“Shaping the Future of the West:” Sonoran Institute Launches New Website

“The Sonoran Institute’s mission is to connect people and communities with the natural resources that nourish and sustain them. We work at the nexus of commerce, community, and conservation to help people in the North American West build the communities they want to live in while preserving the values which brought them here. We envision a West where civil dialogue and collaboration are hallmarks of decision making, where people and wildlife live… Read More

Habitat plantings and restoration for pollinators and beneficial insects

A new great resource has been released by Western SARE, entitled “Habitat plantings and restoration for pollinators and beneficial insects.” As stated in the summary: Pollinators and beneficial insects are critical for healthy agricultural landscapes and many of the crops grown in the West.The encouragement of native bee populations on-farm is more important than ever due to Colony Collapse Disorder and other pests. Restoring native habitats, identifying plants that provide the best… Read More

Green Degrees & Top Paying Green Careers

Interested in the most popular green degrees? Or want to learn more about the top paying green careers? Affordable Colleges Online has released a report, highlighting what’s popular when it comes to green. According to the site, the most popular green degrees are: 1. Environmental architecture and environmental design, 2. Environmental engineering, 3. Environmental health sciences, 4. Environmental law, and 5. Environmental science and sustainability.  Find out more about these degrees and… Read More

Young Farmers: Stewards of the American West

Western Water From the National Young Farmers Coalition: The western United States is in the midst of a growing water crisis. Extended drought and climate change are colliding with a booming population and a rising demand for food and fresh water. As more entities vie for this increasingly tenuous resource, water continues to be removed from farmland at rapid rates to feed growing urban centers. This threatens the viability of agricultural soils, farm… Read More

USU Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning Awarded Grants to Improve Air Quality

From the Utah State Today: The Utah State University Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning was awarded two grants by the Utah Clean Air Partnership totaling $29,000 to reduce emissions and improve air quality. The first award of $12,000 provides funding for a green electric vehicle to be used by USU Facilities and students through the Student Sustainability Office programs. The electric vehicle will be used to transport compostable waste to the… Read More

Is there Any Need to Idle your Car Before Driving in the Winter?

From the Washington Post: We’ve all heard the idea: In winter, your car needs a little time to warm up before you can drive it. And that’s why across the United States, people who live in cold and snowy places — and especially those whose cars have remote starters — often fire up their engines long before they start driving. Heck, they might even start the car from the kitchen in the morning,… Read More

Is the West Prepared for Climate Change?

In a recent article, Sarah Tory from High Country News asks, “Is the West Prepared for Climate Change?” According to findings from the States at Risk Project, a nationwide report card released by consulting firm ICF International and non-advocacy science and journalism organization Climate Central, most Western states are vulnerable to future increases in extreme heat, drought, and flooding. As stated in High Country News: Those findings matter because of the potential damage to human health, property,… Read More

iSeeChange Community Climate and Weather Phenology Journal Launched

Interested in participating in a nationwide community that is tracking weather and ecological changes? iSeeChange could be just the outlet. iSeeChange is an environmental reporting platform combining citizen science, participatory public media, and satellite and sensor monitoring of environmental conditions. The iSeeChange initiative synchronizes local citizen climate reports with satellite data Combining these two perspectives—a global view of the earth from space and a granular view from individuals on the ground—offers an unprecedented… Read More

Utah’s First Utility-Scale Solar Energy Plant Commissioned

According to the St. George News, after 8 years of planning, Utah’s first functioning utility-sized solar power plant is now up and running in Parowan, UT. “Investors, developers and government officials from across the globe and Utah gathered to celebrate the completion of the project with food, music and tours of the facility — despite threats of storm clouds on the horizon. ‘This is a pioneering project,” Scatec Solar North America Luigi… Read More

Permaculture School​ advisor Pandora Thomas works to reconnect communities of color to the earth

Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a teacher, writer, designer and speaker. Her writing includes “Shades of Green” for individuals wanting to teach green building to youth. Pandora co-founded Earthseed Consulting LLC, a holistic consulting firm whose work expands the opportunities for sustainable living for diverse communities. Her current projects include the Black Permaculture Network, Pathways to Resilience – a permaculture and social entrepreneur training program for men returning home after incarceration – and working with Toyota… Read More