Video Will Greene of Beyond Coal and Net Metering in Arizona

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This week I talked with Will Greene about Net Metering in Arizona and the commotion being made about it. Will is the Phoenix Organizing Representative of the Beyond Coal campaign being run by Sierra Club. He is currently working to motivate people to come out for two important meetings happening next week on November 13th and 14th.
We did a Google Hangout to discuss the events and how you can get involved:

The first meeting on November 13th at 9am is at the Arizona Corporation Commission building:
1200 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2996
This meeting will be to discuss the Net Metering policy for the state of Arizona. Currently APS has proposed changes to Net Metering that would help APS make more money but pretty much kill off the Rooftop Solar Industry in Arizona, which employs at least 10,000 people. In addition APS has been caught secretly funding Non-Profits that are creating advertisements that attempt to make non-solar customers thing solar customers are getting a free ride.
We are trying to get as many people to show up as possible at 9am to show a presence that the Commission will be hard pressed to ignore. If you live or work in the downtown Phoenix area you should call in sick or late and come take part in helping to ensure sustainable industry in Arizona will continue growing.
If you have time to stay longer you may have an opportunity to have your voice heard in front of the Commission.
There will be coffee and bagels!

The second meeting is on November 14th at 5pm at the Phoenix Convention Center and involved the EPA and haze over the Grand Canyon. The Phoenix Convention Center is located at 3rd Street and Washington.
Specifically this meeting is going to discuss whether or not the EPA should enforce the clean air laws on the Navajo Generating Station(NGS) near Page, Arizona. The NGS is the states largest polluter and is considered by many to be the cause of a haze in the skies over the Grand Canyon.
Show up at 5pm and stop by the Sierra Club booth for a free Beyond Coal t-shirt and then head into the meeting to give a brief statement about why clean air at the Grand Canyon and all of Arizona is important to you.

Podcast #16 – Reuben Gonzales of Eleventh Monk3y

300-DS-Podcast-16-ReubenWhen I talked with Zoe for Podcast #5 she mentioned Reuben and his store Eleventh Monk3y as someone I should do a podcast with. He allowed Zoe to use his space for her bake sale and he agreed to sit down with me to talk about growing up in Phoenix and the adventures that led him to opening Eleventh Monk3y in its current location on Grand Ave in downtown Phoenix.

Among the topics covered are:
Robotics
Breakin
Quitting Circut City and Subway
VW Restoration
TShirt Design
Running a Business
Each one Teach one
Grand Avenue Festival 2013
Saying no to Bling
Phoenix Design Week
Mark Dudlik

Link Love:
Eleventh Monk3y

Podcast #11 – Tracy Perkins and Strawberry Hedgehog

Desertstandard Podcast with Tracy Perkins of Strawberry HedgehogThis week I talked with small local business owner Tracy Perkins about how she ended up in Phoenix and running the super awesome Strawberry Hedgehog. This episode has the most laughter of all the shows I have done so far. So if you don’t feel like laughing then you should wait to listen till later.

Link Love:
Strawberry Hedgehog
Soap of the Month Club
Dr. Cow Cheese

Podcast #5 – Zoe Von Diether – Vegan Bake Sale in Phoenix

DS-Podcast5-Image-300Moving along into the 5th episode of the DesertStandard podcast we have an interview with the one and only Zoe Von Diether. She joins us to discuss growing two events that she is hosting in October. Have a listen to learn more about Zoe, growing up in Phoenix, why she loves working out in the gym, and her passion for vegan bake sales, saving pigs, working with Autism Speaks, and being awesome.

Show Notes:
Vegan Bake Sale in Phoenix for Autism Speaks
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/154774608060747/
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Time-11:00am until 5:00pm
Hosted at 11th Monk3y Apparel and Designs
1022 W Grand Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85007
http://11thmonk3y.com/
https://www.facebook.com/11thMonk3y

Zoe needs Vegan Bakers. So if you can bake something tasty that is also vegan then you should go to the event Facebook page and contact her.

Also if you have a band that can play to the G level then she wants you to play for as long as you want.

Grand Avenue Festival happening on Oct 19th
-They need a website update for 2013 event
-Here is 2012 webpage http://grandavephoenix.com/grand-avenue-festival/

IronWood Pig Sanctuary Pumpkin and Blanket Drive – Pigs in a Blanket
-Pumpkin and Blanket Drive – Oct 19th at 11th Monkey
-Looking for employees, need to live in the area, or be down with camping in area and want you to be vegetarian
-Hard work, working on the farm
-Looking for bands
http://ironwoodpigsanctuary.org

Autism Speaks Walk
http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1061251
Looking for bands

Medicine Tent playing at Rhythm Room tonight

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medicine tent dean dale rhythm roomTonight is the night to catch the hot Phoenix band Medicine Tent in the flesh at the one and only Rhythm Room in Phoenix Arizona. They will be bringing their unique form of funk and groove to the masses. If you like to shake your booty this is gonna be the place.
RSVP on their Facebook Page
Only $10 at the door! Catch a nap if you can beforehand, we’ll be funking until the small hours!

Doors at 7:30pm

Medicine Tent closes the show!

The show starts at 8pm and includes:

  • Hardship Anchors
  • Bitch Automatic
  • Kevin Sheely
  • No Shit Sherlocks
  • with headliners Dean & Dale

Check out more at the Rhythm Room Event page here.