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BLM Phoenix district gets new manager

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December 1, 2012 by in Business News | Green

A longtime employee of the Bureau of Land Management has been named as the new manager of the agency’s Phoenix district. The agency says Mary D’Aversa will begin her new assignment on Jan. 28. She will be responsible for 2.4 million acres in Arizona. The Phoenix district manager also oversees the Hassayampa and Lower Sonoran… Read More →

SWEEP Provides Energy Efficiency Ideas for Arizona

November 27, 2012 by in Business News | Featured | Green

Since its inception in 2001, The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, or SWEEP as it is more commonly known, has tried to find new and innovative ways that will advance energy efficiency in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Covering such topics as buildings and transportation efficiency programs, SWEEP mainly focuses… Read More →

SRP Selects Six Valley Nonprofits as Finalists to Receive Solar

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November 19, 2012 by in Business News | Green

SRP is inviting its customers to decide which nonprofits, from a list of six finalists, will receive a solar energy system. The 10-kilowatt systems will enable the nonprofits to help offset the cost of electricity and save money on their monthly electric bills. The savings they see will help them direct more funds to the… Read More →

Bringing Farms to Arizona Cities

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November 17, 2012 by in Business News | Green

Green living innovator Greg Peterson has an idea of bringing 10,000 urban farms into big cities of Arizona. By creating farms closer to homes in large cities, fresh foods are more readily available to help create a healthier way of living. Peterson, contributing writer for Phoenix Magazine and Edible Phoenix, began gardening 35 years ago… Read More →

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 →

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 →