Energy Awareness 2011 Expo

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Cesar Chavez Plaza 201 W. Washington Street

The Expo, themed “Turn Words into Action; Turn Action into Results”, will encourage residents and businesses to learn more about energy awareness, energy efficiency and renewable energy; while reminding them that wise energy attitudes, behaviors and decisions ensure results. Partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy, the city is declaring October as Energy Awareness Month. The Federal Energy Management Program provides on Energy Awareness Month 2011.

Opinion: SEV development good for environment, economy

by Southeast Valley editorial board – Sept. 20, 2011 09:39 AM
The Republic | azcentral.com

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Commerce, public infrastructure and other developments are necessary components of a bustling metropolitan area.

The developments also can be artful, eco-friendly and serve multiple purposes to create livable communities, as the winners of Valley Forward’s environmental excellence awards affirm.

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McDowell Mountain Pump Track among county programs honored

Local winners to be honored Thursday by Board of Supervisors

Let’s face it, the younger generation is just not into ping pong and sandlot baseball. They’re seeking the adrenalin rush and thrill that mountain biking offers and that’s exactly what they’ll find at McDowell Mountain Regional Park’s new pump track! A pump track provides cyclists with a continuous loop with dirt mounds, bank curves, berms, bumps and grooves that both test and train their skills for all kinds of racing. It’s part BMX and part mountain biking. Continue reading

Tree experts envision the return of Phoenix’s oasis of trees

In the early 1900s, the Valley was an oasis of green with lush trees sprouting tall along wide canal banks that crisscrossed Phoenix and its suburbs.

Cottonwoods, among the more common of the area’s trees, dug in, drinking water that seeped from the dirt-lined canals.

By the 1950s, as families flocked to the Valley in post-World War II bliss to create a modern community, the oasis withered.

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Six New Corporations Join the National Clean Fleets Partnership

Back in April, President Obama announced the National Clean Fleets Partnership against the backdrop of energy-efficient vehicles from all five of the charter partners, AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, UPS and Verizon. These companies collectively committed to deploy more than 20,000 advanced technology vehicles – an effort that will save more than 7 million gallons of fuel per year and further the Obama Administration’s goal of reducing U.S. oil imports by a third by 2025. Continue reading

Arizona State University’s Sustainability Achievements Rated GOLD by the Association for the Advancement

TEMPE, Ariz. – In recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Arizona State University (ASU) has earned a STARS Gold rating. STARS®, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a transparent, self-assessment framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. Institutions report their achievements in three overall areas: Education and Research; Operations; and Planning, Administration and Engagement. ASU earned its highest points in Planning, Administration and Engagement.

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The Sustainability Consortium Opens European Office, Appoints Three New Board Members Including Two NGOs

TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 16, 2011 – The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) today announced the opening of its European office and the expansion of its board of directors to include Non-Government Organization (NGO) members. Both moves strongly align with TSC’s focus of growth, incorporating global partners, and delivering on its mission to design and implement science-based measurement and reporting systems that are accessible to manufacturers and consumers.

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