by Kelli Vu
This year BICAS celebrates its 25th anniversary, offering the Tucson community a place for both bicycle maintenance and bicycle education. Located near downtown Tucson, BICAS, which stands for Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage, is a non-profit organization that is a collectively run community education and recycling center for people of all ages. Read more
By Adam Minter
Review by Terri Schlichenmeyer
This will probably be the last summer for your outdoor twinkle lights.
You’ve noticed that the bulbs are half burned-out, and you’d really rather have new lights anyhow. They’re energy-efficient, and they look nicer.
You’re going to recycle those old twinklers because it’s the right thing to do. But where do they go after you’ve put them in the bin? Read Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter, and you might be surprised to find out.
Looking to integrate sustainability into your daily life? There’s no place like home to begin your green journey. Take a look at these green home products.
Enzymes Cleaning Kit
Want a clean home without the chemicals? Naturally It’s Clean has packaged a kit containing seven vegetable-based enzyme cleaners for cleaning your home without using any toxic chemicals. This kit comes with a tub and tile cleaner, mildew cleaner, kitchen cleaner, glass cleaner, laundry pre-treater, floor cleaner, and stain eraser packet. $36
By Connor Murphy
At first glance, Phoenix’s Creative Living Fellowship might seem like any other church. The space is humble, the congregation no more than three hundred: a seemingly ordinary church. However, a second look reveals the church to be anything but ordinary. Led by Rev. Michele Whittington (who insists Rev. Michele is just fine), the Creative Living Fellowship has transformed their church into a sustainable community.
By Elizabeth Allen
For the picky pescetarian, Cuttlefish at Gainey Ranch creates an atmosphere with a subtle message of sustainability. Scottsdale’s Cuttlefish Italian Cuisine is the only restaurant in Arizona with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch certification. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch recommends certain species of seafood according to region to suppliers and consumers alike in order to tackle the world’s overfishing problem. Restaurants that have committed to serving only seafood listed in the region’s “Best Choices” and “Good Alternatives” are Seafood Watch Restaurant Partners. The program currently works with more than 200 restaurants across the country to ensure the seafood served is from a sustainable, farm-raised, or low-impact fishery.