[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Dec 11 17:11:29 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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Vieques Dawn  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKjlkBqDXh4


"Estimating and Predicting Climate Signals"
Monday, December 12, 2011
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)
Speaker: Greg Hakim (U-Washington)

Speaker website: http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~hakim/

Host: Dan Chavas (drchavas at mit.edu)

Web site: http://eaps-www.mit.edu/paoc/events/calendars/mass

Open to: the general public

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

For more information, contact:
Dan Chavas
drchavas 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


Throwing the Baby Out With the Drinking Water: Unintended Consequences  
of Arsenic Mitigation Efforts in Bangladesh
WHEN  Mon., Dec. 12, 2011, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Pop Center, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR   Harvard Center for Population and Development  
SPEAKER(S)  Erika Field, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social  
Science, Department of Economics, Harvard University

MTA Composer Forum features Terry Riley

Monday, December 12, 2011


MIT, Building 14e-109, MIT Lewis Music Library, 14E-109, 77  
Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

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: NO 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 Avenues, 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


2.009 Product Design Presentations

Monday, December 12, 2011


MIT, W-16, Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

MC: Professor David Wallace, MIT Mechanical Engineering
Presenters: 8 teams from 2.009, Product Engineering Processes
QA moderator: Professor Maria Yang, MIT Mechanical Engineering

At the beginning of the fall semester, the students of 2.009 (Product  
Engineering Processes) were tasked with proposing and developing  
innovative products focused around the theme "on-the-go."

You, the public, are invited to the alpha prototype launch event to  
hear about the teams' products, learn about the class, and weigh in on  
whether you think the products are a good idea.

Parking for the event is available in the West Garage after 5 p.m.

Presentations start at 7:30 p.m. sharp (please arrive early to pick up  
your name tag) in Kresge Auditorium, followed by a reception and  
chance to meet the students and try out their new products in the  
Kresge Auditorium lobby (around 10 p.m.).

Open to the general public, but please RSVP athttp://web.mit.edu/2.009/rsvp 
  so that we can prepare a name tag for you. If the event is  
oversubscribed, people who have prepared name tags will be permitted  
to enter before everyone else.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/2.009/rsvp
Open to: the general public
Tickets: Please RSVP

Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering Dept.

For more information, contact:
Chevalley Duhart
2009admin at mit.edu



California Energy Commission Web Conference
December 13, 2011
Online Conference

This web conference will examine findings from a recent research  
project funded by the California Energy Commission’s (CEC’s) Public  
Interest Energy Research (PIER) program on the advancement of rooftop  
unit (RTU) performance.

Contact Name: Jenny Field jenny_field at esource.com

The Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board Subcommittee on Shale Gas  

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


MIT, Building E14-633, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: John Deutch, Institute Professor

This talk will describe the tremendous potential benefits of shale gas  
and the environmental challenges posed by shale gas production. John  
Deutch will review the work of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board  
Shale Gas Subcommittee, which he chaired, including the  
recommendations, the reasons for these recommendations, and the  
lessons to be learned from the experiences of this unusual advisory  

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative

For more information, contact:
Jameson Twomey
jtwomey at mit.edu


Sustainable Civil Infrastructure in Hong Kong

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


MIT, Building 1-131, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Scott T. Smith

CEE Mechanics Seminar

This presentation discusses activity in Hong Kong related to  
sustainable development of the built environment. The two parts of the  
lecture address the key related components of infrastructure,  
environment and energy from a practice as well as an education  
perspective. Part 1 is an overview of various Hong Kong Government  
initiatives for promoting sustainable development practices of the  
built environment. Also included are practices concerning tall  
buildings and construction materials. Part 2 is a summary of an entry  
level undergraduate engineering course developed at The University of  
Hong Kong (HKU) entitled Engineering for Sustainable Development. The  
education of future generations of engineers in sustainability is most  
topical and such teaching and learning activities are being  
implemented around the world and indeed in Hong Kong. An overview of  
selected teaching activities of relevance around the world will also  
be presented.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering

For more information, contact:
Oral Buyukozturk
obuyuk 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 at 2 pm, 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 athttps://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  


Tailoring electrocatalyst materials at the nano-scale: Enhancing  
activity, selectivity, and stability for energy conversion reactions

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Thomas F. Jaramillo, Stanford University

MITEI Seminar Series

A year-long series of seminars given by leaders in the energy field  
sponsored by the MIT Energy Initiative.

Chemical transformations are ubiquitous in today's global-scale energy  
economy. The ability to catalyze chemical reactions efficiently will  
continue to be critically important as we aim to enable a future  
energy economy based on renewable, sustainable resources. This talk  
will focus on our efforts to develop catalytic materials for the low- 
temperature, electron-driven production and consumption of chemical  
fuels, reactions that could play key roles for future energy  
technologies. The reactions we seek to catalyze include: (1) H2  
generation from water and (2) the synthesis of alcohols and  
hydrocarbons from CO2, and (3) the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR),  
reducing O2 to H2O. Reactions (1) and (2) are relevant to the  
synthesis of chemical fuels from renewable resources (e.g. wind and  
solar), while reaction (3) is a major technical obstacle at the  
cathode in low-temperature fuel cells. Common catalyst materials for  
these reactions face challenges in terms of activity, selectivity,  
stability, and/or cost and earth-abundance. This talk will describe  
approaches used in our research group to understand the governing  
principles guiding the reaction chemistry, as well as strategies to  
tailor the surface chemistry of materials through control of  
morphology, stoichiometry, and surface structure at the nano- and  
atomic-scale in order to overcome performance barriers in catalyzing  
these reactions, particularly for low-cost, earth-abundant materials.

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


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


Designing Spaces for Civic Learning
December Meeting: Tuesday, December 13
IBM Center for Social Software, 1 Rogers Street, Cambridge
Evening Schedule:
6:30-7  Networking & Socializing over Tea, Coffee, Drinks, Food;  
Joining BostonCHI
7-8:30  Meeting
8:30-9  Dessert! ... And more Networking & Socializing
Eric Gordon, Associate Professor of Media Arts, Emerson College

Please register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2450100316 if you  
plan to attend. While not required, it helps us and our hosts estimate  
how much seating and refreshments to provide. All BostonCHI meetings  
are free and open to the public, although we'd appreciate it if you  
joined. Annual membership is only $15 / year and helps support our  
great speaker series.

Abstract:  Digital networks are changing how people expect to interact  
with one another and the world around them. From desktop browsing to  
location-aware social networks, for a growing amount of people, access  
to other people and information is fast, convenient, archivable and  
sharable. As people become accustomed to this, increasingly, they  
expect that those affordances be translated to their (offline) lives.  
Face-to-face engagement is influenced by expectations born of digital  
practices. For many, being local means having access to a global  
database of information and people. This presents a fascinating design  
challenge. Being local is not only defined by its limits. As such,  
when designers, scholars and community leaders seek to bring  
technologies to bear on local life, they need to consider how global  
networks and their corresponding practices are transforming what  
people want out of local connections.

This talk will explore several projects by the Engagement Game Lab,  
where traditional spaces of local engagement are augmented to  
incorporate more engaging and sustainable platforms for civic  
learning. I will talk specifically about how game dynamics and  
collaborative spaces can reframe the broader goals of civic life. I  
will discuss lessons from two recent projects: Participatory Chinatown  
(2010) and Community PlanIt (2011).

Bio:  Eric Gordon's work focuses on location-based media, media and  
urbanism, and games for civic engagement. He is an associate professor  
in the department of visual and media arts at Emerson College and he  
is the director of the Engagement Game Lab http:// 
engagementgamelab.org. His book, The Urban Spectator: American Concept  
Cities From Kodak to Google (Hanover, NH: Dartmouth, 2010) is about  
the intersections of media and American urbanism. He is also the co- 
author of a book about location aware media called Net Locality: Why  
Location Matters in a Networked World (Blackwell Publishing, 2011). In  
2007, he co-founded the Hub2 http://hub2.org project, which explores  
how virtual environments can engage people in community planning by  
enabling meaningful and sustainable deliberation. He was awarded a  
MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Grant to continue with this work.  
The result is the game Participatory Chinatown http://participatorychinatown.org 
  that launched in May 2010. His latest game project is called  
Community PlanIt http://communityplanit.org.



Peace Walk
WHEN  Wed., Dec. 14, 2011, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE  Starts at John Harvard Statue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Education, Ethics, Humanities, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
CONTACT INFO  janecollins1 at gmail.com
NOTE  Protest the waste of lives and dollars by the wars in Iraq and  
Afghanistan. Urge that money be used instead to care for our troops'  
serious injuries, and to provide education, health care, and human  
services to the American public.


Technovation Challenge Information Session
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Google Cambridge, 5 Cambridge Center in Cambridge, 3rd floor, Cambridge

Technovation Challenge is a program that brings together professional  
women in technology and high school girls to build innovative mobile  
phone applications and then pitch the business plans to a panel of  
venture capitalists. The program is run by Iridescent, a science  
education nonprofit.

The two-fold goals of the program are to:
	• inspire high-school girls to see themselves not just as users of  
technology, but as inventors, designers, builders and entrepreneurs
	• provide product development experience to the women mentors so that  
they can go back and become leaders in the field. Women mentors get a  
powerful opportunity and access to senior tech leaders to take a  
project all the way from ideation to completion over 10 weeks. Here is  
a video from our "Stories of Leadership" event hosted by Andreessen  
Horowitz featuring Marissa Mayer (VP of Local, Google and Padmasree  
Warrior, CTO of Cisco) talking about hard work vs luck to a group of  
Technovation women mentors.
Tara Chklovski, Founder and CEO of Iridescent will give a brief  
overview of the Technovation Challenge, entrepreneurship and the  
benefits of getting involved.

Lunch will be provided!
Register http://technovationchallengeinfo-esearch.eventbrite.com/?srnk=13


Google Info Session: Research at Google
Date: Wednesday, December 14 2011
Time: 3:00PM to 4:00PM
Refreshments: 3:00PM
Location: MIT, Building 32-G882 (Hewlett room), 32 Vassar Street,  

Speaker: Jon Orwant, Google Research
Abstract:  Google is not a traditional company, and research at Google  
differs from both academia and typical corporate research labs. In  
this talk I'll explain our approach: how we choose what to do, and how  
we do it. I'll survey some of the major areas we're exploring, such as  
machine learning, natural language processing, machine translation,  
speech recognition, operations research, and machine vision.

Speaker bio:  Jon Orwant is an Engineering Manager in Google Research  
and was at MIT for an embarrassingly long time, from undergrad (VI-3  
and IX) through his PhD and returned briefly as a Lecturer in 2003. He  
recently worked on the Google Books Ngram Viewer and Google+ Ripples,  
and is the author or co-author of several books on programming,  
including the bestselling Programming Perl, and published an  
independent computer magazine. Before joining Google he was the CTO of  
O'Reilly Media and Director of Research for France Telecom.

Cookies, coffee and tea will be served.
Contact: Rachel Traughber, 617.324.8360, rptraughber at csail.mit.edu

Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


MIT, Building 34-101, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Daniel Yergin, Charmain, IHS Cambridge Energy Research  

Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international  
politics, and economics. Dr. Yergin is a Pulitzer Prize winner and  
recipient of the United States Energy Award for "lifelong achievements  
in energy and the promotion of international understanding." He is  
both a world-recognized author and a business leader, as Chairman of  
IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).

His new book -- The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the  
Modern World -- has been hailed by The Economist as "a masterly piece  
of work and "a comprehensive guide to the world's great energy needs  
and dilemmas" and, by the New York Times, as "searching, impartial and  
alarmingly up to date." The Financial Times called The Quest "a  

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/mitei/news/seminars/yergin.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, The Center for International Studies

For more information, contact:
Jameson Twomey
jtwomey at mit.edu



MIT Environmental Research Forum

Thursday, December 15, 2011


MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

In association with the Provost's Office, the MIT Environmental  
Research Council (ERC) is pleased to present this Forum for the  
greater MIT community as a showcase to complement the release of its  
report "Implementing the MIT Global Environment Initiative."

Speakers will include the Provost, members of the ERC and other  
faculty engaged in research with environmental applications. Ample  
opportunity for audience questions and comments will be provided,  
culminating with an hour of open discussion to end the day.

This event is free and open to the entire MIT community with no  
reservation required.

Coffee breaks and lunch will be provided.

Reception to follow.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/kurtster/www/forumagenda.pdf
Open to: The greater MIT Community
Cost: Free
Tickets: none required

Sponsor(s): Earth System Initiative, Environmental Research Council

For more information, contact:
Kurt Sternlof
kurtster at mit.edu


BU Pardee Distinguished Lecture:  Who Controls the Future of Disease?   
Agroecology, Hydropower, and Malaria

Thursday, December 15, 2011
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Florence and Chafetz Hillel House, 213 Bay State Road, Boston  
University, Boston

Featuring Dr. William R. Jobin, Founder of Blue Nile Associates and an  
expert in the prevention and control of malaria and other tropical  
diseases. RSVP to pardee at bu.edu by Friday, December 9 to reserve a seat.
Contact Name: Elaine Teng eyteng at bu.edu

I "Heart" Neutrinos: A Film Screening by Jennifer West

Thursday, December 15, 2011


MIT, Building E15, Bartos Theatre, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Artist/filmmaker Jennifer West recently completed an artist residency  
project at MIT hosted by the List Visual Arts Center. West's  
collaborative engagement with faculty and researchers in MIT's  
Laboratory for Nuclear Science and the Center for Materials Science  
and Engineering, X-Ray Shared Experimental Facility resulted in the  
creation of three new cameraless film works. These works serve as a  
portrait of MIT through the unique materials and laboratory processes  
used to create the films. West will screen the new works and discuss  
her residency experiences at MIT.

Web site: http://listart.mit.edu/node/913
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): List Visual Arts Center
For more information, contact:
Mark Linga


The Reporter’s Privilege: An Eternal Clash Between the First and Sixth  
WHEN  Thu., Dec. 15, 2011, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE  RCC conference room, 26 Trowbridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Real Colegio Complutense
SPEAKER(S)  Josep M. Altarriba
COST  Free and open to public
CONTACT INFO  rcc_info at harvard.edu
NOTE  in English
LINK  http://www.realcolegiocomplutense.harvard.edu


Cultural Survival Bazaar
WHEN  Fri., Dec. 16, 10 a.m. – Sun., Dec. 18, 2011, 7 p.m.
WHERE  Shops at Prudential Center-Newbury Arcade
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Cultural Survival Bazaar
COST  Free
NOTE  The Cultural Survival Bazaar is a festival of Native arts and  
culture from around the world, featuring Native artisans, performers,  
and handmade products benefiting the livelihoods of artisans, fair  
trade, and Cultural Survival's nonprofit work throughout the world.
The bazaars will be every weekend from Friday, Nov. 25, to Sunday Dec.  
18, at four different locations (many offering free parking).
LINK  http://bazaar.culturalsurvival.org

Editorial Comment:  A regular reader asked that the Harvard Square  
Holiday Fair at the First Parish Church on Church Street in Harvard  
Square be included.  It's a great showcase for local craftspeople with  
many great gift ideas for sale.  More information at http://www.harvardsquareholidayfair.com/

Reinventing the City @ MIT: Urban Ecology

Friday, December 16, 2011


MIT, Building 3-133, 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.

Followed by reception in room 7-338 at 2:00pm.

Adrienne Greve, California Polytechnic State University; Marina  
Alberti, University of Washington; Alexander Felson, Yale School of  
Forestry and Environmental Studies/Yale School of Architecture;  
Stephanie Hurley, University of Vermont

To be sustainable and resilient in the 21st century, cities will need  
to reduce their ecological footprint dramatically. Doing so entails  
transformative change in both urban form and residents' behavior. But  
major change has proven elusive; rather, incremental or marginal  
adjustments are the norm. How might we bring about genuine urban  
transformation? In this crosscutting panel, four prominent urban  
ecologists lead a conversation about how urban ecology can help make  
cities environmentally sustainable and resilient.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

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


The Muddy Megawatt Hour

Friday, December 16, 2011


Location: 50-Muddy Charles Pub, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Starting this week we're bumping the start of the Muddy Megawatt Hour  
back to 4 pm and will have a new official Energy Club Muddy Megawatt  
Hour Flag marking our space. Don't miss this great weekly opportunity  
to chat with people from the other side of campus about what they are  
working on here at MIT. In the first month, we've had great  
discussions around the Solyndra scandal and DOE loan guarantees,  
startup company financing, this year's Energy Conference topics and  
opportunities for storage technologies to make an impact. Come see who  
you will meet and what part of the energy world you will learn more  
about while informing others about your work and interests. Come  
early, come late, stay as long as you can on the hallowed ground where  
the Energy Club started.

Open to: the general public

This event occurs on Fridays through October 7, 2012.

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club
energyclub at mit.edu



Sunday, December 18, 2011

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Cambridge Public Library Main Branch, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

This forum we hope to bring together former Freedom Riders and other  
key orchestrators in the civil rights movement and those impacted by  
it, for a discussion with the public.  50 years since these courageous  
Americans took these Rides, are we doing enough to make a difference  
in our community, country or world?

Come join us.




Throughout January, MIT hosts the Independent Activities Period where  
anyone from a janitor to a professor emeritus can teach a course.  It  
is designed for the MIT community but, if they ask politely, members  
of the public can attend.  The full schedule is available at



Sprouts/Microgreens class at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education  

Monday, January 9,    6-9 pm
It will cover jar method of sprouting, tray methods of microgreens and  
flax/chia, and show some simple raw food recipes.

To register:  contact CCAE at 617-547-6789 or via the web.

Coping with climate change today: Insights from the past

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 7-8:45 pm

Cambridge Main Public Library, Community Room

By any measure, climate change is unprecedented. “The earth that we  
knew – the only earth that we ever knew – is gone.” (Bill McKibben,  
Eaarth, p. 27)

But the crisis of climate change, the human crisis, is an old one with  
many precedents that we can learn from as we confront climate change  
in our own lives.

If you are aware that climate change is real and is a looming threat  
to our way of life, the conditions that made human civilization  
possible, and possibly to human survival then you are confronted with  
the choice that defines the crisis:

Should I accept climate change as inevitable, and pursue my own  
happiness and profit as things fall apart, or should I join with  
others and fight it, even though we must live with the certainty that  
we can’t stop it? World War II confronted the French people with more  
immediate threats and similar choices. Shortly after the war, in 1947,  
Albert Camus, a Frenchman who had fought in the resistance, wrote a  
novel about life during the war and reached back to an earlier century  
for a precedent to the shock of the Nazi occupation of France. He  
found it in an outbreak of The Plague, which he set in a modern city  
in North Africa.

We have little living memory of the war that Camus had just  
experienced, yet his precise account of the timeless human condition  
in crises of the past can help us understand how to respond to today’s  




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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