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By Sara Weber

Beginning today, K-12 schools around the country are able to register for the first of two Keep America Beautiful key initiatives: Recycle-Bowl and America Recycles Day. Read more

By Roxanne BowersB9316312986Z.1_20150224183322_000_GO3A28EI3.1-0

The city of Phoenix recently announced that the valley’s streetlight will soon be operated with ClearWorld technology. ClearWorld will soon be installing new solar-powered LED streetlights around the valley to help Phoenix in the process of switching to alternative energy in various community and businesses spaces around the valley. The switch will provide a low-level, energy efficient, and cost reducing alternative to lighting Phoenix streets. Read more

Alysia Reiner

Alysia Reiner, star of “Orange is the New Black”
Photo credit: Josh Merwin/Creative Culture-ID

The Green Living team had the pleasure of meeting Alysia Reiner at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim this March. There we connected with the TV star and her actor husband, David Alan Basche, whom we featured in our June guy’s issue. This green power couple are a true inspiration to everyone interested in or already passionate about living more sustainably. We spoke to Alysia about her journey in motherhood and how she keeps her family healthy and eco-friendly. Also, don’t miss her delicious organic salmon sushi hand roll recipe on page 30!

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Posted by greenlivingaz

“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

Dorie and Amanda met Alysia Reiner and her husband David Alan Basche at Natural Products Expo West

Dorie and Amanda met Alysia Reiner and her husband David Alan Basche at Natural Products Expo West

The idea of leaving the world a better place for our children it is not a new concept. Teddy Roosevelt shared the aforementioned quote during the Seventh Annual Message to Congress in 1907. Educators, lawmakers, celebrities and others have all shared their wisdom on the subject throughout the years, and the human race continues to slowly make progress in baby steps, while occasionally taking two steps forward and one step back. For our August Back to School issue of Green Living magazine, we focus on several local schools that are doing what they can to make a difference both for the lives of children and the livelihood of the environment.

We’re featuring a spotlight on southern Arizona school Stanfield Elementary’s green efforts and the inspiring story of the principal who suffered a heart attack and then decided to get in shape and share the same healthy habits with his students. We also covered Banner Children’s Academy, a private school that teaches important lessons through its ECO program. Also included in this issue are tips from local school district officials on how to effectively green your school year; a roundup of eco zoos; Treasures 4 Teachers nonprofit; tips from Don’t Trash Arizona on how to minimize highway trash this monsoon season; Goodwill’s zero-waste efforts; the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s Desert Ark educational outreach program; and much more! Read more

By Cara Pencak


Ivory – a highly valued material for its interesting texture and versatility in manufacturing – comes from animal tusks, most notably elephants, which are killed for the material. Between 2010 and 2012 alone, poachers killed more than 100,000 elephants for this reason. That boils down to one elephant killed every fifteen minutes for ivory. These numbers continue to increase, leading some scientists to conclude that African forest elephants could be extinct within the next ten years. Read more

By Rachel Gossen

13 major companies, including Apple, Google and Coca Cola, have pledged to invest a combined total of $140 billion into the U.S. government’s efforts to cut carbon emissions. Read more

By Maria Fabiola Portillo

courtesy of SGW websiteSynthetic Grass Warehouse (SGW), a company located in Anaheim, California is taking the spotlight for water conservation. The company serves as a distribution center for synthetic grass as well as industry experts on the drought and alternative landscaping. They urge those in drought-stricken states who water their lawns to seek an alternative way to landscape their home.

According to SGW the average household uses 320 gallons of water each day, with more than half of those gallons being used for outdoor lawn care. More and more California residents are switching from natural grass to synthetic grass as a water saving solution. If even half of California residents switched to synthetic grass the state would save nearly 1.2 billion gallons daily.

SGW wants to educate the community on the drought and its severity. California alone needs 11 trillion gallons of water to be considered drought-free. Their goal is to see more synthetic grass lawns than natural grass lawns to ‘kick the drought.’

For more information on Synthetic Grass Warehouse products and installation, visit their website:

Maria Fabiola Portillo is a student/observer/listener/storyteller at Arizona State University learning how to positively impact our world through multimedia.  She also loves to eat and laugh (sometimes at the same time).