Sustainability

Native American group deflects stereotypes at Arizona State Fair

PHOENIX – Crispy corn dogs skewered on greasy sticks, Ferris wheels towering above the crowd, and toddler-sized teddy bears coveted as carnival-game prizes dominate Arizona State Fair culture.


Five ways to repurpose your pumpkins and save the environment

PHOENIX – The pumpkins are among us, waiting to be carved, baked and displayed around the Valley. But once the glow of jack-o'-lantern hearts fade to black, they usually are tossed out with the garbage.


As climate heats up, state confident in water conservation efforts

WASHINGTON - Some parts of southwest Arizona could experience more than 140 days of temperatures above 100 degrees within 20 years, according to a climate change model from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Advocates challenge states to use VW funds to boost electric vehicle use

WASHINGTON - Environmental advocates are challenging Arizona and states across the Southwest to use funds from a potential Volkswagen lawsuit settlement to invest in electric-vehicle charging stations and to electrify public transit.

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VW settlement of emissions case could mean millions for Arizona

WASHINGTON - The state of Arizona could get up to $53 million for clean-air programs as part of a $14.7 billion settlement of a U.S. government lawsuit that charged Volkswagen rigged its "clean diesel" vehicles to cheat on emissions tests.

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Oil moves from Arizona State Fair fries to your gas tank

PHOENIX - Piggly's Barbeque, one of nearly 100 vendors at the Arizona State Fair, will use 40 to 50 gallons of cooking oil every day to make their Piggly Fries and other fare.


Weary hikers rest on memorial benches in AZ mountains

MESA – Debra Hartin's family remembers a woman who lived her life fiercely, with few limits. She rowed canoes in the Minnesota wilderness, her clothes drenched from rain. She swam in a triathlon, sharing the running and biking with her sister and niece. She hiked trails in Usery Mountain Regional Park — her favorite park in the Valley.


Feds won’t press Gold King Mine spill criminal case, angering senators

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers on Monday questioned the Justice Department's decision not to prosecute officials in connection with the Gold King Mine spill, which dumped nearly 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River last year.

Yellow waste water that had been held behind a barrier near an abandoned mine is seen in the Animas River in Durango, Colorado

Tonopah solar farm to supply energy to California military bases

TONOPAH – Officials from the U.S. Navy, federal government and a power company gathered in the middle of the desert plains just outside of Tonopah last week.


Arizonans: Do you have a passion for improving your community?

Are you an Arizona resident with a passion for improving your neighborhood, city, county or state?


Glendale move for backyard chickens is no joke

GLENDALE - Chickens scratching, clucking and laying eggs in neighbors' backyards could become more frequent under a proposed change to a Glendale ordinance, setting the groundwork for an anti-chicken and pro-chicken battle over lifestyle, property rights and the environment.