5th Annual Envision Tucson Sustainable festival

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    envisiontucsonThis year’s 5th annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival will take place October 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the YWCA, 525 Bonita Avenue. Designed to be as much a community Expo as it is a Festival, the event is dedicated to promoting all aspects of sustainability in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

    Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival will feature local organizations and companies with exhibits on key sustainability issues, from solar for the home to urban agriculture, from green homes to water efficiency, from recycling to school gardens, and much more. Many exhibitors will be demonstrating applicable sustainability skills in action. In recognition of National Co-op Month, the Festival will again include the “Co-op Cluster.” Organized by the Food Conspiracy Co-op, this area will showcase local co-ops using this sustainable business model.

    Partnering with the Festival, the Tucson Electric Vehicle Association will display a wide variety of electric vehicles. Throughout the day, local and native foods will be featured in food preparation demonstrations. Visionary speakers will address topics of local importance. The Annual Green School Recognition will again honor a local school providing education and actions promoting sustainability. And we will dedicate Phase 2 of the vegetable garden that Festival volunteers created last year for the YWCA.

    This family-friendly event will include hands-on activities for all ages. In the Food Court area, delicious local food will be available for purchase. Admission and parking are free.

    This year Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival is also introducing the Sustainability Weekend. The Festival welcomes our partner PAG Solar Partnership, which will be hosting a Solar Tour on October 17 and then participating in the Festival the next day. Details will be on the Festival website.

    Come to the Festival: Get more involved, find new tools for a more sustainable life, and share your own vision of a sustainable community.

    Volunteers Needed & Welcome!  We need your help, both before and on the day of the Festival, so please share your skills and become part of making Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival a signature community event. There are many different  opportunities; check out the Volunteer page on the website:http://envisiontucsonsustainable.weebly.com/volunteers.html

    For more information: www.envisiontucsonsustainable.weebly.com and like us on Facebook at Envision Tucson Sustainable.

    Contact Information:
    Paula Schlusberg
    Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival Chair
    (520) 615-8218

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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