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June 9 to 16, 2010

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Local news

This week:

Council on Sustainability Quarterly Meeting

Green Office Conference


Save The Date:

Farm to Table Dinner

Wild at the Zoo Gala



SouthCoast Energy Challenge Program Manager sought

Adult Sustainability Camp this summer!

Weekly Green Tip:

Save on Laundry, Simply

Clip of the Week

Economic Hitmen
A short animated interview of John Perkins, author of 'HoodWinked' and 'Confessions Of An Economic Hitman'

Weekly Quote:

"If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed."
- Chinese Proverb

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Leaf Bullet News
Abridged version: Due to the time and effort that went/is going into the Climate Action Workshops on campus today, this will be an abbreviated version of the Almanac. We look forward to resuming full "News Scouring Operations" next week.

Boston looks at plans to deal with rising ocean
BOSTON—Boston planners are looking at ways to make the city more watertight.

Large areas of the city are on landfill a few feet above sea level. Ocean levels are projected to rise in coming decades, forcing Boston to face the prospect of an ocean that is more dangerous than before.

Relatively small rises in sea level could put most of the Back Bay and the South End, downtown, South Boston, East Boston, Charlestown and Cambridge underwater. Read more here.

Employers implored to put youths to work this summer
NEW BEDFORD — Facing a shortfall in government funding for youth jobs, public officials and business leaders called on the private sector to help keep teenagers busy during summer vacation.

On Monday, the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board Inc. launched a "Hire a Youth" campaign with the support of the city and the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. The organizers plan to encourage local employers to either hire a young person this summer or contribute money to the effort. Read more here.

Healthy eating program for seniors a smashing success
NEW BEDFORD — Mincing herbs and garlic, cutting carrots, chopping nuts, dicing fruit and blanching asparagus are a snap. At least that's what some senior citizens thought when visiting the bustling kitchen at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School. Kim Ferreira, a registered dietician with Coastline Elderly Services, introduced the "Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults" program to nearly 20 senior citizens from local Councils On Aging.. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Fourth Annual Green Office / Green Facility Conference

June 15, 8 am - 2:30 pm, LaCava Center, Bentley University, Waltham, MA
Next Tuesday, June 15, is the date of our Fourth Annual Green Office / Green Facility Conference. The event will take place at Bentley University, Waltham, MA. Since we don’t have you on our list of attendees yet, I wanted to send you an email with a few additional reasons to come to the event. In addition to the expanded program of nine workshops and access to dozen of exhibits of green products, the event will offer the following: New Product Releases, Outdoor Product Demonstrations, and Featured Speakers Sarah Brown, Kamie Banks, Jeffrey May, and James Reinertson. Details here.

Spring Lecture Series: Basking with Humpbacks

June 15, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Buttonwod Park Zoo
The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society’s Spring Lecture Series continues! Rhode Island-based author Todd McLeish will take us along on an entertaining journey with biologists who are studying these creatures to better understand the complex threats they face. He follows basking sharks—the second largest fish in the sea—as they search for food, helps harbor porpoises escape from fishing nets, snorkels in search of wild bay scallops, and learns how the blood of horseshoe crabs is used in medical research. Along the way he visits the islands where rare seabirds nest, tracks humpback whales on their long migration to the Gulf of Maine, and watches as stranded sea turtles are released back into the ocean. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Green Drinks hosted by Farm Fresh RI

June 17, 6-8:00 p.m., Providence (directions)
The Providence Green Drinks monthly gatherings (held on "Thirsty Third Thursday") provide a great opportunity to meet with people in the region who are personally and/or professionally interested and involved in a variety of environmental, conservation, and sustainability issues. It's an informal and fun time, plus you can find out all you want to know about RI farmers markets! 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.

Operation Clean Sweep - Volunteer!

June 19, 8:30 a.m - 12 p.m., Ruth Street between Ashley St and Salisbury St., New Bedford
Help keep New Bedford clean! To date OCS volunteers have cleaned up more than 47 tons of trash from New Bedford neighborhoods. Community service groups, clubs, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate in this community event. Also, this is a great way to earn your community service hours. To learn more, visit www.operationcleansweep.net and pre-register or call (508) 979-1493. Also, find us on facebook.

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.

Town Farm Bird Walk

June 19, 7 - 9AM, Westport Town Farm (details)
Explore the hay fields and salt marsh along the Westport River in search of songbirds, waterfowl and osprey with Bill Gil of the Paskamansett Bird Club. Details here.

Fairhaven Farmer's Market Kickoff

June 20, 1-4 p.m., Fairhaven High School
The Fairhaven Sustainability Committee is pleased to announce the start of the third season of the Fairhaven Farmers Market. On Sunday, June 20th from 1-4pm the market opens the season. This year again we will be entertained by the wonderful tunes of Pumpkin Head Ted. Please join us for this beautiful market, held on the lawn of Fairhaven High School. Buy local meat, produce, honey and crafts from all of our vendors. For more information please visit the website www.greenfairhaven.com.

Farm to Table

June 21, 6 p.m., AD Makepeace Cranberry Bog, Wareham MA
Please join us on a culinary adventure set between the soil and the stars How On Earth hosts a celebration of food at its source to benefit local farmers through SEMAP. Enjoy fresh, local food prepared by area chefs in the company of those who make it possible, your local farmers. Farm Friendly attire. Please bring your own plate and cutlery. Live Auction, 7 courses of local food, wine and dessert, live music!

To attend: 1) Mail the attached invitation and check by Friday June 18th, OR 2) call the SEMAP office to reserve a spot (508-295-2212 x 50). Learn more here.

Disappearing Act: A World Without Honeybees

June 22, 6:30PM - 8:30PM, Local 121 in Providence (directions)
This film highlights the importance of honey bees in our food system. Follow the bees, imagine a life without them, and then see what a store would look like if they weren't there. A fascinating watch AND a great film for Pollinator Week. More details are forthcoming.

Doors open at 6:15 and the film starts at 7. Bonnie Freschette, bee champion, and Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods University Heights will be around to answer your bee questions. Details here.

Sunset Kayak Tour

June 24, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. , Lloyd Center Headquarters
What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle along the Slocum River. You'll feel your stress dissolve as you glide along this spectacular estuary, enjoying the setting sun. Watch wading and shorebirds flock to feed, see fish jump and await the multitude of color changes in the sky. This is a wonderful and relaxing way to explore the delicate ecosystem of this salt marsh. Details here.

Women's Full Moon Canoe Trip

June 24, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Lloyd Center Headquarters
Sorry gents, this one’s for ladies only! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. Transportation to launching site and all equipment provided. Bring footwear that won’t mind getting wet, as well as a snack and libation (non-alcoholic). Details here.

Wild at the Zoo Gala

June 26
SAVE THE DATE for the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society’s Annual Fundraiser 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
SouthCoast Energy Challenge Program Manager For Hire
SEEAL (Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance) is launching the “Southcoast Energy Challenge,” to engage and mobilize all SouthCoast residents to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One goal of the project will be to weatherize more than 10,000 homes. The project, modeled after initiatives in Washington D.C. and Minnesota, will promote individual action as well as friendly competition among towns, schools, churches, and other community organizations.

The primary focus of the Southcoast Energy Challenge Program Manager will be to help the region’s residents save money by saving energy in their homes. The Challenge Program Manager will give presentations and work directly with businesses, congregations, schools, and other groups to acquaint them with the Energy Challenge, to outline ideas on how they can reduce their energy usage, and ultimately to help them reduce their carbon footprint. A major goal for the Program Manager is to help make energy conservation fun and easy. The selected candidate will be asked to enter into a six-month contact.

Resumes must be submitted no later than Tuesday, June 22nd. Read more about the position here (PDF).
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 renowned 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.
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.

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
Save on Laundry, Simply
Hint: The higher the water temperature, the more electricity you're using. So wash your clothes in cold water. Learn more here.

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