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September 2 to 9, 2009

In This Issue


LEED certification gets a hard look

This week:

River exploration!


Save The Date:

Council on Sustainability Quarterly Meeting

Third Annual Watershed Ride



Marion Institute is hiring



Fall schedule of Roots Down


Weekly Green Tip:

Autumn energy savings tips

Weekly Quote:

Every good movement passes through five stages: indifference, ridicule, abuse, repression, and respect.
-Mahatma Gandhi

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Leaf Bullet News
Change is seen in Atlantic from climate, fishing
PORTLAND, Maine — The basic makeup of the ocean waters off the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic region has fundamentally changed in the past 40 years because of climate change, commercial fishing pressures and growing coastal populations, according to a new report. Read more here

LEEDSome Buildings Not Living Up to Green Label
The Federal Building in downtown Youngstown, Ohio, features an extensive use of natural light to illuminate offices and a white roof to reflect heat.

It has LEED certification, the country’s most recognized seal of approval for green buildings. But the building is hardly a model of energy efficiency. Details here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Raw Milk Dairy Day

Saturday, September 12th, 10:00 - 3:00 pm at Lyons Brook Farm, 76 Drift Road, Westport
Lyons Brook Farm is a small goat milk dairy on the Westport River that raises registered Alpines and Nubians. Raw milk is sold at the farm. Enjoy walking tours of the farm and barns, milking demonstrations and goats being fitted for fall shows. Email PLBF629@juno.com for more info.

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.

Council on Sustainability: Economic Development

Monday, September 14, 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.

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, 3:45 PM at the ATMC in Fall River
Keynote speaker Douglas Foy, former president of the Conservation Law Foundation 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.

Solar Hot Water for Heat and Hot Water Workshop

Thursday, September 17 - 20 from 9 am until 4pm, Falmouth, MA (sponsored by Cape and Islands Self-Reliance)
The installed system will provide heat for domestic hot water and space heating in a home that has existing radiant floor heat. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about solar hot water applications in New England. Topics will include siting, component selection and sizing and system integration. The workshop, which includes a classroom component as well as hands-on installation work will be held in Falmouth, MA. Registration is $595 for Self-Reliance members, $650 for non-members and includes educational materials and lunch. For more information, please call 508.563.6633 or e-mail reliance@reliance.org.

Sustainability Fair

Saturday, September 19th, 9 am – 3 pm, 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 - 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.

Slocum River Regatta

Saturday, September 19th, 8am to 2pm, Lloyd Center for the Environment
Dartmouth, MA – Join the Lloyd Center for the Environment for the Fourth Annual Slocum River Regatta, “Southern New England’s Fall Rowing & Paddling Festival” on Saturday, September 19. Races will start and finish near the mouth of the Slocum River (nearby the Lloyd Center’s pier and dock) and traverse a two-mile closed-loop buoyed course on the tidal waters of one of New England’s most beautiful estuaries.

This event is open to single/double racing/recreational shells, single/tandem kayaks, canoes, single/double fixed-seat rowboats – five-oared whaleboats (with cox), all in men’s, women’s and co-ed categories, with separate Youth, Master and Open divisions in all categories, and...new this year...a special Youth/Master division in all Doubles and Tandem events. The emphasis of the regatta is on good fun and enjoyment of the scenic Slocum River. A post-race light lunch and awards ceremonies at the Lloyd Center will follow the race. Register here.

Operation Clean Sweep - Ward 4

Saturday, September 19th, 8am to 10:30 (Cleanup), 10:30 to Noon (Thank you Celebration), Gomes School on South Second Street
In August, close to 50 good natured volunteers cleaned up 220 pounds of trash from a small portion of Ward 1. This is by far the smallest cleanup with the least amount of trash. Congratulations to Ward 1 for such a clean neighborhood!

Volunteers Needed for our final neighborhod cleanup of the season - Please join us!
Pre-Register before the clean up –
Call: 508.979.1493
Visit: www.operationcleansweep.net and go to the volunteer page
Day of the clean up – sign up/ check in at the Operation Clean Sweep Headquarters
Featuring a Live Broadcast from FUN 107, Lunch by Domino's "The Official Pizza of Operation Clean Sweep", and a Chinese Auction with prizes donated by local businesses

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

Marion Institute is is hiring

Cambodian Living Arts Development Coordinator - US based - Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) is an educational program which supports the revival of Cambodian traditional art forms and inspires contemporary artistic expression. Based in Cambodia, Cambodian Living Arts is a program of the Marion Institute in Marion, MA. It offers teaching, performance and recording opportunities to young Cambodians and developing professional artists alike, and commissions new works. These programs are reconnecting Cambodia's youth with their cultural traditions and creating a new, positive identity for a war-ravaged nation. More details here

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.

  • 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

Autumn Energy-Saving Tips

As the warm days of late summer linger on, it is difficult to think about snow and cold weather. However, autumn will be here soon, and how much you save on energy bills this winter will depend largely on what you do now. The heat and humidity of summer can be hard on your home's exterior surfaces and on your heating and cooling systems. The following are steps you can take to help make your home more warm and cozy—and energy efficient—when the cold weather comes. Click here to learn more.

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