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February 2 to 9, 2012

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

This week:

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

6-Mile Trek: Dartmouth to Westport Winery


Save The Date:

Tree Steward Training

BPI Certified Building Analyst Training



Become "Resident Foodie" at Round the Bend Farm

SouthCoast Energy Challenge Seeking Interns

Weekly Green Tip:

Recycling And Reusing Greeting Cards

Clip of the Week

A Skeptic Confirms Substantial Recent Global Warming
Richard Muller, a physicist at the University of California, Berkeley, who has been a harsh critic of advocates for prompt cuts in greenhouse gases, has finished an independent analysis of 200 years of temperature data and confirms existing studies showing substantial warming of the continents since 1950 -- a trend challenged by many critics of climate science.

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
African Crested Rat In the amazing world of animals, there are many that use poisons as a defense against predation...but they are usually insects, amphibians, reptiles or fish. This African Crested Rat, which looks like a skunk, chews toxic bark from trees and licks its fur to gain the desired deadly effect. In an article about investigations into this rat, we can learn too about the amazing adaptations of other unusual mammals who use toxins to ward off danger. It's a great reminder of the ingenuity of nature.

In a win for wildlife, the ancient Atlantic Sturgeon, which has long been sought after for its roe for caviar, is now being listed as endangered. It's another example of environmental law needing to step in when mankind's lust for delicacies leads people to ignore dwindling resources until it's almost too late. For some fun, view the natural wonders of this Smithsonian slide show that reveals the structures hidden under fish scales.
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 human intrusions on local waterscapes. I went paddling last weekend. As is often the case in January on Buzzards Bay, the weather wasn't perfect for being on the open bay...we decide to seek the shelter of an upriver trip...But this trip was less than picturesque, and the fresh air came in short supply...The system we were immersed in seemed broken, unable to heal itself. The most apparent scourge was, of course the human mark.
Leaf Bullet News
iPad In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad
In the last decade, Apple has become one of the mightiest, richest and most successful companies in the world, in part by mastering global manufacturing. Apple and its high-technology peers -- as well as dozens of other American industries -- have achieved a pace of innovation nearly unmatched in modern history.

However, the workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in harsh conditions, according to employees inside those plants, worker advocates and documents published by companies themselves. Problems are as varied as onerous work environments and serious -- sometimes deadly -- safety problems. Read more here.

Cable Cars in Columbia Green Moves: Medellin Cable Cars, San Francisco Parking Reform
Two cities renowned for the cable cars that traverse their hilly terrains--San Francisco, California, and Medellin, Colombia--captured this year's Sustainable Transport Award from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).

The shared award places the two cities in an elite group of urban innovators honored over the past eight years by ITDP, an international nonprofit that works with cities to reduce greenhouse gases and improve the quality of urban life. The judges selected the winning cities over finalists Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Cape Town, South Africa. Read more here.

Woman Looking for Charcoal Scavenging for Charcoal Fuel in the Rubbish of Manila
Thousands of urban slum dwellers including these in the Ulingan community in the Philippines capital of Manila live amid filth and swirls of toxic smoke as they eke out a living making charcoal from wood scavenged from nearby garbage dumps and construction sites.

The plight of the poor who scavenge Manila's trash heaps underscores why United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. Energy, said Ban, is "the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity, and preserving the environment." Read more here.

Crewman on Ship OPEC says EU ban on Iran oil to boost prices
The EU's embargo on Iranian oil exports will add upward pressure to oil prices, OPEC's secretary general said on Monday, even though there is no shortage of oil on the market.

"This will increase volatility in the market, there is no doubt about it," Abdullah al-Badri said. The European Union has raised pressure on Iran, OPEC's second-largest producer, over its nuclear program by banning Iranian oil from July 1. Tehran has said it may cut off supplies to some unspecified countries. Read more here.

Crops Food crops damaged by pollution crossing continents
Man-made air pollution from North America causes Europe to lose 1.2 million tonnes of wheat a year, a new study has found.

The research, led by the University of Leeds and co-authored by the University of York, shows for the first time the extent of the Northern Hemisphere's intercontinental crop losses caused by ozone - a chemical partly produced by fossil fuels. The study also suggests that increasing levels of air pollution from one continent may partly offset efforts to cut carbon emissions in another. Read more here.

Nuclear Plant No big Fukushima health impact seen: U.N. body chairman
The health impact of last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan appears relatively small thanks partly to prompt evacuations, the chairman of a U.N. scientific body investigating the effects of radiation said on Tuesday.

The fact that some radioactive releases spread over the ocean instead of populated areas also contributed to limiting the consequences, said Wolfgang Weiss of the U.N. Scientific Committee on the effects of Atomic Radiation. Read more here.

Antarctic Peninsula From Antarctica to Bangladesh: The Story of Rising Seas
After crossing the legendary Drake Passage, we came in sight of the Antarctic continent. It is a majestic, otherworldly place. The Antarctic Peninsula, which juts northward toward South America, is lined with ice-covered mountains and surrounded by abundant wildlife in the sea. But even on this continent that looks and feels pristine, a troubling process is underway because of global warming.

In analyzing the relationship between melting ice and sea level rise, it is important to distinguish between two kinds of ice: the ice on land and the ice floating on top of the sea. When floating ice melts, sea level is not affected, because its weight has already pushed the sea level upward. But the melting of glaciers and ice sheets resting on land does increase sea level rise. So far, the melting of small mountain glaciers and portions of ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland has been the main contributor to sea level rise from the loss of ice. Read more here.

Refinery Construction Rare Earth Metal Refinery Nears Approval
KUANTAN, Malaysia -- The world's largest refinery for rare earth metals has risen out of the red mud of a coastal swamp here and could soon obtain permission to operate -- a step that would help break China's near monopoly on rare earths but also worsen an emerging glut of some of these strategic minerals.

The progress toward opening the plant has occurred despite street demonstrations here over radiation worries, regulatory challenges and the withdrawal of a major equipment supplier worried about the safety of the refinery, which is being built by Lynas, an Australian company. Read more here.

Waste Containers How To Find A New Nuclear Waste Site? Woo A Town
A panel of experts Thursday set forth a plan for getting rid of thousands of tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste. Most of it is spent fuel from nuclear power reactors. It was supposed to go to a repository in Nevada called Yucca Mountain, but the government has abandoned that plan.

Yucca Mountain was largely done in by Nevadans, led by powerful Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who didn't want their state to be the country's nuclear waste dump. Some also questioned how geologically secure the underground storage site would be -- especially environmental groups. Read more here.

US Map Gardening Map Of Warming U.S. Has Plant Zones Moving North
It's official: Gardeners and farmers can count on warmer weather. If that's you, it might be a good time to rethink those flower and vegetable beds for this year's growing season.

That's the word from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which released a new version of its "Plant Hardiness Zone Map" this week, the first update since 1990. The color-coded zones on this map of the United States are widely used as a guide for what perennial flowers will survive in a particular area, or when to plant your vegetables. Read more here.

Forest White House To Unveil New Forest Rules
The Obama administration says new rules to manage nearly 200 million acres of national forests will protect watersheds and wildlife while promoting uses ranging from recreation to logging.

The rules reflect more than 300,000 comments received since a draft plan was released last year. The new rules strengthen a requirement that decisions be based on the best available science and recognize that forests are used for a variety of purposes. Read more here.

Coal Ohio Coal Closures: A Business Decision That Pays Dividends for Neighboring Communities and the Great Lakes
Good news for human health and a clean energy economy out of Ohio yesterday: an announcement that FirstEnergy is closing units at six of the nastiest coal plants in the nation. Four of the plants sit on the shores of an endangered Lake Erie; taking a significant toll on the nearby communities and Great Lakes in general.

In addition to the immediate environmental benefits of this decision, I'm encouraged by two things. First, the company seems to be taking efforts to help the more 500 workers who will be impacted by the decision. Second, the company has made investments in clean energy that will ultimately create more jobs in Ohio and the region. Read more here.

Man on Gurney Government health spending seen hitting $1.8 trillion
Government spending for Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare programs will more than double over the next decade to $1.8 trillion, or 7.3 percent of the country's total economic output, congressional researchers said on Tuesday.

In its annual budget and economic outlook, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said that even under its most conservative projections, healthcare spending would rise by 8 percent a year from 2012 to 2022, mainly as a result of an aging U.S. population and rising treatment costs. It will continue to be a key driver of the U.S. budget deficit. Read more here.

Cargo Containers LA's Transition to a Greener Economy
LA's port, which has the largest container volume of any port in the U.S., occupies 1600 acres of land and employes 16,000 residents. According to Mike Christensen, Deputy Executive Director of Development for the port, their "greening and growing" strategy is intended to help the port stay economically relevant while also improving air quality and increasing carbon efficiency. Last year, the port was the first in the world to offer Alternative Maritime Power. Instead of running on diesel fuel while docked, equipped ships can literally plug into shoreside electrical power, which reduces emissions and improves air quality. Read more here.

Men Holding Sturgeon Fish Victory: NOAA Lists Atlantic Sturgeon as Endangered
After years of disagreement, NOAA's Fisheries Service has decided to list the Atlantic sturgeon as an endangered species. The listing will include five distinct populations of the fish -- four are endangered, and one will be listed as threatened. Sturgeon were overfished for years for their roe.

The action comes in response to an NRDC listing petition filed in 2009. Since 1998, the government has banned fishing for these ancient creatures -- they haven't changed much in 85 million years -- but recent studies have suggested the ban hasn't effectively protected them. Some scientists and advocates say the endangerment listing will be the extra push the fish need to rebound. Read more here.

Car with Label GM debuts green label on Chevrolets
To tout its sustainability efforts, General Motors will debut environmental labels next month on 2012 Chevrolet Sonics and later this year on all Chevrolets sold in the United States.

The company said the Ecologic label, which will appear on the rear driver-side window, is the first of its kind in the automotive industry to detail how a vehicle is made, saves fuel and can be recycled. Read more here.

Customer and Clerk 7 Trends That Will Shape Sustainable Consumption in 2012
The first month of 2012 is almost over, but it's still difficult to envision what this year will look like, especially when it comes to the interaction between consumption and sustainability. One of the people who came for our help is Raphael Bemporad, the founding partner and Chief Strategy Officer of BBMG. He offered on Sustainable Brands a list of five trends that he believes will shape sustainable brands in 2012. This is a great list and we'd like to share it with you, adding our point of view as well as two more trends to watch for. Read more here.

Butterfly Why Biodiversity Loss Deserves as Much Attention as Climate Change
Biodiversity loss is probably a challenge that is often ignored as climate change looms. Currently the world is losing species at a rate that is 100 to 1000 times faster than the natural extinction rate, further, it is currently seeing the sixth mass extinction.

The previous mass extinction occured 65 million years ago, and was caused by ecosystem changes, changes in atmospheric chemistry, impacts of asteroids and volcanoes. For the first time in history, the current extinction is called by the competition for resources between a single species Homo sapiens and all others. Read more here.

Bee on Flower More Damning Evidence Points to Pesticide as Cause of Mass Bee Deaths
A new study published in Naturwissenschaften - The Science of Nature by a leading bee expert provides damning evidence that a widely used pesticide, even at low levels, is responsible for the recent catastrophic decline in honey bees. Dr. Jeff Pettis of the USDA's Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, MD led the study. Colony collapse disorder, as this phenomenon is known, has been getting worse since 2006. Read more here.

Mountains National Parks Help Tame the Environmental Crisis
Environmental literacy is critical to conserving and protecting our natural resources and ensuring a healthy planet. How can we expect our policy makers, citizens and children to make decisions that will protect the planet if they do not value our wild places or understand the threat of global climate change? It is time to look beyond the classroom and recognize the power of nature and the power of education in our national parks. Read more here.

Pink Ribbon Do Pollutants Cause Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is partly caused by toxic chemicals in the environment, according to a recent study by the Institute of Medicine. These pollutants are surprisingly common, and most women are exposed to them from a variety of sources. Carcinogenic pollutants come from radiation and from consumer products. They are in household cleaning products, microwaves, cosmetics, hairsprays, and refrigerators. These chemicals seep into water as runoff from landfills, affect people as well as animals, and have been shown to cause breast cancer in women. The Breast Cancer Action Foundation believes that the environmental factor has been overlooked in research, and that its influence has been grossly underestimated. Read more here.

Woman and Hut How to Slow Climate Change? Stop Talking About It
Listening to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, I found myself thinking about black carbon -- even though he never once used the phrase. Until recently, in fact, I doubt that many people had even heard of it. Black carbon? Maybe it's the stuff that's left over on the barbecue after you've finished grilling the hot dogs?

But the reduction of black carbon emissions has suddenly moved to the center of the climate debate -- and the beauty of it is that it's unnecessary to utter the word climate at all, because getting rid of black carbon brings so many other benefits. Read more here.

Man At Door Green electricity finds few customers in Mass.: Wind farms bring higher NStar bills
Five years after NStar became the first Massachusetts utility to allow customers to buy electricity supplied by a wind farm, its Green program has failed to catch on. Less than 1 percent of the company's nearly 900,000 customers have enrolled.

The dismal response resembles lackluster participation in similar renewable energy programs offered by other utilities, worrying state officials as they push toward a goal of generating 20 percent of electricity from renewable energy by 2020.

The NStar program has faltered because of the recession and falling fossil fuel prices, which resulted in a greater surcharge for wind energy. Environmental activists are frustrated and question whether utilities have done enough to publicize the programs. Read more here.

Transit Car MBTA under fire for alleged 'false choice' of service cuts and fare hikes
BOSTON - A group advocating for public transit in Massachusetts lashed out at Transportation Secretary Richard Davey on Monday for what it called a "false choice" he has laid out between "draconian" service cuts and fare hikes to help balance the MBTA's books.

"There are going to be high school students who drop out of high school because their parents can't afford to send them to school anymore," said Rafael Mares, a staff attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation and a member of Transportation for Massachusetts, a statewide coalition of consumer and commuter advocates that includes the Environmental League of Massachusetts, the MBTA Advisory Board, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, On the Move and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Read more here.

Movie Still Mass. Fourth Graders Make Movie Greener
Fourth graders from Brookline launched an online petition on Change.org to get the upcoming movie, The Lorax, to have a stronger environmental message on the film's website. The petition has gotten over 57,000 signatures (at press time) and successfully convinced Universal Studios to update the website with green tips. The enterprising students not only started a petition, but they made posters, wrote a script, and shot a video. Read more here.

Oil Slick New Bedford harbor led nation in November oil spills
NEW BEDFORD - November 2011 was not a good month for oil spills in New Bedford Harbor: Of the seven untraceable spills that month nationwide, five were here, said marine safety technician 1st class Nathan Pierce.

Pierce is in charge of a small Coast Guard marine safety detachment housed at Fort Rodman and deals not only with safety issues but with tracking down spills in the congested and quirky harbor. Read more here.

Rescue Workers Dolphins are latest marine mammal deaths in New England
BOSTON - Whether they got lost, sick or swam astray chasing food, 77 dolphins that beached on Cape Cod in recent weeks have died, the second time in three months New England has seen a mass of marine mammal deaths. Now, scientists are trying to figure out why. They're also researching whether there's any connection to a die-off this fall of 162 harbor seals, whose carcasses were found between northern Massachusetts and Maine.

Scientists later determined the seal deaths were linked to an influenza virus similar to one found in birds but never before seen in seals. In a letter earlier this month, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and Rep. William Keating asked Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to investigate "any common cause" between the dolphin and seal deaths. Read more here.

Dartmouth airs plan to upgrade its State Road Gateway
DARTMOUTH - The town is interested in making its gateway on State Road - a mile-long stretch between Slocum Road and the city line - more pedestrian-friendly and economically vibrant.

The Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District presented a 32-page report, outlining strategies to make improvements on the north and south sides of the roadway, at a joint meeting Monday night of the Select Board and Planning Board. Read more here.

ZipCar Zipcar comes to UMass Dartmouth campus
Technology is now helping college students find rides to get off campus by using a cell phone application to reserve a car they can rent by the hour.

Zipcar, the Cambridge-based car-sharing service, is now at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, the company's first expansion into greater Fall River and New Bedford. Students, as well as faculty, staff or anyone in the area over 21, can rent two cars Zipcar will keep in Lot 5. Read more here.

Financing for biomanufacturing center finalized
DARTMOUTH - It's official: The board of the Massachusetts Life Science Center has approved $14.6 million for UMass Dartmouth to build a biomanufacturing center in Fall River. That money will be matched by UMass Dartmouth and will create what will be the nucleus of a new 300-acre SouthCoast Life Science and Technology Park.

"We are excited to get this project moving forward,'' said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. "This center will inspire our students and faculty to learn and discover, and it will create jobs that will keep our students in the region when they graduate. We look forward to the center becoming a cornerstone of a fast-emerging SouthCoast innovation triangle that also includes our core campus in Dartmouth and our marine science and arts facilities in New Bedford." Read more here.

Freetown aims to tweak successful recycling effort
FREETOWN - While the town has had major success with its pay-as-you-throw trash and recycling program, confusion about procedures has prompted town officials to begin a public awareness campaign.

"We find it necessary to clarify what may be included in the town's single stream recycling," said Selectman Jean Fox. "Our hauler will soon be placing stickers on receptacles that contain items that may not be recyclable in our program." Read more here.

Turbine dispute hinges on legal standing
ORLEANS - Orleans District Court Judge Brian Merrick heard arguments Monday about whether a woman who opposes a wind turbine at a Dennis shellfish hatchery has legal standing in the case.

Aquaculture Research Corp., wants to install a 242-foot wind turbine on its 39 acres of beachfront property near Chapin Memorial Beach. The Dennis Old King's Highway Historic District Commission approved, issuing a certificate of appropriateness for the project in August 2010. Read more here.

Community Foundation awards $100K in work force grants
The Community Foundation of southeastern Massachusetts recently awarded $100,500 in work force development and early literacy grants with funding from the Polaroid and Acushnet Foundation funds.

This is the Community Foundation's sixth year of managing the New Bedford-area grants program of the Polaroid Fund under contract with the Boston Foundation. The Polaroid Fund distributes up to $100,000 each year to support organizations or collaboratives that focus on work-force development and early literacy. The foundation's Acushnet Foundation Fund also provides up to $12,500 for early literacy programming. Read more here.

Panel EPA Visits R.I. for State of Green Economy
EAST GREENWICH - There was no bullet train, solar-panel breakthrough or game-changing biofuel to brag about during a recent rap session involving top EPA officials and representatives from Rhode Island's green business sector.

There were, however, smaller success stories lending support to the notion that environmental initiatives are taking hold in Rhode Island. The Ocean SAMP, energy-efficiency programs and renewable-energy incentives were credited for establishing a framework to boost the local environmental sector. Read more here.

Committee Plans Underway to Improve Providence Recycling
PROVIDENCE - Recycling was a major topic during a recent meeting of the city's Environmental Sustainability Task Force. One immediate change discussed by the committee is a proposed ordinance requiring outdoor events such as road races and WaterFire to recycle and generally be more responsible with waste.

Sheila Dormody, the city's new director of sustainability, is working with the Arts, Culture + Tourism department to outline basic waste disposal requirements to be included in the permitting for events. Dormody said a City Council member will introduce the new rule. Read more here.

Judge green-lights Sandwich 40B project
SANDWICH - A proposal to build the largest non-senior citizen affordable housing development on Cape Cod is back on track after a Barnstable Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the developer this week.

This is at least the third time that the Mark Wisentaner, the developer of Autumnwood, has won a court battle against the Sandwich Zoning Board of Appeals. The 272-unit housing development proposed off Kiahs Way would contain 25 percent, or 68 total, affordable units. Read more here.

State unimpressed with New Bedford schools' turnaround plan
NEW BEDFORD - State Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester on Monday said he is losing patience with the New Bedford school district's inability to develop a robust strategy for turning around its performance.

"I am disappointed that at this point in time we have yet to see a plan from the district that reflects both a willingness and a sense of urgency about the need to change the way in which we're doing business in New Bedford," said Chester in a phone interview Monday afternoon. He added later: "I would say my patience is wearing thin." Read more here.

Agricultural and Food Conference to be held at Bristol Aggie on Feb. 25
DIGHTON - The Agriculture and Food Conference of Southeastern Massachusetts will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, at Bristol County Agricultural High School, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Registration is open for this 5th annual conference presented by the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership and Bristol County Conservation District.

The all-day event will feature an information-packed range of 18 workshops geared toward both professional farmers and local food-focused members of the public, plus a special series of workshops on organic practices and three youth sessions for children ages 9-12. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Westport's Trustees of Reservations 6-mile Slocum's River Trek

Feb 5, 12 p.m, Slocum's River reserve parking lot on Horseneck Road in Dartmouth
The 6-mile trek ends at the Westport River Winery. Wine tastings available to hikers for an extra charge. Free transportation provided back to your vehicle. 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.

Climate Change Presentations and Demonstrations at the Buzzards Bay Coalition

February 9, 5:30 to 9pm, Buzzards Bay Coalition, 114 Front Street, New Bedford
Buzzards Bay Coalition will be hosting a night of educational demonstrations and presentations on climate change for Aha Night in New Bedford.
-Join us at 5:30 for a kid-friendly and interactive demonstration vividly showing the impacts of climate change on ocean circulation by Dr. Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist and member of the oceanography faculty at Sea Education Association in Woods Hole.
-Join us at 6:30 for a climate change talk by John Bullard, president of Sea Education Association, as he presents "Global Warming: What's going on here? What do I do about it?"
Cost: Free
For more information, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/upcomingevents or contact Shannon McManus at mcmanus@savebuzzardsbay.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.

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.

Sustainability Film Series: The End of America

February 16, 6:30 pm, UMass Dartmouth Science and Engineering Building, room 226 (near the library)
From award-winning filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern comes the provocative film, THE END OF AMERICA, based on The New York Times best-seller by the same name. In a stunning indictment of sweeping policy changes during the Bush years, author Naomi Wolf makes a chilling case that American democracy is under threat. Investigating parallels between our current situation and the rise of dictators and fascism in once-free societies, Wolf uncovers a number of deeply unsettling similarities—from the use of paramilitary groups and secret prisons to the targeted suspension of the rule of law. With this galvanizing call to arms based on her recent book, she urges regular citizens to take back our legacy of freedom and justice. Remember that Naomi Wolf will be speaking at UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday, March 27th! Learn more.

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.

Tree Steward Training

February 23, 7-9pm, Quest Center, Bristol Community College, Fall River
The tree stewardship training, which includes indoor and outdoor classroom sessions, will teach participants the following: tree biology and tree identification; the importance of trees and planning for trees in the community; tree planting and pruning; tree health care and tree stewardship. After completing the course, tree stewards will be expected to volunteer 20 hours each year. Fall River residents pay only a $15.00 registration fee. Six, 2-hour classroom sessions will take place on Thursday evenings. Three, 4-hour outdoor sessions, which will be held on Saturdays at the end of March and in early April, will provide hands on instruction in tree identification, pruning, and planting. For more information about this event please go to www.bristolcc.edu under noncredit courses Home & Garden.

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
SouthCoast Energy Challenge Seeking Interns
The primary focus of the SouthCoast Energy Challenge Outreach & Organizing Interns will be community outreach through canvassing and tabling at events to spread awareness and increase participation in the Challenge. The successful interns will work closely with the Program Coordinators to organize and promote the Challenge in the Greater New Bedford area, with an initial focus on Dartmouth. While some of the work will be in the SouthCoast Energy Challenge Dartmouth Initiative office, the Organizing Team will be expected to work predominantly in the community at large. We are seeking college aged or older applicants for these positions, and requesting a two semester commitment with the possibility of staying on into the Fall of 2012. Submit cover and resume no later than February 6. For more information and a complete job description, visit the SouthCoast Energy Challenge , or contact Andy Erickson@seeal.org, (508) 996 8253 ext 206..
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.
Job Opening: Chief Entrepreneurial Catalyst at The Mycelium School
We are looking for an entrepreneur that has the capacity to not only help Mycelium thrive but weave the spirit of entrepreneurship within the fabric of our organization. We are not a feel good, sexy, mutton chop wearing, skate-board-to-work school that gives the image of making change; we are an ugly, gritty, sweaty, game changing force. We're looking for someone who has demonstrated success as a social intra/entrepreneur. Someone who thrives in uncertainty and is not afraid to take risks, fail hard and most of all, succeeds wildly. If you are the man or woman to pull this off, read on: Mycellum School and Chief Entrepreneurial Caltalyst description.
Two Seasonal Job Openings: "Apprentice" or "Resident Foodie" at Round the Bend Farm
Apprentice: Participate in the holistic experience that is diversified small farming in hopes of building confidence and skills to prepare you for an independent future. Round the Bend Farm seeks a farm apprentice to join the farm manager and one to three interns. We are looking for a person who is excited by the prospect of learning all things farming from vegetable gardening to seed saving to animal husbandry. We are looking for a self starter with a strong work ethic.
Resident Foodie: Round the Bend Farm (RTB) seeks a resident foodie to join the farm manager, small farm apprentice and the farm community. We are looking for a person who is excited by the prospect of immersion into a vibrant and diverse local food culture. We are looking for a self starter with a strong work ethic. More information here.
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
Recycling And Reusing Greeting Cards
Do you have a stash of greeting cards you've received - Xmas, birthday, or whatever occasion - that you really don't want to keep any more? The recycling bin is certainly a greener option that disposing of them with your household waste, but they can also be reused.
Learn more here.

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