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February 25 - March 03, 2008

In This Issue

News:

Weatherization Training Program Graduates First Class

Mobile Makers Turn Green In Harsh Environment

This week:

Cross-Cultural Representations of Sustainability

Race: Episode 3

RI Gardening Workshops

Rally to End Coal Use

Famed Expert Michael Klare to Speak at UMASS

Sustainability Film Series: Why We Fight

Ocean Voice Speaker Series

More

Save The Date:

Shrink Your Footprint

More

Announcement:

Energy Efficiency Survey

More

Ongoing:

Know Your Vegetables

More

Weekly Green Tip:

Toss a Bottle in the Toilet

Weekly Quote:

"Talk and write in a way that encourages the mutual exchange of ideas and acts like a midwife to people birthing their own ideas."
- Grace Lee Boggs

 

Leaf Bullet News

Weatherization Training Program Graduates First Class

By: Joe Cohen, The Standard-Times

NEW BEDFORD — The first class of students trained in so-called "green" jobs aimed at providing employment opportunities and protecting the environment and natural resources graduated Friday at Bristol Community College.

Read more

Mobile Makers Turn Green In Harsh Environment

The International Herald Tribune

"...Based on a recommendation from the Environmental Defense Fund, an environmental advocacy group, Motorola's payments will be used to help a landfill in New Bedford, Massachusetts, catch and use the methane gas it creates, said Bill Olson, the director of the Office of Sustainability and Stewardship at Motorola Mobile Devices..." Read more


Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Film Screening on Race

Thursdays, 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 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

Panelist:
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

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

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.

Rally to End Coal Use

3/1/09 1:00-3:00pm, Park ‘N Ride near Rockland Trust Bank (100 Slades Ferry Avenue),  Somerset, MA

The Massachusetts Coalition for Clean Air/ Secure Green Future will hold a rally to end coal use. The rally is held in support of authors Wendell Berry and Bill McKibben’s coal power plant civil disobedience action (http://www.capitolclimateaction.com/) which will happen on Monday, March 2, 2009 in Washington DC.  Thousands of people will be prepared to be arrested while demanding an end to the use of coal everywhere.

The SPEAKERS at Sunday's Somerset Rally will be:

David Dionne, Campaign to ‘Clean Up Brayton Point’, former Westport Selectman

Dr. Jill Stein, Green Rainbow Party candidate for Secretary of State, co-chair of the Green Rainbow Party; also active with Physicians for Social Responsibility and Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities.

John Andrews,  Mass Green Party Chairman

Pauline Rodrigues, Massachusetts Coalition for Clean Air, Somerset resident who
                                          lives near Somerset Station
Joe  Carvalho, chair of ‘Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities’,
                                          Fall River, MA
Al  Lima, Green Futures, Fall River, MA

After listening to the speakers the group will demonstrate on the Somerset side of the Brightman Street Bridge. Massachusetts Coalition for Clean Air will be able to provide signs; please bring whatever else you think will help.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
David Dionne, Westport,  508-674-5194

Pauline Rodrigues, Somerset, 508-674-4242 /// Emily Johns, New Bedford, 508-994-2164

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

Tuesday March 3, 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.

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.
http://www.sonyclassics.com/whywefight/

Ocean Voice Speaker Series: Celebrating Women in Science and Engineering

Tuesday, March 3, 7pm. Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, New Bedford.

A successful career in science and engineering is an assembly of parts: education, training, resources and opportunity must all be within reach. During the month of March, participants in our Ocean Voice will learn of personal journeys and accomplishments from local scientists and engineers. Their success stories celebrate their achievement and hard work and serve as a model for future generations of women. This Tuesday: Dr. Amala Mahadevan, Boston University.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

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.
http://www.sonyclassics.com/whywefight/

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.
http://www.kilowattours.org/

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.
http://www.flowthefilm.com/

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.

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.

Marion Museum of Natural History, 2nd Floor of Elizabeth Taber Library, 8 Spring Street, Marion

March 18, 7:30pm: 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

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 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

Water Green

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

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 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.

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.

 

Leaf Bullet Announcements

GreenOvation Survey Helps You Become More Energy Efficient

GreenOvation is a research project dedicated to help the local community become more energy efficient by identifying the areas of wasted energy in your home or business. The purpose of this survey is to gain information regarding the energy efficiency of our community, and to assist in the implementation of greener solutions. Considering today's economic woes, our GreenOvation initiative will also decrease energy costs, in turn relieving the financial strains held on so many Americans today. As a result of this project, GreenOvation's efforts will to help the surrounding community prosper by encouraging more efficient and sustainable practices easily incorporated into everyday life. GreenOvation is a project of the UMASS Dartmouth chapter of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE).

To take the survey please visit: http://www.umassd.edu/sustainability/surveys/sife.cfm

Volunteers Needed for Friends of Buttonwood Park

The Friends of Buttonwood Park need enthusiastic volunteers to introduce the Buttonwood Park Arboretum and its unique trees to local K-4 school groups.

The Friends provide all the necessary information about the 13 trees and volunteers take small groups of students and their teacher around the Arboretum while chatting about each tree. Each walk takes approximately 45 minutes and two are scheduled daily from 9 to 11am.

This popular educational program runs for 3 weeks each fall and spring and requires 2 hours of your time several mornings during its duration.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in joining please call for more information.

Ann Beaumont: 508-993-8458

Anne Eades: 508-996-1299

Eco-New Bedford Blog

Check out a new blog on a green building project in downtown New Bedford: http://www.econewbedford.blogspot.com/

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!

Topics:

                  • 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 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: www.srpedd.org


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.

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                  
http://brixbounty.blogspot.com/


Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

Toss a Bottle in Your Toilet

Tip from TheDailyGreen.com

The average toilet model uses three to seven gallons per flush. A plastic bottle in the tank will displace enough water to save half a gallon to a gallon each use, or up to about 10 gallons a day in a typical home. Read more.

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