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October 20 to 27, 2011

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News:

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

This week:

Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference

The Coca Cola Case (Sustainability Film Series)

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Save The Date:

Archeology Volunteer Day

Annual Post-Thanksgiving Day Walk at Destruction Brook Woods

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Announcements:

SouthCoast Energy Challenge Seeking Lead Organizer

Buy Carbon Credits with the Marion Institute

Weekly Green Tip:

Save 50-75% on Gas Bills: Carpool

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Charlie Chaplin final speech in The Great Dictator
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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Censored 2012 Book Cover

A new book on sale from Project Censored suggests that we are having a "truth emergency" in the popular media. As the Sustainability Almanac pulls much of its weekly content from mainstream sources, the book, "Censored 2012" and its contents documenting how the news is being skewed is a subject that every citizen might want to consider. We cannot make responsible decisions for our global, national or local futures if we are not acting on solid information.

Moving on, we have in this week's Almanac an article that suggests that utility companies may start blaming prices on the weather. While this prediction does not seem far-fetched, it is ironic given general denial about global warming and fossil fuel supply decline. Researchers, however, have released a report that highlights what they call climate and population hotspots describing how portions of the globe are likely to fare as changes come due to storms, droughts, and birth rates.

On the lighter side, for our much maligned cows blamed for methane pollution and resource-intensive eating and watering needs, cow manure is being explored as a biofuel. It shows promise for easy transformation and potency.

Leaf Bullet News
Global
Long and Winding Road Better Road Building Paves Way for Energy Savings
When considering how cars and trucks generate such a large part of the world's greenhouse gas pollution, it's easy to overlook what lies beneath them. But under all that traffic, there are roads. And the paving material itself-the asphalt, concrete, and rock-and how it is placed, have an important impact on the atmosphere.

Energy goes into the construction of every highway and byway, whether it's made of asphalt, concrete, or even gravel; whether it's a narrow ribbon winding around mountains, an endless flat stretch across the prairie, or a congested freeway. Moreover, the way that roads are built and maintained has a significant impact on how much energy is burned by the vehicles that roll-or crawl-on the surface. Read more here.

Landscape Blame the weather for your energy bill
Greater reliance on solar, wind and hydro power means that utilities can now blame extreme weather for high electricity and gas bills, a meteorologist at global forecaster WSI told Reuters.

Drought, freezing weather and heavy clouds can all hit household budgets as they restrict output from renewable energy plants Read more here.

Renewable "gold rush" powers Germany's north shore
Renewable energy has created a "gold rush" atmosphere in Germany's depressed north-east, giving the country's poorhouse good jobs and great promise.

The natural resources attracting investors and industry are of a simple variety: wind, sunshine, agricultural products and farm waste such as liquid manure.

The rush to tap green resources in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state is reminiscent of the frenzies that came with gold or oil discoveries in past centuries. The buzz can be felt in towns and sparkling new factories across the Baltic shore state. Read more here.

Fair Trade Logo Fair Trade for All: Fair Trade Becomes Mainstream
October is officially Fair Trade Month, and Fair Trade USA founder and CEO Paul Rice is both optimistic and realistic about the impact of Fair Trade certified products for lifting farmers and producers in poor, developing nations out of poverty.

The concept of Fair Trade began in the 1940's as disparate organizations of shopkeepers and churches in Europe reached out to help impoverished communities to gain access to their wares – mostly handicrafts in the beginning. Read more here.

Cargo Ship Meet the Change Makers: Maersk Gets Shipshape
If global commerce has a circulatory system, it’s the network of thousands of container vessels that ply the world’s oceans, moving goods from port to port. On a typical run, one of these floating juggernauts might pick up thousands of tons of the latest e-gizmos from Shanghai, then a load of toys from Hong Kong to deliver to U.S. consumers. On the return trip, it might haul grain and other commodities from the Midwest, along with recycled paper and metal scrap harvested from New York City’s trash. Over the past half-century, the worldwide adoption of neatly stackable, truck-sized container boxes has driven down freight costs by 99 percent while spurring growth in global trade nearly 100-fold. Without the humble container ship, your glossy iPad would still be a figment of some designer’s imagination. Read more here.

Child Under Bed Net Eradicating disease: an ambitious but energising goal
Focussing on the steps needed to eradicate malaria, not just control it, can broaden and stimulate support for health research agendas.

Next week in Seattle, United States, the latest malaria forum organised by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will focus on strategies for tackling the disease, particularly in Africa. It includes three sessions on elimination and eradication, and its title — 'Malaria Forum on Optimism and Urgency' — captures much current thinking on the topic.

The meeting follows one held in London last week, at which the Carter Center, the foundation set up by former US president Jimmy Carter, reported it has helped to reduce the number of sufferers from guinea worm disease from 3.5 million in Africa and Asia in the 1980s, to fewer than 2,000 today. Read more here.

Flood and Canoe Locating climate, population hotspots
Developing countries are facing a "double whammy" of growing population and an increase in climate change impacts, says an article in Nature Climate Change.

But local-level information about who the most vulnerable are and where they live is either lacking or lying unanalysed.

Now, some researchers are combining demographic data — which includes information on population size, birth and death rates, migration and age structures — with geographic and spatial data to identify where climate change might hit the hardest. Read more here.

Woman with Bird New Zealand counts wildlife cost from oil spill
In a wildlife rescue center on New Zealand's Bay of Plenty, volunteers grimly bag the oil-soaked bodies of dead birds, victims of the country's biggest sea pollution disaster.
Huge green bins are lined up in one corner of the center at Tauranga to receive growing numbers of avian carcasses in the wake of an oil spill from the container ship Rena, which ploughed into an offshore reef on October 5. Read more here.

National
Coal Ash Field Coal Ash Rules Will Create 28,000 Jobs While Saving Lives
Following the toxic coal ash disaster of Christmas 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been developing long-neeeded rules for coal ash disposal, after decades of ignoring the dangers. The Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) has claimed that strict regulation of ash disposal could lead to the loss of more than 300,000 jobs. An independent analysis by economist Frank Ackerman finds the industry claim “simply unbelievable,” because he discovered “arithmetic errors,” “wild extrapolation,” and a “groundless claim about potential losses due to the stigma of regulation.”

When Ackerman reconstructed the job-impact analysis of strict coal ash regulation that compares the employment costs of higher electricity prices to the employment benefits of increased spending on coal ash safety, he discovered that there would be a net increase of 28,000 jobs. Read more here.

Rick Perry Officials Spark Revolt after Doctoring Environment Report
Scientists ask for names to be removed after mentions of climate change and sea-level rise taken out by Texas officials
Officials in Rick Perry's home state of Texas have set off a scientists' revolt after purging mentions of climate change and sea-level rise from what was supposed to be a landmark environmental report. The scientists said they were disowning the report on the state of Galveston Bay because of political interference and censorship from Perry appointees at the state's environmental agency.

By academic standards, the protest amounts to the beginnings of a rebellion: every single scientist associated with the 200-page report has demanded their names be struck from the document. "None of us can be party to scientific censorship so we would all have our names removed," said Jim Lester, a co-author of the report and vice-president of the Houston Advanced Research Center. Read more here.

Polar Bear Polar Bear Researcher To Be Re-Interviewed By Feds
Federal officials continue to probe allegations of misconduct related to a famous report on dead polar bears that raised concerns about climate change. Later this month, officials plan to re-interview one of the two government scientists who wrote that report.

The new development suggests that scientific integrity remains a focus of the investigation, which recently detoured into allegations that the other researcher under scrutiny broke rules related to federal funding of research. Both scientists work for agencies of the Department of the Interior. Read more here.

Fish in Net Scientists Seek A Break In Aquaculture's Fish-Eat-Fish Chain
Aquaculture, one of the fastest growing sectors of agriculture in the U.S., combats the global dilemma of depleting wild fish populations. But a new report from the group Food and Water Watch says factory fish farms risk the health of other, stable species swimming in the sea. One of the biggest problems? The fish food.

It takes about three pounds of feeder fish to produce one pound of farmed salmon. And we need more fish to keep up with a hungry, growing, human population. But feeding more salmon depletes the ocean's smaller fish. Read more here.

Wind Turbine Poster US military says clean energy, dealing with climate change is a matter of national security
When you’ve seen your soldiers die protecting a fuel convoy, you know that the need for clean energy and efficiency is real, urgent, and transcends political squabbling.

Last week four high-ranking officials from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines spoke out in support of a clean energy future for America. They published an op-ed in the Tampa Tribune, a paper based in the Sunshine State and located in the home of U.S. Central Command. Read more here.

Manure Piles Does Converting Cow Manure to Electricity Pay Off? Successful Renewable Energy Project in Vermont
Studies have estimated that converting manure from the 95 million animal units in the United States would produce renewable energy equal to 8 billion gallons of gasoline, or 1% of the total energy consumption in the nation. Because more and more farmers and communities are interested in generating renewable energy from farm waste, there is a growing need for information on the economic feasibility and sustainability of such programs. Read more here.

Newsweek Cover Newsweek Releases its Green Rankings Featuring America’s Top 500 Companies
Newsweek magazine released its list of the greenest companies called Green Rankings list today. The list is in its third year and it will evaluate the environmental performance of America’s top 500 largest listed companies. This year, the list will also include 500 international companies as well.

The rankings take into account various areas of environmental sustainability like GHG emissions, water usage, waste management and natural-resource use. They also take into account CSR policies and initiatives globally. The rankings also include as assessment of each company’s reputation among sustainability professionals. Read more here.

Planet Cartoon Climate Change Policy Demands Clean Focus
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The second half of the MIT/Knight Foundation seminar on the failure of elected officials to take climate change seriously, and hence, failure to enact any sort of comprehensive policy regarding it began with a keynote speech by Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences, followed by a panel discussion entitled "What can scientists do? What can the public do?"

Cicerone said climate change is happening, and that human activities are the greatest contributing factor. Read more here.

Discourse
Climate Change Policy Demands Clean Focus
The bankruptcy of a single solar-panel company, Solyndra, has catapulted the question of federal energy policies into the news. It has also led many people to draw exactly the wrong conclusions about federal support for energy innovation and where the policies should be headed.

Solyndra was clearly a bad bet for the government, which now stands to lose all or part of about $500 million in loan guarantees. But one case hardly discredits the whole idea of government support for energy innovation. Read more here.

Protesters Why Environmentalists Should Care About the Occupy Wall Street Protest
Perhaps many TreeHugger readers don't need to be convinced that the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protest in lower Manhattan is a green event, but it is. Even if ostensibly about economic issues more broadly construed, many of the protestors' articulated aims in the occupation has environmental implications, for the better. Here's an explication of the latest Occupy Wall Street communique, though a green lens. Read more here.

Korean Protester The Tricks of the Trade Deals
Last week, President Obama submitted to Congress no fewer than three "hangover" free trade agreements (FTA's) originally negotiated by the Bush administration. All three bills have been widely opposed by labor organizations, environmental groups, human rights activists, and others for their strong likelihood of offshoring U.S. jobs, further deregulating the corporate sector, hurting the livelihoods of farming communities, and ignoring labor and environmental standards and human rights. They were voted on and passed Wednesday. Read more here.

Iceberg Where Did Global Warming Go?
In 2008, both the Democratic and Republican candidates for president, Barack Obama and John McCain, warned about man-made global warming and supported legislation to curb emissions. After he was elected, President Obama promised “a new chapter in America’s leadership on climate change,” and arrived cavalry-like at the 2009 United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen to broker a global pact.

But two years later, now that nearly every other nation accepts climate change as a pressing problem, America has turned agnostic on the issue. Read more here.

Conservatives want to end support for America’s fastest growing industry
In these grim economic times, one U.S. industry has defied gravity. Not only is it growing, it's the fastest growing industry in the country. It now employs 100,000 Americans at 5,000 mostly small businesses spread across all 50 states. Unlike in so many others, in this industry the U.S. has a positive trade balance with China; it is a net exporter of high-tech manufactured products. Read more here.

Local
Protesters at Bank Occupy Providence close Bank of America accounts
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Patricia Phelan and Savannah Kite were among a group of Occupy Providence protesters who closed their accounts at Bank of America Monday morning.

"We are taking our money back," said Phelan, 28, as protesters gathered at Burnside Park, where they've been sleeping.

At 9:55 a.m., the group marched across Kennedy Plaza to the bank, chanting: "Bank of America, bad for America." Read more here.

New Bedford officials celebrate pier, trade accomplishments
NEW BEDFORD — Tuesday was a big day on the city's waterfront. A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the successful completion of three infrastructure improvement projects drew state and local officials to the State Pier at the same time as a two-day international conference designed to increase commerce through the port concluded at the Fairfield Inn's Waypoint Event Center.

"It's a nice synergy in that we are discussing trade opportunities at the summit while the renovations at the State Pier will support the import of commodities that's going to launch with our Mexmar service," said Harbor Development Commission executive director Kristin Decas. Read more here.

Bioneers will land in New Bedford this weekend
NEW BEDFORD — The Occupy Wall Street movement has been grabbing the headlines these days, but social activism of a different variety has been quietly gaining momentum on the SouthCoast in recent years, as the annual Bioneers by the Bay conference will remind us this weekend when it takes over downtown New Bedford.

Last year, about 2,000 people, many from out of state, attended the conference sponsored by the Marion Institute. This is the seventh year that the event has sought to rally like-minded people who are seeking positive change in their communities. Read more here. Also read related articleBioneers features many free, family-oriented events.

UMass Dartmouth Campus UMass must explore new partnerships to prosper
New UMass President Robert L. Caret's four-day bus tour of the various state campuses last week didn't even stop in Dartmouth, a clear sign that the university is aggressively seeking ways to expand and connect with the communities in Massachusetts rather than simply stay on those campuses.

Instead, Caret started with a meeting over coffee at New Bedford's Green Bean with two dozen local business and civic leaders, Mayor Scott W. Lang the only politician among them. The busy coffee shop is diagonally across the street from the UMass Center for Visual and Performing Arts, which significantly is marking its 10th anniversary. Read more here.

Barney Frank Frank outlines plan to cut military costs to a mostly receptive audience
NEW BEDFORD — U.S. Rep. Barney Frank wants to reduce this country's military spending from $650 billion to $425 billion. That was the message he brought to the dozens of people who packed the second floor room of the Corson Building on William Street.

Surrounded by graphs and charts that illustrated the country's military spending, Frank told those gathered that the U.S. cannot be the world's policeman and suggested that in certain far-flung locales it made little sense to have a military presence, especially when it comes to fighting terrorism. Read more here.

Solar farm could generate $3.2 million for Fall River
FALL RIVER — A $3.2 million tentative deal to sell 42 acres of Redevelopment Authority industrial land for solar farm use gained unanimous backing Wednesday night, in a move officials said could reap far-reaching economic benefits.

Corporation Counsel Steven Torres told the authority a multipart agreement with SunGen Mark Andover LLC, based in Newton, has the potential to save the city roughly $1 million in annual electricity costs under negotiated terms. Read more here.

Whaling City Transit Owner Whaling City Transit driven to be green
WESTPORT — There are a lot of great reasons to go green and Bob Neves can rattle them off like nobody's business.

"There aren't any negatives as far as I'm concerned," said Neves, who co-owns Whaling City Transit with his 84 year-old father, Joseph Neves. Read more here.

'Occupy' protest set for New Bedford today (October 15)
NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford is about to be "occupied" as a sweeping movement for change hits the Whaling City.

The local Coalition for Social Justice and the Coalition Against Poverty are co-sponsoring an Occupy Wall Street-like rally today in front of the Bank of America at 700 Pleasant St.

The rally from 1-2 p.m. comes on the heels of a similar rally Thursday at UMass Dartmouth and protests in New York City, Boston, Baltimore, Washington, Los Angeles and other cities across the nation. Read more here.

Area senators couldn't shake reservations about casinos
When state Sen. Mark C.W. Montigny cast one of 14 votes against the bill to expand gaming in Massachusetts, it wasn't because of any hard and fast philosophical conviction.

More simply, he said Friday, it was a bad bill for his district and SouthCoast. Read more here.

Grant will address municipal stormwater pollution
WESTPORT — Westport will receive a grant of $20,000 to pay for the development of engineered designs to treat municipal stormwater discharges from River Road into the West Branch of the Westport River.

The grant application was written by the Westport River Watershed Alliance, which announced the award. Read more here.

Fall River City Council committee OKs biopark priority move
FALL RIVER — After hearing from two city leaders, the Committee on Ordinances and Legislation on Tuesday night accepted a state law and recommended designation of the biopark as a “priority development site.”

The heads of the Greater Fall River Chamber of Commerce and the Fall River Office of Economic Development told the City Council subcommittee this designation would line up the biopark for state grants and marketing promotions to help its progress. Read more here.

Battleship Cove gets $100K for infrastructure repairs
FALL RIVER — The state’s war memorial museum at Battleship Cove was among six projects benefitting from infrastructure improvement funds announced Tuesday by Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray on behalf of the Seaport Advisory Council.

At a meeting in New Bedford, the council approved $100,000 for Battleship Cove engineering and permitting for pier structures in dire need of repairs, officials said. Read more here.

Southcoast Hospitals Group ranked in top 100 for heart care
NEW BEDFORD — Southcoast Hospitals Group Tuesday was named a recipient of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for heart care by HealthGrades, a national independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings.

HealthGrades awarded Southcoast its Specialty Excellence Award for Overall Cardiac Services, Cardiac Surgery and Coronary Interventional Procedures. Read more here.

New Mass. districts will reflect recalibration of population
BOSTON — Redrawn legislative districts maps that will be unveiled Tuesday afternoon will reflect population shifts chronicled over the past decade.

The overall population in Massachusetts grew 3.1 percent to 6,547,629 during the past decade, according to U.S. Census results released in March. Read more here.

Creating a sustainable Fall River
In a long-awaited development that appears close to becoming a reality, recycling carts could finally be delivered to all city residents to bolster the city’s dismal recycling rates.

The city has seen clear results from the slowly phased-in recycling program initiated as a pilot program under former Mayor Robert Correia in 2009. Since Fall River’s recycling program started with 6,700 households, recycling has doubled. The city’s recycling rate is a very low 11 to 12 percent in areas without recycling bins and about 22 percent in areas with the bins. Officials hope to see that rate increase to a more respectable 25 to 30 percent or more. Read more here.

Brayton Point to begin using one cooling tower within month
SOMERSET — The first 497-foot-high cooling tower at Brayton Point power plant will begin use for the first time later this month, a major step in the $620 million project.

The tower closest to the Lees River will go online in the coming months, and it will be noticeable to residents and those driving by on Interstate 195 because of a plume of vapor that will rise through the massive opening at the top of the tower. The plume will almost always be visible but especially so in colder weather. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

South Coast Green Drinks

October 20, 6:30pm, The Pour Farm Tavern, 780 Purchase Street, New Bedford.
Come join us for the next monthly South Coast Green Drinks as we get excited for the Connecting for Change: Bioneers by the Bay Conference to start! We're meeting at The Pour Farm Tavern at 780 Purchase St in New Bedford. Thanks to The Marion Institute we'll be showing "The Greenhorns" movie, a documentary exploring the lives of young American farmers. Thank you to Max Cover and the BCC Green Center for lining up our location this month!

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.

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.

Boo at the Zoo Returns!

October 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.

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. 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.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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
Save 50-75% on Gas Bills: Carpool
Pain at the pump? Pair up with friends to get to work or school green. Learn more here.

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