Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Weekly Sustainability Announcements, 10/ August/ 2010, Lawrence Chapter

Tuesday, 10 August 2010, 12:00noon ¤ on Kansas City Community Radio
Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or on web-streaming at

On Eco-Radio KC this week, host John Kurmann will talk with Craig Volland of the Kansas Chapter of the Sierra Club about getting around KC when it isn't feasible to walk, bike, or use the bus. They'll be discussing new fuel-efficient technologies available in conventional, hybrid, and electric vehicles.

Stay tuned at 12:30 when the Bioneers radio series presents "Earth Justice: Corporate Rights vs. the Rights of Nature". Li fe, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have long been held as the inalienable rights of the American people. Then why is it that “corporate personhood” consistently overrides the legal rights of citizens? And what about the rights of nature? Do rivers, mountains, whales – or ecosystems - have inalienable rights that guarantee their interests? Join innovative environmental attorneys Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil for breakthroughs on the ground that are redefining democracy. In the 21st century, is it time to move from a Declaration of Independence to a Declaration of Interdependence?

Wednesday, 11 August 2010, 5:30pm
Recycling and Resource Recovery Annex, 320 N.E. Industrial Lane, Lawrence KS

The August agenda was not available at press time. 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, 11 August, 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

Wednesdays, 11,18,25 August & 1 September 2010, 5 sessions, 7:00-9:00pm
UMKC School of Medicine, Theatre C, 24th & Charlotte Streets, KC MO

Grow food not lawns! Increase local food security, improve your diet, beautify your surroundings, build community, reduce pollution and energy use (It takes 87 calories of fuel to transport one calorie of perishable fresh fruit from west coast to east coast). As supporters of the Food Not Lawns national movement, we will hold five sessions dealing with topics that include whole system design, garden preparation, permaculture, water-wise gardening, seed saving, planting, and free resources. Presenters include master and highly-qualified gardeners. Class fee is $16, plus $5 for materials. Register at UMKC Communiversity. Bring a picture ID. Limit 40. More info at Food Not Lawns KC, or .

Thursday, 12 August 2010, 4:00-6:00pm
Cottin's Hardware rear parking lot, 1832 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS

This newest Lawrence farmers' market evolved from the Mellowfields Urban Farm CSA holding their weekly food distribution out of Cottins Hardware & Rental. Being committed to promoting local exchange in any form, Cottin's decided to expand to a farmers' market for a trial period of two months. Presently, there are about 8-10 vendors, and if enough people support local foods in this venue, it may become an ongoing event.

Monday-Sunday, 16-29 August 2010 - $$$$
Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation, Pine Ridge SD 57770

Fresh from the First Midwest Permaculture Convergence, Warren Brush will be the lead instructor, along with Cory Brennan. Mr. Brush is director of True Nature Design and is the co-founder of Quail Springs Learning Oasis & Permaculture Farm. He regularly teaches Permaculture Design Courses internationally, and this Pine Ridge course is intended for people from many cultures. Completion of the course will result in a Permaculture Design Certificate. For more info and to register go to Pine Ridge Permaculture Design Course - Warren Brush.

Tuesdays, 17 & 24 August 2010, 2 sessions, 7:00-9:00pm
UMKC School of Medicine, Theatre C, 24th & Charlotte Streets, KC MO

Learn about a new model for urban sustainable food production. We’ll explore food production possibilities in the urban forest, abandoned urban lots, yards, commercial lands, roofs and flood plains. We’ll discuss holistic ecology based on managing sustainable urban agriculture systems that protect and restore our place on Earth. Please bring $20 for a reference book (optional). Class fee is $16. Register at UMKC Communiversity. Bring a picture ID. Limit 20. More info at Food Not Lawns KC, or .

Tuesday, 17 August 2010, 6:00pm
Public Works Conference Rm., City Hall Ground Floor, 6th & Massachusetts St.

The agenda will be available soon. The Committee works to improve bicycle safety and awareness through education of motorists and non-motorists, develops bicycle plans and maps, and advises the City and County Commissions on bicycle priorities and needs. The agenda and information can be downloaded at Bicycle Advisory Comm | agendas & minutes.

Thursday, 19 August 2010, K.U. classes begin

ARCE 665 is one of the only renewable energy classes taught at the University of Kansas. A quantitative and qualitative study of active, passive, wind, and photovoltaic energy conversion systems for buildings. Solar radiation and system performance prediction. Prerequisites: thermodynamics, programming, and math. Taught by Prof. Brian Rock.

Sunday, 22 August 2010, 11:00am
Location TBA, Lawrence KS

Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy
S.A.N. organizes societal scale action for ecological sustainability both in our personal lives, and through public policy changes. "Be the change you want to see". The S.A.N. meeting agenda will include:
  • upcoming Transition Kaw Valley small group presentations
  • Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair participation
  • designs for a solar food dehydrator; workshop plans
  • S.A.N.web site developments
  • Lawrence Peak Oil Plan, draft review
Please join us

Thursday, 26 August 2010, 4:00pm
City Manager's Conference Rm., City Hall 4th Floor, 6th & Massachusetts St.

The draft Peak Oil Plan is going through revision and fine tuning. More of that will be addressed at this meeting. The public is welcome at the meetings to provide input. Meetings are open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend. And the Peak Oil Task Force web page has developed an extensive list of resources (click on "resources") including other cities' action plans such as San Francisco and Portland, videos, advocacy groups like Post Carbon Institute and Transition Boulder County, and key data and reports.

Thursday-Sunday, 26-29 August 2010 - $$$
Midwest Permaculture, 125 Crescent Lane, Stelle, IL 60919

This four day weekend intensive training is an introduction to the basic principles of permaculture as applied to urban areas. It will be taught by Bill Wilson, and will apply toward a Permaculture Design Certificate if one chooses to continue in that direction. It will cover basic principles, edible landscapes, rooftop growing, rain harvesting, and more. For more info and to register go to Suburban-Urban Permaculture 4-Day Intensive.

Thursday, 29-31 August 2010, 9:00am-4:00pm - $$
Spring Hill KS, and Butler MO

This is a three-day leadership series emphasizing the consideration of water quality in the basin. Residents, landowners, city and county elected officials, government and agency staff and other civic leaders are invited to enroll. The series will cover: identified threats to basin water quality, best management practices, vegetation and buffer zones for water clarification, grant availability for program implementation, and developing leadership skills. It is unclear whether the program will address prevention or minimization of water quality threats, or simply to mitigate those threats that land development creates. For more info go to or contact Leslie Rigney at or 913-219-3566.

Saturday-Saturday, 25 September-9 October 2010 - $$$$
Wildscape Acres, Bonham TX 75418, (828)669-7632

Patricia Allison is the lead instructor, along with Dylan Ryals-Hamilton and Mateo Ryall. Ms. Allison is a member of Earthhaven Ecovillage in North Carolina, and has taught permaculture design courses since 1994. Information on the Permaculture Design Course, including an extensive curriculum can be viewed at Permaculture Design Course - Allison. The course will be held at Wildscape Acres which has it's own permaculture design in process. It also has a curious unsavory connection to Lawrence KS, in that the original owner of the house, Haden Whitsett, had joined with the Quantrill Raiders in Texas in 1861, before riding with them to Missouri. Completion of the course will result in a Permaculture Design Certificate. To register, call Melissa at (828)669-7632, or e-mail .

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 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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