The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Program Year

2023

Achievement

Signatories

2023

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City of Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ

Kate Gallego

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the country and is located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Phoenicians are committed to the vision of becoming the most sustainable desert city on the planet, and have a strong ethos of habitat conservation, wise water use, and support of native plant species. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego signed the Mayor's Monarch Pledge to raise awareness and galvanize efforts to expand crucial habitat and food sources for monarch butterflies. The city looks forward to working with residents and stakeholders to increase the prevalence of native plants throughout the city to support pollinators.

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Council Chambers Monarch Demonstration Garden

In 2021, to celebrate the first year of the City of Phoenix joining the Mayor's Monarch Pledge, volunteers planted a 300 sq ft monarch demonstration garden using native milkweed and native nectar plants near City of Phoenix Council Chambers.

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Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Engage with gardening leaders and partners (e.g., Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Nature Centers, Native Plant Society Chapters , other long-standing and influential community leaders) to support monarch butterfly conservation.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a monarch butterfly festival that is accessible to all residents in the community and promotes monarch and pollinator conservation, as well as cultural awareness and recognition.
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants along roadsides, medians, or public rights-of-way.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.

Systems Change

  • Launch, expand, or continue an effort to change municipal planting ordinances and practices to include more native milkweed and native nectar producing plants at city properties.
  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.