It’s not easy to build a home that meets the highly demanding criteria for official architectural sustainability designations. But Connor Rollins, 2015 Kansas University master’s of architecture grad, hopes homes that do make the cut — like the “passive” house he and colleagues from KU’s Studio 804 class just completed in East Lawrence — can at least be inspirational. Even “little things here and there” can reduce the energy a home uses. By Sara Shepherd
A world leader in soil microbiology will join the Kansas University faculty as a Foundation Distinguished Professor, KU announced Tuesday. James Bever, professor of biology at Indiana University, will begin his joint appointment with KU’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Kansas Biological Survey in January 2016.
South-central Kansas and northern Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday experienced the second batch of manmade earthquakes in four days with magnitudes reaching as high as 3.9 and 4.1.
A Chinese proverb on the Replant Mount Oread website says: “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” When it comes to trees, Kansas University is playing catch-up. By Sara Shepherd
A permaculture expert will be in Lawrence next week to talk about and offer a workshop on the movement.
Tom Akin's decision 20 years ago to grant his Lawrence prairie as a conservation easement in honor of his wife, Dorothy, paved the way for dozens more Kansas landowners to do the same. The Kansas Land Trust, based in Lawrence, now holds 54 conservation easements across the state, including 11 in Douglas County, making up more than 22,000 acres. By Giles Bruce
Starting today, Lawrence Hy-Vee customers will start seeing sustainable seafood offerings with signage marking them as a “responsible choice.” The move is one of the latest by grocery stores to increase the amount of so-called “sustainable” seafood they offer, and to make it easier for shoppers to see which products meet that criteria. By Sara Shepherd
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.
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.