EPA official stresses clean water advocacy

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2010/jan/19/185319/ With the Environmental Protection Agency under attack like never before, Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks urged a friendly crowd at Monday’s Jayhawk Audubon Society meeting to advocate for cleaner water. Recently, Republicans — both in Kansas and in Washington, D.C. — have criticized the EPA for what they say ...

Hearing draws those for, against pipeline

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/videos/2011/sep/26/35033/ Topeka — The national debate over the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline was pared down Monday afternoon to two chants on the sidewalk in front of the Kansas Expocentre. “What do we want? Jobs! When do we want them? Now!” cried the pipeline’s supporters, many of whom are members of ...

Toxic blue-green algae levels in some state lakes drop

Christine Metz

Good news for those wanting to enjoy the beautiful weekend on one of Kansas’ lakes. Toxic levels of blue-green algae are declining. For much of the summer, Milford Lake near Junction City has been under a public health warning, alerting people to avoid direct contact with the water. On Friday, ...

Public hearing on controversial pipeline project will be held in Topeka

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/aug/26/219661/ Several of Kansas’ largest environmental groups plan to protest the massive and controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project when they rally outside of a public hearing in Topeka on Monday. Next week, the U.S. State Department will hold public hearings in eight cities stretching from Montana to Texas on TransCanada’s ...

Senator says dust regulation unnecessary; agency says farmers needn’t worry

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/sep/21/221225/ From driving down rural roads to cattle stomping around the feedlot, dust is a common byproduct of farm life in Kansas. And that’s exactly why the state’s agricultural organizations are so concerned about the Environmental Protection Agency’s review of the Clean Air Act, which, among other things, stipulates how ...

Algal toxins have decreased in Kaw

Christine Metz

The latest round of water testing in the Kansas River shows that algal toxins have decreased upstream from Lawrence. Since the beginning of September, the U.S. Geological Survey has been sampling water in the Kansas River because of concerns of a massive blue-green algae bloom upstream in Milford Lake. Water ...

Concerns about blue-green algae shut down Kaw River Water Treatment Plant

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2010/aug/19/197116/ **Updated 5:40 p.m.** Toxic blue green-algae wasn’t detected in water samples taken from the city of Lawrence’s treatment plant last week. On Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey released results that showed water treated at the Kaw River Water Treatment Plant, or any other water departments along the Kaw, contained ...

Founder of national farm animal protection group to speak in Lawrence

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/sep/14/220866/ Of the thousands of animals that Farm Sanctuary has rescued in its 25 years, a favorite stands out for founder Gene Baur. When Baur started his work to improve animal conditions at what he calls “factory farms,” it was common to find animals left to die in trash cans ...

In-house wastewater treatment system at Bayer Animal Health has recycled 1 million gallons and counting

Sara Shepherd

A major sustainability project at Bayer HealthCare LLC’s Animal Health Division is paying off — not so much in dollars as in water prevented from going down the drain. Wednesday, Bayer Animal Health officials held a press conference at their U.S. headquarters in Shawnee to announce that a wastewater treatment ...

Waste Management Lamp Tracker facility pays EPA penalty

Christine Metz

A national trash and recycling company that touts its commitment to stainability has been fined by the Environmental Protection Agency for multiple violations involving a recycling facility in Kaiser, Mo. On Tuesday, the EPA announced that Waste Management Lamp Tracker, Inc. has agreed to pay a $118,800 civil penalty that ...

City task force debates changes to yard waste program

Chad Lawhorn

Leaves versus cardboard. Grass clippings versus plastic. A city-appointed task force that is studying ways to revamp Lawrence’s trash and recycling system began debating Monday whether the city should place less emphasis on picking up yard waste in order to start placing more emphasis on providing a citywide curbside recycling ...

Efficiency Kansas receives $1.5 million to cover pending loans

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/aug/29/219759/ Good news for the nearly 150 homeowners who were left in the lurch when the state pulled $22 million from the Efficiency Kansas program earlier this summer. The Kansas Commerce Department, which received the $22 million to fund commercial-energy projects, announced it would return $1.5 million in stimulus money ...

Eco-friendly products showcased at fair

Shaun Hittle

http://www2.ljworld.com/videos/2011/sep/11/34982/ Environmentally friendly products and services were on full display Saturday at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., at the 11th annual Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair. Dozens of vendors displayed their eco-friendly services and products, while local community nonprofits promoted local efforts to increase recycling and lessen the Lawrence ...

The buck stops here: Hunters, officials discuss options to curb deer population

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2008/oct/29/158111/ From crossbow enthusiasts to muzzleloaders, hunters of all kinds had plenty of ideas on how the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism could better manage its deer hunting season. More than 40 hunters and landowners met at the Dole Institute of Politics on Thursday night as part of ...

Blue-green algae traveling down Kaw

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/sep/02/220065/ The U.S. Geological Survey is monitoring toxic levels of blue-green algae as water released from Milford Lake moves downstream along the Kansas River. On Aug. 31, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released water from the bulging Milford Lake reservoir, which had been plagued by dangerous levels of blue-green ...

City leaders hope to start community gardens on city-owned land by spring

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2011/aug/31/219960/ Lawrence vice mayor Bob Schumm is a lifelong garden enthusiast and is happy to see more gardens growing in Lawrence. “I think it’s absolutely wonderful that the schools are getting involved in gardens and showing kids what they can grow and how to take care of things,” he said. ...

Shocker: Power demand from U.S. homes is falling

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/sep/08/220374/ **By Jonathan Fahey** **Associated Press** **New York —** American homes are more cluttered than ever with devices, and they all need power: Cellphones and iPads that have to be charged, DVRs that run all hours, TVs that light up in high definition. But something shocking is happening to demand ...

Fall open house planned Sept. 10 at Monarch Watch on KU's West Campus

Andy Hyland

Kansas University’s Monarch Watch program will host its fall open house on Saturday. The event, which is free to attend, will feature butterflies, face painting, temporary Jayhawk tattoos and chrysalises for each child, said Chip Taylor, Monarch Watch director. It is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at ...

Solutions murky for fixing Kansas’ green blue algae problems

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/sep/02/220069/ Milford Lake — From underneath a giant tree, Vonnie Bryant watches the happenings at Milford Lake. She’s a regular at Flagstop Resort and RV Park and her camp spot has a wide-open view of the largest lake in Kansas. “I’d rather sit out here than at home,” the Junction ...

Mayor predicting new era of recycling for Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

The work of the city’s Solid Waste Task Force isn’t done yet, but Lawrence Mayor Aron Cromwell senses an emerging theme. “I think this really could be the very beginning of a new era of recycling in Lawrence,” Cromwell said. If Cromwell’s sense is right, expect that new era to ...

Defunded program leaves couple in the lurch

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/videos/2011/aug/28/34943/ When Wendy and James Traul signed up for the Efficiency Kansas loan program, they were more concerned about protecting their grandchildren than lowering their heating bill. In the couple’s 100-year-old home in east Lawrence is a 1940s-style radiant floor heater, a dangerous contraption for the two toddlers the Trauls ...

Massive oil pipeline project has Kansans and national environmental groups concerned

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/aug/26/219661/ Kansas sits squarely in the middle of a debate that national environmental groups say will shape President Barack Obama’s legacy on fighting climate change. This week, droves of protestors were arrested in front of the White House as part of a sit-in opposing TransCanda’s 1,700-mile, $7 billion pipeline system ...

River advocates work to make dam safer

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/videos/2011/aug/21/34912/ **Topeka** — No one knows why Lawrence kayaker Ryan Moore went over a Topeka dam last month. The last person to see Moore alive spotted him headed for the portage that sits out of harm’s way just above the dam. When the man looked back toward the river, Moore ...

KDHE leader voices concerns over flood of EPA regulations

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/aug/18/218992/ A steady stream of proposed regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency could be a burden for Kansas. “We are in a period of time where the EPA is coming out with new regulation proposals almost weekly, sometimes it seems like it’s daily,” said John Mitchell, director of the environment ...

KDHE seeks students' environmentally minded artwork for calendar contest

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/aug/16/218848/ Students passionate about art and the environment might want to consider the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s annual Kansas Don’t Spoil It calendar contest. Each year students ranging from kindergartners to high school seniors enter artwork depicting good environmental practices as a way to preserve the beauty and ...

Douglas County accepting applications for the open space and historic preservation grant program

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2009/dec/06/182755/ Think big. And think small. That's the advice Douglas County Commissioner Nancy Thellman is giving those who are interested in applying for the inaugural round of funding from the Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant Program. Last summer, the county commissioners made the controversial decision to set aside $350,000 in ...

Local artist spreads environmentally conscious message in mural

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/aug/09/218510/ Few restaurants have their business philosophy painted onto the side wall of their dining area. But that’s exactly what Local Burger owner Hilary Brown did when she hired Heather Reynolds to create a large mural in her downtown restaurant. Known for serving organic vegetables and grass-fed meats, Local Burger’s ...

Field to Table dinner to benefit Farm Aid

Christine Metz

Before musicians start rocking out Livestrong Sporting Park this weekend at Farm Aid, a slightly more upscale benefit will be held in Lawrence. At 6 p.m. Thursday, a Field to Table dinner and wine pairing will be held at Pachamama’s, 800 N.H. The event will be hosted by Deborah Brenner, ...

Energy auditors still await word on funding

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/jul/21/217475/ Linda B. Wiley was expecting her 1947 furnace to die any winter now. But this summer, the southeast Lawrence homeowner had high hopes that a loan through the state’s Efficiency Kansas program would cover the cost of a new one. That upgrade also would make it easier to qualify ...

Volunteers needed to pull invasive weed

Christine Metz

http://sunflowerhorizons.com/photos/2011/aug/08/218325/ Tall and slender with delicate purple flowers, the purple loosestrife is among the most threatening invasive species in Kansas. On Aug. 13, the Grassland Heritage Foundation will host its annual purple loosestrife eradication day. From 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., volunteers will dig the invasive species out of the ...

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Grasslands conservation program deadline nears

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kansas says Jan. 25 is the deadline to submit applications for the grassland reserve program. ...

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Support grows for Kansas water policy reforms

The Associated Press Legislators say support is building for Gov. Sam Brownback's proposals to change Kansas policies to conserve the state's water and extend the ...

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Bugs may be resistant to genetically modified corn

By Rick Callahan, Associated Press One of the nation's most widely planted crops — a genetically engineered corn plant that makes its own insecticide — ...

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Happy Holidays from Friends of the Kaw

Thank you to all who gave one of the best gifts to the Kansas River this year – your comments opposing in-river dredging. Hundreds of ...

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Kansas reservoirs filling up with sediment

In this 2007, file photo Frank "Jerry" deNoyelles, KU ecology professor of the Kansas Biological Survey, launches a boat off the banks of Kanopolis Lake southwest of Salina. DeNoyelles is part of a team of researchers that is measuring the silt filling up Kansas reservoirs.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two federal reservoirs in Kansas have been losing significant amounts of water storage capacity because of sedimentation, according to a study ...

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Kansas River Water Trail Makes Department of Interior Top 100 List

The America’s Great Outdoors Initiative has been set in motion by President Obama as a way to advance conservation and recreation in the United States. ...

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Ranch teaches farm to table process

Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt, Colo., is offering a series of hands-on classes focused on the slaughter and butchering of farm animals.

JANET URQUHART, The Aspen Times BASALT, Colo. - It's one thing to grow a few backyard tomatoes. It's another to raise a pig and serve ...

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K-State Researchers to Release Kansas River Dredging Study

Dredging operation on the Kansas River owned by Kaw Valley Companies, one of the companies seeking expansion.

Private in-channel dredging operations on rivers like the Kansas River cause deepening and widening of the channel and accelerate erosion of the banks. As a ...

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Report shows Lawrence meeting goal to lower greenhouse gas emissions

By Chad Lawhorn In the battle against global warming, Lawrence can proclaim it is a good soldier, thus far. A new report from City Hall ...

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Friends of the Kaw Receives Awards and Focuses on Dredging Concerns

Friends of the Kaw Receives Two Major Awards Patagonia Environmental Grant: Patagonia has awarded Friends of the Kaw a grant for $8,000 dollars in support ...

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Fix-It Chick: Conserve energy by insulating hot-water pipes

By Linda Cottin Hot water loses 2-4 degrees of its heat when left in uninsulated lines. Insulating hot and cold water lines can save energy, ...

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Apply Today! City and County Launch "Common Ground" Program for Farmers, Gardeners

The City of Lawrence and Douglas County have made 12 sites available for community members to use during the 2012 growing season. The Common Ground ...

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KC firm helps develop low-cost green housing

KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) - A Kansas City architecture firm has teamed up with an area Habitat for Humanity group to develop affordable, green housing ...

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FACT CHECK: GOP senator gasps for facts on asthma

Dina Cappiello, Associated Press It was a startling claim: Air pollution has no connection to asthma, Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul said on the Senate ...

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Major Dredging Expansion Threatens Kansas River

Thirteen sand dredging sites on the Kansas River are now up for public comment before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These sites comprise of ...

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Businesses hope to increase dredging along Kansas River; environmentalists warn that process is destructive

Several area companies hope to increase the amount of sand and gravel dredged from the Kansas River by 1 million tons per year. But before ...

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TransCanada says it will reroute planned pipeline

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Hearing Rally at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center on 14th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Avenue in NW Washington DC on Friday afternoon, 7 October 201

By Grant Schulte, Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Canadian pipeline developer TransCanada will shift the route of its planned oil pipeline out of the environmentally ...

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Free workshop to give tips on weatherization and home energy conservation

Local sustainability advocacy group Transition Kaw Valley will hold a free home energy conservation and weatherization workshop from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday ...

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US delays massive oil pipeline from Canada

WASHINGTON (AP) The State Department is ordering the developer of a pipeline that would carry oil from western Canada to Texas to reroute it around ...

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US mulls new route for Canada oil pipeline

Demonstrators against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, protest outside the law offices of Nebraska Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood, in Norfolk, Neb., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, while Alex Pourbaix, president of TransCanada Corp.'s energy and oil pipelines, holds a meeting inside with state senators to discuss the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline through the state.

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press The State Department is considering a plan that would reroute the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada away from ...

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Local group forming to support a tax on carbon

Most folks want energy costs to go down, so it’s rare to find a group pushing for energy costs to increase. But that’s the intention ...

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Renewable energy options to be studied for Farmland Industries site

The former Farmland Industries site on the eastern edge of Lawrence is shown in an aerial photo taken Monday, May 16, 2011.

Federal agencies will spend $35,000 to study how the former Farmland Industries site could one day support the production of renewable energy. On Friday, the ...

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Scientists hope to see birth of iceberg

Ben Panzer, a Kansas University PhD student in electrical engineering, works on snow radar equipment in NASA’s DC-8 aircraft as it flies over Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica. Standing is John Sonntag, Instrument Team Lead for Operation IceBridge.

Radar technology developed at Kansas University is helping NASA scientists track something they’ve never monitored before: the birth of an iceberg. Last month, a crew ...

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Douglas County investing in long-term sustainability

Upgrades to heating and air-conditioning systems at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center are on pace to save county taxpayers more than $50,000 this year. ...

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Can you tell bottled water from tap?

Lawrence resident Sam Groth signs a pledge to avoid drinking bottled water after taking a taste test to distinguish bottled water from tap on Wednesday at the corner of Ninth and Mass streets. Representatives from Think Outside the Bottle spent part of the afternoon talking with local residents about their drinking choices.

Not all water tastes the same. Or does it? That was the question a group of community organizers were posing to pedestrians on Massachusetts Street ...

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FOK Annual Dinner & Silent Auction

“Into the Sun – Kaw River” watercolor on paper by local artist and FOK board member Lisa Grossman. Each year Lisa donates one of her Kansas River paintings to the FOK silent auction. This particular watercolor is 8x10” and will be available for bidding during this year’s event.

Friends of the Kaw is hosting the FOK Annual Dinner & Silent Auction on November 17, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the ...

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Firefighters, medics save energy, thousands of dollars during friendly competition

At  Station #2 at 19th and Massachusetts sits a piece of Lawrence History an American LaFrance pumper and branded it #68 as it came via a box car on the railroad.

By Mark Fagan Turning off lights, computer monitors and treadmills helped Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical trim more than $1,500 from their electric bills during a ...

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Local musician warns of vampire energy through song

Robert Baker isn’t what you’d call an environmentalist. The Lawrence resident is a lifelong musician who was tasked in 2010 with penning the score to ...

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Fix-It Chick: Put a stake through vampire energy-suckers

By Linda Cottin Vampire power is a term coined to describe electrical power wasted by typical household electronics when they are plugged in but not ...

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Manhattan, K-State win energy challenge over Lawrence, KU

TOPEKA -- The city of Manhattan and Kansas State University teamed up to win a $100,000 prize by defeating the city of Lawrence and Kansas ...

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New report provides in-depth analysis of food system in Douglas County area

As a heavy rain falls outside, Douglas County farmer Mark Wulfkuhle, second from right, talks about some of his farming practices at his Rocking H Ranch during the Douglas County Food Policy Council tour of Douglas County farms Friday, Nov. 9, 2010. According to a new report released by the council, there are 1,040 farms in Douglas County, down 36 percent from 1,630 in 1950.

The Douglas County Food Policy Council released a 75-page report today that provided a smorgasbord of information about the food system in Douglas, Jefferson and ...

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State makes battle plan for toxic algae

BY CHRISTINE METZ During the past summer, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment tracked toxic blue-green algal blooms in more than 40 lakes and ...

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Writer calls for better environmental foresight in new book

Bryan Welch

By CHRISTINE METZ In 2007, Bryan Welch nearly killed himself on a twisty mountain road in Oregon. He was on a motorcycle and entering what ...

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Advocates hope Food Day eventually gains same staying power as Earth Day

Hubbard squash, a plant native to the region, is among the crops being grown by Brett Ramey on the Iowa Reservation near White Cloud. The squash will be used in a variety of dishes this weekend at the Haskell Indian Nations University indigenous food festival. The event is one of many being held over the next week and half in celebration of Food Day.

In spring 1970, at a time when industries could pump and dump practically whatever they wanted into the skies and waters, U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson ...

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Westar begins citywide hookup to smart grid today

John Valdez installs Westar Energy's new SmartStar meters Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at the Graystone Apartments in Lawrence.

Starting today, Lawrence will get a little smarter. Well, at least the electric meters in the city will. Westar Energy is beginning the mass installation ...

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Lawrence Electronic Recycling Event, Saturday, October 15th

The City of Lawrence will host an electronic recycling event on Saturday, October 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Free State High ...

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Don't forget: The Homegrown Lawrence Festival starts at 5:30 p.m.

Got Friday night plans? Tonight's Late Night at the Phog, of course, but if you aren't checking out the Jayhawks' first official scrimmage of 2011-2012, ...

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Add a little green to your Jayhawk tailgate

Crowds gathered on the hill near Memorial Stadium to tailgate for Thursday evening's KU football game against K-State.

What’s crimson and blue and green all over? With these tips, we hope it will be this weekend’s tailgate. An 8:15 p.m. start time for ...

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Pieces of razed buildings find new life at 'clean fill' site

Holli Joyce, stands on the edge of a Kansas City property that borders Interstate 70. Once a 1900s rock quarry, the property is now the site of a clean fill project, which accepts demolition debris with the hope of reusing the material.

Kansas City, Kan. — On a dead-end street in a not-so-nice neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan., a makeshift open air showroom has been set up ...

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Tips for removing leaves the green way

Turner Omelau, 7, left, hides inside a compost bag from his friend Taloa Lena, 6, as the two raked and played in the leaves in front of their houses in East Lawrence, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. The city is encouraging people to compost or mulch leaves rather than burn them or put them in the trash.

We all love the beauty of the changing leaves. What’s less enjoyable is managing them once they fall off the trees. Here are some ways ...

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Study of possible changes to Lawrence's trash and recycling system creating questions

You thought your trash day was a chore. Lawrence city commissioners are inching closer to their own trash day as a city-appointed task force moves ...

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EPA administrator job a whole new environment for KU professor

Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks lives in Lawrence and is a Kansas University professor of environmental history. Brooks took on the role of EPA Region 7 administrator in 2010.

Attached to Karl Brooks’ hip is a ringing, buzzing reminder of how much his life has changed in the past year and a half. When ...

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Westar to offer $100 home energy audit program

Just as the state’s Efficiency Kansas home energy audit program comes to an end, Westar Energy has announced a program that could replace it. Westar ...

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Lawrence writer uncovers homes made from materials destined for the dump

Jessica Kellner, editor of Natural Home and Garden magazine, is pictured on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2011 in the dining area of her Lawrence home. Kellner, who has craftily furnished her own home with many reclaimed items, recently wrote a book about homes made of items that were otherwise destined for the dump.The book is called Housing Reclaimed.

As editor of the Topeka-based magazine Natural, Home & Garden, Jessica Kellner had plenty of stories of families and organizations from across the country who ...

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Land with historic buildings latest easement for Kansas Land Trust

A 261-acre property in Clay County that houses threatened bird populations and historic structures dating back to pioneer days is the latest piece of land ...

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Nature advocate inspires Lawrence crowd

Author Richard Louv poses on the dock at the Miramar Reservoir in San Diego Monday June 27, 2005.

In the mind of Richard Louv, the clump of trees at the end of a suburban cul-de-sac is just as important as Yosemite National Park ...

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Third Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Friends of the Kaw will host the third annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at 7:00pm on Friday, October 14 at Liberty Hall (646 Massachusetts ...

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$500,000 grant will help green buses

A $500,000 grant will help “green up” how students in Kansas get to school. Funded through Westar Energy and managed through the Kansas Association for ...

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State honors leaders in sustainability

Across Kansas, businesses, educational institutions and government offices have signed up to become “Green Teams.” Each year, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recognizes ...

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Seed money: Homegrown Lawrence Festival raises money to get school gardens growing

Sesha Edie, 5, right, shows her father Brian something she found while playing in the garden while Jessica, left, helps Mira, 2, with a water bucket. Brian is an organizer of the Homegrown Lawrence Festival, Oct. 14. Part of his inspiration for working on the festival, which raises funds to start school gardens, is that Secha will start at public school next year.

How does your garden grow? If you’re a Lawrence school, you grow through grass-roots support. Several student gardens have sprouted up over the past few ...

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