Sustainable Tucson holiday party

    December 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    St. Mark's Presbyterian Church
    3809 E 3rd St
    Tucson, AZ 85716

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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. Lots of holiday snacks and goodies first, then the Core group of ST discussed what they had done in 2018: viewing of a climate change video, a building resiliency group, speakers from Tucson Emerging 2030 District, Living with Urban Wildlife, planning meeting on Principles of Sustainability leading to a City Council candidate forum in August at Changemaker HS. The Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival was held in November at YWCA of So. AZ. (and may be growing too large for that venue). Tres English asked “What more can we do?” hoping for a new approach, more collaboration. ST groups to be active in for 2018: Food Resilience Network, Activist/Advocacy Group, Marketing of ST, PR w/ website updates. I suggested that Tucson Sustainable groups form a coalition and not duplicate events. Then the discussion ended up brainstorming of Inspirational future ideas for ST, and a circle dance mixer. CD 2 candidate Billy Kovacs attended tonight.

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