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Stone Barn Grand Opening Celebration

Memorial Day Nature Activities


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Transition Town Sustainability Movement and Resilience Circle Information

Lloyd Center Full Moon Women's Canoe Trip



Around the Bay in 28 Days - Richard Wheeler's Paddle Around Buzzards Bay

UMD Hiring Two for TimeBanking Project

Weekly Green Tip:

Unplugging These 6 Gadget will Cut Your Electricity Bill

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Pollution-Hunting Robot Fish Scientists have developed a robot fish equipped with sensors that monitor water quality and detect pollutants emitted from ships and pipelines. This is an innovative method for combatting and dealing with oceanic pollution. The robotic fish can reduce the time it takes to discover chemicals and oil spills from days to seconds.

The process of turning saltwater into potable drinking water, or desalination, is expanding in capabilities and efficiencies. In cases when desalination threatens wildlife and ecosystems, as in the California Desert construction a new technique can employ an energy-efficient seawater distillation membrane designed to yield greater amounts of potable water, and less briny discharge. This is a fascinating article because it sheds some light regarding why it isn't expanded more if its such a successful method for producing drinking water to many nations with water shortages. Desalination is a resource-intensive process that requires a great deal of energy, so many nations, including the U.S., can't afford to implement it on a massive scale.

For wine enthusiasts, Food and Wine explores the economic, environmenal, and quality benefits of putting wine on tap. Kegged wine, is cheaper to transfer and requires less expensive resources. Putting wine on tap actually also improves the taste of some wines. As unlike kegs, cork exposes wine to oxygen. That's a good thing for the handful of wines with flavors that improve during bottle aging, but oxygen dulls most wines made to be drunk right away -- that is, about 90 percent of all wines.
Leaf Bullet News
Robot Fish Pollution-hunting robot fish take to the sea
Robot "fish" developed by European scientists to improve pollution monitoring moved from the lab to the sea in a test at the northern Spanish port of Gijon.

The developers hope the new technology, which reduces the time it takes to detect a pollutant from weeks to seconds, will sell to port authorities, water companies, aquariums and anyone with an interest in monitoring water quality. It could also have spin-offs for cleaning up oil spills, underwater security, diver monitoring or search and rescue at sea. Read more here.

Dried wetland Mongolia's Dilemma: Who Gets The Water?
Mongolia, the land of Genghis Khan and nomadic herders, is in the midst of a remarkable transition. Rich in coal, gold and copper, this country of fewer than 3 million people in Central Asia is riding a mineral boom that is expected to more than double its GDP within a decade. The rapid changes simultaneously excite and unnerve many Mongolians, who hope mining can help pull many out of poverty, but worry it will ravage the environment and further erode the nation's distinctive, nomadic identity. Read more here.

Melting Arctic Ice More Than 150,000 Methane Seeps Appear as Arctic Ice Retreats
Scientists have found more than 150,000 sites in the Arctic where methane is seeping into the atmosphere, according to a report published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Aerial and ground surveys in Alaska and Greenland revealed that many of the methane seeps are located in areas where glaciers are receding or permafrost is thawing as the climate warms, removing ice that has trapped the potent greenhouse gas in the ground. Read more here.

Also Read Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have conducted a new study to measure levels of carbon at various depths in the Arctic Ocean.

Ban of Monsato French ban of Monsanto GM maize rejected by EU
France's attempt to ban the planting of a Monsanto strain of genetically modified maize was rejected by the EU's food safety body. In response to scientific evidence submitted by France backing its bid to ban the GM maize, the European Food Safety Authority ruled that "there is no specific scientific evidence, in terms of risk to human and animal health or the environment" to support a ban.

In 2008, France banned the the strain MON 810 following public protests against the GM maize, but this was overturned by a French court in 2011. However, in March the French government reinstated the ban, with the then agricultural minister Bruno Le Maire saying the move was "to protect the environment". Read more here.

Ocean Wave Climate scientists say they have solved riddle of rising sea
Massive extraction of groundwater can resolve a puzzle over a rise in sea levels in past decades, scientists in Japan said on Sunday.

Global sea levels rose by an average of .07 inches per year from 1961-2003, according to data from tide gauges. But the big question is how much of this can be pinned to global warming. Read more here.

Red River Protest Protesters defy new Quebec law: Event marks 100th day of student-led strikes
MONTREAL -- A river of red-clad protesters rippled through downtown Montreal to mark the 100th day of Quebec's student strikes, while smaller events were held in other cities Tuesday. Tens of thousands of people clogged Montreal's city core in a festive march designed to make a mockery of a new provincial law that demands protest routes be approved in advance.

Even a famous provincial politician, Independent MNA Pierre Curzi, joined the crowds that strayed off the announced path in a mass demonstration of defiance against the law. A prominent student organizer wandering in the throng went further, practically daring authorities to punish him. Organizers said the crowd size rivalled the massive protests held the two previous months. Read more here.

Energy Tower 3000 Foot Downdraft Energy Tower Planned by Israeli Professors at Mexico-US Border
Professor Dan Zaslavsky and Dr. Rami Guetta from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology are trying to develop an idea first patented by Phillip R. Carlson in 1975. In what is known as a downdraft energy tower, water is sprayed onto solar heated air at the top of a hollow tower. Now cooled and denser, this air falls rapidly to the bottom of the tower where it drives turbines and generates electricity. Annapolis Maryland -- based Clean Wind Energy Tower, Inc. has plans to build two such towers near the US -- Mexican border in San Luis, Arizona. At 3000 feet, the tower's height will surpass Burj Khalifa, but unlike most skyscrapers, this one is designed to give more than it takes, in the form of clean electricity. Read more here.

Sirkar's New Desalination Technique Yields More Drinkable Water
More than a third of the world already suffers from shortages of potable water--with a rise to 50 percent expected by 2025. Desalination of seawater can help coastal communities can address local shortfalls, although the process is costly, and releasing leftover brine back to the ocean has environmental implications. Now a new system promises to produce more drinkable water with less salty effluent. Read more here.

Leaf Packs in the Amazon Bugs Help Measure Impact of New Transoceanic Highway on Amazon
Earlier this year, stretches of the approximately 1,600-mile long Transoceanic Highway opened to public vehicles for the first time. The east-west passageway stretches from the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil to the Pacific Ocean in Peru via two different branches and cuts through the heart of the Amazon rain forest. The highway brings with it high economic hopes for the region but also environmental concerns about the impact it will have on the Amazon's plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth.

The Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research are employing a unique "leaf pack" tool to assess and monitor the health of nearly two dozen streams along a stretch of the highway. The leaf pack consists of a mesh bag that is stuffed with local tree leaves and secured to the bed of a stream. Over the course of several weeks, aquatic insect larvae colonize and feed on the leaves. By looking at the types and abundance of the insects, scientists can get a sense of the health of the stream--and, with luck, the impacts of the road upon the aquatic communities. Read more here.

National Stroller Brigade National Stroller Brigade: Moms Descend On Congress To Urge Toxic Chemical Reform
About 200 moms and children took part in National Stroller Brigade in Washington, D.C. Their mission: convince Congress to retire the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act and replace it with the proposed Safe Chemicals Act, which currently awaits a Senate vote.

The swap would essentially shift the burden of proof for chemical safety from the current assumption that a chemical is safe until proven toxic -- generally after it has already spent years on the market -- to a requirement for industry to prove that a chemical is safe prior to placing it on store shelves. Evidence has been mounting that exposure to environmental chemicals, particularly while in the womb and during early childhood, can lead to health problems throughout life -- possibly even into future generations. Read more here.

Bicyclists $4.6 Billion a Year Saved by US Bicyclists, LAB Study Finds
A new study published by the League of American Bicyclists, the Sierra Club, and the National Council of La Raza finds that, on the whole, U.S. bicyclists save $4.6 billion per year by bicycling instead of driving.

"Biking is an important piece of a 21st century transportation system," said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. "Biking reduces America's dependence on oil and lets individuals bypass the gas pump, saving individuals money and protecting our health and environment from dirty oil pollution." Read more here.

Wine On Tap Is "Wine on Tap" a More Sustainable, Drinkable Alternative?
An innovation in wine drinking is emerging in California restaurants: wine on tap. Wine served from a keg is not a new concept; it has a long-standing history in Europe. But here in the United States, wine on tap has been brought to the market and failed -- more than once; first in the 1970s, then twice again in the 1980s. This time, however, the concept is sticking; wine kegs are opening up a new market for wineries and rejuvenating the wine industry. Kegged wine has multiple advantages for both the restaurant and the winery. These advantages are environmental, quality related, and economic. Read more here.

Salmon Massive Mining Operation at Alaska's Bristol Bay would harm salmon habitat, EPA analysis says
Large-scale mining operations in Alaska's Bristol Bay will harm habitat for wild salmon, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded in a draft assessment, but agency officials said they had not decided whether they would move to block a proposal for a major gold and copper mine there.

The Nushagak and Kvichak watersheds produce nearly half the world's sockeye salmon. Tribal leaders, environmentalists and salmon-fishing operators have lobbied the EPA to invoke the Clean Water Act, which includes provisions protecting fishery areas, to block the mining project proposed by Northern Dynasty Minerals, a Canadian company. Read more here.

Ohio Fracking Site Ohio Horizontal Drilling Rules Criticized By Environmental Groups
Environmental advocates were among dozens of witnesses lining up to testify on a bill laying out Ohio's new regulations for horizontal shale drilling and the use of renewable energy.

The testimony before the House Public Utilities Committee was part of a debate on a wide-ranging energy bill that passed the Ohio Senate last week with support of Republicans and some Democrats. Concern remains among environmental groups. Read more here.

You may also want to read Fracking's Methane Trail

Mitt Romney A political debate plays out among Louisiana oil rigs
President Obama takes credit for a rebound in drilling jobs, while Mitt Romney criticizes the president's policies as outdated. In a community that vividly recalls the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the issue is personal. Read more here

Bulldozer Leaked Memo Exposes Toxic US 'Burn Pit' in Afghanistan
A recently leaked 2011 Army memo obtained by Danger Room reveals startling negligence by US officials regarding 'burn pits', or toxic waste sites at US bases in Afghanistan.

The leaked memo outlines the "long-term adverse health conditions" for troops breathing in toxic air from military trash burning sites. The adverse health affects have previously been hidden from public knowledge; however, the leaked memo states that high concentrations of dust and burned waste from such burn pits can cause "reduced lung function or exacerbated chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, atherosclerosis, or other cardiopulmonary diseases." Read more here.

Produce Big Risks for Uninsured Farmers
The farm bill, that cyclical flashpoint, is up for reauthorization in Congress this year, and reforms are needed to help small and organic farms obtain crop insurance, the Union of Concerned Scientists argues in a new report.

Crop insurance policies, which are regulated and subsidized by the Department of Agriculture, provide coverage almost exclusively on a per-crop basis, which suits industrial farms growing single crops on vast acreage. But for farmers who grow a diverse array of crops, as many small and organic farms do, enrollment can be an onerous and complicated task requiring them to apply for a dozen or more separate policies. Read more here.

Mural of a New Economy The Rise of the New Economy Movement
Just beneath the surface of traditional media attention, something vital has been gathering force and is about to explode into public consciousness. The "New Economy Movement" is a far-ranging coming together of organizations, projects, activists, theorists and ordinary citizens committed to rebuilding the American political-economic system from the ground up.

The broad goal is democratized ownership of the economy for the "99 percent" in an ecologically sustainable and participatory community-building fashion. The name of the game is practical work in the here and now--and a hands-on process that is also informed by big picture theory and in-depth knowledge. Read more here.

House in Minnesota Fighting Foreclosure Together
The demand for housing justice is bringing activists from different ideologies together to fight--and win--against foreclosures.

Some Occupiers just want the banks to act more reasonably; others want to abolish capitalism. Most cruise to meetings on two wheels; others hate bike lanes. They might not all share the same vision of utopia, but housing justice work is demonstrating that, for today's era of activism, humanity can trump ideology. Read more here.

Why the best world-changing ideas begin in your neighborhood
Your ideas for changing the world may be desperately important. But if you can't find a way to engage the interests of the people around you they may never take off, argues John-Paul Flintoff Read more here.

Fairhaven State takes a second look at its turbine siting process
FAIRHAVEN -- Massachusetts officials are reexamining the state's role in siting wind turbines. An independent panel of scientists commissioned by the Department of Environmental Protection in January issued a report recommending new regulations on wind turbines. They include that the state monitor existing turbines, study noise effects on heavily populated areas and impose noise limits on turbines depending on the population density of their surroundings. The new regulations being considered by the DEP would require the state to review new wind projects before turbines are built, department spokesman Edmund Coletta said. Read more here.

A worker inspected paper Mass. gets boost from shale boom
Clean Harbors is just one example of how the unlocking of natural gas reserves hundreds of miles away promises to benefit Massachusetts companies and the state economy. At first glance, the abundant supplies in Northeast shale formations offer lower energy costs for businesses and consumers; Lexington forecasting firm IHS Global Insight estimates that lower natural gas prices will save households an average of $926 a year through 2015.

But as Clean Harbors also shows, booming gas production is providing a market for one of the state's main exports: expertise. Consulting, financial services, and even technology firms are finding new customers in the shale industry. Read more here.

Dartmouth debates funding for children's recreation programs
A self-sustaining account for children's recreation has sparked debate as Dartmouth gears up for June Town Meeting. The Finance Committee voted unanimously earlier this month against continuing the recreation revolving fund and against directing up to $65,000 from program revenues for use during the next fiscal year, according to Vice Chairman Frank Gracie.

The town's year-round recreation offerings -- ranging from swimming, tennis, golf, karate and dance to science classes and summer day programs -- are totally supported through user fees, said Timothy Lancaster, superintendent of parks and director of recreation. In what he described as generally a "housekeeping" measure, Lancaster said the town needs to reauthorize the fund annually, in a move that has no impact on taxes. Read more here.

Bike Friendly State Massachusetts Named 3rd Most Bike Friendly State in Nation
Massachusetts was named the third most "Bicycle Friendly State" in the country and the most bike-friendly in the Northeast by a national bike membership and advocacy group that released its annual rankings Tuesday.

The Bay State placed 9th last year, 16th two years ago and 19th in 2009 on the list compiled by the League of American Bicyclists, according to the nonprofit's website. Read more here.

Officials caution against comparisons between Fairhaven, Falmouth turbines
FAIRHAVEN -- When Windwise member Ken Pottel heard that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection had shut down one of Falmouth's turbines, he was elated. That Windwise was encouraged by the decision in Falmouth is not surprising. Afraid that health conditions reportedly suffered on the Cape would be replicated in SouthCoast, the group has kept a watchful eye on the Cape Cod turbines since before construction in Fairhaven began last year.
Read more here.

Students Greene students, Rotary build community garden
Armed with rakes and bags of soil, a group of students in the William S. Greene Elementary School's 21st Century Learning program joined with school employees and volunteers from the Rotary Club of Fall River to build a community garden outside of the school's Jackson Street entrance. In addition to aiding with the building of the garden, the Rotary Club also supplied the program with a $500 grant to purchase all of the supplies. Read more here.

Major solar project looks for variance under Dartmouth's amended zoning bylaw
A major solar project that hit a roadblock after last month's special Town Meeting is scheduled to come before the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Kingston-based No Fossil Fuel is seeking a variance for its 21,000-panel, six-megawatt solar farm off Fisher Road. But as approved at Town Meeting in April, the town's solar bylaw now bars projects of that scale from residential zones. Read more here.

Ellen Flynn Mattapoisett resident masters 500-year-old floral art
Mattapoisett -- Compared to the West's overflowing vases of flowers, Japanese floral art may appear sparse, but its beauty lies in its form and simplicity.

Instead of a mass of flowers and branches, "you're supposed to see through the arrangement," said Ellen Flynn, a Mattapoisett resident who has studied the ancient art of Ikenobo Ikebana for seven years. Ikenobo Ikebana is an exclusive Japanese floral society established over 500 years ago. Read more here.

Easton voters OK smoking ban on town land
EASTON --By a margin of 69-39, voters Monday night backed the Board of Health in its quest to include town-owned land as a public place where smoking is prohibited. Read more here.

Herbicide Truck R.I. Roads Sprayed Annually with Herbicides
Whether or not you like it, exposure to herbicides is unavoidable if you drive in Rhode Island. Using truck-mounted hand-sprayers, all 1,100 miles of Rhode Island's state roads, highways and bridges are treated with herbicides twice a year by the state Department of Transportation.

This year, the herbicide dicamba, under the commercial name Vanquish, has already been sprayed on roadsides. This synthetic herbicide was applied to road shoulders and curbs in late April and early May to stop the growth of weeds, brush and bamboo. Glyphosate is sprayed in July to eliminate existing weeds and unwanted plant growth. Both are registered with state Department of Environmental Management and legal to use. Read more here.

Westport Westport board votes against sidewalk project in Central Village
Opponents, including Al Lees of Lees Market. Lees felt the project would create too much disruption to business, lead to maintenance and liability issues and would destroy the rural character of the village. Lees said he expected his business would lose $1 million as a result of construction and said this would crimp any charitable giving he might offer to organizations in town. Lees also said he would pursue legal remedies if selectmen approved the project.

Proponents of the project spoke of the difficulty pedestrians have in the Central Village area, including resident John Pelletier, who uses a wheelchair. "For you people, it's probably not a very big deal," Pelletier said. "But for a guy like me, it is." Read more here.

Eli Katzoff Newton Officials call Tomato Crop/Display Illegal
Eli Katzoff started out with a simple plan to grow some tomatoes at home. That was before the engineering plans, the kebab-stick model, the 16-foot long wood planks, the website, and the ad-hoc community garden/charity.

Katzoff contributes much of the crop to local food pantries and has sold other plants to neighbors and friends who want a steady supply of summer tomatoes. The only problem, according to Newton city officials, is the entire structure is also illegal. Read more here.

Plans afoot to make New Bedford more pedestrian friendly
The city wants to put wider sidewalks, trees and fancy streetlights along Purchase Street in an effort to expand the downtown area toward Clasky Common. "The idea is to take the character and materials of downtown and pull them through," said Kathleen Ogden a landscape architect at VHB, a consultant for the city, who outlined the goals of the project at a public meeting in the downtown library Tuesday evening.

The hope is to knit together the downtown and the Quest Center area in a way that will boost economic development, said Derek Santos, director of business development for the New Bedford Economic Development Council. Read more here.

Activists urge action to develop old Somerset Station land
SOMERSET --Two years after the closing of the Somerset Station power plant, residents are calling on town officials to keep true to the mandate and take action to develop the land.

Sylvia Broude, executive director of the Toxics Action Center, and Connie Brodeur from the Somerset Coalition for Clean Air called for more community involvement and transparency in the waterfront's development. They are also holding current town officials accountable for their lack of progress on the site. Read more here.

Community Preservation Act debate ignited at Somerset Town Meeting
Somerset's Town Meeting passed votes that set the budgets for the fiscal 2013, clarifying a proposal for leasing land for solar projects, and igniting a debate over the Community Preservation Act.

The Community Preservation Act would enable cities and towns in Massachusetts to create a special fund to be used for historical asset preservation, outdoor recreation and affordable housing. Currently more than half of cities and towns in the state have adopted the CPA, including Dartmouth, Seekonk, Rehoboth, Fairhaven and Bridgewater. CPA funds are generated through property taxes, with a current state match of 22 percent. If the CPA were adopted in Somerset, residents would see a 1 percent increase to their annual bill, or an additional $20 on average, and would generate approximately $230,100 for the town. The town would have full control over deciding how those funds are spent. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Natural Lawn Care ~ Paul Tukey, Safe Lawns Foundation

Thursday, May 24, 7PM,Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St, Bristol, RI
Audubon Society of Rhode Island welcomes Mr. Paul Tukey, Founder and Chairman of the SafeLawns Foundation and America's foremost public speaker on the subject of natural lawn care, for a lively presentation on May 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm. This lecture will take place at the Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol, Rhode Island. Admission is by donation, participants choose to pay. As space is limited, registration is required. Interested parties may register by calling (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041 or email. programs@asri.org.

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.

Build a Birdhouse Workshop

Saturday, May 26, 1:00PM,Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford
Create a beautiful wooden birdhouse to take home in this adult-and-child workshop. Additional kits will be available for purchase the day of the event. This workshop is recommended for children age 5 and older. An adult should accompany each child. Cost: Members: $10/kit; Non-members: $12/kit. Participants must pre-pay and pre-register by clicking here or by calling (508)991-6178x 31.

Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust Bird Walk at Ridge Hill

Saturday, May 26, 8:00 am to 10:00 am, Collins Corner Road, Dartmouth
With guest leader Michael Boucher from the Paskamansett Bird Club. Ridge Hill Reserve is 137 acres adjacent to Jason Phillips Mill Site on the west side of Collins Corner Road, 1 mile north of Old Fall River Road, near the village of Hixville. The Reserve includes a millpond, beautiful pitch pines and hemlocks, white pines and mature beech stands. Visitors should also watch for lady slippers in the late spring, blueberries and huckleberries in late summer and many different kinds of birds and plants. Click here for details and directions..

Plimouth Plantation Heritage and Native Plant Sale

Saturday, May 26, 8:00 am to 10:00 am, Plimouth Plantation, Plymouth MA
Don't miss out on the best selection of Plimoth Plantation's own herbs, flowers, fruits and vegatables all grown at our own Horticultural Center. Enjoy additional savings of 30% off and receive a comlimentary plant as a thank you. For more information, or to become a member (sale is for members only) call the membership department at 508-746-1622 (ext 8221) Click here for details and directions..

Plant Sale at Appongansett Farm, South Dartmouth

May 26, 27, 28, Apponagansett Farm, South Dartmouth
Plant sale on the 19th and 20th May, and again on the 26th, 27th and 28th May. All plants we have started from seed. There will be a wide selection of heirloom tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, eggplant, summer squash, cucumbers, lots of greens such as chard, kale and cabbage and herbs including three different basil. With the warmer than average spring we have plants ready (or soon to be ready) if you are interested in planting your own garden before our official plant sale. Email or call us to arrange a time to drop by the farm and see what plants we have. Click here to contact us or call 774-400-7277.

Memorial Day Nature Activities

Monday, May 28, 10am to 3:30pm,Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Discover the natural world with fun-filled family activities. Bring the brood for crafts, animal interview, nature story, wetland exploration (weather permitting) and a nature flick. No registration is required. Programs are free with admission.
10:00am-2:00pm: Nature Craft Table
10:00 am: Wetland Wonders Exploration (weather permitting)
11:30am: Nature Story
1:00pm: Nature Flick: IMAX: Under the Sea
3:00pm: Animal Interview
For more information, call (401) 245-7500.

Educational Webinar: Power Purchase Agreements - The Key to Renewable Energy

Wednesday, May 30, 12 to 1pm, Online
Everyone wants to use renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions, but historically renewable energy has been limited to small-scale projects. All this is changing with new market tools that help solve these problems and expand renewable energy. Power Purchase Agreements are fast becoming the preferred method for securing renewable power while limiting upfront costs and risks. During the webinar we will hear from two very different organizations that are utilizing PPAs to maximize green power purchasing. Join Sam Arons, Energy Program Manager at Google, who is responsible for overseeing the PPA program and coordinating deals, and Chris O'Brien, Director of Sustainability at American University, where they recently finished a large solar PPA project. Register here for free.

Frederick Law Olmstead Presentation

Thursday May 31, 6 to 8pm, Heritage State Park, Fall River, MA
Enjoy an evening learning about Frederick Law Olmstead - one of the greatest champions of the City Beautiful movement, leading landscape architect of the post-Civil War generation, acknowledged as the founder of American Landscape Architecture. Refreshments will be served. Free. Please RSVP to dendenllc@comcast.net or call Sandy Dennis at 508-673-2939.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Landscape Drawing

Saturday, June 2, 10am - Noon, Westport Town Farm, Westport, MA
Grab your canvas and choice of media and get ready to explore the natural landscape. Enjoy the company of others as you share and show off your artwork. All ages welcome! Drawing pads are available but feel free to bring your own supplies. Free. Call 508-636-4693 X13 or email kheard@ttor.org.

Flower Planting

Sunday, June 3, 1:00PM - 3:00PM, Cornell Farm, Dartmouth, MA
Join Trustees of Reservations staff and volunteers as we prepare and plant a beautiful garden of flowers at Cornell Farm. The garden will add beauty for visitors and attract native birds and pollinating insects throughout the summer season. The day is FREE. Email Here or call 508.636.4693 x13

Women's FULL MOON Canoe Trip

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

World Oceans Weekend at Buttonwood Park Zoo

Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, 10am to 2pm,Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford
Buttonwood Park Zoo is joining forces with Dr. Seuss to create a splash for World Oceans Day! Join us for fun activities and giveaways throughout the weekend. Free with zoo admission.

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.

Transition Town Sustainability Movement and Resilience Circle Information

Tuesday, June 12th, Time TBDLocation TBD
Learn how to make a difference in your community with grassroots efforts to launch or promote sustainability projects that suit your individual town's needs and assets. The Transition Town Movement is at work in cities and towns around the world, teaching regular people how to be "change agents" at home. Also learn about Resilience Circles, which draw people together for mutual support and problem solving. A great solace and way to draw on group talents and resources during tough economic times. For more information, contact the UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Office's Director, Susan Jennings, at sjennings@umassd.edu or (508) 910-6484. Check out Transition U.S. for more information.

SEMAP'S Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Your CSA and Farmers' Market Foods

Thursday, June 14th, 5:30 to 8pmAllandale Farm, Allandale Road, Brookline, MA
The course will start off with a tour of Allandale Farm with farmer John Lee, and will feature produce from an Allandale Farm CSA share! In this workshop, Julia Shanks, food consultant and author, will demonstrate how to best cook, store, and preserve the fruits and vegetables you receive in your CSA (community supported agriculture) share or purchase at your local farmers' market. Wondering what to do with your garlic scapes? Looking for a new, creative way to use radishes? Julia can provide some great tips and recipe ideas! You will gain knowledge about the following:
-How to properly and safely preserve
-What are the different shelf lives of certain fruits and veggies
-Different ways of serving your farm-fresh goodies
Click here for details and to register. For more information call 617-524-1531.

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.

NOFAMass Soils Building Series: Foliar Sprays and Crop Monitoring

Sunday, June 17, 3 to 6PM, Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, MA
Foliar Sprays and Crop Monitoring: Addressing mineral deficiencies through foliar sprays may improve crop vigor and vitality; and thereby increase root exudates which feed soil biology. This workshop will focus on discussing, demonstrating, and formulating proper foliar sprays used to improve crop health while including an emphasis on tools and techniques useful for crop monitoring. Presented in partnership with NOFAMass at Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, MA. Details and Registration Information available on the .NOFAMass Website.

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.

Organic Farming Practices I at BCC

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, September through December, Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA
Enrollment is open for all interested in Organic Farming Practices I. The course is designed for serious gardeners and small-scale organic farmers. Topics will include sustainable agriculture in our future world, extensive soils studies including fertility, conservation, management, crop rotation, and more. This Fall semester course will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from September - December and earns 4 college credits. Tuition waivers may be available for senior citizens and veterans. Questions? Contact Dr. Jim Corven at 508 678-2811, ext. 3047 or james.corven@bristolcc.edu.

Organic Pest and Disease Control at BCC

Mondays 6 to 9pm, starting in September, Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA
New Course available: Organic Pest and Disease Control. This course is designed for gardeners and farmers who want to prevent pests/diseases and manage their land with minimal chemical dependency. The course will meet on Monday evenings from 6-9:00 pm for 6 weeks starting in early September. The course offers one college credit and tuition waivers may be available for senior citizens and veterans. Questions? Contact Dr. Jim Corven at 508 678-2811, ext. 3047 or james.corven@bristolcc.edu.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
UMass Dartmouth's Sustainability Office Hiring Two Employees to Work on Time Banking Project
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's Sustainability and Civic Engagement Offices invite two employees to apply as VISTAS (federal AmeriCorps grant-funded workers) . Join an exciting team researching alternative ways for people to meet their economic needs by setting up a time and talent bartering system. Time Banking is being used in communities around the world, and we want to explore how it would work best in the South Coast region of Massachusetts, particularly in New Bedford and Fall River. Time Banking is a very successful solution to restoring self sufficiency and dignity to anyone suffering unemployment or insufficient income. Work would be performed part time at the University and part time in the community hosted by two partnering community groups -- United Neighbors of Falll River and the Community Development Center in New Bedford. Successful applicants will be learning cutting edge economic solutions for a changing world, and will be helping disadvantaged citizens find a pathway to hope for the future and improved self-esteem. Although the VISTAS will have support from University staff and graduate students, this project is also an opportunity to shine with independent research and problem solving skills. The Sustainability Office is an award-winning "Leading by Example" establishment, and UMass Dartmouth is on the Princeton Review's list of Green Colleges. VISTAS must each have a car to perform their duties. These are one-year, full-time positions with the potential to reapply for up to three years. To apply, click here. For more information call UMass Dartmouth's Sustainability Office at 508-910-6484 or email the Director, Susan Jennings, at sjennings@umassd.edu.
Around the Bay in 28 Days - Richard Wheeler's Paddle Around Buzzards Bay
May 19 - June 17 2012 is the Buzzard's Bay Coalition's 25th Anniversary as an organization! To celebrate and to raise awareness about the health of Buzzards Bay local legend Richard Wheeler will be kayaking the entire shoreline of Buzzards Bay between May 19 and June 17. What an adventure! You can follow his journey, ask questions, and see pictures at www.savebuzzardsbay.org/WheelerPaddle.
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
Unplugging These 6 Gadget will Cut Your Electricity Bill
Who wants to spend an extra 10 minutes every morning stalking around the house and finding phone chargers and cable boxes to unplug like we're on some kind of weird easter egg hunt? And furthermore, would the energy savings from unplugging really be enough to make it worth the effort? I asked a few experts to weigh in. Learn more here.

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