[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Aug 21 15:40:18 PDT 2011

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area that catch the editor's eye.

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Monday, August 15, 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


MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series
Why Systems Thinking Is Not a Natural Act
Ricardo Valerdi, Associate Professor, University of Arizona

Date: August 22, 2011
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Open to all

Register at https://mitweb.webex.com/mitweb/j.php?ED=145050207&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

About the Presentation
Competence in systems thinking is implicitly assumed among the  
population of engineers and managers — in fact, most technical people  
claim to be systems thinkers. But this competence is not as prevalent  
as these assertions might lead one to assume. Controlled experiments  
show that systems thinking performance, even among highly educated  
people, is poor. This presentation provides a set of systems thinking  
competencies and demonstrates how these are not as common as  
advertised. We also discuss how these competencies can be measured.

The main thesis is that systems thinking is not a natural act because  
(1) evolution has favored mechanisms tuned to dealing with immediate  
surface features of problems and (2) the Western education system  
tends to emphasize reductionist approaches. We discuss the  
implications of the current state and provide recommendations for  
closing the gap between the demand and supply of systems thinking  
through the use of systems thinking flight simulators. Finally, key  
takeaways are provided for the application of systems thinking across  
a variety of scenarios.

About the Speaker
Now an associate professor at the University of Arizona, Ricardo  
Valerdi was formerly a research associate in the Lean Advancement  
Initiative in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT.
Dr. Valerdi is a two-time recipient of the Best Thesis Advisor Award  
in the MIT Technology & Policy Program, the Best Article of the Year  
Award in theSystems Engineering Journal, and Best Paper Awards at the  
INCOSE Symposium, Conference on Systems Engineering Research and  
International Society of Parametric Analysts.

His research focuses on systems engineering metrics, cost estimation,  
test & evaluation, human systems integration, enterprise  
transformation, and performance measurement. His research has been  
funded by Army Test & Evaluation, Navy Acquisition Research Program,  
Air Force Office of the Surgeon General, Air Force Acquisition Chief  
Process Office, BAE Systems, and the IBM Center for the Business of  

Dr. Valerdi is the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Enterprise  
Transformation, served on the Board of Directors of the International  
Council on Systems Engineering, and is a senior member of the IEEE. He  
received his BS/BA in electrical engineering from the University of  
San Diego in 1999, and his MS and PhD degrees in systems architecting  
and engineering from the University of Southern California in 2002 and  

About the 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.

Topic: Why Systems Thinking is Not a Natural Act
Date: Monday, August 22, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

To register for this meeting
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Date: 8/24/2011
Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive,  
Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Audience: Technology, Web Design, Web Development, Usability
Twitter: @refreshboston
Description: Refresh Boston returns in August with author and speaker  
Dana Chisnell, who will present:

Beyond Frustration: Pleasure, Flow, and Meaning in Design

Is this you?
+ Designer looking for ideas for turning up the notch on designs.
+ IA who thinks that "products" and "solutions" as labels don't  
capture the conversation you want to have with users.
+ User researcher or usability specialist who want to make a design  
something more than baseline usable.

If you identify with any of these, this session is for you.

Design is about stimulus and response. We make things to elicit  
reaction. Often, UX is about spurring people to act: search, select,  
buy. But what if the response the team wanted to create was emotional?  
What if there was a specific, positive emotion attached to a  
technology experience? How might that affect engagement?

There's a vast difference between making a design that doesn't suck  
and creating one that people will love to use. While at one time it  
was enough to make something that was usable, learnable, or findable,  
we are pretty good at that now. We call that UCD. Where do we go next?  
Experience design. Designs could be much more: delightful or  
gratifying. They could help people find purpose and belonging.

Dana will present a framework and a language for thinking about and  
talking about taking designs to the next level with examples of how  
how some designs are building in emotional, linguistic, and  
psychological cues - and making sweet, fun, engaging, connected  

RSVP at http://refreshboston.org/rsvp/


Lean Startup Circle Boston August Meetup
Thursday, August 25, 2011, 6:30 PM
Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD)
One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA (map)

6:30pm -  Early Bird Presentation: Customer Development 101
For those new to the concepts of Customer Development and The Lean  
Startup, Matthew Mamet, Co-organizer of the LSC Boston Meetup and  
Product Manager at Alleyoop.com will talk about the basics of customer  
development and lean startups at 6:30pm. Come to listen to the  
presentation, or hang out and network over pizza!
7pm - Yoav Shapira, VP Platform Strategy at Hubspot

Yoav will discuss how they do Lean Startup at HubSpot, and how they've  
scaled their development operations to date.

 From 2007 to 2010, Yoav was HubSpot's Vice President of Engineering.   
In that role, Yoav put in place HubSpot's product development  
framework, including all the processes and standards to facilitate  
team growth by several multiples, and customer growth from a few dozen  
to thousands.

Now, Yoav manages a small team of developers who are building the  
foundation for the next generation of HubSpot products, providing APIs  
for other HubSpot developers and 3rd parties, and creating a developer  
ecosystem around HubSpot.

HubSpot, Inc. offers an all-in-one marketing software platform to over  
4,000 companies in 31 countries to increase the number of website  
visitors and convert more of those visitors. HubSpot is also the  
developer of the popular website analysis tool, WebsiteGrader.com,  
which has over 3 million users.

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Lean-Startup-Circle-Boston/events/23685901/


The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, The Boston Parks and Recreation  
Department, The City of Boston Women’s Commission, and The  
Massachusetts Women’s Suffrage Celebration Committee
Invite you to attend

Women’s Equality Day

The 91st Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, The Release of Boston  
Women’s Heritage Trail's HerStory Map, & The Paget Family - Founders  
of the Public Garden Swan Boats, a Newly Dedicated Historic Boston  

Friday, August 26, 2011
11:00 a.m. - Noon
Swan Boats Pavilion, Boston Public Garden

Info at:  http://www.mass.gov/ago/womensequality


Friday, August 26, 2011
TPSS Technology Policy Lunch
Time: 12:30p–1:30p
Location: MIT, E40-380
Reps from ESD PhD, STS, DUSP MCP, CivE MST and other "fellow  
traveller" science- and technology programs with a policy aspect are  
invited to help welcome the incoming TPP cohort.

Come help form a graduate student policy community, and help us pick  
topics and formats for regular interactions throughout the upcoming  

Open to: MIT, Harvard & Boston-area students of technology & science  

Sponsor(s): Technology and Policy Student Society, Technology and  
Policy Program, Graduate Student Council

For more information, contact:
Paul Natsuo Kishimoto
pnk at mit.edu



Date: 8/26/2011 - 8/30/2011
Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive,  
Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Audience: Students and faculty from the Boston area and around the  
country working on ventures for the developing world
Description: Please note that this is a week-long workshop: August  
26-30, 2011

VentureLab Sustainable Vision is a 5-day intensive workshop for  
students and faculty working on projects and ventures for the  
developing world. Students from Boston University, Northeastern, MIT  
(including Legatum fellows) Harvard and Tufts will meet and work with  
students from other programs around the country, to develop strong,  
sustainable business models that create products or services for the  
benefit of people living in poverty.



Boston Social Impact Potluck #III
Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
36 Sciarappa Street
Cambridge, MA 02141

Come mingle with other social entrepreneurs. Bring your friends who  
would be interested as well or want to hang out with other cool people  
trying to save the world [or at least make a lasting impact]!

It's a potluck but you don't have to bring a feast. So bring something  
light eatery or baked goods... or beer.... or wine - what ever your  
heart desires.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the two co- 

Adrian Wong
awong209 at gmail.com
mobile 626-607-6029
Justin Kang
justinjkang at gmail.com

RSVP http://bostonsocialpotlucks.eventbrite.com/




Monday August 29, 2011 — 8pm at Middlesex Lounge
315 Mass Ave, Cambridge In Central Square
Featuring Nerd-appropriate tunes by Claude Money

Talk 1. “Mumblecore: The Movement That Didn’t Roar” by Maria San Filippo

Talk 2. “How Do People Heal? An Integration of Acupuncture, Meditation  
and Placebo Research” by Jessica Shaw



Green Drinks Boston - August Happy Hour
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
Kingston Station
25 Kingston St.
Boston, MA 02111

After a successful re-launch of Green Drinks Boston in June, we are  
building momentum by announcing our monthly happy hours on the last  
Tuesday of each month!  Keep sending feedback to Lyn at greendrinksboston.com 
  for ideas about speakers or content for the future and mark your  
calendar for drinks in July.

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.



I hope you can join us for the TROMP Benefit at Flatbreads to take  
place in 3 weeks on Tues, 9/6/11.  A portion of the proceeds of all  
pizzas sold (eat in or take out) from 5pm - 11pm will be donated to  
TROMP. This is a great time for you to be available to talk to, bowl  
with, and eat with our supporters!

Bowl & Eat Pizza to benefit TROMP on Tues, 9/6/11     Flatbreads in  
Davis Square
Flatbread & Sacco’s Bowl Haven
45 Day Street, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144
EAT & TAKE-OUT: 5pm to 11pm
BOWL: 7pm to 11pm




Event Details
Date: 9/7/2011
Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive,  
Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 8:00am - 9:30am
Audience: Root Cause's 2011-2012 Social Innovation Forum semifinalists
Twitter: @RootCause

Description: The Semifinalist Information Session is an optional, but  
recommended session for all 2011-2012 semifinalists as we want to make  
sure that organizations understand both the process going forward and  
the expectations for those chosen as Social Innovators. We will focus  
on what we’re looking for in the second-round application and how  
those applications are evaluated. We will also bring in a 2011 Social  
Innovator to speak for a few minutes about his/her personal experience  
with the Social Innovation Forum.

Register at http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/RootCausesSocialInnovationForumSeptember2011/tabid/821/Default.aspx


September 14 and 15
Current TV 24 Hours of Green Programming

24 Presenters. 24 Time Zones. 13 Languages. 1 Message. 24 Hours of  
Reality is a worldwide event to broadcast the reality of the climate  
crisis. It will consist of a new multimedia presentation created by Al  
Gore and delivered once per hour for 24 hours, in every time zone  
around the globe. Each hour people living with the reality of climate  
change will connect the dots between recent extreme weather events —  
including floods, droughts and storms — and the manmade pollution that  
is changing our climate. We will offer a round-the-clock, round-the- 
globe snapshot of the climate crisis in real time. The deniers may  
have millions of dollars to spend, but we have a powerful advantage.  
We have reality.



Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents

with Harper Barnes, Jan Freeman, Laura Shapiro, Paul Solman, and Mark  
moderator Monica Collins

September 15, 6:30-8 pm
C. Walsh Theater
(Boston, MA 02114) Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents “The  
Real Paper: Journalism Then & Now” with Harper Barnes, Jan Freeman,  
Laura Shapiro, Paul Solman, and Mark Zanger; discussion moderated by  
Monica Collins.  Thursday, September 15, 6:30-8 pm. Admission is free  
and open to all.  C. Walsh Theater at Suffolk University, 55 Temple  
Street, Boston, MA.  Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located  
near the Park St. MBTA Station.  For more information, call the Ford  
Hall Forum at 617-557-2007 or visitwww.fordhallforum.org.

Ford Hall Forum Vice President and former The Real Paper journalist  
Monica Collins assembles this riveting The Real Paper reunion  
withHarper Barnes, Jan Freeman, Laura Shapiro, Paul Solman, and Mark  
Zanger.  Hear how this free alternative weekly newspaper’s laudable  
format of an employee-run collective was, ironically, its undoing as  
the opportunity to sell arose, as did interpersonal conflict. Their  
experience with The Real Paper yields surprising views on modern-day  
journalism, including sustainable and fair business models, the future  
of free newspapers in a world of internet media, and whether  
journalists in today’s economy should strike out on their own.

Further background information on participants:

Harper Barnes is a longtime editor and cultural critic for the St.  
Louis Post-Dispatch and has written for Rolling Stone and the  
Washington Post.  He is the author of the novel Blue Monday and  
Standing on a Volcano: The Life and Times of David Rowland Francis, a  
biography of Woodrow Wilson's ambassador to Russia.

Monica Collins created and writes “Ask Dog Lady,” a humor/lifestyle  
column about dogs, life, and love that is syndicated to 400+  
newspapers nationwide.  Collins also hosts the radio program, “Ask Dog  
Lady,” on 980 WCAP in the Merrimack Valley.  She is a regular guest on  
“The Callie Crossley Show” on WGBH-FM in a continuing series called  
“Pup Culture.”  Collins is also a communications consultant and media  
strategist for non-profit organizations.  A former staff writer and  
media critic for USA Today and the Boston Herald, Collins has written  
for the Boston Globeand various magazines, such as USA Weekend,  
ForbesLife Executive Woman, Ladies Home Journal, Vogue, and, of  
course, The Real Paper.

Since 1997, Jan Freeman has been writing the Boston Sunday Globe's  
weekly language column "The Word".  She worked as an editor at The  
Real Paper, Boston and Inc. magazines, and the Boston Globe, where she  
was a science news editor until she launched her weekly column on  
English usage.  She is the co-author of Ambrose Bierce's Write It  
Right: The Celebrated Cynic's Language Peeves Deciphered, Appraised,  
and Annotated for 21st-Century Readers.

Laura Shapiro currently writes as a columnist for Gourmet.com, Gourmet  
magazine’s website.  Formerly, Shapiro worked as a columnist at The  
Real Paper and after that worked for sixteen years as a writer for  
Newsweek.  There, she covered food, women’s issues and the arts and  
won several journalism awards for her work.  Her work has also  
appeared in the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Gourmet, Granta,  
The American Scholar, Gastronomica, Slate and many other  
publications.  Her first book was Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking  
at the Turn of the Century.  She is also the author of Something from  
the Oven: Revinventing Dinner in 1950s America and Julia Child.

Since 1985, Paul Solman has been a business and economics  
correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.  A business  
reporter for WGBH Boston since 1977, Solman was the co-originator and  
executive editor of PBS's business documentary series, ENTERPRISE.   
Solman was also the founding editor of The Real Paper as well as the  
East Coast editor of Mother Jones magazine.  Solman began his career  
in business journalism as a Nieman Fellow at the Harvard Business  
School in 1976.  His reporting has won him several Emmys and two  
Peabody Awards.  Solman has also served as a Professor at the Harvard  
Business School, teaching media, finance and business history.  He  
also co-authored the book, Life and Death on the Corporate  
Battlefield.  In addition, Solman is the presenter and author of  
Discovering Economics With Paul Solman, a series of videos that  
accompany McGraw-Hill introductory economics textbooks.  Solman also  
lectures on college campuses and has written for numerous articles  
including for Forbes magazine.

Since 2007, Mark Zanger has worked as the Director of Communications  
for the Coalition of Families and Advocates for the Retarded.  Also, a  
seasoned journalist, Zanger has worked as a freelance writer and  
restaurant critic for the Boston Phoenix since 1981.  Zanger has  
published five books most of which are related to his work as a  
restaurant critic.  He has previously served as chief editor of  
delphiforums.com, op-ed editor ofMetroWest News, and Public  
Information Officer for Oxfam America, Inc.  Before that he served as  
Editor-in-Chief of The Real Paper from 1975 through 1980.  Zanger  
studied English at Yale University.


September 16, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable:

Two Timely Topics:
FERC Order 1000 (Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation  
The Future of Solar in New England

Raab Associates presents:
  The 124th NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Date: Friday, September 16, 2011
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

On July 21, FERC issued Order 1000, its long-anticipated, 600-plus  
page rule on the future of transmission planning and cost-allocation  
in the United States. According to Chairman Wellinghoff, "The Final  
Rule will profoundly affect the development of our nation's  
transmission system in coming decades." One of the many unique  
features of this Order is the requirement for integrating federal and  
state energy policies (e.g., RPS) in transmission planning and  

Please join us at our next Restructuring Roundtable as we learn  
aboutFERC Order 1000 and discuss its ramifications and implications  
for New England transmission and non-transmission alternatives. The  
panel will begin with a succinct synopsis by Mason Emnett, Associate  
Director of FERC's Policy Office, and a lead FERC staffer on Order  
1000. Mason will be followed by a panel of three discussants who will  
reflect on how this order will likely impact transmission, renewables,  
and other resource planning and implementation in New England.

Heather Hunt, Executive Director of the New England States' Committee  
on Electricity (NESCOE), will lead off the panel with reflections  
garnered from the six New England State PUCs on Order 1000 and an  
update on NESCOE's coordinated competitive renewable procurement and  
new interstate transmission siting collaborative. Peter Flynn,  
President of FERC Regulated Businesses at National Grid, will provide  
a transmission owner's perspective, and Seth Kaplan, VP of Policy and  
Climate Advocacy at Conservation Law Foundation, will offer an  
environmental perspective.

Our second panel focuses on the Future of Solar in New England. With  
photovoltaic prices continuing to drop due to technology breakthroughs  
and increasing economies of scale, coupled with new solar-related  
state policies, PV installations in New England are on the rise. Our  
panel starts off with international solar expert, ChrisPorter, Lead  
Downstream Analyst, Photon Consulting, who will talk about the  
international technology and price progressions and how they may  
impact solar supply and demand in New England. DOERCommissioner Mark  
Sylvia will then discuss the evolution of solar-related policies in  
Massachusetts, including the Commonwealth's unique SREC market and net  
metering rules. We round out the panel with two leading solar  
developers as they discuss both the opportunities and on-going  
challenges of developing solar projects throughout New England: Dan  
Leary, President, Renewable Energy Solutions, Nexamp and President of  
the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), and  
Bryan Miller, VP of Energy Policy/Sustainable Energy at Constellation  




11:00 AM –  5:00 PM


The Urban-Ag Fair will showcase incredible locally grown fruits and  
vegetables in a judged competition. Visitors may sample recipes  
prepared using local ingredients and get tips from local experts on  
gardening topics like composting, container gardening, and raising  
chickens and bees.

The entire event is free, open to the public, and family-friendly.  
Cooking demonstrations by local chefs and Cambridge school student  
growers will be held throughout the day, along with talks on gardening  
topics.  Prizes will be awarded for fruits, vegetables, flowers,  
honey, eggs, baked goods, preserves/pickles, and beverages, in the  
categories of tastiest, biggest, prettiest/most creative, most  
interesting/funny-looking, and student grower (under 17).

Applications for growers and vendors or anyone who might want to have  
an information table are attached. Please return the forms by  
September 8.  You can also download forms from www.harvardsquare.com
Questions?  hsba at harvardsquare.com or 617-491-3434


Wednesday, September 21st, 2011, 7:00 p.m.  Sustainability and  
Portland's 5 Ecodistricts: A Discussion with Garry Sotnik

Join us for a a round table discussion with sustainability economist,  
Garry Sotnik,visiting from the hub of environmental innovation,  
Portland, Oregon. Presenting his paper on Portland's five  
ecodistricts, an initiative launched in 2009 in Portland, OR, to  
catalyze the city’s transition process towards sustainable  
development, Garry will also share his analysis on adaptability: What  
does it mean to adapt? What is required for adaptation? And what can  
be done to assist human systems (e.g. households, communities,  
regions, etc.) in adapting? He will then open the floor for an open  
discussion on the role of community organizing within the  
environmental movement, the ideas of connectedness and resiliency in  
the face of climate change, what could movements in Boston learn from  
the large-scale and well-subsidized efforts in Portland, similarly,  
what can the Ecodistrict Initiative learn from grassroots and multi- 
focus social change organizing?

encuentro 5
33 Harrison Avenue
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Close to Chinatown, Downtown Crossing, and Boylston T stops


Join us for the Greater Boston Slow Money Entrepreneur Showcase!
Thursday, September 22
6pm – 9pm
Non-Profit Center
89 South Street, Boston
South Street Conference Center

We will be bringing together investors, sustainable food entrepreneurs  
and leaders working together to rebuild our local food system. Learn  
about investment opportunities and how you can participate in  
rebuilding local economies based on the principles of soil fertility,  
sense of place, care of the commons and economic, cultural and  
biological diversity.

For investors: The Entrepreneur Showcase will provide access to  
sustainable food and farming businesses at different stages of  
development from start-up to expansion of existing businesses. The  
businesses and initiatives are also seeking different levels of  
financing — from small loans to major capital, as well as donations.   
Greater Boston Slow Money encourages investors of all resource levels  
to attend including institutional, individual, accredited, and  
unaccredited investors. This showcase event is not an offer to sell  
securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities.

For Entrepreneurs: The Showcase is a tightly produced event. Each  
entrepreneur will have five minutes and 6 slides to tell their  
stories, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from the audience.  Presenters  
will also benefit from the networking opportunity specifically  
designed to encourage and elevate investor dialog. Throughout the  
event, your collateral will be available for attendees, and you will  
be mentioned in all promotional materials for the event.

The Entrepreneur Showcase offers all the advantages of a traditional  
venture fair and many more. Because of the shared vision that brings  
us all together, it is an unparalleled opportunity for you to build  
relationships with investors and entrepreneurs from all over the  
region. We are confident that, if chosen to participate, you will have  
opportunities to make important connections that add value to your  

Given the relatively short time horizon, please submit your  
application no later than Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Demand for  
participation in the Showcase is high; spots will fill up.

To apply: send an email to gbslowmoney at gmail.com and we will send you  
the application.   It is free to apply, but costs $25 to present and  
take advantage of this exciting opportunity.


September 24
Moving Planet:  A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels

On Sept. 24th, 2011, on the streets of Boston, join a worldwide event  
– Moving Planet – calling on our elected leaders, businesses and  
communities to get serious about moving beyond fossil fuels.  Come on  
bike or on foot, by boat, carpool or public transportation!  Come with  
your community, your organization, or simply yourself to help make one  
big, bold, beautiful statement:
We have the power to build a secure, healthy, just and sustainable  
future for our children and our planet!





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




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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