[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Sep 30 14:24:28 PDT 2012

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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My Solutions to Climate Change


Monday, October 1

On Rabbits, Foxes, Clouds, and Precipitation
Monday, October 01, 2012
MIT, Building 54-915, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Graham Feingold
Abstract: Our ability to predict future climate states is significantly hampered by our inability to represent small-scale (order 100 m) processes associated with aerosol particles, clouds and precipitation in climate models. The complexity of the aerosol-cloud-precipitation system has driven process-level model development that attempts to capture as much of the coupled physics as possible, but at considerable computational expense. While these represent important benchmarks for the system, they are far too expensive to be incorporated in climate models. In the spirit of the pioneering work of Edward Lorenz, I will show that this system exhibits emergence that in some cases can be described by simple non-linear mathematical models. I will present examples of different dynamical states of the marine boundary layer cloud system revealed by the simplified equation set and compare to rigorous large eddy simulation.

MASS Seminar 
The MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) is a student-run weekly seminar series within PAOC. Seminar topics include all research concerning the atmosphere and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars usually take place on Monday from 12-1pm followed by a lunch with graduate students. Besides the seminar, individual meetings with professors, post-docs, and students are arranged. The seminar series is run by graduate students and is intended mainly for students to interact with individuals outside the department, but faculty and post docs certainly participate.

Speaker's Website: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/csd/staff/graham.feingold/ 
Web site: http://eaps-www.mit.edu/paoc/events/calendars/mass
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC), MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars
For more information, contact:  MASS organizing committee
mass at mit.edu 


"Putting Free Enterprise to Work on Energy and Climate"
Monday, October 1, 2012 
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with Bob Inglis, U.S. Rep. (R-SC4) 1993-1999; 2005-2011; Director, Energy & Enterprise Initiative

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar
Lunch will be provided.
Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund at harvard.edu


Zero Waste: Advocates and Activists Workshop
October 1, 2012 
1:00-3:30 p.m. 
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street, near Copley Square, Boston

With Boston at a 17% recycling rate, ever wondered how San Francisco manages to divert 75% of their discards to reuse, recycling, and composting? 

Clean Water Action invites YOU to a Zero Waste planning event for residents, activists and advocates. It costs zero dollars to attend, and you will waste no time whatsoever!

Clean Water Action will host a Zero Waste event for residents and others interested in reducing the amount of waste going to transfer stations, landfills, and incinerators. Download a flyer here:  http://cleanwater.org/files/images/ma/TalkingTrash-10-1CWAsm.pdf. 

Special guests: Ruth Abbe, Gary Liss, and Ric Anthony (brilliant planners) from California; Lynne Pledger from Clean Water Action, Massachusetts; a panel of Massachusetts residents and YOU.

Please RSVP to Lynne Pledger to reserve your seat:  lpledger at cleanwater.org. 

Visit this link to see an update from Clean Water Action and Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) on zero waste efforts across MA:   http://bit.ly/PezgWp. 
To learn more about Clean Water Action (& CWA Massachusetts), visit CleanWater.org, Facebook.com/CleanWaterMA, or Twitter: @CleanH2OMA

10/2 EPA-hosted Muni Waste gathering: A second event, hosted by the EPA, will be held for municipal officials on Tuesday, October 2, 2012: 9:00-5:00 -- Municipal Officials Only. Don't worry, activists: the same presenters will be at your event.  The all-day meeting for officials is sponsored by US EPA and will be held in Chelmsford, MA, Randolph Center VT, and Hartford, CT, all on Tuesday October 2, 2012. Ask your town officials to contact Jeri at weiss.jeri at epa.gov. Cost: $0.

Clean Water Action is a one million member organization of diverse people and groups joined together to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Our goals include clean, safe and affordable water; prevention of health threatening pollution; creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses; and empowerment of people to make democracy work. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and solve environmental and community problems.


Art & Common Space
Monday, October 01, 2012
MIT, Building E15-001, ACT Cube

Speaker: Maaretta Helena Jaukkuri

Reflecting on questions of learning and sharing as understood in continental philosophy, Professor Jaukkuri will discuss the meaning of pedagogy and the learning environment as a forum for various fields of knowledge that can contribute to a deeper, more open awareness and understanding of the conditions required for creating public spaces/places. Her analysis focuses on contemporary artistic research and practices that inquire production of "common/shared" and "public place/space." 

Maaretta Jaukkuri is a curator, writer, and educator based in Helsinki, Finland. She founded the Art & Common Space program at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU) and is also a professor at Aalto University in Finland. Formerly Chief Curator at the Finnish contemporary art museum KIASMA, and artistic director at the Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, she has curated a number of major Finnish, Scandinavian, and international exhibition projects in various countries. Her projects Artscape Nordland, ARS 95, and ARS 01 shifted the paradigm of art's relation to society and nature attempting to claim common space for different spheres of knowledge. She graduated in English philology, art history, and literature from the University of Helsinki.

Web site: act.mit.edu
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning
For more information, contact:  Laura Anca Chichisan
act at mit.edu 


MTA Composer Forum presents Mark Harvey
Monday, October 01, 2012
5 pm
MIT Lewis Music Library, 14 E-109, (MIT Hayden Library Building)

Mark Harvey will discuss his philosophy of flexology that allows for individual, collective, and conductor's improvisation within complex structural frameworks. He will also talk about music from his new CD Evocations that includes works on political and cultural themes.

Web site: web.mit.edu/mta
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Music and Theater Arts
For more information, contact:  Clarise Snyder
mta-request at mit.edu 


Water Lecture Series:  Recent and Likely Future Changes in the Hydrological Cycle
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 1, 2012, 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Jim McCarthy, the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	617.495.8600
NOTE  The Radcliffe Institute's Water Lectures Series will be relatively informal presentations by Harvard faculty, followed by discussion with attendees, on topics that approach water from multidisciplinary perspectives. The collegial events are intended to present, and potentially to link, faculty interests, in order to learn more about research currently under way and to foster connections across Harvard schools.
LINK	http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2012-james-mccarthy-water-lecture


Askwith Forum: Joel Klein: Educational Innovations for the Future
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 1, 2012, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT	Discussion, Forum, Lecture, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT NAME  Amber DiNatale
CONTACT EMAIL  askwith_forums at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
ADMISSION FEE	This Askwith Forum is free and open to the public.
NOTE  Speaker: Joel Klein, chief executive officer, Amplify; and former chancellor, New York City Department of Education
Join Joel Klein as he discusses innovation in education. After working on the front lines to improve the nation's largest school district, Klein now leads Amplify, a new business dedicated to reimagining K–12 education by creating digital products and services that empower teachers, students, and parents in new ways. Amplify is focused on transforming teaching and learning by creating and scaling digital innovations in three areas: analytics and assessment, content and curriculum, and distribution and delivery.


Book Talk: Inevitable Democracy in the Arab World
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 1, 2012, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Fainsod Room, Littauer Building, 3rd Floor, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Poetry/Prose, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Middle East Initiative, Center for International Development, and the Masters in Public Administration/International Development Program at Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Wissam Yafi, Author, technologist and international development specialist
NOTE  Followed by a book signing at 7pm at the Harvard COOP, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA
LINK	http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5838/inevitable_democracy_in_the_arab_world.html


Placemaking Revolution: How Ephemera and the Arts Are Playing a More Powerful Role in Our Cities than Architecture!
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 1, 2012, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Stubbins Room 112, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street
SPEAKER(S)  Carol Coletta, director, ArtPlace America Foundation, Dennis Scholl, vice President/arts, The Knight Foundation, Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard
COST	Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	syoung at gsd.harvard.edu


Science and Cooking 
Monday, October 1, 2012
7 pm
Harvard, Science Center Hall C

Fina Puigdevall, Les Cols
Pere Planagumà, Les Cols
Paco Perez, Miramar

Members of the public are invited to attend a series of lectures by world-class chefs and food experts, inspired by the Harvard College General Education course "Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter."


Predictive Analytics World: Lightning Talks
Monday, October 1, 2012
7:30 PM To 10:00 PM
Seaport World Trade Center, Harbor View 1, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston

Predictive Analytics World has invited us to hold a Meetup as part of their event which is occurring Sept. 29 to Oct. 4 at the Seaport World Trade Center (which is MBTA subway accessible on Silver Line; or a ~15 min walk from South Station).  A 15% Discount Code that people can use for their main, daytime event is BPA1215.  Our Meetup is free.


The Meetup is scheduled for Monday 10/01 from 7:30 to 10:00 PM (and expect to end at ~9:15 so as to have time for networking).  Please note there is a reception at their exhibit hall beginning at 6:10 and going until 7:30 that folks are welcome to attend.  PAW plans to present first, and then I will have an overview of the Boston Meetup community, and then we will have a series of lightning talks of ~15 min each:
Tapping the Data Deluge! (APIs, Data Markets): Jeffrey Breen
U.S. Jobs Outlook: John Muller
Data Visualizations using D3: Lynn Cherny
Data Mining with R / Rattle (GUI for R): David Weisman
Random Forests Case Study: Dan Gerlanc

Tuesday, October 2

D-Lab Open Hours
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
MIT, Building N51-3rd floor, 275 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

A selection of D-Lab staff members, instructors and students will be available to give tours and answer questions. Please note our new location in N51, above the MIT Museum.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
This event occurs on Tuesdays through December 18, 2012.
Sponsor(s): D-Lab
For more information, contact:  Nancy Adams
nadamsx at mit.edu


Fair Use for Education: Taking Best Practices to the Next Level
Tuesday, October 2
 **12:00 pm** - Please note earlier than usual start time
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C Room (2nd Floor)
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2012/10/elkin-koren#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast and archived on our site shortly after.

Niva Elkin-Koren

Over the past two decades copyright law has become a major impediment to learning and teaching processes. The use of copyrighted materials for educational purposes is, indeed, at the core of fair use. Yet, the high level of uncertainty regarding the particular scope of permissible uses prevents universities and colleges from exercising fair use on behalf of their students. 

Codes of Best Practices aim at reducing this chilling effect by offering some guidance on the implementation of fair use in particular contexts. The challenge in drafting such guidelines is to provide a safe harbor for educational use, and at the same time make sure that minimal standards of fair use do not become a ceiling. 

Drafting a code of best practices is a type of social activism which could inform users of their rights, facilitate communities of users and reshape copyright discourse. The legal status of such codes, however, is less clear: What are the legal consequences of complying with such guidelines? Should courts defer to such norms in its fair use analysis? And if so, under what circumstances?  These questions have become especially important, in the legal aftermath of the recent GSU fair use decision on e-reserves (Cambridge University Press v. Becker (N.D. Ga. 2012), May 2012; August 2012) and the ruling of the CanadianSupreme Court on fair dealing for educational purposes.  

In this talk I’ll share some insights based on the building of a coalition of higher education institutions in Israel and drafting a code of fair use best practices. Brainstorming on the legal status of such codes may help us take fair use best practices to the next level.    

About Niva Elkin-Koren 
Niva Elkin-Koren is the former dean of the University of Haifa Faculty of Law and the founding director of the Haifa Center for Law & Technology (HCLT). Her research focuses on the legal institutions that facilitate private and public control over the production and dissemination of information. She has written and spoken extensively about the privatization of information policy, private ordering, copyright law and democratic theory, the effects of cyberspace on the economic analysis of law, information intermediaries and legal strategies for enhancing the public domain. She is the co-founder of the Alliance of Israeli Institutions of Higher Education for Promoting Access to Scientific Materials. 


''Nanophotonics for Tailoring Light-Matter Interaction'' 
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
MIT, Building 4-331, Duboc Room, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Physics Ph.D. Thesis Defense: Wenjun Qiu
You are cordially invited to attend the following thesis defense. 
Committee: Prof. Marin Soljacic, Prof. John Joannopoulos, Prof. Vladan Vuletic 
Best of luck to Wenjun!
Web site:http://web.mit.edu/physics/current/graduate/thesis_defense.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Physics Thesis Defense
For more information, contact:  Katie Lewis
(617) 253-9703
fosterk at mit.edu 


Energy Lecture Series: "Future Automobile Fuels: Fill Up or Plug In"
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
MIT, Building W20-491, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: BP's Chief Chemist Mike Desmond
MIT Energy Club Lecture Series 
A biweekly lecture series featuring prominent speakers from the energy field at MIT & beyond. These lectures include 20 minutes of moderated open discussion.

In this first inspiring lecture of the MIT Energy Club Lecture Series, BP's Chief Chemist Mike Desmond will suggest how vehicles and fuels may evolve over the next 20+ years for meeting the challenges of climate change and energy supply security. You are very welcome to join us!
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:  MIT Energy Club
energyclub at mit.edu 


Climate & Conflict: Risky Politics
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
N51, MIT Museum, 275 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: John Sterman

Soap Box: Climate & Conflict 
The MIT Museum invites you to contribute to the debate about climate change as we explore fresh new perspectives on politics, profits, and conflict.

Part 1: Risky Politics 
Why is climate change a taboo topic? Join John Sterman, MIT Professor of Management and Director of the System Dynamics Group, on the eve of the first presidential debate to discuss what happens when we elect policymakers who won't talk about science. Share your ideas about the topics that OUGHT to be talked about in the debates and find out how decisions about climate really get made.

Web site: http://mit.edu/museum/programs/soapbox.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:  Josie Patterson
museuminfo at mit.edu 


John T. Dunlop Lecture. "America's Housing Policy: Charting a Course for Recovery"
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 2, 2012, 6 p.m.
WHERE  Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard GSD and the Joint Center for Housing Studies, with support from the National Housing Endowment
SPEAKER(S)  Mel Martinez
CONTACT INFO	events at gsd.harvard.edu
NOTE  Part of the GSD Public Lecture Program.
The U.S. housing market recently suffered its most significant downturn in history. Millions of people have lost their home; millions more are struggling to avoid foreclosure, while others are unable to buy a home due to tighter credit standards. Why has the American Dream become a nightmare for so many families? How will federal policy respond? In his lecture, Mel Martinez--former U.S. senator and secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development--will discuss the options lawmakers must consider as they chart a course for recovery. Martinez is currently the co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission and chairman of the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. The John T. Dunlop Lecture is presented by the Joint Center for Housing Studies, with support from the National Housing Endowment.
LINK	http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/sen-mel-martinez-13th-annual-john-t-dunlop-lecture-america-s.html


Boston.com's The Hive Launch Party
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Firebrand Saints 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

All attendees must RSVP on Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/Slf2sx

Here is an awesome, free, 21+ event from BNT partners, Boston.com!

Join The Hive's editor Michael Morisy and Boston.com at Firebrand Saints in Cambridge on Tuesday to celebrate the launch of Boston.com's new innovation section The Hive! The Hive from Boston.com gives you the buzz on local innovators, business leaders, notable companies, events, job leads, and more.

Come by after work, have some great food and drink and meet the team. RadioBDC's own Adam12 will be spinning throughout the event.

This is a 21+ event. Space is limited, so RSVP and check out The Hive today! The Hive Launch party is presented by Brandeis University and PTC.


Measuring the Networked Nonprofit 
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
6:00 PM To 8:00 PM
Tamo Bar, One Seaport Lane, Boston

Come to this tweetup to network with Beth Kanter & KD Paine, authors of Measuring The Networked Nonprofit, and learn about how metrics can best help non-profits.
Right after their Embrace data, Change the World emetrics keynote, Beth & KD will be networking and signing their new book Measuring The Networked Nonprofit.
This tweetup is for anyone that is interested in :
Social Media
Data / Social Media Metrics
Charitable Contribution 
Beth Kanter Fan
KD Paine Fan
This Tweetup is for you!

#MeasureUp is the official hashtag - So make sure to tag all you tweets, instagram, pinterest, videos, etc related to this event ie
Come early to get a chance to win a signed book.
Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar courtesy Seaport Hotels Tamo Bar.
To register, visit:  http://npmeasureup.eventbrite.com/


MIT Visiting Artist Vik Muniz "Waste Land" film screening
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
MIT, Building  E14-633

Speaker: Vik Muniz
MIT Visiting Artist Program
Filmed over nearly three years, the Academy Award nominated film Waste Land follows MIT Visiting Artist Vik Muniz from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker and co-directors Joao Jardim and Karen Harley offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
Web site: https://arts.mit.edu/va
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free // Ticket Required
Tickets: https://arts.mit.edu/va
Sponsor(s): Arts at MIT
For more information, contact:  Leah Talatinian
arts at mit.edu 


Motorola: Building Mobile Experiences
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)	
6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!	
Monster.com, 101 Main St, Cambridge
Monster is on the 10th floor.

Frank Bentley, Principal Staff Research Scientist in the Core Research Group at Motorola Mobility

Please register if you plan to attend. Registration for this event is mandatory – walk-ins will not be permitted.  Please bring a photo ID to show at the security desk when you arrive:  http://bostonchioctober2012.eventbrite.com

Abstract  Using examples from over a decade of research at Motorola and six years of teaching at MIT, Frank will describe his methods for creating and evaluating new mobile experiences. The talk will cover methods from generative research to paper prototyping, usability analysis, mobile programming, and multi-week field evaluations adapted for the unique properties of interaction out in the world.  The focus is on getting something built and in use in real-world settings as quickly as possible (often within days!) to learn how these systems integrate with and enhance daily life.  This talk will describe how these methods have been used to create services now in use by millions of people such as MotoBLUR, TuVista, and StoryPlace.me.

Bio  Frank Bentley is a Principal Staff Research Scientist in the Core Research Group at Motorola Mobility.  He also teaches Communicating with Mobile Technology, a Mobile HCI class at MIT.  Frank’s research centers on building new mobile experiences to strengthen strong tie social relationships.  This work combines methods from anthropology, HCI, design, computer science, and business to understand how people adopt new technology in their lives and the impact of using these new systems in longitudinal studies for months at a time.


Top 5 SEO Tips for Journalists & Media Websites/Using Social Media Platforms
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
7:00 PM
Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester
RSVP at http://meetupbos.hackshackers.com/events/83860902/

Who is talking about what: Two Boston.com experts -- Jon Goldberg andAdrienne Lavidor-Berman -- will discuss best uses of search engine optimization (SEO) and using social media platforms effectively.

Jon Goldberg will discuss the importance of headlines/title tags, Google’s newly introduced Standout tag (for better positioning on Google News), Authorship, the dangers of duplicate content/how to avoid it, & using the language/keywords of your audience.

He was a history major at Tufts, worked for several years as an editorial assistant for a textbook publisher, got a masters in Library Science, worked in financial services doing business development research for 5 years and most recently has been doing SEO for the past 4.5 years, first at a start-up content website called Helium.com and at the Globe for the last year and a half. In addition to SEO, Goldberg was the product manager for the Your Town & Your Campus sections of Boston.com.

Adrienne Lavidor-Berman believes Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms should be both useful – and interesting – and one of her goals is to help people achieve those goals.

She is the social media producer at Boston.com and The Boston Globe.  She helps journalists use social media tools to help with their reporting.  She also manages Boston.com and The Boston Globe’s main social media accounts.

Parking/transportation: Plenty of parking in front and beside the Globe. A 5-7 minute walk from the Red Line's JFK/UMass stop.

Free refreshments: The Globe's famous cookies & coffee.

Wednesday, October 3

Energy Lecture Series: "Geoscience Impacting Industry"
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
MIT, Building W20-491

Speaker: Shell VP Exploration Technology in R&D and Chief Scientist for Geophysics Dirk Smit

MIT Energy Club Lecture Series 
A biweekly lecture series featuring prominent speakers from the energy field at MIT & beyond. These lectures include 20 minutes of moderated open discussion.

During this unique event organized in collaboration with MITei, Shell's VP Exploration Technology in R&D and Chief Scientist for Geophysics Dirk Smit will give us an account of the future challenges related to geoscience and the energy industry. Come in great number, snacks and refreshments will be served!
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:  MIT Energy Club
energyclub at mit.edu 


Optical Fiber Sensor Networks and Monitoring Techniques
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
MIT, Building 36-428, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Carmen Vazquez Garcia, University Carlos III, Madrid Spain
EECS/RLE Optics & Quantum Electronics Seminar Series
Web site: http://www.rle.mit.edu/oqe/seminar/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Optics & Quantum Electronics Seminar Series
For more information, contact:  Donna Gale
617- 253-8529
dgale at mit.edu


The Future of the American Military
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
MIT, Building E40-496, One Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Karl Eikenberry, Stanford University
SSP Wednesday Seminar
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program
For more information, contact:  617-253-7529
valeriet at mit.edu 


Imaging the Connectome
Wednesday, October 3 2012
12:15PM to 1:15PM
Refreshments: 12:00PM
MIT, Building 32-G882 (Hewlett Reading Room), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Jeff Lichtman, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University
Theory and Beyond Lunchtime Seminar Series 
Abstract: Connectional maps of the brain may have value in developing models of both how the brain works and how it fails when subsets of neurons or synapses are missing or misconnected. Such maps might also provide detailed information about how brain circuits develop and age. I am eager to obtain such maps in neonatal animals because of a longstanding interest in the ways neuromuscular circuitry is modified during early postnatal life as axonal input to muscle fibers is pruned. Work in my laboratory has focused on obtaining complete wiring diagrams (“connectomes”) of the projections of motor neuron axons in young and adult muscles. Each data set is large and typically made up of hundreds of confocal microscopy stacks of images, which tile the 3dimensional volume of a muscle. 

In brain, as opposed to muscle, the high density of neuropil has precluded using the approaches that have worked in the peripheral nervous system. We have thus developed of lossless automated physical sectioning strategy that generates thousands of ultra thin (~25 nm) sections on a firm plastic tape, and have developed a thin-section scanning electron microscopy approach to visualize these sections at 3nm lateral resolution. This method makes large-scale serial microscopic analysis of brain volumes more routine. We are now focused on developing an automated pipeline to trace out neural circuits in brains using this technique. 

Biography: Jeff Lichtman is the Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. He is well known for his work on “Brainbow” transgenic mice, a technique for genetically modifying mice to allow segmenting axons by their unique fluorescent spectral hues. Jeff received his A.B. from Bowdoin College, and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University.

Contact: Marisol Diaz, 617.324.8430, marisol at csail.mit.edu


"Politics as Theater: A panel discussion preceding the first 2012 Presidential Debate." 
Wednesday, October 3
2:45-4 p.m. ET 
Watch the livestream at http://shorensteincenter.org/2012/10/politics-as-theater/

Panelists include Aaron Sorkin, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Alan K. Simpson and Chuck Todd. Moderated by Alex S. Jones.


A 61-Million Person Experiment in Social Influence and Mobilization
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 3, 2012, 3 – 4 p.m.
WHERE  Nye B, 5th Floor Taubman Building, HKS, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Information Technology, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
SPEAKER(S)  James Fowler, Professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science at the University of California, San Diego
CONTACT INFO	Please RSVP to mrcbg at ksg.harvard.edu
NOTE  A discussion of the impact of Facebook and other social networks on voter turnout. The paper on this topic was featured in a September 2012 Nature Magazine cover story, and additional coverage has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, NBCNews.com, CNN, Time, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, NPR, and many other publications


Strengthening the U.S. Supply Chain
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
MIT, Building E51-315, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Matthew K. Rose, CEO, BNSF Railroad
Global Leadership Lecture Series
Since 2000, Rose has been Chief Executive Officer of BNSF Railway Company, which became a Berkshire Hathaway-owned company in 2010. He has also held the position of Chairman since 2000. 

In June of 1999, he was made President and Chief Operating Officer. For almost two years prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. He joined Burlington Northern Railroad (BN) in 1993 and held several positions in the Merchandise Business Unit. Prior to that, he held several positions in the trucking industry

Web site:http://ctl.mit.edu/events/mit_ctl_global_leadership_lecture_role_railroads_leveraging_global_trade_matthew_k_rose_bnsf_
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Transportation & Logistics
For more information, contact:  Eric Greimann


The Climate History of Mars: A Geological Perspective
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
MIT, Building 54-915, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Professor James Head, Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University
EAPS Department Lecture Series
Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/lectures
Open to: the general public
Cost: $0.00
Tickets: N/A
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Jacqui Taylor
jtaylor at mit.edu 


Sustainability, Nations, and Globalization: Can We Have Them All?
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 3, 2012, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Bell Hall, Belfer Building, Room 503, 79 John F. Kennedy Street in Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, the Sustainability Science Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
SPEAKER(S)  Joel E. Cohen, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor, Laboratory of Populations, Rockefeller University
COST  Free
LINK	http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/centers-institutes/population-development/events/current-events/index.html


Switch - Free Screening
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
MIT, Building E51-115, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Scott Tinker, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas

What does the future of energy really hold? Join Dr. Scott Tinker on a spectacular global adventure to find out. Dr. Tinker explores the world???s leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, many highly restricted and never before seen on film. He gets straight answers from the people driving energy today, international leaders of government, industry and academia. In the end, he cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our future that is surprising and remarkably pragmatic.
Web site: http://web.mit.edu/mitei/news/seminars/switch-fall-2012.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:  Jameson Twomey
jtwomey at mit.edu 


You've Got (Solar) Potential 
Wednesday, October 3
6:00 pm 
Cambridge Main Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
This event will present talks and exhibits on solar energy installations and will feature the new Cambridge SolarElectric Map Tool developed for the City by MIT researchers and Modern Development Studio. The tool is an interactive map that will tell you if you have good solar exposure.

Contact: Meghan Shaw, mshaw at cambridgema.gov, 617/349-5323


GSD Public Lecture Program. "Incentive, Innovation: Affordable Housing and Design"
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 3, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Stubbins (Room 112), Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Eric Belsky, Michael Bell
CONTACT INFO	events at gsd.harvard.edu
NOTE  With the Low Income Tax Credit has come an opportunity for affordable housing design excellence--yet traditional styles continue to prevail in housing design. Why hasn't the program led to greater design invention? When it has, what has made innovation possible? Moderated by Eric Belsky of the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard Kennedy School, and Michael Bell of Columbia University GSAPP, Michael Bell Architecture, and Visible Weather, New York.
LINK  http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/incentive-innovation-affordable-housing-and-design-panel.html


MIT Visiting Artist Vik Muniz Artist Talk
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
MIT, Building E15-070, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Vik Muniz with Pattie Maes and Marcelo Coelho
MIT Visiting Artist Series
MIT Visiting Artist Vik Muniz presents a selection of projects relevant to his residency at MIT providing a rare opportunity to learn what an artist sees "behind the curtain of science." Vik is joined by Pattie Maes, founder and director of the Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces Group and PhD candidate Marcello Coelho.
Web site: https://arts.mit.edu/va.
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public
Tickets: https://arts.mit.edu/va
Sponsor(s): Arts at MIT
For more information, contact:  Leah Talatinian
arts at mit.edu 


"May Doctors Help You Die?"
Wednesday, October 3 
First Parish (Unitarian Universalist), 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Dr. Marcia Angell 
This Massachusetts November ballot question is not easy to answer with a simple political calculation.  It calls upon our sense of justice, our ethics, our compassion in profound and conflicting ways. Join us for a timely conversation that will stretch your thinking about this controversial issue.

Dr. Marcia Angell,  senior lecturer in the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical  School, discusses the Massachusetts ballot initiative on physician-assisted suicide.  How does the Hippocratic Oath square with  the notion that a doctor might help a patient end his or her life? Under  what circumstances would this be an ethical act for a physician?  What  are the risks of enacting Death with Dignity legislation?  Whose  interests does such a law serve?  Dr.  Angell brings years of experience
with issues in medical ethics, as well  as a moving personal story, to this discussion.

Cambridge Forum


Shaping Our Digital World: You Have the Power
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline

Panel discussion with Linda Burch, Common Sense Media;  Howard Gardner, Harvard;  moderated by Justin Reich, Berkman Center

RSVP at http://digitalworldboston-es2.eventbrite.com
Contact Marisa Connelly
mconnelly at commonsense.org

Thursday, October 4

"Building Greener Communities through Entreprenuership"
Event Date: October 4, 2012
Networking Reception: 7:30 a.m. Breakfast and Speaking Program: 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Q&A Session: 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
100 Summer Street, Pokross A Room, Boston

Hear Antje Danielson, the Administrative Director at TIE (Tufts Institute of the Environment), discuss social entrepreneurship. 
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Technologists, social entrepreneurs, non-profits, community activists, legal professionals, and those with general interest in Massachusetts' cleantech and green space. **Space is limited so please RVSP to reserve your place!** 

Antje Danielson is the Administrative Director at TIE (Tufts Institute of the Environment) as well as the graduate interdisciplinary Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) program. She came to Tufts from Durham University (UK), where she served as the Deputy Director for Sustainability, in May 2008. Previously, she worked with the Harvard Green Campus Initiative. A long-time resident of Cambridge, Mass, Antje also co-founded the innovative carsharing company Zipcar. She holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Free University, Berlin.
Contact Information  Callie Reis
Email: callie.reis at greenprobono.org


Breakthrough Problems and Military Strategy: How Cumulative Dynamics Affect Strategic Assessment
WHEN  Thu., Oct. 4, 2012, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Jeffrey A. Friedman, research fellow, International Security Program
CONTACT INFO	susan_lynch at harvard.edu
LINK	http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5839/breakthrough_problems_and_military_strategy.html


The Robert C. Cobb, Sr. Memorial Lecture: The Obama White House vs. the Supreme Court, with Jeffrey Toobin
WHEN  Thu., Oct. 4, 2012, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Sanders Theatre
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement
TICKET WEB LINK  www.boxoffice.harvard.edu
TICKET INFO	The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222
NOTE  The Robert C. Cobb, Sr. Memorial Lecture, "The Obama White House vs. the Supreme Court", with Jeffrey Toobin, New Yorker staff writer and CNN senior legal analyst.
LINK	http://www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu/cal/details.php?ID=43406


Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament 50 Years Since the Cuban Missle Crisis
Thursday, October 04, 2012
MIT, Building E51-275, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Daryl Kimball, Executive Director, Arms Control Association
Despite the end of the Cold War over two decades ago, nuclear weapons continue to be at the center of debates that dominate international relations today. Yet, the search for a world without nuclear weapons remains as elusive as ever. 

Thousands of strategic nuclear weapons remain in the arsenals of the US and Russia and hundreds of tactical nuclear weapons are still deployed in Europe without any rationale. The presence of nuclear weapons real or perceived threaten peace in other parts of the world. 

To look at the past, present, and future of nuclear arms control, STS is sponsoring a mini seminar-series this fall.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/sts/news/index.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): HASTS
For more information, contact:  Randyn Miller
randyn at mit.edu 


From My Lai to Abu Ghraib: How Americans Learned To Oppose Atrocity Rather Than Aggression
WHEN  Thu., Oct. 4, 2012, 4:10 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Fainsod Room, Littauer building, Room 324, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Seminar on History and Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Samuel Moyn, visiting professor, Harvard Law, and Sarah Sewall


Urban Films: The City Dark
Thursday, October 04, 2012
MIT, Building 3-133, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Urban Planning Film Series 
A mostly-weekly series showing documentary and feature films on topics related to cities, urbanism, design, community development, ecology, and other planning issues. Free.

A feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night sky. It premiered in competition at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize for Best Score/Music. After moving to light-polluted New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks: "Do we need the dark?" Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawai'i, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights -- including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, historians, and lighting designers, THE CITY DARK is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars. 

Presented in conjunction with the PBS "POV" Community Network. 
Special guest: Susanne Seitinger, City Innovations Manager, Philips Color Kinetics.
Web site: http://www.urbanfilm.org
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning
For more information, contact:  Ezra Glenn
eglenn at mit.edu 


GSD Public Lecture Program. "City as Territory as Landscape"
WHEN  Thu., Oct. 4, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA
SPEAKER(S)  Günther Vogt
CONTACT INFO	events at gsd.harvard.edu
NOTE  Over the past ten years, Günther Vogt of Vogt Landscape Architects, Zürich, has designed a wide variety of public and private outdoor spaces in Switzerland and Europe, including the grounds of the Allianz Arena in Munich, the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Tate Modern in London, and the FIFA headquarters and Masaola Rain Forest Hall in Zürich.
LINK	www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/g-nther-vogt-city-as-territory-as-landscape.html


Thursday, October 4
6:30-8 pm
Modern Theatre, 525 Washington Street, Boston

with Maggie Anderson (Author) and  Thomas Shapiro (Sociology Professor); moderated by Candelaria Silva (Arts Marketer)

Sponsored by the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council.
(Boston, MA 02111) Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents “Black Economy, White Privilege” with Maggie Anderson and Thomas Shapiro; discussion moderated by Candelaria Silva. Sponsored by the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council. Thurs., Oct. 4, 6:30-8 pm. Admission is free and open to all. Modern Theatre (part of Suffolk University), 525 Washington St., Boston, MA.  Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Downtown Crossing stop on the MBTA Orange and Silver Lines.  For more information, call Ford Hall Forum at 617-557-2007 or visit www.fordhallforum.org.

Black businesses lag behind businesses of all other racial groups in every measure of success. Is it necessary – or even possible – for the black community to sustain its own economy? Author Maggie Anderson shares her highly-publicized year-long journey completely living off Black businesses, called The Empowerment Experiment, and how she encountered a community that refused to support its own, an economy that had Black businesses wholly disenfranchised, and virulent criticism from those outside the Black community who called her a racist. Meanwhile, sociology professor Thomas Shapiro warns that blacks are failing in asset accumulation and homeownership, to the point of negating gains in employment and income. Drawing on economic research, social history, surveys, interviews, and their own personal experiences, these authors show moderator Candelaria Silva how racial inequality is transmitted across generations and pinpoint why the black economy continues to suffer.

At the end of the event, the speakers will be signing and selling copies of their books, Our Black Year: One Family’s Request to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy by Maggie Anderson, and The Hidden Costs of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequalityby Thomas Shapiro.

The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC) is a 35-year-old non-profit agency that develops business relationships with and increases procurement opportunities between corporate members and certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). The GNEMSDC recruits private and public entities, hosts events, and provides contacts to facilitate potential contracts to MBEs. It also serves to certify minority businesses.

Further background information on participants:

Maggie Anderson
As CEO and cofounder of The Empowerment Experiment Foundation, Maggie Anderson has become the leader of a self-help economics movement that supports quality black businesses and urges consumers, especially other middle and upper class African Americans, to proactively and publicly support them. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and CBS Morning News, among many other national television and radio shows. Anderson received her BA from Emory University and her JD and MBA from the University of Chicago. She has participated in successful political campaigns for Rep. John Lewis, Mayor of Atlanta Bill Campbell, and Barack Obama's campaign for U.S. Senate. In addition, she has done work for the RainbowPUSH Coalition and was an executive at McDonald's.

Thomas Shapiro
Professor Thomas Shapiro directs the Institute on Assets and Social Policy and is the Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. His primary interest is in racial inequality and public policy. He is a leader in the asset development field with a particular focus on closing the racial wealth gap. “The Hidden Cost of Being African American” was named one of the Notable Books of 2004 by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. With Dr. Melvin Oliver, he also wrote the award-winning Black Wealth/ White Wealth, which received the 1997 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association. It also won the 1995 C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and was named an Outstanding Book of 1996 by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America. Shapiro’s media appearances include Tony Brown's Journal, The Tavis Smiley Show, Talk of the Nation, CNN, and On Point. His work has been reviewed or discussed in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The American Prospect, The Chicago Sun-Times, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, CommonWealth Magazine, Newsweek, The Village Voice, and others.

Candelaria Silva
Candelaria Silva is a freelance arts marketing professional, facilitator and writer. She was the director of the cultural economic development program, ACT (Arts, Culture & Trade) Roxbury from its inception in 1998 until August 2007. Silva conceived and developed ACT Roxbury’s signature programs including the Roxbury Film Festival, Roxbury Open Studios, Roxbury Literary Annual, Roxbury Playwright Mentorship, and the Roxbury Discussion Series.  She is most proud of being part of the team that rehabbed Hibernian Hall and brought it back to life as well as the four Roxbury Holiday Shopping Guides that were inserted in the Bay State Banner & Boston Globe. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Silva currently serves on the board of The Henderson Foundation.


The Challenge and Joy of Structural Engineering
Thursday, October 04, 2012
MIT, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Joerg Schlaich: 
Architecture: The 1st Edward and Mary Allen Lecture in Structural Design
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:


Thursday, October 4th
Pre-HONK! musical performance(s)
7:00 – 11:00pm, Union Square

7:00pm : Chaotic Noise Marching Corps
7:45pm : Dirty Water Brass Band
8:30pm : Church Marching Band
9:15pm : Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band
10:00pm : Environmental Encroachment


Friday, October 5

Sustainability Speaker Series: Developing the European Commissions Life Cycle Inventory Database
Friday, October 05, 2012
Location: WebEx address: https://mitweb.webex.com/mitweb/onstage/g.php?d=640447351&t=a 
Please register through the WebEx link.

Speaker: Dr. Fabrice Mathieux, European Commission Joint Research Centre and Institute for Environment and Sustainability
LEAP Sustainability Speaker Series
Have you even wondered how an institutional Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) database is developed? Dr. Fabrice Mathieux will shed some light on this topic from the perspective of European Commission during our next LEAP Sustainability Speaker Series webinar . Dr. Mathieux will explore the inner workings of EC's ELCD database, a freely-accessible online database of consistent European life cycle datasets. Also, he will discuss what will be the benefits (from data quality, data availability and data accessibility perspectives) of the integration of the ELCD datasets into the upcoming International Reference Life Cycle Data System Data Network. Please join us on October 5th from 10-11am ET for what should be an interesting presentation and discussion! 
Web site: https://leap.mit.edu
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): LEAP: Global Leaders in Environmental Assessment and Performance
For more information, contact:  Suzanne Greene
segreene at mit.edu 


Dust, Climate, and Biogeochemical Feedbacks
Oct 05, 2012 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Natalie M. Mahowald , Associate Professor Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University
Speaker Biography:	http://www.geo.cornell.edu/eas/PeoplePlaces/Faculty/mahowald/
Contact:	Brenda Mathieu 
bmathieu at seas.harvard.edu


"Neuroaesthetics: Preference and Perception of 3D Shapes"
Friday, October 05, 2012
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Neeraja Balachander, Postdoctoral Fellow, Mind/Brain Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Computation and Design Lecture Series (Dept of Architecture)
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:
aarpak at gmail.com 


Friday, October 5th
Bands play for community and after-school groups

Learn how to make your own lantern in Hodgkins Park, which can be use in the night time lantern parades. A great family event!

7:00 to 9:00p: LANTERN PARADES
Sidewalk processions around Davis Square accompanied by bike lights, paper lanterns, flashlights, and other forms of
DIY lighting

7:30p to 1:00a: HONK! KICK-OFF
Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant & Music Club
17 Holland St, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144
Friday Oct 5, 7:30pm, $12 door, 21+

7:30-8:30pm: Church Marching Band (Sonoma, CA)
8:30-9:30pm: Brass Messengers (Minneapolis, MN)
9:30-10:30pm: Veveritse (Brooklyn, NY)
10:30-11:30pm: Young Fellaz Brass Band (New Orleans, LA)
11:30pm-12:30am: Pink Puffers Brass Band (Rome, Italy)
12:30-12:45am: jam with all of the above (and maybe others)

Contact http://honkfest.org/schedule/


Presidential Campaigns to Debate Energy at MIT
October 05, 2012  
MIT Kresge Auditorium, Televised by E&E TV, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

We are excited to announce that the MIT Energy Initiative and the MIT Energy Club are co-sponsoring a televised energy debate with representatives from the campaigns of President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney on Friday, October 5 at 7:30 pm in Kresge Auditorium at MIT. Event and registration information are included below. 

Speaker for President Barack Obama: Joseph Aldy, Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University 
Speaker for Governor Mitt Romney: Oren Cass, Domestic Policy Director; Romney for President 
Moderator: Jason Pontin, Editor of Technology Review 
Questioners: Steve Hargreaves, CNN Money; Bill Loveless, Senior Editor of Platts; Monica Trauzzi, Managing Editor and Host, E&E TV 

We are also thrilled to announce that two students will be selected to present a question for debate. Interested students must submit one question for consideration in their registration. Winning students will be notified by the MIT Energy Club and MIT Energy Initiative. 

REGISTER to attend and participate! This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. A lottery will be conducted if attendance exceeds venue capacity. Please share this email with friends and colleagues

Open to: Open to all with registration
Tickets available from http://www.mitenergyclub.org/events-and-programs/presidential-campaigns-energy-debate

For more information:
energyclub at mit.edu 

Saturday, October 6

The Work that Reconnects:  An experiential workshop
Saturday, Oct. 6
9:00 am-3:30 pm
First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Cambridge (in Harvard Square)

The goal of the workshop, which is based on the work of Joanna Macy and led by experienced facilitators, is to provide people with a chance to experience and share their deepest feelings in the face of climate change and other catastrophic threats; experience the positive power of those feelings; and renew a commitment to the work of remaking our world into one that is life-sustaining.  It provides tools to nurture us in our work.  

For more information or to register,  contact Rosalie Anders:    Rosalie.h.anders at gmail.com or 617-868-6058.  No fee, but space is limited, so please sign up ahead.


Saturday, Oct 6th, 12:30 – 9:00p
in 7 Hills Park (behind the Davis Sq. T stop)

More than 30 activist street bands, from around the world, perform outdoors for free.

Contact http://honkfest.org/schedule/

Sunday, October 7

Boston Local Food Festival
Sunday, October 7, 2012
11:00 AM To 5:00 PM
Rose Kennedy Greenway, Corner of Congress Street and High Street, Boston

The festival provides opportunities for local food-related businesses, initiatives and nonprofits to share their products, services and programs. Over 100 vendors and exhibitors and at least 20 stakeholder groups participate in the festival each year. Boston Local Food Festival attracts 30,000 people where it showcases and promotes:
Specialty crops sold fresh or incorporated with local meat and dairy into ready to eat dishes.
Food products produced in Greater Boston and stretching across Massachusetts.
Local restaurants and chefs who emphasize local food on their menus.
The work of local food and health-related nonprofit organizations.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to:
Speak with food growers and see and taste delicious and healthy food products grown and processed by farmers and entrepreneurs.
Learn creative ways to grow sustainable food.
Take home food from farmers and vendors.
Sample beer, mead and wine from local brewers.
Enjoy local tastings prepared by well-known local chefs and cookbook authors, featuring fresh, local fruits, herbs, vegetables, seafood, and locally-grown meats.
Experience educational exhibits and demonstrations that provide information on farms and gardens, nutrition and health, urban food initiatives, composting, beekeeping, and more.
Participate in workshops featuring farmers and other food producers, local food leaders, and government representatives.
Enjoy local music and art that celebrates the diversity of local food.

For more information on the festival, go to http://bostonlocalfoodfestival.com


Sunday, Oct 7th
Noon – 2:00p: HONK! PARADE to “Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet”
featuring HONK! bands and community groups, from Davis Square to Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest celebration. The parade leaves Davis Square at 12 noon, travels down Elm Street, then Beech Street onto Massachusetts Ave to Harvard Square.

HONK! bands perform at the Harvard Square Oktoberfest (www.harvardsquare.com).

Contact http://honkfest.org/schedule/

Monday, October 8

Symposium (2012) presented by
The HONK! Festival and Harvard Graduate School of Education Arts in Education Program
Monday, October 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Gutman Library (lower level), Appian Way, Cambridge

Plenary Session
10:00 am – 12 noon – “Inclusion and Quality: Contradictory or Complimentary?”
In this plenary session, a number of practitioners from various community arts (spoken word, dance, theater, quilting, puppetry, etc., as well as music) will speak briefly about how they deal with the principles of inclusion and quality in the process of teaching and learning in their respective fields. Questions to address include:
How do we define Inclusion? Quality?
What is valuable about each of these principles?
Is there a tension between the two?
What determines who participates and who doesn’t?
We will then break down into small groups to discuss how we might apply the lessons learned to achieving inclusion and quality in the process of teaching and learning music.
We will conclude with a demonstration by the Young Fellaz, a New Orleans brass band, who will discuss inclusion and quality in New Orleans culture, and lead the total group through their process of learning a song. Bring your instruments.
12 – 12:45 pm – LUNCH BREAK
Afternoon Sessions
12:45 – 2:00 pm – “HONK! in Today’s Classroom” – Cale Piepenburg, Megan Sartori, and Mike Gutierrez
Music is an important part of a child’s education, but it can be difficult to get children excited about making music.  Children may be afraid of the response from their peers, may be afraid they will fail, or may have a low opinion of traditional forms of school music.  We have had success in public school music instruction with traditional instrumentation, by using techniques and principles derived from our experience in ensembles such as EE, including:
Making music should be fun; not an occasion for terror.
Performers of every level of ability ought to be included.
Permitting and encouraging improvisation engages students.
Music is a means of expression, not deadening ritual.
Even in a group there is room for individuality.
12:45 – 2:00 pm – “What makes a HONK! band HONK?” – Mr Petey
How do you know if you’re a HONK! band? Please bring your stories and questions about how HONK! bands form, expand, and evolve to a roundtable with Honkateers from around the world. How does your group make decisions about finding and keeping members? What have you learned from your experiences in the streets? What to do about our good friend Money? Can trombones and accordions really get along? This will be a great opportunity to connect and contribute to the emergence of the movement which we call HONK!”
12:45 – 2:00 pm – The Nuts and Bolts of HONK! Organizing – Trudi Cohen
Versions of HONK! are happening in Boston, Providence, Brooklyn, Austin and Seattle, and other locations are contemplating similar festivals too.  What challenges do we share?  What common principles guide us?  Can/should we support each other through some form of HONK network?  A chance for us to ask each other about how to manage traffic, how to deal with commercial interests, where to buy kazoos. Join HONK! organizers from around the country to answer these important questions.

Contact http://honkfest.org/symp2012/


Science and Cooking
Monday, October 8
7 p.m.
Haarvard, Science Center Hall C
Raül Balam Ruscalleda, Moments

More information at http://www.seas.harvard.edu/cooking

Tuesday, October 9

NYTimes' Jodi Kantor on Michelle Obama's political transformation
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
Taylor Seminar Room, Walter Lippmann House, One Francis Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://kantorlipinski-es2.eventbrite.com
Nieman Foundation for Journalism/Harvard Writers at Work Lecture Series
Please join us for a lunch talk with: 
Jodi Kantor, New York Times correspondent and author of  The Obamas	
in conversation with 
Ann Marie Lipinski 
Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism 
With an introduction by Whitney Johnson, author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When you Dare to Dream 


Harvard Public Interest Law Conference:  Law for Social Change and the Environment
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Harvard University, Cambridge	
RSVP at http://harvardpublicinterestlawconference-es2.eventbrite.com/
The third annual Public Interest Law Conference at Harvard University will take place on October 9th, 2012. This conference seeks to engage undergraduate and graduate students from Harvard and other universities, as well as citizens of the general New England community.
This year's theme is Law for Social Change and the Environment. The conference will be an evening event on Harvard’s campus, featuring a variety of interactive discussions, panels, and presentations designed to provide information about public interest careers, resources available to undergraduates, and possible career trajectories, all while bringing to light some of the major issues within the environmental, social change, and other public interest law fields today.
Dinner and dessert will be served during the conference. We look forward to seeing you there. Please make sure to RSVP today to secure your spot.
4:30 pm Doors open
4:45 am Welcoming Address by Conference Collaborators
5:00 pm Keynote Speaker Address – James Gustave Speth
6:00 pm Panel
7:00 pm Dinner is served
7:45 pm Q&A and Dessert with Current Law Students 
8:45 pm Closing Remarks
James Gustave Speth Biography
James Gustave Speth is one of America’s foremost environmental activists. He has helped shape environmentalism through his active roles in several environmental institutions, as an advisor to U.S. and world leaders and in academic circles.

In 1970, Speth co-founded the National Resources Defense Council, an environmental lobbyist group. As chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, Speth helped develop President Jimmy Carter’s environmental policies. In 1982, he founded the World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank. He served as an advisor on natural resources, energy and the environment to President Bill Clinton’s transition team. From 1993 to 1999, Speth administered the United Nations Development Programme, which works to reduce poverty, build infrastructure and establish democracy in the world’s least developed countries. In addition to these positions, Speth has also been a member of several task forces, committees, advising boards and other organizations aimed at protecting our natural resources.

A distinguished graduate from Yale Law School and a Rhodes Scholar, Speth taught environmental and constitutional law at Georgetown law school and served as the dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies until his retirement in 2009. In 2010, he joined the faculty of Vermont Law School.

Speth’s activism has earned him several awards and honors, including the Resources Defense Award from the Natural Wildlife Federation, the Barbara Swain Award of Honor from the Natural Resources Council of America, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Environmental Law Institute. In addition to “The Bridge at the Edge of the World”, Speth has also authored “Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment and Global Environmental Governance” with Peter M. Haas. Speth also edited “Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment.”


“America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy”
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 
Askwith Lecture Hall, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge

James Gustave Speth, Professor, Vermont Law School; Former dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies   

Author of: Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment (Yale, 2004)
The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability (Yale, 2008)
America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy (Yale, 2012)

Prof. Speth founded the World Resources Institute, and cofounded the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is one of America’s leading pioneering environmental scholars and activists.


What's the Economy For, Anyway?
Wednesday, October 10 
First Parish (Unitarian Universalist), 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Activist, author, and film-maker John de Graaflooks  beyond the current downturn to explore the assumptions underlying our  economy. In an election cycle that is
focused on our economic future,  his new book, What's the Economy For, Anyway?,  offers a  fresh perspective on quality of life, health, security, work-life  balance,
leisure, social justice, and sustainability.  How can we measure economic success?  Nationally?   Individually?  What is the role of growth in a 21st-century economy?  What role can governments play in creating economic success?  What is  the individual's role?

Cambridge Forum


On October 12, the Concord Museum welcomes Gary Hirshberg, the educator, activist, and co-founder of the successful organic yogurt company, Stonyfield.  Author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the  World, Gary is an advocate for change in national food and agriculture policies and a passionate speaker on the profitability of green business, sustainability, and organic agriculture. In his talk, "Inventing a Truly Sustainable Future," Hirshberg proposes that it won't be possible to have a truly sustainable future if our food makes us sick. The organic and sustainable food movement is about much more than healthy food.  It's about decreased fuel use, reducing our carbon footprint, reducing water use, reducing healthcare costs to society, and creating healthy jobs and a healthy economy. The free event will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Wood Theater and Arts Center at Middlesex School. Let us know if you will be able to attend: 978-369-9763, ext. 216.


Cloudy with a Chance of Solutions: The Future of Water
Friday, Oct 12, 2012
9:00 am
Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street. Cambridge

The Radcliffe Institute’s annual science symposium will focus on the important and challenging topic of water. Water is a theme that encompasses issues as varied as environmental contamination, public health, agricultural shortages, and geopolitical disputes. “Cloudy with a Chance of Solutions: The Future of Water” will focus on the ecological and human health hazards of environmental contaminants, the threats to drinking water of fracking, the promise of new technologies for water treatment, the need for national water policy, and the role of urban and other areas in conservation. The majority of the talks will focus on the “hard science” of water-related issues; others will offer the perspectives of experts from the policy, business, or urban-planning worlds to put the scientific discussions in a broader context and to link them thematically.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required by October 5. Register now at http://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?453224

The symposium will be webcast live, in its entirety, on October 12 at http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2012-future-of-water-symposium. Registration is not required to view the webcast. Videos of the symposium will be available the following week on the above site and on Harvard's YouTube channel. 


Solidarity And Green Economy (SAGE) 2nd annual conference "Another World Is Possible"
9am-4pm Saturday, October 13th, 2012
in Worcester, MA
Much more: http://WorcesterSAGEalliance.org

A day of resource sharing, alliance building, and collective visioning to create and organize around equitable, democratic, and sustainable community economies.

The conference brings together activists, organizers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, local government, non-profits, and other individuals and organizations committed to forging more equitable and sustainable ways of organizing our communities.

***Call for workshop proposals!***
Please fill out your workshop ideas/proposals by 5pm September 12th here:  http://www.worcestersagealliance.org/?page_id=112

Matt Feinstein
Co-director, Media and Organizing Coordinator
Worcester Roots Project
w: 508-343-0035
c: 508-335-7783

5 Pleasant St 3rd floor
Worcester, MA 01609

What's a co-director and a staff collective?  Find out more here:


Cooking from Your Garden
Saturday, October 13
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan
To register, call 617-542-7696 or email info at bostonnatural.org
In this workshop you will learn how to cook with garden harvests and swap out popular ingredients for what you have in your backyard. This workshop is part of the 7th Annual Harvest Festival and Perennial Divide.

Presented by Boston Natural Areas Network, Cooking Matters, and Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition


Harvest Your Energy Festival
Sat. Oct 13th
1 to 4 pm
Mystic River Bend Park, Medford

-See the inside of a wind turbine
-Home Energy Seminar given by actual home energy auditors.
-Support local organizations; buy their food and energy/environment-related products
-Enjoy a beautiful fall day along the Mystic River and see the wind turbine up close
-Enjoy the live music!


Hello Makers and Hacker/Makerspaces!

Artisans Asylum, the City of Somerville, and the Somerville Arts Council are hosting the first Somerville Mini Maker Faire in Somerville's Union Square (near Boston), Saturday October 13th 3-7pm, and we're looking for makers!

To make this a success we need YOU, the makers of the area, to come and show off all your cool stuff! If you've got anything you think the greater world of both makers and non-makers might enjoy, this is the place to show it off.

Tell you friends, members, spread the word! The more the merrier, even if its just to stop by and see what the greater New England area had drummed up.

Answer the Call Here:

More info here:


Is America Profitting from Climate Change?
Oct. 16
6:00 to 7:30 pm
N51, MIT Museum, 275 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

with John Reilly, MIT economist and co-director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Web site: http://mit.edu/museum/programs/soapbox.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:  Josie Patterson
museuminfo at mit.edu


Climate Catastrophe:  Let's Talk About It
Tuesday, October 16
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge (corner of Magazine Street and Putnam Avenue)

Presented by GreenPort Co-Founder Steve Wineman
From melting in the Arctic to a summer of record heat, drought and fires in the US, the indicators of climate catastrophe are mounting.  Meanwhile governments across the planet fail to take needed measures, and global emissions continue to rise.  This forum will confront a critical question: have we reached the point where we should  acknowledge that catastrophe is no longer avoidable?  Based on Steve Wineman's provocative essay “Crossing the Chasm: From Denial to Acceptance of Climate Catastrophe” (available athttp://gis.net/~swineman/files/Crossing%20the%20Chasm.pdf), join us for a discussion of our thoughts and feelings about the unfolding collapse.
GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood
For more information, contact Steve Wineman at steven.wineman at gmail.com


Cooler Smarter
Wednesday, 17 October, 2012
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Belmont Town Hall, Selectmen's Meeting Room, 455 Concord Avenue, Belmont

Jeff Deyette, co-author of the recent book with the same title, Union of Concerned Scientist
Learn practical steps that YOU can take now to substantially reduce your carbon footprint. We'll explore a number of options, many of which are no or low cost, that can have a meaningful impact.

Contact sustainablebelmont at gmail.com 


Food For Free (www.foodforfree.org) invites you to join us at our 
Party Under the Harvest Moon 
Friday, October 19th
6-10 p.m.
Morss Hall, Walker Memorial Building, MIT, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

In addition to a silent auction, the event will include complimentary food and drink from several area restaurants including: 

Andala Coffee House, Area Four, Baraka Cafe, Cambridge Brewing Co., Central Bottle, Chez Henri, Diesel Cafe, Emma's Pizza, Flatbread Pizza, Flour Bakery & Cafe, EVOO, Henrietta's Table, The Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub, Nubar, Ole Mexican Grill, Pacific Street Cafe, Redbones, Rendezvous in Central Square, Royal East Restaurant, Stone Hearth Pizza, Tables of Content, Upstairs on the Square, and more...

There will also be live music from One Thin Dime and the opportunity to meet and chat with Car Talk's Ray Magliozzi and Executive Producer Doug Berman, as well as Here and Now's host Robin Young.

This event is a fundraiser for Food For Free. Food For Free rescues fresh food—food that might otherwise go to waste—and distributes it within the local emergency food system where it can reach those in need.

Through a combination of food rescue, farming, and transportation services, we give food programs year-round access to fresh fruits and vegetables, while our delivery program brings food directly to isolated seniors and people with disabilities.

Our programs address not only short-term hunger, but obesity, diet-related disease, and other long-term health effects of food insecurity and poor nutrition.

In addition, food rescue—also called salvage or gleaning—reduces food waste.

To find out more:
Event: www.foodforfree.org/event
Tickets: http://www.foodforfree.org/ticket-sales
Auction preview: http://www.foodforfree.org/auction-preview
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Food-For-Free/147077179535?ref=ts


Hack the Presidential Debates
Friday, Oct 19 (7-11 pm) Saturday, Oct. 20 (9-5 pm)
MIT Media Lab, E14-525, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA.
Free, but need to RSVP on the Hacks/Hackers Boston site. http://meetupbos.hackshackers.com/

Here’s a hackathon with a twist: A hack on a presidential debate *before* it’s held.

Analyze the debates, using whatever tools, data, or social media you want to use. We will make video/audio and transcripts available. Successful entries could be used by Boston.com or BostonGlobe.com, to analyze the fourth and final debate.

We are hacking before the fourth debate, so we’ll have raw material from the first three. Ideally the hacks can be implemented for the fourth and final debate.

Details: Material from the first three debates will be available before the hack starts. (The first three debates will be held: Oct. 3, Oct. 11, Oct. 16; all are from 9-10:30 p.m.) 
Winners: Winners will be picked by a panel of judges. 
Sponsors: The Boston Globe, the MIT Media Lab, & Hacks/Hackers Boston.
Who’s invited: Anyone who wants to hack
Refreshments: Of course! 
Transportation/parking: Some on-street available; Kendall/MIT stop on the Red Line.


HEET Energy Upgrade Party
Saturday, October 20
9 am - 1:00 pm 
First Parish Church, 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge 
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dHhtWkw5MVlnYUVHRElEc2djVzVyS0E6MA

We'll be working inside and out to improve efficiency. 
Projects include: winterizing windows, converting to LED lighting, installing low flow water fixtures, insulating hot water pipes and more…

Message from HEET:
More Churches Going Solar
With the help of HEET and Sunbug Solar, First Parish Church in Arlington will probably be getting 44 kW of solar electric panels installed on its roof.  
If you know of other houses of worship who might be interested in getting solar panels installed and paying for it primarily out of the energy bill savings with no money down, please contact HEET at heet.cambridge at gmail.com


MIT Museum Discussion Series on Climate & Conflict
Oct. 30
N51, MIT Museum, 275 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Heat & Violence 

Nathan Black, French Environmental Fellow a the Harvard Center for the Environment.  

Soap Box: Climate & Conflict 
The MIT Museum invites you to contribute to the debate about climate change as we explore fresh new perspectives on politics, profits, and conflict.

Web site: http://mit.edu/museum/programs/soapbox.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:  Josie Patterson
museuminfo at mit.edu


Censoring Children
Wednesday, November 7 
First Parish (Unitarian Universalist), 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

MIT's Noam Chomsky and Barbara Lubin of the Middle East Children's Alliance discuss A Child's View of Gaza,  the book of Palestinian children's artwork slated for exhibition
at the  Oakland Museum of Children's Art. The exhibition was canceled at the  last minute without explanation. Have children become pawns in a larger  conflict? How has this come about? What does it say about the  possibilities for peaceful resolution
of the Israeli/Palestinian  impasse?

Co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, Boston;  American Jews for a Just Peace;  and the Middle East Education Group at First Parish in Cambridge.

Cambridge Forum



Where is the best yogurt on the planet made? Somerville, of course!

Join the Somerville Yogurt Making Cooperative and get a weekly quart of the most thick, creamy, rich and tart yogurt in the world. Membership in the coop costs $2.50 per quart. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

For more information checkout.


Boiler Rebate
If your boiler is from 1983 or earlier, Mass Save will give a $1,750 to $4,000 rebate to switch it out for a new efficient boiler that uses the same fuel (i.e. if you have oil, you have to continue to use oil) so long as it is installed by July 31, 2012.

Call Mass Save (866 527-7283) to sign up for a home energy assessment or sign-up online at  www.nextsteplivinginc.com/HEET  and HEET will receive a $10 contribution from Next Step Living for every completed assessment.

This is a great way to reduce climate change emissions for the next 20 or so years the boiler lasts, while saving money.


CEA Solar Hot Water Grants
Cambridge, through the Cambridge Energy Alliance initiative, is offering a limited number of grants to residents and businesses for solar hot water systems.  The grants will cover 50% of the remaining out of pocket costs of the system after other incentives, up to $2,000.

Applications will be accepted up to November 19, 2012 and are available on a first come, first serve basis until funding runs out.  The Cambridge grant will complement other incentives including the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center solar thermal grants.  For more information, see


Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images

Have you ever wanted to learn where your home is leaking heat by having an energy auditor come to your home with a thermal camera?  With that info you then know where to fix your home so it's more comfortable and less expensive to heat.  However, at $200 or so, the cost of such a thermal scan is a big chunk of change.

HEET Cambridge has now partnered with Sagewell, Inc. to offer Cambridge residents free thermal scans.

Sagewell collects the thermal images by driving through Cambridge in a hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal cameras.  They will scan every building in Cambridge (as long as it's not blocked by trees or buildings or on a private way).  Building owners can view thermal images of their property and an analysis online. The information is password protected so that only the building owner can see the results.

Homeowners, condo-owners and landlords can access the thermal images and an accompanying analysis free of charge. Commercial building owners and owners of more than one building will be able to view their images and analysis for a small fee.

The scans will be analyzed in the order they are requested.

Go to Sagewell.com.  Type in your address at the bottom where it says "Find your home or building" and press return.  Then click on "Here" to request the report.

That's it.  When the scans are done in a few weeks, your building will be one of the first to be analyzed. The accompanying report will help you understand why your living room has always been cold and what to do about it.

With knowledge, comes power (or in this case saved power and money, not to mention comfort).


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents


HEET has partnered with NSTAR and Mass Save participating contractor Next Step Living to deliver no-cost Home Energy Assessments to Cambridge residents.

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:

Install efficient light bulbs (saving up to 7% of your electricity bill)
Install programmable thermostats (saving up to 10% of your heating bill)
Install water efficiency devices (saving up to 10% of your water bill)
Check the combustion safety of your heating and hot water equipment
Evaluate your home’s energy use to create an energy-efficiency roadmap
If you get electricity from NSTAR, National Grid or Western Mass Electric, you already pay for these assessments through a surcharge on your energy bills.  You might as well use the service.

Please sign up at http://nextsteplivinginc.com/heet/?outreach=HEET or call Next Step Living at 866-867-8729.  A Next Step Living Representative will call to schedule your assessment.

HEET will help answer any questions and ensure you get all the services and rebates possible.

(The information collected will only be used to help you get a Home Energy Assessment.  We won’t keep the data or sell it.)

(If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call HEET’s Jason Taylor at 617 441 0614.)




Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide

SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!

To view the directory please visit: http://www.localgreenguide.org
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at adritha at sbnboston.org


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.


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

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/

Arts and Cultural Events List  http://aacel.blogspot.com/












Cambridge Civic Journal  http://www.rwinters.com
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