Archive for the ‘Green Life’ Category
By Roxanne Bowers
Arizona Forward is an organization dedicated to environmental conservation in our state. Supporting teachers in educating the next generation on the importance of environmental stability is the next step. Arizona Forward is hosting the 11th annual Earthfest Educators Night, celebrating the efforts of Arizona teachers and their commitment to educating young students on the importance of conserving Arizona’s natural resources. Green Living magazine is proud to be a supporter of the event.
By Stephanie Funk
The weather is starting to cool down in the valley, which means it’s the perfect time to bring home some new additions for your garden. If you are itching to get your hands dirty, Dig It Urban Gardens + Nursery in Downtown Phoenix is now open for business.
Green Living Magazine is proud to be a sponsor of the 5th annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival! The event will take place on Sunday, October 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held at the YWCA, located at 525 N. Bonita Ave., the festival will showcase the qualities of a sustainable desert lifestyle. Families are welcome to join the festivities and admission and parking is free.
By Amanda Harvey
Have you ever wondered about your purpose in life or fantasized about your ultimate dream job? 24-year- old ecopreneur Erin Schrode discovered her passions at a very young age – and ran with it.
Erin recognizes her mother as a major influence in her life choices and career goals. After her mother read an inspiring book when she was pregnant, she wanted to “bring her first child into the healthiest environment possible,” Erin said. “I grew up thinking that was normal, delightfully normal. We carpooled, we drank out of glass water bottles, we went to the farmer’s market every Sunday without fail. Growing up in northern California also helped. There was a lot of energy around the social, eco-conscious way of life.”
By David M. Brown
Who’s barbecuing at noon on a Saturday in mid-September?
While watching an SEC football game two years ago, I walked outside to see which of my neighbors was having a backyard football soirée. None seemed to be, but the odor intensified. I sniffed it to the laundry room and, through the open trap door, saw flames spitting out. A blaze in the garage attic was spreading like a wind-blown grass fire!
Adrenaline pumped, but fortunately, so did good sense. I called 911 and manually opened the garage door. Standing on the other side of the garage was a man I’d never seen: my guardian angel, I remember. “What can I do?” he asked. We pushed my car, a cherished restored 1987 Buick Grand National, out to the street. From the home, on my request, he retrieved Haylie, my Border collie/German pointer. His job done, the angel disappeared; I never saw him again.
Mesa Fire responded in fewer than two minutes. Gilbert Fire followed less than a minute after. The fire teams split: One group extinguished the flames, stabbing holes through the roof; another group moved all of the furnishings, artwork and other home elements to the opposite side of the home. Because of this, I lost little that was valuable to me. Haylie jumped into the Mesa fire superintendent’s air-conditioned truck and didn’t move for more than an hour.