LWVGT Voter Education: Water & Sun

    March 17, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    Joel D. Valdez Main library
    101 N Stone Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85701
    “Updates on Arizona’s Challenges: Water and Sun”
    Sharon Megdal, Director of the U of A Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) will address water use in general.  The other speaker is Kevin Koch with Technicians for Sustainability.

    Program Panelists

              Sharon B. Megdal, Director, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center

                Kevin Koch, CEO, Technicians for Sustainability

    Sharon B. Megdal is Director of The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC).  She also holds the titles: Professor and Specialist, Department Soil, Water, and Environmental Science; C.W. & Modene Neely Endowed Professor; and Distinguished Outreach Professor.  Her work focuses on water policy and management, on which she writes and frequently speaks, with the geographic scope ranging from local to international.  Current projects include: comparative evaluation of water management, policy, and governance in growing, water-scarce regions; groundwater management and governance; groundwater recharge; and transboundary aquifer assessment.  Since January 2009 she has represented the residents of Pima County on the Board of Directors for the Central Arizona Project.

    Kevin Koch is the CEO of Technicians for Sustainability (TFS), a solar design-build company founded in 2003, and a leading local solar company in Southern Arizona since 2008. Kevin has worked in the solar field for more than 18 years, and has led TFS through B-Corp certification and a transition to an Employee Owned company. Having helped thousands of Tucson homeowners and businesses go solar, Kevin and TFS are committed to bringing affordable, high quality solar to Arizonans for many years to come. Technicians For Sustainability (TFS) is a locally owned, mission-driven business, committed to walking their talk. They provide businesses, public institutions, and residential homeowners with high-quality, clean, renewable energy systems, helping to translate environmental values into a practical reality. The company employs proven technologies to meet customer’s specific needs. TFS has installed over 22 megawatts of solar power in southern Arizona.www.tfssolar.com

    Why should I come to this meeting?  Learn more about water issues and practical applications of solar energy in Tucson.  The League supports conservation of wise use of our water resources as well as more emphasis on solar energy.  Our two speakers will bring you up to date on the latest news about these issues.

    *    Stay informed about water in our community and state!  Did you know that the U of A Water Resources Research Center sponsors frequent brown bag sessions you can attend?   Learn more about the drought we are experiencing, research projects and upcoming guest speakers.  Visit the WRRC website athttps://wrrc.arizona.edu/Sharon Megdal will give us an overview of the work of this important agency.

     *    We all care about sustainability which means wise use of our natural resources.  What does it take to go solar?  Learn about the mission and achievements of ‘Technicians for Sustainability’, a nonprofit that walks the talk.  Kevin Koch will fill us in.

    Location: Joel D. Valdez Pima County Public Library

    101 N. Stone, Lower Level 1 Mtg. Rm

    Time: 9:30 am refreshments, 10 am + 12 pm program

    More info:  www.lwvgt.org

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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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