Events of Interest

Watershed Management Group Workshop:
Hydrate Your Yard
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 26, 2017; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Wrigley Hall, Room 481, ASU Tempe Campus
This session is all about Watershed Management Group’s 3 “S”s: slow, spread, and sink. Learn how to use passive rainwater harvesting to create a series of berms, basins, and swales that will direct rainwater to benefit plants while reducing flooding and erosion in your yard. These practices will slow the flow of the water, spread it across the areas where it’s needed, and sink it into the ground. Find more information and RSVP here.

 

Free ADEQ Waste Programs Division Professional Workshop
Date/Time: Thursday, September 21, 2017; 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Show Low City Hall, Deuce of Clubs Conference Room, 180 N. 9th Street, Show Low, AZ 85901
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Waste Programs Division staff invite interested business and government personnel and community members to attend this no-cost, Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste & Pollution Prevention Workshop, which offers Professional Development Hours. Find more information and RSVP here.

 

Making a Big Impact in Sustainability Science with Big Data
Date/Time: Thursday, September 21, 2017; 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM MST
Host: Security & Sustainability Forum (SSF)
Join SSF and leaders from Chatmine Technologies and Boston University in a free webinar demonstrating the application of computational modelling of natural and social processes to identify patterns, trends, and associations that can inform sustainability decision making. The webinar will be organized around five case studies focused on integrating multi-scale and multi-source data and applying spatial statistical techniques, artificial intelligence algorithms, and systems modeling to derive business insights and strategies. The presentations will be appropriate for a non-technical audience. Register for this webinar here.

 

Sustainable Strategies for Communities: An EPA Perspective
Date/Time: Thursday, September 21, 2017; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: ASU Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Karen Irwin works with local governments to advance sustainability objectives in waste and materials management, renewable energy on contaminated lands, and green streets. John Katz specializes in reducing toxins in products, environmentally preferable purchasing, and pollution-prevention promotion for small and medium-sized businesses. In this talk, Irwin and Katz will describe EPA sustainability initiatives, tools, and resources for communities. Topics to be covered include: waste and toxin reduction, land revitalization, renewable energy, green purchasing, smart growth, green infrastructure, and diesel emissions reduction. Find more information and RSVP here.

 

Planning, Growing, and Harvesting Edible Urban Forests: A Statewide Conference of Education, Community Involvement & Local Tours
Date/Time: September 22-24, 2017
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Join the LEAF Network and Tucson’s City of Gastronomy for their conference on Arizona edible urban forests. This conference will include sessions on planning edible urban forests, energizing community involvement, and will include tours of edible urban forests. Find more information and register here.

 

Fundamentals of Organized Energy Markets for Tribes
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 27, 2017; 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM MST
Host: Department of Energy
Tribes interested in selling energy into the wholesale electricity market will see major changes with the advent of independent system operators, regional transmission organizations, and energy imbalance markets. Attendees will learn about power marketing administrations and organized energy markets, as well as how establishments such as the Southwest Power Pool and California Independent System Operator are expanding to create more opportunities for those looking to expand their energy resource options or buy and sell energy resources, especially those on tribal lands. Register for this webinar here.

 

Walking Towards Justice
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 27, 2017; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
Host: America Walks
The first discussion of America Walks’ Walking Towards Justice series will explore the intersection of walkability and residential segregation. It will include special guest, Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America. Also joining the panel are nationally-known experts, Tamika Butler, Sahra Sulaiman, and Sonia Jimenez, JD. Register for this webinar here.

 

Free Film Screening: Viva La Verde
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 27, 2017; 6:30 PM
Location: Harkins Valley Art Theatre, 509 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281
Viva la Verde explores the past, present and future of Arizona rivers, using the foremost surviving perennial river in Arizona as a case study. This film sends a strong message of stewardship for wildlife, rivers, and water resources, and offers opportunities for citizens to engage and help to preserve and restore the Verde River. Find more information here.

 

Beyond Doom and Gloom: Essentials to Move the Needle for Green Energy
Date/Time: Friday, September 29, 2017; 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM MST
Host: Security & Sustainability Forum
While individual and organizational commitments to sustainability are growing, there is not enough civic engagement for green energy policy. Fossil fuel companies and some utilities are damaging the environment and our shared future through advocating for bad energy policies. This webinar will share non-partisan materials that any person or organization can easily use to help produce better green energy policies. Move beyond doom and gloom or skepticism to engage in a clean energy future and help produce a healthier economy, environment, and society. Register for this webinar here.

 

Watershed Management Group Workshop:
Hydrate Your Plants
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 3, 2017; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Wrigley Hall, Room 481, ASU Tempe Campus

How can you create a beautiful, lush landscape while conserving water? In this session, Kaylee Colter will show you how to select native plants to build wildlife habitat, shade your home, and create an appealing landscape for your yard. If you’re looking for the best trees and plants to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, bloom bright with color, or cool off your home with shade, she’s got you covered. Find more information and RSVP here.

 

Growing Sustainable Communities Conference
Date/Time: October 3-4, 2017
Location: Dubuque, Iowa
Hosted by the City of Dubuque, Iowa and Sustainable City Network, the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference is the largest and longest standing sustainability conference in the Midwest. The 10th annual conference will be two days of education, inspiration and collaboration on topics of interest to anyone who cares about creating great towns and cities that stand the test of time. Workshop topics at this year’s event include tree canopy projects and programs, watershed and stormwater management, brownfield redevelopment, solar energy, small-town sustainability, biogas conversion, equity, placemaking, livability, climate action planning, education/community partnerships, mobility planning and design, sustainability tools and frameworks, alternative fuel vehicles, green building and sustainable development, local foods, LED streetlight conversions, affordable housing initiatives, green infrastructure, sustainability metrics, training and community engagement, among others. Find more information and register here.

 

Drawdown – 60 Minutes with Paul Hawken
The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 4, 2017; 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM MST
Host: Security & Sustainability Forum (SSF)
Join SSF Managing Director, Edward Saltzberg, and Chip Comins, CEO and Charman of the American Renewable Energy Institute, in a 60 minutes webinar and conversation with Drawdown editor and Project Drawdown executive director, Paul Hawken. Project Drawdown is facilitating a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on climate solutions in order to describe their beneficial financial, social and environmental impact over the next thirty years. The book, Drawdown, reports on this research to map, measure, model, and describe the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming.  It is the first detailed plan to reverse global warming. Register for this webinar here.

 

City of Scottsdale Green Building Series
Economic Value of Green: Knowledge is EmPOWERing
Date/Time: Thursday, October 5, 2017; 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd.
Local industry experts will speak about energy efficiency as it relates to construction, building codes, energy audits, the HERS index, gaining more value for appraisals, marketing and selling homes with energy efficient features for the highest possible sale value, where to start first when retrofitting a home with energy efficient features, and how to add green features to a mortgage. If you’re considering retrofitting your home for energy efficient features, learn which features will add the best return on investment and what features might be important for you in your home. Find more information here.

 

The 123’s of Landscape Watering
Date/Time: Saturday, October 7, 2017; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Auditorium at the Glendale Main Library – 5959 W. Brown St.
Protect your landscape investment by knowing how to properly water your plants. Learn about the basic components of an irrigation system and how to use an irrigation timer. Receive the “Landscape Watering by the Numbers” guide that takes you through how much, how long, and how often to water your plants. Find more information here.

 

Watershed Management Group Workshop:
Hydrate Your Food
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 10, 2017; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Wrigley Hall, Room 481, ASU Tempe Campus
Rain tanks are like rain barrels, only bigger, better, and make your rainwater long lasting. While most rain barrels hold about 50 gallons of water, rain tanks can hold 1,000 gallons or more, capturing water from several storms and storing it for use over the course of many dry months. In this session, Ryan Wood will show you how to use rain tanks as an active form of rainwater harvesting to nourish your vegetable and herb gardens throughout the year. Find more information and RSVP here.

 

Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 11, 2017; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MST
Host: America Walks
Champions of the walking movement come from different backgrounds, sectors and viewpoints. Learn how by working together, we are stronger than ever. Register for this webinar here.

 

Built Environment and Embodied Carbon Emissions
Date/Time: Thursday, October 12, 2017; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM MST
Host: West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum
Next up in the West Coast Forum on Climate and Materials Management’s 2017-2018 Webinar Series is a focus on the Built Environment. Often this topic connects climate to building operations with regards to energy and water efficiency and renewable energy. However, significant greenhouse gas emissions also occur before the building is even inhabited, during design, construction and the sourcing of building materials. These ‘embodied’ carbon emissions can be addressed by understanding their sources and designing our built environment to optimize material use. This webinar brings together four industry and government leaders in analyzing and finding solutions through the Embodied Carbon Network and their academic and professional practices. Register for this webinar here.

 

Watershed Management Group Workshop:
Hydrate Your Soils
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 17, 2017; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Wrigley Hall, Room 481, ASU Tempe Campus
Urban yards have the potential to be highly productive by making use of typical waste streams such as greywater, stormwater, plant trimmings, and more. In this talk, Ryan Wood will share how to assess your yard’s soil type and simple ways to effectively use typical household wastes to build soil health and promote productive urban landscapes. Find more information and RSVP here.

 

ADEQ Webinar: Waste and Used Tires
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 18, 2017; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM MST
Host: Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Join ADEQ for an overview of codes, statutes, regulations related to waste and used tires, common compliance issues, and registration or notification requirements for those storing waste and/or used tires. Register for this webinar here.

 

City of Scottsdale Water Efficiency Workshop
Attracting Hummingbirds & Butterflies
Date/Time: Thursday, October 19, 2017; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Turn your yard into a wildlife sanctuary! Learn how to create an inviting environment for hummingbirds, butterflies and other creatures using a wonderful array of beautiful native and desert-adapted plants.  Find more information here.

 

Create Your Own Desert Food Forest
Date/Time: Saturday, October 21, 2017; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Auditorium at the Glendale Main Library – 5959 W. Brown St.
Attention all foodies! Grow your yard and eat it, too! The Linking Edible Arizona Forests (LEAF) Network will be teaching this class on how to create a desert food forest in your yard. Mesquite, prickly pear, and agave are just a handful of tasty plants that thrive in the low desert. Gain a new appreciation of the Sonoran Desert by learning about different kinds of edible trees and shrubs, including how to plant, harvest, and tend to them.  Attendees will receive a free desert edible plant at the end of the class (one plant per household; first-come, first-served). Funded by the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, and the USDA Forest Service. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Find more information here.

 

Free ADEQ Waste Programs Division Professional Workshop
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 24, 2017; 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 400 W. Congress Street, Suite 444, Tucson, AZ 85701
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Waste Programs Division staff invite interested business and government personnel and community members to attend this no-cost, Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste & Pollution Prevention Workshop, which offers Professional Development Hours. Find more information and RSVP here.

 

Watershed Management Group Workshop:
Hydrate With Greywater
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 24, 2017; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Wrigley Hall, Room 481, ASU Tempe Campus
Did you know that an average household’s laundry water produces enough greywater to support a backyard fruit tree? In this talk, Ryan Wood will cover how to use a laundry-to-landscape system that turns greywater into a resource for your plants and reduces your municipal water usage. This session will cover best practices for greywater use and will guide you to creating a greywater action plan for your home. Find more information and RSVP here.

 

20th Annual Meeting of the Southwest Vegetation Management Association
Date/Time: October 24-26, 2017
Location: Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ
The Southwest Vegetation Management Association (SWVMA) will host its 20th Annual Meeting at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ on October 24-26, 2017. Tuesday and Wednesday will be devoted to presentations and panel discussions with state representatives. On Tuesday evening SWVMA and sponsors will host an evening reception and poster session. On Wednesday, there will be a luncheon banquet during the annual business meeting. Find more information and RSVP here.

 

2017 Mesquite Pancake Breakfast
Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 2017; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 517 N 1st St., Phoenix, AZ, 85004
Come support Trees Matter and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast which will include mesquite flour pancakes with date maple syrup, cage free locally sourced eggs and locally sourced tepary bean chorizo. Coffee and orange juice “Devilade” sourced from ASU campus will be served. This event is a fundraiser to help support Trees Matter, an organization that strives to inspire and promote an increased tree canopy in the Valley; which includes learning more about trees right in our backyard and all the food they provide! Find more information and RSVP here.

 

City of Scottsdale Water Efficiency Workshop
Smart Irrigation Controllers
Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 2017; 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Discover a new generation of irrigation controllers that takes into account local weather conditions or soil moisture levels and waters accordingly, and how these “smart” controllers can benefit your yard, community or business. Find more information here.

 

Creating Vibrant Communities with the Community in Mind: Development and Gentrification
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 8, 2017; 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MST
Host: America Walks
Displacement and concerns of gentrification are at the center of many debates about placemaking and development. How do we serve as responsible stewards of communities while also promoting positive change? Learn some of the successful techniques and skills recommended to address these challenges. Register for this webinar here.

 

Backyard Composting
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 8, 2017; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Auditorium at the Glendale Main Library – 5959 W. Brown St.
Are you interested in turning your kitchen scraps and yard waste into compost? Copy Mother Nature’s original system of recycling organic materials into rich soil nutrients. Listen to Pam Perry, a local garden expert, talk about the tricks and tasks of home composting. Compost makes for a happy garden, which makes for a happy gardener! Win a composter, donated by the Glendale Recycling Division, by participating in a free raffle. Find more information here.

 

Go Green and Save Green at Home
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 15, 2017; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Auditorium at the Glendale Main Library – 5959 W. Brown St.
Have you wanted to “go green” and save money at home? The City of Glendale Water Services Department and Sanitation Department staff are teaming up to share simple ways to reduce your water, energy, and household waste. Glendale residents that attend this class will receive free water- and energy- efficiency devices, including a four-pack of compact fluorescent light bulbs, a programmable thermostat, and a high-efficiency showerhead! Find more information here.

 

City of Scottsdale Green Building Series
Solar Energy & Storage Battery Systems
Date/Time: Thursday, December 7, 2017; 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd.
Join this meeting for a lively discussion and update on rooftop solar, distributed energy, load management, incentives and the future of photovoltaics (PV) in the Desert Southwest. Hear about the latest energy storage technologies and the city’s largest solar PV installation using battery storage to reduce peak demand. Find more information here.

 

Turning Data into Action
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 13, 2017; 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MST
Host: America Walks
What do we mean when we say the walking movement? After 12 months of studying a selection of indicators to measure the movement, America Walks is excited to be able to release information on the growth of the walking movement and how data measuring its progress can be used to spur future action. Register for this webinar here.

 

Fourteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability
Date/Time: January 17-19, 2018
Location: The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia
The Fourteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, & Social Sustainability will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field. The conference program groups together presentations along similar themes to facilitate knowledge sharing and community building. Find more information here.

 

Free ADEQ Waste Programs Division Professional Workshop
Date/Time: Wednesday, January 31, 2018; 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: ADEQ, 1110 W. Washington Street, Room 3175 A/B, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Waste Programs Division staff invite interested business and government personnel and community members to attend this no-cost, Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste & Pollution Prevention Workshop, which offers Professional Development Hours. Find more information and RSVP here.

 

City of Scottsdale Green Building Series
Living an Edible Landscape Life
Date/Time: Thursday, February 1, 2018; 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd.
Join urban gardeners as they share the benefits and how-to’s of growing your own healthy food, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in our desert environment. Learn about our planting and harvesting seasons. Find out about the wide range of community gardens available for you to participate in and how school gardens provide students with valuable skills. Find more information here.

 

City of Scottsdale Green Building Series
Building with Earth & Mass in the Desert
Date/Time: Thursday, April 5, 2018; 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd.
Hear about the timeless technology and simplicity of converting earth into efficient and durable structures. Learn how mass walls and floors modulate indoor temperatures while reducing cooling costs and improving comfort. Find more information here.

 

City of Scottsdale Green Building Series
Heating & Cooling with Ductless Mini-Splits
Date/Time: Thursday, June 7, 2018; 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd.
Used for decades in Europe and Asia, “ductless” mini-split heat pumps differ from traditional home heating and cooling systems. Instead of leaky and bulky ductwork, ductless mini-split heat pumps use an indoor unit connected to an outdoor unit via refrigerant lines. Up to 8 indoor units can be attached to one outdoor unit allowing for different temperature settings in various locations in the house. Find out how mini-splits can cut cooling costs by 30%. Find more information here.