Arizona Sustainability News


Solar Industry On Edge, Waiting To See If Trump Will Impose Tariffs On Panels
The U.S. solar industry is on edge - waiting to see whether the Trump administration will impose steep tariffs on foreign made solar panels. Unease over the looming decision is already affecting the market. Federal regulators are set to make their recommendations to the President next week
Oct. 27, 2017
New River Residents Want A Fix For Water And Development Troubles
There is a deal at hand to fix the water problems faced by the communities of New River and Desert Hills. An agreement would bring water relief to New River and Desert Hills, but not something else residents want - relief from further development.
Oct. 25, 2017
 Mandalay Homes To Build 3,000 Arizona Houses With Solar, Sonnen Batteries
The companies say the community would be the first of its kind in the U.S. and comes as utilities have been studying the potential benefits of integrating battery storage along distribution grids and decreasing reliance on centralized fossil fuel plants.
Oct. 13, 2017
Desert Botanical Garden Building New Horticultural Center
Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden is known, obviously, for its plants. But it’s been undergoing a bit of a makeover, in terms of its buildings. It’s part of the garden’s new horticultural center, and has been in the works for a few years; the first phase opened earlier this year.
Oct. 5, 2017
Using Harvey, Irma As Opportunities To Build More Resilient Cities
Some evacuees of Hurricane Harvey are starting to return home; Florida residents affected by Hurricane Irma are also eager to survey the damage to their houses and neighborhoods.
Sept. 12, 2017
U.N. Takes First Look At Sustainability Of American Cities
How sustainable are American cities? For the first time, an index from the United Nations looks to answer that question, for the 100 most populous cities.
Sept. 11, 2017
Flagstaff Urges Congress To Take Action On Climate Change
Flagstaff is sending a message to Congress calling for climate change action. And council members hope other Arizona cities will follow suit.
Sept. 11, 2017
Fruit Of The Loom Gets Sustainability Help From ASU
Clothing and underwear brand, Fruit of the Loom, says it wants its products to be environmentally friendly. To do it, the company is getting help from a university think tank.
July 20, 2017
Air Conditioners Heat Up Metro Phoenix Nights
Parents tell their kids, “Shut the front door, I’m not paying to cool the entire neighborhood.” But research shows that, during Phoenix summers, we do pay to heat the neighborhood — to the tune of 1 to 2 degrees Fahrenheit — thanks to waste heat vented by our air conditioners.
June 19, 2017
 ASU Law Grads Study Oregon Pilot Program For Gas-Tax Alternative
When you buy gas at the pump, there’s a little sticker there that you might not ever have noticed. It says how much you’ll be charged for our state’s gas tax. The money, for the most part, goes back into our roads.
June 2, 2017
Trump To Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Accord
Our next guest was in Paris in 2015, attending the summit that led to Paris Climate Accord. Dan Bodansky is an expert in environmental law. He works at ASU in both the law school, and the Global Institute of Sustainability.
June 1, 2017
Phoenix Could Offer Public Buying Program For Electric Cars
Many shoppers embrace buying in bulk at big box stores and through warehouse clubs. Now, the city of Phoenix is using the concept to create a car-buying program.
May 22, 2017
ASU Sustainability Scientist Weighs In On Growth Of Solar Energy Market
The solar energy market in the U.S grew by 95 percent last year, according to a new report from analysts at Greentech Media. We talk to Martin Pasqualetti, senior sustainability scientist in ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability and a former chair of the Governor’s Solar Energy Advisory Council, about what that means.
Feb. 27, 2017