An Energy Partnership Climate Solution for Tucson? discussion

    February 18, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    UA CESL building
    The University of Arizona
    1100 James E. Rogers Way, Tucson, AZ 85719
    Sustainable Tucson

    Climate-Solution-2With John Farrell. Policy Director at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance

    Opening comments by Ron Proctor, Co-Chair of the City of Tucson Climate Change Committee

    Local Climate Change update from Dr. Gregg Garfin. UA Institute of the Environment

    Our window to mitigate the worst effects of Global warming is rapidly closing. 2040 is the year by which we must “decarbonize” in order to have a chance to stabilize a “safe” climate.

    Minneapolis and its local electricity and gas utilities have formed a first-in-the-nation partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Come and explore this possible partnership model for a sustainable Tucson.

    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 joined in a “clean energy partnership” with Tucson Electric Power and Southwest Gas, sharing a goal to reduce greenhouse gases in our region 80% by 2050 and “do our part” to stem the worst effects of global warming. Imagine the local jobs created in the solar industry, energy storage and clean mobility, energy efficiency, building retrofits and appropriate design.

    Imagine the partnership is made up of high-level representatives of TEP and SWG as well as from the Mayor’s office and City Council – with the Board be made up of decision-makers from their respective organizations.

    Just such a partnership has already begun in Minnesota between the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy (their electricity provider) and CenterPoint Energy (their natural gas supplier).

    Sustainable Tucson and other Co-sponsors are bringing John Farrell, policy director at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and one of the participants in this first-in-the-nation partnership, to tell the story about how this came to be and what the future holds for Minneapolis.

    Join us the evening of Feb.18th to learn about this important turn in City/Utility relationships and to show support for climate solutions here in Tucson. Stay tuned for the venue as we confirm a meeting place for this event.

    Help bring John to Tucson

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    Doors open at 6:30. Program starts at 7:00.

    Co-sponsors to date: Local First Arizona Tucson Pima Metropolitan Energy Commission University of Arizona Office of Sustainability University of Arizona Students for Sustainability Sierra Club Mrs. Green’s World Physicians for Social Responsibility Progressive Democrats of America Center for Biological Diversity Southern Arizona Green for All

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    Doors open at 6:30 pm. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.


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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 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, (since Jan. 2013).


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