Thursday, August 09, 2012

Sustainability Action Newsletter, 07 August 2012

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Wednesday, 8 August 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

Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or web-streaming at
(courtesy Mike Murphy, KKFI Programming Committee)

Wednesday, 8 August 2012, 9:00am ¤ Alternative Radio  
Alternative Radio presents "Visions of the Environmental Movement".  David Brower, the legendary environmentalist, died on November 5, 2000.  His numerous achievements, over many decades, in defense of the environment are virtually unmatched.  He was founder and chair of Earth Island Institute.  He served as the Sierra Club's first executive director and later went on to establish Friends of the Earth and the League for Conservation Voters.  He received the UN's Lifetime Achievement Award and was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Friday, 10 August 2012, 9:30am ¤ Bioneers Radio Series 
Bioneers presents "Millions of Elders: Biomimicry and How nature Would Do it".  Biomimicry is decoding astonishing treasures from nature's recipe book that we can mimic for our technological and industrial practices.  It's also changing how we think: a crash course in environmental education from nature's viewpoint.  Biomimicry Guild co-founder Dr. Dayna Baumeister chronicles the latest biomimicry inventions and educational breakthroughs by asking, "How would nature do it?"  The U.S. Government's first certified biomimicry professional, Marie Zanowick, shows how biomimicry is influencing federal policy and actions.

Monday, 13 August 2012, 6:00pm ¤ locally produced Eco-Radio KC
Host John Kurmann will talk with Sandi Garrison of the Metropolitan Energy Center about what we need to do to make our buildings more energy-efficient.  For more than three decades, the Metro Energy Center in Kansas City has been catalyzing efforts around resource efficiency, environmental health, and economic vitality.


They will give your opinion to the Japanese government. Important - please respond before Sunday, 12 August 2012.  Click on - Global Opinion Survey on Japan's Energy Policy Options.  If you have any questions about this survey, please write to

Fukushima has raised, once again, the perennial question about human fallibility and human frailty, about hubris and man's arrogance in thinking he can control nature.  The earthquakes, the tsunami, the meltdown at the nuclear power plant are nature's reminder of her power . . .   Alternatives to nuclear energy are a thousand times more abundant and a million times less risky.  To push nuclear plants after Fukushima is pure insanity.  -  Vandana Shiva

We suggest readers avail themselves of reports from the following sources: Green Action Japan -Green Action Japan : Beyond Nuclear - Beyond Nuclear;  Japan Focus - Japan Focus;  andFairewinds Associates - Fukushima Updates.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012, 5:30pm
Public Works Conf. Room, City Hall, 6 East 6th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The August 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 

Friday-Saturday, 21-22 December 2012
Forty sacred sites in Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize

If you are anxious about "the end of the world" or anxious for "the arrival of cosmic consciousness" when the Mayan calendar ends this December, look no further.  The Mayan people are still practicing shamanic arts, and are planning 40 consecutive celebrations at sacred sites in Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize, to mark the dawn of culturally inclusive consciousness and the beginning of the new cycle.

They likewise invite all the cultures in the world - according to their own traditions and always respecting the differences and striving for unity - to celebrate in synchronized and coordinated ceremonies in sacred places or energy centers of the world (hills, rivers, lakes, seas, sinkholes, springs, caverns, grottoes and others) in order to strengthen life, peace, and the spiritual union with Mother Earth and the Cosmos - 2012 The Calling - Mayan New Sun Council.

It is the end of one cycle on 21 December 2012, and the beginning of another on 22 December 2012.  Their calling's objective is to begin a process to close the 13 baktun, which corresponds to the last period of this cycle, and start the next cycle, attempting to transcend and synchronize the energy of all the planet's inhabitants.  The ancient Mayan wise men called this erathe age of Itzá, an age of knowledge that will begin at the end of the year 2012.

The transformation will begin with the first 40 ceremonies that have been programmed every 20 days, in accordance with the time count codified by the Mayan ancestors and ruled by the astronomic cycles. The first of the 40 ceremonies will be on 20 January 2013.

The 40 ceremonies will encourage all human beings (adults, young people, and children) to continue on the road of energetic evolution that will take us to the Great Reunion Ceremony of representatives of all the world's cultures to celebrate the culmination of the 13 baktun and the beginning of a new cycle in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize on December 21 and 22, 2012.

tour and sponsorship deadline is Monday, 13 August 2012
exhibitor discount deadline is Monday,27 August 2012
the Fair is Saturday, 22 September 2011  -  FREE
(courtesy Casandra Ford, Waste Reduction & Recycling, City of Lawrence)

The twelfth annual Energy Conservation Fair will feature a wide range of energy conservation organizations and companies, and an expert line-up of speakers and presenters.  The Sustainable Homes Tour is part of the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour.  To learn more, visit -, or call 832-3030.  Also find them

Wednesday, 15 August 2012, 7:30pm
Delaware Street Commons, Hearth Room, 822 E. 13th Street, Lawrence KS 66044
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Discussion topics may include:  
  • 1304 Penn. St. Garden design charette and perma-blitz
  •  workshops on Solar Food Dehydrators, Solar Cooking, Food Pickling & Fermentation
  • fund raising ideas: planning & organizing
  • Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund grant opportunity
  • not-for-profit sponsorship of T.K.V.
  • K.P.C. quarterly meeting
  • S.A.N. generic business cards
Everyone is welcome

Wednesdays, 15 & 22 August 2012, 7:00pm  -  $$
UMKC School of Medicine, Theatre C, 1st Floor, 2411 Holmes, K.C. MO 64108

Permascape is the design and installation of edible, low maintenance, and low ecological footprint landscapes using permaculture and ecosystems management principles.  Learn about: plants for edible landscaping, integrated pest management, ecological engineering for bio-diversity and habitat restoration, site water retention techniques, cover crops and soil fertility, inner cropping vegetable production, and lawn eradication techniques.  Class fee is $14, plus $5 for materials.

There is a bonus field tour about cover crops, inner cropping, and no till fruit and vegetable production, taking place on Saturday, 18 August, 10:00am, at the Food Not Lawns Experiment Station, 6310 NW Waukomis Dr., KCMO 64151.  Class convener is Steve Mann, or (816)235-1407 -

Saturday, 18 August 2012, 8:30-11:30am
Pat Dawson/Billings Nature Area, 27th & Crossgate Dr., Lawrence KS 66047
(courtesy Gwen Klingenberg)

Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is of European origin that has spread and degraded temperate North American wetlands since the early nineteenth century.  It has infested all of the United States, causing dramatic disruption of water flow in rivers, and out-competing native plants in large areas of wetlands.  One mature plant can produce more than 2 million seeds annually, easily carried by wind and water.  In small localized stands, an effective control is uprooting the plant by hand. The plant can be managed well with a number of insects that feed on it.  Five species of beetle use purple loosestrife as their natural food source and they can do significant damage to the plant.

For Saturday's eradication day, the Purple Loosestrife will be pulled by hand before time of seeding.  Bring your shovels, trowels, gloves, sturdy shoes that can get wet, a hat and a water bottle.  if some nursery has sold you a Purple Loosestrife for you yard, Saturday will be a "Loosestrife Amnesty Day" where you can trade in your Loosestrife plant for a native wildflower plant. 

For more info contact Kim Bellemere <> or 785-840-8104.  An RSVP is preferred.  This is a rain or shine event.

Monday, 20 August 2012, 7:00pm
Eudora High School, 1235 E 2200th Rd, Eudora, KS 66025

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 producerspreserve local agricultural resources and land, andcreate 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.

Commission meeting room, City Hall, 6 East 6th St., Lawrence KS 66044
(courtesy Kathy Richardson, Waste Reduction & Recycling, City of Lawrence)

The City of Lawrence is considering establishing a city-wide curbside recycling program.  On 12 June 2012, the Commission passedResolution No. 6976 beginning a 90-day planning period.  During this period, which includes three public planning sessions, the Public Works staff will develop a curbside recycling plan.  All interested persons are invited to attend the planning sessions.

The first part of the plan would be how to provide the curb-side collections, either by using City crews who currently collect solid waste, or by privatizing the collection with corporate contractors.  The second part of the plan would be how to process and market the collected recyclable materials, to be bid on by private companies (the City has little expertise in these operations).

After the public planning period, the City Commission will review a draft plan in early September, and hold a public hearing in early December.  At that point, the public will be allowed to comment on the plan.  And if the Commission decides to proceed, they will issue Request For Proposals (RFP) for bids on handling these two service solution types, that of collection and that of processing.  If you would like to keep informed about the planning of curb-side collection and of materials processing, you may e-mail your written request and contact information to Kathy Richardson at .  For more info go to - Lawrence Curb-side Recycling Planning Meetings.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012, 5:30pm
Public Works Conf. Room, City Hall, 6 East 6th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The September 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 

Friday-Sunday, 28-30 September 2012  -  $$
The Land Institute, 2440 East Water Well Road, Salina, KS 67401

This annual meeting of the eco-social-agro activists takes place on the land in amphitheaters, barns, meeting rooms and camp grounds.  Speakers include Wendell Berry,David Orr, and Palagummi Sainath, an Indian journalist focused on globalization, small farms and famine.  Films and tours will also be featured over the weekend.  Registration is open with info and a form at - The Land Institute - 2012 Prairie Festival.

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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 is to 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. 

Current S.A.N. projects include:
1) Kansas Permaculture Instituteformal training of permaculture designers, and issuing them PDC Certificates.
2) Kansas Permaculture Collaborative - freely and informally sharing knowledge and resources about sustainable food production and dwellings S.A.N. Permaculture Collaborative

3) Bicycles & Electric Vehicles - promoting bicycles, utility tricycles, and neighborhood electric vehicles, including infrastructure and pro-active regulations.

4) S.A.N. Weekly Newsletter- informing and encouraging people to be active in the Sustainability Action Network, or other action-driven groups.

5) Water Rights & Watersheds - protecting the water commons, the source of all life, from privatization and contamination, and restoring our watersheds.

6) Growers' Land Trust - organizing interested stakeholders to acquire prime farmland in the urban fringe for land-based economic development and regional food security.

7) Eco Village Land Trust - Designing and focalizing a sustainable intentional community near Lawrence.

8) Energy Conservation & Renewables - advancing a green economy through decentralized renewable energy and conservation.
9) Collaboration with sister organizations - such as: Films for ActionThe Light Center eco-village; Kaw River Valley Food System farm-based economic development; Cosmic Beauty Schoolurban homestead; Cultivate Kansas City;Transition Kansas City; Kansas River Valley Growers fighting for local water rights; the National Sustainable Energy Network; the Kansas City Food Circle, and more.

S.A.N. sponsored organizations (informal as yet):
1) Transition Kaw Valley - initiating transition to a relocalized post-carbon community by means of an energy descent plan - Transition Kaw Valley

2) Lawrence Fruit Tree Project - educating and inspiring the community to grow and steward perennial food plants and increase local food security - Lawrence Fruit Tree Project


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  and arrange for pick up.  If you want it mailed, shipping will be additional.

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