Diane Brossart Archives

Who will win Arizona Forward’s Environmental Excellence Awards?

Arizona Forward - AB Magazine November/December 2011

An expert panel of jurists for Arizona’s Forwards 37th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards, presented by SRP, has wrapped up its evaluations of the entries submitted for this year’s program. Dubbed the Academy Awards of the environmental community, the program is Arizona’s oldest and most prominent competition of its kind, recognizing outstanding contributions to the environment in eight categories. This year’s… Read More →

Diane Brossart will retire as Arizona Forward leader

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

Arizona Forward President and Chief Executive Officer Diane Brossart announced her retirement this week, after serving at the helm of Valley Forward and then Arizona Forward, for more than 26 years. This announcement kick-starts an orderly leadership transition over the next six months. Brossart’s decision to retire, effective December 2017, will closeout a remarkable volunteer… Read More →

Does your zip code correlate with your health?

Valley Metro - Bike Equals One Less Car
by in AZ Business Magazine

Did you know that according to statistics, 80 percent of how long we live is based on how we live — our lifestyles, habits and culture — while only 20 percent is based on genetics or our access to basic healthcare. In 2004, Dan Buettner joined with National Geographic to identify specific locations that exhibited… Read More →

Arizona Forward honors environmental excellence

Deemed a “building of the future,” Northern Arizona University’s International Pavilion earned the coveted President’s Award (Best of Show) in Arizona Forward’s 36th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards presented by SRP. Jurists praised the facility as among the greenest building of its kind in the world. Arizona Forward celebrated the 36th anniversary of its historic program… Read More →

Arizona’s water concerns, and how to avert crisis

Water treatment
by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Arizonans face perpetual drought with an understanding that being good water stewards is essential to life in the desert. The current water shortage crippling California reinforces the importance of Arizona’s continuing conservation and management of this finite resource. Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig is the executive director of the Verde River Institute and has been… Read More →

Experts say healthy forests improve quality of life

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 →

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 →

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 Diane 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… 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

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 →

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 →

The Future of Technology In Arizona: Where Do We Go From Here?

Future of Technology - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

The future of technology: Science and engineering turned Arizona’s first 100 years upside down, so where do we go from here? Think about the achievements in technology that came during Arizona’s first 100 years. The first transcontinental telephone service between New York and San Francisco (1915). The world’s first radio broadcasting station goes on the… Read More →