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January 19 to 26, 2012

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This week:

BPI Weatherization Installer Training

Show Support for Plymouth Wind Project


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Agricultural and Food Conference of Southeastern Mass

"Viewing Party for TedX Manhattan's Conference: Changing the Way We Eat



UMass Center for Marketing Research Accepting Requests

Fall River Indoor Farmers Market

Weekly Green Tip:

How to recognise and avoid greenwashing

Clip of the Week

The Story of Broke
The Story of Broke calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste and more—that can deliver jobs AND a healthier environment. It's time to rebuild the American Dream; but this time, let's build it better.

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Emo Car For all of us that might be longing for an electric vehicle that is affordable and can fit four people, the "Emo" (for Electric MObility) was unveiled in Detroit Its price tag comes in at $20,000, not counting potential tax credits or cash incentives. Made by India's Tata Industries, it's reported to drive about 100 miles on a charge and go 60 miles-per-hour. Not a speed demon, but something likely to appeal more of the mainstream than past contenders.

After much foot-dragging and wailing, car makers reportedly are embracing 2025 gas mileage regulations now that they have been passed. In the same vein, truckers are adapting to cargo port demands for better air quality by purchasing new trucks that do not emit diesel pollution.
Leaf Bullet Blogging on the New Sustainability
Our blog supplements the Sustainability Almanac with thoughts about sustainable practices and lifestyle choices that invite comment. Blogging on the New Sustainability: Meditations on Sustainability and Freedom this week investigates the origins of the myth that GMO giant Monsanto recently purchased private security giant Blackwater. What about these ideas, concepts, problems that we are constantly confronted with like Monsanto, global warming, peak oil? In our age of information overload we have become swamped by blogs as news, news as entertainment, viral stories, and enough daily misinformation to choke a horse.We must all remain aware, always, of the rhetorical purpose behind everything.
Leaf Bullet News
Dried Lake Genetically Modified Plants To Resist Intense Drought
Israeli agro-biotechnology company, Rosetta Green, has developed a new technology to develop plants that are better able to withstand prolonged periods of severe drought. The company aims to develop new plant varieties resistant to harsh climatic condition, maintaining an increased yield.

The company, based in Rehovot, Israel, experimented on tobacco plants that were irrigated with seawater instead of freshwater. The genetically modified plants created by the company were able to grow under seawater irrigation, as opposed to the control group of plants. Read more here.

Chinese Flag China Sets Historic Limits on GHG Emissions from Select Regions
China is starting to get on board with the international push to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Last week, China's authoritarian government ordered five cities and two provinces to institute limits on GHG emissions. These areas will now have to submit proposals to the national government's National Development and Reform Commission on how they plan to achieve it. Read more here.

Farmers and Tree With Work Scarce in Athens, Greeks Go Back to the Land
CHIOS, Greece -- Nikos Gavalas and Alexandra Tricha, both 31 and trained as agriculturalists, were frustrated working on poorly paying, short-term contracts in Athens, where jobs are scarce and the cost of living is high. So last year, they decided to start a new project: growing edible snails for export.

As Greece's blighted economy plunges further into the abyss, the couple are joining with an exodus of Greeks who are fleeing to the countryside and looking to the nation's rich rural past as a guide to the future. Read more here.

Man Cooking To Slow Climate Change, Cut Down On Soot, Ozone
Politically, climate change is off this year's campaign agenda. Jobs, the economy and social issues are front and center. But scientists are working as hard as ever to figure out how much the Earth is warming and what to do about it. Some now say it's time for a new strategy, one that gets faster results.

A growing number of scientists agree. They're focusing less on CO2 and more on other things that warm the planet, especially ozone and black carbon. Black carbon is mostly soot from burning wood, charcoal and dung. Read more here.

Mosquito Net Don't wait for wealth -- better health needs basic tools
The conventional wisdom is that wealthier is healthier: staying alive longer takes expensive stuff, and so a country's quickest way to better health for its people is economic development.

There's a lot to that argument. Good nutrition, shelter, hospitals -- they all cost money. And that's surely a big part of why life expectancies in high-income countries are twenty years longer than those in low-income countries worldwide, according to World Bank data. Read more here.

Mango Fruit Trees near homes boost incomes, sequester carbon
A form of small-holder agroforestry in which trees are planted around the home, maximising the land left available for cash crops, may prove the best balance between sequestering carbon and making money by farming other crops, a study has found.

There has been a proliferation of projects that encourage small-scale farmers to adopt tree planting as part of efforts to sequester carbon from the atmosphere to help mitigate climate change. Read more here.

Men in Crop Field Green economies need a new mechanism to harness science
Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the sustainable development agenda continues to focus too exclusively on the environment -- driven by environment ministries, with woefully insufficient progress overall.

And over the past 20 years, development has moved us closer to the risk of exceeding "planetary boundaries" of our Earth system -- from the climate to biodiversity, to land use. It is essential to ensure that those dealing with our economies also commit to sustainable development and the 'greening' of our economic systems. Read more here.

IMF Leader IMF seeks $600 billion more in funds; G20 to discuss
The International Monetary Fund is seeking to boost its war chest by $600 billion to help countries reeling from the euro zone debt crisis, but some nations insist Europe must first do more to support its ailing members, international financial sources said on Wednesday. The IMF also estimated there would be a $1 trillion global financing gap over the next two years if global economic conditions worsened considerably, the sources added. Read more here.

Salton Sea HyperSolar's Green Gas Makes Fracking Obsolete
The California company HyperSolar is developing a way to produce renewable hydrogen and natural gas from wastewater using solar energy, and that could spell trouble for the fracking industry. In contrast to fracking, a method of natural gas drilling that can put communities and agricultural areas at risk for water contamination, HyperSolar's new technology would do the reverse: it could provide communities with a financial offset to improve wastewater treatment operations that clean up polluted lands, and enable future growth without increased pollution. Read more here.

Drilling Rig Shale Gas: A Boon That Could Stunt Alternatives
Shale gas has transformed the U.S. energy landscape in the past several years--but it may crowd out renewable energy and other ways of cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a new study warns.

A team of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology used economic modeling to show that new abundant natural gas is likely to have a far more complex impact on the energy scene than is generally assumed. If climate policy continues to play out in the United States with a relatively weak set of measures to control emissions, the new gas source will lead to lower gas and electricity prices, and total energy use will be higher in 2050. Read more here.

Mattresses New Recycling Company Springs From Old Mattresses
Old mattresses are among the worst kinds of household waste: Most recycling companies won't touch them, and landfills would rather not. But a new business in Nashville that started as a college project hopes to move mattress recycling into the mainstream -- and employ former convicts in the process.

Cutting into a mattress at Nashville's Spring Back workshop, Ron Harness runs his box cutter around a queen-size bed to fillet the fabric, in a process he admits is labor intensive. Even the best processing machines can only chew up a used mattress; recycling one requires manual labor. Read more here.

Truck and Cargo Port Cleaner Air In L.A. Ports Comes At A Cost To Truckers
The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the busiest in the nation. They also have some of the dirtiest air, thanks to thousands of cargo trucks that pass through each day. But this month marks the beginning of a new era, as tighter emissions standards go into effect.

Pedro Melendez starts the engine of his shiny new big rig, which he drives for a living. He uses it to haul containers of stuff made in China from the ports out to warehouses, where they're sent to stores and sold to us. As his truck warms up, Melendez points to the exhaust pipe. Instead of black diesel smoke, nothing comes out. Read more here.

Protester with Sign Keystone XL Pipeline: Obama Administration Announcing It Will Not Go Forward With Controversial Plan
WASHINGTON -- The State Department will not approve a permit for the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, sources told multiple media outlets on Wednesday.

The news comes after White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced at a Tuesday afternoon press conference that President Barack Obama cannot approve the pipeline by the February 21 deadline imposed by Congress.

It also comes after House and Senate lawmakers signaled they would introduce new legislation pushing the permit forward even if the Obama administration rejected the proposal. Read more here.Also read commentary by Bill McKibben of 350.org.

Classified Ads Cities to see job gains, but many struggle
Almost all U.S. metropolitan areas will see job growth in 2012, but for many areas it will still take years for employment to return to pre-recession levels, according to a report released on Wednesday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Health services, trade, transportation, utilities and business services will provide the biggest jobs boost, the report found. Read more here.

Gas Gauge New Gas Economy Rules Generate Wide Support
DETROIT -- Writing new regulations that will require cars and trucks to have significantly higher fuel economy by 2025 prompted years of fighting among automakers, environmentalists, regulators and consumer groups.

But now that the standards have been proposed, nearly everyone involved in the process is on board with the results, as a public hearing held Tuesday in Detroit showed. Read more here.

Swans Trumpeter Swans Rebound, with an Assist from Global Warming
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Outside Alaska's largest city, where wildlife is more common than pigeons, locals bearing field glasses turn out every year to watch blazingly white trumpeter swans stop to feed on their way south for the winter.

The swans, famed for their French horn call and immortalized by author E.B. White, were nearly hunted to extinction in much of the United States and Canada by the late 1800s for their meat, feathers, down and quills. Read more here.

The Case for a 21-Hour Work Week
To save the world -- or really to even just make our personal lives better -- we will need to work less. Time, like work, has become commodified, a recent legacy of industrial capitalism, where a controlled, 40-hour week in factories was necessary. Our behavior is totally out of step with human priorities and today's economy. To lay the foundations for a "steady-state" economy -- one that can continue running sustainably forever -- a recent paper argues that it's time for advanced developed countries transition to a normal 21-hour work week. Read more here.

Thermometer The Year That Winter Forgot: Is It Climate Change?
As I got off the plane in the Vermont town of Burlington on Sunday, I felt something new: cold. It wasn't that cold -- high temperatures in Burlington were hovering around the freezing mark, a little warmer than average for this city of eager ski bums. But after more than a month of unusually mild weather in New York City -- where Januarys can sometimes be nothing short of brutal -- it was almost a treat to feel a hazy hint of winter. That's because 2012 is shaping up to be the year that winter forgot in the U.S. Read more here.

Woman with Milk Live and let dioxin: Big Ag is worried about scaring us off meat and milk
It doesn't take much for the food industry to freak out over potential government action, but this latest corporate outcry is especially galling and self-serving. This month, after more than 20 years of "assessment," the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to finally release limits for safe exposure to dioxins, nasty industrial pollutants that cause cancer, among other health harms. You may have heard of dioxin as the military herbicide Agent Orange used in Vietnam, where it earned its distinction as "the most toxic compound synthesized by man." Unfortunately for the food industry, dioxins accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals that Americans consume. Read more here.

Oil Storage Facility Blocking Keystone Won't Stop Oil Sands Production
President Obama is feeling election-year pressure over the pending decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans say the Canadian project would provide the U.S. with oil and new jobs, but environmentalists want Obama to block it. They say Alberta's oil sands generate more greenhouse gases than other kinds of oil, and Americans must not become dependent on such a dirty source of energy. But it may already be too late to change that. Read more here.

Wind Turbine Wind Turbines and Health Hazards
There is no conclusive evidence so far that wind turbines are responsible for health problems ranging from balance problems to diabetes, an independent panel of health experts reports.

With turbine farms on the rise, complaints and lawsuits brought by communities where they have been placed have mushroomed. Apart from more serious ailments, residents have cited the swooshing of the blades as a factor in problems like disturbances in the vestibular system that affect the inner ear and balance. Read more here.

People with Bike Fall River can be friendly to cyclists, Boston's "bicycle czar" says
FALL RIVER -- During the past four years, Nicole Freedman has seen the city of Boston transform from one of the worst places for bike riders to among the best in the nation. It's a revolution that she thinks can happen in Fall River.

Freedman, a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic cycling team and two-time national cycling champion, has overseen the transformation of Boston into a world-class bicycling since she was appointed the city's bicycle czar in 2007. Read more here.

EPA official backs CAD cells for New Bedford Harbor cleanup
NEW BEDFORD - The head of the EPA's New England region on Thursday backed the use of CAD cell technology in the harbor cleanup, arguing it is a proven technique that will shorten the project's time line.

"There shouldn't be a disagreement whether CAD cells work or not if they're designed right," said Curt Spalding, administrator for Region 1 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "The community may dislike the CAD as an alternative but we think it's very viable." Read more here.

Wind Turbine No significant health risks to wind turbines, independent panel finds
BOSTON -- An independent panel of experts studying potential health impacts of wind turbines today has found no significant health risks associated with the turbines.

The Wind Turbine Health Impact Study: Report of the Independent Panel was released by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The agency convened the panel in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The panel was composed of physicians and scientists with broad expertise in areas including acoustical noise/infrasound, public health, sleep disturbance, mechanical engineering, epidemiology, and neuroscience. Read more here.

Westport energy panel looks to gather input on wind bylaw
WESTPORT - It looks like Westport's wind energy bylaws will stay up in the air for the foreseeable future as the Energy Committee is set to reach out to several town departments for input.

The town's height bylaw currently prohibits structures taller than 190 feet. This makes bringing commercial wind turbines problematic, as they can be as tall as 400 feet. Read more here.

Warning Sign Dartmouth is seeking oil spill funds to help rebuild local shellfish beds
DARTMOUTH - Dartmouth Harbormaster Steven Melo, also the town's primary shellfish warden, reports that his office has submitted four grant applications to the Buzzards Bay Trustee Council for shellfish restoration and waterways access projects in Dartmouth.

The grant fund is financed by fines and settlement money from the 2003 Bouchard Transportation Co. oil spill settlement, and is reserved for habitat restoration and improvement projects throughout the South Coast. Dartmouth was one of the first and worst-impacted coastlines damaged by the extensive oil spill from a leaking transport barge. Read more here.

Stranded Dolphins Worries about Cape dolphin strandings
PROVINCETOWN - Marine mammal experts predict the mass stranding of common dolphins along the Cape Cod Bay coastline could continue for many days, given new sightings Monday.

In Provincetown Harbor, rescuers kept a close eye on 75 common dolphins that were acting erratically and appeared close to stranding, Scott Landry of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies said. Read more here.

Brown writes Obama for fuel assistance
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., sent a letter to President Barack Obama last week urging the release of additional money for low-income home heating fuel assistance.

Massachusetts has received $99.5 million of its annual funding so far, but another $33 million that is available as a result of the final fiscal year 2012 budget has not yet been released. Since the budget numbers have been resolved, there should be no delay in distributing the money, Brown said in his letter. Read more here.

Greater Fall River Relay for Life fundraiser on Jan. 27 goes Hollywood
FALL RIVER - The fight against cancer is going Hollywood this year and it's rolling out the red carpet early.

"Relaywood", a kickoff fundraising rally to support the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Fall River, is set for Friday, Jan. 27, at Notre Dame Church Parish Center, 529 Eastern Ave. in Fall River.

Cancer survivors, caregivers, families, schools, companies and faith-based and civic organizations are invited to launch fundraising efforts for the year. Anyone interested in forming a team, volunteering for the event or learning more about Relay For Life is encouraged to attend. Read more here.

Infected Bat Millions of bats across United States, including Massachusetts, have been killed by white-nose epidemic, government says
BOSTON - The federal government says biologists estimate between 5.7 million and 6.7 million bats have died in a mysterious epidemic that is spreading across North America, including Massachusetts. Read more here.

Troubled RI city in receivership loses democracy
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. - When the state stepped in to take over financially struggling Central Falls in 2010, Rhode Island's smallest city lost something fundamental: its democratic government.

"They're being governed without elected representation," state Sen. Elizabeth Crowley said of Central Falls' 19,000 residents. "That flies in the face of the democratic principle that our country is founded on, not only our little city. Maybe we should have a tea party and dump some tea in the Blackstone" River. Read more here.

Fisherman R.I. Shellfish Aquaculture Poised for Growth
Rhode Island could see significant growth in its shellfish aquaculture industry at a time when demand is on the rise.

U.S. consumption of mussels is skyrocketing. Americans import about 42 million pounds a year, more than 10 times what we produce. Canada's Prince Edward Island exports most of its mussels to the United States, employing about 130 mussel farmers who farm about 11,000 acres and produce some 37 million pounds a year.

However, mussel farming in Rhode Island and southern New England could readily compete with that of Prince Edward Island, especially in terms of quality. Read more here.

Students Keith students occupy virtual Wall Street
NEW BEDFORD - The Dow is down, the NASDAQ is up and a group of stockbrokers is furiously researching, buying and selling on the trading floor. Is this Wall Street? No, it's actually Keith Middle School, the brokers are the after-school Stock Market Game Club and the trading floor is the Stock Market Game.

The Stock Market Game, a program of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation, has been around in one form or another since 1977. Read more here.

Connecticut regulators will review NStar merger with Northeast Utilities
Connecticut regulators today finalized their decision to scrutinize a proposed merger between Boston's NStar and the Hartford-based Northeast Utilities, meaning the companies now need approval in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority said in a statement that it is "legally obliged" to review the $17.5 billion deal to ensure that the combined utility would be able to provide "safe, adequate, reliable and reasonably priced services for Connecticut customers." Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Green from the Ground Up: Winter Adult Education Class

January 19, Thursday nights for 10 weeks, 6 to 8pm and 5 to 8pm depanding on date, Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech High School
In this 10 'week class, we'll go well beyond the usual Green Building Basics and Minimums, and get into the most important High Efficiency Green Building Essentials that actually pay for themselves. After all..."he most important thing a Green Building can do is Conserve Energy." Learn about "Real World" effective and affordable green building technologies and strategies. Learn new advanced methods, materials and techniques that are very efficient and cost effective, many that can be implemented right away in your next home remodeling project. We'll provide you with the most important information you'll need to plan for a truly sustainable green build, remodel or retrofit project. Learn to build Green for much less, plus many ways to $ave on various construction and hidden costs. For more information and to register, visit the Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech High School Web site.

Beyond the Barways

January 21, 1pm, 1100 Main Rd., Westport.
Barways are those inviting openings in stone walls and fences that lure us to the fields and paths ahead. Join The Trustees of Reservations for a guided walk on protected, privately-owned land. Learn about land protection from the experts and get a rare glimpse of open space preserved for Westport's future. Be prepared for uneven ground and grand surprises! Pre-registration required. Details here.

A Winter Adventure at Great Neck Sanctuary

January 21, 9am to Noon, Great Neck Sanctuary, Wareham
Join Bay Coalition conservation and education staff for a guided nature walk and exploration at one of the best hidden treasures in Buzzards Bay. The Great Neck Sanctuary (managed by Mass Audubon) has everything that makes this region so specatular - forests, wetlands, beaches, and the bay - and you will be surprised at whats happening all winter long. Reservations requested. Contact Rob Hancock at 508.999.6363 or hancock@savebuzzardsbay.org.

BPI Certified Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer Training

January 23-27 and January 31-February 3, Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, New Bedford
Includes Pre-Weatherization Math and Analytic Skills (January 23-24, February 13-14), Introduction to Building Science Basics (January 25-27, February 15-17), and Air Leakage Control and Insulation Installer Certification (Jan 31-Feb 3). The RBEWHALCI certification is for those new to building science or weatherization, and offers entry into the industry as insulation and air leakage control installers, as well as sets the foundation for more advanced building science training. Plus RBEWHALCI field test (one-day exam): By appointment with proctor. To register or learn about scholarships: send an email to weatherization@umassd.edu.

Show Support for Plymouth Wind Project

January 23, 7:30pm, Plymouth Planning Board Meeting, Plymouth Town Hall, 11 Lincoln Street, Plymouth MA
If you want to insure that the town of Plymouth and surrounding region continue to take advantage of clean, economical, sustainable electricity created from our coastal winds, now is the time to act and show your support. Associated Wind Developers will be coming before the Plymouth Planning Board in order to obtain permits to build a 750kW 'community wind' turbine project in south Plymouth. Through this privately financed project, we hope to sell discounted power to Plymouth as part of its '2020' green energy program. Most importantly, this turbine will offset 1,200 tons of carbon per year. You can see more details of the project, along with a community outreach newsletter, at www.AssociatedWindDevelopers.com/Anderson. We are asking for your support by simply attending one or more of the meetings and voicing your support. Typically, only the opponents of these projects turn up at these meetings. Remember - the representatives to the Plymouth Town Meeting voted unanimously in favor of the wind zoning bylaw in 2006. We are asking that you RSVP by email to Matt Damon of Associated Wind Developers if you are able to attend. If however, you cannot attend these meetings, we ask that you email Marilyn from the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board in support of this project. Details here.

Barn Raising: Marketing Your Farm Business and Increasing Your Sales

January 24 to March 6, Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, UMass Extension Cranberry Station, Wareham, MA
SEMAP has partnered with Kelly Pelissier owner of Sage Hill Design and Katie Cavanagh Farms Forever Coordinator to offer a very comprehensive workshop series that takes you through the steps of developing a marketing plan for your farm. The workshop series will help you:
- Develop a branding concept for your farm.
- Develop an overall marketing campaign for your farm - plus mini-campaigns for different seasons.
- Understand and decide what marketing tools (web, print, etc.) best attract customers to your farm.
- Learn how to plan and create the framework for your farms website.
- Plan and create a WordPress website for your farm.
For more information and to register, visit the SEMAP online.

Ice Dam Prevention Workshop

January 24, 6:30pm, Southworth Library in Dartmouth, MA
Ice damming is an all too familiar sight throughout New England, easily identified by the long ice sickles hanging precariously off the edges of roofs. Beyond the obvious danger of falling ice hitting people and property, ice damming could be creating significant long-term damage to your home and health. Join us and learn more about the consequences of ice damming and how to prevent it by utilizing Mass Save incentives and rebates to properly weatherize your home. This workshop is the first of a series on sustainable home energy choices presented by the SouthCoast Energy Challenge and Next Step Living. For more information, visit www.SouthCoastEnergyChallenge.org.

"Green" Your Athletics Operation Webinar

January 26, 1 to 2:30 pm, Online
Sustainability continues to be a buzzword on campuses, yet many athletics offices do not know where to begin with greening their operations. Compounding this problem, many campus sustainability officers are not experts in intercollegiate athletics operations. Join the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for a program that will describe ways to bridge these disparate campus operations and design workable, result-oriented approaches to environmentally sustainable athletic activities and facilities. The webcast will provide information on how to work with campus sustainability offices, tailor campus efforts to available resources, and maximize the community and public effects of green progress. For more information click here. To register, click here.

Connecting for Change Film Series -- (Y.E.R.T.)

January 26, 7pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, 102 Green Street, Fairhaven
The Unitarian Society of Fairhaven and the Marion Institute are co-sponsoring free monthly films that relate to environmental action and community building to create positive change in the world. The films will be shown on the fourth Thursday of the month at alternative sites. This month's film is Y.E.R.T. (Your Environmental Road Trip), an amusing and provocative documentary of a year long road trip taken by three friends to all fifty states in America in search of extraordinary examples of individuals who are tackling solutions to the world's environmental crisis. In viewing this award winning film, you will be surprised, amused and educated at what they discover.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Viewing Party for TedX Manhattan's Conference: Changing the Way We Eat

February 12, 10:30am to 5:30 pm, Coalition for Buzzards Bay, New Bedford
SEMAP is hosting a viewing party for TedX Manhattan's conference: Changing the Way We Eat suring the SouthCoast CSA Fair. Learn more about local farms offering CSAs (community supported agriculture) and sign up for the 2012 season at the same time! We will conduct a potluck lunch (12:15-1:30). Bring a dish to share. Challenge yourself to use as many local ingredients as possible! FREE. For more information, contact Sarah Cogswell, Program Director at scogswell@semaponline.org.

BPI Certified Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer Training

February 21-24, Quest Center, 1213 Purchase Street, New Bedford
Includes Pre-Weatherization Math and Analytic Skills (February 13-14) and Introduction to Building Science Basics (February 15-17). The RBEWHALCI certification is for those new to building science or weatherization, and offers entry into the industry as insulation and air leakage control installers, as well as sets the foundation for more advanced building science training. Plus RBEWHALCI field test (one-day exam): By appointment with proctor. To register or learn about scholarships: send an email to weatherization@umassd.edu.

Agriculture and Food Conference of Southeastern Massachusetts

February 25, 8:30am to 5:00pm, Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton, MA
Registration is now open for this fifth annual conference presented by the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership, Inc. (SEMAP) and Bristol County Conservation District (BCCD). This all-day event will feature an information-packed range of 18 workshops geared toward both professional farmers and local food-focused members of the community, plus a special series of workshops on organic practices and three youth sessions for children ages 9-12. Offerings include:
- Three workshops by Will Bonsall of the Scatterseed Project;
- Sessions on the business of farming (marketing, land leasing, institutional sales);
- New organic track workshops, in partnership with NOFA/Mass;
- Resource fair where farmers and gardeners alike can learn about organizations and businesses helping them to grow;
- Locally-sourced lunch prepared by Green Gal Catering that is included in registration (yes, in mid-winter!);
- Seed swap and more!
Registration is only $50 for the public, and $35 for farmers; SEMAP and NOFA members receive a 10% discount. To register and for information on conference updates, details on workshops and speakers, visit and follow the link, www.SEMAPonline.org or call (508) 295-2212 x50.

So You Want to Be a Farmer 5-Session Workshop Series

March 21-April 28, Wednesdays 6 to 9pm, Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton, MA
Applying knowledge of entering and aspiring farmers, SEMAP is offering the "So, You Want to Be a Farmer?" workshop series to educate entering farmers on the essential building blocks of starting a new farm enterprise and to inform you of the network of existing services. The five-session workshop series, "So, You Want to Be a Farmer?" is comprised of:
1.) So, You Want to Be a Farmer?: The Dirty Truth. March 21, 2012
2.) What is a Business Plan and Why You Need One. March 28, 2012
3.) The Dollars and Sense of Financing a Small Farm. April 4, 2012
4.) News Flash! You Don't Need To Own The Land You Farm. April 11, 2012
5.) Farm Tour: What A Real Farm Smells Like. April 28, 2012
SEMAP has been working with aspiring and entering farmers through its Farms Forever Program for the past four years. You have communicated your need for support in the areas of business planning, locating farmland, financing, and other legal issues. SEMAP has received funding for 20 participants. For more information, visit www.SEMAPonline.org or call (508) 295-2212 x50.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Fall River Winter Indoor Farmers Market
On the second Saturday of every month from 8:00am - 12:00pm, visit CD Recreation at 72 Bank Street in Fall River for a Winter Indoor Market featuring local vendors with meats, cheeses, wines, vegetables, and other great goods will be available and are looking to see you there!
Sustainability Newsletter
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our latest newsletter, for Winter of 2012! Check out stories about our new forest living lab, our big campus-wide energy retofit, successful sustainability alumni, the southcoast bike path, and more! Download the PDF here.
The Top 10 Peak Oil Books Of 2012
"Peak Oil" is the term for predictions about when we will have passed the mark for extracting oil from the earth in its best quantities. After Peak Oil, extraction supplies will only dwindle. Experts say we already passed that mark three decades ago. For the best, most recent reading on the subject, including its effects on the economy, energy supplies, and other factors expected to peak and dwindle, click here.
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.
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
How to recognise and avoid greenwashing
Some businesses see the green market purely in dollars and cents and may consciously mislead consumers to grab their business by posing as being more environmentally friendly than they actually are - this is called greenwashing.
Learn more here.

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