El Rojo Grande
KSB played a contributing role in the outpouring of community opposition to this planned development, resulting in the withdrawal of the proposal by the developer.
KSB volunteers were responsible for removing litter and trash from 50 miles of Sedona area roads. The program continues to host groups interested in combining community service with vacations. In May, Lisa Propeck with Sol Searchers brought a team of women from across the country to Sedona, and they spent a day litter lifting Beaverhead Flats Road.
We stepped up our efforts to inform the community about emerging issues related to our area’s environment and undertook a pilot initiative to distribute a condensed physical copy of our Quarterly Newsletter to reach non-members in the community.
40th Annual Native Plant Workshop
Held at the Verde Valley School, this workshop was a Zero Waste Event! With over 130 participants, the day provided a keynote speaker and a choice of nine different sessions for the three workshop slots covering landscape topics that encourage native and drought-resistant plants that welcome the birds, bees, and butterflies, as well as gardening and composting tips.
KSB contributed to the development of Sedona’s Sustainable Tourism Plan and is the Lead Partner responsible for implementing 3 of the Plan’s key tactics: encourage less consumption of single-use plastics, advocate that the development of private lands is in alignment with sustainability goals, and encourage grandfathered businesses to implement dark-sky lighting.
The KSB Preserving the Wonder Speaker Series hosted speakers on a variety of subjects including geology, climate change, the Verde River, area flora and fauna, and dark sky projects. Over 350 members of the community attended our 8 Wednesday night events, and an Earth Day Celebration.
KSB is a founding member of this Alliance of not-for-profits. The Alliance standardized its Zero Waste Events certification program and launched a new social enterprise to support it. The Alliance offered their 4th annual Sustainability in Schools Symposium and their first week-long summer camp. It also collaborated with the Sedona Chamber of Commerce to promote the Sustainable Business Certification and to provide sustainability tips to member businesses.
Along with the Dark-Sky Committee of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Committee, we participated in numerous educational events and continued to take sky quality measurements to ensure that Sedona and Big Park/Village of Oak Creek protect their dark nighttime skies and reduce light pollution. In December, Cottonwood was named an International Dark Sky Community.
Awards of Excellence
We presented awards to Ken Zoll for Cultural Heritage, L’ Auberge de Sedona for Sustainability, Bill and Justine Kusner for Community Service, J D and Karen Maddy for Dark Skies, and Sedona Compost for Environmental Stewardship. Georgia Munsell received the Norman McGee Award. Awards were presented at KSB’s Pushmataha Center, attended by award winners and families, City representatives, and KSB members.
Membership and Endowment
KSB added over 32 new individual members and 5 new business members. $16,250 was added to the Endowment Fund bringing the total to over $191,000. An independent financial audit showed that KSB is financially sound and fiscally responsible.
Sedona Trail Keepers Program
KSB donated $1000 to the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau Sedona Trail Keepers program to maintain and expand our trails and preserve our natural landscape for generations to come.