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(February 12-27) and GreenBiz Forum (February 23-25); the USGBC Arizona Chapter Heavy Medals event (February 24); the McDowell Mountain Music Festival (March 11-13) and others. Check out our articles in this issue to find out more about these great events. Neale Donald Walsch said: “The purpose of a relationship is not to have another who might complete you, but to have another with whom you might share your completeness.” This Valentine’s Day, remember that love is more than the happy times – it’s also about being there for one another in times of need. Whether or not you choose to celebrate on February 14th, love is worth celebrating every day. I wish you a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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A ZERO-WASTE  GOAL THE MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL

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he McDowell Mountain Music Festival (M3F), now in its 13th year, is one of the state’s most popular annual music events. The yearly nonprofit festival celebrates community, culture and charity, and attracts visitors from around the world. With the community aspect in mind, M3F has made the goal of hosting a zerowaste event through innovative sustainable and eco-friendly practices. “We are locally owned and operated as a 100-percent nonprofit festival that donates all proceeds to local youth charities, [including] Phoenix Children’s Hospital and UMOM New Day Centers,” said Nate Largay, the event’s regional talent buyer and marketing coordinator. “We are entering our 13th year in the Valley as one of the more unique and authentic festivals in the state, and we are proud to bring certain artists to Phoenix that would otherwise overlook the Phoenix market. Our vision or goal of the festival is to give back to the community that has been so great to us over the years. We feel the best way to do that is from the bottom up, and

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supporting underprivileged youth is our main focus for that.” This year, M3F takes place March 11-13 and features an eclectic blend of local and national artists. Through ticket sales and other avenues, the festival has raised more than $1 million for charity since 2004. Last year’s event raised $120,000. So, how does a three-day festival where thousands gather reach a zero-waste goal? Largay explained: “We have always been big proponents of creating a sustainable and eco-friendly event. It’s never an easy task, but we have challenged ourselves with a zero-waste goal for the ’16 festival.” Oskar Blues Brewery is on board, who supports M3F’s mission and has their own foundation and Crush It Crusade, which partners with communities to help them get a recycling program off the ground, among other philanthropic efforts. “We have also teamed up with Recycled City and [potentially] ASU’s School of Sustainability to support us in achieving this goal, whether through supplying

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volunteers or managing the disposal of compost and recycling,” Largay continued. Other efforts to reach this goal include no longer supplying paper-based products for free at the event and having the festival guide available via a mobile app as opposed to paper. “We offer water stations on the festival grounds to reduce plastic waste,” Largay added. “Eco-Products supply all flatware and plates, which means all food-related products are compostable.” There will also be several recycle and compost stations on the grounds during the event for easy access. According to M3F’s statistics, last year the event collected 8.59 tons of recyclable materials and .37 tons of compostable materials. In 2014, 4.36 tons of materials were recycled. “We constantly strive to create a more sustainable community whether through reducing waste or finding new ways to limit our footprint,” Largay said. “A zero-waste goal has always been a benchmark we’ve strived to reach, since festivals oftentimes prove to be wasteful and not-so-great for the environment. We believe we’ve added some great sustainable qualities, but we definitely want to take it to the next level and create an entirely waste-free event.”

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To learn more about the McDowell Mountain Music Festival and to purchase tickets, visit mmmf.com. Michelle Talsma Everson is a freelance writer, editor, public relations consultant and mom based in Phoenix. With degrees in both journalism and PR from Northern Arizona University, she writes for several Valley publications. michelle.t.everson@gmail.com. Read more community articles at greenlivingaz.com/community

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HEALTH  &  WELLNESS

DID  YOU  KNOW? February is National Heart Month!

HEART  DISEASE  &  WOMEN:   WHAT YOU DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T KNOW BY DR. JEANNINE HINDS

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he health of your heart determines the the upper chamber, causing blood to flow health of your entire body. You should backward through them. guard it with your life. Many believe that coronary heart disease only affects men, HOW  CAN  I  PREVENT  HEART  DISEASE? but 49 percent of heart attacks occur in women. Many things can put you at risk for heart In fact, heart disease is the number-one killer of disease. Adopting simple lifestyle changes can women, taking one in three lives each year. dramatically reduce your risk. Do you know your numbers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and body mass Know your numbers by staying on top of index (BMI)? Now is the perfect time to your blood sugar, blood pressure and schedule an annual visit with your primary cholesterol levels. DR. JEANNINE HINDS care physician. Charting your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, waist measurement and BMI over time Quit smoking through a smoking cessation program, or donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t can help keep your heart health in check and help you start at all. Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, progress toward your health goals. leading to a buildup of fatty material that can cause a heart attack or stroke. WHAT  IS  HEART  DISEASE?   There are a several misconceptions about heart disease. Heart Exercise and stay active by starting slow. You can easily work disease affects the blood vessels and cardiovascular system and up to 30 minutes a day or more of physical activity including can cause numerous problems, including plaque buildup in walking, aerobics, jogging, running, or a combination of any the arteries that makes it hard for blood to flow through. This of these. can cause a heart attack or stroke. But it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end there. Heart disease can take many other forms, too. Maintain a heart-healthy diet by choosing foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. Eat plenty of fruits and Heart failure or congestive heart failure is a condition where vegetables, fiber-rich grains, fish, nuts and seeds. the heart is not pumping blood as well as it should, or getting enough oxygen. Learn the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke. Not everyone experiences sudden numbness or severe pain. Arrhythmia or an abnormal rhythm of the heart means that Symptoms in women and men can be very different as well. the heart is either beating too fast, too slow or irregularly, which can alter the blood flow the body needs. Heart valve conditions include valves not opening enough to allow proper blood flow, or not closing, which causes blood leaks. The valve leaflets can also bulge or prolapse into

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CREATING HEALTHY

FOOD RELATIONSHIPS BY ALLIE NICODEMO

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s everyone knows, a healthy relationship takes work. Whether it’s between married partners, family members, friends or colleagues, relationships require mutual understanding and clear communication. This holds true for relationships among members of the same community – especially when it comes to working together to create positive change. Everyone wants a good quality of life, and addressing society’s greatest challenges starts on the local level. Here in Arizona, there’s an opportunity to improve an aspect of life that is important to everyone – our food. For several years, a movement has taken shape to support the growing demand for local food. That movement has organized to form the Maricopa County Food System Coalition, a volunteer association of about 140 people who want to build a strong local food system in Arizona’s most populous county. The coalition is made up of farmers, gardeners, academic researchers, business owners, nonprofit leaders, policy makers and others, all with diverse perspectives. What these individuals have in common is the desire to create a thriving local food system that is equitable and sustainable for the community, the environment, and the economy. Rosanne Albright is a founding member of the Maricopa County Food System Coalition. She’s also the Brownfields Program Manager at the City of Phoenix. In this role, Albright leads an initiative called the Phoenix Brownfields to Healthfields project. It’s an effort to clean up and redevelop empty lots, turning them into useful spaces like community gardens, urban farms, healthcare clinics, food hubs, farmers’ markets and more. This involves removing all hazardous substances and pollutants from contaminated properties and evaluating the soil to ensure the highest standard of safety. The Brownfields to Healthfields project is all about improving the health and wellbeing for Phoenix residents, especially in areas that lack access to grocery stores or adequate health care. This initiative will also foster new, meaningful connections in neighborhoods around the city. For example, “Community gardens certainly build

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relationships amongst community members and contribute to neighborhood cohesion and a sense of place,” Albright said. The Maricopa County Food System Coalition is taking on other important projects to improve the community. One is to compile an extensive food index mapping out the farms, gardens, retail outlets and other sources of food in the county. The index will also identify food deserts, or areas that don’t have easy access to supermarkets with affordable healthy food. Another project the coalition has tackled is reforming city zoning policies so that more residents can take up urban farming. This would increase the amount of food available to meet the increasing demand for local produce. One effort that’s already underway connects master gardeners with food banks and other organizations that address food insecurity in vulnerable populations. This would allow community members with excess fruits and vegetables from their gardens to donate to neighbors in need. In the spirit of creating healthy relationships, this project aims to strengthen not only the local food system, but the bonds between individuals in Maricopa County. Food has the power to unite us in health, happiness, and the pursuit of equality for everyone in the community. For more information, visit marcofoodcoalition.org. Allie Nicodemo is a science writer for Arizona State University. She also recently graduated from ASU with her master’s degree in food ethics, and is an active member of the Maricopa County Food System Coalition. Find more health & wellness articles at greenlivingaz.com/health

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A GREEN  APPROACH  TO  HEALING: HOW THAI MASSAGE SAVED ME FROM SURGERY BY SHANA BELL

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e all know that we can help the environment through choices we make. One of the “greenest” choices I’ve ever made for my body was to heal a disease through Thai massage instead of surgery. The American medical industry is grossly wasteful. According to the nonprofit organization Practice Greenhealth, which helps medical practices to be environmentally friendly, hospitals create a whopping 25.1 pounds of waste per overnight patient in a single day, and much of that waste is biohazardous and hazardous. Practice Greenhealth reports that between 20 and 30 percent of the waste that hospitals generate comes from the operating room. I was within weeks of being in an operating room as a patient one year ago, but Thai massage saved me from surgery. It all started in 2014 when I was diagnosed with Kienbock’s disease. WHAT’S KIENBOCK’S  DISEASE?   That’s what I wanted to know. I went to several specialists to learn that the searing pain and lack of movement I was experiencing in my wrist was because a bone in my hand (the lunate bone) was dying. The bone wasn’t getting enough blood flow, and therefore wasn’t getting enough oxygen. For more than a year, I experienced excruciating pain and many medical appointments. I had several X-rays and MRIs, spent hundreds of hours researching, and spent thousands of dollars diagnosing the condition, treating it, and treating the pain. I tried acupuncture, herbs, and I braced the wrist for months. I tried Reiki healing treatments, laser and infrared therapy, homeopathic creams and natural painkillers. After no success, my doctors put my wrist in a cast for 14 weeks. By the

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time my surgery was scheduled I couldn’t touch my wrist, pick up a toothbrush, write, eat, or stick my hand in my pocket. After a year, my condition worsened; three bones were now dying instead of one, and numerous cysts had formed. My wrist specialist told me with total certainty that the only option was surgery. All surgery is dangerous and expensive. Infection can occur, and surgeries can go wrong. But, I was convinced the surgeon was right. I booked my surgery for three weeks later, after a long planned trip to Thailand. While abroad, I treated myself to daily Thai massages. For the first 13 hours of treatment, I instructed various massage therapists to not go near my right hand and wrist (which was in a brace). Finally, one therapist asked me what was wrong with my wrist. I told her I had terrible pain and that I couldn’t move the wrist or hand for the last eight months. She then informed me (through a translator) that my wrist was actually not the source of the pain. Instead, she said my neck and left shoulder had blockages, and those blockages were the problem. She said that if I would allow her to remove the brace and access my wrist, she could help relieve the pain. I had gone through one year of agony and had tried pretty much everything, so I thought: “Why not? It can’t get worse than it is.” She methodically applied pressure and seemed to know exactly where to go and where to push. It was excruciating, but I somehow thought it was working. And then, a huge release occurred. Blood, or rather this feeling of “energy,” shot into my wrist, and I could feel life returning to my hand. Soon, I was able to move my hand about 30 degrees. It had been months since I’d been able to move it even a centimeter without crying!

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By the time I left Thailand, I had 26 hours of Thai massage and spent 14 of those hours specifically working on my wrist problems. The pain decreased tremendously, I stopped taking my pain medication, and by the time I boarded the plane home, my wrist was about 60 percent healed. I canceled my surgery. Since then, I’ve researched Thai massage and the “Sen lines” (energy channels in the body) this practice is based on. The practitioners who helped heal my wrist used a technique to flush the blood and release blockages to return blood flow to my dying bones. They pushed on pressure points that were excruciatingly painful, and when they released the pressure, a “flush” occurred. I felt the blood rush to the tips of my fingers. Had I gone the surgery route, doctors were going to splice arteries in my wrist and drill holes into my bones to bring more blood supply to the lunate bone. But I didn’t have enough blood circulating to my wrist in the first place, which means the surgery may have been pointless at best or have done major damage at worst. I’ve heard of many cases of people with the same disease who were in much worse shape years after their surgeries. This practice can help anyone, not just people with major blockages, but it’s certainly not always a replacement for surgery. For instance, we can all think of conditions that we would only want treated in a hospital. However, if surgery can ever be avoided in place of something “green” such as acupuncture, or in this case, Thai massage, it’s worth investigating. A year later, my wrist is flexible and strong. I didn’t have to pay for an expensive surgery, I didn’t risk infection, and I didn’t contribute to operating room waste. It’s been a win-win, and I’m happy to type about the situation with two healthy hands. Shana Bell taught German at ASU for 14 years and is now co-­owner of Swiss Metal Works welding and art shop in Phoenix. She lives in the Coronado Historic District with her husband and teaches drama workshops to women in need. Shana also makes Buddha-­themed art as a tribute to the Thai who healed her. She can be reached at shana@ swissmetalworks.com or beshana32@gmail.com. Photos taken by Johanna Campbell at Thai Foot Massage in Mesa, during one of the author’s recent massage sessions. Find more health & wellness articles at greenlivingaz.com/health

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The ERACE team, headed by Program Coordinator Todd Davison, investigates reports of illegal dumpsites and theft of service complaints; works with community volunteers to plan and conduct cleanups throughout the year; and educates the public about the negative impact of illegal dumping through school presentations. Davison points out that what makes the ERACE program uniquely effective is that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just do law enforcement; now we have the resources to actually get rid of the trash.â&#x20AC;? The ordinance gives an offender five days to clean up the dumpsite and dispose of the waste. If the site isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cleaned up in that time it becomes a criminal offense, and the offender may face criminal charges. In a recent case, ERACE detectives received a report of an illegal dumpsite along a dirt road in the rural desert. The site included at least 14 large plastic trash bags spilling

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construction debris and household trash, weighing approximately 600 pounds. Evidence at the dumpsite led them to a possible suspect. Less than a week later, while working a free trash collection site, they noticed a car in line for the event that was previously spotted parked at the suspect’s residence. The suspect was driving the car, and when questioned by the investigators, he admitted to dumping the trash. He was then charged with criminal littering, a Class 6 felony. In addition to requiring offenders to clean up their messes, the “Catch the Bug” program (part of ERACE) recruits volunteers to help plan and implement cleanups throughout the year. The public and the investigators work together to deter offenders, to make them responsible for cleaning up the trash they’ve dumped, and provide legal options for people to get rid of collected trash like tires and metals. “We make a huge impact,” said Davison, noting that 2015 year-to-date figures show that 294.7 tons of trash were removed in Mohave County, either by offenders cleaning up their own messes or through sponsored volunteer cleanups. “Even when

there isn’t prosecution, that’s all stuff that was taken off of public land,” said Davison. Mohave County has an advantage in that the county owns the landfill and can divert some of the money from landfill fees to fund a program solely focused on combating illegal dumping problems. But once funded, the program’s success has been built on an important coalition of law enforcement and engaged members of the public working together to keep their community clean. Learn more about Mohave County’s ERACE program at mohavecounty.us. Jill Bernstein is the Executive Director of Keep Arizona Beautiful, a statewide QRQSUR¾WRUJDQL]DWLRQ dedicated to empowering communities to take care of their environment through litter abatement, recycling DQGEHDXWL¾FDWLRQ

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IN WITH  THE  OLD  AND  IN  WITH  THE  NEW

HOW SALVAGING A LANDMARK CAN ENHANCE

THE FUTURE OF OUR FAIRGROUNDS BY STEPHANIE FUNK

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ocal artist John Drury knows a thing or two about magic. He worked as a designer, creative manager and Imagineer for Disney for 25 years with a portfolio of projects in Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disney and more. Drury has also been a longtime green living and recycling enthusiast. When he left Disney in 2000, he began incubating an idea for a new attraction site themed around the history and the importance of the LA River – a combination of fun and sustainability education. In 2003, Drury moved to Phoenix, where he saw a real opportunity for his idea. Arizona has a similar history of and affinity for its rivers, and what’s more, it hasn’t had a theme park since Legend City closed in 1983. Fifteen years of “scribbles on a jillion napkins” transformed into the concept under the working name Oasis A-Z: “Where environmental responsibility meets the Solar Coaster and the result is sustainable delight.” Though still conceptual, Drury’s sketches and designs have enough detail that people respond to them. The sketches are inspiring, particularly those of

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the park’s centerpiece: a gigantic water tower that evokes Da Vinci and Disney all at once. From a solar-powered coaster and carousel to a dam aquarium and river maze, the Oasis A-Z concept is filled with ideas meant to entertain, educate and inspire, all while being environmentally responsible. “[Oasis A-Z] is about Arizona,” said Drury. “It’s about sustainability, it’s about pioneering, [and] it’s about the public works that brought the great development, the canals and dams.” While Phoenix, Glendale, Chandler and many other cities have responded positively to Drury’s concept, the matter of funding is yet to be determined. Drury is keeping busy in the meantime; by partnering with the Arizona SciTech Festival, he has had the opportunity to use his concept to talk about STEAM in classrooms – that’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Drury’s future met Phoenix’s past in 2014 when he approached the Arizona State Fair. Drury offered his Disney experience to see if he could help invigorate the longstanding attraction. That’s when he learned that one of the historic buildings on the fairgrounds, the 1938 Works Progress Administration (WPA) Building, was scheduled for demolition. Conservation-minded Drury naturally joined the Fairgrounds Stakeholders Committee working to salvage, restore and re-purpose this important landmark. Built in the midst of the Great Depression, the WPA Building housed an agency under the New Deal that gave aid to Arizonans. “It gave people hope,” said G.G. George, longtime neighborhood activist and historical author as well as a Fairgrounds Stakeholders Committee member. The legacy it created includes locations we enjoy today, like Encanto Park, the Phoenix Homesteads Neighborhood, and certain buildings at Phoenix College. “There are a lot of things we enjoy today that were administered out of that building in the 1930s, so we just don’t want to see it gone,” said George. “This is part of our heritage.” Jim McPherson is a committee member and the head of the Arizona Preservation

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ebruary is the month of romance, and here in Arizona there are plenty of unique ways to say “I love you.” Whether you’re stealing a magical moment or planning a weekend escape, these Valley venues are the perfect spots to make memories with your special someone.

Via Cappello Dining at Royal Palms Resort and Spa Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix is a magical Spanish Colonial estate originally built in 1929. Sitting at the base of Camelback Mountain, the luxury resort is one of the most romantic spots in the Valley. To take advantage of the extensive gardens around the property, book the signature Via Cappello dining experience, which you can enjoy without a stay or as part of the resort’s overnight Romantication package. Named for Juliet’s house in Verona, the Via Cappello dining experience includes an unforgettable meal for two created by the resort’s romance team. You can dine in one of the gardens, on a private patio tucked into a hidden nook, or in the resort’s bell tower. The entire Romantication package includes an overnight stay, a couple’s massage, and a romantic rose petal turndown. royalpalmshotel.com

Tea for Two at the Japanese Friendship Garden The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, or Ro Ho En, is a 3.5-acre oasis that includes stone footbridges, flowing streams, a Koi pond, waterfall and more than 50 varieties of plants. There’s no better way to spend time together than at the Musoan tea house. On the third Saturday of every month, Ro Ho En offers six tea ceremonies. A docent, dressed in a traditional kimono, guides you through the tea garden and explains the beauty of the ancient tea tradition. Reservations are required. You may also arrange a private tea ceremony for something even more romantic. japanesefriendshipgarden.org

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Puerta Privada at Joya Spa Tiptoe up to the spa door with your love. Knock softly and whisper the password for your entry into one of the Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most exclusive luxury spas. The after-hours experience at Joya Spa at Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley is the ultimate in pampering. You will have this magical space all to yourselves, enjoying a one-hour aromatherapy massage in your suite surrounded by the colors and feel of Northern Africa and Moorish Spain. Afterward, step out onto your patio for a custom multi-course dinner. You will then be directed to the SkyView app on your phone for gazing at millions of stars twinkling overhead. 480.627.3020, omnihotels.com/hotels/scottsdale-montelucia

A Snowy Cabin Hideaway While Arizona is known for its luxury hotels, it is also possible to sneak away to a cozy cabin for two. Head to Molly Butler Lodge & Cabins in the White Mountains. There are dozens of cabins to choose from, allowing you a secluded retreat in the woods or a large luxury estate just steps from the tiny mountain village. If you choose a log cabin looking out at the surrounding mountains, your weekend might include a walk to town for dinner followed by alone time on your private patio or snuggling by the fireplace. Or perhaps you prefer a cabin in a meadow, just a short drive from the village, where you can soak in your own private hot tub in the snow. The romantic possibilities are endless. mollybutlerlodge.com

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Twilight Dinner Cruise on Canyon Lake Canyon Lake, surrounded by the majestic Superstition Mountains, is home to desert bighorn sheep, bald eagles and more. Get on the water for a twilight dinner cruise aboard the Dolly Steamboat. You’ll explore the Junior Grand Canyon, see 1,200-foot cliffs, and watch animals settle in for the evening. Extending longer than the typical daytime cruises, the Twilight Dinner Cruise also includes a full dinner and cash bar. Snuggle up with that special someone while you experience the stark beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Be sure to take a camera – the sunsets are breathtaking. dollysteamboat.com

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ncorporating eco-friendly upgrades into your home, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, is now more affordable than ever. Demand for sustainable products is at an all-time high, and with advanced technology, prices have significantly gone down and quality has gone up, allowing more options for homeowners within all price ranges. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to radically change your lifestyle or your budget to incorporate eco-friendly upgrades into your kitchen and bathrooms. A few simple changes done in conjunction with one another will not only have a significant impact on your wallet, but also increase your comfort, reduce waste and pollution, and help save natural resources. When â&#x20AC;&#x153;going greenâ&#x20AC;? results in cost savings and return on investment, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a no-brainer. 1  LOW-FLOW  SHOWERHEADS  (Starting at $45.00) Top brands like Brizo and Delta are leading the way for innovative low-flow showerheads. This new technology changes the waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shape, velocity and thermal dynamics, filling the water with air and creating larger droplets, which allows for a more luxurious shower experience while using less water. 2  NIAGARA  CONSERVATION  STEALTH  0.8  GPF   TOILET (Starting at $200.00) The government standard for an average toilet is 1.6 gallons per flush, but this ultra-high efficiency toilet goes a step beyond all other toilets on the market by using only 0.8 gallons of water per flush. The stylish design works with any space, while lowering water usage and utility bills.

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DOING BUSINESS WITH LESS WATER BY DAVID SCHALLER

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rizona’s business community depends on accessible and reliable supplies of water. As our surface and groundwaters are depleted, it’s clear that principles of smart water use have not always been followed. Now, after decades of acting as though our rivers and aquifers were bottomless, the Arizona business sector is taking its rightful place in preparing our state for a different, more challenging water future. Since 2013, major corporations, water providers and municipalities from across the seven Colorado River basin states have been meeting to share their best practices and innovations addressing water conservation and supply issues. They joined two Business of Water Summits convened by Protect the Flows, a coalition of more than 1,100 businesses across the basin. There, companies shared water-saving solutions that showed the business-savvy benefits of taking action on water. Prominent benefits included cutting costs and reducing waste, minimizing risks in operations, driving revenues by developing breakthrough products that are more water efficient, and enhancing brand value by building a positive corporate reputation. However, it doesn’t stop with one-off business-to-business (B2B) conferences, as the era of living with less water does not appear to be short-lived. Thus, Protect the Flows and senior executives from leading companies and water-and-power utilities will be convening again in late March 2016, this time in Phoenix. Sessions at next month’s Business of Water Summit include Water Partnerships: Plowing New Ground; Using Your Brand to Move the Water Needle; Water Policy Priorities and Principles; Market-Based Solutions for Maximizing Liquid Assets; and Multiple Benefit River Restoration: Partnering to Keep the Water Flowing. The event will feature best practices from major businesses such as Intel Corporation, MillerCoors, Nestle, New Belgium Brewing, and PepsiCo. These forwardthinking companies are affirming today what William Coors, then head of a familiar Colorado beverage company, said in the early 1990s: “All waste is lost profit.”

B2B learning continues to make inroads, but businesses are also getting the water efficiency message from government. In 2015, the City of Chandler pioneered an innovative policy that links business access to municipal water to a broader range of community benefits. Now, businesses that want to use an exceptionally high volume of water and do business in the City of Chandler will have to demonstrate that they will bring significant benefits (jobs, downtown corridor investment, revitalizing neighborhoods, parks and open space) to the city or else pay more for their water. Those businesses not allowed to buy more water from the city must go to open market and buy water credits from other businesses, governments or Native American tribes. Other cities are enacting tough, new ordinances that aim to embed water efficiency into new building performance. Even before the recent California drought, the City of Los Angeles enacted multiple ordinances aimed at achieving water conservation in the commercial sector, while San Antonio ties drought restrictions to water levels in its sole-source Edwards aquifer – the lower the aquifer level, the more stringent the restrictions. Cities have also established commercial water audit programs, requirements for smart meters and leak detection, mandatory efficiency upgrades upon property sale, and steeply tiered rate structures, all aimed at incentivizing the business sector to cut water waste. Yet a recent Water Resource Advocates study estimates that more than 460,000 acre feet of water is being missed by meters throughout the Colorado River basin, about a third of what Arizona pulls from the Colorado River through the Central Arizona Project (CAP). Despite the advances underway, the business sector, and all of us, have still more profits to secure if we are to practice living with less water successfully. David Schaller is a retired environmental scientist living in Tucson where he writes on climate, water and energy security. For more articles about water visit greenlivingaz.com/water

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WHY DESALINATION  IS  NOT  A  CURE

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ARIZONA PERSPECTIVE This past November, I participated in a panel discussion on water issues that was arranged by the Morrison Institute of Arizona State University. I learned about some of the water problems that Arizona is experiencing and was not surprised to learn that the city of Phoenix is calling for a price increase in water rates: “Phoenix Water is recommending a three percent increase for water rates and a two percent increase for sewer rates…Both of these rates are still among the lowest in the nation” (City of Phoenix Water Services). Additional resources are needed to ensure the supply of water and the treatment of wastewater in Arizona, and these resources will have to be invested in rehabilitation and replacement of pipes, treatment plants, pumps, reservoirs and wells. The Israeli experience shows that price increase, though much higher than three percent, is also very effective in bringing about behavioral change of users to improve water saving. A public campaign to use water economically, reduce water loss, reuse wastewater and desalinate treated or brackish water should also be considered. Clearly, desalination of seawater is not a viable solution for Arizona, although it may be considered in the future, along with increased water prices, in collaboration with another state.

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nited Nations forecasts indicate that in another 15 years or so almost half the world’s population shall suffer from a shortage of water. Water shortage is causing disputes and wars over water sources, mass migration by farmers who are unable to irrigate their fields to inner cities, poverty and suffering. The improvement in living standards of a steadily growing section of the world’s population is greatly increasing water usage and exacerbating the shortage. The quantity of water needed in order to produce the food and products we consume in our affluent society is exponentially higher than the quantity of water we require for drinking and bathing. (For example, 441 gallons of water are needed to produce one pound of meat.) Global warming and the growing gap between population growth and lifesustaining resources shall also inevitably aggravate the shortage of drinking water. Several experts and officials believe that desalination technology will provide the long-awaited solution. But while sea water shall never be in short supply, desalination requires expensive energy resources and transportation from seashore to consumer. Hence, water and commodities which are based on desalination technology are mostly suitable for wealthy countries and citizens who have the wherewithal to pay the price. Use of desalination is likely to bring in its wake a further increase in the gaps which already exist between rich and poor, enhancing instability and unrest. Accordingly, desalination cannot provide a ubiquitous solution. Other conditions must exist in order for this solution to become viable, as has happened in Israel. Israel reached a water crisis but adopted a correct formula to overcome it both now and in the future. The average annual water supply from natural sources in Israel stands at approximately 1.170 BCM (billion cubic meters) compared to current annual consumption of 2.187 BCM, a figure which is expected to rise in the future. In former years, the quantity of water from natural sources, coupled with the use of recycled water by farmers and rainwater collected in surface reservoirs, supplied the needs of the Israeli economy. But with the growth in population size, the increase in the standard of living, and especially following successive drought years, demand exceeded supply, the future looked ever bleaker, and the situation demanded innovative solutions. Israel established five desalination plants, providing an astonishing quantity of approximately half the amount of drinking water at the state’s disposal (587 MCM). While these desalination plants were constructed in proximity to consumers and to an existing water carrier system, they were only built after a comprehensive reform in domestic water usage was implemented. Following a series of media campaigns and an increase in the price of water, per capita water consumption fell to the lowest level of any developed country (220 CM per annum in Israel compared to 1630 CM per annum in the U.S. and 390 CM in Germany). The responsibility for water distribution passed from inefficient municipal water divisions to designated local water corporations, and the main water provider reduced water loss during transit to one of the lowest figures in the

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world. The efficiency of the Israeli water economy can also be found in the use of advanced technologies for monitoring and analyzing water transportation data, water utilization and quality control. In addition, a thriving agricultural sector, which uses advanced farming techniques and has been modified to suit regional climatic conditions and water scarcity, plays a principal and decisive role in creating a solution to the water economy crisis. Desalination alone cannot solve the global water shortage. First, the political will must exist to make a fundamental change in the way water is being used by introducing advanced technologies to streamline that use, utilizing alternative water sources, and developing an efficient agricultural sector. Only after all these stages are met can desalination become part of the solution. Dr. Miriam Haran recently visited Arizona as part of a delegation that was organized by the Israel Public Diplomacy Forum. She is former Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection, and currently the Head of the MBA program in Environmental Management at the Ono College in Israel. For more articles about water visit greenlivingaz.com/water

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EDUCATION

SUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS  FESTIVAL

RETURNS TO ASU BY LAUREN POTTER

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he greater Phoenix region will soon become a melting pot of the world’s top sustainability thought leaders and organizations when the Sustainability Solutions Festival returns to Arizona State University. Families, business leaders and experts are invited to celebrate sustainability during one of many impactful events held throughout the two-week festival February 12-28. Through expanded partnerships with local organizations and groups, the third annual Sustainability Solutions Festival will offer a host of new events. With a focus on local business and the idea of a waste-free “circular” economy, the events will explore sustainability from local and global perspectives. This year, the festival focuses on engaging minority and small business owners. Through the AZ Thrives conference (Monday, February 22), minority and small business owners are invited to learn from panel leaders currently implementing sustainability concepts. “The need for the private sector to be involved in developing successful sustainability solutions for mitigation and adaption is critical,” said Dr. George Brooks, president and CEO of NxT Horizon Group and founder of AZ Thrives. “The economic opportunities are tremendous,” he continued. Another new event at the festival is the Zero Food Waste Forum (Friday, February 19). Founded by expert food waste advocate Jordan Figueiredo, who also founded EndFoodWaste.org, the forum invites all members of the community – individuals, business leaders, nonprofits – to learn how to reduce food waste through workshops and presentations. “The event is all about local solutions, business

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solutions and connecting people,” said Figueiredo, who will be presenting at the forum with other experts such as Andrew Shakman, president and CEO of LeanPath food waste technology company. Held at the Arizona Science Center (ASC), the Sustainability Solutions Family Day (Monday, February 15) returns to the festival for a third year. The family day invites children and parents to participate in hands-on and engaging activities to learn about sustainability. In addition to regular programs and exhibits offered at the ASC, Sustainability Solutions Family Day offers children the chance to build gardens, develop soil out of compost, and make toys from recycled materials. “At the family day, kids learn that through small daily actions, they are making massive impacts in the world,” said Jason Franz, senior manager of Strategic Marketing and Communications for the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. In addition to these events, the eighth annual GreenBiz 2016 will occur February 23-25 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn. Expert speakers will be discussing crucial sustainability topics. The Sustainability Solutions Festival is made possible by the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at ASU. A complete list of dates and locations of events is available at sustainabilitysolutions.asu.edu. Originally from the small Australian town of Wagga Wagga, Lauren Potter has lived in the Valley for eight years and currently studies at ASU’s Cronkite School. A “locavore” at heart, Lauren loves supporting local farmers, producers and artisans. Read more articles about education at greenlivingaz.com/education

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n the worst possible scenario, sustainability is survival. In the best possible scenario, it is thriving. So, if you are a business, would you rather survive or thrive? Of course, that is a rhetorical question. Sustainability can lead to efficiency, growth, brand recognition and innovation, not to mention cost reductions. Adding sustainable initiatives to your business plan is becoming increasingly necessary if the goal is to see your company thrive. Tad Radzinski, president of Sustainable Solutions Corporations, knows these things well. It is his job to help companies reach their goals of sustainability. His clients include Waste Management, Merck, and Bosch and Philips. For a company first starting out in making their business sustainable, says Radzinski, they must identify and evaluate their supply chain. This can be as simple as sending in a questionnaire to your suppliers or vendors specifically identifying your companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This data is valuable for many things. Manufacturers can use it in the development of new products. Maybe to reduce carbon footprint or greenhouse gas emissions,â&#x20AC;? Radzinski said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if you are a hotel chain or restaurant, then you have different needs. Are [your suppliers] providing you with products from recycled content? How are they transporting goods and services? This information helps with sustainability of operations.â&#x20AC;? Data gleaned from a questionnaire is also really valuable for understanding risk, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe you only have one supplier,â&#x20AC;? said Radzinski. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a client that was buying products from a single supplier in

SUSTAINABLE Â INITIATIVES These days, implementing sustainable initiatives into your business plan is an important element in taking your company from merely surviving to thriving.

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China and a tsunami hit, and suddenly they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that supply chain anymore. Being aware of that is important. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wow, we only have one supplier, and that is a big risk to us. What are we going to do to minimize the risk or impact of that?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Manufacturers also need to be in compliance with regulations, especially for companies with operations across many countries and jurisdictions. With more governmental regulatory agencies that oversee many industries and increased global regulations, compliance has become a bigger concern than ever before. Radzinski said if a company is not compliant with regulations, it could get hit with significant fines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are making products that are required to meet certain regulations, you need to make sure the parts, materials and products that the suppliers are sending you are in compliance with those requirements,â&#x20AC;? Radzinski said. Obtaining such information about your supply chains might not be easy. He said transparency from suppliers is key, but some may be hesitant to share information or consider certain things proprietary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This happens quite often,â&#x20AC;? Radzinski said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best thing to do is educate them on the fact that if they supply this data, it will most likely benefit them because whoever is asking for it is probably going to sell more product, which is going to mean they will sell more materials.â&#x20AC;? 3KLOLS+DOGLPDQLVDMRXUQDOLVWDUWLVWFXOWžOPVWDUDQG3KRHQL[QDWLYH Read more business articles at greenlivingaz.com/business

Here are a few keys to reaching sustainability in your businessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; supply chain: 1. Identify and evaluate your supply chain. 2. Submit a questionnaire to your suppliers and vendors. 3. Request transparency. 4. Evaluate data.

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INNOVATION

MARIPOSA LAND  PORT  OF  ENTRY   AWARDED LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION BY  KAMILLA  GRAHAM

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n the mountain pass of the Sonoran Desert sits the Mariposa Land Port of Entry, one of the busiest ports of entry in the U.S. Located in the border crossing town of Nogales, Arizona, Mariposa Land Port of Entry was recently awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification in December 2015 for its use of energy-efficient technologies including building automation and solar-powered hot water and lighting. The redesign of the Mariposa Land Port of Entry began in 2009, and the project was finished in August 2014. As one of the busiest land ports, it sees more than five million privately owned and commercial vehicles per year and accounts for 37 percent of the fresh produce imported into the U.S. from Mexico, making it the primary produce distribution point on the southern border. According to Traci Madison, the regional public affairs officer and communications manager, “As one of General Service Administration’s (GSA) largest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects, expansion and modernization of the port aids CBP [Customs and Border Protection] in more effectively performing their mission by improving efficiency, security and safety for officers and the traveling public.” The award-winning design took into account how important water sustainability is in the desert. With a monsoon season that includes heavy rainfall and also many months of nearly zero precipitation, the campus is designed to harvest rainwater when available. A one-million-gallon storage

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tank supplies water for landscaping, and irrigation controllers communicate with real-time weather data to ensure water is available for the entire year. Project designers used concrete, steel and glass as the primary materials to ensure minimum maintenance over the long term. The design and materials used were created to utilize thermal efficiency along with state-of-the-art lighting control systems to help reduce energy usage by 35 percent. Contractors were able to accomplish an astounding 97 percent waste diversion by redirecting recyclable materials to remanufacturing plants. Madison stated that “GSA strategically uses the resources that we have to carry out the agency mission to spur economic development among our small- and medium-sized enterprises and within communities across the nation. These practices have contributed to reducing our environmental footprint, creating valuable savings, and serving the communities where we reside in a positive way.” For more information on the Mariposa Land Port of Entry, visit gsa.gov/portal/category/105623. Kamilla Graham is an Arizona native and avid NPR listener who enjoys rediscovering the world with her kids and husband. Images courtesy of Jones Studio, Inc. Read more articles on innovation at greenlivingaz.com/innovation

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patients. A woman’s future is changed by a horse who needed her. An unwanted Newfoundland becomes a lifeguard, and sometimes takes matters into his own, um, paws. And you’ll read stories of animals helping creatures of other species, which is common because, after all, “The love between humans and their animals constitutes an interspecies relationship, too,” according to the book. If you share your life with an animal, you already know who takes care of whom in your relationship. In “Love, Animals & Miracles” readers probably won’t mind the anthropomorphizing that a few chapters contain, but there’s a new-age tone throughout much of the book, so be warned. Hippie vibes aside, what pet lover can resist a good animal story? Not you, which is why you need “Love, Animals & Miracles.” Start it, and be prepared to love your furry family member even more. Terri Schlichenmeyer, also known as “The Bookworm,” is a professional book reviewer. Terri has been reading since she was three years old, and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives in Wisconsin with her two dogs and 14,000 books. For more book reviews visit greenlivingaz.com/bookreviews

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BREWERIES

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rizona Beer Week is one of the busiest and most fun weeks across the Valley. Grab your mugs, string up your pretzel necklaces, and get ready for the many tasty events around the state. This year, Arizona Beer Week kicks off on Thursday, February 11 and runs through Saturday, February 20. Beer enthusiasts and the entire food and beverage community are anxiously waiting to see what the participating breweries, restaurants and craft beer retailers have in store for this beer-centric celebration involving over 150 events across the state.

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One of the biggest events of the week is the annual Strong Beer Festival. Held Saturday, February 13 at Steele Indian School Park, the crowd-pleasing event will host more than 400 craft beer varieties. Other highlights around town during the week will include a beer and chocolate pairing at Flagstaff’s Lumberyard Brewing Company, a Parti-Gras-type event celebrating The Perch’s second anniversary in Chandler, the 7th Annual Valentine’s Day Cruiser Ride starting at TT’s Roadhouse, a Spelling Bee(r) at Tucson’s Tap and Bottle and the unveiling of the first-ever all-women-brewed beer in Arizona.

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bamboo FROM TAP TO THE TOP: HELPING ARIZONANS FIND OUT WHERE THEIR BEER (AND WATER) REALLY COMES FROM For one local craft brewery, Arizona Beer Week isn’t just about selling beer. SanTan Brewing Company is doing a bit more for the community this year by giving back in a big way. SanTan, along with Crescent Crown Distributing, is teaming up with the Northern Arizona Forest Fund, the National Forest Foundation and Salt River Project (SRP) to help Arizonans find out just where their beer and water sources really come from. The program, called From Tap to the Top (TaptoTop for short), is giving residents of Arizona a chance to know all about the watersheds that supply the water that makes the beer that will be flowing. SRP works closely with the Northern Arizona Forest Fund on the health of our forests, as the water in SRP’s system starts as snow in the forests of northern Arizona. The health of the forests directly impacts the quality and sustainability of our shared water supply. According to Marcus Selig, the interim president of the National Forest Foundation, this campaign has been a work in progress for many months. “The collaboration with SanTan Brewery has been awesome,” said Selig. “We first made a video which is now available on the website, taptotop.org, and now we are unveiling the program for residents during Arizona Beer Week. This has been a lot of fun for both us and the folks at SanTan. It has been exciting to see not only that the company gets it, but they really do care about the watershed and where things are coming from on the environmental end.” Selig says teaming with SanTan has been a complete partnership throughout the process. “[SanTan owner] Anthony [Canecchia] wants to do his part on this, seeing his passion on it is really great. He is a super passionate guy to begin with when it comes to making beer, and to see him be just as passionate about this TaptoTop program, has been a lot of fun for us,” said Selig. “At SanTan we believe the health of the forest of Northern Arizona is represented in every glass of beer that we serve,” Canecchia said in the TaptoTop video. Delicious beer starts with quality water, and it’s important to know where this water comes from and to help keep it clean. The slogan for the TaptoTop campaign is “Local beer, reliable water, healthy forests” and that really resonates with SanTan Brewery and everyone else involved. Starting in March, for every case of beer SanTan sells, $1.00 will be contributed to the Northern Arizona Forest Fund. The hope is to eventually create a specialty beer named after the fund itself. For more information on TaptoTop, log on to taptotop.org. For the full list of events during Arizona Beer Week, visit arizonabeerweek.com. Gretchen Pahia has 15 years experience in both media and public relations and is an award-­ winning television news producer in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Portland. Gretchen is a native to Arizona, born and raised in Phoenix, and a graduate of Northern Arizona University. She lives in the Phoenix metro area with her husband, their two children and their dog.

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BACKYARD LOVE  NESTS:   SWEETWATER BUNGALOWS BY DAVID M. BROWN

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“More fans means more collaboration, more participation, more education, more recycling, more composting…and more opportunity to make a huge difference.” Participation from fans, vendors, players and tournament sponsors has helped the tournament solidify its status as the “Greenest Show on Grass” for its educational and inspirational sustainable initiatives. Recycling is a critical element of the tournament’s success and something everyone can do outside of the tournament. Waste Management uses the tournament as a platform for recycling education and passing along tips for recycling right. Three 40-yard dumpsters are transformed into interactive “Zero Waste Stations” to educate and engage fans about the importance of recycling on and off the course. They’re staffed with local volunteers who answer questions and teach fans how to adopt sustainable practices in their homes and in the community. Fans can also participate in an interactive game for a chance to win prizes. On Saturday, February 6, the tournament invites everyone to participate in the sixth annual GREEN OUT DAY. Players and fans are encouraged to wear green to showcase their support for the environment, the community, and all that Waste Management is doing to solidify the tournament’s status as not only the greenest event on the PGA TOUR, but also the most charitable. For every person who wears green on Saturday, The Thunderbirds will donate “green” to three charities including Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s “Change the Course,” Arizona Recycling Coalition, and the Arizona Chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America (AZ SWANA). Everyone who embraces the mission of the tournament becomes an ambassador for sustainability. For a tournament that draws as many fans as the Waste Management Phoenix Open, that’s a lot of ambassadors! For more information on the Waste Management Open, visit wmphoenixopen.com. Morgan O’Crotty is a Sr. Account Executive with The Artigue Agency, the agency of record for Waste Management.

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n bustling Wall Street in New York City, there sits a quiet slice of luxury – The Setai Spa. If you’re looking for a lavish Valentine’s Day getaway beyond Arizona, embark on a romantic journey to The Big Apple, and put The Setai Spa at the top of your list for some serious R&R. Warm up with these spa packages to thaw out from the chilly New York snow scene. Indulge in the Fleur De Rose couple’s massage special for Valentine’s Day featuring MOROCCANOIL products, which utilize argan oil rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Relax in your private Serenity Suite enjoying flights of champagne and gourmet chocolates while soaking in a warm rose and argan oil bath. A soothing SETAI SERENITY SUITE 60-minute body and scalp massage will follow, complete with aromatherapy. Escape a Deux is another signature couple’s destinations such as Bora Bora, Egypt, India, China massage experience. This decadent retreat starts with a and others. Traditional facials, waxing and manicures 90-minute dual massage, followed by private access to the and pedicures are also available, in addition to more Aqua Grotto, a unique hydrotherapy treatment. A postunconventional treatments such as Infused Gem Water, which massage scrub awaits with aromatherapy, body salts and includes actual gemstones, utilizing the vibrational energies to essential oils. Finish off the experience with champagne and reinvigorate the body. chocolates while lolling in the Thermal lounge. LUX & ECO, an online ecommerce website featuring Your long-distance getaway will be further enhanced only luxury eco-conscious products, is partnering with The with additional body treatments inspired by world travel Setai and educating them on how to continue greening their business by using organic linens and skin care, and integrating alternative and holistic treatments. The Setai Spa features the LUX & ECO Collection of eco-friendly health and wellness products, so you know you’re in good hands. If you are not able to venture to New York this Valentine’s Day, mark your calendar for a special wellness event series hosted by LUX & ECO on The Setai rooftop this summer. To learn more about The Setai Spa and their offerings, visit setaispany.com. For more information on LUX & ECO, visit luxandeco.com. Find more travel destinations at greenlivingaz.com/travel

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Beautiful centerpieces from Southwest Gardener at The Newton.

January launch party Thank you to those who braved the rain to attend our January Launch Party at The Newton in Phoenix. It was a wonderful evening in a fabulous adaptive-­reuse space ¾OOHGZLWKOLNHPLQGHGSHRSOH Don’t miss our upcoming parties: February 10: Halle Heart Children’s Museum, 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe March 4: Copenhagen Imports, 1701 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix March 16: Copenhagen Imports, 3660 E. Fort Lowell Rd., Tucson Find more info at greenlivingaz.com/party and greenlivingaz.com/tucsonparty

A packed house!

Kenja Hassan and Benjamin Taylor Delicious appetizers from Southern Rail

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A big shout-out to our sponsors from the party: Host: The Newton Title Sponsor: Venue Projects/Kitchell-­Perez Sponsors: Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival Borderlands Brewing Company Pedal Haus Brewery Keep Arizona Beautiful Recycled City Southern Rail Veronica Bahn Essential Oils Photography by Mackenzie Cushine

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RECIPES

FISH EN PAPILLOTE RECIPE COURTESY OF LISA KHNANISHO, OWNER OF TRYST CAFĂ&#x2030; IN PHOENIX PHOTO COURTESY OF FOOD NETWORK

THIS DELICATE AND SAVORY entree is versatile, as the ingredients can easily include your favorites. Visit the restaurant on Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day to experience the dish, or make it at home for you and your beloved. INGREDIENTS R]žVKžOHWV (I recommend one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit heartier, like halibut.) 1 cup julienned veggies such as zucchini, yellow squash, carrots or asparagus spears 6 thinly sliced citrus wheels, lemon or orange 7EVSEXWWHU VOLFHGDQGSODFHGDORQJWKHžOHW

Herbs (again, your favorite: i.e. rosemary, sage, chives, etc.) Fresh squeeze of garlic Salt and pepper Parchment paper for wrapping

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DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Cut a 15 x 15 inch piece of parchment paper. Cut parchment paper into a heart shape, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so inclined, or leave it as a square. 3ODFH\RXUžVKžOHWDQGDOOLQJUHGLHQWVRQRQHVLGHRIWKH parchment paper. 4. Fold over the other half of the parchment paper and tightly roll or fold the edges to ensure no juices leak out while cooking. 5. Place package on a baking sheet. %DNHIRUPLQXWHVRUXQWLOWKHžVKLVFRRNHGWKURXJK 7. Carefully and delicately tear open the parchment to release the steam. The steam will be very hot, so be cautious! 8. You may serve the dish in the parchment paper or remove and plate your entree. 9. Serve with a simple starch like white or brown rice, quinoa, baked potato, mashed potatoes, sweet potato, etc. 10. Enjoy!

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ZOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CHOPPED SALAD

RECIPE AND IMAGE COURTESY OF PICAZZOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ORGANIC ITALIAN KITCHEN

THIS NUTRITIOUS CHOPPED SALAD is a great starter for your 9DOHQWLQHœV'D\PHDOžOOHGZLWKFUXQFK\PDFDGDPLDQXWVVPRRWK avocado and sweet corn and topped with tangy Italian dressing. Modify it to your liking! INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cups chopped spinach 4 Tbsp black olives 4 Tbsp cooked quinoa 2 oz grilled, chopped chicken (if desired)

2 Tbsp macadamia nuts 4 Tbsp diced tomatoes Âź diced avocado 4 Tbsp sweet corn Creamy Italian dressing, to your liking

DIRECTIONS 1. Lay chopped spinach in a shallow bowl to create a bed for the other ingredients. 2. Starting from one side of the bowl, layer the macadamia nuts over the spinach, creating a linear form. 3. Repeat the process with the other ingredients, moving to the other side of the bowl with chicken, quinoa, tomatoes, corn, black olives and then avocado. 4. Pour a side of the creamy Italian dressing into a small dish and serve with your salad.

OLIVE OIL LEMON CAKE RECIPE AND IMAGE COURTESY OF FLOWER CHILD RESTAURANT

THESE ADORABLE LEMON CAKESDUHWKHSHUIHFWžQLVKWR\RXU9DOHQWLQHœV'D\PHDO 0DNHWKHPJOXWHQIUHHE\XVLQJJOXWHQIUHH¿RXURUXVHZKROHZKHDW¿RXUIRUH[WUDžEHU INGREDIENTS 3 whole eggs 1 ½³ cups evaporated cane sugar 4 tsp lemon zest ÊRXQFHVFRFRQXWPLON ÊFXSZDWHU ž cup evaporated cane sugar ž tsp baking soda

1 Ÿ tsp vanilla paste 1 cup extra-­virgin olive oil 3 ½ Tbsp lemon juice  IUHVKO\MXLFHGDQGVWUDLQHG  ÊFXSVJOXWHQIUHH¿RXU RU¿RXURI\RXUFKRLFH  ž tsp kosher salt 1 tsp baking powder

DIRECTIONS 1. In the bowl of an electric mixer or with a hand mixer, combine eggs, vanilla and ÊFXSVVXJDU:KLSIRUDSSUR[LPDWHO\PLQXWHVXQWLO¿XII\ ³ 2. In a separate bowl, combine oil, zest, juice, coconut milk and water. Slowly add to mixer until fully incorporated. ,QDVHSDUDWHERZOFRPELQH¿RXUÏFXSVVXJDUVDOWVRGDDQGSRZGHUWRJHWKHU Mix until well incorporated. $GG¿RXUPL[WXUHWRWKHZHWPL[WXUHLQWKLUGVPL[LQJXQWLOFRPELQHGEHIRUH each addition. 6SUD\DQGVXJDUFRDWPXIžQSDQVSRXUWKHEDWWHUHYHQO\LQWRHDFKRSHQLQJ 6. Bake in a 315-­degree oven for 13 minutes. Rotate pan and cook an additional 13 minutes on the low heat setting. 7. Cool completely before unmolding from the pans. Makes 12 cakes greenlivingaz.com

FOR  THE  GLAZE: INGREDIENTS 1 cup organic powdered sugar 1 tsp fresh squeezed and strained lemon juice ¿XLGR]FRFRQXWPLON DIRECTIONS 1. Whisk ingredients together until smooth. Wait until cakes are cooled before drizzling the glaze over them.

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EVENTS

GREEN SCENES

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FEBRUARY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

2/5-­7 Glendale Chocolate Affaire

2/20 Carefree Desert Gardens Seminar Series

2/28 Party Safari

CENTRAL ARIZONA

February 5-­7 GLENDALE CHOCOLATE AFFAIRE Friday, 5 p.m.-­10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-­10 p.m. Sunday, noon-­5 p.m. Murphy Park 58th Ave. and Glendale Ave. Visit the 21st annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire, presented by local Cerreta Candy Company. In addition to 40 chocolate vendors, visit Green Livingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s booth in the Arizona SciTech area to taste delicious no-­bake vegan FKRFRODWHWUXIÂżHV7KHHYHQWLVIUHH glendaleaz.com/events

February 10 GREEN LIVING LAUNCH PARTY 5:30 p.m.-­7:30 p.m. Halle Heart Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe Join us for our February Issue Launch Party at Halle Heart Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum. Meet and mingle with other like-­ minded people in the green community and enjoy appetizers and drinks from local vendors. Also learn more about Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s From Tap to the Top campaign and donate to the 50/50 UDIÂżHEHQHžWLQJWKH1DWLRQDO)RUHVW )RXQGDWLRQQRQSURžW3OHDVH56937KH cost to attend is $12.00 online, $15.00 at the door. greenlivingaz.com/party

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February 10-­28 HOTEL SAGUARO AT ARIZONA PUPPET THEATER Wednesday-­Friday, 10:00 a.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, 2:00 p.m. Great Arizona Puppet Theater 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix The Great Arizona Puppet Theater will be performing Hotel Saguaro, SUHVHQWLQJWKHVLJQLžFDQFHRIWKH saguaro desert and the animals that inhabit it. This fun event is suitable for NLGVžYHDQGROGHUZLWKDQDGPLVVLRQ price of $7.00 to $10.00. azpuppets.org

February 20 CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS SEMINAR SERIES 9:30 a.m.-­11:30 a.m. Town Council Chambers 100 Easy St., Carefree Darren Julian joins the Carefree Desert Gardens Seminar Series to discuss Living with Urban Wildlife, exploring uncommon and common wildlife encounters in municipal landscapes, as ZHOODVKHOSLQJVROYHZLOGOLIHFRQ¿LFWV statewide. Julian has a degree from ASU in Wildlife Conservation Biology and has been with the department for 15 years. carefree.org

February 20 EDIBLE DESERT EXPERIENCE Noon Live on Central 702 N. Central Ave., Phoenix Attend the Edible Desert Experience at Live on Central where you can grind \RXURZQPHVTXLWH¿RXUWDVWHIUHVK empanadas baked hot from a wood-­ žUHGRYHQH[SHULHQFH$UL]RQDDUWVDQG crafts, food, wine, medicines, music and performances. A seven-­course dinner with wine pairings will be served by James Beard Foundation recognized Chef Rob Connoley. Contact Jeffrey Lazos-­Ferns at 602-­299-­9576 for more information and for dinner reservations. greenlivingaz.com/edibledesert

February 28 PARTY SAFARI 4:00 p.m.-­7:30 p.m. Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix The Phoenix Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Party Safari is a family-­friendly event that will include exclusive animal encounters, food and beverage sampling, entertainment and live music, green activities and much more. Entry prices vary. phoenixzoo.org

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2/6 Gardening for Newcomers

2/11-­14 Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival

2/20 Desert Survival

NORTHERN ARIZONA

February 6 GARDENING FOR NEWCOMERS 9:30 a.m.-­10:30 a.m. Watters Garden Center 1815 Iron Springs Rd., Prescott Unlock the secrets to gardening success and increase the fruits of your labor with this informative class. Perfect for those who are new to gardening! Participants are welcome to bring a soil sample and $10.00 to receive a pH test and advice on ways to mend the garden. wattersgardencenter.com

February 11-­14 FLAGSTAFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL Times vary The Orpheum Theater 15 W. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff The 2016 Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival will highlight 85 inspiring and thought-­provoking social, environmental, and adventure-­related RXWGRRUžOPVIURPDURXQGWKHZRUOG -RLQRWKHURXWGRRUDQGžOPHQWKXVLDVWV and enjoy what Flagstaff has to offer. ¿DJVWDIIPRXQWDLQžOPVRUJ

February 20 DESERT SURVIVAL 10:00 a.m.-­11:00 a.m. Sophieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Flat 216 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg Survival in the desert is essential, but it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always second nature. Learn basic 24-­hour emergency desert survival skills, what to pack in a survival NLWKRZWRSURSHUO\EXLOGDžUHDQG shelter, and how to signal for help in case of danger. This event is geared towards adults and students. wickenburgtrails.org

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February 4

February 24

GREEN BUILDING LECTURE

USGBC HEAVY MEDALS AWARDS

7:00 p.m.-­8:30 p.m. Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale Join urban gardeners as they share WKHEHQHžWVRIJURZLQJKHDOWK\IRRG KHUEVIUXLWWUHHVDQGHGLEOH¿RZHUVLQ the desert. Learn about the planting and harvesting season, as well as how simple it is to raise hens in your own backyard. No reservation necessary. This event is free. scottsdaleaz.gov/events

11:00 a.m.-­1:00 p.m. City of Phoenix Civic Plaza 33 S. 3rd St., Phoenix USGBC Arizona presents the 4th Annual Heavy Medals Banquet at the Phoenix Plaza. This award recognizes building owners and their teams in achieving the /(('FHUWLžFDWLRQXOWLPDWHO\FUHDWLQJD healthy environment for the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s occupants and for the community. Jim Hansen, Columbia University professor in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, will guest speak at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s banquet. Attendance prices vary. usgbcaz.org/heavy-­medals

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February 25-­28 EARTH HARMONY SUSTAINABILITY SEMINAR Times vary Avalon Gardens 2074 Pendleton Dr., Tumacacori Avalon Organic Gardens and EcoVillage invites all to join in on a creative approach to community growth and cultural improvement. This seminar is intended to teach people about sustainability through useful advice, as well as share how the earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resources are being misused and ways to help this issue. The cost of the seminar is $700.00. Organic meals and lodging will be provided. Missionaries and agricultural workers qualify for discounts. avalongardens.org/events

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EVENTS

2/7 Inaugural Sabino Canyon Bike Ride

2/12-­14 The Other Animal Exhibition

2/27-­28 18th Annual Yuma Lettuce Days Agri-­Culinary Festival

SOUTHERN ARIZONA

February 7 INAUGURAL SABINO CANYON BIKE RIDE 6:00 a.m.-­1:00 p.m. Meet at the Bashaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on 6900 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson Bike Ride Arizona is hosting an inaugural 66-­mile bike ride along Ina Road and into Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon where riders will see some breathtaking sights. The main road ascends from 2,800 to IHHWZKLFKÂŤFULVVFURVVÂŤ6DELQR&UHHN over nine stone bridges. Waterfalls and ÂżRZLQJFUHHNVPD\DOVREHSUHVHQWDV well as wildlife. The cost to participate is $120.00. bikeridearizona.com

February 12-­14 THE OTHER ANIMAL EXHIBITION 10:00 a.m.-­2:00 p.m. Arizona-­Sonora Desert Museum 2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson The public is invited to have their portrait taken by visiting artist Tom Styrkowicz at the Arizona-­Sonora Desert Museum for inclusion in a Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekend performance and photography exhibit. Experience is free with museum admission. desertmuseum.org

February 27-­28 18TH ANNUAL YUMA LETTUCE DAYS AGRI-CULINARY FESTIVAL University of Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yuma Agricultural Center 6485 W. 8th St., Yuma University of Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yuma Agricultural Center is celebrating the local agricultural industry. The 18th Annual Yuma Lettuce Days Festival will include cooking demonstrations, cooking challenges, agricultural/ culinary exhibits, kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, Yumaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Recipe Box Tasting Event, agriculture tours by local growers, and much more. yumalettucedays.com

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HEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GREEN SHEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GREEN DELICIOUS DESSERTS Product reviews by our eco-­conscious couple John and Jennifer Burkhart Whether the romance of February 14th is something that you look forward to or dread, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still no better day to indulge in some delicious desserts. We reviewed some eco-­friendly ice cream so you can satisfy your sweet tooth! LUNA AND LARRYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COCONUT BLISS | SUMMER BERRY SWIRL HE  SAID:  I am an ice cream junkie. So, if I ever become lactose intolerant (knock on wood) I would probably turn to Coconut Bliss to JHWP\ž[7KLVLFHFUHDPZDVVPRRWKDQGVZHHWDQGWKHEHUU\VZLUO DGGHGDQLFHIUXLW\DIWHUWDVWH7KLVZDVGHžQLWHO\P\IDYRULWHRIWKH non-­dairy bunch that we sampled.

SHE  SAID:  I love how this is creamy like ice cream, but without all those extra calories! Although Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have named it â&#x20AC;&#x153;vanilla coconutâ&#x20AC;? because there just werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough sweet berry swirls for my taste. Even so, it made a perfect a la mode to my apple pie.

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STEVEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ICE CREAM | SALTY CARAMEL HE  SAID:  Sorry to say, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just no replacing the real deal for me. Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LFHFUHDPZDVDVVPRRWKDVVLONDQGKDGDZRQGHUIXOFDUDPHOÂżDYRUDQGMXVW a hint of salt. Now, I know that cutting out dairy and beef is one of the best ways to help the ozone, but this is one product Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just not going to be able to give up. Darn you, ice cream! Why must you be so good?!

SHE  SAID: If frozen coconut milk just isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your thing, treat your tummy and the planet by choosing ice cream made from the milk of small-­farm grass-­fed cows. Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has the market covered with this amazing treat. Every spoonful was a super creamy, caramel-­y bite of heaven.

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JULIEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ORGANIC | MORE CHOCOLATE HE  SAID:  Chocolate to the rescue! Got some watery coconut ice cream you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to do with? Throw a ton of chocolate in it! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bold strategy, and in Julieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, it worked. The chocolate ÂżDYRUZDVTXLWHJRRGDQGWKHGDUNFKRFRODWHÂżDNHVKHOSHGWRPDVN the icy consistency.

SHE  SAID:  Julieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s makes some delicious desserts, but sadly, this wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t among the best of them. I enjoyed the rich FKRFRODWHÂżDYRUDQGWLQ\FKRFRODWHFKLSVEXWLWZDVYHU\LF\ Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a personal preference, but I prefer my non-­dairy ice cream to be creamy.

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AMYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S KITCHEN | VANILLA HE  SAID:  Amyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has raised the coconut ice cream bar with this one. ,WZDVVXSHUVPRRWKOLJKWDQGÂżXII\ZKLFKPHDQVWKH\PXVWKDYH ZKLSSHGLWZKLSSHGLWJRRG,WKDGDELWRIWKHIURVW\žQLVKWKDW,ÂśYH FRPHWRH[SHFWIURPFRFRQXWLFHFUHDPEXWLWZDVGHžQLWHO\ODFNLQJLQ YDQLOODÂżDYRU,ÂśGUHODEHOWKLVRQHDVZHHWFUHDP He gave it:

SHE  SAID:  Amyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s did a good job making a creamy coconut milk ice cream. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as icy as the others we tried. And as plain as vanilla can be, I thought this was really good. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d GHžQLWHO\EHLQWHUHVWHGLQWU\LQJPRUHÂżDYRUVE\$P\ÂąVKHÂśV on to something!

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VIXEN KITCHEN | CHAI & I HE  SAID:  I do enjoy a hot chai on a cold day, and I quite like a smooth gelato on a hot day. But there was a mystery afoot with this chai gelato. The chai ¿DYRUZDVJRRGEXWWKHWH[WXUHZDVLF\DQGLWKDGDFKDONOLNHžQLVK6RE\ using the power of deduction, I can conclude that the cashews are the real villain that killed this sweet treat! Elementary, my dear readers...elementary.

SHE  SAID:  Cashew milk ice cream? Now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting FUHDWLYH7KLVKDGDPXFKPLOGHUEDVHXQOLNHÂżDYRUIXO coconut milk, but it still lacked the creamy texture of real PLON:KHQ,FRXOGDFWXDOO\WDVWHLWWKH&KDLÂżDYRUZDV spot on, but overall, it was way too bland.

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The yogitoes towel by Manduka is grippy and absorbent and made from recycled bottles. Simply place the bumpy side of the towel face-­down on your yoga mat and begin stretching. The towel keeps you from sliding on your mat during downward facing dog, and catches your sweat so you don’t slip in warrior II. $68.00 MANDUKA.COM

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Looking for a way to clean up your pup and keep them smelling nice between baths? Try Eco Dog Care’s Simply Clean Dog Shampoo and Simply Fresh Between Bath Spray. Both products are made with moisturizers like argan oil and pest repellants like lemongrass and neem oil. They’re sure to make you and your dog happy! $14.95 ECO-DOG-CARE.MYSHOPIFY.COM

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“B of Love” Lip Gloss is a fuchsia-­colored balm made by Modern Minerals Makeup in collaboration with Lotus Wei. The best thing about this product? It’s made with vegetable butters and essential oils. The second best thing? It isn’t tacky on the lips! $24.00 MODERNMINERALSMAKEUP.COM

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Protecting  Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Backyard Unite  â&#x20AC;˘  Restore  â&#x20AC;˘  Sustain  â&#x20AC;˘  Engage

Founded  by  Congress  in  1991

the  National  Forest  Foundation

enhances wildlife habitat, revitalizes ZLOGĂ&#x20AC;UHGDPDJHGODQGVFDSHV

restores watersheds,

and improves recreational

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across  Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  193-­â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x2018;million-­â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x2018;acre  

National  Forest  System.  

Developed by the Salt River Project and the National Forest Foundation, the Northern Arizona Forest Fund (NAFF) provides an easy way for businesses and residents of Arizona to invest in the lands and watersheds they depend on. NAFF projects will: â&#x20AC;˘ UHGXFHZLOGĂ&#x20AC;UHULVN â&#x20AC;˘ improve streams and wetlands, â&#x20AC;˘ enhance wildlife habitat, â&#x20AC;˘ restore native plants, and limit erosion and sediment into Arizona streams, rivers, and reservoirs.

The projects will also create jobs and provide volunteer opportunities in local communities through partnerships with local conservation and stewardship groups.

Learn more at nationalforests.org


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