Arizona Sustainability News


EPA Sued For Failing To Act On Arizona Air Pollution
The complaint, filed Tuesday in federal court, says the EPA failed to follow through on Arizona’s Clean Air Act implementation plan in west Pinal County for fine particle pollution.
April 16, 2020
COVID-19 Threatens Glass Recycling Services
Cities across the Southwest are stopping some drop-off recycling services, deemed nonessential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mesa adjusted its services last month. And Monday, Santa Fe, New Mexico, said it would stop drop-off services.
April 14, 2020
Traffic, Emissions Reduced As Arizonans Stay Home
Arizonans staying home amid the pandemic are making a measurable impact on road congestion. Traffic volume is down by a third since early March.
April 8, 2020
Professor: Social Distancing Raises Questions About Approach To Sustainable Cities
Whether the outcome is good or bad, this social distancing and self-quarantining we’re all trying to figure out will change us for good. That's what Mark Roseland, a senior sustainability scientist at ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development, asserts at least.
April 2, 2020
Friday Afternoon Is Deadline To Request Early SRP Ballot
The Salt River Project’s election for half of its board is coming up next month. Friday afternoon, March 27, at 5 p.m. is the deadline to request an early ballot by mail.
March 26, 2020
Lessons Learned From Mexico City’s Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags
Starting this year, Mexico City implemented a change in their waste management law, and now single-use plastic bags are banned. How this environmentalist move is affecting one of the largest cities in the world — and what can we learn from it?
March 26, 2020
How Controlling Velocity Of A Single Vehicle Could Benefit Traffic
Researchers at the University of Arizona are teaming up with colleagues at UC Berkeley, Rutgers, Temple and other institutions to figure out how to improve traffic by reducing congestion — and how that could impact energy usage for all cars.
March 24, 2020
Groundwater Aquifers Can Expect A Boost From March Rains
March rain has left Salt River Project reservoirs as full as they’ve been in a decade. The company is discharging water to make room for the runoff, providing a boost to the underlying aquifers. But Arizona is still in a drought.
March 23, 2020
Solar Advocates Hope To Increase Presence On Board Of The Utility Salt River Project
SRP provides electricity and/or water to more than 2 million Valley residents. Races for board seats have a lower profile than contests for Congress or even the Arizona Legislature, and yet environmental advocates like Kathy Mohr-Almeida are pursuing the role in order to influence energy policy in the region.
March 23, 2020
Salt River Reservoir System Is Almost Full
The Salt River reservoir system is nearly at capacity — and that’s before the snow from the most recent storms has had a chance to melt.
March 22, 2020
How Arizona State Parks Are Handling Coronavirus
Arizonans have no spring training baseball games, no concerts or festivals to attend due to the coronavirus shutdowns. But people are turning to a form of recreation that is still available — the outdoors.
March 18, 2020
Ajo Cafe Promotes Healthy Living, Educates About Sustainable Indigenous Crops
Until around 10 years ago, Ajo, Arizona, fit the description of a "literal" food desert. A local nonprofit decided to change that label and partnered with members of the Tohono O’odham tribe to farm traditional and indigenous crops in the area.
March 17, 2020
Beauty Retailer Glossier Delays Phoenix Opening
Many businesses are being affected by the coronavirus and some — like those in the beauty industry — face unique challenges.
March 14, 2020
Petitions Handed To Corp Comm Over Renewable Energy
After receiving thousands of petitions calling for higher renewable and clean energy standards, state utility regulators are moving forward with a draft rule that could — if adopted — require 100% clean energy by 2050.
March 11, 2020
Activists Demand Phoenix Declare A Climate Emergency
Yesterday, in front of City Hall, a group of climate activists gathered to demand that the City of Phoenix declare a climate emergency. They presented a resolution that would commit the city to becoming carbon-neutral by 2030 instead of 2050.
March 10, 2020
Simulating Mars in Hawaii: All-Female Crew Wraps Up Mission
An all-female crew of analog astronauts recently ended a two-week mission in Hawaii. Called Sensoria I, the mission was the first done by all women at the HI-SEAS habitat — that stands for Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation.
March 5, 2020
EV Advocate: Cities Need To Think About Where Drivers Will Plug In
There are more and more ways to get around now using electricity, be it bikes, scooters or cars. But, those vehicles need power, which — at least in the case of cars — means charging stations. Jeff Allen argues that cities need to think about how to make everything that moves electric — but for that to happen, they need places for drivers to plug in.
Feb. 26, 2020
California Sues Trump Over Water Grant To Farmers
President Donald Trump issued an executive order Wednesday granting California's Central Valley farmers a greater share of the state’s water. California officials sued, saying the action could lead to the extinction of several fish species.
Feb. 24, 2020
Verde River Watershed Graded C+ On Report Card
The Verde River supplies drinking water to more than 3 million Phoenicians and supports irrigation, recreation and local economies in Prescott and the Verde Valley. But a new report by the Nature Conservancy in Arizona grades the quality of its water, communities and habitats at just above average.
Feb. 24, 2020
Conservation Groups: Wall Puts Sonora Sites In Danger
Conservation groups say new sections of fence being built along the Arizona-Sonora border are a threat to wildlife on both sides. And they’re asking the United Nations to declare a Sonoran biosphere reserve "In Danger."
Feb. 22, 2020