Earth Day Festival and Parade

Tucson\’s 16th Annual Earth Day Festival and Parade will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Reid Park. The theme for the 2010 Festival is “All Species Deserve a Place on Earth!”  All species great and small – insects, plants and animals – the Earth needs them all!

Exhibits related to the environment will include \”hands-on\” activities for children and provide information on environmental products, water conservation/water quality, household hazardous waste, wildlife, nature preserves and much more!

At 10:00 the unique and colorful parade will include participants dressed up as plants, animals, and insects, and environmentally themed floats. Batucaxe, high energy drum and dance group will lead the “All Species Procession” as part of the Earth Day Parade!

After the parade, watch as local middle school students test their design and construction skills in a model solar electric race car competition.  Then change gears from model cars to full-size vehicles at the Alternate Fuel Vehicle Show.  Check out vehicles that run on alternate fuels such as biodiesel, compressed natural gas, electric, ethanol, propane and even waste vegetable oil.  Ask the experts how you can start using an alternate fuel in your vehicle to keep the air clean for all species.

Animals love the earth and deserve a place on earth too! So, ride your bike to the Earth Day Festival and for those riding their bikes (with a helmet) get free admission to the Reid Park Zoo by showing your safety helmet.

For more information about the 16th Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival please visit www.tucsonearthday.org, call (520) 206-8814 or email tucsonearthday@yahoo.com.Earth Day

Green Your Business Workshop and Expo

SAVE THE DATE  for the Green Your Business Workshop and Expo!

Doubletree Hotel at Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way

Business owners; property managers; engineers; architects; designers;
maintenance, facilities and operations professionals

BECOME a Green Business with the City’s Green Business
Certification and WaterSmart Business Certification Programs at the
Green your BusinessWorkshop & Expo

$20 Registration, $50 Vendors / $25 Non-profit vendors

Attendees will be able to:

  • Stroll the expo floor to learn about utility rebates and incentives, energy and water conservation fixtures, and the latest in irrigation techniques and equipment
  • Learn from area businesses about the costs and benefits of conservation
  • Attend a break-out session with specifics on reducing waste, water and energy
  • See what happens when a business ‘audits’ for energy/water/
    waste reduction and pollution prevention
  • Attend award ceremonies recognizing local businesses that
    have implemented green and water saving programs
  • Hear about the future of water from keynote speaker Robert
    Glennon, author of Unquenchable: America’s Water
    Crisis and What to Do About It

Registration: BOMA (520) 299-4956, www.bomagt.org

A little inspiration for the new year

A palindrome reads the same backwards as forward. This video reads the exact opposite backwards as forward.  Not only does it read the opposite, the meaning is the exact opposite.

This is only a 1 minute, 44 second video and it is brilliant. Make sure you read as well as listen…forward and backward.

This is a video that was submitted in a contest by a 20-year old. The contest was titled “u @ 50” by AARP. This video won second place. When they showed it, everyone in the room was awe-struck and broke into spontaneous applause. So simple and yet so brilliant..

Take a minute and watch it.

Brainstorming Gathering

Come help plan the Water Festival! Come to the Brainstorming Gathering.

Doors open / Sign in: 6pm
Discussion / Activities: 6:30-8:30pm
Armory Park Center
220 S. 5th Avenue, Tucson AZ
(On 5th Avenue, South of 12th St)

At the Community Brainstorm Gathering you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the festival
  • Collaboratively map ideas about water issues
  • Sign up for preferred levels of participation in various aspects
  • of the festival and/or performance

If you are not able to attend the Community Brainstorm Gathering but are interested in lending a hand, contact the organizers at the Conscious Collective via email at : info@theconsciouscollective.org.

Community Organization Survey

Sustainable Tucson Survey: Planning the Region’s Future

This survey is designed to help us understand how different organizations in our community have approached thinking about the future. We are especially interested in your use of scenarios, or other techniques for exploring the interactions between key drivers of change in our region. Scenarios are stories of the future.  Like all stories, they have a beginning, middle, and end. The best stories have critical events, and maybe even a bad actor or two. We are inviting you to share your stories with the community.

The questions with an asterisk (*) will have to be answered in order to complete the survey.

1. If your organization has engaged in forecasting, visioning, scenario building, or some other long term planning activity in the past five years, what were the primary reasons, motivations or goals that led you to use scenarios or visioning techniques? (If you have not engaged in these kinds of activities, please skip down to question 7).

2. How have you used the results of these forward looking activities (e.g., shared them with members of your organization; shared them with other organizations, modified strategic plans, etc.)?

3. What baseline data, if any, have you used in your visioning or scenario development activities (e.g., population demographics, natural resources, economic activity, crime statistics, etc.)?

4. What key elements, trends, events, or circumstances have you emphasized in your visioning or scenario development efforts?

5. How many years into the future have these projections usually been designed to reach?

6. How much attention or emphasis have you placed on the following factors? Please rate their importance (unimportant, minor importance, major importance, primary importance)?

Unanticipated events?

Climate Change?

External/national/global factors/events?

Political/cultural change?

Technological developments?

Other (please specify)?

*7. Please provide a preferred scenario, or story of the future, related to your primary activity in the next 20 years.

*8. Please provide what you see as a likely scenario, or story of the future, related to your primary activity in the next 20 years.

*9. Please provide a crisis/catastrophe scenario, or story of the future, related to your primary activity in the next 20 years.

*10. What geographic boundary does your organization primarily work within?

City

County

State

Region

Nation

Global

*11. How would you describe the primary activities in which your organization is engaged?

Thank you for completing this survey!

Al Gore Speaks at Copenhagen

Al Gore issued a bold challenge from the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, calling on Members of Congress to pass clean energy and climate legislation in the United States by next April 22, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. In an inspiring speech that was interrupted often with outbursts of applause and that ended with a standing ovation, Vice President Gore made clear what’s at stake this week: nothing short of the future of human civilization as we know it. And that future hangs in the balance right now while the United States debates its next steps.

Watch a clip of Al Gore’s important speech here: http://cpaf.repoweramerica.org/agcop15

Brown Bag Lecture

The Arizona Water Atlas
Speakers:
Linda Stitzer, ADWR, Resource Assessment Planning Manager

Kelly Mott Lacroix, ADWR, Community Water System Planning

The Arizona Water Atlas is a compilation of water resource information for the state composed of nine volumes. Initially released as drafts, the six volumes that cover the non-AMA portions of the state are now final and posted on the Department’s web site in an interactive format. The presentation will include process, purpose and content of the Atlas, efforts to develop data access on the web, and plans for the final volume of the Atlas, an evaluation of water sustainability for the state.
All seminars and events are held at the Sol Resnick Conference Room: Water Resources Research Center, 350 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. Parking is available.

Hear John Holdren on Climate Science

Via Clean Break, John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, offers some useful thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding the emails stolen from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. Holdren touches on the current state of climate science, the significance of the emails, and the nature of the scientific process.

Water Festival Brainstorm Gathering

It’s time for the 2nd Water Festival Community Brainstorm Gathering! There was
an amazing turnout for the first one — a vibrant conversation with a wonderful mix of artists, educators, conservationists, representatives from non-profits, city department employees, and business owners working on or are interested in water issues.  Don’t miss this next monthly gathering where we will:

  • Review and add to the notes from the 1st brainstorm gathering
  • Discuss various levels of participation from all areas of the community
  • Envision creative aspects of the festival and map new ideas

THURSDAY, DEC. 10th
Doors open / Sign in:  6pm
Discussion / Activities:  6:30-8:30pm
Armory Park Center
220 S. 5th Avenue, Tucson AZ
(On 5th Avenue, South of 12th Street)

Please RSVP to estimate the amount of light snacks to provide.

Check out the website where you will find notes from the first Community Brainstorm Gathering and other information: http://www.WaterProjectFestival.org

This festival is made possible by your participation and support.  Check the website for participation opportunities (including the performance, art happenings, and logistical support) and download the Water Festival Packet for Vendor and Sponsorship forms (online forms will be available soon).  We are also currently asking for official endorsements from organizations, city departments, and businesses to include in the Packet.   You can also download the Packet  from here:
http://www.WaterProjectFestival.org/downloads/WATER_FESTIVAL_PACKET.pdf