Author Archives: Diane Brossart

Diane Brossart

About Diane Brossart

Diane Brossart has a longtime connection with Valley Forward Association, having first joined the non-profit public interest organization 20 years ago. Brossart served on the Valley Forward Board of Directors for several years and was named President of the association in 1991. As President, Brossart oversees a staff of four and manages a host of committees, which focus on such issues as land use planning and desert preservation, transportation and air quality, water concerns and environmental education. Under Brossart's leadership, Valley Forward has received widespread recognition for its role in addressing environmental and quality of life issues in the Valley. Awards include an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9; Award of Distinction from the Western Mountain Region of the American Institute of Architects; and first-place honors from the City of Phoenix Mayor's Environmental Awards Program. Brossart also received the Phoenix Award from the Public Relations Society of America's Phoenix Chapter in 2008, in addition to the 2009 Champion of Sustainability Award through the Phoenix Business Journal's Green Pioneers program. She is also involved as a member of several civic organizations, including the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Valley Partnership, Friends of the West Valley Recreation Corridor and Phoenix Community Alliance. Prior to her work with Valley Forward, Brossart was Vice President of one of the Valley's largest public relations agencies, serving as a marketing consultant to Valley Forward and several commercial accounts. Brossart received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University in 1979 and began her professional career as a reporter for a daily newspaper in metropolitan Detroit.

As Renewable Energy Makes Process, Energy Policy To Be Explored

solar panels, renewable energy
August 15, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Green

An unlikely group of bedfellows gathered for a private meeting last month to discuss the future of energy policy in Arizona. While they didn’t solve any issues, there is a measure of success in simply convening dialogue among this small but powerful group of diverse stakeholders representing the governor’s office, state legislature, Arizona Corporation Commission,… Read More →

Valley Forward Showcases Environmental Excellence

environmental excellence

It may not be easy being green but in today’s world, it might be the only way for companies to survive. Consumers are increasingly attracted to “greener” options, forcing organizations of all sizes and industry sectors to reevaluate how they operate. Those that figure out how to do it right see a wide range of… Read More →

Valley Community-Based Project Transforms Vacant Lots

vacant lot

Build it, and they will come: Transforming underutilized, vacant lots throughout Valley communities Valley communities need to come together and make lemonade! Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do when life hands you lemons? Let’s start by transforming the many underutilized and vacant lots throughout our communities into productive gathering spaces that contribute to our… Read More →

Democratic Process, Both Frustrating And Rewarding

Democratic Process And AZ Parks

Talk about good news/bad news and all in a single day – that’s the democratic process in action for better or worse! As an advocate for Arizona State Parks, I was disappointed that Gov. Brewer vetoed House Bill 2362 introduced by Rep. Karen Fann. Her bill would have protected earned income by state parks, such… Read More →

A Better Environment: Improving Air Quality And Our Health

Air Quality

Did you know 13 million deaths could be prevented every year by making our environment healthier? The fact is, public health is intricately connected to our environment regardless of where we live. This link between health and the environment has increasingly become a focal point for the medical community, policymakers and the general public. Some… Read More →

Arizona’s Renewable Energy Industry Generates $2B, Thousands Of Jobs

Renewable Energy

The renewable energy sector is a $2 billion industry with an estimated 16,800 jobs created in 2011, according to a new study conducted by Elliot D. Pollack & Company. The report was commissioned by Pinal Partnership with support from Arizona Forward and was released at the Renewable Energy Economic Summit & Conference hosted by both… Read More →

Civil Discourse: What, How And Why Now?

Civil Discourse

It seems to be the topic of many conversations these days. But what is civil discourse, and how can we achieve it? More importantly, why has the call become increasingly louder for a concerted effort to find a different way of electing our leaders, solving our problems and interfacing with each other? What is Civil… Read More →

Valley Forward: Reflecting On Two Decades Of Service

Valley Forward
December 21, 2011 by in Columnist Spotlight | Green

I never really thought when I took the job that I’d see my 20th year anniversary as president of Valley Forward. That’s not to say I expected to leave my post sooner. For the past two decades, it’s been pretty automatic – I got out of bed every morning and found my way to the… Read More →

9/11 Firefighter Richard Picciotto To Speak At Valley Forward Luncheon

Richard Picciotto, Valley Forward Association 42nd Annual Lunch
November 17, 2011 by in Columnist Spotlight | Events

The highest-ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse and the last fireman to escape the devastation, Richard “Pitch” Picciotto, was on a stairwell between the sixth and seventh floors of the North Tower when it collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. Picciotto is coming to Phoenix to speak at Valley Forward Association’s 42nd Annual… Read More →

The Economic Impact Of The Aviation Industry, Phoenix Sky Harbor

Phoenix Sky Harbor, Economic Impact
October 19, 2011 by in Economy | Green

Most everyone knows Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is an economic engine for the state, but the actual numbers are nothing short of staggering. One of the 10 busiest airports in the nation for U.S. passenger traffic, Sky Harbor had a $33 billion economic impact in Arizona in 2007, supporting 305,136 jobs through the Phoenix… Read More →

Arizona Forward Enhances Awareness of Arizona’s Park Issues

Arizona Forward, State Park Issues
September 21, 2011 by in Columnist Spotlight | Economy | Green

Arizona Forward Enhances Awareness of Arizona’s Park Issues Arizonans value their parks and open space, consistently ranking them as key quality of life indicators. A recent survey conducted of residents statewide shows that 87 percent visit a park or recreation area at least once a year, with 23 percent doing so on a weekly basis.… Read More →

Arizona Sustainability Report: How Well Is The State Doing?

Phoenix, Arizona Sustainability Reports
September 1, 2011 by in Economy | Green

Phoenix and Arizona Sustainability: How does Arizona fare when it comes to being green? The Good, the Bad and the Dirty It seems like every week there’s a new list or report being published. So it’s hard to keep track of how our region is faring, and it’s even more challenging to cull what’s credible… Read More →

Searching For Environmental Excellence, 31st Annual Awards

31st annual Environmental Excellence Awards, Nominations, Valley Forward
July 1, 2011 by in Events | Green | Real Estate | Tech

Like most of us, companies and organizations have to do more with less these days. The truly successful have found ways to stay profitable while keeping sustainability a top priority. That’s because environmentally friendly practices can green the bottom line as well and contribute to a more productive and satisfied workforce. A healthy environment leads… Read More →

Creating More And Better Jobs In Arizona By Implementing E-Work Strategies

Creating Jobs in AZ, Implementing E-Work Strategy
May 26, 2011 by in Economy | Workforce

In the past 20 years, there has been a major shift in the way work is done. With the rise of the knowledge-based economy, rapid advances in technology and concern over carbon footprints, the traditional workplace model has grown obsolete. The actual necessity to physically change location in order to routinely sit down in front… Read More →

Sonoran Institute, Arizona Wilderness Coalition Encourage A Sustainable Environment

EcoFlight, sustainable environment, Photo: Valley Forward
May 19, 2011 by in Green

Two non-profit organizations are working together to foster a sustainable environment and vibrant economy in the West Valley, recognizing the natural and cultural assets of these communities. I was honored the Sonoran Institute and the Arizona Wilderness Coalition recently invited me to take an airplane tour to see and hear first hand about their efforts.… Read More →