by William Sheaffer
The U.S. transportation system is second only to power plants in the production of harmful emissions. In fact, 97 percent of America’s transportation system is powered by petroleum fuel. Fossil fuel emissions are associated with acid deposition, urban air pollution and global climate change, as well various health and quality of life issues. Dependence on petroleum as a single source of fuel also makes us vulnerable to unstable pricing and supply from the worldwide petroleum industry.
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By Ryan Hixson
Throughout civilized history, the majority of the population relied on walking to get to their destination. Some people owned horses and horse drawn carriages but, for the most part, those were luxuries reserved for the upper classes. Cities were designed and established based on the principle that people would use their legs to get from point A to point B. Thus, the walkability of a city has long been an important part of social and economic development…until the invention of the automobile. Things have changed but it is time to change the course of history and once again consider the importance of designing sustainable and walkable cities.
By Heidi Curiel
Environmental stewardship is thriving in Arizona. Sustainable design is mainstream in cities and towns across the Grand Canyon State and new environmental initiatives are coming to the fore from diverse sectors encompassing business, government, education and the non-profit community.
This year’s 34th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards drew upwards of 100 entries showcasing new standards in all of the award categories, making it one of the most competitive programs yet.
“Just ask the jurists how the decision-making process went…after the awards gala, please!” said Diane Brossart, president and CEO of Arizona Forward. “There was considerable debate over two days of evaluating entries. There’s a silver lining in the challenge of reaching consensus – so many of the projects were deserving of first-place Crescordia recognition. We have a few surprises for those who walk the Green Carpet with us on September 20 at the Academy Awards of the environmental community.” Read more
By David M. Brown
Tiny houses — those less than 1,000 square feet and some much smaller — are big news everywhere.
Tiny homes are the stars of Tiny House Nation on FYI network and are blogged about on smartphones. They’re made of throwaway materials, including railroad container bins that needed a new track, as well as state-of-the-art components that are out of budget for most. They are built lakeside and oceanside, in the mountains and in the desert. They’re tiny but everywhere. Spur, Texas, has even declared itself “tiny house friendly,” without much of a fight from anyone. Read more
by Dr. Angela Darragh, ND
Meditation is a timeless practice that has been valued in multiple cultures. Accordingly, there are a wide variety of styles that sometimes incorporate a religious emphasis or a physical practice like yoga. Ultimately, the universal goal in meditation is simplicity of thought. This has been shown to decrease stress, promote healing and enhance quality of life and productivity.
Constant mind wandering on issues that aren’t currently happening is correlated with unhappiness and impeded performance. Consequently, being fully in the present moment, as emphasized in mindfulness meditation, increases happiness and productivity. In this practice the aim is to calmly observe your thoughts and emotions in a disengaged way. Recognize your train of thought, but let it pass by rather than board the train.