[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events
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Monday, June 27, 2011
300 of the world's best design theses on view at SA+P: Archiprix
Location: 7-431, On the 4th floor above MIT Lobby 7, at 77
Massachussets Avenue, Cambridge, MA
A major exhibit on view throughout the summer at the School of
Architecture + Planning is presenting 300 of the world's best thesis
projects in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.
Sponsored by Archiprix International, the biennial exhibit is the
largest such presentation in the world -- more than 1,400 universities
were invited to nominate their best graduating students -- and offers
a rare opportunity for assessing current trends in design education
around the world and architecture in general.
Hosted by SA+P's Platform for Permanent Modernity, a research program
in the Department of Architecture, the exhibit opened May 30 as part
of a two-week international event that also features intensive six-day
workshops for about 100 of the students represented in the show,
conducted at MIT by prominent designers from leading architecture
schools in the United States.
Web site: http://www.archiprix.org/2011/
Open to: the general public
This event occurs daily through August 31, 2011, except May 30, 2011
and June 6, 2011.
Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning, Arts at MIT
For more information, contact:
617 308 7386
adhooghe at mit.edu
Patterns of Energy Demand are Shifting: What will Happen to the
World's Energy System?
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 4:30am
Contact Name: Tom Blackwood
tomblackwood at economist.com
Virtual - use your own computer to connect!
The economic and political circumstances surrounding energy use are in
flux. What implications does this have for the world's energy system?
JOIN THE GLOBAL ENERGY CONVERSATION: TRANSITIONS FROM WEST TO EAST
In the first event of its kind, on June 28th 2011 at 09.30 BST (GMT+1)
the world can join us to debate the future of energy in a live online
15 Energy experts will meet simultaneously in London, Shanghai and
Singapore in a virtual roundtable using the latest telepresence
technology. They will be joined in discussion by global experts,
academics, corporates, media - anyone with an interest in the future
of energy. We hope you can join the conversation...
View the event through a live video feed
Help shape the debate by asking questions directly to the panel or to
the entire online audience
Join in an online conversation through an integrated social media feed
that links to your facebook and twitter accounts (or you can create
your own account)
Filter the feeds to only see views from certain groups of experts, or
Express your opinion through 'on the fly' polls.
Interested? Join the Global Energy Conversation as our guest. Visit
the Global Energy Conversationsite to learn more.
To follow news from The Global Energy Conversation on Twitter, find us
athttp://twitter.com/EC_Enviro or join the conversation athttp://twitter.com/#!/
Privacy Rethinks and the Example of Privacy-Preserving Marketplaces
Latanya Sweeney, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science,
Technology and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University
Tuesday, June 28, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu
This event will be webcast live (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast
) at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.
Societal demands to share large-scale collections of detailed personal
information are driving new directions for privacy. These rethinks are
happening within legacy environments (e.g., the HIPAA Privacy Rule).
And these rethinks are happening at architectural levels too (e.g.,
open consent). Our prior research exposes ways of thinking about
design components when architecting privacy solutions, and so, we use
this lens to examine some new architectures in depth. One of these
will be the privacy-preserving marketplace paradigm, which seeks to
design data sharing arrangements as markets that must insulate or
compensate data subjects for economic harms.
Latanya Sweeney, PhD is a Distinguished Career Professor of Computer
Science, Technology and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and
founder and director of the Data Privacy Lab. She has a long history
of weaving technology and policy together to remove stakeholder
barriers to technology adoption and has impacted American privacy
policy. Her work is explicitly cited in 2 federal regulations (the
HIPAA Privacy Rule and the Health Data Breach Regulation). In 2009,
GAO appointed her to the Federal HIT Policy Committee. She received
her PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. For more information, see dataprivacylab.org/people/sweeney.
The American Islamic Congress presents a Special Reception with
Leading Emirati Journalist Sultan Al-Qassemi
Next Tuesday, June 28
Goethe Institut in the Back Bay
170 Beacon Street, Boston
Light refreshments served
Free - but please RSVP
Sultan Al-Qassemi was recently featured by Time Magazine for running
one of the "140 Top Twitter Feeds" in the world. Only 33 years old, he
is a leading columnist in the UAE and one of the most prominent
liberal thought leaders in the Gulf region. His opinion columns in The
National newspaper have tackled taboos issues like the rights of Shia,
relations with Jews and Christians, and good governance.
The Paris-educated Al-Qassemi is also a philanthropist and patron of
the arts, serving as Chairman of The Meem Gallery, a leading art
institution in the Middle East. He is visiting Boston and has kindly
agreed to share his insights on the unfolding revolutions in Gulf and
larger Middle East.
The event is free and open to the public, but kindly RSVP to reserve
RSVP via 617-266-0080 or email events at aicongress.org.
Boston Green Drinks - June Networking!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)
25 Kingston St.
Boston, MA 02111
We are sustainability professionals and want to be professionals who
meet regularly to share new ideas, learn about opportunities to work
for change and to make a difference, discuss the state of the world,
and find sustainability’s emerging leaders.
Come join us at Kingston Station to mark the relaunch of the
organization after a hiatus. Please RSVP at http://bgdjune.eventbrite.com/
so we can keep you posted on future events!
The Invisible Gorilla, and Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us
WHEN Tue., June 28, 2011, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
WHERE Sever Hall 113, Harvard Yard
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences,
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Behavioral Laboratory in the Social Sciences
(undergraduate program sponsored by the Social Science Dean's Office
and Harvard College)
SPEAKER(S) Christopher Chabris, assistant professor of psychology and
co-director of the Program on Neuroscience at Union College in
Schenectady, New York
CONTACT INFO Jennifer Shephard: 617.495.7906, jmsheph at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE Christopher Chabris will talk about his New York Times
bestseller "The Invisible Gorilla, and Other Ways Our Intuitions
Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN Wed., June 29, 2011, 12 – 12:20 p.m.
WHERE John Harvard Statue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Social Sciences, Special Events,
Support/Social, Working at Harvard
NOTE Nearly 10 years of war. Thousands of American lives, hundreds of
thousands of Iraqi and Afghani lives, trillions of dollars. Come
remember, mourn, and protest.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Attention and autism
Speaker: Yuhong V. Jiang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology,
University of Minnesota
Location: MIT 46-3002
The Autism and Developmental Disorders Colloquium Series at MIT
Please RSVP to lmavros at mit.edu
Supported by the Simons Initiative on Autism and the Brain at MIT (web.mit.edu/autism)
A flurry of research on attention in autism occurred in the late
1990's, with finding ranging from enhanced visual search abilities, to
a lack of any differences, to delays in attentional disengagement. The
work has since become stagnant, even though atypical attention remains
a viable account for a range of behaviors in individuals with autism.
Here I review previous work on attention and autism, present a theory
of how attention is impacted by autism, and provide empirical data
that shed light on this theory. I argue that future research on
attention should focus on unsupervised, rather than supervised (top-
down) attention, and on how attention is shaped by learning.
Web site: http://autism.mit.edu/jiang
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Brain and Cognitive Sciences
For more information, contact:
Lee Mavros Rushton
lmavros at mit.edu
Reclaiming A Peaceful, Just, Green Future…By Taking Our Democracy Back!
Wednesday, June 29 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Democracy Center, Mandela Room
45 Mount Auburn Street
Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts
Or - Why Politicians Are Ignoring Us, And What We Can Do About It :
a Peace - Justice - Climate Convergence
6-7 PM – pot luck
7-9 PM presentations & discussion with YOU
Space is limited. RSVP to reserve your place today by going tohttp://tinyurl.com/3pmd86h
or calling 617-500-5983.
Solutions are within our reach – for peace, a just budget, and green
jobs that restore the economy, provide pathways out of poverty, rescue
our climate and build healthy communities. But they're ignored by
elected officials under the influence of corporate interests and big
campaign donors. Imagine how different it would be under an enabling
political system, instead of a disabling one. Come explore how we can
make it so!
Peace, justice and climate activists are converging to explore
strategies for turning the tide by unleashing the power of democracy
to move us forward. Hear about a game-changing political disobedience
campaign - the ‘Voter Pledge for Peace, Justice & a Green Future'; the
‘Green Ribbon Campaign’ for climate action and traction; the New
Democracy/Black Empowerment Coalition that is reviving the fight for
democracy and racial justice in Massachusetts; and more.
From the Middle East to the Midwest, from Boston to the Berkshires,
there is a renewed call to turn individual ideals into effective
collective political power and action. Share your ideas, & plug in to
collaborative action to take our future back!
Confirmed or invited speakers: Maureen Barillaro (Somerville Climate
Action), Isabel Espinal (Fund Our Communities Not War Network & Green-
Rainbow Party), Mel King, Brian Koulouris (Socialist Alternative),
Kevin Peterson (Black Empowerment Coalition), Jill Stein (Green-
Rainbow Party), others TBA
Space is limited. RSVP to reserve your place today by going tohttp://tinyurl.com/3pmd86h
or calling 617-500-5983. For questions, comments, or if your
organization would like to co-sponsor, please let us know through the
We cordially invite you and your family to our annual Strawberry Fete!
A fundraiser to benefit Boston Area Gleaners at historic Gore Place in
Thursday, June 30, 201, 6-9 pm Rain or Shine
Where: Gore Place, Carriage House
52 Gore Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Please join us for a relaxed summer evening of faun at the Gore Place
Carriage House for Local Treats
Shortcake and Refreshments
Shelburne Farms (VT) Cheddar
And short film "Sun to Cheese" with the producer, Catie Camp
Historic Gore Garden Tour with Estate Manager Scott Clarke
Old Time Country with the Whitford Franzosa Trio
Sculpture and Paintings by local artist Dave Tree
Enjoy the evening, throw a frisbee, wall the grounds
Please register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=o5o4pudab&oeidk=a07e3zfpc824605a661&oseq=a001g9ln9kkn
Please consider making a donation at http://www.communityroom.net/
even if you are unable to attend.
Tickets are $25 per adult, $10 students, under 13 free
This fundraiser will effectively kick-off the 2011 gleaning season and
your contribution will help us get the extras to those who need it most.
You may reply directly to this e-mail for questions, and additional
contact info is below.
Laurie "Duck" Caldwell
Boston Area Gleaners
duck at bostonareagleaners.org
Editorial Comment: Oakes Plimpton has been a developing local
agriculture systems for over thirty years. Boston Area Gleaners is
only one recent project among many.
Food Literacy Project Film Series: Chocolate Country
WHEN Fri., July 1, 2011, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE Dana Palmer House, Room 102, 16 Quincy Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Film
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR HUHDS Food Literacy Project
NOTE Bring your lunch. Drinks and snacks provided.
Every year, the International Co-operative Alliance, based in Geneva,
and the United Nations co-sponsor the International Day for Co-
operatives on the first Saturday in July, which is July 2nd in 2011.
This year, Harvest Cooperatives has agreed to sponsor a Co-op Faire,
featuring Boston-area cooperatives and their supporters. We will come
together in the parking lot adjacent to Harvest from 10 AM to 2 PM and
set up tables / canopies / booths with banners and signs, to pass out
flyers to the public, talk with interested potential members, share an
afternoon with coop-minded people, and celebrate the joy of building
the co-op movement. Add a bit of food for the gatherers to share,
maybe some acoustical music, possibly a skit or other performance and
a demonstration project or two and we will have a marvelous time
supporting co-ops and connecting with co-ops around the world.
History shows that the periods of greatest co-op growth are when the
economy is coming out of a recession. As people get back on their
feet, they work to organize different ways of building economic
organizations that will not replicate the previous business
disasters. That time is now. As we come out of the "Great
Recession", we are already seeing a boom in co-op organizing and now
is the time to point the way to a better future -- co-operatively.
If your co-op or supporting organization would be interested in
reserving a table space for the Faire, please contact Wayne Clark at rwayneclark at irg.org
or 603-512-8015 (cell) or 617-467-4113 (home). You can complete the
registration form and prepare to participate.
Hopefully, the 2011 International Day for Co-operatives, Mass Bay Co-
op Faire will begin an annual event where co-ops in our area can
promote the benefits of co-operatives and develop our organizations
and their members.
Come share the wisdom in the nearly 200 years of the co-op movement.
I hope to see you there, R. Wayne Archer-Clark (rwayneclark at igc.org)
Arab Spring Libyan Winter
As millions of people across the Middle East and North Africa fight
for freedom against tyrannical regimes, US warplanes bomb Libya with
the stated aim of protecting civilians. But what are the real aims of
the government's intervention? How do they relate to its wars and
other policies in the Middle East? And what can those of us inspired
by the democratic uprisings do to help?
At 7 pm on Thursday, July 7, Boston UNAC is bringing speaker, educator
and Counterpunch contributor Vijay Prashad to speak to these
questions. Dr. Prashad is professor and director of international
studies at Trinity College, the author most recently of The Darker
Nations: A People's History of the Third World (winner of the Muzaffar
Ahmed Book Prize for 2009), and the forthcoming co-edited collection
Dispatches from Pakistan. He is soon to publish (in early 2012) The
Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. A $5 donation
is encouraged but all are welcome.
July 7th . 7:00 pm . Encuentro 5
33 Harrison Ave. . 5th Floor . Boston
United National Antiwar Committee / Boston
bostonunac at gmail.com
United National Antiwar Committee of Boston (UNAC-Boston)
[July 11] Cultivating New voices, Approaches, and Audiences
for national - and international - reporting in an era of global
interconnectedness and shrinking news budgets
Monday, July 11, 5:00 pm
Harvard Law School, Location TBA
Free and Open to the Public; RSVP required (see below)
The Berkman Center will host a conversation about the challenges of
reporting international stories to US and Global audiences. In an age
of shrinking news budgets, American newspapers and broadcasters are
producing less original reporting of international stories. And while
gripping events like the Arab Spring capture the attention of the
public, many important international stories fail to garner widespread
attention. The challenges for international reporting are both ones of
supply (who reports the news from around the world?) and demand (who
This conversation was inspired by Berkman Fellow Persephone Miel,
whose work focused on how compelling narrative and context for
international stories could make unfamiliar international news more
accessible to American and global audiences. Her efforts to support
and promote talented local, non-US journalists whose work has the
potential for global impact, but who need to overcome significant
obstacles to succeed, are continued through a fellowship established
in her honor by thePulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, in partnership
Journalists Fatima Tlisova (Voice of America) and Pulitzer Prize
winner Dele Olojede will join Ethan Zuckerman (Berkman Center/Global
Voices), Colin Maclay (Berkman Center), Ivan Sigal (Global Voices) and
the Miel family for a discussion and reflection on these questions,
and on Persephone's work and the journalistic values she championed.
Fatima Tlisova is an investigative journalist, researcher and expert
on the North Caucasus region of Russia. She has written extensively on
Circassian nationalism, the role of Islam in regional affairs, human
rights abuses during the military operations in the North Caucasus,
torture, disappearances and corruption. She was Editor in Chief of the
Regnum News Agency, worked as a special correspondent of Novaya
Gazeta, and reported for RFE/RL and for the Associated Press.
Dele Olojede is the publisher of NEXT, NextOnSunday and 234NEXT.com,
which provide news and informed opinion primarily for a Nigerian
audience to further the common good. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize
and a former foreign editor at New York Newsday, he is chairman of the
Global Network Initiative International Advisory Council and a member
of the governing board of the Aspen Institute's Africa Leadership
Ethan Zuckerman served a fellow of the Berkman Center from 2003
through 2009. Since 2009, he's been a senior researcher at the center,
working on projects that focus on the impact of technology and media
on the developing world and on quantitative analysis of media. With
Hal Roberts, he is working on comparative studies of tools for
censorship circumvention, techniques for blocking-resistant publishing
for human rights sites and on the Media Cloud framework for
quantitative study of digital media.
Colin M. Maclay is the Managing Director of the Berkman Center, where
he is privileged to work in diverse capacities with its faculty,
staff, fellows and extended community to realize its ambitious goals.
His broad aim is to effectively and appropriately integrate
information and communication technologies (ICTs) with social and
economic development, focusing on the changes Internet technologies
foster in society, policy and institutions.
Ivan Sigal is the Executive Director of Global Voices (http://globalvoicesonline.org
), a non-profit online global citizens’ media initiative. Previously,
as a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Ivan Sigal focused
on how increased media and information access and participation using
new technologies affect conflict-prone areas. He spent over ten years
working in media development in the former Soviet Union and Asia,
supporting and training journalists and working on media co-
productions, and also working as a photographer. During that time
Sigal worked for Internews Network, as Regional Director for Asia,
Central Asia, and Afghanistan.
URL: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/6927 **RSVP by July 8, 2011 at
12PM** You will receive an email confirmation with details and the
exact location of the event the week before the event takes place.
Please note that although we may not be able to accommodate everyone
that RSVPs, we will post video of the talk online in the weeks
Harvard Business Review In Person
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (ET)
Harvard Business Review In Person: Spotlight on Collaboration
Join Harvard Business Review for a live event around the July/August
issue Spotlight on Collaboration. HBR’s focused spotlight provides an
in-depth look at issues that today’s managers are facing when
fostering collaboration within their companies. Whether you’re leading
teams; trying to spark creativity and innovation; or hoping to
breakdown cultural barriers– HBR brings you the latest thinking on
this important topic.
You will hear from HBR’s Editor-in-Chief, Adi Ignatius, as he leads a
discussion with local business leaders on why collaboration has become
a critical component to building successful teams not only inside
companies, but also with partners and vendors around the globe.
HBR In Person will allow you the opportunity to network with Boston-
area professionals and idea enthusiasts; mingle with HBR editors; and
hear from local business leaders on how to effectively collaborate.
HBR would also like to hear from you on the challenges you face in
your daily work life.
The first 20 people to arrive will receive a special HBR gift bag. All
attendees will receive a copy of the July/August issue of HBR and
complimentary drink ticket.
Where: Microsoft NERD Center
One Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA 02142
When: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 5:30-7:30 pm
About Harvard Business Review
Harvard Business Review is the leading destination for smart
management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, books, and digital
content and tools published on HBR.org, Harvard Business Review aims
to provide professionals around the world with rigorous insights and
best practices to help lead themselves and their organizations more
effectively and to make a positive impact.
Visit Harvard Business Review at http://hbr.org
Free Solar Panels for Houses of Worship
From a recent Mass Interfaith Power & Light (http://mipandl.org/) email
"We've recently been talking with DCS Energy (http://
www.dcsenergy.com/) who has an unbeatable offer: if your site
qualifies, they design and install the panels at no cost, don't charge
you for any electricity, and donate the system to your house of
worship after five years. Your only costs will be for a building
permit, possibly a structural engineer to verify that your roof can
support their weight, and any preparatory work such as roof work or
tree removal. If solar panels are so expensive how can anyone give
them away for free? First, there is a federal grant program that is
only available until November that pays for 30% of the cost of the
system. Then there is an accelerated depreciation option that gives
certain kinds of investors another tax advantage. Finally, the state
awards a special allowance called a "Solar Renewal Energy
Credit" (SRECs) to owners of solar electricity systems which are sold
at auctions to utilities who buy them to meet their requirements under
the Massachusetts' renewable portfolio standard. DCS is betting that
the price of these SRECs will remain high. Jim Nail, president of MA
IP&L, has talked to DCS Energy and is currently having them prepare a
proposal for his church, St. Dunstan's Episcopal in Dover. Jim says,
"The references I've talked to have been quite positive about the
program and the company has been very responsive. "If you think your
site might qualify, contact Peter Carli, pete at dcsenergy.com, with the
address of your house of worship and your contact information. He'll
take a preliminary look at your site and advise you if it meets their
Young World Inventors (http://yinventors.wordpress.com/) has started a
Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1036325713/youngworldinventorscom
) to fund insider web stories of African and American innovators in
collaboration, whom Diane Hendrix will be following with her camera
from June 23 to August 2 in Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. They are
building a community and raising funds for production and editing.
One of the people she will be following is Bernard Kiwia, a Tanzanian
inventor who teamed up with MIT grad Jodie Wu to start Global Cycle
Solutions in Arusha, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. They are
starting with ten insider stories of innovators (high and low tech) in
East Africa on a new interactive site, with collaborators who'll help
distribute stories, such as AITI, who who led us to some fascinating
projects (see our intro to AITI on YouTube).
Editorial Comment: I too have met Bernard Kiwia and am deeply
impressed by the variety of projects and collaborations happening
between Africa and the USA. Bernard's bicycle cell phone charger is
only one of the many innovative ideas coming out of young African and
American imaginations and expertise these days.
From John Bolduc, Environmental Planner, Community Development
Department, Cambridge, MA:
"Finally, I wanted to let folks on the list know, if you are
interested, that I will be going, on a personal basis, on a study tour
of cities in Germany and Holland taking a look at climate change
adaptation and mitigation initiatives. The tour is organized by ICLEI-
Local Governments for Sustainability. We will visit Freiburg,
Dresden, Bonn, and Rotterdam. We will also participate in the ICLEI
Climate Resilient Cities Conference in Bonn. I am leaving today for 2
weeks and I plan to blog along the way as a way to share information.
If you are interested, please visit the Energy 2.0 blog hosted by the
Cambridge Energy Alliance. You can visit the site at http://energytwodotzero.org/
. You can also subscribe to the blog to be informed of updates. I
plan to post 4 or 5 times with photos. So join me for the trip."
The Medford Farmers Market is looking for organizations, individuals,
chefs, nutritionists, educators, musicians, physical activity
specialists, gardeners, and other fun people who would like to do
educational activities on market days.
We are looking for activities that are interactive and enjoyed by all
ages. Demos, how-tos and games are encouraged. Should be somehow
related to sustainable living, health, nutrition, farming, gardening,
physical activity, sustainability, learning and development, music,
art, creativity. Most importantly it should be entertaining for people
at the market.
We are looking to fill 1, 2, 3 or 4 hour time slots. The Medford
Farmers Market is a great place for you to gain experience and
exposure - there are over 20 vendors signed up for the season
including local wine, meat, vegetables, honey, bread, art.....Your
activity/demo/gig will be well publicized via social media, as well as
local newspapers and newsletters sent to hundreds of people.
The market goes from June 16- Oct 13 at the Whole Foods Market Parking
Lot, 2151 Mystic Valley Parkway (Rt 16), Medford, MA 02155. Plenty of
parking and restrooms are available.
Please contact me if you are interested. Please feel free to forward
this e-mail to people who you think may be interested. Thanks so much,
have a great weekend!
For more info, please see the following:
e-mail: medfordfarmersmarket at gmail.com
Address: Whole Foods Market Parking Lot, 2151 Mystic Valley Parkway
Editorial Comment: I have taken some of my solar displays to farmers'
markets from time to time and have advocated doing so as a way to
change US energy attitudes, policies, and realities as the people who
go to farmers' markets are a core constituency for renewable energy.
More at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/5/27/870257/-How-to-Change-US-Energy-in-One-Growing-Season
Trade in your old inefficient air conditioners:
Cambridge Energy Alliance (CEA), in partnership with the City of
Cambridge and local retailers, is offering residents through July, the
chance to swap old air conditioning units for new energy Star-rated
window models. Participants will receive $125 voucher for purchasing
Energy Star -rated air conditioners which use about 10% less energy.
For more information call: (617) 491-0488.
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
challenge.aspx), contains many other findings. MassINC will hold a
forum about the report on May 19, 5:00 to 6:30 pm at the City Year
Headquarters, 287 Columbus Avenue, Boston. To register, click here.
[MetroWest Daily News, 4/14/11]
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
Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents http://hubevents.blogspot.com
Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the
Boston Area http://fhapgood.fastmail.fm/site02.html
Boston Area Computer User Groups http://www.bugc.org/
More information about the Act-MA