We don't have tips for buying Earth-friendly light bulbs, or a list of Alice Cooper's favorite ways to conserve energy. And we don't care if you put a brick in your toilet to conserve water or drive an alternative-fuel vehicle, because -- get this -- it really doesn't matter. As you'll learn from the stories here, we have no water shortage in metropolitan Phoenix -- not now anyway. It's use it or lose it. And that natural-gas-powered Ford Expedition? It might impress your neighbors and get you access to the HOV lane, but it's no easier on the atmosphere than the gasoline-powered version.
The most inconvenient truth of all, it turns out, is this: The Green Movement might make you feel warm and fuzzy, but it won't stop global warming. Really want to save the planet? Don't drive across town to that eco-fashion show. In fact, don't buy those new hemp tennis shoes, or a hybrid car. Wear your old clothes, drive your old car, and save up for solar panels.
For this series, we made the ultimate sacrifice: Our writers put on their thinking caps, got out their calculators, and told the true stories about what it really means to be green in this corner of the desert.