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  • Pima County, City of Tucson, UA join Tucson 2030 District

    Dec 06, 2018 | Read More News
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    File: Downtown TucsonThe Board of Supervisors Dec. 4 approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to join the Tucson Emerging 2030 District along with the City of Tucson and University of Arizona.

    For the past several months, representatives from all four organizations have met regularly to hammer out the agreement which makes them community partners committed to work collaboratively toward the goals of the District, specifically a 50% reduction in building energy and water consumption, and climate-changing emissions from transportation by 2030.

    “Pima County is working through our Sustainability Action Plan to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and we are happy to join the City of Tucson, the University of Arizona, and the Tucson Emerging 2030 District to report over the coming years on these important efforts around our greater downtown and university area,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Elías said.

    The purpose of the MOUs is for the three organizations to join other Building Owner partners of the District, who all agree to share, anonymously, performance information about their buildings. The Tucson 2030 District totals the performance data from all Owner partners and will publish an annual report to the community as to the District’s progress toward districtwide reduction goals. In the MOUs, the City of Tucson, Pima County, and the University of Arizona also agree, as resources permit, to share best practices and to collaborate with each other and the Tucson 2030 District in supporting of the 2030 District goals.

    “I’m especially pleased that the city, the county, and the university are coming together with private building owners to reduce energy use and emissions,” Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said. “In the absence of federal action, state and local governments must take the lead in increasing energy efficiency.”

    The Tucson Emerging 2030 District uses a variety of data-driven programs to assist building owners in understanding how their building performs in comparison to other similar buildings within our climate region. They also offer a variety of educational offerings and opportunities for other partners to share ideas and highlight achievements. In addition to Building Owner partners, the District has Design & Industry Professional partners and Community Organization partners who offer services and support toward the District goals. All these resources are thus available to Building Owners to help develop ideas and strategies to implement improvements that are financially beneficial, sustainable and promote economic development in Tucson.

    The Tucson Emerging 2030 District is part of a national network of 20 other 2030 Districts around the country in large cities such as Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, as well as smaller cities such as Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Burlington and Ithaca. With the addition of the City, the County and the University as partners in the Tucson Emerging 2030 District, Tucson can achieve broader national recognition as a city that supports high-performance buildings and economic vitality. That translates to greater tenant attraction and retention, enhanced real estate values and reduced environmental impact.