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  • County sustainability plan recognized as statewide leader in innovation, conservation

    Sep 23, 2019 | Read More News
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    Photo credit: Arizona ForwardPima County's commitment to build sustainable operations received a prestigious statewide award on Sept. 21 from one of Arizona's premier economic development and environmental quality organizations.

    Arizona Forward selected Pima County’s Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations (SAPCO) as the 2019 recipient of its Crescordia Environmental Excellence Award for Best Sustainability Plan or Policy. Sustainability Program Manager Julie Robinson accepted the award on behalf of the County.

    The SAPCO is an internally-focused framework that guides the County’s path toward sustainable operations. Every five-year iteration features ambitious objectives, measurable targets and easily integrated actions designed to address present and future climate challenges in Southern Arizona.

    Under the FY2014-2018 Plan alone, the County improved in 19 of the 25 target and sub-target areas, from avoiding emissions equal to more than 64,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide to adding 42 fully-electric vehicles to its fleet.

    Though the Office of Sustainability and Conservation (OSC) manages the SAPCO, Director Linda Mayro credits cross-departmental teamwork to its success.

    "Though the Plan is housed in OSC, it belongs to no single department. From planning to development to execution, its accomplishments rely on the investment of nearly all County departments and the staff within them," Mayro said. "The SAPCO’s action items are designed to be integrated into the every-day workings of County operations, creating a culture of sustainability."

    "By taking responsibility to mitigate our emissions and adapt to a different climate future, Pima County is focused on protecting our community, local economy, and regional environmental integrity," County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said.

    Pima County adopted a rigorous new SAPCO in Fall 2018 that sets sustainability goals through 2025, emphasizing mitigation and adaptation measures to meet U.S. objectives for the international Paris Agreement.