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These are the current grant projects being pursued by the City of Tempe to create a sustainable and resilient city. Through these collaborations and initiatives, we will address the five guiding principles that Tempe is prioritizing in the Climate Action Plan 2021 Update.

GLOCULL (Urban Living Lab)

TRANSFORM

City – University GSCO III

Equity in Action

Green Business Certification Program

Health Impact Project

Green Infrastructure in All Hazard Mitigation Plans

Healthy Babies, Bright Cities

ULI Affordable Housing

Local Government and Emergency Management

Lemon and Dorsey Green Infrastructure Pilot Project

 


GLOCULL (Urban Living Lab)

Advances local food enterprises and sustainable food systems

The GLOCULL project is funded through ASU by the European Union focused on exploring the local food-energy-water nexus at eight international sites, the Phoenix metro area serving as one of them. The City of Tempe, along with the City of Phoenix and Local First Arizona, have partnered with ASU’s School of Sustainability and School for the Future of Innovation in Society to create an accelerator that supports the local sustainable food economy by building capacity, making connections, and facilitating partnerships in and among local food enterprises and actors.

Alignment with Guiding Principles

Enterprise: Facilitating more opportunities for local food businesses to advance their economic value and sustainability practices.

Engagement: Working with community partners to implement several pilot projects to transition business systems to a more sustainable model.

Key Features

  • Funds delivered directly into Tempe’s municipal budget from the Belmont Forum via the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • Pilot projects involve creating business accelerators that build capacity in sustainable food entrepreneurship by making connections among existing and new food enterprises.
  • Learning from existing sustainable food business front-runners and using that acquired knowledge with community stakeholders and in cities
  • Design a capacity-building program for entrepreneurs to create and run sustainable food businesses, then deliver the program to entrepreneurs and others so that they may learn how to improve their methods.

Future Impacts

  • The business accelerator/incubator will be institutionalized following GLOCULL and used to develop our local food sustainability and Tempe’s local food economy.
  • These pilot projects can serve as a model for sustainable food enterprises to scale and transfer these concepts to other communities across Phoenix and Arizona.
To learn more about this grant, click here.

 


TRANSFORM

Supports businesses transitioning to sustainable practices and technologies

The goal of this project is to build capacity in existing and start-up small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to transition businesses to more sustainable practices. The project will create opportunities for shared learning and scaling up solutions.

Alignment with Guiding Principles

Enterprise and Effectiveness: Supporting Tempe to highlight and promote sustainability and climate action within the small business community.

Key Features

  • Seven-year international grant with city and university partners around the world led by University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada).
  • The partnerships that arise in this program will be comprised of a vibrant network of hubs of research and practice that will explore the role of SMEs in triggering and accelerating sustainability transformations.
  • By engaging with, studying, and building capacity within the SME sector, we will deepen the understanding of drivers, barriers, and pathways of sustainability innovation to achieve a decarbonized world
  • Sharing best practices between different SMEs to involve the active participation of various actors.

Future Impacts

  • Aims to contribute to the global movement toward a resilient, inclusive, and competitive low-carbon economy.
  • Inform the design and implementation of policies at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels that supports SMEs as they innovate on sustainability.
  • Seeks to transform businesses models with low-carbon technology and social innovations.

To learn more about this grant, click here.


City – University GSCO III

Improves sustainability policy by facilitating collaboration and communication between stakeholders

CapaCities is a grant funded by the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes to support city—university partnerships for sustainability. The grant brings together universities and cities from around the world to share knowledge, tools, and best practices for improving sustainability in cities and improving collaborations between cities and universities. In year 3, the focus is on improving the partnership between Arizona State University and the City of Tempe so that scientific research and teaching can better support long-term sustainability goals of the city.

Alignment with Guiding Principles

Engagement:  Conducting workshops and public meetings that delve into how cities can further build capacity for sustainability and resilience.

Effectiveness: Using evidence-based research to inform sustainable policy.

Key Features

  • Awarded $98,250 for 9-1/19-8/31-20, where $19,000 will be spent on Tempe planning and research.
  • Partnership between with Portland State University and City of Portland staff to meet about climate action planning, green infrastructure, equity, and improving city--university partnerships.
  • Engagement between Arizona State University, Tempe city staff, and the public to begin planning for the Climate Action Plan 2021 Update.

Future Impacts

  • Will support implementing the actions within the Climate Action Plan that was adopted by Tempe City Council on November 7th, 2019.
  • Further strengthening the collaboration and sharing of best practices between city and university partners.
  • AudaCITY Partnerships workshop in Spring 2020 to support Tempe—ASU collaboration on the CAP 2021 Update.

To learn more about this grant project, click here.


Equity in Action

Centering frontline communities and ensuring equitable engagement practices

The City of Tempe and Vitalyst Health foundation created and funded a three-year process to ensure that Tempe’s community engagement and decision-making considers the needs of frontline communities and people of color. The grant pays social justice leaders and organizations to form a coalition that recommends changes to Tempe’s community engagement practices. There is funding for the coalition to test new ways of engaging frontline communities by investing in new types of community-based projects. Equity in Action is informed by work in Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Providence, Rhode Island to dismantle structural racism in city government processes, policies, and practices.

Alignment with Guiding Principles

Equity: Supports City of Tempe in addressing the needs of frontline communities in order to model equitable engagement and decision making to inform future city plans and programs

Engagement: Provides a new framework and guiding principles for how to approach community engagement in order to receive input from frontline communities and people of color

Key Features

  • Funded with $75,000 from the City of Tempe Innovation Fund awarded by City Council and $65,000 from Vitalyst Health Foundation for facilitation and project management.
  • Creates a coalition of social justice organizations to advise the city on approaching equity and incorporating the needs of frontline communities and people of color into city decision-making process.
  • Supported by a diverse group of city staff from departments across the city who have worked with consultants to create pathways for the coalition to engage with the city.
  • Will result in pilot projects, a set of recommendations for equitable engagement, and a revised process for an upcoming city planning process (i.e., a more equitable General Plan update).

Future Impacts

  • The effort builds awareness of the need to address white supremacy and structural racism.
  • The process will contribute to better sustainability problem solving, which is critical for high quality climate action and resilience efforts.
  • The community engagement approaches will guide the engagement for the Climate Action Plan 2021 Update.
  • Tempe can inform other Arizona cities on how to center frontline communities and people of color in city decision-making processes.

To learn more about the equity consultants behind this grant, see these pages.


Green Business Certification Program

Guides the business community towards sustainability actions for local businesses made easy

This is a certification program that promotes sustainable practices in local businesses by providing guidance and resources for them to reduce their environmental impact. Additionally, these businesses are given the platform to promote themselves as sustainable. This allows businesses to implement sustainability efforts and get the recognition they deserve.  

Alignment with Guiding Principles

Enterprise and Fiscal Responsibility: Creating programs that attract sustainable businesses to stimulate our local economy while making environmentally sound investments.

Engagement: Having tools and resources from Arizona Green Business Program (AGBP) and Local First Arizona (LFA) staff members, so businesses are both held accountable and supported when making sustainable choices.

Key Features

  • Funded with $60,000 as part of the Innovation Fund awarded by City Council.
  • Businesses first complete a checklist of questions, get audited by AGBP staff members to ensure compliance, receive a pass or fail grade based on the number of green practices they have in place, and are given a personalized in-depth report from AGBP with recommendations.
  • Listing on Green Biz Tracker website and recognition in LFA marketing outlets to attract customers that are seeking out environmentally friendly businesses.

Future Impacts

  • Creates the foundation for Tempe to be recognized as a hub where sustainable businesses are supported.
  • Prepares our business community for the future by involving them in city-wide sustainability goals.
  • Incentives sustainability in the market by making the implementation of new technologies competitive but still accessible.

To learn more about this grant, click here.


Health Impact Project

Uses data-based approaches to form sustainable policy

Tempeans at the Tempe Heat WalkThe Health Impact Project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a collaboration between the City of Tempe and Arizona State University to collect temperature and public health data during extreme heat days in Summer 2019. This research will help develop safe and sustainable guidelines for playgrounds, multi-use paths, and parking lots that are informed by this heat and health data so that Tempe can be designed in a way that accommodates pedestrian and public comfort while contributing to the city’s resilience to extreme heat.

 

Alignment with Guiding Principles

Effectiveness: Forming policy around evidence-based solutions.

Equity: Using data-informed design approaches to advocate for infrastructure that protects all citizens against extreme heat.

Key Features

  • The Citywide Health and Heat Survey will sample more than 400 households in 8 distinct regions throughout Tempe to achieve statistical data representative of the entire city.
  • Shade and temperature assessment of multi-use paths and playground equipment around the city will be conducted using a mobile human-biometeorological weather station (MaRTy) to measure temperature, wind speed and UV radiation levels in sixdirections.
  • A community event, Tempe Heat Walk, will educate Tempeans about extreme heat and the significance of building design, shade structures, and tree cover.

Future Impacts

  • Prepares Tempe for the inevitable public health effects of extreme heat
  • Data gathered from the Health Impact project can be used to complement the actions and inform the policy incorporated in the City of Tempe’s Climate Action Plan.

To learn more about this grant, click here.


Green Infrastructure in All Hazard Mitigation Plan

Using stormwater harvesting to be more resilient to flooding, drought and extreme heat

Hazard Mitigation City TrainingThis project seeks to support Tempe’s Climate Action Plan in using green infrastructure and stormwater harvesting as a key investment to improve our resilience to flooding, drought and extreme heat. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 9 assist the City of Phoenix (Phoenix), City of Tempe (Tempe), and Flood Control District of Maricopa County (District) in integrating green infrastructure and low impact development (GI/LID) into their local plan updates for the 2020 Maricopa County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plans (MHMP) update.

Alignment with Guiding Principles

Evidence: Supports use of data to build an argument for further investment in green infrastructure.

Engagement: Provides tools and resources to engage regional and local stakeholders in the benefits of green infrastructure investments.

Key Features

  • $50,000 in funding from the EPA and FEMA to pay for technical assistance and support the partnership among the City of Tempe, City of Phoenix, Maricopa County, ASU, and federal agencies.
  • Technical assistance to ensure that Tempe and Phoenix have green infrastructure solutions in the 2020 Maricopa County All Hazard Mitigation Plan, which can support application for federal funding for resilience projects.
  • The technical assistance and partnerships will expand the use of nature-based tools to mitigate flood risk and achieve the co-benefits of GI/LID, so that co-planning management strategies can enable the use of GI/LID to be institutionalized in city hazard mitigation and stormwater management planning.

Future Impacts

  • Builds support for wider implementation of green infrastructure solutions on public and private property in Maricopa County.
  • Models the type of regional collaboration and long-term planning that should become part of the DNA of regional resilience planning efforts. 

To learn more about this grant, click here.


Healthy Babies, Bright Cities

Smiling baby at Tempe arts in the park

 Healthy Babies, Bright Cities (HBBC) is an alliance of scientists, nonprofit organizations, and donors working to create and support initiatives that measurably reduce exposures to neurotoxic chemicals in pregnant people and children younger than 2 years.

 

Alignment with Guiding Principles

Effectiveness: Ensuring pregnant people and young children are not made vulnerable to the effects of neurotoxins.

Equity: Using evidence-based tactics to make policy decisions that address low air-quality.

Key Features

  • HBBC is giving the City of Tempe $1,000 for a pilot to address air quality with the rest of the funds allocated to ASU for air-quality research.
  • Tempe will partner with ASU to conduct studies that quantify the impact that vegetative barriers have on air quality.

Future Impacts

  • Assist Tempe by scientifically proving how vegetation decreases the impacts of the urban heat island (UHI) effect, the level of particulates, and the level of ozone.

To learn more about the organization funding this grant, click here.


ULI Affordable Housing

Lightrail passing East line Village

Tempe can increase workforce and mixed-income housing by identifying both barriers to land use and transportation challenges deeply entangled with urban health and equity outcomes.

 

Alignment with Guiding Principles

Enterprise and Equity: Creating affordable housing developments that are accessible by public transit.                                                                                    

Key Features

  • Received $40,000 from the national ULI Building Healthy Places (BHP) Team and $10,000 from Vitalyst Health Foundation.
  • The AZ task force of multidisciplinary experts will convene public, private, and nonprofit partners to form a toolkit of best practices after local workshops and roundtables with community stakeholders.

Future Impacts

  • The toolkit will be put in a final report to evaluate place-based solutions for housing affordability.
  • Embedding these community conversations in the development of the toolkit ensures that the solutions determined are reflective of the community’s needs.

To learn more about this grant, click here.


Local Government and Emergency Management

Emergency Response TrainingThe purpose of this study is to explore current practices in emergency management and potential synergies with community resilience, quality of life, sustainability, and long-term initiatives in the City of Tempe.

 

Alignment with Guiding Principles

Effectiveness, Equity, and Engagement: Using participatory methods to write the emergency management tasks in a common language that community and institutional stakeholders alike can understand.

Key Features

  • The research team conducted a series of interviews with eight City of Tempe departments/offices and two Maricopa County Departments, for a total of 16 interviewees, regarding emergency management practice in local and regional government.
  • A series of three panel events will discuss how FEMA-recommended Whole Community Approach for Emergency Management applies to local-level preparedness and disaster recovery.

Future Impacts

  • Creates a better understanding of how the City of Tempe might leverage the position of a new Emergency Manager to more effectively address hazards, respond to emergency events, build community resilience, and further advocate for overarching City visions and strategic priorities.

Further information:

Emergency Management Executive Summary

Emergency Management Final Report

  • Executive summary: pages 2-3
  • Recommended actions: pages 21-24

 


Lemon and Dorsey Green Infrastructure Pilot Project 

Lemon and Dorsey Green infrastructure ProjectThis Green Infrastructure (GI) project has the capacity to capture approximately 9,500 gallons of stormwater each time it rains. This project contributes to a watershed of approximately 45,000 square feet that includes E Don Carlos Ave (from the east end of cul-de-sac to S Dorsey Ln) and the east side of S Dorsey Ln (from E Orange St to the project’s sidewalk scupper). 

 
Alignment with Guiding Principles

Fiscal Responsibility and Effectiveness: Installing preventative infrastructure in our neighborhoods to offset the effects of extreme weather.

Key Features

  • The project consisted of two volunteer workshops where volunteers: completed installing rock armoring using 5 ton of rip-rap for the sediment trap and swale; planted 1 tree and 51 supporting plants; and spread 24 cubic yards of Tempe #2 mulch.
  • Project supported by Anheuser-Busch for a World Environment Day Volunteer Event along with funding from Arizona State Forestry Division, River Network, and Four Peaks Brewery.

Future Impacts

  • Will catch rainwater run-off from the surrounding streets and landscape to prevent flooding and ensure effective reuse of rainwater.

To Learn More About This Grant’s Contributors and Funders visit these pages:

AZ Department of Forestry and Fire Management

Four Peaks Brewery

River Network