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November 5 - November 11, 2008

In This Issue

News:

The President and The Planet

Making Hybrids Greener

This week:

Green Your Business

Two Angry Moms Film

More

Save The Date:

MCAN Conference

More

Announcement:

Poetry Contest

More

Ongoing:

Know Your Vegetables

More

Weekly Green Tip:

One Thing Campaign

Weekly Quote:

"The starting point for a better world is the belief that it is possible."

Norman Cousins

 

Leaf Bullet News

The President and The Planet

The New York Times interactive online feature Dot Earth highlights the challenges awaiting President-Elect Barack Obama: pressures related to a worldwide population expected to reach 9 billion by mid-century. What’s a president to do on issues like climate, population, international development and health, particularly in an era of huge deficits and pressing real-time problems? The Dot Earth team will send readers 10 best suggestions (determined by readers ranking) to the Obama Transition Team.

Read the feature and add your ideas to the list by clicking here.

At Specialty Garage, Making Hybrids Even Greener

The only hybrid specialty garage run by a woman has opened in the Bay Area, which has more Priuses — 70,000 as of 2006 — than most states. And while its owner, Carolyn Coquillette, has a preoccupation with cleanliness that may not be unique in a mechanic’s shop, her ubiquitous recycling containers (for paper, plastic, rubber, metal and oil) and the solar panels on her roof set Luscious apart. So does its specialty: giving hybrid owners the option of going fully electric.

Read more at The New York Times.


Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Green Your Business: Resources: Green Facilities, Eco-Products, Materials management, Zero waste

November 6, 8:30-11:00am. 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.

800 Purchase Street, New Bedford. Fee is $20 per class.

Two Angry Moms Film Screening

November 6 - 6:00-9:00pm-The Marion Institute hosts Two Angry Moms screening - a documentary that asks the question: What happens when two “fed-up” moms try to change the school lunch program?

Marion Music Hall, 164 Front St, Marion, MA, 508.748.0816, info@marioninstitute.org. Free.

Star Gazing at Westport Town Farm

November 7- 7:00-9:00 p.m. - Join the Astronomy Club of Southern New England to explore the mysteries of the night sky above the Westport River.

This event is Free. Please pre-register, 508-679-2115 or email seregion@ttor.org

Ocean Voice Speaker Series

November 11 - 7:00pm Ocean Explorium, 174 Union St, New Bedford.

Join Kate Greening on a journey through the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami in Banda Aceh. Kate will speak about the tsunami and about her role in an aid abroad program that established a fully functioning microbiology lab in the post-tsunami rubble. Her account is at times sad, and at other times inspirational. Join Kate on this bittersweet journey.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

AHA! Night: The Artful Plate

November 13. Downtown New Bedford.

Geology Walk with Josh King

November 15, 10:00am. Meet at Gooseberry Island.

Josh King will be leading a walk to Gooseberry Island and Cherry & Webb Beach, on November 15th from 10 A.M. to noon, where he will be discussing various geological features of the area along the way.  He will teach you about how the features formed and also the changes they go through year to year, season to season, and day to day.  We will meet at Gooseberry Island.  This is a free event sponsored by WRWA. To register call: 508-636-3016.

Mass Climate Action Network 7th Annual Conference

Sunday, November 16, 9am-5pm. MIT Strata Center, Cambridge, MA.

The Annual MCAN conference, a great opportunity to learn more about climate change and what you can do about it in your home and community. This year's conference will feature key note speakers: Ian Bowles, MA Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and David Gershon, CEO of the Empowerment Institute and author of Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds, winner of the Independent Publisher “Most Likely to Save the Planet” book award.

Check out the exciting list of workshops here.

Rideshares, low student rates, and free volunteer rates all available. To register online visit: http://www.acteva.com/go/mcan

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!
UMASS Dartmouth, Library Browsing Area.

GreenBuild International 2008 Conference and Expo

November 19-21, Boston, MA.

The theme for this year's GreenBuild Conference is“Revolutionary Green: Innovations for Global Sustainability.” Greenbuild includes over 100 educational sessions featuring world renown speakers, LEED workshops, off-site educational sessions, and Green Building tours of local Boston sites.

This year's opening keynote speaker is Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, and crusader for social justice, revered as "a moral voice seeking to end poverty and human rights abuses". Closing key note speakers include: E.O. Wilson, scholar and naturalist, and Janine Benyus, cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild and founder of the Biomimicry Institute.

For conference fees, registration, and detailed schedule please visit: www.greenbuildexpo.org

Free volunteer admission is available for volunteers 25 and under.

Young Farmers Conference

12/4/08 & 12/5/08 Pocantico Hills, New York.

In addition to workshops, The Young Farmers conference will feature keynote addresses by Frederick Kirschenmann of Stone Barns Center and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm (Harborside, ME). The conference will also include entertainment, a seed swap, tabling area, networking and more.

Workshops during the conference will cover topics on four tracks:
§ Getting Started ¬ the economics of buying land and starting a business
§ General Skills ¬ raising a variety of livestock and diverse produce
§ Policy, the Farm Bill, and Global Agricultural Issues
§ The Farmer-Chef Relationship, cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships with restaurants and chefs

Hosted by Stone Barns Center at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture: 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY. Contact Nena Johnson at (914) 366-6200 x112.

Building Energy '09 Conference

3/10-3/12 Boston, MA. Exhibitor's Early Bird Deadline is 11/3.- Over 200 speakers, experts from every field of the sustainable energy and building industries, are preparing dozens of sessions and accredited workshops for BE09, to take place March 10-12. Listings of all sessions and workshops will be posted at www.nesea.org in mid-November.

Last year, Governor Patrick appointed a Task Force on Net Zero Energy Buildings to offer recommendations on how to create buildings that create as much energy as they consume. At BE09, the Governor's Task Force will present results at the Opening Plenary, March 11.

 

Leaf Bullet Announcements

Buttonwood Park Zoo Animal Poetry Contest for 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders

The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society invites students in grades 4, 5, and 6 to write a poem about frogs. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has made 2008 the year of the frog to mark a major conservation effort to address the amphibian extinction crisis.Visit the poetry contest page for more info. For each grade, a first, second and third prize will be awarded:

  • 1st Prize - $200 Savings Bond
  • 2nd Prize - $100 Savings Bond
  • 3rd Prize - $ 50 Savings Bond

Deadline for Submission: Wednesday, November 12th, 5:00pm

Increase Your Green Competition for Middle and High School Students

"Increase Your Green is a call to action for students in middle and high schools nationwide to decrease their school’s carbon footprint. Do Something challenges YOU to save energy, reduce, reuse, and recycle. Tell us what you did and if you made your school the most eco-friendly, we’ll hook you up with grants to help you keep increasing your green at school!”  Check out www.dosomething.org/increaseyourgreen . This project is powered by the National Grid Foundation.

Check out NESEA's Green Schools Resources page and the Clean Energy for a Clean Environment program for tips and ideas on something you can do to increase your green. Good luck & have FUN!

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

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 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 Weekly Green Tip
One Thing

Check out the One Thing Campaign Connecticut has launched. Full of many things we could do here in Massachusetts too.

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