The Long Shadow: A Community Discussion

Join Sustainable Tucson for a special Juneteenth community discussion:

  1. Watch the movie The Long Shadow, a documentary by Frances Causey. The filmmakers have made the movie available to Sustainable Tucson to view for FREE from Monday, June 15th through Sunday, June 21st at
  2. Join us for a discussion about the film with the filmmaker, Frances Causey, on Juneteenth (Friday, June 19th) at 6pm MST. The discussion will be online at

Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and destructive as racism. In this powerful documentary, the filmmakers, both privileged daughters of the South, who were haunted by their families slave owning pasts, passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories of how America—guided by the South’s powerful political influence—steadily, deliberately and at times secretly, established white privilege in our institutions, laws, culture and economy.

This event addresses Sustainable Development Goals 10, Reduce inequality within and among countries, and 16, Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.


Time to Move Tucson

The City of Tucson is preparing a city-wide transportation master plan that will create a mobility blueprint for the City’s future in a rapidly-changing world. The plan will be innovative, creative, and inclusive. By working together, we can commit ourselves to create a mobility future that works for all of us.

How can streets be made safer? How can we expand travel options so more people can walk, bike, or take public transit? How do we improve reliability of travel time, particularly as we grow? We need your help shaping the City’s vision and action plan to answer these questions and more. Together, we can create the city we want to be.

The outcome of the planning process will be a document that informs the Mayor and Council’s decisions in the very near future about policy, resources, and how welcoming and livable our city is to visitors, residents, and business owners.

Join us at the next Sustainable Tucson Topical Issue Meeting to learn more about the Move Tucson public input process and make your voice heard!

Tuesday, June 9th, at 6pm
Join with Google Meet:
Join by phone‪: +1 252-696-1240‬ PIN: ‪465 615 840‬#

This topic relates to Sustainable Development Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.


A Resilient Local Economy

A conversation with Mike Peel of Local First Arizona about ways to create a resilient local economy here in Southern Arizona.

The coronavirus pandemic response has highlighted a number of weaknesses in our economy. How can we create a vibrant, sustainable, and equitable local economy? We will be asking Mike that question in this conversation about steps we can be taking now and in the future to ensure we can weather this crisis and the inevitable shocks to the economy that climate change will bring.

Join us for this virtual topical issue meeting about Sustainable Development Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 from 6-8pm


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