Sustainable Tucson meeting


    Recycling and beyond

    Are you concerned about all the waste produced in modern society?  Is “zero waste” a realistic goal?  What can we do otherwise?  Join us for a conversation with Master Recyclers and the head of Zero Waste Tucson.  They will share their insights and tips not only on recycling, reducing, and reusing but also on how to change a system that is built on unsustainable patterns of consumption.   Bring your questions, your quandaries, and your inspirations!

    Sherri Ludlam, Environmental Scientist in the Department of Environmental and General Services, will tell us about old and new challenges to Tucson’s Recycling Program, sharing her insights and describing what it all can mean for Zero Waste in Tucson’s future.

    Also speaking:  Alex Kosmider, a zero-waste advocate, will reinforce the 5 Rs framework and zero-waste principles, explaining why we need to reduce all kinds of materials output, whether recyclable or not.

    POST-PRESENTATIOn, 7:30-8:00 pm:  If you would like to be part of a new action team, Sustainable Tucson invites you to stay to discuss local points of leverage for plastics reduction and other zero-waste strategies.  Points of leverage include:  no-straws-please; reducing single-use bags; and green waste collection by the City.

    Tuesday, Nov 13, 6:00-7:30 pm,
    Doors open at 5:30
    Ward 6 office, 3202 E. 1st St

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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. Revised description: Are you concerned about all the waste produced in modern society? Is “zero waste” a realistic goal? What can we do otherwise? Join us for a conversation with Master Recyclers, who will share insights and advice on effective recycling, one piece of the sustainability puzzle.

      Post-presentation planning meeting, 7:30-8:00 pm: If you would like to be part of a new action team in Sustainable Tucson, we will be discussing local points of leverage for plastics reduction, and green waste collection by the City.

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