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February 11 - February 17, 2008

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Going Green

This week:

Owl Talk

Aha! Night: Lincoln 200

Land Conservation Meeting

TEAMS walk and Green Fair Organizational Meeting

"Lee's Loves Local" Event

Owl Prowl

Back to the Future

Ocean Voice Speaker Series


Save The Date:

Film Screening on Race

Cross Cultural Representations of Sustainability



EcoNewBedford Blog

Beekeeping Course Offered

Create an Eco-Float



Know Your Vegetables


Weekly Green Tip:

Green Your Shower Curtain

Weekly Quote:

"When we tug at a single thing in nature we find it attached to the rest of the world."
- John Muir


Leaf Bullet News

Going Green

By: Joe Cohen, The Standard-Times

NEW BEDFORD — About 10 years ago, authorities suspected that a gang of drug-dealing hooligans torched three vacant South End buildings that the city was taking for back taxes. That act by the drug dealers had an indirect, long-term benefit, causing the city to re-evaluate how it dealt with old buildings and vacant lots.

What grew out of that evaluation was the Vacant Lot Restoration Program, something the city now is ramping up to create new, small parks, green spaces and community food gardens in neighborhoods that are typically long on housing density and concrete, but short on trees, grass and open space. Read more

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Owl Talk

Wednesday, February 11, 7:30pm. Friends Meeting, 739 Horseneck Rd, South Dartmouth, MA.

Join the Paskamansett Bird Club as they host a talk about owls by expert Norman Smith. Norman has studied birds of prey for over 30 years, including a project at Logan International Airport collecting data on Snowy Owls. Find out what has been learned to date, what questions remain and how this project developed to include research on Saw-whet Owls.

Mr. Smith's mission is to use the information gathered from his research to stimulate a passion in everyone he meets to help us better understand, appreciate and care for this world in which we live. For further information or questions please contact Alice Morgan at (617) 877-6128.

Aha! Night: Lincoln 200

Thursday, February 12, 5-9pm. Downtown New Bedford, MA.

The February 12th Aha! Night is an evening that honors Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. Special programs include an exploration of Lincoln’s time in New Bedford with Paul Cyr, an intimate view of Lincolns lesser know writings and a short film and presentation of Edward C. Jones’ involvement with Lincoln. There will be a special screening this evening of Traces of the Trade: Massachusetts and the Economy of Slavery in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. It is also Darwin’s 200th birthday! In honor of this Team AHA! will perform excepts from Inherit the Wind. Other programs this evening include talks, new exhibits and live music and programs in celebration of the month of love. AHA! welcomes new partner Travessia Urban Winery ( 760 Purchase Street).

Complete schedules available at all listed partners or online at All activities are free and held rain or shine and are from 5-9pm unless otherwise stated

Land Conservation Information Meeting

Thursday, February 12, 7-9pm. Lakeville Public Library, 4 Precinct St, Lakeville, MA.

Sponsored by TEAMS, The Nature Conservancy , Mass Audubon and The Trustees of Reservations, the goal of this workshop is to help landowners understand how they can benefit financially from their land while still preserving it as open space. At this workshop, representatives from The Nature Conservancy, The Trustees of Reservations, and the Audubon Society), as well as town officials and local land owners will talk about the various options and the resources available. They will discuss, the steps involved and the financial and tax advantages that can be realized obtained from land conservation.  FREE.  No registration required. 

TEAMS monthly walk and Green Fair Organizational Meeting

Saturday, February 14, 9am. Meet at Lakeville Public Library, 4 Precinct St, Lakeville, MA.

Mike Schroeder will lead us thru the Ted Williams Camp and in particular we may be able to see the vernal pool on the camp grounds.  After the walk we will meet inside the library for a Green Fair Organizational Meeting at approximately 11Am or sooner.  If you have any questions please email us at or view the TEAMS website .

"Lee's Loves Local" Event

Saturday, February 14, 10am-3pm. Lee's Market, 796 Main Rd, Westport, MA.

There will be over twenty local businesses sampling their products this Valentines Day at Lee's Market in Westport. Stop by to check out the variety of local goods!

Owl Prowl

Sunday, February 15, 3:30am-6:30am. Lloyd Center for the Environment, Dartmouth, MA.

To take advantage of the short window of peak owl activity before sunrise, the walk will begin at 3:30 a.m. sharp.

Are you a “night owl”? If so, join Lloyd Center Research Associate Jamie Bogart, as he travels the back roads of Dartmouth in search of screech, barred and great-horned owls.

Owls are winter breeders, and therefore respond well to call-back tapes which will be used to attract them.

The trip will start on the Lloyd Center property, then the group will board the Center's van to travel to other locations that certain owls frequent.  

Near sunrise, the van will arrive at Barneys Joy for an early morning beach stroll, where diurnal owls can sometimes be seen. The trip will end back at the Lloyd Center and coffee and bagels will be served.

Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended.  

Register online or call the Lloyd Center's Event phone at 508-558-2918. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x23 or email

"Back to the Future"

Tuesday, February 17, 12:00-1:30pm. Library Browsing Area, Claire T. Carney Library, UMASS Dartmouth.

Dr. Garry Clayton, Director of the Charlton College of Business at Cape Cod, leads a presentation titled “Back to the Future.” The growing awareness of the need to create an integrated framework for Sustainable Development in the United States highlights continuity as much as change. Lessons from the revolutions which established democracy, agriculture, the middle class and space domination provide clear guidance for the "Green Revolution" and its aim of laying the foundations for environmental, social and economic sustainability. Historical revolutions follow similar patterns of paradigm shifts where seeming disruptions are championed by members of the elite--who then became leaders of the new wave. Drawing from Obama’s ‘Green New Deal’ and Shumpeter’s notion of ‘creative destruction,’ Dr. Clayton will examine these patterns and make suggestions about how our country, and our university, can become part of the new wave.

Ocean Voice Speaker Series: From Kitchen Table to Congress with Deb Schrader

Tuesday, February 17, 7pm. Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, New Bedford.

Join Deb Shrader as she talks about her personal journey as a fisherman’s wife and how the regulatory system led her to paralegal studies and the creation of her nonprofit, Shore Support. Through this process Deb brought a voice for fisherman to Congress by testifying about fishing vessel safety during reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

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:

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 consequences.  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

Cross Cultural Representations of Sustainability

Thursday February 26, 12:00-1:30 pm, Library Browsing Area, Claire T. Carney Library, UMASS Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth

Please join us for a panel discussion with time for questions and answers about what various religions and cultures can teach about Environmental Sustainability.

Panelists include:

Dr. Jennifer Wilson Mulnix received her Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2006 from the University of Iowa.  She teaches Philosophy and Religious Studies at UMass Dartmouth including a course on Buddhism.  She will discuss ways in which Buddhist thought represents a marked contrast to the Western position on the earth's natural resources and offers us a philosophical and religious justification for sustainability.

Ms. Ramona Peters is a Medicine Woman for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. She is an artist, orator and a carrier of the oral history of the Wampanoag.

Sister Madeleine Tacy, OP, D Min. has been a member of the Catholic Campus Ministry team at UMass Dartmouth for the past 33 years. She has an ongoing interest in living lightly on the earth and for the past 35 years has been a vegetarian. She will speak about the theological underpinnings of sustainability in the Roman Catholic tradition.

Rabbi Jacqueline Romm Satlow is the Director of the Center for Jewish Culture at UMass Dartmouth. She is ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She will talk about what Judaism has to teach about the environmental sustainability.

Swami Yogatmananda is the minister at the Vedanta Society of Providence for the past 7 years. He teaches the Hindu/Vedanta scriptures and Comparative Religion. He is the religious affiliate for the Hindu Group at Brown University and Hindu chaplain at UMASS Dartmouth.

Refreshments will be served.

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.

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.

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.

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 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:

Please also mark your calendars for our upcoming Exchanges:

March 25th     Sustainable Food Exchange

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

April  15th       Sustainable Transportation Exchange (please note new date)

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

Eco-New Bedford Blog

Check out a new blog on a green building project in downtown New Bedford:

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

"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

"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 Audubon 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:

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 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:

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

Green Your Shower Curtain

Tip from

Choose a natural fabric, such as cotton (organic if you can find it) or bamboo, for your next shower curtain and liner.

Know that familiar smell when you open the package and unfold a new vinyl shower curtain? That's the off-gassing of chemicals from polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC). One of the chemical additives, DEHP, a phthalate, is a suspected carcinogen and has been linked to hormonal disruption in humans. An EPA study found that vinyl shower curtains can elevate air toxins in your home for more than a month.

The environment doesn't need more plastics and neither do you.

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