Spring 2017 Permaculture Design Course – Tucson

The 22nd Annual Permaculture Design Course – a Tucson tradition! This course happens over five weekends every February and March. Registration for the 2017 Spring course begins on August 10th.

Dates for the the upcoming Spring 2017 course are the following five weekends -Feb. 4th and 5th, Feb. 11th and 12th, Feb 25th and 26th, Mar. 11th and 12th, and Mar. 18th and 19th. Generally, class runs from 9AM to 5:30 PM each day. The cost for the course is $725 plus there is an optional class book fee of $42 for a copy of Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison. Also highly recommended is Brad Lancaster’s Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Vol 1 and Vol 2. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

This Permaculture certification course covers all aspects of sustainable design with a Southwest dry lands flavor, including a balance of hands on experience, classroom time, and design practicum. Dynamic exercises encourage pattern recognition, noticing the links between plants and animals, climate, and landforms that make up natural ecosystems. The course focuses on dry land communities with a strong urban and semi-rural emphasis, addressing individual site and neighborhood “problems”, such as storm water flooding. Students learn to read the landscape, to map and analyze energies flowing through a site, and to develop integrated designs for sustainable systems. The weekend format of the course makes it easier for people who hold a week day job to attend and promotes better integration of the course material into daily life. Our course closely follows the standard 72 hour format developed by Bill Mollison and others.

Course topics include agroforestry, appropriate technology, building design, design principles and patterning, site analysis, drylands gardening principles, ecosystem restoration, philosophy and ethics of Permaculture, regenerative community economics, soils and erosion control, village and community design, water harvesting, invisible structures, and many other topics. The classroom site is in the Central Tucson area and at other Permaculture sites in the Tucson area. Much of the class is held outdoors. This course is taught and facilitated by Dan Dorsey, Brad Lancaster, and Barbara Rose, each with two decades of Permaculture experience, as well as our many extraordinary associate SPG teachers. See the profiles for the core team teachers here. See pictures from previous courses and workshops here.

For the last twenty years this course has been full with a waiting list, so early registration is encouraged. To give a high quality educational experience, we limit the size of the class to eighteen participants. Contact Dan, the course registrar, at dorsey@dakotacom.net or 520-624-8030 to register and/or to receive the syllabus and detailed ‘FAQ’s’ for the course. Some scholarship funds are available.

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER FAIR

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, President’s Day, 4:30-6:30
THE HISTORIC Y, 300 E. University Blvd.
This is an event:

– for social and environmental activists to connect and engage and learn about the great work that others are doing with whom they may not be so familiar

– for those with little or no experience in activism who are frustrated by the current political climate, and/or who feel inspired by President Obama’s call to action and are looking to get involved, help vulnerable populations and fight for social and environmental justice, equality and liberal progressive causes

– for people feeling disenfranchised looking to engage within a place of love and support

– for social, environmental and political organizations looking for volunteers

This is for those who are looking for ways to get involved, to learn about the many great organizations there are in Tucson and find causes which resonate with them so that they can, in the words of President Obama, ‘hitch their wagon to something bigger than themselves’, affect positive change, and make a difference. Groups will be able to set up tables where they can educate attendees about their missions, objectives, actions and projects and sign up volunteers to do the work that our democracy demands. We hope people find this a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, get inspired, and make meaningful connections. Beer, snacks, and music will add to the convivial atmosphere in our lobby and our lovely courtyard.

More than 40 organizations are being invited to participate in the Fair. They are social, environmental and political, with an emphasis on fighting for equality and social justice and protecting the environment and vulnerable populations and causes.

Organizations that wish to participate or people seeking more information about the event are encouraged to contact Shawn Burke, 415-218-0020, shawnburke@me.com

Following the Fair, there will be additional social time to encourage introductions, collaboration and idea exchange, from 6:30 to 7, as the setting turns from President’s Day to “Not My President’s Day” with the staged reading of “The Higher Education of Khalid Amir,” an award-winning play with Anti-Trump themes by Monica Bauer, beginning at 7:00 at ZUZI! Theater.

Tucson Citizens Climate Lobby

Saturday Jan. 14th 2017 at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E Adams St, Tucson, AZ 85719.

Please join our greater Tucson CCL group for our monthly meeting that starts with welcome and coffee at 9:30, our chapter meeting from 10:00 to 11:00am, followed by our international call. Meeting adjourns at 11:45.

This month’s guest is Yoram Bauman, founder of Washington’s carbon tax initiative – yeson732.0rg.

  • What are the lessons we can learn from the defeat of the Washington state carbon tax referendum, Initiative 732?
  • Bauman holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington and is known as the “Stand-up Economist.”
  • He is co-author of the 1998 book Tax Shift that helped inspire the revenue-neutral carbon tax in British Columbia.
  • In 2012, he co-authored with Shi-Ling Hsu an op-ed in the New York Times, The Most Sensible Tax of All.

SAz Solar Partnership – ACC and solar customers

Southern Arizona Solar Partnership will discuss what the recent ACC decisions mean for future solar customers. Get your solar questions answered!!

The Southern Arizona Solar Partnership is a group of folks interested in solar: installers, government people, solar customers and those who just want to see more solar in Tucson!! We meet every other month at PAG (1 East Broadway, 4th Floor). Next meeting is Jan 19 at 2:30 pm.

“Get Back on Your Bike” Class

Join the County’s Bike and Pedestrian Program for an easy 2-hour ride where we get you set up and ready to ride, discuss basic bike topics, and ride local streets to familiarize yourself with how to operate your bike safely. Participants must be able to already ride a bike. Recommended for adults and youth ages 16 and up; 13-15 okay with a parent. Participants receive a choice of one free item: a free helmet, front & rear bike light set, bicycle U-lock, or multi-tool.
INFORMATION: Pima County Bike and Pedestrian Program, (520) 724-BIKE (2453) | Email

WHERE: East Social Center, 7 S. Abrego Dr.

12th Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event!

Grease Pour

The 12th Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event will take place on January 7, 2017. This event will give you an opportunity to start the New Year off right by dropping off your used cooking oil and grease from all your holiday cooking and baking.

Since the grease collection event began in November 2005, we have collected nearly 30,000 pounds of grease. We appreciate your support in helping us keep grease out of our sewers!

Please join the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department and our community partners: EDGE Group, Grecycle, Pima Association of Governments, and the Town of Sahuarita for the Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event on Saturday, January 7, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the collection sites below:

  • East O’Rielly Chevrolet 6160 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • Midtown City Council Ward 3 Office 1510 E. Grant Road
  • Northwest Pima Vocational High School 5025 W. Ina Road
  • South Kino Sports Complex 2500 E. Ajo Way
  • Sahuarita Sahuarita Town Hall Complex 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way

The collected grease will be recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner burning fuel than regular diesel.

If you cannot visit one of our grease collection sites on January 7, you can always recycle your grease at the year-round located listed below:
EDGE Group
8939 S. Eisenhower Road
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(520) 790-3341
After hours by appointment

Board of Supervisors hearings on Monsanto

The Pima County Board of Supervisors has tasked County administration with holding public meetings in each supervisors’ district in order to provide the public more information about the Monsanto proposal and the county’s role in the proposal, and to receive feedback from the public.
The scheduled meetings will be:

District 1: January, 9, 2017; 5 p.m.; Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive

District 2: January 19, 2017; 6 p.m.; Quincie Douglas Center, 1575 E. 36th Street

District 3: January 17, 2017; 5 p.m.; Ellie Towne Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road

District 4: January 13, 2017; 11 a.m.; Green Valley Recreation Center – las Companas Room, 565 W. Belltower Drive

District 5: January 18, 2017; 6 p.m.; Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress Street

Rally to Protect Immigrants & Refugees

January 14, at 12:00 noon
Tucson Federal Building, 300 W Congress St.

Climate refugees are increasing. Climate activists have issued a call to prepare to provide sanctuary and to resist beginning Saturday, January 14th. A broad coalition that includes United We Dream, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Center for Community Change, FIRM, Standing on the Side of Love, SEIU, faith groups and others has come together to take coordinated action on Saturday, January 14th in support of undocumented immigrants, refugees, Muslims and all who have been targeted by the incoming Trump administration.

Day Against Denial national day of climate action & resistance

January 9, from 4:20 to 5:30 PM
Sen. John McCain’s Tucson office, 407 W. Congress St.
(Just west of Granada & Congress, where there are stops for the Sun Link streetcar and Sun Tran routes 21 & 22. Routes 7 & 12 stop one block to the east, at Church Ave.)

Call on your Senators and ALL Senators to reject Trump’s climate-denying cabinet nominees:
NO to Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State
NO to Scott Pruitt for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
NO to Ryan Zinke for Secretary of the Interior
NO to Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy
This is a national day of action with at least one action in each state. This action is supported by 350.org, Sierra Club, Credo, Greenpeace, and other national organizations. Come out; Be heard; Strengthen our connections; Build resistance!

DETAILS & SIGN-UP HERE

Women’s March on Washington – Tucson March

Saturday, January 21
10:00 a.m. to noon
Marching from Armory Park to Joel Valdez Main Library

From the event page: “This event is open to all in Tucson who ‘stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.’ (quote from the National Women’s March on Washington).

“For those of us who support this and want to join together in Tucson, please come! We will march to the Joel D. Valdez library plaza and join up with the Tucson Solidarity Rally.”

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1735764840079360/
http://www.arizonawomensmarch.com/tucson

Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow Coming to Tucson

The #Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow, organized by Center for Biological Diversity with other national and local groups, is crossing the country, stopping in 16 cities on its way to Washington, D.C. on its way to protesting at the presidential inauguration.

“The roadshow is rallying and empowering defenders of civil rights and the environment to resist the dangerous agenda of the incoming administration. “

For the Tucson stop of the #Earth2Trump Roadshow, speakers will include Isabel Garcia of Derechos Humanos, Congressman Raúl Grijalva, and Jes Baker (aka The Militant Baker). Featured musicians will include Casey Neill and Lyla June.

Please register and find more information about the event here:
http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=83069

When: Saturday, Jan. 7, 2-4:30 p.m.
Where: 191 E. Toole Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701 **updated location**
(Take any bus to the Ronstadt Center, walk north on 6th Ave. half a block, turn left on Toole, and you’re there.)