Live Green or Die: Get the Sustainable SouthCoast bumper sticker!


Great for bumpers (including bike, moped and tractor bumpers), windows, signs, etc., our new bumper sticker proclaims the urgency of the need to get right with the ecosystem.

Thanks to the United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Mini-Grants program, Sustainable SouthCoast bought garden supplies to give away, supplies for meetings and workshops, and these bumper stickers! Thanks United Way and Claudia Kirk!

Get one at our next event. They’re free to Sustainable SouthCoast members (anyone who has attended our meetings) and 50 cents to all others.

Fossil Fuel Independence Day

Fossil Fuel Independence Day was a great time to gather and think about what celebrating the origin of the United States is about and how we can honor those efforts today.

Here’s a slide show of the event by Chuck Dade [click here]

Next First Fridays, Aug. 1, we tentatively plan to continue the garden work at Wings Court, with demonstration of how to make a rainbarrel, digging earth for the raingarden (a spongy garden that drinks up rainwater from downspouts) and creation of raised-bed demonstration gardens.

Chuck Hauck created the sculpture of the Ghost of Fossil Fuel Past. We moved him (or her?) to William Street for SummerFest.

Fossil-Fuel Independence Day!!! July 4

download poster (We’ll leave poster board in Bristol Hall starting Monday. Folks can take pieces to make their energy-vision posters. We’ll also try to provide a sample poster. Or, make a poster on July 4! We’ll put them up on a clothesline to be viewed.)

In the city where the U.S. began its trajectory to petroleum fuel dependence…

Independence Day
July 4
Envision local, clean, peaceful renewable energy!
4to 9 pm • Friday, July 4 • Free
Wings Court in Downtown New Bedford
(Enter the courtyard on Purchase or Union streets)

– Live music
– Large eco-sculptures
– Poetry and ceremony to bless the earth
– Make, post and view posters of local visions for a clean renewable energy future
– Help dig and install a raingarden (and other tasks)
– Information and conversations about biofuels, solar-heated water, weatherization, rainbarrels, low-cost heat, wind energy, bicycling, public transit and more!
– Petition for a city Energy Committee
– Information tables at Summerfest, July 5

4 pm: Bobby Lee
5-7 pm: Sing Out singalong (a First Fridays event) in Bristol Hall, 752 Purchase St.
7 pm: Mark Moniz
8 pm: U.S. SAM

6 pm: Earth-honoring ceremony to bless the earth and our city
6:30 pm: Making and posting energy posters. Digging the Wings Court rain-
garden to treat stormwater (shovels invited). Signing the energy petition.

Hosted by First Fridays, Sustainable SouthCoast, NB Green/Verde,
A.C.C.E.S.S. Art and City Repair Project

Rain location: Bristol Hall, 752 Purchase Street

Volunteers, posters, garden workers and artists needed!

Contact: or 508-999-0691

Garden Night @ Wings Court, Downtown New Bedford!

volunteers needed! attendees needed too!


Take home a garden!

6:30 to 9 pm • Friday, June 6
Wings Court in Downtown New Bedford
Enter on Purchase Street or Union Street
Free • All welcome

Growing food helps reduce your grocery bill, lower your gas costs,
and eat better. Join us.

• get FREE garden compost (bring buckets!)
• plant seedlings, buy and trade plants, get free seedlings!
• watch a fun film about an eclectic farmer
• make a raised-bed garden
• help plan the Wings Court eco-garden
• bring a picnic! enjoy live music
• free bicycle cab rides by NB Pedicab


5 pm
Sing Out singalong (a First Fridays event) in Bristol Hall,
752 Purchase Street, next to The Green Bean cafe

6:30 pm
Garden Night in Wings Court (behind Bristol Hall)

8 pm
Film: The Real Dirt on Farmer John

Hosted by First Fridays, Sustainable SouthCoast and NB

Compost supplied free by the City of NB. Materials funded by the
United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Mini-Grants Program
Questions: or 508-999-0691

Wing’s Court Greening Meet

Wing’s Court is a lovely, tucked in space that has the potential to bring solace and community to citizens who are in the downtown. We feel it could do this better if it were more GREEN. On Saturday, May 3, a meeting will be held in the Bristol Building Foyer at 10 a.m. to take a look at a proposal to make Wing’s Court a Downtown Green with spaces designed for public gardening, for learning about permaculture and for seeing how rain gardens and rain barrels (and other sustainable practices) work. This is a project/grant looking for everyone’s vision of what a real green, heart of downtown would be like. Please feel free to email your thoughts to if you are unable to attend and would like to comment.