[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Dec 4 17:30:49 PST 2011

Energy (and Other) Events is a weekly mailing list published most  
Sundays covering events around the Cambridge, MA and greater Boston  
area that catch the editor's eye.

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I was away from computers all this past week, doing some serious  
relaxing with friends in a beautiful place.  Regular writing should  
resume next week.


MIT Future of Electric Grid:  An Interdisciplinary Study
Monday, December 5, 2011
12:30 PM Eastern
Webcast at  http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=83545


"Investigating the Gulf Oil Spill: Challenges and Opportunities"
Monday, December 5, 2011
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street,  

Energy Technology Innovation Policy/ Consortium for Energy Policy  
Energy Policy Seminar Series:

Speaker:  Richard Lazarus, Harvard Law School

Lunch will be provided.

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund, louisa_lund at hks.harvard.edu


Interconnected Energy Grids - a Future for Electric Energy
Monday, December 5, 2011
Tufts, Cabot 108b, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Aleksandar Stanković, Alvin H. Howell Professor in Electrical  

The area of energy processing, which includes power electronics,  
electric drives and power systems, is at a crossroads. Its challenges  
are both external (contribution to climate change, nonfunctional  
markets) and internal (inability to integrate renewable sources and  
efficient loads). The promise of energy processing comes from a  
growing array of potentially transformative technologies that  
currently exist in energy components, power electronics, distributed  
sensing, and networked control. The first part of this talk will  
review available energy technologies, and outline salient features of  
the existing energy systems. The second part will outline desirable  
future developments in electric energy systems with an emphasis on  
interconnection of networks with different energy carriers.

How to Organize a Resilience Circle: Live Discussion Webinar

Monday December 5

3pm EST for an interactive webinar about organizing a Resilience Circle!

Register here.

We’ll talk about how to start a group for your community, including:

finding an organizing partner

finding participants through "base communities" and the "linking method"

how to share the idea of a circle with others

some notes on the curriculum
You will receive a confirmation email after registering with  
information about how to join the webinar.

Before the webinar, please take 10 - 15 minutes to familiarize  
yourself with the  Resilience Circle seven-session curriculum. Contact  
us (info at localcircles.org) for an electronic copy.

Register for the free webinar here:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/638377470

Sarah Byrnes
Find us on Facebook
Follow us @ResilienCircles

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows(R) 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh(R)-based attendees
Required: Mac OS(R) X 10.4.11 (Tiger(R)) or newer


The Dark Side: Reporting on the War on Terror
WHEN  Mon., Dec. 5, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, room S-030
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Ethics, Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Roger Cohen, New York Times columnist and Shorenstein  
Fellow, and Carlotta Gall, reporter for The New York Times and Nieman  
CONTACT INFO  Donna Hicks: dhicks at wcfia.harvard.edu


Thermodynamic analysis of the deposited carbon on the anode of solid- 
oxide fuel cells
Monday, December 05, 2011
MIT, Building 1-242, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Won Yong Lee, Department of Mechanical Engineering, M.I.T.
Center for Energy and Propulsion Research - Reacting Gas Dynamics  
Won Yong Lee is a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering  
Department at MIT. Won Yong's research focuses on modeling of SOFCs  
using hydrocarbon fuels. He completed his M.S. degree in Mechanical  
Engineering at MIT in 2006, receiving the Padmakar P. Lele student  
award for outstanding research and thesis. A Samsung Scholarship  
supports his graduate study at MIT. Prior to coming to MIT, Won Yong  
earned his B.S. degree from Seoul National University in 2001, and  
worked as an engineer at Hyundai Heavy Industries.

Fuel cells are well known for their clean power-generation capability.  
A significant amount of research is focused on the development of  
hydrocarbon-fueled fuel cells as an alternative to hydrogen-fuel ones.  
This eliminates the challenges of hydrogen storage and delivery and  
the need to first produce hydrogen from hydrocarbon sources. The most  
promising fuel cell for conversion of hydrocarbon fuels is a solid- 
oxide fuel cell (SOFC). However, SOFCs operating with hydrocarbon  
fuels and a conventional Ni/YSZ anode suffer from performance  
degradation due to carbon formation and deposition on anode surfaces  
caused by internal reforming and conversion of the hydrocarbon. Since  
a kinetic model for carbon deposition is not yet fully developed, the  
problem has been analyzed mostly from a thermodynamic standpoint.  
However, the ability to predict the likelihood and extent of carbon  
deposition from a thermodynamic analysis are not always successful  
because the deposited carbon is typically assumed to be bulk graphite  
regardless of the actual carbon structure. In this talk, I will  
discuss (1) three types of carbon-deposit structures and their  
formation/growth mechanisms, and (2) how to incorporate this knowledge  
into the thermodynamic analysis in order to improve predictions of  
carbon deposition.

Refreshments will be provided.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): RGD Lab

For more information, contact:  Jeff Hanna


The Fate of Civic Education in a Connected World:  A "Fred Friendly"  
Monday, December 5, 6:00 pm
Harvard, Austin East Classroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School, 1515  
Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Free and Open to the Public; RSVP required for those attending in  
person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2011/12/civiceducation#RSVP

Featuring Professor Charles Nesson as Provocateur and Ellen Condliffe  
Lagemann (Bard College), Peter Levine (Tufts University), Harry Lewis  
(Harvard SEAS), Elizabeth Lynn (Project on Civic Reflection) and Juan  
Carlos de Martin (Berkman Center) as participants.

Civic education is the cultivation of knowledge and traits that  
sustain democratic self-governance. The broad agreement that civic  
education is important disintegrates under close scrutiny. As the  
social networks of individuals become less based on geography and more  
based on friendships and common interests, consensus on shared civic  
values seems harder to achieve. American education is under stress at  
every level, and schools and colleges must re-imagine their commitment  
to civic education. This seminar will probe tensions that make civic  
education difficult, for example:

What's the problem? Doesn't everyone agree that civic education is  
important? Is civic education being squeezed out in schools, either  
because of the demands of subject testing or the desire to avoid  
political controversy?
Does the connectedness of social media support or impair the sorts of  
connections that lead to active citizenship?
Every tertiary institution wants to be a "global university." What, if  
any, are the civic responsibilities of a global institution? What  
civic values are transnational? Should American students learn the  
Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
What about civic education outside of school--for adults, prisoners,  
and the home-schooled, for example?
Then there was model UN; now there are online simulations. Do they  
achieve the same ends?
Does civic education include instruction in civic activism, using  
social media for example?
With connectedness come instantaneity and constant interruptions. Is  
it even possible to maintain anyone's attention on understanding  
anything as subtle as the complexities of representative government?
This lively, "Fred Friendly" style seminar is timed to coincide with  
publication of two edited volumes:  Teaching America: The Case for  
Civic Education (David Feith, ed.; Rowman & Littlefield), and What is  
College For?: The Public Purpose of Higher Education (Ellen Condliffe  
Lagemann and Harry Lewis, eds.)


Bioclimatic Devices and Adaptations at Alijares Palace (Alhambra, 14th  
century) and other Nasrid Buildings

Monday, December 05, 2011


MIT, Building 7-431, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge


Speaker: Luis Jose Garcia Pulido, Post-Doctoral Fellow, AKPIA at MIT

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/akpia/www/lecturescurrent.htm

Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
For more information, contact:
Jose Luis Arguello
akpiarch at mit.edu


Elijah Wald Presents the History & Early Blues' Traditions

Monday, December 05, 2011


MIT, Building 4-231, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Elijah Wald

Bluesologist and author Elijah Wald presents the history and early  
traditions of the blues.

Open to: the general public

Cost: free

Sponsor(s): Literature Section


CReM Seminar Series: "Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cells, Where Is This  
All Taking Us" with Juan Enriquez
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011
9:00am until 10:00am
Evans Biomedical Research Center, X Building, 650 Albany Street  
(X715), Boston
Speaker(s): Juan Enriquez

Juan Enriquez is a leading authority on the economic impact of life  
sciences on business and society and is a respected business leader  
and entrepreneur. He is a Managing Director at Excel Medical Ventures,  
a life sciences venture capital firm. Prior to Excel, Juan was the  
founding Director of the Harvard Business School's Life Sciences  
Project, and then founder of Biotechonomy which invested in BioTrove,  
Xcellerex, and Synthetic Genomics, a company he co founded with Drs.  
J. Craig Venter and Hamilton Smith to apply life sciences to energy  

The Harvard Business Review showcased his ideas as one of the  
breakthrough concepts in its first HBR List. Fortune profiled him as  
Mr. Gene. Time asked him to co-organize the life sciences summit  
commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of DNA. Seed  
picked his ideas as one of fifty that "shaped our identity, our  
culture, and the world as we know it."

In addition, he is well known for giving a number of the popular TED  
talks, highlighting the future of biotechnology and the profound  
changes that advances in life sciences will have in business,  
politics, and society. He is the author of As The Future Catches You,  
which provided an accurate blueprint of how a bio-based economy  
changes industries and corporations, and The Untied States of America,  
which looks at the forces threatening America's future as a unified  
country. His latest publication is an eBook, Homo Evolutis: A Short  
Tour of our New Species, which describes a world where humans  
increasingly shape their environment, themselves, and other species.  
He graduated from Harvard with a B.A. and an M.B.A., both with honors.

Watch Juan's TED talks at: http://www.ted.com/speakers/juan_enriquez.html

Open to General Public
Admission is free
More Info  http://www.ted.com/speakers/juan_enriquez.html
Contact:  Pulmonary Center
Amulya Iyer
amiyer at bu.edu


Congress is considering several bills that would censor the Internet  
and  emulate China by creating a Great Firewall of the US.

*Join us on Dec. 6th to tell the Congress: Don?t Censor the Internet!*

Noon, Tuesday, December 6th.
JFK Federal Building, Cambridge St. entrance
Next to Boston City Hall Plaza

We will bring our fight against the censoring the Internet directly to  
Senator Brown?s Boston office on Tuesday, December 6th. We will meet  
at noon in front of the JFK Federal Building near the Cambridge St.  
entrance next to Boston City Hall Plaza. Please join us in telling  
Senator Brown and the Massachusetts Congressional delegation that they  
must oppose efforts to censor the Internet.

*NOTE: *Check http://www.masspirates.org/blog/dontcensorthenet/ for  
updated information on this rally and efforts to stop Congress from  
censoring the net.

*Why we oppose censoring the Internet*
Our Information Packet for Senators Regarding PIPA and CFSA
is available.  We hope you will find it a useful reference when  
considering the implications of these harmful bills.

This rally is being organized by the Massachusetts Pirate Party.

Editorial Comment:  This is an important issue and the comparison to  
China's Great Firewall to this legislation is not an exaggeration but  
confirmed by Rebecca McKinnon, former CNN China correspondent and co- 
founder of Global Voices Online (http://globalvoicesonline.net), a  
great resource to learn about the news of the world from people living  
in the countries they write about.  I also find it interesting that  
there is a MA Pirate Party, a name and idea that is spreading  


Urban Citizenship and Community-Based Conservation in Indonesia
WHEN  Tue., Dec. 6, 2011, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 100-North, Room 106
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Classes/Workshops, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Ash Center for Democratic Governance and  
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Trisiawati Bantacut:  
trisiawati_bantacut at hks.harvard.edu, 617.384.8156
NOTE  Please join us as two Harvard student recipients of HKS  
Indonesia Program travel research grants present their work. Jaclyn  
Sachs, candidate for master’s degree in urban planning at the Harvard  
Graduate School of Design, will discuss the interplay between  
conceptions of urban citizenship and land contestation struggles in  
Indonesia. Sachi Oshima, bachelor’s degree candidate at Harvard  
College, will share her internship experience at Project ASRI in West  
Kalimantan, Indonesia. Indonesia Research Fellow Inka Yusgiantoro will  
serve as a moderator. Offered every January-term and during the  
summer, HKS Indonesia student research grants encourages students from  
across Harvard University to apply their analytical skills to  
challenges in Indonesia through both internship as well as independent  
research projects.


Electricity Market Design and the Green Agenda
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
MIT, Building 4-145, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Prof. William W. Hogan

Energy & Environment Community Lecture/Discussion Series

Prof. William W. Hogan from Harvard Kennedy School will join us to  
discuss electricity sector's role in addressing climate change through  
improved efficiency, development of renewable energy, and use of low- 
carbon fuels--which creates expanded demands for and of electricity  

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club, Energy & Environment Community

For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club
energy-environment at mit.edu


Optimal Information Revelation

Tuesday, December 06, 2011


MIT, Building E62-550, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Anton Kolotilin (MIT)

Web site: http://stellar.mit.edu/S/project/oe-seminar/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT/Sloan Seminar in Organizational Economics
For more information, contact:  Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu


Engineering the Microstructural Architecture of New Materials Using  
Freedom and Constraint Topologies
Tuesday, December 06, 2011


MIT, Building 3-270, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Jonathan Hopkins, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The ability to design and fabricate microstructural architecture  
enables the creation of new materials that possess radically superior  
properties from those currently achieved by composites, alloys, and  
other naturally occurring materials. The Freedom and Constraint  
Topologies (FACT) synthesis approach has been successfully applied to  
the design and optimization of such new materials (e.g., materials  
with large negative Poisson's ratios and zero/negative thermal  
expansion coefficients). The basis for FACT is a comprehensive library  
of geometric shapes that represent the mathematics of screw theory and  
enable designers to visualize all the regions wherein various  
microstructural elements may be placed for achieving desired bulk  
material properties. In this way, designers may rapidly consider and  
compare every microstructural concept that best satisfies the design  
requirements before selecting the final concept.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MechE Seminar Series

For more information, contact:
Ian Hunter
ihunter at mit.edu


"IN THE DOCK: Lawrence Lessig Interrogates Jack Abramoff about  
WHEN  Tue., Dec. 6, 2011, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Ames Courtroom (Austin Hall 200), Harvard Law School, 1515  
Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Ethics, Law, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
SPEAKER(S)  Jack Abramoff and Professor Lawrence Lessig
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  ethics at harvard.edu
NOTE  Seating is limited. Overflow seating will be available.
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics has had a long list of great  
souls offering their insight about ethics, philosophy, and the  
question of institutional corruption. With this event, we launch an  
occasional series drawing on people from the other side of that  
ethical line. The "In the Dock" series will, when appropriate and  
edifying, interview the guilty, not the innocent or inspirational. In  
this first of the series, Professor Lessig will interview Jack  
Abramoff about corruption and the nature of lobbying. We hope you will  
join us.
LINK  http://ethics.harvard.edu/news-and-events/in-the-dock


Join Boston Climate Action Network this Wednesday Evening to Plan the  
Future of the Climate Movement
Dimensions of Resilience: A Potluck and Discussion

Tuesday, December 6
6-9 pm
at the Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine Street, Jamaica Plain

All are welcome to join this potluck and talk, featuring local  
activists working on the artistic, food, spiritual, and equity  
dimensions of Community Resilience. We'll hear from:
Andi Sutton, a JP performance artist  - on the artistic dimensions
Jim Bukle, farmer at Allandale Farm - on the food sustainability  
Lilli Nye, minister at West Roxbury UU church - on the spiritual  
Juan Gonzalez, community organizer at JP NDC - on the social justice  
and equity dimensionsYouth Ambassadors from Bikes Not Bombs, to talk  
with us about their work creating an after school bike shop at Boys  
and Girls Clubs.
Q&A will be followed by break out groups on a variety of issues.

Please bring a dish to share for the meal.


CSE Fraunhofer AR Project Introduction
Tuesday, December 06, 2011


MIT, Building 56-114, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Daniel Kokonowski

Dan recently joined Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy to  
head the development and implementation of Augmented Reality (AR) in  
coordination with the Building Technology Showcase (BTS).

The BTS is Fraunhofer CSE's plan to retrofit a historic building in  
South Boston's Innovation District, transforming it into a living  
laboratory and test bed for the latest technologies in sustainable  
energy systems. The BTS will also include an Interactive Lobby Showcase.

With the design and layout headed by Daniel, the showcase will deploy  
the use of the latest Audio/Visual technologies developed by  
Fraunhofer and industry partners. This is including, but not limited  
to; interactive hand gesturing displays, facial recognition software,  
3-D televisions, and potentially bidirectional OLED microdisplays.

Web site: http://mit.edu/e-club/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Entrepreneurs Club

For more information, contact:
MIT Solar Decathlon
SolarDecathlon at mit.edu


“Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST):  
What role does scientific information on ecosystem services play in  
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
12:00pm - 1:30pm
124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 160, Room 105, Cambridge

Emily McKenzie, Natural Capital Project
Lunch will be served, please RSVP here: http://bit.ly/sxkAaR to ensure  
enough food is ordered.

Presentation summary: InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem  
Services and Trade-offs) is a suite of models developed by the Natural  
Capital Project that provides information on where ecosystem services  
are provided and how they will be affected by alternative plans and  
policies.  InVEST is designed to help local, regional and national  
decision-makers incorporate ecosystem services into processes such as  
spatial planning, strategic environmental assessments and payments for  
ecosystem services. Based on experiences applying InVEST around the  
world, the Natural Capital Project is beginning to assess if, how and  
when decisions are transformed by access to scientific information on  
ecosystem services.

Emily McKenzie leads the science-policy interface work of the Natural  
Capital Project (NatCap), and manages NatCap’s work at WWF. Her focus  
is on enabling scientific information on ecosystem services to be  
effectively incorporated into institutions, policies and decisions.  
Emily’s research interests include environmental valuation, and  
policies and payments for ecosystem services. She has applied  
environmental economics to policy questions in sixteen countries in  
Asia, Europe, Africa, the Pacific, Caribbean and Europe. Her research  
has helped to ensure nature’s benefits to people are considered in  
decisions around land use planning in Indonesia, black pearl farming  
in the Cook Islands, aggregates extraction in the Marshall Islands and  
forest biodiversity in Montserrat. She has built several environmental  
economics programs - leading research, developing tools, building  
capacity and providing technical and policy advice. She previously  
worked as Environmental Economics Advisor to the UK government, based  
at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. In 2003-2005, she was  
awarded an Overseas Development Institute Fellowship as the Resource  
Economist at the Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission in Fiji. Emily  
received a Masters Degree in International Policy Studies from  
Stanford University, and a Bachelors Degree in Economics from  
Cambridge University.

Lauren Bloomberg
lauren_bloomberg at hks.harvard.edu


The Occupy Movement and Student Debt Refusal
WHEN  Wed., Dec. 7, 2011, 4:15 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Room S050, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Project on Justice, Welfare, and Economics
SPEAKER(S)  Andrew Ross, professor of social and cultural analysis, NYU
CONTACT INFO  jbarnard at wcfia.harvard.edu, 617.495.8923
LINK  http://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/jwe/


4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA  

Description: With an increasing amount of social interaction taking  
place in the digital domain, and often in public on-line settings, we  
are accumulating enormous amounts of data about phenomena that were  
once essentially invisible to us: the collective behavior and social  
interactions of hundreds of millions of people, recorded at  
unprecedented levels of scale and resolution. Analyzing this data  
computationally offers new insights into the design of on-line  
applications, as well as a new perspective on fundamental questions in  
the social sciences. We discuss how this perspective can be applied to  
questions involving network structure and the dynamics of interaction  
among individuals, with a particular focus on the ways in which  
evaluation, opinion, and in some cases polarization manifest  
themselves at large scales in the on-line domain Biography Jon  
Kleinberg is the Tisch University Professor in the Computer Science  
Department at Cornell University. His research focuses on issues at  
the interface of networks and information, with an emphasis on the  
social and information networks that underpin the Web and other on- 
line media. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the  
National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and  
Sciences, and serves on the Computer and Information Science and  
Engineering (CISE) Advisory Committee of the National Science  
Foundation, and the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board  
(CSTB) of the National Research Council. He is the recipient of  
MacArthur, Packard, and Sloan Foundation Fellowships, as well as  
awards including the Nevanlinna Prize from the International  
Mathematical Union and the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the  
Computing Sciences


Reinventing the City @ MIT: A Planet of Civic Laboratories: The Future  
of Cities, Information and Inclusion
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
MIT, Building E14-633, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Townsend, Research Director, Institute for the  

Reinventing the City @ MIT

During 2011-2012, the Department of Urban Studies & Planning will host  
a series of high-profile speakers and panels on a wide-range of topics  
related to the future of cities, planning, participation, economies,  
technology, design, and development. This series is part of a multi- 
year initiative in the department to raise cutting-edge questions  
about the field in an era of rapid change.
See http://dusp.mit.edu/p.lasso?t=7:6:0 for more in this series.

How are tools like smart phone apps and mobile communications changing  
the way people experience and interact with the built environment? How  
will new forms of visualization and simulation inform the planning  
process? What new skills will urban designers need to integrate  
ubiquitous technologies into mediated public spaces, and how can we re- 
interpret key planning tenets - such as the ideas of Lynch, Jacobs and  
Alexander - in a world of ubiquitous information technology?

Lecture at 5:30, with reception following.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn
eglenn at mit.edu


HTC Forum: The Body as Archive/ The Archive as Body: Live Art in Los  
Angeles 1970-75, A Case Study

Wednesday, December 07, 2011


MIT, Building 7-431, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Amelia Jones

HTC Forum: After the fact

The re-presentation of ephemeral or fragile works of art and  
architecture raises vital questions regarding ideas of originality,  
authenticity, authority, and temporality. Whether reconstructed,  
repurposed, or reenacted, these works establish new meanings in  
relation to their new spatial, social, and temporal contexts while  
maintaining vestigial but unimpeachable reference to their previous  
histories. This semester's HTC Forum invites artists, historians, and  
curators who critically engage re-presentation, to surface the issues  
that it poses for the production and presentation of history.

Amelia Jones is Professor and Grierson Chair in Visual Culture in the  
Department of Art History & Communication Studies at McGill  
University. She practices a queer, anti-racist, feminist history and  
theory of twentieth- and twenty-first century Euro-American visual  
arts, including performance, film, video, and installation. Dr. Jones  
is the author of numerous books, including: Seeing Differently: A  
History and Theory of Identification in the Visual Arts (2012) and  
Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History (co-edited with Adrian  
Heathfield, 2012). Self/Image: Technology, Representation, and the  
Contemporary Subject (2006), Irrational Modernism: A Neurasthenic  
History of New York Dada (2004), and Body Art/Performing the Subject  
(1998). She has published several articles on the subject of presence  
and live art, most recently including "'The Artist is Present':  
Artistic Re-enactments and the Impossibility of Presence," in the  
Spring 2011 volume of The Drama Review. Dr. Jones has also curated  
such landmark exhibitions as "Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's Dinner  
Party in Feminist Art History," held at UCLA's Armand Hammer Museum of  
Art in 1996.

Web site: http://htc.scripts.mit.edu/wordpress/?page_id=1305
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning, Department of  
Architecture, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art

For more information, contact:
htc at mit.edu


ENCUENTRO5 TURNS 5! COMMEMORATIVE DINNER:  Celebrating 5 solid years  
and 5 inspiring honorees!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
7:00 pm
Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor, Chinatown T, Boston

As a dynamic movement-building space, encuentro 5 has balanced the day- 
to-dayneeds of grassroots organizations and community groups with the  
social change goals that their organizers embrace for 5 solid years  
ofsolidarity and inspiration.

For e5, challenging the militarism and corporate globalization that  
institutionalize the current moment of capitalism and white supremacy  
has meant offering a space for the spontaneous needs of local groups,  
housing over a dozen resident organizations, offering offices for new  
projects and small NGOs, archiving the efforts of social movements,  
providing cross-movement institutional memory, resourcing emerging  
projects with much needed research, materials and equipment, and  
ongoing daily efforts of networking and support.

Although it has meant a lot of intense work, it has also been greatly  
inspiring to connect with creative activists, engaging writers,  
soulful musicians and dedicated community members. Together, we have  
made e5 a platform for major demonstrations, thoughtful debates,  
heartwarming performances, and strategic conversations as a review of  
the e5 website reveals.

Always thriving on the insights and energy of countless groups and  
individuals, we chose five exemplary honorees who have contributed  
directly to e5's programming and/or inspired the work we do. To honor  
them and to launch the e5 movement-builders sustainer program, e5 is  
hosting its first annual,
Commemorative Dinner, at 7pm Wednesday, December 7, 2012.

The five honorees are:
Sergio Reyes, a Chilean-born revolutionary. musician, and founder of  
the Boston May Day Committee and a founder of Latin at s for Social Change

Avi Chomsky, a scholar and activist whose work connects people across  
Paul Shannon, a peace movement veteran active in United for Justice  
with Peace and a founder of the Majority Agenda Project who has been  
on staff at the
American Friends Service Committee for over 30 years.

Robin Jacks, a long-time activist challenging low-wage work in the  
South and a founder of the #OccupyBoston effort

Dorotea Manuela, a founder of the Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day  
Committee, a member of the Downtown Workers Center collective, and an  
active defender of
Puerto Rican sovereignty.

On December 7th, join us to honor these 5 outstanding movement  
builders, to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of the e5 Residents  
and the expansive social justice community, and to make e5 a  
sustainable effort for 2012!  RSVP at http://encuentro5.org/home/node/234


Promoting Safety, Protecting the Environment and Conserving Offshore  
Resources Through Vigorous Regulatory Oversight and Enforcement
WHEN  Thu., Dec. 8, 2011, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School,  
79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Environmental Sciences, Lecture,  
Science, Social Sciences, Special Events, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
SPEAKER(S)  Michael R. Bromwich, director, Bureau of Safety and  
Environmental Enforcement, US Department of Interior
CONTACT INFO  Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to mrcbg at ksg.harvard.edu


How Social Networks Shape Human Behavior...and Vice Versa
December 8, 2011
2:50 pm - 4:00 pm
Tufts, Halligan 111A, 161 College Avenue, Medford

Speaker: Alex (Sandy) Pentland, MIT Media Lab
Host: Soha Hassoun
Abstract:  Increased productivity and creative output lie in  
understanding how social networks - face-to-face and digital - shape  
the behavior both of employees and customers. By use of the `big data'  
collected by my research group's unique `reality mining' sensor  
platforms, we can measure the behavior of hundreds of people in great  
detail and over long periods of time, and build mathematical models  
that provide accurate predictions of human decision making performance  
across a wide range of scales...team, organization, and even city. We  
can also use these models to more effectively shape social behaviors,  
as illustrated by our win of DARPA's 40th Anniversary of the Internet  
Grand Challenge. As a consequence of these new capabilities personal  
data is becoming ever more valuable, and also more dangerous. To  
address this concern I will describe my work with the World Economic  
Forum that has lead to the emergence of a new personal data framework.
Bio: Alex `Sandy’ Pentland directs MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory  
and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, and advises the World  
Economic Forum, Nissan Motor Corporation, and a variety of start-up  
firms. He has previously helped create and direct MIT’s Media  
Laboratory, the Media Lab Asia laboratories at the Indian Institutes  
of Technology, and Strong Hospital’s Center for Future Health.

Sandy is one of the world's most-cited computer scientists, and a  
pioneer in computational social science, organizational engineering,  
mobile computing, image understanding, and modern biometrics. His  
research has recently been featured in Nature, Science, the World  
Economic Forum, Harvard Business Review, and the popular press.


Harvard Thinks Green
WHEN  Thu., Dec. 8, 2011, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences,  
Humanities, Law, Special Events, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Office for Sustainability, Harvard Thinks Big,  
Harvard University Center for the Environment

Eric Chivian, HMS
Rebecca Henderson, HBS
Rob Kaplan, HBS
Richard Lazarus, HLS
James McCarthy, FAS
Christoph Reinhart, GSD
CONTACT INFO  jennifer_stacy at harvard.edu
NOTE  6 all-star environmental faculty, 6 big green ideas, 10 minutes  
LINK  http://green.harvard.edu/thinksgreen


Root Cause's Social Innovation Forum presents:  Celebrating  
Innovation: A Winter Reception
Thursday, December 8, 2011
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA  

Please join Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum for cocktails and  
hors d'oeuvre as we welcome our 2012 Social Innovators and celebrate  
the 2011 Innovators' achievements

The evening will feature the formal announcement of the 2012 Social  
Innovators and the presentation of the 6th Annual Margaret Stewart  
Lindsay Inspiration Award to Lindsay Hyde, President and Founder of  
Strong Women, Strong Girls, a 2007 Social Innovator. The award is  
sponsored by the Margaret Stewart Lindsay Foundation.

Help us congratulate our 2011 Social Innovators...

Future Chefs

Fiscal Health Vital Signs, a program of DotWell

Massachusetts Senior Action Council


Smart from the Start
...and be the first to meet our 2012 Social Innovators, one for each  
of the following social issue tracks:

At-Risk Children and Youth in MetroWest: Providing Adult Guidance and  
Sponsoring Partner: The Sudbury Foundation
Food, Nutrition, and Fitness: Promoting Healthy Living for Children,  
Youth, and Families
Sponsoring Partner: The Trefler Foundation
  Healthy Aging: Engaging and Supporting Older Adults in their  
Sponsoring Partner: Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Impact Investing: Scaling Social Enterprise
Sponsoring Partner: The Devonshire Foundation
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education and  
Enrichment for Children and Youth
Sponsoring Partners: Amelia Peabody Foundation and Microsoft New  
England Research & Development Center
Workforce Development: Skills and Support for Workers in Today’s  
Sponsoring Partner: Highland Street Foundation


Reinventing the City @ MIT: Building resilience in in low- and middle- 
income nations: Challenges for city governments
Thursday, December 08, 2011
MIT, Building 3-370, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: David Satterthwaite, Senior Fellow, Human Settlements Group,  
Home International Institute for Environment and Development

Reinventing the City @ MIT

During 2011-2012, the Department of Urban Studies & Planning will host  
a series of high-profile speakers and panels on a wide-range of topics  
related to the future of cities, planning, participation, economies,  
technology, design, and development. This series is part of a multi- 
year initiative in the department to raise cutting-edge questions  
about the field in an era of rapid change.
See http://dusp.mit.edu/p.lasso?t=7:6:0 for more in this series.

Most of the measures needed to build resilience to climate change for  
urban populations fall to city and municipal governments -- a  
difficult challenge when many are struggling to provide basic  
infrastructure and services, and most have shown themselves to be  
unable or unwilling to act to reduce disaster risks that are already  
known. In the face of these difficulties, how can planners concerned  
with climate change be most effective?

David Satterthwaite is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute  
for Environment and Development (IIED) and Editor of the international  
journal Environment and Urbanization. A development planner by  
training with a Doctorate in social policy, he has long had an  
interest in the power and capacity of grassroots organizations formed  
by residents of informal settlements; this was the focus of a book  
written with Jorge Hardoy in 1989 entitled Squatter Citizen. More  
recent books published by Earthscan include: The Earthscan Reader on  
Sustainable Cities (editor), 1999; Environmental Problems in an  
Urbanizing World (with Jorge Hardoy and Diana Mitlin), 2001;  
Empowering Squatter Citizen (co-editor with Diana Mitlin), 2004 and  
Adapting Cities to Climate Change (co-editor with Jane Bicknell and  
David Dodman), 2009.

Lecture at 5:30, followed by reception in 9-450.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn
eglenn at mit.edu


An Evening Celebrating the Legacy of the Center for Advanced Visual  
Studies (CAVS)

Thursday, December 08, 2011


MIT, Building E15-001, MIT Cube, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street,  

Lecture: Marton Orosz, Curator and Gyorgy Kepes Fellow for Advanced  
Studies and Transdisciplinary Research in Art, Culture and Technology
Screening: Centerbeam, Directed by Richard Leacock and Jon Rubin. CAVS  
1978, 16 mm, color, 13 min.
Round table discussion:
Otto Piene, Professor and CAVS Director Emeritus
Elizabeth Goldring, former CAVS Co-Director and ACT Fellow
Joan Brigham, former CAVS Fellow
Lowry Burgess, former CAVS Fellow
Alejandro Sina, former CAVS Fellow
Aldo Tambellini, former CAVS Fellow
Moderated by Joao Ribas, Curator, List Visual Arts Center

The Gyorgy Kepes Fellowship for Advanced Studies and Transdisciplinary  
Research in Art, Culture and Technology is a joint initiative of the  
MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), tranzit.org and  
ERSTE Foundation. The preservation of Centerbeam is supported in part  
by the National Film Preservation Foundation's Avant-Garde Masters  
Grant program funded by The Film Foundation.

Web site: http://visualarts.mit.edu/about/events.html

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Tickets: http://visionsandprojections.eventbrite.com/

Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology

For more information, contact:
Laura Anca Chichisan Pallone
act at mit.edu


MIT Clean Energy Prize Info Session & Networking Opportunity
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin 119, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Want to shape our energy future through entrepreneurship? Interested  
in winning $200,000?
Come learn about the MIT CLEAN ENERGY PRIZE
The MIT Clean Energy Prize is a multi-stage, student-organized  
business plan competition.  The top twenty-one teams receive  
professional, legal and industry mentors, and three finalists are  
awarded $20,000. The competition culminates with a $200,000 Grand  
Prize winner in April 2012.

Info Session and Networking Opportunity
(Meet potential teammates!)

Pizza will be provided!

RSVP at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dExHcTZSQl9BbUxUOVRPM2pxOTNRQ1E6MQ



An Update on Deep Energy Retrofits for Buildings - the Intersection of  
Human-Based and Energy Efficient Design
Thursday, December 08 2011
7:00pm reception, program begins at 7:30 pm
1st Parish Unitarian Church, 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Speakers:  Henry MacLean (Timeless Architecture) & Friends

Contact : http://www.basea.org/
The BASEA forums are held September through May, the second Thursday  
of each month, except as noted. The forums are free and open to the  


Renewable Energy-Related Transmission for New Englanders:  By Land and  
By Sea
Friday, December 9, 2011
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston

New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable

We welcome two new speakers to our December 9 Roundtable: Associate  
Deputy Minister for Energy, Mario Gosselin, Québec Ministry of Natural  
Resources and Wildlife, and Deepwater Wind CEO, William Moore.

Our 126th New England Electric Restructuring Roundtable focuses on  
renewable energy-related transmission for New Englanders - both by  
land and by sea. Utility-scale wind, hydro, and even solar must be  
sited in proximity to the resource, which is often far from population  
centers, thus necessitating the building of new transmission lines.  
The siting, cost, and cost allocation related to these lines is often  
no less (and sometimes more) controversial than the renewable energy  
resources they are built to transmit.  And the promise of off-shore  
wind development on the East Coast presents a bevy of additional new  
technical and other challenges. At this Roundtable, we will explore  
numerous, very current, renewable energy-related transmission studies  
and proposed projects.

Our first panel focuses primarily on land-based renewable energy- 
related transmission. Starting off the panel is Associate Deputy  
Minister for Energy, Mario Gosselin, from Québec's Ministry of Natural  
Resources and Wildlife, who will discuss Québec's current and planned  
renewable energy resources that could be exported to the Northeast.   
David Whiteley , Executive Director for the Eastern Interconnection  
Planning Collaborative (EIPC) then discusses the collaborative  
scenario planning analysis currently underway on transmission and  
renewables for the entire Eastern Interconnect (comprising 24 RTOs and  
over 40 states). Next, First Wind Executive VP/CDO, Kurt Adams,  
provides a wind developer's perspective on transmission, including  
potential transmission projects in Maine. David H. Boguslawski, VP for  
Transmission Strategy/Operations atNortheast Utilities rounds out the  
panel with a presentation on a transmission owner's perspective on  
connecting New England wind to the grid and NU/NSTAR's proposed  
Northern Pass Transmission Project to bring approximately 1,200 MW of  
mainly hydro power from Québec to New England through New Hampshire.

Our second panel brings together three CEO's to discuss sea-based  
renewable energy-related transmission. Robert Mitchell, CEO ofAtlantic  
Wind Connection kicks off the panel with a discussion of Atlantic  
Wind's proposal to construct a transmission line 20 miles off-shore,  
between New Jersey and Virginia, to facilitate off-shore wind  
development (aka Google Line) Edward Krapels, CEO pf Anbaric  
Transmission, then discusses Anbaric's just- announced (11/14) Bay  
State Offshore Wind Transmission System, to be located 25 miles off- 
shore in Massachusetts, to carry up to 2,000 MW of off-shore wind to  
the NE Grid.  Deepwater Wind CEO William Moore rounds out the panel by  
discussing the Deepwater Wind Energy Center proposal to build 1,000 MW  
of off-shore wind off the Rhode Island coast, with transmission to  
both New England and Long Island.


Architecture Lecture Series - Design and Computation

Friday, December 09, 2011


MIT, Building 7-431, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Ayodh Kamath

Title: Craft and the Computer: Theory and Practice

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Computation Group Events

For more information, contact:
Daniela Stoudenkova
danielas at mit.edu


Technology: Knowledge and Preservation

Monday, December 12, 2011


MIT, Building 7-431, The Long Lounge (AVT), 77 Massachusetts Avenue,  

Speaker: Camilla Mileto and Fernando Vegas; Polytechnic University of  

Building Technology Fall 2011 Lecture Series

Vernacular construction technology represents the most immediate,  
sustainable and functional answer to the needs of a dwelling using the  
available resources and materials. Its knowledge allows us to design  
the architecture of the future, being more rational and sensible to  
the environment. The preservation of traditional buildings requires  
innovative technology as well as respect for history. This lecture  
will present a series of recent design projects which investigate  
historical construction methods and their long-term preservation.

Camilla Mileto and Fernando Vegas are architects and professors at the  
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain). They have extensively  
published on traditional architectural technology and its  
preservation, and have won a number of international awards for their  

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Building Technology Program, School of Architecture and  

For more information, contact:
Kathleen Ross
kross at mit.edu


Crowdsourcing: Quality Assurance and Connections with Machine Learning

Friday, December 9 2011
1:00PM to 2:00PM
Refreshments: 12:45PM
MIT, CSAIL Reading Room (G882), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Panos Ipeirotis, NYU
Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL

I will discuss the acquisition of "labels" for data items when the  
labeling is imperfect. Labels are values provided by humans for  
specified variables on data items, such as "PG-13" for "Adult Content  
Rating on this Web Page." With the increasing popularity of micro- 
outsourcing systems, such as Amazon's Mechanical Turk, it often
is possible to obtain less-than-expert labeling at low cost. I will  
present strategies of managing quality in a crowdsourcing environment,  
showing in parallel how to integrate data acquisition with the process  
of learning machine learning models. I illustrate the results using  
real-life applications from on-line advertising: leveraging
Mechanical Turk to help classify web pages as being objectionable to  
advertisers. Time permitting, I will also discuss our latest results  
showing that mice and Mechanical Turk workers are not that different  
after all.

Bio: Panos Ipeirotis is an Associate Professor at the Department of  
Information, Operations, and Management Sciences at the Stern School  
of Business of New York University. His recent research interests  
focus on crowdsourcing and on mining user-generated content on the  
Internet. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia  
University in 2004, with distinction. He has received three "Best  
Paper" awards (IEEE ICDE 2005, ACM SIGMOD 2006, WWW 2011), two "Best  
Paper Runner Up" awards (JCDL 2002, ACM KDD 2008), and is also a  
recipient of a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. He  
also maintains the blog "A Computer Scientist in a Business School"  
where he blogs about crowdsourcing, user-generated content, and other  
random facts, and his blogging activity seems to generate more  
interest and recognition than any of the other activities mentioned in  
this bio.

Relevant URL: http://groups.csail.mit.edu/uid/seminar.shtml
Contact: Katrina Panovich, kp at mit.edu


Weatherization Barnraising

Saturday, December 10, 2011
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
364 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421

HEET Cambridge and myself are looking for 20 volunteers who are  
interested in energy efficiency!

We are hosting a weatherization barnraising at our 100 year old home  
in Lexington, MA.

HEET will be educating people and training them to do specific (small)  
projects of their choice, which they can in turn bring the skills home  
to their own home.

We will meet at 9:30, work til12:30 and then share lunch with our new  

Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2598040810/esearch?srnk=19


Powerful Potential:  The Gift of Energy
A Holiday Lecture for Children and their Parents
Saturday, December 10th
10:00 - 11:00 am or 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Harvard University, Science Center, Lecture Hall B, 1 Oxford Street,  

Energy makes things work!  In this lecture featuring Professor Howard  
Stone, we’ll explore where energy comes from, as well as electricity,  
energy conversion, and entropy.  From explosions to electrons, we’ll  
take a look at many different forms of energy.  We’ll have many  
kinetic activities for children to show their potential!

Free and Open to the Public
Preregistration required for guaranteed seating
Recommended for ages 7 and up

For more information, visit http://www.eduprograms.seas.harvard.edu/HolidayLecture 
  or send email to:  sciencetix @ seas.harvard.edu
For guaranteed seating please register online at:  http://eduprograms.seas.harvard.edu/HolidayLecture 
Sponsored by the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied  Sciences ,  
the Harvard Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS), the National  
Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), the Materials Research  
Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Harvard, and the Nanoscale  
Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) at Harvard.

MTA Composer Forum features Terry Riley

Monday, December 12, 2011


MIT, Building 14e-109, MIT Lewis Music Library

Dec. 12 MTA Composer Forum features Terry Riley in a talk about his  
new work for gamelan (his first for that medium), commissioned by  
Galak Tika & MIT, to be premiered at Kresge on Dec 15. 5pm, MIT Lewis  
Music Library, 14E-109. A Reception will follow. Free. Funded in part  
by the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Open to: the general public

Cost: FREE

Tickets: NOT TIX REQ.

Sponsor(s): Music and Theater Arts

For more information, contact:
Clarise Snyder
mta-request at mit.edu


Reinventing the City @ MIT: U.S. Housing & Urban Development in the  
Aftermath of the 'Great Crash'

Monday, December 12, 2011


MIT, Building 7-431, AVT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Reinventing the City @ MIT
During 2011-2012, the Department of Urban Studies & Planning will host  
a series of high-profile speakers and panels on a wide-range of topics  
related to the future of cities, planning, participation, economies,  
technology, design, and development. This series is part of a multi- 
year initiative in the department to raise cutting-edge questions  
about the field in an era of rapid change.
See http://dusp.mit.edu/p.lasso?t=7:6:0 for more in this series.

The Future of U.S. Housing & Urban Development in the Aftermath of the  
'Great Crash': How Can Adversity Be Turned to Advantage?
Paul Willen, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Raphael	Bostic, US  
Department of Housing and Urban Development; Todd	Sinai, Wharton  
School of the University of Pennsylvania; Tom Davidoff, University of  
British Columbia (not confirmed)

In the 20th-century, housing dominated "The American Dream" and was a  
driver of urban development and the consumer-led economy. In the past  
decade, housing led the great financial collapse. Now "Generation Y"  
may be looking for a new housing paradigm. The ramifications are  
fundamental and far-reaching???for the economy, the financial system,  
and the shape of our cities. How can we extricate ourselves from the  
current predicament? What reforms are needed? What is the future role  
of owning versus renting, of suburbs versus central cities, of single- 
family versus multi-family, and what is housing's role in the income  
disparities that are tearing at society? This panel invites discussion  
of several cutting-edge scholars and policy leaders dealing with  
housing markets in the U.S. today.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn
eglenn at mit.edu





Please join American Farmland Trust for the second webinar in the  
series on Planning for Food and Agriculture: Taking a Systems Approach.

On Tuesday, December 13, AFT is offering an opportunity for people  
interested in local and regional food systems to learn about  
successful examples of county- and community-based food system  
planning. Presenters include Kathy Creahan of King County, Washington,  
Department of Natural Resources & Parks; Jason Grimm from Iowa  
Corridor Food and Agriculture Coalition; Katie Lynd of Multnomah  
County, Oregon, Office of Sustainability; and David Shabazian of  
Sacramento Area Council of Governments.

Register for the webinar, Planning for Food and Agriculture: Taking a  
Systems Approach on the County or Community Level, at 2 pm on December  
13 at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/679320458

In case you missed our first webinar on state and regional food  
systems planning, visit farmland.org/systems-planning to access a  
video recording, copies of presentations, and links to download model  
plans from our presenters: Delaware Valley Regional Planning  
Commission, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and Vermont  
Sustainable Jobs Fund.

We hope you will join us to learn more about how to form strategic  
partnerships, conduct food system assessments, gather stakeholder  
input, and establish forward-thinking goals and steps for implementing  


10 in 1 StreetTalk: Ten Transportation Talks

Tuesday, December 13
6:00pm-9:00pm (note earlier start time)
70 Pacific St, Cambridge, MA (around the corner from our 100 Sidney St  
$5-$15 suggested donation. Beverages provided.

Come hear 10 innovative transportation research and advocacy stories  
from students, advocates, consultants, planners and engineers from  
around the Boston area. Learn about transit equity and the Silver  
Line, youth empowerment through cycling, and a Broadway Bikeway and  
Urban Renewal proposal all in the same night.

Stories are from around the world, from Brookline to China,  
Massachusetts Avenue to Scotland, Virginia to Toronto. LivableStreets  
sent out a request for your transportation stories last month, and on  
December 13 you will hear 10 of them, each seven minutes long.

Seventy minutes of presentations with a social break in the middle,  
and time afterwards to chat, ask questions, network, and discuss.  
Don't miss out, it's the last event of the year!

Contact kara at livablestreets.info




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.




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://www.BostonScienceLectures.com

Boston Area Computer User Groups  http://www.bugc.org/










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