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.
Recently, Peoria received three coveted Crescordia awards by Arizona Forward at the Environmental Excellence Awards annual event in 2016.
Water is our most precious resource! Peoria has a water conservation program that includes free public classes, public outreach at city events, and water rebate incentives for residents that install sprinkler timers, low flow toilets, and convert their home landscaping to low water usage xeriscape. Visit the Water Conservation page to learn more.
2020 Sustain & Gain Brochure
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 2020 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
Sustainability and Environmental Conservation Assistant