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By Revathi Batola

With only 109 Mexican gray wolves remaining in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, the endangered wolf population is a continued concern within animal conservation communities. Dinner with Wolves, a one-of-a-kind event primarily sponsored by consignment store chain My Sister’s Closet, will help benefit Arizona’s Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and Defenders of Wildlife conservation organization. This event will not only deliver a presentation on wolves but will also offer guests an opportunity to meet them.

The event, held on April 19 at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., will introduce guests to the beautiful gray wolves, with the ultimate goal of showing the public how their support can save this animal within Arizona state boundaries. This initiative not only promises to bring awareness, but also a sense of responsibility towards wildlife population in the state. Read more

Rachel-CarsonThe first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, eight years after the publication of Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” connected the use of the pesticide DDT to the degradation of the environment and humankind. Prior to the book’s 1962 publication, the now-infamous DuPont slogan “Better Living Through Chemistry” was hailed as the path to conquering insect pests in agriculture and insect-borne diseases. Petrochemicals were presumed to be bringing us a better and safer life.

Carson was a biologist with no academic affiliation, no institutional voice, and no PhD. She was an outsider. But she was also a great observer, connecting the industrial waste flowing into the Chesapeake Bay to the destruction of oyster beds. Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, her literary skills were sharpened as she edited reports from scientists working in the field. She wrote in a voice that the public could understand. Her first book, “The Sea Around Us,” established her as one of the foremost scientific writers in America. By 1957, Carson realized that the widespread use of chemicals was harmful to the entire planet and she wrote to a friend, “There would be no peace for me if I kept silent.”

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Earth Day 2In this day and age, it’s hard to imagine that there was once a time when recycling and reducing water usage or carrying reusable bags were considered absurd. These habits are becoming so normalized that they’re no longer seen as an inconvenient or senseless practice. The same goes for buying organic and local foods, which was once reserved for only wealthy or highly food-conscious people. It’s so refreshing to see supermarkets stocking shelves with healthier options and specialty health food and product stores becoming more mainstream. It reminds me that we’re all after the same goal of being better to the planet and to ourselves. With that in mind, we bring you our Earth Day issue.

In this issue, Green Living magazine brings you stories on how to unplug and reconnect with nature; the benefits of energy medicine; eco-communities in Arizona; and a woman whose passion for the truth contributed to the very first Earth Day. Also featured is a story on Waste Not, a local nonprofit company that saves thousands of pounds of perishable food which would otherwise be thrown away from restaurants and other establishments and delivers it same-day to people in need. Read about the Avondale tree planting initiative; 11 tips to reduce chemical exposure at home; and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s Teen Conservation Leadership Corps. Additionally, we’ve included a followup Q&A with Jared Bucey, better known as the “Kid Against Chemo” and our cover story from the February issue. We received a lot of positive feedback from Jared’s inspirational story, but it also sparked some further questions from our readers. We hope to answer all your burning questions and more with the help of Jared’s mother Lisa, his naturopathic doctor Shaida Sina, and cancer experts Ty and Charlene Bollinger.

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Kids in the Kitchen

 

Pizza Dough

Local caterer and chef Titina Pacheco provided these kid-friendly recipes that the Green Living team tested during our photoshoot with her daughter, Caro, and Dorie Morales’ son, Keaton. These are not only kid favorites, but can also be easily executed by children, along with adult supervision of course.

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Kids in the Kitchen

Spinach Pasta

Local caterer and chef Titina Pacheco provided these kid-friendly recipes that the Green Living team tested during our photoshoot with her daughter, Caro, and Dorie Morales’ son, Keaton. These are not only kid favorites, but can also be easily executed by children, along with adult supervision of course.

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By John and Jennifer Burkhart

Ah, March. Flowers are blooming, beers are turning green, and umpires are yelling, “Play ball!” But who’s ready for some spring cleaning? Hello? Where did everyone go? Oh right, baseball. If you’re like us, you’re mesmerized by all the flowers blooming while conveniently ignoring the stale, non-flowery air in your abode. We reviewed a few Earth-friendly products that aim to freshen up your space and make spring cleaning a little more enjoyable.

methodMethod | Hard Floor Cleaner, Ginger Yuzu

He said:  This spray-and-mop stuff smelled delicious! Like a ginger tropical fruit punch. If I didn’t know better, I would have tried to drink it. It was super easy to apply, cut through the floor gunk well, and dried quickly. But $6 for 25 ounces is a bit steep, so steer clear if you’ve got a lot of floor to mop.

He gave it: ★★★

She said:  Whoever designed this bottle is one sneaky genie. It’s fun to hold, and once it’s in my hand I really can’t find an excuse not to mop the floor. The nozzle sprayed just enough cleaner, which smelled very fresh and clean, and with a quick scrub from a stick mop, I was done. The solution cleaned great and left no residue.

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By Anton G. Camarota PhD

IMG_20141213_100551bStakeholder management is a central element of any sustainability strategy. Increasingly, business leaders around the world are recognizing the importance of integrating stakeholder issues, concerns and requirements into their operations.

Stakeholders, defined as any party that has an interest or “stake” in the company’s operations, are important for several reasons. When managers develop a strategy that defines how the business is making each stakeholder better off, they find that varied stakeholder interests tend to converge with the interests of their company. Also, a stakeholder perspective is based on an ecological worldview. Managers adopting this worldview recognize that the flow of information and resources, positive relationships and shared value among diverse stakeholders determine the company’s social legitimacy and its ability to sustain its operations over time. Read more