Join us to explore what it means to create a livable city in the era of climate change! This panel, moderated by Gina Murphy-Darling, Founder and CEO of Mrs. Green’s World, will feature City of Tucson staff from Environmental and General Services, Planning and Development Services, and Tucson Department of Transportation, and Tucson Water. We’ll talk about what it takes to create bike and pedestrian lanes, increase renewable energy on City facilities (including our parks), create sustainable building policies, ensure a clean and abundant water supply, and plan for climate adaptation. We’ll learn what’s already been done, what’s in the works, and what the future holds!
Water and wheat — foundations of life for millennia. In the American Southwest’s arid Sonoran Desert, water flows across Arizona from more than 300 miles away to quench the thirsts of over four million people and sustain the food, economy, and livelihoods they rely on every day. Join us
for a screening of Sonora Rising, a short film by environmental nonprofit, American Rivers which explores the thoughts of three visionaries — third-generation farmer Brian Wong, who grows a variety of low-water and heat tolerant organic heritage wheat in the arid plains northwest of Tucson, Don Guerra of Barrio Bread, who bakes 1,000 loaves of artisanal bread per day using local and indigenous wheat varieties, and Tim Thomure, the Director of Tucson Water who helps build and sustain a thriving city in the Sonoran Desert — creating and growing a circular economy of water, forging a sustainable future for a city that could have gone in another direction. And nearly did. The showing will be followed by an engaging panel discussion featuring Brian, Don, and Tim, joined by filmmaker Sinjin Eberle, with American Rivers.
Timothy M. Thomure is the Director of Tucson Water, a 585-person operation providing potable and reclaimed water service to 730,000 people in southern Arizona. Tim is a licensed PE with 25 years of experience working in public utilities, private industry, and consulting. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, water supply, water recycling, and organizational development. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Arizona. He currently serves as President of the AZ Water Association, which is the state chapter for both AWWA and WEF. Tim is a Past President of WateReuse Arizona and has served on the National Board of the WateReuse Association and the Water Research Foundation.