Clifton Community Council

Sustainable Clifton Committee - 2012


 Clifton Community Council

Minutes - Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 6:30pm – Scarlet Hope, 2305 Sycamore Avenue

Present: John Baker, Jen Beckman, John Beckman, Rob Gieszl

  1. Meeting with Tina & Katie (9thDistrict) Wes (MSD) set for Thursday, 11/01/12, 1:30pm at Nancy’s.
    1. John Ba will draft an agenda and John Be will present. Clifton representatives will be John Be, Katy Elliot, and Heith Ratliff with John Ba in backup.
    2. Mike McCoy’s 09/25/12 presentation was positively reviewed.
    3. Josh Poe will let us know results of his meeting with Mike McCoy.
    4. It was agreed that the mapping efforts of MSD and Green Triangle are a good start.
    5. Rob suggested that USGS mapping should be incorporated.
    6. Committee agreed that “home to stream” mapping be a goal.
  1. The rain barrel project was discussed.
    1. 10/15 was the deadline for rain barrel orders.
    2. Over 20 barrels have been installed to date.
    3. Committee will need to plan for production in the Spring, 2013
  1. Next meeting – Wednesday, January 23, 2013.
  1. Meeting was adjourned at 7:30pm. 



 Clifton Community Council


Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 7:00pm, 117 N. Jane St.

Present: John Baker, John Beckman, Katy Elliott

  1. John Be will send proposal to Tina for her reaction. John Ba will make clarifications in proposal.
  1. Katy will review foundations for likely support.
  1. John Be will take photos of the Jeffersonville, IN Market St. project
  1. Potential Partnerships:
    1. Tina – how much can she anticipate funding?
    2. Foundations, e.g. Louisville Community, Norton, B-F.
    3.  on-line asks.
    4. Neighborhood companies, e.g. DDW, Louisville Paving, APH, Ready Electric, Bike Couriers Bike Shop, etc.
    5. MSD
  1. Potentional Collaborators:
    1. UCHM, River City Housing, New Directions Housing Cop., LC Industries, FABA, Clifton Center
    2. Billy Goat Hill, Clifton Orchard Project, Green Triangle
    3. Clifton Center, Crescent Hill Library, Olmstead Conservancy (Bingham Park)
  1. Supporters: Volunteers, Other Council Committees, Churches, NPOs, Etc.

7. We will need to identify possible consultants once we get Tina’s feedback 


Clifton Community Council

Request for Proposal

Urban Design Project

September 20, 2012 v.5

Scope of Services Requested

  1. Data Collection
    1. Neighborhood maps showing topography, streets, sidewalks, karst features, impervious surfaces (with calculations of percentage of impervious surfaces and total acreage), storm water lines, and sewage lines.
    2. Analysis of data – to suggest sites having the most impact on the stated need specified.
    3. Results of two resident input meetings.
  2. The production of two Demonstration Project Plans incorporating ECS concepts deriving from a, b, and c.
  3. A presentation to the neighborhood at a Council membership meeting.

Statement of Qualifications

Respondents should be a Landscape Architect or have equivalent education and experience in designing for urban environments.

Time Frame

January 2013 – July 2013

Reply to

Clifton Community Council, Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St., Louisville, KY 40206  By November 1, 2012.


The Clifton Community Council is a 501(c) 3 corporation whose purpose is to provide a forum wherein neighborhood issues and concerns may be publicly expressed and discussed; to promote and foster pride; enthusiasm and sense of community, culture and history in the neighborhood; to encourage the beautification, preservation, rehabilitation and revitalization of all residential, business and public properties, structures, architecture, and the physical environment; to cooperate with governmental agencies in the beautification and maintenance of Bingham Park and other public areas in the neighborhood; to disseminate information and educational materials on crime prevention, land use, zoning, governmental services, history of the neighborhood, neighborhood meetings and events, and other subjects of interest to the neighborhood; to seek assistance and cooperation from governmental agencies and other neighborhood associations to resolve neighborhood problems, to achieve neighborhood objectives and goals and to maintain and improve the quality of life for all residents of the neighborhood; and to represent Clifton property owners, residents and business owners in a fair and democratic manner regarding goals and activities.

The boundaries of the Clifton neighborhood are Brownsboro Road to the North, Ewing Avenue to the East, I-64 to the South, and Melwood Avenue to the West. There are over 4000 residents and 100 businesses.

Issues of economic, ecological, and social sustainability have been of increasing neighborhood concern over the past few years. Having a significant population of blind residents, the Council has an active, multi-neighborhood, pedestrian and bicycle committee.

A neighborhood plan was produced in 2000.  In 2003, a draft Frankfort Avenue Streetscape was produced and Clifton was designated a Preservation District. In 2012, a Frankfort Avenue walkability survey was conducted and the Billy Goat Hill Community Garden produced a Tree Canopy plan.

In May of 2012 the Clifton Community Council passed a resolution that requests MSD to pursue “1) Aggressive modifications to the MSD Plan Review process to reduce the amount and type of impervious cover in proposed land use development and encourage alternative paving techniques and materials; and 2) Implementation of a concerted program to eliminate residential, business, and institutional downspout connections to the combined sewer system.”

Since 2008 the Clifton Orchard Project has promoted the edible landscape through the promotion of fruit trees. The Sustainable Clifton Committee is producing rain barrels and participating in MSD’s Payne Street project.


While we applaud the efforts of Louisville’s Complete Streets legislation (Ordinance 15, Series 2008) and resulting manual, this is the time to take the next step in an emerging participatory urban design process.


Recent activities addressing storm water remediation by the Sustainable Clifton committee has led to an awareness of ECS methodology which incorporates a range of urban mobility, storm water, aesthetic, and community building issues into planning infrastructure in a cohesive and sustainable manner. The imperative to incorporate these concepts and methodology into the fabric of neighborhood planning has become apparent.


The CCC will provide $1,000.00, board collaboration, volunteer support, newsletter and web communication, and meeting space.

It is anticipated that additional government or foundation funding in the amount of $10,000 will be available.


John Baker, 893-0477, or visit



 Community Council

Minutes - Wednesday, August 22, 6:30pm – Scarlet Hope, 2305 Sycamore Avenue

Present: John Baker, Jen Beckman, John Beckman, Katy Elliott, Josh Poe, Heith Ratliff

  1. Discussion of the evaluation of the 06/30 seminars and 06/29 Sustainable Living fair. Due to the heat, the committee will suggest that the Clifton UU Church move the fair to September or October. Rather than having them on a separate day, seminars would be held concurrently on the front lawn.
  1. Committee agreed to submit the Enhanced Complete Streets proposal to the Council BOD for approval.
    1. John Ba will present at the Wednesday, September 5th  BOD meeting and provide an inventory of anticipated expenses – $1,000 of which would be provided by the Council. John Be thought that Tina had provided $10,000 for the Street Tree Master Plan.
    2. Landscape Architect Michael McCoy has agreed to present at the CCC membership meeting on September 25th (approximately 30 minute on an integrated design approach to urban planning and an approximately 15 minute Q & A). Katy will coordinate with Mike and write an article for the Fall Quarterly. Jen will give a brief rain barrel presentation at the membership meeting.
    3. Heith brought up runoff issues at the “Woods of Crescent Hill” condos. Committee will gather info in the fall.
    4. Urban sustainability and transit was discussed. Josh will get census data and compute Clifton’s density.
    5. Katy is attending the Green Institute and has a positive impression.


  1. The rain barrel project was discussed.
    1. Jen has prepared a rain barrel order form that will be posted on the website. She has acquired an additional 50 barrels from DD Williamson.
    2. Jen will write an article for the Fall Quarterly to recruit rain barrel assemblers and provide ordering info. She plans to shut down the operation over the winter.
    3. Jen clarified that the $35.00 barrel charge was a suggested donation to the Council.
    4. Council motion and MSD response (both posted on the website) was discussed. Any additional leverage for funding Clifton projects will likely have to come from Tina.
  1. Next meeting – Wednesday, October 17, 2012, Scarlet Hope, 2305 Sycamore Avenue @ North Jane.
  1. Meeting was adjourned at 7:30pm.


Minutes - Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 6:30pm – Beckman’s, 2328 Sycamore Avenue

Present: John Baker, David Coyte, Katy Elliott, Rob Gieszl,

Rob distributed a bibliography of sustainable books available at the Library.

A review of the Louisville Sustainable Living Fair (LSLF) indicated an omission in the data. John Ba will correct and resend to the committee.

Katy and John Ba reported on Josh Poe’s determination that he could not use his LOGIC license to produce maps. “Talked to Jane Poole from LOJIC today.  They cannot offer a license to the CCC, their contract w/ ESRI (mapping software) won't allow it.  They can sell us the data we need for $52 (one time use w/ stated purpose).  Or they can make the maps for a higher price.  My agreement with LOJIC and ESRI will not allow me to use their data for profit. I suggest asking LOJIC to produce the maps.” The sub-committee will follow-up. A major question is, can we get maps in digital format?

The committee will explore the option of putting together a presentation for the CCC membership meeting September 25th. John Ba is drafting a complete streets statement. David suggested contacting David Morse a former CART board member. David expressed his opinion that the sewer and storm water lines should be separated. David recommended

 Next meeting – Wednesday, August 22, 2012, Scarlet Hope, 2305 Sycamore Avenue @ North Jane.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:30pm. 


Poster at the Louisville Sustainability Fair, June 29th. 


Sustainability is the process of nurturing family, friends, neighbors, strangers, the environment, and the Earth.

There are many ways to nurture. Consider


Getting to know your neighbors

Greeting people on the street

Picking up litter

Using your Crescent Hill Library

Buying local

Talking to the mail carrier

Getting involved with Olmstead Bingham Park

Sitting on your porch or stoop

Hiring a young person for odd jobs

Joining the Clifton Community Council

Recycling rainwater

Growing food

Seeking to understand

Pausing before reacting in anger

Supporting UCHM & the Clifton Center

Whispering barking dogs and crying children

Restoring the eco-system

Believing in the power of trust

Listening to children

Paying attention



 Community Council

07/26/12 (revised correction)

Report on the participation of the CCC and the Sustainable Clifton Committee  (SCC) at the Louisville Sustainable Living Fair (LSLF) on 06/29 & Seminars on 06/30/12


Background: Based on committee and resident feedback, the SCC has been working on participating in the LSLF and producing seminars on the morning following the Friday evening fair.

The CCC agreed to be a sponsor of the fair for a reduced fee of $100.00, which included booth space. CCC membership information, copies of the Quarterly, and committee information was available. The SCC promoted the seminars with information, a display of baby chick & ducks, registration for a “door prize” (Reader’s Corner gift certificate), and a display of rain barrels. A number of people signed-up to purchase a rain barrel for $35.00. Bill Deatherage won the gift certificate. Thanks to booth sitters John & Jen Beckman, Katy Elliott, and Kathy Hinko.

The educational presentations scheduled for Saturday, June 30 at the Clifton UU Church were Bee Keeping (Jen Beckman), Practical Recycling (John Beckman), Urban Chickens (Jen Beckman), Library Technical Resources and Research (Nicole Dixon), Greening the Homestead (Christina Neubauer) and Fruit Drying (Orchard Project/Brooke Tarpy).

Results: Unfortunately, the Green the Homestead seminar was cancelled and the Practical Recycling did not have any participants. Following is the attendance and rating of the five seminars.



# Participants

Rating (1-10 scale)

Bee Keeping



Urban Chickens



Practical Recycling



Fruit Drying



Library Resources




Discussion: Clearly the birds and bees were the top draw; promotion of the seminars needs to be evaluated and fine tuned; very hot temperatures reduced fair and potential seminar attendance; the booth’s positioning next to MSD (Payne St. rain barrel project) and Green Triangle/Billy Goat Hill was a plus. 

June 30 Recycling seminar at Clifton Unitarian Church:

Why Recycle? Along with considerations “not to use” and “reuse”, recycling is a key component to conserving the earth’s resources. Recycling keeps garbage out of the landfill, saves energy, and preserves natural resources. Recyclable materials collected by Louisville Metro are sold to create new products, creating an income stream for the city. Recycling helps create a healthier and cleaner community.

  1.  On-site options for Recycling in Louisville
  2. 18 gallon orange bin provided free to every resident
  3. Request an additional 18 gallon bin for $10
  4. In the Ninth district only—request a $50 95 gallon container for residents, $55 95 gallon container for businesses.

Or to download and print Recycling Bin Request Form, go to: 8018-4AAC8EA04598/0/RecyclingBinPurchaseForm.pdf

  1. Off-site options
  2. In the Ninth District: Behind the Metro fire station at Franck & Frankfort Ave., or at the Bowman Field License Branch.
  3. Go to

for other Metro locations.

  1. See list of sites for old handheld electronics
  2. Location for larger electronic items: Louisville Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Ave., T-F 8AM t 5PM, Sat. 8AM to 3PM. Fees: Three items or systems per visit for residents at no charge. See business fees at this site:
  3.    III.            Recycling Management: Organize your home for recycling ease and efficiency
  4.   IV.            What can be recycled:
  5. Give short list
  6. For more detail go to:


  1. For businesses within the downtown area, go to:

  1. If you’re unsure whether an item is recyclable, go to:

enter your item description, and then your zip code for a recycling location nearest you.

  1.      V.            Give everyone a copy of “Recycling 101” brochure.

For a copy of this outline, containing the live links listed above, go to:

--Submitted by John Beckman, co-chair Clifton Community Council Land Use & Preservation Committee, June 29, 2012.


Outline for June 30th presentation. 

Greening the Homestead

LG&E Energy Audit:


Easy Tips:

-Change your furnace filter every 30 days

-Install and use a clothesline

-Use reusable bags instead of plastic

-Use less paper

-Do away with paper towels and napkins

-Weather strip windows and doors; seal off cracks and fireplaces

-Install Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs)

-Donate old fixtures to habitat restore

Install Green improvements:


-upgrade to efficient energy star appliances

-Ceiling fans

-Programmable thermostat

-Low-flow toilet

-Aerator on all faucets

-Rain barrels 

Reduce harmful chemicals:

-Use organic cleaners and detergents

-Make homemade cleaners

Reduce Waste:

-Compost and Recycle

Pantry Homemade Cleaners:

White Vinegar

Mildly acidic white vinegar dissolves dirt, soap scum, and hard water deposits from smooth surfaces, yet is gentle enough to use in solution to clean hardwood flooring.

White vinegar is a natural deodorizer, absorbing odors instead of covering them up. (And no, your bathroom won't smell like a salad! Any vinegar aroma disappears when dry.) With no coloring agents, white vinegar won't stain grout on tiled surfaces. Because it cuts detergent residue, white vinegar makes a great fabric softener substitute for families with sensitive skin.

Try these recipes to harness the cleaning power of white vinegar:

Homemade Spray Cleaner Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water

In the kitchen, use vinegar-and-water spray to clean countertops, lightly soiled range surfaces and backsplash areas.

In the bathroom, use vinegar spray cleaner to clean countertops, floors, and exterior surfaces of the toilet.

For really tough bathroom surfaces such as shower walls, pump up the cleaning power by removing the sprayer element and heating the solution in the microwave until barely hot.

Spray shower walls with the warmed generously, allow to stand for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse. The heat helps soften stubborn soap scum and loosens hard water deposits.

Undiluted White Vinegar

Undiluted white vinegar--straight from the jug--makes quick work of tougher cleaning problems involving hard water deposits or soap scum.

Use undiluted white vinegar to scrub the inside of the toilet bowl. Before you begin, dump a bucket of water into the toilet to force water out of the bowl and allow access to the sides. Pour undiluted white vinegar around the bowl and scrub with a toilet brush to remove stains and odor. Use a pumice stone to remove any remaining hard water rings.

Clean shower heads that have been clogged with mineral deposits with undiluted white vinegar. Place 1/4 to 1/2 cup vinegar in a plastic food storage bag, and secure the bag to the shower head with a rubber band. Let stand for 2 hours to overnight, then rinse and buff the fixture to a shiny finish.

Add one cup of undiluted white vinegar to the laundry rinse cycle instead of commercial fabric softener. White vinegar softens clothes and cuts detergent residue--a plus for family members with sensitive skin.

Baking Soda

Baking soda's mild abrasive action and natural deodorizing properties make it a powerful replacement for harsh commercial scouring powders. Put baking soda to work in your organized home:

Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to tackle grimy bathtub rings, scour vanities, or remove food deposits from the kitchen sink.

For tougher grime, make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to the tub or sink, and allow to stand for 10 to 20 minutes. Dirt, soap scum and deposits soften and are easier to remove.

Slow-running drains? Keep bathroom drains running freely by pouring 1/2 to 3/4 cup baking soda into the drain, and dribbling just enough hot water to wash the solution down. Let stand for 2 hours to overnight, then flush thoroughly with hot water. The deodorizing effect is an added bonus! [Do not use this method on blocked drains.]

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol provides the base for an evaporating cleaner to rival commercial window and glass cleaning solutions. Find it at drugstores or in the pharmacy department at the supermarket.

Use this glass cleaning spray recipe for windows, mirrors, chrome fixtures and for a shiny finish on hard-surface ceramic tiles:

Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


Strong alkaline solution, clear, non-sudsing ammonia creates stronger window and all-purpose cleaning recipes than acidic vinegar.

Choose non-sudsing varieties of household ammonia for these cleaning recipes. Suds may make it appear like the cleaner is working, but they're tough to rinse and remove.

Try these ammonia recipes for spring cleaning or tough chores:

Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon clear, non-sudsing ammonia

Strong All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 T clear, non-sudsing ammonia
  • 1 T clear laundry detergent
  • 2 cups water

Furniture Polish

Most of us no longer use hard-to-apply furniture wax, but rely on oil-based polish to keep furniture protected and shiny.

This "salad dressing" recipe for furniture polish avoids the danger of silicone oil, found in most commercial polishes and sprays.

Silicone oil can penetrate tiny cracks in furniture finish and enter the wood, causing problems in the event refinishing is needed.

Lemon juice dissolves dirt and smudges, while olive oil shines and protects the wood:

Furniture Polish Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Shake well and apply a small amount to a flannel cleaning rag or cleaning cloth. Spread evenly over furniture surface. Turn cloth to a dry side and polish dry. 



Carbon or Nitrogen


Alfalfa meal and hay


Shredding or chopping it up will help it break down quicker

Algae, seaweed and lake moss


Good source of nutrients and minerals.

Apple pomace (cider press waste)


If dried use as a carbon

Ashes (wood, not coal)


Use only wood ashes since coal ashes can be toxic to plants. Use sparingly as a pest deterant.

Beverages, kitchen rinse water


Help keep the pile moist, but don’t over do it.

Buckwheat straw or hulls


Shredding or chopping it up will help it break down quicker



If you have lots of this, consider recycling it. Otherwise, shred into small pieces in pile.

Cat litter (unused!)


Ugh..make sure its unused



Add it for a bit of luck!

Cocoa hulls


Shredding or chopping it up will help it break down quicker

Coffee grounds (and filters)


Great source of nitrogen and worms love coffee grounds! The filter will break down so add it too!

Cornstalks, corn cobs


A little tricky, so shred and/or break down and mix well into pile.

Cotton Bur


Great to use to jump start your pile or warm it up



Add them if you got them!

Dog food


Best if not a meat based dog food

Dryer lint


Yum, lint. Make sure you moisten it a little before you add it.



If dry use as a carbon

Egg shells


These break down slowly, so make sure to crush these before adding.



Slow to break down, shred if possible to speed up process



Green use as Nitrogen, dried use as carbon

Fruit peels (not limes)


Best if you cut them up to small pieces

Grape pomace (winery waste)


When dried and shredded best used as a carbon

Green Grass clippings


When green can be used as a Nitrogen

Dried Grass clippings


Make sure they are not too wet and mix with dry leaves for best results.



Good source of nitrogen. Make sure you scatter, so it doesn’t clump.



The best kind is hay that is not suitable for livestock and is starting to decay on its own. Make sure it is dry and weathered.

Hedge Clippings


Shredding or chopping it up will help it break down quicker

Hops (brewery waste)


When dried and shredded best used as a carbon

Kelp (seaweed)


Good source of potassium (perfect for growing potatoes!). Use sparingly or sprinkle kelp meal in to get your pile cooking.

Leather (leather waste)


Shredding or chopping it up will help it break down quicker



Shredding or chopping it up will help it break down quicker

Manure from herbivores (cow, horse, pig, sheep, chicken, rabbit)


Best if known to come from a herbivore



Shredding or chopping will help it break down quicker

Nut shells


Shredding or chopping will help it break down quicker

Oak leaves


Shredding or chopping will help it break down quicker

Oat straw


Shredding or chopping will help it break down quicker

Sawdust and wood shavings


Preferably not from kiln-dried wood



Shredding will help it break down quicker

Peanut hulls


Shredding or chopping will help it break down quicker

Peat moss


Also great to add to your garden soil

Pine needles and cones


Shredding or chopping will help it break down quicker

Tea leaves


Best if shredded to help it break down quicker

Vegetable peels and scraps


Kitchen scraps are a great source of nitrogen



From the pea family, yup add it too



Don’t add if your concerned about spreading the seeds

Wheat straw


Best if shredded to help it break down quicker

Things you should NOT compost!



Carbon or Nitrogen


Ashes (coal or charcoal)


May contain materials that are toxic to plants.

Cat droppings/litter


These may contain disease organisms and should always be avoided for composting.

Colored paper



Dog droppings


Same as cats.



Acidity can kill composting action.

Meat, fat, grease, oils, bones


Do not break down, can coat materials and “preserve” them, can attract pests.

Nonbiodegradable materials





Minutes - Wednesday, June 20, 2012 6:30pm – Beckman’s, 2328 Sycamore Avenue

Present: John Baker, Jen Beckman, John Beckman, Christina Neubauer, Pam Sheehan, and Sally Suter for Rob Gieszl.

  1. Pam reported that to date there were 30 vendors registered for the Sustainable Living Fair. Set-up to start at 3:00pm. Jen agreed to be on WDRB, next Thursday (06/28) and John Beckman will check with Wes Sydnor at MSD about participating.
  2. John Ba will bring newsletters and get the CCC banner from Janie Estes.
  3. John Be will bring membership forms and committee descriptions. Jen will bring LFPL handouts and tent. Cathy Hinko will help in the booth from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
  4. The educational presentations for Saturday, June 30 at the Clifton UU Church have been firmed up.
  5. 9am-9:45am: Bee Keeping (Jen Beckman) & Practical Recycling (John Beckman).
  6. 10am-10:45am: Urban Chickens (Jen Beckman) & Library Technical Resources and Research (Nicole Dixon).
  7. 11am-11:45am: Greening the Homestead (Christina Neubauer) & Fruit Drying (Orchard Project/Brooke Parpy).
  8. John Be reported on MSD’s response to the CCC’s storm water remediation motion. The response was favorable though nothing is firm at this point.
  9. John Be will check with Wes Sydnor about MSD approaching Ready Electric about space to store and fabricate rain barrels.
  10. John Ba will arrange a meeting with Josh Poe to discuss a GIS map for the waste and storm water in Clifton.
  11. The next meeting will be Wednesday, July 25th, 6:30pm at the Beckman’s.
  12. Meeting was adjourned at 7:45pm.


Minutes - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:30pm – Beckman’s, 2328 Sycamore Avenue

Present: John Baker, Jen Beckman, John Beckman, Christina Neubauer.

  1. Pam Sheehan was unable to attend and Rob sent his regrets. John Beckman reported that the CCC authorized $100.00 toward sponsoring the Sustainability Fair (SF) on 06/29. The schedule was scoped out for the educational programming on 06/30.
    1. 9am-9:45am: Bee Keeping (Jen Beckman) & Practical Recycling (John Beckman.
    2. 10am-10:45am: Urban Chickens (Jen Beckman) & Library Resources (Rob Gieszel).
    3. 11am-11:45am: Sustainable Housing (Christina Neubauer) & Fruit Drying (Orchard Project/Brooke).
    4. John Beckman gave a report on the LUPC motion that was passed the CCC BOD. The committee agreed to support source point storm water efforts to include a neighborhood wide rain barrel project with homeowner incentives. John also has a projector if needed for power point presentations at the June 30 event.
  1. Jen agreed to share her tent with the CCC/Sustainable Clifton. We’ll need CCC promotional material, e.g. membership forms and committee opportunities. 
  2. Christina suggested a “Funky Chicken Tour” (keeping Clifton gritty) fundraiser in partnership with the Special Events Committee. This has been done in other cities, e.g. Dallas, and would focus on raising chickens. 
  3. Committee agreed to work with the UU folks to promote and recruit vendors for the sustainability fair.
  4. Next meeting – Wednesday, June 20th, 2012, 6:30pm, Beckman’s, 2328 Sycamore Avenue (@ North Keats)
  5. Meeting was adjourned at 7:50pm.

Addendum: The CCC might consider offering a membership promotion, e.g.  50% off, half price sale, or 2 for 1 promotion (if you sign-up for a committee) during the SF. 


 Minutes - Wednesday, April 25, 2012 6:30pm – Scarlet Hope, 2305 Sycamore Avenue

Present: John Baker, Jen Beckman, David Coyte, Mary Ann & Don Crist, Rob Gieszl, Pam Sheehan

  1. Pam Sheehan reported on the Friday, June 29th, 5pm-9pm, Rastaetter Ave. Sustainable Living Fair (SLF) sponsored by the Clifton Universalist Unitarian Church. We will have a series of concurrent 45-minute presentations on Saturday, June 30thfrom 9:00am to Noon with a meal from Noon to 1:00pm. 
    1. David’s intern, Brooke, can do drying, grafting, and/or rain barrels; Jen’s doing bees and chickens; herbs and container gardening were mentioned.
    2. Pam will check with Sally Craven about a master gardening intro.
    3. CCC will have a booth in the SLF, as will the Library, in conjunction with the Orchard Project
    4. Contact with Earth Save needs to be done for the lunch on 06/30. Was someone going to contact Carol and David Breitsnyder?
    5. John will write an article for the Clifton Quarterly – a volunteer to edit?


  1. Jen Beckman gave a report on the MSD Payne Street rain barrel project. 29% of homes have had at last one installation. Problems noted with repair and odd sized downspouts. MSD is expanding their reach and Jen will know the parameters next week.
    1. Jen will negotiate some form of recompense with MSD (perhaps a “two kits for us, one rain barrel for you” deal could be struck)
    2. The Orchard Project is having a “work and learn” at the “yeller house at Sycamore & Clifton” on Saturday, May 19th from 10-2. Jen is forwarding 10 raw barrels to the Orchard Project to make rain barrels with.
    3. Jen may have a rain barrel workday on Sunday, May 6th. Details to follow.

 Next meeting – Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012, 6:30pm, Beckman’s, 2328 Sycamore Avenue @ North Keats



Minutes - Wednesday, March 28th, 6:30pm – Scarlet Hope, 2305 Sycamore Avenue

Present: John Baker, Jen Beckman, John Beckman, Joey Blake, Rob Gieszl, Randy Hedden, Eleanor Larson, Pam Sheehan, Jan Weber

 Jen Beckman gave a report on the MSD Payne Street rain barrel project. A work session has been scheduled for Thursday, 03/29 at the rear of 2225 Sycamore. Installation of rain barrels is set for Saturday, 03/31. It was decided that rain barrels would be distributed on a “first come, first serve” basis with consideration for street and area distribution at a later date.

 Pam Sheehan gave an overview of the Friday, June 29th, 5pm-9pm, Rastaetter Ave. Sustainable Living Fair

    1. CCC will be asked to contribute $300 as a partnership donation for advertising and promotion.
    2. Consensus suggested that the committee organize a Saturday, June 30theducational presentation with a variety of topics. Tomese Buthod will be contacted regarding “master gardening”; David Coyte will be contacted regarding the Orchard Project; Jen Beckman will have presentations on bee keeping and chickes; John Baker will give a rain barrel presentation; Rob Gieszel will present on LFPL resources;  Other presenters to be recruited or will volunteer; John Beckman may be willing to do a “practical recycling” presentation
    3. Having T-shirts screened was discussed; John will check on “Recycling 101” brochures from Tina’s office; Pam will consult with CUU committee regarding our collaboration; a “taste” of sustainability for the Friday event was discussed (addendum – perhaps with Earth Save?);
    4.  Review of October 18, 2011 meeting’s project suggestions and survey was distributed for future consideration.
    5. Next meeting – Wednesday, April 25th, 2012, Scarlet Hope, 2305 Sycamore Avenue @ North Jane
    6. Meeting was adjourned at 7:45pm. 
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