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Community Potluck on Saturday, April 19th

The Sustainable Community Action Network for Fairbanks (SCANFairbanks) is hosting, with support from Organic Valley Foods, a Community Earth Potluck. This is to celebrate sustainable living, agriculture & harvest, hunting, gathering, gardening everything! Everyone is welcome! I want to invite restaurants that use local produce (and those that don’t), Cold spot feeds, Alaska Feed and many others. Please spread the word! Games & fun for the whole family! PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN DISHWARE AND UTENSILS, CLOTH NAPKINS, if you have them, and lots of food.

GOT MOOSE? Anything in the freezer to share? Fish, caribou, bacon from a home-raised hog? I’m bringing quiche, courtesy of my happy egg-laying hens. Preserves from last summer? Canned, dried, whatever you can make to bring to a potluck. This is a community “kick – off” event for Earth Week at the UAF campus for SCTF (Sustainable Campus Task Force).


April 19th, Saturday 4:30 – 6:30pm at the Fairbanks Community Foodbank, 725 26th Avenue, off of South Cushman (traveling south, turn right on 26th avenue, the building is on your left).

Our Flyer provides additional information. Hope to see you there!



Sustainable Community Action Network for Fairbanks  (                                                                                                                                                 Suzy Fenner & Kraig Smyth  479-2345                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         for more information email: polarsolar@gmail      

Everyone is welcome to attend

on Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm

Ken Kunkel Community Center

off Goldstream road, past Ivory Jack’s heading west

This is a working, action-oriented group — see agenda below

Questions:  After reading “The Natural Step for communities”, how has
this changed your perspective on defining sustainability?  How can the
FNSB use this framework?


7:00 Welcome and announcements — Interior Issue Climate Change Task Force

7:15 Please bring any ideas for action, projects or workshop that you
would like to work on

8:15 Decide on another free location, time and date for next meeting

8:30 Close & Clean up
See you Thursday evening!

Attention Fairbanks – Calendar update


This is a public forum for education and work sessions created to meet the needs of the community and environment through sustainable practices in economic development, ecological preservation and social and public health.  

For the Goldstream Area              

February 13th, Wednesday evening 7:00 – 8:30 pm — Ken Kunkel Community Center Goldstream Rd, past Ivory Jack’s restaurant and Goldstream General Store look for the Goldstream Lions Park – or if you take Sheep Creek Rd, drive past R&R tracks, past Murphy Dome Rd and look for the park!                                                      


7:00 pm   Welcome & Announcements  

*Latest developments of sustainable practices in Fairbanks – grassroots efforts, borough developments, private & public organizations

7:15 pm  Presentation of “The Natural Step for communities”   by Suzy & Kraig

7:45 pm  Each table will have a topic (see below) for discussion – please take notes!  Questions for discussion:  How does the four systems conditions of sustainability apply to the topic at your table?  What is one action your table or you individually can take towards sustainability?  Please decide on a regular meeting time & date.

8:15 pm  Each table gives a very brief report, action to take and next scheduled meeting suggestion.  READ “The Natural Step for communities” by the next meeting. Books will be available to purchase from Suzy Fenner & Kraig Smyth.

8:30 pm  Closing comments, see you next meeting!


For the University Area, 3rd meeting – UAF, Gruening Building, Rm. 208 (near Signer’s Hall)

*February 17th, Sunday afternoon 1:00 – 5:00 pm   (free weekend parking)

AGENDA 1:00 PM Welcome and announcementsLatest developments in sustainable practices for our community1:30 Discuss “The Natural Step for communities” by Sarah James & Torbjorn Lahti *Available at Gulliver’s (order 5 or more for a 20% discount) 2:00 Focus on your table’s topic, consider 1 – 3 issues, and decide on a concrete action to take after the meeting (short-term and long-term goals for the visioning process).4:00 Table reports, action plan and decide date and time for nest meetings.

4:45 Closing comments. 

5:00 See you next meeting.                                            


Transportation  Green building  Land use                                   Sustainable agriculture  Public education    Economics/business    Social concerns   Renewable energy    Clean air & water (protecting biodiversity)     Recycling & resource management 

contact: Suzy Fenner or Kraig Smyth   479 – 2345 / 460 -1130

blog:   has available the agendas for these study groups, directions and links

Future meetings

*S.Cushman & Lathrop residents Community Meeting (on sustainability)      Jan. 19th, Saturday 2:00 – 3:30 pm   JPJones Community Development Center 2400 Rickert St. 24th avenue and South Cushman

*Goldstream Sustainable Community Round Table Study Group                     Feb. 13th, Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:30 pm       Ken Kunkel Community Center       Goldstream Road, near Ivory Jack’s

*University Sustainable Community Round Table Study Group                       Feb. 17th, Sunday  1:00 – 5:00 pm         UAF, Gruening Building, Room 208 

Jan. 7, 2008 Sustainable Community Round Table Study Group

*This Sunday, January 13th     1:00 – 6:00pm

*University of Alaska Fairbanks, Gruening Building, Room 208  (Between the Wood Center and Signer’s Hall)

*Agenda: welcome, announcements, brief presentation on The Natural Step, by Mike Musick, discussion & work session

*Topics: recycling & resource management, public education, green business & economics, transportation, energy, land use, transportation, building efficiency and others 

*Notebooks and pens provided.  Please bring dry erase markers for the marker boards, flip charts/markers, laptops

*Could someone please bring a  2 large coffeepots, tea, and condiments?  Please bring your mug!

*Contact Suzy or Kraig for more info: 479 – 2345 or 460 – 1130, 

SCAN Fairbanks Second Post

Just like the email, only better! WITH spellcheck… and the detail that the petition is for ‘clean’ elections, not ‘free’ as I originally wrote:


Most everyone has said we need more time in our meetings, so here it is! Instead of 2PM to 6PM as originally planned, we have the Wood Center conference rooms C and D on January 13th from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM !! The people have spoken… they always do, and it is up to us all to listen! 🙂 A South Fairbanks meeting is also in the works, reply if interested.

Suzy is visiting relatives for a few days so I will be checking the mail and handling most administrative duties here for a bit. She will check the email though, so keep on writing! Thank you to so many for so much!!


FYI: There is already a petition for Clean Elections circulating. They need help, and their time is running short! I encourage your signature and participation! Diedre Helfferich (Editor of The Ester Republic) is working that for District 8, and we can all contact Alex Prichard for more information. I just emailed him myself – I will be signing that one, and maybe even packing a signature list in a day or so…

A resurrection of the bottle bill is afoot, and anyone interested can contact us (Kraig and Suzy) with specific ideas for and necessary changes to the last attempted bill. I will soon have a copy of that bill, and we can re-work it into an initiative if it cannot be pushed by our representatives. just reply to this email (

The blog is up now! we will start adding links off to the side for everyone to use very soon. Notable comments will be posted as part of the blog, so feel free to add good stuff, ask questions, etc.! The actual transcription of the notes is taking longer than expected, but will get there soon also. We need LINKS to put on the margins of the blog, and in the soon to come website – please send us here at any links pertinent to sustainability and other contact data outside the web so that we can consolidate this critical data for all to access! This is a wide net, and I urge you to go through your physical address books as well as virtual sources (like your ‘Favorites’) so that we can compile a huge access database! You can reply with these to our email, or send as a comment to the blog! This is only the beginning.

The time for ACTION has arrived, and the many dedicated individuals who have labored so hard for so long will begin to see real change in the days ahead – FINALLY! Whew! Frustration has almost claimed some of us, but in this time of growth, there is new hope! We need someone to operate an online sustainability discussion group, and some people to help build and operate the coming SCANFairbanks website. These tools will help us link up and stay connected, to prevent re-invention of the many wheels there already are, and to create momentum! There are HUNDREDS in this community who have waited, and WORKED while they waited, for this time of the turning point of change – do you know their names? Let’s stay connected and keep learning to work together!

A special thanks to all who have sent comments (via email or via blog) with suggestions and ideas for growth and forward motion! We are onto something very special here, and the time is now ripe when change can actually happen in our community at ALL levels! The writing is on the wall, and people are beginning to respond from all parts of the community, not just a murmur, but what I believe will very soon become a roar as we build the connections that drive momentum. Sustainability may have many names to many people, but we all live here in common, and the issues can no longer be ignored!

See you all on Jan. 13th at the Wood Center, if not sooner!

– Kraig Smyth


THE : (S)ustainable (C)ommunity (A)ction (N)etwork of FAIRBANKS!

Without further adieu, a reprint of Suzy’s email – and if you did not receive it, please email us at so we don’t miss you next time! :

Hello, everyone!

Firstly, thanks to those who participated in the Sunday afternoon work session. What a success! 40 people strong attended the Sustainable Community Round Table Study Group this past Sunday, Dec. 2nd (4:00 – 6:00pm) organized and facilitated by Suzy Fenner and Kraig Smyth. It seemed the greatest complaint was that it was too short of a time to accomplish anything. What did we accomplish? Lots! In this email I will have, as after every group gathering, a document titled “Notes & Actions”. “Notes” will be a summary of attendees’ notes, feedback, comments and anything relating to this gathering. “Actions” will contain what new developments resulted from this gathering or, community events or successes shared that I can pass on to you. The complete set of notes, as much as I have received from the different tables, and handouts at the gathering (and powerpoint presentation) will be available at a new blog site, titled This stands for Sustainable Community Action Network Fairbanks, an organization dedicated to connecting individuals, organizations and businesses with resources, expertise, and personal experiences looking for assistance in becoming more sustainable. Technical assistance will be something we’ll need to organize and provide in the future. Please let me know if you, your organization or business would like to be listed on this blog. This is newly created and should be up and running by the end of this week, and contually updated as people contribute information — more about that later.

“Notes” People arrived and Suzy Fenner gave a brief introduction with a definition on sustainability by a couple sources including a Canadian architect, a grocery store magazine and the book, The Natural Step for communities, by authors Sarah James & Torbjorn Lahti. The request was made for everyone to state their name and some also stated their affiliation. People were asked not to sit by people they knew but at the topic of interest in order to exchange more information with new people and to become familiar with the collaborative process of working in small groups to brainstorm solutions.

Suzy described the four step process:

  1. Define sustainability (public awareness and education),
  2. Inventory (make a list of successes to inspire and build upon, list what isn’t working and needs fixing,
  3. Vision (what would Fairbanks look like as a sustainable community?),
  4. Action plan (what concrete actions are we going to take in the short-term as achievable, doable goals, and long term system-wide change to create?).

A few people mentioned some wonderful things happening in Fairbanks right now : The solar initiative, for example. Using the book as a guide, attendees sat at different tables to focus on different themes: Land use & transportation, Food production, Building efficiency & Energy, Recycling and Resource management and ? (A reproduction of the exact notes are at the blog site: In the beginning, many people expressed their frustration with past efforts that had met obstruction through different policies, organizations, public apathy and inertia, confusion and a host of other reasons. And people began to get to work. The object was positive suggestions and brainstorming ideas, even if impractical in the present, some things may become more affordable in the future. A lot of everything happened, and that’s no surprise at a meeting of this kind where many people have not worked together before this and are unfamiliar with the collaborative, participatory process. Discussion, brainstorming and note-taking took place, and the visioning process will take a lot of time as we gather more input from the community. All questions and ideas need to be recorded for future reference, progress, and communication and inspiration to fellow attendees, all community residents and businesses, and public leaders. We are serious about making sensible, positive changes in the Fairbanks area. One of the greatest concerns voiced at this gathering was the need for public education and awareness throughout the community — in our schools, in all of our lives. Media, meetings, and one-on-one conversations were discussed as vehicles for education. We are the educators and want everyone to realize that sustainability is the path we need to choose because the one we are currently on is not working. Near consensus was reached for that idea. Another mutual concern that emerged from several groups was urban sprawl and compact development for residential and commercial purposes. The expression is “in-fill”. Vision Fairbanks, the plan for revitalizing the downtown area was mentioned, a definite a step in the right direction. For anyone with specific input in that planning process, please direct your comments to Bernardo Hernandez, Director of Urban Planning at the FNSB administrative offices. Another major concern referred to the impact large chain retail stores have oncommunity. Table reports were scheduled at five o’clock and everyone wanted to extend their work time, so we did. From each table, someone gave a table report (please go to for details). The reports from each table basically took most of the remainder of the time with comments from the group, a plea to take the statewide survey on the Governor’s extra money, and the need for free elections and ridding ourselves of special interests funding our politicians’ campaigns. Does anyone know who has a petition for this? Please post to the blog referenced below. I appreciate the feedback I’ve received thus far about the gathering; the need for a longer time, attention to everyone being heard, all notes and input recorded and shared, the need for a microphone (I developed a sore throat from this), and a lot of eagerness for the next gathering.

Thank you, Eli Sonafrank for scheduling Conference rooms C & D at the Wood Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, on Sunday, Jan 13th, 2008. Time: 2:00 – 6:00pm. Agenda: Brief presentation on the framework as a useful guide, The Natural Step for communities. Please read the book, so we have a common point of reference to speed along our process. Success is at hand with the knowledge and available technology. Now it is time for action!


  1. Next gathering: A Sustainable Community Round Table study groupJan 13th, Sunday afternoon, 1:00 – 6:00Conference rooms C&D, Wood Center, UAFBring notebooks, laptop computers, (handouts if you want) and your own water bottle, be ready to work
  2. Recycling meetingFeb 2nd SaturdayWood Center Ballroom, UAF
  3. Solar Power Initative: Uncommon Ground neighborhood initiative, Fran email: and Pete 347 – 4479 Please call or email for more info. A link will be on this weekend’s blog
  4. is Sustainable Community Action Network for the Fairbanks area (although others may benefit, too). This is a resource, a network connecting individuals, businesses, organizations and public leaders with each other to foster partnerships, promote sustainability and build relationships to strengthen our community. It is a public forum for announcements and public education to help everyone understand how we can transition Fairbanks into a sustainable community. What is happening in our community? Where can go to get information about items of interest? We hope to provide links to help people find what they need, and help everybody coordinate their efforts to avoid duplication and burn-out, and attain economic success and public, environmental and social well-being. We’ll need your input and help as this process and goal of sustainability is really big. This is going to take energy, time and plain old hard work. It has begun! Please join us! Share your successes — every organic-produce purchase you make, every bicycle ride you take, lifestyle or career choices, tell us! If there is a meeting for us to attend, let us know! What happened at the recent trails meeting this week? Someone please post info on that.
  5. Methane-production: Kraig Smyth email: kraigsmyth@gmail
  6. Geothermal production: Bernie Carl, Chena Hot Springs resort
  7. Local food production: Rosie Creek Farm, Mike EmersCalypso Farms, Tom and Susie
  8. A piece of linoleum 7′ x 22′ is needed by Tom Marsik for his biodiesel cooperative. Please let us know if someone out there has a piece this size. Thank you!

If someone you know was expecting this correspondence and did not receive it, please email I had some difficulty reading the list of emails. Please pass on “Notes & Actions” to everybody!

Thank you,
Suzy & Kraig