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.
After talking with Tracy on the Strawberry Hedgehog episode she highly recommended that I get in touch with Cori and Amanda at Treehouse bakery. Tracy is a big fan of theirs since she is vegan but also because they make really good baked goods and on top of that are really nice people.
We talk about growing up in Phoenix and then getting going with their vegan bakery in downtown Phoenix. We cover Grand Ave, creating the best cupcake icing in the land, the Pie Social, customers, turning down Cupcake Wars, taking special orders, taking donation requests, and more. You should take an hour and have a listen to how a local business gets things done in Phoenix.
When 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.
This summer Kate and I decided it was time to get solar panels added to our home to eliminate our dependence on our utilities dirty energy. In Arizona residential solar tends to seem expensive but when you add up the costs and the savings its a 8 year return on investment and a massive reduction in your carbon footprint.
Eventually we met with Dillon Holmes the owner of Cambio Energy in Phoenix AZ and chose his company to install the system. In this podcast I talk with Dillon about growing up in Phoenix, going to U of A in Tucson, running a solar installation company, and current issues in the energy market.
This weeks episode features Aaron Post and we cover the gamut of his Phoenix history. From his early freelance career, to helping start Collins College, to the Dot Com Boom, Refresh Phoenix, and his current project with Bar Vision. Aaron is a really great guy and has been involved in multiple aspects of the Phoenix digital design community over the last three decades. His work getting Refresh Phoenix to happen laid a lot of the ground work for what has become a thriving creative scene in the Phoenix area. It was cool to talk with him and learn about how he came to the idea of starting Refresh Phoenix based on a trip to Chicago for a 37 Signals event.
This 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.
This weeks podcast is with Sarah and Seth from WannaTri a triathlon coaching company located in Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona. Sarah recently gave my wife Kate and I swim lessons in preparation for a Triathlon we are competing in October of this year. It changed my approach to swimming so completely that I wanted to have her and her husband and business partner Seth on the podcast.
In this episode we learn about how Sarah and Seth ended up together in Phoenix and what led them to compete in triathlons and eventually to coaching. I recommend that if you have any interest in competing in a triathlon that you give WannaTri a call.
This weeks podcast went back to the music theme with Jason Ayers. I have known Jason since 2008 through the Arizona tech scene and further because he is a Drum and Bass DJ, Promoter, and Producer by the name Deepfreq and co-founder of SubConscious. He also has a Soundcloud page.
In this interview we cover the gamut of Jason’s progression from growing up in north Phoenix in the 70’s, to his take on “the 4 things wrong with Phoenix that cannot be fixed so stop complaining about them”, and quite a bit about Drum and Bass and the Arizona club scene.
We recorded at the Lost Leaf which you should go check out now.
The eighth podcast is with Keith Mulvin the Community Manager of CoHoots. We talk about growing up in the Phoenix Valley,how he ended up working at CoHoots, what drives him to stay in Phoenix, and a few places to get some food or drinks downtown.
In the last 10 years the growth of coworking spaces in the US has had a lot of buzz. Instead of a traditional office or executive suite, where everyone is with the same organization and working by themselves, a coworking space basically removes the walls and lets people from various companies and groups work side by side. In Phoenix there are a number of coworking spaces but there has been one in the Downtown area that has grown quickly and established itself as a great place to get work done and meet interesting individuals.