Arizona Forward Archives

Experts say healthy forests improve quality of life

Luna Lake, White Mountains, Arizona
by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Green

Dense forests that blanket millions of acres in northern Arizona are a lightning strike away from a potentially catastrophic wildfire that could threaten our quality of life statewide. Healthy forests impact air quality and maintain our water supply through watersheds that feed the Verde and Salt rivers. They also contribute to our state’s economy through… Read More →

Arizona Forward calls for focus on forest health

Flagstaff, Scottsdale CVB - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Arizona Forward is releasing its newest primer today – “Threats to Forest Health Put Arizona at Risk.” It urges statewide attention for treatment and restoration to prevent the devastating fires that have scarred our state’s landscape, tarnished watersheds, depressed the economy and threatened the quality of life for residents throughout the Grand Canyon State.  The… Read More →

Environmental Excellence Awards honor state’s best


The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar earned the coveted President’s Award (Best of Show) in Arizona Forward’s 35th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards, held in partnership with SRP. The project is the first Made in America streetcar in nearly 60 years. Arizona Forward celebrated its 35th milestone anniversary of this historic program, in addition to the competition’s… Read More →

Valley Partnership Community Project earns Crescordia

Accepting Valley Partnership's Crescordia Award were, from left, Robyn Ratcliff, center  director for AFH; and 2014 Valley Partnership Community Project committee members Heather Markham, Dena Jones, Kaylynn Primerano, Peter Madrid and Katie Reiner.
by in AZRE Magazine

Valley Partnership’s 2014 Community Project won a prestigious Crescordia Award Saturday evening at the 35th annual Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards. Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped (AFH), last year’s community project recipient, was honored in the Site Development Private Sector category at the Arizona Forward event at Chateau Luxe in Phoenix. “We are so thrilled… Read More →

Valley Partnership 2014 Community Project earns recognition

AFH 1: Finishing touches to the 2014 Valley Partnership Community Project at Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped included the addition of tactile sculptures that were donated and constructed by Trademark Visual.
by in AZRE Magazine | Blogs | Events | Featured | In The Spotlight

Valley Partnership has announced its 2014 Community Project has been selected as a finalist for Arizona Forward’s 35th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards. Last year’s project recipient was Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped (AFH). The project is a finalist in the Site Development (Private Sector) category. AFH is a human services organization whose primary mission is… Read More →

Nominations open for Environmental Excellence Awards

energy policies

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 →

Arizona Forward, Univ. of Phoenix offer teachers scholarships

Diane Brossart -Describes Her First Step In The Industry, 2008

In an effort to strengthen and expand environmental education opportunities for Arizona teachers, Arizona Forward has joined with University of Phoenix to offer three full-tuition scholarships to deserving Arizona K-12 teachers. The scholarship program will grant three teachers from across the state the opportunity to complete either an undergraduate or master’s degree program at University… Read More →

G&K Shareholder leads Hance Park Conservancy

Bill Allison - Headshot

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that shareholder William F. Allison has been elected as executive vice president of Hance Park Conservancy. Hance Park Conservancy is an organization of stakeholders, cultural institutions, businesses and individuals working in collaboration with the City of Phoenix to produce and implement a redevelopment plan for Margaret T.… Read More →

Sky Train Project Recognized with Environmental Award

by in Business News | Green | Travel

The PHX Sky Train™ has been selected for a top honor in the prestigious Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards, receiving the first-place Crescordia award in the Multi-modal Transportation & Connectivity category. In addition, a public art project featured on one of the PHX Sky Train™ pedestrian bridges received special recognition. Arizona Forward, in partnership with… Read More →

Diane Brossart – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Diane Brossart - Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Diane Brossart – President and CEO, Arizona Forward Brossart joined the nonprofit civic group — which aims to move Arizona forward environmentally, economically and socially — as a member 30 years ago. She was appointed to her leadership role in 1991, when Valley Forward focused exclusively on Maricopa County. Rebranded as Arizona Forward is 2012,… Read More →

Arizona Forward hopes to guide Arizona’s transportation systems

federal transportation bill
by in Economy | Featured | Travel

As Valley Forward transitions to Arizona Forward to encompass a statewide focus, it’s only fitting that the association with a 43-year history of success tackling environmental issues — including land use, water management, air quality and energy — turns its attention to an issue that impacts every resident and every business in Arizona. Transportation. “Valley… Read More →

Valley Forward Exands its horizon

Brossart Diane final 9314 5-29-12
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 →

As Renewable Energy Makes Process, Energy Policy To Be Explored

solar panels, renewable energy
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 →

Valley Forward Receives $80K Grant

valley forward receives grant

A coalition to foster a statewide sustainability agenda for Arizona has been propelled by a major grant, two new high-level prominent Charter members, its first public sector recruit and two more utilities joining the diverse business-based group. Valley Forward Association recently received an $80,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust with the opportunity… Read More →