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June 30 to July 6, 2010

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

Greater New Bedford Summerfest

Museum Institute For Teaching Science (MITS) Workshop


Save The Date:

Swim Buzzards Bay

Bike the Bioreserve



Westport River EcoTours

Organic Agriculture Courses

Weekly Green Tip:

Cook Your Food, Not Your Kitchen

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Who’s to Blame?
"Fox &Friends" deems it inappropriate for the Obama administration to mention Bush when talking about the wars, economy or oil spill.
The Daily Show

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Leaf Bullet News
Nigerians Angry at Oil Pollution Double Standards
Niger Delta, Nigeria (CNN) -- Nigeria's Niger Delta is one of the most oil-polluted places on the planet with more than 6,800 recorded oil spills, accounting for anywhere from 9 million to 13 million barrels of oil spilled, according to activist groups.

But occurring over the 50 years since oil production began in the Delta, this environmental disaster has never received the attention that is now being paid to the oil-spill catastrophe hitting the U.S. Gulf coast. Read more here.

At Russia-China Border, Bear Paws Sell Best
BLAGOVESCHENSK, Russia — It was a routine arrest, warranting only a brief mention in the local newspaper, Amur Pravda. Customs agents, suspicious of a woman’s bulky clothing, discovered she had tape wrapped around her torso.

Removing it, they found the contraband: several large, furry bear paws. Closed for decades, the border between Russia and China has been creaking open in recent years, allowing more trade and travel but also clearing the way for a peculiar cross-border criminal enterprise in animal parts for Chinese medicine and cooking. Read more here.

EU Moves Towards Common Electrical Car Standards
The European Union moved closer toward common standards for electric cars on Tuesday when its executive arm launched work on a single charging system for their batteries. Read more here.

BP oil clean-up effort disrupted by 12-foot waves.
BP's efforts to contain the largest oil spill in U.S. history are being disrupted by towering waves reaching up to 12 feet in height, company officials said. Read more here.

Protesters join ‘Hands Across the Sand’ to oppose offshore drilling
Give Jane Barry five days and a bullhorn and she can give you 200 protesters and a message: No to offshore drilling. Barry, a 63-year-old real estate broker from Gloucester, organized one of 26 "Hands Across the Sand’’ protests in Massachusetts — 808 nationwide — to oppose offshore drilling and call for clean energy alternatives. Participants linked hands, standing on beaches together at noon for 15 minutes yesterday.

Read more here.

Op-ed contributor: Losing the Owl, Saving the Forest
MET in person, the northern spotted owl seems an unlikely casus belli. Last Friday, the Woodland Park Zoo here allowed me a private audience with its three captive owls, a mating pair and a lone elderly female, each of whom resembled a miniature, flecked-brown overcoat of Harris tweed. Their eyes — unlike the eyes of most owls, which are bright yellow — were the color of dark chocolate. Blinking slowly, rooted to their perches, they looked more wistful than wise, dreaming, perhaps, of flying squirrels, on which they like to dine in the wild, or of extinction, which still appears their likeliest fate. Read more here.

Gulf Dead Zone Could Reach Size of New Jersey
The Gulf of Mexico's dead zone — an underwater area with little or no oxygen that has plagued Gulf waters for many years — will be larger than usual this year, scientists say. Dead zones are a concern because they can threaten valuable commercial and recreational Gulf fisheries — an even bigger worry with the massive oil spill also threatening Gulf waters. Scientists are predicting that the area of this dead zone could measure between 6,500 and 7,800 square miles (17,000 to 20,200 square kilometers), or an area roughly the size of the state of New Jersey. Read more here.

Coffee’s Mysterious Benefits Mount
From lowered cancer risks to a sharper memory, more studies are showing that coffee is good for you – but why?

Regular coffee drinkers have a 39 percent decreased risk of head and neck cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Those who drank an estimated four or more cups a day had significantly fewer cancers of the mouth and throat than non coffee drinkers, the study found. Read more here.

Into the Great Green Beyond
At the end of an eco-conscious life, there is a final choice a person can make to limit his or her impact on the planet: a green funeral. "Consumers might live green, but they don’t think about dying green," said Darren Crouch, president of Passages International, with offices in Albuquerque, N.M., and Berkshire, England, which supplies funeral homes with environmentally friendly caskets and urns. "They don’t know that they can green their funeral." Read more here.

Small Wind up even as economy turns down
The number of Americans generating their own electricity with small-scale wind turbines (those with rated capacities of 100 kilowatts and under) increased by just under 10,000 last year despite an economic downturn that impacted the heart of the small wind market: homeowners and small-business owners Read more here.

New Bedford Pushes Harbor Development Forward as EPA cleanup drags on
NEW BEDFORD — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could implement next year a new technique in the ongoing cleanup of the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site that would shave years off the project time line and potentially save millions of dollars.

The technique, known as a confined aquatic disposal, or CAD, cell, involves burying contaminated sediment in the harbor instead of disposing of it off-site, the current process. Even with the new technique, however, at current funding levels the project is still expected to take several more decades to complete, a timeline Mayor Scott W. Lang said Friday was unfair to the people of New Bedford. Read more here.

Guest Opinion: Summer of Science Links Undergrads with Higher Education
Careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields tend to be high-paying and stable. People who work in these fields of invention and discovery help us solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, and attracting innovation businesses to the commonwealth (especially Southeastern Massachusetts) will help lead our region into a new era of prosperity. Read more here.

Civic-minded Growers Help Sow Seeds of Better Health
Americans have some of the world's biggest bellies and fattest wallets. But sometimes the nation's poorest residents are tipping the scales in urban areas where Big Macs are easier to find than beets, and kohlrabi takes a back seat to KFC.

Local growers are helping uproot this problem by doing everything from selling discounted produce to donating vegetables. This do-gooder behavior is in line with efforts across the country to develop sustainable food systems that are accessible to all. Read more here.

Flanegan Trying to Raise Interest in Downtown Farmers Market
FALL RIVER — Downtown foot traffic. It’s something one mayor after another targets as a building block to better times.

Mayor Will Flanagan is no exception. On Monday he outlined a pilot plan for farmers and artists and the city to draw in the hundreds of lawyers and clerks and scofflaws the newly opened courthouse will bring daily. He saw how farmers markets revitalized downtowns while visiting Epcot Center on a Disney World vacation, and invited key participants to hear ideas and offer feedback during an informal meeting that started on the sixth floor of Government Center then wended its way to the adjacent brick and cement walkway site. Starting July 15, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Thursday through October, city officials are encouraging local farmers and artists to bring their fresh goods and homemade items for sale at the market. Read more here.

UMass Dartmouth gets $964K for weatherization training
DARTMOUTH — The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has received nearly $1 million in federal stimulus money to create a weatherization jobs training center in New Bedford.

The university will work with area agencies including Citizens for Citizens and YouthBuild to find 40 contractors, at least 34 workers, and 20 YouthBuild members or other young people to be trained in the program, according to the university’s Office of Campus and Community Sustainability. Read more here.

Candidates vary on Global Warming
Three candidates for governor expressed sharp differences last night over global warming, the Cape Wind project, and the cleanliness of the state’s parks at a gubernatorial forum dedicated to environmental issues.

Governor Deval Patrick, a Democrat, highlighted his backing of Cape Wind and his support for a greenhouse gas reduction initiative with neighboring states, while defending his cuts in environmental programs and some tax incentives his administration has provided to so-called green technology companies, which have been sharply criticized by his opponents. Read more here.

CCRI gets $240,000 from state to create ‘career pathways’
PROVIDENCE — Governor Carcieri signed into law Tuesday a bill that aims to strengthen the capacity of the state’s community college to train Rhode Islanders for 21st-century jobs and to create clear "career pathways" that lead adults of all education levels to decent-paying jobs in health care, technology and emerging "green" technologies. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

The Greater New Bedford Summerfest

July 3-4, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Celebrating its 15th year, the Greater New Bedford Summerfest once again brings together over 70 renowned and emerging performers and 90 juried arts and crafts vendors in New Bedford's authentic historic district during the first weekend in July.
The two day family-oriented festival offers continuous folk music from 11am to 9pm on seven sound stages throughout the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park ranging from the 1200 seat "Custom House Stage" to the intimacy of the 55 seat "Meet the Performer" area. In addition to the weekend music we'll be having a very special Celebrate 15 Years of Summerfest Friday Night Kick-Off Concert that you won't want to miss! Details here.

A Similar Event: The 1979 IXTOC I Oil Well Spill Research Cruise: Lessons for the Deepwater Horizon MC252 Oil Spill

July 1, 6:15 p.m., Ocean Explorium
Dr. Farrington was aboard a scientific expedition that assessed the environmental fate of the IXTOC-l oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979. Lessons learned from that research cruise and how they inform our response to the on-going Deepwater Horizon spill will be presented and discussed. Details here.

Museum Institute For Teaching Science (MITS) Workshop

Monday – Thursday July 6-9 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. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Summmer of Science launch event

July 9, July 9, 1-3 p.m., Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Gov. Deval Patrick has been invited to speak about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Children can explore hands-on demonstrations showcasing the campuses’ summer programs. All are invited to enjoy free ice cream. Please respond by July 5 to Kathleen Kirby, Ph.D. Executive Director of CONNECT 508.531.1437 kathleen.kirby@connectsemass.org

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.

NOFA/Mass Introductory Backyard Poultry Workshop

July 10, 3:00PM - 6:00PM, Acushnet (directions)
On Saturday, July 10, in five locations in every region of Massachusetts, Northeast Organic Farming Association/ Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass), is sponsoring five simultaneous workshops on how to raise backyard poultry. In Acushnet, Cynda Williams will teach a workshop on the basics of raising backyard poultry at The Clover Path Garden on 191 Quaker Lane from 3pm-6pm.

Williams who will be teaching the workshop in Acushnet raises certified organic chickens. In her workshop, participants will learn to choose breeds for their flock, to raise day-old chicks to maturity, to properly store and feed whole grains and sprouted grains, to provide good housing for all seasons, to establish fencing to protect the birds; to apply inventive ideas for shade and shelter; to discern whether organic is for you, to understand molting and flock health issues, and to check local laws and regulations for keeping poultry. Bringing a notebook and camera is advised. Handouts will be provided. 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.

Swim Buzzards Bay

July 31, 8:15 AM, Davey's Locker in New bedford
The Swim is a 1.2 mile open-water swim through outer New Bedford Harbor from Davy's Locker in New Bedford to Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven. Each year, hundreds of swimmers ages 12 and up plunge into Buzzards Bay and prove that the Swim is for every age, shape, size, ability, and fitness level. The course through warm water draws serious competitors, first-timers, families, teams, and everyone in between. Please pre-register. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Organic Agriculture certificate courses open for September
Bristol Community College (BCC) announces the opening of registration for its Organic Agriculture program with courses leading to a 29-credit certificate in organic agriculture. Courses are offered in the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters. Organic Farming Practices I is the first of a two-semester course sequence focusing on soils and raising crops organically. Other courses include plant biology, water management, and sociology of food, famine, & farming. Additional courses planned for the Spring semester (2011) include Natural Beekeeping. Upon completing the coursework students can do an on-farm practicum with local farms to apply the theory learned in the classroom. The certificate will provide graduates with the skills to strengthen their farming/gardening capabilities as producers, consultants, or employees of the regionally developing small-scale agriculture sector. BCC is an open enrollment college and students are invited to enroll in the program or to take single courses to meet their own needs.

Details about the program and course descriptions are online, or email Dr. Jim Corven at james.corven@bristolcc.edu
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.
The Marion Institute seeks an Executive Assistant
We are looking for a motivated, responsible and creative change-maker able to work on a number of exciting projects. The majority of time will be spent assisting me and a portion of time will be split between two programs: the Travel Initiative and Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference. For more details or to apply please visit 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 - 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
Natural Sunscreens
These safe sunscreens not only protect your skin from sun damage and cancer, but also come free of suspect chemicals, like parabens, oxybenzone, PABA and retinyl palmitate. Free yourself to enjoy the outdoors! Learn more here.

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