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  • 06/23/2020 5:07 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” - Dr. Martin Luther King

    The Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce supports Black Lives Matter, and we believe that the elimination of institutional racism is required for the progress of a sustainable economy. When entire communities are subjugated due to the color of their skin, then we can no longer expect a society where all have the right to participate. The blatant presence of social injustice and discrimination towards the black community is something we cannot stand by.

    The Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to enhancing economic opportunities and sustainability within this wonderful state of Arizona, and beyond. We do not see how an economy can flourish when black people experience a disproportionate amount of incarceration and police brutality. We also understand the source of the brutality is the institutional racism that pervades our society and works to maintain the institutions that keeps millions of people in poverty and unable to rebound from the slightest environmental, medical or economic shock and thus perpetuates the often life threating conditions they must suffer every day. These include:

    •Living in areas vulnerable to climate change and heat islands (i.e., coastal and desert communities). “Climate change hurts the under-served first.” 

    • Coping with higher levels of existing health risks in comparison to other groups. This includes living in low-income communities and or high rates of uninsured individuals both creating difficulty in accessing quality healthcare 

    • Living in communities (food deserts) with limited access to healthy food choices thus increasing the rates of obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and more. It has also been demonstrated that these conditions exacerbate the severity of the COVID19 disease when contracted. 

    •Reduced capacity to relocate or rebuild after a disaster.

    • Living in communities with reduced access to quality living conditions and quality education for the children. 

    • Living in communities where to changing demographics, land values are increasing beyond the current residents abilities to economically cope and thus are subject to the negative aspects of gentrification.  

    • Racially based reduced access to capital inhibiting the starting of a business, improvement of a property or other means of improving quality of life.

    • Partially due to land values and limited income opportunities, people are forced to live in communities near industries that pollute local air and water supplies or are near or within brownfield sites. 

    • Disproportionate levels of under-funding in education and public schools
    • A lack of after school programs, and extracurricular activities available to children in communities that are predominantly black - which is a time when many black children face discriminatory police practices
    • Employment challenges caused by costly daycare options, resulting in the need to choose between loss of pay by staying at home

    • AND MORE

      A successful, great and sustainable society depends on the participation of all and the equitable enforcement of laws. We thus condemn these injustices, and applaud the brave men, women, and children who have peacefully taken to the streets to demand change.

      There are certain issues in this world where silence cannot be accepted, for in these instances silence constitutes support for injustice. This is why the AZ Green Chamber of Commerce will not sit on the sidelines without voicing our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Instead we will be actively working to supply and implement socially, economically and environmentally sustainable solutions that work to lift people out of the racism caused and perpetuated conditions they may now live within. 

    Today, we all have a chance at changing the history that our children, and our children’s children, and so many more generations to come will study in school. Today, we have an opportunity to improve this wonderful state of Arizona that so many of us call home, and we have an opportunity to continue the progress towards freedom and justice that our great country, the United States of America, was founded upon. Today, we all must take action because these injustices should have been stopped years ago. Today, we admit that we should have listened sooner. Today, the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce is publicly saying to Black Lives Matter: We Hear You. We Support You. We walk with you. You Are Not Alone.


  • 11/05/2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Green building programs have evolved over the past 17 years as a whole-system approach to minimize the environmental impact of buildings.  Since 1198, 1300 green homes have been certified under Scottsdale's green home program.  Come hear about the new generation of green residential development and Scottsdale's newly updated green home certification tools.

    Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center

    1700 N Granite Reef Road (NW corner of McDowell and Granite Reef)

    7:-8:30 PM 

    Free Admission

    http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/green-building-program
  • 11/04/2015 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    • Enjoy appetizers and drinks from local vendors

    • Meet and mingle with like-minded people in the green industry

    • Donate to 50/50 raffle. Cash only.

    6121 E Orchid Lane

    Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

     

    RSVP at greenlivingaz.com/party 

     

     

  • 10/22/2015 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Cesar Chavez Plaza

    251 W. Washington St.

    The city of Phoenix invites the public to attend this year's Food Day.  The  free event offers the public education on healthy eating and nutrition, "real food" samples, gardening tips, workshops, and live music.  Enjoy all the great activities, including:

    Exhibitors -- more than 75 exhibitors expected to share information, food products and services.

    Food Day Café -- purchase food samples from local restaurants, cooking schools and community kitchens. 

    Kids Healthy Food Zone – enjoy fun games and activities.

    Workshops – learn about nutrition, agriculture, gardening, and more.

    FitPHX Apple Crunch -- Join in the "Apple Crunch" at Noon and help set a record for the "most participants in an apple-crunching event in downtown Phoenix." 

    https://www.phoenix.gov/sustainability/foodday

  • 10/15/2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Schedule to include:  

    • Opening Plenary Speaker is Edmundo Soltero, University Architect at ASU.
    • Sustainable building speakers throughout the day include Anthony Floyd, City of Scottsdale; Steve Klem, Skanska; Jeff Boldt, KJWW; Gabe Wing, Herman Miller.
    • Full day conference will provide up to 6 GBCI continuing education credits (approval pending).
    • Annual Membership Meeting including USGBC Arizona 2015 leadership introductions, Chapter’s 2015 strategic goals, USGBC Arizona 2014 Chapter volunteer and partner recognition. All members may attend this member meeting from 8:00-9:00 at no charge but will need to pay the appropriate registration fee to attend the balance of the event starting at 9:00.
    • Trade Show featuring sustainable products and services.
    • Closing Keynote Speaker is Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego followed by a Cocktail reception
    • We are closing the event this year with a Human Foosball event. Conference attendees can watch the event (food and drinks will be provided) for no extra charge, or can participate by registering for it as an individual or team.

    Agenda:

    7:30 registration opens

    8:00 – 9:00 Annual Member Meeting

    9:00-9:50 Opening Plenary Speaker Edmundo Soltero 

    10:00-10:50 Speaker 2

    11:00-11:50 Speaker 3

    12:00-1:00 Lunch in Lakeside and Vendor Trade Show in Lobby

    1:00-1:50 Speaker 4

    2:00-2:50 Speaker 5

    3:00-4:00 Keynote Speaker Councilwoman Kate Gallego 

    4:00-4:30 Cocktail Reception + Registration for Foosball

    4:30-7:00 Foosball + Continued Cocktail Reception

     

    Registration:

    Member Pricing $60 | $75 | $90

    Non-member Pricing $90 | $105 | $120

    Student Pricing (with valid ID) $40 

    Early bird pricing good thru August 21.

    Regular Pricing From August 22 thru September 30.

    Late pricing starts October 1.

    http://www.usgbcaz.org/event-1998954 

     

    Location:  

    Tempe Center for the Arts - 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

  • 09/26/2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Green Apple is a global movement to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future.

    On Saturday, September 26 parents, teachers, students and community members will come together to make a difference in our schools through local service projects. 

    To learn more go to www.greenapple.org.

  • 09/26/2015 6:30 AM | Anonymous

    Lake Pleasant Regional Park has been busy all summer long and now we need your help cleaning the park up. Boaters, campers, hikers, paddlers, scuba divers, fishermen, bicyclist, and all types of community groups can help restore the park at this year's National Public Lands Day Lake Pleasant Clean Up. Sign-up is at the park on this day, volunteers can sign up outside the main contact gate at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. Sign-up is between 6:30AM and 8AM and your day park entry will be waived, for helping us clean up the park. The clean-up will be between 7AM and 11AM, and you may stay in the park afterward and enjoy the lake and park for the day. So ask your friends and community groups to come on out and help pick up trash! Bring gloves and trash grabbers if you have them, bags will be provided. Let's clean up Lake Pleasant!

     

    For more information contact Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Volunteer Coordinator Kim Richard at 928-501-9212 or RichardK@mail.maricopa.gov.

     

     

     

  • 08/27/2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Time:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Location:  First American Title, 20860 N Tatum Blvd., Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85050

     

    DETAILS

    As the United States continues to search for energy alternatives, properties improved with solar PV (photovoltaic) are becoming more common, creating demand for appraisers trained in properly valuing solar PV. Encountering a solar photovoltaic (PV) system could present a valuation problem that you may not be prepared to solve. As an appraiser appraising green properties, it is inevitable that you will encounter solar PV.  Even for those who don’t specialize in green properties, the likelihood that you will encounter solar PV in your practice is increasing. This hands-on course introduces you to solar terminology, and through real-life examples and case studies, on both residential and commercial properties, shows you how to solve solar-related valuation problems. This course will focus on solar PV most commonly encountered in commercial and residential appraisal/consulting assignments. It will not focus on utility-scale solar (solar farms), solar thermal, or other forms of on-site renewable energy generation.  

    Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to: 
    • Comprehend the solar PV language 
    • Identify and understand the documents and data necessary to value PV solar systems 
    • Describe, understand, and analyze solar PV components and their relevance to market valuation 
    • Develop a credible value opinion using tools, worksheets, and resources provided in the course 
    • Recognize potential valuation problems, including USPAP and lender underwriter concerns. 

    Note. This course is in the Valuation of Sustainable Buildings Professional Development Program.

    Program Sponsor: SALT RIVER PROJECT

    Registration: http://www.usgbcaz.org/event-1961547

  • 08/11/2015 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    Building on the tradition of GovEnergy, the 2015 Energy Exchange in Phoenix, Arizona, will provide training to energy managers and sustainability professionals, who are working to improve facility performance, advance the use of renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at federal sites.

    August 11-13, 2015

    Phoenix Convention Center

    http://energy.gov/eere/femp/energy-exchange 

  • 08/07/2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    SHADE Conference: Sustainability Breakthroughs with Agriscaping

    August 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Location:
    Arizona Biltmore
    2400 East Missouri Ave,
    Phoenix,AZ 85016 
     

    http://agriscaping.com/event/shade-conference-sustainability-breakthroughs-with-agriscaping/
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