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Upcoming Webinar: Dec. 11, 2013
December 11, 2013.
Noon - 1:30p.m. MST
How can communities make decisions about the future in light of uncertainties about the economy, the climate, population growth, and more. This webinar will change the way you think about planning for the future.
Featured Blog Article
What if the Western states were formed around watershed as Powell envisioned? What would that look like and could we speculate on what that might mean for the functioning of modern communities?
2012 Annual Report - Crossroads
Crossroads are an exciting place to be. Not only do they offer the prospect of change, but they also represent the power of choice. Even if difficult, the decision is ours to make, the challenge ours to meet.
Where We Work
Watch This - Community Building in Rifle, Colorado
In 2005, the people of Rifle, Colorado, looked out of the window and saw ways their community could be better. Rifle chose to shape its own future. And the Sonoran Institute has been alongside them every step of the way. Across the West, communities are facing critical choices about their future. Rifle’s story could be the story of your town, your community.
Find out more about why we are celebrating the accomplishments of Rifle, Colorado. Click here.
Latest Sonoran Institute News
Sonoran Desert Heritage Project Snags Major Award
Sept. 30, 2013 - PHOENIX, Ariz. - An ambitious proposal to protect nearly 1 million acres of federal public lands in western Maricopa County has received a major award for smart planning. The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) said the Sonoran Desert Heritage Conservation Plan will improve the quality of life for residents, business owners and tourists. The Sonoran Institute is a key player in the project. Read the story.
Robert Redford Visits to Push for Delta Restoration
Sept. 7, 2013 - Actor and environmentalist Robert Redford remembers with awe the first time he floated on the Colorado River — and with shock the first time he learned that the lifeblood of the Grand Canyon and the entire Southwest doesn’t reach the sea. Read the Brandon Loomis article about Robert Redford in the Arizona Republic.
Inspiring Local Leaders - Fall 2013 WestWord
At the Sonoran Institute, we have always been driven by the conviction that every community is unique.
That's why local engagement - customized to each community's culture, heritage, and particular circumstances - is the foundation of our conservation and community development work. When invited, we help each community come together to find its own voice and to achieve its own vision. -- Maria Baier, CEO.
Not only do they offer the prospect of change, but they also represent the power of choice. Even if difficult, the decision is ours to make, the challenge ours to meet. This is especially energizing when the consequences are momentous, as they are for us today.
The West that we love is at a crossroads, and the choices we make will shape its future—our future—for generations to come.
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