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April 28 to May 5, 2011

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

Bill McKibben to speak at Brown University

Exploring Vernal Pools


Save The Date:

People on Bikes Connecting Communities

Sunset Kayak Tour



Give Mom What She Has Always Wanted. A BRICK.

Organic Pest and Disease Control Course

Weekly Green Tip:

Rent or Borrow Textbooks to Save Paper

Clip of the Week

Home sick: Alleged ill effects from Chinese drywall
When thousands of Americans believe a product is making them sick, often that product gets recalled. But in this case, it's not so easy. The product is not a toy or tainted food — it's an entire wall, of a living room, a bedroom or a bathroom. The walls are made with a kind of drywall, also known as "sheet rock" or "plasterboard." And what makes a recall nearly impossible is that the drywall was manufactured overseas, where American consumer agencies have no jurisdiction.

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- John Lubbock

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Bolivia The Law of Mother Earth: Behind Bolivia's Historic Bill
Indigenous and campesino (small-scale farmer) movements in the Andean nation of Bolivia are on the verge of pushing through one of the most radical environmental bills in global history. The "Mother Earth" law under debate in Bolivia's legislature will almost certainly be approved, as it has already been agreed to by the majority governing party, Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS).

The law draws deeply on indigenous concepts that view nature as a sacred home, the Pachamama (Mother Earth) on which we intimately depend. As the law states, "Mother Earth is a living dynamic system made up of the undivided community of all living beings, who are all interconnected, interdependent and complementary, sharing a common destiny." Read more here.

Dried upWater demand will 'outstrip supply by 40% within 20 years' due to climate change and population growth
Water demand in many countries will exceed supply by 40 per cent within 20 years due to the combined threat of climate change and population growth, scientists have warned.

A new way of thinking about water is needed as looming shortages threaten communities, agriculture and industry, experts said.

In the next two decades, a third of humanity will have only half the water required to meet basic needs, said researchers. Read more here.

Solar Roads The Netherlands to Pave Roads with Solaroad Solar Panels
In addition to being one of the most bike-friendly places in Europe, the Netherlands is about to make their bike lanes even more green — by paving them with solar panels. The initiative is part of a larger plan to pave all of their roads with solar panels but the Dutch have elected to start the experiment with two-wheeled transportation lanes. The technology is called SolaRoad and was developed by the Dutch firm TNO. Read more here.

Polluted Cities World's Most Polluted Places
The world's most polluted places in the world might come as a surprise to some. No sprawling, globally-renowned metropolis like Los Angeles or London ranks among them, and even within their own countries, these places are often rarely visited or even discussed.

Still, as OurAmazingPlanet.com reports, the environmental and health effects of these areas are difficult to measure, yet the released toxins can lead to cancers, birth defects and reduced life expectancies. Read more here.

Trash 42 Ways to Not Make Trash
Taking what he learned from his experiment, No Impact Man Colin Beavan offers 42 tips to move toward a zero-waste lifestyle.
Together with his family, Colin Beavan—aka No Impact Man—spent a year trying to live in the middle of New York City without having a negative impact on the environment. One of his first challenges: getting through everyday life without producing trash. Here are some of his favorite tips and tricks. Read more here.

European Cars Europe to phase out gas fueled cars by 2050
Can you imagine a world whose cars don’t burn fossil fuels?

That world could be Europe and that could happen by 2050.

The European Comission has put forth an ambitious proposal to eliminate gasoline and diesel fueled automobiles by the year 2050 in a bid to reduce traffic congestion and drastically reduce the continent’s carbon footprint. Read more here.

Stove Fire Pot Stove Burns Cleanly
An Australian resident, Adama Kamara, has invented a cooking stove that allows people in developing areas to cook without breathing toxic fumes or contributing to deforestation in search of wood fuels.

The invention for this low-cost stove may be important news for many trying to cook indoors for families in poorly ventilated rooms. Kamara cites the United Nations, saying some 1.4 million women and children die annually due to inhaling the fumes from wood or other forms of solid biomass that is burned in traditional cook stoves. Read more here.

Outsourcing Greenhouse Gas Emissions to the Developing World
In many developed nations, increased energy efficiency has effectively lowered emissions of carbon dioxide. However, the cuts in advanced economies are merely an illusion, as manufacturing and dirty industries have moved offshore to the developing world such as China and India. These countries produce goods cheaply which Western consumers like. But that cheap price is a reflection of not only lower wages for workers, but also lax pollution controls and environmental standards. Read more here.

Free Solar How To: Cheap or Free Solar Panels
My cousin mentioned to me that her family wanted to install solar panels on their roof. She said it was a huge disappointment because it was far too expensive. It would take twenty years for them to regain the cost in energy savings, even with state solar initiatives! I decided to do some digging and came up with a handy solution to help reduce the cost:

Find used or discount solar panels. Maybe you can even get them for free.

It may be the next best option after joining a solar group discount program to buy solar panels for your home. And it’s a little simpler than going all out and building your own homemade solar panels. Read more here.

Cllean Fuel Scientists Follow 150-Year-Old Trail to Clean Fuel of the Future
The great promise of hydrogen fuel cells is their potential to take hydrogen generated by low cost solar power, and put it to work at moving your car from point A to point B – all with zero emissions. But, there's a catch. The current technology relies on a tiny dose of platinum, which at current prices of $1800 per ounce has kept the cost of hydrogen fuel cells too high for the mass market. Now a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory has found a less expensive alternative, using low cost blend of iron, cobalt, and a form of carbon partly derived from polyaniline, a compound that was first discovered 150 years ago. Read more here.

Respecting Our Natural Places
Tips For Caring For Our Natural Places
Natural spaces are a great treasure and we need to do all we can to protect them while enjoying what they have to offer. Whether you're planning a trip to the beach, a state or national park, a forest or the outback; here's some tips for minimizing the impact of your visit and help improve the chances these special spots are still there in the future. Read more here.

Nuclear Fuel Report Urges Storing Spent Nuclear Fuel, Not Reprocessing It
Experts on nuclear power predict that Japan’s Fukushima crisis will lead to a major rethinking of how spent nuclear fuel is handled in the United States but have cast doubt on a proposed solution: reprocessing the fuel to recover plutonium and other materials for reuse.

The challenge at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan involves not only damage to three reactors but also the loss of cooling water in at least one pool of spent radioactive fuel, which prompted some American experts to recommend an evacuation to a radius of 50 miles. And that pool was not loaded nearly as heavily as pools at similar reactors in the United States. Read more here.

Fog Development in Fog Harvesting Process May Make Water Available to the World’s Poor
In the arid Namib Desert on the west coast of Africa, one type of beetle has found a distinctive way of surviving. When the morning fog rolls in, the Stenocara gracilipes species, also known as the Namib Beetle, collects water droplets on its bumpy back, then lets the moisture roll down into its mouth, allowing it to drink in an area devoid of flowing water.

What nature has developed, Shreerang Chhatre wants to refine, to help the world's poor. Chhatre is an engineer and aspiring entrepreneur at MIT who works on fog harvesting, the deployment of devices that, like the beetle, attract water droplets and corral the runoff. This way, poor villagers could collect clean water near their homes, instead of spending hours carrying water from distant wells or streams. Read more here.

Arctic Hidden ecosystem discovered after huge crack forms in Antarctic glacier
One of nature's great spectacles occurred early last year when a 60-mile-long iceberg collided with the Mertz Glacier in East Antarctica, causing a section of the glacier to crack off into the Southern Ocean. The event has now given scientists a rare opportunity to peer into ocean water previously covered in hundreds of meters of ice, and the results have been nothing short of stunning, according to Wildlife Extra News.

Currently the once-dark expanse of ocean is awash in an intense bloom of phytoplankton, and deep on the ocean floor a whole ecosystem previously hidden from view has been exposed. The diverse array of creatures being seen for the first time include "sea stars as big as hubcaps, colorful sponges and feathery sea pens." Read more here.

Drilling Resistance to Gas Drilling Rises on Unlikely Soil
Texans pride themselves on being the heart of the nation's oil and gas business. But even here, public concern about natural gas drilling is growing.

The anxiety centers on a recently expanded drilling method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which is now used in more than half of new gas wells drilled in Texas. This practice — which involves blasting water, sand and chemicals far underground to break up rock and extract gas — is common in the Barnett Shale, a major shale-gas field around Fort Worth. Read more here.

Grease Fryer grease rustlers on the prowl
Used fryer grease rustlers are roaming restaurant alleys again across the country.

Grease thefts have spiked whenever fuel prices climbed during the last four years and this spring is no different, said Tom Cook, president of the National Renderers Association. Read more here.

Rent Food Soaring Costs Force Some Renters To Choose Between Shelter And Food
Around 10 million American households -- or one in every four families that rent their homes -- could have to choose between paying rent, buying groceries or keeping current with bills, according to a report released Tuesday.

The number of households spending more than 50 percent of their income on rent and bills jumped by 2.6 million over the last decade, according to a Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies report. Economists generally consider "affordable" rent to cost about 30 percent of a tenant's income. Read more here.

Water Forecast A 21st-Century Water Forecast
The broad-brush conclusion of a new federal report on the future impact of climate change on water in the West is a bit familiar. Throughout the West, there will be less snow, and what snow there is will melt faster. The dry Southwest is going to get drier, and the wet Northwest wetter, as a diagram in the report shows.

The 122-page report includes original research — “including state-of-the-art climate modeling,” as Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said during a conference call on Monday — but also harks back to peer-reviewed scientific literature on seven river basins: the Columbia, the Klamath, the Sacramento-San Joaquin, the Colorado, the Missouri, the Truckee and the Rio Grande. Read more here.

Youth Power Power Shift: How the Youth Climate Movement is Changing the Game
The 10,000 young people who gathered in Washington, DC, for the third Power Shift came prepared to get things done. They traveled in groups from campuses, high schools, and neighborhoods across the country. They brought stories of campaigns to get local food on campuses, to shut down coal plants and stop natural gas fracking, and they educated themselves with speeches, documentaries, and stories from the front lines of the dirty energy battle—places like the Gulf coast, which is still struggling from the aftermath of the oil spill. Read more here.

Rooftop Farm Brooklyn Grange: World’s Largest Rooftop Farm Kicks Off Second Growing Season
The second growing season is in full swing for the rooftop urban farmers at Brooklyn Grange. Located atop a six-story 1919 warehouse, the 40,000 square foot organic rooftop farm built by Bromley Caldari Architects is believe to be the largest of its kind in the world! The almost 1-acre farm is an oasis surrounded by little greenery and lots of concrete in Queens at 37-18 Northern Boulevard. After a successful first growing and selling season that began last spring, the farmers at Brooklyn Grange are continuing their production of organic produce that includes 40 varietals of juicy tomatoes, peppers, fennel, salad greens, kale, swiss chard, beans of all sorts and a variety of delicious root vegetables like beets, carrots, and radishes, as well as plenty of herbs. Click through for the delicious details and pictures! Read more here.

Coming to a landfill near you: solar power plants
Cleaner heating fuels, solar power plants and an energy efficiency corporation. Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday added all three initiatives to his signature PlaNYC 's sustainability plan, which is aimed at cutting the city's carbon-gas emissions 30% by 2030.

Speaking at Harlem's Gatehouse in Upper Manhattan, the mayor outlined a comprehensive update to the plan's 100-plus programs. He acknowledged that PlaNYC has faced a series of setbacks in the four years since it launched, but believes New York is still on the right path. “We've come an incredibly long way toward our goals,” he said. “Now, together, we're finding new ways to accelerate our progress.” Read more here.

LEED Neighborhoods A promising new standard: LEED for Neighborhood Development
I recently had the pleasure of sitting in on a talk hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that was headlined by three Greater Washington developers working on projects that are hoping to obtain some of D.C.’s first LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certifications: The Southwest Waterfront (The Warf), North Bethesda Market, and Chevy Chase Lake. The presenters’ developments where designed to meet the growing demand in America for smart growth communities. They highlighted their project’s short blocks, high residential density, and improved transit access and pedestrian facilities. Read more here.

Wildlife Wildlife at Risk Face Long Line at U.S. Agency
In February, the Obama administration declared the Pacific walrus to be at risk of extinction because its Arctic habitat was melting. But it declined to list the marine mammal as an endangered species, saying a backlog of other animals faced greater peril.

Now, it turns out, the walrus is on a very long waiting list. Read more here.

Fashion Fashion industry kicks off plan to integrate good environmental practices
NEW YORK — Organic cotton and reusable bags are steps toward the greening of the fashion industry, but organizers of the Runway to Green project say considering the size, scope and celebrity of players such as Gucci, Burberry, Stella McCartney and Tommy Hilfiger, it can do much more.

The project kicked off on a recent Tuesday night, with 29 top-tier designers staging a runway show to raise money for environmental education and awareness programs. The designers also have agreed to participate in the Natural Resources Defense Council's Clean by Design program, which will teach them how to integrate greener practices into many aspects of their businesses, from raw materials, fabric finishing and production, to packaging, recycling and shipping. Read more here.

Oil Spill Settlement Judge signs off on $12.4M oil spill settlement
MATTAPOISETT — In what could be an important precedent in state law, a Suffolk County Superior Court judge this week approved a $12.4 million settlement agreement between Mattapoisett property owners and the Bouchard Transportation Co. for damage caused by a 2003 oil spill in Buzzards Bay.

Judge Raymond J. Brassard signed off on the agreement, which was made in January but needed a thorough review by the court. It calls for a formula for determining the loss of "rental value" and will mean that property owners may be compensated up to $30,000 for their loss of the use of beaches. Read more here.

2 manufacturers get court go-ahead to challenge wind farm off Block Island
The Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled that two large manufacturers have legal standing to challenge a key approval for a wind farm proposed in waters off Block Island, but the court majority decided that a regional environmental group does not have standing and cannot continue in the case. Read more here

Wareham voters rescind controversial 'nitrogen net zero' mandate
Democracy again proved labored on the second night of Wareham's annual spring Town Meeting, with voters taking nearly two hours to pass three articles. The most debated of those measures reversed a heavily debated action voters took in November.

A narrow vote of 118-100 passed a petition warrant article inserted by Robert Brady Jr. to delete the so-called "nitrogen net zero" provision voters approved last year. Read more here.

Pocket Parks Protecting Rhode Island's Small Spaces
Saving large swaths of open space and farmland has long been the mission of land trusts and environmental groups. But some land preservation organizations are starting to think a little smaller.

In addition to protecting large rural tracts of land, the Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) is trying to preserve Newport parks and residential lots, so city dwellers can readily enjoy the scarce open space along with the aquatic habitat. Read more here.

GUEST OPINION: Local earthquake risk another reason LNG is a bad idea
Weaver’s Cove Energy, a subsidiary of the Hess Corporation, has proposed an off-loading facility in Mount Hope Bay, in northeastern Narragansett Bay, to connect with storage facilities in Fall River via submarine pipe.

The site was proposed early in the new millennium when the price and market for LNG were rising and, although these have dropped greatly since, the project has continued. The site would be supplied by very large tankers that would shut down Narragansett Bay twice a week and cause a significant economic loss to the local economy. Read more here.

Changes urged in fishing oversight
An independent review of the bureaucracy that devises New England’s fishing rules is calling for numerous changes, including more accountability about whether the regulations actually work.

Other recommendations in the report released yesterday included improving the timeliness and confidence in the science used as the basis for regulations, and a greater emphasis on developing and serving the fishing industry. Read more here.

Mills Businessman Cordeiro, others have big plans to redevelop former Quaker Fabric property
FALL RIVER — After obtaining a $5 million loan from BankFive, three city businessmen and partners are preparing to construct first-floor restaurants at the former Quaker Fabric headquarters and are seeking two available liquor licenses, Anthony Cordeiro said.

"All of this becomes a modern look to a 140-year-old building tied into the waterfront," Cordeiro said. He described how progress on restaurants with outdoor courtyards facing the Taunton River will soon kick into high gear during the next three months. Read more here.

OUR VIEW: Brightman Street woes represent failure to plan
While it's good to see Fall River officials forcefully sticking up for the interests of their constituents in the Brightman Street area, the City Council sure did take the scenic route arriving there.

Not surprisingly, the detours and new traffic patterns surrounding the Brightman Street Bridge — soon to be replaced by the new Veterans Memorial Bridge — have had a significant impact on the lives and livelihoods of residents and businesses in the area. Read more here.

UMass Lowell students to receive grant from EPA
Students at UMass-Lowell have received one of only six national grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency for their efforts to develop technological and scientific solutions to protect the environment. A team of students at the school has set a goal to develop a new class of non-halogenated flame-retardant materials. Halogenated flame-retardant materials are hazardous to the environment after they have been discharged. Curt Spalding, regional administrator for EPA’s New England office, said the students are showing innovation and creativity. This year’s winners were selected from 55 competing teams after two days of judging by a panel of national experts convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Each award-winning team receives a grant of up to $75,000. Read more here.

Recycling Single-Stream Recycling Not Without Drawbacks
The solid waste management sector in Rhode Island has been all atwitter with the news of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation’s (RIRRC) planned shift to single-stream recycling in 2012. Single-stream recycling is a system where all recyclable materials are put in one collection bin. Under the current system, paper and cardboard are separated from the other recyclables by the end user — you.

Paper, glass, metal and plastic all in one bin certainly makes recycling easier for the consumer, and the planned expansion of plastics collection to include all plastics, including PVC and polystyrene, could increase the state’s municipal recycling rate overnight. But there are some drawbacks to the single-stream option that indicate it may not be the panacea to the shrinking state landfill. Read more here.

Review exposes problems in fish rule-making bureaucracy
An independent review of three agencies responsible for managing New England's fisheries has found multiple problems, including poor communication, declining staff morale and a void in leadership.

The critical report, released Tuesday, was requested last December by Eric Schwaab, chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries division. It was conducted by Preston Pate, former director of North Carolina's Division of Marine Fisheries, working with the Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm Touchstone, which specializes in the public sector. Read more here.

Reclaimation of Mills Victoria Riverside lofts done; developer has plans for nearby Cliftex building
NEW BEDFORD — After $13 million worth of investment, a year's worth of construction, two rejections from the city's Zoning Board of Appeals and ensuing litigation, the Victoria Riverside Townhouse Lofts are ready for occupancy.

Dozens, including Gov. Deval Patrick, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for the 100 market-rate rental apartments that are located in a historic, two-story brick edifice on the banks of the Acushnet River in the city's North End. Read more here.

State to train builders in energy efficiency
BOSTON — Massachusetts is helping local builders construct more energy-efficient homes.

The state Department of Energy Resources announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Energy has given the state $350,000 to help pay for a program that trains builders to use thermal imaging-enhanced building methods. Read more here.

Mass. eyes sales of shellfish at farmers markets
BOSTON — Oysters, clams and other shellfish could soon be taking their place next to tomatoes, sweet corn, blueberries and other more typical offerings at farmers markets in Massachusetts.

State officials, market managers and shellfish farmers are considering the expansion of a pilot program that began last year in a handful of markets under a strict set of food safety guidelines. Read more here.

Whales Right whales flocking to Cape Cod Bay
PROVINCETOWN — Record numbers of right whales have been seen in Cape Cod Bay and adjacent waters this week, including sightings from some Truro beaches and the beaches at Herring Cove and Race Point in Provincetown.

The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies reported Wednesday that the Right Whale Conservation Program, run jointly by the Cape group and the state Division of Marine Fisheries, had documented 201 individual right whales in Cape Cod waters over the past week. Read more here.

Officials lobby NORPEL to rethink herring, mackerel shutdown
NEW BEDFORD — State and city officials huddled with the president of Northern Pelagic Group on Thursday in an effort to prevent the local seafood business from closing its doors for good.

The herring and mackerel fishing operation, known by the abbreviated name of NORPEL, shut down on April 5, blaming overregulation for its demise. Read more here.

Award-winning environmental design at Johnson & Wales
The preparation of healthy, good-tasting food has swept popular culture with countless magazines and television shows anointing "celebrity chefs" and covering cooking contests and restaurant "rescues."

Johnson & Wales University is embracing similar themes with its curriculum and dining services and enjoying a big surge in enrollment at its culinary school here. Read more here.

Hearing regarding proposed transit village in Freetown set for May 10
FREETOWN — When it comes to Freetown's rural character, Carl Brodeur has a vision for how he wants the town to be.

Brodeur, a member of the citizens group Assonet Bay Action Committee, sent an email asking fellow ABAC members and other residents to attend a May 10 Planning Board hearing about a proposed transit oriented development. Brodeur is asking people to get involved with the process in an attempt to control development along South Main Street so it doesn't tarnish the town's character. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

DOE Webinar April 28: Calculating Loads for Heating and Cooling

April 28, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Webinar
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Building Technologies Program is offering a webinar on Thursday, April 28, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Eastern titled "Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Right-Sizing Part 1: Calculating Loads." Register now to attend this free webinar.

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.

"Global and Local: The Fight for a Workable Climate" lecture by Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist

April 29, 3:15-4:30 p.m., DeCiccio Auditorium in Brown University’s Salomon Center for Teaching, Brown and Waterman streets on the Main Green, Providence.
Sponsored by the Southside Community Land Trust, co-sponsored by Brown University's Center for Environmental Studies and emPower. Details here.

Green Drinks Rhode Island

April 29, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., 293 JT Connell Road, Newport
Come by Rhode Island's microbrewery for this "happy two hours" to learn how beer can be green ... without being green. $10 admission includes beer, a souvenir pint glass and a tour by brew-master and chief sustainability officer Derek Luke. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Newport Storm Brewery at 401-849-5232 or stopping by its visitors center between 12-5 p.m. any day but Tuesday, or at the door. Space is limited. 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.

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.

Composting and Vermiculture

May 4, 5 to 6:30 PM, Lower Level of Fall River Public Library
On Wednesday, May 4, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., URI Master Gardener Claire Golembewski will be giving a presentation on Composting and Vermiculture on the lower level at the Fall River Public Library. Please join us at this free event! Details here.

Green Drinks Newport

May 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Forty 1 North, Christie's Landing, 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

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, Freetown-Fall River State Forest, Slab Bridge Rd., Assonet
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.

Citizens Bank Foundation Free Family Fun Day

May 7, 9AM - 5PM, Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St., Bristol.
The Audubon Environmental Education Center is open free to the public the first Saturday of every month. Crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries and hikes. No need to register. 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.

SEMAP & FoodEx Launch Tour New Bedford Meeting

May 9, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, The Mill at 21 Cove Street, New Bedford
SEMAP will host a three-stop launch tour for growers, producers and buyers to view a demonstration of the FoodEx platform at www.orfoodex.com. FoodEx president, Jonathan D. Kemp, will provide a detailed description of how FoodEx coordinates transportation of local foods from the farm or New Bedford facilities directly to chefs, retailers, institutions, and other buyers throughout New England. Each informational session will allow plenty of time for Q&A. 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.

Save The Bay Annual Green Landscaping Workshop and Bayside Farmers' Market

May 14, 9am - noon, Save The Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence
Test your soil for acidity, learn about drip irrigation, design a rain garden, create a bird-friendly backyard, shop at a farmers' market. Free admission. 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, 7-9pm, Hope Artiste Village, Pawtucket, RI
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 17, 5:00 p.m., Lawler Branch Library, New Bedford
Understanding, Controlling, & Learning from Weeds plus Sweet Roots: Beets/Carrots! Details here.

Weatherization and Building Performance Work in Massachusetts: A Primer for South-Coast Builders and Contractors

May 17, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., UMass Dartmouth Woodland Commons
For those working in the construction field, it's difficult to know how to get access to the growing demand for high-performance building and weatherization work. More and more homeowners and landlords are interested in saving on energy costs, but much of this interest is fueled by utility incentives and low-income weatherization programs. How can you know if a homeowner is eligible? And how can you, in turn, be a preferred contractor for your local utility or weatherization program? What does it mean to be a BPI building analyst or an Energy Star preferred builder? If these sound like familiar questions, please join us in this free conversation about pathways to weatherization and building performance work. 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)

Applications of Biological Medicine

May 20-22, Waypoint Conference Center, New Bedford
This Seminar is designed for healthcare practitioners, medical students and the public who are interested in learning more about Biological Medicine. Details here.

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.

Community Garden Kick-Off

May 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Westport Town Farm
Inch by inch, row by row, help us make this garden grow! Cultivate a stronger community along with delicious fresh veggies by joining us as we start another growing season at our Westport community garden. 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.

Westport Town Farm Community Garden Volunteers

May 28, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Westport Town Farm
Cultivate a stronger community along with delicious fresh veggies by volunteering at our community garden. Join us Saturdays during the season or call 508.636.5780 to arrange a time that's convenient for you. All ages welcome, no prior experience needed. Details here.

Woodland Plant Walk

June 4, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Destruction Brook Woods
With guest leader Jim Sears. Details here.

Westport Town Farm Community Garden Volunteers

June 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Westport Town Farm
Cultivate a stronger community along with delicious fresh veggies by volunteering at our community garden. Join us Saturdays during the season or call 508.636.5780 to arrange a time that's convenient for you. All ages welcome, no prior experience needed. Details here.

Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative Fundraiser/Friendraiser with Van Jones

June 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, 689 Belleville Ave, New Bedford
Community Ecology: Moving from Competition to Co-Creation. We are honored to have Van Jones as the featured speaker for the event. Jones is a globally-recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean-energy economy. Contact: Kalia Lydgate, klydgate@marioninstitute.org. Details here.

Kayak Program with Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures

June 6, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Osprey Sea Kayak, Westport
Join Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures and Shelli Costa, Education Director, from the Westport River Watershed Alliance, on a kayak trip in the Westport River. Enjoy being out on the water while spotting birds, learning about the watershed, and paddling down the river. Costs are $40 for members, and $50 for non-members. Please contact Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures at (508)636-0300 to register for this event. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Give Mom What She Has Always Wanted. A BRICK.
Help Families in Mastatal Costa Rica have a place to learn and grow. Your donation of $4 helps build a community center. Learn more here.
Organic Pest & Disease Control Course
Bristol Community College announces a new course in Organic Pest & Disease Control. The course is designed to benefit farmers, gardeners, nursery growers, landscapers, land managers, and community organizations. The course will be a practical survey of principles and practices for effective management of pests and diseases in SE Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The course will be available as a 1 credit college accredited course ($166 tuition) or as a noncredit course ($75) through the Center for Workforce and Community Education. Online enrollment is available at www.bristolcc.edu. Senior citizens and veterans may be eligible for waiver of tuition for credit courses. The course will begin on September 12 and meet Mondays (6-9 pm) until October 24. More information: contact Dr. Jim Corven (james.corven@bristolcc.edu).
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.
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
Rent or Borrow Textbooks to Save Paper
It's easier than ever for students to rent, borrow, buy used or re-sell textbooks. Learn more here.

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