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Communicating Climate Change

posted December 24, 2016

[ Tuesday, January 10, 2017; 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ] Our January General Meeting focuses on issues of how we communicate on Climate Change. To stimulate our discussion, we will view selections from a lecture titled “Climate Change in the American Mind,” by Anthony Leiserowitz, the Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

The program includes a reading by Susan Feathers (one of the [...]

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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
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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6th Annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival

posted October 12, 2016

[ Sunday, October 16, 2016; 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. ]
We’re very excited about this year’s Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival, this Sunday, October 16, 11am-4pm, at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Ave., with an amazing variety of exhibitors and vendors, speakers, food, music, and lots of fun for all. Check out the Festival website for details.

The Festival is taking place close to Tucson’s origins, [...]

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Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum

posted September 22, 2016

[ Thursday, September 29, 2016; 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] You’re invited to our next Tucson Energy Group (TEG) Talk which will be an Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum on Thur (9/29), 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the meeting room at Ermanos ( (Interested people under 21 years old can attend!)

Candidates Attending:
Robert “Bob” Burns (,
Tom Chabin (,
Boyd Dunn (,
Bill Mundell ( ), &
Not yet [...]

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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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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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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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Tucson Energy Group (TEG) – Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum

posted September 10, 2016

[ Thursday, September 29, 2016; 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] You’re invited to our next Tucson Energy Group (TEG) Talk which will be an Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum on Thur (9/29), 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the meeting room at Ermanos (

Three of the five candidates (Tom Chabin, Boyd Dunn & Bill Mundell) have already committed to attend, thanks to Robert [...]

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Speak Up for Solar! With a Change of Date, Change of Location

posted July 25, 2016

[ Monday, August 22, 2016; 5:45 pm to 8:15 pm. ] Join Sustainable Tucson for our monthly August meeting, focusing on rooftop solar and getting the community ready for the upcoming Aug 31 ACC hearing in Tucson on TEP’s rate request. The meeting will start with the movie “Catching the Sun”, followed by current information on TEP’s request, with background on rate requests by other utilities, [...]

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posted April 20, 2016

[ Thursday, April 21, 2016; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Is your organization planning to hold a candidate or issue forum this year? If so, you’ll want to attend the free workshops being offered on Saturday, April 30th.

The morning will be devoted to a presentation on how to plan forums, and the afternoon will be on how to moderate forums, with hands-on practice. [...]

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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

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.
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
Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area
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. ]

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.
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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posted March 25, 2016

[ Tuesday, March 29, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]
Why would we spend $75 million for no appreciable improvement in traffic?
The City of Tucson is proposing to:
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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Feeding Tucson Food Resilience meeting

posted March 22, 2016

[ Wednesday, March 23, 2016; 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. ] Following the successful Urban Farm Tour on March 5, we will be meeting on Wednesday, March 23 to continue the discussion. The objective of the meeting is to identify next steps to help make Tucson more Food Resilient. We will consider two possible projects:

• Develop a grant application to the new [...]

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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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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.

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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Duality in Climate Science

posted November 16, 2015

Duality in Climate Science
Published by Kevin Anderson blog on 2015-10-15
Original article: 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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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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The University of Arizona now offers a new online degree program, B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments

posted July 11, 2015

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 [...]

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

posted July 6, 2015

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

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Rooftop Solar Update

posted June 18, 2015

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 [...]

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

posted June 18, 2015

[ Thursday, June 18, 2015; 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. ] 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., [...]

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Architecture and Sustainability in Tucson’s Built Environment

posted May 28, 2015

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

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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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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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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. ]  

(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 [...]

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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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posted November 23, 2014

[ Monday, December 8, 2014; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]  A PUBLIC BANK FOR ARIZONA?

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 [...]

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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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Special AUGUST 18th Meeting — Thomas Greco Presents: HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE?

posted August 15, 2014

[ Monday, August 18, 2014; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]  

Monday, August 18, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone

(free lower level parking off Alameda St.)





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Summer Movie Night: Inequality for All

posted August 5, 2014

[ Monday, August 11, 2014; 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] [NOTE EARLIER START TIME: 5:00 pm]

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 [...]

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ST July Mtg — Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production

posted July 10, 2014

[ Monday, July 14, 2014; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production
Monday, July 14, 5:30-8:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone
(free lower level parking off Alameda St.)
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, [...]

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Tucson Talks Transit – with Jarrett Walker – July 11

posted July 5, 2014

[ Friday, July 11, 2014; 5:00 pm; ] at Tucson Electric Power Company, 88 East Broadway, Downtown Tucson AZ (two blocks south of Ronstadt Transit Center)

Tucson Talks Transit – with Jarrett Walker
Friday, July 11, 2014
5:00 p.m. Sign-in and Reception
6:00 p.m. FREE Public Presentation

Jarrett Walker, the preeminent transit planner and transit thinker, will visit Tucson for a town hall the evening of Friday, July [...]

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ST June Meeting – BUILDING RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS: Eco-villages and Social Cohesion

posted June 3, 2014

[ Monday, June 9, 2014; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] BUILDING RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS:
Eco-villages and Social Cohesion
Monday, June 9, 2014, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room,
101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)
With climate change increasing the likelihood of heat waves, flooding and other emergencies that may overwhelm first responders, and when “sheltering in place” becomes the default [...]

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Not Up the Creek…Yet/ ST in Tucson Weekly

posted May 15, 2014

Not Up the Creek…Yet
As Arizona faces potential water shortages, experts on divided on the solutions, though many remain optimistic.
by Kyle Mittan

Karl Flessa will tell you that it’s not that hard to collect seashells. All it takes is a bucket.
But the average beachcomber isn’t bringing the specimens back to a lab to study population [...]

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