Archive for January, 2009


The Transition Movement comes to America

posted January 28, 2009

One response to the global crisis that is gaining enthusiastic momentum in Tucson and around the world is the Transition Towns movement. Sustainable Tucson is taking advantage of many Transition Resources to support our Sustainability Planning Initiative. Jennifer Gray, a pioneer in the Transition Initiative in the UK and cofounder of Transition US, describes it […]

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Neighborhood Rainwater Harvesting Workshop

posted January 21, 2009

Neighborhood Water Harvesting Workshop Time: Saturday, February 14, 8am-12pm Location: Rincon Heights Neighborhood (6th street & Campbell Ave. area), details given upon registration Watershed Management Group (watershedmg.org) is hosting a workshop on Saturday, February 14 from 8am to 12pm  in the Rincon Heights neighborhood (6th St./Campbell area).  At this free workshop you’ll gain hands-on experience […]

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End of empire, Beginning of struggle

posted January 16, 2009

(Originally published by The Tucson Weekly,  January 20, 2009) End of empire, Beginning of struggle by Bob Cook, Core Team member of Sustainable Tucson The era of American empire has collapsed with the exiting of President George W. Bush, and the age of struggle for sustainability has begun with the “clean” presidential election of Barack […]

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Cultural/Spiritual Change & Awareness

posted January 16, 2009

JANUARY General meeting — Organizing questions: How can we get past the barriers that keep groups separated? What needs to happen to create cooperation and inspiration instead of divisiveness and perhaps violence? How do we shift our thinking to value relationships and peace and quiet over acquiring stuff and consuming stuff? What can we do […]

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Quantifying and Analyzing Sustainability: Modeling Sustainable Solutions (tech/science)

posted January 16, 2009

JANUARY Meeting –Organizing questions: How large a population can Tucson/Pima County support in a sustainable manner, providing our needs from local capacity? (e.i., without importing energy, water, food, and other resources from outside the region) Do we have a good database model of resources in and out of Tucson? What is sustainability for a community? […]

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Awareness and Education

posted January 16, 2009

JANUARY General meeting — Organizing questions: 1) How do we get one million-plus people to be aware and participate? 2) How can we raise awareness in Tucson? (Most people need to hear about Peak Oil and climate change and ways to help adapt their lifestyles to one that is not dependent on oil.) 3) How […]

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Public Policy and Urban Planning

posted January 16, 2009

JANUARY General meeting — Organizing Questions: Policy issues – what can be done? What can be done to speed progress – change of policy & zoning? Education and marketing(?) from government. Why is this not utilized in Tucson, Pima Co.? effective tool. Sustain. Public Participation – full engagement. Vision for region. Equity. Conversation. Compromise – […]

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Economy/Jobs/Money

posted January 16, 2009

Organizing Questions: Language of business How can our economy become more localized, so local needs are met through local jobs, networks, resources (sunshine) and community? What is keeping the Sustainability advocates in Tucson from being able to reach out to the business community who could be such a forceful partner in community sustainability as it […]

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Neighborhoods

posted January 16, 2009

JANUARY General Meeting — Organizing Questions: Historic Preservation, beauty, eliminate more mcMansions, shelter to be elegant, simple, beautiful, sustainable. Vegetable Gardening in schools. Food production water(?). Block parties – getting to know your neighbors. How can we get zoning changes to allow neighborhood shops in residential areas. More bikeways. More pedestrian walkways. Change parking to […]

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Water

posted January 16, 2009

JANUARY General meeting — Organizing Questions: How do we encourage water harvesting? How can we help people use less water? What can Tucson do to save the 12″ rainwater for Tucson to use? Is it feasible to collect more rainwater runoff on a large scale during monsoon? How will Tucson provide water to a population […]

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Food

posted January 16, 2009

JANUARY Organizing Questions & Notes: * How do we coordinate cooperation and support between people and groups involved in local small scale food production? * Is it possible to have rainwater harvesting on every home in Tucson? Are community gardens in the future? * How can we get fast food places to use recyclable containers? […]

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Transportation

posted January 16, 2009

January Meeting:  Organizing Questions: I would like to see a Rapid Transit Magnetic Train between Tucson and Phoenix How can we get a fast train between Tucson and Phoenix? How can we as the residents and citizens of Tucson shift to a predominately car-free culture? Car free city = Uban spce absent of personal motorized […]

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Volunteers needed to help remove buffelgrass Feb 7th

posted January 7, 2009

For immediate release Contact: Dennis Dickerson, (520) 792-1093 Volunteers needed to help remove buffelgrass from parks, public land across the region on Feb. 7 Beat Back Buffelgrass Day is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7. The second annual volunteer event, coordinated by Pima Association of Governments, will be held across the region. Last year, over 200 […]

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Watershed Management Group Open House

posted January 2, 2009

Watershed Management Group (WMG), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Tucson, AZ will be hosting two open houses for individuals interested in learning more about the organization and volunteer opportunities. The Executive Director as well as members of the Board of Directors will speak about the mission and activities of Watershed Management Group. As WMG […]

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