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September 30 to October 7, 2010

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

Watershed Ride

Sustainability Film Series: Litigating Disaster

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Connecting for Change: Bioneers by the Bay

Nutrient-Dense Crop Production Course

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Farmers Markets in Full Swing!

Help Support EECBG Funding

Weekly Green Tip:

Try an Eco Friendly Nail Polish

Clip of the Week

Algae on the Cape
After decades of procrastinating about how to treat wastewater, Cape Cod officials now face spending billions of dollars to prevent algae from ruining local beaches and harbors.
Algae

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Global
Wind Farm World's largest offshore wind farm opens
LONDON — The world's largest offshore wind farm opened off the southeast coast of England yesterday, as part of the British government's push to boost renewable energy.

Swedish energy company Vattenfall, which constructed the wind farm, said the 100 turbines off the coast of Thanet could, at their peak, produce enough electricity a year to meet the power needs of about 200,000 homes.

The huge site on the North Sea, built 7 miles off the coast, will boost the renewable energy now generated by the onshore and offshore wind turbines around the UK. Read more here.

Scotland Scotland to get 100% green energy by 2025
Scotland should produce enough renewable electricity to meet all its power demand by 2025, First Minister Alex Salmond said Tuesday.

"Scotland has unrivalled green energy resources and our new national target to generate 80 percent of electricity needs from renewables by 2020 will be exceeded by delivering current plans for wind, wave and tidal generation," Salmond said. Read more here.

China blacks out factories, homes in drastic move to meet energy-saving targets
Chinese steel mills and mobile phone factories are being idled and thousands of homes in one area are doing without electricity as local governments order power cuts to meet energy-saving targets set by Beijing.

Rolling blackouts and enforced power cuts are affecting key industrial areas. The prosperous eastern city of Taizhou turned off street lights and ordered hotels and shopping malls to cut power use. In Anping County southwest of Beijing, an area known as China's wire-manufacturing capital, thousands of factories and homes have endured daylong blackouts over the past two weeks. Read more here.

Ocean cold snap paused global warming in 70s: study
A cold snap in northern oceans around 1970 may have caused a dip in world temperatures that briefly interrupted a trend of global warming, scientists said on Wednesday.

Many experts had previously explained a slight global cooling around 1970 as a side-effect of a slow build-up of sun-dimming air pollution from factories, power plants and cars that cleared up in later years with stricter air pollution laws. Read more here.

Dream or nightmare? In Arabian Desert, a Sustainable City Rises
Back in 2007, when the government here announced its plan for "the world's first zero-carbon city" on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, many Westerners dismissed it as a gimmick — a faddish follow-up to neighboring Dubai's half-mile-high tower in the desert and archipelago of man-made islands in the shape of palm trees.

Designed by Foster & Partners, a firm known for feats of technological wizardry, the city, called Masdar, would be a perfect square, nearly a mile on each side, raised on a 23-foot-high base to capture desert breezes. Beneath its labyrinth of pedestrian streets, a fleet of driverless electric cars would navigate silently through dimly lit tunnels. The project conjured both a walled medieval fortress and an upgraded version of the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland. Read more here.

Cuba? Drilling Plans Off Cuba Stir Fears of Impact on Gulf
Five months after the BP oil spill, a federal moratorium still prohibits new deepwater drilling in the American waters of the Gulf of Mexico. And under longstanding federal law, drilling is also banned near the coast of Florida.

Yet next year, a Spanish company will begin drilling new wells 50 miles from the Florida Keys — in Cuba's sovereign waters.

Cuba currently produces little oil. But oil experts say the country might have reserves along its north coast as plentiful as that of the international oil middleweights, Ecuador and Colombia — enough to bolster its faltering economy and cut its dependence on Venezuela for its energy needs. Read more here.

Friedman Op-Ed: Their Moon Shot and Ours
China is doing moon shots. Yes, that's plural. When I say "moon shots" I mean big, multibillion-dollar, 25-year-horizon, game-changing investments. China has at least four going now: one is building a network of ultramodern airports; another is building a web of high-speed trains connecting major cities; a third is in bioscience, where the Beijing Genomics Institute this year ordered 128 DNA sequencers — from America — giving China the largest number in the world in one institute to launch its own stem cell/genetic engineering industry; and, finally, Beijing just announced that it was providing $15 billion in seed money for the country's leading auto and battery companies to create an electric car industry, starting in 20 pilot cities. In essence, China Inc. just named its dream team of 16-state-owned enterprises to move China off oil and into the next industrial growth engine: electric cars.

Not to worry. America today also has its own multibillion-dollar, 25-year-horizon, game-changing moon shot: fixing Afghanistan. Read more here.

National
Passive Solar Can We Build in a Brighter Shade of Green?
NORWICH, Vt. - WHEN Barbara Landau, an environmental and land-use lawyer in suburban Boston, was shopping for insurance on the energy-efficient home she and her husband were building in the woods just outside of town here, she was routinely asked what sort of furnace the home would have.

"None," she replied.

Several insurers declined coverage.

"They just didn't understand what we were trying to do," Mrs. Landau recalls. "They said the pipes would freeze." Read more here.

Pedestrians Reclaim Your Streets: How to Create Safe and Social Pedestrian Plazas
The next time you find yourself waiting forever for a light to change at a busy intersection, practice this visualization: Imagine the streets around you completely devoid of cars. Replace the painted lane lines with lush, green, flowering plants. Zap that smog-spewing SUV and manifest a café table in its place, complete with a shady umbrella and chairs. Vanish the ugly traffic light and see instead a whimsical statue.

Think it's all just a wishful fantasy? It's actually happening, and in some unexpected places. Read more here.

NOT Copycat Farmers' Markets Reap a Crop of Complaints
SEATTLE—Fans of farmers' markets don't always agree on the fine points of what defines the folksy bazaars, but they concur on what farmers' markets aren't: chain grocery stores selling fruits and vegetables on their supermarket doorsteps.

Farmers and their supporters have spent several decades building "farmers' market" into a brand that signifies something specific to consumers, namely, locally grown produce fresh off the farm. Now, to the dismay of farmers' market representatives, two large grocery chains in the Northwest recently began posting store banners advertising displays of tomatoes, corn and other items as farmers' markets. Read more here.

McMansion Florida Voters Enter Battle on Growth
Lesley Blackner drove through a maze of condominium towers, rarely seeing any curtains in the windows, or residents, and tried to contain her anger.

"They've crammed as much as they can in here," she said this month, noting that just a few years ago cows grazed on the land west of I-95. "The people around here didn't want it — they objected. But the City Commission did it anyway." Read more here.

RPT-Huge wind energy potential off Eastern U.S. -study
The densely populated U.S. East Coast could meet close to half its current electric demand by relying on offshore wind turbines, a study by an ocean conservation group found.

North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia offer the most potential for easily captured wind energy, according to the Oceana study, which estimates that the 13 coastal states could together generate 127 gigawatts of power. Read more here. The full report and executive summary are here.

Louisiana La. Looks To New Plan To Restore Fragile Coast
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is set to present the Obama administration's coastal restoration plan in New Orleans. Perhaps no state is more anxious to see what's in the plan than Louisiana, which has lost hundreds of square miles of coastal land in the last century.

In New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, Bayou Bienvenue laps at the rocky base of the levee that's intended to protect the neighborhood.

"This area and coastal Louisiana has been devastated," says Garret Graves, state director of coastal activities. He points to a few patches of lonely marsh grass dotting the choppy water and describes what it looked like 50 years ago. Read more here.

NYC to curb water runoff with blue and green roofs
New York City wants to catch and store rainwater temporarily in new roof systems to stop heavy storms sending sewage spilling into city waterways.

The catchment systems would consist of "blue" roofs that have a series of drainage pools and "green" or grass- or ivy-covered roofs, under a plan unveiled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Read more here.

MD Environmental Education Pushes Ahead in Maryland
Environmental education took a giant leap forward in Maryland on Thursday. Previously, schools were only required to expose students once to environmental education sometime between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade. That changed when the Maryland State Board of Education unanimously approved a measure mandating all Maryland schools to integrate environmental education into the curriculum. Environmental education must now be woven into the fabric of all courses in all grades. While the original recommendation to the Board would have made Maryland the first state in country to make environmental education a graduation requirement, the change in the depth, breadth, and frequency is a significant improvement. Read more here.

Tunnel Water Use in Southwest Heads for a Day of Reckoning
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Nev. — A once-unthinkable day is looming on the Colorado River.

Barring a sudden end to the Southwest's 11-year drought, the distribution of the river's dwindling bounty is likely to be reordered as early as next year because the flow of water cannot keep pace with the region's demands. Read more here.

Local
MREC receives $1.5 million in federal grants
NEW BEDFORD — The federal government has given the New England Marine Renewable Energy Center $1.5 million in grants for research of ocean-based energy.

The money includes $750,000 for annual operations and $750,000 for advanced techniques for assessing offshore wind and hydrokinetic renewable energy sources such as waves and tides.

The Purchase Street-based center's mission is to develop ocean-based energy in New England. Read more here.

Dartmouth to ask neighbors to drop wind turbine lawsuit or seek its dismissal
The town will ask opponents of a wind turbine project to drop their lawsuit and will seek its dismissal in Superior Court if they don't.

Town counsel Anthony C. Savastano said at Monday's Select Board meeting that he believes the neighbors' lawsuit does not have merit now that a new zoning bylaw for wind turbines, which was passed at Town Meeting, was upheld on Sept. 13 by the state Attorney General's office. Read more here.

Board lends its support to Buzzards Bay Coalition
ROCHESTER — The Board of Selectmen is backing the Coalition for Buzzards Bay, voting unanimously to sign a letter of support for the Coalition's legal efforts to better protect the bay.

Officially, the board voted at its Monday meeting to continue to participate in the appeal of United States vs. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ­— a federal court case that grew out of the 2003 Bouchard oil spill, which dumped 98,000 gallons into the bay. Read more here.

Garden Fear, tainted trust at Westlawn
Deliris Agosto remembers winning second place in a New Bedford Housing Authority garden beautification contest back in 1996.

Agosto, 50, said she didn't enter last year's contest. But for the last 18 years, she said, she's been digging in her Westlawn housing development's ground every summer with her bare hands and a shovel. Often, her knuckles and feet blistered up with rashes.

Agosto has been digging in the same ground where the Environmental Protection Agency announced last week it has found widespread occurrences of lead (roughly 50 spots out of 69 tested) in the soil. Read more here.

More habitats protected
Area lands saved as state open space
Several stretches of land in the region have been newly protected as fish and wildlife habitat over the past year, adding to the state's inventory of land open for fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities.

The parcels are among more than 6,000 acres protected by the state during the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. 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.

Wind turbines headed for Gardner college
Officials at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner are awaiting delivery this week of a pair of wind turbines that they expect will eventually help net the college $600,000 a year while also providing the campus with most of its power.

The Vestas V82 wind turbines are part of a $9 million project funded with a $3.2 US Department of Energy grant, $2.1 million from a low-interest bond made available through last year's federal stimulus law, and $3.7 million in Massachusetts Clean Energy Investment bonds. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

NESEA Green Buildings Open House

October 2, various times throughout the area
Make your plans now to join us on October 2nd for the annual Green Buildings Open House (GBOH). It is the largest sustainable energy event in the Northeastern USA! Details here.

South Coast Seining Expedition

October 2, 10:00AM - 2:00PM, WRWA office in Westport, MA
Members of the public (over 6 years of age) are invited to join experts from the Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) and The Lloyd Center for the Environment for a rare chance to discover, up-close-and-personal, what lives just beneath the surface of our estuaries and the water along our shores. The group will meet at WRWA's main office (1151 Main Road, Westport) and travel in a Lloyd Center van to a number of key sites in Westport and Dartmouth. Special seines, fishing nets which hang vertically in the water, will be used, the ends being drawn together to encircle the fish, crabs, and other critters which lurk below the surface, just out of sight. The cost of this unique and fun expedition is $20 for Lloyd Center members and WRWA members and $25 for non-members. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, contact Jasmine (508-990-0505 x13 - jasmine@lloydcenter.org) or Charlie (508-636-3016 - outreach@wrwa.com). 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.

Our Sustainable Campus

October 5, Noon to 1:30 p.m., UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Join in a conversation of Our Sustainable Campus: UMass Dartmouth, co-sponsored by the Sustainability Initiative and Net Impact UMass Dartmouth. Chancellor Jean MacCormack's signing of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) set the UMass Dartmouth campus on a course to climate neutrality. Since 2007, the university has been working on a comprehensive sustainability assessment and Climate Action Plan. Please join UMD Faculty, Staff, and Alumni as we discuss the plan and the many strides forward that our campus has made toward sustainability - academically, operationally, and throughout the community. 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.

The Cape Wind Energy Project and Mass Audubon's Response

October 7, reception at 6:15 and talk at 7 p.m., Ocean Explorium in New Bedford
The talk will focus on how Mass Audubon arrived at its position of support for the Cape Wind Project, how the potential impacts on birds and the marine habitat of Horseshoe Shoal and Nantucket Sound were evaluated, and how this position relates to the organization's overall focus on the issues of climate change. Details here.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

ALSO on 10/10/10: Clear the forest trails @ UMass Dartmouth. (Map of Forest) 11 to 3 p.m. Meet at corner of Cedar Dell and Ring Road. PIZZA @ Noon in the forest! For questions please contact: tpaine@umassd.edu or awilson1@umassd.edu

Green Futures Monthly Meeting

October 14, 7pm, Old Town Hall, 1455 County St. (Rte. 138), Somerset, MA
Please make every effort to attend. Bring a friend! Details here.

Uncovering the Past: Volunteer Day

October 16, 9:00AM, Copicut Woods
In the 19th century, the Miller family lived and farmed here in Copicut Woods. Help us discover more about the Miller family and the lives they led through an archeological dig at their abandoned farm site. Professional archeologist Craig Chartier will train and direct volunteers in the excavation, identification, cleaning, and cataloging of artifacts. Dig deeper and catch a glimpse into the past with this unique volunteer opportunity! Free. Details here.

Allen's Mill Open House and Archaeology Day

October 16, 9:00AM - noon, 109 Slades Corner Rd, Dartmouth
As part of "Massachusetts Archaeology Month," visit Allen's Mill, one of Dartmouth's oldest industrial sites, to learn about its history and archaeology. Join members of the Allen's Mill Committee for a tour of the site, and find out about their ongoing work to restore the mill and create an educational museum for the community. Public Archaeology Laboratory archaeologists will be on hand to talk about their work and to identify local artifacts. The event is free and open to the public. Details here.

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.

Canoeing the Nemasket & Taunton Rivers

October 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Meeting place: "Park & Ride", Exit 4 from Route 140
Members: $32 Non-Members: $40. Pre-registration required. Limit: 12
Join Research Director, Mark Mello, for this annual fall foliage tour on one of the most aesthetic rivers in eastern Massachusetts. You will canoe the Taunton River and the portion of the Nemasket River where it flows into the Taunton. Transportation and all equipment will be provided. Bring footwear that won't mind getting wet, as well as a lunch and libation (non-alcoholic). The panoply of fall foliage should be very near it's peak! Details here.

Tools for Agricultural Sustainable Development

October 18, noon to 1:15 p.m., UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Join the Sustainability Initiative for a discussion with Dr. Tom Hutcheson: Case Study: Tools for Agricultural Sustainable Development. Hutcheson will discuss a recent municipal development surrounding a new agricultural position in a Massachusetts town. The legislative body of the Town of Wendell, Massachusetts--Town Meeting--has voted to create a town food planner, with a goal of sustainable regional self-sufficiency. One useful tool for developing this would be a geographic information system; another, an ecological economics model. Beyond that, what if Wendell integrated its work into its school curriculum? Could it provide a planning tool for its staff? An aid to understanding for its citizens? One tool could do all that, revolutionizing the development of sustainability. Details here.

Green Futures Monthly Meeting

October 21, 7pm, Union United Methodist Church, corner of Highland Ave.& Pearce St., Fall River, MA
Please make every effort to attend. Bring a friend! Details here.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Presentation

October 21, 6:30 to 8 PM, Seekonk Public Library, 410 Newman Avenue
Mel Hensch, founder of EfficiencyPlus, a company dedicated to energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy, will give a presentation on the latest in geothermal technology for heating and cooling. Geothermal makes use of the relatively constant temperature of the earth a few feet below ground surface to create a natural heat pump that provides a renewable source of energy. Free and open to the public; donations welcome For more information, call (508) 336-3594

Plant Identification Walk

October 23, 10AM to noon, Star of the Sea Reseve
With guest leader Jim Sears. 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.

11th Annual Legislative Breakfast

October 29, 8-11 am, Whites of Wetport
Keynote speaker: Mark Fenton, renowned pedestrian advocate, PBS TV host and author Details here.

Harvest Festival

October 30, 1PM, Westport Town Farm
Bring your family to celebrate the second annual harvest at Westport Town Farm's Community Gardens. Enjoy local food, music and activities for all ages. 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.
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
Try an Eco Friendly Nail Polish
A number of companies now offer more natural alternatives to conventional nail polish that are gorgeous and fun, as well as safer for you and the planet. Learn more here.

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