VegFest Tucson


VegFest will feature Milton Mills, M.D., and Robert Cheeke, as well as lectures, food demonstrations, and information provided by area healthcare providers. Milton Mills, M.D., is Associate Director of Preventive Medicine with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Director of the Gilead Medical Group in the Washington, D.C. area. Robert Cheeke is a vegan bodybuilder and author of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness.


Call 520-275-7999 for more information.

Location:  Hilton Tucson East, 7600 E. Broadway Blvd

Innovative Home Tour & Solar Tour

Your best opportunity to see the latest and most important new advances in sustainability and green building – and learn how you can put them to good practical, cost-effective use yourself to have a much better home that costs you much less. Choose among around 20 exceptional, award-winning and nationally recognized homes and other special features, and speak with owners, designers, builders and some of Tucson’s top experts.
 Tucson Innovative Home Tour 
 Tucson Solar Tour – Details follow below
 Next Generation Home Seminar – Click for more details
Tickets are now available available at locations around Tucson – see below.
Be sure to click here for updates and any changes that may occur. They will be posted at the end of the next section.
Beautiful fall weather is forecast for this weekend – great days to get out and find out how you can enjoy such things more!

Tucson Audubon Harvest Festival


Harvest Festival and Mesquite Milling
The Harvest Festival and Mesquite Milling celebrates the diversity of Sonoran Desert foods—both wild foods and heritage crops. And in a larger sense it celebrates the diverse Sonoran Desert landscape that gave birth to this abundance! It is also a practical opportunity to mill your mesquite pods into flour. (Our shop, which will be present onsite, sells a book of recipes using mesquite flour.)


Bring the family or just come alone and wander around the vendors, exhibits, lectures and workshops! Get more info.


Location: 3835 W Hardy Rd

UA Food Day

The  Well University Partnership (Well U) has brought Food Day to the UA campus for the past 4 years. It is the work of Well U members is that make this deliciously fun event possible! Let’s find out what is happening in the Well U.

The Well U is proud to put on this event and to be a sponsor of the 2013 Food Day. Look for the Well U table for more information about this important group and how you can impact the health and well-being of the UA community!

What is the Well University Partnership?
Students, faculty, appointed professionals and staff coming together to help make a difference in the health of our UA community.

What is the Well U’s purpose?
The Well U is committed to creating, supporting, and sustaining individual health and well-being, developing responsive and productive work environments, and fostering a supportive wellness culture within the University of Arizona community.

Location: UA Mall

Santa Cruz Harvest Dinner

Join us for a rustic evening at the Santa Cruz Harvest Dinner, Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the historic Steinfeld Warehouse. The dinner highlights the diversity of heritage resources in the Santa Cruz Valley, with an emphasis on agricultural heritage and food traditions, while also showcasing Tucson’s historic arts warehouse district. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the recently renovated 1907 Steinfeld Warehouse!
Keynote speakers: Three-time Tucson Iron Chef Ryan Clark and Jim McManus of Walking J Farm.
  • Live music by Salvador Duran
  • Menu featuring local and heritage foods prepared by Chef Ryan Clark of Lodge on the Desert, Desert Rain Café, Little Café Poca Cosa, and Isabella’s Ice Cream
  • Cookbook signing by Chef Ryan Clark
  • Silent auction
  • Tastings by Arizona Hops & Vines, Callaghan Vineyards, Del Bac Whiskey, Dos Cabezas WineWorks, Dragoon Brewing Company, Green Feet Brewing, Lightning Ridge Cellars, Public Brew House, Sentinel Peak Brewing, Ten-Fifty Five Brewing. 


Tickets: $75/person. Advanced ticket purchase required. Seating limited. 21+ event.


Mail check to SCVHA, PO Box 561, Tucson, AZ 85702 or pay with credit card via PayPal below.

Location: Historic Steinfeld Warehouse, 101 W. 6th St, Tucson, AZ 85701.  Parking is available in the City of Tucson ParkWise lot on Franklin Ave. and 9th Ave. Download a map here.

Friends of Ironwood Forest – Meet the Monument

Learn from educational presentations during the annual Meet the Monument day.

Find out more and location 

About the Ironwood Forest National Monument

Taking its name from one of the longest living trees in the Sonoran Desert, the 129,000-acre Ironwood Forest National Monument safeguards an incredible landscape recognized for its rugged scenery and serving as a biological anchor point for conserving some of our rarest flora and fauna.

Among the dramatic mountain backdrops are the area’s last remaining population of Desert Bighorn Sheep. Mesquite, palo verde, creosote, and dense stands of Saguaro cacti blanket the valley floor beneath mountain ranges named Silver Bell, Waterman, Sawtooth, and the iconic Ragged Top Mountain.

For over 5,000 years, humans have inhabited the Monument and discovering these sites is possible for those willing to look closely. Three Archaeological Districts – Los Robles, the Mission of Santa Ana de Chiquiburitac, and Cocoraque Butte – are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Watershed Management Group Home-scape Tour

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., explore more than a dozen yards, two municipal office landscapes, and last year’s tour favorite, Manzo Elementary, at your own pace.

Homeowners and site hosts will be on hand to guide you through the features. Check out rain gardens, cisterns, passive solar systems, compost toilets, abundant food gardens, wildlife habitat and more!  And glean knowledge and inspiration for your own projects.

All sites featured on the tour have completed projects with WMG’s Tucson Green Living Co-op, and ticket sales will support the Co-op’s educational events. Tickets are $15—or $10 for bicycle riders, public transportation users, and those who carpool. Children under 14 can come along for free.

Advance sign-up is required for the self-guided tour to receive a brochure including maps, suggested routes, and brief descriptions of the features at each property

Tucson Organic Gardeners Fall Garden Fair

Come and buy your winter transplants and seeds for the cool season and learn all about planting times and schedules in the Old Pueblo. Plenty of information and supplies for both new and experienced gardeners. Food and a children’s table too! Bring the whole family down and learn all about Tucson’s premier organic gardening group. Free and open to the public.

Location: St Marks Church, 3809 E. Third St

ST Oct Mtg: Investing in Local Solar Energy Solutions

Sustainable Tucson October Meeting: Investing in Local Solar Energy Solutions

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room,

101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St)

Investing in Local Solar Energy Solutions

As Tucson begins planning to reduce its greenhouse gases 80% by 2050, the largest emissions sector (59%) arises from the generation and consumption of electricity, currently 84% coal-fired. What clean energy solutions are available to connect consumers to investments in clean solar energy, ready-made for Tucson Electric Power’s utility grid? Community-owned solar is a new, innovative, customer-focused renewable energy model that is being adopted by large and small utilities across the country.

Clean Energy Collective is a new idea in power generation that is building, operating and maintaining community-based clean energy facilities. Headquartered in Colorado, CEC is pioneering the model of delivering clean power-generation through locally centralized, medium-scale facilities that are collectively owned by participating utility customers. To date, CEC has partnered with 10 utilities across the US to deliver and manage 25 community-owned solar projects to respective utility customers. The company’s mission aims to: 1) Accelerate the adoption of long-term clean energy solutions; 2) provide utilities with lower risk, well located and more beneficial clean energy generation; and 3) create a manageable and mutually beneficial production partnership between utilities and consumers.

Come learn about how you can receive maximum benefits from collective investment in localized solar power for yourself and your community, how the CEC model can promote local jobs and the local economy. Join us for this very informative meeting and support renewable energy action in your community.

Meeting speakers will include:

Genevieve Liang, Clean Energy Collective’s VP of Business Development for the Western U.S.

Bruce Plenk, lately of the City of Tucson Energy Office, and Solar Coordinator for the City of Tucson

Kevin Koch, Technicians for Sustainability, local solar installer

Elizabeth Smith, StelcorEnergy, solar energy consultant

Doors open at 5:30 pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.

Season of Sustainability in Tucson & Southern Arizona

It sometimes feels as though life begins again in the fall in Tucson: We rouse ourselves from heat-induced hibernation, and our calendars fill up with the many events suddenly available.

This fall provides a particular wealth of events in Tucson and Southern Arizona — meetings, conferences, festivals, tours — all focused on issues that fall under the broad category of “sustainability.” Many of the organizations involved with these events got together and affirmed our common focus and shared goal — building a strong, viable, and resilient future in our beautiful desert southwest. We move forward now to celebrate these events as the Season of Sustainability.

The Season of Sustainability has already kicked off with a very strong start: From September 18 through 22, we learned from Community Food Bank’s national conference, “Closing the Hunger Gap;” Aquaponics Association’s national conference, “Aquaponics for All;” Physicians for Social Responsibility’s regionally focused conference, “Climate-Smart Southwest;” and Healthy You Network’s symposium, “Your Health, Your Planet.”

From now through November, we continue to have multiple opportunities where we can share ideas, explore issues, find solutions — and celebrate our commitment to a sustainable future for our city and our region.  A quick summary of coming events is listed below.  For more information on these events, visit the Season of Sustainability website:  Go to the event-specific websites. And by all means — attend, participate, and enjoy!


Avalon Earth Harmony Festival

2nd Annual Earth Harmony Festival, celebrating healthy food, organic gardening, & sustainability at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.”     ~ Cesar Chavez

The Earth Harmony Festival – an annual gathering atAvalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage.

This year’s festival will be on October 5th and 6th, focusing on growing organic produce, Permaculture principles, heritage & heirloom crops, seed-saving, and food preservation, in one of the country’s largest and longest sustaining EcoVillages!  Festival participants will also have the opportunity to experience a sustainable, agricultural-based community in Southern Arizona.

Location: Tumacacori

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Tucson Plugs In

Tucson Plugs In

TUCSON PLUGS IN 2013 is the southern Arizona element of NATIONAL PLUG IN DAY (NPID) 2013, the 3rd annual electric vehicle (EV) awareness celebration sponsored by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association. Many cities and municipality across the United States will simultaneously host NPID events this year on or around September 29th and, as with 2011 and 2012, Tucson will again be front and center in this effort.

TUCSON PLUGS IN 2013 is sponsored locally by TEVA2, the Tucson Electric Vehicle Association, an Electric Auto Association (EAA) chapter, whose origins in the promotion of EVs in southern Arizona dates back to the 1980s.

In brief, TUCSON PLUGS IN 2013 is an opportunity for the general public – free of charge – to come out and see the latest in EV technology. Both private vehicle owners and local auto dealerships will have plug-in vehicles on display. Additionally there will be exhibits showing a variety of sustainable and environmentally-responsible energy technologies.

Location: the new Bookman’s Sports Exchange store, 3330 East Speedway Boulevard


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Community Food Bank’s Hunger Walk

Join us as we walk to make a difference in the fight against hunger in Southern Arizona.

Saturday, September 28th, 2013


Kino Sports Complex / North Grand Stand #5
2500 E Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713

Event Schedule: Hunger Walk, September 28th, 2013
Registration: 8:00 AM
Walk Begins: 9:00 AM

Walk to the Community Food Bank, see our programs in
action & return to the park for food & entertainment.

The Long Walk is three (3) miles & the Short Walk is one (1) mile.

Online registration will be open through September 27th at 4:00 PM.
➨ Use the links on the right to register, join a team and engage others to help fight hunger!



9/28/13 Kino Sports Complex

3rd Annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival – Oct 20

Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival

Celebrate Tucson’s unique position of leadership in sustainability!

The third annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival will be on Sunday, October 20, 10 am-4 pm, in Reid Park at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center (the Bandshell), off Country Club near 22nd Street.  Admission and parking are free.

At this family-friendly event, you’ll meet community organizations and companies that are creating a sustainable future in our desert Southwest. Enjoy exhibits that highlight their work and get involved through hands-on activities. Speakers will share earth-friendly messages, and local music groups will entertain throughout the day.

Festival Highlights

Festival food will feature a special GMO-free area. You’ll be able to get seeds for your home garden and take home pumpkins and fall produce. Check out the electric vehicle display, and pick up tips for cooking with the sun. Local aquaponics experts will show you how fish can help vegetables flourish in the desert. And you’ll meet the next generation of sustainability leaders, as kids demonstrate how they integrate raising food with their classroom learning.

Find out more at Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival’s website

Exhibitor/Vendor Space Still Available

Non-profit organizations, government agencies, educational programs, community groups, businesses, and others with a strong earth-friendly message or sustainability issue to present are all encouraged to take part in this event. Information and registration forms for sponsors and for exhibitors, vendors, or food vendors are available on the Festival website  As a project of NEST, Inc., the Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival is a non-profit organization, so fees or donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, contact Paula Schlusberg at  (520) 615-8218 or paulasch(at)