Thursday, April 23, 2009

Lawrence Sustainability Network News, April 22, 2009


April 22, 2009

Visit our website and join the LSN discussion list

LSN is an all-volunteer organization 
dedicated to learning how to live lightly and sustainably


Community Announcements

This week, you'll find detailed information on the following events:  
  • April 22: Help Plant a New Rain Garden at KU!
  • April 22: A Whole Community Approach to Sustainability
  • April 25: Tour Bowersock with the LEEP Board
  • April 25: Permaculture Workshop
  • April 25: Lawrence Electronic Recycling Event
  • April 25: Grassland Heritage Foundation gathering
  • April 26: LSN Energy Group meeting
  • April 29: VEGLawrence April Vegan Potluck
  • May 9: Permaculture workshop with Steve Moring
  • May 11: Ecoliteracy Book Club
  • May 14: Climate Change Book Discussion
  • May 30: Rally in Topeka for Healthcare for All

Also Below: Let's Collaborate on Building Sustainability!

* Find out how lightly you live!

* Lawrence Environmental Education Project (LEEP) is looking for new board members

*  Are you an experienced gardener?  The LSN-SLUG is looking for you!  

* Join the Local Food Wikki!

* Contribute to LSN Outreach Efforts


Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 10am-4pm

Come Plant a New Rain Garden at KU

Ambler Student Recreation Center at KU (link to campus map below)

Over the past 2 years, numerous people including students, professionals, and community
members have been involved with the execution of a 5000 sq.ft. rain garden that is
currently being installed in front of the new addition to the Ambler Student Recreation
Center.  This project not only sets precedent for student involvement in campus design,
but it also sets precedent in terms of sustainability on campus.  KU is proud to be a part
of such a movement and would like you to join!

All LSNers  are invited to the Earth Day planting event on April 22nd, 10:00am-4:00pm at the Student Recreation Center.  On this day, students and community members are encouraged to help plant over 2500 plants, a design plan consisting of 22 native species.

Click here for the Location and look for building 108 just above the letter F at the bottom of the map.  Best parking is probably in the neighborhoods south of the recreation center.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 7:30pm

Toward Sustainability of Energy, Water, and Land through a Whole Community Approach

Speaker: John Randolph

 Spencer Museum Auditorium, KU Campus

John Randolph is Professor of Environmental Planning at Virginia Tech and author of "Energy for Sustainability."

Global resource sustainability requires international, national, and regional directives and green technology development.  But sustainability begins at the local level.  This presentation explores a vision for communities addressing sustainability of our three most important resources: energy, water, and land.  It builds on a concept of the Sustainable or Whole Community as applied to energy and extends that concept to water and land with mutual benefits. 

More information: Stacey White,, 864-3530


Saturday, April 25, 11am tour, noon picnic, 1pm second tour

Tour Bowersock Mills & Power with LEEP

to register, see information below

Learn more about sustainable energy and an important local green business through a fun, interesting tour of the hydroelectric power plant on the Kaw.

11 a.m.  Family-friendly tour

Noon    Brown bag picnic (Includes discussion with Sarah Hill-Nelson and children’s activities)

1 p.m.   2nd tour

To register and receive parking instructions, e-mail

LEEP is a non-profit organization committed to increasing opportunities for environmental education available to everyone in Lawrence.  LEEP, a project of the Kansas Area Watershed Council, is an official partner and supporter of the Lawrence Community Environmental School and is the sponsoring agency for the Eco-Literacy Book Club. 


Saturday, April 25, 1-3pm

Permaculture Workshop with Steve Moring

Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper

$15/person by April 22

Permaculture features multi-faceted groupings and communities of plants, insects, and soil micro-organisms that replicate naturally occurring ecosystems.  This lecture will explore the inter-relationships of life forms on the planet and how humans can create sustainable and balanced ecosystems that provide an abundance of food while maintaining species diversity and environmental stability.

A fee for attendance is requested. To pre-register, please send name and contact information with payment of $15.00 by April 22 to KPC, PO Box 55 Oskaloosa, KS 66066.  For more information contact Steve Moring at (785-863-4102), or Bill Wood, (785-843-7058). 


Saturday, April 25, 2009, 9am to 1pm

Lawrence Electronic Recycling Event

Free State High School Parking Lot, 4700 Overland Drive

Items accepted for recycling:

  • Computer Monitors*
  • Desktops, Laptops
  • Keyboards, Other Peripherals
  • Printers, Copiers, Scanners
  • Telephones, Cell Phones, Pagers
  • Fax Machines
  • Televisions*
  • VHS/DVD Drives
  • Hand Held Devices
* Recycling fee (Cash or Checks ONLY):
  • $5.00 per computer monitor
  • $10.00 per television
  • no charge for other electronics


Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 5pm

Grassland Heritage Foundation Membership Appreciation Gathering

1157 E. 1200 Rd., Lawrence

The Grassland Heritage Foundation thanks all its members for their continued support of prairie preservation and education.

Please join us for a membership appreciation gathering.  Celebrate GHF and find out about what's happening with plenty of food, music, and cheer!

Bring a friend or two.  Kids welcome!

map and details at 


Sunday, April 26, 2009, 9:30am

LSN Energy Group Meeting

Z's on 9th between Mass and New Hampshire

The Energy Group of the Lawrence Sustainability Network meets every Sunday at Zs.  Our current work has been with Household EE Retrofits, plus DIY small wind generator fabrication. All are welcome! 


Wednesday, April 29, 6pm

VEGLawrence April Vegan Potluck

ECM building, 1204 Oread

Fun, food, and friends VEGLawrence vegan potlucks are here to provide a way to get together to share friendship, food, recipes, information, and good times. Everyone is welcome.

Find out more atMeetup 
and at  


Hope to see you there, Judy Carman


May 9, 2009

Permaculture Workshop with Steve Moring

The Light Center, Baldwin

This workshop is an introduction to the principles of ecologically sustainable agriculture in time of energy depletion.  We will discuss our food security and how we can mitigate the effects declining energy resources.  We will show how we can implement permaculture design and practice in a farmstead and urban environment.  Steve will show what he has done at Vajra Farm and will discuss steps to implement permaculture practice for The Light Center's eco-village project.  Steve is certified in permaculture design through the Midwest Permaculture organization.  

For more information and directions, contact Robin at .  


Monday, May 11, 2009 at 7pm

The Ecoliteracy Book Club

Lawrence Public Library Gallery 

We are an informal group participating in monthly reading and discussion of books relating to environmental or ecological issues. Join our discussions in person or online at  Sponsored by the Lawrence Environmental Education Project (LEEP!) a project of the Kansas Area Watershed Council.  

For this meeting, we'll discuss  Big Coal: the Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future by Jeff Goodell.  Joining us for this meeting will be Sarah Hill Nelson from Zephyr Energy. 

All future meetings will be held on t
he second Monday of the month.  Here's what's coming up.

May 11:  The Sacred Balance by David Suzuki, Amanda McConnell, and Adrienne Mason
June 8:   Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman
July 13:  Coming Home to Eat by Gary Nabham 


Thursday, May 14, 2009, 6pm discussion; 7:15 film
Climate Change Book Discussion Group Meeting
Spencer Museum of Art
FREE and open to the public


The Lawrence Public Library and Spencer Museum of Art are sponsoring the second of a four-part book discussion and film series, in conjunction with the museum's spring exhibition, Climate Change at the Poles. Participants will meet at the museum at 6 pm for the book discussions, which will be led by KU faculty and staff members. A film will follow at 7:15 pm.


May 14    Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming by Chris Mooney. Discussion leader: TBA. Film: Art from the Arctic


The films and discussions are free and open to the public.



Contact: Maria Butler, Community Relations Coordinator

Lawrence Public Library

785-843-3833, ext. 123


Saturday, May 30, 2009, 1-3pm

Rally: Healthcare for All

State Capitol, Topeka

Rally in Topeka for Single Payer Health Insurance.  Mark your calendars for this event whose organization is underway.  Watch this site for more information closer to the date.  


Let's Collaborate!

The Lawrence Environmental Education Project (LEEP) is seeking new board members.

The Lawrence Environmental Education Project (LEEP) is seeking engaged and enthusiastic individuals to serve as board members. LEEP is  a newly established non-profit organization committed to enriching the Lawrence area environmental education landscape through a cooperative, community approach.  LEEP embraces a multi-generational, multi-faceted approach to learning and community building.

Current LEEP projects include coordinating the Ecoliteracy Book Club ( and seasonal community field trips related to current environmental issues. The LEEP Board meets about once a month for planning with increased involvement around events.  The attached press release provides more details about LEEP.

For more information, please email us at


Are you an experienced gardener?  
LSN-SLUG, Support for Local Urban Gardeners, is looking for you!  
If you are an experienced food gardener, and you would be willing to share your knowledge and skills with others, we have an opportunity for you! Contact us to find out how you can help others start growing food gardens. Please contact Jessi at < >. 


 Are you interested in local food? There's more to it than just being a grower or a buyer. How do we produce enough to support our  local needs? How do we educate elected officials and administrators on the importance of local food to the local economy and global health?
We need your help!
A wiki site has been started to allow many to collaborate on building a local food economy, but a wiki can only be improved by participation from its members. Check it out and join to provide input at .
We hope you'll join us, and invite your friends.

This wiki represents a joint effort of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Rural Center, and local producers. For more information, contact Jim Smith, or Jennifer Smith,


LSN's Outreach Committee is looking for ideas
and organizing events related to vital sustainability topics.  In the past, we've had presenations on topics ranging from "The Benefits of Herbs", "Local Food Producers & Suppliers", "Renewable Energy Breakthroughs", and much more.  If you have a sustainability topic you'd like to learn about, please contact Rich Wenzel at 917-9344 or or Steve Stemmerman at 841-0028.  

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