[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events
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Mockingbird with Sparrow Chorus and Sunday Afternoon City Sounds http://youtu.be/2wyZ4ia9dtU
Monday, May 28
Monday May 28, 2012
Middlesex, 315 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
Featuring Nerd-appropriate tunes by Claude Money
Talk 1. “The Walking Death, Poison Apples, and Tangled Proteins”
by Joe Mazzulli
Talk 2. “Inhabiting the Global Anonymous (observations on the
evolution of cities with a focus on Tokyo)”
by Ishita Sharma
Tuesday, May 29
Energy Research in Chemical Engineering
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge
Speaker: Rakesh Agrawal, Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of
Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
Historically chemical engineering has played a central role in the
current fossil resource driven world. Now, as the human race prepares
to make inevitable transition from the fossil resources, chemical
engineering is well poised to contribute to this transition.
Here we will discuss our energy related research in a three part
presentation. First, an energy systems analysis, to identify
opportunities and pitfalls as the renewable economy emerges, will be
presented. We will focus on a future where the basic human needs of
food, chemicals, heat, electricity and transportation will generally
be met by solar energy. In a solar-energy-driven world, it will be
particularly challenging to satisfy the need of the transportation
sector due to its requirement of high energy density fuel and
associated ease of handling. Some novel solutions to meet this
challenge and sustain the current transportation sector will be
presented. The importance of developing transition solutions that use
both hydrocarbon resources as well as solar energy in a synergistic
manner will be emphasized through examples.
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Chemical Engineering Department
For more information, contact: Melanie Miller
melmils at mit.edu
Making large volunteer-driven projects sustainable. Lessons learned
Tuesday, May 29, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2012/05/buytaert#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast
and archived there shortly after.
Dries Buytaert, original creator and project lead of Drupal
In this talk, Dries shares his experiences on how he grew the Drupal
community from just one person to over 800,000 members over the past
10 years. Today, the Drupal community is one of the largest and most
active Open Source projects in the world, powering 1 out of 50
websites in the world. The concept of major projects growing out of a
volunteer, community-based model is not new to the world. Volunteer
networks and communities exist in many shapes and sizes. Throughout
history there are examples of pure volunteer organizations that were
instrumental in the founding and formation of many projects. For
example, the first trade routes were ancient trackways which citizens
later developed on their own into roads suited for wheeled vehicles in
order to improve commerce. Transportation was improved for all
citizens, driven by the commercial interest of some. Today, we
certainly appreciate that our governments maintain the roads. However,
we still see road signs stating that a particular section of a highway
is kept clean and trim by volunteers -- at least in some countries.
When new ground needs to be broken, it's often volunteer communities
that do it. But a full-time, paid infrastructure can be necessary for
the preservation and protection of what communities begin. In this
presentation, Dries wants to brainstorm about how large communities
evolve and how to sustain them over time.
Some questions to think about ahead of the presentation:
Do you know examples of large organizations that have grown out of
Why do some communities keep growing while other communities come to a
Is the commercialization of a volunteer-driven community part of a
community's natural life-cycle?
Is it inevitable that over time the operation and/or leadership of
volunteer communities are transferred to paid personnel?
Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for the Drupal
open source web publishing and collaboration platform. Buytaert serves
as president of the Drupal Association, a non-profit organization
formed to help Drupal flourish. He is also co-founder and chief
technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed software company that
offers products and services for Drupal. Dries is also a co-founder of
Mollom, a web service that helps you identify content quality and,
more importantly, helps you stop website spam. A native of Belgium,
Buytaert holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent
University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University
of Antwerp. In 2008, Buytaert was elected Young Entrepreneurs of Tech
by BusinessWeek as well as MIT TR 35 Young Innovator.
Wednesday, May 30
Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems
Wednesday, May 30, 6:00PM
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West AB
Free and Open to the Public; RSVP required for those attending in
person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2012/05/interop#RSVP
Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library and the Harvard Book
Reception to follow
John Palfrey and Urs Gasser
The practice of standardization has been facilitating innovation and
economic growth for centuries. The standardization of the railroad
gauge revolutionized the flow of commodities, the standardization of
money revolutionized debt markets and simplified trade, and the
standardization of credit networks has allowed for the purchase of
goods using money deposited in a bank half a world away. These
advancements did not eradicate the different systems they affected;
instead, each system has been transformed so that it can interoperate
with systems all over the world, while still preserving local diversity.
As Palfrey and Gasser show, interoperability is a critical aspect of
any successful system—and now it is more important than ever. Today
we are confronted with challenges that affect us on a global scale:
the financial crisis, the quest for sustainable energy, and the need
to reform health care systems and improve global disaster response
systems. The successful flow of information across systems is crucial
if we are to solve these problems, but we must also learn to manage
the vast degree of interconnection inherent in each system involved.
Interoperability offers a number of solutions to these global
challenges, but Palfrey and Gasser also consider its potential
negative effects, especially with respect to privacy, security, and co-
dependence of states; indeed, interoperability has already sparked
debates about document data formats, digital music, and how to create
successful yet safe cloud computing. Interop demonstrates that, in
order to get the most out of interoperability while minimizing its
risks, we will need to fundamentally revisit our understanding of how
it works, and how it can allow for improvements in each of its
John Palfrey is Henry N. Ess Professor of Law and Vice Dean for
Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. He is the co-
author of "Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital
Natives" (Basic Books, 2008) and "Access Denied: The Practice and
Politics of Internet Filtering" (MIT Press, 2008). His research and
teaching is focused on Internet law, intellectual property, and
international law. He practiced intellectual property and corporate
law at the law firm of Ropes & Gray. He is a faculty co-director of
the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Outside of Harvard Law School, he is a Venture Executive at Highland
Capital Partners and serves on the board of several technology
companies and non-profits. John served as a special assistant at the
US EPA during the Clinton Administration. He is a graduate of Harvard
College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School.
Urs Gasser is the Executive Director of the Berkman Center for
Internet & Society at Harvard University. He teaches at Harvard Law
School, at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Fudan
University School of Management (China). He is a visiting professor at
KEIO University (Japan) and a Fellow at the Gruter Institute for Law
and Behavioral Research. Urs Gasser has written several books, is the
co author of “Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of
Digital Natives” (Basic Books, 2008, with John Palfrey) that has been
translated into 10 languages (including Chinese), and has published
over 70 articles in professional journals. His research and teaching
activities focus on information law and policy issues. Current
projects, several of them in collaboration with leading research
institutions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, explore policy and
educational challenges for young Internet users, the regulation of
digital technology (currently with focus on cloud computing), ICT
interoperability, information quality, the law’s impact on innovation
and risk in the ICT space, and alternative governance systems. He
graduated from the University of St. Gallen (J.D., S.J.D.) as well as
Harvard Law School (LL.M.) and received several academic awards and
prizes for his research.
Data Therapy: Creative Ways to tell your Story with Data
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
MIT Media Lab, E14-525, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
Got data? Tired of using the same old bar charts to tell your story?
You need some Data Therapy!
Join MIT Media Lab researcher Rahul Bhargava for a workshop on making
creative and compelling presentations of data.
We will cover: a process for picking appropriate data presentation
techniques; real-world examples of various creative techniques; online
tools to help you while designing your presentation; "group therapy"
time to brainstorm about your specific needs.
RSVP at http://meetupbos.hackshackers.com/events/63236472/?a=ea1_grp&eventId=63236472&action=detail&rv=ea1&rv=ea1
Climate Change: What We Know and Where We Go from Here
WHEN Wed., May 30, 2012, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE Harvard University, Pfizer Auditorium, Mallinckrodt Building,
12 Oxford St, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Science in the News, sponsored by Harvard
Medical School and the Graduate Student Council
SPEAKER(S) Presentations given by groups of graduate students in the
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
CONTACT INFO SITNboston at gmail.com
NOTE Hosted by Science in the News, a student run group at the
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, our evening seminar
series is free to the public! Discuss today’s hottest scientific
topics, with seminars presented by current graduate students and aimed
at a general audience. It's an interactive environment, so feel to ask
questions at any point in the lecture! Hosted at Harvard University,
Pfizer Auditorium, biweekly Wednesdays. See our website for the full
Cape Wind Public Hearing
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston
Help Cape Wind pass their last hurdle by attending a public hearing on
the matter. They need support to point out that wind turbines will
keep energy bills less volatile than fossil fuels:
Please arrive EARLY as speakers will called in the order in which they
signed up. If you can come, please RSVP torsvpcapewind at gmail.com
Thursday, May 31
The Future of Human Longevity: Medical Advances, Lifestyle Adjustments
WHEN Thu., May 31, 2012, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Room
FXB-G12, Boston, MA 02115
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Environmental Sciences, Health
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR swissnex Boston, Swiss Re
And many more...
Altitude, Air Pollution, and Energy Technologies among Nomads on the
Thursday, May 31
Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
A Harvard China Project seminar with Catlin Powers, Doctoral
Candidate, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of
Public Health; Executive Vice President and COO, One Earth Designs.
Contact Name: Chris Nielsen nielsen2 at fas.harvard.edu
Friday, June 1
Bilan Carbone: France's Methodology for the Assessment of GHG
Emissions of Activities
Friday, June 01, 2012
Speaker: Simon Dely, Bilan Carbone
LEAP Sustainability Speaker Series
France is piloting a national experiment to display the carbon
footprints of products, activities, and even communities. Learn the
in's and out's of France's carbon footprinting methodology for
activities, Bilan Carbone.
Register here: https://mitweb.webex.com/mitweb/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=644666517
Web site: http://leap.mit.edu/speaker-series/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): LEAP: Global Leaders in Environmental Assessment and
For more information, contact: Suzanne Greene
segreene at mit.edu
Saturday, June 2
33rd ANNUAL CAMBRIDGE RIVER FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 2, 2012,
12:00 Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Charles River shore from Western Avenue to JFK Street on Memorial Drive
Rain or Shine!
Co-op Power Boston Metro East Energy Efficiency Crew Launch Party
Saturday, June 2
on the Lawn at Second Church in Dorchester, corner of Washington St &
Talbot Ave, Codman Square, Dorchester
A celebration with music, food, tour of “green” home, and prizes.
The Crew provides insulation, weatherization, air sealing to homes in
the Greater Boston area. Co-op Power is a consumer-owned co-operative
that uses its capital and market power to build good green jobs and
community-based green businesses for the benefit of the community at-
RSVP and questions toolive at cooppower.coop or 617-282-8881.
Tuesday, June 5
Resilience Circle Webinar: Small Group Organizing 101
Want to start a Resilience Circle or small group for your community?
Join this conversation for tips, tools, and inspiration!
Tuesday, June 5
3pm EDT / 12pm PDT
Register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/821608694
"The Last Venus Transit of the 21st Century."
Tuesday, June 5
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge
A rooftop viewing. Won't happen again until 2117.
Lightning Project Talks
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
Many of us are working on or have ideas for digital humanities
projects. Let's meet together and share our projects and get feedback
and support from the group. It can also be a good way to discover
collaborators. There will also be wine and cheese accompanied
unstructured conversation/networking at the end.
ANCIENT ANDEAN WISDOM FOR OUR TIMES
A talk by Don Alberto Taxo
Master teacher from Ecauador
CAMBRIDGE COHOUSING, 175 RICHDALE AVE., CAMBRIDGE
WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE 2012, 7.30 P.M.
Refreshments will be served
Don Alberto is a teacher and healer of the Andean Quechua peoples. He
speaks of the need for head and heart to unite, and to bring
technology and wisdom together in healing our earth. He brings simple,
ancient practices that open the doors of perception to our connection
with all life, through gratitude and enjoyment.
NOTE: there are other opportunities to meet Don Alberto:
EVENING TALK, FRIDAY JUNE 8, 7.30 P.M., NEW VIEW COHOUSING, ACTON MASS.
PRIVATE HEALING CLEANSINGS, BY APPOINTMENT
For more intormation:
Events in Eastern Mass.--to make reservations etc.: Dori Smith, dsmith at newview.org
Don Alberto’s work: www.ushai.com
Fukushima 2011 - Documentary Film
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Eastman Laboratories, 182 Memorial Dr. Bldg 6-120, Cambridge,
...the film delivers the reality of the residents exposed to
radiation, living in desperate circumstances. Director Hidetaka
Inazuka will be attending!!
Where：MIT / MIT6-120 http: //whereis.mit.edu/
Open：6pm Screen : 6:30pm 85min.
Tewassa Report ：8pm
Ticket : Suggested Donation
The film was directed by Hidetake Inazuka, who is known for his
documentary, “Twice Bombed: The Legacy of Yamaguchi Tsutomu.” This
documentary shows the distress of those who endured the earthquake,
tsunami, and nuclear disaster caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Focusing on Minamisoma city and Iitate village after the nuclear
accident, the film delivers the reality of the residents exposed to
radiation, living in desperate circumstances.
The film features mothers caring for their children, men working on
farms, and the vice principal of a kindergarten; all regular people.
This disaster attacked these people and created unparalleled damage.
Please watch and learn about the current situation in these places.
NEW ENGLAND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FORUM (NEEJF) ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
All community activists and residents, environmental justice
advocates, lawyers, policymakers and others interested in public
health and the environment in low income communities and communities
of color are invited to attend.
Individuals may register for the event online by visiting the online
registration page: http://newenglandejsummit.eventbrite.com/. There
is no cost to attend the event. Food, childcare, and great company are
included. The deadline to register is May 18, 2012. Travel
scholarships are available for individuals and groups that need
assistance to attend.
For the first time in New England, residents of low income communities
and communities of color, together with community organizers,
attorneys, public health and environmental professionals and
government officials will assemble for a one- day summit on
environmental justice. At the Summit attendees will share ideas,
learn from one another and plan future work to address environmental
and public health issues that especially affect low income communities
and communities of color. NEEJF is a collaboration of Alternatives for
Community and Environment, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental
Justice and Rhode Island Legal Services.
For more information, please contact Steve Fischbach: neejforum at gmail.com
or 401-274-2652 ext.182
Saturday, June 9
Noon until 4 pm
At Whole Foods
Join Whole Foods Market in Medford for a fun and festive time for all
ages. We'll have local artists selling handmade art designed with
recycled materials and local green organizations here to show how you
can make a difference. There will be a raffle and lots of great samples!
The New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable Presents: The
Impact of Natural Gas on the Future of Electricity Markets and Clean
Energy Strategies in New England
June 15, 2012
9 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston
Panel I: How Will Natural Gas Impact New England's Electricity Markets
Over the past two decades, New England's electricity generation has
increasingly come to rely on natural gas. With the development of the
Marcellus Shale in nearby New York and Pennsylvania, natural gas could
be both plentiful and relatively inexpensive for years to come. Our
first panel at the June 15th Roundtable will explore the potential
impacts of natural gas on New England's electricity markets and
reliability, exploring a wide range of questions and issues including:
What are "realistic" natural gas supply and price expectations?
What infrastructure is needed to deliver more gas to New England, and
can we count on it?
What will be the likely impacts of more gas on electricity generation
mix and electricity prices?
Should we be concerned about electric reliability from increasing
reliance on natural gas-fired generation especially on cold days (FERC
seems to be), and what should we do about it?
To help enlighten us on theses issues, we have assembled a tremendous
panel of experts who carefully follow the gas and electricity markets
from different vantage points. Susan Tierney, Managing Principal at
Analysis Group, will share both her expertise on electricity markets,
as well as her recent experience serving on U.S. Secretary of Energy's
Advisory Board (including its Shale Gas Subcommittee). Richard Paglia,
Vice President of Spectra Energy, will discuss Spectra's plans to
build additional pipeline capacity in several different directions
from Marcellus, and will also discuss a study that Spectra recently
commissioned on New England's gas markets. Richard Levitan, President
& Principal, at Levitan & Associates, Inc. will share his expectations
for both the gas and electricity markets in New England, based on his
extensive study of both markets and their interactive effects.
Rounding out the panel isPeter Brandien, Vice-President for Systems
Operation at ISO-New England, who will share the results of a recent
study ISO commissioned on natural gas and the electricity markets, as
well as the ISO's perspective on managing an increasingly gas-based
Panel II: Revisiting Clean Energy Strategies in New England (in an era
of potential cheap and plentiful natural gas?)
Following on the heels of the first panel, our second panel will
reflect on whether or not (and, if so, how) New England should revisit
and revise its clean energy strategies in light of the potential for
plentiful and relatively inexpensive natural gas for the foreseeable
future. Despite substantial reductions over the last decade in the
cost of renewable energy resources, most notably in wind and solar,
and given projections for further price reductions, (and in the face
of diminished renewable energy tax credit support and low natural gas
prices) most RPS-eligible renewables are still more expensive than
conventional electricity sources. Some states are exploring opening up
RPS eligibility to existing hydro and even energy efficiency
resources, seeking less expensive ways to meet clean energy goals.
Others argue that the long-term benefits of continuing to aggressively
pursue our clean energy goals and targets with our existing strategies
far outweigh any short-term price premiums. Meanwhile, Cape Wind may
begin construction soon and Hydro-Quebec is ready to finance
transmission to deliver substantial additional hydro resources into
To discuss these issues, we have put together a full-spectrum panel
including a regulator, a utility executive, and representatives from
the Clean Energy Council, CLF, and AIM.
Commissioner David Cash, Massachusetts Dept. of Public Utilities
James Robb, Senior VP Enterprise Planning, Northeast Utilities
Peter Rothstein, President, New England Clean Energy Council
Robert Rio, Sr. Vice President & Counsel, Associated Industries of MA
Jonathan Peress, VP & Director, Clean Energy & Climate Change, CLF
Free and open to the public with no advanced registration
Can Social Games Solve America’s Biggest Health Challenge?
Monday, June 18, 2012
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)
IBM Center for Social Business,1 Rogers Street, Cambridge
Register at http://shapeup-social-games.eventbrite.com/?ref=enivte&invite=MjA0ODE4OS9nbW9rZUB3b3JsZC5zdGQuY29tLzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=invitenew&utm_term=attend
The IBM Center for Social Business welcomes Dr. Rajiv Kumar, literally
a game changer in tackling healthcare issues. His company, ShapeUp,
designs social games for companies to bring employees together so they
can help each other be healthy. The theory is that peer support and
accountability are the keys to wellness success.
Refreshments at 3:30. Talk starts at 3:45.
About the talk
Facing rapidly rising health care costs driven by unhealthy behaviors
and a national obesity epidemic, self-insured employers have told
their employees to “shape up.” But regular physical activity and
healthy eating are easier said than done. Many years and millions of
dollars have been wasted on employee wellness programs that get
astonishingly low participation.
Social gaming is changing that. ShapeUp has developed an online
behavior change solution for employee populations that uses social
gaming, in the form of team-based competitions, to activate, motivate,
and guide participants toward reaching their healthy goals. This
approach generates extraordinary company-wide engagement rates and has
been shown to produce clinically significant health outcomes.
This talk will describe how ShapeUp has used social games over the
past 5 years to reach 2 million lives across 93 countries at companies
like HP, Aetna, Raytheon, and Sprint. It will also explore how the
latest advances in mobile apps, personal fitness devices, and real-
time rewards are creating new ways to enhance the wellness experience.
Rajiv Kumar on how ShapeUp came to be
"During medical school, I realized that many of the worst health
problems we face as a nation--diabetes, heart disease, cancer,
hypertension, osteoarthritis, depression--are related to our
collective unhealthy lifestyle. I also learned through my clinical
encounters that the patients who succeeded in adopting and sustaining
healthy behaviors were those who leveraged their trusted social
network for support, motivation, and accountability.
By launching a community non-profit organization (Shape Up Rhode
Island) and a for-profit company (ShapeUp), I've dedicated my life to
helping people reverse and prevent obesity-related illnesses through
group behavior change models.
Our goal is to build the largest online social application that
connects people around the world to improve their health."
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
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
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
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
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/
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