Sustainability News

In the move away from a reliance on fossil fuels, there’s been an increased push to use biofuels — the most common of which is probably made from corn.
November 15, 2017
This week marks 25 years since more than 1,700 scientists, led by the Union of Concerned Scientists, issued a “warning to humanity” concerning the costs of continued environmental destruction. Now, they’ve issued another – this one signed by 15,000 scientists representing 184 countries.
November 15, 2017
Air Pollution
Negotiators from nearly 200 countries, including the U.S., are currently in Bonn, Germany for climate change talks.
November 14, 2017
plastic bags
Bisbee plans to fight back after Arizona lawmakers forced the small town to repeal its mandatory ban on plastic grocery bags.
November 13, 2017
Hurriane Harvey rescue efforts
The debate about climate change has partially been focused on its economic consequences. But what about national security?
November 09, 2017
New River
The communities of New River and Desert Hills moved one step closer to getting a fix to their water woes. The Arizona Corporation Commission approved rates for a plan put forward by the utility EPCOR.
November 08, 2017
Downtown Phoenix
One week into November the National Weather Service has a better idea on how the La Nina churning out in the Pacific will impact Arizona's this winter.
November 07, 2017
solar panels at ASU
The U.S. solar industry is on edge - waiting to see whether the Trump administration will impose steep tariffs on foreign made solar panels. Unease over the looming decision is already affecting the market. Federal regulators are set to make their recommendations to the President next week
October 27, 2017
Don Reeves
There is a deal at hand to fix the water problems faced by the communities of New River and Desert Hills. An agreement would bring water relief to New River and Desert Hills, but not something else residents want - relief from further development.
October 25, 2017
solar panels
The companies say the community would be the first of its kind in the U.S. and comes as utilities have been studying the potential benefits of integrating battery storage along distribution grids and decreasing reliance on centralized fossil fuel plants.
October 13, 2017
Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden is known, obviously, for its plants. But it’s been undergoing a bit of a makeover, in terms of its buildings. It’s part of the garden’s new horticultural center, and has been in the works for a few years; the first phase opened earlier this year.
October 05, 2017
Phoenix Fire Department
Some evacuees of Hurricane Harvey are starting to return home; Florida residents affected by Hurricane Irma are also eager to survey the damage to their houses and neighborhoods.
September 12, 2017
United Nations
How sustainable are American cities? For the first time, an index from the United Nations looks to answer that question, for the 100 most populous cities.
September 11, 2017
Flagstaff, Arizona
Flagstaff is sending a message to Congress calling for climate change action. And council members hope other Arizona cities will follow suit.
September 11, 2017
fruit of the loom logo
Clothing and underwear brand, Fruit of the Loom, says it wants its products to be environmentally friendly. To do it, the company is getting help from a university think tank.
July 19, 2017
Air Conditioner
Parents tell their kids, “Shut the front door, I’m not paying to cool the entire neighborhood.” But research shows that, during Phoenix summers, we do pay to heat the neighborhood — to the tune of 1 to 2 degrees Fahrenheit — thanks to waste heat vented by our air conditioners.
June 19, 2017
When you buy gas at the pump, there’s a little sticker there that you might not ever have noticed. It says how much you’ll be charged for our state’s gas tax. The money, for the most part, goes back into our roads.
June 02, 2017
Our next guest was in Paris in 2015, attending the summit that led to Paris Climate Accord. Dan Bodansky is an expert in environmental law. He works at ASU in both the law school, and the Global Institute of Sustainability.
June 01, 2017
Many shoppers embrace buying in bulk at big box stores and through warehouse clubs. Now, the city of Phoenix is using the concept to create a car-buying program.
May 22, 2017
Solar panels
The solar energy market in the U.S grew by 95 percent last year, according to a new report from analysts at Greentech Media. We talk to Martin Pasqualetti, senior sustainability scientist in ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability and a former chair of the Governor’s Solar Energy Advisory Council, about what that means.
February 27, 2017