Archive for the 'Water' Category


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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Stop TUSD closing eco-schools before Dec 20th ! – Public meetings Dec 8 & 10

posted December 8, 2012

at Catalina Magnet High School Auditorium, 3645 East Pima St (at Dodge Blvd)   Dear climate activists, As you probably know, many Tucson schools are slated for possible closure, especially on the west and southwest sides of town. Some of these schools have shown great leadership in preparing our students for the real future: teaching […]

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Tucson’s visionary Graywater Ordinance is at risk – Mayor and Council meeting at City Hall – Dec 4

posted December 2, 2012

Mayor and Council regular meeting at City Hall, 255 W Alameda, Tucson AZ   ACTION ITEM: Urge Mayor and Council Not to Repeal Tucson’s Graywater Ordinance In 2008, the City of Tucson passed a Residential Graywater Ordinance, mandating inclusion of graywater plumbing stub outs on all new homes built in Tucson. This ordinance is among […]

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Review: The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy

posted November 28, 2012

Review: The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy by Jon Walker   What I love most about this book is the feeling you get that there is hope: solutions to environmental, social and financial crises do exist, they have been tried and tested all over the planet and all we have to […]

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Water Resources Research Center – Brown Bag Seminars – Nov 29, Dec 6 & 11

posted November 25, 2012

at Sol Resnick Conference Room, Water Resources Research Center, 350 N Campbell Ave, Tucson AZ See below for details on December 6   Water Resources Research Center – Brown Bag Seminars Thursday, November 29 Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm Speakers: Sharon Megdal, Director, Water Resources Research Center, Specialist and Professor, Department of Soil, Water and […]

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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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UK Tyndall Centre Interview: Rapid and deep emissions reductions may not be easy, but 4°C to 6°C will be much worse

posted November 3, 2012

 by Rob Hopkins Published by Transition Culture on Fri, 11/02/2012  and republished by EnergyBulletin.Net  on Sat, 11/3/2012 Kevin Anderson is the Deputy Director of the UK Tyndall Centre and is an expert on greenhouse-gas emissions trajectories. He will be giving the annual Cabot Institute lecture, ‘Real Clothes for the Emperor’ on 6th November in Bristol, […]

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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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5th Annual Free Green Living Fair – Nov 3

posted October 25, 2012

at the HabiStore, 935 W. Grant   Experts on “green” building, alternative modes of transportation, rainwater-harvesting, gardening, air quality, water and energy conservation, solar power and more will be available to discuss ways to save money with a more “green” home and lifestyle. The Green Living Fair will be at the HabiStore, 935 W. Grant, […]

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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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Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Class – WMG – Oct 11

posted October 15, 2012

Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Class Spaces are still available in Watershed Management Group’s upcoming session to fulfill the educational requirement for Tucson Water’s rainwater-harvesting rebate. The next class is scheduled for Thursday, October 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. Tucson Water is offering rebates on qualifying rainwater harvesting projects, including tanks and earthworks. Two tiers of […]

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Storm Water Harvesting – WMG Green Living Co-op Workshops – Oct 11,13,14,21,27

posted October 15, 2012

Click these links for more details: Thursday October 11, 7am – 12pm Saturday October 13, 8am – 1pm Sunday, October 14, 7am – 12pm Sunday, October 21, 8am – 1pm Saturday, October 27, 8am – 1pm   Watershed Management Group – Residential Green Infrastructure Workshops Join Watershed Management Group’s Tucson Green-living Co-op for a series […]

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Earth Harmony Festival – Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage – Oct 6-7

posted September 27, 2012

at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage, Tumacácori, AZ (South of Tucson) Free admission, donations appreciated Earth Harmony Festival A weekend celebration devoted to creating a sustainable future now. EcoVillage tours on water harvesting, green building, organic gardening, solar energy, composting, and more. Live music, food, arts, children’s village, hay rides, pony rides, and other activities […]

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Sam Hughes Neighborhood Garden Tour – Oct 21

posted September 27, 2012

get tickets at Sam Hughes Elementary School, 700 N Wilson   Sam Hughes Neighborhood Garden Tour on Sunday October 21 Sam Hughes Neighborhood is having a first-time garden tour featuring 8 residen cheapest place to buy kamagra online ces and 2 public properties, including demonstration site for the “first in the nation” neighborhood phenology trail. […]

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Second Annual Home-scape Tour – Watershed Management Group – Oct 20

posted September 17, 2012

Tucson, AZ   Second Annual Watershed Management Group Home-scape Tour Saturday, October 20 Did the new City of Tucson rainwater-harvesting rebate rouse your interest in capturing the rain that falls on your own property? Curious about implementing other backyard sustainability practices such as chicken coops, food production, greywater, composting systems, and even solar-heated outside showers? […]

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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 http://challengesinverticalfarming.org We are pleased to announce an NSF funded workshop on the “Challenges in Vertical Farming”, which […]

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How Do We Grow Our Food? – Native Seeds/SEARCH Free Monthly Salon – Sep 17

posted September 12, 2012

at Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store, 3061 N Campbell Ave, Tucson (please note new time)   How Do We Grow Our Food? A panel discussion with growers from River Road Gardens, High Energy Farm, Sleeping Frog and the NS/S Conservation Farm. No till, cover crops, Effective Microorganisms, biodynamic and good ole elbow grease are some of […]

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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 http://www.sonoranpermaculture.org/courses-and-workshops/   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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Designing a Home Greywater System – Sonoran Permaculture Guild – Sep 22

posted September 4, 2012

in Tucson AZ   Designing a Home Greywater System Leona Davis, Sonoran Permaculture Guild This one-day class provides a basic understanding of residential greywater system design, function, application, and applicable building codes. Participants will work with an aerial photo of their own residence (provided by the instructor) to identify and evaluate the potential of their […]

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Who Owns Our Food? – Native Seeds/SEARCH free monthly salon – Aug 20

posted August 16, 2012

Free at NS/S Retail Store, 3061 N. Campbell Ave.   “Who Owns Our Food?” with Bill McDorman Aug. 20th, 5-7 pm (Note new time) Ten companies own and control 75% of the worlds seeds. How does this affect local food security and the health of our region? More importantly what does this have to do […]

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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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Rainwater Harvesting – Native Seeds/SEARCH free monthly salon – July 16

posted June 23, 2012

Free, at Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store, 3061 N. Campbell Ave. (just south of Ft. Lowell) Rainwater Harvesting Leona Davis, Education and Advocacy Coordinator Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Harvest those wonderful monsoon rains. Learn about the benefits of rainwater harvesting both in the soil and in storage tanks. Gain an understanding of the cost, […]

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Occupy Arcology – ecological city design lecture & discussion – June 26

posted June 20, 2012

Free, at Historic Y conference room, 738 North 5th Ave (at University)   OCCUPY ARCOLOGY LECTURE – June 26 Come be a part of a lecture and lively discussion on Occupy Arcology. In this part of the lecture series, hosted by Occupy Tucson’s Doctress Neutopia, we will focus on the question of ecology and economy […]

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Native Seeds/SEARCH free monthly salon – June 18

posted June 10, 2012

at NSS Retail Store, 3061 N. Campbell [south of Ft. Lowell] “Ancient and Traditional Water Harvesting in the Southwest” Native Americans have successfully farmed the arid lands of this region for centuries and continue to produce abundant crops. Join us for another thought-provoking Salon with Melissa Kruse-Peeples, Collections Manager at Native Seeds/SEARCH, for an exploration […]

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Community Water Coalition – Open House – May 23

posted May 20, 2012

at Ward 6 Council Office Community Room, 3202 East 1st Street (near Speedway and Country Club) Community Water Coalition – Open House Please join the us for a fun and informative meeting of professionals and passionate advocates for a sustainable water future in Southern Arizona! Come find out how you or your organization can get […]

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A pre-monsoon storm of water harvesting activity – Free workshops May 14 thru 26

posted May 9, 2012

Watershed Management Group’s Sweat Equity Co-op is ending its 2012 pre monsoon season with a storm of rain water implementation workshops that are free and open to the public. Snacks and liquid refreshments are always provided. Come on out and learn how to get the most out of your home’s natural resources, and find out […]

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Soil is Life – Restoring the Soil Food Web – lecture and local foods potluck – May 31

posted May 6, 2012

at Saint Marks Church, Third and Alvernon, Tucson   Soil is Life – Restoring the Soil Food Web A Lecture and Local Foods Potluck Join Watershed Management Group’s Tucson Co-op to celebrate the end of our busiest season to date and to revel in anticipation of the coming monsoons, with our semi annual local foods […]

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Plan Tucson – Urban Agriculture Policy Working Group – May 3

posted April 21, 2012

at Sentinel Building Conference Rooms, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop   PLAN TUCSON ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY FOCUS AREA Urban Agriculture Policy Working Group Meeting Invitation Thursday May 3, 2012 Hello, The Plan Tucson Team appreciates the active participation by agency, organization, and other stakeholders in the Working Groups to develop policies for elements to be addressed […]

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Water Harvesting Lecture Series – May 4-7

posted April 21, 2012

  at St. Mark’s Church, 3809 E. 3rd Street   Open to the public, $25 per session   Water Harvesting Lecture Series Watershed Management Group’s Water Harvesting Certification program provides the highest quality and greatest depth of training in integrative water harvesting offered in the nation. We’re opening four of the lectures from our upcoming […]

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Overpeck lecture – audio recording online here

posted April 8, 2012

An audio recording of Dr. Jonathan Overpeck’s presentation at DuVal Auditorium in Tucson February 13th 2012 is now available here on the Sustainable Tucson website. To listen or download, please go to the first comment on ST February Meeting – Climate Change in Tucson and the Southwest – Dr Jonathan Overpeck.

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Brown Bag Lunch Seminars – Water Resources Research Center – March & April

posted March 15, 2012

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars are held at the Sol Resnick Conference Room, Water Resources Research Center, 350 N Campbell Ave, Tucson AZ 85721 Contact: Jane Cripps jcripps(at)cals.arizona.edu or 520-621-2526 http://cals.arizona.edu/azwater   WRRC Brown Bag Lunch Seminars   Wednesday, March 21, 12:00 – 1:30 pm Gardenroots: The Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona Garden Project Speaker: Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, PhD […]

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Solar Grant Applications Open Until March 21 – Technicians for Sustainability

posted February 20, 2012

TFS’s 2012 Solar Grant – Applications Open from now Until March 21 Technicians for Sustainability (TFS) is proud to announce the opening of our 2012 Solar Grant application process. Starting immediately we will be accepting applications until March 21st, the Spring Equinox. The TFS grant program is funded by 1% of our revenue to help […]

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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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Tucson Aquaponics Systems Tour – Feb 11

posted February 3, 2012

The first TAPST (Tucson Aquaponics Systems Tour) is officially happening!  Saturday 2/11/12 all around Tucson, 9AM-3PM.  The full range of aquaponics systems will be featured.  So far we have at least 10 systems on 5 different sites.   Here is a link to more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/239007656182410/

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ST committee on Food/Water

posted January 24, 2012

The ad hoc committee on Food & Water, we begin to develop a Sustainable Tucson General Meeting for later in the year.  The goal of that meeting will be to initiate some sort of action in the area of food and water.  It is up to the ad hoc committee, working with the Core Team, to determine […]

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WMG Composting Toilet Program – Seeking Participants – Feb 9

posted January 16, 2012

Soil Steward Composting Toilet Program – Seeking Participants   Are you… An early adopter who likes to be part of a cutting-edge pilot program to influence city and state policy? Tired of flushing potable water down the toilet and interested in building a legal composting toilet for your home? Interested in using alternative composting systems […]

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Pima County Food Systems Alliance – Meeting & Potluck – January 31

posted January 16, 2012

On January 31st, there will be a meeting of the Pima County Food Systems Alliance, at Tucson Village Farm, 4210 N Campbell Ave The Pima County Food Systems Alliance (PCFSA) is an open membership network comprised of a variety of groups and individuals—including but not limited to farmers, chefs, restaurants, schools, educators, youth, gardeners, researchers, […]

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Ten Good Things About a (Not So) Bad Year

posted January 5, 2012

Ten Good Things About a (Not So) Bad Year Medea Benjamin, CommonDreams I had the privilege of starting out the year witnessing, firsthand, the unfolding of the Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square. I saw people who had been muzzled their entire lives, especially women, suddenly discovering their collective voice. Singing, chanting, demanding, creating. And that […]

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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: http://www.yesmagazine.org/blogs/sarah-van-gelder/12-most-hopeful-trends-to-build-on-in-2012 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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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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Greywater Systems – Watershed Technical Training – Feb 6-8

posted December 23, 2011

Early registration ends January 6! Brad Lancaster, Senior Watershed Specialist with Watershed Management Group and author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, will lead this hands-on technical training covering advanced greywater systems. Greywater use is not only allowed by an increasing number of municipalities, it’s actively encouraged by many authorities in efforts to preserve water, reduce […]

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Community-based Green Infrastructure – Watershed Technical Training – March 29-31

posted December 23, 2011

Introductory webinar: March 20th, 3-5pm (PDT). Hands-on training: March 29-31, 2012, Tucson, Arizona.   Watershed Management Group has been working with community members to install neighborhood level Green Infrastructure (GI) projects in Tucson since 2008. Now WMG is offering an in-depth professional training covering the “how to” of organization and design for community led GI […]

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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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Oppose the Rosemont Mine – public meetings Dec 1st, 7th, 8th, 10th

posted November 28, 2011

Thursday, Dec. 1, at Corona Foothills Middle School, 16705 S. Houghton Rd., from 5 to 9 PM (and see comments below for further meetings at other locations) From: Keith Willmarth <canduthis(at)toast.net> Subject: Oppose the Rosemont Mine I am sending this message to mobilize informed opposition to the proposed Rosemont Mine. Several organizations, in particular Save […]

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Pima County Food Systems Alliance – Meeting & Potluck – Nov 30

posted November 28, 2011

On November 30th (this Wednesday) from 6-8 pm, there will be a large group meeting of the Pima County Food Systems Alliance (PCFSA) with a potluck at the Sam Lena Library (1607 S. 6th Ave, Tucson; call 520.594.5265 for directions) The Agenda is as follows: Welcome & Introduction (Nick) (5 min; 6:00-6:05) Presentation by PCFSA Consultants (Bryn/Lewis) (25 min; […]

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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 – communityfoodbank.com Native Seeds/SEARCH – www.nativeseeds.org 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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UA Professor Walks Away From Empire

posted November 13, 2011

UA Natural Resources Professor Emeritus Guy McPherson and Sustainable Tucson founding coalition member addresses the International Conference on Sustainability, Transition and Culture Change: Vision, Action, Leadership recounting his journey to personal accountability in the current crisis of civilization. Taking material from his latest book, “Walking Away From Empire” , Guy demonstrates Gandhi’s  recommendation: “Become the […]

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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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Eco-Sanitation Course with David Omick & Brad Lancaster – Dec 5-7

posted October 24, 2011

Eco-Sanitation Course with David Omick & Brad Lancaster December 5 – 7 in Tucson Note: Dates have changed from those previously advertized. Early registration extended to Oct 30. Early registration cost is $250. Scholarships are available. Learn cutting-edge principles in simple living technology in a hands-on setting – join WMG for a Watershed Technical Training […]

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