[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Aug 22 19:41:44 PDT 2010


Wednesday, August 25

6:30 - 9:30pm

SIGGRAPH 2010 Electronic Theater Animation Festival

MIT Campus Stata Center, 32-123
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

6:30pm - 7:30pm - meeting people, talking and networking.
7:30pm - 9:30pm - We will be seeing the SIGGRAPH 2010 Electronic  
Theater Festival
Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Maya-Users-Group

August 29th, Thursday


Bill McKibben Speaks About His New Book, Eaarth

Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA.  Free Admission.

You can hear Bill McKibben speak in person about his new book,  
'Eaarth'.  In this Green-Sanctuary group recommended book, he says our  
hope depends on building the kind of societies that can concentrate on  
essentials.  This book is being sold by the Green Sanctuary group at  
Sunday coffee hours.



6 to 8 PM

Hyde Square Green Zone kick-off party

Hyde Square Task Force's Cheverus Bldg, behind the church at 365  
Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Make your home more affordable and comfortable and help start the Hyde  
Square Green Zone

Come learn about energy-saving tips and resources for your home and  
Refreshments will be served!   Kids welcome!

Sponsored by the Cool JP committee of Boston Climate Action Network  
(BostonCAN.org)  857-544-6846


What's a "Green Zone," you ask?

A "green zone" or "green block" is an area where neighbors decide  
to work together to cut their energy use significantly.

Are you wondering if your home is an ENERGY HOG? Or are you disgusted  
by the oil drilling mess in the Gulf of Mexico? Or  maybe you're  
anxious to get a job in the rising Green Wave of energy efficiency  
jobs. If so, joining with your neighbors to create a “green  
block” is a great way to turn your personal action into political  

Recently Boston Climate Action Network launched an initiative called  
"Cool JP," a campaign that aims to get at least 25% of JP's 12,300  
households involved to lowering their carbon footprints by 25% (per  
household) in 3 years. This is part of a larger Cool Mass project lead  
by Mass Climate Action Network and we hope our Cool JP pilot project  
will generate ideas that will catch on throughout Boston's diverse  

One way we're engaging folks in Boston is through creating GREEN  
BLOCKS and GREEN ZONES where neighbors learn and work together to  
reduce their energy bills and make their homes and neighborhoods more  
sustainable. By talking together about energy conservation, we can  
pool information and share our lists of what types of work we might  
undertake to make our homes more efficient. If we have a long list of  
potential work in a small area, we can attract contractors who are  
able to pay better wages to their workers and offer us a group discount.

BostonCAN can help you reach out to your neighbors and get started:  
with smart energy parties, low carbon living groups, home energy coach  
visits, weatherization barn-raisings, and collective approaches to  
landlords and to contractors about cost-effective energy efficiency  
improvements. Get involved by coming out on August 27, signing up for  
updates, or calling us at 857-544-6846 to volunteer.

Hope to see you soon!




Ongoing resources

The Forum Network, http://forum-network.org/, has a library of public  
lectures and courses and is sponsored by from PBS, NPR, CPB, Lowell  
Institute, WGBH.  Lots and lots of subjects and speakers to choose  
from, individual talks and ongoing series.  It looks like a much wider  
ranging version of what CSPAN II does with their Book TV every weekend.

Artisan Asylum, http://artisansasylum.com/, a public workshop, offers  
a series of skill-building courses.

Boston Latin Youth School Climate Action Network, http://www.blsyouthcan.org/ 
, could use your help in winning a grant to build a green roof on  
America's oldest public school.  See their website for further details.


Links to events at over 30 colleges and universities at Hubevents (http://hubevents.blogspot.com 
Thanks to Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering  
in the Boston Area (http://fhapgood.fastmail.fm/site02.html)
Boston Area Computer User Groups  http://www.bugc.org/

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