Archive for February, 2009


Registration for the Transition Town training: April 4,5

posted February 26, 2009

TRANSITION TOWN TRAINING
April 4 and 5, 2009 ~ La Placita Village, Tucson

Click here for Registration Form
Workshop Description: This two-day workshop is designed to provide a detailed introduction to the most important skills necessary to successfully set up, develop, and run a Transition project in Tucson or any other locality. It is designed for people who [...]

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FORMAT FOR SKETCH PLAN

posted February 24, 2009

FORMAT FOR SKETCH PLAN
There are 3 sections, each with a few questions. Compile or summarize your groups answers either in paragraphs, or as lists, whatever you feel is clearest.
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The Present:
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1. How is your topic area (Food, Transportation, etc.) operating today?
2. What currently exists that contributes to or is working toward long-term sustainability [...]

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“Water Harvesting: Lessons Learned from Australia”

posted February 24, 2009

[ Thursday, March 12, 2009; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] “Water Harvesting:  Lessons Learned from Australia”
Speaker: Brad Lancaster
When: March 12th 4-6pm
Where: Technicians for Sustainability; 612 N 7th Ave. Tucson 85705
Contact: 520-740-0736

Brad Lancaster will present his findings and stories from his 2007 research trip to Australia. He’ll talk about how rainwater harvesting tanks – once illegal in the major cities of Australia – is now legal, [...]

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The Power of Community (video /documentary on 1990 food & economy crisis in Cuba)

posted February 21, 2009

Urban Food Growing in Havana Cuba: >>See Video
How Cuba Survived Peak Oil: >> See Video
The whole movie:

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships [...]

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program coming to the Mercado

posted February 21, 2009

Diana Hadley writes:
I’m hoping that you can help me spread the word about a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program coming to the Mercado. This program can provide you with weekly bundles of fresh, locally grown produce at a reasonable price. This is a great way to be green, eat healthy, and support local [...]

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The Drying of the West: Our Future?

posted February 18, 2009

UA climate scientist Jonathon Overpeck confirms previous studies that Arizona is ground zero for the most extreme warming and drying impacts in the U.S. Read article here. UA Regents Professor, Malcolm Hughes recently completed a new study that shows the last decade was the hottest in at least the past 1300 years.

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Expert: AZ in climate-change bull’s-eye

posted February 18, 2009

By Tony Davis, February 18, 2009, Arizona Daily Star
The state’s best-known climate-change expert presented harrowing forecasts for sharply higher temperatures and drier rivers and reservoirs before a legislative committee in Phoenix on Tuesday.
Jonathan Overpeck told the House Environment Committee that:

Temperatures could regularly hit the 130s in Phoenix by the second half of this century [...]

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Wider study shows spike in warming – last decade hottest in 1,300+ years

posted February 18, 2009

By Tony Davis, published September 2, 2008, Arizona Daily Star
Data from tree rings, other sources indicate last decade was hottest in
1,300-1,700 years
The decade ending in 2006 was the warmest such period in the Northern Hemisphere for at least the last 1,300 years and possibly longer, says a new study written by a University of Arizona [...]

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Greening our Faith Retreat

posted February 16, 2009

[ Saturday, February 28, 2009; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. ] cochair of the Green Team at St. Philip’s-in-the-Hills. We are having a “Greening our Faith” retreat at the church canmpus on Feb. 28 from 9 am to 3 pm. We would like to extend an invitation to any churchs in our faith affinity group that might like to participate. For anyone connected to [...]

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Carbon levels rising faster, scientists warn

posted February 15, 2009

Carbon levels rising faster, scientists warn
By The Associated Press, Arizona Daily Star February 15, 2009
CHICAGO – Despite widespread concern over global warming, humans are adding carbon to the atmosphere even faster than in the 1990s, researchers warned Saturday.
Carbon dioxide and other gases added to the air by industrial and other activities have been blamed for [...]

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Fluid Situation: What does the future hold for Tucson’s water supply? Only one thing is certain: It’s all going to cost more.

posted February 14, 2009

By Dave Devine and Molly McKasson, published by the Tucson Weekly, March 6, 2008
The Tucson City Council may soon be forced to answer some difficult questions about the quality of water that Tucsonans will have to live with.
The stakes are high: Either we’ll see a substantial decrease in our water quality, or a considerable [...]

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Saving the Suburbs. Walkable Urbanism. Green Redevelopment.

posted February 14, 2009

Tucson’s problems are increasing. After two years, we continue to have a glut of approximately 8,000 to 10,000 empty, unsold houses. Home prices are plummeting. Families are abandoning their foreclosed houses, especially in the suburbs. Builders are going bankrupt. Skilled workers are losing their jobs and leaving the state. Net population growth in Tucson has [...]

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Expect climate ‘surprises,’ UA expert says

posted February 14, 2009

Expect climate ‘surprises,’ UA expert says
By Evan Pellegrino, published February 14, 2009, Arizona Daily Star
CHICAGO – It’s time to expect the unexpected.
The director of UA’s Institute for Environment and Society issued the warning Friday with two other experts during a symposium to address climate change.
The debate on why the world is warming has ended, [...]

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Artists Organize to Help Solve the Economic Crisis

posted February 14, 2009

[ Monday, February 23, 2009; 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Event Name:    Artists Organize to Help Solve the Economic Crisis
Description:    We will hold our second organizing meeting and potluck. Our goal is to build political capital and demonstrate the value of the arts in the economic recovery process. 1) How does the economic recession impact you and/or your organization? 2) What are you doing in [...]

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2009 Economic Forum: Creative Strategies for Economic Recovery

posted February 14, 2009

[ Wednesday, February 25, 2009; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] 2009 Economic Forum: Creative Strategies for Economic Recovery
In an effort to put our minds together, share and gather information, enhance our collective capacities, and meet the challenges we all face in economic revitalization, the Tucson Pima Arts Council will host the Economic Forum: Creative Strategies for Economic Recovery. Facilitated by, Hildy Gottlieb, Community Driven Institute [...]

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PAG Sustainability and Energy Expo Speakers

posted February 13, 2009

[ Saturday, March 7, 2009; ]

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PAG EXPO Speaker Advises “Get out of markets”

posted February 12, 2009

Sharon Astyk, a New England family farmer and sustainability writer, is scheduled to speak at Pima Association of Government’s Sustainability and Energy Expo on March 7th. Here is a recent article from her blog. She bemoans, “investing is saving” is the lie we believed. More can be read at Casubon’s Book: http://sharonastyk.com/
Down the [...]

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Deadline for “Form Based Codes – Worth a Try in Tucson?”

posted February 12, 2009

[ Friday, February 13, 2009; 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] Arizona Planning Association February 19 Breakfast Presentation – RSVP by this February 13th, noon

You don’t want to miss this event!  Hurry and save your seat! RSVP no later than noon on February 13, 2009.
Please RSVP to: southernsectionboard@gmail.com

AZPA Southern Section Board is proud to offer a Breakfast presentation on “Form Based Codes ˆ Worth a Try [...]

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Deadline to Comment on the Water & Wastewater Study PHASE ONE Report

posted February 12, 2009

[ Wednesday, February 18, 2009; ] View and Comment on the Water & Wastewater Study PHASE ONE Report
The City of Tucson and Pima County have completed Phase One of the City/County Water and Wastewater Study – the first major step in a collaborative effort to define a sustainable water future for the Tucson Water and Pima County Wastewater service areas. A [...]

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The Nature Conservancy docent training class Deadline

posted February 12, 2009

[ Friday, February 20, 2009; ] The Nature Conservancy’s docent training class in Events on your website.

Become a docent at The Nature Conservancy\’s rainwater harvesting demonstration site, 1510 E. Ft Lowell.Contact 520-547-3437, dboone@tnc.org to reserve space. Deadline Feb. 20, 2009.  Classes meet Wed., 2-5 p.m., March 4 through April 29.

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals [...]

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YWCA Annual Women & Money Conference

posted February 12, 2009

[ Saturday, February 28, 2009; ] YWCA’s Annual Women & Money Conference .  The conference will be held at the Westin La Paloma Resort on Saturday  February  28, 2009.

This year\’s conference will feature a workshop on \”Socially Responsible Investing and Living\” to learn how to invest in companies that support your values and beliefs. The workshop will discuss integrating personal values [...]

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ST Support Statement for Economic Stimulus, Redevelopment, and Green Jobs

posted February 12, 2009

February 10, 2009
Honorable Tucson Mayor and Council Members,
Sustainable Tucson acknowledges the dire economic conditions facing the City of Tucson as well as the people and organizations in our community.
While we hope for the best, we also recognize that this emerging situation is unprecedented and may be worse and more long-lasting than we think.
Our core intention [...]

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The Crash Course – The unsustainability primer

posted February 12, 2009

The Crash Course seeks to provide a baseline understanding of the economy so that everyone can better appreciate the risks that we all face. Created by Chris Martenson, PhD scientist and MBA professional, this set of video tutorials and related articles present a clear, accessible explanation of the complex factors which are converging to create [...]

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How drought has forced a new constitutional transition in Australian water law

posted February 12, 2009

[ Friday, February 20, 2009; 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. ] Colloquium – Co-Sponsored by WRRC and Geography and Regional Development

Please make a note of the location for this seminar – see directions below
Title:              How drought has forced a new constitutional transition in Australian water law – the legal issues.
Speaker:     Jennifer McKay, Director of the Centre for Comparative Water Policies and
Law and professor of Business [...]

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Donate Your Tree’s Fruit

posted February 12, 2009

DONATE YOUR TREE’S FRUIT
We are Iskashitaa Refugee Harvesting
Network, volunteers working with refugees
to harvest and distribute over 30,000 pounds of produce annually from your fruit trees and local farms.
• Can’t give it away before it spoils?
•We’ll pick up, harvest and distribute your fruit.
•Help feed families in need in your community.
• Reduce the waste of good, healthy [...]

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Special Screening of “FLOW”: A film about Water

posted February 12, 2009

[ Tuesday, March 10, 2009; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] THE LOFT CINEMA AND WATERSHED MANAGEMENT GROUP
PRESENT  “FLOW”
Special one night screening:
Tuesday March 10th, 2009 at 7PM

Location: The Loft Cinema
3233 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716 – 3933

Co-presented by: The LOFT CINEMA
http://www.loftcinema.com
WATERSHED MANAGEMENT GROUP (WMG) http://www.watershedmg.org/
Media contact for WMG: Jill Nunes
Jill.nunes@…
(520) 829-6027
Media contact for The Loft Cinema: Jeff Yanc
jeff@…
520-322-LOFT (5638)

FLOW is Director Irena Salina’s award winning documentary [...]

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Neighborhood Rainwater Harvesting Workshop

posted January 21, 2009

[ Saturday, February 14, 2009; 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] 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 installing simple landscape [...]

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Volunteers needed to help remove buffelgrass Feb 7th

posted January 7, 2009

[ Saturday, February 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 volunteers removed more than 4,000 buffelgrass [...]

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Watershed Management Group Open House

posted January 2, 2009

[ Saturday, January 24, 2009; 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Thursday, February 5, 2009; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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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