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October 10th through October 17th, 2008

In This Issue


New Bedford Green Solutions Day of Action

This week:

Green Buildings Open Houses

Ocean Energy for New England Conference


Save The Date:

Sustainability Film Series: King Corn



Know your vegetables

Green your business



Farmer's Markets

Volunteer with Sharing the Harvest


Weekly Green Tip:

Get an Energy Audit

Weekly Quote:

"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

Weekly Web Site:

The Story of Stuff - A simple but frightening overview of what goes into all the "Stuff" we consume. Must-see.

Leaf Bullet News

Sustainability Assessment Workshop and Luncheon: Energy

Monday, October 6th, from 12-1:30 pm - Please join us on Monday, October 6th, from 12-1:30 pm for our second Assessment Workshop and Luncheon focused on campus energy usage. Come to hear about our Energy Performance Audit; the arrival of our Met Tower and wind instruments; our carbon footprint analysis; student energy projects; and the potential for biomass and other renewable energies. Presenters include: William Heaney, Associate Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services; Dave Ferguson, Director of Facilities; Manuel Del Lima, Senior Resident Engineer; Tom Paine, Sustainability Project Coordinator.
(Library browsing area)

New Bedford Green Solutions-Day of Action

Sunday, October 5, from 1-5pm - 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
(143 North Front St, New Bedford)


Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability
UMASS Dartmouth Farmers Market

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

Green Buildings Open House 2008

Saturday, October 4, from 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
(A list of local houses is here)

"Unofficial" Operation Clean Sweep

Saturday, October 4, from 10am-12pm - please join us for coastsweep, a shoreline cleanup in Ward 6, New Bedford. Meet at East Beach across from Butler Flats Lighthouse on East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford. Be a part of an international shoreline cleanup, collect data for the ocean conservancy (gloves, bags and data sheets supplied!) Click here for more information about CoastSweep Please pre - register at www.operationcleansweep.net

The Watershed Ride

Sunday, 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

Monday, 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.
(The Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, Route 6, Fall River, MA)

Planning the Transformation: Environmental audit, Green as Strategy.

Thursday, October 9, from 8:30-11:00am - Planning the Transformation: Environmental audit, Green as
Strategy. More details below.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date
Taunton River Folk Festival

October 10-13 The second annual Taunton River Folk Festival, to benefit the Taunton River Watershed Alliance, is slated for Oct. 10-13 in downtown Taunton. http://www.tauntonfest.org

The Amazon: A Living Treasure

Monday, October 14, 12 - 1pm Astrid Cabral is a leading poet and environmentalist from the Amazonian region of Brazil. Having witnessed the destruction of the Amazon first-hand, she will speak about the environmental and visceral impact of the rapid deforestation of the world’s largest rainforest.
(Library Browsing Area)

Sustainability Film Series - King Corn

Monday, October 14, 6:30 pm King Corn (2007, 90 minutes)
Engrossing and eye-opening King Corn is a fun and crusading journey into the digestive tract of our fast food nation where one ultra-industrial pesticide-laden heavily-subsidized commodity dominates the food pyramid from top to bottom – corn. Fueled by curiosity and a dash of naiveté college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to their ancestral home of Greene Iowa to figure out how a modest kernel conquered America. With the help of some real farmers, oodles of fertilizer and government aid, and some genetically modified seeds the friends manage to grow one acre of corn. Along the way they unlock the hilarious absurdities and scary but hidden truths about America's modern food system." A graceful and frequently humorous film that captures the idiosyncrasies of its characters and never hectors" (Salon) King Corn shows how and why whenever you eat a hamburger or drink a soda you re really consuming corn.
(Library Browsing Area)
Coming up: Wednesday, November 19th at 6:30 PM - The Great Global Warming Swindle (2007, 120 minutes)

Environmental Coffee Hour

Wednesday, October 15, 7:30am-8:30am at New Bedford City Hall (Room 314)
(Please bring your own coffee cup.) - Since we have not met in a few months, we'll all have things to talk about regarding summer activities and accomplishments. We hope to see you then!

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 Announcements

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 declining 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
October 23 Water Effectiveness: Supply, Consumption, Efficiency.
October 30 Energy Effectiveness: Supply, Consumption, Efficiency,
November 6 Resources: Green facilities, Eco-products, Materials
management, Zero waste.
November 13 Synthesis: Eco-labeling, Certification, Promoting the Green

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).

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                  

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


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.


Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip
Get a Home Energy Audit

Many utilities offer free home energy audits to find where your home is poorly insulated or energy inefficient. You can save up to 30% off your energy bill and 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Energy Star can help you find an energy specialist.

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