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WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS
25 January 2011


2011 SUSTAINABILITY ACTION POLL

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ECO RADIO KC ¤ WEEKLY ECOLOGICAL ISSUES RADIO SHOW
Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 12:00noon-1:00pm ¤ on Kansas City Community Radio
Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or on web-streaming at http://www.kkfi.org/

On Eco-Radio KC this week, host Richard Mabion will highlight the Breaking the Silence Conference coming up 11-12 March 2011 in Kansas City, KS. Richard will be talking with some conference presenters, Cy Wagoner, a youth muralist, and Nasbah Ben, representing the Black Sheep Muralist. The conference will emphasize environmental literacy for both youth and adults.

Also of ecological interest on KKFI this week:
  • On Thursday at 5:00am, A World of Possibilities discusses China's emerging green economy. China today is the most polluted nation on earth. But it also is on its way to becoming the most environmentally advanced. Long seen as the Great Replicator, China is now becoming the Great Innovator in all things environmental, betting that the next economy will not be gray but green.
  • On Thursday at 9:30am, Making Contact reports on the highly toxic working environment in nail salons, in which workers are daily exposed to toluene, acetone, ketone, ammonia, formaldehyde and more, ingredients in polish and removers and glues. Regulation seems to be state by state, and there is scant little information available. To learn more, listen to the show, and read - Nail Salon Health Hazards.pdf.
  • On Friday at 9:30am, the Bioneers Radio Series presents another one of their award winning shows.
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PEAK OIL & A CHANGING CLIMATE ¤ YOU-TUBE VIDEO SERIES
Wednesdays, 19 January - 16 March 2011, on your computer
current video - We Need Freedom of Action To Confront Peak Oil | #3 of 11 with Nicole Foss.

Peak Oil is the point at which petroleum extraction reaches its greatest rate just before going into perpetual decline. In the eleven week Peak Oil and a Changing Climate | video series, tomorrow will feature James Howard Kunstler. Author of The Long Emergency, projecting stark prospects for any industrial future, Kunstler typically gives acerbic, yet accurate, descriptions of contemporary society's intentional blindness to their dream state belief in the American Dream of infinite growth.
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GENETICALLY ENGINEERED ALFALFA AND HUMAN-GENE SPLICED RICE

More than a year ago, the Kansas Legislature sold our agricultural commons to the highest bidder, and cleared the way for California-based Ventria Bioscience to grow GMO rice in Kansas, which has no commercial rice farms. Ventria originally planned to grow the rice in southern Missouri but the brewer Anheuser-Busch, a huge buyer of rice, threatened to boycott the state amid concern over contamination and consumer reaction. No such qualms in Kansas! Now, saying the rice poses "virtually no risk", the USDA has given preliminary approval for it to be grown in Kansas. We don't know yet of a campaign opposing this, but there is one against GMO alfalfa.

In a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) acknowledges for the first time that GE contamination of organic and conventionally grown crops presents a huge problem in the U.S. The EIS sorely lacks the type of rigorous scientific data to justify the Agency going forward with any type of deregulation of GE alfalfa. Yet it proposes three options for GE alfalfa: Do not deregulate GE alfalfa and prohibit it; fully deregulate it and allow it everywhere; or deregulate it with isolated geographic restrictions. Many of the measures it proposes in option #3 are not supported by sound science. The EIS relies heavily on ideal-world “best management practices,” yet there is no indication that these measures will actually be effectively implemented. In fact, multiple alfalfa contamination episodes have occurred over the past few years under conditions similar to those proposed by the EIS to prevent contamination. This presents a serious problem for organic and conventional farmers whose livelihood and reputation depends upon the ability to grow non-GE crops. The only option to protect our safe and healthy food system is to deny any approval of GE alfalfa. If you agree, you may click here to register your opinion - Tell Vilsack to deny any approval of Monsantos GMO alfalfa
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NO-TILL GARDENING CLASSES ¤ BY FOUNDATION FARM
Wednesdays, 26 January - 23 March 2011, 3:30-5:00pm - $$$
Enthios Art Venue, 215 County Rd. 301, Eureka Springs AR 72632

This series of ten weekly classes in organic gardening will be taught by Patrice Gros who has operated Foundation Farm, a successful half-acre market garden, since 2006. Prior to that, he worked twelve acres organically, and has regularly taught classes in no-till methods. For more info go to Gardening Classes at Foundation Farm.
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ECO-MOVIE NIGHT ¤ INDEPENDENCE MO
Friday, 28 January 2011, 7:00pm
St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S. Sterling Ave., Independence MO 64052

"Dirt! The Movie"
Dirt feeds us, cleans our water and regulates the earth's climate. Dirt is the ultimate natural resource for all life on earth. Yet most humans ignore, abuse, and destroy our most precious living natural resource. Consider the results of such behavior: mass starvation, drought, floods, and global warming, and wars. The film offers a vision of a sustainable relationship between Humans and Dirt through profiles of the global visionaries who are determined to repair the damage we've done before it’s too late. Visit www.dirtthemovie.com for more details, or call Sara at (816)356-6986.
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URBAN FARMERS ANNUAL MEETING ¤ KC CENTER FOR URBAN AGRICULTURE
Saturday, 29 January 2011, from 9:00am-12:00pm
Rainbow Mennonite Church, 1444 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City KS 66103

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.
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LAWRENCE TAKE CHARGE CHALLENGE KICK-OFF
Saturday, 29 January 2011, 5:00-8:00pm
Liberty Hall, 642 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

In 2010, the Climate and Energy Project initially held a Take Charge Challenge between six Kansas communities who employed strategies to conserve the most energy. Merriam took the grand prize for the most kilowatt hours saved, and Quinter locked in the greatest long-term savings per capita. But all communities won by dramatically reducing energy and saving dollars. Read more at - Take Charge Challenge 2010 winners.

Now with $100,000 funding from the Kansas Energy Office, the Take Charge Challenge will be a friendly contest between Lawrence and Manhattan. The contest will be launched at Liberty Hall during the K.U./K-State men's basketball game. There will be video coverage of the Jayhawks playing the Wildcats, free pizza, drinks and great fun, as folks learn how easy it is to improve the energy efficiency of their residence. Learn more at - Free basketball watch party for Take Charge Challenge.
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LAWRENCE FRUIT TREE PROJECT MEETING
Tuesday, 1 Febuary 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!
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TAKE CHARGE CHALLENGE ¤ IN LAWRENCE & MANHATTAN
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 <mmrogers816@gmail.com>.
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STATE-OF-THE-ART ENERGY STORAGE COMPANY LOCATES IN LEE'S SUMMIT, MO

As our energy economy shifts towards conservation and renewable energy, forward looking communities are vying for clean and green companies. The announcement that Exergonix chose to locate in Lee's Summit "could be the first piece in a significant energy contribution for Lee’s Summit," said Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads. The company, which manufactures nano-cell batteries with very high energy density, could put $748 million into the community, according to a city economic impact analysis. "It’s a great win for Lee’s Summit and our citizens. It secures our place in the green economy," said Jim Devine, CEO of Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, which is the city's designated marketing and product development arm to retain and attract business. Read more at - Lee’s Summit named home to Exergonix.
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OUTSIDE THE BOX ¤ AFFORDABLE & SUSTAINABLE HOME BUILDING
Saturday, 5 February 2011, 9:00am-4:00pm - $$$
Turner House Community Center, 2052 N. 3rd St., Kansas City KS 66101

The Green Collar Institute will be sponsoring, as part of their energy program, this one day seminar with Bill Hanlon. Bringing over 28 years of experience, Bill will explain the details of his energy efficient construction methods, from footings to ridge line. His designs use mostly conventional materials, but incorporate advanced framing techniques, solar design, strategic insulation, radiant heat, thermal breaks, air and vapor barriers, and more. For more info go to Green Collar Institute" (EETCKC), or call (913)371-8800. Lunch and a free book are included.
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PERMACULTURE GARDENS AND SMALL FARMS DESIGN COURSE
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.
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DESIGN ON STAGE ¤ FEED THE CITY
Monday, 7 February 2011, 6:00pm-8:00pm
AIA/KC Offices, 1801 McGee St., Kansas City MO 64108

Come watch eight teams of designers, including architects, graphic, industrial, interior and student designers, as they compete their ideas against one another to help solve a design challenge facing the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture. Sustainability journalist, Simran Sethi will host the event, and participate as a guest judge. For more info go to Design on Stage: FEED the CITY, and learn of more events in the Kansas City Design Week.
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LAWRENCE CURBSIDE RECYCLING & SOLID WASTE OPTIONS
Tuesday, 8 February 2011, 6:30pm
Lawrence City Commission, City Hall, 6th & Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

On 17 November, Lawrence City staff provided an memo to the City Commission listing extensive options for handling solid waste. City staff recommended the information be widely distributed "to the Sustainability Advisory Board, neighborhood associations, and other public forums for the solicitation of additional input over the next three months." Instead, the first that most of the public heard of this long overdue information was at a 11 January 2011 Commission study session. Now, only two weeks later, the Commission is poised to decide whether to adopt curbside recycling as a city service, or privatize it in a corporate model that so often brings inferior and costlier service. For more info go to - Waste & Recycling Options_11Jan11.pdf. Public comment will be received at the 8 February City Commission meeting.
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LAWRENCE SUSTAINABILITY ADVISORY BOARD
Wednesday, 9 February 2011, 5:30pm
Recycling and Resource Recovery Annex, 320 N.E. Industrial Lane, Lawrence KS

The Febuary 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 http://www.lawrenceks.org/wrr/envadvisoryboard
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KANSAS CITY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION
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 http://www.kcmo.org/manager.nsf/web/emc
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KAW PERMACULTURE COLLABORATIVE ¤ QUARTERLY MEETING
Saturday, 12 February 2011, 6:00pm
Delaware Street Commons, Common House, 822 East 13th St., Lawrence KS 66044

Please join us for a meeting, potluck dinner, and a video presentation (a kitchen is available). We will discuss and formulate plans for activities, workshops and project events for 2011. We would like your input and enthusiasm. K.P.C. fosters ecologically sustainable agriculture practices for the production of healthy food using permaculture ethics to restore a sustainable and ecologically viable way of life. For more info contact <smoring@grasshoppernet.com>.
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PERMACULTURE, FOOD SECURITY, AND ENERGY DEPLETION ¤ FIRST LECTURE
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 <smoring@grasshoppernet.com>.
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TWO DAY "ESSENTIAL" PERMACULTURE TRAINING
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.
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GROWING SEASON EXTENDING METHODS ¤ COMMUNIVERSITY CLASS #2307 A
Saturday, 26 February 2011, 1:00-5:00pm - $$
Rethink Energy, 2052 North 3rd St., Kansas City KS 66101

Get a head start on the gardening season. Learn how to extend food growing to all four seasons. We will learn to construct cold frames, hot beds, quarter tunnels, low tunnels, and high tunnels using low cost materials and methods. Bring $15 to class for materials. Class fee is $14, plus $15 for materials. Register at UMKC Communiversity. More info from <steve@prairietrading.com>.
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FOOD NOT LAWNS ¤ COMMUNIVERSITY CLASS #2310 A
Wednesdays, 2,9,16,23 March 2011, 4 sessions, 7:00-9:00pm - $$
UMKC School of Medicine, Theatre C, 24th & Charlotte Streets, KC MO

Grow food not lawns! Increase local food security, improve your diet, beautify your surroundings, build community, reduce pollution and energy use (It takes 87 calories of fuel to transport one calorie of perishable fresh fruit from west coast to east coast). As supporters of the Food Not Lawns national movement, we will hold four sessions dealing with topics that include whole system design, garden preparation, permaculture, water-wise gardening, seed saving, planting, and free resources. Presenters include master and highly-qualified gardeners. Class fee is $18, plus $5 for materials. Register at UMKC Communiversity. More info at Food Not Lawns KC, or <steve@prairietrading.com>.



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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 <paradigm@ixks.com>

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.
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