I urge everyone Downtown this week to go out and support all of the excellent initiatives taking place. It’s an exciting time to be in Downtown Phoenix, and it’s the right time to do something about the way you live. We all can make improvements in our lives. This week affords us many opportunities to learn, give, help and teach. Walk, run, bike, skateboard, rollerblade or take the light rail… you have lots of options. Please make the most of it.

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is already underway this week, and runs through Friday. Late registration and entry can be pricey to some of the events, but if you have the means, please do stop by. The expo will feature hundreds of exhibits of people and companies doing their part to lessen their impact on the earth. But, there’s so much more to explore. There’s a green-building job fair, forums, roundtables, films, lectures, summits, tours, hikes and more, exploring green initiatives in Phoenix, Arizona and beyond. This is a great opportunity to share ideas and take away some new knowledge.

Coinciding with Greenbuild is the Phoenix Green Streets Festival on Friday and Saturday, November 13-14. Put on by Roosevelt Row, Green Streets will feature vendors and demonstrations of all things green in Phoenix. The festival will take place on Roosevelt Street between 4th and 7th streets from 6-10 p.m. on Friday. There’s all kinds of fun stuff happening all day Saturday, which is the Day for Downtown celebration — tree plantings, demonstrations at the Grow House, visiting with urban chickens and park clean-up events. Plus, there’s sustainability-minded vendors at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market and Urban Grocery and Wine Bar, and many of Downtown Phoenix’s favorite boutiques and shops will be open for urban strolling on the Second Saturday Sidewalk Sale. Check out Phoenix Green Streets page for all the details.