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Solar Impulse 3


Solar Impulse 2 to Make a Stop in the Valley

The Solar Impulse 2, one of the world’s first solar powered planes, is scheduled to land in Phoenix in mid-July. It will be one of the plane’s 12 scheduled stops in its journey around the world. The goals of the pilots, Betrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, are to prove that solar flight is possible and to gain awareness on the possibilities of solar power as an alternative source of fuel. According to the website: “This revolutionary airplane will have to do what no one has ever done before: fly through five consecutive days and nights without using any fuel.” Specifics on speaking engagements and events will be announced closer to the solar plane’s arrival in Phoenix.

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By Amber Starr

Waste Management

The City of Chandler has received a $10,000 grant from Waste Management to be used toward funding the purchase of a large roll-off container, and four 300-gallon receptacles for the city’s new Special Events Recycling Program. The program will utilize the 300-gallon receptacles when hosting special events to collect paper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans, reducing the amount of recyclable items thrown away during the city’s larger events. The large roll-off container will be used for collecting cardboard used by businesses and vendors during city events. Read more

By Demetrius Burns

PHX Renews Lot

Progress is often fought in the trenches of holding on and letting go, but the battle is won in renewal. Renewal is the process of taking something old and making it new, relevant and immediate. Phoenix is a city with a brief history; however, the standard of progress still applies. In order for Phoenix to continue emerging, concentrated efforts of renewal must occur.

City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton seems to understand this principle. In 2012, Mayor Stanton helped start PHX Renews, an initiative dedicated to decreasing the amount of empty lots throughout the city and using them for purposes that will serve the greater good of the community. As per the PHX Renews website, 43 percent of Phoenix’s land is made up of vacant lots. The mission of PHX Renews is simple: find uses for these spaces to beautify the city while also promoting sustainability and enhancing the community.

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by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott

bee on flowerIt is our pleasure to present Part 2 of our wildlife series about bees and business. In our June issue, Part 1 highlighted the unique abilities of solitary bees, which are estimated to be 60 times more efficient at pollinating food crops than honey bees. These solitary-but-social bees forage separately, but some individuals sleep in the same location or share nests.

The article suggested that our farmed food supply chain would become more secure simply by giving the honey bees a rest and working primarily with solitary bees for pollination. Furthermore, two private businessmen were featured: Dave Hunter and Charlie Mohr. They are now teaching others how to “grow” solitary bee cocoons in organic crops and gardens.  Read more

Plastic bags legal in Arizona

By Sara Weber

Effective today, July 3, cities in Arizona will no longer be permitted to ban the sale or use of plastic bags, Styrofoam materials or any other “auxiliary containers.”

Senate Bill 1241, which was passed by Arizona lawmakers and signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey in April, makes it illegal for any city in Arizona to regulate how consumers carry a product out of a business. The bill also makes it illegal for the government to ask a business to disclose information regarding their energy use.

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by Amber Starr

Solar Boat RacingCombining competition, solar energy and innovation, Solar1 is hosting its second annual Solar Boat World Championship race in Monaco. The race is the first of its kind to be held on the open sea, and features boats that are powered only by solar energy. The event will take place July 9-11, hosting teams from all over the world, including several from the U.S. Read more

Posted by greenlivingaz

Solar boatsMan, it’s hot out there. Months like this one make me wonder how we can survive another summer in the Phoenix area, and why people decided to populate here in the first place. As the sun beats down on us day after day, making us sweat profusely and curse our piping-hot steering wheels, we can easily forget to be appreciative of the sun’s power.  Read more