- What: Earth Day Fair
- When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., April 22
- Where: Patio, PCC Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz.
Mayor Rothschild will speak and answer questions starting at 2 p.m. Presentations by such groups as Slow Food Southern Arizona, Sustainable Tucson and Watershed Management Group will take place in the Ocotillo Room in the Pueblo Building, the H-110 in the Mesa Building and F122 in the Plaza Building. The presentation schedule, which still is being finalized, is:
- 10 a.m.: BodyQuest Pilates – Mirea Sharifi
- 10 a.m.: San Xavier Coop Farm – Bob Sotomayer
- 11 a.m.: Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance – Vanessa Bechtol
- 11 a.m.: University of Arizona College of Agriculture School of Plant Sciences – presentation by Ravi Palanivelu, Ph.D.
- 11:30 a.m.: Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona – “Backyard Chickens” by Leona Davis
- Noon: Local Roots Aquaponics – “Intro to Aquaponics” by Stéphane Herbert-Fort
- 12:30 p.m.: Slow Food Southern Arizona – “Eat it to Save it! Endangered Foods and the Slow Food Ark of Taste,” by Gay Chanler and Judith Mattson
- 12:30 p.m.: Sustainable Tucson – “Feeding Tucson Champions’ Network” Tres English
- 1 p.m.: Watershed Management Group – “Get Involved! WMG’s Green Living Co-op” by Kieran Sikdar and Becky Blacher
- 1 p.m.: Intelligent Design Air Conditioning and Heating – Solar energy presentation by Andrew Dobbins
- 1:30 p.m.: Edible Baja Arizona – Megan Kimble
- 1:30 p.m.: Arbico Organics – Marcibeth Philips
- 2 p.m.: Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
The fair also will offer live music and a blessing of the earth, as well as exhibits on the Patio, in the Cafeteria and adjacent to the Campus Garden by various groups, including Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage), Pima County Food Alliance, Sun Link Tucson Streetcar and Tucson Electric Power. In addition, PCC's Center for Training and Development Culinary and Food Industry Training Program students will offer samples of mesquite muffins and tepary bean salads that they have prepared, as well as some indigenous foods.
According to Earth Day Network, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.