WMG Call to Action

Ground-breaking Watershed Management Group Invites Public to Take Action

WMG invites the public to their OpenHouse Thursday, June 2nd 2011 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Ward III Council Office. Presentations by board, staff, and community members on local, regional, and international programs in sustainability will be featured. Come and learn about opportunities to get involved; find out how to join WMG as a volunteer, Co-op member, neighborhood leader, board member, program supporter, and much more.

WMG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has led the way in advocating urban sustainable living through community engagement, capacity building, and training. WMG program highlights include:  Creating eleven public water harvesting demonstration sites, including four of Tucson’s City Council Offices Training 100 professionals from the US, Canada, and Mexico through 10-day Water Harvesting Certification program Creating a unique Co-op to implement affordable backyard sustainability projects through a sweat equity model; WMG has run 65 half-day workshops to install cisterns, greywater systems, veggie gardens, chicken coops, and native habitat gardens Receiving the American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter’s “Making Arizona Competitive in the 21st Century Award” for our neighborhood-scale green infrastructure work in Rincon Heights neighborhood located south of the University of Arizona Publishing the most comprehensive guide on green infrastructure in the Southwest, “Green Infrastructure for Southwestern Neighborhoods,” with design details adopted by the City of Tucson, available for free download on WMG’s website

WMG is also developing programs in Phoenix, Santa Barbara, and the U.S./Mexico border region along with other international work. After successful projects in Costa Rica, Ghana, and Burkina Faso, WMG has established a permanent base in Panchgani, Maharashtra, India. Most recently WMG won YouTube’s 2011 Nonprofit Video Awards for a video on how to build a tippy tap – a simple hand-washing device that WMG has been teaching in India and Africa to prevent deaths caused by diarrhoea.

The Open House will be at Ward Three Offices, one of WMG’s water harvesting demonstration sites, located at 1510 E Grant Road. Please RSVP by email to jschafferaz@gmail.com or call 520-396-3266 by Monday, May 30th, 2011.
For information about WMG programs and opportunities please contact Lisa Shipek, Executive Director, at lisa@watershedmg.org or 520-396-3266.

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