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Arizona prepares for new EPA carbon emission standards

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Arizona is preparing for new federal standards that will curtail carbon emissions coming from power plants. By the end of summer, the Environmental Protection Agency will release its final regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent nationwide and in Arizona by more than 50 percent — one of the… Read More →

SRP expands biodiesel fleet to cut emissions

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When Salt River Project launched its biodiesel pilot program in 1999, there was no guarantee or expectation that it would grow or become as successful as it is 16 years later. To date, 41 percent of the vehicles in SRP’s fleet are powered by B-20 biodiesel fuel, which is a blend of 20 percent vegetable… Read More →

Tech-friendly scene makes Arizona a data center hot spot

IO President Anthony Wanger.

Phoenix has its head in the clouds. Digital information—everything from financial and medical accounts to media entertainment and social networks—is now being stored in about 60 high-tech data centers throughout the Phoenix metro area, adding to the state’s growing reputation in the technology industry. Renewable energy, geo-stability and tech-friendly legislation are a few of the… Read More →

Nominations open for Environmental Excellence Awards

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Arizona Forward is currently accepting nominations for its 35th annual Environmental Excellence Awards program, the state’s oldest and largest competition of its kind. The event – known as the Academy Awards of the local environmental community – is presented in partnership with SRP and recognizes significant contributions to the sustainability of the Grand Canyon State.… Read More →

East Valley Partnership will host SRP forum on water

Water Conservation, City of Phoenix

East Valley Partnership, a coalition of civic, business, educational and political leaders dedicated to the economic development and promotion of the East Valley of Greater Phoenix, is hosting a Salt River Project lunch forum, “Keeping Water Flowing” beginning at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 9 at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, located at 60 E. 5th St.… Read More →

City of Phoenix invests to protect water supplies

Fresh Water is Becoming Scarcer with the Planet's Changing Climate

The Phoenix City Council has approved a three-year partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) to help protect Phoenix’s water supply. The NFF’s work will consist of watershed improvement projects on National Forest lands in northern Arizona. Through the partnership, the City of Phoenix will invest $200,000 per year in the Northern Arizona Forest Fund,… Read More →

Phoenix falls in ranking of energy-efficient cities

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Phoenix has made improvements in its energy efficiency policies but still fell three spots in a national ranking, as other cities made “impressive jumps” and surged ahead, according to a report released Wednesday. The second biennial ranking by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy of the largest 51 cities in the nation saw Phoenix… Read More →

Increase in wild burros threaten Arizona native habitats

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Arizona Game and Fish says the increasing number of wild burros in the state is damaging native habitats. The agency wants the federal government to control them before the problems gets worse. Arizona Game and Fish said wild burro population is growing at such an alarming rate that they are damaging natural habitats and crowding… Read More →

Refresh Glass will be featured in documentary

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After years spent working in the automotive and aerospace industries, Ray DelMuro quit his job and set out to combine his passions for engineering and art. Now, DelMuro and his business Refresh Glass, which creates beautiful products from recycled wine bottles, is getting national attention from Deluxe Corp. and its Small Business Revolution documentary project.… Read More →

Fulton Homes earns Energy Star award

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Fulton Homes has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2015 ENERGY STAR “Partner of the Year.” The Tempe-based homebuilder was presented with the New Home Builder Award in front of more than 900 people at a gathering in Washington, D.C. on April 20. Fulton Homes joined 128 other winner from top… Read More →

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

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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 www.cox7.com/cox-conserves 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 →