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By Kathy Maguire, reposted with permission from kathymaguire.com
There are networking events, and then there are worthwhile networking events. Last week I attended a schmoozing cocktail affair and left after the first half hour. It just wasn’t my scene.
The next day, Dorie Morales, a friend and publisher of Green Living magazine, called and invited me to another networking event that evening. “I know you’ll love this. Local First Arizona is one of my favorite organizations,” she said, in response to my grumbling about my experience the night before.
Dorie was convincing, and I decided to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did!
Walking into the huge warehouse-type structure in the heart of the arts district in downtown Phoenix, I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. But it wasn’t long before I was warmly welcomed by Local First volunteers and given the rundown on the evening’s affair. The night’s event space, monOrchid, is a 14,0000-square-foot building comprised of open exhibition space, office pods, and two world-class photo cycloramas. A tour of the space was quite impressive.
I wasn’t there very long before I became engaged in conversation with several interesting entrepreneurs. I must say, the energy and excitement of the Local First attendees was absolutely contagious. I also wasn’t there very long before I decided that Local First is an organization that I’d like to join.
Local First Arizona is a non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through growing, supporting, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state. They educate consumers, business leaders, and policymakers about the significant economic, civic, and cultural benefits of strong local economies.
An interesting educational tidbit from Local First’s website is that for every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $73 remains in the local economy and $27 leaves. For every $100 spent at a non-locally owned business, $43 remains in the local economy and $57 leaves.
As a REALTOR® with DPR Realty, Kathy Maguire specializes in residential real estate in the Phoenix Valley. She holds NAR’s Green and EcoBroker® designations and is committed to helping her clients evaluate the costs and benefits of green building features and practices, listing and marketing green homes and buildings, educating discussing homeowners on the financial grants and incentives available, and helping consumers see a property’s green potential.
El Tour de Tucson is always a big event in the Old Pueblo and this year promises to be no different. The 2014 Special Olympics 32nd El Tour de Tucson’s theme “Ride to be Unified” honors the efforts of Brandon Lyons and Lorena Evan, a firefighter and a registered nurse respectively, to alert the community about the safety solution for both cyclists and drivers. Their story began in 2013 while training for the 31st El Tour de Tucson, when a motorist traveling approximately 45 mph struck Lyons and Even from behind. Since the accident, the two have worked towards building public awareness of the safety between cyclists and cars on the streets of Pima County.
The theme of Earth Day this April 22nd 2014 is “Green Cities”, which means over a billion people around the world will help to highlight the importance of living in a sustainable city with a focus on improving our environment. Over half of the world’s population now live in cities and it’s having an increasingly detrimental impact on our planet.
Our editor-in-chief Tishin Donkersley shares 8 different ways you can have a healthy, green Halloween!
BY TISHIN DONKERSLEY, M.A.
Living sustainably was Martha Stewart’s style long before it was trendy to be green─from her luscious gardens and talent for repurposing items for crafts and home interiors, to her emerging line of eco-friendly products for your pets and home, Martha considers the green lifestyle a way of life that is necessary for maintaining health and wellness.