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May 12 to 19, 2011

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Weatherization Demonstration Party

People on Bikes Connecting Communities


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

SEMAP Forestry Walk and Talk



Fall River Community Garden Plots Available

It's Time to Join a CSA!

Weekly Green Tip:

3 Reasons to Shop Your Local Farmers' Market

Clip of the Week

Sharing Gardens - Giving and Receiving
More than a community garden, this sharing garden provides fresh produce for all who've contributed to it, with surplus going to the local food bank.

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"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."
- John Muir

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Leaf Bullet News
Solar Solar Power Production and Installation Grew at a Phenomenal Rate in 2010
Solar power has been on a roll for years now, racking up major increases in installed capacity year after year. However, in 2009 the growth rate slowed to 24% year by year, which is a disappointing pace if we are to truly break free of fossil fuels. But, it seems that the pace of new solar capacity coming online has greatly picked up. According to PVNews, 2010 saw a growth increase of 141% over the previous year, more than doubling the amount of new solar installations from 7.2 GW to 17.5 GW! Read more here.

Cuba Gamechanger In US-Cuba Relations – Massive Oil Discovery off Cuba
Cuba is the only country in the world to have already learned how to live with the end of the age of oil. After the US oil embargo of Cuba, the country had to fend for itself, creating an almost completely oil-free economy.

The blockaded nation went on to radically reinvent agriculture, and evolved a fix-it economy that rivaled that of the US during the Great Depression. Mechanics learned the skills needed to fix up the old 1950s cars that remained on the island, miraculously keeping them going on the occasional trickle of oil, for decades after they had become mere museum pieces in the US. Read more here.

Hotter Farmers World's Farmers Feel The Effects Of A Hotter Planet
Scientists have long predicted that — eventually — temperatures and altered rainfall caused by global climate change will take a toll on four of the most important crops in the world: rice, wheat, soy and corn.

Now, as world grain prices hover near record highs, a new study finds that the effects are already starting to be felt. Read more here.

Arctic Leaders Arctic nations eye the future of the world's last frontier
Leaders of Arctic nations gather in Greenland to chart cooperation as global warming sets off a race for oil, mineral, fishing and shipping opportunities
Leaders of Arctic nations gather in Greenland this week to chart future cooperation as global warming sets off a race for oil, mineral, fishing and shipping opportunities in the world's fragile final frontier.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join foreign ministers from seven other Arctic states in Greenland's tiny capital of Nuuk — population 15,000 — on Thursday for an Arctic Council meeting on the next steps for a region where warming temperatures are creating huge new challenges and unlocking untapped resources. Read more here.

Subsidies Green energy can wean off subsidies
Government support for renewable energy must end gradually and in tandem with cuts in fossil fuel subsidies, say investors and lobbyists
LONDON - Government support for renewable energy must end gradually and in tandem with cuts in fossil fuel subsidies, say investors and lobbyists who complain bitterly about unpredictable chopping of incentives.

Most green energy sources still struggle to compete with fossil fuels except in favorable areas, for example for onshore wind in coastal areas of western Europe or in Texas. Read more here.

Water trade part of answer to feeding world: Nestle
GENEVA (Reuters) -Selling water on exchanges in the same way other commodities are traded could help solve a shortage of the world's most precious raw material likely to hit long before oil runs dry, the chairman of Nestle said on Tuesday.

"I am not against the idea," Peter Brabeck, chairman of the world's largest food group, told Reuters when asked about the idea of exchange-based water trade. Read more here.

Gas Quiz Quiz: What You Don't Know About Gas Prices
You know that the price of fuel seems to skyrocket every year just in time for summer. But how much do you really know about the forces behind the price at the pump? Read more here.

Chevron, Ecuadoreans spar over halted damage award
Lawyers for Ecuadorean villagers who sued Chevron Corp over pollution in the Amazon rain forest asked an appeals panel on Tuesday to modify a court order that halted enforcement of an $8.6 billion award against the oil company.

The lawyers told the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York that under the terms of the order, they were unable to meet with their clients or raise funds to fight Chevron in court. Read more here.

Library The Public Library Manifesto
Why libraries matter, and how we can save them.
In an age of greed and selfishness, the public library stands as an enduring monument to the values of cooperation and sharing. In an age where global corporations stride the earth, public libraries remains firmly rooted in local communities. In an age of widespread cynicism and distrust of government, the tax-supported public library has widespread, enthusiastic support.

This is not the time to take the word “public” out of the public library. It is time to put it in capitals. Read more here.

Japan Prime Minister Japan says nuclear policy must be reviewed from scratch
Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Tuesday that renewable energy would be a key pillar of Japan's energy policy after the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years and that its nuclear policy must be reviewed from scratch.

The massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11 knocked out cooling systems at the Fukushima plant in northeast Japan, and the prolonged crisis could hamper Japan's efforts to reduce its use of fossil fuels. The plant is still leaking radiation. Read more here.

Ecotourism From Ecotourism to Community Tourism
Does travel have a place in a future of "rootedness"?
Thanks to all of you who love travel, tourism is one the world’s leading industries; almost one billion people traveled abroad last year. And, thanks to many smart environmentalists, ecotourism is one of tourism’s fastest growing segments. Although there are lots of competing ideas about what defines genuine ecotourism, the International Ecotourism Society has a definition that is to the point: "Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." Read more here.

Young Farmers In New Food Culture, a Young Generation of Farmers Emerges
CORVALLIS, Ore. — For years, Tyler Jones, a livestock farmer here, avoided telling his grandfather how disillusioned he had become with industrial farming.

After all, his grandfather had worked closely with Earl L. Butz, the former federal secretary of agriculture who was known for saying, “Get big or get out.” Read more here.

NYC Whales Whales Throng New York City Area, Surprising Scientists
Surprising number of whales, including biggest species, found via microphones
It turns out a lot of big whales have a taste for the Big Apple area, including the 100-foot (30-meter) blue whale, the largest animal on Earth, scientists say.

A network of ten underwater sound recorders in place off the length of the south coast of Long Island and throughout New York Harbor (map) between 2008 and 2009 detected a surprising density of ocean giants across an unexpectedly vast area, experts say. Read more here.

House panel asks EPA for info on pollution rules
Republicans in the House of Representatives are requesting information about how the Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution rules will affect the country's power grid, and whether regulations are advancing too fast on electricity generators.

The move was the latest by Republicans in the House who want to stop EPA's regulatory efforts, believing they will cost jobs and drive up energy prices. Read more here.

Frankenfish California votes to label (but not ban) GMO frankenfish
With the USDA expected to approve genetically modified (GMO) salmon in the near future – without any serious safety research – it may devolve on the states to try to minimize the potential negative impact.

The California Assembly Health Committee in Sacramento on May 3 approved a bill requiring that all GMO salmon sold in California contain clear and prominent labeling.

Assemblymember Jared Huffman introduced the bill, AB 88, due to widespread dissatisfaction by consumer, fishing and environmental groups and Indian Tribes with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) current review of the first-ever proposed commercialization of genetically engineered (GE) Aqua-Bounty salmon. Read more here.

Natural Gas Revolution Is Overblown, Study Says
A veritable explosion in the number of natural gas wells in the United States in the late 2000's resulted in only modest gains in production, a new study finds, suggesting that the promise of natural gas as a bountiful and economical domestic fuel source has been wildly oversold.

The findings, part of a broader analysis of natural gas published Thursday by the Post Carbon Institute, an energy and climate research organization in California, is one of a growing number of studies to undermine a natural gas catechism that has united industry, environmental groups and even the Obama White House in recent years. Read more here.

Federal Gas Cuts Despite Congressional foot-dragging, Obama forces Feds to cut gas use 21%
One of the biggest disappointments of the first half of President Obama’s term was Congressional Democrats’ near total failure to do anything about energy, climate change, or sustainability.

The good news: There are some things a President can do on his own, and Obama has done some of them. Read more here.

Farming Transformation Expert Panel Calls for 'Transforming US Agriculture': Changes in Markets, Policies and Science Needed for More Sustainable Farming
A group of leading scientists, economists and farmers is calling for a broad shift in federal policies to speed the development of farm practices that are more economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.

Writing in the journal Science, they say current policies focus on the production of a few crops and a minority of farmers while failing to address farming's contribution to global warming, biodiversity loss, natural resource degradation, and public health problems. Read more here.

Green Roof Proves a Cost-Effective Way to Keep Water out of Sewers
Green roofs like the one atop a Con Edison building in Long Island City, Queens can be a cost-effective way to keep water from running into sewer systems and causing overflows, Columbia University researchers have found.

The Con Edison Green Roof, which is home to 21,000 plants on a quarter acre of The Learning Center, retains 30 percent of the rainwater that falls on it. The plants then release the water as vapor, the researchers said in the study. Read more here.

Dumping Trash Putting a Lid on America's Trash Trail
New York City spends more than $1 million a day dumping its trash in other states. There's a better way.
Driving west out of Manhattan across the George Washington Bridge, Hilario Vergara rolled down his window and took a deep drag from his Sonoma cigarette. Balmy air rushed into the Freightliner 18-wheeler cab, rustling the yellow-lined paper on the dashboard. It was covered with hand-scrawled directions to the Conestoga Landfill. Read more here.

Wind Options Weighed on Offshore Wind in Shared Waters
NARRAGANSETT — In two recent meetings, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) outlined a process for permitting development of offshore wind farms in the area between Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard, known as the "area of mutual interest" (AMI).

The AMI is a slice of prime wind-energy real estate lying in federal waters equidistant from Rhode Island and Massachusetts. A June 26, 2010 memorandum of understanding binds the two states to seek mutually beneficial development opportunities there. Read more here.

Second Half offers sustainability conference
When we hear the phrase “eating local” we think of the farms in our area. Many of them are adopting the practice of CSA’s or Community Supported Agriculture. In a 2009 survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association, professional chefs ranked locally grown produce as the most important food trend of the year. Picking up on this trend, the UMass Sustainability Office, The Second Half:Lifelong Learning Institute, and the U Mass Dartmouth Retirement Association will be offering a conference on sustainable living this summer from July 11 to July 14. The theme will be FOOD: Reclaiming our Community. Read more here

Nancy Durfee Local woman's survey documents salt marsh grass degradation along Taunton River
When Nancy Durfee came back to her childhood home in Somerset along the Taunton River, she wondered what happened to the salt marsh grass.

"The grasses that I had grown up swimming around and living close to were gone," said Durfee, who now works for the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District and is a member of the Taunton River Wild and Scenic Council. Read more here.

South Coast Rail Project moves forward
In February, the United States Army Corps of Engineers made a big splash with the release of their 2500 page Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the South Coast Rail Project. The report evaluates alternate routes for commuter rail between Boston and Fall River/New Bedford. The report’s findings sound very familiar.

While not exactly naming a preferred route, the DEIS left no doubt that there was only one valid option. From a transportation perspective, the report concludes that best route to Boston from Fall River and New Bedford is the Stoughton route. From an environmental perspective, the report reaches the same conclusion. Read more here.

Vacant Council panels will discuss cleanup efforts at Tuesday meeting
FALL RIVER — Two City Council subcommittees on Tuesday will discuss several efforts to clean up the city that range from addressing blighted and nuisance properties to legislation on littering and dumping.

One resolution passed by the council asks the Housing Authority to demolish multifamily buildings in the Corky Row area that have been long vacant and attracted crime to the downtown area. Read more here.

Freetown Planning Board still doesn't decide on composting facility
FALL RIVER — The Planning Board met Tuesday for the second time in eight days to discuss a North Easton company’s proposal to build a composting facility on Copicut Road. But there was still no decision as of press time Tuesday night, and board members said approval is unlikely until the company answers 44 questions submitted to the Planning Board. Read more here.

Vacant Proposed South Coast Rail project hearings draw support, criticism
It was a tale of two hearings.

Freetown Selectwoman Jean Fox said consecutive hearings about the proposed South Coast Rail Line, with stops planned for Fall River and Freetown, received a warm reception at a hearing in New Bedford on Thursday, but a negative reception in Mansfield on Wednesday.

The hearings were in reaction to the draft environmental impact statement/draft environmental impact report, which the Army Corps of Engineers has completed. Read more here.

Fall River resident honored for work in opposition to proposed LNG facility
PROVIDENCE — Fall River resident Joe Carvalho will be honored at the Save The Bay annual meeting for his work on the Hess LNG opposition. The 41st annual meeting for Save The Bay will be held at the Easton’s Beach Rotunda on Memorial Boulevard in Newport on Thursday, May 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature a keynote address by Will Baker of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Read more here.

Berkshires State buys pristine Berkshires site for $3m
The state has bought more than 840 acres of land in the foothills of the Berkshires, a deal that will create one of the largest swaths of outdoor recreation space in Massachusetts.

Officials in Governor Deval Patrick’s administration said yesterday that the state will pay $3 million to acquire the undeveloped property. Read more here.

Developer scales back wind turbine proposal
WAREHAM — A wind energy developer has offered to scale back its plan to build six 500-foot-tall wind turbines on cranberry bogs.

Beaufort Windpower LLC revised the proposal being considered by the Zoning Board of Appeals, eliminating all but two of the planned turbines and reducing the height of the remaining ones by 20 percent. Read more here.

Preliminary findings positive for wind turbine
WESTPORT — A consultant helping the town examine the feasibility of erecting a wind turbine recently told the Alternative Energy Committee that his findings so far look promising.

Simon Thomas of Atlantic Design Engineers, LLC gave the committee a progress report on the final feasibility study being conducted on a possible wind turbine site, which will be completed within a month. Read more here.

SRTA Commuter rail prompts SRTA to rethink its regional bus service
NEW BEDFORD — With an eye toward the long-anticipated commuter rail link from Boston to New Bedford, local transportation stakeholders are crafting a plan for improving one of the city's existing and underused means of transportation: regional bus service.

Jean Fox, who sits on the board of the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority and is also working on a committee charged with developing a transit plan for the region, outlined a raft of potential improvements Tuesday during a meeting with The Standard-Times' editorial board — many of which she believes should be implemented regardless of when, or if, commuter rail service arrives in the Whaling City. Read more here.

Conn.'s $30 million rail award falls short
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut was awarded $30 million in leftover federal transportation funding Monday for a high-speed rail project between New Haven and Springfield, Mass., but the amount falls far short of what state leaders were seeking.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he wants to know why the state did not receive a bigger share of the $2 billion that became available after Florida Gov. Rick Scott turned down the federal money for a high-speed rail project. Blumenthal said the state had sought $227 million. Read more here.

Selectmen endorse new beach in Westport
WESTPORT — Selectmen are endorsing plans for a new town-owned beach after a presentation by the town's parking officer who proposed the idea.

At its meeting last week, the board voted unanimously to support efforts to create a new beach at the end of Bridge Street, near Horseneck Beach. The vote came after Parking Officer Tom Hancock pitched the idea that he had raised at a previous meeting. Read more here.

SMAST The story of SMAST expansion is a tangled political web
Don't worry, New Bedford.

If UMass Dartmouth doesn't build its $48 million expansion of the School of Marine Science and Technology, the city can always re-install its "parenting teens" classes out in the old Naval Reserve Center on Clark's Point. Read more here.

SJC issues key ruling on benefits for immigrants under landmark health law
BOSTON -- Immigrant advocates are praising a decision by Massachusetts' highest court that they said could help restore full subsidized health care to tens of thousands of legal immigrants living in the state.

A 2009 decision by the legislature to deny coverage to legal immigrants was the first major rollback to Massachusetts' landmark 2006 health care law, which was used in part as a blueprint for the national health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Read more here.

Tempered expectations as feds wrap up waterfront visit
NEW BEDFORD — An economic assessment team from the U.S. Department of Commerce wrapped up a whirlwind 48-hour visit to the city Friday afternoon.

The 10-member team came to New Bedford to evaluate the economic impact of fishery regulations on the local economy. They left with folders bulging and ears ringing as they sought to absorb everything the industry and its associated businesses threw at them in the course of their stay. Read more here.

Human error blamed in Pilgrim shutdown
The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station experienced a so-called "SCRAM" on Tuesday, automatically shutting down the reactor because of human error, according to a spokeswoman for the company that owns the plant.

The emergency shutdown occurred at 1:15 p.m. during a series of tests performed as the plant was being brought back online after a refueling operation. The exact nature of the human error was unavailable as of Wednesday, Entergy spokeswoman Carol Wightman said. Read more here.

Hearing on Pilgrim plant safety is rather sedate
PLYMOUTH — A black-and-white picture of the scene might have brought to mind post-war Soviet Union: eighteen members of the politburo, perhaps, sitting on a stage at one long table, with a large white flag overhead.

In this case, though, the scene was in Plymouth, and the occasion was a forum scheduled in response to residents' concerns about the safety of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant – concerns that grew after the recent disaster in Japan. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

DOE Webinar: Community Energy Strategic Planning and the New CESP Academy

May 12, 1-2 pm, Online
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Technical Assistance Program (TAP) for state and local energy officials will present a free webinar Thursday, May 12, about the value of Community Energy Strategic Planning (CESP) at both the city and county levels. The webinar will focus on strategies that communities can use to implement renewable energy technologies and realize significant energy savings. At the webinar, you will also hear about the upcoming launch of the CESP Academy—a free source of technical assistance that can provide customized support for your community's ongoing and planned energy efficiency projects. Pre-registration required. Details here.

Rhode Island Agriculture Day

May 12, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Statehouse, Providence
50 exhibitors will host displays in the Statehouse Rotunda. Exhibitors include farms and land trusts, as well as government and nonprofits that work with farmers. Several exhibitors will offer food samples such as stuffed quahogs, fresh strawberry shortcake with farm-produced whipped cream, oysters and johnnycakes. Details here.

Arts In Bloom! Emily Ferguson's Exhibit "A Year on Buzzards Bay"

May 12, 5-8pm, Coalition for Buzzards Bay, 114 Front Street, New Bedford
Spring is here and for May's AHA! night at the Buzzards Bay Center we will be celebrating Arts In Bloom! Join us in the Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center for a multimedia display of Cape Cod photographer Emily Ferguson's exhibit "A Year on Buzzards Bay." Every day for one year, Emily took a photograph from a different location around Buzzards Bay and she will be here at the center to talk about the experience. Enjoy her great work, talk with the artist, and see the beauty of the Bay all year long. Details here.

Changing the World, one lawn at a time - Innovation at its best

May 12, 5:30-8pm, ATMC, 151 Martine Street, Fall River
Scientist and environmental expert Jackson Madnick will discuss his Pearl's Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed, which is saving property owners on watering, mowing and fertilizer, while preserving drinking water supplies and protecting people from the health risks of lawn irrigation waste. The grass seed grows at one quarter the rate of blue grass, requiring mowing only once a month rather than every week. With 12-inch roots capturing moisture, it needs no chemical fertilizer, rarely needs water once established, and looks like a lush green lawn year-round. Replacing and maintaining America's 100 million residential, commercial and public lawns with conventional seed costs $40 billion annually and uses between 30% and 60% of the summer drinking water supply, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Water shortages from your neighbor's lawn care lead to increased water prices for everyone, water bans, and enforced conservation. Details here.

Smarter Building Workshop

May 13, 8 AM check-in, 8:30 AM to 2 PM training, ATMC, Martine St, Fall River
The Workshop describes smart building techniques from the foundation to the roof. This workshop uses case studies, exercises, and discussion to show you proven methods that savvy builders and designers apply to construct, high performing homes that are demanded increasingly by cost-conscious home owners and buyers. Learn how to build residences that are: durable, healthy, comfortable, energy-efficient, compliant with base and stretch energy codes, and how to go beyond codes to give your company that competitive advantage! Register here.

Nature Stories with Audubon

May 14, 10:30 am and 2 pm, Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Saturdays at the Center provide an opportunity for families to go wild and discover nature together. These programs are free with admission and are open to all ages. Registration is required. Call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041. Details here.

Kettle Pond Farm Welcome Pot Luck Dinner and Open House

May 14, 4 pm, 181 Bayview Ave, Berkley MA
As we work out in the fields getting plants in the ground the world around us is getting so green! Spring is finally here. We would like to share this space with you by inviting everyone out to the farm on Saturday, May 14th at 4:00PM for a potluck and get together. We will have some spring veggies from the farm and some homebrew beer available. So, bring yourself and a tasty dish to share and let's kick the year off right! We are planning for a fun day and will have some activities and games on hand to play. Come on out to meet the farmers, Kettle Pond Farm board members and CSA members. 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.

Weatherization Demonstration Party!

May 14, 10AM-4:00 PM, New Bedford (RSVP for address)
Come join us for a day of learning, fun and hard work at our Weatherization Demonstration Party! (aka Weatherization Barnraising) this Saturday. This is a chance to bring together community to collectively improve the energy efficiency of our city. This weekend's Weatherization Demonstration Party is sponsored by the Women's Fund (Community Foundation of Southeastern Mass). We will be helping to improve the efficiency of a home owned by a single mother here in New Bedford. We hope that you will join us in this community effort! Details here.

Southside Community Land Trust 19th Annual Plant Sale

May 14, 10AM-4:00 PM, City Farm, Providence
City Farm is home to the rare and unusual plant sale every year. One weekend in May, hundreds of varieties of annuals, perennials, and fruit and vegetable plant starts are available for purchase. Most of the 18,000 plants were carefully cultivated through the late winter and early spring on-site by the City Farm team. 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.

People On Bicycles Connecting SouthCoast Communities - The Southerly Route

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.

29th Annual Birds and Breakfast

May 15, 7:30-11am, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown RI
A tradition for 29 years, Birds & Breakfast is our way of welcoming spring at the sanctuary with a morning of guided bird walks and a delicious breakfast buffet prepared by the chefs at the White Horse Tavern. Located on the lawn outside our studio, overlooking the rolling fields with breathtaking ocean views, this is the best place to spend a Sunday morning in May with your family and friends! The NBS education staff welcomes children to join in activities. All proceeds support the education programs at NBS. Pre-registration $20 adults; $5 Children (4 - 12) 3 and under free; $25 day of the event. Contact Lesley Muir at lmuir@normanbirdsanctuary.org. Details here.

Slave to Chocolate

May 16, 7:00 pm, 32 Union Street, East Bridgewater, MA 02333
Chocolate industry's issues and trends, Fair Trade chocolate, use of slave labor in chocolate production and more - presented and discussed by Diane Kunkel, owner of Rockin K cafe in Bridgewater, MA. Organzied by East Bridgewater Library Foodies Group. 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.

"Big Brains and Dolphin Politics" - Spring Lecture Series

May 17, 7:00 p.m., Buttonwood Park Zoo
Dr. Richard C. Connor of the UMass Dartmouth Biology Department will be a guest speaker as part of the Zoological Society's animal behavior series in May. Dr. Connor has extensively researched the social structure, alliances, mating, feeding and other aspects of the Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphins. The free talk will be held at the Zoo at 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 17. Details here.

Groundwork USA Planning Meeting for SouthCoast

May 18, 5:30 PM, UMass Dartmouth Campus (more information to come)
A meeting of people interested in forming a Groundwork USA community group for the SouthCoast will be held at UMass Dartmouth. All are encouraged to come. Groundwork USA is a non-profit organization that works on behalf of a national network of Groundwork trusts. Groundwork trusts are non-profits established across the United States in places that have experienced decades of decline in their physical and social environments. Details here.

Green Drinks Providence

May 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Location TBA
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 Bill Mott at bmott@theoceanproject.org.

Green Futures Monthly Meeting

May 19, 7 p.m., Union United Methodist Church, corner of Highland Ave.& Pearce St., Fall River
Please try to attend - bring any interested friends or relatives.
Email: info@greenfutures.org. 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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Operation Clean Sweep - Volunteer!

May 21, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, Sawyer Street and North Front Street, New Bedford
Help keep New Bedford clean! Community service groups, clubs, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate in this community event. Also, this is a great way to earn your community service hours. Tools and gloves are provided. To learn more, visit www.operationcleansweep.net and pre-register or call (508) 979-1493. Also, find us on Facebook. 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.

Somerset Beach Cleanup

May 22, 9:30am – 12pm, Shoreside - Across from Fortier Boats, 34 Riverside Ave, Somerset
Volunteers Needed for Somerset Beach Cleanup Event! Clean the Bay and the Town of Somerset are organizing a shoreline cleanup near the Braga Bridge on Sunday May 22 from 10:30-1:00PM. Volunteers will work alongside Clean the Bay Crew and Boats to remove small and medium sized debris along the shoreline. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and close-toed shoes. Bring work gloves, sunscreen and a water bottle. Volunteers should expect to bend and lift repeatedly. Register here.

Forestry Talk & Walk

May 22, 10:00 - 11:30 am, Soule Homestead Education Center, Middleborough
Free Event with Forestry Expert Rupert Grantham! The future of Massachusetts’s forestland: Forest fragmentation is as big a problem as ever. Our forests are invaluable in the ecological services they provide yet they can not stand up to ever increasing development values. What do we want our communities to look like in the future? We will examine the history of land-use in the southeast and how it has shaped the forests we see today. We will also consider the history of our working landscape; the value and importance of actively managing lands and supporting a sustainable local forest products market. A short presentation will be followed by a forest walk. 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.

Using Social Media to Engage the Community in Energy Efficiency Projects

May 26, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Webinar
This webinar will be a round-table discussion on the ways grantees use social media tools to enhance and promote EECBG and SEP projects within their communities.  First, DOE communications experts will introduce a range of social media resources. Then, grantee panelists will discuss specifically how their organizations use social media tools to provide a forum for community networking and stakeholder engagement, notify the public about training, financing and rebate opportunities, increase participation in bike-share and similar participatory projects, and get the word out on successful projects for grantees and subgrantees.  Strategies and policies for managing social media will also be shared. Discussions will be led by a technical moderator from the Department of Energy, and the audience will be invited to share their experiences and ask questions of the panelists.. 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.

Create Your Own Herb Container

May 28, 10:00 am, Partners Village Store and Kitchen, 865 Main Road, Westport
Enjoy fresh herbs all summer long with your very own herb garden container! At Partners Village Store and Kitchen, 865 Main Road, Westport, MA. $30.00 per container which includes: instruction, soil, container and herbs. Choose 3 of your favorites from a wide and varied selection.Please contact Partners at 508-636-2572 for reservations. Barri Throop is a long time Westport resident and botanical designer. Her specialties are fresh and dried arrangements, wreaths, swags, flower and herb garden design for businesses as well as local residents. Barri also gives talks and is a regular at the Farmers Market in Westport. She is well known for her contributions to the National Herb Society, Garden Club of Buzzards Bay, Westport River Gardeners and the American Daffodil Society. She has won flower and herb show awards for her amazing work. Details here.

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

June 2, 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.

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.

Kayak Program with Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures

June 4, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Osprey Sea Kayak, Old County Rd, 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.

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.

Cooks & Books Series: SEMAP & How On Earth

June 11, 6:30pm at the Mattapoisett Public Library, 7 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett
FREE EVENT! Join SEMAP and Margie Baldwin, founding member of Marion Institute and How On Earth for an evening discussion of local food and sustainable agriculture. Discover how you can help support local farms in Southeastern Mass., as well as create healthy eating habits that help the planet! Cost: FREE! RSVP to scogswell@semaponline.org. Details here.

East Over Bird Walk

June 11, 7-9 AM, East Over Reservation
Bill Gil of the Paskamansett Bird Club leads a walk through the East Over Reservation's picturesque forests and fields in search of Orioles, Bobolinks and Bluebirds. Details here.

Salt Marsh Monitoring Workshop

June 15, 1-4 PM, Lloyd Center Headquarters
Volunteers wanted for salt marsh monitoring assistance!

The Lloyd Center has received a grant from MA Ecological Restoration Program to monitor the major chemical and biological indicators of salt marsh health in two local salt marshes which were recently restored: "The marsh" in Somerset and West Island in Fairhaven. The parameters to be monitored include salinity and groundwater levels, birds, finfish, and vegetation. Details here.

South Coast Sustainable Cinema - PLAY AGAIN

June 16, 7-9 PM, Location TBA
One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii. But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet? Details here.

River Run 2011

June 18, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Osprey Sea Kayak, Westport
Join WRWA and Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures for the 8th annual River Run on the Westport River.  The day will start off with paddlers racing on either a 3.5 mile Family Fun Course or the 6.5 mile Challenge Course.  It will be followed with a celebration at the Head of Westport with food, children's games, and awards for the paddlers.  For more information and for registration details click here or call us at (508)636-3016. Details here.

Summer Solstice by Candelight

June 18, 7-9 PM, Copicut Woods
Celebrate the arrival of summer and the quiet beauty of Copicut Woods at twilight with a candlelit walk down Miller Lane. We'll begin by making candle lanterns that will light our way down the trail at dusk Details here.

SEMAP's Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner

June 20, 5:00pm to Sunset, Round the Bend Farm, Dartmouth MA
Round the Bend Farm, Dartmouth MA Enjoy the summer solstice with SEMAP and friends at our annual fundraising dinner! Fresh locally grown food served in open air fashion is at the center of this unique dining experience. Click here to see more information, and to order your tickets! *SEMAP Foodshed Members get two free tickets! Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Fall River Community Garden Plots
The First Congregational Church on Rock Street in Fall River is graciously making its land available to the general public for gardening. Applications are available by email from Fall River's Community Garden Coordinator Nichole Fortier at nfortier63@gmail.com. Please do not contact the church! Preference will be given to those who can assist at the Church's Garden Work Day on Sat., May 21 (9:00 - 4:00). If more applications are received than there are plots, a lottery system will be used.
It's Time to Join a CSA!
Community Supported Agriculture, often shortened to CSA, is a prepaid subscription to a farm's produce for the season. Most CSAs give shareholders a weekly supply of veggies, herbs, fruits and sometimes even eggs and meat. You know it's fresh and you get to meet the farm and people who grew your food! The prepaid CSA arrangements also makes it a source of financial security for the farmer. Some CSAs also incorporate farm workdays for shareholders. Pickup days vary by farm and some offer pickups in Providence. Find local ones 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 MA 02747. 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
3 Reasons to Shop Your Local Farmers' Market
It's now easy to search for your local farmers' market, and enjoy the benefits of eating locally produced foods. Learn more here.

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