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May 10 to May 17, 2012

In This Issue


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

This week:

The Global Energy Challenge with Dr. Dan Nocera

Alan Poole Osprey Presentation


Save The Date:

Lloyd Center Spring Bird Walk

Buzzard's Bay Golf Tournament and Fundraiser



New Job Openings at Buzzards Bay Coalition

UMass Dartmouth's Living Classroom Program Profiled in Sustainability Journal

Weekly Green Tip:

Greening Your Fridge Use

Clip of the Week

Almost Pizza!
Sometimes we just have to let our hair down at the office and enjoy a good chuckle. This Saturday Night Live skit satirizes frozen food and questions what food really IS. Enjoy!

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~Thomas Fuller

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Local Harvest Recent statistical evidence indicates that the Local Food Movement, dubbed Locavorism, is on the rise all over the United States. In virtually any region farmers' markets and farms selling shares of organic harvests are cropping up and proliferating. Locally-supported food is an ever-growing revolution in this country meant to strenghten communal bonds and relationships between farmers and consumers. More and more people recognize the connection between food choices and the impact they have on communities, the environment, and individual health.

Israel and India have developed a international bond over Israel's work to help clean up India's valuable Ganges River. Seen as a drinking water source and site of religious significance, the Ganges River has suffered decades of pollution and neglect, turning it into a haven for diseases and infections. As a desert nation, Israel is among the most advanced in the world when it comes to water technologies. Those technologies are being put to the test to improve Ganges' water quality.

The TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline debate and controversy continues to be closely monitored by environmentalists and economists all across the nation. News of the company forcing landowners off their land so they can build their route may sound like an old western drama, but recently a Texas Farmer had her land condemned and acquired by the pipeline company through a law called Eminent Domain.
Leaf Bullet News
Global Temperature Report Global Temperatures Could Rise by More than 2 degrees Centigrade by Mid-Century: Report
Rising carbon dioxide CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere will continue to grow and cause an increase of 2 degrees Centigrade in global temperatures by 2052 and could rise as much as 2.8 degrees Centigrade by 2080, according to a new report sponsored by the international think tank Club of Rome. Such drastic temperature shifts are faster than other studies have predicted and would be high enough to trigger self-reinforcing climate change much sooner than previously thought. "Humankind might not survive on the planet if it continues on its path of over-consumption and short-termism," the report suggests. Read more here.

Ganges River Israel to Help India Clean Up the Ganges River
Young Israeli tourists are so common in India that in certain regions, restaurants hang signs and write menus in Hebrew. But Israel is now in the process of sending more than just tourists to the region. At the end of April, Israeli news site Ynet reported that Israel would be sending engineers, researchers and representatives from water technologies companies to help India clean up the notoriously-polluted Ganges River.

The river has become an increasingly problematic site for India as it has caused the spread of infections and diseases. Since February, the Indian government has been gearing up a campaign to clean up the river, promoting its importance as a religious site and also as a freshwater resource. Read more here.

Bokashi Compost Bokashi Composting System: A Faster Way Of Eco-Friendly Gardening
While composting has become more mainstream, not everyone has access to the space necessary for the maintenance of a composting bin. Apartment dwellers and residents who live in condominium developments that have more rules than sense are a few examples of where composting is logistically difficult. And while more municipalities are allowing food waste to be included in green waste, that practice still has a while to scale. But a composting process with origins in Korea and now used in Japan for 30 years offers an option for the sustainable disposal of food waste.

Bokashi is a method of composting that can work for people who already live as green as possible in their small space but have no option to eliminate those pesky food scraps. Read more here.

North Dakota Oil Rig Falling Oil Prices: A Blip Or A Hint Of The Future?
World oil prices have been falling recently -- and that's good news for oil consumers such as the U.S., Europe and China, and a potential challenge for the big exporters like Saudi Arabia and Russia.

The oil market is notoriously volatile, and the factors driving prices down are temporary. But some energy industry analysts are posing a much larger question: Is the world, and the U.S. in particular, entering a new phase of expanding energy supplies and more moderate prices? Read more here.

Norway opens major facility to test carbon capture
Norway launched the world's largest facility of its kind to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS), the so-far commercially unproven technology that would allow greenhouse gases from power plants to be buried safely underground.

A 5.8 million Norwegian crown ($1.00 billion) government-funded centre will test two post-combustion carbon capture technologies that could be extended to industrial-scale use if shown to be cost-effective and safe. Read more here.

Smart Meter Smart Meter Use Will Grow, But More Slowly Due to Drying Up of Government Incentives
Smart meters that give home and business owners more control over their electricity consumption patterns have been a huge success in North America, with penetration rates now approaching 35 percent and expected to reach nearly 70 percent by 2020.

But the future of smart meters will be volatile, according to a new analysis from Pike Research, with North American deployments peaking in 2011 before an expected drop-off over the next two years as government incentives that helped drive demand expire. On a country basis, China will be the largest deployer of smart meters by 2016, with more than 310 million units installed, according to Pike. Read more here.

Dr. Sanjoy Banerjee New Battery System Could Reduce Buildings' Electric Bills
The CUNY Energy Institute, which has been developing innovative low-cost batteries that are safe, non-toxic, and reliable with fast discharge rates and high energy densities, announced that it has built an operating prototype zinc anode battery system. Zinc anode batteries offer an environmentally friendlier and less costly alternative to nickel cadmium batteries. In the longer term, they also could replace lead-acid batteries at the lower cost end of the market. The Institute said large-scale commercialization of the battery would start later this year. Read more here.

Dog Streetkleen Taps Man's Best Friend for Renewable Biogas
The idea of converting dog waste to renewable biogas started off as a modest art project in Cambridge, Massachusetts, two years ago, and it has struck a spark across the pond. A new company in Wales called Streetkleen has constructed a dog waste-to-biogas conversion station in the county of Flintshire and plans are already in the works to expand into a network throughout the U.K. Read more here.

Aerial View of Illegal Logging in Cambodia Cambodia Suspends Economic Land Concessions
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced today that Cambodia would be temporarily suspending new economic land concessions and would revoke any concessions from companies involved in illegal logging, the evictions of locals or land-grabbing. The announcement comes two week after the high-profile death of local forest activist, Chut Wutty, who was shot and killed by military police while investigating illegal logging with two journalists. Read more here.

Study: Natural Gas Development Linked to Wildlife Habitat Loss
A study by the Wildlife Conservation Society documents that intense development of the two largest natural gas fields in the continental U.S. are driving away some wildlife from their traditional wintering grounds. Read more here.

Lonely Turbine Conservative thinktanks step up attacks against clean energy agenda
A network of ultra-conservative groups is ramping up an offensive on multiple fronts to turn the American public against wind farms and Barack Obama's energy agenda.

A number of rightwing organisations, including Americans for Prosperity, which is funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, are attacking Obama for his support for solar and wind power. The American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which also has financial links to the Kochs, has drafted bills to overturn state laws promoting wind energy. Now a confidential strategy memo seen by the Guardian advises using "subversion" to build a national movement of wind farm protesters. Read more here.

Harvest 'Locavorism on the Rise Everywhere': US Consumers Turn to Smaller, Local Farms
Community-supported agriculture projects, farmers markets, and other 'local food' systems are on the rise nationwide, according to a first of its kind index based on US government data. And supporting this 'locavore' movement is a growing army of consumers who recognize the connection between their food choices and the impact they have on communities, the environment, and their own health.

The term "locavore," and the locavorism movement, are both comparatively recent. "Locavore" made its first appearance in 2005 and was designated the 2007 Word of the Year by the Oxford American Dictionary. As a movement, locavorism advocates a preference for local food for a variety of reasons, including: Read more here.

Cincinnati Is Cincinnati the Greenest City in America?
Many cities trumpet their sustainability initiatives to claim the title of "greenest" city in America, but it's hard to argue with the ongoing turnaround from brown to green in Cincinnati. The Queen City announced it had received a winning bid for its solicitation to provide 100 percent renewable electricity.

While wind farms or solar arrays won't directly generate all of the city's power, the deal with FirstEnergy Solutions means energy consumed by up to 53,000 homes and businesses will be offset through renewable energy credits that finance production of wind, solar, biomass, and other renewable resources. The deal makes Cincinnati the largest city in the U.S. and first city in Ohio to provide an all-renewable electricity supply -- a remarkable about-face considering coal currently meets 85 percent of all electricity demand. Read more here.

Smog Tiles Smog-eating tiles gobble up air pollution
Can the roof of your house help you breathe easier by reducing the amount of harmful pollutants from urban air? "Yes," claims John Renowden, vice president of technology at Boral Roofing, a U.S. company that has introduced a line of roof tiles that they say have pollution-busting properties.

Based near Los Angeles, the most ozone-polluted city in the U.S., according to 2012 rankings by the American Lung Association, the company says its "Smog-Eating Tiles" improve air quality by neutralizing smog-forming nitrogen oxides released by most vehicles. Read more here.

Hauling Trees South Dakota Pine Beetle Epidemic Finds Loggers And Native Americans Joining Hands
For more than two decades, tiny pine beetles have been a colossal pain for two competing camps in the forests of the Black Hills region -- the American Indians seeking to preserve the trees and the timber workers who are chopping down thousands for profit. The infiltration of the bug has left countless trees dead, severely threatening both missions.

It has reached such epidemic levels lately that Shark and other tribal farmers with longstanding opposition to logging aren't just muting their resistance but chipping in. They're helping to clear the infected trees in order to save the non-infected ones. Read more here

Natural Gas Well New Proposal on Fracking Gives Ground to Industry
The Obama administration on issued a proposed rule governing hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on public lands that will for the first time require disclosure of the chemicals used in the process. But in a significant concession to the oil industry, companies will have to reveal the composition of fluids only after they have completed drilling -- a sharp change from the government's original proposal, which would have required disclosure of the chemicals 30 days before a well could be started.

Production of domestic oil and natural gas has surged in recent years as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have opened new fields and allowed renewed production from formations that had seemed depleted. Read more here.

Oil Rigs The Oil Industry's Deceitful Promise of American Energy Independence
Faced with increasing political obstacles to oil and natural gas exploration in many countries around the world, the oil industry is focusing again on the United States. The industry is using the deceitful promise of energy independence to cajole Americans and their policymakers into relaxing environmental regulations and opening protected public lands and restricted offshore areas to drilling. Read more here.

Julia Trigg Crawford An Old Texas Tale Retold: the Farmer vs. the Oil Company
SUMNER, Tex. -- When the TransCanada men first came, Julia Trigg Crawford said, they were polite. They offered money. Seven thousand dollars to let the Keystone XL pipeline cross her family's 600-acre farm on its way from the Alberta tar sands to the refineries on the Gulf Coast. "When you allow a pipeline to cross your land, you give up certain rights to it," Ms. Crawford said. "You can't use your land the way you want anymore. We didn't want to do that."

But as the Crawfords discovered, when voluntary compensation agreements are not reached, Texas law allows certain private pipeline companies to use the right of eminent domain to force landowners to let pipelines through. This was true even for TransCanada, which has yet to get State Department permission to bring the Keystone XL across the Alberta border. Read more here.

The End of Clean Energy Subsidies?
The federal government has given generously to the clean energy industry over the last few years, funneling billions of dollars in grants, loans and tax breaks to renewable power sources like wind and solar, biofuels and electric vehicles. "Clean tech" has been good in return.

Yet this productive relationship is in peril, mainly because federal funding is about to drop off a cliff and the Republican wrecking crew in the House remains generally hostile to programs that threaten the hegemony of the oil and gas interests. The clean energy incentives provided by President Obama's 2009 stimulus bill are coming to an end, while other longer-standing subsidies are expiring. Read more here.

A man walking New Bedford asking EPA for help with Nemasket cleanup
NEW BEDFORD -- The city is negotiating a cleanup plan with the EPA for the Nemasket Street lots and six former residential properties at the PCB-contaminated Parker Street Waste Site. The discussions could result in the Environmental Protection Agency either conducting or paying for part of the site's remediation.

"We are discussing a potential partnership with the EPA to help out with the cleanup of the property," Cheryl Henlin, an environmental planner in the city's Environmental Stewardship Department, said. Read more here.

Rhode Islander Ava Anderson Cosmetics Not Pretty in Washington
Ava Anderson, the teenage founder of the Warren-based personal care products company Ava Anderson Non-Toxic, was invited to testify at a hearing in March for the Safe Cosmetics Act. The bill requires increased disclosure of ingredients in everyday bath items such as shampoo and lotions. Currently, many of the chemicals, including suspected carcinogens, are kept off labels through a loophole that classifies many toxins as "trade secrets." Read more here.

Middle School students Kuss eighth-graders make the school a little greener
Fall River -- As members of Gov. Deval Patrick's Project 351, Matthew J. Kuss Middle School eighth-graders Meredith Forcier and Jose Martinez took up the task of making the school a bit more environmentally friendly, through increased recycling, as their leadership project.

Project 351 is comprised of a group of eighth-graders representing cities and towns from across the commonwealth seeking to develop leadership skills and discuss issues critical to young people and their communities. The initiative was launched during Patrick's 2011 inaugural. Read more here.

New alliance wants to ease worries about having enough food
The Island Foundation has teamed up with other local groups to help meet a need as basic as it is universal. Meet the Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network, an alliance of like-minded groups working to increase people's access to quality, healthy food.

"Food security is a term that we throw around a lot that has a lot of different meanings to a lot of different people," said Marisol Pierce-Quinonez, the new network's coordinator. "In this situation we're talking specifically about making sure that people don't go hungry." Read more here.

Dartmouth's Quinn Elementary serves up tolerance
DARTMOUTH -- As educators and lawmakers focus on getting kids to be nice to each other, James M. Quinn Elementary School follows a simple formula: switch up who kids sit next to at lunch.

For this, and a commitment to build respect and acceptance throughout the year, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program has honored Quinn Elementary as a 2011-12 "Mix It Up Model School." Read more here.

Tiverton Rod and Gun Club Tiverton Rod and Gun Club sells 121 acres to state for conservation
The Tiverton Rod and Gun Club has sold 121 acres of its property to the state for conservation space that will also be open to the public for recreational activities like hiking and hunting.

The property is called a "key parcel" in what's known as Tiverton's Great Swamp, which constitutes the largest natural aquifer in the eastern corner of the state, according to the Department of Environmental Management. Read more here.

Translucent Eels Eels face poaching threat
The tiny transparent eels, known as glass eels or elvers have recently become one of the most expensive delicacies in the world, with fish dealers paying more than $2,000 a pound.

With prices that high, state fisheries regulators, enforcement officers and local eel monitors worry that poaching may further deplete American eel populations. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which regulates fishing in state waters on interstate fish stocks, endorsed a report showing the American eel is at or near historically low levels from a multitude of causes, including overfishing, habitat loss, food web changes, predation, hydroelectric turbines, environmental changes, water pollution and disease. Read more here.

Wareham's Smithers Viscient to purchase UK-based lab
The Smithers Group, which has an environmental testing lab on Main Street, has announced that it will purchase the Environmental Sciences Group (ESG) from the UK-based Covance Laboratories.

Based in Harrogate, UK, Environmental Sciences Group has been providing scientific and regulatory expertise in product registration and risk assessment for more than 35 years. Environmental Sciences Group serves clients in the agrochemical, pharmaceutical, industrial chemical and animal health industries. Read more here.

Market Basket owner pays $400,000 in fines to settle OSHA issues
DeMoulas Super Markets Inc. will make changes at the Tewksbury-based company's 60-plus Market Basket stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor. The agency filed citations carrying nearly $590,000 in fines last fall after its Occupational Safety and Health Administration identified widespread fall and laceration hazards at Market Basket stores.

The company ended up paying $400,000 in fines and agreeing to make major changes, including mandatory employee safety training and hiring a full-time safety and health director. Read more here.

URI students URI Students Target Automotive Scrap
Dylan Gregory and Cory Harrigan became partners last summer, developing a business that helps keep recyclable materials from being needlessly buried in the state landfill.

The two University of Rhode Island undergraduates invested their own money to buy 12 Dumpsters, and Scrap Specialists Recycling was born. Their enterprise operates out of 386 South Pier Road, and saves several automotive businesses hundreds of dollars every month by properly disposing of their recyclables -- for free. "We chose to start with automotive businesses because such a large percentage of their waste is recyclable," Gregory said. "There isn't anything in a car we can't recycle." Read more here.

Talbot Middle School PCB remediation at Talbot School unlikely to begin this summer
FALL RIVER --The work to remediate PCBs at the Edmond Talbot Middle School is not expected to begin this summer as school and city officials consider how to pay for the potentially hefty price tag.

School Department Chief Operating Officer Thomas Coogan said he is working with Kenneth Pacheco, the city's community maintenance director, to determine how the replacement of doors, windows and the school's heating, ventilation and air conditioning system will be financed. Read more here.

Westport conservation partnership celebrates 2,000-acre milestone
The Westport Land Conservation Partnership celebrated the preservation of 2,000 acres in Westport over the past 10 years.

The Westport Land Conservation Trust and The Trustees of Reservations created the partnership to protect land with cultural, agricultural and scenic significance. The partnership set a goal of placing 2,000 acres under protection when it formed. Read more here.

Governor Patrick seeks Pilgrim nuke plant review
Gov. Deval Patrick has joined a chorus of local, state and federal politicians calling for a harder look at safety issues at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station before the facility's license to operate is extended for an additional 20 years.

"There are a number of serious concerns that have been raised regarding public safety, public health and the environment, and I request that the NRC thoroughly consider these matters prior to making any decision on Pilgrim's license renewal application," Patrick wrote in the two-page letter. Read more here.

NSTAR proposes cutting residential electric supply rate by 16 percent
NStar residential customers could save on average about $6 a month if the state approves a proposed rate change.

The utility is proposing a nearly 16 percent cut on the supply rate, reducing supply prices to their lowest level in eight years. If approved by the state Department of Public Utilities, the lower rate would go into effect from July 1 through the end of the year. NStar said the rate cut is driven by the falling price of natural gas, which fuels most of the electricity purchased by the utility. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

New Bedford Bicycling Committee at AHA Night!

Thursday, May 10, Beginning at 5PM, Downtown New Bedford
The newly-formed New Bedford Bicycle Committee, a NB Mass in Motion initiative, will be raising awareness and promoting fitness and education regarding safe bicycling in New Bedford with Trips for Kids. The committee will have a display station complete with demonstrations, helpful resources, and a bike on a fixed trainer so kids and adults can compete and monitor their maximum speed to win prizes. Look for the tents at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center (33 William Street). 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.

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.

New Bedford Bicycle Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 16, 6PM - 7:30PM, Room #314, New Bedford City Hall
The committee will meet monthly to advocate for safe bicycling and pedestrian paths and lanes for transit and recreational purposes, raise awareness of the need for improved connectivity throughout the city, and represent the City of New Bedford as part of the regional South Coast Pathways initiative. All are welcome to attend upcomng meetings and events. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Endangered Species Day

Friday, 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.

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.

Tire and Car Battery Recycling Drop-Off Day

Saturday, May 19, 9:00AM - Noon, Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station (1103 Shawmut Ave), New Bedford
For a small fee, New Bedford and Dartmouth residents can recycle used tires, ID required. Car batteries are accepted at no charge. The following tire fees apply: $1 each for car tires, $5 each for light duty tires, and $15 each for heavy duty tires. Cash or check only. No commercial loads. Tires with a rim size greater than 24 inches not accepted. Rain or shine. Call (508) 979-1493 for more information. Details here.

History of Blossom Barn

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

Operation Clean Sweep - Volunteer!

Saturday, May 19, 8:30AM - Noon, St. Luke's Parking Lot at Hawthorn and Page Streets, New Bedford
Help keep New Bedford clean! Community service groups, clubs, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate in this community event. Also, this is a great way to earn your community service hours. Tools and gloves are provided. Free t-shirt for all volunteers. Breakfast and pizza lunch will be served. To learn more, visit Here. and pre-register or call (508) 979-1493. Also, find us on facebook.

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.

New Bedford Bicycle Committee Evening Ride

Wednesday, May 23, 6:00PM - 7:30PM,Kings Highway Parking lot opposite of Savers, New Bedford
Ride will be approx. 8 miles along Church St. & Ashley Blvd. If you are interested, please send an email to 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
New Job Openings at Buzzards Bay Coaltion
The Buzzards Bay Coalition has the following open service positions:

Commonwealth Corps Environmental Educator
The Buzzards Bay Coalition seeks two energetic individuals to join our team as Commonwealth Corps Service Members. This year-long position is as a core part of our Education and Public Engagement department with an overall goal of engaging the community in active and on-going stewardship of the Bay and Watershed. Specifically, service members will be working on our youth education initiatives which seek to strengthen the ethic of environmental stewardship in the region while also improving academic achievement in the classroom through increased school engagement. View the full job description at This Link

MassLIFT Land Steward
The MassLIFT Land Steward at Buzzards Bay Coalition will serve our communities by advancing the management and stewardship needs of land conservation projects led by the Buzzards Bay Coalition. This includes stewardship of the Coalition's "river reserves" along the primary tributaries of the Bay, the 20 Conservation Restrictions currently held by the Coalition and new conservation projects now being advanced in partnership with individual town conservation commissions and local partner land trusts. View the full job description at This Page

Visit Save Buzzards Bay for information on all our positions.
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
Greening Your Fridge Use
One of the major energy suckers in most households is the fridge. With electricity prices skyrocketing and energy efficiency an important part of green living; a kilowatt-hour shaved from our consumption here and there helps our pocket and the planet; as does reducing food waste associated with refrigerator use. Learn more here.

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