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Mayor and City Council Advance Relief Funding Through Equity Lens

At yesterday’s special Mayor and Council Meeting, the Council voted on a strategic plan to distribute the City’s $95.7 million in federal CARES Act funds through an equity framework to reach the most vulnerable and underserved in the community.

“This plan reflects the values and priorities of Mayor and Council, making sure that economic relief reaches every member of our community,” said Mayor Regina Romero.

Tucson Transit Services Strongly Encourage Passengers to Use a Face Covering or Mask

Tucson’s transit services – Sun Tran, Sun Link, Sun Shuttle, and Sun Van – are strongly encouraging all passengers to use a face covering or mask when riding on transit vehicles to protect one another from the spread of COVID-19. Non-medical masks, cloths, bandanas, and scarves can be used.

Face coverings should cover the nose and mouth. Passengers who are 2 years old and under and those who are medically unable should not wear a face covering.

Riders can take additional preventive measures to stay safe, including covering coughs/sneezes and washing hands regularly, practicing 6 feet social distancing from other passengers, staying behind the yellow line after boarding a Sun Tran bus, using public transit for essential travel only, and staying home if sick. Drivers are provided with masks, gloves, and disinfectant spray.

Transit fares currently remain free to reduce direct contact between passengers and drivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information for anyone who wishes to make their own face coverings.

School Districts Provide Free Summer Meals for Kids

Local school districts and community organizations are providing free breakfasts and lunches for children Monday-Friday throughout the Tucson area as part of the federal summer meal program. Most locations are distributing free meals to all children ages 18 and under.

There are no income requirements, and children do not need to be enrolled in the district or school. The Arizona Department of Education has a mapping tool to find the closest school meal site to you.

Virtual Recycling Q&A Available to Watch

The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) recently hosted a Virtual Recycling Q&A on May 12. Residents were able to ask recycling questions in real time. EGSD plans to host more virtual live events in the future, but anyone who missed the live Q&A can watch the archived recording on the department's Facebook page.

Anyone who has additional questions can send a message via the Facebook page, email EShelp@tucsonaz.gov, or call Customer Service at (520) 791-3171. To stay updated on future live events, follow EGSD's Facebook page.

University of Arizona Wins Second Place in Annual Campus Rainworks Challenge

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the winners of its eighth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge and UArizona was awarded 2nd place in the Master Plan Category for its “Against the Grain” project. The university's project involved enhancing flood protection through bioretention facilities with native plants and trees and using stormwater runoff as a water resource.

A team of students and faculty advisers designed the on-campus green infrastructure solutions to help address stormwater pollution. The EPA challenge is a national competition.

On May 1, the City of Tucson implemented a new Green Stormwater Infrastructure fee on utility services statements to build and maintain projects that capture stormwater runoff from public streets and parking lots and divert it into vegetated water harvesting areas.