Archive for March, 2007


GAO Report: Gov’t Needs Plan for Oil Peak

posted March 30, 2007

By ALAN ZIBEL, The Associated Press, March 29, 2007
WASHINGTON – The U.S. government is in need of a strategy to minimize potentially dire economic consequences after worldwide oil production peaks and begins to decline, the investigative arm of Congress said Thursday.
Though experts disagree about when daily oil output will reach its [...]

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Corn Can’t Solve Our Problem

posted March 26, 2007

The world has come full circle. A century ago our first transportation biofuels — the hay and oats fed to our horses — were replaced by gasoline. Today, ethanol from corn and biodiesel from soybeans have begun edging out gasoline and diesel.
This has been hailed as an overwhelmingly positive development that will help us reduce [...]

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The Climate Cycle is the Water Cycle

posted March 24, 2007

Today, March 22nd, is World Water Day, an international observance that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. Worldwide, we see an abundance of water problems. We also see an abundance of solutions.
On this World Water Day, thousands of people, mostly children, will die from preventable [...]

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Collaboration Tools

posted March 17, 2007

The Living Directory
The Living Directory is a “network of trust” that serves dozens of groups worldwide.
Sustainable Tucson is one of those groups, and everyone involved in the coalition is encouraged to register and post their information so that we might know about one another and collaborate more effectively.
Anyone may register, but to use the [...]

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City of Portland: New Peak Oil Report

posted March 16, 2007

Last week Portland, Oregon became the first governmental body in the US to not only acknowledge that imminent peak oil is a reality, but also to publish a report as to what the city should be doing to cope. Breaking new ground has both its perils and its rewards. The peril is that you have [...]

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Big Global Warming Rally

posted March 16, 2007

[ Saturday, April 14, 2007; 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. ] 12 to 5 PM on April 14, 2007 at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd.

On April 14th a National Day of Climate Action, people across the nation will gather at the places they love, both iconic and everyday, to raise awareness about the effects of climate change. StepItUp2007 will join all these geographically disparate [...]

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Heinberg: Peak Oil Comments to the National Petroleum Council

posted March 12, 2007

On October 5, 2005, U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman requested that the National Petroleum Council conduct a study of global oil and natural gas supply. The motivating concern stated by the Secretary was an investigation into the timing of and responses to peak oil—the plateauing and subsequent decline of world oil production.Hundreds of organizations and [...]

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Arivaca Film Festival

posted March 12, 2007

[ Saturday, March 24, 2007; 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm. ] Last year’s festival included sustainability topics.

http://www.arivaca.net/filmfest.htm

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Free Rainwater Harvesting Presentation by Brad Lancaster

posted March 11, 2007

[ Thursday, March 22, 2007; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Thursday, March 22, 2007
6:30pm Kirk-Bear Canyon branch of the Pima County Public Library
8959 E. Tanque Verde 85749, Tucson, Arizona
791-45021

Turn water scarcity into water abundance by welcoming rain into your life, landscape, and soil. This presentation shares techniques and strategies empowering you to create integrated water-sustainable landscape plans at home and in the community. Rainwater harvesting [...]

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Free Rainwater Harvesting Presentation by Brad Lancaster

posted March 11, 2007

[ Tuesday, March 27, 2007; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Tuesday, March 27, 2007
6:00pm Himmel Park branch of the Pima County Public Library
1035 N. Treat Avenue, 85716, Tucson, Arizona
791-4397

Turn water scarcity into water abundance by welcoming rain into your life, landscape, and soil. This presentation shares techniques and strategies empowering you to create integrated water-sustainable landscape plans at home and in the community. Rainwater harvesting [...]

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Major Climate Change Report Released

posted March 11, 2007

The summary of the fourth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was released on February 2nd. The IPCC is a group of hundreds of the world’s top climate scientists which issues updates every six years on the latest consensus of climate science findings. The final report summary says there is overwhelming evidence that human activity [...]

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Tucson City Manager Invites Public Voices;

posted March 11, 2007

Tucson City Manager Invites Public Voices;
Sustainability and Culture are Priorities
Dateline March 7, Tucson, AZ
by Lindianne Sarno
Mike Hein, City Manager of Tucson, spoke March 6 at a breakfast meeting of the Sun Belt World Trade Association. He has worked for several Southern Arizona local governments including South Tucson, Nogales, Marana, Pima County, and now the City [...]

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Peak Oil Task Force recommends Portland cut fossil fuel use 50%

posted March 8, 2007

The Portland Peak Oil Task Force, a twelve member
citizen committee appointed by Portland´s City Council in May 2006,
today delivered a strongly worded report advising that the City
accelerate efforts to curb the use of oil and natural gas.

The report´s key recommendation is that the City take action to
reduce fossil fuel use by half over the next 25 years. The report
finds the best path to this goal is in accelerating current
initiatives such as high-density planning and zoning, public
transportation and acquiring electricity from renewable resources.
Additional recommendations suggest specific actions elected officials
can take to move towards the goals.

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Tucson City Manager Invites Public Voices

posted March 8, 2007

Tucson City Manager Invites Public Voices;
Sustainability and Culture are Priorities
Dateline March 7, Tucson, AZ
by Lindianne Sarno
Mike Hein, City Manager of Tucson, spoke March 6 at a breakfast meeting of the Sun Belt World Trade Association. He has worked for several Southern Arizona local governments including South Tucson, Nogales, Marana, Pima County, and now the [...]

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Presentation at El Ojito Springs Center – Money, Power, Democracy, and War

posted February 28, 2007

[ Tuesday, March 13, 2007; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Join Sustainable Tucson for the second evening of music, food and a thoughful discussion about aspects of sustainability for our community and region.

Tuesday, March 13 Tom Greco, economist and author, will talk about “Money, Power, Democracy and War: Finding the Path Toward Global Peace, Harmony, and Prosperity”

The talk will be held at El Ojito Springs [...]

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March 20 Sustainable Tucson Monthly Meeting at Ward III Offices

posted February 28, 2007

[ Tuesday, March 20, 2007; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] Sustainable Tucson will hold its monthly General Meeting on March 20, Tuesday, from 4 – 6 pm at Councilwoman Karen Uhlich’s Ward III offices at 1510 E. Grant Rd.

Dennis Dickerson from Pima Association of Governments will talk about the PAG Enivronmental Indicators Report.

Join us for the discussion, networking and getting involved in Affinity Group projects. [...]

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Youth Involvement Affinity Group Meets at Prescott College

posted February 28, 2007

[ Tuesday, March 6, 2007; 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. ] The Youth Involvement Affinity Group is meeting for the second time only.  So far, university, public school, non-profits working with youth, and citizens have identified the purpose of the group:  to carry out one or two projects that model how youth can be meaningfully involved in helping the community meet goals for water conservation, energy [...]

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Community Food Task Group Mtg

posted February 21, 2007

[ Monday, March 5, 2007; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] The next meeting of the Community Food Task Group will be held Monday, March 5th from 6 to 8pm at the Himmel Park Library (near 1st Street and Tucson Blvd.) For more information, contact Kitty Ufford-Chase (Food Bank Faith Community Coordinator) at 622-0525 ext. 251.

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Intro to Natural Building Materials

posted February 7, 2007

[ Saturday, March 17, 2007; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. ]
Introduction to Building with Natural Materials: Saturday, March 17, 2007 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Cost $98/person Adobe, cob, & straw bale, along with earth plasters & finishes will be used in a hands-on workshop to build & sculpt small structures, such as garden walls & benches. An overview of design , structural elements, protection [...]

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