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February 10 to 17, 2011

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Global, national, and local news

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TEDx viewing party with SEMAP

South Coast Bikeway Summit


Save The Date:

Rally Against Coal at the State House




New Bedford Wetland Photo Contest

Job opportunities with the Coaltion for Buzzards Bay

Weekly Green Tip:

Give the Gift of Wind Power

Clip of the Week

The Urban Homesteaders' League Market Stand
A brief movie about the urban homesteaders' movement in Somerville, MA

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"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
- John Muir

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Leaf Bullet News
Yum Malay scientists use tropical fruits to make batteries
Malaysian engineers are harnessing the country's biodiversity to find alternative raw materials for high-tech electronic products such as electric vehicle batteries.

They have discovered that bamboo, coconut shells and durian fruit skins can be converted into an activated form of carbon used to make the components of electric batteries known as 'supercapacitors'. Read more here.

Amazon 'Alarming' Amazon Droughts May Have Global Fallout
The world's largest tropical forest, the Amazon, experienced something rare last year — a drought. It wasn't the earth-cracking kind of drought that happens in the American Southwest or the Australian outback, but it did stunt or kill lots of trees.

It was the second such drought in the Amazon in five years, and forest scientists are trying to understand why these droughts are happening, and what their effects will be for the planet.

The 2005 drought in the Amazon was so unusual that scientists called it a "100-year event" — something supposed to happen only once a century. Read more here.

Egypt Tunisia, Egypt, and the Big Picture
Egypt lies on the fault lines of the convergence of global ecological, energy, and economic crises—and thus, on the frontlines of deepening global system failure.
The toppling of Ben Ali in Tunisia in the wake of mass protests and bloody street clashes is likely to signify a major transformation in the future of politics and geopolitics for the major countries of the Middle East and North Africa. The Tunisian experience triggered the escalation of unprecedented protests in Egypt against the Mubarak regime. The question is: 'Will events in Tunisia and Egypt have a domino effect throughout the Arab world?' Read more here.

Glaciers Egypt's Chaos Stirs Energy Fear in Israel
A decade ago, the United States urged Israel to lean more heavily on Egypt as an energy supplier, in hopes that such an economic tie would foster cooperation and peace.

But those bonds looked more like shackles after a weekend explosion in the north Sinai desert on a terminal serving the natural gas pipeline that links the uneasy Middle East neighbors. Read more here.

Ice Ice Cores Yield Rich History of Climate Change
On Friday, Jan. 28 in Antarctica, a research team investigating the last 100,000 years of Earth's climate history reached an important milestone completing the main ice core to a depth of 3,331 meters (10,928 feet) at West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide (WAIS). The project will be completed over the next two years with some additional coring and borehole logging to obtain additional information and samples of the ice for the study of the climate record contained in the core. Read more here.

Saudi oil field Leaked Cables Reveal U.S. Concerns over Saudi 'Peak Oil'
Saudi Arabia's ability to boost oil production much above current levels is questionable and the country's overall crude reserves may have been overstated by up to 40 percent, American diplomats in Riyadh warned in confidential cables written between 2007 and 2009. The dispatches were released by Wikileaks and published on Tuesday by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.

One cable written during the 2008 oil shock, when crude prices spiked to nearly $150 per barrel, warned that Saudi Aramco, the Saudi state oil company, no longer appeared to have the ability to raise production sufficiently to affect global oil prices. Read more here.

Swordfish Mercury Levels in Fish Higher Than Previously Estimated
As a chef of over twenty years who has been dedicated to serving wholesome, transparently procured food, I was struck recently while reading an article about a 2010 study by www.GotMercury.org an off shoot of The Turtle Island Institute. The study assessed the levels of Methymercury in swordfish and tuna in a variety of restaurant and retail stores in major markets across the United States, revealing considerably higher levels of Methymercury than previously reported by the FDA in other tests and studies. Read more here.

Battery Batteries that Breathe
Using oxygen as a cathode could give lithium batteries 10 times the energy.
With the launch of the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, it's been a big year for electric vehicles, but their batteries still have a fairly limited range without a recharge. For a car running on today's lithium-ion batteries to match the range provided by a tank of gasoline, you'd need a lot more batteries, which would weigh down the car and take up too much space.

But what if you could take away one of the electrodes in a battery and replace it with air? Read more here.

Biden Obama to call for $53B for high-speed rail
President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion spending plan for high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jump-start job creation.

An initial $8 billion in spending will be part of the budget plan Obama is set to release Monday. If Congress approves the plan, the money would go toward developing or improving trains that travel up to 250 mph, and connecting existing rail lines to new projects. Read more here.

No swimmingNew York City Is Looking at Sewage Treatment as a Source of Energy
New York City's sewage presents a daunting and costly challenge: it creates foul odors and often contaminates waterways.

But the city is now casting its sewage treatment plants and the vast amounts of sludge, methane gas and other byproducts of the wastewater produced by New Yorkers, as an asset — specifically, as potential sources of renewable energy. Read more here.

Cellulosic? Yet Another Route to Cellulosic Ethanol
here are myriad routes to making car fuel from waste, using mix-and-match technologies assembled in novel ways, but none has worked yet on a commercial scale. On Wednesday, Ineos Bio, the subsidiary of a major international chemical firm, broke ground on a plant that aims to use yet another combination.

The Ineos concept has a leg up over some other approaches in that it anticipates three revenue streams. The factory will get paid for taking in plant waste or possibly household garbage and will produce electricity as well as ethanol at a huge savings in carbon dioxide output. Read more here.

Gulf Teeny Janitors Attack Gulf Spill, Then Vanish
Last spring, a website called Helium reported breathlessly that BP's release of methane gas into the Gulf of Mexico would not only poison the water, the fish and the neighborhood, but it also very possibly could trigger "a world-killing event" — perhaps releasing a "mammoth undersea methane bubble" that would destroy much of life on Earth.

Nobody gulped. Yes, BP's oil and methane leak was gigantic. Dangerous amounts of methane were concentrating in Gulf waters. But "world-killing"? That silly story was largely ignored. Read more here.

GOP in House takes aim at EPA authority, funding
Agency's efforts to curb warming assailed over jobs
Vowing to curb the authority and the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency, congressional Republicans are attacking the agency to a degree never seen in its 40-year history.

The EPA's effort to tackle the latest and perhaps most challenging environmental problem, global warming, has made it a central target of the new Republican leadership's antiregulatory agenda. Read more here.

Chu East Coast waters targeted for 4 wind farms
US to spend $50m to hasten projects
Officials have identified four large swaths of ocean along the East Coast as ripe for offshore wind farm development, and leases could be issued by the end of this year, the US Department of the Interior said yesterday.

The US Department of Energy also said it intends to spend more than $50 million over the next five years to speed development of the farms and help meet President Obama's goal of generating 80 percent of the nation's electricity from clean-energy sources by 2035. Read more here.

Local 5 Ways to Help Your Community Go Local
Buy Independent and Buy Local campaigns have a big effect, according to a new survey of independent businesses. Here’s how you can reap the benefits for your local economy.

For four consecutive years, Stacy Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) has undertaken a unique research project, surveying thousands of independent businesses about their sales figures from year to year. The results of ILSR’s latest survey offered encouraging news for entrepreneurs battered by the recession and for organizations working to sustain vital communities. Read more here.

LEED But Is There Fire: If LEED Is A Fraud, Why Aren't Developers Suing
Yesterday, I discussed the fact that Henry Gifford filed an Amended Complaint in his suit against the USGBC for fraudulently claiming that LEED buildings save energy. The post, as well as the Amended Complaint are available here. I also noted that Mr. Gifford and the other plaintiffs probably do not have standing to bring the suit because they were not harmed by the allegedly fraudulent advertising of the LEED system. Read more here.

New Bedford Business Park New Bedford business park growth includes many renewable energy projects
Despite the deepest recession since the Great Depression, the New Bedford Business Park has experienced explosive growth during the last three years.

Since January of 2008, 11 new companies have moved into the park and four existing companies have expanded.

Symmetry Medical, a New York Stock Exchange Company from Warsaw, Ind., acquired an 85,000 square-foot facility for the manufacture of orthopedic medical devices. Read more here.

Station Local designs chosen for rail station
Designs submitted by a group of high school students and a South Dartmouth architect were selected as the winning concepts in the Whale's Tooth Intermodal Station design competition, officials announced Wednesday.

The awards were announced during an event at the New Bedford Whaling Museum attended by the students from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School and architect Damon May, as well as other contest entrants. Read more here.

Environmental review delays hamper rail project
NEW BEDFORD — A draft environmental review of the South Coast Rail project by the Army Corps of Engineers has been delayed again and likely will not be released until sometime in March, an Army Corps official said Wednesday.

The environmental review process is now about two years behind schedule, according to Kristina Egan, director of South Coast Rail for the state Department of Transportation. Read more here.

New Bedford closing in on solar deal
The city is in the final stages of negotiations with a Boston-based developer to install up to 10 megawatts of solar energy capacity on municipal buildings over the next several years.

"The intent is to make New Bedford the leading solar city in the country, not just municipally, but in time to move into the residential and commercial sectors as well," said Scott Durkee, the city's energy director. "The potential scale of this will blow everyone away." Read more here.

BPA Rhode Island Stores Getting Rid of BPA
Amidst the litany of adverse health effects linked to bisphenol A (BPA), local supermarkets and drugstores are making strides to rid their stores of the toxin.

Shaw's supermarkets plans to phase out BPA-coated receipts this spring at its 20 Rhode Island stores. Whole Foods has already switched to BPA alternatives. Stop & Shop also says its register tape is BPA-free at its 25 stores. CVS Caremark, however, continues to handout BPA-coated receipts at its check-out counter. Read more here.

Regional collaboration begun to support bike path plans
When 65 bicyclists showed up on a freezing November afternoon to ride from Fall River to New Bedford in support of a proposed bike path, regional bike path advocates had an "Aha!" moment.

If a single event could generate this much enthusiasm on a raw November day, they wondered, what could an organized regional push do for the cause? Read more here.

Oil law Maritime interests ask court to strike down Mass. oil spill law
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.

Firm working on Tiverton area with contaminated soil is suing homeowners over payment
Residents of a north Tiverton neighborhood who have been battling contaminated soil for close to a decade were dealt another setback.

Last week, the homeowners were hit with a lawsuit from Tantara Corp., a Worcester-based excavation company. According to the Associated Press, the company is seeking $1.6 million, claiming it hasn't been fully paid for work on the properties. Read more here.

Nightmare on Bay Street OUR VIEW: The never-ending blue soil nightmare on Tiverton's Bay Street
It's a nightmare that just never seems to end for residents of Tiverton's Bay Street. Since 2003, the neighborhood has been suffering with the after-effects of cyanide, lead and arsenic pollution in the very ground upon which they've built their lives.

Bay Street residents never deserved this fate but have been stuck dealing with it for years. Children who were mere toddlers when the saga began are in high school and beyond by now, and they grew up never being allowed to play in their yards. Read more here.

New Bedford gets green light to excavate PCB hot spot
The state Department of Environmental Protection has given the city the go-ahead to remove about 98 cubic yards of soil from the grounds of New Bedford High School later this month.

A small section — about 5 feet by 5 feet — of the excavation site is the last spot on the high school property contaminated by concentrations of PCBs in excess of 50 parts per million in the top 3 feet of soil, according to Cheryl Henlin, the city's environmental planner. Read more here.

Activists pleased with EPA action on Parker Street site
NEW BEDFORD — Leaders of CLEAN said Tuesday their organization's relationship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken a turn for the better after a productive meeting Monday night on the agency's ongoing testing efforts at the Parker Street Waste Site.

"I'm astounded and flattered and in shock ... that there's this much attention being paid to the site," said Tom Derosier, vice president of CLEAN, a local environmental activist group. "This is exactly what the city of New Bedford needs. It's what we asked for, actually." Read more here.

Challenge Winner of Aquidneck Energy Challenge Recognized
MIDDLETOWN — Participants in Aquidneck Island and Jamestown's residents-led Neighborhood Energy Challenge capped off a 14-month race to save energy last Friday with a "Grand Finale" dinner featuring keynote speaker Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

The Challenge, which ran from November 2009 to December 2010, was conceived and led by Newport resident Beth Milham and her friends. Read more here.

Fall River Council to explore potential of biopark
City councilors said this week they'd welcome an explanation from state officials about opportunities the recently funded biomanufacturing park would bring to the area.

Councilor Linda Pereira said she spoke with Gregory Bialecki, secretary of the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, when he joined city and university officials to announce the reinstituted $23 million investment. Read more here.

Bristol Community College offering free workforce trainig
Local companies and small businesses are urged to take advantage of free workforce training through The Center for Workforce and Community Education at Bristol Community College. Businesses may be eligible for up to $250,000 in assistance, but only if they meet the Feb. 11 application for the next round of funds.

"Most businesses in this area aren't aware that these funds are available," said Workforce and Community Education Director John Long. Read more here.

Swansea to hold household hazardous waste day on April 16
The town of Swansea will conduct a household hazardous waste day including computer and electronics recycling on Saturday, April 16, at Case Junior High School on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Swansea residents are invited to drop off oil-based paints, stains, thinners, solvents and varnishes, motor vehicle fluids, poisons, pesticides, photo chemicals, old chemistry sets, cleansers, old swimming pool chemicals, aerosol cans, pesticides and auto and household batteries for no charge. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Parker Street Waste Meeting

February 10, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Keith Middle School Auditorium, New Bedford
Representatives from various agencies will be on hand to discuss work done to date at the Parker Street Waste Site: Environmental Protection Agency Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Massachusetts Department of Public Health Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry.

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.

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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Rally Against Coal at the State House

February 18, 11:30 am, State House, Boston
Join us as we deliver a message to Gov. Patrick that we appreciate his work on clean energy for Massachusetts, but we want him to stand up and be an even stronger leader for the health and environment by shutting down the Salem Harbor coal plant and moving us one step closer to a coal free Commonwealth. 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.

Dirt! – The Movie

February 20, 7 p.m., Agudas Achim, 901 N. Main Street, Attleboro
DIRT! The Movie, directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow–takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. 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.

The Age of Stupid

February 27, 7 p.m., Agudas Achim, 901 N. Main Street, Attleboro
The Age of Stupid stars Pete Postlethwaite as a man living in the devastated future world of 2055, looking at old footage and asking: why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance? Discussion led by David Ammerman of the Green Reel Collaborative 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.

DOE Webcast: Energy Savings Performance Contracts

March 3, 1:30PM - 3:00PM, webinar
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will present a webcast on Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) on Thursday, March 3, 2011. If you are a Federal energy professional and have heard about ESPCs – but thought they were too complex or beyond your reach - tune in for a comprehensive introduction. This training will show you how easy it can be to get started, and how FEMP resources can keep you on track. 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.

Hungry for Answers

March 6, 1pm-6pm, Providence
A Conference Addressing Barriers to Better Nutrition in the United States and Around the World. This interdisciplinary meeting will bring together experts from different fields – doctors, researchers, nutritionists, government leaders, representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other practitioners – who are leading the fight against domestic and global malnutrition. $20 for the general public and free for students. Hosted by Brown Univeristy, RI Food Bank, and Edesia at the Solomon Center, Brown University: 91 Waterman St., Providence, RI. Details here.

What's the Economy for, Anyway? & The Story of Stuff

March 6, 7 p.m., Agudas Achim, 901 N. Main Street, Attleboro
Ecological economist Dave Batker questions whether GDP is an adequate measure of society's well-being and suggests workable alternatives. In this film produced by John de Graaf of Affluenza fame, ecological economist Dave Batker presents a humorous, edgy, factual, timely and highly-visual monologue about the American economy today, challenging the ways we measure economic success–especially the Gross Domestic Product — and offering an answer to the question: What's the Economy for, Anyway? 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.

Sustainable Environmentalism in the 21st Century

March 17, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m, Wheaton College, Norton
The forum will examine the new realities and responsibilities that make it necessary to reinvent what it means to be an environmentalist in the 21st century. We will explore the state's goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the environmental implications of commuter rail, the regulatory climate surrounding renewable energy, the role of science in environmental decision making and how citizens can make a difference. We hope that you can attend to listen, learn and contribute. Please plan on attending this forum. There is no charge for the event. More details to follow. For more information, please contact Jen Gonet at (508) 910-6484 or (jgonet@umassd.edu).

South Coast Sustainable Cinema - DIVE

March 17, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., Fairhaven Unitarian Memorial Church, Fairhaven
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.

Volunteer Training for SEANET Program

March 19, 9AM-12PM, Bond Building, Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
No charge; pre-registration required The Lloyd Center for the Environment is holding a volunteer training session for the Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) program on Sunday, March 19th. The workshop will be led by a Tufts University SEANET Coordinator, with assistance from Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate / SEANET Coordinator for the Buzzards Bay region. It will feature both an indoor session and a beach walk. Jamie Bogart will provide information specific to the Buzzards Bay region. 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.

Compost Conference

March 22, 9AM, Providence
A conference for municipal officials, industry, entrepreneurs, the hospitality sector, and institutions on large scale collection and composting of food scrap possibilities and financial viability in RI. Sponsored by the Environenmental Council of Rhode Island Education Fund, Southside Community Land Trust, ECORI.org, RISD Hosted by Environment Council RI at the Chase Auditorium - RISD Museum: 20 North Main, Providence, RI. Contact Greg Gerrit at (401) 621-8048 for more information. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
New Bedford Wetland Photo Contest
The New Bedford Conservation Commission is proud to announce the first ever New Bedford Wetland Photo Contest! We are looking for your best photograph(s) of any flora, fauna, or natural landscape in New Bedford’s wetlands. The goal of this contest is for everyone to become more aware of wetlands in New Bedford and of their beauty and benefit to the environment. Photographs will be displayed at New Bedford City Hall and the public can vote for their favorite photo(s). The top 12 photographs will have their credited picture in the 2012 Conservation Commission electronic calendar. There is also a drawing to win great prizes just for entering the photo contest. Pictures will be accepted until September 30, voting begins October – November 4th and winners will be announced in December.

For more information and to read official rules, view New Bedford wetland locations and to print an entry form visit  http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/WetlandPhotoContest.htm
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
The DOE offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization. No travel, no lost time out of the office, and no cost - The DOE makes it easy to get the information you need, today. Join your colleagues to better understand how the DOE can help you lower operating costs, improve your energy management program, and expand your professional development.

See the schedule 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 For Buzzards Bay seeks Restoration Ecologist, 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
Give the Gift of Wind Power
Give a "cool" present with a green energy gift from Mass Energy's New England Wind Fund. Learn more here.

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