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Valley Forward Profiles Adrienne Howell Of Southwest Gas

Adrienne Howell Southwest Gas
by in Executive Lifestyle | Featured | Green

Adrienne Howell Southwest Gas Administrator/Community and Consumer Affairs Adrienne Howell has a diverse background that allows her to excel in her current position at Southwest Gas. During her career, Howell has worked in human relations, communications, management, marketing and sales. As community and consumer affairs administrator, her responsibilities include developing and nurturing partnerships that strengthen… Read More →

Valley Forward Celebrates 30 Years Of Environmental Excellence Awards

Environmental Excellence Awards
by in Executive Lifestyle | Finance | Green

Valley Forward’s focus today is on sustainability. Its mantra is that a community can be great only if it respects its natural and human resources, and adopts practices that will nourish and preserve them. Thirty years ago, when Valley Forward directors launched the Environmental Excellence Awards (EEA) program, we didn’t talk about sustainability. The word… Read More →

Valley Forward Hosts 41st Annual Luncheon Featuring National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore

Mexican gray wolf photographed by Joel Sartore
by in Blogs | Events | Green

Valley Forward hosted its 41st Annual Luncheon Dec. 3, and the event was wild — literally. Guests were greeted by a menagerie of interesting wildlife at this year’s event thanks to the Desert Botanical Garden, Liberty Wildlife, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, The Phoenix Zoo and the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium. Several animals were showcased at… 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 Frigid temperatures have been replaced by mild, 50-degree days.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 →

EarthFest Provides Free Resources To Teachers

Earthfest Provides Free Resources to Teachers
by in Blogs | Education | Green

Teachers are desperately in need of assistance, especially during these tough economic times with budget cuts, fewer resources and larger class sizes. That’s why it’s important to get the word out about some exciting opportunities to assist educators, both personally and in the classroom. Arizona teachers can apply for one of two full-tuition scholarships being… Read More →

Green Jobs In Arizona And Around The Nation, Bike-sharing Program And More

Bike Sharing Program
by in Blogs | Green | Tech

There’s so much going on in sustainability, it’s hard to narrow down what news to share. Here’s a couple of interesting bits from this week. We’ve gathered stories about new green jobs in Arizona and around the nation, a bike-sharing program and Valley Forward’s Environmental Excellence Awards, among others. Arizona Gets 100 Solar Jobs Rioglass… Read More →

Valley Forward Hosts 7th Annual Livability Summit


As the world celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Valley residents also had a reason to celebrate. To commemorate Earth Day, Valley Forward was once again at the forefront of the sustainability movement in the state — hosting their Seventh Annual Livability Summit at the Wyndham Phoenix. The title of the program, “What Does… Read More →

Valley Forward Hosts Panel On Uncertainties Of Climate Change

Uncertainties of Climate Change
by in Blogs | Green

On March 24, Valley Forward hosted a luncheon for its members at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix. But this wasn’t an ordinary luncheon. It featured a panel discussing a topic that relates to us all: the uncertainties of climate change. The panel — moderated by Grady Gammage, Jr., of Gammage & Burnham — was made up… Read More →

Valley Forward’s Water Efficiency Leaders Program Showcases Water Management Efforts

Water Consumption

In this unique desert environment, water is our lifeline to sustainability and growth. The Valley’s secure water future is the result of more than 100 years of visionary planning. It’s clear, however, that while our region leads the Southwest in managing water supplies, we need to do a better job of communicating our efforts. Valley… Read More →

Valley Forward: Tracy Williams

Valley Forward 2010
by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Tracy Williams Area Manager Altrade Supplies Is there a better way to become interested and involved in environmentally friendly issues than with the Girl Scouts? That’s what opened Tracy Williams’ eyes to recycling and the need to protect our environment. It started when she was a Girl Scout and continues today with six of… Read More →

Valley Forward: Barbara Lockwood

Barbara Lockwood, APS
by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Barbara Lockwood Director of Renewable Energy Arizona Public Service Barbara Lockwood is a chemical engineer who doesn’t consider herself an environmentalist at heart, yet there she is — director of renewable energy for Arizona Public Service. “It’s not something that’s innate in me,” Lockwood says about the environment. “I got into it from a… Read More →

Valley Forward: Lynn Paige

by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Lynn Paige CEO PerfectPower When Lynn Paige, CEO of PerfectPower in Phoenix, first joined the company six years ago she lacked a background in solar energy. But it didn’t take her long to see the light. She was brought in to grow the company, which designs and installs solar energy systems, focusing primarily on… Read More →

Valley Forward: Colin Tetreault

by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Colin Tetreault Master of Arts Student Arizona State University, School of Sustainability As a student at the Arizona State University School of Sustainability, Colin Tetreault is exploring ways for the business community to play a greater role in enhancing the global environment. It’s a natural blend of interests for Tetreault, who is pursuing a… Read More →

Promoting Smart Growth In A Down Economy

Promoting Smart Growth in Down Economy
by in Blogs | Economy | Green

Please welcome Diane Brossart, president of Valley Forward Association, and guest blogger to the AZ Green Scene. This is the first blog of our exclusive monthly blog partnership series, where Diane will share her experience and insight regarding the state’s sustainable industry. Freezing impact fees to stimulate economic development runs counter to the principles of… Read More →