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March 15 to 22, 2012

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SouthCoast Green Drinks

Eating with the Ecosystem


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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:

Check, Twist and Replace to Save 10,000 Gallons of Water

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"William Kamkwamba on building a windmill
When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.


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- Nelson Mandela

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Spherical Solar Cell This week's Almanac emphasizes advances in green technology, as well as the ongoing debates and obstacles associated with it. Advances in solar power have yielded a nifty, yet simplistic idea: Spherical and curved solar cells capable of capturing sunlight at every angle. Green technology has also matured to the point that we are gaining capablilities for the mass construction and retrofitting of Zero Energy Buildings, which are capable of producing as much energy as they use.

At the opposite end of the spectrum are examples of the challenges renewable energy and protection of resources still face. For every technological and social step taken to mainstream clean power and conservationist habits, there are still several steps taken backwards resulting from corporate or economic motives. The industry is currently dealing with the aftermath of Solyndra's failings, making it more difficult for many companies to receive financial backing for green technology. Coal generation in the U.S. decreased significantly last year, and there seems to be greater acceptance of the need to increase the configuration of renewable power into the power grid system.

Internationally, the story that emparts the greatest sense of hope is Mexico's massive wind power project with Vestas. Mexico's Congress in 2010 enacted the National Energy Strategy proposed by the Energy Ministry, which establishes a goal of reducing the percentage of electricity Mexico generates from fossil fuels to 65% by 2024, 60% by 2030 and 50% by 2050. They are making good on their strategy with this project. Thank you Mexico for showing how it's done.
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's entry conjures up the merits of frugality, specifically through relatable anecdotes portraying the significance older generations play. All four of my grandparents were there, in the town I grew up in. Two retired teachers, a quaker and a banker. They owned their homes and knew their neighbors and indirectly taught their grandkids stuff about frugality. They went to town meeting and voted but never discussed politics at the dinner table. They saved stuff, but the stuff was worth saving. Even trash was once better quality. When I walk those same beaches I don't find stuff I want to save. It's all plastic and trash. Read more here.
Leaf Bullet News
Enertrag AG Wind Turbine Germany Harnesses Green Power in Desolate East
Germany's solution to a large part of its energy dilemma may lie in a muddy field in desolate, windswept flatlands in the northeast. In an area 75 miles north of Berlin that until now has attracted more birdwatchers than cutting-edge industries, start-up Enertrag AG, with the help of partners Vattenfall, Total and Deutsche Bahn, is operating one of the first plants to generate wind power and convert it into hydrogen.

Politicians and utilities are looking to the new technology's potential as Germany withdraws from nuclear power and turns to green power to reach 35 percent of its electricity mix by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050, from 20 percent today. Read more here.

Vesta Wind Farm Latin America's Largest Wind Project to Power Mexico Coca-Cola, Heineken, OXXO
Latin America's largest wind project to date is moving forward as Mexico's Marena Renovables has placed an order for 396-MW worth of wind turbines with Danish manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S. The order consists of 132 V90-3.0 MW wind turbines.

Located on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the southern Pacific Mexican state of Oaxaca, the wind power project is being developed by Marena Renovables, a consortium made up of Australian merchant bank Macquarie's Macquarie Mexican Infrastructure Fund, Japan's Mitsubishi Corp. and PGGM, a Dutch pension fund service provider. Read more here.

Spherical Solar Cell Spherical Micro Solar Cells
Kyosemi Corporation, an optoelectronics company, has created tiny spherical (or Spheral) solar cells. These micro solar cells are just 1-2 mm across but (or because of that) could have wind-ranging applications.

Of course, first of all, being spherical (not flat), the solar cells can achieve greater efficiencies. Additionally, being so tiny, these solar cells can, theoretically, be integrated into countless consumer electronics. Read more here.

Zero Carbon Building Zero Energy Buildings: Closer Than You Might Think
The U.S. Department of Energy lists only eight zero energy buildings in the U.S. on its high performance building database (though there are a few others scattered across the U.S.). A number of developers, such as Meritage Homes, have started building zero energy developments around the U.S. In Europe, the Passivhaus standard has been used to build over 40,000 residential and commercial buildings, and the city of Frankfurt, Germany requires it in construction of new public buildings.

Zero energy building, however, is expected to increase dramatically in the construction industry in the next few decades as a set of regulations around the world come into effect. As soon as 2016, the United Kingdom will require zero carbon construction for all residential buildings. Newly constructed dwellings will need to achieve deep levels of energy efficiency (45-60 percent lower than a comparable building built in 2006). That's just four years away. Read more here.

Prominent Water Activists Refuse to Debate Privatization at Controversial World Water Forum
Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe Executive Director Wenonah Hauter declined an invitation to debate World Water Forum participants on the merits of public versus private involvement in the water sector, encouraging them to involve a Philippine water activist who could testify to the disaster that privatization brought to her community in the Philippines. Council of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow had also previously declined the invitation.

"No company should profit from the endeavor to supply the world with clean water and sanitation," wrote Hauter. "Anything less is unacceptable, and that is why I will not support the Forum with my participation in this debate." Read more here.

Crop Dusting with Pesticide Monsanto's Roundup threatens stability of global food supply
A shocking new report reveals how Monsanto's Roundup is actually threatening the crop-yielding potential of the entire biosphere. The report reveals that glyphosate, which was developed by Monsanto in the early 1970s and is the active ingredient in its patented herbicide Roundup, may be irreversibly devastating the microbiodiversity of the soil - compromising the health of the entire planet, as a result. Read more here.

Krill Team Tracks a Food Supply at the End of the World
Dr. Bernard and her team, known at Palmer as "The Psycho Krillers," are studying the feeding patterns of Antarctic krill, the small, bug-eyed shrimplike crustaceans that are the central diet for whales, penguins, seals and seabirds. She is one of a growing number of scientists concerned about the effects of a kind of gold rush, as fishing companies race to the Southern Ocean to catch krill and turn it into animal feed and lucrative omega-3 dietary supplements.

But fishing is not the only threat to the krill population. The creatures, especially in their larval and juvenile stages, feed on algae that live on the underside of sea ice - which is retreating as the climate warms. Read more here.

Cerrado in Brazil Brazil's Growth Offers Wealth and Worry
Brazil has become a creditor nation; once a net food importer, it now feeds much of the world; and recently it surpassed the United Kingdom to become the world's sixth largest economy.

The challenge of Brazil is to improve its land management not only for the environment, but its people. With Brazil's global clout comes increased focus on its role as the world's breadbasket and whether the increasing strain on its land is too high a price to pay. Read more here.

Bright Automotive hybrid van Solyndra Is Blamed as Clean-Energy Loan Program Stalls
More than $16 billion in loans authorized five years ago by Congress to develop fuel-efficient vehicles has yet to be dispersed, with applicants for the money complaining that the Energy Department is crippling plans for greener cars and trucks at a time of rising gas prices.

Some companies contend that the loans, administered by energy officials, have dried up because of a political firestorm that followed the bankruptcy last year of the solar-panel company Solyndra, which had received a federal loan from a related program. The bankruptcy fed Republican criticism of the Obama administration's handling of clean-energy loans because one of the investors in Solyndra was a major fund-raiser for the president. Read more here.

Flying Plane Aviation Fuel's Toxic Lead Emissions Draws Lawsuit Against EPA
The environmental advocacy group Friends of the Earth filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, challenging the agency's failure to regulate lead emissions from aircraft that burn so-called avgas, which now accounts for approximately half of the country's airborne lead.

Nearly 200,000 airplanes and helicopters in the U.S. continue to fly on fuel containing lead, despite the toxic metal's known health risks to the children living, playing and breathing below. Read more here.

Bottle of Organic Maple Syrup Making Maple Syrup ... The Real Way
What goes into making the top organic brand of pure maple syrup? "Sustainable forestry. We're good farmers. That makes good syrup," says Arnold Coombs of Coombs Family Farms.

Coombs is more than a little familiar with the Iroquois concept of seventh generation -- that what we do must sustain us not just now but for the well-being of the seventh generation to come. He's a seventh generation farmer. His family's commitment to maple dates back to the mid-1800s and one of the farm's sugar maples dates back well beyond that. Read more here.

Emissions from Coal Plant Power Generated By Coal Decreased Last Year
Coal is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. The good news is that coal's share of monthly power generation in the U.S. decreased to below 40 percent in November and December 2011, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The last time coal's share of total generation fell below 40 percent for a monthly total was March 1978.

The EIA attributes the decrease in coal to the increasing competitiveness of natural gas. Natural gas prices dropped "significantly" this winter. However, there is another contributing factor: over a hundred, 106 to be exact, coal plants closed between January 2010 and February 2012. The number of coal plants closed represents 162 million tons of carbon a year (nine percent of the U.S. vehicle fleet). Read more here.

President Barack Obama Obama defends energy policies amid gas price pain
President Barack Obama launched the most comprehensive defense to date of his energy policies, pushing back against election-year attacks from Republicans who say they are to blame for high gas prices that are eroding his popularity with voters.

Heralding a report on energy security showing a big drop in U.S. oil imports, Obama acknowledged pain at the pump that analysts fear could lift gasoline to $5 a gallon in some parts of the country and pose a threat his November 6 bid for re-election. "Today's high gas prices are a painful reminder that there's much more work to do to free ourselves from our dependence on foreign oil and take control of our energy future," Obama said in a statement on the energy report. "We have made progress." Read more here.

Electrical Lines in Power Grid Power Grid Must Adapt To Handle Renewable Energy
Every day, with the flick of a switch, millions of Americans tap into the electricity grid. It's a web of power stations, transformers and transmission lines that span the continent, distributing electricity like veins and arteries distribute blood.

Electricity has to keep flowing all the time. Grid operators constantly match what power plants are producing with what people and their TVs, microwaves and air conditioners need. It's the world's biggest balancing act. So what happens when you add in unpredictable sources of electricity, like wind or solar power? Read more here.

Endangered Species the Northern Spotted Owl Endangered Species Act stirs new debates
Could the Endangered Species Act itself become endangered? Many conservation advocates think so, pointing to a recently proposed policy change that could make it harder for wildlife to receive protection under the 39-year-old law.

The policy-change debate began late last year, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed a new way of re-interpreting a five-word phrase in the ESA. The ESA currently defines an endangered species as one that's "in danger of extinction in all or a significant portion of its range," but it doesn't clearly define "significant portion of its range." Read more here.

Large School of Fish Environmentalists say it's time to fix California's broken marine protection system
Grassroots environmentalists on California's North Coast are urging that the controversial marine protected areas being created under Arnold Schwarzenegger's Marine Life Protection Act Initiative include full, comprehensive protection -- and not just create additional restrictions on fishing and gathering on a coast that has the strictest fishing regulations of any place on the planet. Read more here.

Seattle Night Seattle Gets the Street View on the Quality of Its Lights
SEATTLE has a noble notion of itself at the leading edge. Its jets, coffee, computers, environmental activism and philanthropy have all been celebrated for remaking the globe.

Utilities want to know whether L.E.D. streetlights, tens of thousands of which have already been installed in parts of many cities, including Seattle and Los Angeles, are a promising long-term technology that could shape large government contracts. Municipalities want to be sure that the significant savings in energy and costs L.E.D.'s can provide are sustainable enough to compensate for startup costs, but also that they do not threaten public safety or urban ambience. Read more here.

Walmart Walmart Is Not Walking the Walk
A report by the Minneapolis-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) entitled "Walmart's Greenwash" examines the retail giant's environmental impact and finds that the results are falling far short of the promises.

In 2005, the company announced its sustainability program, which has consisted of a series of announcements regarding the reduction of energy use, reducing waste and selling healthier foods. This is consistent with the company's strategy to grow its market share in the Northeast, where environmental awareness is high. Yet, according to the ILSR report, the program has been heavy on promises with little in the way of accountability, and more importantly, little in the way of improvement of the company's footprint. Read more here.

American Flag with Corporate Logos as Stars Three Ways to Beat Corporate Giants
From insurance companies lording over our health care to global conglomerates taking control of our water, corporate giants wield more and more influence over our lives and our environment. So how do we fight back? How do we take on corporate power and actually win?

The Democracy Center recently published a new citizen's resource that looks up close at the strategies that people and communities are using worldwide to successfully tackle corporate giants. We call it Beating Goliath and you can download a free copy here. As Occupy and other movements across the world take up anew the question of how to combat corporate power, here are three good lessons from the front lines. Read more here.

Police in Riot Gear The Cost of America's Police State
The ubiquitous fantasy of "homeland security," pushed hard by the federal government in the wake of 9/11, has been widely embraced by the public. It has also excited intense weapons- and techno-envy among police departments and municipalities vying for the latest in armor and spy equipment.

So much money has gone into armoring and arming local law-enforcement since 9/11 that the federal government could have rebuilt post-Katrina New Orleans five times over and had enough money left in the kitty to provide job training and housing for every one of the record 41,000-plus homeless people in New York City. It could have added in the growing population of 15,000 homeless in Philadelphia, my hometown, and still have had money to spare. Add disintegrating Detroit, Newark, and Camden to the list. Throw in some crumbling bridges and roads, too. Read more here.

Fracking Site Why Not Frack?
This new technique allowed the industry to exploit terrain that it had previously considered impenetrable. It was used first in the late 1990s in what's called the Barnett Shale in Texas, and is also being widely used to liberate oil from beneath the Bakken Shale in North Dakota. But the industry's biggest excitement has come in the East, where a boom has been underway for several years in the so-called Marcellus Shale that runs from West Virginia into upstate New York. This gas-trapping shale formation has been estimated to hold as much gas as the whole United States consumes in a century. (The estimates are highly contested; some analysts are insisting that new data show them to be considerably smaller, though still vast, and indeed at the end of January the federal government slashed its earlier predictions in half.) The gas is also ideally situated along the route of many existing natural gas pipelines and near the heavy-consumption eastern megalopolis. If you're an energy company, it's about the best place on the planet to find a huge pool of gas - it's like discovering an underground deposit of beer directly beneath Yankee Stadium. Because of the potential profits, the agents of various companies have fanned out across the back roads of the region in a remarkable land rush, seeking to lock up drilling rights on the hitherto not-very-valuable acreage of marginal dairy farms and cut-over woodlots. Read more here.

Richard Louv New network hopes to get SouthCoast residents outdoors
A host of local players from the arenas of health, the environment and more have joined to pull SouthCoast residents off the couch and into the great outdoors.

Meet the Southcoast Outdoor Network, whose first undertaking is to bring famed author and environmentalist Richard Louv to speak in New Bedford later this month. Read more here.

Wage Project Equal Pay Logo Wage gap is topic of two Commission on Women seminars
It's a fact of financial life: Men make more than women. According to the latest available figures from the National Committee on Pay Equity, women's earnings were 77.4 percent of men's in 2010.

Mindful of that inequity, the Bristol County Commission on the Status of Women is hosting two free seminars at UMass Dartmouth campuses. The sessions are designed to teach women about the earnings inequality - and how to get even. Read more here.

Funding cuts force layoffs, closings at Legal Services
The same recession that caused many low-income and elderly persons to seek free legal help with their worsening problems is undermining the very agency that is supposed to be there to help them.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services Inc., or SCCLS, which once had offices throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, has been forced to lay off 10 attorneys, secretaries and paralegals and close three offices, including the one in New Bedford, Executive Director Richard McMahon told The Standard-Times. Read more here.

Coyote Wild animals moving farther into human spaces
We should get used to seeing bears, beavers, and fishers, never mind the already common deer, wild turkeys, coyotes, and, to a lesser extent, bald eagles, wildlife specialists say. Because more of them will be living among us in the future.

Evidence is strong that bears and other wild creatures that once lived in our region are returning, according to those whose jobs bring them into contact with wildlife. Species such as black bears, beavers, and fishers - which retreated to the deep woods after human beings destroyed former habitats, cutting down trees and building farms, towns, cities, and highways - have been growing used to us and the environment we've created. Read more here.

Teen Smokers Apponequet High aims to kick the smoking habit
FREETOWN - Apponequet Regional High School is trying to reduce the number of students smoking on school grounds, and is contemplating strategies to kick more butts out of school.

The school is also looking to better educate students who are addicted to nicotine, and are not just smoking for social reasons. Read more here.

UMass Dartmouth Campus NStar rewards UMD energy effort with $1.5 million
NStar has awarded UMass Dartmouth $1.5 million for an ambitious energy conservation program that will result in the savings of 4.6 million kilowatt-hours and $1 million a year.

UMass Dartmouth is such a large energy user at its campuses in Dartmouth and New Bedford that NStar encouraged the energy overhaul. NStar provided engineering help, project evaluation and substantial financial incentives to support the project. Read more here.

Central Square MBTA Station T belt-tightening would hurt health, study says
Proposals to cut MBTA service and raise fares could cost Boston area commuters hundreds of millions of additional dollars and produce potentially dire health consequences, according to a report being released Tuesday by a regional planning group.

The 20-page report from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council found that proposed fare increases and service cuts to plug the T's $161 million deficit would result in a surge of cars on the road, increasing pollution, crashes, and obesity, among other harsh impacts on residents' quality of life. Read more here.

Solar Farm Dartmouth to hold Special Town Meeting on solar farms
DARTMOUTH -- The Select Board voted to hold a special Town Meeting on April 24 in response to a 350-signature petition from residents opposed to solar panel farm projects springing up across town.

The petition, presented to the board by Town Meeting member Gloria Bancroft, sought a special Town Meeting to vote on amending a town bylaw that permits as-of-right siting for alternative energy facilities. The amended bylaw would restrict the as-of-right siting from areas zoned as residential. Read more here.

Shredding the Slur Dighton-Rehoboth students pledge to end use of slur against disabled
More than 850 students at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School pledged to end the use of the word "retard."

Students and staff at the school participated in an event sponsored by the Special Olympics called "Spread the Word to End the Word," explaining that "retard" - meaning mentally retarded - comes with a negative, degrading connotation and has become far too commonplace. Read more here.

Wind Farm Anti-wind farm group punished for violations
The primary opposition group in the fight against the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm and one of its former board members have agreed to pay the state $22,500 to settle a complaint over radio ads that state officials say broke campaign finance laws.

The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound also has agreed not to engage in any electioneering communications through 2014, according to a disposition agreement reached with the state's Office of Campaign and Political Finance. Read more here.

Barnstable Court House Energy co-op facing heat from town boards
With local wind energy projects stymied by opposition over potential effects on people, wildlife and the landscape, many Cape Cod communities have turned to the sun. Photovoltaic projects have been installed on roofs of homes, schools and municipal buildings.

The solar rush, however, has sparked renewed questions for the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative, or CVEC - a regional agency created to pursue renewable energy projects for towns on the Cape and Martha's Vineyard, Dukes and Barnstable counties and the Cape Light Compact. Members of municipal energy committees in Brewster and Orleans have recently asked whether the towns are getting the best possible deal from CVEC. Read more here.

Street Sign Transportation Coalition Endorses Complete Streets
The Coalition for Transportation Choices (CTC) has endorsed passage of four bills currently pending in the General Assembly. Each of these bills addresses different aspects of CTC's mission of advocating for a transportation system that enhances the economy, safeguards the environment and provides people with affordable transit choices.

One of these bills - the Public Transit Investment Act (H7581) - seeks to ensure that some of the money raised for the new transit trust fund is earmarked for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA). Read more here.

Buzzards Bay Buzzards Bay Coalition purchases 200 acres of conservation land
The Buzzards Bay Coalition recently conserved two properties that together comprise nearly 200 acres of contiguous watershed lands in the Mattapoisett River Valley.

These conserved lands, surrounding Tripps Mill Brook and spanning the towns of Mattapoisett, Fairhaven, and Acushnet, provide permanent protection of drinking water resources while preserving forests and wetlands that are critical to the health of Buzzards Bay benefiting wildlife and providing access for outdoor recreation to the public. These properties abut other lands previously protected by the Coalition in partnership with the Towns of Fairhaven and Mattapoisett spread across the 355 acres. Read more here.

Ryan Harb UMass Amherst permaculture project wins White House award
A UMass Amherst sustainability manager, Ryan Harb, will be honored at the White House on Thursday as one of five "Champions of Change" recipients for their outstanding leadership on campus, the White House announced Tuesday.

Harb, a certified permaculture designer, coordinates the university's permaculture initiative, a sustainability program that transforms grass lawns and neglected landscapes into edible, educational and ecologically designed gardens. Read more here.

Fairhaven Judge says Fairhaven turbine lawsuit can move forward
A Bristol County Superior Court judge has denied a request by the town of Fairhaven and the developers of two wind turbines to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to halt construction of the turbines. The decision allows the complaint to move forward, giving new hope to turbine opponents.

Judge Thomas F. McGuire Jr. reaffirmed earlier support for plaintiffs' challenge to the lease for one of two lots that the turbines are being built on. In their complaint, plaintiffs claim the lease is not valid because it includes lot 9, a piece of property that was not specifically included in Town Meeting's approval. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Tropical Treasures for Tweens and Teens

Saturday,March 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.

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.

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 Visitor 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.

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.

Welcome Spring with Art at the Market

Wednesday, March 21st, 4pm-7pm, The Winter Farmers Market at Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
A fun art contest for youth! Activities for all ages. Hosted by local artist Mike Bryce Details here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

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.

Coastline's 2012 March for Meals Campaign

Saturday, March 24th, 10:00a.m.- 1:00PM:, Fort Taber Park, New Bedford, MA
Every March, Meals on Wheels Association of America kicks off its March for Meals Campaign. Local Meals on Wheels providers, like Coastline, work within their communities to bring awareness to the need for elderly nutrition programs, and to raise money for local programs. We will be hosting a Fun Walk and Wellness Fair. We hope you can come out and enjoy the fresh air and a nice walk around the park, and then stop into the Community Building where we will have yoga and zumba demonstrations, health screenings, and plenty of other health and wellness information. 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.

Buzzards Bay Coalition: A Bay Adventure at Parsons Reserve

Wednesday, March 28th, 4pm-6pm, Parsons Reserve, Dartmouth, MA
With spring knocking on the door, accompany Bay Coalition conservation staff for an easy afternoon walk and talk about vernal pools. We'll be exploring Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust's Parsons Reserve and its well-known vernal pool with Mark Mello from the Lloyd Center for the Environment and DNRT's Dexter Mead. Remember to bring footwear appropriate for wet conditions. Details here.

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

Thursday, March 29th, 8:30am-12:30pm, Woodland Commons, UMass Dartmouth 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA
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. Details here.

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. Louv's lecture will focus on the diminishing human connection with nature and how communities and individuals can work together to change that. 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. For more information, contact Emily Johns at 508-994-2164 or EMAIL

REACH Sustainable Living Flim Series

Saturday March 31st, 2:30pm, Whiton Room of the Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt Street, Hingham, MA
REACH, Responsible Energy Alternatives Coalition of Hingham, is sponsoring a winter Sustainable Living film festival. "Carbon Nation" is the second film in the series. Details here.

Arcadia's Big Night

Saturday, March 31st, 5:30pm-9:00pm, 127 Combs Road Easthampton, MA 01027
Join us at Arcadia for an enchanted family evening. Guided tours will leave the nature center every 15 minutes to travel a 45-minute enchanted forest trail where participants will meet costumed characters from vernal pools, which are the only places where animals such as spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and fairy shrimp can breed. Meet some of these critters and learn about their lives through short animated and humorous skits. Indoors, learn more about vernal pools through games, slide presentations, and live pond critters. Dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear. Details here.

Revive the Roots Wine and Cheese Fundraiser

Saturday, March 31st, 6:30pm-9:00pm, Revive the Roots, 337 Log Road Smithfield, RI
Revive the Roots is a non-profit farming organization focused on the practice and education of permaculture. Our goals are to promote local industries and to build a sense of community, while at the same time working to achieve food security and environmental stability. Join us on March 31st to help us raise funds for the upcoming growing season at Mowry Gardens. Enjoy wine samples from Greenvale Vineyards, Newport Vineyards, and cheese from Shy Brothers Farm and Narragansett Creamery. Also, poke around our silent auction and receive updates from Revive the Roots and see what we have in store for this year. Details here.

Nature's April Fools

Sunday, April 1st, 2:30pm-3:30pm, Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Nature has a way of fooling us every day. Come investigate how we can be fooled by camouflage, mimicry, and even sound. Bring your best detective skills as you'll be put to the test. The program includes time spent indoors as well as out, so be sure to dress for the weather. Details here.

Eating with the Ecosystem 2: Gulf of Maine at Julian's

Monday, April 2nd, 6:30pm-8:30pm, 318 Broadway, Providence RI
A culinary tour of the deep, cold-water ecosystem to our north. Best known for the lobsters that flourish in the rocky crevices, the Gulf of Maine produces an astounding array of edible fish, shellfish and seaweeds. Menu selections will feature a wide array of inshore and offshore species, and will span the length of the food chain, putting each dish in ecological context. At this dinner, Chef Mike will work his wonders with a sampling of species landed in the ports of Gloucester, MA, Seabrook, NH, and Port Clyde, ME. Narration of the dinner will be provided by a guest scientist and a guest fisherman. Details here.

Massachusetts Agriculture Day at the State House

Tuesday, April 3, Beginning at 9:30AM, Massachusetts State House, Boston
How big is agriculture in Massachusetts? Approximately $489 million dollars of revenue is generated annually, and Commonwealth farmers are responsible for maintaining almost 520,000 acres of open space! Please join us on April 3, 2012, when farmers and agriculture officials from across the Bay State come together to visit their legislators to discuss issues and legislation which affects their farms and local communities.

The day's events includes a program of speakers, presentation of "Agriculture Day" awards, informational exhibits and a hotly anticipated reception featuring Massachusetts' farm and specialty food products. We invite you to join us in recognizing Massachusetts' agriculture specialists and learn more about their efforts to maintain the long-term viability of Massachusetts agriculture.

Learn more about Massachusetts Agriculture Day Here

Sustainable Cities

Thursday April 5th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Hosted by Sustainable Communities Initiative at the Clarke Science Building, Room 128, Rhode Island College: 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI.
Lecture series free and open to the public. Speaker: Joan Fitzgerald, Director of the Law and Public Policy Program, Northeastern University Details here.

Climate Change Lecture

Thursday, April 12th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Hosted by Sustainable Communities Initiative at the Clarke Science Building, Room 128, Rhode Island College: 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI.
Lecture series free and open to the public. Speakers: Jennie Stephens, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Clark University; Timmons Roberts (tentative), Director of the Brown University Center for Environmental Studies and Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies; Pamela Rubinoff, Coastal Management Extension Specialist, Rhode Island Sea Grant Details here.

Exploring the Bioreserve - April Walk

Saturday, April 14th, 9:00am, SE Massachusetts Bioreserve
Hike from Copicut Woods to Dead Man's Trail...if you dare! Info on exactly where to meet will be announced here one week prior to each walk. Mark your calendars and dust off your hiking boots!...or buy a new pair by now! Details here.

Growing Flowers for Dried Wreaths and Arrangement

Saturday April 14th, 10am, , Holly Hill Farm, 236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset
Learn about the varieties of flowers you can grow in your home garden to preserve for dried wreaths and arrangements. Understand the most favorable conditions for growth, harvesting and preservation of dried flowers. Watch as a dried wreath is created while learning special tips for design, construction and implementation. Materials available from last year's harvest. Details here.

REACH Sustainable Living Flim Series

Saturday, April 14th, 2:30pm, Whiton Room at the Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt Street, Hingham MA.
REACH, Responsible Energy Alternatives Coaltion of Hingham, is sponsoring a Sustainable Living film series for the Winter. "Revenge of the Electric Car" is the third and final film in the series. Details here.

John Perkins: Geo-Politics, the Future, and You: A Call to Action

Tuesday, April 17th, 12:30pm-2:00pm, Woodland Commons, UMass Dartmouth 285 Old Wesport Road, North Dartmouth MA
John Perkins will speak at UMass Dartmouth on April 17th at 12:30 p.m. in Woodland Commons and at 7:30 p.m. at the New Bedford Ocean Explorium. Perkins' classic expose "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" spent over 70 weeks on the New York Times best-seller lists and is published in more than 30 languages. His two follow-up books, -- New York Times best-seller, "The Secret History of the American Empire," and "Hoodwinked," -- provide a plan for creating a better world. He is also the author of "Shapeshifting," "The World Is As You Dream It," and other books on indigenous cultures. He is the founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to establishing a sustainable, just, and peaceful world; and has lectured at universities on four continents. Details here.

Buzzards Bay Coalition: Community Stewardship Day at Acushnet River

Thursday, April 19th, 9am-4pm, Acushnet, MA
For National Volunteer Week, join us for a community stewardship day at our Acushnet River restoration site. We will have jobs for all skill and age levels and fun activities for kids. Please dress appropriately for trail work or trash cleanup. Choose a shift: 9 AM - Noon or 1 PM - 4 PM. Lunch and Learning at Noon for all volunteers. Details here.

Westport River Watershed Alliance: Spring Beach Clean-Up

Saturday, April 21st, 10am-noon, Westport Town Beach, Cherry and Webb Lane, Westport, MA
Get outdoors and help WRWA cleanup our town beach at Cherry and Webb. WRWA will supply bags and trash pickers. All are welcome. Details here.

Urban Gardening Series

Saturday, April 28th, 3:00pm-4:30pm, Brookline High School 115 Greenough Street, Brookline, MA
This workshop explores a variety of compost methods, including: efficient microbes, vermiculture, tumblers, barrels, and plain old piles. Presenter Allison Fastman will talk about what methods are best for different situations, what can and cannot be composted with each system, rat and pest control, Nitrogen and Carbon balance, and how to collect and use compost tea. Allison will also go over how to make a composter for each method, how to find excellent free materials, and how to use compost to enrich soils. Cost: $15 BHS Students and Faculty, $25 Brookline Community and NOFA/Mass members, $30 non-members. Details 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. She 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 (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 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
Check, Twist and Replace to Save 10,000 Gallons of Water
The average home leaks more than 10,000 gallons of water each year, or the amount it takes to wash 280 loads of laundry, take 600 showers, or meet the average family's water needs for a month, according to the EPA. For Fix a Leak Week, it is urging residents to "check, twist, and replace":
Learn more here.

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