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May 31 to June 7, 2012

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

This week:

Lloyd Center Full Moon Women's Canoe Trip

Landscape Drawing


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Transition Town Sustainability Movement and Resilience Circle Information

SEMAP's Fifth Annual Farm to Table Dinner



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

UMD Hiring Two for TimeBanking Project

Weekly Green Tip:

Kick Off Your Shoes at the Door for a Cleaner Home

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Yes, the Climate is Changing
People around the world show how climate change is already affecting their lives.

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"To people who think of themselves as God's houseguests, American enterprise must seem arrogant beyond belief. Or stupid. A nation of amnesiacs, proceeding as if there were no other day but today. Assuming the land could also forget what had been done to it."

~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

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Pollution-Hunting Robot Fish When it comes to society's dependence on animal byproducts, media outlets usually print stories on animal cruelty. In a rare example of positive treatment Dairies have been giving their milk cows chiropractic massages, waterbeds, air ventilation, and classical music in order to keep them happy. This method of pampering has proven to produce greater volumes of milk with less purities. Cows work hard and give us so much, so it's nice to see dairies so concerned with their mental, as well as physical wellbeing.

It's not common knowledge, but everyone in Pennsylvania knows Centralia, a town that has been burning since the 60's. Centralia was once a coal-mining town that practically got incinerated when the fire department set the town's landfill ablaze in the 60's. This fire ignited a coal vein leading underground into a vast, endless network of mines and crevasses. Buildings burned down, sinkholes were created, and people were exposed to poisonous gases. It's a fascinating story not just because this fire is still going strong 50 years later, but for the fact that there are people who still live in the town and refuse to move.

Moving to local news we have a reminder of college students' wasteful habits at the end of a school year when they throw away what they can't carry home or don't need anymore. The photos show endless piles and dumpsters filled with perfectly good clothing, appliances, and furniture...and no charities in sight to take them away. No one benefits here. This is really sad and it raises serious questions regarding student habits, the apathy from the colleges, and our culture altogether. It's also a reminder that organizations like UMass Dartmouth's Sustainability Office still have much work to do.

Finally, let's leave you with this mental image: Genetically Engineered Mosquitos let loose from their labs to breed with other mosquitos The tested hypothesis is that these mosquitos will contribute to the thinning of numbers in regions heavily-infested with them due to lack of a specific antibiotic in the wild. Is anyone predicting a "Life Finds a Way" Jurassic Park scenario here?
Leaf Bullet News
One of London's smart recycling bins�and it's bomb proof, too. Are the London Olympics Going for Recycling Gold?
At the time of the Athens games in 2004, Klaus Toepfer, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), noted that, "The olive wreath remains as an Olympic symbol to this day, a reminder of the precious link between humankind and the natural environment that we must learn to better preserve and cherish."

London organizers appear to be taking this spirit to heart for the games, which begin on July 27. In February, it was announced that the city would install 25 high-tech smart bins for recycling. Aside from attempting to save a bit of our planet, these electronic wonders will have Wi-Fi connectivity and their screens will constantly change to display information ranging from weather forecasts to stock prices. Read more here.

Computer Image of Sahara Project Sahara Desert to Have Solar-Powered Greenhouses Soon? (Video)
The Sahara Forest Project "aims to provide fresh water, food and renewable energy in hot, arid regions as well as re-vegetating areas of uninhabited desert." It combines the "seawater greenhouse" concept with concentrating solar power (CSP). Read more here.

Peter Ross, seen here holding a harbor seal off southern Vancouver Island, is one of 75 staff losing their jobs with the closure of Canada's marine pollution program. Budget cut overkill? Canada axes entire marine pollution program
Canada has been sending letters to government scientists notifying them that their jobs will be eliminated or affected by the closure of the country's marine pollution program -- but at least one isn't going without making some noise.

"It's perplexing that we face the loss of this program, given the 25,000 chemicals on the market and the ever-increasing threats posed by shipping and oil and gas exploration and development in temperate and Arctic waters," Peter Ross told msnbc.com. Ross is perhaps Canada's best known marine scientist for his work on identifying killer whales as the most contaminated marine mammals on the planet. "As can be expected when one is told their position is being terminated, one is shocked and saddened," he added. "However, when told that the entire pollution research and monitoring program for Canada's oceans is being eliminated, I was speechless." Read more here.

A gas processing plant at the National Grid's liquid natural gas terminal on the Isle of Grain Gas rebranded as green energy by EU
Energy from gas power stations has been rebranded as a green, low-carbon source of power by a European Union programme, in a triumph of the deep-pocketed fossil fuel industry lobby over renewable forms of power. In a secret document seen by the Guardian, a large slice of billions of euros of funds that are supposed to be devoted to research and development into renewables such as solar and wave power are likely to be diverted instead to subsidising the development of the well-established fossil fuel.

The news comes as a report from the respected International Energy Agency predicted a "golden age for gas" with global production of "unconventional" sources of gas (notably shale gas extracted by hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking') tripling by 2035. The resulting drop in gas prices though risks stopping the development of renewable energy in its tracks, unless governments take action to support renewable technologies such as solar and wave power. Read more here.

Morocco's Atlas Kasbah Eco-Lodge Morocco's Atlas Kasbah Eco-Lodge is 80% Solar-Powered
t may look like a castle, but this beautiful red-earth building is actually an 11-roomed hotel that receives 80% of its energy from the sun. And like the eco-lodge, Hassan and his wife Hélène of the Atlas Kasbah are no run-of-the-mill owners. He is Berber, she is French, and they both possess Masters Degrees in Sustainable Development.

Their facility in Morocco's UNESCO-protected Argan Biosphere Reserve – just a skip from Agadir's popular beaches – has won a bevy of green accolades that distinguishes it as one of the most sustainable eco-tourism establishments in the entire country (if not the Magreb!) Read more here.

Titanium dioxide, as seen through a scanning electron microscope. Sunscreen in the Sky? Reflective Particles May Combat Warming
Spritzing a sunscreen ingredient into the stratosphere could help counteract the effects of global warming, according to scientists behind an ambitious new geoengineering project.

The plan involves using high-altitude balloons to disperse millions of tons of titanium dioxide - a nontoxic chemical found in sunscreen as well as in paints, inks, and even food. Once in the atmosphere, the particles would spread around the planet and reflect some of the sun's rays back into space. Read more here.

Japan's Internet and mobile giant Softbank president Masayoshi Son introduces the world's first smartphone featuring a nuclear radiation detector Japanese smartphone detects radiation
TOKYO -- Mobile phone operator Softbank Corp said it would soon begin selling smartphones with radiation detectors, tapping into concerns that atomic hotspots remain along Japan's eastern coast more than a year after the Fukushima crisis.

Parts of northeastern Japan are still off-limits due to high radiation levels after the Fukushima nuclear plant was devastated by a huge earthquake and tsunami, triggering meltdowns and spewing radiation. Read more here.

Genetically Modified Mosquito.  What Could Go Wrong? Can GMO Mosquitoes Save You From Dengue Fever? Yes, says a biotech firm ready to unleash these genetically engineered bloodsuckers.
The agency in charge of mosquito control for the Florida Keys responded to an outbreak of Dengue Fever by blanketing the city with pesticides targeting both larvae and adult mosquitoes. Even so, the outbreak lasted for 15 months and sickened 93 people. While there hasn't been a new case since November 2010, local leaders aren't eager to relive the nightmare. And now they figure they won't have to, thanks to a recent high-tech innovation: self-destructing mosquitoes.

These specialized skeeters, developed by the British company Oxitec, are genetically engineered to need the antibiotic tetracycline - common in the lab but scant in the wild - in order to survive past the larval stage. The altered males mate with wild females and presto: Lacking tetracycline to feed on, their offspring die before they're old enough to bite. Read more here.

Ocean Floor Blue Carbon
In the entire climate change debate the impacts to air have dominated, with water not having featured as a critical medium of impact. Albeit air takes the brunt of the release but destruction of the terrestrial forests and aquatic habitats should also feature on the top 10 climate protection list. The oceanic flora/vegetation like the terrestrial forests are carbon sequesters, that is, they store tons of carbon.

Removing them causes a substantial release into the atmosphere adding to the climate alteration crisis with high levels of green house gases being emitted with their destruction. Conserving terrestrial-aquatic interface vegetation like mangroves, wetlands, riverine vegetation, tidal marshes, salt marshes are all integral to climate change protection. The oceanic flora (viz. seagrasses, seaweed) and the ocean floor itself holds ancient carbon stores. Read more here.

Locomotive 3463, the 75 year-old test bed locomotive for CSR's Project 130 CSR project aims to create a high-speed, carbon-neutral steam-powered locomotive
You might think that a coal-burning locomotive built in 1937 had nothing left to offer the modern rail industry, short of being a nice museum piece. In the case of Locomotive 3463, however, that appears to be far from true - now in the hands of engineers from the Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR), it is set to become the world's first carbon-neutral higher-speed locomotive. It won't be electric, however. Instead, it will run on steam generated by the burning of biocoal.

CSR is a collaboration between the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (IonE) and the nonprofit Sustainable Rail International (SRI). The group's current CSR Project 130 has one goal - to create "the world's cleanest, most powerful passenger locomotive, proving the viability of solid biofuel and modern steam locomotive technology." Read more here

In this Jan. 26, 1983 file photo, smoke rises from the ground in Centralia, Pa., where and uncontrolled underground mine fire rages. Centralia, Pennsylvania Fire Still Burns Underneath Town, 50 Years On
CENTRALIA, Pa. (AP) - Fifty years ago on Sunday, a fire at the town dump ignited an exposed coal seam, setting off a chain of events that eventually led to the demolition of nearly every building in Centralia - a whole community of 1,400 simply gone.

All these decades later, the Centralia fire still burns. It also maintains its grip on the popular imagination, drawing visitors from around the world who come to gawk at twisted, buckled Route 61, at the sulfurous steam rising intermittently from ground that's warm to the touch, at the empty, lonely streets where nature has reclaimed what coal-industry money once built. Read more here.

Bee Pollinating A Last (Chemical) Gasp for Bees?
Newly published scientific evidence is bolstering calls for greater regulation of some of the world's most widely used pesticides and genetically modified crops. Earlier this year, three independent studies linked agricultural insecticides to colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon that leads honeybees to abandon their hives.

Beekeepers have reported alarming losses in their hives over the last six years. The USDA reports the loss in the United States was about 30 percent in the winter of 2010-2011. Bees are crucial pollinators in the ecosystem. Their loss also impacts the estimated $15 billion worth of fruit and vegetable crops that are pollinated by bees in the United States. Read more here.

Tuna Fukushima radiation seen in tuna off California
Low levels of nuclear radiation from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima power plant have turned up in bluefin tuna off the California coast, suggesting that these fish carried radioactive compounds across the Pacific Ocean faster than wind or water can.

Small amounts of cesium-137 and cesium-134 were detected in 15 tuna caught near San Diego in August 2011, about four months after these chemicals were released into the water off Japan's east coast, scientists reported. Read more here.

Corn Could Dwarf Corn Improve Yields?
Pity the corn plant. Its tall, gangly, inefficient architecture makes it an environmental laggard among plants, one that sucks up water and fertilizer while leaching out gobs of nutrients that run off in rainfall, polluting surface waters from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico.

But a plant geneticist at Purdue University aims to raise the corn plant's stature in a more carbon-sensitive world by lowering its height and its need for water and nutrients. Read more here

A new Pentagon lab that shares research with carmakers occupies a site where Chrysler built tanks during World War II Better Gas Mileage, Thanks to the Pentagon
U.S. automakers have until 2025 to raise the fuel economy on their cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon - double the current standard - or face government fines. The industry has spent years pouring billions of dollars into research and development to comply with the mandate. Now it may get a boost from an unexpected source: the Pentagon.

Government researchers at a new $60 million laboratory are road-testing dozens of alternative fuel technologies for fighting vehicles, from converting body heat into electricity to perfecting fuel cells that transform hydrogen into power - and they plan to share them with U.S. carmakers. Read more here.

Bottled Water US Bottled Water Sales Hit New Record High in 2011
After serious declines in 2008 and 2009 bottled water sales in the United States have bounced back, in a serious way, hitting a new record high in volume in 2011. New figures from the the Beverage Marketing Corp. (h/t National Geographic) show that bottled water sales were up 4.1% last year, versus just a 0.9% increase in bottled drink sales in general.

In 2011 Americans purchased 9.1 billion gallons of bottled water. Per capita consumption reached a new peak of 29.2 gallons (it was 18.2 gallons per person about a decade ago). The overwhelming majority (96%) of bottled water purchased in the US came from domestic sources. The US remains the largest consumer of bottled water in the world, with China and Mexico in the second and third spots. Read more here.

Massaging a Cow Dairies Pamper Cows With Massages, Waterbeds
Cow comfort has become a key concern for the nation's farmers, who have known for generations that contented cows give more milk. The traditional techniques for keeping cows happy aren't complicated - feed them well, keep the temperature comfortable and give them room to move around. But some dairy farmers are turning to a new array of creative options intended to keep cows as mellow - and productive - as possible. Some farmers have installed waterbeds for their cows to rest on, while others play classical music. And some hire animal chiropractors to give older cows a tuneup and correct minor issues in calves, all part of the effort to ensure maximum milk output.

Do the methods really work? There's no sound scientific data to back up the claims, but dairy farmers say they can see the difference with their own eyes - cows are giving more milk, the milk quality is improving and the herds seem to be enjoying the indulgences. Read more here.

Climate Change Public Apathy Over Climate Change Unrelated to Science Literacy
Are members of the public divided about climate change because they don't understand the science behind it? If Americans knew more basic science and were more proficient in technical reasoning, would public consensus match scientific consensus?

A study just published online in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that the answer to both questions is no. Indeed, as members of the public become more science literate and numerate, the study found, individuals belonging to opposing cultural groups become even more divided on the risks that climate change poses. Read more here.

Planet Earth 'Faster Than We Thought': An Epitaph for Planet Earth
Disclaimer: This article isn't for the faint of heart. Sometime later this Century, a writer will sit down and attempt to document how his or her grandparents' generation could have all but ignored the greatest disaster humanity has ever faced.

It won't be a pleasant world she lives in. Cities and countries will be locked in an expensive battle with rapidly rising seas; but after spending trillions of dollars, most of the world's ports will have been abandoned anyway. Up to seventy percent of the planet's species will be wiped out. Gone. Vanished. Kaput. Songbirds will no longer serenade us. Butterflies will no longer dazzle us. The boreal forests - the largest belt of green in the world - will be gone. Read more here.

Money How the "Job Creators" REALLY Spend Their Money
In his "Gospel of Wealth," Andrew Carnegie argued that average Americans should welcome the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few, because the "superior wisdom, experience, and ability" of the rich would ensure benefits for all of us.

Does wealthy America have a point, that giving them all the money will ensure it's disbursed properly, and that it will create jobs and stimulate small business investment while ultimately benefiting society? Big business CEOs certainly think so, claiming in a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that an increase in the capital gains tax would reduce investment "when we need capital formation here in America to create jobs and expand our economy." They don't cite evidence for their claims, because the evidence proves them wrong. Here are the facts: Read more here.

Washington's roadblocks to clean energy
New England's diverse array of clean energy industries has been one of the region's few sectors to add jobs and expand since the recession. Now, though, the industry is struggling, and Washington is part of the problem. Needed soon is national policy reform and a new federal-state collaboration to make clean energy solutions cheap.

The moment is urgent. Until last year, cleantech clusters in the region had been flourishing. World-class battery, distributed generation, solar, smart grid, and energy services firms were turning in double-digit annual growth rates and significant price declines. The sky seemed the limit for numerous cool New England start-ups for whom straight-up, unsubsidized price competition with conventional energy companies was beginning to become thinkable. But then problems arose. Read more here.

Workers from Solect Energy Development installed solar panels on a commercial building in Northborough. Solar energy industry is flourishing in Mass.
Massachusetts is no California when it comes to sun. But that isn't stopping the solar energy industry from flourishing here

Massachusetts, better known for long, cold winters, gloomy springs, and gale-driven nor'easters, is undergoing an unlikely solar power boom, attracting solar companies from around the country that are installing systems for homeowners, businesses, and institutions. Only California has a better solar market than Massachusetts, which tied Hawaii in rankings by Ernst & Young, the Big Four accounting firm that tracks the alternative energy industry. Massachusetts was the only northern state to crack Ernst & Young's top 10, beating Florida (the Sunshine State), Arizona (home of the Sun Devils), and New Mexico (sun symbol on the state flag). Read more here.

Food Waste Massachusetts planning food waste ban for businesses
Regulations proposed in Massachusetts by the state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will ban commercial businesses, including hotels, from discarding food waste.

Greg Cooper, director of consumer programs for the DEP, expects the regulations to be implemented by the middle of 2014. "My feeling is that it is highly unlikely it will not happen," Cooper said. Read more here.

Freetown's Zach Boyer is participating in the 4K for Cancer, a 4,400-mile coast-to-coast bicycle ride that raises money for the Ulman Cancer Fund. Freetown teen to bike across U.S. for cancer fundraiser
FREETOWN - For most people, Memorial Day weekend is a day of remembrance mixed in with the first taste of summer. But for 18-year-old Zach Boyer, it's the start of the longest and most significant journey of his young life. For the next two months, Boyer will spend six days a week riding his bicycle 4,400 miles from Baltimore to Portland, Ore., in an effort to raise as much money as possible for cancer patients.

The 30 participants in the ride left at 6 a.m. Sunday from Baltimore and will not return home until after arriving in Portland on Aug. 4. Read more here.

Parking lot behind Brown University student housing on Brook Street. Sidewalk Shoppers and Dumpster Divers Have a Bounty Thanks to Wasteful College Students
PROVIDENCE - As college students packed up to leave the city, many of their belongings ended up curbside. During the past few weeks of May, it's not unusual to see couches, desks, floor lamps and small appliances lining the curbs in front of multifamily homes. On campus, overstuffed Dumpsters outside dorms often disgorge their contents. This year, colleges and universities again rolled in huge Dumpsters to handle the overflow of trash at undergraduate dorms. Johnson & Wales University placed three 20-yard Dumpsters behind its dorms on Pine Street. Brown University peppered its campus with Dumpsters.

While sincere efforts were made by student groups to collect items for donation, at Brown University the heaping Dumpsters placed near the underwhelming donation corrals told the sad tale of a pervasive throwaway culture. There were TVs, unworn shoes and like-new clothing. Read more here.

New Bedford school wins 'green' award
NEW BEDFORD - A national environmental nonprofit organization has listed the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School as a "green school" for its energy-efficient design.

The school's roof is reflective with solar panels that generate electricity and it has an infiltration system that reduces the amount of rainwater flowing away from its sewage draining system. The school also recycles 90 percent of the waste it generates and was built with renewable and recycled materials. Read more here.

MBTA fare increases and service cuts will soon be taking effect. One of the proposed cuts is to Bus 48 that services Jamaica Plain Lawmakers yet to agree on bridging T funds gap
Nearly two months after the MBTA board approved fare increases and service cuts to partially close the T's budget deficit, Massachusetts lawmakers have yet to approve an infusion of $51 million in state money to cover the difference.

Key legislators say they remain confident the money will be allocated before a July 1 deadline, citing its importance to the MBTA, transit riders, and the regional economy, but they have yet to agree on the finer points of sending that aid to the T. Read more here.

Recreational Boater Huge survey aims to get read on Northeast boating
They've been cruising the region's chilly waters for centuries and today number in the hundreds of thousands, but much remains unknown about the Northeast's recreational boaters.

Now, a major survey aims to find out more about them, including where they go, how they get there and how much they spend along the way. The idea is to ensure this large and sometimes overlooked constituency gets proper consideration for its range, local importance and economic impact as ocean development forges ahead. Offshore wind turbines, liquefied natural gas terminals and aquaculture pens are a few of the projects discussed for the areas off the busy coastline. Read more here.

Providence Recycling Plans Take Wait-and-See Approach
The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation's $17 million single-stream system is in a final test phase at the Central Landfill in Johnston. Once fully running next month, the program will allow Rhode Islanders to mix their paper and plastics, glass and cardboard in the same bin. The system also will accept additional plastic items, such as plastic coffee cups and other plastic containers. Read more here.

Whale in Cape Cod Concerns raised on Navy sonar permit
The U.S. Navy wants to renew a five-year permit that could potentially injure or even kill whales, dolphins, seals and other marine mammals while using sonar and explosives during training exercises off Cape Cod and in 2.6 million square miles along the Atlantic seaboard and in the Gulf of Mexico.

In its impact statement, the Navy says the proposed testing could affect as many as 1.6 million animals per year during the five-year permit. They say there is little scientific proof that the sonar harms marine life, particularly if animals are not in close proximity to the source of the sonar or the explosion. Read more here.

Garden Community garden gives yard-less Mattapoisett residents room to grow
The only sign announcing Mattapoisett's community garden are leafy vegetables popping up among the plots of tilled soil.

Located at the corner of Pine Island Road and Prospect Road, the space was previously used by Lucky Fields Organics who had it on loan from owner Florence Martocci. When the farm moved to Rochester, Martocci was keen to allowing the area to become a community garden. Read more here.

Fall River Housing Authority initiates $6.7M energy conservation project
Sparks of electricity and drops of water will be captured and saved in an energy conservation project planned for the city's Housing Authority. Altogether, the project could cut millions of dollars from the authority's energy bills over the next 20 years, housing officials say.

The Housing Authority is in the process of getting a credit check, the final step before it sells $6.7 million in bonds to finance energy improvements to authority properties. Read more here.

Mattapoisett looking to increase fees for commercial aquaculture in town waters
In the wake of a successful petition to the state, selectmen are working to establish fees that could go as high as $200 per acre for a commercial aquaculture license in town waters. The current state-set fee is $25 per acre.

Rodman Taylor, president of Fairhaven's Taylor Seafood, which has a 100-acre grant from the town to grow bay scallops and oysters in Nasketucket Bay, said that if the town raises the fee that high, it would put his operation out of business. "If that happens, then the only source of bay scallops for the past 25 years between Cuttyhunk and Cape Cod would disappear and the scallop fishery would soon follow," he said. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

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.

Rochester 5th Annual Bike Run

Sunday, June 3, Beginning at Noon, The Ponderosa, Rochester
The motorcycle run will start at 12 p.m. at the Ponderosa, and will be to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. This year's run will be in memory of Ernie Blais. Arrival time is 11 a.m., rain or shine. All are welcome to attend, and there is a requested donation of $10. The race will be followed by refreshments, raffle drawings and activities.

Contact Bud Here.

Flower Planting

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

Women's FULL MOON Canoe Trip

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

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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-Mail or (508) 990-0505 ext. 22. Check out Lloyd Center for more information.

Transition Town Sustainability Movement and Resilience Circle Information

Tuesday, June 12th, Star Store, Star Store, 715 Purchase St, New Bedford
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 8pm Allandale 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.

AHA Night! at the Buzzard's Bay Coalition

Thursday, June 14th, 5PM to 8pm Buzzard's Bay Center, 114 Front St., Downtown New Bedford
A walk in the woods is a great way to Discover Your Bay and the Buzzards Bay Coalition has information on over 100 hiking trails throughout the region. Visit our center to view our new interactive web map of trails and get information from conservation groups across the region. It's time to get out and explore!

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.

Bay Adventure to Penikese Island

Sunday, June 17, 9AM to 3PM, Departs from Woods Hole, MA
Sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coaltion. oin the Buzzards Bay Coalition this summer for a Bay Adventure to Penikese Island. Participants on this full day excursion will explore beautiful Penikese Island right in the middle of Buzzards Bay. Planned activities include an oyster farming demonstration, tour of Penikese Island School, and coastal exploration activities with Bay Coalition education staff.

Cost: $60 for Bay Coalition members, $75 for non-members, $40 for children Details Here.

2012 Bikeway Challenge at Mattapoisett Rail Trail

Sunday, June 24, 8:30AM, YMCA Camp Massasoit, 50 Reservation Rd., Mattapoisett
It's the South Coast Bikeway Fitness, Fundraising and Bike Safety Challenge. Join us Sunday, June 24th for a ride or walk from YMCA Camp Massaoit to the Mattapoisett Rail Trail and beyond. Early riders start at 8:30 and can pre-register for breakfast. Morning Ride starts at 10. There will be a picnic overlooking the Mattapoisett Harbor from 11am-1pm, and at 12:30 there will be an afternoon ride. Participants may come at any time! Proceeds benefit the Mattapoisett Rail Trail or the bike path in your town! You must register in advance. Register and Learn More 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, multi-course, all-local dinner.

Our chef line-up this year is phenomenal! - with coordinating chef, Chef JJ Gonson of Cuisine en Locale out of Cambridge, getting us to the 99% locally sourced mark with local sunflower oil and salt; Chef Rosa Galeno, local food artisan & educator and owner of Rosa's Food Shoppe in South Easton; Chef Meredith Ciaburri, owner of Rochester's Artisan Bake Shop, a master of the sweeter side of life and committed to sourcing local; and Chefs Sonya Bradford & David Hernandez of Green Gal Catering in Dartmouth, utilizing the freshest ingredients to provide a forward thinking local food experience. And they will all be on the block at our live auction!

There are a limited number of seats so register and buy tickets ASAP. Call Sarah Cogswell 508-295-2212 ext. 50 for info. Details here.

Sustainability Summer Camp 2012: Earth Keeper Camp

July 16 - July 20 UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd., North Dartmouth
The Office of Campus and Community Sustainability is hosting its fifth annual Sustainability Summer Camp this July. Sustainability embeds the university in the community, and vice versa. During the summers, middle-school students, entering grades 6 through 8, come to campus to learn about sustainability while having fun and making new friends.

This year's theme is Earth Keepers. Earth Keepers are knowledgeable in building sustainable communities and lifestyles. Earth Keepers are informed in topics such as: recycling, climate change, ecosystems, environmental science, renewable energy technologies, and food systems.

Cost: $80 per child. Scholarships are available.

Date: July 16th- July 20th

Time: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Call 508-910-6484 to register or contactCindy Macallister.

You may also register Here


Friday, July 13 Demarest Lloyd State Park, Barney's Joy Road, Dartmouth
Dinner, Dance, Open bar and Silent Auction. Back by popular demand - traditional New England boiled lobster clambake dinner and dancing to "Men in Black"!

Price: Personal "patron" and corporate "sponsorship" levels vary; general ticket price $150 per person. For reservations, call the Lloyd Center at 508-990-0505 x10


Sunday, July 22, 9AM - 3:30PM Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
Participate in this unique daylong scientific research project, sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association. Counting for the Bristol County area will take place in Dartmouth and New Bedford. Participants should bring a lunch. Drinks will be provided. Long pants and a hat are recommended. A copy of the NABA summary report can be purchased for an additional fee.

Butterflies are one of the most beautiful elements of the natural world, and scientists now recognize that they can also serve as an important indicator of the health of ecosystems.

Price: Lloyd Center members: $8 Non-members: $10

Pre-registration required by noon on Saturday, July 21st Register Here or call 508-558-2918. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Mark Mello, Lloyd Center Research Director, at 508-990-0505 x 22.


Sunday, July 22nd (optional) - Friday, July 27th, 9AM - 3:30PM Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
The Lloyd Center has initiated a biodiversity monitoring program to document the current status of our region's natural resources as a baseline to compare and prepare for climate change. Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) are a major link in the food web and changes that affect these species will have an impact throughout the ecosystem.

The Lloyd Center is offering a week-long program geared towards high school students looking for a research experience to participate in the Lloyd Center's Biodiversity Initiative, focusing on moths and butterflies in the Slocum/Paskamansett watershed during National Moth Week. National Moth Week is a week long, global "mothing" event to promote the understanding and enjoyment of moths and to raise awareness about biodiversity. Please join us as we celebrate moths, biodiversity and the natural world around us.

Participants will collect, photograph, prepare specimens, and submit data to the Butterflies and Moths of North America database during National Moth Week. They will learn basic moth identification of the more than 1,000 species of moths in our area as well as collecting techniques for both adults and caterpillars. Students will also participate in one overnight collecting experience at the Lloyd Center. Price: Lloyd Center members: $325 Non-members: $375

Pre-registration required. For more information or sign up for the program, please call Mark Mello, Lloyd Center Research Director, at 508-990-0505 x 22 or EMail 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 Coalition
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
Kick Off Your Shoes at the Door for a Cleaner Home
The soles of your shoes are not only carrying dirt and small rocks, but they are also responsible for bringing in pesticides, lead and other pollutants from lawns, roads and other surfaces that can contaminate your indoor air.

According to a study conducted by Rockport shoe company and the University of Arizona, the outside of a regular pair of shoes, after 14 days wear, accommodates a whole host of bacteria, including E. coli. By taking off your shoes at the door regularly, 70% of the dirt that carries those germs and toxins can be avoided. Learn more here.

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