Education / Awareness

Affiliated Organizations

  • Arizona Association for Environmental Education
    "...working to enhance the quality of environmental education in Arizona and to advance professionalism among all who are involved with environmental education"
  • Beantree Farm
    consulting/design services, education, workshops, tours, permaculture, green building, earth/cob/straw/recycled materials building, integrated passive/active low energy/water community design, local/native foods, food security, educational staycations, na
  • Center for Sustainable Environments
    "CSE is a national leader in university-based sustainability science" (Northern Arizona University)
  • Community Food Security Center
    "... supporting community organizations, schools and individuals in becoming more food secure through education, advocacy, food production and desert gardening, and providing healthy food access through markets."
  • DAWN SouthWest: Natural Building Workshops
    "DAWN SouthWest offers Workshops and other Resources for Sustainable Building and Permaculture enthusiasts."
  • Ironwood Tree Experience
    "...empowering young people through active, mindful and educational eco-programs that cultivate a holistic sense of community."
  • Native Seeds / SEARCH
  • Natural Systems Solutions
    "community sustainability education and consulting services"
  • Sonoran Kitchen Gardens
    "We started Sonoran Kitchen Gardens to make sure every school in the Sonoran bioregion has a drylands kitchen garden linked into our local food economy."
  • Sonoran Permaculture Guild
    An excellent resource for all people wanting to design systems guided by ecology, including building, food production and water harvesting. The site also features workshops taught by Tucson's experts in the field.
  • Tucson Audubon Society
    A leading environmental non-profit organization celebrating and protecting flora, fauna, and ecosystems.
  • Tucson Time Traders
    Tucson's local TimeBank - we are a network of people who trade an hour of work for an hour of work. TimeBanking allows people to trade assistance, and helps build healthy communities.

Other Local Organizations

  • azure education
    AZURE is an education-outreach partnership between Arizona’s electric utility companies, designed to educate Arizonans about renewable energy resources
  • Community Food Security Center
    "... supporting community organizations, schools and individuals in becoming more food secure through education, advocacy, food production and desert gardening, and providing healthy food access through markets."
  • Ecosa Institute
    "Unique sustainable design programs for architecture and design undergraduates, graduates, AND sustainable career explorers" (Prescott, AZ)
  • Environmental Education Exchange
    "...comprehensive consulting services to assist in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of environmental education programs."
  • Native Seeds / SEARCH
  • Prescott College
    "For the Liberal Arts and the Environment"
  • Sonoran Kitchen Gardens
    "We started Sonoran Kitchen Gardens to make sure every school in the Sonoran bioregion has a drylands kitchen garden linked into our local food economy."
  • Sustainable Seafood Program - Desert Museum
    Resources on sustainable seafood choices (including a downloadable wallet card), with a special focus on the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez).
  • Tucson Audubon Society
    A leading environmental non-profit organization celebrating and protecting flora, fauna, and ecosystems.
  • Tucson Time Traders
    Tucson's local TimeBank - we are a network of people who trade an hour of work for an hour of work. TimeBanking allows people to trade assistance, and helps build healthy communities.
  • University of Arizona Sustainability Site
    UA Sustainability Site
  • UofA Sustainability Centers
    Various Centers for Sustainability in conjunction with the University of Arizona.

Local Businesses

  • Greener Lives LLC
    A licensed, full-service interior design firm that specializes in healthy and sustainable interiors
  • Sustainable Bags
    Reusable totes, bioplastic garbage bags, education kits...
  • Tucson Time Traders
    Tucson's local TimeBank - we are a network of people who trade an hour of work for an hour of work. TimeBanking allows people to trade assistance, and helps build healthy communities.

Other Resources

  • Beantree Farm
    consulting/design services, education, workshops, tours, permaculture, green building, earth/cob/straw/recycled materials building, integrated passive/active low energy/water community design, local/native foods, food security, educational staycations, na
  • Faith Voices .org
    Faith Voices seeks to educate the wider public about the shared values, issues, and ethical concerns of religious people and their organizations. It enhances community interconnections among its diverse member organizations to coordinate efforts to educat
  • Greener Lives LLC
    A licensed, full-service interior design firm that specializes in healthy and sustainable interiors
  • Sonoran Permaculture Guild
    An excellent resource for all people wanting to design systems guided by ecology, including building, food production and water harvesting. The site also features workshops taught by Tucson's experts in the field.
  • Synanim - group idea distilling and document writing
    Synanim is social software that enables participants to quickly develop ideas in small groups online. As easy as sending e-mail, It guides you and your group through a series of writing and sharing steps. Each participant benefits from the best ideas, an
  • The Cat Scan
    A University of Arizona, student-run publication on sustainability.
  • Tucson Green Magazine
    A monthly publication focusing on Sustainable Living, Community Spirit, Home and Garden, Natural Health, Good Food, Style and Arts, the Outdoors, Social Consciousness, and the Products, Services, Economics and Activities of
  • University of Arizona Sustainability Site
    UA Sustainability Site
  • UofA Sustainability Centers
    Various Centers for Sustainability in conjunction with the University of Arizona.

Global Organizations

  • Bountiful Backyards (Durham, NC)
    Bountiful Backyards is an edible landscaping collective with a radical vision for the future. It starts with the attainable ideal of transforming the relationship that people have with food and their communities. From kitchen gardens and composting to n
  • City Repair.org
    "helping people reclaim their urban spaces to create community-oriented places."
  • Community Solution
    Community Service, Inc. (CSI), founded in 1940, is a non-profit organization that educates on the benefits and values of small local community living. We envision a world where people live sustainably and cooperatively in local communities which are diver
  • Faith Voices .org
    Faith Voices seeks to educate the wider public about the shared values, issues, and ethical concerns of religious people and their organizations. It enhances community interconnections among its diverse member organizations to coordinate efforts to educat
  • Groundwater Awareness League, Inc.
    a not-for-profit educational group organized to inform the public regarding the dangerous levels of depletion and pollution of groundwater in Arizona. The group encourages scientific research, synthesis of data from various water agencies, and formulating
  • Inhabitat.com
    A weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.
  • Institute for Responsible Technology
    A leading spokesperson on the risks of genetically modified (GM) foods, Jeffrey Smith started this organization to promote the responsible use of technology, and stop GM foods and crops through both grassroots and national strategies.
  • Organic Consumers Association
    An online grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability, and on crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair
  • Synanim - group idea distilling and document writing
    Synanim is social software that enables participants to quickly develop ideas in small groups online. As easy as sending e-mail, It guides you and your group through a series of writing and sharing steps. Each participant benefits from the best ideas, an
  • We Campaign
    "The We Campaign is a project of The Alliance for Climate Protection -- a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore. Our ultimate aim is to halt global warming. Specifically we are educating people in the US

Local Discussion Groups

  • Synanim - group idea distilling and document writing
    Synanim is social software that enables participants to quickly develop ideas in small groups online. As easy as sending e-mail, It guides you and your group through a series of writing and sharing steps. Each participant benefits from the best ideas, an
  • Tucson Time Traders
    Tucson's local TimeBank - we are a network of people who trade an hour of work for an hour of work. TimeBanking allows people to trade assistance, and helps build healthy communities.

Publications/Media Resources

  • Inhabitat.com
    A weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.
  • The Cat Scan
    A University of Arizona, student-run publication on sustainability.
  • Tucson Green Magazine
    A monthly publication focusing on Sustainable Living, Community Spirit, Home and Garden, Natural Health, Good Food, Style and Arts, the Outdoors, Social Consciousness, and the Products, Services, Economics and Activities of

Government Relations

Articles

  • LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AND YWCA OFFER FREE WORKSHOPS
    Is your organization planning to hold a candidate or issue forum this year? If so, you’ll want to attend the free workshops being offered on Saturday, April 30th. The morning will be devoted to a presentation on how to plan forums, and the afternoon will be on how to moderate forums, with hands-on...
  • Sustainability on the Chopping Block - Tucson City Council Decision April 19th
    XXX This is an urgent appeal to the Sustainability Community to show up and speak out for sustainability and reject an unnecessary road widening plan which will cost millions and do nothing for sustainable mobility and economic vitality. XXXXX We have limited opportunities to help shape decisions...
  • Data crunched: Broadway widening WILL NOT speed cars...or buses...or pedestrians...or even bicycles!
    Analysis of RTA and COT's own numbers shows widening Broadway will not cut travel times for cars or anyone else. So why are we spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars amidst a budget crisis? (A)  The proposed work will have almost zero (~1.4%) benefit, as the Design Concept Report (DCR) data...
  • UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series
    UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series A Series of Six Lectures Exploring Our World and Ourselves Mondays, January 25 - March 7 7:00-8:00 PM UA Centennial Hall Climate change and its impacts are no longer merely abstract projections for the future. Instead, they are on-going and growing challenges for...
  • Duality in Climate Science
    Duality in Climate Science Published by Kevin Anderson blog on 2015-10-15 Original article: http://kevinanderson.info/blog/duality-in-climate-science/ by Kevin Anderson The value of science is undermined when we adopt questionable assumptions and fine-tune our analysis to conform to dominant political...
  • ENVISION TUCSON SUSTAINABLE FESTIVAL
    Join us at this year’s 5th annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the YWCA, 525 Bonita Avenue. The Festival will showcase the many features of sustainable living in Tucson and our desert Southwest. We’re very excited about the great variety of activities...
  • REJECT THE BROADWAY ALIGNMENT! A model letter to the City of Tucson
    REJECT THE BROADWAY ALIGNMENT! A model letter to the City of Tucson By Broadway Coalition Member Laura Tabili OOO Send to:     broadway@tucsonaz.gov,      Jonathan.Rothschild@tucsonaz.gov, mayor1@tucsonaz.gov, ward1@tucsonaz.gov, ward2@tucsonaz.gov, Ward3@tucsonaz.gov, ward4@tucsonaz.gov,ward5@tucsonaz...
  • Response to assertions made about energy's costs, systems
    Response to assertions made about energy's costs, systems By Carmine Tilghman Special to the Arizona Daily Star, January 29, 2015 Evidence of Tucson Electric Power’s commitment to renewable energy isn’t hard to find. Visit the Solar Zone at the University of Arizona Tech Park, where solar projects...
  • An Energy Partnership / Climate Solution for Tucson?
    OOOOOOOOOO (Note Special LOCATION, DATE, & TIME) February 18th     
6:30pm to 8:30pm University of Arizona, Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), Room 103 OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOO Do you know that the production of electricity in Tucson accounts for over 60% of Tucson’s climate-changing...
  • Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid
    Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid By Terry Finefrock Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star January 23, 2015 There is great potential that electricity costs could be reduced, increases avoided, system reliability improved and recurring economic benefits provided...
  • The Yes Men Are Revolting - Sunday Jan 4 at the Loft
    at The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson AZ 85716 Start the New Year Right: Gear Up to Fight Climate Change! The Yes Men Are Revolting On Sunday, January 4 at 1:00 p.m., Sustainable Tucson will partner with the Loft for a special preview screening of The Yes Men Are Revolting, with the...

  • Best Wishes from Sustainable Tucson! Three Articles to Start Off the New Year: Best New Year's wishes! Happy Holiday reading from ST! While Sustainable Tucson will continue to focus on the economy, local production, and democratization of resource decisions, climate and energy issues will continue to...
  • Climate: The Crisis and the Movement
    Climate: The Crisis and the Movement by Naomi Klein & Allen White Wherein lie the roots of the climate crisis? Allen White, Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute, talks with writer and activist Naomi Klein, author of the new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, about how our economic...
  • What climate change asks of us
    What climate change asks of us: moral obligation, mobilization and crisis communication by Margaret Klein "Humans contain a great capacity to help each other, to dutifully respond to the needs of others, and to improve the world around us... When it is clear there is an emergency, and we have a vital...
  • The Oil Price Crash of 2014
    The Oil Price Crash of 2014  by Richard Heinberg Oil prices have fallen by half since late June. This is a significant development for the oil industry and for the global economy, though no one knows exactly how either the industry or the economy will respond in the long run. Since it’s almost...
  • Special AUGUST 18th Meeting -- Thomas Greco Presents: HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE?
    Monday, August 18, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE IN THE FACE OF ONGOING ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL MALAISE? WHAT AILS OUR TUCSON ECONOMY? HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE IN THE FACE OF ONGOING...
  • ST July Mtg -- Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production
    Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production Monday, July 14, 5:30-8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Urban agriculture is becoming much more common -- in many forms, not just backyard gardens. Voters of Tucson recently...
  • Tucson Talks Transit - with Jarrett Walker - July 11
    at Tucson Electric Power Company, 88 East Broadway, Downtown Tucson AZ (two blocks south of Ronstadt Transit Center) Tucson Talks Transit - with Jarrett Walker Friday, July 11, 2014 5:00 p.m. Sign-in and Reception 6:00 p.m. FREE Public Presentation Jarrett Walker, the preeminent transit planner and...
  • Broadway Coalition: Some Thoughts on Money
  • What climate activists should learn from the Monterey Shale downgrade
    What climate activists should learn from the Monterey Shale downgrade by Kurt Cobb Published by Resource Insights on 2014-06-01 Original article: http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2014/06/what-climate-activists-should-learn.html There is an important hidden lesson for climate activists in the vast...
  • The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started
    The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started by Kurt Cobb, originally published by Resource Insights  | May 25, 2014 It turns out that the oil industry has been pulling our collective leg. The pending 96 percent reduction in estimated deep shale oil resources in California revealed...
  • Request to RTA Board -- April 25, 2013
    Request to RTA Board April 25, 2013 Honorable RTA Board:     Thank you for my reappointment to the CART as an original member. I continue to be honored to serve the RTA and larger regional community in this role. Having closely followed the Broadway Blvd Project at public meetings and interviews,...
  • Request to RTA Board -- April 7, 2011
    A Request and Proposal to the RTA Board by  Bob Cook,      April 7, 2011 Honorable Board members, I come before you as a planner, engaged citizen, and veteran of many local planning efforts. I was an active participant in the RTA planning process and because of the generous treatment for transit...
  • BROADWAY COALITION: Design Criteria for the Improvement of Broadway
    BROADWAY COALITION:  Design Criteria for the Improvement of Broadway Based on all the facts we have examined and studies available to us, from the RTA as well as from national studies [See our website: https://sites.google.com/site/broadwaycoalition], we have arrived at a set of criteria that should...
  • RTA and County Should Heed Community's Vision for Broadway Project
    RTA and County Should Heed Community's Vision for Broadway Project  By Robert Cook , June 8, 2014 This is the June 8th Sunday Arizona Daily Star Guest Opinion without the Star's edits. Note the Star's edited headline is: "8-Lane Roadway No Longer Makes Sense."   The two-year design phase of the Broadway...
  • ST June Meeting - BUILDING RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS: Eco-villages and Social Cohesion
    BUILDING RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS: Eco-villages and Social Cohesion Monday, June 9, 2014, 5:30 - 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) With climate change increasing the likelihood of heat waves, flooding and other emergencies...
  • Not Up the Creek...Yet/ ST in Tucson Weekly
    http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/not-up-the-creekyet/Content?oid=4135802 Not Up the Creek...Yet As Arizona faces potential water shortages, experts on divided on the solutions, though many remain optimistic. by Kyle Mittan Karl Flessa will tell you that it's not that hard to collect seashells....
  • April 20th: "Welcome the Third Economic Revolution"
    Welcome the Third Economic Revolution A talk on converting from a Consumer Killer Economy to a Sustainable Green Economy by John 'Skip' Laitner, featured speaker at Sustainable Tucson's December 2013 General Meeting. Skip is a Resource and Energy Economist, International Economic Conversion Consultant,...
  • ST March Meeting: Preparedness for a World of Change
    Sustainable Tucson’s March Meeting: Preparedness for a World of Change Monday, March 10, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Join the Sustainable Tucson community and extended network to hear...
  • Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference (AHESC)
    The Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference (AHESC) is the first conference designed to inspire, inform, and create engagement opportunities for students, faculty, staff and administrators working or studying in higher education institutions across Arizona to advance sustainability solutions...
  • February General Mtg: IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?
    Sustainable Tucson’s February Meeting: IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE? Monday, February 10, 2014,    5:30 - 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Last November 14th, the State of Arizona ran a simulation...
  • ST Dec. Mtg: The Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency: Leading Tucson to More Jobs and a Robust Economy While Mitigating Climate Change
    XXXX At Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Sustainable Tucson December Meeting: The Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency: Leading Tucson to More Jobs and a Robust Economy While Mitigating Climate Change This month,...
  • Will the real International Energy Agency please stand up?
    Will the real International Energy Agency please stand up? Published by Resource Insights on 2013-11-16 Original article: http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2013/11/will-real-international-energy-agency.html by Kurt Cobb It was as if the International Energy Agency were appearing on the old American...
  • Loss and Damage @Warsaw: Climate change Conference of Parties 19
    Loss and Damage @Warsaw Published by Daily Kos on 2013-11-15 Original article: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/15/1255756/-Loss-and-Damage-Warsaw by Deborah Phelan The issue of 'loss and damage', which at long last mainstreamed at last year's COP18, is vying for center stage in Warsaw as COP19...
  • Three things you shouldn't miss this week: Energy Crunch: the global picture
    Energy Crunch: the global picture Published by New Economics Foundation on 2013-11-15 Original article: http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/entry/energy-round-up-the-global-picture by Energy Crunch staff Three things you shouldn't miss this week The dwindling emissions budget if we are to limit global...
  • Who knew that Seoul was a leader in the sharing economy?
    Who knew that Seoul was a leader in the sharing economy? by Richard Heinberg xxxxxx Published by Post Carbon Institute on 2013-11-12 Original article: http://www.postcarbon.org/blog-post/1949822-who-knew-that-seoul-was-a xxxxxx Did you know that Seoul, South Korea is one of the world’s key sites for...
  • Green Redevelopment & the Rise of 2030 Districts
    at Tucson Association of Realtors conference room,  2445 N. Tucson Blvd   (one block north of Grant Rd) But, could something like a 2030 District in Tucson help align many efforts to support economic re-generation in our community?    Come join us on: Monday. November 11, 5:30 - 8:30 pm ...
  • When Wealth Disappears: International Banker
    When Wealth Disappears By STEPHEN D. KING Published October 6, 2013,  New York Times LONDON — AS bad as things in Washington are — the federal government shutdown since Tuesday, the slim but real potential for a debt default, a political system that seems increasingly ungovernable — they are...
  • 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...
  • ST September Mtg: Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part IV - Sept 9th
    Monday, September 9, 2013 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) ST September Meeting Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part IV Sustainable Tucson’s “Conversations with our Public...
  • A Radical Approach to the Climate Crisis
    A Radical Approach to the Climate Crisis by Christian Parenti, July 19, 2013 Several strands of green thinking maintain that capitalism is incapable of a sustainable relationship with non-human nature because, as an economic system, capitalism has a growth imperative while the earth is finite. One finds...
  • Arctic Methane Release Due To Climate Change Could Cost Global Economy $60 Trillion, Study Reports
    Arctic Methane Release Due To Climate Change Could Cost Global Economy $60 Trillion, Study Reports By Nina Chestney LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) - A release of methane in the Arctic could speed the melting of sea ice and climate change with a cost to the global economy of up to $60 trillion over coming...
  • Our Coming Food Crisis by Gary Paul Nabhan
    Our Coming Food Crisis By Gary Paul Nabhan,  Published by the New York Times: July 21, 2013 TUCSON, Ariz. — THIS summer the tiny town of Furnace Creek, Calif., may once again grace the nation’s front pages. Situated in Death Valley, it last made news in 1913, when it set the record for the world’s...
  • Desert Climate Composting Workshop - Aug 16/17
    Community garden at 901 East 12th Street, Tucson AZ Saturday - rain date or overflow second workshop Composting workshop specifically designed for dry deserts Specifically designed for dry deserts, this workshop focuses on • Low water use, conserving water for hot composting rather than dry slow •...
  • Climate Smart Southwest: Ready or Hot? - National climate change conference in Tucson - Sep 20-21
    Free lecture Friday evening at the TEP Unisource Building, 88 East Broadway, Tucson AZ Saturday conference at the Tucson Convention Center (details below) Tucson will be hosting a climate change conference focused on public health and climate adaptation in September, sponsored by Physicians for Social...
  • The One Thing You Need to Know about the President's Plan to Address Climate Change
    The One Thing You Need to Know about the President's Plan to Address Climate Change by Kurt Cobb,    June 30, 2013 The one thing you need to know about President Obama's plan to address climate change is that the most it will accomplish is slowing very slightly the pace at which the world is currently...
  • Sustainable Tucson July Film Night!
    Monday, July 8th, 5:30 - 8:00, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Sustainable Tucson will show a variety of films at our July general meeting. Included among the short and medium length topics are greening the desert, climate change in the arctic,...
  • ST June Meeting - Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community - Part III - June 10
    at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part III Last spring Sustainable Tucson hosted two “Conversations with our Public Officials.” Tucson community members had the opportunity to meet with...
  • March Against Monsanto worldwide - and in Tucson at Reid Park - May 25
    Free movie at Murphy-Wilmot Public Library, 530 N Wilmot Road Tucson, AZ March begins May 25 at 12 noon at Reid Park, 900 Randolph Way, Tucson AZ May 19 Sunday 1:30 pm - free documentary movie showing and discussion of "The World According to Monsanto" at the Murphy-Wilmot Public Library, 530 N Wilmot...
  • Bisbee Solar Cook-Off and Festival - June 1
    Free, at the Bisbee Farmers Market in Vista Park, Warren District, Bisbee Arizona Bisbee Solar Cook-Off and Festival Join Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture and the Bisbee Farmers Market for the 11th Annual Solar Cook-Off & Festival on Saturday, June 1 from 9am to 1pm. Activities will include solar...

Meetings and Events

  • LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AND YWCA OFFER FREE WORKSHOPS
    Is your organization planning to hold a candidate or issue forum this year? If so, you’ll want to attend the free workshops being offered on Saturday, April 30th. The morning will be devoted to a presentation on how to plan forums, and the afternoon will be on how to moderate forums, with hands-on...
  • Sustainability on the Chopping Block - Tucson City Council Decision April 19th
    XXX This is an urgent appeal to the Sustainability Community to show up and speak out for sustainability and reject an unnecessary road widening plan which will cost millions and do nothing for sustainable mobility and economic vitality. XXXXX We have limited opportunities to help shape decisions...
  • Data crunched: Broadway widening WILL NOT speed cars...or buses...or pedestrians...or even bicycles!
    Analysis of RTA and COT's own numbers shows widening Broadway will not cut travel times for cars or anyone else. So why are we spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars amidst a budget crisis? (A)  The proposed work will have almost zero (~1.4%) benefit, as the Design Concept Report (DCR) data...
  • UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series
    UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series A Series of Six Lectures Exploring Our World and Ourselves Mondays, January 25 - March 7 7:00-8:00 PM UA Centennial Hall Climate change and its impacts are no longer merely abstract projections for the future. Instead, they are on-going and growing challenges for...
  • Duality in Climate Science
    Duality in Climate Science Published by Kevin Anderson blog on 2015-10-15 Original article: http://kevinanderson.info/blog/duality-in-climate-science/ by Kevin Anderson The value of science is undermined when we adopt questionable assumptions and fine-tune our analysis to conform to dominant political...
  • ENVISION TUCSON SUSTAINABLE FESTIVAL
    Join us at this year’s 5th annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the YWCA, 525 Bonita Avenue. The Festival will showcase the many features of sustainable living in Tucson and our desert Southwest. We’re very excited about the great variety of activities...
  • REJECT THE BROADWAY ALIGNMENT! A model letter to the City of Tucson
    REJECT THE BROADWAY ALIGNMENT! A model letter to the City of Tucson By Broadway Coalition Member Laura Tabili OOO Send to:     broadway@tucsonaz.gov,      Jonathan.Rothschild@tucsonaz.gov, mayor1@tucsonaz.gov, ward1@tucsonaz.gov, ward2@tucsonaz.gov, Ward3@tucsonaz.gov, ward4@tucsonaz.gov,ward5@tucsonaz...
  • Response to assertions made about energy's costs, systems
    Response to assertions made about energy's costs, systems By Carmine Tilghman Special to the Arizona Daily Star, January 29, 2015 Evidence of Tucson Electric Power’s commitment to renewable energy isn’t hard to find. Visit the Solar Zone at the University of Arizona Tech Park, where solar projects...
  • An Energy Partnership / Climate Solution for Tucson?
    OOOOOOOOOO (Note Special LOCATION, DATE, & TIME) February 18th     
6:30pm to 8:30pm University of Arizona, Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), Room 103 OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOO Do you know that the production of electricity in Tucson accounts for over 60% of Tucson’s climate-changing...
  • Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid
    Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid By Terry Finefrock Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star January 23, 2015 There is great potential that electricity costs could be reduced, increases avoided, system reliability improved and recurring economic benefits provided...
  • The Yes Men Are Revolting - Sunday Jan 4 at the Loft
    at The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson AZ 85716 Start the New Year Right: Gear Up to Fight Climate Change! The Yes Men Are Revolting On Sunday, January 4 at 1:00 p.m., Sustainable Tucson will partner with the Loft for a special preview screening of The Yes Men Are Revolting, with the...

  • Best Wishes from Sustainable Tucson! Three Articles to Start Off the New Year: Best New Year's wishes! Happy Holiday reading from ST! While Sustainable Tucson will continue to focus on the economy, local production, and democratization of resource decisions, climate and energy issues will continue to...
  • Climate: The Crisis and the Movement
    Climate: The Crisis and the Movement by Naomi Klein & Allen White Wherein lie the roots of the climate crisis? Allen White, Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute, talks with writer and activist Naomi Klein, author of the new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, about how our economic...
  • What climate change asks of us
    What climate change asks of us: moral obligation, mobilization and crisis communication by Margaret Klein "Humans contain a great capacity to help each other, to dutifully respond to the needs of others, and to improve the world around us... When it is clear there is an emergency, and we have a vital...
  • The Oil Price Crash of 2014
    The Oil Price Crash of 2014  by Richard Heinberg Oil prices have fallen by half since late June. This is a significant development for the oil industry and for the global economy, though no one knows exactly how either the industry or the economy will respond in the long run. Since it’s almost...
  • Special AUGUST 18th Meeting -- Thomas Greco Presents: HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE?
    Monday, August 18, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE IN THE FACE OF ONGOING ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL MALAISE? WHAT AILS OUR TUCSON ECONOMY? HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE IN THE FACE OF ONGOING...
  • ST July Mtg -- Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production
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  • Request to RTA Board -- April 25, 2013
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  • ST March Meeting: Preparedness for a World of Change
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  • Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference (AHESC)
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  • ST Dec. Mtg: The Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency: Leading Tucson to More Jobs and a Robust Economy While Mitigating Climate Change
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  • Will the real International Energy Agency please stand up?
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  • Loss and Damage @Warsaw: Climate change Conference of Parties 19
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  • Three things you shouldn't miss this week: Energy Crunch: the global picture
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  • Who knew that Seoul was a leader in the sharing economy?
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  • Green Redevelopment & the Rise of 2030 Districts
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  • When Wealth Disappears: International Banker
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  • A Radical Approach to the Climate Crisis
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  • Desert Climate Composting Workshop - Aug 16/17
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  • The One Thing You Need to Know about the President's Plan to Address Climate Change
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  • Sustainable Tucson July Film Night!
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  • March Against Monsanto worldwide - and in Tucson at Reid Park - May 25
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