Sustainability happens on a local level and oftentimes issues come up that need a quick response. We have an active group of volunteers that are able to engage local levels of government including city council members, city staff, communities, and local non-profits.
For example, urban forestry is an issue that we support in all cities as the amount of impermeable surfaces is drastically increasing across Arizona. It makes economic, environmental, and social sense. Livable cities are critical as climate change exacerbates the already challenging natural resources and climate stresses in the state.
Another issue that we are working to support is increased education on low-carbon transportation options. Oftentimes, citizens are unaware of the existing options or what cities are planning. Our role is to educate the public and to increase public participation during comment periods when decisions are being made that will impact residents.