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Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival on Nov. 12

“Our Vision for the Festival
Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival provides a popular annual event that brings together key individuals, organizations, and companies in our community who are working to help us not just envision but also create a resilient future for Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Building Resilience, Creating Community The motto of the Festival expresses how this family event is as much a community expo as it is a celebration of local and regional actions promoting sustainability.

This Festival is your opportunity to share what’s happening now and explore what each of us individually and all of us as a community can do heading into the future.”

November 12, 2017
Sunday, 11AM-4PM
525 N Bonita Ave,
Tucson, AZ

Free Admission/ Family Friendly


Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival on Oct. 16


“This year’s 6th annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival will take place Sunday, October 16, from 11 am to 4 pm. We’re back at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Ave, a great location for exploring the many facets of sustainability.

At this family friendly event, you’ll meet community organizations and companies creating a strong future for our city and region, and you’ll find opportunities to get more involved in local actions. You can chat with exhibitors on everything from gardening and food security to recycling and composting, from clean air to preparing for heat emergencies, from green buildings to water harvesting, and much more. Special exhibits feature electric vehicles, and a creative variety of solar ovens demonstrating solar cooking. Visionary speakers will share ideas for energy efficiency and for enjoying local and native fruits, and will introduce the 2030 District, working to make local buildings efficient and resilient. Students and teachers from Borton Magnet School, representing the next generation of sustainability leaders, will receive this year’s Green School Recognition.

Admission is free. There will be delicious local food for purchase, and there’s plenty of free parking. Or, come (sustainably) by bike and park securely with Living Streets Alliance and their Bike Valet. ”

For more information, visit the Festival websitewww.envisiontucsonsustainable.org

Info: Paula 520-615-8218, www.envisiontucsonsustainable.org.

Sign up for an Urban Farm Tour in Tucson

It’s less than two weeks until the Feeding Tucson Urban Farm Tour on March 5th. 
“Time to sign up for this important exploration of the food Tucson currently grows and what we need to do, to have more.
During this 5-hour tour, participants will visit different sets of large and small-scale aquaponics and hydroponics systems, a long-time urban orchard, market gardens and community gardens.  The tour will end at the Mission Gardens for a locally-sourced lunch, catered by Caridad Community Kitchen, and a discussion of ‘What do we need to do to produce and eat lots more local food?’
  The March 5 tour is organized by Feeding Tucson, a project of Sustainable Tucson.  It is part of our ongoing efforts to create a more sustainable and resilient community.
 Tickets are available at the <FeedingTucson.org> website.  The $25 charge covers the catered meal and a contribution to Mission Garden.” (info from Tres English of Sustainable Tucson, photo below of La Oeste Gardens.)
La Oeste garden 3

Environmental film “This Changes Everything” at the Loft




THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 AT 7:00PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E., Speedway Blvd. Tucson

Featuring a post-film panel discussion with Luis Alberto Perales of Tierra y Libertad, Bob Cook of Sustainable Tucson and Diana Liverman of UA Institute of the Environment.

Co-presented by UA Institute of the EnvironmentSustainable TucsonSierra ClubTierra y Libertad, and Tucson Climate Action Network.

This presentation is part of Science on Screen at The Loft, an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloane Foundation. (info from Loft website below)

What if confronting the climate change crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.
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5th Annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival


From their FB page:
At this family-friendly event, meet community organizations and companies that are creating a sustainable future for our city and region. Enjoy exhibits that highlight their work and get involved through hands-on activities and learning experiences. Explore key sustainability issues, covering everything from solar for the home to growing food and native plants, from preparing for heat emergencies to environmental concerns, and much more.

Festival Highlights:
* the starting point for PAG Solar Partnership’s Solar Tour — pick up your tour map at the Solar Partnership table and visit a great selection of solar-powered homes.
* an expanded display of electric vehicles, presented by Tucson Electric Vehicle Association, with owners and other TEVA members available to answer your questions.
* Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce presenting its Climate Leadership Challenge awards
* the “Co-op Cluster,” featuring local co-ops, including the Food Conspiracy Co-op and Vantage West Credit Union
* the kick-off event for 10West, a weeklong celebration of local innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship
* the annual Green School Recognition, which goes this year to Davis Bilingual Magnet School, with a multi-faceted program that integrates school gardening, aquaponics (in the school library), and ecology education with classroom learning.
* the next generation of sustainability leaders, represented by students from Drachman Montessori Magnet, last year’s Green School Recognition recipient, and teens from Changemaker Academy, sharing their work for environmental justice

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Why I ride the Sun Tran bus

Recently at a Sustainable Tucson meeting someone asked how many of us ride the bus in Tucson, and out of about 30 people, only 2 raised their hands (including me). So here’s my thoughts on riding Sun Tran:

  1. No worries about driving in town: it’s actually fairly relaxing to just sit on a bus and let the bus driver worry about the changing lights, pedestrians, motorcycles, traffic signs, construction, etc.
  2. No worries about parking the car/truck: looking and finding parking downtown, plus worrying about having enough $ for the meter or time expiring on the meter are eliminated with bus riding
  3. Environmentally friendly: to ride public transport with lots of other people; supposed to save gas emissions for each car/truck not in use.
  4. Sightseeing: enjoy the sights along the bus route without being distracted by driving
  5. Exercise: walking. It’s easy to leave your house & just get in the car parked in the garage/carport, but it’s definitely better exercise to walk to the bus stop, and walk again to your destination when you get to the end of your bus trip. I definitely walk a lot more when I ride the bus to downtown.
  6. Inexpensive: only $1.50 each way, with a 2 hour transfer. And you can use the Sun Link modern streetcar as well, if you can transfer to that 4 mile route (or vice versa).

For more info on Sun Tran, call 520-792-9222, or go online at www. Suntran.com.

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