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August 26 to September 2, 2009

In This Issue


Top U.N. climate scientist backs big CO2 cuts, 350-ppm goal

This week:

The Dartmouth Grange fair

Council on Sustainability meetings: Food and Agriculture and Economic Development


Save The Date:

The first movie in the fall Sustainability Film Series

Working Waterfront Festival



Green Navigators fall applications still accepted



Enjoy locally-grown food


Weekly Green Tip:

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Weekly Quote:

"The packaging for a microwavable 'microwave' dinner is programmed for a shelf life of maybe six months, a cook time of two minutes and a landfill dead-time of centuries."
- David Wann, author of Affluenza and Simple Prosperity

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Leaf Bullet News
Green jobs place teens in a learning environment
Green JobsFall River — So what is a "green job" anyway?

Well, it's not flipping burgers at a local fast food restaurant, according to South Coast Youth Corps coordinator Linton Harrington.

Harrington, along with six hand-picked SouthCoast teenagers, have forgone typical summer jobs in order to help the Youth Corps, part of the Trustees of Reservations, provide teens with summer jobs that supply them more than just spending money.. Read more here

Top U.N. climate scientist backs big CO2 cuts, 350-ppm goal
PARIS - Barely 100 days before the world hopes to seal a global climate treaty, the U.N.'s top climate scientist has given his personal endorsement to hugely ambitious goals for slashing emissions. Details here, or read Bill McKibben's commentary here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Council on Sustainability: Food and Agriculture

Wednesday, August 26th, 7:30 PM at SRPEDD in Taunton
The Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability invites you to this meeting of the Food & Agriculture Working Group. Learn more about the working group here.

Science of West Nile Virus, EEE and mosquitos update

Friday, August 28th, 10:00 AM to noonish at Bristol Aggie Library
What: A discussion about the science of EEE, WNv, mosquitoes and how the three are interrelated. Who is presenting: Wayne Andrews, Superintendent of the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project and staff. Who is welcome: YOU, and your family, friends, neighbors. Kids, probably age 6 would be the start age, and up. Please use your silent, knowing judgment. If junior is interested and would contribute/benefit, great. If not, thank you for doing something else. General Format: We'll have two groups; one for the younger crowd to go over the general information about mosquitoes, EEE and WNv. The older group would meet for a more advanced discussion about the three, what they are, how they are interrelated, etc. Cost: None.

Dartmouth Grange Fair

Saturday, August 29 to Sunday, August 30th, 10:00AM - 5:00PM at 1133 Fisher Rd., Dartmouth, MA
The Dartmouth Grange in Russells Mills Village will host their annual Rural Community Fair. Visit the educational booths to learn more about local bee keeping, historic houses, local heirloom vegetables and much more. Learn more here.

Council on Sustainability: Economic Development

Thursday, September 1, 3:00 PM at SRPEDD in Taunton
The Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability invites you to this meeting of the Economic Development Working Group. Learn more about the working group here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Women's Canoe Trip

Thursday, September 3rd, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
Members: $20 Non-members: $25
Pre-registration required. Limit: 12
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Senior Educator/Naturalist
Ladies only! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. Transportation and all equipment provided. Bring footwear that won't mind getting wet, as well as a snack and libation (non-alcoholic). Learn more here or register here.

Slocum River Kayak Tour

Sunday, September 6th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
Members: $44 Non-members: $55
Pre-registration required. Age 14 and up. Limit: 8
The Slocum River is a peaceful tidal estuary that offers beautiful scenery with great birding, fishing and paddling. Come explore the many coves and marshes along this classic New England landscape. Paddlers of all abilities are welcome. All tours include basic kayak safety and paddling instruction, equipment, and certified guides. Learn more here or register here.

Transforming Our Built Environment, Restoring Healthy Communities: An Ecologist's Plan

Sunday, September 13, 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Andover-Newton Theological School, Newton Center, MA
Patrick Lucey is an internationally acclaimed designer of sustainable communities and infrastructure from British Columbia. He works around the world bringing visionary water and energy solutions to life, and has inspired many with his brilliant and revolutionary plans. Please come and bring your friends, you won't want to miss this unique opportunity. Individual tickets are $30 each, sponsorships also available. Learn more here. Sponsored by Clean Water Action.

CCB Dean Susan Engelkemeyer: Building Platinum

Susan EngelkemeyerMonday, September 14, 12-1:30 pm at the UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Susan Engelkemeyer is the new Dean of the Charleton College of Business. While serving as Dean of the School of Business at Ithaca College, she was responsible for the buidling of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum building, the first at a business school anywhere. She will speak about that experience and reflect on the possibilities for UMass Dartmouth.

Sustainability Film Series: *Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox*

Tuesday, September 15th, 6:30 pm at the UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Dr. Emanuel Bronner was a master soapmaker, self-proclaimed rabbi, and, allegedly, Albert Einstein's nephew. In 1947, after escaping from a mental institution, he invented the formula for "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap," a peppermint-infused, all-natural, multi-purpose liquid that can be found today in every American health food store. A human story about a socially responsible company, "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox" documents the complicated family legacy behind the counterculture's favorite cleaning product

Council on Sustainability Quarterly Meeting

Douglas FoyThursday, September 17, 3:00 PM at the ATMC in Fall River
Keynote speaker Douglas Foy, former president of the Conservation Law Society and Chief of Commonwealth Development. See presentations of the five groups and help plot a course to a more sustainable future. Learn more about the Council on Sustainability here.

Sustainability Fair

Saturday, September 19th, 9 A.M. – 3 P.M. Fairhaven center
The Fairhaven Sustainability Committee would like to invite you to take part in our 2nd Annual Energy & Ecology Fair. The fair is an event designed to bring people with an interest in learning more about being Green together with people who work in the Green Industries. Last year was very successful in doing so and we had numerous vendors that were able to turn their appearance into new business opportunities, including PV system installations, new boiler systems, new insulation projects, etc. Learn more about the Council on Sustainability here.

Wild Edibles Walk

Saturday, September 19th, 9 A.M. – 3 P.M.9 - 11AM Copicut woods
Ever wonder how long you could survive in the woods by living off the land? Well, Southeast Massachusetts is home to more than 150 species of wild edible plants and late summer is the season of fruits and nuts. From wild grapes and blueberries to hickory nuts and edible roots, join Education Coordinator Linton Harrington for walk and an all natural snack. Learn more here.

Permaculture Design Course

Sept. 14 - 25 on Martha's Vineyard.
The 2nd Permaculture Design Course will be held at the MV-HI-Hostel from . Most of you know that many consider Sept. the best time to be on the Vineyard - warm days, cool nights, gone are the crowds, and staying/eating at the HI-Hostel brings the rates way, way down ($20/night for room, $25/day for meals - that's compared to hundred$/ night at hotels in-season).

And the Course is terrific - great, life-changing curricula, super Instructors and Guest Speakers, fabulous visits to farms, homes, markets, small businesses - all wrapped in the rustic, rural, still agrarian Vineyard, with its respect for Nature, limited resources, and a quieter, smaller way of living and doing business. It's a great backdrop for a Permaculture Design Course. Learn more here.

2nd Annual RI Sustainable Schools Summit

Thursday, September 24th 8:00am - 4:00pm at the URI Shepard Building at 80 Washington St., Providence, RI
*Rhode Island Schools: Taking Strides to Sustainability* Attention Superintendents, Administrators, Teachers, Students, School Board Officials, Facilities Managers, Principals, Parents, and Community Members: Join the Apeiron Institute for this FREE program as we take an in-depth look at some green initiatives in local schools and discuss ways to integrate environmental sustainability in school environments, school food systems, and curricula.
*Register for free at www.apeiron.org

Homecoming Campus Sustainability Tour and Roundtable

Saturday, September 26th 11 a.m. tour and noon roundtable
During homecoming we will be doing a campus sustainability tour beginning at 11 a.m. the entrance to the Francis Tripp Athletics Center and a sustainability roundtable discussion at Woodland Commons at noon.

Providence Sustainability Festival

Saturday, September 26th Greater Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI
Sustainability Workshops, Music, Vendors, & More. After eight successful years of Sustainability festivals in Coventry, the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living will hold our first Providence festival, a free event that will use several downtown venues, including Kennedy Plaza. The Providence Sustainability Festival will include many of the features of the Coventry festival, providing numerous resources through its participating vendors, workshops and exhibits. Working with the City of Providence, the festival will also highlight “green job” opportunities.

Working Waterfront Festival

Sep 26 & 27 Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 3 — Steamship Pier, New Bedford
Celebrate Commercial Fishing, America's Oldest Industry! Join us in New Bedford, America's largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, mend a fishing net and watch a Coast Guard rescue demonstration. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate. www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org.

Southcoast Sustainability Initiatives

Tuesday, September 29 at 12:30-2 at the UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Meet leaders of South Coast community initiatives to hear them speak about their work and what it takes to get sustainability initiatives started. A question and answer session will follow.

3rd Annual Watershed Ride

Oct 4 Westport to Wood's Hole
3rd Annual Watershed Ride with Coalition For Buzzards Bay. Help us pedal our way to a healthier Bay by participating in the Third Annual Watershed Ride - a fully-supported, one-day, 75-mile cycling event to build awareness and raise funds to Save Buzzards Bay. Cycle through pastoral farmlands, coastal villages, cranberry bogs, working waterfronts and the back roads of Cape Cod - all while helping your Bay and its watershed. www.savebuzzardsbay.org.

Leaf Bullet Announcements

Volunteer opportunity: Providence Sustainability Festival

We are seeking significant community input and welcome businesses and organizations with a green presence in Providence to participate in the festival, either as exhibitors, presenters, or organizers. For more information, contact Apeiron at info@apeiron.org or call 401-228-7930. More details here

Bioneers By the Bay looking for volunteers

Each year we rely on you, our wonderful volunteers, to produce the internationally acclaimed Bioneers by the Bay conference. This year we are counting on you to make the conference the best yet. We have a wonderful group of live keynote speakers including Will Allen, Paul Hawken, Winona LaDuke and Dr. Vandana Shiva. Volunteer applications are available here.

UMass Dartmouth Students: Be a Green Navigator

The UMASS Dartmouth Sustainability Initiative is looking for motivated students to become "Green Navigators" – student sustainability leaders committed to supporting UMD sustainability initiatives through peer education and outreach. Green Navigators work with students, faculty, and staff to develop and implement sustainability initiatives. Duties may include assisting with educational programing, data collection, and general communication and outreach. Qualified students will be motivated, committed to enhancing sustainability at UMASS Dartmouth, and interested in supporting community participation in sustainability initiatives on campus. Applications are available here, and more details about the program are here.

Online Sustainability Certificate Open for Registration

The Application form for our new Online Program has now been posted, although students may take courses (listed here) before applying to the program. The Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability Studies provides students with a vigorous introduction to the growing discourse surrounding "sustainability" and sustainable issues. The Certificate helps establish sustainable thinking as a critical methodology, which students can apply to their professional and personal lives. See http://www.umassd.edu/online/sustainability/ for further information.

Leaf Bullet Ongoing

Local Farmers Markets

Carver: Sundays 1-4pm June-October, Shurtleff Park, Center Carver
: Fridays 1-6pm at Rex Field, adjacent to St. Peter's Church in Padanaram.
Fairhaven: Sundays 1-4pm, Fairhaven High School.
Fall River: Wednesdays, 9-1pm, Ruggles Park
Fall River: Saturdays, 7-12:30pm, Kennedy Park
Middleboro: Saturdays June 13- October 31, Middleboro Town Hall Lawn, rt 105.
New Bedford: Saturdays, 9-1pm, Clasky Common
New Bedford: Thursdays, 2-7pm, Wings Court (downtown)
New Bedford: Mondays: 2-7pm, Brooklawn Park
Rochester: Saturdays, 8-12pm, Rochester Center, Plumb Corner Market
Rehoboth: Sundays, 10-2pm, Anawan School
Taunton: Thursday, 12-5pm, Parking lot behind City Hall
Westport: Saturday, 8:30-1pm, Westport Grange
Click here for a complete list.

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.

When: The third Thursday of each month at 4:00 PM.

  • Sept 1: Short and Sweet Salad Greens: Seeds to Sow in
    September and Extending the Season with Row Covers
  • Oct 6: Improving Your Soil: Cover Crops, Fall Fertilizers and
    Soil Amendments for Organic Gardens
  • Nov 3: Wintertime Tasks for a Terrific 2010 Vegetable Garden:
    Mulching, Reviewing the Season and an Organic Garden Reading List.

*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 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 or Anne Eades: 508-996-1299

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

You'll save a lot of water, and still have good showers. Click here to learn more.

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