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July 14 to July 21, 2011

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This week:

Dragonflies Walk

Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities Celebration Planning

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Save The Date:

Wild Night at the Zoo

Careers in Weatherization Presentation

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Announcements:

BPI Certification Courses this August

Westport River Ecotours

Weekly Green Tip:

Have a Meatless Monday

Clip of the Week

The Bill
One of the three winners of the Germanwatch screenplay competition about Climate Justice. In this four-minute movie produced by Peter Wedel the CO2 intensive lifestyle of an urban dweller (played by Benno Fürmann) is put in contrast to the people in developing countries which are affected most by Climate Change.
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Global
Natural Wonders Four Natural Wonders Added to World Heritage List
The Kenya Lake System, one of four new or expanded "natural properties" added to the UN's World Heritage List, is home to some of Earth's highest avian diversity, including 13 globally threatened species and familiar birds such as flamingos and great white pelicans. Many of Africa's iconic mammal species, including black rhinos, giraffes, lions, and cheetahs, are also found here in abundance.

"It is wonderful to see these spectacular lake sites in Kenya, and their rich bird life, achieving recognition as natural sites of the highest global importance," Tim Badman, director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Heritage Programme, said in a statement. Read more here.

Japanese Energy Savings Energy-Short Japan Eyes Renewable Future, Savings Now
At Tokyo's Meiji Gakuin University, professor Keiko Tanaka has been teaching classes with half as much lighting as usual and with less reliance on computers and other electricity-hogging tools. She now often gets out her chalk and eraser to use the blackboard.

But with tsunami-torn Japan's electricity system struggling, she wonders whether her fellow citizens will commit to the level of energy savings the nation needs.

"Japan is a country where 18-year-old girls take the elevator to go up a single flight of stairs because they don't want to sweat," she said. "It is a country where most toilet seats are heated, and there is an electric noisemaker in the women's toilet to mask the noise. People have really gotten used to creature comfort at very high energy costs." Read more here.

Map of Submerged Landscape Submerged landscape discovered under Atlantic Ocean
Hot magma from the Earth's mantle may have pushed the island north until the magma receded, at which point the island began to sink into the ocean.
Buried deep beneath the sediment of the North Atlantic Ocean lies an ancient, lost landscape with furrows cut by rivers and peaks that once belonged to mountains. Geologists recently discovered this roughly 56-million-year-old landscape using data gathered for oil companies.

"It looks for all the world like a map of a bit of a country onshore," said Nicky White, the senior researcher. "It is like an ancient fossil landscape preserved 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) beneath the seabed." Read more here.

Marine Garbage Ocean garbage is killing whales, dolphins
Millions of tons of plastic debris dumped each year in the world's oceans could pose a lethal threat to whales, according to a scientific assessment to be presented at a key international whaling forum this week.

A review of research literature from the last two decades reveals hundreds of cases in which cetaceans — an order including 80-odd species of whales, dolphins and porpoises — have been sickened or killed by marine litter. Read more here.

River Oil Spill Disaster relief seeds 'should be more diverse'
[NAIROBI] African farmers who lose their seeds in floods and droughts could restore their crop biodiversity quicker by trading local seed varieties at markets and through informal social links than by receiving seeds from aid agencies, a study suggests.

The genetic diversity of crops allows plant populations to adapt to changing environments and provides the raw materials for crop improvement programmes. It is crucial for ensuring food security through the traditional African cropping system. Read more here.

Streetlights Intelligent Street Lighting Saves Up to 80% On Energy
ScienceDaily (July 12, 2011) — Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is currently testing an intelligent street lighting system on its campus, which uses up to 80% less electricity than the current systems and is also cheaper to maintain. The system consists of street lights with LED lighting, motion sensors and wireless communication. This enables the installation to dim the lights when there are no cars, cyclists or pedestrians in the vicinity. Wireless communication between the street lights and a control room is also possible. The system was developed by TU Delft alumnus Management of Technology, Chintan Shah, who won a competition in 2010 with this concept for improving energy efficiency on the university campus. Read more here.

Nissan Electric Car Japanese Automakers Aim to Bolster Energy Security at Home
Electric vehicle drivers, the wise and uber-eco-conscious members of society, can claim to not have any tailpipe emissions. However, their emissions still exist in the form of a smoke stack from the local power plant. To have a pure green vehicle, the source of power must be sustainable and renewable. Nissan, creator of the all-electric Leaf, has developed a solar charging system that stores its power in the Leaf's lithium-ion battery. The automaker has installed 488 solar panels at its Japan headquarters, enough to power 1,800 Leafs a year. Read more here.

Global Clean Energy Investments Global Investments in Green Energy Up Nearly a Third to $211 Billion
Wind farms in China and small-scale solar panels on rooftops in Europe were largely responsible for last year's 32% rise in green energy investments worldwide according to the latest annual report on renewable energy investment trends issued by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Last year, investors pumped a record $211 billion into renewables -- about one-third more than the $160 billion invested in 2009, and a 540% rise since 2004. Read more here.

National
Invasive Fish In A Fish-Eat-Fish World, Order Asian Carp And Lionfish To Save The Rest
From doctors to the government, everyone seems to be telling us to eat more seafood because it's nutritious and can be good for our hearts.

But environmental groups have made choosing fish a bit more complicated by reminding us that many species are overfished, contaminated or farmed under sketchy conditions.

Now there's a new variable, but one that may simplify the proposition. Is the fish on the menu an invasive species? Read more here.

Coal-Burining Standards EPA Issues New Standards For Coal-Burning Plants
The Environmental Protection Agency sent a strong message Thursday to power plants that burn coal. It's time to clean up dirty exhausts that travel long distances, and 75 percent of Americans will breathe healthier air as a result.

The new EPA transport rule is designed to clean up the pollution that blows from power plants into other states. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says it's about fairness. Read more here.

Nebraska Nuclear Power More trouble for flooded nuclear reactors in Nebraska
As bad news continues to come in from Japan’s nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, a similar situation may be beginning on our own shores. Two nuclear reactors in Nebraska are threatened by floodwaters… and while officials keep insisting there’s no danger and everything is under control, that’s not exactly reassuring. Especially since one of their control systems collapsed over the weekend. Read more here.

Monarch Butterfly In Midwest, Flutters May Be Far Fewer
As recently as a decade ago, farms in the Midwest were commonly marred — at least as a farmer would view it — by unruly patches of milkweed amid the neat rows of emerging corn or soybeans.

Not anymore. Fields are now planted with genetically modified corn and soybeans resistant to the herbicide Roundup, allowing farmers to spray the chemical to eradicate weeds, including milkweed. Read more here.

Green jobs pay better as clean-tech sector booms
SAN FRANCISCO — The green jobs movement is putting more greenbacks in workers' pockets.

Clean-tech jobs offered median wages 20% higher across the United States in 2010, according to a report released today from researchers Brookings and Battelle. Such green jobs span industries ranging from solar-panel manufacturers to wind- and ocean-based energy production to electric-vehicle technologies.

The report on positions in 100 U.S. cities highlights a job boom in the sector that now counts 2.7 million jobs. The Brookings Institution figures the industry contributed exported goods and services valued at $53.9 billion in 2009. Read more here.

Southern U.S. Drought Drought Spreads Pain From Florida to Arizona
COLQUITT, Ga. — The heat and the drought are so bad in this southwest corner of Georgia that hogs can barely eat. Corn, a lucrative crop with a notorious thirst, is burning up in fields. Cotton plants are too weak to punch through soil so dry it might as well be pavement.

Farmers with the money and equipment to irrigate are running wells dry in the unseasonably early and particularly brutal national drought that some say could rival the Dust Bowl days. Read more here.

Chevy Volt GM Expands Landfill-Free Ambitions Beyond the Factory Gates
GM grabbed the spotlight in the sustainable vehicle field last year when its newly launched gas-electric Chevy Volt was named Motor Trend’s North American Car of the Year, and the company has been taking some solid steps to back up its green cred by improving conservation programs at its facilities. GM already has a landfill-free program in effect at 76 manufacturing sites, and now GM is expanding its landfill-free policy to non-manufacturing sites such as customer care facilities and aftersales operations. Read more here.

PACE and the Importance of Energy Efficiency Policy
Energy efficiency measures are one of the most effective ways that American families and businesses could save money. A report by McKinsey & Company found that, provided the right measures are implemented, the United States economy has the potential to reduce energy waste enough to save $1.2 trillion by 2020. As the report summarized, “Energy efficiency offers a vast, low-cost energy resource for the U.S. economy – but only if the nation can craft a comprehensive and innovative approach to unlock it.” Read more here.

Compost Enrich your plants: Compost at home
If you’re still bagging grass clippings and fallen leaves to be hauled off to the landfill, make this summer the season you declare your independence from the 30-gallon plastic bag.

Composting can eliminate your dependence on chemical fertilizers, improve the quality of your soil, reduce the burden on your community’s landfill and lessen your need for soil amendments and those evil black plastic bags. Mixing finished compost into sandy soil helps it to absorb and retain water, while mixing finished compost into clay soil loosens it up and allows in more air. Read more here.

How Shareholder Activism Moved the Needle on Sustainability in 2011
From fracking by companies such as Chevron, Exxon Mobil and Ultra Petroleum to greater use of recyclable cups by McDonald's and Starbucks, a host of CSR issues captured shareholders' attention and support this year, according to reports on the 2011 proxy season from As You Sow and Ceres.

A record number of shareholder resolutions calling for companies to be more responsible in handling corporate sustainability challenges were filed, according to Ceres' report. Read more here.

Aging Baby Boomers Aging boomers strain cities built for the young
NEW YORK — America’s cities are beginning to grapple with a fact of life: People are getting old, fast, and they’re doing it in communities designed for the sprightly.

To envision how this silver tsunami will challenge a youth-oriented society, just consider that seniors soon will outnumber schoolchildren in hip, fast-paced New York City.

It will take some creative steps to make New York and other cities age-friendly enough to help the coming crush of older adults stay active and independent in their own homes. Read more here.

Discourse
Thomas Edison Thomas Edison's descendants 'appalled' by House Republicans
As Republicans in the House of Representatives fight to keep the United States from shifting to more energy-efficient light bulbs, decedents of Thomas Edison are crying foul.

It’s been 132 years since Edison invented the incandescent light bulb. The last decade has seen the advent of the fluorescent bulb. The bulbs were championed as longer-lasting, more energy-efficient and a huge savings opportunity for American families. In 2007, President George W. Bush signed into law a bill that called for the phasing out of the bulbs that weren’t much different than the original one Edison invented, but now Republicans are saying not so fast. Citing a desire for choice, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) penned the Better Use of Light Bulb (BULB, get it) Act. Four of Edison’s decedents aren’t amused. Read more here.

African Development Africa needs its own indicators of scientific innovation
Evidence-based indicators in science, technology and innovation (STI) help governments across the world to formulate policies and identify opportunities for development. The second round of a survey designed to capture such indicators across Africa, a project sponsored by SIDA, was recently launched in Ethiopia.

But if STI indicators are to contribute effectively to a sustainable path towards social and technological transformation, they need to be sensitive to the African context. Comparisons of indicators such as research and development (R&D) expenditure between African countries must not dominate policy discussions. Read more here.

Bipartisan trio says tax oil to fund U.S. infrastructure
Three big guns from U.S. politics are offering a twist on the chronic funding shortage for the country's infrastructure: taxing oil directly.

Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, and former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, said levying a tax on oil would fund transportation projects and drive down oil dependence. Read more here.

Farmer Richer Want to Make More than a Banker? Become a Farmer!
If you want to become rich, Jim Rogers, investment whiz, best-selling author and one of Wall Street's towering personalities, has this advice: Become a farmer. Food prices have been high recently. Some have questioned how long that can continue. Not Rogers. He predicts that farming incomes will rise dramatically in the next few decades, faster than those in most other industries — even Wall Street. The essence of his argument is this: We don't need more bankers. What we need are more farmers. The invisible hand will do its magic. "The world has got a serious food problem," says Rogers. "The only real way to solve it is to draw more people back to agriculture." Read more here.

Tiny Trash Bins With Tiny Cans, a New Trash Equation
Reaching for a petite dessert dish instead of the mixing bowl may help you curb your ice cream consumption. Grabbing a basket rather than a shopping cart helps control how many “necessities” you pick up at the store.

Similarly, trading your office garbage can for a daintier disposal bin may remind you to send less trash to the landfill. Read more here.

Chamber of Commerce Climate Regulations a Job Killer? Quit Crying Wolf
There’s an old adage that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. That seems to be the unofficial motto of the United States Chamber of Commerce, which has spent the last forty years repeating (and repeating and repeating) the mantra that government regulations on businesses “kill jobs” and economic growth. But their predictions have been repeatedly wrong. The laws they warned would bring economic ruin have become the basic health, safety, and environmental safeguards we now take for granted. Read more here.

FROM THE CHAMBER: Put politics aside, raise the debt limit, Congress
The Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry represents a broad range of businesses in the SouthCoast region of Massachusetts. Our membership employs tens of thousands of people comprising all sectors of the economy including education and high tech to healthcare, tourism and hospitality, manufacturing, service and small businesses. They are also the individuals who are making the local investments, taking risks, creating jobs and through their taxes and payrolls, providing the means for the community to afford the public amenities we all enjoy. Read more here.

The Relationship Between Peak Oil and Peak Debt
There is really a two-way link between peak oil and peak debt:

1. Peak oil tends to cause peak debt. Some will argue with me about this, because they believe it is possible to decouple economic growth from energy growth, and in particular oil growth. As far as I am concerned, though, this decoupling is simply an unproven hypothesis–the normal connection is that a flattening or decline in energy supply causes a slowdown or actual decline in economic growth, and this slowdown causes a shift from an increase in the amount of debt, to a decrease in the amount of debt, as it did for US non-governmental loans in 2009 and 2010 Read more here.


Local
Konarka Solar: Konarka
Production continues to ramp up at Konarka's New Bedford facility, where the company's revolutionary Power Plastic — a lightweight, flexible solar material that converts light to electricity — was recently installed on the south and east walls of the building.

This accomplishment was the largest organic photovoltaic installation of its kind and the first semi-transparent building integrated installation, according to a press release. Read more here.

Wampanoag tribe sues over Cape Wind
The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has filed a lawsuit against the federal government for allowing the proposed 130-turbine wind project to move forward in Nantucket Sound.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington last week says the wind farm will destroy historical, cultural and spiritual tribal resources located on Horseshoe Shoal which was once exposed land. It also says the wind farm will obstruct views across Nantucket Sound that are used by tribal members for spiritual rituals and contemplation. Read more here.

Renovated Old Farm House In the Old House, some new tricks to save energy
The Old House at Appleton Farms looks great for its age. You would, too, if you had just spent $1 million for a face lift.

Managed by the Trustees of Reservations, the 1,000-acre site in Ipswich and Hamilton is the oldest continuously run farm in the United States, and for many years the “Old House’’ was the living quarters of its owners. Read more here.

R.I.’s first national historic park could soon take shape along the Blackstone River
A little boy sitting in this 40-passenger tour vessel as it readies to head out on the Blackstone River announces to everyone: “I’ve never been on a boat in history.”

Dianne Mailloux, who coordinates the tours, smiles. “Well,” she says, “we’re making history today.”

The child’s innocent words belie the turbulent history of the river, and what comes next would have been unthinkable many years ago — the very act of a tour boat carrying 27 Pawtucket children, shoving off from a Central Falls dock and purring north on these waters to experience river nature. Read more here.

Hot Summer, Warming Bay
Summer is in full swing and Narragansett Bay is heating up. In the upper bay, temperatures are already hitting a toasty 72 degrees as oxygen levels drop to life-sucking hypoxic levels at certain depths.

Keep tabs on the health and fishing conditions of upper Narragansett Bay through a new website from the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC). Snapshot of Upper Narragansett Bay posts much of the data from daily and weekly water quality reports of bacteria and nutrient levels from several research buoys positioned between Barrington and the Seekonk River. Read more here.

Chestnut Tree They Might Be Giants Again
It would seem Yvonne Federowicz is embarked on a fruitless — some might say nut-less — mission. The mighty American chestnut tree, at least ones bigger than saplings, disappeared more than a century ago. These trees that once dominated the forests of the eastern United States, often lived for more than 100 years and grew as high as 200 feet are functionally extinct.

Much of Federowicz’s focus for the past decade, however, has been working to bring these iconic symbols back, and she isn’t going at it alone. As president of the Massachusetts/Rhode Island chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, she has nearly 400 other members working with her to overcome the devastating blight that has decimated the tree’s population. Read more here.

State to sell off Howland's land to pay off fraud victims
FREETOWN — State Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office is looking to sell three parcels of land in Lakeville to help refund the 34 customers and others who were allegedly misled by former Freetown selectman and state Rep. Mark Howland and his alternative energy company.

Lakeville conservation authorities, however, question if Howland’s approximately 26 acres on Kristian Way holds enough buildable dry land to pay off the majority of the $524,000 Howland still owes. Read more here.

Calories On Menu Restaurants prepare for new FDA rules requiring calories on menus
CANTON — Fast-food restaurants and casual dining chains are taking notice as the Food and Drug Administration considers new rules that would require them to print on their menus just how many calories are contained in those monster burgers, deep-fried appetizers and fatty frosted shakes. Proposed FDA rules would require the calorie disclosures at all restaurant companies with 20 or more locations. Read more here.

School Free Lunch More kids get free lunch
Roughly 50,000 more students qualify for free meals at public schools in Massachusetts than just five years ago, another sign of the toll the recession has taken on families, said nutrition and anti-poverty advocates.

About 278,000 Bay State students were eligible for free meals in the school year that wrapped up this summer, a 22 percent spike since the 2006-07 school year, according to figures from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

That represents more than one- quarter of students in the state’s public schools. Read more here.

Comments sought tonight on Myles Standish State Forest’s future
PLYMOUTH — The state Department of Conservation and Recreation will hold a public meeting Thursday night (tonight)for the development of a resource management plan for Myles Standish State Forest.

The meeting will be held in the state forest’s Civilian Conservation Corps Amphitheater on Cranberry Road, starting at 7 p.m. In the event of rain, the meeting will be moved to the state forest headquarters “barn” on Cranberry Road.

The plan will guide preservation and stewardship efforts in the state forest, and will ensure consistency between recreational uses and protection of wildlife. Read more here.

Great whites return in force
The first great white of the season was spotted a tad early in May by Menemsha fisherman Jeff Lynch, who saw the 18- to 20-foot shark swimming around a whale carcass off Aquinnah.

But over the past week, the great whites have returned to Cape waters in force. There have been three confirmed sightings from Chatham to Truro, and an unsubstantiated sighting off Nantucket that expert Greg Skomal of the state Division of Marine Fisheries thinks will likely prove true. Read more here.

Lang: Cities to appeal fishing ruling
NEW BEDFORD — Lawyers for New Bedford and Gloucester will scour for appeal material after a recent federal court decision against the two cities in their case against fisheries management rules imposed by the Commerce Department last year.

Mayor Scott W. Lang said about 30 stakeholders in the case, including representatives of members of Congress, took part in a one-hour conference call Friday afternoon. Read more here.

Drivers push SRTA bus expansion
NEW BEDFORD — A local bus drivers union is pushing for extended night hours and Sunday bus service for the region, saying such changes would better serve its ridership.

Gary J. Pires, president and business agent for Local Union 1037, which has about 71 New Bedford members and 120 members total between New Bedford and Fall River, says the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority should extend hours — buses now basically stop running at 6 p.m. — and add Sunday service, something this region has not seen since 2002. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities Celebration Planning

July 14, 7 pm, Calvary Temple Assembly of God, 4321 N. Main Street, Fall River
The Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities will continue to hold monthly meetings until such time as the ownership and beneficial use of the Fall River land now held by Hess-LNG/Weaver’s Cove Energy is resolved. This month’s meeting will include discussion of the aforementioned land use and ownership, as well as preparations for a celebration to acknowledge the group’s efforts in defeating the Hess-LNG/Weaver’s Cove project. For additional information, call Coalition President Joe Carvalho at 508-646-3616.

Chocolate and Tweets

July 14, 7 - 8:30 pm, Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Join the Audubon for a chocolate adventure! Presented by Jennifer Schouppe, executive pastry chef at Johnson and Wales University, this program will explain the unique history of chocolate and how it is made. Jennifer will demonstrate basic truffle filling and finishing, followed by the best part -- sampling and enjoying! The program is limited is 25 adults, so please register early. $15 member. $20 non-member. To register, call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041. Details here.

Barn Raising: Marketing Your Farm Business -> Increasing Your Sales

July 12-August 20, UMass Extension Cranberry Station, East Wareham
A Five Session Workshop Series Including a Create-Your-Own Website Lab (optional). Join us for a modern take on a classic barn raising where you will come together with other growers and producers in your farming community to establish a marketing plan and website for your farm business. Just as the barn is vital to the operations of your farm, a marketing plan is vital to the success of your farm as a business. In short, improve your marketing plan and you'll improve your sales. Who Should Attend?: Anyone interested in establishing a marketing plan or updating an existing strategy that needs some fine-tuning. How Much Does It Cost?: 4 Sessions + website lab: $200.00; SEMAP member 4 Sessions + website lab: $180.00; 4 Sessions (no website lab): $125.00; SEMAP member 4 Sessions (no website lab): $112.00 Get details and register here.

New England Grain Conference: Bread, Beer and Biodiversity

July 14-15, UMass Farm and Colrain Seed Farm, MA
Join us at a regional event on growing organic landrace grains, share skills to reinvigorate heritage grain traditions, exchange seeds, learn how to bake artisan bread in a wood-fired oven, brew artisan beer, and celebrate the harvest. Details here.

Operation Clean Sweep - Volunteer!

July 16, 8:30 a.m - noon, St. Luke's Parking Lot at Hawthorn and Page Street, New Bedford
Join Operation Clean Sweep, NEED and Southcoast Hospitals Group to keep New Bedford clean! Community service groups, clubs, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate in this community event. All volunteers will receive a coupon for a free cup of St. Luke's award winning chowder. Also, this is a great way to earn your community service hours. Tools and gloves are provided. To learn more, visit www.operationcleansweep.net and pre-register or call (508) 979-1493. Also, find us on facebook. Details here.

Introduction to Stand-Up Paddling

July 16, 9-11am, Lloyd Center, South Dartmouth
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a fun way to explore the waterways, improve your balance and get a fantastic core workout. Anyone can Stand-Up Paddle! Instructors specialize in teaching people with no surfing or paddling experience at all. The only prerequisite is that you are comfortable in the water, and want to try something new! The two hour introduction session will take place in the calm waters of the Slocum River. Participants will be introduced to all the basics; getting familiar with equipment, water entry and balance, proper stance and positioning on the board, efficient paddling technique, safety and etiquette. Come out and give it a try ... you'll love it! Cost: Members: $50, Non-members: $60. Pre-registration required by noon on Friday, July 15th. Ages 14 and up. Limit: 10 Register online or call the Center's event phone at 508-558-2918. Details here.

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.

Backyard Bats

July 16, 10:30AM - 11:30AM, Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Bats are a natural way to cut back on unwanted mosquitoes and flying/biting pests in your yard. Would you like to know how to attract bats to your backyard? Or do you have bats living in your attic and want them out? Join Audubon and get the answers to your questions about these amazing winged creatures. You'll discover the ins and outs of New England bat behavior and learn about bat house design and placement. After the program visit the Audubon Nature Gift Shop for bat houses, books and even some bat guano(an excellent natural fertilizer) to help your garden grow! There is no fee for this program but registration is required. Call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041. Details here.

Saturday Supper - Agriculture and Seaweed

July 16, 4-7pm Kettle Pond Farm, Berkley MA
During a potlluck supper, learn about local seaweeds found in the Taunton River and the region. You will see them up close, taste them, and hear about their uses in agriculture at Kettle Pond Farm. For information call 508-822-6919. Details here.

Dragonflies Walk

July 17, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 1280 Horseneck Rd., Westport, MA
Observe dragonflies and damselflies up close and learn techniques for identifying these magnificent creatures! Fee: Adults $4.00 member/$6.00 non-member, Children $4.00 member /$6.00 non-member. For registration and more information, contact (508) 636-2437 or gpurtell@massaudubon.org. Details here.

Museum Institute for Teaching Science Workshop

July 18-22, 9am to 3pm, Locations: Lloyd Center (Dartmouth), Whaling Museum (New Bedford), Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford), Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary (Norfolk).
Inquiry-Based Science: Investigating Water & Energy Concepts in the State Frameworks - for kindergarten through 8th grade teachers 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. 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. To learn more about this program or to pre-register, visit the MITS website at www.mits.org or call 617-328-1515. 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.

Vegetable Canning Class

July 20, 1:00pm to 3pm, Cedar Spring Herb Farm, Harwich, MA
Local grower/herbalist Donna Eaton will show us the ins and outs of canning our own delicious, all-natural Vegetables. We will focus on what's available that week, picked fresh from local growers. Learn recipes, canning instructions, and tidbits on saving money by preserving locally grown foods. Take home a jar! Details and register here.

Webinar: Investment Grade Audit

July 21, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Online
This webcast describes the Investment Grade Audit (IGA) process, including the sequence of steps in an IGA, what to expect from ESCOs, and other project details. The presenter, Irina Bulkley-Hopkins, will outline and explain the details and differences in the definition of the IGA as compared to other energy audits commonly used in the field. This includes emphasis on the goals of what an IGA must accomplish, along with the questions that the facility owner must ask and the information that must be gathered before the IGA is conducted by an ESCO. Topics covered will include sources of information and data that need to investigated before and during the IGA; components of and expectations from a high quality IGA (baseline, typical ECMS and how to select them, calculations of energy savings, etc.); what should be included in the IGA, and how to prevent potential shortcomings to watch for. Presenters will provide a sample list of issues that are traditionally not covered by an IGA and suggest the measures that help mitigate those issues. Details and register here.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Somerset Public Forum for Recreation Recommendations

July 20, 6:00pm to 8pm, Somerset Town Hall
The Somerset Playground and Recreation Commission is holding a public forum to get ideas from the public on ways the commission can improve upon the programs it offers. The commission runs a variety of sports programs, including baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, gymnastics and yoga, as well as free movies and concerts during the summer at Pierce Beach. It also organized a road race during the Fourth of July weekend. Commission members want to find out what the public would like the town to do to improve recreation options, according to member Richard Silvia. “We just want to make sure that we’re not missing any group of people,” he said.

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.

Hockomock Area YMCA Hosts 5th Annual Triathlon

July 24, Registration 6:00am, Race 8am, Luciano's at Lake Pearl in Wrentham, MA
Swim, bike and ride: 500-meter swim in Lake Pearl, a 9-mile bike ride, and a 3.1-mile run. The Triathlon is designed to work for beginners as well as advanced tri-athletes. People ages 14 or older are eligible with awards presented to the top 3 male and female finishers in each category. Participants can expect a high-quality race at an affordable price. The registration fee is $75 and there is also an additional $10 fee if participant is not a USAT member. This year, the Y will be hosting a pre-event Pasta Dinner on Saturday, July 23rd at 6:00pm, which will include number pick-up and raffle prizes including a TRX strap and gift baskets. The fee is $15 and requires pre-registration. The location of the pasta dinner will be at the Invensys Foxboro Branch YMCA at 67 Mechanic Street, Foxboro. For more information and to register, please visit www.imathlete.com, or visit any branch of the Hockomock Area YMCA. All proceeds from the Triathlon will benefit the Hockomock Area YMCA's annual Reach Out for Youth and Families Campaign, which offers financial assistance to welcome and support children and families in our community to come to the YMCA. 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.

Webinar: Furthering Your Local Governments' Energy Efficiency Goals: Part 1 - Getting Support From Local Leaders

July 26 2-3:30pm, Online
This webcast will focus on useful and cost-effective startegies to engage local leaders in energy efficiency efforts. These strategies include developing a productive approach to addressing a county board or city council; demonstrating the impact of projects for job creation; measuring project cost savings and positiive cash flow; highlighting green government benefits; and focusing on overall economic recovery and opoerational improvement. The webcast will provide examples of grantees that have successfully engaged local leaders and information on accessing additional support through nationwide stakeholder groups. Get details and register here.

Careers in Weatherization Presentation

July 28 , 9am, Greater New Bedford Career Center
This free workshop will explore typical green economy weatherization job positions and opportunities, with a focus on the skills and certifications required in low- income and utility-funded weatherization projects. It is also an introduction to weatherizaton certification training workshops being offered throughout August and September by UMass Dartmouth.Details here.

37th Annual Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference

August 12th - 14th Amherst, MA
This year we'll be presenting two workshops at the Summer Conference: (1) a beginner workshop "Interpreting Soil Tests" - Accurately gauging nutrient needs in our soils is a critical step in making sound fertility decisions. We will set out to demystify soil test results, from cation exchange capacity (CEC) and base saturation to ppm and lbs/acre. Hands on activity included to help participants gain confidence in interpreting soil test results. (2) an advaced workshop "The Case for Full Spectrum Fertility" - An examination of our pre-transplant fertility protocol. Join us as we discuss the steps taken at Brix Bounty Farm in the critical week leading up to transplanting. Focusing on soil fertility we aim to create prime soil conditions for vigorous root growth and thriving transplants. Inoculants, amendments, and energy in depth. Details here.


Leaf Bullet Announcements
UMass Dartmouth to Offer BPI Certification Courses in August
Upon completion of this 7 week program and successful completion of exams students will be certified in BPI standards. BPI (Building Performance Institute) is a national standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work. Students completing the program and exams will be:
  • Level 1: BPI Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer
  • Level 2: BPI Building Envelope Professional Certification
  • Level 3: BPI Building Analyst Certified

Course Dates: August 10th-September 20th
Get details here.

Sustainable "Center Cafe" Opens in South End "ecoNewBedford" District
The Center Café is the last piece of the demonstration project on Brock Avenue called ecoNewBedford. It serves coffee and ice cream, salads, home-made soups, and lite sandwiches. Breakfast sandwiches, fruit-yogurt smoothies, and waffles are served any time. The café open early morning and into the evening. A 400 square foot private meeting room can be reserved by local organizations or for use as a flexible workplace. Offsite catering is available. Occasional presentations on topics ranging from Setting New Directions, Empowering Creativity, and Active Lifestyles are planned. Artists are hanging their work for sale in the Café, and a selection of gifts is also available.

The Center Café is the last piece of the demonstration project on Brock Avenue called ecoNewBedford. It serves coffee and ice cream, salads, home-made soups, and lite sandwiches. Breakfast sandwiches, fruit-yogurt smoothies, and waffles are served any time. The café open early morning and into the evening. A 400 square foot private meeting room can be reserved by local organizations or for use as a flexible workplace. Offsite catering is available. Occasional presentations on topics ranging from Setting New Directions, Empowering Creativity, and Active Lifestyles are planned. Artists are hanging their work for sale in the Café, and a selection of gifts is also available. Get details here.
Artist to Donate Sales to RI Nature Conservancy
Little Compton artist Kris Donovan will partner with the Rhode Island Nature Conservancy during July and August. Donovan will donate 10 percent of all painting sales to the conservancy and the Dundery Brook Boardwalk Trail Project in Little Compton. The gift will help to build the new 1.3 mile long Dundery Brook Greenway Trail, a boardwalk path through a forested wetland in Little Compton. The trail is a project of The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island and, thanks to a matching grant, all gifts will be doubled. Visit Donovan Studio at 9 Francis Lane during the upcoming South Coast Artists Open Studios Tour on July 16 and 17 and Aug. 20 and 21 or any time by chance or appointment. Donovan’s work can also be seen at the Donovan Gallery at Tiverton Four Corners and Gallery Eleven Fine Art, 11 State St., Bristol. Call 401-683-8308 or email info@krisdonovan.com for information or an appointment, or visit www.krisdonovan.com. Get details here.
Organic Agriculture I course open for September
Bristol Community College (BCC) announces the opening of registration for the Organic Farming Practices I (OFP 114). This is the first of a two-semester course sequence and is designed for farmers, gardeners, landscapers, land managers, community development organizations, consumers, and public policy decision makers seeking practical alternatives for long-term sustainable food production and land use. This course will include the rationale and outlook for sustainable agriculture, soil fertility and management, tillage options, cover crops, crop rotation plans, composting, and organic crop production. BCC is an open enrollment college. Senior citizens and veterans may be eligible for waiver of tuition for credit courses. The course will begin on September 12 and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 pm until December 16. Information and registration is available online at http://www.bristolcc.edu Questions? email Dr. Jim Corven at james.corven@bristolcc.edu Get details here.
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.
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.
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 volunteer opportunities
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
Have a Meatless Monday
Eating vegetarian, even one day a week, can have lasting benefits for your health and the environment. Learn more here.

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