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Wells Fargo issues Environmental grants

The Nature Conservancy’s Arizona Forest Restoration Project and the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Phoenix District Youth Initiative today received a Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant for $25,000 and $24,097, respectively. Both organizations were selected from among 54 environmental nonprofits to receive grant dollars totaling $3 million from the 2014 Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program, which supports projects focused on land and water conservation, energy efficiency, infrastructure, and educational outreach in communities across America.

The Nature Conservancy’s Restoring Arizona’s Forests Program uses science-based solutions to restore Arizona’s Ponderosa Pine forest and conserve the lands and water on which all life depends. Forests are critical to Arizona’s rural economies, rivers and wildlife habitat, and our water supplies. The grant will help accelerate forest thinning – which is a natural solution to protect forests from long-term drought conditions and the risk of mega-fires.

“We are thrilled to partner with Wells Fargo on this project to help solve one of the toughest problems affecting Arizonans and nature,” stated Rob Marshall, Director of the Center for Science & Public Policy, The Nature Conservancy. “Accelerating forest thinning is urgently needed to improve forest conditions and protect our communities and water supplies.”

The Bureau of Land Management Phoenix District Youth Initiative Program’s grant will help build about 1,000 feet of new hiking trails around Phoenix; rebuild 1,300 feet of existing trails; improve deer habitat by removing 3,350 feet of fence; enhance the BLM Sonoran Desert National Monument by clearing debris; conduct official bird surveys; and collect data along the Agua Fria River and Burro Creek.

“We are thrilled to provide youth with an experience that will last a lifetime. We hope that the skills learned and experiences they have will inspire them to make public lands and natural resources a part of their lives both in work and play” said BLM Phoenix District Manager Mary D’Aversa. “We are honored that the BLM Arizona is a grant recipient. We are leveraging grant funds to educate and employ urban youth through our Arizona Youth Initiative,” added BLM Arizona State Director Raymond Suazo.

The Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program began in 2012 as part of Wells Fargo’s commitment to provide $100 million to environmentally-focused nonprofits and universities by 2020. It is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation with a
$15 million, five-year commitment to promote environmental stewardship across the country.

The program funds proposals in select cities/regions (see full list) that help address the most pressing environmental issues identified by each participating community. Some examples of past grant projects include: helping Camp Pollack in Sacramento, Calif., prepare for teaching local students; working with the Sea Turtle Conservancy along the Florida coast to keep endangered animals safe; and restoring the landmark Levi Carter Pavilion with the city of Omaha, Neb.

Administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the 2013 Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grants collectively helped reduce more than
3 million pounds of CO2[1], which is the equivalent to averting consumption of 8,535 barrels of oil1[2]. The program also planted 132,709 trees and restored more than 1,600 acres of habitat. These projects have trained 150 people in “green” jobs, while engaging more than 689,000 community members in the supported environmental grant programs.

“We believe that helping our communities become more resilient and better stewards of the environment will improve the long-term quality of life of our customers and team members,” said Mary Wenzel, head of Wells Fargo Environmental Affairs. “We’re proud to support both the Nature Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management with both grant dollars and support from our local employees, who volunteer their time and efforts through our 70 Green Teams.”

“Through our collaboration with Wells Fargo and their commitment to community-based efforts, this investment will support a total of 54 projects, and conservation efforts will take place in cities and towns across America,” said Jeff Trandahl, Executive Director and CEO of NFWF. “The experience will be an opportunity for participants in these communities to personally contribute to a more sustainable future, which would not be possible without
Wells Fargo’s long-term commitment to the Environmental Solutions for Communities program.”

The full list of 2014 winners can be found at http://blogs.wellsfargo.com/environment/.
Details of the program and a link to the 2015 application (available in September 2014) can be found at the NFWF application website: http://www.nfwf.org/environmentalsolutions.

Projects benefiting underserved communities and encouraging volunteerism are given priority consideration.

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Mike Mahoney Awarded Sundt Construction Lifetime Achievement Award

Michael Mahoney CGM_9866Mike Mahoney, a general superintendent who most recently worked on Sundt Construction’s federal projects, was recently given a Lifetime Achievement award, underscoring Sundt’s core values of longevity and loyalty.

The award is not given annually; instead, it is only presented when warranted. This is the third time in the company’s 123-year history the Lifetime Achievement award has been presented. Mahoney’s contributions to Sundt were acknowledged during Sundt’s Annual Leadership Conference, where 100 of the top senior management gathered.

Mahoney, who started with M.M. Sundt as a concrete finisher, has worked on a wide range of projects across the United States for 40 years.

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CBRE Hosts City-Wide Clothing Drive

Commercial real estate services firm CBRE is holding its third annual, city-wide business clothing drive called PurSUIT of SUCCESS, benefiting two nonprofit organizations that provide job training and career counseling to women and men throughout the Phoenix area.

The two beneficiaries of the business clothing drive are:

  • Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping empower women through services focused on economic self-sufficiency, self-esteem and lifelong learning.
  • St. Joseph the Worker, which assists the homeless, low-income and other disadvantaged individuals in their efforts to become self-sufficient through quality employment.
WHEN:September 9 – 20, 2013 
WHERE:Current, gently-used business attire can be donated—Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. —at CBRE’s Phoenix Esplanade office, located at 2415 E. Camelback Road. In addition, 18 CBRE-managed buildings throughout the Phoenix area, along with hundreds of building tenants, are participating in the business clothing drive. Many of these locations are also accepting donations from the public, including: 

  • 3131 & 3333 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
  • 3300 Tower, 3300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
  • 5090 N. 40th Street, Phoenix
  • 92 Mountain View, 10001 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale
  • Broadway 101 Office Park, 2151 E. Broadway Road, Tempe
  • Desert Ridge Corporate Center, 20860 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix
  • Esplanade III, 2415 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
  • Gainey Center II, 8501 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
  • MAX at Kierland, 16220 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
  • Northsight Financial Office Park, 14500 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale
  • Phoenix Plaza, 2929 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
  • San Tan Corporate Center, 3100 W. Ray Road, Chandler
  • Scottsdale Financial Center III, 7272 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale
  • Scottsdale Gateway, 9201 E. Mountain View Road, Scottsdale
  • Stapley Center, 1630, S. Stapley Drive, Mesa

 

PurSUIT of SUCCESS is the largest, business clothing drive in metro Phoenix, and benefits women and men in job training programs at Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and St. Joseph the Worker. Through these organizations, women and men receive career counseling, job skill training, emotional support and clothing suitable to wear in a business environment, which, in turn, provide confidence and a positive self-image—an important step in their individual pursuit of success.

During the past two years, CBRE’s PurSUIT of SUCCESS has collected more than 6,900 articles of clothing, providing interview and work outfits for hundreds of people working to regain their independence.

To learn more about PurSUIT of SUCCESS visit www.cbre.com/purSUITofSUCCESS.

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BLM Phoenix district gets new manager

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 field offices. Together, the offices manage federal lands that stretch from Arizona’s border with Utah south to the Mexican border.

D’Aversa is currently the manager of the Schell Field Office in Ely, Nev. She has worked on wild horse and burro gathers as well as grazing, fire management and renewable energy projects.

She previously worked for the BLM in Wyoming, Oregon and Washington, D.C.

D’Aversa replaces Angelita Bulletts, who is now the forest supervisor for the Dixie National Forest.

EcoFlight, sustainable environment, Photo: Valley Forward

Sonoran Institute, Arizona Wilderness Coalition Encourage A Sustainable Environment

Two non-profit organizations are working together to foster a sustainable environment and vibrant economy in the West Valley, recognizing the natural and cultural assets of these communities.

I was honored the Sonoran Institute and the Arizona Wilderness Coalition recently invited me to take an airplane tour to see and hear first hand about their efforts. Our six-person EcoFlight plane took off from Deer Valley Airport for an arial exploration of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management that may be suitable for solar/renewable energy development. These lands are included in the Sonoran Desert Heritage conservation proposal and are the target of a desert protection campaign to protect BLM lands for current residents and future generations.

A vast expanse of public lands are included in the conservation proposal, forming a crescent from the Lake Pleasant area, expanding west to the county border region, then curving east to the Sonoran Desert National monument. This comprehensive solution for ecosystem protection ensures the best possible integration of a variety of uses and users. The Sonoran Institute has been reaching out to a wide cross section of stakeholders, including land managers, developers, the military, local governments, user groups and other like-minded organizations, such as Valley Forward, that have an interest in both conservation land and renewable energy.

EcoFlight supports the initiative and helps foster public outreach by providing aviation services to those interested in land use issues associated with solar facilities and wind generating turbines. This unique group educates its passengers on how these renewable energy facilities will affect wildlife and conversation efforts. Seeing is believing; it’s an amazing perspective to view from above the corridors that exist or must be created to transmit and harness natural energy.

Conservation of these public lands provides many benefits, including protecting cultural resources, key wildlife habitat, water and air quality and recreational opportunities. As Western Maricopa County continues to grow over the coming decades, these valuable landscapes will be protected into perpetuity.

The bottom line is a robust renewable energy industry, and the economic prosperity that comes with it can be realized in a thoughtful manner that is respectful of our natural resources, including our wildlife, water and public lands.

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Tread Lightly! Encourages Responsible Behavior On Lands Via PSAs

Tread Lightly!, a nonprofit organization for outdoor ethics, has released a series of print public service announcements encouraging responsible behavior on public lands. The PSAs are part of a much larger, new education and outreach campaign called, “Respected Access is Open Access.”

“Being respectful of public lands is the goal of the campaign,” says Lori McCullough, executive director of the nonprofit. “Across America, access and opportunities are dwindling at a rate so serious it demands our immediate attention and action. Damage caused by a minority of recreationists who are either uninformed or uncaring of the consequences of their actions is contributing to the loss of access for everyone.”

Tread Lightly! nonprofit organization for outdoor ethicsTread Lightly! created the Respected Access campaign at the request of the Federal Lands Hunting and Shooting Sports Roundtable. Built on extensive research, the initial PSAs were designed to reduce litter, property damage and natural resource damage as a means of helping to maintain — even enhance — access to public lands for hunting and shooting sports.

The campaign will include public service announcements, social networking, Web site resources, an online awareness course, trail kiosks, press coverage and outreach at key events.

Eventually, the campaign will grow beyond shooting sports to address several other issues and types of recreation.

“The Respected Access campaign has been a true partnership of resources with national hunting and shooting sports organizations to promote responsible behaviors on public lands,” says Jim Bedwell, director of recreation for the U.S. Forest Service.Experience AZ Cover 2010 “The Respected Access campaign complements the efforts of land managers across the nation to manage sustainable recreation.”

The Respected Access movement is currently supported through funding from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Yamaha, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Safari Club International, and others.

“The BLM is proud to be a part of the roundtable and partner with Tread Lightly! in this important campaign,” says Bob Ratcliffe, director of recreation for the BLM. “Through collaborative outreach efforts like this, we increase our capacity in ensuring that this vital message is heard.”

www.respectedaccess.org
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Waveyard Development

Valley’s Already Booming Economy Prepares For An Ambitious Future

The Metro Report

The Valley’s already booming economy prepares for an ambitious future.

By Peter O’Dowd

Surf park to bring millions to one lucky city and the entire region

Somewhere below this vast valley of dust and desert landscapes, an oasis is about to spring forth—a $250 million outdoor park on the scale of Disneyland but with an aquatic propensity previously unseen in Arizona.

 

Metro ReportWaveyard Development, founded by a life-long surfer and a former wireless executive, is capitalizing on the increased number of adventure sports enthusiasts flocking to Greater Phoenix. The plan is ambitious: a technological flurry of wave pools and whitewater rafting, kayaking and scuba diving—150,000 square feet of water surface in all—merged with a 320-room resort hotel, a conference center, retail, residential and restaurants on 200 acres. By incorporating these varied amenities into the master plan, Waveyard aims to become the nation’s first live, work and play surfing and adventure sports community. Developers cringe at the thought of calling Waveyard a theme park.

Wendell Pickett, managing partner of Greey-Pickett Landscape Architects, is leading the integration of Waveyard’s recreation and residential components. “Homebuilders are looking for the next growth driver in order to keep their pipelines full,” Pickett says in a prepared statement. “In a market of rising interest rates and declining demand, they need to remain competitive and add value to their product. The opportunity to surf, raft, snorkel, kayak and still be home by dinner is unprecedented in an urban environment.”

Developers Richard Mladick and Jerry Hug are keeping a tight lid on exactly where the park will break ground in 2007, though Mladick says the interest from several cities in the Phoenix area was extreme. Even as the group publicly gave the green light for development in June, a new municipality had come forward asking for consideration. “The impact on the city will be significant,” says Mladick, who spent the better part of his life in the ocean. “The city where it will be located has called this a transformational project. It will help define who and what that city is and drive the future growth around that city.”

However gung-ho the developers may be about their project today, the Waveyard concept started humbly. The original idea centered around a retail, entertainment and lodging concept with the potential to later bring in headline amenities like the whitewater course. But all signs pointed toward expansion when developers sat down with corporate sponsors and investment partners.

“Numerous feasibility studies were run by three separate companies on the Phoenix market and every time the capacity analysis exceeded our planning and design intentions for the original park,” Mladick says. “That’s what drove some of the growth.”

Phoenix has always had a radically under-served recreational market, developers say, which further supports Waveyard’s ambitious scope. Rawhide, the faux Western town that recently relocated from its longtime perch in north Scottsdale, was the state’s No. 2 tourist attraction behind the Grand Canyon for years, and Arizona is the only major metropolitan market without a theme park. This has always been attributed to the engineering challenges associated with the extreme temperature swings. Mladick says Waveyard is the logical approach to conquering these challenges in Arizona.

By catering to the nearly 39 million enthusiasts who participated in outdoor sports last year, according to the Outdoor Industry Association, Waveyard’s first-year attendance is projected to exceed 1 million, keeping dollars in Arizona that would otherwise be spent in coastal cities and drawing new revenue into the state during the scorching summer months.

www.waveyard.com

Harquahala Switchyard
Power Line Proposal Would Link States

Harquahala Switchyard, Ariz.— A California power company wants to build a 230-mile high-voltage transmission line from Harquahala Switchyard outside of Phoenix to a substation near Palm Springs, Calif. Officials at the Southern Edison Co. say the project, called Devers-Palo Verde No. 2 because it runs parallel to an existing line, will lower the cost of electricity for California customers and increase tax revenues and employment figures in Arizona. During a two-year construction period, 150 people will work on the project and Arizona’s economy will receive $85 million. Before construction starts, however, multiple state and federal agencies must grant approval, including permission from the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Bureau of Land Management and the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Phoenix
Expansion to Feed Need for Lawyers

Phoenix, Ariz.—For a state of its size, Arizona produces fewer attorneys than many of its peers; but now the capital city and fifth largest metropolitan area in America will finally see its first private, urban law school. The Phoenix School of Law will relocate from Scottsdale this fall to a campus on the southeast corner of Indian School Road and Central Avenue, adjacent to Steele Indian School Park. The move will bring an anticipated 150 students, faculty and staff to the new location–a number that will increase to about 500 within the next three years. The school’s spokeswoman Jodi Weisberg says Arizona falls below the national average of lawyers per capita. The state has approximately two attorneys per 1,000 citizens compared to the U.S. standard of 3.7 per 1,000. This is the first law school in Arizona that offers part-time and evening classes.

www.phoenixlaw.org

Lichfield Park
Mayor Keeps Commuter Rail Dream Alive

Lichfield Park, Ariz.— It may not be as glamorous as the light rail project snaking through Metro Phoenix, but Lichfield Park Mayor Woody Thomas believes commuter rail could service the region within the decade. The Maricopa Association of Governments put $300,000 into next year’s budget to study the feasibility of commuter rail and the Arizona Department of Transportation allocated $400,000 to update their reports, says Thomas. Thomas says light rail issues often clash with commuter rail proposals based on the “scepter of money” and fears that a regional transportation system would compete for light rail customers. But advocates say the two are complementary. Questions remain, however: How much would commuter rail cost? Is freight rail—running at capacity—able to share track? One proposed route would run from downtown Phoenix to near the Palo Verde power plant in the West Valley with only a handful of stops. Thomas says the East Valley would have similar opportunities.

AZ Business MagazinePhoenix
Metro Job Growth Tips National Scales

Phoenix, Ariz.— With population surging in all corners of the state, Greater Phoenix has edged ahead of every metropolitan area in the nation in at least one growth category. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 308 metropolitan areas reported over-the-year increases in non-farm payroll employment from April 2005 to April 2006. Of those cities, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area topped the list with 97,800 new jobs. Next was the Dallas area, which trailed the Valley by nearly 17,000 jobs. Not surprisingly, Valley unemployment also improved. At 3.6 percent in April 2006, it fell 0.4 percent from the previous year. The Arizona Department of Commerce announced it would receive recognition from Area Development magazine for its involvement in the state’s employment growth. The magazine acknowledged Intel, Countrywide and Verizon projects that brought approximately 3,600 jobs to Chandler in 2005.

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Arizona Business Magazine Aug/Sept 2006