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Sustainable Resources

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Residents can participate in the community-wide carbon reduction goal as part of the city’s Climate Action Plan by finding ways to reduce energy use at home.

Residents can invest in energy saving and load shifting technologies by working with their local utility company (APS or SRP).

Residents can participate in the Climate Action Plan 2021 Update to communicate the need for investment in the clean energy economy within city budgets and by the utilities themselves.


Residents, employees, and visitors are encouraged to use alternate forms of sustainable transportation, such as light rail, bus, biking, or walking.

Residents are encouraged to participate in public meetings and online input opportunities to share feedback and contribute in planning new and upcoming transportation projects. Stay current by subscribing to “Tempe Streets” or “Tempe Transit” e-mails at

Tempe has a 15-member, Council appointed Transportation Commission. The Commission ensures that the city has a balanced transportation system that incorporates all forms of transportation in an interconnected manner while complementing land use, making a positive environmental impact by reducing energy consumption, air pollution and congestion, promoting economic development, providing mobility and accessibility for all persons and creating a forum for residents to provide input on transportation plans, projects and issues.

Resilience to Extreme Heat 

Residents are encouraged to volunteer at urban forestry projects sponsored by the City of Tempe, such as past tree planting events at Rio Salado Park, Esquer Park, and Svob Park.

Residents can take part in the TreeBate program (, which offers a rebate to residential water customers who purchase approved desert-friendly plants and plant them on Tempe residential properties. The city offers a rebate of 100% (capped at $75) towards the purchase of desert-friendly plants. This program promotes the beauty, practicality, and water-wise characteristics of desert plants from all over the world.


Take advantage of the Water Smart portal and use water conservation rebates (

Sign up for a free water consultation, rebate, or landscape workshop (all FREE for Tempe water customers), as well as view or order free literature, at

Learn 100+ ways to save water ( or

Learn about our state’s water resources and drought (


Residents can call 480-350-5860 to order their 48- or 65-gallon SMART trash container.

Residents can stop by the Compost Yard (1001 N. Rio Road, Tempe, AZ 85281) or call 480-350-4311 to get free or discounted compost.

Remember that shredded paper, appliances, electronics, construction waste, building supplies, and scrap metal CANNOT be recycled in Tempe. Keep these products out of the curbside recycling bin and look at for more information on where these products can be properly recycled.

In addition to the above items, bagged recyclables CANNOT be recycled. ALWAYS keep recyclables loose.

Land Use and Built Environment 

Support local agriculture and support local businesses.

Support development and businesses in the urban core.

Get involved in community projects, such as community gardens or Tempe’s tree planting events.

Social Sustainability 

Engage in the Equity in Action or ULI Affordable Housing trainings/workshops to help shape the development of equitable engagement practices.


Sustainability External Resources 


Air Quality Dept.- Maricopa County

American Institute of Architects 

ASU Global Institute of Sustainability

ASU Sustainable Cities Network 

Consumer Energy Center 

Earth 911

Earth Day 

Energy Star

EPA Sustainability 

Greener Buildings

LEED Initiatives

Natural Resources Defense Council

Sustainable Arizona

FINAL Urban Forestry Master Plan 

U. S. Department of Energy

U.S. Green Building Council

Valleywide Recycling Partnership 

Whole Building Design