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2nd St. School Solar Installation

On April 2nd, TFS will be installing Solar Panels on top of the Second St. School in historic Sam Hughes.  Not only will the kids get a clean energy education, but parents and college students are going to lend a hand with the installation.  Come stop by in the morning or early afternoon to watch an installation in progress and see your local community joined together to create a brighter future for the next generation! Location: 2430 E 2nd St., Tucson, AZ 85719

TFS Open House

Join us at our warehouse on December 2nd for our annual Open House.  There will be plenty of food, drinks, a slide show and good conversation.  There is also abundant  bicycle parking!  The festivities go from 5:00 to 9:00 PM on December 2nd so come and join us in celebrating this wonderful year! Location:      612 N. 7th Ave

Contact:       520.740.0736 or

Critical Habit: 2010 CALA Speaker Series

Critical Habit: 2010/2011 CALA Speaker Series and Colloquium

What influences our notion of practice and our work at this critical time in this critical place?

A conversion amongst local environmental and environmental design professions, UA faculty, and students which seeks to identify a durable model based on relevant criteria specific to our place.


Three Speakers will Address: Components of Eco literacy and Environmental Design: Resource and Land Use Regulations, Sustainable Water and Energy Strategies

1. David Eisenberg, Development Center for Appropriate Technology

REGULATIONS:  The Emerging Realities of Resource and Land Use Regulations

2. Brad Lancaster, Rainwater Harvesting Advocate

WATER:  Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond

3. Kevin Koch, Technicians for Sustainability

ENERGY:  Our Energy Crisis / Local Solar Power Applications


This is a free community education event


Friday November 5th 4:30 PM


Speakers Forum: 4:30 - 6:00pm: The University of Arizona -- Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME 202) 1130 N. Mountain Ave.

October’s Lecture and follow-up discussion were extremely well attended. If you want a seat come early! We will begin promptly at 4:30.

Home & Garden Show

The Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) invites you to be our guest at Tucson's largest home show. Each fall hundreds of exhibitors gather to showcase the latest in home improvement, and patio and outdoor living . Produced locally, these companies come together under one roof at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 South Church Avenue in downtown Tucson where you’ll discover new and exciting ideas for your home.


Tucson Convention Center 260 South Church Avenue Tucson, AZ 85701


October 8, 9, 10, 2010 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday


  • Admission tickets are $8.
  • Don't forget… parking is FREE on Saturday and Sunday at the City/State parking garage at Congress and Manning House Drive, north of the TCC. The Home Show shuttle from the garage to the east entrance to the TCC is FREE too!
  • Military discounts will be available all days.
  • Children 12 and under are free.
  • 50/50 Friday - Admission is half price for those 50 and over on Friday.
  • $2 off admission coupons are available at and all local Circle K Stores.

For more information, click here.

Green Living Fair

Learn from the gurus of green, as local experts share tips, info, and ways to go green and save greenbacks at the Green Living Fair. Discover steps for energy savings, resource conservation, organic gardening, composting, green building/remodeling, weatherization, home water management, food choices,transportation options, zero waste, rain water harvesting, solar, and more. Curious about the HabiStore? The Green Living Fair in Partnership with AFV Day Odyssey gives you an opportunity to donate, shop for great deals, and explore ways to add more green to your life. The event is FREE and FREE green prizes will be given away,every have hour, during the Fair!

For more information – call the HabiStore at 889-7200.

When: October 16, 2010, 10am - 2pm

Where: At the HabiStore -- 3840 S. Palo Verde at Ajo (SW corner of Ajo and Palo Verde)

Water Wanderings and More in the Middle East

Join us August 26th at 6:30pm for a captivating 1-hour talk, "Water Wanderings and More in the Middle East", with Brad Lancaster,  author of the award-winning Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond. In this presentation, Brad will share inspiring stories and images gleaned during two recent trips to the Middle East: a U.S. State Department-sponsored trip to Jordan and Saudi Arabia in 2009, and a return trip to the region in 2010 to teach permaculture in Palestine and conduct research in Syria and Israel.

Topics Include: sustainable groundwater extraction with ancient gravity-fed qanats; the forgotten and refound cisterns of old Jeddah; revived Nabatean runoff farms producing almonds, carob, olives, pomegranates, grapes, figs, and more on just 4 inches (50 mm) of rain per year; rainwater tea; revolving community loan funds; water wise women of Jordan; tank culture in a water-truck culture, the spiral cisterns of the Bell Caves, salvaged plastic bottle irrigation, and kanafa.

Where: TFS's downtown location - 612 N. 7th Avenue, 85705. Car parking available on the North side of 5th Street. Plenty of bike parking available.

Cost: This is a free community presentation!

About Brad Lancaster:

Brad Lancaster is the author of the award-winning Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond ( Living on an eighth of an acre in downtown Tucson, Arizona, where rainfall is less than 12 inches annually, Brad practices what he preaches by harvesting over 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year. Brad is also a permaculture teacher, designer, consultant and co-founder of Desert Harvesters (

RSVP Encouraged:

Please RSVP by August 19th. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve your spot, please email TFS community outreach coordinator Aimee King at or call 740-0736.

KXCI Solar Commissioning Event

Please join TFS in congratulating KXCI on being Tucson's 1st and only solar-powered community radio station. KXCI was our spring solar grant recipient! KXCI will be hosting a Solar Commissioning event in conjunction with TFS on Earth Day, April 22nd. There will be an Open House from 5pm- 8pm and the commissioning of their new solar PV system will be from 5:30-6pm. This event is open to the community, so please stop by, say "Hi!" and enjoy some solar-powered pizza provided by Brooklyn Pizza Company. Where: KXCI 220 South 4th Avenue, Tucson, 85701

When: Earth Day, Thursday, April 22nd from 5-8pm

For more information contact TFS's Community Outreach Coordinator Aimee King at 740-0736.

TFS Presentation: Solar Basics For Homeowners

Have you ever thought about converting your home from electric to solar power? Do you have questions about the incentives set up for people who convert their homes to solar? In a state with so much sun shine all year round, Arizona is the perfect place to go solar! Join TFS  for an hour long presentation to help you find out how to go solar in Arizona, as well as how you can use incentives set up to encourage Arizonans to harvest the power of the sun. After the presentation there will be a 15 minute Q&A session where we will be able to answer more of your questions.

So tell all of your friends and come to Bookmans on Ina for this presentation that will help you learn about the amazing advantages of solar power in Arizona!

Where: Bookman's Ina

address: 3733 W. Ina Rd., 85741

phone: (520) 579-0303

Time: 04/17/2010  from 6 pm to 7pm

Cyclovia Tucson

Cyclovia Tucson is a first-time, free public event in our community when streets on a defined route will be closed to vehicular traffic between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 18th. The streets are open to all walkers, joggers, cyclists, and skaters. For more information on this event visit the Cyclovia Tucson webpage. TFS is sponsoring the intersection of Euclid and University in conjunction with Originate and Realm. The theme is "The Urban Lounge," so feel free to stop by, relax, enjoy solar-made refreshments, and take a small plant home for your garden.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Solar Rock 2010

Join Food Conspiracy for the 4th Annual Solar Rock Festival at Himmel Park, March 27th from noon to 6pm. This free, family-friendly event includes solar powered music, great food and environmental exhibits from Tucson green businesses and non-profits. For more information click here.