Green Valley Gardeners' winter seminar series continues Thursday, Jan. 29, as BJ Cordova, director of communications for Tucson Clean and Beautiful, shares a wealth of knowledge about how one of Tucson's effective environmental groups functions.

Tucson Clean and Beautiful, a 503(c) nonprofit, was founded in 1985 and works in a coalition with the city of Tucson, Pima County, Tucson Electric Power, TRICO, private grants, corporate sponsorship and volunteer entities to improve the local natural environment.

Its activities include making low-cost trees available to the public, helping youth plan and implement projects, presenting education programs on botanical topics of interest (loss of pine trees to beetle infestation, for example), recycling events, sponsoring of neighborhood parks, and dealing with buffelgrass, which threatens native vegetation.

Come to Green Valley Recreation's Desert Hills Center for the free talk, and learn how planting trees reduces energy consumption and improves emotional well-being. The talk starts at 9:30 a.m., and snacks are available before that.

Green Valley Gardeners is a service club made up of gardeners. It's Thursday seminars are a fixture of the fall and winter calendar.

Green Thumb is provided by the Green Valley Gardeners and seminar speakers.

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