Arizona Sustainability News


APS Gives $430,000 In Rebates To Glendale For Energy-Efficient Streetlights
“LED is the technology of the future. I think we’ll see cities switch because the savings are so big," said David Beard, Glendale city engineer. "It’s about a 60 percent savings in electric consumption.”
Jan. 10, 2018
 Phoenix Plans For Bicycle Infrastructure Future
“We are trying to make better use of our existing streets,” said Street Transportation Deputy Director Mark Melnychenko. “How can we evaluate the street and possibly have the ability to put in other modes of transportation?”
Jan. 10, 2018
 Reporter Weighs In On Court Case Over Rio Grande Water Usage
Water fights are nothing new in the Western U.S. Arizona and California battled for decades, and, though there’s more cooperation now, states that use Colorado River water are attempting to plan to make sure there’s enough for the short and long-term futures.
Jan. 9, 2018
How Climate Change Can Weaken U.S. Wind Power
Alternative energy has become a key part of the U.S. diversifying its overall energy outlook and portfolio. But one of those sources — wind energy — could be becoming less powerful. Martin Pasqualetti, professor of geography at ASU and co-director of the Energy Policy Innovation Council, explains.
Jan. 4, 2018
County Removes Invasive Salt Cedar Trees In Gila River In Buckeye
Dense salt cedar trees create fire and flood hazards. The county will replace them with more than 2,000 native plants.
Jan. 2, 2018
Winds Of Climate Change: How Global Warming Could Alter The Wind Power Landscape
Alternative energy sources like wind offer a way to lessen a country’s carbon footprint. But global warming trends could soon change the way the wind blows.
Jan. 2, 2018
Arizona Bald Eagle Management Program Seasonal Breeding Area Closures
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is reminding outdoor recreationists this holiday season to help protect the state’s 67 breeding pairs of bald eagles.
Dec. 28, 2017
Phoenix Officials Want Residents To Recycle Their Christmas Trees
With Christmas over, it’s time to decide what to do with the tree.
Dec. 26, 2017
Would You Pay Extra $10 Tax For More Trees In Phoenix?
People who live or work in Phoenix are being asked to help set environmental priorities and early input from a survey reveals trees are a top priority.
Dec. 25, 2017
Last Decade Brought New Gold Rush To West — In Renewable Energy
The last decade as seen increased interest in renewable energy; in the west, it was mainly solar and wind. And that created an opportunity, but it also created challenges.
Dec. 22, 2017
How Birth Control Could Help The Wild Burro Population
There are too many wild horses and burros on Western range land, according to the federal government. So far, the main strategy to control the population has been “roundups:” corralling the animals and taking them to large ranches to live, all at government expense. Horse and burro people hope to shift to another strategy: birth control.
Dec. 22, 2017
3,600 Riders Pedal Scottsdale Bike-Share Program So Far
LimeBike found the average Valley rider takes a 9-minute, 45-second spin and travels about 1.3 miles. So far people have pedaled 7,100 miles on the bikes.
Dec. 19, 2017
ADOT Publishes I-11 Public Comments
ADOT / FHA publish two key documents as part of the environmental study for I-11 from Nogales to Wickenburg.
Dec. 18, 2017
Mohave Valley Residents Resist Water Transfer
Water, they say, is for fighting over. And a recent land deal in Northwest Arizona is yet another example of that. It's a plan to buy property to get ahold of its water.
Dec. 14, 2017
Tiny House Movement Growing In Northern Arizona
The tiny house movement is getting bigger in northern Arizona where the median price for a single family home is higher than metro Phoenix.
Dec. 12, 2017
BBC Look-Ahead: French President Macron To Host Climate Summit
French President Emmanuel Macron will host a climate summit starting tomorrow, on the second anniversary of the Paris climate accords.
Dec. 11, 2017
Nervous About Electric Vehicle Road Trips? You’re Not Alone
The American West is known for its wide open spaces. Those open spaces can make for some pretty epic road trips, unless, that is, you have an electric vehicle and you’re stuck hours away from a charge.
Dec. 11, 2017
New Water Hauling Station A Go For New River
The utility EPCOR will be building a water hauling station to serve residents of New River and Desert Hills after all. The company had put the project on hold after some residents had objected to the proposed site. Now it says it has the support it needs.
Dec. 7, 2017
Tempe-Based Solar Company To Rollout Updated Solar Panels Early
Tempe-based First Solar announced the early rollout of its updated solar panels Tuesday at its investor call.
Dec. 6, 2017
Lawsuit To Give Colorado River Legal Personhood Is Over
A lawsuit to give the Colorado River legal personhood is over. A Colorado environmental group had sued that state in federal court, asking the court to say the river could sue over environmental threats.
Dec. 6, 2017