CFS Leadership and Groups

Clifton Ware, Co-founder and organizer, has stepped down from this leadership role, as of October 2014. CFS is currently undergoing reorganization, as it continues evolving. Former action teams have evolved into special interest groups, including Bike Walk SAV and Wilshire Elementary Ecology Club.

The former Education-Outreach Team has been transformed into Sustainability Education Forum (SEF), and is responsible for sponsoring forums designed to encourage more participant involvement, as presenters, discussion leaders, and coordinators.  The emphasis is on study and discussion of a wide variety of topics and issues related to creating more resilient and sustainable communities. Forums, which are free and open to the public, will be held on Saturdays, 3-5 p.m., either at the St. Anthony Village Library or in local churches. For more information, please contact Clif Ware (

Another function of the Sustainability Education Forum group is to publish a weekly e-newsletter. Formerly known as the CFS News-Views Digest, it is now known as SEF Sustainability News-Views Digest. The most recent issues are available on this website.

Another active group is the Resources-Energy Team, which to date has assumed recycling of materials for the annual SAV Village Fest, which is held the first weekend in August. Solar installations on homes and buildings is another interest that is being studied.

The former Land-Food Team sponsored a Growing Groceries Program in 2013 that consisted of three workshops spread over the gardening season. Three U of MN Master Gardeners served as volunteer instructors, and 35 local gardeners participated in the three workshops.

Leaders of these groups form the leadership team for the reorganization of CFS. A strategic planning initiative is underway, and plans should be in place sometime in 2015.

By Dan Kunitz

Dan Kunitz is a Minnesota native interested in decarbonization. He is a business analyst at the University of Minnesota and volunteers his website and design skills to Citizens for Sustainability.

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