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June 16 to 23, 2011

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Crafting a Regional Energy Strategy

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Capturing the Herbal Harvest

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Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) Workshop

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Repairing our broken cities by transforming infrastructure
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Global
Working Less Why Recent Bad Economic News Means It's Time For Working Less
The economic news of the last few weeks has not been encouraging. In Europe, the various national debt crises remain unresolved, with a continued monopoly of banker-friendly austerity programs, and their predictable consequences of rising unemployment and stagnation. Debtor countries are being forced into the same financial orthodoxies that prolonged the depression of the 1920s and 30s, so we shouldn't be surprised at the failures they will bring. Read more here.

Death Threats After Death Threats to Climate Researchers, Australian Universities Take Tough Protection Measures
In Australia, the climate for climate-science researchers has deteriorated to an alarming state.

At least a dozen university climate scientists have in recent months received messages threatening death or violence against themselves and, in some cases, their families. The threats—which came as Australian lawmakers prepared to debate imposing carbon taxes in an effort to discourage the emission of climate-altering greenhouse gases—appear considerably more serious than those against researchers at American universities, and Australian authorities have reacted accordingly. Read more here.

LAND GRAB: African Farmland Purchases Have Surged 1500% Since 2008
Everyone who eats is aware that agricultural prices have been on a tear the past few years. With this has come a sharp increase in the value of arable land. Deep topsoil farmland in Iowa has changed hands as high as $11,000 an acre recently. That’s up from about $6,000 just a few years ago.

The shortage of arable land has gone global. Africa has seen an explosion of activity since 2008. How big is the land grab? Who’s doing the grabbing? It’s hard to tell as there is no central source of information and many of the transactions are not made public. Read more here.

Japan Radioactive Water Fukushima Workers Tackle Highly Radioactive Water
Today, workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan tested out a system that will start cleaning up an enormous volume of radioactive water there.

The water has flooded many buildings at the complex, and it has seriously complicated efforts to bring the crisis there to an end. But it's also essential to keep the reactor cores from overheating. Read more here.

Simplicity Is Not Sacrifice!
There is a common misconception that living more simply requires a life of sacrifice. In fact, it is just the opposite: When we live more lightly on the material side of life, we create the conditions for greater satisfaction and meaning on the non-material side of life. Lifestyles emphasizing consumerism are the ones that require sacrifice. Read more here.

Animal Dads Nature's 10 best animal dads
Let’s face it: When it comes to paternal instincts in the animal kingdom, there are more than a couple of Bobby Browns and Michael Lohans.

In the natural world, a majority of dad critters are programmed to follow the familiar “dude meets lady; dude impregnates lady; dude leaves lady (if he hasn’t already) and their new offspring to go meet and impregnate new ladies” mating ritual. Read more here.

India Aims $1 Billion at Sacred but Filthy Ganges
NEW DELHI — Indian officials signed an agreement with the World Bank on Tuesday to use a $1 billion loan to finance the first major new effort in more than 20 years to cleanse the revered Ganges, one of the world's dirtiest rivers.

One-third of India's 1.2 billion people live along the banks of the 1,560-mile-long river, many of them relying on it for drinking, cooking and washing. Millions more visit for ritual baths to cleanse themselves of sin. But untreated sewage, agricultural runoff and industrial waste have fouled its waters for decades, and hydroelectric projects and dams threaten to choke off its waters in spots. Read more here.

Green iPhone Apps Five of the Best iPhone Apps that Make Going Green a Breeze
Want to be more green? There’s an app for that. In fact, there are so many apps for that that writing an honest review of them is pretty difficult. We would be sitting here for days, maybe weeks trying to trudge through them all. Some of them are fairly useless when it comes right down to it, but most are actually pretty useful or innovative. Read more here.

New Push on Sustainable Agriculture
This week the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations threw its weight behind a new push for sustainable agriculture in developing countries. While declaring that “we have no option but to further intensify crop production” to feed a growing and increasingly affluent world population, the F.A.O. nonetheless urged a broader application of techniques that, while raising yields, have also been shown to reduce inputs of water, energy and fertilizer, compared to more conventional farming approaches. Read more here.

Enzyme in Bacteria First Wood-Digesting Enzyme Found in Bacteria Could Boost Biofuel Production
Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)-led Integrated Biorefining Research and Technology (IBTI) Club have identified an enzyme in bacteria which could be used to make biofuel production more efficient. The research is published in the 14 June issue of the American Chemical Society journal Biochemistry. Read more here.

CO2 Capturing European Union's 'DemoCLOCK' Project to Cut Cost of Capturing CO2
A project funded by the European Union and led by SINTEF in Norway with ten other European partners aims to demonstrate a cost-effective CO2 capture technology that could herald a new generation of power-generation plants with integrated CO2 capture. Read more here.

National
Google Solar Google Creates $280 Million Fund to Finance Solar Energy
Google is making its largest investment yet in clean energy, setting up a $280 million fund to finance home solar rooftop installations.

The search giant announced today it was teaming up with the Silicon Valley's SolarCity—a company chaired by Paypal co-founder and Tesla Motors executive Elon Musk—in an effort to break down the biggest barrier to solar energy adoption: the cost. Read more here.

Pesticide Residues Taint Apples
The apple industry faces a potential public-relations headache in the wake of federal testing that found pesticide residues in 98% of America's second-most-popular fresh fruit, the highest rate among the produce screened by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a yearly survey.

In the vast majority of cases, residues of the 48 different pesticides the USDA found in its sampling of apples—the nation's most widely consumed fresh fruit after bananas—were within amounts that federal regulators consider safe to eat. Read more here.

Arizona Fires Arizona Fire Threatens Hundreds of Ancient Sites
Hundreds of archaeological sites are under threat from a weeks-old, still raging wildfire in eastern Arizona.

Since it began in late May, the so-called Wallow Fire—the biggest in Arizona's history—has burned at least 733 square miles (1,900 square kilometers), and has now crossed the state line into New Mexico, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Read more here.

Obama's Green Jobs Is Obama's Bet On Green Jobs Risky?
President Obama flies to North Carolina on Monday for the latest meeting of his jobs and competitiveness council. His administration is betting that green technologies — from wind and solar power to advanced batteries and biofuels — will create jobs of the future.

If the Department of Energy were a James Bond film, Arun Majumdar would be Q, the tech whiz who oversees futuristic gadgets. Majumdar, whose official title is director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy, helps steer government investments to new energy technologies, some of which he acknowledges may ultimately fail. Read more here.

Green Energy at Gitmo Green energy at Gitmo
Energy security is playing a role in the advancement of renewable energy installations at Guantanamo Bay.
When I think of Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo), I don’t think of it as a renewable energy proving ground, but that may be changing in the coming years. Annie Snider of Greenwire takes an in-depth look at green energy options at the military base in her article for The New York Times, Could Alternative Energy Be Gitmo’s Next Legacy?

Currently the Department of Defense spends about $80,000 per day for fuel and accessories to run the onsite generators. The generators not only provide electricity to the buildings but it helps keep the all-important desalinization plant up and running. The plant provides fresh water to residents and prisoners on base. If something were to cut off this supply of fuel, the island would swelter in the tropical heat. This is where it becomes obvious that renewable energy generated on-site is an important part of improving security at the base. Read more here.

Georgia Migrant Workers Crackdown in Georgia keeps migrants away
Farmers in the state of Georgia say they are starting to feel the effects of a tough crackdown on illegal immigration — a sudden dearth of migrant workers needed to bring in their harvests.

Charles Hall, executive director of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, said the labor pool of produce pickers has shrunk by 30 to 50 percent since passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act on April 20. Read more here.

EPA delays rollout of CO2 rule on power plants
The Environmental Protection Agency, under pressure from Republicans and big utilities, said on Monday it had extended a deadline by two months on draft rules that would for the first time limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The EPA said it had moved the date for proposing the rule from July 26 to September 30 after listening to businesses and states that will have to implement the regulation. Read more here.

SunPower Total $1.3 billion SunPower bid successful
Oil major Total SA's $1.3 billion takeover of SunPower Corp will help the U.S. solar panel maker double its market share over the next 18 months, SunPower Chief Executive Tom Werner said on Wednesday.

Total brings the financial backing, geographical footprint and research and development expertise that will allow the fast-growing U.S. company to pursue an "aggressive" development strategy based on organic growth, Werner told Reuters. Read more here.

Duke, Progress "on track" for timely merger
The $13.7 billion merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy, creating the nation's largest electric utility, is "on track" to obtain all needed state and federal regulatory approval by year-end, Duke Chairman James Rogers said on Wednesday.

"We're on track to get approvals from all the various agencies by year-end," Rogers said at the Reuters Global Energy and Climate Summit. Read more here.

Ford Hybrid Minivan Ford to build hybrid-only minivan
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich.—Ford Motor Co. will sell a hybrid-only minivan in the U.S. next year in a bid to challenge Toyota's hybrid dominance.

The five-passenger van will come in two versions: A gas-electric hybrid, like Toyota's Prius, that gets more than 41 miles per gallon, and a plug-in hybrid, like the Chevrolet Volt, which will run on electric power but have a backup gas engine that kicks in when the power runs low. Read more here.

Plastic Bags In a War of Words, Makers of Plastic Bags Go to Court
SAN FRANCISCO — The plastic bag industry, increasingly on the defensive as municipal bag bans proliferate, has gone on the attack against ChicoBag, a competitor that bills itself as an eco-friendly alternative. A federal lawsuit in South Carolina accuses ChicoBag of illegal trash-talking about plastic bag waste.

The lawsuit, filed by three leading plastic bag manufacturers, contends that ChicoBag (whose reusable bag, when compressed into its carrying pouch, looks like a slightly squished Hacky Sack) knowingly overstated figures like the size of the garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean and the number of marine creatures killed by eating plastic garbage. Read more here.

7 Sustainability Trends Every CFO Needs to Know
Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) are in a unique position to drive sustainability into their organizations for competitive advantage. This article highlights seven sustainability trends every CFO needs to know.

CFOs are already involved in many aspects of sustainability. Numerous functional teams that work on parts of sustainability report to the CFO. These groups include investor relations, risk management, EHS, legal, procurement/supply chain, IT, facilities/real estate, and HR. Moreover, the corporate finance team often leads key business processes, such as budgeting, capital appropriations, internal and external financial reporting, executive compensation, and energy management that directly affect the achievement of sustainability goals. Read more here.

Sustainability Makeover Why Sustainability Needs a Makeover
Even though the sustainability movement has come a long way, it’s clear that it could benefit from some rebranding. At Sustainable Brands ’11, key insights from consumer research shed some light on where practitioners can refocus their efforts.

OgilvyEarth recently released results of a 2011 study called Mainstream Green: Moving sustainability from niche to normal. The study focused on what OgilvyEarth refers to as the Green Gap – the gap between what people say they intend to do and what they actually do when it comes to green. Here are some key findings: Read more here.

Electronic Cigarettes E-cigs: No smoke, but some areas are banning them
That's not smoke coming out of Cliff Phillips' mouth.

But that hasn't stopped others from cringing, making remarks, waving their hands in their faces and coughing at the sight of the vapor from his electronic cigarette. Read more here.

Jobless New Normal High unemployment is becoming the 'new normal'
WASHINGTON — A "new normal" is emerging for the U.S. jobs market, and a growing number of economists warn that it's likely to mean that unemployment will remain persistently high, at 7 percent or more, for years to come.

The 9.1 percent unemployment rate reported in May remains high by post-World War II standards long after the economy resumed growth following the worst recession in 70 years. It's prompting economists to rethink basic assumptions about the U.S. labor market.

At issue is what's called the "full employment" rate. It's generally thought to be the rate at which everybody willing and able to work can find a job. It's a theoretical "ideal" rate; "full" employment can't be zero because there'll always be people transitioning between jobs, others with disabilities and those who aren't interested in working or who have given up finding work who'll be excluded from the workforce. Read more here.

Local
Fall River LNG Hess LNG withdraws Fall River Weaver's Cove proposal
FALL RIVER — After years of jumping hurdles presented by citizens and elected officials opposed to the project, the president of Hess LNG announced Monday that the company has withdrawn its application for a liquefied natural gas terminal at Weaver's Cove.

Hess LNG President Gordon Shearer first made the announcement in a three-paragraph press release issued at 3:15 p.m. Monday. He cited "unfavorable economics for liquefied natural gas in the New England region" as the reason for the change of course. Read more here.

Hess drops controversial plan for LNG terminal in R.I.'s Mount Hope Bay
Hess LNG has killed a controversial $700-million plan to build a floating liquefied natural gas terminal in Mount Hope Bay, a decision that ends the company's eight-year quest for an offloading facility to serve Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The decision, which had not been expected, was announced Monday afternoon in a brief e-mail from Hess LNG President Gordon Shearer that cited adverse market conditions. Read more here.

Talk turns to future of Weaver's Cove site
FALL RIVER — A day after Hess LNG announced it was abandoning its Weaver's Cove terminal plans, people were still reminiscing Tuesday about the nearly decade-long fight to keep LNG away from the SouthCoast. But as talk about the past slowed down, speculation on the future of the site began to increase.

Mayor Will Flanagan said he will form a think tank to cultivate ideas for development at the nearly 70-acre site on Fall River's waterfront. He asked that anyone interested in participating send him a letter of interest by June 30. Read more here.

GreenFleet Boats At GreenFleet, "We're not just building boats; we're building kids"
NEW BEDFORD — "Just like that. Watch your hands," the boat-builder tells the boy.

Theirs is the age-old relationship of master and apprentice.

The boy is chiseling a notch into a wooden mold. The notch will receive the keelson — a main support beam of the 18' sharpie skiff. Read more here.

Group develops five-year plan for Freetown traffic
FREETOWN — Last month, Planning Board members told the South Main Street Corridor Study Committee that it would be premature for Freetown to pass a transit-oriented design bylaw for a potential commuter rail stop off South Main Street. The Planning Board said the street’s design and traffic should be reviewed first.

On Wednesday, the study committee heeded that advice by taking a closer look at what traffic could look like in eight years if more development moves to South Main Street. Read more here.

Greener Fall River Waterfront Proposed zoning changes affecting Fall River's waterfront stirs debate
Fall River — Battle lines were drawn over two proposed zoning ordinances at public hearings Tuesday night: relaxing the zoning along the city's waterfront and allowing neon message signs by right in certain zones.

Both the Planning Board and City Council heard diverse opinions by proponents and opponents during hours of hearings. Read more here.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay awarded $25,000 grant
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has won $25,000 from the Coca-Cola Foundation as part of the company’s 125th anniversary.

More than $6 million was awarded by the Foundation in the first quarter of 2011 to organizations around the country that are making a difference in active, healthy living; water stewardship; community recycling; education and youth development; and community, arts and culture.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is an advocacy organization that works with citizens, scientists, corporations and community leaders to restore and protect Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay. Read more here.

Fish FarmsFloodgates Opened on Factory Fish Farms
As if the recent institution of the catch shares program in Rhode Island's waters wasn't enough for local fishermen to worry about, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) recently released a national sustainable aquaculture policy for U.S. waters designed to increase domestic seafood production, create sustainable jobs and restore marine habitats. Read more here.

In 24 cold, wet hours, R.I. BioBlitz counts 906 species on Scituate watershed land
SCITUATE — They weren’t able to put their best team out on the field. And conditions were challenging — cloudy, wet and raw.

But when it was over, they were satisfied with their score.

Twenty-four hours after beginning their marathon endeavor, participants in the 2011 BioBlitz emerged from the woods, streams and fields of Joslin Farm and tallied 906 distinct species of life. Read more here.

Fall River Solar Fall River reaches deal to add solar power at schools, water treatment plant
FALL RIVER — The city is making strides in its effort to create renewable energy alternatives.

Mayor Will Flanagan announced on Tuesday that Fall River has reached an agreement with energy service provider Ameresco Inc. to install and operate solar power-generating systems at three city schools and the wastewater treatment plant. Read more here.

Greener Fall River Cartoon OUR VIEW: A greener Fall River
Work shortly getting under way to make three of the city's schools and the wastewater treatment plant more environmentally friendly, provide renewable energy and install energy efficient lighting in other city buildings represents a win for the city's short-term and long-term finances, and the environment. In a deal announced by Mayor Will Flanagan Tuesday, Framingham-based energy service provider Ameresco Inc. will install and operate the solar-power-generating systems expected to produce nearly 750,000 kilowatt hours annually. That will allow the city to reduce its carbon footprint by 25.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide during the course of the 20-year contract, the equivalent of removing 1,306 cars from the road, according to Ameresco. Read more here.

R.I. gets grant to assess brownfields sites
PROVIDENCE — The state’s political establishment turned out in force Friday to announce a $400,000 federal grant that will help lead to the cleaning and development of Rhode Island brownfields. They came to Meeting Street school, built with earlier state and federal assistance on nearly nine acres of one such formerly polluted site. Read more here.

RI Composting Toilets State Expands Use of Composting Toilets
Composting toilets have been a fixture in Rhode Island for about 15 years.

The first nature-friendly system was installed during a major renovation of the Miquamicut State Beach pavilion in the 1990s. Today, there are some 20 composting commodes at state parks, beaches and campgrounds. So far, none are being used in state office buildings. Read more here.

Voters give green light to energy efficiency rules
LAKEVILLE — The town of Lakeville is primed to become the first SouthCoast community to bear a "Green Community" designation.

The annual Town Meeting Monday night passed all six articles in near unanimous fashion to clear the way for the Lakeville Energy Advisory Committee to begin its application process to the state. The articles will allow Lakeville to increase the growth of renewable and alternative energy in town, as proposed by the Planning Board. Read more here.

Cape Verdean Book In person: Jeanne Costa makes book on Cape Verdean culture out of activist father's writings
From the 1940s to 1970s, Manuel E. Costa Sr. was recognized as a civil rights activist in New Bedford and a participant in the struggle for Cape Verdean Independence. One of his most lasting gifts to the community was a comprehensive manuscript of Cape Verdean life and culture in the South End. After he died in 1992, his daughter, Jeanne Costa, made it her mission to turn her father's manuscript into a book, and now, nearly 20 years after his passing, "The Making of the Cape Verdean" by Manuel E. Costa Sr. is complete. Costa speaks about her father's legacy and of her four-year process of making the dream for his manuscript a reality. Read more here.

Discovery of toxin complicates school repair projects in Westport
WESTPORT — One of the repair projects intended to improve the energy efficiency of school buildings apparently cannot be undertaken this year due to the unexpected discovery of materials containing PCBs.

While taking samples of materials surrounding the Westport Middle School's current windows, workers found what appeared to be polychlorinated biphenyls, a hazardous type of building material consisting of chlorine, carbon and hydrogen, School Superintendent Carlos Colley said. Read more here.

Rare ToadsThings are hopping at Bristol Aggie; students take on rare toads
DIGHTON — As summer vacation draws near, it's not the students, but close to 900 frantically jumping toads that are trying to escape the confines of Bristol County Agricultural High School.

Students in the natural resources management program took possession of a large population of spadefoot tadpoles on May 11 and are caring for the amphibians during their maturation into adulthood. Read more here.

Local couple buys historic farm
WESTPORT — A historic farm property that had been owned by the Trustees of Reservations has been sold to a local couple, according to a statement released by the Westport Land Conservation Trust.

The property, located at 138 Adamsville Road, was sold for $250,000, the trust statement said. The property was bought by Laurie Marinone and Norman Anderson, two Briggs Road residents with an interest in both historic preservation and agriculture. Read more here.

URI OceanographyBig-Time Oceanography in Little Rhody
NARRAGANSETT — During the past five decades, Ted Smayda has watched the Narragansett Marine Laboratory change names and transform itself from a sleepy lab— his words — into a world-renowned oceanography institute.

The University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) turned 50 this year and is hosting a weekend of open-to-the public events June 25 and 26 to celebrate. The GSO is one of the most widely known graduate schools of oceanography in the world, with its 800 or so graduates working in academia, industry, government and environmental organizations around the globe. Read more here.

Rochester seeks input before acting on Hathaway Pond dam
ROCHESTER — The future of the Hathaway Pond dam may become more certain by the end of this month, with the Conservation Commission voting unanimously to seek a written statement of the owner's intentions, timetable and other pertinent information by June 21.

The new owner, The Coalition for Buzzards Bay, purchased the property containing the dam and a portion of the Sippican River from Susan Hampson in early May. The dispute over the earthen dam, according to local residents, has been brewing for nearly a decade. Read more here.

Wildflower Path Rochester green ways volunteers restore wildflower path
ROCHESTER — A group of volunteers from Rochester Green Ways converged on the corner of New Bedford Road and Dexter Lane on May 19 to repair the damage done to their wildflower garden path by last spring's flooding. The path is the off-road connection between the town's center and the buildings and playing fields on Dexter Lane. Read more here.

Letter: Be informed about new Community Preservation bill
An Act to Sustain Community Preservation (HB 765/HB 1841) cleared an important hurdle when the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business gave it a favorable recommendation a few days ago. The bill will now move forward to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

An Act to Sustain Community Preservation would provide a higher annual CPA trust fund match for each community participating in the program. In addition, it would broaden participation in CPA by making it easier for cities and less affluent communities to join, and clarify allowable uses of CPA funds (notably allowing CPA funding for rehabilitation of existing outdoor recreational facilities). Read more here.

Harbor Joint Fairhaven-New Bedford group to market harbor strengths
A new association of New Bedford and Fairhaven marine-related businesses wants to bypass old competitive feelings between the two municipalities and focus on collectively marketing the harbor's strengths.

The newly formed Fairhaven New Bedford Harbor Association is organizing businesses on both sides of the harbor with the goal of increasing communication and cross-promotion and boosting boating and pedestrian traffic, according to Lou Balla, co-founder of the association and standing secretary/treasurer. Read more here.

Lang expects state to announce Harbor Trustee Council funding within two weeks
NEW BEDFORD — Mayor Scott W. Lang expects the New Bedford Harbor Trustee Council funding allocations for three city projects to be announced within the next two weeks.

Lang has said all three projects the city lobbied for — a footbridge that would allow for public access to the historic lighthouse on Palmer's Island; a river walk that would snake around the upper harbor, starting in the North End, going over the Acushnet River on Coggeshall Street and down the Acushnet and Fairhaven side of the river; and the restoration of quahog beds in Clarks Cove — will receive funds Read more here.

Redevelopment Authority Redevelopment Authority moves ahead on Bio Park, Durfee Tech
FALL RIVER — The Redevelopment Authority moved ahead on two fronts Wednesday night, awarding a bid for marketing the SouthCoast Bio Park to NAI Hunneman in Boston, and nearing contract finalization with developers of the 64 Durfee St. project.

"They have a very international network of contacts in the life sciences and bio park development area," RA Chairman William Kenney said of Hunneman. Read more here.

Lecture series celebrates the history of Fall River's textile industry
Fall River — This year marks the 200th anniversary of the first cotton mill in the city — a mill that kicked off a proud history of manufacturing, building and immigration in Fall River.

Though cotton manufacturing is no longer part of the Spindle City’s image or economy, its threads lie just beneath the surface. One hundred years ago, the city celebrated the Cotton Centennial in an attempt to reinvigorate the industry. Read more here.

Fall River Market Fall River's Downtown Farmers Market to open Thursday
Fall River — When the city farmers market kicks off its season downtown on Thursday, visitors will find greens and much more.

They can purchase seasonal produce, view artists at work, buy arts and crafts, learn about local agencies, have lunch, and be entertained by a Berklee music student.

Now in its second year, the farmers market on Old Second Street, behind the Academy Building, will be open each Thursday throughout the summer. Read more here.

Providence Farmers Market Hope St. Market is Open Twice Weekly
PROVIDENCE — The Hope Street Farmers' Market at Lippitt Park is back and bigger than ever this year. There will be a Wednesday evening market from 3:30-6:30 in addition to the Saturday market, which opens this year a half-hour earlier, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

It's still early in the growing season, but at this week's markets you can find strawberries and small tomatoes, English cucumbers, kale, kohlrabi, young broccoli rabe, asparagus, radishes, beets, turnips, apples, all manner of greens, sugar and snap peas, leeks, fresh flowers, and a full complement of fresh herbs.? Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Blue Crabs, Minnows, Shrimp, and more! A Seine Net Demonstration

June 17, 3:30 to 5pm, Goosewing Beach Preserve, South Shore, Rd, Little Compton, RI
Join us for an informal lesson on the history and use of the seine net. See what critters we can collect and discover the biodiversity of Goosewing Beach Preserve. Meet in front of the Benjamin Family Environmental Center. All ages welcome. Please register by email at kpisano@tnc.org, or by phone 401-331-7110 x. 33 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 21, 5:00pm, Lawler Library, 745 Rockdale Ave. in New Bedford
Fertility Through the Summer – Compost Tea, Foliar Sprays & Nutrient Drenches plus Potatoes! Details here.

10th International Herb Symposium

June 24-26, Wheaton College, Norton MA
A Symposium to touch your heart and soul as well as mind and spirit, this gathering is for all people enraptured by the healing essence of herbs. The International Herb Symposium offers herbal enthusiasts an incredible opportunity to learn from the worlds leading experts in botanical medicine and herbal lore. Whether a novice or advanced in your herbal interests, the Symposium offers classes, workshops, panel discussions and learning experiences to touch every level of your being. Details here.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

South Shore Locavore's Gathering

June 27, 7 p.m., Beal House, Kingston MA
All are invited to come at 6:45 to register, mingle, and get some refreshments before the program starts. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack to share. There will be samples and door prizes. The gatherings are free. However, donations of up to $5 will be gratefully accepted to help cover expenses and to supplement the Library book budget. In an effort to help fight hunger on the South Shore, non-perishable foods are collected at the beginning of each gathering. Items are donated to the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse. 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., UMass 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.

Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities

July 14, 7:00pm, Calvary Temple Assembly of God, 4321 North Main St., Fall River
Please make an effort to attend and bring friends and family. Email: nolng1@yahoo.com.

Capturing the Herbal Harvest

July 16, 10:00AM - 12:00PM, Blithewold, Bristol, RI
Capture the herbal harvest while gardens and farm stands are brimming with fresh herbs. Even though no one wants to think about winter now, you will be thrilled when your pantry and freezer are stocked for winter cooking and holiday gift giving! Imagine lining your cupboard shelves with jewel toned bottles of herb vinegars, golden brown herb mustards and sparkling jars of herbal jellies. Picture containers of herbed butters, bags of rosemary walnuts and bottles of herb pesto filling a corner of your freezer. Details here.

Roots Down – Free Organic Gardening Workshop

July 19, 5:00pm, Brix Bounty Farm
Summertime Farm Tour at Brix Bounty Farm plus Melons! Details here.

Wild Night at the Zoo

July 23, 6:00pm to 10pm, Buttonwood Park Zoo
Pre-sale tickets are available for $100 per person or $125 per person at the door. You “otter” join us for the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society’s annual gala and benefit auction! Wild Night at the Zoo features the best food, music, drink and silent auction of the season. Pre-sale tickets are available for $100 per person or $125 per person at the door. Proceeds of the gala support educational and conservation programs at the Zoo. Don’t miss a photo with our Asian elephants, Emily & Ruth! Details and ticket sales 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
Westport River EcoTours
Eco-tours of the Westport River are available on Thursdays and Fridays until Labor Day Weekend. There will be a tour at 10 AM to noon and another from 1PM to 3PM on Thursdays and Fridays. There is a limit of four people per tour, and children under the age of 13 must wear a life preserver at all times. It is $100 per tour for WRWA members, and $140 non-members. Please call our office at (508)636-3016 to book a tour. If you are paying with a credit card please give us your information when you reserve your tour – your card will not be charged until after the tour. The boat leaves from Dock D-Slip 1 from F.L. Tripps on Cherry & Webb Lane, so please meet us there at least ten minutes before departure time. Get details here.
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.
Zoo Crew Summer Program for Children
Zoo Members: $175 per week for one child. (Siblings are $150 each) Non-Members: $200 per week for one child. (Siblings are $175 each) Zoo Crew is a summer program for children ages 8-12. Each session has a balance of outdoor and classroom learning opportunities, educational games and activities, crafts, and fun! Each week-long program runs 9:00AM-3:00PM, Monday thru Friday. For more information or to register, please call the Zoo’s education department at (508) 991-6178 x 31. Session One: July 25-July 29 Session Two: August 1- August 5 Sessions Three: August 8-August 12 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
Lease Solar Panels and Save on Up-Front Costs
Companies are now offering solar leasing programs that allow you to avoid thousands of dollars in installation costs, in exchange for sharing the cost-savings on your electric bill. Learn more here.

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