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Celebrate Our Sustainable Future

posted November 30, 2018

Come celebrate with us! Share the bounty of the season at our holiday potluck. Non-alcoholic drinks provided by Sustainable Tucson. Save a dinosaur; bring your own flatware and glasses. REASON TO CELEBRATE If you read the recent IPCC study on climate change, you might not think there is much to celebrate this holiday season. The […]

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Recycling and beyond

posted November 3, 2018

Are you concerned about all the waste produced in modern society? Is “zero waste” a realistic goal? What can we do otherwise? Join us for a conversation with Master Recyclers, who will share insights and advice on effective recycling, one piece of the sustainability puzzle. Post-presentation planning meeting, 7:30-8:00 pm: If you would like to […]

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WHAT’S UP WITH THE PROPOSED ROSEMONT MINE?

posted September 27, 2018

Sustainable Tucson’s October meeting Sustainable Tucson’s October meeting   6:00 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Tucson City Council Ward 6 3202 East 1st Street · Tucson, AZ If you’ve been looking at the newspaper recently, you will have seen an op-ed from the Tucson Chamber of Commerce saying […]

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SHADE FOR TUCSON

posted September 3, 2018

September Sustainable Tucson Monthly Meeting Tuesday, September 11, 2018      One of the simplest and most pleasing ways we can adapt to climate change, while mitigating its effects, is to reforest our world. Globally, trees are dying off. But cities across the country are working to reverse this trend. Tucson is one of those cities. The […]

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What’s the future of energy for Tucson?

posted August 7, 2018

Solar power. Wind energy. Hydroelectric. Geothermal. Nuclear power. What are the alternatives to our fossil fuel addiction? How can we implement them? What are the advantages? What are the challenges? There are a lot of questions about transitioning to alternative energy. Join us at the next Sustainable Tucson meeting as we explore the options. We’ll […]

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Complete Streets, Connecting Complete Neighborhoods, Creating a Complete City

posted August 5, 2018

New construction is popping up all over Tucson: widening roads, new hotels and apartment complexes, and development of some of our most treasured architectural icons. At the same time, Tucson’s bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are on the rise. In recognition of the opportunities and problems, Ward 6 will be hosting a Complete Streets planning session […]

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Sustainable Tucson Summer Potluck

posted May 28, 2018

Tucson is not prepared for Climate Change, Mega-droughts, and much more. It will take a strong community where we know our neighbors and pull together to deal with what’s ahead. But many solutions exist at the local level, and the place to start is a good meal with friends and neighbors. We know already that […]

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Do you eat? – Tucson’s Local Food Systems

posted May 2, 2018

One of the reasons Tucson is recognized as a UN City of Gastronomy is that we have continuously grown and eaten local food for over 4000 years. We are also at the crossroads of many cultures and major climate zones, and have developed a unique culinary history. And we have dozens of local groups that […]

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Sustainable Tucson is supporting this. You can too.

posted May 1, 2018

This letter begins: “We ask Tucson Electric Power (TEP) for the following: Plan for seven generations of ecological recovery. Expedite the replacement of fossil fuels with clean renewable energy enriched by energy storage. Start in Tucson with the Irvington H. Wilson Sundt Generating Station (IGS).” If you want to find out more (And you really […]

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Sustainable Water – A mirage or our future?

posted April 2, 2018

At this month’s Sustainable Tucson meeting we will continue our investigation of water sustainability in Tucson. A five person panel of water experts from academia, government, and the community will present their viewpoints about what water sustainability means in Tucson and how we can achieve that goal. There will be a moderated question session and […]

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March General Meeting

posted March 7, 2018

Sustainable Water Part 1 Our March Sustainable Tucson meeting will feature Beyond the Mirage: The Future of Water in the West, a film by Cody Sheehy, produced by the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC). As we in Tucson know all too well, “a […]

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ST February Meeting: Civics 101 for Sustainable Advocacy

posted January 30, 2018

Do you know what powers the Initiative gives Arizona citizens? What the City does that is different from the County? How you can speak at a public meeting? Join us for an overview of the basic structure of the AZ governments, and how we can influence each one. The talk is designed as a factual […]

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Start the year right – with Friends and Action

posted December 29, 2017

What delicious food would you like to share with other STers? We’re looking forward to sharing good food with you at a potluck dinner at the next Sustainable Tucson meeting on January 9. The January Sustainable Tucson meeting will be a working potluck dinner. Our goal is to get to know one another, and to […]

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Sustainable Tucson December Meeting

posted November 13, 2017

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Are you ready for some … Action?

posted October 5, 2017

Yes, we’re all active in our community. Yes, we’re all busy. But there’s always more that needs attention — sometimes, immediate attention. The October Sustainable Tucson meeting will highlight both ideas and opportunities for action. We will present a set of video clips featuring some exciting ways people are building sustainability in their communities, programs […]

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Sustainable Tucson General Meeting

posted September 9, 2017

Turning Principles into Action The challenge of creating a sustainable Tucson is daunting. In a de-carbonized world we will eventually have and do nothing that requires fossil fuels. And currently everything does. But the opportunities for a beautiful, safe, and equitable world are even greater than the difficulties. So … let’s get on with the […]

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September General Meeting – Moving Principles to Action

posted August 29, 2017

Over the summer, Sustainable Tucson developed the first set of principles for our sustainable future. These formed the basis for last month’s City Council Candidates Forum. We will add to them at future, to cover other important sustainability topics. Now it’s time to go to the next step. Over the coming months, Sustainable Tucson will […]

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August Candidates Forum

posted July 23, 2017

How do we Build Our Sustainable Future Together? See the Entire Forum Sustainable Tucson, in collaboration with Local First Arizona and others, is hosting a City Council Candidates Forum on Wednesday, August 9, titled “Building Our Sustainable Future – Together”. All candidates from the three City wards with elections have been invited. Five candidates are […]

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posted July 6, 2017

July Workshop What are our best opportunities for action? What’s next? How do we get governments, businesses, financial organizations, educational institutions, and just plan folk to work together to make Tucson more sustainable and resilient? One answer is to know what we want … and then talk “amongst ourselves” – every chance we get. Come […]

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Special June Workshop – Principles for Tucson’s Sustainability Agenda

posted June 7, 2017

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any direction will do.“ The June Sustainable Tucson meeting is the first of a three-part program to begin a community dialog on what we need to do to make Tucson more sustainable and resilient. The June meeting is a workshop to develop “Principles for Tucson’s Sustainability Agenda”. At […]

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Living with Urban Wildlife: Ready or Not!

posted May 4, 2017

May General Meeting When: May 9, 2017 Doors open 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:00 You don’t have to go far in Tucson for wildlife encounters. Right in the center of the city, we’ve all seen coyotes trotting down the street, watched hawks circling gracefully overhead, and heard that distinctive rattle that brings all motion […]

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Initiatives for Climate-ready, Resilient Buildings – the Emerging Tucson 2030 District and More

posted April 5, 2017

2030 Districts are a national network of organizations in 15 cities in North America that are working to reduce building energy, water waste, and carbon transportation emissions by 50% by 2030. At Sustainable Tucson’s April General Meeting, come hear the update of the Tucson Emerging 2030 District, Tucson’s new Community Partnership to transform our commercial […]

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Building Resilience by Building Community

posted February 27, 2017

How can we build supportive relationships with our neighbors in a world that is fragmented by everything from automobiles to zoning to the internet to globalization? How do we remain secure in a world where we have almost no things stored here (like food) and nearly everything we have is made someplace else in the […]

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posted February 20, 2017

What will it be like to live in a sustainable Tucson? Part of our challenge, to making this transition before we have no choice, is to really imagine what it will mean. Sustainable Tucson took a small step toward understanding what that will mean with our Valentine’s Day Party and Creativity Workshop: “Love in the […]

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It’s a Valentine’s Day party!

posted February 4, 2017

Love the Earth. Love your community. Love your neighbors. Love yourself and those close to you. The February Sustainable Tucson meeting will be a party to celebrate Tucson’s sustainable future and each other, and an evening to dream of how to create a better future for Tucson. This Valentine’s Day Party and Creativity Workshop is […]

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Communicating Climate Change

posted December 24, 2016

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 […]

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December Meeting – Celebrating Community and Sustainability

posted December 4, 2016

At our December meeting, we will show how you can celebrate the holidays sustainably. Our first guest, Local First Arizona, will talk about the benefits of shopping “locally” and provide a local guide. Next, we’ve invited Upcycle Tucson to demonstrate how to use recycled materials to make art, gifts, and gift-wraps. We’ll close the evening […]

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Localizing Our Economy

posted November 11, 2016

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, […]

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Localizing Our Economy

posted October 31, 2016

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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6th Annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival

posted October 12, 2016

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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The ABCs of the ACC: A Full Run-down of the Arizona Corporation Commission

posted September 2, 2016

We’re all familiar with the role of the ACC in setting our electricity rates. Many of you were probably at the ACC public hearing in Tucson on August 31 and may even have given testimony about TEP’s rate case now before the Commission. But do you know the full range of what the ACC does? […]

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

posted July 25, 2016

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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Minimalism

posted July 17, 2016

Some of the themes from A Simpler Way will be explored in Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things in Life, for which Sustainable Tucson will be a Community Partner with The Loft Cinema, on July 19th at 7:30pm. This film looks at living minimally in all aspects of life, from our interaction with the […]

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A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity

posted July 8, 2016

July Monthly Meeting – Movie night This month’s Sustainable Tucson meeting be a showing of A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity, a recently released feature-length documentary that follows an intentional community in Australia who came together to explore and demonstrate a simpler way to live in response to global crises. Throughout the year presented in […]

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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. The […]

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Food Resilience — Learning to Adapt, Survive & Thrive in the 21st Century

posted May 14, 2016

Of all the things that we could do to make Tucson more resilient — better able to survive and thrive, no matter what the world throws at us — the “lowest hanging fruit” is probably — FOOD. Who woulda thunk it? Come to the joint meeting of Sustainable Tucson and Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance this […]

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ST April General Mtg – Tucson’s Energy-Economy-Climate Revolution

posted April 6, 2016

Sustainable Tucson’s April General Meeting will provide an up-to-the-minute update on efforts to pave the way for creating a positive energy-economy-climate future for our region. Tucson-based international economist Skip Laitner will report for the RENEW team on this important three-part community initiative. These include 1) intervening in the Arizona Corporation Commission’s current energy rate cases […]

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

posted March 31, 2016

XXX 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. XXXXX We have limited opportunities to help shape decisions about urban form and public infrastructure which effect […]

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Climate Change and Pima County Operations

posted March 2, 2016

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 […]

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Local Climate Change Actions: Policy and Progress

posted January 27, 2016

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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Special event for November

posted November 1, 2015

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 […]

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October Meeting – Film and Panel Discussion

posted October 9, 2015

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 system for human settlement that mimics natural ecosystems. This thought-provoking film shows how Permaculture principles help communities become more sustainable and resilient. Following the film, a panel […]

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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 year’s […]

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NO AUGUST MEETING

posted August 7, 2015

Sustainable Tucson is on hiatus for August. General Meetings will start up again in September. Stay tuned for news.

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Your chance to support urban food production in Tucson

posted August 7, 2015

The Planning Commission is holding a Public Hearing on proposed Urban Agriculture zoning rules. The new zoning laws will make legal a lot of things that are currently done but are actually illegal (just overlooked). The Planning Commission set a new hearing date: SEPTEMBER 16, 6 PM, at the Mayor and Council Chambers, 255 W […]

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

posted July 6, 2015

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 […]

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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

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., the architects […]

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Architecture and Sustainability in Tucson’s Built Environment

posted May 28, 2015

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 […]

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The Economics of, and Threats to, Rooftop Solar

posted May 5, 2015

[You can see the presentations below. ] • Are new proposals to state regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission by Tucson Electric Power and Trico making it more difficult and expensive for Tucsonans to “Go Solar”? • Are local solar jobs at stake? • What is the value of rooftop solar? • Are you concerned? […]

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