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April 26 to May 3, 2012

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

This week:

Dr. Carolyn Baker Workshop

UMass Dartmouth Green Campus Awards Luncheon


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The Global Energy Challenge with Dr. Dan Nocera

Buzzards Bay Coalition 24th Annual Meeting



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

UMass Dartmouth's Living Classroom Program Profiled in Sustainability Journal

Weekly Green Tip:

Ammonia as a Fuel

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DOCUMENTARY SHORT: The Truth About Clean Energy Jobs
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Seaweed As inspiration for technological advances, researchers are looking to nature's expertise for design to guide them in biomimicry that will lead to greater energy efficiency. Kelp beds photosynthesizing as they wave in ocean currents, the curved edges of whale's fins, and termite mounds are all inspiration for innovations that may help humans live on the planet with more respect for its resources and fragile ecosystems.

As sea ice melts, the Arctic Circle is becoming a hot spot for those seeking land rights for shipping lanes and potential new fossil fuel drilling sites. Now, research shows that the Arctic Ocean, due to the melting of ice, is releasing vast amounts of methane gas into the atmosphere. The new study is one of the first analyses based on data collected on the movement of greenhouse gases through the atmosphere using a Gulfstream V jet outfitted with scientific instruments and sensors. Once again, where some see economic growth potential others are seeing environmental consequences.

Seafood labels are coming under scrutiny as it becomes clear that there is no definitive rating system for what constitutes sustainable seafood. Investigators have discovered that many of the types of fish labeled as being within sustainable levels for consumption by certification systems were actually found to be overfished. Retailers and restaurants tout the environmental credentials of their seafood, but few truly know what sustainability indicators measure or if the standards these certification systems follow are even valid.
Leaf Bullet News
Mohamed Nasheed Maldives ousted president links fight for democracy to battle against global warning in call for international pressure on successor
Mohamed Nasheed, the ousted president of the Maldives, has appealed for the international community to support early elections in his country as he linked the fight for democracy with the battle against global warming. Nasheed, a respected climate change campaigner who was forced out of power in February, said he hoped for "robust" pressure from regional and world powers to "restore democracy" in the Maldives as soon as possible.

The 44-year-old politician, who became president in 2008 after the Maldives's first multiparty election for 30 years, described his disappointment at the reactions of the US and India to his overthrow by elements of the police and military. Both Washington and Delhi recognised the new administration of President Mohammed Waheed and called for a government of unity instead of early polls. Both have opposed stricter measures on climate change, Nasheed said. Read more here.

McDonald's McDonald's "Best of Green" Highlights Leading Global Sustainable Practices
McDonald's is changing. More of its locations are actually pleasant and even edgy, have wifi and are not the drab plastic prisons in which some of us spent our teenage years. On other fronts some catching up is still in order, as with its hazardous attempts at social media campaigns that have left its marketers' faces as red as those strawberry sundaes. Across the pond in the United Kingdom, the company's about face and re-about face on sourcing local chicken draw exasperated cries in London and beyond. But around the world, some interesting projects are occurring on waste, energy and green building. Read more here.

Living in Garbage Wasting Away: A Look At Living Among Garbage
The Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on environmental justice, the "fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people" when it comes to environmental regulations and policies.

Around the globe, waste can tell both an environmental and social story. Here are some reports of communities living in, among and off of others' trash. Read more here.

Arctic Ocean Arctic Ocean Releasing "Significant" Amounts of Methane
Areas of open sea freed from sea ice are exuding the potent greenhouse gas, according to new research, which is bad news for climate change.

The new study is one of the first analyses based on data collected by a recently concluded research program, "HIPPO," that sought to track the movement of greenhouse gases through the atmosphere using a Gulfstream V jet outfitted with scientific instruments and sensors. Read more here.

Physicists Scientists See Solution to Critical Barrier to Fusion
Physicists have discovered a possible solution to a mystery that has long baffled researchers working to harness fusion. If confirmed by experiment, the finding could help scientists eliminate a major impediment to the development of fusion as a clean and abundant source of energy for producing electric power. Read more here.

Iran Tanker Half of Iran's tanker fleet storing oil at sea
Iran has been forced to deploy more than half its fleet of supertankers to store oil at anchorage in the Gulf as buyers of its crude cut back because of sanctions, two Iran-based shipping sources said.

14 of National Iranian Tanker Company's fleet of 25 very large crude carriers, each loaded with about 2 million barrels of oil, are now at anchor acting as floating storage.A further five of Iran's nine Suezmax tankers, with capacity of one million barrels, are also parked offshore with oil aboard. That means that of Iran's 59-million-barrel fleet of VLCCs and Suezmax sized tankers, 33 million barrels of capacity, are being used to store crude at sea in the Gulf, or 56 percent of the fleet. Read more here.

Yosef Abramowitz Israeli Desert Yields a Harvest of Energy
Mr. Abramowitz, who had spent six months at Ketura in the early 1980s as part of a Young Judaea program, quickly abandoned his plans to spend a quiet family sabbatical with his wife and children in southern Israel. Instead, he went into partnership with Ed Hofland, a businessman from the kibbutz, and David Rosenblatt, an investor and strategist from New Jersey, to found the Arava Power Company, now the leading commercial developer of solar power in Israel.

After more than five years of political and regulatory battles with the Israeli authorities, the company has transformed 20 acres of a sand-colored field on the edge of the communal farm. It now glistens with neat rows of photovoltaic panels from China -- 18,600 in all -- that harness the sun. Depending on the time of year and rate of energy consumption, this field provides power for as many as five communities. Read more here.

Florida Everglades Expedition Seeks To Save Florida's 'Terra Incognita'
Members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition sport calluses and legs hardened by three months of hiking through saw grass, palmetto stands and piney woods. These four adventurers marked the end of a 1,000-mile trek across Florida, from the tip of the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp.

That might have been the easy part. Their next goal is to create a continuous corridor for wildlife running the length of the state. By documenting their journey, they hope to draw attention to the shrinking habitats and remind Floridians of their connection to the environment. Read more here.

Piece of Red Snapper for sale Two years later, fish sick near BP oil spill site
BARATARIA BAY, La. (AP) -- When fishermen returned to the deep reefs of the Gulf of Mexico weeks after BP's gushing oil well was capped, they started catching grouper and red snapper with large open sores and strange black streaks, lesions they said they'd never seen and promptly blamed on the spill.

Now, two years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank, killing 11 men and touching off the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, the latest research into its effects is starting to back up those early reports from the docks: The ailing fish bear hallmarks of diseases tied to petroleum and other pollutants. Those illnesses don't pose an increased health threat to humans, scientists say, but they could be devastating to prized species and the people who make their living catching them. Read more here.

Also Read Criminal Charges Filed in BP Oil Spill

Nighttime Oil Drilling Ohio Pooling Laws Allow Drilling Even Where Owners Object
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Retired police officer Ed Hashbarger is watching in anger as drillers converge on his part of eastern Ohio, at times gaining access to coveted oil and gas deposits through a state law that can trump objections of individual property owners. "We do not defend the United States of America so the government can strip me of my rights to my land," said Hashbarger, who expects his land in Bloomingdale will soon be pooled as such deals engulf neighboring properties. "I'm furious over the whole thing."

Mandatory pooling gives drillers the ability to overcome a landowner's objections to drilling on his property if enough neighbors have agreed to the well drilling. The resisting landowner is paid for the oil or gas taken. Such laws are drawing new criticism as hydraulically fractured wells reach more heavily populated areas, and public attention rises over oil and gas drilling. Read more here

Solar Cell Solar Cell that Shines in Order to Produce More Electricity (Record-Breaking Technology)
The purpose of solar cells is to capture as much light as possible and produce power from it. But researchers from the University of California, Berkeley think they should do a bit of light-producing of their own. These researchers think "solar cells should be designed to be more like LEDs, able to emit light as well as absorb it," the Optical Society notes. Why? Because this results in greater solar cell efficiency, more electricity per solar cell. Read more here.

Gray Wolf U.S. House OKs 'Sportsmen's Heritage Act'
A newly approved bill from the U.S. House of Representatives has reignited old debates over how America manages its national parks. Known as the "Sportsmen's Heritage Act," the bill would make several changes to the country's current park management style, and is already creating schisms within the hunting and conservation communities.

The bill is split into four main sections, but its most controversial parts deal with hunting in national parks and the types of ammunition hunters use. Among other things, it seeks to: open more federal land for hunting, exempt decisions on hunting and fishing from environmental review, allow polar bear trophies to be imported from Canada, and prevent the EPA from regulating ammo that contains lead, a toxic metal. Read more here.

Sustainable Fish? Some question whether sustainable seafood delivers on its promise
Seafood counters used to be simpler places, where a fish was labeled with its name and price. Nowadays, it carries more information than a used-car listing. Where did it swim? Was it farm-raised? Was it ever frozen? How much harm was done to the ocean by fishing it?

Many retailers tout the environmental credentials of their seafood, but a growing number of scientists have begun to question whether these certification systems deliver on their promises. The labels give customers a false impression that purchasing certain products helps the ocean more than it really does, some researchers say. Read more here.

Smiling Dumpster Where No City Has Gone Before: San Francisco Will Become the First North American Zero Waste Town By 2020
Last month, the millionth ton of food scraps, coffee grounds and soiled paper from San Francisco's mandatory composting program returned to residents' dinner tables in the form of fresh, organic foods grown by local farmers using the city's nutrient-rich compost as fertilizer. Coming on the heels of the city's 2009 municipal ordinance requiring city-wide source separation of all organic materials, the first large-scale urban food waste and composting program in the country has not only helped reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions to nearly 12 percent below 1990 levels; it's also catapulted San Francisco to a staggering, nation-leading 78 percent waste diversion rate. Read more here.

Iowa Corn Processing Plant Iowa Corn Processing Plant Sued By Residents For Air Pollution Damages
A Grain Processing Corp. plant in Muscatine, Iowa that makes corn-based products emits so much pollution that it has damaged homes, cars and property across the city, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

The lawsuit, filed by 11 residents, alleges the Grain Processing plant spews harmful chemicals and particulate matter for miles as the wind blows, routinely blanketing homes and cars with soot and causing metals in everything from swing sets to siding and air conditioning systems to corrode. The lawsuit is seeking class-action status on behalf of roughly 17,000 residents who live within three miles of the corn milling plant, or most of the city of Muscatine. The plant makes products such as alcohol, corn starch and corn oil for a variety of applications and is one of the Mississippi River city's largest employers. Read more here.

Painted Indian Elephant U.S. Teams with India in Massive New Biofuel Project
The U.S. has just launched a five-year, $125 million alternative energy research project with India, aimed partly at developing biofuels from non-food crops. The biofuel project, funded by the Department of Energy and led by the University of Florida, has the goal of managing climate change and reducing U.S. dependence on petroleum products -- and that adds an intriguing element of geopolitics and petrodollars to the mix. Read more here.

Deforestation in Sumatra Climate change is a human rights issue -- and that's how we can solve it
We can overcome the problems of delivering collective action on climate change by treating mining, deforestation, ocean degradation and more as violations of human rights Read more here.

Vote Box with checkmark What Would Real Voting Reform Look Like?
Since the start of 2011, a wave of restrictive voting laws has swept the country. This attack on voting rights is unprecedented, unjustifiable, and discriminatory in its effects.

Over the last few weeks, the Department of Justice and the courts have stepped in, blocking some of the laws that most clearly violate protected rights. But none of these victories is final. To win the broader battle for the right of every eligible American to vote, we need more than a good defense against bad laws. We need positive bipartisan reform to bring our outdated electoral system into the twenty-first century. Read more here.

Occupy Movement Sign Occupy Wall Street: What Is To Be Done... Next?
What to do in the aftermath of the Occupy Wall Street movement, when the protests that started far away -- in the Middle East, Greece, Spain, UK -- reached the center, and are now reinforced and rolling out all around the world?

In a San Francisco echo of the OWS movement on 16 October 2011, a guy addressed the crowd with an invitation to participate in it as if it were a happening in the hippy style of the 1960s. Read more here.

Barge carrying turbine UMass Dartmouth marine research center gets $535,000 grant
The development of ocean energy technology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has gotten a boost with a $535,000 state grant that will allow the Marine Renewable Energy Center to continue research through June of next year.

A range of advanced clean-energy methods are being tested at the offshore testing zone, including various types of power created by wind, tides and waves. Researchers at the Marine Renewable Energy Center are also testing a radar system that allows for determining the potential for wave and offshore wind energy from land. The system, if proven effective, would make it quicker and easier to find the feasibility of offshore energy projects. Read more here.

Dartmouth voters back restrictions on solar farms
Large-scale solar projects will be barred from Dartmouth's residential zones thanks to a bylaw amendment Town Meeting members approved. Town Meeting member Gloria Bancroft, whose Collins Corner Road home is in the neighborhood of ConEdison Development's project on private land on Hixville Road, was joined in the effort by fellow Town Meeting members Colleen and Joseph Noseworthy.

ConEdison's construction of a more than 9,000-panel farm falls under a bylaw that Town Meeting approved last June. The bylaw allows for large-scale (250 kilowatts or larger), ground-mounted solar farms "as of right" in all zoning districts in Dartmouth. The "as of right" provision allows these projects to move forward without a special permit. But this particular project angered residents, who complained about the construction noise and said they weren't notified of work until it was already under way. People living nearby also worried about the impact of extensive tree clearing on the site and the effects the new solar farm could have on their property values. Read more here.

New Bedford holds off remediating Nemasket Street and Hazardous Waste Sites
NEW BEDFORD -- Mayor Jon Mitchell has decided against taking immediate action to clean the Nemasket Street lots and former residential properties at the Parker Street Waste Site, instead opting to simply maintain the existing fence around the PCB-contaminated land. Maintaining the fence is considered a "temporary solution" that must be "revisited" by the city in five years if no action is taken before then, said Cheryl Henlin of the city's Environmental Stewardship Department.

Mitchell said he made the decision to delay action at the sites until the city reaches an agreement with the EPA and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection on liability issues related to the cleanup. In 2010, the city sued nine companies that manufactured and transported hazardous waste to the site, including AVX Corp. and ABC Disposal Service. Mitchell is hoping the EPA and DEP will help put pressure on those companies to help pay for some of the remediation. Read more here.

Air quality index Lung Association releases air quality report card for Mass.
Ozone pollution has improved in some areas, but remains a serious public health problem in eastern Massachusetts, according to a report from the American Lung Association.

The group released a new set of annual grades for ozone levels for each county in the state. It upgraded Middlesex from an F last year to a C and both Norfolk and Barnstable from F to D. Suffolk County improved, too, from D to C. Bristol was the lone county in the state to see its mark drop this year, from D to F. Essex and Worcester counties saw no change in their F ratings. Read more here.

Builder working on a home Massachusetts Housing Crisis Continues
Housing crashed the economy, and four years of terrible home sales have kept a recovery from fully taking hold. So any good news from the housing market should be welcome. But in most of Massachusetts, heating up the housing market just trades one headache for another. The state's chronic inability to keep up with housing demand meant that Massachusetts leapt straight from its last recession into a lost decade of slow job creation, stagnant population growth, and out of control housing costs. That cycle is about to repeat itself -- unless cities and towns get serious about building housing. Read more here.

UMD Student Jonathan Christie UMD students seek way to harness the power of waves
Two UMass Dartmouth graduate students are pitching an idea for capturing the energy of the ocean's waves to generate electricity.

The wave-generated power has potential advantages over solar and wind power, said Linnhardt Hilfer, a candidate for a master's degree in business administration. "It is continuous, whereas solar wind and power is determined by a few factors -- weather patterns, the season," said Hilfer, an engineer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Also, the wave power system would be far less visible from land than a wind farm, he said. Read more here.

Margiana Petersen-Rockney Second generation farmer cultivates crops, community
Rehoboth -- Margiana Petersen-Rockney is one of a new generation of farmers. Educated at an Ivy-league school, hard working, and wanting to promote sustainable local agriculture, she is also dedicated to educating students about fresh produce and how to grow it, and being part of a growing community of young farmers who share experiences, expertise and equipment.

Petersen-Rockney's five-acre farm is in the midst of her mother, Anne's goat farm, Rosasharn Farm off County Street. Read more here.

Local Beef Where's the (Local) Beef?
The expansion of the state's farming industry hasn't been limited to fruit and vegetable growers. The want on the part of Rhode Island consumers for locally raised, grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free meats and poultry has reinvigorated the state's livestock trade. More existing and new farmers in Rhode Island are now offering low-carbon footprint alternatives to the beef, pork, lamb and poultry raised in what can only be described as inhumane conditions on America's feedlot factory "farms."

In a time of economic retraction, one might think that this boom in the farming industry would be supported by lawmakers and regulators, but recently, the state's livestock raisers and Market Mobile have come under fire from the DOH. This move hasn't only affected the livestock farms' revenue streams, it also has affected the throughput and bottom line of the only USDA-inspected meat processing and packing facilities in the Ocean State -- Rhode Island Beef & Veal Inc. in Johnston and the Westerly Packing Co., where most local livestock farmers have their products processed, packaged and frozen. Read more here.

Elaine Ostroff in front of the Tree Residents' efforts to save centuries-old Westport tree pay off
WESTPORT -- The 200-year-old linden tree that adorns Central Village is safe, thanks to a public outcry and some cash donations.

Central Village Public Improvements Committee Member Elaine Ostroff announced that fundraising to save the tree has been successful and work on keeping the linden tree alive should begin in about three weeks. Bartlett Tree Experts proposed work that includes structural pruning to reduce risk of branch failure, thinning of some closely spaced branches, removing dead or broken branches and also pruning the lower basal sprouts on the trunk. They will also install a support cable at the front of the tree to further reduce risk of branch failure. Read more here.

State falling short in cutting greenhouse gases
The state is falling behind in meeting its ambitious goals to combat climate change, according to a report released by MassINC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Change Plan lays out how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020, and the state is progressing on several fronts toward that goal, according to the MassINC report. In 2008 Bay State lawmakers passed the Green Communities Act and the Global Warming Solutions Act, two laws meant to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of renewable energy. But some obstacles to making real progress toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions are out of the state's control. Read more here.

Wareham Litter Mob Wareham Area Litter Mob strikes again
They meet together in empty parking lots, communicate in short commands, and carry black trash bags to hide the evidence of their deeds.

They are the Wareham Area Litter Mob, and they are picking up the trash of Wareham. Read more here.

Curtain Lofts State preservation group honoring Fall River mill converted to housing
A statewide preservation group next month will recognize the redevelopment of the 140-year-old Wampanoag Mill into an over-55 apartment complex.

Curtain Lofts, as the 97-unit development is now called, opened in November in a mill building that once hosted a group of outlet stores. The development cost Boston-based owner and developer WinnDevelopment $25 million. Preservation Massachusetts President Jim Igoe said in a statement that the Curtain Lofts development is "a great example of how our mid-sized cities can rehabilitate their existing historic fabric to meet current and future needs while preserving an important part of the past." Read more here.

Michael DeForbes Is the Time Now for R.I. to Make Transition?
The call for dramatic change among environmentalists is growing louder just about everywhere, including here in Rhode Island.

One concept tapping into this sentiment is Transition Town. The international grassroots movement advocates for a fundamentally different society, one that seeks a complete break from fossil-fuel dependency. The ideal vision is akin to a modern-day frontier village -- a self-sustaining community or neighborhood of about 500 residents managing networks for housing, energy, transportation, child care, food and other basic services. Read more here.

Fall River Landfill Landfill site could one day find new life as part of green project
FALL RIVER --Look north while crossing the Braga Bridge, and the sight of the municipal landfill rising high above the horizon offers a constant reminder of the amount of trash that has accumulated in Fall River over the years.

As it's grown from modest beginnings, the mound -- covered in green grass -- has been dubbed by residents with not-so-friendly monikers such as Mount Trashmore. But one day could locals have another name for the site? Would the presence of solar panels embedded into the mound of waste or the establishment of a park lead to an equally catchy name that celebrates the environment? Read more here.

Walking in Easton Effort to improve safety for bikers, pedestrians in Easton
Easton -- North Easton residents may thank South Coast commuter rail for making walking and cycling safer even if a proposed commuter train never slices through town.

One of the state's technical assistant grants for development along the rail corridor plan is allowing local planners to conduct a bicycle and pedestrian connectivity study. "The goal is to increase cycling and walking as means of transportation," Easton Land Use Planner Stephanie Danielson said. Read more here.

Rochester Selectmen Rochester Selectmen discuss solar energy project
Rochester -- Hoping to reduce energy costs for New Bedford by 30 percent, city officials have proposed to build a 20-acre solar energy project in Rochester.

The proposal included plans to install solar panels on 10 acres of a 20-acre stretch of land, near Rochester's Great Quittacas Pond, located off of North Avenue. The pond is the primary source for drinking water in New Bedford, said the city's Superintendent of Water, Jim Ricci. "Our goal is to have our entire water department working on green energy," Ricci said. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

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

2 Presentations

Friday, April 27, Morning Workshop 8:30AM - 12:30PM, UMass Dartmouth, Reflection Room, 2nd Floor of Campus Welcome Center

Evening Presentation at 7PM, Unitarian Universalist 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. Learn more about Carolyn Baker.

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 and Forest Clearing

Saturday, April 28, 9am - Noon, and 1:00PM - 3:00PM Copicut Woods, Fall River, MA
Hosted by Trustees of Reservations and UMass Dartmouth's Sustainability Office. Green Navigators from the campus Sustainability Office will be conducting two sessions during the day, each being roughly 2-3 hours long. The morning from 9am to 12pm we will be planting Atlantic White Cedars and in the afternoon from 1-3pm we will be restoring a stone wall in a bluebird habitat. This ongoing cedar swamp restoration project aims to bring back this rare forest type to the Copicut Woods. If coming from UMass Dartmouth, please meet Green Navigators in Parking Lot 14 at 9am for the morning session or 1pm for the afternoon session. As there is limited carpool space, we need to know who will be going. So, please RSVP if you will be attending one or both of the sessions to Ashley Nunez at Ashley Nunez or Chance Perks. You can also call 774-571-8328 or text to get in touch with Ashley Nunez.

Free to attend. Wear boots. For information about Trustees of Reservations, Call 508.636.4693x13 or E-Mail Here Details here.

Prescription Drug Disposal Day

Saturday, April 28, 10:00AM - 2:00PM, Wareham and Dartmouth
Local residents will have the opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets on Saturday when police departments in Dartmouth and Wareham accept unwanted and expired prescription drugs for safe disposal in an attempt to prevent abuse and theft.

The Dartmouth collection will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Police Department, 249 Russells Mills Road. The Wareham collection is also 10-2, but at the Fire Department, 273 Main St.

The disposal is anonymous and free. Drugs will be disposed of by the Drug Enforcement Administration at no cost to the local community.

In Dartmouth, intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted. In Wareham, syringes, needles, medical devices, thermometers and IV bags will be turned away.

Police said many do not know how to properly dispose of drugs, often throwing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet -- both potential safety and health hazards. For more information contact Detective Alan Courchesne of the Wareham Police Department at 508-295-1212 ext. 2238

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.

Educational Docent Training

Thursday, May 3, 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.

Lloyd Center Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 3 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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Rochester Wetlands Discussion

Monday, May 7, 6:30PM, Plumb Library, Rochester, MA
Dr. John Teal, will discuss "Old Rochester's Wetlands, Salt and Fresh" at the Rochester's Plumb Library. Dr.Teal is the author of "Life and Death of the Salt Marsh" and other books on wetlands. Teal is a Rochester resident, and a scientist emeritus from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

For more information, contact the library at 508-763-8600.

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.

The Global Energy Challenge with Dr. Dan Nocera

Monday, May 14, 4:00PM, Main Auditorium, UMass Dartmouth
UMass Dartmouth welcomes Dr. Daniel G. Nocera, the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy and Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of the Cambridge based renewable energy company Sun Catalytix. Dr. Nocera' research on solar energy conversion has led to acclaim worldwide including being named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2009. TIME also recognized his recently developed artificial leaf as one of the 50 top inventions of 2011.

Dr. Nocera will present a general audience talk - "The Global Energy Challenge" - that explores the problems and potential solutions to meeting worldwide energy needs in the backdrop of diminishing fossil fuels and global warming.

Dr. Nocera's research explores renewable energy by studying the basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry. The major recent discoveries from the Nocera lab have produced a relatively inexpensive and efficient means to the photogeneration of hydrogen and oxygen from water which provides a mechanism for the storage of solar energy as a fuel allowing for the potential deployment of solar energy on a large scale and at a feasible cost. Contact Wendy Skinner, Assist. Vice Chancllor for Corporate & Foundation Relations for more information.

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.

Buzzard's Bay Golf Tournament and Fundraiser

Tuesday, May 22, 10:00AM, Bay Club, Mattapoisett, MA
Celebrate the beauty of the Buzzards Bay watershed with an afternoon of golf at the spectacular championship 18-hole course at the Bay Club at Mattapoisett. Your day will include 18 holes of golf, greens fees, cart rental, lunch, and a tournament favor--followed by an hors d'oeuvre reception with auction, raffle, and awards. Registration is open from now until May 14 and will cost $250 per person to participate in the tournament, and $30 for reception only tickets.All proceeds benefit the work of the Buzzards Bay Coalition to clean up nitrogen pollution in New Bedford Harbor. 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.

Flower Planting

Sunday, June 3, 1:00PM - 3:00PM,Cornell Farm, Dartmouth, MA
Join Trustees of Reservations staff and volunteers as we prepare and plant a beautiful garden of flowers at Cornell Farm. The garden will add beauty for visitors and attract native birds and pollinating insects throughout the summer season. The day is FREE.

Email Here or call 508.636.4693 x13


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.

East Over Bird Walk

Saturday, June 9, 7:00AM,East Over Reservation, Rochester, MA
Sponsored by Trustees of Reservations. Bill Gil of the Paskamansett Bird Club leads a walk through the forests and fields in search of Orioles, Bobolinks and Bluebirds. The day is FREE.

Email Here or call 508.636.4693 x13

Southcoast All Taxa Biodiversity Initiative: Biodiversity Week

Monday, June 11th -- Saturday, June 16th,Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
June 11 -- 15: Scientists and naturalists lead walks and conduct "collecting" trips within the local watershed. A schedule of trips, open to the public (pre-registration required) will be posted on our website.

June 16: Scientists and naturalists finalize lists of collected species...many of which will be on display at Lloyd Center headquarters.

Scientists and naturalists with expertise in specific groups of plants or animals are needed. We also welcome members of the public interested in helping discover the plant and animal life which inhabits our watershed. This program is supported by the Motorola Solutions Foundation and the Dominion Foundation.

Additional information is available by contacting Lloyd Center Research Director Mark Mello at His E-Mailor (508) 990-0505 ext. 22. Check out Lloyd Center for more information.

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's Living Classroom Program Profiled in Sustainability Journal
UMass Dartmouth's Living Classroom program is profiled in the April 2012 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The Journal is published by Mary Ann Leibert, Inc., a leading company in authoritative international publications for the Scientific, Technical, and Medical knowledge and information industries. The profile, written by Pamela Marean from UMass Dartmouth's Sustainability Office, discusses how The Living Classroom stimulates curiosity in students and local residents alike about how sustainability principles work in our lives by applying higher learning concepts to our immediate environmental resources--namely the University's hundreds of acreage of forests and wetlands. This article represents a great accomplishment for UMass Dartmouth and is bound to bring greater attention to The Living Classroom, as well as all innovative programs under the umbrella of the Sustainability Initiative. Interested readers can view a copy of the article here.
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 undergraduate 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
Ammonia As A Fuel
When I think of ammonia, cleaning products and fertilizer spring to mind. It seems it can also be used as a "green" fuel for our cars; with vehicles requiring very few modifications to use it.
Learn more here.

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