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September 2017 Publisher’s Note


t is our Urban Design issue again, and we are celebrating our seventh anniversary too! It is hard to believe it has been seven years since Green Living produced our first issue. We want to thank everyone for giving your support and the chance to make a difference in the eco-conscious community. We have been blessed to work with amazing clients, readers, writers, photographers, graphic designers, artists, videographers, partners and friends. We have created amazing relationships with the community. For those who are part of our green tribe and attend our monthly launch parties, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude. For those who are new to the magazine, join us! Our monthly launch parties exist to promote community and are a wonderful way to mix and mingle with other like-minded, sustainable and eco-conscious people in the green industry. We had our first Simple Solutions Summit in 2016 and would love it if you generate change by making a simple solution — we often underestimate the importance of the little things we do every day. What are the simple solutions you implement in your life? Here are seven simple solutions that you can start today. 1. Mix vinegar in with your laundry detergent instead of using dryer sheets 2. Switch your plastic containers to glass 3. Put lemon juice in your dishwasher instead of dishwashing detergent 4. Switch to vegan, organic skincare products 5. Mix baking soda and water, and apply as a salve to relieve insect bites 6. Eat organic fruits and vegetables 7. Save rubber bands from produce and reuse in your house Please send us your simple solutions. We will celebrate seven years by sharing your simple solutions weekly. We are excited for the upcoming years!

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ost people have heard of World Health Day, celebrated on April 7 since 1950, and World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5 since 1974; but few know about World Environmental Health Day, celebrated on September 26 since 2011. In fact, neither the day nor the organization that proposed it — the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) — has its own Wikipedia page. You may even be wondering whether environmental health concerns the environment or health or the health of the environment, and what the point of another (perhaps redundant) awareness day is. Well, it turns out that environmental health relates to both public health and environmental protection but distinguishes itself through its focus. While public health concerns the well-being of humans and environmental protection concerns the well-being of the environment — incidentally to safeguard the health of future generations of humans — environmental health concerns the impact of external factors of the natural and built environment on public health. Considering that the World Health Organization (WHO) stated in March this year that “more than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments,” a day spreading awareness about aspects of the environment that can affect your health could not be any more vital. The IFEH has announced 2017’s theme to be “indoor and outdoor air quality.” This is especially relevant considering that the WHO states that “more than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits.” Peter Archer, IFEH president, mentioned in a statement that Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, launched a global campaign to combat air pollution this year, calling it the “major public health issue of our generation.” He also stated that Chan said “the dangers of failing to control all forms of air pollution were much greater than the risks caused by diseases such as Ebola and HIV AIDS.” Various factors contribute to air pollution. Climate change, for one, related to increasing carbon dioxide levels, and combined with the consequent increase in temperature, fosters pollen growth associated with elevated occurrences of asthma in children. Industrial air pollution, smoky air from unclean fuels, organic pollutants, improperly recycled electronic and electrical wastes, lead paints and

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chemical pesticides are some of the factors that have a direct impact on health. Furthermore, these can assimilate into the food chain, causing widespread damage indirectly. So, how can this problem be mitigated? Considering that most of the environmental health concerns we face stem from anthropogenic sources under our control, those should be our priorities. For big business and heavy industries, whose carbon management has a great impact on environmental health, monitoring and reducing their carbon footprint can help along with the reduction in the use of harmful chemicals and safe disposal of hazardous waste. Industrial agriculture should stop using toxic pesticides that not only harm the air quality directly but also serve as contaminants to consumers of the produced crops. For urban designers, building green and energy-efficient buildings and homes also ensures better air quality and cuts carbon emissions. Unsafe building materials, paints and varnishes should be eliminated; safe water sanitation and hygiene should be ensured; and heating and cooking systems should use clean fuels — a revolution the automobile industry has already begun. On a larger scale, urban planners should create more parks, community gardens and other green spaces; and cycling should be encouraged with safer and more numerous paths. Public transport should be increased and carpooling encouraged, thereby reducing emissions. In essence, everyone can play a role in safeguarding environmental health. Whether you represent a large company or just yourself, you can do your part in protecting our current and future generations. Do not make an excuse because you do not think you will have an impact in the overall scheme of things. Instead, spread awareness this World Environmental Health Day and make others understand how living green is beneficial to them — your role is more important than you think. Bharat Venkatesh is a Tempe journalist who believes spreading awareness about the importance of sustainability should be part of every journalist’s ethical goal to seek the truth and report it. Find more health & wellness articles at

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rizona is more than just incredible desert landscape and energetic cities. There is also local history that surrounds us every day. Arizona’s legends and legacies are woven into our modern world, inseparable in every way. This weaving of the past and the present can be seen in the Cattle Track Arts Compound, located in Scottsdale. In the early years of Arizona statehood, Janie Ellis Jones’ parents, George and Rachael, met on a picnic. Her mother was a teacher, and her father arrived as part of the first geological survey. As Janie fondly tells it, soon they were buying land to keep her mother’s pack of greyhound pups out of trouble. On this land, George Ellis built a small house using the hard redwood that he had salvaged from the older water pipelines. Eventually, the property was grown to include several adobe houses, and the family drilled a well. Five of the original structures are still standing as part of the current grounds of Cattle Track. The buildings have all been added to the national register of historic places. The property and neighborhood quickly attracted like-minded people and became a haven for artists. Many of the artists are well-known for their contributions to art, design, architecture and more. Artists such as Phillip C. Curtis, Dee Flagg, Vernon Swaback and Nancy Kitchell all are part of the Cattle Track Arts Compound legacy. To this day, Janie continues to work on preserving art and history in Arizona as a member of the Cattle Tracks Arts and Preservation (CTAP)

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Board. Her love and excitement for the history and the future of the program is infectious. Now a nonprofit, Cattle Track continues to provide a place for creativity and to encourage the arts and culture in Scottsdale. Many artists use studio space full time. Plus, there are guest quarters for artists who are visiting Arizona. You can go anytime to visit Cattle Track and explore the work of the artists. Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa recently partnered with Cattle Track to provide artist’s works within the hotel rooms. Artist Mary van Dusen, whose pottery studio is located at Cattle Track, is responsible for many of the serving pieces at the resort. Andaz also has an immersive Artist in Residence program, and weekly artist rotations create an ever-new art experience for guests when they are checking in Visitors of Cattle Track will not find just one medium of art being explored. Artists of every style and genre have made their home here. From tactile to sketches, from music to printing, it is a place that creativity is harnessed and free to be. Janie, the Board, and the artists are protecting an Arizona legacy while also continuously cultivating art for the future. To learn more about the schedule of events, visit the website at Kamilla Graham is an Arizona native and avid NPR listener who enjoys rediscovering the world with her kids and husband. Read more arts and entertainment articles at

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reativity, luxurious leisure and the blending of indoor and outdoor gardens highlight the top 10 sustainable landscaping trends for 2017. The modern and the bohemian, the old and the new, the traditional and the modern can enhance a spirited landscaped silhouette with differing shapes, WANDA materials, colors and furnishings. Calming colors MILLS-BOCACHICA this year are deep green, white, charcoal, gray and deep purple. Fixtures could include lounging daybeds, lots of colorful cushions, intimate fireplaces, dark wood fencing, river rocks and bright foliage. Low landscaping maintenance and the use of smart technology encourage a more efficient landscaping culture. Outdoor Living Outdoor living trends are maximizing space by creating private, lush backyard “staycation” escapes within outdoor residential lots surrounded by mature trees, shrubbery and verdant backdrops. Landscaping scenarios include spa-like lounging areas with sunken patios, lotus ponds and the feeling of walking on water; sophisticated backyard barbeques with trailing vines and perennial flowers; linear fire pits surrounded by brightly cushioned outdoor seating areas; and a range of accessories including outdoor lanterns, planters, mirrors, lit water fountains, natural privacy screens and ornamental latticework.

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Living Plants Inside and Outside Elegant indoor houseplants are back by reintroducing nature to the interior of homes and workplaces. Indoor plants are mostly purchased in haute décor containers. Outdoors, the trend is toward smaller, more functional lawns with old-fashioned do-it-yourself gardens. Use of Natural Materials Ordering manufactured materials that require long-distance transport is on the decline. Trends are toward softer, organic and less geometric materials including wood, natural stone, iron, wicker and upholstery with the use of natural fabrics. Rocks, boulders and overgrown hedges often create a trend towards extreme naturalism. Mosaic tables of natural stone, ceramic and glass are also a complementary trend, as are recycled materials railway ties, free form decks, compact outdoor furniture and swing seating. Color Blocking Color blocking is the use of vibrant, energetic and highlighting colors that are bright and bold yet simple. This decorative method blends well with the mixed styles and cushion accents, including unexpected florals. Vertical Gardens The installation of vertical gardens is becoming more popular, particularly in smaller outdoor lots where outdoor furnishings can

consume most of the usable space. Planters and plant pockets are attached to vertical walls. Perennial flowers, potted bamboo hedges, ferns and vines could add a light, warm and healthy feeling to the outdoor space. Use of Dwarf Plants The use of dwarf plants is also beneficial for small lots. Smaller scale indulgences could include compact versions of large shrubs, hedges and rose gardens. The plants’ reduced size is at the appropriate scale to provide intimacy in the garden appearance. These plants require little day-to-day maintenance. Blended Gardens with Ornamentals and Edibles The National Gardening Association claims that one in three households with yards is growing its own food. In the blended garden, edible fruits, herbs and veggies mix freely with ornamental plants. Blended gardens combine plants that are beautiful and productive. This double-duty approach to gardening can be most beneficial for smaller lots.

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Natural Dye Gardens Natural dye gardens include plants that are used to make dyes for coloring textiles and yarn. Some natural dye plants include the Japanese indigo, marigold, moonshine yarrow, blue cornflower and the purple basil. Purposeful Pollination Crops most in peril by the declining honeybee population, mostly due to pesticides, are apples, almonds, blueberries, cherries, avocados, cucumbers, onions, grapefruit, oranges and pumpkins. Current trends promote hosting a honeybee hive even in urban areas. Planting nectar-producing plants will attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, which helps to increase the honeybee population, encourages pollination and supports the flourishing of popular fruits and vegetables.


Active Play Spaces for All Ages Creating active play spaces for all ages is also trending. Adult play spaces include dog and pet spaces; intimate outdoor fireplaces; lounging hammocks; and game tables or play courses. Preferences for children include designing active play spaces that stimulate children’s imagination to create and build. Allowances for digging in an environment surrounded by natural plants, rocks and trees is also a preference. Edible vegetable gardens and orchards, chicken coops and beehives remain a trend in sustainable landscaping. Gone, however, are the modern concrete settings, wroughtiron furniture, synthetic wood chairs and the cost of maintaining sprawling manicured lawns. Wanda Mills-Bocachica is a writer and sustainability professional who has a deep passion for reimagining nature, heritage & healing spaces.


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eal kit delivery services are all the rage. But which ones are good, and are there healthy options? There are dozens of meal-in-a-box concepts on the market. Here are a few to consider. All arrived in the heat of an Arizona August, on time, still cold in refrigerated boxes. SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM

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Sun Basket, based out of San Francisco, delivers organic, non-GMO ingredients and was clearly the winner for healthy options. They use fresh, sustainably sourced ingredients (for example, wild-caught Alaska salmon) and have family meal menus — recently co-developed by founder Chef Justine Kelly with Food Network’s Chef Tyler Florence — along with gluten-free, Paleo and vegetarian options. The website is also easy to navigate. The Classic Menu is $11.49 per serving, and you receive three recipes each week. The Family Menu, which serves four, is available in two, three or four recipes each week for $9.99 per serving. The packaging is the most eco-friendly of all the meal-in-a-box options reviewed. As with all meals-in-a-box, everything is premeasured, but Sun Basket’s packaging is 100 percent compostable and recyclable. Instead of recipe cards, they send out a nice recipe booklet. The website includes information about the chefs on the Pacific Coast who supply Chef Kelly with ingredients she sources for every Sun Basket box. For example, Oaktown Spice Shop in Oakland;

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HELLO FRESH Hello Fresh is a German company with offices and distribution in New York. The individual meals — a classic plan or a veggie plan for two or four people, and a family plan for four — are packaged in clearly marked brown paper bags inside the refrigerated box. The first two plans, designed for two or four adults, is $9.99 per serving, while the Family Plan is $8.74 per serving. Hello Fresh ships quality ingredients — organic proteins, fresh

produce. The company has a formal partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, only sourcing seafood caught or farmed in ocean-friendly ways. The recipe cards are easy to read and understand and can walk even the most amateur cook through easy directions. The nutritional info card lists the place of origin of each ingredient. Hello Fresh recently launched a monthly wine box program — six bottles for $89.00. You can pick a delivery date, and the meal cards suggest wine pairings. Recent wines ranged from an Australia blend to a South African Pinotage — not something you routinely pick up at the grocery store.

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GOBBLE A woman-owned Palo Alto, California, company, Gobble creates one-pan meals that take about 10 minutes to cook. Each meal costs $11.95, and every box includes three meal kits (six meals). It is a subscription service, and you will receive a box with three meal kits each week. Gobble sources high-quality local ingredients in Northern California, but produce arrived a bit rumpled. This was possibly due to one major negative: everything came packaged in individual plastic bags inside the refrigerated box. Recipes from Gobble were some of the more creative, featuring options ranging from Korean Bulgogi Tacos with Kimchi (included in a little container) to Chicken Provençal. The weekly menu marks certain options as “Certified Gobble Kid Friendly,” such as Chickpea and Freekeh Fritters with Mediterranean Fattoush Salad.

HOME CHEF Home Chef is a Chicago-based service offering 10 weekly menu options for $9.95 per serving. Unfortunately, they also use plastic bags for individual meals, and there was no information about where the ingredients were sourced. They do offer weekly add-ons for a seasonal fruit basket or a smoothie at $4.95 per serving. The meals seem to range from 20 to 40 minutes, and recipes are on large cards, making them easy to read while cooking. The sirloin steak with garlic-chive butter was good, and the recipe card indicated it needed to be prepared within six days of arrival. However, the grape tomatoes and zucchini would only have lasted a couple of days. That recipe included buttermilk biscuit mix, so probably not organic. It

Love with Food is a subscription snack box service. For each purchase you make, the company donates to a food bank. There are a— number of fun options. You can get small boxes for $7.99 a month ranging up to $19.99 a month. Office plans are also available. No matter which box you choose, everything included is organic or all-natural. Snacks are made without high fructose or corn syrups, hydrogenated oils or trans fats. A gluten-free box is available. This is a great way to discover new snacks. Each box includes coupons to get more of the items you enjoyed. These make great gifts and can be ordered without a subscription and canceled at any time. www. Love with Food: Tasting Box

HOW MEAL DELIVERY SERVICES WORK • Subscription based. • Specifically portioned to feed either two or four people; you choose when you order, and payment is based meal size. • Select menus online each week; order the week ahead. • Average cost for meals, which includes exactly proportioned ingredients for the entire meal, ranges from $10.00 to $15.00 per meal, per person. Susan Lanier-Graham is a Phoenix-based freelance food, wine and travel writer. You can follow her adventures looking for “wow moments” online at

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f decorating with used furniture conjures images of your first apartment after college, it’s time to reconsider. Embracing this trendy concept for your next home-decorating project can save you money—and boost your efforts to live a sustainable lifestyle. Lauren Rosenberg, the owner of Scottsdale’s Lauren Rosenberg Interior Design, has lots of ideas for incorporating repurposed items into home décor. Rosenberg grew up in the interior design industry and gives credit to her mother, Elaine Ryan, a Scottsdale veteran interior designer, for her inspiration. Rosenberg specializes in helping clients build a “collected look” that creates a worldly feel of warmth and character. Often, she uses consignment items to help her clients get that at a fraction of the cost of retail. What is Rosenberg’s number-one tip for decorating with repurposed items? “Just because it’s a deal, that doesn’t mean you should own it,” she says, laughing. “Check with your designer before he or she purchases something on your behalf,” she says more seriously, “There’s no return policy on consignment. Make sure it’s a quality item, but don’t let minor defects stop you from getting the right piece. If it’s repurposed, a little damage can add character.” Recently, she says, “I worked with a well-traveled and sophisticated woman who wanted to decorate her small condo in a way that reflected her tastes and lifestyle. She was also very eco-friendly and had to stick to a smaller budget.” Rosenberg, who describes herself as an expert shopper, put her bargain-hunting skills to work. She combined some of her client’s heirloom pieces with a few select furniture items and accents that perfectly fit the compact space. The results are stunning. The rooms feel like a world traveler’s home, decorated with unique curios as a reminder of her adventures. “My inspiration piece was a gorgeous hand-painted cinnabar and yellow-colored lamp table, which helped determine the color palette of the living room. I also found a sofa with great upholstery, although I re-covered the pillows,” Rosenberg says, describing her approach.” You

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can’t tell, but the couch is solid wood construction. It’s really a quality piece. I reupholstered the chairs to match the sofa, and placed my client’s heirloom chest in the fireplace niche - a very unlikely spot for a wooden chest, but one that worked great! My client is very visual, so I found a beautiful set of botanical prints for the wall.” How do you decide if the cost of restoring a consignment piece is worth paying? Rosenberg’s advice: “Look at the bottom-line costs of restoring an item versus getting a new piece. It’s really a unique decision in every situation that depends upon your goals.” But what about the extra time it takes to shop for the perfect consignment item? Rosenberg bases her fees on the amount of time she estimates it will take to finish the product. “My clients probably spend around 50 to 70 percent less for their projects by using consignment items.” One of the challenges of decorating with consignment items is that selection is limited to what’s available at that time. Rosenberg recommends shopping at estate sales in addition to consignment shops to find the best bargains. “I love what I do,” she says. “Most people don’t consider consignment when they’re decorating, but it is a great way to save money, create a beautiful space and live more sustainably. I hope to help more people decorate with consignment items as they learn what a great choice it is.” To see more of Rosenberg’s work and get a better sense of what consignment design can do, visit Becca Bober has an MBA with an emphasis on sustainability leadership. She has directed a number of corporate sustainability projects and currently produces educational content for online learning systems. She lives in Carefree, Arizona. Find more interior design articles at





elcome to the second of this new monthly column on conscious living and conscious business. Conscious living is about becoming more aware and loving with ourselves, each other, and the world around us. (Also, there is Oneness – but although I grasp the concept in my mind, I still have much to learn, so I won’t KRISTI HALL go there right now.) Conscious living is about putting deeper thought into the impact we are making in our daily lives, moment to moment, thought by thought, choice by choice. It’s a lifelong practice in mindfulness. For me, so far, waking up has been a thrilling, healing and challenging experience. It’s happened through what felt like, at the time, loss and grief and crisis. It’s also happened in quiet, delicious moments when I was inspired by the kindness of a stranger, watching puppies play, or swimming in the ocean. It’s happened through tears of pain and tears of immense gratitude, through belly laughter, and a friend’s long embrace. I’m quite simply delighted to be discovering how expansive and boundless the Universe is. Just imagining it makes me smile and gives me hope. And, as someone who has worshiped achievement for most of my life, intoxicated by grand visions, it can also be frustrating because I have been in such a hurry to “get there.” My passions run deep, and I have rather approached my journey in consciousness like I have most things in life: with gusto, with hunger, with urgency, with a goal to be realized. It’s often exhilarating, but then, because of my style, exhausting.

I share this now because there are many “big” new opportunities and changes brewing in my life. Projects I have been cultivating for years seem to be gaining momentum and taking on a life of their own. New shiny offers are beginning to surface. As happy as I am for the growth, a little voice inside me keeps saying, “Slow down. Stay grounded. Remember what is important. Stay awake.” So, I am listening to that gentle voice in the midst of all that is unfolding and taking time to pause, breathe and reflect. I am learning to be more discerning about whom and what I say yes to, so I can be more thoughtful and engaged with the people and projects I consciously choose. I am remembering the children’s story about the tortoise and the hare and reminding myself that slow and steady progress can win the race, despite my fascination with quantum leaps. I am reminding myself that it’s important to sleep and eat and play because the work will still be there after I am done taking care of myself. I am doing this because at the end of the day, what I achieve will not mean as much to me as living with kindness, presence, love, being there for the people in my life, and savoring each moment. What about you? Have you found that slowing down and being more mindful about your priorities and commitments brings you more fulfillment and success? Email Kristi Hall is an author, speaker, and creator of Conscious Connections, a local community of 6,000 purpose-based business women. Join her community at

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mericans are in a consumptiondriven rat race. Whether it’s houses, cars, trendy vacations, the newest technology or the latest fashion fad, we are distracting ourselves from the painful truth that we are playing this “game of life” in the shallow end of our pool of self. For many of us, this is manifested by staying in jobs ALLYSON R. MALLAH, that don’t feed our passion, provide a sense ACC, CPT of worth, stimulate our minds or nourish our spirits. This can also be caused by ignoring the reality of our relationships, be they friendships, romantic partners or business affiliations that don’t bring value to our lives. Deep down, we know that these choices block our ability to be our best, yet we keep them in our lives. We are hiding from ourselves. Why do we do it? Because it is comfortable, familiar and safe, and change is frightening. Will the uncertain future really be better than the warmth and safety of the nest we are in today? Will taking the risk or making the sacrifice be worth it? The change will likely be painful and uncomfortable, but ignoring the truth comes at a cost. Living out of alignment with our truth is never sustainable. We all know this at some deep level, and it is what keeps us up at night praying for a better tomorrow. Nevertheless, when the sun comes up, the cycle continues. The answer? We must acknowledge our own responsibility for our situation and take action to move forward. Our lives depend on it. If this resonates with you, the question becomes: “How can I transform my situation?”

Here’s How: 1. Acknowledge the Truth. Change is not easy for any of us, for we are creatures of habit. Celebrate the fact that you are no longer running from your truth. Celebrate the fact that you are demonstrating courage in doing so. You are worthy of your best life and you will not settle. And, yes, you are afraid. However, courage cannot exist without fear. Dr. Robert Newton Anthony, Harvard Business School Professor and Organizational Theorist, said it best: “Most people would rather be certain they are miserable than risk being happy.” If this speaks to you, clearly you are not alone. In these moments of fear, you must ask yourself, “What is at stake if I do not risk it?” After you have that answer, is the cost one that you can live

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with wholeheartedly? 2. Define Your Vision. If your answer is that the cost of not moving forward is too high, this is your next step. What is it that you want? Put yourself in a creative environment, one that stimulates both your head and heart during this process. Key signs that will show you that you are on the right track are bouts of inspiration, relaxation, or a knowing feeling and inner calm. Developing strength of your vision for the future will be a strong anchor you will lean on during the challenging, scary and sometimes messy process of moving forward. It will be your force of strength when you want to buckle and turn back. Focus on your ideal, not on how you will get there. That comes next. 3. Brainstorm Your Choices. How will you close the gaps from your current reality to the future vision you defined for yourself? Brainstorm potential options. This is a place to brainstorm possible options, not discern against ones that “won’t work.” We all have limiting beliefs of what is possible for us, and we often let that get in our way before we have allowed ourselves to expand our thinking. That is why we are where we are. Our beliefs shape our current reality. 4. Select and Commit. This is where you review the choices you have identified and commit to your best option in propelling you forward. “What will move me one step closer to getting where I want to go?” 5. Just Do It. You must act. Now. If you are unsure or scared, that is okay. However, do it anyway. Remember what’s at stake if you do not. Have faith and trust in yourself and the Universe. Trust that because you are living with proper principles in mind of honoring “the truth,” you will be rewarded. Allyson is Vice President and an executive coach for Leathers Milligan & Associates, LLC, a global management consulting company based in Phoenix. For over a decade, organizations hire Allyson to coach executives, senior leaders and high potentials. She also coaches individuals seeking their ‘next level’ in their careers and life. Her clients often describe her as “the sharp, inspiring, caring-challenger” and specifically value her business savvy, compassionate, and no nonsense approach. Allyson is also a fitness professional who has appeared in forums such as Oxygen’s Women’s Fitness, Max Muscle Sports and Fitness, The Village Health Clubs and Spas, and Scottsdale Health magazines. Energized by transformations and helping her clients ‘rise above’ what they previously thought possible for themselves, Allyson propels her clients forward by implementing a holistic approach. Read more leadership articles at

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While solar energy systems can be costly, they are an investment that will pay off in financial and environmental savings in no time. According to, in the same year that you install a solar energy system, the Residential Arizona Solar Tax Credit will repay you 25 percent of the cost up to a maximum of $1,000.00 by taking it off your personal income tax. The federal solar tax credit also allows you to deduct 30 percent of the system cost (with no maximum amount) from your federal income tax. Why not make use of Arizona’s most abundant natural resource to power your office in a more eco-conscious and economical way?



Your office can literally go green with plants! Foliage helps to provide a healthy breathing environment by absorbing pollutants and toxins in the air and emitting clean oxygen. Furthermore, a nice potted plant always adds a nice pop of color to brighten up the workday.



Switching to a business-casual dress code in the office benefits not only the environment with fewer trips to the dry cleaners but also your wallet with fewer trips to the bank! Not to mention, business-casual is a happy medium that allows employees to maintain professional appearances while still expressing their personal styles.



The majority of wasted office power is used by idle machines that are still plugged into live outlets. Even if the machines are off, a significant amount of energy is still being used if they are not unplugged. Making a habit of unplugging the microwave, copier, printer and desktop computers at the end of the work day would help to keep this major environmental expense in check.



A big portion of any office’s energy consumption is artificial lighting, which is often being used when it is not necessary. A great way to help your office be more environmentally friendly is to encourage employees to turn off the lights and open the blinds during the day. Taking it one step further, office walls could be painted with light colors and high-gloss sheens so that the sunlight reflects better and brightens up the office even more!



According to, the average toilet uses up to 1.6 gallons per flush, which adds up to a massive water bill and water consumption in any office. Consider installing low-flush models or toilets with a halfflush option so that employees can save water.

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hile festive winter months are often associated with sweet indulgences, summer isn’t without its guilty food pleasures. From the Fourth of July to Labor Day, now is the time to enjoy grilled meats, mayo-drenched salads, overthe-top desserts and, of course, a glass or two of wine. But all this celebratory feasting can make it hard to maintain a clean-eating BONNIE ROILL lifestyle. The key to indulging in your favorite summertime dishes while maintaining clean-eating habits can be as simple as swapping and upgrading certain foods. Grilled meats have various amino acids and fatty acids that, when grilled, provide a distinct flavor and texture. However, studies have shown that cooking protein at very high temperatures creates heterocyclic amines (HAs). According to the American Cancer Association, these chemicals may increase the risk of cancer. Upgrade and swap your food choices to reduce HAs: • Use marinades made with vinegar, citrus juice or red wine—they have the added benefit of antioxidants. • Choose lean cuts of meat like round, loin, sirloin or poultry. Trim any excess fat, as dripping creates excess smoke and flare-ups. • Reduce grilling time by pre-cooking meats in the microwave oven or parboiling. • Avoid charring meats. Blackened or burned parts have the highest concentration of HAs. • Consider wild fish and seafood. Fish is generally cut into thin fillets, needs less grilling time, and has low levels of fat, which means less smoke and fewer flare-ups. Research shows that wildcaught varieties contain fewer pesticides and hormones when compared to farm-raised. • Upgrade to grass-fed organic beef, shown to have up to 47 percent higher levels of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids than non-organic cuts. Grilled vegetables have a distinctly sweet taste from natural sugars that are caramelized when cooked. Selecting and grilling vegetables: • Use organic vegetables or select vegetables lower in pesticide residues from the Environmental Working 2017 Group Shopper’s Guide at • Grilling vegetables with the peels on conserves more nutrients and gives a smokier flavor. • Vegetables like beets, carrots, parsnips, potatoes and winter squash can be pre-cooked to shorten grilling time. • To avoid overcooking vegetables, slice them extra thick and pull them from the grill before they reach desired cooking texture.

Summer salads are perfect as a main entrée or side dish. However, most commercially prepared varieties found in markets contain highfat regular mayonnaise in high-sugar dressings. These salads are often lacking in greens and may rely too heavily on white potatoes or pasta. Smarter summer salads: • When purchasing ready-to-eat prepared salads, choose oil-andvinegar-based dressings over mayo-based. • When making your own salads, select organic triple-washed bagged salad mixings. For example, bagged organic broccoli slaw is a great time saver. • Upgrade bagged broccoli slaw by adding chopped kale and roasted pumpkin seeds along with an olive-oil mayo and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Top it off with dried tart cherries for a sweet touch. • Spruce up traditional potato salad by using purple or red-jacket potatoes over white potatoes. Not only are you adding antioxidants found in the purple potatoes, but the colorful veggies also provide a type of fiber called “resistant starch” when refrigerated. Resistant starch has been shown to be a powerful hunger-fighting food and aids beneficial gut bacteria. Dessert is a perfect time to take advantage of summertime’s abundance of fresh fruits, but that doesn’t mean your sweet treats have to be boring. Clean(er) dessert options: • Upgrade traditional ice pops by making your own healthy version. Take your favorite chocolate protein powder and add unsweetened coconut milk. Use a blender to mix thoroughly and pour into Popsicle molds, then freeze. • Combine vanilla Greek yogurt with the frozen fruit of your choice; hand mix thoroughly and freeze for at least 30 minutes. Remove from the freezer and enjoy faux ice cream without the added sugars. • Try grilling fruits! Unlike grilled meats, fruits do not form the same carcinogens. Be sure to clean residue from previous grilling. The best fruits to grill include watermelon, peaches, nectarines, bananas, pineapple, pears and grapefruit. Bonnie Roill is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Hormone Support Coach working exclusively with women to rebalance their hormones to create a healthier weight and a happier life. Visit for more information. Eat Clean(er), Feel Great, Look Awesome! Read more nutrition articles at

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uma County, tucked into the remote southwestern corner of the Arizona, has performed well above the limitations of its harsh climate and limited resources to now rank as a national locus of agricultural abundance. Year round, its farms keep fruit and vegetables on America’s dinner tables. In winter months, a staggering 90 percent of the DAVID A. SCHALLER nation’s produce is grown in Yuma County. This $3 billion a year industry gives the county a near recession-proof economy. Everyone needs to eat, right? The 2010 census recorded almost 200,000 people calling Yuma County home. The county seat, once known as Arizona City, now shares the name Yuma. The county boasts a total area of more than 5,000 square miles and was even larger until La Paz County was carved away from it in the early 1980s. The lowest elevation in the state is located at a spot on the Colorado River in the town of San Luis, where the river flows out of Yuma County and Arizona and into Sonora, Mexico. Before the Colorado River began being dammed a century ago, millennia of rich, flood plain deposits had spilled over its banks leaving behind the fertile soil now used to grow America’s vegetables. Add in a 12-month growing season and irrigate with the most senior of Colorado River water rights, and the stage is set for harvests that are the envy of not only the rest of Arizona but much of the country. However, water allocations on the Colorado may be taking a different turn as Federal, State and local stakeholders seek a way to spread the pain when the day arrives that the river carries less water. Should compromise agreements now being negotiated take hold, the effects of a Colorado River shortfall would be spread among even those in Yuma County holding high priority water rights. Already, as elsewhere in the State, Yuma County has had to deal with a 17-year drought that hit Arizona at the turn of the millennium. Growers and watershed managers in the county have responded well

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since then to a variety of threats that a changing climate has meant to their business models. Thousands of acres of fields have been fallowed to fight off rising soil salinity from irrigation return flows. Throughout the county, improved irrigation management via techniques such as laser leveling of fields, cropping adjustments and lining of canals have reduced transpiration and evaporation losses in a hot climate. Yet not everything can be finessed when it comes to adjusting to drought and heat in the world of agriculture. The onset of severe climate impact on Yuma’s agricultural wealth will come initially from imperceptible declines in crop yields and surface water evaporative losses due to increasing heat extremes. While avoiding detection by most of us, climate change is quietly testing the idea of business as usual along the lower Colorado River and looms large over the future of Yuma County agriculture. Finally, heat that doesn’t hurt crops can nonetheless arrive ahead of schedule as it did in 2017 and force early harvests of a valued but fragile crop like lettuce. When the same climate flux brings extreme rain to a neighboring lettuce growing region like California and delays its harvest, the combined effect of early and late crop readiness could actually create a large gap in the availability of a major salad ingredient for the nation. To keep the harvests coming, growers will need to remain vigilant and continue to employ every watermanagement means at their disposal. Still, for most of us, when climate change begins to take a toll on agriculture in Yuma County, we may well experience it first at grocery store checkout counters hundreds of miles away. This is Green Living’s final climate change article; each month we focused on one of Arizona’s 15 counties and how climate changed affected it specifically. David A. Schaller is a retired environmental scientist living in Tucson, where he writes on climate, water and energy security. Read more environment articles at





ust over four years ago, Keep Arizona Beautiful launched an Arizona specialty license plate for vehicles. The previous year had been spent developing and refining the design to make sure it communicated a simple, immediately understandable impact and passed muster for legibility by law enforcement. At last KAZB had their plate, which began rolling out in February 2013. Since that time, the popularity of the plate has continued to grow. The revenue from plate sales helps KAZB to develop and deliver outreach programs to more than 30 rural communities, and more are planned in the future. In addition to single plate sales to individual car owners, some larger fleet purchases by Crescent Crown Distributing and Pepsi have had an impact. Crescent Crown has a fleet of 175 small delivery trucks with the plates, and Pepsi bought for a fleet of 300 delivery trucks. KAZB is incredibly grateful for their support and for the backing of every individual car owner who’s chosen the plate for their vehicle. If you are a business owner with a fleet of vehicles of any size, you can support the KAZB mission by purchasing the plates. A percentage of each plate fee is tax-deductible. How Do I Get My Own KAZB License Plate? Arizonans can purchase the new license plate by visiting or order the plate at any MVD or MVD Authorized Third Party office. The new Keep Arizona Beautiful license plate costs $25.00, plus postage and handling. Of the $25.00 annual fee, $17.00 benefits Keep Arizona Beautiful’s support for community cleanups, recycling events, and beautification projects throughout Arizona. Specialty license plates are not prorated. Therefore, your new KAZB plate will renew at your next regular vehicle registration renewal date. When ordering, you may personalize your new KAZB plate for an additional $25.00 annual fee.

What does the KAZB plate support? • KAZB’s Arizona Rural Environmental Outreach Program, a public/private partnership with ADEQ and ADOT. Through this program, KAZB provides education that connects communities to resources that can support efforts to clean up, develop recycling solutions, and beautify their local area. • Additionally, this program allows KAZB to work on a longerterm basis with communities who wish to design and implement sustainable solutions to their local environmental challenges. KAZB supports their community-based planning through public convening, strategic planning, resource development and documentation. • Plate sales also support supplies for community cleanups and beautification projects throughout Arizona, including garbage bags, gloves, tools and publicity. Show Us Your Plate! In October, KAZB will launch a social media campaign to connect with plate owners across the state. They will be asking people to submit to post a photo of their plate to the KAZB Facebook page (KeepAZBeautiful) stating why they support KAZB. Sign up for the newsletter at and “like” the Facebook page to keep in the loop and join the fun in October! Thank you to everyone who has purchased a plate and supports our work throughout this beautiful state! Arizona – Keep It Beautiful! Jill Bernstein is the Executive Director of Keep Arizona Beautiful, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering communities to take care of their environment through litter abatement, recycling and beautification. Read more environment articles at

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Front entrance of Casano de Pappas.

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A bedroom of Casano de Pappas.


n Tempe, Arizona, an innovative designer, knowledgeable developers and five years of hard work have united to forge a dream green home. The incredibly motivated team has been designing, modifying and upgrading a local home known as Casano de Pappas; the home is now an unbelievably luxurious and simultaneously sustainable masterpiece. The house is targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. LEED is a rating system that the United States Green Building Council created to evaluate the sustainability and performance of a building and promote environmentally friendly design. The main points that the LEED system assesses are innovation Courtyard. and design, locations and linkages, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and awareness and education. Credits are assigned to a house based on these components; and a traditional house needs a total of 90 credits to reach Platinum status, which is already quite an impressive feat. However, because of the size of Casano de Pappas, it needed 111 credits. So DKG urban concepts, the developers working on Casano de Pappas who specialize in green building and sustainable development, explain that “we really had to get creative to identify the additional 21 credits necessary to reach our target.” DKG was started by Derek Knuepfer in 2004 after his graduation from Arizona State University with a degree in Housing and Urban Development. His partner, Clint Basham, also received an undergraduate degree from ASU in Landscape Architecture as well as a Masters of Science from Northern Arizona University in Climate Science and Solutions. Together, they ensured that this house had the most state-of-the-art technologies, sustainable materials and groundbreaking designs possible. For example, DKG selected and installed the most up-to-date moisture-control systems, air-conditioning and ventilating systems, combustion-venting systems and low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) building materials to improve the indoor air quality of the home. They also used a “full-home” reverse osmosis (RO) system that Knuepfer explains provides better-tasting water that is free of “all major contaminants such as lead, arsenic, copper, nitrates, etcetera.” The RO system requires little maintenance, reduces energy consumption and allows for the significant reduction of plastic water bottles. On the solar front, DKG utilized a batterybased, grid-connected solar system that Knuepfer says “can store energy for emergency power outages in batteries to keep fridges and communications online.” On top of all of that, throw in over 30 fruit trees, two pecans trees, a lot of herbs, passive solar techniques of shading south-facing windows and doors in the summer but not in the winter as well as a selfsustaining indoor aquaponics system that grows and sells greens and tilapia to local chefs and farmers markets; and you can see that DKG has truly thought of everything to create the ultimate green home.

Brooke P. Erickson, founder of Powers of Design, was the interior designer on the job. It was her first time working on a LEED house; but she has always been interested in green design since her childhood, which she spent growing up in Frank Lloyd Wright house. She advises her clients to install convenient, sustainable products in their homes, such as reclaimed wine barrel countertops, organic linen bed sheets, organic cotton towels, energy-efficient appliances and lowVOC stains and finishes. Erickson made sure that Casano de Pappas was not only practical but also beautiful. She was able to repurpose and adapt some art and furniture pieces that the homeowner fancied from his travels around the world. For example, she used some intricately carved Moroccan Mousharabi lattice screens to create a twelve-foot-long sliding barn door to divide the living room from the dining room. Erickson says, “The design of the home was mostly inspired by elements the homeowner discovered through traveling, with an emphasis on southern Spain’s Andalusia region and Morocco…My favorite part of the home is the kitchen looking out through the courtyard and through to the front entry.” She says she loves “all the vivid colors from the wainscot tile and terrazzo floor” and the accordion doors that “create a breezy and light atmosphere.” Knuepfer, Basham, and Erickson have shown with Casano de Pappas that it is possible to live a luxurious lifestyle, truly be happy with your home and be sustainable. Living in a green home will not only reduce energy and water cost but also provide a healthier indoor environment, regardless of how luxurious your tastes are or how large the home is. So what do you have to lose? It really is true—your green home can be your dream home. Anita Sheih is a native Arizonan and an undergraduate student at Brown University studying English and Anthropology. She is a writer, photographer and editor for The Brown Daily Herald and a couple of literary magazines at Brown. Anita enjoys hiking in the desert, playing her cello and traveling around the world. Read more architecture articles at

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he City of Phoenix and The American Institute of Architects are calling on builders across the Valley to design Arizona’s example of a sustainable home. The competition is part of a set of goals implemented in 2016 to help Arizona get on track toward becoming a carbonneutral, zero-waste city by 2050, according to the AIA.

“It’s really important for cities to set long-term goals and measure the progress,” said Mark Hartman, chief sustainability officer for the City of Phoenix. The Sustainable Home Design Competition is looking for a design that includes an 80 percent reduction in energy use, costs the amount of current construction, and possesses aesthetics widely adaptable as the model for future builds. The winner would have to provide documents detailing plans for construction and future development of the home, allowing them to become public domain after the implementation of revisions required by the City of Phoenix. Construction documents would need to comply with building codes, be pre-approved for permitting and require the approval of the site the builder chooses for their new home. The aesthetic design of the home, how sustainable it is, and whether it compliments Arizona architecture are included in the criteria considered when selecting a winner. Aside from the home design itself, raising awareness that sustainable homes are affordable is a significant point the competition hopes to make. “There are examples around the U.S. that show they can actually build sustainable homes at a cost similar to current construction,” Hartman said. One common concern people have when building a home is how to

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keep the cost of the build as affordable as possible. Hartman intends to change this concern from the cost of construction to the cost of energy used by the home. A significant reduction in energy consumption translates to a significant decrease in monthly utility costs. Many sustainable homes use roughly 80 percent less energy than standard homes, and the use of solar panels can get a home as low as zero percent. In Arizona, when summer months can cost the average family $300 to cool down a single-family home, those living in a sustainable house could see their bill get as low as $50 a month. Not only is the cost-saving factor a huge benefit, but sustainable homes also work in harmony with the environment to reduce the consumption of energy, water and building materials. “We have to be very thoughtful about how we use these resources and make sure we have left enough behind for generations to come,” Lobo said. August 31 is the deadline for submission of design entries, which will subsequently be reviewed by judges. The top five designs will then be open for public vote, with the winner announced in late October. The $100,000 award granted to the winner comes from the Department of Energy. “A great outcome would be if 100 of these homes were built throughout the city,” Hartman said, “while also creating demand for a model home that happens to be a sustainable home.” For more information or how to enter the competition visit The Sustainable Home Design Competition website at Amber Kahwaji is an Arizona native and freelance writer covering topics from natural health and beauty to Arizona’s community. Read more architecture articles at






he Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale (DDCS) has been working with the City of Scottsdale for the last 18 months to come up with architecture, experiences and business plan that would bring a long-anticipated desert discovery center to life, according to Sam Campana, MICHELLE TALSMA executive director of DDCS. EVERSON The result is an interpretive desert education center that has been envisioned for nearly 30 years at the perimeter of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It has emerged with recommendations for a new name, a smaller size and price tag, a more sensitive location, and a partnership with Arizona State University’s Global Drylands Institute, DDCS recently announced. “As the plan began to unfold at its planned location at the edge of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the project began to name itself,” Campana said. “We loved the references to the word ‘edge’ and that, spelled out, EDGE refers to ‘encounters, discovery, global insights and

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education,’ which is what we’re really all about.” Campana noted that, through a contract with the City of Scottsdale, the proposed Desert EDGE schematic design was unveiled showing what the center would look like and what it would include. It also included a thorough business plan showing how the center, managed by a nonprofit (DDCS) as part of a public-private partnership, would be sustainable. “The project is moving through the public process and the next big step would be for the City of Scottsdale to authorize that construction documents would be drawn up,” Campana explained. “At the earliest, Desert EDGE would open in 2020.” Campana added that Desert EDGE is uniquely positioned in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the nation’s largest urban preserve. “This interactive, educational center has long been planned for this location as a means of teaching school children, residents and visitors what it means to live in the desert and how we can live well into the future in a world that is rapidly becoming hotter, drier and more like our Sonoran Desert environment,” she said.

“Many people ask why Desert EDGE should be located in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve,” she continued. “The answer is that we preserve what we love and we love what we know. It’s in truly knowing the mystery and wonder of the Sonoran Desert that future generations of conservationists will understand why it’s important to take care of our native lands.” Campana explained that growing the next generation of environmental scientists is a core mission for Desert EDGE. “In addition to establishing a Desert Learning Center aimed at educating and inspiring citizen scientists of all ages to value, thrive in and conserve desert environments, the center will house the newly established Arizona State University Global Drylands Institute,” she confirmed. “Research and training at the institute is expected to focus on understanding the many types of links within ecosystems in drylands, particularly how they are affected by human activities. The research conducted at Desert EDGE, which will be showcased in ways that are accessible to all ages, will help determine what the world’s future will be like as more of the planet become arid and more like the Phoenix metropolitan area.” She added that local eco-enthusiasts would be happy to know that “the very best in sustainable desert design practices have been brought to this project.” These include a series of flexible solar panels and among other features. “Community interest is keen. Although neighbors and hiking enthusiasts were initially concerned about changing the existing experience at the Gateway to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, our Board — made up of McDowell Sonoran Conservancy stewards, outdoor enthusiasts and preserve movement leaders—worked hard to mitigate those concerns,” Campana said. “… The Desert EDGE will result in generations of preservationists loving the preserve.” To learn more, visit To keep updated on progress, email to be added to the newsletter list.

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n 2008, the Chandler City Council adopted a resolution establishing a Green Building Program that provides incentives to encourage the use of sustainable building practices by private sector builders. Additionally, the City resolved to construct “green” city buildings that conform to standards established by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). These standards, known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), involve a rating system to evaluate the environmental performance of a building. One of Chandler’s first public buildings to achieve LEED certification was Chandler City Hall, a modern, customer friendly, energy efficient and environmentally designed complex located at 175 S. Arizona Ave. The workplace “home” to more than 140 municipal employees, Chandler City Hall incorporates as many sustainability and energy efficiency features as possible to save long-term operations and maintenance costs. The extensive use of glass in the six-story tower enables the “harvesting” of daylight, thus reducing the number of lights required for the building. Energy efficient windows and shading features help lessen heat absorption and power consumption. Office lights operate on motion sensors to (continued on page 30)

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Upper far left: Front view of Chandler City Hall. Lower left: The courtyard of Chandler City Hall, Above: Aerial view of City Hall. Below: Night view City Hall. (continued from page 28)

reduce their use when areas are unoccupied and low energy LED lighting is used extensively throughout the complex. For water efficiency, the HVAC system uses a cooling tower on the north side of the parking garage that serves multiple functions. Water from the air conditioning system appears as a waterfall as it drops to an enclosed basin where the reclaimed water is reused for irrigation and facility toilets. The use of sustainable construction materials also was a priority for the City. Wood paneling made from fast-growing bamboo was used instead of lumber from trees. Interior walls snap into place, making

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them easy to rearrange or remove, thus eliminating the waste that would accompany the demolition of wood framed walls. The use of low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints and flooring materials also minimized potential impacts on building occupants. Among the more striking elements of the tower structure are the perforated stainless steel panels shading portions of the tower’s eastern and western face. Artist Ned Kahn was commissioned to create the shade screen, which he called “Turbulent Shade.” The 6-by21-inch panels move in waves with natural wind currents, reflecting sun rays away from the building and filtering natural light through office windows. Also, most windows have pull-down shade screens for employees to use as needed. The complex features an open courtyard, a shaded terrace for special events and a breezeway supporting a pedestrian friendly design where visitors and employees can reach any part of the downtown square as well as the community center, library and other municipal buildings. Chandler City Hall was designed by SmithGroup and constructed by Sundt Construction. It has received numerous awards, including an Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award from the Arizona Forward Association, a Top 10 Green Projects Award from the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, and Best Government/Public Building Award and Project of the Year by Engineering News Record Magazine. Jim Phipps is a City of Chandler employee who works on the top floor of Chandler City Hall and helps promote the City’s sustainability efforts. Read more urban development articles at

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Elephants on the plains of Africa at Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo by Juzer Khanbhai.


anzania was just voted by industry experts and tourists once again as the number one safari destination in Africa. It’s likely experiencing the Great Migration of the Serengeti or basking on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is on many people’s “bucket lists,” but if traveling to Tanzania is in your future, you must consider MELISSA FOLEY climbing to the Rooftop of Africa. It’s surprising more people don’t attempt climbing Kilimanjaro, as it requires far less experience, training and physical conditioning than you’d imagine. A positive attitude, warm clothes and an excellent guide who demands a slow pace for better acclimatization are your major factors for summit success. With an average of 4-5 porters per climber, plus cooks, guides and crew, moving these mobile camps up the mountain is a massive logistical operation. However, experienced and professional companies make it look effortless. Like many touristic destinations, the safari and Kilimanjaro

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industry provides the main source of economic security for thousands of people and their families in this region. While this provides visitors with endless and often overwhelming options in a competitive market, climbers should become aware of the impact of who they climb with, as it can change the course of people’s lives. While human rights issues with the Sherpa on Mount Everest gained far more media attention, it’s important the public understands major porter abuses are occurring in this region also. The largest expenses of a climb are government-regulated fees allocated for conservation. Fortunately, Tanzania’s new government, with a zero-corruption policy, means tourists’ revenues will actually fund resources needed for National Parks. However, last year, in a controversial move, the government implemented an 18 percent VAT increase on all park fees. Now, Tanzania is slightly less competitive as a safari destination, losing market share to neighboring countries and making an already price-sensitive market even more competitive. Companies now boldly underbid one another to win business. As a result, the porter’s work conditions and salaries

are sacrificed, causing physical and economic suffering. Paying less financially means you are paying more for it ethically. Fortunately, climbers can verify which companies legitimately offer certified climbs, ensuring they adhere to the highest ethical standards. You can identify which companies have demonstrated they are not participating in the exploitation of these hardworking men and women, who are the backbone of the mountain. The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Program, locally known as KPAP, is an innovation of Boulder-based International Mountain Explorers Club (IMEC). Together they created the partnership for responsible travel to educate and advocate for the fair and ethical treatment of porters. The KPAP team is led by a passionate American woman affectionately known as “Mamma Karen” who is a focused and tireless champion of the porters. Living in the foothills of Kilimanjaro, she has dedicated the better part of a decade to this cause and community. With limited resources, Mamma Karen and her team offer extensive guidance and oversight to ensure tour companies adhere to best practices, properly supporting the crew and the industry. KPAP has also implemented several educational, health and training outreach programs to improve the quality of life for porters and their families. Because of the overwhelming abuses and exploitations of the crew, KPAP has a standard checklist of criteria and recommendations, which is consistently monitored and enforced on every partner climb. Proper government required salaries of $10.00 per day, adhering to park regulations of maximum 44-pound loads per porter, providing three meals a day, proper equipment, shelter, sleeping conditions and medical care when necessary, are the basic requirements that unfortunately are not standard industry practice. While all operators are invited to participate in this free, voluntary certification, it’s perplexing to learn less than 10 percent of operators bother. Not only does this practice enhance their operations, but it has tremendous responsible tourism marketing value and will differentiate them from the competition. Climbing with a KPAP partner company, you can be assured that

you and your moral compass will be on the right path! Other ways to Help: Offset your trip’s carbon footprint: Carbon Tanzania Accommodations that Advocate: World’s Collide Africa House – A boutique bed and breakfast with all proceeds supporting the Pamoja Tunaweza Boys and Girls Club, a fantastic program of former street kids turned artists. Karibu Hostel – A Backpacker’s paradise supporting Born to Learn, a village school built using recycled plastic bottles. Eating with a purpose More than a Drop – A hospitality vocational training program where young atrisk girls are given a second chance at life. Maembe (Mango)– A great mix of local and western food, all proceeds support a local women’s health clinic. To compare KPAP Members prices and packages, you can visit Melissa has lived abroad for several years consulting for various NGO’s in Greece, India, Cambodia, Thailand and Tanzania. Primarily focused on women’s health, education, advocacy and wildlife conservation she has developed and implemented sustainable outreach programs integrating responsible tourism and voluntourism with local community development. Utilizing over two decades of executive marketing and business development expertise in corporate America, combined with extensive global travel experience; she provides a unique perspective on tourism development. Most recently as a marketing consultant to local tour operators, lodges and the largest safari vehicle manufacturing company in Africa, she has established international networks and is actively promoting the development of corporate social responsibility policies into the tourism industry. Having successfully climbed Kilimanjaro in 2016, she has a strong passion and commitment to the fair and ethical treatment of the hardworking mountain crew. Find more travel destinations at


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ave you looked at the ingredients in your skin care products? You might want to change what’s in your personal care collection. The cosmetic industry is plowing ahead with ingredients that are toxic. Here is a list of ingredients to watch for and keep out of your bathroom: coal tar, DEA/TEA/ CAROL NELSON MEA, fragrance, hydroquinone, lead, mercury, oxybenzone, parabens, phthalates, polyethylene glycol (PEG), sodium lauryl sulfate, toluene and triclosan. The easiest way to avoid these harmful additives is to make your own beauty products. Crafting cleansers, lotions and facial masks at home is easier than you might you think, and you can be sure what goes into each product. Here are some simple beauty treatment recipes that include green, organic and wildcrafted products:

LAVENDER AND ROSE CLEANSER/MASK The benefits of a mask while you cleanse! A jar of this can last on your shelf for up to six months. INGREDIENTS: • 1/2 cup white or green (bentonite) clay. Please use bamboo or plastic (no metal) to measure and stir.

petals • 5 drops lavender (lavendula angustifolia) essential oil

• 1/3 cup oatmeal, finely ground

• 3 drops elemi (canarium luzonicum) essential oil

• 1 Tbsp. powdered (culinary) lavender buds

• 2 drops rose (rosa damascena) essential oil

• 1 Tbsp. powdered pink rose DIRECTIONS: 1. Place dry ingredients in a jar. Close jar, shake. Add essential oils. Close jar and shake again. 2. Store in a cool, dark place. For best results, use within six months.


Raw honey is a fabulous product for your skin. It’s quite healing and may help your skin look smoother. INGREDIENTS: • 2 tsp. raw honey • 1/4 tsp. myrrh (myrtus communis) powder • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon powder DIRECTIONS: 1. Mix ingredients in your hands. Gently rub on your face and allow to dry for 10 minutes. 2. Rinse off with warm water. Your face should feel fabulous! After using this two or three times weekly, your skin should be noticeably smoother and softer. 34 greenliving | September 2017

TO USE: 1. Remember to use no metal with this cleanser/mask. Place 2 teaspoons of the mixture in a small bowl or the palm of your hand. Add 2 teaspoons of water. Stir to blend into a paste. Allow the paste to thicken for 30 seconds to one minute. If you need to add more water, add a drop or two at a time. 2. Use your damp fingers or a damp facial sponge to gently apply. Cover all areas of your face, throat and décolleté. Avoid the eye area. Massage in circular motions. Rinse. Please be cautious if you are in the shower as you rinse this cleanser/mask; the clay can make surfaces quite slippery. Carol Nelson is owner of Restored Health. She is a Master Aromatherapist and an Herbalist. She’s been working with essential oils for nine years and herbs for five years. Beauty - For more articles about beauty visit




James “Q” Martin after summiting Mt. Dracula. Photo by James “Q” Martin.


hen award-winning filmmaker and adventure photographer James “Q” Martin describes his creative process, his persona changes from easy going and relaxed to intense and focused. He leans forward, taps his foot, clasps his hands together as he chooses each word slowly, deliberately. “There’s the decisive moment, a KERRI QUINN magical moment, when the darlings are cut away, lying on the floor and I find the narrative thread,” Q said. “That’s when I know I have a documentary.” Passionate and determined, Q is dedicated to creating projects that promote conservation efforts and protect our natural resources. Since 2009, Q has traveled extensively to more than 30 countries spanning six continents, documenting the stories of world-class athletes, artists, conservationists, filmmakers and scientists who have inspired him. “Through the projects, I continue to grow, learn and become more aware of the world around me,” he explained. Q’s own story began in 1997 when he decided to take time off from school to travel. He left Flagstaff, Arizona, and went to Central America to study Spanish and immerse himself in the culture. It was there he met photographer Xavier Chanut, who encouraged him to pursue his passion for photography and telling stories. Because of his strong ties and connections to the Southwest, Q returned to Flagstaff and began Q Media, a fully-staffed production house. Since its inception, he has created stories and images that depict the complexity of the environmental issues facing our local, national and global communities. In 2015, Q traveled to Patagonia National Park in Chile to film “Mile by Mile: A Film about Trail Running and Conservation for Patagonia.” The film follows three ultra runners as they run a rugged

and undeveloped 160km route to celebrate and highlight efforts to rewild and protect the landscape of this pristine park. Appealing to the hearts and minds of his audience, Q’s projects remind us to be stewards of the environment and protect what’s close to home. In his case, that is Grand Canyon National Park. In 2016, he made “The World Beneath the Rims,” a film sponsored by American Rivers that examines how the work and the lives of three artists — a painter, a writer and a photographer — are shaped and influenced by their relationships with the Canyon. Another important part of Q’s work is collaborating with other filmmakers. He is currently working with national award-winning producer and director Jayme Dittmar on “Paving Tundra.” The focus of this film is to protect and preserve the Brooks Range, North America’s most rugged wilderness and one of Earth’s largest roadless areas. In 2013, the State of Alaska proposed building a 225-mile industrial access road to facilitate the construction of an open-pit copper mine near the village of Ambler. One of the critical questions this film poses is: What is progress? These filmmakers are sending a clear and distinct message to the audience: Examine your choices, reevaluate what you honor and protect, and take action. “Every film is a mini-dissertation,” said Q. “Through these projects, I continue to grow. The greatest gift of all the work I have done is seeing places protected and watching other people take initiative to be better activists.” Kerri Quinn’s Ph.D. is in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Santa Monica Review, and descant. She lives, writes and drinks too much coffee in New York City and Flagstaff, Arizona. Travel - Find more travel destinations at

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f you have followed the Master Gardener Monthly articles, you may have noticed a recurring theme of “timing,” as this is a primary key to successful gardening in the Sonoran Desert. Though the triple-digit temperatures will be with us for a while yet, it is time to begin planting your amazing Arizona winter garden. RIC COGGINS If you have never gardened in Arizona, the term “winter garden” may sound like an oxymoron. In those states with regular seasons, this is a spring garden. In our climate zone, however, we have learned how to plant “spring” crops in an upside down and backward version of planting into the frost, rather than waiting for the last frost and planting into the warm weather. For our winter garden purposes, planting dates are decided by plotting backward from an anticipated first frost date the number of days to harvest (located on the seed package). Fortunately, the heavy lifting of these dates has already been graphed and plotted on the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Maricopa County Garden Planting Calendar AZ1005, which you can google readily or, if you prefer a laminated copy, purchase from the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension office in Phoenix. Many of the plants on the Winter Garden list can actually take a full frost without reacting. Here’s what “fun” you can be planting now and into the cool desert winter weather: • Beets – Now through March 15 • Bok Choy – Now through February 28 • Broccoli – Seeds and Transplants now through January 31 • Brussel Sprouts – Seeds and Transplants now through November 30 • Cabbage and Chinese Cabbage – Seeds and Transplants now through January 31 • Carrots – Now through April 30 • Cauliflower – Seeds and Transplants now through January 31 • Celery – Seeds and Transplants now through December 31 • Chards – Seeds and Transplants now through February 15

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• Collard Greens – Now through February 28 • Endive – Now through January 31 • Garlic – Plant cloves in October only • Kale – Now through December 31 • Kohlrabi – Seeds and Transplants now through February 15 • Head Lettuce – Seeds and Transplants now through February 15 • Leaf Lettuce – Seeds and Transplants now through February 28 • Leek – Now through October 15 • Mustard Greens – Now through February 28 • Onions Bulbs from Seed – October and November • Onions Bulbs from Sets – December through February 15 • Green Onions – Now through April 30 • Parsnips – Now through November 30 • Peas – Now through February 28 • Radishes – Now through April 30 • Rutabagas – Now through January 31 • Spinach – Now through February 28 • Turnips – Now through February 28 Please note that the above is the general Winter Garden highlights of what and when you can plant. For the harvest times of the varieties you wish to plant, please be sure to view the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Maricopa County Garden Planting Calendar AZ1005. With the sun and the temperatures in more moderate ranges, your winter garden requires minimal watering effort, and the summer weeds are dormant for the most part. It is also simply the most wonderful time of the year to be outside on your balcony, patio or acreage. Think of all the wonderful organic produce you can pluck fresh every day! Ric Coggins is a University of Arizona Master Gardener (Maricopa County) who grew up on a one-acre garden tended to by his father, who was a regular contributor to organic gardening and farming magazines. Ric continues his father’s “green” traditions, owning and operating The Fool on the Hill Farm, a oneacre organic garden homestead in Mesa. Find more green thumb articles at

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WHILE THE CLASSIC French dish may seem daunting to prepare, ratatouille is not as complicated as you may expect. Make this quick and easy meal for a healthy dinner on Monday, and save the leftovers for packed lunches during the week. Serve it with rice or toast for a hearty meal that will satisfy the whole family! Recipe and images provided by Celine Fabre, chef at Cuisine by Celine based out of Scottsdale, Arizona. Visit for more information on her services.

INGREDIENTS: • 1 eggplant, diced

• 1 tomato, diced

• 1 zucchini, diced

• 1 tablespoon garlic

• 1 squash, diced

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 1 onion, diced

• Herbs de Provence, to taste

• 1 bell pepper, diced

• Salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS: 1. Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large saucepan. 2. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic and mix regularly. 3. Simmer until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. 4. Add the rest of the vegetables and the herbs and mix thoroughly. 5. Simmer for 25 minutes. 6. Add salt, pepper and herbs to taste.

KEBABS CATER TO THE whole family’s tastes with these adaptable kebabs, which can be altered easily depending on the occasion. Without strict measurements or added seasoning, this classic meal is perfect to quickly prepare without requiring too much prep time or attention. Recipe and images provided by Celine Fabre, chef at Cuisine by Celine. Visit for more information on her services.

INGREDIENTS: Meat Kebabs • Any desired combination of chicken, beef, pork, sausage, salmon, shrimp, scallops, etc.

Veggie Kebabs • Eggplant, sliced

• Bell pepper, sliced

• Zucchini, sliced

• Carrots, blanched and sliced

• Salt and pepper, to taste

• Large mushrooms, sliced

• Fresh or dried basil, to taste

• Garlic cloves, minced

• Cherry tomatoes, sliced

• Garlic cloves, minced

• Fresh or dried basil, to taste

• Broccoli, blanched and sliced

• Fresh or dried thyme, to taste

• Squash, sliced

• Salt and pepper, to taste

Fruit Kebabs • Peaches, quartered • Watermelon, chopped • Pineapple, chopped • Pears, quartered • Vanilla extract • Fresh ginger, minced

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DIRECTIONS: 1. Marinate chosen vegetables, meats or fruits with their respective seasoning and 2 tablespoons oil (per pound of ingredients) for one hour. 2. If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes prior to grilling to avoid burning. 3. Build kebabs with desired ingredients combination. 4. Grill kebabs for 15 minutes, rotating regularly. 5. Serve with nutrient-rich dips like fresh hummus or tzatziki for added flavor.

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USE THIS MARINADE for steak, though it can also be used for almost any cut of beef or pork. Recipe and images courtesy Queen Creek Olive Mill

INGREDIENTS: • 1/4 cup Queen Creek Olive Mill Roasted Garlic Olive Oil • 1/4 cup Queen Creek Olive Mill Traditional Style Balsamic Reduction • 1/4 cup tamari • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard • 2 teaspoons minced garlic • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning DIRECTIONS: 1. Mix olive oil, Balsamic reduction, tamari, mustard, and garlic and spices in a one-gallon zip lock bag and mix thoroughly. 2. Add desired cut of meat and marinade at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. Overnight is recommended.



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INGREDIENTS: • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained • 2 cups water • 1 cup baby arugula • 1 large cucumber, seeded and finely diced

• 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered • 1 15oz can chickpeas • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, pitted • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced • 1/4 cup finely-chopped fresh parsley

FOR THE DRESSING: • 1 garlic clove, minced • 1/4 cup Queen Creek Olive Mill Balanced Extra Virgin Olive Oil • 3 tablespoons Queen Creek Olive Mill Aged Balsamic vinegar • Juice of half a lemon • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: For the Salad: 1. Cook quinoa in a medium saucepan with 2 cups water, and cook according to package instructions until al dente. 2. Remove from heat, and drain off any extra water. 3. Let quinoa cool for at least 10 minutes. 4. Transfer quinoa to a large mixing bowl, and add in remaining ingredients, including the vinaigrette. 5. Toss until combined. For the dressing: 1. Whisk all ingredients together. 2. Yield: 6-8 servings September 2017 | greenliving




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September 2

13TH ANNUAL PHOENIX COOKS 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. At The Westin Kierland Resort. Located on 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ. Cost $60 - $85 Enjoy the day delighting your pallet in food tasting prepared by some of the Valley’s best chefs and bring out the hidden wine connoisseur with a variety of delicious wines. For more event information call 602953-1800 or visit


Friday 5p.m. – 9p.m., Saturday 9a.m. – 4p.m., Sunday 9a.m. – 4p.m. Located at Westworld on 16601 N. Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ. Please view the website for daily admission prices. Like to treasure hunt for that eclectic piece that represents your home decor or shouts out your personality? Then this is the event for you. You will find trash to treasures, vintage memories, fun and unique craft items and so much more to fill your creative adventure. For more information call 480-696-4018 or visit

September 24


Beginning at 8 a.m. at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park located on 37615 U.S. Highway 60. Superior, AZ. Take a leisurely one-hour guided desert trail stroll through the Sonoran Desert, conducted by Ethnobotanist, David Morris and educate yourself on what’s edible and useful for medicinal purposes right in our own Arizona natural landscape. For more event information, call 520-689-2811 or visit

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Get out your polka shoes and enjoy the delights of German foods and dark beer at this all day festival located at Dr. AJ Chandler Park on 3 S. Arizona Ave. Chandler, AZ. Admission $10 at Bashas; $12 website; $15 at the event. For more information call 480234-4232 or visit


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10 a.m. – 7 p.m.. Located on 25062 S. Meridian Rd. Queen Creek, AZ. FREE admission. Got garlic? If you love the taste of garlic or appreciate the health benefits of garlic, then you won’t want to miss this aromatic event. Breath mints will be provided. All the garlic varieties are organically grown right here at the Mill’s garden. Anything and everything garlic is here from the special all day garlic menu, cooking demos by owner, Perry Rea, Garlic spreads, garlic stuffed olives, garlic cupcakes and yes, even garlic gelatos! Choose your taste bud adventure while enjoying music from local bands and if you want to wash down that garlicky taste, choose one of your favorites from the beer and wine garden. For more event information call 480-888-9290 or visit


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4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Located at Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff. FREE. Grab some blankets and pillows and enjoy a night at the movies, outdoors and grab a morsel to snack on at one of the vendors while enjoying this evening’s family film “Beauty and the Beast” For more information visit movies-on-the-square.

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11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village on 336 SR 179. Sedona, AZ. Free admission. Take a quick trip day trip up north for some cooler weather and participation in the celebration of Mexican Independence Day with vibrant colored Flamenco dancers, hand clapping music from mariachis along with traditional tasty foods. For more information, call 928-282-4838 or visit

11a.m. – 5p.m. Located at Posse Grounds Park on 525 Posse Ground Rd. Sedona, AZ. Join the fun at this historical park in celebration of the growing wine industry here in Arizona. Enjoy the new tastes of what Sedona cuisine offers while relaxing to live music, surrounded by the dazzling red rocks. You can also take in some shopping from the local vendors for yourself or a friend while sipping your favorite wine. For more information call 928-862-0210 or visit


Located in Window Rock, AZ. Admission $3 - $5. A day filled with Navajo traditions. Enjoy fresh fry bread, traditional Indian song and dance along with the drumming of the Pow Wow, arts, crafts, BBQ, concerts and exhibits and those fun carnival rides to get your adrenaline going so, there’s a variety of activities to fit all age groups. For more information and ticket pricing call 928-8716647 or visit



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September 8–10

13TH ANNUAL BISBEE BLUES FESTIVAL Starts 5 p.m. Friday– ends 3 p.m. Sunday. Located at Bisbee City Park. Bisbee, AZ. Fee $25. Slow down a bit this weekend and soak in a day of relaxing music a Bluesloving crowd. For more information, call 520-227-6547.

September 22


Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, AZ. Local and state experts will share the most current information about natural and water resources in the Upper Gila Watershed. Fire, flood, and the arrival of tamarisk leaf beetle are highlighted topics at this event. Other topics include: snowpack, climate forecasts, mining, local water supplies, and river channelization. All are welcome. Questions from the audience are encouraged. For more information visit. conference/state-watershed-upper-gila-river.

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GREEN C HAM PIO N S Each month in our Green Champions section, we feature three people – one each in northern, central and southern Arizona – who are making strides in the green community. In our September issue, we are celebrating three individuals who have had a meaningful impact on sustainable landscape design in Arizona.

NORTHERN: JANET WILCOX Campus Landscape Architect at Northern Arizona University

Janel Wilcox specializes in high elevation and sensitive environments and focuses on creating beautiful spaces that harmonize with the natural environment. Her sustainable design principles include low-maintenance plants, rainwater harvesting, composting and planting for wildlife. Some of her previous commercial clients include the United States Geological Survey (USGS), National Bank of Arizona and Forest Ridge Apartments. Although she no longer offers consulting services, she welcomes volunteer opportunities where she can provide her expertise to the community.

CENTRAL: TIFFANY HALPERIN Founder and Owner of The Urban Culture Design Project in Phoenix

Tiffany Halperin’s team of landscape architects and urban designers use a sciencebased approach to create the physical foundations for multi-use destinations, healthy environments and inclusive spaces. Her areas of expertise include urban heat island mitigation, pedestrian friendly sites, bicycle planning, urban gardens, green roofs and sustainable design. Halperin is also the founder of Women Design Arizona, an organization devoted to providing a social and professional network for women active in the development of a built environment. She is a finalist in the Arizona Forward 37th Annual Environmental Excellence Award. VITALYST HEALTH FOUNDATION AWARD FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: Public Policy/ Plans for her Alley Over project.

SOUTHERN: PAUL CONNOLLY, APLD Owner of Sundrea Design/Build in Tucson

Paul Connolly has received numerous awards for his creative and sustainable landscape designs, including the 2013 ‘International Landscape Designer of the Year’ award. He focuses on building trusting relationships with homeowners, employees, suppliers and tradespeople that help bring together people, architecture and nature. Connolly’s team produces VOX, a monthly newsletter that emphasizes sustainable design practices and provides information about green landscape options for desert conditions.

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Product reviews by our eco-conscious couple John and Jennifer Burkhart


If you haven’t explored fermented foods, your gut will thank you for reading on. Fermented foods have not only probiotics but also enzymes, B-vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids. There’s such a variety of ways to get your “ferment” on these days, and you don’t have to be a fan of the sour stuff. Who knew it was more than just pickles and sauerkraut? KEVITA | SPARKLING PROBIOTIC DRINK: LEMON CAYENNE HE SAID: Don’t let the big hot pepper on the label scare you off. This lemon cayenne drink tasted like low-sugar lemonade with a faint spiciness in the aftertaste. The bubbles, on the other hand, are no joke. This is one of the most effervescent drinks I’ve ever come across. The bubbles actually made me cough on the first sip. He gave it:

SHE SAID: Much easier to drink than kombucha; this was like drinking a tasty bubbly lemonade. Only after about four sips did I feel a lively tingling in the back of my throat – that cayenne sneaks up on you! Worth it for the health benefits, though, and overall a refreshing, lowcalorie way to armor up your gut! She gave it:

FIREFLY KITCHENS | RUBY RED KRAUT HE SAID: It’s my opinion that no bratwurst is complete without a some of this zesty pickled cabbage on top. This particular kraut was one of the best I’ve ever had. It had a great crunch and a delicious vinegar zing. Plus, it had a unique purple color that would add a nice splash of color to any dish.

SHE SAID: Other than the fact that this purple kraut would look striking on any plate, it actually tasted great, too! It had a bit more bite than other krauts I’ve had and was an interesting mix of cabbage, beets, carrots and green onion. Darn delicious alone, but I’ll be trying this on a variety of foods.

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FORAGER PROJECT | DAIRY-FREE DRINKABLE CASHEWGURT: WILD BLUEBERRY HE SAID: What’s not to like about yogurt you can drink? Or in this case, Cashewgurt, which is an extra creamy cashew milk mixed with an extensive list of live active probiotic cultures. The best part is that our kids absolutely love this stuff, and they will ask for this over most other drinks. Little do they know it’s really good for them. Parenting win!

SHE SAID: If you’re a fan of probiotics and smoothies but not the tart flavor of “milkgurt” and dairy kefir, Cashewgurt is here to save the day! Loaded with kefir cultures, an ultra-smooth texture and a mild blueberry flavor, it’s sure to please. More blueberry wouldn’t hurt, however. She gave it:

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FARMHOUSE CULTURE | ORANGE GINGER CARROTS HE SAID: These orange ginger carrots were an interesting twist on traditional sauerkraut. They were tasty overall, but the fermented sour taste almost eclipses the orange flavor completely. There was a surprisingly nice ginger bite in the aftertaste. The biggest difference between this kraut and its cabbage counterpart is that the carrots don’t hold up as well. The result in a mushy texture, which was a bummer.

SHE SAID: These reminded me of those sad, droopy pickles on a fast-food burger. The carrots tasted sour like a pickle but were softer than they should be. They’d be a bit better off without the orange and ginger flavors – I have no idea what to add these to because I just can’t eat them alone.

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LIGHTLIFE | ORGANIC TEMPEH: FLAX HE SAID: The back of the bag said to fry the tempeh in oil and soy sauce, but I wanted to know how these tasted on their own. Boy, do I regret that. This stuff had zero flavor, other than a slightly nutty flax-seed aftertaste. My tastebuds were like, “Hey, we know you’re chewing something, but we got nothing to do here, so we’re going on break!” I added some soy sauce on the second go round, and it brightened them up a lot. You’ll definitely need to dress them up.

SHE SAID: At first look, this unique food did not seem appetizing whatsoever (and definitely don’t read about how it’s made – fungus?!). Surprisingly, after following simple cooking directions, the sliced soybean, brown rice and flax “brick” browned right up to a crispy texture. The flavor was like a combination of sunflower seeds and white beans. Satisfying, interesting, filling, and dare I say -- tasty. Just don’t forget the sauce!

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Keep track of your year on a 100% recycled, 30% post-consumer waste calendar from Paper Source. Each page is full of bright colors to give you an uplifting start to your day and the boxes are big enough to write several notes. The art grid display isn’t the only design Paper Source offers for their calendars. They supply a paint chip model, foil blotter, letterpress, and so on. The possibilities are endless, tailored to compliment the unique personality of everyone. $24.95 PAPERSOURCE.COM



Handcrafted from a repurposed wine bottle, Rewined Candles offer more than just a rich aroma to fill your home. These candles are made from premium soy wax and have scents from Rose, Cabernet, Champagne, Chardonnay, and so on. The candle has an 80 hour burn time and will have every house guest trying to steal it from you! Personally, I have never purchased a better candle than the ones Rewined has to offer. $28 SHOP-REWINED.COM





Much to our surprise, companies are allowed to use harmful ingredients and make their own judgments about safety. When researching the ingredients in popular makeup brands, it is nearly impossible to find an ingredient list on their websites. With Jane Iredale makeup, you are provided with an entire ingredient glossary that explains what each ingredient does! This brand is meant to keep your skin safe and is gentle on those with sensitive skin. It even lasts long and offers vibrant colors, totally wearable day or night! Prices vary JANEIREDALE.COM

Have you been searching for that perfect eco-friendly stained, geometric shelf? Look no further than right here in Phoenix, Arizona! Fine Pine Design is a local woodworking business that solely relies on non-toxic, eco-friendly safe wood stain. Choose from shades like White, Golden Pecan, Early American, Heather Grey and more. The local biz offers triangle and hexagon shelves, wine racks and memory display boards to complement your home’s personality. Check out their website for more information. Starting at $14.99 FINEPINE.NET



Skin is the largest organ on the human body and absorbs everything we put on it, including everyday toxins. It is important that we apply only completely natural products on our bodies, which is why Skinerals is the best option. Offering cleansers, moisturizers, lip gloss and so much more, all made from 100 percent organic materials that are solely found in nature! Check out their website to revitalize your skin. Prices vary SKINERALS.COM

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