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March 8 to 15, 2012

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

This week:

Transition Town Presentation

South Coast Bikeway Presentation


Save The Date:

Speaker/Activist/Author Naomi Wolf

2nd Annual Southeastern Massachusetts Sustainability Summit



Job Opening: Communications Outreach Manager at Buzzard's Bay

Ocean Explorium Appoints New Explorer in Residence

Weekly Green Tip:

8 Facts and Myths About Warming Up Your Car in Winter

Clip of the Week

"The Story of Sushi - by Bamboo Sushi
A new video that's been pulling a lot of clicks in the past week. Maybe that's because its adorable format, with tiny, handcrafted figures used to tell the tale, stands in stark contrast to its depressing message: Most of the sushi we snarf up is harvested using unsustainable methods. The video is a marketing tool for Bamboo Sushi, a Portland, Ore., restaurant that bills itself as "the first certified, sustainable sushi restaurant in the world." Seriously, watch this video.

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"Never do anything against conscience, even if the State demands it."
- Albert Einstein

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Sushi Seafood is touted as the "highest traded commodity on the globe" by a National Public Radio story this week on the sustainability, or lack of it, of sushi. The story, accompanied by a video, reports that favorite menu items like farmed salmon, king crab, octopus, red snapper, bluefin tuna and eel are not sustainable. But, some restaurants are working hard to make this ancient Japanese gourmet medley of seafood more eco-friendly by including such items as pole-caught (rather than trawler-netted) maguro tuna and wild shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico.

Stories this week deal with the state of the world, new technologies, and the battle to preserve our most precious resources, but one in particular about dealing with jobs that hurt the planet and are dissatisfying to workers will likely hit home with readers who are working how ever they can to make ends meet in this unsustainable economy.

Another perspective on our evolving "New Economy" (as opposed to the one that's not working anymore and relies on dwindling oil and unrenewable natural resources) suggests that future generations of women will need to be drawn into economic decisionmaking for the world's business stucture to succeed in going green. Why? Women are the world's priimary purchasing decision-makers and are driving economic growth.
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 looks into the inherited obstacles behind social enterprise and a collaborative economy. All these warm, fuzzy ideas about the "New Economy" rely on a basic premise of kindness that simply fails to appear in our culture. We have this dog-eat-dog thing. Im not suggesting that people aren't inherently kind, they usually are but it may live trapped inside. Our insular lives (and factory foods) have poisoned us. We move around in our personal bubbles, stuck in traffic, inflamed, inconvenience by every other citizen around us. We have our uniquely American ideas about individuality and personal freedoms that cannot go unchallenged in the "New Economy" if we truly expect these fundamental changes to happen. Read more here.
Leaf Bullet News
Map of Oil and gas finds in Mediterranean The New Mediterranean Oil and Gas Bonanza: Rising energy tensions in the Aegean--Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria
The discovery in late 2010 of the huge natural gas bonanza off Israel's Mediterranean shores triggered other neighboring countries to look more closely at their own waters. The results revealed that the entire eastern Mediterranean is swimming in huge untapped oil and gas reserves. That discovery is having enormous political, geopolitical as well as economic consequences. It well may have potential military consequences too.

Preliminary exploration has confirmed similarly impressive reserves of gas and oil in the waters off Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and potentially, Syria. Read more here.

Penguins in Antarctica Alien invasion a threat to Antarctic ecosystem
Seeds and plants accidentally brought to Antarctica by tourists and scientists may introduce alien plant species which could threaten the survival of native plants in the finely balanced ecosystem.

Invasive alien plants are amongst the most significant conservation threat to Antarctica, especially as climate change warms the ice continent, said a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal published on Tuesday. Read more here.

Oil Tanker Catch me if you can - oil sanctions against Iran
International sanctions have a patchy history, and Iran's oil elite have been dodging them for decades. As Washington and its allies tighten the screws on Tehran over its nuclear program, Iran is coming up with new ways to sell its oil - offering special deals to allies China and India, delivering oil to clients and swapping it for gold and grain. Read more here.

Turning CO2 into Rock New Storage Projects Turns CO2 into Stone
In a new experiment, Iceland is looking to replace its smokestacks with well injectors to permanently sequester its carbon dioxide emissions.

Researchers are now pumping CO2 underground in a process that will convert the greenhouse gas into rock. This technique may be a model for other power plants and factories to control their emissions, creating a climate change solution literally set in stone. Read more here.

Smog in China Emissions from Asia Put U.S. Cities over the Ozone Limit
A team of researchers from the U.S. has conducted the first high-resolution analysis of ozone--the main constituent of smog--traveling from Asia to the western United States. The group's findings, published last month in the Journal of Geophysical Research, indicate that the contribution of Asian emissions to intercontinental pollution is higher than was previously believed.

Scientists have been documenting the phenomenon of pollution crossing the Pacific Ocean since the 1990s. Most research so far has focused on how imported emissions affect average pollution levels, but the latest analysis goes further, says Meiyun Lin, an atmospheric chemist at Princeton University in New Jersey, who is the lead author of the study. "We show that Asian emissions directly contribute to ground-level pollution in the United States." Read more here.

Earth Global alliance to study planetary changes revealed
A global alliance of environmental research agencies, policy organisations and international donors will be launched at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London, United Kingdom, later this month (26-29 March).

The 'Future Earth' alliance aims to deliver scientific and social science research in a way that policymakers and grassroots groups would understand to help them meet their sustainable development goals in the coming decades. Read more here.

Solar Panels Abu Dhabi bets on anti-dust solar panels
Abu Dhabi is teaming up with a global electronics company to develop better coatings for solar panels to make them cheaper and easier to keep clean in desert conditions.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region stands to benefit from concentrated solar power (CSP) -- a technology that uses lenses or mirrors to focus large amounts of sunlight onto a small area. This light is converted to heat, which generates electricity. Read more here.

Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihiko Noda at Press Conference Japanese Prime Minister Says Government Shares Blame for Nuclear Disaster
TOKYO -- Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan acknowledged on Saturday that the government shared the blame for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, saying that officials had been blinded by a false belief in the country's technological infallibility, even as he vowed to push for the idled reactors to be restarted.

Mr. Noda spoke ahead of the one-year anniversary of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, which killed nearly 20,000 people in northeastern Japan, set off multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima plant and brought about a crisis of public confidence in the country's nuclear program. Read more here.

Detroit Urban Farm Beyond 'ruin porn': Film gives farm's-eye view of Detroit
What happens to a post-industrial city? How does it revive itself amidst the ruins of a disappearing way of life? In Detroit, modern America's favorite example of urban decay, the auto industry left behind pockets of resilience: "Growtown" is full of urban farms flourishing in backyards and abandoned lots, like wildflowers sprouting from the ash of a charred forest.

Urban Roots, a documentary playing at the San Francisco Green Film Festival, shows us a different image of the city through the eyes of its dedicated urban farmers. In addition to giving background on Motor City's rise and fall, and introducing viewers to the folks behind a handful of urban farms across town, the film digs into important topics like the racial implications of gardening. Read more here.

Blower Door Test Illinois eyes efficiency gains through building code
Illinois is on track to become the first state in the Midwest to require new homes pass a blower door test and meet rigorous new standards for air tightness and insulation.

The requirements are among the expected changes to the state's building code that are due to be finalized this summer and implemented early next year. Read more here.

Display of Crosses symbolizing empty promises from BP Settlement Only The First Step In BP's Legal Woes
Oil giant BP has agreed to settle thousands of lawsuits stemming from its well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

The deal was announced late Friday and prompted a federal judge in New Orleans to postpone a Monday trial, but the proposed settlement solves only one piece of BP's legal exposure from the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. Read more here.

Edwards Air Force Base Edwards Air Force Base Gets New Solar Power Installation
What's big, green and set to save taxpayers money over the course of the next 30 years? A new 3.4 megawatt solar power installation at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California, that's what. Comprising three ground-mounted, single-axis tracking solar farms, the system was built and is owned by Borrego Solar, which will sell power to the military base under the terms of an in-house power purchase agreement. Read more here.

New York Garbage New York Seeks Waste-to-Energy Proposals
New York City is soliciting proposals for trying out new technologies that turn garbage into energy.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that the city was looking for a pilot "state of the art facility" that could handle a maximum of 450 tons of trash per day -- out of a total of 10,000 tons currently in need of disposal -- with plans to double that capacity if successful. The plant, which must be in New York City or no farther than 80 miles away, would be privately built and operated. Read more here.

North Carolina Coastline A North Carolina Lifeline Built on Shifting Sands
By some estimates, at least 70 percent of the ocean coastline of the lower 48 states is threatened by erosion. But the outlook here is unusually gloomy. In 2009, a federal report on erosion in the Middle Atlantic states predicted that if the sea level rises two feet this century -- an estimate that many experts call optimistic -- "it is likely that some barrier islands in this region will cross a threshold" and begin to break up. The report, produced by the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Geological Survey and other agencies, said the Outer Banks were particularly threatened. Read more here.

Guy in hard hat will do your retrofit Retrofits could yield $1 trillion in US energy savings
Savvy investments in energy efficiency retrofits for buildings could yield more than three times their value, mounting to about $1 trillion in energy savings in a decade, says new research from Deutsche Bank and The Rockefeller Foundation. The study said that yield would be just one of the returns if $279 billion were spent for retrofits of residential, commercial and institutional buildings in the United States. Read more here.

Vermont Health Care How to Cover Everyone: Vermont's Single-Payer Success
The activists who celebrated the passage of Act 48 in Vermont last May will be the first to tell you that there is still a long road ahead. It may be six years before universal, single-payer health care will be fully implemented in the state. That's plenty of time for likely opponents, including the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, to marshal their forces and try to stop it. But the progress in Vermont has bolstered single-payer campaigns in 20-plus states around the country, and successes elsewhere may in turn help sustain Vermont's reform campaign. Read more here.

Women Leading the Green Economy
Optimistic environmentalists believe that future generations will view the first half of the 21st century as the birth of a global green economic revolution. Indeed, investment and advances in technology, coupled with anxiety regarding climate change, are already pushing global leaders to embrace a sustainable future. Unfortunately, that optimistic vision is clouded.

The stark fact is that almost all green-revolution investors and decision-makers -- those who are defining and designing the green economy -- are from a single demographic: men. International Women's Day, March 8, presents a timely and important opportunity to examine why women should be leaders in the green economy. Read more here.

You are Money How to Find Meaning and Money in Your Work
In this desperate landscape, millions of us are resigning ourselves to work that hurts us, hurts others, and damages the planet. We're wasting our greatest assets. We have a deep, dim sense there's something else we're meant for, but we don't know exactly where the opportunities are or how to access them.

Figuring out what to do with your life isn't just about self-examination--it's about examination of the world you live in. Theologian Frederick Buechner puts it this way: "Your vocation is where your greatest passion meets the world's greatest need." It takes a conscious act of imagining beyond what you see, connecting what you read and what you understand about the world to the actual life you lead. Read more here.

Beauty A New Conservation Ethic for the 21st Century
Ironically, conservation is losing the war to protect nature despite winning one of its hardest fought battles -- the fight to create parks, game preserves, and wilderness areas. Even as we are losing species and wild places at an accelerating rate, the worldwide number of protected areas has risen dramatically, from under 10,000 in 1950 to over 100,000 by 2009. Around the world, nations have set aside beautiful, biodiverse areas where human development is restricted. By some estimates, 13 percent of the world's land mass is protected, an area larger than all of South America.

Only with the rapid transformation of the developing world, from rural or pastoral cultures to urban and industrial nations, and the unmistakable domestication of our planet that has resulted has the paradox at the heart of contemporary conservation become apparent. We may protect places of particular beauty or those places with large numbers of species, but even as we do, the pace of destruction will likely continue to accelerate. Read more here.

Heating Oil Delivery State boosts fuel assistance, seeks to delay utility shut-offs
State leaders on Tuesday boosted fuel assistance programs by $21 million and asked power companies to extend a moratorium on shutting off utilities in hopes of helping low-income people weather the last few weeks of winter.

The state raised the maximum benefit for the poorest oil and propane customers by $70, from $1,025 to $1,095. That represents a $5 increase over last year's benefit. Read more here.

Cranberry Fruitworm Mild winter could lead to pest-filled spring
The mild winter that has given many Northern farmers a break from shoveling and a welcome chance to catch up on maintenance could lead to a tough spring as many pests that would normally freeze have not.

Winters are usually what one agriculture specialist calls a "reset button" that gives farmer a fresh start come planting season. But with relatively mild temperatures and little snow, insects are surviving, growing and, in some areas, already munching on budding plants. Read more here.

Cumberland Farms Mass. officials keep an eye out for gasoline price-gouging
With gasoline prices expected to surpass the $4-per-gallon mark by early spring, the state agency that regulates business practices in the Commonwealth is trying to make sure drivers don't get fleeced by unscrupulous station owners.

The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation this week sent an alert to its Division of Standards field inspectors to pay attention to any "unusually high prices in any area," so as to prevent the possibility of price gouging. Read more here.

Sisters on their Bicycles Biking in the name of Sisterhood
Last summer, two New Bedford women embarked upon the trip of a lifetime: they planned to bike 5,500 miles across the nation.

They had two key goals in mind: to see the country in an eco-friendly way and in the process, raise money for Our Sisters' School -- an independent, tuition-free middle school for low-income girls in New Bedford. Read more here.

tank engineer State looks to expand no-discharge zones
Massachusetts officials have submitted an application to the federal government to prohibit dumping of sewage from boats in state waters south of Cape Cod and around Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

If approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the designation would cover some of the last remaining unprotected areas around the Cape.

No-discharge zones already exist in Cape Cod Bay, along the Outer Cape and in Buzzards Bay as well as in Pleasant Bay and a small section around Nantucket and in various harbors and coastal waters along the south side of the Cape. There are 15 such areas throughout the state. Read more here.

RI ranks last in New England for well-being
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island trails the rest of New England in a survey of the emotional, physical and mental well-being of its residents.

The state came in 35th nationally in the 2011 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. All five of the other New England states placed in the top 25, led by New Hampshire at ninth place. Overall, Hawaii was deemed to have the highest well-being and West Virginia the lowest. Read more here.

Sea Lab Multiple New Bedford school building projects on the board
A project to expand the Sea Lab Marine Science Education Center into a full-blown elementary school is still at a very preliminary stage -- about eight months after it was moved into the Massachusetts School Building Authority's capital pipeline. Read more here.

State jobs creation panel to hold local hearing
Local business leaders and employees will have a chance to share their perspective about this region's high unemployment rate when a state commission visits the city this week.

The Jobs Creation Commission, which has been traveling throughout the state and taking testimony, will hold a hearing Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Read more here.

Horseneck Beach Admin Building State has 100 new ideas for Horseneck Beach
Eliminating dune-side campsites at Horseneck Beach -- a prospect that led to a petition with thousands of signatures about three years ago -- is no longer being considered by the state.

A new draft resource management plan for the state park includes 100 recommendations the Department of Conservation and Recreation would like to see implemented in the coming years. Although the plan makes mention of proposals to move inland 32 of the 100 campsites, no such action is planned, according to DCR Commissioner Edward M. Lambert Jr. Read more here.

Turbine Near Residents Reactions to Falmouth's Wind 2 turbine vary widely
About three weeks ago, Wind 2 started spinning, beginning a 60-day experimental period meant to log the complaints of nearby residents. On Monday, residents of the area closest to the turbine had varying accounts of how disruptive the turbine is. Read more here.

Map of Lakes in Rhode Island Water Quality Concerns Afloat in R.I. Lakes
The state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) recently released a report on the condition of Rhode Island's 237 freshwater lakes, ponds and reservoirs, finding that 59 of these bodies, covering about 24 percent of the 20,749 total acres, are polluted.

In fact, bacterial contamination from enterococci, rod-shaped bacteria found in the human intestine and a good indicator of the presence of human waste, and fecal coliform are swimming around in many of these waters, including Mashapaug Pond and Roger William Park Ponds in Providence, Valley Falls Pond in Central Falls, Slater Park Pond in Pawtucket, Omega Pond in East Providence, Print Works Pond in Cranston, Sandy Pond in Warwick and the Kickemuit Reservoir in Warren. Read more here.

Showroom of the Future A Working Model of Efficiency: 5 Channel Center being transformed into exemplar of green technologies' promise
On the outside, the future home of energy research firm Fraunhofer CSE looks like one more century-old mill building on Boston's waterfront. But within its walls, architects and contractors are rapidly turning the structure into a $22 million modern marvel of energy efficiency.

By year's end, Fraunhofer will transform the building into a laboratory of the world's newest clean-energy technologies. The windows will double as solar panels; walls will absorb and release heat. The lighting systems will adjust themselves based on the amount of available sunlight, and special flooring will help control the interior temperature. Inside, a public exhibit will explain how the technologies function, and how much energy is being saved. Read more here.

Turbine Construction The birth of a wind turbine
As the crowning piece on the $6 million Scituate wind turbine was lifted 270 feet into the air and attached to the tower on Feb. 19, the overwhelming feeling was relief. The placement of the final piece was the culmination of a project that required four years of study beginning in 2004; Town Meeting approval in 2009; months of seeking financial support that was finalized just last August; and numerous transportation hurdles that delayed the completion almost two weeks.

"This is a victory day,'' said Pete Toppan, a Scituate resident and member of the town's Renewable Energy Resource Committee, which was the first to look at the idea of installing the turbine. Read more here.

EPA officials hear concerns from New Bedford residents
The City Council should consider a measure that would focus attention on environmental issues, a high-ranking federal environmental official said Tuesday night, after residents pleaded with the Environmental Protection Agency to put pressure on local government.

The ordinance would require the city to pass an environmental justice mission statement and publicize public meetings or risk a $1,000 fine. It would also mandate that members of advisory boards live or own property in New Bedford. Read more here.

Gov. seeks $1.5 billion bill for transportation in Mass.
Gov. Deval Patrick's administration is asking lawmakers to approve a $1.5 billion transportation bill that would fund ongoing road and bridge maintenance around the state. Officials say the bill would provide $200 million to cities and towns for badly-needed repairs. It also calls for creation of a state infrastructure bank that could tap private investment for transportation, energy and municipal development projects. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Organic Gardening Workshop

Saturday, March 10t, 2PM, Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, MA Free. Presented by Sustainable Braintree at Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, MA.
Details here.

Tropical Treasures for Tweens and Teens

Saturday, March 10th, 17th, 24th, 10:30am - noon, Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn Street New Bedford, MA
What do seed bracelets, chocolate and lip balm all have in common? All of these things can come from plants in the rainforest. Come to the zoo for this new craft series in which we?ll learn a little science, talk a little conservation and then create a wicked cool tropical treasure to take home. Tropical Treasures is recommended for kids ages 9 ? 13. Sign up for one class or take all three! Please call the Education Department at (508) 991-6178. Details here.

Transition Town Presentation: Transitioning our Community to Greater Resilience

March 12 3PM - 5PM, Woodland Commons Building, UMass Dartmouth
Your neighbors invite you to join in a conversation about how we can enhance and strengthen our community in changing times. Energy costs are predicted to continue rising over the coming years, increasing the cost of food, home heating, transportation, and nearly everything in our lives. Our communities are rich in fresh local food, recycling initiatives, renewable energy efforts, public transportation efforts, etc.. Our communities have a great potential to become more self-sustainable and resilient to climate change, peak oil and the uncertainties of our current economic system. We can't wait for others to rescue us!

Transition Towns is a global movement tackling these challenges with creative local action. Thousands of communities around the world are exploring and using this positive, solutions-focused approach. Contact the Sustainability Office for more details. To learn more about Transition Towns, visit the Transition Town website.

South Coast Bikeway Presentation: Building the Bikeway

March 14 5:30PM - 7:30PM, Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School (1121 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford)
The South Coast Bikeway Committee invites you to be a part of a workshop on the nuts and bolts of building a bicycle-friendly community. The workshop will feature a brief overview of the proposed South Coast Bikeway given by Adam Recchia of the Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District, followed by a presentation on low-cost alternatives to building a bicycle-friendly community given by Bill DeSantis, P.E. of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. The event will have light refreshments and is free of charge. There is no need to RSVP, just show up and learn something! For more information, visit the SouthCoast Bikeway website or call Adam Recchia at 508-824-1367 or arecchia@srpedd.org.

Massachusetts Farm to School Convention

Thursday, March 15th, 9:00AM - 4:45PM, Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA
The convention will feature leaders in the farm to school movement providing information on everything from creating school gardens to overcoming logistical barriers to local foods procurement to the growing partnerships between schools and community farms. Come hear how inspiring food service directors, educators, farmers, advocates, and students are building connections between cafeterias, dining halls, classrooms, and farms in Massachusetts - and learn what you can do to further those connections. Details here.

Native Pollinators - Free Presentation

Thursday, March 15th, 7:00PM - 9:00PM, Old Methodist Meeting House, 495 Main Street, Wareham, MA
Hosted by Dr. Jolie Goldenetz Dollar, Pollinator Habitat Restoration Specialist with the Xerces Society You can call 508-295-0211 for more information. Light refreshments including some from local artisans will be served.

SouthCoast Green Drinks

Saturday, March 15th, 5:30p.m., Rose Alley Ale House (94 Front Street New Bedford, MA)
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 aft...er 5:30pm and look for the "SouthCoast Green Drinks" sign. For more information check us out on Facebook or email Jen Gonet.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Discovering Nature through the Arts

Saturday March 17th,2 - 4p.m. , Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Middletown RI
Create your own crafts, using mainly recycled materials, while learning about wildlife. This week we will be exploring bees! Details here.

Botanically Speaking: A tour of the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

Saturday, March 17th, 10 - 11a.m, Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI
Discover the diversity of plants found in the stunning collection housed at the Botanical Center. Explore a wide range of habitats from desert to carnivorous bog, learning about the cultural uses and ecology of the plants. Find out which specimens double as house plants and how to care for them. Weather permitting, a stop at the rain garden will teach strategies for preventing stormwater runoff and protecting local water resources. For adults and children over the age of 14. Two Sessions (one for families and one for adults) will be offered. Price: $10. Details here.

Equinox Hike at a Vernal Pool

Saturday, March 17th, 10a.m. - Noon, New Dawn Earth Center, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland RI 02864
Discover wood frogs calling, fairy shrimp swimming, deer tracks and more. Hike to discover nature's Equinox gifts. Donation $10. Details here.

Restoring Health to Compromised Soils Workshop in Brookline

Sunday March 18th, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.:, Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline, MA
Soil health plays a critical role in both the quality and quantity of the food we produce. Unfortunately, many of us are faced with the reality of toxins in our soil, which limit our soil's health and expose gardeners and consumers to risk. In this workshop, participants will learn about the possible contaminants gardeners face (from lead to residual herbicides and pesticides) and how to accurately test soil to assess potential risks. Cost: $15 BHS Students and Faculty, $25 Brookline Community and NOFA/Mass members, $30 non-members. Details here.

Reading and Nature

Monday March 19, 10:30 - 11:15a.m.:, Kettle Pond Vistor Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI
Designed as a story time for pre-school aged youth, this activity is sure to be great fun for the youngest naturalists among us. Join volunteer Helen Johnson to explore nature using literature. Then, after reading, take part in other fun activities including finger plays, arts and crafts, movement and more! Details here.

Eating with the Ecosystem: Southern New England at Nick's on Broadway

Tuesday, March 20th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm:, 500 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909
Join Chef Derek Wagner at Nick's on Broadway on Providence's West Side for a night of creative local seafood fare caught right off our coast in Southern New England waters. Southern New England's varied ecosystem ranges from the salt marshes and sandy shores of Narragansett Bay and Long Island Sound to the deep offshore canyons on the edge of the continental shelf. This area is a mixing ground for cold-water and warm-water species, making it exceptionally diverse. An array of shellfish -- quahogs, oysters, scallops, crabs, and lobsters -- and a plethora of finfish -- striped bass, fluke, and more -- make this one of the tastiest ecosystems around. Details here.

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.

Prudence Island Tour and Seal Watch

Wednesday, March 21st, 9:45a.m.- 4:30p.m.:, , Meet at Bristol Ferry Landing to go to National Estuarine Reseach Reserve, Prudence Island, RI.
Come and explore Prudence Island with a chance to see seals at one of the best haul-out spots in Narragansett Bay. You will also learn about ecological research happening in and around the Bay through the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve. Set out for the south end of the island and a popular seal haul-out at low tide. View the seals using spotting scopes and enjoy a brief presentation about the seals' life cycle and migration to Narragansett Bay. After viewing seals and having lunch at the Center, we will tour in our van with stops to visit the island's one-room schoolhouse, cultural and historic sites, salt marshes and beaches. Details here.

Buzzards Bay Coalition Decision-Maker Workshop Series on Habitat Restoration

March 22, April 5, Various Locations
Thursday March 22, 2012 - Briarwood, Monument Beach

  • Site Visit - Sippewisset Marsh
  • Keynote Speaker - David Gould, Environmental Resources Manager, Town of Plymouth
  • Topics Include: Determining and managing stakeholders, economic benefits, flooding hazards mitigation, and drinking water source protection.
Thursday April 5, 2012 - Cranberry Station, East Wareham
  • Site Visit - Red Brook River
  • Keynote Speaker - Tim Purinton, Director of Division of Ecological Restoration, Mass Department of Fish and Game
  • 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.

Frog Watcher Training Session

Saturday, March 24th, 10:00a.m.- Noon:, Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI
Did you know that frogs and toads are disappearing at an alarming rate across the globe? Get involved by becoming a FrogWatch Volunteer and help scientists keep an eye on Rhode Island frogs & toads. This training will be led by RWP Zoo Director of Conservation, Lou Perrotti. Training will include details on the FrogWatch program, how to identify RI frogs & toads by their calls and FrogWatch procedures. A test on frog and toad calls is required to complete certification as a FrogWatch volunteer.To help defray the cost of running this important project, a $10 materials fee will be charged per participating household to cover training materials (a household covers up to 2 adults, and up to two children per adult). Details here.

Save the Bay Newport Seal Cruises

Sunday, March 25th, 12p.m., Save the Bay Exploration Center, 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI
Want to see a cow or pup that doesn't live on land? The Save The Bay Seal Watching Cruises, which treat peepers to panoplies of splash-happy seals, kick off on Thanksgiving weekend. These cruises provide the perfect opportunity to introduce holiday guests to the many wonders Rhode Island has to offer.One- or two-hour tours provide stunning glimpses of harbor seals while peppering guests with fun facts about the aquatic mammals - such as their social habits and frequent haunts. Expert guide and binoculars included in ticket price! Guests of all ages welcome. Details here.

Guest Speaker Naomi Wolf

Tuesday, March 27 UMass Dartmouth, Woodland Commons
Naomi Wolf, activist and bestselling author of Give me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries, will be speaking from 2-3:30 in Woodland Commons. Hosted by the UMD Center for Jewish Culture, the Women's Studies Department and the Office of Sustainability, the talk is the centerpiece of a semester-long focus on the state of democracy in America.

Contact the Sustainability Office for more details. For more information, visit http://www.naomiwolf.org.

Tuesday Morning Bird Walks

Tuesday, March 27th, 8:00 - 10:30am, Departs from Charlstown Mini-Super, 4071 Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI
The popular Tuesday Morning Bird Walks will be start again in March and and continue through May. Walks will not take place in February to avoid the worst winter weather. Phil Budlong will be coordinating the programs. Meet at the Charlestown Mini-Super on Route 1-A at 8:00 a.m. If you'd like advance details on the itinerary for that week, email Phil at pbudlong@cox.net. Details here.

2nd Annual Southeastern Massachusetts Sustainability Forum: Economic Benefits of Sustainability to Southeastern Massachusetts

Thursday, March 29 UMass Dartmouth, Woodland Commons
8:30AM - 12:30PM
All across our region, sustainability projects are blossoming as churches, schools, chambers of commerce, towns, cities, and neighborhoods are going through retrofits, installing solar panels, planting community gardens, running buy-local campaigns, starting up green businesses, restoring eco-systems and developing climate adaptation plans. Join us to hear about what your neighbors are doing and how you can join in! Presentations and discussions on regional initiatives in transportation, energy, food, natural resources, and economic development will be followed by a discussion on new initiatives and next steps. You are an important part of the discussion and we look forward to your participation.

Contact the Sustainability Office for more details. For more information and schedule, visit Council on Sustainability.

An Evening with Richard Louv: The Nature Principle and the New Nature Movement

Thursday, March 29th, 7:00 - 9:00p.m., Tifereth Israel Congregation, New Bedford, MA
Join is for this amazing FREE event with Richard Louv! Richard Louv is the author of eight books including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age. He has been recognized nationally and internationally as someone committed to the reconnecting children and families with nature. He is the founding chairman of the Children & Nature Network. Details here.

Woodcock Walk

Friday, March 30th, 7:00 - 8:45p.m., Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA
Come witness the spectacular aerial courtship display of the American Woodcock. Watch as this bird explodes up in a spiraling flight, sings its song hundreds of feet in the air, then plummets quickly to the ground where it all began. As nightfall sets in participants will also walk the trails in search of owls. What better way is there to spend an early spring evening? Details here.

R.I. Renewable Energy Day

Saturday, March 31st, 9:00am - 3:45pm, Roger Willaims University, Bristol
The state of Rhode Island and many of its communities are considering investing in renewable energy infrastructure. URI has been invited by the state to provide technical expertise about the effects renewable energy may have on the people, wildlife and natural resources of Rhode Island. Based on this information, and through extensive public involvement, a URI team of skilled professionals in the fields of energy, research and planning will then develop guidelines that can be used by Rhode Island's cities and towns to site and manage this new activity. Additionally, the Renewable Energy Siting Partnership project will make state and municipal energy information accessible to the public through the creation of a comprehensive online energy database. Details here.

The Work That Reconnects Workshop

Saturday, March 31st, 9:45am - 4:30pm, First Unitarian Church, 71 Eighth St., New Bedford, MA
Join Karina Lutz and Emily Johns for "The Work That Reconnects," a day-long workshop designed to empower participants to cope with the world's rapid environmental and climate changes. During the workshop, short lectures are combined with art, fun, ritual, and experiential learning. We explore the place gratitude has in participants' lives, and honor our grief about today's losses in the natural world due to pollution. Scientific, philosophical, and spiritual ideas are presented to help us reframe and better understand today's events. Finally, the focus turns to personal strengths, and how they can help us. During and after, many participants experience renewed energy, which enables them to engage more fully in this amazing, challenging time. Cost for the workshop is $30 and lunch is served. For more information, contact Emily Johns at 508-994-2164 or HERE

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Coalition for Buzzard's Bay Has Job Openings
Communications and Outreach Manager

The Buzzards Bay Coalition seeks an energetic and experienced communicator to tell the story of Buzzards Bay and its Watershed: About its ecology and communities, the threats it faces, and our work to protect and restore the Bay. The Communications and Outreach Manager will be responsible for telling this story in digital and print communications, through outreach at our learning centers, and in the community through media relations and outreach events and will be a key team member in the Education and Public Engagement department.

Development Assistant

This position supports the Buzzards Bay Coalition in developing and maintaining positive relationships with a diverse mix of individual, foundation, and corporate members and donors. Participate in a fast-paced team environment, ensuring high-touch customized communications with constituents. Contribute to the success of multiple fundraising events, and a full spectrum of fundraising activities, by providing administrative and logistical support, maintaining database and record-keeping integrity, and producing highly personalized communications. Call Rob Hancock, Vice President, Education and Public Engagement, at 508-999-6363 for more information. You can also Learn more here.
Ocean Explorium appoints 'explorer in residence'
City native Rhonda Moniz, an underwater cinematographer, diving safety officer and pilot and engineer for remotely operated vehicles, has been chosen "explorer in residence" at the Ocean Explorium on Union Street.

Moniz is founder and director of operations of Benthic Exploration, a company on County Street specializing in marine technology.

Moniz has been a part of several expeditions around the world, including some with famed ocean explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, who found the sunken RMS Titanic in 1985. She has also served as lead science diver and underwater cinematographer for the UMass School for Marine Science and Technology and for the University of Rhode Island.

Moniz will share her work with the Ocean Explorium, including access to ongoing marine research projects via an online blog, still and video photography, and occasional public presentations. She and the Ocean Explorium will also collaborate on high-level videos for display on the Ocean Explorium's "Science on a Sphere" exhibit. Learn more here.
The Marion Institute seeks a FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONAL
The Marion Institute (MI) (www.marioninstitute.org) seeks a Fundraising Professional to join the Executive Director and MI team. We are looking for a person who is excited by the prospect of leading and managing all aspects of MI's fundraising.

Working closely with the Executive Director and the Board, the Fundraising Professional will be responsible for shaping and executing the overall MI approach to generating financial support. This will involve building on an existing successful foundation as well as bringing a fresh perspective to the task of setting priorities and implementing specific aspects of the fundraising strategy. This would include MI's annual appeal, targeted major donor appeals, web based fundraising, special events for constituency/membership development and cultivation, foundation and government grants, corporate gifts, leadership on all special fundraising efforts and the development of a planned giving program. Learn more here.
Job Opening: Communications Outreach Manager at Ceres
The new position of Communications Outreach Manager at Ceres will handle day-to-day media relations for Ceres and its Investor Network on Climate Risk. This opening is designed for a highly motivated, self-starter looking to help frame Ceres' message and manage our interaction with both traditional and new online media on cutting-edge issues such as the far-reaching business impacts from global climate change. This Communications Outreach Manager will have regular and close interaction with traditional and online reporters, write extensively on behalf of Ceres programs, activities and executive staff, and coordinate numerous media outreach campaigns. Ceres is a nonprofit organization based in Boston, MA, with a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as climate change and water scarcity. Ceres also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of 100 leading institutional investors with collective assets of over $10 trillion. For more information, visit www.ceres.org. To submit a resume and samples, contact maureen@msalkinassociates.com.
New Data Quantifies Environmental Impact of Colleges & Universities
The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), an agreement between nearly 700 colleges and universities to promote sustainability through teaching and action, today released new data on the positive environmental impact of colleges and universities across the country in reducing their carbon footprints. Among the findings:
- The 599 colleges that submitted greenhouse gas inventories reported CO2 emissions of 28m metric tons, roughly as much as 2.58m homes or 5.2m passenger vehicles emit annually
- 306 institutions set a target of achieving climate neutrality by 2050 or before; 93 pledged neutrality by 2030
- Collectively, the ACUPCC network has purchased more than 1.28 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy credits (RECs), making it the third-largest buyer in the country
The data is publicly available on the ACUPCC's online reporting system -- /www.acupcc.org/reportingsystem -- a platform that enables schools to quantify the sustainability activity that is taking place on their campuses, and hold themselves accountable by sharing their progress in a transparent way. The data is available in a variety of formats; contact Ulli Klein for more information.
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) .
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.
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.
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
8 Facts and Myths About Warming Up Your Car in Winter
Should you warm up your car in winter? It's common practice, but you may be surprised at the consequences.
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