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We were offlined and sidelined by illnesses and life as it sometimes happens… and…

Suzy is getting back on track… sorry for the sudden rude break in communications, and forever thank yous to our friends and family who have sustained US through some tough personal times.

So… are we BAAAACK?! Well, not at full steam ,but at least I will start updating links and answering comments/emails again – both personal and scanfairbanks.

Hello world. We are still here.

from: Kraig Smyth, web supporter of Suzanne Fenner and scanfairbanks


Community updates

The Interior Issues Climate Change Task Force just had its second meeting this Wednesday morning, 9:00 – 11:00 am.  The Steering Committee includes Karl Monetti, Sarah Trainor and Luke Hopkins.  Many community members including some SCAN Fairbanks members were invited to join the process of determining the vulnerabilities of different sectors (transportation, energy, natural resources, etc.), develop recommendations and create an action plan.  Please see for more information, there are links on the FEDCO (Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation) sight.  This is some serious planning for the next 10, 20, 50 and 100 years!  Please don’t hesitate to ask questions of Karl, Sarah or Luke, or you can email, and Suzy or Kraig can forward information to you.  We welcome anyone with a passion for these issues, can work collaboratively with the taskforce, and can make a commitment to meet with your sector subcommittee, as well as occasionally the main committee through September 2008 and potentially beyond.  We will have a public meeting soon;  the grassroots-public involvement part of this process is really important for the success.  Recommended reading is The Natural Step for Communities by authors Sarah James & Torbjorn Lahti, and see for links, more information and advised readings.  Please join us!

Thank you

Many thanks to the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, the Northern Alaska Environmental Center and the Fairbanks Community Foodbank for helping to publicize Jan. 13th and Jan. 19th’s Sustainable Community Round Table Study Groups.  All of you are helping making this possible! 

*South Cushman & Lathrop Community meeting (on sustainability) Jan. 19th, Saturday, 2:00 – 3:30pm, JPJones Community Development Center

*Goldstream Sustainable Community Round Table Study Group  Feb. 13th, Wednesday evening, 7:00 – 8:30, Ken Kunkel Community Center

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

Future locations will be scheduled; co-facilitators are needed, please read the Natural Step for communities by Sarah James & Torbjorn Lahti