By Dr. Anton Camarota
One of the most important principles that sustainable organizations follow is to align their products and services with multiple human needs. The better a company’s products and services are aligned with our needs, the more desirable they become in the eyes of customers. High alignment with human needs also applies to employees. Employees who feel their work is meaningful tend to be more motivated, experience higher energy levels, and be more satisfied with results. Read more
Submitted by Local First Arizona
If you’re thinking how best to go green with your holiday gift giving, consider the effect your dollar has on the local economy. When you purchase your holiday gifts locally, you’ll also give the gift of a sustainable local economy. By spending your money at a local business versus a chain store, up to four times more money stays in state and circulates many times over in the local economy.
These extra dollars go towards supporting local jobs and other local businesses, and keep tax dollars in the state to support necessary safety services and schools. Additionally, some studies have shown that online shopping is not always better for the environment than traditional shopping trips, so you should not feel deterred from venturing out to your favorite local businesses for your holiday shopping. Read more
By Taylor Goelz
Gardening in the desert has never been an easy task, but during the last 33 years Arbico Organics in Tucson has tried to make it just a little bit easier…and a lot greener. Even before going green was the hip thing to do, Arbico was there promoting natural and healthy solutions to any garden ailment, as an alternative to the more common method—pesticides. Owner Sheri Herrera de Frey boasts that “Arbico was ‘green’ before the color ‘green’ was even in the Crayola color box!”
By Cheryl Hurd
The energy at Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery is as fluid and varied as the wines sampled in their hillside tasting room. Just a few hours drive from the Valley, a few miles outside of Sedona, and walking distance to a lush bird sanctuary along Oak Creek, this Cornville vineyard and winery embraces visitors with a comfortable at-home feeling, whether home is Alaska, New Jersey, halfway around the globe, or a few minutes down the road. Read more
By Terri Sinclair
Travel to the Verde Valley and experience for yourself the magic so many others are discovering every day. Among its many wonders you’ll find Arizona’s last free-flowing river, a riparian zone that supports abundant eco-tourism, and a historic town with eclectic charm. The lush Verde Valley is home to the Verde River. Its water gave birth to Native American farming communities hundreds of years ago and encouraged settlers in the Gold Rush era. The area’s small towns, like historic Cottonwood, have as much diversity as the natural wildlife. Lonely Planet travel guide ranked the area as a top 10 travel destination for 2013. It’s a slice of Arizona that’s not to be missed. Read more
By Kimbel Westerson
According to Jim Elser, the only reason to care about phosphorus is if you drink water and eat food.
Elser is a distinguished sustainability scientist at Arizona State University’s (ASU) Global Institute of Sustainability, and a Regents’ Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Sciences. He’s also the co-coordinator of ASU’s Phosphorus Sustainability Initiative and has studied phosphorus for more than 20 years. He is convinced that if we can find a way to recycle phosphorus, we can secure food supplies and ensure clean water for future generations. Read more
By Cheryl Hurd
Ramona Button, at age 13, climbed the Sacaton Mountains with her father, a trip they made several times throughout her childhood. It was in these mountains that her father had taught her to meditate, listen to the wind, and understand the earth.
On this day, she surveyed the land that had once been agriculturally rich. Water issues had diminished the farming on the Gila River Indian Community. Her father sat beside her and asked, “What do you see?”
Ramona answered honestly, “Dirt and sticks.”
But her father, Francisco Smith, had a vision. “I see greenery,” he told her, gesturing to the vast expanse of barren land. “I see it all green. You are going to do it. It will be a part of you.” Read more