Peoria's Commitment to Sustainability
The City of Peoria's sustainability efforts seek to reduce the city’s effect on the environment, conserve energy, and encourage citizens to meet their needs without compromising the needs of the future. Like the Sustain and Gain Facebook page to stay up to date on all things sustainability.
Recently, Peoria received three coveted Crescordia awards by Arizona Forward at the Environmental Excellence Awards annual event in 2016.
Annual Earth Day Events!
Peoria hosts an annual PlanetPalooza Earth Day Festival and Trail Cleanup event each year in April. Volunteers can participate in a morning of environmental cleanup along New River and enjoy a festival dedicated to all things green.
The PlanetPalooza festival cultivates and celebrates the resources the environment has to offer through food, music, learning and family fun. Learn to be more sustainable in daily life while also enjoying prizes and giveaways, handcrafted food, food trucks and entertainment.
Free Energy Audit Program
The City of Peoria has partnered with FOR Energy to help homeowners reduce their energy bill and improve the comfort of their house. A free energy audit is available to the first 250 qualifiers. The audit includes DIY tips, rebates and tax credits, photos of inefficient areas of the home, recommendations for improvements and an introduction to the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program.
How do I qualify?
- Must be a homeowner
- Home must be built between 1950 - 2006
- Must be a single-family home
- Must have a high bill of $200+ (Equalizer bill of $125+)
- Must be year-round AZ resident
2018 Sustain & Gain
Recognized as a statewide and regional leader in sustainability and known for our exceptional quality of life, it’s no wonder the city of Peoria was ranked seventh in the America’s 50 Best Cities to Live list by Yahoo Finance. Our approach to urban planning safeguards our most precious resources through our energy efficiency projects, LEED building designs, open space planning and smart water management principles.
Read more about Sustainability in the 2018 Sustain & Gain brochure (PDF)
Sustainability Action Plan
The City of Peoria established a Sustainability Committee to ensure that city departments are working to develop sustainability-oriented goals, tracking success metrics, and also to encourage cross-communication in the preparation of Sustainability Update presentations made to the city council on an annual basis. For Peoria, sustainability means a change in the way of doing business, a change in the way of delivering services, and a new emphasis on encouraging community-wide sustainability through interactions with citizens via online resources, social media outlets, public forums, and the exchange of ideas.
Peoria’s Sustainable University is a gateway to help residents proactively live in harmony with their natural surroundings. All the courses at Sustainable U have one thing in common: to empower residents to make small changes that make Peoria a better place to live. Sustainable U offers a variety of courses and workshops about landscape watering and design, energy efficiency, residential solar, gardening, composting, and recycling among others. Come grow with us, Sustainable U awaits you! Get more details about Sustainable U.
Old Town Community Gardens
Peoria’s inaugural community garden began as an empty lot in the heart of Peroia’s townsite, and grew into a thriving place of community and learning. Once an aesthetic blemish in Peoria’s old town, the parcel, has now become a beautiful, healthy garden where the community is producing sustainable, local, organic food! Visit the garden at the corner of 83rd Avenue and Madison Street.
Peoria’s Community Garden was featured on PBS’s Arizona Horizon – fast forward to 6:25!
The City of Peoria received LEED Gold Certification on the Community Center Project. Learn more about features of green buildings.
- Peoria Municipal Court Expansion (PDF)
- LEED Quick Facts on the Municipal Court Expansion (PDF)
- Peoria Sports Complex Renovation Facts Brochure (PDF)
Educational Resource Links
- ASU Global Institute of Sustainability
- ASU Online - Sustainability Programs
- ASU's Sustainable Cities Network
- EPA Sustainability Region 9
- U.S. Green Building Council
- Arizona Forward
- APS Energy Savings Tips
Economic Efficiency and Sustainability Manager