Sustainable Economy Group Meeting

At the last Economy group meeting, we focused discussion on ways that the Econ group,
and Sustainable Tucson in general, might be able to utilize the database and GIS
mapping project that Tucson United Way is currently involved in, in order to map
and provide access to information about local sustainable resources, including local/green
businesses, community activities, skills that can be shared, etc.

At our upcoming meeting, we will be able to learn more about the United Way project
and the resources it might provide:

We will be meeting on Thursday, July 31 6:30 pm at 2101 N Tucson Blvd.

Chris McNamara of Tucson United Way will present on the community issues/assets
mapping project that United Way is part of and how Sustainable Tucson might participate.

Please RSVP either via this list ( or off-list to me at paulasch *at* mindspring .com
so we have some idea of how many will be coming.

Looking forward to an informative and lively discussion.

“A Taste of Place” Event with the Desert Museum

A Taste of Place
September 20
We’ll provide you with food for the belly and some food for thought on this day tour of local farms. Learn how the San Xavier Cooperative Farm’s return to traditional foods is reaping cultural as well as health benefits. Travel farther south to Arivaca and harvest fall crops at the Agua Linda Farm. Enjoy a lunch prepared from seasonal, local ingredients, and find out about farmer-direct Community Supported Agriculture. $62 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum members; $68 non-members. To register call 520/883-3086 or log onto

Desert Museum Solar Odyssey

Solar Odyssey
August 23
Tucson is the sun capital, right? Find out how you can reduce your utility bills by tuning into the sun’s seasonal path. This tour will take you to residences where the owners do just this. Visit Armory Park del Sol, Civano, the Solar Store and hear about local utilities’ solar incentives.  Includes a solar-oven cooked Sonoran lunch. $47 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum members; $52 non-members. To register call 520/883-3086 or log onto

Green Festival Planning Committee

Green Festival Planning Committee kicks off!!

July 28, 2008

6 – 8 p.m.

Himmel Library

Okay everyone! Livin’ “la Vida Verde”–Tucson’ s 2nd Annual Green Festival is growing by leaps and bounds. Victoria and I have been building bridges and making some great contacts. I am also lining up some really great hands-on fun activities and workshops that will really engage our community

There are many moving parts to an event of this magnitude and it is time to call in the troops. Though I feel like wonder woman most of the time (my cuffs and tiara made completely out of recyced materials of course:~)) we really need support to pull this off

I would like to thank Michelle Diaz of Very Simple Solutions for Partnering with us so we could have our very own website. She has done a fantastic job! The website is still being tweaked, but please visit and click on Event Details. I already lined up 3 more activities and a few more Partners today which will be added soon. So as you see, check the website regularly as we continue to build an amazing event!!

Let me know if you can make it to our meeting or not. If you can’t make this meeting, please still email me and let me know that you want to be involved. We will decide at Himmel on the 28th when the next meeting will be

We are also still looking for Partners (aka Sponsors) to help us pull this off. Please consider Partnering with us or donating to the Green Festival Committee. All funds go directly to cover the costs of the festival. Click on “Get Involved” on the website which will have all of the information you will need to know about Partnering or becoming an Exhibitor.

Thanks so much everyone and hope to see you at Himmel on the 28th!!

Sustainably Yours,
Keely ‘Many Feathers’ Sinclair-Be the Change!
theegreendiva *at*

Livin’ la Vida Verde~Tucson’ s 2nd Annual Green Festival ~ TCC Courtyard
Kids Planet~ La Placita Village
Please visit our website!!

National Park(ing) Day

Hello, we are organizing an event called National Park(ing) Day.

Park(ing) Day is an international celebration of open spaces in urban environments.  Originally started by REBAR, a San Francisco-based art collective, this event takes place annually in over 50 cities worldwide but has not yet come to Tucson until this year.  Sponsored by the Trust for Public Land, the purpose of Park(ing) Day is to highlight the importance of creating and preserving open spaces and public parks in growing urban areas.

This year Park(ing) Day will be on Friday, September 19th.  We are currently in the process of organizing several Park(ing) Day activities here in Tucson.  Basically what happens is that groups of interested citizens will take over a metered public parking space(s) for one day.  In these spaces groups can then create their idea of a better use for public space – a temporary “park.”

If you are interested in learning more about Park(ing) Day in Tucson or would like to participate or get involved, please let me know and I can give you more detailed information.  These websites offer additional information as well:

In the event that you are unable to participate personally, we are also in need of donated resources such as potted plants, benches, barricades, printing and fliers, etc.

Please feel free to pass along my contact information to anyone else who might be interested in participating in the first Park(ing) Day in Tucson!

Thank you,

Jody Blaylock
jmblaylock *at*

Eat Local Challenge Sept. 15-30

From the Food Conspiracy Co-op’s web site:

Eat Local Challenge

Want to eat more local foods but not sure where to begin, when to begin, or how to stick to it? Look no further, aspiring locavore! Here’s a fun, healthy and easy way to go local.

This September, you can kick-start your quest to eat more local by joining the “Eat Local America” challenge, presented by food co-ops around the country. This national challenge celebrates and supports the growing interest and passion to eat (mostly) locally grown or produced food – inviting individuals to try to consume as much local food as they can.

When is the Tucson Eat Local America Challenge?

The Food Conspiracy Co-op is hosting an Eat Local America challenge for two weeks in September, a time of bounteous harvest in Southern Arizona. The exact dates of the challenge are September 15th-September 30th — but you can start sooner if you want.

More information here:

Economy Group Meeting

The Economy group will be meeting again, next Monday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m., at Lotus Massage and Wellness Center, 2850 E. Grant.

At least one topic of discussion will be the proposed GIS project, which has been discussed in various e-mails on this list.

Please bring thoughts on that and any ideas for other projects/activities that you think might be appropriate for the Economy group.

For background information on this group, visit: