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March 17 to 24, 2011

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

WRWA Annual Meeting

Compost Conference

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Save The Date:

Organic Gardening Talk

Sustainability Film Series - Tapped

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Announcements:

SEEAL Seeks Conservation Corps Coordinator

Agriculture Internships

Weekly Green Tip:

Drink green beer on St. Patty's

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Farmer Joel Salatin: Why Changing the Food System is Up to You
Joel Salatin is no simple farmer. Since Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma and the film Food, Inc. brought him to fame as the man who raises meat the right way, Salatin has become a sought-after speaker.
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Global
Earth Japan Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days, Moved Axis
The March 11, magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan may have shortened the length of each Earth day and shifted its axis. But don't worry-you won't notice the difference.

Using a United States Geological Survey estimate for how the fault responsible for the earthquake slipped, research scientist Richard Gross of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., applied a complex model to perform a preliminary theoretical calculation of how the Japan earthquake-the fifth largest since 1900-affected Earth's rotation. His calculations indicate that by changing the distribution of Earth's mass, the Japanese earthquake should have caused Earth to rotate a bit faster, shortening the length of the day by about 1.8 microseconds (a microsecond is one millionth of a second). Read more here.

Wind Japan's earthquake disaster may boost rainforest logging in Borneo
Malaysian loggers say Japan's recovery from last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami will boost demand for rainforest timber, reports the Borneo Post.

AmResearch, an investment research firm based in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, said logging companies that export plywood to Japan are poised to benefit from reconstruction. Read more here.

Ice Analysis - Japan accident shows dilemma over atom plant sites
Japan's nuclear accident exposes the dilemma of whether to build power plants on tsunami-prone coasts or inland sites where water supplies are unreliable, a problem likely to be aggravated by climate change, experts say.

Many of the world's 442 nuclear power reactors are by the sea, rather than by lakes or rivers, to ensure vast water supplies for cooling fuel rods in emergencies like that at the Fukushima plant on Japan's east coast. Read more here.

Japan Japan before and after the earthquake, tsunami
These aerial photos show locations in Japan before and after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck March 11. Use the slider below the images to reveal the changes in the landscape. Read more here.

Low radioactivity seen heading towards N.America
Low concentrations of radioactive particles are heading eastwards from Japan's disaster-hit nuclear power plant and are expected to reach North America in days, a Swedish official said on Thursday.

Lars-Erik De Geer, research director at the Swedish Defense Research Institute, a government agency, was citing data from a network of international monitoring stations established to detect signs of any nuclear weapons tests. Read more here.

Ocean North Atlantic Oceanic Currents Play Greater Role in Absorption of Carbon Than Previously Thought
The ocean traps carbon through two principal mechanisms: a biological pump and a physical pump linked to oceanic currents. A team of researchers from CNRS, IRD, the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, UPMC and UBO (1) have managed to quantify the role of these two pumps in an area of the North Atlantic. Contrary to expectations, the physical pump in this region could be nearly 100 times more powerful on average than the biological pump. By pulling down masses of water cooled and enriched with carbon, ocean circulation thus plays a crucial role in deep carbon sequestration in the North Atlantic. Read more here.

Bananananas Is That a Banana in Your Water?
New science shows peels can remove heavy metals from water.
Banana peels are no longer just for composting or comedy shows: New science shows they can pull heavy metal contamination from river water.

Metals such as lead and copper are introduced to waterways from a variety of sources, including agricultural runoff and industrial wastes. Once there, heavy metals can contaminate soils and pose health risks to humans and other species. Lead is known to affect the brain and nervous system. Read more here.

National
Nuke Japan Triggers Shift In U.S. Nuclear Debate
The nuclear power industry had been experiencing something of a rebirth in the United States, following decades of doubt. That's been put at risk by the crisis unfolding at a nuclear power plant in Japan in the wake of a devastating quake and tsunami there.

With that situation still in flux, attention should remain focused on dealing with the immediate safety issues in Japan, says Jim Owen, a spokesman for the Edison Electric Institute, an association of electric utility companies. Read more here.

Big tree Group is cloning, replanting ancient trees
COPEMISH, Mich. — Redwoods and sequoias towering majestically over California's northern coast. Oaks up to 1,000 years old nestled in a secluded corner of Ireland. The legendary cedars of Lebanon.

They are all remnants of once-vast populations decimated by logging, development, pollution, and disease. A nonprofit organization called Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is rushing to collect their genetic material and replant clones to help restore the world's ancient forests and put them to work cleansing the environment and absorbing carbon dioxide, which is largely responsible for global warming. Read more here.

Jackson EPA offers rules on emissions from coal plants
Costs are threat to US recovery, critics say
The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday proposed the first national standard for emissions of mercury and other pollutants from coal-burning power plants, a rule that could lead to the early closing of a number of older coal plants and that is certain to be challenged by some utilities and Republicans in Congress.

Lisa Jackson, the agency's administrator, said control of dozens of poisonous substances emitted by power plants was long overdue and would prevent thousands of deaths a year. Read more here.

New York City's Biggest Rooftop Farm
Imagine you're in an airplane descending upon La Guardia Airport. As the plane sinks below the lowest layer of clouds, you peer out your window seat and see all the roads and highways, the towering Manhattan skyscrapers, the outer-borough row houses and the tons of cement and steel below.

But amid all that concrete chaos, the cars, smokestacks and the cell phone towers, you spot a flat rooftop -- not black, but green -- with rows of crops. And as your plane homes in on La Guardia and the city grid comes into sharper focus, you can see that the green roof is blanketed with plants and flowers and shrubbery. You can even make out red specs among the bushy plants - are those red peppers or heirloom tomatoes you wonder? Read more here.

Chocolate? Enjoy Some Alphabet Soup with Your Chocolate
A kiss is just a kiss — unless it's a Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Kiss. In which case, pucker up for a mouthful of PGPR.

PGPR, which began showing up on the ingredient list of drugstore chocolate several years ago, is short for polyglycerol polyricinoleate, a goopy yellowish liquid made from castor beans that reduces the viscosity of chocolate. Since 2006, big chocolate manufacturers such as Hershey's have been replacing the expensive raw ingredient cocoa butter with PGPR in their recipes. Read more here.

Antibiotics Drug-Resistant Bacteria: To Humans From Farms via Food
You have to love a scientific commentary that starts this in-your-face:

"Show us the science that use of antibiotics in animal production is causing this antibiotic resistance," Dave Warner of the National Pork Council told the Washington Post back in June 2010, responding to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance document advising against the sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock.

Well, here's some
. Read more here.

Meat? Just the Facts: Should We Eat Animals?
We can feed the world and still eat meat—but only a little bit.

We lose nutrition when we feed grain to animals.

If humans ate the grain instead, we could eliminate world hunger. Read more here.

Florida New Study Says Florida High-Speed Rail Line Would Have Been Very Profitable
Florida's high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando, originally set to be the model for the nation, has come and gone. But interest in the project continues to have an afterlife. A new posthumous report on the line, released by the Florida Department of Transportation, says the Tampa-Orlando fast train would have been even more profitable and carried even more passengers than experts initially believed Read more here.

Local
Boats Commerce chief agrees to fishing enforcement concessions
In an abrupt reversal of policy, the Department of Commerce announced Wednesday that it has agreed to grant significant concessions to New England fishermen, particularly those who have been hurt by unfairly harsh law enforcement.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke reopened an avenue for aggrieved fishermen to bring their complaints forward for review, promised to make the enforcement process fair and transparent and to conduct an audit of funds previously forfeited in fines to prevent future misuse. Read more here.

Kerry makes an offer fisheries regulators can't refuse
Some say he came late to the party.

Whether that's true or not, what is undeniable at this point is that John Kerry has gotten religion in a big way on the desperate plight of the New England fishery.

Sen. Kerry, a longtime and ardent environmentalist, is thought among many movers and shakers on the waterfront to have largely left fisheries issues to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. Read more here.

Environmental group touts catch shares as fishing suit is heard
On the same day New England groundfishermen entered a federal courthouse in Boston to challenge the U.S. Commerce Department over implementation of catch shares, an environmental group conducted a conference call with national media, promoting its release of a report supporting the catch share system.

| Ecotrust, based in Portland, Ore., said the timing of its release was coincidental. Read more here.

Mills Group looks to tap potential of Fall River mills
Mills are the city's connection to its thriving industrial past and one of its greatest opportunities for mixed-use development. But only now has anyone sought to gather details on the estimated 60 mills remaining in Fall River to attract potential businesses and residents.

A small group of mill owners have created the organization Mill Owners of Fall River so that they can work with each other, instead of against each other, to keep the mills — which total an estimated 10 million square feet of floor space — thriving. Read more here.

Somerset Petitions for Somerset Station power plant oversight submitted
etitions have been submitted to create a committee to oversee plans for reusing the Somerset Station power plant site, for rezoning the land for business use and to restrict any power plant use there again.

Voters will have a chance to approve or reject the petitions at the May 16 Town Meeting. Read more here.

EPA to bury contaminants in lower harbor
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will address lower-level contamination in New Bedford's harbor by burying and capping PCB-laden silt at the bottom of the harbor.

While it will continue to dredge and remove off site the highest levels of contamination from the upper harbor, the EPA will use an underwater Confined Aquatic Disposal (CAD) cell to expedite the cleanup in the lower reaches of the harbor south of Sawyer Street. The CAD cell will be located between the Interstate 195 and Route 6 bridges. Read more here.

MBTA Statewide Composting: Can it be Done in R.I.?
JOHNSTON — The Central Landfill has only a limited amount of space, and is filling fast. Replacing that capacity will be expensive, so reducing the amount of waste tossed into the state landfill is the best way to extend its life.

Plants need nutrients in order to grow into the food we eat. As fertilizers made from natural gas become more expensive, it seems logical to consider recycling the nutrients in food scraps back into our food growing system. Read more here.

Regulators: Utility mergers must benefit environment
Massachusetts regulators are adopting a new standard for approving utility mergers by requiring companies prove the merger will help the state meet its goal of increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The decision Thursday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities is seen as a boon for the Cape Wind project because it puts increased pressure on utilities seeking mergers to purchase energy from renewable sources like wind and solar power. Read more here.

Grass Desperate Times at Some Local Nurseries
In the days of global climate change, the necessity of well-engineered landscape design can't be second guessed. In order to combat The Man's effects — and affects — on climate change, green cover plays many roles. Stormwater control, erosion control, carbon sequestration, open space preservation and urban heat islands are all problems that proper land usage can address. Oh yeah, they also look purty and clean the air. Read more here.

Dartmouth farm to teach teachers organic farming in the classroom
The Brix Bounty Farm on Tucker Road is holding a workshop Tuesday on organic farming, and on Saturday will be part of a training session on how to grow school gardens.

The organic farming workshop, which includes how to test soil, order seeds and other methods, will be held at the New Bedford Public Library's Lawler branch at 745 Rockdale Ave. at 5 p.m. Read more here.

Accord near for use of town forest in Mattapoisett
The town is close to resolving a problem that has left it unable to use a 21-acre forest that was willed to the town more than 50 years ago.

Mattapoisett selectmen learned Tuesday night that the issue of public access to the Tinkham Forest, which is surrounded by private property, is near a resolution because the forest's largest neighbor, the Bay Club, has agreed to most of a plan for a town right-of-way easement. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Eco-Toilet Summit - From Waste to Wealth

Saturday, March 19, 12:30-4:30 P.M., Westport Grange, 1132 Main Road
Meeting will present wastewater management options for people's homes. Program will include demonstrations of eco-toilets that separate waste from water. Program will be moderated by former state Rep. Matt Patrick. Speakers will include: Don Mills (Clivus Multrum); Carol Steinfeld (Ecovita) and Earle Barnhart (New Alchemy Co-housing/Green Center). Eco-toilets in homes are a cheaper and more ecologically friendly alternative to sewering and upgrade of the West Falmouth Treatment Plant to meet Cape Cod's wastewater infrastructure challenges. Contact Hilde Maingay/Earle Barnhart TheGreatWorkInc@comcast.net Co-sponsored by Sierra Club Cape Cod & the Islands Group. Free and open to all. 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.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

"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.

Seal Walk on Mishaum Point

March 27, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm, Mishaum Point
Join DNRT and guest leader Mark Mello (Research Director at the Lloyd Center) to walk Mishaum Point. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call DNRT at 508-991-2289. Details here.

'New Beginnings' Organic Gardening Talk

March 29, 7:30 PM, The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Museum, 396 County Street, New Bedford
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!Details here.

Seal and Bird Watching with the Lloyd Center at Cuttyhunk Island

April 2, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Copicut Rd, Cuttyhunk Ferry Company parking lot, 66B State Pier (off route 18) South Bulkhead, New Bedford *Rain date April 3
During early spring, coastal waters are active with migratory movements with many overwintering seals still present. At Gull Island, a small sandbar situated along the Elizabeth Island chain between Cuttyhunk and Penikese, seals haul-out at low tide. Harbor, Grey, and Harp seals and an occasional rarity may be viewed. Common seabirds such as eiders, scoters, and cormorants, and rarer species such as gannets, may be seen while on the boat. Details here.

Asian Longhorned Beetle Tree Survey - Volunteers Needed

April 2, 11:00am – 1:00 pm, Brooklawn Park (1997 Acushnet Avenue), New Bedford
In effort to protect New Bedford's trees from Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), the City of New Bedford and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources will conduct a tree survey at Brooklawn Park in New Bedford. City officials are seeking volunteers to help with the surveying process, no experience is necessary. As of yet, there have been no confirmed reports of ALB in New Bedford. Individuals interested in participating should meet at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 2, 2011 (rain date Sunday April 3, 2011) at the Brooklawn Community Center (located in Brooklawn Park, 1997 Acushnet Avenue), where a brief training session is planned. All supplies will be provided, including binoculars and refreshments. Volunteers should wear comfortable walking shoes or boots and bring drinking water. Please register for the event by calling the New Bedford Conservation Commission at (508) 991-6188. Details here.

Fuel Efficient Vehicles for Municipalities

April 6, 10–11 am, Webinar
With Steve Russell, Alternative Transportation Program Coordinator. Learn how your municipality can purchase fuel efficient vehicles to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save money for the city or town. Details here.

Utility Energy Service Contracts and Energy Project Incentive Funds

April 7, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Webinar
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will present a webcast on Utility Energy Service Contracts and Energy Project Incentive Funds on Thursday, April 7, 2011. Presenters Julia Kelly of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Phil Coleman of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and David McAndrew of FEMP will discuss how Federal agencies can partner with local utilities to fund energy improvement projects. Details here.

Hazard Tree Assessment

April 9, 9-11 AM, Bristol Community College, Room D108
Free educational program to be presented by Dennis Brodeur, -ISA and MCA volunteer arborist. Open to tree stewards, tree committee members and interested citizens. Details here.

Woodcock Wanderings

April 9, 6:30 - 7:30PM, Copicut Rd, Fall River
Some guys will go to great lengths to attract members of the opposite sex. The reclusive American Woodcock is best known for its spectacular spring courtship flight. Staking out his territory, the male sings a nasal "peent" from an open clearing. He then takes flight, spiraling upward while the wind makes a whistling sound through his feathers. Dropping back to earth, he returns to the exact spot where he began to repeat the display over and over. Join Tom Athearn of Green Futures on this walk to witness the spring dance of the woodcock. Details here.

Sustainability Film Series: Tapped

April 13, 6:30 PM, UMass Dartmouth CVPA (Group 6) room 153
Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. From the producers of 'Who Killed the Electric Car' and 'I.O.U.S.A.,' this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water. From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. Details here.

New Bedford Earth Day Parade

April 16, 1:00 PM, Custom House Square, New Bedford
Join the fun and march with us as we carry our "people-powered" papier maché float through downtown New Bedford to celebrate Earth Day. It's all happening as part of New Bedford's April AHA! Architecture Night, a FREE arts culture event that takes place on the second Thursday of every month in downtown. Details here.

Atlantic White Cedar Planting

April 16, 9AM - 12Noon, Copicut Woods
Celebrate the approach of Arbor Day by helping to plant Atlantic White Cedar trees as part of our cedar swamp restoration project. Seedlings grown in our tree nursery are now ready to be planted in the swamp to ensure this rare and beautiful forest type is around for generations to come. Wear boots and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. . Details here.

Electronics Recycling Day

April 16, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Westport
WRWA is hosting the 5th annual Computer and Electronics Recycling day on April 30th, so start gathering up all of your batteries, lightbulbs, computers, and electronics. The event was a big success last few years with tens of thousands of pounds of electronics recycled. Complete Recycling Solutions from Fall River will return this year to help rid you of unwanted technology at special discounted rates. For a pdf of accepted items and their prices click here. Please note: cash and checks only, no credit/debit cards will be accepted. They will load all of the items into their trucks and then dispose of them properly and responsibly. Details here.

Roots Down - Free Organic Gardening Workshops

April 19, 5:00 PM, Lawler Branch Library, 745 Rockdale Ave, New Bedford
NEW THIS YEAR: In addition to our monthly topic we'll include a special, in-depth focus on a specific crop(s). This week - Seed Starting 101 & 102 plus Enjoying Greens All Season Long! Details here.

South Coast Sustainable Cinema - Food Matters

April 21, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., Tabor Academy, Marion
'Food Matters' is a hard hitting, fast paced look at our current state of health. Despite the billions of dollars of funding and research into new so-called cures we continue to suffer from a raft of chronic ills and every day maladies. The film sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide 'Sickness Industry' and exposes a growing body of scientific evidence proving that nutritional therapy can be more effective, more economical, less harmful and less invasive than most conventional medical treatments. 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
Drink up! The Best Green Beers for St. Patrick's Day
We're pretty well trained how to color up our March 17th beverages a deliciously "appetizing" shade of green, but what's much more exciting lately is the attempt of more and more breweries to offers us a truly green beer, meaning all sorts of good things.

And remember: Local beer is almost always "greener" than non-local. Learn more here.

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