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Bill McKibben to speak at SEEAL Annual Meeting

Free film series

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LNG Coalition Meeting

Sustainability Film Series: The Gulf Coast Blues: Oil in Our Veins

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SEMAP Membership Drive

DOE Webinars

Weekly Green Tip:

Local Turkeys for Thanksgiving

Clip of the Week

The Empathic Civilisation
Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.
Empathy

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"Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress." - John Clapham, A Concise Economic History of Britain, 1957

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Global
Carbon credits Clean Water at No Cost? Just Add Carbon Credits
In America, I turn on the faucet and out pours water. In much of the world, no such luck. Nearly a billion people don't have drinkable water. Lack of water - and the associated lack of toilets and proper hygiene - kills 3.3 million people a year, most of them children under five.

Lack of access to clean water is one of the world's biggest health problems. And it is one of the hardest to solve. Lots of different groups dig wells and lay pipes - but the biggest challenge comes after the hardware is in. Read more here.

Global Coal Use Stagnates Despite Growing Chinese and Indian Markets
Global use of coal fell by just under 0.5 percent in 2009 to 3,278 million tons of oil equivalent (mtoe) from the all-time high of 3,286 mtoe in 2008, interrupting the trend of rapid growth—an average of 4.3 percent annually—that has defined global coal markets over the last decade.1 (See Figure 1.) The global commodity boom that drove coal consumption and prices up in 2008 ended, sending prices plummeting over 40 percent in some markets. Read more here.

Roots! The Green Gold of Africa
Often called 'magic' marama, the green gold of Africa, this plant is working its secret charm above and below ground in southern Africa. Above ground it produces seeds similar to the peanut or soybean, but is actually higher in nutritional value than either; below ground it produces a high-protein tuber that is bigger and healthier than potatoes, yams or sugar beets. And to top it off, the plant can also generate a high quality vegetable oil.

Native to the Kalahari Desert across Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, marama has been a part of the diet of the indigenous people in the area for the generations. Read more here.

Glaciers As Glaciers Melt, Science Seeks Data on Rising Seas
TASIILAQ, Greenland — With a tense pilot gripping the stick, the helicopter hovered above the water, a red speck of machinery lost in a wilderness of rock and ice.

To the right, a great fjord stretched toward the sea, choked with icebergs. To the left loomed one of the immense glaciers that bring ice from the top of the Greenland ice sheet and dump it into the ocean. Read more here.

Better Access to Contraception Could Slow Global Warming
A new report from the Worldwatch Institute argues that assuring all women have access to contraception and taking steps to improve women's lives should be among key strategies in the fight against global climate change.

The report examines United Nations projections for population growth out to 2050, citing evidence that slower population growth through better family planning would mean huge reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. If the world's population leveled off at 8 billion by 2050 instead of reaching the more often projected 9 billion, for example, this would reduce CO2 emissions by more than if global deforestation were completely eliminated. Read more here.

Glaciers Time To Prepare For Climate Change
Though the massive glaciers of the greater Himalayan region are retreating slowly, development agencies can take steps now to help the region's communities prepare for the many ways glacier melt is expected to impact their lives, according to a new report. Programs that integrate health, education, the environment and social organizations are needed to adequately address these impacts, the report states.

"The extremely high altitudes and sheer mass of High Asian glaciers mean they couldn't possibly melt in the next few decades," said Elizabeth Malone, a Battelle sociologist and the report's technical lead. Read more here.

Using Plants Against Soils Contaminated With Arsenic
Two essential genes that control the accumulation and detoxification of arsenic in plant cells have been identified. This discovery is the fruit of an international collaboration involving laboratories in Switzerland, South Korea and the United States, with the participation of members of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Plant Survival. The results presented are a promising basis for reducing the accumulation of arsenic in crops from regions in Asia that are polluted by this toxic metalloid, as well as for the cleanup of soils contaminated by heavy metals. The findings are published this week in the prestigious journal PNAS. Read more here.

National
Fuel cell or fool cell? For Eagles, a Winning Mix of Wind, Biodiesel and Solar
Sports arenas and stadiums are all about getting the most number of people to spend the maximum amount of money in the shortest amount of time possible.

But a growing number of sports buildings from Boston to Los Angeles are becoming efficient in other ways, by saving energy and reducing waste with solar panels, low-flush toilets and composting. Read more here.

Bonds Victory Bonds for Clean Energy
What if Americans could support a clean energy future the way they once supported the U.S. war effort?
There aren't too many issues that unite the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution. But recently, they came together to promote greater financing of clean energy in the United States. Their urgency is shared by the American public at large. Poll after poll shows that Americans across the political spectrum want the same things: clean energy, energy efficiency, and energy independence.

Our reality is considerably different, with the U.S. falling well behind China in clean energy investments. In 2009, China invested twice as much in clean energy, and now controls 35 percent of the global market in solar panels. Clean technology could be a major generator of U.S. jobs, but not if we fall far behind China and other nations in investments. Read more here.

Gates The Miracle Seeker
Bill Gates is investing millions to halt global warming by creating an inexhaustible supply of carbon-free energy

Bill Gates is a relative newcomer to the fight against global warming, but he's already shifting the debate over climate change. In recent years, America's wealthiest man has begun to tackle energy issues in a major way, investing millions in everything from high-capacity batteries to machines that can scrub carbon dioxide out of the air. With a personal fortune of $50 billion, Gates has the resources to give his favorite solutions a major boost. But it's his status as America's most successful entrepreneur that gives his views the most clout: "His voice carries enormous credibility about how technology can be used to solve global warming," says Fred Krupp, head of the Environmental Defense Fund. Read more here.

Bags Even Reusable Bags Carry Environmental Risk
They dangle from the arms of many New Yorkers, a nearly ubiquitous emblem of empathy with the environment: synthetic, reusable grocery bags, another must-have accessory for the socially conscious.

But the bags, hot items at upscale markets, may be on the verge of a glacier-size public relations problem: similar bags outside the city have been found to contain lead. Read more here.

Biofuels, Solar Power Farther Along Than Many Think - Report
For skeptics, alternative energy has long been more hype than genuine promise. Yet several alternative-energy technologies are approaching inflection points in their development, and the day when they could have a profound impact on the global energy landscape could come far sooner than is commonly assumed, according to a new report from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Read more here.

Carbon Obama Faces Tough Fight Over EPA's Carbon Emission Rules, Beinecke Says
The heat radiating off roadways has long been a factor in explaining why city temperatures are often considerably warmer than nearby suburban or rural areas. Now a team of engineering researchers from the University of Rhode Island is examining methods of harvesting that solar energy to melt ice, power streetlights, illuminate signs, heat buildings and potentially use it for many other purposes Read more here.

EPA announces Florida water pollution rules
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The federal Environmental Protection Agency for the first time Monday in Florida set numeric water pollution standards for a state although 13 others already have adopted such rules on their own.

The federal standards are required by the settlement of a lawsuit last year. They replace Florida's vague descriptive regulations for determining when rivers, lakes and other inland waters are polluted with such contaminants as fertilizer and animal and human waste. Those pollutants are blamed for toxic algae blooms that have clogged Florida's waterways. Read more here.

No jive turkey Heritage Turkeys: Worth the Cost?
American shoppers expect to pay more for foods raised without pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and antibiotics. But when it comes to the Thanksgiving turkey the price differential understandably raises some eyebrows, with many supermarkets offering frozen commodity turkeys for around $1.50 a pound while a heritage bird costs around $7 a pound. Many consumers, especially if they haven't tasted a heritage turkey, wonder whether that splurge is really worth it.

We are purveyors of naturally raised heritage turkeys, and it will come as no surprise that we feel they are worth every penny. The dozens of chefs and customers who've told us that ours was the best-tasting turkey they'd ever eaten would likely agree. The short answer is, "You get what you pay for." For a meatier response, read on. Read more here. Or find your local fresh turkeys here.

Exxon to pay $25 million for New York City oil spill
Exxon Mobil Corp will pay $25 million as part of a settlement to clean up a decades-old oil spill in New York City, the state's attorney general said on Wednesday.

The settlement, filed in U.S. district court in Brooklyn, requires Exxon to conduct a comprehensive cleanup of its Greenpoint facility in Brooklyn, which includes oil floating on top of the water table and contaminated groundwater and soil. Read more here.

Crayons? Xerox Employees' Green Ideas Save Company $10.2 Million
One way to dismiss sustainability and any smidgen of corporate social responsibility is to shout the antiquated argument that we only have a choice between the economy and the environment. Xerox has shown that is not the case. Last year the company announced it was working on carbon neutrality; to that end, in the push to make the company more "green," Xerox encouraged its employees to share ideas on how the organization could become more efficient. Green can be lean, and the environment can lend itself to economy, to tweak the word a tad.

The results from employees' rethinking: Xerox has saved US$10.2 million this year while it eliminated 2.6 million pounds of waste. Employees at facilities around the world were engaged in a corporate wide "Earth Awards" program that challenged them to leverage innovation as a means to saving the company resources Read more here.

Solar New transparent, light-harvesting material could lead to power generating windows
While rooftops are the obvious place to put solar cells to generate clean electricity for the home, we've seen a number of technologies aimed at expanding the potential solar collecting area to include windows using transparent solar cells. These include Octillion Corp's NanoPower Window technology, RSi's semi-transparent photovoltaic glass windows, and EnSol's transparent thin film. In this latest development, U.S. scientists have fabricated a new type of self-assembling transparent thin film material that could boost the cost effectiveness and scalability of solar window production. Read more here.

LEED Revision Tightens Energy-Efficiency Standards With New Credits, Categories
The first of two public comment sessions opened this week on changes proposed for the U.S. Green Building Council's rating system for sustainable and energy-efficient buildings.

The update to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, rating system will build upon a 2009 revision. The proposed changes, put together by USGBC's technical advisory committees, include three new credit categories and a variety of reworked and new credits and prerequisites. They touch each of the rating system's sections, including building design and construction, operations and maintenance, and LEED for homes. Read more here.

Ken Caldeira Voices: What's Next in Science
Scientists can't say what they'll be discovering 10 years from now. But they do pay careful attention to the direction in which their fields are moving, and they have some strong hunches about where they are headed in the year ahead. Here are prognostications for science in 2011 from 10 leading figures in 10 widely scattered disciplines, from genomics to mathematics to earth science. Regardless of whether they prove true next year, they offer a glimpse into the kinds of possibilities that get scientists excited. Read more here.

The Cloud's Green Advantage
Cloud computing can greatly reduce the net energy use of business computing.
In his piece, "Cloud Computing Meets Energy Management," William Clifford makes important points about the need to optimize the efficiency of both cloud data centers and on-premise computing. However, a new study released this week challenges his assertion that cloud computing "just transfers the consumption problem to another location." The findings suggest instead that cloud computing can significantly reduce the overall net energy use of business computing needs. Read more here.

Medusa! A Devilish Grass Invades the West
Armed with pointed tips so sharp that neither cows nor deer will eat it, medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae) is an invasive grass species that seems to have stepped right out of the Little Shop of Horrors. With no enemies, it is spreading rapidly throughout the western United States, outcompeting native grasses and even other grass invaders. Unless steps are found to control its spread, medusahead is likely to turn millions of hectares of grazing land into worthless fields, say researchers in a study that determined why this grass is so successful.

"It is a devilish species because it is absolutely not of any worth," says Seema Mangla, a plant ecologist at Oregon State University, Corvallis, who led the study. "Every animal avoids it." Read more here.

Local
Weatherize Business owners look to save money on utility bills
NStar and the City of New Bedford have partnered with the Marion Institute's Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative and PACE YouthBuild to pilot a groundbreaking community-based project promoting energy efficiency and green-sector jobs. By leveraging the expertise of the Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative and the training provided by the local YouthBuild program, the new Community Mobilization Initiative (CMI) pilot combines the benefits of NStar's residential and small business energy audits with job opportunities for inner-city residents and young adults.

The goal of the initiative is to weatherize 25 small businesses, 50 units of housing and 4 apartment buildings in the next two months. Read more here.

Bill McKibben, environmentalist, will headline Community Foundation meeting
NEW BEDFORD — Bill McKibben, a notable environmentalist and author, will headline the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts annual meeting Thursday.

McKibben's books include "Deep Economy," "The End of Nature" and his newest work, "Eaarth." Read more here.

RI Farms After century-long decline, Rhode Island farms are experiencing a growth spurt
Founded in 2002, Aquidneck Farms' 260 acres of pastures in Portsmouth are on schedule to support nearly 20,000 pounds of high-quality, grass-fed beef this year. Farm manager Jim Booth says his biggest challenge: The farm can't keep up with demand from farmers' markets and restaurants.

Patrick McNiff faces a similar challenge on his 100-acre operation based at the south end of Jamestown. Last year, he raised and sold 3,000 broilers, 50 hogs, 150 turkeys, 15 lambs and 3 steers. This year, he expects to double and triple those numbers. But he still can't grow enough to keep up with the demand he generates through Twitter and Facebook as well as traditional marketing. Read more here.

Save the Bay takes anti-LNG message directly to Hess shareholders
FALL RIVER — An environmental advocacy group is taking the fight against a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal to people investing in the project.

Rhode Island-based Save the Bay is issuing a letter to shareholders of HessLNG detailing a laundry list of obstacles that must be overcome before the project can be given life along the banks of the Taunton River. Read more here.

Green team Green Team teaches kids recycling is fun
DARTMOUTH — How many times have you tossed an empty water bottle in the trash, thought twice, and pulled it out to recycle?

For those who didn't grow up with three different recycling bins in the house, it can hard to remember what to recycle, or even to recycle at all.

That's why a group of UMass Dartmouth seniors are trying to instill "green" habits among the very young with a "Recycle Fest" at Kempton Elementary School on Wednesday. Read more here.

UMD wind turbine proponents tout savings, reduced carbon footprint
More than $125,000 in annual savings and a reduced carbon footprint.

That was the message proponents of the plan to build a 244-foot-high wind turbine on the UMass Dartmouth campus emphasized during an open forum Wednesday night. Read more here.

Trash Trash-to-energy facility being considered in Taunton
Frank Campbell said it's beyond his comprehension how the state can let Taunton wither on the vine in its bid for a gasification-based, trash-to-energy facility that is green, clean and job-creating.

"None of this makes sense to me. I've been in this business for 28 years, and this is the first time I've seen something like this," Campbell, president of Interstate Waste Technologies Inc. in Malvern, Pa., said Friday night. Read more here.

Bouchard to pay $6M in damages for 2003 oil spill
Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. and its affiliates will pay more than $6 million to settle a portion of the federal and state claims stemming from the Buzzards Bay oil spill in April 2003, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.

If the settlement receives court approval, the money would compensate the public for damages to shoreline and aquatic resources, piping plovers, and coastal recreational uses such as beach access, shellfishing and boating, the Justice Department said. Read more here.

Tram Rapid Transit May Be Here Shortly
PROVIDENCE — The city recently added itself to the ever-growing list of American cities that are exploring multimodal transit programs, including a downtown rapid light rail/bus system to revitalize business districts, improve air quality and traffic conditions in the city and reduce fossil-fuel dependency.

Today, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) board members presented the findings of the Providence Core Connector feasibility study to the Capital Center Design Review Committee. The report was compiled using case studies from several mid-sized U.S. cities — from Albany, N.Y., to Seattle, Wash. — that all use different rapid transit technologies. Read more here.

Fairhaven grant will help town protect aquifer land
The town is receiving $254,200 from the state to help it purchase and protect 59 acres along New Boston Road in the town's northeast corner, officials announced.

The award is one of 19 being distributed through the Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity program of the state Energy and Environmental Affairs office. The grants, which total $6.3 million, will help protect 880 acres across the state, the Energy and Environmental Affairs office said in an announcement. Read more here.

Students Fall River's People, Inc. teams up with UMass students for redesign
When the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth talks about the potential of service-learning projects, this is what it has in mind: a newly redesigned building for the human service agency People, Incorporated.

People, Incorporated needed to renovate its 20,000-square-foot Industrial Park building, and students in a graphics design class at UMass Dartmouth needed real-world experience. It was a perfect fit, university and People, Incorporated officials said at an open house on Monday.

"It's a fantastic collaboration," People, Incorporated President and CEO Robert Canuel said. Read more here.

Op-Ed: An environmental bank heist right before our eyes
There was a time when the Acushnet River gave back to the North and South ends of New Bedford that line its banks.

The textile mills built at the turn of the 20th century transported the city's factory goods on the river, they used its watery might to power and clean their machinery. Read more here.

Decontamination of 5 residential parcels around old waste site under way
NEW BEDFORD — Work is under way to remove contaminated soil from five residential properties around the perimeter of the Parker Street waste site after soil testing conducted earlier this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed elevated levels of some contaminants.Read more here.

Trash Wi-Fi Trash Compactors Come to Newbury Street
City installs new solar-powered receptacles with Wi-Fi technology that signals when they're full.
Much of the trash on Newbury Street will no longer be blowing in the wind. Or overflowing from the barrels. Or considered food for animals at night.

The Newbury Street League teamed up with the city to purchase and install six Big Belly trash receptacles, strategically placed on the corners of cross streets, from Exeter Street to Massachusetts Avenue. Read more here.

New energy rules worry builders
Property developers in Boston are balking at tougher energy-efficiency rules proposed for new buildings, arguing they would limit popular design options such as sheer glass skyscrapers and significantly increase construction costs at a time of economic stress. Read more here.

NK Summertime Over-Watering Creates Problems All Year
The town takes action to reduce the small group of water guzzlers who pose big challenges to safety and development

Susan Licardi, director of the North Kingstown Water Department, has a persistent nightmare:

"There's a fire blazing somewhere in town, and no water pressure to fight it."

Her nightmare has a basis in reality: in the hot, dry summer of 2005, North Kingstown – which normally pumps about 3.1 million gallons of water each day from its 11 gravel-packed groundwater wells – saw daily usage skyrocket to 8.4 million gallons. Read more here.

Green Building energy- efficient housing that's affordable
NORTH KINGSTOWN — Dave Caldwell Jr. is determined to prove that building a green house doesn't cost a lot.

Take the house at 53 Hancock Drive, in North Kingstown, built by his company Caldwell & Johnson Inc. From the outside, the modest three-bedroom house looks a lot like its neighbors in this middle-class neighborhood. But on the inside, features such as bamboo floors, countertops and carpets made of recycled materials, EnergyStar appliances, dual-flush toilets and low-flow bathroom fixtures set it apart. The walls are double-insulated, and a ventilator ensures that the air is changed every three hours without losing heat. Read more here.

Landfills examined for energy farm use
Nine area communities are exploring whether they can turn landfills into alternative energy farms.

The project, which is being coordinated by the Merrimac Valley Planning Commission, taps two emerging trends: reusing landfills and brownfields as renewable energy sites, and taking a regional approach to green energy initiatives. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

SEEAL Annual Meeting

November 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Ocean Explorium
SEEAL and the Community Foundation team up for joint Annual Meeting and year-end celebration, Thursday, November 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Famed environmentalist and pioneer of 350.org, Bill McKibben will keynote the event at the Ocean Explorium, Union Street, New Bedford MA.  The event will offer local, nutritious, filling food and beverage, and is free and open to the public—space is limited and will be first come, first served.  RSVP to nharding@cfsema.org. www.seeal.org.

What could a future beyond cheap oil look like?

November 19, 7:00 p.m., mediumstudio, 79 N. Water St., New Bedford
This month's film, a modern classic titled "The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil" - Cuba rebuilt its quality of life following the collapse of cheap oil supplied by the former Soviet Union. This fascinating and empowering film shows how communities pulled together, created solutions, and ultimately thrived in spite of their decreased dependence on imported energy.

Screening to be followed by community-building discussion. http://facebook.com/NewBedfordPOWER

Newport Recycling Day

November 20, 8:00 AM - noon, Newport, RI
Newport's Clean City Program invites area residents to recycle electronic waste, plastics (#3- #7), Styrofoam, clothing & household items, books, bicycles, cooking oil, shred sensitive documents, purchase recycling bins at a discounted rate, or purchase compost bins. No hazardous materials are accepted. Details here.

Lakeville Litter Lifters to meet for final cleanup of year

November 20, 9:00 AM, Lakeville
Lakeville Litter Lifters will meet Saturday for the final cleanup of the year. The group, committed to do what it can to make Lakeville litter-free, will meet at the Old Town House at the intersection of Routes 18 and 105 at 9 a.m. to select a site for an hour or two of picking up litter. For further information, call Martha "Mike" Schroeder at (508) 946-0141 or e-mail LakevilleLitter-Lifters@hotmail.com.

South Shore Locavores: Cranberries and Bogs

November 22, 7:00PM - 8:30PM, Kingston, MA
Discover what is actually involved in maintaining those beautiful bogs you drive by every day, and learn how can you make the most of the harvest and support your local cranberry growers.

Where does your food come from? How does it get to you? How healthy is it? How can you support local farmers and food producers through your food purchases? The Kingston Public Library and edible SouthShore magazine have teamed up to present an ongoing series of programs about the phenomenon of “eating locally.” Details here.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Post-Thanksgiving Day Walk

November 27, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Destruction Brook Woods
Free and open to the public. Walk off your Thanksgiving-day feast on one of our most popular loctions.

Winter is for the Birds!

November 27, 1:00PM- 2:30PM, Buttonwood Park Zoo
Members: $10/family Non-members: $20/family
Would you like to make your yard more wildlife-friendly? Does it really matter what birdseed mix you use? Join us for this family workshop to learn about the food, water and habitat needs of our feathered friends. We'll wrap up the workshop by making a wood and Plexiglas bird feeder to take home. The program fee includes 1 bird feeder kit per family. Additional kits will be available for purchase the day of the workshop at $6 each. Participants must pre-register and pay in advance by calling the North Woods Gift Store at (508) 991-4556 x 14 or by visiting www.bpzoo.org.

Intro to Nutrient Dense Crop Production

November 30, 7:00PM - 9:00PM, Friends' Academy
Free! Introduction to Nutrient Dense Crop Production and the Real Food Campaign. Presented by Dan Kittredge, life-long organic farmer, Director of Real Food Campaign, and instructor of a 5-part course in Dartmouth 2011: www.realfoodcampaign.org. Dan is giving a series of free public lectures about principles of biological management and nutrient density all over the Northeast this Fall in October and November of 2010. Visit the FREE event in Dartmouth, MA!! Details here.

Sustainability Film Series: The Gulf Coast Blues: Oil in Our Veins

December 1, 6:30PM, UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
This project is about one man's narrative intersecting with an entire region's collective story. Marc's film shows the frustration of trying to help and being turned away. His film shows the initial reaction of oil seeping onto the beaches of Grand Isle. But it's through his lens, as he paddles his sea kayak around booms and barrier islands, how we witness what compels a human to ditch his security to find out how all his years working for the environment translates into getting down with the natives. He comes back with a story of raw decay and rampant admonition. He is spot-on when it comes to people, wildlife and a system of dirty energy extraction and exploitation crashing head-first into each other. Details here.

Leading the Way: Communities Building a Sustainable Region

December 2, 1:00PM - 5:00 PM, Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center Auditorium (ATMC), Fall River
Throughout Southeastern Massachusetts dozens of elected officials, government employees, and community activists have been developing sustainability programs. These leaders may have differing motivations, but their programs are advancing fiscal responsibility, ecological restoration and building resilient communities.

These leaders are tackling the difficult issues of our time. They're overcoming obstacles and creating successes. Come hear their inspiring stories. Details here.

World Sustainable Development Teach-in Day: Food, Wine & Sustainability

December 3, 1:00PM, UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Join Indic Studies and the Sustainability Initiative for World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day to discuss Sustainable Development towards local solutions to a global change including Food, Wine and Sustainability on the South Coast. Details here.

Richard Heinberg: Peak Oil, the Financial Crisis, and the Path to Sustainability

December 7, 6:30 PM, UMass Dartmouth Woodland Commons
Peak oil expert Richard Hienburg will speak at UMass Dartmouth's Woodland Commons on Tuesday, December 7, about peak oil, it's impact on the financial crisis, and how to move forward from there.

Coalition for the Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities

December 9, 7:00 PM, Calvary Temple Assembly of God, 4321 North Main St., Fall River, MA
Please make every effort to attend. Bring a friend! Email: nolng1@yahoo.com

DNRT Holiday Party

December 10, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Old Southworth Library
The Board of Directors of Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust invites you to its annual Holiday Celebration. Help us celebrate another successful year of land conservation! Mulled Cider and Hors D'oeuvres will be served. Details here.


Leaf Bullet Announcements
SEMAP Announces First-Ever Membership Drive!
At Thursday's Annual Meeting, SEMAP's executive director, Bridget Alexander Ferreira, announced SEMAP's first-ever membership drive. "We want to keep the momentum from the relaunch going," said Alexander Ferreira. "Our goal is 500 new and renewing members by January 1, 2011," she continued. With SEMAP's newly established 501(c)(3) designation as a charitable non-profit, donations are now tax deductible and with the new website, memberships can be taken on-line. Invest in your community – invest in you - support SEMAP. See "Get Involved" above to become a member, volunteer or sponsor. Projects Learn more here, or join here.
Coalition Seeks Executive Assistant
The Coalition for Buzzards Bay seeks a highly-organized and personally engaging professional to serve as Executive Assistant to the President of this rapidly growing regional conservation organization. The full-time position reports directly to and works closely with the President and joins a talented staff and dedicated Board of Directors. The Executive Assistant provides support to the President in the areas of nonprofit governance, major gift fundraising, and administration. Projects Learn more here.
DOE Technical Assistance Program Webinars
The U.S. Department of Energy announced Technical Assistance Program Webinars for Fall 2010. Visit to see the list of webinar topics and to sign up for the webinars. The TAP Webinar series will address key issues and challenges that energy practitioners may face in implementing their projects and programs, including: * Structuring incentives to effectively drive demand for residential retrofits * Tips and tools for promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in your community * Maximizing energy savings in buildings by using energy management systems * Tracking data and developing savings estimates for energy efficiency projects. Learn more here.
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.
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.
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 winding down, 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.

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
Local Turkeys for Thanksgiving
Check out a list of places to buy locally-grown, often organic turkeys and have a greener Thanksgiving. Learn more here.

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