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August 22, 2022
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UArizona Students Win Solar Decathlon

Sunblock - The Avenue by The University of Arizona design team.
A University of Arizona student team was among the winners of the 2022 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge. Organized by the U.S. Department of Energy, the international collegiate competition invites student teams to design and build “high-performance, low-carbon buildings powered by renewables.” With two categories, the Design Challenge is a one- or two-semester competition, while the Build Challenge is a two-year project culminating in a constructed project.
This year over 25,000 students competed for the event’s 20th anniversary. The winning teams were congratulated at a virtual event, at which a UArizona team and a team from Georgia Institute of Technology both were named grand winners of the Design Challenge.
The UArizona team project, called Sunblock – The Avenue, conceptualized a construction to provide a safe, quality, and affordable living space for low-income families. The team proposed development of a 3-story mixed-use building, which would boost the neighborhood economy with a new retail district, provide safe housing, and offer educational and recreational spaces for children. In addition, the building design would meet the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home National Requirements.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars, and don't forget to register!

August 23

ResilienceLinks Webinar | Advancing Resilience Measurement: Principles and Priorities

9:00–10:30AM ET     Register Here

August 26

School of Geography, Development & Environment Welcome Back Colloquium

3:30PM MST     ENR2 Room S107
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Environment in the News

UArizona researcher Michael Bogan says that plant and animal life arrived almost as soon as water was reintroduced. (Photo: Megan Myscofski, AZPM)

The water came back

By Megan Myscofski, Arizona Public Media | August 1, 2022
Poor water practices made the Santa Cruz River practically disappear, but new efforts have some water flowing again. And when there’s water in the desert, life follows quickly. Read more>>

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Building Resilience in the Face of a Dwindling Colorado River

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Chile Water Crisis: 13 Years and Counting

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The Washington Post Built a Fake City to Demonstrate Extreme Heat: CAPLA'S Ladd Keith Provides Expert Analysis

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Texas Standard for Aug. 4, 2022: Dangerous methane leaks in the Permian basin

How an Old Golf Course Can Fight Climate Change

Water Week: How to farm in a drought
How historic climate funding from the Inflation Reduction Act will impact Tucson and Arizonans

'El Jefe' the jaguar, famed in US, photographed in Mexico

More than meets the eye: How patterns in nature arise and inspire everything from scientific theory to biodegradable materials

Monsoon 2022: Parts of Arizona seeing more rain this season, according to meteorologist

Can Arizona Citizens Use Tools of Democracy to Preserve the State's Dwindling Water?

Wings festival touts nature, conservation

Tribes take a central role in water management as drought and climate change effects worsen

Extreme Heat is Deadly, Expensive, Inequitable, and Now, More Than Ever, Preventable

The Southwest is running out of fresh water. Is ocean desalination the cure?

TRENDS Podcast: How Can Solar Energy Improve Agriculture In A Changing Climate?

2 New Solar Projects Proposed in Pinal

Making Science More Accessible: UA community and school garden program uses plant science to empower students

Arizona and California Farmers, Targets for Colorado River Cuts, Draft Their Conservation Strategy
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Apply Now to Attend the Southwest Adaptation Forum 2022
The Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC) is proud to host the 2022 Southwest Adaptation Forum (SWAF), in collaboration with the South Central CASC, USDA Southwest Climate Hub, and Southwest Decision Resources. The 2022 SWAF will explore topics relevant to adaptation practitioners in the Southwest, such as cultural burning, drought, and ecosystem transformation. SWAF will be held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 10–12, 2022. There will be no fee to attend. Apply here.
Campus Sustainability Fund Grant Applications Now Open
The Campus Sustainability Fund is pleased to announce that Preliminary Mini Grant applications are now open! The CSF offers two types of grants: Mini Grants ($250 - $5,000) and Annual Grants ($5,001- $100,000). Annual Grant applications open in November. Mini Grant applications are open now! All students, staff, and faculty are invited to submit proposals that advance environmental and social sustainability on campus. Visit for grant application details, resources, and to start your application today. 
National Academies Webinar Recording: How Are We, and How Should We Be, Adapting to Climate Change?
The Hauser Policy Impact Fund webinar focused on climate adaptation and resilience concerning natural and human systems, including the Global Change Research Needs and Opportunities report. Panelists considered questions such as, how should the United States be thinking about and planning for adaptation? What actions are decision makers currently taking to adapt, and what further actions are needed to respond effectively to climate change impacts?
Registration Open for 18th Annual Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystem Symposium
The 18th annual Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems (RISE) Symposium will be held Saturday, November 5, 2022, 8:30AM–3:30PM on the University of Arizona campus. The symposium will share recent results of research at the USDA-ARS Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed and the UArizona Santa Rita Experimental Range, encourage future research activities, and to promote these outdoor scientific laboratories. Learn more and register here.


Director, Cooperative Extension
The University of Arizona seeks a strategic and innovative leader to be the next Director of the UArizona Cooperative Extension System (CES). The CES Director is a senior executive leader who must work closely with various Directors, Academic Unit Heads, and other Leadership administrators. They must liaise with peers in other UArizona colleges, federal and state personnel, and other CES stakeholders, as well as represent the CES to elected and appointed officials. Learn more and apply.
Indigenous Correspondents Program
Planet Forward and UArizona have partnered to launch Ilíiaitchik: Indigenous Correspondents Program (ICP). The goal of the ICP is to empower the next generation of Indigenous scholars to share environmental stories and resilient solutions of relevance around the world.  The ICP will support 10-12 Indigenous graduate and upper-division undergraduate students from across the United States through a year-long program. Students with an interest in environmental science and knowledge generation, resilient solutions, and effective storytelling in media spaces are encouraged to apply for the 2022-2023 cohort.

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