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COP22: A Multimedia Presentation and Discussion about the UN Climate Talks in Marrakech

posted November 28, 2016

[ Tuesday, December 6, 2016; 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Speaker(s):
Remy Franklin, Masters Candidate, School of Geography and Development
Location:
ENR2, Rm S230

School of Geography and Development MA Candidate Remy Franklin tells the story of COP22 from his perspective as an activist and observer with the youth advocacy organization, SustainUS.

Sponsored by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice.

Light refreshments will [...]

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Localizing Our Economy

posted November 11, 2016

[ Monday, November 14, 2016; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Please join Sustainable Tucson for the November General Meeting, “Localizing Our Economy.” We’re excited to present speakers on two innovative tools for financing local entrepreneurs and stimulating the local economy.

• Jim and Pamela Powers Hannley, from Arizonans for a New Economy, will speak on the benefits and possibility of creating an Arizona State Bank, a [...]

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Religious response to environmental issues

posted October 25, 2016

[ Saturday, October 29, 2016; 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 602 N. Wilmot Road, will discuss global climate change and the impact to the environment with five speakers, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. An optional Mass begins at 8:30 a.m.

According to press materials, speakers include:

Katie Hirschboeck, associate professor of climatology for [...]

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UN Conference in Tucson on Food & Water in Arid Lands

posted October 24, 2016

[ Friday, November 4, 2016; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Saturday, November 5, 2016; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. ] A Food and Water Conference, and a Celebration of Place

WHAT: The 2016 ITKI ● UNESCO ● City of Gastronomy Conference in Tucson, Arizona, USA: Food and Water in Arid Lands: Dialogues across Contemporary and Traditional Knowledge

WHEN: Opens on Friday, November 4, 2016 and concludes on Saturday, November 5 at 5pm, followed by a closing celebration [...]

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Institute of the Environment – Fall Fest 2016

posted September 19, 2016

[ Tuesday, September 20, 2016; 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. ] The Institute of the Environment’s annual Fall Fest is back and better than ever, with a graduate student poster competition, amazing door prizes, good food and drink, and remarks from this year’s featured speaker, Rebecca Tsosie, on “Climate Justice, Indigenous Sustainability, and an Ethic of Place.” Come catch up with colleagues and enjoy the festivities [...]

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Cyclovia Fall 2016 Fundraiser

posted September 15, 2016

Donate now to the Cyclovia Fall Fundraiser!
Cyclovia Tucson is a program of Living Streets Alliance, a non-profit organization working to make our streets safe, vibrant places for everyone. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and every dollar we raise goes directly towards making Cyclovia an incredible experience for all.

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Solidarity Rally – resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline

posted September 13, 2016

[ Wednesday, September 14, 2016; 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. ] Join Rising Tide Tucson and others for a Solidarity Rally with the water protectors of Standing Rock resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline. We will be gathering on Wednesday September 14th at 4:30 at Bank of America downtown (33 N. Stone, between Congress and Pennington). Bank of America is one of many financial institutions investing [...]

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INTEGRATING SUSTAINABLE BUILDING AND LIVING WITH NATURE

posted September 13, 2016

[ Friday, November 4, 2016; 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] In the first part of his talk, Dr. Fitch will define sustainable and regenerative building and why the concept is so important to society, natural environments, and the Earth’s Biosphere. He will then outline the steps and technologies of sustainable, regenerative building, using the solar-powered home he built in Redstone Canyon, Colorado, as an example. [...]

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A Time to Choose

posted June 13, 2016

Along with The Loft Cinema and the UA Institute of the Environment, Sustainable Tucson will be co-presenting the film “A Time to Choose,” which will be shown June 15, at 7:30 pm, at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Come early and visit with us at the Sustainable Tucson table on the patio. [...]

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Just Transitions: Energy, Water and Local Economic Development on the Navajo Nation

posted April 20, 2016

Jihan Gearon is Executive Director of Black Mesa Water Coalition (BMWC), whose environmental justice/economic development work focuses on a region of the Navajo nation called Black Mesa. BMWC’s mission is to build a Just Transition away from the fossil fuel based economy of the Navajo Nation towards a green economy that uplifts the traditional [...]

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“Catching the Sun” New Film Screening

posted April 18, 2016

[ Friday, April 22, 2016; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] You are invited to a screening of the new film “Catching the Sun” on Friday, April 22nd at 7pm at Casa Video Film Bar at 2905 E Speedway Blvd.

Catching The Sun is a feature length documentary that explores the global race to a clean energy future. The event will be done by donation, as Tucson [...]

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We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can – Heinberg

posted April 6, 2016

We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can
by Richard Heinberg

Transcript:
JESSICA DESVARIEUX, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I’m Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.
Folks are lining up to reserve electric car automaker Tesla’s Model 3. It’s considered to be one of the first electric cars for the mass market at an expected price [...]

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Historic Broadway widening links and articles

posted March 31, 2016

“Intro to Broadway Widening Project – Who What, When, Why: Why Are We Spending $74 Million and Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area while Producing No Traffic Improvement?”
Overview and background, an intro for people who are learning about the situation. By Dave Bilgray.
http://www.sustainabletucson.org/2016/03/intro-to-broadway-project-who-what-when-why-why-why/
 
An excellent OpEd by Tucson architect Bob Vint on how Historic [...]

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Intro to Broadway Project – Who, What, When, Why?

posted March 31, 2016

Why Are We Spending $74 Million
and
Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area
while
Producing No Traffic Improvement?
 
The Broadway Improvement Project is not needed, and will provide no benefit to the residents of Tucson.  The City’s own data shows that widening Broadway will provide only a 6-second improvement in travel time.
 
The City of Tucson wants to bulldoze [...]

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Has HDR Engineers done what they were hired to do?

posted March 31, 2016

Has HDR Engineers done what they were hired to do?

Here is the scope of work

The phrases below are excerpted from the 2011 Scope of Work issued by COT Dept. of Procurement for the Broadway Project used to issue the contract to HDR Engineering.
 
The consultant is to establish

“an innovative and context sensitive, solutions-oriented approach toward the [...]

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City’s April 2016 Plan differs from Previous Recommendations and Adoptions

posted March 31, 2016

There are large differences from the base alignment that the Citizen Task Force (CTF) recommended and the Mayor and Council adopted in May 2015. They are:
 
1.     Many more buildings, historic and businesses, will be acquired and demolished. It appears to be at a minimum around 30, not the 10 to 12 promised earlier.
2.    [...]

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10 Impacts of the Proposed Broadway Widening

posted March 31, 2016

1) The current alignment (the 30% design) ignores public input, which overwhelmingly advocated for preservation of the historic streetscape and local businesses.
 
2) The 30% design defies the direction of Mayor and Council, who approved an alignment that would have caused the loss of at most 11 historic buildings. The proposed 30% design will take out [...]

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Sustainability on the Chopping Block – Tucson City Council Decision April 19th

posted March 31, 2016

[ Tuesday, April 19, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

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This is an urgent appeal to the Sustainability Community to show up and speak out for sustainability and reject an unnecessary road widening plan which will cost millions and do nothing for sustainable mobility and economic vitality.
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We have limited opportunities to help shape decisions about urban form and public infrastructure which effect the way [...]

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Sign online petition for a sustainable Broadway

posted March 26, 2016

Petition by iPetitions
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Data crunched: Broadway widening WILL NOT speed cars…or buses…or pedestrians…or even bicycles!

posted March 26, 2016

Analysis of RTA and COT’s own numbers shows widening Broadway will not cut travel times for cars or anyone else.
So why are we spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars amidst a budget crisis?
(A)  The proposed work will have almost zero (~1.4%) benefit, as the Design Concept Report (DCR) data itself declares.
(B)  Regional Transportation Authority [...]

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CALL TO ACTION!

posted March 25, 2016

[ Tuesday, March 29, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]
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Why would we spend $75 million for no appreciable improvement in traffic?
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The City of Tucson is proposing to:
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1)   Widen Historic Broadway even though traffic hasn’t increased for 20 years,
2)  Demolish 30+ buildings and businesses, and
3)  Ignore the community’s plea to design for a vibrant, history and place-preserving, climate-friendly future where local [...]

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Climate Change and Pima County Operations

posted March 2, 2016

[ Monday, March 14, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Climate Change and Pima County Operations:
Mitigation and Adaptation through Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, and Renewable Energy

The Sustainable Tucson general meeting for March continues this year’s focus on climate change and local impacts and actions.

In Pima County, residents, businesses, and public services primarily rely on energy generated by natural gas and coal-fired thermoelectric plants and [...]

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Urban Farm Tour

posted February 21, 2016

[ Saturday, March 5, 2016; 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] Tucson currently grows millions of pounds of food right in the urban area, but we don’t see it because it comes from many, many places in small quantities.

Now you can join the Feeding Tucson Urban Farm Tour on March 5 to see examples of the future of Tucson’s secure food system.

During this 5-hour tour, participants [...]

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Local Climate Change Actions: Policy and Progress

posted January 27, 2016

[ Monday, February 8, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 [...]

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UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series

posted January 18, 2016

[ Monday, January 25, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, February 8, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, February 22, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, February 29, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, March 7, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series

A Series of Six Lectures
Exploring Our World and Ourselves

Mondays, January 25 – March 7
7:00-8:00 PM
UA Centennial Hall

Climate change and its impacts are no longer merely abstract projections for the future. Instead, they are on-going and growing challenges for both humans and many of the natural systems upon which we depend. Globally, [...]

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Free screening – This Changes Everything

posted January 17, 2016

[ Saturday, January 23, 2016; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] 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 [...]

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

posted January 16, 2016

[ Thursday, January 21, 2016; 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Southern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership Meeting: January 21

The public is invited to this important, free event.

Agenda:
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 [...]

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From the Pope to Paris: Climate Change Action Updates

posted January 4, 2016

[ Monday, January 11, 2016; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 [...]

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Duality in Climate Science

posted November 16, 2015

Duality in Climate Science
Published by Kevin Anderson blog on 2015-10-15
Original article: http://kevinanderson.info/blog/duality-in-climate-science/ by Kevin Anderson

 
The value of science is undermined when we adopt questionable assumptions and fine-tune our analysis to conform to dominant political and economic sensibilities. The pervasive inclusion of speculative negative emission technologies to deliver politically palatable 2°C mitigation is but one such [...]

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Special event for November

posted November 1, 2015

[ Thursday, November 19, 2015; 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. ] 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 [...]

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Important movie – This Changes Everything

posted November 1, 2015

[ Thursday, November 19, 2015; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 [...]

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October Meeting – Film and Panel Discussion

posted October 9, 2015

[ Monday, October 12, 2015; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 [...]

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ENVISION TUCSON SUSTAINABLE FESTIVAL

posted October 9, 2015

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 [...]

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Edible Neighborhood Tour

posted June 6, 2015

[ Saturday, June 13, 2015; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] 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 [...]

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Lessons from Sustainable Urban Design: Films and Discussion

posted April 9, 2015

[ Monday, April 13, 2015; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 [...]

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REJECT THE BROADWAY ALIGNMENT! A model letter to the City of Tucson

posted March 9, 2015

REJECT THE BROADWAY ALIGNMENT!
A model letter to the City of Tucson
By Broadway Coalition Member Laura Tabili
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Send to:     broadway@tucsonaz.gov,      Jonathan.Rothschild@tucsonaz.gov, mayor1@tucsonaz.gov, ward1@tucsonaz.gov, ward2@tucsonaz.gov, Ward3@tucsonaz.gov, ward4@tucsonaz.gov,ward5@tucsonaz.gov,Regina.Romero@tucsonaz.gov, Karin.Uhlich@tucsonaz.gov, Paul.Cunningham@tucsonaz.gov, Shirley.Scott@tucsonaz.gov, Richard.Fimbres@tucsonaz.gov, Steve.Kozachik@tucsonaz.gov, citymanager@tucsonaz.gov
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REJECT THE BROADWAY ALIGNMENT!
The Broadway Citizens Task Force and Tucson’s Mayor & Council must reject the excessively wide and destructive staff-generated Broadway Alignment posted on [...]

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Broadway Coalition Vision: Let’s Make the Broadway Project Sustainable Now!

posted March 2, 2015

[ Monday, March 9, 2015; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 [...]

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February 18th ST Meeting Flyer

posted February 8, 2015

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Response to assertions made about energy’s costs, systems

posted February 3, 2015

Response to assertions made about energy’s costs, systems
By Carmine Tilghman
Special to the Arizona Daily Star, January 29, 2015
 
Evidence of Tucson Electric Power’s commitment to renewable energy isn’t hard to find.
Visit the Solar Zone at the University of Arizona Tech Park, where solar projects built from competing technologies cover 165 acres and produce a combined 23 [...]

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An Energy Partnership / Climate Solution for Tucson?

posted January 28, 2015

[ Wednesday, February 18, 2015; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ]  

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(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
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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 [...]

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Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid

posted January 23, 2015

Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid
By Terry Finefrock Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 23, 2015
There is great potential that electricity costs could be reduced, increases avoided, system reliability improved and recurring economic benefits provided by establishing utility-scale photovoltaic solar electric facilities within and adjacent to the Tucson distribution grid.
By [...]

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

posted December 29, 2014

[ Sunday, January 4, 2015; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] 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 [...]

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Climate: The Crisis and the Movement

posted December 21, 2014

Climate: The Crisis and the Movement
by Naomi Klein & Allen White
Wherein lie the roots of the climate crisis? Allen White, Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute, talks with writer and activist Naomi Klein, author of the new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, about how our economic system has driven us to [...]

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What climate change asks of us

posted December 21, 2014

 
What climate change asks of us: moral obligation, mobilization and crisis communication
by Margaret Klein
“Humans contain a great capacity to help each other, to dutifully respond to the needs of others, and to improve the world around us… When it is clear there is an emergency, and we have a vital role in responding to it, [...]

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The Oil Price Crash of 2014

posted December 20, 2014

 
The Oil Price Crash of 2014 
by Richard Heinberg
Oil prices have fallen by half since late June. This is a significant development for the oil industry and for the global economy, though no one knows exactly how either the industry or the economy will respond in the long run. Since it’s almost the end of [...]

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

posted November 4, 2014

[ Monday, November 10, 2014; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 [...]

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LET’S TALK TRASH (Rescheduled)

posted September 25, 2014

[ Monday, October 13, 2014; 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] From Garbage to Gold: Turning Organic “Waste” Into a Valuable Resource
Meeting at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)

Compost is a good alternative to chemical fertilizers…It doesn’t pollute groundwater, wells, or waterways.
Compost keeps organic materials out of landfills, reducing methane gas emissions.
Compost sequesters [...]

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Support the Broadway Coalition Petition Drive

posted August 26, 2014

NOTE: This petition is an initiative of the Broadway Coalition which is solely responsible for processing and managing the results. Sustainable Tucson hosts this online petition drive as a community service.

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LET’S TALK TRASH

posted August 21, 2014

[ Monday, September 8, 2014; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 [...]

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