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May 26 to June 2, 2011

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

Four Gardening Events

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


Save The Date:

Crafting a Regional Energy Strategy

SEMAP Farm to Table Dinner



Mass Audubon is hiring locally

Sustainability Summer Camp 2011 - Remaking Our World: Greening the planet and our lives

Weekly Green Tip:

Repurposing garden hoses

Clip of the Week

My Water's On Fire Tonight (The Fracking Song)
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- Edward Abbey

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Leaf Bullet News
Bolivia Bolivia Set to Pass Historic 'Law of Mother Earth' Which Will Grant Nature Equal Rights to Humans
With the cooperation of politicians and grassroots organizations, Bolivia is set to pass the Law of Mother Earth which will grant nature the same rights and protections as humans. The piece of legislation, called la Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra, is intended to encourage a radical shift in conservation attitudes and actions, to enforce new control measures on industry, and to reduce environmental destruction.

The law redefines natural resources as blessings and confers the same rights to nature as to human beings, including: the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered. Perhaps the most controversial point is the right "to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities". Read more here.

DeniersWhat Motivates Climate Change Deniers?
I've lived in St. Louis for 33 years. During that time, the tornado sirens have sounded maybe 1-2 times per 10 years — let's say 5 times in 33 years — and never with a touchdown.

This year they've already sounded 3 times. In January a touchdown landed in a neighborhood a few miles to the south; in April one hit our airport and surrounding neighborhoods to the north. Today, when the sirens went off throughout the afternoon, there was blessedly no touchdown. But, with Joplin heavy in our hearts, any relief was bittersweet. Read more here.

Company Believes 3 Reactors Melted Down in Japan
In a belated acknowledgment of the severity of Japan's nuclear disaster, the Tokyo Electric Power Company said Tuesday that three of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant's reactors most likely suffered fuel meltdowns in the early days of the crisis.

The plant's operator also said that it was possible that the pressure vessels in the three stricken reactors, which house the uranium fuel rods, had been breached as well. But most of the fuel remained inside the vessels, the company said — far from a more severe nuclear meltdown in which molten fuel penetrates the ground, a calamity known as the "China Syndrome." Read more here.

China China power crunch to worsen as drought slashes hydro
The worst drought to hit central China in half a century has brought water levels in some of the country's biggest hydropower producing regions to critical levels and could exacerbate electricity shortages over the summer.

The official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday that the water level at the world's biggest hydropower plant at the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei province has fallen to 152.7 meters, well below the 156-m mark required to run its 26 turbines effectively. Read more here.

Map Two Greenland Glaciers Lose Enough Ice to Fill Lake Erie
A new study aimed at refining the way scientists measure ice loss in Greenland is providing a "high-definition picture" of climate-caused changes on the island.

And the picture isn't pretty.

In the last decade, two of the largest three glaciers draining that frozen landscape have lost enough ice that, if melted, could have filled Lake Erie. Read more here.

Solar More Efficient and Affordable Solar Power: Developments that are Changing the Industry
Solar power was discovered over 170 years ago, but it didn't become a viable technology until the 1950s. The high cost of producing solar cells meant that the concept remained in limited use up until recently. Renewed interest in solar power has brought investment and research that vastly improved the collection capacity of the cells. The following are three innovations that have lowered the cost, increased efficiency and made obtaining a setup that much easier. Read more here.

Crab Gulf Seafood: Finally Safe to Eat?
Scientists are still years away from determining the full impact of the BP oil disaster. Are fears of tainted fish and shellfish justified?

More than a year after last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a nagging question lingers: Is it safe to eat seafood from the Gulf of Mexico?

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium's annual Cooking for Solutions Sustainable Foods Institute last week, marine scientists, experts from environmental groups, and members of the fishing community—who rarely agree on anything—answered that question with a unanimous "yes." Read more here.

A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never!
Caution: It is vitally important not to make connections. When you see pictures of rubble like this week's shots from Joplin, Mo., you should not wonder: Is this somehow related to the tornado outbreak three weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, Ala., or the enormous outbreak a couple of weeks before that (which, together, comprised the most active April for tornadoes in U.S. history). No, that doesn't mean a thing.

It is far better to think of these as isolated, unpredictable, discrete events. It is not advisable to try to connect them in your mind with, say, the fires burning across Texas — fires that have burned more of America at this point this year than any wildfires have in previous years. Texas, and adjoining parts of Oklahoma and New Mexico, are drier than they've ever been — the drought is worse than that of the Dust Bowl. But do not wonder if they're somehow connected. Read more here.

Charging stations Better Place EVs Priced at $35,623 USD for Summer Delivery
Ever since Israeli entrepreneur Shai Agassi opened his Better Place test drive center near Tel Aviv, back in February 2010, more and more Israelis have had the chance to not only find out about Agassi's unique electric car battery swap concept, but also a chance to drive one, as I did in April last year. I was very impressed by the quietness of the ride, as well as how much pick up the engine had; describing the acceleration to be "like being in a rocket". This week Better Place announced pricing for its first models. Read more here.

GM GM Plant to Run on Landfill Gas
The General Motors (GM) Orion Assembly Plant in Orion, Michigan, will begin manufacturing the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano this fall, and when it does, 40 percent of the plant's power will come from landfill gas. Using landfill gas will save GM $1.1 million a year in energy costs plus it will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 3,676 metric tons. Opened in 1983, the Orion plant has built over 4.6 million vehicles.

Orion was one of the plants GM planned to close until it decided to manufacture the Sonic there as part of a labor agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW). When workers were laid off in fall 2009, the plant was retooled. GM invested $145 million to make the plant more efficient and prepare for the Sonic. Read more here.

Chicago A City Prepares for a Warm Long-Term Forecast
CHICAGO — The Windy City is preparing for a heat wave — a permanent one.

Climate scientists have told city planners that based on current trends, Chicago will feel more like Baton Rouge than a Northern metropolis before the end of this century.

So, Chicago is getting ready for a wetter, steamier future. Public alleyways are being repaved with materials that are permeable to water. The white oak, the state tree of Illinois, has been banned from city planting lists, and swamp oaks and sweet gum trees from the South have been given new priority. Read more here.

Bonneville trims wind, fossil plants to protect fish
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has curtailed coal, natural gas and wind generation in the Pacific Northwest so it can increase hydropower output to protect salmon and other fish, the agency said on Thursday.

The largest Northwest snowpack since 1997 has boosted river levels and hydro output, complicating a growing battle between hydro and wind interests in the region. Read more here.

Rooftop garden Living Buildings, Living Economies, and a Living Future
David Korten: What we can learn from two of the most exciting emerging movements of our time.
At a recent conference, I saw the potential for blending two of the most exciting emerging movements of our time—the living building and the living economies movements. A vision of the combination of these two movements energized me with renewed hope that we humans can end our isolation from one another and from nature—that we can move forward to achieve a prosperous, secure, and creative human future for all. Read more here.

Apple Getting green and happy by exporting pollution and misery: not cool
Two things I've seen recently have got me thinking about how the Western world solves its problems by exporting them.

First, over the weekend I saw The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, a one-man theater performance from Seattle's own Mike Daisey. It's an absolutely brilliant show, at turns laugh-out-loud funny and heart-wrenching. It combines two concurrent narratives. One is about the history of Apple, the unique design genius (and personal ruthlessness) of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and -- most amusingly -- Daisey's deep and authentic love of tech gadgets generally and Mac products specifically. (There's a bit about how the new router makes the old router look unbearably slow that had me in tears. It's like he knows me!) Read more here.

Electronics Like your dinner, your gadgets come from somewhere
I spend my days teasing out the trouble that lurks behind the towering bounty of our food system. How is it that Americans can get a McDonald's "McDouble" (a double cheeseburger) for a dollar? In the time it takes you to eat it, I can give you a bite or two of the social and ecological ruin that accompanies that burger. Or you can just scroll through my archive.

While writing about food politics on my brutalist Dell "Latitude" laptop, I often dream of a sleek new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. And as someone who reads a lot of online news for my job, I kind of want an iPad. I also wouldn't mind trading in my perfectly serviceable 3G iPhone for the new-and-improved 4G. (That flash would really improve my Tom's Kitchen photos, wouldn't it?) Honestly, it's mainly lack of funds that holds me back from these purchases. Read more here.

No mas Peak Oil: A Chance to Change the World
For advice about life after graduation, students at Worcester Polytechnic wanted to hear from peak oil scholar Richard Heinberg instead of Exxon's CEO. Here's what he told them.
ExxonMobil is inviting you to take your place in a fossil-fueled twenty-first century. But I would argue that Exxon's vision of the future is actually just a forward projection from our collective rear-view mirror. Despite its high-tech gadgetry, the oil industry is a relic of the days of the Beverly Hillbillies. The fossil-fueled sitcom of a world that we all find ourselves still trapped within may, on the surface, appear to be characterized by smiley-faced happy motoring, but at its core it is monstrous and grotesque. It is a zombie energy economy. Read more here.

Subway Greater Food Culture
In the spirit of celebrating contemporary food culture, this subway-style map is intended to serve as a snapshot of the main actors, techniques, values and ideas representing today's culinary zeitgeist. From chefs and the media, to packaged goods and food politics, these "stops" are suggestive of the people, places and things that have influenced the food world (some more directly than others), thereby becoming part of our Greater Food Culture. Take a ride on the Modern Line, stopping off at Thomas Keller and then maybe head onto the Global Line, paying a visit to David Chang. Wherever you go, you're likely to learn a bit, be entertained and most certainly eat quite well. Read more here.

Local Boston EV Station
Boston to offer electric car charge stations near City Hall
The city of Boston today will unveil three electric-vehicle charging stations near City Hall Plaza, providing exclusive downtown parking — complete with a power boost — for those who drive the environmentally friendly cars.

By putting the stations in a high-profile location, the city hopes to encourage drivers to abandon gasoline-powered vehicles and adopt the emerging electric option.

For the regular $1.25-an-hour price of feeding the parking meter at three designated spots on Cambridge Street, drivers will be able to juice up their gas-free vehicles there for no additional cost. Read more here.

Bills Push Wind and Solar Sector in R.I.
Smaller-scale, locally generated renewable energy may be on the upswing in Rhode Island.

Four bills, framed by a committee of legislators, educators, business owners and National Grid, are now moving through the Statehouse with the intent of helping local wind and solar energy business ramp up business. Read more here.

Many local companies laud effects of renewable energy efforts
It's been 15 months since linen manufacturer Matouk, 925 Airport Road, installed about 200 solar panels atop its building, which houses the company's offices, manufacturing space and factory store.

Matouk Controller Peter Brust said it's been a good deal for the company.

"We're recommending it to everyone," Brust said. "We've certainly got our money's worth." Read more here.

OUR VIEW: Going green pays off
With rising fuel and energy costs, most folks are resigned to the fact they will spend more money paying utility bills. Most of us will begrugingly pay high gas prices for summer travel or just to commute to work and run errands.

But others have decided to get ahead of the curve — from motorists adopting more eco-friendly transportation habits, to businesses and individuals investing in technology to generate "green" energy, like solar and wind. Read more here.

Poll shows majority in Massachusetts want to shift toward more renewable energy
Massachusetts residents strongly believe that the state should rely more heavily on a mix of wind, solar and natural gas for our future energy needs, and a majority think we should lessen our reliance on nuclear power, according to a poll by The MassINC Polling Group last week.

The survey also showed that public safety and concern about reliance on foreign sources of oil topped the list of factors driving support for public policy in this area. The renewable-energy poll numbers were collected as a part of MPG's MassPulse Quarterly Omnibus Poll. Read more here.

Cow Power Mobile Classroom Runs on Used Vegetable Oil
Some environmentally conscious Rhode Island high-school students are working on a retrofit that would make MacGyver envious.

The students, with support from local blacksmiths, diesel mechanics and engineers, are converting an airport shuttle-style diesel bus to run on vegetable oil. The project, only a few months in the making, is a collaboration between Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island youth groups, The MET school, the Westerly Innovations Network's Project T.G.I.F (Turning Grease Into Fuel) and Newport Biodiesel. Read more here.

Jamestown proceeds with plan for wind turbine
The town is moving ahead with plans to install an approximately 360-foot-tall wind turbine on waterfront land in the shadow of the Newport Pell Bridge.

Jamestown officials gathered on Tuesday at the proposed site of the turbine at Taylor Point overlooking Narragansett Bay to announce the start of a three-month study of the wind resources there. Read more here.

Freetown sending representatives to Deleware to study compost facility
Members of the Planning Board will travel to Wilmington, Del., on June 3 to check out Peninsula Compost Group's facility there, as officials continue to weigh the company's proposed project for Freetown.

While plans for the latter are moving along, residents' displeasure is also gaining steam. Read more here.

Evergreen Evergreen Solar loses tax breaks worth millions
Retroactive bill for property levies is in the mail, too
A Massachusetts economic development board voted yesterday to cut off two multimillion-dollar tax breaks for Evergreen Solar Inc., two months after the company shuttered the manufacturing plant it built in Central Massachusetts with state aid and eliminated 800 jobs.

The decision is part of an effort by state economic officials to settle accounts with the troubled company, which once seemed so promising that Massachusetts gave it a total of $58 million in incentives to build the factory in Devens, at the site of a former military base. Read more here.

Officials to brainstorm rural transportation ideas
Mattapoisett Administrator Michael Gagne wants to share rural transportation ideas with his SouthCoast counterparts.

Selectmen Chairman Kevin Gaspar Sr. and Town Administrator Alan Coutinho will attend a transportation brainstorming session called by Gagne for June 2 at 5 p.m. in Mattapoisett Town Hall.

The meeting will be informal and will discuss similarities and differences of ideas that emerge with area town officials. Read more here.

Building Your Guide to Not Recycling in R.I.: Live in a Big Building
In Rhode Island, a large number of private residents aren't eligible for municipal trash and recycling collection because of their living situation. Local ordinances dictate how many apartments a building can have and fall under the municipal collection guidelines. Some R.I. towns and cities collect trash from buildings with up to eight dwellings, but due to ignorance and lack of enforcement, many residents of multifamily homes are being essentially forced not to recycle. Read more here.

Freetown officials clash over how to ready for rail
Members of the South Main Street Corridor Study Committee would like the town to adopt a transit-oriented development soon, which would help develop a rail stop in town through the South Coast Rail project.

Planning Board authorities following a hearing last Tuesday said that the adoption of a transit-oriented development (TOD) could be "putting the cart before the horse" for Freetown's South Main Street. Read more here.

Ze-gen plant Ze-gen drops plans
ATTLEBORO - Ze-gen, a cutting-edge, waste-to-energy company that aimed to spend millions of dollars on a new plant in the city, but met opposition from enviromentalists, has decided to go elsewhere.

The announcement came in a news release Tuesday, and cites local opposition as one of the reasons the company decided to pull out. Read more here.

Freetown selectmen renew recycling and trash program after first year
The first year of the town's curbside recycling/pay as you throw bag program will end at a $31,000 deficit.

Despite the news, the health board agreed Monday the year was an overall success for its first time around.

The board agreed to renew the program with the same price of $1.25 per bag for the 15-gallon bags and $2.50 per bag for the 33-gallon ones. Read more here.

SwanseaSwansea's Town Beach opens its gates after cleanup effort
The Town Beach is all spruced up for summer and ready for sunshine, swimming and sand castles.

Although the beach won't officially open with on-duty lifeguards until June 18, the gates will open for the season this weekend.

Visitors may enter and park at no charge. Read more here.

Solar field eyed to mitigate rising trash costs in Mattapoisett
The Board of Selectmen has revealed plans to generate electricity from solar panels near the capped landfill and add 50 more moorings to the town's inner harbor.

At a meeting Tuesday, Town Administrator Michael Gagne presented to the board a plan to place a solar panel array, or what he called a photovoltaic field, on land north of the landfill to save on the town's utility bills. Read more here.

Fall River Farmer's Market open for business
The Fall River Farmer's Market is open and selling local produce. The market is open each Saturday at Kennedy Park, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The market at Ruggles Park will open on June 1 and every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The open-air markets sell seasonal items through October. This time of year, shoppers can expect to find asparagus, rhubarb, lettuce, fiddleheads, flowers, leeks, scallions, and more. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Friends of the Swansea Public Library holding annual plant sale and raffle

May 28, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Swansea Public Library
The Friends of the Swansea Public Library will be holding their annual plant sale and raffle on the front lawn of the library Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. Any donations of perennials, annuals, houseplants, seedlings and gardening art or books are appreciated. Plant donations may be dropped off at the library, located at 69 Main St. in historic Swansea Village. Raffle tickets are also on sale at the library. For more information, call the Swansea Public Library at 508-674-9609, email at friendsofthespl@gmail.com or visit www.swansealibrary.org. Details here.

Garden & Herb Festival this Saturday in Tiverton

May 28, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, 3852 Main Road on the lawn of the historic Soule-Seabury House, Tiverton
The 17th annual Tiverton Four Corners Garden & Herb Festival takes places this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event marks the start of the gardening season where visitors will find local growers selling annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetable plants. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. The festival takes place at 3852 Main Road on the lawn of the historic Soule-Seabury House. 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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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 Free Gardening Workshop — "Taming Your Tomatoes"

June 4, 10-11:30 a.m., Fox Point Community Garden, corner of Gano and Power streets, Providence
The free workshop will cover planting, staking and plant care — watering, mulching, fertilizing, weeding and pest management — as well as various methods of preparing and saving the fruits, such as drying and preserving in oil. The event is sponsored by the Southside Community Land Trust and the Fox Point Community Garden. Details here.

'Walk Your Paws Off' to benefit Humane Society & Shelter SouthCoast

June 5, 10 am – 3 pm, Freetown-Fall River State Forest on Slab Bridge Road
Sponsorships are an important part of the walk. People of all ages are invited to participate in the walk. Participants may pick up registration and sponsorship forms at the shelter, 31 Ventura Drive, Dartmouth. Those who give a minimum $25 sponsorship donation will get a free T-shirt. For more information, call 508-995-6661 or visit hsssc.org. Participants are encouraged to bring adoptable animals and show them to others. Prizes will be awarded. Registration for walkers begins at 10 a.m. Freetown State Forest offers picnic areas and plenty of free parking.

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.

Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities

June 9, 7pm, Olde Towne Hall, 1478 County St., Somerset, MA
Olde Towne Hall, 1478 County St., Somerset, MA Please try to attend and bring friends and family. Email: nolng1@yahoo.com

Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities - Famous Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner & Raffle

June 11, 6:00pm, Calvary Temple Assembly of God, 4321 North Main St., Fall River
Come enjoy our fundraiser catered by Ma Raffa's Italian Restaurant of Somerset, MA ! Raffle includes scores of donated items and gift certificates. $10. per person For more info: 508-646-3616 Email: nolng1@yahoo.com.

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.

Quarterly Meeting - Crafting a Regional Energy Strategy

June 16, 1-4 PM, The ATMC, Fall River
Join Clean Energy Companies, the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Municipal Leaders, Policymakers, and your neighbors and friends to discuss the energy future of Southeastern Massachusetts. With revolutions in the Middle East; new concerns about Natural Gas, Coal, and Nuclear Power; and rising oil prices, the future of our energy supply becomes increasingly uncertain. On June 16th, we will speak frankly about our situation and discuss potential regional responses and support for the development of renewable energy systems at the municipal and regional level. Details here.

Women's Full Moon Canoe Trip

June 16, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Lloyd Center
Cost: Members: $20 Non-members: $25. Pre-registration required by noon on Wednesday, June 15th. Limit: 12 Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Senior Educator-Naturalist Sorry gents, this one's for ladies only! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. Transportation to launching site and all equipment provided. Bring footwear that won't mind getting wet, as well as a snack and libation (non-alcoholic). Register online or call our event phone at 508-558-2918. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Liz at 508-990-0505 x15. 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., Lloyd Center Headquarters
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.

Cornell Farm Bird Walk

June 19, 7-9 AM, Cornell Farm
Explore the hay fields and salt marsh along the Little River in search of songbirds, waterfowl and osprey with Bill Gil of the Paskamansett Bird Club. Details here.

SEMAP's Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner

June 20, 5:00pm to Sunset, 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.

Slocum River Kayak Tour

June 25, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Lloyd Center Headquarters, Dartmouth
Cost: Members: $45 Non-members: $55. Pre-registration required by noon on Friday, June 24th. Ages 14 and up. Limit: 10 The 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. Register online or call the Center's event phone at 508-558-2918. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Mass Audubon's Hiring for Allens' Pond and Great Neck
Mass Audubon's South Coast Sanctuaries (Allens Pond and Great Neck) seeks an energetic, organized self-starter with great verbal and interpersonal skills to serve as our Volunteer and Outreach Programs Administrator. Position is fulltime between April and September and part-time (24 hours) between October and March. This is a unique opportunity to support operations for a large property that provides important habitat for coastal wildlife and valuable experiences for the public. The Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses a barrier beach, a large coastal salt pond, agricultural fields, forested uplands, and trails at a rural location in southeastern Massachusetts. Under the direction of the Sanctuary Director, the candidate will organize and conduct the sanctuary's volunteer program, particularly the recruitment, selection, training, and management of more than 300 interns and volunteers. Additionally, candidate will coordinate the sanctuary team in the development and implementation of outreach programs and special events, including the Allens Pond Duck Derby. Responsibilities include but are not limited to customer service, program delivery, public relations, and office support. Additional duties include writing sanctuary newsletters and press releases, representing the sanctuary at meetings and events, and acting as liaison with partner organizations and local groups. Candidate will develop and maintain a schedule of work, prepare outreach program annual plan and budget in coordination with supervisor, and participate in all aspects of the sanctuary's operation as requested. Get details here.
Food Conference: Reclaiming Our Community
A four day educational and working conference addressing the South Coast Region's food systems, food availability, and local food education. (July 11-14)
Monday: You are what you eat
Tuesday: Food Vulnerability-Food Systems Challenges
Wednesday: Food Availability
Thursday: Reclaiming Our Community: Small Changes-Huge Impact
What will the conference be like? Learn, Engage, and Participate in the Local Food Movement! Presentations, panel discussions, and working groups focused on local food topics and issues. Get details and register here.
Sustainability Summer Camp 2011 - Remaking Our World: Greening the planet and our lives
July 25-July 29. WHO: Students entering grades 6, 7 or 8, dedicated to creating a more sustainable world.
WHAT: Campers will be engaged in hands-on projects using artistic media and film technologies to document and promote their environmental learning from the week. Activities throughout the week will include environmental crafts, building, utilizing energy technologies, and scientific research in the campus forest. Field trips and swimming are also part of the week.
WHY: The goal of camp is to develop creative sustainability leaders equipped to respond to the environmental challenges of the 21st century. Topics covered include Renewable Energy Technologies, Environmental Science, Environmental Math, and Nutrition. Get details and register here.
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
Repurposing garden hoses
As reuse is the second of the green 3 R's (reduce, reuse, recycle), if your old garden hose has had it, keep it around instead of sending it to landfill. Some tips for alternative uses. Learn more here.

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