by Amanda Harvey
Arizona attracts millions of visitors each year, and its population is ever increasing. However, this growth results in more construction for housing developments and shopping malls, which disturbs our state’s natural land. Only six percent of Arizona’s land remains protected wilderness, according to the Arizona Wilderness Coalition. Conservancies like these are helping to protect what natural land we have left, including lakes, rivers and forests as well as the animals that call our state home. Others are going further and rehabilitating wild animals that are abandoned or sick, with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into the wild.
Arizona Antelope Foundation
The Arizona Antelope Foundation was founded in 1992 and is dedicated to the welfare and conservation of the pronghorn antelope. The foundation’s mission is to increase pronghorn populations in Arizona through habitat improvements including developing additional water sources, supporting predator control efforts, reintroducing pronghorn to historic habitats and promoting research and public education. Read more
EPA awards Environmental Education grants to 18 States
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to include community energy education, summer programs for low-income teenagers, integration of multimedia learning tools into watershed education, environmental health education on the impact of climate change and asthma and hands-on K-12 environmental education programs. Applications were received in 2013, and from those applications EPA has funded 20 grants from across the country for a total of approximately $2.8 million. Arizona is among the 18 states chosen from the 2013 applications. greenenvironmentnews.com
Researchers make Sawdust into Gasoline
Researchers at the University of Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have created a chemical process in which sawdust is successfully converted into the building blocks for gasoline. Using this new process, scientists are able to convert the cellulose in the sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These chains can then be used as an additive to gasoline or as a component in plastics. kuleuven.be/English/news Read more
by Molly Cerreta Smith
Green Living had the opportunity to ask the esteemed Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona, some questions about kickstarting a healthy living routine.
GL: What are some of the simplest ways to start a healthy eating program?
AW: Cook at home when you can. I grew up cooking with my grandmother and I find peace in the kitchen. Rather than being a chore, creating a delicious meal is a great way to relax after a long day. Make cooking fun by bringing family and friends into the kitchen to help.
Use the anti-inflammatory diet on my website as a guide and get creative. Preferred cooking methods include low-temperature options such as steaming, boiling or making stews. When eating out, choose a Mediterranean or Asian restaurant because they often have healthy options on the menu. Eat at regular times, and have a healthy snack midway through both the morning and afternoon such as an ounce or two of high-quality dark chocolate, a small handful of nuts or some dried fruit. Read more
Happy New Year! I could not be happier to unveil our first issue of 2015! Since my arrival at Green Living in September of last year, many changes have taken place (have you noticed?) and many more are in store. We are working hard to ensure our content is well aligned with what you, our valued readers, want to see while continuing to bring you the latest on sustainability in all sectors on a local as well as global scale. Read more
by Molly Cerreta Smith
Last month we featured an article about the Reimagine Phoenix initiative and its programs to help city residents recycle. Another important aspect of the program is education — connecting with Valley teachers and educators to help bring awareness of recycling into schools and to children. Read more