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February 10-17, 2010

In This Issue

News:

Global, national, and local news

This week:

Animal Tracking

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Save The Date:

Crude Impact showing

Roots Down kickoff meeting

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Announcements:

Marion Institute seeking development director

Fall River Park Advocates hiring

Weekly Green Tip:

Green Valentines

Clip of the Week

Animal Antibiotics a Threat?
A 7:37 news clip
about the threat
of animal antibiotics
on human health
Cud

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Leaf Bullet News
Global Hydrogen
Hydrogen is Not The Miracle Fuel of the Future
BoingBoing.net is reporting today on a tabletop “hydrogen power station” that produces hydrogen from water using a standard power outlet and costs around $200. While this may sound wonderful on the surface, it merely illustrates how the notion of a “hydrogen economy” is mostly a myth, especially as it pertains to powering vehicles.

Let’s get one thing perfectly clear: hydrogen is not a energy resource. Hydrogen does not exist naturally in any sufficient quantities to make it a viable energy source, at least on this planet. To get hydrogen in any useful quantities, it must be extracted from natural gas, water or biomass, and all of these result in a net loss of energy. It is more efficient to use these fuels in their original forms. Read more here.

Bluefin Europe Leans Toward Bluefin Trade Ban
PARIS — European officials are increasing pressure for an international ban on the commercial fishing of bluefin tuna, a threatened species whose fatty belly is prized for sushi. But they are facing a delicate balancing act as they try to weigh economic interests of a Mediterranean fishing industry, a sushi-loving Japan, and a species that some experts say is on the verge of extinction. Read more here.

Fish "Sustainable" Fish: A Sham?
Long regarded as the gold standard for eco-certification of sustainable fisheries around the world, the London-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has begun to lose some of its glitter—at least in the eyes of many of the scientists and environmentalists meeting in Paris this week at the Seafood Choices Alliance's annual Seafood Summit.

The flashpoint is the MSC's plans to grant certification to British Columbia's Fraser River sockeye salmon fishery. The final decision is expected to be announced next week. Read more here.

BeerBeer is Good for You (Bones)
Beer is an alcoholic beverage. Obviously too much alcohol makes you drunk which is not too good for your health. Yet beer does have its positive benefits. One, of course, is to reduce stress (at least short term).

A new study suggests that beer is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density. Read more here.

National
CongressHouse bill would prevent EPA regulating carbon
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With congressional action on climate legislation in doubt, two House committee chairmen have filed a bill to block the government from regulating greenhouse gases under its own power.

The lawmakers say Congress, not "unelected bureaucrats," should set environmental policy. Congress has squabbled for months over a comprehensive climate change bill. Some members say the best bet is to encourage renewable energy production. Read more here.

NukesUp and atom: The comeback of nuclear power
The United States is on the brink of a nuclear revival, fueled by fear of climate change, demand for electricity and distrust of renewable power. Combined with a festering recession, these modern woes are suddenly drowning out many of the older worries — such as meltdowns and radioactive waste — that plagued nuclear power's past.

After a nearly 30-year lull in building new nuclear reactors, due largely to the 1979 Three Mile Island accident, U.S. energy companies have applied to build more than two dozen in the last three years, and some advocates are calling for much more. President Obama touted the benefits of nuclear power during last month's State of the Union address, and in his 2011 federal budget, he proposed tripling government loan guarantees for new nuclear projects, raising the total to more than $54 billion. Read more here.

snowWhat The Snowpocalypse Tells Us About Global Warming
Washington D.C.'s getting slammed by record snowfall right now, which means that in addition to unplowed roads and Mad Max-style scenes at Safeway, we also have to suffer through a flurry of Al Gore jokes and Republicans snorting about how this proves global warming is all fake. I guess the prim, boring response is that a single weather event, even an extreme one, doesn't tell us very much about long-term climate trends. Read more here.

Carp?Illinois to step up fight against Asian carp
Fisheries biologists will begin another targeted removal of Asian carp from Chicago waterways next week, using nets, electrofishing and possibly another chemical poisoning to stop advancement of the invasive species into Lake Michigan, an Illinois wildlife official told a congressional panel Tuesday in Washington. Read more here.

Local
SolarG&E experiment offers lessons on solar power
MIDDLEBORO — Gas and Electric Department customers who visit the administration building on South Main Street can learn all about the utility's experiment in solar power.

On the counter in the lobby is a TV monitor that shows, up to the minute, how much electricity is being created as a result of the solar panels that were installed on the roof of the garage at the electric division complex on Wareham Street last year. Read more here.

High-speed commuter rail option eyed
NEW BEDFORD — Implementing high-speed, express service on the planned South Coast Rail line could cut travel time between New Bedford and Boston to less than an hour, project officials say.

Express trains could reach speeds of 100 mph on some sections of the track, shaving the travel time between New Bedford and South Station to about 50 minutes, or 25 minutes less than the regular commuter service, according to Kristina Egan, South Coast Rail project manager. Read more here.

Fall RiverSouthCoast's old buildings get second life from new businesses
FALL RIVER — Entrepreneurs never know what to expect when moving a business into an retrofitted space with a history of its own. But many business owners say growing into an older, character-rich environment is better than building a drab new space with no personality.

Linda Baker's business, Baker Sign Works, operates out of 140-year-old Pleasant Street building that once housed a police and fire station. When she moved into the space, she was already a step ahead of many other business owners who take over older spaces. Read more here.

Vectrix in 'stronger hands' after bankruptcy
NEW BEDFORD — Vectrix Corp., an electric scooter company, has been relaunched under new ownership after entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last fall.

The new company, which is incorporated in Delaware, has made New Bedford its U.S. headquarters and has leased space in the New Bedford Business Park that was occupied by the former incarnation of Vectrix, as well, according to Thomas Davis, the park's executive director. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Roots Down Meeting

February 18, 4PM-6PM, Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, 396 County St. in New Bedford.
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.)

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.

February Environmental Coffee Hour

February 24, 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.

Fall River Park Advocates Meeting

February 24, 5:30 PM, Fall River Government Center cafeteria
Fall River Park Advocates will meet on Wednesday, February 24, 5:30 PM at Government Center in the cafeteria. All who live or work in Fall River and have an interest in using, preserving, protecting and planning for Fall River’s parks and green spaces are encouraged to attend. For additional information call or write: Julianne Kelly, coordinator of Mass in Motion-Fall River at 508-324-2405 or jkelly@fallriverma.org

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.

Aquaculture Panel Discussion sponsored by SIFE

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

Roots Down Meeting

February 25, 4PM-6PM, Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, 396 County St. in New Bedford.
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.)

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. Register here. $12 covers materials and refreshments.

Facing the Economic Upheaval Together

February 27, 1 - 5PM, The Paulist Center - 5 Park Street, Boston
A facilitators-training event. Who Should Come: People with experience in leading groups. No other expertise needed. We recommend coming in teams of 2 or more to make getting started easier. The Training: We will train you on our 5-session curriculum to get you started. It's simple, participatory and truly rewarding. The Trainers: Chuck Collins and Andrée Zaleska from the Institute for Policy Studies, and Alexa Bradley from On the Commons On-Going Support: We will provide you with all the materials you need, facilitation support and additional downloadable resources. Register 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.

The Elm Dance

March 3, 7-9PM, Spring Street Meeting House, 83 Spring Street, New Bedford, MA.
We (Marcia Glynn, Deirdre Healy, Emily Johns and Laurie Robertson-Lorant) hope that you'll be able to join us in at least a few rounds of The Elm Dance. Dancing one round takes 5 minutes. Created to honor nuclear radiation survivors around the world, it is a peaceful, harmonious experience. CONTACT: Emily Johns 508-994-2164. GOOGLE: Joanna Macy.

Carbon Panel Discussion

March 8, 12 noon, Library Browsing Area
Carbon Panel Discussion with Chad McGuire, Ron Fortier, Adam Sulkowski. Carbon and its implications for a sustainable world. The purpose of this panel discussion is to explore the role of carbon within the larger context of sustainability. To do this, the panel will view carbon through the following lenses: * The carbon cycle; * Human influences on the carbon cycle * How carbon is regulated * How carbon is used; and * How carbon impacts our social fabric. The goal of the discussion is to consider carbon as a singular topic, looking at its role and impacts on human sustainability. Details here.

Shrink Your Footprint Fair

March 13, 1-5 p.m., Greater New Bedford Voc Tech High School
Now in its third year, the Shrink Your Footprint series of environmental workshops has expanded into a half-day fair featuring workshops for the whole family on how to live an economically healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Several SEEAL partner organizations are working together on this project, including Buttonwood Park Zoo, Marion Institute, Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, Lloyd Center for the Environment, Massachusetts Audubon Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Westport River Watershed Alliance, Brick by Brick, and Alliance for Climate Education.

Several vendors will also be at the event with items for sale, and information that will help attendees shrink your footprint. There will be a free raffle for everyone that attends, with prizes from the vendors and sponsoring organizations. Admission is free for the event.


Leaf Bullet Announcements

The Marion Institute seeks a Development Fundraising Professional

The Marion Institute (MI) (www.marioninstitute.org) seeks a Development Fundraising Professional to join the Executive Director and MI team. We are looking for a person who is excited by the prospect of leading and managing all aspects of MI’s fundraising. Founded in 1993, the Marion Institute is a member based non-profit that acts as an incubator for a diverse array of programs and projects that delve into the root cause of an issue and seeks to create deep and positive change. We work with individuals, schools and communities to inspire change in the areas of health and healing, sustainability, green economics, environmental education, spirituality and much more. More details here.

Part Time Position-Organizing Fall River Park Advocates

Deadline: February 22.
Partners for a Healthier Community and Mass in Motion-Fall River seek committed Fall River resident to assist in organizing Fall River Park Advocates, a network of groups and individuals committed to the protection, preservation and planning for the future of Fall River’s parks and open spaces. Fall River Park Advocates is a branch of the Urban Park Advocates Network, (www.urbanparkadvocates.org) an initiative of The Trustees of Reservations.
Send: Letter of interest and resume to Julianne Kelly, Coordinator, Mass in Motion - Fall River, One Government Center, Rm. 443, Fall River, MA 02722 / jkelly@fallriverma.org

Mini- Grant Proposals for Fairhaven Schools

The Fairhaven Sustainability Committee (FSC) is seeking "mini grant" proposals to be funded for completion by the end of the school year. Up to $300.00 is available for a school based project to help the sustainability committee achieve it's mission to study, recommend and facilitate actions and systems that will educate and engage the community and lead to the responsible consumption of resources and the implementation of life sustaining practices in order to create a healthy environment and future for our community. Teachers or staff from all disciplines in the Fairhaven school system are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must complete the short mini-grant application and submit it to the (FSC) by March 19th. Proposals will be judged by the Fairhaven Sustainability committee and a winner will be selected by April 1st for implementation by the end of the school year. Here is a copy of the application which can be emailed to dhealy@umassd.edu or mailed to Deirdre Healy 2 Layfette Street Fairhaven

SEMAP looking for Executive Director

Position announcement - accepting applications until March 1, 2010
The SEMAP Executive Director:

  1. Actively seeks economic development opportunities for the region’s commercial farmers. Is responsible for securing funding to implement the SEMAP mission, meet operating needs, and assure long-term fiscal stability of the organization. In addition to grant writing, the Executive Director is expected to use multiple approaches including a) corporate membership, b) individual membership, and c) community visibility and “revenue-positive” event planning.
  2. Provides leadership for the operations of SEMAP.
  3. Maintains and develops SEMAP’s signature programs and services.
  4. Works with and reports to the SEMAP Board of Directors.

For more information, contact info@semaponline.org -- include "SEMAP search" in the subject line

Brix Bounty Farm Apprenticeships and Other Opportunities

Visit - http://www.brixbounty.com/about/apprenticeships/ for more information about agriculture production apprenticeships, urban agriculture apprenticeships, internships & research opportunities, and mini-apprenticeships at Brix Bounty Farm. We also have a listing of other local farms currently offering apprenticeship opportunities on the apprenticeship page. The next round of "mini-apprenticeships" are scheduled to begin in mid to late February 2010.

Interested in Joining the Brix Bounty Team? Please send a letter of interest to derekchristianson@gmail.com or call 508-992-1868.

Roots Down Winter Schedule

4 Thursdays (Feb 18, 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
A Green Valentines Day
Ah, Valentines day, the most romantic of Hallmark holidays :). Love may be many a splendored thing, but give the planet some thought too this year when selecting a gift for the one you love. Learn more here.

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