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May 3 to May 10, 2012

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Buzzards Bay Coalition 24th Annual Meeting

Sheep Day

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Save The Date:

The Global Energy Challenge with Dr. Dan Nocera

Alan Poole Osprey Presentation

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Announcements:

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:

Green Your Pantry

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Perpetual Ocean
With the multiple stories about the ocean and currents this week, we thought we'd share this simple, amazing video. A visualization that shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through December 2007. The visualization does not include a narration or annotations; the goal was to use ocean flow data to create a simple, visceral experience.
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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Engine For those who are hoping developments in technology may pave the way out of our climate crisis, a new government supercomputer coming online could provide enough power for automobile engineers to simulate advances that would save 25% to 50% of the fuel we currently burn on the road. The problem of improving upon the 150-year-old internal combustion engine is so complex that scientists who work on it are eager for the anticipated major development in the supercomputing world to occur later this year. The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory's new machine is expected to work at twice the speed of the fastest supercomputer in the world.

As the world shifts from paper and file cabinets to computers and data clouds, it may seem like we're cleaning up our environmental refuse. But in a recent campaign Greenpeace is drawing attention to the dirty power sources that make cyber clouds possible. Greenpeace claims that major corporations like Apple are using coal plants to provide the energy they need to run huge banks of servers that customers access for Internet storage and data searches. Building "green grids" that run on renewable clean energy sources are being touted as the alternative.

A new app for smartphones may help some get a grip on the planet's climate change impacts. Using before-and-after images, the app depicts how greenhouse gas buildup in the earth's atmosphere is changing environmental features like melting glaciers, eroding coastlines, and drying lakebeds. Published by a division of Harper Collins UK, the creators say this app takes the "opinion" out of whether climate change is altering the environment. Images within the app come from a variety of sources including NASA and GeoEye, a satellite imagery company. They date from 1914 up to the present day.
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Global
Indonesia Mangroves Drama Amid Indonesia's Disappearing Mangroves
Indonesia has one-quarter of the world's mangrove forests, but it's losing them at an alarming rate of 6 percent a year. The world as a whole is estimated to have lost half of its mangroves in the past half-century.

The flooded forests help protect coastlines from tidal floods and erosion, provide a home to an important variety of biodiversity, and provide important absorption of the world's carbon dioxide. But for the villagers, the mangroves have meant something else. The villagers used to cut down the trees for firewood, timber and to make shrimp ponds. But two decades ago, farmer Kamal Amani and other villagers began to replant them. Read more here.

Greenpeace Protester The competitive advantage of green grids
As Greenpeace attacks Apple for the coal clouds firing its data centers, green grids from Iceland to Quebec are attracting some surprising new customers. All kilowatt-hours are no longer created equal.

This campaign comes as part of a larger Greenpeace effort to draw attention to the climate-changing clouds of coal smoke that power the Internet; the organization's greatest breakthrough to date may have been its "Unfriend Coal" initiative, which convinced Facebook to embrace renewable energy as the preferred power source for its data centers. Read more here.

Coral Reef Warming Ocean Current Might Create Coral Refuges
Global Warming is expected to have devastating effects on coral reefs, but recent research points to a few exceptions.

Warming in the equatorial Pacific may actually create refuges for corals around a handful of islands, even as it bleaches, or kills, corals elsewhere, suggests new research that predicts increased upwelling of cold, nutrient-rich water in these places Read more here.

Reef Sharks Pacific reef shark populations plummeting, study says
Humans are causing a steep decline in populations of reef sharks in the Pacific Ocean according to a new study by a group of international marine scientists.

The new estimates of reef sharks compared numbers around populated islands with those living near uninhabited ones. The results were sobering, say researchers. "We estimate that reef shark numbers have dropped substantially around populated islands, generally by more than 90% compared to those at the most untouched reefs," said lead author Marc Nadon from the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research at the University of Hawaii. Read more here.

World economic output Global Warming: New Research Blames Economic Growth
It's a message no one wants to hear: To slow down global warming, we'll either have to put the brakes on economic growth or transform the way the world's economies work. That's the implication of an innovative University of Michigan study examining the most likely causes of global warming.

For the study, the researchers assessed the impact of four factors on short-run, year-to-year changes in atmospheric concentrations of CO2, widely considered the most important greenhouse gas. Those factors included two natural phenomena believed to affect CO2 levels -- volcanic eruptions and the El Nino Southern oscillation -- and also world population and the world economy, as measured by worldwide gross domestic product. Read more here.

The Cutest Animal on Earth Australia lists the koala as a threatened species
The Australian government has listed the koala as a threatened species in parts of the country for the first time, admitting that the species faces a "serious threat" from factors such as urban expansion and climate change.

Koala populations in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory have been placed on the national list of vulnerable species, following intervention by environment minister, Tony Burke, on Monday. The listing, designed to provide a barrier to development in areas where koalas are threatened, is aimed at halting a precipitous drop in numbers that has seen the species decline by 40% in Queensland and by one-third in NSW over the past two decades. Read more here.

Ecuador Forest Ecuador Asks World to Pay to Keep Yasuni Oil Underground
Ecuador is eyeing the international Green Climate Fund as a way to help pay for its plan to trade oil for forests, a top government representative said.

Heading the campaign, former Ecuadorean ambassador to the United States Ivonne A-Baki said she was frustrated with the U.S. government's indifference to the cause of Yasun' National Park. She hopes to raise the profile of the lush rainforest in the run-up to this summer's U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, also called Rio+20. The national park is located where the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Basin and the equator meet and is regarded as one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. Read more here.

Finless Porpoise Yangtze River Porpoises in China Near Extinction
Six years after the Yangtze river dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer), or baiji, was declared "functionally extinct" by scientists, another marine mammal appears on the edge of extinction in China's hugely degraded Yangtze River. In less than two months, 32 Yangtze finless porpoises (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis), a subspecies of the finless porpoise, have been dead found in Dongting and Poyang Lakes in the Yangtze, reports the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The porpoises are suffering from many of the same impacts that pushed the baiji to extinction: illegal electrofishing, strikes by boat propellors, poisons, and possibly pollution and food shortages from lower water levels linked by officials to climate change. Autopsies show that at least two of the animals were killed by electrofishing and boat propellers. Read more here.

National
Smoggy City 41% of Americans Live in Counties with Dangerous Levels of Air Pollution
For the time period from 2008 to 2010, 41 percent of Americans -- that's a full 127 million -- lived in counties with "unhealthful levels of either ozone or particle pollution" -- the first being an invisible gas responsible for 3,700 deaths in the U.S. annually, according to one study; the second being cough-inducing soot hanging in the air that casts a haze over some cities. What does "unhealthy" mean in this context? As the association's Janice Nolen put it to the Huffington Post, "we are not yet at the point where we're providing air that doesn't send people to the emergency room," with those most at risk being the usual suspects: the young, the elderly, the poor (who tend to live in polluted areas), and those with lung or heart disease. Read more here.

Eggs Burger King goes cage-free: What it means for egg suppliers
Here's some super-sized news in the world of food sustainability and the humane treatment of livestock. Burger King, the world's second-largest fast-food chain, is making changes that will dramatically affect the welfare of the millions of chickens and pigs it uses annually.

The Miami-based company is pledging to switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2017 and to eliminate gestation crates for breeding pigs. While other chains already use some cage-free eggs, the news marks the first time a major U.S. fast-food chain is going completely cage-free. Read more here.

Farmers' Market Produce Farmers Markets Move Online
Only local farms can deliver the very freshest produce. But while the common methods of providing this bounty to consumers--community supported agriculture (CSA) plans and farmers' markets--are essential components of a revitalizing fresh-food sector, they don't always provide a sufficiently flexible or robust shopping experience.

Small producers have one magical ace up their sleeve, a tool that could provide a far greater advantage to locally oriented growers than to big nationally focused ones: the Internet. Smart use of the Web can shift the focus of food retail away from industrial suppliers and toward those in the position to offer on-demand delivery of the freshest food around. Read more here

Community Gardens San Francisco's urban ag-spansion
Most of the city's community gardens have waiting lists of two years or more, according to Public Harvest, a new report by San Francisco Urban Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR). The most comprehensive report of its kind in recent years, it paints a sweeping portrait of the current urban agriculture landscape and presents a bold agenda to help San Francisco meet the demands of a burgeoning movement.

From commercial urban farms to rooftop plots and shared gardens, more than two dozen private and public urban agriculture projects have sprouted up in the city over the last four years as a result of the resurgence of interest in gardening. "We need to start looking to our public land to meet this demand," said SPUR program manager Eli Zigas at a recent press event at Michelangelo Playground Community Garden in Nob Hill. Read more here.

Solar Powered Clothing New Solar-Powered Clothes with Natural Fabrics
Solar-powered clothing has been talked about for years, probably decades. And there are options out there, but it obviously hasn't hit the shelves of H&M yet,... and that's not really its best market. Where it might genuinely make sense is on clothing for campers, hikers, and such.

"To try and come up with an ideal design for the outdoor person that is fashionable and functional both as clothing and an energy source is a lofty goal -- but attainable," Jaymi Heimbuch of TreeHugger writes. Let's hope so! Apparently, 45 teams are now competing to design the most functional, good-looking, green, and affordable solar clothing as part of an EPA program to advance the idea. Read more here.

Trees in the Mist Are Advertising Companies Poisoning Trees
A former employee of one of the country's largest outdoor advertising companies has blown the whistle on his ex-bosses, saying the company routinely and illegally poisoned and chopped down trees that obscured views of their billboards.

Robert J. Barnhart, a former crew chief for Lamar Advertising Co. in Tallahassee, Fla., says he used to sneak onto private property early in the morning armed with a machete and a bottle of herbicide. He would chop at the roots or trunks of trees, pour on the herbicide -- and run. MSNBC reports that Barnhart's boss called such an operation "a hit and run." Read more here.

Ethanol Plant After Backlash, Ethanol Industry Is Thriving
Five years ago, ethanol was seen as the next big thing to wean the U.S. off foreign oil. Then some studies on the corn-based fuel cast doubt on its environmental benefits, and auto companies turned their attention to hybrids and electric cars. The hype died off, but the ethanol industry is alive and well, driving a big change in America's corn consumption.

Rising up out of the corn fields outside Lake Odessa, Mich., is the ethanol refinery for Carbon Green Bioenergy. The company's CEO, Mitch Miller, says a lot of refineries were popping up when this one was built in 2006. Yet when the ethanol hype went away, the ethanol industry got bigger than ever. Read more here.

Wind Farm Wind Farms, Global Warming Connection Lukewarm at Best
A Study released by researchers finds that large wind farms may impact local temperatures, noting a night warming effect in certain areas in Texas caused by "the turbulence in turbine wakes acting like fans to pull down warmer near surface air from higher altitudes at night." As Natural Resources Defense Council already pointed out, select media outlets covering this study have generated bad headlines which conflate "small-scale, local impacts on nighttime land surface temperatures and global climate disruption."

To offer some clarity on the subject, the researchers behind the original study have released a detailed Q&A addressing concerns. As Media Matters points out in this Q&A, the scientists basically debunk what is termed "misleading" coverage of the study. Other media outlets, such as Christian Science Monitor and Washington Post, also call into question how the study is being characterized. To give you insight into the researchers' own interpretation of their study, we've provided the entire Q&A below for your consideration. But here is the net take away: Read more here.

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA What's One More Layer of Nuclear Safety Worth
"I live just six miles from that plant across open water," says Lampert, a staunch advocate for tougher oversight of the nuclear power industry. "It always comes down to public safety versus the cost to industry of implementing something."

Requiring a filtered vent in the concrete containment buildings surrounding nuclear reactors like the one at Pilgrim means it would capture dangerous radioactivity, to prevent contamination of the surrounding area To the dismay of Lampert and others, however, regulators have not required filters, at least not yet. The order left the matter open for further discussion. Read more here.

Discourse
Coal Trains Cutting Carbon Means More than Fancy Bookkeeping
That's the dirty secret of cutting carbon. Oregon -- and America -- may be getting off coal, but if it just ends up being burned elsewhere, the climate won't be any better off. According to an analysis released this month by the Breakthrough Institute (BTI) -- a nonpartisan think tank -- many developed countries that appear to be reducing their greenhouse-gas emissions may be playing this same bookkeeping game, essentially relocating their carbon footprint to other nations in the form of outsourced manufacturing or exported fuel. To put it more bluntly, they're cheating -- and the rest of the world is paying the price. Read more here.

Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory The Federal Government's $10 Billion Plutonium Boondoggle
While a national debate rages over whether to spend $6 billion to keep down interest rates on loans that students desperately need, the government may spend $10 billion to make plutonium bombs and plutonium fuel that nobody wants. Congress and the Administration are in a fierce contest to see who can throw the most money into the plutonium pit.

Some members of Congress are trying to restore billions in funding for a new factory at the Los Alamos National Laboratory to make plutonium cores for nuclear bombs that the military doesn't need. Meanwhile, President Obama is plowing ahead with plans to make plutonium fuel rods for power reactors that no power company wants to buy. Together, construction costs for these two radioactive white elephants add up to over $10 billion, and rising. This is seriously wasteful spending at a time when we should be serious about fiscal responsibility and national security. Developing a nuclear strategy that is smart, efficient, and effective against current threats means cutting Cold War programs we no longer need. Read more here.

Redefining Wealth
In the past 20 years, our affluent identity has been threatened by oil shocks, income stagnation, and the relative economic rise of Japan and Europe. Some observers would say that our national response so far has been (a) to go on boasting we're the greatest, (b) to celebrate small government while borrowing massively and hoisting a bigger military stick, and (c) to shift 60% of the new wealth to 1% of the population--presumably as an encouraging symbol of anyone's chance to get rich.

Nevertheless, several developments now encourage us to question the value of consumerism. People are again wondering: despite the success of our economic cornucopia, is it failing to yield some of the most essential goods, services, and social arrangements? What about a sense of community--at which boutique is that being sold? What about "quality time"? At which discount warehouse can you get a good deal on friendships? What about "safe streets"? Read more here.

App depicts impact of climate change on planet

Local
Graph Massachusetts businesses still feel recession, but business confidence is up, AIM report says
Economists say the recession ended back in June 2009, but 41 percent of Massachusetts employers, including 58 percent of businesses with 10 or fewer employees, say we are still mired in it.

A lesser number of all employers, 32 percent, said the recession is over but this pattern of slow and uneven growth is the new normal, according to results of the monthly business confidence survey released Tuesday by the statewide business lobbying group Associated Industries of Massachusetts. Just 22 percent of all employers said, in the words of the survey question, "we are still working our through a recovery that will eventually lead to stronger growth and job creation." Read more here.

Jean MacCormack UMASS Dartmouth's major energy makeover
DARTMOUTH, Mass., (WPRI) - A new wind turbine on the UMASS Dartmouth campus is expected to reduce energy costs and shrink the school's carbon footprint. Officials say when operational, the blades will harvest energy from the wind, reducing pollutants in the atmosphere.

Vice Chancellor Deb McLaughlin said, "We are here to mark a major milestone in our effort to make our campus cleaner, greener and more sustainable." Read more here.
Also read UMass Dartmouth unveils wind turbine; hands out environmental awards
Also read More wind turbines could follow UMD sustainability campaign

Summit aims to prepare region for offshore renewable energy jobs
NEW BEDFORD -- A summit planned for the whaling museum Friday is intended to prepare area workers for jobs in offshore renewable energy. The Marine Renewable Energy Center at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, is sponsoring the all-day affair.

"The future is here. Cape Wind is expecting to have something in the water by the end of the year," said John Miller, executive director of Marine Renewable Energy Center. "We'll have panels that discuss what's going on in Europe, the needs of the industry and what employers want to see." Read more here.

Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve Bioreserve has safeguarded nature in SouthCoast for 10 years
The fact that the eastern half of Fall River is nearly entirely uninhabited can be easy to forget. But the city owns 4,300 acres of watershed and conservation land that -- when combined with the Freetown-Fall River State Forest and thousands of acres of other conserved land -- provides the largest wildlife management area in Massachusetts.

The 13,600-acre tract became the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve 10 years ago, thanks to an usual partnership between the city, the state and the nonprofit Trustees of Reservations Read more here.

Astronaut Raytheon system aims to track space trash
Space has a litter problem. From the glove that astronaut Ed White lost during a 1965 spacewalk to small parts of satellites and spacecrafts, the earth is surrounded by a "debris belt'' filled with about 500,000 pieces of junk.

That orbiting field of stellar garbage represents a growing threat to the International Space Station, a multitude of orbiting satellites, and future space explorers. And since some of the stuff lost in space travels 10 times faster than a bullet, even a speck of rocket ship paint or an errant screw could wreck a spacecraft. Raytheon Co., the giant military contractor based in Waltham, has come up with a solution. It wants to build a fence. Read more here.

Watershed Bay Watershed Counts as Major Economic Driver
A healthy Narragansett Bay watershed contributes to a strong economic environment for Rhode Island, according to the recently released 2012 Watershed Counts environmental indicators report. But continuing to invest in such things as clean water, parks, open space and farm preservation is still needed if the gains that have been made are to be continued. Read more here.

There are better ways than banning bottled water
The people in the bottled water racket are having kittens over the Concord Town Meeting's decision last week to ban single-serve bottles of water from store shelves. The Plastics Today website sobbed that water bottles are being treated like "public enemy No. 1" and recited all of the arguments in favor of keeping bottled water around -- you know, all the arguments that people aren't much listening to anymore, mainly about recycling.

The industry people's reaction is perfectly understandable, when you consider that those who are buying all of these tens of millions of bottles of water apparently only need a little nudge to get them to stop. Read more here.

Jim Buckle On overgrown land in Dighton, these farmers pursue their dream
It may not look like a field of dreams, but to Jim Buckle, these 13 acres are exactly that. Last fall, when he bought the property in the southeastern corner of the state, some of the soil was rocky, some was overgrown with wild roses and grapevines. The 175 blueberry bushes were almost buried under dead growth. A few broken-down trailers dotted the landscape, and the barn was filled with garbage.

To Buckle and his girlfriend, Wendy Mainardi, the place was a dream come true, land to establish Buckle Farm. For seven years, Buckle, 35, was head farmer at Allandale Farm, Boston's last working farm (it lies partly in Brookline, partly in Jamaica Plain). Mainardi, 29, also worked there, wrangling 25 beehives to harvest 200 pounds of honey last year; she'll continue keeping bees at the farm. The couple is well known in the restaurant, farming, and locavore communities in Boston, particularly in Jamaica Plain, where they still live, because the pair sells fresh vegetables around town, and donates produce to a hunger program. And they're passionate about what they do. Read more here.

Corey Gifford School Her heart is with Haiti: Westport native hosting benefit for Haitian students
Founded in 2010, Transparency for Haiti is a nonprofit that supports established organizations on the ground in Haiti. The name stems from part of the mission to provide transparency to donors.

"My take from being there is that a lot of the money for the earthquake seems like it went to paying the U.N. to provide security so people don't riot, instead of feeding them so people don't riot," Gifford said. Read more here.

Alfred Lima Bristol County Commissioners hear Taunton River bike path proposal
A board member of the Taunton River Watershed Alliance appeared before the Bristol County Commissioners on Tuesday to brief the board on a proposed bicycle path between Taunton and Fall River along the Taunton River.

"The Alliance is trying to be a strong advocate for it," TRWA Board Member Alfred Lima said. The TRWA and the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District are the main proponents behind the proposal. Read more here.

Video: Illegal Dumping Plagues Mashpee Woods
You will be shocked at the illegal dumping going on in and around the Noisy Hole Conservation Area--but a big cleanup is slated for this weekend and you can help. Read more here.

Farmers Market New Thinking for New Farmers Markets
It was only a few years ago that farmers markets were nearly extinct, marginalized by the car culture, shopping centers and fast food. That trend has reversed in a big way in Rhode Island, with nearly 50 regular farmers markets today, several running through the winter.

Starting a farmers market these days involves both an old-school and New Age mindset -- selling local vegetables, meat and seafood while making communities more personable, walkable and prosperous. Read more here.

Recovering Drug Addict Stephen Ellis Former drug addict, a Fall River native, helps others on path to recovery
TAUNTON -- Stephen Ellis, 41, is a Fall River native who knows the depths of drug addiction, once imprisoned for six years for his role in a desperate armed robbery.

Now a manager at Zero Tolerance Recovery House, a group of three homes in Taunton for recovering addicts, Ellis said he understands why family and friends would give up on him when drugs dominated his life. But Ellis is now reaching out to tell his troubled story and to talk about his work to maintain sobriety, in an attempt to warn younger people of the perils he's faced. Read more here.

Buzzards Bay Coalition's volunteer program receives award
The Buzzards Bay Coalition's long-standing Baywatcher's water-quality monitoring program has been awarded an Environmental Merit Award - the highest honor from the New England Region of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Awarded by EPA since 1970, the Merit Awards honor individuals and groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts to preserve the region's environment. This year's competition drew nearly 100 nominations from across New England Read more here.

Westport Selectmen move ahead with solar power negotiations
WESTPORT -- The town is moving closer to allowing a solar power array on its former landfill off Hix Bridge Road, which could potentially save it $100,000 a year on electric bills, officials said. Selectmen voted unanimously Monday to have interim Town Administrator Jack Healey negotiate with a solar power company about leasing a portion of the land for the purpose of constructing an array. The exact number of panels remains to be determined. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

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.

Sheep Day

Saturday, May 5, 11am - 3pm,Soule Homestead, 46 Soule Street, Middleborough, MA
Family Fun for all ages! Demonstrations All Day: Spinning; Sheep Shearing; Weaving; Rug Hooking; Rug Braiding; Wool Felting; Soule Basket Weavers; Landscape Painting with Rick Murphy; Sheep Dog Demonstration 11:30am and 1:30pm with Sheep Dog Junction's Rick Seaman and his dog Boo. Activities For Children: Washing Fleece; Carding; Spinning; Felting Wool; Crafts. All Day Sale to benefit SHEC: Raffle Items, Strawberry plants, Perennials and other plants, Baskets, Hand-crafted items, Popcorn, Baked Goods, Refreshments. Admission: Adults $5 / Children 12 and under $2 (children under 3 free). Free admission for all members. Event held rain or shine. Details here.

Bioreserve "Big Walk"

Saturday, May 5, 9am - 4pm, Freetown/Fall River State Forest Headquarters, Slab Bridge Rd, Assonet, MA
Strap on your hiking boots and experience the vastness of the unbroken forest on a walk that spans the full length of the 13,600-acre Bioreserve. The full hike is 12 miles long, but pick-ups will be available mid-way at miles 4 and 8. Free. Phone: 508.636.4693 x13. For more information, email kheard@ttor.org.

Arts Show at Attleboro Farms

Sunday, May 6, 12 - 4pm, Attleboro Farms, 491 Hickory Rd, N. Attleboro MA
An afternoon of Art and Craft: Gifts, Painting, Photography, Glass, Jewelry, Clay and more at the Farmers Market showcasing local farmers and specialty food vendors.

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.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Alan Poole Osprey Presentation

Saturday, May 12, 2:30 to 3:30pm, Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
100 years ago Ospreys were widespread along the coastal plain of southern New England, especially in Rhode Island. Starting at that point in time (early 1900s), this presentation will sketch out the history of Ospreys in this region, up to the present day, focusing on where Ospreys have nested and how this reflects changes in landscape and ecology. What is immediately clear is how dynamic this species is, with current distribution very different from that of 30, 50, or 100 years ago. Ospreys are an extraordinarily successful species, and they provide an interesting lens thru which we can view our changing landscapes. Alan Poole is editor of the Birds of North America Online: an 18 volume compendium on the life histories of North American birds. Initiated in 1991 as a print series, and completed in 2002, BNA is now an online project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where Alan is a senior research associate. Program is free with admission. Details here.

NOFAMass Soils Building Series: Transplants and Seed Starting Workshop

Saturday, May 12, 9am to Noon, Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, MA
Starting strong seedlings is an essential step toward maximizing yields. Our seed starting program includes inoculation, seed soaking, drenching, and foliar. In addition, we'll focus on steps taken to ensure transplants develop a vigorous root system after transplanting and thereby increase the potential for crop health and production. Details and registration 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.

Endangered Species Day

Monday, May 18, 10am to 1pm, Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, MA
Explore the world of threatened wildlife on national Endangered Species Day. Visit the discovery station to see products made from endangered species first hand. Tour the zoo to find current and former endangered species being helped by zoos and aquariums. Pick up a coloring sheet and learn how you can help animals at risk. Free.

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

Women's FULL MOON Canoe Trip

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
Green Your Pantry: 10 Do's and Don'ts
From safe, nontoxic food storage and green cleaning to the basics of whole bulk foods and integrated pest management, get started on a healthier Earth-friendly diet today with these tips Learn more here.

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