SAN - 2012-01-17 - Sustainability Action Network - ANNOUNCEMENTS - Greater KC via Kaw River Valley (Lawrence, KS ~ K.C.))


17 January 2012

"It's too bad that everyone who has a solution for everything is at home commenting on the Internet."  -  Aaron Karo

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012, 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 have applied to the Common Ground Program to establish a Lawrence Community Orchard within the Burroughs Creek Park.  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!

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

Friday, 20 January 2012, 9:30am ¤ Bioneers Radio Series
Bioneers presents "Eco Schools: Educating for Sustainable Communities".  Most American schools are flunking the test of integrating ecological literacy across the curriculum.  Fritjof Capra, co-founder of the Center for Ecoliteracy, and leading environmental educators Cheryl Charles and David Orr explore what's working for the A+ schools that are successfully integrating ecological awareness, understanding, and practices through the curriculum and the community.

Monday, 23 January 2012, 6:00pm ¤ locally produced Eco-Radio KC
Host Richard Mabion will converse with Rev. Damon Morris about a vision of a spiritual and sustainable inner city community.  They will explore how that vision could become reality.

Thursday, 19 January 2012, 6:00pm
Lawrence City Hall, 6 East 6th St., Lawrence KS 66044

Astonished that Lawrence still has no community-wide curb-side recycling?  Aware of cities everywhere, megalopolis and village, that have had curb-side recycling for decades?  Now is you chance to support thethe Solid Waste Task Force plans for curb-side recycling, volume-based fees (folks would pay more for setting out a mountain of trash), and safer work conditions for the solid waste employees.

This will be a public input meeting to get comments on the report which is posted at  Comments may also be submitted to the Solid Waste Task Force through an online form available at if you are unable to attend.

The plan calls for all residential customers to get one standard size cart for mixed recyclables and another for trash.  A larger cart is available for a modest fee increase.  Bulk item collection by appointment will still be available (fridges, water heaters, tires, etc.) and yard trimmings will still be collected and composted.  Inclusion of vegetative food waste in the yard trimmings will be explored, as will education on back yard composting.


The Vancouver Sun reported that Canadians are increasingly concerned about contamination of imported seafood by Fukushima Dai-ichi cesium 137 (with implications for U.S. seafood imports).  Both Japanese and Canadian officials maintain the levels are negligible, but researcher Nicholas Fisher, a marine sciences professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, said "I would probably be hesitant to eat a lot of those fish.  There has been virtually zero monitoring and research on this", he said, calling on other governments to do more radiation tests on the ocean's marine life.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts reported Fukushima caused history's biggest ever release of radiation into the ocean -- 10 to 100 times more than the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe.  Read more at - Canadian fish eaters threatened by Fukushima radiation.

We also suggest readers avail themselves of reports from the following sources.  Japan Focus - Japan Focus, Fairewinds Associates- Fukushima Updates, and China Syndrome - China Syndrome news series.

(tentatively scheduled for) Saturday, 21 January 2012, 1:00-5:00pm  -  FREE
408 Lincoln St., Lawrence KS 66044 (please approach from the alley between Lincoln and Perry Street; no parking in alley though)

A rocket mass heater is innovative and efficient space heating system developed from the rocket stove and the masonry heater. Michael Crouch will lead the workshop, being the proprietor of Earthen, a natural building and finishing company specializing in cob construction.  

These heaters ensure almost complete combustion of wood fuel, and can be built at home by relatively unskilled people.  Wood is gravity fed from a hopper into a 'J shaped' combustion chamber and from there the hot gases enter a metal heat exchanger and then pass along horizontal metal ducting embedded within a massive cob thermal store.  

For more info contact Matt at schwabauer (a) gmail .com 
or 785-393-7301

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 
or moringse (a) gmail .com


This essay by Michael Klare, Energy Wars 2012 | Michael Klare, is introduced by Tom Englehardt saying "When the U.S. faces a problem in the world -- say, keeping the energy flowing on this planet -- the first thing that's done is to militarize the problem.  It's the only way Washington now knows how to think."  Michael Klare's upcoming book The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources makes clear that a further militarization of oil and gas policy is underway by our "yes we can hope" progressive President.

Obviously, any sane, peaceful, and sustainable energy solutions will have to come from us at the community level.  We need to inspire and educate the citizenry in energy conservation and local reskilling, and push local government beyond Peak Oil Plans intoenergy descent plans and de-growth policies.  With each step of progress, we must launch into two more steps forward, and no regression by inaction.  It's down to us.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012, 5:30pm
City Hall Planning Conference Room (first floor), 6 E 6th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044

The Febuary agenda is not yet available.  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, 8 February 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

Thursday, 9 February 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 Ordering - 18 February
  • Raised Bed Gardening - 14 April
  • Local Economics - 19 May
  • Cold Frame construction - 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 morlinc (a) sunflower .com  

To get on the S.A.N. Transition Kaw Valley list-serv, join at Transition Kaw Valley discussion.

Saturday, 11 February 2012, 10:00am-3:00pm  -  FREE
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Building 21, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS, 66046

The Seed Fair will include a seed exchange, exhibits, a children's activity center and more than 50 exhibitors offering educational information, gardening products and local farm products.  Raffles for various gardening-related prizes will be held throughout the day.  The Kaw Valley Seeds Project is a non-profit whose mission is to create a Local Living Seed Reserve by fostering a network of people who grow, share, barter, buy and sell primary seed varieties of the Kansas River valley.  Visitors are encouraged to bring open-pollinated (non-hybrid) seeds along with information on their origin to the Kaw Valley Seed Project table.  

The event is co-sponsored by the Kansas Area Watershed Council and the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners.  For more information about the Seeds Project and the fair, visit and the Events tab.  Food from the Lawrence restaurant Local Burger will be available.  


The 75 year old oil company, Saudi Aramco, publishes a slick PR magazine that undoubtedly intends to put them in a socially responsible light.  But nevertheless, they sometimes have excellent articles such as this one Seeds of High Asia.  It describes multi-cultural research teams that explore some of the most remote and well preserved living seed banks on the planet.  There are taxinomists from the Komarov Botanical Institute in St. Petersburg, the Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and Syria's International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas all collaborating in seed hunting.  U.S. ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan of Arizona recounted in his book Where Our Food Comes From his experiences in the Pamir Mountain region of Tajikistan.

Thursday, 16 February 2012, 7:30pm
Community Mercantile class room, 901 Iowa St., Lawrence KS 66044
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy

The meeting agenda will include:  

  • S.A.N. "Common Ground" garden report
  • field trip to Open Source Ecology in Maysville, MO
  • organize Spring permaculture PDC course
  • Transition Kaw Valley report
  • S.A.N. web site update - Sustainability Action Network

Please join us

Saturday, 18 February 2012, 1:00-5:00pm  -  FREE
location TBA, Lawrence KS 66044

How does your garden grow?  As well as you plan for it (plus a little work!).  The sequence and arrangement of various garden vegetables occur over a period of time from February up until last frost date in May (and then again in August for a Fall garden if you choose).  Early crops should be seeded indoors in flats, and set out when the soil begins warming up.  Later crops get seeded next, some in flats, some directly in the beds.  It's a matter of space and timing.  And the seeds need to be ordered before any of this begins!  Experienced gardeners will teach you how, and direct you to good sources of seeds.  

For more info contact Amber at jajlehrman (a) yahoo .com

Monday, 20 February 2012, 7:00pm
Primary Center Community Room, 500 Lawrence St., Baldwin City, KS 66006

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.

We welcome suggestions for Newsletter items.   Please send items to paradigm (a) ixks .com

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 isto 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.

As a guidebook for local transition communities, Rob Hopkins has published this sequel to the original Transition Handbook.  

For your copy, e-mail Michael at morlinc (a) and arrange for pick up.  If you want it mailed, shipping will be additional.

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 Action; The 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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