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September 1 to 8, 2011

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

This week:

Westport Rivers' Riesling Rave

Rhode Island Mill Project To Open At Museum Of Work and Culture

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Save The Date:

"Transition Town" Initiative Kick-Off Discussion

UMass Dartmouth Fall Forest Forum

More

Announcements:

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

Take the SouthCoast Energy Challenge!

Weekly Green Tip:

Waste Not, Want Not

Clip of the Week

Bill Nye Discusses Climate Change With Fox Business Network's Charles Payne
In a recent interview with the Fox Business Network, Bill Nye (yes, the Science Guy) explained to host Charles Payne that Al Gore's recent comments on the need for climate change discourse may not be far off point, especially when one considers the science behind it all.
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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Lettuce Leaves

As more and more of us are taking advantage of our green space to grow our own backyard produce, this week's Almanac brings you a safety tip to not eat from a flooded garden due to the potential dangers of contamination. While some flooding will just cause rot, overflow from streams and seepage from septic tanks can make vegetables carriers of pathogens.

The news has certainly been full of predictions, accounts, and reflections on hurricane Irene. Some wonder if the nature of this storm showed signs of how climate change might influence storm characteristics in the future. One article about the science of meteorology and examining Irene gives a good balance of why the answer may be yes, and why it may be no.

Back to the topic of food production, it's being estimated that 2011 will see farming sales exceed $100 billion dollars for the first time ever. Perhaps eventually the days of farming subsidies will be gone since demand for its products are only going to grow with both the planet's population and the green economy's innovations using sustainably harvested materials for fuel and other high priority consumer goods.

Leaf Bullet News
Global
Marijuana Greenhouse The Energy Drain of Recreational Drugs
Millions of organisms unnamed as extinction accelerates, study says..
When it comes to wasting megawatts, marijuana is the greatest offender. According to a 2011 study of indoor pot-growing operations, growers in the United States use about $5 billion worth of electricity to power lightbulbs, ventilation fans, dehumidifiers, and other appliances to mimic outdoor growing conditions. That's the output of seven large electrical power plants, or one percent of national electricity consumption, wrote Evan Mills, a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who performed the study independently. Smoking a single joint, Mills wrote, is worth two pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Read more here.

Brazil Forest Law changes threaten to send climate achievements up in smoke
Proposed changes to Brazil's forest laws that will cut back protection and offer wide ranging amnesties for illegal deforestation threaten to undo the country's impressive performances in cutting back emissions and protecting biodiversity.

"As it stands now, the forest law is a piece of legislation that looks to the future. It is the best possible legal framework for our adaptation to Climate Change through the conservation of ecosystems", the leader of World Wildlife Fund's Living Amazon Initiative, Claudio Maretti, told a recent seminar organized by NGO groups in Brasilia. Read more here.

Biofuels Make a Comeback Despite Tough Economy
Global production of biofuels increased 17 percent in 2010 to reach an all-time high of 105 billion liters, up from 90 billion liters in 2009. High oil prices, a global economic rebound, and new laws and mandates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, and the United States, among other countries, are all factors behind the surge in production, according to research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute’s Climate and Energy Program for the website Vital Signs Online. Read more here.

Wood Chip Production Facility Rising biomass demand could drive land grabs
Rising global demand for cleaner energy from biomass could drive more land acquisition in poorer nations where food security and land rights are weak, an International Institute for Environment and Development report said on Tuesday.

"If left unchecked, the growing pressure on land access could undermine livelihoods and food security in some of the world's poorest countries," the London-based non-profit research group said, calling for more public scrutiny into global biomass expansion plans. Read more here.

Arctic Mining Site Arctic has great riches, but greater challenges
At the rim of the Arctic Circle in Canada, gold mining firm Agnico-Eagle is learning how tough it is to operate in a remote region with temptingly large, but frustratingly inaccessible, reserves of oil, gas and minerals.

Commentators rarely mention nightmarish logistics, polar bears and steel-snapping cold when they confidently predict that as the Arctic warms up, melting sea ice and shorter winters will open up the expanse to exploration. Read more here.

Sunset over Power Station U.N. climate boss says Durban talks can deliver
A record rise in global greenhouse emissions and ever tighter economic constraints make it crucial for United Nations climate talks in South Africa in November to overcome years of deadlock and deliver a solution, the U.N.'s climate chief told Reuters.

Nearly two decades of U.N. climate change negotiations have so far failed to find a new binding approach to curbing the release of climate-warming gases. Read more here.

Corporate Sustainability Issues Expand CFO Role
The growing importance of corporate sustainability is causing the role of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to evolve in areas of investor relations, external reporting and financial risk management, according to a new report by Ernst & Young.

The report notes that in the past, CFOs simply ran the numbers, letting other executives handle soft issues such as social responsibility and corporate citizenship.

But as investors, customers and stakeholders exhibit an increasing desire to connect financial performance to social and environmental impact, CFOs are expanding the scope of their responsibilities. Read more here.

African Inventor Innovation prize set to reward African inventors
African innovators and inventors who design products with the potential to drive the continent's economic transformation may benefit from a new awards scheme.

The Innovation Prize for Africa, worth US$100,000, will be given for the first time in February 2012 to the best innovators in three areas: information and communication technology (ICT), green technologies, and health and food security. The runner-up will receive US$50,000. Read more here.

National
Empire State Building Beyond ‘Green’: The Empire State Building Retrofit
Many conversations at the American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) conference in Aspen focused on what needs to be done, what can be done realistically, and what isn’t being done to transition the United States away from fossil fuels.

So it was refreshing and inspiring to hear about something that has been done: retrofitting New York City’s Empire State Building so that it will cut energy consumption by 38.4 percent, creating jobs and generating revenue in the process. Read more here.

Controversial Tar Sands Pipeline Moving Forward Despite Heavy Protest
The massive international pipeline, known as the Keystone XL pipeline, would connect Alberta, Canada's booming tar sands to refineries in Texas and the Gulf Coast. It would be the longest pipeline outside of Russia and China, and would carry North America's largest oil deposit to the market. The project has sparked protests from environmental groups because large areas of boreal forests would be destroyed and sensitive habitats would be affected. Also, protesters oppose the pipeline for reasons relating to global climate change and breaking our addiction to oil. Read more here.

Farmer with Produce U.S. farm income tops $100 billion for first time in 2011
U.S. farm income will soar past $100 billion for the first time in 2011 following rising cash receipts for everything from corn, wheat and cotton to soybeans, the Agriculture Department said on Tuesday.

U.S. farm income is forecast at $103.6 billion for 2011, up $24.5 billion, or 31 percent from 2010. Much of the increase is the result of higher crop values, which are expected to rise by $33.6 billion. Read more here.

U.N. water report focuses on California failures
As a package of “human right to water” bills proceeds through the California’s legislature, the state’s failure to provide clean, safe drinking water to its residents has captured the attention of the United Nations in a special report.

Reporting on her mission to the United States last winter, Catarina de Albuquerque, the U.N. Special Rapportuer on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, cited a host of worrisome drinking water supply and sanitation conditions in California. Read more here.

Taking Stock of Campus Sustainability
Colleges and universities across the country have quickly taken to measuring their environmental footprint: energy efficiency, consumption levels, renewable energy targets, number of green buildings, recycling rates, water use and even the prevalence of sustainability curriculums. But in this rush to go green, two of the three sustainability pillars have remained largely in shadow.

“In the U.S., unlike much of the world, the organizing paradigm of sustainability [began] with an environmental orientation and then added on environmental justice and ecological economics,” said Paul Rowland, executive director of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), in a recent e-mail exchange. “This is a historical root that has been difficulty to shake.” Read more here.

Satellite Image of Irene Seeing Irene as Harbinger of a Change in Climate
The scale of Hurricane Irene, which could cause more extensive damage along the Eastern Seaboard than any storm in decades, is reviving an old question: are hurricanes getting worse because of human-induced climate change?

The short answer from scientists is that they are still trying to figure it out. But many of them do believe that hurricanes will get more intense as the planet warms, and they see large hurricanes like Irene as a harbinger. Read more here.

Fiber Swatches The Making of a Fibershed
How a pioneering eco-outfitter grows homespun wardrobes—in style.
Rebecca Burgess tried "the fibershed challenge"—to live for one year, in clothes made from fibers (and natural dyes) that are solely sourced within a geographical region no larger than 150 miles from her front door. Read more here.

Lake Erie Lake Erie Death Watch
Brought back from the brink once before, a Great Lake again faces biological collapse
On a cloudy morning in early August, Peter Bichier steers a 26-foot motorboat from an Ohio marina toward the Canadian border. The waters of Lake Erie are nearly transparent here, a reminder of why this southernmost of the Great Lakes supports a multi-billion-dollar fishing and vacation industry. But as the research vessel turns west toward the Michigan shoreline, the water grows murky, clogged with a toxic blue-green algae called microcystis that, on sunnier days, forms a stinky scum on the lake’s surface. Read more here.

Discourse
Cow in Pasture Lab-Grown Meat: Would You Eat It?
Imagine that one day you will go to your local supermarket and find, along the usual cuts of sirloin and pork chops from the usual cows and pigs, lab-grown sirloin and pork chops. Further down the counter, you will find chicken breasts, natural and lab-grown, and, across the hall, natural and lab-grown tilapia fillets. A yellow label is all you have to tell the difference between the two: natural vs. lab-grown meat. Which one would you choose? Read more here.

Power Lines Smart Grids Could Reduce Impact of Hurricanes Like Irene
Writing this last Saturday afternoon, the nation and the world are warily observing the path and wrath of Hurricane Irene. There have already been documented losses of life as well as reports that more than a million Americans have been left without power so far.

Given that the changing climate is likely to increase the frequency and intensity of storms it is worth considering what could we do to minimize the impacts of these storms on communities throughout the U.S.

Smart grids provide a major opportunity to minimize power loss for storm-affected communities. Read more here.

Biohazard Sign Pharma-waste: Costly Pollution or Untapped Resource
Pharmaceutical waste is a big, expensive problem. Americans dispose of an estimated $1 billion worth of unused medications annually. Doing so wastes precious health resources, and pollutes the environment too. A study in 2008 found the presence of pharmaceuticals in the water supply of 24 major municipalities nationwide.

As legislators push for stronger regulation including extended product responsibility for drug makers, the truth is that Big Pharma is big business that depends on throughput for profits. Global pharmaceutical sales were forecasted at $825 billion last year. Pharmaceutical waste is viewed as an unfortunate bi-product of a profitable, innovative, and necessary industry. But while some see an unfortunate bi-product, others see an untapped resource. Read more here.

The Two Great Stories of the World
Recently, I have been on panels where people lament how the troubles of the world seem increasingly intractable. I've heard environmentalists suggest that evolution may have reached a dead end with regard to the human species. I've heard pained audiences decry political parties as well as social movements. I have found myself responding with ancient proverbs such as: "The great person allows universal imagination to work through them." Read more here.

Water Energy Graphic Kind of Blue
The world of waters is divided between salty and fresh. That's no accident; a great deal of energy, provided free by the sun, goes into evaporating seawater and dropping it into lakes, ponds, glaciers, and aquifers. At heart this process is an electrical transformation, as sodium and chloride ions (the elements of salt) are filtered out to create reservoirs of high and low salinity. That salinity difference represents an energy gradient, a potential for ions to flow. One can think of the earth as a giant battery: one pole is called "lakes and rivers," the other is called "the sea." 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.


Local
National Geographic touts city's waterfront festival
NEW BEDFORD — Attention all SouthCoast scallop shuckers: It's time to refine your technique with New Bedford's annual Working Waterfront Festival fast approaching. The popular scallop shucking contest is just one feature of this colorful harborside celebration that offers visitors an educational and family-friendly introduction to the world of commercial fishing. This year's event, the eighth annual, is set for Sept. 24-25 on Fisherman's Wharf and Steamship Pier. Read more here.

Westport Beach Rubble Irene decimates Westport's shoreline
WESTPORT — Poles are toppled, power lines are down and piles of rocks litter a 750-foot stretch of East Beach Road that looks like it was hit by an earthquake.

The roadway has buckled from the weight of Tropical Storm Irene's fury and will remain impassable for the foreseeable future.

The beach itself is also severely damaged, with hundreds of feet of sand swept out to sea and dotted by septic tanks that were ripped open, tossed aside or completely buried. Those that are visible are now marked in orange and waiting to be hauled away. Read more here.

Fall River Outdoor Gallery Former blighted space in downtown Fall River now an outdoor art gallery
FALL RIVER — Scenes from nature have moved into the urban South Main Street setting, making for an eye-catching contrast of forestation paired with brick and mortar.

The nature scenes were painted on murals by local artists and unveiled on Wednesday. Four artists were chosen from a field of a dozen or so submissions in a public mural art contest. Read more here.
'Green' light for Meditech
Medical Information Technology Inc. has gotten the “green” light from Massachusetts environmental officials for its plans to build a five-story office building in Freetown’s Riverfront Business Park. The certification of Meditech’s Environmental Impact Report under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act marks the final step in the state’s regulatory review for the project, which is expected to bring 800 jobs to the region over a seven-year span. Read more here.

Fall River Waterfront Plan Group unveils its plan for Fall River's Weaver's Cove site
Fall River — A city-based group is proposing an ambitious plan for redeveloping the Weaver’s Cove site on the Taunton River, with a hotel and conference center, office space, residences, a marina, boardwalk and a commuter rail station.

The 70-acre site off North Main Street has been an industrial blight on the waterfront for years, but the group Green Futures envisions the site creating jobs in research and development, bringing much-needed tax revenue to the city and improving the quality of life for residents. Read more here.

Freetown officials make strides toward Transit Oriented Development bylaw
FREETOWN — Earlier this year, the South Main Street Corridor Study Committee devised a Transit Oriented Development bylaw proposal.

But the proposal was sidelined, as many questions loomed, including whether commuter rail plans for the South Coast would be finalized.

Last week, study committee members and Planning Board members made strides toward developing a bylaw that would even factor in the possibility that a commuter rail line might not be developed. Read more here.

Fry Oil Fueled Volkswagen Bitten by the 'clamcake-fueled Bio Bug'
A “clamcake-fueled Bio Bug” might sound like something out of a bizarre New England fantasy novel, but it’s actually a reality — and it’s hard to miss.

A couple of years ago, Jane Bitto, owner of Evelyn’s Drive-In in Tiverton, R.I. was inspired after watching the documentary, “Fuel,” which looks at the oil industry and discusses alternative fuel options for cars and homes. “From that point, I was determined to run a car on frying oil,” she said. Read more here.

Alternative punishments could ease prison crowding, budget drain
The Massachusetts prison budget is around $500 million and is about 140 percent capacity. Prison overcrowding and prison costs are a problem in virtually every state in this nation; Massachusetts is no different.

The question is: Is it worth it? Do we need to spend millions of dollars each year on prison, or are there better ways to deal with criminal offenders? Read more here.

Cod Fish Bay State's history is intricately tied to cod, cod fishing industry
To Dr. Manuel Luciano da Silva, cod is king.

"It is the crown, the motif, the inspiration for why navigators came to these lands," da Silva, Dighton Rock director and founder of the Academy of Codfish of New England, said. "Cod is king. It was then, and it still is."

Da Silva isn't the only codfish zealot in the commonwealth. Read more here.

Growers took crafty precautions
WESTPORT — As Debra Barrett spent Monday gathering herbs in her 65-acre organic farm on Division Road, the trees on the border of the field swayed brown and shriveled against the blue sky, victims of salt spray kicked up by Tropical Storm Irene.

Vines in the distance looked dead. And everywhere in South Westport and South Dartmouth, roadside vegetation often looked as if it had been sprayed with an herbicide. Flower gardens were wiped out. Yet Barrett's herbs were bright green, unharmed by the storm. Read more here.

New players shake up grocery industry in SouthCoast
Big name grocery chains, like Stop & Shop, sold produce, meat, and dairy products to generation after generation of consumers, often serving as the only store for miles that offered a full line of grocery products.

But such territorial dominance is not the case anymore.

The regional grocery landscape has changed dramatically and is likely to change even more with the emergence of discount chains such as Target and Wal-Mart as grocery powerhouses, growth of companies like Market Basket, and arrival of newcomers like ALDI and Wegmans. Read more here.

Cards stacked against Southeastern Massachusetts
Gov. Deval Patrick and the state's two most powerful lawmakers — Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray — might finally have managed to produce a casino gambling bill all three could live with.

And they had to close the doors and shut out the public and the press just to get it done. Read more here.

EPA outlines plan to remove tainted soil from Westlawn
NEW BEDFORD — Environmental officials are planning to excavate and remove lead-tainted soil from the Westlawn housing development.

The proposed cleanup of the property, owned by the New Bedford Housing Authority, is part of the larger effort to deal with the legacy of the former Parker Street dump. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Heirloom Tomato Tasting

September 2, 6:30pm, Georgia P's Farm in Scituate MA
Join The Roman Table for a sampling of their many delicious varieties of heirloom tomatoes, Tomatillo, Heirloom Cherry, Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Striped German, Green Zebra, Valencia, and Italian Roma. Sample and savor the exquisite taste of fresh tomatoes topped with a Roman Table Balsamic Vinegar of your choice. Strawberry, Peach, Fig, Pineapple, Sicilian Lemon. It will all be under the big tent in front of the store.Details here.

Westport Rivers' Riesling Rave

September 3, 5pm, Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery, Westport MA
There's a reason riesling has been a farm favorite since our first year. Because on our farm riesling and other aromatic varietals thrive and produce wines of such abundant character as to be considered exceptional. Join winemaker Bill Russell, wine grower Rob Russell and founders Bob and Carol Russell on a journey into rare vintages of this most noble of grapes. A vertical of both table wine and our wondrous Imperial Sec will surely be a deliciously mouth watering experience. At 5pm we join the amazing Chef Wayne Gibson for an hour of grazing on his small plates and appetizers.Details here.

Greenwich RI Centre Market

September 4, 6am to 4pm, 687 Centre of New England Blvd., West Greenwich, RI.
Centre Market is a community-based market focused on exposing local business to the public. (i.e., artisans, agricultural, and services). Our market hopes to act as a destination point for people to explore, network, and communicate local happenings while providing increased commerce to surrounding economies. Details here.

Rhode Island Mill Project To Open At Museum Of Work and Culture

September 5, 6am to 4pm, Market Square, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI
An exciting exhibit featuring textile artworks and historical research of Rhode Island’s mill culture will open at the Museum of Work & Culture on Labor Day, September 5, 2011. The Rhode Island Mill Project is an investigation of the mill culture in Rhode Island and the great New England area. The exhibition features artwork and installations by Deborah Baronas and historical research done by Doug Hinman, including video, music, and artifacts. For more information, contact Deborah Barnoas at 401.263.3886. Details here.

Volunteer Canvass Day

September 7, 4:00pm, Dartmouth Town Hall at 400 Slocum Road, room 313
Join the Energy Challenge Team next Wednesday for an envigorating afternoon of walking, knocking, and chatting with your fellow SouthCoasters! This will be the first, official Volunteer Canvass Day of the Energy Challenge! The day will feature a brief canvass training, and a fun late afternoon of team canvassing (about an hour and a half) in the Dartmouth neighborhoods immediately surrounding town hall. We will provide all the materials you will need for a successful afternoon of doorknocking. All volunteers will receive a FREE Energy Challenge t-shirt to sport while canvassing and beyond, and many thanks! Learn about the challenge 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.

Massachusetts Raw Milk Dairy Days

September 10 and 11, times and locations vary.
Eleven Massachusetts dairies that sell raw milk will open up their farms for tours and other activities on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11. Visit your local dairy and learn why raw milk tastes so good and why it's so good for you! Meet your farmers and their cows and get to know where your food comes from. See http://www.nofamass.org/programs/organicdairy/dairyday11.php for a list of dairies and schedule, or email winton@nofamass.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.

"Transition Town" Initiative Kick-Off Discussion

September 12, 7pm, Fairhaven Town Hall
The Fairhaven Sustainability Committee and the Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability are hosting an informational meeting about the possibilities of developing a Transition Town initiative in Southeastern Massachusetts. The international Transition Network supports community-led responses to climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy, building resilience and happiness. At this meeting we'll discuss the development of a pilot initiative in one or two cities and towns as well as a regionwide dicussion and training. Contact the UMass Dartmouth Office of Campus and Community Sustainability at 508-910-6484 with any questions. Details here about the "Transition Movement.".

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.

SouthCoast Green Drinks

September 15, 6pm, Black Watch Pub, 266 Dartmouth St. New Bedford, MA
Green Drinks is an informal, open, post-work social event (i.e. happy hour) for people interested in “green” topics and initiatives happening both in our region and elsewhere. There is no set structure or itinerary and everyone is welcome to attend. Details here.

Fourth Annual Feast in the Field

September 16, 6:00PM - 9:30PM, Portsmouth, RI
This year's Feast is our culinary celebration of local foods and native wines prepared by an outstanding gallery of Rhode Island's finest maitres de cuisine including Chef Derek Jolie (Blackstone Caterers, Middletown), Chef Casey Riley (Castle Hill Inn and the Newport Restaurant Group), Chef Bruce Tillinghast (New Rivers, Providence), Chef Derek Wagner (Nick's on Broadway, Providence), Chef Champe Speidel (Persimmon, Bristol), and Chefs Scott Amaral and Steve Cory of Sweet Berry Farm. Details 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.

Saturday Supper - Whole Grains Exposed (tips, tools, and recipes)

September 17, Kettle Pond Farm, Berkley
You know you should eat them – let us help! Learn what they are, how to cook them, why they are better for you, and how to find them at the store. It will be a jam-packed lesson filled with fun facts and yummy hints. Details here.

Fall River Street Tree Planting Program - Clamboil Fundraiser

September 19 4-8 p.m., Lepage's Seafood & Grille, 439 Martine St., Fall River
Fundraiser to benefit tree planting in Fall River - Take out or eat in -- $20.00 per person. Children's menu available. Tickets: In advance at Lepage's or from - MARYANNWORDELL2851@COMCAST.NET or call Priscilla Brightman at 508-672-1027.

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.

The 5th Annual Watershed Ride

October 2, 7:30 AM or 11:15, Horseneck Beach or Dexter Lane Recreation Area, Rochester
Enjoy a spectacular scenic 75-mile route from Westport to Woods Hole, while raising funds to Save Buzzards Bay. The fully-supported one-day cycling event every October celebrates and builds awareness of the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Or choose the half-ride option that begins at the Dexter Lane Recreation Area in Rochester Center and joins the main route for a 35-mile ride to Woods Hole. Each route has a $300 fundraising minimum requirement. 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.

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.
September Special at Sustainable "Center Cafe" in South End "ecoNewBedford" District
The Center Café is the last piece of the demonstration project on Brock Avenue called ecoNewBedford. During September, stop in to learn about the eco-friendly design and enjoy an entire half-price menu from 4 to 7 pm, including coffee and ice cream, salads, home-made soups, and lite sandwiches. Breakfast sandwiches, fruit-yogurt smoothies, and waffles are served any time. 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
Waste Not, Want Not
Waste not, want not is a saying I heard many times growing up and it's taking on even more importance now with our environment under assault on so many fronts and many natural resources rapidly dwindling. Learn more here.

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