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Mesa has received an award for two projects that promote “smart and sustainable growth”.
The recognition came from the Salt River Project, which has launched a program that “provides a structure to help cities understand and demonstrate their sustainability efforts to ensure their future competitiveness,” according to a press release.
The honor highlighted the city’s climate action plan and its Mesa’s Trees are Cool initiative, “which commits the community to planting 1 million trees by 2050,” according to an SRP release.
“Acceptance of sustainability continues to be important for cities and communities to remain competitive in today’s world,” said Tom Cooper, director of corporate strategy, sustainability and economic services at SRP.
“SRP remains committed to fostering smart and sustainable growth throughout Arizona.”
The Sustainable Cities SRP program is also helping the utility meet its own corporate 2035 goals, officials said, including partnering with communities and tribal nations on economic development initiatives, as well as programs related to water, energy and sustainability.
“Smart economic growth and responsible environmental practices go hand-in-hand, and as Mesa grows, our climate action plan helps keep these priorities focused across our organization,” said John Giles, Mayor of Mesa.
“Our city continues to be a leader in adopting sustainable practices, and we are proud to be included in the SRP Sustainable Cities alongside Phoenix and Tempe.”
Phoenix and Tempe were other cities certified platinum by SRP.
Other cities in SRP’s service area have the opportunity to apply to participate in the program in the fall.