Having trouble reading this Atlas? Try here - http://sustainabilityalmanac.org/issues/2010_09_23.htm
Have information you'd like to add to the Almanac? Send an email and we'll add it to the list.

Sustainability Logo
September 23-30, 2010

In This Issue

News:

Global, national, and local news

This week:

Sustainable Transportation Expo

Working Waterfront Festival

More

Save The Date:

Connecting for Change: Bioneers by the Bay

Watershed Ride

More

Announcements:

Help Support EECBG Funding

Bioneers Volunteers Wanted

Weekly Green Tip:

Wildife in your back yard

Clip of the Week

Wind turbines working at Westport orchard
A Westport orchard resolves a disagreement with a utility, and now the turbines are working.
Turbine

Weekly Quote:

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect." -Chief Seattle, 1855

Follow us!

Facebook | Twitter
Flickr | LinkedIn

Apply for our Online Sustainability Certificate Program

Leaf Bullet News
Global
Hima Hima: The Middle East's Tradition of Environmental Protection
Hima, practised for over 14,000 years in the Arabian Peninsula, is believed to be the most widespread system of traditional conservation in the Middle East, and perhaps the entire earth.

In these modern times, it's easy to think of environmental protection as a new concept which has emerged in response to modern problems linked to industrialisation and globalisation. In reality, the need to protect the environment from abuse has been a constant concern for humans since the beginning of time- especially for people who were living directly of the earth's resources. Read more here.

Chart Optimizing Climate Change Reduction
Scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology have taken a new approach on examining a proposal to fix the warming planet.

So-called geoengineering ideas -- large-scale projects to change the Earth's climate -- have included erecting giant mirrors in space to reflect solar radiation, injecting aerosols of sulfate into the stratosphere making a global sunshade, and much more. Past modeling of the sulfate idea looked at how the stratospheric aerosols might affect Earth's climate and chemistry. The Carnegie researchers started out differently by asking how, if people decided what kind of climate they want, they would go about determining the aerosol distribution pattern that would come closest to achieving their climate goals. Read more here.

Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change: An International Perspective
The world will need to make substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions below current levels over the next few decades if the worst impacts of dangerous climate change are to be avoided. This was a key conclusion from UK and US climate scientists at an international workshop on the UK AVOID program in Washington, DC exploring the most policy-relevant aspects of understanding dangerous climate change. Read more here.

Op-Ed: Aren't We Clever?
What a contrast. In a year that's on track to be our planet's hottest on record, America turned "climate change" into a four-letter word that many U.S. politicians won't even dare utter in public. If this were just some parlor game, it wouldn't matter. But the totally bogus “discrediting” of climate science has had serious implications. For starters, it helped scuttle Senate passage of the energy-climate bill needed to scale U.S.-made clean technologies, leaving America at a distinct disadvantage in the next great global industry.

And that brings me to the contrast: While American Republicans were turning climate change into a wedge issue, the Chinese Communists were turning it into a work issue. Read more here.

Nuke Power Investing
There's a lot of money to be made—and lost—in the energy markets. Here's what you need to know.
For investors, the energy business used to be a pretty simple play: Buy a stock and stick with it.

Until a couple of years ago, soaring oil and natural-gas prices made any energy bet pay off. Not only did oil and gas stocks rise, but so did alternative-energy shares: With fossil fuels getting pricier, solar and wind power looked much more competitive. Read more here.

China's Environmental Challenges Have Global Implications, Experts Argue
Unlike Vegas, what happens in China doesn't stay in China. The country's environmental challenges have worldwide implications, so more developed nations, such as the United States, need to help China adopt integrated solutions for the sake of global sustainability, a Michigan State University environmental scientist argues.

"What happens in China affects the rest of the world," said Jianguo "Jack" Liu, University Distinguished Professor of fisheries and wildlife. Read more here.

Turning Exhaust Gas Into Fuel
A New Zealand company uses microorganisms to convert carbon monoxide into ethanol and plastics precursors.
Poisonous carbon monoxide gas emitted by steel mills and other industrial sources can be turned into useful things. Soon a New Zealand company with an unusual approach to this idea plans to use the gas to make ethanol and chemical precursors for a wide variety of plastics and solvents.

The company, LanzaTech, is using genetically engineered microorganisms that eat the gas. Read more here.

National
Machinery Blown-out BP well finally killed at bottom of Gulf
The well is dead - finally.

A permanent cement plug sealed BP's well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, five agonizing months after an explosion sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's point man on the disaster, said Sunday BP's well "is effectively dead" and posed no further threat to the Gulf. Allen said a pressure test to ensure the cement plug would hold was completed at 5:54 a.m. CDT. Read more here.

Jars Pioneers of the New Normal
We're facing a very different world than the one we knew. Here's what people are doing to prepare …
Americans are facing a troubling reality. The economic recovery we were promised has not materialized. There's growing talk about a "new normal"—a new way of life to take us through a long period of failed recoveries.

There are, indeed, good reasons to believe we won't go back to the old ways. But this new normal doesn't have to be a time of chaos and decline. Instead, many Americans are building stronger families and communities, rejecting the waste and greed that made our economy implode, and turning instead to self-reliance and the sort of neighborliness that embraces diversities of all sorts. Read more here.

Salmon A Fishy Question About Genetically Engineered Salmon
If you build it he will come, a ghostly voice famously tells Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams.

But if scientists build an Atlantic salmon that grows twice as fast as regular salmon, will consumers eat it?

That's the question on a lot of peoples' minds today as the Food and Drug Administration wraps up a three-day series of meetings on a proposed new salmon — the first genetically engineered animal designed for human consumption. Read more here.

Salmon Union to FDA: Say NO to Genetically Modified Salmon
During the a series of hearings this week, a committee advising the Food and Drug Administration will decide whether to give its blessing to Atlantic salmon genetically modified to grow twice as fast as non-GM salmon. The fish, engineered by a Massachusetts company called AquaBounty Technologies, contain genes from Chinook salmon and a bottom-dwelling ocean pout.

Committee members had better brace themselves for a blast from Michael Hansen, Senior Scientist at the Consumers Union. Read more here.

Editorial: We Are What We Eat
Most of the antibiotics sold in the United States — 70 percent — go to the animals we eat, especially pigs and chickens. To speed up growth and to prevent the spread of disease in crowded conditions, growers put small amounts of antibiotics into animals' daily feed. The result is nearly the same as if we were eating the antibiotics ourselves: an increase in antibiotic resistance in humans and the emergence of drug-resistant microbes. Read more here.

Train Subway Trains to Generate Power for the Grid
A battery will capture power from braking trains.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), which runs the transit system in Philadelphia, is piloting a smart electrical grid technology that could cut its electricity bills by up to 40 percent and generate millions of dollars a year.

A massive battery installed at one of the authority's substations will store electricity generated by the braking systems on trains (as the trains slow down the wheels drive generators). The battery will help trains accelerate, cutting power consumption, and will also provide extra power that can be sold back to the regional power grid. Read more here.

Self-Organizing Traffic Lights
A new patent may revolutionarize traffic control, saving fuel, reducing travel times and emissions, and doing it all without limiting drivers' mobility. This truly "green" idea will have drivers waiting less and help us preserve our environment.

Currently, traffic jams and road congestion do a lot more than annoy millions of people every day. Read more here.

Bags Plastic Bag Tax: Small Incentive, Big Result
Washington D.C.'s five-cent tax on plastic shopping bags has cut their use by more than half, the WSJ reports this morning.

Last year, D.C. shoppers used about 270 million disposable bags. Since the tax went into effect this year, stores are giving out about 60 percent fewer bags, surveys suggest.

Whether you're pro- or anti- bag tax, this is a pretty striking example of how a small incentive (a nickel, in this case) can have a big influence on behavior. Read more here.

Environmental Impact of Organic Solar Cells Assessed
Solar energy could be a central alternative to petroleum-based energy production. However, current solar-cell technology often does not produce the same energy yield and is more expensive to mass-produce. In addition, information on the total effect of solar energy production on the environment is incomplete, experts say. Read more here.

Local
Fall River Energy audit of city buildings predicts savings of at least $1.4M
FALL RIVER — The performance contractor selected two years ago to conduct energy audits of dozens of municipal and school buildings said the city should save at least 20 percent of its $7 million annual utility costs.

Harold Meyer, business manager for Ameresco Inc. in Framingham, joined by public works officials, updated the City Council last week about its auditing of those buildings and what they've saved similar cities over the past decade. Read more here.

Sustainability Studies launched at UMass Dartmouth
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has joined the handful of institutions of higher education around the world building academic units to teach students about the values and challenges of building a sustainable world. Courses are also offered through UMass Online.

"We are excited to offer students an opportunity to specialize in and contribute to the Green Economy," said Dr. D. Steven White, Interim Director of Sustainability Studies and Professor of Marketing and International Business in the Charlton College of Business. Read more here.

A 'wetlab' could put Mass. in the lead in ocean energy race
If you want to build an iPhone app or develop a drug for Alzheimer's disease, finding the place to do it isn't a challenge. Massachusetts is dotted with incubators, accelerators, labs, and co-working spaces where you can rent a desk by the day.

But if you want to drop a tidal generator into the briny deep, or plunk a prototype wind turbine onto the continental shelf, you will inevitably face a few years of permit wrangling with a half-dozen federal and state agencies. Read more here.

Apples How about them apples?
While the air may be getting crisp as a Cortland, this season hasn't exactly been a study in apple abundance. But SouthCoast farmers say the quality of their juicy harvest is high.

"With the weather patterns, everything's redder and huger," said Sue Smith of Noquochoke Orchards in Westport, who said this year's production there is on par with last year's. "It was the right amount of sun and the right amount of rain." Read more here.

AG upholds wind turbine zoning changes in Dartmouth
The state attorney general has upheld zoning changes adopted by Town Meeting, which could scuttle litigation opposing the town's plans for a $9.5 million wind turbine project off Chase Road.

The zoning revisions, passed in June, eliminate the need for a special permit when a wind turbine is proposed on town property. Read more here.

Bioneers by the Bay: sign up now and save
Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea," Annie Leonard producer of "Story of Stuff," and Van Jones, pioneer in human rights and the clean-energy economy will lead the list of speakers for the Sixth Annual "Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference."

The conference, to be held in downtown New Bedford, runs from Oct. 22-24 and is sponsored by the Marion Institute. Organizers said the three-day event is a "solutions-based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities." Read more here.

Map Federal Stimulus-Funded Clean Energy Projects Across the Commonwealth
From Pittsfield to Provincetown, federal stimulus dollars are vitalizing cutting-edge clean energy projects across Massachusetts. Nearly $70 million in stimulus funds are being put to work, weatherizing buildings and upgrading heating systems in cities and towns, installing solar panels at college campuses and small businesses, and demonstrating exciting energy technologies in affordable housing complexes and historic buildings. Here in Massachusetts, Recovery dollars are putting residents back to work and transforming the way we use energy. Read more here.

Department of Environmental Management fines Portsmouth $190,000 for water pollution
After years of waiting, the state Department of Environmental Management has fined the town nearly $190,000 for failing to address sewage issues and ordered municipal officials to finish engineering studies and begin building a sewage treatment plant within the next three years.

Town Administrator Robert Driscoll declined comment, saying the matter is in the hands of the town lawyers. The town has 30 days to appeal the fine and the rest of the order. Read more here.

Somerset power plant Court gives citizens group OK to appeal Somerset Station plans
A Superior Court judge has ruled that 12 citizens who sued the Department of Environmental Protect can appeal a permit for a gasification energy-creating process for the Somerset Station power plant.

Judge Geraldine Hines said the citizens "are entitled to seek relief" in their appeal, which argues that a permit for the power plant will allow damage to the environment. Read more here.

SouthCoast rail plans get off track
$1.4 billion project months behind schedule, engineers say
TAUNTON — The next major step in the process of planning a proposed $1.4 billion rail expansion to link Boston with Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford is months behind the original schedule.

The Army Corps of Engineers, which is creating an extensive report on the anticipated environmental impacts of the proposed SouthCoast Rail project, doesn't expect the document to be finished until October. The report would then go to federal and state agencies for revision and review, meaning the public likely won't have a chance to see the document until January. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Council on Sustainability Quarterly Meeting & Transportation Expo

September 23, 1:00PM to 5:00PM, Ocean Explorium, New Bedford
Rethinking Transportation--the quarterly meeting of the Council on Sustainability--is an event that will change how you think about our current transportation system, increase awareness of transportation options and resources, and build consensus on actions that support a sustainable transportation future. Please join us to move Southeastern Massachusetts closer towards sustainability. Details here.

From Burping Fish to Giant Oil Spills: How can a local Sea Grant Agent help fishing communities survive?

September 23, Reception at 6:15, talk at 7, Ocean Explorium, New Bedford
Mr. Theberge writes that "Right now one of the popular ideas/issues in ecology is how do we insure that natural communities stay resilient, so that they can recover from disturbances. We should have the same goal for fishing communities: How can we keep them resilient against climate change, fluctuating fish populations, changes in fuel prices, oil spills and other natural, social and economic factors?" Details here.

EBC 4th Annual Low Impact Development Conference: Stormwater Management – Adapting to the New Paradigm

September 23, 7:30 AM - 12:00PM, Waltham
The past decade has brought new state and federal regulations that affect stormwater management strategies and favor low impact development measures. Many have proven to be not only highly functional, but also beautiful and even cost-effective. This year's conference will provide the latest information on how various projects in MA have handled stormwater sustainably using biofiltration, green roofs, treatment wetlands, and other techniques. Leading practitioners will share the underlying science that is shaping policy and regulations. Details here.

Working Waterfront Festival

September 25-26, 11am - 7pm (5pm on Sunday), New Bedford State Pier Area
Join us in New Bedford, America's largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, mend a fishing net and watch a Coast Guard rescue demonstration. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate. Details here.

Historic Foodways Workshop

September 25, 4:00PM - 8:00PM, Bristol, RI
An Evening with Amelia Simmons, an American Locavore. Minimal Food Miles! In fact, we've reduced them to 50 paces. Participants in this workshop will spend an evening at Coggeshall Farm Museum exploring what it meant to "eat local" in 1790's Rhode Island. Working from Amelia Simmons' American Cookery, the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests will join the museum's costumed staff in the garden selecting heirloom produce for the evening's meal. Returning to the museum's 18th century farmhouse, participants will prepare several of Amelia's receipts at the hearth before sitting down to enjoy dinner by candlelight. This workshop is limited to eight participants and is intended for ages 16 and up. Reservations are required, please register no later than two weeks prior to the workshop. 4:00pm-8:00pm. $60.00 per person, $50 for museum members. Register by phone, 401.253.9062, or email, info@coggeshallfarm.org. Details here.

Kayak the Westport River

September 26, 9AM - 1PM, Osprey Sea Kayaks, 489 Old County Rd, Westport, MA
Paddle north from The Let to Spectacle Island, viewing protected properties along the way. Bring water, sun block and water shoes. Please pre-register Details here.

Fun Day in the Forest

September 26, 11AM - 4PM, Forest HQ, Slab Bridge Rd., Freetown, MA
Come enjoy a fun-filled day outdoors! We will have Rainforest Reptiles, a HAM Radio Demo, Eyes on Owls, the climbing wall, field games, great music, great food and much, much more! FREE admission and programs! For more info:508-672-2417 Details here.

Save the Tomatoes! and Squash and peppers

September 27, 11AM - 4PM, Forest HQ, Slab Bridge Rd., Freetown, MA
Preserving the Bounty, a show-and-tell covering a few of the many methods for preserving our local fall abundance: canning, freezing, dehydrating, and root-cellaring. Details here.

Allergies and Asthma: Healing with Biological Medicine

September 29, 7-8:30 PM, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, New Bedford, MA
Dr. Rau is Chief Medical Director and Founder of the Paracelsus Clinic in Lüstmuhle, Switzerland. He will explain how allergies and asthma are only expressions of deep disturbances of the immune system. Dr. Rau will discuss the real underlying causes such as food intolerance, toxic loads, intestinal flora health, deficiencies of trace elements and more. He will talk about the diagnosis and treatment of these underlying causes using Biological Medicine and the tremendous long-term success rate he has had with patients. Details here.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

2nd Massachusetts Green Career Conference

October 1, 8AM - 12PM, Marlborough, MA
The second Massachusetts Green Career Conference brings together stakeholders from business, education and government and offers green career resources to people from throughout the commonwealth. Everyone wanting to know about the greening economy and careers will find this conference timely, practical and valuable. We hope you join us! Details here.

Fungus Foray

October 2, 10AM - 12Noon, Copicut Woods
We'll explore Copicut Woods while lookings for fungus, this often overlooked kingdom of forest life. We promise, you'll come to appreciate the delicate beauty of fungus with the help of amateur mycologist Joe Metzen of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. Details here.

Boston Local Food Festival

October 2, 11:00AM - 5:00PM, Boston
This culinary extravaganza promotes the joy of eating local food. The Boston Local Food Festival will overlook the historic Boston Harbor, and is an outdoor autumn celebration of the many virtues of locally grown and produced food. The Festival will showcase the wide diversity of our local and New England food system, by spotlighting local farmers, food businesses, local food and health organizations. The intention is to inspire the growing and eating of Massachusetts grown food, with a special emphasis on fruits and vegetables. Details here.

Fourth Annual Watershed Ride

October 3, 10AM - 12Noon, Westport to Wood's Hole
Help us pedal our way to a healthier Bay by participating in the Third Annual Watershed Ride - a fully-supported, one-day, 75-mile cycling event to build awareness and raise funds to Save Buzzards Bay. Cycle through pastoral farmlands, coastal villages, cranberry bogs, working waterfronts and the back roads of Cape Cod - all while helping your Bay and its watershed. Details here.

Forum on Energy Efficiency changes to the MASS State Building Code

October 5, 7:00 PM, New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant St., 3rd Floor
The City of New Bedford's Energy Office invites you to an informational forum on the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code and the Green Communities Act. The Stretch Code is an optional amendment to the base energy code that enhances energy efficiency by going beyond the base code. Communities must adopt this code to achieve Green Community status. Green Community status will grant communities access to a large state funding pool for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Details here (PDF).

Strategies for Agricultural Land Protection and Preservation in Middleborough & Surrounding Communities

October 6, 6 - 8:30PM,Middleborough Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Avenue
Join us for a discussion of the rich agricultural heritage and resources of southeastern Massachusetts, and hear about the tools for preserving these treasured agricultural resources, including the Community Preservation Act. We will be focusing on the town of Middleborough, but residents from surrounding communities are welcome and encouraged to attend. Details here.

New England Bike-Walk Summit

October 7, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Providence
This single-day event will offer nine panels — three breakouts, each with three panel options — covering topics including development/management of multi-jurisdictional trails, the economic development potential of biking and walking, state-level legislation affecting biking and walking in New England, how to foster better relations between agencies and advocates and connecting underserved communities with walk-bike advocacy. Details here.

Sustainability Film Series: Litigating Disaster

October 7, 6:30 PM, UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
This documentary investigates the chemical disaster at Bhopal, India. How is it possible that nearly two decades after an event of such magnitude there is no legal closure? Constructed as attorney Rajan Sharma's case as presented to fictitious jurors, Litigating Disaster takes the viewers on a riveting cinematic investigation; presenting the compelling evidence assembled against Union Carbide including unique, never before seen documents unearthed through prolonged legal struggles, exclusive interviews with Union Carbide former officers, powerful archival material, and scenes filmed in and out of the abandoned plant. Details here.

Kayak Slocum's River

October 9, 9AM, Russells Mills Landing (Dartmouth)
From its start at the millpond in Russells Mills Village to its mouth at Demerest Lloyd State Park, Slocum's River provides outstanding opportunities for exploring the natural history and ecology of the region. Join us for a relaxing paddle through the marshes and meadows along Slocum's River. Details here.

350.org Global Work Party 10/10/10 Event: Community Conference on Ecological Restoration

October 10, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m, Route 6-Block of 459 Kempton Street, New Bedford
Block party/conference to raise awareness about the interconnected issues related to climate crisis, ecological and social justice concerns. Free to attend.

Nutrient Dense Crop Production Course

October 16, 9:30AM, Friends' Academy
In 2010, the Real Food Campaign has been running courses at six different sites throughout the Northeast on nutrient dense crop production. From September 2010 to July 2011, Real Food Campaign is running courses in eight different Northeast locations. The courses running throughout next year will be stronger and filled with new information. Sign up for a course near you to learn the principles and practices of working with the biology, mineralogy, and energy of your soil to produce higher yielding and more nutritious crops for healthier lives. There will be five sessions in each course, and each session runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm. NOFA/Mass is partnering with Real Food Campaign to put on the three courses taking place in Massachusetts, including on in Dartmouth, MA. Details here.

Connecting for Change: Bioneers by the Bay

October 22-24, all day, Downtown New Bedford
Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea," Annie Leonard producer of "Story of Stuff," and Van Jones, pioneer in human rights and the clean-energy economy will lead the list of speakers for the Sixth Annual "Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference."

The conference, to be held in downtown New Bedford, runs from Oct. 22-24 and is sponsored by the Marion Institute. Organizers said the three-day event is a "solutions-based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities." Details here.


Leaf Bullet Announcements
Take Action: Help Support EECBG Funding
We need your help. In order to secure ongoing funding for the EECBG program, we must show how cities and counties are effectively using their EECBG dollars to create jobs, reduce energy consumption and curb carbon pollution. The Energy Block Grants Work! campaign invites you to join us in showcasing how your community and your colleagues throughout the nation are effectively using your EECBG funding. Right now we need information on how your community is using its EECBG funding. We will develop a profile of your clean energy projects for our national report and include your locality among the many EECBG stories we intend to promote.

The EECBG program will not be funded again if cities and counties sit on the sidelines. With your support, we can successfully demonstrate that Energy Block Grants Work! Learn about the grants here. Read the market blog here.
Essay Contest for Kids and Teens
Like A Drop of Water's writing contest offers young people, ages eight through seventeen, world wide the opportunity to share their ideas on how they and their countries can reduce climate change and pollution. We hope parents, grandparents and teachers will feel free to share their ideas with their young author. Teachers and their students may submit a class essay as well as serve as judges. Read the market blog here.
Volunteers Needed to Monitor Water Quality in Buzzards Bay
Now in its 19th year, Baywatchers is Massachusetts' largest volunteer-based coastal water monitoring effort. From May through September, more than 100 dedicated volunteers help to monitor the health of Buzzards Bay by testing water samples in more than 30 harbors and coves from the Westport River to Woods Hole and the Elizabeth Islands.

A strong science background is not necessary. A good Baywatcher is someone who can consistently commit to one hour a week, between 6-9 am, from May-September. Baywatcher volunteers must be able to follow scientific instructions on how to test the water using the provided test kit and be agile enough to work on docks and piers along the water's edge. Learn more here.
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
Fall/Winter Indoor Farmer's Market in Fairhaven!
We are excited to announce that we will have a Fall/Winter Indoor Farmers Market in Fairhaven this year. The market will be held at The Nemasket Gallery on the corner of Green and Bridge Streets. The first date for market is Sunday, October 24th from 1-4pm. Now we can all continue to buy local and support our farmers and crafters. More details to follow! Read the market blog here.
Farmer's Markets!
With the harvest in full swing, it's time to get out and buy from your local farmers. Support local growers, raisers, craftspeople, and other businesses at your local farmer's markets this summer. See the local list 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.

Bioneers Seeking Volunteers

Volunteering at Bioneers by the Bay is a wonderful and economical way to experience the conference as well as a tremendous opportunity to help a great cause. We will give you a one-day pass in exchange for your full-day volunteer shift. 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
Wildife in your back yard
Back yard wildlife isn't confined to birds, lizards and other animals. There's probably a bunch of interesting stuff going on down at ground level in your garden. Take the time to learn a bit more about the fascinating world of smaller critters. Learn more here.

Have information you'd like to add to the Almanac? Send an email and we'll add it to the list.

Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the Sustainability Almanac. If you unsubscribe, we'd appreciate if you could tell us what prompted the unsubscription.