Archive for August, 2010


Save energy and money too!

posted August 30, 2010

The Teaching & Helping Program of Empowering Local Communities, Inc. is organizing a project to reduce the energy use of as many Tucson homes as possible on the Day of Climate Action, October 10, 2010 (10-10-10). We are looking for Tucson homeowners who want to participate in doing energy conservation projects on their homes on [...]

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

posted August 28, 2010

[ Wednesday, September 15, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ] The Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway, Blvd., Tucson, Arizona

The Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour brings together a selection of films from the annual festival held each January in Nevada City, CA. The chosen films not only highlight environmental concerns but also provide solutions, reaching people through beautiful imagery, and inspiring local individuals [...]

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Beantree Farm Workshops and Feasts Begin!

posted August 26, 2010

Barbara Rose, a teaching team member of the Sonoran Permaculture Guild has announced a series of intensive workshops about native foods, herbs, and earth crafts on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
More details are available at www.beantreefarm.com.

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Local Food Workshop & Tour

posted August 25, 2010

[ Saturday, September 18, 2010; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. ] An afternoon of local food learning, networking and experiences.
Walking J Farm (Double Check Ranch South), Amado, AZ Just an hour south of Tucson .
For details, contact Judith Mattson at Local Food Concepts, 520.395.0663, or via email:
LocalFoodConcepts@comcast.net

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Compute your water footprint

posted August 22, 2010

National Geographic has developed a cute (and informative) water use calculator. Even though it leaves out some of the ways in which we use and save water, you might enjoy giving it a try. Of course, you might want to pass the link on to your friends.
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-footprint-calculator/

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Fall 2010 Local Food Workshop & Tour Series

posted August 20, 2010

A personal choice to select, prepare and serve local, fresh, healthy, natural and organic foods is only as good as the available food supply.  Here in the desert, it can be a special challenge – both for customers and those who grow food locally.
Local Food Concepts, the Tucson-based, local food information resource headed by writer/consultant [...]

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Remembering the remarkable Matthew R. Simmons

posted August 20, 2010

By Steve Andrews, Sally Odland, John Theobald and Randy Udall.  Andrews and Udall are retired co-founders of ASPO-USA. Odland is a former ASPO-USA board member. Theobald is a former ASPO-USA conference organizer.
Published by the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas – USA (ASPO-USA) on Mon, [...]

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The Arizona’s Greenest Workplace Challenge

posted August 20, 2010

It’s one thing to have a workplace that has a recycling bin, but do you
know of a company that could be named Arizona’s Greenest
Workplace?
Mrs. Green is on the hunt for companies and workplaces that are miles
ahead of the pack when it comes to keeping it green and making conscious efforts to be more eco-friendly.
Do you [...]

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The Green Living Fair

posted August 20, 2010

[ Saturday, October 16, 2010; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] At the HabiStore
3840 S. Palo Verde at Ajo (SW corner of Ajo and Palo Verde)

Learn from the gurus of green, as local experts share tips, info, and ways to go green and save greenbacks at the Green Living Fair in Partnership with AFV Day Odyssey. Discover steps for energy savings, resource conservation, organic gardening, composting, [...]

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What we don’t know about saving energy

posted August 18, 2010

A recent study suggests that even though more of us are concerned about the environment and the importance of reducing our carbon footprint, most of us are poorly informed about the relative impact of energy saving actions we can take in our homes. Arguably “people seem conditioned to think of energy savings as they [...]

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Stone Soup Listening Tour

posted August 17, 2010

[ Thursday, September 9, 2010; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] La Cocina at Old Town Artisan
201 North Court Tucson, AZ 85701
(near the Tucson Museum of Art downtown)

In the 1990’s, author Paul Ray’s research on changing values and lifestyles concluded that in the U.S. alone, there are over 50 million “Cultural Creatives”—adults participating in the social and consciousness movements, which have emerged since World War II. [...]

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Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program

posted August 15, 2010

ENERGY EFFICIENCY RETROFITS FOR HOMEOWNERS
Are you interested in improving the energy efficiency
of your home?
Approximately 300 homes located within the City of Tucson will be selected to receive energy efficiency upgrades to reduce the home’s energy use by 15-20%.
Residential energy efficiency retrofit work may include things like substituting compact fluorescent light bulbs for [...]

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Zero Emissions Race

posted August 14, 2010

Cheers Sustainable Tucson:
Lots of of Zero-Race.com serendipity is happening!  The Electrics are coming to town!  So now it’s time to tap into furthering the wellspring of EVnthusiastism with Sustainable Tucson.  Many around the country are jumping in as “Indians” and just being players on the Zero Race Regional Coordinating Teams (RCTs).  EVolunteers are needed for the RCT – Arizona, [...]

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Gila River Festival

posted August 13, 2010

[ Thursday, September 16, 2010 to Sunday, September 19, 2010. ] The sixth annual Gila River Festival – planned in and around Silver City, September 16-19, 2010 – will celebrate the role of the Gila River in supporting southwest New Mexico’s rich biological diversity.  One of the Southwest’s premier nature festivals, the Gila River Festival attracts an audience of nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts eager to [...]

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Cool Water, presented by Jerry Yudelson

posted August 11, 2010

[ Tuesday, October 26, 2010; 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ]
Tucson Association of REALTORS
2445 N. Tucson Blvd.
Event Phone number: 520-382-8775

The Tucson Association of REALTORS Green Committee presents, this one of a kind event! In this presentation, Jerry Yudelson, author of Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis (2010), will describe how future water availability will affect the quality of [...]

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Tributes to Matt Simmons

posted August 11, 2010

Matt Simmons, global energy expert, dies at 67
Statement by the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas  – USA
August 9, 2010
ROCKLAND, Maine — Matt Simmons, Chairman of ASPO-USA’s Advisory Board, died Sunday night at his home in North Haven Island, near Rockland, Maine.
The founder of Houston-based Simmons & Co. International, Matt wrote the [...]

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Matt Simmons: “Twin Resource Threats – Oil and Water”, Dead at 67

posted August 11, 2010

Matt Simmons, a leader of the Peak Oil movement and global energy expert,  died suddenly on August 8th.

His 2005 book, Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy, was a significant factor in waking up business and political leaders around the world to the critical implications of the emerging end [...]

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Sustainable Tucson General Meeting

posted August 10, 2010

[ Monday, September 13, 2010; 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm. ] The September Meeting will focus on the carbon burden associated with supplying Greater Tucson’s water supply. Additional information will be supplied about what individuals can do within their communities to use our precious water wisely and sustainably.

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Lend a Helping Hand

posted August 10, 2010

Tom’s of Maine is asking for the public’s vote to determine five non-profit organizations that will each receive $20,000 through its “50 States for Good” initiative. This year, the “50 States for Good” program drew submissions from every state with a special focus on non-profits that need volunteers to help get important projects started in [...]

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Brad Lancaster Lecture

posted August 3, 2010

[ Thursday, August 26, 2010; 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] Mark your calendar now!

August 26th 2010 at 6:30pm. The event will take place at Technicians For Sustainability’s downtown location 612 N. 7th Avenue, will present an informative lecture:

“Water Wanderings and More in the [...]

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Misdirected subsidies

posted August 3, 2010

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Are 12 Times Support for Renewables!
Bloomberg reports that although the US provides greater support for renewal energy than most nations, we still provide substantially more subsidies for non-renewal energy.
See the rest of the article here.

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Sustainable Tucson General Meeting

posted May 18, 2010

[ Monday, August 9, 2010; 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Common Struggle on Many Fronts: Taking Action on Sustainability

Sustainable Tucson will be holding its next three general meetings (July, August and September) to raise awareness of the implications of fossil fuel dependency and climate change. We will be engaging [...]

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