Blogs: Sustainability

SIM: One of Many Improvements

AS SEEN IN THE RED ROCK NEWS June 28, 2019   It’s begun! Traffic fixes are happening after years of careful research, planning and discussion. Construction of the new roundabout at Jordan Road and SR 89A is just the first...
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4th of July: Best Way to BBQ

Fourth of July is coming up. Hot dogs, hamburgers. Even vegans may be throwing Gardenburgers on the grill. So which is better from a climate standpoint: briquettes or natural gas? Here’s your answer: The barbecue season has arrived. I went...
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Tips for buying rain barrels

There are a lot of rain barrel models available on the internet and also local shops. Some are quite pretty and resemble terracotta urns. Look for a model with a brass (not plastic) spigot and a hose attachment out the...
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Help is Important for Tourism Plan

AS SEEN IN THE RED ROCK NEWS June 14, 2019   It came up often during sustainability planning: everyone is glad Sedona is facing our traffic issues and as a result, taking a decisive new approach to both tourism and...
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Sedona E-Bike Tours just became a Certified Sustainable Business at the Innovator/Silver level

Susan Amon, owner of Sedona E-Bike Tours, helps residents and visitors understand Sedona from a new angle. Her rides foster “place-based tourism” that deepens knowledge and appreciation of local geography, ecosystems, and history – all from the sustainable comfort of...
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Certified Sustainable Wineries in the Verde Valley

It surprises many people that Arizona has over 100 wineries, and a number of them are in the Verde Valley. Since there are so many, why not favor and visit the ones that are certified as Sustainable Businesses? Here are...
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Tourism Plan Serves as National Model

AS SEEN IN THE RED ROCK NEWS May 31, 2019   Sedona made major waves in May as statewide and national media reported our move to sustainable tourism. More than 150 media sites picked up the news that Sedona is...
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Going Tubeless for the Environment

In 2015, three Snap Fitness locations in the Verde Valley switched to coreless toilet paper, i.e., there is no brown tube in the center of the roll. Each year, more than 17 billion toilet paper tubes are thrown away, mostly...
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Introducing New Tourism Practices

AS SEEN IN THE RED ROCK NEWS May 24, 2019   Happy Memorial Day weekend! It’s shaping up to be gorgeous, and I hope you have plans to enjoy Sedona with friends and family and remember the service men and...
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What to look for in a sustainability coordinator

We’re delighted that Sedona is hiring a sustainability coordinator. I’ve not seen a sustainability effort be successful without it being someone’s official job. That said, their job is to integrate it into the organization so the effort isn’t dependent upon...
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Modern day self-directed work teams

Back in the 1980’s and 90’s, before switching my focus to sustainability, I was a management consultant focusing on self-directed work teams: front line employees, typically in cross functional teams, empowered to make important management decisions. For 10 years, Marsha...
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How to create a sustainability plan

At first, organizations pursue sustainability with ad hoc actions: a little recycling, replacing plastic water bottles, etc. But how do you know if you’re working on the right things in the right order, on what’s important, not easy? A Sustainability...
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