[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

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Sun Jul 10 17:33:15 PDT 2011

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Monday, July 11, 2011
300 of the world's best design theses on view at SA+P: Archiprix
Time: 9:00a–8:00p
Location: MIT 7-431, On the 4th floor above Lobby 7, at 77  
Massachussets Avenue
A major exhibit on view throughout the summer at the School of  
Architecture + Planning is presenting 300 of the world's best thesis  
projects in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.

Sponsored by Archiprix International, the biennial exhibit is the  
largest such presentation in the world -- more than 1,400 universities  
were invited to nominate their best graduating students -- and offers  
a rare opportunity for assessing current trends in design education  
around the world and architecture in general.

Hosted by SA+P's Platform for Permanent Modernity, a research program  
in the Department of Architecture, the exhibit opened May 30 as part  
of a two-week international event that also features intensive six-day  
workshops for about 100 of the students represented in the show,  
conducted at MIT by prominent designers from leading architecture  
schools in the United States.

Web site: http://www.archiprix.org/2011/
Open to: the general public
This event occurs daily through August 31, 2011, except May 30, 2011  
and June 6, 2011.
Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning, Arts at MIT
For more information, contact:
Alexander D'Hooghe
617 308 7386
adhooghe at mit.edu


Cultivating New Voices, Approaches, and Audiences for National - and  
International - Reporting
WHEN  Mon., July 11, 2011, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Education, Humanities, Information Technology,  
Law, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Berkman Center for Internet & Society
SPEAKER(S)  Journalists Fatima Tlisova (Voice of America) and Pulitzer  
Prize winner Dele Olojede will join Ethan Zuckerman (Berkman Center/ 
Global Voices), Colin Maclay (Berkman Center), Ivan Sigal (Global  
COST  Free
NOTE  The Berkman Center will host a conversation about the challenges  
of reporting international stories to U.S. and global audiences. In an  
age of shrinking news budgets, American newspapers and broadcasters  
are producing less original reporting of international stories. And  
while gripping events like the Arab Spring capture the attention of  
the public, many important international stories fail to garner  
widespread attention. The challenges for international reporting are  
both ones of supply (who reports the news from around the world?) and  
demand (who pays attention?).
This conversation was inspired by Berkman Fellow Persephone Miel,  
whose work focused on how compelling narrative and context for  
international stories could make unfamiliar international news more  
accessible to American and global audiences. Her efforts to support  
and promote talented local, non-US journalists whose work has the  
potential for global impact, but who need to overcome significant  
obstacles to succeed, are continued through a fellowship established  
in her honor by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, in  
partnership with Internews.

Journalists Fatima Tlisova (Voice of America) and Pulitzer Prize  
winner Dele Olojede will join Ethan Zuckerman (Berkman Center/Global  
Voices), Colin Maclay (Berkman Center), Ivan Sigal (Global Voices) and  
the Miel family for a discussion and reflection on these questions,  
and on Persephone's work and the journalistic values she championed.
More: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2011/07/cultivatingnewvoices
LINK  http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2011/07/cultivatingnewvoices


The Internet and the Commerce Clause through the Prism of the Federal  
Kidnapping Act
Michele Martinez Campbell, Assistant Professor of Law at Vermont Law  
Tuesday, July 12, 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 (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast 
) at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

Should kidnapping be a federal crime where use of the Internet or  
other telecommunications facilities is central to the crime's  
execution, but the physical act itself takes place within the borders  
of a single state?  Through the case study of the harrowing kidnapping  
and murder of 12-year old Brooke Bennett, this article examines a  
uniquely 21st century legal question about federalism, technology and  
criminal law.  In 2006, the Federal Kidnapping Act was amended to  
broaden federal jurisdiction in a clear effort to reach kidnappings  
committed by Internet sexual predators.  The article that is the  
subject of this talk is the first non-student piece to address this  
amendment, and the only one to date to defend it.

About Michele
Michele Martinez Campbell is an Assistant Professor of Law at Vermont  
Law School, where she specializes in criminal law and criminal  
procedure.  Professor Martinez Campbell graduated magna cum laude from  
Harvard College and received her JD with distinction from Stanford Law  
School. After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable  
Robert F. Peckham, Chief Judge of the Northern District of California,  
then spent three years as a litigation associate at Debevoise &  
Plimpton in New York. She spent eight years as an Assistant United  
States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York (covering  
Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island), where she served as  
Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Unit.

After leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office, Professor Martinez Campbell  
became an award-winning crime novelist. Her legal thriller series  
featuring federal prosecutor Melanie Vargas has been published in  
Spanish, German, Japanese, Russian, Estonian, e-book, audio and large  
print formats, in addition to English hardcover and paperback formats.  
She has also published several short stories, and done hundreds of  
media and public appearances including national book tours and  
television, radio and print interviews.


The Green Innovators in Business Network (GIBN) was formed to offer a  
platform for changemakers to meet and learn with each other and share  
challenges and solutions in creating more sustainable businesses. We  
invite your participation in this effort with the following resources:

July Growing GIBN Conversation
GIBN engages participants in both sharing their knowledge and  
providing input to ensure that the network is serving the needs of the  
community. Over the past several weeks, EDF's intern from the  
University of Michigan, Raina Rahbar, has been interviewing network  
members and partners to gather feedback about GIBN Solutions Labs. On  
our next "Growing GIBN" call, Raina will be reviewing themes from her  
findings and we'll discuss how to integrate this feedback into the  
planning process for the 2012 Solutions Lab series.

July Growing GIBN Conversation
Increasing the Impact of the GIBN Solutions Labs

Date: July 12, 2011
Time: 2pm ET
Call-in information: (760) 569-9000, Code: 160031#
Please join us by sending your RSVP to info at digin.org


Emotional Thinking
WHEN  Tue., July 12, 2011, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  RCC - conference room
26 Trowbridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Real Colegio Complutense (Advanced Research Group)
SPEAKER(S)  Lina Arias, education adviser, Spanish Ministry of  
Education & School Psychologist (Madrid)
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  rcc_info at harvard.edu
NOTE  in English
LINK  http://www.realcolegiocomplutense.harvard.edu


Harvard Business Review In Person
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (ET)
Cambridge, MA

Harvard Business Review In Person: Spotlight on Collaboration

Join Harvard Business Review for a live event around the July/August  
issue Spotlight on Collaboration. HBR’s focused spotlight provides an  
in-depth look at issues that today’s managers are facing when  
fostering collaboration within their companies. Whether you’re leading  
teams; trying to spark creativity and innovation; or hoping to  
breakdown cultural barriers– HBR brings you the latest thinking on  
this important topic.

You will hear from HBR’s Editor-in-Chief, Adi Ignatius, as he leads a  
discussion with local business leaders on why collaboration has become  
a critical component to building successful teams not only inside  
companies, but also with partners and vendors around the globe.

HBR In Person will allow you the opportunity to network with Boston- 
area professionals and idea enthusiasts; mingle with HBR editors; and  
hear from local business leaders on how to effectively collaborate.  
HBR would also like to hear from you on the challenges you face in  
your daily work life.

The first 20 people to arrive will receive a special HBR gift bag. All  
attendees will receive a copy of the July/August issue of HBR and  
complimentary drink ticket.

Where: Microsoft NERD Center
One Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA 02142
When: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 5:30-7:30 pm
RSVP:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1725215165
Hashtag: #HBRlive

About Harvard Business Review
Harvard Business Review is the leading destination for smart  
management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, books, and digital  
content and tools published on HBR.org, Harvard Business Review aims  
to provide professionals around the world with rigorous insights and  
best practices to help lead themselves and their organizations more  
effectively and to make a positive impact.

Visit Harvard Business Review at http://hbr.org


Join us on July 12 at 7pm EDT to find out how Transition Initiatives –  
locally based efforts to prepare our communities for a world impacted  
by peak oil and climate change - overlaps with Resilience Circles and  
Common Security Clubs

with Carolyne Statyon, Executive Director of Transition US, and Chuck  
Collins of Resilience Circles and Common Security Clubs and Conrad  
Willemon and Ralph Schmoldt who are working with both Transition  
initiatives and Resilience Circles in their communities of  
Newburyport, MA and Portland, OR.

Please join this conversation - register here:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/428291462

Both Transition initiatives and Resilience Circles are community- 
minded approaches. This contrasts to many of the “solutions” to  
economic and environmental challenges we read about, which are either  
at the itty bitty individual level, or the super-huge global policy  

These can both be disempowering. Sure, we can change our light bulbs  
to fluorescents, but at some level we all wonder how much impact my  
few bulbs really have. Even harder, how can I possibly get world  
governments on board with a fair energy descent plan?

But like that third bowl of porridge Goldilocks found, the community  
level solution feels just right.

Transition and Resilience Circles are right at that level, albeit at  
different sizes. Your Resilience Circle is your small “affinity”  
support group of about 10 – 20 people. They’re the folks who you can  
turn to for support, motivation, and mutual aid. Meanwhile, Transition  
initiatives aim to transform the larger communities we are a part of.  
These are complementary and crucial components of social change.

To hear more and share your own thoughts, register for our webinar  
with Transition US:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/428291462

And - next time you read a book or article whose only proposed  
solutions are eliminating corn subsidies and/or changing those bulbs,  
write to that author and tell them they’re missing the Goldilocks  
level: the community-level solution.

Contact:  info at localcircles.org


Faith, Science, and Mathematics
The Clavius Group of Mathematicians
July 13, 2011, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Higgins Hall, Room 300, Boston College
Open to the Public Gratis

9:30-10:30 AM  “The Ontological Proof for the Existence of God” –  
Pedro Guimarães Ferreira, S.J. (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio  
de Janeiro)

Coffee break

11:00-12:00 AM "Mathematical and Religious Truth" – Javier Leach, S.J.  
(Complutense University, Madrid)


1:30-2:30 PM “Beauty in Mathematical Discovery and the Encounter with  
God” – Paul Schweitzer, S.J. (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de  

Coffee break

3:00-4:00 PM  - "A Historical Approximation to Philosophy of  
Mathematics" - Pedro A. Suarez, S.J. (Barry University and Belem  
Jesuit Preparatory School, Miami)

4:15-5:15 PM  "On the Pernicious Influence of Mathematics: Some Advice  
from Gödel and Rota" – Palle Yourgrau (Brandeis University)


The Future of Yemen? Assessing a Worsening Economic Situation, the  
Political Stalemate, and the Question of Partition or Succession
WHEN  Wed., July 13, 2011, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building, Ground Floor, Harvard Kennedy  
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Middle East Initiative, the Center for Middle  
Eastern Studies Outreach Center, and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal  
Islamic Studies Program
SPEAKER(S)  Steve Caton, professor of contemporary Arab studies in the  
Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
COST  Free
LINK  http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5539/future_of_yemen.html


Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN  Wed., July 13, 2011, 12 – 12:20 p.m.
WHERE  John Harvard Statue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Ethics, Social Sciences, Special Events,  
Support/Social, Working at Harvard
NOTE  Nearly 10 years of war. Thousands of American lives, hundreds of  
thousands of Iraqi and Afghani lives, trillions of dollars. Come  
remember, mourn, and protest.


Swiss Clean Energy Vision
July 13, 4:30 to 7:00 pm
MIT, Room 3-133

Talk by Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, Switzerland’s Minister of  
Energy & Environment, followed by roundtable discussion with local  
experts on sustinability and energy.  Given concerns about climate  
change and nuclear power, Minister Leuthard will present Switzerland’s  
vision and strategy on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
RSVP at http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1092276-FJLQiOJYbo


Yes We CAN, have a nuclear free, safe and green future.

Join us at:
Festival for a Nuclear Free Future
Copley Square, Boston
July 16th Saturday, 2:00pm-5:00pm.

There will be:
Puppets, Rutsubo Taiko Drummers. Japanese Dancers, Short talks,
The Public Interest Band (Classical Rock Band), hip-hop and more.

Dont miss this fun, family-friendly, and educational events !

Learn more at:

Editorial Comment:  And the Editor will be there with a Solar IS Civil  
Defense/Simple Solar display.




A Conversation with Rob Hopkins (and hosted by Richard Heinberg)
Date:  Monday, July 18, 2011 - 8:00am - 9:15am
Note: All Transition US virtual events are Pacific Time (PT)

Join us for a conversation with Rob Hopkins. Rob needs no introduction  
really but if you are new to the concept of "Transition" then this is  
a great opportunity to learn from the source.
Rob Hopkins is the originator of the Transition concept and co-founder  
of the Transition Network. He spent many years teaching permaculture  
and cob building, mostly when living in Ireland. Now based in Totnes,  
he is a member of Transition Town Totnes, works part time for  
Transition Network, publishes www.transitionculture.org, is author of  
the ‘Transition Handbook’ and generally spends far too much time  
thinking about Transition stuff. He is also a Trustee of the Soil  

Rob is a family man with 4 sons, Rowan, Finn, Cian and Arlo, and is  
deeply in love with the raised beds he just finished building.

We are excited to announce that Richard Heinberg will be hosting this  

Phone:  (707) 763-1100
email:  carl at transitionus.org
register:  http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/KECC4Y6CWC0T2KF


The Hacker's Aegis - Protecting Hackers From Lawyers
Derek Bambauer of Brooklyn Law School & Oliver Day
Tuesday, July 19, 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 (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast 
) at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

Research on software security vulnerabilities is a valuable example of  
peer production. However, hackers are often threatened with  
intellectual property lawsuits by companies who want to keep flaws  
secret. Oliver Day and Derek Bambauer propose a liability shield for  
security research to improve cybersecurity in a world dependent on  
cloud computing and mobile platforms. Come debate whether hackers are  
whistleblowers, and how legal immunity affects security when  
cyberweapons like Stuxnet are increasingly available.

About Derek
Derek Bambauer teaches Internet law and intellectual property and  
publishes articles on intellectual property, information control, and  
health law. He has also written technical articles on data recovery  
and fault tolerance, and on deployment of software upgrades. He has  
presented on issues including spam and Internet filtering in both  
technical and policy settings, model laws for spam regulation, and  
China’s online controls. He is also one of the authors of Info/Law, a  
popular blog that addresses Internet law, intellectual property, and  
information law.

A former principal systems engineer at Lotus Development Corp. (part  
of IBM), Professor Bambauer spent two years as a Research Fellow at  
the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. At  
Berkman, he was a member of the OpenNet Initiative, an academic  
consortium that tests and studies Internet censorship in countries  
such as China, Iran and Vietnam.

About Oliver
Oliver Day is a senior security researcher for Internet titan Akamai  
where he is focused on web based malware such as Drive By Downloads.  
He is intent on integrating biostatistical and epidemiological models  
into modern network security practice and policy making. He was  
formerly a security researcher at Stopbadware.org where he helped  
build the infrastructure to monitor reports of infections across the  
Internet and distill them into actionable reports. Previous to  
Stopbadware Oliver was a principal security consultant with @stake  
(then acquired by Symantec) and an engineer with eEye Digital  
Security. Oliver graudated from the Harvard School of Extension with  
concentrations in legal studies and Chinese studies. His thesis and  
subsequent academic work have been focused on finding suitable  
mathematical models to predict the spread of web based malware. He  
also likes to interact with the cyberlaw community and is a strong  
advocate for the disclosure process and shielding for security  


Beekeeping in Cambridgeport
July 19, 6:30 pm
115 Pearl Street
and 7:00 pm, 9 Perry Street

A tour and talk with two bee keepers on location.  Learn about the  
bees and how beekepers funciton in a very tight urban location.   
Sponsored by Greenport.
For more information, contact Steve Wineman atswineman at gis.net.


Clean Economy Network - Breakfast of Champions with Nolan Browne
Friday, July 22, 2011 from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (ET)
Boston, MA

Please join Clean Economy Network of Boston
at our

July 22, 2011
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

At the offices of Cooley LLP
500 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-3736

Our speaker will be
Nolan Browne
Managing Director - Fraunhofer CSE

Tickets are limited, so register today at http://cenbreakfast2.eventbrite.com/

  Event Summary:
CEN is pleased to invite you to our Breakfast of Champions.  At these  
meetings, we will provide a forum for a limited number of attendees to  
have some breakfast, do some networking, and hear from a star in the  
local cleantech community who has an established career in the field.   
We will hear about successes and failures along their way, and have an  
opportunity for some Q&A as well.

8: 00 -8:30 - Breakfast and Networking
8:30 - 9:30 - Featured Speaker Nolan Browne and Q&A
9:30 - 10:00 - Wrap-up and Networking

Speaker Bio:
Browne co-founded the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems  
in February 2008 with the vision of creating a world-leading R&D lab  
in PV modules, building energy efficiency and certain smart grid  
applications.  Previously, he worked for Massachusetts-based Evergreen  
Solar, where he was responsible for developing research relationships  
to facilitate Evergreen's advanced PV module efforts and support their  
capacity expansion.  Prior to this, Nol served as a senior associate  
at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, where he started-up CERA's  
Clean Energy Study.

While at MIT, Browne co-founded the MIT Energy Conference and was  
involved with a number of energy startups, including GreenFuel  
Technologies. Nolan, a Kauffman Fellow Finalist, is active in the  
entrepreneurial and venture capital communities, where he has founded  
two successful for-profit companies to date. He holds an MA and BA in  
International Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of  
Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an MBA from the  
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About Clean Economy Network:  The Clean Economy Network is the  
national non-partisan advocacy organization for individuals who  
support the development of a clean economy. It develops public  
positions on, and actively engages with policymakers and elected  
officials to lobby for, specific legislative proposals critical to the  
development and growth of a new clean economy.  CEN is the largest  
national networking, educational, and advocacy organization shaping a  
new economy based on clean technology and innovation.  Our members are  
professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, and researchers who connect  
to each other, learn information relevant to business and professional  
growth, and influence public policies that impact the clean economy.   
To learn more, please visit http://cleaneconomynetwork.org.

About Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE): Based in  
Cambridge, MA, the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems  
(CSE) is a non-profit applied research and development laboratory  
dedicated to the commercialization of clean energy technologies. CSE  
engages in collaborative research and development with private  
companies, government entities, and academic institutions, performing  
research that broadly benefits firms, industries, and society. These  
partnerships take a wide variety of forms, including confidential co- 
development programs, third-party technology validation, and joint  
applications for grant programs.

Founded in 2008 and supported by the Massachusetts state government,  
the CSE is part of an international research network spearheaded by  
Germany's Fraunhofer Society, Europe's largest contract R&D  
organization. In Germany, the Fraunhofer CSE is closely partnered with  
the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg  
and the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) in Stuttgart. http://cse.fraunhofer.org


The Arab Spring and its Energy Implications
WHEN  Thu., July 21, 2011, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Faculty Dining Room, Littauer Building, First Floor, Harvard  
Kennedy School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Middle East Initiative, the Center for Middle  
Eastern Studies Outreach Center, and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal  
Islamic Studies Program
SPEAKER(S)  Meghan O'Sullivan, Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice  
of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
COST  Free
LINK  http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5540/arab_spring_and_its_energy_implications.html


Barre MA - July 22-24th

After the first one was a huge sucesss, theMOVE (http://getoutma.org/)  
is proudly putting on our second farm-volunteer camping weekend, at  
Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre MA!

This weekend is designed for folks to get a rich experience taking  
part in the life of a working farm -- to get to to roots of how our  
food gets to us.  It's an amazing invitation into the home and onto  
the farm of NOFA/Mass Executive Director, Julie Rawson!  We'll enjoy  
delicious farm-fresh meals, some of which will be hand-picked by our  
group, and also we'll have time to hang out and soak in the beautiful  

The trip will run from Friday evening (7/22) to Sunday afternoon  
(7/24).  The trip fee is $80 ($70 for theMOVE members), which includes  
near-everything for the weekend (transportation, food, and  
accommodations).  We also have half-scholarships available if needed.   
18-person limit, so please sign up soon!

Get more information @ http://getoutma.org/volunteer!


Making a Green Solidarity Economy
A Community Conference to Build a More Just and Sustainable Future in  
Worcester and Beyond
Worcester Youth Center, 326 Chandler St.
Saturday, July 23, 10am-6pm

The Worcester Green Jobs Coalition and the Making a Green Solidarity  
Economy Planning Committee invites Organizers, Activists, Academics,  
Media, and Community Members to participate in workshops, discussions,  
music and fun.

The conference will bring together individuals and organizations in  
Central Massachusetts who are working towards progressive social,  
environmental, and economic goals. The day's events are structured to  
help share resources and skills, discuss best practices, strengthen  
inter-organizational relationships, and identify actions we can take  
together to make a green solidarity economy for the betterment of our  
communities. Morning workshops and discussions will build towards an  
afternoon dedicated to more participatory envisioning and planning  
that will identify specific actions groups can take to support each  
other and generate new initiatives that can transform our economy. The  
evening session will feature local musicians and food in a casual  
atmosphere to encourage further discussion and relationship-building.
The ecological and economic crises present both challenges and  
opportunities. Increasing social dislocation, insecurity, entrenched  
unemployment, and growing inequalities demand that we rethink the  
foundations of our economy and recreate our communities. In Worcester,  
we have the opportunity to build a new economy based on ethical  
choices rather than market logics, an economy organized through a  
caring community rather than by predatory profit-seeking, and an  
economy that marshals our political and social resources instead of  
handing them over through corporate welfare and broken political  
systems.  Now is the time to Make a Green Solidarity Economy that  
privileges people over profits and sustainability over environmental  

Contact:   Lazri DiSalvo
Phone: (860) 309-5690; Email: Lazri.disalvo at gmail.com


The Ethical Society of Boston will be presenting a program, Sunday,  
July 31 from 10AM to 12PM.


The discussion will take place at the Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle  
St., Harvard Sq.  Cambridge.

The discussion will be led by the Ethical Society Program Director  
Andrea Perrault


The Ethical Society of Boston will have a discussion on Sunday, August  
7 from 10AM to 12PM.


The discussion will take place at Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle St.,  
Harvard Sq., Cambridge.

The discussion will be led an Ethical Society member - Gaston de los  




You are invited to participate in our first volunteer orientation  
meeting for Boston Local Food Festival (http://bostonlocalfoodfestival.com/ 
). Volunteers are the engine that keeps the festival running. We seek  
committed, enthusiastic and responsible people who would love to  
contribute, join in on the local food movement, meet new folks, and  
have a lot of fun!   The first Boston Local Food Festival in 2010 was  
a stunning success, thanks to our volunteers.  Sustainable Business  
Network of Greater Boston is moving into high gear for building the  
second Boston Local Food Festival at Fort Point Channel.  Last year's  
success was credited to over 200 committed volunteers and we  
anticipate this year's turnout to be greater, requiring an excellent  
team.  We invite you to participate in the second annual Boston Local  
Food Festival on Saturday October 1, 2011!  Please feel free to pass  
along the information. We will be having monthly volunteer meetings,  
so if you miss this one, you can make another one in the future. To  
sign up as a volunteer, visit our website and complete our online  


Volunteer Meeting details:
Location:             Cambridge Savings Bank, Harvard Square, Cambridge.
Date:                    Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Time:                   6:30 - 8:30 pm

RSVP:                   Please RSVP by Monday, July 11, 2011by  
clicking this link: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1087988-qiCT50I03J


AC Swap – The Cambridge Energy Alliance’s window air conditioner swap  
program is in progress.  Residents can obtain a voucher for $125 if  
they swap an inefficient window AC unit for an Energy Star rated  
model  This is a limited time offer.  Go to the CEA website for  
participation details:  http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/resources/a-c-swap


Free Solar Panels for Houses of Worship

 From a recent Mass Interfaith Power & Light (http://mipandl.org/) email
"We've recently been talking with DCS Energy (http:// 
www.dcsenergy.com/) who has an unbeatable offer: if your site  
qualifies, they design and install the panels at no cost, don't charge  
you for any electricity, and donate the system to your house of  
worship after five years. Your only costs will be for a building  
permit, possibly a structural engineer to verify that your roof can  
support their weight, and any preparatory work such as roof work or  
tree removal. If solar panels are so expensive how can anyone give  
them away for free? First, there is a federal grant program that is  
only available until November that pays for 30% of the cost of the  
system. Then there is an accelerated depreciation option that gives  
certain kinds of investors another tax advantage. Finally, the state  
awards a special allowance called a "Solar Renewal Energy  
Credit" (SRECs) to owners of solar electricity systems which are sold  
at auctions to utilities who buy them to meet their requirements under  
the Massachusetts' renewable portfolio standard. DCS is betting that  
the price of these SRECs will remain high.  Jim Nail, president of MA  
IP&L, has talked to DCS Energy and is currently having them prepare a  
proposal for his church, St. Dunstan's Episcopal in Dover.  Jim says,  
"The references I've talked to have been quite positive about the  
program and the company has been very responsive.  "If you think your  
site might qualify, contact Peter Carli, pete at dcsenergy.com, with the  
address of your house of worship and your contact information. He'll  
take a preliminary look at your site and advise you if it meets their  


Young World Inventors (http://yinventors.wordpress.com/) has started a  
Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1036325713/youngworldinventorscom 
) to fund insider web stories of African and American innovators in  
collaboration, whom Diane Hendrix will be following with her camera  
from June 23 to August 2 in Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. They are  
building a community and raising funds for production and editing.

One of the people she will be following is Bernard Kiwia, a Tanzanian  
inventor who teamed up with MIT grad Jodie Wu to start Global Cycle  
Solutions in Arusha, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  They are  
starting with ten insider stories of innovators (high and low tech) in  
East Africa on a new interactive site, with collaborators who'll help  
distribute stories, such as AITI, who who led us to some fascinating  
projects (see our intro to AITI on YouTube).

Editorial Comment:  I too have met Bernard Kiwia and am deeply  
impressed by the variety of projects and collaborations happening  
between Africa and the USA.  Bernard's bicycle cell phone charger is  
only one of the many innovative ideas coming out of young African and  
American imaginations and expertise these days.


What you need to know: The Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur (YSE)  
Competition is a global competition created by Staples Foundation and  
Ashoka to recognize exceptional young people using innovation and  
technology to advance social change and improve their community and  
the world.

Who’s eligible?: Young people (age 12-24), living anywhere in the  
world, are eligible to apply.

Dates and details: Apply online between June 22 and September 19, 2011.

For more information:  http://ashokayouthcompetition.org/
Laura Sampath
MIT International Development Initiative
77 Mass Ave, 10-110
Cambridge MA 02139

Sign up for the 2011 Yunus Challenge Facebook page: yunus2011 at groups.facebook.com


The Medford Farmers Market is looking for organizations, individuals,  
chefs, nutritionists, educators, musicians, physical activity  
specialists, gardeners, and other fun people who would like to do  
educational activities on market days.

We are looking for activities that are interactive and enjoyed by all  
ages. Demos, how-tos and games are encouraged. Should be somehow  
related to sustainable living, health, nutrition, farming, gardening,  
physical activity, sustainability, learning and development, music,  
art, creativity. Most importantly it should be entertaining for people  
at the market.

We are looking to fill 1, 2, 3 or 4 hour time slots. The Medford  
Farmers Market is a great place for you to gain experience and  
exposure - there are over 20 vendors signed up for the season  
including local wine, meat, vegetables, honey, bread, art.....Your  
activity/demo/gig will be well publicized via social media, as well as  
local newspapers and newsletters sent to hundreds of people.

The market goes from June 16- Oct 13 at the Whole Foods Market Parking  
Lot, 2151 Mystic Valley Parkway (Rt 16), Medford, MA 02155. Plenty of  
parking and restrooms are available.

Please contact me if you are interested. Please feel free to forward  
this e-mail to people who you think may be interested. Thanks so much,  
have a great weekend!

For more info, please see the following:
website: www.medfordfarmersmarket.org
e-mail: medfordfarmersmarket at gmail.com
twitter: MedfordFarmMkt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Medford-Farmers-Market/135452753138491
Address: Whole Foods Market Parking Lot, 2151 Mystic Valley Parkway  
(Rt 16)

Editorial Comment:  I have taken some of my solar displays to farmers'  
markets from time to time and have advocated doing so as a way to  
change US energy attitudes, policies, and realities as the people who  
go to farmers' markets are a core constituency for renewable energy.   
More at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/5/27/870257/-How-to-Change-US-Energy-in-One-Growing-Season




Cambridge Residents!
Trade in your old inefficient air conditioners:
Cambridge Energy Alliance (CEA), in partnership with the City of  
Cambridge and local retailers, is offering residents through July, the  
chance to swap old air conditioning units for new energy Star-rated  
window models. Participants will receive $125 voucher for purchasing  
Energy Star -rated air conditioners which use about 10% less energy.  
For more information call: (617) 491-0488.


Massachusetts Attitudes About Climate Change – An opinion survey of  
Massachusetts residents conducted by MassINC and sponsored by the Barr  
Foundation found that 77% of respondents believe that global warming  
has “probably been happening” and 59% of all respondents see see it as  
being at least partially caused by human pollution.  Only 42% of the  
state’s residents say global warming will have very serious  
consequences for Massachusetts if left unaddressed.  The 18 to 29 age  
group is more likely to believe global warming is appearing and caused  
by humans compared to the 60+ age group.  African-American (56%) and  
Latino residents (69%) are more likely than white residents (40%) to  
believe global warming will be a very serious problem if left  
unaddressed.  The MassINC report, titled The 80 Percent Challenge:   
What Massachusetts must do to meet targets and make headway on climate  
change (http://www.massinc.org/Research/The-80-percent- 
challenge.aspx), contains many other findings.


The presentations from the recent Affordable Comfort National Home  
Performance Conference are available online at

Lots of good information from what some call the best energy  
conference in the USA on Deep Energy Retrofits to Community Energy  
Challenges with details on insulation, heat flow, energy metering,  
ducting, hot water, and many, many other topics.  If you are a  
practical energy wonk, this should make your eyes light up.


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


Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/


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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