Food for Thought

Ideas for making Tucson sustainable and resilient

These are just a sample of the range of thinking about how to transform Tucson into the community that can thrive in the world of climate change and relocalization.

Put on your thinking cap at the next Sustainable Tucson meeting, and help identify actions we can undertake to make Tucson into the community we want and need, in order to thrive and prosper.

Building our sustainable future – together

Are we ready for the 21st Century? Are we ready for? …
* Reduced and unreliable water from the Colorado River.
* Local climate impacts like heat saves and power outages.
* Deteriorating housing and an aging workforce.
* Cutbacks of federal funds for transit and low-income housing.
* Unreliable Life Support systems that provide water, food, and reliable, local energy.

We don’t need to wait for someone else to solve our problems for us. We can solve our own problems by becoming a recognized world expert in the Desert-Adapted Technologies that we will need in order to become a more sustainable Tucson.

Check out — “Building our sustainable future – together“, by Tres English

If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.

Tucson’s Call to Action

If we continue business-as-usual, we have roughly 10 years before our global “carbon budget” is used up and we have to leave everything else in the ground. Modest mitigations are business-as-usual and only buy us a little time.

It’s time to accelerate the global renewable energy transition and significantly reduce fossil fuel consumption in the high income countries.

Want to know what we can do about it in Tucson? Check out this “Tucson’s Call to Action” by Bob Cook.

City of Tucson Climate Plan

In 2011, the City of Tucson developed a climate action plan, and the Mayor and City Council officially adopted it. And there it sits – on the shelf.

But it is still a good start, even if it is only a start.

Read a summary of the City’s climate action plan by Susan Willis, to get a better understanding of some of the things we could do to reduce our carbon footprint.

Flowing streams

The River Run Network is a group of people working together to restore Tucson’s heritage of flowing creeks and rivers. Join today and explore this online platform to learn more about restoration targets, priority actions, and progress towards our goal.

The River Run Network of Watershed Management Group includes all of the Tucson basin, with a focus on target restoration areas, called streamsheds. The streamsheds are delineated by areas that have common hydrologic characteristics and flow restoration goal.