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October 7 to October 14, 2009

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Global, national, and local sustainability news

This week:

Sustainability Film Series



Save The Date:

350.org events

Bioneers By the Bay



New Bedford looking for Director of new Energy Office



Farmer's Markets!


Weekly Green Tip:

19 Frightfully Fun Homemade Halloween Costumes Made from Recycled Materials

Weekly Quote:

"The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
- Marcel Proust

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Leaf Bullet News
Global World-first Sustainable Racing Car Runs On Chocolate, To Take On Formula 3
World-first Sustainable RacingCar Runs On Chocolate, To Take On Formula 3
Can the idea of 'green motorsport' actually work? Yes, according to EPSRC funded researcher, Dr Kerry Kirwan at the University of Warwick, who led the research team which designed and built the worldfirst fully sustainable Formula 3 racing car. Read more here.

National U.S. 2009 carbon emissions to fall 5.9 percent: EIA
U.S. 2009 carbon emissions to fall 5.9 percent: EIA
U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, should fall 5.9 percent in 2009 as the recession cuts electricity and transportation fuel demand, the government said in a monthly forecast on Tuesday. Read more here.

Big Polluters Told to Report Emissions
The Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that it would require the nation’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases to start tracking their emission levels on Jan. 1 and report them to the government. Read more here.

Local YouthBuild energy audits help homeowners, young people
YouthBuild energy audits help homeowners, young people
NEW BEDFORD — With cold weather just around the corner, homeowners are thinking about ways to cut energy costs as they brace for another long winter. YouthBuild participants have the answer, providing in-home energy audits while learning a trade. Read more here.

$1.9B stimulus sought for South Coast Rail
State officials have applied for federal stimulus funding to cover the entire cost of the South Coast Rail project: $1.9 billion.

The project to construct a rail extension from Boston to Fall River and New Bedford has many selling points that could give it an edge in the application process, said Kristina Egan, manager of the project for the state, contacted by telephone Tuesday night. Read more here.

Westport's community garden had a productive year, except for the tomatoes
Westport's community garden had a productive year, except for the tomatoes
WESTPORT - At the Westport Town Farm, Steve Connors works in the garden with some students from the Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School as they help pick vegetables and clean up the garden. He presides at the Westport Town Farm where food is grown and distributed through the Council on Aging. Providence Journal video by Kathy Borchers Video here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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

Wednesday, October 7th, 6:30PM, UMass Dartmouth 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.

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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Environmental Coffee Hour in New Bedford

Wednesday, October 14th in Room 314 of City Hall from 7:30 AM to about 8:30 AM.
A monthly check-in and information sharing hour for environmental interests in New Bedford. At the time we do not have any specific topic - but we would like to re-group see how everyone's summer went and talk about environmental topics in New Bedford and our neighboring communities.

350 Environmental Exhibit

October 15 - 26 in New Bedford
ArtWorks! will be hosting an exhibit to feature local art work highlighting the number 350 and why it is important for the environment. All entries will be accepted, space permitted. Show runs October 15 to October 26, 2009 to compliment the Bioneers Conference in New Bedford from Oct 22-25. Learn more here.

Discussing Support for the Financial Revitalization in Southeastern Massachusetts' Agricultural Industry

Friday, October 16th 10AM at the ATMC in Fall River
Including remarks from Ag Commisioner Scott Soares. Details here.

Annual Fall Festival

Saturday, October 17th, 1pm-4pm, Dartmoth YMCA
Saturday October 17th the Dartmouth YMCA and Sharing the Harvest will host its Annual Fall Festival - including a road race in the morning and family friendly farm activities in the afternoon and a haunted hayride in the evening. Details 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 events

October 24, Worldwide
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 about 350.org here, or attend local events in New Bedford, Attleboro, or Providence.

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.

Sustainability Film Series: Another World Is Plantable

Tuesday, October 27th, 6:30PM, UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
In this film series, community gardens in different parts of the world are presented. At the core of the film series are the activists from the community gardens, the gardens themselves, and the visions the activists have of them. They recount how and why their gardens are not just green oases in the middle of the city, but much more than that projects that bring into being 'another world'.

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.

  • 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

19 Frightfully Fun Homemade Halloween Costumes Made from Recycled Materials

These creative Halloween costumes were made from reused stuff. Also vote for your favorite, submit your own costume photos and serve tasty green treats. Get more green Halloween tips and celebrity costume ideas. Read more: http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/recycled-halloween-costume-470708#ixzz0TGay5oV8 Click here to learn more.

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