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August 25 to September 1, 2011

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

This week:

Kettle Pond Farm Saturday Supper - Heirloom Varieties

Slocum River Kayak Tour


Save The Date:

Raptor Weekend

Organic Pest and Disease Control Course



Green Building Class this Fall at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech

Take the SouthCoast Energy Challenge!

Weekly Green Tip:

Cutting food waste

Clip of the Week

What if Republicans Closed the E.P.A.?
Editors of our Room for Debate feature have assembled a nice roundtable of analysts to examine the merits and weaknesses of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Weekly Quote:

"The poetry of the earth is never dead."
— John Keats

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors

Although we clearly have a long way to go to achieve consensus about sustainability values and actions in the U.S. and globally, the seeds of change are starting to sprout in surprising places. Listen to this story about a fast food hamburger chain for example: Burger Chain Just Says No to Drugs in Meat. The founder talks about the challenges of serving only grass-fed organic beef from cows raised humanely on small family co-ops to avoid antibiotics and other threats to our health in the meat we eat.

In another encouraging article, a study has shown that while gas prices have dropped, Americans are still choosing to drive less. Some of the pressures that are coming with Peak Oil and climate change are encouraging us to adapt in ways that could prove to be lasting once we bite the bullet.

Meanwhile, two Pro and Con articles about incandescent versus lower-watt halogen light bulbs prove that Americans can still hold on tightly to arguing about trivial steps forward. Humans everywhere don't like forced change. However, other news keeps pointing to changes happening to our planet and our social structures that seem beyond our control.

Leaf Bullet News
Marine Organizms 86 Percent of Earth's Species Still Unknown?
Millions of organisms unnamed as extinction accelerates, study says..
Even after centuries of effort, some 86 percent of Earth's species have yet to be fully described, according to new study that predicts our planet is home to 8.7 million species.

That means scientists have cataloged less than 15 percent of species now alive—and current extinction rates mean many unknown organisms will wink out of existence before they can be recorded. Read more here.

Ebola Virus New Drug Cures Multiple Viruses in Human Cells
Single treatment can kill 15 virus types in 11 mammals, study shows..
A new drug can scout out and kill numerous types of viruses infecting human and animal cells, researchers have announced. It's the first time a single drug has been shown to work against a range of viruses, from those that cause seasonal sniffles to more fatal diseases. Read more here.

Temperature Map El Nino Seen As Trigger For Violence In The Tropics
Scientists say there's a link between climate and violent conflict.

A statistical analysis of civil conflicts between 1950 and 2004 found that in tropical countries, conflicts were twice as likely to occur in El Nino years. The analysis appears in the journal Nature.

El Nino occurs when there is unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean near the equator. But it affects weather patterns in tropical countries around the globe. Read more here.

Apes Rails, not pipes, may tame twisted oil market
U.S. crude oil shipments by railroad could help to end gaping price distortions in world oil markets faster than most traders have been expecting.

Rail shipments of crude from the landlocked and oversupplied Midwest to refiners in the Gulf Coast appear set to surge next year, to nearly double the volume now flowing in congested pipelines between the regions. Read more here.

EU may propose plan to extend Kyoto
LONDON - The EU could yet table a proposal that would throw the beleaguered Kyoto Protocol a lifeline and secure the future of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) beyond 2012, government negotiators and observers have told Point Carbon News.

Officials from the bloc's member states will in the next few weeks discuss whether to formally back a plan to extend the life of the 1997 climate treaty, on condition it would expire in 2018 and be replaced with a single global pact that includes capping all major nations' emissions. Read more here.

Train German rail to run on sun, wind to keep clients happy
It won't be easy to run a national railway on renewable energy like wind, hydro and solar power but that is what Germany's Deutsche Bahn aims to do for one simple reason: it's what consumers want.

Deutsche Bahn says it wants to raise the percentage of wind, hydro and solar energy to power its trains from 20 percent now to 28 percent in 2014 and become carbon-free by 2050 Read more here.

Guns and Nets Food Security Helps Wildlife
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) documents the success of a Wildlife Conservation Society program that uses an innovative business model to improve rural livelihoods while restoring local wildlife populations.

Known as COMACO (Community Markets for Conservation), the program began in Zambia in 2003 and has resulted in wildlife populations stabilizing and rebounding in areas once ravaged by poaching. Read more here.

Cityscape Growth of Cities Endangers Global Environment, According to New Analysis
[GABORONE] The explosive growth of cities worldwide over the next two decades poses significant risks to people and the global environment, according to a meta-analysis published August 19 in PLoS ONE.

Researchers from Yale, Arizona State, Texas A&M and Stanford predict that by 2030 urban areas will expand by 590,000 square miles -- nearly the size of Mongolia -- to accommodate the needs of 1.47 billion more people living in urban areas. Read more here.

Tornado-like Bug Swarm Giant 'Bugnado' Swarms In America's Heartland
In the American Corn Belt this year, the weather has already felt apocalyptic at times. In the last six months, the Midwest has seen record-breaking floods, devastating twisters, unseasonable cold snaps and late heat waves. Now, add insect swarms to these forces of nature.

Last month, a cloud of insects the size of a tornado swept across flooded corn fields in Iowa. The eerie, vortex shape earned it the name "Bugnado." A video on YouTube claims to show the bug swarms in action. Read more here.

Protesters Arrests continue in White House tar sands protest
Nearly 300 environmental activists have been arrested outside the White House, including author Bill McKibben, founder of 350.0rg. They are calling on President Obama to block an oil pipeline that would dramatically increase US carbon output from dirty Canadian tar sands oil.

McKibben, along with author Naomi Klein, actor Danny Glover and Nasa scientist James Hansen, has called for two weeks of action to block the KeystoneXL pipeline, which they called “a fifteen hundred mile fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the continent, a way to make it easier and faster to trigger the final overheating of our planet”. Read more here.

Database of Water, Wastewater Pipeline Infrastructure Systems
Unfortunately, more than two million miles of the nation's infrastructure of water and wastewater pipelines are underground and nearing the end of their useful life. For state and local water utilities, making accurate predictions of exactly when the pipes might fail are extremely difficult since they are invisible to the human eye in their buried environmental conditions.

In an effort to address this potentially serious problem, a national database on technologies to assess the conditions and rehabilitation of the underground pipes will be available to utilities and the general public, starting on Sept. 1, 2011. Read more here.

Plastic Trash  Pile The Surprising New Force Cleaning Up the Plastic Industry
Americans are both addicted to and repelled by plastic just as residents of Los Angeles were by cars in the 1960s. Angeleanos had to experience stinging eyes and hacking coughs, then school closures, closed government offices and businesses before the city and state governments enacted legislation that tightened emissions standards.

With plastics, equally potent images come to mind: Plastic bags covering park hillsides, the island of plastic in the Pacific Ocean, plastic bottle dumps, and the much-publicized health risks associated with plastics. Read more here.

Coal Truck Coal on a Roll
Plundering America to power the Asian boom
When Warren Buffett and his fellow Berkshire Hathaway director Bill Gates visited the Black Thunder coal mine last November, they did their best to keep a low profile. This is not an easy thing to do, however, when a fleet of nine private aircraft touches down at a small county airport like the one in Gillette, Wyoming, which bills itself, not without reason, as the Energy Capital of the Nation. Read more here.

Green Pinstripes
Since the 2008 crash and the discrediting of Wall Street’s reckless habits, our leading business schools are making ethics and sustainability a bigger part of their curricula.
Stroll through practically any business school in the country -- or any of the fast-multiplying U.S.-style B-schools overseas -- and there can be little doubt that an MBA remains a hot commodity. With the start of classes now upon us, business schools are prepping for another near-record year. During this recession, as in past downturns, applications have surged, with candidates looking to use the slowdown to upgrade their credentials. Read more here.

Satellite View of River Dow Chemical, Bloomberg, GE Help Build Water Risk Database
Several major corporations are among the founding members of a new consortium created by the World Resources Institute to assess and respond to increasing water risk globally.

Recent water-related events – from extreme droughts across the southwestern United States to flooding in central China – provide vivid examples of the potential impacts of water on people, businesses, and local infrastructure. Read more here.

Gas Is Cheaper, but We’re Still Driving Less
Driving less? Perhaps stubbornly high gasoline prices are getting you down. All the bad economic news may be holding you back from shopping or eating out as much. Or maybe you don’t have a job to drive to in the morning.

You are not alone. MasterCard SpendingPulse put out its weekly gasoline report Tuesday, and demand for gasoline is going south fast. For the week ending Aug. 19, demand for gasoline at gas stations across the country was down by 4.2 percent compared to the same week a year ago. Read more here.

U.S. Offshore Wind Realizing the Power of a Plan
It’s been a decade since Cape Wind left jaws agape with its plan for a 420-megawatt offshore wind development in Nantucket Sound. While the plan in the backyard of the rich and famous hasn’t yet led to the nation’s first offshore wind farm, the Massachusetts project has made it easier for other developers to warm up for a game that has yet to start. Read more here.

Water Treatment Plant Why Cleaned Wastewater Stays Dirty In Our Minds
Brent Haddad studies water in a place where water is often in short supply: California.

Haddad is a professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. About 14 years ago, he became very interested in the issue of water reuse.

At the time, a number of California's local water agencies were proposing a different approach to the state's perennial water problems. They wanted to build plants that would clean local wastewater — aka sewage water — and after that cleaning, make it available as drinking water. But, says Haddad, these proposals were consistently shot down by an unwilling public. Read more here.

NYT Opinion: No to a New Tar Sands Pipeline
Later this year, the State Department will decide whether to approve construction of a 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast called Keystone XL. The underground 36-inch pipeline, built by TransCanada, would link the tar sands fields of northern Alberta to Texas refineries and begin operating in 2013. The department should say no. Read more here.

Leonardo Da Vinci Drawing Introducing The Da Vinci Index: Biomimicry and Economics
During an event at the San Diego Zoo Biomimicry, Dr. Lynn Reaser of the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma Nazarene University provided a unique look at The Da Vinci Index, the first economic index measuring activity in biomimcry and/or bio-inspired research and commercial application.

Leonardo Da Vinci is also known to have gathered inspiration of his works from nature, hence the connection to the biomimcry movement. Read more here.

Pro and Con: People don't want a low-wattage policy
When General Electric blamed "a variety of energy regulations that establish lighting efficiency standards" for the closing of bulb factories in Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, it ignored a critical detail: It and fellow light bulb manufacturers Phillips and Osram Sylvania had lobbied for those restrictions.

Ignore claims about global warming. The motive behind the bulb ban was money: Incandescents have a low profit margin.

Let's shatter a few myths about today's flickering light bulb controversy. Read more here.

Pro and Con: Critics of new bulbs generate more heat than light
American Citizens: Wrap your lighting fixtures in razor wire! Guard your pantries! 2012 is coming! And so are the Light Bulb Police — to confiscate your 100-watt incandescent bulbs and ticket you for using old technology! So goes the hysterical strain of what some are calling "the light bulb ban" — a misreading, deliberate or otherwise, of a provision in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act.

That act requires manufacturers to cease producing conventional 100-watt incandescent bulbs after Jan. 1. On New Year's Day, the clock also starts ticking on a 24-month phase-out of old-fashioned, lower-wattage incandescents like conventional 60-watt bulbs.

In fact, the 2007 law does not ban incandescent bulbs. It bans manufacture of old-fashioned incandescent bulbs. Read more here.

Bees Beekeeping catching on in Boston area
Urban, suburban novices take up veils
As the crowd drifted away from the shaded clearing at the Boston Nature Center in Roslindale, Sage Radachowsky crouched, pressed his ear to the chest-high stack of white, painted wooden boxes, and listened.

“There’s a hum, a whir,’’ said Radachowsky, an evolutionary biology researcher at Harvard. “And then there are single notes.’’ Read more here.

Developer proposes 500MW offshore wind farm in Atlantic
Plans have been proposed for a utility-scale offshore wind farm to be developed off the south coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Developer Neptune Wind wants to develop, construct and operate the facility about 20 nautical miles out to sea.

The project, called Nomans Wind, is being planned as a 500 MW generation facility and will employ next generation offshore turbines designed for the strong wind regime in this area. Read more here.

Lobster Trap Lobsters Find Utopia Where Biologists See Trouble
For lobstermen working the Gulf of Maine, this is a golden age. Maine lobsters, prized for their succulence and briny sweetness, are so abundant, and so lucrative, that they support fishing communities up and down the coast.

And that is just the problem, says Robert S. Steneck, a marine biologist at the University of Maine. Read more here.

The value of being greener
Massachusetts farmers find that energy efficiency pays off by saving money, protecting environment
There was a time when farm life was impossible without a big, beefy truck. Carting bales of hay and hauling equipment took a burly gas-guzzler.

At Otter River Farm, David Smith’s utility vehicle uses no gas at all. Zipping around his dairy in Winchendon, home to Smith’s Country Cheese, on a zero-emissions golf cart, Smith is blazing a path for greener and cleaner times in agriculture. Read more here.

Brown Bat Deadly bat disease on track to wipe out a species in the Northeast
A deadly disease is destroying Northeast bat populations so rapidly that one of New England’s most common species is likely to disappear within 20 years, Boston University and other scientists conclude in a study published today.

The regional extinction of the little brown bat, which has the phenomenal ability to eat its body weight in insects every night, would wipe out a predator of many garden and agricultural pests, as well as of some mosquitoes. Read more here.

Eco-friendly Home Fall River officials tour eco-friendly home built by city youth
FALL RIVER — The dream of owning your own home will soon become a reality for a local family. The Community Housing Resource Board Inc. unveiled the 1,024-square-foot, three-bedroom single-family home constructed by YouthBuild Fall River students on Wednesday.

The dwelling is located on the corner of Rodman and Buffinton streets. State-of-the-art green technology was used in the construction of the home, including solar panels that provide heat and hot water. There is radiant heat throughout the home and foam panels provide insulation. Read more here.

Fat Cat Cartoon Minding the income gap
A report by two University of Massachusetts Dartmouth professors confirms the anecdotal evidence pointing to the fact that the gap between the poorest and the wealthiest residents in Massachusetts is widening. According to the report, the poorest one-fifth of families in southeastern Massachusetts earned on average nearly $900 less in 2008 than a decade earlier, and nearly $2,400 less than two decades ago when adjusted for inflation. During that same period, the richest increased their wealth by more than $3,000 on average, and $12,685 more than two decades ago. Read more here.

Fall River Street Scene Bike path across new bridge could be extended into Fall River
FALL RIVER — A bike path named for Army Pvt. Michael Bouthot across the new Veterans Memorial Bridge could be extended to twice its distance through city streets following the Planning Board’s recommendation Tuesday night.

The board unanimously voted the recommendation by Planning Director James Hartnett to designate a 3,800-foot stretch from Wellington Street on the city side of the bridge south to Bicentennial State Park as a continuation of the Bouthot bike path. Read more here.

Minority populations gaining ground in Massachusetts, census data show
BOSTON — New statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau are giving a more detailed look at how shifting racial and ethnic lines are making Massachusetts a more diverse place to live and how younger people account for an increasingly smaller percentage of the state’s homeowners.

The statistics show that while Massachusetts is still largely white, minority groups are continuing to make inroads. In 2000, white residents accounted for more than 84 percent of the state’s population. By 2010, whites had fallen closer to 80 percent of the total Massachusetts population of 6.5 million. Read more here.

Johannna Thomas In Person Interview: Johanna Thomas, regional director for EDF's Oceans Program
As one of the biggest supporters of catch shares in New England, the Environmental Defense Fund has few backers on New Bedford's working waterfront. Mayor Scott W. Lang has openly criticized the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whose leader, Jane Lubchenco, is former EDF vice-chairwoman, saying its actions "make it clear they listen more intently to environmental groups than fishing groups." Read more here.

Opinion: Hathaway Pond can and should be saved
Suppose there is a park in your neighborhood that is over 20 acres in size and dates back to 1804. There is a pond in the park, with fish, frogs, unique birds and other wildlife. The pond is also spawning habitat for threatened fish. The pond provides a quality of life that includes canoeing, taking walks or just simply enjoying the view. The pond also supports the local economy by providing water to irrigate local farms. That town is Rochester, Massachusetts; that pond is Hathaway Pond. Read more here.

Fisherman Cities to appeal court ruling on fisheries
NEW BEDFORD — The cities of New Bedford and Gloucester have announced they will appeal the verdict in a federal lawsuit that challenged the legality of the controversial catch share system now governing the New England groundfish industry.

In a major setback for the fishing ports, United States District Court Judge Rya Zobel's decision, handed down on June 30, ruled in favor of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and against the industry. Arguments were heard in federal court in March with the outcome resting on the interpretation of the Magnuson-Stevens Act that governs federal fishing policy. Read more here.

Aquaculture Worker Aquaculture: Waterfront War
When aquaculture was developed 4,000 years ago by the Egyptians and the Chinese, the Pharaoh or the Emperor had ways of dealing with people who dared to complain that the fish farms were spoiling their rights to use the Nile or the Yangtze.

It's another matter in 21st-century Massachusetts, where coveted water views in coastal towns are fiercely guarded and where a quirk of history grants private property rights all the way down to low tide. Water-view property is precious, and the idea of establishing fish farms in the natural (and public) environment has no lack of well-heeled opponents. Read more here.

New Bedford, UMass move closer to SMAST expansion deal
NEW BEDFORD — The city and UMass Dartmouth have reached an agreement in principle to transfer the Naval Reserve Center property in the South End to the university for a multimillion-dollar expansion of its SMAST facilities, according to Mayor Scott W. Lang.

Lang said lawyers on both sides are still working out the language and the details of the final written agreement, but he expects that process to be completed within 30 to 45 days — perhaps sooner. Read more here.

Opinion: Hathaway Dam not about cranberries versus fish
In 1804, the Hathaway Dam was built across the Sippican River. Built to power a mill, the dam created a shallow pond in the flooded river valley. It also dramatically and negatively altered the health and fisheries of the river.

The Sippican River is an important tributary to Buzzards Bay. From its wooded swamps and cool springs extending deep into Rochester, the river provides fresh water to the tidal estuary just south of Interstate 195 in Marion. And with that connection, the Sippican joins the wider bay ecosystem providing a critical link for fish and other wildlife that depend on this rich interplay between fresh and saltwater. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Marshfield Fair

August 25-28th, Weekdays 12pm to 10pm, Weekend 10am to 10pm, 140 Main Street, Marshfield, MA
A wide variety of entertainment and agricultural activities. Ox pulling. Dog performance. Flower show. Trash to Treasure contest. Demolition Derby. Veggie Creatures contest. Lawn mower racing. North River Blues Festival. Too much more to list. Schedule available in printable pdf. 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.

Waterbirds as Indicators of Ecosystem Health

August 29th, 6-7pm, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd, Middletown, RI
Charles Clarkson, a PhD candidate from the University of Virginia, will present his research on waterbirds. He is assessing the health of local aquatic food webs through the analysis of feather growth rates, dietary caloric intake, and mercury accumulation in nesting waterbirds, primarily Glossy Ibis and Double-crested Cormorants. Free. Details here.

Slocum River Kayak Tour

August 31th, 9am to 12pm, Russell's Mills Landing, Dartmouth, MA
Charles Clarkson, a PhD candidate from the University of Virginia, will present his research on waterbirds. He is assessing the health of local aquatic food webs through the analysis of feather growth rates, dietary caloric intake, and mercury accumulation in nesting waterbirds, primarily Glossy Ibis and Double-crested Cormorants. Free. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Dartmouth Grange Fair

September 9 - 10, Dartmouth
A Celebration of Rural Community at the Dartmouth Grange in historic Russells Mills Village.. 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.

Raptor Weekend

September 10 and 11, 10am-4pm, Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St, Bristol, RI
From its start at the millpond in Russells Mills Village to its mouth at Demerest-Lloyd State Park, Slocum's River provides outstanding opportunities for exploring the natural history and ecology of the region. Join us for a relaxing paddle through the marshes and meadows along Slocum's River. Members-$30;Non-members-$40. 508-636-4693 X 13. Email: kheard@ttor.org. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. 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.

A Mushroom Walk in the Woods

September 17, 1:30 - 4pm, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd, Middletown RI.
Join Joe Metzen, Master of Mushrooms from the Audubon Society of R.I. for an indoor and outdoor presentation on RI mushrooms. History, folk lore, and identification will be discussed during a classroom presentation. Afterwards, participants will head out on the trail to discover what fungus is growing among us at NBS. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Please register in advance. Member $10. Non-Member $12. Details here.

UMass Dartmouth Fall Forest Forum

September 29, 8:30 am to 3pm, Woodland Commons and UMass Dartmouth Campus Forest.
Nature walks and talks combine for a day that explores the critical role of private landowners in maintaining healthy South Coast tree stands. This forum has three different potential audiences: landowners, professional foresters, and K-12 teachers. Tools and informaiton to make informed decisions in planning for the future of land and its current use will be shared. For local teachers, lesson plans and tours of the campus forest will be available. Details here.

Building Sustainable Economies: Regional Council on Sustainability Quarterly Meeting

October 6, 1-4pm, UMass Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center, Fall River, MA.
Open to the public, this informative panel and discussion session will explore how the South Coast can make progress in building a more robust economy based on progressive sustainability principles. Details here.

Transition Town Movement Kick-Off Discussion

October 12, 7pm, Fairhaven Town Hall
Join a discussion about the lessons in author Rob Hopkins' "Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience" with local sustainability advocates. Sponsored by the Fairhaven Sustainability Committee and the UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Initiative. More information to come. Contact the Office of Campus and Community Sustainability 508-910-6484 with any questions. Details here about the "Transition Movement.".

Low Impact Landscaping Workshop

October 20, 10am-12pm, Westport Public Library,408 Old County Rd., Westport, MA
Aimed at local homeowners, this workshop will teach participants ways to beautify their property while protecting the water quality of our ponds, streams and the Westport River. Bob Hartzel of Geosyntec Consultants in Boston is leading the workshop. Free. For more info: 508-636-3016. Details here.

Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference

October 21-23 3 days of forums, exhibits, and demonstrations in downtown New Bedford.
A SOLUTION based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities. Join the movement. Register before September 26th to receive your early bird discount, saving you 30% off the full ticket price! Conference highlights include: - Amazing Keynote Speakers - Dozens of Workshops and Tours - An Exhibition Hall, - Film Festival - Open-mic Night - Farmers' Market - Family Activities. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Green Building Class this Fall at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech
Registration is August 29th to September 7th for a class in "High Efficiency" Green Building, Energy Conservation and Retrofitting in its Evening Adult Education offerings. Course # GG-01 Night: Thursday. Classes begin September 12th, 6:30 to 9:30pm. This 10-week class goes beyond the usual Green Building Basics and Minimums to get to the Green Building Essentials that actually pay for themselves. Learn about "Real World" effective and affordable green building technologies and strategies. Learn new advanced methods, materials and techniques that are very efficient and cost effective. Many can be implemented right away in your next home remodeling project. GNBVT will provide you with the most important information you'll need to plan for a truly sustainable green build, remodel or retrofit project. District Price: $200.00. Non District Price: $225.00. To register or for more information, call 508.998.3321 Ext. 195. Get details here.
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.
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.
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).
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
Plant a Last-Minute Fall Garden
It's not too late to plant a few hardy root vegetables, greens and herbs. Learn more here.

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