THE NEW Green Living Magazine September 2020

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GREEN LIVING September 2020


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Let’s Celebrate! A look at 10 years of Green Living

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We had just completed our pool renovation, and I really did not want to put traditional chemicals into our new beautiful pool. I happened to grab Green Living magazine from the grocery store and opened it to find an advertisement about “no chemicals� in your pool. I thought WOW... I was just thinking about this for our new pool! I called Exceptional Water Systems to learn more about their technology. After our installation, we found there were more advantages than just a pure clean pool that was safe to swim in. Both my husband and I have battled with inflammation from past injuries, and lived with frequent pain. We soon learned that these nanobubbles also infused our bodies with oxygen. As we spent time in our pool, we noticed our pains had subsided and we felt great! We love our clean, crystal-clear, chlorine-free pool, and we highly recommend Exceptional Water Systems to every pool owner across the valley and the country! Beth and Craig Tieken

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Water is undoubtedly one of the most precious elements on earth. It is also undoubtedly one of the most mysterious elements to understand as well. This so called precious and mysterious element is also responsible for providing life to almost every living creature on earth. You would think we as human life would know much more about it since it is our lifeline to life itself. Instead, most people know very little about it and don’t even put much thought into it at all. For us at Exceptional Water Systems, water is everything! Our quest for attaining the highest level of water quality begins with a better understanding of water itself. Who would be a better teacher than mother nature herself? That’s right… mother nature is truly the pro when it comes to providing us with the highest level of quality water that is filled with the minerals, nutrients, and pH balance we need for healthy living. So… the question is, would you rather swim in a fresh crystalclear stream of water supplied from the side of a mountain that hasn’t been tainted by man and industrialization or would you rather swim in a chemical infested hole in the back yard we call a swimming pool? Well, that’s an easy decision for me… I’ll take the stream! I think, in saying that, I could speak for most people as well. Exceptional Water Systems has been researching and developing systems that provide natural sanitation to swimming pools, spas, and water features for almost 10 years. We’ve found that by increasing the dissolved oxygen content in water

increases the health of the water exponentially. Did you know that a Lake is considered “healthy” based on the level of oxygen present in the water? The higher the oxygen level the healthier the lake and as it loses oxygen it becomes more algae ridden and kills off the fish. Why is this important to understand for swimming pools? Because it is ONE of the baselines in understanding water quality for natural life. Ozone is one of the most powerful natural oxidizers and disinfectants you can use. However, it is important to understand that the purest ozone systems are fed with pure oxygen to provide the highest level of purity and strength for disinfection and oxidation. The Aqua Fuzion system is designed to dissolve oxygen and ozone into the water naturally providing a much higher level of oxygen in the water as well as providing a disinfectant that is 10,000 times more efficient at killing microorganisms than chlorine. The only byproduct left behind is pure oxygen! The added oxygen makes the water feel soft and silky as if you just stepped out of the shower… except better! Nothing but crystalclear water without all the chemicals the way mother nature intended it! We have clientele that have used their pool more in the last two weeks than they have in the 20 years of owning their pool. All because they didn’t like the chlorine. If you’re interested in learning more about our systems please feel free to give us a call. We’ll be happy to assist you.


September 2020


12 Cloth & Flame 14 Feed Phoenix

Unique and eco-friendly dinners and events Witnessing Nature in Food


16 Boost Your Immune System 18 Dropping Acid… 4 vitamins to try

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20 A Shoe-in

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22 Home Sweet Home 24 Luxury & Sustainability Dress up your home, sustainably

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26 Artistic Activism 29 Let’s Celebrate! 32 Fashion, Wrapped Up 34 38 Our Future Homes & Offices Deepak Chopra… Is busier than ever

Entrepreneur and voice-over actor Jade Zaroff

42 Cosmic Vegans 44 Recipes

The new vegan hot spot Avocado toast and Southwest gazpacho


46 Consuming the Cultural Past Enjoying responsible heritage tourism


48 Food Allergies?

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50 Are We Ready for the Heat? 52 The Palmeraie

Resilient strategies for the city of the future A look at the project

A look at 10 years of Green Living

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September marks a big milestone for us here at Green Living—it’s our 10th anniversary. When our owner, Dorie Morales, launched this publication in September of 2010, “ecofriendly” and “sustainable” were words that were just beginning to become part of the mainstream lexicon. She was a true visionary, working to make her mark on the world. When I joined the team in 2019, she asked me for my “why”—WHY did I want to be part of Green Living? WHY was sustainability important to me? The simple answer? Because I care. I care about our Earth, I care about our health, and I care about the future. Being part of something that is contributing to that narrative is an honor. Through Green Living, we hope to continue to make an impact. We hope to educate and inspire, and to unite our readers in the common goal of making the world a better place for us all. I remember when my son was born 15 years ago. I searched high and low for bottles that were free of chemicals—no BPA, no phthalates, no anything. At the time, they were difficult to find (yes, I could have gone with all glass, but for those who know me… well… “klutz” is my middle name!). That was around the time when I was going through the rest of my kitchen, throwing out old plastic containers for yes, glass ones (those I wasn’t lugging around all the time!); old, scratched pots with nonstick coating for stainless steel; and more. Over the years, I’ve made many other household and lifestyle changes to be more eco-friendly and sustainable. And yes, I’ve learned a lot of new tips since I’ve been with Green Living, as well.

Ric Coggins, writer Ric Coggins has been a longtime contributor, taking us all on his journey as a cancer survivor. Each month he shares health lessons he learned along the way. Coggins is a University of Arizona Master Gardener who grew up on a one-acre garden tended by his father, who was a regular contributor to Mother Earth News and Organic Gardening and Farming magazines. Coggins continues his father’s “green” traditions on a one-acre organic garden urban homestead in Mesa he calls The Fool on the Hill Farm.

Working towards a goal of taking care of the Earth and its living inhabitants makes me proud. The team at Green Living works hard to bring you the latest news, stories, and products to make that possible. They’re amazing. Speaking of our team, we all worked together to bring you this newly redesigned magazine. We’re still tweaking it, so watch out for more changes, but we’re excited to show you what we’ve been up to. We also redesigned our website! And coming soon, we’ll have a big event to celebrate our milestone anniversary. We hope you join us for the celebration, as well as join us on our journey for the next 10 years—and beyond.

Sustainably yours,

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Kyley Warren, assistant editor Kyley Warren is an award-winning writer, editor, and multimedia architect who specializes in lifestyle and entertainment reporting. Her versatility has allowed her to maintain impactful roles within a number of prominent publications and PR agencies. Warren earned her journalism degree from Arizona State University, and has since had bylines featured in USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, U.S. News & World Report, and the Miami Herald, among others.

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Understanding Climate Justice

Zac Efron’s New Netflix Show on Sustainable Travel

How-to: Garden in Arizona

Green Living magazine’s digital coordinator and writer, Kait Spielmaker, analyzes climate justice through the lens of society today— and specifically, how the confluence of environmental injustices tie race and climate change into the same category of social issues that are affecting our country and world.

Netflix’s new limited series Down to Earth features actor Zac Efron in the role of television host, as he travels the world with wellness expert Darin Olien in search of understanding how different cultures interpret sustainable living.

Gardening has a variety of benefits for our health and the environment. It seems like nothing would be able to survive under such conditions. But with proper care, there are a select few foods that actually thrive in Arizona during its hottest season.



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The Perseids Meteor Shower is one of the best meteor shows of the year, and it peaked in mid-August. The key to seeing the increased meteor activity in Arizona is to find a dark and clear spot, and marvel at the night sky above. Follow @greenliving on Instagram for more nature updates.

The Fresh Food Collab movement continues to make an impact around the Valley through its versatile team of collaborators and sponsors. In August alone, FFC was able to distribute 18,000 pounds of food to 600 families.






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During Labor Day weekend, Uptown Phoenix’s first boutique hotel, ARRIVE Phoenix, opened its doors. At the hotel’s Lylo Swim Club, a mid-century-style poolside bar, guests can grab a top-notch craft cocktail, Dole Whip frozen pineapple drinks, craft beers or wine with eco-conscious thoughtfulness—including colorful plush acrylic drinkware and small compostable wares.

Recently, Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Solid Waste Services collaborated to install a series of eight brightly colored, artist-designed recycle/trash bins at the Scottsdale Waterfront, between Goldwater Boulevard and Scottsdale Road. All eight bins were designed by Chandler artist Mary Neubauer, who incorporated metal from discarded refuse dumpsters to create the new containers. The design themes feature butterflies, desert flowers, whirling impellers and hummingbirds.

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It’s now easier than ever to recycle! Recently, The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), the parent company of grocery stores including Fry’s, launched its Simple Truth® Recycling Program, offering customers a free and simple way to recycle the flexible packaging of more than 300 products from Simple Truth, America’s largest natural and organic brand.

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Developed in partnership with international recycling leader TerraCycle, Kroger’s new platform enables customers to recycle a wide range of flexible packaging not currently accepted in curbside recycling programs, including produce bags, bread bags, and plastic overwrap from household items like tissues and bottled water. To recycle the items, sign up at SimpleTruth; collect Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic flexible plastic packaging (bags, pouches, liners and wraps); ship the packaging to TerraCycle using a free, prepaid shipping label; earn points for every pound of eligible packaging sent; and then redeem points as donations to charitable organizations.




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The sky’s the limit for Cloth & Flame, a local company known for creating awe-inspiring events and dining experiences. Husband-and-wife team Matt Cooley and Olivia Laux started this venture quite literally with their heads in the clouds. Float Balloon Tours, as their former business was called, was known for holding special dinners set amid the breathtaking vistas of their landing sites. Soon these dinners gained popularity, and people began inquiring about attending the dinners without the balloon rides.

“When our dinners were getting more attention than the rides, we knew we had something special,” says Cooley. Thus, Cloth & Flame was born, with the very first event held on New Year’s Eve, a community dinner held in the majestic north Phoenix desert, where guests welcomed 2018 beneath the stars. Two years later, Cloth & Flame now hosts community dinners, weddings, and private and corporate events at 52 sites throughout the western United States, including Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and Texas. The team plans everything from the location to the menu, ensuring every Cloth & Flame experience is memorable and one-of-a-kind.

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While there is no limit to what Cloth & Flame can do for an event, there is definitely a limit to what they will do. “Everything is temporary-use,” explains Cooley. “Cloth & Flame abides by the principles of ‘leave no trace.’ We don’t build permanent fences or structures to contain our events; everything is temporary and taken away, leaving the landscape as it was before.” In addition, Cloth & Flame is committed to creating the lowest possible footprint in a number of other ways. They do everything from company-wide efforts to eliminate all disposable service-ware to composting unused food. They even make conscious efforts with the smallest details, such as swapping zip-ties for reusable Velcro. The land where Cloth & Flame events are held is almost always secured by partnership, and provides a passive income to landowners. They also give a portion of the profits from community events to conservation organizations and connected non-profits such as the Sonoran Institute, Natural Restorations, Native Seed Search, land trusts, state and city parks, and conservation areas. Cloth & Flame will continue to soar with inspired events, while helping the community and limiting their imprint on the environment. For more information, visit To see more photos of Cloth & Flame, visit SEPTEMBER 2020






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Chef Jennifer Johnson left corporate America 19 years ago. What makes her happy? Feeding people. She began her quest for fulfillment as a personal chef and now runs her own sustainability-focused catering company, which prepares meals for all ages and has become a leader in healthy, organic, and green dining experiences. She was a natural fit to help launch the Feed Phoenix Initiative: a partnership between the City of Phoenix and Local First Arizona Foundation bringing local businesses, farmers, and producers together to make nutritious meals (in sustainable packaging) for homebound seniors and residents experiencing homelessness.

How can parents at home make easy, healthy, and sustainable school lunches?

Johnson teamed up with local farm Green on Purpose to make 300 veggie-filled dishes of Pasta Primavera. Even while dealing with an ongoing pandemic, she is committed to serving her community and protecting the planet.

I find that when I shop at home two to three times a week, I do a better job eliminating food waste, and what I wanted to eat Sunday generally isn’t what I want on the next Friday.

Find more Arizona green businesses to support at What is one thing that excites you about today’s food systems and one thing you’d like to change as soon as possible? Arizona has a fantastic system with local farmers’ markets— you can find organic almost everywhere. Chemical-free food is so important. Make healthy food and school lunches available to everyone—free school lunch programs are horrible—they do not provide the kids with enough calories, and the calories they do provide are many times empty calories. When you are hungry, you will eat what fills you up. It is proven that kids with good meals do better at school. That’s why I teach healthy eating on a budget at A New Leaf, and why I am part of the Fresh Food Collab, and all of our extra catering will go to Phoenix Day to help feed the youth who many times go home to no food.




Start with good ingredients and share the job. Go to the farmers’ market together and make cooking fun. Use 5-7 ingredients only and keep it simple.

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4 Vitamins to Boost Your Immune System BY DR. KATIE STAGE, ND, RH (AHG)


While adding vitamins to your diet can’t prevent illnesses like the flu, cold or even coronavirus, there is a wealth of research that shows certain vitamins do support your immune system and can improve its functions. Staying healthy is more top-of-mind than ever, and adding these vitamins to your diet could help your immune system stay in top shape this fall. VITAMIN D Vitamin D helps protect against infection caused by pathogens and stimulates the rapid production of immune cells. In addition to its immune-boosting factors, it also plays a role in strengthening your bones. A typical dose for adults is 50 micrograms or 2,000 international units a day; however, it is possible to overdose on vitamin D. If you’re taking more than 50mcg a day, be sure to have your blood levels monitored by a physician. VITAMIN C Vitamin C is likely the first thing people think of when thinking of their immune system. It supports innate immunity (the first line of defense) by promoting collagen production, which supports healthy barriers inside the body. It also stimulates the production, movement, and function of white blood cells and antibody production, which is part of the adaptive immune system. A typical dose for adults is 500 to 1,000 milligrams one to two times a day. A higher dose may be given, but it can cause loose stools in some people. If this occurs, decrease the dose.




VITAMIN A In addition to being essential to eye health, vitamin A supports mucosal integrity and innate immune cells such as macrophages and neutrophils, and is required for antibody response to an antigen (pathogen). It has been shown to decrease mortality rates in many infectious diseases, including measles, malaria, mumps, and acute pneumonia. A typical dose for adults would be up to 1,000 micrograms of retinol activity equivalents or 3,300 international units a day. It’s important to note that an overdose of vitamin A can be toxic and higher doses should be monitored by a health professional.

ZINC Zinc is another great nutrient that has multiple benefits. It supports skin and mucosal cell integrity (which protects our tissue from penetration by pathogens), supports immune cell growth and differentiation, and is an antioxidant. A typical dose for adults is 15 milligrams once or twice per day, but only for a short period of time. Excess zinc decreases copper in the body, so higher levels of zinc should be used under the care of a physician only.







Dropping Acid… Fulvic acid, that is! BY RIC COGGINS


Most medical breakthroughs take at least 17 to 20 years to find their way from the test tube to mainstream medical practice. Some of that delay, of course, is time for thorough testing. Most of it, however, is the time spent in eventual educational dissemination to the industry, overcoming vested financial interests in the practices obsoleted by the breakthrough, or simply just waiting for the old-school doctors to step out of the way.

The advent of fulvic acid in modern medicine, however, has tracked at a more glacial pace, having been first successfully used (that we know of) in the Ming Dynasty of China over 800 years ago! However, 800 years is only a drop in the bucket compared to fulvic acid’s prehistoric origins. Fulvic acid got its start about the same time as petroleum. In fact, they are both basically derived from the same prehistoric decayed plant matter. The main difference is—or perhaps I should say was—that the plant matter that became petroleum decayed in an environment without oxygen, hence was acted on by anaerobic bacteria. Humic shale, on the other hand, formed where the plant matter decayed with available oxygen, in an aerobic environment, with aerobic bacteria. Humic shale contains a number of known compounds, with several such as humic acid being used in agriculture as plant fertilizers. According to fulvic acid experts like Dr. Robert Faust and Dr. Daniel Nuzum, what makes fulvic acid so useful in medicine is its infinitesimally small molecular weight and its tiny molecular size. It’s because of its small size that it can go virtually anywhere in the human body; through




tissue walls; and even into the interior of a cell’s power plant, the mitochondria. But according to Nuzum—who has no less than eight degrees to his credit, including a doctorate in osteopathic medicine and another doctorate in naturopathic medicine— it’s what the tiny fulvic acid molecules do once inside the cells that is the medical miracle. Nuzum, who sees patients in his clinic in Meridian, Idaho, teaches them that there are four major reasons for his successes in fulvic acid-based regimens. First, Nuzum says that fulvic acid is the world’s strongest chelator. It dissolves and brings into solution any heavy metal it comes into contact with. Then, fulvic acid attaches itself to it and carries the toxin out of the body. In this way Nuzum refers to fulvic acid as both “the delivery man AND the garbage man.“ Second, fulvic acid concentrates molecular oxygen in the cells. “A low-grade oxygen deficiency at the cellular level over a long period of time has cancer as an inevitable outcome,” he says.

This oxygenation process also then “turns up” the cellular voltage in a sort of anti-aging process for the cell. Like our car’s battery, the more volts it has, the longer it will last. No volts equals dead battery or dead cell. Third, fulvic acid enhances both microbial and enzymatic function. Did you know that each and every beat of your heart is the result of a cascade effect of 85 different enzymatic reactions… over and over? Did you know that more than 65,000 enzymatic functions have been determined to exist in the liver alone? Microbes and enzymes do much of the body’s heavy lifting in terms of the mechanics of making things happen, working together to produce the needed result(s). The radical enhancement of these activities alone would be a story all by itself. The fourth aspect, and perhaps the most life-giving quality of fulvic acid that Nuzum teaches his patients about, is its “massive” antioxidant capacity. If you recall, antioxidants have extra electrons they can give back to molecules that free radicals have damaged by knocking out electrons. And while fulvic acid has a stellar capacity to do just that, it also does something that other antioxidants can’t do… fulvic acid has the ability to literally “absorb” energy from free radicals it comes in contact with, causing them to completely collapse. Nothing else known delivers this “onetwo” punch. I learned about fulvic acid in my quest to defeat cancer, and immediately incorporated it into my daily regimen. Even after being declared cancer-free (three years ago this month, by the way), I saw no reason to stop. It’s a very simple and inexpensive treatment. Twice a day, I mix ½ oz. of liquid fulvic acid into an 8 oz. glass of spring water. Some suggest distilled water is best, but whatever you do, do not mix in water that has chlorine. The dosing was the easy part. Finding the best fulvic acid was not so easy, as there are a lot of inferior offerings out there that, while technically can be marketed as fulvic acid, lack the human health benefits. My guide in this quest turned out to be Faust, a Ph.D. soil scientist with over 40 years’ experience in fulvic acid for both plant and human consumption. In my research it appeared that his company, Mana Life, produces the cleanest and the most effective fulvic acid. Some fulvic acids in the marketplace actually contain heavy metals or are not even of the variety that are beneficial to humans. Faust uses the same humic shale processing techniques as the Ming Dynasty practitioners did, only with U.S.-sourced humic shale and Oregon-captured rainwater. The product he produces he calls Wu Jin San, and can be purchased in quart or in gallon portions. Whether you wish to use fulvic acid as an easy preventive to diseases, or like me, in response to a life-threatening malady, it’s like a Swiss army knife once in your system.

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Table Talk The Artefacto 2020 collection includes this Hive dining table. All Artefacto products are made from ethically sourced materials, including only using timber that is approved for use by the Brazilian Environment Department, taken from tracts that require immediate reforestation as soon as trees are harvested. The collection combines the bold flair of Brazil with the minimalistic nature of Asian culture for a line that is eye-catching and fresh, yet still embraces the timeless contemporary style that is signature to the brand. Customizable; price varies at

Basket Case Hide your clutter in this Medium Lines Basket, which is made using a unique hybrid weaving crochet technique in Northern Coastal Peru. It utilizes recycled yarn made of 70% plastic bottles and 30% cotton, mixed with a 100% jute to create texture and contrast. The baskets are flexible, yet durable and ready for whatever you throw at (or in) them. $160 at

Perfect Pillow Created by Rochelle Porter Design, this pillow cover dresses up any chair, sofa or bed. Sustainably made, the pillow’s designs are artist Rochelle Porter’s original artwork. The covers are made of organic cotton and/or linen fabric; printed with eco-friendly, nonpolluting dyes; ethically crafted in the U.S. by small women-owned manufacturing businesses; and produced in small batches to prevent waste and overproduction. $56 at; available at West Elm this winter.






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Luxury & Sustainability At home at 7180 Optima Kierland BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN


Along Scottsdale Road, just steps from Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter, sits the new 7180 Optima Kierland, a 12-story, meticulously designed residential tower of condominiums with 202 one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes—as well as the penthouses. Here, every detail has been thought of, from the design to the amenities. And yes, to its sustainability. David Hovey, Jr., AIA, president and principal architect of Optima, is behind Optima’s award-winning green-building design.

This newest Optima building was created using technologically advanced building materials, including a post-tension concrete structure, an aluminum infill window-wall system, and aluminum sunscreens and louvers, as well as a variety of energyefficient and CO2 emission-reduction design aspects, and water conservation from plumbing fixtures. One visibly stunning feature is its next-generation vertical landscape system, which includes self-contained irrigation and drainage that enables a palette of vibrantly colored plants at the edge of each floor to grow both up and over the building.




There’s also the dynamic, undulating façade with perforated panels and sun-screening louvers that create shade and shadows, and voids and textures. Built on a six-acre parcel, the lush landscaping was designed not just for looks, but to reduce ambient temperature, mitigating the heat-island effect. In fact, Optima worked closely with Dr. Chris Martin from Arizona State University to develop and refine a plant palette that thrives in the desert climate and is sensitive to the water demands. All of the landscaping creates a microclimate that lowers the ambient temperature from five to nine degrees. In addition to its sustainable features, resident comfort and enjoyment of the property were forefront in the design, as

well. There’s Club One, which includes an indoor/outdoor fitness center with state-of-the-art cardio and fitness equipment, free weights and a yoga studio; a steam room, massage room, sauna, cold plunge pool and spa; barbecues, fire pits, lounge areas and an outdoor fitness area; a covered dog park and dog wash; a game room with a golf simulator, table tennis and billiards; a party room with a chef’s catering kitchen and outdoor entertaining space; basketball/ pickleball, squash and bocce ball courts; a lounge area with seating, TVs, and a coffee and tea bar; a theater room with a large-screen display; a rooftop pool; and a business center and conference room. “With the unveiling of 7180 Optima Kierland, we are proud to showcase Optima’s continued commitment to design-driven luxury residential living that is at the forefront of the industry for innovation, sustainability and technology,” says Hovey. 7180 Optima Kierland is priced from the $500,000s to over $2 million. For more information, visit To see more photos of Optima Kierland, visit

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Deepak CHOPRA Is Busier Than Ever

The famed meditation mogul talks about his upcoming book, society’s need for spiritual guidance, and how he defines purpose. BY KYLEY WARREN


At 73, the pioneer of the New Age movement and world-renowned meditation mogul, Deepak Chopra, shows no signs of slowing down. Those who have followed his career or teachings know that he’s a man who has long advocated for the belief that mental balance can be the determinant of physical health—and that people can actually free themselves from disease or aging, so long as they’re in the right mental space. While his work has inspired some controversy in scientific communities, his life—in many ways—serves as proof that perhaps wellness isn’t necessarily a state of being, but rather a state of mind.

Chopra was born in New Delhi and studied medicine in India. After moving to the United States in 1970 and becoming involved in endocrinology and the Transcendental Meditation movement, he relocated out West and adopted roles as a spiritual advisor and doctor to celebrities like Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor, among others. Since then, he’s evolved into one of the most influential figures in the world—known for his interpretations of traditional spiritual teachings, his advocacy for alternative medicine, and his extensive knowledge of soulful living and wellness that he’s generously shared with his fans through over 90 books. Chopra has famously hosted meditation series alongside longtime pal Oprah Winfrey, and was even described by TIME magazine as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.” In a season that’s generally slowed down the pace of life for most people, Chopra has found the need for connectivity and spiritual guidance to be more imperative than ever before— and as a result, he’s worked to extend his brand’s reach in both the digital and social landscapes to meet this need.




I had the chance to speak with Chopra about his upcoming projects, his desire to make meditation and wellness practices more accessible, and how he’s viewing this season as a creative opportunity. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. We’re living in a time when people are navigating a range of emotions and feelings, which your work really helps to make sense of. But at this moment, honestly, how are you feeling, Deepak? Actually, I’m feeling really good about how this is an opportunity for us to not only renew our own body by resurrecting our soul, but also actually repair the world and go beyond the immediate grief which we’re naturally experiencing. And, you know, I’m actually more effective now in my work. I’m not traveling, and I’m reaching more people. I’m busier than ever, although I keep up with my schedule of yoga and meditation, and exercise and nutrition and good sleep. But I feel, right now, that if we create an ecosystem of collective visions and collective cooperations, a Sangha, as

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the Buddhists say: “Take refuge in the Sangha, take refuge in the Dharma, take refuge in higher consciousness, and take refuge in the creative process.” And maybe we’ll see a more peaceful, just, sustainable, healthier, enjoyable world at the end. So, I’m looking at this as a creative opportunity. You’ve written 90 books, which have sold millions of copies worldwide. Now, your 91st book, Total Meditation, is set to come out this fall. Tell me a bit about the message of this book and what you hope audiences will take away from it. Right now, of course, meditation is very popular. And people are seeing the benefits of meditation—not only biological and physiological benefits—but everything from personal relationships to emotions to sleep. Meditation also is for higher consciousness in accessing that part of your being which spiritual traditions call the soul. Different people have different needs, and that is exactly where we need to go right now. We need to reach a billion people for personal and social transformation. I don’t think there is any social transformation in the absence of personal transformation. So, that’s my intention now with the new app, with the podcast, and with the new book. The new book actually takes everyone and says, “You can be in this space of meditation no matter where you are in your journey.” Total meditation is how you stay centered and connected to your soul—not to your mind or to your body, but to that part of your being. If you can stay there, then you have access to creativity, imagination, inspiration, intuition, love, compassion, joy, empathy, and to the conquest of the fear of death. This is what the gift is from the wisdom traditions. So, I tried to put everything that the wisdom traditions of the world—whether it’s East or West, Chinese, Indian, Gnostic Gospels, whatever—I have taken the essence of their teachings, and put it in this book called Total Meditation. The Chopra brand is continuing to expand its reach in the digital realm, as well—now in the form of a meditation app, which will help to make your teachings even more accessible. How is this app different from others that are currently on the market? So, with Oprah and our team, we have reached almost 10 million people with three meditations online. This app acts as more of a well-being journey that can be personalized. You never know where people go in their journeys, but you always help them where they are. And people are looking for some kind of guidance on where they are. So, this is more personalized, more in the direction of giving you feedback on not just meditation, but everything— stress management, personal relationships, nutrition connection, nature, creativity, and high consciousness.




So many people look to you for guidance in spirituality and wholeness. I imagine that can feel a bit overwhelming at times. Who do you look to for guidance in living well? My role models always have been, and continue to be, my parents, who are no longer alive. But you know, even at night I communicate with my parents because I remember all the things they taught me. I did my best to do that to my children and they to their children. Otherwise I don’t at the moment seek guidance from anyone. But from the stillness of meditation is the best guidance we can get. A new PBS TV special called Deepak Chopra: Becoming Metahuman airs at the end of this month. How long have you been working on this special and what can audiences expect? Over a year, and the PBS special has a lot of luminaries, scientists, astrophysicists, biologists, and neuroscientists, all looking at what it means to find our spirit or go beyond the conditioned mind, where we find infinite creativity, authenticity, a higher calling—and where we can prepare our wounded soul, both collectively and individually. The PBS version will air on approximately 400 stations across the country for several months, also on some selected stations in Canada. We hope to actually change the conversation for those around the country on what is possible if we go beyond our divisive, conditioned minds. You’ve argued that “contemporary physics can take us to the horizon of reality, the womb of creation, but it cannot cross the boundary between us and our source of existence.” As a modern-day health company, what sort of work is Chopra Global doing specifically to bridge that intersection of science and spirituality? The best scientific data and the best on wisdom traditions. We combine the two to create a scientific and spiritual basis for healing, or what we can call “whole health” instead of fragmented health. How would you define your purpose and existence? My purpose, ultimately, is to know myself beyond my physical body, mind, and world experience. And to realize my identity beyond my personal identity. And that, in Eastern wisdom traditions, is called self-realization or enlightenment. And that’s all my purpose is. The rest follows, but when you transcend your personal identity, you’re one with the world.

Deepak Chopra’s upcoming book, Total Meditation, is set to release on Sept. 22. For more information on his work and future projects, visit

Artistic Activism Entrepreneur and voiceover actor Jade Zaroff is empowering youth to use their collective talents for environmental and social change via her nonprofit, Entertainment for Change BY KYLEY WARREN


When COVID-19 swiftly sent the country into a wave of change earlier this year, it became clear that life was about to look drastically different for most Americans. Broadway shows and entertainment events were suspended, graduations and summer camps were cancelled, and many people found themselves with an extensive amount of free time on their hands—and a desperation for even the smallest return to normalcy. In the meantime, Jade Zaroff—an accomplished activist, voice-over actor, and entrepreneur in New York City—was working to shift her mission online and provide that sense of normalcy for children and artists—many of whom were not only missing the freedom brought by creative engagement, but who were also struggling to make sense of the social and environmental issues plaguing this country.

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“We all have a creative side to ourselves—it’s kind of just who we are as people. And so I think I was focused on reframing the conversation to encourage people to believe, ‘I can make an impact just by simply being creative and by being myself,’” says Zaroff. “I figured, if we had content that was advocating for social and environmental activism, we would have so much more power in terms of having people listen to what we have to say.”





Zaroff is the founder of Entertainment for Change (EFC)—a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works to connect children to artists on a national level through classes and programs, many that are aimed specifically at empowering youth to tap into their individual voice and creativity as a means to change society for the better. The mission of the organization is to educate young people about the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through nonprofit partnerships, original artistic creations, and an advisory board made up of prominent, socially conscious sponsors. For Zaroff, the goal has always been simple: to reinforce the idea that tackling large-scale global issues doesn’t have to be complicated, so long as we each take responsibility for our actions. Impactful solutions to some of the world’s most

complex issues don’t have to be informed by policy or simple economic advancements—it’s our job to use our collective talents and creative resources for true environmental and social change. “When I decided that I wanted to change the world through art, I didn’t know where to even begin. So, when I found the Sustainable Development Goals, they provided a really concrete framework for what we’re even trying to work on globally. So, it was a really great way in which I didn’t have to create my own kind of languaging around what it means to change the world.” Zaroff grew up in the Florida theater scene, and then went on to attend Emerson College in 2013. She majored in Theatre Studies and minored in the Emerson Experience in Entrepreneurship (E3), which is a yearlong immersive marketing communication program that teaches students how to build and launch a new business venture.




Zaroff developed her idea for EFC in her senior year as part of her E3 minor, and filed EFC as a 501(c)3 nonprofit during her last month of college in the spring of 2016. The nonprofit concept also stemmed from her experience of creating the Emerson Green Gala in 2015, which is now regarded as an annual event at the school which celebrates Earth Day through artistic expression. Inspired by what she learned at Emerson and the influence of her mother’s career (Marci Zaroff) in sustainable fashion, Zaroff was motivated to continue creating impactful change. Today, the nonprofit is successful largely because of the passion of its leaders and their drive to make informed decisions that are in the best interest of the organization’s entire community. Even in the age of COVID, they’ve managed to adapt through digital course offerings.

“With EFC as a platform, we were trying to focus on the creation of content for the next generation, and then we were implementing these social and environmental messages through Zoom calls and classes, Instagram Live segments, and a number of other digital mediums that could promote engagement and connectivity—even while many people were still not physically connected.” Through the summer months, classes were led by Broadway and arts and entertainment professionals, with the curriculum emphasizing sustainability activism. In August, the EFC team led impact artist classes, and the nonprofit also offered master class sessions that were hosted by industry professionals on a regular basis. Outside of educational classes, EFC supports a number of original ideas and projects. The Amplify Podcast is an

titled This Is Our Shot, which was created by Zaroff and EFC partners to empower kids via an animated music video. Looking into the season ahead, EFC is still continuing to grow its reach in an effort to effectively educate youth about positive ways to address environmental and social issues. Those who are a part of the organization can still anticipate the same sort of engaging content and curriculum throughout the fall season. But in the midst of so much uncertainty, they’re also relying on the input of community members to gauge what they can do to support children and artists. “I’m going to ebb and flow depending on logistics going into the fall, and kind of listen and respond to the needs of parents depending on the situation with schools and such.” Despite much of the program being hosted digitally, the

nonprofit has created a community of artists, dreamers and activists who are collectively pooling their talents and voices to champion things that truly matter. “It’s like being in love, and I’m in love with what I do. I love the Earth. I love being ridiculous in an Earth costume and performing for people. I love being an artist, because I studied musical theater for my first two years in college and then switched to acting with a minor in entrepreneurship. I love entrepreneurship, and I’ve been given that influence from my mom. It’s just the most fulfilling work.” interactive podcast and video series that works to raise awareness regarding the United Nations’ 17 SDGs for youth via monthly talent show competitions. The nonprofit scouts three talented artists to feature for each monthly episode.

At EFC, the nonprofit emphasizes the importance of providing safe spaces to connect inward, in order to truly make a difference in the world through the power of one’s authentic artistic expression.

The team also championed an original Disney-styled song

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This September marks 10 years since the debut of Green Living magazine. Since the beginning, the vision has always been to create engaging content, form strategic partnerships, and do work that inspires people to make the world a better place for future generations. We’ve featured some of the brightest minds and most innovative creators—like Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, Patrick Dempsey, Jamie Oliver, Ed Begley Jr., Alysia Reiner, Evan Strong, Dr. Weil, Marci Zaroff, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Suzy Amis Cameron, and even this month’s cover personality, Deepak Chopra. We’ve hosted impactful eco-events, and have brought together city officials, CEOs, nonprofits, and community innovators. Through it all, we’ve found the most inspiration in you— our diverse, engaged, and world-changing readers. Your support has carried us for the past decade, and we’re confident that you’ll love what the future holds for our magazine. Here’s to the next 10! — from the Green Living team





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Activ Intimates, a company owned by two sisters from Scottsdale who believe in protecting the Earth and striving to reduce their environmental footprint in business, recently released its new peignoir capsule collection. Beautiful, versatile and sustainable, the peignoir and body scarf wraps are made from production remnants and minimalwaste patterns. The Peignoir Wrap ($99) takes wearers from day to night, and casual to dressy, while the Body Scarf Wrap ($86) offers a way to create daytime wrap tops or playfully romantic looks. Pair them together for almost unlimited options. Items available at Photographer: Scott Hall, Creative Visual Images Model: Cindy Comer Stylist: Candace Carter, CCarter Fashion Makeup: Halle Murray

This eye-catching silhouette was created with the peignoir and body scarf wraps styled as a sarong skirt and overthe-shoulder twist top.




Perfection is a sheer cover-up in classic blue. The Peignoir Wrap can be styled as a sarong dress, letting you show off your favorite swimsuit.

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Our Future Homes & Offices MAKE ROOM FOR POST-COVID-19 SPACES



COVID-19 has transformed our lives and lifestyles, and the pandemic will also change our homes, our offices and how we think about our spaces. Those designing, building and buying commercial interiors are rethinking them for size, technology and healthfulness, and to create areas that encourage contact, socialization and huddling in smaller doses.

We’re also rethinking our homes. If we work at our homes full-time or on a rotating schedule with office time, can we craft them to flex with our changing lives without losing the charm and warmth that makes home, home? How do we build and configure the post-COVID-19 house? “Historically, as consumers accept and embrace change, it becomes normal, and temporary needs become permanent. The consumer is now used to working virtually from home, conducting meetings online, taking classes and going to school online, and even shopping for everything via live video or online meeting software and apps,” says Todd Sumney, chief industry officer for Scottsdale-based HomeSmart International, whose HomeSmart is Arizona’s leading brokerage. “This isn’t a fad,” he adds. “Our needs, desires and even our culture have permanently changed.”




THE RECONFIGURED OFFICE At work, concepts such as size, space changes and technology are key. Some companies are reducing their square footage or have stopped leasing commercial space completely because they have changed to a work-from-home operational structure, Sumney explains, adding that this may ultimately cause some properties to be rezoned to residential or adapted to a live/work hybrid. Other companies want more square footage to provide social distancing between employees, he says. Tim Thielke, AIA, LEED AP, workplace leader and principal for DLR Group from its Phoenix office, says that many clients are asking that their spaces be reconfigured

Above: A flexible workspace with multiple seating and working options in DLR Group’s Denver Office. Photo by Ed LaCasse. Opposite: Indoor-outdoor space, A Finer Touch. Photo by Roehner + Ryan.

and their new offices designed considering post-COVID-19 needs. The employee-owned company, located in 29 offices nationwide, contracts architecture, engineering and interiors services.

early part of the century, built for millennials who want fewer work walls, who grew up with the free-flowing global connectedness of the internet and expect that in their office environment?

“A lot of progressive companies are taking this time to look at permanent solutions rather than reduce space just because for the short term, they have had fewer employees at the office,” he explains.

Not entirely, but the post-COVID-19 office space will consider this model with others. “Some of the spaces in the new office environments will evolve into something entirely different, based on developments in health, wellness and technology, as we trade out one kind of space for others,” says Thielke, noting that DLR Group has developed three “Resilient Office” concepts for post-COVID-19 spaces.

For example, those large, often extravagant but infrequently used conference rooms may be replaced by larger individual workspaces that provide more space for focus work. DLR Group calls these “hexicles” to distinguish them from the claustrophobic cubicles of the past. The six-sided spaces are larger with components such as sliding privacy windows which adjust to the occupant’s needs. Thielke adds that smaller “on the fly” huddle spaces may become more popular; in this way, a few associates can discuss shared work in private rather than at large meeting tables. Does this end the collaborative open-space model of the

Many want to return to the office to collaborate and socialize and to remain connected to the company culture. “Maybe they won’t go to the office every day but they will want to go for these benefits,” he says. “Collaboration and socialization are the biggest elements that people talk about missing.” In addition, the post-COVID-19 office will incorporate technology and life-affirming “green” elements such as plant walls and other biophilia.





pocketbook, these spaces include home gyms, yoga and meditation spaces, wine rooms, man-caves and shesheds and, perhaps, the revived media room for the big-screen experience. Many will also seek casitas, guest houses, or additional bedrooms for older parents who have moved in because of COVID-19. “Homes have become, and will continue to be, more multi-generational than ever before,” says Sumney.

Home office space. Photo courtesy Candelaria Design Associates

Enhanced audio- and video-conferencing equipment will provide better virtual meetings with employees working at home or in other company locations, Thielke says. Other healthful components will include automatically sanitized workstations; zero-touch bathroom faucets; voice-activated directories, building entries and elevators; and airpurification HEPA-filter and similar systems. “Siri hasn’t taken over the workplace yet,” he says with a smile, “but we do expect technology to have an increasing impact in our office spaces.”

THE NEW HOME ‘FLEXES’ With many of us working at home during COVID-19, we are looking closely at our living spaces. Are they functioning optimally for our lifestyles today and in the future? Will they provide the flexibility we will need during this crisis and when another occurs?

Depending on the owner’s



The Mud Room, for instance, is becoming what he calls the “Package Receiving and Sanitizing Room,” comprising space for employees from companies such as Fed-Ex and Amazon, the dry cleaner, and the pizza and grocery delivery people for drop-off and pick-up. “We are designing spaces where delivery people can enter an intermediate space that is secured by electronic code that only allows them into this space. This allows the home owners’ deliveries to be out of the elements and in a space

Home gym design. Photo courtesy Candelaria Design Associates

“People are not spending money on traveling, so they are upgrading their homes or building ones that include the amenities they need,” says Brad Leavitt, president of A Finer Touch Construction, a Scottsdale-based luxury home builder and remodeler.


“We are seeing a number of changes in the design and details of the homes we have both in design and under construction,” explains Mark B. Candelaria, AIA, founder and principal of Candelaria Design Associates, the multi-awardwinning luxury home architectural firm in Scottsdale.

where they cannot be stolen by outsiders, while not allowing the vendors access to the main part of the house,” he says. Leavitt has also seen builders offer large, retractable delivery slots at the foyer where a package can be safely dropped. Beyond this preliminary Mud Room, and secured from it, the traditional Mud Room has equipment to de-sanitize phones, keys and other items, to leave shoes, and a wash sink with soap and hand sanitizers for homeowners to wash up from where they’ve been. The home office is in transformation, too. The traditional iteration––perhaps a corner of a kitchen by the oven or a makeshift garage bay––will no longer do. “The new home office will need to be a place where you can work eight hours a day with top high-speed technology and full WiFi connectivity,” says Leavitt. Sumney adds that consumers will want multiple home offices––one for each family member who is working from home permanently, plus dens and children’s computer areas for online learning. He notes, too, that desired homes will include soundproofing, thick walls and solid-wood doors, especially in homes with large families that are now often filled to capacity. “The new home office will have much more technology for work and to connect with others virtually from home at the same efficiency they do at the office,” Candelaria explains, citing multi-screens; cameras providing different angles; and cool, stylish backdrops. A back work room may be added, with a copier/scanner and supplies, which connects with the children’s home school space and offers a sound trap between them. This classroom at home has a large central work table for projects and collaborations with friends and tutors, with perimeter dedicated workstations for each child. “This space will also have cameras and large screens which can convert to gaming and fun activities when virtual school is over,” says Candelaria. Large and small home gyms are becoming prevalent––and not just in luxury homes. Some are asking, post COVID-19, should we return to the public gym? With connected machines, music and technology, these home versions can be adjacent to the master suite or in a location shared by the family; for higher-tier homes they are detached structures so that the space can be used as part of a pool cabana experience. In the same spirit, outdoor decks, patios and outdoor access will maximize open areas and provide more home space for entertaining. “The outdoor kitchen, with every grilling and cooking gadget, is really going off the charts, all with close proximity to

Sensate touchless kitchen faucet. Photo courtesy Kohler Co.

anything from a small herb garden to full-blown vegetable gardens,” says Candelaria, a superb home chef himself. As with the work office, technology in the post-COVID-19 home will be vital, including UV blue lights to disinfect water and air filtration systems and even lighting that adjusts to circadian cycles. Touchless technology will also be more and more popular, following use in commercial settings for many years: sports arenas, public bathrooms in malls or stores and restaurants. Installing a touchless kitchen faucet, for example, reduces the potential of spreading contaminants; many offer a voice-activated option. Also available are touchless soap dispensers, hand dryers, touchless faucets and toilets, explains Erin Lilly, design studio manager for Wisconsinbased Kohler Co. The company is about to debut a line of touchless flush toilets designed similarly to traditional commodes but with a built-in flush-handle sensor, she explains. “There are no new behaviors or routines to learn.”

HOME, SAFE HOME The new flex home combines technology, comfort, health, and enhanced refuge. “People want their home to feel safe and secluded from the world. They want to create a sanctuary, with the luxury of solitude, allowing for work, family and private time,” explains Tanya Shively, ASID, LEED AP, principal of Scottsdale’s Sesshu Design Associates, which has completed eco-sensitive, healthful interiors for 20 years. “People want cleanliness and no clutter, healthy living, comfort and good design and construction,” says Leavitt. “They want to experience the vibrancy and energy of home. They want a space that will inspire them from day to day, a place with Zen.” SEPTEMBER 2020





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Arizona’s food scene has continued to diversify over the years, with everything from locally owned locales to restaurant chains to even vegan offerings gaining momentum in cities like Phoenix and Scottsdale. In turn, those new restaurants have begun to inspire a wave of healthier food concepts to be made more available across the entire state—with Glendale being the most recent city to introduce a completely vegan marketplace to the West Valley. The Village in Glendale—which opened in mid-August—is a holistic vegan marketplace that serves as the host launchpad for a number of small businesses that are working to make organic food alternatives more accessible to consumers. Cosmic Vegans—the focal point of the property—is a one-stop-shop for all things vegan that comes from Nadira Jenkins-El of the Cutting Board Cafe and Bakery in Mesa. Cosmic Vegans features grab-and-go food, clothing, crystals, and even herbal supplements. Other property vendors include Raul’s Cocina, Churro Gonutz and Cuties Lemonade. The Village in Glendale is located in two buildings within Glendale’s Catlin Court Historic District, and for the time being, is open only on weekends. For more information on the Village in Glendale, Cosmic Vegans, or any of the other vendors mentioned, visit For more photos and food-related articles, visit





Marana Greenhouse Employees Build Native Pollinator Garden BY JACOB T. KERR


In a move to continue Bayer’s commitment to innovative sustainability, a $100 million greenhouse was built near Marana, Arizona to grow corn for seed production. The consistent climate in the Arizona desert provides the site with perfect conditions to rapidly grow produce indoors, with capabilities of completing roughly three crop cycles in a year.

As the Marana Greenhouse was constructed, large vehicles cleared small parts of land in the process. But where many saw an empty construction lot, Eli Miller envisioned something greater. Miller, a senior at New Mexico State University and a Tucson native, was a summer intern at the greenhouse in Marana, putting his knowledge of wildlife ecology to the test. His plan? Build a 14,000-square-foot native pollinator garden just outside the greenhouse. “I think it’s really cool–there is this giant construction site that just left behind a dirt patch, and I have the opportunity to take it as a blank canvas and create something beautiful,” Miller says. “I get to restore the land, but with my own personal flair.” The garden will be completed in four phases, with the first including 30 plants and approximately 300 feet of

gravel walking path. Garden construction began June 22, the start of National Pollinator Week. To recognize the importance of pollinators, employees at the Marana Greenhouse volunteered their time to help Miller. To continue the commitment to help pollinators thrive, Bayer joined the #NationalHoneyMonth movement to bring awareness to struggling pollinator species. Miller plans to implement learning tools in the garden such as signage describing each plant and its effect on the local ecosystem to help with this issue, as well. “In the end, this project will be multifaceted,” Miller says. “Not only will we see a native habitat be restored, but this will also be an area for locals to visit and learn from as well as act as a beautiful space for employees to relax.” All plants will be native to Arizona or the greater southwest region of the United States, including cacti, honeysuckle, pipevine, and four varieties of agave. They will also be sourced locally; the first batch being supplied by Desert Survivors in Tucson. “Partnering with the local community is extremely valuable in a project like this,” Miller says. “It will make the end result more sentimental knowing that these plants were grown by people right here in Tucson.”







Avocado Toast


2 pieces sourdough bread, lightly toasted 2 oz. broccomoli (see recipe) 1 ½ cup simple salad, dark leafy greens ½ avocado, sliced 1 oz. crumbled goat cheese 2 tbsp. chia seeds Toast sourdough bread, spread brocomoli as the base. Place simple salad on top, followed by sliced avocado, goat cheese, and chia seeds.

Broccomoli 2 avocados 2 cups broccoli, blanched and chopped Pico 2 tomatoes, diced 1 jalapeño, diced 1 bunch cilantro, chopped ½ red onion, diced 2 tbsp. chopped garlic 1 ½ limes, juiced In a food processor, pulse the blanched broccoli and avocados till desired texture. Transfer to a mixing bowl, and fold in pico.




Southwest Gazpacho


Soup base: 2 lbs. ripe tomatoes ½ cup tomato juice 1 cucumber, seeded and peeled 1 green bell pepper, seeded and de-ribbed 4 cloves of fresh garlic 1 small white onion 2 corn tortillas (soaked in water and softened) or a cup of soaked corn chips 1 tbsp. Spanish Jerez vinegar or rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp. lime juice 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. cumin 1 tsp. chili powder or 1 tbsp. ancho chili paste Salt and black pepper to taste

Toppings: 2 thinly sliced avocados 1 cored and seeded thinly sliced jalapeĂąo 3 green onions, thinly sliced 4 tbsp. chopped cilantro Optional toppings Sour cream Poached shrimp Add all ingredients in a food processor and blend to a smooth consistency. Adjust seasoning and acidity to taste (e.g. if the tomatoes are too sweet, adjust vinegar and/or lime juice). Refrigerate the soup in a covered bowl. Cover with the toppings. Alternately, serve in individual bowls and garnish with desired toppings.







Responsible heritage tourists follow the rules and respect the historical resources. Photo by Dallen J. Timothy

Consuming the Cultural Past Enjoying responsible heritage tourism



Most leisure travel includes visiting some element of cultural heritage. World-famous cultural attractions regularly draw large masses of tourists. Smaller-scale heritage sites and destinations tend to attract niche tourist markets that are fewer in number. Most of us have participated in both mass and specialized visits to heritage places and events. Similar to nature-based forms of tourism, uncontrolled heritage tourism can have unfortunate impacts on built and living environments. Yet, this should not dissuade us from enjoying the cultural landscapes and historic environments found in every corner of the world. However, we should all be more cognizant of what we can do to minimize our impacts. Whether our travels include visiting iconic places such as the Great Wall of China or Machu Picchu, or more regional and local heritage such as attending an Eagle dance performance on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, there are certain behaviors and protocols to follow to be more responsible heritage visitors and support the principles of sustainable tourism.




We should be more cognizant of our physical interactions with historic resources and living cultures, and behave accordingly. Our behavioral choices will determine what sorts of effects we will have on the cultural destination.

RESPONSIBLE VISITORS OBEY ESTABLISHED RULES OF BEHAVIOR Many archaeological sites, for example, are extremely delicate. Careless visitor actions and the sheer volume of tourists can destabilize soils and structures before, during, and after excavations.

Likewise, climbing on historic buildings, touching delicate features, and worst of all, desecrating heritage with graffiti and other forms of vandalism, all cause irreversible damage.

your travel plans might result in unexpected detours that will lead you to new places to explore and unforgettable experiences that were not listed in your guidebook.

Built heritage cannot regenerate. Once it is gone, it is gone forever. As for living culture, it is important to seek permission before taking photographs. Some residents, especially native peoples, prefer not to be photographed. Asking permission is a sign of respect, which will go a long way in maintaining positive resident-tourist relations.

Being a responsible heritage tourist also means showing tolerance towards what we might consider to be inauthentic cultures or places

DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE VISITING Understanding an area’s history, geography, and cultural heritage not only enhances our experience, it also shows the local inhabitants that we are interested in who they are and where they live. They will be more inclined to engage in conversations and share their lifestyles with those outsiders who are more attentive and aware. Many people have much to share about their community’s heritage. A prepared and willing tourist can be the lucky recipient of local knowledge, storytelling and deeper levels of hospitality.

Many tourists make the mistake of believing that destination communities should remain undeveloped or unmodernized so that visitors can enjoy the “authentic” culture of the place. People everywhere desire to enjoy the benefits of modern living, not only residents of the so-called “first world.” Thus, changes to village forms, traditional houses, using modern technology, and some communities’

Consider going during the off-peak season. This will help minimize your social and environmental impacts. It will provide more time and space for you to appreciate what the cultural destination has to offer. It may also be more conducive to deeper interactions with residents, who might feel less pressured and more willing to interact directly by sharing their lifestyles and culture.

DO YOUR BEST TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY For example, buying souvenirs that are locally produced rather than mass-manufactured overseas will help sustain local jobs, minimize economic leakage to areas outside the community, preserve indigenous knowledge, train younger generations in the cultural arena, and sustain the original values that were traditionally imbued in ancient art forms and handicrafts. If there are opportunities to donate money for site maintenance or museum staff support, you might consider doing so. Much public funding for heritage conservation has dried up over the past 30 years, resulting in heritage places now being more dependent than ever on grants, sponsorships, entrance fees, and donations. BE WILLING TO TRY NEW THINGS AND TO BE FLEXIBLE Participating in cultural activities enhances the heritage experience. For instance, traditional cuisines are one of the most important markers of a destination’s heritage identity. A tourist’s willingness to try local food without complaining is a sign of a “good tourist.” A willingness to be flexible in

Responsible heritage tourists ask permission from local residents before taking photographs. Photo by Dallen J. Timothy

desires to conceal certain elements of culture from the tourist gaze must not be points of tourist frustration and intolerance. Residents of heritage destinations have the same rights and needs as everyone else, including the right to enjoy modern conveniences and the right to choose which parts of their heritage they wish to share with outsiders. As we practice responsible heritage tourism, site managers and destination residents can better maintain their cultural heritage in ways that are best for them. Responsible tourism can minimize tourists’ impacts and heighten the joys and pleasures of visiting cultural places and heritage attractions throughout the world, which are both important considerations in developing sustainable forms of tourism. For more photos and eco-travel articles, visit







Food Allergies? Why You Need CertiStar

The president and founder of CeritStar explains her invention BY SHANDEE CHERNOW


Three years ago, CertiStar was born here in Arizona. I found that people with food allergies were struggling to dine out in restaurants and while traveling, and that simultaneously, restaurants were struggling to serve their food-allergic customers effectively and efficiently. Did you know that 10.4% of the U.S. population—or 32 million people—suffer from food allergies? CertiStar serves to make the dining experience significantly easier on both sides of the issue. Suffering from food allergies myself made these issues hit super close to home. I would spend an inordinate amount of time ahead of any meal away from home trying to figure out what I could safely eat. The reason for going through such a process ahead of time was to avoid inconveniencing my friends, family, coworkers or customers. Particularly for business meetings, I didn’t want to be the center of attention for my health issues; rather, I just wanted to be able to have the same dining experience as everyone else. They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and in my case, the old adage certainly rings true. CertiStar provides individualized allergen menus for every guest who has an allergy or intolerance. The menu shows the entire breadth of options for the customer, regardless of their set of allergens. Many allergen menus used by restaurants address only the top eight allergens—dairy, wheat, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, fish and shellfish— but CertiStar serves any allergy without limit and in any combination. Historically, having either an allergy outside of the top eight or any combination of allergies would make dining out extremely difficult. However, with CertiStar, these problems are no longer an issue. This past August, our company launched a new service called the CertiStar Concierge. When food allergy sufferers want to dine out at a restaurant that isn’t already using the CertiStar software, we offer a service to facilitate their food allergy conversation ahead of when they are going to the restaurant. We take care of calling the restaurant and figuring out the available menu options for the guest. We have a wide set of expertise in food allergies and food




service, so we’re uniquely positioned to ask a complete set of questions to the restaurant in order to ascertain all of the dishes that will be safe to eat. Between these two services, CertiStar services both sides of the food allergy conversation, making a more pleasant, less stigmatized experience for both customers and restaurants. Our mission is to facilitate incredible dining experiences for those who are vulnerable to food allergies, as we believe that everyone should be able to break bread with their friends and family. For more information, visit

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Are We Ready for the Heat? Resilient strategies for the city of the future

As part of the Arizona Center identity and gateway concept plan, ornamental screens and native plans provide shade and a sense of place. Photo courtesy Gensler



With rising temperatures and less precipitation, more than half of humans around the globe are anticipated to live in desert environments by 2030. As humans, we are becoming a desert species. Rising temperatures and drought are becoming a “climate reality,” not only here in the Sonoran Desert, but globally.

As Phoenicians and designers in this increasingly hotter environment, we have the responsibility to lead by example, and drive the effort in making Phoenix “The City of the Future.”

What can be done to mitigate this? A few strategies such as adding shade, using permeable pavement, as well as native vegetation, can be employed.

URBAN SPRAWL AND THE URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT Being one of the fastest-growing cities has some economic advantages, but with that comes rapid urbanization. Urban sprawl is one of the drivers in exacerbating the Urban Heat Island Effect, which is the contributing factor in making our city hotter. Adding materials with a high heat storage capacity, like concrete and asphalt, traps a lot of heat on the ground during the day and leads to increased nighttime temperatures.

One case study is the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Renovation and Adams Street activation project.




The new exterior screen, composed of locally produced aluminum fins, shades the sidewalk and creates a play of shadow, light and striking repetitive patterns, enhancing the pedestrian experience along Adams Street. Using native desert landscape, trees and greenery line the street in bioswale planters designed to capture rainwater runoff and provide additional shade.

Attractive new pavers replaced the standard downtown asphalt, promoting Adams Street as a walkable hub during special events and festivals. This alternative material absorbs much less heat, reducing the heat island effect. Another local case study is Arizona Center’s identity and gateway concept plan, which creates a fresh model for office, retail and entertainment in a desert city like Phoenix. In an effort to give more personality to the building and create shade for the outdoor seating, screens were added to the exterior of the building, serving as the new gateway to the center. Landscape is an important feature for the new Arizona Center. Native plants ornament the welcoming entryways and the urban plaza. As you reach the central plaza, Southern live oak trees line the outdoor seating areas to provide a sense of place and to eventually be a main source of shading. As the vegetation grows, the space will only become more of a haven for guests to find tranquility in the middle of downtown Phoenix. Those are just a few examples of how to mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect through desert-appropriate design strategies. In addition to creating cooler environments, those strategies enhance pedestrian experience and contribute to our health and well-being, making Phoenix not only a cooler environment but also a healthier one.

GLOBAL WARMING AND CARBON EMISSIONS While tackling the issue on the ground, growing smartly and addressing the Urban Heat Island Effect is an important first step in making Phoenix heat-ready, we must also address and understand the drivers behind global warming and climate change. It is crucial to be aware of embodied carbon (which is the carbon footprint of a material) and operational carbon (the emitted carbon dioxide) when a building or systems are in Illustration of the exterior screen, composed of locally produced aluminum fins, mounted on the existing façade of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Courtesy Gensler

The solar screen shades the sidewalk and creates a play of shadow, light and striking repetitive patterns, enhancing the pedestrian experience along Adams Street. Photo courtesy Gensler

operation. During a typical lifespan of a building, 28% of carbon emissions are associated with embodied carbon and 72% are associated with operational carbon. Considering the materials we use, their production and delivery is key. We know that as architects and designers we can make a difference by designing buildings that are not only beautiful but high-performing. To make an impact, we should reuse whenever possible, right-size and build only as much as we need, work with orientation and daylight, reduce the amount of materials used, and focus on carbon emissions in everything we do. By building only when we need to, at Gensler, we’ve reduced 95% of embodied carbon emissions. By building only as much as we need to, by working with our clients and employing strategies to truly understand how they use their space, we’ve achieved a 60% space savings. By working with the sun, our designs lead to a 71% reduction in solar heat gain, 18% reduction in cooling load, and 17% in energy savings. At Gensler, we are committed to achieving carbon neutrality in all our work within a decade. Our Gensler Cities Climate Challenge (GC3) is a rallying cry to our industry, our clients, and our colleagues towards taking immediate, aggressive steps to leverage the power of design to create a better world.









By late 2020, the Valley is preparing to welcome luxury megadevelopment The Palmeraie. This $2 billion project, located on the border of Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, is currently on track for Phase One, which includes the opening of the grand The Ritz-Carlton resort and residential villas, one of the main features of this ambitious development. Located on more than 120 acres, The Palmeraie will include specialty shops, fine restaurants, luxury offices, FENDI private residences, and social destinations. The Ritz-Carlton resort will include 215 hotel rooms, bungalows, suites, and separate casitas. The Ritz-Carlton residences will surround the resort. A premium spa, health and fitness center, and secret garden are among its other features. Safety measures to ensure the protection of all residents and visitors will also be set in place. These include hands-free touchpoints and air purifiers. The project as a whole was designed by various architects. The Mason Architects firm led the design of The RitzCarlton resort, one of the central projects of the district, while the FENDI Private Residences were designed by the world-renowned architect Marco Costanzi. The design of the entire district has a clear aesthetic emphasis on merging beautiful landscapes with breathtaking modern buildings. Five Star Development, the family-owned owner and developer of The Palmeraie, kept a steady, yet pandemicsafe, construction pace during the last few months, and construction of the entire district is expected to be completed in 2022.




Project: The Palmeraie Address: 6720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253 Architects: The Mason Architects, Marco Costanzi Builder: Five Star Development Website:


A Toast to 10 Years! In honor of Green Living magazine’s 10th Anniversary, we checked out organic adult beverages to toast with. Cheers!

Green Truck

Anna’s Secret

New Belgium

2016 Mendocino County Petite Sirah

2018 Sangiovese Maremma Toscana

The Purist, Clean Lager, USDA Organic

She Said: This green truck can deliver to my house anytime! I liked the peppery, dark fruit flavor of this red wine—which was made with organic grapes! It wasn’t too strong, and would be nice for an inexpensive table wine, or dinner with friends.

She Said: I think the secret is flowers. At least, that’s what I tasted—something floral, but not sweet. It was too dry for me. Even though I didn’t love it, I can appreciate the blush pink color that looked beautiful in a fancy glass! (Ha, I’m no wine expert. Can you tell??)

She Said: I can picture myself floating down the Salt River with a can of this in one hand, and the other fishing my sunglasses out of the depths. It was super smooth and easy to drink, which means if you don’t like beer that much, you’ll still be happy with this.

He Said: Green Truck is the perfect name for this wine, because it’s a simple, nofrills wine that gets the job done. It was a fairly uninteresting flavored red wine with hints of tart cherries and a peppery tannin finish. But be careful—at 13.6abv, if you drink too much you’ll feel like you’ve been hit by a green truck.

He Said: I know Anna’s secret... ya need a decanter. This rosé was very dry and slightly floral straight out of the bottle. The sweeter berry flavors get released by aeration (we used a Vinturi). Overall, the flavor was strawberries and roses with an ultra dry finish.

He Said: This is that, “I’m on a diet but I still want to drink beer” beer. It has very little carbs, very little calories, and very little flavor. Here’s a simple recipe to make this at home: Take Coors Light and mix it 70/30 with water and you pretty much have this lager.

San Juan Seltzer Spiked Sparkling Water, Rainier Cherry She Said: I LOVE rainier cherries, so I had high hopes for this one. The good: super refreshing and bubbly with virtually no alcohol taste, and 0 carbs. The not-so-good: more on the sour side, and flirting with the cough-syrup-style flavor.

He Said: Zing! This spiked sparkling water was refreshing with its tart cherry flavor and no sugar added. The sour taste made me pucker a bit after every sip, but I’ll drink this over super sweet cherry drinks that taste like cough syrup any day.







September Events Throughout Arizona CENTRAL ARIZONA September 11 & 18 Sonora Sippin’ Start your weekend with a fun and relaxing evening at the Desert Botanical Garden. This all-ages event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., offers music, socially distanced fun, and an after-hours look at the Wild Rising art exhibit. Alcoholic beverages will be available to adults. Face coverings are required. The cost of this event is $14.95 for adults and $9.95 for children. Members can attend for free. Online reservations are required. For more information, visit

September 2-30

September 10-13

Uptown Farmers Market

Highland Yard Vintage Market

Head to Uptown Farmers Market every Wednesday and Saturday between 7 a.m.-11 a.m. for a wide selection of local Arizona produce, delicious food, and hand-crafted goods. Pre-order your products online on Wednesday for a swift contactless pick-up or delivery on Saturdays. Guidelines have been set to ensure everyone’s safety. Make sure you bring your mask! For more information, visit

Visit the Highland Yard Vintage Market in Chandler for a fun day of shopping. Find everything you need for your home and garden, from furniture to clothing, jewelry to décor, and baked goods, while supporting talented local designers, pickers, and makers. The market opens at 10 a.m. daily. Free admission. For more information, visit



September 5

September 26-27

Top 10 Trees and How to Plant Them


Learn all about trees, which to choose, and how to plant them by attending this informational class in Prescott. A horticultural team will be available to offer extra assistance following the class. And, all attendees will receive a free tree-planting guide. There is no cost to attend. A livestream will also be available for those who cannot join in person. All attendees are expected to follow CDC safety regulations. For more information, visit www.

Welcome the cozy autumn season with this fun festival in Flagstaff, at the Thorpe Park Softball Fields. Visitors can enjoy carnival rides, a pumpkin patch, a vendor village, horsedrawn hay rides, live entertainment, a Kid Zone, and much more. Fall foods and beverages will be available. Guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety will be in effect. Tickets are available for purchase online. For more information, visit www.






Tohono Chul at Home

Maintaining Confidence as a Small Business in Uncertain Times

Explore the great botanical gardens of Tohono Chul from the comfort of your home. This weekly-at-home virtual series offers an engaging experience that includes tutorials, photos, videos, and much more. There is much to learn about the natural and cultural heritage of this beloved region. For more information, visit

September 16 Sadly, many businesses have been affected during this pandemic. Several have even permanently closed their doors. Facing this uncertainty has discouraged many small-business owners. This webinar, which will be hosted by Malaun Rice, will teach you how to gain and retain confidence during this time, as well as important things you must do to stay grounded until things are back to normal. The webinar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, visit

September 17 Green Finances Grab your favorite drink and join this Sip & Connect webinar series from the Arizona Green Chamber, brought by the Chamber and Green Living magazine. The event will discuss green finances with Robin Reed, the president and CEO of the Black Chamber of Arizona. The event will allow you to connect with your green community. Registration is required. The webinar will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 6:15 p.m. For more information, visit

September 19-20, 26-27 Fall Pumpkin Celebration Starting the weekend of September 19, you can visit Apple Annie’s produce farm in Wilcox for a fun pumpkin celebration. The event includes pumpkin picking, hayrides, a corn maze, and other family activities. Enjoy a variety of pumpkin treats, including bread, pie, and even ice cream. Prices vary from activity to activity. For more information, visit apples-annies-event-calendar.htm.

For information and links about these events and others, visit

NORTHERN ARIZONA September 5 Yoga on the Lawn Start your day with a fun outdoor yoga session on the courthouse lawn in Downtown Flagstaff. Instructor Holly White welcomes people of all ages and levels. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 10 a.m. The cost to attend is $5. All attendees are asked to bring their own mat and/or towel. To ensure everyone’s safety, social distancing guidelines will be in effect. For more information, visit







Meet some of this month’s contributors! We asked them: “Why is sustainability Here’s what they had to say:

important to you?”

4 Vitamins to Boost Your Immune System - page 16 Dr. Katie Stage is a licensed naturopathic physician and registered herbalist at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM). She practices family medicine, with an interest in women’s health, gastrointestinal disorders, and mental health. She is an associate professor at SCNM, where she teaches botanical medicine courses and supervises clinical rotations. She also maintains a busy private practice. “One of my greatest pleasures is being outside, in nature. Nature is also the source of much of the medicine I use to treat others. It is important to me that I do all I can to ensure the health of the environment so that we can continue to have these resources available for us all,” she shares.

Cloth & Flame - page 12 Angel Fuchs is a mother, wife, writer, amateur photographer, and the owner/ editor of Yay Baby! blog. She spends most of her time as personal assistant and chauffeur to her 8-year-old daughter, Jax. In her free time she enjoys cooking great food and making memories with her family. “As a mother, sustainability has become even more important to me than ever before. I want my daughter and her generation to inherit a healthy planet and live healthy lives,” she says. “I want her to be the very best person she can be and that includes being environmentally conscious and responsible. The best way I can instill that in her is to lead by example.”

Consuming the Cultural Past: Enjoying Responsible Heritage Tourism - page 46 Dallen Timothy is a professor at Arizona State University and research fellow in ASU’s Center for Sustainable Tourism. “My work has taken me to more than 100 countries. Wherever I go, I am awestruck by this incredible Earth,” he says. “I became a grandfather three months ago—an event that has deepened my sense of responsibility to continue encouraging good stewardship over this planet. I want our amazing earth home to remain viable and beautiful for my granddaughter and the generations that will follow.”

Linsi He is a PhD student at Arizona State University with research interests in cultural heritage management and authenticity. “In recent years of research, I have seen how communities benefit from sustainable tourism practices, such as improving livelihoods, cultivating artistic talents, and empowering local women. I have also witnessed how communities suffer from unsustainable practices, such as water pollution resulting from short-sighted investment plans. My hope is that communities will choose to thrive by choosing sustainable options for development.”




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For the first time ever, La Calavera Catrina will be on exhibit outside of Denver, Colorado and will grace Tucson, Arizona with with their their Tucson, Arizona presence. Beginning September 17, guests of the Tucson Botanical Gardens will experience the rich history and iconography through colorful and joyful large-scale skeleton sculptures titled La Calavera Catrina. | (520) 326.9686 | 2150 N. Alvernon Way

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