Archive for September, 2010


Arts and Crafts Fair

posted September 29, 2010

[ Saturday, October 16, 2010; 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] Local Artists, Solar Powered Music, and Refreshments [Fair benefits the Lend A Hand Senior Outreach program]

St. Francis in the Foothills
United Methodist Church
4625 E. River Road
(Northwest corner of Swan and River Roads)

For more information contact:

Alan Adler, ahadler@cox.net or 909-5204

Junie Hostetler, jhos7@cox.net or 360-7613

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Colloquium on Critical Habitat

posted September 29, 2010

[ Friday, October 1, 2010; 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] This is a Seven Event Series which traces the origins and current status of our landscape and cultural evolution, transitions into a focused conversation on local resources, scarcity and the regulations which address our use of these resources within the environmental design community, next moves into a specific discussion of our contemporary perspective on developing [...]

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Green Infrastructure Showcase

posted September 29, 2010

[ Thursday, October 21, 2010; 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Salpointe Catholic High School

Join Watershed Management Group (WMG) for a Green Infrastructure Showcase & Open House celebration with Samos Neighborhood, Salpointe High, WMG, and the City of Tucson, all leaders in green infrastructure for Southwest neighborhoods. This event will include an introduction to WMG\’s Green Streets – Green Neighborhoods program, an outdoor tour of [...]

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Permaculture workshop

posted September 28, 2010

[ Saturday, October 2, 2010; 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. ] Introduction to Permaculture – In this one day overview of Permaculture design, ethics, and principles you will have the opportunity to put together a long term plan for your sustainable home and landscape – one that takes care of people and takes care of our environment at the same time.

Location: Mesquite Tree [...]

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Day of Reckoning Coming…

posted September 28, 2010

A New York Times article provides a stark warning about the impending water crisis facing communities in the southwestern United States.  The article provides some of the basis for concern:
“Adding to water managers’ unease, scientists predict that prolonged droughts will be more frequent in decades to come as the Southwest’s climate warms. As Lake Mead’s [...]

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Local Food Workshop & Tour

posted September 27, 2010

[ Saturday, October 16, 2010; ] You are welcome to visit the San Xavier Cooperative Association’s unique and productive farm in the fields adjacent to the famous Mission. Here they grow both traditional and contemporary crops in the heart of the Santa Cruz Valley, where the land has been cultivated for over 4,000 years. Local aficionados wait patiently each year for [...]

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Imagine Greater Tucson

posted September 24, 2010

Imagine Greater Tucson, a collaborative effort to define a publicly supported vision and clear action plan to help shape the region’s future is kicking off its multi-year campaign at the end of the month. There are many opportunities to get involved and to help ensure that sustainability is a fundamental concern of the campaign. Learn [...]

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Challenges to Water Sustainability

posted September 23, 2010

[ Thursday, September 30, 2010; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] You are invited to a lecture and discussion with Dr. Sharon Megdal, Director of the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center. Discover what our current situation is and what can we do now, before we are in a crisis!

Hear Sharon Megdal, then meet with cistern installers, dual flush toilet venders and other people working [...]

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Imagine Greater Tucson Kick-Off Event

posted September 22, 2010

[ Thursday, September 30, 2010; 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. ] Hi Corbett Field, Reid Park

Oktoberfest Tent on the field

Please join us to celebrate the Kick-Off of Imagine Greater Tucson !

• Discover how you can help shape the future of our region

• Meet Eileen Fagan, the new Director of Imagine Greater Tucson

• Meet other supporters of Imagine Greater Tucson

All attendees of the Kick-Off are invited to [...]

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ACC Candidates Debate

posted September 22, 2010

[ Wednesday, October 6, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Sustainable Tucson, The American Association of University Women, and the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson will co-sponsor a Forum for available candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission at the Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club.

The five elected members of this Commission play an important role in the governance of firms providing major utilities [...]

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See “A Sense of Wonder” at the Fox

posted September 22, 2010

[ Friday, October 29, 2010; 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Historic Fox Theatre, 17 West Congress, Tucson

A Sense of Wonder: a celebration of children and nature, a film about Rachel Carson will be shown at the historic Fox Theater. This gala evening event for adults and youth 12 and above will include appearances by Pete Mesquitey and Eb Eberlein. The event will be catered by [...]

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Water Sustainability Action Plan: Comment Invited

posted September 21, 2010

The City of Tucson and Pima County have completed a draft Water Sustainability Action Plan to implement the recommendations from the City/County Water and Wastewater Study Phase 2 Report. The public comment period on the Action Plan extends from September 16th to October 7th, 2010. Below are ways in which you can review and comment [...]

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Trouble coming every day…

posted September 17, 2010

The New York Times reports on a massive flow of money into California to defeat its recent legislative efforts to control green house emissions in that state. Out of state oil companies are the major sources of millions of dollars supporting an initiative to suspend application of the law until unemployment falls below, and stays [...]

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Green Infrastructure Tour

posted September 16, 2010

[ Saturday, October 16, 2010; 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. ] Tucson is emerging as a regional and national leader in the implementation of green infrastructure strategies. Green infrastructure uses natural processes to provide environmental services. Many local examples use small basins to capture, clean, and infiltrate stormwater from streets and parking lots, while providing passive irrigation to gardens of native plants.

Join Watershed Management Group’s Green [...]

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Rinse Smart: Pre-rinse Spray Valve Program

posted September 14, 2010

Tell the folks at your favorite restaurant that Tucson Water is now offering free replacement valves & installation for commercial kitchens. As part of the Rinse Smart Program, Tucson Water will replace inefficient high water-use pre-rinse spray valves with low-water use valves saving water, sewer and energy costs. They will install it in less than [...]

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Local Climate Change Symposium

posted September 9, 2010

[ Saturday, October 2, 2010; 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. ] A symposium examining recent evidence that climate change may be affecting desert ecology in Saguaro National Park will beheld from 9 am to 4:30 pm, October 2nd at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s Warden Oasis Theater.

Jonathon Overpeck, co-director of the Institute of the Environment and leader on the  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Travis Huxman, [...]

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Film and Discussion Night: The Age of Stupid

posted September 3, 2010

[ Sunday, September 12, 2010; 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] The Age of Stupid
September 12th, 5:00 pm. Film starts at 5:45

Sunday Night at the Movies at St. Francis in the Foothills Church, at Swan and River Roads. Bring a potluck dish to share in the main meeting space. Questions? Call Liz 299-9839

Pete Postlethwaite stars as the narrator of the film, an old man living alone [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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