As a recent newcomer to Phoenix, we moved here in September 2002, I might be able to add a different perspective than what has already been posted. I relocated from Eugene, Oregon (one of the most environmentally friendly and liberal places around) and there is a difference here. The political climate, in general, is far more conservative than I am used to. With that said, I have still managed to meet and make friends with many people who share the same political views that I do.
I feel that things aren't as "green" as they could be here. We can't get recycling at the townhouse we currently are living in. We are moving and hope that is something we can start doing. My office (in a major high rise building)doesn't recycle paper or soda cans/water bottles. My pet peeve is people cleaning the sidewalks and driveways with water from the garden hose.
There are Trader Joe stores and a local store called AJ's for organic produce and products. I think that Tempe is non-smoking in certain places. Eugene was and it has taken some getting used to when we go out to eat or to a bar. We do have ozone alerts at times because of the air.
With that said, we love living here and find it to be a very easy city to navigate. Costs of living are significantly lower for us than they were in Eugene and salaries are higher. So we made the right financial move. That won't always be the case depending where you are moving from. Most everyone here seems to be from somewhere else so there is not that bias against locals that some places seem to have.
If you want to PM me for more information, feel free.
Joey: All right, Rach. The big question is, "does he like you?" All right? Because if he doesn't like you, this is all a moo point.
Rachel: Huh. A moo point?
Joey: Yeah, it's like a cow's opinion. It just doesn't matter. It's moo.