Archive for January, 2010

The Public’s Policy Priorities

posted January 26, 2010

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, the general public is not much interested in global warning or the environment. The importance of energy policy has also slipped as a matter of public concern.  This would suggest that policy initiatives that involve using taxes as a strategy to move consumption away from [...]

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Sustainable Tucson General Meeting

posted January 26, 2010

[ Monday, March 8, 2010; 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Joel D Valdez Library (Stone and Alameda)

Lower Level Meeting Room; doors open at 5:30 pm

City/County Water Study – Next Steps?

A landmark, 20-month multi-disciplinary, multi-agency study of Tucson-area water resources was completed just one month ago.  The goal was to develop a common understanding of basic facts and critical factors for planning a sustainable water future.  [...]

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Upcoming Talk of Interest

posted January 22, 2010

[ Tuesday, February 2, 2010; 6:30 pm; ] Speaker You Need to Hear: Local Economist and Author to talk about Localism and Globalism

Economist and author Michael Shuman will be speaking in Tucson on February 2nd. Shuman is a leader in local economies and brings a new perspective to the relationship between globalization and localization. He is a very entertaining speaker with a lot [...]

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Earthquake on the Policy Front

posted January 22, 2010

The recent decision of a divided Supreme Court has serious implications for the role of citizens in the development and implementation of policies in support of sustainability. This recent editorial from the New York Times provides a clear, but understated assessment of the seriousness of this decision.

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The Water Project

posted January 19, 2010

[ Friday, March 26, 2010 12:00 pm to Sunday, March 28, 2010 9:00 pm. ] Celebrate our most precious and endangered resource -WATER -with the The Water Project: Tucson’s Synergistic Water Festival on March 26-28, 2010. This event combines the energy of Tucson’s sustainability community with the vibrant arts community to provide an opportunity for the public to experience a festive collaboration, learn about water issues and have some fun!

This [...]

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Update on the Tucson/Pima Water Study

posted January 15, 2010

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, the Tucson City Council and Pima County Board of Supervisors met to discuss the final Phase II Report for the City/County Water and Wastewater Study.The Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution endorsing the report and directing staff to move forward with the recommendations.The City Council voted to continue the item [...]

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Comprehensive Quincha Workshop

posted January 12, 2010

[ Friday, March 19, 2010 to Sunday, March 21, 2010. ] COMPREHENSIVE QUINCHA WORKSHOP (bamboo, mud and straw {cob})
School of Krofting Educational Series

Date: March 19, 20 and 21 2010
Cost: $180 per person ($50 non-refundable deposit to reserve a space)
Instructor: Kyle Young

School of Krofting
Erda Kroft Farm
Arivaca, Arizona

Online at:

During this 3 day workshop, we will be building a small quincha house. Quincha is an ancient building [...]

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Really Really FREE Market!

posted January 12, 2010

[ Saturday, January 16, 2010; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] A Community Celebration of Sharing, Reusing, and Recycling. Bring something to share: useful items, a vegetarian snack, music or poetry, skills (haircuts, painting, knitting, etc.), or just your smile. Take home what you need or want.

3rd Saturday of every month at Himmel Park. Meet east of the tennis courts at 1st Street and Tucson Blvd.

No [...]

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Tucson’s Alternative Money Faire

posted January 12, 2010

[ Saturday, January 30, 2010; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] Our mission is to create a locally-based economy in Tucson that promotes and supports local businesses via sustainable, cooperative and community-based commerce. Come lend a hand.

Trinity Presbyterian Church, 400 E. University Blvd.

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City/County Water Report Presentation

posted January 9, 2010

[ Tuesday, January 12, 2010; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] The City/County Water and Wastewater Study Phase II Final Report is complete and available on the Study Website The Phase II Report will be presented at the Joint Meeting of the Pima County Board of Supervisors and the City of Tucson Mayor and Council on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. at the [...]

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James Hansen on How to Solve the Climate Problem

posted January 8, 2010

Read an excerpt from James Hansen’s new book, Storms of My Grandchildren, about why a program of “fees and dividends” is far superior to “cap and trade” proposals currently being debated. The article in The Nation is available here: .

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On the measurement of happiness

posted January 7, 2010

This editorial by Nicholas Kristof for the New York Times at first seems to be a plug for living in Costa Rica. In fact, it is filled with numerous links to measures of happiness and well-being, many of which incorporate assessments of sustainability. You can review this article here:

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A New Book from Steven McFadden

posted January 6, 2010

The Call of the Land
Explores Surging Agrarian Movement
New book is “An Agrarian Primer for the 21st Century”
“Food and farms are involved in a blitzkrieg of changes,” writes veteran journalist Steven McFadden in The Call of the Land, published this October by NorLightsPress. The book gives voice to a growing chorus of 21st century agrarians who [...]

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A Most Timely Report

posted January 4, 2010

A new report, America on the Move, describes the efforts being made at the state level to carry forward the fight against Global Warming. The report identifies six states that have taken the lead by adopting enforceable caps on global warming pollution. Ten states have created regional cap-and-trade systems for emissions from electric power plants, [...]

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Special Showing of Award Winning Film

posted January 2, 2010

[ Sunday, January 10, 2010; 10:00 am to 11:30 am. ] Pray the Devil Back to Hell will be featured in a free showing at the Loft Theatre, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

The film chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil way and bring peace to their shattered country.

A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the [...]

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Brainstorming Gathering

posted December 22, 2009

[ Thursday, January 14, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ] 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 [...]

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Brown Bag Lecture

posted December 16, 2009

[ Wednesday, January 20, 2010; 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. ] The Arizona Water Atlas
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 [...]

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