Energy


Affiliated Organizations

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
  • Grecycle
    An organization providing a collection service for used cooking oil to produce biodiesel fuel.
  • Solar Grants for Nonprofits
    Technicians For Sustainability is glad to be able to offer a grant program for non-profits who are interested in adding solar systems to their buildings. We offer both matching solar grants and full solar grants. Due dates for applications are March 21 an
  • UofA Sustainability Centers
    Various Centers for Sustainability in conjunction with the University of Arizona.

Local Businesses

  • Abco/Westcap Solar
    Solar energy provider
  • GeoInnovation
    "We offer businesses and homeowners in Southeast Arizona a sustainable energy alternative giving you control of your own electricity production."
  • Progressive Solar
    "...an Arizona based alternative energy company. We design, sell and install complete systems for various applications. We pride ourselves in our ability to take complex, intricate challenges and bring them to reality in the form of working systems."
  • re-HOME
    re-HOME provides various green building services including webinars, workshops, in-home energy assessments, decision support, etc. Patricia Ewanski
  • Solar Store
    "dedicated to providing renewable energy resources, products, and services while addressing the needs of our customers with the highest level of technical and professional competence."
  • Solar Transportation Technologies
  • Technicians For Sustainability
    "a locally owned, mission-driven company specializing in renewable energy and sustainable technologies for residential and commercial settings."

Other Resources

  • Green Drinks Tucson
    Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up for a drink at informal sessions around the world known as Green Drinks.
  • Solar Grants for Nonprofits
    Technicians For Sustainability is glad to be able to offer a grant program for non-profits who are interested in adding solar systems to their buildings. We offer both matching solar grants and full solar grants. Due dates for applications are March 21 an
  • 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.
  • UofA Sustainability Centers
    Various Centers for Sustainability in conjunction with the University of Arizona.

Global Organizations

Local Discussion Groups

  • Green Drinks Tucson
    Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up for a drink at informal sessions around the world known as Green Drinks.
  • Tucson Permaculture discussion group
    Getting started with projects like growing food, harvesting rainwater, harnessing solar energy? This email discussion group is a good place to post questions, share knowledge, and make connections.

Government Relations

Articles

  • COP22: A Multimedia Presentation and Discussion about the UN Climate Talks in Marrakech
    Speaker(s): Remy Franklin, Masters Candidate, School of Geography and Development Location: ENR2, Rm S230 School of Geography and Development MA Candidate Remy Franklin tells the story of COP22 from his perspective as an activist and observer with the youth advocacy organization, SustainUS. Sponsored...
  • Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum
    You’re invited to our next Tucson Energy Group (TEG) Talk which will be an Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum on Thur (9/29), 5:00 - 7:00 PM in the meeting room at Ermanos (http://www.ermanosbrew.com/). (Interested people under 21 years old can attend!) Candidates Attending: Robert...
  • Solidarity Rally - resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline
    Join Rising Tide Tucson and others for a Solidarity Rally with the water protectors of Standing Rock resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline. We will be gathering on Wednesday September 14th at 4:30 at Bank of America downtown (33 N. Stone, between Congress and Pennington). Bank of America is one of many...
  • Tucson Energy Group (TEG) - Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum
    You’re invited to our next Tucson Energy Group (TEG) Talk which will be an Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum on Thur (9/29), 5:00 - 7:00 PM in the meeting room at Ermanos (http://www.ermanosbrew.com/). Three of the five candidates (Tom Chabin, Boyd Dunn & Bill Mundell) have already...
  • Sustainability and Architecture: USGBC ADVANCE and Tucson’s Prospective 2030 District®
    For our May General Meeting, Sustainable Tucson is very pleased to present “Sustainability and Architecture: USGBC ADVANCE and Tucson’s Prospective 2030 District®.” This program will present the innovative partnership between the 2030 Districts and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)-Arizona...
  • "Catching the Sun" New Film Screening
    You are invited to a screening of the new film "Catching the Sun" on Friday, April 22nd at 7pm at Casa Video Film Bar at 2905 E Speedway Blvd. Catching The Sun is a feature length documentary that explores the global race to a clean energy future. The event will be done by donation, as Tucson Solar...
  • We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can - Heinberg
    We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can by Richard Heinberg Transcript: JESSICA DESVARIEUX, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I'm Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore. Folks are lining up to reserve electric car automaker Tesla's Model 3. It's considered to be one of the first...
  • ST April General Mtg - Tucson's Energy-Economy-Climate Revolution
    Sustainable Tucson's April General Meeting will provide an up-to-the-minute update on efforts to pave the way for creating a positive energy-economy-climate future for our region. Tucson-based international economist Skip Laitner will report for the RENEW team on this important three-part community...
  • Historic Broadway widening links and articles
    “Intro to Broadway Widening Project – Who What, When, Why: Why Are We Spending $74 Million and Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area while Producing No Traffic Improvement?" Overview and background, an intro for people who are learning about the situation. By Dave Bilgray. http://www...
  • Intro to Broadway Project - Who, What, When, Why?
    Why Are We Spending $74 Million and Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area while Producing No Traffic Improvement? The Broadway Improvement Project is not needed, and will provide no benefit to the residents of Tucson.  The City's own data shows that widening Broadway will provide only...
  • Has HDR Engineers done what they were hired to do?
    Has HDR Engineers done what they were hired to do? Here is the scope of work The phrases below are excerpted from the 2011 Scope of Work issued by COT Dept. of Procurement for the Broadway Project used to issue the contract to HDR Engineering. The consultant is to establish “an innovative and context...
  • City’s April 2016 Plan differs from Previous Recommendations and Adoptions
    There are large differences from the base alignment that the Citizen Task Force (CTF) recommended and the Mayor and Council adopted in May 2015. They are: 1.     Many more buildings, historic and businesses, will be acquired and demolished. It appears to be at a minimum around 30, not the 10 to...
  • 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...
  • CALL TO ACTION!
    XXX Why would we spend $75 million for no appreciable improvement in traffic? XXX The City of Tucson is proposing to: XXX 1)   Widen Historic Broadway even though traffic hasn't increased for 20 years, 2)  Demolish 30+ buildings and businesses, and 3)  Ignore the community's plea to design for...
  • Climate Change and Pima County Operations
    Climate Change and Pima County Operations: Mitigation and Adaptation through Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, and Renewable Energy The Sustainable Tucson general meeting for March continues this year’s focus on climate change and local impacts and actions. In Pima County, residents, businesses,...
  • 34th Annual Solar Potluck and Exhibition
    Join Citizens for Solar at our Annual Solar Potluck and experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and learn about solar by viewing solar appliances and exhibitions (ovens, fountains, coolers, lights, electrical systems) and solar arts. The event is co-sponsored by Catalina State Park, Arizona State...
  • Local Climate Change Actions: Policy and Progress
    Continuing Sustainable Tucson’s theme of “Climate Change and Actions for Our Sustainable Future”, please join us at the February General Meeting to hear about the progress being made locally on the policy and actions front. Find out what is happening within Tucson City government, Tucson’s...
  • 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...
  • Free screening - This Changes Everything
    Join Rising Tide Tucson, the Bus Riders Union, and other local groups for a community conversation on climate justice globally and here in Southern AZ. We will be showing Naomi Klein's new documentary about climate change and grassroots resistance, This Changes Everything. The film presents seven...
  • What does the Paris Climate Agreement mean for solar in Arizona?
    Southern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership Meeting: January 21 The public is invited to this important, free event. Agenda: Vince Pawlowski, a recent delegate to COP21, the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris in 2015, will be a guest speaker. Vince, a recent graduate in climate policy from the...
  • From the Pope to Paris: Climate Change Action Updates
    Greetings and wishes to you all for a very Happy & Sustainable New Year! 2016 marks Sustainable Tucson’s 10th Anniversary. To mark that milestone, we will be planning this year’s meetings around the theme of “Climate Change and Actions for Our Sustainable Future.” Join us at the next Sustainable...
  • Movie at Loft on Fracking
    PLEASE JOIN US AT THE LOFT THEATER (Screen 3) GROUNDSWELL RISING ON THE HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF FRACKING FOR NATURAL GAS AND OIL
  • Film on Fracking
    PLEASE JOIN US AT THE LOFT THEATER (Screen 3) GROUNDSWELL RISING ON THE HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF FRACKING FOR NATURAL GAS AND OIL
  • 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...
  • Special event for November
    Sustainable Tucson is co-sponsoring a special movie at the Loft Theater - "This Changes Everything" by Naomi Klein. The presentation also features a post-film panel discussion with Luis Alberto Perales of Tierra y Libertad, Bob Cook of Sustainable Tucson, and Diana Liverman of UA Institute of the Environment...
  • Important movie - This Changes Everything
    In place of the November Sustainable Tucson meeting, ST is co-sponsoring the movie This Changes Everything at the Loft. Featuring a post-film panel discussion with Luis Alberto Perales of Tierra y Libertad, Bob Cook of Sustainable Tucson, and Diana Liverman of UA Institute of the Environment. This...
  • 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...
  • Want to support rooftop solar and fight climate change? You're invited!
    Join Sustainable Tucson, Sierra Club, and Tierra Y Libertad Organization to support solar and fight coal! Help us plan a media event and rally in front of Tucson Electric Power (TEP) headquarters to tell TEP to stop attacking rooftop solar and to divest from the San Juan coal plant. What: Planning meeting...
  • Rooftop Solar Update
    The ACC has received well over 400 letters opposing TEP’s proposal to charge an extra fee (read “penalty”) to owners who install new rooftop solar systems, and at the hearing in Tucson on June 10, ACC staff recommended that any consideration of that fee take place in the context of a full rate...
  • Join Sustainable Tucson and the US Green Building Council-Sonoran Branch
    What does LEED Platinum housing look like? What’s being done to help the growing numbers of grandparents raising their grandkids? Join Sustainable Tucson and the US Green Building Council-Sonoran Branch for a tour of Primavera Foundation’s Las Abuelitas Family Housing. The tour will be led by Savannah...
  • Architecture and Sustainability in Tucson’s Built Environment
    Our built environment -- housing, public facilities, commercial buildings -- is vital to sustainability in our cities and towns. But what goes into making that built environment sustainable? What makes a building “green”? How does a building qualify for LEED certification? And what does LEED certification...
  • The Economics of, and Threats to, Rooftop Solar
    [You can see the presentations below. ] • Are new proposals to state regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission by Tucson Electric Power and Trico making it more difficult and expensive for Tucsonans to “Go Solar”? • Are local solar jobs at stake? • What is the value of rooftop solar? •...
  • Lessons from Sustainable Urban Design: Films and Discussion
    As activist citizens, we have been working towards sustainability in many ways, particularly looking at issues impacting life in our city, including the work of the Broadway Coalition featured at last month’s General Meeting. This month, we’ll carry on the discussion started by that examination...
  • Broadway Coalition Vision: Let's Make the Broadway Project Sustainable Now!
    Please ACT NOW: Email your objections to the City's Broadway Plan. Here is a model letter with email addresses by Broadway Coalition member Laura Tabili to help list the community's concerns. "Broadway Corridor Plan Aims to Demolish 37 Tucson Buildings" reads the Arizona Daily Star lead headline from...
  • February 18th ST Meeting Flyer
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Last chance for meaningful climate change mitigation? - City-Utility Partnerships
    The most recent Greenhouse Gas Inventory (2012) for our region has recently been released, showing a slight decrease since its peak in 2010. Nationally, this same trend is attributed to reduced emissions from electricity generation, improvements in energy efficiencies, reduction in travel and yearly...
  • Solar Homes Tour - Free
    Presented by the Southern Arizona Solar Partnership Free Solar Homes Tour. Get map of houses at Bookmans Sports Exchange, 3330 E Speedway. Tour on your own. A chance to talk to homeowners about why and how they went solar….and what they learned!! Oct 25- 9:00 -1:00pm-
  • Learn Tucson Solar Basics
    Presented by the Southern Arizona Solar Partnership Come learn about Tucson-Solar Basics with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and other speakers. Location:  Himmel Library, 1035 N Treat Ave.
  • 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...