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    Office of Sustainability and Conservation


    The Office of Sustainability and Conservation works to promote a sustainable and livable community and the conservation of Pima County’s natural and cultural resources through the implementation of Board adopted policies that promote the environmental, social, and economic well-being of our region.

    Program Areas

    Conservation Science Division - The award-winning Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, adopted by the Board in 2002, is Pima County’s plan for balancing the conservation of our cultural and natural resources while maintaining an economically vigorous and fiscally responsible community.   Conservation Science supports the biological goal of the SDCP, which is to ensure the long-term survival of the full spectrum of indigenous plants and animals, and administration of the County's Multi-species Conservation Plan (MSCP).

    Cultural Resources & Historic Preservation Division - Pima County is rich in history, cultural diversity, living traditions, and regional character, all of which define our collective cultural heritage and community identity.  Since the 1970s, the Board has actively sought to protect this heritage by working to preserve ancestral Native American sites, historic Spanish Colonial, Mexican, and American sites, historic neighborhoods and buildings, and traditional cultural places, and working landscapes.

    Sustainability Programs Division - A sustainable and livable community requires investment in the environment, the economy, and the social fabric without jeopardizing the ability for future generations to do the same.  In 2007, the Board adopted Sustainability Initiatives and approved the preparation and implementation of the Pima County Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations, resulting in considerable reduction in energy consumption and cost savings. 

    The Water Resources Unit (WRU) employs a comprehensive approach to water policy regarding County use of surface water, groundwater, effluent and reclaimed water to address drought management, environmental enhancement, water conservation, water reuse and water asset management. WRU evaluates water policy developments for impacts and consistency with Board-adopted policies and sustainability goals, assisting with implementation of water resource management across County departments.

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    Office of Sustainability and Conservation

    201 N. Stone Ave., 6th FL
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    (520) 724-6940

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