Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sustainability Action Newsletter, 15 Oct. 2013

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies" - Thomas Jefferson

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

In 1973, the industrialized world, and partucularly the U.S., was carelessly consuming what seemed to be endless supplies of artificially cheap petroleum to power their economies.  At the time, the U.S. was on the verge of reaching the domestic peak of oil production, though the on-the-mark predictions of the U.S. peak by M. King Hubbert were widely ignored (his prediction of global peak oil was a few years earlier than the actual global peak of 2008).  So it was a serendipitous eye-opener when the OPEC contingent of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Abu-Dhabi, Kuwait, and Qatar announced on 16 October 1973 a 17% price rise and cuts in production.  This was part of their strategy to bring economic pressure to bear in the Yom-Kippur War for which the U.S. was supporting the Isrealis against Egypt and Syria.  

Regardless of of one's view on the political exigencies of Israelis or Arabs in the Middle East, the reason for the oil embargo was not to raise awareness of peak oil, but rather that on 5 June 1967, the Israelis invaded and occupied the Golan Heights of Syria and the Saini Peninsula of Egypt, as well as the West Bank and Gaza Strip of Palestine.  For the next six years, attacks by both sides were reactionary to previous attacks (as with all war), and escalated over time.  Finally, on 6 October 1973, Yom-Kippur, the holiest day of Jewish holidays, Egypt and Syria attacked Israel to try to retake their occupied territories. 
Although the trigger of the embargo, the Yom-Kippur War, ended after ten days on 16 October 1973, the OPEC embargo continued for months, and broadened to include the Arab countries of Saudi Arabia, Lybia, and others, and was additionally imposed on Portugal, Rhodesia, South Africa, and other oil consuming countries.  It wasn't until Israel withdrew from Saini on 5 March 1974 that OPEC announced the end of the embargo on 17 March 1974.  The U.S. responded to this energy wake-up call by launching "Project Independence" to make the U.S. energy independent, by creating the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, by desigining autos to be more fuel efficient, and other similar strategies.  Unfortunately, all this was aimed at maintaining the level of petroleum use rather than curtailing it.  For example, the net effect of fuel efficient autos was not that less gasoline was used, but that increased fuel efficiency enabled people to drive more miles with the same level of fuel consumption.  Energy was not conserved, only stretched further.

Wednesdays, 16, 23 October 2013, 2 remaining sessions, 7:00-9:00pm  -  $$
UMKC School of Medicine, Theatre C, 2411 Charlotte Street, 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 four 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.  Free vermicomposting red worms for all attendees.  Class fee is $18, plus $5 for materials; bring picture ID.  Register at UMKC Communiversity.  More info at Food Not Lawns KC, or .

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

Thursday, 17 October 2013, 9:00am  ¤  Tell Somebody    
The IPCC Fifth Amendment Report on Climate Change (AR5) was released in Stockholm on September 27th.  The New York Times reported on what it called the report's "near certainty" that humans are responsible for the rising temperatures of recent decades.  On this week's Tell Somebody, one of its contributing authors, Michael J. Prather, will be on hand to talk about it.  Prather is a professor of earth system science at the University of California-Irvine.

Thursday, 17 October 2013, 12:00pm  ¤  Sprouts Radio    
On Sprouts today, Naresh Giangrande, co-founder of the world's first Transition Town, describes the virally spreading Transition movement.  He explains the basic concepts of Transition Town movement, describes its origins in his home town in England, and various lessons he has learned from other Transition Towns around the world.  The goal of Transition Towns is to transition from oil dependence to community resilience.  Elements explored range from local currency to green technologies and "edible landscapes."

Friday, 18 October 2013, 9:30am  ¤  Bioneers Radio Series 
Bioneers presents "Women Changing the Story: Mother Bears, Polar Bears, Purpose and Power".  Today's show features courageous and eloquent environmental and social justice leaders - journalist Rose Aguilar, biologist Sandra Steingraber, and reproductive justice advocates VanessaDaniel and Eveline Shen - who share their stories of how the leadership of women is changing the story and the world.

Saturday, 19 October 2013, 2:30pm  ¤  Women's International News Gathering Service
W.I.N.G.S. will be airing 
"TPP - Trans Pacific Partnership".  Details of the secret, 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnerhip agreement have been leaked, and critics say it's another attempt to bring in rejected pro-corporate policies.  Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, and IlanaSoloman, Trade Representative for the Sierra Club, will be interviewed.

Monday, 21 October 2013, 6:00pm  ¤  locally produced Eco-Radio KC 
This week's EcoRadioKC will be another in their series of local ecological shows.


Fukushima Symposium calls for global phase out of nuclear power
On October 8 and 9, a symposium of nuclear experts along with a former Japanese Prime Minister, elaborated on the unacceptable consequences of the Fukushima disaster, and called for the global phaseout of nuclear power.  The symposium consisting of Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Former US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford, Fairewind's nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen and public advocate Ralph Nader, was held in New York City, and repeated in Boston the next day.  Jaczko said that the Fukushima disaster exploded several myths about nuclear power including those involving the purported prowess of U.S. nuclear technology.  Kan said that after the Fukushima accident, which began during his tenure on March 11, 2011, "I changed my thinking 180-degrees, completely."  Read the full report at - Kan, Jaczko, Gundersen, Bradford and Nader Symposium on Fukushima.
We suggest readers avail themselves of reports from the following sources:  BeyondNuclear -http://www.beyondnuclear.org/; Japan Focus - http://japanfocus.org/Fukushima Update -http://fukushimaupdate.com/;  and Fairewinds Associates - http://www.fairewinds.com/.

Thursday, 17 October 2013, 6:30pm  -  FREE
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, KC, MO 64110

Urban agriculture has been gaining in popularity for reasons of fresh and healthy food, for personal food security, and as a means of building the local community.  Many gardeners think their yard is limited in food-growing potential because it's too shady or too sloping or it has low fertility.   But think again!  A landscape design using permaculture principles can make it possible to grow food on practically any site.  This lecture will be by Michael Almon who has been using his design training to develop Forest Floor Permaculture, a nut and fruit centered forest garden in Lawrence KS.  In the permaculture garden of perennial food crops, you won't have to till every year, much of your weeding is eliminated by groundcovers, your shade trees and shrubs will bear food, and irrigation needs will be reduced.  And you might end up retiring your lawn mower!  For more info call (816) 665-4456 or visit www.mggkc.org. 

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.  Some brilliant speakers to include:Annie Leonard, Brock Dolman,Darren DohertyCarolyne Stayton,Jason McLennanJoanna MacySandor KatzLynn Twist, and many more.  For conference info, schedule, and registration go to the 2013 National Bioneers Conference.  Revolution From the Heart of Nature - It's all alive; it's all connected; it's all intelligent; it's all relatives.

Friday, 19 October 2013, 8:30pm - FREE
Chamney Barn Complex, 2545 W. Bob Billings Parkway (1/2 mi. west of Iowa, south side), Lawrence KS 66045

K.U. ceramics student, Sam Holloway, will be firing a clay monolithic dome into a hardened ceramic structure using an interior wood fire.  By making structures with earth and fire, Holloway  is following the design principles of architect, Nader Khalili, founder of the Cal-Earth Institute.  Nadar Khalili began his development of indigenous materials architecture with structures made of pure clay and fired from the inside into beautiful glazed ceramic forms.  At Cal-Earth, Khalili also developed other techniques including Super Adobe, in which clay from the construction site is put into fabric bags or tubes and formed into domes, arches, and alcoves.  The structure can be coated with adobe, and/or the clay can be made structurally sound by adding 10% portland to make it set up as soil-cement.  

Other activities of the Fire Spectacular will include four ceramic kiln wood firings of pottery going throughout the day and night, and an iron forge pouring happening at dusk, and a 4:00pm panel discussion of eight visiting artists moderated by Marshall Maud, Chair of the Ceramics Department.  There also will be a 6:00pm pot luck dinner.  For more info go to KU Ceramics Program.

Sunday, 20 October 2013, 10:00am-1:00pm
1304 Pennsylvania St., Lawrence KS 66044

Each week the PermaCommons Garden produces an abundance of food for harvest.  Volunteers can share in the bounty.  The members just completed a compost bin area, are currently building a tool shed, and upcoming projects will be a gazebo, installing rainwater tanks, and planting a rain garden.  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.

Sunday, 20 October 2013, 1:00pm - FREE
Sunday, 27 October 2013, 1:00pm - FREE
Wahsburn University, 100 Henderson Hall, Topeka KS 66621

These two films by Josh Fox, Gasland and Gasland II, are being screened by Washburn University EcoBods, in partnership with the Kansas Sierra Club, Kansas Climate Action, MoveOn.org, and Global Frackdown.  The films argue that the gas industry's portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth, and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth's climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane.  The water use and water contamination by fracking in the U.S. is a result of fracking 500,000 wells with 8 million gallons of water per well, each well capable of being fracked eighteen times, resulting in a total of 72 trillion gallons of water and 360 billlion gallons of chemicals being used.  There also is a action response competition for highschool and college students to devise some kind of response to the film in song, essay, visual art, speech, poem, etc.  To sign up go to - http://tinyurl.com/G2Topeka.

(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 LocationMissouri Farmers' Market Search by Location, and Missouri Farmers' Market Search by Map.  Wherever you are, there is probably a market nearby!

Monday, 21 October 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 willsupport local producerspreserve 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.

Thursday, 21 October 2013, 7:00pm
Unity Church, 900 Madeline Lane, Lawrence KS 66044 (4 blocks west of the Merc)

The Keystone XL Pipeline is a project of TransCanada, the company that plans to pipe bitumen tar sands oil to the U.S. Gulf coast where most of it will be refined for export.  They do not have approval for the entire pipeline because the President must first grant them a permit to cross the U.S./Canada border.  But they are presumptously building sections in expectation of getting the permit green light.  In 2010, they built a 36 inch diameter section through Kansas with state approval.  They recently have been building the sections through Oklahoma and Texas, facing much protest because people now know the pipeline's purpose and climate disruption impacts.

A local group is forming to raise awareness and be prepared to take action should President Obama give TransCanada approval to build the pipeline from Canada.  They are first holding a town hall meeting, and subsequently may begin training for peaceful demonstrations.  Possible demonstrations are planned for the Federal buildings in Topeka KS and Kansas City MO.  For more info visit -http://www.dyarrow.org/nokxl

The group is also conducting "Training for Non-Violent Action on Stoping the Keystone XL Pipeline".  It will be:
Saturday, 2 November 2013, 9:00am-3:00pm, Douglas County 4H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper, Lawrence KS 66046

Please see below.


Since the time the Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Impact Statement was released and it became clear that the State Department and their hired contractor had gamed the system, over 75,000 citizens have signed a "pledge of resistance".  Each person committed to risk arrest if necessary to stop Keystone XL, and President Obama has felt pressure in a way he never had before.  His decision may come soon or may be delayed until 2014, but protectors of the land and air need to be ready when the time comes.

With over 400 volunteer action leaders trained in 25 cities nationwide, the local sit-in actions will be deployed when and if the Obama Administration recommends approval of Keystone XL.  Chances are there's one near you.  To stop Keystone XL, you can take the next step and sign up with your local pledge action.  You can Find your nearest Pledge of Resistance action and sign up to be part of it.  The passive resistance actions will be at places like the State Department, EPA and Federal offices, oil industry contractor ERM offices, and branches of TD Bank.  If you click the above link and plug in your zip code, you will learn where the nearest action is to you.

Friday, 22 October 2013, 6:30pm
Fire Station #5, Jayhawk Room, 19th & Iowa Streets, Lawrence KS

In light of our current national and global economic instability, Sustainability Action has launched an effort to create a local complementary currency that will help our local economy thrive, and also be able to weather a global economic upheaval. A planning group has begun meeting to learn in what ways a local complementary currency will serve our needs and benefit our community. As we help each other to understand the basics of money and to become more "money literate", we welcome anyone who has creative ideas and energy to help organize this project Lawrence Community Currency ☼ An Ecologically Sustainable Economy.

Our guiding principles call for a broad community participation of producers who have products in demand, users, and agencies, that will assure reciprocity and a high level of daily exchanges that will avoid stagnation.  Initially the unit of exchange (yet to be named) will be equivalent to the dollar, but eventually be decoupled from the dollar.  The system will probably have a cashless electronic system and also have some form of hard currency. 
This goes beyond the familiar "buy local" efforts, and will create a multi-faceted exchange system between all levels of the local supply chain of goods and services.  If you want to join in the planning and design of this local community currency intended to weather the possibility of global economic upheaval, you are welcome to bring your ideas and energy to the group.  To get on the e-mail info list, send your contact information to .

Tuesday, 22 October 2013, 5:00pm (postponed from 15 Oct.)
Parks & Recreation Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

The October 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, 26 October 2013, 3:00-5:00pm - $ 
Flint Hills Technical College, 3301 W 18th Ave, Emporia KS 66801 

How would you like to have a freshwater aquarium that needs no cleaning, filtration, or water changes?  How would you like to grow plants hydroponically (without soil) without having to buy expensive chemical plant foods?  This course will teach you the basics of how to feed plants with fish waste in an easy-to-build, self-contained system.  You will learn hands-on to fit plastic plumbing and test water for nutrient levels.  You will leave with all the necessary knowledge to build and maintain your first aquaponic aquarium and grow bed! 

Instructor is Ben Stallings, a permaculture designer based in Emporia. To register, visithttp://flinthills.augusoft.net or call 620-343-4600.  Cost is just $5 thanks to funding from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust. 

Saturdays, October & November 20139:00am-4:00pm  -  FREE
locations TBA, Lawrence, KS 66044 (and one west of Topeka)

Under the auspices of the Kansas Permaculture Collaborative of Sustainability Action, several local growers have collaborated on a grant application to the U.S.D.A. to research and develop methods for growing with biochar in the soil. Biochar" was successfully used by the Mayans in the Amazon for 6000 years to improve the soil's physical and chemical properties, to enhance soil biology, and improve fertility and productivity.  But much is yet to be learned of how to use it with modern farming methods and in temperate climate soils.

A series of open house field days are being scheduled for the public to learn from the growers and the research team.  Their research protocols involved growing a number of crops under varying conditions.  Eight growers are participating, and some of them will be hosting half-day open houses every weekend from 19 October through 9 November.  Each field day will feature an intro presentation on biochar use, a biochar demonstration burn, a tour of the test plots, Q & A and discussion, and an opportunity to buy one gallon bags of biochar.

Also on Saturday, 16 November will be the first of two day-long training days in carbon-smart farming, taught by David Yarrow of the Kaw Valley Biochar Project.  The morning session will be classroom instruction in the history, theory, current state of the science, and methods of preparing and applying biochar into the soil.  The afternoon session will be hands-on field training in design and construction of a biochar burner, biochar feedstock preparation, screening and mixing and inoculating biochar, and methods of applying biochar into the soil.  The locations of each of these open houses and training days are To Be Determined.  For more info contact  

Saturday, 2 November 2013, 8:00am-5:00pm
Meridian Center1420 E. Broadway Ct., Newton KS 67114

This annual conference will be packed with opportunities to learn about topics such as low-input farming alternatives, diversification for risk management, soil and animal health, local foods development, health-agriculture connections, beginning farmer and rancher resources, farm legacy transitions for landowners, state and federal farm and food policy, and much more.  Keynote speaker will be Wes Jackson of the Land Institute.  For more info go to Farming & Food Conference | Kansas Rural Center.

Saturday, 2 November 2013, 9:00am-4:00pm
location TBA - First go here to take the Pledge of Resistance, and then choose the "Kansas City action" to be added to the RSVP list

Kansas City organizers will be leading a NO KXL Pledge of Resistance Action Training to prepare to engage in dignified peaceful civil disobedience.  They will engage in action only if the State Department rules that building the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest, signalling that President Obama intends to approve it.  If they do take action, it will be a mild form of civil disobedience - they won't chain themselves to or break anything, nor will they resist arrest in any way, not even by going limp.  There are also roles to be played by people who are unwilling to risk arrest for whatever reason.  For more info go toFind your local KXL Pledge of Resistance action 

Thursday, 6 November 2013, 7:00pm
4775 SW 21st St., Topeka, Ks

The Keystone XL Pipeline is a project of TransCanada, the company that plans to pipe bitumen tar sands oil to the U.S. Gulf coast where most of it will be refined for export.  They do not have approval for the entire pipeline because the President must first grant them a permit to cross the U.S./Canada border.  But they are presumptously building sections in expectation of getting the permit green light.  In 2010, they built a 36 inch diameter section through Kansas with state approval.  They recently have been building the sections through Oklahoma and Texas, facing much protest because people now know the pipeline's purpose and climate disruption impacts.

A local group is forming to raise awareness and be prepared to take action should President Obama give TransCanada approval to build the pipeline from Canada.  They are first holding a town hall meeting, and subsequently may begin training for peaceful demonstrations.  Possible demonstrations are planned for the Federal buildings in Topeka KS and Kansas City MO.  For more info visit -http://www.dyarrow.org/nokxl

Saturday, 9 November 2013, 9:00am-12:00pm
Kansas City Community Gardens 6917 Kensington Kansas City, MO 64132

This workshop is essential for anyone thinking of starting a community garden or wanting to expand or improve their existing community garden. Attend one or all sessions: 9:00am-10:00am, How to Start a Community Partner Garden; 10:00am-11:00am, Making Your Community Partner Garden Successful;11:00am-12:00pm, Special Enhancements.  For more info on this and other workshops go to - Get Growing KC Fall Workshops, or e-mail Sharon at sharon@kccg.org, or call 816-931-3877 to register.

Saturday, 9 November 2013, 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, hand held devices, and small appliances like micro wave or toaster ovens.  There is a $15 recycling fee for CRT televisions under 27 inches, and $35 fee for CRT televisions over 27 inches, all big screen TVs, and all console TVs.  There are no charges for other electronic equipment.  Items not accepted are large appliances such as refrigerators and AC units, and household hazardous waste such as compact fluorescent lights or compressed gas cylinders.  Fees may be paid by cash or check.
Electronic recycling will be provided by M.R.C. Electronic Recyclers.  The event is sponsored by the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction & Recycling Division  http://www.lawrencerecycles.org/
Sunday,  10 November 2013, 4:00pm (potluck at 6:00pm)
Hjersted Homestead, 13080 230th St., Linwood KS 66052

This will be the seasonal meeting of permaculture enthusiasts to share ideas, do file swaps, compare notes on nursery suppliers, make plans for collaborating in the upcoming year, and more.  Bring a pot luck dish and something to drink, and wear warm clothes for gathering around a bon fire after dinner.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 5:30pm
Public Works Conference Room, lower level, City Hall, 6 East 6th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The November 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, 13 November 2013, 7:00pm
Carnegie Building Conference Room, 200 West 9th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition 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 go to Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition, or contact Laura Routh .

13 November 20134:00-6:00pm
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

Tuesday, 19 November 2013, 6:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont St, Lawrence KS 66044
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Possible discussion topics
  • S.A.N. Annual Campaign
  • Local Community Currency - core working group
  • new Board member candidates - each bring two to the meeting
  • financial sponsorship of Lawrence Fruit Tree Project
  • PermaCommons Garden and 1313 Penn St. Garden: next year's plans
  • workshops planning: Rainwater Catchment Design, Chicken Butchering, Biochar Applications, Cover Crops, Solar Cooking Class
Everyone is welcome  -  http://www.sustainabilityaction.net/

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.  

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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 Instituteformal 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) Local Community Currency- fostering money literacy, and implementing a local currency, either cash or electronic or both, that will transition to a sustainable local economy and weather global economic instability.

5 Sustainability Action Newsletter- informing and encouraging people to be active in the Sustainability Action Network, or other action-driven groups.

6) Energy Conservation & Renewables - reducing our carbon footprint by promoting a carbon diet, an energy diet, conservation, and decentralized renewable energy.
7) Prime Farmland Preservation - protecting Capability I & II farmland from urban development and industrial land uses.
8) Water Rights and Watersheds protecting the water commons from privatization and contamination, and restoring watersheds.
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 ActionThe 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.

Sustainability 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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