Peoria's Green City Hall Campus
Peoria's 36 acre City Hall campus is an environmentally mindful place of governance, business, recreation, and community. The construction of this unique and innovative campus started 25 years ago and completed in 2012. Its development is an exemplary model of the environmentally, economic, and socially aware municipal campus.
A walk through the campus reveals numerous features of a sustainable campus. They include energy efficient buildings and area lighting, use of reclaimed water throughout, plenty of natural and engineered shade, retention basins for stormwater runoff, multiple recycling opportunities, and much more. Come take a look for yourself as campus sustainability signage is spread throughout. The City Hall campus is located at 8401 West Monroe Street, Peoria AZ, 85345.
In order to find an affordable solution to adding multiple recycling opportunities throughout the campus, staff repurposed many old trash receptacles by converting them to great looking recycle receptacles. Now over 40 trash/recycle opportunities exist throughout the campus exterior and building entry ways.
The Green Campus utilizes a variety of low water landscaping. Most of it is native to the Sonoran Desert. Whether you're looking for a shady spot to grab lunch or get inspired in the Desert Fusion Garden, it isn't difficult to see that the desert landscape ethic is embraced.
The campus' built environment is also a testament to sustainable development. Whether you're inside the LEED Gold Certified Municipal Court, 2012 Energy Star Rated Development and Community Services Building, or walking beneath an LED lit walkway, the amount of energy consumed is significantly less than that of similar sized buildings and campuses.
Right Water for the Right Use
"Follow the Purple Pipe" is a common phrase around the City Hall campus. The purple pipe refers to reclaimed water, or water that has been treated to a level consistent with its intended use. Even the fountain in front of City Hall has been converted to reclaimed water. No longer an integral part of the campus' climate control system, the fountain is now solely a sustainable decorative feature. In addition, all landscape irrigation throughout the campus is reclaimed water.
Use of Retention Basins
Did you know that rain water rushing down a street or curb collects a wide variety of pollutants? Keeping water off of streets is a core stormwater management practice demonstrated throughout the campus. Stormwater from parking lots and impervious surfaces flow to several key retention basins. One of which is the turf area at Centennial Plaza. Here, stormwater has a chance to naturally percolate into the soil and go through a process of natural filtration.
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Environmental Resources Supervisor
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