Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sustainability Action News, Lawrence, Ks.: 15/ April/ 2014

"You cannot insert a gene you took from a bacteria into a seed and call it life.  You haven't created life, instead you have polluted it." - Dr. Vandana Shiva

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Thursday, 17 April 2014, 7:00pm - lecture, $$
Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 West 47th Street, Kansas City MO 64112
Friday, 18 April 2014, 6:30pm - dinner, $$
Johnson County Community College Capital Federal Building, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park KS 66210

On Thursday, Dr. Vandana Shiva's lecture, "Cultivating Diversity, Freedom and Hope" will address the value of diversity in nature and in society, as well how the monoculture of the mind can destroy that diversity at every level.  Dr. Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, political activist and author who is changing the way the world thinks about food, agriculture and sustainability.  Her food sovereignty organization,Navdanya is actively involved in the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture, has created awareness on the hazards of genetically engineered food (GE), and defended people's knowledge from biopiracy and food rights in the face of globalisation.  Since 1984, the organization has established 111 community seed banks, trained more than 500,000 farmers in seed saving and sustainable agriculture, and has actively raised awareness about the hazards of genetic engineering (GE).  For more info and to purchase tickets to the events, visit Dr. Vandana Shiva: Kansas City events.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014  - -  Happy Tax Day!

The renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) that benefits the wind energy industry has been included in the new Senate Finance Committee version of the Tax Bill by chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator. Orrin Hatch (UT), as the "chairman's markup".  It was not in the first draft announced earlier.  The credit was included thanks to an amendment introduced by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA).  It would extend the PTC for two years, the same period as most of the credits in the legislation - New tax bill includes wind energy credit
Simultaneously, the U.S. D.O.E.'s Renewable Energy Lab has issued a report that the wind energy Production Tax Credit has been crucial to the sector's development, and failing to extend it would greatly curtail wind projects.  Without the PTC, the sector's increases in capacity could reach only up to 5 gigawatts per year from 2013 to 2020, compared to the 8.7 GW per year recorded from 2008 to 2012.  "Reduced domestic wind power deployment would be likely to have a direct and negative effect on US-based wind turbine manufacturing production and employment." - Report Supports US Wind Energy Production Tax Credit.

Tuesday, 15 April2014, 5:00pm
Lawrence Parks & Rec. Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

The April agenda includes the coordination of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, bicycle/pedestrian crash reporting, and Bicycle Month in May.  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.

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

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 9:00am  ¤  Alternative Radio   
This excellent series by David Barsamian presents this week "Contamination Without Consent"Sandra Steingraber is a leading voice alerting the public to toxic trespassing and the dangers posed by fracking.  We are turning parts of the Earth into a toxic waste dump.  What comforts are we willing to give up to protect Mother Nature?  Will we make real sacrifices or simply kick the ball down the road and be content with placebos like shopping differently?

Thursday, 17 April 2013, 12:00pm  ¤  Sprouts Radio
The show this week is "Bald Eagles Are Getting Lead Poisoning".  Just as Bald Eagles were the indicator species for DDT contamination in the 1960's, today they are being poisoned by the lead bullets in some of the prey they eat.  The issue is discussed between an Iowa wildlife specialist, a hunter, and naturalist Bob Anderson, the creator of
a ground-breaking web cam project that sends close-range eagle brood images to eagle lovers and schools around the world.

Thursday, 17 April 2013, 7:00pm  ¤  Thursday Night Special  
Dr. Vandana Shiva's talk this evening will be broadcast live from Unity Temple on the Plaza.  Listen at http://www.kkfi.org/.

Friday, 18 April 2014, 9:30am  ¤  Bioneers Radio Series
Bioneers presents "Forest Lifeboat: From Spirit Bears to Victoria's Dirty Secret".  How do you go from being a passionate tree-hugger to a business-suited change-maker on behalf of the forests?  Enter Forest Ethics program director Tzeporah Berman.  With a string of conservation successes, including the "Amazon of the North," her inspiring story show how innovative market-based strategies, strange bedfellows, and public embarrassment are powerful tools to preserve the wild places that provide our essential ecosystem services.
Monday, 21 April 2014, 6:00pm  ¤  locally produced Eco-Radio KC
This week's EcoRadioKC will feature another in their series of ecologically oriented shows.

Saturday, 19 April & 26 April 2013, 8:00am-1:00pm
City Market, 5th & Walnut St., Kansas City MO
(courtesy Ralph Bauer)

This sale will benefit the Missouri Prairie Foundation, with plants supplied by Applied Ecological Services of Baldwin City KS and Forest Keeling Nursery of Elsberry MO.  Native plants will include wild flowers, grasses, sedges, vines, trees, bushes, ground covers, and more.  They are looking for volunteers to help on the days of the sale.  To volunteer or for more info, contact Doris Sherrick at <djsher@fairpoint.net> or 816-716-9159.

Saturday, 19 April 2013, 11:30-4:00pm
South Park, 12th & Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

Native plants are adapted to Kansas weather extremes and are ecologically useful in low-maintenance landscaping.  In addition, they are beautiful flowers and grasses that attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.  All plants at the sale will be supplied by Baldwin's own Applied Ecological Services, consisting of 20 different varieties including Butterfly Milkweed, Spiderwort, Little BluestemFor more information, contact Kim Bellemere at or (785)840-8104.

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 11:00am parade, 11:30-4:00pm park festival
South Park, 12th & Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

The Lawrence Earth Day Parade begins at the Train Park, and is sponsored by K.U. Environs - http://groups.ku.edu/~environs/   TheEarth Day Celebration is sponsored by the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction & Recycling Department - visit them at http://www.lawrenceks.org/wrr/earthday.  The celebration in the park features live music, children's activities, and food vendors.  Attendees are invited to learn from exhibits about waste reduction, recycling, composting, alternative fuels and vehicles, energy conservation, land preservation, wildlife and habitat preservation, and more.  The Lawrence Transit System will offer free rides on the "T" all day Saturday, April 20.  Call (785) 864-4644 or visit www.lawrencetransit.org to view schedules and try the Google Trip Planner.

(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!

Monday, 21 April 2014, 7:00pm
location TBA., Lawrence KS 66049

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.


Data shows that clean energy boosts the economy
RTI International, a leading national research institute, has released a new study - "The Economic Impact Analysis of Clean Energy Development in North Carolina".  It notes that between 2007 and 2013, approximately $2.7 billion was invested in renewable energy and energy efficiency development in the state and that investment has supported 36,885 annual full-time equivalent jobs.  During that period, the total economic benefit of clean energy development in North Carolina was over $4.7 billion.  Since 2007, the state's renewable energy development has generated $236.3 million of state and local tax revenue.  Renewable energy project development in 2013 was $732.4 million, or nearly 42 times the $17.5 million investment in 2007.  Learn more at - New Report Documents Clean Energy's Positive Economic Impact.

We suggest readers avail themselves of reports from the following sources:  Japan for Sustainability - http://www.japanfs.org/Japan Focus - http://japanfocus.org/Fukushima Update - http://fukushimaupdate.com/;  and Fairewinds Energy Education - http://www.fairewinds.com/.


Between the release dates of the Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), it became clear that the State Department and their hired contractor had gamed the system with flawed conclusions by the consultant, ERM, Inc.  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.  It is thought his decision may come soon, so 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.

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 4:00-6:00pm
Kansas Room, Student Union, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS 66045

This will be a presentation by the Kansas Water Office who is interested in getting feedback from the public.  Details will be forthcoming soon.  For more info contact Katie Patterson-Ingels at the Kansas Water Office <Katie.Ingels@kwo.ks.gov>.

With climate-change induced drought in Kansas, it seems the major water conservation issue will be how to curtail the millions of gallons of water needed for typical gas fracking wells, as well as moving away from high irrigation crops such as corn in western Kansas. 

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:00pm
J.C. NIchols Fountain, 47th St. at Broadway Blvd., Kansas City MO

As the movement against GE foods grows larger, people are becoming educated about the dangers that the corporations and the F.D.A. are not revealing.  State and community policy initiatives are on the increase, and the food giants are needing to spend millions to try to thwart them. 

Friday, 25 April 2014, 6:00-10:00pm
9th Street corridor from Massachusetts St. eastward to Pennsylvania St.

A "complete street" is built to be equally accessible by all forms of transportation: pedestrians, bicyclists, wheel chair users, transit riders, skate boarders, and motor vehicles.  A "better block" event is a temporary installation of all the complete street elements and amenities: bicycle lanes or tracks, pedestrian crossings and refuges, wheel chair ramps, transit stops, right-sizing the auto lanes, and community plazas for gathering and playing and art and food.  Various U.S. communities have installed better blocks, some for a day, some for a week or more, to get a feel of how it can work on the ground. 

This Lawrence Better Block will be in conjunction with the Final Friday Arts Gallery Walk and will feature 9th Street which is central to the Lawrence Cultural District in the East Lawrence Neighborhood.  It is organized by a number of K.U. Architecture students, and they are using http://neighbor.ly/ as their crowd sourcing partner for folks to donate and sponsor the event.  To learn more visit Better Block Lawrence: 25 April 2014.

Saturday, 26 April 2014, 8:30am-5:00pm  -  $$
Dreher 4H Building, Douglas County Extension Service, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence KS 66046

Do you want to grow your food in your front yard or vacant lot?  Vegetables, but also apples, pears, blueberries, peaches, hazelnuts, chestnuts, and more?  This workshop will provide the essentials of permaculture ethics, principles, and design as applied in an urban setting.  If you thinkyour yard is limited in food-growing potential because it's too shady or too sloping or it has low fertility, think permaculture.  In the permaculture garden, there's no need to till every year, much of the weeding is eliminated by groundcovers, shade trees and shrubs will bear food, and irrigation needs will be reduced.

This workshop will be taught by permaculture designers who operate the PermaCommons Community Garden which includes raised beds for growing annual vegetables, and perennial crops of fruits, nuts and berries spread throughout. 
The $50 fee includes a catered lunch, resource information, and a tour of the PermaCommons Community Garden.  PermaCommon Garden members may attend for free.  If you are considering joining a community garden this year, a PermaCommons member fee of $100 will get you a seasonal membership AND attendance at this one-day workshop.  To get a member application, contact Michael at .  To sign up for the workshop only, go to http://www.kawpermaculture.com/education-training/.

Sunday,  3 May 2014, 4:00pm (potluck at 6:30pm)
Vajra Farm Permaculture Center, 14370 54th St., Oskaloosa KS 66066

This will be the seasonal meeting of the Kansas Permaculture Collaborative to share ideas, do file swaps, compare notes on nursery suppliers, make plans for collaborating in the upcoming year, and more.  Meeting topics may include: farm implement/tool bank, crop mob work trade system, local seed bank, improvements of web site/list-serve/social media, practical or philosophical discussion groups, reskilling workshops.  Bring a pot luck dish and something to drink, and wear warm clothes for gathering around a bonfire after dinner.  Please no dogs.  For more info contact Steve at or (785)691-7305.

Saturday, 3 May 2014, 9:30am to 12:00pm  -  FREE
Discovery Center of MO Dept. of Conservation, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO
(courtesy Dayna McDaniel)

At this plant exchange there will be heirloom veggies, herbs, berries, trees, natives, ground covers, annuals, perennials, and houseplants.  Bring your extra plants to contribute to the group, and it's all available for the choosing to take home for free.  Please label properly every plant item you bring, and don't bring invasive or weedy or super common plants (like orange daylily, baby redbud, common violet, loosestrife, etc.).  Also, please don't bring bare root plants (except for bulbs, tubers, rhizomes, or peonies), only those potted two weeks in advance for sake of survival.  Bring your own trays or boxes to carry your plants around.  It is all free and they do it to encourage gardening and growing locally.  For more info contact <dthrumc@sbcglobal.net> or call 816-356-9892.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014, 6:30pm
Capital City Bank conference room, 740 New Hampshire St., Lawrence KS 66044

The L.C.C.I. Mission is to build community and increase resilience through the use of a complementary currency.  Our core organizing group meets every other Wednesday to lay the groundwork for a broad based local currency.  To be successful, it should have broad community "participation of producers, users, and agencies that will assure reciprocity and a high level of daily exchanges to avoid stagnation.  More info is available at the facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/LawrenceCommunityCurrencyInitiative.

Anyone is welcome to bring their ideas and energy to create the structure, so it will be ready when circumstances require.  To get on the e-mail info list, send your contact information to .

Tuesday, 13 May2014, 5:00pm
Lawrence Parks & Rec. Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

The May 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.

14 May 2014, 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

Wednesday, 14 May 2014, 5:30pm
Public Works Conference Room, lower level, City Hall, 6 East 6th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The May agenda
includes: native prairie plantings in City parks, and grant application to build a City-County household hazardous waste facility.  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 May 2014, 7:00pm
Carnegie Building Conference Room, 200 West 9th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The May agenda is not yet available.  The Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition is a joint effort of the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods and the League of Women Voters.  Monthly meetings are open to the public.  For more info go to Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition, or contact Laura Routh .

Thursday, 15 May 2014, 6:30pm
1425 Oread West, Lawrence KS 66049 (N.W. corner of 15th & Wakarusa, building just west of the bank)
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Possible discussion topics:
  • Making a Board Capacity Building Plan
  • Grant data base opportunities
  • Confirmation of a Sustainability Action 2014budget
  • Bicycle funding plan for City of Lawrence 2015 budget
  • "Energy Reality": executive summary and community roundtable
  • Summer 10-day PDC planning
  • "Principals of Permaculture" workshop at thePermaCommons Garden
  • Any plans for reskilling workshops
Everyone is welcome  -  http://www.sustainabilityaction.net/

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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) 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 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 - educating and inspiring the community to grow and steward perennial food plants and increase local food sovereignty - 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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