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March 15 to 22, 2012

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

This week:

Speaker/Activist/Author Naomi Wolf

2nd Annual Southeastern Massachusetts Sustainability Summit

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Save The Date:

An Evening with Richard Louv

The Work that Reconnects Workshop

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Job Opening: Communications Outreach Manager at Buzzard's Bay

Ocean Explorium Appoints New Explorer in Residence

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Don't "Take Away" -- Take the Time for a Sit-Down Lunch!

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Snail Implanted with Biofuel Cell With winter seemingly ending early, and spring already giving the Northeast region hot, summery temperatures there's been much content spreading across the mediums of what this means regarding climate change, global warming, and environmental conditions. Everyone has their opinion, and there's concrete scientific theories dealing with weather conditions related to the melting of arctic ice, but don't forget that Mother Nature, while in need of our assistance, still has a sense of humor. Ask any New Englander about "Nor'Easter."

A big issue affecting many job and career hunters is how employers and recruiters are requiring Facebook access for background checks. Online social networking is a valuable modern tool, but it's still relatively new and not yet subject to the same rights of privacy as other forms of technology. Do companies have the right to use your social networking profiles to determine your eligibility for jobs?

As is the mission of the Sustainability Almanac, this week's edition is packed with content related to new technology and current events. The green tech features are always the most fascinating because they remind us all of the innovation of the human spirit. Snails and other lifeforms being used as viable sources of energy, and in a humane fashion or a new company that melts down waste plastic and converts it into oil, are great examples of why more people should embrace and support the green revolution: it's the future!
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 delves into the freedom of human behavior, the psychology behind why some people may be in favor of clean renewable technology, but oppose it in their backyards, and how external costs factor into the debate. The green energy projects are not complete upside. Someone will have to live under that windmill, next to that solar farm. But conventionally we say this: we must all look at the external costs of coal plants and nuclear energy, and comparatively the windmill and any minor nuisance there pales in comparison. Why should I get electricity from a polluting cogeneration plant when I could get it from green energy in my back yard? Because it won't be in my back yard.. Read more here.
Leaf Bullet News
Global
Melting Arctic Ice Linking Weird Weather to Rapid Warming of the Arctic
Does it seem as though your weather has become increasingly "stuck" lately? Day after day of cold, rain, heat, or blue skies may not be a figment of your imagination. While various oceanic and atmospheric patterns such as El Nino, La Nina, and the North Atlantic Oscillation have been blamed for the spate of unusual weather recently, there's now a new culprit in the wind: Arctic amplification. Directly related to sea-ice loss and earlier snowmelt in the Far North, it is affecting the jet stream around the Northern Hemisphere, with potentially far-reaching effects on the weather. Read more here.

German Flag Next to Wind Turbine Germany Embarks on Historic Alternative Energy Push
Spurred by a public outcry following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, Germany's Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, announced last year that Germany would phase out all of its nuclear power plants. Now, with a looming 20% energy gap to fill, the European nation plans to follow on its early leadership in the green energy sector with an unprecedented investment in alternative and renewable sources, including wind and solar.

The program will cost 200 billion euros ($263 billion), about 8 percent of the country's gross domestic product in 2011, according to the DIW economic institute in Berlin. Germany's plan is seen by some as an economic gamble, but many traditional energy companies -- including nuclear power companies -- are now lining up to invest in the strategic plan. One financial and energy analyst observed the plan would would make Germany's energy market, the most important in Europe, "into a massive energy laboratory." Read more here.

Bar Graph of Top PV Markets World Solar PV Market Grew Considerably in 2011
Worldwide solar photovoltaic (PV) market installations reached a record high in 2011 -- 27.4 gigawatts (GW), an increase of 40% year over year -- according to the 2012 Marketbuzz report released Monday by NPD Solarbuzz.

This is a report filled with numbers, as this article will also be. So, if you just want the good summary of it all, it's that it's clear demand for solar photovoltaic systems was up in 2011 and looks ready rise even higher throughout much of the world in 2012. In particular, countries outside the 2011 top 10 are expected to start stealing market share soon. Read more here.

Implanted Biofuel Cell Operating in Living Snail
Researchers led by Evgeny Katz, the Milton Kerker Chaired Professor of Colloid Science at Clarkson University, have implanted a biofuel cell in a living snail.

This is the first incidence of an implanted biofuel cell continuously operating in a snail and producing electrical power over a long period of time using the snail's physiologically produced glucose as a fuel. Read more here.

Russian Oil Refinery Reluctant Russia wakes up to energy waste
In 2008 Russia was wasting enough energy to power Britain for a whole year. It was then that President Dmitry Medvedev set a target to reduce energy intensity, a rate of waste measure, by 40 percent by 2020. Russian companies were 10 to 20 times less energy efficient than their foreign rivals, he said.

Not enough has changed since Soviet times, critics say, and wide-open windows remain a typical way of cooling overheated housing blocks. Even today around one-fifth of Russian boilers date back to the era of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's space flight in 1961, or earlier. "We are two and half times less energy efficient than other comparative modern countries in Europe," said Vasily Belov, head of the energy efficiency cluster at the Skolkovo Foundation, a government-sponsored science park. Read more here.

Miscanthus Grown for Biofuel First Complete Full Genetic Map of Promising Energy Crop
Researchers in Wales and the United States have collaborated to complete the first high-resolution, comprehensive genetic map of a promising energy crop called miscanthus.

As published in the journal article, Ceres researchers mapped all 19 chromosomes of miscanthus, a towering cane-like grass that can be used as a feedstock for advanced biofuels, bio-products and biopower. The multi-year project involved generation and analysis of more than 400 million DNA sequences creating a blueprint of the genetic alphabet of the plant. Read more here.

Reservoir of Red Mud Carbonised red mud can treat water cheaply
Red mud, a by-product of alumina industries, can be 'carbonised' for safe handling and the resulting material can be used to treat water contaminated with heavy metals, say scientists. Red mud, so called for its reddish iron content, turns into 'carbonised' red mud (CRM) that is enriched with carbon when it is used as a catalyst for 'cracking' methane and other hydrocarbons into different products.

Carbonisation occurs when a complex substance is converted into carbon-containing residue through heat during burning or chemical treatment. Read more here.

Coal Power Plant Natural Gas a Weak Weapon Against Climate Change, New Study Asserts
Although natural gas burns more cleanly than coal, a new study argues that replacing all the world's coal power plants with natural gas would do little to slow global warming this century.

"There are lots of reasons to like natural gas, but climate change isn't one of them," said physicist Nathan Myhrvold, lead author of the new study. "It's worthless for [fighting] climate change, as far as we can tell." Read more here.

National
Corn US government approves Monsanto seed experiment across America
For the first time, the U.S. government has signed off on a large-scale experiment with genetically modified crops from Monsanto engineered corn seed.

The giant GMO corporation has been given the go-ahead to test a man-made corn variant which apparently can thrive in dry, unfavorable conditions. Much of the American south and southwest is experiencing abnormally arid conditions, and Monsanto says that the GMO seed could thrive under these drought conditions and "revitalize" a large portion of the nation's agriculture.However, it is far more likely that a success with the experiment would simply improve Monsanto's profits and not much more. Read more here.

Melting Plastic into Fuel Startup Converts Plastic To Oil, And Finds A Niche
Only 7 percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A startup company in Niagara Falls says it can increase that amount and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil at the same time.

It all starts with a machine known as the Plastic-Eating Monster. Thousands of pounds of shredded milk jugs, water bottles and grocery bags tumble into a large tank, where they're melted together and vaporized. This waste comes from landfills and dumps from all over the United States. Read more here.

Energy Committee House Panel to Cite New Flaw in Energy Loans
A Congressional committee that has been investigating the Energy Department's loan programs is adding to its line of attack on the eve of an appearance by the energy secretary before the panel.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been seeking with limited success to portray the financial support for a solar company, Solyndra, which eventually went bankrupt, as a politically inspired boon to an Obama campaign fund-raiser who was an investor in the business. But at a hearing, the committee is to release a staff report that argues that in other instances the Energy Department overrode the objections of some of its professional staff members to pick aid recipients that were supposed to have innovative projects when, in fact, the technology was nothing new. Read more here.

RTO Interconnection Grid Map Grid Operator's Report Details Energy Market Shift to Clean Energy
Regional transmissions organizations (RTO) may be the most important factor that you've never heard of in America's shift toward a clean energy future.

PJM Interconnection's 2011 State of the Market Report details how energy market forces in the highly technical RTO system are retiring coal power plants, encouraging renewable energy generation, and stimulating demand response while reducing consumer electricity costs. Read more here.

Texas Irrigation System Push Comes to Shove Over Water Restrictions
Water is a contentious issue across Texas, but tensions have been especially high in a 16-county groundwater conservation district stretching from south of Lubbock into the Panhandle, an area considered part of America's "breadbasket." There, farmers reliant on the slowly diminishing Ogallala are fighting to maintain their right to pump unrestricted amounts of water. The issue gained urgency last month when a landmark Texas Supreme Court opinion confirmed that landowners own the water beneath their property, in the same way they own the oil and gas.

The ruling opens up water districts like the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District, which covers the 16-county West Texas area and is the largest such district, to litigation from landowners, said Amy Hardberger, a water expert with the Environmental Defense Fund. Read more here.

Alaskan Oil Rig Native Alaskans Divided On State's Oil Drilling Debate
Shell Oil plans to explore for petroleum off Alaska's north coast this summer. The native people of Alaska have a big stake in both oil revenue and environmental protection. That conflict has played out in recent trips by Inupiats to Washington, D.C., to argue their case.

One of those appearances was in the last place on Earth you might expect to find a pro-whaling news conference: a Greenpeace meeting room. But that actually transpired, thanks to alliances formed to fight Arctic oil drilling. Environmental activists know one of their strongest arguments is to speak out and even go to court to protect a traditional culture. That includes whale hunts. Read more here.

Guy's Facebook Pic Job seekers getting asked for Facebook passwords
When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password. Bassett, a New York City statistician, had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page. But she couldn't see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information. Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didn't want to work for a company that would seek such personal information. But as the job market steadily improves, other job candidates are confronting the same question from prospective employers, and some of them cannot afford to say no. Read more here.

Map of Basins in U.S. with Deep Carbon Storage Capacity Imagining Emissions in Underground Exile
In a perfect world, greenhouse gas emissions would be on the decline in the near future, with fossil fuels replaced by clean sources of energy like wind and solar. But current emissions are so daunting that the chances of the planet's cleaning up its act in a timely manner are slim.

"It's such a big number that it's sort of hard to grasp what it means," said Ruben Juanes, a geoscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "With emissions as enormous as they are right now, even if we try to deploy alternate energy technologies as quickly as possible, there's still going to be a huge source of emissions from fossil fuels that we'd better address." So Dr. Juanes proposes a bridge solution -- a quick fix for the time being -- in the form of carbon capture and storage, or C.S.S. This technology captures carbon dioxide from sources like power plants, converts it into a dense liquid form and then disposes of it deep underground in saline aquifers. Read more here.

Discourse
Statewide Ranks of Winter Temperature An Eerie Winter
It is not always easy to pin down the causes of any specific weather pattern. And yet, the unprecedented rate of change in temperature and weather patterns worldwide should give us concern that the winter just past is but a preview of coming attractions. What the geologic record shows has previously taken 5,000 to 20,000 years to occur--namely, a 100 ppm rise in carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere--has taken only 120 years in our era. What that implies is that in the past no single human being could have witnessed the kind of changes in climate we are now seeing in the space of a single lifetime or even a single generation. Read more here.

Keystone Protesters Keystone XL Pipeline Could Cost More Jobs Than It Creates
The proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil extracted from Alberta, Canada's tar sands through six states: Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Although many proponents of the pipeline make a big deal about the jobs it would create, the six states would only gain about 20 permanent pipeline operation jobs, according to a report by Cornell University's Global Labor Institute. Meanwhile, the agricultural and tourism sectors that are already major employers in those states would be affected greatly by a major spill. Read more here.

The White House Obama Executive Order: Peacetime Martial Law!
This Executive Order was posted on the WhiteHouse.gov web site on Friday, March 16, 2012, under the name National Defense Resources Preparedness. In a nutshell, it's the blueprint for Peacetime Martial Law and it gives the president the power to take just about anything deemed necessary for "National Defense", whatever they decide that is. It's peacetime, because as the title of the order says, it's for "Preparedness". A copy of the entire order follows the end of this story.

Under this order the heads of these cabinet level positions; Agriculture, Energy, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Defense and Commerce can take food, livestock, fertilizer, farm equipment, all forms of energy, water resources, all forms of civil transporation, and any other materials from wherever they are available. Read more here.

Cotton Humanity's Growing Impact on the World's Freshwater
It takes water to make everything, and the explosion of demand for all manner of products is draining rivers, shrinking lakes and depleting aquifers.

Consider this: On average it takes 2,700 liters to make a cotton shirt and 9,800 liters to make a pair of blue jeans. The cotton crops growing in farmers' fields consume most of that water; a smaller share is used in the factories that churn out the clothes. On any given day we're likely wearing more than 15,000 liters worth of water. And if we slip on a pair of leather loafers, well, add another 8,000 liters. It takes a lot of water to grow the grain to feed the cow whose skin is turned into shoes. Read more here.

Local
Proposed Southcoast Rail Project Patrick allocates no additional money for South Coast Rail
While local officials are requesting $300 million in aid for local road and bridge projects, the Patrick administration said a $200 million borrowing plan for Chapter 90 is all the state government can afford.

Gov. Deval Patrick last week filed a $1.5 billion bond bill featuring $200 million for Chapter 90 funding for fiscal 2013, authorizing the state's first infrastructure bank to leverage private investments, and allocating $311 million for the state's rail and transit systems. The bond bill includes no additional funding for the South Coast Rail project, and he said MassDOT would use existing funds to push forward on the Green Line extension. Read more here.

Northampton, MA Massachusetts Town Struggles With Coca-Cola's Waste
Northampton, a town of 29,000 people in Western Massachusetts, is home to a Coca-Cola plant that churns out several of Coke's fruit juice lines. And that plant is also churning out wastewater that is becoming to expensive for Northampton's wastewater treatment facility to process. Rising costs and the possibility of tensions increasing between a city and one of its largest employers is an example of how municipalities end up fronting and subsidizing the costs of a large company's operations. Read more here.

Map of Green Energy Firms in Massachusetts Bill would require more clean energy, competitive bids
In the wake of criticism over the cost to ratepayers of long-term energy contracts signed by National Grid and NStar to purchase power from Cape Wind, a panel of lawmakers on Tuesday endorsed a bill that would introduce competitive bidding to the renewable energy marketplace while more than doubling the amount of renewably energy utilities must purchase.

The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy endorsed a redrafted bill that would require utility companies over the next four years to purchase an additional 4 percent of peak-load power needs from renewable sources through a competitive bidding process. Read more here.

Massachusetts Emblem Massachusetts economy grew at slower pace in 2011 than first thought as UMass revises data
The Massachusetts economy last year grew at a significantly slower pace than originally thought, expanding at roughly the same rate as the rest of the nation last year, the University of Massachusetts reported Wednesday.

Forecasters now believe the state's economy grew at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in 2011, instead of the 2.9 percent first reported in UMass's quarterly journal MassBenchmarks. The national economy, meanwhile, grew at a rate of 1.6 percent. Read more here.

Farm Hack Logo Rhode Island Farms Get Hacked
Normally, when one hears the word "hacker," the image of an obese guy simultaneously playing World of Warcraft, eating Funyuns and attempting to infiltrate the CIA mainframe from his parents' basement springs to mind. But not all hackers are malicious. Some of them want to solve problems. Case in point: FarmHack.

FarmHack was started to create real-world, easily replicable, low-cost solutions to America's farmers, and to create a community of farmers, designers, fabricators and documenters that could design, vet, test and provide technical specifications for each proposed solution to a given agricultural problem. Recently, a group of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) students and local farmers gathered for the first Ocean State FarmHack. Read more here.

Kids' Jewelry from Wallmart Study finds lead, arsenic in children's jewelry at Fall River Walmart
High levels of lead and arsenic have been found in children's jewelry sold at the Fall River Walmart, and from other familiar retailers in Massachusetts and other states.

The research was conducted by the Ecology Center, a Michigan based non-profit environmental organization. It discovered that more than half the items tested had high levels of one or more hazardous chemicals. Read more here.

Adult Education Class Mass. plans to update adult education
Massachusetts education officials are planning to retool adult basic-education programs to focus more on preparing students for college or further job training, instead of simply passing high school equivalency exams.

More than 20,000 adults across the state enroll in adult education programs annually with the goal of building a better life for themselves or their families.But after earning a high school equivalency diploma, many of them discover that they still are not academically ready for college or lack the skills for decent-paying jobs. Read more here.

Student at Westport Middle School Westport students, artist steeped in Earth Day project
Sixth graders from Westport Middle School have been elbow-deep in paste, paint and paper mache as the school's Earth Eve Parade float has slowly taken shape.

The Earth Eve Parade float is a team effort between the Trustees of Reservations and Westport Middle School. The float will be a part of the Earth Eve Parade slated for 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, during New Bedford's AHA! Night. The April AHA! Night's theme is Sustainable SouthCoast and will revolve around an Earth Day celebration. Read more here.

Wind Farm Wind power tax credit resurrected
A measure rejected last week by the U.S. Senate that included tax credits for energy production from commercial wind turbines has a new life.But its fate and the fate of other subsidies for renewable energy sources like the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm are still up in the air.

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., joined a bipartisan group of senators who proposed legislation that would extend the production tax credit. Wind-energy developers say this is crucial to their industry. Read more here.

Kim Ferreira Dietician Kim Ferreira promotes nutrition education in local communities
As a dietician for Coastline Elderly Services in New Bedford, Kim Ferreira says the best part of her job is being out of the office.

Ferreira travels around the Southcoast passing along healthcare education and the steps to better nutrition. Her site visits often keep her local -- cooking for the Rochester Council on Aging, holding workshops with both the Marion and Mattapoisett Councils on Aging and co-hosting a nutrition segment on ORCTV. What makes the travel worthwhile, she said, is how accessible nutritional education can be for the public. Read more here.

Right Whale on Cape Cod Whale researchers fear loss of federal funding
Founded in 1975, the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies studies the marine ecology of the Cape Cod Bay, with a particular focus on animal life and rescue.

Right whales are a federally protected endangered species, and the Center for Coastal Studies receives money to conduct their field work and rescue missions. These boat-based fact-finding missions may come to an end, though, as the budget for the nonprofit's right whale program is set to be slashed by a third, threatening the center's ability to conduct research, identification and rescue in the bay. Read more here.

SEEED Summit Legislation Could Lift Social Enterprise Movement
Business leaders, legislators, academics, researchers, students and social entrepreneurs from across the country gathered March 16 and 17 for a two-day conference at Brown University to advance social enterprise as a new paradigm for economic development.

In a speech Saturday, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., said he was drafting the first proposed national legislation to directly support social enterprise -- an emerging movement that innovates new business models to help solve social and environmental ills. Read more here.

Wareham Wastewater Facility Wareham's sewer plant a model for other communities
Wareham's Water Pollution Control Facility is really good at reducing nitrogen and phosphorus in wastewater, which helps to cut down on their pollution of area waterways.The plant is so good that earlier this month, representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency visited to tour the facility and see just how Wareham does it.

Wareham is "one of the few, if not the only treatment plant in this area that treats for low levels of phosphorus and nitrogen," David Pincumbe of the Environmental Protection Agency said after his March 9 tour. "Wareham does an impressive job." Read more here.

Construction of Fairhaven Turbine Turbine technology includes multiple safety mechanisms
FAIRHAVEN--A complex system of controls and sensors within the town's two wind turbines give operators the ability to shut down the turbines when needed but also makes the structures largely self-sufficient.

A single turbine contains as many as 1,000 sensors, which perform multiple functions including detecting wind direction and speed, ensuring blade balance and monitoring maintenance functions, according to Fairhaven Wind developer and Lumus Construction president, Sumul Shah. Shah gave a tour of the turbines, showing reporters their inner workings and noting the project is on schedule to finish and be operational by April 22. Read more here.

New Bedford Firefighters New Bedford firefighters awarded more than $600k for equipment
The New Bedford Fire Department will be able to control downtown traffic lights to make way for emergency vehicles and replace most of their firefighters' protective gear thanks to a $635,392 federal grant.

The department had applied for and was awarded one of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants, which can be used for equipment and training. Onset Fire Department was awarded $168,639, members of the congressional delegation announced Tuesday. "It has been a lifeline for the Fire Department for last five years in these difficult fiscal times," New Bedford Fire Chief Michael Gomes said of the grant program. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Tropical Treasures for Tweens and Teens

Saturday, March 24th, 10:30am - noon, Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn Street New Bedford
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 to 13. Sign up for one class or take all three! Please call the Education Department at (508) 991-6178. Details here.

Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity Home and Garden Show

Saturday, March 24th, 10:00a.m.- 4p.m., Tabor Academy, 266 Front St., Marion
Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, sixty local businesses will participate, offering product overviews, workshops, and home improvement seminars to assist homeowners and potential buyers. The show will be held inside Tabor Academy's Travis Roy Ice Rink. There will also be musical entertainment. Admission is FREE to the public. Details here.

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.- 1:00p.m., Fort Taber Park, New Bedford
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, 2-3p.m., 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.

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.


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.

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
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 ejohns@ecoisp.com.

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, 5:30-9:00pm, 127 Combs Road Easthampton, MA
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, 6:30-9:00pm, 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, 2:30-3:30pm, 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, 6:30-8:30pm, 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, 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. Read more about Massachusetts Agriculture Day.

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
The SouthCoast Energy Challenge launched its 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: 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!
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
Don't "Take Away" -- Take the Time for a Sit-Down Lunch!
The biggest problem with take-away food is the excessive packaging and the convenient but disposable plastic utensils. It's bad enough that more than 12% of our nation's waste is made up of plastic, but worse still that barely 7% of plastic is recycled. Many recycling programs won't even accept the Styrofoam containers and plastic cutlery that comes with take-away meals.
Learn more here.

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