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April 5 to 12, 2012

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Sustainability Film Series: V for Vendetta

Sustainable Cities

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Save The Date:

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

Awaken the Dreamer Symposium

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Green Jobs Positions in Southcoast

Buzzards Bay Coalition and YMCA Southcoast River Exploration Camp

Weekly Green Tip:

Plant a Backyard Wildlife Garden

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Velomobile: no gas, burns calories, secure like a car
Most Americans have never seen one before. When Stephen Mosca takes his out on the street, he says he's treated like a mini Mini Cooper. A velomobile guarantees you protection from rain, sun and even cold, but you still need to pedal. Because underneath the aerodynamic shell that gives it the sleek look of a minicar lies a recumbent bicycle.
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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Bees Pollinating The controversy surrounding the die-offs of bees--called "colony collapse disorder"--has been of considerable debate in recent years. New research suggests pesticide chemicals are damaging bees, as well as othere pollinators including bats, bird and butterflies. It's a common argument in industrial agriculture that we need pesticides to maximize crop yields, but without pollinators our biome will cease to exist.

News about the U.S. National Security Agency spying on the world could mean the end of privacy, a fundamental human right. NSA is building a massive complex and data center for listening in and storing all global communications. While "intelligence gathering" has long been a national security tactic, our nation's spying network has been released since 9-11 from the limitations that used to protect private citizens from incursions without legal proof of legitimate concern.

On the subject of climate change, rising sea levels resulting from climate change could mean that islands and island chains like the Maldives could be underwater within a century. This dire situation seems to have birthed something potentially world-changing: the Maldives' goal to become the first carbon-neutral country. The Maldives and FedEx's mission to become energy efficient through electric power, natural gas, and biofuels, could lead to more massive carbon-neutral undertakings. Stories like these can inspire shifts in the public's thought processes and priorities.
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 blog: a collection of musings from the Lyme disease sick bay, a place from which many happily recover. While I remain weak and dizzy, I see my suffering as small as it is debilitating. May we all be removed from suffering and the causes of suffering. May we all be endowed with happiness and the causes of happiness. May we all abide in boundless equanimity free from bias, passion, and aggression. Read more here.
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Global
Bee Pollinating a Flower Neurotoxic Pesticides Helping to Decimate Bee Populations, Studies Indicate
Two new studies released show that industrial pesticides -- specifically chemical neurotoxins called 'neonicotinoids' -- have robust negative impact on the honey bees' ability to navigate and sufficiently reproduce. Previous studies have shown that insecticides may play a role in 'colony collapse disorder,' a term that describes huge bee die-offs in recent years, the direct and specific cause of which has remained elusive to scientists, but these studies are unique for being conducted in the field as opposed to in laboratory conditions. Read more here.

GM Headquarters General Motors pulls funding from climate sceptic thinktank Heartland
General Motors, the world's largest carmaker, has confirmed that it is pulling funding from the Heartland Institute, an ultra-conservative thinktank known for its scepticism about climate change.

The decision by the GM Foundation to halt its support for Heartland after 20 years underlines the new image the carmaker is seeking to project as part of its social responsibility programme. In the past GM has itself been associated with efforts to discredit climate change science, but in recent years it has been investing heavily in green technologies and cars including the electric/petrol hybrid, the Chevy Volt. Read more here.

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed 'The Island President': Mohamed Nasheed, Former Maldives Leader, Battles Climate Change
Maldives is going underwater. Literally.Due to rising sea levels, studies suggest that the country, a chain of nearly 1,200 islands, could be uninhabitable by 2100. What's the leader of the lowest lying country on Earth to do?
Read more here.

A Free-Drifting Float Measuring Water Temperature Oceans Started Warming 135 Years Ago, Study Suggests
The world's oceans have been warming for more than 100 years, twice as long as previously believed, new research suggests.

The findings could help scientists better understand the Earth's record of sea-level rise, which is partly due to the expansion of water that happens as it heats up, researchers added. Read more here.

Tigers are Threatened by Illegal Logging Multinationals vow to boycott APP after outcry over illegal logging
Several multinational companies have vowed to boycott the huge forestry conglomerate, Asia Pulp and Paper, after a public outcry after evidence emerged of illegal logging by APP in Indonesia, that is damaging the habitat of rare animals such as the Sumatran tiger.

Pressure has been growing on APP, its suppliers and customers, since the Guardian revealed last month evidence of illegal logging that had resulted in the chopping down of large numbers of a protected tree species, known as ramin, which grows in some of the last remaining bastions of the critically endangered tiger in south-east Asia. Read more here.

Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) Data Center at Camp Williams, Utah. America's New Data Center Makes UK Surveillance Plans Seem Petty
In the small town of Bluffdale in the Utah desert, the US government is halfway to completing a gargantuan complex designed to store and trawl through billions of phone calls, emails, and other global communications. As the UK government reveals its own plans to carry out mass surveillance, a lengthy piece in May's Wired reveals the full extent of the US's ambitions to capture and spy on almost everything that is said online or on the phone. Read more here.

School of Sardines Too Many Small Fish Are Caught, Report Says
An international group of marine scientists is calling for cuts in commercial fishing for sardines, herring and other so-called forage fish whose use as food for fish farms is soaring. The catch should be cut in half for some fisheries, the scientists say, to protect populations of both the fish and the natural predators that depend on them.

The report cites several cases in which overfishing of forage fish has led to the collapse of populations of larger fish or other predators, and suggests that such cases could increase unless catches are reduced. Read more here.

Bleached Coral How Coral Bleaching Could Lead to Slow-Motion Disaster and Famine
Scientists are pondering the fate of the world's fisheries in a changing climate, and how the fortunes of fish will affect the lives and livelihoods of more than 1.5 billion people who depend on seafood for at least a fifth of the animal protein they consume.

Already, there is evidence that as the ocean warms, many commercial fish stocks are moving poleward in search of cooler waters. Rising ocean temperatures have triggered coral bleaching events that have caused widespread damage to the world's reefs, which serve as a habitat for many species. Read more here.

Chevron, Transocean face second $11 billion Brazil lawsuit
A Brazilian federal prosecutor launched his second 20-billion-real ($10.9-billion) lawsuit against U.S. oil company Chevron and driller Transocean.

The new lawsuit, the prosecutor's second civil damages case against the companies in less than five months, is related to an oil leak discovered in Chevron's offshore Frade field northeast of Rio de Janeiro on March 4. The new civil suit -- also seeks to prevent Chevron and Transocean from operating in Brazil, transferring Brazilian profits overseas, obtaining government-backed finance and moving equipment from the country, the statement said. Read more here.

National
Offshore Wind Farm Maryland To Subsidize The First Atlantic Offshore Wind Farm?
A bill to subsidize development of an offshore wind farm won overwhelming approval last Friday in the Maryland House of Delegates. It now heads to the Maryland Senate.

While the use of wind power in the U.S. has expanded rapidly over the past few years, and now makes up about 3% of all electric power, this would be the nation's first offshore Atlantic wind farm, situated near Ocean City. Read more here.

Institute for Policy Integrity Environmental Rules: Job Killers or Job Creators?
It is a rare day that you pick up a newspaper without encountering a reference to -job-killing regulations- from a pro-business politician complaining about the burden of a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency or other government office. Sometimes large and scary job loss numbers are attached to the assertion and attributed to a study, most often financed by the affected industry.

The E.P.A. and the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which reviews all proposed federal regulations, have never used job figures as part of the calculus of the costs and benefits of rule-making, largely because there is no accepted methodology for assessing them. But the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University's School of Law said in a new report that despite the limitations of current methods of measuring job gains and losses, they should be considered when drawing up future environmental rules. Read more here.

Pink Slime Beef Beef processor files for bankruptcy amid "pink slime" uproar
Ground beef processor AFA Foods filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, citing the impact of the uproar over a meat filler dubbed "pink slime" by critics.

Meat processors have faced a backlash over the use of an ammonia-treated beef filler they call "finely textured beef." Food activists have campaigned to have it banned, but supporters say the product is safe to eat. Read more here.

FedEx CEO Fred Smith Oil Scare Turns FedEx On To Energy Efficiency
The rising cost of oil isn't just a hit to the family budget. Businesses are hurt, too. Few are more affected than firms like FedEx. It deploys nearly 700 planes and tens of thousands of trucks and vans every day to deliver packages around the world. And few business leaders are more focused on finding alternatives to petroleum-based fuels than FedEx CEO Fred Smith.

FedEx now burns 1.5 billion gallons a year of petroleum-based fuels, and, once again, the potential for conflict in the Middle East, specifically with Iran, has boosted prices and raised fears of a supply disruption. Smith says keeping the supply of imported oil flowing has cost the U.S. dearly over the past 40 years. Read more here.

Chart for Fracking's Water Demand Colorado farms planning for dry spell losing auction bids for water to fracking projects
Front Range farmers bidding for water to grow crops through the coming hot summer and possible drought face new competition from oil and gas drillers. At Colorado's premier auction for unallocated water this spring, companies that provide water for hydraulic fracturing at well sites were top bidders on supplies once claimed exclusively by farmers.

The prospect of tussling with energy industry giants over water leaves some farmers and environmentalists uneasy."What impact to our environment and our agricultural heritage are Coloradans willing to stomach for drilling and fracking?" said Gary Wockner, director of the Save the Poudre Coalition - devoted to protecting the Cache la Poudre River. Read more here.

Dolphins Disrupted from Seismic Testing Agency stops seismic tests; worries about dolphins
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- With sick and dead dolphins turning up along Louisiana's coast, federal regulators are curbing an oil and natural gas exploration company from using seismic equipment that sends out underwater pulses known to disturb marine mammals.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has told Global Geophysical Services Inc. to not conduct deep-penetration seismic surveys until May, when the bottlenose dolphin calving season ends. The agency says the surveys are done with air-guns that the emit sounds that could disrupt mother and calf bonding and mask "important acoustic cues." Read more here.

Illinois Flag Largest EV Fast-Charging Network in US Rolls Out
The largest EV fast-charging network in the US rolled out in Illinois at the end of last week. Governor Pat Quinn and representatives from the Illinois Tollway, 350Green LLC and 7-Eleven, Inc. made the announcement, noting in a news release that drivers can now -charge an electric vehicle in under 30 minutes using the current fast-chargers at 7-Eleven sites at four Tollway Oasis locations, and will soon be able to charge vehicles at all seven Tollway Oases.- Read more here.

Jet Flying in Air Kids to U.S. court: Who owns the air?
A group of teens and young adults are suing the U.S. government, pushing it to protect the atmosphere as a 'public trust' asset. But first, a judge must decide whether to let an industrial trade association join the feds' defense. Read more here.

Solar Station at University of Texas in Austin New solar charging station at Austin, Texas University for student use
Students on campus can now charge their electrical devices outside using solar energy without the hassle of trying to find an electrical outlet in or around a campus building.

The Sol Design Lab, founded by UT alumna Beth Ferguson, recently installed a solar power charging station in front of Perry-Casta-eda Library for students to charge any electrical device, from a laptop to an electric scooter, in a sustainable manner. The idea to install the station was first proposed by three students to the Green Fee Committee, which funds environmental projects on campus, including the solar station. This is the third solar station in Austin. The other two are located in East Austin and the South Congress area. Read more here.

Discourse
Lemon Tree Gleaning for Good: An Old Idea Is New Again
Foraging for food - whether it's ferreting rare mushrooms in the woods, picking abundant lemons from an overlooked tree, or gathering berries from an abandoned lot - is all the rage among the culinary crowd and the D.I.Y. set, who share their finds with fellow food lovers in fancy restaurant meals or humble home suppers.

But an old-fashioned concept - gleaning for the greater good by harvesting unwanted or leftover produce from farms or family gardens - is also making a comeback during these continued lean economic times. Read more here.

Dry Season in India Reflections on a Thirsty Planet for World Water Day
Water is essential to all of life, and to all of our lives. And so it is fitting that once a year, on March 22, the world takes a moment to celebrate and contemplate this magical, mysterious, essential, life-giving compound called H2O.

The idea for an International World Water Day crystallized at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and the next year, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly designated March 22, 1993 as the first World Water Day. Every year since then the UN has selected a different water theme for the day. Past themes have focused on water and cities, culture, sanitation, pollution, disasters and trans-boundary cooperation. This year's theme is water and food security, with the tag line: -the world is thirsty because we are hungry.- Read more here.

Jack Card Representing Banker When Bankers Rule the World
Why has the public for so long tolerated Wall Street's reckless abuses of power and accepted the resulting devastation? The answer lies in a cultural trance induced by deceptive language and misleading indicators backed by flawed economic theory and accounting sleight-of-hand. To shatter the trance we need to recognize that the deception that Wall Street promotes through its well-funded PR machine rests on three false premises. Read more here.

MLPA California Zone Map California's marine protected areas aren't Yosemites of the sea
A network of so-called marine protected areas created under the helm of a big oil lobbyist went into effect on the Southern California coast from Point Conception to the Mexico/U.S. border on January 1, 2012.

Advocates for the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative that created these marine protected areas continually refer to them as Yosemites of the Sea and underwater parks.However, nothing could be further from the truth. Read more here.

Local
Beaumont Solar Company New Bedford solar company goes on road to champion growing industry
A New Bedford company that designs and builds solar projects is bullish on the market for the alternative energy source in Massachusetts.

Beaumont Solar Co. is touting the appetite for solar power by holding an industry roundtable. Nationally, the solar industry is expected to grow tenfold over the next six years. This state will attract much of the business thanks to policy initiatives, said Phil Cavallo, president of Beaumont Solar. "Massachusetts is one of the most sought after states," he said. "The state is sought after because the regulatory environment is great, and the incentive environment is great." Read more here.

Protesting for Marriage Equality Massachusetts leads fight on right to marry
Massachusetts will once again take center stage in the national debate over same-sex marriage as the state becomes the first to go before a United States appeals court to challenge a federal law that defines marriage as a union only of a man and a woman.

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston will hear two cases that challenge the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act: The first is a lawsuit brought by 17 local plaintiffs who say it deprives them of the federal benefits that other married couples receive. The second, brought by the state, alleges the Marriage Act forces Massachusetts to discriminate against gay couples when the state's highest court has already declared their marriages constitutionally protected. Read more here.

Wellfleet Elementary Baseball Field Cape towns test chem-free property care
Wellfleet is taking its opposition to NStar's use of herbicides one step further.

The board of selectmen has adopted the region's first organic land-management policy, although two other Cape towns are actively working on similar policies and several more have adopted some organic practices. Read more here.
White's Factory Celebrating 20 years of land preservation in Fairhaven and Acushnet
A small brook runs under what used to be White's Factory off Hamlin Street in Acushnet, now a fragile-seeming set of walls with a sign warning visitors to be wary of falling rocks.

The factory may be gone, but the land remains, open to anyone and everyone. And for that, residents can thank the Fairhaven Acushnet Land Preservation Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving open space that just passed its 20th anniversary. Read more here.

Shannon Donovan and his class R.I. Schools Stress Sustainability and Stewardship
Led by 2011 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year Shannon Donovan, freshmen are retrofitting a truck from a gas to an electric-powered vehicle.

The project is part of an innovative, first-year program that combines subjects such as English and physical science to give students a real-world appreciation for subjects that might not be appreciated by simply reading a book. This integrated approach is a piece of the environmentally focused curriculum Donovan has helped create during her nine years at the school. Donovan teaches physical science, biology, environmental science and chemistry, and runs the popular environmental club, all of which utilize an aspect of the nearby ecosystem. Read more here.

Avoiding herring bycatch presents challenges
Commercial fishermen, marine scientists and environmentalists are working together on innovative ways to avoid bycatch of river herring in the sea herring fishery.River herring are in tough shape these days. All along the East Coast stocks have plummeted over the past decade, leading Massachusetts to impose a moratorium on their harvest or sale.

Commercial boats that target sea herring and mackerel at times inadvertently catch river herring in their nets and the industry has become the target of sustained criticism by some environmental groups. To help these vessels avoid concentrations of river herring, UMass Dartmouth's School for Marine Science and Technology developed a program last winter similar to one used by the scallop industry to avoid yellowtail flounder bycatch. Read more here.

Fall River Water Tank Construction on two Fall River water main projects begins
Construction on two water projects costing $4 million began this week as the city paints and rehabs the sixth of its seven tanks, the 84-foot-high and 145-foot wide Hood Street storage tank holding 10 million gallons.

In addition to that $3.4 million project, the water division continues what at one time was called the -42-7- water main upgrades - a goal of 42 miles in seven years. Read more here.

Teacher contract impasse costs Boston $9.4 million US grant; both sides blame each for loss
Boston lost out on a $9.4 million federal grant today for teacher bonuses because the School Department and the Boston Teachers Union failed to reach an agreement over the issue on time, a state education agency spokesman said.

The Boston Teachers Union has insisted that negotiations over the bonuses, which would be distributed under the federal grant program, must be settled as part of an overall new contract with the union and the city. Both sides declared in impasse in the 21 months of talks over a new contract last week and will be seeking intervention from a state mediator. However, the two sides continued negotiate after the impasse was declared, and the School Department was hoping to strike an agreement over the federal grant bonus program with the union over the weekend. Read more here.

Wareham Water Pollution Facility Wareham Sewer Plant May Go Green
Wareham may see its Water Pollution Control Facility go "green" in the near future if the Board of Selectmen approves a program that guarantees savings to towns for making their facilities more energy efficient. Read more here.

Snapping Turtle Team of vets aids snagged Cape snapping turtle
One bad gulp and the giant snapping turtle was in big trouble. A three-pronged fishhook was lodged deep in his throat, line trailing out his mouth.

Next stop: surgery at Cape Wildlife Center in Cummaquid. Read more here.

iRobot Model iRobot turns to the nuclear industry
The robot maker iRobot Corp., which is exploring new markets in the face of looming cuts in defense spending, announced its first sale to a domestic nuclear power plant operator.

The Bedford, MA company will reveal that it sold three robots, each priced between $300,000 and $400,000, to Progress Energy, a company in North Carolina, for use in the H. B. Robinson Nuclear Generating Station in Hartsville, S.C. The robots are identical to four that were sent to Japan to help monitor radiation and assist with the cleanup at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after it was damaged in an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Read more here.

Baby Project MASS. MARKET: 'Gateway Cities' can get in on tax credit
For the umpteenth time, the so-called -gateway cities- had some of Massachusetts- highest jobless rates. Sure, the rates in February were also high on Cape Cod and the Vineyard. But those economies will come alive in a couple months, as they always do when the weather warms up. The same rebirth won't happen this spring in many of the state's old industrial cities.

Well, there's at least one possible fix on the way now. The state Department of Housing and Community Development is putting the finishing touches on a tax credit program for projects in these mid-sized cities that would bring new market-rate housing into the mix. Read more here.

Lead Toy Toy Makers Oppose R.I. Safety Bill
PROVIDENCE - A lobbyist representing Hasbro and other toy makers made it clear he didn't like a proposed state law banning lead, cadmium and mercury from toys and other children's products.

During a Senate hearing, Andy Hackman of the Toy Industry Association said he had "strong concerns" about the legislation. Read more here.

State reaches settlement with Middleboro man over oil spill
A settlement has been reached with a Middleboro property owner to ensure that oil and hazardous material released on site has been properly cleaned up. James H. Pollack, Jr. must pay a $38,000 civil penalty to the Commonwealth for ignoring MassDEP's clean-up order and for violating the Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention and Response Act.

The settlement is part of an ongoing effort by the Attorney General's Office and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to force the cleanup of hazardous sites in accordance with the Commonwealth's environmental laws, according to the release. Read more here.

Find a book, and perhaps a job, during National Library Week
The Wareham Free Library is celebrating National Library Week from April 8 to April 14. -Today's libraries provide a wide range of opportunities for people with diverse needs and interests,- says Denise Medeiros, Library Director. -That means providing their communities with tailor made collections and services for people of diverse backgrounds, language abilities and technological skills.-

Modern libraries act as equalizers of knowledge by providing affordable and accessible information in both print and digital format, according to a National Library Week press release. They help level the playing field by providing cultural heritage and genealogical collections, job seeking resources, English as second language and citizenship classes and many other creative and resourceful programs. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

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.


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.

DIY Kids- Potato Stamp Reusable Napkin

Friday, April 13, 4:00PM - 5:00PM, Berkshire Co-Op Market, Great Barrington, MA
n this workshop we will be using old fabric to make our own reusable napkins. Bring it to school. Keep it in your bag instead of paper napkins. We will be making our own potato stamps to decorate the napkins. Young Children will need to be supervised by a parent. Please come dressed in -project friendly- clothes. We will provide aprons for the children to wear. Stop by the Front Desk or call 413.528.9697 to sign up. 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.

Westerly Springs Green

Saturday, April 14, 10:00AM - 2:00PM, Westerly Land Trust, Westerly, RI
A day focused on local agriculture, sustainable living and fun family activities! Local experts will provide info on composting, rain gathering, organic gardening, beekeeping, organic pest maintenance, and more. Browse our Farmers Market, enter our raffle, bid on items in our silent auction, or stop in for one of our workshops. It will be held at United Theater, 5 Canal St., Westerly, RI. 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.

Children's April Vacation Week at Soule Homestead

Monday, April 16 9:30AM - Friday, April 20 12:00PM, Soule Homestead Education Center: 46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA
The Soule Homestead Education Center will have an April Vacation week program for children ages 5 - 10. The -down on the farm- program features outside fun in a natural environment. To better serve children and parents, the program days have been extended to run Monday thru Friday 9:30 am - 12 noon. Children enrolled in the vacation program will explore the 120-acre working organic farm. We will hike, try our hand at organic farming, create nature-inspired arts and crafts, and exercise mind and body with interactive games. Each day offers a different adventure as animals and birds arrive at the farm to build their new homes and plants 'spring- alive with the longer days and warmer temperatures. Guided by a professional staff, the hands-on interactive environmental program is designed to spark a child's interest, build self-confidence and develop social skills. Contact Frank Albani at (508) 947-6744 or E-Mail 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.

Earth Day - Roger Williams Zoo Party for the Planet

Friday, April 20, 11:00AM - 3:00PM, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, RI.
Party for the Planet is a weeklong green extravaganza featuring art made from recycled products or inspired by nature, interactive demos that will teach you all the fun you can have outdoors and green organizations from throughout RI sharing tips on how to live green in your community and home. This April vacation, don-t miss out on a party as big and green as the Earth itself! J Austin at (401) 785-3510 or E-Mail here 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.

Eco-landscaping workshop

Thursday, April 26, 6:30PM, Marion Music Hall, Marion, MA
Brought to you by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Wareham Land Trust. The growing season is upon us and this is the year to make your lawn and garden flourish while keeping the environment clean. You can learn how at a free eco-landscaping workshop featuring expert Michael Talbot of Environmental Landscape Consultants LLC and Talbot Ecological Land Care. The Event is Free. Details here.

Arbor Day Program at the Fall River Public Library

Thursday, April 26, 6:30PM, 104 North Main St., Fall River, MA
Program title: Urban Forestry and the Community. Presented by arborist consultants Emily Hamilton and Andy Hillman. Hosted by Friends of the Library. The public is invited. Free to attend. Call 508-324-2700 or E-Mail 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.

Atlantic White Cedar Planting

Saturday, April 28, 9am - Noon, Copicut Woods, Fall River, MA
Hosted by Trustees of Reservations. Celebrate the arrival of spring by planting a tree! Our ongoing cedar swamp restoration project aims to bring back this rare forest type to the Copicut Woods. Free to attend. Wear boots. Call 508.636.4693x13 or E-Mail Here 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.

Lloyd Center Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 3, 6:30PM - 9PM, WAYPOINT Event Center adjoining the Fairfield Inn, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford, MA
Join fellow members in celebrating the Lloyd Center's recent accomplishments and learn about plans for the future. The ninth annual presentation of the George G. Haydock Award will be given to an individual, selected by the staff and Board of Directors, who is deemed to have made a most outstanding contribution to protecting the nature of our coastal environment. Refreshments will be served. Free to attend. To learn more about this event, call the Fern at 508-990-0505 x 10. Details here.

Lloyd Center Slocum River Kayak Tour

Saturday, May 12, 9:00AM - Noon, Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
The Slocum River is a peaceful scenic estuary, offering extraordinary views, great birding and paddling. Come explore the many coves and marshes along this classic New England landscape. Paddlers of all abilities are welcome. All tours include basic kayak equipment and instruction by certified guides.

Price: Lloyd Center members: $45, non-members: $55. Pre-registration required by noon on Friday, May 11. Age 14 and up. (10 spaces available) You can call the Center's event line at 508-558-2918. Details here.

Lloyd Center Spring Bird Walk

Friday, May 18, 8:00AM - 10:00AM, Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
Rise early to see and hear bird activity during mid-spring before the leaves are fully out and the forest birds are highly visible with many species having already arrived for the nesting season. The walk will begin with bird observations at the Lloyd Center's Headquarters where many songbirds may be seen along the forest edges and on the Center's birdfeeders. Participants will then walk through the forest, and past Kettle Pond, where additional forest birds may be observed. Upon reaching the waterfront of the Slocum River, one may see Ospreys and other water-birds. Following a return trip through the woods, participants will head up to the Center's Osprey Room Observatory with its great treetop views of songbirds and a viewscape that on a clear day includes the Elizabethan Chain. This walk is suitable for all levels - novice birders especially welcome. Participants should bring binoculars, a camera and a bird guide (if available).

No charge. Donations welcomed. Pre-registration required by Thursday, May 17. (20 spaces available) Contact Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 ext. 23 or You can also call the Center's event line at 508-558-2918. Details here.


Leaf Bullet Announcements
Buzzards Bay Coalition and YMCA Southcoast launch River Exploration Camp
This summer the Buzzards Bay Coalition and YMCA Southcoast will offer the new River Exploration Camp.

The camp will run from July 9 through 13 for ages 9 to 11, and from August 13 through 17 for ages 12 to 14. This week-long day camp will be full of hands-on activities for kids explore the Mattapoisett River from its headwaters to Buzzards Bay.

Campers will spend the week in an in-depth study of the Mattapoisett River. Starting from a home-base at Camp Massasoit at the mouth of the river, campers will travel upriver to YMCA property on Snipatuit Pond in Rochester, where the river begins. Campers will learn what it takes to be a river biologist while hiking, seining, water sampling, and creating a Mattapoisett River Field Guide.

Learn more here.
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
Woods Hole Outreach Manager
The Woods Hole Outreach Manager is a seasonal summer position responsible for staffing and managing the Bay Coalition's Outreach Office in the village of Woods Hole. This is an exciting opportunity to engage the public around our mission in the epicenter of marine research and education.
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
Plant a Backyard Wildlife Garden
With spring setting in, thoughts turn to gardening and the return of wildlife, like birds, bees and butterflies. Here are four tips for keeping those colorful critters coming to your backyard.
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