YOUR HOST CITY
Phoenix – Valley of the Sun
and “Green” Initiatives
Your host city was Phoenix, where the sky is bigger, the stars are brighter and the sunsets stop you in your tracks. America’s fifth-largest city still has real cowboys and rugged mountains and the kind of cactus most people see only in cartoons.
In this landscape famous for red rocks, blue skies and golden sunshine, Greater Phoenix takes great pride in being green. The Phoenix Convention Center is LEED® certified, METRO Light Rail is virtually pollution free, and the City of Phoenix has created more than 80 sustainability programs in water, energy and natural-resource conservation. In the spring of 2009, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon unveiled a 17-point plan to make Phoenix the first carbon-neutral city in the United States.
Phoenix is the gateway to the Grand Canyon, and its history is a testament to the spirit of puebloans, ranchers, miners and visionaries. Projected against this rich backdrop is a panorama of urban sophistication: Resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls. Stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles. Restaurants with inspired cuisine and inspiring patio views. Golf courses that beckon players the year round. Shopping centers as stylish and eclectic as the fashions they house.