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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 Vint on how Historic [...]

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Sustainability on the Chopping Block – Tucson City Council Decision April 19th

posted March 31, 2016

[ Tuesday, April 19, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

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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.
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We have limited opportunities to help shape decisions about urban form and public infrastructure which effect the way [...]

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CALL TO ACTION!

posted March 25, 2016

[ Tuesday, March 29, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]
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Why would we spend $75 million for no appreciable improvement in traffic?
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The City of Tucson is proposing to:
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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, climate-friendly future where local [...]

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Support the Broadway Coalition Petition Drive

posted August 26, 2014

NOTE: This petition is an initiative of the Broadway Coalition which is solely responsible for processing and managing the results. Sustainable Tucson hosts this online petition drive as a community service.

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ST July Mtg — Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production

posted July 10, 2014

[ Monday, July 14, 2014; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 endorses urban food production, [...]

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Tucson Talks Transit – with Jarrett Walker – July 11

posted July 5, 2014

[ Friday, July 11, 2014; 5:00 pm; ] at Tucson Electric Power Company, 88 East Broadway, Downtown Tucson AZ (two blocks south of Ronstadt Transit Center)

Tucson Talks Transit – with Jarrett Walker
Friday, July 11, 2014
5:00 p.m. Sign-in and Reception
6:00 p.m. FREE Public Presentation

Jarrett Walker, the preeminent transit planner and transit thinker, will visit Tucson for a town hall the evening of Friday, July [...]

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April 20th: “Welcome the Third Economic Revolution”

posted April 13, 2014

[ Sunday, April 20, 2014; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] 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 how he is advising [...]

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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

[ Monday, December 9, 2013; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 to our community to understand [...]

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ST Oct Mtg: Investing in Local Solar Energy Solutions

posted September 26, 2013

[ Monday, October 14, 2013; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 from the generation [...]

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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. ] 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 to meet with local public officials [...]

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The One Thing You Need to Know about the President’s Plan to Address Climate Change

posted July 3, 2013

The One Thing You Need to Know about the President’s Plan to Address Climate Change
by Kurt Cobb,    June 30, 2013
 
The one thing you need to know about President Obama’s plan to address climate change is that the most it will accomplish is slowing very slightly the pace at which the world is currently hurtling toward [...]

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

posted June 2, 2013

[ Monday, June 10, 2013; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 issues. The [...]

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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 nytenergyfortomorrow.com
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 increase by 3.1 billion people. Where will [...]

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Move to Amend – Corporations Are Not People – May 10

posted May 8, 2013

[ Thursday, May 2, 2013; 7:00 pm; Friday, May 10, 2013; 7:00 am to 9:00 am. 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] May 2 planning meeting at Unitarian Church, 22nd between Swan and Craycroft

May 10 demonstration at Miracle Mile freeway entrance

 
Move to Amend – Corporations Are Not People

JOIN US IN A NATIONWIDE ACTION ON MAY 10TH (details below) urging Americans to take the next step in passing a CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT which declares that corporations are not persons, [...]

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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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Ask for Transportation Alternatives! – ADOT hearing in Tucson – Apr 12

posted April 11, 2013

[ Friday, April 12, 2013; 9:00 am; ] at Pascua Yaqui Justice Center – Albert V Garcia Auditorium, 7777 S Camino Huivism, Building C, Tucson AZ

ADOT hearing in Tucson – Fri, Apr 12th, 9 AM
Ask for Transportation Alternatives!

Come to a public hearing and speak in support of transportation options.

There will be a hearing in Tucson this Friday, April 12th at 9:00 am on [...]

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Community Vision for the Ronstadt Transit Center – Tucson Bus Riders Union – April 2

posted March 25, 2013

[ Tuesday, April 2, 2013; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] at the Rialto Theatre, 318 East Congress Street, Tucson AZ

 
Community Vision for the Ronstadt Transit Center

Music, food, information, and the opportunity to give YOUR input.

As downtown development proceeds, what will become of the Ronstadt Center? The City of Tucson has begun a public process aimed at “seeking a qualified development team to plan, design, [...]

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Rethinking Money in Tucson – meetings with Bernard Lietaer & Jacqui Dunne – March 25 & 26

posted March 22, 2013

[ Monday, March 25, 2013; 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Tuesday, March 26, 2013; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] Monday – Santa Rita Room, Student Union, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ
Tuesday – City of Tucson Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Avenue, Meeting Room C in the basement

 
Both events are Free. Monday’s will also be webcast (ask for address). Please RSVP for Tuesday.

Rethinking Money: A Wildcat Currency?

Date: Monday, March 25, 5:00 – [...]

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Citizens Climate Lobby monthly conference call & planning meeting – (usually) first Saturdays

posted February 28, 2013

[ Saturday, March 2, 2013; 10:45 am to 1:00 pm. Saturday, April 6, 2013; 9:45 am to 12:00 pm. Saturday, May 4, 2013; 9:45 am to 12:00 pm. Saturday, June 1, 2013; 9:45 am to 12:00 pm. Saturday, July 13, 2013; 9:45 am to 12:00 pm. Saturday, August 3, 2013; 9:45 am to 12:00 pm. ] at 255 W University Blvd, Tucson AZ

Groups meet at 9:45am PT / 12:45pm ET, the international conference call starts at 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET. The conference call is about an hour long, and the groups meet for another hour after that to plan actions.

 

Citizens Climate Lobby – Monthly Conference Call
www.citizensclimatelobby.org

 

Saturday, July [...]

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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 knows that she has [...]

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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

[ Tuesday, December 4, 2012; 5:30 pm; ] 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 the first of [...]

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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:
http://www.foodsecurity.org/FPC/council.html * (List of Food Policy Councils in North America)
http://www.foodfirst.org/sites/www.foodfirst.org/files/pdf/PB_19_Cutting_Through_the_Red_Tape.pdf (Food First/Institute for Food and Development policy brief)
http://www.socialenterprise.net/assets/files/REDI_Summary_May_2011.pdf (4 food initiatives case studies)
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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, which has [...]

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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 services—benefits supplied by nature. [...]

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Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Class – WMG – Oct 11

posted October 15, 2012

[ Thursday, October 11, 2012; 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. ] 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 rebates cover [...]

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AZ Corporation Commission candidates debate – Sep 27

posted September 25, 2012

[ Thursday, September 27, 2012; 5:00 pm; ] at the UniSource Building, 88 East Broadway, Tucson

 
On Thursday, September 27, 2012, at 5:00 pm, candidates for the AZ Corporation Commission will be holding an open meeting and debate at the UniSource Building, 88 East Broadway, Tucson, AZ

Please join us to engage the candidates on important energy efficiency and clean renewable energy issues.

The AZ Energy [...]

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Forum for Candidates for AZ Corporation Commission – League of Women Voters – Oct 4

posted September 21, 2012

[ Thursday, October 4, 2012; 6:15 pm; ] 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 Have Been Invited

Utility Regulation • Power Lines
Business Regulation • [...]

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Crucial ACC Election for Climate Activists – TUCAN Workshop Sep 8

posted September 5, 2012

[ Saturday, September 8, 2012; 1:00 pm; ] at Miller Golf Links Public Library, 9640 E Golf Links Rd, Tucson (see below about carpooling)

Crucial ACC Election for Climate Activists

Workshop on September 8 Saturday 1 p.m., free t-shirt

Dear Climate Activist,

In the 2012, three of five seats at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) are up for election. This election will decide the future of [...]

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ST September Meeting – Sept 10 – Sustainability of Urban Mobility and Urban Form continued – Broadway Boulevard Project

posted August 28, 2012

[ Monday, September 10, 2012; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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, using the Broadway [...]

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Sustainable Tucson August Film Festival – August 12th and 13th

posted July 29, 2012

[ Sunday, August 12, 2012; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Monday, August 13, 2012; 4:45 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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.

• Resource depletion including non-renewable [...]

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Speak Up for Energy Efficiency – AZ Corp Commission open meeting – July 11

posted July 4, 2012

[ Wednesday, July 11, 2012; 10:00 am; ] at Arizona Corporation Commission Tucson Offices, Room 222
400 W Congress St, Tucson AZ

TEP Customers – Speak Up for Energy Efficiency
Please come to a public comment session and tell the AZ Corporation Commission that you support TEP’s Energy Efficiency Plan

Energy efficiency programs help conserve energy, reduce water use, reduce air pollution, and keep energy costs lower [...]

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NYT Publishes Private Industry Documents: “Shale Gas Called a Ponzi Scheme”

posted June 27, 2012

Documents: Industry Privately Skeptical of Shale Gas
Over the past six months, The New York Times reviewed thousands of pages of documents related to shale gas, including hundreds of industry e-mails, internal agency documents and reports by analysts. A selection of these documents is included here; names and identifying information have been redacted to protect the [...]

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Sustainable Tucson July Meeting – Urban Mobility and Urban Form – July 9

posted June 27, 2012

[ Monday, July 9, 2012; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 timely topic on [...]

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Support Energy Efficiency Workshop – June 27

posted June 18, 2012

[ Wednesday, June 27, 2012; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] at Historic Y conference room, 738 N 5th Ave in Tucson

 
TEP Customers — Help TEP Move Beyond Coal to Clean Energy!
Join us at a free workshop!

You can help move Tucson Electric Power from coal to clean energy! Come to this informative workshop and find out more.

Support Energy Efficiency Workshop
Wednesday, June 27, 6-8 p.m.
Historic [...]

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ST June Meeting – Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community – Part II – June 11

posted June 7, 2012

[ Monday, June 11, 2012; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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 Steve Kozachik to [...]

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Reconsider RTA Broadway Project – Public press conference – April 30

posted April 27, 2012

[ Monday, April 30, 2012; 6:00 pm; ] at Assembly of God Church parking lot, NW corner of Broadway & Campbell

 

Neighborhood Support Network / Broadway Corridor

Hi Neighbors,

You and your neighbors are invited to a press conference on Monday, April 30 at Broadway and Campbell that will begin at 6pm – please send around. Speakers will include Council Members Kozachik and Fimbres, Pima County [...]

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Plan Tucson – Urban Agriculture Policy Working Group – May 3

posted April 21, 2012

[ Thursday, May 3, 2012; 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. ] 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 in Plan Tucson, the City’s new General Plan [...]

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Sustainable Tucson March Meeting – Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community

posted March 4, 2012

[ Monday, March 12, 2012; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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, institutions and organizations. It is [...]

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Plan Tucson – Urban Design Policy Working Group – Feb 29

posted February 20, 2012

[ Wednesday, February 29, 2012; 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. ] Plan Tucson – Smart Growth Focus Area
Redevelopment and Revitalization Policy Working Group

Meeting Invitation for Wednesday February 29, 2012

Subject: Plan Tucson – Redevelopment and Revitalization Policy Working Group Meeting Invitation

Dear Colleague:

We are sending you this invitation because you expressed an interest or were recommended to participate in the Urban Design Policy Working Group. The first meeting [...]

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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 Tucson has [...]

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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 September TEDx [...]

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

posted November 28, 2011

[ Wednesday, November 30, 2011; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] 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; 6:05-6:30)
Break & Get [...]

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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 Gardeners – www.tucsonorganicgardeners.org
Community Gardens of [...]

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ST Water – resource links

posted October 17, 2011

RAINWATER & GREYWATER USE RESOURCE LIST
Hands-On/Workshops
http://www.sonoranpermaculture.org/courses-and-workshops/ (Sonoran Permaculture Guild workshops – gray water use; rainwater harvesting; and more)
http://www.watershedmg.org/calendar-tucson (Watershed Management Group calendar of events & workshops – hands-on work with gray water systems, rainwater harvesting systems, earthworks, etc.)
http://communityfoodbank.com/2011/08/10/gardenworkshops/ (Food Bank garden workshops – gray water use; self-watering containers; and more)
Websites for More Information
http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/greywater (City of [...]

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Update on the Tucson/Pima Water Study

posted January 15, 2010

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, the Tucson City Council and Pima County Board of Supervisors met to discuss the final Phase II Report for the City/County Water and Wastewater Study.The Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution endorsing the report and directing staff to move forward with the recommendations.The City Council voted to continue the item [...]

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A Sustainable City

posted March 5, 2008

2008 State of the City Address
Mayor Robert E. Walkup
February 1, 2008
“A Sustainable City”
The state of our city is strong.
We increased our investments in key areas-public safety, transportation, parks and water-after decades of neglect.
We diversified our revenues and cut costs. While Arizona state and city governments face steep deficits this year, Tucson’s deficit is manageable.
We [...]

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