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April 12 to 19, 2012

In This Issue


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

This week:

Earth Day - Roger Williams Zoo Party of the Planet

Awaken the Dreamer Symposium


Save The Date:

Dr. Carolyn Baker Workshop

UMass Dartmouth Green Campus Awards Luncheon



UMass Dartmouth Included in Princeton Review's Annual Guide to Green Colleges

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

Weekly Green Tip:

Spread Mulch Around Your Trees

Clip of the Week

Dirty data: where does Apple's energy come from?
Greenpeace's recent annual report ranked the top global Internet companies--such as Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google--according to energy usage and sources of power for their data clouding facilities. In this video we see that to deliver cloud computing services, Apple needs a lot of electricity: enough to power 80,000 US homes. But where does all this energy come from? The answer is mostly from coal-fired power stations.


Weekly Quote:

"The planet will survive. Whether we get to be here and enjoy it, or enjoy life as we've known it, is what's questionable."

~Ted Danson, Actor

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Emperor Penguins In a first for new and improved technology, Antarctic Emperor Penguins colonies have been viewed and counted from space. Good news is that the species is growing, and the area of ice they rely on for survival seems not to be threatened by global warming. The new space observation technique is more refined, allowing detailed observations of behaviors and Penguin colony counts in an otherwise inaccessible area of the earth. At a time when the welfare of so many of our planet's creatures are suffering from climate change and human population pressures encroaching on habitats, it's a relief to learn about animals that are faring well.

Most stories of overfishing focus primarily on the impact of species loss in terms of availability for the human dinner plate. The research for one interesting article was initiated from the viewpoint of identifying what kinds of shark fins were turning up in fish markets using DNA testing. The suprising result was the discovery of a new species of hammerhead shark, along with data about the threat of its extinction and reflections on its vital role in the ocean food web. Millions of sharks are killed every year for their fins, teeth, or from netting meant for regular fish. But sharks are crucial to keeping the populations of other species in balance, species that when left unchecked contribute to the unraveling of this food web and the further depletion of the kinds of species popular for consumption.
Leaf Bullet News
Submarine in the Arctic Arctic Climate Change Opening Region To New Military Activity and Cold War
To the world's military leaders, the debate over climate change is long over. They are preparing for a new kind of Cold War in the Arctic, anticipating that rising temperatures there will open up a treasure trove of resources, long-dreamed-of sea lanes and a slew of potential conflicts.

By Arctic standards, the region is already buzzing with military activity, and experts believe that will increase significantly in the years ahead. Read more here.

Cloud Computing Greenpeace: How Clean (And Green) Is Your Cloud?
Greenpeace released its latest report today asking, "How clean is your cloud?" The annual report examines the server farms built by the largest Internet companies - including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo - and ranks them according to how efficient their cloud facilities are, and where they get their electricity.

Yahoo - which has struggled to please investors in recent years - was the only major Internet company in the study to get most of its electricity from renewable or clean energy sources, according to the report. Many server farms can consume as much electricity as a small city. Some of the largest consume as much electricity as 180,000 homes. Read more here.

Mexico at UN Climate Change Conference Mexico Passes Climate Law, Only 2nd in the World
Mexico's House of Representatives passed a new piece of climate change legislation, making it only the second country in the world behind the UK and its Climate Change Act to do so, once it is approved by Mexico's Senate. The law calls for reducing carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050.

When it is signed by the President and becomes law, the climate legislation will require the government to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2020, and, with international support, begin phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and make renewable power more competitive with oil, coal, and gas. There is also a strong focus on equity, conserving Mexico's environment, and making sure there is widespread citizen participation. Read more here.

Bird flying near a wind turbine Expanding Our Knowledge of a Wind Farm's Impact on Birds
As more and more wind farms are installed across the planet in response to governmental aims to curb carbon emissions, our lack of knowledge concerning the impact wind farms have on the surrounding wildlife - particularly birds - needs to be improved. A new study has attempted to partially remedy this by studying wind farms prior to and during construction, as well as after construction.

The study was published in the Journal of Applied Ecology's Editor's Choice and monitored a range of upland bird species in the UK at 18 wind farm sites. The study compared breeding bird densities and population trends between years before, during, and after wind farm construction. Additionally, the researchers contrasted their findings with paired reference sites acting as controls. As a result, their findings found that the effect of wind farms on bird densities varies considerably among species. Read more here.

Cows UN: Meat Consumption Must be Cut to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
In the developed world, citizens take advantage of the enormous bounty of meat while shopping at markets and dining in restaurants. For some, a meal can only be classified as real if it contains some kind of meat in it. According to the UN, the attitude towards meat consumption has to change, and people must cut back. This is a necessary step in reducing one of the most potent greenhouse gases, nitrous oxide (N2O). A recent study by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests that the developed world needs to cut its meat consumption by 50 percent per person by the year 2050. Read more here.

Plant Architecture Nutrient and Toxin All at Once: How Plants Absorb the Perfect Quantity of Minerals
In order to survive, plants should take up neither too many nor too few minerals from the soil. New insights into how they operate this critical balance have now been published by biologists at the Ruhr-Universitat in a series of three papers in the journal The Plant Cell. The researchers discovered novel functions of the metal-binding molecule nicotianamine. "The results are important for sustainable agriculture and also for people -- to prevent health problems caused by deficiencies of vital nutrients in our diet" says Prof. Dr. Ute Krumer of the RUB Department of Plant Physiology. Read more here.

Particle Creation After decades of searching, mysterious particle found
An elusive particle that is its own antiparticle may have been found, and, if confirmed, would be the first time a phenomenon predicted decades ago has been seen in a real system.

Some researchers suggest that in the future, this mysterious particle called a Majorana fermion could be useful in carrying bits of information in quantum computers. Read more here.

Family Time The UN Embraces the Economics of Happiness
Imagine, in short, a world where the metric that guides our decisions is not money, but happiness.

That is the future that 650 political, academic, and civic leaders from around the world came together to promote on April 2, 2012. Encouraged by the government of Bhutan, the United Nations held a High Level Meeting for Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm. The meeting marks the launch of a global movement to shift our focus away from measuring and promoting economic growth as a goal in its own right, and toward the goal of measuring - and increasing - human happiness and quality of life. Read more here.

Japanese protesting the restarting of nuclear reactors Japan seeks to restart nuclear reactors after May stress tests
Japan's government is in a race against time to approve the restart of two reactors and possibly determine the fate of the country's troubled nuclear power industry.

Only one of 54 reactors in Japan is in service - and that is due to join the others for regular maintenance checks on 5 May. No reactors will restart until they pass stress tests - designed to gauge their ability to withstand catastrophic events such as a tsunami and introduced after the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi power plant in March 2011. Failure to restart the reactors at Oi plant in Fukui prefecture will force Japan to endure a long, humid summer - when electricity demand peaks - without a single nuclear reactor. Read more here.

President Obama standing in front of a solar farm Green Jobs Creation Slower Than Expected
Three years after Obama launched a push to build a job-creating "green" economy, the White House can say that more than 1 million drafty homes have been retrofitted to lower heating and cooling costs, while energy generation from renewable sources such as wind and solar has nearly doubled since 2008.

But the millions of "green jobs" Obama promised have been slow to sprout, disappointing many who had hoped that the $90 billion earmarked for clean-energy efforts in the recession-fighting federal stimulus package would ease unemployment - still above 8 percent in March. Supporters say the administration over-promised on the jobs front and worry that a backlash could undermine support for clean-energy policies in general. Read more here.

Oil Refinery East Coast May Get Hit with Gas Shortage, Higher Prices
Without a doubt, the cost of gasoline has been going up across the country, and indeed, much of the developed world. Some areas are suffering worse than others though, and a conflux of coincidences may mean that the East Coast will soon suffer a gasoline shortage that could lead to a severe gas price spike.

Nearly half of the oil refining capacity on the East Coast has shut down, or will soon be shut down, due to severe financial losses. Sunoco, which owns the Philidelphia-based Marcus Hook refinery as well as another nearby facility, has been losing about $1 million per day in the refining business for the past three years. ConocoPhillips also plans to shutter the Trainer facility, another Philly-based refining plant. If all three facilities shut down, that leaves just 6 oil refineries operating in the Northeast. Read more here.

Also read Sales surge for electric and hybrid cars.

Taxes Push Some to Renounce U.S. Citizenship
Last year, almost 1,800 people renounced their U.S. citizenship or handed in their Green Cards. That's a record number since the Internal Revenue Service began publishing a list of those who renounced in 1998. It's also almost eight times more than the number of citizens who renounced in 2008, and more than the total for 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined. Many say they parted ways with America for tax reasons.

The United States is one of the only countries to tax its citizens on income earned while they're living abroad. And just as Americans stateside must file tax returns each April, an estimated 6.3 million U.S. citizens living abroad brace for what they describe as an even tougher process of reporting their income and foreign accounts to the IRS. Read more here.

Liberty Bell in Philly Philadelphia Inks Historic Green Agreement with EPA
Taking a cue from the growing green branding trend, the city of Philadelphia seems intent on establishing itself as the East Coast's preeminent sustainable city. Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter joined in an unprecedented 25-year agreement with the U.S. EPA that will pump $2 billion into the city for new investment in green infrastructure.

While it won't exactly remake Philadelphia into an east-of-the-Mississippi Portlandia, the new Green City, Clean Waters agreement will transform the city into a massive laboratory and national model for innovative, low cost methods of dealing with stormwater runoff and restoring urban waterways to good health. Read more here.

Renewable-fuels fraud cases expose weakness in fuel credit program
As the United States works to use more clean energy, companies that make or import gasoline or diesel are required to use a certain amount of renewable fuel. If they don't, there's another way to meet the mandate: They can buy credits that represent renewable fuel another company has made. Those credits are called renewable identification numbers - or RINs.

It's all about incentives to boost production of renewable fuel. Companies can buy the credits even if they don't buy the fuel - which still will be consumed in the United States. But allegations against Hailey's company, and another Texas company that also sold those credits, have exposed opportunities for fraud in the system, some in Congress say. Read more here.

Wastewater signage Oil, Gas Wastewater Needs Treatment, Expert Says
A former top environmental official says Pennsylvania's successful efforts to keep Marcellus Shale wastewater away from drinking water supplies should be extended to all other oil and gas drillers.

An AP analysis of state data found that in the second half of 2011 about 1.86 million barrels - or about 78 million gallons - of drilling wastewater from conventional oil and gas wells were still being sent to treatment plants that discharge into rivers. The core issue is whether a problem in waterways has been solved, or if more needs to be done. Read more here.

When States Slash Education, Women's Jobs Disappear
Recent female employment declines have been disproportionately concentrated among government workers. Since January 2009, about two-thirds of all women's job losses have been in the public sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. One of the biggest reasons for those declines is America's vanishing public school spending.

According to the BLS, local governments alone have cut 482,000 jobs since the beginning of 2009. About 226,000 of those jobs, or 46 percent, have been in education. This should come little shock, since at least 30 states now spend less on public schools per student* than they did four years ago, as shown in this Hechinger Report chart. Some of the severest cuts have been in large states like California and Florida. Read more here.

A scalloped hammerhead shark? A Fishy Case of Mistaken Identity
In 2006, researchers at the University of South Carolina who had tested the tissue of 76 scalloped hammerheads from around the world came back with the same result: there was a scalloped-hammerhead lookalike dwelling in the western North Atlantic, with nearly identical undulations along the front of its flat head. The "cryptic species," as scientists call it, has fewer vertebrae than its scalloped cousin, but outwardly the two appear to be twins. Only DNA tests show that the species have very different lineages, the cryptic line having diverged from the scalloped some 4.5 million years ago.

There's a good chance that both the cryptic and the scalloped populations are in real trouble. Researchers estimate that over the past 30 years, overfishing has decreased scalloped hammerhead numbers in the western North Atlantic by nearly 85 percent. And now, confirmation that the cryptic species not only exists, but is established far beyond the southeastern coast of the U.S., suggests a more dire situation for both species. Read more here.

Big Bend National Park E.P.A. Weighs Texas Plan to Cut Haze in National Parks
The Environmental Protection Agency wants cleaner air at national parks across the country, including Guadalupe Mountains and Big Bend in Texas. By November, it is supposed to complete a plan that could regulate emissions from dozens of Texas' industrial plants, with the goal of reducing haze at parks. Texas officials who would execute the plan are not seeking any new controls, and the electric power industry, unusually, is taking the prospect of a new E.P.A. rule in stride. Read more here.

George Siemon, Owner of Organic Valley Can There Be "Good" Corporations?
Our economic system is profoundly broken. To anyone paying attention, that much is clear. But what's less clear is this: Our approach to fixing the economy is broken as well. The whole notion of "fighting corporate power" arises from an underlying belief that there is no alternative to capitalism as we know it. Starting from the insight that capitalism has become virtually a universal economy, we conclude that our best hope is to regulate corporations and work for countervailing powers like unions. But then we've lost before we begin. We've defined ourselves as marginal and powerless.

There is another approach. It's bubbling up all around us in the form of economic alternatives like cooperatives, employee-owned firms, social enterprises, and community land trusts. We don't recognize that these represent a coherent, workable alternative to capitalism, for two reasons. First, we haven't acknowledged what unites them. Second, we don't have a name for this seemingly disparate batch of alternatives. Read more here.

Bar Graph of Federal Tax Rate of U.S. Corporations Six Rigged Rules Corporations Use to Dodge Taxes
As American families rush to complete their annual tax returns, many will have paid more in federal income taxes than some of America's largest and most profitable corporations. AT&T, Boeing, Citigroup, Duke Energy and Ford collectively reported more than $20 billion of US pre-tax income last year, yet none of them paid a dime in federal income taxes. Instead, they claimed refunds of more than $1.3 billion from the IRS.

Below are six examples of how large corporations have rigged the tax rules to ensure that those who have the most get to amass even more, at the expense of everyone else. Figuring out how to unrig them is not rocket science, but it will require strong public pressure on lawmakers to ensure that America's most prosperous corporations pay their fair share. Read more here.

Fracking Site Obama Administration Must Say No to Industry Loopholes in Natural Gas Fracking Standards
Natural gas development is spreading like wildfire across the country. Energy companies have drilled more than 75,000 wells in the past five years, many of them on farmlands, near public schools, and in people's backyards. These wells release benzene and other chemicals known to cause cancer. Yet energy companies aren't obligated to clean up any of the pollution they put into the air we breathe.

Now is the time to hold energy companies accountable for the pollution they create. For far too long, they have run roughshod over the health and well being of American communities and ordinary people are paying the price. Read more here.

For supplemental reading, Obama tightens oil and gas drilling regulations

Pipeline Opposing the Keystone Pipeline doesn't make you an "energy elitist"
If you could distill all that's wrong with Washington into one sentence, it might be this innocuous-sounding one from an official with the Massachusetts GOP, attacking Senator Scott Brown's Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, as an "energy elitist" because she "Opposes construction of the Keystone Pipeline, which will create thousands of jobs, drive down gas prices, and free America from dependence on Middle East oil." It's also the basic theme of an ad the Brown campaign is blasting across the Bay State.

As it happens, I know a lot about the Keystone Pipeline, because I volunteered to help lead the campaign against it. Thousands across Massachusetts joined in. The head of the state's United Church of Christ even joined us in Washington to get arrested in a sit-in outside the White House. I've read every study, interviewed every expert. And the facts, plain as day, are these: Read more here.

Roosevelt Middle School Early start to student troubles: Middle school data suggests there should be no surprise when freshmen suddenly are failing math, English
NEW BEDFORD - At this school year's halfway point, a third of the freshman class at New Bedford High School was failing English. A third of the class was failing math. And more than a quarter was failing science. Those numbers are staggeringly high - but should they come as a surprise?

Roll back a year to when those students were in eighth grade, and their scores on the 2011 state standardized test suggest that many of them were struggling long before they got to high school. Read more here.

Fairhaven turbines will be turned on early next week
The Fairhaven wind turbines will finally be turned on early next week following months of controversy over their potential health effects on the surrounding community. Wind One will activate on April 24, with Wind Two turning on the following day.

After the turbines begin operating early next week, Lumus Construction, Inc. will continue to monitor the turbines. For the first few days the turbines are activated, they will be operating at 50 percent of rated power, meaning they will be manually prevented from producing more than 750 kilowatts of energy even if wind speeds are high. During that time, Lumus will run diagnostic tests to ensure the turbines are running smoothly. Read more here.

Trucci's Supermarkets Raynham-based Trucchi's Supermarkets proves you can take on the big chains
In an era when supermarket giants are multiplying their stores across the region, Trucchi's has held its own by providing the personal service seen decades ago in independently owned, neighborhood supermarkets, experts and customers said.

"I like that it's not the conglomerate," said John Anderson, 59, of Hanson, a customer for two decades, after shopping at the Trucchi's in West Bridgewater recently. "I prefer to support places like Trucchi's." And Trucchi's has remained a viable supermarket competitor because of its "community connection," said Mike Berger, senior editor at The Griffin Report of Food Marketing, a trade publication on the food industry. Read more here.

Owner charging his electric car Will plug-in electric vehicle chargers have staying power?
Last year, Chelmsford was among 25 communities statewide to be awarded charging stations by the Mass. Department of Energy Resources, purchased with $500,000 in federal stimulus funds and $384,000 from Attorney General Martha Coakley's office.

Skepticism about plug-in electric vehicles remains strong nationwide, despite aggressive marketing efforts, government incentives, and soaring gasoline prices. Still, the federal government has allocated billions of dollars toward the funding of advanced-technology vehicle research, as well as for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in cities and towns. Read more here.

Rhode Island Water Board Rhode Island Braces for Impending Drought
RHODE ISLAND -- While the warm, snow-less winter may have been a boon to economically strapped communities, that same lack of a deep-freeze, and slow infiltration of groundwater that the gradual melting of snow provides through the spring, have set the stage for some serious pest and water-supply-related problems to both Ocean State residents and farmers.

The situation has reached the point that the Rhode Island Water Resources Board has convened a statewide Drought Steering Committee. While we are not officially under drought conditions, all the indicators are pointing to a drought advisory being issued sooner, rather than later. Read more here.

Conference to focus on wellness in the workplace
FALL RIVER - The Southcoast Worksite Health & Wellness Collaborative will host its third annual Worksite Wellness Conference next month.

The Southcoast Worksite Health & Wellness Collaborative is an employer-based partnership of companies, hospitals, agencies and others who joined forces in 2008 to improve the health of workers in the region, according to its website. Read more here.

Protest against bullying in New Bedford Community groups stage New Bedford march to protest bullying
NEW BEDFORD - Carrying signs and singing hymns, a number of Latino church groups from New Bedford and Fall River staged a march up Brock Avenue Saturday afternoon to draw attention to bullying in schools.

As marchers of all ages assembled in Hazelwood Park for the 1 p.m. start, Ricardo Alvira, a member of New Bedford's Christian Revival Church, and one of the organizers, said he was pleased with the turnout and hoped that similar events could take place in other parts of the city and surrounding towns. Read more here.

Child Horseback Riding Horseback riding therapy helps autistic children build skills
"We set specific goals for the kids - they're basic therapy goals that have nothing to do with the horse," said Darowski, a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who works specifically with horses.

The equine therapy horses, on the other hand, are carefully selected for temperament and are trained to handle riders with all different types of disabilities such as cerebral palsy, down's syndrome and certain brain injuries. The equine therapy center works with about 150 patients weekly and Darowski said they're seeing more and more patients with autism. "The key to horse therapy is that they don't realize they're getting therapy," she said of the sessions that help patients build a variety of skills. Read more here.

Dr. 'Sea' Rogers Williams Holding a Vial Parasites reveal clues for researchers
BUZZARDS BAY - "Sea" Rogers Williams likes the kind of things that make most people shudder. In his back-room cabinet at the National Marine Life Center, hundreds of small vials filled with ethanol hold the worst-looking dead stuff: pale worms curled up in loop-the-loops, barnacles that look like brown bean pods, and hundreds of mites the size of sesame seeds that once lived in a harbor seal's nose.

Williams provides a unique, nationwide parasite diagnostic service for marine mammal rescuers. Williams identifies parasites found on dead or live rescued seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises and whales. He documents how typical or atypical the parasite is for the animal that is the "host." He researches the natural history of the parasite and how it might relate to the causes and effects of disease in the host. He researches possible treatments for the host, if feasible, and any public health significance or precautions. Read more here.

Making a Bat House Dighton Rock talk raises awareness of bats' possible extinction
Bats are the only flying mammal on the planet, but they are dropping in droves due to a poorly understood disease that is believed to be caused by a white fungus. And the white nose syndrome, as it is called, could leave humans with many more disease-carrying mosquitoes to contend with.

That was the message delivered during a presentation by a representative from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation at the Dighton Rock Museum. "We are facing a mass extinction of bats in our lifetime, which is nearly unheard of, for a species to be taken down by disease and so quickly," Wilmot said. "It's really kind of scary." Read more here.

NECEC Applauds Massachusetts Senate on Passage of Energy Legislation
Massachusetts took an important step to reinforce and advance its position at the forefront of clean energy policy in the US. The Senate unanimously passed S2214, An Act Relative to Competitively Priced Electricity in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Senate acted to build on the groundbreaking Green Communities Act (GCA) of 2008, reaffirming the primacy of energy efficiency as the "first fuel" and expanding cost-effective support for renewable and clean technologies, which will lead to long term energy price stability and a more sustainable, predictable and productive regional economy.

The GCA is already delivering hundreds of millions of dollars of net benefits to Massachusetts electric and gas ratepayers through smart investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy that are reducing energy waste and diminishing reliance on imported fossil fuels while promoting job growth and other economic opportunities in the fast-growing Massachusetts clean energy sector. By 2015, Massachusetts' investment of $4 billion in efficiency and clean energy will have delivered almost $10 billion of benefits to energy consumers, a 2-1/2 times return. Read more here.

Students Painting a Stencil ORR students take environmental message to Marion streets
MARION - Students from Old Rochester Regional High School took to the streets with a message as part of a classroom project to protect water quality in Buzzards Bay.

Accompanied by science teachers, 16 students on Friday fanned out around Marion Village equipped with safety vests, stencils and paint to post a public service announcement on storm drains that flow directly into Marion Harbor. "We wanted to create awareness that when someone throws something down a drain it goes directly into the harbor," she said. "We want people to know that they are the solution." Read more here.

Stream Crossing Inventory in RI Watershed Stream Continuity Important to R.I. Wildlife
Until recently, conservationists generally believed that the best way to protect a species from extinction was to preserve a chunk of its habitat, then let it thrive and reproduce in that area undisturbed. Conservationists now realize that such a system of isolated preserves is only one piece of the puzzle. Just as important to the survival of many species is the interconnectedness of different preserves.

The Rhode Island River and Stream Continuity Project, a partnership between the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Rhode Island Resource Conservation and Development Council, Trout Unlimited, the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association and the University of Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources Conservation, is working to preserve stream ecosystems and to remediate ecosystems that have already been disrupted. Read more here.

Solar plant developer asks Freetown for tax deal
FREETOWN - A local developer is asking town officials to enter into a payment in lieu of taxes agreement to develop a solar facility on Chace Road.

Scott Fenton, a Worcester-based lawyer, and his client, Gus Abalo, of Mass PV 5 LLC, told selectmen that they would like them to craft a warrant article for the June Town Meeting so Abalo can launch this project in the near future. Abalo and Fenton said this PILOT agreement, which would match one he has in Warren, would give the town $7,000 per megawatt, per year, for an approximate annual total of $42,000. Read more here.

Mattapoisett selectmen want safer cycling on bike path
MATTAPOISETT - Selectmen are worried that the Brandt Island Road/Mattapoisett Neck Road section of the town bike path is an accident waiting to happen.

The board met last week with Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path spokeswoman Bonnie DeSousa, and Selectman Tyler Macallister complained that bicyclists have a bad habit of not stopping at Brandt Island Road and Mattapoisett Neck Road. Instead, they loop around in front of moving traffic to go back the way they came on the bike path, he said. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Southcoast Green Drinks

Thursday, April 19, 5:30PM, Trio's Cafe & Lounge, 780 State Rd., Dartmouth, MA
Green Drinks is an informal, open, post-work social event (i.e. happy hour) for people interested in "green" environmental topics and initiatives happening both in our region and elsewhere. It is a place to network, exchange ideas, and support local businesses. There is no set structure or itinerary and everyone is welcome to attend. We hope this location means we'll have good representation from Westport, Fall River, and maybe even Somerset and Swansea! Contact Colleen Dawicki Here 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.

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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Dr. Carolyn Baker Workshops: Living Resiliently in Uncertain Times.

2 Presentations

Friday, April 27, Morning Workshop 8:30AM - 12:30PM, Woodland Commons, UMass Dartmouth
Evening Presentation at 7PM, Unitarian Memorial Church, 102 Green St. Fairhaven, MA
Join us for a special day with author, teacher, and spiritualist Dr. Carolyn Baker, Ph.D.

We are living in uncertain, turbulent times. Many of us are anxious about how we will navigate through our lives amidst increasingly unstable economic and social structures, or how we'll prepare ourselves and our loved ones for an era unlike anything we have ever experienced as humans. Through a combination of mythical storytelling, discussion, mindfulness practices in nature, and practical "inner tools" for cultivating resilience, you'll:

  • Empower yourself to feel resourceful and grounded in a future characterized by uncertainty.
  • Create a sense of inner peace and forge a contemplative relationship with nature.
  • Connect meaningfully with other like-minded people who share your concerns and passions about the state of the world.

Dr. Carolyn Baker was an adjunct professor of history and psychology for 11 years and a psychotherapist in private practice for 17 years. Her latest book Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization's Collapse, is unique in its offering of emotional and spiritual tools for preparing for living in a post-industrial world. Carolyn's forthcoming book is Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition.

Carolyn Baker's visit is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability at UMass Dartmouth and is part of our semester long "Finding Our Voices" series, which is focused on examining how sustainability issues intersect with recent government actions curbing civil rights in our nation. The lunch at the end of the morning workshop will be potluck so bring a dish to share and your own potluck kit of plate/bowl/utensils/napkin/cup/mug.

Contact the Unitarian Memorial Church at 508-992-7081 or the Sustainability Office Here for more information. You can learn more about Carolyn BakerHere.

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.

UMass Dartmouth Green Campus Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, May 1 Noon - 1:30PM, Woodland Commons Building, UMass Dartmouth
Come enjoy a luncheon celebration of green accomplishments with awards given to UMass Dartmouth and community members who have shown their dedication to sustainability on campus and off. In addition, we'll offer a special look at all that Chancellor Jean MacCormack has inspired at UMD, starting with her landmark signature of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment that set our University on a course toward carbon-neutral operations and sustainability-rich academics. Come meet the faces that are making UMD a model public university for green campus and community contributions. Contact the Sustainability Office for more details.

Lloyd Center Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 6:30PM - 9:00PM, 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. Details here.

Educational Docent Training

Thursday, May 5, 9:00AM - 1:00PM, Buzzards Bay Center, 114 Front St. New Bedford, MA
Themes, Audiences, and Stories, Oh My! Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition for a morning of training in Environmental Interpretation where participants will learn how to communicate their knowledge and passion for Buzzards Bay with others. A presentation on Interpretation 101 from the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will provide tools and techniques needed for engaging and exciting your audience. Participants will apply those tools to their knowledge of Buzzards Bay to create short talks designed to connect with Bay residents and visitors. For current docents and those interested in joining the team (prior knowledge of interpretation or bay ecology is not required). Details here.

Full Moon Family Walk

Saturday, May 5, 7:30PM - 9PM, Greatneck Wildlife Sanctuary, Wareham, MA
Sponsored by Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary and Wareham Land Trust. Come out and explore all Spring has to offer during our Full Moon Family Walk! Led my Lauren Miller-Donnelly from Mass Audubon, signs of spring may include salamanders, wood frogs and returning migratory birds...you never know what may be found in the light of the full moon! Dress for an outdoor exploration and wear sturdy walking shoes. Insect repellent is recommended. Registration is required. Details here.

Buzzards Bay Coalition 24th Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 10, 6PM, Kittansett Club, 11 Point St. Marion, MA
The evening will begin with a Reception for Members at 6pm, followed by the Annual meeting at 7pm. The meeting will include a discussion of our accomplishments in 2011 election of Board Members, and presentation of the 2012 Buzzards Bay Guardian Awards.

The meeting will also include a talk and discussion with Dr. Joe Costa, Executive Director of the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program since 1989, who will discuss how the effort to Save Buzzards Bay has changed over the past 25 years and the impact of today's expanding nitrogen pollution problem. FREE to attend. 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.


Monday, June 4, 6:30PM - 9:00PM, Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
Sorry gents, this one's for ladies only! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. Transportation to launching site and all equipment provided. Bring footwear that won't mind getting wet, as well as a snack and libation (non-alcoholic).

Price: Lloyd Center members: $20, non-members: $25. Pre-registration required by noon on Sunday, June 3. (12 spaces available)

If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Liz at 508-990-0505 x15. You can also call the Center's event line at 508-558-2918. Details here.

SEMAP's Fifth Annual Farm to Table Dinner

Friday, June 29, 5:30PM - 9:00PM, Silverbrook Farm, 934 Main St., Acushnet, MA
The biggest event of the year for the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership. Join us on a culinary adventure set between the soil & the stars! Support SEMAP in its mission to preserve & expand access to local food & sustainable farming in Southeastern Massachusetts with a huge, mult-course, all-local dinner. There are a limited number of seats so register and buy tickets ASAP. Call 508-295-2212 ext. 50 for info. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
UMass Dartmouth Included in Princeton Review's Annual Guide to Green Colleges
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was selected for inclusion in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition." This free, downloadable book is a one-of-a-kind resource and is published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The comprehensive guide focuses solely on colleges that have demonstrated a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The Princeton Review chose the listed schools based on research it conducted in 2011 of over 700 colleges and universities across the U.S. and in Canada. It provides "Green Rating" scores of colleges for its school profiles in its college guidebooks and website. The institutions in the guide represent those with the highest "Green Ratings."

Interested readers can download a free copy of the guide at Princeton Review's site or at the website for the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools.
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.
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.
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
Spread Mulch Around Your Trees
Spring is a good time to start using mulch, if you aren't already taking advantage of this natural, water- and chemical-saving staple of a healthy lawn and garden landscape.
Learn more here.

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