Sustainability News

On The Colorado River
In a park, nestled in a red rock canyon outside Moab, Utah -- a short drive from a giant pile of uranium tailings — a crowd gathered for a celebration. Elected officials and community members mingled, and enjoyed refreshments. Volunteers placed pieces of yellow cake in small paper bowls.
Oct. 23, 2019
Cities Look To Private Businesses To Handle Recycling
China's revamped recycling policies, which includes no longer buying tons of U.S. materials, have led to dramatic shifts in the way some cities approach recycling. One option is to turn to business like Intel, which has been developing innovative recycling ideas for a long time.
Oct. 22, 2019
10 Mil Tons Of Uranium Leftovers Cleaned Up On Colorado River Banks
In Moab, Utah, the community rallied to celebrate a historic milestone in the effort to clean up the banks of the vital Colorado River.
Oct. 22, 2019
Environmentalists Concerned Development Will Harm San Pedro River
The Villages at Vigneto development would be built near Benson, Arizona, about 40 miles East of Tucson. It would be large — a 28,000-home subdivision complete with a lot of commercial and office, retail development and golf courses.
Oct. 22, 2019
Sonoran City Is A Rising Outdoor Destination, Thanks To New Park
The city of Alamos, Sonora, is known internationally for its colonial charm. That’s attracted a sizable expatriate community. But an interesting conservation effort is starting to put the picturesque pueblo on the map as an outdoor destination as well. Supporters hope it brings environmental benefits for the unique ecosystem, but also economic benefits for the town.
Oct. 22, 2019
Forest Service Seeks Public Input On Another 4FRI Initiative
The public has a 90-day window to weigh in on the largest forest restoration project in the U.S. The project spans over 1 million acres of ponderosa pine forest in northern Arizona.
Oct. 21, 2019
Arizona Companys Shuttle Made Of Mostly 3D-Printed Parts
An Arizona company has developed an eco-friendly shuttle made up mostly of 3D-printed parts. Chandler-based Local Motors manufactures the electric self-driving shuttle, which can fit up to eight people.
Oct. 21, 2019
Scottsdale Turns Recycled Water Into Drinking Water
As of last month, Scottsdale’s Advanced Water Treatment Plant at the city’s water campus in North Scottsdale got permission to do something no other Arizona city can do: turn recycled water into drinking water.
Oct. 21, 2019
Water Talks Continue For Pinal-Area Stakeholders
They will discuss how to deal with a projected groundwater shortfall.
Oct. 21, 2019
Avondale Wants Residents To Produce Less Waste
Avondale is launching a campaign called One-Less to encourage and inform residents about producing less waste. The city is trying to spread awareness to the community and limit contribution to landfills.
Oct. 20, 2019
AZ Bird Species Are Under Threat From Climate Change
Nearly half of Arizona’s bird species are vulnerable to one model of climate change according to a new analysis from the Audubon Society, which also found two-thirds of North American bird species are also threatened by climate change.
Oct. 18, 2019
Fans May Not Always Be Helpful In The Arizona Heat
More than 40 people died indoors in Maricopa County last year from heat-related causes. Most had electricity but did not have functioning air conditioners.
Oct. 17, 2019
Report: Water Replenishment Program Faces Uncertainty
It has allowed developers to grow subdivisions since the early 1990s. A key water management tool that enables housing development in central Arizona does not have a rosy future. That’s a key finding of a new report from Arizona State University.
Oct. 17, 2019
Lawmaker: Ducey Must Lead On Pinal County Water Crisis
Prescott Republican Rep. Noel Campbell is at odds with other lawmakers and the executive branch when it comes to a plan to solve a water crisis in the Pinal County region.
Oct. 15, 2019
Video Shows Saguaro Bulldozed To Build The Border Wall
As border wall construction commenced in areas of southern Arizona, environmental groups have been keeping a close watch. Even though it was informal, that included what Kevin Dahl saw and shot in a video: the bulldozing of healthy Saguaro cacti.
Oct. 15, 2019
Pinal Farmers Cry Out Against Developments That Pull Water
Pinal County ranks first in the state for cotton, barley and livestock production, according to the Arizona Farm Bureau, among other notable products, but water supplies are also on demand from new developments in the area, and farmers who have held claims for decades are crying foul.
Oct. 15, 2019
Ripples Felt As The Navajo Generating Station Closes
The Navajo Generating Station is shutting down, creating a ripple effect across the region, from the families left searching for jobs to the Grand Canyon where its absence may mean improvements to air quality. Utility reporter Ryan Randazzo has been covering the generating station and what will be left in its wake.
Oct. 15, 2019
Controversial BLM Head Addresses Environmental Journalists
The acting head of the Bureau of Land Management, recently reappointed, has been a controversial choice to lead the agency.
Oct. 14, 2019
Dropping Water Levels In San Pedro River Sparks Concern
The San Pedro River originates around ten miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border and is the last free-flowing river in the American Southwest. Its preservation has been considered vital over the past few decades, but as more people move nearby, there are increasing worries about the San Pedro’s future.
Oct. 14, 2019
Higher-Density Housing Leads To Lower Water Use
How a city is built strongly influences how much water that city uses. That’s among the findings of new research which looked at the relationship between a built environment and water usage.
Oct. 14, 2019