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January 27 - February 3, 2010

In This Issue


Global, national, and local news

This week:

Allen's Pond Moonrise Walk

Food Justice and Consumer Choices


Save The Date:

Slocum River Long Walk

"Economic Hitman" author to speak



Bourne looking for Energy Coordinator

Roots Down Winter Schedule

"Second-Half" Sustainability Course

Weekly Green Tip:

Linoleum - the environmentally friendly floor covering?

Weekly Quote:

"U.S. consumers and industry dispose of enough aluminum to rebuild the commercial air fleet every three months; enough iron and steel to continuously supply all automakers; enough glass to fill New York's World Trade Center every two weeks."
- Environmental Defense Fund advertisement, Christian Science Monitor, 1990

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Leaf Bullet News
Global Polluted River
The 15 most toxic places to live
As the world's population balloons to almost 7 billion, it's become more and more difficult to find anywhere on Earth unaffected by man-made pollution and development, and far too often it takes things going really wrong before people take action to keep our planet clean. So here's a list that might help to motivate: The 15 most polluted places in the world. Read more here.

Save a Reef--Eat a Lionfish
By now, those of us concerned about marine ecosystems and sustainability are pretty hesitant to eat much fish, especially reef fish like snapper and grouper. So it may come as a surprise to learn that perhaps the best contribution we can make to reef survival these days is to eat fish: lionfish. And lots of them. Read more here.

Wasted Food
Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal
How can pigs help alleviate world hunger? Author Tristram Stuart says let's start by feeding them the scraps from wealthier countries.

In Europe and North America, we throw away around half of our food. Yet even in nations with scores of hungry and malnourished people, there are staggering levels of food waste. India alone wastes $14 billion of agricultural produce every year because it lacks the infrastructure to bring harvests to market without spoiling. I know this because I’ve been reading Tristram Stuart’s book Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, an enlightening, well-researched and passionately argued exploration into how the world’s surplus food mountains are an environmental liability — and a great opportunity. Read more here.

ChurchesPastors in Northwest Find Focus in ‘Green’
MILLWOOD, Wash. - State auditors told Millwood Community Presbyterian Church last summer to close its farmers’ market on the church parking lot or the lot could no longer be claimed as tax-exempt. Without hesitation, the church kept the market and paid the $700 in annual taxes.

Money is tight, but the locally raised beef and vegetables and, most important, the environmentally minded customers had become central to the 90-year-old church’s ministry. Read more here.

Wind Turbines
Wind Power Grows 39% for the Year
Despite a crippling recession and tight credit markets, the American wind power industry grew at a blistering pace in 2009, adding 39 percent more capacity. The country is close to the point where 2 percent of its electricity will come from wind turbines. Read more here.

Army Sustainability
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Marches into Sustainable Future
Certain politicians may be having a hard time wrapping their heads around the reality of climate change, but that hasn’t stopped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The USACE is rolling right along with sustainability programs that range from an award-winning oyster habitat restoration project to the installation of 1,200 solar powered street lights in Fallujah and a solar parking lot in New Jersey. Read more here.

Local Solar
Indian Government In Talks With MIT To Source Its High-Capacity Solar Power Battery System
The Indian power ministry has revealed that it is in discussion with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to procure its latest solar powered battery storage technology. The Indian government has proposed that the technology be developed for commercial purposes under the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum. Read more here.

Dartmouth turbines get final OK
DARTMOUTH — Town Meeting decided Tuesday night that the town will indeed get into the wind generating business.

After a calm, two-hour discussion, the special Town Meeting voted 182-44 to to spend $9.5 million for two wind turbines.

The civil tone of the debate was in stark contrast to many previous meetings on the issue, prompting compliments from Moderator Steven Sharek, who praised Town Meeting members for their "professionalism." Read more here.

Rocky Point
New group wants to buy, preserve Rocky Point land
WARWICK, R.I. — State and local officials braved a blustery Narragansett Bay wind on a bluff at Rocky Point Tuesday morning to show their support for a nonprofit group that hopes to preserve the remaining 80 acres that were once part of the landmark seaside amusement park.

“This is an exciting effort to save all of Rocky Point,” John Howell, president of the recently launched Rocky Point Foundation, said, explaining that the grass-roots group wants to purchase part or all of the former park that abuts the roughly 41 acres that the city purchased for public preservation two years ago. Read more here.

Salve Regina offers graduate-level environmental courses
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Salve Regina University has stepped up its green initiative by offering two graduate-level environmental courses in its MBA and master's in management programs that could lead to a concentration in environmental management. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Transit in a Sustainable Rhode Island

January 28, 5:30 pm to 8 pm, 17 Gordon Ave, Providence
Panelists include Catherine Lutz, anthropologist and the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at Brown University; John Flaherty, Co-Chair of the RI Coalition for Transportation Choices and Director of Research and Communications for Grow Smart RI; and Mark Therrien, Assistant General Manager for Transit Development, Planning and Grants for the RI Public Transit Authority.

Come engage with experts from academia, government, and the non-profit sector to learn how Rhode Island is and should be helping to create the future of Transit in the 21st Century. Details here.

Moonrise Walk Sponsored by Allens Pond

January 29, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Allens Pond, Westport, MA
Instructor: Lauren Miller - Grassland Technician, Allens Pond, Fee: Adults $6.00m/ $4.00nm, Children $0. Join us to witness the full moon rising over Allens Pond, looking and listening for owls and other nightlife along the way. Hot chocolate will be provided! Instructions and Directions: Meet at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary Field Station, 1280 Horseneck Road, Westport, MA, Phone 508-636-2437 to register or for further information. Registration is required. Register by mail: program registration form. (PDF 66K) Register by phone: with a credit card by calling 508-636-2437. Details here.

Eyes on Owls

January 30, 1:00PM, Westport High School
Who's watching you? Find out on January 30th, 2010 at 1pm at Westport High School when Eyes On Owls presents a live owl program in conjunction with WRWA. All who attend are in for some fun with educational close-up views of these secretive birds of prey. Naturalist Marcia Wilson will present "Who's Watching You? Owls of the World."

Wilson introduces the audience to owls found in New England and as well other parts of the world. A slide show begins the program by showcasing colorful wildlife photos by her husband Mark Wilson. Marcia imitates the owls' calls herself, paying special attention to the more common owls that we might encounter in our area. Details here. Free for kids, $5 for adults.

RI Local Food Forum

Wednesday, February 3, 7:00AM - 3:00PM, Providence, RI
A networking opportunity for farmers, restaurants and food service buyers. This year's theme is "Fresh for All". In addition to general networking and local food discussion, there will be a special focus on the exciting resurgence of RI agriculture is still just a few years in the making, and it's happening in large part due to the renewed interest of Rhode Islanders in where our food comes from. Yet this success presents new questions:
* Who is not being served by this recent success?
* How do we scale up to meet new demand?
Registration online. Free. Details here.

Science Cafe: Food Justice and Consumer Choices

Wednesday, February 3, 5:30PM - 6:30PM, Providence, RI (directions)
Which is better: local or organic? What do labels mean when they say “free-range,” “grass-fed,” or “cage-free”? Who gets access to what kinds of foods in urban areas? Join Kathryn DeMaster, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Brown University, and other community members to discuss these food topics! Science Café is a joint venture of Brown University’s Superfund Research Program and the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island. Registration online. Free. Details here.

The Elm Dance

Wednesday, February 3,, 7PM - 9PM, 83 Spring Street, New Bedford, MA
We're hoping you'll be able to join us (Deirdre Healy, Marcia Glynn, Emily Johns, and Laurie Robertson-Lorant in at least a few rounds of the elm dance. It's an easy to learn circle folk dance that is being danced in many places around the world. It honors the strength and courage of the people everywhere who are living/coping today with excessive amounts of nuclear radiation, whether due to accidents (including explosions), mining uranium, or bombings. Dancing one round takes 5 minutes, and everyone drops in and out of the circle at will. Created in response to nuclear issues in the 1980's, it is a meditative, and peaceful, and joyous experience.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

MCAN Green Communities Workshop

February 4, 6:30 - 9:00PM, City Hall Council Chambers, 77 Park Street, Attleboro
Learn how to make your town a ‘green community’ and qualify for new sources of state funding to promote municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Program will include update on statewide implementation of the program and specific challenges faced by communities adopting the "Stretch Code" and other requirements. Free and open to the public. To be held at Attleboro City Hall Council Chambers. Details here

Human and Environmental Impacts on Coral Reefs

February 4, Reception opens at 6:15pm, talk begins at 7pm, Ocean Explorium, New Bedford, MA
Explore the historical and current status of Coral Reefs around the globe. By understanding both human and environmental impacts on Coral Reefs we can take the first steps to save these threatened ecosystems. By Neal Cantin, Postdoctoral Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Details here

Grow A Garden At Your School - This Year!

February 6, 8:30AM - 12:00PM, Bristol, RI (directions)
A Very Special Workshop and Q&A with the Children's Garden Network. The Children's Garden Network Campaign 2010 is assisting communities to grow garden programs at every school in Rhode Island. Here's your chance to learn everything you need to know about year-round sustainable school garden education programs that work! Learn how to form a committed garden team, design a school garden layout, raise funds and access tools and other resources, incorporate garden activities into your class work, create a field guide for your school's environment, and ensure that students with special needs are always included. Bring your visions and questions for an open and exciting discussion - and let's get growing! Details here.

Seal watch and island tour - Cuttyhunk Island

February 7 (Feb 6 if bad weather on 7th),10AM - 2PM, Cuttyhunk Ferry Company parking lot, state pier, off route 18 in New Bedford
Venture out to the Elizabethan Chain to view overwintering seals 'hauled out' at low tide. Seals migrate from colder northerly waters in search of warmer, shallow embayments for wintering habitat - these secluded islands being a perfect topover.

Departing from New Bedford State Pier on the fabulous 'MV Cuttyhunk' vessel, you'll be treated to views of the open bay and the islands, rafts of winter waterfowl, and perhaps a wandering seal. Details here.

Slocum's River Long Walk

February 7, 1 - 4PM, Slocum's River Reserve (directions)
The extensive conservation efforts led by The Trustees make it possible to walk from the Slocum's River to the Westport River almost entirely on protected land. Before watching the Super Bowl, get outside and stretch your legs on this 4.5-mile walk from the Slocum's River Reserve to the Buzzards Bay Brewery (where you can stock up for the game). Be aware that trails may be icy, snow covered, or muddy. Transportation will be provided back to your car. Details here.

Animal Tracking

February 13, 9-11AM, Miller Brook Conservation Area, Copicut Road, Fall River
Join Bill Sampson, senior keeper at the Buttonwood Park Zoo, to learn the art of tracking animals in winter. Although the forests of the 13,600-acre Bioreserve might at first appear uninhabited in winter, they are, in fact, full of life all year round. While a few animals do head south or hibernate away the winter months, most remain in New England and are active all year. Most of the Bioreserve’s mammals are out and about, forging for food and leaving their tracks in the snow. Rabbit, deer, fox, coyote, turkey, and fisher are just some of the animals whose tracks may be found. Details here. FREE.

Annual Owl Prowl

February 21*, 3:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., Lloyd Center (van departs at 3:30 a.m.)
Venture out into various locations in the quiet, dark winter woods of Dartmouth during the predawn hours, when local owls of our region are highly active. Screech, Great Horned, Barred, and Long-eared owls are potential species heard and seen.

Around sunrise, you'll depart the forest to visit Barney's Joy beach, where other seabirds and the beautiful winter beach itself can be enjoyed. On occasion, diurnal owls such as Short-eared and Snowy owls can be seen.
(*Weather reschedule date- Sunday, February 28th) Details here.

Crude Impact - (Sustainability Film Series)

February 24, 6:30PM, UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Packed with abundant evidence and persuasive speakers, Crude Impact sounds the alarm over world peak oil. Once extraction of this non-renewable resource passes the tipping point, the biosphere and global economy could collapse (author Thom Hartmann claims it's already happened). This film examines the way in which the petrochemical industry has manipulated political events around the world to its advantage. Details here.

February Environmental Coffee Hour

February 25, 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM, Room 314, New Bedford City Hall
Please Join us for an Environmental Coffee Hour. We will have our usual roundtable discussion about events in the Environment in the South Coast Region and will also have Two Topics of interest: 1. Update of the South Coast Rail and its relationship to Community sustainability 2. Alternative Energy in the South Coast Region. The latest in Local energy parks and energy alternatives.

Aquaculture Panel Discussion sponsored by SIFE

February 25, 3 pm, UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Discuss aquaculture. Details here.

Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival 2010

February 25 - 28, various locations and times
For the 2nd year in a row, Save The Bay brings you some of the most popular short films from the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival -- the largest of its kind in North America! This year the films will be shown over three days in three locations:
Thursday, February 25
6:00 - 8:00 pm La Grua Center 32 Water St., #7 Stonington Common Stonington, CT
Friday, February 26
6:00 - 8:00 pm Jane Pickens Theatre 49 Touro St., Newport, RI
Sunday, February 28 4:00 - 6:00 pm Avon Cinema 260 Thayer St., Providence, RI Details here, or order $10 tickets here

Nest Box Building

February 27, 1 - 3PM, Watuppa Reservation Headquarters, 2929 Blossom Road Fall River
Help to improve bluebird habitat by building nest boxes to be installed at a number of our South Coast reservations. The populations of these beautiful birds have been in decline due to a shortage of natural nesting cavities and competition from non-native species. By helping to build well-designed nesting boxes you can encourage the return of these birds and improve the biodiversity of our region. Details here. FREE.

John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and Hoodwinked

March 1, 7 pm, UMass Dartmouth Campus Auditorium
The current crisis is a classic hit by economic hit men (EHM) – except this time the victims are us. Drawing on personal experiences described in his blockbuster books, John Perkins explains how tools honed during the past four decades in developing countries are enabling the extremely rich to purchase businesses and real estate at fire sale prices and exploit human and natural resources. However, crises offer opportunities. Perkins presents a plan for transforming the economy and describes ways each of us can employ our individual passions and skills to not only prosper but also create a world we will be proud to pass on to future generations. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements

Bourne looking for Energy Coordinator

The Town of Bourne is seeking an experienced and motivated Part-Time (15 hours per week) Energy Coordinator. The Coordinator will work through the Town Administrator’s office but will be responsible to the Town’s Energy Efficiencies Committee. Some responsibilities will include the development of the Town’s energy efficiency action plan, research and secure outside funding sources to implement this plan, educate town employees and residents on sustainable practices, and work with individual departments to assess energy use as well as needs and opportunities for saving. The selected individual will be familiar with The Green Communities Act and also have experience working with government agencies and municipalities. This program is funded through Clean Energy Grant program funds. Resumes are to be received no later than close of business on February 04, 2010 at 4:00 P.M. The Town of Bourne is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Details here.

Roots Down Winter Schedule

4 Thursdays (Feb 11, 25 and March 18, 25) 4PM-6PM
This series of four workshops is geared toward new and experienced gardeners who are interested in learning more about organic growing techniques, connecting with other gardeners, and learning about nutrient dense food production. Each workshop will build on topics presented in the earlier workshops, so we invite and recommend attending all four dates. More details about each session available at brixbounty.com

Please RSVP to preregister by contacting us at 508-992-1868 or emailing derekchristianson@gmail.com. We plan to resume monthly Roots Down - New Bedford Workshops in April 2010. Visit www.BrixBounty.com for more information.

Where: At the Rotch-Jones-Duff House&Garden Museum, 396 County St. in New Bedford. Meet in the Coachman’s House (enter off 7th st.)

Living On Spaceship Earth and Making the Right Decisions – James Munger

Monday 9:30AM -11:30AM, February 22 – April 12
Take a quick look at the economy of the US at the present time. Take a look at recent history and the impact of space exploration. Look at the limits of the earth and what we should be doing to insure the future of the next generations. What education is needed? What rules are needed to encourage fairness worldwide? We will answer these questions. James Munger received his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State in 1957 and his Master’s degree from Stanford in 1962. He participated in the first Earth Day in California in 1970. He taught Environmental Chemistry at Roger Williams University for 29 years and has farmed in Dartmouth since 1980. Learn more here.

Learn Organic Beekeeping

Organic Beekeeping Practices course will be offered at Bristol Community College (BCC) in Fall River for beginning beekeepers from February 22 through March 29. Honeybees are responsible for almost 1/3 of our food and we need more beekeepers. It's a great hobby and can be a small business too. More information and registration is available at the BCC website. Look under Noncredit Course Search, "Home & Garden" courses. Questions? james.corven@bristolcc.edu.

Participants wanted for 2010 Green Fair

ROCHESTER — TEAMS and TRWA are seeking individuals and businesses that would like to display their environmentally friendly services or products at the 2010 Green Fair, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Colony Vocational Technical High School at 476 North Avenue in Rochester. Space is limited. Anyone interested should contact TEAMS at teams-info@hotmail.com and visit the web site www.teams-on-web.org for more information. Read more here.

Lloyd Center Seeking Director of Development

The Lloyd Center for the Environment, a highly regarded research and educational organization, headquartered in Dartmouth Massachusetts, seeks an experienced Director of Development to work closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in developing and executing an aggressive fundraising strategy. Details here.

Winter Study 2009/2010

Mondays at 7 PM (with an option to join us at 6PM for a simple Soup, Salad, and Bread Potluck Supper)

Healthy Crops: A New Agricultural Revolution - Jan 25th through approx. Feb 22nd/March 1st

We'll plan on gathering for 6 evenings for each book, leaving a little room in the schedule for any weather related cancellations.

To register for the either Winter Study (registration is free) please contact Derek Christianson at 508-992-1868 or derekchristianson@gmail.com.

We'll also be coordinating a wintertime garden planning course held in New Bedford in January and February... Planting Seeds in January stay tuned for more details.

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

Linoleum - the environmentally friendly floor covering?

I had always assumed our linoleum floor was a form of PVC/vinyl until recently when I discovered authentic linoleum is actually plant based. Learn more here.

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