Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy


SUSTAINABILITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK, Lawrence Kansas
16 March 2010
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy

NOTICE: Sustainability Announcements will be on hiatus over the next week. Staff will be out of the office and traveling, returning the last week of March. We apologize for the inconvenience.


ECO RADIO KC ¤ WEEKLY ECOLOGICAL ISSUES RADIO SHOW
Tuesday,
16 March 2010, 12:00noon ¤ on Kansas City Community Radio
Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or on web-streaming at
http://www.kkfi.org/

On
EcoRadio KC this week, host Reenie Carmack will will have as her guests Delena Stout and Debra Manfield, co-owners of Brookside Barkery & Bath, discussing holistic care for pets. They will explain how a pet diet of whole foods and natural health care is essential for their health, longevity and behavior.

Stay tuned at 12:30 when
the Bioneers radio series presents "Ecological Design: The Architecture of Nature and Democracy". John Todd, an ecological designer in the field of biomimicry, imitates nature's evolutionary genius to serve human ends harmlessly, using nature's processes as the design for buildings, technologies and practical solutions to environmental devastation. Educator David Orr suggests that true ecological design can take place only in a society willing to ask, "How would nature do it?"
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FUNERARY HYMN FOR THE HUMMER ¤ "GOOD RIDDANCE!"
September 1992 - 24 February 2010

Though not the only example of auto-erotic-addictive excess, the GM Hummer has to be the
foremost SUV icon of planet peril. It died last month - Requiem for a Hummer. After a year cajoling a cash infusion from an obscure Chinese machinery company, the GM sale to Tengzhong Machinery fell through - GM Hummer sale to Tengzhong Machinery fails. GM announced that they were shutting down production of the Hummer at their Shreveport LA factory. Now if only other icons of schizophrenic macho and climate advocacy would get rid or their hummers! - Schwarzenegger: Go Hummer Free!.
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WAKARUSA WETLANDS GROUPS FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST TRAFFICWAY
Wednesday,
12 March 2010

Twenty five years ago, the
South Lawrence Trafficway was planned in secret meetings of the Chamber and public officials, and the western leg was built in the face of community opposition. In a classic act of hubris, the Kansas Dept. of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration built the road to a "temporary" eastern end, the "bridge to nowhere" over Iowa Street, intent on taking full aim at the Wakarusa Wetlands one mile to the east.

In 25 years, it has gotten no farther. KDOT's and FHWA's presumptuousness of getting more Federal dollars fell flat. Their lack of a valid Environmental Impact Statement prompted Wetlands advocates to file the
first lawsuit in which the FHWA was roundly defeated. Grudgingly completing an EIS, the FHWA proclaimed an arbitrary justification for paving through the heart of the Wetlands, rather than skirting around it. And now this second lawsuit has challenged that EIS for making clearly erroneous assumptions, applying arbitrary double standards, misrepresenting impacts on historic properties, and conducting a procedurally defective noise study. This second lawsuit filed Friday may take a year to go to trial, and then more time to work it's way through the appeals process.

The money stubbornly squandered by officials on defense attorneys could have been used years ago to build an acceptable highway south of the Wetlands. And 1990 dollars would have gone much further to boot.
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LAWRENCE BICYCLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Tuesday,
16 March 2010, 6:00pm
Public Works Confr. Room, lower level, Lawrence City Hall, 6th & Massachusetts St.

The
agenda will be: Bicycle Safety Month activities, rideability map, and a proposal for a 7th & Iowa St. bridge into Centennial Park. The Committee works to improve bicycle safety and awareness through education of motorists and non-motorists, develops bicycle plans and maps, and advises the City and County Commissions on bicycle priorities and needs. The agenda and information can be downloaded at Bicycle Advisory Comm | agendas & minutes.
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LAWRENCE FRUIT TREE PROJECT ¤ PLANNING MEETING
Tuesday,
16 March 2010, 6:00pm
Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave., Lawrence KS 66044

The LFTP
Lawrence Fruit Tree Project is a co-operative group of pomiculturists who have organized themselves to establish community orchards, and teach folks how to grow and care for fruiting trees and shrubs. They also are setting up a fruit tree register to list existing neighborhood trees that are underutilized, so they can be cared for and harvested. Anyone is welcome who is interested in relocalized food security, environmental literacy, permaculture, fruit tree propagation, etc. Come to our meetings and help our grass roots organization grow!

The
agenda will include: fruit tree plantings at Free State High School and Park Hill Park and the Social Service League; progress report on plantings for the Burroughs Creek Park & Trail; planning for a grafting workshop; and more.
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FED UP WITH E-MAIL ACTIVISM? ¤ RATTLE THEIR CAGE IN PERSON!

So many causes, such little access to power. E-mail's good, letters are better, and
phone calls are best (short of face-to-face meetings). Officials don't read your e-mails, some staff person simply tallies the pro's and con's. But a phone call will register a greater impact, when you make the effort.

If you want to avoid running up your phone bill, put it on someone else's dime with a
toll-free number! This very handy web site - US Government toll free - contains a list of toll free numbers to reach elected representatives, including one to the official US Capitol switchboard! - (866)220-0044. Other listed toll-free numbers are funded by various lobbying groups including the AMA. Some are temporarily funded, so the list is periodically updated (with user's help). Use it! Call to state your views! Dial early, and dial often!
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CITY OF LAWRENCE COMPOST SALE
Thursday-Saturday,
18-20 March 2010, 8:00am-3:00pm (til 4:00 on Sat.)
1420 E 11th Street, Lawrence KS (east of 11th and Haskell, over the tracks)

The material is composted from leaves, grass clippings, and prunings collected by the City. Quantities are restricted to pick-ups and small trailers for residential use, not commercial use. Cost is $10 per load if loaded by tractor, or free if self-loaded by hand.
For more info, contact the Waste Reduction and Recycling Division at 832-3030 or visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org.
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PERMACULTURE FIELD TRIP ¤ COMPOSTING & BIODYNAMIC PREPARATIONS
Saturday,
20 March 2010, 1:00-4:00pm

As part of
of the Kaw Permaculture Collaborative series, Steve Moring will give a tour of his own Vajra Farm permaculture operation. For more information contact Steve Moring at 785-691-7305 or
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THE GREAT AMERICAN MEAT OUT ¤ LAWRENCE
Saturday,
20 March 2010, 2:30-5:30pm
Lawrence Public Library, 7th & Vermont St.

The Great American Meatout is the world's largest and oldest annual grassroots campaign to help people learn how to "kick the meat habit", and explore a wholesome diet of non-animal protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Lawrence will join communities in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries with a free celebration at the Lawrence Library. Volunteers will be there to share food samples, recipes and literature, and to discuss plant based diets. There will also be a mini film festival and a cooking demonstration. A vegetarian diet requires only one tenth of the land area, energy, and water compared to that of a meat based diet. For more info go to Great American Meatout.
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AL GORE IGNORES MEAT DIET AS CLIMATE CULPRIT

According to a 2006 report published by the
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent—18 percent—than transport. The most fossil-energy intensive diet is red meat, followed closely by poultry. And while Al Gore proposes technical fixes for climate disruption, he won't discuss meat - Al Gore Still Won't Talk About Meat.

The FAO report says livestock production is one of the major causes of the world's most pressing environmental problems, including global climate change, land degradation, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. This is attributable to factors such as: confined animal feed operations (CAFO), tropical deforestation for grazing expansion (60-70% of it), industrial agriculture feed-grain growing, factory food processing, degradation of ecological services, and the huge expansion of the livestock sector to meet expanding meet demand -
Livestock a Major Threat to Environment.

On the other hand, the FAO report also points out that one billion of the world's poor have few options other than livestock for their survival. These people on the margins are in no position to use industrial livestock methods, but raise their animals by mostly traditional methods. The chief problems can be traced to affluent industrial societies cravings for more steaks and burger joints. Pamela Rice of the Viva Vegie Society wrote: "The world is on a trajectory to double its consumption of meat by mid-century. Indeed, all of our efforts to cut greenhouse emissions will be wiped out if we don't reduce our meat consumption." -
Al Gore, Let's Talk About Meat
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ORGANIC TRANSPLANTS CLASS ¤ HOW TO START YOUR OWN
Sunday,
21 March 2010, 3:00-5:00pm - $$
Badseed Market, 1909 McGee, Kansas City MO

In this class, you will get down and dirty (literally) mixing homemade potting soils and planting seeds of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and herbs. You will also receive garden plan charts and planting schedules, and learn where to buy local ingredients and supplies. For more info go to
Classes & Events « Badseed Farm.
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INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE DESIGN ¤ 4TH LECTURE
Wednesday,
31 March 2010, 6:00-9:00pm - $$
East Lawrence Community Center, 1245 E. 15th St., Lawrence (15th at Brook St.)

Steve Moring of the Kaw Permaculture Collaborative will describe how we can learn from the natural patterns of living systems to mimic nature in creating sustainable landscapes and food production. We will explore the basic design principles as taught by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison, and will outline the basic steps in planning a permaculture site, assessing land resources, and designing and implementing projects, including earthworks and swales. This lecture is the fourth in a nine-session permaculture lecture series, presented every two weeks. Interspersed with the lectures will be occasional field trips.

The lecture will be followed by a viewing of the film "Introduction to Permaculture Design" by Gepff Lawton. A $30.00 admission fee will be requested at the door. The fees will support both the K.P.C. and it's parent organization, Sustainability Action Network. For more information contact Steve Moring at 785-691-7305 or
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KANSAS CITY EAT LOCAL! FOOD EXPO, 12th ANNUAL

TWO VENUES:

Saturday, 27 March 2010, 9:00am-2:00pm
Shawnee Civic Centre, Phlumm & Johnson Dr, Shawnee KS


Saturday,
3 April 2010, 9:30am-2:30pm
Sermon Community Center, 201 N Dodgion St, Independence MO (near Truman & Noland Roads)

There will be local organic and free range producers selling their wares, including garden plant starts, as well as free organic gardening information and free
2009 Producers Directory. There will be a free workshop on CSA's and Organic Farmers Markets, food preservation, and cooking demonstrations by two local restaurants - blue bird bistro and Justus Drugstore - Restaurant.

Both Food Expos are free admission with free parking and free music. More information on the KC Food Circle and the two food expositions can be found at
Kansas City Eat Local Food Expo
or (913)334-0556 or
email to
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SUPER GREEN HOME SEMINAR
Saturday,
3 April 2010, 9:00am-3:30pm - FREE
Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City MO

Super Green Homes are called Passiv Haus (Passive House), NetZero, and Near NetZero, and the technology is feasible today. There will be vendors of applicable building products, and speakers all day. Some of the speakers will be: Bob Berkebile from BNIM Architects speaking on 21st Century Living at the community scale; Mark Grantham from Innovative Designs speaking on deep retrofit remodeling and sustainable living models; Dustin Jensen from Metropolitan Energy Center speaking on the energy rebates, incentives and the payoff times; Ryan Abendroth from Passive House Institute speaking on the Passive House concept, and Robert McLaughlin from McLaughlin Designs on The Greensburg NetZero Eco-Home. Event is free but reservations are recommended.
RSVP Dayna McDaniel dthrumc (a) sbcglobal.net
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BOOTH & PARADE SIGN-UP DEADLINE ¤ LAWRENCE EARTH DAY
Monday,
5 April 2010, 5:00pm
320 NE Industrial Lane, Lawrence, KS 66044

The Lawrence Earth Day parade and
celebration will be on 17 April starting with the parade at 11:00am. The celebration in the park features live music, food, vendors and children’s activities. Vendor booths are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more info go to Earth Day Celebration 2010.
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KANSAS GREEN ENERGY SUMMIT
Thursday-Friday,
8-9 April 2010 - $$
Independence Community College, 1057 W. College Blvd., Independence, KS 67301

This year's conference is sponsored by Labette Community College and Independence Community College. Conference themes are: wind, solar, and geothermal energy; renewable energy cost accounting; energy auditing; green initiatives for businesses and schools; and greening school curriculums.
Speakers will include: Mr. Gary Hogsett, on building energy analysis; Mr. Bill Hanlon, on energy efficient and tight construction; and Dr. Ruth Douglas-Miller, on the Kansas wind industry.

For information or registration materials, contact Chenoa Bosch at (620)332-5621
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LAWRENCE FARMERS' MARKET OPENS
Saturday,
10 April 2010, 7:00am-11:00pm
800 block of New Hampshire St., Lawrence KS

The Lawrence Farmers' Market is the oldest in Kansas, and is open on Saturday mornings, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (weekday markets will begin on 5 May). This is a "growers' only market": all fruits, vegetables, and meats are raised by the vendor, and there are more than eighty vendors. For more info go to
Lawrence Farmers' Market.
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KC EARTH WALK & BRUSH CREEK GREEN FESTIVAL
Sunday,
11 April 2010, 9:00am-3:00pm (10:00am Earth Walk)
Volker (Theis) Park, Kansas City MO (just south of Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum)

Sponsored by
Bridging the Gap, this festival will celebrate the planet with ART! A full stage of entertainment including StoneLion’s environmental puppet shows, make-and-take art activities, and environmental information to help make your life more green. The walk is an "all species parade", and you are invited to dress as your favorite species, with prizes for the most creative costumes. For more info visit http://www.earthdaykc.org/
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PRAIRIE VILLAGE EARTH FAIR
Saturday,
17 April 2010, 10:00am-3:00pm
Shawnee Mission East High School (75th and Mission Rd)

At this 9th annual Earth Fair, there will be over 40 vendors from all types of environmentally focused organizations, and a farmers' market. For more info contact
Katie Nixon, coordinator, at (816)809-5074.
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LAWRENCE EARTH DAY ¤ PARADE & SOUTH PARK CELEBRATION
Saturday,
17 April 2010, 11:00am parade, 11:30-4:00pm park festival

The Lawrence Earth Day Parade begins at the Train Park, and is sponsored by K.U. Environs -
http://groups.ku.edu/~environs/ The Earth Day Celebration will be held in South Park, and is sponsored by the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction & Recycling Department - Earth Day Celebration 2010. The celebration in the park features live music, children’s activities and food vendors. Attendees are invited to learn from exhibits about waste reduction, recycling, composting, alternative fuels and vehicles, energy conservation, land preservation, wildlife and habitat preservation, and more.



The SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK, Inc. is a Kansas not-for-profit organization. DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED, and checks can be mailed to P.O.Box 1064, Lawrence KS 66044. Our mission is to advocate and organize societal scale action to address sustainability issues. The triple crises of Energy-Ecology-Economy are building so rapidly that large scale action is needed immediately and methodically to overcome institutional barriers and advance public policy that preserves ecological sustainability. Our focus is to build a relocalized economy-ecology in concert with the Transition Town movement occurring in many other communities.

To join the Sustainability Action Network please contact us at

Our current projects include:
1)
Transition Kaw Valley - initiating transition to a relocalized post-carbon economy, and municipal level Peak Oil response planning.
2)
Kaw Permaculture Collaborative - developing skills and resources for poly-cropping sustainable food production.
3)
Energy Conservation & Renewables - advancing a green economy through decentralized technologies and regulations, for conservation and renewable energy.
4)
Land Consortium - organizing interested stakeholders to acquire prime farmland in the urban fringe for land-based economic development and regional food security.
5)
Water Rights and Watersheds - protecting the water commons, the source of all life, from privatization and contamination, and restoring our watersheds.
6)
Electric & Human Powered Vehicles - promoting neighborhood electric vehicles and utility tricycles, including infrastructure and pro-active regulations.
7)
Weekly Sustainability Announcements - informing and encouraging others to become active in the Sustainability Action Network, or other action driven groups.
8)
Collaboration with sister organizations - such as: The Light Center eco-village; Kaw Valley Food System farm-based economic development; Citizens for Responsible Planning; Films for Action; Kansas River Valley Growers fighting for local water rights; national efforts by the Sustainable Energy Network; KC Metro groups like the Kansas City Food Circle and the All Species Project, etc.


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