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Cat Mtn LodgeBy Terry Sinclair

The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the wellbeing of local people.” The Cat Mountain Lodge in Tucson offers ecotourists every benefit of this definition.

Before owner Kerstin Block and her late husband Spencer purchased the property in the 1990s, the location of the current bed and breakfast was rundown and overrun with crime. Already residents in the village at the edge of the city near the Tucson Mountains, the Blocks used the success of their popular reuse clothing store Buffalo Exchange to purchase the land and build Cat Mountain Station: Lodge, Cafe and Trading Post.

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September 3, 2015 6:30 am

By Cara Pencak

Banner ChildrenWhat did you learn in grade school? Most likely, you learned how to read the food pyramid and the reasons behind our Thanksgiving celebration, but did you learn how to grow your own food? Students at Banner Children’s Academy of Education and Development – a private school for students experiencing academic and emotional difficulties, including Autism and Asperger’s syndrome – are learning exactly that. In a program called the Environmental Conservation Outdoor Education class (ECO for short), students are taught how to live sustainably by maintaining an onsite garden and using the harvested veggies to prepare meals to share with their classmates. Read more

August 27, 2015 6:30 am

asu green

By Megan Goodwin

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education recently named Arizona State University as the 13th greenest college in the United States. Read more

August 13, 2015 6:00 am


Photo courtesy of Breakthroughs Magazine

Photo courtesy of Breakthroughs Magazine

By Amber Starr

UWIN, the Urban Water Innovation Network, just received a $12 million award from the National Science Foundation to create technological, institutional and management solutions to help communities increase the resilience of their urban water systems and enhance their preparedness for responding to water crises. Led by Colorado State University, UWIN is a consortium of fourteen academic institutions nationwide, including Arizona State University.

ASU’s involvement in the program will include advancing state-of-the-art urban meteorology systems and climate models to better understand the urban environment, placing emphasis on the urban modifications of the water cycle and its impact on human health, energy demand, socioeconomic groups and vulnerable populations. Several of the ASU faculty involved in UWIN are affiliated with the Julie A. Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Read more

August 5, 2015 7:52 am

By Roxanne BowersB9316312986Z.1_20150224183322_000_GO3A28EI3.1-0

The city of Phoenix recently announced that the valley’s streetlight will soon be operated with ClearWorld technology. ClearWorld will soon be installing new solar-powered LED streetlights around the valley to help Phoenix in the process of switching to alternative energy in various community and businesses spaces around the valley. The switch will provide a low-level, energy efficient, and cost reducing alternative to lighting Phoenix streets. Read more

August 4, 2015 6:30 am

Alysia Reiner

Alysia Reiner, star of “Orange is the New Black”
Photo credit: Josh Merwin/Creative Culture-ID

The Green Living team had the pleasure of meeting Alysia Reiner at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim this March. There we connected with the TV star and her actor husband, David Alan Basche, whom we featured in our June guy’s issue. This green power couple are a true inspiration to everyone interested in or already passionate about living more sustainably. We spoke to Alysia about her journey in motherhood and how she keeps her family healthy and eco-friendly. Also, don’t miss her delicious organic salmon sushi hand roll recipe on page 30!

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