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March 24-31, 2010

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

Controversial author Dmitri Orlov to speak at UMD

Pland and Seed Workshop


Save The Date:

Earthday Beach Cleanup

Regional Conference on Sustainability



Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) opportunities

Green jobs and internships listed

Weekly Green Tip:

Make a rain barrel

Clip of the Week

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
The ABC Miniseries begins this Friday at 8 PM, so set your DVRs/VCRs. Learn more here.

Weekly Quote:

"If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age."
- Jacques Barzun

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Leaf Bullet News
CoralNations reject coral protections at wildlife conservation conference
Delegates at a global wildlife conservation conference voted Sunday to protect a coveted salamander but rejected a more sweeping proposal that would have regulated the trade of red and pink corals worldwide.

The latest round of voting at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) underscored nations' unwillingness to forgo immediate economic gains from exploiting natural resources, even when these activities are putting plants and animals under intense pressure. Read more here.

France steps back on carbon emissions tax
PARIS — France yesterday backed down from a plan to tax carbon dioxide emissions that had been a central plank of President Nicolas Sarkozy's push for a more prominent role in the global fight against climate change.

The plan, launched by Sarkozy with much fanfare in September, has been on the back burner since being ruled unconstitutional in December. Sarkozy's government had insisted a reworked tax would go into force by July. Read more here.

Wal-Mart?The Great Grocery Smackdown
Will Walmart, not Whole Foods, save the small farm and make America healthy?
Buy my food at Walmart? No thanks. Until recently, I had been to exactly one Walmart in my life, at the insistence of a friend I was visiting in Natchez, Mississippi, about 10 years ago. It was one of the sights, she said. Up and down the aisles we went, properly impressed by the endless rows and endless abundance. Not the produce section. I saw rows of prepackaged, plastic-trapped fruits and vegetables. I would never think of shopping there. Read more here.

Competing "Green" Police Car Articles
New Ford police cruiser to get EcoBoost
All-new Ford Police Interceptor police cruiser will match the Crown Victoria in power and add eco-friendly upgrades.
Read more here.
Police CarsA BMW-engined 'clean diesel' police car
Carbon Motors' E7 is a cop car headed for the market in 2013 (assuming a $300 million government loan comes through). And it's got a BMW turbo diesel under its high-tech hood.
Read more here.

EPA adds sources for greenhouse gas reporting
Before reporting even begins, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to include additional emissions sources in its first-ever national mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting system. EPA expects that the data from these sectors will help provide a better understanding of where GHGs are coming from. Read more here.

Grocery"Shocking" Reasons to Go Organic
Men's Health Magazine's Matt Bean on Why They're Worth the Extra Cost
(CBS) Eating organic foods has lots of benefits, from protecting the environment to helping you stay slim and healthier.

Now, Rodale Inc. CEO and Chairman Maria Rodale is out with a book called "Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe."

Men's Health magazine, which is published by Rodale, Inc., is spotlighting those benefits, especially the ones for men. Read more here.

CarbonMixing In Some Carbon
MOSS LANDING, Calif. — It seems like alchemy: a Silicon Valley start-up says it has found a way to capture the carbon dioxide emissions from coal and gas power plants and lock them into cement.

If it works on a mass scale, the company, Calera, could turn that carbon into gold.

Cement production is a large source of carbon emissions in the United States, and coal-fired electricity plants are the biggest source. As nations around the world press companies to curb their greenhouse-gas emissions, a technology that makes it profitable to do so could be very popular. Read more here.

Recycling REFUSING TO REDUCE: SouthCoast towns face shrinking recycling numbers
The Earth-saving slogan says “Think Globally, Act Locally,” but when saving the planet becomes our responsibility, are we really that green? Do we do enough of the basics, like recycling water bottles and sheets of paper?

“I don't think people are doing enough of the simplest things,” said Nancy Lee Wood, a sociology professor at Bristol Community College. “People aren't going to get involved until their backs are pushed against the wall.” Read more here.

FarmA right to farm
Don Bosworth grew up in Foxboro and can remember when cattle roamed a farm field on Cocasset Street, the same street where high tech firm Invensys Process Systems now has a major plant.

"It was just an accepted thing, a normal part of life," Bosworth said.

But in today's Foxboro, like many modern suburbs, things are changing. Many farm fields have given way to residential subdivisions and the early morning crow of a rooster or the wafting smell of manure is not always well tolerated. Read more here.

Meeting with NOAA chief leaves fishing representatives, politicians frustrated
BOSTON — NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco promised flexibility and accountability Monday in an unusual meeting with Massachusetts elected officials and representatives of the fishing industry.

But it was what she didn't say that had officials most concerned that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was staying on course to impose extremely limited catch shares along with a cooperative system called sector management. Read more here.

SederUMD brings sustainability to Passover tradition
DARTMOUTH — The Passover seder, a festival of spring and renewal celebrating the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, provided the backdrop for the modern-day issues of food, clean water and the environment at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's vegetarian sustainability seder.

“Along with the theme of renewal and springtime is the theme of renewing the world and sustaining the natural world,” said Rabbi Jacqueline Satlow, director of the Center for Jewish Culture. “We're trying to be as environmentally conscious as possible by choosing food that's environmentally sustainable.” Read more here.

OceansBiologist says oceans can recover
In a dramatic new picture book on life in the world's oceans slated for release this week by National Geographic, an essay by biologist Boris Worm provides a bleak assessment of the damage humans have done. But it is tempered with a message of hope — that people can change their ways and allow life in the seas to flourish once again.

The essay, entitled “The Future of the Ocean?” appears in the book “Oceans,” produced as a companion to a Disney nature film by the same name slated for release on April 22, Earth Day. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Green Collar Jobs Coucil board to meet tonight

March 24, 6:30 p.m., New Bedford Free Public Library
NEW BEDFORD — Old Bedford Village and the Green Collar Jobs Council's board of directors will hold a community informational meeting, from 6:30 to 9 tonight at the New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant St., third floor.

The public is welcome to attend.

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.

Environmental Careers Fair

Friday March 26th, 10am- noon, New Bedford Public Library
Learn about Environmental Careers from the companies that are part of the EPA cleanup of the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site!!! Details here (PDF).

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.

Plant and Seed Selection Workshop

March 30, 4 to 5:30, Oak Village Apartments Community Room, Locust St, Fall River
If you're planning your vegetable garden now, please attend our FREE event for information on how to choose your plants and seeds. Our speaker is Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm in Dartmouth, who specializes in sustainable agriculture.

Event is Tuesday, March 30 from 4 to 5:30 at Oak Village Apartments Community Room, where a new community garden is being started this spring. Parking is available in rear lot--enter by Wall Street. More information on attached flyer, or please contact Nicole Fortier via return email or at 508-679-6841. Please share this information with your interested friends and family members!

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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

The Elm Dance

April 7, 7 - 9 PM, Spring Street Meeting House, 83 Spring Street, New Bedford
Please join us (Marcia Glynn, Deirdre Healy, Emily Johns, and Laurie Roberston-Lorant) for at least a few round of The Elm Dance, an easy to learn, European circle folk dance which honors the strength and courage of those people around the world coping with the affects of nuclear radiation, be it from accidents, mining of uranium, etc., or weapons production. One round takes about 5 minutes, and dancers drop in and out of the circle at will. Created in response to the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl (1986), and danced worldwide, dancing The Elm Dance is a peaceful, meditative, and harmonious experience. More information at www.joannamacy.net & Emily Johns 508-994-2164. held the second Wednesday of every month

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, 2:00 p.m., UMass Dartmouth Auditorium
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.

Net Impact UMD 2nd Sustainable Winery/Brewery Tour

April 24, 10 am - 4:30 pm, UMass Dartmouth to various local wineries and breweries
Join Net Impact UMD on Saturday, April 24, 2010 for a winery/brewery tour. Assistant Charlton College of Business Dean and wine/sustainability guru Garry Clayton will be lecturing about the finer points of wine, sustainability and the South Coast. The tour via motorcoach will visit Travessia Urban Winery, Buzzards Bay Brewery and Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery. The trip includes lunch, tastings and transportation.

The tour is FREE for members of Net Impact Central and $30 for non-members. Not a NI member? Membership fees are $30 for grads and $10 for undergrads. Professional/community memberships are also available. The trip is open to UMass students, faculty, employees, their spouses and friends as well as the community at large.

Visit the NIUMD website: www.netimpactumd.org or email netimpactumd@gmail.com to reserve your seat and for more info. 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.

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.

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.

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
Rain BarrelHow to start a home rain barrel project
Water is precious and becoming more scarce. Try a rain barrel in your yard to use 'free' water for irrigation and limit what you run from the tap. Find out how to make a rain barrel here.

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