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March 3 to 10, 2011

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Farm Conference and Resource Fair

Sustainability Film Series: The End of the Line


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Compost Conference

Sustainable Environmentalism in the 21st Century



Coalition for Buzzards Bay is Hiring

Agriculture Internships

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In-Home Winter Air Quality

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Southcoast Regional Bikeway Summit
The SouthCoast Regional Bikeway Summit was held at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River on February 15, 2011 to focus on bicycle route development from Swansea to Onset Massachusetts.

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Leaf Bullet News
Trees Tree Planting World Record Set in Philippines
Over 64,000 trees were planted in 15 minutes last Thursday, setting a world record for the largest number of trees being simultaneously planted (who counted the trees, I'm not sure, but the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that everything was correct and the counting was accurate). The planting occurred in the province of Camrines Sur in the Philippines. Nearly 7,000 people engaged in the record-setting event.

The previous tree-planting record was set in India last year, where over 50,000 trees were planted. India also set the record last year for most trees planted in a single day, half a million! Read more here.

Village Islamic Leaders Preach Conservation in Sumatra, Indonesia
Do religious texts mandate respect for the earth and other species? Some Islamic leaders in Sumatra believe the Koran does.

In Indonesia, the country with the highest rate of deforestation and some of the most diverse habitat in the world, many Islamic leaders believe religion is the key to conservation. In Sumatra, habitat is disappearing fast, mainly due to oil palm plantations, and populations of animals like the Sumatran orangutan and tiger are dwindling. Education is key to solving the region's environmental problems, the leaders believe, and religion has the potential to spark wide public interest in environmental awareness. Read more here.

China China vows to cut energy, carbon intensity by 2015
China aims to cut the amount of energy and carbon dioxide emissions needed for every unit of economic growth by 16 to 17 percent from this year to the end of 2015, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Sunday.

This was the first time a top Chinese leader had spelled out the nation's energy and carbon "intensity" goals for its new five-year development plan. Read more here.

Sea Ice Record Low Arctic Sea Ice Extent for January
During the Northern Hemisphere winter of 2010–2011, unusually cold temperatures and heavy snowstorms plagued North America and Europe, while conditions were unusually warm farther north. Now the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has reported that Arctic sea ice was at its lowest extent ever recorded for January (since satellite records began). Read more here.

Brazilian Court Halts Belo Monte Dam Construction, Financing
A Brazilian judge ordered a halt to construction of the $11 billion Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in the country's rainforest and prohibited the state development bank from financing the project, a federal court said yesterday.

Construction should be frozen until all the environmental criteria are met, according to a statement on the website of Justicia Federal for the state of Para. Twenty-nine conditions weren't met and four others were only partially completed, the statement said. Read more here.

Warming Flying less is more, say businesses
New research published today by WWF suggests that, following the recession, businesses are making a permanent commitment to fly less.

Nearly half of UK businesses said that they had cut business flights over the past two years and, of these, 85% said they don't intend to return to 'business as usual' flying. Together, these findings suggest that future business flying will not return to pre-recessionary levels. Read more here.

Could the next Mideast uprising happen in Saudi Arabia?
Tunisia. Egypt. Yemen. Bahrain. And now the uprising and brutality in Libya. Could Saudi Arabia be next?

The notion of a revolution in the Saudi kingdom seems unthinkable. Yet, a Facebook page is calling for a "day of rage" protest on March 11. Prominent Saudis are urging political and social reforms. And the aging monarch, King Abdullah, has announced new economic assistance to the population, possibly to preempt any unrest. Read more here.

NavyNavy: Full steam ahead on Great Green Fleet
U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus can measure the cost of transporting oil to combat missions in dollars and in lives.

Mabus gave the keynote talk today at the ARPA-E Summit here, where he announced an agreement between the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to create energy storage systems geared at providing reliable power and reducing fossil fuel use. Read more here.

Mooo A Growing Debate: How To Define 'Organic' Food
Just over a month ago, the Department of Agriculture announced that it will allow American farmers to plant genetically engineered alfalfa, which is widely used as feed for dairy cows and horses.

Organic food producers opposed the USDA's decision — some more fiercely than others. That split has provoked angry debates within the organics community, with some activists accusing organic businesses of "surrendering" to the biotech company Monsanto. And it has reopened some old arguments about what's most important in the label "organic." Read more here.

Natural Gas Well Regulation Lax as Gas Wells' Tainted Water Hits Rivers
The American landscape is dotted with hundreds of thousands of new wells and drilling rigs, as the country scrambles to tap into this century's gold rush — for natural gas.

The gas has always been there, of course, trapped deep underground in countless tiny bubbles, like frozen spills of seltzer water between thin layers of shale rock. But drilling companies have only in recent years developed techniques to unlock the enormous reserves, thought to be enough to supply the country with gas for heating buildings, generating electricity and powering vehicles for up to a hundred years. Read more here.

NIH Begins Study of Oil Spill's Impact on Residents
Today, the U.S. government launched what's being billed as the largest study ever conducted of how an oil spill affects human health. The Gulf Long-Term Follow-Up Study will survey Gulf of Mexico residents who helped with the cleanup of last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill and follow them for at least 5 years.

The $19 million study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) will contact people known to have been involved in the gulf cleanup efforts and ask them to undergo physical examinations and fill out questionnaires about their health. Read more here.

Gas Rising Oil Prices Pose New Threat to U.S. Economy
The American economy just can't catch a break.

Last year, as things started looking up, the European debt crisis flustered the fragile recovery. Now, under similar economic circumstances, comes the turmoil in the Middle East.

Energy prices have surged in recent days, as a result of the political violence in Libya that has disrupted oil production there. Prices are also climbing because of fears the unrest may continue to spread to other oil-producing countries. Read more here.

Interior department says more deepwater permits coming
The door could now be open for a "significant" number of new offshore drilling permits, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Wednesday, as the administration comes under increased pressure to tackle surging world oil prices.

The Interior department on Monday issued a permit for a deepwater well co-owned by Noble Energy Inc and BP, the first such permit since a rig explosion unleashed millions of barrels of oil from BP's Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico last year. Read more here.

Fish Sodexo, Costco Make Sustainable Seafood Commitments
Major food retailers Sodexo and Costco (Nasdaq: COST) separately made commitments this week to sustainable seafood.

Sodexo, Inc. announced a comprehensive Sustainable Seafood Initiative, including a commitment to have 100 percent of its contracted fresh and frozen seafood certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) by 2015. Read more here.

Op-Ed: Re-energize the Economy
NEARLY every governor in America is wrestling with budget issues, making unenviable choices on which services, programs or salaries to reduce or eliminate, and deciding whether higher taxes and fees are viable. Most governors are hemmed in by state requirements that the budget be balanced without deficit spending. And I know how daunting — and all-consuming — the task can be. What I hope does not get lost in this effort is the governors' responsibility to help develop a clean energy economy in America, one that will help create jobs, wean us off foreign oil and protect the environment. Read more here.

Cities America's 10 Most Toxic Cities
Philadelphia has gobs of Superfund sites and poor water quality. California metros claim the unhealthiest air.
During the Revolutionary War Philadelphia served as one of America's first capital cities. These days, however, Philadelphia could be considered the capital of toxicity, since the city and its environs ranked No. 1 on our 2011 Most Toxic Cities list. One big reason: The sprawling Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), including parts of four states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and one county in Maryland), is pocked with more than 50 Superfund sites---areas no longer in use that contain hazardous waste. Read more here.

Realism, Not Idealism Will Save the Food Movement
Hold onto your hats, foodies. The new food movement led by the likes of Alice Waters and Michael Pollan may be destined to fail due to an insidious force that affects not only the food revolution, but social movements in general, argued one expert on human trends.

E. Melanie DuPuis, professor of sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz and author of "Nature's Perfect Food," offered a presentation last week at Brown University's John Nicholas Brown Center, which offered romanticism as a component of, and detriment to, most social movements. "Romanticism sometimes celebrates the common man," she said, "but more often it creates heroes." Read more here.

Cougar Eastern cougar declared extinct by US government
The US Fish and Wildlife Service declared the eastern cougar to be officially extinct, Wednesday.

The cougar is also known to many as the catamount, ghost cat, mountain cat, mountain lion, panther, or puma. The eastern cougar has been thought by many to differ from its western counterpart in its tawny color and longer tail. Read more here.

Chemistry! Turning bacteria into butanol biofuel factories
University of California, Berkeley, chemists have engineered bacteria to churn out a gasoline-like biofuel at about 10 times the rate of competing microbes, a breakthrough that could soon provide an affordable and "green" transportation fuel.

The advance is reported in this week's issue of the journal Nature Chemical Biology by Michelle C. Y. Chang, assistant professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley, graduate student Brooks B. Bond-Watts and recent UC Berkeley graduate Robert J. Bellerose. Read more here.

Should We Have a Security Fee on Oil? A Left-Right Solution to Security, Economy, and Environment
Once again, oil prices are spiraling. Once again, it's out fault: we failed to take charge of our energy future. And once again, politicians on the right and left looked not to solutions, but to their base, to find the rigid ideologies they pretend to believe. They don't have the fortitude to lead.

We are paying the price now, but Libya is just the beginning. In short order -- maybe a month, maybe a decade -- the Saudi regime too will fall. Read more here.

Food FOCUS: Global crop, weather problems bring food price increases locally and nationally
"Where's the beef?" "Got milk?" "Good to the last drop." "Brown eggs are local eggs and local eggs are fresh."

Everyone remembers when those slogans were coined in television commercials by hopeful companies trying to increase sales.

But, no amount of fancy advertising is going to soften the bite on consumers' wallets when they pay even higher prices for those everyday staples, and others. Read more here.

Commute A commuter's delight? It depends on whom you ask
You might not suspect it from the seemingly endless construction projects on Interstate 195 or the lack of commuter rail service to New Bedford and Fall River, but the area actually ranks as a desirable one for commuters, according to a national publication.

Kiplinger.com, a personal finance and business website, lists the New Bedford-Fall River-Providence region as the third most convenient metropolitan area for commuters in the country, behind only Rochester, N.Y., and Columbus, Ohio. Read more here.

Mass. company claims it can make diesel with sun, water, CO2
A Massachusetts biotechnology company says it can produce the fuel that runs Jaguars and jet engines using the same ingredients that make grass grow.

Joule Unlimited has invented a genetically-engineered organism that it says simply secretes diesel fuel or ethanol wherever it finds sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. Read more here.

Protest Fighting for Pennies: Tomato Protesters Battle Supermarkets
My protest marching skills are a bit rusty, having last been put to use in 1968 on behalf of Eugene McCarthy and his thwarted bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. But on a bitter afternoon in Boston recently, I sloshed through a few inches of slushy snow with more than 900 supporters of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a grassroots farmworkers' organization based in Florida. We tramped from Boston's Copley Square to a Stop & Shop supermarket a couple of miles away. With a brass band, clever signage, and rousing warm-up speeches by Frances Moore Lappι, author of Diet for a Small Planet, Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA, and Lucas Benetiz, of the CIW, it was a friendly, festive event whose purpose could not have been more serious. Read more here.

rail Work on bus, commuter rail hubs in Fall River chugs along slowly
Plans for two key transportation hubs for the city — a commuter rail stop and a downtown bus depot — are proceeding, but slowly and quietly.

City officials have looked to a proposed commuter rail station — surrounded by mixed-use development attracted by the easy access to Boston — to bring vitality to the downtown and waterfront areas. No public hearings have been held in about 13 months. Read more here.

Offshore wind comment period extended
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement announced Thursday that it had agreed to grant a 30-day extension to the public comment period on its "request for interest" in offshore wind energy development.

The area proposed for siting wind turbines covers 3,000 square miles of federal waters off Massachusetts and encompasses traditional fishing grounds such as Georges Bank and the Nantucket Lightship area. Read more here.

Dead plant Somerset Station owner abandons plan to revive the power plant
The owner of the Somerset Station power plant has abandoned plans to re-open the coal-powered facility, which has been shut down for more than a year, by using a energy-creating process called plasma gasification.

NRG Energy, which ran the Riverside Avenue plant, withdrew an application to the state Department of Environmental Protection for approval to re-open the plant with what the company calls a more environmentally friendly process. Read more here.

Shalom Housing in Warwick saving energy with green retrofit
The green retrofit of Shalom Housing, a nonprofit apartment complex for disabled and elderly residents, is already paying dividends.

A new energy-efficient boiler that replaced a 30-year-old system was projected to lower the cost of heating in the affordable housing development's main building, which has 100 apartments, by 15 percent. Instead, since going on line last September, the monthly savings have averaged between 25 and 30 percent. Read more here.

MBTA MBTA says it could use rebate money to improve service
Frustrated commuter rail passengers stuck late for work because of delayed or canceled trains have at least one recourse - the MBTA's guarantee to refund their fares if service is tardy more than a half-hour.

But the free ride may be coming to an end. The T this week suggested halting reimbursements to help close a roughly $127 million deficit next fiscal year, one of several options proposed to alleviate debt while avoiding fare hikes and service cuts. Read more here.

Town offered lower price for energy
National Grid is offering to pay Portsmouth a lower price for power from the wind turbine at its public high school but reminds the town that it will still generate additional revenue by selling renewable energy tax credits.

In a letter submitted to the state Division of Public Utilities and Carriers late Wednesday, the utility proposes paying a price equal to the average wholesale rate of power. Read more here.

Map GE donations to river group stir controversy
The Facebook page popped onto the Web last month, pushing a controversial position on the PCB-poisoned Housatonic River in Western Massachusetts: cleaning it too thoroughly may actually harm the environment more.

Missing from the webpage of the Smart Clean-up Coalition was any explanation of the group's origins or members. So a skeptical river advocate asked whether the group took money from General Electric, the company responsible for both the contamination and the cleanup — and another champion of a less aggressive approach. Read more here.

Chemical found in wells that serve Rochester homes
Marion has found higher than normal levels of a toxic chemical in two town wells that serve Rochester homes.

The good news the Rochester selectmen heard Monday night is that Marion is footing the bill to further analyze and fix the problem and that Rochester wells showed only trace amounts of the chemical. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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. 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.

The 2011 Greater New Bedford Home and Garden Show

March 5-6, 10 am - 5 pm (4 pm on Sunday), New Bedford Voc-Tech, 1121 Ashley Blvd.
The Greater New Bedford Home & Garden Show is one of the largest and most promotedevents of the year! This is an ideal way for more than 3,000 area residents to learn about and connect with local home service and product providers to discover solutions to all their home and garden needs. Businesses are provided with multiple opportunities to promote their business and showcase their expertise. Multiple sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor spaces available. Be sure to visit the new Garden Center! 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 8, 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/B002RB56W2. Details here.

Fall River Street Tree Planting Program

March 8, 7 p.m., Bristol Community College, Room C110
Representative from Urban Ecology Institute will be a guest at the meeting. All welcome and members please make every effort to attend. Details here.

Municipal Energy Success Stories & Lessons Learned

March 9, 2-3 p.m., Webinar
Myriad cities and towns throughout Massachusetts have benefitted from energy projects ranging from improvements in lighting efficiency to demand response to photovoltaics arrays on landfills. Learn how municipalities have navigated the sometimes windy road to lower energy consumption, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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. For more information, please contact Jen Gonet at (508) 910-6484 or (jgonet@umassd.edu). Details here.

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.

Green Drinks Providence

March 17, 5-8 p.m., TBA (Providence)
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.

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. Weather reschedule date: Sunday, March 20th. Details here.

Starting and Sustaining School Gardens

Saturday, 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. Registration Online. Space limited to 35. Details here.

WRWA Annual Meeting

Saturday, March 19, 3 PM - 5PM, Westport Grange, 1132 Main Road
Join us for our 2011 Annual Meeting. David Cole will be presenting "Preserving Our Westport River: What is Required?" at the Westport Grange located at 931 Main Road in Westport, MA. New board members will be welcomed, an environmental award will be given, and volunteer awards will be given to some of our great volunteers. Details here.

Dining for a Cause

March 21, 5-9 pm, Pub 99, Fall River
Eat out at Pub 99 on Monday, March 21, anytime from 5-9 pm. Pub 99 will donate a percentage of total amount to the FRSTPP. Voucher needed to participate and will be available shortly. Help support tree planting in Fall River!!! 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.

4th Annual Interfaith Conference on Climate Change.

March 22, 4:30-9 p.m., La Salle Academy, Academy Ave., Providence.
Global warming is already increasingly producing harmful impacts on humanity and all species around the globe. How will social issues such as immigration pressures, food insecurity, access to drinking water and year-round utilities be impacted? What are its implications for RI? What can we do to prevent or lessen an impending crisis? The conference will feature panel discussion of how science, economics, policy and faith bear on this important issue through the lens of social justice, along with educational workshops, tours of LaSalle's solar greenhouse, kick-off of the IPL Food & Faith program with multi-faith blessings and a taste of RI local foods and an expanded exhibit section, the RI-IPL Low-Carbon Footprint Fair featuring alternative energy providers & more. Details here.

"What Is A Watershed?" Geology Walk with Josh King

March 26, 10:00 am - 12:00 p.m., Westport
Josh King earned his B.S. in Geology at Keene State College and then went on to study geology in the field in Montana and geophysics in New Mexico. He then received his Masters in Science in Geophysics from Texas A&M University in 2004 and now works for Hager GeoScience, Inc. a geophysical science firm, in Woburn, MA. Details here.

'New Beginnings' Organic Gardening Talk

March 29, 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
Local Agriculture Opportunities
Building Agricultural Skills for the Southcoast - Our apprenticeship program is at the heart of our on farm educational programs. In 2009, we initiated a formal apprenticeship program through collaboration with 2 New Bedford community organizations to provide a summertime urban agricultural apprenticeship. This season we are expanding our training programs to offer full-season agricultural production apprenticeships, as well as hope to continue our urban agriculture partnerships. Come learn the craft of organic agriculture on a small scale diversified vegetable farm.  Learn more here or here (PDF)
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.
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 many positions
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 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
In-Home Winter Air Quality
Feeling stuck inside this winter? So is the air inside your home. Recent research has found that air inside homes can be more polluted than the air in the largest, most industrialized cities.Indoor air pollution is caused by a lack of ventilation and can lead to more frequent colds, respiratory problems, and other ailments and diseases. Here are tips to keep your home and your family healthy Learn more here.

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