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Arizona’s Green Future Was Founded In 2010

Electric Vehicle were a big hit in 2010 in Arizona
by in Education | Green | Tech

In 2010 Arizona’s Green future will probably be remembered more for the challenges it brought than the successes it yielded in our Valley and state. But out of the darkness came some light, and the illumination casts hope for a bright future. Countless volunteers gave generously of their time, talent and treasury to support green… Read More →

The Canalscape Project Envisions Beautifying The Phoenix-Area’s Many Canals

The Canalscape Project Beautifying The Phoenix-Area Canals
by in Education | Featured | Green | Real Estate

Forget “The Valley of the Sun.” Imagine “The Venice of the Southwest.” It’s an idea that’s hard to fathom now, especially when most Valley residents think of canals as “ugly, smelly and dangerous,” says Nan Ellin, a former Arizona State University professor who conceived Canalscape with her students. Canalscape is a concept that encourages Phoenicians… Read More →

Life Through The Lens Of Wildlife Photographer Joel Sartore

Photography of Joel Sartore - AZ Business Magazine Nov/Dec 2010

It is summer in Antarctica. Frigid temperatures have been replaced by mild, 50-degree days. Surrounded by green hills rolling into lush, snow-capped mountains and thick fog, Joel Sartore is crouching low to the ground. Usually, it is he who is chasing his subjects, but this time the tables have turned. Instead, in the middle of… Read More →

The Environmental Protection Agency Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

Environmental Protection Agency
by in Blogs | Green | Healthcare

On Dec. 2, 1970, the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was founded. Since the inception of the agency, the world has changed. Today, the green movement is stronger than ever, and our focus on bettering the environment is unwavering. The EPA has also grown with the changing times. You can view the agency’s history on… Read More →

Speaking Opportunities At The Annual Southwest Build-It-Green Conference

Southwest Build-it-Green Expo & Conference
by in Events | Green

Don’t miss out! The annual Southwest Build-It-Green Expo & Conference is scheduled for April 15-16, 2011 and speaking opportunities are still available! Fill out your speaker form (PDF) today. As the largest sustainability expo in Arizona, this is one event you won’t want to miss. Last year’s expo attracted more than 200 exhibitors and 10,000… Read More →

A New Approach To Going Green- Kansas Takes The Lead

A New Approach to Green
by in Blogs | Economy | Green

Kansas probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of sustainability, but you’d be surprised — the Sunflower State is making immense progress in saving energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. This piece in The New York Times highlights the humble beginnings of the Climate and Energy Project, a small… Read More →

Density: Our Ticket To The Green Express

by in Blogs | Green | Legal | Real Estate

Like the spine is to the human body, light rail is the backbone of a thriving urban scene. Density is the fuel that feeds the core. To flourish, density needs zoning code changes and public policies that encourage a vertical mix of commercial and residential uses.

Taking The Blame: Sustainable Experts Feel The Guilt

Green, but still feeling guilty about negatively impacting the environment
by in Blogs | Green

Being green isn’t always easy. With the commercialization of practically everything nowadays, sometimes it’s simply easier to do things the “non-green” way. And we’re not the only ones who succumb to this. An article in the New York Times sheds light on this issue with a great piece titled “Green, but Still Feeling Guilty.” In… Read More →

Green News Roundup-Green Advertising, Products & More

Paper-To-Pencil Machine
by in Blogs | Green

Welcome back to our weekly green news roundup. This week we’ve decided to focus on introducing you to some green advertising campaigns and green products. Please feel free to send along any interesting stories you’d like to see featured in the roundup by e-mailing Also visit AZ Green Scene for informative articles on sustainability… Read More →

Cycling – The Greener Way To Travel

Bikes as an alternative means of transportation.
by in Featured | Green | Travel

Traveling throughout Europe this summer, I experienced several modes of transportation: From planes to trains, to buses, bikes and more. I was pleased to come across this bit of news from the NY Times’ In Transit blog that featured an interesting event going on in Prague — one of the amazing cities I was lucky… Read More →

Green News Roundup- Green And Sustainable Retail Products

Insic Wall Socket
by in Blogs | Green

Welcome back to our weekly green news roundup. This week we’ve decided to focus on highlighting green products, some are available now and some are still in prototype stage. Either way, they point to an exciting new direction for the retail industry and their involvement with sustainability. Please feel free to send along any interesting… Read More →

Sustainability Is Possible In The Suburbs. Really.

Illustration of suburb with recycle logo
by in Columnist Spotlight | Green

Is it possible to build a sustainable suburb? The answer depends largely upon your perspective. Of course, sustainability is a word freely associated these days with eco-friendly building materials, alternative energy and “living off the grid,” and is usually used in conjunction with the concepts of urban living, light-rail and transportation-oriented development. However, some of… Read More →

2010 Most Admired Companies Winners – Social Responsibility

Most Admired Companies - AZ Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2010
by in Events

The Social Responsibility category recognizes companies that excel in corporate giving, volunteerism, philanthropic efforts, and/or “green” initiatives. Winner: St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center Category: Social Responsibility Headquarters: Phoenix Year Est.: 1895 No. of Employees in AZ: 5,342 Recent Award: Ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Top 10 Hospitals in the nations for neurology… Read More →

IPad vs. Textbooks, A Greener Facebook And More

Ipad vs. Textbooks
by in Blogs | Green | Tech

Some really interesting things happening in sustainability this week. Check out these stories about: Facebook, Japan’s dolphin hunting season, Notre Dame using the iPad in a paperless course, and others. EarthFest Educators Night On Sept. 16, more than 400 educators will receive resources on how to make their schools greener.  At this free event, educators… Read More →