Arizona Sustainability News


New solar project to break ground on BLM lands
The Bureau of Land Management recently announced a new solar project near Blythe, California, that will power around 120,000 homes.
Feb. 14, 2023
Hobbs wants AZ border shipping containers used for housing
About 2,000 shipping containers used by former Gov. Doug Ducey to keep people out of Arizona could soon be used to house people. In late December, after the Biden administration filed a lawsuit, Ducey agreed to remove the metal containers. They had been double-stacked to fill gaps along the border in Yuma and Cochise counties. Gov. Katie Hobbs has a new idea.
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Feb. 14, 2023
The Rockies are having a snowy winter, but not all of that water will make it to the Colorado River
Snow data from the Colorado River Basin Forecast Center shows a strong start for the region's water supplies, but heavy snow may get soaked up by dry soils before it can flow into Lake Powell and Lake Mead.
Feb. 13, 2023
A community in southern Sonora created refuge areas to protect the future of fishing
Overfishing is one of the greatest threats to marine life, and to people who depend on our oceans for their livelihoods. Now, one community in Sonora, Mexico is tackling the problem by establishing fishing refuge areas in the bay where they live and work on the Gulf of California.
Feb. 13, 2023
Food waste will likely be a big problem at the Super Bowl. One organization hopes to change that
Food waste is a big problem. And this Super Bowl weekend, we can expect to see enormous amounts of waste. But one nonprofit plans to recover surplus food from one of the largest tailgate parties happening in Glendale.
Feb. 11, 2023
Trees, internet among Mesa State of the City address
Mesa’s mayor thinks the city’s $63 million investment to bring Arizona State University downtown is paying off. During his State of the City address Tuesday, Mayor John Giles called the school’s Media and Immersive Experience Center, known as MIX, a catalyst for the downtown arts and innovation district.
Feb. 7, 2023
Environmental groups will gather at the Arizona Capitol
More than 40 conservation groups gathered at the Arizona Capitol for Environmental Day on Tuesday. Among the speakers were members of the Arizona Legislature.
Feb. 6, 2023
SRP teams with energy firm on solar facility for Meta
The company formerly known as Facebook has teamed up with Salt River Project on a new solar facility to power its data center in Mesa.
Feb. 6, 2023
Irrigation company N-Drip partners with UA, Central Arizona Project
Israeli-based company N-Drip has partnered with the Central Arizona Project and University of Arizona to use its irrigation system across the state. The company reportedly has a gravity-powered drip system that uses 50 percent less water than the usual method of flood irrigation. Seth Siegel is N-Drip’s chief sustainability officer.
Feb. 4, 2023
California releases own plan for river cuts
California released a plan Tuesday detailing how Western states reliant on the Colorado River should save more water. It came a day after the six other states in the river basin made a competing proposal.
Jan. 31, 2023
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.
Jan. 26, 2023
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. 23, 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. 21, 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. 20, 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 improve 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