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October 6 to 13, 2011

In This Issue


Global, National, and Local news, plus our Voices section

This week:

South Shore Celebration

Attracting Backyard Birds


Save The Date:

Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference

"How Did Your Garden Grow?" A Review of the Season plus Garlic and Over-wintering Crops!



SouthCoast Energy Challenge Seeking Lead Organizer

Go pick some apples!

Weekly Green Tip:

Seal Those Ducts

Clip of the Week

7 Billion and Counting
Global population trends result from varying levels of population growth and decline among countries. This informative video provides a simple and compelling overview of population trends that have created a world of 7 billion people.

Weekly Quote:

"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another."
- Mahatma Gandhi

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors

For many people, the fact that wilderness expeditions keep proving new species are yet to discovered in threatened global habitats is not enough motivation to protect them. These flora and fauna may hold secrets to innovations for the future.

But, one of the latest discoveries may capture widespread attention -- in Peru's Amazon basin hundreds of unique caocao plants have come to light, and caocao is the ingredient for chocolate. Will new chocolate flavors be the tipping point for broader sustainability excitement? The U.S.D.A. is motivated because this research supports international food security.

A crop of stories about biofuels highlights the controversies and evolving potential for this fossil fuel alternative. The Department of Energy is investing heavily in biofuel solutions as their commitment to a sustainable future innovation scheme that will free us from oil dependence. Meanwhile, the National Research Council is reporting that biofuels are unlikely to fill renewable energy needs. Finally, a recent advance in biofuel sugar processing shows promise for an affordable and user-friendly breakthrough. These seemingly contradictory stories are reminders that we are in a time of rapid change and uncertainty as we find our way to a sustainable future.

Leaf Bullet News
Woman with Crops Population has bigger effect than climate change on crop yields, study suggests
Population pressure will be as significant a factor as climate change in reducing crop yields — and thus increasing food insecurity — in West Africa, according to a modelling study.

The authors inserted different climate change, land use, and demographic change scenarios, into an internationally validated model to estimate maize yields in Benin from 2021–2050. Read more here.

Pirate Symbol India sues Monsanto for biopiracy
For two decades, Monsanto has been able to take living organisms, insert genes into them, and then patent them as its own intellectual property. And nobody has challenged this – until now.

The government of India has filed suit against Monsanto – for violating India’s Biological Diversity Act (BDA). It’s the first time a company has been sued by a government for acts of biopiracy. Read more here.

Coffee Coffee: is the black stuff as green as it should be?
From deforestation to fertiliser; our taste for coffee has left some of the world’s most precious eco-systems in a precarious state. How is the coffee industry is cleaning up its act?

The world’s second most tradable commodity after oil; coffee growing and processing has proven itself to be a lucrative industry. The burgeoning coffee culture that sprang up over the last few decades has led to overwhelming success for a handful of coffee franchises and a massive spike in supermarket sales. Read more here.

Motorcycle and Power Plant China climate goals run against growth: report
China, the world's biggest carbon dioxide emitter, will meet near-term goals to fight climate change but quick economic growth will mean C02 emissions will be higher than previously thought, researchers said on Tuesday.

China's quick adoption of clean energy will help it exceed emissions-to-GDP targets agreed last year, but its carbon dioxide output will still be increasing a decade from now with an expanding economy, said scientists with Climate Action Tracker. Read more here.

IEA Chief IEA warns of ballooning world fossil fuel subsidies
Global subsidies for fossil fuel consumption are set to reach $660 billion in 2020 unless reforms are passed to effectively eliminate this form of state aid, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday.

"Governments and taxpayers spent about half a trillion dollars last year supporting the production and consumption of fossil fuels," the energy watchdog to 28 industrialized countries said. Read more here.

Flood Victims World divided on new plan to combat global warming
A new plan to curb global warming risks becoming a battleground between rich and poor nations and could struggle to get off the ground as negotiators battle over the fate of the ailing Kyoto climate pact.

The 1997 Kyoto Protocol covers only emissions from rich nations that produce less than a third of mankind's carbon pollution and its first phase is due to expire end-2012. Poorer nations want it extended, while many rich countries say a broader pact is needed to include all big polluters. Read more here.

Farmer in Field Living Architecture: Building Bridges From Roots and Vines
Most bridges today are built from concrete or steel, but the people from the region of Cherrapunji, India have been building bridges from tree roots for at least the past 500 years. The process takes patience, but is completely natural and is now gaining recognition as being a notable resource to consider as other cities around the world look for sustainable materials to build a better future infrastructure. Read more here.

Nanomaterial Magnified Engineers 'Cook' Promising New Heat-Harvesting Nanomaterials in Microwave Oven
Waste heat is a byproduct of nearly all electrical devices and industrial processes, from driving a car to flying an aircraft or operating a power plant. Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed new nanomaterials that could lead to techniques for better capturing and putting this waste heat to work. The key ingredients for making marble-sized pellets of the new material are aluminum and a common, everyday microwave oven. Read more here.

Solar Tower Storage, Biofuel Lead $156 Million in Energy Research Grants
Can the energy of the sun be stored in molten glass, supercritical fluids, or metal? Can genetic engineering squeeze more biofuel from pine trees or tobacco? Can new alloys be created to replace the rare earth minerals so important to alternative energy?

These are among 60 research projects named Thursday to share in $156 million in U.S. government grants to push the cutting edge of energy technology. It is the fourth round of funding in the U.S. Department of Energy’s two-year-old ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) program, an effort to inject support into “high-risk, high-payoff” research on energy. Read more here.

Offshore Oil Rigs U.S. Regulators Promise Oversight Of Offshore Drilling Contractors
Nearly 18 months after a disastrous oil spill killed wildlife and endangered the futures of fishermen and resort businesses along the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government announces it will regulate not only the operators of offshore oil rigs, but the contractors who own and work on them, as well.

The shift in enforcement is one of several changes announced in the past 24 hours, as federal regulators seek to ensure the Gulf spill catastrophe does not recur. Read more here.

Water Processing Plant Recycled Water Quenches San Antonio's Thirst
Gliding along in a flat-bottom boat on the San Antonio River thorough the heart of downtown San Antonio is a beautiful and authentic Texas experience.

There's one thing a boat tour guide is not going to mention, however. Texas is in the middle of a historic drought, and the river that tourists are cruising along with ducks, big bass, catfish and perch is actually treated sewage water. Read more here.

Biofuel Pump U.S. unlikely to hit advanced biofuel goal
The United States will likely fail to reach its long-term mandate for making advanced ethanol from trees, grasses and crop waste unless producers innovate significantly, a scientific advisory group said on Tuesday.

The National Research Council's comments are the latest sign that backers of alternative fuels must wait longer for "next-generation" ethanol. Touted as the motor fuel of the future, it has struggled with high production costs and other setbacks. Read more here.

Overgrown Refinery Molycorp Set to Announce a Rare Earth Rediscovery
An all-but-forgotten rocky outcropping in Southern California contains ore that could help break the country’s dependence on China for certain types of rare earth metals, according to the only American producer of rare earths.

The deposit contains so-called heavy rare earths, according to the company, Molycorp, which plans to announce its finding Tuesday at a conference in Washington sponsored by the Energy Department, the European Commission and Japan’s trade ministry. Read more here.

Beaker with Biofuel Researchers Produce Cheap Sugars for Sustainable Biofuel Production
Iowa State University's Robert C. Brown keeps a small vial of brown, sweet-smelling liquid on his office table. "It looks like something you could pour on your pancakes," he said. "In many respects, it is similar to molasses." Brown, in fact, calls it "pyrolytic molasses."

That's because it was produced by the fast pyrolysis of biomass such as corn stalks or wood chips. Fast pyrolysis involves quickly heating the biomass without oxygen to produce liquid or gas products. Read more here.

Fish 'Illusion of Plenty' Masking Collapse of Two Key Southern California Fisheries
The two most important recreational fisheries off Southern California have collapsed, according to a new study led by a researcher from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Scripps postdoctoral researcher Brad Erisman and his colleagues examined the health of regional populations of barred sand bass and kelp bass-staple catches of Southern California's recreational fishing fleet-by combining information from fishing records and other data on regional fish populations. Stocks of both species have collapsed due to a combination of overfishing of their breeding areas and changes in oceanographic conditions, the researchers found. Read more here.

Car on Road Meet the Change Makers: Steering Ford Toward Sustainability
In the long history of U.S. automakers, green strategy and profitability have rarely gone hand in hand --until, that is, Henry Ford’s great-grandson made them a centerpiece of his tenure as the company's president and CEO. in 2006, Bill Ford’s green vision looked cannily prescient. With gas prices spiraling skyward that summer, U.S. drivers stampeded away from gas-guzzlers. Soon after, the financial crisis leveled the economy, and car sales collapsed. Unlike its Motown rivals, Ford was able to steer clear of bankruptcy, thanks in large part to savvy financial moves by the auto maker. Read more here.

Boat on Wave of Oil Tough Oil: Five public health challenges of petroleum scarcity
Economists associate the availability of abundant inexpensive energy with economic growth, suggesting that the modern era’s rising tide of global wealth—and health—was borne up largely on a sea of cheap oil. “We’ve been living for 150 years on a fossil fuel bubble,” is how Stuart Chaitkin, MA, a retired energy policy analyst and senior associate in Environmental Health Sciences (EHS), describes the current situation. “You can’t just simply replace oil for many of its uses. Oil is the world’s master resource.” Read more here.

Solyndra Sign GOP says US can’t compete with China on clean energy
Ah, patriotism. These are the guys that believe in American exceptionalism? That believe the US is the greatest country in the world? Not so much.

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) says the United States can’t compete with China to make solar panels and wind turbines, and that the government should no longer subsidize green-energy programs. And he’s the guy in charge of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which has been pushing the Solyndra witch-hunt. Read more here.

How to End the Recession
Saving the climate is the path out of the economic mess. The great waves of growth set off by the intercontinental railroads, the interstate highways, the internet, production for WWII -- energy transformation is the next wave. This should be our message for these hard times. Read more here.

Composting Veggies Don’t Fear the Compost: A Corporate Zero Waste Implementation Story
Zero waste is a movement that aims to eliminate the material that goes into landfills by recycling or composting most items. I recently implemented his next generation recycling and a sustainability initiative as my company’s Green Committee chair. After months of planning, we launched the program in late spring. Now that we have the summer behind us, I am taking the time to reflect on lessons learned and following up on my promise to share how our zero waste project has been running. Read more here.

Wall Street Protesters David Korten: Why I'm in Solidarity with OccupyWallStreet
At this moment the brave and dedicated OccupyWallStreet protesters are in the streets of New York and cities around the world. They call the world’s attention to Wall Street greed and corruption as a common source of the many crises that threaten the human future—economic, political, social, and environmental. This is a defining moment for America. It is our country’s version of the uprisings occurring around the world. It is a ray of hope for democracy and real prosperity in America and beyond. Read more here.

Green Space Part of Saving Mill Towns
PROVIDENCE — If you were mayor what would you change? John Fetterman got that chance in a community so run down it had lost 90 percent of its population.

Braddock, Pa., was one of hundreds of U.S. mill towns stuck in steadily decline over the last 50 years. In its heyday, Fetterman explained, this "prototypical walkable community" had nine department stores and fifteen restaurants. Today is has none of either. Even the town's one hospital was shuttered. Read more here.

Fall River Mills In past, present and future, mills driving Fall River's economy
As a nonprofit, 501 c6 organization, the Mill Owners’ Association was born more than two years ago, its mission to create an association for the purpose of driving new prosperity in Fall River — beginning now.

It is believed the more than 50 mills in the city represent a working population of close to 5,000 employees — less than 10 percent of what was once the total number at the height of the textile era. This approximates the same number of jobs found today in the city industrial park. Read more here.

Fall River makes case for more mass transit, not less
Local bus rider Fred Senay summed it up best at mass transit rally advocating for bus service at night and on Sundays in Fall River recently: “A lot of people told me they couldn’t get hired, that they couldn’t work overtime, that they couldn’t work Sundays because of transportation problems. Public transportation is the lifeblood of our city. We need more, not less.” Read more here.

Somerset considering investing in solar panels for town garage
SOMERSET — The town is once again looking into adding solar panels to the roof of the Highway Department garage, and is seeking to hire a consultant to look into the feasibility of adding solar or wind power to the former landfill.

The roof of the Brayton Point Road building was replaced two years ago with a so-called solar-ready roof. Panels can be added without drilling into the top surface, and there's a place to feed wires to a room below for a converter. Read more here.

$3.5 million grant to help science, math education
DARTMOUTH — The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has received $3.5 million in grants to help improve science, technology, engineering and math education in local schools.

Teachers in Fall River, New Bedford and Wareham will receive training in the teaching of so-called STEM subjects as the major component of two grants given to the university from the National Science Foundation, according to an announcement on Monday. Read more here.

Bringing the SouthCoast into the biotech 'Super Cluster'
On Sept. 19, I had the pleasure of hosting a reception in Boston, organized by SouthCoast business and economic development officials for 200 representatives of the Massachusetts life science and medical device industries at which we extolled the virtues of the SouthCoast as a viable and up and coming location for life science and medical device companies. Read more here.

Swansea mulls solar energy bylaws
SWANSEA — A Zoning Revisions Group has been formed to look at the growing popularity of solar and other types of green energy in town.

A solar farm is being proposed on Baker Road. The School Department is looking to add solar panels to all its buildings. Even the Swansea Mall has expressed an interest in solar energy. Read more here.

Portland a good model for Fall River pier
FALL RIVER — When City Council candidate Michael Ramos looks at the vacant city pier, he sees a vision of Portland, Maine.

As he seeks a seat on the council, Ramos is calling for the development of the old pier into a bustling, city-owned marina that would draw recreational boaters and cruise ships looking for a place to dock. Read more here.

Grocery Region's grocery landscape changes as stores jockey to remain competitive
More and more these days, shoppers can pick up their milk and eggs at the same time they shop for shirts or DVD's.

Retail giants such as Target and Wal-Mart have expanded or plan to increase their food selections at SouthCoast stores as they seek a larger share of consumers' grocery spending. And it's not just 800-pound gorillas who are on the move. Family-owned Trucchi's plans to open its sixth store early next year, this time in Middleboro. Read more here.

Westport gets a $20K piece of $180K federal environmental grant
WESTPORT — Westport is one of eight Buzzards Bay towns to receive a share of $180,000 in environmental grants from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which were announced Thursday.

The grants, which will be administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Office of Coastal Zone Management, are intended to help towns test and treat stormwater discharges, protect wetlands and wildlife habitats, improve water supplies and safeguard open spaces. Read more here.

River Kayakers Pawtuxet River dam removal a boon to spawning fish
In recent weeks, Erin-Kate Heap has been checking out the Pawtuxet River now that workers have removed a 150-foot concrete dam. Now, at high tide, the historic falls in the heart of Pawtuxet Village are greatly tamed.

On Friday, during a celebration of the end of the project, she learned that it will now be possible to navigate the falls in small boats when the water is high enough. Read more here.

New consortium of SouthCoast movers and shakers seeks to attract 'advanced manufacturing' jobs to the area..
Fall River — A new consortium that includes the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Bristol Community College, regional workforce boards and local companies will work toward improving the area’s educational attainment and attracting a new wave of manufacturing jobs to the area.

The group, which met for the first time Tuesday at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center, includes what a consultant said is a core of around 15 companies that, if all goes according to plan, will expand to 100 or more during the next four years. By aligning educational programs to meet the needs of manufacturing companies, the consortium hopes to land jobs in more modern manufacturing — more likely medical devices than furniture or clothing. Read more here.

Turbine Under Construction Lightolier begins building what will be state's largest wind turbine
FALL RIVER — Lightolier has begun building what will be the tallest wind turbine in Massachusetts, at 415 feet to the tip of the highest blade.

Recently, the massive concrete base was poured behind its Industrial Park headquarters on Airport Road, where the 2-megawatt turbine will rise in the coming months. It will be the tallest structure in the area aside from the twin cooling towers at Brayton Point power plant in Somerset, which each stand 497 feet. Read more here.

Town asked to pay for digester cost overruns
FAIRHAVEN — With federal funding for Fairhaven's delayed anaerobic digester project set to run out in the next few months, the Board of Public Works is seeking town approval to borrow up to $716,000 to meet future expenses and complete the project.

Errors and unanticipated costs during the construction process, including defective tanks, have put the $7.2 million project nearly a year behind schedule, increasing expenses and delaying potential savings. Read more here.

NOAA Chief NOAA chief draws fire at fisheries hearing
BOSTON — Congress is bearing down on NOAA and its treatment of fishermen in the Northeast, beginning with a U.S. Senate hearing at the Statehouse Monday, confronting NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and sharply questioning her agency's approach and competence.

The fate of the Northeast groundfishing fleet and its rough treatment by the government were the subject of the hearing Monday by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Read more here.

Compost facility conditions could be finalized tonight
FREETOWN — The Planning Board has made significant headway in constructing its conditions of approval for Peninsula Compost Group's proposed facility and hopes to complete the list at its next meeting tonight.

In order for Peninsula to build, it must acquire a special permit from the Planning Board and meet the board's list of conditions. While the hearing regarding the permit has been continued for more than six months, the first draft of the conditions of approval has only been on the board's agenda since early in September. Read more here.

BicyclersWatershed Ride brings attention to healthy bay
FALMOUTH — For Andy van Dam of Barrington, R.I., it took six hours to ride 75 miles and travel a half-century back in time.

"I lived on Oyster Pond Road," van Dam, 72, said Sunday at Quissett Harbor minutes after completing the Buzzards Bay Coalition's fifth annual Watershed Ride. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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 SouthCoast can make progress in building a more robust economy based on progressive sustainability principles such as regional time banking and bartering, also local currency systems that keep dollars close to home. 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.

Fermentation Workshop and "Lexicon of Sustainability Pop Up Art Show"

October 6, 6-8pm, How on Earth, 62 Marion Road, Mattapoisett, MA
Incredible photo collages from artist Douglas Gayeton on display (preview the collection at www.thelexicon.org. How on Earth will be displaying the artwork during an open house and fermentation workshop by Bay Club Chef Jim Mercer. The workshop will introduce participants to the tradition and craft of lacto-fermentation and its health benefits. Participants can expect to come away with the confidence to make their own Sauerkraut, Kim-chi, Kombucha, Vinegar, Pickles, and more. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required for the workshop as space is limited. The event will feature free local appetizers, music by Neal McCarthy, and local wine and beer at cost! Call How on Earth event organizer Scott Gallant at (508) 758-1341 . Details here.

The Secrets of Field Notes: Capturing Science, Nature, and Exploration

October 6, 7-8pm, Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Ranging across continents and disciplines from ornithology to entomology, ecology, paleontology, and anthropology this presentation delves into the notes and drawings kept by field scientists. How do eminent field scientists and naturalists like E. O. Wilson and Kenn Kaufman actually record their work? And how should you cultivate your own skills as a birder, citizen scientist, or adventurer? Michael R. Canfield, editor of Field Notes on Science and Nature and instructor at Harvard University, shares field stories, anecdotes, maps, photographs, and drawings from historical and contemporary field notes to reveal scientific knowledge, exhilarating expeditions, and important discoveries. He also provides practical advice on common practices, pitfalls, and basic techniques for documenting adventures in the natural world. Registration is required. $8 Member, $10 Non-member. Call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041. Details here.

South Shore Celebration

October 8, 10:00am - 4:30pm, Marshfield Fairgrounds
Join us for a celebration – the South Shore Celebration! that is. This is our first annual Festival to celebrate the local fall harvest and sustainable living and it's at the Marshfield Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 8th (Columbus Day Weekend) where you can discover good food and green fun! Highlights include almost 70 vendors showcasing everything green from energy and cleaning products to clothes, jewelry and food, a fall farmers market, and a local wine tasting too. Bring the kids, they'll love to learn about cranberry bogs and have fun with games in our Kids Corner.

An electronic car will be on display and folks can also bring unwanted old electronics to be recycled in a responsible way, (fee is between $3 and $25 depending on size of the item.) Who doesn't have a box of old cords or an old monitor in a closet somewhere? Our workshop line-up has something for everyone as you journey from the healthy kitchen to the green garden, the solar workshop and more!

Parking (and water) is free and the entry is only $3 per person or $6 per family making it a fun, informative and affordable outing for everyone. We'll be there rain or shine (it is a tented event) so be sure to stop by. Details here.

Putting Gardens to Bed

October 8, 10-11 a.m., 224 Brown St., Providence
The workshop, taught by SCLT's Leo Pollock and Little City Growers's Adam Graffunder, will teach gardeners how to transition their gardens for the fall and winter seasons.Topics covered will include season extension, learning about mulch and cover crop and how to cultivate garlic. Spanish the following morning, same time, at the Templot Community Garden on 40 Appleton Street in Olneyville. The Spanish translated workshop will be taught by Jairo Rosales, the Templot Community Garden leader. Details here.

Attracting Backyard Birds

October 9, 1 pm, Blisscapes Nursery, 751 Potomska St, S. Dartmouth
Blisscapes Nursery has been planted with native plants, to attract a variety of bird species throughout the year, serving as an example of how to manage property for a diversity of wildlife. Landscape designer Bill Gil will focus on bird attracting plants, bird feeders, bird food, bird houses, and tricks that have worked best on his property in South Dartmouth where over 140 species have been recorded. Notebook and binoculars are recommended. Details here.

Aha Night

October 13, 5-9 pm, Coalition for Buzzards Bay, 114 Front Street, New Bedford
The Connecting for Change conference is heading to New Bedford October 21-23, and you can get a preview of the exciting workshops at the Buzzards Bay Center. Warren Winders, Red Brook projects director at the Council of Trout Unlimited, will be sharing pictures and stories of the history of the Red Brook River, Brook Trout, and the benefits of restoring rivers. Kids activities include fish prints and fly tying demonstrations! Don't miss this exciting and educational opportunity! Details here (PDF).

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Boo at the Zoo Returns!

October 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford.
There’s enough fun for everyone at Boo at the Zoo! Thrills and chills! Frights and sights! Join us at Boo at the Zoo for an evening of Halloween fun! Climb aboard for a spoooooky train ride ($2/ride) or take a bewitching carousel ride ($2/ride)! Crafts, activities, and slightly scary fun for all ages! Zoo Members: $5/adult; $3/child. Non-Members: $10/adult; $8/child.Details here.

Westport Farm Community Gardens Harvest Festival

October 15, 12 noon - 4pm, Westport Town Farm
Bring your family to celebrate the third annual harvest at the Westport Town Farm's Community Gardens. At Westport Town Farm, livestock again graze on open fields. An antique farmhouse, dairy barn, corn crib, and stone walls dating back to Colonial times complete the picture of this bucolic working farm that served as a “poor farm” and infirmary for more than 100 years. Enjoy local food, music, and activities for all ages. Free. Details here.

Low Impact Landscaping Workshop

October 15, 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.

Canoing the Taunton and Nemasket Rivers

October 16, 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m., The "Park & Ride" located off exit 4 on Route 140.
Cost: Members: $32  Non-members: $40
Pre-registration is required by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14th

Join Research Director, Mark Mello, for this annual fall foliage tour on two of the most beautiful rivers in eastern Massachusetts on October 16. Participants will canoe the Taunton River and the portion of the Nemasket River where it flows into the Taunton. The panoply of fall leaves should be very near its peak! Transportation and all equipment will be provided.Bring footwear that you won’t mind getting wet, as well as a lunch and drink (non-alcoholic).  

Register online or call the Lloyd Center’s event phone at 508-558-2918. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x23.  These trips are very popular, and space is limited so don’t “miss the boat!” Details here.

"How Did Your Garden Grow?" A Review of the Season plus Garlic and Over-wintering Crops!

October 18, 5pm, Lawler Branch Library, 745 Rockdale Ave, New Bedford.
Free Organic Gardening Workshop by Brix Bounty Farm. Purposes: -To assist new and experienced gardeners gain a deeper understanding of methods used in healthy food production. -To strengthen local food security for our community. -To increase the yield and nutritional quality of your produce. For more information please contact 508-992-1868 or visit www.brixbounty.com.

Green Futures Monthly Meeting

October 20, 7 p.m., Union United Methodist Church, corner of Highland Ave.& Pearce St., Fall River, MA
All who are interested in environmental issues concerning the Fall River area are welcome! Details here.

Wind Turbine Tour

October 20, 5-6 p.m., New England Institute of Technology Turbine, 2500 Post Rd., Warwick
Join the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP), a state effort being facilitated by the University of Rhode Island, and see for yourself how a local wind turbine looks, operates, and provides a source of renewable energy. The tours are free and open to the public, but space is limited and RSVP is required.
Info: RSVP to Sue Kennedy at 401-874-6107 or e-mail skennedy@crc.uri.edu.

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.

The Coca Cola Case (Sustainability Film Series)

October 25, 7:00 p.m., UMass Dartmouth CVPA-153 auditorium
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.

Cranberry Bog Tours

October 29 10 a.m. at AD Makepeace in Wareham
The A.D. Makepeace Company welcomes you to tour the largest cranberry operation in the world during the height of blossom season! The tour will meet at Tihonet Village Market at 10 a.m. An experienced cranberry grower will take the group to view the cranberry harvest, discuss all aspects of cranberry growing and answer questions. At Tihonet Village Market the group will be able to view our Cranberry Harvest Video and see pictures of the bogs through the seasons. Lunch, souvenirs and cranberry products are also available at the Market for purchase. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required, $10 per person (7 and under free). To sign up visit or call Tihonet Village Market, 508.295.5437, www.tihonetvillagemarket.com. Visit our site for directions. Private group and educational tours available with advance notice, contact Kim Houdlette, 508-322-4027, or e-mail. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
SouthCoast Energy Challenge Seeking Lead Organizer
Are you outgoing, energetic, and cheerful? The SouthCoast Energy Challenge is currently seeking an experienced organizer to take on outreach! The SouthCoast Energy Challenge is a free, neighbor-to-neighbor energy savings campaign. The goal is to engage people from all backgrounds across the SouthCoast to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, thereby enhancing long-term community sustainability. The primary focus of the Lead Community Organizer will be to plan and oversee Energy Challenge direct and indirect community outreach, develop and coordinate a volunteer base, and to manage the organizing interns. Download the full job description PDF here. Applications requested by Friday, October 21, at 5:00 pm. Please address all resume/cover letters to: Mercy Cover, Program Manager. Email: mcover@seeal.org (Or) Mail to: SEEAL attn: Energy Challenge Organizer, 63 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740. Get details here.
Regional Bikeway Conversation
Conversations about the Regional Bikeway are heating up and we need your help! The Fall River, Dartmouth, and New Bedford bikepath committees are seeking members. For more information contact:
New Bedford: Angela Bannister bannist324@yahoo.com or Pauline Hamel phamel@bu.edu
Dartmouth: Wendy Henderson whenderson@town.dartmouth.ma.us
Fall River: Brian Pearson btrekman@comcast.net
For information about the regional bikeway, contact Adam Recchia arecchia@srpedd.org.
For information about upcoming bikerides, contact Brian Pearson btrekman@comcast.net.
Apple Picking Season in Full Swing - Visit our MassGrown Agri-Google Map to Find an Orchard Near You
As we approach the start of the fall season we axre pleased to let you know that summer's crazy weather thankfully left Massachusetts' apple orchards largely unscathed. Our orchard growers have plenty of hearty apples available for picking! Visit your local orchards, farm stands, and farmers' markets to stock up on your favorite apple varieties.

There are about 78 apple orchards in the Commonwealth, where people can enjoy apple picking, fresh cider, aromatic baked pies and dumplings, and activities such as hayrides, face painting, and fall festivals. Find fresh apples here.
"Transition Town" Initiative in Southeastern Massachusetts
On September 12, UMass Dartmouth's Sustainability Office and the Fairhaven Sustainability Council hosted a presentation on the genesis and growth of Transition Towns from a single project in Totnes England just five short years ago to several hundred intiatives worldwide. The key notion of the Transition Town initiative is that systemic, locally-based responses to climate change and peak oil can help communities develop resilience and hope. The discussion drew interested parties from Marion to Seekonk to Bridgewater and towns in between for a broad-based exploration. We want to explore how a Transition Town approach might respond creatively and constructively to the very real economic distress many of our community members are faced with. The UMass Dartmouth Office of Sustainability, the Regional Council on Sustainability and SRPEDD are interested in providing space to discuss these issues and to providing support to towns who would like to investigate developing an initiative. Come to the Bioneers Regional Transition Town Discussion to be scheduled during the Connecting for Change Conference, October 21-23. Town meetings will also be held on a regular basis. More information to come. To learn about the "Transition Movement in the United States, visit http://transitionus.org/transition-town-movement. or read the "Transition Handbook" by R. Hopkins.
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.

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip
Seal Those Ducts
Heating and cooling is one of the home's biggest uses of energy, so it's important to make sure all your ductwork is tightly sealed. Learn more here.

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