News Release | ADEQ, ADOT and Keep Arizona Beautiful Host Free Environmental Resources Roadshow in Wickenburg

Everyone is invited: community members, elected officials, government agencies, school representatives, and business members.

PHOENIX (January 12, 2016) – Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Keep Arizona Beautiful (KAZB) staff will conduct an “Environmental Resources Roadshow,” where attendees will learn about ways to improve their local environment.

Wickenburg Thurs., Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wickenburg Council Chambers 155 N. Tegner St. Wickenburg, AZ 85390

The Environmental Resources Roadshow partnership encourages community members, business people, elected officials, government agencies, and school representatives in Wickenburg and the surrounding area to attend one of the no-cost, two-hour events. Following brief presentations, attendees can engage in open dialogue and participate in a question and answer session.

Topics

ADEQ: successful recycling programs such as electronic waste and food recovery

ADEQ: how communities can benefit from ADEQ’s brownfields grants and technical expertise

ADOT: volunteer process for adopting section of Arizona highways for litter cleanup

KAZB: statewide litter prevention, recycling and beautification programs

If you are interested in the Environmental Resources Roadshow presenting in your community in 2016, please call one of the listed contacts.

Background

About ADEQ

Established by the Arizona Legislature under the Environmental Quality Act of 1986, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is the state agency for protecting and enhancing public health and the environment of Arizona.

ADEQ – Recycling ADEQ’s recycling program, which began 1991, has facilitated recycling initiatives in every county in Arizona. Currently, the program focuses on hosting environmental roadshows across the state, particularly in rural areas, to educate Arizonans about what they can do to establish or enhance recycling programs to protect and preserve their environment. Visit:

Recycling: http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/waste/solid/recycle.html Electronic waste recycling: http://azdeq.gov/environ/waste/p2/ewastetoolkit/index.html Food recovery: http://www2.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food

ADEQ – Brownfields Grant Program Brownfields are properties with active redevelopment potential hindered by known or perceived environmental contamination. ADEQ’s non-competitive brownfields grant program has funded more than 50 projects assisting local governments and nonprofits in completing environmental assessments and cleanups. Accepting applications on a rolling basis, ADEQ’s brownfields grant program conducts projects through Arizona’s State Response Grant using funds provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Visit: http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/waste/cleanup/brownfields.html.

ADOT – Adopt a Highway Volunteer Program

Over the years, the ADOT Adopt a Highway volunteer program has provided a multimillion-dollar labor value to Arizona taxpayers by keeping our highways clean. ADOT’s Adopt a Highway volunteer program began in 1988 in Globe. Today there are volunteers in every county of the Grand Canyon State, especially in rural Arizona, where volunteer litter pickup provides big savings in maintenance costs. Visit: www.azdot.gov/adoptahighway.

Keep Arizona Beautiful

KAZB is a statewide nonprofit (founded in 1988) with the mission to empower citizens and communities to care for their environment through litter abatement, recycling, and beautification. The KAZB Affiliate Network provides communities with resources and best practice training to tackle their local environmental challenges. Visit: www.kazb.org.

Environmental Resources Roadshow Contacts

News Media:

ADEQ Public Information Officer, Caroline Oppleman at (602) 771-2215 or co2@azdeq.gov

KAZB Executive Director, Jill Bernstein at (602) 651-1227 or executivedirector@kazb.org

ADOT Public Information Office, (800) 949-8057 or news@azdot.gov

Programs:

ADEQ Recycling Coordinator, J.B. Shaw, shaw.joseph@azdeq.gov or (602) 771-5613

ADEQ Brownfields Coordinator, Jennie Curé, jec@azdeq.gov or (602) 771-2296

KAZB Executive Director, Jill Bernstein, executivedirector@kazb.org or (602) 651-1227

ADOT Adopt a Highway Programs, Patricia Powers-Zermeño, ppowers-zermeno@azdot.gov or (602) 712-4620