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February 3 to 10, 2011

In This Issue


Global, national, and local news

This week:

Slocum's River Long Walk

RI Local Food Forum


Save The Date:

Lloyd Center Annual Owl Prowl

South Coast Bikeway Summit



Buzzard's Bay Coalition Decision-Makers Workshops

Natural Beekeeping Course

Weekly Green Tip:

Eco-Friendly Valentine's Gifts

Clip of the Week

Defending the Rivers of the Amazon, with Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver Narrates New Google Earth Animation on Brazil's Controversial Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon Rainforest.

Weekly Quote:

"As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Leaf Bullet News
UK Beyond GDP: UK to Measure Well-Being
The UK is trying out a new way to see if government policies are improving people's lives: ask.
In November, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced that, to help guide national policy, the British government would begin to measure the subjective well-being of its citizens. The announcement was the latest evidence of a growing awareness among governments and economists that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and other traditional metrics of economic progress fail to measure the kind of progress that makes life better.

The British government's decision to measure subjective well-being (rather than, say, objective measures of mental and physical health) underscored the growing debate about what measurements should replace the outdated focus on economic growth. Read more here.

Icy Arctic current warmer than for 2,000 years: study
A North Atlantic current flowing into the Arctic Ocean is warmer than for at least 2,000 years in a sign that global warming is likely to bring ice-free seas around the North Pole in summers, a study showed.

Scientists said that waters at the northern end of the Gulf Stream, between Greenland and the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, averaged 6 degrees Celsius (42.80F) in recent summers, warmer than at natural peaks during Roman or Medieval times. Read more here.

Icy Can the U.S. Compete With China on Green Tech?
The Obama administration has sought to promote green technology as a growth engine in the U.S. But even with some government support, new firms have a hard time competing with foreign producers. The U.S. currently accounts for just $1.6 billion of the world's $29 billion market for solar panels, with China, using aggressive policies, to become the dominant maker of equipment like solar panels and wind turbines. Congress was so concerned about unfair trade practices harming American manufacturers that it recently approved a provision to require the Pentagon to buy only American-made solar panels. Read more here.

Glaciers Warm summers shown to slow down glaciers
Hotter summers may not be such a disaster for the Greenland ice sheet after all, if the latest research is anything to go by. Scientists have found that Greenland glaciers flow slower in warmer summers than they do during cooler ones.

Although this seems counter-intuitive, the researchers explain that during cooler summers, a small amount of melted water from glaciers' surfaces seeps down to their bases, lubricating them so they move more easily. Read more here.

Storm The Complex Business of Measuring Climate Change
Have you ever wondered exactly how scientists track climate change and the warming of the world at a global level? Estimating the overall surface temperature of the Earth isn't easy when you have to account for seasonal variations across six continents and four oceans. It requires compiling data from satellites positioned high up in the atmosphere and from hundreds of meteorological stations scattered across the globe. However being able to compare average global temperatures from year to year is incredibly important, and allows scientists to track the progress of climate change. Read more here.

Russia, ExxonMobil seal $1bn Black Sea oil deal
US-based ExxonMobil, the biggest privately-controlled oil company in the world, will make a new investment in Russia for the first time in over a decade as Moscow seeks to thaw its frosty investor climate and keep its oil flowing.

Russian state oil company Rosneft will develop over a billion tonnes of Black Sea oil using a $1 billion investment by ExxonMobil, whose relationship with the world's top oil producing country has been poor in the 21st Century. Read more here.

Oil Oil Markets Churn Over Egypt's Potential as Gateway for Revolt
Political risk of "contagion" eclipses concern over Suez Canal.
World oil prices were trading at their highest level in three years this week amid the revolt in Egypt, which for decades served as a major petroleum transit route. But energy analysts believe the real risk is not a closure of the desert conduits—the Suez Canal and the Sumed Pipeline—but that the unrest gripping Cairo will spread to neighboring nations.

"The whole Arab world is watching what is happening in Egypt," said James Burkhard, managing director of the global energy consulting firm, IHS CERA. "It is adding a new layer of anxiety about the Middle East, which is the most important oil-producing region in the world." Read more here.

Brazil Green Lights Controversial Amazon Dam
The Brazilian government has issued a "partial" installation license for an enormous hydroelectric dam opposed by human rights and environmental advocacy groups.

The Belo Monte Dam Complex would break ground on the margins of the Amazon's Xingu River. Read more here.

Brazil's environment chief resigns over controversial Amazon dam
The president of Brazil's environmental agency IBAMA has resigned over pressure to grant a license for the Belo Monte dam, a hydroelectric project on the Xingu River that faces strong opposition from environmental groups and indigenous tribes, reports O Globo.

Abelardo Bayma Azevedo, the head of IBAMA, reportedly refused to grant the license due to environmental concerns. Read more here.

Storm EcoTipping Points: Strategies for Shifting from Decline to Restoration
The EcoTipping Points Project has documented more than 100 stories of environmental recovery in communities around the world. What do these success stories have in common?
Most environmental stories we hear are tales of decline. In complexly interwoven natural systems, one ecological problem, such as loss of a forest, often leads to many others. It becomes hard to imagine stopping the downward spiral, much less reversing it.

But it can be done. Read more here.

Pipeline One oil pipeline too many for Texas?
exas has rarely met an oil facility it didn't like. Ever since Spindletop sent a gush of crude 150 feet into the air near here in 1901, Texans have been mostly willing to put up with the spills, smokestack belches and massive refinery vistas that go along with big, fat pots of "Texas tea."

But that was before a Canadian company, TransCanada Corp., came forward with a plan to build a 1,700-mile pipeline to carry heavy, high-pollutant oil from the tar sands under the boreal forests of northern Alberta, across the American heartland, through scenic ranchlands in the piney woods of east Texas and on to refineries near Houston and Port Arthur Read more here.

Canada-U.S. pipe would cut Mideast oil imports: study
A proposed pipeline from Canada's oil sands to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico would help "essentially eliminate" U.S. oil imports from the Middle East in a decade or two, according to a new study commissioned by the Department of Energy.

Oil deliveries from the $7 billion pipeline, combined with a projected drop in U.S. fuel demand, would potentially turn the United States into a net exporter of products like gasoline, jet fuel and diesel, said the report, called "Keystone XL Assessment." Read more here.

Gulf to recover from BP oil spill by 2012: Feinberg
The Gulf of Mexico should recover from the massive BP oil spill by the end of 2012, the administrator of the $20 billion victims compensation fund said Wednesday.

By that time, most of the harmful effect of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history will have dissipated and the economy should have picked up, said Kenneth Feinberg, independent administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF). Read more here.

Rail All Aboard for High-Speed Rail
The Obama administration has given passenger rail the strongest federal push since the days of Abraham Lincoln in hopes of spurring job growth and keeping pace with a rising China. In early 2010, Washington allotted $8 billion in stimulus cash to fund 13 high-speed rail systems spread across 31 states, including projects in Florida, the Midwest, California, and the Northeast. "Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail," said President Obama during the 2011 State of the Union address. Read more here.

Organic Panic: Obama Administration Green Lights Mutant Alfalfa
USDA Deregulation of Genetically Modified Hay Threatens Organic Foods, Critics Say
The nation's organic farmers are sounding the alarm after an Obama administration decision they say could destroy their supply chains and drastically limit the choices and availability of some popular consumer foods.

The Department of Agriculture decided last week to allow the widespread, unregulated use of genetically modified alfalfa, commonly known as hay, which is the primary feed for dairy cows and beef cattle across the country. Read more here, or read coverage by The Atlantic here.

Alfalfa End of Organics? Monsanto's GMO Alfalfa Approved
The USDA has approved Monsanto's gene-modified alfalfa.

"So what?" you say. "I don't eat alfalfa."

But if you eat beef, drink milk, eat cheese or ice cream, or eat any packaged food products that contain dairy, you DO eat alfalfa… as processed by cows. Alfalfa is the backbone of the beef and dairy industry. Read more here.

Alfalfa Why You Should Care About Genetically Modified Alfalfa
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack decided last week to fully deregulate the planting of alfalfa genetically modified to resist the spraying of Roundup herbicide, so why should you care?

This move had been opposed by organic farmers and consumers because of the strong possibility that genetically modified alfalfa will cross-pollinate non-GM alfalfa. This has been recognized by the Supreme Court as potentially harmful to the organics sector, since organic foods cannot be produced with genetically modified crops. Once organic livestock are fed GM alfalfa, they can no longer be called organic. Read more here.

Paranoia Monster Snow And Megastorms, Oh My!
The nation is "freaking out over Midwest megastorm," according to MSNBC. Other alarming adjectives attached to the wintrified system — slip-sliding across America — include "monster" and "historic."

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the National Weather Service issued "an unusually dire blizzard warning, calling the storm expected to start Tuesday 'potentially life-threatening.' "

The Weather Channel deems it a "multi-day, dangerous, destructive winter storm" and warns: "ice, tornadoes, snow all on table." Read more here.

Green building
Are cities the best place to live? Are suburbs OK? A fight grows in urban planning, with Harvard at the center
A little over two months ago, some two dozen influential architects, urban planners, and academics from around the country gathered at a New Orleans cottage to spend a long weekend discussing strategy. The house belonged to 61-year-old Andres Duany, a leader in the movement known as New Urbanism, which originated in the late 1970s and has enjoyed decades as the dominant force in American city planning, urging Americans to reject suburban subdivisions in favor of denser, more diverse neighborhoods.

The purpose of the summit was to talk about an enemy. A rival faction of urban theorists had begun to publicly challenge them, and declare their approach to city-making obsolete. Read more here.

Solar Idling Green Economy Needs to Find First Gear
Many Rhode Islanders hope that the tenet "green means go" will hold true for the state's dragging economy. But pressing the accelerator on a nascent green economy has so far proven challenging.

"We've been hearing that the green economy is going to create so many jobs, but it's not really done that yet," said Jeff Polucha, head of the Green Technology Consortium, a Governor's Workforce Board business partnership focused on spurring green jobs in the state. Read more here.

Commuters find a way to beat the high cost of bus service to Boston
NEW BEDFORD — About two and a half years ago, Noel Ciminello started to get a little frustrated with his daily commute to Boston.

Gas prices were skyrocketing, and more and more people were seeking out daily bus service to avoid driving their own cars, said Ciminello.

"They were actually leaving people at the bus stop because they were full up to capacity," he said. Read more here.

American Chestnut is poised for a comeback
PAXTON, Mass. — For decades the American chestnut — an icon of Americana and vital component of Eastern U.S. forest ecology and economy — seemed lost for all time.

Even the combined resources of the federal government, state environmental agencies and plant scientists had failed to eradicate or slow the airborne pathogen that had killed billions of chestnut trees since first being identified in New York City in 1904. Read more here.

Offshore wind map Turbine plans worry fishermen
NEW BEDFORD — Wind turbines could one day straddle thousands of miles of rich fishing grounds in the waters south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket if federal plans to accelerate growth in the offshore wind industry are realized.

But the sheer size of the area that is open to wind projects has many in the fishing industry worried about their future. Read more here.

Fishermen voice concerns about impact of offshore wind farms
NEW BEDFORD — Calling offshore wind turbines "the new frontier for renewable energy," Daniel Cohen, head of an offshore wind company owned by fishermen, spoke to a small but lively crowd at the New Bedford Whaling Museum Monday.

Cohen is president of Fishermen's Energy, made up of principals in several other New Jersey-based fishing companies who want a stake in how and where wind turbines are sited, he said. Read more here.

LNG site LNG opponents say Hess stock divestiture needed
FALL RIVER — The fight against Weaver's Cove Energy's proposed liquefied natural gas terminal is now being fought against those who may be helping to pay for the project.

A group of project opponents is asking regional governments to divest any municipal and state retirement funds of any Hess stock as a sign of protest against the project. Read more here.

$2.5M for 'green' school repairs goes to Westport voters in March
Town officials have approved the warrant for a March 1 special election with a single ballot question on funding for "green" school building repair projects.

The town is seeking grant money for the projects while talking of forming a new committee to oversee them. Read more here.

Snow YouthBuild teams are on call to help dig out residents in need
For centuries, the hanging of clothes outside to dry in the sun was a common practice. That changed, at least in the United States, in the 1950s with the arrival of the suburban ideal of modern living.

Wet, flapping clothes soon became an aesthetic issue. Homeowners associations began claiming clotheslines lowered neighborhood property values by 15 percent to 20 percent. Read more here.

Westport Trustees of Reservations to host annual Slocum's River Long Walk
FALL RIVER — With winter far from over, help is on the way for some city residents who feel buried alive by the snow.

Mayor Will Flanagan Tuesday announced the city is partnering with YouthBuild Fall River and The Herald News to help shovel out seniors and disabled residents in need of help. Read more here.

Turbine Turbine, plus rules, on agenda
Another wind turbine proposal is fluttering around the South Shore, this one for a single tower on land in Hingham, close to the border with Weymouth and sandwiched between an industrial park and a residential neighborhood.

Add it to a list of turbine possibilities in the wind-rich region, with proposals flying everywhere from Cohasset, Marion, Scituate, and Kingston to Milton, Hanover, and Wareham. Read more here.

Brayton Brayton Point Ranked 4th in Mercury Pollution
The Brayton Point Power Station emits 84 pounds of mercury annually, according to a recently released Environment Rhode Island report entitled "Dirty Energy's Assault on our Health: Mercury."

The power plant, located on 306 acres of land at the head of Narragansett Bay and just across the border from Rhode Island, is ranked fourth worst in New England for mercury pollution, according to Environment Rhode Island, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. Read more here.

Lots of spots to view seals in South County -- from afar
Seal viewing is especially good this time of year, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says, when harbor and gray seals haul out on rocks and sandbars in large groups.

|The best way to see seals is with binoculars, because getting any closer will stress the animals, and besides, it's against the law to come within 150 feet of a marine mammal. Unless they are pups, they will escape to the water when people get too close. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Decision Making for Sustainable Public Works

February 10, 11am - 1pm, Webinar
Decision making for sustainable public works infrastructure: Triple bottom line approach using life-cycle costs, risk assessment, and social and environmental impact analysis

Life Cycle Cost Analysis enables decision-makers to assess the long-term financial effects of project alternatives – from design to decommissioning.

Learn to evaluate all relevant costs that will occur during a facility’s lifetime, including initial construction, O&M and direct and indirect social and environmental impacts. It is important that decision-makers understand the risks associated with each alternative, and how alternatives affect the long-term sustainability of the organization (the triple bottom line of social, environmental, and economic). 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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Screening of the film Carbon Nation

February 11, 8 pm - 10 pm, Brooklyn Coffee Tea House, 209 Douglas Ave., Providence
Rhode Island Interfaith Power and Light, with the blessing of folks at Carbon Nation, is making the film available to all religious organizations in the state during the National Preach-In on Global Warming, Feb. 11-13. Details here.

TEDx Manhattan Viewing Party with SEMAP

February 12, Between 10:00 am – 6:00pm (doors open at 9:30am), UMass Cranberry Station, East Wareham
"The one-day event will highlight several aspects of the sustainable food movement and the work being done to shift our food system from industrially-based agriculture to one in which healthy, nutritious food is accessible to all." – TEDxManhattan.org. Join SEMAP as one of the 4 countries and 56 locations nationwide to host a live webcast of the TEDx conference event. The TEDx Manhattan conference "Changing the Way We Eat" will stream live all day in conjunction to great discussion on local food and farming in Southeastern MA. Plus, it's a potluck! Sign up and bring your own local specialty or warm winter food to share. glenn@marioninstitute.org. 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.

Screening of the film Carbon Nation

February 13,1:30 - 3:30 pm, Mediator, a UUA Fellowship, 50 Rounds Avenue, Providence and Newman Congregational Church, 100 Newman Avenue, East Providence
Rhode Island Interfaith Power and Light, with the blessing of folks at Carbon Nation, is making the film available to all religious organizations in the state during the National Preach-In on Global Warming, Feb. 11-13. 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.

South Coast Sustainable Cinema

February 17, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., Tabor Academy, Marion, MA
THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD is a screwball true story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world's most outrageous pranks. From New Orleans to India to New York City, armed with little more than cheap thrift-store suits, the Yes Men squeeze raucous comedy out of all the ways that corporate greed is destroying the planet. Brüno meets Michael Moore in this gut-busting wake-up call that proves a little imagination can go a long way towards vanquishing the Cult of Greed. 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.

February Vacation Program At Soule Homestead

February 22-25, 9:30AM - 12:00PM, Middleboro, RI
Laurie Amberman, Children’s Educator at Soule Homestead Education Center in Middleboro, has announced the program for this years’ February Vacation. “Don’t Be Left Out In The Cold” is designed for children ages 5-10 and will have interactive, hands-on games, crafts and outside activities at the 120 acre working organic farm. Classes will be held Tuesday, February 22 through Friday, February 25 and will meet from 9:30am until 12pm. A different environmental theme is planned for each day: “All Things Snow” (Tue); “On The Move Animals” (Wed); “Our Frozen World” (Thu); and Long Winters Nap” (Fri). The fee for members is $12 per day or $44 for 4 days, non-member fee is $15 per day or $52 for 4 days. For more information about registering for the program or becoming a member, please contact Laurie at the Homestead by phone (508-947-6744) or email: SouleEducator1@verizon.net

Green Infrastructure Case Studies from Tucson, Portland and Austin

February 23, 8pm - 9:30pm , Webinar
The first in a free, public webinar series with presenters and participants from across North America. Join in if you… Want to improve the quality of life in your neighborhood and community Are interested in environmental sustainability, community development, urban design, or neighborhood activism Want to learn to implement practices like rain gardens, green streets, and street trees in your own community This webinar is free and open to anyone-- members of the public are encouraged to participate! 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.

Winter Flora Walk

February 26, 10am-noon, Ridge Hill Reserve
With guest leader Mike Schroder. 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.

Rhode Island CSA Fair

March 2, 4:00PM - 7:00PM, Pawtucket, RI
Learn about Community Supported Agriculture and check out the farms in Rhode Island that will be providing a CSA this year! All of the information (prices, drop-off locations, item listings etc.) will be in one spot alongside the Wintertime Farmers Market, so come shopping and sign-up for a CSA! Hosted by Farm Fresh RI at the Hope Artiste Village: 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI. Details here.

Sustain Your Farm's Future: 4th Annual One-Day Farm Conference & Resource Fair

March 5, 8 am - 4 pm, Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St., Dighton MA
Newly opened to the public for the 2010 event, the One-Day Farm Conference is an excellent source of information on growing, harvesting, marketing, and networking for your farm business.  Farm Attendees can visit several discussions and demonstrations regarding specific methods of food production and sales.  Avid gardeners and homesteaders are encouraged to attend the public courses on poultry, farmers markets, and more!! Local Lunch Included! Cost:  Farmers: $30; Non-farming individuals: $50; Students: $15. Details here.

Blues for the Blue

March 5, 7pm, Tifereth Israel Congregation, 145 Brownell Ave, New Bedford
Fundraiser event for The Ocean Explorium, featuring blues, and Latin roots rock. Tickets are $30 in advasnce, $25 for Ocean Explorium Members, and $35 at the door. Details here.

Bluebird Monitor Training

March 6, 1pm-3pm, Westport Town Farm
The open fields of Westport Town Farm provide ideal nesting habitat for rare grassland birds such as Eastern Bluebirds. We need your volunteer help to monitor nest boxes regularly during the spring and early summer at locations in Fall River, Westport, Dartmouth, and Rochester. Come learn how you can participate in this ongoing project to bring back the Blues. Details here.

Author Eric Herm to speak on his recent book: 'Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth'

March 14, 5:30 p.m., The New Bedford Public Library – 196 Williams Street, New Bedford MA
Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth is written by 4th generation farmer Eric Herm, who lives on his farm in Western Texas. Eric's inspirational work teaches us first hand the struggles modern small farmers face, and leaves us all empowered to make the changes needed to fix our food system for the better. Join us in New Bedford to hear Eric speak on his farming experience TX and his work to help the next generation of farmers become more sustainable and less dependent on corporately owned chemicals and seed. Visit http://www.sonofafarmer.com/ to learn more about Eric and his vision for the future of small farms. Details here.

South Coast Sustainable Cinema - DIVE

March 17, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., Fairhaven Unitarian Memorial Church, Fairhaven, MA
DIVE - Inspired by a curiosity about our country's careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food – resulting in an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action. Details here.

Starting and Sustaining School Gardens

March 19, 9AM-3PM, Friends Academy, Dartmouth
Starting and Sustaining School Gardens – Teacher-Training Intensive with Steve Walach and Derek Christianson at Friends Academy, Dartmouth, MA. $15 includes materials and lunch. Details and Registration Information Coming Soon. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
2011 Decision Maker Workshops with The Coalition for Buzzards Bay
In the winter of 2011, The Coalition for Buzzards Bay will be hosting a mini-series of workshops for the region's Decision Makers on the topic of Reducing Nitrogen Pollution in Wastewater. These two, free workshops will be highly beneficial for individuals whose professional or community work involves the management of wastewater or natural resources. To register for either workshop, contact Rob Hancock at 508-999-6363 ext 222 or Hancock@savebuzzardsbay.org. More details here.
DOE Technical Assistance Program February Webinar Schedule
Keep your energy up this winter with the February Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Webinars for state, city, county and tribal energy stakeholders! These Webinars will discuss valuable strategies to overcome challenges as well as offer best practices and technical information.

In February, registration is open for Webinars that will address:

  • Strategies for managing construction contractors
  • Developing an Evaluation Measurement and Verification Plan for energy efficiency projects
  • Financing programs with a focus on RFP and Contract Terms and Conditions
  • Leveraging funding to integrate renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Strategies for optimizing solar installations
  • Savings measurement and verification for Energy Service Performance Contracting.

See the schedule here.

Webinar Series on Consumption and the Environment
Coordinated by Region 10 EPA, this webinar series is designed to give you the information you need to confront the impact of our consumer culture on the environment in your community. This series covers basic questions about the nature of consumerism, addresses the role of media and culture in influencing individual thought, takes a close look at the impact of consumption on our environment, and suggests pathways and tools to help us move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and therefore reduce our production of GHGs.

*February 1* - The first topic in this series is an introduction to unsustainable consumption, presented by a man who knows it well. Erik Assadourian, senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, lead the creation of Worldwatch's 2010 State of the World: Transforming Cultures: >From Consumerism to Sustainability. This anthology of essays and research focused on revealing the societal and environmental ills caused by consumption and illuminating different potential pathway. Learn more here.

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"

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. Join 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 Vice-President of Advocacy
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
Eco-Friendly Valentine's Gifts
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and although I'm not a huge fan of Hallmark holidays, I do like to give my boyfriend a little something every year. Usually I give him experiences (theater or movie tickets) rather than things. Learn more here.

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