Green Building / Housing

Affiliated Organizations

  • 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
  • Canelo Project
    "A small non-profit dedicated to the exploration and education of natural, local and artistic building techniques Workshops in straw bale, earthen and lime plasters...
  • Center for Sustainable Environments
    "CSE is a national leader in university-based sustainability science" (Northern Arizona University)
  • DAWN SouthWest: Natural Building Workshops
    "DAWN SouthWest offers Workshops and other Resources for Sustainable Building and Permaculture enthusiasts."
  • Development Center for Appropriate Technology
    "...promoting a shift to sustainable construction and development through leadership, strategic relationships and education."
  • Learn to fix a house
  • Milagro Co-Housing
  • Originate Natural Building Materials
    "A natural building materials showroom that specializes in interior finishes that are environmentally friendly, non-toxic, durable, and made from natural and renewable resources."
  • Rammed Earth Development, Inc
    Tucson region green builder
  • re-HOME
    re-HOME provides various green building services including webinars, workshops, in-home energy assessments, decision support, etc. Patricia Ewanski
  • 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.
  • US Green Building Council - Arizona Chapter, Southern Branch
    Green building certification, professional training & accreditation, educational resources...

Other Local Organizations

  • Ecosa Institute
    "Unique sustainable design programs for architecture and design undergraduates, graduates, AND sustainable career explorers" (Prescott, AZ)
  • Rammed Earth Development, Inc
    Tucson region green builder
  • 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

Local Businesses

  • Abco/Westcap Solar
    Solar energy provider
  • Double space bed systems
    "The 'space creating bed' for convenient everyday use"
  • GeoInnovation
    "We offer businesses and homeowners in Southeast Arizona a sustainable energy alternative giving you control of your own electricity production."
  • Greener Lives LLC
    A licensed, full-service interior design firm that specializes in healthy and sustainable interiors
  • Lanning Architecture
    practicle design for modern southwest living
  • Originate Natural Building Materials
    "A natural building materials showroom that specializes in interior finishes that are environmentally friendly, non-toxic, durable, and made from natural and renewable resources."
  • 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."
  • Rammed Earth Development, Inc
    Tucson region green builder
  • 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."
  • Technicians For Sustainability
    "a locally owned, mission-driven company specializing in renewable energy and sustainable technologies for residential and commercial settings."

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
  • 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.
  • Greener Lives LLC
    A licensed, full-service interior design firm that specializes in healthy and sustainable interiors
  • Learn to fix a house
  • 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.

Global Organizations

  • Builders Without Borders
  • 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
  • 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.
  • U.S. Green Building Council - National

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.

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.

Government Relations

Articles

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Building Sustainable Cities - New York Times Conference April 25
    See the online video archive of the entire conference at nytenergyfortomorrow.com ENERGY FOR TOMORROW - BUILDING SUSTAINABLE CITIES A NEW YORK TIMES CONFERENCE IN COLLABORATION WITH RICHARD ATTIAS AND ASSOCIATES APRIL 25, 2013 THE TIMESCENTER, NEW YORK CITY THE CONCEPT According to U.N. data, the...
  • A Fierce Green Fire - A Film and Panel on Green Activism - April 19
    at The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Blvd, Tucson AZ Join us for a special post-film panel discussion on opening night, featuring local experts in the field of environmental studies! Maria Baier - Executive Director of the Sonoran Institute Roger Clark - Grand Canyon Program Director for The Grand...
  • Sustainable Tucson Community Fundraising Appeal
    Sustainable Tucson needs your support to continue to present timely, interesting and informative monthly programs. With minimal financial support from the larger community we have provided continuous monthly programs for nearly seven years, drawing particularly on local talent and sustainability leaders...
  • The End of Growth: David Suzuki & Jeff Rubin
    The End of Growth: Rubin & Suzuki From Ideas with Paul Kennedy Economist Jeff Rubin and biologist David Suzuki might seem an unlikely pairing. But they've been touring Canada together, talking about the natural limits to growth from their very different perspectives. We listen in as they try to convince...
  • Watershed Management Group - Short Courses - Jan Feb March
    Tucson AZ Watershed Management Group's Watershed Technical Trainings (WTT) are hands-on design and implementation trainings to build the knowledge and skills of property-owners and practitioners alike. As a non-profit organization, WMG's goal is to offer green job trainings based in collaboration...
  • WMG Water Harvesting Certification Program - Feb & April
    Feb 22 - March 2 in Phoenix, and April 5-13 in Tucson AZ Water Harvesting Certification Program The Watershed Management Group's Water Harvesting Certification program is a hands-on training course that provides certification in water harvesting system design and implementation. WMG's goal is to transfer...
  • ST January 2013 Meeting - Jan 14
    at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Sustainable Tucson 2013 How We Can Take Action in the New Year Lots of powerful efforts are happening in Tucson and around the world to make a more sustainable and secure future. Join Sustainable Tucson...
  • Review: The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy
    Review: The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy by Jon Walker What I love most about this book is the feeling you get that there is hope: solutions to environmental, social and financial crises do exist, they have been tried and tested all over the planet and all...
  • UK Tyndall Centre Interview: Rapid and deep emissions reductions may not be easy, but 4°C to 6°C will be much worse
     by Rob Hopkins Published by Transition Culture on Fri, 11/02/2012  and republished by EnergyBulletin.Net  on Sat, 11/3/2012 Kevin Anderson is the Deputy Director of the UK Tyndall Centre and is an expert on greenhouse-gas emissions trajectories. He will be giving the annual Cabot Institute lecture,...
  • Climate Change and Energy Decline: Building resilient communities in the SW United States - Guy McPherson - November 5
    at Pima Community College downtown, Amethyst Room, 1255 N Stone Ave Climate Change and Energy Decline: Building resilient communities in the southwestern United States with Guy McPherson Co-sponsored by Tucson Audubon Society and Sustainable Tucson Please note special time and location for this month's...
  • 5th Annual Free Green Living Fair - Nov 3
    at the HabiStore, 935 W. Grant Experts on "green" building, alternative modes of transportation, rainwater-harvesting, gardening, air quality, water and energy conservation, solar power and more will be available to discuss ways to save money with a more "green" home and lifestyle. The Green Living...
  • Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Class - WMG - Oct 11
    Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Class Spaces are still available in Watershed Management Group's upcoming session to fulfill the educational requirement for Tucson Water’s rainwater-harvesting rebate. The next class is scheduled for Thursday, October 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. Tucson Water is offering rebates...
  • Earth Harmony Festival - Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage - Oct 6-7
    at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage, Tumacácori, AZ (South of Tucson) Free admission, donations appreciated Earth Harmony Festival A weekend celebration devoted to creating a sustainable future now. EcoVillage tours on water harvesting, green building, organic gardening, solar energy, composting,...
  • Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival - Oct 21
    at Reid Park in Tucson AZ, free and open to the public ENVISION TUCSON SUSTAINABLE FESTIVAL A Community Event for a Bright Future By Clinton MacKillop September 26, 2012 Tucson, AZ – Envision Tucson Sustainable and Sustainable Tucson announce the 2nd annual “Envision Tucson Sustainable” festival...
  • Second Annual Home-scape Tour - Watershed Management Group - Oct 20
    Tucson, AZ Second Annual Watershed Management Group Home-scape Tour Saturday, October 20 Did the new City of Tucson rainwater-harvesting rebate rouse your interest in capturing the rain that falls on your own property? Curious about implementing other backyard sustainability practices such as chicken...
  • Fall 2012 One Day Workshops - Sonoran Permaculture Guild
    Fall 2012 One Day Workshops - Sonoran Permaculture Guild For full class descriptions, registration information, and FAQs for these workshops, please go to http://www.sonoranpermaculture.org/courses-and-workshops/ Designing a Home Greywater System – September 22nd, 2012 This one-day class provides...
  • Designing a Home Greywater System - Sonoran Permaculture Guild - Sep 22
    in Tucson AZ Designing a Home Greywater System Leona Davis, Sonoran Permaculture Guild This one-day class provides a basic understanding of residential greywater system design, function, application, and applicable building codes. Participants will work with an aerial photo of their own residence...
  • ST September Meeting - Sept 10 - Sustainability of Urban Mobility and Urban Form continued - Broadway Boulevard Project
    at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Broadway Boulevard Project: Sustainable Urban Mobility and Form? As a follow up to Sustainable Tucson’s July meeting, The Sustainability of Urban Mobility and Urban Form, the September 10th meeting will...
  • Sustainable Tucson August Film Festival - August 12th and 13th
    at Joel D. Valdez Main Downtown Library, Large Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Sunday, August 12th 1:00 to 5:00pm, Sustainable Tucson will show three top-rated sustainability films covering critical sustainability topics: • The U.S. financial crisis...
  • What do we do about climate change?
    What do we do about climate change? by Brian Davey After Copenhagen it was by no means obvious that simply calling upon governments to act would achieve very much. Yet the situation is urgent – so what do we do? The aim of this chapter is to look at options for getting from where we are now to adequate...