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April 21 to 28, 2011

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

South Coast Sustainable Cinema - Food Matters

Sustainability Film Series: Inside Job


Save The Date:

Community Farm Plant Sale

Tree Planting



Ocean Explorium Annual Appeal 2011

Springtime Organic Gardening Course

Weekly Green Tip:

Live chicks, rabbits make poor Easter gifts

Clip of the Week

Losing Ground
At Powershift 2011, Bill McKibben gave a fiery speech about the climate movement, and outlines thoughts on 350.org's campaigns for 2011.

Weekly Quote:

"What actually makes people happy is full engagement. You are most alive when working at the limit of your abilities."
- Bill McKibben

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Renewables Chart Renewable Energy Passed Up Nuclear in 2010
It seems that total cumulative installed power capacity from renewable sources passed up nuclear for the first time in 2010, according to the draft version of a new report coming out soon by the Worldwatch Institute, The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2010-2011.

“In 2010, for the first time, worldwide cumulated installed capacity of wind turbines, biomass and waste-to-energy plants, and solar power reached 381 gigawatts, outpacing the installed nuclear capacity of 375 gigawatts,” the draft report says. Read more here.

Wind Bags Energy Bags Under the Sea to be Tested to Store Off-Shore Wind
An innovative new way to store wind power has been invented by researchers at the the University of Nottingham. Literally in inflatable bags under the ocean. A university spinoff, NIMROD Energy Ltd, has been launched by Professor Seamus Garvey, based on the research. Next month a prototype is to be tested in seawater.

E.ON, a leading renewable energy company in Europe provided a grant to the university researchers to develop the undersea Energy Bags™ in 2008. Read more here.

Yoda Bat Pictures: 20 Surprising Species of the Past 20 Years .
The RAP expeditions typically send large teams of scientists into remote habitats for intense, monthlong surveys.

"We go out and explore so that we can bring a wide range of new species—1,300 so far—and thousands of other rare and really interesting species to the public and policy makers," explained RAP director Leeanne Alonso. Read more here.

Mayan Cities Maya Mystery Solved by "Important" Volcanic Discovery?
Even at ancient Maya cities far from volcanoes, ash rained down relatively frequently, a "spectacularly important" new study says.

The finding could explain how these ancient metropolises survived—and even prospered—despite having poor soil. Read more here.

Kite Want to save fuel on freighter shipping? Fly a kite
THE NORTH SEA, Germany — The blue-hulled vessel would slip by unnoticed on most seas if not for the white kite, high above her prow, towing her to what its creators hope will be a bright, wind-efficient future.

The enormous kite, which looks like a paraglider, works in tandem with the ship's engines, cutting back on fuel consumption, costs, and carbon footprint. Read more here.

Electricity app Forgot to turn off the lights? There's an app for that
There are few things as ubiquitous in and essential to our day-to-day lives as electricity that we know as little about. Most homeowners and office workers know next to nothing about where the power they rely on comes from, how much they're using right this instant, and how much it's costing them. As long as the lights are on, we're apparently happy to remain in the dark about the rest of the equation.

Which, when you think about it, is a deeply twisted scenario. Imagine, just for instance, if your car's fuel gauge was mounted in the spare-wheel compartment in the trunk, and you just stopped at regular intervals to fill up the tank and then waited on a monthly bill to find out what you'd paid for your gas recently. Read more here.

Whaler Whales’ Grandeur and Grace, Up Close
On a warm summer afternoon in 2005, Bryant Austin was snorkeling in the blue waters of the South Pacific by the islands of Tonga, looking through his camera at a humpback whale and her calf swimming less than 50 yards away. As he waited for the right moment, the playful calf swam right up to him, so close that he had to lower his camera. That’s when he felt a gentle tap on his shoulder. Read more here.

Solar Solar on the Water
PETALUMA, Calif. — Solar panels have sprouted on countless rooftops, carports and fields in Northern California. Now, several start-up companies see potential for solar panels that float on water.

Already, 144 solar panels sit atop pontoons moored on a three-acre irrigation pond surrounded by vineyards in Petaluma in Sonoma County. Some 35 miles to the north, in the heart of the Napa Valley, another array of 994 solar panels covers the surface of a pond at the Far Niente Winery. Read more here.

Deregulate G.O.P. Push in States to Deregulate Environment
Weeks after he was sworn in as governor of Maine, Paul LePage, a Tea Party favorite, announced a 63-point plan to cut environmental regulations, including opening three million acres of the North Woods for development and suspending a law meant to monitor toxic chemicals that could be found in children’s products.

Another Tea Party ally, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, has proposed eliminating millions of dollars in annual outlays for land conservation as well as cutting to $17 million the $50 million allocated in last year’s budget for the restoration of the dwindling Everglades.

From the outside, The Plant may look like an abandoned building, but there is a unique plan growing inside — Chicago’s first vertical farm. Read more here.

U.S. natgas well blowout raises safety concerns
A blowout at a Pennsylvania natural gas well late Tuesday could heighten concerns about the safety of a controversial process to extract gas from shale rock.

The accident comes at a sensitive time for energy drillers, exactly one year after an explosion that led to the massive BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and just as regulators mull whether to allow the technique in New York state. Read more here.

Oceans How Do You Manage US Oceans? Look at Local Successes
A team of experts led by Brown University has a plan to advance President Obama's directive to manage the nation's waters better. In a paper in Conservation Letters, the natural and social scientists offer several recommendations based on a two-year investigation of marine management efforts by more than two-dozen local and regional groups from California to Maine. The recommendations could be integrated into the National Ocean Policy. Read more here.

Diesel Military Turns Diesel Exhaust into Water
In arid environments, water is a critical battlefield commodity. Soldiers need water to drink, clean, cook and otherwise operate. The average U.S. soldier needs about seven gallons of water a day. The hotter the battlefield, the more water they’ll need. In many cases, supplying water creates considerable logistical challenges. In the worst cases, water supply (or lack thereof) can become a strategic vulnerability for the grunts in the field. Read more here.

A Victory for Cleaner Air, and the Law
The new settlement between the Environmental Protection Agency, other plaintiffs and the Tennessee Valley Authority resolving clean air violations at 11 T.V.A. coal-fired power plants is long overdue.

As a result, millions of Americans will someday breathe cleaner air. The settlement will also reduce emissions that have brought acid rain damage to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And it emphatically vindicates the Clean Air Act, which is now under assault from House Republicans. Read more here.

Fuel Cell Cars Automakers Try To Sell Government On Fuel Cell Cars
Honda's fuel cell electric car, the FCX Clarity, can go about 240 miles on a tank of hydrogen fuel. Compared to gasoline, that's about 60 miles to the gallon. The only emission is water so pure you could drink it.

The company has been building a limited number of these cars since 2005, so Honda was surprised when Secretary of Energy Steven Chu claimed it would take four technological miracles to make fuel cell cars viable in the marketplace. Read more here.

Frustration and Hope as Oil Drilling Regulator Remakes Itself
In Sunday’s Times, we assessed the Interior Department’s progress in revamping the Minerals Management Service, the scandal-ridden agency responsible for regulating offshore oil and gas drilling and collecting royalties from oil development on public lands.

The article noted that the agency has a new name (the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement), a new director (Michael R. Bromwich) and a new focus on worker safety and environmental stewardship. Read more here.

GE Wind Farm GE sells stakes in huge Oregon wind farm
Google Inc and two Japanese partners will pay General Electric Co about $500 million for a majority equity stake in the world's largest wind farm under construction in Oregon, the partners said on Monday.

The $2 billion Shepherds Flat project, near Arlington, Oregon, is due to be completed next year. It will stretch over 30 square miles of north-central Oregon and generate enough energy for 235,000 U.S. homes. The site's developer is Caithness Energy. Read more here.

U.S. offers loan aid for world's biggest solar plant
The U.S. Department of Energy is offering $2.1 billion in conditional loan guarantees to support what will be the world's biggest solar power plant, the government's largest commitment to date for to solar energy.

The aid will support construction of the first two units of Solar Trust of America LLC's 1,000 megawatt solar thermal Blythe Solar Power Project, the DOE said on Monday. Solar Trust of America is a joint venture between German companies Solar Millennium AG and Ferrostaal AG. Read more here.

Gulf Shrimper A Year Spent Wrestling With Paperwork, Not Nets
It has been a year of sitting inside, of dry paperwork, a year in which accounting displaced fishing as the cornerstone of the gulf economy. This is no sort of work for a man like Alton Verdin.

On his ideal day, which is pretty much every day in a normal shrimp season, Mr. Verdin, 56 years old and lean, wakes in the dark at home in Pointe-Aux-Chenes, La., and steers his trawler through the quiet backwaters of the marsh. When the brown shrimp season began last May, he had a couple of the best weeks in memory: long, hot, wonderful days of bulging nets. Read more here.

Take it to climate court?
ON TUESDAY, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a new kind of lawsuit: one that asks the federal courts to wade into the global warming debate and legislate a policy solution. The lawsuit focuses on the complex process by which greenhouse gases released over the centuries — including man-made as well as naturally occurring carbon dioxide, among many other chemicals — have trapped solar energy in the atmosphere. This lawsuit singles out a handful of domestic electric power companies as defendants and seeks a judicially imposed cap on their emissions.

There have been similar suits in lower courts. One of the more colorful cases was filed by a native Alaskan village with a population of 400 suing two dozen utility, energy, and oil companies for $400 million in damages to compensate the villagers for the harms resulting from thinning sea ice that they say was caused by global warming. Another was filed by owners of land on the Gulf coast suing energy companies whose carbon emissions the owners say contributed to climate change that made Hurricane Katrina more intense and damaging than it would otherwise have been. Read more here

Earth Day Poster 20+ Memorable Earth Day Posters from 1970-2009
In stead of spilling any more ink writing about Earth Day 2009, I dug up some of the best Earth Day posters from over the years. I’ve done my best to get an even sampling, but as might be expected, the earlier ones were much more difficult to track down (mostly because very few were made). Read more here.

Moral Economy The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy
Bea, a manager at a big-box chain store in Maine, likes to keep a professional atmosphere in the store. But with a staff struggling to get by on $6 to $8 an hour, sometimes things get messy. When one of her employees couldn’t afford to buy her daughter a prom dress, Bea couldn’t shake the feeling that she was implicated by the injustice. “Let’s just say ... we made some mistakes with our prom dress orders last year,” she told me. “Too many were ordered, some went back. It got pretty confusing.” And Edy? “She knocked them dead” at the prom. Read more here

Chamber of Commerce US Chamber, Biggest Front Group for Fossil Fuel Industry, Has No Idea What's About to Hit Them
This morning, thousands of climate activists will join a rally outside the US Chamber of Commerce to protest the money pollution that's corrupting our democracy and wrecking our planet.

The environmental movement is getting smarter by the minute, and this morning in Washington DC it passes a major test. Read more here

Commons Common Stories
Do you ride the bus? Use the library? Walk on the sidewalk? Congratulations—you’re already part of the commons movement. You—yes, you—are a commoner.

Not “commoner” in the sense of class. Think “communal.” Do you shop at a farmers’ market, visit museums, or take your kids to the playground? Do you ride a bike, hop a bus, drive a car, or walk along a sidewalk? Surf the World Wide Web? Those kinds of community spaces and services are “the commons,” and to be a “commoner” is to value these resources and the good they bring to society, according to author Jay Wall­jasper. Walljasper, a proponent of the commons movement and fellow at On the Commons, has compiled All That We Share, a series of essays (many his own) urging us to recognize, celebrate, and work to preserve the commons. Read more here

The Myth Of Apathy
At this moment in time, there is no shortage of good ideas about how to make the world cleaner and greener. And yet, the riddle at the center of just about any sustainability effort (worth its salt) is why we are not taking action. The answer isn't apathy, it's dissociation. Read more here

Salazar Construction to start this summer on staging facility for Cape Wind
NEW BEDFORD — City and state officials said Tuesday they expect to break ground this summer on a $35 million port facility, which will be used to support the installation of Cape Wind and other offshore wind projects.

Construction of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, which will be built on approximately 20 acres in the South Terminal area, is expected to be completed within about a year, according to city and state officials. Read more here.

Federal official to reveal Cape Wind details
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is heading to Boston to reveal more details Tuesday about the progress of what would be the nation's first offshore wind farm.

Salazar will unveil a final operation and construction plan for the proposed 130-turbine Cape Wind project, an individual briefed on the announcement told The Associated Press. Read more here

Clean-Tech Jobs State wants ocean wind zone pared
State officials are asking the federal government to cut in half the possible leasing area for offshore wind energy projects in a large swath of ocean south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

The move was hailed Tuesday by fishing interests as a positive step to protect sensitive fish spawning grounds and Nantucket Shoals, a productive fishing area southeast of the island. Read more here.

Clean-Tech Jobs Mass. clean-tech companies that are hiring
Green-tech companies in Massachusetts are hiring.

The workforce expansions are being partly spurred by the federal economic stimulus package, which includes billions for home energy-efficiency upgrades and an extension of a tax credit for renewable energy technologies such as wind power. Within the next two years, stimulus spending is expected to create or save 79,000 jobs in Massachusetts. Read more here.

A climate of apathy
A majority of Massachusetts residents in a poll said global warming is happening and is caused by human activity, but many remain relatively apathetic about addressing the issue, a survey released by MassInc shows.

The Barr Foundation-sponsored study comes as the state works to meet a requirement to reduce heat-trapping greenhouse gases by 80 percent by 2050 — one of the most ambitious such goals in the country. Read more here.

Train For Easton and Raynham, a lonely fight to lessen South Coast Rail line effects
Raynham and Easton appear to be on their own in their efforts to lessen the impact that a proposed commuter rail extension to the South Coast would have on their communities.

Officials in both towns are working together to seek mitigation measures for the South Coast Rail, a $1.4 billion project to bring train service to Fall River and New Bedford. State officials last month said they want to extend train service from Stoughton and through Easton and Raynham. Read more here.

MIT Generator A generator that’s lighter than air — and relatively light on the wallet
Graduates of MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics learn lots about lift, aerodynamics, and rocket engines.

But they don’t learn how to launch and fly a blimp. So when the MIT-educated founders of Altaeros Energies Inc. unpacked a white plastic shroud from the back of a Volkswagen sedan last November and filled it with helium, they didn’t exactly know what they were doing. They’d attached a video camera to their custom-made cylindrical airship, and also a few sensors, to gather information about its motion in the wind. As one of the team members worked a pulley system to allow the blimp to lift off, the team members grinned, scribbled a few notes, and shot video from the ground. Read more here.

Just five nuclear reactors now in New England
Despite being one of the first regions in the country to build a nuclear power station, New England’s group of plants is small compared with the Midwest, the mid-Atlantic or the South.

The region’s first plant, Yankee Rowe in Massachusetts, opened in 1961 but was closed before its license expired in 1992 because of the high cost of making necessary repairs. Since then, Maine Yankee, Connecticut Yankee and Unit 1 at Millstone have also closed amid similar concerns. Plans for new reactors — including two in Charlestown, R.I. — were dropped because of local opposition or because they were deemed too expensive. Read more here.

Stripers Stripers Future in Narragansett Bay Uncertain
PROVIDENCE — Long a favorite of saltwater anglers and a top earner for commercial fishermen, the iconic striped bass took on new symbolism in the 1990s when strict management measures brought it back from the brink of annihilation.

Now, two alarming tendencies may be poised to undo the dramatic recovery of the species. Read more here.

Clean the Bay targeting Taunton River this week
FALL RIVER — A Rhode Island organization's effort to keep the waterways around the city clean is underway.

As it expands its program to include the Taunton River, Clean the Bay announced Clean Sweep IV will begin this week. Clean the Bay works to clean waterways and shorelines of larger debris, such as boats, tires and pilings. Read more here.

Bridge Somerset's plan for Veterans Memorial Bridge area hinges on state's decision
Before planning on the area around Slade's Ferry Avenue and the two bridges goes any further, the town must first determine how much land surrounding the Veterans Memorial Bridge it will get back from the state, Town Administrator Dennis Luttrell said at a meeting this week.

"We don't want to spend a lot of time and effort planning for something we might not get," Luttrell said later in an interview. Read more here.

Baby Ravens State wildlife official makes way down rocky cliff in Quincy to place ID bands on six baby ravens
QUINCY — Dr. Thomas French checked his rappelling gear and eased over the edge of a rocky cliff near a Quincy office park. A third of the way down, he stopped at a nest to pick up raven chicks before rappelling to the bottom. “In all my time doing this, I’ve never seen a raven’s nest with six chicks,” French said. “I’ve seen four – or five, even – but never six. This is pretty amazing.” Read more here.

OUR VIEW: Ask what you can do for your community
Communities across the SouthCoast are facing the ages-old predicament, what would happen if you threw a party and nobody came?

OK, it's not quite a party, but a series of reports in Sunday's Herald News highlighted a troubling shortage of volunteers to serve on elected and appointed boards and commissions in Swansea, Tiverton and Westport. Read more here.

DNRT Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust looks at 40
DARTMOUTH — Created in 1971 after one of its founding members was unsuccessful in acquiring a 150-acre parcel for a children's nature center, DNRT is now celebrating 40 years of preserving the town's rural character through deed restrictions and land acquisitions.

The Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust has helped to protect nearly 5,000 acres of wetlands, wildlife habitat, farmland, forests and scenic landscapes in Dartmouth, according to Dexter C. Mead, who is in his seventh year as its executive director. Read more here.

Acushnet looking at SEMASS, golf course
ACUSHNET — Town Administrator Alan Coutinho has advised selectmen that he has met with SEMASS representatives about future relationships and trash-disposal fees, but "the discussion has been back and forth. We have no resolution yet."

Selectmen decided to ask the Board of Public Works for an update and status report on a possible renewal contract with the waste-to-energy plant in Rochester. Read more here.

NB Harbor New Bedford City Council opposed to Superfund CAD cell
NEW BEDFORD — The City Council has gone on record in opposition to a federal proposal calling for a pit to be dug on the harbor floor, then filled in with contaminated PCB-laden sediment and capped with clean sediment as part of the Superfund cleanup.

The pit, often referred to as confined aquatic disposal, or CAD cell, would be dug between Interstate 195 and the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read more here.

Recycling post-Tax Day
This Tax Day, RIRRC wishes maximum recycling was as certain as death and taxes, too.

Old tax returns: You can shred these, place them in a brown paper bag, staple it shut, and put in your green bin. Don't have a shredder? Check phone book, or attend the monthly free community shred hosted by EcoTope, Inc., 150 Colfax Street Providence: www.rirrc.org/shred. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Green Futures Monthly Meeting

April 21, 7 p.m., Union United Methodist Church, corner of Highland Ave.& Pearce St., Fall River
Please try to attend. Bring a friend! Email: info@greenfutures.org Details here.

Green Drinks Providence

April 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m, TBA
reen 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 Bill Mott at bmott@theoceanproject.org. Details here.

April Vacation Open Barnyard

April 22, 12 Noon to 2 PM., Weir River Farm, Hingham, MA
This family-friendly farm, one of the last farms in Hingham, will enthrall visitors with its own “family” of horses, pigs, cows, chickens, and sheep. Originally part of a picturesque, early-20th-century country estate, Weir River Farm today is a 10-acre working farm comprised of fields and pastures surrounded by oak and red cedar woodlands. The farm supports diverse wildlife habitats, including upland grasslands, which are in rapid decline in the Commonwealth. Weir River passes through the farm at its northwest edge..Details here.

Trade in your old light-bulbs for energy savers

April 23, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. while supplies last, Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers' Market
Don't miss your chance during Earth Week to save energy and money by taking your incandescent bulbs out of circulation. On April 23, visit Lights Out, Green In's table at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers' Market and swap up to 5 incandescent bulbs for energy-saving CFL bulbs. The best part - IT'S FREE. The offer lasts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. while supplies last. Reduce your carbon footprint with this simple and free exchange at the farmers market located at Hope Artiste Village (1005 Main St, Pawtucket). This offer comes thanks to a partnership with National Grid as well as a RI DEM Earth Day grant provided by J.R. Vinagro/Patriot Disposal of Johnston, RI.

Operation Clean Sweep's Earth Day Cleanup

April 23, 8:30 a.m.- Noon. St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford
Join us in helping to keep New Bedford clean! Community service groups, clubs, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate in this community event. This is a great way to earn community service hours. Gloves, tools and food provided. The cleanup is sponsored by Operation Clean Sweep, N.E.E.D and Southcoast Hospitals Group. To learn more, visit www.operationcleansweep.net or call (508) 979-1493. Find us on Facebook! .

Earth Day Beach Clean-up

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.

Organic Poultry Workshop Series

April 23, Apr 23, Hatfield, MA
These 6 workshops teach poultry raising on a backyard or small commercial scale, using organic, pasture-based systems. Workshops held in Hatfield on April 23; in Hubbardston on April 30; in Shrewsbury on June 4, in Wendell on June 25; in Barre on July 16, and in Concord on July 23. Registration for each workshop ranges from $40 to $30, with $5 discounts for NOFA membership, early registration (2 weeks before the workshop), and signing up for 2+ workshops.Details here.

Shred Day

April 23, 9AM to Noon, New Bedford, parking lot across from City Hall corner of William St. and North 6th St.
Shredding is provided by Doc Shredding. Open to businesses and residents of New Bedford and the surrounding communities. Fee is $5 per box for a standard size box used to hold reams of pape. Participants can watch the destruction of up to 5 of their boxes of paper. For more than 5 boxes, shredding may occur offsite. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed, but please remove paper from folders and binders.Details here.

SouthCoast Energy Challenge Small Business Information Session

April 27, 5:30 - 7:00 PM, The Ginger Grill, 778 Purchase Street, New Bedford
Small business owners, find out how you can reduce your business carbon footprint with this new initiative. Light dinner and drinks will be served. For more information and to reserve your space contact Karen Malcolm, Marketing & Development Coordinator, SouthCoast Energy Challenge, A project of SEEAL (the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance), (508) 996-8253 x206. 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.

Lloyd Center Annual Meeting

April 27, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Dartmouth Grange Hall, 1133 Fisher Road, Dartmouth
Join fellow members in celebrating the Lloyd Center's recent accomplishments and learn about plans for the future. The eighth annual presentation of the George G. Haydock Award will be given to an individual, selected by the staff and Board of Directors, who is deemed to have made a most outstanding contribution to protecting the nature of our coastal environment. Light refreshments will be served. Learn more at http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/ or http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Job-Matt-Damon/dp/B0041KKYBA Details here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Fall River Street Tree Planting Program

April 29, 1 p.m., Upper North Park (Highland Avenue at Stanley Street), Fall River
Tree Planting and Arbor Day Event Join Mayor Will Flanagan as he hosts this Springtime event! Email: maryannwordell2851@comcast.net.

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.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day

April 30, 9AM to Noon, Crapo Hill Landfill.
Open to New Bedford and Dartmouth residents only. ID required. All types of household hazardous wastes will be accepted including oil-based paints, paint thinner, and waste fuels. NO LATEX PAINTS. Dry out and throw latex paint away in the regular trash. The maximum amount you can bring is 25 gallons or 25 pounds. Collection is for households only, not businesses, schools or contractors. Call for directions or visit www.gnbrrmdistrict.org. Details here.

Butterfly Garden Spring Awakening - 11 Volunteers Needed - Sign Up

April 30, Allens Pond, Dartmouth
The Audubon Society butterfly garden at Allen's Pond will need improvements before the spring season. Help us stir the compost, weed the garden, and plant seeds for the upcoming summer. In addition we will build a raised bed for use as an herb and vegetable garden. While You're Here: A 20 minute beach ramble before lunch will introduce you to the shoreline of Buzzards Bay. Participants will have the opportunity to plant and take home a tray of plants that will be beneficial for butterflies. Notes, Gear and Attire: This is an outdoor project, appropriate for all ages. Some (not all) activities may require building and gardening skills. Bring your gardening gloves and tools if you have them, however, basic gardening tools will be provided. Details here.

Shrubland Restorers - 31 Volunteers Needed - Sign Up

April 30, Allens Pond, Dartmouth
Help us with our Shrubland Restoration Project. Volunteers will be using hand tools to cut back and remove invasive shrubs and vines at two different locations of the Sanctuary. A major goal for this project is to promote a native shrubland community, which will benefit rare and declining shrubland wildlife. While You're Here: A short nature walk will focus on how to identify native plants and the shrubland birds that depend on this ecosystem. Notes, Gear and Attire: This is an outdoor project, appropriate for older teens and adults. Volunteers should wear long sleeves and thick pants. Tools and work gloves will be provided, although you may bring your own. Bring your binoculars. Details here.

Birding in the Bioreserve

May 7, 7 - 9AM, Watuppa Reservation Headquarters, Fall River, MA
Large unfragmented areas like the Bioreserve support an array of warblers and other interior forest birds such as the wood thrush, ovenbird, and scarlet tanager. Many of these unique birds pass through the area for only a few weeks each spring on their way north. Join Lynn Abbey of the Paskamansett Bird Club at the height of the spring migration. Bring binoculars. Details here.

Sharing the Harvest Community Farm Plant Sale

May 7, 9AM - 2PM, Dartmouth YMCA
Green house grown starter vegetable plants for your garden. Tomato | Eggplant | pepper | Squash | Cucumber | Pumpkin | Kale | Swiss Chard...just to name a few Details here.

The Big Walk

May 7, 9AM - 4PM, Westport Free Public Library
Strap on your hiking boots and experience the vastness of the unbroken forest on a walk that s the full length of the 13,600-acre Bioreserve. The full hike is 14 miles but pick-ups will be available at 4, 8 and 12 miles. Details here.

Volunteer Trails Building Day

May 7, 10AM - 2PM, Lyman Reserve
Volunteers are welcome to join The Trustees of Reservations and Trout Unlimited for a day of trail building. We will be cutting brush to form a new network of trails as well as learning how to construct bog bridges over wet areas. Tools will be provided but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own hand tools. Bring your own lunch but snacks will be provided! Details here.

Spring on the Farm

May 7, 1-3:30PM, Buttonwood Park Zoo
The sun is up, the soil is warm and it's time to get busy. Plant seeds, visit the animals, and learn about life on the farm with crafts and activities. Details here.

Westport Run For The Water

May 7, 10 AM, Horseneck Beach
The seventh annual Run for the Water will take place May 7. The race follows an 8-kilometer route that loops through Horseneck Beach State Reservation. Pre-register online at www.racemenu.com for $20 by May 5, or by mail postmarked by May 2. Late registration and day-of-race registration is $30. Complimentary race T-shirts are provided for all pre-registered runners. Runners can also upgrade to a T-shirt for $10. The top three men and women runners will receive cash prizes. Details here.

Slocum River Kayak Tour

May 8, 10 AM, Lloyd Center Headquarters
Cost: Members: $45 Non-members: $55 Pre-registration required by noon on Friday, May 6th. Ages 14 and up. Limit: 10The Slocum River is a peaceful scenic estuary, offering extraordinary views, great birding and paddling. Come explore the many coves and marshes along this classic New England landscape. Paddlers of all abilities are welcome. All tours include basic kayak equipment and instruction by certified guides. Details here.

Tree Planting

May 14, 9am, Eastern Ave, Fall River
Tree Planting, 12 trees, Eastern Ave. In front of the Watson School, in conjunction with United Parish of Fall River, First Congregational Church and the City of Fall River. Details here.

Organic Lawn and Garden Care

May 14, 10am-12pm, Westport Free Public Library
FREE! Sarah LaValley will present an interactive lecture on organic lawn and garden care with the Westport River Watershed Alliance. Sarah will teach the proper mowing techniques, how to select proper plants, how to control pests, when to water, and the basic steps to achieving a beautiful chemical free lawn and garden that also conserves water and saves you money. Organic lawns and gardens work to keep additional Nitrogen from entering our streams and the Westport River. Details here.

Tire Drop-off Day

May 14, 9AM-Noon, Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station, 1103 Shawmut Avenue, New Bedford.
Open to New Bedford and Dartmouth residents only. ID required. Fees (cash or check only) - $1 each for car tires, $5 each for light duty truck tires and $15 each for heavy duty truck tires (no more than 6, no off-road equipment tires). Tires greater than 24 inches are not accepted. No commercial loads. For more information about any of the events, contact Marissa Perez-Dormitzer, District Recycling Coordinator at (508) 979-1493 or recycling@newbedford-ma.gov. Details here.

Markets of New England Book Launch Party

May 14, 10am-12pm, Westport Free Public Library
I am teaming up with Farm Fresh Rhode Island to celebrate the launch of my first book, Markets of New England. Join us for food, music, raw cooking demonstrations, book signings and more! The party will take place in the Greenhouse room, at Hope Artiste Village on May 14, 2011, from 7-9pm. All proceeds from the book will be donated to Farm Fresh. Markets of New England showcases 50 of the most unique and thriving farmers markets and art events in the region. The message of the book, and of the party, is to support local artists and farmers in an effort to preserve community and develop a thriving local economy. The book has generated interest nationwide, and will be sold at Anthropologie stores, as well as featured in a number of prominent publications, including the Boston Globe, Yankee, and Budget Travel. Details here.


May 15, 1:00 p.m., Fall River to New Bedford
SRPEDD, Mass in Motion and UMASS Dartmouth will be hosting a bike ride during Bay State Bike Week on Sunday, May 15th at 1pm. The ride will be between Fall River and New Bedford, with a group leaving each city and meeting in the middle at UMASS Dartmouth. The ride length between Fall River and UMASS is approximately 10 miles, and from New Bedford to UMASS approximately 12 miles. Details here.

Roots Down - Free Organic Gardening Workshop

May 15, 5:00 p.m., Lawler Branch Library, New Bedford
Understanding, Controlling, & Learning from Weeds plus Sweet Roots: Beets/Carrots! Details here.

South Coast Sustainable Cinema - GASLAND

May 19, 7-9 PM, Fairhaven Unitarian Memorial Church
"The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.". Details here.

Spring Bird Walk

May 20, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m., Lloyd Center Headquarters, lower lot
Rise early to see and hear bird activity during mid-spring before the leaves are fully out and the forest birds are highly visible with many species having already arrived for the nesting season. The walk will begin with bird observations at the Lloyd Center's Headquarters where many songbirds may be seen along the forest edges and on the Center's birdfeeders. Details here. (Rain date: Saturday, May 21st)

Endangered Species Day

May 20, all day, Buttonwood Park Zoo
Cost: Free with zoo admission Join us for a self-lead stroll around the zoo to find out more about endangered and threatened species. Details here.

Bird Walk at Ridge Hill

May 21, 8:00 am – 10:00 am, Ridge Hill
Cost: Free with zoo admission Join us for a self-lead stroll around the zoo to find out more about endangered and threatened species. Details here.

Sunset Kayak Tour

May 25, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Lloyd Center Headquarters
Cost: Members: $38 Non-members: $45 Pre-registration required by Noon on Tuesday, May 24th. Ages 14 and up. Limit: 10 What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle along the Slocum River. You'll feel your stress dissolve as you glide along this spectacular estuary, enjoying the setting sun. Watch wading and shore birds flock to feed, see fish jump and await the multitude of color changes in the sky. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Springtime Organic Gardening Course
This spring Brix Bounty Farm is helping you to trade your foodmiles for foodsteps. Join us for Diggin' Deep – a dynamic hands-on learning opportunity for new & experienced gardeners interested in gaining knowledge and skills central to organic vegetable production 10 AM – 2 PM on 5 Saturdays: May 21 – June 25 with optional session on May 28th at Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth MA02747 Cost: Please consider "Paying it Forward" with a donation to NOFAMass Pre-registration is required, space is limited Email derekchristianson@gmail.com or call the farm, 508-992-1868, to register Learn more here.
Ocean Explorium Annual Appeal 2011
The Ocean Explorium has just launched its 2011 Annual Appeal, with a mailing to individual and corporate members, donors, volunteers and community supporters. Contributions to the Annual Appeal support the organization, its staff, exhibits and programs. Mark Smith, Executive Director of the Ocean Explorium, hopes that gifts to this year's Appeal surpass previous campaigns as a new exhibit is being installed at the same time that demand for programs continues to increase. Learn more here.
Volunteering at Sharing the Harvest Community Farm
Get exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and have a positive impact on your life and others. Volunteers help in every stage of farming here at STH – from planting seeds, to transplanting seeds grown into plants; to cultivating those freshly-planted plants to harvesting their produce. During April, volunteers can expect to spend the majority of their time in the greenhouse, seeding; they may also freshen up the raised beds and direct- seed some cooler-weather crops. If you’re interested in volunteering, our drop-in hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9:00AM to 1:00PM - Wednesday afternoons from 2:00PM to 5:00PM. For more information about volunteering, please visit www.ymcasouthcoast.org and search for Sharing the Harvest. You can also contact us by email at sharingtheharvest@ymcasouthcoast.org or via phone at 508 993 3361 extension 13.
Do Something Reel Film Festival
Whole Foods Market presents a series of free film screenings providing a moving, eye-opening look at how the choices we make can have a huge impact on our bodies, our economy and our environment.

April 20 - Vanishing of the Bees
April 27 - Urban Roots

Brought to you by Whole Foods Market, Eco RI and Hope Artiste Village. Movies will be played from 7:30-9pm in the Greenhouse room of the Wintertime Market on Wednesdays. Hosted by Whole Foods Market at the Wintertime Market at Hope Artiste Village: 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI. Contact Bonnie Frechette at (401) 621-5990 for more information. Learn more here.
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
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).
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.
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.
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
Live chicks, rabbits make poor Easter gifts
The Humane Society of the United States is asking people to refrain from acquiring live chicks and rabbits as Easter gifts this holiday season. Young, adorable animals mature quickly into adults and need daily care for the rest of their lives. Instead of live animals as gifts, consider giving children a plush toy or a chocolate rabbit. Learn more here.

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