Seeds for the Future

Posted on December 28, 2016 • Category: Water, Forests & Open Spaces



By Andrea Jaramillo

What do seeds have to do with environmental protection? More than we think. Those tiny products are intimately related to food security and healthy ecosystems.

Native Seeds/SEARCH, a non-profit organization that works to preserve seeds from the Southwest U.S. and Northwestern Mexico, believes that by doing so, it is setting the ground for agricultural sustainability.

“A lot of the work that we do is about food, sustainable food and production of local food,” explained…

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Making Education More Accessible for Employees

Posted on December 20, 2016 • Category: College Going



By Andrea Jaramillo

For many workers, going back to school to get a degree is something close to impossible, either because of lack of money, time or encouragement.

In Arizona, one major university and three companies decided to change this.

The University of Arizona has partnered with GEICO, Caterpillar Inc. and the Salt River Project to design and implement accessible degree programs for employees through their online programs.

“The vision for this partnership is not just how can…

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Prop 206: What Will It Mean?

Posted on December 14, 2016 • Category: Job Creation



By Zackary Moran-Norris

Earlier this month, Arizona voters approved Proposition 206, a ballot initiative that boosts the state’s minimum wage from $8.05 per hour to $12 per hour in 2020 and requires employers to provide paid sick time off from work.

The proposition has sparked statewide debate in recent months but it passed with a surprisingly large margin with 58 percent of voters saying “yes” and 41 percent voting “no."

Kathy Ortega, a fast-food worker in Tucson,…

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