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Social & Cultural Sustainability

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Adjacent Mosque and Church at sunsetTempe invests in people. Tempe’s inclusivity and focus on equity are central to Tempe being a sustainable and resilient city.  

True sustainability in Tempe will require that every stakeholder is heard in its policies and programs. Considering that climate change disproportionally affects frontline communities and people of color, city government has the responsibility to meet the needs of all residents and ensure that resources are available to everyone. Residents need to have the capacity to have their basic needs met, so Tempe must find ways to make sure everyone has access to education services and workforce development resources.

 Tempe strives to embed equity within city operations and investments for Tempe's youth. Tempe is investing in social sustainability through

  •  workforce development

  •  human services

  •  housing

  •  education

  • recreation

Efforts to build community resilience and increase the impact of frontline communities on city decision-making are efforts that make Tempe a model city in Arizona for equitable community engagement.

Performance Measures 

 Affordable Housing (4.09)

“Achieve a Housing Inventory Ratio for Affordable, Workforce, and Market-rate housing categories that meet the recommendations made for a three-person household in the most recent study.”

Baseline (2017) and Target: Affordable - 49.3% / Workforce – 34.2% / Market-rate – 16.5%
Current: Unavailable

Disability Social Inclusion (3.13)

“Achieve a score of 100 on the self-assessment tool for ‘Disability Social Inclusion’ in accordance with the Tempe Disability Inclusion Plan (T-DIP) and the National Council on Disability.”

Baseline: Under development- Assessment tool developed Fall 2018, Baseline available August 2019
Target: 100
Current: Unavailable

Program Highlight - Tempe-Pre

Child playing with picture mapTempe PRE is a full-day, five days a week preschool education program committed to kindergarten readiness for 3- and 4- year old students. This began as a two-year pilot program in 2017 after City Council was seeking to increase access to high-quality preschool for a wide-range of families living in Tempe and neighboring cities. This program gives people in the Valley the capability to send their children to a Pre-K that improves children’s typical developmental levels in all domains, such as social-emotional skills, literacy and language, mathematics, and cognitive skills to be ready to learn in kindergarten. By investing in Pre-K, with a low 9:1 student-to-teacher ratio, Early Childhood Education Certified Teachers, the use of child-centered, play-based HighScope Preschool Curriculum, and before- and after- programs at select schools, Tempe is giving children the tools to succeed.

Children playing outside In addition, it gives families more affordable Pre-K education options by offering 20 classrooms across 12 local elementary schools with eligibility for half-tuition or free tuition for income-eligible Tempe residents. Tempe is striving for equitable access to education at a key development stage, allowing children to succeed in kindergarten and in their future. 



What's Next?

Equity in Action

A coalition of social justice organizations and leaders will participate in trainings and workshops to collaborate with the city on equitable engagement practices.

ULI Affordable Housing Grant

The Urban Land Use Institute and Vitalyst Health Foundation are hosting workshops to support the implementation of affordable housing plans.

Funding for Youth

Efforts are underway to find a long-term funding stream for Tempe -PRE and other youth programs to ensure that Tempe creates pathways for young people to become productive students and residents. 


Tempe values our rich social and cultural history, and supports a variety of community programs to preserve and celebrate those assets.


Carl Hayden Campus of Sustainability

Rio Salado Foundation