Archive for the 'Conferences & Festivals' Category

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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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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Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference (AHESC)

posted March 3, 2014

[ Monday, March 24, 2014; Tuesday, March 25, 2014; ] 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 [...]

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3rd Annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival – Oct 20

posted September 17, 2013

[ Sunday, October 20, 2013; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival

Celebrate Tucson’s unique position of leadership in sustainability!

The third annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival will be on Sunday, October 20, 10 am-4 pm, in Reid Park at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center (the Bandshell), off Country Club near 22nd Street. Admission and parking are free.

At this family-friendly event, you’ll meet community organizations and companies that are creating a sustainable future in our desert Southwest. Enjoy exhibits that highlight their work and get involved through hands-on activities. Speakers will share earth-friendly messages, and local music groups will entertain throughout the day.
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Climate Smart Southwest: Ready or Hot? – National climate change conference in Tucson – Sep 20-21

posted July 23, 2013

[ Friday, September 20, 2013; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Saturday, September 21, 2013; 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. ] Free lecture Friday evening at the TEP Unisource Building, 88 East Broadway, Tucson AZ

Saturday conference at the Tucson Convention Center (details below)

Tucson will be hosting a climate change conference focused on public health and climate adaptation in September, sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility and 35 other local and national organizations. The following guest [...]

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March Against Monsanto worldwide – and in Tucson at Reid Park – May 25

posted May 21, 2013

[ Sunday, May 19, 2013; 1:30 pm; Saturday, May 25, 2013; 11:30 am; ] Free movie at Murphy-Wilmot Public Library, 530 N Wilmot Road Tucson, AZ

March begins May 25 at 12 noon at Reid Park, 900 Randolph Way, Tucson AZ

May 19 Sunday 1:30 pm – free documentary movie showing and discussion of “The World According to Monsanto” at the Murphy-Wilmot Public Library, 530 N Wilmot Road Tucson, AZ. [...]

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Bisbee Solar Cook-Off and Festival – June 1

posted May 20, 2013

[ Saturday, June 1, 2013; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] Free, at the Bisbee Farmers Market in Vista Park, Warren District, Bisbee Arizona

Bisbee Solar Cook-Off and Festival

Join Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture and the Bisbee Farmers Market for the 11th Annual Solar Cook-Off & Festival on Saturday, June 1 from 9am to 1pm.

Activities will include solar cooking demonstrations as well as solar ovens and accessories for [...]

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Building Sustainable Cities – New York Times Conference April 25

posted May 8, 2013

See the online video archive of the entire conference at
APRIL 25, 2013
According to U.N. data, the worldwide urban population over the next 40 years will increase by 3.1 billion people. Where will [...]

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Rethinking Money in Tucson – meetings with Bernard Lietaer & Jacqui Dunne – March 25 & 26

posted March 22, 2013

[ Monday, March 25, 2013; 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Tuesday, March 26, 2013; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] Monday – Santa Rita Room, Student Union, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ
Tuesday – City of Tucson Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Avenue, Meeting Room C in the basement

Both events are Free. Monday’s will also be webcast (ask for address). Please RSVP for Tuesday.

Rethinking Money: A Wildcat Currency?

Date: Monday, March 25, 5:00 – [...]

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31st Annual Solar Potluck – Catalina State Park – April 6

posted March 15, 2013

[ Saturday, April 6, 2013; ] at Catalina State Park near Tucson AZ

Citizens for Solar – 31st Annual Solar Potluck

Saturday, April 6 from 10 am to sunset at Catalina State Park

The Solar Potluck is free and open to the public, although the park charges a $7/carload entry fee.

Please go to Citizens for Solar website for more info –

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The 4th Annual Water Festival – Tucson Arts Brigade – Earth Day – April 21

posted February 14, 2013

[ Sunday, April 21, 2013; 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] Earth Day at Reid Park, Tucson Arts Brigade presents

Synergy of Art, Science, and Community

The 4th Annual Water Festival, presented by Tucson Arts Brigade, raises awareness and promotes stewardship for water and water-related themes relating to sustainability, health, and community.

The Water Festival brings community together through creative and diverse activities for learning, networking, and [...]

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5th Annual Free Green Living Fair – Nov 3

posted October 25, 2012

[ Saturday, November 3, 2012; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] at the HabiStore, 935 W. Grant

Experts on “green” building, alternative modes of transportation, rainwater-harvesting, gardening, air quality, water and energy conservation, solar power and more will be available to discuss ways to save money with a more “green” home and lifestyle.

The Green Living Fair will be at the HabiStore, 935 W. Grant, 1/4 mile east [...]

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Earth Harmony Festival – Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage – Oct 6-7

posted September 27, 2012

[ Saturday, October 6, 2012; Sunday, October 7, 2012; ] at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage, Tumacácori, AZ (South of Tucson)
Free admission, donations appreciated

Earth Harmony Festival

A weekend celebration devoted to creating a sustainable future now. EcoVillage tours on water harvesting, green building, organic gardening, solar energy, composting, and more. Live music, food, arts, children’s village, hay rides, pony rides, and other activities including [...]

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Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival – Oct 21

posted September 27, 2012

[ Sunday, October 21, 2012; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. ] at Reid Park in Tucson AZ, free and open to the public

A Community Event for a Bright Future

By Clinton MacKillop
September 26, 2012

Tucson, AZ – Envision Tucson Sustainable and Sustainable Tucson announce the 2nd annual “Envision Tucson Sustainable” festival. The festival will take place at Reid Park on Sunday, October 21st, 2012, from [...]

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

posted September 17, 2012

[ Wednesday, September 26, 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
We are pleased to announce an NSF funded workshop on the “Challenges in Vertical Farming”, which will be held on September 26, 2012 [...]

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National Electric Drag Racing Association EVent – Tucson April 14

posted April 12, 2012

[ Saturday, April 14, 2012; ] at Southwest International Raceway in Tucson

Bookmans 1st Annual Spring Thaw – a NEDRA EVent
Bookmans is hosting the 1st Annual Spring Thaw – a National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) EVent at the Southwest International Raceway on Saturday, 14 April 2012.

Also, done in conjunction with the Green Pavilion, displaying a number of Plug-ins, be it pure [...]

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UA Earth Day 2012 – University of Arizona – April 20

posted April 8, 2012

[ Friday, April 20, 2012; 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] at Main Gate Square on University Boulevard

UA Earth Day 2012
Come celebrate UA Earth Day on Friday, April 20th from 4-7:30 p.m. at Main Gate Square on University Boulevard.

The event will feature live entertainment, activities for kids and families, and interactive demonstrations. As many as 60 UA programs and local businesses and organizations will be on [...]

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

posted April 8, 2012

[ Friday, April 27, 2012; 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Saturday, April 28, 2012; 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Friday, May 4, 2012; 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Saturday, May 5, 2012; 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Friday, May 11, 2012; 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Saturday, May 12, 2012; 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 public events, Tucson residents can participate [...]

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Solar Potluck And Exhibition – April 28

posted April 8, 2012

[ Saturday, April 28, 2012; 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. ] at Catalina State Park, 11570 N Oracle Road

Solar Potluck And Exhibition
Citizens for Solar invites you to our 30th Annual Solar Potluck And Exhibition. Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Catalina State Park 11570 N. Oracle Road, 10 am til Sunset.

Solar cooker food, solar displays, speakers, and solar powered musicians.

Dinner at 5pm – bring a dish, drink, [...]

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Green Fest: A Celebration of Green Living – Tucson Village Farm – April 7

posted March 27, 2012

[ Saturday, April 7, 2012; 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. ] Bookmans, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona and Tucson Village Farm Gear Up for Green Fest: A Celebration of Green Living

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Tucson Village Farm, 4210 N. Campbell Ave (Across from Trader Joe’s at Campbell and River)
Cost: FREE

Are you interested in “greening” your life? Well Tucson, get ready for [...]

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Annual Flavors of the Desert – April 28

posted January 26, 2012

[ Saturday, April 28, 2012; ] at the University of Arizona and Tohono Chul Park


This year we are celebrating the 1981 landmark gathering of the folks who would become the luminaries of the seed world, with a day of workshops at the University of Arizona, and then in the evening at Tohono Chul Park, we will enjoy [...]

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Tucson Electric Car Parade

posted October 12, 2011

[ Sunday, October 16, 2011; 11:00 am; ] Tucson Prepares for National Plug-In Day on October 16
By Benjamin Nead · October 07, 2011

Bob Oldfather, owner of Bookmans Books and a longtime supporter of electric cars, at a Tucson event for the rollout of the Nissan LEAF.  Tucson’s parade for National Plug In Day will begin at Bookmans’s Campbell and Grant location.

A few weeks [...]

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Water blessing at Tucson Meet Yourself

posted October 10, 2011

[ Sunday, October 16, 2011; 2:00 pm to 2:40 pm. ] Water blessing at Tucson Meet Yourself, Sunday Oct 16, 2:00-2:40 pm

We’ll gather to talk about the roots of this ritual in the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot, and how we bless / express gratitude for water and all that we are thankful in our lives. Then we’ll move outdoors to scoop up water in a [...]

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Occupy Wall Street & the Climate Movement

posted October 10, 2011

Subject: #OccupyWallStreet and the #Climate Movement
From: organizers(at)
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 19:49:56 +0000
Dear friends,
I’m writing from New York City, where the Occupy Wall Street movement is taking off.
What started as a small group of young people with a vague call to action is evolving into something truly inspiring — and our crew at is [...]

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Moving Planet – Connect 2 Tucson – A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels

posted September 7, 2011

[ Saturday, September 24, 2011; 7:00 am to 11:00 am. ] Moving Planet – September 24th, 2011: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels

JOIN THE RIDE: Connect 2 river paths on 2 wheels!

Celebrate the linkup of the Santa Cruz and Rillito river paths and ride beyond fossil fuels. Meet on the plaza south of Drachman Hall on the UMC Campus (Helen St and Martin Av).

Ride starts [...]

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posted September 6, 2011

[ Tuesday, November 15, 2011; ] GoGreen ’11 Phoenix is a one-day sustainability conference for business that will inspire, educate and motivate professionals to deepen the commitment to green practices at their organizations. Spend a value-packed day connecting with business leaders, eco-visionaries, sustainability experts and like-minded individuals who will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to make your [...]

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Tucson Fall Harvest Festival & Farmers Market

posted September 6, 2011

[ Saturday, October 22, 2011; Sunday, October 23, 2011; ] We are doing a festival October 22 and 23 – for more info see

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Common Ground Six!

posted June 28, 2011

[ Sunday, July 17, 2011; 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Don’t miss the next great coming together at The next Common Ground event.

See you at Armory Park.


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Common Ground Rocks the Heart

posted May 6, 2011

[ Sunday, May 22, 2011; 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] HEY healers, musicians, environmentalists, gardeners, artists, students, business owners, kids, dogs….

any body, EVERYBODY who wants to see REAL LOCAL COMMUNITY created in Tucson……

You’re INVITED to participate in Common Ground Tucson’s collaboration with the ROCK THE HEART JAM FEST, Sunday May 22nd 2011 at Armory Park, 4pm – 8pm.

Host a table for your organization – offer your [...]

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Earth Day Events at UA

posted April 14, 2011

[ Saturday, April 16, 2011 to Saturday, April 23, 2011. ] Find out about the events at the University of Arizona around Earth Day. Great speakers, free movies, e-waste recycling drop-off, restaurant deals, arboretum tours, Earth Day mall event, community garden groundbreaking, Biosphere 2, and much more. More info at:

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Medicine in Motion: the Shamans Awakening

posted April 13, 2011

[ Saturday, April 30, 2011; 6:00 pm; ] Location: Urban Tribe Collective
657 West St. Mary’s Rd., Unit C-12 Tucson, AZ 85701
Cost: Free – $10 suggested donation to Diamond Mountain, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
To raise funds for Diamond Mountain University and Retreat Center, Tucson performance artist Christopher Stephen has planned a slate of entertainment to intrigue, awe and educate. Hosted by Urban Tribe Collective, [...]

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Solar Potluck

posted March 19, 2011

[ Saturday, April 16, 2011; 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. ] Catalina State Park 11570 N. Oracle Rd.

Learn about solar energy at the 29th Annual Solar Potluck and Exhibition. Discover how to use solar energy to power your home, cook your food, heat your water and live more responsibly. Experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and enjoy solar-powered music, children’s activities, solar appliances and exhibitions. In [...]

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Resilience 2011: An upcoming conference

posted March 3, 2011

[ Friday, March 11, 2011 12:30 pm to Wednesday, March 16, 2011 11:30 am. ]
March 11-16, 2011, Arizona State University
Welcome to the Conference Website for Resilience 2011;

Resilience 2011 website

A conference that will bring together scientists from a broad spectrum of disciplinary backgrounds who are interested in the major science and policy challenges that face us all as a result of global change. The conference is organized [...]

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Peace Fair & Music Festival

posted February 1, 2011

[ Saturday, February 26, 2011; 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. ] Reid Park Bandshell, 900 South Randolph Way Tucson

The 29th Annual Tucson Peace Fair & Music Festival is Arizona’s largest gathering of peace, social  justice and environmental groups. Featuring live music, food, children’s activities and an awesome raffle to support the Tucson Peace Center.

For further information: 319-0352

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Green Building Expo and Green Home Tour

posted October 11, 2010

[ Saturday, October 23, 2010; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] The U.S. Green Building Council, AZ Chapter, Southern Branch’s 3rd annual Expo featuring up to 60 exhibitors of green building products, businesses, and organizations; public and professional educational seminars; and a Green Home Tour. Jerry Yudelson, world-renowned author and sustainability expert is the keynote speaker. For more information, or to purchase tickets for the Green [...]

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Gila River Festival

posted August 13, 2010

[ Thursday, September 16, 2010 to Sunday, September 19, 2010. ] The sixth annual Gila River Festival – planned in and around Silver City, September 16-19, 2010 – will celebrate the role of the Gila River in supporting southwest New Mexico’s rich biological diversity.  One of the Southwest’s premier nature festivals, the Gila River Festival attracts an audience of nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts eager to [...]

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Cyclovia Tucson’s Rave Reviews

posted May 25, 2010

Transition United States is passing on the word about the great success enjoyed by the first Cyclovia Tucson. You can follow these stories here.

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US Social Forum 2010

posted April 17, 2010

[ Tuesday, June 22, 2010; ] The US SOCIAL FORUM will take place in Detroit, Michigan.

The US Social Forum (USSF) is a movement building process. It is not a conference but it is a space to come up with the peoples’ solutions to the economic and ecological crisis. The USSF is the next most important step in our struggle to build [...]

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Solar Potluck and Exhibition

posted April 4, 2010

[ Saturday, April 24, 2010; 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. ] Catalina State Park, 11570 N. Oracle Road.

Citizens for Solar invites everyone to come and join in the fun of the 28th Annual Tucson Solar Potluck and Exhibition. This is the longest continuously running solar potluck in the world. See practical, innovative solar energy in useful action. People will be cooking food in dozens of types [...]

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Earth Month Events

posted March 25, 2010

[ Saturday, April 17, 2010 2:00 pm to Saturday, April 24, 2010 2:00 pm. ] Join The Watershed Management Group in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  Earth Month events include:

April 10th: Green Streets Block Party, 4pm to 7pm
April 10th: Street Painting Event, 10am to 1pm
April 17th: Samos Neighborhood Green Streets Workshop, 8am to 1pm
April 18th: Green [...]

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Cyclovia Tucson

posted March 4, 2010

[ Sunday, April 18, 2010; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] Cyclovia will give Tucson folks the chance to enjoy our great weather, see neighbors, friends and people from throughout Tucson, and get a little exercise – all on city streets that will be closed to car traffic and open to walkers, joggers, cyclists, skaters and all other forms of natural movement.

Motor vehicles are detoured from [...]

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Peace Fair and Music Festival

posted February 23, 2010

[ Saturday, February 27, 2010; 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. ] The Peace Center will celebrate its 28th annual Peace Fair this year. This day-long event in Reid Park brings people together to celebrate the peace movement in our region. Sustainable Tucson recognizes that a unifying consciousness, based on peaceful practice, is foundational to manifesting sustainability. As one of many organizations [...]

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The Water Project Wave Rave

posted February 16, 2010

[ Saturday, February 27, 2010 7:30 pm to Sunday, February 28, 2010 2:00 am. ] Come to the Water-themed FUNdraiser in support of The Water Project, Tucson’s Synergistic Water Festival at the Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 S. Tyndall Avenue (1 block West of Park Avenue, just South of 20th Street). $10 suggested donation.

For more information, visit the Water Project Website at:

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Solar Rock Festival

posted February 12, 2010

[ Saturday, March 27, 2010; 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] The 4th Annual Solar Rock Festival will be held on March 27th from noon to 6pm at Himmel Park, south east of Speedway and Tucson Blvd. This Free solar powered festival includes an outstanding lineup of local talent including Spirit Familia, Run Boy Run, Kevin Pakulis, Bruce Phillips, Drama Club, Leila Lopez, the winner of [...]

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The Water Project

posted January 19, 2010

[ Friday, March 26, 2010 12:00 pm to Sunday, March 28, 2010 9:00 pm. ] Celebrate our most precious and endangered resource -WATER -with the The Water Project: Tucson’s Synergistic Water Festival on March 26-28, 2010. This event combines the energy of Tucson’s sustainability community with the vibrant arts community to provide an opportunity for the public to experience a festive collaboration, learn about water issues and have some fun!

This [...]

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Earth Day Festival and Parade

posted December 29, 2009

[ Saturday, April 17, 2010; 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. ] Tucson\’s 16th Annual Earth Day Festival and Parade will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Reid Park. The theme for the 2010 Festival is “All Species Deserve a Place on Earth!”  All species great and small – insects, plants and animals – the Earth needs them all!

Exhibits related to the environment will include [...]

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Brainstorming Gathering

posted December 22, 2009

[ Thursday, January 14, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ] Come help plan the Water Festival! Come to the Brainstorming Gathering.

Doors open / Sign in: 6pm
Discussion / Activities: 6:30-8:30pm
Armory Park Center
220 S. 5th Avenue, Tucson AZ
(On 5th Avenue, South of 12th St)

At the Community Brainstorm Gathering you will have the opportunity to:

Learn more about the festival
Collaboratively map ideas about water issues
Sign up for preferred levels [...]

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Green Streets and Neighborhoods Festival

posted November 12, 2009

[ Saturday, April 10, 2010; 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Tucson-based nonprofit Watershed Management Group and the Rincon Heights Neighborhood Association are hosting a block party and cookout to celebrate and share their successful model program installing \”green infrastructure\” in the neighborhood. Green infrastructure is vegetated infrastructure that uses natural processes to provide services like flood and pollution reduction, traffic calming, wildlife habitat and [...]

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The Water Project

posted November 9, 2009

[ Thursday, November 19, 2009; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ] A Community Brainstorming Gathering is scheduled for Thursday, November 19th, 6:30-8:30pm (doors open at 6pm) at the Armory Park Center, 220 S. 5th Avenue. The Brainstorming Gathering is being organized in support of the Water Project being planned for March 26-28, 2010. The Water Project is a participatory festival that celebrates, educates, and facilitates creative [...]

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SustainaBIL Unconference

posted November 4, 2009

[ Sunday, November 8, 2009; ] This November 8th in Phoenix, Arizona, an organization of BILders will be hosting their first ever SustainaBIL! This 1 day conference will focus on upcoming trends in sustainable emerging technology, recycling, green ideas, collaboration, activism, and most importantly an outlet for those who wish to implement their ideas for a better environment.

The conference is free, [...]

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