Events of Interest

Essential Tribal and Utility Relationships
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 29, 2017; 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM MST
Host: Department of Energy
Electric utilities that serve tribal loads can provide a number of beneficial services that are essential toward tribal self-sufficiency, self-determination, and to strengthen economic development opportunities on Indian lands.  Services can range from customized rate tariffs, line extensions, energy services, among other offerings.  Additionally, utilities can become partners with tribal  organization on a variety of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and power generation projects and programs.  Tribal representatives can also attend utility meetings, and join utility advisory groups and boards to play a greater role the utility’s governance.  Tribal organizations can also form their own electric utility in those circumstances where the local serving utility does not meet the current or future needs of the tribal organization. Register for this webinar here.


Measuring Amounts and Causes of Wasted Food
Date/Time: Thursday, November 30, 2017; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MST
Host: West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum
While there are bold goals to halve wasted food by 2030 in the US, there is little understanding of the types, amounts, edibility, and root causes of wasted food in cities and states.  This webinar will feature emerging research and insights from pioneering efforts led by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collaboration with Portland State University.  This research is intended to help governments, NGOs, businesses and funders better understand opportunities to reduce avoidable wasted food through improved measurement and more effective prevention, rescue, and recovery strategies. Register for this webinar here.


North American Water Loss (NAWL) Conference
Date/Time: December 3-5, 2017
Location: San Diego, CA
The upcoming North American Water Loss (NAWL) Conference is less than 2 months away–December 3rd -5th in San Diego, CA.  This event is shaping up to be the premiere conference for water loss management in the western hemisphere. The best and brightest case studies, regulatory and policy developments, and advances in technology will be showcased. The program has over 100 presentations including several North American water agencies who will be presenting their water loss programs and stories on the international stage, plus a keynote from USEPA’s Peter Grevatt. NAWL truly is the tip of the spear for what’s happening in the field of water loss management. Register for this conference 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.


Managing Storm Damaged Trees:  Response, Safety, & Treatment Workshop
Date/Time: Friday, December 8, 2017; 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn Rd, Scottsdale, AZ  85251
Panelists John Gauthier, Jose Cordero, and Joe Mayne from APS Forestry will discuss:

  • First encounter when crews are dispatched following a storm
  • Recognizing, assessing and mitigating the hazards and risks commonly encountered in the field
  • How work in the field ties into our system’s Incident Command and storm coordination

There will also be presentations by the City of Scottsdale Emergency Management Team, safety and storm assessment, and a chainsaw demonstration. Find more information and RSVP for this event here.


Arizona Green Chamber Lunch & Learn
AIA Sustainable Home Design Competition
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 13, 2017; 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: 30 N 3rd Ave #200, Phoenix, AZ 85003
This lunch and learn will feature Mark Hartman, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Phoenix and the winner and other top finalists regarding their innovative energy efficient home designs for The City of Phoenix/American Institute of Architects Arizona Sustainable Home Design Competition! Voting was open until October 23rd to select the favored designs from the top 5 finalists who have submitted home designs that have construction costs in line with today’s average cost but are 80 percent more efficient to operate. Find more information and RSVP 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.