seven homeowner educational videos (both in English and in Spanish) regarding energy efficiency in existing homes. View the videos .

The Solarize Guidebook: A Community Guide to Collective Purchasing of Residential PV Systems

This guidebook is intended to be a roadmap for project planners and solar advocates who want to create their own successful Solarize campaigns. It describes the key elements of the Solarize Portland campaigns and variations from projects across the country, along with lessons learned and planning templates. The guidebook is funded by the DOE SunShot Initiative, a collaborative national initiative to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade. View the guidebook.

Recognition Programs

SolSmart

SolSmart is a national recognition and a no-cost technical assistance program for local governments designed to drive greater solar deployment and help make it possible for even more American homes and businesses to access affordable and renewable solar energy to meet their electricity needs. The SolSmart designation program, coupled with robust and agile technical assistance, will spur communities across the country to earn recognition for achievements that distinguish them from their peers as they become more solar-friendly, and in doing so, ignite local solar markets while establishing consistency in solar practices across the country. SolSmart supports the goals of the SunShot Initiative to make it faster, cheaper, and easier to go solar. View more information.

SunShot Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office focuses on achieving the goals of the SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. SunShot funds cooperative research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects by private companies, universities, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour or $1 per watt (not including incentives). View more information.

Solar Rebates

Salt River Project’s (SRP) Residential Solar Rebate page.

Arizona Public Service’s (APS) Incentive page.