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October 27 to November 3, 2011

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

This week:

2nd Annual Enviro-Action Block Party

Paper Shredding Day

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Save The Date:

South Coast Regional Bikeway Meeting

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

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Announcements:

Essay Contest for Kids and Teens

Buy Carbon Credits with the Marion Institute

Weekly Green Tip:

Green beer: home brew

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Bald Eagle

For an interesting experience, take a look at the Interactive Timeline: 70 Years of Environmental Change featured in the New York Times. It chronicals environmental milestones over 13 presidental administrations, from the protection of bald eagle in 1940 to offshore drilling agreements in 2010. The accompanying blog article tells us, "The history of environmental awareness and action in the United States is one of lonely voices and local crises growing into potent national concerns."

Water and population are topics featured in the headlines of various publications this week. Water is the new gold one story suggests, and China is investing in saltwater desalination at a loss as a future speculation for the growing need to quench our global thirst. Elsewhere in Asia, competition for river flow is another sign of the preciousness of this limited commodity and its role in survival.

Two wind articles raise hopes of this renewable energy source. One notes that the U.S. wind industry is closing its third quarter of 2011 strong. The other touts our smallest state's offshore wind policies as models for how to move this industry forward expeditiously.

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Global
Asian Woman in River Two Rivers: The Chance to Export Power Divides Southeast Asia
When considering how cars and trucks generate such a large part of the world's greenhouse gas pollution, it's easy to overlook The Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers, though unconnected and hundreds of miles apart, are both integral to life in Southeast Asia, supporting millions of people and more than 1,200 species of animals, including freshwater dolphins and-in the Mekong-giant catfish.

Now, in an energy-hungry age on the continent, the rivers share another distinction, as wellsprings of financial temptation for the struggling countries that rely on their flow, Laos and Myanmar (Burma). Both countries are grappling with decisions on whether to build massive hydropower dams on the two significant rivers. The projects could put fragile ecology and associated livelihoods at risk, but the dams could help the two countries reap billions of dollars by exporting the megawatts to China and Thailand, two neighbors with rapidly growing energy demand. Read more here.

Coral Experiment Seaweed's "Chemical Weapons" Killing Corals
Warming oceans, coastal pollution, and even sunscreen have been blamed for the perilous state of the world's coral reefs.

Now scientists have added another coral-killing culprit to the mix: seaweed. A new study of reefs around the Fiji Islands found that some seaweed causes coral bleaching and suppresses photosynthesis by emitting anti-coral chemicals. Read more here.

Water Droplet Invest Like a Billionaire: Water Is The New Gold
Last year, legendary investor Warren Buffet bought a water treatment provider, Nalco Holding Company, adding to other water-related investments in his wildly successful portfolio.

The move sent ripples through the investing community: a clear signal that investing in water is an untapped opportunity. Water, like oil, is finite. There is only so much ocean saltwater, glacier freshwater and water in the air, while global consumption is growing twice as fast as the world’s population. Read more here.

Air capture technology ready by 2018: UK engineers
Geo-engineering technology to absorb climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere can be rolled out by 2018, the UK's Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) said.

The device, resembling a giant fly swat, is a thousand times more effective at absorbing carbon dioxide from the air than a tree of about the same size, according to the IME, whose members are developing it. Read more here.

Digital World Map Population 'Dashboards' Offer New Ways to Visualize Data
Two interactive dashboards, created for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with business analytics technology from SAP AG and data from the United Nations Population Division and other international sources, have been launched as part of the 7 Billion Actions campaign.

The aim of the dashboards is to engage viewers in the demographic trends that are shaping our world. They can be used by policymakers, researchers, non-governmental organizations and UN staff to better understand the implications of population dynamics. Read more here.

Woman and Child Creating a 'safe' space to advance evidence-based policy
The process of developing evidence-based policy is complex, and it is rare for policymakers to pick up research recommendations automatically.

Many decisions are poorly informed by research-based evidence. Policymakers tend to be influenced by their own values, experience and judgement, lobbyists and pressure groups, as well as pragmatism.

So how can the scientific community ensure that research finds its way into policy and practice? Read more here.

African Farmer West African farmers 'already adapting to climate change'
African farmers have developed new cultivation techniques and adopted short-season crop varieties using their own experience and observation to adapt to climate change a workshop in Benin has heard.

"Social adaptation to climate change has also been found in animals," said Abdoulaye Gouro, president of the scientific committee of the research network RIPIECSA. Read more here.

'Rogue' sharks attacking people, chasing whales
Experts cite global warming as a potential reason for more interaction as it may have changed migration habits.
After the attack on an American diver by a great white shark off the coast of Australia, the rumor mill is swilling with talk of a "rogue man-eating shark" that developed a taste for humans, killing three men over the last two months.

The most recent attack happened on Saturday when a great white shark attacked and killed American diver George Thomas Wainwright. Two previous attacks on humans by great whites have occurred in the last two months, one killing an Australian swimmer on Oct. 10 and the other a body boarder who was lethally attacked on Sept. 4. Read more here.

National
Coal Train Seeking a Pacific Northwest Gateway for U.S. Coal
Bellingham, Washington, is admired for its green power purchases, its innovative building efficiency program, and the "buy local" ethos of its bustling Saturday farmers' market.

But the fossil energy world now has its eye on this small coastal city just 20 miles south of the Canadian border. Plans are under way for a $500 million marine terminal that would make Bellingham a gateway to energy-hungry Asia for the U.S. coal industry. Read more here.

WWII Tanker Ship Six Miles Offshore: The Wreck Of Montebello
A task force is evaluating the risk posed by a sunken oil tanker, the SS Montebello. It went to the bottom after being attacked by a Japanese submarine during World War II. State and federal officials want to know if the ship is still carrying its cargo of oil, and if that oil could escape.

At stake is a California coastline known for its stunning scenery and wildlife sanctuaries. The task force was put together a couple of years ago at the urging of state Sen. Sam Blakeslee. Read more here.

Turbines at Sunset Wind to "finish strong" in 2011 in U.S.
The U.S. wind industry installed just over 1,200 megawatts (MW) of wind power in the third quarter, and about 3,360 MW on the year so far, the wind industry trade group said Tuesday.

In a news release, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), said there were also more than 8,400 MW under construction.

The number of megawatts currently under construction was more than in any quarter since 2008 as the federal Production Tax Credit has driven as much as $20 billion a year in private investment, AWEA said. Read more here.

Green groups sue U.S. over Keystone pipeline project
Three environmental groups sued the government on Tuesday, challenging claims in a State Department report that said a proposed Canada-to-Texas oil sands pipeline poses little risk to endangered species because spills on the line were unlikely.

The Center for Biological Diversity, the Western Nebraska Resources Council and Friends of the Earth filed a suit in federal court in Nebraska, challenging an appendix in the State Department's final environmental impact statement that said spills are unlikely to occur. Read more here.

Empty Field Crop scientists now fret about heat not just water
Crop scientists in the United States, the world's largest food exporter, are pondering an odd question: could the danger of global warming really be the heat?

For years, as scientists have assembled data on climate change and pointed with concern at melting glaciers and other visible changes in the life-giving water cycle, the impact on seasonal rains and irrigation has worried crop watchers most. Read more here.

Students Holding Signs Students challenge campuses to ditch junk food
Students at 216 campuses in 46 states and five countries are asking their campuses for healthier and sustainable foods.

The student groups are a part of a national movement called The Real Food Challenge, which hopes to convince universities to start serving more organic, locally grown foods and stop serving from industrial farms. Read more here.

Fish Florida Keys Ecosystem Threatened by Multiple Stressors
NOAA scientists have found that pressure from increasing coastal populations, ship and boat groundings, marine debris, poaching, and climate change are critically threatening the health of the Florida Keys ecosystem. Many historically abundant marine resources such as green sea turtles and coral habitat continue to be at risk with low rates of recovery.

The findings were released October 20 in the Condition Report 2011 for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, describing the status and trends of the sanctuary's water quality, habitats, and marine and cultural resources, and the human activities that affect them. Read more here.

Wind Turbines Nation's Smallest State Thinks Big When it Comes to Offshore Wind Farms
Europe is having a love affair with offshore wind-energy farms, and no wonder. The wind is stronger and steadier out at sea than it is on most land areas, and you can build turbines close to population centers without having to compete for real estate. Wind power is also one way to meet the world’s growing energy needs without fouling the atmosphere with heat-trapping greenhouse gases. For all these reasons, European nations have already put more than 1,100 turbines out at sea, with more on the way.

In the U.S., by contrast, the number is precisely… zero. But the nation’s smallest state has a big idea about how to streamline the approval process: instead of waiting for developers to take the lead and forcing regulators and residents to react, Rhode Island has created the nation’s first plan that lays out the best places for wind farms to go, Read more here.

Discourse
Time to Choose Sides in the Occupy Movement
We have lived for thirty years now with banks and big corporations exercising an inordinate amount of power in our economic lives and using their vast economic might to capture our politicians, rewrite our laws and the rules we live by and do possibly permanent damage to our democracy. The current global economic crisis is a direct result of this power surge into politics and governing by these banks and corporations and their removal of regulations meant to protect the country and its people from their greed and recklessness, something not lost on the Occupiers. But now, the stakes have been raised. If these powerful banks and corporations and corrupt political parties and local and federal governments are going to use physical force to try to control the people, it is time each of us made a decision as to what side of this fight we wish to be on. Read more here.

Gardeners The Practices of Systemic Sustainability
Systemic sustainability is a process of development (individual, organizational, or societal) involving an adaptive strategy of emergence that ensures the evolutionary maintenance of an increasingly robust and supportive environment. Systemic sustainability goes beyond the triple bottom line and embraces “the possibility that human and other forms of life will flourish on the Earth forever” as beautifully expressed by John Ehrenfeld. Adam Werbach defines a sustainable business as one capable of “thriving in perpetuity.” Systemic sustainability is about developing this capacity so that all human systems can co-exist in partnership with the living systems of our planet. Read more here.

Smoke Stacks Senate GOP plan will create pollution, not jobs
Senate Republicans have opened a new front in the war against public health and environmental safeguards. They released a so-called jobs plan that calls for removing standards that protect Americans from smog, arsenic, lead, mercury, and other hazardous pollutants.

It is driven by ideology, not economics: There is no evidence that dismantling four decades of environmental protections will lead to more jobs. Read more here.

We Can All Become Job Creators
When last we left Howard Schultz, chairman and chief executive of Starbucks, in mid-August, he had written a widely publicized e-mail lamenting the poisonous state of our nation’s politics. That led him to his first big idea: a call for a boycott of political contributions until Democrats and Republicans began to act in a nonpartisan way for the good of the country.

The idea had undeniable appeal. But it was also — let’s face it — pretty quixotic, fun to dream about but impossible to turn into reality. Read more here.

Koch-Funded Study Confirms Climate Data
Climate skeptics were hoping this study would debunk data proving the existence of the climate crisis -- instead it reaffirmed the science:

Back in 2010, Richard Muller, a Berkeley physicist and self-proclaimed climate skeptic, decided to launch the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project to review the temperature data that underpinned global-warming claims. Remember, this was not long after the Climategate affair had erupted, at a time when skeptics were griping that climatologists had based their claims on faulty temperature data. Read more here.

Recycling Bin Recycling: a Crutch for Our Conscience?
Many of us remember the first time we were introduced to the blue bin. Depending on where you lived in the late 1980s or 1990s, a curbside recycling program was probably established in your municipality. We separated out our glass, metals, plastics and paper, placed our blue bin on the curb and our obligations toward a sustainable world were satisfied.

Given that the national recycling rate is under 34 percent, it’s clear that many of us don’t bother to recycle at all. Read more here.

Local
New Bedford plans largest municipal solar project in Mass.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- City leaders on Friday unveiled a plan to build what they described as the largest municipal solar power project in Massachusetts.

New Bedford has partnered with private corporations to install photovoltaic arrays on rooftops of city-owned buildings and on brownfields sites in a network that would have a capacity of up to 10 megawatts and could provide a quarter of municipal electric needs. Read more here.

Bioneers wrap up three-day event
The Marion Institute brought down the curtain Sunday on its seventh annual and also one of its most successful Bioneers by the Bay conferences.

Desa Van Laarhoven, the Institute's executive director, said this year's was a hit, based on the reactions she heard about the conference. This is the fourth time it has been held in the city.

"Our numbers were great," she said Sunday about the three-day conference. "We had the biggest Friday we have ever had and most likely the biggest Saturday we have ever had." Read more here.

Fishing Fleet Under fire, NOAA chief considers fishermen's plight
Repeated appeals to the federal government for disaster relief for Massachusetts' commercial fishermen may finally be getting attention from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In a statement released Tuesday, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said she will review the latest fishery and economic data and expressed a willingness to examine the extent of the losses.

Last week, she indicated NOAA would continue funding on-boat monitors for another year. Read more here.

Opinion: City needs more and more advocacy on casinos
Amid the swirl of smoke and mirrors currently obscuring any transparency on the imminent casino initiative, perhaps there should be new questions placed on the table for public scrutiny before we race to any ignoble or regrettable conclusion.

For the economic and educational future of New Bedford, this issue should rise to the passionate level embodied within the Occupy Boston movement commanding center stage with intent at overhaul. At least a couple salient points should be publicly addressed before any legislative course of action is etched in stone. Read more here.

Dartmouth pulls plug on turbine project
DARTMOUTH — With about 40 people expressing their approval through applause, the Select Board voted unanimously Monday night to terminate plans to build two wind turbines on town-owned land off Chase Road.

Town officials said they are making the decision because solar energy produces greater financial rewards and also because of a regulatory restriction that limits how much electricity a municipality can sell a utility. Read more here.

Cape Wind delay slows New Bedford terminal
Cape Wind’s financial shortcomings have short-circuited New Bedford’s marine commerce terminal, a state-funded development that has yet to materialize on the Whaling City waterfront a full year after Gov. Deval Patrick trumpeted the job-boosting project with pre-election fanfare.

“As the Cape Wind project has taken longer than anyone expected, it’s delayed the urgency of getting the terminal ready,” said New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang. “Every day that goes by that we can’t put together the infrastructure ... is a day we’re literally delaying getting people back to work." Read more here.

Speaker on Stage Speaker extols the virtues of an independent press
Independent journalist Amy Goodman delivered a stern warning against the dangers of a media controlled by corporations that have "nothing to tell and everything to sell" to an enthusiastic audience in New Bedford's Zeiterion theater on Saturday morning.

Quoting Frederick Douglass — "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has and it never will." — Goodman was in New Bedford as arguably the best known of the keynote speakers among the many featured at the three-day Connecting for Change conference. Read more here.

When it comes to putting the lights back on, town-owned power companies have the edge
Irene plunged hundreds of thousands of Bay State residents into darkness for much of the week after the tropical storm swept through the state Aug. 28.

But for a lucky few thousand people living in 41 towns such as Concord, Taunton and Russell, the lights were back on the same day Irene hit — Aug. 28, a Sunday — or the next morning at the latest. Read more here.

Mansion and Beech Tree Next for Newport Preservation: Gilded-Age Beeches
NEWPORT, R.I. — In the Gilded Age, the rich built marble palaces here, surrounding them with exotic trees they acquired with the same ardor they brought to assembling their fabulous collections of art.

Their favorites were European beeches — green, copper and weeping beeches — trees they prized for their dramatic shapes and colors. Soon the streets of Newport's mansion district were filled with the trees. Read more here.

Rosy harvest has cranberry growers seeing green
Ocean Spray says the state's cranberry crop will likely be larger than expected, but the growers' cooperative is not worried about finding enough buyers for the berries.

In August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast the nation's cranberry crop could reach 7.5 million barrels, up 10 percent from the year before and the second largest on record. Massachusetts was expected to yield 2.1 million barrels, an 11 percent increase. Read more here.

Neighbors oppose town's purchase of shore land
MARION — Selectmen Tuesday night reviewed complaints from residents of the Quelle Lane area of town over the Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission's plan to buy 2 acres of abutting land that neighbors say is under water most of the time.

The board promised to consult with town counsel but also to await a reply from the commission in response to testimony from Carol C. Amick of 16 Quelle Lane that a purchase-and-sales agreement has been reached for land that is underwater 60 percent of the time and part of Sippican Harbor all of the time. Read more here.

Ocean Explorium opens new Sea Scallop Touch Tank
New Bedford — The Ocean Explorium has installed a new Sea Scallop Touch Tank, part of the growing Living Laboratory of aquaria and live exhibits.

The Ocean Explorium’s newest exhibit allows visitors to actually hold a live scallop in their hand. "People are drawn to life" said Explorium Director Mark Smith. "Zoos and aquariums have come to understand this natural inclination, and live exhibits are designed to allow the public as much access as can safely be permitted." Read more here.

Fall River's $6.5M recycling plan moves ahead as process debated
FALL RIVER — City councilors had little dispute with trash and recycling officials Tuesday as they advocated borrowing $6.5 million to expand the single-stream recycling and trash pick-up program to the remaining 80 percent of the city by buying new trucks and carts.

That would involve buying 15 to 17 automated and semi-automated trash collection trucks costing about $230,000 each, along with 56,000 large, covered, portable carts for trash and recyclables totaling $2.4 million sought last week by Mayor Will Flanagan. Read more here.

Marine Museum Marine Museum loses nonprofit status for not complying with filing rules
FALL RIVER — The Marine Museum, established in 1968 with a donated collection that includes models from the original U.S.S. Titanic 1953 movie and replicas of the Fall River Line steamers, has lost its nonprofit status for failIng to comply with federal filing regulations, the IRS reported this month.

“The organization’s exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990 … for three consecutive years,” according to GuideStar, an Internet database that tracks information on nonprofits. Read more here.

Children’s museum bids on Fall River courthouse
TAUNTON — The Bristol County Board of Commissioners received one bid proposal for the old Superior Courthouse in Fall River, members said during Tuesday’s weekly meeting.

The bid is from the Children’s Museum of Fall River, which plans to use the facility to help educate young people from throughout Massachusetts. The proposed price, however, will be opened next week, they said. Read more here.

Firehouse New life for old Fall River firehouse
FALL RIVER — City councilors and leaders of the Fall River Fire Museum are eager for the organization to have a permanent home at the Anawan No. 6 Fire Station, and on Tuesday night sought a lease agreement for the museum to open publicly.

It’s been four years and several administrations since former Mayor Edward Lambert Jr., prior to leaving office, took the first steps toward using the historic, two-story brick station at 1181 North Main St. as a museum. Read more here.

Bus SRTA's 3-D bus station model gives residents a closer look
FALL RIVER — The public has an opportunity to check out what the new downtown bus terminal will look like thanks to a three-dimensional model and other renderings available in Government Center.

A tabletop model gives an idea of how the new building will fit on the site of the former National Grid building, which will be demolished, between Third and Fourth streets. Read more here.

OPINION: Do not let the Meditech opportunity slip away, state officials
Pease accept this letter as support for the Senate bill, “An Act Relative to Certain Projects Referred to the Massachusetts Historical Commission for Consultation,” as it pertains to the regulation of the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s oversight of properties that are only on the State Historic Register and allow for the construction of the Meditech project within the town of Freetown.

As you are aware, I had the opportunity and pleasure to work with each of you during my ten years serving as governor’s councilor of District 1 and I know you all to be incredibly committed and concerned public officials. This is my first time as a non public official weighing in on an issue that is of tremendous importance to residents of Fall River and the surrounding communities. Read more here.

COMMENTARY: The urban forest's stormwater factor
I recently walked the Taunton River Boardwalk and Waterfront Access Walkway along the Taunton River from Heritage State Park to Bicentennial Park. I continued downstream to Mount Hope Bay, which is fed by the river as well as stormwater outfalls from the heavily urbanized surrounding area.

As I walked along the shore, I couldn’t help but notice how polluted this estuary has become. The fact is, many of our lakes and rivers that receive urban runoff are threatened by that stormwater. The rains flush oil, gasoline, hydraulic fluids and many other contaminants directly into bodies of water where complex aquatic ecosystems once thrived. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in 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.

Boo at the Zoo Returns!

October 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.

Paper Shredding Day

October 29, 9am-12 noon, Parking lot across from New Bedford City Hall on the corner of William and North 6th Streets.
Businesses and residents of New Bedford and the surrounding communities are welcome to bring paper to be shredded (e.g. bank statements, medical forms, insurance forms, retired tax forms, receipts, personal files). There is a charge of $5 per box for a standard size box used to hold reams of paper. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed, but please remove paper from folders and binders. Shredded paper will be recycled into new products such as paper towels. For more information, call (508) 979-1493.

Pumpkin Perfection

October 29, 10:30-11:30am, Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Decorate for Halloween with your own pumpkin creation! Just bring your imagination and dress for mess. We'll supply the pumpkins and the fun. Will your pumpkin be festive, scary, nature-based or comical? The possibilities are endless! Open to Halloween enthusiasts of all ages. Registration is required. Please indicate how many pumpkins you would like to decorate at the time of registration. Call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041.

2nd Annual Enviro-Action Block Party

October 30, 1-6pm at the Sacred Green Space, New Bedford.
P.O.W.E.R. and the Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative will be hosting the 2nd Annual Enviro-Action Block Party on the corner of Chancery and Kempton St. in New Bedford. We will have a short program and an MC making announcements between performances throughout the day. October 30 is also National Weatherization Day. It was two years ago on that date that Mayor Lang made a commitment to improve the energy efficiency of 5000 homes and businesses by 2015. This work creates jobs, saves money, and reduces carbon emissions. Come help us celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and keep that energy going into the next! The event will include free seasonal and local food, a moon bounce and other childrens’ activity, a labyrinth, and information about sustainable money saving and green job opportunities in the region. You can also find information and invite friends at our facebook page: www.facebook.com/NewBedfordPOWER.


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.

South Coast Regional Bikeway Meeting

November 8, 5:30-7:30pm, Lawler Library in Buttonwood Park in New Bedford
Find out how the East Coast Greenway Alliance would like to align the ECG "alternate" route through Fall River, New Bedford, and Provincetownwith South Coast bike path initiatives. For more information, contact Julianne Kelly, Coordinator, Mass in Motion-Fall River, 508-324-2405.

Nighttime Nature Stroll

November 10, 6:30-8pm, Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Back by popular demand! Join our naturalist for a fall night hike on the Audubon McIntosh Wildlife Refuge. Do you think you could survive as a nocturnal animal? Test your night vision and your other senses, too, as we wander under the trees and discover who else might be out at night. We'll keep an eye and an ear open for any nocturnal visitors who might be curious about us! Registration is required as space is limited. Member Fee $10/member adult/child pair; $5/each additional member. Non-Member Fee $12/non-member adult/child pair; $6/each additional non-member. To register, call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041.

"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.

Symosium: "Implementing Sustainability Islamically: The Emerging Integrated Halal Economy"

November 14, 2-4pm, UMass Dartmouth Charlton College of Business, Room 115, 285 Old Westport Road, N. Dartmouth
While economic focus is currently fixated on meltdowns and threats two major interrelated global trends below the “radar” offer massive opportunities. The combined value of the emerging “Integrated Halal” and “Green” Economies are worth nearly US$10 trillion. Halal is more than production rules and regulations for economics; it requires stewardship of nature, support for communities and sincerity in business or put another way the three pillars of sustainability; Planet, People, Profits. This Symposium will examine the emergence of the “Integrated Halal Economy”, its opportunities for business and its guidance for sustainability. Co-sponsored with the Business Innovation Research Center. Come early at 1:30 for conversation and refreshments. For more information, contact the UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Initiative at 508-910-6484.

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.

New Bedford Bicycle Committee Meeting

November 17, 6pm, City Hall, Room 314, New Bedford
Join members of Mass in Motion and interested citizens in planning for a bike path in New Bedford. For more information, contact Pauliine Hamel, Project Coordinator, at pauline.hamel@newbedford-ma.gov .

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
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.
Essay Contest for Kids and Teens
Like A Drop of Water's writing contest offers young people, ages eight through seventeen, world wide the opportunity to share their ideas on how they and their countries can reduce climate change and pollution. We hope parents, grandparents and teachers will feel free to share their ideas with their young author. Teachers and their students may submit a class essay as well as serve as judges.

The writing contest is open to all young people in the world from the ages of eight through seventeen (8-17). We want your essay to tell us how YOU and YOUR country can mitigate the effects of climate change and reduce world wide pollution to create a more sustainable planet.Learn about the contest here.
Only a short time left to pick apples - Visit our MassGrown Agri-Google Map to Find an Orchard Near You
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.
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
Green beer: home brew
All beverages, regardless of how green their ingredients or packaging, face the same challenge - the amount of oil consumption and emissions involved with transporting what is essentially just water. If you enjoy a beer, you can have a more environmentally friendly tipple by brewing your own at home. Learn more here.

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