Environmental Initiatives & Compliance
The Office of Environmental Initiatives (OEI) provides a range of environmental services for the Scottsdale citizens. The office acts as a resource for Environmental Regulatory Compliance, supports the City’s Green Building Programs, and provides a wide range of Environmental Sustainability resources to the community and City staff.
Policy, Regulatory and Legal Requirements
The City of Scottsdale’s Office of Environmental Initiatives can assist its residential and business communities with identifying and complying with environmental laws, rules, regulations, ordinances and policies that need to be considered for current or planned activities. Enclosed in these pages are helpful references to the appropriate City offices, and to applicable State and County agencies for activities and conditions that require an awareness of the governing regulations.
https://www.maricopa.gov/1244/Air-Quality Maricopa County Vector Control
https://www.maricopa.gov/632/Animals-Bugs-Pests Mosquito Control – homeowner responsibilities
https://www.maricopa.gov/2423/Fight-the-Bite Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Through education, research, and leadership by example OEI collaborates with the community and City staff towards the integration of environmental stewardship in decision making processes to maintain our healthy natural systems within our built and preserved environment. OEI seeks to develop and implement initiatives which support a sustainable balance of the environment, the economy, and the community’s social vision.
Resources & Initiatives
A Culture of Sustainability (PDF) : A document describing the sustainable actions and results of City operations, infrastructure and community facilities.
Solid Waste and Recycling Strategic Plan: Partnering with the City’s Solid Waste Department, OEI assisted in the establishment of the City’s Solid Waste and Recycling Strategic Plan. This document provides measureable goals to improve the City’s diversion rate and to minimize the solid waste stream overtime.
Sustainable Cities Network : Scottsdale is an active participant in the ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability’s Sustainable Cities Network. The City of Scottsdale is an active Network member and a Steering Committee leader. In 2012 Michael Crow presented the Network’s Steering Committee Cities with the ASU President’s Award for Sustainability.
Greater Phoenix Green Infrastructure Handbook – Low Impact Development Details for Alternative Stormwater Management : Scottsdale is progressively attempting to install in capital projects Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure (GI) as a method of stormwater control, water harvesting, and cleansing for the first flush requirements of the City’s Floodplain Ordnance. Working through the ASU Sustainable Cities Network, Scottsdale has embraced the concepts found in the Low Impact Development Toolkit developed for the cities of Mesa and Glendale.
STAR Community Indicators : Scottsdale is utilizing the Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating Communities, or STAR Community Indicators System as its sustainability framework and organizing structure. The STAR system is utilized in combination with the visions and goals found in the Scottsdale General Plan.
Scottsdale Environmental Advisory Commission (SEAC)
OEI also supports the City Council appointed citizen Scottsdale Environmental Advisory Commission (SEAC). This Commission is tasked with advising the Council on issues relating to environmental quality and on the prioritization of future environmental activities and programs; and assist council by providing nominations for any environmental achievement awards established by the Council. The Commission may also provide assistance to staff in the development of contacts that may result in coordinated efforts between the public and private sectors to address environmental concerns.
Environmental Achievement Recognition Program: This program honors exceptional environmental achievements within the Scottsdale community. Candidates for the Environmental Achievement Recognition Award may include businesses, organizations and other Scottsdale-based entities.
Idling Gets You Nowhere (PDF) : A campaign to reduce tail pipe pollution in our community, Idling Gets You Nowhere is being utilized in multiple City publications to get the word out that everyone who drives can make a positive difference in the air we breathe.