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March 31 to April 7, 2011

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This week:

Home Gardening Demo and Walk

Fuel Efficient Vehicles for Municipalities Webinar


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Shrink Your Footprint Fair

Exploring Vernal Pools



Farm Manager Sought

The Coalition for Buzzards Bay is Hiring

Weekly Green Tip:

24 handy lemon tips

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A Decade of Marine Exploration Revealed
The Census of Marine life has released the findings of ten years of research and exploration of the world's oceans. The first-ever study of its kind, involving 2700 scientists from 80 nations, identified more than 6000 potentially new species, and will help researchers observe how marine populations change in response to events like oil spills and climate change.

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"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."
- E. B. White

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Earth Hour Earth Hour Pictures: Before and After, Around the World
Silhouetted against still bright city lights below, Rio de Janeiro's "Christ the Redeemer" statue goes dark for Earth Hour 2011 on Saturday night.

The Brazilian icon joined the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, Beijing's Forbidden City, and hundreds of other world landmarks that were abruptly blacked out from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., local time. Read more here.

Nuclear Plants Safe?Are Nuclear Plants Safe? Environmentalists Are Split
The nuclear disaster in Japan comes at a time when some environmental groups had softened their positions against nuclear power. A few prominent environmentalists had even embraced nuclear energy as a way to fight climate change.

But will the latest nuclear crisis bring them back to their "no nukes" roots? Read more here.

Shutting Down of Old Nuclear Plants also a Problem: IAEA
The shutting down of older, aging nuclear reactors is expected to peak in 2020-2030, posing a major challenge in terms of safety and the environment, a draft U.N. atomic agency report has brought forth. The report, submitted to member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shortly before Japan's nuclear crisis erupted on March 11, said that the global nuclear sector maintained a high level of safety performance in 2010.

However, it warned, that "in some cases, plans for nuclear power program development moved faster than the establishment of the necessary regulatory and safety infrastructure and capacity." Read more here.

Biofuel Spanish scientists search for fuel of the future
ALICANTE, Spain (AFP) – In a forest of tubes eight metres high in eastern Spain scientists hope they have found the fuel of tomorrow: bio-oil produced with algae mixed with carbon dioxide from a factory.

Almost 400 of the green tubes, filled with millions of microscopic algae, cover a plain near the city of Alicante, next to a cement works from which the C02 is captured and transported via a pipeline to the "blue petroleum" factory. Read more here.

Japan's complex megadisaster offers scary glimpse of future
In attempting to deal with multiple disasters, Japan has been unable to handle any of them properly, a prospect that many other countries face - including the U.S.

A megadisaster is a catastrophe that threatens very quickly to overwhelm an area's capacity to get people to safety, treat casualties, protect vital infrastructure and control panic or chaos, said Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Read more here.

EU rules hinder Poland's plans for new coal power
Poland appears to have lost its fight to exempt new coal-fired power stations from paying for European Union emissions permits, an EU document showed on Tuesday.

Poland had planned to give away tens of millions of free carbon emissions permits to new power stations as it struggles to align its high-carbon economy with the EU's ambitions to cut carbon dioxide emissions. Read more here.

Rainforest Biodiversity and Sustainable Resource Use May Co-Exist in Tropical Forests
When local residents are allowed to make rules about managing nearby forests, the forests are more likely to provide greater economic benefits to households and contain more biodiversity, two University of Michigan researchers and a colleague conclude from an analysis of forest practices in tropical developing countries of East Africa and South Asia. Read more here.

Monsanto and Farmers The Battle for Biodiversity: Monsanto and Farmers Clash
Two weeks ago, Monsanto announced the latest genetically engineered crop it hopes to bring to market: a soybean rejiggered to resist the herbicide dicamba. The new product, says Monsanto, will aid in weed control and "deliver peace of mind for growers."

Meanwhile, half a world away, La Via Campesina, a farmers' movement of 150 organizations from 70 countries, had a slightly different idea about what would bring peace of mind to its millions of members: protecting biodiversity. In its statement to those gathered in Bali for the United Nations treaty on plant genetics, the organization urged treaty drafters to reevaluate the legal framework that allows seed patenting and the spread of genetically engineered crops, like those Monsanto soybeans. These genetically modified crops and the international patent regime, La Via Campesina said, block farmers' ability to save and share seeds, threatening biodiversity and food security. Read more here.

NSF Announces New Awards That Will Investigate More Efficient Ways to Harvest Sunlight
Scientists in the United States and the United Kingdom have been awarded funding totaling more than $10.3 million to improve the process of biological photosynthesis. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.K. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) collaborated in issuing these jointly funded awards. Read more here.

Artificial Leaf Yes for Real, We Now Have a Genuine Artificial Solar Leaf
Yet another new breakthrough in low cost solar energy just made its debut, and this one is a doozy: a solar cell the size of a typical leaf, that actually creates energy the same way a leaf does: with photosynthesis. No, for real. You just park it in a bucket of water and it generates enough electricity to power household devices… eventually (more on that below). The announcement was made by the lead researcher on the MIT-based project, Dr. Daniel Nocera, who said, "A practical artificial leaf has been one of the Holy Grails of science for decades." Read more here.

U.S. drops to 3rd in clean-energy investment: Pew
The United States fell one spot to third place in clean-energy investment last year as the lack of a national energy policy hurt purchases in wind and solar power and other technologies, a report said on Tuesday.

China came in first and Germany second, according to the report "Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race" by the Pew Charitable Trusts, an independent, nonprofit group. Read more here.

Renewable energy CEOs plead with Congress about loans
U.S. renewable energy companies called on lawmakers on Tuesday to preserve a loan guarantee program for innovative green technologies they say will create tens of thousands of jobs and generate billions of dollars in investment.

The chief executives of 34 solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and biofuel companies said in a letter to House of Representatives and Senate Republican and Democratic leaders that the proposed cuts to the Department of Energy's renewable energy loan guarantee programs would not only "destroy thousands of pending jobs," but also "defeat America's effort to compete with China, Germany and others in the clean technology marketplace." Read more here.

CleanTech City of Boston Top Ten Cleantech Cities in the United States
There are numerous cities across the United States which can be considered "cleantech capitals." With a large array of renewable resources, a dedication by businesses and homeowners to become more energy efficient, and a large hub for research and development, a lot can be accomplished when it comes to creating new, efficient and sustainable clean technologies. There are many factors that make up a "capital for cleantech," and although there are more than ten cities around the nation that are involved in clean technologies, here are ten of the top cities. Read more here.

Light Switch Poll: 84 percent of Americans flip the switch to conserve energy
Many households went dark on Saturday in observance of Earth Hour. But how do Americans fare when it comes to non-symbolic acts of household energy conservation? Not too poorly, according to a recent poll. Read more here.

Invasive Species for Dinner On the menu: Taking a bite out of invasive species
While eating invasive species does little to stop their spreading, it does help raise awareness of the dangers the plants and animals pose to their environments.

The first recipe posted on Invasivore.org was a simple one: Fettuccine coated in butter, garlic and dotted by chewy morsels of Chinese mystery snail. It inaugurated a grand goal: Staunch the spread of invasive species using knives, forks and some creativity in the kitchen. Read more here.

Biosolids Risks Over Recycling Sewage into Biosolids are Still Not Resolved
Class B biosolids applied to Bremerton's forest are relatively dry. Before application, at least 99 percent of the pathogens have been removed. After 30 days, no measurable pathogens remain. Still, public access remains closed to this area.

When the city of Bremerton started applying processed sewage sludge to its forestland west of Gorst, the trees began to grow dramatically faster. One can see the result 20 years later in tree rings when the Douglas firs are cut down: skinny rings before the application, fat rings ever since. Read more here.

Maine Town Passes Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance Becomes First in US to Declare Food Sovereignty
The town of Sedgwick, Maine, population 1,012 (according to the 2000 census), has become the first town in the United States to pass a Food Sovereignty ordinance. In doing so, the town declared their right to produce and sell local foods of their choosing, without the oversight of State or federal regulation. Read more here.

Electric Cars and the Kindness of Strangers
As if we don't have enough phobias already, now there is range anxiety, a malady brought on by the electric car. But it's okay; there is a cure, or rather an app for that.

Studies indicate that many electric car drivers - and those considering joining the ranks - suffer the fear of running out of power and being stranded with a dead battery. A little planning ahead could take the pressure off; there are an estimated 1,400 vehicle charging stations in the United States today and the number is growing. Read more here.

Train More details of South Coast Rail proposal discussed at meeting in New Bedford
Two hearings will be held in early May to give the public a chance to ask questions or air concerns about the latest plan for a commuter rail line to Boston.

South Coast Rail, the state agency planning the rail project, gave additional details about the planning process at a meeting Wednesday at the New Bedford Public Library after a draft report released on Monday said the state intends to build a rail line running through the existing Stoughton route. Read more here.

GUEST COMMENTARY: South Coast Rail project moves forward
Is it déjà vu all over again?

Last week, the United States Army Corps of Engineers made a big splash with the release of their 2,500 page Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the South Coast Rail Project. The report evaluates alternate routes for commuter rail between Boston and Fall River/New Bedford. The report's findings sound very familiar. Read more here

Discrepancy in power prices fuels opponents of Cape Wind
State lawmakers gave every Massachusetts utility the same order in 2008: Buy more power from renewable energy sources. But the state's two largest utilities came back with vastly different deals, especially in price.

National Grid estimates its deal with the Cape Wind offshore wind project will cost ratepayers $1.2 billion above the projected market price of comparable energy by the time it is done. Meanwhile, NStar says its contracts with three smaller, land-based wind farms are a total of $111 million below market price. Read more here

Organic Farming Growing Fast Locally
Organic farming has become one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture. For the past six years, every state has featured certified organic practices. In fact, farmland under organic management has grown steadily for the past decade, and this national trend holds true here in Rhode Island.

The number of organic-certified farms in the state has increased from eight in 2002 to 22 this year. In all, Rhode Island now features 26 operations that are organic certified, including four coffee roasters — Custom House Coffee, Coastal Roasters, Excellent Coffee Co. and New Harvest Coffee Roasters. Farming Turtles in Exeter is certified as both a farm and handler. Read more here.

Flanagan kicks off 3-month planning for revitalizing Battleship Cove, putting rail stop on waterfront
FALL RIVER — State and regional officials joined Mayor Will Flanagan on Wednesday to kick off a three-month public planning process aimed at revitalize the Battleship Cove area and bringing a rail stop to the Gates of the City.

The Cecil Group in Boston was awarded the bid, which is funded by a $10,000 technical assistance grant awarded last fall from the state Department of Transportation through the South Coast Rail project. Read more here.

Plans for East Providence solar facility get boost
Plans in East Providence to build the state's largest solar-power facility atop a former landfill received a boost Monday when the state Economic Development Corporation awarded the project a $200,310 grant.

The 10-megawatt proposal would dwarf the 142-kilowatt solar array that sits on the roof of United Natural Foods' headquarters in Providence, currently the biggest of its kind in the state. Read more here.

Compost Facility Closer to Reality
There was near universal support for a comprehensive food-waste-to-compost program during Tuesday's compost conference at the Rhode Island School of Design. And there was more than just talk about making it a reality, as a large-scale compost facility could be under construction in Rhode Island by the end of the year.

From the Worm Ladies of Charlestown to Waste Management officials to local politicians, nearly all segments of the public and private sectors offered their perspective and support for recycling food waste. Read more here.

Massachusetts lawmakers demand answers from Fidelity, Evergreen Solar
The chief executive of a solar energy company that closed a plant and laid off hundreds of workers in Massachusetts told lawmakers Tuesday that the firm had no plans to return the millions of dollars in incentives it previously received from the state.

Executives of Evergreen Solar and Fidelity Investments, which also recently announced plans to move hundreds of jobs out of the state, appeared at a hearing of the Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee called to examine the state's corporate tax policies in light of the recent job cuts. Fidelity and other mutual fund companies have enjoyed a tax break in Massachusetts for the past 15 years. Read more here.

Sessions on New Bedford Waterfront Shed Light on Fishery Regulations
Massachusetts environmental police brought an ounce of prevention to the waterfront Tuesday, offering educational presentations to help fishermen steer a course through the maze of frequently confusing fishery regulations.

"National Marine Fisheries makes the regulations, and we are the conduit to them," Lt. Dean Belanger told the group. "But we're down on the docks every day. We know it's difficult, and we want to see if we can find a way for this to work for all of us." Read more here.

Somerset NRG Energy puts Somerset Station up for sale
The Somerset Station power plant has been put up for sale, along with 12 scattered properties in Swansea that are also owned by NRG Energy, which decided last month not to seek re-opening the plant.

The Riverside Avenue site is being advertised as an industrial manufacturing property with a deep water port by Boston firm Grubb & Ellis, with no listed asking price. The Swansea parcels include a 105-acre plot off Hortonville Road and 25 acres next to RK Swansea Place on Grand Army of the Republic Highway. Read more here.

Two Mass. Utilities Make Very Different Power Deals
State lawmakers gave every Massachusetts utility the same order in 2008: go buy more power from renewable energy sources. But the state's two largest utilities came back with vastly different deals - especially in price.

National Grid estimates its deal with the Cape Wind offshore wind project will cost ratepayers $1.2 billion above the projected market price of comparable energy by the time it's done. Meanwhile, NStar says its contracts with three smaller land wind farms are a total of $111 million below market price. Read more here.

Westport Conservation restriction permanently protects Hadfield property in Westport
The Herb Hadfield property, 50 acres located on Angeline Lane, off of Cornell Road, has completed its transition from farm and woodland to permanently protected land.

While it's open to the public all year round, it will be open for a ribbon-cutting on May 1, said Chris Detwiller, community conservation specialist for the Trustees of Reservations, who will manage the property for Detwiller. He explained that the Hadfield property abuts another 50 acres acquired in 2004. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Trustees of Reservations to offer demo, discussion on planning home garden

April 2, 10:00 am, Westport Town Farm (830 Drift Road.)
On Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. The Trustees of Reservations will offer a free demonstration and discussion on planning and preparing the home vegetable and flower garden. Preparation work is now underway at the Westport Town Farm, cleaning up the garden, mending fences and amending the soils, getting ready for another growing season. It is time for the home gardener to plan and prepare for a plentiful harvest right in the back yard. Read more: 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.

Sogkonate Garden Club to present a program on edible plants

April 6, 7:30 p.m., Little Compton Community Center on the Commons
On Wednesday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., the Sogkonate Garden Club will present a program on edible plants. Speaker, Russ Cohen, is a professional environmentalist and expert forager. He is the author of "Wild Plants I have Known…and Eaten". Find out what you can and cannot eat in the fields and woods. Program will be held at the Little Compton Community Center on the Commons in Little Compton. Refreshments will be served. Details here.

eStar Electric Truck Presentation

April 7, 9 a.m.-noon., Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Parking Lot Ride-and-Drive, consult with sales representatives in Conference Room 280, 235 Promenade St., Providence.
The Navistar eStar has a 100-mile range and requires no gasoline. Dattco will be demonstrating the capabilities of the Navistar fully electric vehicle. Watch the truck in action here. 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.

Green Drinks Newport

April 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Potter & Company, 172 Thames St., Newport.
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. Info: Contact Kara DiCamillo at kara@6square.com. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Local arborist to present free tree care workshop at BCC

April 9, 9-11 AM, Bristol Community College, Room D108
On Saturday, April 9, at 9 a.m., Dennis Brodeur, a Fall River Street Tree volunteer arborist, will demonstrate how to give trees the best possible care. The free tree workshop will e held at Bristol Community College in room D108. Brodeur will illustrate how to prolong the life and beauty of the city's trees. All interested homeowners, city employees and tree stewards are welcome to attend. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to respond by calling 508-679-8887 or emailing maryannwordell2851@comast.net. Details here.

Fall River Street Tree Planting Program Annual Meeting

April 9, 7 PM, Bristol Community College, Room C110
Please attend! Quorum needed! Open to tree stewards, tree committee members and interested citizens. Details here.

A Culinary Expo & Farmers Market at Bristol Community College

April 9, 9:00pm – 3:00pm, BCC Commonwealth College Center, Fall River
Join BCC students, the public and award winning chefs at this new culinary expo! Featuring: a cake show, baking demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, high school culinary arts competition, and 'Farm to Table' panel discussion. $10 adults, $5 students (Entrance fee to discussion, demos and competitions to benefit SkillsUSA). 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.

Massachusetts transportation department will host public meeting on 195/79 project

April 13, 6:30 PM, Heritage State Park visitor's center on Davol Street, Fall River
The state Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting next month to give details on a plan to remake the Interstate 195-Route 79 interchange. The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Heritage State Park visitor's center on Davol Street. It will include an update on the proposed project, a review of the design and construction timeline, and details on how members of the public can participate in the planning process. Details here.

AHA! Night Sustainable Earth

April 14, 6:00 PM, Downtown New Bedford
The climate is changing, and it's time to make a statement. The evening will be filled with fun, as the group parades along the procession route with their eco-floats moving to the beat of the New Bedford High School Whalers Marching Band and NBPS All-City Middle School Marching Band & Colorguard. Eco-floats are anything a person or group can wear, roll, or carry along the procession route. The topics of this event are all about reducing, reusing, and recycling. All this begins at 5pm at Custom House Square (corner of William Street and Acushnet Avenue) The procession will begin at 5:30pm, travel through the downtown historic district, along Acushnet Avenue to the reviewing stand at 6pm where Mother Earth and Father Ocean will then be crowned. Everyone is welcome! Details here.

"Shrink Your Footprint Fair" is at AHA!

April 14, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Ocean Explorium
The 4th annual Shrink Your Footprint Fair has teamed up with April's AHA! (Art History Architecture) night, themed Sustainable Earth. Hosted by the Ocean Explorium, the Fair will feature workshops for adults, teens, and families on how to live an economically healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle. The fair will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at the Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, New Bedford, MA, following the Earth Eve parade. The event will feature workshops, exhibits, and vendors. Three workshops will be held, including "Sustainability 101" by the Marion Institute and P.O.W.E.R.; "Local Food: Your Carbon Food-print" by SEMAP and the SouthCoast Energy Challenge; and "Climate Youth Leadership" by ACE (the Alliance for Climate Education).

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.

Tiverton Clean-Up Week

April 16, Various times and locations, Tiverton, RI
Sign up sheets at Coastal Roasters or Essex Library for a specific location, or clean up an area of your choice. Bags and gloves available at Essex Library. For info, call Marcia at 401-625-6760 or Bonnie at 401-816-0968.

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.

A Day of Discovery in Our Living Classroom: Campus and Community Lessons

April 20, 9-3 pm, Woodland Commons and Campus Forest, UMass Dartmouth
Please join us for part or all of our day of unveiling and discussing our Living Classroom Initiative. The Living Classroom serves as the bridge between the University's traditional educational resources, the larger community and our natural environment. On April 20th, you can explore our newly-opened forest trails, join community members to discuss local agriculture and forestry initiatves, learn about the state-of-the-art energy projects planned for our campus, and help us to toast our 2011 Green Campus Awardees including Lyndsi Shusler (student), Facilities Designer Elizabeth Bender (staff), Political Science Professor Robert Darst (faculty), SEEAL Director Jennifer Marshall-Grantham (Community), and the Purchasing Department. Details will be posted shortly. Details here.

SEMAP Volunteer Potluck!

April 20, 6:00pm, The Dartmouth Grange, 1133 Fisher Road, S. Dartmouth, MA.
Learn more about SEMAP and its programs working to preserve and expand acces to local food and sustainable farming in Southeastern MA! Hear about fun opportunities to work within your own community educating folks on the Why, Where, and How of local food and farms. Plus it's a POTLUCK! Bring a dish to share, and meet community members interested in becoming more involved with sustainable agriculture. The Grange Kitchen will be open for a short tour as well. RSVP to scogswell@semaponline.org. 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.

Earth Day Celebration & Green Building Tour

April 23, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., Tabor Academy, Marion
After a long and cold winter, get out and enjoy the spring air while preparing local beaches for the summer sun. Join the Westport River Watershed Alliance to clean up some of the shoreline areas of Westport, MA. Clean-ups will be held at Cherry & Webb Beach, Gooseberry Island, and East Beach. You can choose any one of the locations and someone will be there with trash pickers, trash bags, gloves, and refreshments. Call (508)636-3016 or e-mail outreach@wrwa.com with any questions or to let us know you're coming. Details here.

Earth Day Beach Clean-up

April 23, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., Tabor Academy, Marion
You can actually look behind the walls & floors of the Highest Efficiency Green Building type, utilizing modern technology and advancements in construction methods and materials. Learn what really makes a building High Efficiency & Green, instead of just wondering, what's behind the pretty wallpaper latter. Details here.

Sustainability Film Series: Inside Job

April 27, 6:30 PM, UMass Dartmouth CVPA (Group 6) room 153
'Inside Job' provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. Learn more at http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/ or http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Job-Matt-Damon/dp/B0041KKYBA Details here.

Exploring Vernal Pools

April 30, 9 a.m to 11 a.m., Russells Mills, Dartmouth
Meet at Russel Mills parking lot. Fee: FREE. Join Education Coordinator Shelli Costa in an up-close and personal exploration of some local vernal pools. These seasonal water bodies provide crucial breeding habitat for mole salamanders, wood frogs, and other species. We will be getting our hands wet looking for frog/salamander eggs and other critters that are dependant on these pools. Details here.

American Chestnut Returns

April 30, 10 a.m., The Bioreserve
The once mighty American Chestnut was virtually wiped out by a blight that was introduced more than 100 years ago. But now, thanks to the work of the American Chestnut Foundation, this keystone species is ready to make a comeback. Come learn about the status of the American Chestnut today, the plans to reintroduce blight-resistant trees to our forests and parks, and how you can help these majestic trees return to their rightful place in the New England landscape. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Farm Manager Sought
New England Village, Inc., a nationally renowned organization in Southeastern Massachusetts providing an array of residential and day services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is seeking a Farm Manager to oversee and lead all aspects of a 10 acre multifaceted organic farm with greenhouse located in Hanson, scheduled to open May, 2010. Key responsibilities include supervision, training and oversight of jobs to be performed by persons supported; identifying, organizing and supervising plantings, harvest and distribution. Requirements: Bachelor's degree in business, education or agriculture related field is preferred although significant farm management experience may be substituted for a degree; experience with intellectual and developmental disabilities, knowledge of organic farming and experience with community farming outreach a plus. New England Village is prepared to offer very competitive compensation for this year round position with comprehensive benefit package included. New England Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please forward resume, cover letter with three references by Friday, April 22 to Tracey Daigneau, TDaigneau@newenglandvillage.org. 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.
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.
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
24 handy lemon tips
Is there anything better than scent of a lemon? Lemons not only have a wonderful fragrance, but can also act as a green replacement for cleaning chemicals used around the home that aren't so environmentally friendly. Learn more here.

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