Tucson Clean & Beautiful October 2014 Newsletter
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Join Us for our Annual Meeting
Friday, October 17, 2014 6pm-9pm

Dinner & Celebration
Keynote Speaker Jane Hughes on Social Impact Bonds

A unique new finance resource for some nonprofits partnering with foundations, investment companies and government. Learn about the pros and cons from a world finance expert.
For tickets click button below or call (520) 837-6830
$55 per Non-member and $50 per Member
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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.

Members like you keep Tucson
Clean & Beautiful!

To contribute by credit card (one-time, or monthly), visit Network for Good. You may also fill out a printable Membership Form and return with check. Or, to make a membership pledge in any amount, fill out the form below. Tucson Clean & Beautiful staff will be in touch to arrange donation payment options with you!

In addition, members receive great benefits including discounts at local businesses! Questions? Call (520) 837-6832

Adopt a Park/Public Area
Volunteer of the Year

George Koss
Rincon East
RV Resort Vespers

George is almost 90 years old and  picks up litter weekly! He has adopted four miles of roadway and cleaned it since 2008!  “It's hard to say what motivates us roadside cleaners. I guess it's a sense of order and neatness, a dislike of trashed roadsides, a spirit of community service, the love of nature, and the satisfaction of the area looking nice afterwards.  I'm glad that there are at least a few of us willing to do this.”
George has created an embroidery hoop trick, he clamps the garbage bag around the hoop so that the bag stays open, making it easy to collect litter. AND, his group collects and separates the recyclables by carrying another bag that he hooks to a luggage shoulder strap. Who would ever believe collecting litter would generate such clever ideas? So they are not just cleaning up our streets but increasing recycling by separating materials that can be recycled and keeping them out of our landfill. That’s commitment!
George, and his crew, from the Rincon Country East RV Resort Vespers are one of our most dedicated and reliable volunteer groups.  We applaud George and his crew for keeping Tucson Clean & Beautiful! and….. WE THANK YOU!

Executive Board
Michael Jette, President
Maximiliano Torres, Secretary
Richard Block, Treasurer
Sally Gestautas, Past President
Barbara Ricca, Management Chair

Board Members
Deron Beal                 Cate Bradley
Maddy Bynes                  Judy Dare
Melanie Emerson       Beth Gorman
Libby Howell           Wilson Hughes 
Joseph Maher          Larry Robinson
Dave Stadle          Jason Tankersley
Viviane Thompson     Howard Ward


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
TFT – Project Manager: 
  Dawna Gravley
Recycling Education Coordinator: 
  Rebecca Quintero
Adopt a Park & Public Areas
Program Coordinator

  Jean Hickman
Buffelgrass Outreach: 
  Erin Willett

Support Tucson Clean & Beautiful and you could win a new Jeep!

Jim Click Jeep Cherokee raffle tickets are on sale, now through October 31, 2014! 100% of the proceeds of tickets purchased through Tucson Clean & Beautiful support environmental education and community improvement efforts. Call (520) 837-6832 or click below to purchase.
Tickets are $25 each,
or 5 for $100.
Buy Jeep Tickets Here!

9/26/14, 9-11a
Oyama Elementary tree planting

9/27/14, 8a-12p
Electronic Collection & Secure Shredding

10/17/14, 9-11a
Rincon High School 50 year reunion tree planting

10/17/14, 6p-9p
TCB Annual Meeting

Days of Caring Buffel Buster Removal Project

11/2/14, 10a-3p
Cyclovia - visit the TCB booth

11/16/14, 9a-5p
Viva La Local - Fall Tree Sale to support the TFT Tree Bank

Trees for Tucson

Mayor's 10,000 Trees for Tucson Challenge met!

The Mayor's 10,000 Trees for Tucson campaign was an overwhelming success because so many tree lovers dug in and planted a tree! Collectively the Tucson community planted 10,000 trees in Tucson this year. The mayor will announce a new 2015 forestry goal at our annual meeting on October 17!

Get your TEP shade tree order in by 10/31!

If you haven't already, order your 2014 shade trees by 10/31. Our 2015 Tucson Electric Power Energy Efficiency shade tree program re-opens on January 1. Now ordering online is easy:

Trees for Schools

We have trees available for schools and community organizations. Have your principal or site manager contact us today and we'll work with you and your community to plant beautiful new shade trees. 520-837-6833 or

Stay connected about upcoming events through our newsletter or Trees for Tucson Facebook page
We want to acknowledge the tree-mendous support by these organizations who helped us meet the Mayor's goal and continue to make Tucson Clean & Beautiful!
Also thank you to Citi Tucson and the amazing young people from PPEP's Youth Build program who volunteer their energy and passion to help plant trees.


A New Tree Grows in Tucson!

Tucson Clean & Beautiful Founder and Director, Joan Lionetti has been a pioneer for environmental stewardship in our community for over 30 years. Recently, during her 80th birthday celebration, it was announced that Civano Nursery bred the first and only live oak tree specifically for our growing conditions here in Southern Arizona and named it the Joan Lionetti Live Oak-Quercus fusiformis!

This live oak is very similar in appearance to the Virginiana, however is more tolerant of our soil, drought and freezing temperatures. You can purchase your very own at Civano Nursery, visit their website for more information:

Electronic Collection & Document Collection for Secure Shredding**

Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:00a.m. -12:00p.m.
740 E Speedway (Southwest corner of Euclid/Speedway)
Enter on 1st Ave., south of Speedway and exit onto Euclid
Electronic Collection & Document Collection for Secure Shredding. Things that will be collected at no charge: 1st box of Banker size box of paper AND Computers, Laptops,  Printers, Network cards, Routers, Hard Drives, Floppy  and CD- ROM Drives, Copiers, Fax Machines, Telephones, Cell Phones, Test equipment, Wire and Cable, Power Supplies, Circuit Boards, Video Game Equipment, Calculators, Typewriters, Stereo Equipment, Printers and Cartridges, Credit Card Machines, etc. (Large appliances accepted except dishwashers)

$5.00 charge for Monitors and additional boxes for shredding
** No shredding on site

Don’t throw it in the landfill!   Recycling has many benefits by creating jobs, saving landfill space and reusing the components. For more information please call 520-791-5000 or
 Sponsored by :

Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas!

The Adopt-a-Map is NOW live

Potential volunteer groups can now see what sites are adopted, available or unavailable instead of sorting through a list by zip code.  It should make it much easier to select a site. Visit: or call (520) 837-6833.

Upcoming Events

We are gearing up to work with the Elvira and Barrio Nopal Neighborhoods, Gary Wittwer from TDOT landscaping, Erin Willett, Buffelgrass Coordinator and Salpointe Catholic High School in a collaborative sprucing up project on the Gil Catalan Memorial Walkway off Los Reales.  Over 300 freshman from Salpointe and their teachers will be participating on this effort of buffelgrass, trash and weed removal for three days in early October. 

Youth on Probation

Landscape Training

The Fall class of YARDS began on Saturday, September 20th at the Pima County Extension Service.  Welcoming the new students were the new presiding judge of Pima County Juvenile Court, Judge Kathleen Quigley and the new administrator John Schow, and Dave Stadle, CREW Supervisor and Joan Lionetti, Tucson Clean & Beautiful, who developed the program.  The 9 week programs will teach the students all landscape disciplines from design, pruning techniques, tree climbing, water harvesting & irrigation, Sonoran desert plants identification to life skills such as reason for higher education, urban heat island, food and nutrition, stress management, legal matters and job skills. 

Dedicate A Tree

Tucson Clean & Beautiful continues to plant commemorative trees along the Pantano River Park later this fall! Trees may be requested in dedication to friends and family, whether the person or people are living or have passed away. Celebrate upcoming birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and other special occasions with this unique, lasting gift of a tree planted in the community, and helping to shade and beautify a desert waterway! The next dedication ceremony is anticipated for December 2014. Request trees by October 17, 2014 to ensure placement in the next planting!

For more information visit or call (520) 837-6832.

Buffelgrass Days
of Caring!

Join Us on

Wednesday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 25th.

TCB's Buffelgrass Outreach Program is hosting a United Ways Days of Caring Buffel Buster Removal Project!

Come spend a fun morning removing invasive species from the Tucson Park West Neighborhood! We'll be digging out buffelgrass (a noxious, dangerous weed) and other invasives. Our work sites are easily accessible and should be easy digging. Join us in our efforts to rid Tucson of buffelgrass - one neighborhood at a time!

To register (and sign up for a free tshirt) check here:

               Our AMAZING 2013 Buffel Buster Volunteers!
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Phone: (520) 791-3109

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