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ichelle Biondolillo is the new sustainable designer on the block and will be premiering her line at Phoenix Fashion Week this October. With ample artistic experience and a drive to bring sustainability to fashion, her new brand, Schuylark, is sure to take flight. Biondolillo’s premier women’s collection, Metamorphosis, fittingly represents transformation. She wishes to provide consumers with a means to pursue fashion without compromise. Her vision includes style that trades selfconsciousness for confidence, complacent habit for informed intention and material waste for sustainable style. With every polished piece in this line, Biondolillo stresses that Metamorphosis is versatile and fit for a vast consumer demographic, not just one specific age group. “I want these clothes to be worn by women to the office

or for a day in the city,” she explains. “Everyone from the model who wore my clothes to my mother’s friends has shown interest in this line.” Biondolillo, a resident of New York, graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art & Design before deciding to pursue her passion for the fashion industry. After achieving an AA in Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Biondolillo got a job as a graphic designer, where she got an inside look at the industry’s waste and overproduction. She recalled the overwhelming anxiety that hit her when she visited a warehouse filled to the brim with unused and slightly imperfect handbags. The waste created by her industry was literally piled high in front of her. That experience shaped and inspired Biondolillo’s vision when she decided to act upon a longtime dream and develop her own women’s fashion line. She knew she had to be the positive change in the fashion industry. Even if she couldn’t eliminate the waste, she could do her part not to add to it. She decided to cut down on overproduction and produce her clothing with locally sourced, organic and all-natural materials. “That’s just how it should be,” she commented, decidedly. Biondolillo not only wished to minimize waste in her industry, she also wanted to make her daughter proud through her sustainable work. Through a combination of her daughter’s middle name, Schuylar, and the first initial of her last name (K), the brand name Schuylark was born, along with Biondolillo’s commitment to her daughter and to the world she’s growing up in. “When she’s older, I want her to look back and be proud of the work I’m doing and how I’m doing it,” she says. Biondolillo’s favorite pieces from this collection include a pair of pants that fit in a modern woman’s wardrobe, yet stand out in the best way in an outfit, and a striped, dip-dyed jacket she describes as a “popular, happy accident.” Biondolillo’s fashion inspiration came from her career as an artist as well as her travels to Europe, where she witnessed meticulously detailed fashion. She has carefully crafted each piece, even using some of her own artwork for this premier collection. Ready to step out of your style cocoon and into a world of sustainable fashion? Michelle Biondolillo and Schuylark will be featured during Phoenix Fashion Week October 1-4 at Talking Stick Resort. Purchase tickets at





n 2012, fashion designer Laura Tanzer started her own sustainable clothing business in Tucson, Arizona, to appeal to customers she describes as “independent, modern, and sophisticated women who like to wear beautiful and well-made clothing.” Like Tanzer, these modern women are also eco-conscious, so when handcrafting her assortment of tops, skirts, trousers, jackets and vests, Tanzer subscribes to the three Rs — reduce, reuse, recycle. Explaining her take on the connection between environment, economy and society in moving the sustainability initiative forward, Tanzer said, “The point of sustainability is for those three areas to mesh and work together.” She sources both natural fabric and fiber for her clothing line, and, when natural materials can’t be found (e.g., ribbons), she uses vintage. When possible, she selects organic materials and other fabrics made in the United States.

Tanzer creates her patterns with a digital printer, which helps reduce the amount of water and electricity commonly used in making prints. She designs her own pattern before scanning it through the printer to manipulate it onto the fabric. After peeling the fabric from the paper, she donates the paper to an elementary school in need of art supplies or to the Girl Scouts. When cutting her fabric, Tanzer is also very conscious about minimizing waste — she keeps many of the scraps, big and small, for any future projects. After receiving the Retail Ready Award in 2013, Tanzer is now excitedly preparing her fresh new Chiaroscuro (black and white) collection for the runway at Tucson Fashion Week, which opens October 17 at Tucson Botanical Gardens. Visit for more information.

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iny houses — those less than 1,000 square feet and some much smaller — are big news everywhere. Tiny homes are the stars of Tiny House Nation on FYI network and are blogged about on smartphones. They’re made of throwaway materials, including railroad container bins that needed a new track, as well as state-of-the-art components that are out of budget for most. They are built lakeside and oceanside, in the mountains and in the desert. They’re tiny but everywhere. Spur, Texas, has even declared itself “tiny house friendly,” without much of a fight from anyone. And, last month, a documentary about this housing trend, TINY: A Story About Living Small, showed at Valley Art Theater in downtown Tempe. For the tiny housers who live in these small spaces, the reasons are varied: a commitment to sustainability and energy savings; avoiding consumerism; money savings from living in less space; and a Thoreauvian simplifying, reducing waste and ridding oneself of the excesses of civilized life — “to live life with less,” says Michael L. Schoon, assistant professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. “Tiny houses can be built very affordably, they offer a surprising amount of comfort and livability in a small space, and they can be a wonderful sustainability platform — both in the use of green technologies and in enabling a very small ecological and carbon footprint,” Schoon says. MAUSHAUS AND MICRODWELLINGS Recently, Schoon mentored five Arizona State University graduate students in building MausHaus, a 112-square-foot solar-powered mobile house that sleeps four. “The project went from idea to reality in 100 days,” he explains. Construction began in February and continued through early May before the summer break. “The goal was to create an efficient but welcoming structure to teach local students about minimalist living as well as provide a laboratory

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for future grad student projects.” Two students received their master’s degrees from the project; one in sustainability, the other in engineering. Built predominantly with recycled and donated building materials acquired through, MausHaus (affectionately, “mouse house”), when complete, will have a loft and a living room; full shower with on-demand hot water; solar power for all electrical needs, including battery backup for nights; a composting toilet using no water; and counter space for a toaster oven, a stainless steel sink, electrical stovetop burners and a dorm-sized fridge. The walls, floors and roof are built with structural insulated panels, which are styrofoam sheets attached to oriented strand board (similar to plywood). These have a high insulation rating, thereby reducing energy costs. In addition, the windows are dual-paned low-e versions, allowing sunlight without excessive heat gain. Furnishings will be as green as possible. “It is an amazing example of sustainable living,” Schoon says. The finished project will be used for educational outreach through ASU’s Sustainability GK-12 programs, promoting a number of features that can be incorporated in construction projects. And, when not on display, the MausHaus group hopes to rent it, he notes. The project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign which raised more than $4,000, a $1,500 grant from Graduates in Integrative Society & Environment Research (GISER) at ASU, and by the family of Jared Stoltzfus, a doctoral student in the School of Sustainability. “Still a work in progress, but I hope it eventually feels like a cozy home that just happens to be sustainable,” says Stoltzfus, who for the past two years has worked with area high schools on sustainability education through the National Science Foundation GK-12 Program at ASU. “While I hope to show that people don’t need giant homes to be happy, I also want to highlight what everyone can do in their own homes to make

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them more sustainable,” continues Stoltzfus, a Virginia native and Arizona resident who is married with two children. One Phoenix resident, Patrick McCue, sponsors an annual show that features various styles of microdwellings that are 600 square feet or less and modular or portable for ease of shipping and assembly. Earlier this year, his second show at the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix attracted 10,000 visitors during its six-week run, allowing them to walk into the structures and experience them firsthand. “I want the annual show to bring ideas and people and products together, especially for city infill projects as well as for anyone interested in sustainable housing,” McCue says. In addition, McCue wants to encourage people to build an actual structure and get experience in building. “I am just not satisfied with the trend in architecture to use computergenerated virtual renderings. I want to grow the microdwelling show to showcase all types of small, sustainable, affordable housing as well as other types of smart use work spaces.” “Microdwelling 2015” returns to Shemer Art Center next February for five weeks and will feature lectures as well as alternative displays that relate to alternative power and solar cooking. On the weekends, attendees can meet the builders and listen to discussions about the build process of the displayed structures. SMALLER SPACES, EASIER LIVING Sustainability and budget are two motivations for tiny houses, but those involved talk passionately about downsizing from a philosophical perspective, ridding themselves and loved ones of clutter and gewgaws, space fillers and space that just fills space. Cynthia, a Phoenix resident with a psychology degree but who is an architect at heart, is planning to build a livable, inexpensive and beautiful microdwelling. She’s designed one with about 300 square feet, including a Murphy bed that will double as a couch; a small kitchenette with a sink and refrigerator; a living area; a bathroom with toilet and shower; and a fireplace/oven that is open on three sides, two indoors and one to the patio.

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She is creating the blocks that will be used for the structure, which she calls “transpaque cubes” because they allow light to pass through but also provide for privacy. “To me, a microdwelling must be cozy, functional and a place you or I could really live in,” she says. “I think mine would make for a jovial place to chat, get some shade and enjoy some s’mores or pizza with cocktails.” Sandy, a former airline employee who was transferred to San Francisco from Denver three years ago, downsized from a 980-square-foot two-bedroom, two-story townhouse to a 300-square-foot cottage with only two rooms — a bedroom with a shower stall and a closet-like space for a sink/toilet, and a living room with a full kitchen. “I have a chaise lounge for reading, a small desk and a laptop stand on wheels that I roll over to my chaise lounge when I feel like chilling out and watching a movie on my laptop,” says Sandy, a full-time student who works as a behavioral tutor for autistic children. “I had to sell about three-quarters of my belongings because this cottage was all I could afford to rent in the Bay Area. At the same time, it felt so liberating to rid myself of all this unnecessary ‘stuff.’ Who needs four different sets of bedding?” Sandy continues. “The joy about living in a tiny space is that you are forced to buy only what you need, not what you want, and it’s a wonderful feeling! And, you find innovative ways to be even more compact.” Emotional well-being has come with tiny living, says Sandy, who hopes to buy a piece of land on the coast and build or buy a tiny home after she obtains her degree. “Without so much clutter surrounding you, you actually tend to feel more open and relaxed. Everything has to have its place; otherwise, you’re tripping over it, so it forces you to be more organized.” Her cat, Sola, has found all the nooks and crannies to explore and seems felinely content, too. “She thoroughly enjoys sitting in the window,” Sandy says, “just being a cat and harassing the birds in my landlady’s backyard.” For more information, see, and David Brown is a Valley freelancer Photos courtesy of MicroDwell.

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hile cruising through central California’s abundant farmlands on the I-5 north, ominous signs appear on the side of the highway every few miles. The messages are clear: “Food grows where water flows”; “Farm water cut = Higher food cost”; “No water = No jobs.” This is California’s reality in 2014, as 100 percent of the state suffers severe drought. In January of this year, California governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced a state of emergency and urged all Californians to reduce their water usage by 20 percent. A recent study from UC Davis’ Center for Watershed Science reveals the current drought will cost California 17,000 jobs and $2.2 billion. However, due to California’s high food production, the drought affects not only California and its citizens but almost every other state in the country. And as California’s close neighbor, Arizona is facing major challenges due to imported food shortages and potentially higher food costs as a result of the drought. California is the largest producer of almonds in the world, providing 80 percent of the total production. This waterhungry crop requires 1.1 gallons of water per almond. The state is also responsible for half of the country’s produce and 25 percent of the nation’s dairy and cheese products. Farmers are being forced to purchase water at highly inflated costs in order to support their fields or else abandon them entirely. Not only are the farmers’ water supplies being affected but California citizens’ as well. As of May 2014, water stipends have been issued to many California households. Outdoor water use is also being severely restricted, and those caught abusing these limits face fines of up to $500. These new statewide rules include bans on watering driveways and sidewalks, using potable water in non-recycling fountains, washing cars without a nozzle on the hose and overwatering grass.

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Average Daily Use in Arizona: 136 gallons

The average Arizona resident uses 136 gallons of water per day. Businesses are also being affected by the drought. In many cities throughout California, new laws have been enacted, such as a law requiring restaurants to only serve water to customers at their request. In Arizona, it is considered good service to consistently top off a patron’s water glass, even if they may no longer be drinking it, which amounts to a lot of waste. California businesses are also being limited to watering lawns/plants one day per week. Residential and commercial swimming pools are not to be drained and refilled. These rules have been enforced differently in various counties, but many cities have issued a phone number where citizens can report overwatering. Police officers may also give out written warnings and citations. Although this may seem extreme, the need is dire. Arizona citizens should view the California drought as an opportunity to begin their own water rationing to aid in the preservation of water before our state’s drought becomes equally severe. Experts foresee the drought lasting at least through 2015. As water shortages become a distinct reality for California, other states need to consider the fact that water is a commodity and take steps to ensure maximum water preservation. Resources: California drought - California water conservation -, Arizona water conservation - Amanda Harvey is a California-born, Tempe-based writer interested in green living and sustainability.

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he U.S. transportation system is second only to power plants in the production of harmful emissions. In fact, 97 percent of America’s transportation system is powered by petroleum fuel. Fossil fuel emissions are associated with acid deposition, urban air pollution and global climate change, as well various health and quality of life issues. Dependence on petroleum as a single source of fuel also makes us vulnerable to unstable pricing and supply from the worldwide petroleum industry. Combined, these factors create a compelling need for a more sustainable and responsible transportation system. We still have a long way to go, but progress is being made and examples of a cleaner and more sustainable model are already being seen right here in Arizona. Cities around the state are now using natural gas-powered heavy and midduty trucks, and our mass transportation vehicles from city and school buses to the Valley’s light rail system are using cleaner fuel options. Local taxi companies utilize fleets of hybrid and ethanol -powered vehicles, and families across Arizona are switching over to cars that run on electricity and alternative fuels. The green transportation movement is exploding in popularity. And that’s a good thing. More green vehicles on the road will help reduce fuel costs, minimize pollution and increase energy security for the U.S. So, if you’re ready to join the movement, your list of choices is a lot longer today than it was a decade ago. That’s good too. Happy green car shopping!

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PERSONAL VEHICLES – Choices for more responsible alternative fuel vehicles have exploded. A decade ago there were only two primary choices of alternative fuel vehicles for consumers. This year there are 157 models available, with options ranging from all-electric and hybrid to biodiesel and natural gas. These choices afford the buyer the opportunity to select the vehicle and fuel that fits their personal needs. ALL-ELECTRIC – The cost of off-peak power to fuel your electric vehicles is about 50¢ per equivalent gallon of gasoline. There are over a dozen models to consider, from the Nissan Leaf and the Ford Focus to the high performance Tesla and Mercedes. HYBRID – If range is an issue, these vehicles will run on the low-cost “0” emission electricity and switch to the gasoline engine when needed. The battery is recharged by using the energy from breaking and low power demand, as when going down hill. PLUG-IN HYBRIDS – A new entry, these cars operate as a hybrid above but give an extra mileage boost from the battery which can be recharged at home or a public charging station. There are 10 models available. BIO-DIESEL – Almost any diesel engine can perform on a blend of biodiesel to reduce emissions and improve performance. No special vehicle or ground equipment is required, simply fill the tank with the blend of choice.

ETHANOL – Sold in a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, these cars are marketed as E-85. Any vehicle badged as a Flex-Fuel model can use E-85, or alternatively run on gasoline. The driver can switch back and forth as fuel is available. There are an astonishing 88 models from which to choose. NATURAL GAS – We are seeing more models available that run on this super clean, low cost fuel. Honda has led the way with the Civic, and more vans and pick-ups are coming on the market. PROPANE – This is another fast growing entry in American clean fuel offerings. New engine designs have increased the range and power. Vans and pick-ups lead the vehicle availability. CONVERSIONS – Note that Chrysler, Ford and GM have approved conversions to natural gas and propane. Some are bi-fuel and can run on either gasoline or the alternative fuel.

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onda Motors and the University of California have recently embarked on a research project to determine if a home can produce more energy than it consumes. At the center of this research is a house located on the West Village campus of UC Davis. This house is designed to be a net energy producer, rather than a net energy consumer. The home’s power supply comes from an oversized solar cell installation on the roof. The electricity generated from this installation is controlled by Honda’s Home Energy Management System technology, which dynamically optimizes energy used for heating, cooling, water, lighting and cooking throughout the day. A geothermal system balances the temperature of the house through radiant heating and air conditioning. LED lights, which change color depending on the time of day, are a source of high-efficiency lighting. Passive solar design is implemented in a series of large windows with blinders as well as highly insulated walls that minimize the energy needed for heating and cooling. Overall energy use is expected to be less than half of similar-sized homes in the Davis area, and the home is designed to generate an excess of 2.6 megawatt-hours of electricity annually that will be sold back to the local utility company. However, the home’s most innovative feature is not its energy efficiency, but its use of home-based batteries and an electric car as integral design components. During the day, the home’s large battery pack is charged by the solar cells on the roof. When the batteries are full, excess electricity is sold back to the power company through the grid connection. When the occupants return in the evening, the power stored in the home batteries is used to recharge the electric car as well as provide power for household activities.

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On days when the occupants stay home, the solar cells charge both the home and car batteries, and excess power is sold. The goal of the project, according to project leader Michael Koenig, is “to create a vision for zero-carbon living and personal mobility.” In short, the purpose is to help people lead fulfilling lives while eliminating two primary sources of greenhouse gases: homes and cars. The project offers a model for sustainable living and pollution-free transportation that can be realized on a global scale. This project is also an excellent example of systems thinking in practice. A system, according to Russell Ackoff, a past Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, is “a whole consisting of two or more parts, each of which can affect the performance or properties of the whole.” To understand a system, one has to focus on the interrelationships among the different parts — how these parts work together to achieve a meaningful purpose. According to Ackoff, “The defining function of a system cannot be carried out by any part of the system taken separately.” When we look at the house as a system, we can see that each component contributes to its overall purpose by working together with the other components. From a transportation viewpoint, this project enhances the significance of electric vehicles. Electric cars become not merely a replacement for fossil-fuel powered vehicles; they emerge as a critical component of a system designed for sustainable living. Dr. Camarota is Executive Director of Tellari, an Arizona-based research and educational organization dedicated to helping business leaders build sustainable companies.

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hroughout civilized history, the majority of the population relied on walking to get to their destination. Some people owned horses and horse drawn carriages but, for the most part, those were luxuries reserved for the upper classes. Cities were designed and established based on the principle that people would use their legs to get from point A to point B. Thus, the walkability of a city has long been an important part of social and economic development… until the invention of the automobile. Things have changed but it is time to change the course of history and once again consider the importance of designing sustainable and walkable cities. How can walking improve the sustainability of a city? The environmental benefits are clear — it reduces the need for the automobile, decreases pollution and lessens oil use. But walking offers so much more than that. Walking is one of the healthiest modes of transportation. Not only is it a form of low impact cardio, but it also deters people from eating unhealthy food. You can’t use a drive-through on foot, so you’re more likely to go in and have a sit down meal or eat at home before you leave for the day. Additionally, it is not pleasant to eat

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greasy, fatty foods and then walk to your next destination. Walking also immerses you into the local community. By walking through your community you encounter more people, become accustomed to the local shops and experience local events. A short walk down Tempe’s Mill Avenue on a Friday night will expose you to local musicians and artists, a variety of restaurants and venues, as well as the local Sun Devil community. So what makes a city walkable? Nicole Woodman, the sustainability manager for the city of Flagstaff, and her colleagues list the following qualities for a successful walkable city: 1. Compact urban form, mixed use neighborhoods and higher density provide lots of places for people to walk within a reasonable distance — home, work, school, shopping, recreation, etc. 2. Good urban design and streetscapes make walking interesting and enjoyable. Walking a mile through a historic neighborhood or shopping district is an entirely different experience than walking through the giant parking lots of big box stores.

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3. Excellent infrastructure for walking, beginning with continuous, accessible and well-maintained sidewalks and crossings; and continuing with more specialized pedestrian facilities that benefit walking, improve safety and make pedestrians feel welcome and appreciated. 4. Streets that are scaled to pedestrians and not dominated by cars. For busy streets, adequate buffers (parked cars, landscaping, parkway strips) between the walkway and the street make walkers feel safe and comfortable. 5. The community supports walking in a variety of policies, plans, projects and programs in each of the five E’s: engineering, encouragement, education, evaluation and enforcement. The average person is willing to walk approximately five minutes, or about a quarter of a mile, to get to their destination. Any longer and people will start looking for alternate modes of transportation. In the suburbs, cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets deter people from walking. Additionally, suburbs are typically more than a quarter mile away from basic needs such as markets or fresh food. And fresh food within walking distance is exactly what a walkable city needs to be successful, according to architect Jan Lorant of Gabor Lorant Architects in Phoenix. “Food, in general, needs to be available at convenient distances for walkability to succeed within a city,” Lorant explains. And it seems the younger generations are catching on. “Fresh and healthy food is seeing great demand from the Millennial generation. The trend toward walkable, healthy communities is national in scope, with signs of the demise of typical suburban sprawl consistently demonstrated,” he continues. And Arizona is no exception. “Despite our growing population, Arizona’s roads are seeing fewer registered vehicles (down about a half percent between 2007 and 2012). Meanwhile, between 2005 and 2010, public transportation trips throughout urban areas of Phoenix and Tucson increased by 16 percent and 25 percent, respectively. Similarly, there was a 33 percent and 31 percent increase in passenger miles traveled on public transportation during that time period,” says Lorant. In addition to providing convenient and healthy food choices nearby, cities need to design interconnected and accessible streets that make walking convenient. Shorter blocks that have adjoining streets or pathways, much like a

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grid, provide connectivity and convenience for walkers. Streets should also be safe for walkers and bikers, with sidewalks and pathways that are spacious enough to accommodate the foot traffic and features that make them handicap accessible and user friendly. At night, adequate lighting should illuminate the pathways and surrounding areas. Particularly in Arizona, shade from awnings or trees are needed to protect walkers along city streets. “The difference between a shaded walkway and a concrete sidewalk cooking in the sun is stark, harsh and painful,” Lorant points out. “It is remarkable how manageable a walk is in the shade even with temps well above 100 degrees.” Most importantly, walking to accomplish daily tasks should be convenient, with grocery stores, restaurants, parks and adequate public transportation within walking distance of residences. Even in the most walkable city, sometimes you need a set of wheels. Woodman explains that walkability and public transportation are mutually supportive. “Public transit relies on a walkable community to enable its patrons to get to transit stops, and transit extends the reach and distance that people can travel. A person is willing to walk (and bike) more frequently and for longer trips when they know they have a good public transportation system they can use as a back-up,” Woodman says. “For example, if a person walked to work in the morning, but at the end of the day it’s raining, they have the option of taking the bus home.” Characteristically, downtown neighborhoods are designed to be more walkable, supporting foot traffic and public transportation. That’s why they’re considered some of the most walkable places to live. Tucson is putting that concept to test with the addition of the Sun Link, an electric street car, which will give commuters another option besides their cars. To see how walkable your neighborhood is, go to walkscore. com and type in your address. It will give you a walk score based on “how many errands can be accomplished on foot, the nearby public transit options, and how bikeable it is.” Not surprisingly, the downtown areas of Tempe, Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff all got high scores on Walk Score. If you live in a walkable community, I encourage you to opt for walking (or biking!) next time you have a small errand to run. It not only benefits the environment, but it is a great way to experience your community and improve your wellbeing.

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ince the Industrial Revolution, the world's operational paradigm has been to manufacture stuff at a really big central plant, then distribute that stuff to as many people as possible. Big manufacturing has long been the key to low costs, while widespread distribution has been the key to achieving sufficient sales to achieve a competitive margin on a) the money it costs to build the really big central plant and b) the cost of making and shipping the stuff sold. Call this the take-make-dispose global model of commerce. It isn’t very sustainable because we humans get pregnant a lot, and we generally seek upward mobility. Somebody born today would be 36 years old in 2050, which is sort of an event horizon for analysis of global trends. She would likely be midcareer and probably, statistically speaking, have kids of her own. And she would be one of 9 billion people at that time, or another 25 percent more humans on Earth. As important, this 36-year-old would be one of 3 billion more members of the middle class than exist today, meaning 3 billion more individuals in the take-make-dispose economic system. It is not a question of whether that's OK or not. It is a question of carrying capacity: are there enough raw materials and harvestable land to feed, house and clothe the children of 9 billion people? The obvious answer is no. The visionary's answer, however, is yes, if we can innovate well enough, fast enough. In the absence of such innovation, a global system of capital and resources will strain to the breaking point, leaving entire communities hungry and afraid for the future, a la 1929 — the Great Depression that engulfed all of the world's economies, and the radicalism and mayhem that followed. While the downside is bleak indeed, the upside is pretty cool and, happily, altogether possible. There are three

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fundamental inputs to any product: matter, energy and ingenuity. The seeds of innovation have been planted and are thriving. Distributed generation of energy (i.e. rooftop solar) is like distributed manufacturing of items (i.e. countertop 3-D printing), while the recirculation of matter (i.e. recycling) brings a tremendous change to a global supply chain, the fountainhead of which has long been mines, wells, farms and forests. ENERGY Solar panels enable on-site generation of energy from sunlight (photo for light, voltaic for electricity, i.e. volts, so photovoltaic or just PV for short). PV technology had its 60th birthday this year — the same year that Barclays, the British banking giant, downgraded the entire U.S. electric utility sector’s credit rating because, in their view, the 100-year-old utility business model will be fundamentally disrupted by solar + batteries. Wow. In the view forward to 2050, solar + batteries means more than just an advancement for advanced economies. It means that emerging economies — and their 2-3 billion people currently living without electricity — can leapfrog past the hugely capital-intensive buildout of big power plants and transmission lines. Instead, with PV, they’ll be able to make and store energy right on site, right where it is used. This does a couple of things. First, it speeds up the process of electrification. Big central power plants require big loans and can take a long, long time for a loan to get approved from the World Bank. Second, it enables energy to be produced right in the population center, be it city or village, because, while coal plants are toxic, PV is clean. Most importantly, it reduces the water burden. In

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a fossil fuel plant, the process is basically to burn the fuel to boil water to generate steam to drive a turbine that makes electricity. Basically, it uses water as a fuel, releasing it as steam to the sky and toxic water to the ground. PV does not use water to make energy so it can be used for agriculture instead.

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With sufficient energy, we can purify water and store food. These are the central challenges in emerging economies. Solar + storage represents one of the most significant leaps forward toward a time when we humans live in a world where widespread poverty no longer exists. MATTER Say you break your coffee mug and you need a replacement. You throw the sad shards of your old mug into the recycling bin then, rather than going to the big box store or ordering from Amazon, you hop online and download a 3-D schematic for your next coffee mug. After making sure your 3-D printer has the right material (say, a quick drying ceramic), you send

the schematic over to the printer and it goes to work depositing the stuff of the mug, thin layer atop thin layer until, voila, you now have a new coffee mug. Pretty cool, right? But you’ve also stepped out of the global take-make-dispose economic system. You recycled the matter that no longer had the form you required, thus you were feeding matter into the global supply chain. The mug you now have is one that did not require a huge, central manufacturing plant, nor ships to cross oceans, nor trucks to cross the countryside, nor warehouses to store the mug, nor store shelves to display it, nor a checkout counter. More than pretty cool, you just enacted a fundamental change to the way business is done on Earth. With some imagination, it isn’t difficult to envision a 3-D printer in every house, and larger printers for larger objects would be accessible within the community (FedEx/Kinko’s, are you listening?). Already, there are groups working on 3-D printed houses that are made from concrete and take a day to create. Other groups are working on 3-D printing living tissue to make organs. You can visit to see the many downloadable designs for physical objects you’d print and use. What’s fundamental about this shift is that it is onsite production of objects from simple, earth-abundant, commoditized matter. While it is easy to become pessimistic about the future, I believe that is a waste of time. Worse, it is a capitulation to cynicism. We will innovate because we must. We will invent and develop ways to thrive, not just survive, because we must. A wiser man than me said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”. Ben Montclair thinks about how to make a better world and develops commercial-scale renewable energy projects for a living.

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nvironmental stewardship is thriving in Arizona. Sustainable design is mainstream in cities and towns across the Grand Canyon State and new environmental initiatives are coming to the fore from diverse sectors encompassing business, government, education and the nonprofit community. This year’s 34th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards drew upwards of 100 entries showcasing new standards in all of the award categories, making it one of the most competitive programs yet. “Just ask the jurists how the decision-making process went... after the awards gala, please!” said Diane Brossart, president and CEO of Arizona Forward. “There was considerable debate over two days of evaluating entries. There’s a silver lining in the challenge of reaching consensus – so many of the projects were deserving of first-place Crescordia recognition. We have a few surprises for those who walk the Green Carpet with us on September 20 at the Academy Awards of the environmental community.” Arizona Forward has teamed up with SRP for the past 13 consecutive years on this signature program, which now embraces projects throughout Arizona, with two categories dedicated to its expanded geographic focus – the Governor’s Award for Energy & Technology Innovation and the Environmental Stewardship Award (SRP Award). The statewide categories commemorate the association’s transition from Valley Forward to Arizona Forward in 2013. “We’re pleased to add a new and exciting dimension to our historic competition with the addition of the Governor’s Energy & Technology Innovation award,” said SRP’s Lori Singleton, chair of the event. “SRP is proud to support this signature program for the past 13 years and recognize deserving organizations and projects for their commitment to sustainability and improving the quality of life in the communities in which we live.” The projects will pay tribute to virtually all facets of how Arizonans live, work and play, ranging from green buildings and magnificent desert vistas to livable communities, innovative public art, sustainable technologies and environmental education. A total of 20 first-place Crescordia winners and 24 Awards of Merit will be presented on September 20 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale.

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Arizona Forward, a business-based, non-profit organization, maintains its 45-year legacy of coalescing business and civic leaders around a sustainability agenda to help ensure the environmental quality and economic prosperity of Arizona cities and towns. The association fosters education and outreach for residents, the business community and public sector leaders of diverse economic, social and political backgrounds. Most recently Arizona Forward released a paper on water pricing titled Valuing Arizona’s Water: The Cost of Service & the Price You Pay. “The goal for the project was to facilitate education and outreach on an important and often misunderstood water topic – water pricing,” Brossart notes. “There has been a fair amount of media attention on this issue as cities and towns throughout the state grapple with rising costs.” This year, Arizona Forward appointed its first chair from outside the Valley – Janice Cervelli, FASLA, FCELA, Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at University of Arizona. “It’s an exciting time for Arizona Forward,” Cervelli said. “We’ve come a long way since transitioning from Valley Forward Association to Arizona Forward just last year. I’m inspired by the collaborative spirit we’ve experienced in cities and towns, large and small, around the Grand Canyon State. It was a brave and bold move to expand statewide, particularly in the middle of a recession!” If there were any naysayers about taking the organization’s mission of environmental quality in balance with economic growth statewide, most have become converts as Arizona Forward now boasts a broad base of support from Flagstaff to Phoenix and into Tucson. In addition, the organization added a Healthy Forest Ecosystems Committee to focus on ways to restore Arizona’s forest lands, which directly impacts the state’s water supply. “The issues facing our state are bigger than any one geographic region,” Brossart says. “If there’s anything that came out of the challenges of the last three years, it is that we must work together to make Arizona stronger.”

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ow do you share tips for greener living? Suppose that, with a few snips and a glue gun, you’ve transformed your morning O.J. container into the latest hangout for the backyard birds. Do you post pictures to a favorite Pinterest board? Or show them to friends over a fresh mimosa at Sunday brunch? No matter how you share your creative genius, your clever repurposing is no longer some small, private act of ecoheroism. By sharing, you’ve inspired the Planeteer within everyone your story reaches. Cities can have the same inspirational effect on one another. But because the steps to sustainable success at this level are like those of Machu Picchu when compared to creating a DIY birdhouse, sharing to bring about change is a little more complex. The Sustainable Cities Network (SCN), a unit of Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, is dedicated to doing just that. The organization facilitates the evolution and sharing of big ideas between cities. Much like a friend who gets the gang together by hosting a potluck, SCN provides a venue for Arizona’s cities, towns, counties and tribal communities to share successes and the recipes behind them. “We want to make it easy for cities to adopt sustainable practices,” says Anne Reichman, SCN’s program manager. “We build partnerships with communities and then bring everyone together to exchange information and figure out how to overcome sustainability challenges.” SCN hosts meetings at regional and state levels, as well as among workgroups. Workgroups form when a member community volunteers to champion a cause for a mutual concern — energy, for example. The workgroup then pools relevant information, using it to develop projects that are feasible and enhance the livability of communities throughout the state. A city with an especially innovative approach might be invited to share its story at an upcoming meeting. On the heels of a long, hot summer, the Green Infrastructure (GI) workgroup garners particular interest. Spurred by the success of the 2011 Regional Tree and Shade Summit — which convened public officials, municipal staff, nonprofit organizations and professional associations alike to discuss the importance of city tree and shade plans — the GI

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Richard Adkins oversees the planting of a Bonita Ash at the City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department’s Tree Planting Workshop Photo by Eileen Kane.

workgroup identifies strategies for creating an urban canopy that conserves water as it cools. Quite hip to the benefits of trees and shade, Phoenix is accustomed to sharing its success stories at GI workgroup meetings. One idea that members found especially inspiring was tree tagging, which was introduced in a presentation given by Parks and Recreation Department Forestry Supervisor Richard Adkins. Tree tagging is an initiative to encourage the expansion of urban forests by illustrating their economic value. Trees in several heavily trafficked areas have been marked with eye-catching orange tags scribed with facts about their aesthetic, water-conserving and heat-relieving benefits in terms of monetary savings. Because SCN provided a platform for Adkins to share the program’s success, cities throughout the state are considering similar urban forestry initiatives. Regardless of the shape their endeavors take — whether they use tree tags or a different medium altogether — the network that channeled their inspiration looks forward to sharing the details. And though this is one of many stories in SCN’s growing collection, it is a lush example of Arizona’s cities working together to achieve sustained success. Chris Weir is a writer, editor and social media marketer for Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

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GREEN IN THE NEWS PAGE SPRINGS CELLARS BECOMES FIRST ARIZONA WINERY TO CONVERT TO SOLAR ENERGY In July, Page Springs Cellars announced its intentions to become Arizona’s first solar winery and vineyard. In partnership with Harmon Solar, Page Springs plans to install nearly 400 solar panels that will satisfy up to 85 percent of Page Springs’ energy consumption needs. Energy will be stored on a utility grid, allowing the winery to maintain its current operations. The partnership between Page Springs and Harmon Solar is the first of its kind, and will result in a projected 10 percent return on investment for the winery within the first year of implementation. This innovative winery was the first in Arizona to receive a 90-point score by Wine Spectator in 2013.,

ARIZONANS FLOCK TO DENVER TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR EPA’S CLEAN POWER PLAN A number of Arizona residents traveled to Downtown Denver and voiced support for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan through public comment and rallies. Among the supporters was Brandon Cheshire, an Arizona native and founder of SunHarvest Solar & Electrical, a solar company located in Phoenix. Cheshire testified on behalf of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign stating, “There are more than enough free, clean energy resources available to meet our energy needs many times over without poisoning the air and water around us.” Many of the Arizonan attendees shared Cheshire’s sentiment that we must face this challenge for what it is — an opportunity to redesign, reinvent and transition our methods in which we power our daily lives.

PHOENIX HIRES CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER FROM VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher recently announced that Mark Hartman would become the new chief sustainability officer for the city of Phoenix. Prior to this position, Hartman was the sustainability and green building manager in Vancouver, with a budget of $4 million. According to Mayor Greg Stanton, “Phoenix has set ambitious goals to be a more sustainable city, and we need the right team to help us get there. I’m confident that with Mark leading our efforts, we will see real progress.” The position of chief Mark Hartman sustainability officer was created by the Council in 2013, and Hartman’s salary will not cost the city any new money because it will come from two vacant positions not being filled.

GREEN DRINKS Sept. 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Los Olivos 7328 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Co-hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Green Chamber hosts its monthly green drinks event where you can network with local leaders, innovators and advocates for sustainability. September’s topic is green food. ASU SUSTAINABILITY SERIES Sept. 3, noon – 1:15 p.m. Arizona State University, Tempe Wrigley Hall, Room 481 Arizona State University’s Sustainability Lecture Series resumes with Sailesh Rao’s presentation, “Everything is Perfect and Everything Will Change.” Rao, the executive director of the Climate Healers Initiative for Transformation, will discuss how society can respond to continued climate change. Lunch is provided, and guests are asked to RSVP in advance. STARTUP GRIND PHOENIX Sept. 11, 6 – 9 p.m. AZ Historical Society: Museum at Papago Park 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe Alan Lobock, co-founder of Worthworm and Sky Mall, will discuss what it takes to become a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, the proper ways of creating and sustaining success, and what he does when he has extra time on his hands. VOLUNTEER FOR GREEN APPLE DAY OF SERVICE! Sept. 27, 8 a.m. At schools throughout the Valley Green Apple is a global movement to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future. Parents, teachers, students and community members will come together to make a difference in our schools through local service projects.

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CREATE A HUMMINGBIRD HABITAT AT HOME 1. PLANT FLOWERS. Attract hummingbirds with hummingbird-pollinated native flowers that are part of the local ecosystem such as penstemon, chuparosa or fairy duster. In patio planters or in large gardens, plant it and they will come.


or the master bird bander, a bird in the hand is worth a wealth of knowledge about our ecosystems. Additionally, for members and visitors of the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO), hummingbird banding events provide the rare opportunity to have a hummingbird rest in your hand. SABO was founded in 1995 by master bander Tom Wood and his wife Sheri Williamson. The couple moved to Arizona in 1988 to manage Ramsey Canyon Preserve, where a citizen scientist group was in the latter half of a hummingbird banding project. For Sheri, it didn’t take much convincing to continue the project. “It’s an obsession,” she said. “Hummingbirds are familiar and mysterious at the same time. There are still so many unanswered questions about how we can protect these birds for future generations.” Visitors to SABO can be a part of that process by participating in hummingbird banding sessions.

2. AVOID PESTICIDES. Hummingbirds get most of their nutrition from the protein in small bugs like fruit flies and aphids. 3. FOLLOW A HEALTHY RECIPE. Red dye is unnecessary in hummingbird nectar and may be harmful to hummingbirds. Honey, agave or other sweeteners besides sugar may also be harmful. Add one part white granulated sugar to four parts water. Boil until sugar is dissolved, and let the mixture cool. 4. KEEP FRESH NECTAR IN YOUR FEEDER. Sugar water + heat = alcohol. In the summer, feeders should be cleaned and the fluid replaced daily; in the winter, every four to five days. 5. OFFER NESTING MATERIALS. Put out clean, pesticidefree pet hair — the lighter in color the better — to hide eggs from predators. Don’t offer dryer lint. This common tip can actually be dangerous to hummingbirds and their nestlings due to chemicals in the lint. 6. LEAVE OUT YOUR ASHES. The mineral content in ashes from untreated wood fires helps females replace nutrients they lose during egg production. 7. ENCOURAGE FOOD SOURCES. Add fruit scraps to your compost pile, or create a hanging compost where fruit flies can breed.

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The most common year-round residents of Southern Arizona are the Annas and the Costas. Male Annas (above) are recognizable for the fuchsia-red colored feathers on their throats and crowns, and male Costas have purple plumage.

BANDING AND OBSERVATION PROCESS Volunteers set up a remote-controlled curtain trap around a known feeding spot. When a bird enters to feed, the curtain drops to enclose it. Trained, experienced handlers extract each bird gently to minimize stress. Each bird is placed in a netted carrying bag until its turn for examination, which includes length of bill, wings and tail, weight, amount of fat, parasites, pollen, presence of eggs and plumage. If the bird already has a band, the number is noted in the log. Bandless birds are fitted with a numbered band. A handler holds the bird at a feeder until it is finished drinking, and then the handler places the bird in the open palm of an attendee. The hand acts as a launch pad for the bird to go back into the wild. Most birds fly away quickly, but some will sit for several minutes. A hummingbird’s breathing rate is around 250 breaths per minute at rest. As the lungs expand and contract with air, it produces a beat visitors can feel on the palm of their hand.

HUMMINGBIRDS IN ARIZONA Over 15 species of hummingbirds are full- or part-time Arizona residents. Many of the hummingbirds that use the flyway of the San Pedro River in Southeastern Arizona are migrating from nesting ground as far north as Alaska to winter habitats in Mexico. Williamson says, “Migratory birds are like the red blood cells in our bodies; they carry vital nutrients to the ecosystems they visit, bringing tropical resources to the temperate zone and vice versa.” Even small changes to these systems can have a big impact on everything living in that system, including humans. If you want to be a resource for these birds, there are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind (see sidebar). Also remember, different species travel at different times of year, so keep up your good hummingbird habits year-round. ATTEND A BANDING EVENT SABO holds hummingbird banding events every year between April and September. Events will be held each Saturday in September from 4 – 6 p.m. at the San Pedro House, seven miles east of Sierra Vista. The public is invited to attend and observe at no charge. Reservations are not required. Visit or call 520-432-1388 for more information. Resources: Hummingbird Plants - Creating a Healthy Yard for Hummingbirds - Hummingbird Citizen Science Program - Hummingbird Watching in Southeastern Arizona - Kinds of Hummingbirds in Arizona - Photos courtesy of Michael Moriarty

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t’s easy to see that children are naturally curious, creative and constantly investigating the world around them. These inquisitive minds require safe, handson activities to keep their fingers and minds busy. Unfortunately, relying on the toy aisles at your favorite stores can be expensive and time consuming. Thankfully, there are alternatives. In 1972, an architect named Simon Nicholson developed the Theory of Loose Parts. He noted that the more materials that are available, the more people will interact. Additionally, materials are most engaging when they can be moved around, designed and redesigned. It’s this interaction with real world objects, the ability to experiment and the encouragement of play that are most enticing to children. During a time when technology and scheduled activities consume our daily lives, it is important to find time to simply play. Unstructured play with loose parts has endless benefits, from improving fine motor skills to understanding cooperation when playing in a group. The increased physical activity and time outdoors can reduce stress levels and increase self-esteem. Play may appear frivolous on the surface, but the creative freedom to problem solve and think critically will set children on the path to success. At the Desert Botanical Garden, participants in the Seedlings Preschool program engage with loose parts during their unstructured outdoor nature play time. Children have been inspired to create chairs, musical instruments and even a pretend mouse trap! Other local organizations like the Children’s Museum of Phoenix also offer ways to play with found objects. But you don’t even have to leave home to reap the benefits of loose parts play — start a collection of your own. Find materials that are visually interesting and invoke a sense of

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wonder, imagination and discovery. Remember to incorporate a variety of shapes, sizes and colors: • • • • •

Twigs (be cautious of thorns) Rocks Rope/ribbon/twine Shells Boxes (refrigerator boxes can create an instant cave or house) • Seed pods • Pine cones

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Wood blocks Ceramic tiles Plastic bottle caps Pool noodles Fabric Carpet squares Plastic containers Muffin tins

Adults, get in on the creativity too — you’ve collected it, and now you have to store it somewhere! Here are some helpful hints to get you started: • Rinse and reuse old food jars • Terra cotta dishes are • Check your local thrift store perfect for smaller items for unique baskets • Reuse shelving/open • Use bamboo, wooden or storage bins at a metal trays convenient height Enjoy the process! A collection might not happen overnight, but it can grow and transform as you learn what excites the young people in your life.

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Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the Chandler City Council

Dragonfly and Butterfly Bash! SATURDAY

Why wait?

SEPT. 27, 2014 9 a.m.–noon

Dragonflies, damselflies and Monarch butterflies rule the wetland habitats at Veterans Oasis Park during the late summer. This special event celebrates these beautiful insects through guided walks, hands-on crafts and presentations! Walks will be held at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. approximately 20 minutes in duration and the terrain is easy. Don’t miss this fun-filled, family-friendly special event!

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THe iTALiA NOODLe iNGreDieNTs 1 cup zucchini (spiraled) MeATBALL iNGreDieNTs 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup fresh parsley 2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary 3 Tbsp. fresh basil 1 clove minced garlic 1 Tbsp. coconut aminos 2 sprigs green onion 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 Tbsp. dried oregano Sea or Himalayan Pink Salt to taste WrAp iNGreDieNTs 2 cups hydrated sun-dried tomatoes 2 Tbsp. minced garlic 2 Tbsp. dates (about 4) — moist, medjool 1/2 Tbsp. dried marjoram 1 Tbsp. dried oregano 1 Tbsp. dried basil 1 tsp. black pepper 1/3 cup coconut aminos 3 Tbsp. lemon juice

HeMp seeD ALFreDO iNGreDieNTs 1 cup hemp seeds 3 Tbsp. nutritional yeast 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 Tbsp. chickpea miso 1/8 tsp. white pepper 1/2 Tbsp. onion powder 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. nutmeg Salt and black pepper to taste 1/4 cup water — add a little at a time HeMp seeD ALFreDO DirecTiONs 1. Blend all ingredients except water until smooth 2. Blend in water to desired consistency

MeATBALL DirecTiONs 1. Pulse pumpkin seeds separately to course powder. 2. Add in remaining ingredients. Pulse until a dough-like consistency is reached. 3. Form into balls about one inch diameter. 4. Dehydrate on teflex sheets for about 6 hours at 115 degrees. Do not over-dehydrate. WrAp DirecTiONs 1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. 2. Spread on teflex sheets into circles about 8 inches in diameter. 3. Dehydrate for 6 hours on 115 degrees. 4. Flip and dehydrate for another 5 hours or until dry and flexible. Dehydrating time will vary depending on thickness. NOODLe DirecTiONs 1. Spiralize zucchini and set aside. 2. Fill wraps with noodles, top with meatballs and fold over. Wraps may be very delicate if made to be thin. 3. Garnish with fresh parsley. Courtesy of Elizabeth Anne Joseph of Be More Raw,,

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spicY GrANOLA iNGreDieNTs 1/2 cup sprouted oat fl our (blend oats in high-powered blender) 1 cup soaked almonds 1 cup soaked sunfl ower seeds 1 cup soaked walnuts 1 cup soaked pecans 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup hydrated goji berries (soak for 5 minutes, drain) 1 ½ Tbsp. raw honey 2 Tbsp. raw tahini (can substitute almond butter or any other butter) 1 ½ Tbsp. coconut oil 1/3 cup coconut shreds 1 mango Sprinkle of cayenne 1/4 tsp. salt Any of the nuts, seeds or berries listed can be substituted for your favorites.

DirecTiONs 1. Process nuts and seeds to desired chunky texture. You can process them separately if you want large bits of one kind of nut, but not others. Set aside. 2. Blend mango, oat fl our, almond butter and coconut oil. Add to dry mixture. 3. Add coconut shreds and berries. Mix well by hand. 4. Spread on dehydrator sheets about a half inch thick. Dehydrate for 8-12 hours or until desired texture is reached. If you'd like your granola chewy, feel free to pull it out early. If your granola is chewy, store it in the fridge. Courtesy of Elizabeth Anne Joseph of Be More Raw,,

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GREEN SCENES WRRC BROWN BAG SEMINAR Sept. 3, 12 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. University of Arizona , Sol Resnick Conference Room, Water Resources Research Center 350 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. Robert H. Webb discusses his book “Requiem for the Santa Cruz: An Environmental History of an Arizona River,” which includes insight into the interrelationships among riparian ecosystems, water supply, flood control and land use. 520-621-9591

COLOR YOUR WORLD Sept. 3, 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Avondale City Hall Building 11465 W. Civic Center Dr., Avondale Make plans for the upcoming blooming season. Learn which plants to choose for an extended blooming season with plants that thrive here in the valley with very little water and effort. 623-333-4422


EYES NEEDED ON ARIZONA GAME AND FISH COMMISSION Sept. 5 and 6, 8 a.m. Game and Fish Department Region I office 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop The Arizona Game and Fish Commission, which oversees the Arizona Game and Fish Department, has a huge impact on what happens with Arizona’s wildlife. We need people to watchdog the Commission on a variety of wildlife policies and, generally, to let commissioners know that Arizonans care about having healthy, sustainable populations of native wildlife. At the upcoming meeting, commissioners will be discussing possible changes to the Arizona Heritage Fund, particularly dollars used to acquire habitat for threatened and endangered species. 602-253-8633

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK Sept. 5, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Historical Downtown Flagstaff, Arizona Flagstaff businesses stay open late to feature the work of local artists. Many stops feature music and refreshments. Visit the website below for a list of participating businesses. Free admission. 928-779-2300


SABINO CANYON EVENING RIDES Sept. 5-7, 8:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Sabino Canyon Tours, Inc. 5900 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., Tucson Experience this riparian wonderland in Coronado National Forest by moonlight aboard a tram. Night is a special time when desert creatures emerge from daytime siestas to prowl around the cool desert floor, and the moon gently illuminates the silhouettes of stately saguaro cacti. During SeptemberNovember and April-June, Sabino Canyon Tours offers evening rides three nights per month. 520-749-2327

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Sept. 7, 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Fort Valley Plaza Shopping Center 1000 Humphreys St., Flagstaff The Nature Conservancy’s Hart Prairie Preserve offers free guided nature walks on the western slope of the San Francisco Peaks. These 90 minute walks offer the opportunity to learn more about birds, wildflowers, forest ecology and the Conservancy’s work across the region. The following items are essential for the walks: sturdy shoes, sun protection, rain gear or jacket and water. Reservations are not required. Due to the ecologically sensitive area, pets are not permitted. 928-774-8892

FREE ART FRIDAY Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Edna Vihel Center 3340 S. Rural Rd., Tempe Bring your little ones and enjoy a family-friendly event where they will create art, learn about music and movement, and have fun. Projects and themes change each month. Registration is not required. Free admission. The theme varies from month to month. No registration required. Free admission. 480-350-5287

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Sept. 12, 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. Mesa Arts Center 1 E. Main St., Mesa Mesa Arts Center debuts its fall exhibitions; live entertainment, artist demonstrations, shopping, food, motorcycle/car displays and performances in the theaters. Bring the family! Free admission.

Sept. 15, 12 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. Arizona State University, Wrigley Hall, Tempe Greg Peterson, The Urban Farm and the School of Sustainability will present Jump Start Your Fall Garden. Visit the website for more information and to RSVP.



Sept. 13, 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Arcosanti Amphitheater, Mayer Walter Parks and Swamp Cabbage return to Arcosanti to present a genuine American Roots-adelic roadshow from Florida. Walter’s electric guitar style is a blend of Scott Joplin’s ragtime and Jerry Reed’s bayou pickin’ while Jim’s bass barks like a tuba through a fuzz box and Jagoda drums like he’s leadin’ a New Orleans parade. Join us for this fun musical event! $30 dinner and performance (includes 5 p.m. tour) 928-632-7135

Sept. 27 and 28, 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Apple Annie’s Produce and Pumpkins 6405 W. Williams Rd., Willcox At Apple Annie’s Produce and Pumpkins, enjoy old-fashioned family fun picking your own pumpkins, fall vegetables and apples. Pumpkins of all sizes, shapes and colors will be available for picking in our huge pumpkin patch. Don’t miss Arizona’s newest and largest corn maze! Don’t forget to bring your camera and a jacket. 520-384-2084

BIRDS ‘N BEER 2ND SATURDAYS AT STEAM PUMP RANCH Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Historic Steam Pump Ranch 10901 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Department hosts the Second Saturdays at the historic Steam Pump Ranch, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Featuring a farmers market, artisan and antique fair. Free admission. 520-229-4700

Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix Birds ‘n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying an enlightening and lively presentation about Arizona nature. 602-468-6470

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Sept. 20, early entry 8 a.m.- 10 a.m. ($10.00), 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. ($5.00) WestWorld of Scottsdale 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale With unique and creative local Arizona vendors, attendees are sure to find something they love, such as a perfect vintage dress, a oneof-a-kind piece of furniture, handmade jewelry or other amazing treasures for your home or garden. There will also be fabulous giveaways, vintage photo opportunities and design inspiration from over 100 hand-picked vendors!

Sept. 27, 5 p.m.- 11 p.m. Phoenix Public Market 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix Chile Pepper Festival is a local food, music and talent event hosted by Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation (CDC). The festival highlights some of the best local restaurateurs and chefs in Phoenix. Onsite chile roasting, cooking demos, live music, salsa dancing, activities for kids, a talent show, beer garden and gourmet margarita station will all be on the menu! Announcement of the festival’s best chile pepper dish winners and crowning of the year’s Chile Pepper Champion will culminate the festivities. Admission is FREE! Food and beverages are available for purchase.

33RD ANNUAL COLLY CONCERT Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. Arcosanti Vaults, Amphitheater and Café The signature event of the Colly Soleri Music Center at Arcosanti is an evening dedicated to outstanding musical talent with a pre-show reception and a post-show dinner. This will be a lovely evening of music and storytelling with Richard Strauss’s setting of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poignant narrative poem “Enoch Arden” for piano and narrator. Pianist Sonya Kumiko Lee will be playing and will be accompanied by vocalist Melina Kalomas. Cost for attendance is $40 for reception, performance, and dinner; and $20 for performance only. 928-632-7135

MONARCH BUTTERFLY EXHIBIT / MARIPOSA MONARCA Sept. 27 - Nov. 23, 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix Come surround yourself with hundreds of live monarch butterflies at Mariposa Monarca. This engaging exhibit features the life cycle and migration patterns of the monarch butterfly and the environmental threats and conservation efforts that surround it. New this year, our Monarch Waystation is an area planted to attract monarchs on their journey. Free for members and children under 3. $3.50 for general public with paid Garden admission.


DRAGONFLY & BUTTERFLY BASH Sept. 27, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Environmental Education Center 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler A family-friendly event celebrating dragonflies, damselflies and Monarch butterflies. There will be guided nature walks and presentations. Walks are approximately 30 minutes long and easy. Free admission. 480-782-2890

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Sept. 27, 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. The Venue Scottsdale 7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale This is a fun and festive celebration of Scottsdale’s diverse culture of culinary proportions. Each participating chef will showcase their dishes in one or more heat levels: mild, medium and hot. Festival patrons will sip, sample, and vote for their favorites in each category including Booth Décor, Spiciest Dish, Best Dessert, Most Authentically Arizonan and more. 480-355-2708

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Sept. 19 - 28 4250 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale This statewide affair offers foodies a wealth of dining opportunities and the chance to get outside their own neighborhood and try something new. From sizzling Southwestern and soothing comfort foods to fi ve-star dining and international fare, prepare your taste buds and dig in. 602-307-9134

Sept. 9, 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. A & E Recycled Granite 1660 S. Research Loop, #110, Tucson SAGCC Member A&E Recycled Granite and Chick-fi l-A at El Con are hosting a fundraising mixer for Homes For Our Troops, an organization that builds and remodels specially adapted homes for our most severely disabled veterans. $10 per person. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Homes For Our Troops.

CELEBRATE PUBLIC LANDS DAY AT PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK Sept. 27 Petrifi ed Forest National Park, Northern Arizona Join us as we celebrate National Public Lands Day by helping with a service project in one of Arizona’s three national parks! Petrifi ed Forest National Park has vast landscapes, dark skies, late Triassic fossils, wildlife and more. The National Park Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department need volunteers to help remove internal fences, which are impediments for some wildlife, on part of the park expansion area. 602-253-8633

SUSTAINABLE BUILDING TOUR: SUSTAINABLE BUILDING IN MANY SHAPES, SIZES & APPROACHES Sept. 27, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Willow Bend Environmental Education Center 703 E. Sawmill Rd., Flagstaff This self-guided tour features homes showcasing passive solar design and use of local materials. Observe ways greywater and rainwater are reused, sustainable construction methods and insulated concrete forms. 928-679-8853

SCOTTSDALE ARTWALK Thursdays, 7 p.m.– 9 p.m. Scottsdale Art District Scottsdale ArtWalk is much like a large, easygoing open house for the Scottsdale Arts District located primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale Downtown. “America’s Original ArtWalk” takes place every Thursday evening (yearround, except Thanksgiving). Member galleries belonging to the Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA) open their doors to the public and show off the work of the Southwest’s outstanding artists. Free admission. Sedona’s Locally Owned, Eco-Friendly Private & Personalized Wine Touring Experience Page Springs · Old Town Cottonwood Jerome · On The Verde River · Sedona


JESSE OWENS PARK Fridays, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. 400 S. Sarnoff Dr., Tucson The fl edgling member of Heirloom Farmers Markets offers fresh produce to Tucson’s east side. Bring the family and enjoy everything this premiere farmers’ market has to offer.

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Even though it may not be hot tea season yet (is it ever in Arizona?), you may need something to keep you warm and cozy in the frigid indoors! Seriously, it doesn’t need to feel like the arctic in the movie theaters. Anyway… if you’re looking for something tasty to sip — maybe a change from the usual Earl Grey — we found a cup or two you just might like. When choosing your tea, be sure to look for the organic label and a company that supports sustainability and fair trade practices, like the teas right here. NUMI | ORGANIC PU-ERH CHOCOLATE HE SAID: Chocolate Pu-erh... Haha! Okay, keep it together, John. Don’t be childish. Despite the name, this tea was actually quite tasty. It had a moderately strong chocolate and vanilla flavor that was rounded out by a nutmeg and cinnamon aftertaste. Add cream and sugar and you’ve got a delicious and healthy cup of hot cocoa. Clearly Numi thinks their Pu-erh doesn’t stink. (I couldn’t resist.)

SHE SAID: Say it with me, “poo-AIR.” Yep. Go ahead and laugh, I’ll wait... This may be the next “green tea,” with 32 percent more antioxidants due to fermentation. It might be a nice coffee substitute too, with a smooth, dark flavor and notes of vanilla and chocolate.

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MIGHTY LEAF TEA | ORGANIC AFRICAN NECTAR, CAFFEINE FREE HE SAID: This Mighty Leaf tea has a floral vanilla and mango aroma that made it smell exactly like the inside of a Pier 1 Imports. Not that smelling like a Pier 1 is a bad thing, but the flavor was extremely mild. Rooibos leaves and flowers were the only thing I could taste, and I even over-steeped a cup to try to draw out more.

SHE SAID: Tea from the African rainforest, that is, not the zebra-wildebeest-rhino section. Got it. I sipped excitedly after the pretty magenta color and hibiscus aroma drew me in. Sadly, it wasn’t as flavorful as I’d hoped. After a pinch of sugar, the delicate fruity flavor blossomed nicely and I was a happy camper (with a hammock in the trees and a mosquito net!).

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TWO LEAVES TEA COMPANY | ORGANIC MOUNTAIN HIGH CHAI HE SAID: When it comes to chai, I’m a bit of a snob because my grandfather taught me a made-from-scratch ginger chai recipe that he learned in India. That being said, this Two Leaves tea is a nice spiced chai blend with a solid cardamom, clove and cinnamon flavor. The black tea was a little weak for my taste, but I would still keep these around for a quick cup of chai.

SHE SAID: Mmmm, warm cinnamon water. Maybe it’s the coffee lover in me, but most teas are just bland hot water. I gave this one another shot by adding almond milk and turbinado sugar. Now that was a nice cup of chai — smooth with warm spices. Yummy!

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ORGANIC INDIA | ORGANIC TULSI RASPBERRY PEACH, CAFFEINE FREE HE SAID: I had to think of this Organic India Tulsi tea as a vitamin in order to finish my cup. It has the strangest flavor that’s a cross between tart raspberries and herby basil. Yes, basil, as in spaghetti and pizza basil. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever tasted, but it seems like there’s got to be a bunch of better ways to ingest this beneficial plant.

SHE SAID: Tulsi is also known as “holy basil,” but I had to try really hard to taste any basil. I love pizza, but no thanks on pizza-tea! The raspberry soap aroma smelled great, but I didn’t want to drink it. It had more of a soft peach flavor, and needed no sugar. I bet it would make a great iced tea!

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SILK ROAD TEAS | ORGANIC CHAMOMILE FLOWERS, CAFFEINE FREE HE SAID: Ahhhhh. Nothing winds me down better than a hot cup of chamomile tea with a spoonful of honey in it. This Silk Road Tea has the smoothest and best-tasting chamomile I’ve ever had. Whole chamomile flowers give it a strong flavor with a sweet apple aftertaste. It was so good I made a second cup while...I was (yawn) writing... this review... ZzZzZzz...

SHE SAID: This classic tea might be calming, but it’ll sure wake up your taste buds! I was impressed at the burst of apple-like flavor from these cheery, subtle yellow buds. It was naturally sweet, but a little honey made this cuppa mighty tasty.

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