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Monday, August 15, 2011
300 of the world's best design theses on view at SA+P: Archiprix
Location: MIT, 7-431, On the 4th floor above Lobby 7, at 77
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
MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series
Why Systems Thinking Is Not a Natural Act
Ricardo Valerdi, Associate Professor, University of Arizona
Date: August 22, 2011
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Open to all
Register at https://mitweb.webex.com/mitweb/j.php?ED=145050207&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
About the Presentation
Competence in systems thinking is implicitly assumed among the
population of engineers and managers — in fact, most technical people
claim to be systems thinkers. But this competence is not as prevalent
as these assertions might lead one to assume. Controlled experiments
show that systems thinking performance, even among highly educated
people, is poor. This presentation provides a set of systems thinking
competencies and demonstrates how these are not as common as
advertised. We also discuss how these competencies can be measured.
The main thesis is that systems thinking is not a natural act because
(1) evolution has favored mechanisms tuned to dealing with immediate
surface features of problems and (2) the Western education system
tends to emphasize reductionist approaches. We discuss the
implications of the current state and provide recommendations for
closing the gap between the demand and supply of systems thinking
through the use of systems thinking flight simulators. Finally, key
takeaways are provided for the application of systems thinking across
a variety of scenarios.
About the Speaker
Now an associate professor at the University of Arizona, Ricardo
Valerdi was formerly a research associate in the Lean Advancement
Initiative in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT.
Dr. Valerdi is a two-time recipient of the Best Thesis Advisor Award
in the MIT Technology & Policy Program, the Best Article of the Year
Award in theSystems Engineering Journal, and Best Paper Awards at the
INCOSE Symposium, Conference on Systems Engineering Research and
International Society of Parametric Analysts.
His research focuses on systems engineering metrics, cost estimation,
test & evaluation, human systems integration, enterprise
transformation, and performance measurement. His research has been
funded by Army Test & Evaluation, Navy Acquisition Research Program,
Air Force Office of the Surgeon General, Air Force Acquisition Chief
Process Office, BAE Systems, and the IBM Center for the Business of
Dr. Valerdi is the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Enterprise
Transformation, served on the Board of Directors of the International
Council on Systems Engineering, and is a senior member of the IEEE. He
received his BS/BA in electrical engineering from the University of
San Diego in 1999, and his MS and PhD degrees in systems architecting
and engineering from the University of Southern California in 2002 and
About the Series
The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar
Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students,
and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate
information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering,
management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.
Topic: Why Systems Thinking is Not a Natural Act
Date: Monday, August 22, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
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REFRESH BOSTON PRESENTS BEYOND FRUSTRATION: PLEASURE, FLOW, AND
MEANING IN DESIGN
Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive,
Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Audience: Technology, Web Design, Web Development, Usability
Description: Refresh Boston returns in August with author and speaker
Dana Chisnell, who will present:
Beyond Frustration: Pleasure, Flow, and Meaning in Design
Is this you?
+ Designer looking for ideas for turning up the notch on designs.
+ IA who thinks that "products" and "solutions" as labels don't
capture the conversation you want to have with users.
+ User researcher or usability specialist who want to make a design
something more than baseline usable.
If you identify with any of these, this session is for you.
Design is about stimulus and response. We make things to elicit
reaction. Often, UX is about spurring people to act: search, select,
buy. But what if the response the team wanted to create was emotional?
What if there was a specific, positive emotion attached to a
technology experience? How might that affect engagement?
There's a vast difference between making a design that doesn't suck
and creating one that people will love to use. While at one time it
was enough to make something that was usable, learnable, or findable,
we are pretty good at that now. We call that UCD. Where do we go next?
Experience design. Designs could be much more: delightful or
gratifying. They could help people find purpose and belonging.
Dana will present a framework and a language for thinking about and
talking about taking designs to the next level with examples of how
how some designs are building in emotional, linguistic, and
psychological cues - and making sweet, fun, engaging, connected
RSVP at http://refreshboston.org/rsvp/
Lean Startup Circle Boston August Meetup
Thursday, August 25, 2011, 6:30 PM
Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD)
One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA (map)
6:30pm - Early Bird Presentation: Customer Development 101
For those new to the concepts of Customer Development and The Lean
Startup, Matthew Mamet, Co-organizer of the LSC Boston Meetup and
Product Manager at Alleyoop.com will talk about the basics of customer
development and lean startups at 6:30pm. Come to listen to the
presentation, or hang out and network over pizza!
7pm - Yoav Shapira, VP Platform Strategy at Hubspot
Yoav will discuss how they do Lean Startup at HubSpot, and how they've
scaled their development operations to date.
From 2007 to 2010, Yoav was HubSpot's Vice President of Engineering.
In that role, Yoav put in place HubSpot's product development
framework, including all the processes and standards to facilitate
team growth by several multiples, and customer growth from a few dozen
Now, Yoav manages a small team of developers who are building the
foundation for the next generation of HubSpot products, providing APIs
for other HubSpot developers and 3rd parties, and creating a developer
ecosystem around HubSpot.
HubSpot, Inc. offers an all-in-one marketing software platform to over
4,000 companies in 31 countries to increase the number of website
visitors and convert more of those visitors. HubSpot is also the
developer of the popular website analysis tool, WebsiteGrader.com,
which has over 3 million users.
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Lean-Startup-Circle-Boston/events/23685901/
The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, The Boston Parks and Recreation
Department, The City of Boston Women’s Commission, and The
Massachusetts Women’s Suffrage Celebration Committee
Invite you to attend
Women’s Equality Day
The 91st Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, The Release of Boston
Women’s Heritage Trail's HerStory Map, & The Paget Family - Founders
of the Public Garden Swan Boats, a Newly Dedicated Historic Boston
Friday, August 26, 2011
11:00 a.m. - Noon
Swan Boats Pavilion, Boston Public Garden
Info at: http://www.mass.gov/ago/womensequality
Friday, August 26, 2011
TPSS Technology Policy Lunch
Location: MIT, E40-380
Reps from ESD PhD, STS, DUSP MCP, CivE MST and other "fellow
traveller" science- and technology programs with a policy aspect are
invited to help welcome the incoming TPP cohort.
Come help form a graduate student policy community, and help us pick
topics and formats for regular interactions throughout the upcoming
Open to: MIT, Harvard & Boston-area students of technology & science
Sponsor(s): Technology and Policy Student Society, Technology and
Policy Program, Graduate Student Council
For more information, contact:
Paul Natsuo Kishimoto
pnk at mit.edu
VENTURELAB SUSTAINABLE VISION
Date: 8/26/2011 - 8/30/2011
Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive,
Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Audience: Students and faculty from the Boston area and around the
country working on ventures for the developing world
Description: Please note that this is a week-long workshop: August
VentureLab Sustainable Vision is a 5-day intensive workshop for
students and faculty working on projects and ventures for the
developing world. Students from Boston University, Northeastern, MIT
(including Legatum fellows) Harvard and Tufts will meet and work with
students from other programs around the country, to develop strong,
sustainable business models that create products or services for the
benefit of people living in poverty.
Boston Social Impact Potluck #III
Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
36 Sciarappa Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
Come mingle with other social entrepreneurs. Bring your friends who
would be interested as well or want to hang out with other cool people
trying to save the world [or at least make a lasting impact]!
It's a potluck but you don't have to bring a feast. So bring something
light eatery or baked goods... or beer.... or wine - what ever your
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the two co-
awong209 at gmail.com
justinjkang at gmail.com
Monday August 29, 2011 — 8pm at Middlesex Lounge
315 Mass Ave, Cambridge In Central Square
Featuring Nerd-appropriate tunes by Claude Money
Talk 1. “Mumblecore: The Movement That Didn’t Roar” by Maria San Filippo
Talk 2. “How Do People Heal? An Integration of Acupuncture, Meditation
and Placebo Research” by Jessica Shaw
Green Drinks Boston - August Happy Hour
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
25 Kingston St.
Boston, MA 02111
After a successful re-launch of Green Drinks Boston in June, we are
building momentum by announcing our monthly happy hours on the last
Tuesday of each month! Keep sending feedback to Lyn at greendrinksboston.com
for ideas about speakers or content for the future and mark your
calendar for drinks in July.
Green Drinks Boston builds a community of sustainably-minded
Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career
resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging
green issues. We support the exchange of ideas and resources about
sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.
I hope you can join us for the TROMP Benefit at Flatbreads to take
place in 3 weeks on Tues, 9/6/11. A portion of the proceeds of all
pizzas sold (eat in or take out) from 5pm - 11pm will be donated to
TROMP. This is a great time for you to be available to talk to, bowl
with, and eat with our supporters!
Bowl & Eat Pizza to benefit TROMP on Tues, 9/6/11 Flatbreads in
Flatbread & Sacco’s Bowl Haven
45 Day Street, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144
EAT & TAKE-OUT: 5pm to 11pm
BOWL: 7pm to 11pm
ROOT CAUSE'S SOCIAL INNOVATION FORUM SEMIFINALIST INFORMATION SESSION
Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive,
Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 8:00am - 9:30am
Audience: Root Cause's 2011-2012 Social Innovation Forum semifinalists
Description: The Semifinalist Information Session is an optional, but
recommended session for all 2011-2012 semifinalists as we want to make
sure that organizations understand both the process going forward and
the expectations for those chosen as Social Innovators. We will focus
on what we’re looking for in the second-round application and how
those applications are evaluated. We will also bring in a 2011 Social
Innovator to speak for a few minutes about his/her personal experience
with the Social Innovation Forum.
Register at http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/RootCausesSocialInnovationForumSeptember2011/tabid/821/Default.aspx
September 14 and 15
Current TV 24 Hours of Green Programming
WHAT IS 24 HOURS OF REALITY?
24 Presenters. 24 Time Zones. 13 Languages. 1 Message. 24 Hours of
Reality is a worldwide event to broadcast the reality of the climate
crisis. It will consist of a new multimedia presentation created by Al
Gore and delivered once per hour for 24 hours, in every time zone
around the globe. Each hour people living with the reality of climate
change will connect the dots between recent extreme weather events —
including floods, droughts and storms — and the manmade pollution that
is changing our climate. We will offer a round-the-clock, round-the-
globe snapshot of the climate crisis in real time. The deniers may
have millions of dollars to spend, but we have a powerful advantage.
We have reality.
Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents
THE REAL PAPER: JOURNALISM THEN & NOW
with Harper Barnes, Jan Freeman, Laura Shapiro, Paul Solman, and Mark
moderator Monica Collins
September 15, 6:30-8 pm
C. Walsh Theater
(Boston, MA 02114) Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents “The
Real Paper: Journalism Then & Now” with Harper Barnes, Jan Freeman,
Laura Shapiro, Paul Solman, and Mark Zanger; discussion moderated by
Monica Collins. Thursday, September 15, 6:30-8 pm. Admission is free
and open to all. C. Walsh Theater at Suffolk University, 55 Temple
Street, Boston, MA. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located
near the Park St. MBTA Station. For more information, call the Ford
Hall Forum at 617-557-2007 or visitwww.fordhallforum.org.
Ford Hall Forum Vice President and former The Real Paper journalist
Monica Collins assembles this riveting The Real Paper reunion
withHarper Barnes, Jan Freeman, Laura Shapiro, Paul Solman, and Mark
Zanger. Hear how this free alternative weekly newspaper’s laudable
format of an employee-run collective was, ironically, its undoing as
the opportunity to sell arose, as did interpersonal conflict. Their
experience with The Real Paper yields surprising views on modern-day
journalism, including sustainable and fair business models, the future
of free newspapers in a world of internet media, and whether
journalists in today’s economy should strike out on their own.
Further background information on participants:
Harper Barnes is a longtime editor and cultural critic for the St.
Louis Post-Dispatch and has written for Rolling Stone and the
Washington Post. He is the author of the novel Blue Monday and
Standing on a Volcano: The Life and Times of David Rowland Francis, a
biography of Woodrow Wilson's ambassador to Russia.
Monica Collins created and writes “Ask Dog Lady,” a humor/lifestyle
column about dogs, life, and love that is syndicated to 400+
newspapers nationwide. Collins also hosts the radio program, “Ask Dog
Lady,” on 980 WCAP in the Merrimack Valley. She is a regular guest on
“The Callie Crossley Show” on WGBH-FM in a continuing series called
“Pup Culture.” Collins is also a communications consultant and media
strategist for non-profit organizations. A former staff writer and
media critic for USA Today and the Boston Herald, Collins has written
for the Boston Globeand various magazines, such as USA Weekend,
ForbesLife Executive Woman, Ladies Home Journal, Vogue, and, of
course, The Real Paper.
Since 1997, Jan Freeman has been writing the Boston Sunday Globe's
weekly language column "The Word". She worked as an editor at The
Real Paper, Boston and Inc. magazines, and the Boston Globe, where she
was a science news editor until she launched her weekly column on
English usage. She is the co-author of Ambrose Bierce's Write It
Right: The Celebrated Cynic's Language Peeves Deciphered, Appraised,
and Annotated for 21st-Century Readers.
Laura Shapiro currently writes as a columnist for Gourmet.com, Gourmet
magazine’s website. Formerly, Shapiro worked as a columnist at The
Real Paper and after that worked for sixteen years as a writer for
Newsweek. There, she covered food, women’s issues and the arts and
won several journalism awards for her work. Her work has also
appeared in the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Gourmet, Granta,
The American Scholar, Gastronomica, Slate and many other
publications. Her first book was Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking
at the Turn of the Century. She is also the author of Something from
the Oven: Revinventing Dinner in 1950s America and Julia Child.
Since 1985, Paul Solman has been a business and economics
correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. A business
reporter for WGBH Boston since 1977, Solman was the co-originator and
executive editor of PBS's business documentary series, ENTERPRISE.
Solman was also the founding editor of The Real Paper as well as the
East Coast editor of Mother Jones magazine. Solman began his career
in business journalism as a Nieman Fellow at the Harvard Business
School in 1976. His reporting has won him several Emmys and two
Peabody Awards. Solman has also served as a Professor at the Harvard
Business School, teaching media, finance and business history. He
also co-authored the book, Life and Death on the Corporate
Battlefield. In addition, Solman is the presenter and author of
Discovering Economics With Paul Solman, a series of videos that
accompany McGraw-Hill introductory economics textbooks. Solman also
lectures on college campuses and has written for numerous articles
including for Forbes magazine.
Since 2007, Mark Zanger has worked as the Director of Communications
for the Coalition of Families and Advocates for the Retarded. Also, a
seasoned journalist, Zanger has worked as a freelance writer and
restaurant critic for the Boston Phoenix since 1981. Zanger has
published five books most of which are related to his work as a
restaurant critic. He has previously served as chief editor of
delphiforums.com, op-ed editor ofMetroWest News, and Public
Information Officer for Oxfam America, Inc. Before that he served as
Editor-in-Chief of The Real Paper from 1975 through 1980. Zanger
studied English at Yale University.
September 16, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable:
Two Timely Topics:
FERC Order 1000 (Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation
The Future of Solar in New England
Raab Associates presents:
The 124th NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Date: Friday, September 16, 2011
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
On July 21, FERC issued Order 1000, its long-anticipated, 600-plus
page rule on the future of transmission planning and cost-allocation
in the United States. According to Chairman Wellinghoff, "The Final
Rule will profoundly affect the development of our nation's
transmission system in coming decades." One of the many unique
features of this Order is the requirement for integrating federal and
state energy policies (e.g., RPS) in transmission planning and
Please join us at our next Restructuring Roundtable as we learn
aboutFERC Order 1000 and discuss its ramifications and implications
for New England transmission and non-transmission alternatives. The
panel will begin with a succinct synopsis by Mason Emnett, Associate
Director of FERC's Policy Office, and a lead FERC staffer on Order
1000. Mason will be followed by a panel of three discussants who will
reflect on how this order will likely impact transmission, renewables,
and other resource planning and implementation in New England.
Heather Hunt, Executive Director of the New England States' Committee
on Electricity (NESCOE), will lead off the panel with reflections
garnered from the six New England State PUCs on Order 1000 and an
update on NESCOE's coordinated competitive renewable procurement and
new interstate transmission siting collaborative. Peter Flynn,
President of FERC Regulated Businesses at National Grid, will provide
a transmission owner's perspective, and Seth Kaplan, VP of Policy and
Climate Advocacy at Conservation Law Foundation, will offer an
Our second panel focuses on the Future of Solar in New England. With
photovoltaic prices continuing to drop due to technology breakthroughs
and increasing economies of scale, coupled with new solar-related
state policies, PV installations in New England are on the rise. Our
panel starts off with international solar expert, ChrisPorter, Lead
Downstream Analyst, Photon Consulting, who will talk about the
international technology and price progressions and how they may
impact solar supply and demand in New England. DOERCommissioner Mark
Sylvia will then discuss the evolution of solar-related policies in
Massachusetts, including the Commonwealth's unique SREC market and net
metering rules. We round out the panel with two leading solar
developers as they discuss both the opportunities and on-going
challenges of developing solar projects throughout New England: Dan
Leary, President, Renewable Energy Solutions, Nexamp and President of
the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), and
Bryan Miller, VP of Energy Policy/Sustainable Energy at Constellation
THE THIRD ANNUAL URBAN-AG FAIR
CELEBRATING LOCAL GARDENS, GROWERS AND FOOD
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
MT. AUBURN STREET AND WINTHROP PARK (between Eliot and JFK)
The Urban-Ag Fair will showcase incredible locally grown fruits and
vegetables in a judged competition. Visitors may sample recipes
prepared using local ingredients and get tips from local experts on
gardening topics like composting, container gardening, and raising
chickens and bees.
The entire event is free, open to the public, and family-friendly.
Cooking demonstrations by local chefs and Cambridge school student
growers will be held throughout the day, along with talks on gardening
topics. Prizes will be awarded for fruits, vegetables, flowers,
honey, eggs, baked goods, preserves/pickles, and beverages, in the
categories of tastiest, biggest, prettiest/most creative, most
interesting/funny-looking, and student grower (under 17).
Applications for growers and vendors or anyone who might want to have
an information table are attached. Please return the forms by
September 8. You can also download forms from www.harvardsquare.com
Questions? hsba at harvardsquare.com or 617-491-3434
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Sustainability and
Portland's 5 Ecodistricts: A Discussion with Garry Sotnik
Join us for a a round table discussion with sustainability economist,
Garry Sotnik,visiting from the hub of environmental innovation,
Portland, Oregon. Presenting his paper on Portland's five
ecodistricts, an initiative launched in 2009 in Portland, OR, to
catalyze the city’s transition process towards sustainable
development, Garry will also share his analysis on adaptability: What
does it mean to adapt? What is required for adaptation? And what can
be done to assist human systems (e.g. households, communities,
regions, etc.) in adapting? He will then open the floor for an open
discussion on the role of community organizing within the
environmental movement, the ideas of connectedness and resiliency in
the face of climate change, what could movements in Boston learn from
the large-scale and well-subsidized efforts in Portland, similarly,
what can the Ecodistrict Initiative learn from grassroots and multi-
focus social change organizing?
33 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
Close to Chinatown, Downtown Crossing, and Boylston T stops
Join us for the Greater Boston Slow Money Entrepreneur Showcase!
Thursday, September 22
6pm – 9pm
89 South Street, Boston
South Street Conference Center
We will be bringing together investors, sustainable food entrepreneurs
and leaders working together to rebuild our local food system. Learn
about investment opportunities and how you can participate in
rebuilding local economies based on the principles of soil fertility,
sense of place, care of the commons and economic, cultural and
For investors: The Entrepreneur Showcase will provide access to
sustainable food and farming businesses at different stages of
development from start-up to expansion of existing businesses. The
businesses and initiatives are also seeking different levels of
financing — from small loans to major capital, as well as donations.
Greater Boston Slow Money encourages investors of all resource levels
to attend including institutional, individual, accredited, and
unaccredited investors. This showcase event is not an offer to sell
securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities.
For Entrepreneurs: The Showcase is a tightly produced event. Each
entrepreneur will have five minutes and 6 slides to tell their
stories, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from the audience. Presenters
will also benefit from the networking opportunity specifically
designed to encourage and elevate investor dialog. Throughout the
event, your collateral will be available for attendees, and you will
be mentioned in all promotional materials for the event.
The Entrepreneur Showcase offers all the advantages of a traditional
venture fair and many more. Because of the shared vision that brings
us all together, it is an unparalleled opportunity for you to build
relationships with investors and entrepreneurs from all over the
region. We are confident that, if chosen to participate, you will have
opportunities to make important connections that add value to your
Given the relatively short time horizon, please submit your
application no later than Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Demand for
participation in the Showcase is high; spots will fill up.
To apply: send an email to gbslowmoney at gmail.com and we will send you
the application. It is free to apply, but costs $25 to present and
take advantage of this exciting opportunity.
Moving Planet: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels
On Sept. 24th, 2011, on the streets of Boston, join a worldwide event
– Moving Planet – calling on our elected leaders, businesses and
communities to get serious about moving beyond fossil fuels. Come on
bike or on foot, by boat, carpool or public transportation! Come with
your community, your organization, or simply yourself to help make one
big, bold, beautiful statement:
We have the power to build a secure, healthy, just and sustainable
future for our children and our planet!
AC Swap – The Cambridge Energy Alliance’s window air conditioner swap
program is in progress. Residents can obtain a voucher for $125 if
they swap an inefficient window AC unit for an Energy Star rated
model This is a limited time offer. Go to the CEA website for
Free Solar Panels for Houses of Worship
From a recent Mass Interfaith Power & Light (http://mipandl.org/) email
"We've recently been talking with DCS Energy (http://
www.dcsenergy.com/) who has an unbeatable offer: if your site
qualifies, they design and install the panels at no cost, don't charge
you for any electricity, and donate the system to your house of
worship after five years. Your only costs will be for a building
permit, possibly a structural engineer to verify that your roof can
support their weight, and any preparatory work such as roof work or
tree removal. If solar panels are so expensive how can anyone give
them away for free? First, there is a federal grant program that is
only available until November that pays for 30% of the cost of the
system. Then there is an accelerated depreciation option that gives
certain kinds of investors another tax advantage. Finally, the state
awards a special allowance called a "Solar Renewal Energy
Credit" (SRECs) to owners of solar electricity systems which are sold
at auctions to utilities who buy them to meet their requirements under
the Massachusetts' renewable portfolio standard. DCS is betting that
the price of these SRECs will remain high. Jim Nail, president of MA
IP&L, has talked to DCS Energy and is currently having them prepare a
proposal for his church, St. Dunstan's Episcopal in Dover. Jim says,
"The references I've talked to have been quite positive about the
program and the company has been very responsive. "If you think your
site might qualify, contact Peter Carli, pete at dcsenergy.com, with the
address of your house of worship and your contact information. He'll
take a preliminary look at your site and advise you if it meets their
Young World Inventors (http://yinventors.wordpress.com/) has started a
Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1036325713/youngworldinventorscom
) to fund insider web stories of African and American innovators in
collaboration, whom Diane Hendrix will be following with her camera
from June 23 to August 2 in Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. They are
building a community and raising funds for production and editing.
One of the people she will be following is Bernard Kiwia, a Tanzanian
inventor who teamed up with MIT grad Jodie Wu to start Global Cycle
Solutions in Arusha, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. They are
starting with ten insider stories of innovators (high and low tech) in
East Africa on a new interactive site, with collaborators who'll help
distribute stories, such as AITI, who who led us to some fascinating
projects (see our intro to AITI on YouTube).
Editorial Comment: I too have met Bernard Kiwia and am deeply
impressed by the variety of projects and collaborations happening
between Africa and the USA. Bernard's bicycle cell phone charger is
only one of the many innovative ideas coming out of young African and
American imaginations and expertise these days.
What you need to know: The Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur (YSE)
Competition is a global competition created by Staples Foundation and
Ashoka to recognize exceptional young people using innovation and
technology to advance social change and improve their community and
Who’s eligible?: Young people (age 12-24), living anywhere in the
world, are eligible to apply.
Dates and details: Apply online between June 22 and September 19, 2011.
For more information: http://ashokayouthcompetition.org/
MIT International Development Initiative
77 Mass Ave, 10-110
Cambridge MA 02139
Sign up for the 2011 Yunus Challenge Facebook page: yunus2011 at groups.facebook.com
Massachusetts Attitudes About Climate Change – An opinion survey of
Massachusetts residents conducted by MassINC and sponsored by the Barr
Foundation found that 77% of respondents believe that global warming
has “probably been happening” and 59% of all respondents see see it as
being at least partially caused by human pollution. Only 42% of the
state’s residents say global warming will have very serious
consequences for Massachusetts if left unaddressed. The 18 to 29 age
group is more likely to believe global warming is appearing and caused
by humans compared to the 60+ age group. African-American (56%) and
Latino residents (69%) are more likely than white residents (40%) to
believe global warming will be a very serious problem if left
unaddressed. The MassINC report, titled The 80 Percent Challenge:
What Massachusetts must do to meet targets and make headway on climate
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
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