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June 21 to June 28, 2012

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2012 Bikeway Challenge at Mattapoisett Rail Trail

Micro-Green Building Workshop


Save The Date:

Fairhaven Homecoming Fair

SEMAP's Fifth Annual Farm to Table Dinner



Mission: Small Business Needs Your Vote for Community Grants

Clean Air-Cool Planet Hiring Campus Program Associate

Weekly Green Tip:

Dealing With Flies the Green Way

Clip of the Week

Living Large in a Tiny House
Imagine living in a space that measures a mere 168 square feet, more than 14 times smaller than the average American home. That's the reality for one family of four who, for the past year, has been living in their "Tiny House" tucked away in the rural mountains of Virginia. Movie!

Weekly Quote:

"We are such spendthrifts with our lives, the trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I'm not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out."

~ Paul Newman, Actor

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Firefly Biomimicry -- emulating nature and biology and incorporating them into technological solutions -- is an intriguing concept and one that could lead to sustainable innovations for some of mankind's dirtiest and most wasteful industries. Replicating the bioluminecent glow from fireflies for light is astounding because the process doesn't require any batteries or electricity. This technology may be in the future for our armed forces...and eventually the average consumer. Mimicking the enzymes in fireflies and applying them to non-biological surfaces could mean a whole new source of energy-efficient lighting.

Japan is looking to expand massively into the solar energy market at a rate of $9.6 million within a year. This could quickly make Japan the second largest market for solar power, ahead of even Germany, but still behind China. Many in Japan are looking to cut the nation's dependence on nuclear power after the reactor meltdown last year. However, opposition to increased renewable energy is also building due to the surcharges and rise in electricity bills for businesses and residents associated with the government tariffs and incentives for solar manufacturers. Rising from the ashes of tragedy, Japan could very well become a global model for economic recovery, energy-conscious behavior and self-reliance.
Leaf Bullet News
Belo Monte Protest Protesters dig canal through Belo Monte dam in Brazil (Photos)
In an symbolic protest of the giant Belo Monte Dam, some 300 locals dug a channel in an earthen dam that blocks a portion of the Xingu River and serves as the first step for the controversial hydroelectric project, reports Amazon Watch. "Using pick axes and shovels, local people who are being displaced by the project removed a strip of earthen dam to restore the Xingu's natural flow," stated a press release.

The stunt was coordinated to draw attention to the project prior to the opening of the Rio+20 conference to be held next week. Demonstrators have gathered in the town of San Antonio and Altamira, a city that will be partly flooded by the dam, for Xingu+23, a multi-day protect against the dam, which was originally stopped 23 years ago by an uprising by environmentalists and indigenous groups. Read more here.

You may also want to read Thousands of women marched in Rio to rail against the false green economy

Sea ice extent maximum on the left and how it looks now on the right Will Arctic Sea Ice Reach Record Low This Year?
Recent years have brought unprecedented melting to Arctic sea ice, the white cap that covers the far north. Now, months before the sea ice reaches its annual minimum extent, this summer looks likely to follow suit, bringing unusually ice-free waters.

Satellite observations analyzed by the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center show the extent of the sea ice hovering below the baseline, the average between 1979 and 2000, for most of the spring and dipping particularly low in June. Read more here.

You can also read From someone who oversees the Arctic Sea Ice Blog

Energy Summit U.N. sees natural gas a key to forests, helping poor
Natural gas, including non-traditional shale gas, should play a major role in cutting greenhouse gases, protecting forests and improving the health and living standards of the world's poor, the co-head of a U.N. sustainable energy program said on Monday.

Without it, the U.N.'s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative will have difficulty meeting goals of ensuring universal energy access, doubling the world's share of renewable energy and doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030, Kandeh Yumkella, co-head of the initiative, told Reuters. Read more here.

Amazon rainforest activists Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and Maria do Espirito Santo, who were murdered last year. Environmental activists 'being killed at rate of one a week'
The struggle for the world's remaining natural resources is becoming more murderous, according to a new report that reveals that environmental activists were killed at the rate of one a week in 2011. The death toll of campaigners, community leaders and journalists involved in the protection of forests, rivers and land has risen dramatically in the past three years, said Global Witness.

Brazil - the host of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development - has the worst record for danger in a decade that has seen the deaths of more than 365 defenders, said the briefing, which was released on the eve of the high-level segment of the Earth Summit. The group called on the leaders at Rio to set up systems to monitor and counter the rising violence, which in many cases involves governments and foreign corporations, and to reduce the consumption pressures that are driving development into remote areas. Read more here.

An artist's interpretation of what middle Miocene Antarctica might have looked like. Shrubs and even stunted trees would have grown along the coast. Antarctica Plant Life Once Thrived On Continent, New Research Finds
The few plants that live in Antarctica today are hardy hangers-on, growing just a few weeks out of the year and surviving poor soil, lack of rain and very little sunlight. But long ago, some parts of Antarctica were almost lush.

New research finds that between about 15 million and 20 million years ago, plant life thrived on the coasts of the southernmost continent. Ancient pollen samples suggest that the landscape was a bit like today's Chilean Andes: grassy tundra dotted with small trees. Read more here.

Paint researchers at University of Notre Dame go green, and not just because they're the Solar Nanotechnology Paint May Revolutionize Renewables
A team of scientists and engineers led by Professor Prashant Kamat is generating energy from solar paint. Building on recent advances in semiconductor nanocrystal research, they've developed a one-coat solar paint for designing quantum dot solar cells.

Energy is created when this paste, made of semi-conducting nano-particles of titanium dioxide mixed with cadmium sulfide or cadmium selenide, is applied to a conducting glass surface and annealed at high temperature. Cadmium is a highly toxic metal historically used as a protective coating for steel and as an ingredient in creating red, orange and yellow pigments. This spreadable liquid mimics traditional paint, it's applied via brushwork or spray painting. Read more here.

The Shinjuku district skyline rises behind solar panels manufactured by Sharp Corp. and Kyocera Corp. at the solar power station on the rooftop of the Itochu Corp. headquarters in Tokyo. Solar Boom Heads to Japan Creating $9.6 Billion Market
Japan is poised to overtake Germany and Italy to become the world's second-biggest market for solar power as incentives starting July 1 drive sales for equipment makers from Yingli Green Energy Holdings Co. to Kyocera Corp. (6971)

Industry Minister Yukio Edano set today a premium price for solar electricity that's about triple what industrial users now pay for conventional power. That may spur at least $9.6 billion in new installations with 3.2 gigawatts of capacity, Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecast. The total is about equal to the output of three atomic reactors. Solar stocks rallied. Read more here.

Libya's Oil Minister Abdul-Rahman Ben Yezza talks about oil production and prices. Divided OPEC grapples with whether to cut production, prop up oil prices
With the global economy at a tipping point, a deeply divided Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting in Vienna wrangled over whether to cut production and prop up crude oil prices.

Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter and the cartel member with the greatest latitude for tightening or opening its taps, arrived vowing to maintain its output and hold the line on quotas for the group. Other OPEC members, led by Iran and Venezuela, have wanted to trim output quotas to boost the price of oil. Read more here.

Google Earth Screen Capture Google Earth Helping Amazon Tribe to Preserve Their Forest and Their Culture
At the UN Rio+20 conference this week, Google revealed their first cultural map for Google Earth. The result of a five-year project with Brazil's Surui tribe, the map consists of a collection of pictures, videos and 3-D visualizations mapping the cultural history and biodiversity of the 600,000-acre Surui territory. The map is part of a larger project with the Surui people to document and preserve their forests and culture.

Google provided the 1,300-member tribe with Android smartphones to monitor the forests and denounce illegal logging around their territory. The people are using the Open Data Kit in Android to monitor the forest's borders and biodiversity, and with all that data they've been able to setup the first internationally validated carbon project in the Amazon. Read more here.

Shell says it hopes to never need to use its new 300-foot-long, $100 million oil recovery ship named Nanuq for anything other than drills and training. Shell Faces Pushback As Alaska Drilling Nears
The federal government could soon give the final go-ahead for Royal Dutch Shell to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Shell has spent $4 billion since 2007 to prepare for this work, and is hoping to tap into vast new deposits of oil. But the plan to drill exploratory wells is controversial - opposed by environmental groups and some indigenous people as well.

You can get a feel for this controversy by stepping aboard the Nanuq. Shell plunked down $100 million for this 300-foot-long, Arctic-class spill-response vessel. And unlike similar vessels that serve the oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico, there's no foul-smelling black smoke coming out of the stacks. "They retrofitted this vessel with clean-air technology just to keep those emissions down," says Shell scientist Michael Macrander. "All of our vessels have been worked on to keep our emissions down." That's not simply because Shell is big-hearted. The company's plans to drill in the Arctic last year were thwarted when environmental groups successfully petitioned the EPA to reject the company's original air-quality permits. Shell switched to low-sulfur fuel and installed particle scrubbers to meet the higher standard. Read more here.

Firefly The Next War Could Be Fought with Fireflies
The Department of Defense is a major funder behind a new biomimicry-based approach to lighting which harnesses the power of fireflies to create an energy efficient glow.

Fireflies create light through a biochemical reaction that involves a light-emitting compound called luciferin and an enzyme called luciferase. Luciferin was first isolated in the laboratory more than 60 years ago, but until now researchers have been stuck on finding a way to deploy it efficiently. Read more here.

Seismograph Fracking Can Cause Earthquakes, but So Can Oil and Gas Extraction
Geologists and politicians have been arguing for several years about whether hydraulic fracturing of shale to release natural gas can cause earthquakes. Finally, a comprehensive study released today by the National Research Council has settled the question: yes, fracking can. The number of earthquakes linked to fracking operations is very small, however; many more temblors are linked to conventional oil and natural gas extraction. Read more here.

Hop Harvest Organic Hop Market Expands, Thanks to Uncle Sam
Government doesn't usually get credit when it does things right, so I'd like to share a looming success story you should keep your eye on. The government has actually created a marketplace for organic hops where one did not exist before, and they did it without screwing over anybody.

People deserve organic ingredients in organically certified beer. It is not only a matter of truth in labeling, but also a matter of what is best for consumers, the environment, and for sustainable agriculture. Organic agriculture is free of chemicals that have been linked to various types of cancers. Read more here.

Organic Bananas Americans unclear on the benefits of organics
While they might be healthier, organic foods are being left on the supermarket shelves by nearly half of shoppers thanks to an overriding uncertainty over what the foods are and what benefits they may hold, a new poll shows.

Conducted by CouponCabin.com, the survey revealed nearly 10 percent of consumers simply don't understand what organic food items are, and 38 percent don't see their purpose. Additionally, nearly one-third said they aren't sure if organic food is better for you than nonorganic. Overall, 45 percent of grocery shoppers never, or only rarely, seek out organic food items. Read more here.

Tatyana Isupov collects soil samples at a site near Ephraim, Utah. Studying Soil to Predict the Future of Earth's Atmosphere
When it comes to understanding climate change, it's all about the dirt. A new study by researchers at BYU, Duke and the USDA finds that soil plays an important role in controlling the planet's atmospheric future.

The researchers set out to find how intact ecosystems are responding to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Earth's current atmospheric carbon dioxide is 390 parts per million, up from 260 parts per million at the start of the industrial revolution, and will likely rise to more than 500 parts per million in the coming decades. Read more here

Plant over test tubes EPA tool points the way for companies recycling organic waste
Thanks to a new online tool touted as the first of its kind in the nation, restaurants, hotels and other businesses will now be able to link up with nearby wastewater treatment plants and other facilities to recycle their biodegradable waste into renewable energy.

The Environmental Protection Agency's Pacific Southwest region recently launched its first waste-to-biogas mapping tool, a resource that the agency hopes will increase the production of biogas, a type of biofuel produced by breaking down organic matter in the absence of oxygen. Read more here.

Surface water leading underground A Million Years to Maryland's Ground Water
Ground water can be deposited and sealed into the ground from quite some time ago. So it is not terribly surprising to find some million year old water that people in Maryland may be drinking. A portion of the groundwater in the upper Patapsco aquifer underlying Maryland is over a million years old. A new study suggests that this ancient groundwater, a vital source of freshwater supplies for the region east of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, was recharged over periods of time much greater than human timescales.

"Understanding the average age of groundwater allows scientists to estimate at what rate water is re-entering the aquifer to replace the water we are currently extracting for human use," explained USGS Director Marcia McNutt. "This is the first step in designing sustainable practices of aquifer management that take into account the added challenges of sea level rise and increased human demand for quality water supplies." Read more here.

Steps Building the New Economy: Ten Steps We Can Take Now
First, some definitions. I think we can define the new economy as one where the overriding purpose of economic life is to sustain and to strengthen People, Place, and Planet, and is no longer to grow Profit, Product (as in gross domestic), and Power. And a new politics? No surprises here. A new politics in America is one that replaces today's creeping corporatocracy and plutocracy with true popular sovereignty.

Well, then, let's explore how we can begin the process of transformation to a new economy and a new politics. This afternoon, I want to offer 10 steps we can take now that would start us on our journey. Time is short, so here they are. Read more here.

Monopoly Guy as a Crook Why the Economy Has Only Recovered for the One Percent
For the fortunate few scanning America's economic recovery from luxurious penthouse suites, they are treated to the magnificent scenery of record profits, escalating CEO pay and an ever-growing share of the nation's income.

But for the vast majority, the view remains bleak, despite the 4.3 million private-sector jobs added since early 2010. The horizon is still gray because of ongoing, pervasive wage cuts and a feeble job market. Very decidedly, this is a recovery largely reserved for the Republic-deified "job creators" and the investor class. In 2010, the richest 1% monopolized income gains, hauling in fully 93% of increased income, according to economist Emanuel Saez. As Think Progress reported: Read more here.

Energy Etch A Sketch
As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney endorsed an aggressive program to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions, pushed to close old coal-fired power plants and embraced wind and solar power. Then came his bids for the Republican presidential nomination, first in 2008 and now in 2012. On climate change as on other issues, he has transformed himself, bit by reactionary bit.

Today he is a proclaimed skeptic on global warming, a champion of oil and other fossil fuels, a critic of federal efforts to develop cleaner energy sources and a sworn enemy of the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Romney has plainly decided that satisfying his party's antiregulatory base is essential to his political future. But the policies he espouses would be devastating for the country and the planet. Read more here.

Workers sorted through materials at Casella Waste Systems. Boston is rolling out new programs to boost recycling. Despite gains, Boston lags in recycling
Boston has nearly doubled its residential recycling rate over the past five years, yet fewer than 1 in 5 pieces of household waste gets recycled, significantly less than in other large cities around the country. Despite tens of millions of dollars spent, a raft of new programs, and the availability of curbside recycling to nearly everyone, the city last fiscal year recycled only 19 percent of all residential garbage, about 30,000 tons, city officials said.

By comparison, Seattle and San Jose, Calif., reported recycling 60 percent of their residential waste; San Francisco said it recycled 55 percent; and cities such as Memphis; Austin, Texas; and Jacksonville, Fla., reported recycling more than 30 percent of their household trash, according to a survey this year by Waste & Recycling News, which covers the industry. Read more here.

Fairhaven Farmers Market Fairhaven jump-starts summer with farmers market
FAIRHAVEN - Farmers and craftsmen alike came out to kick off the summer at the first week of Fairhaven Farmers Market. This is the fifth year of the farmers market, which is held on Sundays at the high school and is organized by the Fairhaven Sustainability Committee.

"This means summer has begun," said committee member Ann Richard, who is a teacher during the school year. "School ended Friday, so we're on our way to sunny days." Richard said the committee tries to attract a variety of booths with vendors selling original crafts and fresh vegetables. Read more here.

Lawmakers planning to boost funding for SRTA by $518,000
The Southeastern Regional Transit Authority could receive more than $500,000 in additional state aid as lawmakers look to help commuters outside the Boston area.

The House approved Wednesday a $49 million bailout for the financially struggling Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Lawmakers attached to the bill another $3.5 million directed to regional transit authorities like SRTA. Read more here.

Massachusetts bottle bill expansion plan hits roadblock
A proposal to expand the state's bottle bill to include bottles that contain water, iced tea and other non-carbonated beverages has hit a roadblock. The legislative committee reviewing the bill opted to send it to a study committee. Few bills sent to study committees ever emerge. Backers of the bill were dismayed by the committee's actions.

"The idea of sending it to a 'study' is an insult to the public of Massachusetts," Janet Domenitz, executive director of Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, said in a statement following the vote. "The bill has been studied, restudied, and studied once again." Read more here.

Friends of Buttonwood Park Branching Out: Friends of Buttonwood Park teach elementary kids about trees
NEW BEDFORD - Eighty-seven year-old Anne Beaumont can still recall learning about the Sassafras tree on a school field trip in the early 1930s. "I was about 8 or 9, and they took us to an arboretum, and I loved it. I remember learning about the Sassafras tree and Sarsaparilla," said Beaumont, a New Bedford resident. "That's when trees began to intrigue me. Oh, I was so fascinated with that Sassafras tree."

That field trip sparked a lifelong love of trees and nature for Beaumont. That's why the longtime member of the Friends of Buttonwood Park co-founded the "Trees in Our Park" program in 2004. The educational program has since hosted field trips for more than 4,000 Greater New Bedford elementary students. The free walks were scheduled to wrap up June 15 for the spring season but teachers can already sign up their classes for the fall. Read more here.

Visitors gaze at Morticia, an amorphophallus titanum, in a temporary greenhouse Curiosity for Franklin Park Zoo's 'corpse flower'
Rising like an alien pod, a rare plant known as Morticia is giving many Franklin Park Zoo visitors reason to hold their breath. The 4-foot-6-inch amorphophallus titanum, known as the corpse flower, has been on the precipice of blooming, which occurs every 5 to 15 years.When it finally unfurls, the flower, which could be 5 feet wide, will emit an odor of rotting flesh, an evolutionary advantage that draws flies, beetles, and other pollinators that help it reproduce. Franklin Park Zoo is awaiting the blooming of Morticia, a rare flower from Indonesia whose scent smells like rotting meat. Read more here.

Falmouth Wind Turbine Falmouth proposes limiting turbines
Falmouth would ban wind turbines that produce more than 200 kilowatts of electricity - less than a quarter of what the two town-owned turbines each produce now - under a proposed bylaw up for public discussion at the planning board tonight. The public hearing on the draft bylaw comes amid a flurry of activity among town panels regarding Falmouth's turbines.

Turbines larger than 200 kilowatts already operating in Falmouth could remain if the board passes the bylaw and town meeting subsequently approves it, but the rule would prevent developers from expanding the amount of electricity they produce right now, Town Planner Brian Currie said. Read more here.

Debate on Dartmouth solar farm plan continued to July 10
The Zoning Board of Appeal's discussions on a huge solar farm proposal has decided to continue the public hearing until July 10.

No Fossil Fuel Dartmouth Solar is proposing a 21,000-panel, 6-megawatt project on residential land on Fisher Road. The project requires a variance because the company failed to grandfather the project before an April vote by special Town Meeting barred solar projects of its size from residential areas. Read more here.

Michael Brown on his boat Jamestown Man Charts Course for Plastic Innovation
Michael Brown is the owner of Packaging 2.0, and he is thrilled about Rhode Island's new recycling program, which now accepts most plastics Nos. 1-7, including clamshell containers. This means that the 100 percent post-consumer plastic clamshell packaging his company sells is now recyclable in the Ocean State.

Packaging 2.0, which is based in Jamestown but has office space at the Box Office in Olneyville, is an innovator in the plastics industry. Its top container, a green clamshell container made from 100 percent recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), can be found at Whole Foods Markets in the Northeast and North Atlantic regions. "We're just trying to close the loop," Brown said, turning the clamshell over in his hands. "You can infinitely recycle this package." And now, so long as the package is put in the recycling bin here in the Ocean State, the loop is closed. Read more here.

Common American Swan from Audubon's 'Birds of America.' "Art in Words" teaches New Bedford teens about one of library's treasured resources
"Art in Words," a new teen education program at the library, is the brainchild of Jill Horton-Simms. The unique book club/art workshop for young people aged 11 to 15 meets every week for two hours.

Horton-Simms had the idea for the group after reading Gary D. Schmidt's book, "Okay For Now" (2011) earlier this year. Each chapter of Schmidt's book features one of James J. Audubon's bird paintings, and connects the bird to the young protagonist's story in some way. What struck Horton-Simms was that the New Bedford Free Public Library owns one of the only complete sets of the double-elephant folios of Audubon's "Birds of America" - there are only 120 in the world. It was donated to the library in 1866 by James Arnold, a wealthy whaling merchant Read more here.

Assembly Line at Tribe Mediterranean Foods Hummus maker Tribe faces $702K OSHA fine after accident
TAUNTON - Taunton-based Tribe Mediterranean Foods faces $702,300 in proposed fines following an investigation into the workplace death of a Fall River man last year. Daniel Collazo Torres, 28, was crushed to death on Dec. 16 while cleaning and sanitizing a machine used to manufacture hummus at Tribe's Taunton plant.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration that it is citing Tribe Mediterranean Foods for 18 alleged violations of federal workplace safety standards. OSHA issued a statement on Monday saying that Tribe employees, including Collazo Torres, lacked the necessary training to prevent the "needless and avoidable loss of life." Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels harshly condemned the hummus company, claiming it was aware that workers like Collazo Torres needed this training to prevent deadly incidents, but didn't provide the training. Read more here.

Most of Rhode Island's freshwater invasive plants can reproduce, grow and spread through fragmentation. (DEM) Aquatic Invaders are Out of R.I.'s Control
Not every non-native species is invasive. Invasives are those that, reproducing outside their native range, actively cause ecological or economic harm, according to the Invasives Species Act of 1996.

Lately, much attention has come to aquatic invasives in Rhode Island for their impact on human well-being. The Ocean State has some of the most invaded watersheds in the country - more than a quarter of the plants and animals in our watersheds are non-native, according to an analysis by the University of Rhode Island and Stanford University professors. Freshwater invasives have created nuisance conditions to the point of public outcry, and marine invasives pose a serious economic threat. Read more here.

Capped landfills add new shine
If you call your local landfill "Mount Trashmore," as they do in some Massachusetts communities, that place everyone loves to hate may soon need a kinder nickname.

Several communities south of Boston have joined a growing trend to turn capped landfills from generators of environmental guilt to generators of green power by installing solar panels. A single landfill can generate millions of watts of power each year and save cities and towns hundreds of thousands on their power bills. Read more here.

Bureau of Indian Affairs to hold public meeting regarding Mashpee land-in-trust application
The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs is asking the public what the government should consider when preparing an environmental impact statement on the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's proposal to build a casino in East Taunton. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Beyond the Barways

Saturday, June 22, 9:00AM - 11:00AM, 1100 Main Rd., Westport
Barways are those inviting openings in stone walls and fences that lure us to the fields and paths ahead. Join The Trustees and Westport Land Conservation Trust for a guided walk on protected, privately owned land. Learn about land protection from the experts and get a rare glimpse of open space preserved for Westport's future. Be prepared for uneven ground and grand surprises! Meet at 1100 Main Rd., Westport. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Register and Learn More 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.

FrogWatch USA - Saving the World One Frog at a Time

Saturday, June 23 - General Training, 1:30PM - 3:30PM Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, MA
Saturday, June 30 - Certification Training, 1:30PM - 3:30PM

Join the Buttonwood Park Zoo FrogWatch Chapter and become a citizen scientist! As a citizen scientist you will have the opportunity to explore your local wetlands, learn to identify local frogs and toads by their calls, and contribute data to a long-term scientific study. This program is open to anyone, individuals and families, who are interested in learning more about our local frogs and toads and wetlands. To become a FrogWatcher all you need to is attend our training sessions and commit to site monitoring at least once a week during the breeding season.

All volunteers must attend the general training session to become a FrogWatch volunteer. You can also become a certified volunteer by attending an additional training session and honing your frog call identification skills. Volunteers must be at least 7 years old. All volunteers between 7 & 17 must be accompanied by an adult for training sessions and site monitoring.

Please pre-register for the training sessions by calling (508)-991-6178 x 31. Details Here

Mini & Micro-Green Building + Growing Season Extension Tech: FREE Workshop & B.Y.O.-Green-Drinks & B.B.Q.

Saturday, June 23, 7PM, 281 Cushman Rd, (Rt-105) Rochester, Ma. (Near LLoyds Market): Home of the "The New Genesis Garden/Farm"
Hands-On Tech & actual Building, Interactive Workshop,,, Just watch,,, lend a hand,,, and/or Build your own.

Learn About: New Technology & Methods; Green Chicken Coops/Tractors; Insulated Green-Dog-Houses; Critter-Houses; Worm-Bins; Super-Green-Coolers; Mini-Green-Additions, Vestibules & Multiple Home Retrofitting Variations; Green-Tech-Gardens;Green-Roof-Garden-Boxes; and Geo-Solar-Garden

Also your invited to stay for the BBQ & Bom-Fire,,, Starts at 9:00,,,,,,, B.Y.O. Beer, Green Drinks, special chair, & Burgers,,, Try some Organic Venison (Note: No Bathroom Facilities Available, just 21+ acres of farmland)

For more information, contact Tim Lyden at Fortress Green Building & Supply in North Dartmouth at 508-971-1004 or E-Mail

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.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Fairhaven Bicentenniel Homecoming Fair

Saturday, June 30, Until 4PM, From William St. to Green St., Downtown Fairhaven
The Annual Homecoming Fair features about 175 vendor booths with handmade crafts and foods, live entertainment, an art exhibit on the west lawn of the nearby Unitarian Memorial Church, children's activities, fire engine rides and more. Details here.

Greater New Bedford Summerfest

July 6-8, All Day, New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, Downtown New Bedford

It's that time of year! The Greater New Bedford Summerfest brings together over 70 renowned and emerging performers and 90 juried arts and crafts vendors in New Bedford's authentic historic district during the first weekend in July.

The Artisans' Marketplace showcases the handcrafted work of many local artists, as well as independent crafters from Maine to California. There's also the International Bazaar offers high-quality, imported handcrafts from around the globe. Food is also a great part of the festival. From street carts, to the food court to the restaurants in and around the festival you can sample some of the tasty cuisine the area has to offer.

People from all over the country come to New Bedford for its Summerfest. Don't get left out. 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.


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, or go here for more info ant tickets

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

Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) Summer Training Workshop

Thursday, July 19, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Lloyd Center Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth
The Lloyd Center seeks volunteers to conduct beach walks on various shoreline areas throughout Buzzards Bay from Westport to Wareham searching for birds that have washed ashore. On their beach of choice volunteers collect basic environmental information about their beach and identify live birds seen during walks. Volunteers also conduct measurements and take photos of beached birds found at their site.

This project yields important information about beached bird deposition patterns, which ultimately answers questions about overall marine health and the status of seabird populations. Detail of Workshop are Here . To register, please call / email Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x23 or Here.

Kayak Little River

Saturday, July 21, 9:00AM - Noon Cornell Farm, Smith Neck Road, Dartmouth, MA
Paddle through the hidden creeks and marshes along the Little River that connect to the Trustees' Cornell Farm. Meet at Cornell Farm and take the van to put in area. Pre-registration & pre-payment is required.

Cost - Members: $30. Nonmembers: $40.

Details Here or call 508.636.4693 x13.


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.

SEMAP Seminar: Local Food 101

Thursday, July 26, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Engelnook Farm, 365 High St, Rochester, MA 02770
Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries. Knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown or raised enables you to choose safe food from farmers you trust. Buying local food gets you outside, keeping us in touch with our neighbors, the seasons, and the harvest calendar.

At this seminar, learn more about why supporting our local food system is important: ecologically, economically, and socially -- and how YOU can support your local food system! Free to attend. Must RSVP. Learn More Here Contact Sarah Cogswell from SEMAP at EMail or 508-542-0434.

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.

Family Concert

August 18, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Westport Town Farm, 830 Drift Rd., Westport, MA
Join the Westport Land Conservation Trust and The Trustees of Reservations for a family concert on the grounds of the Town Farm. The South Coast Chamber Music Society will perform.Bring your own picnic suppers, chairs, blankets and flashlights. This concert is supported by the Westport Cultural Council through a grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust administered by Bank of America. Help us bring more concerts to the Town Farm through your free-will donation!

Donations Requested Details Here .

Organic Farming Practices I at BCC

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

Organic Pest and Disease Control at BCC

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

Leaf Bullet Announcements
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
Dealing With Flies
Instead of reaching for the traditional fly pray filled with insecticides, there's some other strategies you can use to at least control and minimize their presence before needing going to that extreme. Learn more here.

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