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March 10 to 17, 2010

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

Quarterly Meeting of the Council on Sustainability

Shrink Your Footprint Fair


Save The Date:

Author Dmitri Orlov to speak on US collapse

Green Fair 2010



Join a CSA

Marion Institute hiring

Weekly Green Tip:

Finding Green Jobs and Careers

Clip of the Week

Crash Course
A sobering look at our financial and energy crisis (shorter version here)
Crash Course

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Leaf Bullet News
Traffic China and India endorse Copenhagen climate deal
China and India joined almost all other major greenhouse gas emitters Tuesday in signing up to the climate accord struck in Copenhagen, boosting a deal strongly favored by the United States.

More than 100 nations have now endorsed the Copenhagen Accord, a non-binding agreement reached after two weeks of tortuous wrangling at a 194-nation summit in December. Read more here.

The Dead Zone World's Largest Dead Zone Suffocating Sea
"Eagle!" The shout goes up as a great shadow sweeps over our boat. The white-tailed eagle makes its descent to one of the 24,000 islands that make up Sweden's pine-covered, rocky Stockholm Archipelago.

The tourists on board for this nature tour in August 2009 mostly miss the photo op. But local wildlife expert Peter Westman, of the conservation group WWF Sweden, assures the group that there will be others. Read more here.

OntarioOntario bolsters green support as Europe backs off
The Canadian province of Ontario is becoming a magnet for global heavy hitters in the green energy sector, drawn by alluring subsidies at a time when incentives are being scaled back elsewhere.

Already this year, two prominent players -- South Korea's Samsung C&T Corp and Bosch Solar Energy AG -- have said they will set up shop, and more are expected to follow. Read more here.

Atlantic GarbageHuge Garbage Patch Found in Atlantic Too
Billions of bits of plastic are accumulating in a massive garbage patch in the Atlantic Ocean—a lesser known cousin to the Texas-size trash vortex in the Pacific, scientists say.

"Many people have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch," said Kara Lavender Law, an oceanographer at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. (See pictures of the Pacific Ocean trash vortex.)

"But this issue has essentially been ignored in the Atlantic." Read more here.

Pollution ReductionU.S. "cap and trade" rebranded "pollution reduction"
Like a savvy Madison Avenue advertising team, senators pushing climate-control legislation have decided to scrap the name "cap and trade" and rebrand their product as "pollution reduction targets."

A clunky and difficult term to define for laymen and some politicians, "cap and trade" had become dirty words on Capitol Hill in recent months. Read more here.

Venture capitalists seeing green
After spending last year in the doldrums, venture capitalists are optimistic that a rebound will occur this year, particularly in the so-called green-tech energy and conservation sector, according to a recent survey from the tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP. The survey indicated that venture capitalists may be moving away from investments in businesses that produce electricity with wind or solar power, in favor of companies that specialize in energy storage and conservation. Read more here.

SugarDeal to Save Everglades May Help Sugar Firm
When Gov. Charlie Crist announced Florida’s $1.75 billion plan to save the Everglades by buying out a major landowner, United States Sugar, he declared that the deal would be remembered as a public acquisition “as monumental as the creation of the nation’s first national park, Yellowstone.”

Standing amid the marshes at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in June 2008, Mr. Crist said, “I can envision no better gift to the Everglades, the people of Florida and the people of America — as well as our planet — than to place in public ownership this missing link that represents the key to true restoration.” Read more here.

snowOp-ed: Dreaming the Possible Dream
The thing I love most about America is that there’s always somebody who doesn’t get the word — somebody who doesn’t understand that in a Great Recession you’re supposed to hunker down, downsize and just hold on for dear life. I have a couple of friends who fit that bill, who think a recession is a dandy time to try to discover better and cheaper ways to do things. They both happen to be Indian-Americans — one a son of the Himalayas, who came to America on a scholarship and went to work for NASA to try to find a way to Mars; the other a son of New Delhi, who came here and found the Sun, Sun Microsystems. Both are serial innovators. Both are now shepherding clean-tech start-ups that have the potential to be disruptive game changers. They don’t know from hunkering down. They just didn’t get the word. Read more here.

Massachusetts to offer rebates for 'clunker' appliances
Consumers could save up to $250 this spring by ditching a creaky dishwasher or an aging refrigerator for newer, energy-efficient models.

Massachusetts will offer rebates on home appliances to residents through a stimulus-funded program, similar to the "cash for clunkers" initiative last year that encouraged people to get rid of old cars. Read more here.

DesalinizationMixed views on Block Island over proposed wind farm
NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. -- Looking out beyond Block Island’s Southeast Light and the Mohegan Bluffs below, the Atlantic Ocean stretches to the horizon. On a clear day, the wind-whipped waters meet the pale sky in a wash of blue.

Islanders covet this view. Tourists make the 13-mile ferry trip south from mainland Rhode Island to see it. It’s what draws Rosemarie Ives to her family’s summer home overlooking the clay bluffs each year. Read more here.

EPA: Clean Water Act does not apply to Parker Street site
NEW BEDFORD — The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that the Parker Street Waste Site does not qualify for enforcement action under the federal Clean Water Act.

Local environmental activists say that although they strongly disagree with that, and other conclusions in an EPA Sampling and Analysis Plan about to be unveiled, they are happy that the federal agency is at least now engaging with the community. Read more here.

Fairhaven breaks ground on renewable energy project
FAIRHAVEN — A renewable energy project expected to help save Fairhaven about $300,000 a year got its official start Monday at a ground-breaking ceremony on Arsene Street. Local and state officials gathered at the wastewater treatment plant to celebrate the building of an anaerobic digestor that will convert sewer sludge to biogas.

The beauty of the project, they said, is that it will help reduce energy use and protect the environment but also save the town money and create jobs. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Quarterly Meeting of the Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability

March 11, 2:45 - 5:00 p.m., Bristol –Plymouth Regional Technical School
See six presentations on the following topics: Policy Working Group, Regional Interactive Mapping Project, 99 Steps for Municipalities, The Southeastern Mass Transportation Alliance (SMTA), Economic Development Working Group Project, Trade Your Foodmiles for Foodsteps: Grow Local for 2010 and Beyond. Details here.

Shrink Your Footprint Fair

March 13, 1-5 p.m., Greater New Bedford Voc Tech High School
Live Green - $ave Green!

The Fair will feature live music by Brick by Brick, vendors, exhibits, a free raffle, childrens activities, along with snacks and beverages. Three workshop sessions will follow at 1:30, 2:35 and 3:40pm. There will be three separate workshops during each session; one each for adults, youth and families/kids.

The workshops will feature family and adult gardening workshops led by Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm and Alan Palm from the Allicance for Climage Education, will be leading workshops on using media to get your message out, youth leadership, and messaging through the arts. Other workshop topics will include native landscaping, green parenting, composting and much more.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Bring the whole family this is going to be a child friendly event. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

The Positive Economic Impact of Agriculture in Massachusetts

March 18, 7:30AM - 9:00AM, Westport (directions)
An informative presentation highlighting current agricultural economic conditions and trends in Massachusetts and the many benefits to your business and Community.

Speaker: Commissioner Mr. Scott J. Soares, of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Commissioner Soares will be available to address additional questions at the conclusion of the meeting. Information will be available for Mass DAR services including Technical Assistance, Grant, and Resource Programs.

The meeting will adjourn at 9:00 AM. Breakfast cost $10.00, please call Thelma Sullivan at 508-679-1123 to make certain we have enough seats and food. Details here.

No Impact Man- a Documentary (free)

March 19, 7pm, Unitarian Memorial Church, 102 Green Street, Fairhaven MA.
A Fifth Avenue family goes very green when writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a yearlong crusade to make no net impact on the environment in this engaging documentary. Among their activities: eating only locally grown organic food, generating no trash except for compost and using no carbon-fueled transportation. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. For more information call 508.992.7081 or www.uufairhaven.org.

Green Fair 2010

March 20, 11am-4pm, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School
The intent of our Green Fair is to promote individual choices that reduce the human impact on southeastern Massachusetts watersheds, especially those of the Assawompset Pond Complex, and to connect people with other organizations that are trying to do the same, including organizations and agencies that preserve and protect land and water resources and promote enjoying and understanding the workings of nature in southeastern Massachusetts. FREE raffle will take place at the Fair - The winning ticket will receive a collection of items donated by many Green Fair exhibitors. Visit the Green Fair, try your luck with the raffle and learn how to protect your family, home and world. Details and schedule here.

Urban Agriculture Spring Kickoff

March 20, 1pm-4pm, Providence, RI (directions)
Seed swap, workshops, demonstrations. Free! Learn! Join! Hosted by Southside Community Land Trust at the The Highlander Charter School,: 42 Lexington Ave, Providence, RI. Contact Urban Agriculture Task Force at (401) 273-9419 x27 for more information. Details and schedule here.

Spring Woodcock Walk

March 22*, 6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friends Academy (end of long drive, near river), 1088 Tucker Road, Dartmouth
Experience a true spectacle in early spring as you observe the American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) courtship flight in Dartmouth where many fields that serve as staging areas exist. These early migrants are often visible before snowmelt and are a true sign of spring. Learn more here. *Weather reschedule date is March 23.

Healthy SouthCoast by Design Summit

March 23 & 24, Location and time TBA
Healthy SouthCoast by Design Summit is a two-day, hands-on conference being held on March 23 & 24, 2010. The two-day presenter is Mark Fenton, a nationally recognized expert on healthy communities. For more information about what Mark will be speaking about visit this website: www.nspapph.org/resources/video.html This is a free event. Details here.

Six Sigma and Sustainability

March 24, 4 p.m., Library Browsing Area
Six Sigma and Sustainability are buzz words in business and they both are having huge influences on each other and modern business and organizations. Dr. Norm Lamontagne discusses government regulations, the challenges of Lean and Six Sigma and impacts in the workplace. FREE event with light refreshments. For more information on Net Impact UMass Dartmouth visit www.netimpactumd.org. Or email netimpactumd@gmail.com.

Planet in Peril: Battle Lines - Sustainability Film Series

March 24, 6:30 pm, UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
This film takes viewers on a journey around the world to places where natural resources are caught in the crossfire of conflict. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and National Geographic Channel host Lisa Ling travel to the front lines to investigate the battles being waged over oil, animals and food. Cooper and Gupta travel to Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where dwindling food supplies push people farther into the jungle, exposing them to mysterious and deadly diseases that scientists think could lead to the next pandemic. Ling heads to the Niger Delta, where the thirst for oil has sparked a deadly battle in Nigeria. Sponsored by Office of Campus & Community Sustainability at UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area. Details here.

Dmitri Orlov

March 25, 7 p.m., UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Please join us for a presentation from controversial author and environmentalist Dmitry Orlov, who will speak about economic collapse, resource depletion, and America's chances for survival. Admission is Free.

Russian-born writer Dmitry Orlov will discuss the theory that the United States will suffer complete economic and political collapse due to increasing deficits, military budgets and declining oil production. He compares what he thinks of as the inevitable collapse of the United States with that of the Soviet Union. He claims to have been an eyewitness to the collapse of the Soviet Union over extended visits to his homeland between the late 1980s and mid-1990s. Details here.

Enhance Your Farm’s Future

March 27, 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Bristol Aggie
3rd Annual One-Day Farm Conference & Resource Fair Organized by Bristol County Conservation District & SEMAP Saturday, March 27, 2010, 8:00 am-4:00 pm Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St., Dighton MA. Register here.

Westport River Watershed Alliance Annual Meeting.

March 27, 3-5:00 pm, Westport Grange, 931 Main Road, Westport, MA.
Bill Napolitano, Environmental Program Director for the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD), and Betsy White, WRWA’s Wild and Scenic Coordinator, will present on what a Wild and Scenic Designation would mean for the Westport River watershed. Also, Jim Rathmann will be nominated to the Board of Directors and we will present the WRWA Annual Environmental and Volunteer Awards. Refreshments will be available. Please R.S.V.P. (508) 636-3016, or e-mail info@wrwa.com. Details here.

Woodcock Wanderings

March 27, 7 - 8PM, Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve
Some guys will go to great lengths to attract members of the opposite sex. The reclusive American Woodcock is best known for its spectacular spring courtship flight. Staking out his territory, the male sings a nasal “peent” from an open clearing. He then takes flight, spiraling upward while the wind makes a whistling sound through his feathers. Dropping back to earth, he returns to the exact spot where he began to repeat the display over and over. Join Tom Athearn of Green Futures on this walk to witness the spring dance of the woodcock. Details here.

Fresh: The Movie

March 30, 6:00PM - 9:00PM, Providence (directions)
Come watch Fresh at Award-Winning Local 121, Tuesday March 30th, 2010! We are hosting this film with EcoRI, Rhode Island's source for environmental news. There is a requested donation of what you can give at the door so we can cover our costs, and there will be local delicious food (ranging from 6 - 14 dollars).

Hope to see you all there! Doors at 6. Film's at 7. Hosted by Farm Fresh RI, EcoRI and Local 121 at the Local 121: 121 Washington St, Providence, RI. Details here.

Southern New England Agritourism Business Conference

April 6, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., ATMC, Fall River
Whether you're starting out or stepping up your agritourism enterprises, don't miss this special REPEAT event brought to you by New England FarmWays and our partners, the MA & RI Samll Business Development Centers, VisitNewEngland.com and Edible Communities at the Advanced Technoloty and Manufacturing Center at UMASS Dartmouth, MA.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION $75 per person if registered by 4/1! After April 1, $95. Learn more here.

Massachusetts Organic Gardening Workshop Day

April 10, 9:00AM - 12:00PM, Dartmouth (directions)
Join us at Brix Bounty Farm (1 of 10 locations throughout Mass.) at the NOFA/Mass Organic Spring Gardening Workshop Day. We'll Cover the tools and techniques to ensure your 2010 garden is a bounty, including new bed preparation, spring garden renovation, compost, row cover, succession planting and more. Registration: $30 per person, $5 discount for NOFA Members, and $5 discount if registered by March 27, 2010. Visit www,nofamass.org to register.

Hosted by Brix Bounty Farm at the Brix Bounty Farm: 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA. Details here.

Seal and Bird Watching – Cuttyhunk Island

April 10*, 9:45 a.m. (check-in), 10 a.m. (boat departs) – 2 p.m. (boat returns ashore), 66B State Pier, South Bulkhead, New Bedford
During early spring, coastal waters are quite active with migratory movements, with many `overwintering’ seals and waterfowl highly visible. At `Gull Island’, a small sandbar situated along the Elizabeth Island chain between Cuttyhunk Island and Penikese Island, seals haul-out at low tide, and waterfowl linger in the surrounding waters. Harbor, grey, and harp seals may be viewed, along with ducks, gulls, loons, and cormorants. Details here. *Weather reschedule date: April 11.

Regional Conference on Sustainability

April 27, 8:30-4:00 p.m., Bristol Community College
Regional Conference on Sustainability featuring keynote presenters including Richard Heinberg and Mark Sylvia Director of Massachusetts Green Communities Division, and panel discussions of special interest to municipal leaders and local businesses. Sponsored by the Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
CSATime to start thinking "CSA"
As New England eases its way into spring with its ususal fits and starts, it's time to start thinking about joing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). CSA is a prepaid subscription to a farm's produce for the season. Most CSAs give shareholders a weekly supply of veggies, herbs, fruits and sometimes even eggs and meat. You know it's fresh and you get to meet the farm and people who grew your food! The prepaid CSA arrangements also makes it a source of financial security for the farmer. Find a list of CSAs here.

Dartmouth YMCA farm project needs your help

The Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA is a contestant in the Pepsi Refresh Project. Help the Farm win $50,000 by casting your vote today! The public can vote once a day, everyday! Details here

Kettle Farm Pond seeks 3 interns

For the 2010 season we are looking for three unique individuals to intern from April through October. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about sustainable organic farming by farming! We hope to foster a learning atmosphere that will benefit the farm and the interns. There are plenty of opportunities for interns to share their skills and interests with the farm whether it be writing an article for the weekly newsletter or helping with educational programs. Details here.

Rochester group arranges recycling of electronics

ROCHESTER — As part of the March 20 TEAMS Green Fair, Miracle Network Solutions of Middleboro has arranged for CRT Recycling of Brockton to collect hard-to-dispose-of items such as computers and TVs.

CRT Recycling will be in the parking lot of the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School where the fair will be held. Details.

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. Details here.

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.)

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.

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip
Finding Green Jobs and Careers
A natural extension of pursuing a green life at home for many is to seek employment more in line with their environmental views. Learn more here.

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