[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jul 31 12:35:22 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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Solar PSA:  a South-Facing Window Is Already a Solar Collector http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/07/29/1000203/-Solar-PSA:A-South-Facing-Window-Is-Already-a-Solar-Collector

A George Carlin Protest   http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/07/29/1000546/-A-George-Carlin-Protest


Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN  Wed., Aug. 3, 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.


Wednesday, August 03, 2011
"Timescales and Processes in Climate Change: Transience, Persistence,  
and Irreversibility, and the Surprising Roles of Different Gases"
Speaker: DR. SUSAN SOLOMON, Adjoint Professor, University of Colorado  
at Boulder
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: MIT, 66-110

Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

For more information, contact:
Roberta Allard
allard at mit.edu


Boston Quantified Self MeetUp #6 :: Data of Our Lives
Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 7:00 PM
Sprout, 339R Summer St, Somerville, MA
Price: $5.00/per person

Announcing the next Boston QS Meetup, #6 :: Data of Our Lives-- novel  
solutions to chronic problems.

The event will feature speakers who are working on novel approaches to  
chronic health problems. They'll give short presentations and this'll  
be followed up by a panel. Please send in questions and areas of  
interests. I'll use these to seed initial questions before opening the  
panel up to the audience.

Speaking will be
Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Director of the Center for Connected Health at  
Partners Healthcare ( http://www.connected-health.org)
Rick Lee, CEO of Healthrageous, using biometric data to create  
personalized care ( http://www.healthrageous.com/)
Jackie Thong, CEO of Ubiqi Health, using mobile tools for migraine  
management ( http://ubiqihealth.com)

If you know other speakers who could contribute to this discussion,  
please let me know.

There's a $5.00 fee to help cover expenses with the Meetup. This event  
will also be featuring video documentation.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

6 pm

First Parish Church, 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Fair Food:  Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All

Oran Hesterman

RSVP Alex Linkow at alinkow at gmail.com


Time: 07:00 PM-08:00 PM
Harvard Coop, Level 3, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Reading /Signing - William Gibson
Please join us as we welcome William Gibson as he reads from and signs  
copies of the paperback version of his novel, Zero History. The Boston  
Globe touts Gibson as one of the most visionary, original, and quietly  
influential writers currently working.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Robocon 2011

Time: 9:00a–12:00p

Location: MIT, 34-101

University students representing countries all over the world gather  
up for the ROBOCON program. For 2 weeks, they'll share their life and  
thier knowledge and thier technology of robotics to go for winning the  
final contest.

Web site: http://stellar.mit.edu/S/project/robocon-2011/index.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering Dept.
For more information, contact:
Olga V Parkin
toxop at mit.edu


"Hibakusha, Our Life to Live" - Screening with Talk by Director
Friday, August 5
6:30pm - 9:30pm
All Saints Parish, 1737 Beacon St. (corner of Corey Rd), Brookline, MA

Boston premiere of the film about the survivors of the atomic bomb  
attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

On August 6, 1945, a great terror was thrust upon the world. David  
Rothauser’s 80 minute documentary, Hibakusha, Our Life to Live,  
probes the life stories of Japanese, Korean and American survivors of  
the terror; the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

There is an URGENCY here. The survivors are dying off, victims of  
radiation poisoning and other a-bomb related diseases. It is equally  
important to tell the stories on film of people who should never be  
forgotten. To keep their memory alive is to make an active  
contribution to a world where peoples of all races may embrace life as  
a precious gift and no longer live in the fear of nuclear annihilation.

To make this movie, Memory Productions completed over 90 hours of  
filming, including interviews with Japanese, Korean and American  
hibakusha and international youth participating in the 60th  
Anniversary Peace Ceremonies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The screening will be followed by a talk and Q&A by the filmmaker,  
David Rothauser, who is a Brookline resident. Co-sponsored by  
Massachusetts Peace Action and Brookline PAX.



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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