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Who is Team Vede?

Welcome to our dedicated page for businesses and nonprofits going green and embracing sustainable practices.

 

At Rotary Club of Tucson Verde, we understand the vital role that businesses play in building a more environmentally responsible future. To support your efforts in reducing your carbon footprint and contributing to a healthier planet, we've compiled a comprehensive list of recycling resources and green initiatives tailored for businesses like yours.

Why Go Green?

In today's world, environmental

consciousness is not just a trend; it's a

necessity. Going green benefits your

business in various ways, from cost

savings and enhanced brand reputation to attracting environmentally conscious customers. It also demonstrates your commitment to preserving our planet for future generations.

Learn More:

Financial Benefits of an Eco-friendly Business

When Recycling Pays the Bills 

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At Rotary Club of Tucson Verde, we believe that by taking these steps, your business can be a part of the solution to environmental challenges. By reducing waste, conserving resources, and adopting sustainable practices, you contribute to a greener, more sustainable future while reaping the benefits of responsible business operations.

Join us in this important journey towards a cleaner, more sustainable world. For more information and assistance on your green initiatives and recycling efforts, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we can make a significant impact and lead by example in our business community.

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Organizatins in Tucson

Tucson Conservation, Sustainability, and
Climate Change Organizations

These admirable organizations in Tucson are dedicated to safeguarding our environment. Rotary Club of Tanque Verde has actively participated in hands-on projects with many of them. Below, you'll find a compilation of these outstanding organizations.

We strongly encourage you to consider supporting them through donations and/or volunteering your valuable time – even supporting one, two, or more can make a significant difference.

Organizations We Have Worked With: 

Felicia’s Farm

Mission: Felicia’s Farm grows naturally and donates 100% of our naturally grown vegetable and egg production to organizations serving people struggling with food insecurity.

Mission: Our mission is to build community gardens where Tucsonans grow food, work and learn together, and nurture well-being in our communities.

Rotary Tanque Verde connection: Prepared garden beds for incoming class at the community garden located at Mary Meredith K-12 School Garden.
Contact - click to email:

Jessica Paul, Community Outreach and Education Manager 
Website: communitygardensoftucson.org

Community Gardens of Tucson

Mission: Our mission is to increase ecological understanding and deepen feelings for nature. We do this by providing hands-on, research-based programs in science and earth education, by creating lifelong memories, and by inspiring learners of all ages to live more lightly and sustainably on the Earth.

Rotary Tanque Verde connection: We held our annual meeting at Camp Cooper and learned about all their programs.
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coopercenter.arizona.edu 

Cooper Center for the Environment

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Iskashitaa Refugee Network

Mission: Iskashitaa Refugee Network creates opportunities to integrate UN refugees into the Southern Arizona community while educating the public and strengthening the local food system, reducing local food waste, and increasing food security.

Rotary Tanque Verde connection: We helped harvest surplus citrus from the Sunset Ridge neighborhood.
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Website: iskashitaa.org 

Rotary Tanque Verde connection:

We painted raised garden bed walls and constructed new chicken nesting boxes.

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Website: feliciasfarm.org 

Pima County Natural Resources, Parks, and Recreation Trails Volunteers

Mission: To help build and maintain trails in Pima County’s natural open space parks.

Rotary Tanque Verde connection:

We removed litter from Painted Hills Trails Park.
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Mission Garden

Mission: Mission Garden is a living agricultural museum of Sonoran Desert-adapted heritage fruit trees, traditional local heirloom crops and edible native plants. The Garden is managed by Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace, whose mission is to preserve, honor, protect, restore, re-create, and promote the cultural heritages and historic landscapes of Tucson’s Birthplace at the foot of Sentinel Peak.

Rotary Tanque Verde connection: Buffelgrass removal and trash clean up.
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missiongarden.org

Sonoran Institute

Mission: The Sonoran Institute’s mission is to connect people and communities with the natural resources that nourish and sustain them. They work at the nexus of commerce, community, and conservation to help bring about a West where civil dialogue and collaboration are hallmarks of decision making, where people and wildlife live in harmony, and where clean water, air, and energy are assured.

Rotary Tanque Verde connection:

Santa Cruz River clean-up
Email Mike Zellner, Executive Director

Website: sonoraninstitute.org

Native Seeds/SEARCH

Mission: Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S) is a nonprofit seed conservation organization based in Tucson, Arizona. Their mission is to conserve and promote the arid-adapted crop diversity of the Southwest in support of sustainable farming and food security. Native Seeds/SEARCH seeks to find, protect, and preserve the seeds of the people of the Greater Southwest so that these arid adapted crops may benefit all peoples and nourish a changing world.

Rotary Tanque Verde connection:

We helped clean seeds in preparation for storage and prepared water harvesting features.
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Website: nativeseeds.org

Tucson Clean and Beautiful

Mission:  A non-profit environmental advocacy and action organization that works to preserve and improve our environment, conserve natural resources, and enhance quality of life in the City of Tucson through educational and hands-on programs emphasizing personal action in recycling and waste reduction, land stewardship, urban forestry and beautification.

Rotary Tanque Verde connection:

One of the commitments we made as a club in our first months was to steward a public park via Tucson Clean & Beautiful Adopt-a-Park program. Our park is located at Miles Exploratory Learning Center on Highland just south of Broadway, selected for its proximity to two schools. It serves as the school’s field, and is open to the public except during school hours.
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Website: tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org 

Tucson Green Drinks

Mission: Green Drinks Tucson is a monthly happy hour for conservationists and community members to hang out and network. These gatherings are open to anyone who shares an interest in conservation and the environment.

Rotary Tanque Verde connection:

Our Club members often attend.
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Tucson Zero Waste

Mission: Tucson Zero Waste is a free zero waste collection drive for Tucson and the surrounding areas! As a community collaboration, our goal is to provide a resource for local households looking to reuse and recycle their commonly used goods safely and responsibly.

Rotary Tanque Verde connection:

Club members help at collection events.
Click to Email Contact: Cristina Polsgrove

Website: tucsonzerowaste.com

Watershed Management Group

Mission: Watershed Management Group (WMG) develops community-based solutions to ensure the long-term prosperity of people and health of the environment. We provide people with the knowledge, skills, and resources for sustainable livelihoods.

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Website: watershedmg.org

Green Initiatives for Businesses

  1. Energy Efficiency: Adopt energy-efficient technologies, such as LED lighting and smart thermostats, to reduce electricity consumption.

  2. Green Transportation: Encourage employees to use eco-friendly transportation options like carpooling, biking, or public transit.

  3. Water Conservation: Implement water-saving measures in your facilities, such as low-flow fixtures and rainwater harvesting.

  4. Employee Education: Raise awareness among your staff about the importance of sustainability and provide training on eco-friendly practices.

  5. Green Certification: Explore certification programs that recognize and promote your business's commitment to sustainability.

  6. Supplier Sustainability: Collaborate with suppliers who share your eco-conscious values and source sustainable products.

  7. Community Engagement: Get involved in local green initiatives and support environmental causes in your community.

Green Initiatives for Businesses
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