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  • Pima County sustainability efforts recognized by Arizona Forward

    Sep 14, 2013 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations has won an Environmental Stewardship Award of Merit for Southern Arizona from Arizona Forward.
    Award of Merit
    Arizona Forward is a 44-year-old, nonprofit public interest organization that brings public and private sector leaders together to encourage cooperative efforts to improve the environmental quality and economic vitality of the state and local regions.

    Pima County completed the fifth year of its five-year Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations on June 30. The plan focuses on alternative fuel vehicles, green building, renewable energy and energy efficiency, green purchasing, land conservation and management, waste reduction, water conservation, employee health and wellness, and carbon footprint reduction.

    Since adoption of the Sustainable Action Plan, the County has:
    • Brought seven megawatts of renewable energy online.
    • Increased the number of alternative fuel vehicles in the Sheriff’s Department’s fleet by 51 percent.
    • Installed 16 electric vehicle charging stations at eight key locations within the community for the public.
    • Acquired 26,700 acres of land for open space conservation.
    • Increased the number of County parks served by reclaimed water by 120 percent.
    • Increased the purchase of recycled paper to 70 percent of all paper purchases.
    • Increased the proportion of office supply dollars spent on eco-friendly products by 276 percent over the baseline.

    An annual report card on plan implementation will be available later this year. Efforts are under way to update the plan for the next five years. You can take a look at the 2011-12 report card.

    More than 200 employee volunteers have participated in the development and implementation of the plan. County departments and County employees on nine sustainability teams have taken on a diverse range of activities and programs designed to integrate sustainable practices into many aspects of County operations.

    Arizona Forward, in partnership with Salt River Project for the 12th consecutive year, presented the 33rd Annual Environmental Excellence Awards on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale.