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Valley Forward Exands its horizon

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December 26, 2012 by in Business News | Green

Timing is everything, even when it comes to Mother Nature. “In 2010, we got an $85,000 grant to look at some federal issues on sustainability,” says Diane Brossart, president and CEO of Valley Forward, which brings business and civic leaders together to improve the environment and livability of Valley communities. “We were asked to target… Read More →

Which Common Brands Are Most Sustainable?

As you do your shopping this holiday season, would it help to know exactly which toys, electronics, food and other items are better for the environment? A prominent researcher at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is helping to develop a system that will tell retailers, manufacturers, and eventually consumers,… Read More →

Arizona ranked second in solar installation capacity

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December 14, 2012 by in Business News | Energy | Green

A report released this week shows that Arizona is ranked second nationwide when it comes to the capacity of solar installations. The report issued by the Solar Energy Industries Association covers the third quarter of 2012. According to the report, Arizona came had 192 megawatts of energy installed during that time behind California. Rounding out… Read More →

Colorado River viewed as vanishing resource

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December 12, 2012 by in Business News | Green

The federal government isn’t going to tap the Missouri River to slake the thirst of a drought-parched Southwest, the government’s top water official said Wednesday. But rising demand and falling supply have water managers in the arid West considering a host of other options to deal with dire projections that the Colorado River — the… Read More →

Scottsdale company opens first vehicle charging station

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December 10, 2012 by in Business News | Energy | Green

A Scottsdale-based company is opening the first of 26 planned charging stations for electric vehicles along Interstate 10 in Arizona. Officials with GOe3, Secretary of State Ken Bennett and members of the Clean Cities coalitions are having a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday at the Bowlin Travel Centers’ Picacho Peak Plaza between Phoenix and Tucson. The company… Read More →

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 →