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Local Climate Change Events


Deliverables committed in the Project Prospectus:

Conference Report: Web page at

Media resources and participation in media events

Speakers' Bureau (Have been invited by 12 organizations to date.)

On going Workshop Strategy Building in the Community  (At least a dozen organizations so far.

Tie in to Municipal Climate Adaptation Planning:  CCC and U of A

Community Preparedness and Resource Atlas

Working Group Reports (Also see reports on - Work Groups)

Addressing Cross Cultural and Cross Border Climate Change Issues

  • Grant training workshops offered buy CBD for Native Americans
  • Pachamama Alliance originating and involving indigenous peoples
  • Green for All - organizations work in poor Hispanic communities
  • Climate Science collaboration on US-Mexican border
  • Understand that we all live in the same eco-system with same risks

Food Security

  • David Schaller’s 19 page report on web page (
  • Deferring to the Pima County Food Alliance work (local food movement)

Education of Children in the El &Hi Schools

  • Meetings with TUSD leadership and sharing climate education materials
  • Engaging School Board members

Health System Preparedness

Restoring Mental and Spiritual Health

  • Teaching that we don’t have dominion over Earth, but must live in balance, support restoration
  • Establishing Green Teams in churches
  • Taking care of our own mental health in stressful times and our work
  • Relocalization of communities and stop depleting Earth’s resources

Building Resilience in Vulnerable Communities

  • Ongoing active group – representatives of neighborhood associations, community
  • Application of Community Cohesion Scale; Developing a vulnerability assessment tool  
  • Testing climate disaster preparedness workshop materials in vulnerable neighborhoods (Extreme Heat)
  • Meeting with City officials to learn about their disaster plans for people and  neighborhoods
  • Participation in City of Tucson Climate Adaptation Plan  (Anyone can come and observe)

Other interests

  • Collaboration with other organizations doing like-minded work.
  • Communication through the Arts
  • Taking Political Action supporting work on climate change


November- December, 2013

Milagro Cohousing Ecology Education Committee – work on extreme heat preparedness

Pima County Food Alliance   (participation in their workshops, conferences)

January-March, 2014

Green for All   (updates at their meetings)

League of Women Voters of Tucson (speakers and updates at their neighborhood meetings)

Amity Foundation – Pachamama Alliance  (participation in their workshops)

City of Tucson, Climate Change Advisory Committee (report on CSSW, work on climateadaptation)  Participation on the CCC by 4 members of Vulnerable Communities Work Group

Lend-a-Hand neighborhood based homebound assistance (updates at their meeting)

Tucson Neighborhood Alliance & NAs (engaging communities in adaptation)

Center for Climate Change Adaptation, U of Arizona – Workshop on  January 17, 2014

Sustainable Tucson (presentation at their meeting) February 10

Tucson Peace Center/Peace Fair (tabling)  February 22

Audubon Society (How to reach out to community to build resilience)  March 4


April-June, 2014

Southern Arizona Green Chamber Of Commerce   Launch of Climate Leadership Challenge – April 22, 2014  (Voluntary climate mitigation measures for businesses)

Progressive Democrats of America, Tucson Chapter (our workshop at their meeting) April 24

League of Women Voters of Tucson (workshop at their general meeting)

Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona  Education of Disadvantaged Children on climate change  (Alison Hughes raising grant support)   Also Climate Adaptation plans on tribal lands.

Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce  Business Challenge to reduce carbon emissions


July-September, 2014

Presentations at multiple Neighborhood Associations in the Tucson Community on Building Neighborhood Resilience to Climate Change.

Engagement of a graduate student from University of Hermosillo, Mexico to translate the Building Resilient Neighborhoods project materials in to Spanish and carry to Hermosillo, Mexico.

Participation in the Medical Reserve Corp sponsored “Power Outage Round Table” at the Tucson Electric Power Unisource building.  Focus on Health Systems Preparedness for a power outage disaster, e.g. due to an extreme heat wave or other disasters.

Participation in World Care’s First Southern Arizona Survival Fest on September 20, 2014 and tabling for PSR and Climate Smart Southwest, sharing materials on Building Neighborhood Resilience with many. We personally handed our materials to the Mayor of Tucson at this event.

Presentations on September 20, 2014 on building neighborhood resilience workshop materials made for the Tucson solidarity events for the People’s Climate March, organized by Occupy Tucson at the Global Justice Center.

Participation in the Tucson branch of the People’s Climate March and CSSW tabling at the Electric Vehicle Association’s National Plug-In Day event on September 21, 2014.

Presentation of program and materials at the Building Resilient Neighborhoods workshop to the Ward 3 Neighborhood Alliance on October 15, 2014, addressing multiple neighborhood association leaders and the public.

October-December, 2014

Participation in “Envision Tucson Sustainable” event on October 26, 11AM to 3 PM at the YWCA and had table with distribution of Building Resilient Neighborhoods workbooks and conversation guides in English and Spanish.  Signed up 30 interested people in neighborhoods.

Participation in U of Arizona, Institute of the Environment’s, “Conversation on Climate Change” on November 13, 12-1:30 PM focused on Hispanic communities, including Mexico.  Shared our Work Group community conversation guides and materials on “Building Resilient Neighborhoods” for their web site. (In English and Spanish).

January- March, 2015

Co-Sponsorship of film “The Yes Men are Revolting: at The Loft Cinema in Tucson, January 4, 2015, at 1 PM ….with Sustainable Tucson and at the invitation of The Loft Cinema staff.

Presentation of CSSW project to the Board of the Medical Reserve Corps of Tucson on Tuesday January 13, 2015:  to review the CSSW project and identify ways of collaborating in the area of Health System Preparedness.

Climate Heros and Local Action Program at Sustainable Tucson meeting on Monday January 12, 6 PM, Global Justice Center.  Update on Building Resilient Neighborhoods to Extreme Heat Events.

Presentation to and Training of the Board of Directors of “Lend a Hand” on “Building Resilient Neighborhoods” for Extreme Heat Events.  January 19, 10 am to noon, Mountain Avenue Church of Christ,  Board of Directors Meeting of Lend a Hand.

Collaboration with Ward 3 Neighborhood Alliance for “Solar Future for Tucson and Southern Arizona” presentation by Tucson Electric Power and Solar installer and solar expert panel; January 21 at 6 PM at Woods Memorial Library

CSSW Speaker Events – 2013-2015  (Post Conference)

Progressive Democrats of America  Blog Talk Radio show with CSSW Work Group leaders  August 27, 2013  “The Climate Crisis - Expanding the Discussion to Adaptation” 

PSR National Leadership Call - Update of the CSSW Conference and what’s next - 12/18/13  (Barbara Warren from the Speakers’ Bureau)

Climate Change Committee, City of Tucson – Update of the CSSW Conference and what’s next - 1/22/14    (Barbara Warren from the Speakers’ Bureau)

Green for All Meeting – Update on CSSW Conference, Project and Work Groups - 2/06/14   (Donna Branch-Gilby and Barbara Warren from SB)

El Centro Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting, Report on work of the Building Resilient Neighborhoods Feb. 7 (Donna Branch-Gilby)

Sustainable Tucson panel on CC emergency preparedness in communities/neighborhoods - 2/10/14   (Donna Branch-Gilby from Speaker’s Bureau [a.k.a. SB] )

Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance, Inc. Board Meeting – introduction of Vulnerable Communities Work Group by Donna Branch-Gilby, February 19, 2014

Tucson League of Women Voters – Midtown Unit discussion on Food Security Issue Thursday, February 20, 11:30  (Barbara Warren represented CSSW) 

29th Street Neighborhood Alliance - Presentation on “Extreme Heat Preparedness”, Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:30 – 8 PM, Pima Community College - small group conversations led by the CSSW Working Group on Building Resilient Neighborhoods, Martha Dominguez, Donna Branch-Gilby

Tucson League of Women Voters – Southern Arizona- discussion on Food Security Issue Saturday, March 15, 2014,11:30 AM- 1 PM    Barbara Warren

Tucson League of Women Voters – Midtown Unit discussion on CSSW- Thursday, March 20,  11:30 AM - 1 PM   – Update on CSSW Project work.   Barbara Warren reported and led group discussion

Milagro Co-Housing hosting Skip Laitner (Intl. Energy Economist) – “Welcome to the Third Economic Revolution”  Sunday, April 20, 4-6 PM, 3057 N Gaia Place  Organized by Donna Branch-Gilby & Ecology Education Committee

Access Tucson – Community TV – A Follow-up of Climate Smart Southwest  Thursday, April 24, 2014  Show: “ Local Matters” by Vicki Evans, with Barbara Warren and Donna Branch-Gilby.

PDA Tucson general membership meeting: Stop Global Warming: Political Policy & Public Action   4/24/14  (Barbara Warren, Donna Branch-Gilby, Whitney Haman, Pamela Jay, Rick Graap, Nancy Eldredge and  Joan Gilbert from the TUSD)

Access Tucson:  Local Matters:  Working with Vulnerable Neighborhoods for CC Resilience 4/24/14  Donna Branch-Gilby, Barbara Warren.  Aired 8-12times this past mo.

Sustainable Tucson:  Organizing Neighborhoods For Sustainable Future   Michael Ray and Joanie Sawyer from the Vulnerable Neighborhoods Working Group of CSSW  Himmel Library June 9, 2014

Green Chamber of Commerce:  Building  resilience to Extreme Weather events in our vulnerable neighborhoods and our communities.  Joanie Sawyer and Michael Ray.  July 9, 2014, 8 AM

Tucson’s labor Day Picnic:  Building Resilience in Neighborhoods for a Heat Emergency  - tabling -  Reid Park. 10 AM to 2 PM, September 1, 2014.  Barbara Warren. Martha Dominguez, Emily Ricketts, Carol West

Urban Survival Festival: Building Resilience in Neighborhoods for a Heat Emergency  - tabling,  Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, Sept. 19, 10 AM to 2 PM  Barbara Warren,  Joanie Sawyer,  Mary Gresham

Peoples’ Climate March events:  Building Resilience in Neighborhoods for a Heat Emergency  September 20, 2014, Sam Lena Library in Tucson 9 AM to 10:00 AM;   Grace Rich and Margo Newhouse

Ward 3 Neighborhood Alliance Program:  Building Resilience in Neighborhoods for a Heat Emergency, October 15, 2014 6 PM-8 PM   Joanie Sawyer, Gregg Garfin, Jim Hannon, Donna Branch-Gilby

Lend a Hand Board Program:  Building Resilience in Neighborhoods for a Heat Emergency, January 19, 2015  10 AM to Noon   Joanie Sawyer, Donna Branch-Gilby, Barbara Warren

Access Tucson – Community TV: RESILIENCY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE,  Friday, February 6, 2015, 6-7 PM,  presented by Emily Ricketts on Stuart Thomas’ World Harmony program

Councilman Steve Kozachik’s Office Workshop on Building Resilient Neighborhoods led by Grace Rich and Margo Newhouse.  Offered from 1pm until 3pm on Saturday, March 21st, 2015.

United Community Health Centers: Meeting and Presentation with Administration in Green Valley, AZ  on March 18, 2015, Barbara Warren representing CSSW

Garden District Neighborhood Association:  Building Resilience in Neighborhoods for a Heat Emergency, April 2015, presented by Gregg Garfin

Democrats of Greater Tucson, lunch meeting presentation of Building Resilient Neighborhoods on April 25, 2015.  Barbara Warren presented. Distributed the new Citizens’ Guide