This special meeting will focus on efforts being made at the city and county level to move our region toward sustainability. We will hear from Tedra Fox, Pima County Sustainability Manager, and David Schaller, Administrator of Tucson’s Office of Conservation and Sustainable Development. This is sure to be a timely and informative discussion. Please come with lots of questions for our guests.
Preface from our ST Co-Coordinators Linda Ellinor & Vera Lander:
“Direct engagement with the wider community is the next step for us to take. The question we are asking ourselves is “how do we engage the right people in the right positions to make things happen in Tucson and Pima County?” We need to find the right forums for allowing our voices to be heard. Ultimately, Sustainable Tucson must develop its own ideas about how resilience in our region can be implemented. Then we will have to spend time working with our public servants so that we can move in these directions together.”
Our General Meeting this month will begin that process through discussions with the two leaders of our local governments’ sustainability efforts. Please come to that meeting ready to take part in the discussion.
We believe that we are beginning to identify the issues that will be most critical to our region’s future. Our active working groups are beginning to develop some exciting initiatives (especially in the areas of food, water, and planning for sustainability) that we believe will become critical resources for the region.
Our General Meetings will become a primary vehicle for involving our membership and the wider community in the discovery and development of the best ways to put those resources to good use.
We should never forget one of Margaret Mead’s most important insights: “a small group of thoughtful people could change the world… Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”