Professional Resources

American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Phoenix Metro Chapter

The local chapter of the national trade organization of architects has offers professional vision and creativity to Rio Reimagined partners. In 2019, they conducted a two-year design and ideas competition for sites along the Salt/Gila River corridor.

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ASU Sustainable Cities Network

The Network and its Project Cities program are vehicles for communities to share knowledge and coordinate efforts to understand and solve sustainability problems. Network members include a broad range of professional disciplines from Arizona cities, towns, counties, and Native American communities implementing sustainable practices and working towards a more sustainable region.

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Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy / Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

One of the most respected think tank and policy guidance organizations in the nation, this local Center dedicated to water sustainability and resilience is a strong partner for smart land use decisions. Growing Water Smart is a multi-day workshop offered to communities interested in effective integration of land and water planning and management. Their website, events, and publications provide extensive research-based tools and educational opportunities for all.

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Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA)

Convened by Desert Botanical Garden, the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA) aligns and unifies the efforts of more than sixty collaborating organizations to conserve, restore, and raise awareness for open space in Central Arizona. Through the collaborative development of the Regional Open Space Strategy for Maricopa County, CAZCA is working to address critical open space challenges across Maricopa County.

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Collaborative Conservation and Adaptation Strategy Toolbox (CCAST)

The Collaborative Conservation and Adaptation Strategy Toolbox (CCAST) is a multi-organizational partnership directed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Science Applications Program and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and staffed by a growing network of coordinators and case study authors through the School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE) at University of Arizona and USDA Drought Learning Network. CCAST, and the Communities of Practice (CoPs) it supports, is building partnerships to help address challenges for conservation, management, and restoration of natural resources at landscape and watershed scales across North America.

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The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

TNC’s work has helped to protect more than 1.5 million acres in Arizona. For over 50 years, the Nature Conservancy in Arizona has partnered with communities, businesses, and state leadership to achieve conservation solutions that sustain Arizona’s freshwater, forests, grasslands, wildlife, and rich biodiversity. From the high mountain forests, down our flowing rivers, to our booming cities, we continue to innovate and address new challenges. Their “Nature’s Cooling Systems” project in Phoenix served as a model for a Rio Reimagined heat mitigation project in West Mesa.

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Water Resources Research Center (WRRC)

The WRRC at the University of Arizona is a robust center for research, engagement, outreach, and education in water resource management. As the state’s water resources institute, WRRC plays a leadership role in critical water policy and decision making in Arizona.

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Outdoor Industry Association

Arizona’s outdoor recreation economy is significant and will be impacted by future recreation along the Rio Salado River. Click through to their website to educate yourself on the Association and be sure to view this two-page fact sheet [PDF] on the critical value of outdoor industries to our state.

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