Local Climate Change Actions: Policy and Progress

Continuing Sustainable Tucson’s theme of “Climate Change and Actions for Our Sustainable Future”, please join us at the February General Meeting to hear about the progress being made locally on the policy and actions front.

Find out what is happening within Tucson City government, Tucson’s Climate Change committee’s upcoming recommendation to establish a new carbon emission goal of “Net-zero carbon emissions by 2040”, and how it can be reinforced by putting a price on carbon emissions through national legislation promoted by the Citizen’s Climate Lobby.

Speakers will include:

  • Ryan Anderson, Planning, Transportation, and Sustainability Policy Advisor, City of Tucson, Office of the Mayor
  • Ben Champion, D.Phil., Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Arizona, Co-chair City of Tucson Climate Change committee
  • Suzanne Tveit, Arizona coordinator, Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Presentations will be followed by audience Q&A.

The event will take place in the downstairs conference room of the Joel Valdez Main Library in downtown Tucson. Meet & greet begins at 5:30; the program will begin at 6:00. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Lower Level Meeting Room,
(Free lower level parking off Alameda St.)

Free screening – This Changes Everything

Join Rising Tide Tucson, the Bus Riders Union, and other local groups for a community conversation on climate justice globally and here in Southern AZ. We will be showing Naomi Klein’s new documentary about climate change and grassroots resistance, This Changes Everything.

The film presents seven powerful stores of communities fighting for justice on the front lines of climate change. The film will be followed by a panel discussion on local social and climate justice struggles and how we can get involved!

Join us at the Screening Room
127 E Congress St (right next to Ronstadt Bus Terminal)

Food! Childcare provided on request! Bilingual event.
Win a prize if you walk, bus, or bike to the event.
Contact us at risingtidetucson@gmail.com

What does the Paris Climate Agreement mean for solar in Arizona?

Southern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership Meeting: January 21

The public is invited to this important, free event.

Vince Pawlowski, a recent delegate to COP21, the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris in 2015, will be a guest speaker. Vince, a recent graduate in climate policy from the University of Arizona and part of the UA delegation to the conference, will present a summary of actions taken, the agreement and what it means for solar projects in Tucson and Arizona. The conference looked at setting a framework for action to stabilize atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. Solar is set to play an important role in the plan.
Mark Holohan, president of AriSEIA, Arizona’s Solar Energy Industry Association, will join the meeting by phone and provide an update on the 2016 Arizona Legislature’s activities on solar and discuss TEP’s rate case and other items pending before the Arizona Corporation Commission which will affect solar.
Available on nearby streets and in several parking lots, or take the streetcar and get off at the Broadway stop near Stone.
*Construction Alert*
Please be advised that there might be traffic restrictions on Stone Ave. and Broadway Blvd. due to several building construction projects in the area.
Please plan your trip for any PAG meetings to allow for extra travel time.
At times delays can be more than 15 minutes depending on your route and potentially longer during morning and evening peak hours.

The Southern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership, a program managed by Pima Association of Governments, seeks to increase awareness of solar energy opportunities through education and outreach. A cooperative effort among government agencies, local businesses, local electric utilities, solar manufacturers, solar installers and individuals, the Solar Partnership encourages the use of solar energy by identifying the benefits of using solar and educates others about solar opportunities to support our solar economy.

2:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2016
Pima Association of Governments
Santa Rita Conference Room
1 E. Broadway Blvd., Ste. 401
Tucson, AZ 85701

Pima Association of Governments | info@pagregion.com
(520) 792-1093 | PAGregion.com

From the Pope to Paris: Climate Change Action Updates

Greetings and wishes to you all for a very Happy & Sustainable New Year!

2016 marks Sustainable Tucson’s 10th Anniversary. To mark that milestone, we will be planning this year’s meetings around the theme of “Climate Change and Actions for Our Sustainable Future.”

Join us at the next Sustainable Tucson General Meeting for a review of two major climate-change events from the past year: Pope Francis’s Encyclical and the COP21 meeting in Paris.

Hank Krzysik. local sustainable architect and policy advisor with Pima County Interfaith Council, will provide an analysis of the Pope’s Encyclical, focusing on its implications for action not just by world powers but also by each of us as individuals.

Vince Pawlowski, UA graduate student and board president of Association for the Tree of Life, recently returned from COP21, the UN Climate Conference in Paris. He will tell us what really happened behind the scenes in Paris — and particularly the US commitment will mean for Tucson (and for Arizona). “National promises will become the basis for city agendas. More than ever, cities will the first impacted, and in many cases the first actors.

Discussion following these presentations will focus on climate activism here in Tucson, in light of both the Pope’s Encyclical and the Paris agreement, and what we can (& must) do to reach our goals.

Climate change is a moral issue and a survival issue. The time for action is NOW.

The event will take place in the downstairs conference room of the Joel Valdez Main Library in downtown Tucson. Meet & greet begins at 5:30; the program will begin at 6:00. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Lower Level Meeting Room,
(Free lower level parking off Alameda St.)

A more Peaceful and Sustainable Holiday Season

This month’s meeting is a Smörgåsbord of items to help us center ourselves and see a vision of a better and more sustainable future. And we have punch and cookies!

Time and Location:
Monday, December 14
Doors open at 5:30 pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Lower Level Meeting Room,
(Free lower level parking off Alameda St.)

Social movements have changed the world before
In keeping with our sustainability theme, the first part of our program will act as a follow-up to November’s film at the Loft, “This Changes Everything,” based on the book by Naomi Klein.

We will present clips of Naomi’s talk “Capitalism and the Climate” in Sidney, Australia two months ago. At the annual Festival of Dangerous Ideas, she addressed the immense human suffering happening in the world, including refugees of all kinds and victims of climate injustice. While taking on the biggest elephant in the room — the way we have built and run our economy, Naomi hold’s out hope for humanity because we have done it before.

She said, “Huge social movements have changed the world before through a magical combination of culture, theory, spirituality, policy, and law. We can do it again.

Dance – a foundation of Spirituality and Connectedness
Spirituality and connectedness is essential for creating a just and sustainable society. In the spirit of the holiday season, Sustainable Tucson brings the Dances of Universal Peace to our December meeting.

From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together. The Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition.

The Dances are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances. They use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from the many spiritual traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and recognize it in others. The Dances of Universal Peace promote peace and integration within individuals, and understanding and connection within groups. There are no performers nor audience. The Dances of Universal Peace were created in the late 1960’s by Samuel L. Lewis (1896-1971), a Sufi teacher and Zen Master, who also studied deeply in the mystical traditions of Hinduism, Judaism, and Christianity.

The Dances have now spread throughout the world, touching more than a half million people, with about 200 circles meeting weekly or monthly in North America alone. The Dances of Universal Peace are held in Tucson every second Saturday from 7 – 9pm at the Tucson Creative Dance Center.
And Last, but not Least… Punch and Cookes
The ST Core Team will provide punch and cookies for a social gathering at the end of the program. It will be a time to come together – just for the fun of it.

Please feel free to bring something to share.

Movie at Loft on Fracking





Free Admission, space limited to 98 people

Co-sponsored by

Center for Biological Diversity

PDA -People
Demanding Action

for Social Responsibility

Sierra Club, Rincon Group


bwarre01@gmail.com or
520-325-3983 for questions.

Film on Fracking





Free Admission, space limited to 98 people

Co-sponsored by

Center for Biological Diversity

PDA -People
Demanding Action

for Social Responsibility

Sierra Club, Rincon Group


bwarre01@gmail.com or
520-325-3983 for questions.

Special event for November

Sustainable Tucson is co-sponsoring a special movie at the Loft Theater – “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein.

The presentation also features a post-film panel discussion with Luis Alberto Perales of Tierra y Libertad, Bob Cook of Sustainable Tucson, and Diana Liverman of UA Institute of the Environment.

This presentation is part of Science on Screen at The Loft, an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloane Foundation. Movie starts at 7:00pm. Loft Theater, 3233 E. Speedway.

Important movie – This Changes Everything

In place of the November Sustainable Tucson meeting, ST is co-sponsoring the movie This Changes Everything at the Loft.

Featuring a post-film panel discussion with Luis Alberto Perales of Tierra y Libertad, Bob Cook of Sustainable Tucson, and Diana Liverman of UA Institute of the Environment.

This presentation is part of Science on Screen at The Loft, an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloane Foundation.

Movie starts at 7:00pm. ST and other groups will be presenting information on various sustainability topics. SO GET THERE EARLY.

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 principles help communities become more sustainable and resilient.

Following the film, a panel composed of local permaculture design professionals will answer your questions and discuss how permaculture principles can be applied to our Sonoran desert. Panelist are:
* DAN DORSEY – lead teacher and designer for Sonoran Permaculture Guild, LLC, teaching Permaculture Design certification and related workshops such as Water Harvesting, Growing Food at Home, Bee Keeping, and Aquaponics.
* JUSTIN BRAMHALL – teacher with the Sonoran Permaculture Guild, specializing in sustainable design and implementation of landscapes using water harvesting and Permaculture design principles.
* SYLVIA LINDEMAN – licensed contractor, and owner of Grow With the Flow Landscaping Company LLC, specializing in design and implementation of low water use Permaculture type landscaping.

The event will take place in the downstairs conference room of the Joel Valdez Library in downtown Tucson. Meet & greet begins at 5:30, the 90 minute film will begin at 5:45. You can view the trailer at: inhabitfilm.com.


Join us at this year’s 5th annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the YWCA, 525 Bonita Avenue. The Festival will showcase the many features of sustainable living in Tucson and our desert Southwest.

We’re very excited about the great variety of activities and exhibits at this year’s event. Over 40 exhibitors, demonstrators, and vendors will be sure to provide something for everyone.

A few of the highlights of this event:
** The Festival is the starting point for PAG Solar Partnership’s neighborhood Solar Tour.
**The Tucson Electric Vehicle Association will display a wide variety of electric vehicles
** The Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce will present this year’s Climate Leadership Challenge recognition awards.
** In recognition of National Co-op Month, the ‘Co-op Cluster’ will showcase local co-ops that use this sustainable business model.
** The Festival is the kick-off event for 10West, a weeklong celebration of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Throughout the day, local and native foods will be featured in food preparation demonstrations. Examples of solar cooking will demonstrate an exciting way to be sustainable. Visionary speakers will be looking at how we can attain the sustainable future we need and want. The Annual Green School Recognition will again honor a local school that promotes ecological education, school gardening, and related activities. This year, that award goes to Davis Bilingual Magnet School. And we’ll dedicate Phase 2 of the Festival-installed vegetable garden at the YWCA.

Admission and parking are free, or come by bike and Living Streets Alliance will provide a Bike Valet service for those who come by bike.

Come to the Festival! Explore what’s going on now in our community, get more involved, learn new skills, and share your own vision of a sustainable community.

For more information: www.envisiontucsonsustainable.org and like us on Facebook at Envision Tucson Sustainable, or contact Paula Schlusberg .

Your chance to support urban food production in Tucson

The Planning Commission is holding a Public Hearing on proposed Urban Agriculture zoning rules. The new zoning laws will make legal a lot of things that are currently done but are actually illegal (just overlooked). The Planning Commission set a new hearing date: SEPTEMBER 16, 6 PM, at the Mayor and Council Chambers, 255 W Alameda.

Two years ago, the voters adopted Plan Tucson, the General Plan to guide the City government for the next 10 years. It calls for the City to promote urban agriculture. You can find out more about the new rules in this excellent summary of one of the key issues (small animals) by Merrill Eisenberg.

Get involved:

  • You can attend the meeting, and tell the Mayor and Council what you think.
  • And you can sign a petition to support the new rules

The University of Arizona now offers a new online degree program, B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments

The University of Arizona is pleased to offer an extraordinary degree opportunity for students interested in entering the new green economy. The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments is a solutions-based, interdisciplinary undergraduate degree that educates students in the comprehensive understanding of environmental design, planning, and management challenges. Graduates are prepared for challenges to be met in a rapidly developing world with global issues of an unprecedented nature. Students in the Sustainable Buildings Emphasis Area gain insight on the theories and techniques behind analyzing building efficiency. They will study topics such as: net-zero energy design, energy conservation, passive solar and natural ventilation, and climate response. Graduates will be able to analyze existing and planned structures for energy efficiency and create plans to make them more efficient.

Apply online now for Fall 2015 at UAOnline — See also: Sustainable Built Environments

Want to support rooftop solar and fight climate change? You’re invited!

Join Sustainable Tucson, Sierra Club, and Tierra Y Libertad Organization to support solar and fight coal!

Help us plan a media event and rally in front of Tucson Electric Power (TEP) headquarters to tell TEP to stop attacking rooftop solar and to divest from the San Juan coal plant.

What: Planning meeting for future media event and rally in front of TEP’s downtown headquarters
When: Monday, July 13, 5:30-8 pm
Doors open at 5:30 pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.
Where: Joel D. Valdez Main Library, lower level meeting room
101 N. Stone
Parking: free — lower level off Alameda St.
Bike/Transit: Walk two blocks east from the Ronstadt Transit Center, just north of new protected bike path on Stone Ave.

Join us! Free and open to the public! For more information, contact:
dan.millis@sierraclub.org – (520) 620-6401

Our goals are:

1) Force TEP to retract the June 1, 2015 ‘grandfathering’ date for new rooftop solar customers (net metering)


2) Force TEP to divest their stake in the polluting, out-of-state San Juan coal plant.

At this Planning Meeting, we will review the issues, create effective messaging for the rally and for a media campaign leading up to the event, and plan the logistics for the rally.


This spring, TEP submitted a plan to state regulators that would end net metering, the process that allows rooftop solar customers to receive fair credit for all of the energy their solar panels produce. New solar customers after June 1, 2015 would no longer be able to ‘bank’ the solar energy produced by their panels and use it later. This proposal was unfair and was opposed by many Tucsonans, and TEP withdrew most of their proposal. However, TEP told state regulators that they intend to submit the proposal again in 2016, keeping the June 1, 2015 ‘grandfathering’ date. The result is that between now and the end of 2016, when a decision is scheduled to be made, new solar customers won’t be able to make an informed decision about how much solar to install. Most potential customers will choose to defer on solar. As a result, local solar companies will lose business and Tucson will lose clean energy jobs.

TEP has been attacking rooftop solar while staying invested in a costly, polluting coal plant in New Mexico called the San Juan Generating Station. Operators of this greenhouse gas-producing plant have come up with a plan for partial closure, keeping part of it running. Many investors, utilities, and municipalities walked away from the deal when it was revealed that continued operations at San Juan would cost about $1 billion more than anticipated. TEP, on the other hand, plans to continue to generate about 15% of Tucson’s electricity from the San Juan plant’s dirty coal. Help us promote a better plan!

Rooftop Solar Update

The ACC has received well over 400 letters opposing TEP’s proposal to charge an extra fee (read “penalty”) to owners who install new rooftop solar systems, and at the hearing in Tucson on June 10, ACC staff recommended that any consideration of that fee take place in the context of a full rate hearing. The judge will make a recommendation to the Commission, which will then consider how to proceed. See article in the Arizona Daily Star

In the meantime, please continue to send letters or emails to the 5 commissioners opposing the TEP fee proposal and supporting expansion of rooftop solar. Information and guidelines can be found on the Sustainable Tucson website
For even more information, or if you prefer to submit comments on line, you can also go to the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter website:

Join Sustainable Tucson and the US Green Building Council-Sonoran Branch

What does LEED Platinum housing look like? What’s being done to help the growing numbers of grandparents raising their grandkids? Join Sustainable Tucson and the US Green Building Council-Sonoran Branch for a tour of Primavera Foundation’s Las Abuelitas Family Housing. The tour will be led by Savannah McDonald, of Poster Frost Mirto, Inc., the architects of the project.

The event is free but space is limited so pre-registration is required – and spaces for the tour are going fast. Go to the event page to register.

-A mixer with summer heat-quenching Aguas Frescas served by Dish-for-Dosha will follow the tour. –

When: June 18, 2015
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Las Abuelitas Family Housing
440 E. 26th St., Tucson, AZ

Tour is now full. Please join us for the mixer at Las Abuelitas Community Room.

Edible Neighborhood Tour

Metro-Tucson receives more rain than we pump out of the ground AND import from the Colorado River. And we waste nearly all of it.

We can prepare for an uncertain future and create abundance and beauty by harvesting what we waste, and by setting priorities for what we have.

Be part of a discussion of our opportunities and take a short bike tour of the existing Edible Urban Forest in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Learn about:

* Food we currently waste

* Food we can sustainably grow

* Ways to transform Tucson into a Food Oasis in the Sonoran Desert

For more information, contract Tres English (tres@SustainableTucson.org) Discussion and tour sponsored by Sustainable Tucson.

Architecture and Sustainability in Tucson’s Built Environment

Our built environment — housing, public facilities, commercial buildings — is vital to sustainability in our cities and towns. But what goes into making that built environment sustainable? What makes a building “green”? How does a building qualify for LEED certification? And what does LEED certification mean?

Beyond these technical questions, we want to examine broader social and environmental issues relating to our built environment. Can sustainable buildings, for example, affect our health? How can multi-family or low-income housing be made “green”? And even, can energy-efficient buildings impact climate change?

Join us at the next Sustainable Tucson meeting for an exploration of these and related issues, at the first event in a collaboration between the Sonoran Branch of US Green Building Council – Arizona and Sustainable Tucson on “Architecture and Sustainability in Tucson’s Built Environment.”

At this first event, the Sonoran Branch of USGBC-Arizona will present a panel discussion addressing local, sustainable buildings and green certification systems. The panel will offer perspectives from professionals in several fields within the residential and commercial building industries.

Richard Franz-Under, Green Building Program Manager for Pima County Development Services and a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional, will moderate the panel. The panel will feature:
• Nicole Brule-Fisher: a Realtor with RE/MAX Trends and President of Tucson Association of Realtors; the first Tucson Realtor to become a certified Eco-Broker and the first to become a National Association of Realtors GREEN designee
• Andrew Hayes: working with Hayes Construction, a custom home building company that provides earth-friendly practices in its projects and incorporates no-cost solutions to make homes more energy efficient
• Thomas C. Mannschreck: president, CEO, and owner of Thomas Development Co., a Boise, Idaho-based real-estate development company, and of Thomas Investments Limited Partnership, a family-held, real-estate investment entity; through Thomas Development Co., developer of four LEED Platinum multi-family housing projects for low-income seniors and families
• Rob Paulus: an architect, developer, and musician; founded Rob Paulus Architects to create unique, award winning, and regionally-specific architecture; active in promoting high quality design with appropriate density for our community.

Check out a recent Arizona Daily Star article on Tucson Association of Realtor and Sustainability.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room,
101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)

The second event in “Architecture and Sustainability in Tucson’s Built Environment” will be a free tour on June 18 of Primavera Foundation’s Las Abuelitas Family Housing, a LEED Platinum project by Poster Frost Mirto Architects that provides housing for low-income grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. A mixer will follow the tour.
For more information about the tour, please visit the event listing http://www.usgbcaz.org/event-1920945. Space will be limited for the tour, so registration (available at the event listing) is required.

Intro to Rammed Earth Building

Desert Sky Music, Art & Sustainability Festival In collaboration with Harmony & Health Foundation and Earth Prototypes offer a two day “Intro to Rammed Earth Building” workshop on both May 16 & 17 from 9am – 3pm.

Building with Earth provides us with a deep connection to the land and is an abundant resource of the Sonoran Desert. Come learn how to build 4′ x 8′ Rammed Earth sections and how to install form work, tamping techniques and their specialized tools, along with soil composition and proper wetness.

Students will learn: The basics of Suitable soil selection, soil/cement ratios and how much water is needed, mixing techniques, ramming Method, and simple Formwork design and installation.

Location: Desert Sky Festival Grounds at Harmony & Health Eco‐Village, adjacent to 13554 W. Sacred Earth Way, Tucson, AZ.

Tuition: $40 for the weekend or $25 ‐ per day.

All the particulars and to register.

The Economics of, and Threats to, Rooftop Solar

[You can see the presentations below. ]

• Are new proposals to state regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission by Tucson Electric Power and Trico making it more difficult and expensive for Tucsonans to “Go Solar”?
• Are local solar jobs at stake?
• What is the value of rooftop solar?
• Are you concerned?

Come to Sustainable Tucson’s May 11th meeting to become an informed citizen.

Speakers will include:

• Bruce Plenk: Local solar consultant (Solar Possibilities Consulting), current chair of the Southern Arizona Solar Partnership, and member of the Tucson Pima Metropolitan Energy Commission
• Russell Lowes: Sierra Club Rincon Group Energy Chair, Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter Solar Task Force Chair, and Research Director at www.SafeEnergyAnalyst.org
• Ron Proctor: Core team member Sustainable Tucson, Co-chair City of Tucson Climate Change committee, homeowner with 1Kw PV grid-tied system since 2006.

The meeting will also outline opportunities for advocacy on these important issues, including suggestions for crafting your message to policy makers.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room,
101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)

Take Action Now. The Arizona Corporation Commission has to approve efforts to stifle distributed solar with new fees. They will be holding public hearings soon and your emails to the Commissioners will be counted and noted. Act Now

Russell Lowes –
Bruce Plenk –
Ron Proctor –

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 of the Broadway Corridor, by looking at some positive examples of steps that various cities have taken to create more sustainable and livable communities — plus one less-than-positive example. After viewing film segments showing what has been done around the world, we’ll open the discussion to consider whether any of those steps are happening also in Tucson, and whether they could — and should — happen here.

Linda Samuels from the UA’s Sustainable Cities project will join us for this community discussion.

The selection of film segments will feature:
• Bogota, Colombia
• Copenhagen, Denmark
• New York City’s High Line
• Jane Jacobs
• Phoenix, Arizona
• Singapore
• Curitiba, Brazil
• Portland, Oregon & City Repair

Join us for this look at some exciting urban alternatives and continue the conversation of what we can do to create changes that we want to see in our city.

Location: Downtown Main Library, lower level meeting room.
Doors open at 5:30. Program starts promptly at 6:00.

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 Feb.24th. City of Tucson staff and consultants are proposing an alignment of the 2-mile project that contains unjustified widths and unnecessarily destroys historic buildings and businesses. Also troubling, this staff plan varies from what elected city leaders have voiced is their preference — the most narrow solution for six lanes which meets the safety concerns for all modes of mobility.

Many people in Greater Tucson are asking, “Why are we widening roads that don’t need it, especially when our existing roads are in such a state of disrepair? ” “Why not eliminate potholes, rather than small businesses!”

The sustainability community is asking, “Why is the City promoting a wide, car-oriented design when future trends indicate accommodation to more “people and place”centered mobility and low carbon living?” If Tucson is going to actually respond to the challenges of global warming and climate change, don’t we also have to build a “climate-friendly” transportation system?

Clearly, an irreversible Tucson Tragedy is in the making if we don’t act soon.

Come hear members of the Broadway Coalition describe their vision for the Historic Broadway Redesign Project including improvements for bicyclists, pedestrians, autos, and transit riders and creating vibrant places where people want to go to meet, shop, and enjoy life. Hear the Coalition rally the community to communicate to the City of Tucson that very little widening if any is necessary to make Historic Broadway the next great destination of historic significance and thriving small businesses.

The Coalition has already convinced the City, County, and RTA that 8 lanes is excessive. Now we just need to show that the narrowest width alignment is best for all.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 6 pm.

We hope to see you all there.

To read the City Staff report and alignment maps, go to: http://www.tucsonaz.gov/broadway

The deadline for public comment on this alignment is midnight, March 11, 2015. Send comments to:

Email to broadway@tucsonaz.gov by midnight, March 11,

Hand-delivered hard-copy to the address below by 5pm on March 11, 2015

By postal mail to the address below – must be postmarked by March 9, 2015. Address to use:  Tucson Department of Transportation, 201 N. Stone Ave, 6th Floor, Tucson, AZ  85701

Monday, March 9th, 5:30 – 8:00
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room
101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)

An Energy Partnership / Climate Solution for Tucson?



(Note Special LOCATION, DATE, & TIME)
February 18th     
6:30pm to 8:30pm
University of Arizona, Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), Room 103



Do you know that the production of electricity in Tucson accounts for over 60% of Tucson’s climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions?

Imagine the City of Tucson joined in a “clean energy partnership” with Tucson Electric Power and Southwest Gas, sharing a goal to reduce greenhouse gases in our region 80% by 2050 and “do our part” to stem the worst effects of global warming. Imagine the local jobs created in the solar industry, energy storage and clean mobility, energy efficiency, building retrofits and appro-priate design.

Imagine the partnership is made up of high-level representatives of TEP and SWG as well as from the Mayor’s office and City Council – with the Board be made up of decision-makers from their respective organizations.

Just such a partnership has already begun in Minnesota between the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy (their electricity provider) and CenterPoint Energy (their natural gas supplier).

Sustainable Tucson and other Co-sponsors are bringing John Farrell, policy director at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and one of the participants in this first-in-the-nation partnership, to tell the story about how this came to be and what the future holds for Minneapolis.

Join us the evening of Feb.18th to learn about this important turn in City/Utility relationships and to show support for climate solutions here in Tucson.  In preparation, watch John make the economic case for solar energy in Tucson:


Help bring John to Tucson.

Contributions to Sustainable Tucson are tax deductible and can be made through our fiscal sponsor, NEST Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit, and by using the Donate Now button on the left of this page.

If you are more of a time volunteer, we are looking for partners to table at outreach events like the Peace Fair, and participate in our annual Envision Tucson Sustainable festival. For helpful opportunities to create a more Sustainable Tucson contact: Paula Schlusberg at paulasch@mindspring.com

Doors open at 6:30. Program starts at 7:00.

Co-sponsors to date:

Local First Arizona

Tucson Pima Metropolitan Energy Commission

City of Tucson Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich

Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce

University of Arizona Office of Sustainability

University of Arizona Students for Sustainability

Sierra Club

Mrs. Green’s World

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Progressive Democrats of America

Center for Biological Diversity

Southern Arizona Green for All

Citizens Climate Lobby – Tucson Chapter


Click on the link below and print the following image as a flyer. PLEASE distribute this link and flyer widely:



For parking, see the  UA parking map at this link: https://parking.arizona.edu/pdf/maps/campus.pdf


Next Sustainable Tucson General Meeting: CLIMATE CHANGE HEROS AND LOCAL ACTIONS

Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th St.
(Note different location for this month’s meeting)

Sustainable Tucson begins 2015 with our usual optimism, continuing to believe that when we join our efforts, we can create a better world in which we all can live in peace, love, and joy. Our everyday lives provide us opportunity to nurture those attributes of health and well-being. And when we are secure in our individual worlds, we can use them as spring-boards to build our larger, supportive, and resilient communities.

We also live in an increasingly connected world with challenges larger than our local com-munity. Global Warming and problems associated with climate disruption are mov-ing more and more citizens to personal action.

Sustainable Tucson’s January meeting invites you to meet fellow Tucsonans who are engag-ing the problem of Global Warming at neighborhood, city, national, and international levels. We hope that hearing their stories and finding out about opportunities where you can en-gage will help strengthen and grow our joined effect to shift our community to a more sus-tainable model.

Speakers will include:

  •  Mary DeCamp, participant in the 2014 Great March for Climate Action, and 2011 Green Party Tucson mayoral candidate.
  • John Jorgenson, participant in the 2014 Great March for Climate Action, walking from Los Angeles to Washington, DC (March-November), and local educator.
  • James Jordan, National Coordinator for the Alliance for Global Justice, participant in the recent Lima (Peru) Climate Summit.
  • Vince Pawlowski, 350.org, Tucson Coordinator.

Information will also be available about recent activities of:

  • City of Tucson Climate Change committee: recent recommendation to Mayor and Council to set a city goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility: Building Resilient Neighborhoods: The Ex-treme Weather Challenge workshop.
  • Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Tucson Chapter: Political will for a livable world. Creating national Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.

The Yes Men Are Revolting – Sunday Jan 4 at the Loft

at The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson AZ 85716

Start the New Year Right: Gear Up to Fight Climate Change!

The Yes Men Are Revolting

On Sunday, January 4 at 1:00 p.m., Sustainable Tucson will partner with the Loft for a special preview screening of The Yes Men Are Revolting, with the duo of pranksters tackling the urgent issue of climate change. Join us for a comic and thought-provoking film, followed by Q&A with Yes Man and co-director Andy Bichlbaum. Stop by the Sustainable Tucson table before the film and learn more about what’s happening in Tucson to fight climate change and promote a sustainable future, including details about our next General Meeting. Physicians for Social Responsibility will also partner for this event.

Click here for information about the film: http://loftcinema.com/film/the-yes-men-are-revolting/

Continue reading below for more perspectives on climate change and climate action.




How public banking can build Arizona’s

economy and benefit Arizona’s citizens.

Monday, December 8, 2014, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Doors open at 5:30 pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room,

101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)


Following the Wall Street crash and the housing market collapse a few years ago, the Move Your Money campaign encouraged millions of Americans to take their money out of big commercial banks and hold the funds locally in credit unions and community banks.  In 2013, the Tucson City Council emulated the Move Our Money campaign by moving $5 million of the City’s rainy day fund from a big commercial bank to a community bank to encourage local business development–an action that spurred $9 million in loans to 16 local small businesses.  In May, 2014, the City Finance Department reported to the Mayor and Council that the program could be expanded to $10M.

Across the U.S., millions of dollars of taxpayer funds are held in big commercial banks such as Wells Fargo and Bank of America, and invested on Wall Street.  What if Arizona had a state-owned public bank—similar to the one in North Dakota—and the state’s rainy day funds were held and invested in Arizona?

Local investment of state funds would translate into jobs and a stronger economy…How? An Arizona public bank could create jobs by investing in public works projects; could boost entrepreneurship by backing small business loans through community banks; could build our state’s future by helping finance college loans—and much more.

Isn’t it time that Arizona invested in Arizona—instead of Wall Street?

Here are a few reasons why Arizona could use a public bank:

  • Arizona has a crumbling infrastructure and “no money” to fix roads, bridges, and public buildings.
  • Arizona’s entrepreneurs can’t get the capital they need to grow and innovate.
  • Cities and towns are strapped for cash and have to sell bonds and pay high fees in order to get credit.
  • Arizona has the 3rd lowest credit rating in the U.S., making borrowing extremely expensive.
  • Arizona is among the 10 worst states in the country for home foreclosures.
  • 10 Arizona banks have failed in the last few years.
  • University tuition continues to increase, pricing young Arizonans out of the market for higher education.


Come to our next Sustainable Tucson public meeting on December 8, 2014 to learn more about alternative economic strategies such as public banking from our four presenters:

Jim Hannley and Pamela Powers Hannley, newly appointed co-directors of Arizonans for a New Economy, will discuss the benefits of public banking and what it would take to create a public bank in our state.

Silvia Amparano, City of Tucson Finance Director – Speaking about the Community Banking Program

Phil Lopes, Legislative District 27 – Addressing legislative strategies for a state-owned bank

Someone from Karin Uhlich’s Ward 3 office has been invited to give us background and updates on the moving of $5M of Tucson’s rainy-day fund into an Arizona-based community bank and how that helped fund 16 small, local businesses.


Last chance for meaningful climate change mitigation? – City-Utility Partnerships

The most recent Greenhouse Gas Inventory (2012) for our region has recently been released, showing a slight decrease since its peak in 2010. Nationally, this same trend is attributed to reduced emissions from electricity generation, improvements in energy efficiencies, reduction in travel and yearly fluctuation in prevailing weather conditions. For the Tucson region the two largest sources of GHG emissions are Electricity (63%) and Gasoline (22%).

Meanwhile, the latest AR5 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is endorsing a “carbon budget” or limit to how much carbon can be put into the atmosphere. Given current rates of fossil fuel burning, we will burn through that budget by 2040. And even if we do transition to a zero-carbon culture by that time we will only have a 50/50 chance of stabilizing a 2 degree C rise in temperatures.

To date the planet is experiencing less than a 1 degree rise, producing changes outside “normal” including increasing temperatures, decreasing water supply, increasing health and social problems, increasing intensity of wildfires and flooding, and greater demands on our infrastructure including electricity production and mobility. If we put 2 and 2 together, the climate change picture is definitely not pretty – the challenge huge and “solution” – imperative.

Minneapolis just reached a milestone agreement to partner with their electricity utility to reach their goals to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050.


Could Tucson do the same? What would it take? Where will leadership come from?

Join Sustainable Tucson’s public meeting to find out more about the latest GHG inventory and the potential to leave future Tucsonans with a habitable climate and sustainable future.

Speakers will include:

Suzanne Cotty, Senior Air Quality Planner and report author

Tucson Electric Power Co representative: invited

Come to Sustainable Tucson’s November 10th meeting to find out more.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room,

101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)




Mark your calendars: The annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival will take place on Sunday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year the Festival will be in its new home, at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Avenue. The YWCA is conveniently located, just west of I-10 and just south of W. St. Mary’s Rd. Designed to be as much a community Expo as it is a Festival, the event is dedicated to promoting all aspects of sustainability in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival will feature key issues, from solar for the home to growing food and native plants, from aquaponics to key environmental issues, from green homes to water efficiency, from recycling to ecology education, and much more. The “Co-op Cluster,” will feature local co-ops, including the Food Conspiracy Co-op, Just Coffee/Café Justo, and Tucson Acupuncture Co-op. And the Tucson Electric Vehicle Association will be on hand with a display of electric vehicles.

The DIY Demonstration Area will offer the opportunity to see hands-on sustainability skills in action, including water efficiency, container gardening, solar cooking and energy applications, home energy, recycling, and more. The DIY Area will also showcase a newly dug vegetable garden that Festival volunteers are building for the YWCA (see below for volunteering). During the Festival, you can help put the finishing touches on this new garden.

Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival will again present its Green School Recognition, this year to Drachman Montessori Magnet, TUSD. We’re also fortunate to present four visionary speakers addressing topics of local importance: Moses Thompson of Manzo Elementary on green schools, Kevin Fink of Zona 78 on Tucson’s local food culture, Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona on localizing Tucson’s economy, and resource economist Skip Laitner on an energy-efficient economy for Tucson.

Local and native foods will be featured through tastings and demonstrations in the Exhibit Courtyard. In the Food Court area, delicious local food will be available for purchase. This family-friendly event will include hands-on activities for all ages and a great line-up of local musicians entertaining throughout the day. Admission and parking are free.

Volunteers Welcome!  We can use your help, both before and on the day of the Festival. Go to the volunteer page on the website or contact one of us below. If you are interested in being part of preparing the new garden, that action will take place on October 18, from 9-2. Sign up on the website or contact Ray <rayclamons@gmail.com> Please be part of making Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival a signature community event.

For more information, see our website: www.envisiontucsonsustainable.org or like us on Facebook at Envision Tucson Sustainable.

Contact Information:

Paula Schlusberg
ETSF Co-Chair
(520) 615-8218

Greg Wetzel
ETSF Co-Chair
(520) 297-1739

People’s Climate March – Tucson Solidarity Events

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept 20 & 21, Tucsonans will join in workshops and a march in solidarity with climate marchers and those calling for a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

Workshops, Saturday, September 20, 10am – 4pm
Sam Lena Library, 1607 S. 6th Ave

A full day of workshops and presentations ranging from community resiliency to electric vehicles to moving beyond protest, all with a focus on how global warming is related to the majority of the issues we care about, and how effective responses through all these issues will help mitigate global warming. The presentations run the gamut from a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizen’s United, to switching to renewable energy and enabling local economies. Speakers are from national march co-sponsors and local organizations such as Sierra Club Rincon Group, 350.org, Occupy Tucson, Coalitions of Mutual Endeavor, Move to Amend, Tucson Bus Riders Union, and others. Special banner and sign-making workshop for the next day’s march will take place during the last workshop timeslot. Kids welcome!

March Begins
Sunday, September 21 9:00 am
Himmel Park Library  1035 North Treat Avenue

March to  Bookman’s Sports Exchange
3330 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson Plugs in 2014 Display

Bike Riders, Join Us!

Barrio Sustainability & Climate Justice Event

The public is invited to Barrio Sustainability & Climate Justice Event, sponsored by Tierra y Libertad Organization and Green For All Unite for Environmental Sustainability

In the spirit of environmental protection and curbing our dependence of fossil fuels, Tierra Y Libertad Organization (TYLO) has teamed up with national partner Green For All to host a barrio event engaging the Latino community and focused on green living, energy conservation, and positive community health. The public is invited.

Contact: Luis Perales, Organizer

Phone: (520) 440-9392 Cell

Where: Wakefield Middle School – 101 W. 44th St (6th Ave/44th St)


Garbage: Waste Or Resource?

  • Compost is a good alternative to chemical fertilizers…It doesn’t pollute groundwater, wells, or waterways.
  • Compost keeps organic materials out of landfills, reducing methane gas emissions.
  • Compost sequesters carbon deep in the soil
  • Compost promotes healthy microbial activity in the soil, providing micronutrients to plant roots and discouraging soil diseases.
  • Compost improves soil structure, thereby protecting topsoil from erosion.
  • Compost helps soil retain more rainwater.
  • Compost helps grow plants rich with nutrients that sustain good health.
  • Compost manufacturing support green jobs.
  • It’s easy and it’s satisfying.
  • Composting turns food scraps into new food!

Come to our next Sustainable Tucson general meeting on September 8, 2014

to learn more about composting from our three presenters:


Chet Phillips, Project Director of Compost Cats, had to cancel his presentation, due to an unforeseen circumstance, but we will have the following presentation instead:

EMILY ROCKEY, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Fairfax Companies, which includes Tank’s Green Stuff, will tell us about their large-scale composting operations.  Tank’s Green Stuff rescues local plant material that would otherwise be considered “waste” and transforms it into something valuable: a rich, water saving, nutrient filled organic compost.

Linda Leigh, Co-owner with partner Doug Shepherd of Vermillion Wormery, will talk about the use of worms for composting, aka vermicomposting, to achieve their goal of zero organic waste.  They partner with restaurants and friends, taking kitchen scraps and feeding them to earthworms to produce a beautiful, full-of-life soil amendment called vermicast.

Joy Holdread, Proprietor and resident of Joy’s Happy Garden, will be talking about her creative low-cost, low-water, low-labor composting strategies for sustainable desert living.  Joy is a passive-aggressive desert gardener!

Summer Movie Night: Inequality for All


We don’t need to be expert economists to recognize the dramatic disparity in wealth between the rich and, well, everyone else. Since the 1970s, the gap between rich and poor has steadily widened, exacerbated by the recent financial crisis but tracing its roots to policies put in place several decades ago.   How can we better understand those policies and their impact, to better prepare ourselves as advocates and fighters for change?

Join us for a thought-provoking meeting, with a showing of the film Inequality for All, featuring Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton and now a professor at UC Berkeley.  Prof. Reich examines the widening income inequality in the US, exploring not just its impact on the US economy and threat to the American middle class, but even its disruption of life in the country overall.

Please Note: Because of the length of the movie, we are starting earlier than usual this month.  Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the program will start promptly at 5:30 p.m.

“We make the rules of the economy – and we have the power to change those rules.” – Robert Reich

As always the meeting is at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)

Inequality for all trailer

Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production

Urban agriculture is becoming much more common — in many forms, not just backyard gardens. Voters of Tucson recently adopted a General Plan that endorses urban food production, and City of Tucson is developing a Sustainability Land Use Code that supports urban agriculture, while still maintaining appropriate nuisance and noise regulations. We need urban food production (including distribution/sale) to flourish, legally, in Tucson — as it has in so many urban areas around the country and around the world.

Many things will need to happen to bring this about, but at least one important thing is for City regulations to allow it to happen. For example, under current codes, up to 24 chickens are allowed almost anywhere — as long as your lot is over 100’ in all directions (very rare within the city). Over the past few years, much work has been done to develop appropriate regulations, with numerous opportunities for public input. But now, because of misunderstandings, the whole process may get dropped, leaving the city with its current, restrictive and/or confusing regulations.

Tucson needs pro-food-production regulations and a vision of a community with an abundant, flourishing local food system. The July Sustainable Tucson meeting will provide an opportunity to join the discussion of that vision and what is needed to make it happen.

The program will begin with short videos showing some ideas of what has succeeded in other cities — and could be possible here. Then, Merrill Eisenberg, retired professor, UA College of Public Health, will provide a brief overview that summarizes work to this point and contrasts current and proposed regulations. We will then discuss how to get appropriate regulations passed and how to promote a community vision for creating a secure and sustainable local food supply for Tucson.

Come to Sustainable Tucson’s July 14th meeting and be part of the discussion.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.

As always, the meeting is at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone  (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)

New film – Urban Farming – Growing Cities

This Friday night you can see “Growing Cities”, a new film about the urban farming movement in America.

Friday, June 27, The Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts cinema will host the documentary, Growing Cities. The film, which follows the urban farming movement in America and its potential to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat, has been chosen as an Official Selection of 22 esteemed Film Festivals since its release in the Fall of 2013.

In their search for answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time.

They discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting; they’re producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too. Growing Cities is a journey to an America that believes in a more sustainable, just, and healthy future for all.

The Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts is also host to the Food For Ascension Café, an all-organic, vegetable-forward restaurant serving fresh cuisine made from locally-sourced ingredients. As part of their “give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he’ll eat forever” philosophy, Food For Ascension hosts films, demonstrations, classes, lectures and workshops at the Sea Of Glass on locally sourced and naturally grown food and its preparation for the benefit of optimal health, disease prevention and wellness through nutritional education; sponsored by the Soulistic Medical Institute, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

Film starts at 7:00 P.M.; 90 min. Discussion to follow. Tickets are $5.00 advance / $10.00 day of show. Proceeds benefit teen young adult rehabilitation programs and Avalon Organic Gardens Internships. For those in financial need, call 520-603-9932 about Avalon Organic Gardens Hands-In-The-Soil work reciprocation program (call 1 week in advance of shows).

The Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts is located just off 4th Avenue at 330 E. 7th Street, Tucson, Arizona. For more information call (520) 398-2542 or visit http://theseaofglass.org.

Urban Agriculture and Harvgesting – Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance

This is the annual Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance meeting on Urban Agriculture and Harvgestin.  The goals of the program are:

  •  inform both gardeners and interested neighbors about the resources in the community,
  • look at the big picture around urban gardening. We want to consider: Creating a Citizen Science & Desert Food Masters certification, matching food supply to demand and creating a true desert oasis in Tucson.

About 10 organizations will provide brief presentations on opportunities to create an urban food supply for Tucson.   Adam Smith of the City of Tucson Office of Integrated Planning will review the draft City urban agriculture landuse code they are developing.

The meeting will be at the Ward 3 Office conference room at 1510 E Grant

Tour – River Road Gardens

This meeting of the Feeding Tucson Champions’ Network will include a guided tour of the River Road Gardens, 3605 East River Road (on the Waldorf School campus) at 11:00

Jon McNamara & Emily Mabry have a successful CSA garden and will provide a tour for the FTCN.  Then, we will adjourn to the school and discuss what it will take to get more of these.

Join us Sunday for a tour of a local farmer and a discussion of how to create a Secure Food Supply for Tucson.   If you want to get regular invites to similar activities, visit the <FeedingTucson.org> website and join.

Support Urban Food this Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 13, the City of Tucson is holding a public meeting on new landuse rules for urban agriculture.

COME TO THE MEETING AND SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD.   Your voice could count a lot here.

There has been strong opposition to most urban food production by a small group of people.  They fear that it might attract dangerous wildlife, be a public nuisance with both smells and noise, and is in-appropriate for a city.

THEY WILL COME OUT and voice their opinions.  Will you?

Support local food for Tucson this Tuesday evening.  The meeting is at

Sentinel Building, 1st Floor Meeting Rooms
320 Commerce Park Loop

Food Biodiversity: Homogeneity and implications for food security

Colin Khoury, of the Global Crop Diversity Trust and a former employee of Tucson’s own Native Seeds/SEARCH, will review  evidence of dramatic changes in the genetic diversity of the world’s main food crops and it relevance for human health and food security.

Khoury will offer solutions to the narrowing of the diversity of the world’s food supplies and the increasing interdependence on a limited number and range of crops.

The talk is sponsored by UA Kellogg Program of the SW Center, WEES Food Systems Scholars, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Native Seeds/SEARCH.

Talk is at UA Harvill Building, Rm 404.

Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference (AHESC)

The Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference (AHESC) is the first conference designed to inspire, inform, and create engagement opportunities for students, faculty, staff and administrators working or studying in higher education institutions across Arizona to advance sustainability solutions on campuses and in the regional community. Through a statewide model, a variety of perspectives are brought to the table, creating a collaborative platform to work through common challenges and key issues (such as water, energy, pollution, etc.). AHESC offers a network to share practical tools and solutions that fit Arizona’s unique landscape and builds mutual ownership in the development of a stronger foundation for sustainability and education throughout the region.

To Register or for more information: <http://ahesc.org/>

32nd Solar Potluck and Exhibition

Solar, Solar, Solar, Solar!

Come to the 32nd annual Solar Potluck.  It will be a beautiful day at Catalina State Park.  See:

  • Solar cooked food (provided all day)
  • Solar Displays
  • Speakers, musicians on stage powered by solar energy
  • Solar Potluck Dinner at 5:00 – Bring a dish, beverage or ice to share and your own plate and silverware/

Entrance to the Solar Potluck is free.  $7 per care to get into Catalina State Park.  From 10:00 to Sunset.

For more info: Bruce Joseph (1-520-258-8540).  Or email: chair@citizensforsolar.org

Local Food? How are we going to pay for that?!

Special location

Sea of Glass Performing Arts Hall                                            330 East 7th St

For its January General Meeting, Sustainable Tucson is joining with the Kellogg Program for Sustainable Food Systems at the UA and numerous other organizations* from around the state.  This special program will present nationally-known speakers who will discuss how to finance a vibrant (and delicious) local food economy for Arizona.

The Monday event will start at 4:00, with a film screening of Jesus Garcia’s “A Taste of History”.  After a reception with light snacks, at 6:30, Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona and Gary Nabhan of the Kellogg program will introduce two nationally known speakers – Woody Tasch, founder of Slow Money, and Michael Dimock of Roots of Change Foundation.  Both will describe innovative approaches to creating local food systems.  You can also pick up your free copy of the latest edible Baja Arizona.

If you believe that Tucson needs to grow and eat a lot more healthy, nutritious, and fresh local food, this is a program that you won’t want to miss.  There is a $5 charge to cover the munchies, but it is well worth your time.

The Monday event is the opening reception of a two-day conference at Biosphere 2 –  the “Food & Farm Finance Forum”.  This conference, which is co-sponsored by  Sustainable Tucson and a number of other groups, will focus on financing local food in Arizona.  There is a full complement of speakers and interactive workshops.  And the conference will connect local entrepreneurs with food-related business plans and venture capital investors who want to fund them.

This could be a real turning point for the local food movement, because the lack of money to start up new businesses is one of the key barriers to producing as much local food as our renewable resources allow.  If you want to find out more, check out the conference information.

* Local First Arizona, Good Food Finder, Slow Money Arizona, Edible Baja Arizona magazine, Edible Phoenix Magazine, Sustainable Tucson, Avalon gardens , Slow food Tucson, Slow Food Phoenix, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Pima County Foood Systems Alliance and Native Seeds/SEARCH

Seeking Water from the Sun: A Quest for Clean Water –A Solar Powered Solution – Where are We Now?”

Gallagher Theater, UA Student Union
This special film presentation during Homecoming Weekend will provide a snapshot of the film design, construction and current status of the solar-energy powered desalination prototype featured in the Arizona Public Media special documentary “Seeking Water From the Sun,” which aired on Earth Day, April 22, 2012. The documentary looks at the drama of science and the reality of life on the Navajo Nation, as it explores the trials and tribulations facing scientists designing and building a solar-powered water distillation prototype, the first step of a plan to purify ground water for easier access to the Navajo people and their livestock.

VegFest Tucson


VegFest will feature Milton Mills, M.D., and Robert Cheeke, as well as lectures, food demonstrations, and information provided by area healthcare providers. Milton Mills, M.D., is Associate Director of Preventive Medicine with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Director of the Gilead Medical Group in the Washington, D.C. area. Robert Cheeke is a vegan bodybuilder and author of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness.


Call 520-275-7999 for more information.

Location:  Hilton Tucson East, 7600 E. Broadway Blvd