Pima County Free Car Care Check-Up

NEWS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                    

Contact:  Beth Gorman (520) 740-3343                                                                                                                   

Fall National Car Care Month Celebrated Locally 

Tucson, Arizona (October 2, 2007) – In celebration of the Fall National Car Care Month, the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Air Program is holding a Free Car Care Check-up at Pima Community College Downtown Campus west parking lot (near Speedway and Stone) on Saturday, October 13th. The Automotive Service Association is co-sponsoring the event along with Pima Community College, and volunteers from local automotive repair shops and other agencies will provide the check-ups. The purpose of the event is to encourage good car maintenance for a healthier environment. Qualified volunteers will perform safety, under-the-hood, tire, and emissions checks on vehicles from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The checks include hoses, belts, fluids, lubricants, tire pressure and tread depth, exterior lights and general safety inspections. 

In addition, the Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program will provide a free collection of unwanted household hazardous waste such as pool chemicals, pesticides, automotive fluids, paints, and solvents. 

Volunteers from the Automotive Service Association, Pima Community College Automotive Program, Jack Furrier’s Western Tire Centers, and others will staff the under-the-hood, tires, emission testing, gas cap, and safety stations. Similar evaluations could cost about $60 if done by an auto repair shop. Participants in the Car Care Check-up will receive a free status check-sheet of many items on their vehicle to use for preventive maintenance, and will have a chance to win a free set of tires from Jack Furriers Western Tire. The Car Care Check-up will be held in the west parking lot at Pima Community College Downtown Campus, entering at Speedway and 11th  Avenue, west of Stone Avenue. For more information please contact the PDEQ Clean Air Program at 740-3118 or visit www.deq.pima.gov.

Campus Sustainabilty Week at Univeristy of Arizona

 

UA Campus Sustainability Week:

Red and Blue Goes Green

Campus Sustainability Day

Wednesday, October 24 GALLAGHER THEATER 8:30 to 12:00 NOON

8:30 Welcome – Glenn Schrader, Campus Sustainability Leader and Department Head, Chemical & Environmental Engineering

9:00 Interactive Webcast: Building a Durable Future: Community, the Campus, and Deep Economy.

Moderator: Terry Calhoun, Co-founder of Campus Sustainability Day, Society for College and University Planning (SCUP).

Presenters: Norm Christopher, Director of Sustainability, Grand Valley State

University; Tom Kimmerer, Executive Director, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE);Bill McKibben, Author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

10:30 Campus and Community Sustainability Initiatives – What’s going on?

Peter Dourlein, Associate Director, Facilities Design and Construction

Prabjit Virdee, President, ECOalition Student Group

Liz Zavodski, Sustainability Education Coordinator, Residence Life

Jim Riley, Professor, Dept of Soil, Water & Environmental Science, ASUA Representative

Katherine Kent, President, The Solar Store

Leslie Liberti, Director, City of Tucson, Office of Conservation and Sustainability

Susan Williams, Sustainable Tucson and Arizona Association for Environmental Education

2:00 Closing remarks – Where do we go from here?

Announcement, Vince Pawlowski – Focus the Nation Coordinator

DISPLAYS ON THE MALL 11:30 to 1:30 PM

Chuck George, KOLD News 13 Chief Meteorologist

Contact Judee Aten jaten@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-5310 for information on Mall displays.

Solar Odyssey

 Solar Odyssey

August 18 or 25

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. $42 members; $46 non-members.

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Meet at the Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Transportation included. Register by calling the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum at 883-3086

Focus on Water: What do we want to use our water for?

Join Sustainable Tucson on Thursday, August 23rd, 6 p.m., at the Woods Library, 3455 N. 1st Avenue. We will present a public discussion about Arizona water policies and laws, compared with those established elsewhere.  At a moment when our state is setting out to become a world leader in defining sound water policies, what can we learn from others, and what can we teach?  Amy McCoy, a project manager at the Sonoran Institute, will present the Institute’s recently issued Sustainable Water Management report.  Discussion will follow.  This event is free, and open to the public.

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Reminder: On August 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, Peter Gleick, international expert on sustainable water management, will deliver a public lecture.

Peter Gleick will discuss innovate strategies for achieving sustainable water use at a public lecture at Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club, Tucson at 7:30 on Thursday, Aug. 30. The lecture is free and open to the public. He is co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security.
Gleick has a Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his work on water issues, and the BBC named him a “visionary on the environment” in its Essential Guide to the 21st Century. He is the principal author of the recent publication, “The World’s Water 2006 – 2007, The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources,” published by Island Press.

Sponsors of the event include Pima County, Arizona Hydrological Society, Southwest Hydrology, Southern Arizona Leadership Council and Temple Emanu-El. Along with Southwest Hydrology, the other University of Arizona sponsors are the Water Resources Research Center and the Institute for the Study of Planet Earth.

Gleick will be in Tucson participating in a regional water symposium, “Sustainable Water, Unlimited Growth, Quality of Life: Can We Have it All?,” an event sponsored by the Arizona Hydrologic Society and Southwest Hydrology. Check the symposium web site for information about the event: www.watersymposium.org.

Contacts:
Sharon Megdal, Water Resources Research Center, smegdal@cals.arizona.edu
Gregg Garfin, Institute for the Study of Planet Earth, gmgarfin@email.arizona.edu

Cas Sprout, Administrative Associate
Water Resources Research Center
350 N. Campbell Tucson AZ 85721
Office: 520-792-9591 ext. 55 Fax: 520-792-8518

Peter Gleick Presents Tucson Public Lecture on Sustainable Water Use

Peter Gleick Presents Tucson Public Lecture on Sustainable Water Use
           
Peter Gleick will discuss innovate strategies for achieving sustainable water use at a public lecture at Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club, Tucson at 7:30 on Thursday, Aug. 30. The lecture is free and open to the public.  He is co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security.
           
Gleick has a Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his work on water issues, and the BBC named him a “visionary on the environment” in its Essential Guide to the 21st Century. He is the principal author of the recent publication, “The World’s Water 2006 – 2007, The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources,” published by Island Press.
 
Sponsors of the event include Pima County, Arizona Hydrological Society, Southwest Hydrology, Southern Arizona Leadership Council and Temple Emanu-El. Along with Southwest Hydrology, the other University of Arizona sponsors are the Water Resources Research Center and the Institute for the Study of Planet Earth.
 
Gleick will be in Tucson participating in a regional water symposium, “Sustainable Water, Unlimited Growth, Quality of Life: Can We Have it All?,” an event sponsored by the Arizona Hydrologic Society and Southwest Hydrology. Check the symposium web site for information about the event: www.watersymposium.org.
 
Contacts:
Sharon Megdal, Water Resources Research Center, smegdal@cals.arizona.edu
Gregg Garfin, Institute for the Study of Planet Earth, gmgarfin@email.arizona.edu

Cas Sprout, Administrative Associate
Water Resources Research Center
350 N. Campbell    Tucson AZ 85721
Office: 520-792-9591 ext. 55    Fax: 520-792-8518

Education for Sustainability Conference

The Arizona Association for Environmental Education will hold its annual professional development conference for teachers and instructors wishing to learn how to teach sustainability principles and practices. Go to www.arizonaee.org after July 1 for a complete agenda and to register. The conferenece will take place on the UA Campus during Campus Sustainability Week, October 25 – 27. Workshop and field trips will follow four theme tracks: permaculture, water conservation, climate change, and energy. Contact Jessi Williams, Conference Coordinator: jessiwilliams@hotmail.com

Rock the Earth! – Defenders of Wildlife at O’Malleys

ROCK THE EARTH!  7/7/07

Tucson LiveEarth Concert Screening and Sustainability Festival – FREE!!

C’mon Tucson. Get your Earth on! Tell people about your organization – tables are FREE!!

WHAT:

We are reaching out to our colleagues & friends to rally the troops for Tucson’s participation in a great event.  On July 7, 2007 we are organizing a “watch party” for the LiveEarth climate concert and combining it with a mini local community sustainability festival. This free, all ages public event is focused on outreach and education regarding climate change. You can have a table for your organization and join us in making this festival GREAT!

WHERE: 

O’Malley’s on 4th Ave

WHEN:
Saturday, July 7 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Be part of this fantastic event – exciting visuals, great music, local big-wigs, diverse groups doing sustainability, green beer, food, and lots and lots of networking!!  

Your organization is invited to come and set up a table displaying your work.  But hurry – tables are limited and available on a first-come, first served basis. Let the public know what sustainability methods you can provide. Educate the community about your organization! 

TABLES ARE FREE so we expect them to go quickly.

 

Defenders of Wildlife is hosting this and we really want to establish a diverse team to reach out to the masses on this crucial issue.  Come and show other Tucsonans about curbing carbon emissions through the use of alternative energyenergy efficiencies, alternative transportation,  green building, local food production, water harvesting, etc.  Green businesses are invited to apply, but no selling of goods will be allowed on site.

We are expecting a big turnout and want organizations that can provide diverse information to the public.  Come and hop on the sustainability train (or bike, if you will)! Let people know who you are and what you have to offer Tucson

Invited speakers are Congressman Raul Grijalva, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Governor Janet Napolatano, Supervisor Richard Elias, Mayor Bob Walkup and more. The LiveEarth ( 7.7.07) concert features Dave Mathews, The Police, Mellisa Etheridge, The Foo Fighters and many more!  See more about the concert at www.LiveEarth.org

The event will run from approximately 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Set up for tabling must be done by 4:30 p.m..

 

To request a space for tabling call Dianne @ 885.1187 or Nathan @661.4331. Call now while you’re thinking about it! 

                       

Focus on Youth in Sustainability

May 24, Thursday, from 4 to 6 pm, youth who are working toward sustainable goals will present their projects, views and vision.  Come learn what Tucson’s youth are thinking, doing, and dreaming about Tucson’s future.

Ward VI Offices.  Go east past Country Club Rd on Speedway.  Turn right at the first block after Country Club (at corner with Rum Runner) and travel one block south to the Ward VI office.

Sustainable Tucson General Meeting April 24, Tuesday

Sustainable Tucson network will meet Tuesday April 24, 4-6 p.m., at Ward VI Offices, one block south of Speedway on Anderson. It’s is behind Rum Runner at the corner of Speedway and Anderson.

The Agenda includes:

Report from the Local Community Food Security Affinity Group (Kitty Ufford-Chase, Chair). Learn about local food production and its role in sustainability.

Report from UA Campus Sustainability Office (Ann Chanecka, UA Intern): Upcoming Sustainability Events at University of Arizona.

Report from Arizona Association for Environmental Education on the October Education for Sustainability Conference (Jessi Williams, National Wildlife Federation Fellow and Prescott College Liaison).

Make your announcement, network with fellow sustainers, sign up for an existing Affinity focus group – or start your own! Sustainable Tucson is the network of networks on sustainabilty. Ask a Core Team member to help you plug-in to the network!

Presentation at El Ojito Springs Center – Money, Power, Democracy, and War

Join Sustainable Tucson for the second evening of music, food and a thoughful discussion about aspects of sustainability for our community and region.

Tuesday, March 13 Tom Greco, economist and author, will talk about “Money, Power, Democracy and War: Finding the Path Toward Global Peace, Harmony, and Prosperity”

The talk will be held at El Ojito Springs Center for Creativity, 452 South Stone Avenue, from 7 to 9 p.m. *Come at 6 pm for music, food and drink.

This presentation will describe how power and wealth have been overly centralized through control of the monetary system, and how local communities can empower themselves by organizing their own exchange mechanisms.

Further details will be posted on Tom Greco’s blog, Tom’s News and Views:
http://tomazgreco.wordpress.com.

March 20 Sustainable Tucson Monthly Meeting at Ward III Offices

Sustainable Tucson will hold its monthly General Meeting on March 20, Tuesday, from 4 – 6 pm at Councilwoman Karen Uhlich’s Ward III offices at 1510 E. Grant Rd.

Dennis Dickerson from Pima Association of Governments will talk about the PAG Enivronmental Indicators Report.

Join us for the discussion, networking and getting involved in Affinity Group projects. Let us know what you are concerned about, what your organization is doing toward sustainability in Tucson and how the coalition can help you and/or your organization meets its objectives.

Youth Involvement Affinity Group Meets at Prescott College

The Youth Involvement Affinity Group is meeting for the second time only.  So far, university, public school, non-profits working with youth, and citizens have identified the purpose of the group:  to carry out one or two projects that model how youth can be meaningfully involved in helping the community meet goals for water conservation, energy efficiency and carbon dioxide reduction.  New members are welcome.