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June 14 to June 21, 2012

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Spring Organic Baby Food Workshop

Bike Ride with Southcoast Bikeway Committee

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Save The Date:

19th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim

SEMAP's Fifth Annual Farm to Table Dinner

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Mission: Small Business Needs Your Vote for Community Grants

Clean Air-Cool Planet Hiring Campus Program Associate

Weekly Green Tip:

B.Y.O. Flatware for a Green Workplace

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Galapagos Islands: Breaking Point

The balance between the economic benefits of the tourist industry and maintaining its unique biodiversity is reaching a critical point. The islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and famed for their vast number of endemic species, were studied by Charles Darwin contributing to his work on natural selection. Three of the island's prominent conservationists discuss the threat posed to the fragile ecosystem Movie!

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Edible Landscaping Project More and more people are turning to food gardening not just because it's great outdoor hobby, but because its budget-conscious; growing your fruits and vegetables is much cheaper and healthier. The concept of edible landscaping looks to both the aesthetic and nutritional values associated with gardening. Cabbage patches, berry bushes, and fruit trees are more pleasing to the eye than regular trees and grass. If you're fortunate enough to own land--even something as simple as a lawn or backyard--you might consider planting your own blueberry bush.

A 12-year, multi-million federal project just recently approved will clean up and restore much of the Florida Everglades that have been ravaged by pollution and urban runoff over the last few decades. Seeing as it's a worldwide tourist attraction and a unique ecosystem, it's a surprise this didn't come sooner. Regardless, the project will create jobs and ensure the park's preservation.

A recent workshop/summit at Worcester's Clark University brought out personnel from the EPA and regional environmental activists to meet and interact. They learned about decades of backlogged complaints of environmental injustices that have gone unaddressed despite being mandated under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Racial motivation is cited as a factor in this lag by an African American complainant who travelled from North Carolina to talk about the last 18 years of fighting he's done for his community in preventing its demolition from nearby corporations. The article cites a sociology study that concludes that the environmental burden for people of color in Massachusetts is 20 times greater than it is for whites.
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Global
London World's biggest cities are tapping into the green economy benefits
Cities around the world have identified the economic benefits from tackling the effects of climate change, according to a new report released today by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

The CDP study found 82% of cities are tapping into the potential for growth as a result of climate change adaptation and more than half of cities are looking to create green jobs and new business initiatives. However, despite the substantial prospects for green growth, just under a third of the cities that participated in the global survey expect new sources of funding for tackling climate change. Read more here.

Climate change threatens to make life worse in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa Green decline 'may bring irreversible change'
With forests and fish stocks declining, water demand rising and lack of action on climate change, humanity's path is anything but sustainable, the UN warns.

The Global Environmental Outlook says significant progress is seen on only four out of 90 environmental goals.

Meanwhile, a team of scientists warns that life on Earth may be on the way to an irreversible "tipping point". Read more here.

Gas Stove Study shows pollution levels in some kitchens are higher than city centre hotspots
A study by the University of Sheffield has found that the air we breathe inside our own homes can have pollutant levels three times higher than the outdoor environment, in city centres and along busy roads. Read more here.

Solar Panels Canada Green Economy: Oilsands Won't Fuel Growth, CCPA Study Says In Arguing For Economic Shift
Canada will not see significant employment gains from the oil boom in the western part of the country, and should turn to development of green energy to drive future job growth, says a report from a left-leaning think tank. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives argued in a study that jobs created in the oil sands are fleeting, and the country should establish a plan to shift to a zero-emissions economy -- an ambitious goal the paper says will keep the country from missing out on more green jobs.

While some Canadian jobs will be created in the oil sands in the coming years, "most of them will be of short duration in the construction phase, while permanent jobs will be few due to the capital intensive nature of these industries," the report stated, suggesting the authors expect technological advances to eliminate existing jobs in the oil patch. Read more here.

The Superbus looks like the Batmobile Dubai to Abu Dhabi Electric Superbus Now Road Legal
It's 15 meters long, super luxurious and totally electric powered. It's called the Superbus, and it was originally proposed as a super fast and luxurious commuter vehicle between the UEA Emirate states of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This totally electric and futuristic looking vehicle, was originally designed in the Netherlands, and put through its paces in road tests in Abu Dhabi's Masdar City, has now been certified as "road Legal" by transportation authorities in the Netherlands, according to The National. Read more here.

Solar overtook wind as the fastest-growing type of renewable energy in 2011 New world record for renewable energy
Renewable energy reached a big milestone in 2011, surging to a record $257 billion in global investments, the U.N. Environment Program announced Monday. That marks a 17 percent jump from 2010, and a six-fold increase over the past seven years. It also marks a breakthrough for the solar power industry, which drew nearly twice as much investment as wind energy last year, according to two new reports by UNEP and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

Total solar investments grew 52 percent to $147 billion in 2011, the reports reveal, ranging from an explosion of rooftop panels in Italy and Germany to big endowments for large-scale concentrated solar thermal projects in the U.S. and Spain. And while China has led the world in renewables investments for three years, it increasingly faces competition from all over the globe - especially from the United States. Read more here.

Africa Squeezing Africa Dry: Behind Every Land Grab Is a Water Grab
Food cannot be grown without water. In Africa, one in three people endure water scarcity and climate change will make things worse. Building on Africa's highly sophisticated indigenous water management systems could help resolve this growing crisis, but these very systems are being destroyed by large-scale land grabs amidst claims that Africa's water is abundant, under-utilised and ready to be harnessed for export-oriented agriculture. GRAIN looks behind the current scramble for land in Africa to reveal a global struggle for what is increasingly seen as a commodity more precious than gold or oil - water. Read more here.

Windmills One Plan to Solve the Euro Zone's Debt and Energy Crises
Euro zone leaders, led by Germany, have taken on a strictly hard-line, austerity-driven approach to trying to solve the debt crisis. Calls for EU leaders to augment emergency measures taken to date with pro-growth actions have become increasingly strident as it's become increasingly clear that strong, strict austerity measures alone is threatening these weaker euro zone members with economic depression. Such calls gained strength with the recent election of Francois Hollande as France's president.

Renewable energy, smart grid and clean tech offer avenues for EU leaders to implement just the sort of pro-growth measures that can stand the euro zone, and broader global economy and environment, in good stead in both the short- and long-term, according to a group of European economists and scientists. The linchpin of the renewable energy stimulus-debt reduction program would be to convert existing debts into renewable energy concessions. Read more here.

National
Foodscaping Tired Of Mowing Your Lawn? Try Foodscaping It Instead
Edible landscaping isn't for everyone. But close to a third of American households now do some kind of food gardening, even if they're not willing to sacrifice their entire lawn. And some folks are turning to professionals to plant their food.

"Those who can afford to hire a landscape contractor and have the truck and crew, they're seeing it as being a cool thing to do," says Bruce Butterfield, researcher for the National Gardening Association. Read more here.

Forest Fires Climate change will boost number of West's wildfires
Climate change will make wildfires in the West, like those now raging in parts of Colorado and New Mexico, more frequent over the next 30 years, researchers reported. More broadly, almost all of North America and most of Europe will see an increase in wildfires by the year 2100, the scientists wrote in the journal Ecosphere, a publication of the Ecological Society of America.

The U.S. Southwest - Arizona, New Mexico and Texas - is the fastest-warming region of the United States, and this warming trend will worsen droughts, alter growing seasons and increase wildfire risk, the non-profit research organization Climate Central reported. Read more here.

Caption from article: Urban planners before they were run out of Alabama/Public Domain Alabama Becomes First State To Officially Adopt Anti-Agenda 21 Legislation
Environmentalists and urban planners are on the run in Alabama as the state becomes the first to pass legislation banning Agenda 21, and all that entails. Tea Party types are ecstatic:

Defined these days as "sustainable development," Agenda 21 seeks to transform humanity with "new global ethics." At the most basic level, beyond the soft words like "sustainability" and "eco-friendly environments", Agenda 21 takes away private property ownership, single-family homes, private car ownership, individual travel choices, and privately owned farms. Read more here.

Air Force New Air Force-Funded Process Could Make Biofuels Competitive with Fossil Fuels
Some members of Congress voted to squeeze biofuels out of contention for Department of Defense fuel contracts by setting the bar at relatively low fossil fuel prices. However, a new biofuel project partly funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research could lead to low cost biofuels that meet the new standard.

The research project, developed by Purdue University Professor of Chemical Engineering Rakesh Agrawal, has led to the creation of a new high-yield process for converting biomass into liquid fuels. According to an economic analysis by Purdue, the process can yield biofuel at just above the $100-per-barrel mark for crude oil, which is within the range reached by crude oil earlier this year. Read more here.

Michigan Lake Pollution, Poverty and People of Color: A Michigan Tribe Battles a Global Corporation
Head in any direction on Michigan's Upper Peninsula and you will reach gushing rivers, placid ponds and lakes - both Great and small. An abundant resource, this water has nourished a small Native American community for hundreds of years. So 10 years ago, when an international mining company arrived near the shores of Lake Superior to burrow a mile under the Earth and pull metals out of ore, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa had to stand for its rights and its water.

And now, as bulldozers raze the land and the tunnel creeps deeper, the tribe still hasn't backed down. "The indigenous view on water is that it is a sacred and spiritual entity," said Jessica Koski, mining technical assistant for the Keweenaw Bay community. "Water gives us and everything on Earth life." Read more here

Everglades Environmental Protection Agency Gives OK To $880M Everglades Clean-up Plan
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - An $880 million plan to improve Everglades water quality was given federal approval Wednesday, setting the clock on a massive 12-year cleanup project. The Environmental Protection Agency approved permits for the proposal, saying its completion "would represent a significant and historic milestone in restoring America's Everglades."

The Everglades are a key water source for millions of South Florida residents, but the Everglades have been damaged for decades by the intrusion of farms and development. Dikes, dams and canals have been cut, effectively draining much of the swamp and polluting it with fertilizers and urban runoff. The state and federal governments' efforts to restore the wetlands have been stymied for years by funding shortfalls, legal challenges and political bickering. Read more here.

Eastern United States oil and gas leasing on National Forest land. Forest lands in the East attract oil and gas bidders, but some question rush
Oil and gas companies looking to lease swaths of U.S. Forest Service land holding the promise of shale gas deposits and other fossil fuel resources have made the Bureau of Land Management's Eastern States Office in Springfield ground zero for a new land rush.

For years Forest Service land in the East was considered irrelevant when it came to oil and gas leasing. But in the past year and a half, the federal government has leased or scheduled for auction more than 384,000 acres at the request of private bidders, more than 10 times as much land as it had leased in the previous two years. The burst of activity has sparked a public debate over how to reconcile the different uses of national forests. Read more here.

Ultracapacitors Ultracapacitors: The next big thing in energy storage?
So what exactly is an ultracapacitor? To say that it is a battery on steroids is oversimplifying things, but they do, indeed, more or less look like a battery, are more powerful than a battery, and can be charged and discharged up to a million times and in just a matter of seconds -- obvious advantages over battery technology. They basically store and release energy quickly, which in the world of renewable energy is rapidly changing the energy storage landscape. Read more here.

The San Joaquin kit fox is among the 11 endangered or threatened species that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says would be affected by the Merced-to-Fresno section of the California high-speed rail project. Environmental objections in path of bullet train
The California bullet train is promoted as an important environmental investment for the future, but over the next decade the heavy construction project would potentially harm air quality, aquatic life and endangered species across the Central Valley.

Eleven endangered species, including the San Joaquin kit fox, would be affected, according to federal biologists. Massive emissions from diesel-powered heavy equipment could foul the already filthy air. Dozens of rivers, canals and wetlands fed from the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada would be crossed, creating other knotty issues. Read more here.

Discourse
Japan Japan: Ignorance and/or Dishonesty of "Energy Experts"
Japan has been plunged into an intense energy policy debate. Currently, the main focus is on the struggle about whether or not to restart two nuclear reactors at the Oi Nuclear Power Plant, which has a combined capacity of 2.2 GW of electric power.

In order to convince the public, industry leaders and the government of this so-called existential necessity, the so-called "nuclear village" bombards the discussion with doomsday scenarios about how dangerous blackouts are - how they risk lives and the economy - as well as trying to reestablish the perception that nuclear power would be the cheapest form of electricity generation. The most common item in this process of manipulating the public discussion in favor of a vested interest has been the publishing of studies and reports by private "scientific" institutes. These papers by so-called "energy experts" are disguised as objective scientific assessments of the current situation and future developments. Read more here.

Are We Living in Sensory Overload or Sensory Poverty?
As a species, we've somehow survived large and small ice ages, genetic bottlenecks, plagues, world wars and all manner of natural disasters, but I sometimes wonder if we'll survive our own ingenuity. At first glance, it seems as if we may be living in sensory overload. The new technology, for all its boons, also bedevils us with alluring distractors, cyberbullies, thought-nabbers, calm-frayers, and a spiky wad of miscellaneous news. Some days it feels like we're drowning in a twittering bog of information.

But, at exactly the same time, we're living in sensory poverty, learning about the world without experiencing it up close, right here, right now, in all its messy, majestic, riotous detail. The further we distance ourselves from the spell of the present, explored by our senses, the harder it will be to understand and protect nature's precarious balance, let alone the balance of our own human nature. Read more here.

Green from the Grassroots
Elinor Ostrom, the first and only woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics, died this week at the age of 78. In her final syndicated column, she champions those local communities that have not waited for global agreements or policies from above, but have taken it upon themselves to create 'organic' policies to manage shared resources and adapt to current global challenges and the ones ahead. Read more here.

Local
A two-block area in Allston is being turned into an eco-friendly housing district. Getting the green light in Allston
A prominent landlord in Allston, MA is looking to turn a two-block section of Brainerd Road and nearby Commonwealth Avenue, into Boston's first so-called Green District, a massive $125 million project where all 500 units of housing will be stacked with environmental features, from recycled materials to energy efficient appliances, to conservation measures such as water meters for individual apartments. Read more here.

Solar developer says she won't build wind turbines off Dartmouth's Fisher Road
DARTMOUTH - The developer of a huge solar farm jeopardized by new zoning restrictions said she won't build wind turbines as an alternative. "A lot of the neighbors close by would see the wind," said Mary O'Donnell of No Fossil Fuel Dartmouth Solar. "The best community use is the solar."

This marks a reversal of a statement O'Donnell made last month, when she said the land off Fisher Road would house either a solar farm or wind farm. "I've spent so much time and money on it," she said Wednesday. But "I thought about it and the reason why I went to solar is because the closest neighbors didn't want (wind)." Read more here.

Smoke Stacks Environmental Injustices Hit Home Hard
DeLeon, a mild-mannered man, shifted from foot to foot and explained carefully that the EPA has a backlog of unresolved civil rights complaints from the 1990s, even though complaints are supposed to be processed in 180 days. He noted that the EPA has the power to curtail federal funding to North Carolina if a disproportionate environmental impact has been found in a minority community. He said there was no decision in his briefcase.

This tense exchange took place at the New England Environmental Justice Summit. Roughly 150 people gathered at Clark University for the summit, the first of its kind in New England. The event was two years in the planning and organized by people active in environmental justice in six states: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont. Steve Fischbach, an environmental lawyer with Rhode Island Legal Services, was a core organizer. Read more here.

Chancellor Jean MacCormack Colleagues honor Jean MacCormack, raise $500K for UMass Dartmouth
More than 800 friends and colleagues of retiring University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack gathered on campus Saturday to celebrate her legacy of leadership and raise more than $500,000 for university community engagement initiatives. Read more here.

House set to approve $49m in aid for MBTA: Officials stress need for long-term relief
The Massachusetts House of Representatives gave initial approval Monday to a bill that would close the vast majority of the remaining $51 million deficit in the MBTA budget for the coming fiscal year. T board members criticized lawmakers last week for not acting more quickly on legislation that they said they needed to avoid even steeper fare increases and service cuts than the ones scheduled to take effect when the fiscal year begins, on July 1.

The MBTA and the 15 regional transit agencies that provide bus service beyond Greater Boston have all faced fare increases and service cuts, and all - including the T, the nation's most indebted transit agency - struggle to keep up with basic maintenance and meet rider demands. Read more here.

About 20 people are needed to operate the new recycling system. Instead of sorting the material, they mostly perform quality control New Mindset for R.I.'s New Recycling Machine
JOHNSTON - The ribbon has been cut and the advertising campaign touting the state's new single-bin recycling program "Recycle Together RI" is in full swing. The message: Combine plastic, paper and cans in one bin and more stuff will get recycled.

Increased plastics collection, in particular, also will bring in more money to the operators of the landfill, and in theory added revenue for all Rhode Island cities and towns, according to the Rhode Island Resource Recovering Corporation, which operates the Central Landfill. At the ribbon cutting, Gov. Lincoln Chafee called the $16.9 million project a win for the environment and the Rhode Island economy. "Every ton that can be recycled and brought to the landfill, that's more money for the cities and towns," he said. Read more here.

Richard Wheeler tells members of Wareham's Boys & Girls Club about his trip. Children learn about clean water, clamming as Richard Wheeler arrives in Onset
The children poked jellyfish, dug for clams, and studied horseshoe crabs, all while learning about the importance of clean water, as Richard Wheeler completed another leg of his 281 kayak trip though Buzzards Bay.

The four-week trip, which began May 19 on the Westport River, has the 81-year-old Onset resident paddling the Buzzards Bay shoreline both to educate area students about clean water and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the nonprofit Buzzards Bay Coalition, which works to protect and restore the bay. The students are meeting Wheeler at various points along the way and passing along a gift for their "bay neighbors," which Wheeler delivers at his next destination. Read more here.

$200m for Mass. road projects hung up amid construction season
Local officials implored the Patrick administration to intervene in negotiations between the House and Senate over a bill that would provide $200 million for road and bridge projects, warning that every passing day without agreement is another day wasted in a shortening construction season.

The bill that cleared the House and Senate has been stuck in a conference committee for the past seven weeks with few signs of movement from either branch toward a deal that would free up communities to sign construction contracts and get crews working on local road projects. Read more here.

State to begin controlled burning in Freetown-Fall River State Forest
Five years ago, a fire hazard loomed as more than 300 dead and hazardous trees dotted town properties, and the constant presence of caterpillars and moths didn't help matters, officials say. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has given the town just what the doctor ordered.

Last week, DCR announced that it will begin conducting "controlled" or prescribed burns within the Freetown-Fall River State Forest, a top recreational destination in the area during the summertime. Read more here.

Habitat for Humanity to bring 'green' home to Marion
Representatives from Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity say the organization's first house in Marion will not only bring much needed affordable housing to the area, but it will be energy efficient.

Although Habitat still has some red tape to cut through before it can build on the lot located at 185 Wareham Road (next to Seahorse Seafoods), planning is already underway for the proposed home to go green. George McTurk, President of Habitat's Board of Trustees, said the group will add solar panels to the finished roof of the home. "We'll actually be able to generate some of our own power,and hopefully even sell some back to NStar," McTurk said. Read more here.

Wind farm opponents picket in Yarmouth in March 2008 in a scene from Cape Spin 'Cape Spin' captures battle over proposed wind farm
"Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle," a new documentary about a decade-long battle over proposed wind farms on Cape Cod, is a powerful film whose "energy" is drawn from the fact that people on both sides of the debate often came to extremely different conclusions on the pros and cons, based on the exact same support data. The film screened in Brookline last week, after which its directors spoke with the Globe. Read more here.

Activists push for expanded Mass. bottle bill
BOSTON - Supporters of an effort to expand the state's bottle deposit law to include plastic water bottles and other beverages pressed lawmakers on Tuesday to bring the bill up for a vote before the end of the legislative session.

Proponents cited public opinion surveys that they said showed broad support for the bill, which in addition to plastic water bottles would add a 5 cent deposit to sports drinks, bottles of iced tea and other non-carbonated beverages. The state's 30-year-old redemption law, commonly known as the bottle bill, is limited primarily to beer and carbonated soft drinks. Read more here.

Towns to receive block grant windfall
Wareham and Fairhaven are among the 46 municipalities sharing in $26.4 million in Community Development Block Grant money that came from the federal government.

The grants are intended to finance such things as housing and infrastructure upgrades, child care and public service programs. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

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.

Operation Clean Sweep

Saturday, June 16, 8:30AM - Noon, Ruth Street between McGurk and Salisbury Streets, New Bedford
Join us in helping to keep New Bedford clean! The Operation Clean Sweep Anti-Litter Campaign is working to improve the quality of life in New Bedford through Organized Clean ups, Education and Advocacy for Enforcement of city ordinances.The event is held in conjunction with the Cove St. Neighborhood Association's Family Fun Day. Community service groups, clubs, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate in this community event. This is a great way to earn community service hours. Gloves, tools and food provided. Breakfast and pizza lunch will be served.

Pre-Register before the clean up. Call: 508.979.1493 Details Here.

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 or the day of the event Helmets are required.

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.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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, onto the Fairhaven Phoenix Trail towards West Island. 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 can register on the day of event. Helmets are required. 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 contact Cindy Macallister.

You may also register Here

Lloyd Center's CLAMBAKE XXVII

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

26th ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN BUTTERFLY ASSOCIATION BUTTERFLY COUNT

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.

FLY-BY-NIGHTERS CELEBRATE NATIONAL MOTH WEEK

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
Mission: Small Business Needs Your Vote for Community Grants
Chase and LivingSocial are working to support local businesses by sponsoring "Mission: Small Business" a grant program awarding up to $3 million to small business owners nationwide. The Program, which will provide up to 12 individual grants of $250,000 was developed to provide small businesses with resources needed to make a positive impact on their business.

This program can't succeed without community participation. Consumers are encouraged to get involved by clicking the "Support" button at missionsmallbusiness.com and voting for their favorite registered small businesses. Each time a consumer clicks to support small business, Chase will add five dollars to the Grant Pool, up to a maximum of $3 million. Each registered small business must receive at least 250 votes to be considered for a Grant. The voting period is open from May 7, 2012 through June 30, 2012. Show your support for the region. Check out the program and see what SouthCoast businesses are participating. Learn more and vote here.
Clean Air-Cool Planet is Hiring a Campus Program Associate
CA-CP is looking for a program associate to help us support and continue to develop carbon management tools (like the Campus Carbon Calculator) and programs for colleges and universities.

To apply, please send a letter of intent, resume and list of three references (or letters of reference) and a writing sample to Clean Air Cool Planet, attn.: Lynn Sullivan. Details and Job Description Here.
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.
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.
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.
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
B.Y.O. Flatware for a Green Workplace
Plastic silverware might be convenient, but consider this: an office of 100 people can contribute nearly 250 pounds of plastic waste to our landfills each year. Reduce meal-time refuge by bringing your own lunch utensils-and encourage your office to replace plastic forks with their biodegradable counterparts. Learn more here.

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