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September 30 to October 7, 2009

In This Issue

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Global, national, and local sustainability news

This week:

Solar Energy Tour

Foraging walk

The Campus as Living Lab

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Save The Date:

Third Annual Watershed Ride

Bioneers By the Bay

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Announcement:

New Bedford looking for Director of new Energy Office

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Ongoing:

Farmer's Markets!

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Weekly Green Tip:

The best pollution-busting house plants

Weekly Quote:

"There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed"
- Gandhi

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Leaf Bullet News
Global
GoogleGoogle Earth Application Maps Carbon's Course
Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words, particularly when the picture is used to illustrate science. Technology is giving us better pictures every day, and one of them is helping a NASA-funded scientist and her team to explain the behavior of a greenhouse gas. Read more here.

National
 U.S. May Remove Humpbacks From List of Endangered Species
It was on walks with his dog Scout that Rick Nahmias became increasingly troubled by the citrus fruit he saw all around his neighborhood, dropping to the ground, rotting, when so many people were hungry. On her walks, Hynden Walch saw food going to waste in her neighbors' yards, and she began running through ideas for how to use it. Read more here.

E.P.A. Report Suggests Waste Reduction and Recycling Reduces CO2 Emission
A new report from the United States Environmental Protection Agency suggests that way Americans procure, produce, deliver and dispose of goods and services — what the agency refers to as "materials and land management" — accounts for 42 percent of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions. Read more here.

Local
FOyFoy suggests the South Coast needs to follow urban models for a more sustainable future
FALL RIVER — The former head of the state's Commonwealth Development agency said Thursday that South Coast communities need to focus on cutting energy consumption and rethink transportation policy in order to make the region a greener, more sustainable place to live and work. Read more here.

Public invited to visit local 'green' buildings
MIDDLEBORO — The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) invites the public to visit a home located at 101 Tispaquin St., along with other local sustainable buildings across Massachusetts to talk with energy-saving experts during the 2009 Green Buildings Open House on Saturday, Oct. 3. Read more here, or see a list of locan green buildings here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Solar Energy Tour coming to a neighborhood near you!

October 4 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM, Across the area
Green & Solar Homes & buildings of all kinds around the Nation, will be on display and open to the public, for up close viewing and inspection. This event is part of the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour a yearly event held the 1st Sat. in October. This event has increased greatly in viewer turnout each year, since the tour started including Green Homes (Some Commercial Buildings, Business, Institutions, and Schools are also on this years list). People can actually see how these homes can look inside and out, and learn the how's and what's about them, and the energy savings, environmental, health, and safety benefits they can offer. Search for nearby locations here.

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.

Dr. Tara Rajaniemi and Rupert Grantham: Campus as Living Lab

Tuesday, October 6th 12:30-2:00pm Library Browsing Area
UMass Dartmouth has over 350 acres of forest land –one of the largest open parcels in North Dartmouth. Both the woods and our cleared lands are excellent opportunities to model sustainable forestry and land use, for our students and for the surrounding community. Please join us to hear Dr. Tara Rajaniemi, Forester Rupert Grantham, and Facilities Planning Design and Construction Associate Director Peter Gagnon speak about some of the possibilities we've been discussing with Mass Wildlife, Mass Department of Forestry, and the Dartmouth Conservation Commission.

Sustainability Film Series: A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil

Tuesday, October 7th 6:30pm Library Browsing Area
This film is an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, seasonal parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world. Learn more here.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Roots Down New Bedford Gardening Workshops by Brix Bounty Farm.

October 6, 4:00 pm, Lawler Branch Public Library, 745 Rockdale, New Bedford
Improving Your Soil: Cover Crops, Fall Fertilizers and Soil Amendments for Organic Gardens. Free. Lawler Branch Public Library, 745 Rockdale, New Bedford. Learn more here.

Annual Apple Fest Event

October 10-11, 1:00PM - 5:00PM, Little Compton, RI - directions
Admission is $5 per car. Music: Three Tall Pines, Island Farm Bluegrass Band, Open Jam 4 PM to 5 PM Fun & Games: Apple pie contest….judging at 3pm, Face painting, Pumpkin painting, Hayrides, Apple bob and toss. $$: Buy a button and enjoy them all: $5.00 a person $20.00 a family Food: Local chefs cook hotdiggty dogs, burgers, fries, carmel apples, pasteries, pies and more pies. $$: Food tickets Vendors: jewlery, artists, crafts, gifts $$: support your local artists Hosted by Young Family Farm at the Young Family Farm: 260 West Main Road, Little Compton, RI. Contact Karla Young at (401) 635-0110 or by e-mail for more information. Learn more here.

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.

350.ORG world climate awareness day event in Providence

October 24, 9:00am - 12:00pm, Providence
The event is part of 350.Org's world wide movement to build awareness of the need to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the earth's atmosphere. The term 350 comes from a study by Jim Hansen, a renowned NASA climate scientist. In his study, Hansen concluded that if the amount of carbon dioxide in earth's atmosphere exceeded 350 parts per million (PPM), the earth's environment will no longer be "similar to the one on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted." 350.Org's mission is to organize a global grass roots movement demanding an international treaty that will enforce reducing atmospheric CO2 below the 350 PPM level. Learn more here, or visit 350.org 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

New Bedford looking for Director of new Energy Office

Just wanted to make sure you saw this – the City is creating an Energy Office to oversee sustainability, green jobs and energy opportunities for the city and they're currently looking for a Director of this new office. It will be a very dynamic position and will likely play a key role in determining New Bedford's energy future. 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

10 Best Pollution-Busting Houseplants

Help clear up your indoor air quality while you enjoy the foliage and flowers. Click here to learn more.

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