Saturday, November 14, 2009

Lawrence Sustainability Network News, Nov. 13, 2009

Lawrence Sustainability Network

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

November 13, 2009
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Community Announcements

This week you'll find detailed information on the following events:

Nov 18 2nd Annual Energy, Innovation, and Kansas Economy Conference
Nov 18 Free Film Showing of Food Inc.
Nov 19 LSN Eco-Parents Potluck
Nov 21 LSN Gardeners' Group Fall Get Together
Nov 27 Fair Trade Holiday Market begins

Also Below “Let's Collaborate on Building Sustainability!:”
LSN Outreach needs YOU! See how you can help with LSN outreach efforts.

Announcement Details

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

2nd Annual Energy, Innovation and Kansas Economy Conference

Dole Institute of Politics, by the Lied Center, Lawrence

We would like to draw your attention to a conference being held by the KU Energy Council on November 18th, at the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence, Kansas. The event is free and open to the public, but requires registration. The goals of the council are to highlight connections between energy research at KU and state/national policy priorities. We applaud these goals and the opportunity to hear from credible public and private sector experts.

However, nearly the entire afternoon is dedicated to a panel discussion by utility reps to discuss "their vision of the electric power generation and distribution in the coming years; specific innovations or emerging technologies will play a key role in power generation in Kansas; how these innovations will impact the Kansas Economy." One of the "emerging technologies" specifically mentioned is so-called clean coal.

We know that Sunflower Electric has touted this non-existent technology as part of the proposed Holcomb 2 plant, and we know that they made false claims to legislators and others as they held two consecutive sessions of the legislature hostage to their aims.

Now, the KU Energy Council is providing Sunflower Electric an opportunity to massage their clean coal rhetoric under the guise of a credible technology discussion related to the future of Kansas energy policy and KU research (even though they acknowledge no connection between Sunflower Electric and KU).

Please register and attend this conference and hold energy executives responsible.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009 7-10 PM

Food, Inc. film showing
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union, Level 5

- FREE admission for everyone in the KU and Lawrence community
- FREE local popcorn provided by KU Dining Services
- Over 50 raffle prizes from businesses who support local food including The Merc, Local Burger, The Casbah, Louisburg Cider Mill, Whole Foods, and so much more!

Sponsored by: Environs, CCO EARTH, and SUA.

This documentary by Robert Kenner exposes America's industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy and workers' rights. The film features New York Times bestselling authors Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto). You can visit to view a movie trailer.

Contact Margaret Tran at for more information.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 6:30
LSN Eco-Parents Pot Luck
Lawrence Public Library

It's going to be a fun night and I hope you can make it!
This will be a great opportunity for everyone to relax, talk, and enjoy each other's company. We've had a few new people join recently and we can't wait to get to know you better.
Please bring a simple (or difficult if you really want) dish that you can prepare with your child/family - and bring them too. If you don't have time to cook, come anyway. You're welcome no matter what. Also, please bring a place setting for yourself and your family. We'll provide the drinks.
During our time together, we'll talk about the clothing swap (both the Oct. one and next spring's), share ideas for some kid/family focused activities,and our Dec. meeting. And for those with some musical aptitude, one of our great volunteers has agreed to lead the kids in a drumming circle. Feel free to bring small (no professional drum kits, please) percussion instruments and noise makers. Don't worry about the noise, the library has promised not to throw us out.

Saturday Nov. 21st 1:00pm
LSN Gardener's Group Fall Get Together
1480 N1700 Rd, Pinwheel Farm
(Off North Street between 5th and 6th in North Lawrence)

Natalya Lowther will host this event with a focus on putting the garden to bed, and using season extensions with high and low tunnels. Please join us, share your successes and challenges of the season and enjoy a shared potluck meal.

Friday Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2009
Fair Trade Holiday Market
Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread

This market offers fairly traded arts and crafts from local and international artisans that make unique holiday gifts while also helping artisans in need.


Lawrence’s annual Fair Trade Holiday Market


Friday, November 27th through Thursday, December 3rd

11/27 and 11/28 from 8am to 7pm

11/29 to 12/3 from 10am to 7pm


The market is organized by Lawrence Fair Trade, a community group dedicated to raising awareness of global economic injustice and working to establish sustainable solutions.


Let's Collaborate!

LSN's Outreach Committee is looking for ideas and organizing events related to vital sustainability topics. In the past, we've had presentations 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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