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December 3 - December 9, 2008

In This Issue


Turning Up HEET

No Excuse to Neglect Climate

This week:

Documentary Screening: Tableland

Ocean Voice: Too Hot to Handle


Save The Date:

Building Energy '09 Conference



UMASS Dartmouth Sustainability Course Listing Now Online



Know Your Vegetables


Weekly Green Tip:

A Fan for All Seasons

Weekly Quote:

"We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future."

John F. Kennedy


Leaf Bullet News

Turning Up HEET: Environmental Activists Use 'Barn Raising' Party to Weatherize Homes and Bring Neighbors Together
By: Jennifer Schwartz,
Boston Globe Correspondent / November 30, 2008

Although Nancy Tauber wants to do her part to counter climate change as much as the next citizen, she admits that she and her husband, Tony, aren't exactly the handiest people. So when the Cambridgeport couple heard about volunteers who weatherize houses to make them more energy efficient... Read More

No Excuse to Neglect U.N. Climate Fight: Delegates
By: Gerard Wynn and Gabriela Baczynska, Reuters / December 1, 2008

POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - The economic slowdown is "no excuse" to neglect a fight against global warming that could widen water shortages to half of humanity by 2050, delegates told the opening of U.N. climate talks in Poland on Monday. Read More


Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Documentary Screening: Tableland

Wednesday, December 3, 6:00-9:00pm. 121 Washington St, Providence, RI.

Join Farm Fresh RI and Local 121 for a special screening of the documentary "Tableland."

Tableland is a culinary expedition in search of the people, place and taste of North American small-scale, sustainable food production. Director Craig Noble argues for the re-localization of North American food systems, and a return to a fresher, healthier way of feeding ourselves. From the orchards of BC, the inner city gardens of Chicago to the Napa Highlands and everywhere in between, "Tableland" showcases the successful production of tasty, local, and seasonal food from field to plate.

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI and Local 121 at the Local 121: 121 Washington St., Providence, RI.

Contact Jessica Knapp at (401) 863-6509 or by e-mail for more information.

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.

Create a Holiday Balsam Wreath with Lloyd Center for the Environment

December 6, 9am-11am at the Lloyd Center Bond House, 430 Potomska Rd, Dartmouth, MA.

Come and make a decorative balsam wreath to hang on your front door or to give as an early holiday gift!  Joanne Humphrey, instructor extraordinaire, will guide you in decorating your wreath.  We will supply the balsam wreath, and decorations.  In addition to supplies we provide, feel free to bring your own treasures to incorporate into your wreath, as well as 4 to 5 yards of outdoor ribbon .  If you own a glue-gun, please bring it along, or let us know when you register if you need us to provide one for you. 

To learn more about this event or to register, call the Lloyd Center’s event line at 508-558-2918 or simply visit their website at www.lloydcenter.org and register online.  Registration is required and space is limited.  If you have specific questions about the program itself, please call 508-558-2918, or email jcornell@lloydcenter.org.

There is a $15 charge for Lloyd Center members and $19 charge for non-members.

Ocean Voice Speaker Series

Tuesday, December 9, 7pm. Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, New Bedford.

Too Hot to Handle - David Welty, Ph.D explains why its getting unreasonably warmer. An examination of carbon dioxide and its role in global warming..

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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

UMASS Dartmouth Sustainability Courses for Intersession and Spring Semester

Check out the exciting listing of sustainability courses available at UMASS Dartmouth for the winter Intersession and the Spring Semester: http://www.umassd.edu/sustainability/curriculum.cfm#courses

Students working toward a Sustainability Minor can apply the credits from these courses toward their requirements.

"Great To Be Green" In Swansea Mall: Looking for Local and Sustainable Products

The Great to Be Green company is a daughter/mother team who specialize in selling all items for the home, garden, gifts, and everyday use that are eco-friendly and local.  This holiday season, Great to Be Green is very excited to have a store in the Swansea Mall.  They are looking for any local food producers, artists or craft-persons who are interested in selling/renting display space at their Holiday Store.  
Grand Opening is November 29th, so give Connie and Barbara a call!
Connie Remor, Great to Be Green
401-451-7590 (cell)

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!


Leaf Bullet Ongoing

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 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                  

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

A Fan for All Seasons

By: Brian Clark Howard/ TheDailyGreen.com

We can all appreciate the humble ceiling fan on a hot day, particularly when it's coupled with a cold glass of lemonade. But the same fan that cuts summer electric bills by as much as 40 percent can also help out in the winter.

Fans today are made with a little switch that changes blade rotation. Counterclockwise produces that pleasant summer breeze we crave. Clockwise makes an updraft that sends the warmer air pooled near the ceiling back into the living space — cutting heating costs by as much as 10 percent.

Get to know your switch, and you'll have a fan for all seasons.

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