Phoenix Awarded Global ‘A’ Rating for Bold Environmental Efforts
The city of Phoenix is now one of 122 cities and counties globally to make the 2022 CDP A list for its environmental efforts led by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and the Office of Environmental Programs.
“Combatting climate change is a top priority for me and is essential to the future of Phoenix and those who plan to live here,” says Gallego. “Knowing that our city is among the 12% of cities and counties to make the CDP A list confirms what we already know – we are on the right track.”
The CDP assessed over 1,000 cities and counties this year ranking them based on leadership in environmental action. Phoenix received a top score based on its public environmental, social, and governance dashboard featuring sustainability metrics as well as its reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). In addition to these efforts, Phoenix was recognized for assessing its climate risk and vulnerabilities along with creating a climate action plan to tackle environmental hazards.
Paradise Valley Community College Partners with Jackson Hewitt and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation
In anticipation of the coming tax season, Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is partnering with Jackson Hewitt and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation to expand the pool of highly qualified tax preparers. This strategic alliance between education, business, and non-profit partners gives students the opportunity to acquire in-demand job skills and offers guaranteed interviews at Jackson Hewitt for Fresh Start women and PVCC students who successfully complete the Enrolled Agent program.
The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in the Enrolled Agent program at PVCC prepares students for the Enrolled Agent Examination. Enrolled Agents’ expertise in the continually changing field of taxation enables them to effectively represent taxpayers at all administrative levels within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Students who successfully complete this CCL may also seek employment as tax preparers. For more information, visit paradisevalley.edu.
The Travel ID will be required in 2023
There are fewer than six months before the federal deadline for domestic airline travelers to have a federally compliant form of ID. The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is urging people to consider getting the Arizona Travel ID.
Beginning May 3, 2023, you will need a federally compliant credential, like the Arizona Travel ID, to get past TSA checkpoints at airports for domestic flights. For most people, the main reason to get the Arizona Travel ID is because it will make travel easier. Without the Arizona Travel ID or other form of federally compliant identification such as a valid U.S. Passport, fliers risk missing an airline flight because the standard driver license will not be accepted at TSA checkpoints.
This credential is distinguished by a star in the upper right corner and is available to Arizona residents as a driver license or identification card.
Historically, the month of December sees less traffic in MVD offices and that makes right now a great time to go to an MVD office and upgrade your driver license to the Arizona Travel ID.
You can walk-in to an office for this service, scheduling an appointment is suggested at azmvdnow.gov.
Because the Arizona Travel ID is compliant with the federal standards, you will need to provide extra documentation. This includes:
• Proof of identity: a birth certificate or US passport
• Social Security Number: just the number, not the card
• Two documents proving Arizona residency: rental or bank statements, credit card or cell phone bills in your name with your current Arizona address, etc.
More information, and a full list of qualifying documents are available at azdot.gov/motor-vehicles/driver-services/arizona-travel-id.