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March 17 to 24, 2010

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

Weatherization barn-raising

Green Fair 2010


Save The Date:

WRWA Annual Meeting

Cuttyhunk Seal and Bird Watching



Electronics recycling this weekend

Multiple jobs and internships

Weekly Green Tip:

Drink green!

Clip of the Week

Healthy Soil Equals Healthy Plants and People
A great 3-minute primer on garden soil

Weekly Quote:

"The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river."
- Ross Perot

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Leaf Bullet News
Plastic HousesWelsh Company Makes Recyclable Homes from Recycled Plastic
When you mash green jobs together with affordable housing and recycled plastic, something interesting is bound to happen, and it’s happening in Wales. The Welsh company Affresol has launched a line of low cost homes and modular buildings that use recycled plastic as a core structural material. Affresol plans to market some of its product as homes that can fulfill community affordable housing needs while creating new green jobs in recycling. Read more here.

TofuWhen Tofu Haters Attack
Only in the combative world of food politics could tofu get charged with killing the planet. The catalyst for this reactionary accusation was a recent Cranfield University study commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund that stated that tofu eaters could, under very specific circumstances, actually harm the environment more than meat eaters. Read more here.

Wind29 Governors Bring Great Expectations for Wind Blueprint to Congress
Tomorrow, a bipartisan coalition of governors from 29 states will descend upon Washington to urge congress to pass the legislation America needs to boost wind power, providing clean safe permanent energy and the jobs that go with it. They are bringing their recommendations in a report titled “Great Expectations.”

To bring the lessons they have already learned in pioneering this legislative path forward for the nation with state Renewable Energy Standards, the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition governors are coming to offer advice as the Senate sponsors of a climate bill prepare to unveil their own comparable Federal legislation, perhaps as soon as this week. Read more here.

LocavoreThe locavore in winter: Survival tips from Mollie Katzen
March is a bitter month, particularly if you’re a locavore in certain parts of the country, desperately awaiting the first asparagus of spring. We checked in with vegetable expert and cookbook author Mollie Katzen for advice on surviving the last dregs of winter on a local diet. Read more here.

Decades of potential in solar, wind: Fidelity
Demand for power from China and other big countries with strong economic expansion is going to sustain the earnings growth of renewable energy companies, a Fidelity fund manager said on Wednesday.

In coming decades, few industries will be able to boast as many companies with earnings growth potential as the alternative energy sector, said Amit Lodha, who manages the $22 million Fidelity Global Real Asset Securities Fund. Read more here.

CaliforniaParched California to get more water
California's drought-baked cities and farms will get considerably more water this year than last from federal officials, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Tuesday, making good on forecasts issued in February after a series of strong winter storms.

Irrigation districts south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which represent farmers on the west side of the state's Central Valley, will get 25 percent of their contracted water allotment from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Salazar said, up from just 5 percent in February. Read more here.

New Analysis: 15% Cut in U.S. Carbon Emissions Achievable Through Simple Inexpensive Personal Actions
NEW YORK (March 12, 2010) – New analysis released today at a symposium on “Climate, Mind and Behavior” reveals that Americans can reduce U.S. carbon pollution by 15 percent – or one billion tons of global warming pollution – through collective personal actions that require little to no cost. The analysis released by NRDC and the Garrison Institute’s Climate Mind Behavior (CMB) Project is part of a larger collaboration that seeks to integrate emerging research findings about what drives human behavior into new thinking on climate solutions. Read more here.

AlgaeLocal innovators explore algae as a fuel source
ATTLEBORO — Just after Scott Comey added an in-law apartment to his home, the cost of heating oil spiked over $4 a gallon.

Comey got angry. And anger fueled action.

“Are you sick of having no control over your energy future?” Comey asked in a public service announcement on cable television. Read more here.

snowBrewer waste turned to energy, one beer at a time
By the time Eric Fitch had finished grad school at MIT in the mid-1990s, he had already become fascinated with brewing beer.

Every week, he and his friends brewed their own at their Central Square apartment, trying to improve their recipe and, being young, throwing a few parties with the results. Read more here.

City's brownfield assessment sites ranked
NEW BEDFORD — Members of the City of New Bedford Brownfields Task Force unveiled a list Thursday ranking some potentially dirty sites for federal environmental assessment dollars.

The properties are brownfields, which means — by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's definition — they contain or may contain a pollutant, contaminant or other hazardous substance that makes their reuse, expansion or redevelopment more difficult. The state Department of Environmental Protection doesn't formally define brownfields, but they're usually abandoned, former commercial or industrial properties, according to Scott Alfonse, a task force member and the director of the city's Department of Environmental Stewardship. Read more here.

LightolierLightolier hopes $4M wind turbine will generate relief
Fall River — Lightolier, the international lighting company that set up headquarters here in 1994, hopes to stabilize rapid job losses by building a $4 million wind turbine to gain much-needed tax relief.

On Tuesday, The City Council’s Committee on Finance will consider recommending a $1.2 million investment tax so the company can retain 385 jobs during a five-year period, according to a resolution submitted by Kenneth Fiola Jr., executive vice president of the Fall River Office of Economic Development. Read more here.

Freetown considers use of solar panels
FREETOWN — The town is considering using solar energy at its transfer station on Howland Road. If it decides to do so, it would be town’s first major Green Team initiative.

Interim Town Administrator John F. Healey told the Board of Selectmen last week that he is investigating the possibility of installing a solar array at the town’s transfer station. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Weatherization Barn-Raising

March 20, 11am-4pm, 476 Purchase St, New Bedford
Please RSVP if you plan to attend as space is limited. To RSVP, please call or email Kalia: klydgate@marioninstitute.org, 508.951.4026. No experience necessary and all ages are welcome. Free lunch will be provided. For more information visit www.marioninstitute.org/green-jobs.

Green Fair 2010

March 20, 10am-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, Across the SouthCoast area
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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Thinking Green: Organic Living Through Sustainable Practice - Carol Moseley Braun

April 15, time TBA, UMass Dartmouth Woodland Commons
Co-sponsored with the Women's Center and Women's Studies Details here.

Earth Day Beach Cleanup

April 17, 10 a.m - 12 p.m., Westport Beaches
After a long and cold winter, get out and enjoy the spring air while preparing local beaches for the summer sun. Join the Westport River Watershed Alliance to clean up some of the shoreline areas of Westport, MA. Clean-ups will be held at Cherry & Webb Beach, Gooseberry Island, and East Beach. You can choose any one of the locations and we wll be there with trash pickers, trash bags, gloves, and refreshments. Details here.

Vernal Pool Exploration

April 24, 1 - 3pm, Westport Town Farm
Learn how you can attract native bees, butterflies and other benefical insects to your garden and how you can help us to survey and monitor these important pollinators at the Westport Town Farm. Details here.

Native Pollinator Workshop

April 24, 9am -11am, Russells Mills - Dartmouth
Join Education Coordinator Shelli Costa in an up-close and personal exploration of some local vernal pools at DNRT's Parson's Reserve. These seasonal water bodies provide crucial breeding habitat for mole salamanders, wood frogs, and other species. We will be getting our hands wet looking for frog/salamander eggs and other critters that are dependant on these pools. Details here.

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
Drink green: Drink LOCAL
We New Englanders are blessed with a vast assortment of local brews from which to choose (and some fine wines too). Instead of drinking green beer, drink green beer during your St. Patty's day festivities. New England is home to over 41 breweries, including big brewers like Sam Adams, Harpoon and Magic Hat, and smaller, southern New England brews like Newport Storm (Coastal Extreme) in Middletown, RI; Just Beer in Westport, MA; and Cisco (Nantucket). Learn more about why you should drink local here.

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