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June 16 to 23, 2010

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

Farm to Table Fundraiser

Breeding Bird Walk


Save The Date:

Wild at the Zoo Gala

Creating Backyard Biodiversity



Museum Institute for Teaching Science Workshop

It's Farmers' Market Season!

Weekly Green Tip:

42 Flowers You Can Eat!

Weekly Quote:

How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life?"
- Charles Lindbergh

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CrossIs God an Environmentalist? Religion’s Role in Sustainability
In summer 2009, my small church started a Green Team. We felt a pioneering spirit as non-conforming liberals accepting responsibility for our modern environmental crisis. We were, as corporations and other NGOs have similarly done, positioning ourselves as problem solvers, eager to take on our collective environmental mess. But this venture, new to our congregation, was not new to the world stage or to the world’s faiths. By setting up our team we embraced a long-standing tradition of Earth stewardship, a tradition found at some level in all world religions. Our green team and those at similar congregations are not modern or revolutionary. Indeed, they are the fulfillment of ancient mandates. Read more here.

Melting mountains put millions at risk in Asia: study
Increased melting of glaciers and snow in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau threatens the food security of millions of people in Asia, a study shows, with Pakistan likely to be among the nations hardest hit.

A team of scientists in Holland studied the impacts of climate change on five major Asian rivers on which about 1.4 billion people, roughly a fifth of humanity, depend for water to drink and to irrigate crops. Read more here.

BPObama: BP agrees to $20B fund; chairman apologizes
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and BP reached agreement Wednesday on a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the giant British company's chairman apologized to America for the worst spill in U.S. history.

BP is suspending its dividends to shareholders to help pay for the costs, said chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg. Read more here.

BPBP accused of repeated shortcuts
Lawmakers accused BP Plc on Monday of repeatedly taking risky shortcuts on its blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well, while President Barack Obama pushed the energy giant to compensate spill victims.

Setting the stage for a showdown with BP executives at congressional hearings starting on Tuesday, two Democratic lawmakers said the British company chose faster and cheaper drilling options in the Gulf of Mexico that "increased the danger of a catastrophic well failure." Read more here.

ClevelandCleveland, worker-owned co-ops, and new ideas for a flailing economy
Despite talk of a recovery, the national economy remains in shambles. In Sunday's New York Times, reporter Peter Goodman brought devastating news:

"Economists fear that the nascent recovery will leave more people behind than in past recessions, failing to create jobs in sufficient numbers to absorb the record-setting ranks of the long-term unemployed. Call them the new poor: people long accustomed to the comforts of middle-class life who are now relying on public assistance for the first time in their lives--potentially for years to come."

Goodman reports that 6.3 million working-age Americans have been unemployed for at least six months--the highest level in decades, and more than twice the number reached during the 1982-'83 recession. Read more here.

SolarGoing Solar Is Harder Than It Looks, a Valley Finds
ALAMOSA, Colo. — The nightmare in the Gulf of Mexico, as oil spews unchecked from BP’s wrecked well, makes this high mountain valley seem even more idyllic than it is. Energy here, from the sun, is free, abundant and clean. For generations of farmers, and the hippies in the 1970s who went off the grid with their sun-powered water-heaters, and most recently the large-scale solar companies that have come looking for a new kind of harvest in one of the nation’s sweet spots for renewable energy, the sun is an anchor of life. Read more here.

EPA Moves to Terminate All Uses of Insecticide Endosulfan to Protect Health of Farmworkers and Wildlife
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to end all uses of the insecticide endosulfan in the United States. Endosulfan, which is used on vegetables, fruits, and cotton, can pose unacceptable neurological and reproductive risks to farmworkers and wildlife and can persist in the environment. Read more here.

LeeA Life Engulfed by Pesticides
Leaning on her cane, Linda Lee matter-of-factly listed her medical conditions: diabetes, lupus, high blood pressure, emphysema, and arthritis. She had her hip replaced and her gall bladder removed. Her kidneys failed, so she had a transplant. She also had two corneal implants. Asked what caused her woes, the 57-year-old resident of Apopka, Florida, doesn't hesitate: for nearly a decade as a farm laborer on the shores of Lake Apopka in the 1970s and 1980s, she was routinely exposed to agricultural chemicals. Read more here.

That won't workOp-Ed: Disaster in the Amazon
BP’s calamitous behavior in the Gulf of Mexico is the big oil story of the moment. But for many years, indigenous people from a formerly pristine region of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador have been trying to get relief from an American company, Texaco (which later merged with Chevron), for what has been described as the largest oil-related environmental catastrophe ever.

“As horrible as the gulf spill has been, what happened in the Amazon was worse,” said Jonathan Abady, a New York lawyer who is part of the legal team that is suing Chevron on behalf of the rainforest inhabitants. Read more here.

Rails READYIN' THE RAILS: Crews clear tracks for South Coast Rail
Fall River — The state Department of Transportation began kicking the tires on its ride out of town.

MassDOT work crews recently cleared brush, reinforced gravel banks and pounded down spikes to anchor steel rails on the line that runs from the Gates of the City, Ponta Delgada Boulevard, up past Battleship Cove.

“We are preparing to buy that line,” said Kristina Egan, project manager of South Coast Rail. “We are doing due diligence to clear those lines and inspect them.” Read more here.

TouristsBetting the farm on agritourists
Visitors touring Mass. barns and vineyards provide a dramatic boost to revenue
MILLIS — As a tractor scraped the earth around an expansive vegetable garden at Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm recently, a family of four gathered heads of cabbage and placed them in clear plastic bags. Nearby, a farm worker tended to chickens and goats, as a young girl wearing a red-and-white print dress and clutching a handful of dollar bills sprinted by, heading straight for the ice cream stand. Read more here.

Fall River receives $77K for wind study
FALL RIVER — The city has received $77,000 from the state Clean Energy Center to study the feasibility of building two to six large-scale wind turbines between North Watuppa Pond and the Copicut Reservoir — a project that could offset a huge portion of the city’s electricity costs.

The grant, announced by the state Wednesday, will pay for building a wind test tower, wetlands and species surveys, and evaluation of other potential issues. The findings will determine the size and number of turbines to be built , said Kenneth Fiola, executive vice president of the Fall River Office of Economic Development. Read more here.

Ship!Cape Wind, New Bedford near deal
NEW BEDFORD — A Cape Wind official said Wednesday the project's developers are in ongoing discussions with the city about using New Bedford as a staging port for the project and hope to make a formal announcement soon.

"I'll tell you, that's an announcement we want to make, and we're working very hard with (the city) to make that a reality," said Mark Rodgers, communications director for Cape Wind. Read more here.

VeggiesLocal growers expect early harvest
The sun is shining on Massachusetts farmers this year in a season Agriculture Commissioner Scott J. Soares summed up as follows:

"So far, so good."

Growers battered by last year's late blight fungus are basking in the good luck. Read more here.

Harbor dredging enters its seventh season
NEW BEDFORD — The seventh season of dredging in New Bedford Harbor to remove PCB-contaminated sediment started Monday and will run through the end of October, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

About 50,000 cubic yards of sediment is expected to be removed this year; about 700,000 cubic yards of sediment remains to be addressed, an EPA release stated. Read more here.

7,000 solar panels proposed for New Bedford Business Park in Dartmouth
DARTMOUTH — The New Bedford Business Park could be home to what would be one of the largest solar panel fields in New England before the end of the year.

Con Edison Development wants to install 7,000 solar panels, which would cover about 10 acres on the south end of the park, off Samuel Barnet Boulevard and Flaherty Drive. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Docent Training

June 24, 10:00 AM, Westport River Watershed Alliance Office
You can learn more about the Westport River watershed, get out on the water, and share with others your favorite parts of the area by volunteering as a River Docent this summer for WRWA’s popular boat tours. There is a training session on June 24th at 10AM at WRWAs main office at 1151 Main Road in Westport, MA in which you will be given a packet with information that will be useful for a tour, given some tips on leading a tour, and then we will go through a mock tour on WRWA’s skiff. If you are not able to make it on the 24th let us know, and we will see if we can time that works for everyone’s schedule. You can then sign up to give as many tours as you would like throughout the summer. Tours will run regularly on Thursdays and Fridays during July and August at 10AM and 1PM. They’re a lot of fun and a great way to get out on the river. If you have any questions please contact Charlie at (508)636-3016 or via e-mail at outreach@wrwa.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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.

Animal Production in a Diversified Farm

June 27, 4:00PM - 7:00PM | Rehoboth, MA (directions)
Free workshop about integrating animal production into a diversified farm. Open to young farmers apprentices interns and any other interested person. A potluck dinner will follow the workshop. Sponsored by the Northeast Organic Farming Association- www.nofari.org . Hosted by Northeast Organic Farming Association at the Rosasharn Farm: 57 County Street, Rehoboth, MA. Details here.

“Local Meat: Benefits, Choices, Challenges”

June 28, 7:00PM - 9:00PM, Kingston, MA (directions)
Finding meat from animals raised locally, not on distant factory farms, can be a challenge. On June 28th, you’ll have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of local farmers who raise their animals humanely and sell the meat locally, as well as a chef who uses locally raised meat at her restaurant. The Kingston Public Library and the publishers of edible South Shore magazine present “Local Meat: benefits, choices, challenges,” the sixth program in the South Shore Locavores series that has been meeting in Kingston since January. The first programs were held at the Kingston Public Library, but so many people are interested in the topic that the program quickly outgrew the Library’s meeting room. To give more people an opportunity to attend, the June 28th program will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sampson Hall meeting room at 222 Main Street (popularly known as the Beal House), Kingston. Details here.

Sunset Kayak Tour

July 8, 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.

Clambake XXV “Simply, The Best!”

July 9, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. , Lloyd Center Headquarters
Personal “patron” and corporate “sponsorship” levels vary. Individual tickets - $150 Location: Demarest Lloyd State Park, Barney’s Joy Road, Dartmouth Open bar, Dinner, Dance, and Silent Auction. Back by popular demand… traditional New England boiled lobster clambake dinner and dancing to “Men in Black”. Purchase tickets online or call the Clambake Hotline at 508-558-2916. Details here.

Discover Stand-up Paddling

July 17, 10:00 a.m. - Noon, Lloyd Center Headquarters
Stand-up Paddle Boarding is a fun way to explore the waterways, improve your balance and get a fantastic core workout. Anyone can Stand-up paddle! Certified guides specialize in teaching people with no surfing or paddling experience at all. The only prerequisite is that you are comfortable in the water, and want to try something new! The two hour introduction session will take place in the calm waters of the Slocum River. Details here.

Bike the Bioreserve

July 17, 10 AM - 12 noon, Watuppa Reservation Headquarters, 2929 Blossom Road, Fall River, MA
At nearly 14,000-acres, the full scale of the Bioreserve is hard to visualize. But from the seat of a bicycle the size of this large-scale protected landscape starts to become clear. The wide carriage paths and low-traffic forest roads of the Bioreserve offer some of the best riding in the region. Join us for a relaxed 8-10 mile ride for bikers of all ages. Bring your mountain or hybrid bike, water and a helmet. FREE. Details here.

Creating Backyard Biodiversity

July 18, 1-4:30 p.m., Westport River Watershed Alliance office, Westport, MA and Tiverton, RI
This lecture and field tour is an opportunity for sharing the experience of one who has spent twenty years creating and sustaining a variety of microhabitats in a suburban backyard. His ¾ acre “sanctuary” that began as an empty building lot now has a meadow, shrubland thicket, woodland, and a small pond and marsh. There is practical advice for creating and sustaining wild places, dirty fingernail stuff such as managing invasive plants and pond muck, mowing suggestions for cool and warm season grasses, and finding and introducing native plants that survive wild competition — Natural Landscaping 101. This workshop shows the exciting potential for natural beauty and biodiversity in a limited suburban land area with successional habitats and common southern New England native plants. Details here.

Kayak the Westport River

July 24, 9AM - 12Noon, Osprey Sea Kayaks, 489 Old County Rd, Westport, MA
Take a paddle down the East Branch of the Westport River and a get water view of some of the exceptional properties The Trustees have been working to save. From the Head of Westport to Hix Bridge you’ll see why protecting land along this scenic river has been a major priority. Bring water, sun block and water shoes. Please pre-register. 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.
Farmer's Markets!
With the arrival of summer comes the arrival of farmer's markets! Support local growers, raisers, craftspeople, and other businesses at your local farmer's markets this summer. See the local list here.
Westport River EcoTours
Eco-tours of the Westport River are available on Thursdays and Fridays until Labor Day Weekend. There will be a tour at 10 AM to noon and another from 1PM to 3PM on Thursdays and Fridays. If none of those time work for you, give us a call and we will see if we can find another time during the week to take you on a journey down the river. There is a limit of four people per tour, and children under the age of 13 must wear a life preserver at all times. It is $25 per person for WRWA members, and $35 non-members. Please call our office at (508)636-3016 to book a tour. If you are paying with a credit card please give us your information when you reserve your tour – your card will not be charged until after the tour. The boat leaves from Dock D-Slip 1 from F.L. Tripps on Cherry & Webb Lane, so please meet us there at least ten minutes before departure time. Learn more.
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.
Monday - Thursday, July 6th - July 9th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday - Friday, July 12th – July 16th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Inquiry-Based Science: Investigating Water & Energy Concepts in the State Frameworks - for kindergarten through 8th grade teachers.

Locations: Lloyd Center (Dartmouth), Whaling Museum (New Bedford), Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford), Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary (Norfolk).

Join us as we discover the natural history of the estuary and a diversity of freshwater resources. Investigate the various species that live here, how they are adapted to survive in a marine or aquatic environment and how we are connected to these invaluable resources. We will utilize these significant natural resources to create an inquiry-based program that will highlight the many forms of water and energy that cycle through the region. Learn more 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
42 flowers you can eat
Yum!Adding flowers to your food can be a nice addition of color and flavor, but be sure to follow these tips for eating flowers safely. Learn more here.

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