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November 3 to 10, 2011

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

This week:

Nighttime Nature Stroll

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


Save The Date:

South Coast Regional Bikeway Meeting

The Economics of Happiness (Sustainability Film Series)



Job Opening: Director of Environmental Stewardship

Bioneers Connecting for Change Conference Videos

Weekly Green Tip:

Compost Your Pumpkins

Clip of the Week

7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast?
Watch as global population explodes from 300 million to 7 billion.

Weekly Quote:

"One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope. When it fully learns that cooperation, not rugged individualism, is the quality that most characterizes and preserves it, then it will have achieved itself and outlived its origins. Then it has a chance to create a society to match its scenery."
- Wallace Stegner, The Sound of Mountain Water

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors

Awesome views of people, animals and landscapes remind us that our planet has much beauty worth protecting in National Geographic's Best Environmental Photos of 2011. Each picture is accompanied by a description of its relevance. Compared to 2010, submissions this year to the National Geographic doubled to over 10,000 pictures, which came from photographers in 105 countries. These ten are the best of the best.

We can all feel some pride in our Commonwealth. Massachusetts has bested California as the number one energy efficient state in the nation thanks to our push for innovation. Also, the Massachusetts economy, though slowing down, is still outpacing the rest of the U.S.

In world news, U.S. coal producers are making an argument for exporting coal to China despite its high carbon pollution consequences. Carbon sold in China at higher prices will discourage coal sold in the U.S., somehow reducing greenhouse gas totals in the end, they say. Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy in China is reporting how poor the air quality already is in Beijing, in contrast to the official reports of Chinese authorities. Like exporting garbage, it would seem that exporting coal as fuel to anywhere else is not an acceptable idea for global health.

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Leaf Bullet News
Chinese Cityscape The Global Coal Trade's Complex Calculation
Coal producers in Wyoming and Montana are hoping new export terminals will be built in Washington state so they can ramp up their sales to China. Activists are trying to stop those ports, in part because they're concerned about global warming. But a thriving export market could also drive up the price of coal here in the United States, and that has climate implications as well.

The logic goes like this: If coal companies can sell coal for, say, $100 a ton on the world market, they will be less inclined to keep selling it for $20 a ton at home. Read more here.

Climate impasse could kill carbon offset investment
The failure of U.N. climate talks to clarify the future of the Kyoto Protocol and its market-based mechanisms could dry up investment in the carbon offset market, possibly threatening prices that are already trading near record lows.

A legally binding pact is unlikely to be agreed at the climate summit in Durban, South Africa, which starts November 28, as governments continue to wrangle over emissions cut commitments and climate aid. Many do not see such a deal emerging until 2014 or 2015. Read more here.

Water Droplet Climate change causing Mediterranean droughts
Human-caused climate change is responsible for about half of the increased wintertime droughts occurring in the Mediterranean region, says a new U.S.-funded study.

In the last 20 years, 10 of the driest 12 winters have occurred in lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, from Gibraltar to the Middle East, which get most of their precipitation during the winter, according to a new analysis by scientists at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). Read more here.

Ocean Garbage Washing machines cause 'microplastic' pollution
Much has been written about the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, where a Texas-size swill of plastic bags, bottles, wrappers and other debris floats. Now, scientists are finding that home washing machines seem to be a major source of "microplastic" ocean pollution.

Bits of polyester and acrylic smaller than the head of a pin are likely rinsing off garments during the wash cycle and ending up on shorelines, according to a study published this month in the American Chemical Society's Environmental Science and Technology. Read more here.

Baby in Crowd How to make overpopulation OK
Today is the first day in history when 7 billion humans are alive all at once, according to U.N. estimates. The organization has symbolically declared Danica May Camacho, a Filipina baby born at 11:58 p.m. Sunday, as the 7 billionth person on Earth.

This is just the latest milestone in humanity's long-running population grand prix, but it may still mark a turning point. We've doubled our global population in the past 44 years — a feat that took us 57, 110 and 500 years the previous three times — and another 2 billion babies are expected in the next three decades. Read more here.

Green Roof How Germany Became Europe’s Green Leader: A Look at Four Decades of Sustainable Policymaking
Over the last 40 years, all levels of government in Germany have retooled policies to promote growth that is more environmentally sustainable. Germany’s experiences can provide useful lessons for the United States (and other nations) as policymakers consider options for “green” economic transformation. Our analysis focuses on four case studies from Germany in the areas of energy, urban infrastructure, and transportation. Read more here.

Earth and Sun Prehistoric Greenhouse Data from Ocean Floor Could Predict Earth's Future
New research from the University of Missouri indicates that Atlantic Ocean temperatures during the greenhouse climate of the Late Cretaceous Epoch were influenced by circulation in the deep ocean. These changes in circulation patterns 70 million years ago could help scientists understand the consequences of modern increases in greenhouse gases. Read more here.

Beijing Roadways U.S. Embassy air quality data undercut China's own assessments
Reporting from Beijing— Perched atop the U.S. Embassy in Beijing is a device about the size of a microwave oven that spits out hourly rebukes to the Chinese government.

It is a machine that monitors fine particulate matter, one of the most dangerous components of air pollution, and instantly posts the results to Twitter and a dedicated iPhone application, where it is frequently picked up by Chinese bloggers.

One day this month, the reading was so high compared with the standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it was listed as "beyond index." In other words, it had soared right off the chart. Read more here.

Workers in Desert Obama administration announces desert 'solar energy zones'
The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled its road map for solar energy development, directing large-scale industrial projects to 285,000 acres of desert land in the western U.S. while opening 20 million acres of the Mojave for new development.

The Bureau of Land Management's long-awaited "solar energy zones" are intended to make some of the desert's most sensitive landscapes less desirable for solar prospecting by identifying "sweet spots" that have already passed environmental requirements and therefore promise expedited permitting, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said. Read more here.

Polar Bears Feds Asked Polar Bear Researcher To Take Polygraph
A government researcher who wrote a controversial report on dead polar bears was asked to take a polygraph test by a federal agent investigating allegations of scientific misconduct.

That's according to Jeffrey Gleason's lawyer, Jeff Ruch of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which is providing legal representation to Gleason and Charles Monnett, two researchers with agencies of the Department of the Interior.

In 2006, Monnett and Gleason published a report describing their sightings of apparently drowned polar bears in the Arctic. The report drew public attention to the plight of the bears as the climate changes and ice melts. Read more here.

Auto Showroom U.S. auto dealers fight Obama fuel rules
U.S. auto dealers are working to undo the Obama administration's fuel efficiency agenda, replacing car companies that for years kept such mandates at bay with the help of allies in Congress.

The car industry is facing dramatic new standards that would double efficiency targets to 54 miles per gallon by 2025, under an administration plan unveiled in July and set to be officially proposed in the coming weeks. Read more here.

Fire Plume U.S. to require details of fracking on federal land
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Interior Department plans to issue a proposal soon forcing companies to reveal the chemicals they use in the so-called fracking drilling process on federal lands, as the Obama administration responds to public safety concerns over the shale exploration boom.

David Hayes, deputy secretary at the Interior Department, told a federal shale gas advisory panel on Monday that the department hopes to issue disclosure rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in “a couple of months.” It plans to finalize the guidelines about 12 months after that. Read more here.

Woman with Plastics All for Nothing: Seattle's Zero Waste Commitment
I recently watched an online documentary that filled me with solid-waste envy. Unwasted: The Future of Business on Earth details how companies, institutions, political leaders, and activists are reducing waste in and around Seattle. It’s a pretty good, if somewhat staid, primer on how landfills work (or don’t), how many recycling programs fail to capture all they can, and how a zero-waste framework can guide cities to a more sustainable future. (Zero Waste is a rhetorical term: advocates believe we can reasonably divert 90 percent of our waste from landfills and incinerators -- including high-tech gasifiers -- within the next ten years.) Read more here.

Stream U.S. rivers, streams saturated with carbon dioxide
Rivers and streams in the United States are releasing significantly more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than previously thought -- enough for a car to drive back and forth to the moon 3.4 million times each year, a new study finds.

Scientists find that carbon, after decomposing from plants, is discharged into streams and rivers and then outgassed as carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere at a rate equal to a car burning 40 billion gallons of gasoline, according to the U.S.-funded study. Read more here.

Worker and Battery Containers Batteries at a Wind Farm Help Control Output
ELKINS, W.Va. — Another wind farm opened on another windy ridge in West Virginia this week, 61 turbines stretched across 12 miles, generating up to 98 megawatts of electricity. But the novel element is a cluster of big steel boxes in the middle, the largest battery installation attached to the power grid in the continental United States.

The purpose of the 1.3 million batteries is to tame the wind, but only slightly, according to the AES Corporation of Arlington, Va., which developed both the wind farm, known as Laurel Mountain, and the battery project. Read more here.

Irrigation System Massive California farm-to-city water deal snared in litigation
Reporting from Imperial, Calif.— A 2003 water pact between the Imperial Valley and San Diego County was supposed to be good for both parties, and for California.

But the agreement — billed as the largest sale of water from farms to cities in the nation — is snared in litigation and the outcome is uncertain. No sooner had the pact been signed than it came under attack by environmentalists, farmers and the Imperial County Board of Supervisors. Read more here.

Man with Child Elders a (Labor) Force for Social Change
We’re a nation that will soon have more older people than young ones, and much of the popular media portrays this as a disaster story that goes something like this: Tens of millions of people, the single biggest group in society and a mighty political force, are about to dominate the scene. Overnight at age 60, they will become the elderly, pass out of the “working-age population,” become incompetent and incontinent, bankrupt the health care system, and vote for hefty increases in public spending on their retirement at the expense of everyone else. Read more here.

Needed: The Solutions Generation
The Arab Spring and now the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are indications of growing unhappiness with the state of the world, especially among the younger generation. As Paul Krugman has pointed out,1 Americans are finally getting angry at the right people—the financial and corporate elites who currently govern the United States and have caused the ongoing crisis. Anger and protests can be effective at bringing the current system into question. But they do little, by themselves, to lead the way to a better future. For that we need a compelling shared vision and a focus on solutions. Read more here.

Looking for the Dream of America
It appears to be a protest movement, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Boston, Occupy Oakland; and it is that. Over 2,500 people have already been arrested in the streets and a young veteran of the Iraq war seriously injured by police while exercising his well-earned right to seek justice and freedom here at home.

It appears to be about the numbers after more than four decades of reckless policies have generated the greatest disparity of income since the Great Depression. It appears to be about the long overdo awakening of the voice of 99 percent of the people who increasingly suffer while the other 1 percent greedily grab more than 40 percent of all the income in the country. It is certainly that. Read more here.

Microbes Build on genomic advances to benefit the poor
The scientific community must make a concerted effort to build on advances in genomics research if it is to benefit people in resource-poor settings, says Stephen Baker, head of enteric infections at the Wellcome Trust's Major Overseas Programme at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, United Kingdom.

There are plenty of genome sequences, says Baker, but the value of such research is less easy to pinpoint. For example, although ten years ago the genome sequencing of the microorganism that causes typhoid fever made elimination a realistic target, promises of bespoke treatments, next-generation vaccines and low-cost diagnostics have failed to materialise. Read more here.

The Occupiers' Responsive Chord
A combination of police crackdowns and bad weather are testing the young Occupy movement. But rumors of its demise are premature, to say the least. Although numbers are hard to come by, anecdotal evidence suggests the movement is growing.

As importantly, the movement has already changed the public debate in America. Read more here.

Massachusetts Ousts California as Number One Energy Efficient State
Massachusetts has long regarded itself as the historic cradle of the American Revolution (News - Alert). Now it is second to none as the cradle of America’s green revolution, according to the fifth annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard prepared by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

“Thanks to our investments in innovation and infrastructure, Massachusetts is now leading the nation in energy efficiency,” said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. “Through our Green Communities Act, we set aggressive goals and laid the foundation for greater investment in energy efficiency – and now we are proud to be a model for the nation and the world.” Read more here.

Man with Food Supplies Food pantries feeling the pinch of shortages
SouthCoast food pantries are experiencing deep troubles finding food for a growing list of hungry faces — funding is down, supplies are dwindling and demand is through the roof.

Food pantry coordinators said economic conditions are so bad they're seeing new faces, people they haven't seen in years and even some former donors all coming in for food. Read more here.

Water quality compliance must go beyond pollution controls
If you live on Cape Cod or in the coastal communities along Buzzards Bay, you are probably familiar with the deterioration of the small coastal ponds and estuaries because of nitrogen.

The existing Environmental Health and DEP codes are used to try to address this issue, however, the cost of conventional sewer is estimated to be $60,000 to $80,000 per home and the cost of septic system upgrades are often $35,000 to $40,000 per home. Read more here.

Occupy Providence demonstrators stage Halloween protest against 'corporate greed'
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- About 15 Occupy Providence protesters, several in Halloween costumes, paraded around the city's financial district Monday afternoon, stopping at bank and corporate offices to denounce "corporate greed."

Led by two protesters in Robin Hood costumes, the group gathered outside both the Bank of America and Textron buildings and then, shortly after 3:15 p.m.. headed to the GTech and Blue Cross/Blue Shield buildings. Read more here.

Protesters Small group met Sunday for Occupy meeting in Fall River
FALL RIVER — The wind blew cold off the Taunton River on Sunday, and by noon, about 25 souls had gathered at the Kennedy Park Overlook for the local version of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

“I’m 73 years old, and I came out for all who are suffering,” Westport’s Brenda Burke said. Read more here.

Selectmen balk at aquaculture restriction
MATTAPOISETT — A proposed aquaculture bylaw hit a major bump in the road Tuesday as two of the three selectmen conducting the hearing clashed with the town's aquaculture advisory committee on a critical issue: whether to restrict fish farming to deep water.

The town's special Ad Hoc Committee on Aquaculture had voted unanimously to require all future aquaculture to be in water deeper than 6 feet at mean low tide, which would exclude the few areas identified by the Marine Advisory Board as having no other recreational or navigational purpose. Read more here.

Women with Dead Tree Gas leaks linked to dead trees
NEW BEDFORD — In an attempt to explain the trio of dead trees that had to be removed from his block earlier this year, Durval Bento walks onto Brownell Street and gestures down, toward the patched pavement.

Bento says the patches on his stretch of the street — 13 in all — each represent a natural gas leak in recent years. Read more here.

Panelists Education forum brought together experts to continue a critical dialogue about a school system in crisis
Figuring out how to build better schools is a bit like cooking a pot roast. Everyone knows what the end result should look like, but they have different ways of getting there.

"Every successful school in this country and outside of this country is founded on collaboration, and people who are stakeholders looking at the interests of the children and giving something up," said Dana Mohler-Faria, president of Bridgewater State University. "We've got to be willing to create a community that is pulling in one direction." Read more here.

Herbie with Violin Herbie pulls some strings to help ease global famine
Reports of the devastating famine in the horn of Africa move some people to tears. They moved Herbie Ray Waters IV to act.

Over summer vacation, Herbie, 8, a fourth-grader at St. Michael's Country Day School in Newport, R.I., read reports online about the famine affecting Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Eritrea. But he didn't just read. He decided to do something to help. Read more here.

Food services company praised for its expansion
NEW BEDFORD — A food services company is being recognized by an economic development group for expanding its New Bedford facility and adding 45 new jobs.

The Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development has announced the recipients of its 8th annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, naming a gold, silver and bronze winner for each region. Reinhart FoodService L.L.C., a La Crosse, Wisc. business, was awarded the bronze for Southeastern Massachusetts for expanding its facility in the New Bedford Business Park. Read more here.

New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal still on-track
NEW BEDFORD — Despite another delay with the Cape Wind project, Mayor Scott W. Lang said he still expects construction to begin on the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal next spring.

"As soon as Cape Wind is ready, we'll be ready," Lang said. "When Cape Wind didn't get its federal guarantee, it slowed down the project in terms of setting the staging area by June 2012 ... but it certainly doesn't alleviate the necessity for the project." Read more here.

Loan debt a growing worry for college students
Asked how much money she has in student loans, UMass Dartmouth junior Lauren Zahorsky rolled her eyes.

"Probably, right now, at least $30,000" in federal and private loans, said the 20-year-old, who figures she'll probably try to be a teacher after she graduates. But it's "kind of nerve-racking to think that when I get out of school, that I'm going to mostly be worrying about my loans rather than living," she said. Read more here.

Housing redevelopment stirs excitement in city
Gov. Deval Patrick joined state and city officials Friday in celebrating two housing construction projects made possible with the help of state and federal subsidies and tax credits.

First, Patrick participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Temple Landing, the newly refurbished 173-unit, low-income housing development formerly known as United Front Homes. From there, he traveled to an event celebrating the first phase of Cliftex mill redevelopment, which will create 76 low-income and market-rate housing units for people 55 and older in the North End.

Patrick said these types of redevelopment efforts make a big difference to a community. Read more here.

Man with Silicone Recycler Growing South End company touted as 'example of how government can do it right'
NEW BEDFORD — With the word "jobs" on everyone's lips, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown visited the city Monday to celebrate the expansion of a South End business that is one of the world leaders in recycling silicon wafers for semiconductor manufacturers.

An ambitious expansion of North East Silicon Technologies Inc. was made possible because of a federal loan program that targets economically distressed communities, called the New Markets Tax Program. Read more here.

Feds' hard line against fishermen shows cracks
Two key developments in Washington this week are raising hopes along New Bedford's waterfront that the federal government is finally taking action on some long-sought relief for fishermen.

On Friday, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank announced that Commerce Department Inspector General Todd Zinser has agreed to review the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's process for developing rules that apply to the fishing industry. Also this week, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said she would consider financial relief for local fishermen harmed by new federal rules. Read more here.

Appeals court overturns key Cape Wind clearance
BOSTON — A federal appeals court has rejected the Federal Aviation Administration's ruling that the Cape Wind project's turbines present "no hazard" to aviation, overturning a vital clearance for the nation's first offshore wind farm.

A decision today from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the FAA didn't adequately determine whether the planned 130 turbines, each 440 feet tall, would pose a danger to pilots flying by visual flight rules. Read more here.

Fishing quota hike brings relief
There was some welcome news for the local fishing industry Wednesday when the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration agreed to increase the annual skate quota by 17 million pounds.

The ruling goes into effect immediately and runs through April 30, 2012, the end of the fishing year. The decision raises the allowable catch from 31 million to 48 million pounds, a 56 percent increase. Read more here.

Mass. economy slowing, but outpaces U.S. in 3Q
BOSTON — Massachusetts continues to outpace the nation in economic growth, but experts see signs that the expansion is slowing in the Bay State.

The journal MassBenchmarks reported Thursday that the gross state product grew at an annual rate of 3.9 percent in the third quarter, compared with a 2.5 percent national growth rate.

It was the fifth straight quarter the Massachusetts economy outperformed the United States as a whole. Read more here.

Mass. employer confidence continues decline
BOSTON — Employer confidence in Massachusetts has steadily dropped to levels that were seen during the recession that followed the dot-com bust in the early 2000s.

“This is not seen as a very hopeful situation,” said Andre Mayer, a senior vice president with Boston-based Associated Industries of Massachusetts. “We’re coming out of a recession, but there’s no real sense of progress. ... The general outlook seems to be that we’re going to continue to sort of stumble along.” Read more here.

Chancellor and Presidents UMass partners with BCC, Massasoit colleges
Bristol and Massasoit community college students will have an easier time transferring to a health services degree program at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth thanks to an agreement between the three schools announced Monday.

The articulation agreement guarantees that Bristol and Massasoit students will be accepted into UMass Dartmouth’s health services program -- which prepares students for jobs in radiology or dental hygiene -- if they meet certain requirements. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

New Bedford Mayoral Candidates' Forum on Energy and Environment

November 3, 2 to 3:30pm, Buzzards Bay Coalition, Croll Conference Room, 114 Front St, New Bedford
Presented by SEEAL and co-hosted by the Marion Institute's P.O.W.E.R. Project, YouthBuild New Bedford, and UMass Dartmouth's Sustainability Office. Free and open to the public--all are welcome--let's fill the room--youth are highly encouraged to attend!

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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Symposium: "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), 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth
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
Job Opening: Director of Environmental Stewardship
The City of New Bedford is currently accepting applications for Director of Environmental Stewardship. The Director serves as the executive head of the Department of Environmental Stewardship, and promotes and coordinates the integration of environmental management and sustainability issues into policies, rules, produces, services and operations. The Director is responsible for overseeing site assessment and remediation projects, environmental planning projects, providing assistance to the Conservation Commission and advising City departments (including the School Department) on environmental compliance issues. The Director works under the general supervision of the Mayor. A complete job description is available at: http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/Personnel/jobs/Director_of_Env_Stwd.pdf. Instructions for how to apply can be found on the City’s Personnel/Employment Opportunities website at: http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/Personnel/employ.html.
Bioneers Connecting for Change Conference Videos
This year, the Marion Institute is making youttube videos of its featured Bioneers keynote conference speakers available online for everyone to experience. First up is Amy Goodman from Democracy NOW! with her comments about the state of our nation's media and its coverage of sustainability issues. Check the Connecting for Change Facebook page for links and announcements of further video postings. Check for video releases on Facebook.
UMass Center for Marketing Research Accepting Requests
The UMass Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research is accepting requests from area businesses and other organizations to perform marketing research for the spring semester, beginning in Jan. 2012. The UMass Dartmouth center performs customized market research at affordable prices. Clients range from small and start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies and include firms from both the commercial and nonprofit sectors. Each semester, about eight clients are selected for participation in the ongoing research program involving graduate and undergraduate marketing students. The final project is a statistically valid, survey-based research study. For a full listing of past clients and testimonials from them, visit http://www.umassd.edu/cmr. Any business interested in becoming a client should contact center director Nora Ganim Barnes for more information regarding fees and semester timelines. Barnes can be reached at 508-999-8756 or nbarnes@umassd.edu.
UMass Dartmouth Winter Term Energy Auditing Course
Energy auditing is a growing field and one that has many ties to engineering, sustainability, construction, and communications. Students matriculating with 4-year degrees and building energy certifications are increasingly in demand by building performance contractors. This hybrid (partially online) course will prepare students to pass the nationally-recognized Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst Written and Field Exams, now the industry-standard certification for energy auditors. Students will learn to conduct accurate building analysis; provide information, reports and documentation of findings; and make appropriate recommendations for weatherization and energy improvements. Students successfully completing the course will be knowledgeable about space and water heating systems and combustion appliance zones. The course includes a significant focus on safety procedures and safety equipment as it applies to the residential energy field. For more information contact Professor Anne Stephenson Stephenson.anne@gmail.com.
Organic Farming Practices Course at BCC
Registration for winter/spring course in Organic Farming Practices (OFP 115) is open at Bristol Community College in Fall River. The course is designed for gardeners, farmers, landscapers, community organizations, and concerned citizens. The course will cover farm management (planning, records, & budgeting), plant propagation, season extension, and major crop cultivation. Senior citizens and veterans may be eligible for waiver of tuition for credit courses. Courses begin January 24, 2012. For more information contact Professor Jim Corven james.corven@bristolcc.edu.
Natural Beekeeping Course at BCC
Get the buzz about beekeeping. Bristol Community College is offering open enrollment to its spring Natural Beekeeping course. Aspiring and new beekeepers will learn the essential skills necessary to begin a hobby or small enterprise as a beekeeper including purchasing and establishing a hive, disease and pest management, and harvesting the honey. The 6-week course, which emphasizes organic methods of beekeeping, includes at least one field day demonstration of installing, feeding, and the beginning steps of establishing a hive. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase their own bees, hives and equipment. The course will be held on Mondays, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, starting February 27. It may be taken as a noncredit course or for one college credit. For more information contact Professor Jim Corven james.corven@bristolcc.edu.
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. The writing contest is open to all young people in the world from the ages of eight through seventeen (8-17). There is a $400.00 award every month to eight or more young authors with scholarship awards ranging from $25.00 to $100.00 through 2015. In addition, the judges will select the best essay in the calendar year and that young person will receive a $500.00 scholarship award. Yearly the top fifty essays will be sent to the White House and be made available to governments across the world. Bi-yearly, the best one hundred winning essays will be published as an e-book for world wide distribution. Learn about the contest 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
Compost Your Pumpkins
After you've finished celebrating Halloween, compost your jack-o-lanterns, instead of tossing them in the garbage (unless, of course, you are going to be turning them into yummy pumpkin pie, muffins or even flan).
Learn more here.

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