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olphin, tree, and downward dog – all wonderful poses in the practice of Yoga. With September being Yoga Month, it’s a great time to either start taking up the practice or celebrating your commitment. I didn’t believe yoga was worthy of my time until a friend of mine told me it would help the pain in my back – a daily reminder of a car wreck I experienced as a teenager. Through the years I’ve worked on strengthening my core through sports and general exercise, but I still had some pain – I had to do something, so I committed to yoga. I started slow, working through the poses and stretches, and over time, my back felt like a million bucks. Through my practice I found that not only did I gain flexibility, balance, and strength but I reaped additional benefits that I’d

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never even imagined: peace of mind, focus, and friends. I’m so glad I listened to my friend, and hope that you try out yoga this month, or return to your practice. I am also thrilled to share my one-on-one interview with the infamous Martha Stewart. “I don’t think green is a trend. I think green should be, and will be, a way of life,” Martha said-an encouraging statement. I thoroughly enjoyed our chat about pets, going green, and her mentor Julia Child. I hope you will too. Namaste,

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Roofing Roofing material has gone through a true makeover and is now being made from recycled rubber, foam-backed metal, synthetic stone, and recycled concrete tiles. The days of shingles made of asphalt and cedar shakes are numbered. Today, new materials that are more durable and more cost-efficient expand roof life, use fewer resource materials, and increase energy savings. BY William Janhonen LEED AP, NAHB-CGP

Windows With the Arizona heat blazing through your windows, keeping it cool inside is the ultimate goal. Companies like Lutron have created house controls to monitor heating and cooling temperature fluctuation throughout the home by raising and lowering shades at specific times to control interior lighting and comfort needs. If you don’t want to go too high-tech, installing ENERGYSTAR windows, doors, and skylights can shrink energy bills between 7 and 15 percent. To prevent leakage, make sure all cracks are sealed during installation.

Taking on a remodel is no easy task – and with a growing movement toward “going green,” there’s a lot more to consider. Much of it comes down to common sense building methods that utilize eco-friendly materials and green

Decorating Home interiors are becoming the playground for new designs and products. People can choose from bamboo floors, recycled concrete with imbedded melted glass countertops, repurposed

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furniture, antiques, and grass woven wallpaper hung with low volatile organic compound paste. The number and variety of products available for sustainable building is growing daily.

Water In the desert, conserving water is a must. Finding ways to reduce water usage can help reduce stress on the environment, and our pocketbooks. Low-flow showerheads, faucets, toilets, ENERGYSTAR washing machines, and tankless water heaters are among the most common methods used to reduce water usage within the home. More importantly, check for water leaks within the home and around the yard.

Permeable Pavers Whether for a driveway or a patio, permeable pavers can accomplish many things, including reducing storm drain runoff, preserving our streambeds and rivers, and reducing the heat island effect. Pavers are also more aesthetically appealing, and return water to the aquifer while providing a sturdy surface. Paving surfaces can be made from grass, concrete, or mulches, among other materials. Learn more about pavers at

Lighting and Alternative Energy If you are thinking of changing out your lighting, consider LED lights that are lower in watts and can save lots of green for consumers. Although they have a higher initial purchase price, they can last up to 50,000 hours. ENERGYSTAR appliances use less energy and will save you money in the long run. Using renewable energy is another effective way to lower your costs. Where it is practical, geothermal heating/ cooling, wind power, and solar heating/solar photovoltaic are becoming more common. Tax incentives from the federal and state governments assist in funding these improvements – the website is a mainstay for funding assistance for most home energy improvements. Also check with your utility company for assistance.

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Insulation is another option for improving both energy efficiency and indoor comfort. The type and method of installation is directly related to the area, climate conditions, and type of home. Whether you choose spray foam, packed cellulose, recycled denim, or the old standard fiberglass, you need to have a professional assess the best method and type of insulation for your home.

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Health & Wellness

Awakening Through Yoga BY DEEPAK CHOPRA, M.D.

In the past two decades, yoga has moved from relative anonymity in the West to a well-recognized practice offered in thousands of studios, community centers, hospitals, gyms, and health clubs. Although yoga is commonly portrayed as a popular fitness trend, it’s actually the core of the Vedic science that developed in the Indus Valley more than 5,000 years ago. Yoga began as a philosophy rather than as a physical discipline. The term yoga is first mentioned in the sacred Indian text the Rig Veda, which dates to roughly 500 B.C. The Rig Veda defines yoga as a union or “yoking” of the material and spiritual worlds, and it doesn’t describe any physical postures other than the traditional cross-legged meditation pose. Another 300 years passed before the legendary sage Patanjali composed the Yoga Sutras, where he systematically describes the eight “limbs” of yoga. The Yoga Sutras offers a clear roadmap for

the evolution of consciousness from ordinary states of awareness such as waking, dreaming, and sleeping, to higher states of consciousness. Although there are standard interpretations of the eight limbs, the Chopra Center for Wellbeing has developed more contemporary perspectives that are in alignment with our philosophy of spiritual evolution.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga My colleague and friend Dr. David Simon and I developed the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga as a consciousness-based practice, based in India’s ancient wisdom teachings and the eight limbs of the Yoga Sutras. It is focused on integrating and balancing all the layers of our life so that our body, mind, heart, intellect, and spirit flow in harmony.

1. The Law of Pure Potentiality Our essential nature is pure consciousness, the infinite source of everything that exists in the physical world. Since we are an inextricable part of the field of consciousness, we are also infinitely creative, unbounded, and eternal.

2. The Law of Giving and Receiving Giving and receiving are different expressions of the same flow

The Eight Limbs of Yoga 51) Yamas

Standard Interpretation

Contemporary Interpretation

5Rules of conduct

Spontaneous evolutionary behavior of conscious beings

52) Niyama 5Rules of personal behavior

The internal dialogue of conscious beings

53) Asana

Mind-body integration

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54) Pranayama 5Breath control Neurorespiratory integration; awareness and integration of the rhythms, seasons, and cycles of our life 55) Pratyahara 5Control of the senses

Tuning into our subtle sensory experiences

56) Dharana

Evolutionary mastery and expression of attention and intention

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57) Dhyana 5Meditation

Resonating at the junction point between the personal and the universal

58) Samadhi

Settled in pure awareness; the progressive expansion of the self



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of energy in the universe. Since the universe is in constant and dynamic exchange, we need to both give and receive to keep abundance, love, and anything else we want circulating in our lives.

3. The Law of Karma (Cause and Effect) Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in kind. When we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma is happiness and success.

4. The Law of Least Effort We can most easily fulfill our desires when our actions are motivated by love, we expend the least effort, and we offer no resistance. We tap into the infinite organizing power of the universe to do less and accomplish everything.

5. The Law of Intention and Desire Inherent in every intention and desire are the mechanics for its fulfillment. When we become quiet and introduce our intentions into the field of pure potentiality, we harness the universe’s infinite organizing power, which can manifest our desires with effortless ease.

6. The Law of Detachment At the level of spirit, everything is always unfolding perfectly. We don’t have to struggle or force situations to go our way. Instead,

we can intend for everything to work out as it should, take action, and then allow opportunities to spontaneously emerge.

7. The Law of Dharma Everyone has a dharma or purpose in life. By expressing our unique talents and using them to serve others, we will experience unlimited love, abundance, and true fulfillment in our lives. During our Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga classes, students are learning postures and applying these principles to all aspects of their lives. Even if yoga only enhanced physical fitness, the time spent in practice would be fully worthwhile – but yoga offers much more. The deeper meaning and gift of yoga is the path it offers us into the timeless, spaceless world of spirit. Yoga teaches us both to let go and to have exquisite awareness in every moment. We remember our essential spiritual nature and life becomes more joyful, meaningful, and carefree.

Deepak Chopra, M.D. is a best-selling author and the co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California. Known as the global source for learning meditation, yoga, Ayurveda, and mind-body medicine, the Chopra Center offers a variety of signature programs, retreats, workshops, and teacher trainings. To learn about special offers and upcoming events, please visit or call 888.736.6895.

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Green Personality



iving 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.

What pet toys do your dogs like? My pets don’t like toys. They like doggie bones, but they aren’t toy lovers. They love squirrels, possums, raccoons, and skunks. So what do you do to get rid of the skunk smell? There is nothing you can do! It’s horrible! (Martha chuckled) There’s nothing you can do…it stays on them for quite awhile, and they stay outside (Martha said with a smile and laugh). I understand that Julia Child was a major influence in guiding your cooking style. Julia Child came to my house several times and we made beef bourguignon and French bread together – and we talked a lot. We were very different types of cooks, but our similarity was that we loved natural, homegrown and good quality ingredients, and the beautiful product. She was such a good teacher, and I hope that I am just as good of a teacher as her someday.

What ingredient do you find has the most versatility? Eggs. I raise my own chickens and use totally organic feed and, as a result, we have really delicious, healthy eggs that we use in many of our recipes. Our contributing writer Deepak Chopra, M.D. talks about being present in the moment – how to do continually try to stay in the moment amongst all the demands on your time? I don’t necessarily always stay in the moment (Martha said with a gentle laugh). I have to look ahead, and I try not to look behind, but I try to enjoy the present (Martha said with a smile). Some people believe green is a trend. What do you think? I don’t think green is a trend. I think green should be, and will be, a way of life. At Whole Living, we take green very seriously – we try to live that life and to live a clean, good life in terms of nutrition. And I think we are good teachers. What advice do you have for people about going green in their homes? 1. Turn off the lights 2. Conserve water 3. Grow your own vegetables 4. Don’t eat factory food 5. Buy organic if possible, and if it’s feasible 6. Don’t open a can Special thanks to Apollo Group™.

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Many pet products are now being made with organic cotton, BPA-free materials and fewer chemicals – how do you see Martha Stewart’s all-natural pet line expanding its efforts? Well, we are certainly aware of all the difficulty with raising pets and keeping them healthy and we try to use products that are healthy, if not totally green, as good as we can make them. We are working on a lot of different initiatives with PetSmart and we have a nice line of things – stainless steel dishes, good cotton beds with healthy fillings… and our products are all pet safe. We have a very fine all-natural dog shampoo and conditioner, and good grooming tools that are pet–friendly. I think we pay attention to their health.

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he Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that indoor air pollution is a major health risk. Indoor air pollutants can accumulate 2 to 100 times higher concentrations than outdoor pollution. Since the average person spends 90 percent of their time indoors – at home, work or school, and commuting to and from – it is no wonder that medical costs related to indoor air quality are much greater than the costs of illnesses related to outdoor pollutants. We are familiar with biologic pollutants in our homes like bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew, dust mites, pet dander and pollen. Often overlooked are the microscopic dust particulates containing toxic metals such as lead and mercury, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other gases such as carbon monoxide and radon. Paints, plastics, pesticides, insecticides, glues, coatings, fire-retardants in cloth, furniture and carpeting, soaps, perfumes, lubricants, and even air fresheners, can contain volatile compounds that continually “off-gas” into the air. Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs through the natural decay of radium and uranium in soils worldwide. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Both radium and uranium are very common elements present in Arizona soils and rock. Depending on how houses are built and ventilated, radon may accumulate in basements, seep into dwellings through cracks in foundations, floors, construction joints, walls, gaps around service pipes, and in water supplies. Studies show a distinct link between breathing high concentrations of radon and incidences of lung cancer. According to the EPA, radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, smoking being the first, and is responsible for approximately 21,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a term that was first coined back in the ‘70s, as buildings began to be constructed with tighter seals on doors and windows for increased energy efficiency. Improper ventilation, flaws in heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and a lack of fresh air intake and filtration are listed as primary causes of SBS. While you may not experience an immediate reaction to these substances, they build up in the body and contribute to chronic illness over time. One of the first things you should do to improve the quality of your indoor air environment is consult with an HVAC professional to make sure your heat and A/C ventilation systems are working properly. Use high-quality HEPA filters, and clean


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or change them once per month. Install carbon monoxide detectors within your home, especially if you have a natural gas fueled stove, water heater and other appliances, a fireplace or wood-burning stove, or use any unvented kerosene or gas space heaters. If possible, choose to cool the house with an evaporative “swamp” cooler, instead of air conditioning – many homes have both options. Evaporative coolers push cooled outdoor air inside, which dilutes indoor radon levels, and can offset the air pressure differences that typically bring radon into a home from the soil below. To test for radon levels, refer to the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency (ARRA) website, Keep the dirt and dust outside by using heavy-duty door mats. Invest in a strong, good-quality vacuum equipped with a HEPA grade filter. Vacuum and mop at least twice per week with nontoxic cleaning products. Microfiber mops and dust cloths capture more dust and dirt than traditional fibers and don’t require any special cleaning solutions. Having a variety of decorative houseplants, like philodendrons, English ivy, spider plants and others, can help to naturally filter your indoor air. All plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, but there are many plants that eliminate significant amounts of toxic substances such as benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, and trichloroethylene. We all ingest toxins through the air we breathe, food we eat, and water we drink and bathe in. Our bodies are burdened with some level of toxicity today, and as I teach through my FIGHT For Your Health Program, daily “internal” detoxification is vital in achieving and maintaining optimal health. My “Power Drink” that includes ZeoGold, Bio’Energy C and Best of Organic Greens, is a simple, and inexpensive way to help your body detoxify. For more information about the FIGHT For Your Health Program, please visit the Gordon Research Institute website at SOURCES Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency (ARRA) – Radon in Arizona. Accessed July 30, 2012. Miller, A. Bad air breeds ailments in homes, schools, offices. Sick Buildings/A Special Report. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. July 20, 2003. Article accessed at website: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Report – Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement. Sept 15, 1989 gov/19930073077_1993073077.pdf U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – A Citizens Guide to Radon. Accessed July 30, 2012.

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ILIA Beauty, the all-natural prestige makeup line made from up to 85% organic ingredients, is introducing a collection of lip gloss, mascara, and two limited-edition shades for fall Ink Pot lipstick and These Days tinted lip conditioner ($24). The new collection explores the realm of organic lip gloss with six nourishing and standout shades. The mascara comes in four colors with unique names inspired by Film Noir titles, which embody femme fatale and showcase sultry eyes ($24).

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Leveraging 90+ years of deeply rooted skincare heritage, Weleda, a pioneer of 100% certified natural skin care made with organic and biodynamic ingredients, introduces four new, exhilarating body lotions to stimulate the senses and nourish every skin type. Citrus, sea buckthorn, wild rose and pomegranate serve as the lead plants in these dermatologically tested, oil-rich, long-lasting formulas that work to maintain, hydrate and restore skin’s natural balance for radiant skin. ($16.50).

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To his surprise, he was good at this work, and he had a knack for cats. And then he met Benny. With a freckle on his nose and an air of bemusement, Benny was certainly a unique kitty – with a list of behavioral problems. He wouldn’t bond, hated to play, and he didn’t “like” the owner – as well as Galaxy. Benny was brought to the shelter after he was hit by a car – his pelvis was shattered and the owner couldn’t pay the vet bills. Galaxy took him in and was determined to help this cat, and in the process, helped himself overcome addictions. Through his relationship with Benny, Galaxy was able to overcome his pain and learned about life from the best mentor he’d ever had. Readers who pick up Cat Daddy may think they’re getting a kitty how-to, and they’d be half right. Galaxy also adds in useful advice on understanding life from a cat’s point of view – but that’s not all.

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For the majority of his early adulthood, Galaxy was in personal crisis. He drank too much, ate too much, and did too many drugs. With a dream of becoming a songwriter and guitarist, he fled New York to Colorado and landed in Boulder; it was there that he quickly found fellow musicians but didn’t find the fulfillment he sought – or the paycheck. Finally, underemployed and overwhelmed, he learned of an opening at the local animal shelter. Maybe, he figured, it was time for a job of altruism…and animals wouldn’t care about his past.

With more than just a little in-your-faceness and some adultsonly profanity, Galaxy shares his life: his addictions, depression and personal struggles, failed relationships, and tentative romances. He writes openly about the work at an animal shelter and job requirements – then about his bond with a crotchety cat that never stopped teaching. Surprisingly, I think this book will appeal to dog lovers who can appreciate a wryly told story and, of course, to feline fanciers who crave being kitty-cornered. If that’s you, then Cat Daddy is a book to pounce on.

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or Phoenicians, students, and visitors walking around Phoenix’s downtown area over the last few years, it’s been hard to miss the ever-increasing amount of development and activity going on. New businesses, residences, and a new ASU campus now dominate the landscape, bringing more traffic and a more vibrant feel to the area – but there is still much work to be done, and several lots are still vacant.

This land will eventually house a commercial development, but present market factors will not make development possible for years to come. In the meantime, a coalition of businesses known as the Roosevelt Row Community Development Coalition (CDC), working with project neighbors and civic leaders, found a better, temporary use for the land than just having it lie dormant, waiting for improved market conditions.

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If you’ve ever wondered about that sunflower field in the heart of downtown Phoenix, and how it came to be, it’s a prime example of civic leaders, local businesses, and nearby residents working together to improve the area’s sense of community. The “Valley of the Sunflowers,” as it has come to be known, is a prime example of a temporary urban infill use.

“The idea came from a living fence of sunflowers that we grew at the Growhouse. I used to stare out my kitchen window at the vacant field and think it would be beautiful to just see sunflowers. Sunflowers make people happy,” said Barrett. Following the example of cities around the state and around the

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Green Thumb globe, the two-acre Valley of the Sunflowers brings immediate use to land awaiting final development. In some cases, the urban gardens themselves are the final product, and become woven into the sustainability fabric of the communities in which they are located. Gardens in major U.S. cities, as well as European cities, are not only amenities to be enjoyed for viewing, but also give back to the local economy by producing food that can be sold in local farmer’s markets. In fact, the sunflower oil produced by the downtown Phoenix project is being used by students at the Phoenix Union Bioscience High School to power a new hybrid vehicle they are constructing which will run on solar power and biofuels made from the sunflower oil. Braden Kay, a Fellow at the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability and board member at the Roosevelt Row CDC, saw the immediate connection between the vacant lot, the sunflowers, and the Bioscience High School right across the street. “We are so fortunate to have this community partnership and to be able to collaborate beyond the walls of the school and experience real-world learning,” states Phoenix Union Bioscience High School Principal Dr. Deedee Falls.

Space) program Volunteers and downtown community leaders maintain and nurture the sunflower garden. “The sunflower project is a great example of adaptive reuse in downtown Phoenix,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “That will not forever and ever be a sunflower field…someday it will have development there, but for now, wow, is it a fantastic use.” Jeff Hecht is a Valley Public Relations Consultant and Freelance Writer. Follow Jeff on Twitter at @JeffHechtAZ.



Valley corporate partners like Intel, APS, and others generously provided funding for the first two growing seasons of the Valley of the Sunflowers, in autumn of 2011 and spring of 2012; the Roosevelt Row CDC’s A.R.T.S. (Adaptive Reuse of Temporary

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Living Walls Green Roofs “Green walls” date all the way back to the Babylonians. One historical example is known as one of the seven wonders of the world—the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The name green wall refers to “vertical gardens” or “living walls,” and is used to describe all vegetated wall surfaces. According to greenscreen. com, green walls can be broken into two categories—green facades and living walls.

Green facades Green facades include more climbing or self-clinging plants, or cascading groundcovers that are directed to cover certain structures. Plants are rooted at the base of the structure and they grow up and over, and sometimes around, the structure. Where you might have your own facades of English ivy growing up your home, new technology such as modular trellis systems, cables, and netting provide landscape architects creative outlets for these types of plants to install “living architecture,” even on the biggest structural eyesores.

environment, where they can learn about the benefits or simply enjoy the space, whether it be a community garden, playground, art appreciation center, or commercial space. For energy-savings in the warmer months, “depending on the plants and depth of growing medium, green roofs retain 70-90 percent of the precipitation that falls on them; in winter they retain between 25-40 percent,” according to greenroof. org. Roofs also contribute to improved air quality as the plants reduce dust particles in the air, pollutants, and CO2. Economically, they help create jobs for the manufacturing of products, landscape architecture and design, installation needs, and maintenance of the grounds. Adding greenery to any structure or environment contributes to a larger purpose of cleaner air, improving the aesthetics of the community and creating opportunities for people to come together. ‘Habitat’ at the Phoenix

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Living walls not only add a natural aesthetic effect to any vertical structure, but they provide a habitat for a variety of animal and plant species, and encourage positive change within a community throughout the seasons. For public spaces, living walls can reduce the heat island effect, improve exterior and interior air quality, contribute to noise reduction, and provide thermal insulation. If you are considering including a living wall in your home or office, work with a local gardener or landscape designer to discuss the types of plants and look you desire for the space.

at the northwest corner of 5th Street and Washington within an entry/exit plaza for the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix. Museum of Northern Arizona’s Easton Collection Center is a Platinum LEED Certified building, with a 14,000 square foot living roof, planted with native vegetation and covers the entire main building area except the mechanical room and elevator shaft.

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Green roofs are becoming more common in the United States and high-rise buildings aren’t the only structures that can have a garden in the clouds—apartment complexes, libraries, hotels, and even the post offices are adding rooftop gardens to their designs. The push for urban greening is not only catching the attention of commercial builders, but has also shown to provide opportunity for social, economic, and environmental benefits to the general public, according to Energy conservation is one of the main benefits of green roofs, as they provide a roofing membrane and naturally cool the floors below. Additionally, the inviting, natural aesthetics of the roofs cause people to gravitate to the Comment on this article at

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This month, three Valley-based interior designers with sustainable commitments discuss some products, vendors, and strategies they have used or intend to use in future projects.

Susan Hersker

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or a recent remodeling of her own Scottsdale kitchen, Rondi Kilen, ASID, incorporated many of the same strategies she recommends to clients. “These are easy ideas that are earth-friendly and provide beautiful, practical, efficient solutions,” says Kilen, owner of Scottsdale-based Rondi Kilen Interior Design, LLC. Some of Kilen’s sustainable components include: • Cabinetry — She designed the cabinets, which were locally produced using “Echo Wood,” an engineered eco-wood veneer with small pieces of wood to create a linear grain pattern. The product mimics the natural appearance of both common and rare species without impacting forest sustainability. “These veneers are responsibly harvested and manufactured using sustainable trees such as basswood and ayous,” she says. “For every tree cut down, 10 more saplings are planted.” • Lighting — Taking advantage of natural light is an important factor in any energy-efficient design. “My skylights flood the kitchen with light during the day,” she says. Her under-cabinet lighting at night is provided by a dimmable LED tape that hides completely under the upper cabinets and is almost invisible. “It uses virtually no electricity, produces no heat and is maintenance-free,” she says. • Induction Cooktop — “It’s extremely energy-efficient and boils water faster than gas while responding as quickly as a gas burner,” Kilen says. “Since it heats only the pan, not the burner, only a minimal amount of heat escapes that could warm up the room.” With this cooktop, 84 percent of the heat generated is used for cooking, versus a gas range where 40 percent of the energy goes to cooking, while 60 percent of the heat goes into the kitchen. • Countertop — Concrete countertops are an eco-friendly solution and allow for great creativity and individuality as well, she explains. “Composed of locally quarried sand and recycled building foundations as an aggregate, it is also locally produced, making this an exceptional green product.”

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warded a 2007 Master of the Southwest by Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine, Susan Hersker, ASID, a longtime Arizonan, has been designing great homes in the West and Southwest for 35 years. Hersker incorporates sustainable fabrics into her projects. One company she particularly admires is Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Scott Group Custom Carpets, which uses pure New Zealand wool in their handcrafted luxury rugs and carpets. Together with its beauty, softness, and durability, it is also 100 percent rapidly renewable, helping Hersker’s projects qualify for LEED Credit 6 toward certification from the United States Green Building Council. “Even after it’s shorn from the sheep, dyed, and hand tufted into carpets, natural wool continues to renew itself,” Hersker says, quoting the company’s literature. She adds that, over time, wool develops a patina that maintains its color and texture, adding years to carpet life. It’s also resistant to dirt and wear and tear — enhancing long-term sustainability. Wool also absorbs airborne contaminants, cleaning the indoor air by neutralizing gases such as formaldehyde and sulfur dioxide. The 40-yearold company has earned CRI’s prestigious Green Label Plus qualification for indoor air quality, meeting environmental quality standards for LEED certification (LEED Credit 4.3). Wool is insulating, too, reducing heat loss through flooring, and also absorbing excess moisture, creating an inhospitable environment for bacteria and dust mites, which can cause allergies and asthma. Another suggestion is to install smart meters that monitor home energy usage, and smart power strips can turn off electronics when they are not in use, reducing what is known as vampire consumption. “Even electronics, such as computers set on sleep or power save modes, can still be drawing up to 15 percent of their peak energy usage, just sitting idle,” she says.

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Current Trends in Sustainable Investing

ocially responsible investing is process of investing in companies that are determined to meet a set of criteria that help determine whether or not the investment qualifies as an investment option. Initially these screens were fairly simple and focused negating companies that produced or were invested in alcohol, tobacco and firearms, pornography, and gambling. More recently these criteria have also focused on issues of human rights, corporate governance, social justice, environmental concerns, and employment equality to name a few. Essentially, the early screening has given way to a set of criteria or principles that seek determine whether or not the investment itself is sustainable. That is, does it provide a benefit now while not taking from the needs of future generations?1 These broader criteria are often referred to as ESG principles and broadly focus on environmental issues, social/ sustainability issues and corporate governance issues. In the environmental area, ESG criteria focuses on resource management, climate change and environmental corporate disclosure. Biodiversity has also become part of this discussion. These environmental criteria has become even more important as developing countries have competed with industrialized countries for natural resources. The social aspects of ESG criteria and filtering would focus on a company’s work place diversity, labor management relationships. It would also focus on absenteeism and the corporation’s impact on the local community. Corporate governance traditionally focuses on executive compensation, management shareholder relations, and shareholder rights.2 Investing in sustainable companies has to do with finding companies that create policies, and practices that, through ESG filtering, can be determined to be sustainable in the company’s ESG practices. Does the company provide products and services that create a benefit now and in the future for its employees and the communities it works in? This is the broadest question the ESG filtering process tries to answer. To see an example of an Arizona company that is working with these environmental,

social, corporate governance issues you can go to http:// In addition to the development of ESG filters the sustainable investment options (SRI) has continued to grow for the public. Between 2005 and 2010 the number of ESG screened portfolios has grown by 34%. Also, in 2011 that amount of money invested in SRI funds was roughly 3 trillion dollars. In 2010 the number of SRI mutual funds had increased to approximately 250. This is a 45% increase from 2007. There are 26 ETF’s that incorporate ESG criteria.3 In 2005 the Principles of Responsible Investing were developed by the United Nations and twenty of largest institutional investors in the world. These principles were developed to encourage the investment community to utilize ESG criteria as a screen in the investment selection process. 1. We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes. 2. We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices. 3. We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest. 4. We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry. 5. We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles. 6. We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.4 In addition to the Principles the U.N. and the worlds participating investment companies developed PRI Initiative. This was developed to help move the principles from theory to practice. This initiative allows the participants an opportunity to work together as they explore ways to apply ESG filters to their investment decisions. Interestingly there was a wave of signatories to the principles as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. As the financial and economic environments changes change and develop SRI will continue to evolve and grow and may be an opportunity to invest in a way that has an impact on our communities.

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ecycled glass, textiles, lighting, indoor plants, salvaged materials, and partnering with local professionals are among the sustainable approaches of Tanya Shively, ASID, LEED AP, CEO and principal designer of Sesshu Design Associates, Ltd. “I have incorporated recycled glass in a few different applications,” Shively says. With Hank Arens Designs, LLC and Samartzis Minchew Design, LLC, Shively recently formed Studio + Partners, LLC, in Scottsdale. For a desert contemporary home at Troon in north Scottsdale, she used black mosaic tile on the face of the wet bar. The California supplier, Oceanside Glass Tile, recycles post-consumer glass bottles into tiles and works to eliminate production waste from going to landfills, she explains. The backsplash in the home’s kitchen is from another eco-friendly company, Encore Ceramics. “They utilize both solar and wind energy in their manufacturing plant and recycle the clay, glaze, and water back into the process,” says Shively. The Arizona desert has been an inspiration in her designs. Shively has also used recycled glass in the master bath of a Paradise Valley contemporary home. The glass mosaic deco, from Ceramica, is recycled content, and the slab on the tub deck and vanity is also recycled glass from Arizona Tile. The ¾-inch-thick-glass slab is a new material and is used similarly to stone slab, she explains. Other new sustainable materials available include hemp, which is used in fabrics, trim, and rugs; bamboo, found in fabrics for upholstery and bedding; and organic cotton and linen for bedding and light-use upholstery. “Organic cotton is highly desirable because it is not only renewable but it also uses zero insecticides, pesticides, and fertilizers,” she says. “Conventional cotton is one of the worst crops for water use and application of toxic chemicals.”

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Shively recently replaced all the recessed cans in a home with energyefficient LED retrofit cans. These, she says, will last 20 years or more without requiring bulb changes, resulting in energy savings, zero heat output and reduced air conditioning consumption. Indoor plants help clean the air and keep interiors healthy. “Live plants remove VOCs, help to regulate humidity, and remove CO2 while generating oxygen,” she says. Reclaimed and salvaged items are regularly incorporated in her work, including antique doors, timbers, and flooring, either for their original use or upcycled as headboards or tables. Working with local professionals — cabinet makers, furniture craftsmen, and upholstery shops — and using locally resourced materials, such as stone from a local quarry, also help reduce environmental impact, Shively says. David M. Brown is a Valley-based writer (

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Yoga’s Impact On the Mat and Beyond BY AIMEE WELCH

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eople doing yoga always look so peaceful. Eyes closed, breathing deeply, perfect posture…oblivious to the day’s stresses that inundated them before stretching out on that mat. It’s a picture so perfect, one wonders what they know that the rest of us don’t. Finding “balance” is a quest many people seem to share. For some, yoga classes provide the path. For others, inner peace is found on adventures through the Arizona’s beautiful deserts, forests, and awe-inspiring red rocks. And then there are the adrenaline addicts, who get “centered” by pushing their bodies to run further, cycle faster, jump higher or push harder. And, today, sometimes it’s all wrapped up in one big box of zen, in the form of a yoga retreat that mixes nature, adventure and yoga. Whatever its “secret,” yoga has survived and thrived for the last 5,000 years, and its growing list of health benefits – physical, emotional, and spiritual – continues to draw a crowd. And it’s a more diverse crowd than you might think. A study conducted by Yoga Journal magazine in 2005 reported that 77 percent of American yoga practitioners are female, which is ironic considering the world’s greatest yogis from its Eastern origins in India were male – but times are changin’ and yoga classes are now a melting pot of people of different sizes, genders, abilities and backgrounds. In the Sanskrit language in which most historical yoga scriptures are written, the word “yoga” means “to join or yoke together,” connecting mind, body, and spirit through exercise, breathing and meditation. Sometimes it may look a lot like that picture in your head of a room full of zen-ish women, effortlessly twisted across comfy mats, radiating serenity – but the benefits and realities of yoga’s true impact run much deeper, and there are many truths that just might alter that image in your mind’s eye…

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The subject of yoga doesn’t typically conjure up images of 250-pound basketball great LeBron James in the downward dog position, wearing a cute Lululemon outfit. But this remarkable NBA athlete religiously practices yoga to build his strength and endurance for basketball. When asked about his yoga workouts by the Miami Herald, he answered, “Does it work for everybody? I don’t know. I’m not a guru about how to be in the best condition – don’t let me sit here and tell you that. But it works for me.” He’s not alone – from hockey and football players to swimmers and cyclists, yoga is rapidly making its way into the cross-training routines of professional and amateur athletes around the country. Johnjay Van Es of KISS (104.7) FM’s “Johnjay and Rich” morning-show fame is a huge advocate of Bikram yoga, after having lost 100 pounds in a year and half by changing his diet and doing yoga. An avid sports fan, Van Es easily rattles off a long list of successful celebrities and athletes who do yoga, and says he firmly believes yoga can make you better at whatever you do, from basketball to running to performing. “It works every single part of your body,” he says. “You can feel your body come alive.” There are many different kinds of yoga out there – Bikram, Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Power Yoga, to name a few – and, although many of the poses and results are similar, each style has its own emphasis. To simplify a complex list, Joseph Lauricella, founder and owner of Arizona Power Yoga in Tucson, and director of the Arizona School of Yoga, says you can group the different types into three general categories – athletic (or “power” for an intense, super-sweaty workout), restorative (longer stretches, meditative and relaxing) and basic (somewhere in the middle). Every kind is about conditioning the entire body and “they all help develop a deeper and better relationship with the self,” he continues. Along with LeBron, a growing number of athletes are discovering how yoga can help their performance, both physically and mentally. Ted McDonald, owner of 5 Point Yoga in Malibu, California, lists endurance and resilience among the many benefits yoga offers athletes. McDonald spends 4 weeks every winter with the

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they’re moms, dads, students, business professionals, free spirits, soul searchers, and active individuals. They’re people committed to taking an hour or two out of their day to better themselves, inside and out. For working mom Tina Marie Brouwer of Gilbert, yoga is a momentary escape from a week jam-packed with the demands (and blessings) of her job as a dental hygienist, kids, and home. “For me, yoga is like pressing a pause button. Stop. Find awareness in a simple moment and breathe into the next one. I find myself renewed in calmness, mentally reset, and spiritually refocused.” Joseph Lauricella, owner of Arizona Power Yoga in Tucson, helps students condition their entire bodies, and develop a deeper and better relationship with the self.

professional cycling BMC Racing Team at their training camp, sandwiching their daily 4- to 5-hour daily bike rides with yoga sessions in the morning and evening. McDonald, himself a former Elite Adventure Racer and UCLA lacrosse player, says yoga helps build strength from the inside out, which enables cyclists to ride longer and further. “Yoga allows athletes to sustain more and, if you crash on the bike, your recovery time is so much faster,” he says, speaking from experience. McDonald combines Vinyasa flow yoga, which is a more intense and vigorous form of yoga that builds core strength, with restorative yin sessions that help to increase flexibility by holding the same poses for up to five minutes. He says the evening yoga sessions also serve as meditations, so popular among team members that he was asked to provide a 3-minute recording of his voice to help them achieve the same sense of centeredness throughout the season. Veteran American cyclist George Hincapie is a walking testimonial, literally, to yoga’s benefits. “For the first time in 11 years, I can stand up straight,” he told McDonald.

There are a lot of ways in which yoga helps move people along the journey to “better” – stress relief, pain relief, flexibility, better breathing, increased strength, weight management, improved circulation, cardiovascular conditioning, presence, and inner peace are a few listed by the Yoga Alliance®, the national educational and support organization for yoga in the U.S. Many studies have also found that yoga can increase life span by increasing telomerase (telomeres are DNA-housing enzymes at the end of our chromosomes associated with many health risks and diseases and regulated in great part by psychological stress). Well-known yogis from around the world are very long-lived, many living well over 100 years. Today, yoga is even “prescribed” by physicians to patients at risk for heart disease, back pain, arthritis, depression, and other chronic conditions, according to The American Yoga Association (AYA). All good reasons to go yoga crazy. Physically, mentally, and emotionally, yoga leads people in the direction of peace and goodness. “Yoga resets your mental pattern beyond the mind, to a more soulful or sensory place,” says McDonald. It allows you to let go of the constant mind chatter, resolve inner conflict, and guide yourself in the direction of positive change, he continues.

Dana Santas, founder and director of Radius Yoga Conditioning (RYC) in Tampa Bay, Florida, specializes in helping athletes – from football to swimming to golf – get physically and mentally stronger through yoga programs customized to their sport and their bodies. Among the many benefits yoga offers athletes, she lists: avoiding injury and decreasing chronic pain; extending range of motion while stabilizing joints; and enhancing accuracy, balance and quickness.

Lauricella says people generally start yoga classes for physical reasons – to lose weight, get in better shape or build strength – but they stay because they soon realize the spiritual connection that comes with being a part of the yoga community. They find a deeper connection within themselves, and find peace in belonging to something that’s greater than themselves, he continues. “I’m selling health and wellness and love.”

Santas says yoga does uncover some differences between men and women. “Male athletes get frustrated easier because they are generally battling against a lack of flexibility and integrated strength, both of which are necessary to look like they think they should look in yoga poses.” Once athletes realize they aren’t expected to look like a woman doing a yoga pose, and they start to feel it “working” and helping them perform better in their sport, they feel a lot better. “I use yoga to make my athletes better at their sport, not better at yoga,” says Santas.

Today, roughly 16 million Americans are buying into yoga’s health and wellness and love, according to a 2008 market study in Yoga Journal. And people who regularly practice yoga are…well, a little fanatical (in a good way). They get addicted to the classes, the feeling, the results, the whole experience. “The physical way you feel after a great yoga class can be downright addicting,” Brouwer exclaims. “You have boosted your strength, tuned your balance, and found your most flexible state. Your body feels fantastic when it has done what it was made to do,” she continues.

Why people go yoga crazy

The majority of folks sweating through yoga class aren’t training for the Tour de France or dunking basketballs in the NBA –

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your whole body system, and releases a lot of hormones and chemicals that make you feel good,” he continues. It’s better than a “runner’s high,” he says, because good yoga classes are designed to have a positive impact on the whole body and the whole person, not just the legs. “Yoga is global. There is not a better exercise you can do for your overall health. Period.”

The yoga community

Ted McDonald leads the BMC Racing Team through their practice.

Yes, yoga does amazing things for your body and your mind, and even your athletic ability – loud and clear. But McDonald’s “5 Point Yoga” studio name hinted there was more…

“Yoga helps us get back to our natural

Mental wellness, physical fitness, nutrition, community, and the environment are the “five points” he emphasizes to his students, and practices in his day-to-day life. The yoga community is about so much more than the individuals sitting on those mats.

happy. It’s innate.”

These “five points” are firmly rooted in yoga’s deep history and, today, play an integral role in the yoga community’s “green movement,” which strives to reveal a deeper connection between nature and humanity, leading people toward a healthier and greener lifestyle. The Green Yoga Association writes, “Yoga helps us recognize that we are made from the planet; we are sea-water and earth. To take care of our planet is to take care of ourselves. Yoga practice creates a body-mind relationship which can bring energy and effectiveness to the way we address the ecological issues threatening our global life-support systems.” In Arizona, Inner Vision Yoga was a founding member of the Green Yoga Association and is leading by example to encourage other yoga studios to take steps like replacing paper products with reusable products, using non-toxic cleaning supplies, encouraging carpooling among students and more. The yoga community also emphasizes the importance of giving back, and avoiding self-centeredness. Volunteerism and community service are encouraged, and are sometimes realized through “Karma yoga” classes, which focus more on the spiritual than the physical. “Karma yoga is practiced with an attitude of selfless service with no regard to personal praise or anticipated outcome,” says the AYA, and yoga studios throughout Arizona find unique ways to translate selflessness into action. Bikram Yoga Paradise Valley (BYPV) holds Karma classes once a month – the $10 donations collected for August’s Karma class benefited Yoga for Hope, an organization that helps create awareness of yoga and raises money for the City of Hope Hospital. BYPV General Manager and teacher Heidi Jo Klingman wrote in the studio’s blog, “When you care for your mind and body, your mission will come to you. Through patience, practice, and persistence, you can begin to perform your Karma Yoga and fulfill your life’s mission one posture at a time.” McDonald found a unique way to address these issues with his company Adventure Yoga Retreats, which combines adventure sports, yoga, and community service into one soul-satisfying travel experience. In between yoga sessions, sightseeing, skiing, surfing or hiking, travelers visit local orphanages and volunteer in the local community. “If we don’t take care of our own physical

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state, and our natural state is not full of stress – it’s like kids…they are just ~Ted McDonald

being and mental state, how can we take of our communities, far and wide?” he suggests. It’s a more selfless state of mind, and one that many in the yoga community are seemingly ready to adopt. By its nature, yoga seems to attract like-minded people on a quest for similar experiences, whether spiritual, emotional or physical – it’s a community of people who want to do and be better.

YOGA for you

Whether your goal is to get strong and fit, relieve stress, improve your athletic performance, or find a spiritual connection, yoga can help you improve your quality of life, which brings people back to yoga over and over. “It will be the one thing I do until the day I die,” says McDonald. “It will outlast cycling, running, triathlons, and everything else.” He’s not the only one… December 11, 2012, will mark the sixth anniversary of Johnjay Van Es’s introduction to yoga – he remembers it like it was yesterday. On his first day, at 320 pounds, he made it through 15 minutes of class. The instructor caught him before he left and encouraged him to come back the next day – she complimented his form on some of his poses, and told him he was good. He did come back…again and again. Today, he credits yoga with bringing him many of the blessings in his life, from his career to his health to being able to keep up with his three sons. It transformed his life. There are many classes available, so it’s best to talk to an instructor about your goals and current fitness level, and let them help you choose the right class. Lauricella says the “right class” is totally relative to the individual, and is based on general health, physical ability, and your attitude. So what else should you know before pulling up a yoga mat? “It’s hard!” says McDonald, who has watched many beefy clients come to class, perplexed at how they can lift a giant weight over their heads, but can’t do some of the basic yoga moves (initially!). But he emphasizes that there’s no reason not to start – you don’t have to be flexible, because it can be molded to fit the individual. You can make it easier or harder. “Yoga is the perfect complement to anything you do…it’s only going to make everything better.” Namaste.



his award-winning documentary by Kate McIntyre Clere and Saraswati Clere (narrated by award-winning actress Annette Bening, a keen yoga advocate) reveals how yoga has utterly transformed the lives of thousands of over-stimulated, over-scheduled, and multitasking modern women. From the buzzing streets of Manhattan to the dusty slums of Kenya, from the golden beaches of Australia to the serene piazzas of Italy, the film follows the heartrending stories of women who have found a lifeline through this magical and mystical practice. The film shares intimate interviews with the world’s leading experts including Patricia Walden, Sharon

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Gannon, Shiva Rea, Angela Farmer, Cyndi Lee, Seane Corn, Donna Farhi, and forwardthinking medical professionals such as inte-grative physician Dr. Sara Gottfried and worldrenowned research scientist Dr. Shirley Telles. YOGAWOMAN is the first film of its kind to bring together these luminaries, distilling their wisdom and spreading their message of peace and empowerment for the benefit of women everywhere. Screenings will open in New York City at the Angelika Film Center on October 19, 2012, and in Santa Monica, California, at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex on October 26, 2012. A national release will follow. Learn more at yogawoman.

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Book Review

Cooking Healthy Just Got Easier!

Phoenix-based physician, Andrea Purcell NMD, a specialist in digestive health, weight gain, and hormone balancing launches her new book, “Feed your Cells, 7 Ways to Make Health Food Fast, Easy, and Gluten Free.” Dr. Purcell presents an easy-to-follow guide to healthy cooking and food preparation. Inside the cover you’ll find nutritional information, shopping lists, recipes, and gives you a behind-the-scene look into her own pantry. Dr. Purcell has identified inflammation as the cause of the majority of diseases. Throughout this book, she will provide simple instructions on how to choose food to decrease inflammation and promote healing. Order your copy today at

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T OU R de B I K E Friendly Cities BY BARBI WALKER


ou’ve biked around the neighborhood, maybe to a local business, but you are looking for something more, adventurous or with more of a view than cement driveways – where to go? Luckily, there are many bike-friendly spots in Arizona. In fact, Bicycling magazine named Tempe, Scottsdale, and Tucson in their top 50 of America’s Best Bike Cities. Both Outside and National Geographic magazines listed Tucson as a top bicycling city. More recognition and praise for Arizona came from The League of American Bicyclists, which gave awards to eight of Arizona’s cities for being bike-friendly communities (BFC) – and this isn’t an easy win. In order to receive an award from the League (much like the Olympics’ gold, silver or bronze), cities need to meet an extensive list of criteria, which includes the “Five E’s: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation - and Planning.” When businesses, cities, and locals encourage bicycling instead of driving, everyone benefits. Biking reduces vehicle emissions and traffic congestion, and is an excellent form of exercise. However, bicycle safety courses, improved access, and bicycle-friendly laws and road construction are needed, and those require community support from businesses and citizens. We all know that bicycling has great health benefits, but it also adds to the health and vitality of communities. According to the League, cities and regions are better at supporting, advocating, and making policy changes in favor of biking and walking projects than states. Working with local leaders, businesses, and grass-roots groups, cities and bike advocates have made incredible progress toward bike-friendly communities. Recently leaders of Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation (Roosevelt Row CDC) in downtown Phoenix and locals of Roosevelt Row had such a win. They will have a dedicated bike lane when Roosevelt Street is improved, says Colin Tetreault, local Ironman athlete and senior policy advisor, sustainability, for Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. Promotion is also important, and Tetreault says that smart and sophisticated groups of cyclists can show that bicycling is a safe way to get around. Groups like Critical Mass and Pedal Craft are two such groups. In April, Pedal Craft brought together the city’s bicyclists, artists, and community members to celebrate Phoenix’s growing bike scene.


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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who says bicycling is vital to Phoenix’s future, was on hand to speak at the “fun and innovative” event. “This was an amazing celebration of the art, culture, innovation, and benefits of bicycling,” Mayor Stanton said. So what makes a bike-friendly community? Bike lanes, and city or municipal bike racks, designated bike paths or routes and, critically, businesses that welcome bicyclists by providing racks near entrances. Equally important, “Cities must also support a vibrant and diverse bike culture, and it must have smart, savvy bike shops” to make the Top 50 list, according to Bicycling magazine. Scottsdale was identified as one of those cities. With 63 miles of trails in the McDowell Mountain preserves and a plan to add 140 more miles, Scottsdale transportation planner (and selfdescribed sporadic cyclist) Susan Conklu says the City received a gold award from the League this year. The City was able to add mileage to existing bike routes by taking advantage of planned road construction. Conklu says that almost 75 percent of addresses or locations are now within a half mile from a shared-use path which significantly decreased the connection gaps in Scottsdale’s bike paths and roads. Funding and planning is underway to connect a new path along the Crosscut Canal which runs between McDowell Road and Mill Avenue through Papago Park. Tempe recently finished its portion of the Crosscut Canal and bicyclists will soon have access to the 17-mile loop connecting downtown Scottsdale and Tempe, the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden and Tempe Town Lake.

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Among other cities, Tempe was awarded a silver award by the League, and now the Mill Avenue bridge across Tempe Town Lake is an illuminated bike/pedestrian multiuse path that makes the final network of cycling paths complete. For biking commuters, the Bicycle Cellar, located in downtown Tempe in the Tempe Transportation Center, offers bike riders storage, showers, bike service, and rentals. Cottonwood and Flagstaff have also received awards from the League for their bike-friendly communities, as well as Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, and Sedona. With so many Arizona cities and towns making great efforts for bike riders, riders have lots of reasons to get out and ride and enjoy the benefits of connecting with nature, their communities and their neighbors. “We look at it as a quality of life issue,” says Conklu, and when she sees so many people out riding and walking and connecting in the shared path spaces, she says it makes her feel good. “This is why we do the work we do,” she says. Many businesses are getting on board and encouraging the trend. In Phoenix, people are cruising Central Avenue on bikes to visit bike-friendly local establishments and hangouts, and local businesses are crawling with bikes, kids, and adults, thanks to an emerging pedestrian culture and an increase in the marked bike lanes on the busy street. Bike lover and local restaurateur Craig DeMarco says that biking is “near and dear” to his heart, and he and his partners have worked to create spaces that encourage the pedestrian vibe. The love of community and the connectedness that comes from being close to your neighbors and patrons is just part of what motivates DeMarco and his partners to choose restaurant locations that are or can be pedestrian.

Photography by Sylvia Mousseux

As a kid growing up in the Valley, DeMarco and his friends would ride their bikes through his neighborhood and to the local businesses, but that kind of culture doesn’t yet exist in Phoenix, he says. DeMarco wants to change that.

“We have a higher purpose,” DeMarco says of the restaurants that his company, Upward Projects, creates and owns. He and his wife Kris created Upward Projects with Lauren and Wyatt Bailey, and together they own and operate many Phoenix favorites including Postino Arcadia, Postino Central, Postino East, Windsor, and Churn. When they looked at Central Avenue and Camelback Road for their latest projects, DeMarco said they realized the area needed more pedestrians, more kids, and more bikes. What the partners also noticed was how fast traffic moved on Central Avenue. The lanes were huge and cars were going too fast, DeMarco says. He worked with former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and others (including Local First founder Kimber Lanning) to create a bike lane on Central Avenue that would connect riders from the Light Rail to the Murphy Bridal Path (known to locals simply as ‘the bridal path’) that runs along Central Avenue from Northern Avenue to Camelback Road. At their restaurants, Postino Central, Windsor, and Churn, bike racks are given a premier location. Cruisers with cup holders; sleek, single fixed-speeds (“fixies,” as they are called) and bikes with training wheels for youngsters have become part of the “scene” as locals talk about bikes and compare notes, like car owners at a car show. On any given Sunday, or weekday for that matter, navigating the bikes parked at Windsor and Churn can be quite the challenge. DeMarco also points out another significant factor about bikes and the environment; if a business has 100 parking spaces, at some time there will be 100 cars parked there, which means not only more carbon emissions but exacerbates an issue with parking in Central Phoenix. Parking is at a premium at businesses along the Central corridor. You may not see lots of parking spaces, but you will see lots of bicycles. Longtime local bike shop the Slippery Pig is located on Central Avenue, south of Camelback, should you need a new bike, or a bike repair on your way to the ever popular Lux Coffee Bar for your midday latte, to Pane Bianco for lunch, or to nearby Hula’s Tiki Bar for happy hour. This year, make it a point to explore the many vibrant communities, get to know new places and new people, and reconnect with nature as you pedal your way around town and towards fitness. If you’re looking for detailed information on bike routes, contact a local bike shop to provide tips and guidance on the best routes in the city for fitness, cruising, or finding new places to hangout and meet other riders.

Barbi Walker is a freelance writer and an award-winning jourrnalist. Barbi lives in Phoenix with her husband and young son.

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Cool Outrageous

1 [ Teak entertaining As the weather cools, outdoor entertaining is on the list! If you plan to serve a little nosh, use this teakwood serving and cutting board, responsibly harvested in Central America. It can be a wonderful green gift for your hostess friends too!

4 [ Get HIP! Get HIP with the CYCLE, and redecorate your home with cute products from recycled and repurposed items. Wine barrels used as candle holders and cutting boards, tables and bird feeders made from reclaimed wood rescued from old boats and school houses, and vases designed from old glasses are just a few of the “hip” finds you’ll love! This store has the contemporary and cool vibe of green.

5 [ Fling bins Having an outdoor party with no recycle bin? No problem! Need an insta-trashcan? No problem. With one flick of the wrist, you’ll have an instant pop-up container to gather your recycling. Flings Home Recycling Bins are a convenient and green addition to any entertaining opportunity. Bins range in size from 6.5 to 13 gallons.

2 [ Send a text, save a whale

Who says you can’t use your phone for a good cause? With Zlango, a mobile messaging app, you can now generate and donate funds by simply clicking the “send” button. Proceeds from Zlango’s “Ocean Pack” go directly to the Surfrider Foundation, an organization dedicated to ocean preservation.

3 [ Party on! Red cups are not just for college parties anymore! Invented in Phoenix in 2007, the creators of these reusable red cups wanted some sustainable drinkware with a fun, party-time feel. Red Cup Living products are reusable, dishwasher-safe and BPA-free, keeping more plastic and toxins from sneaking into landfills and bodies.

6 [ Sweet notes Send a sweet note with stationery inspired by nature. Owner Laura Morrish of Le Canot Rouge (the red canoe) is passionate about the environment and holds her products to the highest standards in green. Her cards are printed chlorine-free, use FSC-certified and 100% post-consumer recycled fiber paper, and the ribbon used around the cards is 100% natural linen. Also 10% of gross sales is donated to animal welfare causes.

7 [ Seashell coasters

As you walk along the beach, you see a piece of a seashell and pick it up… you look again and see another piece, and then another…imagine all of those pieces placed together to create something useful for the home. EcoSeaTile makes tiles and many gifts and home furnishings from discarded shell fragments from lobsters, oysters, clams and more – and 50% of the tile is made with recycled, post-consumer waste. Send us your cool and outrageous finds to


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He’s Green She’s Green

She is: Jennifer Burkhart He is: John Burkhart

Dirt, wine, or food stains on the clothes – no problem…or is it? Our green couple put eco-friendly detergents to the test this month. See which one gets washing machine rights. He said I thought the name Earth Friendly was pretty lofty until I read the plethora of ecological claims on the back of the bottle. It does a good job cleaning clothes but it’s not the manliest detergent. If I told the guys at work my favorite laundry soap is made from coconuts and smells like magnolia and lily flowers, they would tease me endlessly. Oh wait, I just did. Doh!

She said It was love at first “sniff!” Magnolia & Lily is a heavenly scent – but sadly, it disappeared after washing. Tough stains, like our testers of ketchup, grass, and mud, would need pre-treating, as they were faded but still very noticeable. Still, with only five ingredients, effectiveness in cold water, and 26 cents per load, this one is the best eco-bang for your buck.

Cruelty-free, phosphate& petrochemical-free, biodegradable

He gave it:

She gave it:

Green Shield Organic

He said I was hoping Green Shield meant it would protect against all of my common stains, but unfortunately it did a mediocre job at removing them, at best. Bonus green points for being “made with the utmost concern for people, pets and our precious planet.”

She said USDA Organic laundry soap? Yeppers! The ingredients are all recognizable, and essentially edible, but please don’t drink it! The lavender scent was great, but faded after washing. Unfortunately, it didn’t get out the smell I really wanted – the sweat-funk on my hubby’s work shirts. It was also one of the weakest at stain removal.

He gave it:

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He said Mrs. Meyers had me very conflicted. The dad in me said it was a good detergent – it’s effective and gentle on clothes; it smells great and it’s inexpensive (27 cents per load). A penny saved is a penny earned! But the hippie in me said not to buy it again because the ingredients listed are riddled with gnarly chemicals, dude. Dad or hippie – who should I listen to?

She said It smelled of buttery sunshine and rainbows you’d wanna frolic in. Mrs. Meyer’s knows clean, because her soap did a great job of nearly eliminating all the stains. However, the brand included sodium laureth sulfate & propylene glycol, among others, that have suspected health concerns like skin irritation, allergies, and cancer.... Yikes! I’d do more research before choosing this one.

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He said Let me break down the Ecover name for you. Eco stands for ecological, not economical, and Ver stands for...uh…ver. I like the low ecological impact and high biodegradability, and it did an excellent job at removing stains – but at 35 cents per wash load, it was the least economical.

She said Oddly, but thankfully, this soap transformed from a slight lemon Pine Sol aroma to a light, fresh cotton scent on our clothes. The smell was not even close to what it purports to be – the label reads: “Plant-based fragrance: lavender.” Regardless, Ecover did one of the best jobs on our tough stains, especially mud. I love that it uses all plant-based ingredients and is cloth diaper safe.

He gave it:

She gave it:

He said “By your powers combined!” Sorry, my nerdy-ness has forced me to make a “Captain Planet” reference here. Planet did a great job removing grass, ketchup, and mud stains. However, a couple ingredients are potentially skin-irritating, and this laundry soap doesn’t come with five magic rings and a super hero. :(

She said Is that a margarita I smell or is there a hint of lime in this detergent? This soap left a clean smell and noticeably softer clothes. It did an average job at removing mud, but did better with the ketchup and grass. I didn’t like the Sodium Laureth ingredient listed, but it gets bonus points for being cloth diaper safe!

Earth Friendly Products

Cruelty-free, phosphate& petrochemical-free, biodegradable, USDA Organic

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day

Cruelty-free, phosphatefree. 97% naturally derived, biodegradable


Cruelty-free, phosphatefree. 97% naturally derived, biodegradable


Cruelty-free, phosphatefree. 97% naturally derived, biodegradable

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Summer Chicken Chicken breast 1 chicken breast, with skin and wing attached 1 tbsp. butter 2 sprigs of thyme 1-2 tbsp. of olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Add the oil to a cast iron or heavy bottom sautĂŠ pan over medium high heat. Sprinkle the chicken breast generously with salt and pepper. Put the chicken breast in the pan, skin side down, and lower the heat to medium, add the butter and thyme. With a large soup spoon, baste the chicken with the butter every minute or so. After 12 minutes, flip the breast and continue basting until the chicken is cooked through. Total cook time should be between 15 and 20 minutes depending on the size of the breast. Remove from the heat and let rest for at least 5 minutes. Serve on top of the corn puree and grilled summer vegetables, and dress the plate with the arugula vinaigrette. Corn puree 2 cups sweet corn, from the husk 1.5 tbsp. unsalted butter .5 yellow onion, small dice 1 clove garlic .25 cup shredded Parmesan Reggiano Salt & white pepper to taste Vegetable stock to thin Sweat the corn, butter, onion, and garlic on low heat, stirring often for about 20 minutes or until onions are soft but not brown. Let the ingredients cool to room temperature. Put the cooled mixture in a blender with the shredded parmesan and 1 cup of vegetable stock and pulse 5-6 times. Puree while adding a stream of vegetable stock until the puree reaches the desired consistency (the sauce should have the consistency of yogurt). Salt and pepper to taste, serve at room temperature. Arugula vinaigrette 1/2 cup arugula, blanched and cooled in ice water 1/8 cup champagne vinegar 1/2 small shallot 1 clove garlic 1/2 tbsp. white sugar Olive oil Salt to taste Drop the arugula into a pot of boiling, salted water for 10 seconds. Remove and immediately put in a bowl of iced water, let it fully cool and then remove it and gently squeeze out excess moisture. Put the arugula in a blender with the vinegar, shallot, garlic and sugar. Puree while adding a slow, steady stream of olive oil until the sauce is smooth. Salt and pepper to taste, serve at room temperature. Recipe courtesy of Chef David Smith, BRIX, Flagstaff


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Grilled Shrimp with Organic Hefeweizen and Jicama Salad Shrimp | Preparation 3 hours 1 bottle of Helltown Organic Hefeweizen from Butte Creek Brewing Company 1/2 orange, squeezed 1/2 lime, squeezed 1/2 lemon, squeezed 2 star anise pods 1 cinnamon stick 1 tsp. salt 1 turn of fresh cracked pepper 1 basil branch Jicama salad 4 oz. jicama batons 1 tsp. chopped cilantro 2 tsp. red onion, minced 1 orange, segmented 1 pinch poppy seeds 1 tsp. chives 1 tsp. sesame oil For the shrimp: combine all ingredients and marinate shrimp in the mixture for three hours in the refrigerator. Dry with a paper towel. Bring to room temperature. Grill for two minutes per side. Allow to rest. Combine all salad ingredients. Mix well. Arrange on the plate, drizzle the leftover sauce around the plate, and garnish with green onions. Serve and enjoy!

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Iced Ginger Lemon Tea Serving size 4 to 6 2 1/2 fresh ginger, peeled and halved lengthwise to ¼-inch slices 4 cups cold water 2 tea bags (your choice of tea) 1 lemon, juiced 4 tbsp. raw and unfiltered honey In a covered saucepan, bring the ginger and water to a boil, then reduce to low heat. Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, cover and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain the tea, discarding the tea bags - saving ginger for reuse. Add lemon juice and honey to taste, add ice and serve. Recipe courtesy of Nature Nate’s Pure Honey

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The Desert’s Bountiful Harvest

Foods from the desert: Native people have been living off desert plants for thousands of years. Sonoran Desert of Arizona covers over 120,000 square miles and boasts over 500 edible plants or one-fifth of the desert’s flora.


Saguaro Fruit

Saguaro fruit can be eaten from the husk or prepared as jams, jellies, fruit jerky and even alcoholic beverages. Saguaro’s produce numerous fruits in a single season. When split open, the Saguaro fruit is a red pulp with over 2,000 black seeds. One serving of Saguaro fruit, about 5 fruits, has 167 calories and 5 grams of fat.

Rated one of the hottest in the world, this pea-sized chile grows wild in the Sonoran Desert. Chiltepins are a good source of vitamins A and C, riboflavin, protein and fiber. Wild chiles are used in salsas, soups and stews, an antioxidant to preserve meat, as a treatment for indigestion, and in wild chile ice cream and jellies. Known as the mother of all peppers, chiltepins are the only chile native to the U.S.


Mesquite produce pod seeds that contain both simple and complex carbohydrates. Milled pods contain protein, calcium, manganese, iron and zinc. The pods are dried and milled into flour for baking, used in strews, sauces or gravies, or can be sprinkled on ice cream or cobblers.

Pinyon (Pine) Nuts

Pinyon nuts contain more protein, by weight, than any other nut, are high in amino acids, and rich in fats, iron, vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. Pinyon nuts are used in salads, dressings, pesto sauce, stews, cakes and puddings.

Prickly Pears

Prickly pears are harvested in August. Pads, also known as nopalitos, are rich in vitamins A and C and have a high calcium content. Fruits, or tunas, are crimson in color and can be made into jams, jellies, lemonade, candy or syrup. One cup of prickly pears, or tunas, is 61 calories and contain less than one gram of fat.

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Agave is a natural sweetener that comes in a liquid form similar to honey. Agave has a low-glycemic index. Products made from agave include soap, alcoholic beverages, clothing, cordage, and syrup.


Ripe elderberries can be eaten fresh or dried or made into syrup, jams, jellies, and juices. Elderberries are used in salads and smoothies, yogurt and tea. Wine is made from elderberry fruits. One cup of elderberries is 106 calories and less than one gram of fat.

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