First City in Arizona to Adopt a Zero Waste Resolution
November 12, 2008 Sedona AZ. This week at their regular City Council meeting Sedona AZ’s City Council unanimously approved a Zero Waste Resolution. Sierra Club Sedona-Verde Valley’s chairperson and member of the Sierra Club’s national Zero Waste Committee, Marlene Rayner presented the principles and benefits accruing from participating in a Zero Waste program (see for details).
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Upcoming Event: Dec 6th Solare Linear City Presentation (as a Potential Solution to the Sprawl between Phoenix and Tucson)

Arcosanti’s Nadia Begin has been putting together a presentation on the Solare Linear City that will be presented to the general public in Phoenix on Dec 6th. Panelists include Paolo Soleri as well as Arizona State University (ASU) Architecture Professor Dr John Meunier. The basic concept is that the Linear City Model that Paolo has developed can be used as a potential solution to linear city sprawl that is now engulfing transportation corridors between our cities. In particular is the prediction that Phoenix and Tucson will merge and become a Megalopolis in the next 30-40 years yielding a population of around 8 million people.

For more about this event see the Life@Arcosanti blog post that includes the Press Release.

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Arcosanti Visitor Provides Insights about Baja, Ecological Design and Healthy Living

Being a tourguide at Arcosanti provides a chance to interact with the diversity of people passing through.

The other day a guy from Mexico came by and took a tour with me – Peter. His family is from Spain but he has spent much of his time in USA. Somehow we got to talking about the Yestermorrow Institute and I said a friend was thinking about going. He said he interned at Yestermorrow and that it is a great program for hands-on learning about Ecological Design. He also mentioned that he had been working on a designing a project with Tony Brown; a local Prescott based architect that founded the Ecosa Institute (which I attended in 2000). Tony was helping him to plan out a project in Baja California that was to be a center for ecological design in the region where he lives. Unforunately, one of the financial backers of the project pulled out at the last minute. Peter currently runs a organic restaurant and community center in San Jose del Cabo in Baja California Sur, Mexico. He says the community is a diverse place and some are open to alternative health, healthy eating and living…although the urban built environment sounded a bit dismal and what you would expect in a Mexican coastal tourist community.

He told me that on his way across the country he stopped to meet artist Alex Grey which he said was one of the highlights of his trip.

Peter also mentioned staying about six months in Auroville during 2001. My friends David Tollas and Nadia Begin also spent a year there in 2005 (or around that time) so I introduced Peter to them and they had a chance to connect and it turned out they had some mutual aquaintances including Daniel Greenberg of Living Routes (which as a learning program that goes to Auroville).