Sustainability News

New Survey Digs Into Americans’ Views On Water
A new survey finds differences in how Americans feel about water, and how those feelings translate into action. The Water Main, a project from American Public Media, wanted to know how Americans think, feel and worry about their water.
May 14, 2020
How COVID-19 Could Change Bottled, Drinking Water Industry
Among the products some shoppers have been stocking up on during this pandemic is bottled water, and Cody Friesen says the conversation about water resilience has continued amid the coronavirus. Friesen is the founder and CEO of Zero Mass Water, which uses panels, kind of like solar panels, to turn sunlight and air into drinking water.
May 4, 2020
NAU Scientist Sees Reduction In Carbon Emissions
A scientist at Northern Arizona University says carbon dioxide levels are dropping toward historic lows. But, the impact depends on how much longer drivers will remain off the roads.
April 29, 2020
AZ Groundwater Pumping A Serious Concern For Water Association
Long-term concerns about preserving the state’s most precious resource are still top of mind for conservationists and public policy influencers.
April 27, 2020
 Worse Air Quality In Phoenix Communities Of Color Could Mean Higher COVID-19 Risk
As the coronavirus spreads across the country, it’s hitting certain demographic groups disproportionately hard. Air quality is likely playing a role in which communities are hit hardest.
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April 27, 2020
Looking To The Future On The 50th Anniversary Of Earth Day
April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This milestone comes as many feel closer to nature due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic shutting down most sectors. But how significant is this change in perspective?
April 22, 2020
4 Ways Arizona Organizations Are Celebrating Earth Day
It’s a day meant to celebrate the great outdoors, but many celebrations have turned online this year. See how Biosphere 2, the Phoenix Zoo, the ASU School of Sustainability and Local First Arizona are marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day while maintaining social distancing.
April 22, 2020
Phoenix Residential Recycling Collection Up 20%
Trash and recycling trucks are filling up faster and making more trips to the transfer station for drop-offs and to the landfill now that many city residents are working and living at home, increasing city of Phoenix trash collection by 20% since the COVID-19 stay-at-home order began.
April 20, 2020
EPA Sued For Failing To Act On Arizona Air Pollution
The complaint, filed Tuesday in federal court, says the EPA failed to follow through on Arizona’s Clean Air Act implementation plan in west Pinal County for fine particle pollution.
April 16, 2020
COVID-19 Threatens Glass Recycling Services
Cities across the Southwest are stopping some drop-off recycling services, deemed nonessential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mesa adjusted its services last month. And Monday, Santa Fe, New Mexico, said it would stop drop-off services.
April 14, 2020
Traffic, Emissions Reduced As Arizonans Stay Home
Arizonans staying home amid the pandemic are making a measurable impact on road congestion. Traffic volume is down by a third since early March.
April 8, 2020
Professor: Social Distancing Raises Questions About Approach To Sustainable Cities
Whether the outcome is good or bad, this social distancing and self-quarantining we’re all trying to figure out will change us for good. That's what Mark Roseland, a senior sustainability scientist at ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development, asserts at least.
April 2, 2020
Friday Afternoon Is Deadline To Request Early SRP Ballot
The Salt River Project’s election for half of its board is coming up next month. Friday afternoon, March 27, at 5 p.m. is the deadline to request an early ballot by mail.
March 26, 2020
Lessons Learned From Mexico City’s Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags
Starting this year, Mexico City implemented a change in their waste management law, and now single-use plastic bags are banned. How this environmentalist move is affecting one of the largest cities in the world — and what can we learn from it?
March 26, 2020
How Controlling Velocity Of A Single Vehicle Could Benefit Traffic
Researchers at the University of Arizona are teaming up with colleagues at UC Berkeley, Rutgers, Temple and other institutions to figure out how to improve traffic by reducing congestion — and how that could impact energy usage for all cars.
March 24, 2020
Groundwater Aquifers Can Expect A Boost From March Rains
March rain has left Salt River Project reservoirs as full as they’ve been in a decade. The company is discharging water to make room for the runoff, providing a boost to the underlying aquifers. But Arizona is still in a drought.
March 23, 2020
Solar Advocates Hope To Increase Presence On Board Of The Utility Salt River Project
SRP provides electricity and/or water to more than 2 million Valley residents. Races for board seats have a lower profile than contests for Congress or even the Arizona Legislature, and yet environmental advocates like Kathy Mohr-Almeida are pursuing the role in order to influence energy policy in the region.
March 23, 2020
Salt River Reservoir System Is Almost Full
The Salt River reservoir system is nearly at capacity — and that’s before the snow from the most recent storms has had a chance to melt.
March 22, 2020
How Arizona State Parks Are Handling Coronavirus
Arizonans have no spring training baseball games, no concerts or festivals to attend due to the coronavirus shutdowns. But people are turning to a form of recreation that is still available — the outdoors.
March 18, 2020
Ajo Cafe Promotes Healthy Living, Educates About Sustainable Indigenous Crops
Until around 10 years ago, Ajo, Arizona, fit the description of a "literal" food desert. A local nonprofit decided to change that label and partnered with members of the Tohono O’odham tribe to farm traditional and indigenous crops in the area.
March 17, 2020