Sustainability and Green Resources


ICLEI - Local Governments For Sustainability
An international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development.

City of Tucson Office of Conservation and Sustainable Development
The OCSD Office collaborates with City departments, businesses, neighborhoods, and other organizations to protect and enhance the integrity of our unique Sonoran Desert ecosystem and improve the environmental quality and livability of the urban environment.

University of Arizona Sustainability
Through education, research, outreach, and campus operations, the University of Arizona will become a leader in promoting sustainability by more effectively managing our energy, water, and cultural and natural resources.

Sustainable Tucson
A non-profit, grass-roots organization that builds regional resilience and sustainability through awareness raising, community engagement and public/private partnerships.

Alternative Transportation

Sun Tran
Tucson's award-winning regional public transportation system which provides a fixed-route bus service. Visit their web site or call for routes and updates, bus passes, and fare information.

PAG Transportation Planning
Develops many plans and programs, including the federally mandated long-range regional transportation plan (RTP) and short-range transportation improvement program (TIP).

PAG Clean Fuels Clean Cities
The Clean Cities program is focused on reducing the region’s dependence on foreign oil and promoting clean-fuel technology, which leads to improved air quality.

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
The primary goal of the RTA is to provide safe, efficient and quality transportation alternatives to the residents and visitors in the region. These projects include roadway improvements, the City of Tucson Modern Streetcar, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

Energy and Climate Change

EPA Climate Change
Offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society – communities, individuals, business, states and localities, and governments.

Arizona Climate Action Initiative
The Climate Change Action Plan seeks to establish a baseline inventory and forecast of greenhouse gas emissions in Arizona, and produce an action plan with recommendations for reducing those emissions.

EPA Urban Heat Island Effect Information
This website provides information on the heat island effect, its impacts, and the strategies that communities can take to reduce urban temperatures. Recycling
Your one-stop shop for all you need to know about reducing your impact, reusing what you’ve got and recycling your trash. A recycling database can help you find over 100,000 recycling locations across the country.

Green Building and Smart Growth

An independent company committed to providing information designed to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts of buildings.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Arizona Growing Smarter (pdf)
Assesses the successes and challenges of Arizona’s planning and growth management legislation, looking at responsibility and accountability, preservation of community character, stewardship, opportunity, infrastructure, and economic development.

Pima County Green Building Program (pdf)
Developed to promote the construction of sustainable homes through a certification program. This voluntary, no cost program consolidated with the building permit and inspection process.

Pima County Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan
The Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan includes discussion of smart growth through looking at critical habitat and biological corridors, riparian restoration, mountain parks, historical and cultural preservation, and ranch conservation.

Water Resources

Town of Oro Valley Water Utility Conservation Program
Focuses on water audits, youth and adult education, incentives and cooperative relationships that deal with current issues and research.

University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC)
Promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues through research, community outreach and public education.

Water Conservation Alliance of Southern Arizona (CASA)
The collaborative voice of Tucson area water providers on water conservation issues, to promote the efficient use of water, our most precious resource.

City of Tucson Rainwater Harvesting Guidance Manual (pdf)
This manual describes a process for evaluating site characteristics and developing integrated designs in which water harvesting enhances site efficiency, sustainability, and aesthetics.

Arizona Department of Water Resources Conservation Program
Works with communities to assess conservation needs and assist in the development of new programs, promote water education throughout the state, create guidelines for more efficient use of water, and provide suggestions for funding and implement conservation programs.

Arizona Statewide Drought Program (ADWR)
ADWR's Drought Program coordinates drought preparedness and response activities through monitoring, state agency coordination, and facilitation of local-level planning

PAG Watershed Planning
Conducts planning and coordination on various water-related topics, such as helping local municipalities and other interested parties comply with stormwater regulations and conducting hydrologic research on Cienega Creek.