Tucson offers brides clear skies, fresh air, stunning sunsets and plenty of green wedding venues. There's more to this Southern Arizona city than meets the eye…

In 2007, Tucson was named one of 13 Solar Cities in the United States, and awarded a half-million-dollar grant to better implement solar energy.

In May 2008, Washington DC thinktank The Brookings Institution ranked Tucson the 17th-lowest carbon emitter among the 100 largest metro cities in the country.

The American Lung Association survey listed Tucson as No. 6 in the country for clean air.

85 percent of Americans consider themselves environmentally conscious, and 4 in 10 would consider switching their patronage to demonstrate environmental responsibility.

Here’s a few of my top “green wedding venue” picks:

Casino Del Sol recently opened its new Resort & Spa on 11.11.11.  It’s nestled in the secluded mesquites of the high desert and has more than 65,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space.  Casino Del Sol has earned inclusion in the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association’s Certified Green Lodging Program.  The resort has aggressive plans to integrate sustainability into every aspect of the property outlined in the Casino Del Sol Sustainability Education Empowerment Development (SEED) Initiative.

Westward Look Resort & Spa this newly renovated boutique resort is a certified green property. Flawlessly set at the base of the striking Santa Catalina Mountains. A favorite Tucson hotel and vacation destination, Westward Look offers visitors of all ages the joy of getting close to nature with on-site hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Views of the mountains and city below abound, creating a true sense of serenity. Distinctive locations both indoors and out make Westward Look Weddings an ideal choice. Combining Southwestern charm with contemporary luxury, they cater to the bridal couple's every need - including accommodations for out-of-town guests and Sonoran Spa packages for the bridal party.

Loews Ventana Canyon is featured in the Certified Green Tucson Resorts for their sustainable programs and practices. Tee off at one of two golf courses, challenge someone to a match of tennis on or hike the Ventana Canyon Trailhead. Elegance surrounds natural beauty, where an 80-foot natural waterfall and lush, green botanical gardens inspire awe. Whether an intimate gathering or a grand affair Loews has something for every bride. Offering 37,000 feet of flexible event space, from flexible board rooms to Tucson ballrooms, Loews provides an elegant atmosphere and an experienced staff to make any occasion a success.