Water Conservation is Brewing in Arizona
The AZ Pure Water Challenge is inspiring local breweries to craft a tasty beer by incorporating certified recycled water from WateReuse into their production process. The statewide initiative aims to increase the awareness of water issues for Arizonans. By crafting this competition, WateReuse wants locals to understand that the technologies available to purify recycled wastewater create safe, high-quality drinking water.
We’re excited to share that 7 of the participating breweries are Local First Arizona members. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company, Borderlands Brewing Company, Iron John’s Brewing Company, Mother Bunch Brewing, O.H.S.O. Brewery Phoenix, Peoria Artisan Brewery, and Saddle Mountain Brewing Company will all be creating a tasty, water conscious beer in hopes of winning them the grand prize of a coveted HACH Orbisphere.
On September 10, participating breweries presented their sustainable brews to a team of judges to see who would take home the grand prize. The results were:
- Winner: Dragoon Brewing Company – Clear Water Pilsner
- Runner-up: Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company – Pure Water Double IPA
- People's Choice: Crooked Tooth Brewing Company – Tamarind Sour Brown
Conscious craft beer connoisseurs can try the eco-friendly libations on-site at their favorite brewery, where many of the competitors plan to showcase their creation. We recommend stopping into the brewery to ask when they will be serving the beer, and grabbing a yummy appetizer while you’re at it. Cheers to water conservation!
Curious about employing water conservation tactics or other sustainability measures at your business? Join us at the SOCENT (Social Entrepreneurship) Summit this October in Phoenix, where we are gathering businesses and conscious consumers from around the state to talk about using your business as a force for good.
Total Transit is focused on environmental sustainability through its green initiatives. Read on to learn more about all the services they provide and what they are doing to make a difference in our community!
You may not know it, but Arizona has been a leader in managing water for decades. In this blogpost you will learn some easy steps to engage in water conservation for your business or household.
Are you a small business owner in the Verde Valley seeking to expand and grow your business? Could you use additional equipment or employees; do you need to renovate your storefront; do you want to diversify your inventory and services? The Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization (VVREO) may be able to assist you reach your goals through their Revolving Loan Fund (RLF).
At the beginning of October, For(u)m was proud to partner with the architecture firm Jones Studio to showcase perhaps its most ambitious design project, the adaptive reuse of the historic Monroe Abbey.
With live music, retail and art vendors, local wine and classic cars taking over Main Street, the day is a true celebration of the Historic 89A and the Verde Valley.
We can all unite around Peanut Butter Americano’s nut butter that’s low sugar, charitable, and locally owned and roasted.
One more reason to visit Northern Arizona: the 2017 Sedona Winefest is just around the corner! Featuring premier Arizona wine, food, workshop, music, and tons of fun, it's the perfect event to kick off the fall season.
Something innovative (and delicious) is brewing in Arizona. A partnership between local breweries and WateReuse has sprouted a competition.
As a deeper understanding and appreciation for the value of the Verde River and its tributaries grows, it’s important to recognize the diverse group of partners that have been working together for decades to restore habitat, sustain flows, and promote community.
EcoClean has been a family-owned business for more than 30 years, with Gerard now works closely with his daughter Nathalie Windstein.
The Verde River is one of the few remaining perennial rivers in our state, and it's up to us to preserve it. The river and its connected groundwater sub-basins are critical to the communities and present-day citizens of its entire drainage basin - providing fresh water, recreational opportunities, local identity, and an agricultural lifestyle.
You might not know it, but Arizona is home to one of the more forward thinking farms in the country.
Recycling is getting a whole lot easier in Phoenix. The City of Phoenix has launched ECO Stations, a new pilot program to help reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill. There are eight locations throughout Phoenix where you can drop off acceptable materials for free.
Although the modern recycling system was created about 40 years ago, a local company, GlassKing Recovery & Recycling, is making recycling fun and new again. GlassKing founder Blake King noticed a need for glass recycling while working for a nightclub promotion company. He saw that glass beverage bottles were often not being recycled, and being determined to do something about it, he decided to start a business that could make a positive impact. In the first six months of operation, GlassKing prevented 300,000 pounds of glass from going to the landfill. Now two years in operation, GlassKing works with over thirty businesses of all types, malls, and the City of Tempe to recycle glass across the Valley.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that only 30 percent of restaurants are complying with regulation for the correct disposal of fats, oils, and grease (FOG). Most likely this is because the process is complex and often difficult to understand. Fortunately, food service businesses can get help from the Tempe Grease Cooperative, an innovative partnership between the City of Tempe and restaurants in city limits. Currently, TGC works with nearly 200 restaurants to prevent FOG from going into the sewer system.