Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Lawrence Chapter: "Sustainability Action Newsletter, 06 August, 2013"

"He not busy being born is busy dying." - Bob Dylan: [It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)]

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Saturday-Sunday, 7 & 8 September 2013  -  $$$
CoWork Waldo, 7449 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City MO 64114

16 August 2013
Please see course details at Designing Edible Forest Gardens ☼ Sept 7-8 Workshop, and further down in this newsletter at September 7-8.___________________________________________________

Tuesday, 6 August 2013, 4:00-6:00pm - Saturday, 10 August 2013, 7:00-11:00am
824 New Hampshire St. parking lot, Lawrence KS 66044
At Kansas' longest running farmers' market, there will be a wide variety of seasonal produce: sweet corn, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, melons, beans, greens, potatoes, snow peas, asparagus, apples and much more.  There's also meats, fresh eggs, preserved food, local craft items, and live music.  For more info go to - Lawrence Farmers' Market.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013, 8:00am-3:00pm  -  $$
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 40th & Main St., Kansas City MO 64111

This workshop is targeted at congregations, but applicable to all buildings, and all are welcome to attend.  There will be a variety of sessions including energy conservation, indoor pollution prevention, edible landscaping, renewable energy, water conservation, low-cost/no-cost options, and financing solutions.  Continental breakfast and lunch provided.  For more info, and to register go to http://ssckc.org/2013-facilities-workshop/.  You can also contact them at or (913)677-8672.

Thursday, 8 August 2013, 4:00-6:30pm
back parking lot, 1832 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044
Weekly vendors will have a supply of fresh greens, root vegetables, breads, baked goods, farm fresh eggs, meats, live music, and much more.  Local food is healthier and helps your local economy.  This four season market is Lawrence's only winter-weather protected farmers' market, with only three others in the region.  For more info contact them at 843-2981 or <hardware@sunflower.com>.

(courtesy of Cole Cottin & Linda Cottin)

In order to find any of dozens of farmers' markets in Kansas and Missouri, use these searchable data bases for both states.  They are - Kansas Farmers' Market Search by Location, Missouri Farmers' Market Search by Location, and Missouri Farmers' Market Search by Map.  Wherever you are, there is probably a market nearby!

Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or web-streaming at http://www.kkfi.org/
(courtesy Mike Murphy, KKFI Programming Committee)

Thursday, 8 August 2013, 12:00pm  ¤  Sprouts Radio   
The show this week is "Environmental Racism".  There is a reason that coal plants are only in poor neighborhoods.  Environmental racism.  Earth justice organized over 100 activist and brought them to Washington DC to meet with their representatives in congress.  This program puts a spotlight on a major problem, and outlines a continued effort to confront our lawmakers, with demands for justice.

Thursday, 8 August 2013, 12:30pm  ¤  Making Contact  
On this episode of Making Contact is "Scorched Earth: The Legacy of Agent Orange", the official Day to Commemorate Agent Orange of August 10 will be remembered.  It marks the start of the US military's decade of massive chemical warfare in Vietnam in 1961.  We'll look at the multigenerational legacy of Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant used by the United States military in the jungles of Vietnam.  Agent Orange is a combination of 2,4-D made by Dow Chemical and 2,4,5-T made by Monsanto.

Friday, 9 August 2013, 9:30am  ¤  Bioneers Radio Series
Bioneers presents "A Fantastic Object: Social Capitalism and the United States of Europe".  Despite suffering severe shocks from the 2008 global economic and banking crisis, nations of the European Union have provided the world with a potent new economic species.  Social Capitalism shares prosperity more widely, institutionalizes broader national democracy, and creates long-term environmental sustainability.  It includes universal healthcare that's affordable, education for all that is often free, family-friendly work policies, and real worker participation in corporate decision-making.  On this week's installment of Bioneers, Europe watcher Steven Hill believes it may be the most important innovation in the world economy since the rise of the corporation - and we all have a "ringside seat to history."

Monday, 12 August 2013, 6:00pm  ¤  locally produced Eco-Radio KC     
This week's EcoRadioKC will be on a lawsuit to force CO2 reductions in KansasCraig welcomes Julia Olson,Bob Eye, and Samantha Farb to the program.  Julia is the executive director of Our Children's Trust, a nationwide organization involved in representing children in environmental lawsuits, among other things.  Bob Eye is a Kansas attorney representing Samantha, a teen from Lawrence, to try to force Brownback to enforce CO2 standards. 

Last June, a Topeka Judge dismissed her lawsuit from 2011, saying she must first petition the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, so she has done that. 
The legal actions rely upon the long established legal principle of the Public Trust Doctrine that requires all branches of government to protect and maintain certain shared resources fundamental for human health and survival.  Read more at - Samantha Farb petitions KDHE on CO2 reductions.pdf.

Saturday, 10 August 2013, 8:00am-12:00pm
1304 Pennsylvania St., Lawrence KS 66044

Each week the PermaCommons Garden produces an abundance of food crops for harvest.  Volunteers can share in the bounty.  The members are currently building a tool shed, and upcoming projects will be a compost bin area, a gazebo, and installing rainwater tanks.  Even without knowing about gardening or permaculture, volunteers will learn a lot by participating.  Basic tools are provided, but bring a shovel, hammer, gloves, hat and boots.

This community garden is intended as a learning laboratory for neighbors and others to learn about permaculture and how to grow their own food.  If you want to join the ongoing effort either as paying members or as non-paying novices, there still are some openings.  The PermaCommons is a collective effort, and we all will share our knowledge, skills, and the food we grow!  To join, contact the Garden Manager, Steve at .  The garden is sponsored by Sustainability Action and the Kansas Permaculture Collaborative, a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit local organization.

Électricité de France (EDF) to dump it's nuclear holdings in the U.S.
Électricité de France, the world's largest energy producer (85% of which is nuclear) has decided to drop its stake in nuclear plants in the U.S. and focus instead on wind and solar power.  EDF has generating capacity in Europe, South America, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.  It plans to sell its stake in Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG), which operates five nuclear reactors in New York and Maryland.  This comes on the heals of shuttering San Onofre in California, Crystal River in Florida, and Kewaunee in Wisconsin.  In addition to closing Crystal River, Duke Energy will cancel proposed Levy County nuclear plantbecause it did not make economic sense.  Regardless of questions about nuclear safety, reliability, or long-term toxicity, nuclear power has never been cost-effective, made operational only by taxpayer subsidies.  EDF said they consider renewables to be more competitive.  Read more at - Largest nuke company decides renewables are a better bet in the U.S.

We suggest readers avail themselves of reports from the following sources:  Beyond Nuclear - http://www.beyondnuclear.org/; Japan Focus - http://japanfocus.org/Fukushima Update - http://fukushimaupdate.com/;  and Fairewinds Associates - http://www.fairewinds.com/.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013, 5:30pm
Public Works Conference Room, lower level, 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 - http://www.lawrenceks.org/sustainability/sab.


Wednesday, 14 August 2013, 7:00pm
Carnegie Building Conference Room, 200 West 9th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The Community Sidewalk Taskforce is a joint effort of the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods and the League of Women Voters.  As part of the City The C.S.T. has asked the City Commission to include an examination of pedestrian access and safety, and the state of Lawrence sidewalks in the City Auditor's 2014 work plan.  Monthly meetings are open to the public.  For more info contact Laura Routh .

14 August 2013, 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

Thursday, 15 August 2013, 6:30pm
Plymouth Congregation Church, 925 Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Possible discussion topics
  • PermaCommons and 1313 Penn St. Garden status
  • Local Credit Clearing Exchange, and plans to screen "Money & Life" film
  • workshops planning: Rainwater Catchment Design, Solar Cooking Class, Food Pickling & Fermentation, Rocket Stove Design
Everyone is welcome  -  http://www.sustainabilityaction.net/

Thursday, 15 August 2013, 6:30pm - FREE
Kansas City Community Gardens, 6917 Kensington Ave., Kansas City MO 64132

This is the fourth in the season's lecture series hosted by the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City. The lectures are to share the latest trends, information and research in horticulture from speakers who are experts in their field. This lecture is given by Ben Sharda, the Executive Director for the K.C. Community Gardens. He will will lead a tour of the Beanstalk Garden which showcases new, common, strange and unusual edible plants. For more info go to - Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City | Gardeners' Gathering.


The world installed 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics in 2012, an all-time annual high.  This pushed global PV capacity above 100,000 megawatts, enough to provide household electricity for nearly 70 million people at the European level of use.  While PV production has become increasingly concentrated in one country, China, the number of countries installing PV is growing rapidly.  In 2006, only a handfull of countries were at the level of 100 megawatts or more.  Now 30 countries have achieved that.  While the U.S. had lagged behind, U.S. installed capacity doubled in 2011 and nearly did so again in 2012.  As of mid-2013, U.S. PV capacity had passed the 10,000 mark.  Read more extensive details at Lester Brown's World Policy Institute World Solar Power Topped 100,000 Megawatts in 2012.

Saturday, 17 August 2013, 10:00am-1:00pm - FREE
Plymouth Congregational Church, 725 Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044
(courtesy Rabbi Moti Rieber, Kansas Interfaith Power & Light)

This training program is designed to help congregations and individual congregants to lessen their carbon footprints by 10% over the course of a year (a carbon "tithe").  This is accomplished by a detailed analysis of an individual's utility bills, car and plane travel, and gallons of garbage produced each week, and an exploration of ways that this footprint could be reduced.  Recommended changes include: switching to CFL lightbulbs, raising the thermostat in the summer and lowering it in the winter, washing laundry in cold water, etc.  Participants will receive a Cool Congregations Manual, Resource CD, and a Cool Congregations Carbon Calculator designed specifically for Kansas.  Register by phone or email at (913) 232-2336 or <rebmoti@kansasipl.org>. 

Monday, 19 August 2013, 7:00pm
Aquarius Book Store, 3936 Broadway, Kansas City MO 64111 (park in the back and come up back stairs)
(courtesy Ben Kjelshus, Kansas City Greens)

Local Kansas City Greens will give a presentation, "If there is to be a future, it has to be Green", about the recent National Greens Meeting in Iowa City.  Ben Kieler and Ben Kjelshus who attended the national meeting will report on the most relevant Green message proclaimed by theGreens in these dire times.

Monday, 19 August 2013, 7:00pm
location TBA, Lawrence KS 66044

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 producers, preserve local agricultural resources and land, and create 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.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013, 5:00pm 
Parks & Recreation Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

The August agenda is not yet available.  The Bicycle Advisory 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.

Saturday-Sunday, 7 & 8 September 2013  -  $$$
CoWork Waldo, 7449 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City MO 64114

The Kansas Permaculture Institute of Sustainability Action is pleased to offer this workshop taught by three well versed and experienced permaculture designers.  The course will cover: forest ecology and architecture, examples of forest gardens, principles of permaculture, site analysis and selection, healthy soil, water management, understanding plant guilds and plant community functions, selection of plant species, the design process of forest gardens, goals and financial plans, and tours of two urban food forests.
The instructors, who have decades of permaculture experience between them are:Michael Almon of Forest Floor Permaculture, Steve Mann of Cultivate Kansas City, and Steve Moring of Kaw Permaculture.  For more information go to Designing Edible Forest Gardens ☼ Sept 7-8 Workshop.  And to register, go to http://www.kawpermaculture.com/education-training/, or contact Steve Moring at moringse@gmail.com, or (785)691-7305
Course fees are $125 before August 16, 2013, and $160 thereafter.  Make checks payable to "Sustainability Action", and mail to: Sustainability Action, P.O. Box 1064, Lawrence KS 66044.  Or pay with our PayPal button at http://www.sustainabilityaction.net/ (please add a $5 service charge for PayPal, and note that it is for "forest garden workshop").

Friday, 13 September 2013, 7:00pm - FREE
Plymouth Congregational Church, 725 Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044
sponsored by Sustainability Action Network

Communities everywhere are struggling to maintain their economic vitality and quality of life.  Strategies include relocalization, sustainability, human scale, and devolution of power, among others.  The conventional economic development that recruits large outside businesses with tax subsidies has resulted in lowering the local wage level and costing dearly in local infrastructure costs.  And capital is notoriously fickle, boosted by international trade agreements, so that many companies leave town as soon as the "free lunch" has expired, leaving the local economy in the lurch.

But it's small and medium enterprises (SME's) that provide for most new jobs and drive most economic growth, while multinationals downsize and outsource.  So the logical way to local economic stability and health is to nurture businesses that are already part of the community, especially locally owned ones.  And because conventional fiat money (read dollar) and global finance militate against relocalization, one of the best tools for local revitalization is a new "medium of payment", "exchange system", or "complementary currency" that is managed locally. This goes beyond the familiar "buy local" efforts to create a multi-faceted exchange system between all levels of the local supply chain of goods and services.

Economics is bewildering for most of us, and it's no accident that credit cards contracts and mortgages and the Dow Jones reports only add to the confusion.  Since the Great Recession of 2008, we all have been treated to terms like "credit default swaps", "fractional reserve banking", and "collateralized debt obligations", all of which did nothing to help so many deal with their underwater mortgage or student loan default.  Although money plays a central role in our lives, it's only a human construct, a fabrication, a device we created. And we can recreate money to better serve our community.

Oscar Wilde said "Nowadays people know the price of everything, and the value of nothing".  The dollar is used (wrongly) to establish valuation of everything, but the primary role of money is as a medium of payment, not valuation.  This film will help to reacquaint you with the origins of money, to grasp its purpose as currency or fluid flow, and re-imagine it not as representing the power of the political state, but as a tool to achieve economic equality and justice.  We hope to spark an ongoing conversation in our community of how we can create a stable local exchange system that will weather the possibility of global economic upheaval

Friday, 27 September 2013, 7:00pm  -  $$\
Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 West 47th St., Kansas City MO 64112

Bill McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books, including The End of Nature, Eaarth, and Deep Economy.  Bill is the Founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first to warn of the dangers of climate disruption.  McKibbin maintains that it is necessary to attack the climate fight from two mutually reinforcing sides - at the center of the destructive fossil fuel policies and practices, and from the growing hive of small-scale local answers.  Price of admission includes a copy of his new book, Oil & Honey, and a guest ticket.  For more info go to - Bill McKibben: Oil and Honey | Rainy Day Books.


Growing Sustainable Communities Conference: 6th annual
Tuesday-Wednesday, 24-25 September 2013  -  $$$
Grand River Center, 500 Bell St., Dubuque IA
Keynote speakers will be Michele Hunt, Deb Frodl, and Rebecca Ryan.  Workshop topics to include: sustainability metrics, local food, urban forestry, bicycle sharing, sustainability planning, alternative fuel vehicles, and much more.  For more info go to - Growing Sustainable Communities - 6th Annual Conference.  For early discount registration go to - Register for Growing Sustainable Communities Conference - Eventbrite.

Prairie Festival: 2013
Friday-Sunday, 27-29 September 2013  -  $$
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 Peter Brown, John Fullerton, Sandra Lubarsky, and more.  Films and tours will also be featured over the weekend.  Registration is open with info and a form at - The Land Institute - 2013 Prairie Festival.

Bioneers Conference: 24th annual
Friday-Sunday, 18-20 October 2013 - $$$
Marin Center, San Rafael CA
The Bioneers are visionaries, social and scientific innovators who develop solutions that mimic nature's operating systems.  There will be a wealth of diverse speakers, content, panels and workshops covering topics ranging from sustainability and eco-economics to social justice and community resilience.  Speakers to include: Annie Leonard, Brock Dolman,Darren Doherty, Carolyne Staton, Jason McLennan, Joanna Macy, Sandor Katz, Lynn Twist, and many more.  For conference info, schedule, and registration go to the 2013 National Bioneers ConferenceRevolution From the Heart of Nature - It's all alive; it's all connected; it's all intelligent; it's all relatives.

International Permaculture Conference - IPC11
Monday-Wednesday, 25-27 November 2013  -  $$$
Havana, Cuba
The conference is followed by a Permaculture Convergence from Friday-Tuesday, 29Nov.-3Dec. 2013.  Following the end of U.S.S.R. trade in food and energy in 1992, permaculture arrived to Cuba in late 1993.  Cuba transitioned from fossil fueled agriculture to organic permaculture, and now about one quarter of Cubans are growing food.  For more info and to register go to - International Permaculture Congress 2013: IPC11 Cuba.  If you won't be able to attend, one of the Sustainability Action members, Ben Stallings, will be recording lectures, workshops, and site tours.  If you contribute to his travel budget at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/send-ben-to-cuba, he will share with you a series of narrated slideshows about what he has learned at the conference.

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Join the Sustainability Action Network by clicking this link - Become a Sustainability Action Member - and follow the instructions. The Sustainability Action 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. 

Sustainability Action Programs include:
1) Kansas Permaculture Institute- formal training of permaculture designers, and issuing them PDC Certificates - Kansas Permaculture Institute.
2) Kansas Permaculture Collaborative - freely and informally sharing knowledge and resources about sustainable food production and dwellings -Kansas Permaculture Collaborative.

3) Bicycles & Alternative Transportation - promoting bicycles, complete streets, ride sharing, and electric vehicles, including infrastructure and pro-active regulations - Lawrence OnBoard | Community Supported Transportation

4) Sustainability Action 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) Energy Conservation & Renewables - reducing our carbon footprint by promoting a carbon diet, an energy diet, conservation and decentralized renewable energy.
7) Growers' Land Trust - organizing interested stakeholders to acquire prime farmland in the urban fringe for land-based economic development and regional food security.

8) Eco Village Land Trust - Designing and focalizing a sustainable intentional community near Lawrence.
9) Collaboration with sister organizations - building synergy with the combined talents and creativity of like-minded groups to achieve a transition to sustainable local economies. Groups such as: Films for Action; The Light Center eco-village; churches and civic groups; Kaw River Valley Food System farm-based economic development; 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.

ustainability Action sponsored organizations:
1) Lawrence OnBoard - local roadside ride sharing for safe and convenient transportation in rural and urban areas - Lawrence OnBoard | Community Supported Transportation

2) Lawrence Fruit Tree Project (informal as yet) - 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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