SAN - 2011-06-14 - Sustainability Action Network - Announcements - Greater KC via Kaw River Valley (Lawrence, KS ~ K.C.))

 14 June 2011

The SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK is a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization.  DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.  Mail donations to P.O.Box 1064, Lawrence KS 66044.

Our mission is to advocate and organize societal scale action to address sustainability issues.  S.A.N. is bringing awareness of the global crisis caused by climate change, energy vulnerability and economic instability to communities in the Kansas River bio-region. We are initiating positive solutions inspired by the Transition and Permaculture Movements. We bring the tools needed to re-skill and re-localize our economy and create a more socially just and ecologically sustainable world. To join the Sustainability Action Network please contact us or 

Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or web-streaming at 
Wednesday, 15 June, 9:00am ¤ Alternative Radio
Helen Caldicott, founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, anti-nuclear activist for 30 plus years, and host of weekly showIf You Love This Planet, will speak about Horishima to Fukushima and the logical connection between the two. 
Friday, 17 June, 9:30am ¤ Bioneers Radio Series  
Bioneers presents another of their award winning shows. 

Monday, 20 June, 6:00pm ¤ locally produced Eco-Radio KC
Host Steve Mann will cover the upcoming K.C. Urban Farms & Gardens Tour, including the range of events leading up to it.
As this nuclear disaster continues unabated, and in many aspects gets worse, it is difficult to provide a synopsis.  Because excellent coverage is already supplied, we suggest readers avail themselves of reports from the Nuclear Information and Resource Service -Nuclear Crisis in Japan - UpdatesReader Supported News - Disaster in Japan - 21 March 2011, and Fairewinds Associates Updates on Fukushima.
Hot particles reaching Seattle from Japan virtually undetectable when inhaled or swallowed 
Original estimates of xenon and krypton releases remain the same, but a TEPCO recalculation shows dramatic increases in the release of hot particles.  This confirms the results of air filter monitoring by independent scientists.  Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds explains how hot particles may react in mammals while escaping traditional detection.  Reports of a metallic taste in the mouth, such as those now being reported in Japan and on the west coast, are a telltale sign of radiation exposure.
Arnie Gundersen's latest update here:
If there was a (another?) conflict in the Middle East, and it triggered a disruption of global energy resources, and an attending spike in energy costs, the shock to food distribution and food costs would have a significant impact on every American.  Economic instability,erratic weather, and ever deepening energy insecurity could disrupt food and goods delivery similar to the impact on Cuba or the Collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990. 
What is the power of a community, with a vision and the passion to help each other and the community?  Nuestras Raices (translates to "Our Roots") in Holyoak, MA is an example of what a group of committed citizens can do, to transform a local community into a shining example of urban sustainability, while providing a community place, entertainment destination and evergreen economic enrichment... all at the same time.  It is what is called a "food hub" consisting of symbiotically related food endeavors - community gardens and orchards, farmers' market, restaurant, greenhouse/nursery, community composting, youth programs, festivals, and more. 
The Growers' Land Trust, a project of the Sustainability Action Network, is similarly a food hub.  We are working to find available land and financing, to create the working structure for it, but most importantly, find people dedicated enough to make this vision a reality in Lawrence. 
Watch a video of Nuestras Raices here - Nuestras Raices: Local Ag Economic Development.  If you have never watched this slideshow, you're in for a real treat.  (Select the "full screen" button for a more enjoyable viewing experience
Saturday, 18 June 201110:00am-12:00 noon
Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden, 1865 E. 1600 Road, Douglas County
So much is new at the garden this summer. Please join Kelly Kindscher and other staff of the KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Program for this morning tour.  We'll meet just inside the gate at our new shelter.  The garden is ten minutes from downtown Lawrence, half a mile north of Highway 40, adjacent to the Prairie Moon Waldorf School grounds. 
For more info, visit our Facebook event page - K.U. Medicinal Plants Garden Tour.  Directions to the garden - Map Directions to the Garden.  Contact: Kirsten Bosnak, nativeplants@ku.edu785-864-6267.
Here's what you'll see at the garden:
New show garden -- This 70- by 80-foot demonstration/show garden includes six different themed beds of medicinal plants.
New shade structure -- Built entirely from reclaimed lumber from Westar.
KU Student Farm -- Now in its first year of open operation, it's thriving as a community garden with more than 25 separate plots.
New research plantings -- We have expanded our research section to almost 30 species in our research rows.
Solar composting latrine -- Now in the works, this restroom/research project is being built by the KU student group Engineers Without Borders. The latrine replicates those built by the group in several villages in Bolivia.

Sunday, 19 June 2011, 7:00pm
3033 Kasold Ave., Lawrence KS 66044 (Brady & Troy's home)

Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy
Organizing societal scale action in our personal lives, and through public policy changes.
The meeting agenda will include:  
  • S.A.N. social media - policy proposal
  • Membership Policy Statement Development
  • Transition Kaw Valley - Update and next steps?
  • Growers' Land Trust - legal options and limits
  • community workshops: super adobe, solar food dehydrator, cold frames, rain barrels, etc.
  • S.A.N. web site: list serve, content, pay pal, etc.
Please join us
Monday, 20 June 2011, 7:00pm
Aquarius Bookstore, 3936 Broadway, Kansas City MO (in back, upstairs)
A panel discussion will explore how the Federal Budget can be a tool to move this country to a prosperous, peaceful and just future.  The panelists will talk about how the budget can be used to  redirect our resources away from war and destruction to a quality of life, create full employment by providing public sector jobs, correct the increasing disparity of income and wealth, and save states and localities from bankruptcy.  Various Federal budgets will be discussed and compared.  Panelists will be: Sharon Lockhart, registered investment advisor and social activist; Ira Harritt of the American Friends Service Committee, specializing in peace and conflict resolution and social justice; and Dee Berry , retired teacher and Green Party activist.

Monday, 20 June 2011, 7:00pm
location to be determined - 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 producerspreserve 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, 24 June 2011, 7:00pm  -  $
Lawrence Community Bldg. Room 2, 11th & Vermont St., Lawrence KS

Nicole Foss will discuss how resource depletion (peak oil, peak coal, peak natural gas), social behavior, and the economy will shape the coming months and years.  Her presentation will explore these three causes of societal instability, how they interact, and what can be done now to best prepare for what is likely to come.   
She has had a long career in the energy sector working with conventional and alternative energy sources.  She has studied social behaviour as it relates to greater economic and political action and correctly predicted the economic crash in 2008.  As an economist, energy industry consultant, co-editor of The Automatic Earth blog, and former writer for The Oil Drum Canada, she has had commentaries on nuclear energy, the Canadian housing bubble, overheating of the Chinese economy, peak oil, and more.  For more info contact Amber Lehrman at
Saturday-Sunday, 25-26 June 2011, 10:00am-5:00pm  -  $$
multiple locations

Sponsored by Cultivate Kansas City (formerly the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture), this fourth biennial tour will feature thirty eight urban farms, community gardens, school gardens, and urban homesteads across the metro area, with live music, cooking demonstrations, and children's activities lined up throughout the weekend.  For information on the tour, the ten days of events leading up to it, and tour tickets, go to their website - KC Urban Farms and Gardens Tour
The tour will kick-off on Wednesday, 15 June, 6:00-7:30pm with an inspiring talk "Grow for the Future" by Michael Ableman, author, farmer, photographer and founder of the nation's first Center for Urban Agriculture at the Downtown Kansas City, MO Public Library, 10th & Main Streets -

Saturday, 25 June 2011, 2:00-5:00pm  -  $$
Rethink Energy, 2052 North 3rd St., Kansas City KS 66101

Learn how to mimic the structure and function of forest ecosystems using sheet mulching, layering, planting patterns, species diversity, guilds and more in this introductory workshop on small scale urban forest garden design.  Class registration fee of $14, plus bring $15 to class for materials.  CONVENER: Steve Mann (816-352-9213).  Register at UMKC Communiversity.  More info at Food Not Lawns KC, or.
Tuesday, 28 June 2011, 7:00pm
Lawrence Public Library, 7th & Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044
Considering how corporate oligarchs like the notorious Koch brothers of Wichita are preventing meaningful and significant transition to a clean energy future and sustainable economy, this talk could be an eye opener.  Mary Lindsay is the leader of, one of many chapters organizing to reverse the Supreme Court "Citizens United" ruling that allows corporate "persons" unlimited power to funnel cash from corporate coffers directly into influencing elections.
Wednesday, 13 July 2011, 5:30pm
Recycling and Resource Recovery Annex, 320 N.E. Industrial Lane, Lawrence KS

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, 13 July 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 leaders 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 is at KC Environmental Mgt Commission

Suday-Friday, 31 July-5 August 2011  
Sweetlove Farm in Jefferson County, KS

Spend six days erecting the first of a planned series of farm outbuildings. Starting from an existing foundation, we will address all aspects of building a strawbale structure from foundation to roof with an emphasis on natural clay plaster enclosure. Our focus will be on hands-on learning opportunities that will help participants develop familiarity and skill with the various hand tools and techniques used in strawbale construction and clay plastering.
Stay tuned and mark your calender, watch the SAN newsletter for further details.

Current S.A.N. 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 polyculture sustainable food production.

3) Eco Village Land Trust - Designing and focalizing a sustainable intentional community near Lawrence.

4) Growers' Land Trust - organizing interested stakeholders to acquire prime farmland in the urban fringe for land-based economic development and regional food security.

5) Weekly Sustainability Announcements - informing and encouraging others to become active in the Sustainability Action Network, or other action driven groups.

6) Water Rights and Watersheds - protecting the water commons, the source of all life, from privatization and contamination, and restoring our watersheds.

7) Electric & Human Powered Vehicles - promoting neighborhood electric vehicles and utility tricycles, including infrastructure and pro-active regulations.

8) Energy Conservation & Renewables - advancing a green economy through decentralized renewable energy and conservation.
9) Collaboration with sister organizations - such as: Films for ActionThe Light Center eco-village; Kaw River Valley Food System farm-based economic development; Transition Kansas City; Citizens for Responsible Planning; Kansas River Valley Growers fighting for local water rights; national efforts by the Sustainable Energy Network; the Kansas City Food Circle, the All Species Project, and more.

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