Hello from your new editor.

It’s an honor to join Chandler Lifestyle as your new editor.

As a contributing writer since the inaugural issue, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some incredible families, spotlight many local businesses and share details about dozens of community events that make Chandler so special.  I’m looking forward to facilitating stories from the editor’s chair.

This month in our “Green” issue, we’re focusing on ways to keep the earth clean and sustainable. At Chandler-based Sun Valley Solar Solutions, Joe Messner and Russ Patzer used their shared passion for technology, innovation and the environment to launch a successful residential and commercial solar panel business in 2006. Solar panels not only help homeowners save money on monthly electric bills but are also energy efficient.

If you have a teen looking for ways to give back, check out the Green Teens program, ideal for those who want to focus on environmentally-based service projects such as animal care, educational programs, recycling, composting, park clean-ups and more.

The City of Chandler’s Solid Waste Services provides great information about recycling, along with a comprehensive check list of household items that are appropriate (and those that are not) for your blue bin. You’ll meet Chelle Daly and her family who share fun and unique ways about how recycling is incorporated into their daily lives.

Finally, get to know a special teacher at Desert Sun Child Development Center who shares her passion of gardening with students to incorporate sustainability and environmental responsibility into the curriculum. It’s amazing for these preschoolers to watch their seeds grow into flowers, vegetables and fruit.

This issue is packed with plenty of ways you and your family can go green. I encourage you to pitch in and do whatever you can to keep our earth beautiful.

Enjoy!

Meghann Finn Sepulveda

ON THE COVER

Recycling helps keep our earth green. Explore ways you and your family can go green in Chandler.