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February 17 to 24, 2011

In This Issue


Global, national, and local news

This week:

Sustainability Cinema: The Yes Men Fix the World

February Vacation at Soule Farmstead


Save The Date:

Farm Conference and Resource Fair

Blues for the Blue



Decision Maker's Workshop

Sustainability Assessment Published

Weekly Green Tip:

Shut the Refrigerator Door, Save 7%

Clip of the Week

Solar Roadways - The Prototype
Solar Roadways are being developed to pave roads with solar panels that you can drive on. Co-founder Scott Brusaw shows us an exclusive look at his most recent prototype.

Weekly Quote:

"Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends.... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts."
- Henry David Thoreau

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Leaf Bullet News
Solar Solar earnings may show demand fears are overblown
Solar power companies are likely to surprise investors this earnings season with bright outlooks for 2011 as Italy and the United States ratchet up demand for panels following a cut in government support in the world's largest solar market, Germany.

Fears of a deep regulatory overhaul in Europe have overshadowed solar stocks in recent months, pressuring valuations as investors fretted that subsidy cuts in Germany, France and other markets would cause an oversupply of solar panels that would send panel prices down dramatically and hurt manufacturers' profits. Read more here.

River Ecuador Judge Orders Chevron to Pay $9 Billion
CARACAS, Venezuela — A judge in a tiny courtroom in the Ecuadorean Amazon ruled Monday that the oil giant Chevron was responsible for polluting remote tracts of Ecuadorean jungle and ordered the company to pay more than $9 billion in damages, one of the largest environmental awards ever.

The decision by Judge Nicolás Zambrano in Lago Agrio, a town founded as an oil camp in the 1960s, immediately opened a contentious new stage of appeals in a legal battle that has dragged on in courts in Ecuador and the United States for 17 years, pitting forest tribes and villagers against one of the largest American corporations. Read more here.

Egypt Ecuadoreans Plan to Pursue Chevron in Other Countries
CARACAS, Venezuela — Armed with a $9 billion ruling against Chevron in Ecuador but little chance of collecting it there, representatives for Ecuadorean villagers said Tuesday that they were looking at waging legal battles against the company in more than a dozen countries where it operates, hoping to force Chevron to pay.

The latest salvo, coming only a day after an Ecuadorean judge ordered Chevron to pay one of the largest environmental awards ever, suggests that the legal battle between villagers and oil executives, which began in 1993, is far from over. Read more here.

Food Prices Why Are Food Prices Going Crazy?
Global wheat prices more than doubled in the second half of last year, according to a new report from the World Bank. The price of corn, sugar and cooking oil also soared.

Why are global food prices skyrocketing? Who is going to go hungry as a result? And what does it mean for the U.S.?

I recently put these questions to Abdolreza Abbassian, a food economist at the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. Here's what he told me. Read more here.

Studies link global warming, extreme storms
Extreme rainstorms and snowfalls have grown substantially stronger, two studies suggest, with scientists for the first time finding the telltale fingerprints of man-made global warming on downpours that often cause deadly flooding.

Two studies in yesterday's issue of the journal Nature link heavy rains to increases in greenhouse gases more than ever before. Read more here.

Warming Earth Warming Unevenly: Tropical Atlantic Sees Weaker Trade Winds and More Rainfall
Earth's global temperature has been rising gradually over the last decades, but the warming has not been the same everywhere. Scientists are therefore trying to pin down how the warming has affected regional climates because that is what really matters to people, and to adaptation and mitigation strategies. Their efforts, however, had hit a roadblock because the necessary observations of the winds over the oceans were biased. Read more here.

Wind Car Wind-powered car succeeds in hard Australian voyage
A car powered primarily by wind and kites has made it across a vast swathe of Australia, enduring searing heat and freezing cold along the way -- and all for roughly $10 Australian.

The more than 5,000 km (3,100 mile) journey of the "Wind Explorer" was the first major test for the prototype car, which its German inventors hoped would show that the technology already exists to power cars with renewable energy even through tough trips like this one. Read more here.

Hook Simple changes in fishing gear can save tens of thousands of endangered marine turtles in the Coral Triangle
Thousands of endangered marine turtles could be saved in the Coral Triangle region if the fishing industry started using innovative and responsible fishing gear, a WWF analysis shows.

Towards the Adoption of Circle Hooks to Reduce Fisheries Bycatch in the Coral Triangle Region makes a strong case for governments, fishing organizations and fisheries to start implementing Circle Hooks. Read more here.

Seattle Changing with the Climate
In Seattle, how changes in policy help prepare for changes in climate.
The climate is already changing and will keep changing—no matter how rapidly we are able to turn around greenhouse gas accumulation. So we will need a strategy for adapting to the expected impacts (which were reviewed in the previous post). Here is what Seattle is doing.

The outstanding example of the City's work to adapt to climate change is our program to manage the water supply that Seattle owns and operates, which serves not only the City, but most of the surrounding King County suburbs. Read more here.

Obama Budget to Offer $7,500 Electric-Car Tax Credit Through Dealerships
U.S. President Barack Obama's administration will propose that consumers receive a $7,500 tax credit for electric cars at the dealership, reducing the sticker price, an Energy Department official said.

The initiative will be included in the president's budget next week, David Sandalow, assistant secretary for policy and international affairs, said on a conference call with reporters today. Read more here.

Energy BudgetLawmakers blast Obama's energy budget
Energy Secretary Steven Chu came under fire from Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday for his department's plan to seek a sharp rise in funding for clean-energy projects while paring research on fossil fuels.

Chu told a congressional committee that a nearly 12 percent increase in the Energy Department's new budget was necessary to make the United States competitive against other countries, create thousands of U.S. jobs and enhance national security. Read more here.

Why Aren't G.M.O. Foods Labeled?
If you want to avoid sugar, aspartame, trans-fats, MSG, or just about anything else, you read the label. If you want to avoid G.M.O.'s — genetically modified organisms — you're out of luck. They're not listed. You could, until now, simply buy organic foods, which by law can't contain more than 5 percent G.M.O.'s. Now, however, even that may not work.

In the last three weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved three new kinds of genetically engineered (G.E.) foods: alfalfa (which becomes hay), a type of corn grown to produce ethanol, and sugar beets. And the approval by the Food and Drug Administration of a super-fast-growing salmon — the first genetically modified animal to be sold in the U.S., but probably not the last — may not be far behind. Read more here.

Clean Air New poll: The public trusts EPA, loves the Clean Air Act, and wants Congress to butt out
As everyone knows by now, Republicans have launched a massive, coordinated assault on EPA, attempting to block its greenhouse gas regulations, its air and water regulations, and in some cases its very existence. In the surreal hothouse atmosphere of the Beltway, where anti-government radicals are ascendant and everybody's watching the same three cable news channels, this can seem reasonable -- even inevitable. Read more here.

What would have happened without the Clean Air Act?
Today, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In her testimony the Administrator highlighted the agency's ongoing efforts to develop sensible standards that update the Clean Air Act, while ensuring that the landmark law continues to provide Americans the protections from dangerous pollution that they deserve. These reasonable steps will ensure that the air our children breathe and the water they drink is safe, while also providing certainty to American businesses.

Despite these pragmatic steps to implement long overdue updates, big polluters are trying to gut the Clean Air Act by asking Congress to carve out special loopholes from air pollution standards. Read more here.

3 states sue over nuclear waste storage
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Three Northeastern states are suing federal regulators for allowing the storage of radioactive waste for up to 60 years at the nation's nuclear power plants.

New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, said yesterday the decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission violates requirements for a review of health, safety, and environmental hazards. Connecticut and Vermont are also plaintiffs. Read more here.

Shale Oil Shale Development
Oil shale, which is an organic-rich fine-grained sedimentary rock, contains significant amounts of kerogen (a solid mixture of organic chemical compounds) from which liquid hydrocarbons can be extracted. Kerogen requires more processing to use than crude oil, which increases its cost as a crude-oil substitute both financially and in terms of its potential environmental impact. US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey announced today that they will take a fresh look at commercial oil shale rules and plans issued under the previous Administration and, if necessary, update them based on the latest research and technologies, to account for expected water demands in the arid West and to ensure they provide a fair return to taxpayer. Read more here.

Water management in the collaborative mode
Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University (Bloomington), who in 2009 became the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in economics, has done pioneering research on collaborative approaches to resources management around the world. In her 1990 book Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action, she demonstrated that user management of fish stocks, pastures, woods, lakes, and groundwater basins, in many countries and cultures, is able to establish norms of behavior, sophisticated rules for decision-making, and even enforcement mechanisms.

Ostrom points out that governing the commons requires elaborate conventions over who can use resources and when. Everyone has to have some say in the rules. People pay attention to monitoring abuses and conflict resolution, less to sanctions and punishment. Read more here.

Panels Fairhaven Green projects save money, and the planet
Lots of people are talking about sustainable living. The idea is that humans should use the resources of the planet in a way that does not completely deplete them, so that the way of living can be sustained indefinitely. This means recycling and re-using, and making the most out of the resources we have. It's good oldfashioned Yankee pragmatism.

In the town of Fairhaven, that pragmatism seems to be coupled with a love of the environment that has propelled the town to invest in projects big and small, that have saved the town money and will reduce the town's "carbon footprint." Read more here (PDF, page 12)

Recycled Art Greater Fall River artists showcase 'Sustain-Ability' with exhibit of recyclables
Bows made from cancelled credit cards and newspaper, an artful moon and cloud scene created with rusty metal, and sculpture that started as cast off rope, are all part of the "Sustain-Ability!" exhibit at the Cherry & Webb Gallery.

"Everything here is made from recycled materials," said gallery curator Victoria Mathieson.

The exhibit combines the work of local artists and school projects, all with a goal of educating about the benefits of recycling. Read more here.

Regional summit gets wheels turning on South Coast Bikeway
FALL RIVER — Of the planned bikeway from the Rhode Island border in Swansea to just short of the Cape Cod Canal, only stretches here and there have been put in place.

But at a summit Tuesday attended by more than 100 representatives from area communities and agencies and residents, organizers said they sensed enough enthusiasm and coordination that the vision will one day become an economic engine for the area and a source for healthier living. Read more here.

OUR VIEW: Bring on the South Coast Bikeway
It's exciting to see momentum building for the proposed South Coast Bikeway. A summit held by proponents on Tuesday was attended by more than 100 residents and organizers. Such bikeways have proved to work as a major tourism draw and economic engine in area communities.

The East Bay Bikeway through East Providence, Warren and Bristol, R.I., is the fifth busiest in the country, drawing 1.1 million visitors per year. During the past two decades, Rhode Island has developed an impressive 50-mile network of bikeways with another 40 miles under construction. They have also been constructed in almost every other region of Massachusetts — with the unfortunate exception of the SouthCoast. Read more here.

Fish house R.I.'s Local Food Movement Turns to the Sea
The local food movement has breathed new life into Rhode Island's agricultural community. The resurgence of farms and farmers' markets has brought local, fresh produce to thousands more Rhode Islanders in the past few years.

At a meeting Wednesday of the Senate Special Task Force on Fisheries, regulators and fishermen expressed a hope that it can do the same for fishing. Read more here.

Cape Wind appeal focuses on New Bedford
Proposed staging area moved from Rhode Island to Whaling City
Opponents of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm have appealed an air quality permit issued for the project by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The appeal, which Cape Wind officials are calling "frivolous," contends that the comment period on the permit should be reopened because of failures by the EPA to properly complete the administrative record and because the proposed location of the staging area for the project's construction has been moved from Rhode Island to New Bedford. Read more here.

Hutchings SWEET TALK: Fred Hutchings to teach ''The Sweet Science of Maple Sugaring'
DARTMOUTH — As maple sugaring expert Fred Hutchings walked among the snow-covered frozen ground on the YMCA property last week he pointed up to a stately old sugar maple. "I like to name my trees. This one's Suzanne, she's a good producer. This one's Julliet, she's a good producer too. She's got a good crown," he added pointing at the rounded top of the old tree. There's less dead branches — the leaves are the sugar producers." Read more here.

New panel to oversee 'green' school projects
WESTPORT — The School Committee is creating a subcommittee to oversee several "green" building projects for which the district is seeking grant funding.

The committee voted unanimously last week to approve a proposal by Superintendent of Schools Carlos Colley to create a "Project Green" subcommittee, which will include Colley and School Committee Chairman James Bernard. Read more here.

Syrup Snow helps and hampers maple syrup producers
The mountains of snow that have buried the Northeast this winter will have a sweet -- and just slightly bitter -- taste for the region's maple syrup producers.

Sweet because an abundance of snow actually helps with the production of the sap that is boiled down to produce syrup. But bitter because, well, too much snow is just as much a chore for maple syrup producers to deal with as it is for the rest of us. Read more here.

Explaining what wind energy is all about
Take it from a reporter who covers wind energy: The issues get thorny.

Few people are against wind energy, in theory, but the placement of giant turbines has raised concerns about bird and bat deaths, noise, and, of course, aesthetics.

New Englanders can now try to understand the issues through the New England Wind Energy Education project, an eight-part webinar series and an in-person conference this spring. The most recent webinar was on shadow flicker, the alternating changes in light caused by rotating blades. Read more here.

Bridge Vision OUR VIEW: A tale of two communities, Somerset and Fall River
It's a tale of two communities separated by the Taunton River — on one side is Somerset, which is ahead of the curve, and on the other is Fall River, which seems to have missed a golden opportunity associated with the construction of the new Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Somerset collaborated with Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District as part of the South Coast Rail Land Use and Economic Development Corridor Study to create a new game plan to redesign a quarter-mile section of Route 6 to make it safer, more pedestrian friendly, more attractive, and environmentally friendly. Read more here.

New Bedford consultant releases remediation report of Walsh Field
Remediation of the contaminated soil at Walsh Field is done and the field presents "no significant risk" to the community.

That was the central message of a report, compiled by the Lowell-based TRC Environmental Corp. for the city, detailing remediation efforts at the field during the past few years. Read more here.

Residents get details on new Parker Street Waste Site boundaries
The boundaries of the Parker Street Waste Site have grown.

That was the message state and federal environmental officials told more than two dozen residents Thursday night.

An initial phase of soil sampling around the periphery of the former boundaries proved the site, and the contamination that went along with it, was more widespread than previously assumed. Read more here.

New Bedford skewered for not being more involved in Parker Street cleanup
Anthony Thomas could tell you a thing or two about how hard it is to quickly clean up the contaminated soil at the Parker Street waste site.

Thomas, 53, lives on Summit Street in New Bedford, but he also owns a vacant piece of land on the street that he'd like to develop.

When the Environmental Protection Agency last year tested for, and found, soil with "elevated levels" of lead on his vacant lot, the federal agency quickly removed it. Read more here.

Logo Deal for Large-Scale R.I. Composting Facility in Final Stages
Don't get your hopes up just yet, but a large-scale composting project is in the works for Rhode Island.

Orbit Energy Inc. of Raleigh, N.C., said it is finalizing an agreement with a local power company to construct a large-scale anaerobic food digester that will convert food waste into electricity and high-grade compost.

At full capacity, the digester will accept up to 150 tons of food waste per day. The methane bio-gas byproduct will fuel a 3-megawatt electric generator, creating power for about 2,000 homes. Read more here.

Wide range of local programs on the chopping block
NEW BEDFORD — There will be layoffs of up to 10 people and the shutting down of several community programs at the anti-poverty organization PACE Inc. if congressional Republicans succeed in cutting $100 billion from the budget in the current fiscal year, PACE Director Bruce Morrell said Wednesday. Read more here.

Woonsocket Woonsocket Wants Producer Responsibility
WOONSOCKET — The City Council recently passed a resolution in support of a "framework extended producer responsibility" approach to waste management for the state of Rhode Island. The city's superintendent of solid waste, Michael Debroisse, introduced the resolution.

Woonsocket joins Providence, Narragansett, Jamestown and Burrillville, all of which have passed similar resolutions to promote making manufacturers pay for the collection and recycling of their products. Read more here.

River Road herring run monitors needed; training set for Feb. 23
WESTPORT — The Herring Run on River Road was recently restored to allow migrating herring, eels, and white perch to easily reach Cockeast Pond to spawn in the spring. A group of volunteers is now needed to monitor the number and species of fish that are using the Herring Run to enter into the pond. A training will be held on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Herring Run, but other trainings may be scheduled. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

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.

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.

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, MA
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. Details here.

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.

DOE: High-Performance Rooftop Unit Specification Overview for Building Owners and Operators

February 23, 1pm - 3:00pm , Webinar
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technologies Program is offering a Webinar on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern titled "High-Performance Rooftop Unit Specification Overview for Building Owners and Operators." Register now to attend this free Webinar. 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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Canada Goose Abatement for Livestock and Agricultural Producers

March 1, 7:00PM, Tiverton, RI
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in partnership with the RI State Conservation Committee and RI Conservation Districts is offering two workshops on Canada Goose abatement for livestock and agricultural producers in Bristol County and Newport County, RI. This workshop will assist you in developing a plan for goose management and is funded through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) which provides technical and financial assistance to address conservation issues. 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.

17th Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace: Staying Ahead of the Curve

March 3, 8:00 AM - 3:00PM, Springfield
Featuring keynote panelists William Cullina, Peter Del Tredici, and Jono Neiger. For a full brochure, click here. Learn about the latest ecological and horticultural practices in sessions given by some of the top speakers in their fields. Network with vendors at the Eco-Marketplace, where you will find a wide selection of ecological and organic products and services. 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.

Sustainability Film Series: End of the Line

March 6, 7 p.m., Agudas Achim, 901 N. Main Street, Attleboro
The End of the Line chronicles how demand for cod off the coast of Newfoundland in the early 1990s led to the decimation of the most abundant cod population in the world, how hi-tech fishing vessels leave no escape routes for fish populations and how farmed fish as a solution is a myth. The film lays the responsibility squarely on consumers who innocently buy endangered fish, politicians who ignore the advice and pleas of scientists, fishermen who break quotas and fish illegally, and the global fishing industry that is slow to react to an impending disaster.
Learn more at http://endoftheline.com/film/ or http://www.amazon.com/End-Line-Rupert-Murray/dp/B002RB56W2Details 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.

Roots Down

March 15, 5 pm, Lawler Branch Library, New Bedford
Free Organic Gardening Workshops - Seed Orders, Soil Testing, & (forgotten) Trace Minerals plus Top Notch Tomatoes!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.

Green Futures Monthly Meeting

March 17, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m, Wheaton College, Norton
Union United Methodist Church, corner of Highland Ave.& Pearce St., Fall River, MA
Please try to attend and bring any other interested folks.
Email: info@greenfutures.org. 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.

Spring Woodcock Walk

March 22, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Noquochoke Wildlife Management Area (WMA), North Dartmouth
Pre-registration required

Join Lloyd Center Research Associate Jamie Bogart on a “spring woodcock walk”. Experience a true spectacle in early spring as you observe the American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) courtship flight in the fields of Noquochoke Wildlife Management Area, a known staging area for the species.Details here.

'New Beginnings' Organic Gardening Talk

March 22, 7:30 PM @ The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Museum, 396 County Street, New Bedford
Pre-registration required

SEMAP in collaboration with The Rotch-Jones-Duff House and local organic landscaper and gardener, Jessica Duphily Cook to offer a 'New Beginnings' talk on how to design and prepare your garden for springtime planting. Learn more about the positive benefits of growing and enjoying your own vegetables, fruit and herbs. Program content will provide an overview of organic gardening techniques and tried-and-true methods to guide you in creating a healthy landscape and beautiful garden environment. Don't miss this opportunity to begin your garden planning and kick-start the growing season! Cost: RJD members, $8.00; non-members, $10.00, at door. 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.

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip
Shut the Refrigerator Door, Save 7%
In most homes, no appliance uses more electricity than the refrigerator, and this simple habit can save you 7% on operating costs. It's a no-brainer. Learn more here.

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