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October 28 to November 4, 2009

In This Issue


Global, national, and local news

This week:

Prep your garden for spring


Save The Date:

Invaders in out Midst

Bird feeding workshop



Check out the last of this season's farmer's markets


Weekly Green Tip:

Don't Idle Away Your Car's Gas

Weekly Quote:

"There must be a better way to make the things we want, a way that doesn't spoil the sky, or the rain or the land."
- Sir Paul McCartney

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Leaf Bullet News
Global Renewable Energy
Shifting The World To 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Energy As Early As 2030: Here Are The Numbers
Most of the technology needed to shift the world from fossil fuel to clean, renewable energy already exists. Implementing that technology requires overcoming obstacles in planning and politics, but doing so could result in a 30 percent decrease in global power demand, say Stanford civil and environmental engineering Professor Mark Z. Jacobson and University of California-Davis researcher Mark Delucchi. Read more here.

National Obama smart grid
Obama plans big smart grid announcement
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce the largest investment of economic stimulus funds in clean energy during a visit to Florida, an Obama administration official said on Monday.

The announcement will involve the smart grid, which will help bring energy from clean domestic sources to consumers in 49 states and help build a strong and more reliable electricity grid, the official said. Read more here.

Declining majority in US believe climate change is real
WASHINGTON The number of Americans who believe that climate change is real has declined in the last year, but a majority do see convincing evidence of global warming, according to a new poll.

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found 57 percent of Americans see "solid evidence of warming," compared to 71 percent in April 2008, and 77 percent in August 2007. Read more here.

INDUSTRIAL HASTE: Bicycle route unveiled at industrial park
Bike Path SignFall River Employees at the Fall River Industrial Park will need to remember to bring their favorite sneakers when they head to work.

The Fall River Industrial Park Bicycle/Walking Route was officially unveiled on Wednesday. The path includes five routes ranging from a quarter-mile stroll for the novice walker to a more ambitious 3.25-mile path. The routes are clearly marked with stenciled bike and walker insignias emblazoned along the path. Read more here.

Stimulus grants will fund literacy, energy efficiency programs
NEW BEDFORD The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board Inc. has been awarded nearly $500,000 in economic stimulus money to fund local programs in literacy and energy efficiency, officials announced Monday.

A $200,000 grant for Energy Efficiency and Construction Certification Enhancement was awarded to Bristol Community College to fund the Stepping Stone program. Read more here.

GUEST VIEW: City should stand tall on wind energy
John K. Bullard is president of Sea Education Association in Woods Hole. He was mayor of New Bedford from 1986 to 1992.
October 24, 2009 12:00 AM

While the consequences of a warming planet are ominous and already being seen, we need to focus on actions we can take. Some people may be reluctant to act because the problem seems so big as to be overwhelming. Some may not know what to do. Others may think the actions we take will be a burden that will cost us money and lower our standard of living. But there are actions we can take right here in New Bedford that can save money, create good jobs, reduce carbon emissions and improve energy security. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Susan Jennings: Call to the Adventure

Wednesday, November 4, 12-1:00 pm, UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Sponsored by the Retirement Association

Wintertime Tasks for a Terrific 2010 Vegetable Garden: Mulching, Reviewing the Season and an Organic Garden Reading List.

Wednesday, November 4, 4 pm, Lawler Branch Public Library, 745 Rockdale (NE Corner of Buttonwood Park). Accessible by SRTA bus routes #6 and #10.

What: Roots Down New Bedford. 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.

*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/

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Winter Bird feeding

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 7 9pm, Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk MA (directions)
Learn how to design a successful bird feeding station. Review different types of feeders, placement suggestions and other components such as plant selection and water in the landscape. There will be a slide show presentation of species that can be attracted to your yard with interesting information and bird identification tips.

Historic Barns in Southeastern Massachusetts

November 16, 6:30PM, Bristol County Agricultural High School (in the library), 135 Center St., Dighton
Barns are a treasured part of the rural Massachusetts landscape but are too quickly becoming an endangered species. Hear about the styles of barns in Southeastern Massachusetts, tips on stabilizing barns until full preservation can begin, and how the Community Preservation Act supports historic preservation in other Massachusetts towns. Speakers include master timberframer Ian Ellison and other Massachusetts historic preservation specialists.

Submit pictures of local barns with specific questions to Kelley Whitmore, kwhitmore@ttor.org. Please know we may not be able to cover all submissions. Pre-registration via email to Kelley is requested by not required.

Invaders in Our Midst

Tuesday, November 17th, 9:30am, Union United Methodist Church - 600 Highland Ave, Fall River
An educational program that will tell about the havoc being caused by the Asian Longhorned Beetle and the danger it presents for many of our trees. Presented by Jennifer Forman-Orth, PhD, State Survey Coordinator for Massachusetts Department of Agriculture. Hosted by Fall River Garden Club. Open to the public. Free.

SMAST Dean John Farrington: Religion, Science and the Environment: A Black Sea Cruise

Tuesday, November 17th, 12-1:30 pm, UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Sponsored by the Retirement Association

Build a Bird Feeder Workshop

Saturday, November 28, 1:00pm, Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford
These Plexiglas and plywood bird feeders make great holiday gifts! One birdhouse kit is included in the program fee. Additional kits will be available for purchase the day of the workshop at the price of $6 each. This workshop is recommended for children age 5 and older. There is no charge for adults to attend the workshop. Participants must pre-register and pre-pay online or by calling 508-991-4556, ext 14. Cost: $15/child for Zoo Members, $22/child for Non-Members Register 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.

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

Don't Idle Away Your Car's Gas

Every moment you spend idling your car's engine means time spent needlessly wasting gas, as well as rougher wear on your vehicle. So give it a rest, and avoid idling through your days. Click here to learn more.

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