[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Mar 20 18:26:07 PDT 2011

Energy (and Other) Events is a weekly mailing list published most  
Sundays covering events around the Cambridge, MA and greater Boston  
area that catch the editor's eye.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Science Policy Lunch: Lars Friberg
Speaker: Lars Friberg
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: RSVP to Megan Brewster (mmb6 at mit.edu)

Lars Friberg, Office of Science and Innovation, Swedish Embassy, works  
as climate and energy attaché with the office of science and  
innovation at the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C. a position he has  
held since February 2010. He has been engaged in climate and  
sustainable development issues on the international level for more  
than a decade.

Web site: web.mit.edu/spi
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Science Policy Initiative, GSC Funding Board
For more information, contact:
Scott Carlson
sciencepolicy at mit.edu

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Foods, Drugs and Neurotransmitters: Mapping Mechanisms in Brain  
Speaker: various
Time: 1:00p–5:30p
Location: 46-3002
After forty years of academic endeavor, Richard "Dick" Wurtman will be  
retiring from MIT this year. Please join the Department of Brain and  
Cognitive Sciences for an afternoon of special lectures honoring  
Dick's contributions to science and his many accomplishments  
throughout his career. For further details, please visit the event's  
web page. ***Please note that RSVP's to Kathleen Dickey (kvdickey at mit.edu 
) are required for this event as space is limited.***

Web site:http://bcs.mit.edu/docs/wurtman/symposium/WurtmanSymposium32211InviteProgramwRSVP.doc

Open to: RSVP's are required for this event, please RSVP to Kathleen  
Sponsor(s): McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Brain and Cognitive  
Sciences, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
For more information, contact:
Kathleen V. Dickey
kvdickey at mit.edu

Online News: Public Sphere or Echo Chamber?
Thursday, February 24, 2011
5-7 p.m.

The digital age has been heralded but also pilloried for its impact on  
journalism. As newspapers continue their mutation into digital formats  
and as news and information are available from a seeming infinity of  
websites, what do we actually know about the dynamics of news- 
consumption online?  What does the public do with online news?  How  
influential are traditional news outlets in framing the news we get  


Joshua Benton is director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard  
University. Before spending a year at Harvard as a 2008 Nieman Fellow,  
he spent 10 years in newspapers, most recently at the Dallas Morning  
News. He has reported from 10 foreign countries, been a Pew Fellow in  
International Journalism, and three times been a finalist for the  
Livingston Award for International Reporting.

Pablo Boczkowski is a Professor of Communications Studies at  
Northwestern University where he leads a research program that studies  
the transition from print to digital media. He is the author  
ofDigitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers (2004) and News  
at Work: Imitation in an Age of Information Abundance (2010).

Moderator: Jason Spingarn-Koff is a New York-based documentary  
filmmaker and journalist, whose work has appeared on PBS (NOVA,  
Frontline/World, History Detectives, LIFE360), the BBC, MSNBC,Time and  
Wired. Spingarn-Koff is a 2010-2011 Knight Journalism Fellow at MIT.

Co-sponsor: MIT Anthropology Program


Thursday, March 24, 2011
Cape Ann Fresh Catch Seafood Demonstration
Time: 7:00p–9:00p
Location: 50-140
Guests from Cape Ann Fresh Catch, the Gloucester-based community  
supported fishery sponsored in part by MIT Sea Grant, will be  
demonstrating filleting and cooking techniques for the range of  
seafood caught locally and delivered to subsribers up and down the  
Massachusetts coast. Local fishermen will be on hand to discuss their  

Web site: http://www.capeannfreshcatch.org/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Sea Grant
For more information, contact:
Nancy Adams
nadamsx at mit.edu




Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy  
Research Energy Policy Seminar Series
March 21, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS 79 JFK St Cambridge, MA
"Transforming U.S. Energy Technology Innovation." Laura Diaz Anadon,  
Matthew Bunn, and Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Harvard.


Tuesday, March 22, 12 p.m.
"Growing an Online Community." Donna Byrd, publisher of The Root, a  
daily online magazine that provides commentary on today's news from a  
variety of black perspectives.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street


decolonizing copyright: Jamaican street dances and globally networked  
Larisa Mann of Berkeley Law School / Boalt Hall
Tuesday, March 22, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu 
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our  
site shortly after at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast

 From Larisa:

My research is on culture, copyright law, technology and power,  
grounded in an ethnographic case study of Jamaican music-making  
practices. I situate a specific local culture of music-making within  
modern global colonial capitalism through examining music-making’s  
relationship to copyright law, in the context of increasingly  
pervasive globally networked technology. In this presentation I will  
show how the street dance, the explosively creative heart of Jamaican  
musical practice, suggests several ways that technology can serve as  
help or hindrance to people currently excluded from formal systems of  
power. I'm interested not only in "innovation" or "creativity" but  
innovation and creativity in the service of equality.


Japan in Crisis: Exploring the Consequences of a Cascading Disaster
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 22, 2011, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Goodman Classroom, L-140, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy  
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Ash Center for Democratic Governance and  
Innovation, Program on Crisis Leadership, HKS Crisis Management  
Student Group, HKS Japan Caucus
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  David Giles: david_giles at harvard.edu, 617.496.4165
A Disaster Management in Asia Seminar Series Event
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the east  
coast of Japan, triggering massive tsunami waves that swept away whole  
towns and taking the lives of as many as 10,000 people. The earthquake  
also caused damage to several of Japan’s nuclear reactors, and  
authorities continue to struggle to bring that crisis under control.
In this panel discussion, faculty members, researchers, and guest  
panelists will explore the implications of this catastrophic chain of  
events and discuss the multifold challenges facing Japan as it  
struggles to respond and recover.
LINK  http://www.hks.harvard.edu/programs/crisisleadership/events


5:15pm - 6:45pm
Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge Through Ecological  
Waterscapes, Rainwater Harvesting and Participation
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein Building, Floor 2, Room 219)  
Harvard Kennedy School 79 JFK St Cambridge, MA
This World Water Day lecture will focus on how "Ecological  
Waterscapes" can be used in urban environments to capture rainwater  
and re-charge riversheds, thereby improving access to water.

Clean Energy & the Media Seminar
March 23, 2011 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Contact Name:  Cristine Russell
Cristine_Russell at hks.harvard.edu
Harvard Kennedy School, Bell Hall, Belfer Building, 5th floor 79 JFK  
St. Cambridge, MA
"The Seesaw Coverage of Nuclear Power: Promise or Peril?"

Join a conversation with distinguished journalists Matthew Wald,  
national energy and environment reporter, The New York Times, and Ned  
Potter, science correspondent, ABC News. Discussant is Matthew Bunn,  
co-principal investigator of the Belfer Center's Project on Managing  
the Atom. Last in a spring seminar series. Sponsors: Belfer Center for  
Science and International Affairs and Joan Shorenstein Center on the  
Press, Politics and Public Policy. Open to the community.


Webcast: "Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and  
March 23, 2011 - 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Contact Name:  Portia Gama  unuony at unu.edu
Hosted by the United Nations University Office at the United Nations  
as part of the UNU Worldwide in New York Series.

Speakers will present the recently published Global Environmental and  
Human Security Handbook for the Anthropocene (GEHSHA), which comprises  
95 peer-reviewed chapters which were written by 164 authors, and  
analyzes concepts of military and political hard security and  
economic, social and environmental soft security. Regional focuses  
include the Near East, Asia, and North and Sub-Sahara Africa, as well  
as addressing hazards in urban centers.

The major focus of this conference will be on coping with global  
environmental change - climate change, desertification, water, food  
and health - and with hazards and strategies pertaining to social  
vulnerability and resilience-building. The speakers will also examine  
scientific and political strategies, policies and measures - such as  
early warning of conflicts and hazards - and discuss a political geo- 
ecology and a "Fourth Green Revolution."


	• Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director of the United Nations University,  
Office at the United Nations in New York (UNU-ONY).
	• H.E. Ambassador Professor Dr. Joy Ogwu, Permanent Representative of  
Nigeria to the United Nations, author of a foreword.
	• H.E. Ambassador Dr. Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative of  
Germany to the United Nations.
	• Mr. Jorge Laguna-Celis, Delegate to the Second Committee,  
representing thePermanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations.
	• Hans Günter Brauch, Adj. Professor, Free University of Berlin;  
senior CASA fellow, UNU-EHS (Bonn); chairman of AFES-PRESS, Germany;  
co-editor, author.
	• Úrsula Oswald Spring, Professor, Centro Regional de Investigaciones  
Multidisciplinarias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (CRIM- 
UNAM, Cuernavaca, Mexico); first MR Chair on Social Vulnerability, UNU- 
EHS; co-editor, author.

Free, registration requried.


Relational Urbanism: Models, Cities and Systemic Utopias
WHEN  Wed., Mar. 23, 2011, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, MA 02138
SPEAKER(S)  Eduardo Rico
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Brooke King: events at gsd.harvard.edu
Eduardo Rico studied civil engineering in Spain and graduated from the  
AA's Landscape Urbanism program. He is currently an AA Landscape  
urbanism studio master and has acted as consultant and performed  
research in the fields of infrastructure and landscape in Spain and  
the UK. Currently he is involved in the development of infrastructural  
strategies for large-scale urban projects within the Arup engineering  
team as well as being part of the collective GroundLab.
LINK  http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/calendar/index.cgi


IOP Study Group
March 24, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Faculty Dining Room Harvard Kennedy School 79 JFK Street Cambridge, MA

Study with IOP fellow and Former U.S. Representative for South  
Carolina’s 4th District Bob Inglis. discussing ENERGY and  
Discuss the future of American energy and climate policy! Learn and  
exchange views on future energy legislation, conservation, and the  
economic possibilities of environmentalism.

Open to everyone! *No Homework**No Reading**No Requirements*


Biodiversity, Ecology, & Global Change: Jon Chase
March 24, 2011 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Contact Name:  Lisa Matthews  lisa_matthews at harvard.edu   617-495-8883
Biolabs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Ave, Cambridge
Jon Chase
Professor of Biology; Director, Tyson Research Center
Washington University in St. Louis

Professor Chase works to address some of the most fundamental  
principles of community ecology. His specific research interests  
currently center around understanding patterns of biodiversity,  
relative species abundances, and variation in community composition  
from site-to-site (beta-diversity), and how spatial processes, biotic  
interactions, abiotic factors, habitat degradation and restoration,  
and biogeographic factors, influence those patterns. Although his  
research incorporates syntheses from a variety of theoretical and  
empirical resources, his primary focus is on both aquatic (e.g., pond)  
and terrestrial (e.g., forests and glades) ecosystems on and near the  
Tyson Research Center.


Staying on Track: Running — and Hopefully Improving — Public Transit  
in Tough Fiscal Times
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 24, 2011, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Allison Dining Room, 5th floor Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Taubman  
Center for State and Local Government
SPEAKER(S)  Richard A. Davey, general manager, MBTA and rail and  
transit administrator, Massachusetts Department of Transportation  
CONTACT INFO  Polly O'Brien: 617.495.5091
Since his appointment as general manager of the MBTA in March 2010,  
Richard Davey has had to address a variety of problems, including (but  
not limited to) a structural budget deficit, underfunding for  
important safety-related projects, challenging weather, contentious  
labor relations, and pressures to expand and improve service. How has  
the T addressed these issues and what will it take to sustain those  
LINK  http://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/rappaport


Obama's New Deal, Tea Party Reaction, and America's Political Future

WHEN  Fri., Mar. 25, 2011, 3 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Tsai Auditorium (S-010), Concourse Level, CGIS South Building,  
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Conferences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special  
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Alexis de Tocqueville Lecture on American  
Politics, sponsored by the Center for American Political Studies
3-5 p.m. lecture by Theda Skocpol (Harvard) with Q&A
5-6:30 p.m. buffet dinner (rsvp to caps at gov.harvard.edu)
6:30-7:30 p.m. commentary from Larry Bartels (Princeton), Mickey  
Edwards (Aspen Institute), Suzanne Mettler (Cornell)
7:30-8 p.m. rejoinder by Skocpol
8:00-8:30 p.m. audience Q&A
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  caps at gov.harvard.edu
LINK  https://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k40327


AFRICAN DANCE DIASPORA: A Symposium on Embodied Knowledge

WHEN  Fri., Mar. 25, 3 p.m. – Sun., Mar. 27, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Lowell Lecture Hall
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Art/Design, Classes/Workshops, Conferences,  
Dance, Film, Humanities, Lecture, Music, Social Sciences, Special  
Events, Theater
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Committee on African Studies
Ronald. K. Brown (Evidence, A Dance Company), Jawole Willa Jo Zollar  
(Urban Bush Women), Zab Maboungou (Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata  
Nyata), Cynthia Oliver (COCo Dance Theatre), Elizabeth McAlister,  
Lovely Nicolas, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Alla Kovgan, Robb Moss, Joan  
Frosch, Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Yvonne Daniel, Nadine George Graves,  
John C. McCall, Carrie Noland, Corinna Campbell, Katherine Hagedorn,  
Carla Martin, Ingrid Monson, Patty Tang, Kay Kaufman Shelemay,  
Esailama Diouf, Habib Iddrisu, Mecca Zabriskie, Sharon Kivenko, Susan  
Manning, Lacina Coulibaly, Sidi Mohammed “Joh” Camara, Deborah Foster,  
De Ama Battle, Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, Emily Coates, and Grete Viddal
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK  http://www.africainmotion.com


The Criminalization of Conflict Resolution: The Impact of Holder v.  
Humanitarian Law Project on ADR and Human Rights Work

WHEN  Fri., Mar. 25, 2011, 3:15 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Austin North, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Conferences, Ethics, Law, Lecture, Social  
Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Program on  
Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Negotiation and  
Mediation Clinical Program, with others
SPEAKER(S)  Eileen Babbitt (Tufts), Ralph Fertig (Humanitarian Law  
Project), Martha Field (HLS), Philip Heymann (HLS), Robert Mnookin  
(HLS), Stephan Sonnenberg (HLS), Ervin Staub (UMass, Amherst), and  
Nathan Stock (The Carter Center)
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  hnlrsymposium2011 at gmail.com
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold broad restrictions against  
giving aid or training to groups identified as terrorist organizations  
by the State Department has significant ramifications for  
international conflict resolution and human rights work.
Come hear preeminent scholars and representatives from impacted  
organizations such as The Carter Center discuss the case and how such  
groups should move forward in the wake of the decision.
A reception in the Austin foyer will follow.
Sponsored by the Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Fund.
LINK http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/adr2011/


BENEFIT CONCERT FOR JAPAN: Bach Society Orchestra Concert III
WHEN  Fri., Mar. 25, 2011, 8 p.m.
WHERE  Sanders Theatre
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Bach Society Orchestra
TICKET WEB LINK  www.boxoffice.harvard.edu
TICKET INFO  617.496.2222
The Bach Society Orchestra performs works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky,  
and Brahms, with violin concerto by Ryu Goto '11. This concert will be  
a benefit for the victims of the disaster in Japan, with 50 percent of  
profits going to that cause, plus additional donations collected  
before, during, and after the concert.
LINK  http://www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu/cal/details.php?ID=41678


Run or Walk for Solar Empowerment
March 26, 2011 - 9:30am
JFK Park - JFK and Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA
Leveraging the power of emerging markets in Mali, Harvard Global  
Energy Initiative has teamed up with D.Light Design and the Rural  
Energy Foundation to enable villagers outside of Bamako to purchase  
affordable solar lanterns, mobile phone chargers, and energy efficient  
home improvements that will lead to economic savings, health benefits,  
and environmental responsibility. Help us make safe, affordable, clean  
energy an option for the rural poor of Mali.

Time: 9:30am registration 11:00 race start 11:15 walk start

Cost: $15 in Advance/$20 on site registration $100 team of 10  
discount. All proceeds go to benefit Harvard Global Energy  
Initiative’s Village Project in Mali

Make $15.00 check payable to "Harvard Global Energy Initiative" with  
"Mali Village Project" in the memo line. Mail registration form,  
checks, and pledge sheet to Harvard Global Energy Initiative, c/o  
Emily Cunningham, 161 Leverett Mail Center, 28 DeWolfe Street,  
Cambridge MA, 02138. Contact Emily Cunningham with questions at  
781-626-1016 orecunningham at college.harvard.edu

For pledge sheets, registration forms, and more information, visit www.solarempowerment5k.info/register.php




In collaboration with The Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface  
Sensing and Imaging Systems (CenSSIS)
Friday, March 25, 2011
Curry Student Center Ballroom

8:30 am -- 9:00 am

9:00 AM-- 9:10 AM
Miriam Leeser and Milica Stojanovic, Co CDSP Directors
Mel Bernstein, Vice Provost for Research

9:10 AM – 9:55 AM
Dave Cavalcanti
Sr. Research Scientist, Philips Research North America
“Intelligent Lighting Technologies and Networks for Smart Cities”

9:55 AM – 10:40 AM
Mark Rodgers
Communications Director, Cape Wind
“Cape Wind gives Massachusetts the 'First Mover' Advantage in Offshore  
Wind in U.S.”

10:40 AM – 11:25 AM
John Goodhue
Director of Holyoke High-performance Computing Center
“Design of an Energy-Efficient High Performance Computing Center”
11:25 AM- 12:10 PM
Skip Ashton
Sr.Vice President of Engineering, Ember and Chair for the ZigBee  
Architecture Review Committee (ZARC) in the ZigBee Alliance
  “Smart Energy and Other Uses of Intelligent Devices in the Home”

12:10 PM -- 1:40 PM
1:40 PM –2:40 PM
Joshua Smith
University of Washington-Seattle
"Connecting Physical and Digital with Sensor Systems."
Short Bio
Joshua R. Smith is Associate Professor in the departments of Computer  
Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University  
of Washington in Seattle, where he leads the Sensor Systems research  
group.  From 2004 to 2010, he was with Intel Labs Seattle, where he  
led Intel Labs' Physicality research theme, as well as research  
projects in wireless power and robotics. His research interests  
include all aspects of sensor systems, including: development of novel  
sensor systems; power and communication for sensor systems; and  
algorithms for interpreting signals from novel sensor systems. His  
research has application in the fields of ubiquitous computing,  
security, human-computer interaction, and robotics. Previously he co- 
invented an electric field-based passenger sensing system that is used  
to suppress unsafe airbag deployment in all Honda cars. He holds Ph.D.  
and S.M. degrees from the MIT Media Lab, an M.A. in Physics from the  
University of Cambridge, and B.A. degrees in Computer Science and in  
Philosophy from Williams College.

  2:40 PM – 3:00 PM

CDSP Home Page:  http://www.cdsp.neu.edu/
Contact information: Joan Pratt, Administrative Coordinator
CDSP Research Center; Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering; j.pratt at neu.edu 
; (617-373-2368
Location:  Curry Student Center Ballroom, NU Main Campus, Boston
Admission:  Open to the public




The single biggest untapped source of energy on the planet: You

The MIT Energy Club and the Yale Center for Business and the  
Environment are pleased to present the fourth annual installment of  
the Carbon Finance Speaker Series, Blueprint for Efficiency.  This  
series of free, public webinars will feature the latest developments  
in energy efficiency policy, investment, technology, and community  

Across the country, states are setting aggressive energy efficiency  
mandates -- from 10% to 25% reduction in the coming decade. Smart  
meters, retrofits, and more efficient appliances will help us achieve  
our goal, but only if we can get a large portion of households to buy  
in. Historically, efficiency program participation rates have been low  
(less than 5%), but emerging broad-scale, behavior based efficiency  
provides the potential to meet those goals through a combination of  
small changes in day to day consumption among more than 80% of  
households, and improving participation of traditional efficiency  

Progressive utilities, including United Illuminating on behalf of the  
CT Energy Efficiency Fund, are now incorporating behavior-based  
efficiency into their overall energy saving approach. OPOWER is a  
leading provider of behavioral efficiency, generating more than 400  
GWh of savings in 2011 to 50+ clients across the US. Using a multi- 
channel approach, behavioral science, and leading UX, OPOWER helps  
households save energy by removing the black box of consumption, and  
motivating consumers to act.

Please join us for a live conversation with United Illuminating's  
Kirsten Brooks and OPOWER's Barry Fischer and Chris Corcoran to  
discuss the application and opportunity of behavioral efficiency in  
the US.

Title: The single biggest untapped source of energy on the planet: You

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

GotoWebinar URL:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/516104566

Speakers: Kirsten Brooks, Program Administrator, eesmarts & The  
SmartLiving Center at United Illuminating, Barry Fischer, Engagement  
Management at OPOWER and Chris Corcoran, Marketing and Strategy at  


Urban Gardening Book Club

We'll be discussing the book Farm City, by Novella Carpenter, and how  
it relates to community and urban food production at Roxbury Community  
College on 3/22 at 6:00 pm (Academic Bldg 3).  All are welcome!  We'll  
be selecting the next book at the meeting, but if you're interested  
and unable to make it, feel free to send me your suggestions in  
advance.  Free to contact me with any additional questions.

The event is supported by the Boston Gardener's Council and The  
Roxbury Community College Service Learning Garden Project.  In  
addition, event information is available on the page below:

Thank you very much!

Stephanie Bostic
MS in Agriculture, Food & the Environment 2010
Tufts University

Blogging about food and fiber: http://groundcherry.wordpress.com


Hands-on Census class: Finding stories & doing research with Census data
will happen on Tuesday, March 22, 2011
When:  Tuesday, March 22, 2011 7:00 PM
Where:  Boston Globe - 135 Morrissey Blvd. Dorchester MA

Arthur Bakis from the Boston office of the US Census Dept will conduct  
a hands-on class for reporters and others. He will show people how  
they can unearth important facts and trends being released by the  
Census for the nation and Massachusetts. The Census is in the middle  
of releasing decennial data, as well as information from the American  
Community Survey (and learn what the difference is).  Arthur has been  
with the Census Bureau for 11 years. He serves as Information Services  
Specialist and is responsible for disseminating census data to the  
public and spreading awareness about available demographic and  
economic data and data products throughout New England.
Bring your own laptop



Eco-Municipalities Talk - Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 pm, Cambridge Main  
Library Auditorium

Speakers:  Peter Britt, Sustainability Coordinator, Portsmouth, NH  
John Bohenko, City Manager, Portsmouth, NH; Sarah James from the  
Institute for Eco-Municipality Education & Assistance will give a  
brief introduction about eco-municipalities.

In November, 2007, Portsmouth, New Hampshire formally decided to  
become an Eco-Municipality, when its City Council passed a resolution  
declaring that the following four sustainability objectives would  
guide its municipal operations:

1. Reduce dependence on fossil fuels, underground metals, and minerals
2. Reduce dependence upon synthetic chemicals and other unnatural  
3. Reduce encroachment upon nature.
4. Meet human needs fairly and efficiently

An Eco-Municipality uses a comprehensive, integrated approach to  
creating a sustainable city.

Find out how Portsmouth became an Eco-Municipality and how the city  
takes the systems approach to sustainability now.

Sponsored by the office of Vice Mayor Henrietta Davis, the Cambridge  
Renewable Energy Team (CREATe), and the Cambridge Energy Alliance.


Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk Univesity
“WikiLeaks, OpenLeaks, and Our Right to Know”
with Daniel Domscheit-Berg (former WikiLeaks staffer) and Herbert  
Snorasson (former WikiLeaks staffer); moderator Wendy Ballinger (Ford  
Hall Forum Board member)
Thursday, March 24, 8-9:00 am [special breakfast forum]
Moot Court Room, Suffolk University Law School

Although Herbert Snorasson and Daniel Domscheit-Berg, both former  
staffers at WikiLeaks, cannot enter the United States for fear of  
arraignment, they join us live by video fromIceland and Germany to  
answer questions about the necessity of and danger in leaking state  
secrets.  With Wendy Ballinger, Treasurer and former Executive  
Director of Ford Hall Forum, Snorasson and Domscheit-Berg discuss why  
their newest venture, OpenLeaks, is superior to Assange’s WikiLeaks  
model and other various “Leaks” sites launching around the world.  The  
two will tell us how and why they became involved with WikiLeaks,  
particularly their idea on the public’s right to know versus global  
security.  Signed copies of the book will be sold following the  


*Compelling Conversation with Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
Civil Rights Activist and Former Champion Boxer
Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.*

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was a formidable boxer who had won the  
European Light Welterweight Championship for two years in a row and  
knocked out Emile Griffith in the first round when his promising  
career was cut short. In 1966, he was falsely arrested for the murder  
of three white people in a bar. Sentenced to a triple life-sentence,  
Carter always maintained his innocence. Subjected to a nineteen-year  
travesty of justice, he was finally set free in 1985 by a federal  
court. His story was immortalized in a Bob Dylan song and made into a  
Hollywood movie starring Denzel Washington.

Carter has chronicled his own life in two books, _The Sixteenth  
Round_, and 2011?s _Eye of_ _the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to  
Freedom_.  He now devotes much of his time to speaking out on behalf  
of the wrongly convicted.

*Bunker Hill Community College**in A300 Auditorium*

250 New Rutherford Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02129-2995
Free but you need to register for tickets at the website below*
Compelling Conversations Speaker Series




Think Global, Act Local:
A Community Climate Action Roundtable

Thursday, March 24, 6pm-7:30pm, Suffolk University, 73 Tremont St.

All politics are local but many problems are global. How do  
neighborhood-based groups form effective partnerships with larger  
organizations to bring global issues home and amplify grassroots  
voices? Join BostonCAN and representatives from other neighborhood- 
based and national sustainability organizations as we discuss stories  
of successful collaboration between community-based organizations and  
national groups that highlight best practices.  Speakers will include  
Cindy Luppi from Clean Water Action discussing stopping coal power in  
eastern Mass and Mela Bush from Greater Four Corners Action Coalition  
onimproving mass transit in Dorchester.
Free and open to the public.  Snacks provided.  RSVP at on-line https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=115453565198269 
  or by calling 857-544-6846.


The Wild and Scenic Film Festival
"e" inc. is proud to be the official Boston host of The Wild and  
Scenic Environmental Film Festival -- the largest environmental film  
festival in the United States. Created eight years ago by a small  
group of riverkeepers in California, The Wild and Scenic Environmental  
Film Festivalis designed to inspire by showing actions and ideas from  
around the globe on a wide array of environmental issues.

Opening Night Reception:
Robin Young leads expert panel on energy's future
Friday Mar 25, 2011
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Come to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival's Opening Event as WBUR's  
Robin Young (host of "Here and Now") serves as moderator for a panel  
of experts on the future of energy.  Panelists include: Howard Herzog  
(MIT), Namrita Kapur (Environmental Defense Fund), David Cash (Under  
Secretary - EOEEA) and Alexander Taft (National Grid Climate  
Officer).  Wine and Hors D'oeuvres reception at 6PM. Panel at 7PM.

Afternoon FilmFest:
View shorts MC'd by PRI's Bruce Gellerman
Saturday Mar 26, 2011
1:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Come see shorts, documentaries, and animations from around the world.   
Learn about inspiring young leaders and about the lives of beings  
chronicled by the planet's greatest filmmakers.  Walk away with a new  
sense of commitment to our Earth.

The Finale:
See Carbon Nation plus locavore tasting and silent auction
Saturday Mar 26, 2011
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
An evening of wonderful foods and wine from some of our area's great  
eateries, followed by a feature documentary just released  
“CarbonNation.”  Our final Wild and Scenic Film Festival evening is  
rounded off with dessert and a silent auction.

contact http://www.e-action.us/wsfilmfestival/


Spring into Gardening
Sunday, March 27th, 10 am - 4 pm
Pierce Middle School, 50 School Street, Brookline, MA

Morning intensive workshops (container gardening, seed starting, home  
orcharding, and vermiculture) will run from 10am to noon.
Greg Watson will give the keynote address on Sustainable Food Systems  
at noon.
Afternoon workshops and panels will be at 1pm (Black Gold - It's all  
about the Dirt, Poultry Raising, Foraging, Local Food, Public Space/ 
Community Gardening), 2pm (Gardening 101, Season Extension, Plant and  
Seed Varieties: Heirlooms, Food Preservation, Food Justice and Food  
Politics, Composting throughout Brookline), and 3pm (Garden  
Volunteering with Bountiful Brookline, Beekeeping, Permaculture,  
Garden Sharing, Schoolyard Gardening).
Demonstration Area open noon - 4 pm with Demonstration Leaders on hand  
at certain times to answer questions about Container Gardening,  
Vermiculture, Beekeeping, Composting
Children's Activities Scheduled activities 1 - 4 pm: Seed Starting,  
Storytelling, Garden Art
Resource Area open 11:15 am - 4 pm Community organizations and local  
General admission is $10/person, $20/family. An additional fee of $25  
+ materials costs applies to the 2-hour morning intensive workshops.

We need volunteers for the event. General Admission is Free if you  
volunteer for 2 hours.  Interested volunteers please contact us at bountifulbrooklineevent at gmail.com 

Created in the spring of 2009, Bountiful Brookline promotes growing  
food and providing access to healthy fresh food throughout our  

Bountiful Brookline




Forum on new state climate action plan
Cambridge residents can hear about the new, far-reaching Massachusetts  
clean energy and climate plan at a community meeting on Tuesday, March  
29, 7:00-8:30 PM
Cambridge Senior Center

David Cash, Undersecretary for Policy at the Massachusetts Executive  
Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will present the plan.   
State Rep. Will Brownsberger and Eugenia Gibbons of the Environmental  
League of Massachusetts will comment, and everyone will be able to ask  
questions and share ideas about how to help implement the plan and  
ensure that the state reaches its goal of 25% reductions in greenhouse  
gas emissions below 1990 levels statewide by 2020.  The event is  
cosponsored by the City and local and state environmental groups.


The Harvard Food Law Society and the Harvard Health Law and Policy  
Clinic Present
Gary Taubes

Why We Get Fat:  Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity

Wednesday March 30
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Pound 101, Harvard Law School

Sign up at http://garytaubes.eventbrite.com
Space is Limited

In his New York Times best seller, Good Calories, Bad Calories, Taubes  
argued that our diet’s overemphasis on certain kinds of carbohydrates— 
not fats and not simply excess calories—has led directly to the  
obesity epidemic we face today. The result of thorough research, keen  
insight, and unassailable common sense, Good Calories, Bad Calories  
immediately stirred controversy and acclaim among academics,  
journalists, and writers alike. Michael Pollan heralded it as “a  
vitally important book, destined to change the way we think about food.”

In his lecture “Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative  
Hypothesis of Obesity,” Taubes explains why he believes the  
nutritional science of the last century has been misguided and  
damaging, particularly the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we  
get fat, and reveals the good science that has been ignored.

For more information visit foodsoc.org or email Nate Rosenberg at  
nrosenberg at jd11.law.harvard.edu.


Babson Energy and Environmental Conference

Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable Future

Register Now at http://beec2011conference.eventbrite.com/

Register now to attend the 5th Annual Babson Energy and Environmental  
Conference on March 31st, 2011 at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of  

This year’s theme is “Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable Future”, and  
we will explore how innovation and entrepreneurship will play a  
pivotal role in shaping the new green economy in the years to come. We  
will hear severalexciting keynotes from high profile entrepreneurs:

	• Dr. Bart Riley, Co-Founder, A123 Systems (NASDAQ: AONE)
	• Sheeraz Haji, CEO, Cleantech Group
	• Nancy Floyd, Founder & Managing Director, Nth Power
	• Kathy Brown, Senior Vice President – Public Policy Development and  
Corporate Responsibility, Verizon
Other featured speakers

	• Leonard Schlesinger, President, Babson College
	• Mark Donohue, Clean Technology Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Babson  
	• Peter Rothstein, President, New England Clean Energy Council
	• Cynthia Curtis, Chief Sustainability Officer, CA Technologies
	• Rob Pratt, Chairman & CEO, GreenerU
	• Clint Wilder, Senior Editor, Clean Edge & Author, The Clean Tech  
	• Chuck McDermott, General Partner, Rockport Capital
	• Jeramy Lemieux, Head of Climate Savers, Diversey,  Inc.
	• Greg  Dixon, SVP of Marketing, EnerNOC
	• Kathy Loftus, Global Leader for Sustainability Engineering,  
Maintenance & Energy Management, Whole Foods
	• Michael Bakas, Senior Vice President – Renewable Energy, Ameresco
	• Robert Gough, Founder, Port Meadow Tech
	• Bob Reese, President/ Co-Founder, Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery
	• Jonathan Nash, Director of Business  Development, NewStream
	• Patrick Cloney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
	• David O’Connor, Senior Vice President for Energy and Clean  
Technology, ML Strategies, LLC
	• Kim Stevenson, Manager of New Technologies, CT Clean Energy Fund
And Many More!

Our engaging panel sessions will focus on several main topics:

	• Innovations in Cleantech and Renewable Energy
	• Sustainable Business Practices
	• Financing Strategies
	• New Energy Policy & Implications
	• Responsible Consumption and Disposal of Food, Water & Waste
Our Entrepreneurs Showcase will give a glimpse of some of the newest  
innovators in the industry. Further, you will have the opportunity to  
listen to panelists from Enernoc, WholeFoods, Massachusetts Clean  
Energy Center, CA Technologies, Diversy and many more. Our goal is to  
show that sustainable business practices are not at odds with creating  
profit and growing a company.

The world needs more entrepreneurs and leaders focused on preserving  
the earth’s resources while building a more sustainable future. We  
hope that you will join us for this exciting event, and be inspired to  
become part of the next wave of change!

For additional information, please contact Jatin Ahuja (jahuja1 at babson.edu 
), Adam Ostaszewski (aostaszewski1 at babson.edu) and Joel Robbins (jrobbins1 at babson.edu 


Digital Media and Popular Uprisings

March 31, 2011
6-8 p.m.
Lesley University
University Hall Amphitheater
1815 Mass. Ave.
2nd Flr.
Cambridge, MA 02140

Google Map: http://bit.ly/edM4fz

The importance of digital media in building the recent wave of popular  
uprisings in the Middle East has been widely heralded in the global  
press. But how are social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook,  
and digital communication devices like texters, cell phones and PDAs  
really being used on the ground to help organize millions of people  
towards a common goal - democracy. And is it true that these movements  
for democracy in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and beyond are completely  
spontaneous and being organized on the fly with the help of modern  
technology? Or is there more to the story?

Lesley University and Open Media Boston have invited three experts on  
digital media and grassroots organizing to speak to these and related  
issues. Each brings a unique perspective to the discussion.

Ethan Zuckerman is co-founder of the citizen media network Global  
Voices and senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and  

Jillian York is a writer and freedom of expression activist who  
studies Internet controls and online activism, with a focus on the  
Arab world.  She is a project coordinator at the Berkman Center for  
Internet and Society.

Suren Moodliar is a coordinator of Massachusetts Global Action and an  
organizer of the Majority Agenda Project. He is deeply interested in  
networks and social change.

The panel will be chaired by Jason Pramas, Editor/Publisher of Open  
Media Boston, www.openmediaboston.org, and introduced by a  
representative of Lesley University.

Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. There will be light refreshments served  
in the Atrium just outside the Amphitheater. The event is free and  
open to the public.

For more information, or press inquiries, please email info at openmediaboston.org 


The Sociology Department at Northeastern University is hosting our 2nd  
annual globalization symposium on March 31, with a focus on global  
commodity chains, neoliberalism, and human rights. The evening  
session, in particular, will explore issues related to politics and  
activism surrounding global commodities such as coffee, coca cola,  
drugs, arms, as well as clothing and apparel.

What: Global Commodities, Chained and Unchained- 2nd Annual Conference  
on Globalization at Northeastern University

When: March 31, 2011

Panel 1- 2:45 to 4:30pm (Global Commodity Chains- a Critical Approach)

Panel 2- 6:00 to 8:00pm (Global Commodity Chains and Human Rights)

Where: Northeastern University, 20 West Village F

For more Information, see: http://globalcommodities2011.blogspot.com/

Conference Description:

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern  
University is pleased to host its 2nd annual conference on  
globalization. We are excited to bring together a group of prominent  
scholars to discuss their recent research on global commodity chains  
and to critically assess the political and cultural implications of  
neoliberal globalization.

Presenters at the evening session, including Carolyn Nordstrom (Notre  
Dame University), Robert Ross (Clark University), Edward Fischer  
(Vanderbilt University) and Robert Foster, will discuss the  
interconnections between commodity chains and human rights and the  
potential paths of resistance available to populations marginalized  
within the current neoliberal order.

Presenters at the afternoon session, including Catherine Dolan (Oxford  
University), Andrew Schrank (University of New Mexico), Robert Foster  
(University of Rochester) and Damla Isik (Western Connecticut State  
College), will draw on their ethnographic field work to discuss  
critical approaches to global commodity chain research and theory.

This event is free and open to the public. The Department of Sociology- 
Anthropology at Northeastern hopes you can join us for what promises  
to be an exciting, politically inspirational, and intellectually rich  
encounter. For more information on the conference, including times and  
location, please visit our blog at http://globalcommodities2011.blogspot.com 

Hope to see you there!

Jeffrey S. Juris
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Northeastern University


The MIT Food & Agriculture Collaborative is pleased to announce MITFAC  
Celebr-ATE: A celebration of innovations that are building a healthy  
food system!

April 1 | 5pm-8pm | MIT R&D Pub (4th Floor of Stata Center, 32 Vassar  
St., Cambridge)

Join MITFAC and Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts for a  
celebration of food!  This inaugural MITFAC event will explore the  
problems with our current food system and showcase the solutions that  
are being developed within the MIT community.  Hear sustainable food  
pioneer, chef, and author Michel Nishan discuss the role each of us  
can play in rebuilding our nation's food system, learn what the MIT  
community is doing to address some of the most pressing challenges to  
our food system, and watch chefs from Johnson & Wales College of  
Culinary Arts demonstrate the art of cooking with sustainable  
ingredients, and then taste their    creations.

This event is open to everyone interested in improving our food  
system!  We welcome attendees from both within the MIT community and  

Space is limited, so reserve your ticket today!  Tickets are free and  
can be reserved at http://mitfac.eventbrite.com


Weatherization Barnraising reset for April 3rd! 1230 to 5 pm

The Seventh Day Adventist group had to reschedule the event.  They,  
and we, apologize.  But this gives you all more time to sign up for  
the event.  This is a building that had a heating bill in February of  
over $1,500. This is a great site where we can make a huge  
difference.  The site is a home where over 20 members of the  
congregation want to learn how to steward the planet.  Help out one of
the only all-vegetarian churches.  We'll teach how to install  
programmable thermostats, use less water, reduce drafts and fix old  
replacement windows inexpensively.  There will be music and food  

Sign up here.<https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFpubXVTS0F3UjY5RXNkUTdWNXJMckE6MQ 

The Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is a Cambridge-based co-op  
bringing neighbors together to weatherize our homes and take the  
energy future into our own hands.


Tufts Energy Conference
April 15


"Best Practices for Local Sustainability"
April 15, 2011 | Holiday Inn | Marlborough, MA
Full Conference Details at www.MaSustainableCommunities.com

Early registration till March 15 at $60, $75 after March 15


"Secret of the Dawn" - film screening, followed by a panel discussion  
about female genital mutilation (FGM) and efforts to stop it in Mali,
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 4:00-6:30 p.m. at Emerson Hall, Harvard U.,  
25 Quincy Street, Cambridge.

This documentary shows current attitudes of people in Mali toward FGM,  
and Malians struggling to end it, including Healthy Tomorrow's sister  
group, Sini Sanuman.  Dancer and health educator Wyoma
will perform a dance of hope for a future without FGM.   We will end  
with a music video that is shown on Malian TV, featuring 17 actual ex- 
excisers. This event is co-sponsored by Healthy Tomorrow and the  
Harvard Extension International Relations Club.  For more info, call  
(617) 776-6524.

Feel free to call with any questions.

Susan McLucas, director, Healthy Tomorrow, (617) 776-6524, SusanBMcL at gmail.com

Editorial Comment:  Susan McLucas is another old friend who has been  
working in the US and Mali for many years on the issue of female  
genital mutilation.




Free Monthly Energy Analysis

CarbonSalon is a free service that every month can automatically track  
your energy use and compare it to your past energy use (while  
controlling for how cold the weather is).  You get a short friendly  
email that lets you know how you’re doing in your work to save energy.



Boston Food System

"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post  
announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships,  
programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles  
or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's  
food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take  
place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."

The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food  
system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food,  
farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health,  
environment, arts, social services and other arenas.   Hundreds of  
organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on  
week-to-week is not always well publicized.

Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let  
everyone know about these activities.  Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of  
subscribers.  Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and  
other posting guidelines will be provided as well.

It's easy to subscribe right now at https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/subscribe/bfs


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,  
contact jmatthaei at wellesley.edu


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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