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Rincon Group Meetings

The Rincon Group has three main categories of meetings/programs:

  • Issues Programs
  • Conservation Committee Meetings
  • Executive Committee Meetings

Issues Programs: Issues Programs are on the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm. Open to the public - presentation to be announced (see below). Our Issues Programs are held at the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) (unless otherwise noted). Catch up on the status of local issues, discuss environmental topics, and meet friendly folks. The SEIU (Service Employees International Union) building is at 1600 N. Tucson Blvd. (one block south of Elm Street). There is free, on-site parking for these free events. Programs are held on the second Thursday of every month (excluding July & August) from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Conservation Committee Meetings: Conservation Committee Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month at 6 pm. [No Conservation Committee Meetings are scheduled for the month of July. The November and December meetings are combined and occur the evening of the first Thursday in December.] All Sierra Club members who are interested in current conservation issues and in becoming an activist, should attend Conservation Committee Meetings. It's a great place to network with other activists, learn about local environmental issues and to work together to further our cause. We are re-energizing our conservation work by networking all our activists into a new conservation committee. Conservation Committee Meetings are held in the main floor conference room of the Historic Y, 738 N. 5th Ave., near University Blvd.

Executive Committee Meetings: Executive Committee Meetings are only open to Sierra Club members. The Executive Committee meets on the last Thursday of each month immediately following the Conservation Committee Meeting in the main floor conference room of the Historic Y at 738 N. 5th Ave., near University Blvd. [No Executive Committee Meetings are scheduled for the month of July. The November and December meetings are combined and occur the evening of the first Thursday in December.]

Scheduled Issues Programs
* All Issues Programs Are Held At The SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Unless Otherwise Noted *

Thursday, April 10th - Seeking Action on Global Climate Change - Since the early 1990s the United Nations, under its Framework Convention for Climate Change, has sought global collective action on climate change. The Sierra Club and its youth chapter, the Sierra Student Coalition, has sent a 20-member delegation each year to try to persuade U.S. negotiators to take bold action to reduce global climate disruption. Rincon Group Membership Chair Natalie Lucas has participated on this delegation for several years, this year in Warsaw, Poland. She gives a brief history of the talks, tells us where they stand, and describes the Sierra Club strategy to move us forward in a positive fashion.

Thursday, May 8th - Energy Issues from Fukushima to Tucson - Rincon Group Energy Chair Russell Lowes fills us in on today’s major energy issues – international, national and local. He answers these questions: Does Japan have Fukushima under control? What is the status of solar, wind, nuclear and coal energy in Germany, and in other leading renewables nations? What is fracking and what is its impact on climate change? What is going on in Arizona's solar industry? Does it still make sense to go solar after Arizona politicians' anti-solar assault? What is the status of Tucson's coal/gas power plant? What, individually and collectively, can we do to move from fossil fuels to renewables?

Thursday, June 12th - Wilderness in Arizona - Meg Weesner tells us about wilderness and its role and history in Arizona, which has 90 designated wilderness areas covering 4.5 million acres of federal land. It is one of only five states with wilderness areas that all four federal wilderness agencies manage. This year we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act. Meg describes some activities that are part of the celebration and how Sierra Club members can get involved. Meg, a 35- year life member of the Sierra Club, has been serving as the Grand Canyon Chapter's Wilderness 50th Anniversary coordinator since early 2013. She is retired from a 34-year National Park Service career.

For further information, please contact Keith Bagwell at (520) 623-0269 or kbagwell50@gmail.com.

Check the Tucson Inner City Outings Website for Upcoming Inner City Outings Events and Information: http://www.sierraclub.org/ico/tucson