Daily Archives: August 8, 2008

Is Phoenix a “cool city” on global warming?

Phoenix's Cool Cities Milestone Thermometer

[Source: Tiffany Sprague, Cool Cities] — Are you interested in seeing that Phoenix is doing its part to address the issue of global warming?  If so, consider getting involved in the Sierra Club’s Cool Cities campaign.  Begun in 2005, Cool Cities empowers city residents and local leaders to join and encourage their cities to implement smart energy solutions to save money and build a cleaner, safer future. 

Cool Cities helps to bring real solutions at local levels, showcases solutions for others to model, and builds leadership to ensure solutions are implemented at state levels and nationwide.  Hybrid cars, energy efficient buildings, and renewable energy are just a few of the ways to make this real.

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement — the first step to becoming a Cool City.  Be the first to sign up as an activist in Phoenix and help the mayor follow through on his commitment.

  • Milestone 1: Establish Campaign (IN PROGRESS) ~ Write a city profile on the Cool Cities website.
  • Milestone 2: Engage The Community (IN PROGRESS) ~ Send a formal letter to Mayor, co-signed by 2+ partner community groups requesting the mayor to sign.
  • Milestone 3: City Signs Agreement (COMPLETE) ~ Municipality makes formal commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement).
  • Milestone 4: Initial Solution Steps (IN PROGRESS) ~ City establishes committee to create local climate action plan; City initiates early implementation actions (e.g. energy efficient light bulbs at city offices); City performs an audit of city operations.
  • Milestone 5: Advanced Smart Energy Solutions

Peek inside Taylor Place, ASU’s new downtown Phoenix dorm

In this know99 video, take a tour around Taylor Place, the newest residential dormitory for Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus, opening in August 2008.

How to help ASU downtown Phoenix students, faculty, and staff know what’s downtown

[Source: Steve Weiss, Downtown Voices Coalition, and Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona] — ASU Downtown’s Student Affairs Office and City of Phoenix are working with downtown businesses and non-profits to provide information about their organizations via 1,800 “Welcome Wagon” handout bags stuffed with fliers, maps, and coupons.  The bags will be provided to incoming ASU students at their new dorm, in faculty lounges, and other places where the ASU Downtown community can be contacted.  If your organization would like ASU Downtown students, faculty, and staff as patrons, and you have not been able to market to them, this is your chance.

There is NO CHARGE to the organization other than providing 1,800 copies of your materials and bringing them to the bag stuffing party.  Volunteers from each organization are required to help at the stuffing party.

Several of these organizations have multiple listing maps and brochures.  If you already participate with one of these groups you do not need to bring your own materials, but are welcome to do so individually.  Any materials that won’t fit in the bags will still be put out on a table at the new ASU dorm and faculty lounges.  To track the marketing, it is suggested that a coupon or student discount be offered e.g., “$1 off with student ID.”  You are not required to do this, but it may help to see if the effort was successful.  For more information, contact Steve Weiss at 602-265-9524 or via e-mail.

Survey aims to help plight of Phoenix homeless

[Source: Connie Cone Sexton, Arizona Republic] — Levi Caddell’s comments came near the end of the meeting, but he seemed to provide one of the clearest reasons why those around him had gathered at the Phoenix hotel today.  “Three years ago, I was a homeless vet on the streets of Phoenix,” he said.  “But the system works.  They gave me my life back.”  Caddell, 56, was giving thanks to the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Central Arizona Shelter Services, and other groups in the Valley that help the homeless.  Caddell now serves as a veteran support specialist for CASS in Phoenix.  His is just one success, VA employees said.  They want more.

It was why they brought together representatives of non-profit groups and organizations that assist the homeless or veterans.  The meeting was part of an initiative by Project CHALENG, a federal Department of Veterans Affairs program that stands for Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education, and Networking Groups.  Each year, leaders of Project CHALENG ask groups or organizations assisting the homeless to fill out a survey to help discover the unmet needs of homeless veterans.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]