Arizona Sustainability News


Phoenix approves $230M to buy green buses
Phoenix leaders approved contracts Wednesday worth $230 million to start converting the city’s fleet of buses to low and zero emissions.
The future is electric: Electric vehicle landscape is quickly changing
One of the biggest hurdles that’s stopping people from buying an electric vehicle is just where you can charge up — and how long it takes to do it. And that’s exactly what a new plan from the Arizona Department of Transportation is attempting to address using a big chunk of federal money.
Jan. 24, 2023
Honeybees today live half as long as 50 years ago
Honeybee colonies have been collapsing at alarming rates since 2006, and experts still aren’t completely sure why. New research suggests one possibility: Honeybee life spans today are half what they were 50 years ago.
Jan. 19, 2023
Global citizen science project finds alarming rate of light pollution growth
In growing areas of the planet, sundown no longer brings night and stars, but rather an artificial dusk caused by human light sources. To track light pollution’s global spread, researchers looked beyond space technology and asked citizen scientists to provide some ground truth.
Jan. 20, 2023
VP Harris touts new solar transmission line in Tonopah
Vice President Kamala Harris was in Tonopah on Thursday to help break ground for a new transmission line that will help move solar power in the Southwest.
Jan. 19, 2023
ExxonMobil’s own models predicted global warming from fossil fuels
The question, “What did they know and when did they know it?” has become a staple of investigations since Watergate. Now, new research shows ExxonMobil knew the potential global-warming impacts of fossil fuels as far back as the late 1970s.
Jan. 17, 2023
Vice President Kamala Harris to visit Tonopah on Jan. 19
On Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Tonopah, Arizona, to celebrate the groundbreaking of a high voltage transmission line known as the Ten West Link.
Jan. 14, 2023
Solar energy manufacturing site to open in Phoenix
JA Solar, a Chinese solar panel company, will open its first American manufacturing plant in west Phoenix, according to a press release by the company on Tuesday.
Jan. 11, 2023
How disinformation has shaped the development of the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon has been a popular spot for proposed development, including mining operations. An NAU humanities professor has looked into some of those proposals, as well as the kinds of rhetoric and sometimes misinformation that’s been associated with them.
Jan. 11, 2023
Tucson company a part of a $42M project to improv electric vehicle battery technology
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $42 million plan to make advanced electric vehicle batteries cheaper and more efficient in America. And a Tucson company will take part.
Jan. 11, 2023
Phoenix will replace bathroom fixtures at city facilities
Phoenix will add eight positions and eight vehicles to retrofit plumbing fixtures at city facilities.
Jan. 5, 2023
AZ drought improved in 2022, but Colorado River woes persist
The National Drought Mitigation Center reports that, in terms of dry conditions, Arizona will end the year in a little better shape than it started. But long-term water challenges across the West persist.
Dec. 27, 2022
Water conference ends as new Colorado River cuts loom
Federal water managers say that new conservation measures need to be put in place for the Colorado River, or they will impose cuts.
Dec. 25, 2022
Sen. Mark Kelly says AZ cant bear brunt of water cuts
Arizona will face another cut to its share of Colorado River water in 2023. But U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly says states that use the river need to come to an agreement in the near future.
Dec. 25, 2022
Senate approves funds for new Colorado River water projects
Racing to avoid a government shutdown, the U.S. Senate passed a $1.7 trillion spending package Thursday. The federal plan — which still needs House approval ahead of Friday night's deadline — includes money for a number of water projects in the West.
Dec. 22, 2022
USDA grants $5M each to two AZ sustainable food efforts
The USDA has granted two Arizona groups almost $5 million each to support efforts to increase climate-smart agriculture. One is led by the University of Arizona, and the other involves all three state universities.
Dec. 21, 2022
Watch the new PHX Sky Train route to Sky Harbor’s Rental Car Center, opening today
The $745 million dollar project extends the existing Sky Train 2.5 miles to the Rental Car Center at 18th Street and Buckeye Road. Trains will depart every three to five minutes, 24 hours a day.
Dec. 19, 2022
Phoenix to convert bus fleet to zero emissions by 2040
The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved a plan to transition the city’s bus fleet to zero-emission models by 2040.
Dec. 14, 2022
U.S. health official presents Environmental Justice Index in Tucson
U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Rachel Levine recently traveled to Tucson, where she presented a new Environmental Justice Index. The effort stems from a January 2021 executive order formalizing the Biden administration’s commitment to environmental justice.
Dec. 9, 2022
Native American practices reduced fires over large areas
Although human-induced climate change is making wildfires more frequent and intense, natural cycles have sparked wildfires in the Southwest for centuries. New research examines how Native American cultural practices softened their impacts.
Dec. 8, 2022
Cocopah Tribe working to restore Colorado River’s native plants
After more than a century of dam building and development, the Colorado River ends as a trickle at the Arizona-Mexico border. The river was once the lifeblood of the Cocopah, or River People. The tribe has begun trying to return a sliver of that landscape to what it once was.
More news from the Tribal Natural Resources Desk
Dec. 6, 2022