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No Impact Man Screening at The Loft

April 16, 2013

No Impact ManIf you’ve read No Impact Man the book, you know that it blends the personal and the political, the anxieties of living a comfortable lifestyle in the now while also grappling with the personal changes required to build a better future. Likewise, the film explores the domestic and ethical struggles Colin and his family faced, and ultimately overcame, throughout this no-impact experiment. The film, like the book, inspires. And what better time to inspire change, personal and political, than the week following Earth Day?

UA Reads would like to bring the documentary No Impact Man to The Loft, to share Colin’s message, to celebrate the strangeness and wonderment of Earth and of humanity.

This is where we need your help. If you’d like to see the film at The Loft on May 1st from 3:30-5pm, and you have $10, purchase an advance ticket by visiting this link:

Learn more about the film here.

Just 46 more people register, and we’ll have ourselves a screening! Hope to see you there!

From the Tugg website:

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      2. (b) If the Pending Event is canceled, you will automatically be refunded the entire amount of your purchase within approximately five (5) business days from receipt of our cancellation email.
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UA Reads & Earth Day

April 9, 2013

April 22, 2013
3:00 – 7:30 pm
UA MallPhoto © by Jeff Dean

The ocotillos are in bloom, red fingers reaching. There is jasmine and sage—floral bouquets wafting through back alleys and along campus walkways. The acacia blossoms, small yellow pinwheels, make clusters in the sand; they stick in your hair and the crevices of your shoes. What better way to celebrate the flora and fauna of Tucson, of Earth, than by partaking in UA’s Earth Day festivities?

Earth Day is on Monday, April 22nd. UA Reads will be tabling in the mall from 3-7:30pm at the Students for Sustainability’s largest event of the year. The event will feature vendors, students, and professors promoting sustainability, as well as live entertainment, bike art, face painting, cooking demonstrations, and a rock-climbing wall. Live music starts at 5pm, and stick around for the Fire Dancers, sponsored by the UA Eco-Reps, and a Star Party with telescopes provided by the UA Astronomy Club.

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to commit to sustainable practices, stop by the UA Reads booth for encouragement. We’ll be offering prizes for the following commitments.

Recycle Your E-Waste
Bring your used batteries, ink cartridges, and cell phones to be recycled.

Why? According to the EPA, 30-40 million PC’s, 25 million televisions, and 98 million cell phones will be obsolete within the next few years, and about 70% of these materials will end up in landfills.

Electronics contain such toxic elements and compounds as lead, a neurotoxin; mercury, which has been linked to brain damage and is potentially hazardous to developing fetuses; and beryllium, a known carcinogen, to name a few. Join us in keeping these hazardous materials out of our soil and water by recycling them responsibly.

Commit to a Sustainable Practice
Sign-up for a sustainable practice and post your photo on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, or Pinterest.

For Example:
1. Purchase all coffee from bulk bins for one month (save 20-million pounds of foil packaging from being in landfills).

2. Visit your local Farmer’s Market (reduce transportation-related pollution; support your local economy; enjoy fresh, seasonal produce!).

  • Tucson Farmer’s Market (@Campbell & River on Sundays 8:00am-Noon)
  • Maynard’s Farmer’s Market (@Toole & 5th St. Saturdays 8:00am-Noon)
  • El Pueblo Farmer’s Market (@Irvington Rd. & S. 6th Ave. Mondays 3-5:00pm)

3. Purchase clothing and home supplies at thrift stores for one month (reduce transportation- and manufacturing-related pollution, support your local economy, reduce consumer and packaging waste).

  •  Ozma (6th Ave. & 6th St.)
  • Desert Vintage (4th Ave. & 4th St.)
  • Buffalo Exchange (Speedway & Campbell)
  • Speedway Outlet (Speedway & Craycroft

Contribute to the UA Reads Blog
Sign up to write a sustainability related blog post to be posted here – on the UA Reads blog  (deadline May, 31). Share your sustainability ideas, track your sustainability project, or spread awareness for pressing sustainability issues.

We look forward to seeing you at the Earth Day event Monday, April 22nd, and sharing all the wonderful ways we will celebrate the planet this Earth Day!


Carry On Totes: Local + Sustainable

November 6, 2012

Check out Carry On Totes, a Tucson-based project that recycles old plastic bags into fashionable totes!

Our premise is simple. Take what’s already been put to waste and do something with it – like Redesign, Reuse, and Recycle it. Simple. Even if we stopped the manufacturing of plastic bags tomorrow, there would still be tons of plastic bag waste left hanging around – that’s where we
can have an impact.

Upcoming Sustainability Events at UA

September 10, 2012

Part of what’s so great about Colin Beavan’s book, No Impact Man, is that he doesn’t take on this project inside a vacuum — it isn’t just him, his begrudging wife, and his unsuspecting daughter living out this dream between the walls of their New York apartment. Colin takes to the streets, he finds a bevy of environmentally savvy cohorts — like Alisa and James from the 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating — who inspire and motivate him to continue his quest.

We’re not in New York, but here in Tucson, at the University of Arizona, we’re lucky enough to have a thriving, eco-minded culture. Take advantage of these lectures and film series designed to engage the local community and share Tucson’s wealth of environmental knowledge. Events like these are what No Impact Man is all about!

“Desert-Wise Landscaping: Xersicape”
Date/Time: Sep 12, 2012 (Wednesday), 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: Arizona Extension Garden Center, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.
Event Description: This lecture teaches basic landscape design through use of xeriscape principles and focuses on practical considerations for using native and desert-adapted plants in the landscape. This very popular class is a must for new homeowners and winter visitors.

“Fall Film Series showing Manufactured Landscapes (2006)”
Date/Time: Sep 12, 2012 (Wednesday), 6pm
Location: ILC 140
Film Overview: From Zeitgeist Films: “MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is the striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.

“In the spirit of such environmentally enlightening sleeper-hits as AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and RIVERS AND TIDES, MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES powerfully shifts our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it, without simplistic judgments or reductive resolutions.”

“How Ancient Tusconans Modified Their Environment for Productivity and Sustainability”
Date/Time: Sep 12, 2012 (Wednesday), 6:00pm
Location: Tumamoc Hill, 1675 W. Anklam Road
Event Description: Speakers: Dr. Susanne K Fish and Dr. Paul R. Fish. This lecture series is free to the public but seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve a seat, please email or call 520-629-9455

“Arizona Insect Festival”
Date/Time: Sep 15, 2012 (Saturday), 10:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Event Description: Come explore the amazing, weird and beautiful world of insects! Over twenty booths will be set up in the Student Union Grand Ballroom, offering visitors the opportunity to observe, hold and even eat insects. Most animal species on earth are insects, so here’s the chance to get to know your six-legged neighbors better. Learn about the importance of insects in our daily lives and discover insect-based research taking place at the UA. Admission is free, and free parking will be available in the Park Avenue parking garage. For more information, please visit our website.

“WATERSHED Film Screening and Panel Discussion”
Date/Time: Sep 19, 2012 (Wednesday), 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Loft Cinema – 3233 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ
Film Overview: Executive Produced and Narrated by Robert Redford and Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Mark Decena, WATERSHED tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and offers solutions for the future of the American West.
Sweeping through seven U.S. and two Mexican states, the Colorado River is a lifeline to expanding populations and booming urban centers that demand water for drinking, sanitation and energy generation. And with 70% of the rivers’ water supporting agriculture, the river already runs dry before it reaches its natural end at the Gulf of California.

The Redford Center created WATERSHED as an inspirational social action tool for people who want to engage. Promoting personal water conservation pledges of 5% – symbolic of the small amount of the rivers’ flow required to reconnect the river to its delta – and garnering donations to help purchase the water rights necessary to restore the connectivity, WATERSHED is a central tool in a larger grassroots effort focused on saving the Colorado River and supporting the communities throughout the river basin.

“The Toxic Sublime: Imaging Contaminated Landscapes”
Date/Time: Sep 20, 2012 (Thursday), 4:00pm
Location: ML451
Event Description: A guest lecture by Jennifer Peeples, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Utah State University. Dr. Peeples will share insights on how people use visual images to communicate concern about environmental pollution and public health.

“Sustainable Landscapes Tour”
Date/Time: Sep 26, 2012 (Wednesday), 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: UA Visitor Center
Event Description: As the oldest continually maintained public green space in Arizona, the University values landscape management practices that ensure we will thrive in the future. Visit key campus locations and learn how we are implementing sustainable practices. This tour begins at the UA Visitor Center. Read more…

Don’t Miss Colin Beavan Saturday at Noon!

September 7, 2012

This Saturday, Colin Beavan will be discussing his book, No Impact Man, with Tucson’s own Mrs. Green. The radio show will broadcast live on Saturday from 12–1pm. Learn more about how to listen via iTunes, iPhone, or Media Player by visiting Mrs. Green’s World.

UA Sustainability Groups

September 4, 2012

As you begin your reading journey with No Impact Man, keep in mind all the wonderful campus sustainability clubs and organizations currently engaged in making the UA campus and community a more beautiful, more eco-friendly environment for you and for future students.

Consider joining:

  • Students for Sustainability – A student organization that empowers student leadership, pursues international sustainability, and promotes environmental awareness.
  • EcoOps – A community of UA employees and alumni who strive to make UA a more environmentally sustainable place to work, study, and play.
  • Residence Life Sustainability – Residence Life seeks to cultivate sustainable communities that are environmentally aware, socially conscious, and fiscally responsible.
  • Honors Student Council Sustainability Committee – A committee that works on sustainable initiatives within the Honors College and the community.
  • Engineers Without Borders – A student-run club (open to all disciplines!) dedicated to using their knowledge to improve the world we live in.
  • Global Water Brigades – A program of the international non-profit, Global Brigades, that assists in designing and implementing water systems to prevent water-related illness in communities with limited access to clean water.
  • Compost Cats – A team that collects food and waste around campus to transform it into fertilizer, or a product that can enrich and amend soil.
  • Solar Cats – Brings environmentally conscious students together in an effort to implement a means of harnessing solar energy as a power source for university residence halls.

For more information, visit UA’s Environment and Sustainability Portal.

Happy Reading!

UA Reads 2012-13 Book Announced

August 23, 2012

Photo by Mykl Roventine

UA Reads is pleased to announce our 2012-13 book selection: No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process by Colin Beavan. Intellectually stimulating and ecologically minded, this book marks the intersection of UA Reads’ social, literary, and sustainability goals.

Learn more about the book, the author, and the No Impact Project.

Stay tuned for more information about where you can get the book (available FREE for UA Freshmen through a grant from the UA Parents & Family Association),  upcoming events, and UA Reads’ sustainability projects.