[act-ma] Energy (and Other) events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Oct 10 21:21:37 PDT 2010


Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Legatum Lecture: Governor of Bank of Bangladesh
Speaker: Dr. Atiur Rahman, Governor of Bank of Bangladesh
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: 32-155
Dr. Rahman will speak on innovations in finance and banking in  
Bangladesh, including microfinance and mobile money.

Web site: http://legatum.mit.edu/
Open to: the general public
Cost: free of charge
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
For more information, contact:
legatum (at) mit (dot) edu


Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Cynthia Rudin: Mitigating Manhole Events in Manhattan
Speaker: Cynthia Rudin, Assistant Professor of Statistics, MIT Sloan  
School of Management
Time: 4:15p–5:30p
Location: 66-110
MITE Seminar Series sponsored by IHS Cambridge Energy Research  

There are a few hundred manhole events (fires, explosions, smoking  
manholes) in New York City every year, often stemming from problems in  
the low voltage secondary electrical distribution network that  
provides power to residential and commercial customers. I will  
describe work on the Columbia/Con Edison Manhole Events project, the  
goal of which is to predict manhole events in order to assist Con  
Edison (NYC's power utility company) with its pre-emptive maintenance  
and repair programs. The success of this project relied heavily on an  
understanding of the current state of Manhattan's grid, which has been  
built incrementally over the last century. Several different sources  
of Con Edison data are used for the project, the most important of  
which is the ECS (Emergency Control Systems) database consisting of  
trouble tickets from past events that are mainly recorded in free text  
by Con Edison dispatchers.

In this talk, I will discuss the data mining process by which we  
transformed extremely raw historical Con Edison data into a ranking  
model that predicts manhole vulnerability. A key aspect in this  
process is a machine learning method for ranking, called the "P-Norm  
Push." Our ranked lists are currently assisting with the  
prioritization of future inspections and repairs in Manhattan,  
Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative

For more information, contact:
Jameson Twomey
jtwomey at mit.edu


Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Page Hazlegrove Lecture in Glass Art: Maya Lin
Time: 6:30p–7:30p
Location: 34-101
Lin who first won acclaim for her winning design of the Vietnam  
Veteran's Memorial in Washington, DC, has maintained a careful balance  
between art and architecture throughout her career, creating a  
remarkable body of work that includes large-scale site-specific  
installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works and  
memorials. As an artist, she has made of discrete, studio-based  
objects and sculptural installations rooted in the exploratory  
practice of responding to materials as diverse as glass, wood, and  
wax. In 1994 she designed a 14-foot-long clock for New York's  
Pennsylvania Station, made of translucent glass lighted by hundreds of  
fiber optic light points. According to Newsweek, it hovers above the  
heads of travelers "like a glowing flying saucer."

For more than ten years, until her unexpected death in 1997, Page  
Hazlegrove served as director of MIT's Glass Lab. In celebration of  
her life and work, MIT has established the Page Hazlegrove Residency,  
which addresses one of Hazlegrove's highest priorities: inviting glass  
artists to the Institute for the benefit and further development of  
the MIT community.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/glasslab/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Glass Lab
For more information, contact:


Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The Energy Challenge: Innovation and the Role of ARPA-E
Speaker: Arun Majumdar, Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency -  
Time: 4:15p–5:30p
Location: E15-070
MITE Seminar Series sponsored by IHS Cambridge Energy Research  
We are living through a Sputnik moment in our nation?s history, where  
we have witnessed multiple wake up calls with regards to the need for  
innovating in energy technologies. ARPA-E was created to address this  
need by investing in high-risk/high-impact projects, with a mission  
to: (i) reduce energy imports; (ii) reduce energy-related emissions;  
(iii) improve energy efficiency of all economic sectors; and (iv) to  
ensure US technological lead. This mission is at the heart of our  
national, economic and environmental security. This talk will first  
briefly explain the history of the agency and then focus on new  
technical programs that have been created to address the mission, as  
well as a few scientific ideas that capture the imagination of what is  
technologically possible. The talk will also explain how it is  
planning for the future, both in terms of technologies as well as an  

Arun Majumdar became the first Director of the Advanced Research  
Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), the country's only agency devoted  
to transformational energy research and development, in October 2009.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative

For more information, contact:
Jameson Twomey
jtwomey at mit.edu


Wednesday, October 13, 2010
IDEAS Generator Dinner
Speaker: Representatives from ACCION, UNICEF, Mercy Corps and others
Time: 7:00p–9:30p
Location: 50, Morss Hall (Walker Memorial)
Join us for the launch of the IDEAS Competition and the MIT Global  
Challenge! At the Generator you can hear from a panel of development  
experts who will describe innovation opportunities on the ground.
Students, pitch your ideas, pitch your skills, and connect with others  
who are looking to apply invention as a public service - at home and  
around the world. Light dinner and soft drinks.

Web site: http://beta-globalchallenge.mit.edu/events/view/59
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): IDEAS Competition, MIT Public Service Center, MIT150, MIT  
Alumni Association
For more information, contact:
Lars Hasselblad Torres
lhtorres at mit.edu


Thursday, October 14, 2010
Empowering consumers through transparency at GoodGuide
Speaker: Dara O'Rourke, Founder and Chief Sustainability Officer,  
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: E62-276
Sustainability @ Sloan Speaker Series

Consumer-facing businesses in the next century will be defined by the  
need for transparency about the health, environmental, and  
socioeconomic impacts of their products. This trend is enabled - and  
partly driven - by tools like GoodGuide, the leading web and mobile  
tool to support conscious consumption. Dara O'Rourke is a professor at  
UC Berkeley and founder of GoodGuide. He will discuss GoodGuide as a  
learning experiment and share the emerging lessons - about what  
consumers care about; about how to effectively gather and deploy life  
cycle product data; and about how to partner across companies, NGO's,  
and academia to enable radical product transparency.

Web site: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/sustainability/speakers.php
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Sustainability at Sloan Speaker Series, MIT Sloan Energy and  
Environment Club, Sloan Energy and Environment Club
For more information, contact:
Jason Jay
jjay at mit.edu


Thursday, October 14, 2010
NGO2.0: When Social Action Meets Social Media
Speaker: Jing Wang
Time: 5:00a–7:00a
Location: 4-231
CMS Colloquium Series
The CMS colloquium series provides an intimate and informal exchange  
between a visiting speaker and CMS faculty, students, visiting  
scholars and friends. Each week during the term, we host a figure from  
academia, industry, or the art world to speak about their work and its  
relation to our studies. These sessions are free, open to the public,  
and serve as an excellent introduction to our program.

Professor Wang will discuss the genesis and implementation of a civic  
media project that she conceptualized and launched in China in May  
2009. The project, titled NGO2.0, is a social experiment that  
introduces Web 2.0 thinking and social media tools to the grassroots  
NGOs in the underdeveloped regions of China. How has new media  
complicated social action and civic engagement? What are the evolving  
stakes for social change proponents? How are change agents coping with  
governmental intervention in a country where social media is held  
suspect? Professor Wang will speculate on the emergence of a new field  
of inquiry -- social media action research -- while sharing insights  
and findings about her involvement in shaping an NGO 2.0 culture in  

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies

For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre
cms at mit.edu


Friday, October 15, 2010
Energy Innovation and Research at the Technion-Israel Institute of  
Speaker: Professor Gideon Grader, Head of the Technion Energy Program
Time: 8:00a–10:00a
Location: E51-335
Prof. Grader will discuss the latest multi-disciplinary efforts at the  
Technion to develop alternative and renewable energy, energy storage,  
and energy efficiency technologies. Information on opportunities for  
energy internships in Israel will also be presented.
-Light refreshments will be served

Web site: http://www.meetup.com/boston-israel/calendar/14930019/?from=list&offs

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT-Israel, MIT International Science and Technology  
Initiatives (MISTI), Hillel (MIT), MIT Energy Club, Boston- Israel  
Cleantech Alliance, American Technion Society, Combined Jewish  
For more information, contact:
David Dolev
mit-israel at mit.edu


Friday, October 15, 2010
Nuclear Tipping Point
Speaker: Secretary George P. Shultz
Time: 1:00p–2:30p
Location: E51, Wong Auditorium
Nuclear Tipping Point is a documentary film that focuses on  
conversations with four men intimately involved in American diplomacy  
and national security over the last four decades. Former Secretary of  
State George Shultz, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former  
Secretary of Defense Bill Perry and former Senator Sam Nunn share the  
personal experiences that led them to write two Wall Street Journal op- 
eds in support of a world free of nuclear weapons and the steps needed  
to get there.

George Shultz has had a distinguished career in government, in  
academia, and in business. He has held four different cabinet posts,  
has taught at three of the United States' greatest universities, and  
was president of a major engineering and construction company. Mr.  
Shultz held two key positions in President Reagan's administration:  
Chairman of the President's Economic Policy Advisory Board (1981-1982)  
and Secretary of State (1982-1989)

Web site: http://www.nucleartippingpoint.org/home.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Campus Events, MIT Energy Initiative, Center  
for International Studies
For more information, contact:
Karen Gibson
kgibson at mit.edu


Friday, October 15, 2010
MIT Energy Night
Speaker: Varied presenters in the field of energy
Time: 5:30p–8:30p
Location: N52, MIT Museum
MIT Energy Night is the MIT Energy Club's flagship event for the fall.  
The event seeks to showcase the most exciting energy research,  
education, and entrepreneurship at MIT.
The event includes presenters conducting research or work in the field  
of energy, both here at MIT and within surrounding local businesses  
and firms. Presenters will be dispersed throughout the museum with  
posters detailing their work and attendees are encouraged to peruse  
over appetizers and light refreshments.
We welcome everyone to enjoy the night with us and celebrate the  
wealth of work in the field of energy here at MIT.

Web site: http://energynight.mit.edu/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Tickets: N/A
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club- Energy Night Subgroup, General Motors
For more information, contact:
Kate Goldstein
(401) 345 6543
mitenergynight at gmail.com


Friday, October 15, 2010
Architecture Lecture
Speaker: Rodolphe el-Khoury, Architect, Khoury Levit Fong, Toronto
Time: 6:30p–8:30p
Location: 7-431
IN PROGRESS "Designing with Scent"

Web site: http://architecture.mit.edu/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:


The MoveOn Effect: The Internet's Impact on Political Action?Dave  
Karpf, Rutgers Assistant Professor and Yale Information Society  
Project Fellow
Tuesday, October 12, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person (rsvp at cyber.law.harvard.edu)
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our  
site shortly after (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast).

Rutgers Assistant Professor and Yale Information Society Project  
Fellow Dave Karpf discusses his research on the emergence of a new  
generation of internet-mediated political advocacy groups in America.   
Karpf argues that changes in membership and fundraising regimes are  
affecting the political economy of interest group action, dramatically  
altering the interest group ecology of American politics.  The talk  
will focus on issues with studying groups who, despite online  
information abundance, keep the important data behind firewalls.

About Dave
Dave Karpf is an Assistant Professor in the Journalism and Media  
Studies Department at Rutgers University, School of Communication and  
Information.  He holds a Ph.D in political science from the University  
of Pennsylvania (2009) and has held fellowships at Brown University's  
Taubman Center for Public Policy and the University of Virginia's  
Miller Center for Public Affairs.  He is currently a Visiting Fellow  
with the Yale Information Society Project.

Dave's research concerns the internet's impact on American political  
associations, with a particularly emphasis on the new "netroots"  
political groups like MoveOn, Organizing for America, and community  
blogs like DailyKos.  He runs the Blogosphere Authority Index (www.blogosphereauthorityindex.com 
), an open-access dataset used by many blog researchers.  His work has  
been published in the Journal of Information Technology & Politics,  
Politics and Technology Review, and IEEE Intelligent Systems, and has  
also been covered in The Economist.  Dave's perspective on political  
associations draws on over a decade of participation-observation in  
the leadership of the Sierra Club, having served as National Director  
of their student-run arm in 1999 and recently serving 2 terms on their  
national Board of Directors (2004-2010).  His work can be found online  
at www.davidkarpf.com.


Future of Energy: "The Innovation Equation at Tata"
Tue., Oct. 12, 2010, 5 – 6 p.m.
Science Center D
One Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA
Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science
Harvard University Center for the Environment
Sunil Sinha, CEO of Tata Quality Management Services, Tata Group
Second talk in the HUCE Future of Energy series. His talk will focus  
on energy and innovation as it relates to both the Tata Group and  
India as a whole. He will also discuss Tata Motors' Nano, a $2500 four- 
passenger city car that entered the market in 2008, and has since  
received a number of innovation prizes.


Honeybee Democracy: Author Lecture
Tue., Oct. 12, 2010, 6 – 7 p.m.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science
Harvard Museum of Natural History, co-sponsored by Cambridge  
Entomological Club
Thomas Seeley, professor of biology at Cornell University
Free and open to the public
hmnh at oeb.harvard.edu
As they face the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a  
new home every year, honeybees employ a complex decision-making  
process that includes fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus  
building. Thomas Seeley, world-renowned animal behaviorist and  
professor of biology at Cornell, will explore what these incredible  
insects can teach us about collective wisdom and democracy.


NOW? What is Structural Design? / Jurg Conzett with Mohsen Mostafavi
Wed., Oct. 13, 2010, 12 – 2 p.m.
Stubbins Room, Gund Hall
Art/Design, Education, Lecture, Research study, Special Events
Jurg Conzett, structural engineer; Mohsen Mostafavi, architect, dean  
of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Alexander and  
Victoria Wiley Professor of Design
Brooke King: bking at gsd.harvard.edu
Jurg Conzett, a citizen of Schiers (Grisons, Switzerland), studied  
civil engineering at the Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in  
Lausanne and Zurich and received his diploma in 1980. Today he leads  
an engineering office of about 20 people together with his partners  
Gianfranco Bronzini and Patrick Gartmann in Chur. Their main  
activities are designing structures for buildings together with  
architects as well as working on projects for bridges and bridge repair.


Brown Bag Lunch Presentation by Next Step Living
Wed., Oct. 13, 2010, 12 – 1 p.m.
Longwood Medical Area
Kresge G3
Classes/Workshops, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
Joint Housing and Transportation Committee
Adam Hirsch from Next Step Living
Learn how to lower your home energy bills by 40 percent! Attend a  
brown bag lunch presentation by Next Step Living (NSL), a leading  
Massachusetts-based residential energy efficiency company.
NSL can help you lower your electric, cooling, and heating bills,  
saving you money (approximately $600-$1,200 a year, on average) and  
reducing your carbon footprint in the process. As part of our  
environmental sustainability efforts, we are excited to introduce a  
new initiative that can provide both homeowners and renters living in  
Massachusetts with access to significant new weatherization subsidies.  
The NSL energy audit is free, and many follow-up energy improvements  
you choose to make are subsidized by the utility companies (up to  


Grilled Cheese and Organic Farming Comes to Harvard!
Wed., Oct. 13, 2010, 1 – 6 p.m.
Harvard Community Garden
Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Special Events
Harvard Office for Sustainability and the Harvard Community Garden
Travis Forgues
Rachel Johnson: rachel_johnson at harvard.edu
Hosted by Generation Organic — a group of young, dynamic, organic  
farmers touring the country this fall in their non-GMO-veggie oil- 
sippin’ Gen-O school bus.
"Grilled Cheese Social" from 1 – 3:30 p.m.: The farmers will serve  
fresh grilled cheese sandwiches plus homemade pesto sourced from the  
garden. Stop by to eat, chat, and conspire about a more sustainable  
future for food and the planet.
"Sustainable Farming Conversation" from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Lowell JCR,  
featuring special guest organic pioneer and Vermont native Travis  
Forgues, followed by a reception and dinner with the farmers in Lowell.


Beyond Agribusiness: New and Old Ways to Grow Food
Wed., Oct. 13, 2010, 7 – 9 p.m.
Armenise Amphitheatre
Harvard Medical School
200 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Education, Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Health Sciences, Lecture,  
Science, Special Events
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School  
Division of Medical Sciences
sitnboston at gmail.com
Free weekly science seminars about today's hottest science topics.


Design and Global Crisis: World Economic Forum at Harvard
Thu., Oct. 14, 2010
MULTIPLE locations
Art/Design, Conferences, Education, Lecture, Special Events
Brooke King: bking at gsd.harvard.edu


Brown Bag Lunch presentation by Next Step Living
Thu., Oct. 14, 2010, 12 – 1 p.m.
CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room (S020), 1730 Cambridge St.
Classes/Workshops, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
Joint Housing and Transportation Committee
Adam Hirsch from Next Step Living
Learn how to lower your home energy bills by 40 percent! Attend a  
brown bag lunch presentation by Next Step Living (NSL), a leading  
Massachusetts-based residential energy efficiency company.
NSL can help you lower your electric, cooling, and heating bills,  
saving you money (approximately $600-$1,200 a year, on average) and  
reducing your carbon footprint in the process. As part of our  
environmental sustainability efforts, we are excited to introduce a  
new initiative that can provide both homeowners and renters living in  
Massachusetts with access to significant new weatherization subsidies.  
The NSL energy audit is free, and many follow-up energy improvements  
you choose to make are subsidized by the utility companies (up to  


Information Visualization for Knowledge Discovery
Thu., Oct. 14, 2010, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Maxwell Dworkin G-115, 33 Oxford St., Cambridge
Information Technology, Lecture, Science
Institute for Applied Computational Science and the SEAS Computer  
Science Faculty
Ben Shneiderman, professor of computer science and founder of the  
Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, University of Maryland
gioia at pacific.harvard.edu
Distinguished Lecture in Computational Science




Energy, Society, and Culture

October 15, 2010  10:00a–12:30p

During the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters, the BU Department of  
Geography and Environment and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the  
Study of the Longer-Range Future will convene the John Sawyer Seminars  
at Boston University on Energy Transitions and Society. The seminar  
series, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will  
bring together leadings scholars from across the United States and  
abroad to discuss various aspects of how energy transitions are  
themselves socially constituted and how they have, and are likely to,  
impact society.

Category: lectures/conferences

Speaker:  Laura Nader (Anthropology, University of California,  
Berkeley), Peter Shulman, (History, Case Western Reserve University),  
James McCann (History, Boston University)

Location:  Room 424, School of Management building (595 Commonwealth  
Avenue), Boston University

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Campus Events, Boston University Clean  
Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative (CEESI)

Admission:  Open to the public

Seating is limited. To register, please send an email to pardee at bu.edu

For more information:

Contact Rania Ghosn

rghosn at gmail.com




The Gulf Oil Spill: What Have We Learned?

October 12, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
sponsored by: The Global Development And Environment Institute, Tufts  
Institute for the Environment and the Tufts Department of Economics

Location: Medford/Somerville Campus

Pearson Chemical Laboratory

Room 106

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico was the  
largest marine oil spill ever. Join us for a panel discussion of the  
legal, economic, and policy implications of the spill. Panelists will  
provide a short presentation on their unique perspectives on the  
spill, followed by an open discussion of the issues.

Antje Danielson, Director of the Tufts Institute for the Environment  
and co-founder of Zipcar
Gilbert Metcalf, Tufts University Professor of Economics and Research  
Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research
Brian Roach, Senior Researcher at the Global Development And  
Environment Institute and former consultant for the Minerals  
Management Service
John Rumpler, Tufts University alum and Senior Environmental Attorney  
for Environment America

Beverages and snacks will be provided.

Contact: Lauren Denizard lauren.denizard at tufts.edu




Thursday, October 14

Boston Area Solar Energy Association
The BASEA forums are held September through May, the second Thursday  
of each month, at the 1st Parish Unitarian Church, #3 Church St.,  
Harvard Square, Cambridge.

A reception begins at 7:00 p.m., with the program beginning at 7:30 p.m.


EarthWorks Dissolution

Final Volunteer Date!
As fall quickly sets in, we have one last open volunteer day to clean  
up the orchards and put them to rest for winter. On Sunday October  
17th from 10am - 1pm we will be working to pick any last fruit  
lingering on trees, clean up in and around the orchards, taking down  
summer pest control management, and making sure that the trees are  
lovingly tucked away for winter. Please call or email to sign up!
617.442.1059 or info at earthworksboston.org

As we have worked in the orchards this summer, we are so proud of the  
contribution that EarthWorks orchards and Outdoor Classrooms have made  
to the City of Boston. We introduced the model of public urban  
orchards, which non-profit groups in other cities are now emulating,  
and created an outdoor curriculum that uses the orchard setting to  
introduce children to the concept of an urban ecosystem.

These programmatic achievements have come alongside serious  
organizational challenges and insufficient financial support to keep  
EarthWorks solvent. The Board thus reached the conclusion that the  
success of our programs can be maintained only through an  
organizational transition, and made the decision to dissolve. We are  
working to identify organizations that can keep the orchards public  
and productive and can use the Outdoor Classroom curriculum as a means  
to educate and inspire our communities about the value of locally  
grown fruit and other foods.




Climate Change, Arts and the Media:  A Transatlantic Symposium

Monday, October 18, 2010, 6–8 PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 9 AM–1:30 PM
School for Management, Boston University, 595 Commonwealth Avenue,  
In English
Admission free - RSVP requested
RSVP/Info:  program2 at boston.goethe.org

The perception of climate change is strongly influenced by the media  
as well as the work of filmmakers, artists, etc.  While the majority  
of Europe’s population and governments identifies human-made climate  
change as one of the fiercest challenges of our time, the issue of  
global warming remains disputed within American public. We aim to  
examine the perceptions of climate change within Europe and the United  
States, and ask: what is the role and indeed the responsibility of the  
media and the arts in shaping this perception and enabling an  
appropriate response to climate change?


Passivhaus, LEED, and the City of Boston
A Green Housing Symposium

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Cascieri Hall, Boston Architectural College
320 Newbury Street,
Boston, MA

This timely gathering aims to answer one simple question:  Within  
Boston's urban reality, what indicates a successful green home design  
and how is it best achieved?  Framed with a keynote presentation by  
Wolfgang Feist and Katrin Klingenberg, and explored in snapshot  
presentations of local examples, the answer will ultimately be found  
in a panel discussion that examines the real-world relationship  
between Passivhaus, LEED, and the CIty of Boston's new Energy Plus  
housing program.

Hosted bt the Boston Architectural College, this event is free and  
open to the public.
Please RSVP to keefe at placetailor.com if you plan to attend.


2010 MCAN Climate Action Conference
"Act Locally, or Sink Globally"
Sunday, October 24th, 2010, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Clark University, Main Street, Worcester, MA



Cambridge Climate Emergency Forum

  ~ An Open Conversation about Next Steps in Cambridge ~
  Windsor Community Health Center, 2nd floor
119 Windsor Street, Cambridge

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 7 pm

Last winter more than 100 residents and representatives from local  
businesses and institutions met at City Hall on three Saturdays to  
discuss the climate emergency and develop proposals for response.  
Delegates to this congress formed the Cambridge Climate Emergency  
Action Group (CCEAG) to promote awareness, civic action and other  
proposals of the congress. In past months, at markets and outdoor  
events, awareness campaigners have talked with over a thousand  
Meanwhile, as evidence of accelerating climate change increases,  
response on the national level has been scant. Coming elections put  
progress at the federal and state levels into question. What should we  
be doing now at the local level?

Come and share your ideas to build a movement to reach beyond our  




To members of the Climate CoLab community,

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Climate CoLab contest,  
as well as a major upgrade of our software platform.

The contest will address the question: What international climate  
agreements should the world community make?

The first round runs through October 31 and the final round through  
November 26.

In early December, the United Nations and U.S. Congress will be  
briefed on the winning entries.

We are raising funds in the hope of being able to pay travel expenses  
for one representative from each winning team to attend one or both of  
these briefings.

We invite you to form teams and enter the contest--learn more at http://climatecolab.org 

We also encourage you to fill out your profiles and add a picture, so  
that members of the community can get to know each other.

And please inform anyone you believe might be interested about the  

Editorial Comment:  I played a previous version of this simulation.   
This time around, I like the 350 plan which is as close to zero  
emissions as the exercise will get.




Artisan Asylum  http://artisansasylum.com/

Sprout & Co:  Community Driven Investigations  http://thesprouts.org/studios

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project  http://www.transformationcentral.org/solidarity/mapping/mapping.html
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation


Links to events at 60 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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