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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 Transcript: 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 […]

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Climate Smart Southwest: Ready or Hot? – National climate change conference in Tucson – Sep 20-21

posted July 23, 2013

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 […]

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Bisbee Solar Cook-Off and Festival – June 1

posted May 20, 2013

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 […]

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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 ENERGY FOR TOMORROW – BUILDING SUSTAINABLE CITIES A NEW YORK TIMES CONFERENCE IN COLLABORATION WITH RICHARD ATTIAS AND ASSOCIATES APRIL 25, 2013 THE TIMESCENTER, NEW YORK CITY   THE CONCEPT According to U.N. data, the worldwide urban population over the next 40 years will […]

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Awakening the Dreamer workshops – Circle Tree Ranch – June 10, Sep 9, Dec 9

posted May 8, 2013

  Free (RSVP) at Circle Tree Ranch, 10500 E Tanque Verde Road, Tucson AZ 85749     Awakening the Dreamer – Changing the Dream “Cultural Wisdom: The Indigenous Worldview as a Model for Social and Environmental Justice” The Awakening the Dreamer – Changing the Dream Symposium is a profound inquiry into a bold vision: to […]

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Cooking the Books: The True Climate Impact of Keystone XL

posted April 17, 2013

Click to view/download a pdf of the full report Cooking the Books: The True Climate Impact of Keystone XL April 16, 2013 A new report out today from environmental groups shows that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would, if approved, be responsible for at least 181 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) […]

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A Fierce Green Fire – A Film and Panel on Green Activism – April 19

posted April 15, 2013

at The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Blvd, Tucson AZ Join us for a special post-film panel discussion on opening night, featuring local experts in the field of environmental studies! Maria Baier – Executive Director of the Sonoran Institute Roger Clark – Grand Canyon Program Director for The Grand Canyon Trust Paul Green – Executive […]

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Tucson Time Traders – Tucson’s Local Timebank

posted April 14, 2013

Please see for more information on our Timebank orientation meetings and other events. We’re also at Sustainable Tucson Monthly Meetings to give information about timebanking and Tucson Time Traders, and help you sign up online.   TUCSON TIME TRADERS Helping Build Community 1 Hour at a Time Tucson Time Traders is our local Timebank […]

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Edgar Cahn, TimeBanks USA – How President Obama Can Beat The Odds And Make Good On His Commitments

posted January 23, 2013

How President Obama Can Beat The Odds And Make Good On His Commitments from Edgar S. Cahn, CEO TimeBanks USA, Distinguished Professor of Law, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law In his Inaugural Address, President Obama made some commitments that seem to defy fiscal reality:   “A little girl born into the bleakest poverty […]

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Sonoran Permaculture Guild – 18th Annual Permaculture Design Course – 5 weekends starting Feb 9

posted January 18, 2013

5 weekends starting Feb 9 in Tucson AZ Sonoran Permaculture Guild 18th Annual Permaculture Design Course This Permaculture certification course covers all aspects of sustainable design with a Southwest dry lands flavor, including a balance of hands on experience, classroom time, and design practicum. Dynamic exercises encourage pattern recognition, noticing the links between plants and […]

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Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2013 Campaign

posted January 9, 2013

Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2013 Campaign What would it be like without stars at night? What is it we lose? Starry night skies have given us poetry, art, music and the wonder to explore. A bright night sky (aka light pollution) affects energy consumption, health and wildlife too. Spend a few minutes to help scientists […]

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Sustainable Tucson joins Tucson Timebank

posted January 9, 2013

Sustainable Tucson joins Tucson Timebank Sustainable Tucson is a co-sponsor of our local timebank Tucson Time Traders, and Sustainable Tucson is also a member of Tucson Time Traders. If you volunteer for Sustainable Tucson in the working groups, monthly meetings, or in other ways, you can get hours of credit in the timebank from Sustainable […]

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Chasing Ice – special film opening at The Loft – Dec 14

posted December 11, 2012

at The Loft, 3233 E Speedway, Tucson AZ Tucson Climate Action Networking starting at 7pm Chasing Ice Co-presented by the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment, featuring a special introduction by the Institute of the Environment on opening night, Friday, December 14th at 7:30 pm Tucson Climate Action Network will be tabling before and […]

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Food Policy links & resources on the internet

posted November 18, 2012

Food Policy links & resources on the internet (ST Food working group, November 2012) National Websites: * (List of Food Policy Councils in North America) (Food First/Institute for Food and Development policy brief) (4 food initiatives case studies) –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  […]

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Eco-Health Relationship Browser – EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities

posted October 23, 2012

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

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

posted September 17, 2012

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

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Fall 2012 One Day Workshops – Sonoran Permaculture Guild

posted September 4, 2012

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

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

posted July 21, 2012

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe – and that make clear who the real enemy is by Bill McKibben ( This story is from the August 2nd, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone. If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven’t convinced you, or the […]

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

posted July 2, 2012

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

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Menu for the Future discussion course – Thursdays starting May 3

posted March 25, 2012

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

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Walking Away from Empire – Guy McPherson at Antigone Books – March 2

posted February 20, 2012

Walking Away from Empire – Guy McPherson at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Avenue, Friday, March 2, 7 PM Guy McPherson will discuss his book, Walking Away from Empire: A Personal Journey. McPherson was a successful professor by every imperial measure: tenured, published in all the right places, mentoring students who acquired the best jobs […]

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What Are We Planning For? – A New Advocacy Initiative

posted February 10, 2012

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

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The 12 most hopeful trends to build on in 2012

posted January 5, 2012

The 12 most hopeful trends to build on in 2012 Published by YES! Magazine on Sat, 12/31/2011 Original article: by Sarah van Gelder Who would have thought that some young people camped out in lower Manhattan with cardboard signs, a few sharpies, some donated pizza, and a bunch of smart phones could change so […]

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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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Local Gardening & Farming – Resources & Contacts

posted November 18, 2011

A Secure Food Supply for Tucson & Southern Arizona Resources & Contacts: Gardening & Farming – Production, Distribution, Education A sampling and an on-going growing list (see this page for updates) Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona – Native Seeds/SEARCH – Pima County Food Systems Alliance – go to Facebook page Tucson Organic […]

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Sustainable Tucson comments on proposed Rosemont Mine

posted November 16, 2011

Sustainable Tucson comments on proposed Rosemont Mine Sustainable Tucson is a non-profit, grass-roots organization that builds regional resilience and sustainability through awareness raising, community engagement and public/private partnerships. We recognize the need to focus on sustainability within the Sonoran bioregion. The proposal by the Augusta Resources Corporation to develop a copper mine in the Santa […]

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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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ST Water – resource links

posted October 17, 2011

RAINWATER & GREYWATER USE RESOURCE LIST Hands-On/Workshops (Sonoran Permaculture Guild workshops – gray water use; rainwater harvesting; and more) (Watershed Management Group calendar of events & workshops – hands-on work with gray water systems, rainwater harvesting systems, earthworks, etc.) (Food Bank garden workshops – gray water use; self-watering containers; and more) Websites […]

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ST Sustainability Book Sale

posted October 1, 2011

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

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August ST Film Night  “First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture

posted August 1, 2011

Sustainable Tucson General Meeting Monday, August 8th,  5:45 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking – off Alameda St This month’s General Meeting will continue our project on “Becoming a Desert Community” by presenting films relevant to desert natural buildings  and thriving desert communities. Our Main film […]

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The Story of Stuff, and more!

posted June 21, 2009

Q: Why should I care about the Citizens united v. FEC ruling? A: In this landmark case, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that it is unconstitutional to limit how much money corporations can spend to influence elections. Why? They said limits would violate the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. Since the 2010 ruling, corporations […]

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Greening the Desert (video)

posted July 11, 2008

“You can solve all your pollution problems and supply-line needs through a garden.” Permaculture turns Middle East salt flat into sustaining harvest. [Longer version: Making of interview before and after]

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

posted January 12, 2007

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

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

posted January 2, 2007

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

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Making Other Arrangements by James Howard Kunstler

posted December 26, 2006

This article by James Howard Kunstler appeared in the Jan/Feb issue of Orion Magazine; On the web at Making Other Arrangements James Howard Kunstler AS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC CONTINUES sleepwalking into a future of energy scarcity, climate change, and geopolitical turmoil, we have also continued dreaming. Our collective dream is one of those super-vivid […]

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