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September 8 to 15, 2011

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Wild Edibles Walk

SouthCoast Green Drinks


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SEMAP's 1st Annual 5K Bog Jog

New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival



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Weekly Green Tip:

Handle Broken CFLs With Care

Clip of the Week

Tar Sands Action: Phase One
Part one of the Tar Sands Action was a two week long sit-in at the White House in which 1,253 people were arrested. For more information visit tarsandsaction.org

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"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Penguin Being Released

In an uplifiting story of human power to impact nature, a penguin lost 2000 miles from the Arctic was returned home after special rehabilitation and a Web cam campaign that allowed the world to share his experience.

Other news about people and the global ecosystem is not so encouraging. President Obama has backed down from clamping down on smog out of concern that regulations would stiffle a faltering economy. Yet, weather disasters blamed on manmade climate change are reportedly costing us billions.

The Almanac avoids being alarmist in favor of news leading to positive action and useful knowledge. However, the Northeasterners were inspired by the latest storm to stockpile sensible items like fresh water and batteries. So, we're sharing a Climate Change Survival Checklist to show what's being recommended for sustainability readiness. Glimpse it for curiosity's sake.

Leaf Bullet News
U.N. Chief Ban U.N. Chief Ban urges world to redouble efforts on climate talks
The world needs to redouble efforts to fight climate change ahead of global talks in Durban, with time running out to save millions of lives in countries to be hit hardest, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.

Ban, winding up a visit to Australia and small Pacific nations including several likely to be swamped by rising sea levels, said critics of climate change science were wrong. Read more here.

Corn Study finds crop performance matters when evaluating greenhouse gas emissions
Measuring the emission of greenhouse gases from croplands should take into account the crops themselves. That's the conclusion of a study in the Sept.-Oct. issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality, which examined the impact of farm practices such as tillage on the greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide.

Expressing emissions per unit of crop yield rather than on a more conventional per area basis produced very different results, says the study's leader, Rod Venterea, research soil scientist with the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. Read more here.

Fish Farm Fish farms less harmful than thought
Coastal fish farms seem to do less harm to nearby plants and animals than previously believed, a new study reveals. And marine ecosystems can recover from this damage surprisingly fast.

But the analysis of a single trout farm in a Faroe Islands fjord over nearly a year also shows that these facilities need to be placed carefully, and that there's a limit to how many can operate in a particular area before its biodiversity suffers lasting harm. Read more here.

Rare Earth Minerals EU stockpiling rare earths to reduce dependence on China
The European Union is stockpiling rare earth mixed carbonate as major producer China introduces quotas and restricts global supply, top European rare earths producer Molycorp Silmet said.

Western rare earth suppliers have been scrambling to boost production to plug a supply gap created last year when No. 1 producer China sharply cut its exports of the metals, used in products ranging from laptop computers to hybrid-electric cars. Read more here.

Rice Farming Sparing or Sharing? Protecting Wild Species May Require Growing More Food On Less Land
In parts of the world still rich in biodiversity, separating natural habitats from high-yielding farmland could be a more effective way to conserve wild species than trying to grow crops and conserve nature on the same land, according to a new study published on September 2, 2011 in the journal Science.

The study, by researchers at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, collected information on more than 600 species in southwest Ghana and northern India, two parts of the world where demand for agricultural land is putting ever more pressure on wild species. The researchers measured crop production as well as the abundances of birds and trees in forests and in various types of farmland. Read more here.

Net with Catch Scientists Find Nearly All Deep-Sea Fisheries Unsustainable
A team of leading marine scientists from around the world is recommending an end to most commercial fishing in the deep sea, Earth's largest ecosystem. Instead, they recommend fishing in more productive waters nearer to consumers.

In a comprehensive analysis published online in the journal Marine Policy, marine ecologists, fisheries biologists, economists, mathematicians and international policy experts show that, with rare exceptions, deep-sea fisheries are unsustainable. Read more here.

Medical Device Medical innovations must meet local needs
Innovations in medical technology promise to improve healthcare in low-resource settings, but will fail to do so unless each developing country's needs and capacity limitations are assessed, argue Sidhartha R. Sinha and Michele Barry.

Roughly 70 per cent of complex medical devices are unusable in the low-income countries that receive them. And there is a shortage of basic devices, because of their cost as well as a lack of capacity — trained staff, for example, engineered systems, or spare parts such as adhesive patches for electrocardiogram leads. Read more here.

Traffic Jam Commutes Get Easier Around the World, but Study Finds Plenty of Pain
People are carpooling more and using public transportation.
No one likes a long (or even a short) work commute; that much is globally true. But what does it mean when even as commutes around the world get less logjammed, drivers continue to build up a head of steam?

The annual IBM Global Commuter Pain survey, released this morning, finds plenty of pain to go around in 20 cities around the world -- even though significant numbers of the 8,042 commuters surveyed said that the amount of traffic has decreased "somewhat" or "significantly" in the past three years. Read more here.

Street Flooding Weather disasters keep costing U.S. billions this year
Blizzards. Tornadoes. Floods. Record heat and drought, followed by wildfires. The first eight months of 2011 have brought strange and destructive weather to the United States.

From the blizzard that dumped almost two feet of snow on Chicago, to killer tornadoes and heat waves in the south, to record flooding, to wildfires that have burned more than 1,000 homes in Texas in the last few days, Mother Nature has been in a vile and costly mood. Read more here.

Obama and Crowd Senate Democrats Hold Line Against Clean Energy Cuts by House Republicans
California Senator Diane Feisnstein’s energy and water appropriations subcommittee is this week taking up the spending bill that funds the Department of Energy for fiscal year 2012. The bill raises spending for clean energy and innovation and cuts it for fossil and nuclear energy, but neither by as much as the White House budget requested.

The Obama administration budget requests roughly $30.6 billion for the Department of Energy. Within that total, innovation and clean energy would receive increased funding, while nuclear and fossil energy, would see reduced funding. Read more here.

Global competitiveness ranking: US falls to fifth spot
The United States fell to fifth place in a global ranking of the world's most competitive economies.

The World Economic Forum announced Wednesday that the United States fell in the survey due to its massive deficits and declining public faith in the government and political leaders, the Associated Press reports. The rankings are based on economic data and a survey of 15,000 business executives, it states. Read more here.

Trucker Fueling Up Trading Oil for Natural Gas in the Truck Lane
Why would a company buy thousands of trucks and vans fresh off the assembly line and install a bulky and expensive new fuel system? It comes down to the bottom line.

In a time when natural gas is relatively cheap, but manufacturers build mostly gasoline and diesel models, companies like AT&T and Verizon have calculated it's worth the expense to convert some gasoline vehicles to burn compressed natural gas (CNG). Read more here.

Obama at GE Plant Surprising Areas See Growth In Green Jobs
When you think about Green Energy and its jobs, Albany, N.Y., probably wouldn't be the first city that pops into your head. But according to a report, the upstate New York region has the highest concentration of green jobs in the country. Another surprising area in the top 10: Cleveland and northeast Ohio.

Inside a factory in Willoughby, Ohio, Ashlawn Energy is teaming with a local utility and other partners to design and build flow batteries, which, when fully assembled, will be as big as a house. Read more here.

Smog Obama’s decision on smog rule offers hints on regulation strategy
President Obama’s controversial decision last week to suspend new anti-smog standards offered hints — but not the full road map — of how the White House will navigate politically explosive battles with congressional Republicans over which industry regulations to sacrifice and which ones to fight for this fall.

The Friday decision, which angered many environmental activists and won praise from business groups, represented the most high-profile case in a debate that carries deep implications for Obama’s reelection campaign as he tries to spur job creation, woo business donors and fire up his voting base. It came as the president prepares for a major address Thursday night to lay out a new employment strategy. Read more here.

Working-age adults make up record share of U.S. poor
WASHINGTON — Working-age America is the new face of poverty. Counting adults 18-64 who were laid off in the recent recession as well as single twenty-somethings still looking for jobs, the new working-age poor represent nearly 3 out of 5 poor people — a switch from the early 1970s when children made up the main impoverished group.

While much of the shift in poverty is due to demographic changes — Americans are having fewer children than before — the now-weakened economy and limited government safety net for workers are heightening the effect. Read more here.

Residential power use slows
NEW YORK — American homes are more cluttered than ever with devices, and they all need power: Cellphones and iPads that have to be charged, DVRs that run all hours, TVs that light up in high definition.

But something shocking is happening to demand for electricity in the Age of the Gadget: It's leveling off.

Over the next decade, experts expect residential power use to fall, reversing an upward trend that has been almost uninterrupted since Thomas Edison invented the modern light bulb. Read more here.

Sign at White House Climate action day coming September 24: Moving Planet
In Washington DC, phase one of the tar sands campaign has just come to an end, and 1,252 North Americans have been arrested in a massive civil disobedience campaign. This historic groundswell sent a larger message that people everywhere are willing to take bold action to move our planet beyond fossil fuels.

The courage on display in DC has been inspiring, but I’ve been just as cheered by the help that has poured in from around the world. On Sunday, activists in front of the White House held a banner with a huge number on it: 618,428. That’s how many people around the world who signed the “Stop the Tar Sands” mega-petition to President Obama. Read more here.

Peace Sign Did 9/11 Make Peace Passé?
Peace has never been a particularly popular word in Washington, DC. This is, after all, the home of the Pentagon and the major military contractors, not to mention all the think tanks and congressional lapdogs that lie in the king-size family bed with them. But the word "peace" has acquired such a negative reputation inside the Beltway that the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), which saw Congress nearly ax all its funding over the summer, is now considering a name change.

"Peace," the Institute's president Richard Solomon recently told The Washington Post, "is too abstract and academic." One alternative he is proposing: the U.S. Institute for Conflict Management. Read more here.

People Playing Less Work, More Living
Working fewer hours could save our economy, save our sanity, and help save our planet.
Imagining a world in which jobs take up much less of our time may seem utopian, especially now, when a scarcity mentality dominates the economic conversation. People who are employed often find it difficult to scale back their jobs. Costs of medical care, education, and child care are rising. It may be hard to find new sources of income when U.S. companies have been laying people off at a dizzying rate.

But fewer work hours for people with jobs is a key step toward solving the unemployment crisis—while giving Americans healthier lives. Fewer hours means more jobs are available to people who need them. Living on less pay usually means consuming less, making more of the things one needs at home, and living lighter, whether by design or by accident. Read more here.

Van Jones Van Jones on the American Dream 2.0
Van Jones may have resigned his post as Obama’s green jobs czar, but he continues his crusade for a better America. This afternoon at the SOCAP 2011 conference, he rallied support for the “American Dream 2.0? and railed on the Tea Party.

“There was a tech bubble and a dot com bubble. Now we have the Tea Party bubble,” said Jones, “and I want to pop it.” Read more here.

Woman in Crowd How To Build a People’s Movement
Now’s the time to challenge economic orthodoxy—but only a massive social movement can turn things around.
The United States is entering the fourth year of its deepest downturn since the Great Depression. The official unemployment rate is rising again, and labor force participation among many groups has plummeted to historic lows. A stillborn economic “recovery” has distributed 88 percent of its benefits to corporate profits and one percent to wages and salaries. The financial press is full of warnings that we have forgotten the causes of the collapse and are doomed to repeat it. Ordinary Americans, pollsters tell us, have little faith that the economy will improve, and attribute hard times to the misdeeds of capitalists. Read more here.

SouthCoast Farmer Farmers take a beating from Tropical Storm Irene
Monika Schuler's sprawling organic fruit, vegetable and flower garden slopes proudly down the hill to Marion Road in Mattapoisett, exposing it perfectly to absorb every blast of Tropical Storm Irene's winds and sea-salty spray.

What was left is a disaster. Almost everything is ruined. Brown leaves are the order of the day. Read more here.

Fish landings down but New Bedford still nation's richest port
New Bedford once again reeled in the most money of any fishing port in the country last year, despite a decline in volume, thanks to high scallop prices.

The city's port ranked No. 1 in dollar amount in 2010, landing $306 million worth of fish, a 23 percent increase over the year before. New Bedford has taken the top place in value for 11 straight years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Wednesday. Read more here.

New Bedford, UMass work out details of SMAST expansion
NEW BEDFORD — The City Council tonight will consider conveying a 4-acre South End parcel to the state, which would be the next step in paving the way for UMass Dartmouth to expand its School for Marine Science and Technology, commonly referred to as SMAST.

The city and university have reached an agreement in principle that would allow the school to raze the former Naval Reserve Center, located at 838 S. Rodney French Blvd., and build a $45 million marine science research facility. Read more here.

U.S.S. Massachusetts Living history aboard a USS Massachusetts in Fall River
Best way to learn about something? Live it. That's the philosophy behind Battleship Cove's Family Nautical Nights. The last overnight of the season will be this Saturday, offering families a chance to live World War II style aboard the USS Massachusetts, keeping the same disciplined schedule as sailors of more than half a century ago.

Nautical Nights began in the 1970s, hosting curious Boy Scouts who wanted to roll out their sleeping bags on a real-life battleship. Now the program has expanded to include anyone who's curious what it was like back then. This Saturday's sleepover also offers the unique opportunity for families to wake up the next morning and participate in the battleship's commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Read more here.

Bog owners order safety study of Hathaway Pond dam
MARION — A group of cranberry growers has contracted an engineering firm for an independent review of the public safety threat state officials say the Hathaway Pond dam poses to nearby residents.

The report, which likely will be complete in a few weeks, is being contracted by Hathaway Pond area growers who have vehemently opposed the Coalition for Buzzards Bay's plan to remove the dam since it was first proposed in the spring. Read more here.

East Beach needs all hands on deck
Disasters happen all over the world. People cope with them in various ways according to their ages, ability and resources. Some throw up their hands and say "it's too much for us." Others wait for organized relief programs from the government. Others, like the Vermonters in the Killington area, pitch in with their own tractors, loaders, time and sheer muscle to begin the repair of their destroyed roads, so the public can have access.

How will the town of Westport respond to the destruction of East Beach Road? We live in Dartmouth now, but were taxpaying landowners in Westport for 30 years, and have a close connection with the town. We use the East Beach Road almost every day in the summer to get to Baker's Beach. Read more here.

Fry Oil Fueled Volkswagen Westport River Watershed Alliance names new director
WESTPORT — The Westport River Watershed Alliance has a new executive director, Matthew C. Patrick.

Patrick took over the post Sept. 1 following his unanimous confirmation by the alliance's board of directors. He succeeds Gay Gillespie, who served as executive director for 27 years.

The WRWA is a nonprofit environmental education and advocacy group formed in 1976 to conserve the natural resources of the Westport River and its 100-square-mile watershed. Read more here.

School Hallway Fewer students, more headaches: Public school enrollment falling in SouthCoast
It is no surprise to anyone that student enrollment in traditional public school systems is declining on the SouthCoast and across the state.

The causes are numerous: declining birth rates and an aging population mean fewer school-aged children; the growing number of charter schools means parents have more choices about where to send their kids; and the still-faltering economy is forcing some families to move in search of work and is putting the brakes on construction of new housing. Read more here.

UMD Resident Dining Hall UMass Dartmouth dining hall gets a makeover
DARTMOUTH — One sustainable and flexible resident dining hall coming right up! UMass Dartmouth students, staff and faculty placed the order, and Chartwells food vendor delivered.

Dairy will be provided by local dairy farms. Seasonal produce, cage-free eggs and antibiotic-free poultry also will be served. Read more here.

Algae prompts health warning at city pond
NEW BEDFORD — Concern about algae is prompting health advisory notices at Sassaquin Pond in the North End, according to the city's director of public health.

"Although the pond is basically not a pond that we recommend anyone bathe in because of ... high bacteria counts, we're now seeing some activity with the harmful algae bloom," Marianne De Souza said Friday Read more here.

East Providence oil spill bigger than first reported
EAST PROVIDENCE — At least 56,000 gallons of home-heating oil, more than double the initial report, gushed onto nearby roofs and trees and into storm drains and Valley Street when a Cardi Corp. construction worker hit a high-pressure pipeline with an excavator Wednesday, the Coast Guard reports.

In addition, the Coast Guard said in a news release, “small amounts” of oil entered the Seekonk River from a storm drain under the Route 195 bridge. The pipeline will be repaired early next week, the Coast Guard said. Read more here.

Weaver's Cover Task Forcer Task force will recommend new use for Weaver's Cove land
FALL RIVER — With the prospect of a liquefied natural gas terminal at Weaver’s Cove now dead, the city is trying to breathe some life into the land that Hess LNG left behind.

Mayor Will Flanagan announced the formation of a task force Tuesday intended to develop a recommendation for the future of nearly 70 acres of waterfront property owned by Hess LNG. Read more here.

Cape Wind power contracts dispute heads to court
Gov BOSTON — Cape Wind opponents and critics of the project’s power purchase agreement with National Grid plan to head to court Thursday and argue the contract allows utilities to negotiate power agreemeMichael Nortonnts outside the competitive bidding process and sets a risky precedent.

Previewing their legal argument, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, backed by Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the New England Power Generators Association, will appear before the Supreme Judicial Court to challenge the Department of Public Utilities’ decision to approve the contract covering half of the proposed power from the long-planned offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound. Read more here.

Medical marijuana, life-ending drugs, among 2012 ballot topics
Initiative petitions sanctioning and regulating medical marijuana, empowering terminally ill, suffering patients to take life-ending drugs, and to expand the state's bottle recycling law met all the legal criteria to move toward the 2012 ballot, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Wednesday, kicking off a two-month signature-gathering process for proponents who hope to bring the issues to voters next year. Read more here.

BCC moving forward with plans to build 300-foot-tall wind turbine
FALL RIVER — Bristol Community College is planning to build a 300-foot-tall wind turbine at the north end of campus, which, the college says, could offset about one-fourth of its electric bill.

The turbine will be built along Route 24 north of the small pond, a site that was chosen after a year-long study of wind speeds and patterns to find the best spot. It is expected to produce 1.4 million kilowatts of energy annually, for a savings of up to $190,000 a year. Read more here.

Fall River offered 6 bids for city pier clean-up project
FALL RIVER — The city opened six bids Wednesday morning from companies seeking a contract to remove and contain contaminated soil from the city pier.

Five of the six bids were clustered between $161,000 and $179,000, with the sixth coming in about $50,000 higher, Purchasing Agent Arlene Robinette said. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Dartmouth Grange Fair

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

9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

September 10, 9:30am to 1pm, Custom House Square, New Bedford
Join the City of New Bedford in paying tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11 and recognizing the President's call to service. The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance will include a citywide clean-up and beautification effort of New Bedford's public places, which will kick-off from Custom House Square at 9:30 a.m. The Day of Service and Remembrance will conclude at Custom House Square with refreshments for volunteers from noon to 1:00 p.m. Tools and gloves will be provided. Register for the event by calling (508) 979-1410 or visit www.newbedford-ma.gov. 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.

RI Mini Makers Faire

September 10, 2pm-10pm, Steeple St, Providence
Rhode Island's own Mini Maker Faire, featuring hands-on making, building & hacking, culinary crafting, garage technology, arts and creativity for sale, and robots, culminating with a Waterfire in the Creative Capital, Providence, RI. 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. Special complementary appetizers will be served. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival

September 24-25 11am-5 pm, Fisherman’s Wharf/ Pier 3 — Steamship Pier
The theme is “Then and Now: Tradition and Innovation in New England’s Working Ports.” Festival programming will explore cultural traditions in commercial fishing communities, pay tribute to industry innovators and consider how the industry has changed over time in terms of everything from technology to regulations. This year’s Working Waterfront Festival will feature “Seafood Throwdowns” on both Saturday and Sunday. Watch as participating chefs compete to create a winning dish using a surprise seafood ingredient and local produce. Chefs can bring three of their favorite ingredients; once they discover the secret seafood, they get $25 and 15 minutes to shop the Festival Farmers’ Market. A panel of judges, including fishermen and food writers will determine the winning dish. Festival goers will find music, dance, poetry, artisans, demonstrations, a kid’s area, harbor tours, a tugboat muster and more. 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.

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.

Creating Community-Based Economies for Southeastern Massachusetts: 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. featuring presentations by, and a conversation with, Doug Hammond, Community Systems Engineer, founding Board Member and former Executive Director of BALLE, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies; and Edgar Cahn, Visionary Economist,Founder of TimeBanks USA and Co-Founder of the Antioch School of Law. 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
Internships available with the Energy Challenge!
The SouthCoast Energy Challenge is now seeking qualified, college aged or older interns to fill three or more positions: Online Marketing & Media Internship, and Outreach & Organizing Internships |The Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL) has launched the SouthCoast Energy Challenge to engage and mobilize residents to become more thoughtful and efficient energy consumers. The program aims to reduce energy consumption by 15% among 35,000 SouthCoast households over three years. This approximately 120 million pound reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is equivalent to taking about 10,000 cars off the road! The Challenge promotes individual action as well as friendly competition among towns, schools, businesses, congregations, and nonprofits. Learn more
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
6 Simple Steps to a Greener Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and going greener has many benefits for you and your family. Learn more here.

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