Valley Forward Archives

Vestar celebrates 25th anniversary


Vestar, the largest privately held retail developer in the western US, is celebrating 25 years of creating and managing shopping and entertainment destinations. Today, Vestar owns and operates more than 23MSF of retail property located across several western states. The company’s most noteworthy projects include Desert Ridge Marketplace, the award winning 1.2 million square foot… Read More →

Energy Consortium’s Roadmap puts state of path to build industry

srp installs solar energy systems
by in Business News | Energy

Imagine Arizona as the energy hub of the Southwest — where major regional transmission lines tie into infrastructure in the state and serve a growing regional demand for energy. Arizona would be a place where an increasing percentage of jobs are related to the energy industry, whether in manufacturing, generation, transmission, energy efficiency, service or… 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 →

Valley Forward presents environmental awards


The Maricopa County Master Watershed Stewards Program has earned the coveted President’s Award (Best of Show) in Valley Forward’s 32nd annual Environmental Excellence Awards, held in partnership with SRP for 11 consecutive years. This impactful initiative was submitted by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in Maricopa County and mentors future stewards of the environment through… Read More →

Valley Forward Showcases Environmental Excellence

environmental excellence

It may not be easy being green but in today’s world, it might be the only way for companies to survive. Consumers are increasingly attracted to “greener” options, forcing organizations of all sizes and industry sectors to reevaluate how they operate. Those that figure out how to do it right see a wide range of… 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 →

A Better Environment: Improving Air Quality And Our Health

Air Quality

Did you know 13 million deaths could be prevented every year by making our environment healthier? The fact is, public health is intricately connected to our environment regardless of where we live. This link between health and the environment has increasingly become a focal point for the medical community, policymakers and the general public. Some… 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 →

Civil Discourse: What, How And Why Now?

Civil Discourse

It seems to be the topic of many conversations these days. But what is civil discourse, and how can we achieve it? More importantly, why has the call become increasingly louder for a concerted effort to find a different way of electing our leaders, solving our problems and interfacing with each other? What is Civil… Read More →

Valley Forward: Reflecting On Two Decades Of Service

Valley Forward
by in Columnist Spotlight | Green

I never really thought when I took the job that I’d see my 20th year anniversary as president of Valley Forward. That’s not to say I expected to leave my post sooner. For the past two decades, it’s been pretty automatic – I got out of bed every morning and found my way to the… Read More →

Arizona Faces Environmental Legal Issues To Grow ‘Green’ Movement

Environmental Legal Issues - AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011

Though Arizona may be working to reach a higher standard of sustainability, a myriad of environmental legal issues will be seen as these changes are implemented. Arizona Business Magazine spoke with the state’s top law firms and industry experts to find out the most important environmental legal issues the state can expect to face in… Read More →

GoGreen Conference ’11 Sustainability Panel Discussions (Part II)

Sustainability Discussions at the GoGreen Conference
by in Education | Events | Green

In the first part of the GoGreen Conference ’11 coverage, we reported that sustainability education and patience were the buzzwords of many of the panel discussions. Here’s why: The panel discussion titled “Green Your Workplace: High Impact Change at Your Business,” moderated by Ed Fox, chief sustainability officer for APS, focused on how to turn… Read More →

Arizona Forward Hopes To Preserve Parks, Open Land

Arizona Forward - AB Magazine November/December 2011

As one of the earliest pioneers of sustainability in the Valley, Valley Forward has had an Arizona presence for 42 years. The organization’s focus on land use and open space, air quality, water, energy and transportation has grown immensely since its inception. It is no surprise that this progressive group has once again embarked on… Read More →