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The Real Recycling 101

After the city’s falsely named “Recycling 101” event turned out to be more of a budget meeting than a presentation on how to recycle, Sustainable Tucson hosted our own program, “Recycling and Beyond.” We stressed to Sherri Ludlam, Environmental Scientist in the Department of Environmental and General Services, that this time we wanted her to concentrate on the rules for recycling. Her chosen topic was “old and new challenges to Tucson’s recycling program.” One of the new challenges was that China wouldn’t be accepting all of our dirty recycling anymore because of the contamination. Contamination is all the trash that doesn’t belong in recycling – including plastic bags that jam up the machines. That same contamination is costing the company contracted to do our recycling truck loads of money. Our bad. Tucsonans put everything from dirty diapers to dead cats to Saguaros in our recycling cans. Sherri reminded us that there are actual people who sort through all that yucky trash. So don’t throw in anything that you wouldn’t want to find in your own recycling can.
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Celebrate Our Sustainable Future


Sustainable Tucson invites you to our holiday party.

St Mark’s Presbyterian Church, Geneva Room,  3809 E 3rd St.
Tuesday, December. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30)

Share the bounty of the season at our holiday potluck. Non-alcoholic drinks provided by Sustainable Tucson. Save a dinosaur; bring your own flatware and glasses.

REASON TO CELEBRATE: If you’ve read the recent IPCC study on climate change, you might not think there is much to celebrate this holiday season. The idea that climate change is progressing faster than first predicted can be quite a jolt, even if you’re already working to fight it. But it could also be an opportunity to come together as a community to envision and create a better, more sustainable and resilient Tucson!

At this year’s holiday party, Sustainable Tucson will be celebrating the possibilities by recreating a festival atmosphere with street fair activities:

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Eight Reasons McSally Lost

I have been a Republican my entire adult life, I was an active duty military officer and am a combat veteran and I, like many were fooled into believing that the GOP cared about veterans, fiscal stewardship of our military and, yes, I was even fooled into thinking they cared about women and minorities. Fox News and Right-Wing Talk Radio is quite the strong narcotic. But on the night Trump was nominated by the GOP, I had enough, I left the Republican Party the next day, and I never looked back, and I never will. I am a Democrat now, and while this political party is not perfect, it is not the toxic brew of hate bigotry and misogyny that the GOP has morphed into – with zero pushback from virtually all of its members.

When Democrat, Kyrsten Sinema announced she was going to run for Jeff Flake’s Senate seat, I was all in. I immediately volunteered in any way I could. I texted thousands of Arizonans, wrote articles, and helped tell her story to Arizona veterans. As a Tucson native, combat veteran and the spouse of an active duty military member – I wanted the voice of vets like me to be heard. I wanted to help Sinema win this seat and make sure that Martha McSally and her Trumpist rhetoric lost not only her Congressional seat in Tucson, but this coveted Arizona Senate seat as well. Continue reading

Countdown: What Are the Most Effective Things To Do?

Did you know that ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ was a slogan of the British in 1939?  And we are not even being bombed here, so surely we can do the same.

This post is of the no-frills variety.  I know almost all readers of this post are already doing a lot – thank you for that!  Having a central list of the most effective things will let us share notes, as there is no time to lose.  Here is what I have.  Please add what you think is most effective with links or info.

  1. Canvas.  https://events.mobilizeamerica.io
    The last weekend before the election is especially important.
  2. Call.  We all hate to make calls.  Do it anyway.
  3. Postcard.  Handwritten postcards are statistically shown to increase voter turnout.  http://postcardstovoters.org  will give you national ones, or get local addresses from a campaign.  Sharon Girard’s campaign (LD8) will give you addresses if you ask mcarroll@pobox.com. Campaigns – give me your email to request postcard addresses and I will add it here!  Postcard parties with friends are a fun and relaxing way to help.
  4. Check on your friendshttp://votewithme.us is a very quick way to check your contacts to see if they have voted.
  5. Donate what you can afford.
  6. Drive voters to the polls on election day.  In Tucson the action will start at 6AM and continue until polls close.  Location TBD, check back here for updates or call the coordinated campaign (602) 298-4200.
  7. Write Letters to the Editor.  Write in sKeep Calm and Carry Onupport of our candidates.  Highlight specific issues you care about.  Reach the people who are not on social media!  Here are 10 letter to the editor pages in Arizona.
  8. Hand out Flyers on College Campuses.  Many students do not know that they can vote early right on campus.  Here is a flyer for the University of Arizona.
  9. Canvas anytime, anywhere with the Minivan 7 app.  Contact your Indivisible rep or golda@civ.works for the codes.  See how we snuck canvas in twice?
  10. Social Media is probably not the most effective thing at this point, but when you only have a little time it is there.  Sometimes I find potential voters asking where to vote, or if their identification has to match the address where they are registered, etc.  Also you can share this list 🙂





Happy Birthday, SunLink! (video)


The eastern stop of the SunLink modern streetcar.

Four years ago, on a ridiculously hot July day, thousands of Tucsonans showed up to welcome the Modern Streetcar (AKA SunLink or affectionately “the trolley”) to downtown Tucson.

Tomorrow, July 28, Tucson will celebrate the streetcar’s steamy birthday with music and air-conditioned rides.

I won’t be downtown for the birthday party because I am giving a talk on the Equal Rights Amendment on Saturday night in Tubac, but I hope you all will check out the festivities and the live music on the streetcar and along the route. Below the fold are a few photos and a video from opening day.

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