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November 17 to 24, 2011

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

This week:

Annual Post-Thanksgiving Day Walk at Destruction Brook Woods;

Composting Turkey Carcasses


Save The Date:

Regional Council on Sustainability



UMass Dartmouth Winter Term Energy Auditing Course

New Report: "Higher Education's Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate."

Weekly Green Tip:

For Year-End Charitable Giving, Remember the Environment

Clip of the Week

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline - Bill McKibben
Co-founder and director of 350.org Bill McKibben explains why the Keystone XL pipeline will mean "game over" for the climate.

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Thanksgiving is approaching fast, and everyone's thought processes are devoted to travel arrangements, seeing family, loved ones, and the tag-alongs they bring, preparing feasts, suffering Black Friday insanity, and conjuring up the tact, patience, and spirits required for it all. This got me thinking much about energy and how just like we're striving to garner enough for our daily personal lives, society continues to struggle with crises and find beneficial, innovative ways to match our needs.

Many of this week's selections revolve around this theme. Some are inspiring, like a brewery using its biogas to supply clean energy to a hospital, or the possibility of floating wind turbine kites. Others shock you with the reality of the world's problems, the continued debates and inaction that slow everything down, and how we must discontinue all use of fossil fuels right now and devote ourselves fully to clean, renewable energy, or face true catastrophe.

You have to take the good with the bad, and it's the perfect time of year for that sentiment. Take care, be safe, and enjoy the holiday.
Leaf Bullet Blogging on the New Sustainability
We have a new blog to supplement our Sustainability Almanac.Blogging on the New Sustainability: Meditations on Sustainability and Freedom this week talks about the author's long journey with cranberry farming. Here's an excerpt:

Mark Twain was known to apologize for a correspondence that he felt was a bit long. Given more time, he said, he would have made it shorter. My apologies. A work in progress, by Thanksgiving it will have grown shorter. Unless things keep coming up, in which case it will be longer. In fact, this could become a book.

The issues that I describe here dive at the very heart of how I became a human concerned with his planet. I am writing things that I never imagined writing, but I suspect this is how to change the world.
Leaf Bullet News
Leaders and Flags World Has Five Years To Avoid Severe Warming:IEA
The world has just five years to avoid being trapped in a scenario of perilous climate change and extreme weather events, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned on Wednesday.

On current trends, "rising fossil energy use will lead to irreversible and potentially catastrophic climate change," the IEA concluded in its annual World Energy Outlook report. Read more here.

Smokestacks Global Energy Storage Capacity to Multiply Massively in 10 Years
A new report has shown that the total storage capacity worldwide will increase a hundred-fold over the next 10 years, pushing the number from 121 megawatts (MW) in 2011 to 12,353 MW in 2021.

That number equates to a growth of just over $122 billion of investment in energy storage projects over the same timeframe. Read more here.

Smokestacks Airborne Wind Turbine Could Revolutionize Wind Power
Flying a kite has often been considered child's play, but a group of inventors think the concept could be used to make wind energy cheaper and more reliable than ever before, potentially revolutionizing wind power forever. energyNOW! correspondent Josh Zepps met the innovators working to turn the idea of flying a kite into an airborne wind turbine that's lighter and more powerful than traditional wind turbines. Read more here.

New System of Intelligent Management of Street Lighting Enables 80% Savings in Energy
Until recently there did not exist any kind of system of illumination that had more than 30% energy saving. In 2009, ACR Grupo, Tecnalia and Eguzkitan created the Intelligent illumination company, LUIX, which currently markets an intelligent system for public lighting that achieves between 70% and 80% savings in the energy previously consumed. Read more here.

Power PlantAnalysis: China climate role could be to corner U.S.
China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, could nudge the United States into more action on climate change, rescuing the latest round of global talks and improving its international reputation. Expectations remain extremely low that a new global deal can emerge from a summit later this month in Durban, South Africa.But it could lay the foundations for a future deal and desperate negotiators are looking to China to help isolate the United States in its stubborn climate change denial, even if it is only for reasons of enlightened self-interest. Read more here.

Acid Pollution in Rain Decreased With Emissions, Long-Term Study Shows
Emissions regulations do have an environmental impact, according to a long-term study of acidic rainfall by researchers at the University of Illinois. The National Atmospheric Deposition Program collects rainfall samples weekly from more than 250 stations across the United States and analyzes them for pollutants. The program recently released a report detailing trends in acidic rainfall frequency and concentration over 25 years, from 1984 to 2009. Read more here.

Into Thin Air Beetles + Solar Panels & a Wind Turbine = Irrigation (Video)
Irrigation has been part of agriculture for centuries. From digging trenches to the river to setting up what amounts to giant sprinklers across a field, many techniques have been explored. One of the greenest is a new solar and wind power assisted device developed by an Australian university student, which extracts moisture from the air.

Edward Linnacre calls his idea the Airdrop. While he isn't the first to try and get water from thin air (so to speak), his goal was to make it cost-effective, robust, and relatively low-tech. Read more here.

Transit Tail Biking and Mass Transit Increases Health Benefits and Saves Money
We've all heard about the cost savings involved in cutting GHG (green house gas) emissions, investing in renewable energy and doing eco-friendly things around the home or office. But, have you ever thought about how much money it would save to interleave mass transit into your transportation routine? What about cutting out short auto trips and replacing them with biking?

Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Maggie Grabow, a Ph.D. candidate at University of Wisconsin–Madison's Nelson Institute conducted a study involving 11 of the largest metropolitan areas in the upper Midwest of the U.S. What they found, was that adopting a routine that alternates driving with mass transit and/or biking results in health benefits and substantial cost savings. Read more here.

Nebraska lawmakers vote to reroute oil pipeline
The Nebraska legislature on Wednesday voted unanimously to advance a proposed law that would reroute the controversial TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline to avoid the sensitive Sandhills and Ogallala aquifer.Nebraska and TransCanada Corp agreed Monday to find a new route for the stalled pipeline.

Under pressure from green groups, the U.S. State Department last week ordered the company to find a new route for the line in a decision that set back the timing of the $7 billion, Canada-to-Texas pipeline by more than a year. Read more here.

2011_11_17_beer.jpg Gundersen Lutheran Health System And City Brewery Form Unusual Partnership
Beer and health care may sound like an odd mix. In one case however, the two have formed an unlikely partnership to get creative with renewable energy.

City Brewery in La Crosse, Wisconsin is using all of its biogas byproduct from the brewing process to create three million kilowatt hours per year of electricity by employing a capturing, cleaning and burning process through an engine called a jenbacher.

Down the road from the brewery is Gundersen Lutheran Health System which is credited for the electricity produced by City Brewery. And while this only accounts for 10-13 percent of their total needs, it means they are on their way to meeting complete energy independence by 2014. Read more here.

David Orr Defense insiders: Sustainable communities are key to the future
Environmental studies professor David Orr has set out to turn the aging rust belt town of Oberlin, Ohio, into a laboratory for sustainability. In the process, he has drawn interest from unlikely places: Experts from the military and in national security see the Oberlin Project as a compelling plan to focus on vulnerabilities in the nation's food, energy, and socioeconomic systems. They and others, including leaders of the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan Washington research group, see it as a model that communities across the country could follow.Read more here.

Recycle Bin EPA Finds Fracking Compound in Wyoming Aquifer
As the country awaits results from a nationwide safety study on the natural gas drilling process of fracking, a separate government investigation into contamination in a place where residents have long complained that drilling fouled their water has turned up alarming levels of underground pollution.

A pair of environmental monitoring wells drilled deep into an aquifer in Pavillion, Wyoming, contain high levels of cancer-causing compounds and at least one chemical commonly used in hydraulic fracturing, according to new water test results released yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency. Read more here.

Forest Overhead View Deforestation Causes Cooling in Northern U.S., Canada, Study Finds
The impact of deforestation on global warming varies with latitude, according to new research from a team of scientists representing 20 institutions from around the world. The surprising finding, which researchers say calls for new climate-monitoring strategies, will be published in the Nov. 17 issue of the journal Nature. Read more here.

Gibson Guitar ignites debate over environmental protections
Three years ago, Democrats and Republicans joined to expand the nation's oldest federal wildlife law to cover illegal logging.But then federal investigators picked Gibson Guitar as the first target of the new provision, confiscating guitars and pallets of ebony two years ago that allegedly came from wood illegally logged in Madagascar. In August they seized more than 100,000 fingerboards allegedly made from imported Indian rosewood, along with electronic files.

Gibson Guitar's chief executive , Henry Juszkiewicz, is striking back with efforts to amend the law, to provide more certainty not just for instrument manufacturers and dealers but also for musicians, who theoretically could run afoul of it by possessing instruments containing illegal wood. Read more here.

Protester Fracking Firm Admits It Caused Earthquakes
Given the twin concerns of peak oil and climate change, it's no surprise that natural gas (with its lower carbon intensity than coal) has been hailed by many as the salvation of our modern way of life, at least for now. And with the discovery of enormous deposits under Marcellus Shale in the Eastern US, and other deposits in the Southwest, it's even more appealing, since that is keeping prices relatively low. In fact, according to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, President Obama "has made clear that natural gas has a central role to play in our energy economy." Read more here.

Glowing Wave What is causing the waves in California to glow?
It looks like something from the movie "Avatar": ocean waters that light up like neon glow sticks when they splash. Beaches across southern California have recently been alight with eerie, glowing waves. What could be causing such an otherworldly phenomenon?

A recent report by Discovery News has provided an answer. According to marine biologist Jorge Ribas, the glowing is caused by a massive red tide, or algae bloom, of bioluminescent phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyedrum. The microorganisms emit light in response to stress, such as when a wave crashes into the shore, a surfboard slashes through the surf, or a kayaker's paddle splashes the water. The result is a wickedly cool glowing ocean. Read more here.

Capitalism vs. The Climate
There is a question from a gentleman in the fourth row.   He introduces himself as Richard Rothschild. He tells the crowd that he ran for county commissioner in Maryland's Carroll County because he had come to the conclusion that policies to combat global warming were actually "an attack on middle-class American capitalism." His question for the panelists, gathered in a Washington, DC, Marriott Hotel in late June, is this: "To what extent is this entire movement simply a green Trojan horse, whose belly is full with red Marxist socioeconomic doctrine?"

Here at the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, the premier gathering for those dedicated to denying the overwhelming scientific consensus that human activity is warming the planet, this qualifies as a rhetorical question. Like asking a meeting of German central bankers if Greeks are untrustworthy. Still, the panelists aren't going to pass up an opportunity to tell the questioner just how right he is. Read more here.

Flock at Waterhole Sea Shepherd Activists Getting Ready to Take on Whale Hunters
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which includes some of the most well-known activists on the planet, is getting ready for its 8th Antarctic expedition to stop the Japanese whaling fleet from killings whales in the Southern Ocean.

Sea Shepherd succeeded in making the Japanese cut their whale hunting expedition short last year, one in which the Japanese whaling fleet killed less than 100 of their 1000-whale quota. One has to wonder how much more prepared the Japanese whaler hunters will be for Sea Shepherd activists this year. You know Sea Shepherd is planning a big winter (or summer down South). Read more here.

Government Energy RD&D: Well Worth It
The Washington Post ran a piece in its Outlook section this weekend on government investments in energy that is rightly getting significant push back. The piece ran under the provocative headline: Before Solyndra, a long history of failed government energy projects. (It was, unfortunately, one of a few negative stories from the weekend.) Thankfully, a number of analysts have written thoughtful responses to the article, and I want to share a few of them. Together they serve as a reminder of why energy RD&D is a worthwhile investment for the federal government to be making.Read more here.

A Republican ex-climate skeptic explains how people avoid the truth about climate change
I gave a talk called How to Avoid the Truth About Climate Change for the College of Science and Health at Utah Valley University. For those of you who aren't familiar with me, I am a Republican and a geochemist who, until a few years ago, was quite skeptical about the idea that humans are causing significant climate change.

In the presentation, I briefly talked about how I had made the transition from being a climate change skeptic to being an outspoken advocate of mainstream climate science. I then discussed how it is that people like me can so effectively avoid the truth about climate change. Read more here.

Thanksgiving Centerpieces 9 green Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas
Dressing the table is as important as dressing the turkey on Thanksgiving day. Try one of these easy, eco-friendly ideas for your holiday feast. Read more here.

Protesters OUR VIEW: Can America escape a political and economic quagmire?
Like most areas of human endeavor, politics is full of contradictions. Some are amusing, some are frustrating and some profoundly affect the directions countries take and the standard of living their citizens enjoy.

Take three examples, including our country.

First, China is trying to embrace two irreconcilable ideas. It wants the benefits of free-wheeling but often state-supported capitalism while clinging to a repressive, authoritarian political system. How long can these opposite forces — a degree of economic freedom against a backdrop of political tyranny — co-exist? Read more here.

More winter flooding likely, National Weather Service hydrologist says
The winter forecast for flood-weary New Englanders?Read more here.

Wind turbine opponents in Fairhaven vow court fight
Neighbors opposed to the siting of two 262-foot wind turbines off Arsene Street vowed Monday to file suit to stop the project. "We'll be in court," said Ken Pottel, a member of Windwise, a group of about 30 residents opposed to the turbines. "We'll do everything we need to do. Read more here.

Fuel spill stretches from State Pier to Fairhaven
A fuel spill in the harbor has stretched from the Fairhaven side to the New Bedford side today and cannot be mitigated, according to city officials. Kristin Decas, the Harbor Development Commission's executive director, said "It's not cleanable." "If this was a major event you would call in a cleanup contractor," said Decas. "Nature will take its course, and it will burn off."Read more here.

Mattapoisett aquaculture article withdrawn after all
The future of aquaculture in town waters remains muddy after Town Meeting voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to approve the withdrawal of an article that sought to limit where new shellfish grants might go. Read more here.

Gov. Patrick Touts Airports' Benefits
Gov. Deval Patrick visited Bridgewater State University's Aviation Training Facility at the New Bedford Regional Airport on Tuesday to announce the results of a statewide airport economic impact study that finds Massachusetts public airports generate $11.9 billion in economic activity and support about 124,000 jobs.

"Infrastructure investments just like these create jobs and improve public safety," Patrick said. "New Bedford Airport is one of many great examples of the importance of aviation facilities to our economic strength." Read more here.

Fall River Salvation Army still in need of turkeys for the holidays
The Salvation Army, 290 Bedford St., is collecting turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Read more here.

People in Conversation Massachusetts Cultural Council awards Lloyd Center $5,300 grant
The Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, has awarded the Lloyd Center for the Environment a $5,300 Cultural Investment Portfolio Grant for public cultural programming.

Awarded through a competitive process, this organizational support grant signifies that the Lloyd Center provides a high level of quality in its programs, community service and administrative ability. Financial support from the MCC's Cultural Investment Portfolio Program assists the Lloyd Center in its ability to continue providing environmental research and education services to the schools and citizens of southeastern Massachusetts. Read more here.

Charlton, other SouthCoast Hospitals going smoke-free Jan. 1
Southcoast Health System is already planning its New Year's resolution. It will go 100 percent smoke free at all of its sites, which includes Charlton Memorial Hospital, starting Jan. 1.

Smoking and using other tobacco products will be prohibited on all Southcoast properties, including parking areas and vehicles on the properties. The new policy will apply to patients, visitors and employees. Southcoast said in a statement the goal of the new rules is to create a healing environment and to take a leadership role in the community as one of the region's largest health care providers and employers. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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 Save The Date

Sustainability and Student Engagement Learning

December 2, 9AM to 3PM, Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor, 180 Water St., Plymouth, MA
Faculty and staff from the six CONNECT colleges and universities (Bristol, Cape Cod, and Massasoit Community Colleges, Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and UMass Dartmouth) will conduct a day-long discussion of pedagogy and the greening of higher education. Faculty and administrators will exchange information about best practices they have developed, brainstorm solutions to problems they have encountered, and learn more about integrating sustainability into the curriculum. The keynote address will be by Debra Rowe, Ph.D., president of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and professor of energy management, renewable energy technology and psychology at Oakland Community College. This phase of registration is open only to CONNECT faculty, staff, and instructors. All others who wish to attend should contact Executive Director Kathleen Kirby Details here.

Regional Council on Sustainability

December 8 1 to 4 PM, Waypoint Center, New Bedford Harbor
Please Mark your Calendars for December 8th from 1-4 for our next Regional Council Meeting. Please also note the change of venue. We will be meeting at the Waypoint Center.

The theme of meeting is Transitioning Together. We will be examining three models of community engagement: Transition Towns, Resilience Circles, and Time Banking. Each of the three initiatives has shown rapid growth over the past few years as national and international change has spurred the understanding that we are transitioning into a new economic, social, and political world.

Our speakers include Sarah Byrnes of Resilience Circles and Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition; Edgar Cahn, Founder and CEO of TimeBanks, USA; and Conrad Willeman of Transition Newburyport. We hope that you can join us on the 8th.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
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
For Year-End Charitable Giving, Remember the Environment
Many people plan their charitable giving at the end of the year, when the holiday season abuts tax season. And it's also this time of year when employers promote matching programs for employee charitable gifts Learn more here.

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