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January 20 to 27, 2011

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Wilderness First Aid Course

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RI Local Food Forum

SouthCoast Regional Bikeway Summit



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The ABCs of Winter Biking

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A logger opts for the old ways, out of concern for the future
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Leaf Bullet News
Renewable Energy Going "All The Way" With Renewable Energy?
Political will seen as main green power obstacle, but practical issues remain.
In a world where fossil fuel provides more than 80 percent of energy, what would it take to go completely green? Could the world switch over to power from only the wind, sun, waves, and heat from the Earth in only a few decades?

The question seems a fanciful one, when world leaders are stymied over proposals for far less dramatic cuts in the carbon dioxide emissions from global burning of coal, oil, and natural gas. But two U.S. researchers, a transportation expert and an atmospheric scientist, decided the time had come to apply blue-sky thinking to one of the world's greatest challenges. Read more here.

Hot Earth's hot past could be prologue to future climate
BOULDER—The magnitude of climate change during Earth’s deep past suggests that future temperatures may eventually rise far more than projected if society continues its pace of emitting greenhouse gases, a new analysis concludes. The study, by National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientist Jeffrey Kiehl, will appear as a “Perspectives” piece in this week’s issue of the journal Science.

Building on recent research, the study examines the relationship between global temperatures and high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere tens of millions of years ago. It warns that, if carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current rate through the end of this century, atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gas will reach levels that last existed about 30 million to 100 million years ago, when global temperatures averaged about 29 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius) above pre-industrial levels. Read more here.

Icy Thaw of Earth's icy sunshade may stoke warming
Shrinking ice and snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere is reflecting ever less sunshine back into space in a previously underestimated mechanism that could add to global warming, a study showed.

Satellite data indicated that Arctic sea ice, glaciers, winter snow and Greenland's ice were bouncing less energy back to space from 1979 to 2008. The dwindling white sunshade exposes ground or water, both of which are darker and absorb more heat. Read more here.

Roman! Climate Changes Linked to Fall of Roman Empire
A prolonged period of wet weather spurred the spread of the Bubonic plague in medieval times, according to a new study. And a 300-year spell of unpredictable weather coincided with the decline of the Roman Empire.

Climate change wasn't necessarily the cause of these and other major historical events, researchers say. But the study, which pieced together a year-by-year history of temperature and precipitation in Western Europe, dating back 2,500 years, offers the most detailed picture yet of how climate and society have been intertwined for millennia. Read more here.

Fisheries What I Learned About Our Dwindling Fisheries On A Recent Trip to Puerto Rico
One of the reasons why I enjoy writing for Sustainable Cities Collective is that it allows me to veer from my standard green building legal posts over at Green Building Law Update. This is such a post.

While on the beautiful island of Vieques - just off of Puerto Rico - my wife and I chartered a small fishing boat with Captain J. Ferguson, a seasoned fisherman of 19 years. He informed us that he started out in Key West, and then St. Thomas, went back to Key West and then finally ended up in Vieques. Read more here.

Sustainable food 15 Innovations in Sustainable Food
The Worldwatch Institute, a group that conducts research on climate, energy, food, agriculture, and the green economy, has just released its 2011 State of the World Report, subtitled "Innovations that Nourish the Planet."

By "innovations," Worldwatch means agriculture-based methods that have been shown to prevent food waste, help resist climate change, and promote urban farming. The report describes 15 such innovations, all of them environmentally sustainable. Read more here.

Quantas Qantas to sign LOI for algae-based aviation biofuel
At a series of public and private meetings this week on the Rodeo Drive of algae, North Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla, California, Qantas confirmed that it is in advanced talks with an unnamed algal biofuels producer ("with strong ties to Australia") that are expected to result in a letter of intent for an offtake agreement for algal jet fuel, with the potential that Qantas may take a financial stake in the venture. Read more here.

Got cookies? Organic Milk More Nutritious?
Organic milk contains more healthy fats than conventional milk, finds a U.K. study.
Organic milk has more beneficial fats than conventional milk, at least in the United Kingdom, says a new study. Whether these differences are nutritionally significant is less clear.

Surveys of U.S. milk have yielded different results, though they also show differences between organic and conventional milk. Read more here.

Commons Rewriting the "Tragedy of the Commons"
By Bill McKibben
It was two years before the first Earth Day in 1970 when Garrett Hardin penned the famous essay "Tragedy of the Commons," and it fit a certain bleak and despairing mood of the time. Paul Ehrlich had just published The Population Bomb, a Malthusian account of a world overwhelmed by sheer numbers of people. Against the backdrop of that gloom, Hardin's theory came as another dose of bad news, "proving" that we also had no hope of controlling our appetite for natural resources. Since no one owned the oceans or the atmosphere, we would inevitably fish and pollute them into oblivion. Hardin offered a few suggestions, but his title summed it up: we were witnessing a tragedy whose script could not be revised. Read more here.

Not so foolish Fools Gold May Not Be So Foolish for Solar Energy
Pyrite, also known as fool's gold, was the stuff of heartbreak for many a gold miner. Mimicking the look of the precious gold they were after, Pyrite was considered essentially worthless. But for the solar energy industry, Pyrite just may turn into a pot of gold.

Researchers at the University of California Irvine are working towards using the plentiful mineral to create a solar receptive film at a cost far lower than that of using rare earth minerals. Read more here.

Chemical Tsunami Goes Unnoticed
Until its prohibition in 1937, marijuana was one of the top three most prescribed medicines in the United States. Today, the use of marijuana for just medical reasons is a controversial topic, and we spend billions annually fighting its mere existence.

We largely ignore, however, the unregulated chemical tidal wave that overwhelms nearly every facet of our lives. Read more here.

Green Jobs How Green Jobs Are Fueling The Recovery
Creating new well-paying jobs to spur the economic recovery remains a central concern globally and in the US. The Great Recession has left many professionals and their families struggling to make ends meet for over two years. This jobless recovery is likely to be the longest recovery since the Great Depression. Furthermore, the convergence of automation and globalization have resulted in permanent changes in jobs across many industries. For instance, manufacturing and construction jobs are today more technical and requiring more education than 20 years ago. Due to the same pressure of automation and globalization, middle management jobs are also disappearing. Read more here.

Prefab Home builders see green prefab potential
Sandra Beer watched her neighbors in East Chatham, N.Y., devote copious time and sweat equity in building all or part of their homes.

"As a single working mom, I realized I couldn't go that route," says Beer, 51, a fundraiser for a PBS-TV station in Albany. So she explored factory-built options that would be energy efficient. Read more here.

Brine Low-salt diet has some roads getting greener
Old-fashioned brine lets municipalities save money, help safeguard environment
The science of making streets safe during winter storms is potholed with problems.

Tons of sand dumped on roadways can pick up contaminants and clog storm drains and must be swept up each spring.

Anyone who has driven behind a truck dispensing rock salt knows that a lot of it often bounces off the roadway, wasted. Read more here.

Brine Still growing strong
At one of the country's oldest family farms, a new creature may spell salvation: the locavore
Besides the asphalt on Route 30 and a few irrigation pipes stacked near a raspberry patch, the view from atop a hill at Nourse Farm in Westborough seems little changed since the place was founded in 1722. The vista, featuring a farmhouse, red barn, and rolling fields, resembles a Colonial-era painting out of an American history textbook.

But ask Jon Nourse, 62, about how the years have passed, and he'll rattle off different crops, livestock, and sales ventures that have helped his family live off the land for eight generations. The legacy allows him to plausibly boast that the operation is one of the longest continuously run family farms in the United States. Read more here.

Heating Customers getting burned by high heating oil prices
With January heating oil prices at their highest in at least a decade, a growing number of homeowners and tenants are beginning to feel the pinch – and in some cases seeking fuel assistance for the first time.

Customers, retail dealers and social service agencies all say heating costs are being strained by this year’s sharp oil price rise, not the recent cold spell.

With two months of winter still ahead, "We're starting to hear some customers worry about their ability to pay," said Jim Bicknell, vice president of the Alvin Hollis heating oil company in South Weymouth. Read more here.

Fuel assistance anxiety high as prices rise, temperatures fall
Like thousands of other local residents, Jacqueline Barboza relies on heating assistance from People Acting in Community Endeavors Inc. in New Bedford to keep warm.

"Without them, I wouldn't know what to do," said the 70-year-old New Bedford retiree who lives on a fixed income with her teenage grandson, her son and her 75-year-old husband. "I don't have the money to get oil." Read more here.

Buttonwood Park neighbors debate zoo expansion
TNEW BEDFORD — The tone was civil but the crowd polarized at a public hearing before the Park Board Wednesday night on the proposed expansion of the Buttonwood Park Zoo.

The proponents of the expansion, which would take about 4 acres of parkland between the zoo's existing northern boundary and Court Street, spoke about the need to give the zoo's elephants, Emily and Ruth, more space, and to give children new and varied experiences. Read more here.

Green Jobs R.I. Workers and Employers Get Green
PROVIDENCE — Building a green economy may differ from the kinds of building that Rhode Island's construction workers usually perform, but they are similar in one fundamental way: you won't get far without the right tools.

Programs around the state are giving workers those tools, in the form of the skills, experience and certifications necessary to lead the state to a greener economy. Read more here.

Manager sought for Westport 'green' school repairs
The school district has been asked to pick a project manager for the "green" repair projects for which it is seeking grants, although it has not won the funding yet.

Superintendent of Schools Carlos Colley said the Massachusetts School Building Authority has asked him to pick a firm to oversee the work from a list of pre-approved companies. Read more here.

Fishing Swansea mulls commercial conch fishing, opening shellfishing areas
The 2011 shellfishing regulations in town will have big and small changes — and one in the form of a pretty spiral-shelled creature that makes both great music and a tasty salad.

The Board of Selectmen discussed opening up commercial conch harvesting in the spring. Read more here.

Green building? Work under way to convert Wampanoag Mill into energy efficient apartments
FALL RIVER — The 140-year-old Wampanoag Mill is being transformed into senior housing, giving the Quequechan Street building new life after years as an underutilized factory outlet center.

By August, 97 apartment units will hit the market — most of which will be deemed affordable by state guidelines — and the Wampanoag Mill will become Curtain Lofts. The development will meet design standards by the National Park Service and be certified for environmental friendliness, according to developer WinnCompanies. Read more here.

A green loss here is a win for China
THE TOTAL eclipse of 800 Massachusetts jobs by Evergreen Solar, as the firm shifts those jobs to China despite $58 million in state aid, shows just how fast the so-called green jobs manufacturing revolution is dimming. It belies any feel-good rhetoric such as President Obama's assertion, "I don't want solar panels and wind turbines built in Asia or Europe. I want them made right here in the US of A.'' It should spur Governor Patrick and other governors to huddle with Obama on the viability of state funds for individual firms without a true national strategy on clean energy. Read more here.

Geothermal Geothermal energy to heat, cool Charlestown liquor store
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — When The Charlestown Package Store reopens this spring, customers will see that the original hole-in-the-wall business has been replaced by a much larger structure with a two-story, timbered lobby.

What will be less obvious is the specially designed geothermal system that will heat, cool and dehumidify the new building without burning a drop of oil or gas. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Thaayrohyadi of the Council of Otomi Toltec Elders and Wisdom Keepers

January 20, 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m., Location varies
Toltec Meditation Circle for Bringing More Peace When: Thursday January 20, 5:30-6:30pm Where: Spiritual Exploratory Center (if there is enough demand, the circle may be moved to the First Unitarian Church, 71 8th St. New Bedford, MA) What: Participatory meditation Cost: FREE (donations welcome)

Drumming Circle for Mother Earth When: Thursday January 20, 6:30-8:30pm Where: Spiritual Exploratory Center (if there is enough demand, the circle may be moved to the First Unitarian Church, 71 8th St. New Bedford, MA) What: This is an incredible opportunity to be part of a chain of sacred drum circles for the healing of Mother Earth! We will contribute to the healing energy of the 8000 Sacred Drums for Peace, to culminate in Mexico on the Spring Equinox! Bring your drums and positive intentions! Cost: FREE (donations welcome) Details here.

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, Bristol County Agricultural High School
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, Providence
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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Cost of Energy, Project Financing, and Funding

February 16, 1 p.m, Webinar
A discussion of wind financing funding options and discussion about the cost of energy. The Webinar is free; no registration is required. Login information is below. 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.

RI Good Agricultural Practices Certification

February 22, 9:00AM - 2:00PM, Kingston, RI
We would like to invite current RIGAP certified growers and other RI growers interested in becoming RIGAP certified to our February 22nd training session which will be held at Building 75, URI East Farm, Route 108 in Kingston. This year’s training session will include a discussion by of RIGAP certified growers who will talk about their participation in the program and its benefits. As of 2010, 40 RI farms are RIGAP certified which represents a significant percentage of the state’s fruit and vegetable production. Also included in the session will be a brief discussion of the recently passed Food Safety Modernization Act that includes FDA “powers” and new general food safety requirements for all food processors and specific produce safety standards. Refreshments, including a light lunch, will be served. Details here.

Preschool Story Hour

February 24, 10:30 a.m. - noon, Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
Free to the public; donations always appreciated. Pre-registration requested but not required. Flock to the Lloyd Center and join Educator/Naturalist Amanda Wilkinson for story hour. Parents and children will be treated to a feathery tale with a fun craft to follow. As a special treat, you will get to meet the Lloyd Center's very own resident raptor, up-close and personal in a live presentation! 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
BikeThe ABCs of Winter Biking
Tips for winter riding from the coldest big city in America.

I’m just back from an invigorating bike ride. Nothing unusual about that.

I bike almost every afternoon—not only for exercise but for the mental lift that comes from feeling the wind in my face and blood pumping through my body. For me it’s a form of meditation, which sends fresh thoughts soaring into my imagination that would never take flight back at my desk. Learn more here.

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