Archive for November, 2011


Inside Tucson’s Civano Project

posted November 29, 2011

Inside the Civano Project: A Case Study of Large-Scale Sustainable Neighborhood Development (Mcgraw-Hill’s Greensource Series) 2009 By C. Alan Nichols and Jason A. Laros Forward by Sustainable Tucson — Co-Founder Bob Cook Forward The following story is about a group of people who recognized a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and took it upon themselves to reinvent the […]

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Holiday Farmers’ Market

posted November 29, 2011

December 15th, 3-6 pm, at 100 S. Avenida del Convento, near the corner of Congress and Grande This holiday season, Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market shoppers will find a variety of distinctively southwest gifts to choose from at our weekly Thursday market. Our healthy and locally made gifts include raw mesquite honey, prickly pear jams, […]

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Oppose the Rosemont Mine – public meetings Dec 1st, 7th, 8th, 10th

posted November 28, 2011

Thursday, Dec. 1, at Corona Foothills Middle School, 16705 S. Houghton Rd., from 5 to 9 PM (and see comments below for further meetings at other locations) From: Keith Willmarth <canduthis(at)toast.net> Subject: Oppose the Rosemont Mine I am sending this message to mobilize informed opposition to the proposed Rosemont Mine. Several organizations, in particular Save […]

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Pima County Food Systems Alliance – Meeting & Potluck – Nov 30

posted November 28, 2011

On November 30th (this Wednesday) from 6-8 pm, there will be a large group meeting of the Pima County Food Systems Alliance (PCFSA) with a potluck at the Sam Lena Library (1607 S. 6th Ave, Tucson; call 520.594.5265 for directions) The Agenda is as follows: Welcome & Introduction (Nick) (5 min; 6:00-6:05) Presentation by PCFSA Consultants (Bryn/Lewis) (25 min; […]

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ST December Meeting – The Politics of Sustainability

posted November 28, 2011

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Activism, Advocacy, and Political Action are ramping up all over the world.  Tucson is no exception, and so Sustainable Tucson begins an exploration into the realm of political expression and action, and how we can use it to […]

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6 Burning Questions About the Violent Crackdowns on Occupations Around the Country

posted November 20, 2011

6 Burning Questions About the Violent Crackdowns on Occupations Around the Country By Lynn Parramore, AlterNet Posted on November 15, 2011 http://www.alternet.org/story/153083 /6_burning_questions_about_the_violent_crackdowns_ on_occupations_around_the_country Occurring without provocation, the Occupy crackdown gives the appearance of an orchestrated effort to thwart an emerging protest movement. Early morning Tuesday, in New York City, hundreds of police officers, many in riot […]

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Local Gardening & Farming – Resources & Contacts

posted November 18, 2011

A Secure Food Supply for Tucson & Southern Arizona Resources & Contacts: Gardening & Farming – Production, Distribution, Education A sampling and an on-going growing list (see this page for updates) Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona – communityfoodbank.com Native Seeds/SEARCH – www.nativeseeds.org Pima County Food Systems Alliance – go to Facebook page Tucson Organic […]

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Food Film Festival featuring the Film “Greenhorns”

posted November 18, 2011

Food Film Festival featuring the Film “Greenhorns” and a film short on the locally owned Sleeping Frog Farms Happy Hour Party at Borderlands Brewery to follow Date: Sunday, November 20 Time: 3:00 pm Cost: $15 per person Place: The Screening Room (127 E. Congress St.) & Happy Hour at Borderlands Brewery (119 E. Toole Ave.) It’s time for […]

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Sustainable Tucson comments on proposed Rosemont Mine

posted November 16, 2011

Sustainable Tucson comments on proposed Rosemont Mine Sustainable Tucson is a non-profit, grass-roots organization that builds regional resilience and sustainability through awareness raising, community engagement and public/private partnerships. We recognize the need to focus on sustainability within the Sonoran bioregion. The proposal by the Augusta Resources Corporation to develop a copper mine in the Santa […]

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Ed Mazria’s Two-Year, Nine-Million-Jobs Investment Plan

posted November 15, 2011

By Caroline Dobuzinskis   (Ed Mazria’s  Revised One-Year, 4.5 Million-Jobs Investment Plan available here:)   With the job market crashing and a reported one in five mortgages underwater, the need for complex solutions to fix the US economy grows increasingly urgent. Ed Mazria, founder of the non-profit research and education organization Architecture 2030, has put […]

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2012 Green Retrofit Stimulus Proposal for Tucson

posted November 15, 2011

With half of all mortgaged homes “underwater” and owing more than their market value, housing prices continue to decline even after four years of collapsing prices. The ongoing global credit and debt crisis combined with declining house prices spell disaster for the home-building industry for at least the next decade. The escalating climate crisis also […]

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2012 Green Retrofit Economic Stimulus Proposal for Tucson

posted November 15, 2011

2012 Green Retrofit Economic Stimulus Proposal for Tucson With half of all mortgaged homes “underwater” and owing more than their market value, housing prices continue to decline even after four years of collapsing prices. The ongoing global credit and debt crisis combined with declining house prices spell disaster for the home-building industry for at least […]

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Greenhouse emissions exceed worst case scenario

posted November 14, 2011

The global output of carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the US Department of Energy has calculated, a sign of how feeble the world’s efforts are at slowing man-made global warming. The new figures for last year mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst-case scenario outlined by climate […]

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Obama Delays Tar Sands Pipeline, McKibben Responds

posted November 14, 2011

U.S. Delays Decision on Pipeline Until After Election By JOHN M. BRODER and DAN FROSCH published in New York Times 11/10/11 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, under sharp pressure from officials in Nebraska and restive environmental activists, announced Thursday that it would review the route of the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, effectively delaying any […]

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“The world is looking straight into the face of a great depression”.

posted November 13, 2011

New recession threatens the globe as debt crisis grows by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard – Telegraph  (UK)  published 11/10/11 Europe’s escalating debt crisis has cast a black shadow over the world’s fragile recovery, threatening to tip large parts of the global economy into a deep downturn and even outright recession. The OECD’s index of leading indicators for […]

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ST’s Tom Greco Gives Economics Talk at International Conference

posted November 13, 2011

Sustainable Tucson founding coalition member, Tom Greco gives a presentation on his transformational model of economic change to the International Conference on Sustainability, Transition and Culture Change: Vision, Action, Leadership. This TED-like talk is video-streamed from the conference and is viewable here:   http://www.livestream.com/localfuture/video?clipId=pla_ade24121-d46d-4448-863c-babe129a604f

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UA Professor Walks Away From Empire

posted November 13, 2011

UA Natural Resources Professor Emeritus Guy McPherson and Sustainable Tucson founding coalition member addresses the International Conference on Sustainability, Transition and Culture Change: Vision, Action, Leadership recounting his journey to personal accountability in the current crisis of civilization. Taking material from his latest book, “Walking Away From Empire” , Guy demonstrates Gandhi’s  recommendation: “Become the […]

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Saying No to WalMart, A Town Builds its Own Store

posted November 13, 2011

Buying Underwear, Along With the Whole Store By AMY CORTESE   SARANAC LAKE, N.Y.   THE residents of Saranac Lake, a picturesque town in the Adirondacks, are a hardy lot — they have to be to withstand winter temperatures that can drop to 30 below zero. But since the local Ames department store went out […]

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Tucson Time Traders – 2011 Nov

posted November 11, 2011

We’re starting a local Timebank for the Tucson region.  If you’re interested in joining, please sign up at tucson.timebanks.org/user/register, and/or contact us by email – timetraders(at)sustainabletucson.org We’ll be at the Sustainable Tucson General Meeting on Food Security on November 14 to give information about time banking and our local timebank, and help you sign up online. […]

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GMO Free Project Pure Food Happy Hour 11.11.11

posted November 7, 2011

GMO Free Project of Tucson presents Pure Food Happy Hour 11.11.11 Tasty Gluten-Free/Non-GMO/Organic Food that’s good for you – at happy hour prices. Gluten-free/non-GMO info, prizes, mixing & meeting like-minded people. Learn about your gluten free and non-GMO choices in Tucson. Friday, November 11, 2011 3:00 to 6:00 pm Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen 7850 N. […]

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The Dark Side of the ‘Green’ City

posted November 7, 2011

The Dark Side of the ‘Green’ City By Andrew Ross PHOENIX The struggle to slow global warming will be won or lost in cities, which emit 80 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. So “greening” the city is all the rage now. But if policy makers end up focusing only on those who can afford […]

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Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

posted November 7, 2011

Welcome to the Post-Growth Economy “As humanity has chewed through the low-hanging fruit of our natural resources and has turned to lower-grade and more expensive ores and fuels, managers of the economy have attempted to keep growth going by piling up debt in the mistaken belief that it is money that makes the economy run […]

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Don’t let Arizona regulators pull the plug on solar

posted November 5, 2011

(from The Vote Solar Initiative www.votesolar.org) Friends, Your elected utility regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) are considering cutting funding for the state’s solar programs. Can you help us urge the ACC to keep Arizona’s solar growth and job creation on track? The ACC is currently reviewing the 2012 Renewable Energy Implementation Plans for […]

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Introduction to Growing Food at Home – Sonoran Permaculture Guild

posted November 5, 2011

The future of sustainable agriculture will be in small to medium scale organic food gardens grown right in our cities.  In this workshop that includes hands-on work, you will learn how to set up a complete garden system. We will show you how to increase your garden’s health, production, and nutrient value, using an integrated […]

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Mesquite Milling at Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

posted November 3, 2011

Many in Tucson are familiar with the shady mesquite trees that fill our neighborhoods, but few may know that these native trees also provide us with an excellent source of food. Mesquite pods are a versatile food that may be ground up into a nutritious flour or processed to make sweeteners. Unfortunately, mesquite seeds are […]

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Occupy Tucson Event: Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline Protest

posted November 3, 2011

Event: Occupy Tucson: Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline: Decision by Obama on behalf of the American People Sunday, November 6, 11:30–12:30, followed by General Assembly meeting. Amory Park, 221 S. 6th Ave. ??? moved to Veinte de Agosto Park at Church & Congress ??? This Sunday, exactly one year before the next presidential election, protesters plan […]

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Garden Mentor Program – Community Food Bank

posted November 2, 2011

Do you grow your own vegetables? Become a Garden Mentor with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and help others learn! Garden Mentors work with a new home or school gardener for two growing seasons, supporting them as they gain the tools to produce their own food. For more information or to sign up […]

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Move Your Money: Campaign grows to divest from “Too Big to Fail” banks to local banks, credit unions

posted November 2, 2011

Published by Democracy Now! on Wed, 11/02/2011 Original article: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/11/1/ move_your_money_campaign_grows_to by Amy Goodman As participants in the Occupy Wall Street movement continue protesting the record profits made by banks bailed out by taxpayer money, a group of grassroots activists are hitting America’s largest banks—including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo—where it hurts […]

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