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March 29 to April 5, 2012

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

This week:

Massachusetts Agriculture Day at State House

The Work that Reconnects Workshop


Save The Date:

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

Awaken the Dreamer Symposium



Green Jobs Positions in Southcoast

Ocean Explorium Appoints New Explorer in Residence

Weekly Green Tip:

Give Up Idling Your Car

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Can New England Feed Itself?
New England has seen a resurgence in local farming in the last decade, but will this trend continue? Can local farming grow to a level where our region supplies a substantial amount of our food needs? And even if it could, should it?

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"Adapt or perish, now as ever, is Nature's inexorable imperative."
- H.G. Wells

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Hungarian Cash As Fuel In a somewhat glamourous and highly creative recycling solution to the need for fuel for its low-income citizens, Hungary allows its old cash to be burned for fuel. It is the only country to do this. Retired bills are shredded and pressed into briquettes that can feed fires and cover as much as one-third of a selected non-profit agency's heating costs for a year. Waste not want not.

Energy generation is rampant in global news. As a lead story, Denmark's political parties have come together over plans to reduce the country's CO2 emissions by $34 percent by 2020, and increase its renewable energy usage by 35%. They claim that by making this transition proactively, they will avoid fuel price spikes that would hurt Danish businesses and citizens.

Still in the pursuit of oil in the U.S. however, residents of North Dakota are experience the environmental disregard in pursuit of fossil fuel supplies that other less high-profile countries have complained about before them. When Americans complain, it makes news. When indigenous tribes in undeveloped forests have had their habitats ruined, until now, nobody has traditionally heard about it. For North Dakota's citizen's, the issue right now is trash, and containers of urine left behind by thoughtless oil prospectors. Have we learned nothing about caring for our surroundings and respecting residents?
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 recaps Naomi Wolf's recent appearance at UMass Dartmouth where she discussed the symptoms of a closed democracy, formation of police states, and citizen uprisings. Naomi Wolf thinks, on a happier note, that the world is undergoing a collective shift with global citizens recognizing each other's humanity. The world is shedding it's skin of fomented differences. We shall see. Read more here.
Leaf Bullet News
Danish Offshore Wind Farm Denmark Aims for 50% of Electricity from Wind by 2020
Denmark is taking major steps towards a greener future, passing an agreement that the Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard, says is "the broadest, the greenest, and the most long-term energy agreement that has ever been reached in Denmark."

The agreement establishes a framework for the policy on climate and energy up to 2020 and outlines a direction for the country up until 2050. Read more here.

Solar Tower in Spain A Smaller Route to Solar Success
There are at least a dozen major ways to turn sunlight into electricity, but one of the more interesting is using a field of mirrors to focus the sun's energy on a "power tower" where the heat is captured and used later to spin a turbine and turn a generator. Two companies are now planning to build such systems in the desert Southwest with hardware that will store the heat for a rainy day or for the period right after sunset when power demand is still high.

But now comes a new player with a different concept: build the tower, but on a smaller, simpler scale, and skip the storage in favor of using using biogas or natural gas to power the system after dark. Read more here.

Whale Shark Helping a Species That Leaves Few Feeling Warm and Fuzzy
Among conservation biologists, Rachel Graham is sometimes called the aquatic Jane Goodall: She has developed new information about the lives of her research subjects and, like the famous primatologist, she has successfully deployed science to create a constituency for their preservation.

But Dr. Graham's subjects lack the all-but-human charms of Dr. Goodall's chimps. As the director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Gulf and Caribbean Sharks and Rays Program, Dr. Graham must overcome deeply held fears and prejudices in her efforts to outlaw fishing of various shark species, including the whale shark, a playful and friendly creature that migrates to the western Caribbean every spring. Read more here.

French Nuclear Reactor Nuclear Power Too Expensive, French Court Finds
The French Court of Auditors recently found that nuclear power, which France is a leader in, costs more than what electricity consumers in the country are charged. Furthermore, the wind industry there has spoken up to point out that electricity from wind power is cheaper than from new nuclear. Read more here.

Earth on Fire Global Warming Close to Becoming Irreversible
The world is close to reaching tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter, making this decade critical in efforts to contain global warming, scientists warned on Monday.

Scientific estimates differ but the world's temperature looks set to rise by six degrees Celsius by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are allowed to rise uncontrollably. As emissions grow, scientists say the world is close to reaching thresholds beyond which the effects on the global climate will be irreversible, such as the melting of polar ice sheets and loss of rainforests. Read more here.

Fish and Sea Turtle What Is the Monetary Value of a Healthy Ocean?
Professor Robert Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is a co-editor of "Valuing the Ocean" a major new study by an international team of scientists and economists that attempts to measure the ocean's monetary value and to tally the costs and savings associated with human decisions affecting ocean health.

The study estimates that if human impacts on the ocean continue unabated, declines in ocean health and services will cost the global economy $428 billion per year by 2050, and $1.979 trillion per year by 2100. Alternatively, steps to reduce these impacts could save more than a trillion dollars per year by 2100, reducing the cost of human impacts to $612 billion. Read more here.

Starbucks Starbucks continues to green its operations
Coffee retail giant Starbucks is out with its annual sustainability report, touting its efforts to make its massive coffee operations more green, alongside efforts in other areas. The company defines this overall approach in a variety of ways, ranging from ethically sourced coffee beans to reducing water consumption. We'll be taking a look in this story around their efforts in green technology in particular to make their environmental goals more of a reality. Read more here.

Cloud Forest Cloud Forests May Be Particularly Vulnerable to Climate Change
Mexico could lose nearly 70 percent of its cloud forests due to climate change by 2080, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change, that has implications for cloud forests worldwide.

Cloud forests are usually defined as tropical forests growing at an altitude of more than 6,600-10,000 feet in elevation, where the forest receives most of its moisture from fog. Unique ecosystems, cloud forests harbor many species found nowhere else including a wide variety of orchids, hummingbirds, and amphibians. Read more here.

President Barack Obama Obama Endorses KXL Pipeline, Native Americans Forced to Protest from 'Cage'
President Obama has endorsed a southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. "As long as I'm president, I'm going to keep encouraging the development of oil and gas infrastructure," Obama said in a speech in Cushing, Okla.

Native American activists in Oklahoma have expressed outrage at the proposal of the pipeline as it will "desecrate known sacred sites and artifacts" on its path to refineries in Texas, in addition to the evident environmental degradation involved. Read more here.

Discarded plastic bottle filled with urine North Dakota Litter Problem Rises With Oil Boom
Along the wide-open expanses and rolling prairie of western North Dakota surrounding the state's booming oil patch, all sorts of bizarre litter can be found clogging the once picturesque roadside: Derelict hardhats, single boots, buckets, pallets, pieces of machinery, shredded semi tires, oily clothing, cigarette butts.

Litter has become an escalating problem as the rush to tap vast caches of crude escalates in North Dakota. As the number of trucks coming to the oil mecca increases, so does the trash. Some of the industrial rubbish blows in from unsecured truckloads, but for many, the most frustrating trash is the gallons of discarded urine. Read more here.

Pine Tree in Rattlesnake Canyon Pipe Down! That Noise Might Affect Your Plants
Researchers haven't given much thought to the effect of noise and noise pollution on plants. After all, plants don't have ears -- at least, not the kind you hear with -- so there doesn't seem to be much point. But thanks to ecologist Clinton Francis, that could be about to change.

Gnarled juniper trees and pinon pines dominate one New Mexico canyon's landscape of high mesas and rough sandstone cliffs. Tucked in among the trees are thousands of natural gas wells, about a third of them pressurized by ear-splitting compressors. Since 2005, he has been studying how Rattlesnake Canyon's birds respond to the compressors' nonstop racket. And it looks like the noise is having an effect. Read more here.

Dead Coral resulting from BP Oil Spill Gulf Oil Spill: Coral Death 'Definitively' Linked To BP Spill
After months of laboratory work, scientists say they can definitively finger oil from BP's blown-out well as the culprit for the slow death of a once brightly colored deep-sea coral community in the Gulf of Mexico that is now brown and dull.

In a study published Monday, scientists say meticulous chemical analysis of samples taken in late 2010 proves that oil from BP PLC's out-of-control Macondo well devastated corals living about 7 miles southwest of the well. Read more here.

Florida Reef Ancient Civilizations Reveal Ways to Manage Fisheries for Sustainability
In the search for sustainability of the ocean's fisheries, solutions can be found in a surprising place: the ancient past.

In a study published in the journal Fish and Fisheries, a team of marine scientists reconstructed fisheries yields over seven centuries of human habitation in Hawaii and the Florida Keys, the largest coral reef ecosystems in the United States, and evaluated the management strategies associated with periods of sustainability. The results surprised them. Read more here.

Norwich University President of LGBT Club Military academies hold first gay pride events, half-year after end of 'don't ask'
At the beginning of the school year, gay pride events at a military academy with titles like "condom Olympics" and "queer prom" would have been unthinkable. This week, they're a reality.

Cadets in uniform at Norwich University, the nation's oldest private military academy, participated Monday in sessions about handling bullying and harassment as part of the school's first gay pride week. The events are believed to be the first of their kind on a military campus. Just over six months after the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" rule that prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces, it's a different -- and less secretive -- world. Read more here.

Green Button President's Green Button Energy Saving Program Attracts Heavy Hitters
The fan base for President Obama's ambitious new Green Button energy conservation program started off small in January with a short list of half a dozen utility companies covering 12 million households, and in two months it has practically doubled in size. Last week, nine more major utility companies and electricity suppliers announced their support along with a dozen or so energy and information technology related companies. All in all, Green Button will already be available to about 27 million households as it rolls out over the next few years -- and that's just for starters.

So... what is Green Button, and why is the energy industry beginning to love it? Read more here.

Tomatoes with syringes sticking out Group wants labels on genetically modified foods
More than 1 million Americans are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to label genetically engineered foods, the largest number of people to weigh in on a food petition in the history of the federal agency, according to the initiative's advocates.

Just Label It, which was organized in New Hampshire last fall, said the group has been gathering support with the help of more than 500 partner organizations across the country. The goal is to ensure that all genetically modified foods include a label that advises consumers they're eating food that has been altered - a requirement in place in more than 40 countries, including Russia and China. Read more here.

Occupy Wall Street Police State Blues
Upon the six-month anniversary of the occupation of Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, the NYPD -- because the department suffered no ill consequences from their search and destroy mission launched, in the late fall of 2011, to scour Liberty Square of liberty -- initiated another brutal operation to expel OWS activists from the premises, and to discourage, in general, those who might venture attempts to exercise their right to free assembly and free expression across the whole of the city of New York as winter proceeds into spring.

In a police state, unjust actions by authoritarian bullies, operating at the behest of privileged bullies in power, act by caprice and will escalate their level of brutality by the degree that the public at large reacts with support and indifference to the state's assaults on civil liberties and common decency. Read more here.

Protesting Citizens United In Small Groups and Small Towns, Opposition to Citizens United Spreads
Jennifer is part of a "Resilience Circle" in Greenbelt that meets to learn about the economy and the environment, engage in mutual aid, and take social action. Like many others meeting across the country, her circle used a free seven-session curriculum as a guide for its initial meetings. Jennifer's circle is sponsored by Greenbelt Climate Action Network (a project of CHEARS.org) in partnership with Simplicity Matters Earth Institute.

Jennifer found herself in front of the Greenbelt, MD, city council and dozens of community members, proposing a resolution in support of an amendment to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision. Read more here.

Putting gas in your car The industrial food system depends to its peril on cheap oil.
With a gallon of gasoline in America now averaging almost $4.00, the topic of oil dependence is timely.Cheap oil and other fossil fuels have helped create the modern American economy, and to a lesser extent, the economies of other industrialized cultures around the world. Big industry totally depends on them. Naturally, this includes the food industry.

Let's list some of the ways in which cheap fossil fuels sustains the conventional food system in America. Read more here.

Protesting ALEC Lobbyists, Guns, and Money
Florida's now-infamous Stand Your Ground law, which lets you shoot someone you consider threatening without facing arrest, let alone prosecution, sounds crazy -- and it is. And it's tempting to dismiss this law as the work of ignorant yahoos. But similar laws have been pushed across the nation, not by ignorant yahoos but by big corporations.

Specifically, language virtually identical to Florida's law is featured in a template supplied to legislators in other states by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-backed organization that has managed to keep a low profile even as it exerts vast influence (only recently, thanks to yeoman work by the Center for Media and Democracy, has a clear picture of ALEC's activities emerged). And if there is any silver lining to Trayvon Martin's killing, it is that it might finally place a spotlight on what ALEC is doing to our society -- and our democracy. Read more here.

Largest solar farm in state proposed for Dartmouth
DARTMOUTH -- A 21,000-panel solar farm that would be one of the state's largest is proposed for a 35-acre site off Fisher Road.

No Fossil Fuel Dartmouth Solar, LLC plans to construct the six-megawatt facility on a former sand and gravel pit, said No Fossil Fuel's owner, Mary O'Donnell. The Fisher Road project will power about 6,000 homes and cost about $12 million, O'Donnell said. She said providing more than six megawatts of power would have required a $3 million investment in a new substation that would have "financially killed" the project. Read more here.

MBTA Rail MBTA proposes 23% fare hike, limited service cuts
Riders on the public transit system would pay an average of 23 percent more and most service cuts would be spared under a budget-balancing plan announced by the T. The changes, to take effect July 1, are significantly less severe than the two proposals unveiled by the T in January and widely criticized at hearings throughout Greater Boston in recent months. Those proposals would have relied entirely on fare increases and service cuts to make up the $160 million deficit the MBTA faces for the upcoming budget year.

Instead, the T hopes to use $51 million in one-time funds from the state's motor vehicle inspection program to soften the blow on transit riders, Secretary of Transportation Richard A. Davey said. Other sources -- including $7 million in leftover snow and ice money from the mild winter, and an unexpected $5 million from a deal to lease the North Station parking garage -- help reduce the amount that will need to be made up by transit riders to about $90 million, Davey said. Read more here.

Nstar Logo UMass Dartmouth, NStar partner to upgrade facilities
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth expects to save nearly $1 million annually on its energy costs because of efficiency upgrades.

The savings were announced earlier this week in a partnership with the utility company NStar. Upgrades have been made to the main Dartmouth campus, as well as the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Marine Science and Technology, both in New Bedford. Read more here.

Pink Slime Meat Public pressure drives "pink slime" retreat from local stores
The industry calls the filler "lean finely textured beef." Opponents gave the product a less appetizing name of "pink slime."

Market Basket, Stop & Shop and Shaw's all announced they will no longer sell ground beef with the filler in response to customers' fears. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has deemed the product to be safe, but stores have quickly opted to avoid the filler in recent days amid media scrutiny. Read more here.

Proposed Bike Path Linking Fall River to Taunton Funding a likely roadblock for bike path linking Fall River, Taunton
A 22-mile bike path may one day connect Taunton and Fall River, if planners can find the money to create it.

The Taunton River Watershed Alliance and the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District are working to build a bike path along the Taunton River. However, securing funds for the project could be difficult. Read more here.

American Flag State Senate energy bill tackles renewables, regulation, costs
Legislation aimed at tackling the drivers of high energy costs in Massachusetts due to be unveiled by state senators will closely mirror a bill released last week opening up long-term renewable energy contracts to competitive bidding and more than doubling the amount of renewables required to be purchased by utilities.

The bill (S 2190) that Senate President Therese Murray, Sen. Benjamin Downing, Attorney Martha Coakley and others are set to discuss at a press conference also triples the net metering cap for private and government customers who qualify for rebates for excess energy generated on-site and sold back to grid, according to a summary obtained by the News Service. Read more here.

Dave Henchy Community fish share business benefits fish stocks, fishermen, and families
"More money for the fishermen, less wasted bycatch, fewer threatened fish caught per year, and maintaining a healthy fishery," are the goals of Dave Henchy's new business concept -- Cape Cod Fish Share (capecodfishshare.com), he said.

Eco-friendly fishing standards, green packaging, and making good on buying local are essential criteria for Henchy's business. "He's tapping into all the current trends in the food industry: organic, sustainable, natural, local," said Tobey Stapleton, full time lecturer and marketing expert at UMass Dartmouth's Charlton College of Business who is advising Henchy. Read more here.

New Bedford Pier Shore power coming soon to New Bedford piers
Work is under way on the first phase of a long-awaited project to make shore power available to boats and reduce diesel emissions on all of the city's fish piers.Sixteen pedestals will be installed on Steamship Pier and Coal Pocket Pier in the coming.

Fishing boats tied to the wharves now rely on onboard generators to keep their batteries charged. Reducing that dependence will cut emissions and save the industry money in fuel and other costs, officials say. Read more here.

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins Mass. Biotech Field Braces for Challenges
Despite strides in medical technology, the biotechnology industry faces mounting challenges ranging from reduced research funding to uncertainty over reimbursements to a shift in pharmaceutical companies' focus from drug discovery to mergers and marketing.

That was the unsettling prognosis delivered Monday at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council by National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins, as well as speakers on a panel taking the temperature of a business in transition. Read more here.

Baby Project Baby project reaches out to struggling moms
About six years ago, a young mother with no money and no resources approached a volunteer at a food pantry and asked for help getting diapers for her baby.

That chance encounter with a mother in need inspired Bolton to found The Baby Project, which gives diapers and other baby supplies to low-income mothers. Read more here.

Stranded Dolphins 5 dolphins rescued, released in Dennis
Five dolphins that stranded in Wellfleet and Brewster today were successfully released this afternoon at West Dennis Beach after they were rescued.

The strandings come amid a record-breaking year for dolphin strandings on Cape Cod. Read more here.

ConEdison Logo ConEdison to address Dartmouth solar farm concerns
ConEdison Development will address concerns about a controversial solar project planned on private land on Hixville Road at a meeting.

Nearby residents have raised concerns about the project, complaining about noise from work being done at the site without any notice. Read more here.

Recycling Facility New Launch Date for Single-Stream Recycling
The new statewide recycling program will have a new name and a new start date to ensure that it runs smoothly, according to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC), which operates the Central Landfill.

There are no technical glitches, but the launch of Rhode Island's single-stream recycling system has been moved from late April to mid-June to allow for more testing, RIRRC officials said. Read more here.

Marion Energy Management Committee Marion Energy Management Committee withdraws funding request, for now
Marion will have to wait to go green.

The Marion Energy Management Committee decided to withdraw their request for $50,000 in town funding to implement energy saving projects due to delays with engineering studies. Read more here.

Easton Farm Easton seeks to protect farming way of life
In a suburban environment, all that pre-dawn activity could potentially draw complaints. So establishing a mediation procedure between farmers and neighbors is one aspect of a right-to-farm bylaw that will come before town meeting later this spring.

The bylaw is being drafted by the town's Agricultural Commission, established at last year's town meeting. But it's just one part of that group's multi-faceted charge. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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

Thursday, March 29th, 7:00 - 9:00p.m., Tifereth Israel Congregation, New Bedford, MA
Join is for this amazing FREE event with Richard Louv! Richard Louv is the author of eight books including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age. 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 31, 9:00am - 3:45pm, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI
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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 1, 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 2, 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 5, 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.

Buzzards Bay Coalition Decision-Maker Workshop Series on Habitat Restoration

April 5, Various Locations
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.

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.

Sustainability Film Series: V for Vendetta

Wednesday, April 11, 6:30pm, UMass Dartmouth, Science and Engineering Building, Room 226
"Remember, remember the fifth of November," for on this day, in 2020, the minds of the masses shall be set free. So says code-name V, a man on a mission to shake society out of its blank complacent stares in the film V for Vendetta. His tactics, however, are a bit revolutionary, to say the least. The world in which V lives is very similar to Orwell's totalitarian dystopia in 1984: after years of various wars, England is now under "big brother" Chancellor Adam Sutler, whose party uses force and fear to run the nation. After they gained power, minorities and political dissenters were rounded up and removed; artistic and unacceptable religious works were confiscated. Cameras and microphones are littered throughout the land, and the people are perpetually sedated through the governmentally controlled media. Taking inspiration from Guy Fawkes, the 17th century co-conspirator of a failed attempt to blow up Parliament on November 5, 1605, V dons a Fawkes mask and costume and sets off to wake the masses by destroying the symbols of their oppressors, literally and figuratively. At the beginning of his vendetta, V rescues Evey from a group of police officers and has her live with him in his underworld lair. It is through their relationship where we learn how V became V, the extremities of the party's corruption, the problems of an oppressive government, V's revenge plot, and his philosophy on how to induce change.

Climate Change Lecture

Thursday, April 12, 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 14, 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 14, 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 14, 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 17, 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 19, 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 21, 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.

Awaken the Dreamer: Changing the Dream

Friday, April 22, 10am - 2pm, Bristol Community College, Faculty/Staff Lounge, G Building
Awakening the Dreamer is a worldwide initiative that has inspired thousands of people to realize their tremendous potential as agents of change. This Earth Day event is a transformative symposium and workshop to change lives and change the world. The symposium will feature music, multimedia video, insights from inspiring philosophers and community leaders, as well as interactive group exercises.Registration opens at 9:30AM. Refreshments and Lunch will be Provided. Donations of $10-$20 is requested to cover costs, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Steve Martin or Nancy Lee Wood Details here.

Community Recycle Day and Paper Drive

Saturday, April 28, 9am - Noon, Fall River YMCA
Dispose of old electronics responsibly. $5 for small appliances and $15 for TVs. Help us reach our recycle goals by bringing old newspapers, magazines and catalogues to add to our bins. Details here.

Urban Gardening Series

Saturday, April 28, 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
Green Jobs Positions in Southcoast
Program Manager, New Bedford SOlar Now
The primary focus of the Program Manager will be to drive and track demand for home solar assessments and solar installations in the City of New Bedford, MA. The Program Manager will work closely with and alongside City staff, sustainability groups, schools, businesses, and congregations, to help educate and engage town residents on solar power--and to help them sign up for a free home solar assessment.
Home Energy Advisor (Energy Auditor) for New Bedford, Next Step Living
Next Step Living is currently hiring a Home Energy Advisor for New Bedford and the SouthCoast region to perform audits for the MassSAVE program. This is a full time position. Advisors perform comprehensive energy assessments of home and works with customers to suggest appropriate energy saving opportunities. Training is provided but some experience is suggested. Must have a car. Looking for applicants with good people skills and some level of understanding of building science.
Sales Territory Manager -- Solar Renewable Energy Systems, Beaumont Solar (New Bedford)
Responsibilities include business development in the assigned territory primarily commercial with residential leads provided. The position is 1099, full training and excellent commission structure however no salary or benefits are included. Click here for additional information on these and other positions.
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
Give Up Idling Your Car
Every moment you spend idling your car's engine means time spent needlessly wasting gas, as well as rougher wear on your vehicle. So give it a rest, and avoid idling through your days.
Learn more here.

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