[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jul 24 19:46:01 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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4% from the Wealthiest 225  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/07/17/995693/-4-from-the-Wealthiest-225

Corporate Retread Futures  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/07/19/996468/-Corporate-Retread-Futures

Aging Nuclear Power:  USA and Around the World  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/07/21/997238/-Aging-Nuclear-Power:USA-and-Around-the-World


Monday, July 25, 2011
Five Capabilities for Enterprise Change: Approaches for Integrating  
Continuous Improvement and Strategic Change Across  
OrganizationsSpeaker: George Roth, Principal Research Associate, MIT
Time: 12:00p–1:00p

Location: Virtual - http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_072511/webinar-roth-enterprise-change.html

The MIT System Design and Management (SDM) Program Systems Thinking  
Webinar Series
The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar  
Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students,  
and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate  
information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering,  
management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

This webinar presents studies of what organizations have done to  
successfully extend their learning and change efforts to sets of  
organizations, or enterprise changes.

Additional information is provided at the url below.

Web site:  http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_072511/webinar-roth-enterprise-change.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and  
Management Program
For more information, contact:
Lois Slavin
lslavin at mit.edu


Monday July 25, 2011 — 8pm at Middlesex Lounge
315 Mass Ave, Cambridge

In Central Square


Featuring Nerd-appropriate tunes by Claude Money
Talk 1. “Cyborgs R Us: How to Resist World Domination!” by Sara Hendren

Talk 2. “The ‘ME2!!!X’” by Charles Guan

For more information about the speakers and the talks:  http://boston.nerdnite.com/2011/07/19/nerdnite-july-25-totally-awesome/


The Open Technology Initiative: How Geeks, Wonks, & Field Operatives  
are Fighting to Transform Inside-the-Beltway Policy-Making
Tuesday, July 26, 12:30pm ET,

Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St., Cambridge, MA.

RSVP ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu

This event will be webcast live at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast

Since its founding in 2009, the New America Foundation's Open  
Technology Initiative (OTI) has been a catalyst for innovative  
technology and telecom interventions. OTI's formulates policy and  
regulatory reforms to support open architectures and open source  
innovations and facilitates the development and implementation of open  
technologies and communications networks. OTI is committed to  
maximizing the potentials of open technologies, particularly for poor,  
rural, and other underserved constituencies. Through its work, OTI  
promotes affordable, universal, and ubiquitous communications  
networks. This talk will focus on three projects that have captured  
substantial attention over the past year: 1. OTI is working in  
Philadelphia and Detroit to build community wireless networks in areas  
underserved by broadband providers. 2. OTI coordinates  
MeasurementLab.net (M-Lab), an open, distributed, global platform for  
Internet measurement tools. 3. Commotion Mesh Wireless Project  
(a.k.a., "Internet-in-a-Suitcase") -- as recent events in Tunisia,  
Egypt, and Libya have illustrated (and Myanmar demonstrated several  
years prior), democratic activists around the globe need a secure and  
reliable platform to ensure their communications cannot be controlled  
or cut off by authoritarian regimes. Sascha Meinrath is the Director  
of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative and  
Research Director of the Foundation's Wireless Future Program. Sascha  
has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an  
"entrepreneurial visionary" and is a well-known expert on community  
wireless networks (CWNs), municipal broadband, and telecommunications  
policy. In 2009 he was named one of Ars Technica's Tech Policy "People  
to Watch". RSVP Required (ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu). More  
information athttp://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2011/07/meinrath 


Boston Green Drinks - July Happy Hour
Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 6:00 PM
Kingston Station
25 Kingston St, Boston, MA (map)
Green Drinks Boston builds a community of sustainably-minded  
Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career  
resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging  
green issues. We support the exchange of ideas and resources about  
sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/entrepreneur-1402/events/25847031


Saturday, July 30, 2011
Asian Street Food Festival
Time: 7:30p–10:00p
Location: MIT NW86
Craving scallion pancakes, har gow, spring rolls, or chicken teriyaki?  
Come enjoy free delicious Asian food, served street-market style in  
the SP courtyard.

There will be representatives & performances from China (CSSA), Korea  
(KGSA), Japan (JAM) & Singapore (MITSSS), so don\\\'t miss out on the  
opportunity to learn about these cultures.

Sponsored by the GSC funding board and ARCADE

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Sidney-Pacific Graduate Community, GSC Funding Board,  
ARCADE (Assisting Recurring Cultural Diversity Events), CSSA,  
KGSA(Korean Graduate Student Association), MITSSS, Japanese  
Association of MIT (JAM)

For more information, contact:
Jack Ahern
spec at mit.edu


Will Egypt Be the Next Iran?

WHEN  Thu., July 28, 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)  Tarek Masoud, assistant professor of public policy,  
Harvard Kennedy School
COST  Free
LINK  http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5541/will_egypt_be_the_next_iran.html


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  




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




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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