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June 28 to July 5, 2012

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

This week:

Fairhaven Homecoming Fair

SEMAP's Fifth Annual Farm to Table Dinner


Save The Date:

19th Annual Buzzard's Bay Swim

Greater New Bedford Summerfest



Massachusetts Audubon Society Offers Free Summer Vacation Guide

Clean Air-Cool Planet Hiring Campus Program Associate

Weekly Green Tip:

The Recycled Wedding

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Bolivia revives camellones to boost food production
As Rio+20 discusses ways to ensure a hunger-free future, Bolivian farmers have revived an ancient technique to grow enough food. Camellones are raised beds surrounded by water channels that gather heavy rainfall for irrigation, flood prevention and fish farming. The Oxfam project, funded by Latin America Children's Trust, means they can grow crops, despite the changing weather Movie!

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Leaf Bullet Letter from the Editors
Converting Waste to Energy Converting our leftovers and waste into biogas for power generation is a practice that continues to gain popularity Several British retailers and supermarket chains have pledged to become carbon-neutral by making sure all their waste is used for biogas generation, which is cheaper than other energy sources. In addition to the subsidies and amount of money saved through less trash removal, this model of sustainable business practice shows how one simple solution can bring about massive change for both a company and its community. Zero waste means less expenses. More businesses will quickly follow suit.

Global temperatures are rising and the Arctic ice is melting. You already know this, but it looks like the Eastern seaboard will deal with the consequences a bit sooner. One of the biggest stories this week is the report from government scientits that sea levels along the East Coast are rising at higher rate than the global average meaning coastal areas from North Carolina to all of New England will deal with increased flooding and related disasters before other parts of world. How soon? Boston is already responding with plans and safety measures because it already has flooding problems. They already have building codes requiring the lowest floor to be at least 2 feet above heavy flooding levels. If you live in Southeastern Massachusetts, flooding is a common worry, so I'm sure we all know how to be prepared.

Finally, the United States is the most obese nation in the world. As a result, we also put the greatest strain on natural resources . Increased obesity is the equivalent of an extra half billion people on the planet. That means more consumption of food, more energy needed, and more space taken up. Exercise and eating habits aside, there are many people who struggle with their weight and body and work to overcome high body mass, only to have genetics continue to be a factor. It's tough losing weight and its even harder keeping it off. However, if you can't even sit in a regular chair without needing to wedge, pry, and shimmy yourself between the armrests, then some things can't be blamed on genetics.
Leaf Bullet News
Countries with the highest gross forest loss between 2000 and 2005 according to the new study and earlier work by the FAO. Deforestation accounts for 10 percent of global carbon emissions, argues new study
Tropical deforestation accounted for 10 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions between 2000-2005 - a substantially smaller proportion than previously estimated - argues a new study published in Science.

The authors - led by Nancy Harris of Arlington, VA-based Winrock International and including scientists from Applied GeoSolutions, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Maryland - used satellite-based analyses of tropical forest carbon stocks and tropical forest cover. Read more here.

Sydney dock workers load garbage onto a barge in July 1900. Divers say trash has been collecting on Sydney Harbor's seabed for 200 years. Centuries-old trash carpets Sydney Harbor
Sydney Harbor is one of the world's most picturesque seaports, renowned for both its natural beauty and iconic architecture. Yet after two centuries as the front porch of a major metropolis, it also hides an ugly secret below the surface: Garbage now blankets the seabed around Sydney, some of it nearly as old as the city itself. All this trash causes a variety of local problems, environmentalists say, such as leaching toxic chemicals into seawater or tempting marine animals to eat tiny bits of plastic. And it may feed a much broader environmental threat, too, since some of the debris washes out to sea and could ultimately join the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

But thanks to a coalition of local divers and environmentalists, Sydney Harbor's garbage problem is undergoing a rare albeit slow - change of fortune. As the BBC and Yahoo News report, Sydney-area divers have begun volunteering their time and talents to manually remove trash from the harbor floor, tackling a massive problem that has festered behind the scenes for nearly two centuries. Read more here.

Banzai Tree Pricing environmental assets: Smart idea, or fatally flawed?
The recent launch of the Natural Capital Declaration at the Rio+20 conference last week was the first time that business, finance, and governments came together to place a monetary value on natural resources and the environment. Thirty-nine financial institutions signed on to the declaration, including banks, investment funds and insurance companies. Yet not all stakeholders are enthusiastic about the declaration. BankTrack, a respected Netherlands-based nongovernmental organization that engages with the financial sector to encourage sound environmental and social practices, has publicly objected to the declaration's monetization of the environment.

The declaration is a voluntary initiative. Signatories aspire to build understanding and support the development of mechanisms to integrate natural capital -- which they define as Earth's natural assets and ecosystem services -- into institutions' financial decisionmaking. At present, "no methodology yet exists to adequately report or account for Natural Capital in the global financial system," the declaration states. Read more here.

Egypt's Bibliotheca Alexandria Egyptian Library is Sustainable Regional Role Model
Egypt's Bibliotheca Alexandria is one of the region's grandest and most beautiful libraries. Although it currently holds only one million books there is room for expansion. Bibliotheca Alexandria has shelf space for over eight million books. This library has become a public center of learning and activism. It recently hosted the Natural Sciences Earth and Sun Festival, with public programs about the environment and conversation. Read more here.

Cutting down trees Seeing Green: Saving Forests or Food Prices?
Deforestation accounts for almost 20 percent of global emissions - more than the world's entire transportation sector. But saving the trees - as beneficial as it would be to the changing climate - comes at a significant cost as a growing, wealthier population competes for food, says a new MIT study.

"With a larger and wealthier population, both energy and food demand will grow," says John Reilly, the lead author of the study and the co-director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. "Absent controls on greenhouse gases, we will see more emissions from fossil-fuel use and from land-use change. The resulting environmental change can reduce crop yields, and require even more land for crops. So this could become a vicious circle." Read more here.

The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur were engulfed in a haze last week from fires in Indonesia. Malaysia Haze Points to a Regional Problem
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - For much of the year, the Petronas Towers, the world's tallest twin buildings, are gleaming landmarks visible far from the city center here. But the 88-story structures were shrouded in a smoky haze that prompted doctors to warn people with respiratory problems to wear masks. The haze, attributed mostly to fires burning on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, has become a recurring summer blight, engulfing parts of Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore, and leaving a litany of health and economic costs in its wake.

Experts say that some progress has been made in the 15 years since the Association of Southeast Asian Nations first pledged to combat the problem, after one of the worst forest fires in the region's history. That fire was traced to the clearing of land by burning in Indonesia. But experts say far more must be done before the area will see clearer skies, including better law enforcement and international cooperation. Read more here.

Illustration of Waste to Power British Retailers Turn Waste Into Power
Tesco (TSCO), Britain's biggest supermarket chain, along with Marks & Spencer Group (MKS), John Lewis Partnership's Waitrose, Wal-Mart's (WMT) Asda unit, and J Sainsbury (SBRY), are carting off chicken fat, fish heads, and leftover sandwiches to biogas plants for conversion into electricity. For many British retailers, the new waste management dovetails with environmental aims. M&S announced this month that it had achieved its five-year objective of becoming "carbon neutral" -- a goal many of its competitors share.

There's also a financial incentive behind reducing the amount of waste that winds up in dumps: Britain levies a landfill tax per ton, which is set to increase every year. Transporting garbage to plants where it can be converted into biogas "is a no-brainer for the supermarkets," says Niamh McSherry, a food retail analyst at Berenberg Bank, adding that "landfill charges and energy costs are only getting more expensive." Read more here.

The No-Mix Vaccuum Toilet New Toilet Turns Human Waste Into Electricity and Fertilizer
Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have invented a new toilet system that will turn human waste into electricity and fertilizers and also reduce the amount of water needed for flushing by up to 90 per cent compared to current toilet systems in Singapore.

The NTU scientists are now looking to carry out trials by installing the toilet prototypes in two NTU restrooms. If all goes well, the world can expect to see and even sit on the new toilet in the next three years Read more here.

Whale Tail Greenland serving whale meat dishes to tourists
Whales caught under rules allowing hunting by local people for their own food needs are being served in dishes for tourists in restaurants.

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) said an undercover investigation in Greenland found restaurants were targeting tourists with menus that included bowhead and other whale meat. Endangered fin whale was among the whale products available for visitors to buy in supermarkets, the WDCS said. The wildlife campaigners warn selling whale meat to tourists in restaurants and supermarkets undermines the global ban on commercial whaling. Read more here.

A road on Hatteras Island, N.C., was flooded in August 2011 after Hurricane Irene swept through the area. Rising sea level a threat to East
As temperatures are projected to climb, polar ice to melt, and oceans to swell over the coming decades, Boston is likely to bear a disproportionate impact of rising sea levels, government scientists report in a new study.

The seas along the East Coast from North Carolina to New England are rising three to four times faster than the global average, and coastal cities, utilities, beaches, and wetlands are increasingly vulnerable to flooding, especially from storm surges, according to the US Geological Survey. Read more here.

Read the published study in Nature Journal Here

You may also want to read California's similar sea level problem off its coast .

Dead Zone Gulf 'Dead Zone' Size In 2012 Is A Point Of Debate For Scientists
The predicted size of this year's dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico depends on whom you ask. One forecast model predicts an unusually small area of oxygen-depleted water, while another predicts an extent in line with the recent average.

These predictions are important because the loss of oxygen is bad news for the animals that live in these waters, and the dead zone threatens commercial and recreational fishing in the gulf. Read more here.

Smokestack U.S. Appeals Court upholds EPA's greenhouse gas rules
A U.S. appeals court upheld the first-ever U.S. proposed rules governing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, clearing a path for sweeping regulations affecting vehicles, coal-burning power plants and other industrial facilities. Handing a setback to industry and a victory to the Obama administration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously ruled the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that carbon dioxide is a public danger and the decision to set limits for emissions from cars and light trucks were "neither arbitrary nor capricious."

The ruling, which addresses four separate lawsuits, upholds the underpinnings of the Obama administration's push to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, and is a rebuke to a major push by heavy industries including electric utilities, coal miners and states like Texas to block the EPA's path. Read more here.

Condor California Condors Still On Brink Of Extinction Due To Lead Poisoning 'Epidemic'
Despite three decades of conservation efforts, the endangered California condor is still on the brink of extinction, new research finds.

Without continued intensive work by humans, there could be as few as 22 of these enormous scavengers in California in as few as 11 years - the same low that the population reached in 1982, triggering emergency conservation measures. The culprit, scientists report Monday (June 25) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, remains the same as it did 30 years ago: lead poisoning from leftover ammunition. Read more here.

Researchers measure the Eklutna glacier in Alaska to see how long the water it provides will last. The glacier supplies Anchorage with both drinking water and hydro power. Alaska Glacier Studied For Clues On Water Supply
Anchorage is one of the few North American cities that depend on a glacier for most of their drinking water. The Eklutna glacier also provides some of the city's electricity, through hydro power. So a team of researchers is working to answer a very important question: How long will the glacier's water supply last? Read more here.

Michigan Wheat Field Chesapeake and rival Energy Company plotted to suppress land prices
Under the direction of CEO Aubrey McClendon, Chesapeake Energy Corp. plotted with its top competitor to suppress land prices in one of America's most promising oil and gas plays, a Reuters investigation has found. In emails between Chesapeake and Encana Corp, Canada's largest natural gas company, the rivals repeatedly discussed how to avoid bidding against each other in a public land auction in Michigan two years ago and in at least nine prospective deals with private land owners here.

At least a dozen other emails reviewed by Reuters could provide evidence that the two companies violated federal and state laws by seeking to keep land prices down, antitrust lawyers said. Read more here.

Fracking Are Fracking Wastewater Wells Poisoning the Ground beneath Our Feet?
Editor's Note: This is a very long and extensive story. Set aside the time.

Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation's geology as an invisible dumping ground. No company would be allowed to pour such dangerous chemicals into the rivers or onto the soil. But until recently, scientists and environmental officials have assumed that deep layers of rock beneath the earth would safely entomb the waste for millennia.

There are growing signs they were mistaken. Records from disparate corners of the United States show that wells drilled to bury this waste deep beneath the ground have repeatedly leaked, sending dangerous chemicals and waste gurgling to the surface or, on occasion, seeping into shallow aquifers that store a significant portion of the nation's drinking water. Read more here.

You can't blame it all on genetics Study Finds that Obesity Leads to Resource Constraints
Obesity already is a public health concern and the recent study published in BMC Public Health, concludes that "Increasing population fatness could have the same implications for world food energy demands as an extra half a billion people living on the earth."

The research team of the study used body mass indexes and overall population to calculate the overall weight of the nation. "Total biomass by age-sex group was estimated as the product of the number of people in the group and their average body mass." When it comes to the most obese, and therefore the nation that uses up the most amount of food resources, the United States leads the pack. Read more here

Also read Obese adults should get counseling, federal task force says.

GMO Protest Food Safety Up Against Biotech Giants
On Jun. 21 the United States Senate voted overwhelmingly against the Sanders Amendment that would have allowed states to pass legislation that required food and beverage products to label whether or not they contain genetically engineered ingredients. The amendment, proposed by Independent Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, is particularly relevant as many states prepare to vote on a ballot initiatives that would require such labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods.

Lobbyists from the biotech industry have ardently opposed GMO labeling. These opponents argue that because food labeling has historically been handled by the Food and Drug Association (FDA), it is a federal issue and, therefore, individual states do not have the right to implement such legislation. Indeed, in the case of Vermont, Sander's home state, Monsanto successfully intimidated the state legislature from voting on a bill that would have required GMO labeling. Read more here.

Who do you trust: Mother Nature or Mr. Wizard?
Here's the idea in a nutshell. Most geoscientists now agree that human activity is overwhelming natural systems. Whereas civilization developed under planetary conditions that have prevailed since the last Ice Age, a period known as the Holocene epoch, we humans appear to be propelling Earth into a "new normal" through soaring carbon emissions, deforestation, ocean acidification, and a laundry list of other assorted global impacts. Geoscientists have pretty much agreed to call this new period the "Anthropocene," to reflect the fact that planetary systems are now being shaped substantially by human activity.

This being the case, what are we to do? Shrink away from our new role as world-redevelopers, or embrace it? Conserve or geo-engineer? Read more here.

TPP America: A Fire Sale to Foreign Corporations
The unfolding business agreement between the US and eight Pacific nations --the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- should cause every US citizen, from the Sierra Club to the Tea Party to get their pitch forks and torches out of the closet and prepare to "storm the Bastille."

The leaked document reveals that the trade agreement would give unprecedented political authority and legal protection to foreign corporations. Specifically, TPP would (1) severely limit regulation of foreign corporations operating within U.S. boundaries, giving them greater rights than domestic firms, (2) extend incentives for U.S. firms to move investments and jobs to lower-wage countries, (3) establish an alternative legal system that gives foreign corporations and investors new rights to circumvent U.S. courts and laws, allowing them to sue the U.S. government before foreign tribunals and demand compensation for lost revenue due to US laws they claim undermine their TPP privileges or their investment "expectations." Read more here.

Alternative Commitments at Rio+20 Make Big Impact
If you've been watching any of the news coming out of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, you would not be blamed for thinking that it will ultimately fail. Many have decried the final Rio outcome document as weak and watered down. Several leaders have spoken out against the final version expressing dismay that it does not offer a more ambitious agenda.

But, I have been on the ground in Rio de Janeiro for over a week, attending side events focused on accelerating action on sustainable development among the business community, and the news is not all bad. Amidst the negative sentiments about Rio+20, there are three new areas of commitment that foster hope that we are making meaningful progress in moving the needle on the sustainability agenda. Read more here.

Putting in the irrigation for a group of trees planted at the wastewater treatment facility on Bearse's Way in Hyannis. Trees used to tackle wastewater woes
HYANNIS - The concept is simple: Plant nitrate-loving trees and feed them with nitrate-infused water. The trees suck up the nitrates from pretreated wastewater, helping further clean the outflow before it travels through groundwater into local bays and ponds.

While the idea - known as phytoremediation - is not new in other applications, it's still considered relatively untested in dealing with wastewater. An experiment at the Barnstable Water Pollution Control plant may shed more light on whether phytoremediation could help cut into the controversial multibillion-dollar cost of treating Cape Cod's wastewater. Read more here.

Equal Exchange Coffee Local firm takes on Green Mountain Coffee over Fair Trade
Equal Exchange isn't the type of company you'd expect to pick a fight. The West Bridgewater importer only sells products grown under Fair Trade-certified conditions. The for-profit firm boasts that it's a democratic worker-owned cooperative. It's essentially the tie-dye wearing hippie of the coffee world. And for a left-leaning industry, that's saying something.

So it was hard not to notice when Equal Exchange took out two full-page ads in Vermont's largest daily paper bashing hometown hero Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a few weeks ago. Read more here.

Joanie Chipman of Englenook Farm in Rochester, far left, greets visitors during the Rochester Land Trust Barn Tour Local farms hold open house to benefit Rochester Land Trust
ROCHESTER - It was a warm day, Sunday afternoon, when Yanni, a young llama, started chasing Macho, an older male llama, at Englenook Farm in Rochester.

The farm, which rescues all sorts of abused and abandoned animals, ranging from mini horses to chickens, to alpacas, was open to the public Sunday in order to help support the Rochester Land Trust during its Barn, Home and Garden Tour. Read more here.

The pre-kindergarten Rainbow Workshop, with many of its current students and graduates, dedicated Freetown's fourth peace pole at the United Church of Assonet. Preschool center gifts Freetown with peace pole
FREETOWN - There is a peace pole in all but one country worldwide and 200,000 of these poles have been dedicated in 180 countries.

Four of those poles sit prominently in Freetown; and on Sunday, the pre-kindergarten Rainbow Workshop, with many of its current students and graduates, dedicated Freetown's fourth peace pole at the United Church of Assonet. People attended the event called it nothing short of moving. Read more here.

PRIDE Event PRIDE event downtown celebrates diversity in New Bedford
From whaleships bringing crewmembers from every corner of the globe, to the underground railroad which provided safe haven to those fleeing the evils of slavery, the streets of New Bedford have for generations welcomed people of every religion and belief.

The fifth annual PRIDE festival in New Bedford's Custom House Square happened this past weekend. People of all ages from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community invited the larger SouthCoast community to join their annual celebration at a free family friendly event in the heart of downtown. In brilliant sunshine, children bounced, drag queens flounced and friends chatted on the square under a rainbow of colored balloons. Read more here.

The N.H. Fish and Game Department oversees 150 to 180 rescues each year. Reliance on smartphones leaving hikers in a bind
Increasingly, smartphones are creating problems in the backcountry, particularly in New Hampshire's White Mountains, where, officials say, more hikers are skipping basic gear - particularly a map, compass, and flashlight - and relying too heavily on phones with GPS and a slew of gear-like apps, including compasses and trail maps, to bail them out of a jam. "Being prepared for a hike does not mean having your cellphone charged," said Major Kevin Jordan from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, which oversees 150 to 180 rescues each year.

"To find people with a map and compass is just incredibly rare. It boggles my mind. But when we rescue someone, I hear a lot of regret, a lot of people saying, 'I should have brought more than my phone, but everywhere I go at home I have cellphone coverage.'" Read more here.

Ross Nizlek, operations technology specialist at the Chittenden County Transportation Authority, shows off a new Google Transit application at the CCTA garage in Burlington. Riders will now be able to use Google Maps to chart their journeys via public transit. New transportation ideas, some fresher than others
Given that transportation is the main source of greenhouse-gas emissions, it makes sense to explore innovative transit initiatives.

This poses a challenge, of course, because so many people live in far-flung places that are conventionally accessible only by cars or trucks. Winter limits bicycling. Electric cars have some promise, but they've received plenty of attention, and besides, we're not sure how emissions-free our future power sources will be. Here are some other ideas: Read more here.

Roosevelt Middle School students are escorted to their next class by their eighth-grade teacher Nicole Britton in an effort to minimize disciplinary incidents outside the classroom. As disciplinary incidents rise, teachers lose time teaching and the kids lose time learning
Think back to middle school: Remember when someone in your class did something particularly bad and got sent to the principal's office? Now, think about that incident in terms of the time it took: the minutes the class was disrupted while the teacher dealt with the offending student, the amount of time that student spent out of class, the time spent by the principal in determining how to handle the offense.

Multiple that by a couple thousand, and you'll start to get a picture of the disciplinary environment at New Bedford's three middle schools. Read more here.

Cynthia Redel, above, and husband Michael Esposito's gardens at their historic Ned's Point home will be part of the Mattapoisett Women's Club's Bloomin' June Garden Tour. Gardens Ashore tour to feature six gardens, each with a personal touch
Catch coastal gardens in bloom this weekend during the Wareham Garden Club's annual Gardens Ashore tour.

The garden tour, which is scheduled for Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on both days, is a fundraiser for the club, which awards a yearly scholarship to a graduating senior in the area, hosts educational programs, and beautifies several public areas in town, including the traffic islands at Depot Street and the area surrounding the lighthouses at the entrance to Wareham Village. Read more here.

Also read about The Silver Gull House .

Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island Progress Seen in Providence 2012 Environmental Legislation
PROVIDENCE - The lightly attended press conference held in a near-vacant shopping center during a thunderstorm served as a metaphor for the type of environmental legislation passed in the General Assembly this year.

Hot-button issues such as pension reform, gambling and marijuana regulations made the most noise at the Statehouse. But in the environmental world, several more modest bills and budget items advanced with far less attention. Read more here.

Students rehearse during a spring band practise in Bill Kingsland's class at Dartmouth High School. Making music can make for better students, educators say
If you're looking for a way to keep your kids active this summer and make sure they don't forget everything they learned in class, try this tune: Encourage them to play a musical instrument. Or, if they already do, urge them to practice, practice, practice.

Beyond developing musical talent in a child, playing an instrument teaches everything from self-discipline to teamwork, educators say. And, for those who can afford it, private lessons can add greatly to the experience. "We felt it was very important to have private instruction. It gives the individual child a huge advantage," said Mark Therriault, president of the Dartmouth School Music Association, a not-for-profit organization that supports Dartmouth Public Schools' music programs. Read more here.

Dan Gainsboro (right) says he wants to build more thoughtful places to live. Concord Riverwalk Project to Emerge as a Sustainable Community
Four years ago, developer Dan Gainsboro flew to Seattle to view a cluster of cottage communities and talk with architect Ross Chapin, the designer of these pocket neighborhoods. The cozy developments triggered his imagination: walkable streets, close proximity to transit, and smaller homes that create a sense of neighborhood.

Gainsboro, president of NOW Communities LLC of Concord, is turning his vision into reality, with the Concord Riverwalk project in Concord, a cluster of 13 two- and three-bedroom cottages and townhouses featuring shared gardens, walkways, and parking. This new neighborhood, Gainsboro's first foray into sustainable development, was completed last year. Read more here.

The revitalization of downtown Wareham is in full swing as new roads and sidewalks are helping new businesses move in. Downtown Wareham getting major facelift
The four-phase project - phases three and four are yet to be funded - is being financed with federal block grant money and no town funds are being used, Sal Pina, director of the Community & Economic Development Authority, said.

Along with improving the look of downtown, officials want to make it safer for pedestrians and the handicapped, and attract more businesses. "New business means new jobs, which means housing growth," he said, "and new businesses won't move into a shabby looking downtown." Read more here.

Taunton State Hospital Dam is slated for removal. Dam removal advocates hope stars align for budget amendment
Many of the small dams scattered around the state were built to power an earlier era, the Industrial Revolution. Now, groups like The Nature Conservancy believe that the state should consider an even older economic driver - Massachusetts fisheries.

A House budget amendment would allow a sweep of the "unexpended balance" in the state's Water Pollution Abatement Trust, about $17 million, into the state's general fund, and the Senate budget would similarly allow the Patrick administration to send unexpended trust funds into the general fund. While the sweeps appear to be part of budget-balancing efforts, the conservancy's Steve Long is hoping that money could be put into a revolving fund to fix dilapidated dams and remove broken dams that no longer serve a purpose. Read more here.

Dartmouth officials draft new solar bylaw
The proposal, now in draft form, would revise the bylaw pertaining to large, ground-mounted solar farms. Last June, Town Meeting voted to grant these projects throughout Dartmouth "as-of-right," which meant they didn't need a special permit, variance, amendment or waiver from town zoning bylaws.

A large solar farm in a residential area wouldn't be eligible for a special permit unless its developer agrees to a conservation restriction on wooded land that's equal in size to wooded land cleared for the project. The same condition would apply to the development of farmland; if 10 acres of a 20-acre cornfield were developed for a solar farm in a residential zone, for example, the remaining 10 acres would have to be set aside as permanently protected agricultural land. Other proposed special permit criteria include buffer and setback requirements, limits on construction days and times and a prohibition against panels that result in "objectionable or obnoxious glare" to neighbors. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Summer Conversations at the Apponagansett Meeting House: HOPE IN THE FACE OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC TSUNAMI: A VISIT TO RURAL MEXICO

Thursday, June 28, 7PM to 9PM, 856 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth, MA
Join us for the kick-off of the 2012 Summer Conversations speaker series. Social activist Martha Yager will give a first-hand account of the changes being felt in rural Mexico as a result of NAFTA and other forces in the global economy. She'll share pictures and stories from a recent trip to the mountains of rural Oaxaca where local people's lives are being upended by forces beyond their control, from factory outsourcing, to industrialized farming, to drug trafficking. "People move when they are hungry," Ms. Yager says, "and the North American Free Trade Act has destroyed a lot of the local farm economy in Mexico." Ms. Yager is the Program Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in South East New England.

Sponsored by: The Allens Neck Society of Friends; The Smith Neck Friends Meeting; The Westport Friends Meeting; and The New Bedford Friends Meeting

Light refreshments, Donations to fund this program are appreciated. For more information please call 508-999-3526

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.

FrogWatch USA - Saving the World One Frog at a Time

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

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Buzzard's Bay Adventure: Tugboat Tour

Thursday, July 12, 3:15PM - 6:00PM Buzzards Bay Center and New Bedford State Pier
Explore a working tugboat and learn about the Bay Coalition's efforts to protect Buzzards Bay from oil spills during our latest Bay Adventure on Thursday, July 12 in New Bedford. Participants will meet at 3:15 at the Buzzards Bay Center to view a real-time vessel tracking map. After the demonstration, participants will be led to the New Bedford State Pier, where they'll spend two hours touring one of the tugs that escorts vessels through Buzzards Bay. This event is FREE to members and the public.

Contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition at (508) 999-6363, or learn more 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 and 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.

Family Friendly Friday at Buttonwood Park Zoo

Friday, July 20, All Day Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, MA
The Zoo will be open FREE to the public on Friday, July 1 thanks to the Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday program. The Zoo will be open regular hours of 10 AM to 5 PM with last entry at 4:30 PM. Train and Carousel rides will be available for standard ticket prices.

Learn more 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.

Sustainable Table Workshop Series: All About Heirloom Tomatoes

Saturday, August 18, 10:00AM - 1:00PM 24K Heirloom Tomatoes - 538 Horseneck Rd., South Dartmouth, MA
This 3-hour workshop will be held at Bob Feingold's 8-acre property in South Dartmouth and will cover why Bob loves and grows heirlooms, how to select varieties of heirlooms to grow, and tips for successfully growing your own heirloom tomatoes.

Cost: $25 per person, $20 for SEMAP Members.

Limited to 15 parcipants

Contact Kristen Irvin from SEMAP at Her EMail for details. Learn more Here . Register Here .

Corn & Tomato Festival

Saturday, August 18, 11 am - 3 pm Verrill Farm - 11 Wheeler Road, Concord, MA 01742
Verrill Farm's annual Festival featuring its two most popular crops - corn & tomatoes! Taste over 30 varieties of our own tomatoes & up to 8 of corn. There will also be samples of dishes made in the farm stand kitchen. Additional food & beverages available a la carte. Pony rides by Giddy Up Ponies & Hayrides Live music by Monadnock Blue Grass

Call 978-369-4494 for more information or go 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
Massachusetts Audubon Society Offers Free Summer Vacation Guide
From Boston.com

The Massachusetts Audubon Society is offering a variety of outdoor activities and events this summer. To help families and visitors plan a trip to one of its 50 wildlife sanctuaries, Mass Audubon has created a new online vacation guide. The vacation guide offers something for everyone of all ages and backgrounds. Check out the Vacation Guide Here.
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
The Recycled Wedding
With the average U.S. wedding costing nearly $30,000, many couples assume that planning an eco-friendly event will only increase the price tag of their big day. But by focusing on the simple act of recycling - buying secondhand and incorporating creative reuse - you can trim your wedding's budget, lighten its environmental impact and most importantly, create a special day that reflects your unique style and personality. Learn more here.

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