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October 13 to 20, 2011

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This week:

Westport Farm Community Gardens Harvest Festival

Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR

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Save The Date:

Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference

The Coca Cola Case (Sustainability Film Series)

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SouthCoast Energy Challenge Seeking Lead Organizer

Buy Carbon Credits with the Marion Institute

Weekly Green Tip:

Tips For Choosing LED Lights

Clip of the Week

Why end of growth can mean more happiness
Richard Heinberg- whose latest book describes The End of Growth- isn't looking for when the recession will end and we'll get back to "normal". He believes our decades-long era of growth was based on aberrant set of conditions- namely cheap oil, but also cheap minerals, cheap food, etc- and that looking ahead, we need to prepare for a "new normal".
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"How can we be so arrogant? The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can't destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don't they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?"
- Paulo Coelho The Winner Stands Alone

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Armadillo

The Armadillo is on the move north and east thanks to global warming. Some experts predict it may move into into D.C. and even New Jersey. Once only found in Latin America, they crossed over to Texas and started spreading to warmer states in the 1880s, but it has not been since temperate zones have started shifting up a few degrees that they've made a northeasterly trek. People may still debate climate change, but flora and fauna are reacting.

Other than the Armadillo's climate change-related relocation story, one might think this is a food-themed issue of the Sustainability Almanac. We have a good number of important food stories that turned up in respected publications and science journals about agriculture and feeding our growing global population. Sugar crops are at a 37-year low, and corn was so much more expensive this year that chicken and pigs are being wheat. We also see reports on tainted and disappearing Gulf of Mexico seafood.

For a bit of relief from these intense articles, read about the award winning LEED Platinum eco-house in Maine, and about how farmers in Namibia, Africa who used to shoot prey animals stalking their herds have taken to protecting wildlife.

Leaf Bullet News
Global
Refrigerator of Food How That Food You Throw Out Is Linked To Global Warming
It's funny how some people are embarrassed by the state of their refrigerator .For me, it's the guilt of seeing off-color sausage or slimy lettuce disintegrating in my refrigerator drawer. Sadly, I am just another American prone to wasting food. Collectively, we waste about 55 million tons of the stuff a year, or 40 percent of the food supply, researchers estimate.

For the guilt-ridden food wasters among us, a little company out of Oregon recently found a way to poke us to shop more prudently. They've crunched the numbers to show how the greenhouse gas emissions from the production, transport and disposal of all the food we could eat — but don't — adds up. Read more here.

Field with Irrigation Facing Planetary Enemy No. 1: Agriculture
For the past 200 years, ever since Thomas Malthus published his Essay on the Principle of Population, big thinkers have been wondering whether Earth-dwellers will eventually run out of food.

Today, a global group of scientists released a fresh look at the question. They add a different, environmental twist to it. Can we feed the world without destroying the environment?

It's a good question, because agriculture is probably the single most destructive thing that humans do to the earth. Read more here.

World Map Feeding the World While Protecting the Planet: Global Plan for Sustainable Agriculture
The problem is stark: One billion people on earth don't have enough food right now. It's estimated that by 2050 there will be more than nine billion people living on the planet.

Meanwhile, current agricultural practices are amongst the biggest threats to the global environment. This means that if we don't develop more sustainable practices, the planet will become even less able to feed its growing population than it is today. Read more here.

EU reform plans target greener, fairer farm subsidies
The EU's executive proposed on Wednesday making farm subsidies fairer and more environmentally friendly, in a bid to win support for keeping EU agricultural spending at about 55 billion euro-a-year ($75 billion-a-year) up to 2020.

Critics of the bloc's common agricultural policy (CAP) had urged the European Commission to take advantage of high global food prices and cut the huge subsidies it pays to farmers in a reform of the policy from 2014.

But against a backdrop of increasing market volatility, resource scarcity and climate change, the Commission had already rejected calls for subsidy cuts, and said the reform should refocus spending on the threats facing EU farmers. Read more here.

Giraffes To Save Wildlife, Namibia's Farmers Take Control
It's dawn and 40 degrees out. The air tastes of dust. Elias Neftali is behind the wheel of a truck, driving us through a long valley encircled by red-rock mountains. As a farmhand in the northwest desert of Namibia, Neftali used to shoot wild animals trying to eat his livestock.

Now he protects wild animals. And that can be scary. "Oh my god, yep," he says. He tells me about a night he was sleeping in a bungalow out in the bush with some other wildlife guards. Read more here.

Nuclear Cleanup Japan mayor wants reactor near Tokyo decommissioned
A Japanese mayor has called on the government to decommission the nuclear reactor in his village, 110 km northeast of Tokyo, the first local leader to urge scrapping a reactor as Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda tries to rehabilitate the tarnished nuclear sector to help meet the nation's power needs.

The reactor at Tokaimura, where Japan's commercial nuclear power industry was born in the late 1950s, has been shut since a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck northeast Japan on March 11. It entered routine maintenance in May and is not due to restart until August 2012. Read more here.

Australia's carbon tax plan passes biggest hurdle
Australia's plan for a national carbon price passed its biggest political hurdle on Wednesday when the lower house of parliament voted in favor of the scheme -- a major victory for beleaguered Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Gillard, who is staring at electoral defeat according to opinion polls, has staked her minority government's future on the sweeping economic reform that will impose a carbon tax on around 500 of the country's biggest polluters from July 2012, before moving to a carbon trade scheme in 2015. Read more here.

Data Graphics Unleashing the Power of Green Data
Sustainability decisions need to rely on the results of quantitative environmental research. Commonly, these results are found in closed, often expensive databases based on proprietary software. Alternatively, environmental information is presented in text documents (pdf-files) which cannot be processed.

"Environmental impact information should be accessible and easy to use. That's why we have developed Footprinted.org," says Jorge Zapico from the KTH Centre for Sustainable Communication (CESC). Read more here.

National
Oil Cleanup Invention Illinois Team Wins Oil Spill Cleanup X CHALLENGE
Team Elastec, an Illinois-based veteran company in the oil spill cleanup business, developed giant grooved discs that skimmed oil more than three times better than the industry standard to capture the $1 million top prize in the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE, the X PRIZE Foundation announced today.

In a competition born out of frustration of oil cleanup technology in last year's BP Gulf oil spill, Elastec/American Marine company of Carmi, Illinois, and Cocoa, Florida, deployed a system that slurped oil in the test tank at a rate of 4,670 gallons (17,677 liters) per minute, with an efficiency of 89.5 percent. (Only 10.5 percent of the oily mix in the recovery tanks was water.) Read more here.

Power Plant EPA says it will finalize air rule on mercury in November
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it was committed to finalizing a standard on mercury emissions by November 16 after 25 states urged a court to force the agency to delay the rule.

"EPA is committed to completing the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards — the first-ever national standards for mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollution from power plants," the EPA said in a release. Read more here.

Coal Mining It’s not jobs vs environment – it’s clean jobs vs dirty jobs
The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness released a report yesterday that presents a compelling case why the clean energy sector is critical to the United States’ economic recovery and future job growth. TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not only inconsistent with our country’s energy goals, it would strengthen ongoing efforts to derail the growth of clean energy in the United States.Anthony Swift, Natural Resources Defense Council

As the Council notes, the nation currently risks falling behind its international competitors in the clean energy industry and losing its leadership position in one of the largest growth industries of the 21st century – an industry that now employs over 2.7 million Americans. Read more here.

Pine Forest New Pine Breeding Technique May Help Trees Adapt to Climate Change
A breakthrough in pine tree breeding will help forests to adapt to climate change and bioenergy use. The technique, published in New Phytologist, can create new tree variants in half the time it take for current breeding methods and is expected to increase the security and competitiveness of the U.S. forestry industry.

The southeastern United States is a leading producer of the world's pine, a key natural resource for paper and wood. In Florida alone the forestry industry had an economic impact of more than $14 billion on the state's economy in 2009 and provided more than 80,000 jobs. Read more here.

Polluted Fish FDA, Asleep on the Job? Study Questions Gulf Seafood Safety
A new study finds that the FDA seriously underestimated the health risks from contaminants in Gulf seafood. Following the release of the study, which was led by the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, NRDC submitted a petition to the FDA requesting that it set stricter safety standards for chemical contamination in seafood from the region. NRDC said that the agency had relied on “flawed or outdated assumptions” that allowed up to 10,000 times the safe levels of contamination. Pregnant women, children, and people who eat a lot of seafood are most vulnerable. Read more here.

Shrimpers Waiting Gulf Shrimp Are Scarce This Season; Answers, Too
LAFITTE, La. — The dock at Bundy’s Seafood is quiet, the trucks are empty and a crew a fraction of the normal size sits around a table waiting for something to do. But the most telling indicator that something is wrong is the smell. It smells perfectly fine.

“There’s no shrimp,” explained Grant Bundy, 38. The dock should smell like a place where 10,000 pounds of shrimp a day are bought off the boats. Not this year. In all of September, Bundy’s Seafood bought around 41,000 pounds. Read more here.

Field Studies in Ecuador How 'geotags' could track developing world science
Online tools reveal a lot about world science — except location. 'Geotags' can fill a knowledge gap and throw up surprises, says Nigel Pitman of a University of Florida project team.
Anyone who has done a search on Google Scholar can attest to the astonishing advances we have seen in accessing, organising and analysing scientific literature.

As old card catalogues are replaced by lightning-fast digital reference tools, researchers have an increasingly clear view of which questions have been addressed, and when, why, how and by whom. Read more here.

Solar-Roofed House This year's best green homes? Stylish efficiency wins
This year's best green home, a compact and affordable three-bedroom, is designed to use up to 90% less energy and produce all the power it needs via rooftop solar panels, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced Thursday at its annual Greenbuild conference held this year in Toronto.

The 1,500-square-foot GO Home in Belfast, Maine, built by GO Logic and to be replicated across a 35-home community in Maine, won the project-of-the-year award from the non-profit's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. It cost about $160 per square foot to build and is estimated to cost $300 annually to heat. Read more here.

Discourse
Electric Vehicle Charger Electric Vehicle: Cost of Electricity
There is a growing interest in electric vehicles (EVs), with many vehicles now being offered and planned for future release. The uninspired and those who may be in the employ of the Koch Machine will long and loudly rail against the EV for its status as a ZEV. But, at ground level, especially in difficult economic times. it is the vehicle’s cost that will motivate mass adoption of electric cars. Read more here.

Forest Carbon Sequestration and the Balance of Property Right and the Public Good
Carbon sequestration has been proposed as a way to slow the atmospheric and marine accumulation of greenhouse gases, which are released by burning fossil fuels. The lack of a settled legal framework that balances private property rights while maximizing the public good ultimately hinders the large-scale commercial deployment of geologic carbon sequestration, according to research by A. Bryan Endres, a professor of agricultural law at the University of Illinois. Read more here.

GDP Graphic GDP: Grossly Deficient Paradigm?
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a national accounting measure based on the market value of all final goods and services produced within a geographical entity within a given time period. It is often expressed as a comparison to the previous quarter or year. Significant changes in GDP sometimes have important effects on the stock market. Policy makers often use it as the gauge of our economic health and as an indicator of our national economic wellbeing.

But is this the case? According to a recent release from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, real GDP increased at an annual rate of 1.3% in the second quarter of 2011. Does this mean that our overall economic health and our national economic wellbeing increased by 1.3% during the same time period? Read more here.

Go Green Poster Keeping Up With the Greens: I’m Making A Difference. Why Aren’t You?
Just about everyone and everything is green these days. And it’s not enough to quietly turn over a new leaf; you’ve got to trumpet your transformation.

In the United States, ballparks and sports stadiums are being celebrated for using environmentally-friendly materials and new, efficient technologies. In India, banks are publicly announcing the launch of green initiatives like paper-free banking, e-statements, and “green offices." Read more here.

Climate Change Art Sign Climate Change as Muse
Cape Farewell sends artists and scientists on remote trips to witness the effects of global warming. Then the experience becomes art. A new exhibition in New York spotlights the results.

When artist David Buckland talks about his expeditions to the high Arctic in 2007 and 2008, he sounds like someone recounting a bizarre dream. Canadian songstress Leslie Feist was there, shooting video of the frozen landscape with an old, borrowed 8 mm camera. Read more here.

Local
Offshore Map Deepwater to build first U.S. offshore wind farm
Deepwater Wind is racing to build the first U.S. offshore wind farm off Rhode Island and hopes to parlay that into a string of East Coast farms that could partially replace embattled nuclear power plants.

The privately held U.S. wind power developer plans to begin construction of the $205 million, 30-megawatt Block Island project in 2013 or 2014, ahead of a farm proposed by Cape Wind which had been expected to be the nation's first offshore facility, according to Deepwater's CEO. Read more here.

Masts 'It's wonderful to see her floating again'
Ernestina makes short voyage back to New Bedford harbor
NEW BEDFORD — Timing is everything as Newfoundland's Janice Leamon discovered Wednesday morning.

Just hours before departing after her first visit to the city, Leamon was able to step aboard the schooner Ernestina moments after the tug Jaguar nudged the historic vessel back into its customary berth at the State Pier following a four-month stay at the Fairhaven Shipyard. Read more here.

Senators say bill seeks to protect fishermen, taxpayers
NEW BEDFORD — Catch shares and sector management in the groundfishery might be rolled back under a bill filed this week by Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

The amendment to the Magnuson-Stevens Act would require that no more than 15 percent of the fishing jobs in a sector are lost as the system is imposed. If that happens, a new management plan would be mandatory after one year. Read more here.

New program touts local lobstering
WESTPORT — The "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" movement has just headed out to sea.

Starting this week, Massachusetts lobster fishermen can have their catch certified by the commonwealth under a new initiative designed to help both fishermen and consumers.

The newly introduced Commonwealth Quality Program allows participating fishermen to attach a label to their catch certifying that it is caught locally. Read more here.

Rowers Regatta infuses new energy into harbor
NEW BEDFORD — The city's first fall regatta brought hundreds of rowers and thousands of spectators to Popes Island Sunday to an event that officials hope will give New Bedford an annual economic uptick.

More than 150 boats representing scholastic and adult rowing teams from across New England brought life and energy to the area around the island. Read more here.

New England seal deaths happened before
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — As authorities wait for answers in the deaths of dozens of seals found on beaches in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts, there's been discussion about a similar event that happened from 1979-1980.

Marine biologist Scott Mercer of York, Maine, tells The Portsmouth Herald that many dead seals that washed ashore at the time had a strain of avian (bird) flu. Read more here.

Lang: Grand zoo plan 'dead on arrival'
NEW BEDFORD — Mayor Scott W. Lang is proposing a Buttonwood Park Zoo easterly expansion of a little less than 2 acres and says the now defunct park greenhouse should fall under the auspices of the zoo and be developed into a butterfly exhibit.

Lang, speaking at his weekly press briefing Friday, said he also backs the idea of reserving wetlands to the south of the zoo for nature trails Read more here.

New England power grid facing challenges
BOSTON — The low price of natural gas and an aging fleet of soon-to-be-obsolete power plants are among several factors that could dramatically change New England's power grid, says the region's electricity grid manager.
And those changes could threaten reliable electricity delivery if not addressed, according to an analysis by ISO New England released Thursday. Read more here.

Local, state officials huddle on collaboration
NEW BEDFORD — Local officials and a state cabinet met Friday at the downtown public library to discuss ways communities and departments can better join forces.

Given today's economic realities, there are "less and less resources available for all of us," said New Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang. "We need to do things better and more efficiently." Read more here.

New program aims to level the health care playing field
NEW BEDFORD — The story of modern health care may be a classic tale of "haves" and "have-nots," but a new local initiative is working to close the gap.

"The idea, originally, was to get more people to get to cancer screenings but it's become much broader," said Pauline Hamel, project coordinator for the Greater New Bedford Health Equity Initiative, which will serve New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester and Wareham. Read more here.

Land purchase would trim 40B project, preserve open space
MARION — A plan that will cut a proposed Chapter 40B housing development in half is the one article so far that is certain to appear on the Oct. 25 special Town Meeting warrant.

Under a proposal approved last week by the Community Preservation Committee, the Sippican Land Trust will be given $300,000 in CPC funds to purchase 12 acres of Baywatch Realty's 34-acre property on Front Street to preserve as open space. The purchase will shave Baywatch's original 40B housing development proposal from 168 to 96 units Read more here.

House Groups defend Chapter 40B housing law that makes it easier to build
BOSTON — The state’s comprehensive permit law, the subject of heated local controversies over the years and a failed repeal effort at the ballot box last year, drew widespread support at a hearing Tuesday from groups that say affordable housing remains a big problem in Massachusetts.

Supporters of the law, known as Chapter 40B, told the Legislature’s Housing Committee that even with the multi-year decline in the state’s housing market, affordable housing options are out of reach for many in Massachusetts, harming the state’s economic growth potential. Read more here.

Occupy Boston protesters face arraignment, allege police violence
BOSTON — Several protesters from the Occupy Boston movement were transported to Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday to face arraignment for ignoring warnings to move off a plot of land in downtown Boston near where they have been camped out for more than a week.

Boston police reported that they arrested 129 people starting at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, mostly for trespassing. Read more here.

Pond Panel to study uses for land near South Watuppa Pond
FALL RIVER — A panel of technical experts of the Boston District Council of the Urban Land Institute will conduct a planned daylong study of 70 acres along South Watuppa Pond to help the city determine development possibilities.

The study is part of a state partnership assistance program announced about three months ago by MassDevelopment officials, working with the Fall River Office of Economic Development. Read more here.

Solar Rooftop Rendering Somerset looking into placing solar panels on top Highway Department garage, at former landfill
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 wires can be fed through the roof to a room below for a converter. Read more here.

Community Preservation Act funds key as town budgets shrink
As cities and towns strip local budgets to the bare necessities, some people say local governments often forget projects that preserve their quality of life.

Restoring historic buildings, conserving pristine land and building homes people can afford seem insignificant as schools, roads and municipal salaries suffer, many residents say. Read more here.

Homeowners, business could get water surcharge; ballot plan seeks rate cap
BOSTON — Homeowners and businesses across the state could see a new surcharge on their water bills, under a plan being considered by a legislative commission charged with looking at the state’s water infrastructure needs and financing.

The proposal, still in the works and dubbed the Blue Communities Act, would charge 1/10th of one cent for every gallon of water used to create a fund that would redistribute money to cities and towns for water infrastructure projects. The proposal, modeled after the state’s Green Communities Act, creates incentives for communities to adopt environmental and management practices in order to be considered “blue communities.” In return, they would be eligible for payments, grants and loans. Read more here.

Leaves Scientists seek to document later fall colors
PORTLAND, Maine — Clocks may not be the only thing falling back: That signature autumn change in leaf colors may be drifting further down the calendar.

Scientists don’t quite know if global warming is changing the signs of fall like it already has with an earlier-arriving spring. They’re turning their attention to fall foliage in hopes of determining whether climate change is leading to a later arrival of autumn’s golden, orange and red hues. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Aha! Night

October 13, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Downtown New Bedford
This month's theme: Fables and Folklore. The Coalition for Buzzards Bay will be sharing a preview of its Bioneers By The Bay presentation on Red Brook, river restorations, and trout. Details about Aha! here.

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.

Canoeing the Taunton and Nemasket Rivers

October 16, 9am-4pm, “Park & Ride” located off exit 4 on Route 140
Join Lloyd Center 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. Cost: Members: $32 Non-members: $40. Pre-registration is required by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14th 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 and registration 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.

Wind Turbine Tour

October 20, 5 to 6pm, New England Institute of Technology Turbine, 2500 Post Road, Warwick, RI
Join the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Siting Partnership, 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. Tours are free and open to the public, but space is limited and RSVP is required to Sue Kennedy at 401-874-6107 or e-mail skennedy@crc.uri.edu.

Low Impact Landscaping Workshop

October 20, 10 to 12 noon, Westport Public Library,408 Old County Rd., Westport, MA
Offered by the Westport River Watershed Alliance, this workshop is aimed at local homeowners. It 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.

Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR

October 20, 2 to 3:15 pm, Online
From the U.S. Department of Energy: Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later. Details and register here.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Cranberry Bog Tours

October 22 and 29,10am, Tihonet Village Market, 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.

National Food Day: RI Food Policy Launch

October 24,10-11 a.m., State Room, Statehouse, Smith Street, Providence
On National Food Day, join state officials and nonprofit leaders for the official launch of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council and release of a comprehensive Rhode Island Food Assessment report.Details here..

The Coca Cola Case (Sustainability Film Series)

October 25, 7pm, UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts Room 153 (Auditorium), Downtown New Bedford
Colombia is the trade union murder capital of the world. Since 2002, more than 470 workers' leaders have been brutally killed, usually by paramilitaries hired by private companies intent on crushing the unions. Among these unscrupulous corporate brands is the poster boy for American business: Coca-Cola. U.S. lawyers Daniel Kovalik and Terry Collingsworth, as well as activist Ray Rogers, have launched an ambitious crusade against the behemoth Coca-Cola. In an incredible three-year saga, filmmakers German Gutierrez and Carmen Garcia follow these heroes in a legal game of cat and mouse. From Bogota to New York, Guatemala to Atlanta, Washington to Canada, The Coca-Cola Case maintains the suspense of a hard-fought struggle. Details here.

Communicating Success: Measuring Improvements, Sharing Results

October 25, 2 to 3pm, Online
From the U.S. Department of Energy: Verify and share your improvements with occupants and your community. Learn how you can leverage your custom reports and views to promote energy efficiency campaigns. Use your successes to drive change and encourage participation in your energy conservation efforts. Grantee speakers will include Irvine, California; Bellevue, Washington; and Arlington County, Virginia who will discuss "Green Games" and county energy disclosure. Details and register here.

Black and Green: Two Centuries of Sustainability

October 27, 6pm, John Nicholas Brown Center at Brown University, 357 Benefit St., Providence
Pamela E. Green, Executive Director of the Weeksville Heritage Center, will speak about how the Brooklyn, N.Y., African-American heritage site has developed programs to promote community engagement, environmental sustainability and food justice. The Weeksville Heritage Center documents and preserves the history of the free and intentional 19th century African American community of Weeksville. The historic Hunterfly Road Houses, dating from 1840–1880s, are original domestic structures of the historic community. Weeksville Heritage Center provides innovative programs that engage audiences of all ages with 19th century history through modern and relevant applications. Pamela Green is responsible for the management and expansion of this unique historic African American preservation and education organization. Ms. Green's current focus is on the construction of a new multimillion dollar education and cultural arts building. To RSVP, call Jenna Legault at 401-863-1177. Details here.

Archeology Volunteer Day

November 5, 9am to 12 noon, Copicut Woods, Fall River
In the 19th century, the Miller family lived and farmed here in Copicut Woods. Help us discover more about the Miller family and the lives they led through an archeological dig at their abandoned farm site. Volunteers will be trained in the excavation, identification, cleaning, and cataloging of artifacts. Dig deeper and catch a glimpse into the past with this unique volunteer opportunity! For more information, email the Trustees of Reservations at kheard@ttor.org. Details here.

"Green and Profitable: Sustainability Steps that Benefit the Planet and the Bottom Line"

November 10, 7:30am, UMass Dartmouth Charlton College of Business, 285 Old Westport Road, N. Dartmouth
"Green and Profitable: Sustainability Steps that Benefit the Planet and the Bottom Line" is the next Southern New England Entrepreneur's Forum event taking place at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at Charlton College of Business. Become an annual member of SNEEF at UMass Dartmouth for only $75, and attend the forum free. Event non-member cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, includes refreshments. Panelists for the program are:
- President of Raven Business Group, Glenn Bachman is a certified management consultant who, for the past 19 years, has assisted organizations in strategic thinking, planning, organizational development, green transformation, and project management. He authored The Green Business Guide.
- Carol Fisher has merged sustainable property and business development to demonstrate sustainability as an investment concept. She is operating The Center Café in New Bedford's South End, focusing on fairly traded coffee and everyday real food. The cafe is the final piece of a sustainable urban development project known as ecoNewBedford that Fisher began in 2006.
- Bill Napolitano is founder and president of The Institute For Business Excellence®, a corporate coaching firm dedicated to turning possibilities into gainful reality. He has coached individuals within organizations both nationally and internationally to define long term strategies, improve revenue, develop leadership skills and competencies, and improve bottom line results. Details and register here.

The Economics of Happiness (Sustainability Film Series)

November 16, 6:30pm, UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts Room 153 (Auditorium), Downtown New Bedford
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they're starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization. Details here.

Annual Post-Thanksgiving Day Walk at Destruction Brook Woods

November 26, 9 to 11am, Between Fisher and Slades Corner Roads, near Russells Mills Village
A Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust outing. The property includes miles of walking trails, mature woodlands that include American Beech and Atlantic White Cedar, unusual rock ledges covered with many interesting ferns and lichens, and Destruction Brook itself, once a major source of power for the mills of Russells Mills. Walkers should wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately for the day's weather, and consider bringing water and a snack. Usually only the worst weather will cancel a DNRT walk. If the weather is questionable, call the Land Manager's cell phone on the morning of the walk for cancellation information: 508-525-9266. For more information call 508-991-2289. 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
Tips For Choosing LED Lights
Replacing incandescent bulbs with LED lights can cut your electricity and related carbon emissions, but buyers should be aware of certain factors before purchasing an LED product. Pick up some tips from James of Lighting Matters; plus a special discount on Cree LED products for GLT readers. Learn more here.

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