[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Sep 4 16:50:30 PDT 2011

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Sundays covering events around the Cambridge, MA and greater Boston  
area that catch the editor's eye.

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Public Hearing Schedule for "America's Nuclear Future"

Editorial Comment:  My policy is zero emissions, 100% recycling for  
all wastes, including low level and high level radioactive waste, and  
my immediate concerns for "America's Nuclear future" are 1) how  
quickly we can move commercial spent fuel from wet storage, which  
requires a constant supply and circulation of cooling water, to dry  
cask storage which does not;  and 2) how many of the 35 US boiling  
water reactors like Fukushima have spent fuel pools on the top floors  
of buildings outside the radiation containment structures and how soon  
can that be remedied?  Neither of these issues are top priorities in  
the present Blue Ribbon Commission report as they are looking at a  
different scale and timeframe.


FAS Freecycle and Sustainability Fair
WHEN  Tue., Sep. 6, 2011, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Science Center Overpass
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Special Events, Wellness/Work Life,  
Working at Harvard
CONTACT INFO  Gosia Sklodowska: gosia_sklodowska at harvard.edu
NOTE  Late summer cleaners and scavengers, unite! Don’t trash your  
office and home leftovers, freecycle them! File folders, cabinets,  
printers/cartridges, books, movies, music, housewares, games, sports  
equipment, art supplies, clothes are all welcome. Please, NO: TVs,  
computers, large electronics, or large furniture. Save big items for  
Craigslist, the ReuseList or Harvie. Please bring items to donate on  
the day of the event (9-10.30am), or contact us at energy at fas to  
arrange a pick up ahead of time. All leftover items will be donated to  
local charities.
Celebrate the new academic year in a green and festive atmosphere!
Come to learn about environmentally friendly living, working, catering  
and transportation services and products offered by local businesses.  
Taste delicious food from Stone Hearth Pizza, get your bike tuned up  
by Quad bikes and learn about greening your home opportunities from  
Next Step Living. Many more attractions, including more tastings and  
raffles at the Fair!
The event is sponsored by the FAS Green Program, a partnership between  
the FAS Office of Physical Resources and Planning and Harvard’s Office  
for Sustainability.


Live Webcast — Disaster Response: A Decade of Lessons Learned Post 9/11

WHEN  Tue., Sep. 6, 2011, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  http://www.forumhsph.org
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health in  
collaboration with Reuters
Opening Remarks
Julio Frenk, dean, Harvard School of Public Health

Aaron Pressman, correspondent, Reuters

Expert participants
Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of  
Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, associate  
professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, and co-founder of the  
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Isaac Ashkenazi, former surgeon general, Home Front Command, Israel;  
director of the Urban Terrorism Preparedness Project, National  
Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health  
and Harvard Kennedy School, and professor of disaster medicine, Ben- 
Gurion University, Israel

Stefanos Kales, associate professor in the Department of Environmental  
Health, Harvard School of Public Health, associate professor, Harvard  
Medical School, Division Chief, Occupational and Environmental  
Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance, and principal investigator of a  
study of cardiovascular risk among firefighters

Stephanie Kayden, international emergency physician, Brigham and  
Women's Hospital, instructor in medicine, Harvard Medical School, and  
faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
CONTACT INFO  theforum at hsph.harvard.edu
NOTE  Email questions before or during the live webcast to theforum at hsph.harvard.edu 
LINK  http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/forum/disaster-response-post-911.cfm


Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Thermal Transport and Thermoelectric Conversion in Nanostructured and  
Complex Materials
Speaker: Dr. LI SHI, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials  
Science and Engineering University of Texas, Austin
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: MIT 32-144

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MechE Seminar Series

For more information, contact:
Harris Crist
bhcrist at mit.edu


Ecologies of Human Flourishing Book Event
WHEN  Tue., Sep. 6, 2011, 5:15 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue
SPONSOR  Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity  
CONTACT  Lexi Gewertz, 617.495.4476
NOTE  This event will celebrate the publication of the CSWR's latest  
volume in its Religions of the World and Ecology Series: Ecologies of  
Human Flourishing. The event will feature David Eckel, Professor of  
Religion at Boston University, as a discussant of the volume. Editors  
Donald K. Swearer, former director of the CSWR, and Susan Lloyd  
McGarry, former assistant director for planning and special projects  
at the CSWR, will respond to Professor Eckel's remarks.


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
Flatbread & Sacco’s Bowl Haven
45 Day Street, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144
EAT & TAKE-OUT: 5pm to 11pm
BOWL: 7pm to 11pm



Berkman Center Fall 2011 Open House
Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 pm
Ropes Gray Room, Pound Hall, Harvard Law School Campus (Map: http://bit.ly/poundmap)
Free and Open to the Public
Please tell us if you plan to attend:  http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2011/09/openhouse#RSVP

Come to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Open House to meet  
our faculty, fellows, and staff, and to learn about the many ways you  
can get involved in our dynamic, exciting environment.

As a University-wide research center at Harvard University, our  
interdisciplinary efforts in the exploration of cyberspace address a  
diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. If you're interested in  
the Internet’s impact on society and are looking to engage a community  
of world-class fellows and faculty through events, conversations,  
research, and more please join us to hear more about our upcoming  
academic year!

Paid part-time research positions will be available in the fall, and  
you can visithttp://cyber.law.harvard.edu/getinvolved/internships to  
see the current available openings.

People from all disciplines, universities, and backgrounds are  
encouraged to attend the Open House to familiarize yourself with the  
Berkman Center and explore opportunities to join us in our research.   
We look forward to seeing you there!


Historical Context and Demos Illustrating the Relationship of Food and  

WHEN  Tue., Sep. 6, 2011, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Science Center C
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Dave Arnold (Food Arts magazine's contributing editor for Equipment &  
Food Science), Harold McGee (author of "On Food and Cooking: The  
Science and Lore of the Kitchen" and columnist for The New York Times)  
and David Weitz (Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied  
Physics at Harvard)
COST  Free. All are welcome to attend.
LINK  https://www.seas.harvard.edu/cooking/



Event Details
Date: Wednesday, 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


Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN  Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 12 – 12:20 p.m.
WHERE  John Harvard Statue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Ethics, Social Sciences, Special Events,  
Support/Social, Working at Harvard
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.


Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
WHEN  Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School Room L-382
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Classes/Workshops, Environmental Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Charles Kolstad: Public Goods Institutions with Other- 
Regarding Preferences
LINK http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k82245&pageid=icb.page443881


Fluid Architecture
WHEN  Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Pierce Hall Room 209, Harvard SEAS, 29 Oxford Street,  
Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Art/Design, Education, Environmental Sciences,  
Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired  
Engineering at Harvard University/Harvard School of Engineering and  
Applied Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Ned Kahn
NOTE  Ned Kahn, an artist who has a background in environmental  
science, explores natural phenomena through his art. His works  
typically incorporate fluid dynamics, optics, acoustics, and other  
features of physics. During the 1980s, he was an apprentice to  
physicist Frank Oppenheimer at San Francisco's Exploratorium, which  
Oppenheimer founded. Kahn's works include Tornado, a simulation of  
chaotic phenomenon, and Gaussian Melody, whose pin array, related to  
the Gaussian distribution, produces a random tune. Converting abstract  
principles into tangible representations, Kahn's work is accessible to  
a vast and diverse audience, attracting and holding the attention of  
children, adults, artists, and physicists alike.
LINK  http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewevent/158/wyss-seminar-fluid-architecture


Herbert Sherman Memorial Lecture: Health Information Technology and  
the Medical Home
WHEN  Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Kresge Cafeteria, Harvard School of Public Health
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Health Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Department of Health Policy and Management/HSPH
SPEAKER(S)  David W. Bates, chief quality officer, BWH; chief of the  
Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, BWH


Harvard EPS Dissertation Defense
September 7, 2011 - 4:00pm
Haller Hall - Geo Museum 102 24 Oxford St Cambridge, MA
"Atmospheric pollution in the Arctic: Sources, transport, and chemical  
processing." Jenny Fisher, Harvard University.

Refreshments to follow in the Student Lounge, Hoffman 4th floor


Teaching 9/11
WHEN  Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138
TYPE OF EVENT  Discussion, Forum, Lecture, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT NAME  Amber DiNatale
CONTACT EMAIL  askwith_forums at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION/DEPARTMENT  Harvard Graduate School of Education
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Lecture, Special Events
Moderator: Meira Levinson, associate professor of education, HGSE
•	Thea Abu El-Haj, associate professor, Rutgers Graduate School of  
•	Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and  
cultures; chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages and  
Civilizations, Harvard University
•	Beverly Gage, associate professor of history, Yale University
•	Diane L. Moore, senior lecturer on religious studies and education,  
Harvard Divinity School
•	Christopher Ougheltree, social studies teacher, Cranston High School  
East, Cranston, R.I.
Teaching 9/11 brings together participants from the fields of  
education, history, government, religion, and politics for a  
roundtable discussion about how, why, and what we should teach young  
people about September 11, 2001. The forum provides a powerful and  
timely opportunity to reflect on questions such as: How should we  
teach the recent past? What are some of the complexities in teaching  
highly emotional and contentious issues? Is location of the classroom  
significant in teaching 9/11? What should the goals of teaching 9/11  
To listen to the Harvard EdCast: Teaching 9/11 podcast please visit, http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2011/09/harvard-edcast-teaching-911/
This week's Harvard EdCast features Associate Professor Meira  
Levinson, political philosopher at HGSE, reflecting on the challenges  
of teaching 9/11 in the classroom and how to explain these events as  
both a mother or teacher to children born after September 12, 2001.
For more information on Askwith Forums, please visit our Frequently  
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Thursday, September 08, 2011
Affordable Hydrogen Infrastructure from New Approaches to Hydrogen  
Delivery and Renewable Hydrogen
Time: 10:00a–11:00a
Location: E19-319
A special seminar featuring Edward F. Kiczek, the Global Business  
Director of Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products and Chemicals Inc.

Web site: web.mit.edu/mitei
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:
Jameson Twomey


Thursday, September 08, 2011
Renegotiation-Proof Contracts with Moral Hazard and Persistent Private  
Speaker: Bruno Strulovici (Northwestern/Visiting MIT)
Time: 4:00p–5:30p
Location: at Harvard Location TBA
Renegotiation-Proof Contracts with Moral Hazard and Persistent Private  

Web site: http://econ-www.mit.edu/files/6934

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Theory Workshop

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu


10th Anniversary of 9/11 Campuswide Panel Discussion
WHEN  Thu., Sep. 8, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach  
Center, Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, Prince  
Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
Duncan Kennedy, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, Harvard Law  
Jocelyne Cesari, director, Islam in the West Program, CMES;
Charlie Clements, executive director, Carr Center for Human Rights  
Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
CONTACT INFO  Anna Mudd: cmesoc at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  As part of Harvard programming in response to the 10th  
anniversary of 11 September 2001, this campuswide panel discussion  
will feature talks by several Harvard scholars engaging with questions  
of how to engage dialogue on 9/11 in America.
LINK  http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/node/2530


HUCE Special Seminar: "The Boundary Politics of Sustainability Science"
WHEN  Thu., Sep. 8, 2011, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  HUCE Seminar Room, 24 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA  
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard University Center for the Environment
Tim Forsyth, reader in environment and development, London School of  
Economics and Political Science
Lisa Matthews: matthew at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  In recent years, there has been growing trend towards so-called  
'problem-oriented science' as a way to address urgent social problems.  
For example, 'sustainability science' seeks to address questions of  
long-term sustainable development, and 'adaptation science' analyzes  
adaptation to climate change. This presentation will talk supportively  
of these ventures, but argue that the transition to 'problem-oriented  
science' still lacks a sufficient political analysis of which problems  
are addressed, and how problem definition relates to scientific  
investigation. In response, the presentation proposes to use the  
concept of 'boundary politics' from related work in science and  
technology studies as a way to analyze the boundaries between  
scientists and policymakers / users, and the implications of  
boundaries for different forms of scientific explanation.
LINK  http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2011-09-08/huce-special-seminar-boundary-politics-sustainability-science


Thursday, September 08, 2011
Northrop Grumman Corporation: Future Technical Leaders Program  
Information Session
Speaker: David Rahn and Lori Daly
Time: 5:00p–7:30p
Location: 56-180
Future Technical Leaders Information Session.
Thursday, 8 Sept. 2011
Room: 56-180
PhD/M.S. Student Recruitment

Northrop Grumman is looking for Future Technical Leaders. Launching an  
advanced surveillance satellite to monitor the environment. Creating a  
citywide high-speed wireless network. Designing more effective  
navigation systems for commercial aircraft. Achievements like these  
are the lifeblood of working with Northrop Grumman, and as we continue  
to grow, we remain committed to addressing the national and local  
issues that affect the communities in which we operate and live. We  
believe in preparing for the future, which is why we sponsor community  
outreach programs with such goals as inspiring students to pursue  
careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

By partnering with universities like MIT and offering company-wide  
mentoring, NGC is fostering a breadth of perspectives to power its  
world-class aerospace and defense projects. Perspectives like yours,  
as a new graduate, beginning your career with NG affords you the  
exciting opportunity to join an organization with diverse  
technologies, customers and locations across the country. Primary  
focus is on recruiting graduates of the 2011-2012 academic year.

Please visit http://www.is.northropgrumman.com/ftlprogram/ for more  
information about the program.

Achievement never ends.
For current opportunities, please visit:

Web site: http://www.is.northropgrumman.com/ftlprogram/

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Industrial Liaison Program

For more information, contact:
M. Cattonar
617- 253-2691


"The Empire State ReBuilding: The Powerful Lessons from Reawakening  
the World's Most Famous Office Building"

WHEN  Thu., Sep. 8, 2011, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Art/Design, Business, Environmental Sciences,  
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Real  
Estate Academic Initiative at Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Anthony E. Malkin, president of Malkin Holdings, New York
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  events at gsd.harvard.edu
Malkin will discuss how the $550 million "Empire State ReBuilding"  
program transformed this iconic building into a 21st century trophy,  
serving the needs of tenants, broadcasters, and visitors with restored  
grandeur and the latest technology. Groundbreaking energy efficiency  
work integrated in the building has proven to be a disruptive model  
challenging the accepted definition of "green."
LINK  http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/anthony-e-malkin-the-empire- 


Wyss Seminars Environmental Science and Engineering Seminars
A plan for powering the world for all purposes with wind, water, and  
Mark Jacobson , Professor, Stanford University
When:  Sep 09, 2011 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Where: Harvard, Pierce 100F
Speaker Biography:  http://www.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/
Brenda Mathieu
bmathieu at seas.harvard.edu 495-5745


"The New Majority? The Past, Present, and Future of Women in the  

WHEN  Fri., Sep. 9, 2011, 1 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10  
Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study,  
Schlesinger Library
Welcome by Drew Faust, Harvard University president
Remarks about Clara Schiffer by Lois Schiffer
Marsha S. Berzon ’66, Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Ellen Bravo, Former Director, 9 to 5, and current Director, Family  
Values @ Work Consortium
Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women's Policy Research
Nancy MacLean, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences Professor of  
History, Duke University
Lynn Rhinehart, General Counsel, AFL-CIO
Kris Rondeau, Founder, Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical  
Workers; Union Organizer
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  617.495.8600
Women's increasing employment for pay has transformed households,  
workplaces, and social life over the past half-century. Now women  
workers make up half the labor force. While women are the breadwinners  
in their families more and more often, have their jobs, their pay  
scales, and their opportunities for advancement gained parity with  
men's? At this symposium, speakers with a wide range of involvement in  
the labor movement, labor law, and social policy will discuss what has  
changed, what has not, and what lies ahead.
LINK  www.radcliffe.edu…

September 9, 2011
3:00pm-8:00pm (Schedule below)
Visions of War

MIT W20-491

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we gather for talks by MARIANNE  
HIRSCH and ANDREA GEYER. Our speakers will address a set of  
interrelated questions: What is the role of art and the humanities in  
the work of social justice? What is the role of feminism? How does it  
provide a site of intervention? How do we critique what some critics  
are arguing is a permanent state of war or perpetual war? To address  
the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the symposium also asks how visuality  
has been instrumental in the conduct of war, and in critiques of it.
Marianne Hirsch "Postmemory, Art and Archive"
Andrea Geyer "Memory Now. A poetic challenge to Pasts, Presents and  

Andrea Geyer, "Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb (2009; 42 min) and  
"Comrades of Time" (2010)
Coco Fusco "Operation Atropos" (2006; 59 min)

3pm-5pm: Screenings
5pm-6pm: Reception
6:15pm-8pm: Speakers with Q&A by Emma Teng

Sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Office of the Dean,  
MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences; additional support from  
MIT Foreign Languages and Literatures, Women's and Gender Studies  
Program, and The Technology and Culture Forum.

For additional information, please go to the the MIT Foreign Languages  
and Literatures website:  http://web.mit.edu/fll/www/news/events.shtml


Friday, September 09, 2011
Starr Forum: Top Secret America
Speaker: Dana Priest
Time: 4:30p–6:00p
Location: MIT E14-674
Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State

Book Talk with Dana Priest, Washington Post

The top-secret world that the government created in response to the  
9/11 terrorist attacks has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so  
secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people  
it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done  
elsewhere. In TOP SECRET AMERICA, award-winning reporters Dana Priest  
and William Arkin uncover the enormous size, shape, mission, and  
consequences of this "invisible universe."

About the speaker/co-author: Investigative reporter Dana Priest has  
been The Washington Post's intelligence, Pentagon and health-care  
reporter. She has won numerous awards, including the 2008 Pulitzer  
Prize for public service for "The Other Walter Reed" and the 2006  
Pulitzer for beat reporting for her work on CIA secret prisons and  
counter-terrorism operations overseas. She is author of the 2003 book,  
"The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America's Military,  
(W.W. Norton).

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/cis/eventposter_090911_priest.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:
starrforum at mit.edu


Fri. 9/9
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays, monthly free evening
MIT Museum Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Free admission

Featured Program: Starbound with Joe Haldeman
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join MIT author Joe Haldeman and other members of MIT's Program in  
Writing and Humanistic Studies an evening of literature and  
conversation at the MIT Museum. Professor Haldeman will read from his  
latest work, Starbound, and discuss what it takes to become an award- 
winning science fiction author. Haldeman is a five-time recipient of  
both the Nebula and the Hugo Awards, the two most prestigious science  
fiction honors; in 2010 he received the Damon Knight Grand Master  
award from the Science Fiction and Science Fantasy Writers of America.


Saturday, Sept. 10th,  from 8:30 am (bright and early) until 1 pm, you  
can help the Cambridge Zen Center lower its energy bill while you  
learn about energy efficiency and maybe a bit about Buddhism.  Every  
hour a bell will ring to remind us to be mindful for a moment, while  
we help steward the planet.

This HEET (http://www.heetma.com) event will be at the Zen Center in  
Central Square, Cambridge, which is sure to put you in a better state  
of mind by the end of the day.

Sign up here  at https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGdQcmxQNHhwU04wYzd2cV9iRDQxdlE6MQ 
  and thanks.


The Fall 2011 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP
will be on
Saturday September 10
NOON to 2 pm

Rain date—in case of DOWNPOUR—is Sunday, Sep. 11, 12-2

at Fayette Park
(off Fayette St., across from the former Longfellow School and  
library, near corner with Broadway)

Bring anything that's growing in too much abundance in your garden.  
Elegant packaging not required, but please write down plant names.    
We expect to have perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds, houseplants,  
catalogs, pots, and lots of "whatever."

Contact Helen Snively at HMSnively at aol.com

SOMERVILLE GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE is on Sat., Sep. 17, starting at 9,  
in Davis Sq.   Right—a week after our swap.  In fact, our nice  
leftovers go to their sale.  They have great stuff, at good prices,  
and lots of advice. Great event—Mark your calendar!


Cambridge Carnival International
Kendall Square, Cambridge
  12- 7 pm


RI Maker Faire, Providence, RI
	• Free!
	• September 10, 2011 Steeple Street at WaterFire. 2pm-10pm.   
Providence, RI.
	• Support Maker Faire RI:  http://makerfaireri.com/


The Art of Survival: A Tenth Anniversary Observance of 9/11 in Words,  
Music, and Dance

WHEN  Sun., Sep. 11, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Art/Design, Dance, Humanities, Music, Poetry/ 
Prose, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center and  
the Office of the President of Harvard University.
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu/Online/default.asp?menu_id=E441BC2D-00F1-4719-B831-62D65C9C9BEA
TICKET INFO  Free and open to the public.Tickets required and  
available beginning Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Harvard Box Office or by  
phone (service charge applies to phone orders). Limit two tickets per  
CONTACT INFO  humcentr at fas.harvard.edu, 617.495.0738
Harvard’s observance of the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the  
World Trade Center and the Pentagon will reflect on the local,  
national, and global ramifications of 9/11. Through musical and dance  
performances, images, and readings, the observance will explore themes  
of anxiety and security, imagination and empathy, survival and  
solidarity. It takes place in conjunction with an installation in  
Harvard Yard: a series of poles bearing flowers and poems that connect  
with the themes of the observance.
LINK  http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/




Monday, September 12, 2011
MIT Energy Club Information Session
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 1-190
Passionate about energy? Come learn about MIT's largest and most  
active student club with over 3000 members and more than 100 events a  
year. We will cover all the ways the MIT student energy community is  
working to tackle the energy challenge and how you can get involved.  
Representatives from the Energy Night, Energy Conference, Clean Energy  
Prize, and Energy Finance Forum will also be available. Pizza will be  

Web site: www.mitenergyclub.org
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club
energyclub at mit.edu


News and Entertainment in the Digital Age: A Vast Wasteland Revisited
Monday, September 12, 5:00pm ET, Harvard Law School. This event will  
be webcast live. Co-sponsored by the Dean's Office at Harvard Law  

In 1961, Newt Minow – then Chairman of the Federal Communications  
Commission – delivered a landmark speech to the National Association  
of Broadcasters on “Television and the Public Interest,” in which he  
described television programming as a "vast wasteland" and advocated  
for public interest programming. Fifty years later, we aim to reflect  
upon the changed landscape of television and dramatic shifts in the  
broader media ecosystem, and identify lessons learned that may help to  
offer insight into the next 50 years of media and public discourse.  
This event will feature Newt Minow (Former Chairman of the FCC /  
Sidley Austin),Dean Martha Minow (Harvard Law School), Ann Marie  
Lipinski (Nieman Foundation), Jonathan Alter (Bloomberg View), Terry  
Fisher (Harvard Law School), Yochai Benkler (Harvard Law School), John  
Palfrey (Harvard Law School),Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard Law School),  
and many more. Special guests include Susan Crawford (Cardozo School  
of Law), Perry Hewitt (Harvard University), Ellen Goodman (Rutgers  
University School of Law - Camden), Reed Hundt(Former Chairman of the  
FCC), Kevin Martin (Former Chairman of the FCC), Nicholas Negroponte  
(One Laptop per Child), Tim Wu (Columbia Law School), Ethan Zuckerman  
(C4/Berkman Center), and more. Photo via Rantes. RSVP Required. more  
information on our website> http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2011/09/vastwasteland


Tuesday, September 13, 12 p.m.
"Political Reporting in a Bare-Knuckled, Bare-Shouldered Media Culture."
Speaker Series with Jessica Yellin, chief White House correspondent  
for CNN.
Nye AB, Taubman Building, 5th Floor, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge
Harvard Kennedy School of Government


One of the most important elements of success in our sustainability  
initiatives is people. This month's Growing GIBN call focuses on the  
people instrumental in any business -- its employees.

September Growing Green Innovators in Business Network Conversation
Employee Engagement in Sustainability Efforts

Date: September 13, 2011
Time: 2pm ET
Call-in information: (760) 569-9000, Code: 160031#
Please join us by sending your RSVP to info at digin.org

We will be joined by Asheen Phansey of Quaking Aspen LLP who will  
share thoughts and recent research on employee engagement for  
sustainability, and Randi Braunwalder of HP who will provide case  
studies of HP's work on employee engagement. We look forward to your  


MIT Energy Club Opening Social

September 13, 2011  5:00p–7:00p

Come kick off the semester right at the MIT Energy Club Opening Social  
and get to know all the outstanding people that are making a  
difference in meeting the energy needs of tomorrow today. Hosted on  
the 6th floor of the Media Lab with refreshment, drinks (cash bar) and  
a gorgeous view of the Charles River, this is one event you do not  
want to miss.

Location:  MIT E14-648

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Club

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:

Contact MIT Energy Club

energyclub at mit.edu


Definitive NFC / Near Field Communication and Smart mCommerce News
Isobar Create 48 NFC Hackathon Boston Event

If you are an Android app dev,like the sound of NFC capabilities and  
want to get the low down from those in the know,you will make sure you  
are in Boston on September 13th –15th for Isobar Create 48.

If you live somewhere round the Boston area or can get there between  
September 13th and the 15th, you can take part in a unique experience  
the guys and gals from FutureM are calling Isobar Create 48. The point  
of the get n’code together event is to explore the possibilities of  
Near Field Communication (NFC). NFC is going to be built into  
products,services and marketing from here on out and for those with  
some solid knowledge of managing NFC developments,the future will  
likely be bright. The Isobar Create 48 NFC Hackathon will be the first  
of its kind to explore the NFC chip inside the Google Nexus S and find  
greater uses for this NFC. The Isobar Create 48 organizers are  
inviting local developers,programmers and hackers to create what they  
see as their visions for uses of NFC technology.

They’ve lined up some incredible speakers,trainers,judges and sponsors  
for the event,including Damien Balsan,who is the Director of NFC  
Business Development at Nokia and the Co-Chair of the Boston NFC Hub.  
He will be sharing his thoughts on the future of NFC and demoing some  
applications,and we’ll have some trainers on hand to teach  
participants how to program for NFC (ie,what can be done,what can’t be  
done,etc.) They have also lined up an esteemed panel of judges from  
Google,Where.com and Nokia,who will vote on the top 3 apps created  
during the hackathon and hand out prizes. Who knows,you may even pick  
up some important connections.

Other than that,we are going to hand over to details we took straight  
from the Isobar Create 48 website,as it says it all!

Isobar Create 48 NFC Hackathon.
Near Field Communication (NFC) technology will let us make  
transactions,exchange digital content,and connect electronic devices  
like never before. Your phone will be your credit card,boarding  
pass,hotel room key,coupons at the supermarket. You’ll buy only the 3  
minutes you need on the parking meter.

It’s an amazing future that can continue to emerge. Or it can bust  
through the door now,screaming your name for all eternity.

Isobar Create 48 is the first hackathon of its kind to explore the NFC  
chip inside the Google Nexus S,as well as other potential  
applications. This is an open invitation to developers and designers  
to define the future of NFC and find greater uses for this exciting  
new technology.

Around the clock: Tuesday, September 13 at 3:00pm – Thursday,  
September 15, 2011, 3:00pm

Where:  Space with a Soul,281 Summer Street,Boston,MA

Who:  Created by Isobar, with an esteemed panel of judges from Google  
and WHERE.com, Isobar Create 48 is for developers and designers who  
have big ideas,the skill to bring them to life,and no fear of a little  
sleep deprivation.

How can I participate?
Isobar’s first “Create 48” is part of FutureM that draws hundreds of  
digital community creators and creatives every year. It’s FREE if you  
follow the steps and use the promo code below:

	• Go to bit.ly/futurempass
	• On the first page,fill out your first name,last name and email  
	• Choose “FutureM Pass – MITX Members Rate” and click the “Continue.”  
NOTE:The $99 fee will be waived for you if you follow the next step.
	• Fill out contact information &a few demographic questions. Then, in  
the Promo Code field,enter the discount code HACK. Click “Continue.”
	• Select Isobar Create 48,starting on Tuesday,September 13th.
What types of applications can I develop?
During the Hackathon,participants will have the ability to write five  
types of applications:

	• Phone to phone: Nexus S ‘talking’ to another Nexus S,transferring  
something meaningful using the technology.
	• Phone to tag: Using tags where the device (or a reader) can read  
data and react to it. Sometimes the data is a URL;other times it is  
just the ID of the device.
	• Phone to reader: Having the phone act as a tag (or a card) and  
‘speak’ to a computer with a tag reader attached to it.
	• Tag to reader: Similar to phone to tag,only that a computer with a  
reader ‘responds’ to reading the tag.
	• Phone to simulator: We will create ‘simulators’ of real-world  
machines we envision using NFC and how they can exchange data with  
smartphones. Examples include a gas pump and a cash register.  
Participants will be able to create apps that ‘talk’ to these  
How can I prepare?
Attendees should be prepared to bring their laptop,power cables (and  
any other tools they need to create and develop with). Isobar will  
provide the facilities,power,connectivity,food,and refreshments,and  
experts will be on-hand to help you think through your idea,answer  
questions and give advice. We’ll also have the following equipment on  
hand,including:Nexus S phones,NFC Tags to make real-world objects  
‘machine readable,NFC Readers (SCM 3711),and Demo code.

In the meantime,here are some links to documentation and technical  
resources that may help you prepare:

	• NXP introduction to NFC – NXP is a pioneer of NFC technology,a bit  
	• Radio-Electronics – Introduction to NFC: http://goo.gl/XXuhF
	• Google I/O presentation featuring the Nexus S: http://goo.gl/qzHXY
	• White papers from the NFC Forum: http://goo.gl/Se6LO
	• The Android NFC Demo App: http://goo.gl/fdutp
	• Slideshare presentations about NFC (some good overview here): http://goo.gl/Ai88Z
	• Touchatag Developer site: http://www.touchatag.com/developer/docs/index
	• NFC FAQ on TagStand: http://www.tagstand.com/pages/faq
If you need more inspiration,just read through posts here on  
NFCRumors.com there should be something to cook your noodle.
Who are the judges?
When coding ends at 3:00pm on Thursday 9/15,each team will have 5  
minutes to present their work to the audience and our esteemed panel  
of judges,which so far includes:

	• Dan Koulomzin,Software Engineer,Google
	• Mike Lockwood,Engineer,Google Android Team
	• David Chang,VP of Product &Strategy,WHERE.com
	• Damien Balsan,Director of NFC Business Development,Nokia,and Co- 
Chair,Enterprise Forum/Boston NFC Hub
What can I win?
Do we need to give you something other than the admiration of your  
peers? A place in the history books? Exposure to our friends and  
judges from Google and MIT Media Labs?

Fine. Everybody gets an awesome gift bag. We’ll have door prizes  
(random,sure,but cool stuff). We’ll be giving out cash prizes to  
winners,a trophy we’re designing as we speak,and Google Nexus S phones  
for the winning team. But if you’re just in it for the  
admiration,that’s okay too. Who isn’t?

Can you hook me up with collaborators if I show up alone?
Isobar Create 48 is for designers,developers,and marketers. We  
encourage you to team up and work in ad-hoc development teams. If you  
have a good idea but you’re not sure you can build it on your own,or  
if you’re a coder who wants a designer and a marketer to work with,you  
can coordinate with others on our blog to share ideas and build a  
team. Don’t fret if you don’t have a team before you get there – we’ll  
do our best to match people up when you arrive.

Who owns the code I write?
You do,unless you’re using something that belongs to someone else.  
We’d like to make a few screenshots of promising projects,and we’ll be  
video taping certain parts of the event for public relations and  
marketing communication purposes;we assume that’s okay.

What’s the schedule?
Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect:

	• If you’re looking for a team to develop something with,arrive by  
3:00pm so you have time to mingle and hook up or ask us to help you.
	• We’ll get started at 3:30pm sharp. We’ll present some new details  
on NFC technology and the Gingerbread OS,and you’ll get to work.
	• We’ll feed you and water you and Red Bull you. We’ll also have a  
couple of couches if you need a nap.
	• At 3:00pm on Thursday 9/15,everyone stops coding. Each team will  
have ten minutes to present their work to the audience — and the  
judges. Then we’ll go our separate ways for a few hours. We think  
you’ll go home and clean yourselves up!
	• At 7:00pm on Thursday 9/15,we’ll regroup for the afterparty. We’ll  
have food,drink and a band,open to all FutureM attendees.
	• At the afterparty,we’ll reveal the top 3 apps created during the  
hackathon and hand out prizes and respect to the winners.

Read more: http://nfcdata.com/blog/2011/09/02/isobar-create-48-nfc-hackathon-boston-event/#ixzz1Wr5SraLA


Energy 101 : Biofuels

September 14, 2011  12:30p–1:30p

Energy 101 lectures on biofuels. FREE FOOD.

Category:  lectures/conferences: science/engineering

Speaker:  Mark Wright

Location:  MIT 3-133

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Club

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:

Contact MIT Energy Club
aziz_a at mit.edu


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.



Venture Cafe Night with Microsoft Bing! Findable and Fundable #SEO  
#Food #Swag
Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
The Venture Cafe at Cambridge Innovation Center, 4th Floor, 1  
Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

Come for a fun night of learning, mingling, food and swag!  Microsoft  
Bing will be on-site at Venture Cafe with a special visit from Duane  
Forrester, Bing's SEO expert and author of two books: How To Make  
Money With Your Blog and Turn Clicks Into Customers. Shasta Ventures'  
Jacob Mullins (investors in Mint.com), will kickoff the evening by  
talking with startups about how to become fundable.
Visit the swag table to obtain your own Bing startup love kit  (neat  
gadgets inside) and learn about Microsoft Bing's startup program from  
Bing Senior Program Manager Betsy Aoki.

   5-6 p.m:  Jacob Mullins of Shasta Ventures talks with startups  
about being fundable

   6-8 p.m:  Mingle with Duane Forrester, Microsoft Bing and Jacob  
Mullins, Shasta Ventures to ask your questions, gain answers over food  
and drink

  Duane Forrester, Microsoft Bing
Duane Forrester is a Sr. Product Manager with Bing’s Webmaster  
Program.  Previously, he was an inhouse SEM running the SEO program  
for MSN in the US &
Americas. He's also the founding co-chair of SEMPO's In-House SEM  
Committee, was formerly on the Board of Directors for SEMPO and is the  
author of two books: How To Make Money With Your Blog & Turn Clicks  
Into Customers.  Duane was a moderator at www.searchengineforums.com  
and maintains his own blog at www.theonlinemarketingguy.com. When  
writing for Search Engine Land, Duane's main focus was on in-house  
search marketing, both what it took to manage it, and who folks were  
in the industry.

Jacob Mullins, Shasta Ventures
Jacob joined Shasta Ventures in the summer of 2011 bringing with him a  
wealth of experience from many sides of the modern day startup  
industry. Before Shasta, Jacob joined Microsoft to help design and  
launch the BizSpark program, Microsoft’s first initiative tailored  
specifically for early-stage startups.  As US program lead, his focus  
was working with all constituents of the startup ecosystem, from early- 
stage incubators, investors, service providers, and more, to
help align mutual interests for the startup’s success. At the time of  
his leaving, BizSpark had over 35,000 members in over 100 countries.  
Prior to Microsoft, Jacob was the “business guy” at VentureBeat.com  
leading all non-editorial efforts including revenue generation,  
advertising relationships and strategic partnerships with companies  
like The New York Times and IDG. During college, Jacob co-founded a  
nutraceutical company with significant international operations in  
South Africa. As CEO, he led this startup to become a publicly traded- 
OTC company that manufactured and distributed three product lines: a  
dietary supplement, gum, and energy drink, in retail, online, and  
direct marketing channels.  Jacob is the co-founder and Chairman of  
the Beverly Mullins Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship at UC Berkeley  
that offers financial assistance to non-traditional aged single  
parents who are defying all obstacles in the pursuit of education.   
Jacob has a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.


Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)

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).

For basic info and application forms: http://www.harvardsquare.com/Home/Articles/The-Third-Annual-Urban-Ag-Fair.aspx
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
For more info/updates: http://www.urbanagfair.com/index.html


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!



Cambridge Community Center Winter Market
Cambridge's first Winter Market is coming to the Cambridge Community  
Center. The market is expected to run every Saturday from January 7th  
to April 28th 2012. The market will take place inside the gym of the  
community center. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with  
setup and breakdown of the market.

We are also holding advisory committee meetings where we will be  
discussing the details of the market.

The first meeting will take place on September 27th 2011.

If you would like to attend please request an invitation by emailing  
Jose Mendez the Director of Marketing and Outreach at josem at cambridgecommunitycenter.org 


HEET is organizing a workshop on reducing energy bills in larger  
buildings on Oct. 1st. It's being run by Marc Rosenbaum, an award- 
winning building systems analyst, and sponsored by Mass. Interfaith  
Power and Light.  People-in-the-know murmur Rosenbaum's name with  
awe.  Paul Eldrenkamp of Byggmeister fame will moderate.

The workshop will take place in the First Church in Cambridge, a large  
historical building being used in a wide variety of ways such as a  
homeless shelter, childcare center and office space.

During the workshop we will be guided through the church to examine  
its problems, then in small groups design a longterm plan going  
forward to reduce the church's energy use.  Rosenbaum will comment on  
each of the plans to help us learn.

We're assembling a star-studded cast of guides to teach folks about  
how the building systems work and what can help.

We will also have a NSTAR representative explain available rebates,  
and the president of New Generation Energy talk about a great new  
financing mechanism for raising money through a community for energy  

We want to leave people with the practical knowledge about buildings  
and financing to reduce their building's energy use.

The workshop itself is on Sat. Oct 1st from 9 am to 5 pm.  Lunch will  
be provided and the cost is only $75.  Normally Rosenbaum's classes  
cost 3 times that.

Here's more info https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OVgK56hrB7m2roHQ2KW9cUysRnbMzJNi5e1HCf_rueI/edit?hl=en_US 
, and the sign up form https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dDljTHE3V0VGcnFEWWZlU3pTTGtVUXc6MQ 

Please post the info wherever you can or mention it to all who might  
be interested.  I think it will be a very helpful workshop.

We only have room for 100 attendees, so people might want to sign up  


Saturday, October 1, 2011 9am to 5pm Suffolk University, Boston
Register Online Now! [1]

Keynote speaker

2011 from Egypt to Libya: Triumph and Turmoil in the Arab world
The Conference

Fall 2011 marks ten years since 9/11, the War on Terror, the  
Afghanistan War, and the founding of UJP.  The US/NATO bombing of  
Libya is the latest in the
series of wars.  Domestically, greed is rampant and serious problems  
are getting worse.  Few peace and justice activists can remember a  
more troubling time.

How did we get here and how can we change things?

What can we learn from the historic events in Egypt, where the people  
triumphed against huge odds, and the workers of Wisconsin?

How can the peace movement continue its work to end the wars and cut  
the military budget while also building cooperation with the economic  
and racial
justice movements?

We want a peaceful foreign policy based on democracy to focus on the  
pressing economic and human problems that must be solved.

Featuring Presentations by:

Kathy Kelly
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Report from Afghanistan and Iraq

Ann Wright
former U.S. Army Colonel
Report on the Gaza Flotilla and Palestine

Michael McPhearson
National Coordinator, United for Peace and Justice
Connecting to the War at Home

Will Hopkins
Iraq Veterans Against the War and New Hampshire Peace Action
The crisis and youth today

Max Elbaum
War Times/Tiempo de Guerras
Fighting for Peace Against an Empire in Decline

Patricia Montes
Centro Presente
How the wars affect immigrant rights at home

Registration Fee: $15, includes morning coffee and pastry.  Free for  
Suffolk University students and faculty with ID. ?No one turned away.

Register online at http://justicewithpeace.org/ten-years-after-registration

Lunch: $10 - pizza, salad and drink, served in Donahua Building  
Directions: Take the T to Park Street or Government Center.
Suffolk University, Donahue Building, 41 Temple St.
Do not confuse Temple Street with Temple Place.

Registration opens at 9am at the Donahue Building, 41 Temple St.
Sessions will be held in Donahue and in the C.  Walsh Theatre next door.


The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future public hearing

October 12, 2011
Harvard Medical School Conference Center, 77 Louis Pasteur, Longwood,   
Boston, MA

BRC Draft Report to the Secretary of Energy  http://www.brc.gov

The Blue Ribbon Commission On America’s Nuclear Future is a  
Presidentially-mandated group composed of 16 people to make  
recommendations for national radioactive waste policy. The record of  
the work the Commission has done over the last year--available on-line  
in video form, transcript, written testimony, and public comments all  
posted at http://www.brc.gov

These additional meetings in September and October are to collect  
public comments on the Commission's draft recommendations. The full  
draft report is available here: http://www.brc.gov/index.php?q=announcement/brc-releases-their-draft-full-commission-report

The Commission website states: All public are welcome to attend. Pre- 
registration is strongly encouraged but not required.  Information  
about registration will be available in the near future. The meetings  
will not be video webcast. Transcripts of the meetings will be  
available on the website, along with all written comments anyone  
chooses to offer. Comments can either be made directly to the website  
at  www.brc.gov or by email to: CommissionDFO at nuclear.energy.govand  
via US postal mail:

Mr. Timothy A. Frazier
Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585

Comment deadline is October 31, 2011. NIRS will share a more complete  
set of comments for sign-on in October.




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 Success!

Young World Inventors (http://yinventors.wordpress.com/) finished  
their Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1036325713/youngworldinventorscom 
) to fund insider web stories of African and American innovators in  
collaboration successfully.

New contributions, however, will be accepted.


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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