Maintaining and enhancing community quality of life is an ongoing priority for the City. We recognize that a livable, healthy community requires a long-term commitment to economic, social, and environmental well-being. Planning for the future means ensuring generations to come have access to the important resources that keep our community thriving.

The City of Tucson is leading the community toward sustainability. There is a global movement toward “sustainable development” and Tucson has assumed a leadership role in promoting economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable urban living.

In June 2006, the City made a commitment to ensure that sustainability remains a key focus in its programs and operations through the creation of the Office of Conservation and Sustainable Development (OCSD). The creation of OCSD made Tucson one of the first cities in the nation with a separate office dedicated to sustainability.

On September 6, 2006, the Tucson Mayor and Council adopted the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement, becoming one of over 500 cities that have signed on to date. Only two other cities in Arizona have endorsed the agreement—Buckeye and Flagstaff. The signatory cities agree to take action in their own operations and communities toward meeting or exceeding Kyoto Protocol targets for reducing global warming pollution.

The City’s General Plan is infused with principles of smart growth and sustainability to further these goals and provides a framework for promoting more livable and sustainable development.

Explore the subcategories on the left to learn more about what the City of Tucson is doing to reduce resource consumption and how government is working with the community to make Tucson more sustainable.


Tucson was one of 13 cities nationwide named a Solar America City by the U.S. Department of Energy on June 20, 2007.

Tucson ranked #22 in the nation for sustainability by SustainLane in 2008.

Tucson scored 3.35 (1 is best) and ranked #21 in the nation by the Earth Day Network in 2007 based on a number of environmental, health, and quality of life indicators.

Tucson and Eastern Pima County were awarded a Gold level rating in 2006-2008 as a bicycle friendly community from the League of American Bicyclists.

Advisory Committees

Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCC)

Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

HCP Stakeholder Advisory Committee (HCP SAC)

Resources Planning Advisory Committee (RPAC) (formerly HCP SAC)

Landscape Advisory Committee (LAC)

Stormwater Advisory Committee (SAC)

Click Here to view a list of all Citizens’ Advisory Committees

Governmental Partners

Pima County

The University of Arizona

Pima Association of Governments