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November 10 to 17, 2011

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

This week:

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

The Economics of Happiness (Sustainability Film Series)

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Save The Date:

Compost Turkey Carcasses

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Announcements:

Organic Farming Practices Class at BCC

Get the Buzz About Beekeeping at BCC

Weekly Green Tip:

Earth friendly mouthwash

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10,000 Surround White House to Protest Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline
More than 10,000 protesters surrounded the White House on Sunday calling on President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
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"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another."
- Mahatma Gandhi

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Lemur on Tree

This week I discovered on the National Public Radio site an important and impressive series of photographs and audio stories called "Travelling Down the Amazon Road." It explores the creation of a roadway through Brazilian and Peruvian rainforest, opening up connections to some of the most remote peoples and places on Earth. This series is a chance to see inside that development, for better and for worse.

The news is heavy this week with proof of the ramifications of our unsustainable situations. A global report finds that greenhouse emissions last year topped estimates leaving the world in worse shape than predicted. Also, U.S. cities remain victims of toxic air despite strategies set up by Congress 21 years ago. Climate change related disaster health costs added up to $14 billion in the last decade.

To lift our spirits, we can enjoy President Obama's Outdoor Initiative which identifies an average of two remarkable spots in each state for investment to bring our citizens in touch with the environment. On the technological side of things, the EPA ran a contest for apps that help people use environmental data in their daily lives. What's more, the first biofueled airplane flight lifted off from Huston to Chicago earlier this week. It's projects such as these that help us hold onto optimism for a future that rises to global challenges.

Leaf Bullet Blogging on the New Sustainability

We're introducing a blog to supplement our Sustainability Almanac.Blogging on the New Sustainability: Meditations on Sustainability and Freedom this week talks about "The Sustainable Future. Here's an excerpt: "The mainstream media recognizes that sex sells, along with violence and sensationalism. Going green lacks that certain luster, and so too for consumers; where’s the fun in thinking about energy descent, fewer market choices, and less comfortable lives? Good news, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Finding a better future entails possibilities and opportunities."

Leaf Bullet News
Global
Leaders and Flags Russian, German Leaders Inaugurate New Gas Pipeline That Will Boost Energy Security
LUBMIN, Germany (AP) — The leaders of Germany and Russia are opening a euro7.4 billion ($10.2 billion) natural gas pipeline that links western Europe directly with Siberia's vast gas reserves.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Dmitry Medvedev met Tuesday in the village of Lubmin on Germany's Baltic Sea coast, where the 760-mile (1,200-kilometer) Nord Stream underwater pipeline reaches land. Read more here.

Smokestacks Australia Passes Landmark Carbon Price Laws
Australia's parliament passed landmark laws to impose a price on carbon emissions on Tuesday in one of the biggest economic reforms in a decade, giving new impetus to December's global climate talks in South Africa.

The scheme's impact will be felt right across the economy, from miners to LNG producers, airlines and steel makers and is aimed at making firms more energy efficient and push power generation towards gas and renewables. Read more here.

Last year's greenhouse gas emissions topple worst-case scenario
Global carbon emissions last year exceeded worst-case scenario predictions from just four years before, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). A rise of 6 percent (564 million additional tons) over 2009 levels was largely driven by three nations: the US, India, and China. Emissions from burning coal jumped 8 percent overall. The new data, supported by a similar report from International Energy Agency (IEA), makes it even more difficult for nations to make good on a previous pledge to hold back the world from warming over 2 degrees Celsius. Read more here.

German Women Germany's Greens: from unelectable to unavoidable
The Greens have grown out of their woolly jumpers and sandals and turned enough fellow Germans on to environmentalism to make the party -- already the world's most successful green movement -- the possible kingmakers in the 2013 elections.

Founded three decades ago by rebels from the 1968 student movement, 'ban-the-bomb' peaceniks, ecologists and feminists, the Greens got their first taste of power from 1998 to 2005 under Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD). Read more here.

Mexico to earn royalty on light bulb carbon credits
MELBOURNE - Mexico will earn a royalty on carbon credits generated from energy-saving light bulbs through a world-first deal that could pave the way for other developing countries to fund emissions cuts, the investor said on Monday.

Under the project, an Australian company, Cool nrg International, advised by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will distribute 45 million energy efficient light bulbs supplied by Philips Electronics to 6.5 million low-income households in Mexico City. Read more here.

Power Plant IEA Report: Nuclear to fall as power demand
The Fukushima disaster could lead to a 15 percent fall in world nuclear power generation by 2035, while power demand at the same time could rise by 3.1 percent a year, according to a draft copy of the International Energy Agency's 2011 World Energy Outlook.

Following the Japanese crisis, many countries put their nuclear power plans on hold or under review, and some, including Germany and Switzerland, opted out of the technology entirely. Read more here.

Hybrid Power Plants Can Help Industry Go Green: Affordable Solar Option for Power Plants
Hybrid cars, powered by a mixture of gas and electricity, have become a practical way to "go green" on the roads. Now researchers at Tel Aviv University are applying the term "hybrid" to power plants as well.

Now, a new technology combines the use of conventional fuel with the lower pressures and temperatures of steam produced by solar power, allowing plants to be hybrid, replacing 25 to 50 percent of their fuel use with green energy. The method, which will be reported in a future issue of the Solar Energy Journal, presents a potentially cost-effective and realistic way to integrate solar technology into today's power plants. Read more here.

Motocyclist and Park Rwanda, a Sustainable Singapore of Africa?
I’ve been in Rwanda for scarcely 24 hours and an astonishing array of contrasting stories and experience has already unfolded. Upon arrival, I was immediately struck by the compete lack of third-world stereotypes I’d been prepared for. Stray dogs, trash, begging children, clogged streets, agressive vendors and potholes are nowhere to be found.

Instead, an orderly and clean city has unfolded in front of me. Folks seem busy doing business and the place is crawling with foreign investment. Construction activity and signage announcing the presence of pretty much every NGO in the world is everywhere you look.

Indeed, Rwanda’s successful transition from the worst place on earth to Africa’s crown jewel of stability and economic growth in less than 20 years seems vivid and real. Read more here.

National
Industrial Building Secret 'Watch List' Reveals Failure To Curb Toxic Air
The system Congress set up 21 years ago to clean up toxic air pollution still leaves many communities exposed to risky concentrations of benzene, formaldehyde, mercury and many other hazardous chemicals.

Pollution violations at more than 1,600 plants across the country were serious enough that the government believes they require urgent action, according to an analysis of EPA data by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity. Yet nearly 300 of those facilities have been considered "high priority violators" of the Clean Air Act by the Environmental Protection Agency for at least a decade. Read more here.

Find Green Garage App The Best Apps for the Environment: Bringing EPA Data to the Masses
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has announced winners of a contest to create the best "Apps for the Environment." After a solicitation earlier this year, the agency drew 38 entries and 2,000 votes on them from website users. The main prerequisite was that entrants base the program at least in part on publicly available EPA data.

One of the entries that I liked (though it was not among the winners), for example, was Find Green Garage, which enables users to see the locations of auto repair facilities that have achieved green certification from various programs. Read more here.

Grapes Climate Change Has California Vintners Rethinking Grapes
Prime California wine country areas like the Napa Valley could soon be facing rising temperatures, according to climate change studies. So some wineries are thinking of switching to grapes that are better suited to a warmer climate. But when vineyards have staked their reputations on certain wines, adapting to climate change is a tough sell.

The specific type of grape, or varietal, is how most of us think about wine. At one recent meeting of the San Francisco Wine Lovers Group, for instance, members listed pinot noirs, sauvignon blancs or cabernets among their favorite kinds of wine. All are well-known varieties grown in the California region. Read more here.

Recycle Bin Curbside Recycling: Preventing a Market Failure
Nobody likes trash: taking it out or talking about it. It smells, it is a hassle to deal with, and it can be hazardous to your health, which is why we go through great lengths to have it hauled away every week. Recycling is trash’s cuter brother, with more support because resources are being re-used versus just being thrown out. That is what recycling is at its core: salvaging value from discarded materials. It is a service that prevents us from maxing out landfills, further depleting resources, or contaminating our soils and drinking water. It also produces considerably less carbon; recycling just 1 ton of aluminum cans conserves more than 1,665 gallons of gasoline. Read more here.

Canoeing America's Greatest Outdoor Spots: Obama Picks 100
To reconnect Americans to nature, the Obama administration is promoting 100 projects nationwide -- two in each states -- such as new urban parks, wildlife refuges and walking trails as well as completing gaps in Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail and restoring the Bronx' Harlem River.

The projects are part of President Obama's Great Outdoors Initiative, announced last year, and result from 50 meetings between state leaders and senior federal officials. They won't receive new federal funding but technical support and guidance. Read more here.

U.S. Government Confirms Link Between Earthquakes and Hydraulic Fracturing
On 5 November an earthquake measuring 5.6 rattled Oklahoma and was felt as far away as Illinois. Until two years ago Oklahoma typically had about 50 earthquakes a year, but in 2010, 1,047 quakes shook the state. Why?

In Lincoln County, where most of this past weekend's seismic incidents were centered, there are 181 injection wells, according to Matt Skinner, an official from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the agency which oversees oil and gas production in the state. Read more here.

Beach Health cost of 6 U.S. climate disasters: $14 billion
Deaths and health problems from floods, drought and other U.S. disasters related to climate change cost an estimated $14 billion over the last decade, researchers said on Monday.

"When extreme weather hits, we hear about the property damage and insurance costs," said Kim Knowlton, a senior scientist at Natural Resources Defense Council and a co-author of the study. "The healthcare costs never end up on the tab." Read more here.

Airplane United Completes First Commercial Biofuel Powered Flight
United Airlines just announced that Flight 1403, scheduled to take off today, Monday November 7th will be powered by Solazyme’s algae-derived biofuel. This will be the world’s first commercial biofuel powered flight. The flight’s route, from Houston to Chicago, is significant in several ways. First, the departure from Houston can be taken to symbolize a departure from the ”big oil” that Houston has come to represent. Second, it represents a full merging of United and Continental. The flight will be traveling from Continental’s hub in Houston to United’s hub in Chicago. Continental pilots will be manning the cockpit of the United 737-800 Eco-Skies aircraft. Read more here.

Discourse
Sun and Solar Panels Here Comes the Sun
For decades the story of technology has been dominated, in the popular mind and to a large extent in reality, by computing and the things you can do with it. Moore’s Law — in which the price of computing power falls roughly 50 percent every 18 months — has powered an ever-expanding range of applications, from faxes to Facebook.

Our mastery of the material world, on the other hand, has advanced much more slowly. The sources of energy, the way we move stuff around, are much the same as they were a generation ago.

But that may be about to change. We are, or at least we should be, on the cusp of an energy transformation, driven by the rapidly falling cost of solar power. That’s right, solar power. Read more here.

Flock at Waterhole Water Privatization: Villiany or Necessity?
The 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace introduced a different kind of villain to popular audiences: Dominic Greene, the ruthless capitalist with a sinister scheme to take control of Bolivia’s water supply and, under private contract, provide that precious resource to the public—at double the rate.

Greene is an invention of Hollywood, but the new economy of water privatization is a legitimate issue with real risks and complexities. Nearly one billion people lack access to safe potable water. Read more here.

Tramway in France How Ordinary Urban Experiences Can Inspire a Preference for Cities
Immersion in the real look and feel (and sometimes sound and smell) of a more compact and sustainable local experience can feed arguments for change, justify expenditures, or tell how to cast a strategic election vote. Personal involvement is the most powerful and verifiable way to champion the city cause, over and above mere acceptance of empirical data, article prose, and illustrations.

Unfortunately, when it comes to these far-away urban places, not all of us have real-time access to the inspirational modern projects served by transit, or the historic monuments, streets, and squares that illustrate the potential of creative city life. Read more here.

Mount Rushmore Teddy Roosevelt would have supported Occupy Wall Street – he fought for the same things, 100 years ago
The grievance of the Occupy Wall Street Movement is not just growing income inequality, it’s what the one percent (it’s really a much smaller number) has done to claim so much of our nation’s income. And that’s not a new grievance.

In his New Nationalism speech a century ago, Theodore Roosevelt said the “conflict between the men who possess more than they have earned and the men who have earned more than they possess is the central condition of progress.” Read more here.

How Should Society Pay for Services Ecosystems Provide?
Over the past 50 years, 60 percent of all ecosystem services have declined as a direct result of the conversion of land to the production of foods, fuels and fibers.

"The best things in life are free, including nature," says author Stephen Polasky, professor of applied economics and ecology, evolution and behavior. "But without a price for nature's services we don't maintain the environment in ways necessary to sustain these valuable services." Read more here.

Protesters Pipeline Decision Pits Jobs Against Environment
In the coming months, the Obama administration will decide whether to approve the Keystone pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada through the U.S. down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Environmental advocates will try to encircle the White House on Sunday in a show of solidarity against the project. Steady protests have made this one of the most high-profile environmental decisions of the Obama presidency. Read more here.

Local
Northeast Leads in Energy Efficiency
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership has released a report documenting the Northeast region’s policy leadership in efficiency. Here are the main findings:
- The Northeast continues to lead the nation in innovative energy policy, public and private support and per capita investment in efficiency programs.
- Even in a slow economy, much of the region continues to ramp up efficiency, with investment levels expected to reach $2.5 billion this year.
- States are grappling with the same challenges such as how to fund efficiency for oil heated homes, how to coordinate state-wide programs to make access easier for customers, how to reach more homes and businesses and go deeper with efficiency projects. Read more here.

Langevin proposes bill to fund river conservation programs
Rhode Island Rep. James R. Langevin and Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney proposed legislation Monday that could eventually put federal money into conservation programs for the watershed of the Wood and Pawcatuck Rivers.

According to a Langevin news release, their bill would trigger a study of whether the 300-square-mile region in southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut should get a federal designation to qualify it for the spending. Read more here.

Speaker at Podium South Coast Rail met with new manager at helm
RAYNHAM — With a new project manager at the helm of the commuter rail project aimed at bringing trains to southeastern Massachusetts through Stoughton, the Southeastern Massachusetts Commuter Rail Task Force met Wednesday afternoon to discuss community planning for economic growth.

It was the first task force meeting attended by Jean Fox, who was appointed manager for the South Coast Rail Project in August before beginning her work in September. The task force had not met since the beginning of the summer. Read more here.

Assonet company fuels optimism with conversion to natural gas
FREETOWN — The former International Specialty Products Inc. — since August part of Kentucky-based Ashland, Inc. — was burning between 150,000 and 200,000 gallons of standard No. 2 and heavy No. 6 bunker fuel oil every month to heat the plant and generate steam for its chemical manufacturing processes, company officials said.

Weekly oil deliveries will be replaced by gas arriving via a bright yellow pipeline that crosses the property on the side facing the Taunton River. The former Polaroid facility on South Main Street in Assonet turns out chemicals for a wide variety of consumer and industrial uses, including cosmetics and toothpaste. Read more here.

Battle against fishing overregulation nets some national support
Massachusetts fishermen found some national support in their campaign against overregulation, as a coalition of Senate and House members questioned the impact of new catch share rules on small fishing communities.

A group of six U.S. senators and two congressmen, headed by Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, wrote to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco seeking more focus on the needs of communities affected by catch shares and expressing concern about their "potential disproportionate impacts on smaller fishing communities." Read more here.

Man in Mill Grand mills are making comeback in Fall River business
FALL RIVER — The city is no longer weaving millions of yards of cotton cloth a year, spinning thread and yarn. It cannot even be called “The Spindle City” in any but the historic sense.

And when out-of-towners — and, sometimes, natives — drive past the great, gray granite or red-brick mills, they — and, sometimes, we — assume the elephantine buildings are empty, echoing remnants of the Industrial Revolution.

But they’re not. Read more here.

People in Conversation New boom days ahead for Fall River's mills?
The mills that dot Fall River’s landscape were once engines of a booming manufacturing economy. But as manufacturing has moved to other parts of the country and world, some of the city’s mills have become symbols of urban decay.

In many other communities across New England, old mills have been converted into condominiums, apartments, artist’s lofts and “live-work” spaces. That approach has not taken hold in Fall River. Read more here.

Seniors, students need better public transit system
NEW BEDFORD — Seniors and students have joined forces to push for a better public transit system that gets them conveniently and safely to school, work and their medical appointments.

Students from UMass Dartmouth and speakers from area groups that work with the elderly aired their complaints Thursday at a press conference organized by Mass PIRG to announce the release of a 40-page report on public transportation issues that affect both groups. Read more here.

Woman with Chicken Nothing beats raising chickens, claim Dartmouth residents
DARTMOUTH — Kate Fentress calls them “the girls” who cluck, scratch the ground looking for bugs, and love dust baths in the summer.

Antone Vieira tries not to get attached to his laying hens because when they stop producing eggs they could end up in a pot of soup or a stew.

"I don't pick up a chicken and say 'This is Molly, my little hen.' I think of them more as a group," said Vieira, though the different breeds do lay different colored eggs, ranging from maroon to light brown, and even blue. Read more here.

Expansion-minded SMAST applies for federal approval
NEW BEDFORD — UMass Dartmouth has submitted a fully executed application to the federal Department of Education that would give the go-ahead to the proposed SMAST expansion in the South End.

The application would allow for the transfer of the former Naval Reserve Training Center and make way for the university's School of Marine Science and Technology to launch a $48 million expansion of its South End campus. Read more here.

Club Members Job Club: A good way to spend Monday Mornings
For people who have been unemployed for long time, the search for a job can feel far more strenuous than actually working a job.

Members of the Project ASSIST Job Club understand this. Every Monday morning they gather at Project ASSIST’s offices over coffee and snacks to share job leads, revamp their resumes and simply offer each other support. For many, the club offers the kind of close relationships they had previously with co-workers at their jobs. It helps others to feel less alone. Read more here.

Patrick demands probe of power outages in Massachusetts
BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick asked state utility regulators on Friday to conduct a formal investigation into how Massachusetts’ major power companies prepared for and responded to the massive power outages caused by the October nor’easter. The probe was sought as tens of thousands of utility customers remained without electricity nearly one week after the storm. Read more here.

Providence councilman to introduce measure to support Occupy
PROVIDENCE — A Providence city councilor said Friday he will introduce a measure in support of an indefinite encampment by Occupy Providence at a public park despite the mayor’s call for the activists to leave and a plan to take them to court.

City Councilman Luis Aponte says the activists should vacate Burnside Park only when they choose to — not because the city is evicting them. Read more here.

Meditech, Massachusetts Historical Commission hold meeting aimed at compromise
FREETOWN — The first meeting in four months involving representatives of Meditech and the Massachusetts Historical Commission — including its chairman, Secretary of State William Galvin — was an effort to reach consensus on a $65 million project and avoid a vote on proposed legislation that would limit the commission’s power.

The meeting follows legislation filed one month ago by state Sen. Michael Rodrigues and Rep. David Sullivan to strip the MHC of authority over any land, such as the parcel targeted by Meditech, that is not listed on the historic register. Read more here.

Roadways Lower Highlands group backs foot bridge to cross Route 79
FALL RIVER — Citing a lack of safe alternatives for getting to the waterfront from downtown Fall River, the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Association is advocating for a pedestrian bridge connecting Heritage State Park to the area across Route 79.

The neighborhood group is hoping the project can be included in the $170 million Accelerated Bridge Program that involves removing the two-level Route 79 viaduct and constructing an at-grade road that would incorporate portions of existing streets. The project is expected to begin within the next two years. Read more here.

Fishermen High mercury in fish from Sawdy Pond, Copicut Reservoir
FALL RIVER — The state has issued a public health advisory urging residents to limit their consumption of fish from two city waterways.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has warned against overconsumption of fish from Sawdy Pond and the Copicut Reservoir because of elevated mercury levels in those bodies of water. Read more here.

Freetown Planning Board rejects plan for compost facility
FREETOWN — A compost company’s bid to open a facility on Copicut Road did not get the necessary number of votes from the Planning Board to move forward.

After more than seven months of hearings for a special permit, the proposed compost project drew three 'yes' votes and two 'no' votes from the five-member board, short of the four votes needed for passage. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Eco-friendly "Center Cafe" Reception for Maritime Artist and Opening of "Off Center" Up-cycled Boutique

November 11, 6-8pm, 466 Brock Ave, New Bedford
Enjoy opening receptions this Friday with free coffee and ice cream to celebrate an exhibit by Maritime Illuminist Painter Barbara Leger of New Bedford's South End and the launch of new up-cycled eco-boutique "Off Center" offering local and unique gifts. Details here.

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.

Global Panel: The Human Rights Perspective on the Water, Energy and Food security Nexus Participate Online!

November 16, 5:00pm, Online
As part of the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference, Stakeholder Forum invites you to participate in the Global Panel online The event will discuss how human rights based approaches (RBA) contribute towards better policymaking for water, energy and food security and will take place in a 'Question Time' format, seeing questions from participants all over the world put directly to the high level panelists. Details here.

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 .


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Compost Turkey Carcasses

November 26, Pawtucket Wintertime Farmer's Market
About 500 pounds of collected Halloween pumpkins were kept out of the landfill and will be used to make dirt. The ecoRI Green Team and Whole Foods Market collected the pumpkins Nov. 2, and delivered them to New Urban Farmers in Pawtucket. The nonprofit organization, with a mission to preserve and restore the environment by creating sustainable agricultural systems in the city, will compost the carved-up squashes into nutrient-rich soil in which to grow more food, and, perhaps, next year’s crop of Halloween pumpkins. In a similar effort, the ecoRI Green Team will be collecting Thanksgiving turkey carcasses Saturday. Nov. 26, during the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers' Market. 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
Organic Farming Practices Class 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)

Get the Buzz About Beekeeping at BCC
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 additional information, contact Professor Jim Corven (james.corven@bristolcc.edu)

New Report: "Higher Education's Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate."
The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) has released a new resource titled "Higher Education's Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate." This report was developed by the ACUPCC Climate Adaptation Committee to support the ACUPCC network in addressing the timely issue of climate adaptation. It includes examples of how campuses are handling issues related to adaptation in their education, research, operations, and community engagement activities, and provides an overview of the key issues presidents, trustees, and administers need to address in light of the impacts of climate change. Details here.
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
Earth friendly mouthwash
Some mouthwashes can contain nasty chemicals such as formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate and polysorbate. What you don't accidentally swallow, just winds up in the environment, in particular, waterways. Learn more here.

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