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Peoria institutes sustainability plan

Peoria has become the latest of several Arizona cities to institute a sustainability plan.

The mayor and council adopted the Sustainable Peoria Plan earlier this week.

The document continues efforts begun in 2009 and updated in 2012, and focuses on eight pillars, including energy, transportation, health, nature, waste management and water resources.

Each has benchmarks for measuring progress, such as ratios of sustainable buildings, open spaces and mass transit use, and advances goals like cultural enrichment, public safety, economic prosperity and smart growth.

Peoria Water Services director Cape Powers said the update will help the city adapt to changing conditions and better reflect residents’ concerns.

Nicholas Gerbis was a senior field correspondent for KJZZ from 2016 to 2024.