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February 4 - February 10, 2008

In This Issue


Geography Is Dividing Democrats Over Energy

This week:

Regional Sustainability Exchange

Sustainability Film Series: The Future of Food

Ignite Clean Energy Info Session

Soil Nutrition Seminar

Sustainable Living Center Open House

Ocean Voice Speaker Series: Global Warming


Save The Date:

Film Screening on Race

Michael Klare to Speak



Beekeeping Course Offered

Create an Eco-Float



Know Your Vegetables


Weekly Green Tip:

'Recycle My Old Fridge' Campaign

Weekly Quote:

"The power of an aroused public is unbeatable."
- Dr. Helen Caldicott

Leaf Bullet News

Geography is Dividing Democrats over Energy

By: John M. Broder, The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Obama is moving quickly to act on the environmental promises that were a centerpiece of his campaign. But tackling global warming will be far more difficult — and more costly — than the new emissions standards for automobiles he ordered with the stroke of a pen on Monday.

Already, the Congressional Democrats Mr. Obama will need to carry out his mandate are feuding with one another.

By coincidence or design, most of the policy makers on Capitol Hill and in the administration charged with shaping legislation to address global warming come from California or the East Coast, regions that lead the country in environmental regulation and the push for renewable energy sources.

That is a problem, says a group of Democratic lawmakers from the Midwest and Plains States, which are heavily dependent on coal and manufacturing. read more.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Regional Sustainability Exchange

Wednesday, 2/4/09 9am-1pm, UMASS Dartmouth Woodland Commons, Dartmouth, MA

Please join us for the next in our series of Regional Exchanges. These exchanges are designed to build a regional collaborative working towards a sustainable future, and to give communities the resources they need to move toward sustainability.

On February 4th, we will be hearing from Megan Amsler of Cape and Island Self Reliance, and Catherine Miller of The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission about their experiences in building regional energy collaboratives.  Our goals include developing a working group to create a regional energy strategy for Southeastern Massachusetts

For a complete agenda or notes from the December Energy Exchange please contact: Louise Hardiman of SRPEDD at 508-824-1367 or by email at: lhardiman@srpedd.org

Please also mark your calendars for our upcoming Exchanges:

March 25th     Sustainable Food Exchange

April  3rd        Sustainable Transportation Exchange

April 14th        Sustainable Health Care Exchange (Hosted by BCC Center for Sustainability)

April 29th        Green Jobs Exchange and Fair

May                 Date TBD Transition Town Training

The Sustainability Regional Exchanges are cosponsored by UMASS Dartmouth and SRPEDD.

Sustainability Film Series

Wednesday, February 4, 6:30 pm, Library Browsing Area, Claire T. Carney Library, UMASS Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth

Wednesday, February 4th
The Future of Food (2004, 88 minutes)
This film offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.

Ignite Clean Energy Competition 2009 Information & Networking Session

2/5/09, 4:30-7:00pm, Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC), 151 Martine St, Fall River.

Today's Clean Energy Solutions for Tomorrow's Sustainable Future

Ignite Clean Energy Competition 2009

Have great ideas and possible solutions for the nation’s clean energy needs? Want to be part of the entrepreneurial teams working to get ideas from the drawing boards to the business and residential customers?

Participate in the Ignite Clean Energy Competition 2009! The competition is open to both student and professional teams, meeting selection criteria. Teams will experience mentoring and coaching from successful entrepreneurs as the competition progresses.

Learn about the competition at the Information Session and Networking Event on Thursday, February 5th, 4:30 - 7:00 PM at the Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC), 151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA 02723.

Speakers include John Miller (Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center,Linda Plano (Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center), and past competition participant Don Crooks (Hy-SyEnce, Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC)technology company). Presentations are followed by a networking & team building session and reception.

For more information and registration, please contact Marina Dippel at mdippel@umassd.edu or call (508) 863-1348.

Seminar on Soil Mineral Nutrition with Arden Anderson

2/5/09-2/7/09 Barre, MA.

On February 5-7, 2009, the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter, will host our first Advanced Growers’ Winter Seminar on nutrient density -- a biological approach to farming that has helped many vastly improve yields, significantly decrease disease and insect pressure, and noticeably improve the taste and nutritional content of crops. This approach involves managing the soil so that it contains sufficient biologically available minerals in ratios appropriate for feeding the fungal, bacterial and other soil life communities that are in symbiotic relationships with crop plants.

Come learn a range of diagnostic techniques for discerning which components of the biological system are scarce or excessive and how to shift management choices accordingly to optimize conditions for crop growth. The presenter, Arden Andersen – an agronomist, osteopathic physician, and international leader in the field of biological farming – says that with this approach, big changes are coming in agriculture: Quality standards like nutrient density will gain in importance alongside process standards, such as organic.

Registration for the seminar is $195. With the NOFA member discount (applicable for all chapters) and the early-bird discount (must sign-up before January 17), it is $165. Pre-registration is required and seminar enrollment is capped at 150 people -- first come, first served. The seminar will be held in Barre, MA.

Get full information, including registration, about this event here:

Read an article that outlines the approach of biological farming and how this seminar can be useful to you:

Direct questions to:
Ben Grosscup, Event Coordinator, <ben.grosscup@nofamass.org>, 413-658-5374.

Apeiron Center for Sustainable Living Open House

Saturday, February 7, 1:00-5:00pm. 451 Hammet Road, Coventry, RI. directions

Our award-winning Center for Sustainable Living in Coventry, RI helped to launch the green building movement in Rhode Island.  Created by over 2,000 volunteers and 120 businesses, the Center features signed nature trails, edible landscapes, streams and meadows, and an ecological housing model that showcases over 50 green building systems, technologies and products. The open house will run from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm with guided tours taking place at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Suggested donation is $5.00. For more information, please contact Apeiron at info@apeiron.org or 401-228-7930.

Ocean Voice Speaker Series

Tuesday, February 10, 7pm. Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, New Bedford.

Global Warming: What's Going On Here? What Can I Do About It?

John Bullard's talk is an adaptation of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." In it, he updates the science and lays out what can be done in the South Coast to mitigate the human causes of global warming.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Join the Marion Natural History Book Club

The Marion Natural History Book Club welcomes you to join them in 2009! Meetings typically are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Next discussion: February 18, 2009 7:30pm. Marion Museum of Natural History, 2nd Floor of Elizabeth Taber Library, 8 Spring Street, Marion

February's Title:  Thoreau’s Cape Cod.  Henry David Thoreau and photographer John Tobyne, (Available at libraries and through Amazon).  Thoreau took four walking tours of Cape Cod from 1849-1857, and the result was what Walter Harding called his “sunniest, happiest book. It bubbles over with jokes, puns, tall tales, and generally good humor.” Photographer Tobyne committed himself to “walking the walk- retracing Thoreau’s steps to find what can still be seen of Thoreau’s Cape Cod.  Tobyne’s glorious images are matched to the corresponding passages from Thoreau’s text.  We can be grateful that much of the pristine beauty that inspired the naturalist 150 years ago is still there to inspire and uplift us. Unquestionably the best book that has been written about Cape Cod and it is the model to which all new books about the Cape are still compared.

March 18: Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez.  Written by a prize winning author, Arctic Dreams is considered “one of the finest books ever written about the Far North. “Lopez spends four years in the arctic regions: travel extending from Davis Strait in the east to the Bering Strait in the west, hunting with Eskimos and accompanying archeologists, biologists and geologists in the field.  Lopez became enthralled with by the power of the Arctic legacy, and today, he contends, an imaginative, emotional approach to the Arctic is as important as a rational, scientific one.  Lopez has written a wonderful, compelling defense of the Arctic wilderness.  The work is, as are The Gift of Good Land, by Wendell Berry and Aldo Leopold’s A Sand Count Almanac, a collection of essays.  It usually makes for a better discussion at the book club to read selected essays carefully, rather than pressing to finish a lengthy collection.  That way a person can discuss those essays he is most knowledgeable of, and other readers can compare and contrast ideas by reading other essays on the same general subject.  Of course those who have the time should read Arctic Dreams in its entirety.

Past readings of the group include: When the Rivers Run Dry, Water-the Defining Crisis of the 21st Century (Fred Pearce). Crab Wars, A Tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Bioterrorism, and Human Health(Wm. Sargent), Animal Vegetable, Miracle, a Year of Food Life (Barbara Kingsolver), Grand Canyon, Today and its Yesderdays (Joseph Wood Krutch), & The Abstract Wild (Jack Turner)

For more information please email: cederholm@comcast.net

Film Screening on Race

Thursdays, Feb 19 & Feb 26, 7-9pm, Downtown Public Library, New Bedford MA.

The New Bedford Human Relations Committee presents a 3-part film-screening of:

Race: The Power of an Illusion

RACE-The Power of an Illusion is a provocative three-hour series that questions the very idea of race as biology.  Scientists tell us that believing in biological races is no more sound than believing the sun, revolves around the earth. So, if race is a biological myth, where did the idea come from? And why should it matter today?

Episode 2- “The Story We Tell” uncovers the roots of the race concept including the 19th century science that legitimated it and the hold it has gained over our minds,explaining everything from individual behavior to the fate of whole societies an idea that persists to this day.,
February 19, 2009, 7-9 PM, Downtown Public Library, New Bedford, MA

Marlene Pollack, New Bedford School Committee, Educator, Bristol Community College
Dr. Bruce Rose, Provost of Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts
Dawn Blake Souza, Retired Principal of Campbell Elementary School
Fred Fuentes, Asst. Superintendent of Equity and Diversity for New Bedford Public Schools

Episode 3-“ The House We Live in”, focuses not on individual behaviors and attitudes, but on how our institutions shape and create race, giving different groups vastly unequal life chances.
 February 26, 2009-7-9PM Downtown Public Library, New Bedford, MA

Dr. Laurie Robertson-Lorrant, Educator and Writer
Dan Gilbarg, Coalition Against Poverty/Coalition for Social Justice
Darcy Fernandes,Principal, Roosevelt Middle School
Dr. Joseph Zack Souza, Retired U.S. Air Force Psychologist

Monthly Film Series Focuses on Eco-Justice, Sustainability, and Social Justice

3rd Fridays of the month, February-May. 6:00pm vegetarian potluck, 7:00pm film. Fairhaven Memorial Unitarian Church Parish House, Fairhaven, MA.

The Green Sanctuary Vision Group Of the Fairhaven Memorial Unitarian Church is Sponsoring a monthly series of films whose content relates to eco-justice, sustainability, and social justice issues.  The films are shown on the third Friday of each month through May.  The film on Friday February 20 is titled "Garbage! the revolution starts at home"  The movie documents a family that saves every scrap of household waste for three months.  The movie then looks at where all this waste would go if it was disposed of routinely, with revealing cosequences.  The films are shown in the Parish House located at the corner of Center and Green Streets in Fairhaven.  Each film starts at 7:00 preceded by a vegetarian pot luck supper at 6:00.  The public is invited to both or either of the events. 

For more information you may call the church office at (508)992-7081.

Shrink Your Footprint Series

Buy Green ~ Water Green

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-Noon.
February 21, March 21
Free and open to the public, at the Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, MA

Sustainability Film Series

6:30 pm, Library Browsing Area, Claire T. Carney Library, UMASS Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth

Richard Legault announces the Spring Schedule for the Sustainability Film Series. Most films are followed by panel discussions. Films are shown at 6:30pm in the Library Browsing Area at UMASS Dartmouth.

Wednesday, February 4th
The Future of Food (2004, 88 minutes)
This film offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.

Tuesday, March 3rd
Why We Fight (2006, 99 minutes)
Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Wednesday, April 1st
Kilowatt Ours - A Plan to Re-Energize America (2008, 56 minutes)
This award-winning film is a timely, solutions-oriented look at one of America’s most pressing environmental challenges: energy. Filmmaker Jeff Barrie offers hope as he turns the camera on himself and asks, “How can I make a difference?” In his journey Barrie explores the source of our electricity and the problems caused by energy production including mountain top removal, childhood asthma and global warming.

Tuesday, April 28th
Flow (2008, 84 minutes)
Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Children's Garden Network Winter School

Workshops beginning February 28th! Providence, RI.

The Children's Garden Network is pleased to announce the launching of the 2009 Winter School for parents, teachers, administrators, community members, gardening friends and others interested and/or engaged in growing garden education programs at schools and youth organizations.

The Winter School will be hosted by the URI/CELS Outreach Center at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence.

For a full description of each course,please visit the CGN website and don't forget to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

Make it Work: Garden Team Building and Program Organization
February 28 or March 7th
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Green Thumbs 101- Basic Horticultural Skills
March 7th
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Teaching Schoolyard Garden Design to Students
March 14 and 21st (Two-Part Course)
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Creating a Field Guide from Your School's Environment
March 14 or 21st
Hi-on-a-Hill Herb Farm & Gardens, N. Smithfield

Dig in and Grow: Creating Garden Programs to Meet Special Education and Therapeutic Goals
March 28
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Hosted by RICAPE at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI.

Contact Stu Nunnery at (401) 592-0209 or by e-mail for more information.

Michael Klare Speaking at UMASS Dartmouth

3/3/09 12:30-2:00pm, Library Browsing Area, UMASS Dartmouth.

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, a joint appointment at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), positions he has held since 1985.

Professor Klare has written widely on international security affairs, U.S. military policy, the arms trade, and global resource conflict.  His most recent books are Resource Wars (2001), Blood and Oil (2004), and Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (2008).

Professor Klare is the Defense Correspondent of The Nation magazine and is a Contributing Editor of Current History.  He has written for these journals and Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Security, Newsweek, Scientific American, and Technology Review.

He also serves on the board of directors of the Arms Control Association and the National Priorities Project.

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.

Bird Outings with Guest Ornithologist Paul Champlin

3/28 and 4/18, 9am-10:30am.

Join ornithologist Paul Champlin, an internationally traveled bird guide, for a bird walk at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. Birdwatchers and nature lovers will amble through thickets and shoreline looking for over-wintering shrubland birds, sea ducks, marsh birds, and other winter visitors. Whether you're an experienced birder, a curious beginner or just a nature enthusiast, you will enjoy these programs. Mass Audubon members $4, nonmembers $6. Call (508) 636-2437 for more information or to register.

Regional Sustainability Exchange

3/25/09 9am-1pm, UMASS Dartmouth Woodland Commons, Dartmouth, MA

Please join us for the next in our series of Regional Exchanges. These exchanges are designed to build a regional collaborative working towards a sustainable future, and to give communities the resources they need to move toward sustainability.

On March 25th our topic will be Sustainable Food.

For information about upcoming Exchanges please contact: Louise Hardiman of SRPEDD at 508-824-1367 or by email at: lhardiman@srpedd.org

Please also mark your calendars for our upcoming Exchanges:

March 25th     Sustainable Food Exchange

April  3rd        Sustainable Transportation Exchange

April 14th        Sustainable Health Care Exchange (Hosted by BCC Center for Sustainability)

April 29th        Green Jobs Exchange and Fair

May                 Date TBD Transition Town Training

The Sustainability Regional Exchanges are cosponsored by UMASS Dartmouth and SRPEDD.


Leaf Bullet Announcements

Organic Beekeeping Course Offered

Monday evenings, 6:00-8:00pm, March 23-April 27.

Bristol Community College, Fall River Campus

Sign up for a 6-session course in beginning beekeeping!


                  • Getting Started
                  • Buying Equipment
                  • Honeybee Life
                  • Colony Management
                  • Harvesting Honey
                  • Hands-On Field Work
                  • More...

This will be a practical course- participants will have the opportunity to get their own hive with bees!

For more information contact: Jim Corven, 508-678-2811 or Everett Zurlinden, 401-885-5172

Register online at http://www.bristolcc.edu

"Noncredit Course Search" (also available as a 1 credit course)

Create an Eco-Float for "Earth Eve" Aha! Night

Take part in the April 9th Aha! Night "Earth Eve" Celebration by joining the Eco-Float Procession!

An Eco-Float is anything that a person or group can wear, roll, or carry along the procession route. The only requirements are that your eco-float must not use fossil fuel, must honor the earth, and be mindful of the 3 R's -reduce, reuse, recycle.

Eco-floats must pre-register. For registration form and more information please contact: Deirdre Healy at 508-999-8641 or dhealy@umassd.edu

"Greening the City" Conference POSTPONED

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.

The "Greening the City" Conference originally scheduled for March 20-22, 2009 has been postponed until the Fall of 2009 due to budget constraints. The new date will be posted on the MA Audobon and Lesley University websites. Check the conference webpage Greening The City for future updates.

SRPEDD Adds Sustainability Page to Website

The Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic District (SRPEDD) has added a page to its website highlighting "Sustainability/Futures Task Force." The Futures Task Force was a group formed to answer the question, what should SRPEDD, its communities and other regional organizations be doing differently in 2008 to plan for the next 50 years. The work of the Task Force culminated in a provocative report that outlines choices for the future.

You are invited to visit the new page, read the Futures Task Force Report if you haven't already, and make suggestions for additions. Visit the page at: www.srpedd.org

Online Course for Beginning Farmers

The NY Beginning Farmer Project announces the next round of online courses designed to help plan new farm enterprises.

Starting Feb. 18, *Taking Stock: Evaluating Your Resources and Choosing an Enterprise* is 5 weeks long. The second course, *Marketing and Profits: Making Money Selling What You Grow*is 6 weeks long and begins March 18. Both courses are designed to stand alone, or build on each other by being taken back-to-back. They will be taught by educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension, and both courses will incorporate real-time interaction with webinars.

Register soon as space is limited. Cost is $100 per course or $150 for both. See website for computer requirements and registration details.

Hosted by Chenango County Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Online: 99 N Broad St., Norwich, NY.

Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at (607) 334-5841 or visit their website for more information.

Leaf Bullet Ongoing

UMASS Dartmouth Sustainability Courses for Spring Semester

Check out the exciting listing of sustainability courses available at UMASS Dartmouth for 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.

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.

February 23, 2009 – Tools for the Vegetable Garden, Small Farm and Different Approaches to Tillage

March 16, 2009 – Starting Your Own Seedlings: Greenhouses, Coldframes, Potting Soils, and Germination Techniques
April 20, 2009 - Season Extension Strategies: Microclimates, Plastic Mulch, Row Covers, and Transplanting
May 18, 2009 – Weed Control on Organic Farms/Gardens: Stale Bedding, Cultivation Tools, and Mulching

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

'Recycle My Old Fridge' Campaign

How much is your old fridge costing you?

Did you know that replacing a refrigerator bought in 1990 with a new ENERGY STAR qualified model would save enough energy to light the average household for nearly four months?

The ENERGY STAR Recycle My Old Fridge Campaign is a new, nationwide effort, brought to you by the U.S. Department of Energy and the government’s ENERGY STAR program. The campaign encourages every American who owns an old, inefficient refrigerator to save money, energy, and the environment by recycling old refrigerators and, when a replacement is needed, to buy a new ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator.

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