Envision Sustainable Tucson Festival

    October 26, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
    525 North Bonita Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    Paula Schlusberg, ETSF Co-Chair; Greg Wetzel, ETSF Co-Chair
    (520) 615-8218; 520) 297-1739


    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 all key sustainability issues, from solar for the home to growing food and native plants, from aquaponics to key environmental issues, and much more.
     + A “Co-op Cluster,” will feature local co-ops, including the Food Conspiracy Co-op.
     + Visionary speakers will address topics of local importance: green schools, energy, local  economy, and the local food culture.
     + In the DIY Demonstration Area, hands-on workshops will offer the opportunity to see sustainability skills in action, featuring water efficiency, solar cooking and energy applications, home energy, recycling, and more. The DIY Area will also showcase a newly dug vegetable garden that Festival volunteers are building for the YWCA.
     + Local and native foods will be featured through tastings and demonstrations.
     + In the Food Court area, delicious local food will be available for purchase.
     + The Tucson Electric Vehicle Association will be on hand with a display of electric vehicles.
    The family-friendly event will include hands-on activities for all ages and a great line-up of local musicians entertaining throughout the day. Admission and parking are free.
    Volunteers Welcome!  We could use your help, both before and on the day of the Festival, so please be part of making Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival a signature community event.

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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).


    1. Lots to do and experience at today’s Envision Sustainable Tucson festival (till 4 p.m), with booths on solar energy, composting, food harvesting, the food bank, etc. Food demos ongoing plus speakers. Listened to Moses Thompson, counselor at Manzo Elem. talk about his terrific ecological program which developed a national green schools award, by turning “a cloud of dust” into a greenhouse for vegetable production & aquaponics & tilapia raising, rain harvesting system, chicken coops, & teaching elem. kids to grow, harvest, sell food products to their families & the community of Barrio Hollywood. Moses hopes to extend his program to Mansfeld MS and Tucson HS this year.


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