Neighborhoods / Urban Villages / Cities

Grant Road – the face of Tucson’s future

Affiliated Organizations

Other Local Organizations

  • CSA - Tucson's Community Supported Agriculture
    Locally grown produce - weekly shares program, or trade yours
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Terrasante Community
    "Permaculture, organic and biodynamic farming practices, earth architecture, earth as sculpture, architecture as art, and environmentally conscious design..."
  • 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

  • re-HOME
    re-HOME provides various green building services including webinars, workshops, in-home energy assessments, decision support, etc. Patricia Ewanski
  • 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

Global Organizations

  • City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development
  • 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
  • EcoCity Builders
  • 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.
  • 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

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 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.

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.
  • 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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • October Meeting - Film and Panel Discussion
    On October 12th, the Sonoran Permaculture Guild and Sustainable Tucson host a special evening to view a new documentary, INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective. Permaculture is a unique design system for human settlement that mimics natural ecosystems. This thought-provoking film shows how Permaculture...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • LET'S TALK TRASH (Rescheduled)
    From Garbage to Gold: Turning Organic "Waste" Into a Valuable Resource Meeting at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Compost is a good alternative to chemical fertilizers...It doesn't pollute groundwater, wells, or waterways...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 2006 RTA Inflated Traffic and Population Projections
  • 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...
  • Options available for Broadway project that meet RTA's 'functionality' test
    Options available for Broadway project that meet RTA's 'functionality' test by Douglas Mance,  Special to the Arizona Daily Star,  June 08, 2014 The last time I addressed the Broadway Corridor Citizens Task Force, I let them know I wanted those dedicated volunteers to succeed in their efforts...
  • 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’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 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...
  • 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 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...
  • Effective Citizen Planning for Sustainable Development
    This is a series of short courses for people who want to engage in effective City planning. August 7: Land Use Planning 101 The fundamentals of planning in Arizona cities and counties including subdivisions, lot-splits, master development plans, public input, comprehensive and general plans. Presented...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Watershed Management Workshop at Avalon EcoVillage - May 25
    at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage in Tumacácori, AZ A Food Forest Enhancement Project within an EcoVillage Learn Stormwater Management Techniques Prevent Erosion • Reduce Runoff • Conserve Water Guest Speakers David Seibert (Conservation Director of Borderlands Habitat Restoration Initiative-BHRI,...
  • 100% Renewable Energy - Earth Day Weekend Rally - April 20
    at Tucson Electric Power Headquarters, 88 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson AZ (corner of Broadway and Scott, just west of 6th Ave) 100% Renewable Energy: Earth Day Weekend Rally This Saturday April 20 at 10:00 am, the Tucson Climate Action Network continues its campaign to stop TEP’s stockpiling and burning...
  • 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...
  • Ask for Transportation Alternatives! - ADOT hearing in Tucson - Apr 12
    at Pascua Yaqui Justice Center - Albert V Garcia Auditorium, 7777 S Camino Huivism, Building C, Tucson AZ ADOT hearing in Tucson - Fri, Apr 12th, 9 AM Ask for Transportation Alternatives! Come to a public hearing and speak in support of transportation options. There will be a hearing in Tucson this...
  • Community Vision for the Ronstadt Transit Center - Tucson Bus Riders Union - April 2
    at the Rialto Theatre, 318 East Congress Street, Tucson AZ Community Vision for the Ronstadt Transit Center Music, food, information, and the opportunity to give YOUR input. As downtown development proceeds, what will become of the Ronstadt Center? The City of Tucson has begun a public process aimed...
  • 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...
  • Money and Life / Rethinking Money - Tucson film premier - Fox Theater March 26
    at the Fox Theater, 17 West Congress Street, downtown Tucson AZ Tucson film premier of Money & Life with filmmaker Katie Teague and a presentation by Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne Please join us for a very special event on March 26, 2013 at the Fox Theatre. The Tuscon Premiere of the documentary...
  • Navigating the Perfect Water Resources Storm - U of A - Feb 28
    at Integrated Learning Center, Room 140 (underground), 1500 E University Blvd, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ Las Vegas - Navigating the Perfect Water Resources Storm Speaker: Patricia Mulroy, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority What does a water manager do when the perfect storm strikes?...
  • The 4th Annual Water Festival - Tucson Arts Brigade - Earth Day - April 21
    Earth Day at Reid Park, Tucson Arts Brigade presents THE WATER FESTIVAL Synergy of Art, Science, and Community The 4th Annual Water Festival, presented by Tucson Arts Brigade, raises awareness and promotes stewardship for water and water-related themes relating to sustainability, health, and community...
  • Edgar Cahn, TimeBanks USA - How President Obama Can Beat The Odds And Make Good On His Commitments
    How President Obama Can Beat The Odds And Make Good On His Commitments from Edgar S. Cahn, CEO TimeBanks USA, Distinguished Professor of Law, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law In his Inaugural Address, President Obama made some commitments that seem to defy fiscal reality: "A little girl born into...