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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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Lessons from Sustainable Urban Design: Films and Discussion

posted April 9, 2015

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 […]

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Broadway Coalition Vision: Let’s Make the Broadway Project Sustainable Now!

posted March 2, 2015

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 […]

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posted December 21, 2014

Best Wishes from Sustainable Tucson! Three Articles to Start Off the New Year: Best New Year’s wishes! Happy Holiday reading from ST! While Sustainable Tucson will continue to focus on the economy, local production, and democratization of resource decisions, climate and energy issues will continue to dominate the global sustainability movement as well. We have […]

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A PUBLIC BANK FOR ARIZONA?

posted November 23, 2014

 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 […]

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Last chance for meaningful climate change mitigation? – City-Utility Partnerships

posted November 4, 2014

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

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 […]

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

posted August 15, 2014

  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.) HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE IN THE FACE OF ONGOING ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL MALAISE? WHAT AILS OUR TUCSON ECONOMY? HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE IN THE FACE OF ONGOING […]

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Summer Movie Night: Inequality for All

posted August 5, 2014

[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 […]

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ST July Mtg — Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production

posted July 10, 2014

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 […]

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

posted June 3, 2014

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 […]

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ST May Meeting: CAN MUSHROOMS SAVE THE WORLD?

posted May 8, 2014

  Sustainable Tucson’s May Meeting: CAN MUSHROOMS SAVE THE WORLD?   Monday, May 12, 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.)   What do human health, environmental detoxification, consumer waste recycling and a great-tasting and healthy locally produced […]

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April 20th: “Welcome the Third Economic Revolution”

posted April 13, 2014

Welcome the Third Economic Revolution A talk on converting from a Consumer Killer Economy to a Sustainable Green Economy by John ‘Skip’ Laitner, featured speaker at Sustainable Tucson’s December 2013 General Meeting. Skip is a Resource and Energy Economist, International Economic Conversion Consultant, and Visiting Fellow to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Hear […]

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ST’s April Meeting: Local Water – Localized Food?

posted April 7, 2014

Sustainable Tucson’s April Meeting: Local Water – Localized Food?   Monday, April 14, 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.)   How much local food can Tucson produce? And how much local water is available to produce it? […]

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ST March Meeting: Preparedness for a World of Change

posted March 6, 2014

  Sustainable Tucson’s March Meeting: Preparedness for a World of Change Monday, March 10, 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.) Join the Sustainable Tucson community and extended network to hear Nicole Foss, world-renown lecturer and co-creator of […]

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February General Mtg: IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?

posted January 28, 2014

Sustainable Tucson’s February Meeting: IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE? Monday, February 10, 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.) Last November 14th, the State of Arizona ran a simulation of an emergency event that included a […]

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Local Food? How are we going to pay for that?!

posted December 23, 2013

Special location Sea of Glass Performing Arts Hall                                            330 East 7th St For its January General Meeting, Sustainable Tucson is joining with the Kellogg Program for Sustainable Food Systems at the UA and numerous […]

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ST Dec. Mtg: The Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency: Leading Tucson to More Jobs and a Robust Economy While Mitigating Climate Change

posted November 21, 2013

XXXX At Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St)   Sustainable Tucson December Meeting: The Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency: Leading Tucson to More Jobs and a Robust Economy While Mitigating Climate Change This month, Sustainable Tucson brings international expertise and vision […]

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Green Redevelopment & the Rise of 2030 Districts

posted October 20, 2013

at Tucson Association of Realtors conference room,  2445 N. Tucson Blvd   (one block north of Grant Rd)   But, could something like a 2030 District in Tucson help align many efforts to support economic re-generation in our community?    Come join us on: Monday. November 11, 5:30 – 8:30 pm  PLEASE NOTE: SPECIAL MEETING LOCATION Tucson Association […]

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ST Oct Mtg: Investing in Local Solar Energy Solutions

posted September 26, 2013

Sustainable Tucson October Meeting: Investing in Local Solar Energy Solutions at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Investing in Local Solar Energy Solutions As Tucson begins planning to reduce its greenhouse gases 80% by 2050, the largest emissions sector (59%) arises […]

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3rd Annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival – Oct 20

posted September 17, 2013

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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ST September Mtg: Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part IV – Sept 9th

posted August 22, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) ST September Meeting Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part IV Sustainable Tucson’s “Conversations with our Public Officials” series provides Tucson community members the opportunity […]

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Sustainable Tucson July Film Night!

posted July 3, 2013

Monday, July 8th, 5:30 – 8:00, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Sustainable Tucson will show a variety of films at our July general meeting. Included among the short and medium length topics are greening the desert, climate change in the arctic, how the people […]

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ST June Meeting – Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community – Part III – June 10

posted June 2, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part III Last spring Sustainable Tucson hosted two “Conversations with our Public Officials.” Tucson community members had the opportunity to meet with City public officials to discuss a wide range of sustainability […]

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Sustainable Tucson Community Fundraising Appeal

posted April 15, 2013

Sustainable Tucson needs your support to continue to present timely, interesting and informative monthly programs. With minimal financial support from the larger community we have provided continuous monthly programs for nearly seven years, drawing particularly on local talent and sustainability leaders. As we increasingly bring in cutting-edge speakers from other cities and regions, Sustainable Tucson […]

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ST May Meeting – Food Resilience in the Time of Global Climate Change – May 13

posted April 14, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone, Downtown Tucson (in the large lower-level meeting room, free lower-level parking off Alameda St) Food Resilience in the Time of Global Climate Change Almost all the food we eat in Tucson is not grown here. It isn’t even grown in Arizona. Please join us for the […]

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ST April Meeting – Power to the People: Should TEP be municipalized? – April 8

posted March 15, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown Tucson (in the large lower-level meeting room, free lower-level parking off Alameda St) Power to the People: Should TEP be municipalized? with guest speaker Leslie Glustrom, Research Director for Clean Energy Action, Boulder Colorado also speaking – Dan Millis (Sierra Club) The science is clear. […]

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ST March Meeting – Climate Change Activism – March 11

posted February 14, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown Tucson (in the large lower-level meeting room, free lower-level parking off Alameda St) Climate Change Activism – Messaging and Solutions with guest speaker Julie Robinson, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University In our future there will be no more important issue to the […]

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ST February Meeting – Tucson’s Economy – Feb 11

posted January 22, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown Tucson (in the large lower-level meeting room, free lower-level parking off Alameda St) Local Economy • Financial and Monetary Innovation Please join us for Sustainable Tucson‘s February Meeting where we’ll hear leaders and experts from Tucson and Phoenix, and engage everyone in discussion on the […]

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ST January 2013 Meeting – Jan 14

posted January 8, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Sustainable Tucson 2013 How We Can Take Action in the New Year Lots of powerful efforts are happening in Tucson and around the world to make a more sustainable and secure future. Join Sustainable Tucson on Monday, January […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ST April Meeting – Can Tucson Feed Itself?

posted April 6, 2012

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Can Tucson Feed Itself ? The short answer is no. The longer answer will surprise and excite you. The real answer is – its time to start. At this Sustainable Tucson meeting, find out: • How food actually […]

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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

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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ST February Meeting – Climate Change in Tucson and the Southwest – Dr Jonathan Overpeck

posted January 4, 2012

at DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell Avenue Sustainable Tucson’s February Meeting will be a special public lecture event in collaboration with the Tucson Audubon Society and the Community Water Coalition. University of Arizona climate scientist Dr. Jonathan Overpeck will speak on Climate Change: What does it mean for Tucson and the Southwest? […]

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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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Empty Southwest – Where Did All the People Go?

posted December 11, 2011

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2012 Green Retrofit Economic Stimulus Proposal for Tucson

posted November 15, 2011

2012 Green Retrofit Economic Stimulus Proposal for Tucson With half of all mortgaged homes “underwater” and owing more than their market value, housing prices continue to decline even after four years of collapsing prices. The ongoing global credit and debt crisis combined with declining house prices spell disaster for the home-building industry for at least […]

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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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Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

posted November 7, 2011

Welcome to the Post-Growth Economy “As humanity has chewed through the low-hanging fruit of our natural resources and has turned to lower-grade and more expensive ores and fuels, managers of the economy have attempted to keep growth going by piling up debt in the mistaken belief that it is money that makes the economy run […]

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Innovative 30,000-gallon Rainwater Harvesting Cistern

posted October 18, 2011

Innovative 30,000-gallon “Ground Pit” rainwater harvesting cistern being installed at Tucson’s Nature Conservancy headquarters

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