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ASU joins EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge

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Arizona State University adds a composting program and joins the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge. The EPA’s voluntary program kicks off Nov. 15, 2012 in celebration of America Recycles Day. According to the EPA, food is the single largest material sent to landfills and accounts for 25 percent of all waste sent to landfills.… Read More →

Shea Homes partners with Sunrun

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November 15, 2012 by in Business News | Green | Real Estate

Shea Homes is proud to announce a partnership with Sunrun, the nation’s largest home solar company, to help homeowners go solar without the high cost and hassle of owning and maintaining a solar system. Through this partnership, homeowners can opt to have affordable solar preinstalled on their new homes.  The solar is lower in cost… Read More →

Family Moves Into First SRP Energy Star Home

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October 30, 2012 by in Business News | Green | Real Estate

When Tamee and George Simbles moved into their 3,100-square-foot home last week, they became the first family to reside in a new SRP Energy Star Home. For Tamee, there were certain must-haves when house hunting. She wanted to downsize to a single-story home “with less space to clean” but still needed a bonus room so… Read More →

Arizona State Credit Union recycles 23 tons of documents

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October 29, 2012 by in Business News | Green

Arizona State Credit Union’s eight shred events resulted in recycling 47,884 pounds of paper, which is 15,000 pounds more than 2011’s Shred-A-Thon. This sizeable contribution equates to saving 239 trees. Members of northern Arizona communities were encouraged to participate in the free events by bringing up to five boxes of their sensitive documents to the… Read More →

GPEC makes case against solar tariffs

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October 25, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Green | Tech

In support of the prospering solar industry in the Greater Phoenix metro area, City of Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord testified against proposed tariffs on Chinese-manufactured photovoltaic cells and modules at a hearing of the International Trade Commission in Washington. The City of Goodyear is a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) and home… Read More →

Campaign issue: Energy

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Americans depend on energy for everything from driving their cars to powering factories, homes and offices — and of course our smartphones, laptops and tablets. How that energy is produced and where it comes from affect jobs, the economy and the environment. Where they stand: President Barack Obama proposes an “all of the above” strategy… Read More →

Federal plan to streamline solar development in Arizona OK’d

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October 12, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Green

Federal officials on Friday approved a plan that sets aside 285,000 acres of public land for the development of large-scale solar power plants, cementing a new government approach to renewable energy development in the West after years of delays and false starts. The government is establishing 17 new “solar energy zones” on 285,000 acres in… Read More →

UA earns grant to study biodiesel effects

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Researchers at the University of Arizona have won a $1.4 million grant to study the occupational and environmental health effects of underground mining equipment that runs on biodiesel-blend fuels. The university says mining operators are shifting from diesel to biodiesel-blend fuels in a bid to lower exposure to pollutants. Biodiesel is made from vegetable oil… Read More →

Arizona SciTech Festival Opens Call for 2013 Events

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October 8, 2012 by in Business News | Education | Events | Green | Tech

Through a partnership formed between Arizona Science Center,  Arizona State University, Arizona Technology Council Foundation and the Arizona Commerce Authority, the Arizona SciTech Festival is gearing up for its second annual event designed to excite and inform Arizonans of all ages about how science, technology and innovation affects their everyday lives and will expand their… Read More →

Harmon Solar Making a Solar Power Impact in Rural Arizona

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October 2, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Green

Driving around the Valley, it’s hard to miss all of the solar panel installations that are taking place at many of the schools around town. What you probably haven’t noticed is this same type of activity is also happening at schools in more rural parts of the state. Through APS’ Solar for Schools and Government… Read More →

Valley Forward presents environmental awards

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The Maricopa County Master Watershed Stewards Program has earned the coveted President’s Award (Best of Show) in Valley Forward’s 32nd annual Environmental Excellence Awards, held in partnership with SRP for 11 consecutive years. This impactful initiative was submitted by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in Maricopa County and mentors future stewards of the environment through… Read More →

Navajos to build portion of major water pipeline

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September 29, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Green

The Navajo Nation and the U.S. Department of the Interior have reached a financial agreement to have the tribe build 43 miles of a major water pipeline, according to the Associated Press. The 280-mile, $1 billion Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project will serve Navajo communities in New Mexico and Arizona, the city of Gallup and parts… Read More →

CTCA Creates Organic Farm To Help Serve Patients

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September 24, 2012 by in Business News | Dining | Green | Healthcare

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (WRMC) and McClendon’s Select are partnering up to create the first and largest hospital organic farm in the United States that will provide patients, caregivers, employees and community members in the greater Phoenix area with organic produce grown right in their own backyard. CTCA… Read More →

Solar Power Is Not Just About Saving the Planet

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August 29, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Green

We believe that aside from the political hype, solar technology as an energy alternative is a fiscally healthy change for many businesses. Solar is a proven technology, and business should understand how they can take advantage of the long-term energy solutions that solar can provide. When it comes to energy efficiency, reducing expenses, or planning… Read More →

As Renewable Energy Makes Process, Energy Policy To Be Explored

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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 →

Modeling reveals significant climatic impacts of megapolitan expansion

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August 14, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Green

According to the United Nations’ 2011 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, global urban population is expected to gain more than 2.5 billion new inhabitants through 2050. Such sharp increases in the number of urban dwellers will require considerable conversion of natural to urban landscapes, resulting in newly developing and expanding megapolitan areas. Could climate impacts… Read More →

APS takes proposals for solar facility

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August 9, 2012 by in Business News | Green | Workforce

Arizona’s largest utility company is taking proposals from solar developers and installers for a 32-megawatt facility in Gila Bend. Arizona Public Service Co. says it will accept bids starting Aug. 22 and is encouraging developers to participate in an upcoming webinar. The company has been investing in the development of 200 megawatts of solar photovoltaic… Read More →

Wind, solar projects in Arizona on fast track

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August 8, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Green | Tech

The Obama administration has put two renewable energy projects in Arizona on the fast track. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday that the projects in Mohave County and Quartzsite are among seven in the West that will be expedited. Together, the projects are expected to produce nearly 5,000 megawatts of energy, or enough to power… Read More →

Valley CEO resigns over email offer

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August 7, 2012 by in Business News | Green | Politics

The CEO of a Valley-based energy company has resigned after he offered to buy a Gilbert councilwoman’s vote. The Gilbert Town Council rejected a contract with Green Global by a 4-3 vote last week. On Monday, The Arizona Republic says Green Global CEO Mike Hoffman sent an e-mail asking Councilwoman Jenn Daniels to reconsider. The… Read More →

ShopOrganic Provides Natural Products Online

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shopOrganic provides health-conscious consumers with natural products online Cara Silverstein says passion and connection led to the development of an innovative Arizona-based and womenowned business. “We had all worked closely together at a previous employer,” Silverstein says. “We realized we made a great team and had a complimentary blend of skills to start a business… Read More →

Energy Supply And Demand – A Holistic Approach To Energy Independence

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Energy is the lifeblood of the economy. Arizona’s population and energy use are projected to grow for the foreseeable future and our economic prosperity is closely tied to the availability of reliable and affordable supplies of energy. While energy supply, energy demand and the natural environment are at a significant point of conflict, the effect… Read More →

AEC – Creating an Energy Roadmap To Bolster Arizona’s Renewable Sector

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The Arizona Energy Consortium is creating an Energy Roadmap to complement Arizona’s existing energy sources and bolster the state’s renewable sector, which stretches from solar and wind power producers to energy-efficiency companies. Think about being a placekicker and each time you line up to attempt a game-winning field goal, the goal posts shift. That’s how… Read More →

Arizona Energy Consortium – Power Brokers Leading The Charge

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The Arizona Energy Consortium is establishing the energy roadmap to create a brighter economic future for Arizona. The following individuals are leading the charge. Robert Bowling Company: First Solar   Position with Arizona Energy Consortium: Co-Chair of the Workforce Development Committee, which focuses its efforts on current barriers to Arizona’s energy workforce development, as well… Read More →

Residential Customers Rank SRP Highest In West, U.S.

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Salt River Project’s electric customers continue to give SRP high marks for customer satisfaction. In a report issued by J.D. Power and Associates, SRP received the top score for residential electric service in the Large Utilities segment in the western United States for the 11th consecutive year and the highest total among the nation’s largest utilities for the… Read More →