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n the immortal words of James Brown…“This is a man’s world…but it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing—without a woman or a girl.” This month, it is with that sentiment in mind that we celebrate Arizona’s women who are leading the charge for sustainability. Women play an important role in shaping our future and the future of our planet. From architect to activist, women, by nature, have a nurturing spirit. Instinctively we want to take care of those around us, whether they are family members, coworkers, friends or strangers. We also want to take care of our world for future generations. As caregivers we become knowledgeable in all areas of health—physical, mental, nutritional and spiritual. We research environmental concerns to better protect our children. We seek out information and share it with those around us. We learn and lead and act. When James Brown first sang those words in 1966, I wonder if he believed them. Equality for women was, and continues to be, elusive in some areas of the world (and admittedly sometimes right here at home), yet it is in those male-dominated countries that women are charged with the most important role— survival. Fulfilling the most basic human needs—providing food and water—is a woman’s job. Historically, and born of necessity, women have learned to thrive on minimal means by repurposing, recycling and conserving. In essence, we were being sustainable before sustainability became vogue. In this issue you will hear from Vandana Shiva, whose activism in India stopped deforestation and protected a precious water source. You will meet Diane Reicher Jacobs and Holly Asher, who focus on green building and design, and Kim Chafin, whose city planning focuses on revitalization and historic preservation. We also learn about Kristen Bury’s efforts to bring sustainability to the forefront of education. There are many educators and students out there working to make the world a better place. Girls and boys at Seton Preparatory High School received an award for their recycling and environmental efforts. At the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University, college students were recognized for their public service initiatives that have impacted thousands of lives around the globe. We learn more about discussions with the Clinton family and industry experts who attended. Our sustainable business feature explores the importance of gender diversity in the workplace. We also meet two women who have opened an East Valley restaurant that cares for a large number of rescue birds that were given a home there. These are just a few of the inspiring stories of women evoking positive change in our community.

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James Brown’s song continues, “You see, man made the car to take us over the road. Man made the train to carry the heavy load…” Yes, man has made many things—some good, some bad—and now we have some cleaning up to do. Don’t take this too personally, guys. In the June issue we will pay homage to the men who make sustainability a priority. But for now, we salute all the women who effect positive change, often under difficult circumstances. We applaud you. We appreciate all of your efforts. And we know that this world would be nothing—nothing-—without you.

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hese women look great in green. In all areas of sustainability, Arizona women are excelling. Interior designer Holly Asher, consultant and educator Kristen Bury, architect Diane Reicher Jacobs, and city planner Kim Chafin are four women who are helping to construct environmentally sensible homes, public places and communities. SUSTAINABILITY FELT ON THE INSIDE A nine-year associate at Est Est Incorporated in Scottsdale and longtime sustainability proponent, Holly Asher, Allied ASID, was awarded a First Place in Green Design at the local 2012 ASID Awards for the Weston guest home in Scottsdale, which used sustainable elements such as spray foam insulation and LED lighting to ensure that the structure would not negatively affect the environment. In the same spirit, the Cline home in Tempe, completed four years ago, uses reclaimed materials such as beams and wood from razed buildings as ceiling details and supports in the home as well as stones, spear heads, and metate fragments for the great room fireplace. The kitchen cabinets were constructed from old basketball court bleachers from a local Catholic high school. Currently, Asher and Est Est associate Lindsay Murray are coordinating the interiors and furnishings for the infill Ash Project in Tempe with James Hann, AIA, a Scottsdale architect who is working within National Association of Home Builders Green Holly Asher, courtesy of Est Est Incorporated Development guidelines. Two older houses have been demolished to create six sustainable homes in three freestanding units, all uniquely revealing a Craftsman Bungalow architectural style, popular from the beginning of the 20th century through World War II because of their hand-wrought workmanship. Contemporary green construction materials and methods will feature thermally efficient windows and doors, most of which will be covered by patio or porch roofs and will receive minimal direct heat gain, explains Asher, who earned

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a Bachelor of Science in interior design through a combined program of Scottsdale Community College and Northern Arizona University. “In short, the overall composition will be of a ‘traditional’ character but done with modern materials and methods, promoting an energy-efficient ‘green’ theme,” she says. SCHOOLING GREEN In 2003, green consultant and educator Kristen Bury moved from Minnesota to Tucson, where she has worked extensively with area schools such as Pima Community College and others in Tucson, Marana, Sahuarita and Sells. She is now developing programs for Drachman Montessori Magnet, also in Tucson. As an undergraduate, Bury was inspired to think about what a thriving and sustainable environment, economy and educational system require. And, in graduate studies, she built on this foundation by learning more about sustainable market economies. “Youth leadership and civic engagement are two necessary components to implement a model that encompasses the present and the future,” she says, noting that she has widely used the STEEP perspective (Social, Technological, Economical, Environmental, Political), which was introduced to her by a professor. Bury has also focused on triple-bottom-line solutions –– people, planet, and profit –– for a fully integrated sustainable future. Because of its agricultural background, Tucson can become an exemplar of this green-collar economy she calls “sustainability valley.” “Our city is a perfect blend to create a new integrated vision of communications, community, culture, technology and agriculture,” she says. After a year with Americorps, serving the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), she began work at Drachman, which

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is developing agriculture/ecology projects for its students. Her work is widely praised. In 2013, The U.S. Green Building Council recognized TUSD as a Heavy Medal Awards winner for its involvement, and hers, with the Second International Green Apple Day of Service. She says the award acknowledges the importance of social involvement for young people in which “service goes beyond a day and into a daily lifestyle.”

broadcast television building on Central Avenue added city views and natural light, improved wayfinding and added multiple gathering zones to the two-story 1950s structure. New spaces include medical facilities, offices, conference rooms, break rooms and other support spaces. The McCormick Stillman Railroad Park Exhibit Building, with 6,500 square feet dedicated to model railroad displays, has incorporated generous overhangs, abundant natural light, photovoltaic solar panels, underground ductwork, an energy recovery system and the extensive use of local and recycled materials.

PUBLIC PLACES ARE SACRED SPACES Founded in 1999 by Diane Reicher Jacobs, AIA, and husband Michael Jacobs, AIA, Holly Street Studio Architects in Phoenix creates places that enhance lives and enrich communities. A PAINT IT GREEN, EARLY graduate of the University of Arizona and the School of the Working in municipal government in Southern California Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she earned a certificate in and Arizona for more than 25 years, Scottsdale city Graphic Design, Jacobs has also applied studies to projects. planner Kim Chafin, AICP, LEED AP has focused her “The root of this education was a deep commitment to career on infill development, downtown revitalization and site, climate and minimal use of resources,” says Jacobs, who historic preservation. practiced in Boston and Austin, Texas, before returning to She incorporated green building about 10 years ago Phoenix in 1995. “Many of these lessons came about through when she earned her LEED AP certification through the the study of indigenous and vernacular structures where U.S. Green Building Council. “The opportunity to reduce sustainability was a matter of survival. Sustainable solutions energy consumption and costs initially piqued my interest in were always a part of a greater goal to impact our collective sustainability,” she recalls. community through architecture.” She and Anthony Floyd, program manager for the With the intensifying of the green movement in the 1990s, Scottsdale Green Building Program (SGBP), noted that green programmatic requirements and stewardship of resources building concepts are sometimes not even considered until a were becoming balanced for architects, builders, planners and property owner submits construction drawings for a building developers, she explains: Build, but build sustainably. permit. And that’s often too late. “Perhaps on the back of a sense of urgency, or access to “So, utilizing Anthony’s vast shared information, green standards knowledge and experience, I have permeated everything we do, spearheaded the effort in Scottsdale from design of public spaces to how to encourage integration of green we issue construction documents,” building design concepts in the says Jacobs, who is president of the earliest planning stages of property American Institute of Architects, AZ development, rather than waiting Chapter. until construction permits are “The trick is to stay open to new requested,” Chafin says. ideas, so we are always searching, “This affords the opportunity to conversing, collaborating.” implement green design concepts Two adaptive re-use projects in into early decisions, such as site Phoenix and a popular LEED Goldselection, building orientation and certified Scottsdale park exhibit budget.” building are among these innovative Diane Reicher Jacobs, courtesy of Brad Reed Photography Using the International Green projects. Construction Code as reference, At Arizona State University’s newest she worked with Floyd and SGBP associate JD Forslund to campus, the ASU Downtown Student Center has renewed develop a Scottsdale Green Building Code specific to the a previously vacant 1936 post office designed by the Sonoran desert climate and the financial aspects of green distinguished firm of Lescher & Mahoney. Responding to the building design. surrounding park, street and city, the design, Jacobs explains, “This allows a property owner to obtain Scottsdale Green answers four requests: to open up the space through views Building certification, which in our area can be more feasible and natural lighting, embrace history, engage Civic Space than attaining LEED certification,” she says, adding that the Park, and address the student through flexible and dynamic SGBP has been able to also update some zoning ordinance spaces for groups and individuals. regulations to provide incentives for green building design, The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness is the new and they are working on additional ones. home for the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS and partnering organizations. The renovation of the former Channel 12 David Brown is a Valley-based writer azwriter.com greenlivingaz.com

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n 1974, Vandana Shiva and several women from Central Himalaya, India, wrapped themselves around trees to protect them from industrial logging. These tree-hugging women of the Chipko movement were defending their forests because logging and deforestation were leading to floods, droughts, landslides and other disasters. By 1981, thanks to the actions of these women, the Indian government was compelled to stop logging in Central Himalaya In 2002, Shiva joined women from Plachimada, India, in a protest at the gates of the Coca-Cola plant about the local water supply, which was being consumed by Coca-Cola’s operations. As their water sources dried up and their wells became polluted, women were forced to walk many miles for clean drinking water. In 2004, Coca-Cola was ordered to stop drawing water for commercial purposes. Why did women lead these grassroots ecological movements? Shiva says it is because women are experts in the sustenance economy. By stepping in to protect the Earth, the women were also protecting their livelihoods. “In the sexual division of labor, women have been left to look after sustenance – providing food and water, providing health and care,” Shiva says. As industry moved in, planting species of timber and crops for their commercial, rather than ecological, value resulted in a scarcity of fuel and food. Shiva, a theoretical physicist by training, describes this kind of industrial model as patriarchal – a monoculture of commercial species. “Even though women’s work in providing sustenance

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is the most vital human activity,” she says, “a patriarchal view which defines the economy only as the economy of the marketplace treats it as non-work.” What does Shiva mean by “patriarchal”? Essentially, the knowledge systems of women and indigenous people are based on interconnections and relationships. A thought system that reduces a decision to just one figure – the GDP – discounts this “feminine” wisdom. Shiva’s newest concern relates to the ecological and health implications of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, produced for industrial agriculture. Her organization, Navdanya, is committed to seed diversity for the protection of the Earth and of small farmers. “The reality is that living systems are self-organized, interactive, dynamic,” says Shiva. “When an ecological crisis created by an ecologically blind economic paradigm leads to the disappearance of forests and water – and the consequent threat to life and survival – it is women who rise to wake up society and to defend the Earth and their lives. Women are leading the paradigm shift to align the economy with ecology.” Vandana Shiva will present a Wrigley Lecture at Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability on Oct. 30. Funded through the generous support of Julie Ann Wrigley, the Wrigley Lecture Series brings internationally known thinkers and problem solvers to ASU to engage directly with students and the larger sustainability community in dialogues to address sustainability challenges. Learn more at sustainability.asu.edu/shiva.

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or most of us, getting those recommended eight hours of sleep is difficult. Because of our active lifestyles, most will settle for a few hours a night. But skimping on Z’s has physical and cerebral implications, and it is imperative to our health to get adequate sleep. Nancy Teeter RD, a registered dietitian nutritionist, spoke to us about the importance of getting enough sleep, and also about getting that sleep naturally. “There’s a lot of need to really have adequate sleep,” Teeter said. “Sleep is when our physical restoration occurs. When we get less than six hours of sleep just on a single night, the following day the brain has rewired to send us [seeking] foods that we might consider comfort food.” So, to prevent weight gain, puffy eyes and other health problems, we need to sleep. But what if you can’t? Is it healthy to take a prescription pill, herbs or other natural supplements to help get that shut-eye when your brain simply won’t quiet down? “People do try to look for the simplest, easiest fix,” Teeter said. “We’ve turned into a culture that looks for an easy, quick solution rather than a full healing.” Teeter suggests focusing on the body as a whole instead of fixing a symptom. She says that movement, breathing, and nutrition can all work together to treat the body. “I think it is important to recognize that our bodies are complex and (all aspects of health and healing) are intertwined,” Teeter said. Exercise, breathing and meditation are certainly very good ways to relax the body and get healthy, natural sleep. But some people need a little extra help falling asleep and staying asleep. Feather Jones, a clinical herbalist and owner of Sedona Tea Blends, is one of the many herbalists in Arizona who tries to help her clients find the root cause of their restlessness and naturally cure it, not just treat it. “I always tell people to figure out why it is you’re not sleeping,” Jones said.

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One herbal remedy that has conventionally been used for relaxation is kava. “It’s a very relaxing plant,” she continued. “Soothing to the body, soothing to your emotions. And it produces a euphoric side effect.” Kava can certainly help calm a restless mind and ease your nerves. When I was taking kava, I was asleep within an hour and didn’t have noteworthy dreams. Unfortunately, kava can be addictive and needs to A Kava plant be taken in moderation. “It’s really nice, particularly if you’re anxious about things to kind of stop your brain from that circular thinking,” Jones said. “It does irritate your liver if you [take] too much of it.” Fortunately, Jones recommended a few other herbs that help with sleep, but have fewer side effects. “I would use something like skullcap or passionflower, which can be very relaxing to a person who is overly stressed,” Jones said. “Both of those are really nice, relaxing sleep aids.” There are also natural supplements that can help you doze off. Most can be found at vitamin or health food stores. “Magnesium is wonderful because (it) relaxes all your muscles,” Jones said. “Magnesium is great for people who work physically hard all day and their muscles are tight.” For insomniacs desperately seeking sleep, there is a solution without resorting to a prescription pill. Taking an approach that addresses the root cause of your sleeplessness combined with relaxation techniques, exercise, proper nutrition and consulting with an expert about natural herbs and supplements are good first steps. Also consider putting some distance between your bed and your smartphone and creating a peaceful environment to sleep in. Be sure to consult with an expert to find what’s best for you. Melissa Stewart is an intern studying journalism at Arizona State University.

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Sometimes you only need to travel a short distance. Enter the Grid Bike Share program, a new system expected to launch this fall that will further connect the entire Valley in a simple and clean way. Named after the Valley’s well-known street system, the Grid Bike Share program promises to help get people around easier than ever before, with an initial roll-out of 1,000 public bicycles in Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe. Bikes will be available at hubs called “Grid Locks” conveniently placed in business districts, educational campuses and transit stops. Grid projects that the program will not only be an asset to commuters, but also to local businesses. Providing a stress- and traffic-free option for getting around the Valley, Grid will essentially bring in extra traffic and revenue to corporate establishments. The bikes themselves are a stylish sight to behold. Each bike is equipped with a GPS navigational system that runs on solar power which monitors the bike and acts as communication

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When we hug, oxytocin, also called the “cuddle hormone,” is released, which makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside.

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Hugs make us feel instantly closer to others and decrease our feelings of loneliness. Hugging reduces the amount of the stress hormone cortisol produced in our bodies.

Hugs have been found to help reduce our fears about death.

Hugs make our bodies release tension and send calming messages to the brain.

Hugging activates pressure receptors on the skin, sending signals to the vagus nerve which helps lower blood pressure.

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id you know that only certain types of hugs are therapeutic? Hugs are not all created equal. Certain types of hugs can actually be harmful. That seems odd at first glance, but if we take a deeper look at how the heart works, we find that certain styles of hugging are better than others. This article will teach you how to give healing hugs. Our hearts beat in an organized way using muscle and nerve fibers. Like all muscles, the heart needs electric signals from the nerves to contract. The nerves must follow a distinctive pattern in order to coordinate proper contractions. They essentially travel down through the center, then up along the sides from the bottom towards the top to squeeze the blood out. When the muscle relaxes, the heart fills up again. We have known for a very long time that nerves and muscles use electricity. Automated external defibrillator (AED) paddles are using electricity to “jump start” the heart again. Understanding the nature of electricity is essential for this conversation. Electricity always flows in one direction. It is also easily influenced by other sources of electromagnetic energy and will tend to merge together if the circumstances are right. Think of lightning bolts merging together as they travel from the sky to the ground. When we hug in a way that aligns our hearts together in a mirror image, the electric flow is traveling in the same direction. If you align your left ear to the other person’s

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left ear you will be hugging in this manner. It is commonly referred to as “heart to heart.” When positioned the opposite way, only the bottom tip of the hearts are close to each other. Since the electric flow will now be in opposing directions and electricity wants to interact, it creates interference and a lack of efficiency. So try it for a while and see for yourself. Many cultures instinctively hug heart to heart but North American adults tend not to. You will need to take initiative to position yourself left ear to left ear. Here’s my secret; I raise my left arm when approaching someone who is not educated in this yet in order to defer them from turning to the right. After a short while you may be able to perceive a difference in how you feel when you compare one side to the other. These are the keys for a wonderfully therapeutic hug for both of you: • Heart to Heart (left ear to left ear) • Both hands stay flat on the back (this closes the electromagnetic circuit) • Hold for 10 seconds or more • Smile… it changes your chemistry and uplifts your emotions Dr. Angela Darragh is a naturopathic physician specializing in applied kinesiology and an adjunct faculty at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. 602.753.9355 faithfulphysicians.com

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f you’re in the market for new duds, do the planet a favor and shop sustainably. Keep these fashion tips in mind on your next shopping trip, and support better practices in the fashion industry, all while staying chic. CHOOSE NATURAL FABRICS The fabric makes all the difference. Look for products with organic cotton, silk, bamboo and hemp. These are currently some of the most sustainable textiles on the market. Linen, which is made from flax, and cashmere are excellent materials to consider for purchase. Modal and Tencel, biodegradable wood-pulp fibers, are new and emerging textiles. Be sure to keep an eye out for them as well. Polyester made from recycled plastic and recycled polyester is also an option. SHOP LOCAL Boutique shopping and supporting local artisans are great ways to pick up unique pieces all while being sustainable. People who buy local—be it in person or through online marketplaces—definitely make a difference.

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BUY AMERICAN MADE Try to purchase clothing that is made in the United States. America imports 98 percent of its clothing from China, Taiwan, India and other nations, so contributing to the domestic 2 percent plants the seed for United States manufacturing in the future. The resources needed to transport the goods are significantly less stressful on the environment as well. AVOID DRY CLEANING If possible, steer clear of clothing that requires dry cleaning. In most cases, the chemicals used to refresh that suit aren’t necessarily eco-friendly. Purchasing apparel that can be steamcleaned would be better. If laundering, remember to use ecofriendly detergent and softener on your clothes. For hanging, bamboo and collected wire hangers are better than going out and buying plastic ones. DONATE USED CLOTHING Continue the cycle of clothing. When it’s time for old clothes to go, sell or donate the items to a second-hand store. Someone else might want that green top you’ve decided to let go.

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tudents, professionals and scholars from all over the world came together this March at Arizona State University (ASU) for the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). The event celebrated public service initiatives led by students that have made a difference in the lives of thousands of people across the globe. More than 1,000 students made “Commitments to Action” — plans and promises to address environmental, ethical and humanitarian concerns worldwide. During the event, ASU also initiated a zero-waste policy, Bill Clinton and Manal Al-Sharif at the opening plenary session. Photo by Simone Butler diverting the bulk of their uneaten Hillary Rodham Clinton’s afternoon plenary session catered food from landfills to local food shelters. focused on education reform in not only the United States, The opening plenary session was themed “The Age of but globally as well. Panelists included writer/activist Nikhil Participation.” Former President Bill Clinton was joined on Goyal; superintendent of Duplin County, NC Schools, Austin stage by accomplished individuals who have made profound Obasohan; president of The MasterCard Foundation, Reeta impacts in society: IT Consultant Manal al-Sharif, Harvard Roy; and founder/director of the Barefoot College, Bunker student Shree Bose, Senator John McCain and Wikipedia Roy. All these individuals are educational entrepreneurs who founder Jimmy Wales. The former president, the audience, have ushered in changes of learning methods within different and Twitter users presented the board with pertinent communities. During the session, a poll engaged the audience questions and concerns. Science, technology, engineering and in surveys that were displayed during the talks, and the panel math (STEM) promotion and STEM accessibility for American would keep an eye on what viewers had to say. Unanimously, youth, especially females, were key discussion topics. Merging the panel agreed that synergy between technology and STEM and the humanities to help empower the Millennial personal interaction will be crucial for Millennials, and that generation was also discussed by the panel. Perhaps the most the overall demand for intellectual and physical repetition is empowering advice given from the individuals on stage was to diminishing. Questions and ideas on how to engage students be more open to mentorship, involve oneself in public service, in schools, specifically higher education, were encouraged. and be a part of a supportive community. The closing session, featuring the Clintons, ended on Chelsea Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton moderated the a lighter, more family-friendly note. Mediated by Jimmy second day’s CGI U plenary sessions. After presenting awards Kimmel, questions regarding their personal backgrounds and to students with successful projects, the discussion panel, professional experience were asked in comedic style. The day which included chief executive officer of Ashoka, Bill Drayton; wrapped up with the 42nd president’s family, speaking about head of knowledge at The Bridgespan Group, Katie Smith the importance of perseverance and education, the power Milway; founder of the Village Health Works, Deogratias of family communication, and the overall potential of the Niyizonkiza; and president of Pro Mujer, Rosario Pérez, Millennial generation, who will shape the world anew. gathered on stage. Discussion touched upon scaling non-profit In between these plenary sessions were skill and working projects and organizations and how catering said projects seminars for the attending students, which aimed to promote to different factors, such as a small project for a community critical thinking in some of our more pressing environmental, versus a global organization, could determine effectiveness in social, economic and political concerns regionally, nationally the long haul.

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STUDENTS’ DAY OF ACTION On the final day, participants headed to Central and Indian School Road in Phoenix to work in a daylong rejuvenation project. In conjunction with PHX Renews, students worked together to set up urban farming, flower planting, and other beautification projects in an effort to create a sustainable public space that serves as an agricultural CGI U 2014 Day of Action. Photo by Max Orenstein, courtesy of Clinton Global Initiative education center for all. During this time, new “Commitments to Action” were pledged and globally. Two of the lectures addressed water management by students, and these pledges were promises to see through and waste repurposing, each featuring experts within their public service projects that would help the world become a fields. Students were prompted after each lecture to talk with better place. their peers and brainstorm potential solutions to pressing The three-day environmental problems. seminar featured an impressive OF WATER AND WASTE collection of Arizonan activists and community leaders gathered for the brilliant minds first lecture, titled “Sustainable Solutions to Water Scarcity.” brought together Moderated by former White House Council on Environmental by the Clinton Quality Chairwoman Nancy Sutley, the discussion about family, who each Arizona’s dwindling water table included panelists Wahleah are passionate Johns of the Black Mesa Water Coalition, George McGraw about the Millennial of DIGDEEP Water and ASU professor Dave White. Only a generation’s small percentage of Arizonans are aware that a large portion ability to come up of Arizona’s water is pumped uphill for 200 miles to reach with solutions to the city of Phoenix, and this is done by using coal power. alleviate the world’s Even though the water runs through Native American lands, environmental, the indigenous communities don’t have legal access to water. social, political, While many people in the Metro Valley area don’t necessarily and economical think about where our water comes from, the panel of experts challenges. When urged everyone to pay closer attention to water consumption, Jimmy Kimmel make better consumer choices and push for policy that asked the former promotes sustainable and ethical water usage and dispersal. president why he The second working session, titled “Transforming Waste: was motivated A New Generation of Ecological Design,” was moderated by to work on the Derrick Ashong of Fusion. The panel featured co-founder Clinton Global of Ideas for Us, Chris Castro; Zero Waste coordinator at Initiative well after the University of Texas, Daniela Ochoa Gonzales; and chief CGI U 2014 Commitments to Action. Photo by Mike Tindle, courtesy of Clinton Global Initiative his terms in office, project manager of the Malindza Project, Daniel Sopdie. he stated that he loves giving other people the “greater share Together, they shared stories about the challenges they have of opportunity” and “shared prosperity” where other people faced trying to curb landfill contribution and instill programs can live out their dreams the same way as he was able. that change the way people manage waste. One panel member even stated she had to compete with the Mexican mafia in collecting recyclables, since there is money to be had in Simone Butler, whose passions include writing and sustainability, is an efficiently managing waste. Students were encouraged to try editorial intern studying literature at Arizona State University. and come up with solutions that were practical and easily adaptable to help divert our wastes from landfills.

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DiVeRsiTY AnD susTAinAbiLiTY TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN BY ANTON G. CAMAROTA, PHD

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hallmark of healthy ecosystems is diversity. In an ecosystem that has achieved long-term balance, there is a diversity of species, and within each species a diversity of age as well as genetic makeup. The stability of the ecosystem depends on the vitality of each species, in part measured by the species’ ability to bounce back in the face of disease, natural disaster, or a particularly effective hunter. Within an ecosystem, all species are connected in a web of interdependence. It is through the relationships of predator and prey, host and parasite, that an ecosystem cycles water, energy, and nutrients to achieve longterm equilibrium. Human societies mimic the characteristics of ecosystems, especially when it comes to interdependence and diversity. In

the United States, diversity continues to increase. According to Acting Director Thomas L. Mesenbourg of the US Census Bureau, “The next half century marks key points in continuing trends — the U.S. will become a plurality nation, where the non-Hispanic white population remains the largest single group, but no group is in the majority. The U.S. is projected to become a majority-minority nation for the first time in 2043.”

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Business managers concerned with sustaining their company operations must acknowledge this increasing diversity in their customer base, and must structure their companies to reflect the diversity found in the communities that the company serves. Diversity within a company consists of the ways in which the company’s employees are different from and similar to each other. These differences and similarities can include age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and religion. Most businesses, however, are still lagging the general population when it comes to the diversity of their employees. This lag is especially evident when it comes to gender diversity. According to Steve Almond of the Guardian, “Among Fortune 500 companies, women hold only 3 percent of CEO positions and 15 percent of board seats. In the UK, female membership of FTSE-100 company boards reached 17 percent this year; a big improvement since Lord Davies’ 2011 report recommended a minimum target of 25 percent by 2015 – but women comprise only 6 percent of executive directors.” Business managers whose companies have a limited degree of gender diversity are missing a big financial opportunity. In a study done by Catalyst, a nonprofit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women and business, the following facts were uncovered:

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“Companies with the most women board directors (WBD) outperform those with the least on return on sales by 16 percent. Companies with the most WBD outperform those with the least on return on invested capital by 26 percent. Companies with sustained high representation of WBD, defined as those with three or more WBD in at least four of five years, significantly outperformed those with sustained low representation by 84 percent on return on sales, by 60 percent on return on invested capital and by 46 percent on return on equity.” Beyond a strictly financial performance perspective, more gender balance in a company enhances social and ecological performance. In a study done by Kellie A. McElhaney and Sanaz Mobasseri, the authors state that “companies that explicitly place value on gender diversity perform better in general and perform better than their peers on the multiple dimensions of corporate sustainability.” As part of the study results, Halla Tomasdottir, Executive Chair and Co-Founder of Audur Capital in Iceland, summed up the key issue nicely: “Women and sustainability are two sides of the same coin…Corporations build better societies if they have balanced boards. The voices of women are critical in advancing the goals of corporate shared value.” Dr. Camarota is Executive Director of Tellari, an Arizona-based research and educational organization dedicated to helping business leaders build sustainable companies. anton@tellari.com tellari.com

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emories are made with each summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. For travelers with K2 Adventure Travel, memories also are made at an orphanage in a small village at the base of the mountain in Tanzania. It is here where Kevin Cherilla and Kristen SalcitoSandquist found inspiration to start K2 Adventure Travel and K2 Adventures Foundation, and here where travelers understand what it really means to live in the region. Those who choose to explore the world with K2 Adventure Travel can expect quality accommodations, delicious meals and safe, experienced guides. But the true experience comes when they are able to help the families, orphans and the disabled who live there. Each traveler is required to spend a portion of their trip giving back to the community through service. It was the children at the Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind in Moshi, Tanzania, who first touched the hearts of Kevin and Kristen and prompted them to take action. They

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were visiting the school in 2009 with a group of blind hikers from the United States after guiding them to Kilimanjaro’s summit. The majority of blind and albino students were abandoned or orphaned. They needed medical care, dental care and basic necessities. “There was such an unbelievable amount of need, and we knew that we were able to bring a lot of assistance to that particular school and orphanage with the resources we had back in the United States,” Kristen said. One little boy in particular caught their attention. “This little boy, Said, was one of our biggest inspirations. He was blind and he had a skin disease. We were told that if he didn’t have proper medical and dental care, he was probably going to die within a year. [That was 5 years ago, and] he is still alive today,” Kristen said. Kevin and Kristen returned to the U.S. and established K2 Adventure Travel and K2 Adventures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company. The foundation has given more than $3 million in monetary and in-kind donations

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since it began in 2009. The foundation does work in the United States and abroad. It has provided grants for wheelchairs, lifts, orthotics, adaptive beds and more to qualified families in the United States. Internationally, the foundation’s travelers have impacted the lives of those in need through medical and dental care, wheelchairs, basic necessities like bedding and toiletries, and more. The foundation’s impact has reached orphanages and villages in Argentina, Nepal and Peru as well as Africa. The company also provides customized tours that allow those with disabilities to fulfill their dreams. If you would like to travel with a purpose and help to change lives, contact k2adventures.org Photos courtesy of K2 Adventures Foundation

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MOSAIC WINE

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ost succulents can be repotted in early spring, and with this do-it-yourself project, indoor gardening just got greener. One hundred percent of a glass bottle can be recycled without losing any properties of the glass, but rather than simply recycling your wine bottles, consider repurposing one to create a one-of-a-kind plant container.

mAterIALS Wine bottle Glass cutter Safety goggles Hammer Gallon bag Sharpie Super glue

Mod Podge Sandpaper Cork or rubber stubs Small rocks Potting soil Succulents

InStruCtIOnS 1. Draw an oval lengthwise along the front of the wine bottle with a sharpie. 2. Put on your safety goggles. Use the glass cutter to score the bottle following the black line. The glass is thick, so you will need to go over the line a few times until you create a small track. 3. Place the wine bottle in the gallon bag and close it. I would suggest going outside on a grassy area for this next step. 4. With the wine bottle still in the plastic bag, hit it with the hammer. One firm hit should shatter the bottle. Try to keep the pieces as big as possible. 5. Take out the biggest pieces first and super glue them back together, adding the smaller pieces to fill in the holes creating the mosaic look. Be sure to leave out any pieces from the inside of the circle where your plants will be. If a piece didn’t break along the line and you have excess glass, hit that piece individually to make it smaller. 6. Let dry 30 minutes. 7. The edges will be uneven so use sandpaper to smooth them out.

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8. Coat the bottle with Mod Podge to seal the cracks and keep the bottle shiny. 9. If you still have the cork, you can cut it in half and glue the pieces to each side of the bottle to keep it from rolling. You can also use two marbles or two stick-on rubber stubs. 10. When using the bottle for planting, make sure to place a layer of small rocks or pebbles at the bottom so the roots don’t sit in water. Any plant you use should have shallow roots and need minimal watering. Once your mosaic wine bottle planter is complete, you should be able to repot your shallow-root plants and display them in your windowsill to enjoy all summer long. If you prefer a smooth edge design, use the glass cutter to score the bottle, but instead of shattering with a hammer, set the bottle on a towel in the kitchen sink and alternately pour boiling and ice water over the scored line until the glass separates. Sand the raw edges. Be sure to wear safety glasses. Ainsley is a writing intern with a bachelor’s degree in communication, and she looks forward to becoming a full-time writer. Photo by Rehabulous at etsy.me/1tz9mkW

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MUD SeASoN BOOK BY ELLEN STIMSON REVIEW BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

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ometimes, you just need a change.Life becomes sameold, same-old, and that’s boring. You need to shake things up. Get out of your rut. Do something different. Sometimes you need to surprise yourself or, as author Ellen Stimson says in her new book Mud Season, you need to go shopping at the “Life Store.” Just beware of what’s in your cart. Back when Ellen Stimson’s family was young, she and her husband got a rare chance at a real vacation, so they flew from their St. Louis home to Vermont. She’d always dreamed of seeing the famed New England autumn and when she did, she was absolutely in love with it. She never forgot the beauty of Vermont, so when her children were older and wondering if they could really live anywhere they wanted, being a Vermonter suddenly wasn’t just a pipe dream. It could be reality—so they moved to Dorset. But life in small-town New England wasn’t as idyllic as Stimson had envisioned. Her first mistake was to import “foreigners” (a work crew from St. Louis) to remodel the Victorian home she and her husband bought. That didn’t

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endear them to the locals, nor did their decision to homeschool their youngest son. Their fussy-yuppie chicken coop was cause for gossip. When the family bought the local Country Store and (gasp!) moved the bread, it seemed to be the final straw. But though the locals appeared to be tight-knit and reticent, there were pockets of kindness that Stimson saw. A church minister with a sense of humor visited the family often. A local constable was compassionate during a silly, embarrassing moment. The family got a lamb and lessons in shepherding from a farmer-friend. Even their banker was kind. But the fact was that buying the Country Store had been a bad decision and, as the family’s finances began to wane, it was obvious that this part of the New England dream wasn’t working. Stimson found comfort in the gorgeous scenery that surrounded her, but mountains and waterfalls couldn’t erase debts. The family began to look for a way out. Could they find it in time to save themselves? Mud Season is a little rough around the edges, but it’s got its goodness. Without a doubt, firstly, the state of Vermont would be welladvised to adopt parts of author Ellen Stimson’s book for their brochures. Stimson writes lyrically of the incredible beauty of the state’s countryside, which made me want to see it, too. As for her adopted town’s residents, though, I thought there was a little too much fun-poking. That made me wince sometimes, as did a lengthy litany of disasters with barely a breath. Add overabundance of footnotes… and… too much… of this… kind of thing… and, well, it’s rough. But don’t forget, I said there was goodness—which is in the form of a humorously self-deprecating story filled with grace and gratitude. For that, I think this book is worth a peek. For that, Mud Season is a book to put in your cart.

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eCO HerOes STUDENTS RECEIVE AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP BY SIMONE BUTLER

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hree cheers for the Environmental Science Club students at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler. The club participants were honored with the 2014 Green Team Award from the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Public Service Company (APS) for their exemplary recycling efforts and environmental leadership. Campus-wide, students were able to recycle more than 25,000 plastic water bottles and 2.5 tons of paper this year alone. Along with their recycling efforts, the club dabbles in gardening that helps foster a better understanding of the environment and natural growth. Seton’s Green Team also generated a list of things people can do in order to minimize their carbon footprints and their negative environmental impacts. For starters, the students placed emphasis on reducing food waste by composting. Getting dirty in the garden—even if it is something as small

as an herb garden—was also recommended. In addition to gardening, purchasing locally grown and prepared foods also helps minimize the environmental impact. Seton is currently undergoing renovations and expansion. With remodeling in mind, the students offered suggestions about the many things around the house that can be done— both big and small—to reinforce a green lifestyle. Buying recycled products and reducing ”throw away” product consumption is a must. Painting with low-VOC paints, purchasing energy-efficient appliances, and using compact fluorescent bulbs are a plus for your home. Also, when remodeling, be sure to equip water fixtures such as faucets and shower heads with aerators and low-flow systems. Dualflush and sink/toilet hybrid systems help conserve water. Recycled glass countertops and gently used cabinets are great alternatives to fixing up your space instead of buying new.

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GREEN GASTROPUB

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here is a special oasis in historic downtown Chandler that is home to a uniquely beautiful pub and brewery called The Perch. The upstairs patio overlooking downtown wasn’t the only inspiration for the pub’s name— The Perch is also a sanctuary for exotic rescue birds that greet guests at the entrance. The food, lush patio, second-story outdoor seating, feathered friends and green efforts throughout the restaurant make The Perch one local hotspot you can feel good about visiting. Owned by Rebecca Lavenue and Sue Sechrest, The Perch is located at 232 S. Wall St., and occupies a space that used to house several old homes—some of the oldest in Chandler. As remodeling and construction began, Lavenue and Sechrest reused and repurposed as much as possible. The whimsical restrooms, which look like rustic outhouses on the outside (gone very upscale, once inside) feature an outside unisex sink set atop a massive tree trunk repurposed as a pedestal. The tree trunk was one that was found on The Perch property early during construction. The bathrooms were built using scrap wood and materials from previous and defunct projects from their contractors’ material yards. “Most of the other wood used at The Perch is reclaimed wood and we used it in various places,” Sechrest added. “All the brick is reused, too. We’ve

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moved a lot of it around to create the space we needed.” Opened in February, the quaint gastropub is also home to 60 exotic birds ranging from finches and love birds to Amazon parrots and macaws. The birds came with the property when Lavenue purchased it. The previous owner of the property had several birds that were kept in a small wooden cage. When Lavenue purchased the property, the birds were part of the land deal and she added many more birds from Arizona Exotic Bird Rescue during The Perch’s construction. A huge aviary has since been constructed on the east side of the patio to house The Perch’s sizable flock. “They were unadoptable because they had been abused,” Lavenue said of some of the birds. The birds now get regular care, love and attention from Lavenue and some dedicated volunteers who stop in from Arizona Exotic Bird Rescue. “They are happy to be a part of this and we may take additional rescue birds from them in the future, as long as we have the space,” Lavenue explained. She also noted that because the larger exotic birds sometimes live to be 80 or more years old and require a lot of attention and care, she takes steps to make sure they don’t breed, including omitting nesting areas from their living spaces. The birds are a natural complement to the jungle-like ambiance on the main patio that includes lush foliage and lots of shade. The front patio also boasts rosemary, mint and dill plants that are used in some the recipes. Visitors to The Perch will also find some imaginative additions in the restaurant and patio that include a massive chess board inside and a checkerboard on the outdoor patio. The black and red checker pieces are fashioned from small river stones, and the game tabletop and seats are repurposed tree stumps. Shortly after The Perch opened, Lavenue and Sechrest partnered with surrounding businesses to implement a large recycling operation on the property. “Planet Sub and Gangplank have teamed up with us to go bigger in the recycling department and we’re happy to do it,” Lavenue said. Even the dishes and glasses get the green treatment. “We chose to use green products for cleaning our dishes. Sure, we could have used something cheaper, but it was important to us and that’s what we chose to do,” stated Lavenue.

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The menu at The Perch includes specialty appetizers, burgers, wings and large salads, including some delicious vegan options. Vegan menu options include the hummus trio with sun-dried tomato, artichoke and garlic, roasted chilis and lime, and beer hummus varieties, the olive bowl served with a toasted baguette and olive herb tapenade and a bruschetta plate with apricot, pecan and honey, mushroom and toasted walnut pate, and housemade nut-free pesto caprese. Any of the creative salads can be served vegan with the elimination of goat cheese or chicken. Don’t miss the macaw salad which features a spring mix with cilantro, Fresno chilis, shaved coconut and jicama topped with mango jam and served with tamarind lime dressing. It is a truly unique tangy and sweet sensation. Their signature pizzas include the Brussels sprout and apple cider bacon pizza, and the ultimate beer sausage pizza with sliced Sierra Nevada Porter brat, red onion and bell pepper over a house pale ale cheese sauce on seasonal beer dough. Within a few short months the restaurant will open its own on-site brewery with brewmaster Andrew Bauman taking charge, crafting various specialty brews that will be signature to The Perch. The used hops product will also be repurposed in a green manner. “Hops have an exfoliating quality about them. When we’re done brewing the beer, we’re going to make the hops into soap with the help of a neighboring business,” Lavenue explained. In the future, the restaurant expects to hold wine and beer events as well as fundraisers for bird and pet organizations. Lynette Carrington is a valley-based freelance writer. Photos by Lynette Carrington

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MAKE IT A SALSA CELEBRATION FOR CINCO DE MAYO

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hat makes a great salsa? According to SOL Mexican Cocina Executive Chef Deborah Schneider, “A great salsa gets in your face with a bold balance of heat and sweetness, crunch and creaminess, salt and tartness. Since you use salsa to bring out the flavors of other foods, the salsa has to carry whatever you serve it on, so don’t be afraid to go a little overboard when you season.” Make Cinco de Mayo memorable with Schneider’s original recipes.

CHIPOTLE TOMATILLO SALSA iNGreDieNTs 4 firm Roma tomatoes 5 medium tomatillos, husked and washed 6 unpeeled garlic cloves 1/4 cup canned chipotles in adobo (or more or less to taste) 2 tsp. kosher salt, or to taste

1/2 small white onion, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 bunch cilantro, roughchopped 1 cup water, or more as needed Splash of blanco tequila (optional)

DirecTiONs 1. Heat a heavy cast-iron pan or griddle over medium heat. Line it with a sheet of aluminum foil and set the tomatoes, tomatillos and garlic directly on the foil. 2. Leave the vegetables until they are well charred on one side, then turn and char on the other sides or until the vegetables begin to soften. 3. The garlic will be done first. Remove it from the pan, cool and peel. 4. When the tomatoes and tomatillos are done, remove from the pan. The charring process is an important step in this recipe. Don’t be afraid to let the vegetables blacken in spots and start to melt. 5. Place roasted tomatoes, tomatillos, garlic and the remaining ingredients, except the water, in a food processor. Pulse until the salsa consistency is smooth, with some texture. Add water to thin if necessary. 6. Add salt and chipotles to taste. The salsa should be highly seasoned and medium-spicy. 7. For added flavor, add a dash or two of blanco tequila to salsa once blended.

Recipe courtesy of Executive Chef Deborah M. Schneider of SOL Mexican Cocina solcocina.com

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ROASTED GREEN CHILE SALSA

INGREDIENTS 5 serrano chiles 2 medium tomatillos, husked and washed

1 Roma tomato 2 large cloves garlic, unpeeled 2 tsp. kosher salt

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WATERMELON SALAD iNGreDieNTs 3 cups baby arugula 4 oz. roasted beets cut into 1-inch cubes 4 oz. cubed watermelon cut into 1-inch cubes (4 oz) 2 oz. queso fresco in large crumbles (some will go on top of salad) 8 thin slices red onion 1 large serving spoon of pepita brittle broken, chopped or crushed into small pieces 2 oz. lemon basil vinaigrette

WATERMELON MARGARITA iNGreDieNTs 5 watermelon chunks about half inch each 2 oz. Corralejo Blanco tequila

1.5 oz. simple syrup 1 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice

DirecTiONs 1. In a cocktail mixing tin, muddle watermelon. Add remaining ingredients and shake. Strain over ice into glass.

DirecTiONs 1. Roast beets by wrapping in aluminum foil and placing in a 350 degree oven for 1 ½ hours. Cool, peel and cube. 2. In bowl toss together arugula, beets, watermelon, onions and most of the queso fresco. Mound onto the center of a plate, putting as much of the beets and fruit on top of the salad as possible. 3. Sprinkle the rest of the queso fresco over the salad. Sprinkle the pepita brittle all over the top of the salad and around the plate as well. Recipes courtesy of Executive Chef Deborah M. Schneider of SOL Mexican Cocina solcocina.com

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ANNUAL TUCSON FOLK FESTIVAL May 3, noon – 10 p.m. and May 4, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. El Presidio Park, Alameda Street and Church Avenue, Downtown Tucson Enjoy free, live music from groups like Run Boy Run and The Sonoran Dogs. There also will be many craft and food vendors as well as a Young Artist’s Stage. The festival is free. tucsonfolkfest.org

87TH ANNUAL AZ WATER CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION May 7, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., May 8, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., May 9, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale This three-day conference seeks to provide information about enhancing Arizona’s drinking water, water reuse, and water resources. The theme for the conference in 2014 is Public Investment in Water for a Strong Economy and Healthy Communities. 928-717-9905 azwater.org

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Through May 11, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix The Marshall Butterfly Pavilion houses hundreds of butterflies every spring for public viewing. Members are allowed access for free and it costs $3.50 with paid Garden admission for the general public. 480-941-1225 dbg.org

SOLERI IN CAVE CREEK: THE DOME Through May 31 Cave Creek Museum 6140 E. Skyline Drive, Cave Creek Visit the exhibit that celebrates the life and works of Paolo Soleri, one of the founding architects of Arcosanti and other works around Arizona. 480-488-2764 cavecreekmuseum.org

SCIENCE SATURDAY May 10, noon - 4 p.m. Tumbleweed Ranch 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Science Saturdays at Tumbleweed Ranch allow the whole family to participate in a science experiment. The ranch has animals, farm equipment, and historic houses. 480-782-2717 chandleraz.gov/museum

BIRDS N’ BEER May 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Rio Salado Audubon Center 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix Sip on local craft beer from Four Peaks Brewery while viewing a lighthearted presentation on flora and fauna. Admission is free and drinks can be purchased for $3 each. 602-468-6470 riosalado.audubon.org

RUN FOR THE ROSES May 3, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Main Street, Old Town Cottonwood It’s a Kentucky Derby, Cottonwood Style. Saw horse derby, horseshoe tournament, art and antique fair, bonnet parade and more. 928-634-0419 oldtown.org/RFTR

I RECYCLE PHOENIX May 3, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. University of Phoenix Offices 4025 S. Riverpoint Pkwy., Phoenix Spring is here, and there is no better time to clean out your closet. Enjoy a free opportunity to recycle electronics, batteries, plastic bags, and more. Paper shredding is also offered in the morning. Visit the website for a list of accepted materials. 602-262-4820 recyclecleanphoenix.org

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VIVALDI AT ARCOSANTI May 17, 5 p.m. Arcosanti Near Cordes Junction at exit 263 on I-17 and Hwy. 69 Enjoy the 17th annual Vivaldi Festival at Arcosanti. Experience a tour of Arcosanti, dinner, and performances of music, dance, and opera. 928-632-7135 arcosanti.org

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CELIAC & GLUTEN FREE AWARENESS NIGHT May 17, 2 - 5 p.m., Game at 5:10 p.m. Chase Field 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix Join the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Celiac Disease Foundation for a fun, familyoriented night to watch America’s favorite pastime and eat gluten-free food. A portion of each ticket purchase is donated to the Celiac Disease Foundation. 602-462-4113 dbacks.com/celiac Photo by Lisa Nottingham

GREEN FORUM - INNOVATION AND THE FUTURE CITY May 22, 4 - 6 p.m. DIRTT, 836 E. University Dr., Phoenix Join the Phoenix chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for a viewing of a fi lm and subsequent discussion of the complex systems that make up a city. Specifi cally, the complex environmental and social issues that will arise in the future development of Phoenix through the year 2050. usgbcaz.org

CREATIVE LIVING FELLOWSHIP GREEN EXPO May 24, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Creative Living Fellowship, 6530 N. Seventh St., Phoenix Creative Living Fellowship is celebrating its GreenFaith Certifi cation with an expo highlighting natural, organic, sustainable, environmentally friendly and health-promoting businesses. 602-906-4080 creativelivingfellowship.com

ILLUMINATE FILM FESTIVAL May 29 – June 1 The Illuminate Film Festival will blend 22 fi lms, 15 speakers and workshops, a healing village and a viewand-do experience for moviegoers to process and integrate what they see on screen while surrounded by Sedona’s stunning backdrop. Among the confi rmed commitments: The World Premiere of Death Makes Life Possible, presented by executive producer Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Marilyn Schlitz, the fi lm’s co-director. This documentary explores the inevitable and appeals to anyone with questions about life, death and what’s next. Screenings will be held at Sedona’s Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 W. SR 89A Suite A-3, Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd., and the Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road. Illuminatefilmfestival.com

GARDEN FLASHLIGHT TOURS May 24 - Aug. 31, Thursdays and Saturdays 7 - 9 p.m. Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix This event is a self-paced tour along the main trail of the gardens with many discovery stations along the way. Please bring your own fl ashlight, or you can purchase one in the Garden Store. 480-941-1225 dbg.org

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What you put on your skin is just as important as what you ingest in your body, especially the delicate skin on your face. That’s why it’s best to use products with natural and organic ingredients and to avoid preservatives, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals or artificial fragrances and colors. So pamper your skin! And pamper Mom too – her day is coming up! BADGER | FACE OIL | ORGANIC DAMASCUS ROSE HE SAID: This Badger oil worked great as a beard oil. I’ll admit rose, lavender, and chamomile scent is as far away from manly as you’re going to get, but the plethora of essential oils is a fair trade. It left my bristly goatee soft and shiny.

SHE SAID: Besides smelling oddly like rose-scented Scotch tape, this one made my skin feel refreshed and ultra-hydrated for the day. It did leave a slight oily sheen on my face but didn’t feel heavy at all..

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NOURISH ORGANIC | FACE LOTION | ARGAN AND ROSEWATER HE SAID: Nourish Organic was a nice light moisturizer that left my face feeling hydrated and clean. It’s made with rosewater and argan, which sounds like it could be a comic book villain, but is actually oil from a Moroccan tree. Though, at $22 for 1.7oz., you’d think that tree only grows on the moon.

SHE SAID: This one would be great for the Arizona dry summers. It’s light but still quenches your skin. I thoroughly enjoyed the soft feel and dewy look of my face. Loved the delicate orange-like scent and all USDA organic ingredients.

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AVALON ORGANICS | DAILY MOISTURIZER | LAVENDER LUMINOSITY HE SAID: It always bugs me when a company puts the word “organic” in its name. Seems like they’re trying to trick me into thinking their product is organic when it’s not. This lotion is only 70 percent organic. It did a good job hydrating my face and beard, but I wouldn’t buy it again because of the name.

SHE SAID: It made my skin feel baby-soft, and the slight lavender scent was calming. Grab this one if you want creamy and quick absorbing – just right for those extra-dry days.

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ANDALOU NATURALS | ULTRA SHEER DAILY DEFENSE | FACIAL LOTION WITH SPF 18 HE SAID: Andalou blinded me with science! This was some pretty high-tech lotion here. It has fruit stem cells that are supposed to stimulate healthy cell renewal. You’ll have to do your own research on whether or not the stem cells work, but this lemony-scented lotion did an above-average job hydrating my skin.

SHE SAID: I’d use this one on sunny days for the SPF, but it was just a bit too thick and sticky for me for daily use. Smelled just like sunscreen, which reminded me of the beach, but without the frilly umbrella drinks. Would it hurt to throw a bit of “eau de tropical vacation” in there?

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HONEY GIRL ORGANICS | FACE & EYE CRÈME | EXTRA SENSITIVE HE SAID: It’s called “Honey Girl” face and eye crème - it’s just delightful. It comes in this little precious tin with these adorable pink flowers on it, it has this darling floral scent that is just delicious! (are you guys picking up my sarcasm? because I’m laying it on pretty thick.) It did a good job on hydrating my skin but it is quite clearly a chick lotion.

SHE SAID: I love how natural and simple the 6 ingredients are. It did seem to deeply moisturize my face, but felt greasy and looked pretty oily. I prefer a greasy pizza, not a greasy face. Might be a good choice for exceedingly dry skin.

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