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June 2 to 9, 2011

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

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

Two kayak events, and more!


Save The Date:

River Run 2011

Lloyd Center Clambake



Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) Workshop

Department of Energy Webcasts

Weekly Green Tip:

Don't Use Phosphorus Lawn Fertilizers

Clip of the Week

Youngstown, Ohio: the incredible shrinking city
In a country where bigger is almost always better, cities like Youngstown, Ohio, are trying to come back to life by shrinking themselves. This Blueprint America story reports on Youngstown’s plan to restore its former greatness, but on a smaller scale.

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"Each one of us is responsible for the whole of humankind. We need to think of each other really as brothers and sisters and to be concerned for each other's welfare. Rather than working solely to acquire wealth, we need to do something meaningful, something directed seriously towards the welfare of humanity as a whole."
- Dalai Lama

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Why Time Is Short Now That We're Past Peak Oil
The only thing that could prevent another oil shock from happening before the end of 2012 would be another major economic contraction. The emerging oil data continues to tell a tale of ever-tightening supplies that will soon be exceeded by rising global demand. This time, we will not be able to blame speculators for the steep prices we experience; instead, we will have nothing to blame but geology. Read more here.

Aviation As Jet Fuel Prices Soar, a Green Option Nears the Runway
With high fuel costs buffeting airlines around the world, the best hope for alternative energy for commercial aviation may be on the horizon.

The standards-setting body ASTM International is set to vote this summer on certification of hydrotreated renewable jet (HRJ) fuel.

Tests both in the laboratory and in the air (led by a most prodigious jet fuel consumer, the U.S. Department of Defense) have shown that HRJ can be processed from many types of feedstock—from weedy plants to animal fat—to make a fuel chemically identical to the crude-oil based kerosene that powers flight today. Read more here.

Sloppy Recycling Sloppy recycling poses threat to green tech
U.N.-backed report warned that less than one third of metals globally have a recycling rate of more than 50 percent.
BRUSSELS - The green technology industry was warned on Thursday that its growth is threatened by a failure to recycle metals and especially rare earth elements.

A U.N.-backed report warned that less than one third of metals globally have a recycling rate of more than 50 percent.

"Many metal recycling rates are discouragingly low, and a recycling society appears no more than a distant hope," said the recycling report by the United Nations Environment Program. "This is especially true for many specialty metals, which are crucial ingredients for key emerging technologies." Read more here.

Emissions Worst ever carbon emissions leave climate on the brink
Record rise, despite recession, means 2C target almost out of reach
Greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history, putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach, according to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency.

The shock rise means the goal of preventing a temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius – which scientists say is the threshold for potentially "dangerous climate change" – is likely to be just "a nice Utopia", according to Fatih Birol, chief economist of the IEA. It also shows the most serious global recession for 80 years has had only a minimal effect on emissions, contrary to some predictions. Read more here.

ArcticIce melt to close off Arctic's interior riches: study
Global warming will likely open up coastal areas in the Arctic to development but close vast regions of the northern interior to forestry and mining by mid-century as ice and frozen soil under temporary winter roads melt, researchers said.

Higher temperatures have already led to lower summer sea ice levels in the Arctic and the melting has the potential to increase access for fishermen, tourists and oil and natural gas developers to coastal regions in coming decades. Read more here.

Brazil Forms "Crisis Counsel" in Response to Dramatic Increase in Amazon Deforestation
Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil has risen six-fold, according to recent satellite images from the National Institute for Space Research. Comparing data from March-April 2010 to the same period this year shows deforestation has increased from 103 square kilometers in 2010 to 593 square kilometers just one year later. Read more here.

Cute lakeDestruction of world's biggest rainforests down 25 percent: FAO
The rate of destruction of the world's three largest forests fell 25 percent this decade compared with the previous one, but remains alarmingly high in some countries, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said.

A report entitled The State of the Forests in the Amazon Basin, Congo Basin and South East Asia, was released to coincide with a summit in the Congo Republic bringing together delegates from 35 countries occupying those forests, with a view to reaching a global deal on management and conservation. Read more here.

Amazon mega-dam gets final approval
Brazilian authorities gave final approval to the controversial Belo Monte dam, reports AFP.

The project — which has been widely opposed by human rights groups, environmentalists, and indigenous tribes — will dam the Xingu river, one of the largest tributaries of the Amazon River. Read more here.

Groundwater from Space Groundwater Depletion Is Detected From Space
IRVINE, Calif. — Scientists have been using small variations in the Earth’s gravity to identify trouble spots around the globe where people are making unsustainable demands on groundwater, one of the planet’s main sources of fresh water.

They found problems in places as disparate as North Africa, northern India, northeastern China and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley in California, heartland of that state’s $30 billion agricultural industry. Read more here.

German Nuclear Exit German government wants nuclear exit by 2022 at latest
Germany plans to shut all nuclear reactors by 2022, Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition announced on Monday, in a policy reversal drawn up in a rush after the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

The coalition, sensitive to accusations it may increase dependence on highly polluting brown coal, said it planned to cut power use by 10 percent by 2020 and further expand the use of renewables such as wind and solar power. Read more here.

German Nuke German nuclear cull to add 40 million tones CO2 per year
Germany's plan to shut all its nuclear power plants by 2022 will add up to 40 million tones of carbon dioxide emissions annually as the country turns to fossil fuels, analysts said on Tuesday.

The extra emissions would increase demand for carbon permits under the European Union's trading scheme, thereby adding a little to carbon prices and pollution costs for EU industry. Read more here.

EU energy plan threatens carbon billions
The Europe Union's carbon market could be flooded with excess pollution permits over the next decade, cutting prices in half and depriving governments of billions in budgeted revenues, EU sources say.

"There's a real concern of negative impacts on prices if the issue is not properly addressed," one EU source said on condition of anonymity. "Some of the studies imply that carbon prices will collapse." Read more here.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs Gives a Mark of B Minus to the U.S. Government's Leadership Role in Global Agricultural Development
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs held its annual Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, May 24th, featuring keynote presentations from Bill Gates, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Rajiv Shah, and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tom Vilsack. The event coincided with the release of the 2011 Progress Report on U.S. Leadership in Global Agricultural Development by the Chicago Council's Global Agricultural Development Initiative. Read more here.

Asperagus Renouncing, Reclaiming, Rebuilding: The 3 Steps of Radical Homemaking
Yesterday I counted 85 spears of asparagus nudging their way up through the soil (Asparagus may be finished in some parts of the country, but we’re zone 4 here in cold upstate New York). I crawled along the row on my hands and knees, pushing aside clumps of rotted manure to reveal each spear. I ran inside and proudly reported the figure to my husband Bob. Then I called my mom, and told her, too. It took me longer to get this asparagus growing than it did to earn a Ph.D. I consider the achievement just as significant. Read more here.

High Altitude Wind Chase is on to capture high-altitude wind for power
The world's strongest winds race high in the sky, but that doesn't mean they're out of reach as a potentially potent energy source.

Flying, swooping, and floating turbines are being developed to turn high-altitude winds into electricity.

The challenges are huge, but the potential is immense. Scientists estimate the energy in the jet streams is 100 times the amount of power used worldwide annually. Read more here.

Old Economy The Old Economy’s Not Coming Back. So What’s Next?
The idea that we need a “new economy”—that the entire economic system must be radically restructured if critical social and environmental goals are to be met—runs directly counter to the American creed that capitalism as we know it is the best, and only possible, option. Over the past few decades, however, a deepening sense of the profound ecological challenges facing the planet and growing despair at the inability of traditional politics to address economic failings have fueled an extraordinary amount of experimentation by activists, economists and socially minded business leaders. Most of the projects, ideas and research efforts have gained traction slowly and with little notice. But in the wake of the financial crisis, they have proliferated and earned a surprising amount of support—and not only among the usual suspects on the left. Read more here.

Off the Pedestal: Creating a New Vision of Economic Growth
The idea of economic growth as an unquestioned force for good is ingrained in the American psyche. But a longtime environmental leader argues it's time for the U.S. to reinvent its economy into one that focuses on sustaining communities, family life, and the natural world. Read more here.

Addicted to Oil? Pumped Up: Are Americans Addicted To Oil?
As many Americans struggle with higher gas prices, others look for ways to live using fewer fossil fuels. They pursue a personal form of energy independence — and they are finding that it's no easy feat.

About a year ago, following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe that released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Mary Richert decided that she wanted to live a life free of oil. "I quit," she told American Public Media's radio program Marketplace. "I just want to stop using oil completely. I just don't want to ever see it or think about it again." Read more here.

Carbon Budget Could CO2 balance the budget?
The quickest and smartest way to balance the budget is not to destroy America in order to save it. Instead, we could be using smart fiscal policy to increase revenue and steer the economy away from wasteful fossil fuels and toward smart, clean, renewables.

Yes, it's more complicated than that — this was a hard story to come up with a title for — but this is the gist of a new proposed plan (or several new plans) for balancing the nation's budget that would ALSO, by chance, cut CO2 emissions considerably, thus slowing or stopping human-caused global warming and saving us trillions of dollars in damage and healthcare costs in the process. Here's a little more: Read more here.

Apple A Labor of Wonder: Mapping 19,993 Trees in Central Park
Every year about 37 million people go to Central Park, and, finding themselves surrounded by 23,000 trees, most do not know their sassafras from their euonymus.

But Ken Chaya and Edward Sibley Barnard are not like most people. Spend two hours walking the oxygen-infused oasis with this pair as quirky as the Quercus prinus (chestnut oak), and it's as if all of your senses are on steroids. Read more here.

Go Seahawks Qwest Field Event Center to install state's largest solar array
The solar installation will cover over 2.5 acres, or approximately 80 percent of the Event Center roof.
The Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC announced they plan to install the largest solar array in the state of Washington on top of the Qwest Field Event Center. Read more here.

Clinton and Bloomberg An Unlikely Power Duo Emerges in the Global Fight Against Climate Change
WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton and Michael R. Bloomberg have circled each other warily for a decade, ever since Mr. Clinton landed in Harlem after leaving the White House and Mr. Bloomberg ascended from a hugely successful business career to become the mayor of New York City. They have appeared together at a few civic functions, dined out a couple of times a year and hacked at golf balls on the same course.

But until now they have never joined forces on a project with global reach that could advance both of their legacies. They are taking on an issue — climate change — that may well shape the world’s economic and social future for decades to come. Read more here.

Outdoor Cows Beyond the Barn: Keeping Dairy Cows Outside Is Good for the Outdoors
Computer simulation studies by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests that a dairy cow living year-round in the great outdoors may leave a markedly smaller ecological hoofprint than its more sheltered sisters.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) agricultural engineer Al Rotz led a team that evaluated how different management systems on a typical 250-acre Pennsylvania dairy farm would affect the environment. Read more here.

LEED Neighborhood Green Advice for All: A Guide to Neighborhood Development
Announcing the Natural Resources Defense Council's new LEED for Neighborhood Development report—packed with ideas for experts and eco-conscious amateurs alike
If you are like many of us, you have wondered whether or not a proposal for new development in your community was a good idea, whether it was environmentally friendly, or whether you should support it. A Citizen's Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development is a hands-on introduction that NRDC developed for local environmental groups, smart growth organizations, neighborhood residents, and just about anyone interested in making our communities better and greener. It is available for free and can be downloaded. Read more here.

DOE Announces $27 Million to Reduce Costs of Solar Energy Projects, Streamline Permitting and Installations
As part of the Obama Administration's SunShot Initiative to make solar energy cost-competitive with fossil fuels within the decade, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the availability of more than $27 million in new funding that will reduce the non-hardware costs of solar energy projects, a critical element in bringing down the overall costs of installed solar energy systems.

The funding will support a $12.5 million challenge to encourage cities and counties to compete to streamline and digitize permitting processes, as well as $15 million that will be made available to advance innovations in information technology systems, local zoning and building codes and regulations, and more. Read more here.

Chemistry Pure Chemistry
The nation’s leading school of chemistry is teaching a new generation of students the mantra of the future: "benign by design"
On a drizzly afternoon in early March, Adam Andrewjeski, an 18-year-old college freshman from Las Vegas, walks out of his dormitory room and, in his slippers, pads down a flight of stairs to a common laundry room on the University of California, Berkeley campus. But he’s not looking to do his laundry. He just wants to score some lint.

Andrewjeski leans into a dryer and pulls out a dark clump of fuzz. Thinking he may need a little more, he opens the next dryer and sweeps its lint catcher clean too. As he balls the two together in his pocket, he explains that he’s hunting for traces of PBDEs, chemical flame retardants. Read more here.

Planes Thunderbirds fly on biofuel blend
The U.S. Air Force's Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, marked the DoD's latest green initiative as they burned bio-fuel at the Joint Services Open House on 20-21 May 2011. More than 3,000 gallons of bio-fuel was mixed with 3,000 gallons of JP-8 for use by the Thunderbirds for the 2011 Joint Service Open House.

The fuel was provided by Sustainable Oils, LLC, one of DLA Energy's alternative fuel suppliers. Their product was blended with petroleum-derived fuel to obtain a 50/50 blend. The camelina was grown and harvested in Montana, and refined into renewable jet using technology from UOP LLC, a Honeywell company. Sustainable Oils has provided nearly 500,000 gallons of camelina-based HRJ to multiple branches of the US military for its certification programs, making it the most heavily tested alternative fuel feedstock. Read more here.

Tomatoes Summer season brings a bounty to Fall River's farmers markets
The time of plenty is quickly approaching, and the farmers markets are here to help us celebrate.

Two farmers set up stands in Ruggles Park Wednesday at 11 a.m., offering hothouse tomatoes and peaches, cut flowers, herbs and spring lettuce. It was the first session of the farmer's market in Ruggles Park this year. Read more here.

Author, green economy leader finds POWER in SouthCoast
Not every kid turns his Star Wars action figures into the Kennedy brothers — but then, not everyone gets to have a career like Van Jones (who, according to a 2005 profile in the East Bay Express, used to turn Han Solo into RFK and Luke Skywalker into JFK).

In his keynote address at the Marion Institute's fundraiser tonight, the human rights pioneer and author of "The Green Collar Economy" isn't likely to break out any toys as illustration. But he is likely to rave about the night's grand recipient: The Green Jobs, Green Economy initiative and the POWER Project (People Organizing for Wealth and Ecological Restoration). Read more here.

UMass Dartmouth green group makes the grade
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's graduate chapter of the environmental advocacy group Net Impact has been named as one of the best of 260 chapters worldwide.

UMass Dartmouth was one of 23 universities, a group that also includes UMass Amherst, to be named a Gold Chapter member. Read more here.

Destruction Tornadoes in central and western Massachusetts kill at least 4 (Photos and video)
At least two tornadoes struck central and western Massachusetts Wednesday, killing four and leaving damage that has become an all too common sight this year.

The storms that struck 19 Massachusetts communities, including Springfield and Monson, were not as large as the one tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo. this May, but the state is not accustomed to seeing this type of severe weather in highly populated areas. Read more here.

COMMUNITY VOICES: Understanding tornado risks in New England
As the tornado season continues to wreak havoc across much of the Midwest, it's important to remember that we here in New England are not immune to one of the most powerful and destructive forces of nature known to man, the tornado! Read more here.

South Coast Rail Director Director of South Coast Rail project is stepping down at end of June
Kristina Egan, director of the state project that would bring commuter rail service to Fall River, practiced what she preached. She took the train into work as often as she could from her home in Freeport, Maine, to Boston — a 120-mile commute.

But the head of South Coast Rail has decided to step down at the end of June to spend more time with her family and to pursue a environmental or transportation consulting job. Read more here.

South Coast Rail loses its engine
Kristina Egan, the Patrick administration's point person on extending commuter rail to New Bedford and Fall River, will leave her job at the end of next month.

Egan, who has served as the South Coast Rail manager since 2007, said she plans to spend more time with her family in Maine and start a consulting company. Read more here.

South Coast Rail director: EPA concerns won't slow commuter rail link to Boston
Concerns raised by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and a Massachusetts wildlife group in response to a proposed commuter rail link to Boston could force a change in plans, an environmental watchdog said Tuesday.

The director of the state agency planning the project said none of the concerns would threaten the planned rail line. Read more here.

SouthCoast rail foes spin EPA letter as plug for rapid bus
The Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges that a "rapid bus" is the least effective way of connecting SouthCoast to Boston, the agency wrote in a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers last week in response to the draft environmental impact statement for commuter rail.

But in the letter, the EPA said the Mass Department of Transportation will find it "especially challenging" to minimize environmental damage from two of the three rail alternatives. (It dismisses the Attleboro option altogether.) Read more here.

Bottle Bill Bottle Bill Repeals Pushed By Industry
Only 10 states have bottle bills, including four of the six New England states — Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont — but there is mounting pressure to repeal these decades-old initiatives.

During the past year in both Maine and Vermont, the beverage industry has led an effort to repeal those states' bottle bills. To the south, Delaware recently dumped its nearly 30-decade-old bottle bill in favor of what is essentially a 4-cent tax. Read more here.

Somerset residents told not to drink tap water for at least 'a couple of days'
The state has banned town residents from drinking tap water after a hydroseeding accident Tuesday, and the prohibition may last a couple of days, Selectmen Patrick O'Neil said.

"Your tap water must not be used for drinking, making ice cubes, washing foods, brushing teeth or any other activity involving consumption of water," said a press release Tuesday from the Somerset Police Department. Water can be used for showering and other purposes. Read more here.

EPA backs 3 firms’ antipollution ideas
Three small businesses in Massachusetts have received a total of nearly half a million dollars from the US Environmental Protection Agency to develop technologies to promote clean air and drinking water. The projects are among 10 selected nationwide. Read more here.

Presentation Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School students cultivate farming's past through projects
Like any farmer preparing for a long, cropless winter, five Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School students have worked tirelessly to unearth and preserve some of Rehoboth's farming history.

Since February, the students have been preparing multi-media interviews with men and women in the Rehoboth farming community. In celebration of their efforts, generations gathered Sunday afternoon at the Carpenter Museum's Otis E. Dyer barn to review their "UnEarthing Rehoboth's Farming Past" projects. Read more here.

Environmentalists fear watersheds running dry
While south-of-Boston rivers suffer stress from low water and fish populations decline, the state is stalling on efforts to protect watershed basins by determining the amount of water that can be safely withdrawn, local environmentalists say.

State environmental regulators promised to calculate safe withdrawal amounts — a concept known as “safe yield’’ — by last October but then informally extended the deadline to June. But as June approaches, conservationists say no specific proposals are under discussion. Read more here.

R.I.’s offshore-wind mapping is held up as model
SOUTH KINGSTOWN — As states around the country start to determine the best locations to develop offshore wind energy, a Rhode Island ocean zoning plan is being held up as a model that they can emulate.

Last week, the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island hosted a three-day workshop to teach planners from coastal and Great Lakes states about the two-year, $8-million effort to create the Special Area Management Plan (SAMP), a document based on the work of dozens of scientists that recommended two general areas off the coast of Rhode Island where offshore wind farms can be built. Read more here.

Westport schools going green
Companies that will be working on several "green" school building improvement projects are preparing details of the work for the state agency that may be reimbursing Westport for a portion of the costs. Read more here.

Putney Net-Zero in Vermont: Putney School a Model for Sustainability
In the unassuming rural community of Putney, Vermont, students and faculty at the Putney School are proud of their new field house. Not only does the new building expand the opportunities for the students at the private high school, it's also the only net-zero school building in the country, and one of only a handful that are LEED Platinum certified.

The effort exemplifies the holistic approach to the business and art of education that Putney founder Camelita Hinton first adopted for the school more than 75 years ago. Read more here.

NRDC’s “Fighting Oil Addiction” Report Finds That Massachusetts is #3 in Reducing Oil Dependence
According to the National Resources Defense Council’s latest report, Massachusetts rates third highest in states’ efforts to wean themselves from oil. While California and Oregon, earned the top two spots, three other New England states made the top ten: Connecticut (#7), Rhode Island (#8), and Vermont (#10). Here’s how NRDC describes the rankings:

"The solutions rankings in this report are based on the range of key actions that states can take to reduce oil dependence, with particular focus on policies that can have substantial impact and can be replicated by other states.” Read more here.

Tufts Graduate Students Receive $10,000 Prizes from Dow
Three teams of Tufts graduate students have each won $10,000 from the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award program for their research into solutions to some of the world's most urgent challenges, including access to clean water, development of renewable energy, and the creation of 'green' medical technologies.

Dow Chemical Corporation started a global competition in 2009 to spark research into sustainability-related issues with global impacts. Award winners are selected through a peer review process by participating universities which include Cambridge University, Northwestern University, Peking University, the University of California at Berkeley, University of Michigan and the University of Sao Paolo. Read more here.

Sippican Bay Coalition Moves to Restore Sippican River
Earlier this month, the Buzzards Bay Coalition purchased a 9 acre property off of Marion Road in Rochester that contains the failing Hathaway Pond Dam. The purchase was made possible with financial support from the Rochester Land Trust and the Sippican Lands Trust. After considerable study and consultation the Bay Coalition is now moving forward with removing the dam and restoring this section of the Sippican River, an important tributary of the bay.

This project now enters the engineering design and permitting stage, a process that is expected to take one to two years. Removal of the dam will have a variety of benefits including allowing river herring and other migratory fish to freely access upstream habitat. Read more here.

Freetown officials delay decision on rail station plan
FREETOWN — Town authorities will hold off this spring on adopting a transit-oriented development bylaw.

At a Planning Board hearing last Tuesday, authorities decided that the South Main Street Corridor Study Committee should review traffic and other issues pertaining to the corridor before moving forward with a bylaw that will allow a South Coast Rail station there. Read more here.

Carpooling Diving into the car pool
Workplace perks, high gas prices drive hike in ride sharing
While many of his co-workers walk as far as a half-mile from parking lot to office, Manish Puri pulls his Honda Accord into a spot about 50 yards from his desk in the IT department at Boston College. The reason for this rock-star treatment is sitting in the passenger seat: a colleague who carpools with him from Malden five days a week.

Puri is among the growing number of local drivers who have taken up carpooling. But, as his experience shows, it's more than just gas prices getting commuters out of single-occupancy vehicles. Read more here.

Fishing interests wary of Commerce nominee
NEW BEDFORD — President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next secretary of commerce raised concerns among fishing interests today.

When Dr. Brian Rothschild, dean emeritus of the UMass School of Marine Science and Technology, heard that nominee John Bryson was a co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, his reaction was, “Oh, wow.” Read more here.

Bylaw allows Acushnet to require debris be hidden
ACUSHNET — Town Meeting voters made quick work of the annual warrant this week, approving a Board of Public Works request to enter into a five-year agreement with Howland Disposal to provide curbside trash pickup. Voters also created a bylaw that requires junk or any debris, in any zone, to be hidden from the view of neighboring properties and the general public.

Voters also approved a request to make the Planning Commission the special-permit granting authority for ground-mounted solar-array installations. Read more here.

Old Fall River Mill Granite Block data center is shaping up at old Fall River mill
FALL RIVER — Outside it looks like another of the city's old mills waiting for new life to be breathed into the solid granite walls.

But inside, the building at 456 Bedford St. is undergoing a renovation that will lead to information pouring into the city and back out to consumers. Read more here.

Your View: Comment today on South Coast Rail project
Recently there were a couple of hearings conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers and MEPA on the Proposed South Coast Rail project. They are soliciting public opinion on the various alternative routes, impact on the environment and economic implications.

As you know, this is a very vital project for this area. The rail will be a very convenient and environmentally friendly mode of transportation for area residents connecting to Boston and the Route 128 belt area and beyond. It will save millions of gallons of gasoline yearly used currently in traffic back and forth to Boston, reducing pollution and dependence on foreign oil. Read more here.

Coalition logo Buzzards Bay Coalition hosts 23rd Annual Meeting
The Buzzards Bay Coalition shared a long list of achievements from 2010 and also announced a small change at its 23rd Annual Meeting. It was a busy year as the organization took action in court and in the community on nitrogen pollution, opened the Buzzards Bay Center in New Bedford, and met a membership challenge with over 8,000 members. The meeting also celebrated the work of community members with the granting of the 2011 Buzzards Bay Guardian Awards. Read more here.

Taunton River group looking for volunteers for Saturday festival
The Taunton River Watershed Alliance is looking for volunteers for its educational booth at "Exploring Some Fun," a seasonal event to be held Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Weir Riverfront Park, East Water Street. Volunteers will hand out printed materials and sign up new members. The TRWA will set up the booth and tent and supply written information and handouts. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

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.

Aha! Night

June 9, 5, 6, and 7pm, Coalition for Buzzards Bay
As part of June's "Walking Tours" theme, come tour the Award Winning Buzzards Bay Center in Downtown New Bedford. The guided tour will focus on the Center's unique combination of historic preservation and green design while visiting the Richard C Wheeler Bay Learning Center, Emerson Riggs Lab, the Croll Conference Room, and the Henry Wheeler Library. Tours at 5, 6, and 7pm. 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

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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, Fairhaven Unitarian Church
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., Hix Bridge - 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.

Attracting Pollinators to Your Home Garden

June 18, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Westport Town Farm
MIT Native bees and butterflies are important to the productivity of your garden! Learn which pollinating insects are beneficial for your plants, and what measures you can take to attract them. Details here.

Book Signing and Tasting

June 18, 10:30 – 12:00, Partner's Village Store, Westport
MIT Scallops: A New England Coastal Cookbook by Local Authors Elaine Tammi and Karin A. Tammi. A seafood cookbook devoted to New England's most prized and valuable shellfish—SCALLOPS—is finally here and is filled with LOCAL photographs and recipes. This book weaves together some of the best recipes in New England with interviews and recipes from local restaurants, scallop fishermen, marine scientists, world-renowned chefs, shuckers, and sea scallopers. Cooking icon Julia Child remarked in a letter to Elaine, "You have done a wonderful bit of research and it should be known." 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.

Roots Down – Free Organic Gardening Workshop

June 20, 5:00pm, Lawler Library, 745 Rockdale Ave. in New Bedford
Fertility Through the Summer – Compost Tea, Foliar Sprays & Nutrient Drenches plus Potatoes! 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.

Little River Kayak Trip

June 25, 1 - 4PM, Cornell Farm
Paddle through the hidden creeks and marshes along the Little River that connect to The Trustees' Cornell Farm, one of our newest reservations. Members: $20. Nonmembers: $30. Details here.

Sunset Kayak Tour

June 29, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Lloyd Center Headquarters
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. This is a wonderful and relaxing way to explore the delicate ecosystem of this salt marsh. Inexperienced paddlers are welcome. All tours include basic kayak equipment and instruction by certified guides. Details here.

Lloyd Center Clambake XXVI

July 8, 6:00 p.m., Lloyd Center Headquarters
Cost: Personal "patron" and corporate "sponsorship" levels vary General Admission: $150 per ticket Top-shelf Open Bar Dinner Extraordinaire Silent Auction…Bid!...Bid!...Bid! Dancing to the music of Men in Black… For reservations, call the 508-990-0505 x 10. Details here.

Food Conference: Reclaiming Our Community

July 11-14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Lloyd Center Headquarters, Dartmouth
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.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) Workshop
Inquiry-Based Science: Investigating Water & Energy Concepts in the State Frameworks - for kindergarten through 8th grade teachers
Monday - Thursday, July 11th - July 15th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, July 18th – July 22nd 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Locations: Lloyd Center (Dartmouth), Whaling Museum (New Bedford), Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford), Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary (Norfolk). Registration cost (Tuition Fee waived in Southeast Region): One educator: $250. Two educators from the same school or school district: $225 each. Three or more educators from the same school or school district: $200 each. PDP's provided and graduate credit is available for an additional fee. Discover the natural history of the estuary and a diversity of freshwater resources. Investigate the various species that live here, how they are adapted to survive in a marine or aquatic environment and how we are connected to these invaluable resources. Then utilize these significant natural resources to create an inquiry-based program that will highlight the many forms of water and energy that cycle through the region. Get details here.
Department of Energy Webcasts
This interactive page will help you quickly find live webcasts that fit your schedule, or on-demand webcasts and pre-recorded training presentations to view at your convenience. You can choose your time zone as well and filter the list by week, month, webinar series, eligible activity or topic, or presenter. The DOE offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization. No travel, no lost time out of the office, and no cost - The DOE makes it easy to get the information you need, today. Join your colleagues to better understand how the DOE can help you lower operating costs, improve your energy management program, and expand your professional development. Get details here.
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.
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).
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
Don't Use Phosphorus Lawn Fertilizers
Maryland is the latest state to ban the use of phosphorus on existing lawns. Here's why. Learn more here.

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