Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Weekly Sustainability Announcements, 13/Oct/2009, Lawrence Chapter

Tuesday, 13 October 2009, 12:00noon ¤ on Kansas City Community Radio
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On this week's EcoRadio KC, host John Kurmann will discuss the International Day of Climate Action on 24 October (see below), and interview someone from 350.org - Global Warming Global Action. 350.org is the global effort co-founded by Bill McKibben to raise awareness of the critical need to lower atmospheric CO2 from the current 390 parts per million to a safe level of 350ppm.

Stay tuned at 12:30 when the Bioneers radio series airs "Formless Warriors: 21st Century Wisdom from Old-Growth Cultures". For thousands of years, First Peoples have successfully managed the complex reciprocal relationships between biological and human cultures using Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). In the face of global ecological collapse, indigenous leaders Enei Begaye, Dune Lankard, and Hawk Rosales are organizing in new ways to protect the environment and spread their knowledge for the sake of all life on Earth and future generations..


350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere is what 350.org is all about. The site is full of great resources to use to spread awareness, including a full media page 350 Videos and Animations. But one of the best items on the entire site is this interview Bill McKibben on Alternative Radio - 2Apr09. We present it here, because it's hard to find simply by surfing the site (pull down "about", to "our team", to Bill McKibben, to link of 350.org/bill, where you will find the interview). David Barsamian of Alternative Radio has been so gracious to release it to the public domain, but you can also buy a CD at Climate Change, Tipping Point - Alt Radio and support their valuable work.


President Obama's top climate and energy official, Carol M. Browner, says that there was virtually no chance Congress would have a climate and energy bill ready before negotiations on a global climate treaty begin in December in Copenhagen. Lawmakers and environmental campaigners have cast similar doubts on the prospect in recent weeks, given the high priority put on health care legislation, and the array of hearings that would be needed on the climate initiative, to say nothing of the time needed to reconcile competing versions of it. Read the article Obama Aide Concedes: No Climate Law Before Copenhagen

Wednesday, 14 October 2009, 5:30pm
Recycling and Resource Recovery Annex, 320 N.E. Industrial Lane, Lawrence KS

The October agenda will include: policy discussion on curbside recycling; policy discussion on protection of Capability I & II prime soils; selection of three names to nominate for vacant S.A.B. positions. 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.lawrencerecycles.org/envadvisoryboard.shtml


While many local chapters of the Chamber of Commerce support Federal climate legislation, the U.S. Chamber has been one of the most strident opponents. But an increasing number of members who recognize CO2 cap and trade as economic opportunity are quitting the Chamber. And the Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, supports them Energy Secy backs firms in climate change spat. Apple became the latest in a string of companies to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Apple Ditches U.S. Chamber Over Climate Policy.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009, 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. Members of the general public are 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


In their ongoing effort to assist states in promoting and regulating renewable energy technologies, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) just released their IREC Grid Connection Guide_6th Edition_9Oct09. The guide is designed for state regulators, policymakers, utilities, industry representatives and consumers interested in the development of state-level interconnection and net metering policies. And on a community level, San Francisco has ventured into the thorny yet critical area of urban wind power, with a new plan for small-scale wind turbines San Francisco Plans Urban Wind Power. The plan (pdf) offers 29 recommendations for promoting turbines, easing permitting costs, shortening approval times for turbine manufacturers, and producing wind maps highlighting neighborhoods and individual buildings.

Friday-Sunday, 16-18 October 2009
San Rafael CA

The 2009 Bioneers Conference is their 20 anniversary, where again they will bring together social and scientific innovators who focus on solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity. If you listen to the KKFI-FM "Bioneers Radio Show", you know the range on inspirational and informative speakers who present at their annual conferences. Noteworthy presenters are: Michael Pollan, Joanna Macy, Brian Swimme, Jeannette Armstrong, Chief Almir (Brazil), Annie Leonard, Andrew Weil, Sarah James (Alaskan navite), Andy Lipkis, and more.

In addition to the main California conference, Bioneers sponsor simultaneous and linked regional conferences. This reduces our collective carbon footprint, keys in on local-regional issues and solutions, and effectively reaches tens of thousands. For conference info, schedule, and registration go to 2009 Bioneers Conference. To find the nearest regional Bioneers go to 2009 Beaming Bioneers Partners.

Revolution From the Heart of Nature
It's all alive; it's all connected; it's all intelligent; it's all relatives

Sunday, 18 October 2009, 4:00pm
Oread Friends Metting House, 1146 Oregon St., Lawrence KS

Our speaker this month is Brian Rock, K.U. Prof. of Architectural Engineering, and he will be speaking about "Solar Energy and the Big Energy Puzzle". Prof. Rock teaches ARCE 665, "Solar Energy Systems Design", one of the few K.U. courses on solar energy, and it covers a broad range of solar technologies.

Following the talk by Brian Rock, the S.A.N. meeting agenda will include:
  • organizing a "350" action on 24 October (see below)
  • Transition Kaw Valley
  • furthering bicycle lanes in Lawrence
  • S.A.N. website progress
  • fundraising; etc. - Please join us.

Saturday-Saturday, 17-24 October 2009
Midwest Permaculture, 125 Crescent Lane, Stelle IL 60919

Bill and Rebecca Wilson offer this annual training course geared for the urban landscape on smaller parcels. It is ideal for the suburban or city resident who wants to transform their immediate environment into something beautiful, productive, energy lean and functional. Students spend the week in Stelle and either camp or stay in one of our friends homes. Training includes a full day in the Chicagoland area investigating some fascinating permaculture examples. For more information and to register go to Suburban-Urban Permaculture Design Certification Course at Midwest Permaculture.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009, 6:00-7:30pm
Bad Seed Farm & Market, 1909 McGee St, Kansas City MO

Kansas City Zoning Codes block many aspects of urban agriculture, from restricting employees or apprentices, preventing on-site sales, composting, canning, small livestock, etc. But urban food plots of all sizes are proliferating in Kansas City in response to peak oil food price inflation. Officials are generally open to changing such codes (Lawrence recently crafted provisions for urban chicken and duck raising) if constructive proposals are made.

The Food Policy Coalition of Greater Kansas City is drafting changes to remove these institutional barriers. They are inviting all interested parties to attend this planning meeting with City officials to begin the process. At the meeting they plan to examine existing codes and brainstorm useful changes, and assemble a volunteer committee to do the research and build political support. Please RSVP to and get info from: Katherine Kelly, KCCUA , Gretchen Kunkel, Food Policy Coalition , or Dan Heryer & Brooke Salvaggio, Bad Seed Farm .

2 consecutive Tuesday, 20 & 27 October 2009, 7:00-9:00pm
UMKC University Center Alumni Room, 50th & Rockhill Rd, KC MO

Urban farmer Steve Mann, owner of Platte Prairie Farms, and Marty Kraft of the Heartland All Species Project will divulge the secrets of no till/minimal till growing methods. Material covered will include no-till as a carbon sequestration method, fall garden preparation, replacing lawns with PermaScape, green roofs, and four season gardening. Class fee is $14, plus $15 for a grower's journal. More info at Platte Prairie Farms, or

Saturday, 24 October 2009, on coral reefs, at the State House, at coal plants, etc.
weekly updates at 350.org - Global Warming Global Action

In the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference - Copenhagen 2009, Bill McKibben has launched the International Day of Climate Action at 350.org. 350 is not an organization but a campaign, with a focus on the number 350 - as in parts per million - the level that scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.

350.org invites you to create a local action with "350" as the theme. On 24 October, 350.org needs you to organize an action in the place where you live, something that will make that most important number of 350 visible to everyone. People in more than 1000 communities around the globe have already announced plans—they’ll be school children planting 350 trees in Bangledesh, scientists hanging banners saying 350 on the statues on Easter Island, 350 scuba divers diving underwater at the Great Barrier Reef, and a thousand more creative actions like these.

Their web site is full of resources, information, and communications links, designed for anyone to make use of in creating our own local actions. For suggestions and ideas go to 350.org 9-Step Organizing Plan. Global-local actions is what it is about.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009, 7:00pm - $3
Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS

Directer Robert Greenwald, of Brave New Films, said on Democracy Now: Rethink Afghanistan that their mission is to reach as many people as possible and to motivate them to take action. Part of their approach is to release Rethink Afghanistan - free segments on-line, and part is to inspire local activists everywhere such as Films For Action - Rethink Afghanistan. Possibly the best print article currently available on Afghanistan is An Open Letter to President Obama in The Nation Magazine, by William R. Polk, fellow professor with Obama at the University of Chicago. Afghanistan is where empires go to die.

Saturday, 31 October 2009, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Free State High School (north parking lot), 4700 Overland Drive, Lawrence KS

Electronics devices typically contain toxic heavy metals like lead and mercury and cadmium, and precious metals like silver and gold. If recycled properly, these metals can be materials feed stock for new industrial processes, not to mention saving production costs, and keeping them out of the landfill.

This one day event will provide Lawrence residents and businesses a way to conveniently recycle old, unwanted electronics equipment. Items accepted for recycling are computer monitors, desktops, laptops, keyboards, printers and other peripherals, televisions, copiers, scanners, telephones, cell phones, pagers, fax machines, VHS/DVD drives, and hand held devices. There is a recycling fee for computer monitors and televisions, $5 per monitor, and $10 per TV. There are no charges for other electronic equipment. There is also an optional on-site hard drive destruction available for $5 per hard drive. Fees may be paid by cash or check.

Electronic recycling will be provided by Extreme Recycling, Inc. http://www.extremerecyclinginc.com/ recycling the E-waste in accordance to Federal and Kansas Electronic Waste Processing Regulations. The event is sponsored by the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction & Recycling Division http://www.lawrencerecycles.org/

Thursday, 12 November 2009, 7:00-10:00pm
Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS

"Food Fight" is a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement rebelled against big agribusiness to launch the local, seasonal, food movement. The host will be Alan Rhodes, an organic grower from Lawrence Food Fight: local culinary revolt.

The SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK, Inc. is a Kansas not-for-profit organization. DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED, and checks can be mailed to P.O.Box 1064, Lawrence KS 66044. Our mission is to advocate and organize societal scale action to address sustainability issues. The triple crises of Energy-Ecology-Economy, the global "3E Trifecta", 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

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 - 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.
7) Weekly Sustainability Announcements - informing and encouraging others to become active in the Sustainability Action Network, or other action driven groups.
8) Collaboration with sister organizations - such as: The Light Center eco-village; Kaw Valley Food System farm-based economic development; Citizens for Responsible Planning; Films for Action; Kansas River Valley Growers fighting for local water rights; national efforts by the Sustainable Energy Network; KC Metro groups like the Kansas City Food Circle and the All Species Project, etc.

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