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May 19 to 26, 2010

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

Principles of Organic Gardening

Free movie: DIRT


Save The Date:

Garden and Herb Festival

Climate Action Plan Workshops



Bioneers Seeking Workshop Proposals

Middle-School Sustainability Camp

Weekly Green Tip:

Avoid Antibacterial Products

Clip of the Week

Jamie Oliver's TED Award Acceptance
YouTube - Jamie Oliver's TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food

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- Frank Lloyd Wright

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Leaf Bullet News
OilReliance on Oil Sands Grows Despite Environmental Risks
CONKLIN, Alberta — Beneath the subarctic forests of western Canada, deep under the peat bogs and herds of wild caribou, lies the tarry rock that is one of America’s top sources of imported oil.

There is no chance of a rig blowout here, or a deepwater oil spill like the one from the BP well that is now fouling the Gulf of Mexico. But the oil extracted from Canada’s oil sands poses other environmental challenges, like toxic sludge ponds, greenhouse gas emissions and the destruction of boreal forests. Read more here.

IceGlobal floating ice in "constant retreat": study
(Reuters) - The world's floating ice is in "constant retreat," showing an instability which will increase global sea levels, according to a report published in Geophysical Research Letters on Wednesday.

Floating ice had disappeared at a steady rate over the past 10 years, according to the first measurement of its kind. Read more here.

OilGulf oil spill reaches Loop Current, heading to Florida
Oil is likely to reach the Florida coast within six days.

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has entered the Loop Current, a powerful conveyor belt that flows clockwise around the Gulf toward Florida, the European Space Agency said Wednesday.

Scientists monitoring the massive slick via ESA satellites say that oil has for the first time hit the current and is likely to reach Florida within six days. Read more here.

FruitStudy: ADHD linked to pesticide exposure
(Health.com) -- Children exposed to higher levels of a type of pesticide found in trace amounts on commercially grown fruit and vegetables are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than children with less exposure, a nationwide study suggests.

Researchers measured the levels of pesticide byproducts in the urine of 1,139 children from across the United States. Children with above-average levels of one common byproduct had roughly twice the odds of getting a diagnosis of ADHD, according to the study, which appears in the journal Pediatrics. Read more here.

The Myth of Mountaintop Removal Reclamation
New Research by NRDC and Appalachian Voices Shows Extent of Mining;Exposes the False Promise of Post-Mining Restoration

WASHINGTON (May 17, 2010) -- Roughly 1.2 million acres, including 500 mountains, have been flattened by mountaintop removal coal mining in the central Appalachian region, and only a fraction of that land has been reclaimed for so-called beneficial economic uses, according to new research by environmental groups. Read more here.

BirdBP tussles with latest bid to contain oil spill
BP Plc struggled on Saturday to get its latest effort to contain the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill to work as the Obama administration demanded that the British energy giant clarify its intentions on paying for damage caused by the accident.

The accident at the offshore oil rig is threatening an ecological and economic calamity along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Read more here.

OinkFor Animals, Grass Each Day Keeps Doctors Away
Last year, James McWilliams made the inflammatory argument in the New York Times that keeping livestock outdoors can be unsafe for animals and humans, a thesis he now reprises here. Raising animals on pasture is our particular expertise, so we jumped at The Atlantic's invitation to respond. Regrettably for McWilliams, but fortunately for farm animals, farmers, and consumers, the overwhelming body of scientific evidence confirms what common sense already tells us: animals are happier and healthier when raised with sunshine, fresh air, and grass, and given the opportunity to exercise. Not surprisingly, animals raised on pasture also produce healthier and safer (not to mention tastier) food. Read more here.

Moo!Coal Plant Troubles Free Up Proposed Transmission for South Dakota Wind
When the very controversial South Dakota coal plant Big Stone II – with all its permits in place and finally due to be built this year – was finally canceled at the end of last year; the cancellation created an opportunity for wind power.

It was to have supplied customers in Minnesota. New transmission lines were to have hauled its dirty power from the coal plant to supply the Twin Cities. Read more here.

TivertA LINE ON RECYCLING: Tiverton students install bins to collect discarded fishing lines
Tiverton — A group of Advanced Placement chemistry students from Tiverton High School are doing their part to save the environment.

Under the direction of science teacher Patricia Busse, the students have been creating and installing fishing line recovery bins that will be placed at various sites along the Sakonnet River. Read more here.

FAA determines wind farm is ‘no hazard’
The Federal Aviation Administration determined yesterday that the proposed 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound will not significantly interfere with planes or radar.

The determination of "no hazard" is one of the last approvals Cape Wind Associates needed for the project, which has undergone nine years of permitting review. US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar gave his final OK — by far the most important decision for the project — late last month. Read more here.

Report: Forest cover declining across New England
BOSTON — After more than 150 years of natural re-growth, forest cover is declining across all six New England states, threatening the region’s landscape and chipping away at a natural buffer against global warming.

That’s the conclusion of a study being released Tuesday by the Harvard Forest, Harvard University’s laboratory for ecological research. Read more here.

SomersetCooling colossi
SOMERSET — If you were traveling Route 195 westbound and came over the crest of the Braga Bridge from Fall River toward Providence, the most obvious landmark, off to your left, used to be the four huge smokestacks of the Brayton Point Power Station.

Not anymore. Read more here.

BCC, Cape Cod decide to go smoke-free
No ifs, ands or butts about it. Universities, colleges and community colleges across the region are cracking down on smoking on their campuses because of concerns about the dangers of second-hand smoke.

In the next few weeks, Bristol Community College and Cape Cod Community College will join a growing list of nearly 400 smoke-free campuses across the nation. Read more here.

Raw milk advocates say they were squeezed out of meeting
BOSTON — They say there’s no use crying over spilled milk. But raw milk advocates are crying foul after people at a recent milk regulations hearing were relegated to a nearby overflow room.

In a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, the national Organic Consumers Association alleges a recent hearing held by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources violated the state’s Open Meeting Law. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Food Design - A Film by Martin Hablesreiter and Sonja Stummerer

May 20, Doors at 6, Film at 7, Local 121 in Providence, RI (directions)
The sound of sausage: When a bite produces a distinct crunch, they taste particularly good. Fish sticks, on the other hand, don't make such great noises, but they can be arranged nicely in the pan. And is it merely a coincidence that bologna fits perfectly onto a slice of bread, and that when combined, they make up a popular snack?

FOOD DESIGN takes a look at the secret chambers of a major manufacturer of food, where designers and scientists are defining your favorite mouthful of tomorrow. It shows how form, color, smell, consistency, the sounds made during eating, manufacturing technique, history and stories are all aspects of food and eating that both influence food design, and are created by it. Hosted by Farm Fresh RI, EcoRI and Local 121 at the Local 121: 121 Washington St, Providence, RI. Local Buffet Dinner (optional) is available for $12. Pay at the Bar.

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.”.

Lakeville Litter Lifters

May 22, 9 a.m. Saturday, May 22, at Old Town Hall, Routes 18 and 105 and Precinct Street
A sign will specify where the Litter Lifters are working. The group says it plans to continue work on the fourth Saturday of each month through November. For more information, call Martha "Mike" Schroeder at (508) 946-0141 or e-mail Lakevillelitter-lifters@hotmail.com. Details here.

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.

People’s Power & Light’s Wind Fest Outdoor festival

May 22, 10:30am – 1:30pm, Portsmouth, RI HS
People’s Power & Light is hosting a wind festival. Join us on Saturday May 22nd, 2010 at the Town of Portsmouth’s wind turbine, to celebrate its one year anniversary. Come see the turbine up close. Learn about how the project got started and its exceptional results to date from People’s Power and Light staff, the Portsmouth town council, and the community.

Enjoy a number of activities from art projects to field games and dancing to fresh folk music. Complimentary refreshments and T-shirts will be available while supplies last. Please invite your friends and relatives. People’s Power and Light staff will describe how interested people can enroll in the GreenStart program so they can support more projects like this one. Together we can build a more sustainable future in New England!

How Do You Picture Lakeville's Future?

May 25, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Lakeville Public Library, 4 Precinct Street, Lakeville
Mass Audubon and the Horsley Witten Group invite you to a free workshop! Join us and learn effective strategies for working with your local officials to guide community development, protect your vital water resources, and ensure a high quality of life for years to come. We will focus on Lakeville as an example, but welcome participants from all surrounding communities.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Garden and Herb Festival

May 29, 9AM - 1PM, Tiverton Four Corners
The 16th annual Tiverton Four Corners Garden and Herb Festival will take place Saturday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3852 Main Road. Rain date is Sunday, May 30.

The Bering Strait Fur Trade: Native and Foreign Competition for Its Control in the Nineteenth Century

June 3, 6:15pm, Ocean Explorium
John Bockstoce will deliver a fully illustrated lecture on the competition among native and foreign nations to control the flow of furs across Bering Strait from North America to Asia, a competition that involved Russia, Great Britain, the United States and fifty native nations. Details here.

Wildflower Walk

June 5, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Deconstruction Brook Woods in Dartmouth - directions
With guest leader Martha “Mike” Schroder.

No Plastic Day

June 8, All Day
No Plastic Day is a world wide event intended to bring awareness of the over consumption of disposable plastic goods such as plastic bags and bottles. It is well known that there are floating islands of trash in most of the world's oceans. The huge amounts of plastic trash we all discard daily doesn't decompose, doesn't break down, and most of it is toxic to the animals that accidentally consume it. Details here.

Climate Action Plan workshops

June 9, 8:00-4:00 pm, UMass Dartmouth Woodland Commons and Library Browsing Area
Colleges & Universities are encouraged to send represenative teams of faculty, staff, students and administrators for a chance to network with peer institutions and learn best practices in the creation, submission, and implementation of campus climate action plans.

Workshop topics:

  • Energy Efficiency: Low & No Cost Non-building efficiency programs
  • Pathways toward zero net energy buildings
  • Reducing Scope Three Emissions: Commuting and Travel
  • Reducing Carbon Through Offsets and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
  • Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects
  • Massachusetts Energy Policies and Campus Climate Programs
Individual opportunities to have your questions answered by the experts! Details here.

Regional Council on Sustainability Quarterly Meeting

June 10, 3-5 p.m., AD Makepeace, Wareham, MA (directions)
With a focus on sustainable food and agriculture. Guest Speaker: Scott Soares Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Details here.

Summer Bird Walk

June 12, 8:00am – 10:00am, Lloyd State Park
The public is invited to join Lloyd Center Research Associate, Jamie Bogart, on Saturday, June 12 for an early morning walk at Demarest Lloyd State Park. Observe a rich variety of bird species, many of which nest within the forest, estuarine border, salt marshes and sand spit habitats that constitute this treasured location. Of particular interest are the endangered shorebirds (piping plover, least tern) of the beach, with many other species expected.Details here.

River Run 2010

June 12, 9:00 a.m., Westport
Join WRWA and Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures for the 7th annual River Run on the Westport River. The day will start off with paddlers racing on either a 3.5 mile Family Fun Course or the 6.5 mile Challenge Course. It will be followed with a celebration at the Head of Westport with food, children's games, and awards for the paddlers. For more information and for registration details click here or call us at (508)636-3016. Details here.

East Over Bird Walk

June 13, 7-9:00 a.m., East Over Reservation
Bill Gil of the Paskamansett Bird Club leads a walk through the forests and fields in search of Orioles, Bobolinks and Bluebirds. Details here.

Summer Solstice by Candlelight

June 18, 7-9:00 p.m., Copicut Woods
Celebrate the arrival of summer and the quiet beauty of Copicut Woods at twilight with a candlelit walk down Miller Lane. We?ll begin by making candle lanterns that will light our way down the trail at dusk. Details here.

Breeding Bird Walk

June 19, 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., Lloyd Center
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. Details here.

Slocum River Kayak Tour

June 19, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Lloyd Center
Members: $45 Non-Members: $55. Pre-registration required. Limit: 8 Suitable for ages 14 and older. Meeting place: Lloyd Center Headquarters The Slocum River is a peaceful scenic estuary, offering extraordinary views, great birding and paddling. Come explore the many coves and marshes along this classic New England landscape. Paddlers of all abilities are welcome. All tours include basic kayak equipment and instruction by certified guides. Details here.

Wild at the Zoo Gala

June 26
SAVE THE DATE for the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society’s Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, July 17th and party with a purpose! Have a Wild Night at the Zoo and help sustain the Zoo’s educational and conservation programs. The event includes a dinner buffet, open bar and a photo with our Asian elephants, Emily & Ruth!

Stay tuned for more information! Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Summer and Fall Sustainability Courses
We are pleased to announce our summer and fall sustainability courses, including several online-only courses for those hot summer months. See the course list here.
Save the date: ADULT Sustainability Camp
How to Improve and Maintain Personal & Planetary Well-Being. Sponsored by The Second Half: Life Long Learning Institute & University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Retirees Association. $125/participant includes field trips, lunch, and interactive class sessions with renown faculty presenters. Click here for more information and to register.
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. Click here for more information and to register.
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
Avoid Antibacterial Products
Most of the plethora of consumer goods with antibacterial properties available these days are unnecessary, and may even contribute to antibiotic-resistant super germs. Learn more here.

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