Southern Arizona Holistic Chamber Business Mixer

FRIDAY, MARCH 21

6:00 – 9:00 P.M.

LOTUS MASSAGE & WELLNESS CENTER

The new Southern Arizona Holistic Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend a business mixer with other holistically- and environmentally- minded business owners, independent practitioners, consultants, and other professionals.
Enjoy camaraderie uner the full moon by an outdoor fountain and fire pit, or join us inside for complimentary chair massage and light refreshments.
Free to members and nonmembers of SAZHCC. Celebrate the first day of spring, exchange business cards, and expand your business network!
For more info:

326-7700

www.lotustucson.com

www.sazhcc.org

Clean Air Days Contest March 30-April 30

Seventeen (17) Clean Air Days and Bike Fest activities are scheduled from Sunday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 30 at various locations around town. The Clean Air/Bike Fest Contest kicks off on April 1 and runs through April 24th. If an individual takes action to reduce air pollution, and a Contest entry form is completed and submitted, the participant will win a Bookmans gift certificate and be entered into a prize drawing for more gifts donated by local businesses. More information and a list of all the events are at www.cleaniar.pima.gov or call 520-740-3947.

Economy Group



Economy Group
March 12, 6:30-8:30,
Lotus Massage and Wellness Center, 2850 E. Grant

We will continue with folks bringing short presentations (with concise handouts
if relevant and possible) on research/organizations/agencies/etc. that group members
feel would be useful to guide actions or projects of the group.

Open House Meeting: Tucson Mtn. Park Management Plan

2nd Open House Meeting for Tucson Mountain Park Management Plan
The 2nd public open house meeting will be held Thursday, February 28, 2008 at Pima County Natural Resources, Park and Recreation, 3500 West River Road, first floor conference room. During this meeting we will discuss key concepts of the Tucson Mountain Park Management Plan. If you need special accomodation, please contact Lauren Harvey at (520) 877-6000.

For the original announcement with more information, go to: http://www.pima.gov/nrpr/geninfo/news_tmp/TMP%20Postcard08.pdf

“Wild in the City” Garden Tour

“Wild in the City” Garden Tour
Save the date: Saturday, April 12, 2008

Do you want to recreate your yard as native wildlife habitat in the city? Learn to grow native! Attend the Arizona Native Plant Society’s tour of six gardens, including:

• Gardens for butterfly, moth and other pollinators
• Backyard ponds for native frogs and fish
• Native desert tortoise foods and the tortoise adoption program
• How to create lizard habitat in your yard
• Native desert and riparian bird habitat

Meet with experienced owners and wildlife experts on this self-guided tour.
Hear about Tucson Audubon’s urban wildife restoration effort, and see how you
can reconnect your yard to larger wildlife spaces in Pima County.

You can buy tickets the day of the event at the Nature Conservancy campus at 1510 E. Fort Lowell, anytime after 11 noon on Saturday. The event runs until four p.m. A tour fee ($6 for individuals, or $10 per group of two or more) covers the costs of plant lists for each site.

Additional information is posted at the AZNPS website: http://aznps.org/chapters/tucson.html

Dialogue on Climate Change and Justice

Critical dialogue on climate change and climate justice:
Wednesday, Feb 27th, 7pm, at the AME auditorium (northeast corner of Mountain and Speedway)

Interested in learning about why carbon trading is a false solution to climate change? Want to know how activists are fighting global warming and working towards true climate justice? Wish that you could hear all this stuff presented in an engaging, understandable way? Then join us for an evening of critical discussion and education about climate change and carbon trading.

The evening will begin with a presentation from members of Rising Tide North America about their work fighting the root causes of climate change. Rising Tide is a group of grassroots activists dedicated to promoting climate justice and stopping climate change in its tracks with a unique blend of popular education and coordinated direct action. They’re known for their excellent cross-country speaking tours as well as organizing direct action campaigns against collaborators of climate change, and have most recently been working to stop Bank of America’s funding of new coal plants in the Southeast. For more information on their work, go to www.risingtidenorth america.org.

Our keynote speaker is carbon trading critic Larry Lohmann, member of the Durban Group for Climate Justice and author of “Carbon Trading: A Critical Conversation on Climate Change, Privatization, and Power”. The author of several other books and a regular contributor to science- and climate-focused academic journals, Lohmann will outline how carbon trading slows the social and technological change needed to cope with global warming by unnecessarily prolonging the world’s dependence on oil, coal and gas. Specifically, his talk will focus on the contradictions of emissions trading and offset trading, why failed approaches are so popular among the world’s elites, and what the U.S. can now learn from the rest of the world. To learn more about Lohmann’s new book and the Durban Group for Climate Justice, go to www.carbontradewatc h.org/durban/.

The AME auditorium is located on the northeast corner of Mountain and Speedway. Parking is available in the Zone 1 parking lot to the east of the auditorium. For more information about this event, please contact rtna_event@yahoo. com.

On Abolishing Corporate Personhood – Democracy Organizing Group

Corporatism has power & control over war & peace, Earth & space. What can we do as individuals and as groups?

Meetings 6pm, Wednesday March 12, and again April 16th.

Martha Cooper Library – 1377 N. Catalina Ave
(1 block east of Columbus 2 blocks north os Speedway)

An issue of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

** Subscribe to discussion group at “ApolishCorporatePersonHoodAZ [at] yahoogroups.com”

** Sign up for the next Study Group for background on corporate power and responses to it in the U.S.
www.wilpftucson.org

Tucson Organic Gardener’s garden planning class

Whether you are just starting out or are a veteran desert gardener, you’ll be sure to learn lots at this class taught by Flo Jasiak and Cheryl Gerken. The class will cover soil requirements and amendments, site selection, planting guide and give you many resources to draw from when you plant your garden. The class is from 9.30-11am at St. Mark’s 3809 E 3rd St. If you would like to register, please call 670-9158 and leave a recorded RSVP. If you leave your address, we’ll even send you an invitation to stick on your fridge.

Tucson Organic Gardener’s Annual Garden Festival

Our Annual Garden Festival will be held on Sunday March 9th from 10.30am until 3.30pm- it is a fun day to learn about composting, gardening and sustainable practices. You can also buy organic starts raised right here in Tucson by a local supplier at the Garden Festival Plant Sale. Pick up a few starts fro your summer garden- tomatoes, eggplant, okra, herbs, flowers, cucumber, squash and even melons.

As always it will be held in the community garden of St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3809 E 3rd Street.

14th Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival

The 14th Annual Tucson Day Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 19, 2008 at a new location in Reid Park. The Festival begins at 9:00 a.m. and the Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. This year we are merging the Earth Day Festival and the Clean Air Fair into one great Earth Day event! Celebrating this merger, the theme this year is “All Species Need Clean Air!”

The event features environmentally themed exhibits, music, performances, and food vendors. There will also be art contests and recycling collections. Admission is free, and all exhibits include hands-on environmental activities for children.

All Species Procession, New this Year

Solar Race Car Competition

Clean Air Auto Show

Clean Air Days, April 1 – 30, 2008– For details, click on www.cleanair.pima.gov or call 740-3947.

Bike to the Zoo

For more information on the Tucson Earth Day Festival please call 207-7183 or email

Tucson Peace Fair and Music Festival

26th Annual Tucson Peace Fair and Music Festival (Reid Park Bandshell)– For a quarter century the Tucson Peace Center has sponsored the largest gathering of peace, social justice, labor, and environmental groups in Tucson with its annual Peace Fair & Music Festival.
The Peace Fair and Music Festival is an opportunity for the Tucson Community to come out to the park, listen to music, taste great food, and meet the organizations that make Tucson the most progressive city in Arizona.
This totally free event features continuous live music,ethnic foods, informational display tables, children’s activities, and an extraordinary array of raffle prizes!
For general information about the Fair, call 792-6500
For entertainment call Bruce at 888-3498
To donate a raffle prize, or to purchase raffle tickets, call Cathy at 256-5457
Organizations looking to participate in the Fair call Debra at 519-9015

Economy Group Meeting




Wednesday February 20, 2008
6:30 to 8:30
Lotus Massage & Wellness Center
2850 E. Grant (see below for directions)

We are dedicating the next meetings to exploring and learning about existing programs & organizations to look at approaches that might inform one (or more) projects for the Economy Group.

Each of us is asked to look at one program/project/research/model/organization (in most cases, looking at its website), and give a 5- to (at most) 10-minute presentation to the group, focusing on aspects that could be applied to work here in Tucson.

If possible, it would be helpful to prepare a page of concise bulleted information (highlighting what seems most salient, useful, relevant) and bring copies to share.

Some of the kinds of programs mentioned have been Co-op America, BALLE, LocalFirst Arizona… If you want to stake a claim to a particular topic, please e-mail the group.

And, if you are not yet on the ST-Economy yahoo list, please join — for ease of communicating with each other, and referencing notes from previous meetings. Visit the ST-Economy yahoo group here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ST-Economy/

Lotus Massage and Wellness Center is on the south side of Grant, between Country Club and Tucson Blvd.
You’ll be looking for a classic little 1930 adobe set back from the street.
Visit the Lotus Center website if you’d like a map and directions or info about the best bike and bus routes.
www.lotustucson.com

Tucson Audubon “Sustainability Evening” with Brad Lancaster

February Lecture of the Tucson Audubon Society Living with Nature Series

Join Tucson Audubon for a ‘sustainability evening’ featuring Brad Lancaster, author of the book series Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volumes 1 and 2 of which will be for sale and signing after his presentation. You will also have an opportunity to learn about materials related to rainwater and graywater harvesting and ideas and techniques for other earth-friendly activities, such as solar energy. Several organizations and businesses have been invited to display information at table-sized exhibits, and will be on hand to answer questions.

Brad says he loves the rain and any desert dweller can relate to that. He began harvesting water in a small way at his own property in 1994 when drought began to impact a sour orange tree and he says, it “became my passion and my profession…..Fueled by what I’ve learned from hands-on experience, I’ve taught countless workshops on rainwater harvesting and permaculture – an integrated system of sustainable design.” In short, he has become the authority on do-it-yourself water harvesting in the desert. An environmental engineer who knows Brad’s work has said, “Brad Lancaster in one of the rare individuals who combines a practical ability to design and implement common-sense solutions to rainwater management issues with a clear ecological and political vision of the importance of doing so.”

Come and learn how you can emulate Brad and his family, for whom rainwater is the primary water source, gray water the secondary source, and groundwater only an infrequent supplemental source. All this while improving the quality and cost of maintaining your house and yard.

The event is on February 11 at 7:00pm at DuVal Auditorium at University Medical Center (Campbell just north of Speedway). For questions call Peggy Wenrick at 577-0029 (if unable to connect call Vivian MacKinnon at 629-0757).

Energy Roundtable: Excellent discussion by top U.S. analysts

Listen to one of the best discussions of our current energy challenges (one hour) by three of the leading U.S. energy analysts, recorded on Februrary 2, 2008. Choose by clicking one of the following audio formats:  (Mp3 plays on Apple’s Quicktime)

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Robert L. Hirsch is a Senior Energy Advisor with MISI and consultant best known for his Department of Energy report on mitigating the risks of oil depletion and energy shortages.

Matthew R. Simmons, founder of one of the world’s largest energy investment banks, is an expert on oil supply issues, author of a groundbreaking study of Saudi oil, and one of the most often quoted analysts on oil depletion including a recent speech by Bill Clinton.

Jeffery G. Rubin, Chief Economist for CIBC World Markets, is one of the leading macro-economists who has grasped the importance of analyzing resource depletion, mitigating resource shortages, investing in sensible solutions, and fairly taxing carbon.

These analysts have been advising both Democratic and Republican Presidential candidates.

Top influencers on green building and remodeling

12 that have Shaped Green
Our list of the top influencers on green building and remodeling
Rebecca Bryant, Contributing Editor, Professional Remodeler
January 1, 2008

NECESSITY
The picture came into focus in the 1970s; more people were using more resources. This shaped supply and demand curves, which dictated that tell-all number: price. Higher energy bills led to tighter buildings that exhaled VOCs. Higher lumber costs led to innovations such as OSB and SIPs. Meanwhile, ecosystems languished under the strain of producing raw materials. Keep an eye on necessity via this report from the Worldwatch Institute. www.worldwatch.org/vs2007

SIM VAN DER RYN
In the mid-1970s, architect Sim Van der Ryn restored a 100-year old Victorian in Berkeley, Calif. The design – solar panels, a composting toilet, water reuse, and backyard food production – was way ahead of its time. He called it “ecologically integrated living.” Walking through the front door or reading about the project introduced thousands to whole systems design. www.ecodesign.org/edi-portfolio.html

EDWARD MAZRIA
In 1979, architect Edward Mazria published the “Passive Solar Energy Book: A Complete Guide to Passive Solar Home, Greenhouse and Building Design” which brought passive heating, cooling and lighting to the fore of ecological design. He went on to build a number of award-winning passive homes in New Mexico. His third act “Architecture 2030” is an attempt to reduce the building sector’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent. www.architecture2030.org

AUSTIN GREEN BUILDING PROGRAM
Oil prices dropped in the 1980s, and Reagan rolled back Carter’s solar and conservation initiatives. But some communities continued to plug away. Austin Energy of Texas was a standout, developing a green building program that remains a model today. www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Green%20Building/index.htm

U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
In the 1990s, a small group of people in the industry decided that, although local green building programs were great, uniform, nationwide standards for high-performing buildings were needed. That decision eventually led to the rollout of LEED, and drove the green building movement into the 21st century. www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=147

CALIFORNIA
When it comes to green, there’s no place like California. State tax incentives and an initiative to install panels on a million roofs are supercharging demand for efficient and self-sufficient homes. On the supply side, Real Goods has been selling alternative energy systems since 1978 and has a cadre of technical experts to help remodelers. Contractors at Sustainable Spaces audit older houses, while firms like Canyon Construction and Allen Associates, handle remodeling projects.
www.gaiam.com/realgoods
www.sustainablespaces.com
www.dennisallenassociates.com
www.canyonconstruction.com

AMORY LOVINS/ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE
Amory Lovins has been a major force in moving the U.S. toward conservation and small-scale, decentralized power systems with minimial ecological impact. He is a framer of large ideas, an entrepreneur and the founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute. www.rmi.org

SOLAR DECATHLON
Every fall, the Washington Mall hosts 20 college teams (plus their entourages, the public and media) for the Solar Decathlon. After students reassemble houses built elsewhere and shipped to D.C., they scramble through a series of contests to determine which team has designed the most attractive, energy-efficient, solar-powered home. www.solardecathlon.org/

SARAH SUSANKA
“Big” has a nice ring to builders and remodelers but “small” is most effective in going green. It means fewer materials, lower utility bills and less carbon output. North Carolina architect, author and consumer advocate Sarah Susanka has created a cottage industry, popularizing these ideas and designs that embody them. www.notsobighouse.com/sustain.asp

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
With 17,000 affiliates plugging away at affordable housing across the U.S., Habitat for Humanity has exposed middle America to green building. The overall aim is healthy, energy-efficient, durable housing, with an emphasis on small units. Many affiliates operate ReStores, retail outlets that sell salvaged building materials. www.habitat.org/env/default.aspx

BUILDING GREEN, INC.
An innovator in information delivery, Building Green, Inc. launched Environmental Building News in 1992 and the GreenSpec directory in 1999. Last summer, the company partnered with others to create Greenbuildingblocks.com, a one-stop source for product guides, case studies, reference tools and the like. www.buildinggreen.com

ENERGY STAR PROGRAM
Since its inception in 1992, the Energy Star labeling program has expanded from residential heating and cooling equipment to major appliances, light fixtures and building materials. Commercial and industrial tools and best practices are likely to trickle down to the residential sector. www.energystar.gov

If you have ideas or comments, email the author at GreenRoomDept@mac.com

Water troubles in the West may worsen

A study finds that man-made global warming has been steadily reducing snowpack along mountain ranges. States must make plans now to adapt, scientists say.

By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times, February 1, 2008

Human-caused global warming has been shrinking the snowpack across the mountain ranges of the West for five decades, suggesting that the region’s long battle for water will only get worse, according to a computer analysis released Thursday.

As temperatures have increased, more winter precipitation has fallen as rain instead of snow, and the snow is melting sooner, according to the study published in the journal Science.

The result is that rivers are flowing faster in the spring, raising the risk of flooding, and slower in the summer, raising the risk of drought.

“These trends will only intensify over the next few decades,” said Richard Seager, a research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, who was not part of the study.

The changes will be felt differently throughout the West, scientists said. In Colorado, colder temperatures will probably protect the snowpack and reservoirs are large enough to store several years of water supply, said Brad Udall, a Western water expert at the University of Colorado at Boulder who was not involved in the study.

But in California, reservoirs already operate on a delicate balance. They are kept well below capacity during the winter as protection against flooding. After the rainy season, they are filled with the spring snowmelt, storing water to be released during the dry summers.

Heavier winter rains and earlier snowmelt can overwhelm reservoirs, causing an early release of water and leaving too little for the summer.

“The handwriting is on the wall,” said lead author Tim Barnett, a marine geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. “Mother Nature is going to stop being our water banker.”

Between 1950 and 1999, the period the researchers examined, the total amount of precipitation that fell in the Rockies, the Cascades, the Sierra Nevada and smaller mountain ranges across the West did not vary significantly.

But the portion arriving as snow steadily declined by an average of 4.3% per decade in the nine areas included in the study.

Average daily minimum temperatures between January and March climbed an average of 0.34 degrees Celsius per decade.

And three rivers — the Columbia, Sacramento and Colorado — ran higher earlier in the year. The date at which half their yearly flow had occurred was pushed up by an average of eight days each decade.

To trace the cause of the trend, the researchers used computer climate models to simulate a world with greenhouse gases held at preindustrial levels.

They factored in the known fluctuations in solar radiation and changing concentrations of volcanic dust, which reflects the sun’s heat back into space, over the second half of the 20th century.

Based on their simulations, along with historical data on snowpack, temperature and river flow, the researchers concluded that there was a less than 1% chance that the last 50 years constituted a natural aberration.

One computer model showed that rising concentrations of greenhouse gases accounted for 60% of the changes. A second analysis using another climate model calculated a contribution of 35%.

To manage the coming water changes, Udall said, the Western states must begin to adapt. Possible solutions include building more reservoirs, increasing water conservation and diverting water from agriculture to meet the increasing demand from fast-growing cities.

alan.zarembo@latimes.com

Relocalization Meeting



Sunday, February 10th, 2008
Campaign For Our Lives meeting
3-4:30 pm
1929 N. Forgeus Avenue, Tucson (near Elm and Tucson)

Campaign For Our Lives , a project of Natural Systems Solutions, is affiliated with Post Carbon Institute’s relocalization network , and is a Sustainable Tucson affinity group. Our mission is to address the underlying and connected issues that are currently threatening our planet and create responses that are aligned with Earth’s answers. CFOL is a place for people eager to work on building “lifeboats” to a sustainable future according to the principles of natural systems–building relationships of mutual support for reconnecting our lifestyles and relocalizing our social infrastructure.

Among other things, we will:
* rediscover how to be in “right relationship” with our inner selves,
others, and the rest of the natural world
* discover how responses that transcend the personal are healthier and
have a greater impact because they are more fulfilling
* inspire others to share this process as our growing numbers impact local
government and other forces that shape our lives locally.

For more info call (520) 887-2502 or see
www.attractionretreat.org/NSS/Events.html