Actions to mitigate sediment buildup could include dredging, streambank stabilization
Two-thirds of Kansans rely on water from the state’s federal reservoirs, for everything from drinking and bathing to irrigation and power, the Kansas Water Office estimates. And as decades worth of sediment flows into them, those reservoirs are shrinking — some drastically. By Sara Shepherd
Karole Armitage's "contemporary ballet" comes to Lawrence Saturday evening, when Armitage’s company, Armitage Gone! Dance, performs “Fables on Global Warming” at the Lied Center.
Monarch Watch is hosting its fall open house on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Foley Hall on Kansas University's west campus.
A visit to Amy’s Meats at the Homestead feels like walking back into a simpler time. There is electricity and refrigeration, and no one’s wearing bonnets and prairie skirts. But at this hillside farm in rural Lawrence, the Saunders family works hard to raise most everything they need to eat from the ground up, plants and animals alike. A national magazine has taken note. By Sara Shepherd
Eileen Horn was shuffling score sheets after the judges’ last bites at the third annual Chefs Challenge Friday evening at the Douglas County Fair. “They have never been this close,” said Horn, the county sustainability coordinator, “and it looks like this was gut-wrenching for the judges.” Three dishes, all jam-packed with locally sourced ingredients and bold but balanced flavors. Whose would win? By Sara Shepherd
On Thursday, the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence invited Stephen Ritz, an urban-farming advocate who teaches at-risk kids in New York's South Bronx, to Lawrence, where he toured several local sustainability projects before giving a speech at the Carnegie Building. Shortly after arriving, he got to judge a cooking competition, "Top Chef"-style, at the Boys & Girls Club's East Heights campus. He wasn't disappointed. By Giles Bruce
Stephen Ritz has helped transform the South Bronx by inspiring his students to grow more than 30,000 pounds of fresh produce in the New York City borough. Now he's bringing his message to Lawrence. He will give a presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Carnegie Building, 200 W. Ninth St. The event, sponsored by Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, is free and open to the public. By Giles Bruce
Co-op dishes up ‘Om-style cookin’ from big, yellow truck
Think food trucks are all about greasy gyros and cheap street tacos? Think again, at least if you’re in Lawrence.
Area congregations and universities are welcoming "green" theology scholar Larry Rasmussen to Lawrence from Sunday through Tuesday to discuss what they say is the most critical issue facing mankind: our treatment of the environment. By Giles Bruce
Earth Day isn’t until April 22, but the City of Lawrence observed the eco-friendly holiday early with an Earth Day Parade and Celebration Saturday. The celebrations, hosted by the Waste Reduction and Recycling department, were scheduled early because Earth Day fell on a weekday, and the city wanted to be sure city residents could attend. By Meagan Thomas
Douglas county is under a severe thunderstorm warning through 9 a.m. today and is likely to see some strong thunderstorms capable of producing strong wind, heavy rain and the possibility of hail. Look for showers for the morning hours. Our ...
Bob Akers, deputy director at The Surplus Exchange, discusses what happens to the hundreds of TVs, computers, and microwaves that were dropped off at the Electronics Recycling event at Free State High on Saturday. The City of Lawrence sponsored the annual event designed to encourage recycling of potentially hazardous products.
Laura Lutz, a account manager for energy efficiency programs at Westar Energy, visits Jeannine Hendrix's fifth-grade classroom to talk about the importance of conserve energy. The presentation, which included students cranking a hand generator to power a CFL and incandescent light bulb, was a hit.
A group of KU engineering students, Nick Garrett, Brian Blackwell and Brian Larkin, have spent the past year working on wind turbines that could be built with materials easily found in Third World countries.
Scott Braden, who spent six years as scoutmaster for Boy Scouts' Pelathe District Troop 55, talks about why he volunteered 20 to 30 hours a week.
Gayle Sigurdson talks about being honored as a 'green hero' by recycled paper products company Marcal. Sigurdson has organized a recycling program at Babcock Place. The honor came with a $2,500 charity donation and a month's supply of paper products.
Amyx's Barber Shop has an energy problem common to many downtown buildings. While the roof is well insulated, the space between the high ceiling and the roof is bringing cold and hot air into the rest of the building. Since that space doesn't need to be conditioned, energy auditor Sarajane Scott Koch said it should just be sealed off. It can be a relatively easy fix.
Switching to more efficient lights and using smart power strips are two ways for businesses to save energy, said Sarajane Scott Koch with Scott Temperature. Koch was preforming an energy audit on Amyx's Barber Shop in downtown Lawrence.
An important part of almost any energy audit is the blower door test. Sarajane Scott Koch talks about how the test works and how it can help in finding ways to make a home or business more energy efficient.
From newspaper to milk jugs, Tom Boxberger oversees the trash that gets turned to recyclables at Kansas University. Boxberger is manager of KU's recycling warehouse. And, it's a job he loves.
On Saturday, April 16, we asked visitors to Lawrence's Earth Day Celebration what they plan to do to make the earth a cleaner place. Here's what David Owen, Michelle Rogers, Tiffany Clark, Paul Hladky, Dee Bisel, Rianon Wallace Demby, Calia Lowery, Celeste McCoy and Michael Bradley had to say.