Sustainability News

Arizona License Plate Program For Hybrid Drivers Ends March 2
In about a month, Arizona’s Energy Efficient Plate Program will require some drivers to change lanes. Drivers of hybrid vehicles will no longer be issued special license plates starting March 2.
Jan. 30, 2020
How Arizonas Water Future Impacts Its Food Future
Phoenix is a desert city, and as climate change continues to heat up the Southwest, water will become ever more essential. In his latest piece, Arizona food writer and Phoenix New Times contributor Chris Malloy digs into the issue of our region’s water future — and how it affects our food future as well.
Jan. 29, 2020
Phoenix Chef Danielle Leoni Is A Champion Of Sustainable Seafood
When we talk about the battle to fight climate change, you might think first about policy — how lawmakers can affect change. But chef Danielle Leoni of the Breadfruit & Rum Bar in downtown Phoenix wants you to also think about what you eat.
Jan. 28, 2020
Phoenix To Hold Final Meetings On Trash Rates
The Phoenix City Council is getting close to making a decision on increasing waste fees, and the community only has a couple meetings left to voice their opinions. Two public meetings remain in north and south Phoenix to discuss the potential rate changes for waste management at single-family homes.
Jan. 27, 2020
3 Mesa Schools Part Of Rethink. Refill. Project To Cut Down On Plastic Waste
Three elementary schools in Mesa are participating in a plastic waste reduction initiative that aims to keep millions of plastic water bottles out of the waste stream. The “Rethink. Refill.” project was created by an international nonprofit called Plastic Oceans.
Jan. 24, 2020
Water Rule Leaves Ephemeral Streams Unprotected
The Trump administration made final its definition for Waters of the United States. And it has big implications for Arizona. “EPA and the Army [Corps of Engineers] are providing much needed regulatory certainty and predictability for American farmers, landowners and businesses to support the economy and accelerate critical infrastructure projects."
Jan. 23, 2020
Tusayan Town Council OKs Latest Development Application
The Tusayan Town Council plans to vote Thursday on a permit application that would allow a developer to build a large-scale residential and resort area south of Grand Canyon National Park.
Jan. 23, 2020
As Uranium Cleanup Continues, Whats Next For Red Water Pond Road?
Uranium mining waste continues to cause upheaval in the village of Red Water Pond Road in the southeast corner of the Navajo Nation. The pollution has caused the relocation of some residents. Eric Jantz, interim executive director of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, talked about what could be next for the village and the people who live there.
Jan. 23, 2020
Environmentalists: APS Plan Lacks Renewables, Efficiency
APS has announced an ambitious plan to deliver 100% clean, carbon-free energy by 2050. But there is a difference between "clean" and "renewable," and soon after the big announcement some environmental activists called for more — and sooner.
Jan. 23, 2020
Bill Would Ban Balloon Releases From Arizona Skies
A Tempe lawmaker has followed up on a local Girl Scout troop's request asking for a ban on balloon releases into the atmosphere in Arizona. Democratic state Rep. Mitzi Epstein equated it to throwing trash out of a car window, and called it just as damaging to the environment.
Jan. 23, 2020
National Geographic Photographer Tracks Down Black Panther
Photographer and cinematographer Shannon Wild spent 18 months in southern India to produce a documentary about the black panther. It was the only one in a 250-square-mile range of forest.
Jan. 22, 2020
ASU Report: Climate Restoration Will Net Trillions
Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management has released a report projecting multi-trillion-dollar opportunities and benefits they say could accrue from climate restoration efforts.
Jan. 21, 2020
Camping And Campfires Banned In Forests Near Flagstaff
Due to homeless encampments and unattended campfires, officials from the Coconino National Forest have temporarily banned camping in some parts of the forest near Flagstaff.
Jan. 18, 2020
Why The Petrified Forest Preserves Route 66 Trash
As the old phrase goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. If that’s really true, then the Petrified Forest has a lot of treasure from 50 years or more ago. The National Park Service is preserving a lot of what Route 66 drivers and passengers threw out the windows in the mid-20th century and is trying to put it into historical perspective.
Jan. 16, 2020
Navajo, SRP Take Steps To Make Solar A Priority
The Navajo Nation is taking steps to make solar energy a priority, with the help of Salt River Project. Salt River Project seeks proposals for up to 200 megawatts of solar development on the Navajo Nation.
Jan. 15, 2020
Climate Change, And Our Response To It, Is Making Life Hard For Desert Tortoises
Few species are equipped to handle a hot and dry climate better than the desert tortoise. But with climate change making their home hotter and drier, and energy projects meant to limit carbon emissions springing up in the desert, the tortoises are being hit with a one-two punch.
Jan. 15, 2020
At Least 2 Well-Metering Bills At Arizona Capitol
Multiple bills in the Arizona Legislature are tackling well metering due to the lack of groundwater regulation outside of central Arizona. They come in the wake of an investigation by the Arizona Republic.
Jan. 14, 2020
The Political Implications Of Uranium Mining Around Grand Canyon National Park
Just before the holidays, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema introduced a bill that would ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon National Park. It echoes similar legislation introduced by Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva that passed the House of Representatives last year.
Jan. 14, 2020
Phoenix Finishes Converting 100,000 Street Lights To LED
The city of Phoenix has finished converting 100,000 street lights to LED lights. It took two years and $29.4 million, a cost the city expects to recoup with savings on its energy and maintenance bills. Phoenix finished pretty much on schedule.
Jan. 14, 2020
Phoenix To Collect Public Donations To Plant More Trees
Phoenix is looking to collect public donations to plant more trees. But the idea is being met with some skepticism. During a recent city subcommittee meeting, Chief Sustainability Officer Mark Hartman pitched the process.
Jan. 13, 2020