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Sustainability Almanac
July 5 to July 12, 2012

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

This week:

Greater New Bedford Summerfest

19th Annual Buzzard's Bay Swim


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Massachusetts Audubon Society Offers Free Summer Vacation Guide

ACUPCC Five-Year Report Underscores Profound Impact

Weekly Green Tip:

5 Ways to Save Money on Air Conditioning

Clip of the Week

MAKING BIOCHAR: with Peter Hirst of New England Biochar
Biochar is a kind of charcoal obtained from the carbonisation of biomass. Biochar may be added to soils with the intention to improve soil functions and to reduce emissions from biomass that would otherwise naturally degrade to greenhouse gases. Biochar also has appreciable carbon sequestration value. This video shows how to make it.

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Illustration of a Higgs Boson erupting from a collision of protons The European Organization for Nuclear Research annouced the possible discovery of the Higgs Boson particle aka the "God" Particle, which could offer a blueprint for existence. The Higgs Boson particle was theorized as a means to explain how matter has mass and how atoms and subatomic particles interact with each other to create mass. If all matter is formed and connected by this "God" Particle, there's no telling what this could mean for advancing our understanding of how the universe works.

We all love a good cup of tea, but most people aren't concerned of the conditions and practices revolving around the industry. Fair Trade Certification ensures that farmers of tea get their just compensation. Like most food products, the tea Strade is influenced by market price: who can harvest and sell it the cheapest. It is because of these realities that environmental concerns like conserving water and protecting health of the land often take a back seat. Tea bearing the Fair Trade Certified label indicates that the people who produced it are paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, and protect the environment.

Finally, local agriculture is becoming widely accepted in the nation as a reliable business model and viable product source for restaurants and markets. The local industry is more lucrative than ever. Beyond the benefits of better nutrition or reduced fossil fuel use, the movement toward local food is creating a vibrant new economic laboratory for American agriculture. The result is a growing army of small-scale local farmers.
Leaf Bullet News
Fish Farm Factory-Fed Fish: Monsanto and Cargill's Plan for the Ocean
Agribusiness behemoths including Monsanto and Cargill are set to cash in big from industrial fish farming or "aquaculture" as the soy industry spreads its reign to the seas, a new report from environmental and consumer watchdogs shows.

The new report, "Factory-Fed Fish: How the Soy Industry is Expanding Into the Sea" from Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe, shows how the use of soy as feed in aquaculture -- branded as "sustainable" -- is an environmental disaster, harming fish both wild and farmed as it pollutes the oceans and brings unknown effects to consumers eating the soy-fed fish. "Our seas are not Roundup ready," said Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, referring to the 93 to 94 percent of soybeans produced in the United States that are genetically modified by Monsanto to tolerate the application of its Roundup herbicide. Read more here.

Dani Martinez, innovation director at Orbea bicycles, part of Mondragon Co-operative Corporation, in Mallabia, 2011. Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the way
In May 2012, I had occasion to visit the city of Arrasate-Mondragon, in the Basque region of Spain. It is the headquarters of the Mondragon Corporation (MC), a stunningly successful alternative to the capitalist organization of production. MC is composed of many co-operative enterprises grouped into four areas: industry, finance, retail and knowledge. In each enterprise, the co-op members (averaging 80-85% of all workers per enterprise) collectively own and direct the enterprise. Through an annual general assembly the workers choose and employ a managing director and retain the power to make all the basic decisions of the enterprise (what, how and where to produce and what to do with the profits).

As each enterprise is a constituent of the MC as a whole, its members must confer and decide with all other enterprise members what general rules will govern MC and all its constituent enterprises. In short, MC worker-members collectively choose, hire and fire the directors, whereas in capitalist enterprises the reverse occurs. Read more here.

Tea From Field to Cup: Why It's Important to Know the Story of Fair Trade Tea
Pour a cup of tea, let it steep, and then take a sip as you ponder this fact: After water, tea is the most popular beverage in the world, with 15,000 cups drunk per second. Tea is everywhere - in our cafes, our kitchens, our offices, schools and stores - but how many of us really know the story of each leaf as it travels from field to cup?

The tea supply chain is a complex trade network with many different players. Each and every farmer, worker, exporter, importer, processor, auctioneer, buying agent, retailer, cafe worker and tea drinker in the chain played an important role in bringing you the world's favorite beverage. Historically, low market prices for tea have led to poor labor and living conditions for both tea garden workers and tea farmers at the beginning of this supply chain, encapsulating them in a cycle of poverty and hardship. Fair Trade certification seeks to stop this cycle, giving tea garden farmers and workers in eleven different countries the chance to lift themselves out of poverty, improve their communities, and protect their environment. Read more here.

In an artist's conception, a Higgs boson erupts from a collision of protons "God Particle" Found? "Historic Milestone" for Higgs-Boson and our understanding of the Universe
The long-sought Higgs boson is one of the final puzzle pieces required for a complete understanding of the standard model of physics-the so-far successful theory that explains how fundamental particles interact with the elementary forces of nature. It would also explain why objects in our universe have mass-and in so doing, why galaxies, planets, and even humans have any right to exist.

The so-called God particle was proposed in the 1960s by Peter Higgs to explain why some particles, such as quarks-building blocks of protons, among other things-and electrons have mass, while others, such as the light-carrying photon particle, do not. Higgs's idea was that the universe is bathed in an invisible field similar to a magnetic field. Every particle feels this field-now known as the Higgs field-but to varying degrees. If a particle can move through this field with little or no interaction, there will be no drag, and that particle will have little or no mass. Alternatively, if a particle interacts significantly with the Higgs field, it will have a higher mass. Read more here.

You can also watch this video of the announcement made by the CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland

Supply Field Biomass Needs
One of the possible pillars of renewable energy sources is to increase the use of biofuels; fuels that are grown and processed. A biofuel is a type of fuel whose energy is derived from biological carbon fixation as opposed to a fossil fuel. The green industry is interested in establishing a biorefinery sector in Denmark that can replace oil-based products with biofriendly materials, chemicals, energy and fuel. But this requires a larger biomass production than is currently being achieved.

Scientists from University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University have published a new extensive report that shows how an increase of production of biomass by more than 200% can be achieved in an environmentally friendly way. Read more here.

King Cobra 96 Percent of the World's Species Remain Unevaluated by the Red List
Nearly 250 species have been added to the threatened categories-i.e. Vulnerable, Endangered, and Critically Endangered-in this year's update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List. The 247 additions-including sixty bird species-pushes the number of threatened species globally perilously close to 20,000. However to date the Red List has only assessed 4 percent of the world's known species; for the other 96 percent, scientists simply don't know how they are faring. Read more here.

Simulation of Green Wheel Green Wheel is an Energy-Harvesting Machine
Beirut-based Nadim Inaty designed the Green Wheel - a zany exercise machine concept that harvests kinetic energy and converts it into electricity. Comprised of a single unit complete with a bench and patches of real grass, the green wheel features three different levels for runners of varying strengths and produces roughly enough energy in 30 minutes to charge 12 mobile phones.

The Green Wheel not only promotes greater health and a sustainable approach to design, but it also encourages a spirit of community and generosity, both of which are in great need everywhere. Whilst not as fun as running in the woods, we think this machine would definitely outrank the gym and it wouldn't cost a cent to use. Read more here.

Indian schoolboys and girls walking to school at Doeli in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, Northern India How Cheap Investments Are Saving the World's Children
According to Unicef the number of under-five deaths has plummeted, from more than 12 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010. The reason for all of this progress regarding child health is the increased use of cheap health interventions such as vaccines and insecticide-treated bed nets, which help prevent the spread of malaria by warding off mosquitoes. In Kenya, from 2003 to 2008, the under-five mortality rate dropped from 7.7 percent to 5.2 percent.

What lessons can be learned from this success story? One is the undeniable role of development assistance in improving global health-and in particular the effort to use rigorous evaluation to improve the effectiveness of that aid. The number of kids who died as a result of catching measles fell from 477,000 in 2000 to 114,000 in 2010-in large part due to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI), founded by donors in 2000 to fund vaccination programs in the world's 70 poorest countries. Read more here.

Sydney Bike Ride Sydney Builds Separate Bike Lanes, Ridership Skyrockets 82%
New research on cycling habits is in from Sydney, and it turns out that city dwellers are less likely to start biking if they're afraid a lumbering SUV might crush their back tire or that errant car doors will send them over their handlebars. Who knew?

The Australian city is in the process of implementing its 2030 blueprint for a greener city, and it's building a hell of a lot of bike lanes. As in 200 kilometers (125 miles) worth. City government is also spearheading a program to increase ridership amongst its citizens-it wants 10% of the metropolis biking by 2030. And its research on ridership reveals that there's a magic ingredient to success: separate bike lanes. Read more here.

Colorado Fire Fire Deficit May Trigger Fiercer Wildfires
As the West has warmed and dried over the past 30 years, headlines describing fire season have grown ever more apocalyptic: "epic" dryness, "monster" fires, new records for damage and devastation. This year is no exception. The Waldo Canyon Fire has incinerated hundreds of homes in Colorado Springs, and every indication points to another big, early start to the wildfire season.

Recent research, however, suggests these severe conflagrations could be a prelude. Climate stressors are putting increasing pressure on a "fire deficit" the West has accumulated over the past 100 years, say scientists who have compared today's burn rates with fire activity over thousands of years. As the West continues to warm, that debt will come due - possibly with interest - triggering fires that are fiercer and harder to contain, they warn. Read more here.

Also read this similar article, as well as a Statement from Harris Sherman, the nation's Undersecretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment .

Radishes Small Farmers Creating a New Business Model as Agriculture Goes Local
SEATTLE - The cultivated rusticity of a farmers' market, where dirt-dusted beets are status symbols and earnest entrepreneurs preside over chunks of cheese, is a part of weekend life in cities across the nation as the high days of the summer harvest approach. But beyond the familiar mantras about nutrition or reduced fossil fuel use, the movement toward local food is creating a vibrant new economic laboratory for American agriculture. The result, with its growing army of small-scale local farmers, is as much about dollars as dinner: a reworking of old models about how food gets sold and farms get financed, and who gets dirt under their fingernails doing the work.

"The future is local," said Narendra Varma, 43, a former manager at Microsoft who invested $2 million of his own money last year in a 58-acre project of small plots and new-farmer training near Portland, Ore. Read more here.

Neighbors Against Burner 3M Incinerator Can Burn Outside Hazardous Waste, Minnesota Says In Defeat For Residents
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency approved a permit to burn non-3M waste, as well as materials confiscated by local law enforcement agencies, allowing the company to save as much as $2 million in natural gas. Neighbors said they fear it will add lead, mercury and other toxic pollutants to the air they breathe -- on top of the water and soil contamination already blamed on the company.

No link has been proven between past 3M pollution and cases of cancer. However, the state of Minnesota is suing 3M over claims that the company polluted groundwater and surface water for more than 50 years with perflurochemicals, which scientific studies have suggested may cause cancer. Read more here.

Figure 80% Clean, Renewable Energy by 2050: More Than Possible, But Need More Political Will (& Public Demand)
So, if you haven't seen the news, NREL released a report last week showing that we could power 80% the US with already commercially available clean, renewable energy technology by 2050. Now, before getting into the key findings from the report, I think it's useful to put this into a bit of perspective and historical context.

Even more ambitious than the above, Mark Jacobson and Mark Delucchi wrote in 2009 about how the whole world could be 100% powered by renewable energy by 2030. These guys aren't wackos, either. Mark Z. Jacobson is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University and director of Stanford's Atmosphere/Energy Program, and Mark A. Delucchi is a research scientist at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. I have seen no indication that they were technically wrong. Read more here.

United States Navy "Green Fleet" sails, meets stiff headwinds in Congress
The biofuels effort is one of the most ambitious Pentagon energy programs since then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld set up a task force in 2006 to find ways to reduce the military's fossil fuels dependency, involving more than 300,000 barrels a day. "The reason we're doing this is that we simply buy too many fossil fuels from either actually or potentially volatile places on earth," Mabus told a conference on climate and security last month.

The Pentagon hopes it can prove the Navy looks as impressive burning fuel squeezed from seeds, algae and chicken fat as it does using petroleum.He says the Pentagon can use its buying muscle - it is the largest single consumer of petroleum in the world - to guarantee the demand needed for biofuel businesses to produce at a scale that will eventually drive down costs. "We use 2 percent of all the fossil fuels that the United States uses," Mabus told the conference. "And one of the things that this means is that we can bring the market. And to paraphrase the old 'Field of Dreams' line, if the Navy comes, they will build it." Read more here.

Cow Free Trade Ruling Could Nix Country-Of-Origin Labels on Meat
If you want to know where your meat came from, you won't be happy with the World Trade Organization right now. Late last week, the WTO announced that the United States' country-of-origin labels, which took effect in 2008, discriminate unfairly against foreign meat suppliers such as Mexico and Canada.

Some consumer groups were outraged by the WTO's decision; the beef industry, not so much. The ruling could mean that the U.S. will have to abandon those labels, but hang on, maybe not. In the world of international trade, the wheels of justice turn very slowly indeed. Years are likely to pass before you'll see any change in those food labels, as U.S. officials figure out a way to comply with the WTO ruling. In fact, officials at the Office of the US Trade Representative are holding out hope that the labels will survive. They point out that the WTO didn't object to the labels themselves, but rather the system for implementing them. Read more here.

Keystone Pipeline Route Keystone: A journey along the proposed route of the controversial oil pipeline.
The pipeline has become a powerful symbol and political pawn this election year. It is also a sort of Rorschach test of how Americans view energy issues: Are we energy rich or energy poor? How do energy policies affect job creation, tax revenue and U.S. manufacturing competitiveness? How pressing are climate-change concerns, and how do we balance them with economic priorities?

The oil industry and many national security experts think that importing more oil from Canada, a stable neighbor and ally, will make the United States more secure, and they worry that, without the Keystone XL, Canada will send that oil to China. But the process of extracting oil from the sands, also called tar sands, has alarmed people worried about climate change. Read more here.

Also read Must Read: Investigation Reveals True Hazards Of Piping Tar Sands Across America .

Illustration of sustainability in education College campuses' climate lessons for companies
A group called the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which began in 2007 with a dozen schools, now boasts 675 institutions representing a third of the entire U.S. college and university student population. Each has signed a commitment to take specific steps "in pursuit of climate neutrality." Those actions include completing a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, developing an institutional action plan for becoming climate neutral and choosing other tangible actions from a menu, from sustainable purchasing to waste minimization.

On the occasion of ACUPCC's fifth anniversary, and the Leadership Summit it held recently in Washington, D.C., I spoke with the group's organizer, Anthony Cortese, whose day job is president of Second Nature, a 20-year-old nonprofit he co-founded (with former U.S. Senator John Kerry and his wife, philanthropist Teresa Heinz) to bring sustainability to higher education. Read more here

Kings Canyon National Park in California Conservation is patriotic in U.S., poll finds
There aren't many issues that can unite Republicans and Democrats in an election year, but a new national poll seems to have found at least one: conservation. Conducted for the Nature Conservancy by two opinion-research firms - one Democratic and one Republican - the poll found more than four in five Americans consider it a patriotic duty to protect natural resources, regardless of politics.

"From Tea Party Republicans to liberal Democrats, overwhelming majorities of Americans of all political persuasions believe that 'conserving the country's natural resources - land, air and water - is patriotic,'" the pollsters write in a summary of their findings. That includes 89 percent of Democrats, 79 percent of Republicans and 79 percent of independents, but the sentiment doesn't only cross political lines. Read more here.

Suburbia Death by suburban sprawl: better urban planning will combat sedentary lifestyles
Industrial and home labour-saving devices - from the remote control of garage doors to televisions and everything in between - maximise convenience and minimise effort. So compared with our parents and grandparents, feeding and clothing ourselves has never been so effortless. But while offering convenience, our use of motor vehicles - even for short trips to the local shop - or a blower to "sweep" garden leaves, appears to be having a profound impact on the health of human populations.

Diseases previously associated with affluence - cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory illnesses and diabetes - are now prevalent in disadvantaged populations. The problem is so big that an emergency long-term response is required - not just by the health sector but by everyone. Read more here.

Oscar Wilde: 'Man is made for something better than distributing dirt. All work of that kind should be done by a machine.' It's the 21st century - why are we working so much?
If there's one thing practically all futurologists once agreed on, it's that in the 21st century there would be a lot less work. What would they have thought, if they had known that in 2012, the 9-5 working day had become something more like 7am to 7pm? They would surely have looked around and seen technology take over in many professions which previously needed heavy manpower, they would have looked at the increase in automation and mass production, and wondered - why are they spending 12 hours a day on menial tasks?

It's a question which isn't adequately answered either by the right or by the official left. Conservatives have always loved to pontificate about the moral virtue of hard work and much of the left, focusing on the terrible effects of mass unemployment, understandably gives "more jobs" as its main solution to the crisis. Previous generations would have found this hopelessly disappointing. Read more here.

Storm Aftermath 10 sobering realizations the Eastern U.S. power grid failure is teaching us about a real collapse
In the wake of violent storms, the power remains out today for millions of Americans across several U.S. states. Governors of Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio have declared a state of emergency. Over a dozen people are now confirmed dead, and millions are sweltering in blistering temperatures while having no air conditioning or refrigeration. As their frozen foods melt into processed goo, they're waking up to a few lessons that we would all be wise to remember. Read more here.

Protest against Pacific Rim Mining Company in Vancouver, BC. Trading in Democracy: Why Rights Are Still For Real People
The International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a tribunal located at the World Bank, ruled that Canadian mining company Pacific Rim may continue to sue El Salvador for not letting the company mine gold there. The impoverished Central American country could potentially be forced to pay the foreign company $77 million or more in damages. The anti-democratic ruling has ominous implications for all of us.

Laws and trade agreements that allow corporations to sue governments should worry us all. No international tribunal should have the right to punish countries for laws or measures approved through a democratic process, be it in the United States, El Salvador, or anywhere else. President Barack Obama said this himself in 2008 when he promised, while campaigning, to limit the ability of corporations to use trade agreements to sue over public interest regulations. Read more here.

IBM staffers pondering Boston traffic data Boston ponders app to ease traffic
What's the best way to fix Boston's notoriously bad traffic? How about an app? That's what six IBM engineers worked on for three weeks this month in City Hall as part of IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge, which awarded Boston and 32 other cities around the world each with $400,000 worth of its technical know-how. The program helps cities find innovative answers to tough urban problems.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino asked the IBM team, which also worked with experts from Boston University, to tackle two big issues: How can the city quickly spot and undo congestion while slashing greenhouse gas emissions at the same time. Read more here.

Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI New Rain Garden to Improve Harbor Water Quality
NEWPORT - So where does all that oil-tainted rain that forms small rivers in city parking lots during torrential downpours end up? Most finds it ways down storm drains and into the harbor or bay, worsening water quality and contributing to beach closures.

Now, thanks to the 34th America's Cup World Series Host Committee, the state Department of the Environment (DEM), Sailors for the Sea and local businesses, a newly established rain garden will be a permanent feature at Fort Adams State Park. This first step in a larger green infrastructure project at the state park will mitigate stormwater runoff and improve water quality in nearby Brenton Cove. Read more here.

Fairhaven Turbines State's turbine study must deal with complex science behind sound
Throughout the debate over Fairhaven's two wind turbines, one sentiment has been shared by opponents and proponents alike: "noise is a funny thing." That's what Fairhaven Wind Developer Sumul Shah said in May when the turbines began operating. He was trying to calm residents' fears that the turbines would be disruptive.

It's also what turbine neighbors have been arguing ever since; that people react differently to the turbines, which could be easily ignored by one person and keep others up at night. "Some people do, other's don't," said Windwise member Peter Goben in May, comparing the turbines to seasickness.Now, with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection agreeing to do a sound study to determine whether the turbines are in violation of Massachusetts noise regulations, the complexities of turbine sounds will become all the more apparent. Read more here.

Also read about an Angry Fairhaven Board of Health

Capital Power Corporation on Progress Way at the Tiverton Industrial Park. Tiverton Town Council looks to make progress on eco-conscious industrial park
TIVERTON - Town Council has adopted a set of development standards and guidelines, hoping to gain momentum on a 177-acre industrial park decades in the making. The standards, detailed in a 27-page document produced by the Planning Board, call for the development of a "green" eco-conscious park, near Fish Road and Route 24. The document lays out a plan to allow use for multiple industries, including wind energy industries, and other technology businesses and restaurants.

The park will most likely serve companies in the marine, defense and building trades industries, but its zoning as part of a planned development park will allow other hospitality and manufacturing businesses to locate there. Read more here.

Video: Wellfleet Aquaculture
Growing a business on water. Meet Barbara Austin, an aquaculturist and shellfish whisperer who dishes about clams, oysters and raising shellfish on the Wellfleet flats. Read more here.

Brian Shea of Somerville and Karen Schneiderman of Jamaica Plain were at the State House Monday to protest fare hikes for The Ride. serving those with disabilities. Glitches, gripes mark first days of MBTA fare hikes
Long lines, confusion, and commuter anger marred the first weekday commute following the MBTA's weekend fare increase, as a software glitch rendered thousands of T passes temporarily invalid and caused backups at key subway stations during the morning rush hours. By midday the MBTA's technical team had programmed a temporary fix for the problem. But even though most riders were not affected, the glitch did little to win friends for the T on a muggy day when customers were already bristling over the first fare increase in 5 1/2 years.

While many found their passes failing, others avoided the T because of the price increases. After a record 16 consecutive months of MBTA ridership growth, planners predict that 5 percent of riders will stay home, drive, or walk as a result. A particularly steep dropoff is expected on The Ride, the federally mandated door-to-door service for people with physical or cognitive disabilities that prevent them from using the subway, bus, or trolley system. People protesting The Ride fare increase added to the chaos of the day. Read more here.

Tom and Betsy Charnecki look at the plat map of the land they're deeding to the Town of Swansea. Historic Swansea land, a "valuable resource," donated to town
SWANSEA - A Rehoboth couple, Thomas and Elizabeth Charnecki, have donated an historic piece of land to the town of Swansea, to be used for conservation purposes. The 14.75-acre property is located at the northern end of Sharps Lot Road, at the Dighton border, in what is known as the two-mile purchase.

"Their land is a valuable resource to the town," said Conservation Agent Colleen Brown. Read more here.

Wareham leaders work on plan to end homelessness
The new strategy to end homelessness in Wareham is called "housing first," and it involves putting the homeless in homes. If that sounds like stating the obvious, members of the newly formed Wareham Community Leadership Council on Homelessness say putting the homeless in homes involves a lot more than matching bodies and real estate.

"Housing first" aims to provide the homeless with homes -- and the stability they need to get their lives on track. "If you stabilize their lives, then they're able to work, they're able to participate in their community in a meaningful way," said Jim Rattray, co-chair of the Leadership Council and vice president of marketing and public affairs for the Southcoast Health System. Read more here.

Governor: 'Too soon' to talk funding South Coast Rail with casino revenue
NEW BEDFORD - Gov. Deval Patrick has refused to commit to trying to fund South Coast Rail with casino revenues, even as more local leaders have signed on in support of the proposal. Patrick is in negotiations with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, which wants to build a casino in East Taunton near the junction of Routes 24 and 140. By law, he must conclude those negotiations and present a proposed compact to the Legislature by July 31.

"South Coast Rail is a priority for this administration but it is too soon to talk about specific funding for any specific project from any gaming revenue," said Jason Lefferts, a spokesman for Patrick, in a statement issued last week to The Standard-Times. Read more here.

Mass., RI wind energy area closer to development
The U.S. government said it has completed an environmental assessment that will guide construction of wind projects in a swath of federal waters off the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with the hope of offering leases to developers by the end of next year.

The study is intended to simplify the leasing process for the Rhode Island/Massachusetts Wind Energy Area, which comprises more than 164,000 acres in an area roughly 11 miles south of Martha's Vineyard and 13 miles east of Block Island. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has designated the area an ideal place for power generation. The assessment "sets the stage for moving forward aggressively with competitive lease sales in this area," said Tommy Beaudreau, director of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Read more here.

Safe Harbor volunteer coordinator Rachel Carboni of Orleans passes a large piece of wood to a volunteer during Sunday's cleanup of the Pamet salt marsh estuary. Volunteers restore Truro's Pamet marsh to pre-"Perfect Storm" Conditions
TRURO - Beating the heat wasn't on the minds of the two dozen or so volunteers removing four pickup trucks' worth of wood and collecting junk from the Pamet salt marsh estuary. The restoration effort, eight or so months in the making, was a way of naturally, but noninvasively, righting the damage done to the marsh by the "perfect storm" in 1991.

Back then, the dike keeping saltwater out of the freshwater marsh broke, and vegetation toward the back end of the estuary, abutting several residences and the Pamet Harbor Yacht and Tennis Club, suffered. Downed limbs and tree trunks piled up, preventing the natural vegetation from growing. Read more here.

Fairhaven Shipyard to pay $175,000 for polluting New Bedford Harbor
FAIRHAVEN - Fairhaven Shipyard Companies Inc. has agreed to pay a $175,000 fine to the Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Clean Water Act.

A statement released by the EPA alleged that between December 2005 and July 2010, pressure-washing ship hulls at the shipyard released untreated wastewater into New Bedford Harbor. Read more here.

Nuzzling with the llamas of Englenook Farm Rochester Barn Tour highlights unique back road locations
From agriculture to amazing architecture, the Rochester Barn, Home and Garden Tour offered participants an opportunity to visit unique sites and drive along the town's scenic two-lanes. Organized by the Rochester Land Trust, the self-guided tour featured six stops that each had a different focus.

At Foss Farm, traditional cedar shingles hide high tech, energy efficiency. Built between 2005 and 2008, owners Mark Whalen and Randall Elgin, wanted a home that would conserve energy. Styrofoam insulated concrete in the walls and basement of the house help draw heat in during the winter and out during the summer. Read more here.

New Bedford works to open produce shipping with Mexico
City officials are working to position New Bedford as the center of New England's produce trade with a new port agreement designed to open shipping with Mexico. City and state officials will sign a "sister agreement" next week with representatives of the Port of Tuxpan, located in the state of Veracruz, formalizing a commitment by the two places to work together to open a sea route from farmers in Mexico to supermarkets in New England.

Those involved say such an arrangement could bring as many as 150 new jobs to the area and help reduce food and vegetable prices by allowing produce to bypass now-standard trucking routes that make New England produce some of the most expensive in the nation. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.

Joanna Macy's "The Work That Reconnects" Workshop

Monday, July 9, 7:30PM - 9:00PM New Bedford Unitarian Church, 71 Eighth Street, New Bedford
The Work That Reconnects is a pioneering form of group work that began in the 1970s. It demonstrates our interconnectedness in the web of life and our authority to take action on its behalf. It has helped many thousands around the globe find insight, solidarity, and courage to act, despite rapidly worsening conditions. The central purpose of the Work that Reconnects is to help people uncover and experience their innate connections with each other and with the systemic, self-healing powers in the web of life, so that they may be enlivened and motivated to play their part in creating a sustainable civilization.

This month's theme is EARTH (one of the five (5) elements). Along with other activities, we will be walking the labyrinth located in the Church's garden. A time honored device, labyrinth walks are known around the world because they usually provide people with new perspectives and/or possible resolutions/solutions, and/or peace of mind while you contemplate a situation or problem during your walk. We hope to be walking the labyrinth with you!

Free-will donations are requested to assist the Unitarian Church and our WTR WORKSHOPS Scholarship assistance fund. Refreshments will be provided

Please RSVP to the event. Contact Emily Johns at 508-994-2164, or email .

Learn More about Joanna Macy and The Work that Reconnects 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

Leaf Bullet Save The Date


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

Work that Reconnects Weekend - Cultivating the Wild Heart

Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15 Starseed Healing Sanctuary and Holistic Treatment Center - Savoy, MA
Join Paula Hendrick, Carol Harley, Aravinda Ananda and Joseph Rotella for a weekend of the Work That Reconnects (WTR) at Starseed Healing Sanctuary in Savoy, MA. Located on 130 acres of fields, forests and wetlands in the Berkshire Hills, Starseed is an interfaith healing sanctuary and holistic retreat center dedicated to personal and planetary transformation. The land will be a part of our time together, as we draw upon the living Earth for strength and support in our work for the healing of the world. We will follow the spiral and interweave WTR practices and earth connection throughout the weekend and also incorporate some content and practices from Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone's new book - Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy.

In these times in which the Great Unraveling is accelerating, we will join together in mutual support and collaboration in working for the Great Turning, as we plumb the depths of our souls and cultivate our wild and resilient hearts. Whether you are completely new to The Work That Reconnects, or well experienced in it, this will be a powerful opportunity to reconnect and deepen in our service to life on Earth.

The cost for this weekend is on a sliding scale of $200-$300 which includes program, delicious vegetarian meals, and a tent site. For an additional $45 per night, you can stay in a shared room in the retreat house. Some partial barters are available

For more information or to register, please email Aravinda at here.

Learn more about Starseed Healing Sanctuary here.

Sustainability Summer Camp 2012: Earth Keeper Camp

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

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

Cost: $80 per child. Scholarships are available.

Date: July 16th- July 20th

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

You may also register here

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.

For the Sake of Life on Earth - A Weekend of Deep Ecology

Friday, July 26 - Sunday, July 29 Starseed Healing Sanctuary and Holistic Treatment Center - Savoy, MA
Join Jeremiah Wallack, Joseph Rotella, and Aravinda Ananda for a weekend of Deep Ecology as we explore the challenges we face on our beautiful planet and draw on our collective power, strength and wisdom to act for the healing of our world. We will embark on a rare journey together, building our weekend community and engaging in a powerful series of Re-Earthing rituals created by John Seed, Joanna Macy and others, designed to help end the sense of alienation from the living Earth that many of us feel. This weekend will incorporate many practices from the Work That Reconnects, and Saturday will culminate with a Council of All Beings. Sunday will have a special focus on building support for going forth in our work for the healing of our world. This workshop will renew the spirit and vision of those who serve the Earth and connect us with deep sources of joy and inspiration as we build strength and solidarity in our connections with each other and the web of life.

The cost for this weekend is on a sliding scale of $200-$300 which includes program, delicious vegetarian meals, and a tent site. For an additional $45 per night, you can stay in a shared room in the retreat house. Some partial barters are available.

For more information or to register, please email Aravinda at here.

Learn more about Starseed Healing Sanctuary here.

Women's Full Moon Canoe Trip

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

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

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

Preregister here or call 508-990-0505 x10. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jasmine at 508-990-0505 x13, or email here.

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
ACUPCC Five-Year Report Underscores Profound Impact
The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment and its almost 700 signatories have demonstrated a profound and positive impact in negating the affects of climate change and integrating sustainable practices on their campuses since the initiative's inception in 2007, according to Celebrating Five Years of Climate Leadership, the ACUPCC's five-year report. The report quantifies the progress of the initiative, which represents an agreement between nearly 700 colleges and universities to promote sustainability through teaching and action. These actions includes reducing carbon emissions on their campuses; deploying sustainable practices; revising their curriculums and cultures to raise awareness of sustainability in students and graduates; sponsoring research and developing best case practices; and engaging local economies and communities. The report was released in conjunction with the ACUPCC's annual Climate Leadership Summit , which was held at American University in Washington, DC on June 21st and 22nd.

The report's highlights include:
  • More than 675 signatories, representing 6 million students or 30 percent of the nation's college and university population, have committed to the ACUPCC.
  • Collectively, entire network has reduced gross greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent since 2007.
  • By 2022, the signatories are projected to reduce their gross emissions by over 50 percent.
  • More than 30 percent of signatories have targeted becoming climate neutrality within 20 years.
  • Signatories collectively represent the third-largest purchasers of Renewable Energy Credits in the U.S.-enough green power for 130,000 American households.
  • Almost 200 signatories offer nearly 10,000 courses focused on sustainability.
The ACUPCC is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments from college and universities to accelerate the education, research and community engagement to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate, and eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations.

Learn more here.
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.
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.
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.
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
5 Ways to Save Money on Air Conditioning
The average homeowner spends about $375 on air conditioning. Here's how to slash your summer energy bills, and still stay cool. Learn more here.

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