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Lawrence grocers move toward more sustainable seafood offerings

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

Reservoir sustainability is key focus of long-term water policy plan ordered by governor

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

Performance art en pointe: Armitage's signature choreography meets social message in 'Fables'

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 fall open house set for Saturday

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.

Amy's Meats a model of sustainability

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

Chefs pack plates with local flavor at annual cooking challenge

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

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New York teacher preaches benefits of urban farming in Lawrence

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

Innovative Bronx teacher to visit Lawrence on Thursday

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

Peace, love and local food on wheels

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.

'Green' theology scholar preaches return to our roots

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

City OKs letter of intent to work with KU

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 ...

Electronics Recycling Event

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.

Students learn about energy conservation

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.

Third World Wind

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.

Scoutmaster Scott Braden talks about why he volunteered

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.

Green hero

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.

Unused space

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.

Saving electricity

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.

Blower door test

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.

Tom Boxberger talks about on-campus recycling at KU

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.

Earth Day Changes

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.