Tempe, also known as Hayden's Ferry during the territorial times of Arizona, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2010 population of 161,719. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix and is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east.
Tempe's sustainability programs focus on the following areas: energy management (City operations and the City as a whole); climate-action plan with a roadmap of actions to be recommended; local food and agriculture; livable neighborhoods and happy communities; land use and development; building practices; purchasing practices; economic development (green jobs); solid waste, recycling, and hazardous waste; water and wastewater management; transportation; dark skies; air quality; environmental justice; and, preparedness and resiliency.
In addition, the Tempe Sustainability Commission assists City departments in executing approved policies and programs; supports education and outreach related to the City’s sustainability practices; identifies potential sustainability partnerships with public, private, and educational entities; and recommends a comprehensive sustainability plan with measurable goals and benchmarks to ensure year-to-year progress.