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February 9 to 16, 2012

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

This week:

Finding Our Voices: Panel Discussion on Civil Liberties in our Backyards--University, Regional, National

Sustainability Film Series: End of America


Save The Date:

Lloyd Center Owl Prowl

A Winter Adventure at Tripps Mill Brook - Mattapoisett



SouthCoast Energy Challenge Business Rewards Program

Job Opening: Chief Entrepreneurial Catalyst at The Mycelium School

Weekly Green Tip:

Consider a recycled pet

Clip of the Week

The Story of Citizens United v. FEC
The Story of Citizens United v. FEC, an exploration of the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy.

Weekly Quote:

"Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings."
- Salvador Dali

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Grass and Sky Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology are looking at using "biosolar" -- a combination of solar technology and natural plant-based photosynthetic processes, to make energy from the sun cheap and abundant. "As opposed to conventional photovoltaic solar power systems, we are using renewable biological materials rather than toxic chemicals to generate energy. Likewise, our system will require less time, land, water and input of fossil fuels to produce energy than most biofuels," said Bruce, who was named one of "Ten Revolutionaries that May Change the World" by Forbes magazine in 2007 for his early work, Exciting news for those who are hoping technology and nature will turn out bio-breakthroughs to save us from energy shortages and rising pollution levels.

In Las Vegas recently, a Net-Zero Carbon Emission home was unveiled that provided it's own renewable clean energy even in the desert heat. The homes are available in some areas, and are expected to generate a $1.3 Trillion building market by 2035. A number of countries and regions requiring such housing according to regulations already in effect will come into play as early as 2016.
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 considers whether art can help the planet. Corporations rapidly invading the world of "sustainable" marketing threaten environmental improvement. Improving our human footprint on the planet will demand a more genuine effort; consumer solutions caused the problem. If concerned citizens buy into mass marketing of the new! improved! GREEN! version of environmental improvement there may not be time left once the bottom falls out. There may not be time now.
Leaf Bullet News
Rainbow Over Rainforest Global View Beyond 'Greener Capitalism': Activists Call for Global Day of Justice
The United Nations High-level Panel on Global Sustainability urges in a new report for world leaders gathering for this summer's UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to acknowledge that "eradication of poverty and improving equity must remain priorities for the world community". The Panel's report, "Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing," presented today to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in Addis Ababa, contains 56 recommendations to put sustainable development into practice and to mainstream it into economic policy as quickly as possible. Read more here.

Antarctic Crack in Ice Giant Crack in Antarctica About to Spawn New York-Size Iceberg
With a gargantuan crack slowly splitting it apart, Antarctica's fastest-melting glacier is about to lose a chunk of ice larger than all of New York City, scientists say.

Snaking across the floating tongue of the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica, the crack is expected to create an iceberg 350 square miles versus 303 square miles for Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx combined, according to NASA. Read more here.

Chinese Flag China growth could halve if Europe crisis worsens: IMF
China's annual economic growth could be cut nearly in half this year if Europe's debt crisis tips the world economy into a recession, putting pressure on Beijing to unveil "significant" fiscal stimulus, the International Monetary Fund said.

The Fund outlined its central scenario for China's 2012 growth outlook in its global outlook in January, cutting its forecast for 2012 growth from 9 percent to 8.2 percent. The China Economic Outlook published on Monday showed that under the IMF's "downside" forecast for the global economy, China's growth rate may be cut by around 4 percentage points from the fund's current forecast of 8.2 percent in 2012. Read more here.

Dark Streetlights Analysis: Euro zone strugglers lack innovative knack?
To get an idea of the economic mountain euro zone strugglers Greece and Portugal have to climb, consider this: per million inhabitants, they each filed fewer than eight applications with the European Patent Office in 2010.

Germany, with the advantages of scale that go with a population eight times bigger, lodged 335 patent applications per million residents. But the Czech Republic, of a similar size to Greece and Portugal, managed 16. Much-smaller Ireland boasted 112, according to calculations based on data on the EPO website. Read more here.

Chimney Suppliers Lag Behind in Reducing Carbon Emissions
For most large global companies, carbon tracking and management has become standard practice. Organizations that started working to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions several years ago are reaping the benefits of efficiency improvements and energy management programs in the form of emissions reductions and cost savings. And now these companies are starting to look down their supply chains for ways to squeeze even more carbon out of their overall footprint.

The Carbon Disclosure Project, which has been collecting GHG emissions data from companies for nearly a decade, recently released a report which revealed that there is a gap that exists between the carbon reduction performance of companies and that of their suppliers. Read more here.

Giant Leaf Frog Treasure Trove of Wildlife Found in Peru Park
The Wildlife Conservation Society's Peru program recently announced the discovery of 365 species previously undocumented in Bahuaja Sonene National Park in southeastern Peru.

The discovery of even more species in this park underscores the importance of ongoing conservation work in this region," said Dr. Julie Kunen, WCS Director of Latin America and Caribbean Programs. "This park is truly one of the crown jewels of Latin America's impressive network of protected areas." Read more here.

Man in Ocean The Battle for Jeju Island: How the Arms Race is Threatening a Korean Paradise
Imagine dropping fifty-seven cement caissons, each one the size of a four-story house, on miles of beach and soft coral reefs. It would destroy the marine ecosystem. Our imperfect knowledge already tells us that at least nine endangered species would be wiped out, and no one knows or perhaps can know the chain reaction.

That's what is about to happen on the pristine coastline of Jeju Island, a culturally and ecologically unique land off the southern coast of the Korean peninsula. It seems motivated by the United States' urge to encircle China with its Aegis anti-ballistic system -- something China has called a dangerous provocation -- and by the South Korean navy's construction of a massive naval base for aircraft carriers, submarines and destroyers to carry Aegis Read more here.

Reef Fish Study: Man-made ocean acidity threatens sea life
Man-made pollution is acidifying the world's oceans at unprecedented rates and is threatening sea life, an international team of researchers reports Monday.

Scientists have found that human-caused carbon dioxide emissions, from the burning of fossil fuels in the last 100 to 200 years, have already raised ocean acidity far beyond the range of natural variations. Read more here.

Person and Water New York's Little Revolution
How the state's fight for clean water is reshaping its political landscape.
This is a story about water, the land surrounding it, and the lives it sustains. Clean water should be a right: there is no life without it. New York is what you might call a "water state." Its rivers and their tributaries only start with the St. Lawrence, the Hudson, the Delaware, and the Susquehanna. The best known of its lakes are Great Lakes Erie and Ontario, Lake George, and the Finger Lakes. Its brooks, creeks, and trout streams are fishermen's lore. Read more here.

Poster Net-Zero-Energy Home Unveiled in Las Vegas
A number of energy-efficient homes and communities are currently in the process of being tested, but a Los Angeles-based company is going one small step farther. KB Home presented its first net-zero-energy home in an event in Las Vegas, and it's not just experimental. The home, called the ZeroHouse 2.0, is available to consumers (in certain areas, including Vegas).

ZeroHouse 2.0 is the natural extension of KB Home's standard building practices, which all comply with the EPA Energy Star Standards. The company claims that the ZeroHouse 2.0 can eliminate the electric bill altogether; in the ridiculously hot weather of Nevada, that's quite a feat. Read more here.

Solar Roof Zero-Energy Building Market to Hit $1.3 Trillion by 2035
A new report published by Pike Research finds that the net-zero buildings market should hit a whopping $1.3 trillion by 2035. "As green building practices become more commonplace in the global construction industry, the goal of designing zero energy buildings, or buildings that consume as much energy as they produce through on-site and renewable energy systems, has emerged as the next major frontier," associates at Pike Research write. "A number of countries and regions have already established long-term targets and regulations requiring zero energy building construction that will come into effect over the coming years, some as soon as 2016." Read more here.

Cattle Is Today's Beef Better For The Environment?
The American beef industry has taken a bit of a beating in recent years. Beef has been linked to heart disease and cancer and hamburgers have been recalled. We're also often told that cattle require a lot of precious food and water to make tender steaks.

But a study wants to rectify beef's image as an environmental miscreant. It says modern beef production is a lot kinder to the environment than it was 30 years ago. Read more here.

Traffic Traffic-related asthma costs two cities big money
Traffic pollution may cost two California cities millions each year in managing children's asthma, a new study suggests.

Researchers estimate that the annual cost of traffic-related asthma symptoms in the two cities -- Long Beach and Riverside -- totals about $18 million. That's considering the direct costs of medical care, as well as indirect expenses like kids' school absences and parents' time off from work. Read more here.

Trees in Field USDA's Farm Service Agency Pushes To Create New Farmers
HALLSVILLE, Mo. - Dan Pugh wishes he had a bigger tractor and his wife Laura worries about their chickens in the winter weather. But as new farmers putting down roots in rural Missouri, the Pughs are counting on more rewards than regrets in trading their city lives for the country.

A better quality of food and life are among the factors that caused Dan, 47, to leave a career in sales last year and move Laura, 48, and their two young children to 50-acres of rolling pastureland they call Honey Creek Farm. Read more here.

Bryce Canyon Utah Strip Mine Near National Park Opposed By Three Federal Agencies
SALT LAKE CITY -- Federal biologists say a strip mine at the backdoor to Utah's storybook Bryce Canyon National Park will wipe out the southernmost population of sage grouse, even as their agency resists a broader effort to protect the bird across the West.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is among three federal agencies that have registered opposition to the lease of 3,500 acres of public range land sought by a coal mine that got its start on 440 acres of private land. The mining is under way about a dozen miles from a corner of Bryce Canyon National Park, a high plateau of southern Utah prized for its clean air, wildlife and sparking night skies. Read more here.

Car How the Stimulus Revived the Electric Car
A common criticism of President Obama's $800 billion stimulus package has been that it failed to produce anything -- that while the New Deal built bridges and dams, all the stimulus did was fill some potholes and create temporary jobs.

Don't tell that to Annette Herrera. She was 50 when the auto supplier she worked for in Westland, Michigan closed its factory and moved the work to Mexico. Then, after being unemployed for two and a half years, she got a job in October 2010 with A123 Systems, which had received $250 million in stimulus money to help open a new lithium-ion battery plant in nearby Romulus, Michigan. Read more here.

Superbowl Logo The greenest Super Bowl ever
I know football fans feel pretty strongly about doing things exactly the same way every time, lest their switch in underwear or beer brand or whatever be the butterfly's wing that leads to their favorite team tanking. So I have some bad news for you guys: there will be some changes this year. But take heart. Even if this makes your team lose, it's in the name of making Super Bowl XLVI the greenest one yet. The NFL is cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 14,000 tons. Read more here.

Newspaper Wall Street Journal Slammed for Giving Platform to Climate Change Deniers
In response to an op-ed printed late last week in the Wall Street Journal, signed by sixteen 'scientists' and entitled, 'No Need to Panic About Global Warming,' thirty-nine climate scientists have penned a letter, printed in today's WSJ, arguing that taking advice on climate change from scientists who have either "no expertise in climate science" or "extreme views that are out of step with nearly every other climate expert" is akin to allowing dentists perform heart surgery. Read more here.

Bubble Beyond the Bubble Economy
We've finally learned that a growing financial sector isn't the same thing as actual economic improvement. So how can we stimulate the real economy?

Public anger at the 2008 Wall Street bailout, concerns about debt, and a deep and pervasive fear that another financial crash is just a matter of time create an important moment of opportunity for a long overdue public conversation about the purpose of financial services and the necessary steps to assure that the financial sector fulfills that purpose. Read more here.

Solar Panels Focusing on Small-Scale Solar
People love solar, but they especially love solar projects that don't come with wildlife concerns and aren't too imposing. Smaller-scale projects are also easier to locate and easier and quicker to get built without running into various regulatory or mitigation hurdles. One solar company has taken all that to note, quite seriously, and is building its business around "small-scale" rather than "utility-scale" solar projects. And it seems to be doing quite well for itself. Read more here.

Soda Cans Peak Everything
By 2030, the global middle class is expected to grow by two-thirds. That's 3 billion more shoppers. They'll all want access to goods, including water, wheat, coffee and oil. Is there enough for everybody? Can business satisfy demand and avoid hitting "peak everything?" Read more here.

Estruary Bay coalition, UMD at odds over estuaries study
Frustrated by years of delay in issuing reports, the Coalition for Buzzards Bay has retained a Boston law firm to help conduct an inquiry into the Massachusetts Estuaries Project, alleging mismanagement by the University of Massachusetts School of Marine Sciences and Technology.

UMass spokesman John Hoey, meanwhile, counters that a combination of factors has contributed to the delays: tight funding or no funding from the state in some years, the scientific challenges, and often flawed data of land use, particularly on the mainland side of Buzzards Bay. Data from Cape Cod was of higher quality because the Cape Cod Commission has been studying these issues for a long time, the parties agreed. Read more here.

EPA commits to reviewing CAD cells if necessary
NEW BEDFORD -- The EPA will not use CAD cell technology in the harbor cleanup if significant issues arise during the design process that could endanger either city residents or the harbor, the EPA said in email.

"EPA does not intend to move forward with any remedy that does not protect the health of New Bedford citizens, or the harbor," wrote Curt Spalding, administrator for Region 1 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to Mark Rasmussen, president of the Buzzards Bay Coalition. Read more here.

Occupy Group Occupy reaches out: Grass-roots economic protests take root in suburbs, small cities
While Occupy Wall Street and big-city spinoffs such as Occupy Boston no longer physically occupy plots of land, the spirit of the movement has caught traction in the suburbs.

North of Boston, grass-roots Occupy chapters have sprouted in Somerville, Malden, Salem, Lowell, and Woburn, and on Cape Ann. Read more here.

Town Meeting not able to withdraw wind support, Fairhaven officals say
FAIRHAVEN -- Although a proposal to stop the town's wind turbine project is on next week's Special Town Meeting warrant, it's unlikely to have any impact on the turbine project.

Even if Town Meeting wanted to reverse its 2007 vote, it could no longer do so legally, town officials said. Read more here.

Feds Seek Offshore Wind Developers in Mass. Area
Federal regulators on Friday said they're seeking offshore wind developers who want to build inside a newly redrawn zone of ocean off Massachusetts, which they pitched as a prime spot for wind farms.

Regulators had originally proposed opening up a larger area south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. But after objections, including from commercial fishermen whose businesses would be affected by fields of turbines, they cut the area by more than half, to about 850,000 acres. Read more here.

Public Education Meeting Mayor implores New Bedford schools to get serious about crisis
NEW BEDFORD -- Mayor Jon Mitchell on Monday night said the School Committee needs to take clear and decisive action to signal to the state that it is not going to sit by while the school system falls into receivership.

The school district last week was notified by the state that the third draft of its turnaround plan fell short on four out of five areas despite six months of work and considerable resources deployed. The district now has until April 2 to submit a fourth draft of the plan. Read more here.

Green Caterer Green Caterer on a Mission to Support Local Foods
Dartmouth -- Sonya Bradford wouldn't shop anywhere else for the produce and meats she uses in her catering business. All of it, with the exception of olive oil and some spices, is from local farms.

Bradford will likely make the locally sourced chili at the fifth annual Agriculture and Food Conference slated for Feb. 25 at Bristol Agricultural High School in Dighton. Admission includes lunch prepared by Green Gal Catering, a company Bradford started in 2007 with a goal of using only local goods and recycling as much of the waste as possible. Read more here.

Long-sought license OK'd for oyster farm
Two years after it was first proposed, an aquaculture license has been approved for a half-acre oyster farm at Jobs Cove in Marion's outer harbor.

Selectmen on Tuesday approved the license after discussing with owners Christopher and Benjamin Bryant the plan's recent permits granted by the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection, the state's Division of Marine Fisheries and the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers. Read more here.

Somerset Power Plant Powering the Future
The town of Somerset received some welcome news last week: The dormant Somerset Station power plant has been sold to a company that plans to clean the site up for redevelopment. This development could be great news for Fall River and the entire region.

The coal-fired power plant has been closed for two years, after environmental activists played a key role in shutting it down. Montaup, as Somerset Station was commonly known, closed in January 2010 after the state mandated that it switch to a cleaner energy-producing methods or stop production. Read more here or read the original news article.

Stranded Dolphins Dolphin Strandings Offer Few Clues: Video Included
The rash of strandings of short-beaked common dolphins along the Cape Cod Bay shoreline in the past month is rare for the decade, but marine mammal specialists cautioned Monday that in the longer view, it might be perfectly normal. Read more here.

Southcoast Blood Donor Southcoast recognizes 'milestone' blood donors
NEW BEDFORD -- If one pint of blood can potentially save three lives, Robert Lopes may have saved some 500 people over the years. A retired New Bedford firefighter, he's been donating blood since 1966. "I just feel that I'm very fortunate to do it," said Lopes. Read more here.

Sust Consultant Sustainability consultant Mary Jane Sorrentino visiting Mattapoisett library
Mattapoisett -- Mary Jane Sorrentino, a self-employed sustainability consultant, is coming to the Mattapoisett library Thursday, February 18, to discuss the truth about the climate crisis and the meaningful steps people can take to bring about change. Read more here.

Middleboro says DEP dropped ball at hazardous site
MIDDLEBORO -- Town officials say the state Department of Environmental Protection did no testing as it oversaw cleanup of the Rockland Industries hazarous waste site.

For 43 years, the town has been battling groundwater contamination from the defunct Rockland Industries, a 70-acre industrial site at 255 Plymouth St., identified as Tier 1A hazardous waste site. The site is contaminated with chlorinated benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, as well as zinc, mercury, cyanide and diesel fuel. Read more here.

Environment Absent from RI Gov.'s State of the State
Wind turbines, local farming, electric vehicles or anything else to do with the environment was absent from Gov. Lincoln Chafee's Feb. 2 State of the State address. Chafee's director of communication, Christine Hunsinger, however, said he's committed to the cause.

Although Chafee is not talking about them directly, he does support four broad initiatives recently launched by the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM), Hunsinger said. The projects focus on the green economy, land conservation, stormwater management and environmental education. The DEM is working with volunteer committees to address each topic. Read more here.

zip car logo UMass Dartmouth partners with Zipcar to offer car sharing on campus
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth today launched a new partnership with Zipcar, Inc., the world's leading car-sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car-sharing program on campus and bring the first Zipcars to the SouthCoast. The cost-effective and convenient transportation option is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students, faculty, and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over. Read more here.

Boston Aquarium Aquarium sets $15m last stage of renovation
The New England Aquarium is planning a $15 million renovation of its core exhibits, the final piece of a five-year upgrade launched in 2007. The goal, according to aquarium officials, is both to enhance the aging facility's physical appearance and to bolster its education and conservation missions. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

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.

Finding Our Voices: Panel Discussion on Civil Liberties in our Backyards--University, Regional, National

February 15, 12-1pm, UMass Dartmouth Language Arts Building, room 117
Panelists will discuss some of the recent legislation that threatens our Civil Liberties in the U.S. They include:
o Free Speech and the UMD "Free Speech Plaza" (Brad Costa, UMD Student Activist)
o The New Bedford ICE Immigration Raids and Rights (Francisco Ramos, United Interfaith Action of Southeastern Massachusetts)
o New Directions in Immigration Law/Enforcement and Individual Rights (Michael Frates, New Bedforde Immigration Law attorney)
Brief presentations will be followed by audience questions and discussions.

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.

SouthCoast Green Drinks

February 16, 6 pm, "Pier 37" at 37 Union St. New Bedford, MA
New Bedford's newest bar/restaurant, Pier 37, will be hosting us for this month's Green Drinks. They'll be giving us a sampling of what their new menu has to offer, so come early, stay late, and meet new people while supporting a local business. Hope to see you then! Green Drinks is an informal, open, post-work social event (i.e. happy hour) for people interested in "green" topics and initiatives happening both in our region and elsewhere. There is no set structure or itinerary and everyone is welcome to attend. Just show up at or after 6:00 and look for the "SouthCoast Green Drinks" sign. Every Third Thursday of the month! For more information, call Jen Gonet at the UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Office 508-910-6484 or email jgonet@umassd.edu. Find us on Facebook!. Also, on every Thursday, find another Green Drinks hosted by SMAST, the UMass Dartmouth School of Marine Science and Technology, where you can meet ocean and fisheries experts. Location is Rosey Alley Pub in downtown New Bedford at 5:30 pm. For more information contact Georgia at gkakoulaki@umassd.edu.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Lloyd Center Owl Prowl

February 19, 3:30 to 8am, meet at Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
Starting at the Lloyd Center property, join Lloyd Center Research Assistant Jamie Bogart for a series of stops along the country roads of South Dartmouth, where you'll venture into the dark winter woods to attract owls with callback tapes. Screech, great-horned, barred and long eared owls are all potential species heard and seen. At sunrise, enjoy a refreshing walk along a pristine coastal beach, where other birdlife can be seen. Winter waterfowl are abundant, and owls active during daylight hours can be seen on a lucky day. Owls are chiefly nocturnal birds of prey, feeding on rodents, birds, reptiles, and sometimes fish (usually scavenged). They cannot move their eyes, so instead they move their heads. Owls can turn their heads 270o in either direction; this helps them triangulate to locate their prey. Hopefully, participants will see and hear these nighttime birds. The cost of the program is $9 for Lloyd Center members and $12 for non-members (children under 12 years old: $4.50 for members, $6 for non-members). Program is suitable for ages 10 and up. Pre-registration is required. To register for this program, call our event registration line at 508-558-2918 or simply visit our website www.lloydcenter.org and register online. Participants are asked to dress warmly and wear footwear for light walking on forest trails and possibly on snow. Bring binoculars, a camera and flashlight, if you have them. If you have specific questions about the program or owls, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 ext. 23.

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.

A Winter Adventure at Tripps Mill Brook - Mattapoisett

February 22, 9 to 11 am, Acushnet Road, Mattapoisett (~0.6 mi south of Hereford Hill Road)
Join Bay Coalition conservation staff for a snowshoe/hike and guided nature walk to explore one of the Bay Coalition's newest conserved properties along Tripps Mill Brook. This unique property in Mattapoisett is the location of recently retired cranberry bogs and a planned wetland restoration project. It offers beautiful vistas of the bogs, freshwater marshes, and wooded swamps that are all the more peaceful under a blanket of snow. Please bring your own snowshoes or hiking boots. FREE for Bay Coalition Members, $10 for non-members. Reservations requested. Contact Rob Hancock @ 508.999.6363 or hancock@savebuzzardsbay.org.For more information, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/bayadventure.

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.

Buzzards Bay Coalition Decision-Maker Workshop Series on Habitat Restoration.

March 1, March 22, April 5, Various Locations
Thursday March 1, 2012 at Buzzards Bay Coalition, New Bedford
o Site Visit - Acushnet River restoration sites
o Keynote Speaker - Brendan Annett, VP, Watershed Protection, Buzzards Bay Coalition
o Topics Include: How restoration can undo damage to natural resources, types of restoration and ecological benefits.
Thursday March 22, 2012 - Briarwood, Monument Beach
o Site Visit - Sippewisset Marsh
o Keynote Speaker - David Gould, Environmental Resources Manager, Town of Plymouth
o Topics Include: Determining and managing stakeholders, economic benefits, flooding hazards mitigation, and drinking water source protection.
Thursday April 5, 2012 - Cranberry Station, East Wareham
o Site Visit - Red Brook River
o Keynote Speaker - Tim Purinton, Director of Division of Ecological Restoration, Mass Department of Fish and Game
o Topics Include: Managing multi-source funding, permitting, planning and design, and managing construction.
To register for one or all of the free workshops contact Shannon McManus at mcmanus@savebuzzardsbay.org or call (508)999-6363 x 226. For more information, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/decisionmaker.

25th Anniversary Environmental Action Conference

March 3, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Join 300 citizens, activists and experts at one of the premier grassroots events in Southern New England! We are proud to announce keynote speakers Lois Gibbs and Jan Schlichtmann, and we are thrilled to offer 20 workshops that cover a range of issues and skills - from the future of energy in New England, to environmental health, to trainings on lobbying elected officials and fundraising. Environmental Action is a day to recognize our many victories over the year and be inspired to go back and continue the fight to protect the health of our communities and the quality of our environment. Register online now for just $35. Early bird registration closes February 15th and prices go up $10 after that date. Call 617-747-4358 to register over the phone, and email taryn@toxicsaction.org with any questions.

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 Business Rewards Program
This week marked the kickoff of the SouthCoast Energy Challenge Business Rewards Program at three Dartmouth businesses: Alderbrook Farm, Baker Books, and Mirasol's Café. A tidy box near the entrance of each establishment signals to customers, "Save money on utility bills... and earn a $10 gift certificate to this establishment!" How does it work? Any customer who registers for and receives a no-cost, Mass Save home energy assessment by filling out an attached slip and dropping it in the box will receive their complimentary $10 gift certificate to that business! It's as easy as that! And the perks don't stop there. Simply getting a home energy assessment can save you 3-5% utility costs. During the assessment, the energy experts at Next Step Living make a few simple, on-the-spot retrofits to increase your home's efficiency. These retrofits include installing energy saving light bulbs, an efficient showerhead, and programmable thermostats if you don't have them already. They will also make recommendations to increase the efficiency of your home on a deeper level. Added insulation, air sealing, and weatherstripping are some common recommendations. Furthermore, they will help you make a plan to take advantage of state rebates and funding opportunities available through the Mass Save program. For more information, visit the SouthCoast Energy Challenge.
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
Looking for an animal companion? Consider a recycled pet
Recycling pets doesn't mean turning your cat into a bird or your dog into a ferret, but it is a wonderful green way to approach the acquisition of your next animal companion. Environmental issues aside, it's also a very humane choice.
Learn more here.

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