Our IGT Conversation
On January 10th, as part of our General Meeting, Sustainable Tucson held its own version of the community conversations being held around the city by Imagine Greater Tucson. After completing a paper survey about what we liked and what we wanted to change about the Tucson region, four groups of people discussed their answers to two questions about how we might move forward to plan our future with sustainability in mind. Each group selected their “top three” responses, and we are planning to discuss how to move them forward at our next meetings.
Response to first question
What criteria must be included in planning a sustainable future in the Greater Tucson area?
Transportation and untransportation-neighborhood networks; focus on urban villages
Reliance on local renewable resources including food and water
Reduced reliance on imported resources
Communication and Trust, transparency
Long-term water policy
Long-term energy policy
Compassionate social justice/sustainable government
Regional sustainability, green local jobs, nature, water and food
Considering these criteria, what changes must we begin to make to create a sustainable future for the Greater Tucson Region?
Change our emphasis from CAP water to TAP water [Tucson Arizona Project water]
Dedicating water to the environment to increase habitat for wildlife
Identify needs to meet the jobs and services needed here in the local market; create a trade mission for local opportunities and employment possibility [and the education necessary to support that].
Accountability and transparency in local government
Individual empowerment and increased meaningful citizen participation
Eliminate influence by monied interests
Decrease energy use and supply it from renewables
Increase water harvesting and decrease per capita water consumption
Measuring the carbon footprint of everything
Communication is key to enforce transparency of governance
Better ways to access and participate in the policy processes
More structured ways to access local government
Use technology to pool and coordinate efforts that get larger groups involved in the policy process
Bring urgency into our conversation through education and excitement
Limit developers’ access to water