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Water in the news: Scottsdale City Council begins examining draft water sustainability plan Monday

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Scottsdale City Council on Monday, Nov 13, is hosting a work study session to discuss several draft elements of the plan, including its introduction, air quality and water sections. (Photo by Arianna Grainey/DigitalFreePress)

Scottsdale City Council to begin path toward a new H2O reality

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Scottsdale officials report elected leaders are beginning to develop its ‘Community Sustainability Plan,’ which is a commitment outlined in the city’s 2021 and 2022 organizational strategic plans — and an integral part of the city’s 2035 General Plan.

Scottsdale City Council at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov 13, is hosting a work study session to discuss several draft elements of the plan, including its introduction, air quality and water sections. Draft sections on energy, waste and heat will be addressed in a Council Work Study Session in March 2024, according to a press release.

Providing a framework for the initial conversations came gleaned from City Council feedback from previous work study sessions, City Hall officials say. The plan’s five key areas — energy, water, waste, air quality and heat — are to be put into narrative elements that communicate the significance of sustainability.

Scottsdale City Council recognizes the need to establish baseline metrics, set numeric targets and consider the costs and benefits of action, city leaders say.

Of Note: The Scottsdale Environmental Advisory Commission, composed of seven residents with expertise in sustainability, helped shape the plan’s framework, aspirations, and messaging, ensuring it aligns with the character of Scottsdale.

“Every household, business boardroom, church and school values responsible, reliable city services,” Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega said in a prepared statement. “Working together we can set goals, and measure results to sustain a healthy, thriving community into the future.”

Scottsdale leaders say they recognize the importance of expanding sustainability efforts to address challenges such as drought, extreme heat, air pollution and energy use.

Scottsdale’s Community Sustainability Plan is expected to become a roadmap with specific action steps to achieve long-term goals and emphasizes the need for cohesive implementation by both the city and community members.

Scottsdale’s commitment to sustainability began decades ago, and Monday’s City Council work study session represents another step forward in this journey, reaffirming the city’s dedication to being good stewards of the environment. Scottsdale invites all residents, businesses, and stakeholders to join in this sustainability journey. Together, we can shape a more resilient, and thriving future for our city.


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