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October 10th through October 17th, 2008

In This Issue

News:

Mass Dartmouth eyes ocean energy test site

This week:

Regional Sustainability Gathering

The Amazon: A Living Treasure

More

Save The Date:

Bioneers By the Bay Conference

More

Announcement:

Know your vegetables

Green your business

More

Ongoing:

Farmer's Markets

Volunteer with Sharing the Harvest

More

Weekly Green Tip:

Ten ways to run your refrigerator cheaper

Weekly Quote:

"The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired in value."
- Theodore Roosevelt

Weekly Web Site:

Lighter Footstep - A treasure trove of ways you can lighten your load on Mother Earth.

Leaf Bullet News

UMass Dartmouth eyes ocean energy test site

ATMCFALL RIVER — UMass Dartmouth is teaming with regional universities and energy development companies to establish the country's first offshore test site for wave and tidal technologies that capture energy from the ocean's waves, tides and currents.

The Marine Renewable Energy Center, housed at UMass Dartmouth's Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, is a new collaborative of New England universities and energy companies that aim to speed development of the region's nascent ocean energy industry.
Read more at the Standard Times web site.

Governor awards Leading By Example Award to UMass Dartmouth

Leading By Example AwardOn Thursday, October 2, representatives from the Office of Campus and Community Sustainability for UMass Dartmouth received an award from Governor Deval Patrick’s Leading by Example Program for outstanding progress in reducing its environmental impact.
Read more here.

 

Leaf Bullet Featured Events

Regional Sustainability Gathering

Regional Sustainability GatheringOctober 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 below.
More information here (PDF).

The Amazon: A Living Treasure

Astrid CabralMonday, 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)

 

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability
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 below.
More information here (PDF).

 

Leaf Bullet Save The Date
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

Bioneers by the BayOctober 24-26. This year's Bioneer's conference will be held in downtown New Bedford. Bioneers is an annual gathering of environmental, industry and social justice innovators who have demonstrated visionary and practical models for restoring the Earth and its inhabitants. The conference will bring together a diverse audience of students, faculty, entrepreneurs, scientists and every-day people. We anticipate an audience of 2,000 people [including some 500 college and high school students] from all over the Northeast – and perhaps further. Visit: www.connectingforchange.org for more information.

Sustainability Film Series - The Great Global Warming Swindle

Wednesday, November 19th at 6:30 PM - The Great Global Warming Swindle (2007, 120 minutes) Everything you’ve ever been told about Global Warming is probably untrue. From Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth to news reports from the popular media outlets and even public classrooms, which seem to be screaming - the sky is falling. But is it really? This film blows the whistle on what it claims is the biggest swindle in modern history. We are told that Man Made Global Warming is the biggest threat ever to mankind and that it may even threaten our very survival. If we do not change our ways and reduce CO2 emissions, polar ice caps will melt, coastal areas will flood and hurricanes like Katrina will become common. There is absolutely no room for doubt because there is a scientific consensus. Anyone who questions the data or conclusion is an enemy of the state and humanity. The Great Global Warming Swindle uses a plethora of leading scientists who will not bend to political or philosophical or ideological pressure. Watch this film and make up your own mind!
(Library Browsing Area)

 

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
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).

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/

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
Ten ways to run your refrigerator cheaper

While that aging refrigerator is probably an energy hog, not everyone can afford a more efficient model. Here are ten ways to cool off Old Faithful’s power bill.

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