Sustainability

Sen. Jeff Flake: States should determine primary responses to drought

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said he believes there is a chance the U.S. Congress will move forward with legislation addressing drought in the West, but any federal response to water shortages must not overrule state policies or rely on federal funding.


Bike share program Grid expands to Mesa

MESA-Mesa is the Valley’s second city to implement a bike share program.

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Arizona officials share conservation ideas at White House Water Summit

WASHINGTON - Phoenix and Tucson water officials took the occasion of the first-ever White House Water Summit to announce plans Tuesday for a more than fivefold increase in the joint conservation effort between the two cities.


Scottsdale nonprofit brings clean water to five countries in 24 hours

In 2010, the U.N. General Assembly recognized access to clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right. Six years later, on March 22, a Scottsdale-based nonprofit is helping rural communities in five underdeveloped countries claim that right.


Feds begin environmental review of proposed Resolution Copper mine

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Forest Service has started its formal review of the environmental impact of the proposed Resolution Copper mine, but opponents charge the outcome of the process is "already pre-ordained."


Local nonprofit raising money to build clean water system in Cambodia

Most Americans take clean drinking water for granted.


Phoenix seeks to curb water waste with participation in “Fix a Leak Week”

The Phoenix Water Services Department wants you to fix that leaky toilet - and to share your work with the world.


VIDEO: Water restrictions, overseeding challenge AZ course owners to keep golf green

The hot Arizona climate has an immediate impact on how local golf courses care for the land. The choice to overseed the course and Arizona water restrictions impact the golf business around the Valley, especially when tourism booms in the winter months.


Acuna cactus stays on endangered list, Southwestern willow flycatcher faces review

WASHINGTON - Federal officials Tuesday rejected a request to remove the acuna cactus from the endangered species list, but said they will give further consideration to a petition to delist the Southwestern willow flycatcher.


Tourists take state park rocks despite warnings

APACHE JUNCTION - Arizona law prohibits visitors from taking vegetation and rocks from state parks to preserve nature for other visitors and future generations.


Oak Flat designation a win for mine opponents, but fight may continue

WASHINGTON - Opponents of a proposed copper mine at the Oak Flat campground scored a point when it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places this month - but while they won the battle, they haven't won the war.


Phoenix startup employs diverse workers with disabilities

Water rushes out of a spout in a small factory in north Phoenix as Andrew Lascurain holds a square plastic bags up to the nozzle.