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August 18 to 25, 2011

In This Issue

News:

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

This week:

Explore the Bioreserve - Fighting Rock Corner

8th Annual Allens Pond Duck Derby

More

Save The Date:

6th Annual DNRT “Barn Bash” Square Dance

Organic Pest and Disease Control Course

More

Announcements:

Essay Contest for Kids and Teens

Take the SouthCoast Energy Challenge!

Weekly Green Tip:

Cutting food waste

Clip of the Week

The guerrilla gardener's seedbomb recipe
For those hard to reach public spaces, the guerrilla gardener has a weapon: seedbombs. Richard Reynolds shows how to make them at home - and how to use them
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— Henry David Thoreau

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Solutions to sustainability conundrums may be there for the taking as we learn to look for them. Some, it seems, can be astoundingly simple. Take this story about the lowly banana peel for example. Turns out it has the power to refresh polluted waters by pulling heavy minerals out.

In an easy-to-overlook article about the American Association of University Professors and the University of Virginia, we're starting to see a possible trend that climatologists and other researchers are being pressured for their work products and even e-mail communiques which some think will hamper progress and may constitute a form of harrassment for scientists studying sustainability issues.

You might also make time to note the article on Global Reporting Initiative standards for comparing business sustainability practices. While its not a much fun as reading about banana peels, it's an important playing-field-leveler for those who are claiming to be "green" versus those who are really making strides towards corporate social and eco responsibility.

Speaking of reports, the United Nations just issued remarkable news that, for the first time, the developing world's investments in renewable energies have surpassed the rest of us. More hope for the future from new sources of leadership and initiative.

Leaf Bullet News
Global
Coal Ash Truck Seeking a Safer Future for Electricity’s Coal Ash Waste
People don't usually see the ash left over from the electricity that's burned when they turn on their lights or run their air conditioners.

But at coal power plants, fly ash builds up every day, laced with heavy metals and toxins—one of the most difficult waste-management issues in the developed world. Read more here.

Refliective Dish Carbon Recycling: Mining the Air for Fuel
Recycling bottles, cans, and newspapers is on any short list of simple actions for a cleaner environment. If only it were as easy to collect and reuse carbon dioxide—that greenhouse gas waste product that the world is generating in huge volume each day by burning fossil fuels.

In fact, a handful of start-up companies and researchers are aiming to do just that. Read more here.

Ice Breaker Arctic Warming Unlocking A Fabled Waterway
The Arctic may be the world's next geopolitical battleground. Temperatures there are rising faster than anywhere else in the world, and the melting ice will have profound consequences for the roof of the world, opening strategic waterways to shipping, reducing the ice cap on Greenland, and spurring a rush to claim rights to the wealth of natural resources that lie beneath. NPR examines what's at stake, who stands to win and lose, and how this could alter the global dynamic. Read more here.

Apes How Indonesia hurt its climate change project
SINGAPORE - In July 2010, U.S. investor Todd Lemons and Russian energy giant Gazprom believed they were just weeks from winning final approval for a landmark forest preservation project in Indonesia.

A year later, the project is close to collapse, a casualty of labyrinthine Indonesian bureaucracy, opaque laws and a secretive palm oil company.

The Rimba Raya project, on the island of Borneo, is part of a United Nations-backed scheme designed to reward poorer nations that protect their carbon-rich jungles. Read more here.

Nordic carbon fund buys 4.6 million U.N. CO2 credits
The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation Carbon Fund (NeCF) has closed deals to buy 4.6 million U.N.-backed carbon credits from 10 clean energy projects in India and southeast Asia, it said on Tuesday.

"We are closing a large number of projects with a view to meeting the 12/12 registration deadline for EU ETS (emissions trading scheme) eligibility from projects not located in the least developed countries," said Ash Sharma, NEFCO vice president and head of carbon finance and funds unit, in a statement. Read more here.

Meteorologist in News Room Meteorologists Who Offer Not Forecasts but Testimony
After the last of the record-setting rain had fallen in the New York area, those in the business of delivering weather forecasts on television got back to their normal routines, calling for mostly sunny days or the like.

But for forensic meteorologists, who use the science of weather to testify in court about what has already happened, rather than predict what will occur, business could soon see an uptick. Read more here.

Solar Panels Developing world leading new investments in green energy
[MONTEVIDEO] The developing world has, for the first time, outstripped richer economies in providing new investment in the renewable energy sector, according to a report.

And research and development funding from government sources, at US$5 billion in 2010, for the first time overtook corporate investment, according to 'Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2011', published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) last month (7 July). Read more here.

Africa Centre to coordinate southern Africa's agricultural Research and Development
[GABORONE] Southern Africa's agricultural research could become better coordinated and funded, following the launch of a regional research centre in Botswana.

The Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa, which will become operational next week (23 August), will promote the creation and dissemination of new research and technology for improved food security in the region. Read more here.

National
NOAA Releases July Climate Assessment
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has compiled and analyzed climate data for the United States in the month of July. The results will come as no surprise for many in the country, but now there is solid data to back up what we all know. In brief, it was hot, unbearably and persistently hot. Only now, a week into the month of August, has the heat begun to dissipate for the northern half of the country. The scorching July has shattered records in many places, making it the fourth warmest July on record in the US. Read more here.

Obama administration to stimulate biofuel industry
The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a $510 million initiative to boost the production of next-generation biofuels.

Under the plan sponsored by the Navy, Energy and Agriculture departments, companies will be invited to bid on new biofuel projects where the government will match the investment. Read more here.

California Cartoon It’s full speed ahead for California’s great water rip-off
The Brown and Obama administrations are aggressively forging ahead with one of the most widely-criticized environmental policies of the Arnold Schwarzenegger administration – the plan to build a peripheral canal to export more water to corporate agribusiness and southern California water agencies. Read more here.

Light Switch With Post-Its and Checklists, Schools Cut Their Energy Bills
Simple yellow Post-it notes with the message “When not in use, turn off the juice,” pointedly left on classroom computers, printers and air-conditioners, have helped the Mount Sinai School District on Long Island save $350,000 annually on utility bills.

Energy consumption in New York City’s 1,245 school buildings is down roughly 11 percent since 2008, as motion detectors have been installed on classroom lights and unused refrigerators and freezers have been unplugged for the summer. Read more here.

Farmers and Seed Producers Launch Preemptive Strike against Monsanto
NEW YORK: On behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed suit today against Monsanto Company challenging the chemical giant’s patents on genetically modified seed. The organic plaintiffs were forced to sue preemptively to protect themselves from being accused of patent infringement should their crops ever become contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified seed.

Monsanto has sued farmers in the United States and Canada, in the past, when their patented genetic material has inadvertently contaminated their crops. Read more here.

Energy Saving Bulb Light-Bulbs, Responsibility and the Demise of the Common Good
In a move truly reflective of how bizarre American political life has become, there really was a bill sponsored by House Republicans, considered by Congress last week, that would have essentially rolled back the clock on energy saving technology, in the name of “personal freedom”. And it almost passed.

The bill, introduced by Joe Barton (R-TX), was intended to overturn a 2007 law (passed under the Bush administration) that would begin phasing out production of energy-guzzling incandescent light bulbs in 2012. This, in spite of the fact that, according to a poll taken earlier this year, most Americans are fine with the new bulbs that save 75% of the energy used by the Edison-era incandescents. Read more here.

Oysters The Great Oyster Crash
Ocean acidification hits the Pacific shellfish industry
In the summer of 2007, something strange and troubling happened at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay in Oregon, which raises oyster larvae for shellfish growers from Mexico to Canada. The hatchery’s "seed," as the oyster larvae are called, began dying by the millions, for no apparent reason.

Disease isn’t uncommon in a hatchery’s tanks, but that same year, up the coast in Washington, wild oyster larvae also failed in Willapa Bay, which has been the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s oyster industry since the 1850s. Read more here.

Green Shoes Real-World Tips for Instilling Green Values in Your Corporate Culture
Conventional wisdom holds that the best way to bring about sweeping culture change is to jettison old ways and jolt the existing culture into a new reality.

Anyone who has experienced corporate life in America in the past decade knows that method brings mixed results and often a lingering resentment that can foul efforts to repair the damage. Read more here.

Discourse
Gallup Finds The Part Of America That Believes The Economy Is Doing Well
You know, from time to time, I have reason to opine that it seems as if Washington, D.C. -- home to your affluent, well-to-do politicians and the affluent, well-to-do political media that chronicles their escapades -- lives in an entirely different world from the rest of America. Typically, the way the economy gets covered is that it's framed as something that impacts nothing but the political horse race. Most of the country recognizes unemployment as something that impacts people's ability to "pay rent" and "get food." But on Capitol Hill, it's just something that impacts the ability of affluent political incumbents to keep their seats. Read more here.

Stacked Rocks 8 Expressions Of Simplicity For Healthy Living
To portray the richness of simplicity as a theme for healthy living, here are eight different flowerings that I see growing consciously in the “garden of simplicity.” Although there is overlap among them, each expression of simplicity seems sufficiently distinct to warrant a separate category. Read more here.

AAUP Says U. of Virginia Is Giving Group Too Much Access to Climate Researchers' Documents
The American Association of University Professors is urging the University of Virginia's president, Teresa A. Sullivan, to revise and scale back an agreement to accommodate a conservative group that filed an open-records request seeking e-mails and other documents from climate scientists.

In a letter sent to Ms. Sullivan on Wednesday, the AAUP was joined by the three other advocacy groups—the American Geophysical Union, Climate Science Watch, and the Union of Concerned Scientists—in arguing that a May 24 agreement between the university and the American Tradition Institute gives the institute "needless access" to documents that should be withheld from it and "threatens the principles of academic freedom protecting scholarly research." Read more here.

Apples Using GRI to Compare Apples to Apples in Sustainability Reporting
Sustainability reports are as different as each of us. They vary in format, material issues selected, boundary and scope, and cultural orientation which makes it very difficult to judge performance based on a common set of indicators.

Investment institutions like Bloomberg, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index or FTSE4Good have some of the more widely recognized methods of reviewing corporate sustainability. But they aren’t the only companies in the game. Read more here.


Local
How Boston Is Leveraging Its Network To Drive Demand for Clean Energy
Boston is nationally renowned as a leading “green” city, recently ranked the 5th most sustainable city in the US by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Under Mayor Menino’s leadership, Boston has solidified its position as a hub of innovation in energy policy and program development, from our comprehensive climate action strategy to the 1st in the nation green building zoning, as well as new cutting edge clean energy programs emanating from City Hall. From the beginning of the Mayor’s push to green Boston, he has focused his administration on connecting our environmental and energy policy strategies with job creation and economic growth. Read more here.

Letter to the Standard Times: The old ways fade and we must adjust to change
We all know it's pretty hard to accept change. The kind of change the world is going through affects us all. Some of us realize this, especially the young. We baby boomers should pay more attention and learn from our past mistakes.

Past examples have been all to do with technology. Cameras, communications, our automobiles, our personal computers and new ways to produce energy are slowly making old ways obsolete. Unfortunately, it is also making some jobs obsolete. Look back at Polaroid, Oldsmobile and Pontiac. There are more to come. Read more here.

Repair Man Cumberland Man Lives by the 4 R’s
CUMBERLAND — There’s an “R” missing from the environmentalist's mantra, “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle,” according to Brian Murphy. Repair, he said, is a fading mindset in an ever-expanding throwaway society.

“It’s sad how people just let things go,” said the Little Pond Country Road resident who doesn’t hesitate to pull a treasure from a person’s trash. Read more here.

Wastewater Dumping Lawsuit Forces Newport to Upgrade Wastewater Management
NEWPORT — Under the terms of a settlement lodged in federal court, the city of Newport has agreed to eliminate illegal discharges of sewage into Narragansett Bay from its wastewater treatment plant and wastewater collection system, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The city also has agreed to take actions to reduce the pollutants associated with storm sewer discharges into Easton’s Beach, buy and distribute rain barrels to residents to capture rainwater for reuse and take actions to encourage low-impact development. Read more here.

Ken Salazar Ken Salazar, department of interior seeking ocean wind farm projects in RI, Mass
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The federal government is seeking proposals to develop wind energy farms off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Wednesday.

Rhode Island leaders said the formal announcement represents a significant step in efforts to bring wind turbines — and jobs — to the Ocean State's coast. Read more here.

Report ranks Mass. 3rd in child well-being
BOSTON — More Massachusetts children are in school and fewer are giving birth than in 2000, helping to make Massachusetts one of the best states for children’s overall wellbeing. But it’s not all good news for the state’s children.

Although the Bay State ranked third overall in child well-being in state-by-state rankings in the annual Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, more children faced poverty and many lived in families with unemployed parents. Read more here.

Al Lima Walking, bike tours to explore Fall River's history and architecture
FALL RIVER — History buffs will soon have the opportunity to stroll through various Fall River neighborhoods and learn about the city’s rich past.

The Preservation Society of Fall River Inc. is sponsoring a series of free guided walking tours. Beginning this Saturday, the tours will include historic architecture in the Highlands, the Underground Railroad in Fall River and Oak Grove Cemetery. There will also be a bicycle tour of Steep Brook which continues on to Assonet Village. The historic tours coincide with the Cotton Bicentennial, celebrating 200 years of cotton mills in Fall River. Read more here.

Farmers Market Growth of Mass. farmers markets sprouts opportunity, challenge
Nourished by shoppers who increasingly want food that is fresh, local and environmentally friendly, more farmers markets are sprouting up across the Bay State, roughly doubling in number in the last seven years.

Massachusetts is home to 245 farmers markets this season, up from a little more than 120 in 2004, according to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Read more here.

Meditech Building Meditech hearing delayed by compost facility talks.
FREETOWN — Some residents and officials fear that if Peninsula Compost Group LLC develops a compost facility on Copicut Road, it could cause a big stink in that area of town. Now, dialogue connected to the Planning Board’s compost hearings could figuratively cause a stink among advocates of Medical Informational Technology Inc.’s bid to develop an office building within the Riverfront Business Park. Read more here.

Conservation panel rules for bog owner in dam dispute
ROCHESTER — The Conservation Commission Tuesday night unanimously approved dubbing the Hathaway dam land an agricultural use.

The board was approving a request by Doug Beaton, who uses the Hathaway Pond and dam for his cranberry bogs, to determine that the dam is an agricultural use parcel in a move that may alter the Coalition for Buzzards Bay's plan to remove the dam as a remedy to its deteriorating condition. Read more here.

New Bedford lands $2.7M in block grants
NEW BEDFORD — The city has received $2.7 million in federal grants to fund various community development projects, including upgrades to Brooklawn Park's playground and restoration of the Zeiterion Theatre facade.

Mayor Scott W. Lang announced Tuesday the recipients of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant funding for fiscal 2011, which will help support the revitalization efforts of community organizations and city agencies. Read more here.

Tidal turbine passes ocean test
FALMOUTH — Politicians and scientists celebrated water on Monday, despite rain showers that canceled a planned tidal power demonstration.

"Hopefully you're enjoying the wind and water today; that's renewable energy," said John Miller, executive director of the New England Marine Renewable Energy Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Read more here.

Environmental Defense Fund, SMAST collaboration aims to improve closed-areas science
NEW BEDFORD — Scientists from UMass Dartmouth's School of Marine Science and Technology are working with their counterparts from an environmental group, the Environmental Defense Fund, to develop a better understanding of the role that closed areas play in the management of fish stocks.

SMAST's involvement with EDF is certain to raise eyebrows on the New Bedford waterfront. The environmental group's advocacy for the controversial catch share system now governing the groundfishery in New England has convinced many in the industry that the EDF agenda is hostile to commercial fishing. Read more here.

Letter to Standard Times: Scalloper should be floating museum
Recently, a 26-year-old wooden eastern rig scalloper was sold for $3 million. This vessel is the last of the phenomenally productive Marder fleet. She is the last of her kind and we will not see her like again.

The $3 million paid for Columbia was for the purchase of her scalloping permits, not for her hull. The new owner of her "papers" has already applied them to a recently purchased modern steel scalloper. Columbia's long voyage has ended and she is probably on her way to being junked out for whatever valuable equipment can be salvaged. Read more here.

Food Pantry Child Food pantries feel squeeze of growing demand
NEW BEDFORD — The line starts forming outside St. Anthony of Padua Church food pantry every Thursday morning around 11:30.

Over the next half hour, it grows, stretching the 200 feet from the entrance on Nye Street to Acushnet Avenue. Doors open at noon, and people stream in for the next 30 minutes, both for groceries and a free lunch.

This scene is becoming increasingly common at SouthCoast pantries, as more families and individuals need assistance but the amount of food available decreases. Read more here.

Survey will reveal extent of damage to crumbling schooner
The Ernestina sits on the ways at the Fairhaven Shipyard, undergoing a survey to establish just how much money it will take to make the ailing vessel whole.

The schooner has endured much in the 117 years since it was launched to catch cod on the Grand Banks but its future today is as uncertain as it has ever been. Idle since 2004, Ernestina lost its Coast Guard certification to sail in 2005 because of its deteriorating condition and it has suffered from further neglect with each passing year. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.
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
Cutting food waste
The amount of food waste we generate each year is incredible. It's not only an environmental issue, but a humanitarian and financial one. Pick up some food waste reduction tips and save a stack of money! Learn more here.

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