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March 10 to 17, 2011

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This week:

Sustainable Environmentalism in the 21st Century

Sustainability Cinema - DIVE


Save The Date:

Compost Conference

Interfaith Conference on Climate Change



SEEAL Seeks Conservation Corps Coordinator

Agriculture Internships

Weekly Green Tip:

Take a carbon fast for Lent

Clip of the Week

Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero!
At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future, describing the need for "miracles" to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he's backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor.

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- Albert Einstein

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Leaf Bullet News
Farming Eco-farming can double food output by poor: U.N.
Many farmers in developing nations can double food production within a decade by shifting to ecological agriculture from use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, a U.N. report showed on Tuesday.

Insect-trapping plants in Kenya and Bangladesh's use of ducks to eat weeds in rice paddies are among examples of steps taken to increase food for a world population that the United Nations says will be 7 billion this year and 9 billion by 2050. Read more here.

Wind Beyond the Numbers: A Closer Look at China's Wind Power Success
In 2010, China overtook the United States as the global leader in installed wind power capacity, representing yet another triumph in the much-hyped clean tech race between the world's two largest economies. Looking beyond the numbers, however, the true nature of China's wind energy development appears far more bleak.

According to the newest data released by the Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association (CREIA), by the end of 2010, China had installed a total of 41.8 gigawatts (GW) of wind capacity, just ahead of the U.S. total of 40.2 GW. Read more here.

Ice NASA Study Shows Melting Ice Caps are Largest Contributor to Higher Seas
The news just seems to be getting worse and worse coming out of the Arctic and Antarctic. The melting of ice is not appearing to let up, and is in fact, getting faster. A new NASA-funded satellite study shows that the two biggest ice sheets on Earth — Greenland and Antarctica — are losing mass at an accelerating rate. This is the longest study ever conducted to analyze changing ice conditions at the poles, spanning nearly 20 years. Researchers concluded that the melting of ice caps has overtaken the melting of mountain glaciers to be the most dominant source of global sea level rise, much sooner than previous forecast models predicted. Read more here.

Ill 3 Surprising Ways Global Warming Could Make You Sick
For starters, booms in algae and bacteria may contaminate seafood, experts say.

Global warming may cause human health problems due to microbes, bacteria, and toxic algae blooms in coming decades, new research suggests.

Scientists had already predicted more deaths and illnesses due to heat waves, natural disasters, and the expansion of tropical diseases such as malaria. Read more here.

Tiger Has Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction Already Arrived?
With the steep decline in populations of many animal species, from frogs and fish to tigers, some scientists have warned that Earth is on the brink of a mass extinction like those that occurred only five times before during the past 540 million years.

Each of these 'Big Five' saw three-quarters or more of all animal species go extinct. Read more here.

Deal reached to manage fishing in Northeast Pacific
Countries bordering the North Pacific Ocean have struck a deal that environmentalists said on Monday will help protect 16.1 million square miles (41.7 million sq km) of ocean floor from a destructive technique called bottom trawl fishing.

The agreement calls for the creation of an organization to manage sea bottom fisheries in the North Pacific, and puts an immediate cap on expansion of bottom trawl fishing in international waters stretching from Hawaii to Alaska. Read more here.

Deli Clean Fuel Worsens Climate Impacts for Some Vehicle Engines
NA pioneering program by one of the world's largest cities to switch its vehicle fleet to clean fuel has not significantly improved harmful vehicle emissions in more than 5,000 vehicles -- and worsened some vehicles' climate impacts -- a new University of British Columbia study finds.

The study -- which explores the impacts of New Delhi, India's 2003 conversion of 90,000 buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws to compressed natural gas (CNG), a well-known "clean" fuel -- provides crucial information for other cities considering similar projects. Read more here.

Deli "Crazy Green" Algae Pools Seen in Antarctic Sea
Water's teeming life "exceeds all expectations," scientist says
"Crazy green" pools teeming with life have been found among remote Antarctic sea ice, scientists say—and they may be a global warming boon.

Observed in the little-studied Amundsen Sea (see map), the brilliant blooms owe their colors to chlorophyll, a pigment in various types of phytoplankton, or tiny algae. Read more here.

Bike Los Angeles to get 1,680 miles of bikeways
The notoriously car-obsessed city makes room for bikes by adopting a bicycle plan aimed at making cycling a more viable way of getting around.
Will Los Angeles start looking like bike-friendly Portland soon? Well, that depends on how you define "soon," but the sunny Southern California city took a big step (wheelie?) forward when the L.A. City Council approved the bike master plan and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed it into law on March 1. Read more here.

Maine Town Passes Landmark Local Food Ordinance
SEDGWICK, MAINE - On Saturday, March 5, residents of a small coastal town in Maine voted unanimously to adopt the Local Food and Self-Governance Ordinance, setting a precedent for other towns looking to preserve small-scale farming and food processing. Sedgwick, located on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Western Hancock County, became the first town in Maine, and perhaps the nation, to exempt direct farm sales from state and federal licensing and inspection. The ordinance also exempts foods made in the home kitchen, similar to the Michigan Cottage Food Law passed last year, but without caps on gross sales or restrictions on types of exempt foods. Read more here.

MIT Energy Geeks Converge on M.I.T.
Put on a blindfold, throw a dart at a calendar, and you'll probably pierce a date on which an energy conference is being held somewhere around the world.

But while many are more lavishly underwritten, few can match the unbridled enthusiasm of the annual energy fκte — entirely organized by students — at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read more here.

E.P.A. Steps Up Scrutiny of Pollution in Pennsylvania Rivers
Radioactivity levels are "at or below" safe levels in Pennsylvania rivers, state regulators said on Monday, based on water samples taken last November and December from seven rivers.

The results come at a time of growing scrutiny of the potential hazards of radioactivity and other contaminants in wastewater from natural-gas drilling. The wastewater is routinely sent to treatment plants in Pennsylvania, which then discharge their waste into rivers. Read more here.

Farmer Farmers Adding Much More Renewable Power Than Expected
According to a new census from the USDA, farmers are reducing their costs by embracing renewable energy to power their operations in very unexpectedly big way. The use of renewable sources focused just on the use of solar panels, wind turbines, and methane digesters.

The tremendous rise in the degree of adoption of renewable energy in itself surprised and pleased the Agriculture Department, which under Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is attempting to spread the use of renewable energy on farms in order to cut greenhouse gases which that could make farming in the US among the worst casualties of climate change by the end of this century, and almost impossible within the next few centuries. Read more here.

Cards Charge It to My Green Credit Card?
Recently I came across a Reuters article in Mother Nature Network that discussed the benefits of a new "green credit card" in South Korea. I have to admit it sounds exciting, but the cynic in me also has to respond.

First, I like the idea of a green credit card, which in essence would give the user bonus points as she buys sustainable products and services, such as public transit tickets, or eco-friendly laundry detergent. Read more here.

Trade group sues over polar bear critical habitat
An Alaska petroleum industry trade group has sued the federal government over its designation of 187,157 square miles as polar bear critical habitat, claiming it covers too much territory and could cost tens of millions or more in economic effects.

The Alaska Oil and Gas Association sued Tuesday in Anchorage. Read more here.

Flushed U.S. Flushes 12.5 Trillion Gallons of Energy Down the Drain Every Year
Researchers from Newcastle University in the U.K. have done the math, and on the surface it looks pretty grim. Every year, the U.S. flushes about 12.5 trillion gallons of energy right down the drain. They're actually talking about potential energy, in the form of biofuels that could be recovered from wastewater. That alone could form a big part of the renewable energy picture, but wait there's more – much, much more.

Regular readers of Cleantechnica are probably used to us raving about the energy potential in wastewater (yeah, sewage). Sewage-to-methane biogas equipment is becoming commonplace at treatment plants, where it is usually used to run equipment at the site. Read more here.

Armstrong Recycling Program Reclaims 100 Million Square Feet of Old Ceiling Tiles
Armstrong World Industries, the world's largest manufacturer of acoustical ceilings, announced that its Ceiling Recycling Program has now diverted more than 100 million square feet of old ceiling tiles from landfills.

The recycling program, which is the nation's first and longest running program of its kind, enables building owners to ship ceilings from renovation projects to the nearest Armstrong ceiling plant as an alternative to landfill disposal. Read more here.

Clark Global Realities
Note from the editor: We are delighted to have General Welsey Clark join our roster of distinguished Digest monthly columnists, bringing his unique experience in national and global security to the discussion on renewable energy.

While I was teaching economics at West Point in the early 1970's, I and many others saw the dangers for our foreign and national security of our growing dependence on imported oil. In a detailed study of the implications of this energy crisis, I warned that we could expect to deploy U.S. military forces overseas in order to maintain access to that foreign oil—a pretty shocking observation considering we were still engaged in South East Asia. Read more here.

Efficiency? When Energy Efficiency Sullies the Environment
For the sake of a cleaner planet, should Americans wear dirtier clothes?

This is not a simple question, but then, nothing about dirty laundry is simple anymore. We've come far since the carefree days of 1996, when Consumer Reports tested some midpriced top-loaders and reported that "any washing machine will get clothes clean."

In this year's report, no top-loading machine got top marks for cleaning. The best performers were front-loaders costing on average more than $1,000. Even after adjusting for inflation, that's still $350 more than the top-loaders of 1996. Read more here.

Gas Rising gas prices have SouthCoast drivers counting every mile
FALL RIVER — With the price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas hovering around $3.50 at the Crosson station on Eastern Avenue Tuesday morning, Brooke Taney put just two gallons into her minivan.

Taney, who was filling up ahead of a trip to Providence, said she bought the same amount of gas the day before. The painter said she's becoming more and more conscious about gas prices as they skyrocket. Read more here.

Fisherman Scientists argue for a broader look at fisheries management
It's widely agreed that good fisheries regulation demands good science. We need to know how many fish are out there and what is happening to them.

But gaps in the science have spawned disputes between fishermen and regulators in the Northeast and, in response, fisheries scientists are offering a radically different approach to the way groundfish stocks are evaluated and managed. Read more here.

UMass Dartmouth gives green light to wind turbine
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.

Brayton Point Permit would let Brayton Point plant emit nearly 450 tons of salt vapor
SOMERSET — The public has until March 23 to submit questions or concerns about the renewal of an operating permit for the Brayton Point power plant that would allow it to emit almost 450 tons of salt each year in vapor released from twin cooling towers and a related new unit.

The salt emissions are considered safe by Brayton Point and should be similar to the salt air in the surrounding marine environment, plant spokeswoman Lisa Lundy said. Read more here.

Chart R.I.'s Top Cash Crop May Surprise You
Just off the top of your head, what do you think is Rhode Island's No. 1 cash crop? Corn, you say? Well, corn is No. 2, but distant second is an understatement. Apples? No. 3.

Cultivated trees, shrubs, flowers and turfgrass account for more sales revenue, about 60 percent of the state's total, than all other commodities combined. According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, the sale of nursery stock and turfgrass alone brought $30 million into the state. And while the landscape nursery industry fared better, percentage wise, than most other farm industries in Rhode Island during the last/current recession, a $3 million decrease in revenue was seen between 2004 and 2009. This decrease in revenue, and the skyrocketing costs of operation, means jobs are at stake and could spell big trouble for the local landscape industry. Read more here.

UMass Dartmouth expands Sustainability Initiative curriculum with new course
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will begin a course April 1 on energy auditing, home weatherization and building analysis certification.

The course, which is part of the university's Sustainability Initiative, will teach students how to make recommendations for weatherization and energy efficiency improvements, provide information and reports, and other skills needed for a nationally recognized Building Performance Institute building analyst certificate. Read more here.

Bu Public option
A ride on the SAIL bus shuttling across the South Shore finds a diverse mix of riders — and hopes for recruiting mor
It was just after 10 a.m. on a Thursday morning. The sky was clear, the sun was shining, and the air was freezing cold. Silver-haired and soft-spoken David Stewart sat in the driver's seat of an off-white shuttle bus, cruising along Route 139. Each of the 24 seats behind him was empty.

"It's pretty quiet,'' said Stewart, glancing at the vacant seats in his rear-view mirror. "People only are out this time of year when they have to be. When it's warmer . . . we've had as many as 17 to 18 people.'' Read more here.

Chafee: Rising energy prices will make Deepwater work
Rising world energy prices, spurred by demand from India and China, will make wind energy off Rhode Island's shores a viable economic option, Governor Chafee told a group of Washington County town planners and officials Thursday night.

Chafee spoke at a meeting of the Washington Country Regional Planning Council. Chafee said the waters off Rhode Island are advantageous for wind turbines because they combine steady winds with relatively shallow depth. Read more here.

MBTA Tech support
A new resource in Newburyport aims to woo energy entrepreneurs
Steve Johnson was looking for a way to expand his business, and he found it in Newburyport.

"When you have a home office, you don't really have an opportunity to expand; it's not like you're going to move the walls in your house to create a testing lab,'' said Johnson, chief technology officer of Solais Lighting Inc. Read more here.

Rigid Plastics Now Accepted at the New Bedford Transfer Station
Residents can now recycle rigid plastics at the Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station. Rigid plastics include broken blue bins, old laundry baskets, flower pots, buckets, toys and broken up plastic furniture. Please keep in mind the following guidelines.
• All items must be no larger than 2 feet by 3 feet
• All items must be clean with no residue of any type (paint, oil, tar, dirt) etc.
• Bring items to the Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station.
• Do not place in a blue bin.

The Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station (1103 Shawmut Avenue) is open Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM and Saturday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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 Town Farm
Josh King will lead a walk at Westport Town Farm, focusing on the geology of the Westport River watershed and the movement of water through our watershed. The Westport Town Farm is managed by the Trustees of Reservations, who have a lot of great programs at the Farm and elsewhere throughout the year. 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.

Organic Lawns for Homeowners

March 29, 7:30 PM, The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Museum, 396 County Street, New Bedford
Taught by NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional Jessica Duphily Cook, of Quintessential Gardens, in Westport. Learn organic methods of caring for your own lawn during this three-hour intensive workshop, one of 12 held all over Massachusetts today. This workshop will cover: Why Organic? • What is an Organic Lawn? • How is Organic different from Conventional? • The Relationship between a Healthy Soil and Healthy Lawn • Soil Testing • Soil Health • The Science of Growing Grass Cultural Practices • Mowing • Aerating • Compost Topdressing Fertilizing • Seed Slicing • Equipment • Questions & Answers Cost: RJD members, $8.00; non-members, $10.00, at door. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
SEEAL Seeks SouthCoast Conservation Corps Coordinator
To expand upon its partners' existing conservation-oriented youth workforce development capacity, SEEAL will launch the SouthCoast Conservation Corps (SCCC), in Summer 2011. SCCC will employ youth Members ages 16-18, and older youth Leaders, ages 19-24, to complete sustainability-related community projects and expand their occupational and leadership skills. While supported by the full 25-partner SEEAL, Lead Partners will include: Mass Audubon, Workforce Investment Board, UMass Dartmouth Civic Engagement Office, Brix Bounty Farm, and the Old Bedford Village Development Corps. Learn more here (PDF)
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
Take a carbon fast for Lent
Christians often give up candy, alcohol, television or some other vice during Lent, the period of penance and prayer before Easter that starts today. But the United Church of Christ is suggesting a different kind of fast: Carbon. Learn more here.

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