SAN - 2011-01-04 - Sustainability Action Network - Announcements - Greater KC via Kaw River Valley (Lawrence, KS)


4 January 2011

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Tuesday, 4 January 2011, 12:00noon-1:00pm ¤ on Kansas City Community Radio
Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or on web-streaming at

On Eco-Radio KC this week, the show by Steve Mann is "The Indigenous Iy Iuy People of Mexico Fight for Their Land". Joining Steve will be Teodoro Gonzales Castillo of San Luís Potosí, México, the traditional Governor of the Iy Iuy People. Blain Snipstal and Maria Whittaker will describe the experiences they shared with Governor Castillo at the Cancun Climate Conference in December, when Via Campesina members from Asia, North America, South America, and Africa, as well as many other groups, demanded that the delegates respect the Cochabamba Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth. Read more at - The Road from Cancun: Steps Toward a Global Uprising.

Also of ecological interest on KKFI this week:
  • On Wednesday at 9:00am, Alternative Radio airs an encore presentation of Paul Cienfuegos talk on "Corporations vs. People". "The presumption of corporate over citizen rights came into sharp focus this past January with the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision which opens the floodgates of unrestricted corporate money into election campaigns, under the guise of free speech. Countering this trend are citizen revolts, many in small communities, which assert the right of the people who live in a community to decide what happens to that community and to its natural environment." More of his print and audio material is at Paul Cienfuegos: Articles, Lectures & Interviews.
  • On Friday at 9:30am, the Bioneers Radio Series presents "Jaguars, Goats and Acequeias: Cultivating the Landscape of Wild Earth". Do you think of the wilderness as something far away? Not in the age of climate change and human population growth. The real wilderness is always underfoot—the complex systems underlying life on Earth that we barely understand. It’s our inheritance, our guardianship to understand traditional and indigenous knowledge of Earth as a vast, cultivated landscape. Land managers such as Miguel Santistevan, Lani Malmberg and Peter Warshall celebrate the fact that we are all gardeners. They reveal brilliant innovations and ancient wisdom for how to get good at it.


Setting political bias aside, and putting focus on benefits to the local community, one Kansan is making a big difference. Can the Sustainability Movement benefit from this same approach?

Salina, KS - Residents of this deeply conservative city do not put much stock in scientific predictions of climate change. “Don’t mention global warming,” warned Nancy Jackson, chairwoman of the Climate and Energy Project, a small nonprofit group that aims to get people to rein in the fossil fuel emissions that contribute to climate change. “And don’t mention Al Gore. People out here just hate him.” Saving energy, though, is another matter.

Last Halloween, schoolchildren here searched for “vampire” electric loads, or appliances that sap energy even when they seem to be off. Energy-efficient LED lights twinkled on the town’s Christmas tree. On Valentine’s Day, local restaurants left their dining room lights off and served meals by candlelight. The fever for reducing dependence on fossil fuels has spread beyond this city of red-brick Eisenhower-era buildings to other towns on the Kansas plains. A Lutheran church in nearby Lindsborg was inspired to install geothermal heating. Read more of the article at - In Kansas, Climate Skeptics Embrace Green Energy -

Town managers attribute the new resolve mostly to a yearlong competition sponsored by the Climate and Energy Project, the , which set out to extricate energy issues from the charged arena of climate politics. In 2010, Merriam KS and Quinter KS won with innovative energy reductions. In 2011, CEP has partnered with the Kansas Energy Office to fund round two for sixteen Kansas communities to participate and compete. More info at - Take Charge Challenge. And below, see Lawrence presentation on 4 February.

Monday, 10 January 2011, 6:00am

After the holidays, you may place your live-cut tree at the curb or alley for collection, and the trees will be reused for wildlife habitat. Remove all synthetic items from the tree like lights, tinsel, etc. If you live in an apartment, place the tree in the enclosure for the dumpster, but not in the dumpster. For more info call 832-3030 or visit

Tuesday, 4 January 2011, 6:30pm
Lawrence Percolator, 900 block alley behind the Lawrence Arts Center

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!

Thurs-Sat, 6-8 January 2011, starts 8:00am each day; close 4:30pm R, 9pm F, 3:30pm S
Fulkerson Center, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph MO 64507

This popular and inspiring regional food growers' conference just got better by adding another sponsor to their collaboration, the Mid America Fruit Growers Association. The first day consists of day-long mini-courses in: high tunnels, CSAs, effective business management, and fruit trees. The second and third days will be a mix of talks and break-out seminars ranging from growing techniques to crop diseases to irrigation to marketing, etc. There will also be dozens of exhibitors and vendors. Sponsors include state co-op extension services from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota, as well as civic groups like the Kansas Rural Center, the Mid America Fruit Growers Association, the Missouri Vegetable Growers Association, and Growing for Market! magazine. For more info and to register go to Great Plains Growers Conference, or call Katie Cook at (816) 279-1691.


For supporters of local food and sustainability, here is a web-tool they can use to find farmers markets, organic food, CSAs, and family farms anywhere in the U.S. It uses map driven geo-query. Zoom in to an area or region, and "abracadabra!" it will display a listing of ONLY those stores/market locations that are represented on the map - check it out here: Local Harvest: Farmers Markets / Family Farms / CSA / Organic Food.

Saturday, 8 January 2011, 10:00am
Oak & 8th St. parking lot at levee, North Lawrence, KS 66044

Bundle up and enjoy a hike with no ticks or poison ivy; just crisp, clean Kansas air and maybe a bald eagle or two. It is a family and kid-friendly event, members and non-members alike are welcome. For more info, e-mail to

Wednesday, 12 January 2011, 5:30pm
Recycling and Resource Recovery Annex, 320 N.E. Industrial Lane, Lawrence KS

The January agenda is unavailable to date. The S.A.B. meets monthly to discuss any and all aspects of furthering sustainability policies and practices by the City of Lawrence government and private persons. The public is welcome. Minutes are finalized in about a month after each meeting

Wednesday, 12 January 2011, 4:00-6:00pm
Mid America Regional Council, Rivergate Center 2nd floor, 600 Broadway, KC MO

The Environmental Management Commission promotes environmental awareness and resource efficiency to the City's leader and staff, to assist the progress of Kansas City toward sustainability. The general public is encouraged to attend and observe meetings and to join and participate in its efforts. More information and the EMC April 2009 minutes are available at

Friday, 14 January 2011, 10:00am-2:00pm - $$
Riverwood Winery, 22200 Hwy 45 North, Rushville MO 64484 (NW of KCI and Weston MO)

The workshop will cover the importance of winter pruning and how it impacts yield, disease incidence, fruit composition and wine quality in Midwest vineyards. In the morning session, Andy Allen will discuss the basic aspects of grapevine pruning, Jackie Harris will discuss pruning safety issues, and Dr. Keith Striegler will discuss assessing grapevine bud mortality (all are Missouri Extension Viticulturists). Lunch will be catered by Charlemagne's Restaurant. The afternoon session will be hands-on pruning practice on the vines at the winery. Registration deadline is 7 January. More info at Vineyard Pruning Workshop_info & registration.pdf, or call (816)270-2141.

Saturday, 15 January 2011, 9:00am-4:00pm - $
Flint Hills Technical College, 3301 W. 18th Ave, Emporia, KS 66801

This is a one day intensive on permaculture principles taught by Ben Stallings of the Kaw Permaculture Collaborative, and holder of a Permaculture Design Certificate. Students will be introduced to ecological principles and learn how to apply them to their garden, home or workplace, will create a design of their own, and will receive constructive feedback from the other students and the instructor. Fore more info go to Introduction to Permaculture Design - 15 Jan 2011.

Monday, 17 January 2011, 7:00pm
location TBA, Lawrence, KS 66046

The Food Policy Council seeks to identify the benefits, challenges and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system. By advising the Douglas County Commission on public policies that will support local producers, preserve local agricultural resources and land, and create more local jobs, the F.P.C. hopes to improve the community’s access to a local food supply and distribution networks. For more info go to Dg County Food Policy Council.

Friday, 21 January 2011, 7:00pm
All American Room, Eldridge Hotel, 701 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS 66044

We are honored at this our third Annual Meeting, to have as our speaker, Dan Nagangast, Director of the Kansas Rural Center. Dan will speak about energy depletion and rising energy costs, reducing fossil energy agriculture inputs, and transitioning to a local food system economy.

Come help us celebrate our 2010 success in gaining tax-exempt status, and our progress in permaculture, bicycle lanes, land consortium, and more. Since forming in late 2007, the Sustainability Action Network has been bringing to our community local solutions for the global crisis caused by climate change, energy vulnerability and economic instability. Inspired by the Transition movement and the Permaculture movement, we are working for a more socially just and ecologically sustainable world. Everyone is welcome, non-members and members alike, so we hope to see you there!

Saturday, 29 January 2011, from 9:00am-12:00pm
location TBA

Come meet other growers and supporters and learn about our projects over the past year. We'll have pie, coffee, conversation, and learning together (and, if you'd like to bring a pie or two, it would be much appreciated!). Founded in 2004, the KC Center for Urban Agriculture operates the Kansas City Community Farm, and trains folks as urban growers. Their vision is for urban areas of small community farms, providing a livelihood for growers, and local healthy food for the community.


Kansas City, MO - According to a forecast from Black & Veatch, Renewable-energy use, including wind, is set to increase by more than 50% by 2035. The engineering firm reports that the portion of U.S. energy supply from renewables will be nearly as much as from coal. The amount of coal used to produce electricity will fall more than 50 percent, falling out of fashion over the next quarter-century.

The International Energy Agency predicts that nearly all the additional energy the world uses in the next 25 years will go to meet demand in China and other emerging countries. Their rising energy use already is one factor pushing up world oil prices, a trend that’s expected to continue. The U.S. will increasingly find itself in a secondary role with at most modest increases in energy demand. But stable demand won’t mean the domestic supply picture stays the same — coal will decline, and natural gas and renewables will rise. Read the article - Black & Veatch sees Cleaner Energy Outlook by 2035.

Friday, 4 February 2011, 7:00pm
ECM, 1204 Oread Ave., Lawrence KS 66044 (just north of K.U.)

Margaret Tran of the Climate and Energy Project and/or Eileen Horn, Douglas County Sustainability Director, will talk about the Take Charge Challenge, a unique contest that pits Lawrence/KU against Manhattan/K-State to see who can save the most energy during 2011 in their community. Come learn about how you can participate. For more info, contact the Sierra Club Wakarusa Chapter at <>.

Saturday-Saturday, 5-12 February 2011 - $$$$
Midwest Permaculture, Stelle IL

This training will cover a full-design course curriculum to provide students with their permaculture design certification (PDC). The emphasis will be on suburban gardens and small farms, and include two pre-course webinars. For more info go to Midwest Permaculture: 5-12 Feb 2011 PDC Course.

Friday, 18 February 2011, 6:00pm-9:00pm - $$$
East Lawrence Community Center, 15th & Brook St., Lawrence KS 66044

Steve Moring of Vajra Farm Permaculture Center will teach this Design Certification Course that includes nine 3-hour class sessions, six field sessions and a student presentation up through June. In the summer, there will be four additional 6-hour practicum sessions, all totaling 72 hours of training, and culminating in certification through the Kansas Permaculture Institute.

The first lecture is "Food Security and Energy Depletion" followed by a video "The Power of Community". The material describes our agricultural dependence on fossil fuels and how we can meet the challenge of energy depletion to make a successful transition to sustainable future. Preregistration is required, and a percentage of the fees will support the Kaw Permaculture Collaborative and it's parent organization, the Sustainability Action Network. For more info go to Kaw Permaculture Collaborative, or contact Steve Moring at (785)691-7305 or <>.

Saturday-Sunday, 19-20 February 2011, 9:00am-5:00pm - $$$
Knowles Spirituality Center, 2304 Campanile Rd, Waterloo, NE (Omaha)
31 December 2010 early registration discount of $50

Taught by Bill and Becky Wilson of Midwest Permaculture, this weekend session will cover permaculture essentials with an emphasis on transition to a low energy future. For more info go to Essential Permaculture Training - 19-20 Feb 2011.

The SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt 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, and Kansas Permaculture Institute - 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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