The earliest sustainable structures in Arizona were built by the Native Americans. The adobe-style buildings kept the insides of buildings cool in the summers. The natives also dug canal systems to irrigate the land, bringing water to their communities. In Arizona, building materials such as adobe and copper are commonly used. Prior to swamp coolers and air conditioning, the climate was the most difficult challenge to desert design. After air conditioning became mainstream in the state, the battle to keep energy costs low became the next hurdle.
The UA campus is one of the best places in Arizona to see examples of modern architecture, unique to the desert. An Architect in Arizona helped the University implement heating and cooling techniques that dealt with the climate concerns. New buildings are required to have specific sustainable and eco-friendly elements, such as water efficient plumbing and landscaping, as well as the use of local and recycled construction materials. Newer buildings, invoke local canyon enchantment with recycled metal frames and colors, along with sustainable landscape and modern style. By creating large, green open spaces and building roofs with reflective or organic material, the buildings on the University’s campus are equipped with plenty of shaded areas and solar panels to harness the sun’s power. Water efficiency is also an important feature of buildings on campus, with the ultimate goal of offsetting irrigation costs through water harvesting and reclamation.
A Success Story: The Arizona Humane Society and the City of Phoenix helped rescue a five-week-old kitten from a manhole near 35th Avenue and Greenway. Once in a while, our furry friends wind up in places they shouldn’t be. Luckily, this ended happily for the youngster! After three days, the kitten was rescued. She will be up for adoption in a few weeks.