Sustainable Tucson Supported by a Pulliam Grant in 2008
Sustainable Tucson will benefit from the support of a professional grant writer to bring operational funding to its leadership and affinity groups for providing sustainability education to the public in Tucson and Pima County.
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust (NMPCT) in Phoenix awarded $45,000 to the Arizona Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) to support Sustainable Tucson’s mission to educate and advocate for sustainability in Tucson and Pima County. Funds to build capacity of Sustainable Tucson and AAEE to achieve sustainability objectives will be sought during 2008 by a team comprised of a grant writer and two project assistants (one from Sustainable Tucson and the other from AAEE).
Another important goal of the project will link sustainability activities in Tucson with those developing in other parts of Arizona to facilitate learning and innovation and thereby advance the combined efforts of many communities and organizations toward sustainability.
In 2005 NMPCT awarded AAEE a grant to convene a state-wide summit of leaders from a diversity of sectors to make recommendations for communities across Arizona to work together to achieve a variety of sustainability goals. The Arizona Crossroads Summit was held at the Heard Museum in 2006.
After the recommendations and report from the Summit were published, AAEE called a meeting in the fall of 2007 in Tucson that was well attended. That meeting grew to a coalition of existing community groups working on sustainability-and hundreds of new citizens-to form Sustainable Tucson.
Based on Sustainable Tucson’s outstanding record of community building and AAEE’s goal to support efforts like it in Arizona, Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded a second grant to AAEE specifically to support the development of Sustainable Tucson and to increase AAEE’s capacity to promote environmental literacy for the long term.
Read the latest activities of the Pulliam initiative as well as access news about groups across Arizona working on sustainability objectives: www.azcrossroads.blogspot.com
For more information about the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust: www.nmpct.org