Topeka Group Program Schedule for first 7 months of 2014
January 28 – We will have a presentation by Mark Lumpe of Wakarusa Valley Farm. It is a family operated vegetable and mushroom farm located 7 miles southwest of Lawrence. Certified organic since 1989, they provide fresh local produce to the Lawrence community year round. They have subscription services available in the Lawrence and Topeka areas.
February 25 – Zack Pistora, Legislative Director and our Sierra Club lobbyist, will give us an update on what is going on in the Kansas legislature. This is always a very important presentation because Zack can explain all the important environmental issues that we care about, give us the current status of bills, answer questions and give us advice as to any actions we can take that would help key legislation. We know that this year, in addition to being an election year, will have a large number of controversial issues to address.
March 25 – Dorothy Barnett, Executive Director of the Climate + Energy Project will give us another Legislative update plus share information about CEP projects. CEP is involved in electricity transmission, energy efficiency and energy and water conservation in farming among other activities. Dorothy will also share about any new projects they are involved in.
April 22 – Scott Schwarz, a high school teacher at Hope Street Academy in Topeka was a recipient of a Sierra Club Environmental Grant in 2013. His environmental science class students participate in designing a model wind turbine for the KidWind competition at KSU each year. Scott’s class has won the competition for the past three years. We hope to have some students with Scott share their model and give us an update on the 2014 competition results.
May 27 – Brig. General Christopher King from Ft. Leavenworth will share information about climate change and the military. Gen. King has participated on a panel where he has shared how serious the military is in addressing the world security aspects related to changing climate. The US military also continues to develop and use renewable energy ideas around the world.
June 24 – Kimberly Gencur-Svaty, Public Policy Director for Kansas of The Wind Coalition will present. The Wind Coalition is a non-profit association formed to encourage the development of the vast wind energy resources of the south central US. The Wind Coalition’s members include developers, owners and operators of wind farms, turbine and component part manufacturers, law and engineering firms and public interest advocates.
July 22 – Ian Spomer, Sales Director for Cromwell Solar in Lawrence, will describe their company and their unique program for installing solar panels for residential and business customers. They have a residential plan that involves installing solar panels that will cost the homeowner less per month than the electricity costs that they save. He will also be able to update us on the status of solar incentives and issues in KS.