Archive for the 'Energy' Category


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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34th Annual Solar Potluck and Exhibition

posted February 5, 2016

Join Citizens for Solar at our Annual Solar Potluck and experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and learn about solar by viewing solar appliances and exhibitions (ovens, fountains, coolers, lights, electrical systems) and solar arts. The event is co-sponsored by Catalina State Park, Arizona State Parks. The Solar Potluck is an educational, family-friendly event. Learn [...]

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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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UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series

posted January 18, 2016

UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series A Series of Six Lectures Exploring Our World and Ourselves Mondays, January 25 – March 7 7:00-8:00 PM UA Centennial Hall Climate change and its impacts are no longer merely abstract projections for the future. Instead, they are on-going and growing challenges for both humans and many of the natural [...]

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Free screening – This Changes Everything

posted January 17, 2016

Join Rising Tide Tucson, the Bus Riders Union, and other local groups for a community conversation on climate justice globally and here in Southern AZ. We will be showing Naomi Klein’s new documentary about climate change and grassroots resistance, This Changes Everything. The film presents seven powerful stores of communities fighting for justice on the [...]

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What does the Paris Climate Agreement mean for solar in Arizona?

posted January 16, 2016

Southern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership Meeting: January 21 The public is invited to this important, free event. Agenda: Vince Pawlowski, a recent delegate to COP21, the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris in 2015, will be a guest speaker. Vince, a recent graduate in climate policy from the University of Arizona and part of the [...]

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From the Pope to Paris: Climate Change Action Updates

posted January 4, 2016

Greetings and wishes to you all for a very Happy & Sustainable New Year! 2016 marks Sustainable Tucson’s 10th Anniversary. To mark that milestone, we will be planning this year’s meetings around the theme of “Climate Change and Actions for Our Sustainable Future.” Join us at the next Sustainable Tucson General Meeting for a review [...]

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Movie at Loft on Fracking

posted December 1, 2015

      PLEASE JOIN US AT THE LOFT THEATER (Screen 3) GROUNDSWELL RISING ON THE HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF FRACKING FOR NATURAL GAS AND OIL      Contact bwarre01@gmail.com or 520-325-3983 for questions.

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Film on Fracking

posted December 1, 2015

      PLEASE JOIN US AT THE LOFT THEATER (Screen 3) GROUNDSWELL RISING ON THE HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF FRACKING FOR NATURAL GAS AND OIL      Contact bwarre01@gmail.com or 520-325-3983 for questions.

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Duality in Climate Science

posted November 16, 2015

Duality in Climate Science Published by Kevin Anderson blog on 2015-10-15 Original article: http://kevinanderson.info/blog/duality-in-climate-science/ by Kevin Anderson   The value of science is undermined when we adopt questionable assumptions and fine-tune our analysis to conform to dominant political and economic sensibilities. The pervasive inclusion of speculative negative emission technologies to deliver politically palatable 2°C mitigation [...]

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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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Important movie – This Changes Everything

posted November 1, 2015

In place of the November Sustainable Tucson meeting, ST is co-sponsoring the movie This Changes Everything at the Loft. Featuring 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 Screen at [...]

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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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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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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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February 18th ST Meeting Flyer

posted February 8, 2015

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Response to assertions made about energy’s costs, systems

posted February 3, 2015

Response to assertions made about energy’s costs, systems By Carmine Tilghman Special to the Arizona Daily Star, January 29, 2015   Evidence of Tucson Electric Power’s commitment to renewable energy isn’t hard to find. Visit the Solar Zone at the University of Arizona Tech Park, where solar projects built from competing technologies cover 165 acres [...]

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An Energy Partnership / Climate Solution for Tucson?

posted January 28, 2015

  OOOOOOOOOO (Note Special LOCATION, DATE, & TIME) February 18th     
6:30pm to 8:30pm University of Arizona, Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), Room 103 OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOO Do you know that the production of electricity in Tucson accounts for over 60% of Tucson’s climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions? Imagine the City of Tucson [...]

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Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid

posted January 23, 2015

Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid By Terry Finefrock Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star January 23, 2015 There is great potential that electricity costs could be reduced, increases avoided, system reliability improved and recurring economic benefits provided by establishing utility-scale photovoltaic solar electric facilities within and adjacent to the [...]

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