Archive for the 'Focus Groups' Category


Food, Water, And Traditional Knowledge In Arid Lands

posted April 20, 2017

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Southwest Folklife Alliance are screening a 15-minute documentary — produced by the College of SBS and SFA — titled “Food, Water, and Traditional Knowledge in Arid Lands.” The film emerged from the Food and Water in Arid Lands conference held at the UA this spring. Following […]

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ACC Public Comment Meeting on Distributed Solar

posted April 13, 2017

June 26, 2017, 10:00 am — Arizona Corporation Commission office, 400 W. Congress Street, Room 222 This public meeting will deal with Phase 2 issues of TEP’s Rate Application. Phase 2 will address rate design for solar distributed generation and net metering tariff modifications. The Commissioners need to hear from all of us!

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Food & Farm Finance Forum

posted April 13, 2017

May 18-19 — UA ENR2 See Local First Arizona for more information

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Public Meetings About Proposed Interstate 11- May 2 & 3

posted April 13, 2017

Tuesday, May 2 — Arizona Riverpark Inn, 777 W. Cushing Street Wednesday, May 3 — Marana Middle School, Cafeteria, 11285 W. Grier Road, Marana The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are hosting public meetings to present corridor alternatives for the proposed interstate 11 between Nogales and Wickenburg. More information and talking […]

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Sign-making Workshops — People’s Climate March – Tucson 2017

posted April 13, 2017

Come one, come all. You don’t have to be artistic! We will have examples of slogans or bring your own! Bring art supplies or donate them. We will have some too. Workshop 1 Friday, April 14, 3 pm – 7 pm Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop 218 E. 6th Street Workshop 2 Thursday, […]

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Tucson People’s Climate March

posted April 13, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 10 am-2 pm — El Presidio Park, 175 W. Alameda Street Stand together to protect our climate, our health, and our communities! https://www.facebook.com/events/384421951933357/ https://www.facebook.com/ClimateMarchTucson/

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Native Seeds/SEARCH – Arid Abundance Community Potluck

posted April 13, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 4-6 pm — Native Seeds/SEARCH, 3584 E. River Road This month’s focus is Edible Desert Flowers. If you can, bring a dish that includes this featured item. For more information

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Rally for Science Tucson (presented by March for Science Tucson)

posted April 13, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 10 am-2 pm — El Presidio Park, 175 W. Alameda Street Speakers, booths, exhibits, entertainment https://www.facebook.com/events/249342168853909/ https://www.facebook.com/ScienceMarchTUCSON/ (see also details on this page about Pre-rally Speaker Series) www.marchforsciencetucson.org

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Tucson Earth Day Festival

posted April 13, 2017

Tucson Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am-2:00 pm — Tucson Children’s Museum, 200 S. 6th Avenue Free and open to the public, with free admission to the Museum all day Eco-friendly exhibits and hands-on activities — for kids of all ages! Interested exhibitors can register through April 7. www.tucsonearthday.org

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Students for Sustainability Earth Day Celebration

posted April 13, 2017

Friday, April 21, 11:00 am-2:00 pm — University of Arizona Mall

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Case Studies and Cocktails with Tucson Emerging 2030 District

posted April 13, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 5:30-7:00 pm — Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress Street USGBC Arizona and the Tucson Emerging 2030 District invite you to celebrate Earth Month in Arizona with a tour and networking reception at the historic Hotel Congress. Learn how Hotel Congress is positioning itself as a leader in energy efficiency and sustainable design […]

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Tucson Organic Gardeners: Growing Perennial Herbs

posted April 13, 2017

Tucson Organic Gardeners: Growing Perennial Herbs, presented by Lorien Tersey Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 pm — St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, Geneva Room, 3809 E. 3rd Street (enter through north side parking lot, off 2nd Street) Doors open 6:00 pm, TOG Board Elections 6:30, Q&A 7:00, Speaker 7:30. www.tucsonorganicgardeners.org

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Sign-making Party & Fundraiser for Tucson People’s Climate March

posted April 13, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 5:00-9:00 pm — Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole Avenue Bring any extra art supplies, old bedsheets/blank t-shirts that you can share. 10% of sales that evening will be donated to expenses for the Climate March. This event also includes April’s Green Drinks Tucson.

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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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Food Resilience Project POTLUCK – Next step to resilience and delicious, local food

posted March 9, 2017

Join future friends from around Tucson who want to Learn to Grow, Eat and Share lots of delicious local food, at the kickoff Community Potluck of the Food Resilience Project of Feeding Tucson/Sustainable Tucson. The potluck is March 25 from 4:00 to 6:30 near County Club and 22nd. Find out more at the Food Resilience […]

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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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Public Dialogue: Intro and Practice Overview

posted February 16, 2017

Want to learn how to do a conversation where issue differences can be addressed, shared understanding and actions can be experienced? Come to this overview and potential practice (for any complex public policy issue) using the National Issues Forum Institute methods. Facilitated by NIFI trained and “well-seasoned” practitioner: Anita C. Fonte, Community Renaissance. Co-convened with […]

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Pima County and the Next Economy: How Energy Planning Can Recession-Proof Our Region

posted February 6, 2017

The Office of Sustainability and Conservation is very excited to announce that local resource economist guru, Skip Laitner, will be our featured speaker for February’s Sustainability Brown Bag! He’ll be discussing his experience as the co-creator of Luxembourg’s strategic economic plan and how Pima County can use features of this plan to create a more […]

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TUCAN – Tucson Climate Action Network monthly meeting

posted February 6, 2017

Organizing for the Scientists’ March in Tucson Meet at: 350Tucson clubhouse, 255 W. University Blvd. 3 blocks west of Stone Ave., 1 block east of Main, south side of the street. On the Third St / Univ. Blvd Bikeway. Stone/University bus stop serves Sun Tran routes 4, 10, 16, and 19, all running till 11:00pm […]

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“Transformational Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Water Sustainability in the Colorado River Basin”

posted February 6, 2017

Seminar by UA Center for Climate Adaptation Science & Solutions: “Transformational Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Water Sustainability in the Colorado River Basin” February 8 at 4:30 p.m. UA Campus, ENR2 Bldg. Room S0107, 1063 E. Ft. Lowell St. Speaker: Dave White, Professor, School of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University Drawing from […]

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AZ Corporation Commission public hearing in Tucson

posted February 6, 2017

The Arizona Corporation Commission has scheduled a public meeting in Tucson on Wednesday 02/08/17 on the TEP and Trico rate cases. ACC press release states the Commission will be voting on rate cases involving Tucson Electric Power and TRICO Electric Cooperative. Read the full press release here. State office building, 400 W. Congress St., hearing […]

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COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER FAIR

posted January 18, 2017

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, President’s Day, 4:30-6:30 THE HISTORIC Y, 300 E. University Blvd. This is an event: – for social and environmental activists to connect and engage and learn about the great work that others are doing with whom they may not be so familiar – for those with little or no experience in activism […]

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Tucson Citizens Climate Lobby

posted January 12, 2017

Saturday Jan. 14th 2017 at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E Adams St, Tucson, AZ 85719. Please join our greater Tucson CCL group for our monthly meeting that starts with welcome and coffee at 9:30, our chapter meeting from 10:00 to 11:00am, followed by our international call. Meeting adjourns at 11:45. This month’s guest […]

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SAz Solar Partnership – ACC and solar customers

posted January 11, 2017

Southern Arizona Solar Partnership will discuss what the recent ACC decisions mean for future solar customers. Get your solar questions answered!! The Southern Arizona Solar Partnership is a group of folks interested in solar: installers, government people, solar customers and those who just want to see more solar in Tucson!! We meet every other month […]

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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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COP22: A Multimedia Presentation and Discussion about the UN Climate Talks in Marrakech

posted November 28, 2016

Speaker(s): Remy Franklin, Masters Candidate, School of Geography and Development Location: 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 […]

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UN Conference in Tucson on Food & Water in Arid Lands

posted October 24, 2016

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 […]

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Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Candidate Forum

posted September 22, 2016

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 (http://www.ermanosbrew.com/). (Interested people under 21 years old can attend!) Candidates Attending: Robert “Bob” Burns (www.BobBurns.gop), Tom Chabin (www.TomChapin.com), Boyd Dunn (www.BoydDunn.com), Bill […]

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Cyclovia Fall 2016 Fundraiser

posted September 15, 2016

Donate now to the Cyclovia Fall Fundraiser! Cyclovia Tucson is a program of Living Streets Alliance, a non-profit organization working to make our streets safe, vibrant places for everyone. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and every dollar we raise goes directly towards making Cyclovia an incredible experience for all.

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Solidarity Rally – resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline

posted September 13, 2016

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 in […]

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

posted September 10, 2016

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 (http://www.ermanosbrew.com/). Three of the five candidates (Tom Chabin, Boyd Dunn & Bill Mundell) have already committed to attend, thanks to Robert Bulechek’s […]

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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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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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Sustainability and Architecture: USGBC ADVANCE and Tucson’s Prospective 2030 District®

posted April 28, 2016

For our May General Meeting, Sustainable Tucson is very pleased to present “Sustainability and Architecture: USGBC ADVANCE and Tucson’s Prospective 2030 District®.” This program will present the innovative partnership between the 2030 Districts and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)-Arizona Sonoran Branch, with the goal of developing a 2030 District® here in Tucson. First established […]

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AND YWCA OFFER FREE WORKSHOPS

posted April 20, 2016

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. Both […]

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“Catching the Sun” New Film Screening

posted April 18, 2016

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 […]

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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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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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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. http://www.sustainabletucson.org/2016/03/intro-to-broadway-project-who-what-when-why-why-why/   An excellent OpEd by Tucson architect Bob […]

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Intro to Broadway Project – Who, What, When, Why?

posted March 31, 2016

Why Are We Spending $74 Million and Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area while 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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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)  […]

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CALL TO ACTION!

posted March 25, 2016

XXX Why would we spend $75 million for no appreciable improvement in traffic? XXX The City of Tucson is proposing to: XXX 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, […]

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Feeding Tucson Food Resilience meeting

posted March 22, 2016

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 Haury foundation for […]

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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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Urban Farm Tour

posted February 21, 2016

Tucson currently grows millions of pounds of food right in the urban area, but we don’t see it because it comes from many, many places in small quantities. Now you can join the Feeding Tucson Urban Farm Tour on March 5 to see examples of the future of Tucson’s secure food system. During this 5-hour […]

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