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  • 12/04/2014 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series

    Energy efficiency is widely recognized as the most cost-effective way to reduce reliance on non-renewable fuel sources. While energy codes have made important strides over the last decade for new construction, benchmarking and disclosure programs have gained prominence for existing buildings. Hear about these programs and how they can drive the real estate market towards greater energy efficiency and value for existing homes, multifamily, and commercial businesses.

    ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and City of Scottsdale Office of Environmental Initiatives

    Date:  Thursday, December 4, 2014

    Time:  7 - 8:30 p.m.

    Location: Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road (northwest corner of McDowell and Granite Reef, behind the convenience store)

    Admission: The lecture series is sponsored by the Scottsdale Green Building Program. The lectures are free and open to the public; no reservations are needed.

    Contact: Anthony Floyd, Green Building Program Manager, City of Scottsdale, afloyd@ScottsdaleAZ.gov, 480-312-4202.

    This lecture is one in a series on green building topics. Here’s the remaining schedule:

    • Feb. 5, 2015 – Edible Landscapes and Urban Gardening
    • March 5, 2015 – Tiny House Movement
    • April 2, 2015 – Using Smart Technologies to Manage Energy and Water Use
    • May 7, 2015 – Cool Roofs in the Urban Desert
    • June 4, 2015 – Innovative Green Built Projects
  • 12/04/2014 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    The 2014 Annual Air Quality Conference will be held Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at the Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


    This year’s conference will be co-hosted by the Arizona Manufacturers Council and the Maricopa County Air Quality Department. There will be a variety of speakers from the Environmental Protection Agency, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Maricopa County Air Quality Department. They will discuss such topics as air quality rules and revisions, compliance and enforcement and will provide EPA updates. There will also be an ozone panel discussion and information on the winter No Burn Campaign.  


    Maricopa County Air Quality Department’s new Director, Philip McNeely, will provide an update on current department projects and programs and will discuss future challenges. The conference will include a lively panel discussion featuring representatives from regulatory agencies, industry and other stakeholder groups.


    Register Online: http://azchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/2014-air-quality-conference-235106



    Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel

    1600 S. 52nd Street, Tempe 85281


    Date/Time Information:

    8am – 1:30pm

    Registration and Continental Breakfast 7am  

    Program Contact Information:

    Taylor McArthur



    Member Ticket - $75

    Government Employee - $75

    Non-Member Ticket - $95

  • 11/15/2014 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Picnic areas could use some help at the Park! With your help painting, raking, and pulling some weeds, this area will be ready for families to use in the winter. The ramadas and gates will be spruced up with a new paint color and the surrounding area will look much better after a good raking and the removal of invasive weeds. Please wear appropriate clothing that will be acceptable to get paint on, closed toe shoes, and wear sun screen. Please bring a water bottle to refill. Additionally, work gloves are helpful when using tools, so please bring some if you have them.



    Cave Creek Regional Park

    37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway
    Cave Creek, AZ 85331

    Contact: parkvolunteer@mail.maricopa.gov or call (928) 501-9212


  • 11/13/2014 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Date: 13 Nov 2014
    Time:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Location:  Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center, 60 E. Fifth Street, Tempe, AZ 85281


    As the US 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 and 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 2 Day 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. (FOR APPRAISERS ONLY.)

    Fee: $250 and includes a one year USGBC membership for new members

    Course taught by Sandy Adomatis, Adomatis Appraisal Services, former Vice-Chair of Education, Appraisal Institute.  

    Appraisers will earn 15 CE credits.

    To register, visit http://www.usgbcaz.org/event-1745108

  • 11/05/2014 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    Date: 05 Nov 2014
    Time:  11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
    Location: Okland Construction- 1700 N. McClintock Dr. Tempe, Arizona 85281

    Registration:  http://www.usgbcaz.org/event-1773741


    In this one-hour presentation you will learn about the latest innovations in water conservation technology, along with tried and true methods for saving water. To frame the discussions, we will discuss where the Valley of the Sun's water comes from and how much water we actually use.

    Indoor plumbing technology as well as federal standards since the 1990s contributed to major improvements in efficiency of water use indoors. We will discuss the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense product labeling program for high efficiency and high performing water-using devices (similar to Energy Star for appliances) and how such technology has helped reduce water demand. For example, "over the 20 year period from 1994 through 2012, the City of Phoenix's average per person water usage dropped 25 percent. The total water produced by Phoenix for its customers in 2013 was the lowest it's been since 1995, in spite of a 30 percent increase in population (340,000 people) during the same period of time" (source).

    Though indoor water use is often the most recognizable form of water use, indoor water use in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area accounts for about only half of a household's water consumption. The other half (and sometimes as high as 90%) of the water use at a household is devoted to outdoor uses, such as landscape irrigation. Due to the behavioral action of outdoor watering, outdoor water consumption remains high, despite advances in technology. The same can be said for commercial facilities. Smart controllers and other technologies such as pressure-compensating drip emitters and stream rotor sprinkler nozzles have the potential for water savings- but it is still up to the human irrigation programmer to input the correct settings for proper watering. We'll discuss how to irrigate efficiently in the desert for optimal plant health.


  • 10/25/2014 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Maricopa County Parks will be building bat houses which will encourage the growth of the bat population in the park. Please wear appropriate clothing that will be acceptable to get paint on, closed toe shoes, and wear sun screen.  For more information, visit



  • 10/02/2014 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Adopt A Highway Program and the Sun City West PRIDES are joining together to kick-off October 2014 as Keep Maricopa County Beautiful Month.


    MCDOT crews and Sun City West PRIDES Adopt A Highway volunteers will be out in force on Thursday, October 2nd, cleaning up debris and litter along several Sun City West roadways.


    The Sun City West cleanup is the first of many MCDOT “Keep Maricopa County Beautiful” Adopt A Highway cleanups scheduled throughout the month of October across Maricopa County.


    To join in the Keep Maricopa County Beautiful month celebration and to learn more about MCDOT’s efforts to make Maricopa County cleaner, safer and more beautiful, contact Alva Tovar, Adopt A Highway Program Coordinator at 602-506-4068, e-mail aah@mail.maricopa.gov or visit the program website: www.mcdot.maricopa.gov/adopt

  • 08/10/2014 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    Join Efficiency First Arizona (EFAZ) for an Octoberfest Member Appreciation &  BPI Rating Program info w/ Tiger Adolf from BPI National!

    Old World Brewery Sponsoring!  Special Beer Tastings and more.
    5:30-6:30 BPI Meeting – 6:30-8:30 Networking, Band, Beer and Tasty Food! 
    Free to EFAZ Members, $10 Non-Members – RSVP to 480.966.1988 or email heather@efficiencyfirstaz.org
    Walter Dome, w/beer tasting from local brewers and band post BPI Info, 6425 E. Thomas Rd., Scottsdale, AZ

  • 08/10/2014 2:29 PM | Anonymous

    Join Efficiency First Arizona (EFAZ) in welcoming Maggie into her new
    role as head of APS Home Performance, taking over for Gavin Hastings.  All interested in the energy efficiency industry in Arizona are welcomed at no cost, though there is a Mandatory RSVP so we have enough food for all.  There will be a nice selection of hot appetizers & non-alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can be purchased.  Rennick's is easy to get to off of 143 near University Dr. with plenty of free parking.  This will be a festive event with discussion related to the current APS Home Performance Program, Energy Efficiency Rebates, and how EFAZ will be working to facilitate contractor education & positive changes within the program.  Free to All w/RSVP to 480.966.1988 or RSVP Online
    Rennick's in the Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel, 2435 S. 47th St., Phoenix, AZ - 480.894.1600

  • 05/08/2014 11:51 AM | Anonymous
    Come join Creative Living Fellowship's Green Expo for a day of Education and Fun for the Whole Family!

    Featuring 30 or more vendors with sustainable, eco-friendly, unique businesses, face painting, solar cooking demo, 50/50 raffle as well as many other raffle prizes, music, and activities for the kids.  "Green Cafe" sponsored by Community Cuisine. Green Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 2:30 pm Featuring respected speakers such as: Chef Sara of Chef Sara’s Raw Vegan Academy & Cafe Sailesh Krishna Rao from Climate Healers Initiative for Transformation Greg Peterson of The Urban Farm
    We would like to thank:

    Whole Foods, Green Chamber of Commerce, Plant Based Nation, Green Living Magazine, Community Cuisine, and the City of Phoenix for their support.


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