Shockingly Sane Solutions Rally

2602 E. Grant Road

The Rally will be held locally while Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity and
Stephen Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive occur in Washington, D.C. Our rally
highlights Tucson organizations that are providing sane solutions to intensifying
global challenges.

A solar-powered sound system will broadcast the tunes of local musicians,
a solar oven demonstration will be cooking food, & a Really Really Free Market
will be held for anyone interested in participating. Local groups working on
sustainable alternatives are invited to set up a canopy and table in the south lot for
outreach & new member recruitment. Come join the fun as we show that Arizona
has a lot more to offer than just Sheriff Joe’s pink panties, Governor Brewer’s
intellectual beheading, SB 1070, a deficient educational system, & the other things
the Comedy Central comedians find so funny.

Contact: Mary DeCamp (520) 408-4974

Imagine Greater Tucson Community Conversation


TUCSON, Ariz. (Oct. 22, 2010) – Imagine Greater Tucson will host its first public Community Conversation on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Resource Room  at the Sentinel Building at 310 N. Commerce Park Loop. Seating is limited to 36 participants. People are encouraged to RSVP at or (520) 209-2448.

Additional public Community Conversations are planned or pending in the surrounding communities of Marana, Oro Valley, Sahuarita, Green Valley and Vail as well as additional conversations throughout greater Tucson. (See list below for details.) Details will be posted at Future Conversations in Spanish also will be scheduled.

Imagine Greater Tucson is a grassroots effort to define a publicly supported vision and clear action plan to shape the region’s future. The collaborative effort will engage people from business, government, neighborhoods, nonprofits, education and others interested in joining the effort through additional Community Conversations.

‘We invite people to attend the various Community Conversations to help us determine our path to a vibrant and healthy place for all of us to live, work and play today and into the future,” said Imagine Greater Tucson Director Eileen Fagan.

The Community Conversations will be facilitated by trained IGT teams and will determine what participants value about the greater Tucson region and discuss what changes people would like to see that would help define a better future for all of us.

The information collected as part of the conversations will be used to identify shared values that will be the basis for building alternative scenarios to help address future challenges. The public will be involved in selecting a preferred scenario from which action-oriented strategies will be developed.

For more information about Imagine Greater Tucson, please visit or to join or host a Conversation, please send an e-mail to or call (520) 209-2448. Follow Imagine Greater Tucson on Facebook at and Twitter at

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You are invited to complete the IGT community survey online. Follow the link.


Imagine Greater Tucson’s purpose is to create a shared vision and clear action for the Tucson region that will make our community a vibrant and healthy place to live, work, and play for current and future generations of all ages. We also want to learn how to work together as a community in order to collaboratively solve existing and future community challenges. Imagine Greater Tucson is supported by public and private sector funding. Visit for more information.

Imagine Greater Tucson Community Conversations
Oct. 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Resources Room

Sentinel Building

310 N. Commerce Park Loop, Tucson

Capacity: 36

Dec. 1, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Rincon Valley Fire District

1 4550 E. Sands Ranch Road, Vail

Capacity: 40

Nov. 8, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Joyner-Green Valley Library

601 N. La Canada Drive, Green Valley

Capacity: 60

Dec. 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Junior League of Tucson

2099 E. River Road, Tucson

Capacity: 72

Nov. 16, 6-8 p.m.

Wheeler Taft Abbett Library

7800 N. Schisler Drive, Marana

(  (Silverbell, south of Cortaro)

Capacity: 72

Jan. 4, 5 to 8 p.m.

Oro Valley Public Library

1304 N. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley

Capacity: 100

Nov. 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Resources Room

Sentinel Building

310 N. Commerce Park Loop, Tucson

Capacity: 36

Nov 17, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Flowing Wells

Ellie Town Center, 1660 West Ruthrauff Road, Tucson

Capacity: 50+

Nov. 30, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Ward 6 Office

3202 E. 1st St., Tucson

Capacity: 60

Community Conversations in Sahuarita and South Tucson are pending.

10-Mile Diet

Vicki Robin has shared some of her insights from her month of existing on a “hyperlocavore” diet: food from no further than ten miles away from her home. There are useful insights for all of us as we think about the links between energy, food, and our carbon footprints. Read the article in Yes magazine here.

Critical Habitat Colloquium

David Eisenberg, Brad Lancaster and Kevin Koch will make presentations at the CALA Speakers’ Forum. Eisenberg from the Development Center for Appropriate Technology will talk about Regulation: The emerging realities of resource and land use regulations. Lancaster, an expert in rainwater harvesting, will talk about rainwater harvesting for drylands and beyond. Koch, from Technicians for Sustainability will talk about energy: Our energy crisis and local solar applications.

The Speakers’ Forum will be held in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering building (AME 202 S), 1130 N. Mountain, on the UA campus.

The Colloquium that follows will be held in the Sundt Gallery, CALA, 1040 N. Olive.

The public is invited to these events.

Food-Film Festival

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Taste Film, Talk Food – Film Festival

Presented by: Slow Food Tucson , Food Conspiracy Co-op and The Screening Room

The Screening Room will show 2 Films:

What’s Organic about Organic?


Food Fight

The festival will be followed by appetizers and drinks at 47 Scott.

Tickets are $15 (includes one beer or glass of wine at reception) and will be sold at Food Conspiracy Co-Op and The Screening Room.

The Screening Room is located at 127 E. Congress. Reception location, 47 Scott Street .

Sonoran Permaculture Guild Workshops

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010- Natural Building and Passive Solar Design – This workshop includes hands on work with straw bales, adobe blocks, mud based plasters, cement based plasters, and cob. We’ll do hands on building of small structures like benches and walls – projects that you can easily do at your own place to create beautiful outdoor spaces. We’ll cover briefly the building codes related to these materials used in larger projects, and look at the main principles of good passive solar design. Location: Central Tucson location about a mile and a half north of downtown Tucson. Time: 9AM to 4:30PM Cost: $69 – includes all course materials and handouts.  Contact Dan Dorsey at or visit for more info on all of our upcoming classes.

Saturday, November 6th, 2010 – Complete Hands on Water Harvesting –  Learning how to use rainfall and storm water run-off is one of the keys to developing a sustainable and lush landscape. In this hands on workshop we will install a water cistern, learn how to read the water situation on a site, and do basic calculations on the water flow available. We will install basic earthworks to hold water on site, and talk about contours, plant selection, and mulching. Location: Central Tucson location about a mile and a half north of downtown Tucson. Time: 9AM to 4:30PM Cost: $69 includes all class materials and handouts. Contact Dan Dorsey at or visit for more info on all of our upcoming classes.

Green Building Expo and Green Home Tour

The U.S. Green Building Council, AZ Chapter, Southern Branch's 3rd annual Expo featuring up to 60 exhibitors of green building products, businesses, and organizations; public and professional educational seminars; and a Green Home Tour. Jerry Yudelson, world-renowned author and sustainability expert is the keynote speaker. For more information, or to purchase tickets for the Green Home Tour, please visit

Dr. Majumdar to lecture on energy

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, 1030 North Olive Road, Tucson

Dr. Arun Majumdar, director of ARPA-E, the U.S. government agency created to
promote and fund research and development of advanced energy technologies, will
deliver a public address at the University of Arizona on October 15.

One of the most influential leaders in U.S. energy research, he will speak on “Energy Innovation in the
21st Century” and how it can help rejuvenate American economic leadership.
Dr. Majumdar is one of many renowned and award-winning scientists in town to
participate in Scialog®, a groundbreaking conference designed to encourage
transformational science in solar energy conversion.

Dedication for Solar Generating Facility

You are all invited to a dedication ceremony for Pima County’s Solar Electric Generating Facility. Be there when they flip the switch on the largest polycrystalline PV solar facility in Southern Arizona.


Exit I-10 at Ruthrauff Road/W. El Camino del Cerro

Turn west off the ramp at W. El Camino del Cerro

The road to the solar site is just west of the I-10 Eastbound onramp

(Entrance is across the street from Jack in the Box and Chevron)

Look for balloons and follow the road to the site.

One step forward, two steps back…

Tomas Friedman’s New York Times column describes the well funded effort to reverse California’s pioneering effort to reduce the impact of green house gas emissions.

“A.B. 32 was designed to put California on a path to reducing greenhouse gases in its air to 1990 levels by 2020. This would make the state a healthier place, and a more innovative one. Since A.B. 32 was passed, investors have poured billions of dollars into making new technologies to meet these standards….’Prop 23 is designed to kill by indefinite postponement California’s effort to clean up the environment,” said Mr. Shultz. “This effort is financed heavily by money from out of state. You have to conclude that the financiers are less concerned about California than they are about the fact that if we get something that is working here to clean up the air and launch a clean-tech industry, it will go national and maybe international’.”

Read the complete essay here.

10/10/10 Co-Op Workshop

Speedway and Grande

Workshop instructors: Catlow Shipek & Chris Stenken
10/10/10 is set to be a global day of action on climate change in over 180 countries. Events are being planned that demonstrate real solutions, that anybody and everybody can be a part of to the threat of climate change.

In Tucson, Watershed Management group will be installing water harvesting earthworks and planting native mesquite trees to shade a Westside home. By capturing rainwater carbon emissions from water transportation are reduced. The trees will then capture carbon and as they grow, reduce the urban heat island effect as well as reduce inside cooling needs by shading buildings

Pre-workshop excavation will allow workshop participants to focus on fine smoothing and contouring the basins, and planting trees. The event will link up with Empowering Local Communities who will be weatherizing and insulating a home a few doors down the street.

Please RSVP with Rhiwena Slack,, 520-396-3266, if you are interested in attending.

10/10/10 Action Opportunity

St. Phillips in the Hills, NE Corner of River Rd. and Campbell Ave.

Concerned about Global Warming?


Be a part of the


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BE PROACTIVE: Show our leaders that we’re learning and taking action! So should they!

Hear bells chime 350 times. LISTEN?

What is 350? Learn

Where are we now? Learn

What is “cap and trade”? Learn

SHOW UP Take action

Plant trees Take action

Vote Take action

Celebrate! Take pictures!

Sustainable Tucson General Meeting

Joel Valdez Main Library, Downtown, 101 N. Stone Ave

Free Parking in the Basement after 5PM

This month’s General Meeting will be focused on critical concerns about food security, food safety, and the steps that each of us can take to reduce our contribution to the region’s carbon footprint by changing our behavior toward food. We will have presentations from the The University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agricultural Center, as well as from their Agricultural Cooperative Extension Program, in addition to a presentation from The Community Food Bank.

The meetings are free and open to the public.

Bring your friends and neighbors