Relocalization

Affiliated Organizations

  • Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture
    "a 501c3 non-profit organization working to increase local sustainable food production and marketing in southern Arizona."
  • Community Gardens of Tucson
  • Desert Harvesters
    Desert Harvesters is a volunteer -run, grassroots organization based in Tucson. We strive to promote, celebrate, and enhance, local food security and production by encouraging the planting of indigenous, food-bearing shade trees (such as the Velvet mesqui
  • Iskashitaa Refugee Harvesting Network
    “We empower refugees by creating opportunities to use their knowledge and skills from Africa to help their families and their own community and to better integrate with the larger Tucson community while gaining life skills that serve them in America.”
  • Natural Systems Solutions
    "community sustainability education and consulting services"
  • Neighbors Care Alliance
    The NEIGHBORS CARE ALLIANCE (NCA) assists communities in helping elders remain independent and in their homes for as long as possible through the support of neighbors helping neighbors.
  • 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 Farmers Market
    Tucson Farmer's Market hours, events, favorite vendors, and other info
  • 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

  • Local First Arizona
    "We are the locally-owned, independent businesses that are the backbone of the Arizona economy. "
  • Neighbors Care Alliance
    The NEIGHBORS CARE ALLIANCE (NCA) assists communities in helping elders remain independent and in their homes for as long as possible through the support of neighbors helping neighbors.
  • Sonora Arizona Local Living Economy (SALLE)
    "Our mission is to promote and improve the conditions of the locally owned, independent business community Pima, Cochise, and Santa Cruz counties."
  • Southern Arizona Holistic Chamber of Commerce
    "non-profit organization for business people of all industries who embrace a holistic attitude toward business and life."
  • Tucson Farmers Market
    Tucson Farmer's Market hours, events, favorite vendors, and other info
  • 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.

Local Businesses

  • Tucson Farmers Market
    Tucson Farmer's Market hours, events, favorite vendors, and other info
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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

  • EcoCity Builders
  • ReLocalization Network
    The Relocalization Network supports local groups in developing community activities and programs that can be implemented locally and as working models for other communities seeking to increase their resilience.

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.
  • 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.

Articles

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 10 Impacts of the Proposed Broadway Widening
    1) The current alignment (the 30% design) ignores public input, which overwhelmingly advocated for preservation of the historic streetscape and local businesses. 2) The 30% design defies the direction of Mayor and Council, who approved an alignment that would have caused the loss of at most 11 historic...
  • 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...
  • Sign online petition for a sustainable Broadway
    Petition by iPetitions
  • 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...
  • Urban Farm Tour
    Tucson currently grows millions of pounds of food right in the urban area, but we don’t see it because it comes from many, many places in small quantities. Now you can join the Feeding Tucson Urban Farm Tour on March 5 to see examples of the future of Tucson’s secure food system. During this 5-hour...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Support the Broadway Coalition Petition Drive
    NOTE: This petition is an initiative of the Broadway Coalition which is solely responsible for processing and managing the results. Sustainable Tucson hosts this online petition drive as a community service. [gravityform id=8 name=Please sign petition here title=true description=true] We want a thriving,...
  • LET’S TALK TRASH
    Garbage: Waste Or Resource? Compost is a good alternative to chemical fertilizers...It doesn’t pollute groundwater, wells, or waterways. Compost keeps organic materials out of landfills, reducing methane gas emissions. Compost sequesters carbon deep in the soil Compost promotes healthy microbial activity...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ST May Meeting: CAN MUSHROOMS SAVE THE WORLD?
    Sustainable Tucson’s May Meeting: CAN MUSHROOMS SAVE THE WORLD?   Monday, May 12, 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.) What do human health, environmental detoxification, consumer waste recycling...
  • 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’s April Meeting: Local Water - Localized Food?
    Sustainable Tucson’s April Meeting: Local Water - Localized Food?   Monday, April 14, 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.) How much local food can Tucson produce? And how much local water is available...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bisbee Organic Garden Tour - May 26
    Free, starting at Ecoasis, 54 Brewery Avenue, Bisbee Arizona Join Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture (BASA) and Ecoasis on the first annual Bisbee Organic Garden Tour on Sunday, May 26 from 10am to 2pm. This year’s tour will showcase four successful vegetable gardens along Brewery Gulch in the...
  • Local Food Summit at U of A - Gary Nabhan & Jeff Silvertooth - May 14
    at Student Union Memorial Center, South Ballroom, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ Local Food Summit with Gary Nabhan and Jeff Silvertooth At this working summit, participants will develop action plans for how University of Arizona entities and partners can support socially equitable, economically...
  • Pima County Food Alliance - April Meeting - April 29
    at the Sam Lena Library, 1607 S 6th Ave, Tucson AZ Join the Pima County Food Alliance for our monthly meeting on Monday, April 29 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Sam Lena Library (1607 S 6th Ave, Tucson). April is Native Foods Month at the Pima County Food Alliance! This month we'll be hearing from two...
  • 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...
  • Tucson Time Traders - Tucson's Local Timebank
    Please see timetraders.metasofa.org for more information on our Timebank orientation meetings and other events. We're also at Sustainable Tucson Monthly Meetings to give information about timebanking and Tucson Time Traders, and help you sign up online. TUCSON TIME TRADERS Helping Build Community...
  • ST May Meeting - Food Resilience in the Time of Global Climate Change - May 13
    at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone, Downtown Tucson (in the large lower-level meeting room, free lower-level parking off Alameda St) Food Resilience in the Time of Global Climate Change Almost all the food we eat in Tucson is not grown here. It isn't even grown in Arizona. Please join us for...
  • Rethinking Money in Tucson - meetings with Bernard Lietaer & Jacqui Dunne - March 25 & 26
    Monday - Santa Rita Room, Student Union, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ Tuesday - City of Tucson Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Avenue, Meeting Room C in the basement Both events are Free. Monday's will also be webcast (ask for address). Please RSVP for Tuesday. Rethinking Money: A Wildcat...
  • 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...
  • Michael Shuman - Keynote Address on Local Investment
    Bob Russell, Co-Director of the Neahtawanta Research and Education Center (nrec.org) organized a special economic development workshop with co-sponsorship of the Chamber of Commerce on local business investment. Champion and leading innovator of re-localization, Michael Shuman, gave the keynote presentation...
  • Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics, & Sustainability - starting March 27
    for 6 Wednesdays, near Congress & Grande, Tucson AZ Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics, & Sustainability Discussion Course Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture offers "Hungry for Change", a 6-session discussion course that analyzes the connection between food, ethics, and sustainability. The goals of...
  • The World According To The Automatic Earth: A 2013 Primer Guide
    For the past five years, Nicole (Stoneleigh) Foss and Raul Ilargi Meijer have been providing the world with keen analyses of critical sustainability subjects: finance and economics;  energy; scale, society, and trust; and preparation. The Automatic Earth's 2013 Primer is an excellent summary of their...