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July 8 to 15, 2010

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

Summer of Science launch event

Energy Independence Day

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Save The Date:

Creating Backyard Biodiversity

Sunset Kayak Tour

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Announcements:

Sharing the Harvest volunteer opportunity

Farmer's markets in full swing

Weekly Green Tip:

Green car washing

Clip of the Week

The Green Apple
New York combats the urban myth of the bustling city as a "concrete jungle."
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Leaf Bullet News
Global
ChinaChina Fears Consumer Impact on Global Warming
Premier Wen Jiabao has promised to use an “iron hand” this summer to make his nation more energy efficient. The central government has ordered cities to close inefficient factories by September, like the vast Guangzhou Steel mill here, where most of the 6,000 workers will be laid off or pushed into early retirement.

Already, in the last three years, China has shut down more than a thousand older coal-fired power plants that used technology of the sort still common in the United States. China has also surpassed the rest of the world as the biggest investor in wind turbines and other clean energy technology. And it has dictated tough new energy standards for lighting and gas mileage for cars. Read more here.

Russia floats barge for waterborne nuclear plant
Russia on Wednesday took a big step toward the controversial creation of the world's first floating nuclear power station, putting a barge that will house the plant into the water.

Environmentalists say Russia's plan to dot its northern coastline with floating nuclear power plants is risky.

The head of Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko, said the plant would be "absolutely safe" and predicted "big interest from foreign customers." Read more here.

WasteIn a World of Throwaways, Making a Dent in Medical Waste
The health care industry has a garbage problem.

It’s not just that hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics and other health facilities generate several billion pounds of garbage each year: buried in that mountain of trash are untold numbers of unused disposable medical devices as well as used but recyclable supplies and equipment, from excess syringes and gauze to surgical instruments. Read more here.

National
BPBP Media Clampdown: Journalists Now Face Possibility of Fines, Prison Time
A month ago, National Incident Commander Thad Allen issued an order granting the media "uninhibited access" to the areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It was routinely and often brazenly ignored.

Thirty days later, it should be said that the order essentially has no real-world meaning at all. Here's Daniel Tencer at Raw Story: Read more here.

BPBP eyes stake sale as "superskimmer" snagged
Shareholders in BP balked Monday at reports it would seek a strategic investor to ward off takeover bids, as the clean-up costs of its massive U.S. oil spill topped $3 billion.

As containment efforts continued in the devastated Gulf of Mexico, where a ruptured well has been spewing crude since April 20, tests on a supertanker adapted to skim large quantities of oily water from the surface were inconclusive because of high seas, ship owner TMT Shipping Offshore said. Read more here.

Bird Agency Agreed Wildlife Risk From Oil Was ‘Low’
The federal agency charged with protecting endangered species like the brown pelican and the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle signed off on the Minerals Management Service’s conclusion that deepwater drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico posed no significant risk to wildlife, despite evidence that a spill of even moderate size could be disastrous, according to federal documents. Read more here.

HoustonHouston Rockets' Stadium Wins LEED Certification
The Houston Toyota Center, home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, recently earned certification through the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Program. The Center becomes the first such venue in Texas to be certified, and joins the Portland Rose Garden, Miami’s American Airlines Arena, and Atlanta’s Philips Arena as the only LEED certified NBA facilities. Read more here.

YumKellogg's Cereal Recall Highlights a New Concern: Chemicals Leaching from Food Packaging
Kellogg is recalling millions of boxes of children's cereal, but other packaging can leach potentially harmful chemicals too.
Kellogg is recalling as many as 28 million boxes of cereal because a chemical is leaching from the food packaging into the cereal. The Food and Drug Administration states the reason for the recall as "uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell coming from the liner in the package." Other sources call it a wax-like substance, and parents are being warned that it may cause diarrhea or vomiting, particularly in sensitive children (the recalled cereals – Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks – are sugary staples of the Kellogg line, marketed with cartoon characters primarily at children). Read more here.

BeerMillerCoors Hits Waste Goals 5 Years Early
MillerCoors, a leader in brewing industry sustainability practices, released its 2010 Sustainable Development report yesterday in which the company announced that it had exceeded its 2015 waste reduction goals 5 years early, and has achieved "zero waste" at two of its brewing facilities. Read more here.

The Fifth Imperative: How Sustainability Makes Companies More Agile
Sustainability is the fifth imperative companies have faced since World War II. But, unlike the four preceding imperatives, sustainability requires companies change both how they create value and for whom they create value. The good news for companies? Embracing sustainability can lead to an unexpected and long-lasting benefit: enhanced agility. Here’s how and why. Read more here.

LabOpinion: Eating (Synthetic) Animals
Recent history has witnessed the exciting politicization of meat. Scores of recent books and articles (not to mention lively exchanges on the Atlantic Food Channel) have raised the profile of meat production to a mainstream environmental cause, illuminating the hazards that industrial meat—which is 99 percent of the meat we eat—poses to our soil, air, and water. The ethical dimensions of eating meat have also started to make meaningful inroads into public consciousness. Now more than ever, everyday meat eaters are considering the moral implications of raising billions of animals for food that our bodies can easily do without. ("We don't need to eat it," Dr. Amy Lanou, senior nutrition scientist for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, says of meat.) Read more here.

Local
ScallopThey can dig it
A restaurant’s garden, either on the roof or a nearby farm, inspires chefs — and supports sustainability
On a recent afternoon on Dot Ave., trucks are hoisting what appears to be dirt. Tons of it. This growing medium is bound for the roof of Ledge Kitchen & Drinks. Owners Brendan and Greg Feeney and Mike Ahern and chef Marco Suarez are planting a 2,000-square-foot garden on top of their Dorchester restaurant. Read more here.

ScallopScalloper to test restricted waters for harvesting
NEW BEDFORD — It will not be business as usual when skipper Charlie Quinn takes the New Bedford scalloper Celtic out to sea this week. On board will be two researchers from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, David Rudders and William DuPaul, who will gather data during the trip to an area of Georges Bank that is normally off-limits to scallopers.

The researchers and fishermen will be working together to prevent overfishing of a stock that has been one of the real success stories of fishery management. Read more here.

Mass. activists make late push for new bottle bill
BOSTON— A dvocates are pushing lawmakers to approve an updated version of Massachusetts' bottle bill before the end of the Legislature's formal session on July 31.

Supporters say the original bottle bill has created a cleaner environment and dramatically encouraged recycling during the past three decades. Read more here.

ChickensThinking of raising chickens? Acushnet woman can set you up
ACUSHNET — Interested in raising chickens but don't know a cockerel from a pullet?

Cynda Williams of The Clover Path Garden in Acushnet could be your answer.

"Raising chickens is a game of compliance," she told The Standard-Times recently while emerging from a grain room with a placard that said "Beware of attack chicken." Read more here.

Acushnet to lobby against wind turbine siting act
ACUSHNET — Selectmen agree with their Wellfleet counterparts on Cape Cod that towns should not give up local regulatory power when it comes to reviewing wind turbine proposals in their communities.

They are putting their view in writing. Read more here.

Reps ask public comment extension for PCB cap
NEW BEDFORD — Several local state representatives want more time for the public to comment on a proposed change to the cleanup plan for New Bedford Harbor, arguing the extension is needed to ensure residents are fully informed about the proposal.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed using a confined aquatic disposal, or CAD, cell for some of the remaining contaminated sediment in the harbor, which would involve burying the sediment in the harbor instead of disposing of it off-site. Read more here.

State suspends mandate for wider use of biofuels
Cost and complexity cited; suppliers upset
Massachusetts energy officials have suspended a requirement, scheduled to take effect yesterday, that oil retailers blend biofuel into the diesel and home heating oil they sell. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Energy Indpendence Day 2010

July 11, 1:00PM - 4:00PM, Middletown, RI (directions)
Sunday, July 11 will mark the second Energy Independence Day as an opportunity to inform the community of energy conservation and sustainable energy as a gateway to lower energy bills, to help slow global climate change, and to lessen reliance on foreign carbon-based fuel sources.

More than 50 vendors, contractors, non-profits, retailers and other suppliers of energy products and services from Southern New England will be on-hand to educate homeowners, children and others interested in learning more about America's energy situation and what we're doing about it right here in RI. Details here.

Living Soil: Exploring Soil Ecology at the Farm

July 11, 6:00PM, Kettle Pond Farm in Berkeley (directions)
Join Dr. Loren Byrne, a soil ecologist and professor at Roger Williams University, for a program exploring the diversity of organisms in the soils of the farm. Before the program, invertebrate pitfall traps will be set up in various areas of the farm – field, forest, lawn, and more – and the collections will be identified and discussed at the program. In addition, the importance and function of soil biota will be presented. Dinner and refreshments will be served. Details here.

Roots Down New Bedford

July 13, 4:00PM, Brix Bounty Farm in Dartmouth (directions)
A special Roots Down workshop will be held at (858 Tucker Road in Dartmouth, directions) focusing on drip irrigation systems and foliar fertilizers (2 practices that have been essential for us this growing season), as well as a farm tour and general conversation about summertime crops. Roots Down is a free organic gardening workshop series presented by Brix Bounty Farm. Come join in our conversations aimed to help make your garden more bountiful and nutritious. We'll be resuming monthly workshops for the remainder of the 2010 growing season. Details here.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Taunton River Research Presentations

July 17, 6:00PM, Kettle Pond Farm in Berkeley (directions)
Carissa Gervasi and Jennifer Linehan, research students working with Dr. David Taylor of Roger Williams University, will present with Dr. Taylor research concerning summer flounder populations of the Taunton River, the presence of mercury in sediments and organisms, and other current and future projects. While the research covers environments in the greater Narragansett Bay, special focus will be on the Taunton River. Dinner and refreshments will be served. 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.

River Exploration Day

July 22, 10:00AM, Kettle Pond Farm in Berkeley (directions)
Dr. Taylor will return to Kettle Pond Farm for the fourth yearly River Exploration Day event, when we will use beach seines to collect fish and other organisms from the river to identify. Water quality and ecology will also be discussed. Details here.

Kayak the Westport River

July 24, 9AM - 12Noon, Osprey Sea Kayaks, 489 Old County Rd, Westport
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.

North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count

July 24, 9AM - 3PM, Lloyd Center, Dartmouth
Members: $8 Non-Members: $10 Pre-registration requested Please pre-register. Participate in this unique daylong scientific research project, sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association. Counting for the Bristol County area will take place in Dartmouth and New Bedford. Participants should bring a lunch. Drinks will be provided. Long pants and a hat are recommended. A copy of the NABA summary report can be purchased for an additional fee. Details here.

Forest Exploration Hike with Gary Plunkett

July 25, 1:00PM, Kettle Pond Farm in Berkeley (directions)
This program will begin with a light lunch with organic veggies fresh from the garden, and dessert and refreshments will be provided following the walk. Gary Plunkett will lead a nature walk, sharing natural history stories with tree identification lessons. 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.

Slocum River Kayak Tour

July 31, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Lloyd Center, Dartmouth
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.

The Barn Dance for 2010

July 31
Join the Westport Land Conservation Trust for its 6th Annual Barn Dance! Dinner prepared by local businesses and volunteers. Dancing to the music of Eight to the Bar. $45.00 per person. Tickets available at Country Woolens, 842 Main Road in Westport. Advance sales only; no tickets at the door. Call 508-636-9228 or email to jlynch@westportlandtrust.org for more information or to be a Barn Dance volunteer!

Cooking Night with Sonol and Victor

August 7, 6:00PM, Kettle Pond Farm in Berkeley (directions)
Join us for a night of international cuisine featuring Kettle Pond Farm produce! Sonol, a friend of the farm, will demonstrate the preparation of Indian-style dishes, and Victor, a current KPF intern, will share with us how to make some of his traditional French favorites. Details here.

Birding On Monomoy Island

August 8, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot, Route 6, Dartmouth
Enjoy a day of birding on Monomoy Island, Massachusetts’ National Wildlife Refuge! Most migrating shorebirds which travel the Atlantic “flyway” stop over on Monomoy, making it one of our area’s greatest birding sites. You may see Godwits,Whimbrels, Dowitchers, Glossy Ibises, Oyster-catchers, Black Skimmers, Roseate Terns and many more. Transportation provided. Details here.

NOFA Summer Conference

August 13-15, Amherst, MA
Dartmouth's Brix Bounty Farm will be joining a great array of workshop presenters on the nutrient density track, with a Saturday afternoon workshop presentation "A Farmers Report Along the Path to High Brix". They highly recommend the conference as a terrific learning opportunity, a great way to meet organic minded gardeners, farmers and consumers from the Northeast. They also have a popular children's' and teen program. Details here.

Make Your Own Berry Basket

August 14, 10:00 AM - 1:00PM, Kettle Pond Farm in Berkeley (directions)
Learn beginning basketmaking with Sharon of Hilltop Gardens by making a berry basket from start to finish! A light lunch will be provided. Pre-registration required. All materials, lesson and lunch provided for $30.00. Details here.

2010 WRWA Summer Gala

August 14, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Fitton Farm, Westport
The 2010 Summer Gala and Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, August 14th from 5-8 P.M. The theme for the event is "River Revelry" and will be held at Fitton Farm at 564 River Road in Westport, MA. Details here.

Oak-Holly Forest Hike

August 15, 1 - 3PM, Cornell Farm, Dartmouth (directions)
The rare oak-holly forest is found in abundance at the newly opened Cornell Farm. Join naturalist Garry Plunkett to explore and learn about this unique habitat along the Little River. Details here.

Slocum River Kayak Tour

August 19, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Lloyd Center, Dartmouth
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.

Sunset Kayak Tour

August 19, 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.

Family Concert

August 21, 6 - 8PM, Westport Town Farm (directions)
The South Coast Chamber Music Society will perform compositions that celebrate open spaces and natural settings. Bring your own picnic supper, chairs, blankets and flashlights.

This concert is supported by the Westport Cultural Society through a grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust administered by Bank of America. 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.
Sharing the Harvest Volunteers Needed
In the Dartmouth YMCA's Sharing the Harvest July newsletter they have put out a call for volunteers to help them bring in the harvests for 2010. It's a great way to get your hands dirty, pitching in to help grow food for the Hunger Commission of SE Massachusetts and community members in need. They have volunteer drop in hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays 9AM-Noon and Thursdays 2:30PM-5PM. For more information just stop by the Dartmouth YMCA or call their volunteer coordinator, Donna at 508-993-3361 x13 or email: sharingtheharvest@ymcasouthcoast.org.
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.
MUSEUM INSTITUTE FOR TEACHING SCIENCE (MITS) WORKSHOP
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
Greener car washing
A clean, glowing car is a pleasant sight, but it can often come at a cost to the environment through excessive water use and the effect of chemicals in detergents. Pick up some tips for lessening your car washing impact. Learn more here.

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