Events of Interest

Southwest MicroLiving
Date/Time: Every Saturday and Sunday, February 17 – March 11, 2018; 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Shemer Art Center, 5005 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
This four-week event will feature up to 12 tiny home and garden structure plus various elements of living small in the Southwest, including micro-gardening, micro-art and micro-brews.  Themed weekend activities will also feature demonstrating artists, workshops, live music, food and business vendors, kids activities and more! Find more information here.

 

Planning for Environmental Justice and Healthy Communities
Date/Time: Friday, February 23, 2018; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MST
Host: EPA
Low-income communities and communities of color tend to be more exposed to impacts from harmful land use activities that can affect human health.  To address land use decision making, California Senate Bill 1000 – the “Planning for Healthy Communities Act” (2016) – now requires certain local jurisdictions to adopt environmental justice goals and policies into their General Plans. Register for this webinar here.

 

Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition Meeting
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 27, 2018; 9:00 AM
Location: ASU Skysong
Cummins will review the heavy duty side of their new line of Heavy Duty CNG engines, as well as a line B-20 capable diesel engines. RSVP to bill@cleanairaz.org.

 

Energy and Climate Security 101
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 27, 2018; 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM MST
Host: ICLEI, Operation Free
It may surprise you to learn that environmentalists are not the only ones who believe climate change and unsustainable energy use are threats to our national security. The Department of Defense has identified clear threats caused by climate change and our dependence on fossil fuels. This training will give an overview of those threats and what steps the military has taken to mitigate them. It will provide a new climate and energy message that connects with audiences who may otherwise feel alienated by traditional environmental talking points. Register for this webinar here.

 

EPA Holding San Francisco Listening Session on Proposed Repeal of Clean Power Plan
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 28, 2018; 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM PST
Location: San Francisco Main Public Library, 30 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a listening session on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan on February 28, 2018, in San Francisco. All persons wanting to speak or attend are encouraged to register in advance. EPA will offer Spanish interpretation. Registration information and more details on the listening session, including how to access online livestreaming, are available at: https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/forms/san-francisco-listening-session-repealing-clean-power-plan

 

Steps Toward Your Tribal Community Energy Future
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 28, 2018; 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM MST
Host: EPA
Sovereign tribal nations across the United States have recognized the important economic value of developing and implementing community energy plans. The community energy planning process helps tribal members establish short- and long-range energy and economic development goals, and identify challenges and opportunities for meeting current and future energy needs in an economically, socially, and  environmentally sustainable fashion. In this webinar, tribal leaders and community members will learn how to develop a community energy plan, including an overview of the five-step project development process developed by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the Office of Indian Energy. Register for this webinar here.

 

Climate Leadership Conference
Date/Time: February 28 – March 2, 2018
Location: Denver, CO
The Annual Climate Leadership Conference brings together influential climate, energy, and sustainability professionals from around the globe to address climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Join for the 7th event to collaborate with an unparalleled group of experts and thought leaders, learn about cutting-edge carbon and energy practices, and navigate the climate policy landscape. Find more information and register here.

 

Building Resilient Communities With Green Infrastructure and Hazard Mitigation Planning
Date/Time: Thursday, March 1, 2018; 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST
Host: EPA
Presenters will focus on two proof of concept projects co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in which two communities enhanced their resiliency by integrating green infrastructure elements of their stormwater and watershed plans into their hazard mitigation plans to achieve co-benefits such as improving water quality and preserving resources. Register for this webinar here.

 

City of Avondale, Water Conservation and Landscaping Classes
Basic Irrigation Parts, Troubleshooting, and Repair
Date/Time: Thursday, March 1, 2018; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Avondale City Hall building, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive
A properly designed and installed irrigation system uses the least amount of water while keeping plants healthy. Unfortunately, most of us keep whatever system the builder or previous owner installed, and too often that means a system that performs poorly and uses too much water. Learn how to identify and correct problems and maximize the efficiency of your irrigation without having to replace your old system. Please register at eavila@avondale.org or by calling Esmie Avila at 623.333.4422.

 

Smart and Connected Management of Thermal Extremes
Date/Time: Friday, March 2, 2018; 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: ASU The Design School, North Building, Room 68, 810 S. Forest Mall, Tempe
This discussion covers initial outcomes from a series of conversations about how Tempe, AZ and Buffalo, NY are currently managing thermal (hot and cold) extremes and how Tempe could improve the way it copes with extreme heat. The panel is made up of practitioners from Tempe, AZ, Erie County, NY, and the National Weather Service with researchers from the University of Buffalo, Temple University, Northern Arizona University, and Arizona State University. The intent of this panel discussion is to start a broader public conversation of how agencies can better manage both hot and cold extremes. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Paul Coseo at Paul.Coseo@asu.edu.

 

Arizona Community Tree Council
Tree Festival & Climbing Championship
Date/Time: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Location: 350 E 6th St, Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Join the Arizona Community Tree Council in their annual Tree Festival & Climbing Championship, open to both participants and spectators. There will also be children’s activities, an exhibitor area, craft vendors, and food vendors. Find more information and RSVP here.

 

Green Alleys: An Innovative Approach to Stormwater Management
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 7, 2018; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST
Host: Sustainable City Network
When your city sits on the bank of the Mississippi River, flood control is a top priority. Join Jon Dienst, P.E. as he shares how the City of Dubuque, IA reduced downtown flooding and improved water quality by reconstructing 70+ alleys using permeable pavement.
This will webinar will help you:
* Understand the advantages of interlocking concrete pavers.
* Uncover the City’s  innovative approach to financing the project.
* See the high-performance tech Jon uses to install, inspect, and maintain every alley.
Register for this webinar here.

 

City of Avondale, Water Conservation and Landscaping Classes
Growing Fruit Trees in the Desert
Date/Time: Thursday, March 8, 2018; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Avondale City Hall building, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive
From exotic to native fruits this class describes over 20 different types of fruit in detail. Discussion will cover water, fertilizer, pollination, fruit thinning and planting tips. Please register at eavila@avondale.org or by calling Esmie Avila at 623.333.4422.

 

4th Annual Tour des Trees
Date/Time: Saturday, March 10, 2018; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: ASU Tempe Campus
Join Arizona State Forestry, Arizona State University, Arizona Community Tree Council, Trees Matter, Arizona Nursery Association, City of Tempe, and many others for the fourth annual Tour des Trees event at the Arizona State University – Tempe Campus! This is a FREE (self-guided) bike- and walk-friendly event that weaves through the amazing trees and vegetation of Arizona State University. Want to learn more? Attend a guided tour by a certified arborist who will tell the trees specific history and facts. Guided tour is from 10:00 to 11:00am. Find more information here.

 

City of Glendale Green Living Series
Xeriscape Garden Walk and Talk
Date/Time: Saturday, March 10, 2018; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 5959 W. Brown St., Glendale, AZ
Take a leisurely stroll through the Glendale Xeriscape (low-water-use) Demonstration Garden that surrounds the Glendale Main Library. Learn about the unique adaptations that allow water-efficient plants to survive and thrive in the low desert. City of Glendale Water Services staff will provide a brief history of the garden, talk about upcoming projects, and lead a guided tour in the garden.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle and wear close-toed shoes and sun-protective gear. Find more information and RSVP here.

 

Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition Meeting
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 14, 2018; 9:00 AM
Location: AZ Legislature
Join Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition for their annual Legislative Day at the Arizona Capital. They will display an array of clean fuel vehicles, from electric school buses to electric motorcycles, UPS CNG tractors to propane lawn mowers. RSVP to bill@cleanairaz.org.

 

City of Avondale, Water Conservation and Landscaping Classes
All About Grass: Homeowners Guide to Lush Lawns; and Landscape and Gardening Q & A
Date/Time: Saturday March 24, 2018; 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive
The first of Saturday’s sessions will cover easy, practical advice to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful and water efficient lawn. Learn how to properly water and care for lawns with an emphasis on the installation and watering of winter lawns. The second session will provide the opportunity to ask questions, if you missed any of the landscape classes and have a question on gardening, watering, or maintenance. Please register for either at eavila@avondale.org or by calling Esmie Avila at 623.333.4422.

 

City of Avondale, Water Conservation and Landscaping Classes
Container Gardening
Date/Time: Thursday, April 5, 2018; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Avondale City Hall building, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive
This class covers every detail of growing plants in containers. From choosing your pot, soil, watering and fertilizing. There will be demonstrations of potting techniques and examples of different containers and soil. Please register at eavila@avondale.org or by calling Esmie Avila at 623.333.4422.

 

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.
Here 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 Glendale Green Living Series
The Giving Tree: Desert Tree Care Class
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 18, 2018; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 5959 W. Brown St., Glendale, AZ
Just in time for Arbor Day, this class will cover basic tree care. Trees provide us with so many benefits, from cleaning our air to keeping us cool. Protect our leafy friends by learning about proper selection, planting and maintenance. Find more information and RSVP here.

  

City of Glendale Green Living Series
Irrigation Repair and Maintenance
Date/Time: Saturday, May 26, 2018; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 5959 W. Brown St., Glendale, AZ
Did you know that more than 50% of a typical household’s total water use is outdoors in the landscape? Irrigations systems require monitoring and maintenance to keep them efficient. Don’t let your landscape soak you! In this class, an irrigation specialist will cover irrigation components, irrigation problems, and basic repairs. Find more information and RSVP 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.