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June 7 to June 14, 2012

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Be the Solution to Ocean Pollution


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Spring Organic Baby Food Workshop

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

UMD Hiring Two for TimeBanking Project

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
recycled shipping containers This week's testament to sheer niftyness comes from the Northwest where a Seattle-based company recycles old shipping containers to create homes and business space. Dubbed "Cargotecture" these buildings are slowly generating appeal across the nation and overseas; besides residential homes and restaurants, Cargotecture designs have been used for student housing in Amsterdam and a pop-up art studio at New York's Whitney Museum. HyBrid Architecture has used shipping containers to build cargotecture one-room cabins and multistory office parks. They're cheap to buy, renovate, reinforce, and to weld together.

Another stumbling block regarding coal and nuclear power is our declining global water supply. Warmer water and reduced river flows resulting from climate change and hotter temperatures will cause more power disruptions for nuclear and coal-fired power plants in the United States and Europe in the future. Water is needed for thermocooling, without which power plants will overheat. Thermoelectric power plants supply more than 90 percent of electricity in the United States and account for 40 percent of the nation's freshwater usage. As electricity increases in demand, so will the demand for water for cooling -- another motivation for investments in renewable energy sources.

National security agencies have been concerned about oil dependence for decades, but over the last few years noticeable progressive measures have been taken by the military to reduce consumption and increase greener energy usage. Military leaders have been working to reduce oil dependence through solar power and biofuels. Besides acknowledging climate change, they're doing this for the most pragmatic reason: Strategy. Fewer fuel convoys on the road means fewer casualities. Less dependence on foreign oil means less debt and global conflict. Getting our fuels and energy from multiple sources, instead of being reliant on one source, is a smarter, more effective decision. This represents an opportunity for the U.S. military to lead by example.
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Nuclear Power Plant Nuclear, coal power face climate change risk-study
Warmer water and reduced river flows will cause more power disruptions for nuclear and coal-fired power plants in the United States and Europe in future, scientists say, and lead to a rethink on how best to cool power stations in a hotter world. In a study published on Monday, a team of European and U.S. scientists focused on projections of rising temperatures and lower river levels in summer and how these impacts would affect power plants dependent on river water for cooling.

The authors predict that coal and nuclear power generating capacity between 2031 and 2060 will decrease by between 4 and 16 percent in the United States and a 6 to 19 percent decline in Europe due to lack of cooling water. Read more here.

Tortoiseshell Butterfly Butterfly numbers 'fall by a fifth'
Butterfly numbers fell by more than a fifth across the UK countryside last year, a study has revealed. The 22% drop in butterflies in 2011 is thought to be the result of an unusually cold summer and the ongoing deterioration of suitable habitat for the insects, wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation said.

"The gloomy results show we need to step up efforts to rebuild a better countryside for butterflies." Read more here.

Bleached Coral Great Barrier Reef heading for danger: UNESCO
UNESCO urged decisive action from Australia to protect the Great Barrier Reef from a gas and mining boom, warning it risked being put on its list of world heritage sites deemed "in danger". Australia is riding an unprecedented wave of resources investment due to booming demand from Asia, with projects worth Aus$450 billion (US$435 billion) in the pipeline.

The world's largest coral reef is not yet at sufficient risk to be declared in danger but UNESCO said the sheer number and scale of proposals including liquefied natural gas (LNG), tourism and mining projects could threaten it. Declining water quality and climate change were the major issues and it was "essential to reduce development and other pressures as much as possible to enable an increase in the reef's resilience", UNESCO's World Heritage Committee said. Read more here.

Pavement Cool' paving materials helps lower city temperatures, study finds
Using 'cool' materials to construct roads and walkways is an effective way of lowering urban temperatures to make cities more comfortable in hot weather, according to a new study. The research found surface temperatures were reduced by 12C and ambient temperatures were reduced by 1.9C after cool pavements were installed in a city park in Greece.

Cities are known to exhibit the 'urban heat island' effect, in which urban temperatures are higher than those of the surrounding rural areas. The phenomenon is created through a combination of heat released from human activities, such as air conditioning and traffic, in addition to decreased air flow and increased heat absorption by buildings, roads and other structures. In the future, climate change is likely to exacerbate the heat island effect with more frequent and extreme heat waves. One way to reduce the effects of the urban heat island is to use materials that minimise the absorption of solar radiation. Advanced materials that are highly reflective to the sun's radiation and readily emit heat can be used on buildings and covered spaces. This study assessed the impact of replacing conventional pavements with cool materials in a large city park in Athens, Greece. Read more here.

LED Lighting Retrofit Energy Efficient LEDs Displace Conventional Technology and Costs Shrink Overall
Improving lighting efficiency is an investment in the future. Yet costs have been prohibiting many people from becoming early adaptors of energy efficient commercial lighting such as LED lighting. This is finally starting to change as we now have research that shows the costs of LED lighting is finally coming down, according to a recent report from Pike Research, LEDs will displace more than 52 percent of the global market for lamps in commercial buildings by 2021. Pike Research finds that the combination of declining prices for commercial LED lighting and the long lifetimes of LED lights will have the effect of shrinking the overall value of the market.

While revenues from LED lamps in the commercial sector will rise by 8.5 percent through 2021, to $2.7 billion, Pike Research finds, the overall market for commercial lighting will peak at $54 billion in 2012 before slowly shrinking and hitting about $30 billion in 2021. Read more here.

Oil in a Bucket Rampant oil theft ravages Nigeria's Delta
Almost three years since an amnesty was agreed with 26,000 Niger Delta militants, oil theft remains a major headache and is now on the rise, authorities and oil firms say.

Although the illegal refiners only make up for a small portion of the theft, the environmental damage they do is huge. Oil spills from leaky pipes pollute vast tropical waterways. Shell, the biggest operator, says 150,000 barrels per day is stolen from Africa's top oil producer. Nigeria's Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said that as much as one-fifth of government revenue is lost to oil theft. Read more here.

Bayer Science Building Indian Building Receives Highest LEED Score Ever
A Bayer Material Science building in Greater Noida, India, has been awarded the top ranking in the international Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

Located outside of New Delhi, the zero-energy building was awarded Platinum in the category New Construction, receiving 64 out of a possible 69 points, the highest score ever awarded (so far). The building scored top points across the following categories: Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Design. Read more here.

Projection of CSP Plant Saudi Arabia's $109 Billion Dollar Solar Energy Plan
Saudi Arabia could be running one third of the planet's CSP plants by 2030.

The first of a planned 25 GW of CSP (Concentrated Solar Power: mirrors to heat liquids to drive turbines) and 16 GW of PV (PhotoVoltaic: direct electrical conversion, like on rooftops) to supply Saudi Arabia with a $109 billion plan to solar-power a third of the Kingdom have been put out to bid now. Once it is complete, 25 GW would be a third of the expected global CSP in 20 years, according to current plans. Bids will be initially for about 1,000 MW each for the first year. Read more here.

Ivo Urbano Richter Brazil farmers in legal feud with Monsanto over GM soy
Illegally smuggled into Brazil 14 years ago, transgenic soy has proved a boon to domestic farmers and now accounts for 85 percent of total production.

But five million Brazilian farmers are now locked in a legal feud with US biotech giant Monsanto, the GM soy seed manufacturer, and are refusing to pay crop royalties. Read more here.

Air sample processing room When hitting 400 is not good: Levels of key greenhouse gas pass milestone, trouble scientists
WASHINGTON - The world's air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant. Monitoring stations across the Arctic this spring are measuring more than 400 parts per million of the heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere. The number isn't quite a surprise, because it's been rising at an accelerating pace. Years ago, it passed the 350 ppm mark that many scientists say is the highest safe level for carbon dioxide. It now stands globally at 395.

"The fact that it's 400 is significant," said Jim Butler, global monitoring director at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Lab in Boulder, Colo. "It's just a reminder to everybody that we haven't fixed this and we're still in trouble." Read more here.

Also read CO2 Level Hits 400 PPM, Do We Have A Way Out?

Air Force cargo planes The Real Reason the Military is Going Green
Retired Brig. Gen. Steven Anderson calls himself "an accidental environmentalist." His epiphany about climate change started with a tactical problem. In 2006 and 2007, when he served as the military's chief logistician in Iraq, he coordinated the transport of millions of gallons of fuel across the country to power everything from vehicles to the large compressors used to cool individual tents - or, as Anderson puts it, for "air conditioning the desert." He was taking one casualty for every 24 fuel convoys, and he was doing 18 convoys a day. That's one casualty every other day. He needed to get the trucks off the road. He needed to find a way to reduce the military's fuel use.

"There's a direct relationship between energy and the military. The more energy consumed, the less effective you are militarily because you're more vulnerable," said Anderson, who reported to General David Petraeus. "They love to take out our field trucks. They make a big boom when they do." Since then, Anderson, like many military leaders, has realized that guzzling oil makes the United States vulnerable in other ways. "I'm a soldier," Anderson said. "Why should I be concerned about climate change? Climate change brings about global instability. That makes the world more vulnerable and it's more likely that soldiers like myself will have to fight and die somewhere." Read more here.

HyBrid Forget Big-Box Stores. How About A Big-Box House?
When it comes to architecture, sustainability and affordability can mean many things: Salvaged wood becomes new flooring, old newspapers are shredded into insulation. But a few architects are taking green building one step further: creating entire homes and businesses out of discarded shipping containers - an approach some have dubbed "cargotecture."

Approximately a quarter-million shipping containers pass through Oregon's Port of Portland each year. These are big boxes - 40 feet long and weighing thousands of pounds. But traveling so many miles takes its toll, and eventually the containers are retired. Some are melted down, and some sit around old lots. And some become buildings - like taquerias. Read more here.

Henry Clark Pollution, Poverty and People of Color: Living with Industry
For 100 years, people, mostly blacks, have lived next door to the booming Chevron Richmond Refinery built by Standard Oil, a plant so huge it can process 240,000 barrels of crude oil a day. Hundreds of tanks holding millions of barrels of raw crude dot 2,900 acres of property on a hilly peninsula overlooking the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Five thousand miles of pipeline there move gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and other chemical products. The people of Richmond live within a ring of five major oil refineries, three chemical companies, eight Superfund sites, dozens of other toxic waste sites, highways, two rail yards, ports and marine terminals where tankers dock. The city of 103,701 doesn't share the demographic of San Francisco, 25 miles to the south, or even Contra Costa County, or the state as a whole.

In North Richmond -- the tiny, unincorporated neighbor of Richmond -- Latinos, blacks and Asians make up 97 percent of the 3,717 residents, compared with 82.9 percent in Richmond and 59.9 percent in California, according to 2010 U.S. Census figures. Low-income residents seeking affordable homes end up sharing a fence line with a refinery and a cluster of other polluting businesses. They may save money on shelter, but they pay the price in health, researchers say. Read more here.

Lily Pads and Algae Practical Tool Can 'Take Pulse' of Blue-Green Algae Status in Lakes
Scientists at Ohio State University have designed a screening tool that provides a fast, easy and relatively inexpensive way to predict levels of a specific toxin in lakes that are prone to blue-green algal blooms.

Blue-green algae is not your average pond scum -- rather than consisting of plant-like organisms, blue-green algae actually are cyanobacteria, and some species are linked to the production and release of the toxin microcystin into the water. Human exposure to the toxin through drinking or recreational water contact can threaten public health by causing liver damage, neurological problems and gastrointestinal illness in humans. Read more here

California New California building code to slash energy bills by billions
The California Energy Commission will adopt new energy efficiency standards for residential and commercial buildings in California. This move will update the existing 2013 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards, also known as Title 24. As a result, new construction buildings in California as well as major alterations and additions to existing buildings will be amongst the most energy efficient in the nation when the new rules take effect on January 1, 2014.

Thanks to these standards, owners and tenants will be assured of having new buildings that sip rather than gulp energy when providing heating & cooling, lighting, or hot water. According to the CEC estimates, Californians can expect energy savings of 25 percent for homes, 30 percent for commercial buildings, and 14 percent for low rise multifamily buildings. Read more here.

Senate finance hearing Leading' Companies Mislead Public on Climate Change Policies: Top 28 publicly traded companies 'get away with misrepresenting science to achieve their goals'
Looking at 28 Standard & Poor 500 publicly traded companies, the report examines the companies' public commitments to sustainable and green values, in contrast to those same companies' recent lobbying and funding choices, which in most cases favored organizations devoted to discrediting climate science such as the Heartland Institute.

"Corporations' increased ability to influence policy should come with an increased responsibility to let the public know how they are doing so," said Francesca Grifo, director of UCS's Scientific Integrity Program and a contributor to the report. "Companies may play a role in policy discussions, but right now, it's simply far too easy for them to get away with misrepresenting science to achieve their goals." Read more here.

Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire, Drought, and Water Stress in the Southwest
The Whitewater-Baldy blaze has now burned more than 350 square miles of the Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness, a rugged gem of a landscape and the headwaters of the Gila River, a tributary to the Colorado. The two biggest fires on record in the state have occurred in back-to-back years, 2011 and 2012. Last year's big burn, the Las Conchas, raged through 245 square miles of northern New Mexico, threatening Los Alamos National Laboratory and, weeks later, Cochiti Pueblo, as monsoonal rains created debris-laden flash floods down mountain canyons.

That deep droughts fuel fire risk is no surprise. Less known, though, is that extensive fires like Whitewater Baldy can worsen water stress years down the road, because as the burned forests rebound, the young plants and trees demand more water as they grow. Read more here.

Protest American Students Need to Copy Canada's Tuition Protests
In the past four months, the Canadian province of Quebec has become a hotbed of Occupy Wall Street-style protests-marches with hundreds of thousands of protesters, and battles with tear gas throwing, pepper-spraying police. And it all started over proposed tuition increases at Quebec's public universities. Since then the protests and student boycotts have only grown. Nearly 200,000 students across the province have gone on strike. And the situation has revealed deeper frustrations with the government's willingness to bail out businesses but not help the average student-or citizen. On May 22nd nearly 400,000 people-a full quarter of Montreal's residents-participated in a protest march.

Meanwhile, in the United States we don't bat an eye over that kind of tuition jump. In-state students attending the University of Michigan saw their tuition rise to $12,590 for 2011-12 school year-$753 higher than the year before. We certainly didn't see 27,000 undergraduates marching through Ann Arbor in protest Read more here.

Protecting Many Species to Help Our Own
NEARLY 20,000 species of animals and plants around the globe are considered high risks for extinction in the wild. That's according to the most authoritative compilation of living things at risk - the so-called Red List maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

It is often forgotten how dependent we are on other species. Ecosystems of multiple species that interact with one another and their physical environments are essential for human societies. Read more here.

Extreme Weather Is the New Reality
In 2011, extreme weather caused more than $148 billion in economic losses, and $55 billion in insured losses globally. A major chunk of those insured losses -- more than $30 billion -- were in the U.S. where 14 severe weather events caused losses of more than $1 billion each, far more than in any previous year. We've just lived through the warmest decade on record, seen unprecedented flash storms and flooding and watched as Texas suffered through the worst drought in its history.

Just a normal variation in the weather? "No," is the overwhelming scientific consensus. Human activity is changing the climate, and the climate is changing the weather. Buckle up. It's going to be a wild ride. And virtually every business in every sector of the economy is vulnerable. Read more here.

Konarka files for bankruptcy, closes city plant
NEW BEDFORD - Konarka Technologies Inc., a developer of thin-film solar panels, announced it has closed its business less than four years after opening a manufacturing operation in New Bedford. The Lowell-based company, which began more than 10 years ago, filed for bankruptcy protection Friday under Chapter 7 with plans to liquidate the business; it has laid off about 25 employees at its New Bedford Business Park location, according to company and business park officials.

Federal, state and local officials welcomed the company when it formally launched its city operations in a former Polaroid plant in October 2008. "We're obviously disappointed in the decision," Mayor Jon Mitchell said Monday. "Any time the city loses jobs, it's not good news." Read more here.

You may also read about Konarka's Connections with Politics.

Mound of Tainted Compost High lead content ruins Boston's cherished compost
For years, the mounds of rich, carefully sifted soil piled in a hidden depot in Mattapan were like manna to the city's growing ranks of gardeners. But the thousands of tons of finely ground compost massed in the woods off American Legion Highway are now off-limits to Boston residents hoping to use it to grow tomatoes, squash, or any of the hundreds of thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables that come from gardens across the city.
Read more here.

Lloyd Center view Lloyd Center Holding Bioblitz, Week of Walks
Dartmouth - The Lloyd Center took part in a statewide bioblitz 10 years ago but wants to conduct its own this month beginning June 11, in the Slocum/Paskamansett watersheds. The center is offering free guided walks to anyone age 10 and over who would like to collect living things that will be identified by naturalists and scientists and catalogued for future reference.

The bioblitz will serve as a baseline, said Mark Mello, research director at the Lloyd Center. Read more here.

Solar Array Solar power hot all over Cape Cod
On Cape Cod and the Islands alone, 665 solar projects have been built over the past five years totaling more than 8 megawatts. "In general, we have certainly seen a boom in the field of solar energy," Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Richard K. Sullivan Jr. said.

While the wind energy goal of 2,000 megawatts of wind energy by 2020 set by Gov. Deval Patrick is stuck in the doldrums, his goal of 250 megawatts of solar by 2017 is approaching faster than many industry watchers expected. But even the sunny side of life sees a cloud now and again. High costs, siting issues and red tape top the list of hurdles facing solar energy projects. The cost of solar energy, while falling rapidly, is still notoriously high, easily topping the price of land-based and offshore wind energy on a per kilowatt basis. Read more here.

Plant Bottle Bioplastics Get Trashed in Rhode Island
We're talking about plastic bottles that are made from plants. Dasani's PlantBottle is one. The claim on the bottle and on Dasani's website, which shows an image of a water bottle emerging from a dew-flecked green leaf, is that its plant-based PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles are made from up to 30 percent plants and are 100 percent recyclable.

But buyers of Rhode Island's post-consumer plastic consider plant-based PET plastic to be a contaminant, according to Sarah Kite, director of recycling services for the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC). "Until they (our buyers) tell us that plant-based plastics are OK, we have to say that they are not recyclable in Rhode Island," Kite said. The place for Rhode Islanders to put these bottles is in the trash, not the recycling bin. Read more here.

Tree Planting Fall River earns Tree City status for urban forestry efforts
FALL RIVER - This city was among 84 recipients of "Tree City USA Awards" honoring Massachusetts communities committed to urban forestry, and one of only six recognized with "Growth Awards" recognizing environmental improvement and encouraging higher levels of tree care, former Fall River Mayor Edward M. Lambert Jr. announced at a ceremony last week in New Bedford.

Lambert, commissioner of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, said, "DCR is proud of the cities and towns across the commonwealth that have devoted so many resources to planting and caring for their trees." Read more here.
Volunteer from Naval Undersea Warfare SouthCoast girls opt for science through Greenlight for Girls
"I think it's awesome," said 10-year-old Jayleana Borges of New Bedford who sat with fuses dangling from her ears and bits of Oscar-the-Grouch-colored mask on her face. "It makes you want to be ... an engineer." Keeping Jayleana's dream alive represents a core goal for Greenlight for Girls, an international nonprofit that hosted this event with UMass Dartmouth's Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. The free event drew about 150 girls, ranging in age from 10-15, who participated in a wide variety of STEM workshops.

Although girls in the United States graduate high school equally prepared as boys to pursue careers in science and engineering, fewer do so, according to 2010 report by the American Association of University Women The trend is especially pronounced in the fields of physics, engineering and computer science, where women earn 20 percent of bachelor degrees. Read more here.

Mary Jane Cobb and Paul Cellemme Colonial garden near Tiverton Four Corners will go back to our roots
TIVERTON - Soon local residents and students will have chance to learn about Tiverton's history in a hands-on way - through herbs and vegetables. Soil at the Chace-Cory House, on Main Road near Tiverton Four Corners, will be tilled, buds planted, and a garden, much like that one would have seen during America's colonial period, will sprout.

The Tiverton Historical Society, which owns the property and dedicates itself to preserving artifacts and documents of the town's bygone years, will raise the "heirloom" garden. Read more here.

Sowing a love of leafy landscapes in 'tree city'
NEW BEDFORD - The Tree City committee wants to involve elementary school students in the planting and maintenance of some of the 180 trees it will plant in the city this fall, thanks to two new grants received by the city.

"We're hoping ... that they'll take a little bit of ownership and when they grow up they'll have the same feeling going on with the next generation," said Tree City Committee co-chairman Jo-Anne Soares. Read more here.

Developers lining up for Mass. wind farm project
Ten developers are interested in building massive wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts that together could generate nearly 10 times the amount of energy as the controversial and long-stalled Cape Wind project.

The wind farms would be built in an expanse of federal waters larger than Rhode Island, about 14 miles south of Martha's Vineyard and identified by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management as an ideal place for such development. After more than two years of talks with local and state officials, environmentalists, fishermen, and tribal leaders, the bureau last week refined the boundaries of the so-called wind energy area, whittling it down to 1,160 square miles from an initially proposed 3,000. Read more here.

Point Road Memorial Forest A tour through Point Road Memorial Forest
Marion - The trails winding through Marion's Point Road Memorial Forest are meant to celebrate "a walk in the woods," said member of the forest's Advisory Committee Chrissie Bascom.

Home to the only Marion cemetery for just cremated remains, the committee's aim was to keep the natural setting of the forest intact. "There would be only native plants and unobtrusive markers...We spent a lot of time looking at the land and we realized how magical this property is." Read more here.

Westport Selectmen Learn About Green-Energy Grants
The state Department of Energy's Green Communities Southeast Regional Coordinator Seth Pickering explained to selectmen that implementing green zoning, buying energy-saving vehicles, installing wind and solar energy and meeting a number of other green-energy goals can lead to state grants totalling at least $125,000.

"That's the base number," Pickering said. "The amount can go as high as $1 million, depending on population." Read more here.

Fairhaven will ask for DEP sound study on Wind Turbines 'immediately'
FAIRHAVEN - The Board of Health voted Monday night to ask the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to conduct a sound study on the town's two wind turbines. "We will be calling the DEP immediately about this," Health Board Chairman Peter DeTerra said.

The decision came during a meeting filled with 25 turbine opponents in attendance to give testimonials about the adverse health effects they had been feeling since the turbines became operational in early May. Since Fairhaven's turbines were turned on, the board has received 130 health complaints ranging from problems with light flicker to pressure headaches to difficulty sleeping from the noise of the turbines. Read more here.

Cape energy report sparks ill will
BARNSTABLE - Officials with two regional energy agencies are calling on Barnstable County officials to reject a report criticizing how the organizations are governed.The heads of both the Cape Light Compact and the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative blasted the findings of the Assembly of Delegates special committee and called them inaccurate and inflammatory.

The five-member special committee was formed by the assembly last year after complaints from the public about the flow of millions of dollars from the Compact to the cooperative and criticism about the overlapping governance of the two organizations. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Be the Solution to Ocean Pollution

Saturday, June 9, 11:00AM - 3:00PM, 120 Main St., Buzzards Bay, MA
Presented by the National Marine Life Center, help us celebrate World Oceans Day. For this day there will be hands-on activities, recycling crafts, demonstrations, entertainment, and "The Great Waste Race." Be the Solution to Pollution is committed to making drastic changes by creating needed public awareness. The group has conducted cleanups throughout Southeastern MA and Northern RI and facilitated free educational workshops at local libraries to raise more awareness about the problems created by pollution and presenting some simple solutions. You can learn more through The National Marine Life Center or Be the Solution to Ocean Pollution. Email Here For more Information.

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 kheard@ttor.org 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 markmello@lloydcenter.org or (508) 990-0505 ext. 22. Check out the Lloyd Center website 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! Details Here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Sustainable Table Workshop Series: Spring Organic Baby Food Workshop with Rosa Galeno

Saturday, June 16, 11:00AM - 2:00PM,First Congretional Church of Wareham, 11 Gibbs Avenue, Wareham, MA
Sponsored by SEMAP, This class will introduce everyone to what Baby Food is all about: What vegetables work best; Best options for ingredients; See current equipment on the market with demonstration; Discuss best options for containers and how to think out of the box when prepping the foods You will be amazed at how much can be prepped in one simple hour for your baby. The idea is to cook foods that your children will eat. They eventually grow into eating variety; it happens naturally. Cost: $25 per person, $20 for SEMAP Members. Register Here. For more information, contact Kristen Irvin at 336-509-0044 or Email Here . You can also learn more about SEMAP's events 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.

Slocum River Kayak Tour

Saturday, June 23, 9AM to Noon, Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
The Slocum River is a peaceful scenic estuary, offering extraordinary views, great birding and paddling. Come explore the many coves and marshes along this classic New England landscape. Paddlers of all abilities are welcome. All tours include basic kayak equipment and instruction by certified guides.

Cost: $45 for members, $55 for non-members.

Pre-registration required by noon on Friday, June 22nd

Age 14 and up. Limit: 10 Preregister Here or call the Center's event line at 508-558-2918.

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.

19th Annual Buzzard's Bay Swim

Saturday, July 7, Buzzard's Bay, New Bedford and Fairhaven
The Buzzards Bay Swim is the Bay Coalition's longest-running fundraising event. Each year swimmers participate in a 1.2 mile open-water swim across outer New Bedford Harbor. The funds they raise to support their swim, along with the public awareness generated from the event, make for a great day for Buzzards Bay. We need swimmers, supporters, and volunteers to make this event a success.

At the Start of the Swim in New Bedford, you can expect safety information, on-the-water support, plenty of water to keep you hydrated, and volunteers who are there to make sure your Swim is safe and that you are ready to go. We even time the event to coincide with the incoming tide to help you along and to further demonstrate that the Bay is your friend! At the Finish Line in Fairhaven, you will be greeted with enthusiastic crowds, a medical tent, massage therapists, plenty of food, juice, coffee, water, a chance to check in with other swimmers and some great reminders of your accomplishment. We'll also provide transportation back to the Start if you need

Your Swim is a great way to get your family, friends, and co-workers to help you Save Buzzards Bay. We ask that you raise a minimum of $150 (although some swimmers have been known to raise well over $1,000).

Registration for the 19th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim is now open! Sign Up Now! Those not wishing to swim can still participate as volunteers and kayakers who escort the swimmers across the Harbor for safety.

You can learn all about the Buzzard's Bay Swim by visiting Their Site. For questions, contact Donna Cobert, Director of Membership and Events at 508.999.6363 x209 or Email 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.

Women's Full Moon Canoe Trip

Wednesday, August 1 Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
Girls' night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. Transportation to launching site and all equipment provided. Bring footwear that can get wet, as well as a snack and beverage (non-alcoholic).

Pre-registration required by noon on Tuesday, July 31st Limit: 12

Prices: Members: $20 Non-members: $25

Preregister Here or call 508-990-0505 x10. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jasmine at 508-990-0505 x13, 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. Job to search for is "Building Timebanking capacity to fight poverty and disinves" (the end of it was cut off due to search limits). 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.
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
Save a Tree (and a Bird). Buy Recycled Paper
Even if recycled toilet paper rubs you wrong, at least choose recycled napkins, paper towels, office paper and other paper products. (Reusable towels and napkins are even better!) Learn more here.

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