Oct. 30, 2013
Mayor Greg Stanton and the City Council today approved the creation of new executive position: a chief sustainability officer to develop and promote innovative sustainability initiatives throughout city government.
The measure was approved with a 7 to 0 vote.
“Phoenix can -- and should -- lead the way to improve air quality, better utilize clean energy, put innovative and cost-savings practices to work,” said Stanton. “A top level staffer whose sole focus is to make our city more sustainable puts us on the cutting edge.”
Stanton’s vote is consistent with his campaign pledge to make sustainability a strong priority of his administration.
Vice Mayor Bill Gates, who chairs the Council's Finance, Efficiency and Economy Subcommittee, said the new position demonstrates dedication to sound policy that is beneficial to the environment and taxpayers.
“The time is now for Phoenix to make this strong commitment to sustainability and our city’s future,” said Gates. “Sustainability is about so much more than being ‘green’ – it’s about comprehensive resource management and the streamlining of processes to create efficiencies that save tax dollars.”