Neighborhood Rainwater Harvesting Workshop

Neighborhood Water Harvesting Workshop

Time: Saturday, February 14, 8am-12pm

Location: Rincon Heights Neighborhood (6th street & Campbell Ave. area), details given upon registration

Watershed Management Group ( is hosting a workshop on Saturday, February 14 from 8am to 12pm  in the Rincon Heights neighborhood (6th St./Campbell area).  At this free workshop you’ll gain hands-on experience installing simple landscape features like basins and curb cuts that passively collect stormwater runoff to create beautiful, self-sustaining pockets of native vegetation.  This workshop will be useful for anyone interested in learning knowledge and skills of rainwater harvesting that they can use on their own properties and neighborhood areas.  The workshop will be of particular interest to those who want to learn more about working in the City of Tucson’s right-of-way (between sidewalk and curb) to harvest rain water from adjacent properties, sidewalks, and from street runoff via curb cuts. The workshop will include information on city requirements, and hands-on practice working within this valuable and often overlooked public space.

There is space for 25 people at this free, public workshop. To reserve your spot and get directions to the site, please RSVP to James MacAdam, phone 780-9416, email:

Watershed Management Group Open House

Watershed Management Group (WMG), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Tucson, AZ will be hosting two open houses for individuals interested in learning more about the organization and volunteer opportunities. The Executive Director as well as members of the Board of Directors will speak about the mission and activities of Watershed Management Group. As WMG continues to increase its capacity to serve the community it relies on volunteers to serve on its Board of Directors and as Advisory Board members to provide oversight, outreach, program development, and technical expertise. Volunteers can also assist with activities such as workshops, earthworks, water conservation, international program development, fundraising and organizational tasks.

If you’re interested in making a difference and improving your community, come to an open house and learn more about Watershed Management Group.

Two Open House Dates:
• Saturday, January 24th from 4-5pm at the City of Tucson Ward 1 Council Office (940 W Alameda St)
• Thursday, February 5th from 7-8pm at the City of Tucson Ward 3 Council Office (1510 E Grant Rd)

If you have any questions regarding the open house or our organization please contact Catlow Shipek: 520-396-3266; or; or visit our website at

Recruiting Kids ages 12-14 for Jan 09 “Get Outside! Eco-Program” – Info. Meeting

Get Outside!
with Ironwood Tree Experience


~Inspirational eco-experiences activate kids’ body, mind, and spirit~
~kids hike, camp, explore nature, & learn primitive skills~
~Kids experience unique day trips to inspirational natural areas throughout the Tucson Basin~

Tucson Mountains – Santa Rita Mountains
Santa Catalina Mountains – Cienega Creek-Empire Grasslands

Kids research and design community action projects that allows them to contribute to an
ecologically and socially-minded solution to improve their community.

Get Outside! eco-programs are in-depth, exciting and educational. Get outside! culminates with an overnight camp experience designed to accentuate skills acquired throughout the program.

Eligibility: kids who are interested in nature and adventure, ages 12-14.
Duration: Jan 31 – May 9. Eight Saturdays, one Sunday
Places of Exploration: Sonoran Desert mountains, grasslands, and canyons.
Fee: $250 per participant (inquire about scholarship funds & payment plans)

Learn more at an Information Meeting:
Saturday, December 13, 11:00AM to Noon
Prescott College Tucson Center ~ 2233 E. Speedway 85719


Sunday, January 11, 1:00PM to 2:00PM
Prescott College Tucson Center ~ 2233 E. Speedway 85719

Visit to download the Get Outside! application.
Call Eric for more information at 520-319-9868.

Right-of-Way Rainwater Harvesting Workshop

Watershed Management Group ( is hosting a workshop in the Rincon Heights neighborhood (near 6th St./Campbell Ave.). As part of WMG’s and Rincon Heights’ model program to improve water quality in urban neighborhoods, we’ll be shaping basins and swales, laying rockwork and gravel, and planting native vegetation. This workshop will be of particular interest to those who want to learn more about working in the City of Tucson’s right-of-way (between sidewalk and curb) to harvest rain water from adjacent properties, sidewalks, and from street runoff via curb cuts. The workshop will include information on city requirements, and hands-on practice working within this valuable and often overlooked public space.

There is space for 25 people at this free, public workshop. Complete details will be given upon registration.  To reserve your spot, please RSVP to:
James MacAdam

Addressing the Health Effects of Climate Change Presentation

Friday, November 14, a free public presentation on “Addressing the Health Effects of Climate Change” will be offered at the DuVal Auditorium at the University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave, from 7PM until 9PM.  This area related to climate change is under reported and inadequately addressed in our communities.

Jeremy Hess, MD, MPH representing the Center for Environmental Health of the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia) will address the background of global warming and the ensuing health effects of climate change. A follow-up discussion will address the needed public health response to these challenges and a call for adaptation and organization in our communities to help prevent health problems of climate events.

An all day continuing education conference on 11/15/08 at DuVal Auditorium will focus on health professionals’ and public officials’ responsibilities to become better educated about and plan for a preventively oriented response to the impending community health challenges of climate change.  Registration for this event will soon be available on line.

The Pima County Health Department, Sierra Club, the Mayor of Tucson, several City Council members, Defenders of Wildlife, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom are among community endorsers of this event.

Sustainable Tucson October General Meeting

Dear Friend of Sustainable Tucson,

We are pleased to announce a special agenda for our October General Meeting on Tuesday, October 14:

At 6pm, we invite you to join us at Tucson’s Mayor and Council meeting in support of a proposed rainwater harvesting ordinance for commercial developments,  This ordinance is a common-sense first step towards managing our water more sustainably, and would be the first of its kind in the nation.  It is by no means a given that the City Council will approve the ordinance, so our voices are crucial at this meeting.

In a generous adjustment, city staff have placed the rainwater harvesting ordinance at the top of the evening’s agenda (after other standing business), so please come by 6pm.  Location: 255 W Alameda St., 1st floor, east side of the building.

More information on the ordinance:
Recent Arizona Daily Star article
Council Agenda page (will have agenda and background information by October 9, click on “M&C Regular Agenda”)

After the ordinance is addressed, we’ll adjourn to La Cocina restaurant (186 N Meyer Ave) to celebrate two years of hard work and play with Sustainable Tucson. We invite you to come whether you were there at the very first living room brainstorming sessions, or whether this is your first meeting!  The plan is to socialize, celebrate, and eat La Cocina’s excellent food–a buffet will be available for $6.  We need a head count to know how much food to order, so please RSVP by Oct. 13 to Vera Lander via email, veralander *at* (include your phone number in the email).

We hope you’ll join us for these events!

Right-of-Way Water Harvesting Workshop

Watershed Management Group is hosting a workshop Saturday, December 13, from 8am to 12pm,
in the Rincon Heights neighborhood (Broadway/Park area). As part of
WMG’s and Rincon Heights’ model program to improve water quality in
urban neighborhoods, we’ll be shaping basins and swales, laying
rockwork and gravel, and planting native vegetation. This workshop
will be of particular interest to those who want to learn more about
working in the City of Tucson’s right-of-way (between sidewalk and
curb) to harvest rain water from adjacent properties, sidewalks, and
from street runoff via curb cuts. The workshop will include
information on city requirements, and hands-on practice working within
this valuable and often overlooked public space.

This workshop is free and open to the public, and is limited to 30 participants. Please RSVP to:

James MacAdam

How to Improve Your Neighborhood Watershed: Pollutants and Practices

Location: Ha:San School, 1333 E. 10th Street

Interested in improving water quality in your local wash?  At this presentation, experts from the University of Arizona, City of Tucson, Pima County Flood Control, Arizona Master Watershed Stewards, and WMG will present on issues of non-point source pollution as they relate to neighborhood water quality, urban washes, and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for improving stormwater quality.

This presentation will be useful for anyone working to improve watershed conditions in their neighborhood, like reducing flooding and erosion, increasing vegetation, and cleaning and beautifying nearby washes.  It will also provide valuable information for those who would like to participate in WMG’s hands-on stormwater BMP workshops.  We’ll delve more deeply into why rainwater harvesting practices are beneficial, and how they affect water quality as well as quantity.

This event kicks off WMG’s program to improve water quality in Tucson’s Rincon Heights Neighborhood.  The program will involve installing Best Management Practices like bioretention basins, berms, curb cuts, and buffer strips on 10 blocks throughout the neighborhood, via a series of 6-8 public workshops beginning November 2008.

Attendance at this presentation is a prerequisite for attending WMG’s Water Management Practices Workshops on November 9 and December 13.  WMG volunteers are encouraged to attend this presentation that addresses some often-overlooked aspects of rainwater harvesting.

Please RSVP for this event to James MacAdam, phone 396-3266, email: james *at*  For more information on WMG or the Rincon Heights project, visit

Ward 6 Go Green Festival

Sustainability Resource Fair

Wednesday September 10, 2008
Ward VI Council Office
3202 E. 1st Street
4:30-6:30 PM

Dozens of participating organizations!
Topics include:

∑ Tucson Sustainability
∑ Resource and Water Conservation
∑ Alternative Travel Options
∑ Green Building Techniques

Learn how you can be part of the solution!

I hope you’ll join us!
-Councilmember Nina Trasoff

Contact Laura Burge or Monique Martin at 791-4601

Central AZ Project Candidate Forum (Sustainable Tucson September General Meeting)

Location: Northwest Community Center 2160 N 6th Ave

For our next general meeting on September 9th, Sustainable Tucson will be hosting presentations by the candidates running for Central Arizona Project Board (officially, the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors).
The CAP Board positions greatly affect our state – especially at this moment of diminishing water supplies, climate change, and shifts in the pricing and supply of energy. CAP moreover has stated that it is looking to change it’s role from managing the Colorado River, to also helping acquire new water supplies. It is important that the public be aware of the positions CAP Board candidates hold, and of this new role CAP is defining for itself.
The event will take place from 6-8 pm at the Northwest Community Center; located at 2160 N. 6th Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

Below are links to both the CAP site, and to a recent article about CAP’s new role in the latest Water Resources Research Center bulletin (see the guest view). Please join us for this important evening, and come prepared with questions.

To read statements or articles from the CAP Board Candidates, click on their names below:

Arturo Gabaldon

Stephen Lenihan

Sharon Megdal

Warren Tenney

Carol Zimmerman

Pop-Cycle recycled goods grand opening

Three native Tucsonans, all women artists, will be embarking on an exciting new venture beginning Sept. 20, 2008 at 422 N. 4th Ave. Pop-Cycle will be the latest addition to Fourth Avenue’s recent influx of new shops, featuring fun, unique, accessible art and apparel. Our special twist is that all items will be made from recycled, reclaimed and upcycled materials.
The brains behind this new enterprise are DeeDee Koenen and Shannon Riggs, of DDco Design, and Jennifer Radler of Monster Booty Threads. These brands will be featured at Pop-Cycle, along with many other items made locally and globally. DDco makes furniture and decorator items from found objects, featuring funky, kitschy imagery. Monster Booty Threads are funky, punk accessories, apparel, and plush toys all rocking cute, scary monsters.
The grand opening celebration will happen Friday September 19, 2008 at 422 N. 4th Ave. from 6-9 pm. There will be thrills, chills and surprises!

Will we have enough? Recapping the UA Water Conference

On June 24, Sustainable Tucson Core Team members Susan Williams and Bob Cook attended the Water Resources Research Center’s (WRRC) 2008 conference, entitled “The Importance of the Colorado River for Arizona’s Future.” This article is their report of the conference, which first appeared in Tucson Green Magazine in August 2008

There is one notion that everyone agrees with in this hot, dry, desert part of the world, “We need water!” Where the differences and passions arise is questioning who is the “we” and how are the uncertainties of future water supply and uses being addressed?

While these often contentious issues underlie most meetings on water, the UA’s Water Resources Research Center recent annual water conference was mostly about telling stories.

More than three hundred academics, environmentalists, policy makers, tribal leaders, and citizens gathered at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix on June 24 to consider where our water will come from in 2048 and beyond.

WRRC Director, Sharon Megdal opened the conference by reminding the crowd that Arizona’s management of water resources is characterized by innovation, past and future.

Beginning with a time capsule from the early 20th century, we revisited early planning and assumptions about the Colorado River flows. The seven basin states were often pitted against each other competing for their interests in using the river to supplement groundwater supplies for the explosive development to come. Eventually, the federal government engineered sufficient consensus to construct the vast dam and reservoir projects.

It’s 1968 and Arizona water managers are already considering augmentation of the Colorado River water supply by diverting flows from the Columbia River to Arizona, desalination of ocean water, and weather modification. Surprised?

Marvin Cohen, an attorney who spent decades of his career representing the City of Tucson on water issues, describes past strategies to “reclaim” the west. The Central Arizona Project (CAP) was originally created to support agriculture. Based on the premise that farmers could never afford the true cost of water infrastructure, western agriculture was subsidized by selling surplus energy generated by hydropower. “Cheap” water made farming dry lands possible.

Another important strategy was to store water in surplus years for use during low flow years. This strategy worked until over-allocation of water supply required strategies for augmentation of the river to keep pace with population growth.

Fast forward eighty years to 2048. Thomas McCann, Resource Planning and Analysis Manager for CAP, describes a 600 megawatt nuclear power plant located on the Gulf of California that would fuel a large desalination plant and through the sale of excess power, subsidize widening the CAP to deliver more water — from the current 1.8 million acre feet to 2.2 maf. The expanded supplies to Tucson would allow another doubling of population in the Old Pueblo.

According to McCann’s vision, everyone is 100% on CAP water in 2048 with ground water used only to supplement summer peak demand. Desalination plants in Buckeye and Gila Bend reclaim brackish ground water to allow build out of the west valley, Maricopa and Rainbow Valley. All 6,000 species protected by the Multispecies Conservation District are recovered through restoration of habitat by 2048.

With all this innovation, 11.5 million people are living in Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima counties, about double the number now. The future looks bright according to Susan Bitter Smith. “2048 is a good year to be in Arizona.” The President of the CAP Board described how we squeezed as much water out of the system as possible by recharging with treated effluent, conservation, storing water during surplus years, desalination and weather modification (cloud seeding, etc.)

William Rhodes, Governor of the Gila River Indian Community, brings us back down to earth by describing how his people lived for centuries in balance with a living river, how there was a culture of respect and conservation to protect the abundant wildlife in and around the rivers’ natural ecosystems. Years of hardship ensued with the gradual disruption of that way of life. Now Rhodes is encouraged that plans are well underway to recover a viable agricultural economy with rights to Colorado River water restored to the Nation.

Ned Norris, Jr., Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation, follows by describing plans to diversify the tribal economy by 2048 when not only expanded agricultural farms will operate on the reservation but also wind farms and solar industries. Remembering how the Hohokam lived for 2,000 years in the Tucson basin, he calls for prudence in how we use water.

Next comes a parade of county officials and water district managers to update data on water supply in their districts and local contingencies to protect it. Chuck Huckleberry, Pima County Administrator, points out that as we move into an uncertain water future, thirst will reduce the “yuk factor” of using effluent to recharge our system. “Think of it as temporary contamination,” he jests. Huckleberry envisions that by 2048 water harvesting will be widespread across Pima County.

More speakers take the stage in the eight-hour marathon of water experts and policy makers, each with a piece of an emerging puzzle of Arizona’s water future.

But, when Kathy Jacobs, Director of the Arizona Water Institute, begins by stating that climate change is real, that we need to develop tools for adaptation and methods to be more nimble in response to change – the crowd sits up in their chairs.

Jacobs heads up a think tank of university scientists and water managers who develop scenarios of water supply sustainability based on tree ring data and climate models. She points to extended tree ring studies (ranging from 762 A.D. to 2004 A.D.) that identify a 62-year period of low flows and drought around 1150 A.D. (during a period of history known as the “great Medieval drought”) when there was 83% less flow in the Colorado River.

Sorting out the “anthropogenic signal” from natural variability of climate and making predictions of future climate impacts on the Colorado River supply is challenging at best. Yet her presentation anchors the day’s presentations with a precautionary note: there have been periods of much less water not that long ago and that the last one hundred years was an above-average wet century.

By now it is 4 pm. At least half of the crowd streams out before hearing the last panel of environment and conservation speakers. Each speaker brings an element of reality to the previous predictions for 2048:

Lorrie Gray, Regional Director with the Bureau of Reclamation, predicts one or two endangered species will be recovered in 2048 and modest areas of habitat restored.

Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club points to the average decrease in inflow to Lake Meade since 2000 and predictions of sustained drought. She calls for a more precautionary approach to planning that will conserve ecosystem services and wildlife.

Mark Lellouch describes a major Sonoran Institute study of four 2050 Colorado Basin scenarios for engaging stakeholders to explore and debate the future they would prefer. The scenarios are drawn from different perspectives on the use of natural resources, the long-term links between ecosystem health and human well-being, and beliefs about the future. Varied outcomes and trade-offs are examined. The worse case is deepening drought and region-wide ecological and economic decline. The best case depends on which stakeholder values will dominate.

The takeaway conclusion from this year’s Annual Water Conference is that the lower basin states of the Colorado River – Nevada, California, and Arizona –– are approaching their natural limits. For many decades the fastest growing U. S. region is now subject to unprecedented constraints on continuing rapid urbanization of the largely desert environment.

How our future actually unfolds, particularly our water future, depends on many factors -– environmental, economic, and people. Adapting to change will require that all stakeholders are involved and their needs addressed with the best possible guidance and balance of science and human values. This conference provides many starting points to to explore the importance of the Colorado River to Arizona’s future. As this conversation widens and deepens, like the flowing rush of mountain snowmelt, all communities across our vast state can assert their values and help shape the future.

To read complete reports by speakers and panelists go to and click on 2008 Annual Conference.

Susan Williams is a freelance writer and education consultant who believes that caring for people and caring for the Earth are interdependent. She founded Write for Change in 2003 to support non-profits working toward a more sustainable future for all of us.

Bob Cook, a long-time Tucsonan, is a sustainable systems planner serving several community efforts: Sustainable Tucson’s Core Team; the Joint City/County Water Planning Oversight Committee; and Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission

Green Festival Committee Meeting

Come join the “Green Team”!!
The Green Festival Committee still needs a few more great volunteers to help us in the planning process! We only have 11 weeks before the big day. Please visit our website to see what’s lining
Our next meeting:
Rincon Market
2513 E 6th St
Monday- 8/18/2008
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Contact Keely Sinclair if you need more information or are interested in joining the committee:
Hope to see you there!!

Sustainable Tucson General Meeting: Food Sustainability Forum

When: Tuesday, August 12, 6:00-8:00 PM

Where: Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave, Downstairs conference room

Sustainable Tucson has gathered four local community members to speak and answer questions on issues of local food sustainability and security.

Dan Dorsey (Sonoran Permaculture Guild), Stuart Loew (Agua Linda Farms), Thom Richardson (RichCrest Farms), and Deb Hilbert (Sustainable Cuisine instructor at Pima Community College) will speak on how Tucson can promote a more sustainable food supply, and address these two important questions:

*How do we get people to eat more local food?
*What will we need to do to satisfy this demand?

Their presentations will be followed by a public Q&A, and  the evening will conclude with time for general networking and discussion.

Some examples of what the discussion may hold:

Dan Dorsey: “Multi story edible food forests are exactly what we push in Permaculture. If you look at just about any area aorund the globe that supports trees, this type of traditional food forest is commonly planted where people still grow their own food, especially in the tropics and cool temperate climates. The species vary of course depending on the climate. Here we would have a guild of Mesquite tree overstory, some edible native midstory berry plants like hackberry, along with a few dwarfed fruit trees, and then a garden understory of drought tolerant squash and native chiltipines for example.”

Deb Hilbert: “Bottom line: make the whole process tasty, easy & convenient. Sometimes, it is not whether the products are available, but whether the infrastructure exists to connect food & people.”
Please join us for this exciting and important community discussion!

Sustainable Economy Group Meeting

At the last Economy group meeting, we focused discussion on ways that the Econ group,
and Sustainable Tucson in general, might be able to utilize the database and GIS
mapping project that Tucson United Way is currently involved in, in order to map
and provide access to information about local sustainable resources, including local/green
businesses, community activities, skills that can be shared, etc.

At our upcoming meeting, we will be able to learn more about the United Way project
and the resources it might provide:

We will be meeting on Thursday, July 31 6:30 pm at 2101 N Tucson Blvd.

Chris McNamara of Tucson United Way will present on the community issues/assets
mapping project that United Way is part of and how Sustainable Tucson might participate.

Please RSVP either via this list ( or off-list to me at paulasch *at* mindspring .com
so we have some idea of how many will be coming.

Looking forward to an informative and lively discussion.

“A Taste of Place” Event with the Desert Museum

A Taste of Place
September 20
We’ll provide you with food for the belly and some food for thought on this day tour of local farms. Learn how the San Xavier Cooperative Farm’s return to traditional foods is reaping cultural as well as health benefits. Travel farther south to Arivaca and harvest fall crops at the Agua Linda Farm. Enjoy a lunch prepared from seasonal, local ingredients, and find out about farmer-direct Community Supported Agriculture. $62 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum members; $68 non-members. To register call 520/883-3086 or log onto

Desert Museum Solar Odyssey

Solar Odyssey
August 23
Tucson is the sun capital, right? Find out how you can reduce your utility bills by tuning into the sun’s seasonal path. This tour will take you to residences where the owners do just this. Visit Armory Park del Sol, Civano, the Solar Store and hear about local utilities’ solar incentives.  Includes a solar-oven cooked Sonoran lunch. $47 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum members; $52 non-members. To register call 520/883-3086 or log onto

Green Festival Planning Committee

Green Festival Planning Committee kicks off!!

July 28, 2008

6 – 8 p.m.

Himmel Library

Okay everyone! Livin’ “la Vida Verde”–Tucson’ s 2nd Annual Green Festival is growing by leaps and bounds. Victoria and I have been building bridges and making some great contacts. I am also lining up some really great hands-on fun activities and workshops that will really engage our community

There are many moving parts to an event of this magnitude and it is time to call in the troops. Though I feel like wonder woman most of the time (my cuffs and tiara made completely out of recyced materials of course:~)) we really need support to pull this off

I would like to thank Michelle Diaz of Very Simple Solutions for Partnering with us so we could have our very own website. She has done a fantastic job! The website is still being tweaked, but please visit and click on Event Details. I already lined up 3 more activities and a few more Partners today which will be added soon. So as you see, check the website regularly as we continue to build an amazing event!!

Let me know if you can make it to our meeting or not. If you can’t make this meeting, please still email me and let me know that you want to be involved. We will decide at Himmel on the 28th when the next meeting will be

We are also still looking for Partners (aka Sponsors) to help us pull this off. Please consider Partnering with us or donating to the Green Festival Committee. All funds go directly to cover the costs of the festival. Click on “Get Involved” on the website which will have all of the information you will need to know about Partnering or becoming an Exhibitor.

Thanks so much everyone and hope to see you at Himmel on the 28th!!

Sustainably Yours,
Keely ‘Many Feathers’ Sinclair-Be the Change!
theegreendiva *at*

Livin’ la Vida Verde~Tucson’ s 2nd Annual Green Festival ~ TCC Courtyard
Kids Planet~ La Placita Village
Please visit our website!!

National Park(ing) Day

Hello, we are organizing an event called National Park(ing) Day.

Park(ing) Day is an international celebration of open spaces in urban environments.  Originally started by REBAR, a San Francisco-based art collective, this event takes place annually in over 50 cities worldwide but has not yet come to Tucson until this year.  Sponsored by the Trust for Public Land, the purpose of Park(ing) Day is to highlight the importance of creating and preserving open spaces and public parks in growing urban areas.

This year Park(ing) Day will be on Friday, September 19th.  We are currently in the process of organizing several Park(ing) Day activities here in Tucson.  Basically what happens is that groups of interested citizens will take over a metered public parking space(s) for one day.  In these spaces groups can then create their idea of a better use for public space – a temporary “park.”

If you are interested in learning more about Park(ing) Day in Tucson or would like to participate or get involved, please let me know and I can give you more detailed information.  These websites offer additional information as well:

In the event that you are unable to participate personally, we are also in need of donated resources such as potted plants, benches, barricades, printing and fliers, etc.

Please feel free to pass along my contact information to anyone else who might be interested in participating in the first Park(ing) Day in Tucson!

Thank you,

Jody Blaylock
jmblaylock *at*

Eat Local Challenge Sept. 15-30

From the Food Conspiracy Co-op’s web site:

Eat Local Challenge

Want to eat more local foods but not sure where to begin, when to begin, or how to stick to it? Look no further, aspiring locavore! Here’s a fun, healthy and easy way to go local.

This September, you can kick-start your quest to eat more local by joining the “Eat Local America” challenge, presented by food co-ops around the country. This national challenge celebrates and supports the growing interest and passion to eat (mostly) locally grown or produced food – inviting individuals to try to consume as much local food as they can.

When is the Tucson Eat Local America Challenge?

The Food Conspiracy Co-op is hosting an Eat Local America challenge for two weeks in September, a time of bounteous harvest in Southern Arizona. The exact dates of the challenge are September 15th-September 30th — but you can start sooner if you want.

More information here:

Economy Group Meeting

The Economy group will be meeting again, next Monday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m., at Lotus Massage and Wellness Center, 2850 E. Grant.

At least one topic of discussion will be the proposed GIS project, which has been discussed in various e-mails on this list.

Please bring thoughts on that and any ideas for other projects/activities that you think might be appropriate for the Economy group.

For background information on this group, visit:

Desert Ecology and Sustainable Community Development – course development presentation

Join Prescott College Tucson Center
Faculty and Alumni for this exciting presentation

DESERT Ecology and
Sustainable Community Development

Faculty member, Eric Dhruv and Ironwood Tree Experience co-creator and Prescott College alumna, Suzanne Dhruv, will discuss options for course development in desert ecology, sustainable community development, and Ironwood Tree Experience’s environmental, experiential, youth program.

Call Prescott College Tucson Center to RSVP
or for additional information 520-319-9868
Location: 2233 East Speedway Blvd

Green Building Seminar

Planning to remodel or build a new home?  Want to learn about building green, but not sure where or how to start?  Desert Green Builders ( free seminars are designed and offered for the homeowner (or future homeowner) who wants to learn what they can do to live healthier and more efficiently.

Each seminar will include brief presentations from a LEED certified builder, a LEED certified architect, solar and water harvesting experts, natural building material vendors and more.

Our seminars are held at the Tucson City Councilmembers’ Ward offices, space is limited to 20 people per session.  The reason space is limited is to keep the sessions casual and promote audience participation.

For more information or to reserve your free seat at one of the following seminars, please contact David Blair at or 520-891-9043.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 6:30 PM
Ward 6 office – 3202 E. 1st St.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 6:30 PM  Ward 2 office – 7575 E. Speedway

More dates will be announced soon

PLEASE send an email to your friends and invite them to attend!

Sustainable Seafood Evening at the Desert Museum

A Sustainable Seafood Evening at the Desert Museum

Taste what Tucson has to offer during a sustainable seafood celebration. Local Tucson chefs will prepare delicious dishes using sustainable seafood. Learn more about how to be a part of the sustainable seafood movement from special speakers, food tasting and videos during this evening.
The Warden Oasis Theater and the Baldwin Education Building: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

More information: 

Desert Museum Sustainable Seafood Program:

PAG Sustainability and Energy EXPO9: March 6th and 7th

Join us for the Sustainability and Energy EXP09: Building a Better Community on March 6-7, 2009, at the Tucson Convention Center. Find up-to-the-moment solar and energy technologies in southern Arizona. Hear from the national and regional experts. Learn more about sustainable living. For more info click here.

Sustainability and Energy EXP09
3 p.m. to 7 p.m., March 6, 2009
10 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 7, 2009
Tucson Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, AZ

Admission: $5 for adults
Includes access to speakers, films and exhibit hall
Free for children 18 and under
Free for students and military with ID

• More than 15 alt fuel vehicles

• Over 90 exhibits

March 7 Program* Schedule Click here.

Film Festival Click here.

Great Raffle Prizes Click here.

*A special Residential Solar Workshop will be held Saturday, March 7 from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. in the Maricopa and Mohave Meeting Rooms.

Join the more than 4,000 participants expected to attend March 6 and 7!

Alternatively fueled vehicles
Alternative fuels
Solar power technologies
Sustainable living
Green building
Rainwater harvesting

Water for People Benefit Concert

Water for People benefit concert this Saturday, May 17th, 7:30pm at Old Town Artisans (201 N. Court Street). The show will be even better than the last one!! roth d’lux, belly dancers, flamenco Al Son del Alma, Combo Westside, all in one evening!!! The admission price is $12 general and $6 for students. There will be a small mexican buffet for $5 and happy hour drinks. Hope to see you there!

Just a little more about Water for people….

Our vision. Our vision is a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation; a world where no one suffers or dies from a water- or sanitation-related disease.

We keep it local. We believe that drinking water, sanitation and hygiene problems are most effectively solved using local resources. Local communities must be the driving force in all of our programs to make sure solutions are sustainable.

for more info about Water for People, visit www.waterforpeople. org

for more Info about roth d’lux, visit www.rothdlux. com

for more info about Combo Westside, visit www.myspace. com/combowestsid e

for more info about Al Son del Alma, visit http://ismaelbaraja htm

Desert Horticulture Conference: “Is it easy being GREEN?”

The seventh annual Desert Horticulture Conference, “Is It Easy Being GREEN?” will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Registration begins at 7.

The event is for all members of the Southwest’s horticulture industry, including landscape architects, designers, growers, retailers, contractors, maintenance personnel, suppliers and educators.

Four concurrent sessions planned are “Arboriculture,” “Hot Topics/Green,” “Design” and “Maintenance.” Attendees can earn continuing education units for professional groups.

The cost is $70.

For more information, call the Pima County Cooperative Extension SmartScape Program at 626-5161.

Sustainable Health Group Meeting

Sustainable Health Group meets next on May 27, Tuesday at 3653 N Prince Village
Place. 7 PM

Our activities are:
1. Creating a survey of like minded organizations to identify common goals and activities
2. Organizing a workshop on self care and resiliency among activists
3. Orgainizing a seminar with workshops on the Health Affects of Climate Change
4..Organizing a workshop on the Health Affects of Environmental Toxins

Tucson Regional Creek and Wash Cleanup Day

A part of National River Cleanup

On May 24, 2008, the Tucson community will be conducting region-wide litter pickup in some of our most precious creeks and washes as part of <http://www.American> National River Cleanup.

More information and sign-up available at: RegionalBeautifi cationEfforts/NationalRiverCleanupDay/tabid/759/Default. aspx

Tucson cleanup events include:
* Cienega Creek hosted by PAG and the Cienega Watershed Partnership
*  Rincon Creek hosted by the Rincon Institute
* Atterbury Wash & Lakeside Park hosted by Tucson Clean and Beautiful

Plus each event will receive assistance from the Master Watershed Stewards at the University of Arizona.

Green Remodel Home LEED/Sustainable Education

Green Remodel Home LEED/Sustainable Education. Saturday May 17 and Sunday May 18 1-4pm. 5626 Via Salerosa, 85750 – N on Craycroft, first left going east on Sunrise, right on Paseo Cimarron, home on corner of second left. Solar Hot Water, TEP home guarantee and Energy Star, paperstone counters, reclaimed lumber, NO VOC paints, sealers & grouts, bamboo cabinets, natural stone, water harvesting…

Please RSVP to:

Diana Will

skygoddess.diana *at*


Regional Water Oversight Committee Meeting

Contribute to the Joint City County Water Study

The City of Tucson and Pima County invite your early input into the recently launched Joint City/County Water and Wastewater Infrastructure, Supply, and Planning Study. They invite you to share your input on how to make the study process open, inclusive and transparent by submitting your suggestions to us in writing or by attending the upcoming meetings. Also let them know your views on water.

ST Core Team member Bob Cook is a member of the Oversight Committee. Contact him for any questions, comments, or suggestions: Bob’s email —

ST members have been actively participating at all previous meetings. This is an important community conversation which could shape how sustainability is incorporated into future community plans and investments.

The next meeting is:

Monday, May 12, 2008, 6:00 P.M.
Randolph Golf Course Club House
Copper Room
600 S. Alvernon Way

Water Conservation Town Hall

Councilman Steve Leal invites you to a WATER CONSERVATION


Monday, April 28th, 5-8 PM

Join us for an information discussion of water, the importance of conservation, and offer your insights into these important issues.

All are Welcome!

Quincy Douglas Branch Library

1585 E. 36th Street, 85713, 791-5214

(Corner of Kino Parkway and 36th Street)

Sponsored by the Ward V Council Office and the City of Tucson

Call:  791-4231 for more information

CAP Water Leadership Forum

Central Arizona Project (CAP) is hosting its 2008 Water Leadership Forum from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Tucson . This 10th annual forum is meant to educate attendees regarding the ways in which Arizona’s Colorado River supply is allocated, managed, protected and defended during the state’s unprecedented growth and extended drought. The event is free and open to the public. CAP invites all interested community members to attend, especially substantial water users such as those in the development, real estate, golf, hospitality and recreation industries. For more information or to RSVP by May 7, contact Cathy Carlat , 623-869-2450 or at ccarlat *at*

Tastes of the Santa Cruz Valley Workshop

Tastes of the Santa Cruz Valley Workshop, Desert Diamond Casino, Saturday May 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This heritage foods workshop will bring together local food producers, restaurants, restaurant organizations, food co-ops, groceries, farmers markets, seed banks, conservation farms, food banks, related non-profits and the general public to plan the development of a local farm-to-chef network and a regional food brand, as well as educate the community about the rich history of heritage foods in the Santa Cruz Valley. Cost is $25, seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration fee covers materials for the workshop, a copy of the heritage foods directory when published, and a special lunch featuring heritage foods, provided by Agave restaurant with a presentation by Jim Griffith and a Regional Branding presentation by Gary Nabhan of UA Southwest Center. Open to the Public – 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Informational exhibits by participants; Wine samples; Book vendors (local cookbooks, food histories, etc.); Food sampling (restaurants featuring local foods, independent vendors, etc.)

For more information, visit:

The Climate Crisis: From Inconvenience to Engagement


With M. Scott Johnson

WHAT:      In this 60-minute presentation you will learn about global warming and climate change from someone who has trained with the experts.  Hear why these issues deserve the immediate attention of all citizens and every politician. Learn why this urgent challenge presents us all with unprecedented opportunities for positive social and environmental change.  This event is free and open to the public.

WHEN:      Earth DayTuesday, April 22, 2008; 12 noon to 1:15pm

WHERE:    University of Arizona James E. Rogers School of Law, Room 139 (located on the NW corner of Speedway Blvd. and Mountain Ave.)*

WHO:        M. Scott Johnson is a teacher, writer, conservationist and Senior Outreach Representative for Defenders of Wildlife.  He is one of a select few individuals who recently trained with former Vice-President Al Gore and his faculty to teach about global climate change.  This event is sponsored by the Environmental Law Society with support by Defenders of Wildlife and The Climate Project.

*The Law School is currently under construction.  To find the classroom, follow Helen St. on the south side of the school around to the west side opposite Mountain Avenue and enter through the construction tunnel on the west side of the building.

Sustaining Faith: Stewardship at Peace with the Earth

Community Conversations Presents

Sustaining Faith:
Stewardship at Peace with the Earth
A Multi-Faith Conversation

Thursday, April 24, 2008    6:30-8:30 PM

A vegetarian meal will be provided

Catalina United Methodist Church
2700 E. Speedway Blvd. Room H230
(Located at Treat and Speedway Blvd with ample parking available)

Non-perishable food donations for Community Food Bank welcomed!

Sponsor: Tucson Multi-Faith Alliance
A Project of COPA (Culture of Peace Alliance)
2007-8 Sponsors: Catalina UMC, Community Food Bank, Congregation Ner
Tamid, Gandhi Restaurant, Human Relations Commission Tucson,
IRCSA (Inter-Religious Council of So. AZ),
Dana Lim (Allstate Insurance), Pima Friends Meeting (Quakers), Sisters of
the Heart, Lusia Slomkowska, Temple Emanu-El/Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund,
Temple of Universality, and many anonymous donors

Contact: Sat Bir Kaur Khalsa: 690-5715
email: khalsa *at*

Residential Erosion Control and Water Harvesting Workshop

Watershed Management Group will be running a hands-on workshop at a residential home in the foothills area to install erosion control features along a small wash and water harvesting earthworks to promote plant growth.  The workshop will include instruction in implementing check dams in small washes and terraced rock berms along steep slopes to capture surface runoff.

The workshop will run 7:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, May 3rd.  This workshop is free to the public, and participation in this workshop can be used to earn hours for WMG’s Water Harvesting Co-op program.  There is space for 20 people at this workshop – please RSVP to Lisa Shipek to reserve your spot: lisa *at* or 396-3266.

“Gas Hole” Film Screening

“Gas Hole” Film Screening
Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress
Friday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.

$15 film only, $10 student/military/senior, $25 film and discussion with producers

“GasHole”…a new documentary, narrated by Peter Gallagher, about the history of oil and the future of alternative fuels.  The event is hosted by PAG’s Clean Cities Coalition.  For more information, see or call 792-1093

W.S. Merwin on Poetry and the Green World

This post is from the UA Poetry Center’s web site.

W.S. Merwin on Poetry and the Green World
Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m.
at the Poetry Center – Live video feed for overflow audiences.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity

W.S. Merwin W.S. Merwin
In a career spanning five decades, poet, translator, and environmental activist W.S. Merwin has become one of the most widely read – and imitated – poets in America.  He is the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry, including his latest release, The Book of Fables.  Other recent works include the collections of poems, Present Company, The River Sound and The Pupil, as well as a new translation of Dante’s Purgatorio and his critically-lauded translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.  In 1999, W.S. Merwin was named Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress for a jointly-held position along with poets Rita Dove and Louise Glück. Included in his numerous awards are the Pulitzer Prize, the Tanning Prize, the Bollingen Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. In the fall of 2004, Merwin received the 2004 Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award.  His book Migration: Selected Poems 1951 – 2001 was also selected as one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year and won the 2005 National Book Award. Merwin’s recent poetry is perhaps his most personal, arising from his deeply held beliefs.  He is profoundly anti-imperialist, pacifist, and environmentalist, and is possessed by an intimate feeling for landscape and language in ways in which land and language interflow.  His latest poems are densely imagistic and full of an intimate awareness of the natural world.  He lives, writes, and gardens in Hawaii, on the island of Maui.

Southwest Marketing Network Conference 2008

May 5-7 – Southwest Marketing Network Conference 2008, Santa Fe, La Fonda Hotel, Yearly conference put on for Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah small scale, alternative and minority producers to expand local agricultural marketing. For more information contact Le Adams at (505)473-1004 or go to

This listing is a selection from Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture’s excellent web site and calendar:

Cholla bud harvesting workshop

April 19 – Cholla Bud Harvest Workshop – Learn how to harvest and prepare flower buds of Staghorn and Buckhorn cholla cactus. This desert gem, about the size of your thumb is packed with nutrition. A third of a cup of buds has more calcium than an 8-ounce glass of milk, more potassium than a banana and 8 grams of fiber. A great “slow” food to counter high blood sugar and diabetes. Its taste is reminiscent of artichoke and asparagus. Paseo Feliz Park, west side of Tucson, Pima Co. Parks & Rec., 9 -12. Taught by ethnobotanist and Baja AZ’s Desert Foods Outreach specialist, Martha Burgess, martha.burgess *at* or (520)742-7270.

This posting is a selection from Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture’s excellent website and calendar.

Sonora/Arizona Local Living Economy (SALLE) Life Support

SALLE: Sonora/Arizona Local Living Economy

LIFE SUPPORT events connect you with the basics of life: food, community, and beauty.  Join us on a Friday evening to ease the tensions of a long work week, experience the creativity of local artists, network with regional innovative entrepeneurs, and support SALLE.  Heart’z Foundation is planning monthly (and eventually weekly) Life Supports.

El Ojito Springs Center for Creativity

340 N. Fourth Avenue

5$ Cover

You won’t want to miss our Diversity Feast!  Local restaurants will provide food.

For more info please contact:

John Polder: 520-490-0074 jpolder *at*

Isaac Figueroa: 520-343-3367 figueroa8387 *at*

A project of the Heart’z Foundation and Sonoran Kitchen Gardens

Solar 2008 Conference – San Diego

This write-up is from Vote Solar’s email list:

American Solar Energy Society: Catch the Clean Tech Wave

Want to let you know about an upcoming conference hosted by our friends at the American Solar Energy Society: “Catch the Clean Tech Wave” in San Diego from May 3rd – 8th. Geared for academic and business audiences, this event offers workshops, presentations, technical papers, tours, and demonstrations to help identify industry trends, network and discover how to get involved with the practical and professional opportunities this clean, high-growth, trillion dollar industry provides.  And, presumably, surfing.

Headliners include Senator Gary Hart (author & former Presidential candidate); Jigar Shah (Chief Strategy Office, SunEdison); Van Jones (national expert on green collar jobs); Chris Paine (Director, Who Killed the Electric Car); Molly Tirpak Sterkel (Manager, California Solar Initiative); and Edward Mazria (international expert of passive solar energy).  Wow.  No monkey business there.

Also, Gwen and Adam will be presenting. So there’s that.

To register, visit:

“We Are What We Eat:” Stories and dance about the food we eat and the systems that feed us

The Community Food Bank & NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre Present:

We Are What We Eat
Stories and dance about the food we eat and the systems that feed us

Featuring choreography and dance by NEW ARTiculations artists as well as Tucson community
members who love to eat, cook, grow food, and dance!

3 performances:

Thursday, April 24
5:00 pm
(free, excerpts only)
Santa Cruz River Farmer’s Market (new location)
1390 W. Speedway Blvd.

Saturday, April 26
2:30 pm
Community Food Bank
3003 S. Country Club Rd.

Sunday, April 27
6:00 pm
Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 N. Alvernon Rd.

Come early to enjoy the gardens, learn about Tucson food organizations,
and sample tasty food. Performance begins at 7:00 pm.
Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Available at Antigone Books,
411 N. 4th Ave. or online at

Information: 405-4138 or 882-6092

About the project:

We Are What We Eat is a collaboration between NEW ARTiculations and the Community Food Security Center of the Community Food Bank. The project uses modern dance and community stories to reveal how food connects us to each other, our environment, and our everyday lives. Through interactive workshops in dance, writing, and discussion, the project has engaged over 100 community participants in a “moving dialogue” about food issues. Participants have included City High School students, Pistor Middle School students, Pima Community College Family Literacy classes, and the public-at-large. Performance material comes directly from community contributions. A dozen community participants will perform with the company.

The project is one in a series of Community Food Bank endeavors utilizing the arts to educate people about their responsibilities as consumers and eaters dependent on a food system. Future projects will include digital storytelling, large-scale public art, literary arts, photography, and music.

We Are What We Eat is supported by the Tucson Pima Arts Council, Punch Woods Endowment Fund, Community Food Bank, NEW ARTiculations, DanceLoft, and many generous individuals.

Ironwood Ridge High School Earth Awareness Day

On behalf of Club Green, we would like you to participate in our 2nd Annual Earth Awareness day on April 11th 2008. This will be a day in celebration of and education about Earth Awareness and the environmental problems and solutions that we face everyday.

Last year was our first Earth Awareness and it was a big hit. It was very successful in all aspects; in teaching our community about a green planet and getting students involved. The turn out for this event was amazing along with the support. This event received a lot of publicity from the newspaper and news stations. All of the attention gave our participates a great chance to get their names out last year, and this year it could be your turn.

Club Green is made up of students with a demonstrated interest in environmental issues. We have created Project Green, which includes a geodesic greenhouse, herb gardens, ponds, an amphitheater/outdoor classroom, and many demonstration gardens. The club is student initiated and run, with all projects student designed and all fund raising being student -centered. We meet every week to discuss how we can create an environment friendly campus and inform the public on how to keep our community and world green as well. We also regularly take part in holidays such as Earth Day and Earth Awareness Day to encourage protecting the environment.

As you already know, our environment is in danger and many people are unaware of the consequences of not taking care of our environment. Global warming is a huge atmospheric problem causing many living organisms and their environments to respond unfavorably. The social and economic factors should also to be taken seriously as well. Another result includes increasing extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, heat waves, and stronger hurricanes. This causes damage to communities and families that then in turn cost money to fix. The spread of disease is also increasing (such as West Nile Virus). Climate change is threatening entire cultures, nations, and life forms. People are not prepared for what is heading our way and do not know how to prevent global warming. This is why we are asking you to please join us on Earth Awareness Day to educate everyone. Education is the key to changing people’s attitudes about the environment.

We are inviting everyone to participate in the event. It will happen on Friday April 11th. You may set up a booth and donations are gladly accepted. This is the chance to sell your product as well as inform your customers about the good it will do for the environment. If you have any further questions, please contact Leah Goedecke at 520-797-4715 or Mr. Jim Ewing at 520-407-4143.
Thank you for your time. We hope to see you there.

UA Sustainability Fair & Earth Day Celebration

earth day celebration & sustainability fair

April 16, UofA mall, 10am-2pm

We are all looking for more ways to be environmentally


Come to the Earth Day Celebration and Sustainability Fair

to shop local vendors, participate in interactive exhibits, and

learn how you can promote sustainable living practices.


10am-2pm Vendor fair and Farmer’s Market

12pm-1pm music on the stage 

1pm-2pm sustainability presentations 

For more information please contact Liz Zavodsky at 626.9179

Green Commute Fair

Dear Pima County Commuter:

Are gas prices getting you down? Are you concerned about our air quality? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you should attend Pima Association of Government’s Green Commute Fair on Thursday, April 3, one of the many events during Clean Air Days and BikeFest.

The Green Commute Fair is a new event and will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Jacome Plaza next to the Main Library downtown near Stone and Alameda.  Learn more about carpooling, vanpooling, clean fuel vehicles, environmental quality, and other transportation alternatives. The fair is sponsored by PAG, VPSI, Canyon Ranch, Fry’s and Albertson’s.

The Clean Air Days and Bike Fest events kick off with a Bike Movie Fest at the Fox Theatre on March 30 and continue through the end of April with the Tucson Earth Day Festival and Parade on April 19 at Reid Park.  Additional events are scheduled in between including a brown bag lunch series on “Bringing Earth Day Home” at the downtown library.

Additional details about Green Commute Day, Clean Air Days and Bike Fest can be found at You can also sign up for the Clean Air Contest at

Call 884-RIDE if you have any questions.

PAG RideShare