2016 Sponsorship Opportunities


Arizona Forward will host its 11th annual Stewardship Summit in May 2016. This signature event spotlights innovative ways to create healthy, sustainable communities that balance economic growth and environmental quality. It draws hundreds of community leaders from around Arizona and features an exhibit area showcasing statewide sustainability initiatives. 

Our invited keynotes include: U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has made walking and walkable communities a cornerstone of his administration in an effort to combat obesity; and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, who created a weight loss challenge in his city resulting in a collective loss of 1 million pounds and earning him an invitation to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2010 State of the Union address. 


The 36th annual Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards program is slated for September 2016. This signature program is open to entries statewide and recognizes outstanding contributions to the environment in a range of categories. Our awards gala is attended by more than 600 business and civic leaders each year. 

Design professionals, property owners, municipalities, corporations, educators, artists, environmental consultants and others eagerly seek the first-place Crescordia Award. Winners are featured in a year-long traveling display exhibited in high traffic public facilities throughout Arizona. The event is spotlighted in a comprehensive publicity campaign that typically includes coverage in The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Business Journal and Arizona Business Magazine.


Arizona Forward’s EarthFest Educators Night for teachers throughout Arizona will take place in October 2016. The event is entering its 12th year of providing environmental education resources for K-12 teachers. Attendees enjoy networking, workshops for continuing education credit, displays and activities, as well as refreshments and tours of the educational venue where the event is held.  Materials that meet state standards for education are provided to teachers, along with other resources to help mentor the next generation of environmental stewards. More than 50 environmental education booths are displayed representing a wide spectrum of interests, including wildlife habitat restoration, recycling, transportation, water management, energy, agriculture, conservation, waste and more.


Arizona Forward’s 47th Annual Luncheon will be held in December 2016 and will celebrate the organization’s long, rich history of environmental stewardship. This year-end program recognizes organizational accomplishments and individuals who have provided extraordinary support of our mission. Some 400+ community leaders typically attend the event, which has featured such renowned keynote speakers as:

  • Tom Szaky of TerraCycle, which recycles the unrecyclable in 20 countries
  • Adam Steltzner, Rocket Scientist, Lead Landing Engineer for Mars Rover
  • Alison Levine, Adventurist, Teacher and Wall Street Executive
  • FDNY Chief Richard Picciotto, Author of Last Man Down on his 9/11 Experience
  • Richard Louv, Author and Advocate for Children in Nature 
  • Jamie Clarke, Adventurist and Author 
  • Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Scientist and Professor
  • Larry Winget, the Pitbull of Professional Development and Best-Selling Author
  • Erin Brockovich, an Environmentalist Whose Life was Featured in a Movie 
  • Jeff Corwin, of Animal Planet
  • David Breashears, Mountaineer and IMAX Film Producer
  • Bruce Babbitt, former Secretary of the Interior and Arizona Governor 
  • Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American Female Astronaut
  • Robert Kennedy, Jr., Attorney and Riverkeeper


Arizona Forward’s Bi-Monthly Luncheon/Breakfast Series features enlightening keynote speakers on environmental and quality of life topics relating to our state and local communities.


Arizona Forward’s “Just for the Fun of It” Mixers provide a networking opportunity for members and guests in a unique setting featuring a complimentary reception and event theme in keeping with our mission of environmental stewardship. This event typically generates attendance of 200 community leaders.

Arizona Forward will work with the sponsoring organization to create an invitation that is electronically distributed. The invitation is sent to Arizona Forward’s database of more than 1,000 members and prospects; sponsors may also distribute the invitation to their own network. Arizona Forward will manage all event registration and will assist in set-up the day of the event. All costs associated with the mixer are managed and paid for by the sponsor and vary depending on the size and theme of the event. If you are interested in personally hosting a mixer in 2016, please let us know.