Mark your calendars: The annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival will take place on Sunday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year the Festival will be in its new home, at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Avenue. The YWCA is conveniently located, just west of I-10 and just south of W. St. Mary’s Rd. Designed to be as much a community Expo as it is a Festival, the event is dedicated to promoting all aspects of sustainability in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival will feature key issues, from solar for the home to growing food and native plants, from aquaponics to key environmental issues, from green homes to water efficiency, from recycling to ecology education, and much more. The “Co-op Cluster,” will feature local co-ops, including the Food Conspiracy Co-op, Just Coffee/Café Justo, and Tucson Acupuncture Co-op. And the Tucson Electric Vehicle Association will be on hand with a display of electric vehicles.

The DIY Demonstration Area will offer the opportunity to see hands-on sustainability skills in action, including water efficiency, container gardening, solar cooking and energy applications, home energy, recycling, and more. The DIY Area will also showcase a newly dug vegetable garden that Festival volunteers are building for the YWCA (see below for volunteering). During the Festival, you can help put the finishing touches on this new garden.

Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival will again present its Green School Recognition, this year to Drachman Montessori Magnet, TUSD. We’re also fortunate to present four visionary speakers addressing topics of local importance: Moses Thompson of Manzo Elementary on green schools, Kevin Fink of Zona 78 on Tucson’s local food culture, Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona on localizing Tucson’s economy, and resource economist Skip Laitner on an energy-efficient economy for Tucson.

Local and native foods will be featured through tastings and demonstrations in the Exhibit Courtyard. In the Food Court area, delicious local food will be available for purchase. This family-friendly event will include hands-on activities for all ages and a great line-up of local musicians entertaining throughout the day. Admission and parking are free.

Volunteers Welcome!  We can use your help, both before and on the day of the Festival. Go to the volunteer page on the website or contact one of us below. If you are interested in being part of preparing the new garden, that action will take place on October 18, from 9-2. Sign up on the website or contact Ray <rayclamons@gmail.com> Please be part of making Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival a signature community event.

For more information, see our website: www.envisiontucsonsustainable.org or like us on Facebook at Envision Tucson Sustainable.

Contact Information:

Paula Schlusberg
ETSF Co-Chair
(520) 615-8218

Greg Wetzel
ETSF Co-Chair
(520) 297-1739

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