SAN - Sustainability Action Network - Announcements - Greater KC via Kaw River Valley (Lawrence, KS ~ K.C.)) 2012-01-03


3 January 2012
"Nothing like a little Pronoia."  What is Pronoia?   "The suspicion the Universe is in a conspiracy on your behalf."

Support Our Community Building and Re-Skilling Efforts!  We can use your support.  As a 501(C)(3), you get a tax deduction on your 2011 tax return.
We NOW have a PayPal link on our website!
Please donate $25, $50, $100 online at, or mail checks to:
Sustainability Action Network, P.O.Box 1064, Lawrence KS 66044.

Sunday, 15 January 2012, 5:30pm 
Panda Garden Restaurant, 1500 West 6th St., Lawrence, KS 66044

Eileen Horn, the City-County Sustainability Coordinator, will be the keynote speaker at our Annual Meeting.  The pleasant atmosphere in a private dining room will provide a great opportunity to share policy ideas with Ms. Horn for the upcoming year.

Come help us celebrate our 2011 achievements in permaculturebicycle improvementscommunity gardens, and more.  Since forming in late 2007, the Sustainability Action Network has been bringing to our community local solutions for transition to a sustainable economy. Everyone is welcome, non-members and members alike, so we hope to see you there!

Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or web-streaming at

Friday, 30 December 2011, 9:30am ¤ Bioneers Radio Series 
Bioneers presents "What's Good for Life Wins: The Biomimicry Scientific Revolution".  Bathing suits modeled on sharkskin that win theOlympics.  Low-energy display screen based on peacock feathers.  Nature has done everything human societies want to do technologically - without mining the past or mortgaging the future. Acclaimed author, naturalist and biomimicry leader Janine Benyus uncorks a mind-boggling bouquet of breakthrough innovations that, like nature, create conditions conducive to life. The astonishing work of biomimics Stephen Dewar,Jason McLennan andBob Hawkins in this genuine scientificrevolution shows why preserving nature and biological diversity is our best survival strategy.

Monday, 2 January 2012, 6:00pm ¤ locally produced Eco-Radio KC
Host Steve Mann will be joined by Dillon Thomson to discuss the culture of resistance and the battle to save planet Earth.  In 2008, Dillon Thomson co-founded Fertile Ground Environmental Institute an environmental and social justice organization that advocates rapid deindustrialization to defend the natural world.  He has worked on issues such as organic foods, indigenous rights, tar sands, and environmental education.

We suggest readers avail themselves of reports from the following sources.  Japan Focus - Japan FocusFairewinds Associates -Fukushima Updates, and China Syndrome - China Syndrome news series.
Friday, 6 January 2012 and 13 January 2012
Lawrence KS

The after Christmas "tree-cycling" of live-cut trees will take place on two Fridays, 6 January and 13 January 2012.  Remove all artificial items including tinsel, lights, and tree stand, and have the tree by the curb or in the alley by 6:00am.  For more info call 832-3030 or

Tuesday, 10 January 2012, 6:30pm
Overland Park Lutheran Church, 7810 West 79th St., Overland Park KS 66204

Joe Spease, Legislative Chair of the Kansas Sierra Club, and C.E.O. of WindSoHy, will discuss the dangers of hydraulic fracture gas drilling, or "fracking".  Over the past decade, industry lobbyists were able to prevail in having the extraction process unregulated.  As a result, drillers do not disclose the toxic soup of chemicals that they inject into the rock fissures (and ultimately the groundwater).  How did this happen, and what can be done?  For more info contact Craig Wolfe at (913)299-4443

Thursday, 12 January 2012, 7:00pm
Public Library Auditorium, 7th & Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044

Transition Kaw Valley will resume our small-group community presentations in January, to familiarize organizations with the Transition Movement.  If your church, fraternal organization, or neighborhood association would like to host such a presentation, please contact the e-mail address below.

The T.K.V. workshop series continues, and folks are welcome to help out:
  • Garden Planning & Seed Order - 21 January
  • Cold Frame construction - 18 February
  • Raised Bed Gardening - 10 March
  • Rocket Stove - date TBA
  • Solar Food Dehydrator - date TBA
  • Permablitz - date TBA
  • Water Purification & Storage - date TBA
Transition Kaw Valley is a wide range of folks from neighborhoods, churches, and civic groups whose goal is to create a relocalized, sustainable community from the grassroots up.  Transition US has just officially recognized T.K.V. as the 100th local initiative in the country!  For more info, e-mail .  To get on the S.A.N. Transition Kaw Valley list-serv, join at Transition Kaw Valley discussion.


As a guidebook for local transition communities, Rob Hopkins has published this sequel to the original Transition Handbook.  This includes the same organizing methodologies,
but expands greatly on solutions and examples from many communities around the world. 

Transition Kaw Valley has a limited number of copies, so first come, first served.  Price is $27, or join the Sustainability Action Network for $35 dues, get the Transition Companion free.  For your copy, e-mail Michael at  and arrange for pick up.  If you want it mailed, shipping will be additional.

Monday, 16 January 2012, 7:00pm
location TBA, Lawrence KS 66045

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.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012, 5:30pm
location TBA, Lawrence KS 66045

The January agenda is not available yet.  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, 18 January 2012, 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
Saturday, 21 January 2012, 1:00-5:00pm  -  FREE
location TBA, Lawrence KS 66044

The time for indoor seeding of your plant starts will be soon in February and March.  So now is the time to plan your selection of vegetables and order seeds.  Experienced gardeners from T.K.V. will teach you the best varieties and best seed houses, and help determine the quantities of seed needed for how much you want to grow. 

Saturday, 28 January 2012, 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, Cultivate Kansas City 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. 

Thursday - Saturday, 2 February - 4 February 2012  -  $$$
Marriott Hotel at Union Station, 1820 Market St, St. Louis, MO 63103

An extensive slate of speakers include Dr. John Ikerd, University of Missouri Prof. Emeritus, Jeff Moyer of the Rodale Institute, Jim Long author of "Edible Landscapes", andJeffrey Smith presenting "Seeds of Deception" about the dangers of GE organisms (and right at the front door of GE giant Monsanto).  There also will be 67 workshops, a trade show, an organic cooking competition, and an auction.  More info and registration form available at - 
MOA Annual 2012 Conference.


Wednesday, 8 February to 19 May 2012  -  $$$
Dreher 4-H Building, Douglas County Co-op Extension, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence KS

Students who complete this 72 hour course will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Kansas Permaculture Institute.  The course will include ten 3-hour class sessions, six field trips, four practicum sessions, and a student project presentation.  Lead instructor will be Steve Moring, and assistant instructor will be Michael Almon, with consultation by Michael Morley.  The fee is $700 for the full course, and $600 if registered before January 2.  The Course Syllabus and registration form are available at - K.P.I. Spring 2012 PDC Course.  For more info contact Steve Moring at (785)691-7305 

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Join the Sustainability Action Network by clicking this link - Become a Member of S.A.N. - and follow the instructions.  The S.A.N. mission is to bring awareness of the global crisis caused by climate change, energy vulnerability and economic instability to communities in the Kansas River bioregion, and the tools needed to re-skill and re-localize our economy and create a more socially just and ecologically sustainable world.  

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 -Transition Kaw Valley

2) Kaw Permaculture Collaborative and Kansas Permaculture Institute - developing skills and resources for polyculture sustainable food production - Kaw Permaculture Collaborative   

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 Newsletter - 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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What's the Big Secret? Water Pollution from BIG CAFOs ~~ EPA needs public input...

Much of the pollution in U.S. rivers and streams today comes from the manure generated by CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations), which confine thousands of animals on a single site. To determine the extent of the problem and how it might be better addressed, the public and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) need to know more about these facilities and the waste they produce. But unlike many other industries, CAFOs do not regularly disclose facility-specific information to the EPA--and the powerful interests behind CAFOs want to keep it that way.
MY PERSONAL ADDENDUM TO THE WRITE-IN LETTER - It is important that this sort of regulation be formulated to monitor and control the big CAFO offenders, not to cripple and oppress our exemplary sustainable small farms and growers whose sustainable free-range methods do not pollute our environment nor do they threaten our community with rapidly mutating disease vectors.

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