Got a Minute? Catch up with Martin Stiles, E&H ’13

Posted by Monica Hoel
Martin Stiles is solving the water puzzle.

Martin Stiles (E&H ’13) is surviving in a desert. In fact, he’s thriving in a desert because he’s one of the people in charge of making sure that he and more than a million neighbors have water in the city of Phoenix.

A public policy analyst for the Central Arizona Project. Much of his job is listening: hearing about challenges in communities and partnering to seek solutions. Martin likens it to a puzzle that has to be figured out to provide safe and sufficient water in a highly populated desert city.

But he sounds excited about using his E&H environmental studies degree to figure out how to reduce the heat in an urban area and how to find new ways of landscaping and home ownership that don’t require big water-users (like grass). He says there are now financial incentives for home-owners to use native desert plants that are true to the region – and don’t demand tons of water like a grassy lawn.

Martin was originally from Oregon and was glad to be out West again. But this time he’s in the West with knowledge gained in the East….as he has taken along lessons from E&H’s Dr. Ed Davis, Dr. Joe Lane, Dr. Laura Hainsworth and others that help him solve those land and water puzzles he faces every day.

Hear an interview with Martin in the WEHC archives: https://archive.org/details/OntheDuckPondWall

  • Martin Stiles, Class of 2013

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