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April 7 to 14, 2010

In This Issue

News:

Global, national, and local news

This week:

Stories from the Edge of the World

Weatherization Barn-Raising

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Save The Date:

An April 17th full of events

Sustainable Wine and Brewery Tour

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UMD Spring Sustainability Newsletter

New Bedford Energy Office Seeking Interns

Weekly Green Tip:

Green your child's classroom

Clip of the Week

No Impact Man
A preview of the movie that we'll be showing on April 28th at UMD
No Impact Man

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Leaf Bullet News
Train
TrainAmericans favor improving public transportation systems over new roads
Upgrades to train and bus systems are preferred solutions to easing traffic congestion

According to the Future of Transportation National Survey (2010), more Americans favor a better public transportation system over building new roads or expanding existing road systems. The survey results were published on the Transportation for America website and show that 59 percent of survey respondents would prefer to see improvements in the public transportation system to ease traffic congestion. These improvements would include upgrades to train and bus systems, which will make walking and biking both easier and safer. Read more here.

Warren BuffettWarren Buffett sees strong rail system as key to U.S. growth
In Matt Rose's 10 years at the helm of BNSF Railway, he'd heard plenty of investors talk about quarterly performance. A few would even talk about the railroad's annual performance.

Then on Feb. 12, he answered a call from Warren Buffett, the legendary investor who looks for long-term return and whose Berkshire Hathaway holding company had just closed on its $26 billion purchase of the 77% of BNSF shares it didn't already own. Read more here.

TrainJobs Increase Across Transport Modes
March breaks long-running downtrend for carriers’ employment

March brought increases in employment across U.S. surface transportation industries, with mild job gains in trucking, rail and waterborne commerce breaking a long downtrend during the recession.

The increases covered every transport mode except air. For the other groups the increases were solid enough to push up not only the raw month-to-month numbers from February but also the seasonally adjusted numbers that are designed to show employment beyond normal springtime hiring trends. Read more here.

Global
MoroccoMorocco to Solar-Power Nearly Half its Kingdom
And why not. The North African desert kingdom gets over 3,000 yearly hours of solid reliable sun power – every year. Nine centuries of sun have beaten down on the Kingdom of Morocco since this gate was built.

Morocco will invest $9 billion upfront to build 2 Gigawatts of solar power, distributed between 5 solar power plants, by 2020.

The 2 GW (2,000 Megawatts) is enough to supply 40% of the nation’s electricity to 32 million souls, who apparently have fairly modest energy needs. Read more here.

Mexico City drastically reduced air pollutants since 1990s
MEXICO CITY -- This megalopolis once had the world's worst air, with skies so poisonous that birds dropped dead in flight. Today, efforts to clean the smog are showing visible progress, revealing stunning views of snow-capped volcanoes -- and offering a model for the developing world. Read more here.

CementCanadian Cement Plant Becomes First to Capture CO2 in Algae
A Canadian company called Pond Biofuels is capturing CO2 emissions from a cement plant in algae — algae the company ultimately plans on using to make biofuel.

It’s no secret that the process of manufacturing cement is both energy intensive and dirty. Global cement production alone emits roughly five percent of greenhouse gas emissions annually, both as a byproduct of limestone decarbonation (60%) and from the burning of fossil fuels in the cement kilns (40%). And as the demand for concrete-intensive infrastructure soars in developing countries like China and India, global emissions from cement plants–and other industrial sources–will continue to rise. Read more here.

National
DrillPublic supports energy over environment: poll
For the first time in 10 years Americans are more likely to say the United States should give more priority to developing oil, natural gas and coal than to protecting the environment, according to a poll on Tuesday.

The poll was conducted a few weeks before President Barack Obama announced he would open offshore oil drilling in some parts the U.S. East Coast, Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. Read more here.

US rules mean pricier cars, fewer fill-ups
Fuel-efficiency standards set; Must comply within 6 years
WASHINGTON — Drivers will have to pay more for cars and trucks, but they’ll save at the pump under tough new federal rules aimed at boosting mileage, cutting emissions, and hastening the next generation of fuel-stingy hybrids and electric cars.

The new standards, announced yesterday, call for a 35.5 miles per gallon average within six years, up nearly 10 miles per gallon from now. Read more here.

School LunchYour Health: School lunch debate is in session
I have a confession: I let my kids eat school lunch.

For years, I've been well aware that the stuff in the school cafeteria isn't ideal. But my boys are skinny, they don't complain and they eat two meals at home each day. Dinner even comes with two parents, vegetables and a side of fruit.

But my conviction that school lunch is good enough — and just too darned convenient to pass up — has been shaken lately. School lunch is under a microscope. And it isn't looking good: Read more here.

SchwarzeneggerWeak economy fuels assault on keystone Calif. climate lawn
SACRAMENTO — Four years ago, California earned accolades for adopting a law that would slash its greenhouse gas emissions and serve as a model for national climate change legislation.

With the state mired in a crippling recession, the law that once looked like a landmark achievement is coming under assault. The regulatory effort Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger set in motion is facing a political backlash and could come to an abrupt halt in the months ahead. Read more here.

Tar-geyU.S. Target puts recycling bins in all its stores
Company starts recycling program in bid to gain more 'green' credibility.
CHICAGO - Discount retailer Target Corp expects to have recycling bins in all its stores by Tuesday as it tries to gain "green" credibility from consumers looking to be more eco-friendly.

The No. 2 U.S. discount retailer does not think the recycling stations will drive additional traffic to its more than 1,700 stores, but it hopes they will help improve satisfaction for the customers who come in, Shawn Gensch, Target vice president for brand marketing, said in an interview. Read more here.

Local
Water TreatmentSewage systems fail, untreated waste pours into local waterways
A major sewage pumping station in Cranston failed Wednesday, dumping millions of gallons more of untreated sewage into local waterways in addition to the millions of gallons already spewing from the flooded West Warwick and Warwick sewage-treatment plants.

The result is contaminated floodwaters throughout the Pawtuxet Valley, officials said, and people should stay clear. Read more here.

CopicutNew rules should help clean up Copicut
As New Englanders await a decision in Massachusetts on a bitterly contested proposal to build the nation’s first offshore wind farm, the State of Rhode Island is forging ahead with its own project in the hope of outpacing - and upstaging - its neighbor.

Crucial to its strategy is dispelling worries that economics will trump the environment, or the broader public good. Read more here.

ShoreA Race to Reap Energy From the Ocean Breezes
As New Englanders await a decision in Massachusetts on a bitterly contested proposal to build the nation’s first offshore wind farm, the State of Rhode Island is forging ahead with its own project in the hope of outpacing - and upstaging - its neighbor.

Crucial to its strategy is dispelling worries that economics will trump the environment, or the broader public good. Read more here.

VeteransVeterans state case for clean energy
WRENTHAM - A trio of young veterans came to the hometown of U.S. Sen. Scott Brown Wednesday to advocate for more clean and renewable energy, and less dependence on foreign oil.

"This is not a left-right issue, it's an American issue," said Robin Eckstein, an Army veteran who served in Iraq. Read more here.

Cheese!High, low and mozzarella cheese
KINGSTON — Kalina Vendetti makes good goats milk cheese. She’s won awards for her soft unflavored cheese, but few people will ever taste it because it’s illegal in Massachusetts to sell or even give away homemade soft cheese.

Vendetti, a lawyer for the state Department of Public Health, is very protective of the cheese she makes in her kitchen. Both the cheesemaker and the lawyer came out during “Dairy Day,” the third in a six part series, called the South Shore Locavore, presented by the Kingston Public Library, sponsored by Edible South Shore, a magazine and movement dedicated to promoting locally produced food in Southeastern Massachusetts. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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

ICE: Ignite Clean Energy Business Plan Competition Team Building event

April 8, 4 to 7:30 p.m., ATMC Fall River
The Team Building Event will feature networking, a presentation on the ICE competition, a discussion with a past ICE competitor as well as an Idea Q&A for those interested in submitting a business plan to the competition.

Questions and RSVP (recommended): Please contact Kaisa Holloway Cripps/Net Impact UMD kaisa.hollowaycripps@umassd.edu Details here.

First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World with NPR

April 9, 8pm, Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford
Neal Conan's inspired narration, spectacular photographs from National Geographic, and music by the Ensemble Galilei. Featuring spectacular photographs from the National Geographic Society’s collection on the Zeiterion’s full size screen, NPR Neal Conan’s inspired narration, and music specifically created for the performance, First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World takes audiences along on some of the world’s most extraordinary expeditions. Climb to the summit of Mount Everest, brave a howling gale aboard a windjammer, and probe the ocean depths with Cousteau. Immerse yourself in the exploration of the human spirit of discovery as music surrounds your senses. Details here.

Keeping Local Food Safe, and Safe Food Local

April 9, 7pm, Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, Brown University Laboratories for Molecular Medicine, 70 Ship Street, Providence
A discussion of pending U.S. food safety legislation and how it will affect small farms in RI. Can a law that protects us from the health risks of agri-business also be fair and practical for small and organic farms? Come and hear about how the bill would affect the food supply and the small farmer, and what is being done to make it more appropriate for farms in our state.

Admission is free for NOFA members and students. $5 for nonmembers. Coffee and information about local organic farms will be available at 6:30. Farm members who would like to bring a table display, please contact Dan at nofari@live.com.

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

The Greening of Falmouth

April 10, 1-4:30 pm, Morse Pond School, Falmouth
Green Expo. Refreshments. Brainstorming with local experts. Contact FCAT2010@aol.com for more info.

Weatherization Barn-raising Party

April 10, 10am-4pm, 155 Cedar St. New Bedford, MA.
Are you free this Saturday? Come join us for a day of learning, fun and hard work at our Weatherization Barn-raising Party. The Weatherization Barn-Raising Party is a collaborative project of the Marion Institute's Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative, PACE YouthBuild, Old Bedford Village, and the ESHU² Collective in partnership with the City of New Bedford Energy Office. The goal of these events is to bring together community to collectively improve the energy efficiency of our city. Everyone is welcome and no experience is required. PACE YouthBuild will lead the weatherization efforts and show all participants how to do the work, from wrapping pipes to air sealing and everything in between. Please RSVP by calling Kalia: 508.951.4026.

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.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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

April 15, 2:00 p.m., UMass Dartmouth Woodland Commons
She was introduced to the Michael Fields Institute in East Troy, Wis., where her path to the organic products industry started with an initiation into Biodynamic agriculture. Harkening back to her summers in Alabama, Ambassador Braun became a strong advocate for this holistic agricultural system. She realized her commitment to a healthier environment and better quality food production would be best expressed through entering the Biodynamic and organic products industry realm." Co-sponsored with the Women's Center and Women's Studies. Details here.

Solar for Homeowners and Small Businesses

April 15, 6:30 to 8 PM, Seekonk Public Library, 410 Newman Avenue
Megan Amsler, Executive Director of Cape Self-Reliance, will give a soup to nuts presentation on solar energy for homes and small businesses, starting with energy efficiency and siting issues and ending with financing, including heat loans and rebate programs. Cape Self-Reliance was founded in 1980 to help communities on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket attain self-reliance in energy, water and food. Amsler is chair of the Falmouth Energy Committee, treasurer of the Cape and Islands Renewable Energy Collaborative, and an adjunct faculty member at Cape Cod Community College where she teaches renewable energy. FREE and open to the public.

Operation Clean Sweep - Earth Day Cleanup

April 17, 8:30 a.m - 12 p.m., Brooklawn Park, New Bedford
Spring is a great time for cleaning and pitching in with Operation Clean Sweep. Join in on April 17th from 8:30AM - noon in Ward 2 at Brooklawn Park. To date OCS volunteers have cleaned up more than 46 tons of trash from New Bedford neighborhoods. Community service groups, clubs, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate in this community event. To learn more, visit www.operationcleansweep.net and pre-register or call (508) 979-1493. Also, find us on facebook.

Tiverton Clean Up Week Kick-Off Day

April 17, 9am – 1pm, Department of Public Works, 50 Industrial Way, Tiverton, RI
Announcing April Clean Up Week: April 17th through April 25th Special Kick-Off Day on Saturday, April 17th at 9:00 a.m. at DPW. Bags and gloves will be provided. Please join the Kick-Off Day effort or work at your own convenience during the week to support this community-wide effort to remove litter from Tiverton. Questions? Call Gayle 624-7830. Details here.

Free Preschool Story Hour

April 17, 10:30-11:30.m., 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
Join Amanda Wilkinson, Lloyd Center Educator-Naturalist, for a "Spring Fling" story hour at the Lloyd Center’s visitor center. Children and parents will be treated to a nature-themed story followed by a tour of the Lloyd Center’s resident creatures. Spend your Saturday morning looking for signs of spring at the Lloyd Center! “ Spring Fling” will be held on Saturday, April 17th from 10:30am – 11:30am at the Lloyd Center’s headquarters located at 430 Potomska Road in Dartmouth. The story hour is free of charge (donations welcome). Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please contact Amanda Wilkinson at (508) 990-0505 x16.

Volunteer Training: Beached Bird Surveys For Seanet Program

April 17, 9 a.m - 1 p.m., 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
No charge. The Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) is a volunteer based field survey project whose aim is to use beached bird deposition along coastal shorelines to help detect sources of harm to the marine environment, and assess the status of seabird populations. The project idea first took hold on the Pacific Coast, and in 2002 the startup of SEANET at the Lloyd Center marked the first efforts here on the Atlantic Coast. The Lloyd Center's Buzzards Bay volunteers remain, historically, the most longstanding network in SEANET's history.

We currently seek new volunteers (existing volunteers also urged to attend) to conduct monthly surveys on beaches in the region, with special emphasis on areas where surveys have been lacking. See SEANET information on the website for further details of what's involved. Details here.

Household Hazardous Waste Day

April 17, 9 a.m - 12 p.m., Crapo Hill Landfill, 300 Samuel Barnet Blvd, New Bedford
The Greater New Bedford Refuse District is holding its Spring Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day on Saturday, April 17th, from 9:00 a.m to noon at the Crapo Hill Landfill, 300 Samuel Barnet Blvd. This is a NEW collection site. See http://www.gnbrrmdistrict.org/ for directions. The event is open to New Bedford and Dartmouth residents only. Proof of residency is required. Call Marissa at (508) 979-1493 for more information.

Earth Day Beach Cleanup

April 20, 10:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m., UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Please join with other members of the campus community for a celebration of sustainability at UMass Dartmouth on Green Campus Day: Tuesday , April 20th in the Library Browsing Area. Enjoy a green vendor fair, exhibits of student sustainability projects, a free luncheon, and a special presentation on campus as "Living Classroom," as well as Green Campus Award and RecyceMania Award presentation by Chancellor MacCormack and the unveiling of the UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Assessment and Climate Action Plan. Details here.

Green Campus Day

April 20, 10:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m., UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Please join with other members of the campus community for a celebration of sustainability at UMass Dartmouth on Green Campus Day: Tuesday, April 20th in the Library Browsing Area. Enjoy a green vendor fair, exhibits of student sustainability projects, a free luncheon, and a special presentation on campus as "Living Classroom," as well as Green Campus Award and RecyceMania Award presentation by Chancellor MacCormack and the unveiling of the UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Assessment and Climate Action Plan Details here.

Volunteer Opportunity - Earth Day At The Lloyd Center For The Environment

April 22, 9:00am to noon, The Lloyd Center, Dartmouth
In the spirit of Earth Day, work will include removal of invasive species on the Lloyd Center property and clearing of brush, otherwise cleaning up some of our popular hiking trails. All volunteers are welcome, and pre-registration is suggested to enable the Center to notify volunteers if weather makes it necessary to cancel the event. We will break at 12 noon for a light picnic lunch (provided by the Lloyd Center). To learn more about this event or to pre-register, call our Event Line (508-558-2918) or visit our website - www.lloydcenter.org.

Healthy City Spring Workshop

April 21, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Government Center Atrium, Fall River Government Center
A gathering to nurture ideas and action for a Healthier Fall River. Join us for any one or all three learning opportunities in the atrium of Fall River Government Center and enjoy a healthy supper prepared by George Malatantis of the Highland Luncheonette. Please reserve your place now and pay only $10 at the door.

The Paul Winter Consort's Earth Mass

April 23, 8pm, Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford
In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day the Z is honored to bring The Paul Winter Consort’s Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) performed by The Consort, guest artists, a choir and “the greater symphony of the Earth” including wolves, whales, eagles, and several dozen other species of “wilderness musicians” to New Bedford’s magnificent St. Anthony of Padua’s church. 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.

4th Annual Fortress Green Building Supply & The Green Patriots Earth Day Celebration & Green Building Tour

April 24*, Noon to 4:00pm, 38 Faunce Corner Rd. Dartmouth
I would like to invite any and all Students, Teachers, Staff, Members of the Sustainability Council, & others to attend our Celebration. We will have Live Green Building demonstrations, a tour of the building, and educational demos & info about the various green building & solar heating components, and the principals involved. We would also like to invite students or staff to display or handout any info related to Sustainability & the Environment.

There will also Open House, in NB, by Effortless Design. Smart Growth Mixed-Use Project Remodeling & SIPs Addition - 464-468 Brock Avenue New Bedford
Energy Star Smart Growth Mixed-Use Project "If You Lived Here, You Would Really Reduce Your Carbon Footprint"
*Rain date - Saturday, May 1

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.

Civic Engagement Summit

April 24, 11am - 4pm, UMass Dartmouth Woodland Commons
The primary goal of the summit is to increase understanding of community assets as a means to deepen our commitment to civic engagement. If you are interested in civic engagement or want to understand how to build community, develop volunteers, or use service learning. Keynote speaker: Professor John McNight, Northwestern University, and Governor Deval Patrick has been invited. UMass Dartmouth, Woodland Commons, South Dartmouth. $25. Students with valid i.d., free. Lunch provided. Register 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.

No Impact Man (Sustainability Film Series)

April 28, 6:30 p.m., UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
As the news stories go: "Colin Beavan is a liberal schlub who got tired of listening to himself complain about the world without ever actually doing anything about it" Thus, in November, 2006, Beavan launched a year-long project in which he, his wife, his two-year-old daughter and his four-year-old dog went off the grid and attempted to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible. The No Impact project has been the subject of stories in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and many other national and international news outlets. Details here.

Impact of Climate Change on Regional Ecological Resources

April 29, 7:00 p.m., Westport Middle School
Hector Galbraith, Director of the Climate Change Initiative at Manomet Center for Conservation Services, will speak on research regarding the impacts of climate change on our regional ecosystems. Co-sponored with MassAudubon Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary and the Wesport Fishermen's Association. This is a free event. Details here.

Birding in the Bioreserve

May 1, 6 - 9AM, Watuppa Reservation Headquarters, 2929 Blossom Road, Fall River
Join Fred Thurber of the Paskamansett Bird Club at the height of the spring migration. Large unfragmented areas like the Bioreserve support an array of warblers and other interior forest birds such the wood thrush, ovenbird, and scarlet tanager. Many of these unique birds pass through the area for only a few weeks each spring on their way north. Bring binoculars. Details here.

The Big Walk

May 1, 9am - 4pm., Watuppa Reservation Headquarters, 2929 Blossom Road, Fall River
Strap on your hiking boots and experience the vastness of the unbroken forest on a walk that spans the full length of the 13,600-acre Bioreserve. The full hike is 14 miles but pick-ups will be available at 4, 8 and 12 miles. Details here.

Organic Gardening Workshop

May 1, 6 - 9AM, Soule Homestead Education Center at the Golden Rule Farm: 46 Soule Street, Middleboro (directions)
This spring, just as it comes time to plant the garden, Frank Albani, Soule Homestead’s Director and Market Grower, presents our annual hands-on Organic Gardening Workshop on April 17, from 9am-12pm. Growing our own food is an excellent way to save money, lessen our carbon footprint, improve our health, and connect with neighbors and nature. Isn't now a good time to learn skills that will help you plant a garden and make it productive throughout the year? This workshop is led by an experienced gardener, and is intended to meet the tremendous resurgence of energy and action for backyard and community gardening. In addition to explaining and demonstrating some key steps that can empower you to start your own garden, this workshop provides a great opportunity for you to ask questions. Whether you are a complete newcomer to gardening or you just feel that you could use some brushing up on growing skills and concepts, this workshop is for you. More Info: www.soulehomestead.org or call the office: 508-947-6744. Details here.

Annual Sheep Day / Earth Day Celebration

May 1, 10:00AM - 3:00PM, Soule Homestead Education Center at the Golden Rule Farm: 46 Soule Street, Middleboro (directions)
The annual Sheep Day / Earth Day Celebration, will be held this year on Saturday, May 1, from 10am until 3pm. Visitors can celebrate the return of spring and watch while the Homestead’s flock of sheep get their warm-weather haircuts. Shearer Andy Rice will be hard at work all day shearing, explaining his work and answering questions. Local crafters will be demonstrating their traditional crafts and exhibiting their work. Richard Seaman of sheepdog Junction will be leading a sheep-herding demonstration. Botanist, (Mike) Schroeder will take groups on a nature hike around the grounds. The day will include children’s activities, working with wool, gardening and games, plants and crafts for sale, and refreshments. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2 for children under 12, and children under 3 free. Free admission to all members / become a member and admission is free! Call the Homestead at 508-947-6744 for more information. Details here.

Osprey Talk with Rob Bierregaard

May 6, 7:00 p.m., Westport Public Library
Rob Bierregaard, an east coast osprey expert, shares his experiences tracking these birds in Westport and around the globe. This is a free event. Details here.


Leaf Bullet Announcements
NewsletterSpring Sustainability Newsletter Launched
We're proud to announce that the spring newsletter has been published! Check it out to learn about the imminent launch of our Sustainability Assessment and Climate Action Plan, find out about our plans to turn the long-neglected UMass Dartmouth Forest into a living classroom, get updates on numerous campus sustainability proejcts, and find out about our growing Green Navigator program. Download the newsletter PDF here.

City of New Bedford’s Energy Office seeking interns

The Office promotes sustainability activities within city government as will all other sectors. Activities include energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, waste reduction, green buildings, alternative fuels, efficient transportation, recycling, water conservation, and other areas designed to reduce the environmental impacts of city activities and operations. The team works to develop policies and guidance, as well as identify and implement appropriate projects that will facilitate meeting short and long-range goals and targets, particularly the climate and energy goals established by the Mayor’s Office. Contact Scott.Durkee@NewBedford-MA.gov for more info.

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.

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
Classroom
5 ways to green your child's classroom
Your kids are watching ... how you treat the Earth's resources will guide the way they choose to live. Here are a few ways to make sure their school experience teaches the greenest lessons possible. Learn more here.

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