Tucson Clean & Beautiful January 2015 Newsletter
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Newsletter Topics:
  • TEP & TRICO Trees are now available
  • Urban Forestry Certificate Program
  • Trees for School
  • Green Pathways - 1st Annual Recycle Fashion Festival
  • Adopt A Public Areas
  • Environmental Mini-Grant for Schools
  • YARDS Program
  • Commemorative Tree Park
  • Beating Back Buffelgrass
Tucson Clean & Beautiful was recently featured in “Profiles in Environmentalism” a recurring segment on our blog where we shine a light on the dedicated people who are working to preserve the world around them. Big or small, local or national, every environmental organization works towards the same goal: providing a greener world for future generations.

Click here to read the article.

Executive Director:
  Joan E. Lionetti
Director of Communications
  B.J. Cordova
Office Manager
  Sofia Angkasa
Trees for Tucson Director: 
  Katie Gannon
TFT– Operations Coordinator: 
  Rocky Yosek
TFT – Customer Inquiries: 
  Scout Radler
Recycling Education Coordinator: 
  Rebecca Quintero
Adopt a Park & Public Areas
Program Coordinator

  Jean Hickman
Buffelgrass Outreach: 
  Erin Willett

Visit our website for program contact information:

Visit our Calendar
for a list of all
upcoming events:

Members like you keep Tucson
Clean & Beautiful!

Invest in keeping Tucson Clean & Beautiful year-round!  You can support TCB programs as part of year-end giving - whether through membership, by donating funds to plant more trees, or many other ways that you can invest in a cleaner and more beautiful community - supporting volunteer efforts, tree planting, special recycling events and much more!

Click here to contribute today, or call (520) 837-6830 for assistance.

TCB environmental mini-grants for schools- apply today!

Tucson Clean & Beautiful, in partnership with the Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society and Arizona Native Plant Society are proud to offer another school environmental minigrant round! Schools may apply for a cash grant of up to $500, in addition to being eligible for a grant of up to 30 trees for their campus along with additional project planning assistance, tool loan, and other resources.

Previous 2014 winners of school minigrants where projects are completed or in progress include Cottonwood Elementary in the Vail School District, Canyon del Oro High School and Rio Vista Elementary School in the Amphi School District, Borton Magnet Primary School in the Tucson Unified School District, and Sky Islands Public High School, a local charter school.

(pictured: Cottonwood Elementary tortoise habitat)

Download the grant application here

For more info: Call (520) 837-6832 or email

Executive Board
President: Michael Jette
Vice President: Maximiliano Torres
Treasurer: Barbara Ricca
Past President: Sally Gestautas
Member at Large: Richard Block

Board Members
Maddy Bynes
Judy Dare
Plácido dos Santos
Melanie Emerson
Beth Gorman
Wilson Hughes
Ronni Kotwica
Joseph Maher, Jr.
Nandi Muhamad
Valerie Rauluk
Larry Robinson
Dave Stadle
Jason Tankersley
Viviane Thompson
Heather Tilson
Howard Ward
Barbara Warren

Have you visited the TCB website lately?

TCB's website continues to improve helping reduce paperwork and environmental impact!

See our new Adopt-a-Park resources: an interactive map of adoptable sites and an easy-to-use volunteer reporting form.  Check-out our updated Recycling Directory (now available in Spanish).  Recent improvements have been made possible in part by a capacity-building grant from Toyota via the National Environmental Education Foundation (

Thank you as well to City of Tucson Environmental Services for support of Recycling Directory upgrades, and
Brink Creative Digital

This is in addition to Trees for Tucson online tree ordering, our TCB store offering membership, tree donations, commemorative trees and children's memorial requests, and more!

For more TCB and related news "Like" us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Trees for Tucson

TEP and TRICO 2015 Home Shade Tree Programs are now open!

Anytime is a great time to plant trees in Tucson!  We have a great supply of quality trees to shade your home.  For best selection order your trees early.  Customers may choose from Velvet Mesquite, Blue Palo Verde, Foothills Palo Verde, Desert Willow, Red Push Pistache, and Pomegranate.  Stay cool, plant trees!

Click here to order your trees through our online ordering system.

Become a Citizen Forester!

Tucson Botanical Garden’s Urban Forestry Certificate Program begins March 3 through April 14,  with classes held Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Join an active corps of trained citizen foresters working to make our neighborhoods greener and healthier!  Students will learn about tree biology, tree care, pruning, and community engagement from experts in each field. For more information and to apply contact Ashley Pedersen at  Click here for more information

Trees for Schools!

We're are building the next generation of environmental stewards thanks to generous support from Sierrita Mountain Pipeline and Hamstra Heating & Cooling. Over the last months we’ve planted 76 trees at 5 schools with over 1,000 enthusiastic young tree stewards who’ve turned out to help dig, plant and celebrate trees.  If you want to plant trees at your school, contact us.  We’ll help you plan your school tree project and grow future environment stewards.

Green Pathways

1st Annual Festival

Explore the excitement of recycling, reusing and repurposing.  You can learn to be a Fashionista on $25 or less; we’ll have a fashion show to demonstrate how to strut your recycled wares.  We welcome the participation of recycling businesses including clothing goods, sports equipment, furniture, arts, crafts, construction, remodeling, and other reused articles.  
To participate contact: Beki Quintero - 520-404-5805 or
Kathy Cooper 520-792-9930
DATE: January 31, 2015
VENUE: Northeast Corner of Broadway and Tucson Blvd.
TIME: 10 AM to 2 PM
ADMISSION: Free to Public
This is an Arizona Sci-Tech event sponsored by Tucson Clean and Beautiful and Bear Essential News..

Electronic Recycling Event
January 19 from 9 to 2:00p.m.
at Desert Metals
3119 E Pennsylvania
click here for more information

Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas!

Community Volunteer Clean Up & Beautification Program

Adoptions are growing by leaps and bounds.  This past October was an
especially busy month for community-wide cleanups and new adoptions!  As always we are grateful for those who step up to help improve Tucson.  Tucson Clean & Beautiful is always in need of more volunteer groups so please review the map of sites on the website to see what is available for long-term adoption.

One of the groups started on their first cleanup within a couple of
days of sending in the Interest form.   Richard Franco contacted us in mid-November and took his students out on November 21st to the Pantano River Park (from Tanque Verde to Speedway
Boulevard). This is a segment of “The Loop” hiking and biking trail.  They collected ten large bags of litter on their first cleanup!

Richard was kind enough to share thoughts on this first cleanup with us “My name is Richard Franco and I am a middle school teacher at Calvary Chapel Christian School. My 8th grade class was talking about giving back to the community in some way, not only talking about what Jesus did, but serving as He did as well. Talking through ideas we came across the Adopt-a-Park program. The kids wanted to get started right away and had a great time. We adopted Pantano River Park and spent about three hours on our first cleanup. It was a great time for fellowship with each other and get to know each other in a context outside of school. At first the kids were a bit wary about going out and cleaning, but after about an hour, one of the kids told me, "this is so much fun, I can't believe the time is going by so fast." Another student told me that they wished we had more time to clean since there was so much to do. We are so excited to continue going back to our park and helping to make it beautiful for the people here in Tucson. Thank you Tucson Clean and Beautiful for this opportunity.”

Thank you, Calvary Chapel Christian School, for taking on this site
and making an important and positive impact!
Special appreciation as well to FedEx for donating more than 1,000 bags that will be used for cleanup projects!

YARDS Program

Youth Achieving Resource Development Skills 2015

In November, six youth on probation graduated from the YARDS program receiving Certificates of Achievement from Pima County Juvenile Court presiding Judge Kathleen Quigley and Pima County Board of Supervisor Richard Elias.  Family and friends shared in the celebration.  The youth landscape and life skill training program began in January of 2010 and to date 72 youth have finished the program.  Classes include tool use and care, water harvesting, desert soils, pruning and landscape design, and job and personal development skills.

Are YOU on Juvenile Probation?
There may be an opportunity for you to develop job training skills that qualify you for local landscape jobs.  Classes begin in February and run for nine Saturdays from 8:30am-12:30.  Participants will earn community restitution hours and RAP credits or JIPS 34 hours as needed.  Youth completing the program will receive a Certificate of Achievement, a stipend and a letter of recommendation from the court and Tucson Clean & Beautiful.  All classes are taught by certified professionals in landscape and education. The next class starts on February 14, 2015.
For further information, contact your Probation Officer or call Tucson Clean & Beautiful 791-3109.

TCB held a Commemorative Tree Dedication on December 5, 2014 at the Pantano River Park, on the west side of Pantano Parkway just north of Golf Links Rd. More than 50 tree donors, city and county dignitaries were in attendance to dedicate 30 newly planted trees in remembrance of loved ones.  The children whose names are engraved at nearby Children's Memorial Garden were also commemorated.

Each tree has a personal story behind it - whether of love, high school friendship, family, tragedy, hope, or appreciation - these trees are a special way to thank, honor, and remember those who are special to us.
Another planting will take place in April 2015, with a dedication ceremony to follow in May.
To dedicate a tree, call (520) 837-6832 - or fill out the dedication request form and pay online by credit card:
1) Tree dedication request: Click here for the form
2) Online payment via TCB store: Click here

Special appreciation to Councilmember Shirley Scott, Supervisor Ray Carroll,  the City of Tucson and Pima County Parks staff, Civano Nursery, Sowers Memorials, and many other volunteers and contributors to the continued success of this project - and to the friends and family who supported tree dedications to help shade and beautify this special park in honor of their loved ones!

Beating back Buffelgrass

Join Us!

Monday, January 19th, 8am-12noon - Wildfire Prevention and Buffelgrass Removal Day
Tucson Clean and Beautiful and the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center have teamed up with the Red Cross to host this project in the Tucson Park West Neighborhood. We'll be digging out buffelgrass (a noxious weed) and other invasives. Buffelgrass poses a high fire risk – when dry it is highly flammable. By removing buffelgrass we will not only beautify the area but we will also be preventing dangerous brushfires. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Long-sleeved shirts suggested. Bring gloves and a shovel if possible (if not, loaner gloves and tools will be available). Please bring hat, sunscreen, and refillable water bottle. No children under 12.

Saturday, January 24th, Beat Back Buffelgrass Day
The Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, and other groups are hosting buffelgrass removal events at sites all across the Tucson valley (there's even a site up in Phoenix). North, South, East or West we have a location near you!
To volunteer for either event click here
Tucson Clean & Beautiful is a non-profit environmental advocacy, action and stewardship
organization dedicated to preserving and improving our environment, conserving natural resources, and enhancing the quality of life within the City of Tucson and eastern Pima County.  We accomplish these goals through an array of programs that emphasize personal action, recycling and
waste reduction, land stewardship, urban forestry and beautification.
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Phone: (520) 791-3109

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