Representing more than 2,500 businesses across all industry sectors in Arizona, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce understands the need for clean air and a healthy and safe environment in which to live, work and play.
With the holidays approaching, it’s time again to remind Maricopa County residents and businesses to not burn wood or wax logs in fireplaces, chimineas and outdoor fire pits on designated “No Burn Days.”
The Phoenix City Council voted earlier this month to approve the Phoenix Parklet Program. Administered through the Planning & Development Department, a parklet is a seating platform that converts two or more curbside parking spaces into vibrant community spaces.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is misleading the public by neglecting to mention dangerous aspects of the proposed South Mountain Freeway. Creating a truck route along Pecos Road will be disastrous for the air quality of the adjacent neighborhoods and schools. As a family nurse practitioner I am well aware of the prevalence of severe asthma and allergies among the Valley’s population. Asthma is the number one reason for school absences. Building another freeway near schools and homes will increase the pollution, escalating rates of asthma and other cardiopulmonary illnesses, thus impacting the health of all and education of our children.
As an Ahwatukee resident not directly impacted by the plans for South Mountain Freeway, I probably shared some complacency about the new road being a “done deal.” My family live far enough away from Pecos Road that we won’t really notice the noise, dust and general disruption of the construction or, eventually, the traffic using the new road.
Dry eyes is a growing concern, with the numbers increasing rapidly of individuals who struggle with the effects. One study estimates nearly half the population experience symptoms of dry eyes—from mild irritation to more severe burning, itching, sensitivity to light, even blurry vision and an inability to quickly focus.
A brief look at a map of the greater Phoenix area would indicate the blatant lack of any freeway system serving the southwest quadrant of the area. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) plan since 1985 has been to develop this system with a bypass connecting Interstate 10 west at 59th Avenue (current preferred option) to I-10 east at Pecos Road.
Members of the non-profit group PARC (Protecting Arizona Resources and Children) will make a series of three-minute presentations to the Phoenix City Council at the Oct. 1 meeting during the time for Citizen Comments, starting at 2:45 p.m.
It won't eliminate ObamaCare in Arizona, and it's unlikely to keep the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing new air quality rules on power plants here. But proponents of Proposition 122 insist that the proposed state constitutional amendment will give Arizona the power to rein in future federal government overreach, and it would do it through the power of the purse.
Saying they have jurisdiction, members of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission refused Thursday to kill an investigation into whether a commercial aimed at Scott Smith was really designed to undermine his gubernatorial bid.
While the summer heat is on in the Valley of the Sun, PARC (Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children) remains on “Active Duty” and is maintaining its watch over the proposed Loop 202 project, preparing for the release of the FEIS (Final Environmental Impact Statement) due later this year.
Ahwatukee bike shop Cactus Bike, Landis Cyclery, Trek Bicycles of West Phoenix and Bicycles of Phoenix have collaborated together on a free bicycling app. The app, called My City Bikes, was designed to help make a positive change in the health and well-being of Valley residents.
"Green” interiors are not a new style, a preferred color choice or even a new trend. “Green” interiors means using energy-efficient, non- or low-polluting products, built with sustainable resources and can be maintained without the use of toxic cleaning products, to create interiors that are both for people and good for the environment. Why should it make a difference in our interiors and our lives? Because most people want their home to be a place where they feel comfortable, secure and at ease knowing they are living in a safe and healthy environment that is also beautiful.
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes. Most cases of chronic sinusitis are not caused by infection but are actually an immune disorder caused by fungus. Mayo Clinic researchers found that “fungal organisms were present in 96 percent of patients who had surgery for chronic sinusitis, and that inflammatory cells were clumped around the fungi, which indicated that the condition was an immune disorder caused by fungus.”
With the holiday season here, we encourage Maricopa County residents and businesses to pay attention to No Burn Day alerts and not burn wood in fireplaces, outdoor fire pits or other wood burning appliances on designated No Burn Days. Lives literally depend on your cooperation.
Maricopa County has seen a rise in the number of people burning wood on No Burn Days in the past two years and if the trend continues it could result in higher fines and tougher restrictions in years to come.