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May 17 to May 24, 2012

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This week:

Lloyd Center Spring Bird Walk

Buzzard's Bay Golf Tournament and Fundraiser


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Stone Barn Grand Opening Celebration

Lloyd Center Full Moon Women's Canoe Trip



Weatherization Training Opportunity! Become BPI Building Analyst Certified

UMass Dartmouth's Living Classroom Program Profiled in Sustainability Journal

Weekly Green Tip:

Bust Runoff with a Rain Garden

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What is a Resilience Circle, by Sarah Byrnes
Resilience Circles are small groups where people come together to increase their personal security through learning, mutual aid, social action, and community support. Circles also go by other names such as Common Security Clubs

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"I know of no restorative of heart, body, and soul more effective against hopelessness than the restoration of the Earth."
~Barry Lopez, Helping Nature Heal

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Beam Me Up, Scotty! Many of us sci-fi junkies have been waiting and salivating for decades over the promise that someday we'll be able to teleport. Well, news of the success of teleporting photons 100 kilometers means we might experience it if we live a ripe old age. Mind you, this experiment is just quantum teleportation. We're dealing with particles and energy, not living beings. It's still a breakthrough and something that should make you want to rewatch episodes of Star Trek on SYFY.

Solar plants and developers are popping up all over the world, but when it interferes with and threatens wildlife and ecosystems, such as the construction going on in the California Desert it reminds us of the dark side of the industry. The nation's leading environmental groups see K Road Power's proposed 663-megawatt Calico Solar plant as one of the most ecologically damaging renewable energy projects in the California desert. As terrific as it is to see renewable energy grow exponentially, examples like this also show that it is still a business, and businesses often place profit over environmental concerns.

Despite this hypocritical greenwashing, compromises between the business side of renewable energy and environmental groups need to be met if we're to move beyond the fossil fuels. As more and more drillers, barons, and wealth-seekers move out to North Dakota to be part of the oil boom and strike it rich environmentalists and renewabable energy enthusiasists worry this country is regressing back to its "dirty" roots. The boom in North Dakota has many people excited because they see it as a way to wane ourselves off of foreign oil. While North Dakota oil will help, it's but a drop in the ocean of oil we consume, and the resource is still finite. Where does that leave us? Repeating the same mistakes from the past: deeper drilling, cutthroat competitiveness, and environmental disasters. It's difficult to even consider the North Dakota oil boom as a temporary solution to a permanent problem.

The thought of this makes us yearn for a beer. Maybe we can travel to Milwaukee and have a pint of the first "all local" beer in the United States
Leaf Bullet News
Mexican Turbines Mexico Ramps Up Wind Power
On an arid plain where sudden gusts of wind can rip roofs off buildings and knock over tractor trailers, Mexico is building a new engine for its energy future. Surrounded by towering turbines in every direction, the town of La Ventosa - which means "the windy place" in Spanish - is at the heart of a wind power boom in the country.

Mexico, the world's 14th biggest economy, still punches well below its weight in terms of wind energy, ranking 24th on the planet in installed capacity last year, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). But the market is growing fast. By the end of this year, the national wind energy association expects Mexico to jump to number 20 on the list, which is dominated by wealthy European nations, the United States, China and India. Read more here.
An Islamic bank in Jordan, Sanabel, has bought up over a quarter of a Congo forest for sustainable projects Jordanian Bank buys one quarter of a Congo Forest
Over the last couple of years, countries across the MENA region have been buying tracts of land all over Africa. Worried about the rising cost of food as well as declining natural resources locally, they have been trying to make sure that their eggs (so to speak) aren't all in one basket. Egypt has bought up land in Sudan, Saudi Arabia has staked a claim on land in Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates has farms in Sudan, Morocco and Algeria.

However, this latest land acquisition by Sanabel is a little more interesting as it claims to come with some green credentials. According to news reports, Sanabel which is Jordan's first Islamic investment bank is considering a number of "Sharia-compliant forestry activities" for the land it has purchased. These range from afforestation and reforestation projects, and protecting the land from deforestation and sustainable agro-forestry projects. Read more here.

The World Is Living Beyond Its Resources
Biodiversity has decreased by an average of 28 percent globally since 1970 and the world would have to be 50 percent bigger to have enough land and forests to provide for current levels of consumption and carbon emissions, conservation group WWF said on Tuesday.

Unless the world addresses the problem, by 2030 even two planet Earths would not be enough to sustain human activity, WWF said, launching its "Living Planet Report 2012", a biennial audit of the world's environment and biodiversity - the number of plant and animal species. Read more here.

University of Utah biologist Jim Ehleringer and colleagues at Harvard developed a new method to estimate carbon dioxide emissions and thus verify compliance with a greenhouse gas treaty Scientists Develop Method for Measuring CO2 to Fight Global Warming - in the Event of a Treaty to Limit Worldwide Emissions
Should nations of the world ever see fit to sign a treaty limiting emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide gas, scientists from the University of Utah and Harvard have developed a way to verify compliance.

Using measurements from three carbon-dioxide-monitoring stations in the Salt Lake Valley, the method could reliably detect changes in CO2 emissions of 15 percent or more, the researchers report Read more here.

The sun sets on the atoll of Tarawa, an island in Kiribati Island threatened by rising seas battles nature and humans
The island nation of Kiribati is one of the countries most threatened by rising sea levels. However, many of the floods it has seen may be due to a mix of natural variability and human activities, complicating the picture of how rising sea levels are endangering Kiribati and other island nations.

The Republic of Kiribati in the central tropical Pacific is home to about 103,500 people. Its capital on the atoll of Tarawa has seen dramatic flooding in recent years. For instance, during the 2004 to 2005 El Niño, two major floods occurred - a "king" tide in February 2005 damaged the hospital in the town of Betio, and a second flood two weeks later breached sea walls, flooded causeways and damaged homes and public infrastructure. Read more here.

Groundwater Well Drilling in Sudan Africa may struggle to extract groundwater, experts say
Vast groundwater resources have been revealed in Africa by the first continent-wide quantitative maps. But the resources may not be easily accessible because of political and technical challenges and costs, say experts.

The new groundwater maps, published last month in Environmental Research Letters show the continent has a total underground water storage capacity of 0.66 million cubic kilometres - more than 20 times the freshwater storage capacity of lakes on the continent. The largest aquifers are in northern Africa, mostly in Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan. But although some media reports have suggested that the discovery could mark the end of water shortages on the continent, experts say it is not that simple. Read more here.

Chinese airlines were among the few flouting their obligation to submit emissions data. EU hails airline emissions tax success
More than 99% of all major global airlines have complied with the first step of Europe's controversial scheme to charge them for their carbon emissions. The inclusion of aviation in the European Union's emissions trading system (ETS) from the start of 2012 caused uproar from airlines in more than 20 countries including the US, China, Russia and Japan, but virtually all submitted the required baseline emissions data for 2011. Only eight Chinese airlines and two Indian ones did not comply by the 31 March deadline.

Connie Hedegaard, the European commissioner for climate action, said: "To put these figures into perspective, these [10] airlines represent less than 3% of total aviation emissions. So the bottom line is more than 1,200 airlines from all other countries but China and India have complied: implementation of the law is there." Read more here.

Star Trek Beam me up, Scotty: Scientists successfully teleport photons nearly 100 kilometers
Think teleportation is a fictional concept reserved for plot twists in sci-fi novels or philosophical thought experiments? Think again. Not only is teleportation possible, but scientists in China have recently teleported a photon a record-setting distance of 97 kilometers, according to MIT's Technology Review. Since the previous distance record for teleportation was just 16 kilometers, this new record is an impressive feat-- and it might soon pave the way for the technology to become viable.

Before you get too excited, though, understand: This doesn't mean that scientists are close to realizing the technology from "Star Trek," or "The Fly." (Thank goodness, in the case of the latter.) Rather, the kind of teleportation performed in this experiment is quantum teleportation. So Scotty won't be beaming anybody up anytime soon, but since information can be encoded on the quantum level, he may be able to beam up information-- a triumph that could revolutionize communication speeds. Read more here.

A Native American at his home on Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, which has some of the US's poorest living conditions. Study: Natural Gas Development Linked to Wildlife Habitat Loss
In an investigation monitoring ongoing discrimination against Native Americans, the United Nations has requested that the US government return some of the stolen land back to Native Americans, as a necessary move towards combating systemic racial discrimination. Read more here.

Rocks on the shore of the Lackawanna River in Duryea, Pa., are discolored by iron oxide and sulfur compounds - pollutants left behind by past coal mining in the state. With Gas Boom, Pennsylvania Fears New Toxic Legacy
In Pennsylvania, there's an industrial revolution going on. Battalions of drilling rigs are boring into the earth to extract natural gas from an underground layer of shale called the Marcellus formation. And as the wells multiply all along the western end of the state, people worry they may be facing another toxic legacy.

"Are we really going to let this happen to Pennsylvania again?" asks David Yoxtheimer, a hydrologist at Penn State who grew up here. "Are we going to make sure that we have enough money and that these companies' feet are held to the fire to make sure that once their operations are done, they put everything back together, tidy it up, and make it look like nothing happened there in the first place?" Read more here.

Three donors the latest in a rush of companies to distance themselves from Heartland after an ad campaign featuring Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. Heartland Institute, Ultra-conservative climate sceptic thinktank continues to lose mainstream support
Heartland Institute was cut off by three more corporate donors on Monday, further isolating the ultra-conservative thinktank from the mainstream business world. The defections reinforce the sense of Heartland's isolation, ahead of its major climate contrarian conference in Chicago next week. A number of prominent speakers also pulled out of the conference after Heartland put up a billboard on a Chicago expressway suggesting believers in climate change were akin to serial killers.

In statements to advocacy groups, pharmaceutical giant Eli Llily, BB&T bank and PepsiCo confirmed they would not fund Heartland in 2012 - dealing a blow to the thinktank's plans of building long-term relationships with major corporations. The three were the latest in a rush of companies to distance themselves from Heartland after the ad campaign featuring Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. Read more here.

Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, WI Iconic Milwaukee Brewing Company Rolls Out First "All Local" Beer
Beer is only one reason to visit Milwaukee, a city rich in architecture, culture and a vibrant sustainable business community. When it comes to beer, the same could be true for just about any city or town in the U.S. Naturally every community brags about its local I.P.A. or lager, and generally the boasting is justified. But Lakefront Brewery recently started serving what it describes as the first truly "local" beer in the U.S.

So what makes a genuinely "local" beer? Read more here.

Waikiki Hawaii's Beaches Are in Retreat, and Its Way of Life May Follow
Hawaii's Beaches are disappearing. Most beaches on the state's three largest islands are eroding, and the erosion is likely to accelerate as sea levels rise, the United States Geological Survey is reporting.

Though average erosion rates are relatively low - perhaps a few inches per year - they range up to several feet per year and are highly variable from island to island and within each island, agency scientists say. The report says that over the last century, about 9 percent of the sandy coast on the islands of Hawaii, Oahu and Maui has vanished. That's almost 14 miles of beach. Read more here.

North Dakota becomes nation's second-leading oil producer, surpassing Alaska but still trailing Texas
North Dakota has passed Alaska to become the second-leading oil-producing state in the nation, trailing only Texas, state officials said Tuesday. North Dakota oil drillers pumped 17.8 million barrels in March, with a daily average of 575,490 barrels, Assistant State Mineral Resources Director Bruce Hicks. That compares to 17.5 million barrels in Alaska, though still far behind Texas.

The state's oil patch is drilling at record levels and shows little sign of slowing down. The 152.9 million barrels of crude oil produced in 2011 set a record, surpassing the previous year's mark by nearly 40 million barrels, according to the state Industrial Commission. North Dakota owes its rapid rise from No. 9 in just six years to improved horizontal drilling techniques in the rich Bakken shale and Three Forks formations in the western part of the state. Read more here

Also Read Litter Problem Resulting from North Dakota Oil Boom

The Calico Solar site was reduced to 4,613 acres to create a corridor for desert tortoises, a threatened species. Solar project in desert, protested by environmental and wildlife groups, gets boost from California Legislature
Despite strong opposition from environmentalists, the state Assembly on Thursday approved controversial legislation that allows a solar energy developer to bypass local agencies in seeking to build a large-scale power plant in a valley that is home to desert tortoises, golden eagles and bighorn sheep.

The nation's leading environmental groups see K Road Power's proposed 663-megawatt Calico Solar plant as one of the most ecologically damaging renewable energy projects in the California desert. If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill as expected, San Bernardino County government will have no formal say in the process. Neighboring Kern County also opposed the bill out of concern that Calico Solar posed a threat to local control of projects that can occupy hundreds and sometimes thousands of acres. Read more here.

Garden Hose Get the Lead Out (of Your Garden)
Lead, cadmium, phthalates, and other nasty chemicals may be lurking in your garden. But they might not have arrived there through fertilizers, pesticides, and pollution. Your own gardening tools could be the culprit.

A recent study, conducted by the Ecology Center based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, checked 179 common garden gadgets (newly purchased garden gloves, hoses, kneeling pads, hand tools, etc.) for chemical contamination. And what they found isn't good news. More than 70 percent of the products tested contained contaminants (mostly lead and plasticizers). And the substances often came in concentrations far exceeding the recommended allowable exposures. Read more here.

Graph "Hug The Monster": Why So Many Climate Scientists Have Stopped Downplaying the Climate Threat
Climate scientists have been consistently downplaying and underestimating the risks for three main reasons. First, their models tended to ignore the myriad amplifying carbon cycle feedbacks that we now know are kicking in (such as the defrosting tundra). Second, they never imagined that the nations of the world would completely ignore their warnings, that we would knowingly choose catastrophe.

Third, as Blakemore (and others) have noted, the overwhelming majority of climate scientists are generally reticent and cautious in stating results - all the more so in this case out of the mistaken fear that an accurate diagnosis would somehow make action less likely. Read more here.

Protesters outside the Bank of America annual shareholders meeting in Charlotte, NC, 9 May 2012. Holding Bank of America to account
Shareholder meetings can be routine, unless you are Bank of America, in which case it may be declared an "extraordinary event". That is what the city of Charlotte, North Carolina called the bank's shareholder meeting this week. Bank of America is currently the second largest bank in the US (after JP Morgan Chase), claiming more than $2tn in assets. It is also the "too big to fail" poster child of Occupy Wall Street, a speculative banking monstrosity that profits from, among other things, the ongoing foreclosure crisis and the exploitation of dirty coal. Read more here.

Occupied Media Pamphlet Series A Rebellious World or a New Dark Age?
The Occupy movement has been an extremely exciting development. Unprecedented, in fact. There's never been anything like it that I can think of. If the bonds and associations it has established can be sustained through a long, dark period ahead -- because victory won't come quickly -- it could prove a significant moment in American history.

The fact that the Occupy movement is unprecedented is quite appropriate. After all, it's an unprecedented era and has been so since the 1970s, which marked a major turning point in American history. For centuries, since the country began, it had been a developing society, and not always in very pretty ways. That's another story, but the general progress was toward wealth, industrialization, development, and hope. There was a pretty constant expectation that it was going to go on like this. That was true even in very dark times. Read more here.

Scientist charges up UMD crowd with energy model for the future
Daniel Nocera has invented what he calls an artificial leaf, and he's not talking about those plastic ficus trees we had in the '70s.

No, Nocera drew a capacity crowd in the UMass Dartmouth auditorium this week because he has managed to produce nothing short of artificial photosynthesis, creating fuel from sunlight and water, the way plants do. Nocera, an MIT professor who has been working toward this all his academic life, has more than a little Madison Avenue in him, and he is selling the vision that his artificial leaf could and should upend our whole approach to the energy demands of the world in the next 40 years. Read more here.

MBTA Pass Vending Machine Commuters Frustrated by Notice of MBTA Fare Hikes
Some MBTA commuters received email notices this week notifying them that the dreaded July 1 fare increases for their monthly passes are coming due, triggering a fresh wave of frustration with the transit agency.

Notices went out via Newton-based Crosby Benefits Systems, which handles monthly billing for thousands of employees at local businesses and organizations that use Crosby to provide T-passes to workers. They put into stark black and white what most commuters already knew: monthly CharlieCard LinkPass will increase from $59 to $70, while Commuter Rail passes will increase by as much as $65 per month. The fare increases are due to go into effect July 1 as part of a recently approved plan to hike fares for subways, buses, and commuter lines. Read more here.
SouthCoast scrap metal companies sued for water pollution
NEW BEDFORD - A Boston-based environmental law firm has filed lawsuits against four SouthCoast industrial scrap metal recycling companies, claiming they violated the Clean Water Act and polluted SouthCoast waterways. The Conservation Law Firm alleged in its suit, filed April 30, that the companies pollute when rainwater falls on their scrap yards and washes contaminants into the Acushnet River in New Bedford, Buttonwood Brook in South Dartmouth and the Taunton River.

The four companies - Cody and Tobin Inc. in New Bedford, Sylvia's Auto Parts Inc. in South Dartmouth and Old Colony Scrap Inc. and Sone Alloys Inc. in Taunton - do not have the required permits for industrial facilities that pollute waterways with contaminated rainwater, according to the suit. Read more here.

Westford Solar Park spurs jobs and sparks the imagination
This sea of shimmering glass, still under construction, stretches across a 22-acre site, on land that once was part of the adjacent century-old granite quarry. In its first year, the solar park is expected to produce 5.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity. When fully operational, the facility, developed by Cathartes Private Investments and operated by the solar power company Nexamp, Inc. of North Andover, will produce up to 4.5 megawatts of energy, enough electricity to power more than 600 homes.

The $20 million complex, with 14,000 solar panels, is being touted as a prime example of Governor Deval Patrick's ongoing commitment to sustainability and making the Commonwealth a cleaner, greener place. Through successful public-private partnerships, the amount of solar installed in Massachusetts has soared from 3.5 megawatts in 2007 to more than 92 megawatts, according to Richard K. Sullivan Jr., secretary of the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Read more here.

New Bedford Docks NOAA says some fish stocks rebuilding, but problems remain
New England has the highest number of fish species that are considered overfished, according to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"It's not a surprise," said Monica Allen of NOAA's public affairs office in Washington. "That was the case last year and the year before. New England has the oldest fishery in the country." Read more here.

Rosemary Elli Regional Gov. of Slow Food USA Discusses Ideals
New Bedford - Rosemary Melli doesn't get as many blank stares when she talks about the Slow Food movement and its goal of getting people to eat locally-grown, fresh food and shy away from commercially-grown, pesticide-laden food that is relatively tasteless and cheap.

"They know about the principals we're trying to bring to the public's attention. They realize what we're saying; what you eat is very important," said Melli, a Northeast regional governor of Slow Food USA. "People are recognizing they have to pay attention to what they eat and where it comes from. They're realizing fresh food is much better than canned food or frozen food." And it's much better for you. Read more here.

Baby Plant N.E. Neighbors Leave R.I. in the Compost Dust
Composting is another reason Rhode Islanders may want to be annexed by Massachusetts or Vermont. Starting in 2014, the Bay State will ban food waste from businesses, schools and other institutions. By 2020, the program aims to compost 45 percent of its approximately 1 million tons of annual organic waste. It's also targeting 2020 for statewide residential food waste collection.

Currently, Rhode Island collects yard debris and Christmas trees, which it processes as the Central Landfill in Johnston and sells as compost to the public. It also offers a limited amount of compost at no cost to cities and towns. While several business currently compost and some universities dabble in it, Rhode Island has no state-mandated food-diversion programs. Read more here.

Neighbors Complain of Fairhaven's Turbine Effects
FAIRHAVEN-- The wind was blowing no more than 13 mph, but the woosh sound of the turbines was distinct in Karen Isherwood's yard. "It's the looping that drives you crazy," Isherwood said. "This isn't as loud as it gets. It goes from a plane, to like you're living on a highway, to a train always passing by."

The turbines were first activated on May 1, and in the nine days since then, the Fairhaven Board of Health has received 14 complaints about them. Seven of the complaints were from the same person, but all complaints were from residents living in the general vicinity of the turbines. Read more here.

Gigantic Walmart in New Jersey Walmart to install solar panels on 27 stores in Mass.
Retail giant Walmart said it plans to install solar panels on top of about half of its roughly 50 Massachusetts stores as early as August as part of an expansion of solar power in the state.

The installations for the 27 stores are still in the engineering phase, and local permits must be obtained, Walmart officials said. But once the projects are done, they will be capable of generating a total of about 10.5 megawatts worth of energy, enough to power up to 2,600 homes. "On average, the systems we'll be using in Massachusetts will provide from 10 to 15 percent of each store's power requirements," said David Ozment, Walmart's director of energy programs. "We're very optimistic that we're going to save some dollars over time." Read more here.

Benjamin Tigano, a 26-year-old software developer from East Taunton, is the creator of the anti-casino website StopTauntonCasino.com. Revealing StopTauntonCasino.com
City residents on both sides of the casino issue are increasingly making their presence felt online, using websites and social media as ways to spread their viewpoints and share information.

"I never thought I could make a difference," said Benjamin Tigano, a 26-year-old software developer from East Taunton. Tigano, who describes himself as a "regular guy" with little previous interest in politics or activism, said he decided to get involved after learning about the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's proposal to build a casino in the city. His anti-casino website, StopTauntonCasino.com, went live on March 30, a month after the tribe announced its plans to build in Taunton. Read more here.

Falmouth Wind Turbine DEP: Falmouth wind turbine is too loud
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection found that Falmouth's "Wind 1" turbine exceeds the allowable noise level, according to a study by the agency. Read more here.

The environmentally conscious 2012 Atlantic Cup race is headed to Newport for its finish. Racing to Keep the Blue Ocean Green
The 2012 Atlantic Cup will be the first carbon-neutral sailing race in the country. This unique event is presented by 11th Hour Racing and supported by the Green Mountain Energy Co. An international fleet of 13 competitors with teams from France, England, the United States and Germany began the first of three legs May 11 from Charleston, S.C. The fleet of Class 40 sailing vessels will race to New York Harbor (May 14-19) before continuing on to Newport.

Two local organizations, for-profit Newport Biodiesel and nonprofit Sailors for the Sea, are partners in making the event amongst the most environmentally responsible of its kind. Newport Biodiesel is providing a biofuel made from recycled cooking oil for use in the auxiliary engines on Atlantic Cup race boats. The growing local "green" fuel company also is in discussions with America's Cup organizers. Read more here.

Vegan Food Eating Vegan in Southcoast
Vegans do not use or consume animal products or by-products, such as dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin, leather, fur, or certain cosmetics, to name a few. Regardless of the reasoning behind their choice - environment, personal health, animals rights, for example - veganism has become increasingly mainstream in recent years.

One particularly stressful situation for a vegan can be an invitation to go out to eat. While many restaurants now demarcate vegetarian options, there often are no vegan options. Luckily for vegans here on the SouthCoast, area restaurants are surprisingly accommodating. Options for the area's vegan fare ranges from Mexican to Indian to Lebanese and everything in between. Vegans and carnivores alike are able to sit down and each order something to their taste at many popular food stops. Read more here.

Mack Phinney Buzzards Bay Coalition Honors Wareham Resident
When Korrin Petersen, an attorney for the Buzzards Bay Coalition, took the stage to present Wareham resident Mack Phinney with one of the Coaltion's 2012 Guardian Awards, she could best describe him as an "unsung hero."

A retired Wareham High School environmental sciences teacher, Phinney has spent the last ten years working with the Coalition and the Wareham Land Trust on several restoration projects. Read more here.

Contaminated soil at Parker Street poses no risk, says consultant
NEW BEDFORD - The city's environmental consultant, TRC Environmental Corp., has determined that soil contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons at the intersection of Parker Street and Hathaway Boulevard poses "no significant risk" to humans.

The contaminated soil was discovered in December 2011 when contractors digging a trench for a natural gas pipeline to supply the high school's fieldhouse saw stained soil with a petroleum-like odor. The project has since been completed and city Environmental Planner Cheryl Henlin said it was unclear if the soil was contaminated because it was part of the Parker Street Waste Site or if it was caused by a "roadway release." Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Stone Barn Grand Opening Celebration

Saturday, May 26, 2:00PM - 5:00PM,The Stone Barn Farm, 786 Horseneck Road, Dartmouth
Mass Audubon invites the public to join in celebrating the opening of the Stone Barn at the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. The opening will provide an opportunity for all to see what Mass Audubon and the Town of Dartmouth, through its Community Preservation Fund contribution, have been able to achieve through their collaborative efforts. Ribbon cutting at 2PM followed by an art auction.

Details Here or call Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-636-2437.

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.

Bike Ride with the South Coast Bikeway Committee

Saturday, June 16, 9:00AM, ATMC Center, Martine St., Fall River
Please join SRPEDD, Mass in Motion, Voices for a Healthy Southcoast and UMass Dartmouth for a bike ride on Saturday, June 16th from Fall River to the Dartmouth Regional Trails and Recreation Park. The ride will begin at 9am at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center (ATMC) on Martine Street in Fall River and follow the Fall River Bike Path, Martine Street, Old Bedford Road and Old Fall River Road.

Contact Adam Recchia, Principal Transportation Planner for SRPEDD at 508-824-1367 for more information. Register Here.

SEMAP's Fifth Annual Farm to Table Dinner

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

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Weatherization Training Opportunity! Become BPI Building Analyst Certified
Due to high demand, the Crew Chief/BPI Building Analyst class is being offered one last time before the Fall. Register now!

The Weatherization Crew Chief course is for those individuals that are already proficient as a weatherization installer and are ready to advance their knowledge of building science and develop themselves as supervisors. The "House as a System" concept, as well as crew and homeowner safety, is reinforced through complete BPI Building Analyst training. Additionally, training and best practices for air sealing and insulation installation will be provided. Learn more about the course and our instructor here.

NEXT CLASS: 5-day course being held on Monday, May 21st to Friday, May 25th, plus testing after class is completed. Hours: 9am to 4pm

Learn More and Register Here

You can also contact the UMass Dartmouth Weatherization Training Center Here or call 774-202-1975.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Bust Runoff with a Rain Garden
Homeowners and businesses can stem the tide of polluted runoff threatening our waterways by setting up a simple "rain garden," which is beautiful as well as beneficial. Learn more here.

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