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January 13 to 20, 2011

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NOFA/Mass 24th Annual Winter Conference

Green Drinks Providence

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Movie Screening: FRESH

Slocum's River Long Walk

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Natural Beekeeping Course

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"Bodies" Fill Underwater Sculpture Park
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Leaf Bullet News
Global
Coral Huge Coral Reefs Discovered off Puerto Rico
A new discovery of thriving coral reefs off the coast of Puerto Rico may offer hope for other shallower reefs.

Scuba diving scientists discovered sprawling and diverse coral reefs at 100 to 500 feet (30 to 150 meters) below the ocean surface within a 12-mile (19-kilometer) span off the southwestern coast near La Parguera, Puerto Rico. Read more here.

Chart Figures on Global Climate Show 2010 Tied 2005 as the Hottest Year on Record
New government figures for the global climate show that 2010 was the wettest year in the historical record, and it tied 2005 as the hottest year since record-keeping began in 1880.

The new figures confirm that 2010 will go down as one of the more remarkable years in the annals of climatology. It featured prodigious snowstorms that broke seasonal records in the United States and Europe; a record-shattering summer heat wave that scorched Russia; strong floods that drove people from their homes in places like Pakistan, Australia, California and Tennessee; a severe die-off of coral reefs; and a continuation in the global trend of a warming climate. Read more here, or see NPR coverage here.

Icy In China's Icy North, Outfitting Buildings to Save Energy
Jin-Xing Ma's apartment has a new hat, and a five-layered coat. Standing in her living room, her trim frame ensconced in a purple sweater, Ma is effusive about her home's new wardrobe.

Here in the China's northeast, where winter temperatures plummet to -40ºF (-42º C), cities are getting serious about giving old, drafty buildings a face-lift. Last year, Harbin (map) spent $1.1 million to retrofit 21 million square feet (2 million square meters) of residential buildings—adding five new layers of wall insulation, as well as better windows and roofing that tenants like Ma affectionately describe as the building's new "winter clothes." Read more here.

India The Age of Vulnerability
How the 2008 financial crash redefined what it means to be economically vulnerable.
If you are wondering what the Wall Street crash did for U.S. credibility abroad, listen to this. In the middle of the pain and suffering of the global economic and food crises of 2009, a group of South Asian economists and policy makers met in India and mocked the United States: "You guys messed up, and you're taking the world economy down with you. Thank God we were smart enough to ignore your advice, so our financial sector was never deregulated, and we still grow most of our own food. We keep government grain stocks to cushion price spikes, and we're even better than China because we rely more on internal demand than exports so we're not taking as much of a hit," as one participant summed up the sentiment of the meeting. Read more here.

Insects Meat producers should replace cattle with insects, scientists say
Scientists in the Netherlands have discovered that insects produce significantly less greenhouse gas per kilogram of meat than cattle or pigs. Their study, published in the online journal PLoS One, suggests that a move towards insect farming could result in a more sustainable - and affordable - form of meat production.

The rearing of cattle and pigs for meat production results in an estimated 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. With worldwide consumption of beef and pork expected to double by 2020, alternatives are being investigated. Of these, perhaps the most notable has been the development of "in-vitro meat" which is lab-grown tissue not requiring the production of a whole organism. Read more here.

Australian floods could send food prices soaring
The worst flooding in the Australian state of Queensland in 50 years could push up the nation's fruit and vegetable prices by as much as 20 to 30 percent, lifting inflation and potentially dampening retail spending.

Economists and the country's top supermarket chains said new, torrential flooding and rains across farmlands in southeastern Queensland in the past day had damaged crops and cut roads, preventing moving goods to market. Read more here.

Batteries DC Power: Not Just for the Energizer Bunny Anymore
During the late 1800s Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse were engaged in an intense industrial rivalry. Edison's electrical inventions ran on DC (direct current). Westinghouse tried to convince governments and business that AC (alternating current) was the way to go for the development of large-scale power distribution systems. In their book American Entrepreneur: The Fascinating Stories of the People Who Defined Business in the United States, Larry Schweikart and Lynne Pierson Doti retell how the battle got pretty nasty. Read more here.

National
Seattle A Different City
How can cities adapt to climate change? For Seattle, it means planning ahead for an uncertain future.
The City Council's goal of reaching carbon neutrality will take many years—and we are leading the world in making this commitment and trying to figure out how to get there. At the current rate, it will be a long time before we have a coordinated national strategy, and progress toward an international agreement is painfully slow.

But even if the world achieved carbon neutrality overnight, the climate is already changing, and we must adapt to that even if atmospheric carbon begins to decline. Read more here.

Haddock Hooray for Haddock: Fish Return to the East Coast, and Other News
Northeastern seafood lovers are finally off the hook. Henceforth, they will be able to dine on some of the region's iconic fish species with clear consciences—more or less. This week, the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch (my go-to source for making environmentally sound seafood choices) moved Atlantic haddock, Atlantic pollock, summer flounder, and line-caught Gulf of Maine cod to its "Good Alternatives" category—a promotion for some of the species from the "Avoid" list.

"We're always pleased when we see fish stocks recovering through effective management measures," said Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, director of the aquarium's Seafood Watch program. Read more here.

Map High-Speed Rail in America
A new study released today by America 2050 identifies the high-speed rail corridors with the greatest potential to attract ridership in each of the nation's megaregions. Corridors connecting populous regions with large job centers, rail transit networks, and existing air markets scored best. The study also recommends that the federal government adopt a quantitative approach to evaluating future investment in high-speed rail. Read more here.

Ford Ford Follows GM, Nissan With Electric Car
Ford Motor Co. said Friday that an electric version of its Ford Focus sedan will go on sale in North America by the end of this year.

Ford introduced the electric Focus at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The car is expected to go up to 100 miles on an electric charge. Read more here.

Local
Education NATURE'S COURSE: WRWA's Tadpole Tales is perfect for the tot who loves the outdoors
WESTPORT — Are your little ones nature lovers?

If they are, they probably will enjoy the Westport River Watershed Alliance's Tadpole Tales program.

In its third year, the program exposes preschool age children to their surroundings and gives them a better understanding of how nature works. Read more here.

$6 million solar farm approved for North Dartmouth
A San Diego-based company is planning to develop a $6 million solar panel farm near the site of the former Dartmouth Sports Dome on Reed Road.

Borrego Solar Systems, which also has offices in Lowell and in Berkeley, Calif., plans to install 6,900 solar panels on 5 acres near the former dome, which collapsed in January 2001 under the weight of snow. Read more here.

Water Attleboro mill plan reenergized
The owner of a 200-year-old mill is trying to get his plan for a hydroelectric plant back online after a low-energy economy pulled the plug on it for a couple of years.

Gary Demers has filed for a preliminary permit for the project with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. That will open up a 60-day comment period for the Dodgeville Dam Hydroelectric Project, which would be built on the Ten Mile River at Dodgeville Mill off South Main Street. Read more here.

UMass Dartmouth expanding sustainable development program
A University of Massachusetts Dartmouth online graduate certificate program for sustainable development that began last fall on a pilot basis will be extended full-time this spring semester, the university announced last week.

The 12-credit program, which begins Jan. 24, includes courses on sustainable development theory and practice; environmental consequences of globalization; environmental law; corporate social responsibility and business law; and a required course on strategic sustainable leadership. Read more here.

Greenhouse Green Economy Holds Golden Opportunity for R.I.
PROVIDENCE — Climate change, rising energy prices and an unemployment rate topping 11 percent might sound like a dismal combination, but in this mix of misfortune, some Rhode Islanders spot opportunity. Spurring development of renewable energy and green building techniques, some say, can make the state more sustainable, while at the same time providing a sorely needed lifeline to the state's struggling workers.

“Rhode Island has lost tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs over the last thirty years,” said Keith Stokes, executive director of the Economic Development Corporation (EDC). “We see the green economy as a way of building a whole new manufacturing base.” Read more here.

Despite Evergreen closure, state's tech strategy is sound
THE STATE'S investment in Evergreen Solar Inc. was worth the risk, but that doesn't make it feel any better to watch it fail. The solar panel maker spent at least $340 million setting up a plant at Devens, employed close to 800 people there, but got caught in a major downturn in the price of solar panels. Facing that pinch, it decided to shift its manufacturing to its existing plant in China.

It's a blow to Massachusetts' efforts to become an international leader in renewable energy — but not a reason to stop trying, just to keep learning. Read more here.

Hot air Wind Power Whips Up Opposition in N. Kingstown
Most in a crowd of about a hundred attendees applauded after the Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to enact a moratorium on new wind turbine proposals.

The vote came after significant vocal opposition to the proposed Stamp Farm turbine on Route 2 at a recent Planning Commission meeting. Read more here.

Residents get $12.3m in Buzzards Bay spill
A New York shipping company has agreed to pay more than $12 million in damages to residents of Mattapoisett for the loss of use of their beaches after an oil spill in Buzzards Bay in 2003.

Superior Court Judge Raymond J. Brassard granted preliminary approval to the $12.375 million settlement agreement reached between Bouchard Transportation Co. and more than 1,000 homeowners, who were kept off their beaches after an unmanned barge being towed by a tugboat ran aground and oil coated their shores. Read more here.

Empty bus Stimulus-funded bus routes in Swansea, Somerset seeing few riders
The Somerset and Swansea bus routes that started running last September often operate like something of a personal transportation service — so few people ride that those taking it can have practically the whole bus to themselves.

Ridership numbers have been "very, very weak," said John George, president of Union Street Bus Co., which runs the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

The Haunted Cry of a Long Gone Bird

January 13, 7pm, The Coalition for Buzzards Bay
The Coalition for Buzzards Bay's Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center is the newest destination in Downtown New Bedford, but who is Richard Wheeler? As a teacher and historian Dick Wheeler has dedicated his life to spreading the word of conservation and maritime heritage. Come meet Dick and learn the story of his 1,500 mile kayak journey from Newfoundland to Buzzards Bay following the path of the extinct Great Auk by watching the NOVA documentary "The Haunted Cry of a Long Gone Bird". Showing at 7pm with questions before and after. Details here.

NOFA/Mass 24th Annual Winter Conference

January 15, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Worcester Tech High Schol
Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts' conference brings together farmers and agricultural luminaries for this highly-anticipated conference. Featuring Keynote Speaker: Michael Phillips of Lost Nation Orchard, Groveton, NH. Including All-Day Seminars by Michael and Nancy Phillips on Organic Apple Orcharding and Herbs for Family Health. 60 Workshops, Dozens of Exhibitors and Vendors, Children's Program, Potluck Lunch. Details here.

Preschool Story Hour

January 15, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Lloyd Center Headquarters
What happens to animals in winter? Join Educator/Naturalist Amanda Wilkinson for  an 'Animals in Winter' story hour. Parents and children will be treated to a story about how animals survive the cold, followed by a related craft. You might even catch a glimpse of one of these crafty critters outside the Center's Visitor Center! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Details here.

Green Drinks Providence

January 20, 5 p.m.- 8 p.m., Location varies
Green Drinks is an international organization that allows people in the "green" and environmental community to come together. Through this network people have made friends, found jobs, exchanged information, developed new ideas and have helped others in the field with special projects. Green Drinks Providence meets the third Thursday of every month at a different location in our capital city. Info: Contact Bill Mott at bmott@theoceanproject.org. Details here.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust to host tour of historic Allen's Mill

January 22, 10 to 11 a.m., Allen’s Mill on Destruction Brook in Dartmouth
On Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m., join the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust and guest leader Andy Burnes for a tour of the historic Allen's Mill on Destruction Brook. The tour is free for members of DNRT. Membership cost is $25. Details here.

Wilderness First Aid Course

January 22-23, 9am-5pm, Old Southworth Library
The Westport River Watershed Alliance and Bristol County Agricultural High School are hosting a Wilderness First Aid Course. This course is a must for anyone traveling in the wilderness, from the outdoor enthusiast to the trip leader. This wilderness emergency medical course will be coordinated in partnership with SOLO Wilderness Medicine, leaders in the field of rescue and emergency medicine both in the US and abroad. Participants completing the course will receive a certification in Wilderness First Aid. Call WRWA to register or register online. Cost $150. Details here.

FRESH: Movie Screening

January 23, 7:00PM - 10:00PM, Newport, RI
FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision of our food and our planet's future. Throughout the film we encounter the most inspiring people, ideas, and initiatives around the US. Short panel discussion to follow with local food growers and suppliers. $5 donation suggested. Details here.

Photosynthesis for Hydrogen and Fuels Production

January 24, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Webinar
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Program is offering a Webinar titled "Improving Photosynthesis for Hydrogen and Fuels Production" in conjunction with the Biomass Program. Register now to attend this free Webinar. Dr. Tasios Melis of UC Berkeley, a preeminent researcher in the field of Photobiological Hydrogen Production, will be providing an overview of his invention disclosing methods and compositions to minimize the chlorophyll antenna size of photosynthesis by decreasing the expression of the novel TLA1 gene, thereby improving solar conversion efficiencies and photosynthetic productivity in plants and algae. This new invention and enabling technology, developed with DOE support through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, has broad positive implications for mass culture productivity. The invention has already been successfully applied in the microalgae biofuels field to improve energy efficiency and product yield. Details here.

Arts + Eats #4

January 27, 9 - 11AM, Bullock Rd., East Freetown
A friendly evening of good food by Farm Fresh Harvest Kitchen youth & good art by AS220 Youth To benefit farm-to-school and farm-to-hospital initiatives at Farm Fresh Rhode Island Join us for local food, drink, and art. Catered by Youth Trainees of the Farm Fresh Harvest Kitchen with the art of AS220 Youth. $20 ticket includes light fare, beer and wine. 100% of ticket profits and 5% of art sales this evening go to the Farm Fresh RI Market Mobile warehouse build out to get more fresh foods into local schools and hospitals. Details here.

Animal Tracking

January 29, 9 - 11AM, Bullock Rd., East Freetown
Join Bill Sampson, senior keeper at the Buttonwood Park Zoo, to learn the art of tracking animals in winter. Although the forests of the 13,600-acre Bioreserve might at first appear uninhabited in winter, they are actually full of life all year round. While a few animals do head south or hibernate away the winter months, most remain in New England and are active all year. Most of the Bioreserve's mammals are out and about foraging for food and leaving their tracks in the snow. Rabbit, deer, fox, coyote, turkey, and fisher are just some of the animals whose tracks may be found. Details here.

Cooks & Books Series: SEMAP & How On Earth

February 1, 7:00pm at the  Mattapoisett Public Library, 7 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett
FREE EVENT! Join SEMAP and Margie Baldwin, founding member of Marion Institute and How On Earth for an evening discussion of local food and sustainable agriculture. Discover how you can help support local farms in Southeastern Mass., as well as create healthy eating habits that help the planet! Cost: FREE! RSVP to scogswell@semaponline.org. Details here.

Green Drinks Newport

February 3, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, Style Newport, 302 Thames Street, Newport.
Green Drinks is an international organization that allows people in the “green” and environmental community to come together. Through this network people have made friends, found jobs, exchanged information, developed new ideas and have helped others in the field with special projects. Most of all, people have fun! Details here.

Slocum's River Long Walk

February 6, 1 - 4PM, Slocum's River Reserve
The Trustees' extensive conservation efforts in this area make it possible to walk from the Slocum's River to the Westport River almost entirely on protected land. Here's your chance to experience it all – and get a little workout before the Super Bowl. We'll head outside before the big game to stretch our legs on a 4.5-mile walk from the Slocum's River Reserve to the Westport Rivers Winery for a tasting. Be aware that trails may be icy, snow covered, or muddy. Transportation will be provided back to your car. Details here.

RI Local Food Forum

February 8, 8:30AM - 2:30PM, Providence
A networking opportunity for farmers, chefs, food service buyers, and public health professionals. This year's theme is "Fresh Where We Work". In addition to general networking and local food discussion, there will be a special focus on efforts to get fresh local food into hospitals, schools, workplace cafeterias and other institutional food service. Registration online. Free. Details here.

Applesauce Canning Class

February 12, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Cedar Spring Herb Farm
Learn from a pro!  Local grower/herbalist Donna Eaton will show us the ins and outs of canning our own delicious, all-natural Applesauce.  Learn recipes, canning instructions, and tidbits on saving money by preserving locally grown foods.  Take home a jar!  Cost: $20 per person; RSVP required; email scogswell@semaponline.org. Details here.

Gulf Oil Spill Presentation

February 10, 7pm, The Coalition for Buzzards Bay
Last summer the country watched in disbelief as oil spilled from BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig into the Gulf of Mexico. While different in scale, the event brought back memories of similar disasters here on Buzzards Bay, most recently the Bouchard 120 oil spill in 2003. Former Coalition staff member and oil spill response planner Ben Bryant, who spent the summer helping to contain the impact from the BP spill, will compare the response to both events and discuss how prevention and response planning are both essential for protecting our natural and economic resources from oil spills. Presentation at 7pm with questions before and after. Details here.

South Coast Regional Bikeway Summit

February 15, 1pm-4pm, Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center Auditorium (ATMC), Fall River
Join the discussion about people connecting our South Coast communities through a Regional Bikeway. With oil prices rising and health concerns mounting a voice is growing in the South Coast—calling for healthy, safe, and sustainable alternative modes of transportation. Join us for a presentation of the South Coast Regional Bikeway vision. Learn what other communities have achieved; and what the South Coast is and can be doing to expand bikeways in the region. Details here.

Reaching the Animal Mind: A Night with Karen Pryor

February 15, 7 p.m, Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford
Karen Pryor, a behavioral biologist with an international reputation in marine mammal biology and behavioral psychology, will speak at the Buttonwood Park Zoo on Tuesday, February 15th at 7 p.m Details here.

Green Drinks Providence

February 17, 5 p.m.- 8 p.m., Location varies
Green Drinks is an international organization that allows people in the "green" and environmental community to come together. Through this network people have made friends, found jobs, exchanged information, developed new ideas and have helped others in the field with special projects. Green Drinks Providence meets the third Thursday of every month at a different location in our capital city. Info: Contact Bill Mott at bmott@theoceanproject.org. Details here.

Lloyd Center Annual Owl Prowl

February 20, 3:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m., Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
Venture out into various locations in the quiet, dark winter woods of Dartmouth during the predawn hours when local owls of our region are highly active. Screech, Great Horned, Barred and Long Eared Owls are potential species heard and seen. Around sunrise, you'll depart the forest and visit Barney's Joy beach, where other seabirds and the beautiful winter beach itself can be enjoyed. On occasion, Diurnal Owl such as Short-eared and Snowy may be seen. Details here.

Nest Box Building

February 26, 1pm-4pm, Watuppa Reservation Headquarters
Help to improve bluebird habitat by building a nest box you can take home with you! The populations of these beautiful birds have been in decline due to a shortage of natural nesting cavities and competition from non-native species. By helping to build well-designed nesting boxes you can encourage the return of these birds and improve the biodiversity of our region. Details here.


Leaf Bullet Announcements
Natural Beekeeping Course
Bristol Community College announces open enrollment for its spring Natural Beekeeping Course. The course is an introduction to the basic principles and practices of natural beekeeping that emphasizes organic methods. The course prepares new beekeepers to understand the basics well enough to begin their own beekeeping as a hobby or small enterprise. Topics include biology and life cycle of honey bees, equipment and supplies, starting a new hive, seasonal hive management, hive pests and diseases, and harvesting honey. Students have the opportunity to purchase new hives, equipment, and bees to establish their own hive in the spring. At least one field day demonstrates installation, feeding, and beginning steps of establishing a new hive. The class will meet Monday evenings from 6-9:00 pm from February 28 through April 11 and the course can be taken for 1 college credit or as a noncredit course. Contact Dr. Jim Corven for more information: james.corven@bristolcc.edu or 508 678-2811, ext, 3047.
Buy Carbon Credits with the Marion Institute
Happy New Year from everyone here at the Marion Institute, where to celebrate 2011 we have just introduced our $7 Carbon Diet which is your chance to offset one ton of carbon emissions for just $7. Your tax-free donation will go directly to our Gaviotas Carbon Offset Initiative, which has been reforesting tropical rainforest for over twenty years. So here's hoping you, and our planet, have a great new year. Donate here.
Sustainability Assessment: Responsibility and Renewal
Our sustainability assessment, "Responsibility and Renewal," the work of dozens of UMD community members, was published a few weeks ago. Packed with information about our current state and our collective dreams, the publication is available online at: http://issuu.com/umdpublications/docs/responsibility_renewal_assessment We also have beautiful printed copies for use in classes and offices--call us for more information. Download it here (PDF).
Sustainability Newsletter for Fall/Winter
We've launched out fall/winter newsletter! Check out articles about our Living Classroom project, the restoration of the Cedar Dell Vista, our partnership with John Perkins, our mill project in New Bedford, and much more. Download it here (PDF).
New Bedford's Ocean Explorium seeks volunteers
The Ocean Explorium is currently in need of adult volunteers for our admissions and gift shop operations.

All volunteers for the Ocean Explorium receive training, uniform shirts and other benefits. Volunteers are invited to learn about aquarium operations, behind the scenes as well as in the public eye. Learn more here.
Brix Bounty Farm Hosts 3rd Annual Winter Studies Series 2010/2011
Mondays at 7 PM (with an option to join us at 6PM for a simple Soup, Salad, and Bread Potluck Supper) 2 Six-week Sessions Session I: Mondays Dec 13th – Jan 24th. Focus on Community, Economics, & Agriculture Projects.

Session II:  Mondays Feb 7th – Mar 14th – Topic:  “Sustainable Agriculture In Depth” – Selection TBA in December 2010.

Mondays February 7,14,21,28 & March 7,14 2011- Winter Study Session II at Brix Bounty Farm – Focus “Agriculture in Depth” - We’ll cover two texts:  Biological Transmutations by C.L. Kervran and Anatomy of Life & Energy in Agriculture by Arden. B. Andersen.

Join us we examine 3 pieces which explore future possibilities for a more complete and viable economic system focusing on sustainable wealth and community connections. Learn more here.

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. J J oJoin here.
EPA Webcasts and Podcasts: Local Climate and Energy Webcasts
The Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series assists local governments as they explore topics related to local government climate change and clean energy efforts. These monthly webcasts highlight EPA resources available to local governments and present examples of successful climate and energy programs and policies implemented locally. Presentations, recordings, and other supplemental materials are available sorted by topic or sorted by date. Learn more here.
Coalition seeks Restoration Biologist, and Communications and Outreach Associate
The Coalition for Buzzards Bay is growing and we are looking for talented, energetic, and passionate staff members and volunteers to help further our mission. Check out the opportunities below: 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. Learn about the contest 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
How to Safely Handle Spent CFLs
The eco-friendly bulbs contain some mercury and must be handled properly. Also see the seven places you shouldn't put a CFL. Learn more here.

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