Welcome to our July issue!

It’s summer which means it’s hot, so our July issue is all about solar and energy. This issue highlights the important role that the sun plays in our daily lives. Whether you’re spending 30 to 60 minutes in the sunlight to detox and improve your personal health, or you’re installing solar on your roof, this issue discusses how you can sustainably utilize the power of the sun.

Learn how to enjoy your summer despite Arizona’s raging heat by reading about green picnicking destinations up north and how to pack a sustainable picnic. Or, you can read about some fun science and nature activities to do with your children this summer.

Most importantly, as Arizona is the third state with the most solar energy, learn how companies like Arizona Public Service are using physics to better store and utilize this energy. Read about the Paris Agreement, global trends concerning sustainable energy and where changes are not happening quickly enough. Be sure to check out how the Diamondbacks are planning to use solar energy at Chase Field to lessen their impact on the environment.

As always, be sure to check out our Fun Green Facts, delicious recipes, Cool Outrageous Stuff and He’s Green She’s Green product reviews. If you’re interested in connecting with other people in Arizona who are passionate about leading sustainable lives, be sure to come to our next launch party on Wednesday, July 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., located in Phoenix at Enterprise Bank and Trust. Find out more at greenlivingaz.com/party.

Get involved this month by attending the fun summer events listed on our Green Scenes calendar in the magazine or online on greenlivingaz.com/events, as well as checking out the ads and editorials throughout the issue. No matter which city you live in, there will be sustainable summer events near you!

The cover image was taken via drone operated by photographer Christian McBeth.

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