Sustainability

Arizona municipalities offering free audits to conserve water

GILBERT – Jeff Lee's first stop at this home is the box holding the water meter. He furrows his brow upon finding the meter submerged.

A water conservation specialist examines a water meter.

NAU solar thermal project a new take on harnessing sun

This warehouse at the edge of the Northern Arizona University's campus, home to surplus desks, computers and dressers, features solar panels across much of its south-facing exterior.


Expert: Monsoon’s seeming intensity has more to do with location

Broken tree limbs crushing cars. Giant walls of wind and dust moving across the Valley. Social media posts galore featuring wicked weather, including viral video of a microburst dropping on downtown Phoenix.

Phoenix monsoon photo

Gila River Indian Community opposes freeway on sacred land

As the future South Mountain Freeway breaks through the barriers of limited accessibility and traffic congestion, it creates a new obstacle by cutting through land that the Gila River Indian Community finds sacred.

sacred land photo

EPA worker: ‘This is not good’

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released videos of the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado. The spill resulted in 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater spilling into the Animas River.

Animas River Spill

Lawmakers, tribal officials blast EPA for Animas River spill response

WASHINGTON - Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye on Wednesday blasted the Environmental Protection Agency's handling of a toxic spill in the Animas River, saying the agency's response left his tribe feeling abandoned, uncertain and hopeless.


Mayor Stanton attending climate change conference

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton stresses sustainability advances in the state at Los Angeles symposium.


Along proposed commuter rail line, leaders see growth

A lot would have to happen before a commuter rail line passes through Queen Creek, but Mayor Gail Barney sees great potential in the idea.


Environmentalist sees toxic mine danger in Arizona; officials disagree

With Arizona home to thousands of abandoned mines, the head of a state environmental group says an incident similar to the recent toxic spill in Colorado could happen here.


Surfboard maker stretching the limits of sustainability

CO2 from surfboards leaks into the ocean. One LA surfboard maker is working on a solution that will be more friendly to the environment.


Phoenix continues cleanup after major storm

Phoenix, and especially the zoo, are cleaning up after a massive storm that hit the city last week.


State files motion to intervene in lawsuit over wolf recovery plan

NOTE: A previous version of this story erroneously referred to a different lawsuit filed by environmental groups and misspelled the last name of Mike Rabe of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. PHOENIX – The state has filed a motion to involve itself in a lawsuit in which environmental groups allege that federal officials are failing to abide by the Endangered Species Act and environmental and administrative laws in a rule change to the recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves.