JANUARY 25, 2012

Orientation for Pioneer Living History Museum Volunteers

Existing Pioneer Living History Museum volunteers are invited to attend either the Saturday Jan. 28 or the Sunday Jan. 29, 10 a.m. Volunteer Orientation and Gun Safety to be held in the restaurant at the Pioneer Living History Museum (3901 W. Pioneer Road, Phoenix, AZ 85086).

New volunteer cards will be issued and the board will speak to the volunteers about their vision for the future of Pioneer. If you want to continue as a volunteer – you must come to one (not both) of these training/meeting sessions held in the restaurant as the Museum.
There will be opportunities for those interested in becoming volunteers at another time soon.

Questions - Contact Sheila at pioneerarizona@aol.com or 623-465-1052.

JANUARY 25, 2012

Green Building lecture features “Green Neighborhoods”

Green isn’t just about buildings.  At the February 2 “Green Neighborhoods” lecture, you’ll learn about efforts to create compact, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods and spaces that encourage social interaction.  You’ll also find out about Scottsdale’s progress in developing a bicycle-friendly and pedestrian-scale city.  Finally, you’ll explore the possibilities of urban farming and community gardens which promote a sense of community and offer the health benefits of physical activity and fresh, locally-grown produce.

The Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series is free and runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month through June.  It is held at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale.

Here’s the remaining schedule:

March 1 - Cooling and Heating Options for Your Home
Did you know that 43 percent of all electricity consumed in Phoenix metro area homes is used for air conditioning?  How can you improve the comfort of your home and reduce the energy required to cool and heat?  Find out about new and alternative cooling and heating systems. Learn how to improve your existing system.

April 5 - Water Saving Technologies
Nearly 70 percent of city-supplied potable water is used primarily for landscape irrigation and 30 percent of the remainder is used for flushing toilets? Learn about EPA’s WaterSense plumbing products and irrigation technologies that can reduce your water consumption by 20 to 30 percent.  Get landscaping tips to reduce irrigation needs while providing a healthy and beautiful environment.

May 3 - Indoor Environmental Quality and Healthy Homes
Air pollutant levels inside an energy efficient, tightly-sealed home can be six times higher than outdoor levels.  Learn strategies to improve indoor environmental quality and well-being, including tips on material selection, green labeling, fresh air ventilation, filtration and daylighting.

June 7 - Innovative Green Projects in the Valley
Are you ready for the future?  Explore innovative and trend-setting projects that excel in energy efficiency, material resources, water reuse and unique building design solutions.

For more information on the Green Building Lecture Series, call (480) 312-3111 or visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/greenbuilding/lectures.  To receive a reminder about these and other Green Building Events, subscribe at https://eservices.scottsdaleaz.gov/listserve/.