Sustainable Living Forum


    “Our monthly Sustainable Living Forum brings experts to talk about, and discuss, topics in sustainable living.

    Greening Your Holidays topic:

    Judith Simmons, Goodwill of Southern AZ and Shannon Riggs co-owner of Pop-Cycle Shop.

    Bring your brains and enthusiasm. Learn from local experts, engage in Q&A, and meet like-minded individuals at this part-educational, part-networking event!

    Refreshments served by Delectables Catering & Venue, plus local wine.
    We walk the talk: PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CUP!
    Thank you. :)”

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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).


    1. Over 25 people at tonight’s forum to learn about reduce/regift/reuse Holiday Shopping. Judith from Goodwill spoke of their 16 retail/one boutique/two outlet stores where they repurpose old items/furniture for resale. They have a youth program for 18 to 24 year olds to learn to refurbish furniture. She brought an example of a wooden sewing machine stand which had been revarnished, plus dishes/candles/vases from their store, selling at much less than new prices. Then Shannon from Pop Cycle (9 years old store on 4th Avenue) which features art from local artists/creative people who repurpose stuff into art objects or household gifts. Anita also spoke who takes glass and fuses it into concrete to create boxes, planters using recycled molds. Black Friday coming up on 4th Avenue, using recycled gift wrapping.
      Next Sustainable Forum at Laura Tanzer’s will be on Nov. 16 re: food waste. Donna from Delectables Catering said now she is hosting private dining parties for less than 25 people at 1st/427 E. Limberlost. Call her at 520 884-9289.

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