Sustainability

Arizona sees continued solar job growth, despite national dip in 2017

WASHINGTON - Solar jobs in the U.S. fell last year for the first time since 2010, but Arizona bucked the trend and remained one of the biggest states in the country for solar jobs, a new report says. The annual Solar Census said jobs in Arizona grew 15 percent, to 8,381 positions in 2017.


Alamo Lake boating and fishing takes hit during dam maintenance by Corps of Engineers

Critics say the timing of Alamo Lake maintenance is bringing negative economic and ecological consequences.


Arizona snowpack near record low this year, but SRP says the situation isn’t dire yet

Arizona's snowpack this year is far below normal, leaving reservoirs short on water supplies, but SRP officials are trying to use more groundwater as a supplement.


The green light: ASU, Salt River Fields team up, move forward to make sustainability priority

Salt River Fields, the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies, generates not only revenue but trash from stadium concessions. In a partnership with the teams, the ASU School of Sustainability has turned this trash into an experiment.


Milk-alternative industry booming; raw milk might save dairy market

In 2018, the milk-alternative industry is expected to top $16 billion in revenue worldwide, according to Innova Market Insights. Younger generations in particular are switching their recommended daily calcium and nutrients to a variety of milk replacements.


Phoenix cannabis company uses Super Bowl trash to make concrete in struggling California town it owns

American Green uses trash to create durable, energy-absorbing concrete to rebuild the small town of Nipton, California


Arizona desert bighorn sheep thrive with help of conservationists – and hunters

Protecting Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep has been successful, but conservationists know that while the sheep are tough, they're also fragile.


National parks in Arizona using microchips and photo-mapping to deter thieves

Technology such as microchips in cacti at Saguaro National Park and a photo mapping system at Petrified National Forest is being used to deter thieves.


Interior Secretary Zinke visits Arizona borderlands to talk up Trump’s wall

The Sec. of the Interior visited the US, Mexico border over the weekend to talk with local experts and tribes about the feasibility of a border wall in Arizona.


Living in the margins: ‘Ecovillages’ take sustainability to personal level

Throughout Arizona, a number of commune ecovillages express a new sense of urgency, not just for sustainability but for community in general


Chandler recycling company gives jeans a new life

Bonded Logic Inc., a south Chandler textile recycling company, collects thousands of pounds of denim each year and gives them new life as insulation for homes and office buildings and fiber for bedding.


Herd mentality: Arizona sends 60 elk to restore West Virginia population

Arizona elk arrived last weekend to West Virginia in an effort to help restore their once extinct elk population.