Sustainable Tucson 2030 District- Benefiting our Local Economy
May 11th, 2016 2:12 PM by Kris Basel

My take-away from Sustainable Tucson’s May 9, 2016 meeting regarding Tucson 2030 District, shows an industry wide recognition that ALL HOUSING, not just New Construction, is a major economic driver in our cities, and that new construction must not be the only consideration in economic GDP for America’s cities. Locally, Tucson usually boasts our key industries as biomedical, aerospace and defense, the University of Arizona, optics and tourism. However HOUSING of all types is a key economic driver that is left out. Retrofitting or Weatherization is integral to rebuilding Tucson’s economy while lowering green house gas emissions at the same time. Buildings are responsible for approximately 67% of green house gas emissions. Tucson 2030 District envisions working collaboratively with Realtors like myself, architects, building suppliers, manufacturers of cleaner and greener materials, and the construction industry to turn older homes into more energy efficient homes. Through improvement in homes entire communities flourish including the businesses around them.

2030 District’s efforts will provide the leadership our city lacks to push for investing in rendering older buildings more efficient.  Though The City of Tucson and Pima County are currently working in conjunction with 2030 District, local government is remiss in finding and allocating funds to help a large swath of middle-income homeowners weatherize their homes. Weatherization would be the quickest way to inject funds into our economy through construction and real estate sales.

At the same time home weatherization programs would be a better use of taxpayer funding to both create a surge in our LOCAL economy and reduce green house gases.  Recently the City of Tucson’s go-ahead of the Broadway corridor’s construction of two additional lanes shows a complicit nod to our continued car culture and old world affiliation with dirty fossil fuels entities, evidence the City of Tucson is not serious about it’s vow of climate change mitigation. Instead of possibly hiring an out of state construction company to expand Broadway Blvd, why not hire local construction workers to retrofit the hundreds of outdated 1950’s ranch style homes? I believe with the private grass roots effort brought forward by 2030 District the City of Tucson and it‘s residents will be able to SEE how home weatherization will be a win for Tucson both economically and environmentally.  Because of 2030 District’s plans, if they are successful in moving forward, I envision higher home values in the proposed Bonita neighborhood area, more robust small business activity in the surrounding area, and the birth of a tight knit community that will make Tucson proper an amazing city to live and work.  I am ready for Tucson 2030 District, how about you?  Kris Basel, Realtor, GREEN

The following is from Sustainable Tucson's May 9, 2019 meeting: 
Sustainability and Architecture -Cutting our energy, water, and transportation by 50%

For our May General Meeting, Sustainable Tucson is very pleased to present “Sustainability and Architecture: USGBC ADVANCE and Tucson’s Prospective 2030 District®.” This program will present the innovative partnership between the 2030 Districts and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)-Arizona Sonoran Branch, with the goal of developing a 2030 District® here in Tucson.
First established in Seattle, 2030 Districts® are unique private/ public partnerships that bring property owners, managers, and developers together with local governments, businesses, and community stakeholders to provide a business model for urban sustainability through collaboration, leveraged financing, and shared resources. Now in 11 other cities across North America, 2030 Districts® are forming to meet the energy, water, and vehicle emissions reduction targets for existing buildings and new construction called for by Architecture 2030 in the 2030 Challenge for Planning.
Here in Tucson, since late January of this year, a growing group of representatives from community environmental organizations, City and County departments, and building professionals have been meeting regularly to explore the development of a 2030 District in Tucson. Initial focus has been on forming a District in the Bonita neighborhood in Menlo Park, but there is also interest in expanding to include downtown Tucson and the U of A.  The 2030 Challenge for Planning goals, which need to be adopted to form a District, if successfully met, would result in reducing energy use, water use, and CO2 transportation emissions by 50% District-wide by 2030.
USGBC-Arizona Sonoran Branch members, working together with Architecture 2030 and 2030 Districts® representatives, have formed the Tucson ADVANCE/2030 District Partnership (TADP), in a joint effort to provide free resources and tools such as ENERGY STAR to benchmark, develop, and implement creative strategies, best practices, and verification methods for measuring progress towards the goals of the 2030 Challenge for Planning and the Tucson 2030 District. (See article below for related training event.)

Speakers include:

· Peter Dobrovolny: Retired Architect/Planner and 2030 District Advocate. Peter was instrumental in forming the first 2030 District in Seattle and is currently facilitating the exploration of a 2030 District in Tucson

· Michael Peel: Community and Government Relations Liaison, Pima Community College. Michael is facilitating the USGBC ADVANCE training that is focused on development of the Tucson ADVANCE Prospective 2030 District.

· Ray Clamons: Owner of Sustainable Architecture & Water Harvesting Landscapes. Ray has produced the concept of the Bonita District - Tucson 2030 District and is currently active in planning for that District.

· Joel Loveland: Professor Emeritus University of Washington (UW) School of Architecture and Director, UW Center for Integrated Design; 2030 District Advocate. Joel is currently supporting Peter and Michael in the area of building performance analysis and benchmarking for the emerging 2030 District in Tucson.

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Posted by Kris Basel on May 11th, 2016 2:12 PM
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