Arizona Sustainability News


Phoenix Sets Provisions From Tree Plan Into Law
In 2010, the city of Phoenix adopted the Tree and Shade Master Plan, which called for the city to increase environmentally-friendly efforts. One of those efforts was to increase arboreal coverage of the city. On June 16, the city passed an ordinance that would codify some of its provisions into municipal law.
June 17, 2021
Officials Call On Sonorans To Conserve Water As Drought Continues
Mexican officials are calling on residents of the state of Sonora to conserve water as the region continues to experience severe drought conditions.
June 16, 2021
New Research: Some Shade Better Than Others At Keeping Us Cool
Trees can provide relief from the heat during the summer months, but ASU researchers say that other forms of shade can also be effective. The findings can have benefits for city planners looking to offset the heat island effect.
June 15, 2021
To prevent waste and avoid sparking an interstate legal battle, Colorado has started cracking down on what may seem like a drop in the proverbial bucket — illegal ponds.
June 14, 2021
▶ This Weeks #AZNumber: 680 Million
#AZNumbers is a weekly segment featuring thoughts and insight into Arizona's economic news. This week's number: $680 million — and a look directly into the sun. Listen to the KJZZ business block with Heather van Blokland weekdays at 6 p.m. on 91.5 FM or stream it on
June 11, 2021
Report: Arizona Not All That Close To Achieving Safe-Yield On Groundwater
Arizona has a groundwater problem. Outlined in a new report, called “The Myth of Safe Yield,” the authors note that if we could see our groundwater aquifers underground, many would look like the images we’ve seen of Lake Mead, with its bathtub ring indicating falling water levels.
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June 10, 2021
ASU Ecologist Dives Deep To Map, Save Coral Reefs
Coral reefs are under serious threat from climate change as more are bleached as the oceans warm. Located in Hawaii, ASU’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science is working to stop climate change from destroying this crucial ocean habitat.
June 10, 2021
For Ancestral Sonoran Spirit Bacanora, Conservation Is The Future
There is increasing demand in the United States for Mexican agave distillates — or mezcales — like the Sonoran spirit bacanora. But as production increases, so do concerns about the scarcity of agave plants, and what that means for migratory animals that feed on them.
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June 8, 2021
UA, Diné College Receive Grant To Train Navajo Water Scientists
The University of Arizona and the Navajo Nation’s Diné College were awarded a $500,000 federal grant for training and research on water scarcity and challenges on the reservation.
June 7, 2021
Yavapai County Sheriffs Office: No Charges To Be Filed In Spur Fire
A spokesperson for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office on Friday said the Spur Fire, which charred 150 acres in Bagdad and left 24 homes damaged or destroyed, was not the result of negligence.
June 4, 2021
Phoenix Makes Room For More Rooftop Solar Panels
The Phoenix City Council is trying to make it cheaper and easier for residents to install solar panels on their homes.
June 4, 2021
Why Do Phoenix Area Cities Rank In Bottom Third For Parks?
Parks in the Valley’s biggest cities rank among the lowest when it comes to a ratings system from the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that annually evaluates the largest 100 cities across the United States.
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May 31, 2021
21 Endangered Black-Footed Ferrets Born At Phoenix Zoo
The Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Conservation Center at the Phoenix Zoo has announced the birth of a bumper crop of 21 black-footed ferrets. The animals are one of North America’s most endangered species.
May 31, 2021
AZ Corporation Commission To Require Electric Companies Go Fully Carbon-Free By 2070
The Arizona Corporation Commission reversed course May 26 and adopted — preliminarily, at least — clean energy mandates that require electric companies to get all of their electricity from carbon-free sources like solar, wind and nuclear power plants by 2070.
May 27, 2021
Mississippi River Water Idea Has Already Been Studied
The Arizona Legislature wants to look into the feasibility of pumping water from the Mississippi River to Arizona. But the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has already studied the idea, and weighed in on the project in 2012.
May 24, 2021
ASU Fashion Grad Turns To Cactus Leather For Sustainability
Fast fashion is known to be unsustainable and detrimental to the environment. Armed with this knowledge, Arizona State University fashion graduate Remington Reble is exploring a truly green alternative: cactus leather.
May 21, 2021
Phoenix Vice Mayor Suggests Cash Payments To People Hurt By Pandemic
If Phoenix's vice mayor gets his way, some residents might see a city version of a stimulus check. During Tuesday’s Phoenix City Council meeting, members discussed ways to spend $396 million from the American Rescue Plan. The city expects to get its first $198 million payment from the federal government any day. A second installment of $198 million will come one year later.
May 19, 2021
Q&AZ: Are Microchips Too Thirsty For Drought-Stricken Arizona?
In March, Intel announced a $20 billion factory expansion in Chandler, and Taiwan Semiconductor is building a new plant in Phoenix. One listener wondered why so many companies bring such a water-intensive process to drought-stricken Arizona.
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May 19, 2021
After Final Meeting, Ducey and Pavlovich Sign Air, Water Deal
Sonoran Gov. Claudia Pavlovich’s six-year term ends in September, meaning this is the last formal meeting between the two as leaders of their respective states.
May 18, 2021
AZ Lawmakers Float Idea Of Piping Water From The Mississippi
The drought has some members of the Arizona Legislature wondering if the state should look for a new source of water: the Mississippi River.
May 17, 2021