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August 11 to 18, 2011

In This Issue

News:

Global, national, and local news, plus our new Voices section

This week:

Birding on South Beach, Monomoy Island

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

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Save The Date:

8th Annual Allens Pond Duck Derby

SEMAP's 1st Annual 5K Bog Jog

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Announcements:

Marion Institute Hiring Manager of Local Foods Store and Restaurant!

Take the SouthCoast Energy Challenge!

Weekly Green Tip:

Use Windows for Cross Ventilation

Clip of the Week

Will wind power blow the Earth out of orbit?
Yes, yes it will.
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"People would rather believe than know."
- E.O. Wilson

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Bamboo Bike

Stories of human ingenuity seems to be as much in the news this week as are articles about the aftershocks of the stock market wavering from the U.S. credit rating decrease. This picture of a bicycle is an example of humanity and nature working hand in hand. It may not at first seem that novel but the story that accompanies it tells of how the sun and growing patterns were harnassed to make its complex curves and shapes. It's an inspiration for fuel-free manufacturing.

In outlooks that are hard to swallow, low-carbon assets seem to be sinking with the world economy, while at the same time it is thanks to those sustainability embracers who are charging ahead that the less bold are recognizing greener choices for the future.

This week's Almanac features a study that finds farmers markets may be meaningful contributors to job growth. Another good reason to buy fresh, buy local, and keep agricultural economies healthy close to home.

Leaf Bullet News
Global
Protected Ocean and Land Could Seawater Solve the Freshwater Crisis?
With 1.8 billion people predicted to live in areas of extreme water scarcity by 2025, desalination—the removal of salt from water—is increasingly being proposed as a solution.

But before desalination can make a real difference solving in the looming water crisis, officials and experts need to commit to overcoming obstacles that make the process expensive and inefficient, a new paper argues. Read more here.

Tuna Farm
People like tuna. (Tuna may not like people of course.) However, natural wild populations are in sharp decline. One answer may be a tuna farm. The experiment took place at Umami Sustainable Seafood Inc.'s commercial fish farming facility Kali Tuna, based on the Croatian island of Uglian in the Adriatic sea. Umami also claimed to breed the five-year-old tuna without adding artificial hormones. Because the fish naturally spawn in deep, open waters, many have tried with limited success to breed tuna in captivity. Read more here.

Canadian Windmills Europe presses Canada over green power rules at WTO
The European Union has started a legal challenge against Canada at the World Trade Organization to protest against provincial backing for solar and wind energy projects, the bloc's executive said on Thursday.

The case centers on a scheme in the Canadian province of Ontario that guarantees minimum prices for renewable energy generated with Canadian-made equipment. The EU argues such schemes are illegal under global trade rules. Read more here.

Can Jeremy Grantham Profit From Ecological Mayhem?
Sitting in a Panera in Boston's financial district in early July with Jeremy Grantham, I suddenly found myself considering how I might safeguard my children's and notional grandchildren's future by somehow engineering the U.S. annexation of Morocco. Grantham, the founder and chief strategist of the asset-management firm GMO, was reading aloud from a rough draft of his next quarterly letter to investors, in which he ranks some long-term crises of resource limitation along a scale from "merely serious" to "dangerous."

Energy "will give us serious and sustained problems" over the next 50 years as we make the transition from hydrocarbons — oil, coal, gas — to solar, wind, nuclear and other sources, but we'll muddle through to a solution to Peak Oil and related challenges. Peak Everything Else will prove more intractable for humanity. Metals, for instance, "are entropy at work . . . from wonderful metal ores to scattered waste," and scarcity and higher prices "will slowly increase forever," but if we scrimp and recycle, we can make do for another century before tight constraint kicks in. Read more here.

Low-carbon assets hurt as economic outlook sinks
A dimming economic outlook has cut the prospects for low-carbon stocks and commodities, vulnerable to a credit squeeze and falling climate priority, though continuing demand to build and replace power generation provides support.

Particular winners may include efficiency technologies as some countries pare back nuclear power.

Clean energy stocks have consistently under-performed wider market indices in the past month and year, while carbon credits are one of the worst performing commodities. Read more here.

Tree with Roots Breeding Crops With Deeper Roots Could 'Slash CO2 Levels'
Breeding crops with roots a metre deeper in the ground could lower atmospheric CO2 levels dramatically, with significant environmental benefits, according to research by a leading University of Manchester scientist.

Writing in the Annals of Botany, Professor Douglas Kell argues that developing crops that produce roots more deeply in the ground could harvest more carbon from the air, and make crops more drought resistant, while dramatically reducing carbon levels. Read more here.

Riivers Cholera outbreaks 'not caused' by warmer seas
[SANTIAGO] The conclusion that cholera outbreaks are linked to global warming has been challenged by a study that has found that warmer sea temperatures that correlate with the outbreaks do not cause them.

Outbreaks follow the blooming of phytoplankton which is associated with warmer seas in the Bay of Bengal — but these blooms are driven by river discharges rather than warmer seas, say authors of the study, published last week (3 August) in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Read more here.

Futuristic Greenhouses Four Greenhouses that Point to the Future of Urban Building
This summer I was lucky enough to teach courses in bio-inspired design at Schumacher College in Devon, England, and the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. At both institutions I saw what I think is the future of urban building, although it will not, I am quite sure, look anything like what I observed and discussed at these quiet, idyllic places.

This future will have, I believe, a large element of the past within it. Green ideas that were the stuff of hippie dreams 40 years ago have been given two gifts from Father Time: new relevance in the centers of capital, thanks to the urgency of climate change, and new feasibility in the centers of design, thanks to our advances in technology and industry. Read more here.

National
Farmer's Market Farmer's Markets Spur Job Growth, New Report Finds
As the economy limps along, farmer's markets are showing record growth, and that growth could bring thousands of jobs with it.
After a dismal week for the U.S. economy featuring debt-ceiling drama in Washington and the threat of a double-dip recession on Wall Street, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) delivered some powerhouse statistics demonstrating the public's demand for healthy, organic food: The number of farmers markets in the country increased 17 percent in the last year. "There's a yearning for the 99 percent of Americans who are no longer connected to the farm to reconnect," Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of the USDA, said Read more here.

Award-Winning Light Bulb Philips Wins L Prize, but the Race Is Still on for a Better Bulb
With a device that resembles a segmented lemon, but glows like an ordinary living room fixture, Philips Lighting North America captured a much-awaited $10 million U.S. government prize, a race to produce the first super high-efficiency replacement for the world's most popular lightbulb.

The U.S. division of the giant Dutch electronics company, Philips, won the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) after months of testing certified that its light emitting diode (LED) bulb, the EnduraLED, measured up in output, quality of light, intensity, and color as a true replacement for the 60-watt incandescent bulb. Read more here.

Natural Gas Fracking Energy Panel Wants Answers On Gas Fracking
A Department of Energy panel hopes new recommendations — if implemented — will restore the public's trust in hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" for natural gas.

In the last few years, franking has brought new life to old gas fields around the country. Most of the increasing production comes from dense layers of shale deep underground. By pumping huge deep underground amounts of water, along with smaller amounts of chemicals and sand, drillers can force gas out of shale. Read more here.

Solar Panels Army to Enlist Private Sector for $7.1B in Renewable Energy Projects
The U.S. Army has high hopes of using renewable energy to fulfill a quarter of its energy needs by 2025. But it can't get there without adding large-scale renewable energy projects to its arsenal, so the Army has launched a special task force to enlist the private sector for the challenge.

The Energy Initiatives Office (EIO) Task Force will be operational by Sept. 15 to engage the private sector in identifying and investing in big green power projects that may be built on the Army's vast land holdings. Read more here.

Health Centers U.S. grants $28.8 million to community health centers
Centers help relieve burden of emergency rooms for the uninsured.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said it will spend $28.8 million on grants to create new community health center sites in 23 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

The grants, announced on Tuesday, are part of $11 billion promised for new and existing health care centers over the next five years. The money, which was promised in last year's law which overhauled the U.S. healthcare system, is intended to help pay for new sites where people can get medical services regardless of their ability to pay. Read more here.

New Nuclear Reactors
An attempt to build the first brand-new nuclear power plant in a generation has taken a step forward now that staff at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says plans to build new reactors in Georgia meet safety requirements. The federal regulators issued two related safety reports Friday that cleared the design of Westinghouse Electric Co.'s AP1000 nuclear reactor and plans by the Atlanta-based Southern Co. to build two of those reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta. Read more here.

U.S. doling out funds for clean fuel technology
The Obama administration on Wednesday said it will give more than $175 million to car companies and research centers to spur clean auto technology and production of advanced car batteries.

The announcement came ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to a battery factory in Michigan, and followed the introduction of the country's new standards for auto fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions. Read more here.

Purple Coneflower Making Design Out of Rubbish
On a blazing hot weekday late last month, 6 of the 82 summer interns at TerraCycle, a “waste solution development” company, were shoveling mortar into a trench in the company’s scrubby courtyard and layering it with beer and wine bottles, nearly 2,000 that they had plucked in the previous week or so from the dumpsters of neighborhood bars.

The interns, students in product design, marketing and architecture, were overheated but cheerful, sorting bottles by color, hosing one another down as the temperature rose into the triple digits and comparing notes on which bars had the best bottle harvest. Read more here.

Discourse
Putting the Cod Back in Cape Cod
I only went offshore on a cod-fishing party boat once, and still recall the forest of bent rods and piles of round-bellied fish in the bins. It had the feel of a binge, and it was. That’s why this short film on the once and future New England cod fishery, produced by the Pew Environment Group, hits home. Read and view more here.

Race Is Still a Factor in America
Recently the question has again surfaced: "Do we live in a post-racial America?" While I recognize and celebrate the many victories won by the civil rights movement and the progress our society has made in facing issues of ongoing racial inequality, highlighted by the historic election of President Barack Obama, our nation still must address the many structural inequalities that have left far too many communities of color behind. Simply put, race is a factor in the growing economic inequalities we have in this country, and we can no longer afford to sweep this issue under the rug. Read more here.

Garden Ornament Can Innovation Lead Us to Growth (and Happiness) With Less Consumption?
I recently came across an article called, “How Can Innovation Decouple Growth and Consumption” I was intrigued by this as I’ve been wondering for some time if such a decoupling is possible. The piece describes a number of ways “to constrain consumption that do not continue to stress, deplete, degrade or waste our natural resource base.”

This would, of course, require a shift, but, out of this shift can come entirely new industries that manage product life to extract, to extend and enhance and, the consumer gets rewarded by constrained consumption in different imaginative ways -getting sent consumption tax pay checks for instance, to continue to invest and fuel the consumption of them wanting to consume less because they get paid for it. Read more here.

Moving Beyond Zero-Sum Competition
The ferocious battle in Washington over the debt ceiling offers a clue as to how to attain a state of global sustainability. Republicans and Democrats locked horns in a battle over ideology. One side wanted to reduce US indebtedness by lowering governmental spending; the other side wanted to achieve the same goal by raising taxes. Instead of focusing on their common goal, each side worked to prove their approach is right. Read more here.

Sustainability Enthusiast 7 Ways Sustainability 'Embracers' Blaze a Trail for the Cautious
Practically all companies nowadays recognize the many benefits of sustainability tactics, from making facilities more energy efficient to offering products that save people money. Some companies, though, are taking aggressive steps to make sustainability core to every part of their operations, showing the path businesses that want to be successful need to follow.

From the results of the second annual Sustainable and Innovation survey and research interviews, MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) lump companies in two categories: embracers and cautious adopters. Read more here.


Local
SouthCoast Energy Challenge aims to get residents to reduce their energy consumption
The goal is bold: During the next three years, get area residents and organizations to reduce their energy consumption by 15 percent — the equivalent of a 120 million-pound reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, or taking 10,000 cars off the road.

But the SouthCoast Energy Challenge, which kicked off last Friday, has some muscle behind it: two colleges, a planning agency, a farming partnership, environmental groups and others. It also gives a manageable way for people to do their small part to help the environment, advocates said. Read more here.

Taking aim on fossil fuels; bikers carry message to New Bedford
NEW BEDFORD --- Five college students recently biked into New Bedford as part of an eight-week bicycle journey with the Climate Summer Program to build a movement to end the use of fossil fuels.

In the Whaling City, they hit the 180-mile mark and by the end of the summer, the riders will have biked more than 400 miles. Read more here.

Solar Panels 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.

Lobster Fisherman The Last of the Lobstermen, Chasing a Vanishing Treasure
No matter his age, a Long Island lobsterman, thinking back to the good old days, will always describe the same years. That would be pretty much any of them before 1999.

Phil Karlin, perhaps alone among the lobstermen, expressed a tone of optimism: "Time will tell, you know. Right now, there are some small lobsters around. If everything goes right, they could bounce back."

It has been 12 years since a great die-off of lobsters in Long Island Sound rocked the local industry and stumped researchers. It lasted three days but wiped out an estimated nine-tenths of the catch, compared with two years earlier. Read more here.

Bicycle Is Providence Ready to Share Bikes?
Cities across the country, including Washington, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Nashville, Madison, Minneapolis, Denver and Des Moines, launched bike-sharing programs last year. Boston and New York are each introducing such a program this summer, but is there a sufficient market for bike sharing in Providence? Read more here.

Electric-car charging stations rolling closer
Four area communities will be getting charging stations for electric vehicles in the coming months, part of a program that will set up 142 of the facilities across the state.

The stations slated for Brookline, Hopkinton, Lexington, and Newton will be set up in central locations, near municipal centers, large employers, and hotels. Read more here.

Fall River Book ‘Rebranding’ Fall River
A fresh look can do wonders to help rediscover the treasures that folks who see the same sights every day often fail to appreciate. Such is the case with a group of interns from a Boston-based architecture and planning firm, who, on Monday, presented their vision for a bold, vibrant and new identity for Fall River.

The group of college and graduate students produced a book with recommendations to help market Fall River and shared their vision to rejuvenate Fall River’s personality. They also offered some new ideas to help the city take pride in what it has and market our city to the rest of the world. Read more here.

It’s time to update Massachusetts’ bottle bill
Every year across Massachusetts, more than 30,000 tons of non-carbonated beverage bottles are buried in landfills, burned in waste-to-energy plants, or tossed onto our streets, parks and beaches. That’s enough plastic bottles to fill Fenway Park — from the press box to the Green Monster — five times.

For nearly three decades, the Massachusetts Bottle Deposit Law has accomplished its intended purpose: providing the financial incentive for consumers to recycle beer and soda containers. Thanks to this law, 80 percent are recycled — more than twice the recycling rate for non-deposit containers. Read more here.

Transportation plan: Fix roads, boost public options
FALL RIVER — A new regional transportation plan calls for a greater number of options for getting around, including more bicycle and pedestrian networks, and an emphasis on maintaining and improving the area’s infrastructure, from bridges and roads to rail lines and piers. Read more here.

Lang renews call for review of fisheries management
NEW BEDFORD — The mayor of New Bedford is again urging the inspector general at the Department of Commerce to undertake a review of the entire rule-making process governing commercial fishing in New England.

In an Aug. 8 letter addressed to Inspector General Todd J. Zinser, Mayor Scott W. Lang repeatedly cited a report — commissioned by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and released in April — that was critical of the National Marine Fisheries Service and its Northeast Regional Office. Read more here.

Bringing immigrant temporary agencies into the light of day
Central American immigrants earlier this week told stories at Our Lady of Guadalupe about not being paid for overtime work and about being forced to work in unsafe conditions at local recycling plants and fish houses.

It wasn't the first time we'd heard those stories in SouthCoast.

But the problem workplaces of local immigrant workers are far more widespread than just trash and seafood plants. Read more here.

Fairhaven rejects digester tanks
FAIRHAVEN — Fairhaven officials have told the general contractor for the town's digester project that they are rejecting the two tanks now standing on the site and have ordered him to stop work on the project, according to Board of Public Works Chairman Geoffrey Haworth.

The tanks had been constructed at the public works site on Arsene Street this winter, but failed to pass necessary leak tests in March. Despite four months of conversations, the town, engineers and contractors have not agreed upon a solution to the problem. Read more here.

Cycling students brought lessons on energy use
WESTPORT - Four bicycling students of the Climate Summer movement visited the Westport community to elicit information about our struggles in preserving not only the vitality of our region but of our Mother Earth.

The July 29 forum was the highlight of the group's stay with our community, using the World Cafe model, which is to "tap into the collective knowledge and experience" of all participants in rotating groups of four. Read more here.

The EPA shows its outdated priorities
Extending MBTA commuter rail to New Bedford and Fall River promises many environmental benefits, from less sprawl to reduced auto emissions. Yet the $1.4 billion South Coast rail plan, two decades in the making, now faces opposition from an unlikely source: the Environmental Protection Agency, which reserved the right to block the whole project in a letter to state officials last month. Read more here.

Historic park for R.I. draws big support at public hearing
PAWTUCKET –– A crowd made up heavily of people involved in historic preservation, the environment, tourism and economic development spoke in strong support Wednesday of establishing a national historic park constituting several sites in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

About 100 people attended the National Park Service’s public meeting at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center on the park service’s report released this summer that recommends various sites be designated a national historic park. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

River Rats

Tuesday August 16, 10-11am, Gooseberry Island, Westport
Thursday August 11 and 18, 10-11am, Cherry and Webb, Westport
Join Westport River Watershed Alliance this summer at the beach, for children ages 3-6. Each session will feature an hour at the beach during which participants will listen for shore birds, use nets to catch fish and crabs and explore the sand for hidden creatures. Hands-on investigations, activities, games and crafts will help participants learn about animals at the beach. Cost: $8 members/ $10 nonmembers Details here.

Aha! Night - WAVES at Coalition for Buzzards Bay

August 11th, 5-9pm, Buzzards Bay Center, 114 Front Street New Bedford, MA
WAVES are the key to navigating Buzzards Bay and the ocean. Visit the Buzzards Bay Center to observe the properties of waves, explore how sound behaves to help ships navigate, build a bay floor model, and see video of people having fun in the waves of the bay during of the recent Buzzards Bay swim. Discover how people and animals use WAVES to find their way and have fun in a clean and healthy Bay! Details here.

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

August 12th - 14th Amherst,
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.

Braintree Farmers Market Urban Farm Day

August 13th, 9am to 1pm, 1 JFK Memorial Drive Braintree MA
Learn about urban homesteading at the farmers' market. The market will feature information on backyard chickens, composting worms, gardening, simple food preparations, community gardens, rain barrels and beekeeping. Details here.

Birding on South Beach, Monomoy Island

August 13th (raindate August 14th), 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monomoy Island National Wildlife Refuge (meet at Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot, Route 6, Dartmouth)
Enjoy a day of birding on South Beach in the Monomoy Island National Wildlife Refuge! Most migrating shore birds which travel the Atlantic “flyway” stop over on Monomoy, making it one of our area’s greatest birding sites. You may see Godwits, Whimbrels, Dowitchers, Glossy Ibises, Oyster-catchers, Black Skimmers, Roseate Terns and many more. Bring a lunch, your binoculars (if possible) and footwear that won’t mind getting wet. Great trip for experienced and novice birders alike. Cost: Members: $36, Non-members: $48. Cost includes van transportation to and from South Beach. Pre-registration required by noon on Friday, August 12th. Limit: 14. Register online or call the Lloyd Center's event phone at 508-558-2918. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x23. Details here.

WRWA Summer Gala 2011

August 13th, 5pm - 8pm, Coggeshall Lane (off of River Road), Westport
The 2011 Summer Gala and Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, August 13th. The theme for the event is "Moon River" as there will be a full moon that night. The event will be held at a property on Coggeshall Lane off of River Road in Westport, MA. Details here.

Kids World Festival

August 13th and 14th, 11am - 6pm, Fall River's Heritage State Park
For one weekend it will be a kid’s world and the rest of us will just be living in it. On Aug. 13 and 14, Heritage State Park will turn into the Kids World Festival, giving families a free activity to wile away their summer days. Both days will feature a mix of activities and displays intended to stimulate kids’ minds, ears, eyes and senses. Among the attractions will be Animal Instincts Live. Owner Bob Schenck said the attraction will highlight animals from around the world including a species of tortoise that can grow to become the second largest in the world to the appearance of the world’s smallest parrot, measuring around 3 inches. Details here.

Lecture: "Jaws" Revisited: The White Shark in New England

August 17th, 7-8pm, Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
White sharks are coming back to New England's coastal waters, drawn in by the growing gray seal population. Marine biologist and shark expert Dr. Gregory Skomal will present highlights from marine scientists who study the ecology of white sharks in the North Atlantic. You may have seen him on the Today Show after he successfully tagged Great White Sharks off of Chatham, MA. After the lecture, he will be available to sign copies of his book "The Shark Handbook" available in the Audubon Nature Gift Shop. $8 members, $10 non-members. Registration is required. Call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041. Details here.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

8th Annual Allens Pond Duck Derby

August 20th, 10:45am, Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Westport
Be a part of the race by adopting your rubber ducks to support Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary and help us celebrate our 25th year! 100% of the derby proceeds fund the Sanctuary programs. The ducks will paddle on the incoming tide from Buzzards Bay into Allens Pond. The Grand Prize winner will be announced around 1:30pm during the post-race festival. (You don’t have to be present to win.) Grand prize: “Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World”! (includes transportation and two-night stay) and 40+ other great prizes! Details here.

Operation Clean Sweep

August 20th, 8:30am to 12pm, Keith Middle School, Hathaway Blvd., New Bedford
Join Operation Clean Sweep and the Whaling City Clippers to keep New Bedford clean! Community service groups, clubs, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate in this community event. Lunch will be provided by Domino's Pizza. 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.

Explore the Bioreserve - Fighting Rock Corner

August 20th, 9am, Intersection of Wilson, Bell Rock and Blossom Roads, Fall River
Join us on the walk. Learn the fascinating history of Fighting Rock and where the rock is now. The walk will also follow the old Indian trail known as Mowry Path. Walk in the footsteps of Weetamoe and King Philip. From Mowry we will walk to Hogs Rock, around Doctor Durfees Mill Pond, over the Esker Trail, and then back to our starting point at Fighting Rock Corner. Estimated length of walk is 5 miles. Bring water, snacks, insect repellent. Wear walking shoes/sneakers. No sandals/open-toed shoes. Free. Email: info@greenfutures.org Details here.

An evening celebration with Carlo Petrini, the president and founder of the Slow Food International Movement

August 23th, 7pm, Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard
Slow Food Martha Vineyard presents Terra Martha, an evening celebration with Carlo Petrini, the president and founder of the Slow Food International Movement. Named a "Hero of the Year" by Time Magazine and one of The Guardian's "50 People Who Could Save the World," Petrini will present a talk on the international Slow Food movement, and forging a new global network of sustainable food communities. Tickets available online through TicketsMV, and at specific outlets around Martha’s Vineyard. General admission is $10 and $20 for premium seats. For additional information, contact us at slowfoodvineyard@gmail.com. Details here.

Webcast - Using Community-Wide Behavior Change Programs to Increase Energy Efficiency

August 25th, 2 to 3:30pm, Online
Part two of a two-part U.S. Dept of Energy webcast series - This webcast will focus on how state and local governments can move beyond technology dissemination and engage employees to adopt energy efficiency behaviors and enhance the savings potential of retrofitted buildings. The webcast will highlight key program design considerations and present 2-3 case studies to illustrate how state and local governments can influence employee behaviors by providing end-users with information about their energy use and recognizing staff that exhibit energy leadership at work. Grantees that attend the webcast will learn about approaches to implementing policies and programs that influence energy-related behaviors. The webcast will highlight how government organizations can: • Make energy use visible; • Provide staff with tools to manage their consumption and change their behaviors; • Provide staff with motivation (e.g., goals, budgets); and • Make saving energy easy and fun. Registration and details here.

Immigrant Tales and Tastes

August 26th, 5:30 to 8:30pm, Plymouth
Enjoy a tantalizing selection of ethnic noshes as a diverse range of residents share tales of the immigrant experience in Plymouth. Learn about growing up non-Irish in a town without a St. Patrick's Day parade, the Italians who didn't live in North Plymouth, and more surprising tales of local ethnicity. Fee. Reservations required. Email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012 for more details.

Kettle Pond Farm Saturday Supper - Heirloom Varieties

August 27th, Berkley
What is an heirloom vegetable anyway? Come by for some learning and tasting. Learn about what they are, why we use them and taste test the varieties on the farm. Details here.

6th Annual DNRT “Barn Bash” Square Dance at the Sylvan Nursery Barn

August 27th , 6 to 10:30 pm, Westport
Contact the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust at 508-991-2289. Details here.

Garden Workshop Series: Garden Grub - Outdoor Cooking Class

August 27th, 10am to 12pm, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd, Middletown, RI
Look forward to one Saturday per month of garden workshops in this series. August 27: Garden Grub - Outdoor Cooking Class; September 17: Native Plants and Backyard Habitats; October 15: Native American Gardens and Games; November 19: Preparing your Garden for Winter. Program Cost: Members- $10; Non-members - $12. For more information or to register, please call (401) 846-2577. Details here.

Seining for Subtropicals

August 27th, 10:30 am to 3 pm, Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
Join Mark Mello, Lloyd Center Research Director, on a short canoe paddle from Tripp's boatyard to the edge of the eelgrass beds at the mouth of the Westport River. You will be using a seine (special kind of fishing net) to try to nab seahorses, jacks (a perch-like marine fish), groupers and other southern species that enter our waters in late summer. Plan on getting wet (including your shoes, shells can be sharp so no bare feet)! Bring a lunch and sun protection. Cost: Members $20, Non-members: $25. Pre-registration required by noon on Friday, August 26th. Register online or call the Center's event phone at 508-558-2918. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Mark at 508-990-0505 x 22. Details here.

Migration Stop-over Walk

August 27th, 8-11am, Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Westport
Join a staff member as we search for migratory birds in the salt marsh, within our shrublands, and out on Little Beach spit - where often hundreds of terns will be staging before migrating south for the winter. Fee: Adults $4.00 member / $6.00 non-member, Children $4.00 members / $6.00 non-members. Registration is required. Register by phone with a credit card by calling (508) 636-2437. For more information, email gpurtell@massaudubon.org. Details here.

Dartmouth Grange Fair

September 9 - 10, Dartmouth
A Celebration of Rural Community at the Dartmouth Grange in historic Russells Mills Village. More information to come. Details here.

Wild Edibles Walk

September 10, 1-3pm, Copicut Woods, Fall River
Ever wonder how long you could survive in the woods by living off the land? Well, Southeast Massachusetts is home to more than 150 species of wild edible plants and late summer is the season of fruits and nuts. From wild grapes and blueberries to hickory nuts and edible roots, join Education Coordinator Linton Harrington for walk and an all-natural snack. Trustees of Reservations Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $5. Phone: 508.636.4693 x13. E-mail: kheard@ttor.org Details here.

Organic Pest and Disease Control Course

September 12th to Oct 24th, 6-9pm, Bristol Community College, Fall River
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. The course will meet Mondays (6-9 pm). Dr. Jim Corven, Email: james.corven@bristolcc.edu. Enroll here.

SEMAP's 1st Annual 5K Bog Jog

September 17, 9am-12pm, Tihonet Village Market, 146 Tihonet Road, Wareham
Run/walk through A.D. Makepeace property and bogs...run on trail roads through the woods, then break through the dense forest out into the sunshine and around a bog and then back into the tree-covered trail. Register today and check back for more information on prizes, event activities and sponsors. Pre-Registration Fee: $20.00. Race Day Registration Fee: $30.00. All registrants receive a super cool race t-shirt at registration. Racers will receive a local food goodie bag at the finish! YUM! No strollers, dogs, scooters, or roller blades allowed. Contact: Sarah Cogswell, SEMAP, scogswell@semaponline.org, 508-542-0434. Registration and details here.

The Lloyd Center's Sixth Annual Slocum River Regatta

September 17, Time: Varies by event. Meeting Place: Varies by event.
This event is open to single/double racing/recreational shells, single/tandem kayaks, canoes, single/double fixed-seat rowboats – five-oared whaleboats (with cox), stand-up paddleboards, all in men’s, women’s and co-ed categories. Races will start and finish near the mouth of the Slocum River (nearby the Lloyd Center’s new pier and dock) and traverse a two-mile closed-loop buoyed course on the tidal waters of one of New England’s most beautiful estuaries. The emphasis of the regatta is on good fun and enjoyment of the scenic Slocum River. A post-race light lunch and awards ceremonies will follow the race. Entry application forms and more information available soon. Cost: Varies by event. Pre-registration required. Details here.


Leaf Bullet Announcements
Marion Institute Hiring Manager of Local Foods Store and Restaurant!
We are a small restaurant and grocery store that sources local and organic products. Our mission is to increase awareness of local foods and sustainability. This is an extremely unique opportunity for a passionate, hard working individual to direct the development of our local foods programs. You will oversee every aspect of the business, from employee management to budget analysis, marketing, and creative design of the business plan. You will have the opportunity to work with local farmers, and will be plugged into a network of community leaders and activists. Get details here.
SouthCoast Energy Challenge Launched!
The Energy Challenge is your chance to save money while conserving energy and protecting your environment. We invite you to be among the first to register for the Challenge, which will launch publicly in August. All you need to do is visit www.SouthCoastEnergyChallenge.org to register. The SouthCoast Energy Challenge is an initiative of the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL). Please, take the Challenge today by registering at www.SouthCoastEnergyChallenge.org. You'll learn different actions to help you start saving right away, and, you'll have the option to track your actual utility savings online. There's even an easy on-line carbon calculator you can use to measure your own household's annual carbon footprint! Get details here.
DOE Releases Annual Market Reports for Wind Energy, Advanced Vehicles, and Fuel Cell Technology
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released three 2010 market reports which detail the market conditions and trends for wind energy, advanced vehicles, and fuel cell technologies. Taken together, these three market reports illustrate growth in deployment and manufacturing across all three technologies—improving the nation’s global competitiveness in the clean energy economy and creating clean tech jobs for U.S. workers. Get details here.
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.
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).
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. 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
Offset one ton of carbon emissions for just $7. Your tax-free donation will go directly to the Marion Institute's Gaviotas Carbon Offset Initiative, which has been reforesting tropical rainforest for over twenty years. 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).
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
Use Windows for Cross Ventilation
Keep cool and comfortable with less air conditioning by opening up your windows in the mornings and evenings when the temperatures are typically more pleasant. Learn more here.

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