Climate Change and Coronavirus

We’re still dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, which is why this month’s topical issue meeting will be online. We will have a presentation and discussion of known and suspected links between climate change and pandemics, what we know at this point about the current strain of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the impacts of the pandemic worldwide, in the United States, and especially here in Arizona and Pima County. We’ll highlight the issues and vulnerabilities this ongoing pandemic has revealed in our society and community in order to focus on addressing these concerns through our future efforts to build a Sustainable Tucson. Sign in for this very important socially-distant discussion!

This TIM addresses Sustainable Development Goal #3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and Sustainable Development Goal #13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020


Restoring Our Watershed

Join Sustainable Tucson to dive in to watershed restoration efforts, at the scale of watersheds and streamsheds. We’ll have an expert panel with a wide range of backgrounds discussing how we can bring back some of the riparian environments our ancestors enjoyed here in Tucson. The panel will include:

  • Claire Zugmeyer, Sonoran Institute
  • Evan Canfield, Pima County Regional Flood Control District
  • Natalie Wilson, United States Geological Survey
  • Trevor Hare, Watershed Management Group

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
6-8pm (Doors open at 5:30)
Tucson City Council Ward 6 Office

This program addresses Sustainable Development Goal 6: ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all; and Sustainable Development Goal 15: protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.


One Weekend for the World

“A new bottom-up movement for inspiring massive action on sustainability issues at the individual and neighborhood level.”

Join us this month to learn about One Weekend for the World – a new initiative from Shane Reiser, serial entrepreneur and former COO of Startup Weekend, in a special session about organizing for grassroots action.

The program will start with a recap of Hack Tucson, the design sprint for sustainability hosted by Sustainable Tucson and Code for Tucson as part of the 2019 TENWEST Impact Festival.

This program supports Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Tucson Ward 6 Office


Building(s) for the Future

A sustainable future is going to require some innovative thinking – especially about where we live and work. This month we’ll hear from a panel of innovators building the sustainable buildings of the future today. Join us to be inspired by what the future could bring to Tucson.

This presentation is related to Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
6-8pm (Doors open at 5:30)
Ward 6 Community Room

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Bart Santello – Filmmaker and dome house builder
  • David Eisenberg – 2030 District
  • Janelle Briggs – Co-founder of Stackhouse
  • Joe Silins – Owner/Operator of Tierra Buena Home and Garden
  • Robin Motzer – Vision House Tucson


Celebrating Sustainability!

Guests enjoying the Sustainable Tucson potluck.

Celebrate the holidays with Sustainable Tucson! Our family-friendly end-of-year celebration will include a vegetarian potluck dinner, storytelling performance, games, and activities. Don’t forget to bring your own plate, silverware, and cup or mug – no single use flatware at this party!

St. Mark's Presbyterian
Geneva Room
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Native Plants for the Sonoran Desert

Join Sustainable Tucson on Tuesday, November 12th from 6-8 pm to learn more about native trees and plants of the Southwest and Mexico from the owners of Spadefoot Nursery, Katy and Jared. This special evening promises to be very fun and informative.

Spadefoot Nursery, 2831b E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716


Hack Tucson!

Tucson is a great place to live…But that doesn’t mean we can’t make it better!

Join Code for Tucson and Sustainable Tucson for the opening weekend of the TENWEST Impact Festival. Using the Sustainable Development Goals ( as a guide, teams of 2-6 civic-minded participants will work together over two days to develop concepts to make Tucson more livable, more sustainable, and more equitable. Projects can take any form: a technological solution, a business idea, or a political action. The best ideas can be developed as projects of Code for Tucson or Sustainable Tucson over the next year.

So, bring your ideas and your enthusiasm. We’ll supply the space, support, and food.

Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13, 9am – 5pm

Imago Dei Middle School, 55 N 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701


Growing Our Local Economy

Tucson is the fifth poorest city in the United States. How do we grow our economy in a sustainable manner? How do we make Tucson more prosperous while protecting our unique environment and resources? How do we ensure all Tucson residents share in the prosperity?

These are difficult questions. Join us for our next topical issues session at a special location: a local Tucson brewpub! We’ll have an informative and inspiring panel discussion with local leaders working to grow Tucson.

Bring your questions and your appetite for a unique Tucson experience.

Ten55 Brewing Company
110 E Congress St

Tuesday, September 10 from 6-8pm. Come early to order some locally-sourced food and some locally brewed beer!


No! (That isn’t recyclable)

The parody video about what NOT to recycle from our Zero Plastic Waste Team!



Alex Kosmider
Felicia Chew
Heather Holly Serano
Jana Segal
Katie Popiel
Laura Maree McCormick
Nicole Johnson
Robin Motzer


Bad Recycler – David Fitzsimmons
Hairy Leg – Manny Teran
Homeless Man – Timothy Foran
Recycling Fairy – Nicole Johnson
Worker – Timothy Foran
Zoolander – Mark Biery

Good Recyclers

Barbara Eiswerth from Iskashitaa Refugee Network
Mathurin Maohndonodji from Iskashitaa Refugee Network
Miguel Ortega
Tucson Firefighters from Fire Station 1
Vanessa Gallego from Recyco


Lyrics – Alex Kosmider
Choreography – Katie Popiel

Producer – Jana Segal
Director – Jana Segal
Assistant Director – Dan Stormont
Production Assistant – Aster Schaefer
Director of Photography – Hasan Taleb
First Assistant Camera – Bobby Francis
Second Unit Camera Operator – Bobby Francis
Sound Engineer – Dan Stormont
Editor – Nolan Grey Veneklasen

Costumes – Kasey Frey
Props – Kasey Frey and Rita Reich

A Sustainable Tucson Production


Music Video Premiere: No! (That Isn’t Recyclable)

Filming dancers for video.

Join Sustainable Tucson for a fun-filled “Movie Night” and the premiere of No! (That Isn’t Recyclable). Our hosts David Fitzsimmons and the Recycling Fairy Nicole Johnson will lead the Q & A with the filmmakers. We will also screen the powerful documentary Trashed with Jeremy Irons. Here’s the cool part! It will be shown at The Screening Room – where we shot some of the video! So you can enjoy popcorn and drinks in special compostable glasses!

Fun and games include:

  • A demonstration table by Zero Waste Tucson
  • A “Book Exchange.” Bring one or two books you don’t read anymore and take a book! (We especially love books on sustainability!) 
  • Game: Stump our resident recycling expert! Bring a piece of trash to see if it can be recycled.

What: Sustainable Tucson Movie Night
When: Tuesday, August 13, at 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Where: The Screening Room, 127 E Congress St, Downtown. (Near the Ronstadt bus station.)
Price: Free (like all of Sustainable Tucson’s monthly meetings) But feel free to show appreciation to our host – The Screening Room – by purchasing concessions or a drink at the bar.