Used Cooking Oil Collection

Enjoy Dining Green (EDG) will collect used cooking oil the Day after Thanksgiving! EDG will start the first of their regular monthly collection sites in hope to reduce the amount of oil being dumped in our sewer system.

Enjoy Dining Green will have 2 collection sites, one at the EDG building located at 4551 S. Alvernon Way (between Irvington and Ajo) and the other in the Student Parking Lot at Salpointe Catholic High School, 1545 E Copper St. (on Mountain between Glenn & Grant). Any Pima County residents who have used cooking oil are invited to bring it to either drop-off location.

Enjoy Dining Green will have monthly collections for Tucson area residents. The schedule will be posted on their website, Enjoy Dining Green is a coalition of concerned and environmentally-conscious people and restaurants united to practice environmentally sustainable recycling in the form of used cooking oil to biodiesel processing. In 2010, EDG and EDG Fuels will open a biodiesel facility in Tucson, Arizona able to produce up to 1.5 million gallons of biodiesel per year.

Enjoy Dining Green is also seeking pledges from area businesses and restaurants to help the environment by allowing us to recycle used cooking oil.

Enjoy Dining Green is part of EDG which is an innovative company with an environmentally committed staff. For more information about EDG, please visit our website at

Sustainable Tucson General Meeting

The focus of the Sustainable Tucson General Meeting will be Food Sustainability. On February 8, your view of food sustainability in Tucson ’s future may change forever. The Sustainable Tucson Working Group on Food & Agriculture will engage your mind and your tastebuds in thinking about the sources of food in Tucson, Pima County and Southern Arizona. The February General Meeting of Sustainable Tucson will feature presentations and activities designed to help us understand our food resources. We’ll look at food facts and information that define our food supply, population, farmers and ranchers, farmers markets, traditional food sources and eating trends for local and natural foods in our desert home. Come join us. Be prepared to participate.

Composting Workshop

A free composting workshop will be held at the Tierra Anita Community Garden site, located in Barrio Anita at the corners of N. Anita Ave and W. Williams St. on Saturday, November 14th from 8:00-9:00am. The workshop will be taught by Kent Sorensen and Diane DePaul of Sonoran Desert Landscape.

Directions to Tierra Anita:
From the west-
Travel east bound on Speedway, and when you pass under the freeway, be in the right lane. After crossing the north bound frontage road there is a ‘spur’ off from Speedway to the right. Take this spur, go right at the first street and the garden will be on the right. [If you miss this spur, and go under the railroad tracks you have gone to far. In this case, follow Speedway to Oracle (Main), turn right (south) and follow directions below].

From the east:
Travel west bound on Speedway, at Oracle (Main) turn south, stay in the right lane and immediately after crossing the rail road tracks, turn right onto Davis. At the stop sign turn right. This is N. Anita Ave. Travel north until you find W. Williams (nearly to the stop sign). Garden will be on your left.

Coats for Cubs

Give your furs back to the animals! Starting Saturday, November 14 through Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, bring your real fur apparel, including trims, accessories and shearling, to any Buffalo Exchange and let us know it’s a donation for Coats for Cubs.
Since you’re donating to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), condition is unimportant. Used furs provide bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife. Since 2006, Buffalo Exchange has collected a total of 3,885 used furs on behalf of Coats for
Cubs. To claim a tax deduction, please mail your fur directly to The Humane Society of the United States, Attn: Coats for Cubs, 2100 L St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037.

The Story of Stuff, and more!

Q: Why should I care about the Citizens united v. FEC ruling?
A: In this landmark case, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that it is unconstitutional to limit how much money corporations can spend to influence elections. Why? They said limits would violate the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. Since the 2010 ruling, corporations have spent $300 million to influence election results. This money has been used to run ads and engage in other activities to sway us – the voters– to support candidates who serve the interests of those corporations. Since the interests of corporations rarely match up with the interests of individuals like you and me, that’s a real concern!

View this informative and entertaining little film here.


Watch “The Story of Cap & Trade”

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The Story of Cap & Trade is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the “devils in the details” in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from what’s really required to tackle the climate crisis. If you’ve heard about cap and trade, but aren’t sure how it works (or who benefits), this is the film for you. Find about it here:


And what about bottled water?

And, after you’ve seen this one, you might want to see what they have to say about the story of bottled water at http://www.storyof



Watch “The Story of Stuff”

The Story of Stuff is a wonderful online video about sustainable production and consumption, a culture of practices we don’t see very much of yet. In addition to the suggested “10 Little and Big Things You Can Do”, there is a pressing need for organized, coordinated action at the grassroots level. This is why Sustainable Tucson is so important. Watch “The Story of Stuff” here.

Donate Your Tree’s Fruit


We are Iskashitaa Refugee Harvesting
Network, volunteers working with refugees
to harvest and distribute over 30,000 pounds of produce annually from your fruit trees and local farms.

• Can’t give it away before it spoils?
•We’ll pick up, harvest and distribute your fruit.
•Help feed families in need in your community.
• Reduce the waste of good, healthy food.

•Donations of picked fruit or veggies
•Harvesting/donation of your produce
• Inclusion in our database for future harvesting
• Volunteering with us

Call Barbara Eiswerth (520) 440-0100
Visit our website:

Find us at the UofA Farmer’s Market on University Blvd, west of campus, on Fridays from 10am-2pm

Have excess fruit or vegetables on your property?

Either donate your excess grown produce OR simply have your resource added to the database.

Iskash*taa is an inter-generational group of refugees from Africa and Tucsonan volunteers harvesting approximately 20,000 lbs. of fruits and vegetables each year from backyards and local farms and redistributing to refugee families from many countries and other Tucson organizations that assist families in need.

Volunteers invite the community to donate excess fruit. help spread the word.