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Thank you to all who attended our February issue launch party! We especially want to thank Lost and Found Resale Interiors for hosting and providing the hors d’oeuvres and gift basket, and Lawrence Dunham Vineyards and Mudshark Brewery for providing the refreshments. We’d also like to thank Crooked Sky Farms, Dazzle Cloth, Foosia and Healing Day Spa for the giveaways. We hope to see you all at the March issue launch party!

At our February Issue Launch Party, we asked attendees to bring along a photo of their favorite upcycled product. Here are the winners!

Kathy MaguirebKathy Maguire: “I use this antique brass headboard as a trellis for cucumbers in my summer garden. This upcycled item is also very aesthetically pleasing in the yard.”237b

The unique and colorful Rubberband Pillow from Copenhagen is as versatile and decorative as it is fun and eccentric. Throw it on a couch or your favorite chair to add a little playful flare to your space.

By Joe Zazzeraz

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Arizona is quickly becoming a hot spot for biomimicry education and research. Biomimicry is a design methodology that observes functional forms in nature and applies those strategies to human design of forms, processes and systems.

On March 3, the official kick-off event for ASU’s on-campus Biomimicry Center will take place. The event marks several years of work in the development of a partnership between ASU and the Montana-based Biomimicry 3.8 organization.

Janine Benyus first coined the term biomimicry, or the “mimicking of life,” in her 1997 book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Since then, Benyus and co-founder Dayna Baumeister have gone on to form the Biomimicry Institute and Biomimicry 3.8. Their organization works with fortune 500 innovation and design teams developing solutions based on the genius of nature. Read more

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Growing up in a small town in California that was minutes from the beach and known for its strawberry fields, I still took the natural beauty of this planet for granted. As I grew older and moved from California to Arizona, I learned to love and cherish the variety of ecosystems and landscapes we have on this planet. I want to help raise awareness about the protection of our natural resources and the people and creatures that inhabit it, for both current and future generations. Here at Green Living magazine we aim to bring the concept of sustainability and living green to everyone regardless of income or lifestyle – green is for everybody

I’m very pleased to be the new Associate Editor of Green Living magazine and to be part of this wonderful publication. My entire life, I knew I wanted to work in publishing – reading and writing were my favorite hobbies growing up, and I quickly discovered I also had an eye for editing. I graduated with my BA in English Literature from Arizona State University in 2013, and caught a lucky break when my first job interview led me to a technical publishing company in Fountain Hills. I loved the work, but discovered the subject matter was not my passion. I met with Dorie Morales and discovered the breath of fresh air that is Green Living. Read more

By John and Jennifer Burkhart

Many say that Valentine’s Day is just a commercialized “holiday” that pressures us to buy overpriced balloons, flowers and sweets. Well, they may be on to something, but who doesn’t love a reason to eat chocolate? The important things to look for when buying chocolate are whether or not it is organic and fair trade, sourced from small farms and made using eco-friendly business practices. All of our chocolate bars this month meet those criteria.

Royal Exchange Milk Chocolate CaramelEqual Exchange Chocolates | Milk chocolate caramel crunch with sea salt

He said:  Salted caramel is the new rage. It’s everywhere — salted caramel coffee, salted caramel ice cream, salted caramel toothpaste. Okay, maybe not the last one. Equal Exchange did a little bandwagon jumping with this one. The smooth milk chocolate crunchy caramel (a.k.a. toffee) was delicious, but there was too much salt for my taste.

He gave it: ★★★

She said:  I know firsthand that seawater tastes pretty awful, so who would’ve thought sea-salt anything would be such a hit? The salt in this chocolate bar was a bit strong, but that didn’t stop me from devouring square after square. The crispy toffee-like caramel was a nice added surprise.

She gave it: ★★★★ Read more

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by Ainsley Despain

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. recently announced its partnership with NRG Energy, Inc. to make its properties run on green energy.

The Phoenician is just one example of the difference energy efficiency can make — the 2,000 solar panels recently installed on the Scottsdale-based luxury property will offset the energy equivalence of approximately 90 homes. Starwood and NRG gave careful consideration to the coloring and placement of the solar panels to bring green initiatives up to luxury standards. Read more

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by Molly Cerreta Smith

Designed by both students and faculty of Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, the series of semi-custom homes dubbed Cahava Springs in Cave Creek will serve as one of the Valley’s largest fully entitled residential development projects. The 982-acre master-planned community is being built by a company collaboration between Mark Stapp, executive director of the Master of Real Estate Development program; Fred E. Taylor Professor in Real Estate in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University; and former chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; and Jon Kitchell and Lorenzo Perez of Venue Projects: Kitchell-Perez. Read more

by Emily Doan

Flexible space is a growing trend throughout the country that is challenging the conventional ways we think about how we live, work and play. A room that can be molded to fit the ever-changing needs of a community provides sustainable solutions while also creating a canvas to shape the needs of the public. Today, it is not uncommon for a single person or family to own a house, an office, a storage unit, a work studio and a second home. As we continue making incredible sustainability transformations, we have begun to think outside of the box. Shared studios and flex spaces are areas where people can host a variety of activities, events and work functions. Converting a room or building to make it multi-functional cuts down on the cost and resources that would be required of a single-purpose space.

With the growing cultural values that continue to make urban areas in Arizona so unique, innovative individuals have integrated this trend into their businesses and daily lives. Wayne Rainey, artist, photographer and director, as well as owner of what is now the MonOrchid in downtown Phoenix, has transformed what was originally a reverberant warehouse, built in 1937 by Del Webb, into an extraordinary, multifaceted flex space. The building is not only an exhibition space, but also a stunning architectural piece in itself featuring a coffee shop, two large studios, a kitchen, conference room, office pods and a soon-to-be restaurant. Rainey says of the space, “I’m always challenged when people ask me what exactly it is. The building is many things. It’s hard to sum it up in a one-line description. It’s symbolic of what Phoenix wants.” Read more