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April 28 to May 5, 2010

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

Peak Oil expert Richard Heinburg

Organic Gardening Workshop


Save The Date:

Free movie: FRESH

Osprey Tour



Sustainabilty Summer Camp

Bioneers Seeking Workshop Proposals

Weekly Green Tip:

Solar Power for under $500

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Leaf Bullet News
Volcano!Volcano plane ban may hold climate clue
OSLO - Plane-free skies over Europe during Iceland's volcanic eruption may yield rare clues about how flights stoke climate change, adding to evidence from a closure of U.S. airspace after Sept. 11, 2001, experts say.

The climate effects of jet fuel burned at high altitude are poorly understood, partly because scientists cannot often compare plane-free skies with days when many regions are criss-crossed by white vapor trails. Read more here.

What Country Is the Best at Protecting the Environment?
After dropping more than 20 spots this year in one ranking that measures how well countries are working to protect the environment, the United States is taking steps to improve its environmental impact.

The 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 163 countries based on 10 indicators of environmental protection, such as levels of air pollution, marine protection laws, water quality, and their rate of planting new trees. The EPI is composed biannually by a team of environmental experts at Yale University and Columbia University Read more here.

SalazarInterior secretary approves Cape Wind, nation's first offshore wind farm
In a groundbreaking decision that some say will usher in a new era of clean energy, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said today he had approved the nation's first offshore wind farm, the controversial Cape Wind project off of Cape Cod.

"This will be the first of many projects up and down the Atlantic coast," Salazar said at a joint State House news conference with Governor Deval Patrick. The decision comes after nine years of battles over the proposal. Read more here.

SlickGulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend
A giant oil slick from a deadly offshore drilling rig explosion could hit the fragile U.S. Gulf Coast shoreline this weekend as the White House and Congress launched separate probes into the worst offshore incident in nearly a decade.

The leaking well, 5,000 feet under the ocean surface off Louisiana's coast, has created an oil sheen and emulsified crude slick with a circumference of about 600 miles, covering about 28,600 square miles (74,070 sq. km), the Coast Guard said on Tuesday. That's slightly bigger than the U.S. state of West Virginia. Read more here.

Solar!Military leads fight against climate change: Pew
The U.S. military, the government's largest fuel buyer, is leading the fight against climate change by investing in the "Great Green Fleet" and other ways of cutting dependence on oil and coal, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts report released on Tuesday.

"They're not having long and protracted debates about whether or not we can afford it ... they are marching" into investments in everything from electric vehicles to forming strike groups that run on alternative fuels, said Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew Environment Group's Global Warming Campaign. Read more here.

YumSchool Lunches: Helping Kids Eat Commodities
Oh, the irony. During the same week that "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" shined a much-needed spotlight on the hideous machinations of the USDA's commodity food system, more than 130 retired senior military officials issued a written polemic, "Too Fat to Fight," arguing that our national security will be at risk if the National School Lunch Program doesn't quickly shift its focus to that other fungible commodity—children. Read more here.

The fish was thiiiis big! UMass Dartmouth issues environmental awards
DARTMOUTH — Kara Basque organized an online survey that helps businesses and homeowners find ways to improve their energy efficiency. Robert Peck helped integrate the topic of sustainability into a broad range of academic courses.

Tara Rajaniemi teaches courses on sustainability and has pushed for using forests as living classrooms. Deirdre Healy organized an “alternative spring break” in which students participated in area clean-up projects. Read more here.

Mass. moves to protect more forests from logging
BOSTON — The state is taking steps aimed at protecting more of its forests from commercial logging and clear-cutting.

Under the plan, 185,000 acres or about 60 percent of public forest land in Massachusetts would be off-limits to logging, compared with the current 40,000 acres or about 13 percent. Read more here.

UMass Dartmouth announces plans for furthering its green efforts
DARTMOUTH — The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth released details Tuesday, two days before Earth Day, of how it plans to gradually become carbon-neutral — leaving no harm to the environment — by 2050.

In a report called the Sustainability Assessment, the university outlined 12 areas — including energy, food, land use, transportation and waste — in which it will become more environmentally friendly. Becoming more energy-efficient will involve “one of the largest energy performance contracts ever undertaken by the state of Massachusetts,” according to the report. Read more here.

Free Dartmouth fair promotes healthy living
DARTMOUTH — Everyone from Michelle Obama to your family physician is focused on healthy living these days.

"Since we're asking our students and their families to be healthier, we need to give them the tools to do it," said Jill Dumont, Dartmouth Wellness Committee facilitator and nurse leader at the Quinn School. Read more here.

New Bedford residents air employment, environmental concerns to EPA
NEW BEDFORD — Lisa Garcia, senior adviser for EPA's administrator for environmental justice, told the dozens gathered in the third-floor library room that she came to listen.

She received an earful of grievances, as the questions, suggestions, and statements were many, varied, and at times pointed. The time line of the harbor Superfund cleanup is far too lengthy. The project lacks local workers. What about the ongoing issues with the Parker Street waste site? To say nothing of dozens of brownfield properties in the city that do not grab the headlines. Read more here.

Farmer sees growth potential for gardens in Fall River
FALL RIVER — Spring means not just the crack of the bat, but the slap of sneakered feet on running trails, the sound of a 10-speed shifting gears and the “snap” of fresh vegetables between the teeth.

All of these things were discussed Wednesday at the Healthy City Spring Workshop, described in the brochure as “a gathering to nurture ideas and action for a healthier Fall River.” Read more here.

Wind power proposal returning to the Westport ballot
WESTPORT — Clean energy supporters are giving a town wind turbine a second shot.

Voters at Town Meeting next month will have a chance to approve spending $14,500 to study a proposed wind turbine for town-owned land behind the nearly completed fire station on Hixbridge Road. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Richard Heinburg: Enter The Post Carbon Era

April 29, 12:30-2:00 p.m., UMass Dartmouth Woodland Commons (new info)
Mr. Heinberg has presented around the world about his work and has appeared in many film and television documentaries. He is the author of numerous books on the topics of Peak Oil and Energy. His most recent book, Blackout, discusses the implications for relying on coal as the next solution to our energy crisis. It is hailed as "a must-read for planners, educators, and anyone concerned about energy consumption, peak oil, and climate change." 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.

Spring on the Farm

May 1, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford
Cost: Free with zoo admission The sun is up, the soil is warm and it's time to get busy. Plant seeds, visit the animals, and learn about life on the farm with crafts and activities. Details here.

Organic Gardening Workshops

May 2, 12:00 pm, Fairhaven Unitarian Church
Led by a group of veteran organic gardeners, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven will host a series of three workshops beginning on Sunday, May 2, at 12:00 on the Parish House at the corner of Center and Green Street in Fairhaven. The topic of this week's session is “Getting started, soil preparation, seed selection, and planting techniques.” Successive Sunday topics will include “fertilization, cultivation,and pesticides,” and “late crops, putting food by, and composting” The public is welcome to attend.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Ocean Acidification- The “Other Carbon Problem”

May 6, 7:00 p.m., Ocean Explorium
Ocean Acidification is the lesser known consequence of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. Come hear about the five things you must know about the phenomenon, and how it could affect you and communities like New Bedford. Details here.

The Lives of Ospreys--a Satellite's-eye View

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. Satellite telemetry has opened a fascinating window into the lives of many species of birds--Ospreys included. This new technology enables us to study migration routes and timing as never before, as well as insights into how Ospreys learn their migration routes and where they are most vulnerable on their 6000+ mile round-trip between the breeding grounds and their winter hide-outs. The recent upgrade of the technology to include GPS accuracy now enables us to follow the Ospreys' hunting behavior and reveals the not-too-surprising fact that each Osprey fisherman has his favorite fishing holes. This is a free event. Details here.

Free movie: FRESH

May 13th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Tabor Academy, Lyndon South Auditorium in the Academic Center, Marion
The first in the Marion Institute’s Sustainable Screening Series, a series that will be brought to the tri-town every few months with the goal of turning individuals’ passions and ideas into community wide conversation and action.

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for the future of our food and our planet. FRESH addresses an ethos that has been sweeping the nation and is the call to action America has been waiting for.

Arbor Day Spring Cleanup

May 15th, 9:00AM - 12:00PM, Marion Music Hall
Meet at the Music Hall to get your bags, gloves and street assignments. All collected trash will be returned to the Music Hall. Thank you for your help in cleaning up the town.

4th Annual Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival

May 15th*, 9:00AM - 4:00PM, Bristol, RI (directions)
Come see sheep shearing done by hand, make crafts in the Kid's Tent, watch a Fleece to Shawl contest, skirting of wool demonstrations and other interesting demonstrations by local Guilds, see fiber animals, learn about Rhody Warm Blankets, and browse the many, many vendors with wool and fiber related items for sale. And of course, tour the Museums? 18th Century Farmhouse to see hearth cooking, weaving, spinning and dyeing.


May 15th*, 7:00am - 8:30am, Lloyd Center Headquarters, lower lot, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
Rise early to see and hear avian life during the peak of breeding season on our unique Hardscrabble Nature Preserve with its forest, freshwater wetlands, and estuary habitats. In addition to learning about the birds encountered during this early morning stroll through the Center's trail system, participants will discover other interesting aspects of nature on the Lloyd Center property. This walk is suitable for all levels ... novice birders especially welcome. Participants should bring binoculars. To learn more about this event, call the Lloyd Center Event Line (508-558-2918)
(*raindate: Sunday, May 16)

Principles of Organic Gardening

May 20, 6:30 to 8 PM, Seekonk Public Library, 410 Newman Ave.
Katherine Brown, Executive Director of Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, will give a presentation on organic gardening – turning over the soil for the first time, preparing the soil, selecting hardy seedlings, fertilizing, and insect control. Since its founding in 1981, SCLT has turned approximately 5 acres of formerly vacant lots into community gardens, expanded its farm operation to 50 preserved acres in Cranston, established the Broad Street Farmer's Market, and developed a successful Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. SCLT has grown, donated and sold hundreds of pounds of organic produce, helped 15 schools start their own gardens and garden clubs, hosted countless numbers of young people at City Farm's Children's Garden, educated volunteers about urban environmental and local food issues, and assisted in the start-up of 7 new minority-owned farm businesses.

Free film: DIRT

May 21, 7:00 PM, Parish House at the corner of Center and Green Streets in Fairhaven
The acclaimed movie,”Dirt” will be shown at the Unitarian church of Fairhaven as part of the eco/social justice Friday film series. Film night is Friday May 21 at 7:00 in the Parish House at the corner of Center and Green Streets in Fairhaven. For more information call the church office at 508 9927081.

“Dirt takes center stage in this entertaining yet poignant documentary from Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow and Eleonore Dailly, which unearths our cosmic connection to soil and explores how diverse groups of people are uniting to save the natural resource. Drawing inspiration from William Bryant Logan's book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, the filmmakers combine lively animations with personal accounts from farmers, scientists, activists and more.”.

Community Garden Kick-off

May 22, 9AM - 12Noon, Westport Town Farm (directions)
Inch by inch, row by row, help us make this garden grow! Cultivate a stronger community along with delicious fresh veggies by joining us for our first community garden volunteer day of the year. Details here.

Paper Shredding Day for Southcoast Businesses and Residents

May 22, 9 am to 1 pm, parking lot across from City Hall on the corner of William Street and North 6th Street
Businesses and residents of New Bedford and the surrounding communities are welcome to bring two boxes of paper (e.g. bank statements, medical forms, insurance forms, retired tax forms, receipts, personal files) FREE of charge. There is a charge of $5 per box for more than two boxes. Each box should weigh no more than 30 pounds. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed, but please remove paper from folders and binders. Shredded paper will be recycled into new products such as paper towels. Call (508) 979-1493.

Swansea Beach Cleanup

May 22,Swansea
Early arrivals find coffee and donuts available to get them started before being deployed down onto the beach. At noon, the Friends will again provide free hot dogs, pizza, chips, and drinks to all the volunteers. Cotton gloves are also available to protect against blisters and volunteers are asked to bring a rake, pitch fork, or shovel if they can. This event has become the traditional summer kick off for many in the neighborhood. For more information, call the FOBOGNA info line at 508-678-7000. Details here.

Osprey Tour with Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures

May 29, 9AM - 1PM, Osprey Sea Kayak, Westport (directions)
The Westport River is home to the largest Osprey colony in New England. Come explore the river and observe these magnificent birds from our excellent vantage point. We'll paddle along the islands to view the ospreys watching over their nests, soaring above the river, and dramatically diving for food. Shelli Costa, Education Director, from the Westport River Watershed Alliance, will join us to add insight into their behavior. This is a bird lover's trip not to be missed. Costs are $40 for members, and $50 for non-members. Please contact Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures at (508) 636-0300 to register for this event. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Save the date: Sustainability Camp
We will be offering our third Sustainability Camp at UMass Dartmouth this coming July 12-16. This year's camp will focus on building a sustainable school. Offered for middle school students, the camp costs $80, with scholarships available. Contact Jen Gonet at jgonet@umassd.edu.
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.

CSASign up for your local "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.

Bioneers Seeking Workshop Proposals

Please SAVE THE DATE for the 6th Annual Conference, Thursday October 21st - Sunday October 24th, in historic Downtown New Bedford MA.

We are now excepting workshop proposals for the 2010 conference. To submit a workshop proposal please download the form below and e-mail it back to us at glenn@marioninstitute.org. Thank you for your participation, we can't wait for your ideas! 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
SolarSolar Power for under $500
Even as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day tomorrow, many of us still don't know entirely what it means to "go green."

But a stack of new food-oriented books tries to supply the answers - at least for the kitchen - and offer a roadmap for buying, cooking and eating in a more environmentally astute way. Learn more here.

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