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Scottsdale's general plan includes focus on sustainability

Last November, voters in Scottsdale updated the city's general plan. The plan will serve as a roadmap for future development. One key element in the plan focuses on sustainability.

Scottsdale City Councilwoman Solange Whitehead was behind the push for a sustainability plan. She says it’s critical when it comes to how triple-digit temperatures affect the community.

“One of my initiatives was to have a tree canopy plan because trees, not only do they provide shade, but they're a very economical way," Whitehead said. "They create coolness.”

Whitehead also says Scottsdale’s heavy tourism industry requires creating shade and protection from those high temperatures to sustain the city’s economic future.

Scott Daniels was an intern at KJZZ in 2022.