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May 20-May 27, 2009

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Campuses help communities save energy

This week:

Fireside chat with Green IT CEO

Coalition for Buzzards Bay Annual Meeting

More events!

Save The Date:

Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability

Silverbrook Farm: Vermiculture Workshop



Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative



Know Your Vegetables

Roots Down New Bedford

Tree Swallow Viewing Opportunity

Volunteer Opportunities

Sustainability Courses


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Campuses help communities save energy

From South Coast Today

DARTMOUTH — Cape Cod Community College and UMASS Dartmouth, two campuses that are national leaders in incorporating sustainability into their practices and curricula, are helping their local communities find ways to save money by reducing energy use and empowering local people to take action. Read more.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Fireside Chat with Irwin Jacobs, Green IT company CEO

May 21, 2009, 6-8pm, ATMC, 151 Martine St, Fall River, MA.

Irwin Jacobs, who grew up in New Bedford, has had an unusual career trajectory embracing both change and opportunity. He started a degree in hotel management but soon changed to engineering. He left an MIT faculty position to join a start-up university on the other side of the country and then left his academic career to run a start-up company he had co-founded. He led his second start-up, QUALCOMM, for over 20 years from its creation into the Fortune 500 - the cell phone in your pocket or purse works because of the technology developed by QUALCOMM. QUALCOMM was recently named one of the top 12 Green IT Companies by ComputerWorld. With the success of QUALCOMM, he has become a major philanthropist, giving to organizations in San Diego, in Cambridge, and in New Bedford. At this Fireside Chat, Irwin will talk about his entrepreneurial experiences and what he learnt along the way.

Presented by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, the Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum, and MassNetComms Registration: * $25 for members of MATTO, SNEEF and MassNetComms * $35 for others

Click here to Register

Coalition for Buzzards Bay Annual Meeting

May 21, 2009, 6pm reception, 7pm meeting. Highfield Hall at 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth

The Coalition for Buzzards Bay invites everyone to join us as we celebrate our 21st year and the significant progress we've made in 2008 to improve the health of Buzzards Bay, most notably in the prevention of oil spills and the reduction of nitrogen pollution. Our Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 21 at the beautiful and historic Highfield Hall in Falmouth. The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., including a cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a keynote address by Eric Jay Dolin, author of Political Waters: The Long, Dirty, Contentious, Incredibly Expensive but Eventually Triumphant History of Boston Harbor - a Unique Environmental Success Story.

Click here for more information and directions or call The Coalition for Buzzards Bay at 508-999-6363.

Click here to download a copy of the Coalition's 2008 Annual Report.

Ray Anderson: Sustainability in Corporate America

May 21, 2009, 5:30-7pm Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St, Providence, RI. Free!

Interface Carpets Corporate Chairman transformed his company through a vision of sustainability. He set a goal in 1994 to eliminate his company's ecological footprint by 2020.

Since 1995 his company has increased sales by nearly 50% while:

  • Saving more than $336 million through sustainability efforts
  • Cutting fossil fuels use by 45%
  • Cutting worldwide contribution to landfills by 80%

He will be speaking about his own experiences in turning his own company around and how business must be a leader in turning the world's environmental problems around.

For more information please visit: www.apeiron.org

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Biofuels: Creating a Sustainable Energy Economy in Southern New England

Friday, May 29, Kingston, RI.

At the URI Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences 120 Flagg Road, Kingston RI. Details here.

Apeiron Sustainable Living Festival

June 6-7, Coventry, RI.

8th Annual RI Sustainable Living Festival combines workshops & resources with an incredible music lineup.

Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability

June 18, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at ATMC in Fall River.

Join us at the kickoff meeting for the Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability. The purpose of the Council is to provide education, advice and assistance on the broad issue of sustainability in Southeastern Massachusetts. The Council will act as a leadership forum and network to connect, facilitate, support and coordinate sustainability efforts and initiatives throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

Free Healthy Cooking Demonstration

June 24, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Diabetes Association Inc. Satellite Office - 26 Caroline Street, New Bedford

Diabetes Association Inc. & Coastline Elderly Service Inc. invite you to a free healthy cooking demonstration. Come learn how to cook Healthy Desserts. Information is step by step so you learn how to do it and best of all you get to taste the food!

Due to limited seating please call to RSVP by May 1st for one or more sessions to: Ginny Senna-Davis at 508-717-0499 New Bedford or 508-672-5671 Fall River. Space is limited.

Silverbrook Farm: Vermiculture Workshop

June 27, 9am-12pm. Silverbrook Farm, 592 Chase Road Dartmouth Ma 02747 508-991-5185 

Composting with Worms - Vermiculture!  Creating amazing fertility!

Host: Michael Bradlee, Masters in Chemistry from Notre Darme, Undergraduate degree in Biology.

Learn hands on construction of a worm composting system. Handle the worms.  Learn the biological and chemical processes that make this one of the best organic fertilizers.  Handle red wiggler worms and leave with some to start the process. Discussion, demonstration and reference material provided.  With five years experience with vermiculture, Mike implemented worm composting at Silverbrook.  He will guide you through the process, answer questions and provide resources for your success. 

Please contact us at Farmsilverbrook@aol.com to sign up.  Class size limited to twenty.  Silverbrook and Six Farm CSA members are given  priority. For more information about Silverbrook Farm please visit: SilverbrookDartmouth.com

Future events include: Canning and Preserving - Yes We Can!
     Jam and Jelly Creating.
     Lacto-fermentation Pickling!
     Local Cheese tasting and production.
     Sustainable gardening techniques - farm walk about.
     And "Dine at the Barn"  dinners.

Sustainability Summer Camp for Middleschoolers

July 13 - July 17, 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 summer's Sustainability Camp.

NOFA Summer Conference

August 7-9, UMass Amherst main campus.

Northeast Organic Farming Association's 35th annual summer conference features 150 workshops on organic farming, gardening, land care, sustainability and homesteading.

Activities include:

  • Teen and children’s program.
  • Organic Lawn & Turf Course
  • Community Farm Workshop Track
  • Mass Grass Grazing School
  • Entertainment including dancing, country fair, barter event, and farmers’ market
  • Dorm rooms, camping and wholesome organic meals

Keynote speakers: Paul Stamets, mushroom expert and author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World and Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, an organization that brings knowledge about sustainable food systems to urban areas.

For more information contact the NOFA Summer Conference office at (978) 355-2853 or http://www.nofasummerconference.org or nofa@nofamass.org.


Leaf Bullet Announcements

SEMAP Seeks New Executive Director

The SEMAP Executive Director is responsible for providing day-to-day leadership of the operations of the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership, Inc (SEMAP), a regional nonprofit organization whose mission is to help agricultural enterprises in Southeastern Massachusetts achieve economic success. In this role, the successful candidate will actively seek economic development opportunities for the region's commercial farmers.This is a full-time position that reports to the Board of Directors.

For full job description please visit www.semaponline.org

To Apply: Send letter of application, current resume, and the names, titles, addresses and telephone numbers of three references via e-mail to carolynd@umext.umass.edu -- include "SEMAP search" in the subject line.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 29, 2009

Dartmouth YMCA Seeks Summer Camp Staff and Specialists

The Dartmouth YMCA Summer Camp Metacomet Program seeks responsible, enthusiastic individuals to join their summer camp staff team to organize activities for the following areas: Nature (environmental science), Arts & Crafts, Group Sports, and Farming. Duties include creating creative and interactive activities for kids ranging in ages from 5 to 13 years old.

For more detailed information please contact Camp Metacomet Director Stephanie Traynor, 508-993-3362.

Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative in New Bedford

The Marion Institute, in collaboration with local organizations, the New Bedford Economic Development Council and the Mayor's Office, announces the creation of the Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative. The objective of the initiative is two-fold: to ensure that New Bedford accesses American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding - which will support green business and green job development - and to ensure that the city's initiatives specifically benefit and are accessible to low income communities and communities of color in the city. The overarching goal is to help New Bedford become a national leader in the green jobs and sustainability movement.

For more information, contact: Desa VanLaarhoven at desa@marioninstitute.org or Kalia Lydgate klydgate@marioninstitute.org

Young Farmers Specialty Camp at Dartmouth YMCA

Young Farmers Specialty Camp at Camp Metacomet, Dartmouth YMCA - 1 and 2 week sessions throughout summer 2009.

Do you have a passion for science and the growth of healthy fruits and vegetables? Join us for the first ever Camp Metacomet Specialty Camp that will look at our world's growing issue of food production and healthy eating. Working alongside a seasoned farmer, campers will gain the skills and talents to begin growing his or her own garden right in the back yard. Campers will experience the nurturing food from seed to harvest, while also participating in traditional camp activities. This program is perfect for campers ages 6-15. We guarantee that this camp will allow campers to explore another side of science and discover the fruitful labors of their hard work. Campers will help to develop our working farm and learn about leadership and community service.

For more information visit www.ymcasouthcoast.org or check out the 2009 Camp Brochure (info on young farmers camp on page 17);  interested?  Here's the 2009 YMCA Camp Registration Form. (Ages 6–15)

Leaf Bullet Ongoing

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.

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                  

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.

*Neighborhood-based workshops now scheduled! Visit the Farm blog for locations and schedule

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/

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.

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

Volunteers Needed for Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA

Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA (276 Gulf Road, Dartmouth, MA) is looking for volunteers to work on our 2-acre farm. Volunteers will plant, transplant, cultivate and harvest on the farm. All produce is donated to the Hunger Commission of Southeastern Massachusetts (a United Way Program).

We will have volunteer drop-in hours starting April 1st on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9-11 and Thursdays from 3-5. The 2009 season runs from April until October.

For more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator Donna Edberg at 508-993-3361 x13 or by email at sharingtheharvest@ymcasouthcoast.org

Summer Sustainability Courses

UMASS Dartmouth Online

Courses available Summer Session 1 (5 week session beginning June 1st)

•PHY 161 Sec. 8101: Mon/Tues/Wed 6:00-9:00pm, Instructor: Gisele Procaccianti [This course is not available online] Topics covered include: Alternative Energy, Sustainability and the Environment.
This course explores energy and sustainability. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to providing undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds with an understanding of the role that renewable energy plays in sustainable development.
The course is intended to increase the environmental awareness of students and to get them actively involved in sustainable energy projects that focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.  

• SUS 211: Principles of Sustainability (Required course) This course focuses on the fundamental principles of Sustainability, providing a larger context for the topics covered in the elective courses. Principle Topics covered include: What is Sustainability?, Climate Change and Environmental Challenges, Systems Thinking/Systems Analysis, “Natural” Systems and Function, Human Interactions with Natural Systems, Ethics and Values.

• SUS 250: Special Topics in Sustainability: Critical Readings This course will take a mosaic approach to understanding “sustainability”. We will read across a wide variety of genres, from mainstream essays, to scientific studies, to technical reports, and more. We will read non-controversial works, such as Rachel Carson’s “The Edge of the Sea”, as well as highly controversial works, such as “The Limits to Growth.” We will look at sustainability from “the wilderness” to the city; from the history of garbage to the future of waste; from nature’s destruction to nature’s instruction. Students will be expected to read all texts and be able to contribute to an ongoing discussion of the texts, how they contribute to the notion of “sustainability,” and what, in the end, sustainability may mean.

Courses available Summer Session 2 (5 week session beginning July 6th)

• SUS 250: Special Topics in Sustainability: Sustainable Living Learn to live more lightly on the planet. An introduction to global challenges and practical solutions related to energy, food, land use, water and air, waste, housing, and community health. This class will help students make personal and professional decisions supporting the three interconnected objectives of sustainability; economic vitality, environmental integrity, and social equity

• MTH 120: Quantitative Reasoning Fundamentals of quantitative literacy fully integrated with environmental science topics to illustrate how mathematics is used to describe, model, and analyze data. This will be an introductory level course in applied mathematics. Topics include essential numeracy including estimation, measurement and scaling, and function modeling, which explores the three most important functions used in analyzing and modeling environmental data. Elementary statistics are explored with many practical examples to help students develop an intuitive understanding of descriptive statistics, sampling, and probability based inferential statistics.

• MKT 690: Special Topics in the Market- Sustainable Enterprises [blended course:includes online and classroom components] Innovation and Creativity are the sparks that make good enterprises great. Sustainability is the disciplined creation of long term inter-generational prosperity through the enhancement of human, natural, manufactured, and financial capital. Combined they encourage a style of behavior comfortable with challenges, new ideas and constant change. This course provides an opportunity for students to integrate Sustainable Buisness Modeling tools together with creative problem solving and marketing techniques. Class time will be spent in lecture, discussion, case studies, experiential exercises and practical workshops. In addition the group auditing project will enable students to apply theoretical learnings to a real organization or community situation.

Courses available for 7 week Summer Session (7 week session beginning June 15th)

•PST 460/560: Environmental Impact of Globalization Prerequisites: PST 102 or upper-division standing Environmental impacts of contemporary globalization. The course reviews the effects of unregulated economic activity, rapid industrialization, and population growth in the Global South. The course also examines the effects of profligate consumption patterns, the practices of Northern-based corporations, and other aspects of the globalization process that impact the world's collective environmental security, such as unsustainable environmental practices that impact climate change, biodiversity, the world's natural resource base, and food supply.

• SUS 235: Environmental Policy 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.

Tree Swallow Viewing

Colleagues and friends,

In these somewhat turbulent and unsettling times, it is good to remember the many things we have to be thankful for -- our terrific colleagues and students of course, along with our beautiful campus and the natural world that surrounds us.

Considering this last item, I am happy to report that the tree swallows have returned to UMD, and that they have once again occupied a number of the bird boxes on campus.

The birds are beginning to build their nests and the incubation of eggs will follow shortly. It is possible to view nest area defense and courtship activity at this time. Once incubation begins, things will settle down dramatically. The young will hatch in early June and there will be a great deal of activity as the parents will be in and out of the nests from dawn to dusk, caring for the chicks. This activity will go on for about 17 days (roughly June 8 - 25) - at which point the young will fledge, and the family units will leave the area.

Viewing can be done from a car or simply sitting quietly on the grass - mornings from 7:00 to 11:00 are best. It is wise to stay at least 25 yards away from the boxes. Binoculars really enhance the experience.

The following bird boxes have tree swallows this year:

1. Near the newly created marsh on the inside of ring road – directly across from the road that goes into the gymnasium/athletic fields. (view from car or lawn)

2. On the left as you enter the road that goes to the library parking lot. (view from car)

3. In marsh area below field where golfers practice (view from lawn)

4. Near the newly created marsh on the inside of ring road – directly across from the Cedar Dell entrance road. (view from car or lawn)

5. On the far side of the little pond, opposite the entrance to parking lot 1. (view from lawn)

Feel free to forward this to anyone you know would appreciate this unique experience.

All the best, John Twomey

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