Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon wants to make his city America's first carbon-neutral city. The stimulus money is flowing and he says that bum economy or not, the capital and largest city in Arizona is ready to take the plunge.
The mayor's proposal, if fully implemented, would cut city-generated greenhouse-gas emissions by roughly 70 percent, or 430,000 metric tons a year, the equivalent of taking 80,000 vehicles off the road, based on one estimate.
The three- to four-year plan is essentially a mix of new concepts and projects already under way. They range from providing bicycle rentals at light-rail stops to developing Phoenix's canal system for recreation and business use similar to the Tempe Town Lake area.