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September 16 to 23, 2009

In This Issue


Global COOLING for the northeast?

This week:

Quarterly Meeting of the Council on Sustainability

Lots of events on Saturday


Save The Date:

Working Waterfront Festival

Bioneers By the Bay



Volunteer opportunities



Farmer's markets heating up with the fall harvest


Weekly Green Tip:

Reuse Resealable Plastic Bags

Weekly Quote:

"We are not lacking in the dynamic forces needed to create the future. We live immersed in a sea of energy beyond all comprehension."
Thomas Berry, The Great Work

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Leaf Bullet News
Global Warming Could Cool N. America
Global warming could actually chill down North America within just a few decades, according to a new study that says a sudden cooling event gripped the region about 8,300 years ago. Read more here.

A push for green in Dartmouth
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s business school is planning a new building that many hope will be environmentally friendly. Luckily for the Charlton College of Business, its new dean, Susan Engelkemeyer, oversaw the construction of the greenest business school center in the world at Ithaca College. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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

Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) Roundtable Discussion

Friday, September 25, 3:30-5pm , National Park Visitor Center (33 William Street)
In conjunction with this year’s Working Waterfront Festival, we will be hosting a free roundtable discussion of interest to area fishermen, farmers and public on How to Connect Fishermen and Farmers in Local Markets. Explore opportunities to coordinate a fish share into CSA, and learn about the growing Community Supported Fisheries across New England. The discussion will be facilitated by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) which has been instrumental in organizing Community Supported Fisheries programs in Boston and Cape Ann. www.namanet.org
PLEASE RSVP to Working Waterfront Festival (info@workingwaterfrontfestival.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

September 26 & 27 at 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.

WRWA Fall Foraging Walk

October 4 9:30am-12:30pm, Westport
The Westport River watershed is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more flavorful and/or nutritious than their cultivated counterparts. At least a dozen tasty species of wild mushrooms are also known to grow in the watershed, and early fall is (usually) a very good time to encounter them. Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of the book Wild Plants I Have Known ... and Eaten, on a 2+hour ramble through local conservation land to learn about the comestible qualities of at least two dozen wild plant and mushroom species. More details here.

3rd Annual Watershed Ride

October 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.

Fall Nemasket and Taunton River Canoe Trip

October 18 at 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., The "Park & Ride" located off exit 4 on Route 140
Join Research Associate, Jamie Bogart, for this annual fall foliage tour on two of the most beautiful rivers in eastern Massachusetts. Participants will canoe the Taunton River and the portion of the Nemasket River where it flows into the Taunton. The panoply of fall leaves should be very near its peak! The cost of the trip is $32 for Lloyd Center members and $40 for non-members. Transportation and all equipment will be provided. Learn more here.

Bioneers by the Bay

October 22 - 25 New Bedford
Bioneers by the Bay5th Annual Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change conference New Bedford, MA. Presented by the Marion Institute, Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change is an internationally acclaimed annual gathering of environmental, industry and social justice innovators who have demonstrated visionary and practical models for restoring the Earth and its inhabitants. New Bedford, MA. www.connectingforchange.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.

Leaf Bullet Ongoing

Local Farmers Markets

UMass Dartmouth: Fridays, 10am-2pm at the Campus Center Patio (Park in lot 7)
Carver: Sundays 1-4pm June-October, Shurtleff Park, Center Carver
Dartmouth: 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

Reuse Resealable Plastic Bags

Save money and plastics by keeping gently used sandwich bags in service. Click here to learn more.

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