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Our Earth Month issue begins with outdoor adventures that lead you through historical landscapes across our state. There are many Earth Month events designed to inspire, inform and entertain. There are articles that will teach you what logos really mean, explain the importance of environmental law and reveal what one of the state’s largest employers is doing for our planet. You will hear stories from those living a glutenfree life. You will meet a car enthusiast who will have you looking at plastic bottles in a whole new way. There are stories on container gardening, restaurants, fashion and photography —all designed to help you live, work and play green. Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” This month, try something unfamiliar, deviate from your routine and develop new habits for yourself and our planet. One day at a time, one small task at a time — you can be the change.


appy Earth Month! Change is something that makes many of us uncomfortable. We like familiarity, established routines, and comfortable habits—good or bad. I am guilty of that too, sometimes, but I also like getting out of my comfort zone. I enjoy the squeeze of anxiety that grips my chest when facing the unknown, and the rush that comes from conquering it. So I am very excited about my new role as Editor-in-Chief of Green Living magazine. It is a big change and a challenge that I wholeheartedly embrace. In my first weeks here, I have learned so much. I have been inspired, and I have been motivated to change. Now I encourage you to do the same. Embrace the change that comes from living green. April is Earth Month—an entire month dedicated to our planet. It is a time to remind ourselves just how beautiful and fragile our world is and to realize that we have the power to influence its future, and our own.

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ince the Ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylon, we’ve been awed by the beauty and wonder of gardens. Arizona’s diverse scenery inspires that same wonder with its lush landscapes that have been preserved and revered for decades. Throughout the state, arboretums provide a historical, picturesque legacy of the desert blooms and unique flora that paint the Arizona landscape. Celebrate this distinctiveness on Earth Day and throughout April in the gardens of Arizona.

Learn the edible and medicinal uses of prickly pear cactus fruit during summertime classes at Boyce Thompson Arboretum; they’re typically offered when the fruits ripen in August.

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DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN For 70 years, the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix has been educating and fostering an appreciation for the desert landscape. Located on 145 acres across Papago Park, the Garden is home to more than 50,000 plant displays, including rare and endangered plant species, as well as indigenous flora from the Sonoran Desert.Considered a “Phoenix Point of Pride,” the Garden is committed to the core values of stewardship, interdependence, authenticity, and accountability, and welcomes more than 600,000 visitors each year. It is one of only 20 botanical gardens accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix. BOYCE THOMPSON ARBORETUM Home to 3,201 different types of plants on more than 1,000 acres, Boyce Thompson Arboretum was created between 1923 and 1929 by William Boyce Thompson. Located 55 miles outside of Phoenix in Superior, Arizona, the Arboretum is in the Upland Division of the Sonoran Desert. The diverse habitats of the Arboretum are home to a variety of mammals, reptiles, and more than 270 species of birds. Originally created as a museum of living plants, the Arboretum includes two miles of nature trails that meander through the botanical gardens, showcasing plants capable of thriving in southern Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Located at 37615 U.S. Highway 60, Superior, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is open daily (except Dec. 25).

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TOVREA CASTLE AT CARRARO HEIGHTS Tovrea Castle and its surrounding gardens were initially designed in 1924 by Alessio Carraro to be the center of a resort destination. Two years after its completion in 1930, however, the property was bought by Edward Ambrose (E.A.) Tovrea, who hired M. Moktatchev, a Russian gardener, to add a cactus garden with more than 500 species of cactus. E.A. passed away a year after purchasing the castle, and his widow, Della Tovrea, resided in the castle until her death in 1969. Located on 277 acres of land, the Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights was purchased by the City of Phoenix in 1993. Because many of the original plants had not survived, the City’s architects studied historic photos to re-create the accuracy of the original garden, planting 400 saguaros and 1,000 smaller cactuses.Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights is open for tours. It is located at 5025 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix. Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Al Fegebank Photographer

THE ARBORETUM AT FLAGSTAFF Located on 200 acres within the Coconino National Forest in Flagstaff, the Arboretum at Flagstaff was founded in 1981 by Frances McAllister, who first established the Arboretum’s buildings and surrounding landscape for her home in the 1930s. Home to more than 750 species of plants in greenhouses, gardens, and natural settings, the Arboretum showcases the numerous species of plants indigenous to the 7,150-foot elevation of the Colorado Plateau region. A nature preserve, botanical garden, and research preserve, the Arboretum offers visitors trails through the Ponderosa pine forest, tours of the flowering trees and shrubs, and bird walks. The Arboretum is located at 4001 S. Woody Mountain Road, Flagstaff.

TOHONO CHUL GARDENS Home to the largest public collection of Night-blooming Cereus in the United States, Tohono Chul Gardens in Tucson was formally dedicated in 1981 as a way to conserve the natural surroundings. Originally owned by Richard and Jean Wilson, the botanical collections include more than 150 shrubs and trees, 300 species of cactus, and 50 species of wildflowers. A wide array of birds, mammals and reptiles make their home at the Gardens, nestled against the backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Sonoran Desert. An oasis in an urban environment, Tohono Chul Gardens promotes living with our desert home. Tohono Chul Gardens is located at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson.

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hat started as a day to increase environmental awareness has developed into a month-long series of events designed to educate the public and inspire them to take action. In Arizona, that action includes cleaning neighborhoods, planting trees, fundraising, and sampling locally grown food. There will be festivals with parades inspired by nature, live entertainment, and hands-on activities. Events will host a variety of exhibits and demonstrations to educate visitors on the latest advancements in eco-friendly technology as well as simple changes they can make to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY EARTH MONTH April 3 through April 29 - Tempe and Mesa | 480.965.2975 ASU invites the public to join in the events scheduled throughout the month at the Tempe campus, 1151 S. Forest Ave., and the Polytechnic campus, 7001 E. Williams Field Road, Mesa. Events include guest lectures, movies, organicfood-eating contest, workshops and community service. There will be a festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 on the Hayden Lawn at the Tempe campus. Some events require an RSVP so please visit the website for details.

FEAST ON THE STREET April 13 - Phoenix | 602.885.6267 Feast on the Street celebrates locally grown and prepared foods in an urban harvest festival. A half-mile-long table will hold the bounty for the community to share. The festival will also have food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and take-out from award-winning local restaurants. Strolling musicians will entertain festival-goers as they sample and savor the seasonal eats. Storytellers will share true dinner-table tales. A natural craft station encourages visitors to weave palm fronds, make paper and create bean and seed art. A movable garden parade is scheduled to showcase creative gardeners who find ways to grow their favorite plants in unusual containers. Anyone who would like to participate should call in advance. The festival is scheduled from 2 to 9 p.m. on First Street between Taylor and Moreland streets in Phoenix. Admission is free.

April 14 - Flagstaff | 928.523.3229 Northern Arizona University is celebrating Earth Day by cleaning and rehabilitating an outdoor recreation area. To get involved, call NAU for details.

EARTH DAY CRAFTS AT THE LIBRARY April 17, 18, 20 - Scottsdale | 480.312.7323 The Scottsdale Library is hosting Earth Day craft-making projects for teens and other programs for children at three locations. Be sure to check the website as spaces fill quickly. Some other community libraries throughout the state are offering informational and hands-on activities. Check with your local library for details.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION April 19 - Chandler | 480.782.2889 Celebrate Earth Day in nature at the Veterans Oasis Park and Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler. The event, from 4 to 7 p.m., will include hands-on activities, animal presentations and information about living a more eco-friendly life. Veterans Oasis Park is a combination of wetland and arid desert with walking trails and wildlife viewing areas.

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April 13 - Scottsdale | 480.362.7500 The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community invites the public to join in their Earth Day celebration that begins at 7:45 a.m. in the courtyard of the Two Waters Tribal Government Complex, 10005 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale. Service projects include roadway cleanup, senior home cleanup, trash removal in Bunnyville, graffiti abatement, and a senior recycled crafts fair. Lunch will be provided to volunteers. 210 greenliving 2013 greenliving| |March April 2013


April 20 - Flagstaff  | 928.774.5281 A celebration with live music, local food, and information will follow community service projects and a community cleanup that begins at 9 a.m. The Earth Day celebration starts at 11:30 a.m. on the south lawn of Flagstaff City Hall, 211 W. Aspen Ave. Electronics and car seats no longer being used can be recycled at the event.

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PARTY FOR THE PLANET April 20 • Peoria • 623.773.7178 Peoria has partnered with Glendale and Arizona Clean and Beautiful for this New River Trail cleanup event that includes trash removal and tree planting near Union Hills Road from 7 to 10 a.m. Other events include environmental workshops, Earth Day activities at the library and a family movie under the stars. Call for details.

PLANET PARTY AT THE ZOO April 20 • Phoenix • 602.273.1341 Thousands of ladybugs will take flight during the Earth Day celebration at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. The ladybug release will be at Harmony Farm, where visitors will learn more about sustainability. There will be entertainment from Radio Disney, games to play and information about what the zoo has been doing to help endangered species. Visitors can help the zoo raise money by bringing used clothing to the event to donate. The event hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photo courtesy of City of Chandler

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Learn about hiking trails, recreational areas, conservation, recycling, green building and more at the Prescott Earth Day and Wildfire Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Courthouse Plaza, Gurley, Montezuma and Cortez streets, Prescott.

The Queen Creek recycling event invites community members to bring their recyclables to the Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, between 8 a.m. and noon. Items that will be accepted include: tires, electronics, appliances, metals, rechargeable batteries, and shredded documents. There will be games, information, giveaways and free ice cream.

TUCSON EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AND WATER FESTIVAL April 21 - Tucson | 520.206.8814 Gene C. Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson, is home to the area’s Earth Day Celebration and Water Festival. The environmentally themed event includes music, performers, informational exhibits, vendors and hands-on activities. The celebration is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a parade at 10 a.m. Those who dress as their favorite living creature can join the parade. Other highlights include an art show, a solar competition, and an alternative fuel vehicle show. Bicyclists who ride to the Reid Park Zoo that day will be given free admission for showing their safety helmets.

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Cesar Chavez Plaza, 201 W. Washington St., Phoenix, is the location of the Earth Day Phoenix celebration. Participants will learn about recycling and sustainability while visiting with a variety of vendors from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is scheduled during lunch hours so students, residents and those working downtown can attend.

The Students for Sustainability are hosting an Earth Day Celebration from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the UA Mall, 1607 E. University Blvd., Tucson. The event includes vendors, research projects about renewable energy, and eco-friendly tips. Entertainment includes bike art, face painting and cooking demonstrations. Other campus groups that promote sustainability will join the event with information booths. Local bands will be on stage and, before the night ends, there will be fire dancers and a mini star party.

ARBOR DAY 5K April 26 - Tempe | 480.350.5000 Help revitalize Tempe’s Urban Forest by running in the annual Arbor Day 5K. The run begins at 6:15 p.m. at Giuliano Park at Tempe Town Lake, 80 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. The course is a loop around Tempe Town Lake. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 at the event. Participants will receive a commemorative Arbor Day 5K T-shirt. An event expo will begin at 4 p.m. and a Kids Dash for children ages 10 and younger starts at 6 p.m. All proceeds go to the Trees for Tempe program.

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s more people are showing an interest in decreasing or completely eliminating gluten from their diets, businesses are working to accommodate this growing trend. Green Living asked our friends on Facebook to share their stories about living a gluten-free life. The responses we received were not just from those who have changed their eating habits, but from those whose eating habits have changed their lives—many have even started businesses inspired by their gluten-free experience. Here’s what they had to say:

I wanted to tell you my story about being glutenfree! Ever since I was young, I have always struggled with minor weight issues. I could never figure out the right diet combinations. I met my husband in 2005 while getting my bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and was instantly thrown into the vegetarian lifestyle, as he was raised a vegetarian. For about 7 years I lived as a vegetarian and compensated for the lack of meat with other wheat, soy, rice fillers. In 2012, I read the book Eat Right 4 Your Type, and it said since I am an O blood type that I should avoid eating gluten at all costs because I don't digest them well. I decided to give it a try with fervor. I lost weight immediately! I now have also stopped eating most grains and dairy as well. I feel lighter, healthier, and have more energy. It's a challenge having such a particular diet but I love it and am so happy I have my husband to support it. Being a blogger for Green Lifestyles TV, I'm always exposed to new and healthy ways to be gluten-free. This past weekend I was so pleased to be able to attend the Natural Products Expo West and learn about so many great gluten-free products. I love the organic, gluten-free, non-GMO lifestyle that I have chosen and hope it will help me live a happier life, longer. Jessica Blogger

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In response to your Facebook post, I do live a glutenfree lifestyle, not by choice, but by necessity. I have celiac disease and so does my 9-year-old daughter. We were both diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago. I personally had a number of mysterious ailments including migraines, infertility issues, upset stomach, and joint pain, to name just a few. My daughter’s growth had slowed and we became concerned. Now that we’ve been gluten-free, my daughter has blossomed into an outgoing young lady with confidence, and all of my problems nearly vanished. Two years ago I thought I felt OK, but I had nothing to compare it to. I figured this is what I’m supposed to feel like. I didn’t know how sick I was or how much better I could feel until gluten was removed completely from my diet. My favorite food was pizza and still is. I’ve found some great restaurants, like Picazzo’s, Buon Gusto, and NYPD, that prepare gluten-free pizzas. There are just too many great gluten-free restaurants to name. Juli La Porte President and Co-founder

Hi! I just saw your post on Facebook and wanted to share something new that we are doing for our community at the Gilbert Farmers Market. We have made Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan and Dairy-Free signs that go on our vendors’ tents, so it’s easy for our customers who have restrictions to shop the market. We would love to help get the word out to those who have restrictions to help make their daily lives easier. Jessa Koppenhofer Coordinator Gilbert Farmers Market

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After years of stomachaches, lethargy and bloating, I was diagnosed with celiac spur disease. Going on a gluten-free diet has literally saved my life. I was so sick, no doctor could figure out why. They took me off dairy and tried different medications, but nothing helped until they did an endoscopy and saw all the villa in my large intestine lying down. Malnutrition caused my constant fatigue; then all the food would get stuck in my colon, which caused the bloating. I felt pregnant all the time. Being gluten-free was not easy in the beginning, seven years ago. Since that time, many new products have come out, restaurants now have gluten-free menus, and more people are cognizant of gluten intolerances. For some, it is a fad, a way they will lose weight; for me it is a way of life and the only way I will have life. Sherie K. Smith Green Living reader

Hi! I’d like to tell you my story on how I have changed my eating habits for a better me. My name is Mila Pierce and I had suffered long enough with lactose intolerance, gluten allergies, and the threat of Crohn’s disease that had taken the life of my beloved Grandpa George. About 3 years ago, I stumbled upon a raw and gluten-free cookbook one day and decided to change my diet for good. The result? More energy, a 20-plus-pound weight loss, improved digestion, and the passion for clean cooking and helping others. Although True Food Kitchen always hits the spot, dining out and grocery shopping are quite the challenge these days; that is why I decided to take matters into my own hands and create Raw Canyon Foods, an incomparable 100 percent raw, gluten-free and vegan granola product. I plan to be in local farmers markets very soon and hopefully expand my line into more tempting treats for gluten-free nuts like me.

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SELECTING CONTAINERS AND SOIL MEDIUMS Because you will be planting in pots, buckets, long troughs, or other types of containers, it is important to have adequate space for plant roots to grow. Consider mature plant sizes when selecting a container. Also think about plant root types: lettuces tend to have shallow roots and therefore would do well in a shallow container. A deeper container should be utilized for downward-growing root crops. For a list of herbs, vegetables, and flowers and their suggested container sizes, visit the Success Container Gardens and Growing Vegetables, Herbs and Annual Flowers in Containers websites listed below. Sufficient drainage is another important consideration for container gardening. The clay soils of the low desert tend to hold on to water for long periods of time—hence desert-adapted plants can go for months in between rain events. In a container gardening situation, however, avoid the use of soil with a high water-holding capacity. Instead, consider the use of soilless mediums like perlite, coconut husks, peat, coarse sand, or vermiculite,

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Energy is a much needed commodity that we all rely on for the quality of life that we sometimes take for granted. That said, when generating power, we owe it to future generations to use our precious resources in a more sustainable manner. Some tend to focus on emissions or pollution when discussing energy and the need for more renewable power; however water is equally as important. The vast majority of power generated in the U.S. uses steam to drive turbines and cool the facilities. According to the World Economic Forum, as much as 40 percent of fresh water withdrawn in the United States is utilized in power production. Power generators like nuclear, coal, gas and solar thermal utilize steam to generate power and use considerable amounts of water for every electron that is generated. To put the amount of water utilized into context, if a power plant was to generate enough power for approximately 100,000 average U.S. households, that amount of water would equate to approximately 700 million gallons of water on an annual basis or the equivalent of enough to fill Tempe Town Lake. Given that we reside in the desert southwest where water is at a premium, one must ask if this is the best use of our resources.

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VISION AND STRATEGY In addition to green buildings, Intel has further integrated their environmental commitment by taking a comprehensive approach. “Thinking end-to-end—from how we design and build our projects to the product design itself, and then how do you apply the products,” is the way they maintain environmental awareness across the company, Fallender said. Taking into consideration people, products, and how to apply technology to the industry are at the forefront of Intel’s vision. “One of the key objectives is to care for our people and the planet, and to inspire the next generation,” Fallender said. “So focusing our vision and strategy is focusing our employees and our whole organization on making sure that we’re taking

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the environment into account, with what we’re doing both in our own operations and also in the products we’re creating.” This includes finding ways to make products more energyefficient for consumers, involvement in projects working on smart cities, testing wireless sensing technologies, and providing researchers with access to computing power that helps analyze huge blocks of data around climate change.

2020 GOALS Since 2008 Intel has recycled more than 80 percent of their waste globally. The new 2020 goal is to move that up to 90 percent—reducing waste in the cafes and throughout the office environment, and enlisting the help of employees to drive that extra percentage point. Intel has also included a commitment to further reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent on a per chip basis from 2010 levels, while continuing to expand their manufacturing capacity. “We’ve linked a portion of everybody’s pay to environmental metrics for five years,” Fallender said. “That is something that we’ve done because we want to make sure it’s clear our environmental metrics are just as important as all the other operational goals we have in terms of products and customers.” Fallender explained that this is a main concern for the company, recognized as a priority across the company and beyond, from the executive leadership to the employees to outside groups. As part of Intel’s initiatives, the company has implemented the Sustainability in Action Grant Program to provide funding for employees who have ideas for reducing environmental impact. Open to employees globally, the grant program includes work with outside community groups, and so far has funded research on further education regarding the honey bee collapse disorder, and identified a plastic waste stream

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n the investment world, the roots of socially responsible investing can be traced back to 1758 when the Quakers at their yearly meeting prohibited members from participating in the slave trade; buying or selling humans. It can also be traced back to John Wesley and his sermon, “The Use of Money.” In this sermon, Wesley outlined his standards for social investing. Primarily, Wesley suggested that you participate in no business practices that harm your neighbors.

Earth Day: Volunteers from Intel plant a community garden on Earth Day 2012. Food waste from the cafes, including a week’s worth of coffee grounds and trimmings from landscaping, were used as fertilizer. The produce from the garden is donated to local food banks.

from plastic reels that hold materials. Working with suppliers and nonprofits, the plastic reels were ground up, remolded into art supply boxes and given out in the fall for a school drive. Continuing with individual awareness, Intel has an internal speaker series among employees to discuss what is happening in the sustainability area. The give-and-take idea has been so successful it’s been funded for another year. “Most of the impact in the achievements we’ve made is in the manufacturing side,” Fallender said. “What we’re really trying to do is drive that extra activity within the offices themselves.”

PUSH FOR SUSTAINABILITY From being the largest voluntary corporate purchaser of green power in the U.S. since 2008 to placing recycle bins throughout its buildings, Intel strives for a balance of formal and informal that reinforces the culture of sustainability. “It’s not just about making sure your environmental department is paying attention to these things, but how do you make sure your purchasing department is making

considerations—how do they select suppliers, how do they hold suppliers accountable, how do they make suppliers better,” Fallender said. “One thing we’ve done in our supply chain department over the last few years is put in place requirements for suppliers around environmental issues and around reporting.” As a result, Intel has asked its top 75 suppliers to publish a sustainability report as part of the company’s continued commitment to stewardship. Intel has set the tone by sharing and reinforcing information, from top management and employees to the public, that environmental stewardship is a priority and that the company’s commitment is to further sustainability on a global stage. “We keep coming back to what can we do, to not just keep our own house in order but use our network of customer, suppliers and local community at a system level,” Fallender said. “These problems are too large to solve on our own.”

In the 60’s the Quaker/Wesley spirit took root in the investment community in the form of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). During this time period, socially concerned investors increasingly sought to address equality for women, civil rights, labor issues and issues connected with the Vietnam War. For socially responsible investing, its core is made up of the belief that you can get financial returns and do social good.

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Perhaps the ith today’s ever-expanding green movement, most recent and environmental law is becoming increasingly prevalent example important. You’ve probably heard a lot about of environmental environmental law – it’s a general term that describes a wide law at work in Arizona variety of laws that address how we treat the air we breathe, is the use of reclaimed the water we drink, and the land we live on. It balances the wastewater to make artificial preservation of our environment with daily human activities snow for Flagstaff’s Arizona including business operations, government functions, and Snowbowl. The ski area has human recreation. recently been under fire Basically, it’s like if Captain Planet were an attorney. from the Arizona Department For people who aren’t manufacturing something or of Environmental Quality conducting business operations, however, what benefits could (AEDQ) for not properly be realized by having basic knowledge of environmental law? identifying the equipment used “Environmental laws are oftentimes complex and confusing, to collect reclaimed wastewater. but in one way or another, it impacts everyone,” said Janis This is on the heels of a years-long Bladine, partner at Phoenix-based law firm Jennings, Haug & dispute regarding the use of reclaimed Cunningham, LLP, which specializes in environmental law. “It wastewater on the ski slopes, during is important for people to have some sort of understanding, which opposed parties questioned especially when it comes to properly disposing of waste and the sanitation of the artificial snow. obtaining necessary permits.” (ADEQ ultimately granted Snowbowl Bladine has 15 years of experience representing both private the right to use the treated sewage and public clients, providing advice regarding contaminated water, as it does not consider snow sites, waste disposal, wastewater and water quality, skiing to be a compliance, and environmental permits. The regulation and decisions “full immersion While the majority of clients who retain environmental lawyers are developers, made by our law officials are set water activity like contractors, utility companies, cities and to protect our health, home, and swimming.”) “This goes to show you how important it manufacturing companies, individuals environmental posterity. is for the public to understand environmental who own land and those who learn of a laws and to pay attention to how it is being used in their new enforcement action that could possibly affect their way of communities,” said Bladine. “The decision had a huge effect life also frequently seek advice. on the local economy—businesses, Native American tribes, “Basically, we serve as a liaison between businesses and and, of course, skiers looking to hit the slopes.” individuals in their dealings with organizations like the While the majority of environmental laws may be directed United States Environmental Protection Agency. We help settle toward businesses and manufacturers, the regulation and environmental enforcement actions before these agencies and decisions made by our law officials are set to protect our comment on potential new regulations, making sure they health, home, and environmental make sense for both businesses’ or individuals’ needs and posterity. As we continue to the environment.” become a more sustainable-minded Bladine explained that here in the desert, water is a precious society, we will no doubt be seeing and valuable resource many of us take for granted. Certain more regulations to preserve our laws are passed to ensure that the quality and quantity of ecological systems—an area of water available to us stays safe and consistent. If an individual interest that concerns us all. were to build a well on their property, they would have to For questions regarding seek certain permits – there is a full body of law addressing environmental law, Janis Bladine can just who can use both surface water and groundwater, be reached at and how much. On the other end, businesses that release pollutants that may reach groundwater must obtain their Illustration by Arina Anoschenko own permits.

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empe resident Shaun Brown has a passion for cars — and for the Earth. It was this combination that inspired him to develop for those, like himself, who want to see high-performing cars on the same track as high-environmental conscientiousness. A GREEN VENTURE Brown’s company, Green Car Products, brings automotive enthusiasts and everyday drivers clean, renewable and energyconscious products, as well as an informative blog, where Brown discusses new ideas and products. “Green is not just what mpg your new car gets,” says Brown, an Arizona native and Arizona State University graduate. “It takes more carbon energy to build a new car than to properly maintain an existing one.” One of Brown’s first products is “The Green Top,” a simple, effective threaded adapter that allows anyone to reuse discarded plastic drink bottles as versatile funnels. Made of recyclable aluminum, the funnel will not deteriorate after repeated cleanings, even with harsh solvents. This design was a result of Brown’s dissatisfaction with expensive funnels constructed of nonrecyclable plastic, which broke down after repeated cleanings. “Additionally, I could not see how much liquid had actually been transferred as

most funnels are opaque, and often fluid was left inside the reservoir,” Brown says. Customers like Karen and Shane Mustoe, who own Brighton Motorsports and Brighton Ranch Paint & Body in Scottsdale, are enjoying them. “At our shop we get water delivered in 16-ounce bottles that we give to customers and our team of employees. Needless to say, we were throwing away a lot of water bottles each week,” says Karen.“So we were excited to hear about Green Car Products’ new funnel adapter that fits our water bottles and easily converts them into a basic funnel. It fits snugly and washes easily after each use, and the best part is we don’t have to look around for a funnel or rig something to use as a funnel.”

“My hope in starting this company was to provide a union between the automotive enthusiast and the environment. The two are not mutually exclusive,” says Brown. David M. Brown is a Valley-based freelancer:

GREEN CAR CARE TIPS Shaun Brown offers some suggestions for green car care: SPRAY TO SAVE — A water-saving nozzle atomizes to cover the job you need to do without excessive runoff. SLIGHT TOIL FOR OIL — Friction creates heat, heat is energy, and energy is what we are trying to save. Dirty fluids are caused by breakdown and absorbing metal shavings. Change the transmission and differential fluids with your recommend spec lubricants as well. Clean lubricants work better and allow more energy to be transferred from your drivetrain to the wheels, saving you energy. Change these yourself. Your mechanic charges per hour, and making up that money in miles per gallon savings will take a considerable amount of time. IS YOUR MAF CLEAN? — Your Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor has a small resistor that measures incoming airflow and lets your engine approximate the amount of air to expect, and adjusts fueling accordingly. These sensors are extremely sensitive and are subject to voltage interference when dirty. Clean them with electrical cleaner, not filming greenliving | April 2013

brake cleaner or carb cleaner. Use a flashlight to look past the meshing and get the sensor clean. This can provide a marked increase in economy and acceleration. JUNK OUT OF TRUNK — Do you really need that gift you were going to return but are still carrying around in your car? The stacks of work documents that are now outdated, and also readily available on the server? Remember: Your car has to spend energy to move those unneeded materials. Don’t waste the energy or the money. USE THE CRUISE — There’s a reason highway mpg is higher than city mpg. The highest energy expenditure for a vehicle is during initial acceleration and at WOT (Wide Open Throttle). More energy is spent getting a vehicle up to speed than maintaining that speed. Use cruise control on the highway. If you want to reach or exceed the advertised mpg values on that sticker, drive the speed limit with your cruise control on whenever possible. Trust your car’s computer; it will calculate based on a wide variety of values stored both from legacy and recent driving trends to maximize your efficiency.

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“I take pictures to remember a moment,” says Karen s the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand Rulapaugh of Mesa, an advertising media planner and avid words,” and in a world where cameras are becoming recreational photographer. “Even if it’s an everyday event, I standard on our phones, computers, and innovative want to be able to look back on that memory and share it with mobile devices, and where cutting-edge digital cameras make others.” From the bright colors of the farmers’ market and it easier for even the technologically challenged to take a great once-in-a-lifetime vacations, to her childhood days and family picture and instantly “share” it with the world, we’re in no photos with loved ones who have passed on, Rulapaugh says danger of being at a loss for words anytime soon. her inspiration comes from many different places. In fact, in February 2012, Facebook reported that it was Think about the reasons you are taking pictures—to share a uploading approximately 250 million photographs to its beautiful scene, to preserve a special moment, to make others site every day. Children, pets, weird road signs, and people laugh, to preserve memories for your children or someone having good hair days probably make up a good number of special, or to inspire others…knowing why you’re taking the those uploads—but among those everyday photos, taken picture will help you find inspiration. by your everyday smart phone user, are some truly amazing photographs. With every snap of the shutter, we’re preserving images that will tell the story of lives, our generation…an era. Together, we’re literally capturing life in motion for ourselves, and for future generations—we’re recording history. We all have a story to tell—what an incredible time to tap into the photographer within and start filling up the pages with some amazing photos! While taking pictures today is easier than ever before, taking pictures that tell a story, evoke an emotion, or make an impact takes a little more knowledge, education and effort, and a lot of heart. Acclaimed photographer Carl Studna, who has photographed celebrities from Paul McCartney to the Dalai Lama, says, “I am absolutely clear that the key element that must be present to reflect an authentic image in every moment of the camera’s click is love.” So if you’re looking to improve your skills behind the lens to do more justice Photo and caption by Karen Rulapaugh to Arizona’s amazing landscapes, your lovely children, “This photo was taken in Santorini, Greece, on my honeymoon, and to me, it or whatever it is you find beautiful, love is all you summarizes our entire trip—warm, colorful, relaxing, and a little surprising (the guy in need…oh, and maybe a decent camera and a few skills. his underwear on the roof of the building).” GETTING INSPIRED One of the most common pieces of advice given by professional photographers is to keep your camera close as often as you can, because inspiration is all around you, all the time. Our day-to-day lives are full of amazing, and often “subtle” moments—a peacefully sleeping child, the view from a mountain summit, a family reunion, a crazy dust storm, your best friend’s toes in the sand, or simply a random, unexpected laughing spell at the dinner table. Think about your day today…if you had carried your camera with you all day, how many times would you have felt inspired to snap a picture? Beautiful moments are all around you and digital photos are free…experiment!

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GETTING THE TOOLS YOU NEED Ok, you’re inspired…now what? Having the “right” equipment for your photos all depends on what you want to shoot, according to Jon Simpson, professional photographer and owner of Jon Simpson Photography in Phoenix. “Choosing a camera is a very personal experience and there is no one size that fits all. There are so many amazing choices out there in so many different price points, and you may already have a camera that will fit the bill. The camera technology that is packed into most phones today is greater than what was in my first digital SLR which cost me well over two thousand dollars,” he says. If you’re in the market for a new camera, he suggests renting one from a local camera shop before making a big

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purchase, and considering how much control you’ll want over settings. “A digital SLR is the way to go if you really want complete control over the many different settings, and also the ability to play with different lenses. However, if you are going to use one zoom lens and shoot with the camera set to auto all the time... a smaller and less expensive compact digital would really be serve just as well,” he advises. Simpson encourages photographers of any skill level to explore the many new print processes in the market. “There are many online companies that will take your images and print them on exciting papers and materials like acrylic and metal, which will complete the process of turning your photography into art, which is where it should be,” Simpson says. “It really is a remarkable time for someone to get Photo by Aimee Welch into photography.” A face-painting surprise perfectly captured a favorite moment of the summer. No matter what kind of camera you choose, there heartbreaking images from the front lines of war, starving are photography workshops and courses, books, websites, and children from across the world, the eerie mushroom cloud left endless resources to help you graduate from a good picturebehind after the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, taker to a great photographer. the Wright brothers’ first flight, the first X-ray, and the first You don’t have to be an expert to take amazing image of a fetus still in the womb—these are people, events, photographs…you just have to be prepared—because you and technological advancements that helped shape the world never know when the moment that inspires you to click the we live in today, and photographs that, as we remember, still shutter will produce a photograph that inspires the rest of make us gasp, laugh, cry, or stand up and cheer. the world. Most people don’t take pictures with the intention of creating world history. We’re simply preserving a memory THE POWER OF A PICTURE of something, someplace, or someone who inspired us in In 2003, LIFE magazine published a book titled LIFE: 100 the moment—we’re also preserving the way we felt in that Photographs that Changed the World, with the objective to moment. We can reflect back on that moment, and the feeling demonstrate how, like literature, photographs can be used that came with it, every time we look at that photograph—and to document historical events—many of which could most maybe even evoke that emotion in others. Sam Abell, whose certainly escape mere words. An awe-inspiring picture of the photographs have been featured in National Geographic, said, earth taken from space, a soul-piercing portrait of Anne Frank, “I see something special and show it to the camera. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.” As you begin to develop your inner photographer, you’ll get better and better at seeking out inspiration and capturing the moments you choose to hold. Whether you share your photos on Facebook, print them out and put them in albums, archive them on Shutterfly, or keep them close and private, remember that you’re documenting your story through pictures—your tiny moment in time on this planet, and everything you made of it. Now grab your camera and get out there and celebrate life, Earth month, and the beauty all around you…you’ve got history to write! Taken by Apollo 8 crewmember Bill Anders on December 24, 1968, showing the Earth seemingly rising above the lunar surface. Note that this phenomenon is only visible from someone in orbit around the Moon. Because of the Moon’s synchronous rotation about the Earth (i.e., the same side of the Moon is always facing the Earth), no Earthrise can be observed by a stationary observer on the surface of the Moon.

Aimee Welch is a freelance writer and editor, and former advertising executive. In her spare time, she runs, snowboards, practices yoga, travels, and hangs with her husband, two kids, and three dogs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The Ohio State University.

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eremy Jackrabbit is at it again—this time he’s teaching children the importance of recycling. Jeremy Jackrabbit Recycles the Can, written by Sasha and Rodney Glassman, is expected to be released on Earth Day. This is the second children’s book with an environmental message written by the Glassmans. “We are really passionate about literacy and sustainability and we love doing things for kids in the community,” explained Rodney Glassman. Jeremy Jackrabbit first reached us with Jeremy Jackrabbit Harvests the Rain, a simple but important message about capturing and repurposing rainwater. The book was a collaborative project illustrated by children throughout Tucson. Now, close to 1,000 young artists in the Phoenix area have submitted their illustrations with hopes of being included in Jeremy’s latest adventure where he learns about the recycling process. When Jeremy Jackrabbit trips on an aluminum can, he asks his friends how to stop improperly discarded waste. He chats with Barry the Bee, Susan the Snake and others who educate him about recycling options and the process involved in turning the discarded can into a new one. The story, simply written for kindergarteners, encourages children to live a green lifestyle by reducing, reusing and recycling. The story is written in English and Spanish and includes recycling guides in both languages so children can share the information with their parents. “As young parents and people passionate about education, we both agree the more we can do to impact children and their perspective on the environment, the more impact we will be able to have long-term on the community and with their families,” he said.

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About 46,000 free copies of the book will be distributed to kindergartners throughout Maricopa County, and an additional 6,000 will be distributed in Tucson. “Our goal is to expand across Arizona,” he said. One hundred percent of the funds raised by sponsors will support the printing of the book. The more donations received, the more books will be printed. The book is published online at Anyone wishing to purchase a copy of the book can do so on the website as well. All of the money raised from book purchases is given to the Phoenix Library Foundation for children’s programming. The project has even blossomed beyond the book. Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability has written seven hands-on lesson plans that correlate with the story, and teachers can access them on the website. Jeremy Jackrabbit’s story also has inspired the Great Arizona Puppet Theater to create a musical that is expected to open in September. A Jeremy Jackrabbit party is scheduled for April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and his wife, Nicole, will be reading the story to children, and some of the young artists who illustrated the book are expected to attend. Rodney Glassman, a former Tucson councilman who has a doctorate in arid land resource sciences, said the project has been a broad-based collaborative effort. It is a yearlong process with an illustration contest every October, and distribution during Earth Month. He and his wife, Sasha, who is an attorney and member of the Madison Elementary School District Governing Board, already are planning the third book. The next adventure for Jeremy Jackrabbit will be Jeremy Jackrabbit Captures the Sun.

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sunrise mosaic MATERIALS: Magazine Glue stick Paper for background INSTRUCTIONS: Little hands might have trouble rolling coils or keeping strips of paper parallel, but they are sure to enjoy ripping small colorful pieces from the magazine. Have your children find different colors as they flip through the pages. As they locate colors they like, encourage them to tear small pieces, about the size of a quarter, from the page. Arrange the colors into piles before they start to create. Since April is Earth Month, maybe they will be inspired to make a simple nature scene with a sun, a tree, a flower, or a rainbow. Bold colors placed together can have a dramatic impact. Have them arrange the pieces on a sheet of paper. They can leave spaces in between, similar to mosaic tiles, or they can overlap them. Once they are satisfied with their artwork, they can glue the pieces in place.

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Early morning eats don’t have to sacrifice taste in order to be healthy. This month our green couple mixes it up by sampling five organic and gluten-free pancake & waffle options. See which ones rise to meet their expectations. THE PURE PANTRY – BUCKWHEAT FLAX PANCAKE MIX he said: These gritty flapjacks had a good flavor and would be my favorite if I was the type of guy that decided to live in a tree, but I’m not that guy. So to me, they just tasted like a perfectly good pancake that was dropped in dirt.

she said: Who knew buckwheat was a fruit seed? It sure made a hearty, healthy, tasty pancake fit enough for a lumberjack. I thought they were definitely “O-tay!”

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365 – ORGANIC BUTTERMILK PANCAKE MIX he said: 365 is the perfect name for these pancakes because I could eat them every day of the year. They were easy to make too. They turned out light, fluffy, and delicious when I cooked them.

she said: Exactly what a pancake should be: flavorful, fluffy, and a cinch to cook. It’s the best bang for your “bacon” too!

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ARROWHEAD MILLS – ORGANIC SPROUTED GRAIN PANCAKE & WAFFLE MIX he said: I could really taste the sprouted-ness in this mix! ... No, not really, but it did make some light fluffy pancakes. This mix was a tiny, tiny bit grainier than the plain old buttermilk mix.

she said: I liked this one for the added healthy sprouted grains, but otherwise it’s your run-of-the-”mill” pancake. Add a little fruit, and you’re golden!

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BOB’S RED MILL – ORGANIC 7 GRAIN PANCAKE MIX he said: I’m sure we’re saying “fluffy” way too many times, but there are very few other words to describe a pancake. These Bob’s Red Mill pancakes came out light and, uhh, soft? They had the slightest grit to them but considering they’re the healthiest of the bunch, I’ll let it slide.... Fluffy.

she said: Bob must be a mighty talented man. He’s got several great products, including this one. These pillowy cakes were tasty, with a healthy kick that makes it practically guilt-free noshing.

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NATURE’S PATH – ORGANIC BUTTERMILK PANCAKE MIX he said: This mix will turn out tasty, super pillowy pancakes, she said: Almost a “door stop” pancake, this egg-less mix was if you pay no attention to the recipe on the back of the bag. dense and flavorless. The only thing that saved them were some Two times I followed the instructions to the tee and two times adjustments: water, banana chunks and chocolate chips. I ended up with biscuits. Save your time and money until NP adjusts their recipe. He gave it: greenliving | April 2013

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ingredients 6 English muffins (preferably Thomas’s) 8 oz thinly sliced Canadian bacon (Niman Ranch)

12 large eggs 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill Fresh dill sprigs (optional)


1. Fill large bowl with cold water. Bring large skillet of water to boil; add vinegar. Reduce heat to medium low. 2. Crack eggs open and add to simmering water. 3. Cook until whites are set, about 3 minutes. 4. Using slotted spoon, transfer one egg at a time to cold water. Reserve skillet with vinegar water. (can be prepared one hour ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)


1. Place two English muffin halves on each of six plates. Top with canadian bacon. 2. Gently transfer poached eggs one at a time from bowl of cold water to skillet of simmering vinegar water. Cook eggs until warm, about 30 seconds. 3. Using slotted spoon, transfer one poached egg to each english muffin. Spoon sauce over. Garnish with dill sprigs if desired.



Yields 6 servings




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hollandaise 4 oz egg yolks 1 tsp Cholula 1 tsp worcestershire 2 oz water 1 ½ cu clarified butter Juice of ½ of a lemon Salt: as needed Yields 2 oZ

1. Over a double boiler, begin to whip the egg yolks until stiff and ribbons begin to develop. 2. Remove from heat and begin to whisk in the clarified butter until emulsyfied. Use the water if hollandiase starts to break or use to adjust consistency at end. 3. Add lemon juice, worcestershire and cholula. Adjust seasoning with salt. If too loose, add a little more clarified butter until desired consistency is produced.

Recipe courtesy of El Chorro Restaurant

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PreParation 1. Place chicken in a large container that has a lid. 2. Pour marinade over chicken and move the chicken around to coat completely. Press the chicken down into the bowl. Cover. 3. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Overnight is best. Make sure to turn the chicken a couple times if holding overnight. cooking 1. Preheat the oven to 375F. 2. Place the chicken on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. 3. Bake in the center of the middle oven rack for about 30-40 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the meat is 160F. Remove from the oven. 4. Using a pastry brush, brush on the raspberry glaze to completely coat the chicken. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the chicken is at 165F. 5. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

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french TOAST

1. Mix egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and heavy cream until incorporated 2. Soak sliced bread until spongy 3. In a deep sided sauté pan, heat oil to 350 (using candy thermometer) 4. Pan fry bread until golden brown on one side, then turn over to cook the other side. (Be careful not to splatter doing multiple batches if pan is not big enough) 5. Drain on paper towels 6. Cut toast in ½ corner to corner. Arrange 4 slices per plate Garnish with berries Drizzle with maple syrup 2-3 oz per plate Dust liberally with powdered sugar

1 loaf Challah, cut into 12 equal slices (can substitute brioche) 10 egg yolks 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped 10 oz granulated sugar

1 qt heavy cream 3 pints mixed seasonal berries 2 cups maple syrup ½ cup powdered sugar 1 qt canola oil

Yields 6 servings Recipe courtesy of El Chorro Restaurant



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