Key Accomplishments in 2022
We celebrated our 50th anniversary of service to the Verde Valley with events and communications throughout the year. Read about KSB’s history and watch a video.
We’re helping lead the effort to identify and implement solutions to the environmental damage and threats to public health and safety being caused by OHV overuse and misuse on Forest Service roads and trails. We commissioned a short film on the OHV Crisis that you can view.
We initiated a project to transform our building into a model of environmental responsibility. We replaced our old gas furnace with a new highly efficient electric heat pump, installed an insulated membrane roof on top of our rolled shingle roof and added enough solar panels to become a net producer of electricity for our neighborhood. Efforts will continue in 2023. You can contribute to this effort on our website.
Wildland Fire Preparedness
We sponsored and organized a community conversation to inform residents on how to prepare for and respond to a wildland fire should the need arise. With a drier climate, this threat will only increase in the Verde Valley.
We continue to be proactive about protecting our Dark Skies. KSB received a $10,000 grant from the City of Sedona dedicated to the sustainable tourism initiative to replace non-compliant grandfathered outdoor lighting with dark sky compliant fixtures.
Growing Water Smart and the Yavapai County Comprehensive Plan
KSB was the motive force behind Yavapai County’s participation in the Growing Water Smart workshop held by the Sonoran Institute. Information from this session helped inform the Water Element of the Yavapai County Comprehensive Plan update, which KSB provided extensive input on.
KSB continued to emphasize the critical need to reduce plastic production and consumption.
Over 70 KSB litter lifters removed litter and trash from over 50 miles of streets and roadways.
Awards of Excellence
Awards were presented to Richard and Monique Sidy for Sustainable Landscaping, Verde Valley School for Sustainability, the Friends of the Forest Graffiti Removal Team for Community Service, Layla’s Bakery-Café for Sustainability, Science Vortex for Education and A Sunset Chateau for Sustainability.
The KSB Preserving the Wonder Speaker Series hosted speakers on various subjects of interest to our members.
To protect and sustain the scenic beauty and natural environment of Sedona and the Verde Valley.