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April 12 to 19, 2012

In This Issue


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

This week:

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

Westerly Springs Green


Save The Date:

Earth Day - Roger Williams Zoo Party for the Planet

Awaken the Dreamer Symposium



Summer Internship with the Westport River Alliance Watershed Alliance, Inc.

Buzzards Bay Coalition and YMCA Southcoast River Exploration Camp

Weekly Green Tip:

Earth-Friendly Coffee Habits

Clip of the Week

Levi Strauss: Sustainable Design and the Water Crisis
A billion people currently lack access to clean drinking water. Levi Strauss & Co. and Water.org are committed to changing this. The average pair of jeans requires 45 liters of water to be produced. This was something that needed a new approach. That new approach was Water < Less - a complete re-imagination of the denim finishing process that helps save water for those who need it most.

You too can join the partnership by visiting Levi's Page and taking the Go WaterLess challenge or learning more at Water.org.


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"For 200 years we've been conquering Nature. Now we're beating it to death."

~Tom McMillan, quoted in Francesca Lyman, The Greenhouse Trap, 1990

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Gambling on Oil Oil pricing is a complex combination of supply and demand, global competition, oil futures trading, and government subsidies (which some say are long overdue to end). In the oil speculation business, barrels of oil that do not even exist yet are bought and traded. This practice drives the price of oil up by about 40 percent. Some market analysts wonder whether this trading practice should continue to be allowed, especially as prices threaten to soar anyway as a result of fossil fuel declines in supply while new large consumer bases in Asia are increasingly buying up supplies.

Once again, the U.S. is holding back despite other countries signing on to some progressive movements by the World Bank to introduce Natural Capital Accounting into global economics. Measuring the economic value of clean water, clean air, forests and ecosystems in addition to traditional measures of the market value of a country's goods and services is a system that balances gross national product with climate and environmental impacts dollar for dollar. The new accounting system will enable economists and ecologists to compare outcomes and costs in a straighforward manner, bringing heretofore hidden environmental costs of doing business into the spotlight.
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Overloaded Motorcycle Oil demand shift: Asia takes over
The realization that oil prices aren't about them anymore has been slow to dawn on Americans after a century of being the world's swing consumers. But the fact is that the world's developing economies have been outbidding the developed OECD countries for oil since 2005. Some time this year, non-OECD oil demand will overtake OECD demand, and they will stay in the driver's seat for the remainder of oil's reign as the lifeblood of the global economy.

The reason is simple: In Asia, they put eight guys on a small motorcycle that gets 60 to 80 mpg in fuel economy, or one guy and a load of boxes on a moped getting 225 mpg, while in the U.S. we drive around solo in SUVs that get under 18 mpg. So if you should wonder why oil prices remain stubbornly high while U.S. demand continues to fall precipitously, just keep the above photo in mind. Read more here.

Preventing ocean damage will save money Climate change may cut profits from oceans by trillions
Climate change could reduce the economic value of the services the oceans provide to mankind by almost US$2 trillion a year by 2100, according to a study presented at the Planet Under Pressure conference.

The analysis, conducted by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), relates to loss of income from fisheries, tourism, ocean carbon sink, and those related to sea-level rise and storms. This figure presents loss at a high greenhouse gas emissions scenario -- under a lower emissions scenario, the damage would be US$612 billion a year by 2100. Even looking to 2050, the estimated loss is US$106 billion and US$428 billion depending on the level of emissions. The researchers said that rather asking impossible questions such as 'what is the ocean itself worth?' they sought to answer questions such as 'what is the value of preventing further damage to the ocean?'. Read more here.

Millions Against Monsato Protest Report: Worldwide Opposition to Monsanto Growing
La Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International, and Combat Monsanto, the groups who issued the report, show that small farmers, groups and communities in every continent are rising up to resist Monsanto's products and environmental harm. While Monsanto's -- and other giant agribusinesses' -- approach, including genetically modified crops, has been shown to hurt biodiversity, local food knowledge and the environment, the report shows that "food sovereignty is a real and feasible alternative."

"This new report documents the intense opposition to this powerful transnational company, which peddles its genetically modified products seemingly without regard for the associated social, economic and environmental costs," said Martin Drago, Friends of the Earth International's Food Sovereignty programme coordinator. Read more here.

Game Angry Birds Where Your Smartphone Energy Goes...
New research out of Purdue University shows how free smartphone apps suck energy out of your phone. In summary, they spend 65-75% of their energy on "ad modules" -- "tracking the user's geographical location, sending information about the user to advertisers and downloading ads."

Well, as someone in the internet industry, I know that ads are financially responsible for many of the products and much of the content that we love -- without them, many of us simply wouldn't be able to do what we do. But 75% of energy -- wow. Good news is that the researchers are also working on a technique to reduce the energy usage of the apps by, so far, 20-65%. Read more here.

Shale gas Rig in Polish Countryside Are Poland's Shale Gas Fears Justified?
A slender shale gas rig rising from the midst of plowed fields and farm houses in Poland has inspired both hope for a local community's prosperity and fears it will ruin bucolic village life. The rig in the central Polish village of Szymkowo belongs to Canadian-based Talisman Energy Inc., one among some two dozen international companies across Poland exploring thousands of meters (yards) underground for hidden deposits of natural gas hailed as a vast new source of fuel.

Inspired by the huge success of shale gas in the United States, Poland is a pioneer in Europe, pressing ahead as other EU countries -- like France, Germany and Bulgaria -- impose moratoriums over worries that the drilling technique will poison water and pollute the air. Read more here.

The Great Barrier Reef World Bank Pushes for 'Green Accounting' by Nations
Botswana's diamond mining sector accounts for 31 percent of the country's economic output -- and a glistening De Beers five-diamond bracelet sells online for $1,500. But how much does depleting diamond mines cut into Botswana's overall economic health? The Philippines' untapped gold and nickel is valued at nearly $1 trillion, but the mines and refining process needed to tap them will require a great deal of water. If climate change leads to reduced rainfall in the country, how much would be lost by diverting water from agriculture?

Those countries and a handful of others have been trying to answer precisely those kinds of questions as they develop some of the world's first "green" accounting systems. Known formally as natural capital accounting, the idea of measuring the economic value of clean water, clean air, forests and ecosystems in addition to traditional measures of the market value of a country's goods and services has been gaining traction since the 1980s. Read more here.

The Melting Matterhorn Melting Glaciers are Causing the Matterhorn to Come Apart
The Matterhorn is the iconic peak of the Alpine mountains on the border of Switzerland and Italy. Its majestic spire soars over 14,600 feet in the air, making it quite a sight to behold. The glaciers at the top of the mountain have been receding due to the changing climate, causing an increase in glacial melt water. According to a new study, the melting glaciers are causing large chunks of rock to be dislodged and tumble down the mountain. The deluge of water is penetrating cracks and fissures high up the mountain. The yearly freeze-thaw cycle causes these fissures to expand until entire boulders come loose of the Matterhorn and fall down its rocky slopes. Read more here.

Mexico Gardens Lush Walls Rise to Fight a Blanket of Pollution
MEXICO CITY -- "We must cultivate our garden," Voltaire famously wrote at the end of "Candide," but even he could not have imagined this: a towering arch of 50,000 plants rising over a traffic-clogged avenue in a metropolis once called "Mexsicko City" because of its pollution.

The vertical garden aims to scrub away both the filth and the image. One of three eco-sculptures installed across the city by a nonprofit called VerdMX, the arch is both art and oxygenator. It catches the eye. And it also helps clean the air. "The main priority for vertical gardens is to transform the city," said Fernando Ortiz Monasterio, 30, the architect who designed the sculptures. "It's a way to intervene in the environment." Read more here.

A Smoggy London Day London air pollution climbs agenda in mayoral election
London's air pollution problems rose up the mayoral campaign agenda at the launch of Brian Paddick's manifesto. The Liberal Democrat candidate's proposals include pledges to switch all the capital's buses and taxis to electric power by 2020 and the creation of a clean air zone in central London.

Simon Birkett, founder of Campaign for Clean Air London (CCAL) praised the manifesto. "I think its tremendous that the Lib Dems have confirmed the 'big switch' [towards electric public transport] and put a date on it. It's great to see things which have been championed by the Lib Dems over the past three or four years in Brian's manifesto," he said. Last month, pollution in London hit record levels due to a mix of weather conditions and traffic fumes, in particular from diesel cars, vans and lorries. Read more here.

Kentucky Training Center Federal Funds to Train the Jobless Are Drying Up
Across the country, work force centers that assist the unemployed are being asked to do more with less as federal funds dwindle for job training and related services. In Seattle, for example, the region's seven centers provided training for less than 5 percent of the 120,000 people who came in last year seeking to burnish their skills. And in Dallas, officials say they have annual funds left to support only 43 people in training programs, nowhere near enough to help the 23,500 people who have lost their jobs in the last 10 weeks alone.

The Labor Department announced on Friday that employers had added only 120,000 new jobs in March, a disappointing gain after three previous months of nearly twice that level. But with 12.7 million people still searching for jobs, the country is actually spending less on work force training than it did in good times. Read more here.

Senior Citizens Few U.S. cities are ready for aging Baby Boomer population
Few communities have started to think long term about how to plan and redesign services for aging Baby Boomers as they move out of the workforce and into retirement.

Even more troubling, dwindling budgets in a tight economy have pushed communities to cut spending on delivering meals to the homebound and shuttling folks who can no longer drive to grocery stores and doctor's offices. These cuts, advocates for older Americans say, are coming when the services are needed more than ever. And those needs will grow tremendously over the next two decades. Read more here.

Good Guide Betting on Technology to Help Turn Consumers Green
U.S. consumers tell researchers they want to buy environmentally friendly products, but so far they haven't been doing that on a large scale. Now a host of companies and nonprofits are trying to use new technology - from smartphones to social networking - to make it easier for buyers to make the green choice.

The way Dara O'Rourke tells the story, the idea for GoodGuide came to him when he was slathering some suntan lotion onto his three-year-old daughter's face. O'Rourke, an associate professor of environmental and labor policy at University of California, Berkeley, wondered about the ingredients in Coppertone Water Babies; he did some research and learned it contained oxybenzone, a potential skin irritant. Read more here.

Average U.S. Farmer's Age Rising, Younger People Needed In Agriculture
The country's farmers and ranchers are getting older and there are fewer people standing in line to take their place. New Mexico has the highest average age of farmers and ranchers of any state at nearly 60 years old, and neighboring Arizona and Texas aren't far behind. Nationally, the latest agricultural census figures show the fastest growing group of farmers and ranchers are those over age 65.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is beginning work on its 2012 census, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan is afraid the average age will be even higher when the data is compiled. "If we do not repopulate our working lands, I don't know where to begin to talk about the woes," she told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "There is a challenge here, a challenge that has a corresponding opportunity." Read more here.

Camden, NJ Firefighters and Police laid off Austerity USA Decimating Health, Safety, and Education
Last year, 19 percent of US cities cut spending for public safety, according to a survey by the National League of Cities. That statistic, cited by McClatchy in a new report, does little to tell the very real and dangerous impact that reduced public spending has had on state and local communities since the collapse of the economy in 2008 and the misguided push to enact public austerity since conservatives won big in state and local elections in 2010.

Since February 2010, the nation's private employers have added more than 3.9 million jobs, or roughly 164,000 per month. Over the same period, however, some 485,000 government jobs were lost. The effects of those job cuts are being felt by children, families and businesses across America. Read more here.

Couple lying in a park on a sunny day Sunny Days Are Here Again -- But Is That Good?
Across the country, more than 7,700 daily temperature records were broken last month, on the heels of the fourth warmest winter on record. While it might be time to lie on a blanket in the park, climate scientists are worried. They say all these sunny days are actually an extreme weather event, one with local and global implications.

It's hard to say whether that could be good for farmers, since crops could still get hit with frost as late as May. Read more here.

National Solar Logo National Solar Power Orders Several Million(!) Solar Panels for 700-MW Solar Farm in the Sunshine State
National Solar Power (NSP), a "market leader in utility scale solar power solutions" that was just formed in 2010, announced at the end of last week that it had "reached a major milestone in its plans to build solar energy facilities totaling 700 megawatts (MW) in Florida" -- it completed an agreement with SolarWorld to order several million solar panels. Can you imagine?

SolarWorld leads the Americas in solar-technology manufacturing, and orders like this make you realize why it has pushed so hard against heavy Chinese subsidies for the country's solar panel companies. Read more here.

Bottled Water Bottled Water Industry Launches Marketing Battle Against Tap Water
Many people are finally waking up to the fact that pre-packaged bottled water is just not necessary. It has even been banned in places like Grand Canyon National Park. Over 90 U.S. universities have either banned or plan to ban bottled water on their campuses, according to the Ecologist, and over 100 U.S. towns and cities have also banned most forms of bottled water.

The bottled water industry is not taking this backlash lying down. Instead it has launched a marketing battle "to turn the public back onto plastic bottled water," as the Ecologist puts it. In the U.S., the battle is being waged by the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) trade association. Read more here.

Colorado River California Water Wars: High Stakes Vote At Metropolitan Water District Of Southern California
SAN DIEGO -- The website displays a clock counting down seconds to Tuesday's board meeting of Southern California's major water wholesaler. It is part of a new front in California's water wars opened by the agency that purchases water for San Diego and its suburbs. The San Diego County Water Authority launched the website last month to attack the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, its largest supplier, saying it wanted to lift a veil of secrecy. The site offers a trove of internal documents obtained under California's public records law, including references to a "Secret Society" and an "anti-San Diego coalition."

Metropolitan, a Los Angeles-based agency that counts San Diego as the largest of its 26 customers by far, votes on a budget Tuesday that would raise rates 7.5 percent in 2013 and 5 percent in 2014, a move that San Diego says would hit the nation's eighth-largest city and its suburbs disproportionately hard. San Diego wants to limit annual increases to 3 percent. Government agencies often fight in and out of court, but the online war of words is unusual. Read more here.

U.S. Airforce Drill Our military is convinced that climate change is real -- so are insurance companies.
I regularly consult with various branches of our "protector caste"... from the military services and homeland security to several unnamed "agencies." Naturally, I am encouraged by the fact that some of the most serious-minded men and women on the planet are very interested in well-grounded projections of diverse possible futures -- not only mine, but those of several other "science & sci-fi guys."

I can't tell you about some of these "future studies." But I am free to share this one observation: Absolutely all of the top-elite officers of these services appear to be convinced, without a shadow of a doubt, about Human Generated Climate Change. All of those I have met consider it to be both real and one of the greatest challenges of our time. Read more here.

Worship the Rig! No More Handouts to Big Oil
By some estimates, getting rid of all the planet's fossil-fuel subsidies could get us halfway to ending the threat of climate change. Many of those subsidies, however, take the form of cheap, subsidized gas in petro-states, often with impoverished populations--as in Nigeria, where popular protests forced the government to back down on a decision to cut such subsidies earlier this year. In the U.S., though, they're simply straightforward presents to rich companies, gifts from the 99% to the 1%.

If due attention is to be paid, we have to figure out a language in which to talk about them that will make it clear just how loony our policy is. Start this way: you subsidize something you want to encourage, something that might not happen if you didn't support it financially. Think of something we heavily subsidize--education. We build schools, and give government loans and grants to college kids; for those of us who are parents, tuition will often be the last big subsidy we give the children we've raised. The theory is: young people don't know enough yet. We need to give them a hand when it comes to further learning, so they'll be a help to society in the future. From that analogy, here are five rules of the road that should be applied to the fossil-fuel industry. Read more here.

Water for your lawn Conserving water and fuel isn't a vote-winner, but politicians can't afford to be coy about our reckless guzzling
There's always a reason to do nothing in politics. It's always possible that rain will suddenly fall in biblical proportions, kicking all this into the long (and suddenly lush) grass. Or perhaps the climate-change deniers will, against all the odds, somehow be proved right. More plausibly, maybe human ingenuity will triumph, and we'll learn to make synthetic oil from algae or distil seawater cheaply -- or grow meat in test tubes, sidestepping the planet's inability to support enough grazing animals to satisfy future demand. Nature tends to exact revenge for such wheezes, of course, but perhaps we're clever enough to override all that.

But if not, then a hard conversation looms about the viability of everyday habits to which we feel blithely entitled. Just as we have with public spending, we'll have to debate where scarcer natural resources should be targeted and why: who deserves extra protection, which lifestyle choices it is reasonable to support. Read more here.

Oil Barrels with swords stuck in them The High Cost of Gambling on Oil
The drastic rise in the price of oil and gasoline is in part the result of forces beyond our control: as high-growth countries like China and India increase the demand for petroleum, the price will go up.

But there are factors contributing to the high price of oil that we can do something about. Chief among them is the effect of "pure" speculators -- investors who buy and sell oil futures but never take physical possession of actual barrels of oil. These middlemen add little value and lots of cost as they bid up the price of oil in pursuit of financial gain. They should be banned from the world's commodity exchanges, which could drive down the price of oil by as much as 40 percent and the price of gasoline by as much as $1 a gallon. Read more here.

UMass studies fuel the debate on defense cuts
Lawmakers and defense industry officials warn that further mandated cuts to the Pentagon would decimate the economy. Their opponents counter that unnecessary defense spending is destructively inefficient.

To prove their cases, both groups point to studies from the University of Massachusetts. As a result, two institutes at the Amherst campus have found themselves in a broiling debate that could spill from Capitol Hill into the presidential campaign. The conclusions, published late last year, found that for every billion dollars spent on defense, between 50 to 140 percent more jobs would be generated if that money were invested in education, clean energy, or the health care industry. Read more here.

Da Bears! Bears Stuffing Themselves Near Massachusetts Homes
The mild New England winter means that more bears are up and about, looking for food -- and not just in the woods. They're also exploring urban backyards and residential streets. The small town of Northampton, Mass., has more than its share of furry visitors.

In Northampton, a call on a neighborhood email list for tales of recent bear encounters netted about about a dozen responses in an hour. Almost everyone, it seems, has a bear story. Read more here.

Alternative Fuel Alternative-Fuel Vehicles Pick Up Steam
With $4-a-gallon prices at the pump in Rhode Island, alternative fuels such as propane, natural gas and biodiesel, as well as hybrid and all-electric engines, are making inroads in the commercial and passenger vehicle markets.

All of these fuels and the cars and trucks -- old and new -- that run on them were highlighted at an April 6 forum showing just how far these fuels and vehicles have come in the real world. Read more here.

Mayor John Mitchell New Bedford task force targets absentee landlords
Ashley Street tenants fed up with roaches, unsafe stairways and leaking pipes said Monday they welcome a city crackdown on absentee landlords launched this week."If this helps, I will be so happy," said Tawana Davis, who moved into her $650-a-month apartment a year ago. "My landlord is horrendous. He just doesn't care."

A multi-agency task force charged with more aggressive code enforcement will start conducting bi-weekly sweeps of neighborhoods, including Cove Street, the near North End and Acushnet Heights, Mayor Jon Mitchell said Monday Read more here.

Northeast Utilities, NStar close $5 billion deal, creating New England's largest utility
Following 18 months of federal and state review, Northeast Utilities closed Tuesday on its $5 billion purchase of NStar, creating one of the biggest utilities in the United States.

The newly combined company operates six electric and natural gas utilities serving 3.5 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It is the largest utility in New England. Read more here.

Home solar systems are becoming more popular
While large solar farms are cropping up in the area, smaller projects for homes and businesses are also becoming more common.

Roof- or ground-mounted panels can save homeowners money while helping the environment. But consumers must first determine if solar makes sense for their property, solar experts say. "We have seen tremendous growth in the number of projects in Massachusetts," said Elizabeth Kennedy, director of the solar program at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Read more here.

Northstar Learning Students Making a Quantum leap; at-risk students soar in NorthStar program
Jose and 24 other New Bedford High School sophomores are the fledgling class of the NorthStar Learning Center's Quantum Opportunities Program. They have been in the program since its inception in January of 2011.

Quantum is a four-year program for youth entering high school that aims to boost high school graduation rates and enrollment numbers for college. Funded by the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, the Quantum Program also provides leadership development, community service, and personal enrichment opportunities. By all accounts, the teens have made a communal Quantum leap: Read more here.

Assembler in China Mass. firms chasing China's boom
China's transformation from developing to industrialized nation has already made the Asian giant the state's third-largest export market, trailing Canada and the United Kingdom, and accounting for nearly $1 out of every $10 in merchandise that Massachusetts companies sell overseas. As China continues to advance - gaining wealth, expanding the middle class, and losing its low-cost-labor advantage to newly emerging economies - China's appetite for technology, advanced industrial machinery, medical devices, and other products in which Massachusetts specializes is expected to grow.

China is expanding so fast it essentially builds a city bigger than Boston every year, said Robert Theleen, chief executive of ChinaVest, a Shanghai private equity firm. Paula Murphy, director of the Massachusetts Export Center, which helps companies expand internationally, estimates China could become the state's top export market within a decade. Read more here.

New Bedford kids building floats UMD students help power People Parade
UMass Dartmouth students from the Charlton College of Business are working with community groups in New Bedford to build floats for the Earth Eve Parade, one of the largest People-Powered Parades in New England.

The idea is to get the UMD business students to appreciate the importance of working as a team. Dr. Kellyann Kowalski's "Developing and Managing Work Teams" students have helped kids around New Bedford build floats for the People-Powered Parade since 2006. The parade is part of AHA! Night this Thursday and the 2012 theme is "Sustainable SouthCoast." Read more here.

Credit For Life Fair at Durfee High School Durfee students feel the money crunch at Credit for Life Fair
Nearly 600 juniors at B.M.C. Durfee High School got paid last week. Then came the reality check.

As they traveled through the Luke Urban Fieldhouse, each of the students learned some of the harsh realities that life will bring to them as they enter the working world. The lessons were part of Durfee's Credit for Life Fair, which offers lessons in financial literacy and the challenges of living within a budget. Read more here.

Tiverton Industrial Park Proposed wind project at Tiverton Industrial Park still being weighed
TIVERTON -- A proposed wind-energy project located in the Industrial Park is still a couple of years away from becoming a reality, if it clears all the necessary hurdles.

East Bay Energy Consortium Tiverton representative Garry Plunkett said the next step in the project is getting approval from the General Assembly to form a public corporation with representatives from each of the nine Rhode Island towns in the consortium -- Bristol, Warren, Barrington, East Providence, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton, Middletown and Newport. The public corporation would be responsible for operating and managing the facility and would assume all liability. Read more here.

State says Boston public schools overspending on book purchases
The Boston School Department has routinely skirted state bidding laws in buying novels, plays and other books, causing it to potentially spend hundreds of thousands of dollars more than necessary, according to an investigation by the state Inspector General's Office.

In many instances, the School Department paid more for novels, plays, and other literary works than what members of the general public would spend when they buy books on the websites of national retailers, including some of the same vendors that the School Department uses, the investigation found. Read more here.

RI Tea Party Spokesman R.I. Tea Party Supports Wind Power
PROVIDENCE -- Who woulda thunk it? The Tea Party, which generally opposes any legislation that favors the environment or is considered "green," seems to have found common ground with tree huggers on at least one issue.

Wind energy, at least the home-generated type, was endorsed by the Rhode Island Tea Party during an April 5 hearing on a bill to set statewide standards for residential, small-scale turbines. "It's in keeping with our ideals of keeping things local and keeping things in the hands of citizens," said Michael Puyana of the Rhode Island Tea Party. Read more here.

Fall River City Council examines life after landfill
At a council meeting several members spoke up on both sides of options for someday replacing one of the last remaining landfills in the state. At stake is trash disposal costs increasing an estimated $3.5 million when the landfill is full. It could be a year, it could be two years -- estimated durations officials have recycled for the past several mayoral terms. Read more here.

Cape Wind chooses its wind farm builders
Cape Wind has selected a team of three companies as its general contractor, marking another step toward construction of the 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound.

In an announcement Tuesday, Cape Wind Associates LLC said it had selected the joint venture team of Flatiron Construction Corp., Cal Dive International Inc. and Cashman Equipment Corp. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

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.

Tiverton Annual Cleanup

Saturday, April 14, 9:00am - 1PM, Grinnell's Beach
A kickoff event will be held at Grinnell's Beach from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on that day. Volunteers can pick up gloves and Department of Public Works approved blue trash bags at the event. Raffle prizes will be given to participants the day of the kickoff. Sign up sheets are available at Coastal Roasters and Essex Library. Volunteers may participate in a specific location or clean up an area of their choice. For more information, contact the DPW office at 401-625-6760.

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.

Webinar: "How to Cultivate Your City's Food Cluster."

Wednesday, April 18, 2PM - 3:30PM, Online
Presented by the Institute for Competitive Inner Cities, this will address the role of food in economic development and job creation. The What Works webinar will help economic development practitioners and city stakeholders better understand the complex taxonomy of the food cluster. Using a Boston (land-constrained) vs. Detroit (land-rich) case study, the presenters will highlight the significant opportunities for job creation within the emerging food cluster and how lessons can be applies to cities across the country. Mayors, economic development officers, and nonprofit leaders encouraged to participate. The cost is FREE. Register 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.

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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.

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.

Operation Clean Sweep's Earth Day Cleanup

Saturday, April 21, 8:30AM - Noon, Sawyer St. and North Front St., New Bedford, MA
The Operation Clean Sweep Anti-Litter Campaign is working to improve the quality of life in New Bedford through Organized Clean ups, Education and Advocacy for Enforcement of city ordinances. Join us in helping to keep New Bedford clean! Community service groups, clubs, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate in this community event. This is a great way to earn community service hours. Gloves, tools and food provided. Call Marissa Perez-Dormitzer, District Recycling Coordinator, at 508-979-1493 to pre-register. Details for event are here.

Dartmouth Community Cleanup

Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, Dartmouth, MA
Sponsored by the Dartmouth Department of Public Works. Organize your own "green team" and register for a Dartmouth location. Pick up free trash bags and safety vests at the DPW. Leave trash bags at designated drop sites. Together we can keep Dartmouth beautiful. Details are here. For more information call 508-999-0740 extension 208 or email 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

Sunday, 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.

Used Book Sale at Wareham Free Public Library

Friday, April 27, 9:30AM - 4:30PM, Wareham Free Library, 59 Marion Rd., Wareham, MA
The Used Book Sale will include hundreds of like new titles for children and adults will be available at bargain prices. Audio recordings and DVDs will also be available. Donations of books in good condition are now being accepted at the library during regular library hours. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the work of the Friends of the Wareham Free Library.

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.

Free Bicycle Safety Training Workshop

Saturday, May 12, 8:30AM - 2PM, UMass Dartmouth, Parking Lot 15
South Coast Bikeway Committee offers a Free Bicycle Safety Training course thanks to Bill DeSantis from VHB! BikeEd, an official program of the League of American Bicyclists, is a two part course. First portion is online available online at the website listed below. Second portion is a hands-on, on the road training day which will be held at UMASS Dartmouth May 12th. Register at the American League of Bicycles website here for the online portion: And Register here for the on road portion at UMASS Dartmouth!

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.

History of Blossom Barn

Saturday, May 19, 9:00AM - 11AM, Watuppa Reservation HQ, Fall River, MA
Sponsored by Trustees of Reservations. The site of the Watuppa Reservation Headquarters in the Southeastern Mass. Bioreserve was once one of the area's most prosperous farms. The Thomas Blossoms, one of New England's oldest families, landed at Plymouth Harbor in 1628. Blossoms were among the first town fathers shortly after Fall River split off from Freetown in 1803. Elijah Blossom had 9 children who, as adults, fanned out across the region and beyond. Many notable families, particularly in the Westport area, trace their roots to this distinguished family. Namesakes of the family abound on the map. To wit: Blossom Road, Blossom Brook, Blossom Swamp, Blossom's Cove and Blossom's Grove. Not much else is known of the family. However, a closer look at this cultural landscape will give us a glimpse of 19th century farm life. The day is FREE. Email Here or call 508.636.4693 x13. Details here.

Lloyd Center Sunset Kayak Tour

Wednesday, May 23, 6:00PM - 8:00PM, Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle along the Slocum River. You'll feel your stress dissolve as you glide along this spectacular estuary, enjoying the setting sun. Watch wading and shore birds flock to feed, see fish jump and await the multitude of color changes in the sky. This is a wonderful and relaxing way to explore the delicate ecosystem of this salt marsh. Inexperienced paddlers are welcome. All tours include basic kayak equipment and instruction by certified guides. Lloyd Center members: $38, non-members: $45. Pre-registration required by noon on Tuesday, May 22. Age 14 and up. (10 spaces available) You can also 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
UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Courses for Fall 2012 Semester Announced
UMass Dartmouth's Sustainability Studies courses for the fall 2012 semester have been announced and listed. Learn more here.
Summer Internship with the Westport River Alliance Watershed Alliance, Inc.
The Westport River Watershed Alliance is seeking two qualified candidates to fill our seasonal, summer internship positions. The positions are 30 hrs/week at a rate of $10hr, from early May until the end of August (exact starting and ending dates flexible). The intern will work under the supervision of the Education Director, assisting with various projects. WRWA received a generous grant from BayCoast Bank to fund this position with understanding that applicants be enrolled as students at BCC or UMass Dartmouth. Learn more here.
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
Earth-Friendly Coffee Habits
If you would like to switch to earth friendly coffee but have no stockists close by, buying it in bulk online and freezing it is the way to go. Coffee can be kept for up to 3 months in this state.

If certified organic coffee is beyond your budget; another alternative is certified fair trade coffee; which is usually a little cheaper. By supporting fair trade; you'll be helping ensure farmers in developing countries are paid fairly for their toil. Coffee carrying the fair trade endorsement has also been produced using environmentally sustainable methods.
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