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March 4 - March 10, 2009

In This Issue

News:

Building the Dream

This week:

2nd Annual One Day Farm Conference

Winter Plant ID

Frog Awareness

RI Gardening Workshops

NESEA Building Energy Conference '09

Ocean Voice Speaker Series

More

Save The Date:

Taking Root Film Screening

Shrink Your Footprint

More

Announcement:

Online Sustainability Courses at UMASS Dartmouth

Energy Efficiency Survey

More

Ongoing:

Know Your Vegetables

More

Weekly Green Tip:

Biodegradable Doggie Bags

Weekly Quote:

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
- Edith Wharton

 

Leaf Bullet News

Building the Dream

By: Joe Cohen, The Standard-Times

NEW BEDFORD — In late January, city officials and the owner of the Fairhaven Mills waterfront industrial site met in Boston with top architects and planners who have worked on state-of-the-art, energy efficient development projects around the country. Their goal was to turn the 13.9-acre Fairhaven Mills site into a showcase for so-called “sustainable design” while maximizing its potential to revive the near North End.

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Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Energize Your Farm's Future: 2nd Annual One-Day Farm Conference & Resource Fair

March 7th, 8:00AM - 4:00PM | Dighton, MA | directions.

2nd Annual One-Day Farm Conference. Last year's conference drew over 125 growers; don't miss this year's event! The conference will feature workshops on energy issues, farmland leasing, "How to Save a Million Dollars," through farm transfer planning, season extension, and grassfed meats. Plus a "grants room" for farm funding, vendor fair, local lunch, and pesticide credit. SEMAP. For complete conference details, please visit www.semaponline.org

Winter Plant Identification

March 7th, 10:00am-12:00pm WRWA office, 1151 Main Road, Westport, MA.

Join Education Director, Shelli Costa on a walk to find all kinds of woody plants. Learn to identify trees and shrubs using twigs, bark, and other early spring clues in this beautiful wetland property. We will feel, smell and taste plants to help us identify the different types. After learning these new skills put them to the test; identifying the leafless trees on the return walk. Sign up here for $5 members and $7 non-members. We will meet at the WRWA office, 1151 Main Road, Westport, MA. www.wrwa.com.

Spring Ahead for Frog Awareness

March 7th,1:00-4:00pm, Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn St, New Bedford, MA.

Free with zoo admission Spring is almost here. Our amphibian friends will soon be waking from their winter sleep. Find out what you can do to help our local frogs. Crafts and activities for all ages.

For more information please visit: www.bpzoo.org

Children's Garden Network Winter School

March 7th, 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!

Green Thumbs 101- Basic Horticultural Skills
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.

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.

Ocean Voice Speaker Series: Celebrating Women in Science and Engineering

Tuesday, March 10, 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. Sheri N. White, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

AHA! Night: It's Elemental

March 12, 5-9pm, Downtown New Bedford.

Air, fire, earth, water, wood and metal are the raw elements of art making. On the March 12th It’s Elemental AHA! Night these materials will be examined in context with art, performance and the environment. As always, this evening will include a diversity of programs and venues that showcase the revitalization of downtown New Bedford.

Complete schedules available at all listed partners. All activities are free and held rain or shine and are from 5-9 p.m. unless otherwise stated. For more detailed event listing please visit: www.ahanewbedford.org

"Taking Root" Film Screening

March 13, 7pm at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA.

Free Preview screening of Independent Lens Film:

"Taking Root"

by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater

How does the simple act of planting trees lead to winning the Nobel Peace Prize? Ask Wangari Maathai of Kenya. In 1977, she suggested rural women plant trees to address problems stemming from a degraded environment. Under her leadership, their tree-planting grew into a nation-wide movement to safeguard the environment, defend human rights and promote democracy. And brought Maathai the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

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!

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.

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

TEAMS 3rd Annual Green Fair

3/21/09 10am-4pm, Ted Williams Camp on Bedford Street/Route 18 in Lakeville, MA.

The Green Fair, is held to help people to understand how watersheds work and how actions of individuals can impact our watershed. Some activities/ speakers are lined up:

Vernal Pool Outdoor Field Study: 10-11am and 2:30-3:30

Karen Kullas: Learn how and why to Compost: noon-1PM

Christine Odiaga: Discuss the Wetlands Protection Act: 1:30-2:30

Musical Entertainment: Starry Night Band 11:30 & The Generators 1:30

Some of the participants whose booths you may visit are: Solar Systems – totally tubular system demo, Master Gardeners –on hand for advice, Energy Efficiency Building Technologies– learn how to save energy by reducing your costs, All-Clear Title 5 Services, Inc.—septic inspections, trouble shooting and maintenance, Local Ecology Club—Hands on children’s activities, Rochester and Lakeville ConComs– wetland maps and regulation, Private Quarters—eco-friendly bed & bath linens, Kettle Pond an organic farm being farmed as Community Supported Agriculture, Young Living Products-100% therapeutic essential oils and all natural supplements, A NEST IN NATURE-a natural childcare and gentle preschool, Falmouth Toyota- will present an Eco-nomic Prius Hybrid for the "green" individual and family, Ropes and Saddles-Organic Landscaping, TRWA- information about their mission and stormwater management, Board of Health Agent - answers well and septic questions, APC representative on hand to answer questions about the Assawompset Pond complex. Additional participants/vendors to join the event will follow.

For more information please visit: www.teams-on-web.org

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)

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.

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, 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/

Roots Down New Bedford: Gardening Workshops

1st Tuesday of every month, 4pm, Lawler Branch Public Library, 745 Rockdale (NE Corner of Buttonwood Park). Accesible by SRTA bus routes #6 and #10.

What: A free monthly series focusing on sustainable gardening techniques.

Why: To help new and experienced gardeners gain a deeper understanding of methods used in healthy food production. To help build local food security for our community.

April 7: Preparing a New Garden Bed and Rejuvenating Your Existing Garden (with an introduction to container gardening).

May 5: Starting Your Own Seedlings and using transplanting and crop succession to increase production.

The summer topics will be announced in May .

Roots Down - New Bedford is part of the Safe Soils for Healthy Food Project presented by Brix Bounty Farm and the Rotch-Jones- Duff House&Garden Museum and is made possible by the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts - SEEAL Fund.

For more information please contact Brix Bounty Farm at 508-992-1868 or visit the farm blog at http://brixbounty.blogspot.com/

 

Leaf Bullet Announcements

Online Sustainability Courses

Classes run March 25-May 9th

UMASS Dartmouth Online

Two fully online sustainability courses available for the second Spring session beginning March 25th:

SUS 347 Environmental Law 3 credits. An introduction to basic concepts of environmental law. The emphasis is on broad introductory themes.

PSC 235 - Environmental Policy 3 credits. Environmental Policy will explore the decision making process that underlies most of our current environmental laws and regulations in the U.S. Students will learn about the process of environmental decision-making from an "incentive-based" approach and alternatives analysis. Topics such as air, water, hazardous substances, climate change, and environmental justice will be discussed. Students will interpret a current proposal to use charge systems to implement environmental policies. The course is meant as an introductory theme into environmental policy. There is no course pre-requisite.

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/

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

Biodegradable Doggie Bags

Tip from TheDailyGreen.com

When it comes time to pick up after your beloved pooch, choose a biodegradable bag instead of regular plastic. Otherwise, you are wrapping one of nature's quickest degrading substances in something that takes decades to break down. Read more.

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