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January 26 to February 2, 2012

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

This week:

Perspectives on the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Discussion

Film: "Y.E.R.T." (Your Environmental Road Trip)


Save The Date:

Growing Greens for the Winter Market Workshop Series

Snow Moon Hike



Buy Carbon Credits with the Marion Institute

Job Opening: Trustees of Reservations Superintendent for South Coast, Cape Cod, Buzzard's Bay

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Get A Furnace Tune-Up

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EDxAustin Robyn O'Brien 2011
Robyn shares her personal story and how it inspired her current path as a "Real Food" evangelist. Grounded in a successful Wall Street career that was more interested in food as good business than good-for-you, this mother of four was shaken awake by the dangerous allergic reaction of one of her children to a "typical" breakfast. Her mission to unearth the cause revealed more about the food industry than she could stomach, and impelled her to share her findings with others. Informative and inspiring.

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Lizard and Camera Lens While those who value democratic freedoms are suffering shocks over America's sacrifices to the sanctity of its civil liberties, one man is spending his time doing something completely different to preserve our knowledge of the creatures disappearing from our planet. In zoos across the nation, Joel Sartore is photographing endangered species for what he's calling the Biodiversity Project. The motivation behind it -- the potential for these creatures to go extinct leaving nothing behind but carcasses and images -- is depressing but the photographer's drive to sustain our memories of all life forms is laudable.

Arguments over the environment, energy, economics, and social equity are claiming political airwaves and newsprint. President Obama's decision to deny the Keystone XL Pipeline is fueling election year debate and protests. In his State of the Union address, his environmental decisions and their ramifications factored highly. But much of the Almanac's news this week is also uplifting, such as new ideas for saving whales and forecasts on the need for local sourcing of goods, and strategies for public triumph over corporate power.
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 comments on pending legislation that could limit freedom of speech.These bills, SOPA and PIPA, were conceived and backed by wealthy entertainment industry interests. They will not be so easily dissuaded. There are billions at stake, and the internet threatens the middle man. Studios, record companies, and media distribution are the middle men, and the web can do for free what they make billions doing now. Because of this, we haven't seen the end of legislative efforts aimed at limiting online freedoms, but let's hope the future drafts of these bills will give more consideration to free speech.
Leaf Bullet News
Venice Plaza Injections Could Lift Venice 12 Inches, Study Suggests
Want to save sinking Venice from rising seas? Fight water with water, a new plan suggests. Injecting billions of gallons of seawater could "inflate" porous sediments under the canal-crossed city, causing the Italian city to rise by as much as a foot, scientists say.

Known to Venetians as the acqua alta, or "high water," flooding driven by high tides submerges the lowest 14 percent of the Italian destination four times a year, on average. And it's only getting worse. Read more here.

People in Line Feeding The World Gets Short Shrift In Climate Change Debate
Food is getting elbowed out of the discussion on climate change, which could spell disaster for the 1 billion people who will be added to the world's population in the next 15 years. That's the word today from scientists wondering why food and sustainability get such short shrift when it comes to thinking about how humans will adapt to climate change. Read more here.

Elephants Sumatran elephant population plunges; WWF calls for moratorium on deforestation
The Sumatran elephant subspecies was downgraded to critically endangered on IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species on Tuesday, prompting environmental group WWF to call for an immediate moratorium on destruction of its rainforest habitat, which is being rapidly lost to oil palm estates, timber plantations for pulp and paper production, and agricultural use. Read more here.

Man with Boy Europe poses global recession threat: IMF
Europe's debt crisis could tip the world economy into recession and a bigger firewall is urgently needed to keep the damage from spreading, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

The IMF chopped its estimate for 2012 global growth to 3.3 percent from 4 percent just three months ago and warned it could drop as low as 1.3 percent if Europe lets the crisis fester for much longer. For 2013, it predicted growth of 3.9 percent. Read more here.

Deforestation In Brazil, Fears of a Slide Back for Amazon Protection
Brazil has made great strides in recent years in slowing Amazon deforestation and showing the world it was serious about protecting the mammoth rain forest. a Speech Makes Pitch for Economic Fair

The rate of deforestation fell by 80 percent over the past six years, as the government carved out about 150 million acres for conservation -- an area roughly the size of France -- and used police raids and other tactics to crack down on illegal deforesters, according to both environmentalists and the government. Read more here.

Sun and Solar Panels Scientists design solar cells that exceed the conventional light-trapping limit
The best performing solar cells are those that are thick enough to absorb light from the entire solar spectrum, while the cheapest solar cells are thin ones, since they require less, and potentially cheaper, material. In an attempt to combine the best of both worlds, a team of scientists has outlined designs for solar cells that can absorb light from the entire solar spectrum yet are as little as 10 nanometers thick. The new design approach, which could lead to improved low-cost solar cells, requires overcoming a thermodynamic light-trapping limit proposed in the 1980s. Read more here.

Sheep Fibershed: A Case Study In Sourcing Textiles Locally
Most of us dress ourselves each morning with garments that were grown, processed, designed and sewn by an anonymous supply chain. A combination of animal, plant, machinery, imagination, and technical skill came together to clothe you, but it is rare to have connection to any of these real life elements

It is the goal of one central Californian community's members to put a face on their wardrobes, and to uncover, develop, and build a new way of engaging with the textiles of their lives. A bioregional supply chain known as a Fibershed is being grown out of a region with a 150 mile diameter -- the epicenter just north of San Francisco. Read more here.

Whale Can We Save the Whales by Putting a Price On Them?
Every year, a group of anti-whaling nonprofit organizations that includes Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd, and the World Wildlife Fund spend, by conservative estimates, some $25 million on a variety of activities intended to end commercial whaling. And every year, commercial whaling not only continues, but grows.

Now, an economist and two marine scientists writing in the January 12 issue of the journal Nature suggest a new strategy that they believe could save whales by putting a price on them. The idea has its roots in trading markets for air pollutants, which have reduced pollutants more and at a lower cost in the U.S. than resulted from traditional regulatory policy; conservation and wetland management programs, which have resulted in more than 200,000 acres of land being set aside; and individual transferable quotas, which have been successful in sustaining fisheries and fishermen in New Zealand, Iceland, and Canada. Read more here.

Obama Obama Speech Makes Pitch for Economic Fairness
WASHINGTON -- President Obama pledged on Tuesday night to use government power to balance the scale between America's rich and the rest of the public, trying to present an election-year choice between continued leadership toward an economy "built to last" and what he called irresponsible policies of the past that caused an economic collapse.

Declaring that "we've come too far to turn back now," the president used his final State of the Union address before he faces the voters to showcase the extent to which he will try to contrast his core economic principles with those of his Republican rivals in a time of deep economic uncertainty. Read more here.

State of the Union State of the Environmental Union, 2012
By many standards, Barack Obama has been the greenest President in our lifetime. In his State of the Union address he said he won't back down from sensible environmental regulation; he's committed do moving forward on clean green energy; he's putting in new policies that will make fracking cleaner. He even mentioned climate change, even if he can't do much about it with the current crop in Congress. Read more here.

New London The Nine American Cities Nearly Destroyed by the Recession
The nation continues to be mired in an anemic, jobless recovery. And according to a report commissioned by the United States Conference of Mayors, and prepared by IHS Global Insight, many regions in the country still continue to lose jobs. Of the 363 U.S. metropolitan regions reviewed by IHS, only 61 will fully recover all the jobs that were lost during the recession by the end of this year. The rest will recover far fewer -- the average city will only recover roughly 40% of jobs lost from peak employment. Read more here.

Wind Turbines A Jump Start for the Clean Economy
Every state can create clean energy funds which are typically supported by a small surcharge on monthly electricity bills. So far 22 states have done so, generating $2.7 billion overall for the clean technology sector during the past decade. Most have used the money to install tens of thousands of solar panel arrays, wind turbines and biomass facilities. But a few states have gone further by broadening investments to include technology research hubs, fledgling cleantech startups and green job training programs. Read more here.

Statue of Liberty 10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free
Every year, the State Department issues reports on individual rights in other countries. Even as we pass judgment on countries we consider unfree, Americans remain confident that any definition of a free nation must include their own -- the land of free. Yet, the laws and practices of the land should shake that confidence. In the decade since Sept. 11, 2001, this country has comprehensively reduced civil liberties in the name of an expanded security state. Read more here.

Tar Sands Site Rejected Pipeline Becomes Hot-Button Election Issue
President Obama rejected an application to build the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast on Wednesday. He blamed congressional Republicans, who had set a 60-day deadline for his administration to complete its review of the project.

Just minutes after Obama issued a statement denying the permit, Republican members of Congress lined up before TV cameras. Read more here.

Wastewater Processing Wasting the Wastewater in America
Each day, American municipalities discharge enough treated wastewater into natural sources to fill Lake Champlain within six months. "As the world enters the 21st century, the human community finds itself searching for new paradigms for water supply and management," says a report released this month by the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council, a division of the National Academy of Sciences. The report investigates the potential for establishing a more resilient national water supply through the direct recycling of municipal wastewater. Read more here.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear A Judge Rules Vermont Can't Shut Nuclear Plant
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge on Thursday blocked Vermont from forcing the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor to shut down when its license expires in March, saying that the state is trying to regulate nuclear safety, which only the federal government can do.

State lawmakers and witnesses made clear that their effort to close the plant was "grounded in radiological safety concerns" -- the province of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The commission has already granted Vermont Yankee a 20-year license extension. Read more here.

Beating the Burnout
Burnout is a condition associated with exhaustion, stress, pessimism, cynicism, withdrawal and a bunker mentality. These symptoms are worrying in an individual, but can be disastrous in world affairs. In the run-up to the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, there is a distinct sense of burnout in the air. I hope that this year's Meeting will help to form a new model of leadership capable of overcoming this malaise. Read more here.

Security by Design
It is commonly assumed that our national security depends only on our capacity to project military power.A larger vision of security includes the internal resilience, health, and sustainability of the nation, that is to say its capacity for self-renewal. Real security, in other words, is inseparable from issues of energy policy; education; public health; preservation of soils, forests, and waters; and broadly based, sustainable prosperity. From this perspective, America is less secure than at any time in its history, despite expenditures in excess of $1 trillion per year for the defense budget and war appropriations. Read more here.

Power Worker A Smart Power Grid Begins With a Promise for the Future
Substation No. 505 in Oak Park, with its nondescript cluster of bulky transformers and web of power lines, seems an unlikely place for Commonwealth Edison to start the $2.6 billion smart grid it says will prepare the region's antiquated power system for the digital age.

Arguments raged over legislation, approved last year over Gov. Pat Quinn's veto, that authorizes ComEd's 10-year investment in the grid. ComEd says that the project will ultimately save customers more than it costs them. Read more here.

Stage Show Corporate Rule Is Not Inevitable
The legitimacy of rule by giant corporations and Wall Street banks is crumbling. This system of corporate rule also benefits few and harms many, affecting nearly every major issue in public life.

In a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, 77 percent of Americans said too much power is concentrated in the hands of a few rich people and large corporations. In a poll by Time Magazine, 86 percent of Americans said Wall Street and its lobbyists have too much influence in Washington.

And 80 percent of Americans oppose Citizens United, the pro-corporate Supreme Court ruling that turns two years old today. Eighty percent--that's among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Read more here.

Camels Local Economies for a Global Future
This article is about a simple, singular idea, yet the significance of the idea to modern society is profound and far-reaching. Here it is: In the near future anything heavy will become intensely local while at the same time the limits to things that are 'light', ideas, philosophies, information will travel even further than today--literally and figuratively. This is a new paradigm for humanity and it has huge implications for the complete reordering of society. Read more here.

Berkshire Currency Funny money? 11 local currencies
In the small mountain community of Southern Berkshire, Mass., residents can exchange U.S. greenbacks for colorful bills called "BerkShares" and use them at more than 400 local businesses.

BerkShares come in 1-, 5-, 10-, 20- and 50-unit denominations. The exchange rate is 95 U.S. dollars to 100 BerkShares, making them a deal for residents. In order to keep the BerkShares in circulation, merchants that try to exchange the currency for U.S. dollars at the bank get charged a 5% fee. Read more here.

Dolphins Dozens of Stranded Dolphins on Cape Cod Shores Perplex Rescuers
WELLFLEET -- When a single dolphin washed up on Cape Cod on Jan. 12, it was nothing out of the ordinary.

But eight days later, 81 more had been found stranded on this craggy coastline, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, bringing the weekly count unusually close to the 120 animals the group typically responds to in high stranding season, which typically runs from January to April. By Jan. 23, the count was 85. Read more here.

Falmouth turbine foes reject state study
FALMOUTH - Residents who say the Wind 1 turbine is detrimental to their health shared their reactions Monday night about the state-commissioned study that rebuffed many of their claims. The Wind 1 turbine was shut down in November after residents reported they were suffering from sleep deprivation, depression and tinnitus among other health problems.

Kathryn Elder told the board of health she was among those residents who experienced problems with the turbine. "It has nothing to do with carbon footprints. It has nothing to do with how much money has been spent in investments. It has to do with our basic rights and freedom," she said. "If we can't uphold our basic right to get a good night's sleep in this country, something is wrong." Read more here.

People Hugging Occupy Providence celebrates after day-shelter agreement with city
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Occupy Providence conducted a celebratory news conference Tuesday outside City Hall, declaring "victory" in its cause, maintaining an occupation of Burnside Park until the city offered a day shelter for the homeless.

On Monday night, after 104 days of encampment, the two sides reached a mediated agreement. The Diocese of Providence, which operates Emmanuel House in South Providence as a night shelter, will open the facility for day use, too. Read more here.

Tents UMass Boston occupiers spend their first night in campus center
Students occupying the campus center at the University of Massachusetts Boston have officially spent their first night "occupying" the school.

About 60 students were present Monday night for the group's General Assembly. Highlighting tuition hikes, the lack of student representation at the college, and other broad socio-economic issues, students rallied in the campus center earlier in the day, preparing their tents and sleeping bags for their first night. Read more here.

Patrick to seek hike in cigarette tax
BOSTON - Gov. Deval Patrick will propose hiking the Massachusetts cigarette tax by 50 cents per pack as part of a plan to raise $260 million in new revenues for the state budget, the administration said Friday.

The governor's plan also seeks to impose the state's 6.25 percent sales tax on candy and soda - both items are currently exempt - and expand the state's bottle deposit law to include bottled water, sports drinks and other beverages.

The tobacco tax hike was expected to raise $73 million, officials said, with the money earmarked to help offset the cost of a recent decision by the state's highest court that cleared the way for thousands of legal immigrants to join Commonwealth Care, the state's subsidized health insurance program. Read more here.

Dartmouth's saltmarsh reclamation project in jeopardy if funding denied
DARTMOUTH - The town is seeking $813,000 from the Bouchard oil spill fund to recreate a salt marsh that was filled in by multimillionaire Col. Edward H.R. Green.

Town officials had hoped the project would be fully funded by the New Bedford Harbor Trustees Council; but the council, under pressure from the city, earmarked most of its last round of funding for New Bedford projects. Read more here.

Woman with Junk Food Dirty Vegan specializes in beloved junk food knockoffs
Dartmouth - Katie Gill calls it "junk food-style vegan food" that tastes so much like the sugary and cream-filled boxed snack cakes she loved as a kid that it's hard to believe that her "Winkies," and "Knock Knocks " cakes and "Rocky Bites" cookies are all-natural, preservative and cholesterol-free, and made without any animal or dairy products.

"It was kind of a shock to my family when I turned vegan," said Gill, an animal lover who stopped eating meat about 10 years ago and stopped using any animal or dairy products nine years ago after watching a film about factory farms. Read more here.

Westport's Mill Pond restoration project gets help from state
WESTPORT - The state is contributing technical assistance to a proposal to restore the Mill Pond north of the Head of Westport to its original depth.

The state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife told the Ponds Committee, which is planning the project, that it will help survey wetlands and vernal pools and look for any rare species. The work is set to begin around April. Read more here.

Nitrogen lawsuits may be over - settlement reached
The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and the Buzzards Bay Coalition (BBC) have reached an agreement in principle with EPA to settle two lawsuits regarding nitrogen pollution on Cape Cod.

The two lawsuits are at the center of an attack by a group of Congressional Republicans seeking to limit EPA's authority and advance their anti-environment agenda. Read more here.

Single-Stream Recycling Makes More Cents
JOHNSTON - The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is spending nearly $17 million to make recycling less of a chore and improve the state's recycling rate, which has plateaued at about 25 percent.

Single-stream recycling is scheduled to make its Ocean State appearance in late April and, according to those behind its implementation, there will be fewer rules, especially when it comes to recycling plastics. Read more here.

Turbines Deepwater Wind Farm Slowly Pushes Ahead
The Deepwater Wind project cleared some major hurdles in 2011. The offshore wind farmer had its controversial electricity purchase deal with National Grid upheld in state Supreme Court. The state Public Utilities Commission also brushed aside an appeal of the price agreement in November.

This year, Deepwater Wind has dozens more permits and approvals to secure before beginning construction on the five-turbine, 30-megawatt wind farm off Block Island. If completed by 2013 or 2014, it would likely be the first water-based wind project in the United States. Read more here.

Sandwich weighs energy proposition
SANDWICH - A Colorado-based energy company is seeking permission to build a 4.3-megawatt solar array in Forestdale that could ultimately generate cash for the town.

The proposed solar panels would cover 15 to 20 acres owned by Howland Development. The developer has tried for nearly a decade to win approval to build an affordable housing complex known as Farmview Estates off Snake Pond Road near the Massachusetts Military Reservation. Howland is now looking to amend those plans with the solar array using Ethos as the contractor. Read more here.

Snow Mild winter translating into low municipal expenses for snow removal
SouthCoast was the only section of the state walloped with a foot of snow Saturday and the plows came out in force. But with the winter being one of the least snowy in recent memory up until Jan. 21, local cities and towns are still way ahead of last year in their snow budgets. Prior to Saturday, New Bedford had spent less money this winter for snow removal than what many people pay for their monthly rent.

The year's mild winter had barely made a dent in municipal finances, with New Bedford having only spent about $660 in snow removal operations following the first storm of the season on Thursday night. By comparison, last winter cost the city $431,907 to remove 54 inches of snow, according to figures provided by the Mayor's Office. Read more here.

Headlines Investors Propose 80 Million in Projects in Salem's Blubber Hollow
More than 100 years ago, Salem's Blubber Hollow was the leather capital of the country. But those factories are long gone, and many are now empty, polluted fields. These days, developers are looking with favor upon the dilapidated ruins. Nearly $80 million in investment is planned for the area, and it's possible that within a year work could begin on all of the sites. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Natural Beekeeping Course

January 27 (6 week course), 6 to 9pm, Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA
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.

Just Below the Surface: Perspectives on the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Discussion

Thursday, Feb 2, 6:00-8:00pm, New Dawn Earth, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland RI
Just Below the Surface, a one session discussion book from Northwest Earth Institute, explores the connections between the gulf oil spill, energy policies and our lifestyles. Reflect on this historical event and the lessons it holds for us moving forward individually and collectively. How do we take responsibility as conscious consumers and concerned, active citizens? Donation 16.00 per person includes the book or PDF. Please pre-register by January 23 ( In order to purchase the books or pdf). Details here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Growing Greens for the Winter Market Workshop Series

Saturdays, February and March, 9am-12pm, Various Locations Feburary 4, Simple Gifts Farm, 1089 N. Pleasant Street in N. Amherst, MA; Tuesday, February 7, 9am-12pm Natick Community Organic Farm, 117 Eliot St., South Natick, MA; Saturday, February 18, 1-4pm Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA. All five workshops will present on options for greenhouses, information on growing systems and timing for winter greens, information on selecting appropriate varieties for winter greens, using row covers and microclimates, and crop rotation in the greenhouse. Additionally, all of the commercial workshops will discuss their marketing approaches including winter CSAs, winter farmers markets, and/or restaurant sales. Contact: Ben Grosscup, 413-658-5374. By email, ben.grosscup@nofamass.org; put "Winter Growing" in subject. Details here.

Snow Moon Hike

Friday, Feb 3, 7 to 8:30pm, New Dawn Earth, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland RI 02864
Bundle up with boots( snowshoes )and enjoy a gibbous moon hike through the (snowy) fields and woods. Reflect on "WHOOS" about in the woods. Enjoy a hot drink and warm company after the hike. Donation: $10/ per person Details here.

Powers of the Universe: Threshold to Mysticism

Saturday, Feb 4, 9:30 am to 3 p.m, New Dawn Earth, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland RI
The Universe Story leads us back to the original mystical truth that all is one. Inspired by Judy Cannato, the presenters agree that: "The human being of the future will be a mystic or nothing at all." The day will include presentations, interactive exercises, and vibrant conversation. Spiritual directors, Dorothy Landry and Norman Comtois continue to delve into the wisdom of the ancients and the new sciences. Details here.

Brix Bounty Farm Winter Studies Series: Agriculture In-Depth - Nutrition Rules!

5 Mondays beginning Monday Feb. 6th through Monday March 5th, 858 Tucker Rd., Dartmouth, Ma.
Week 1: Soil Health - Mineral Management -- Intro, Walters, Kinsey, Martens through pg. 40
Week 2: Soil Health - Microbe Management -- Ingham, Beck, Shaffer, Diver pgs, 41-98
Week 3: Plant Health Energy Management (pt. 1) -- Tainio, Skow, Lovel pgs. 99-141
Week 4: Plant Health Energy Management (pt. 2) -- Callahan, Wheeler, Andersen pgs. 142-178
Week 5: Animal and Soil Health -- Zimmer, Brunetti, Salatin pgs. 179-214
Each Week we will gather on Monday evening for an informal discussion focusing on the selected reading and an optional no-stress potluck. We will start dinner at 6PM and discussion at 7PM. To Register (registration is free) for either or both sessions please contact Derek via email or phone, 508-992-1868. Details here.

Green Fire: A Film and Panel Discussion about Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time

February 7, 6-8pm, Martin Auditorium, Stonehill College
Aldo Leopold (January 11, 1887 - April 21, 1948) was an American author, scientist, ecologist, forester, and environmentalist. He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin and is best known for his book A Sand County Almanac (1949), which has sold over two million copies. He was influential in the development of modern environmental ethics and in the movement for wilderness conservation. A panel discussion will accompany the film. Free and open to the public. More information at www.greefiremovie.com.

4th Annual Business-Education Forum

February 8, 8:30 to 11am, Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, New Bedford
Topic: "Building the 21st century STEM pipeline for the southcoast and beyond" with keynote speaker Paul Reville, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Hosted by Global Learning Charter Public School in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and The Ocean Explorium.
Moderator: Dr. Jean F. MacCormack, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
- Dr. Abigail Barrow, Director, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center
- David Cedrone, Executive Director, STEM Advisory Council, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education - J. Abra Degbor, Strategic Account Manager, Verizon Wireless
- Dr. Steven Lorhenz, Dean, School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
- Rob Riordan, President, High Tech High Graduate School of Education, San Diego, California
- Global Learning Charter Public School high school students
RSVP to Stephanie Wick or Alison Bresciani at 508-991-4105 or info@glcps.org.

NOFA/Mass Soil and Nutrition: An Education and Coalition-Building Conference

February 9-11, First Churches, 129 Main St, Northampton, MA
Featuring leading thinkers and practitioners of building healthy soils, this conference aims to grow the movem ent for enhancing soil fertility as a basis for the long-term ecological and economic sustainability of farming, the environment, and our society as a whole. Each of the three days is org anized with a different format. Participants are invited to listen and share, as we all deepen our soils knowledge. Details here.

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.

BPI Certified Building Analyst Training

March 5-9, UMass Dartmouth Weatherization Center, 1213 Purchase St (the Quest Building), New Bedford, MA
Designed for people who have successfully passed the Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer Certification. The building analyst credential is the standard for home energy auditors, and required knowledge for crew chiefs, and MassSave Independent Contractors. Building Analyst Prep Course Fee BA Prep Course: $1,200 ($1,000 with completion of RBEWHALCI), Grant funding and scholarships available for qualified candidates based on need and availability. *MassSave $600 scholarships available. For more information or to register contact the UMass Dartmouth Weatherization Training Center at weatherization@umassd.edu or call (774) 202-1975

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
Job Opening: Trustees of Reservations Superintendent for South Coast, Cape Cod, Buzzard's Bay
This Superintendent position has direct responsibility for the management and operation of 11 properties located in the Southeast Region of The Trustees of Reservations. The mission of the Trustees of Reservations is to preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. The organization cares for over 100 properties that comprise more than 24,000 acres, and monitors 285 Conservation Restrictions protecting another 16,700 acres. In 1891, the Trustees of Reservations was founded by small band of visionary volunteers. Over the past ten years, the organization has evolved into a dynamic $20M operation with 180 year-round employees who are led by a volunteer governance structure and supported by over 45,000 member households. For more information and a complete job description, visit www.thetrustees.org/about-us/employment/current-openings/superintendent-for-south.html.
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!
Winter Market Openings for Vendors
Sundays 11 to 3 pm, January 8th to March 25th:, Kennedy's Country Gardens, 85 Chief Justice Cushing Highway Route 3A Scituate, MA 02066.This market has spots for additional local farms and food vendors. Seeking Local Farms and Food Producers! Contact Person: Thea, 781-545-1266 (except Mondays till Feb. 14th) .
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 retrofit, 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.
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
Get A Furnace Tune-Up
Your home furnace or boiler needs a yearly tune-up to run safely and efficiently. Some heating companies provide this tune-up free of charge upon request. If your utility does not provide this service for free, it is worth the cost of hiring a professional (usually about $100).
Learn more here.

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