Tucson, Ariz. 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.
Through the Livable Tucson Vision Program, community members established 17 indicators for a livable community. The city's General Plan is infused with principles of smart growth and sustainability to further these goals and provide a framework for promoting more livable and sustainable development.
In addition to the city council's efforts, Sustainable Tucson is a separate, non-profit, grass-roots organization that builds regional resilience and sustainability through awareness raising, community engagement and public/private partnerships.