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New plan rewards environmentally friendly companies

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The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has new plan to reward people and companies who are friendly to the environment. The platinum certification is granted through the voluntary environmental stewardship program, and it gives members the chance to set goals to prevent a negative impact to the environment as they move forward.

Maricopa County air quality results vary


The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2015” report shows that while Maricopa County improved year-round particle pollution levels there were more days spent with unhealthy levels of ozone and short-term particle pollution than last year’s report. Compared to the 2014 report, Maricopa County has cut year-round particle pollution (soot) levels slightly. This is… Read More →

Cox Communications honors Valley’s ‘green’ heroes

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Cox Communications, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, is seeking nominations for Arizona’s fourth annual Cox Conserves Heroes awards program. A total of $20,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists. Nominations are being accepted through 5 p.m. MT on May 18 at for volunteers… Read More →

Cox Arizona hosts tech recycling event

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On Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, from 10:00am-6:00pm,  Cox Arizona will be partnering with CBS 5 to help reduce hazardous waste caused by improperly dumping electronics and will be a hosting an E-Waste Recycling drive. Cox Arizona invites Phoenix residents to drop off their old and unwanted technology, including everything from batteries and computers, to… Read More →

Arizona Energy Consortium forms own organization

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After several years under the leadership of the Arizona Technology Council, the Arizona Energy Consortium (AEC) today announced the formation of its own 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Comprised of over 200 members, the AEC is the only all-encompassing energy group in Arizona. The AEC — co-chaired by Michelle De Blasi, an environmental and energy law… Read More →

APS asks to increase solar access fee

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APS requested today that the Arizona Corporation Commission increase the grid access charge established by the Commission in November 2013 from 70 cents per kilowatt – or approximately $5 per month – to $3 per kilowatt, or roughly $21 per month for future residential solar customers. Existing rooftop solar customers would be grandfathered under the… Read More →

ASU alumni honor innovators in sustainability

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The Arizona State University Alumni Association will honor alumni, faculty and alumni supporters who are innovators in sustainability at its annual Founders’ Day Awards Dinner, slated for 6 p.m., Thursday, March 5 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix.   The award ceremony has been a signature event for the university for… Read More →

First Solar achieves efficiency, durability milestones


First Solar, Inc. announced it has set yet another world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) research cell conversion efficiency, achieving 21.5 percent efficiency certified at the Newport Corporation’s Technology and Applications Center (TAC) PV Lab. The achievement places First Solar ahead of its established research cell roadmap, and validates CdTe’s continuing competitive advantage over… Read More →

Taylor Morrison named Green Builder of the Year

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Taylor Morrison Home Corporation, a leading homebuilder and developer in North America, today announced that it has received the 2014 Builder of the Year honor from Green Home Builder magazine, a national trade publication focused on certified housing and energy-efficient and environmentally responsible building practices. “We are honored by this recognition from Green Home Builder.… Read More →

Super Bowl helps Arizona stay green

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and the NFL are teaming with Verizon to collect and safely recycle electronic waste in the Phoenix area.  The recycling event is open to the public and gives local residents an opportunity to actively participate in the “greening” of their community as part of Super Bowl. The collection takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 20,… Read More →

Super-sized Super Bowl countdown clock unveiled

From left: SPIKE, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee mascot; Councilman Bill Gates, City of Phoenix; Councilman Michael Nowakowski, City of Phoenix; Jim Hughes, First Solar, Inc. CEO; and David Rousseau, Chairman, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.

To build on the growing momentum and anticipation of Super Bowl XLIX the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and First Solar, Inc. unveiled the First Solar Countdown Clock in downtown Phoenix this morning. Over the next 60 days, the technologically advanced clock will provide the countdown to kick-off and keep fans “in the know” about… Read More →

ACA names Arizona Innovation Challenge semifinalists


The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition awarding $3 million annually to talented entrepreneurs. Each year, the ACA awards – $1.5 million in the spring and $1.5 million in the fall – to the most qualified, innovative startups and early-stage… Read More →

How Arizona wildfires impact water supply, economy


Arizona is home to the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in North America, with a single stand stretching from near Flagstaff all the way to the White Mountains of the east. And in the last 10 years, 25 percent of it burned, said Patrick Graham, Arizona state director for the Nature Conservancy. Fire suppression and… Read More →

Proposed EPA water rule is all wet

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If you need further evidence of the sometimes cartoonish level of ham-fisted management of environmental regulatory matters by the federal government, consider the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to change the definition of “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act. A coalition of over 30 business organizations led by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce… Read More →