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Did you know that walking on your lawn results in more carbon dioxide** being sequestered* from the air..(1) So says expert researcher and Director Dr. Rob Moir of OceanRiver Institute.

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. the Institute connects donors and advocates with specific community-based opportunities for proactive stewardship, saving wildlife, and protecting ecosystems with environmental education, science and conservation. (*sequestered – taken out and held in place) (**C02 a major component of greenhouse gases.)

Dr. Moir’s presentation, helping us get focused on a common element of many landscapes. It’s all about the Grasses! The scientific study of soils and microbiological dynamics of soils interaction with the grasses, turns out to be very important. Grass / lawn care management re-think can become a simple but effective means to fight global warming.

Ever wondered what you can do at home that would impact climate change and the bad weather many of us have had to deal with? Then Dr. Moir has a proven solution. In his home state there are 2000 square miles of lawns.

Do the math! 1 sq mile is 640 acres. That’s 1,280,000 acres in one of 50 states?

According to this recently published article Dr. Moir stated “Natural lawn care helps reduce carbon in the air” Join us to find out how you can spend less money on lawn care, improve the quality of your local watershed, and create a safer healthier yard for your family and pets.

Rob Moir, Ph.D., President and Executive Director, Ocean River Institute

Dr. Moir is an educator, scientist, and activist with a proven history of institutional management and marine policy success. Dr. Moir has been a leader of citizen science and efforts to clean up Salem Sound and Boston Harbor, as president of the advocacy organizations Salem Sound Harbor Monitors, Salem Sound 2000 and later Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, and through his appointment by the Secretary of Interior to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership.

When he was Curator of Natural History at the Peabody Essex Museum, he created the first bioregional management collaborative organization, Salem Sound Coastwatch in 1988. Dr. Moir established The James Baldwin Scholars Program at Hampshire College where he worked as a major gifts officer. He was formerly Curator of Education at the New England Aquarium and Executive Director of the Discovery Museums in Acton, Massachusetts.

Dr. Moir was awarded a Switzer Environmental Fellowship from the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation, and the James Centorino Award for Distinguished Performance in Marine Education by the National Marine Educators Association, which he also served as president. He was Sea Education Association’s first assistant scientist contracted for multiple voyages of the R.V. Westward in 1979 and 1980 W45, W49, W50, W52, and W53, and served on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Cambridge School of Weston.

Dr. Moir has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies, a Masters of Science and Teaching from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire. a B.A. from Hampshire College, and certificates of studies from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and the USC Wrigley Institute on Catalina Island.

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