About the Sustainability Action Network



History    The Sustainability Action Network (Sustainability Action) emerged in the Autumn of 2007 in response to an expressed community need to move beyond discussion and into personal and policy action, and to move beyond one-on-one skill sharing to leveraging our knowledge to large audiences.  Our efforts focus on issues involving the economic and social impacts of energy and resource depletion, climate disruption, and economic globalization.  We founded a formal organization to advance ecological sustainability on several fronts simultaneously and methodically.

Sustainability Action incorporated as a not-for-profit in the State of Kansas on 15 April 2008, formed a governing board of directors, and ratified bylaws.  On 21 October 2010, we achieved non-profit 501(C)(3) tax-exempt status.

Our major programs are:  Bicycle and Alternative Transportation, Food Sovereignty and Permaculture, Lawrence Food Not Lawns, Prime Farmland Preservation, Diesel Health Project, Energy Conservation and Renewables, Lawrence Creates Makerspace, Water Rights and Watersheds, and Local Money and Local Food.

We collaborate actively with sister organizations including:   K.C. Permaculture Education, Extension, & Research, Films For Action, Douglas County Food Policy Council, Jefferson County Food Council, Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition, Cultivate Kansas City, Lawrence Fruit Tree Project, Flint Hills Renewable Energy & Efficiency Co-op, Kansas Permaculture Institute, Live Well Lawrence, and many more.

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 advances ecological sustainability through societal scale actions.  We pursue a wholistic, multifaceted approach to relocalization of economic exchange, food production, resource conservation, renewable energy, biological diversity, social justice, water rights, and watershed restoration.  While we also support personal lifestyle changes for individuals to minimize their carbon footprint, there is an imperative for institutional change to respond to the rapid onset of the triple global crises of Energy-Ecology-Economy.  We embrace the Permaculture ethic of care for the earth, for people and for community, equality of life, conservation, and limits to growth.  As much as we are able, our organizational actions honor and respect all species and all peoples.

Our Vision    Ecological sustainability means living in a way that is mindful of consequences for the future.  We envision a community built around livelihood strategies that protect the commons of clean air, soil and water; deliver efficient, affordable, clean and renewable energy; prioritize local food systems; and promote biological diversity so that future generations of people and other species can also satisfy their basic needs.

In this context, “development” will mean improving the quality of life for all people in the Lawrence and Kansas City areas, fostering social justice in the distribution of available resources and opportunities, and fortifying our local economy toward the goal of mutual self-sufficiency.  Social relationships are equally important to ecological sustainability; the society we advance will be built on mutual aid, trust, equity, and participatory democracy.

We envision the formation of an informational network, sponsorship of educational seminars and workshops, and community social and political activities.  We envision planning to rebuild local community infrastructures including community supported agriculture, manufacture of basic commodities, renewable energy projects, resource utilization and environmental protection.  We engage our local and state government representatives in formulating policies and legislation that may foster sustainable practices and lifestyles.

Our Governing Body   Sustainability Action is governed by its active membership, which meets annually to elect a board of directors and officers.  We hold monthly membership meetings that are open to all members and people in the community, and at which major organizational issues are decided.  Policy issues are formulated by our Board of Directors by consensus, and ratified by a majority of our membership.


Sustainability Action Network is a silver level Guide Star participant, demonstrating its commitment to transparency.


The Sustainability Action Network is a non-profit organization that is bringing awareness of a global crisis caused by climate change, energy depletion and economic instability to communities in the Kansas River bioregion. We are initiating positive solutions inspired by the Transition and Permaculture Movements. We bring the tools needed to re-skill and re-localize our economy and create more socially just and ecologically sustainable country and world.


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