Bio...what?

Put simply, biophilic means a connection to nature and incorporating it into everyday life. This can be applied to lifestyle, design, architecture, and even communities. It focuses on the importance of the human-nature connection.

The Town of Fountain Hills and its residents have repeatedly taken the initiative in creating a community connected to nature. Current attributes and efforts of the town make it an ideal candidate for the Biophilic Cities Network. These include the inherent and intentional open space within the town, trail systems, recreational opportunities, the community garden, Dark Sky Community and Playful City USA designations, and the overall appreciation of the environment as voiced by residents.

Becoming a partner with the network provides the opportunity to coordinate with other cities that are leading efforts toward a greener and healthier future for all people in urban areas. This can include urban trail systems, increasing tree canopy coverage, equitable outdoor recreation opportunities, wildlife crossings, and environmental educational programs. Increasing environmental understanding, promoting habitat conservation and green infrastructure, and working to make nearby nature equitable and accessible for all residents

Joining the Biophilic Cities Network would solidify the town's commitment to the nature that surrounds it, and would set the intention to further this commitment into the future.

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Biophilic Fountain Hills:

Connecting with Nearby Nature

READ THE BLOG

Read more about the project on the Vision Fountain Hills Blog

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TAKE THE SURVEY

Let us know what you think!

"ONE OF THE COMMUNITY'S MOST VALUABLE ASSETS IS ITS NATURAL BEAUTY."

-Town of Fountain Hills Community Profile

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BENEFITS

FOSTERS COMMUNITY WELLBEING

  • Equitable opportunity to enjoy nature

  • Access to physical activity

  • Contributes to mental wellbeing

  • Social cohesion

  • Reduced crime rates

BOLSTERS ECONOMY

  • Outdoor recreation

  • Tourism

  • Increased property values

  • Desirable place to live

BUILDS RESILIENCE

  • Long-term and cohesive planning

  • Social collaboration

  • Support from partner communities

  • Strengthen sustainability

  • Mitigate impacts of climate change

CHAMPIONS CONSERVATION

  • Wildlife corridors

  • Connective open space

  • Clean air and water

  • Stormwater management

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OUR RESPONSIBILITIES

To become a partner with the Biophilic Cities Network, there are six requirements:

  • Official Resolution by the Town Government

  • Narrative statement

  • Identify at least 5 indicators to monitor progress

  • Designate a town contact or coordinator

  • Assist fellow partners and participate in partner events, workshops and conferences.

  • One-time fee of $250 USD