Archive for the 'Whole Systems & Planning' Category


Review: The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy

posted November 28, 2012

Review: The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy by Jon Walker   What I love most about this book is the feeling you get that there is hope: solutions to environmental, social and financial crises do exist, they have been tried and tested all over the planet and all we have to […]

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Water Resources Research Center – Brown Bag Seminars – Nov 29, Dec 6 & 11

posted November 25, 2012

at Sol Resnick Conference Room, Water Resources Research Center, 350 N Campbell Ave, Tucson AZ See below for details on December 6   Water Resources Research Center – Brown Bag Seminars Thursday, November 29 Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm Speakers: Sharon Megdal, Director, Water Resources Research Center, Specialist and Professor, Department of Soil, Water and […]

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Food Policy links & resources on the internet

posted November 18, 2012

Food Policy links & resources on the internet (ST Food working group, November 2012) National Websites: http://www.foodsecurity.org/FPC/council.html * (List of Food Policy Councils in North America) http://www.foodfirst.org/sites/www.foodfirst.org/files/pdf/PB_19_Cutting_Through_the_Red_Tape.pdf (Food First/Institute for Food and Development policy brief) http://www.socialenterprise.net/assets/files/REDI_Summary_May_2011.pdf (4 food initiatives case studies) –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  […]

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Collaborative Redesign of the Sonoran Desert Foodshed – Localizing Our Food Supply – Gary Nabhan and Michael Brownlee – December 10

posted November 18, 2012

Free and open to the public at Pima Community College downtown, Amethyst Room, 1255 N Stone Ave, Tucson AZ (also see campus map for lots of free parking) Collaborative Redesign of the Sonoran Desert Foodshed and Localizing Our Food Supply with Gary Nabhan and Michael Brownlee Please note special time and location for this month’s […]

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UK Tyndall Centre Interview: Rapid and deep emissions reductions may not be easy, but 4°C to 6°C will be much worse

posted November 3, 2012

 by Rob Hopkins Published by Transition Culture on Fri, 11/02/2012  and republished by EnergyBulletin.Net  on Sat, 11/3/2012 Kevin Anderson is the Deputy Director of the UK Tyndall Centre and is an expert on greenhouse-gas emissions trajectories. He will be giving the annual Cabot Institute lecture, ‘Real Clothes for the Emperor’ on 6th November in Bristol, […]

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Climate Change and Energy Decline: Building resilient communities in the SW United States – Guy McPherson – November 5

posted October 31, 2012

at Pima Community College downtown, Amethyst Room, 1255 N Stone Ave   Climate Change and Energy Decline: Building resilient communities in the southwestern United States with Guy McPherson Co-sponsored by Tucson Audubon Society and Sustainable Tucson Please note special time and location for this month’s Sustainable Tucson meeting, When:  Monday, November 5, 2012, 7:00 pm […]

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Eco-Health Relationship Browser – EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities

posted October 23, 2012

Eco-Health Relationship Browser EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research News Flash September 25, 2012 The EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program is pleased to announce the launch of the Eco-Health Relationship Browser, an easy-to-use new online tool from the SHC program. The Eco-Health Relationship Browser illustrates the linkages between human health and ecosystem […]

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270 minutes of silence – Presidential debates avoiding Climate change – 350.org

posted October 23, 2012

Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:32:25 +0000 From: Jamie Henn – 350.org <organizers(at)350.org> Subject: 270 minutes of silence. Dear Friends, Not one word. After 270 minutes of Presidential and Vice Presidential debates, no one has mentioned climate change or global warming. If the candidates don’t speak up tonight, this will be the first time since 1988 […]

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Storm Water Harvesting – WMG Green Living Co-op Workshops – Oct 11,13,14,21,27

posted October 15, 2012

Click these links for more details: Thursday October 11, 7am – 12pm Saturday October 13, 8am – 1pm Sunday, October 14, 7am – 12pm Sunday, October 21, 8am – 1pm Saturday, October 27, 8am – 1pm   Watershed Management Group – Residential Green Infrastructure Workshops Join Watershed Management Group’s Tucson Green-living Co-op for a series […]

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Forum for Candidates for AZ Corporation Commission – League of Women Voters – Oct 4

posted September 21, 2012

at Temple Emanu-El, 225 N Country Club Road, Tucson AZ Sustainable Tucson October Meeting Please note special time and location for this month’s Sustainable Tucson meeting, Temple Emanu-El, 225 N Country Club Road, Tucson AZ Thursday, October 4, 2012, 6:30 PM Doors open at 6:15 pm Forum for Candidates for AZ Corporation Commission All Candidates […]

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Challenges in Vertical Farming – all-day workshop & live webcast – Sep 26

posted September 17, 2012

live webcast from University of Maryland Conference Center   Workshop on the “Challenges in Vertical Farming” September 26, 2012 The Marriott Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College 3501 University Blvd, East Hyattsville, Maryland 20783 USA http://challengesinverticalfarming.org We are pleased to announce an NSF funded workshop on the “Challenges in Vertical Farming”, which […]

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Crucial ACC Election for Climate Activists – TUCAN Workshop Sep 8

posted September 5, 2012

at Miller Golf Links Public Library, 9640 E Golf Links Rd, Tucson (see below about carpooling) Crucial ACC Election for Climate Activists Workshop on September 8 Saturday 1 p.m., free t-shirt Dear Climate Activist, In the 2012, three of five seats at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) are up for election. This election will decide […]

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Fall 2012 One Day Workshops – Sonoran Permaculture Guild

posted September 4, 2012

Fall 2012 One Day Workshops – Sonoran Permaculture Guild For full class descriptions, registration information, and FAQs for these workshops, please go to http://www.sonoranpermaculture.org/courses-and-workshops/   Designing a Home Greywater System – September 22nd, 2012 This one-day class provides a basic understanding of residential greywater system design, function, application, and applicable building codes. Participants will work […]

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ST September Meeting – Sept 10 – Sustainability of Urban Mobility and Urban Form continued – Broadway Boulevard Project

posted August 28, 2012

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Broadway Boulevard Project: Sustainable Urban Mobility and Form? As a follow up to Sustainable Tucson’s July meeting, The Sustainability of Urban Mobility and Urban Form, the September 10th meeting will be convening a public conversation furthering the discussion, […]

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Sustainable Tucson August Film Festival – August 12th and 13th

posted July 29, 2012

at Joel D. Valdez Main Downtown Library, Large Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St)   Sunday, August 12th 1:00 to 5:00pm, Sustainable Tucson will show three top-rated sustainability films covering critical sustainability topics: • The U.S. financial crisis erupted in 2008 and still looms on the horizon. • […]

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Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math – by Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone

posted July 21, 2012

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe – and that make clear who the real enemy is by Bill McKibben (350.org) This story is from the August 2nd, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719 If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven’t convinced you, or the […]

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What do we do about climate change?

posted July 10, 2012

What do we do about climate change? by Brian Davey After Copenhagen it was by no means obvious that simply calling upon governments to act would achieve very much. Yet the situation is urgent – so what do we do? The aim of this chapter is to look at options for getting from where we […]

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Menu for the Future – Discussion Course – Thursdays July 12 thru Aug 16

posted July 2, 2012

six Thursdays from July 12 thru August 16 in Central Tucson Menu for the Future Discussion Course Thursdays, July 12 to August 16, 2012 – 6:30 to 8:00pm Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture offers the Northwest Earth Institute’s Menu for the Future Class, a 6-session discussion course that analyzes the connection between food and sustainability.  The […]

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NYT Publishes Private Industry Documents: “Shale Gas Called a Ponzi Scheme”

posted June 27, 2012

Documents: Industry Privately Skeptical of Shale Gas Over the past six months, The New York Times reviewed thousands of pages of documents related to shale gas, including hundreds of industry e-mails, internal agency documents and reports by analysts. A selection of these documents is included here; names and identifying information have been redacted to protect […]

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Sustainable Tucson July Meeting – Urban Mobility and Urban Form – July 9

posted June 27, 2012

at Joel D. Valdez Main Downtown Library, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St) The Sustainability of Urban Mobility and Urban Form The July ST General Meeting will feature panel presentations and conversation by special Tucson speakers who are addressing in their work “Sustainable mobility and urban form.” This is a very […]

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Occupy Arcology – ecological city design lecture & discussion – June 26

posted June 20, 2012

Free, at Historic Y conference room, 738 North 5th Ave (at University)   OCCUPY ARCOLOGY LECTURE – June 26 Come be a part of a lecture and lively discussion on Occupy Arcology. In this part of the lecture series, hosted by Occupy Tucson’s Doctress Neutopia, we will focus on the question of ecology and economy […]

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Support Energy Efficiency Workshop – June 27

posted June 18, 2012

at Historic Y conference room, 738 N 5th Ave in Tucson   TEP Customers — Help TEP Move Beyond Coal to Clean Energy! Join us at a free workshop! You can help move Tucson Electric Power from coal to clean energy! Come to this informative workshop and find out more. Support Energy Efficiency Workshop Wednesday, […]

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Tucson Climate Activists Network – 2nd Wednesdays

posted June 10, 2012

  Every second Wednesday 7-9pm at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 931 N. 5th Ave, Tucson AZ   TUCAN (Tucson Climate Activists Network) TUCAN meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7-9 pm at the Quaker Meetinghouse on 5th Ave, to connect the work of local Climate Change activists. Contact: Jim Driscoll, Jimdriscoll(at)NIPSPeerSupport.org

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ST June Meeting – Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community – Part II – June 11

posted June 7, 2012

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part II In March Sustainable Tucson hosted our first “Conversation with our Elected Officials.” One hundred Tucson community members met with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Council Member Regina Romero, and Council Member […]

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Community Water Coalition – Open House – May 23

posted May 20, 2012

at Ward 6 Council Office Community Room, 3202 East 1st Street (near Speedway and Country Club) Community Water Coalition – Open House Please join the us for a fun and informative meeting of professionals and passionate advocates for a sustainable water future in Southern Arizona! Come find out how you or your organization can get […]

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Tucson Climate Activists Network – planning meeting & free 350.org activist leadership training – May 9 & 25-27

posted May 8, 2012

May 9 (and 2nd Wednesdays) at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 931 N. 5th Ave, Tucson May 25-27 free workshop at Dunbar Cultural Center Pavilion and boardroom, 325 W. 2nd Street, Tucson AZ TUCAN (Tucson Climate Activists Network) will meet Wednesday, May 9, 7 pm, 931 N. 5th Ave. (Quaker Meetinghouse) to debrief our highly publicized protest […]

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Soil is Life – Restoring the Soil Food Web – lecture and local foods potluck – May 31

posted May 6, 2012

at Saint Marks Church, Third and Alvernon, Tucson   Soil is Life – Restoring the Soil Food Web A Lecture and Local Foods Potluck Join Watershed Management Group’s Tucson Co-op to celebrate the end of our busiest season to date and to revel in anticipation of the coming monsoons, with our semi annual local foods […]

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Reconsider RTA Broadway Project – Public press conference – April 30

posted April 27, 2012

at Assembly of God Church parking lot, NW corner of Broadway & Campbell   Neighborhood Support Network / Broadway Corridor Hi Neighbors, You and your neighbors are invited to a press conference on Monday, April 30 at Broadway and Campbell that will begin at 6pm – please send around. Speakers will include Council Members Kozachik […]

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Plan Tucson – Urban Agriculture Policy Working Group – May 3

posted April 21, 2012

at Sentinel Building Conference Rooms, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop   PLAN TUCSON ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY FOCUS AREA Urban Agriculture Policy Working Group Meeting Invitation Thursday May 3, 2012 Hello, The Plan Tucson Team appreciates the active participation by agency, organization, and other stakeholders in the Working Groups to develop policies for elements to be addressed […]

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Sustainable Tucson May Meeting – Prosperity Without Growth – May 14

posted April 20, 2012

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda Street) Prosperity Without Growth – What does it look like? Please join us at Sustainable Tucson’s May meeting to hear local experts talk about Sustainable Economics, and share your thoughts about what this looks like and what it entails. […]

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How do you move through the city? – Worker Transit Authority

posted April 8, 2012

Free – April 27 & 28, May 4 & 5, May 11 & 12 – 5 pm to 8 pm   210 East Broadway, Downtown Tucson Arizona The Worker Transit Authority asks the community “How do you move through the city?” A Convergence of Art and Planning For three weekends in a series of free […]

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Menu for the Future discussion course – Thursdays starting May 3

posted March 25, 2012

Six Thursdays, May 3 to June 7, in Tucson AZ   Menu for the Future Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture offers Menu for the Future, a 6-session discussion course prepared by the Northwest Earth Institute that analyzes the connection between food and sustainability. The goals of the course are to explore food systems and their impact […]

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Brown Bag Lunch Seminars – Water Resources Research Center – March & April

posted March 15, 2012

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars are held at the Sol Resnick Conference Room, Water Resources Research Center, 350 N Campbell Ave, Tucson AZ 85721 Contact: Jane Cripps jcripps(at)cals.arizona.edu or 520-621-2526 http://cals.arizona.edu/azwater   WRRC Brown Bag Lunch Seminars   Wednesday, March 21, 12:00 – 1:30 pm Gardenroots: The Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona Garden Project Speaker: Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, PhD […]

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A Sweet Grass Braid of Connection – March 29

posted March 15, 2012

at City of Tucson Northwest Community Center, 2160 N 6th Avenue, Tucson AZ 85705 “A Sweet Grass Braid of Connection” Gathering March 29, 2012 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Gathering, Facilitator for Class, Martha Dominguez It has been my observation in meeting people that community is something needed to have a sense of belonging and […]

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Sustainable Tucson March Meeting – Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community

posted March 4, 2012

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community In Conversation with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Council Member Regina Romero, and Council Member Steve Kozachik We believe that building a sustainable future will take the cooperation and partnering of residents, government, […]

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What Are We Planning For? – A New Advocacy Initiative

posted February 10, 2012

What Are We Planning For? A Sustainable Tucson Issues Paper                                                  March 2012 Since Imagine Greater Tucson’s initiating phase began more than three years ago, Sustainable Tucson has been engaged with the IGT Project at many levels, participating in the steering, community values, outreach, and technical committees. Imagine Greater Tucson has consistently requested input and Sustainable […]

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What Are We Planning For? – A New Advocacy Initiative

posted February 10, 2012

A Sustainable Tucson Issues Paper March 2012 Since Imagine Greater Tucson’s initiating phase began more than three years ago, Sustainable Tucson has been engaged with Imagine Greater Tucson at many levels, participating in the steering, community values, outreach, and technical committees. Imagine Greater Tucson has consistently requested input and Sustainable Tucson has tried to contribute […]

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Pima County Food Systems Alliance – Meeting & Potluck – January 31

posted January 16, 2012

On January 31st, there will be a meeting of the Pima County Food Systems Alliance, at Tucson Village Farm, 4210 N Campbell Ave The Pima County Food Systems Alliance (PCFSA) is an open membership network comprised of a variety of groups and individuals—including but not limited to farmers, chefs, restaurants, schools, educators, youth, gardeners, researchers, […]

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ST January Meeting – Topics and Working Groups for 2012

posted December 31, 2011

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) How do we “green” our homes and neighborhoods? How do we work together and contribute to each other? How do we prepare for climate change? Join us on January 9th to learn of some exciting efforts now underway […]

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Dreaming New Mexico – Peter Warshall – TEDxABQ video

posted December 16, 2011

Dreaming New Mexico has built a map of pragmatic and visionary solutions to create a more localized and green economy with greater local self-reliance and enhanced prosperity. Peter Warshall is Co-Director of the Bioneers’ Dreaming New Mexico Project, and a world-renowned water steward, biodiversity and wildlife specialist, research scientist, conservationist, and environmental activist. from 2011 […]

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Inside Tucson’s Civano Project

posted November 29, 2011

Inside the Civano Project: A Case Study of Large-Scale Sustainable Neighborhood Development (Mcgraw-Hill’s Greensource Series) 2009 By C. Alan Nichols and Jason A. Laros Forward by Sustainable Tucson — Co-Founder Bob Cook Forward The following story is about a group of people who recognized a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and took it upon themselves to reinvent the […]

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Pima County Food Systems Alliance – Meeting & Potluck – Nov 30

posted November 28, 2011

On November 30th (this Wednesday) from 6-8 pm, there will be a large group meeting of the Pima County Food Systems Alliance (PCFSA) with a potluck at the Sam Lena Library (1607 S. 6th Ave, Tucson; call 520.594.5265 for directions) The Agenda is as follows: Welcome & Introduction (Nick) (5 min; 6:00-6:05) Presentation by PCFSA Consultants (Bryn/Lewis) (25 min; […]

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The Dark Side of the ‘Green’ City

posted November 7, 2011

The Dark Side of the ‘Green’ City By Andrew Ross PHOENIX The struggle to slow global warming will be won or lost in cities, which emit 80 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. So “greening” the city is all the rage now. But if policy makers end up focusing only on those who can afford […]

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Sustainability Lessons for the United States

posted October 18, 2011

How Germany became Europe’s green leader: A look at four decades of sustainable policymaking by Ralph Buehler, Arne Jungjohann, Melissa Keeley, Michael Mehling In Brief Over the last 40 years, all levels of government in Germany have retooled policies to promote growth that is more environmentally sustainable. Germany’s experiences can provide useful lessons for the […]

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ST Sustainability Book Sale

posted October 1, 2011

Sustainable Tucson is offering a very special Book Sale fundraising event at our October  General Meeting. We have more than 150 titles, including some hard-to-find classics. The winter reading season is coming, so come and browse this rich collection of sustainability literature. You can shop with gifts in mind for particular friends, relatives, or colleagues […]

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What is building Resilience and Sustainability?

posted September 9, 2011

Sustainability is the capacity to continue a desired condition or process either social, ecological or both. Resiliency is the ability of a system to adjust its configuration and function under disturbance. Both concepts are important as we seek to ensure a sustainable built-environment and economy which can function under changing conditions in the emerging future…  read […]

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The Story of Stuff, and more!

posted June 21, 2009

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 […]

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Quantifying and Analyzing Sustainability: Modeling Sustainable Solutions (tech/science)

posted January 16, 2009

JANUARY Meeting –Organizing questions: How large a population can Tucson/Pima County support in a sustainable manner, providing our needs from local capacity? (e.i., without importing energy, water, food, and other resources from outside the region) Do we have a good database model of resources in and out of Tucson? What is sustainability for a community? […]

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Energy, Ecology, & Economics – Howard T. Odum – intro Bob Cook

posted January 12, 2007

Howard Odum’s following paper, published in 1974, was considered one of the most concise—yet most sweeping—examinations made of the real problems of the world up to that time. His groundbreaking book Environment, Power and Society (John Wiley, 1972) also introduced us to his paradigm-changing energetic analysis of economics and ecology. This paper should be included […]

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Places to Intervene in a System – Donella (Dana) H. Meadows

posted January 2, 2007

Dana Meadows was one of four post graduate students in Jay Forrester’s Systems Dynamics Program at MIT in the early 1970s who researched and wrote the widely read, paradigm shifting study sponsored by the Club of Rome titled, The Limits to Growth. The following essay is a helpful guide in how to plan for and […]

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