Sustainability

Flagstaff official says cities should use disasters to prepare for future

WASHINGTON - For Flagstaff, the wake-up call came seven years ago when the town suffered through the Schultz fire, a massive blizzard, floods, tornados and more.


Southwest Valley officials to cut salt cedar trees invading Gila River bed

BUCKEYE — Local leaders say salt cedar trees are invading the Gila River, causing flood andfire hazards and choking native vegetation and wildlife habitats. They say it’s time for the trees, planted a century ago to slow erosion, to make their final stand.

Salt Cedar trees along Gila River

Advocates warn that cuts to EPA budget will be felt in Arizona programs

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality got $315 million in funding for specific federal programs over the past five years - funding that could be endangered by proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency budget.


Phoenix, Tucson get middling scores in UN look at cities’ sustainability

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in his State of the City address this year that Phoenix had been "recognized for our leadership on sustainability," but a new study suggests it may have room to improve.