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ASU President Michael M. Crow

By Kevin Brady

This year’s Sustainability Solutions Festival, themed “(Re)Imagine Your World,” targets a much broader audience than in years past. From families and the ASU community to leaders of the industry and film aficionados, ASU is partnering with global leaders that work in sustainable business, renewable energy, consumer innovation, science and the arts to produce this week-long celebration of different sustainability solutions. ASU’s President Michael M. Crow says of the event, “Our charter states that ASU assumes fundamental responsibility for the economic, social and overall health of the community it serves. Hosting the Sustainability Solutions Festival to highlight innovative ideas and technologies is an example of our institutional commitment to our global community.” Read more

Milagro Cohousing in Tucson, ArizonaBy David Schaller

We are fast learning that climate disruption does not have to be a conundrum. In Arizona, an array of best practices is being put in place -— purposeful next steps to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and lessen the future social and economic vulnerabilities now growing around us.

While perhaps not the first place one might look, Arizona Interfaith Power and Light (AZIPL) is advancing a straightforward, faith-based purpose in taking climate action. Offering a religious response to climate change, AZIPL is comprised of more than 30 congregations across the state. The group’s mission is to mobilize people of faith in Arizona to reduce the causes of global climate change through education, advocacy, action and prayer.

One of its Phoenix programs, called Cool Congregations, works with churches to help them reduce their carbon footprint and save money. One example is St. Matthew’s, a Hispanic parish in one of the most contaminated areas of the state that has long suffered environmental injustice. By changing out its appliances and with lighting retrofits, AZIPL has saved the parish an estimated $9,000 on its annual energy bill — money that can now go to mission and ministry work rather than to utility bills.

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Patagonia Building

by Anton G. Camarota, PhD

One of the primary ways that humans learn is by watching others and then modeling them. We first notice the behaviors of other people when these behaviors capture our attention, perhaps through exposure in the media. According to Albert Bandura, a well-known psychologist, “Most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others, one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action.” Read more

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 Sage Kitchen Walnut SausageWalnut “Sausage”

Sage Kitchen owner Kita Centella created this unique alternative to traditional meat-based sausages. You may never miss the meat!

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups walnuts
1 1/2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes (found at specialty markets)
1/4 Tbsp. soy sauce or substitute
1/2 tsp. ground flax seed
1/8 tsp. Chakra 4 cayenne powder, 35K
1/4 tsp. Chakra 4 ground caraway seed
1 tsp. Chakra 4 ground fennel seed
1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. mineral salt
2 1/2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme, minced
1/2 tsp. fresh oregano, minced
1/4 tsp. fresh rosemary, minced
1/2 Tbsp. fresh sage, minced Read more

RetailGreen Expo

By Molly Cerreta Smith

On December 2 and 3, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa was abuzz with green professionals in the areas of management, operations and sustainability mingling, networking and connecting with other like-minded professionals in their industries. The event kicked off with a “green” happy hour networking opportunity on Monday, December 1, and included a “green-tie” gala, a trade exposition, multiple keynote speakers along with sessions and presentations that covered topics such as energy performance in retail real estate, the perspective on sustainability in retail real estate and the most unheard of innovative ideas of 2014. Read more

SRP Summer Solar

by Molly Cerreta Smith

Late last year, Salt River Project (SRP) inked a partnership with sPower, an independent power producer in Utah, to bring another solar energy facility to Arizona. The agreement includes a 21-year power purchase for 45 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy, equivalent to about 10,000 residential installations, via a new facility in Florence this year. SRP will be purchasing all of the solar power energy produced at the new Sandstone Solar Power Plant that will be built and owned by sPower. Read more

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Kathy Maguire Listing Courtyard

by Kathy Maguire

Whether you are a homeowner or renter, in the market for a new home or making home improvements, you may be wondering what it is that makes a home green. According to the Arizona Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, there are eco-conscious measures in six broad categories that must be employed within a home to be considered green. Homes that emphasize only one or two categories may be energy- or water-efficient but are not considered green homes. The six categories are: Read more