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March 11- March 17, 2009

In This Issue

News:

Van Jones tapped as White House 'Green Jobs' Advisor

Fast-Growing Western U.S. Cities Face Water Crisis

 

This week:

NESEA Building Energy Conference '09

Aha! Night

'Taking Root' Film

RePower America Rally

RI Garden workshops

Know Your Vegetables

Ocean Voice Speaker Series

 

More

Save The Date:

 

Green Teen Homeless Shelter Fundraiser

March 25: Regional Sustainable Food Exchange

 

More

Announcement:

Sustainability Summer Camp July 13-July 17

Earth Hour March 28

Volunteers Needed for Coalition for Buzzards Bay

Non-credit Organic Farming Courses offered by BCC

More

Ongoing:

Know Your Vegetables

More

Weekly Green Tip:

Fix a Leak Week

Weekly Quote:

"Don't wait for anyone to deputize you or authorize you or empower you. You have to just start out with yourself...and put one foot in front of the other."
- Hazel Henderson

 

Leaf Bullet News

Author-Activist Tapped As White House 'Green Jobs' Advisor

By: Michael Burnham, The New York Times/GreenWire

Author and activist Van Jones will serve as a special White House adviser for "green" jobs, enterprise and innovation.

Jones, 40, will work within the Council on Environmental Quality, which coordinates President Obama's climate, energy and other environmental policy initiatives with federal agencies.

"Van Jones has been a strong voice for green jobs, and we look forward to having him work with departments and agencies to advance the president's agenda of creating 21st century jobs that improve energy efficiency and utilize renewable resources," CEQ Chairwoman Nancy Sutley said in a written statement last night. Read more

Fast-Growing Western U.S. Cities Face Water Crisis

By: Tim Gaynor and Steve Gorman, Reuters.

LAS VEGAS/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Desert golf course superintendent Bill Rohret is doing something that 20 years ago would have seemed unthinkable -- ripping up bright, green turf by the acre and replacing it with rocks. Read more


Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Building Energy '09 Conference

3/10-3/12 Boston, MA. .- 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 are posted at www.nesea.org

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.

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.

 

RePower America Rally

March 14, 3-4pm at Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston MA 02133.

Ready to take the next step in fighting global warming? Show your support for the contested Massachusetts State Legislature's Resolution calling for the federal government to RePower America with 100% Clean Electricity in 10 years.

Please join Massachusetts Power Shift on the south steps of the Massachusetts State House as we rally to draw attention to this important goal. Speakers will include resolution sponsors Sen. Marc Pacheco and Rep. Frank Smizik as well as student and community environmental leaders. Plus, don't miss the live music over a bicycle-powered sound system!

The rally is co-sponsored by Clean Water Action, the Massachusetts Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, the Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities, and the Massachusetts Green Jobs Coalition.

More rally info/about Massachusetts Power Shift: http://www.masspowershift.org/

The plan to RePower America: http://www.repoweramerica.org/plan/analysis/

 

Children's Garden Network Winter School

March 14, 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

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.

Know Your Vegetables: A Monthly Conversation Series Focusing on Small-Scale Vegetable Production. 

March 16, 6:30pm Brix Bounty Farm 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA.

Interested in getting a head start on the growing season by using transplants?  Want to learn tips and techniques for healthy seedling production?

Join us next Monday at our March installment of Know Your Vegetables focusing on

Starting Your Own Seedlings:  Greenhouses, Cold Frames, Potting Soils, Sowing and Germination Techniques

At Brix Bounty Farm we use a low-tech combination of heating mats, unheated greenhouses and cold frames to produce transplants for our own production.  Compared to my past experience, our scale is rather modest; while in New York, I oversaw a larger greenhouse operation  that included the production of 3000 flats/year.  For the home gardener who wants to ensure their starts are grown in organic methods to professional growers looking to increase efficiency in their gh systems we'll host a conversation that can help 2009 be a more productive season.

Note:  During the months of March, April, and May we will be available from 6:00-6:30 right before Know Your Vegetables to answer questions about soil testing.  We can review testing techniques, different soil testing labs, and help you to understand what information your soil test report includes.  Come with specific questions or general interest.

Know Your Vegetables is a free monthly conversation series hosted by Brix Bounty Farm focusing on small-scale vegetable production.  Conversations are usually held the third Monday of every month.  We invite farmers, gardeners, and anyone interested in learning more about growing healthy food to join us.  More information available by contacting the farm (508-992-1868, derekchristianson@gmail.com)or visiting the
Brix Bounty Farm Blog.

Upcoming Dates and Topics (all of the following Know Your Vegetables are at Brix Bounty Farm at 6:30 PM) 
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  

 

Ocean Voice Speaker Series: Celebrating Women in Science and Engineering

Tuesday, March 17, 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: Brenda Berube, Interim Chair, STEM Department, UMass Dartmouth


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.

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

 

Green Teen Homeless Shelter Fundraiser

3/21/09 1-4pm, SkyRoom Howland Place, 651 Orchard St, New Bedford, MA.

Come and support a great need for New Bedford teens. 100% of the funds will go to build a Green Teen Homeless Shelter for the areas suffering youth. This project is at it's inception so support in all areas are needed money, volunteers, construction workers, supplies, artists, visionaries etc.

We will build it green, sustainable and in unity.

$10 per person/ $5 Students/ Free for 12 and under

For more information please contact: Tem Blessed 508-858-9261

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

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.

 

 

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

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:

Almost every state in the U.S. imports 85% of its food.

On average food in the US travels 1300 miles.

In Massachusetts this food import imbalance translates to a $4 billion leak in the state economy on an annual basis.

Please join us for the next of our Regional Sustainability Exchanges as we discuss strategies for improving Regional Food Security and how to support a Sustainable Local Food System.

Agenda:
9:00-9:30 Coffee
9:30-11:00 Presentations and Questions
11:00-1:00 Lunch and Initiation of Regional Food Security Strategy

Coffee and lunch will be provided. Confirmation of your attendance is required.

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). Accessible 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/

First Massachusetts Farm to School Convention

April 15, 12:30-6:30 Old Sturbridge Village

Who Will Be There:

Tony Geraci, dynamic food service director of the Baltimore Public Schools;

Dorothy Brayley, noted farm to school advocate, executive director of Kids First in RI;

John Lee, general manager of Allandale Farm, board member of Mass. Agriculture in the Classroom;

Bonnie Hallam from The Food Trust's successful Kindergarten Initiative in Philadelphia; 

Farmers who deliver with information about the products they can sell to schools;

Innovative Food Service Directors and their advocates from Somerville, Lawrence,Edgartown, and Cambridge; 

Excellent Practitioners of cooking with kids, school gardening, youth development through farming, and ag in the classroom from Orange, Boston,Williamsburg, Lexington, Holyoke, and Martha's Vineyard;

College Organizers from Boston College and a new national group, The Real Food Challenge;

Public Health Activists discussing proposed new legislation to support farm to school and healthy school meals efforts in Mass.

Registration Cost: $20, or $10 for students

For more information please contact Kaitlin Doherty, at the Mass. Farm to School Project office. 413-253-3844 or kaitlin@seedsofsolidarity.org.  

Farm to School website: www.mass.gov/agr/markets/Farm_to_school/index.htm

 

Massachusetts Organic Gardening Workshop Day

April 18

NOFA/Mass presents our second annual Statewide Spring Organic Gardening Day. On April 18, there will be organic gardening workshops in every region of the state (see map and full details here). Growing our own food is an excellent way to save money, lessen our carbon footprint, improve our health, and connect with neighbors and nature. Isn’t now a good time to learn skills that will help you plant a garden and make it productive throughout the year?

Topics that will be covered at these workshops:

  • Starting garden beds
  • Seed starting
  • Organic soil fertility
  • Organic soil amendments
  • Mulches and cover crops
  • Weeds, disease and pests
  • What to plant when
  • Crop spacing
  • Succession croppings
  • These workshops are all being led by experienced gardening educators, and they are intended to meet the tremendous resurgence of energy and action for backyard and community gardening. In addition to explaining and demonstrating some key steps that can empower to you start your own garden, these workshops provide a great opportunity for you to come forth with your questions about beginning the process of gardening. Whether you are a complete newcomer to gardening or you just feel that you could use some brushing up on growing skills and concepts, these workshops are for you.

    Workshops are being held in the following regions and towns:

    Boston/North Shore – Mattapan, South Natick and Newbury

    Southeast Mass – Middleboro and Cohasset

    Central Mass – Worcester, Barre and Winchendon Springs

    Western Mass - West Springfield, Wendell, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Pittsfield

    Download and Print Registration Form to mail in with check or money order.

    Register online for any one of these workshops with Credit Card or ECheck.  For questions or more information contact Ben Grosscup at ben.grosscup@nofamass.org or visit the NOFA/Mass website http://www.nofamass.org/programs/practicalskills/workshopday.php

 

 

 

Leaf Bullet Announcements

Sustainability Summer Camp for Middleschoolers

July 13 - July17, 2009, UMASS Dartmouth main campus.

Please contact Kathleen Christianson at 508-910-6484 or kchristianson@umassd.edu for more information on registering your child for this summers Sustainability Camp.

EarthHour: March 28th at 8:30pm

World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions.

For more information visit: www.earthhourus.org

UMASS Dartmouth Campus Clean Up Day

April 1, 2-5pm, UMASS Dartmouth Main Campus.

For information on registering a team or as an individual please email: campuscleanup@umassd.edu

Volunteers Needed for The Coalition for Buzzards Bay

 

Although Jack Frost doesn't seem to be loosening his grip, we know Spring has to be just around the corner. And that means it's time to sign up to be a Baywatcher volunteer!
   
Now in its 18th year, Baywatchers is Massachusetts' largest volunteer-based coastal water monitoring effort. From May through September, more than 100 dedicated volunteers help us to monitor the health of Buzzards Bay by testing water samples from more than 30 harbors and coves from the Westport River to Woods Hole and the Elizabeth Islands.

And the Coalition needs more than 100 volunteers to help again this year!

A strong science background is not necessary. A good Baywatcher is someone who can consistently commit one hour between 6-9 a.m. each week from May-September and follow scientific instructions on how to test the water using a Baywatchers test kit.  A Baywatcher should also be agile enough to work on docks and piers along the waters edge.  All volunteer Baywatchers participate in a training session to learn the proper sampling techniques and receive a sampling test kit, a handbook of procedures/protocols, and data sheets.

To Sign Up:

Contact Tony Williams, Director of Monitoring Programs, at 508-999-6363 x203 or e-mail williams@savebuzzardsbay.org and provide a message with your name, e-mail and contact information.

BCC Non-credit Organic Farming Courses Offered

Spring 2009, Fall River campus.

Introduction to Herbs and Herb Gardening: this course is an introduction to herbs and herb gardening, it is meant for those interested in herb plants, their properties, uses, and propagation. Course will cover three major areas: Introduction to herbs, herb gardening, and application of herbs. [7 sessions]

17513 XHG 10 03 Fall River $120 W 6:00-8:00pm 4/1-5/13

Water Availability, Quality, and Conservation: this course will give students an introduction to the chemistry of water; its hydrologic cycle, the effects of Man's activities and ways that water can be conserved from the viewpoint of sustainability. [5 sessions]

17514 XHG 11 01 Fall River $95 M 4:00-6:00pm 4/27-5/25

Beekeeping Course: the BCC beekeeping course introduces the basic principles and practices of organic beekeeping. The course prepares new beekeepers to understand the basics well enough to begin their own beekeeping as a hobby or small enterprise. [6 sessions]

17515 XHG 12 01 Fall River $65 M 6:00-8:00pm 3/23-4/27

The End of Oil: Farming and the Future of Food:this course focuses on the social and structural forces that shape the current global food system with particular emphasis on societal problems and changes anticipated for this fossil-fuel based, industrial agribusiness model. [7 sessions]

17516 XHG 13 02 Fall River $95 T 5:00-7:00pm 4/14-5/26

New! Bristol Community College will offer credit courses leading to a certificate in Organic
Farming starting in Fall 2009. To learn more, contact Admissions at 508.678.2811, ext. 2590.

 

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

Fix a Leak Week: March 16-20, 2009

Tip from the EPA

Every Drop Counts

Did you know that an American home can waste, on average, 11,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks?

Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year. That's why the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program is promoting Fix a Leak Week from March 16 to 20, 2009, to remind Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.

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