Archive for April, 2010


Community Forum

posted April 28, 2010

Joel Valdez Main Library, Downtown According to the organizers: “This community forum will kick off a huge campaign to show Washington that we’re done letting our Democracy be ruled by the profits of giant corporations. We’re going to gather together in towns and cities around the country and come up with great ideas about how […]

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Outlier Views on Climate Change

posted April 26, 2010

Max Boykoff, an expert in the cultural politics and media coverage of climate change, will speak at the University of Arizona about how climate change and outlier views of it are portrayed by the news and entertainment industries. Boykoff, assistant professor at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado-Boulder, […]

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Energy Efficiency Seminar

posted April 20, 2010

Kiva Room of the Student Union Memorial Center University of Arizona Seminar Synopsis The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Imperative for a Robust Economy Speakers: John Laitner and Jeff Schlegel Observers of U.S. energy policy might think of energy efficiency as a useful tool to manage the growth of our nation’s energy consumption. They might […]

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Genetically Engineered Crops

posted April 19, 2010

You may want to read at least the free summary of the recent National Academy of Science report on The Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops on Farm Sustainability in the United States. According to the summary: “Corn, cotton, and soybean that have been engineered to resist insect pests and herbicides are now planted on almost […]

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US Social Forum 2010

posted April 17, 2010

The US SOCIAL FORUM will take place in Detroit, Michigan. The US Social Forum (USSF) is a movement building process. It is not a conference but it is a space to come up with the peoples’ solutions to the economic and ecological crisis. The USSF is the next most important step in our struggle to […]

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Film Showing: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO

posted April 16, 2010

You‚re Invited to a FREE Public Showing THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO GREEN VALLEY LIBRARY 601 N. LA CANADA GREEN VALLEY, AZ 85614 Saturday, APRIL 24, 2010—-TIME: 9:30 a.m. The World According to Monsanto, a film by Marie-Monique Robin, documents the devastating cost of Monsanto‚s race over the last decade to genetically engineer and patent […]

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National Volunteer Week Open House

posted April 13, 2010

The Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona cordially invites you to join us as we celebrate the contribution that volunteers make in Southern Arizona and the role that the Volunteer Center plays in building capacity for volunteer service throughout our communities. There will be light refreshments, a scavenger hunt, a Wish Tree, and a raffle. The […]

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Climate Wise Women

posted April 10, 2010

University of Arizona César E. Chávez Building, Room 301 IN APRIL 2010, FOUR CLIMATE WISE WOMEN FROM THE SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS, UGANDA, AND BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI, WILL BEGIN A 30-CITY, 18-COUNTRY SPEAKING TOUR IN THE AMERICAS. These community activists can’t wait for politicians and governmental negotiators to get it right on climate change. They want straight […]

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Building a Green Economy

posted April 8, 2010

Building a Green Economy By PAUL KRUGMAN If you listen to climate scientists — and despite the relentless campaign to discredit their work, you should — it is long past time to do something about emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. If we continue with business as usual, they say, we are facing […]

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Changing the City Charter

posted April 8, 2010

Join members of the community as proposed changes to the city charter are discussed. According to the hosts, Tucson Young Professionals, these proposals could have a major impact on how our city is run. The meeting will be held in the Tucson Association of Realtor Conference Room, 2445 North Tucson Boulevard. All Members and Guests […]

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Earth Day 2010

posted April 7, 2010

The Students for Sustainability at the University of Arizona, are excited to invite you to Earth Day 2010: Carbon Down Arizona! Our society is on the path to transitioning into one that embraces sustainability, pursues renewable forms of energy, and values environmental stewardship. As such, Earth Day is no longer viewed as a fringe celebration, rather it is a day where all generations can gather to learn about and discuss relevant issues, brainstorm innovative solutions and create partnerships. Echoing these themes, this year, Earth Day 2010, will emphasize: • EDUCATION • ACTION • PARTNERSHIP Carbon Down Arizona aims to include student groups, the UA campus community and the Tucson community. Through a broad audience base and a variety of activities, we will emphasize the need of not only environmental education and activism but the development of future leaders in all generations. Through student and professional partnerships, we aim to bridge the expertise of the community and the unbridled enthusiasm and energy of young professionals in pursuit of innovative solutions. This year the event is planned to take place on the UA mall, stretching from Old Main to Campbell Blvd. This move will encourage larger participation by UA students and community, while remaining accessible to the Tucson community and schools. Last year, we successfully hosted Earth Day 2009 on University Blvd. with an attendance of over 2,000 community members and students. Similar to last year, Earth Day 2010 will be entirely planned and hosted by Students for Sustainability. As the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, help us make this year memorable for the wildcat community as we work together to CARBON DOWN ARIZONA! Please direct all RSVPs and questions to your Earth Day representative: Tierra Fender Students for Sustainability, Earth Day Intern fender@email.arizona.edu 602‐697‐1760

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Shedding Light on Solar Development

posted April 5, 2010

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What Works: Community

posted April 5, 2010

By Guy R. McPherson Published at Energy Bulletin and Guy’s blog: Nature Bats Last (Guy, a former UA professor, has inspired Sustainable Tucson with his writings and appearances at ST General Meetings during the past four years) As we continue into the decades-old, but only recently acknowledged era of destruction and extinction, it’s apparent the […]

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A Return to Scale, Community, and Morality

posted April 5, 2010

By Dan Allen Published by the Energy Bulletin, (www.energybulletin.net)  March 30, 2010 SUMMARY: Bound by the tangled cord of its own sins, Industrial Civilization sits immobilized — with the gun of reality pressed to its temple. Monumental changes are imminent – probably (hopefully) a swirling mix of both bad and good. In order to maintain […]

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Road transportation emerges as key driver of warming: NASA analysis

posted April 5, 2010

Road transportation emerges as key driver of warming: NASA analysis Published Thu, 02/18/2010 – 08:00 by NASA For decades, climatologists have studied the gases and particles that have potential to alter Earth’s climate. They have discovered and described certain airborne chemicals that can trap incoming sunlight and warm the climate, while others cool the planet […]

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David Cobb Visits Tucson

posted April 4, 2010

David Cobb, Green Party candidate for President in 2004, will come to Tucson as part of the national Campaign to Legalize Democracy. Cobb’s efforts are part of public response to the recent decision by the Supreme Court that has “opened the floodgates for corporate dollars to flow into political campaigns.” Cobb will present a free […]

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Solar Potluck and Exhibition

posted April 4, 2010

Catalina State Park, 11570 N. Oracle Road. Citizens for Solar invites everyone to come and join in the fun of the 28th Annual Tucson Solar Potluck and Exhibition. This is the longest continuously running solar potluck in the world. See practical, innovative solar energy in useful action. People will be cooking food in dozens of […]

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Defining Our Region’s Future

posted April 2, 2010

Planning Meeting of the Urban Land Institute in Tucson at the Convention Center Confirmed speakers: Michael McKeever, Executive Director, Sacramento Area Council of Governments Janice A. Cervelli, Dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona Luther Propst, Executive Director, Sonoran Institute, Tucson Joseph Kalt, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, […]

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Food & Agriculture Working Group

posted April 2, 2010

An important planning meeting of the Sustainable Tucson Food & Agriculture Working Group will be held in the small meeting room at the Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Avenue. All are invited to help discuss, dream, create, suggest, discover, plan and envision the future focus of the group.

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