15th Annual Meeting & Pot Luck – Sustainability Action

15th Annual Meeting & Pot Luck – Sustainability Action

Friday, 9 June 2023, 6:00pm pot luck, 7:00pm keynote talk
Flory Building, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St., Lawrence KS 66044

We’re back in person, after a two year hiatus!  The Sustainability Action Network annual meeting will feature two speakers who are knowledgeable and diligent in furthering ecological sustainability in City of Lawrence government.

  • Kathy Richardson, Lawrence Sustainability Director, will  explain the policy framework that she overseas with the city’s Sustainability Advisory Board.
  • Melinda Harger, Assistant Director of Municipal Services and Operations, will describe how her team is incorporating sustainable design, energy conservation, and renewables into new construction of all city facilities.

Sustainability Action has been advancing ecological sustainability since 2007.  We focus on helping individuals live a sustainable lifestyle, while pushing for institutional policy change that can impact the broader population.  We work in areas of energy conservation and renewables, prime agricultural soils preservation, biodiversity conservation, healthy climate, multi-modal transportation, local food, and permaculture.

Some of our 2022 actions and accomplishments include:

  • Hosted the largest electric vehicle showcase in our five years of events
  • Got Evergy to designate a trail alignment for the Atchison Creek Trail to traverse their new substation
  • Partnered with Sustainability Advisory Board urging City Commission to adopt plastic bag ban
  • Worked with a coalition to fend off the Kansas Legislature’s attempt to preempt local single-use plastics bans.
  • Got the City of Lawrence to budget for an electric street sweeper to clear bikeway debris
  • Raised alarm that Wakarusa Dr. bridge over Wakarusa River will be a huge sprawl driver
  • Partnered with Sustainability Advisory Board urging City Commission adopt Natural Landscaping Ordinance

The meeting will also include: an introduction to our Board, a review of our 2022 accomplishments, an open discussion on projects for the upcoming year, a brief financial report, and Board of Directors election.

Cheerios Contaminated With Glyphosate (Roundup)

Cheerios Contaminated With Glyphosate (Roundup)

Cheerios and childhood – one of those up-in-the-morning start your kid’s day right, right?  They’re gluten free, and they lower bloodstream cholesterol – almost like a health food.  Except thanks to Monsanto, they’re not healthy, especially if you are a child.  Cheerios breakfast cereal and a number of oat-based granolas and snack bars contain dangerous levels of glyphosate.

Over the past several years, the clinical and legal spotlight has been aimed at glyphosate, investigating how it poisons farm workers, landscape applicators, and maybe the general public through water and food exposure.  Most recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has done extensive research on glyphosate in foods that could affect human health during early childhood formative years.  EWG is the organization that produces the yearly Dirty Dozen Produce list and the Clean Fifteen Produce list.  Their findings on Cherios are not reassuring.

From the EWG study report: “The herbicide Roundup, produced by Bayer-Monsanto, was detected in all 21 oat-based cereal and snack products sampled in a new round of testing.  All but four products contained levels of glyphosate higher than what EWG scientists consider protective for children’s health.  The two highest levels of glyphosate were found in Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch, with 833 parts per billion (or ppb), and Cheerios, with 729 ppb. The EWG children’s health benchmark is 160 ppb.

The EWG, along with nineteen food companies, first tried petitioning the EPA to get regulatory considerations.  That process could drag on for years, and besides, the agency has been caught colluding with Monsanto to promote the claim that the chemical is safe.  Instead, they are appealing directly to cereal manufacturers like General Mills and Quaker, petitioning them to source their oats from farmers who do not use glyphosate.  So far, more than 236,000 people have signed a petition, and the EWG asks you to sign it as well – Get Glyphosate Out Of Our Food.



A 2005 study found 40 million acres of lawn in USA

“ turf grasses would represent the single largest irrigated ‘crop’ in the U.S.” 1

Water used: 49 billion gallons of water a week

Fertilizer used: 3 million tons/year

Deathacides used: $2.2 billion used in USA 2007, 10 times more than Industrial Agriculture.

40 million acres of ecological blight offer a unique opportunity to eradicate, remediate and #CarbonFarmLawn . Edible Landscaping, Backyard Orchard Culture, Naturescaping with native trees, shrubs and perennials and multifunctional rain gardens are  sustainable practices that keep carbon in the soil and in perennial biomass. They can supply multiple vital ecosystems services such as soil creation stormwater remediation, water filtering and infiltration, food and medicine, biodiversity, wildlife habitat and human spiritual  wellbeing.

We can convert the front yards of America into beautiful, biologically diverse, perennial and productive carbon sequestration systems, Paradise Gardens.


  1. Milesi, C., Elvidge, C.D., Dietz, J.B., Tuttle, B.T., Nemani, R.R. and Running, S.W., 2005. A strategy for mapping and modeling the ecological effects of US lawns. J. Turfgrass Manage, 1, pp.83-97.
2017 Kaw Valley Seed Fair

2017 Kaw Valley Seed Fair

For the love of seeds! It’s that time of year again. Join us for our 8th Annual Seed Fair. This is a great place to meet people devoted to sustainability and biodiversity in our Kaw Valley region. Please bring your saved seeds or packaged seeds to share at our exchange tables. We typically have envelopes available but bringing your own is a great idea because we have run out in th past. Please bring containers or baggies to donate especially if you do not have seeds to share, it is much appreciated. Sharing is exactly what makes this event a great success every year!

Visit this event page as we update our vendor information and other exciting details. As this is a community-driven and organized event we rely on the community to get the word out. Please share this event and tell people about us. Volunteer the day of the event or before. Private message us on our main page to see how to get involved.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 9 AM - 3 PM 

Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds

1930 Harper St, Lawrence, Kansas 66046


Check out this nice blog for info on how to prepare for a seed swap! http://seedswapday.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-prepare-for-attending-seed-swap.html?spref=tw&m=1