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September 19-September 26, 2008

In This Issue

News:

New newsletter is live

Calendar:

Permaculture Workshop

More

Save The Date:

New Bedford Green Solutions Day of Action

 

Bike Ride to Save the Watershed

 

More

Announcement:

The Pajama Project needs your help

 

Traffic Engineering Course open for enrollment

 

Green your business

 

More

Ongoing:

Volunteer with Sharing the Harvest

 

Farmer's Markets

 

More

Weekly Green Tip:

Online Shopping

Leaf Bullet News

Our first newsletter of the year is live

That's right, our first "packed full of stuff" newsletter is live. Pick them up around campus or simply click here to download it and save a tree (PDF).

Articles include a Campus Sustainability Assessment update, an article about the latest recyling efforts on campus, info about our green roof project, and oodles of other sustainability knowledge.

Read here for more.

 

Innovative thinking: Using cheese to power you AND the grid

 

Innovative thinking at work:

Kraft is the latest company to turn part of its waste stream into a bigger bottom line.

Two cheese plants in New York will turn used whey into energy in a move that will supplant a third of the facilities' natural gas purchases. The company also will avoid the expense of hauling the waste away.

Read here for more.

 


Leaf Bullet Calendar
UMASS Dartmouth Farmers Market

Friday, 11am-4pm. Campus Center Patio.

Come to the Campus Center Patio this Friday to enjoy this week's offerings at the Farmer's Market. Fresh fruit, vegetables, and more! Check out the new vendors joining the market this week.

Operation Clean Sweep Clean-up and Volunteer Thank You

September 20, 8am-10:30am Cleanup Ward 5 (Congdon School, Hemlock St, New Bedford) 10:30-12:00 Thank you Celebration. Please pre-register before the clean-up at: 508-979-1493. For more info e-mail Info@operationcleansweep.net

Weekend Permaculture Workshop at Friend's Academy in Dartmouth, MA

September 20 & 21, 9am-6pm. A 2-day introductory course led by noted Permaculture instructor Dick Pierce and local guests, offering practical training and skills in sustainable living. We will cover design principles, techniques, and mind-sets that can easily be applied to your home, workplace, and community to help you live well and joyously, in the city, suburbs, or country, but with less energy, less consumption, and a smaller/kinder ecological footprint. Cost is $120 for weekend with scholarships available. Click here for more info.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date
New Bedford Green Solutions-Day of Action

September 27. All are welcome to take part as New Bedford holds its first "New Bedford Green Solutions- Day of Action!" Area programs including P.A.C.E., YouthBuild, 3rd Eye Unlimited, and Spiritual Warriors are collaborating to bring educational speakers, cultural performances, positive vibes, and live music to promote and raise awareness that New Bedford is ready for Green Jobs and New Bedforders are ready to change their lifestyles and live more sustainably. Events will include energy audits, lot clean up, speakers, opportunity to sign the "I'm Ready" petition, and much more. For more information please contact Temistocles Blessed Ferreira at 508-858-9261 or temblessed@gmail.com.

Green Buildings Open House 2008

October 4, 10am-4pm. The event, which is part of the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour, offers a unique opportunity for people to see first-hand how clean energy and green building practices can be put to work. To register your green building for the event contact Mary Biddle of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association at: mbiddle@nesea.org.  For more information visit: www.nesea.org

The Watershed Ride

October 5, The Watershed Ride is a cycling fundraising event for The Coalition for Buzzards Bay.  Cycle through pastoral farmlands, coastal villages, cranberry bogs, working waterfronts, and the back roads of Cape Cod - all while helping Buzzards Bay and its watershed.  The route is 75 miles long beginning at Horseneck Beach in Westport and ending in Quissett Harbor in beautiful Woods Hole.  Two rest stops with food, beverages, toilets, and bike support will be provided, as well as lunch at Eastover Farms in Rochester and a celebratory picnic at the Finish Line.  On-the-road support will include bike mechanics and first aid.  Limited transportation from Woods Hole to Horseneck Beach will be available.  Along with a registration fee of $60, riders must raise a minimum of $300.  Register online at www.savebuzzardsbay.org.  Registration closes Thursday, October 2 at 6pm.

Ocean Energy for New England Conference

October 6. Hosted by the  Marine Renewable Energy Center (MREC).  Keynote speaker, Congressman William Delahunt, will provide an update on relevant federal initiatives, followed by panelists from industry, government, technology development, and public policy.  Please visit www.mrec.umassd.edu for conference details, registration, directions, accommodations, and upcoming events.

Regional Sustainability Gathering

October 16, 8:30am-2:30pm at UMASS Dartmouth, Woodland Commons.
As cities and towns across the region struggle to make ends meet, they are
turning to sustainability for solutions. Please join your neighbors,
colleagues, and fellow officials on Thursday, October 16th, for a Regional
Sustainability Exchange. Come to hear about local projects, to share your
ideas, and to strategize regional possibilities. We'll be meeting at 8:30
am at UMD's Woodland Commons--an invitation and agenda is attached.
More information here (PDF).

Green Fairhaven Energy and Ecology Fair

October 18, 9am-3pm. The Fair is an event designed to bring people with an interest in "Green" together with people who work in the Green Industries. For more information contact Bob Espindola at Bob_Espindola@Acushnetgolf.com.

Dartmouth YMCA Fall Family Celebration

October 18. Activities include:  5K/10K Road Race and Fun Run, Farm Activities, Pie Baking Contest, Hayrides, Barbecue Dinner
For more info please contact the Dartmouth YMCA at 508-993-3361

4th Annual Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change Conference

October 24-26. This year's Bioneer's conference will be held in downtown New Bedford. Early registrations are due by September 19th for reduced price. Visit: www.connectingforchange.org for more information.


Leaf Bullet Announcement

Pajama Project

The City of New Bedford is asking for you old pajamas! Help the HarbOUR HOUSE Family Shelter by clicking this link to learn more

September 18th Conference postponed to October 16th

The Regional Sustainability Conference originally proposed for September 18th has been postponed until October 16th. Please see Save the Date section for more information.

UMASS Dartmouth Course in Traffic Engineering Open for Enrollment

Professor Marguerite Zarillo is offering a Traffic Engineering Course (PHY 510) for senior undergraduate and graduate students in the Fall 2008 Semester. Traffic Engineering is an interdisciplinary field that addresses topics of traffic streams and car following theory, environmental impact, intelligent transportation systems and more. There are no prerequisites for this course. For more information and copies of the syllabus please contact Professor Zarillo at 508-999-9268 or mzarillo@umassd.edu.

Green Your Business: A Six Session Course for Business Owners and Managers

Learn how you can position your business to be resilient in the face of decling supplies and increasing prices of energy, water, and other resources. After this class you'll return to work with an understanding of how to calculate, evaluate, and reduce your organization's environmental impact- establishing your business as a leader in your industry.

Classes will be taught by Glenn Bachman, a certified management consultant and certified planner with over 30 years experience. He works in transforming organizations into sustainable enterprises that create enduring value. Bachman is the author of The Green Business Guide, which will be published this winter.

Classes will be held starting October 2nd from 8:30-11:00am at UMASS Dartmouth's downtown campus at 800 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Here's the schedule:
October 2 Green Enterprise: Environmental Context, Attributes, Benefits.
October 9 Planning the Transformation: Environmental audit, Green as
Strategy.
October 23 Water Effectiveness: Supply, Consumption, Efficiency.
October 30 Energy Effectiveness: Supply, Consumption, Efficiency,
Production.
November 6 Resources: Green facilities, Eco-products, Materials
management, Zero waste.
November 13 Synthesis: Eco-labeling, Certification, Promoting the Green
Enterprise.

Fee is $95 for all six classes, including materials and certificate or $20.00 per individual class. Class size is limited and preference will be given to individuals from New Bedford businesses. Go here to register (PDF).

New Discussion Group Forming Focused on Sustainability and Food

Menu for the Future - a 6 week discussion circle with readings collected and assembled by the Northwest Earth Institute exploring the connection between food and sustainability.
Registration open through September 23rd. Fee for reading materials is $25 (scholarships available).

Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747.
We'll meet for 6 Tuesdays from Sept. 23rd through Oct 28th.

More info on readings - NWEI Course Offerings - Menu for the Future

Any Questions, Please Contact Derek at 508-992-1868 or derekchristianson@gmail.com (see our blog for other happenings:  http://brixbounty.blogspot.com/)

Know Your Vegetables
A Monthly Conversation Series Focusing on Small-Scale Vegetable Production. 

We invite you (home gardeners, foodies, farmers, anybody who enjoys vegetables… young and old) to join us in a free discussion series on a range of topics related to vegetable production.
 
Monday October 20 – Fall Fertilizers and Composting
Monday November 24 – Nutrient Density in Foods
Monday December 15 – Biodynamic Agriculture

January 2009 – Preparing a Seed Order and Variety Selection   
February 2009 – Tools for the Vegetable Garden, Small- Scale Farm
March 2009 – Seed Starting, Greenhouses and Cold Frames   
April 2009 - Sustainable Production Techniques, Row Covers and Transplanting
May 2009 – Weeds, Cultivation, and Stale Bedding

Conversations will continue into summer 2009:  topics to be determined.

Discussions are held at Brix Bounty Farm.  Usually 3rd Monday of the Month, 6:30 PM

For more information or to RSVP please contact us:  
Derek Christianson, Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747   
Ph:  508.992.1868                  
http://brixbounty.blogspot.com/


Leaf Bullet Ongoing
Volunteer with Sharing the Harvest Farm Project

Dartmouth YMCA, 276 Gulf Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747.

Saturdays 10am-12pm. www.ymcasouthcoast.org

Farmer's Markets

Dartmouth: Fridays 1-6pm at Rex Field, adjacent to St. Peter's Church in Padanaram.

Fairhaven: Sundays 1-4pm at the Fairhaven High School.

New Bedford: Brooklawn Park, Mondays 2:00-7:00pm, Ashley Blvd & Brooklawn St, New Bedford.

New Bedford: Clasky Common, Saturdays, 9am-1pm,located at Pleasant St & Pearl St, New Bedford.

New Bedford: Wings Court, Thursdays, 2:00-7:00pm,located at Wings Court, Purchase St& Union St, down town New Bedford.

Westport: Saturdays,8am-12pm, Westport Grange, 870 Main Rd, Westport.


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