[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - May 19, 2013

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun May 19 10:31:53 PDT 2013

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Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index

Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index

Monday, May 20

12pm  Webinar: Software Systems Architecture in the World of Cloud Computing
12:15pm  Iran: Compliance at the Cost of Nonproliferation?
4pm  Demographic Dividend in Africa
7pm  A forum sponsored by United for Justice with Peace on the Marathon Bombings
7pm  Techno-Activism Third Mondays

Tuesday, May 21

12pm  Deep Energy Retrofits and Zero Net Energy
1pm  Virtual Networking Cloud Resources: Vision, Algorithms, Threats
5pm  Innovation Summit 2013
5:30pm  Boston Bike Update
6pm  The Scientist Within
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - May Happy Hour
7pm  Greenport Forum:  Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

Wednesday, May 22

4pm  Identifying large-scale patterns of variability in the extratropical atmospheric circulation 
4pm  The Future of Bioethics
4pm  The Deans' Health and Life Sciences Challenge
5pm  “Challenges facing marine ecosystems”
6:30pm  Flash Forum:  Social Media in the Boston Marathon Bombings
7pm  The Diet Climate Connection by David Freudberg

Thursday, May 23

12:30pm  Plant structure and function - from biological to bio-inspired materials
3pm  The use of biomass residues for generation of solid and gaseous fuels
6pm  May 2013 Boston New Technology Showcase #bnt29

Friday, May 24

6pm  Letters to a Young Scientist

Saturday, May 25

9:30am  Weatherization Barnraising

Tuesday, May 28

12:30pm  Technologies of Choice? – ICTs, development and the capabilities approach


Event Details

Monday, May 20

Webinar: Software Systems Architecture in the World of Cloud Computing
Monday, May 20, 2013
RSVP at http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_052013/miyachi-webinar-cloud-computing.html

Speaker: Christine Miyachi, Principal systems engineer and architect, Xerox Corporation, and SDM alumna

MIT SDM System Thinking Webinar Series 
The MIT System Design and Management Program's Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

Cloud computing is a disruptive technology that is emerging with new opportunities. Companies that move to the cloud can save both time and money. 

This webinar will provide: 
An introduction to several cloud computing basics; 
A look at various architecture tradeoffs to consider when moving a software system to the cloud, including security, cost, and performance; 
An overview of architecture principles that can be used in designing software for the cloud. 
We invite you to join us.
Web site:  http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_052013/miyachi-webinar-cloud-computing.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Tickets: See url above
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and Management Program
For more information, contact:  Lois Slavin
lslavin at mit.edu 


Iran: Compliance at the Cost of Nonproliferation?
WHEN  Mon., May 20, 2013, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Neustadt Class Rm, Rubenstein G20 at HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Tytti Erasto, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
CONTACT INFO	susan_lynch at harvard.edu
LINK	http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/6086/iran.html


Demographic Dividend in Africa
WHEN  Mon., May 20, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
SPEAKER(S)  David Canning, Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences, and professor of economics and international health, Department of Global Health and Population, and associate director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK	http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/population-development/events/pop-center-seminars/


A forum sponsored by United for Justice with Peace on the Marathon Bombings
Monday, May 20
7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park (off Brattle Street), Cambridge

As we continue to grieve the devastating impact the Marathon bombings have had so many families and communities affected here in Boston, we are also aware of the need to examine the impact of those bombings on peace and justice issues - in our communities, campaigns and organizing.

This forum will include presentations that provide analysis and ideas for response from the immigrants' rights, civil liberties, antiwar, and Budget for All movements, and the Muslim community. Can we change the negative discourse? Are there new ways we can work together? There will be ample time for discussion and everyone is invited.

Speakers to include:
Carlos and Melida Arredondo* are members of Military Families Speak Out.  Carlos' quick action saved a life during the bombing. They became anti-war activists after Carlos' 20-year-old eldest son Lance Corporal Alexander Arredondo died in action in Iraq in 2004. Carlos was at the scene of the Boston Marathon bombing and helped save the life of a victim, Jeff Bauman.
Joseph Gerson* directs the Peace and Economic Security Program at the American Friends Service Committee. He lives four houses from the boat in which Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured and had a resident's eye view of the massive Watertown manhunt
Gladys Vega* is Executive Director of the Chelsea Collaborative and a tireless advocate for immigrant rights.
Cyrus McGoldrick* is Civil Rights Manager at the New York chapter of CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations. A recent graduate of Columbia University, he is an American Muslim activist and lyrical artist of Iranian and Irish descent. Cyrus also serves on the Advisory Council for Getting Out & Staying Out, a program dedicated to helping young men coming out of prison stay out of prison, and he performs original music as The Raskol Khan, blending reggae and jazz melodies with hip-hop lyrics and Islamic activism.
An attorney with the *National Lawyers Guild* will address civil liberties issues raised by the bombing and aftermath.

$5-10 donation requested, no one turned away. For info write UJP at  
info at justicewithpeace.org [1] or call 617-383-4857


Techno-Activism Third Mondays
May 20
MIT, Building E14-363, third floor of the Media Lab by Center for Civic Media, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Techno-Activism Third Mondays (TA3M) is an informal meetup that occurs on the same date in many cities worldwide. It is designed to connect techno-activists and hacktivists who work on or with circumvention tools, and/or are interested in anti-censorship and anti-surveillance technology. Currently, TA3M are held in New York, San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Madison, Wisconsin, with Boston and Seattle being planned in the near future.

If you are interested in hosting your own 3rd Mondays, contact SandraOrdonez [at] openitp [dot] org.

Goals include:
Networking opportunities for people in the techno-activism and circumvention tools communities.
Provide individuals with space for collaborative problem solving, to meet new friends, and recruit for projects.
Introduce newbies into the community so as to diversify the circumvention tech community.

Tuesday, May 21

Deep Energy Retrofits and Zero Net Energy
Tuesday, May 21
Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston

Franziska Amacher, AIA, LEED AP, WBE Lic Soc will describe her experience in retrofitting an energy-guzzler house into a net zero two-family building.  Ms Amacher is Principal at Amacher and Associates, specializing in green building since the 1990s. Her designs have included Net Zero Buildings, a net zero sustainable community, the first co-housing community built in this area, and mixed use communities.
1.  Learn the components of a deep energy retrofit.
2.  Lern how to overcome preconceptions of the stakeholdrs.
3.  Learn how to design for net zero efficiency.
4.  Learn how to plan for monitoring.


Virtual Networking Cloud Resources: Vision, Algorithms, Threats
Tuesday, May 21 2013
1:00PM to 2:30PM
MIT, Building 32-G575, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Stefan Schmid, TU Berlin
Abstract:  After virtualization revamped the server business, the cloud now spills over to the network. This talk first reviews the vision of distributed cloud computing and network virtualization. Subsequently, two algorithmic challenges of this paradigm are discussed: (1) competitive access control and embeddings of virtual networks, and (2) competitive virtual service migration. We will formally present new models introduced by this paradigm, and we will sketch online algorithms and their competitive analysis. Finally, we will extend the discussion to security aspects and raise the question: Are adversarial virtual network embeddings a threat for ISPs? 

Bio:  Stefan Schmid is a senior research scientist at TU Berlin and Telekom Innovation Laboratories. Stefan received his PhD degree from the Distributed Computing Group (Prof. Roger Wattenhofer) at ETH Zurich, and subsequently was a postdoc with Prof. Christian Scheideler. Stefan is interested in distributed systems, algorithms, network economics, and networking. Web: http://www.net.t-labs.tu-berlin.de/~stefan/

Contact: Mira Radeva, radeva at csail.mit.edu


Innovation Summit 2013
Tuesday, May 21
Suffolk University, Rosalie K. Stahl Center, 73 Tremont Street, 9th floor, Boston
RSVP at http://innovationsummit2013-es2.eventbrite.com/

Please join STEP, the Crossland Group, and Continuum for an exceptional event, designed to bring together students and professionals from a variety of sectors to “jam” about shared challenges in the twenty-first-century classroom and workplace.
At 5:00, after an afternoon of working together in teams, adults and students will Pitch their innovations to a panel of “idea catchers,” high-profile community leaders in the field of education and youth development.
Please support our students and the adult volunteers by attending the Pitch session and networking with our students and our corporate partner community.

Boston Bike Update
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
5:30 PM Doors Open - bike valet provided
6:00-8:30PM Presentations followed by Q & A
Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall & conference room, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

8:30-10:00 PM
LivableStreets Member Social @ Solas Irish Pub 
Hosted by LivableStreets Alliance
Free & open to the public.  RSVP please at info at LivableStreets.info

For the fifth year in a row, LivableStreets Alliance will host the annual Boston Bike Update event with the Director of the Boston Bikes Program, Nicole Freedman. Yes, she left for a little while, but she's back! Find out how Nicole has jumped back in to keep all of the City's goals on track. Hear the latest on the Bike Network Plan, Climate Action Goal, Hubway bike share, parking facilities, youth programs, festivals and more.  

Join us at this public forum on bicycle planning in Boston, and get your questions answered.  
Volunteer at the event - email thushy at livablestreets.info for more details.


The Scientist Within
WHEN  Tue., May 21, 2013, 6 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Richard Holmes, best-selling author, "The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science"
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK	http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2013-richard-holmes-lecture


Boston Green Drinks - May Happy Hour
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Pasta Beach, 30 Rowes Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://bgdmay13-es2.eventbrite.com/

Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists.  Enjoy a drink and build your connection with our green community!
Keep sending feedback to Lyn at bostongreendrinks.com for ideas about speakers or content for the future and mark your calendar for drinks on the last Tuesday of every month.  Also, if you RSVP and can't make it, e-mail us to let us know.

Boston Green Drinks  builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues.  We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.


Greenport Forum:  Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign
Tuesday, May 21
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Avenue, (corner of Magazine St. and Putnam Ave), Cambridge

The national fossil fuel divestment campaign calls on colleges, churches and municipal governments to end any investment in the world’s 200 largest fossil fuel companies. The campaign, spearheaded by 350 MA, has taken off on campuses and in churches in Cambridge. A group has approached the City to ask that Cambridge join the ranks of communities like San Francisco in pledging to divest from a fossil fuel industry which is leading to global climate catastrophe.  
Join Malcolm Bliss, who is directing the Massachusetts campaign, and activists engaged in local churches and working for City pension divestment, to discuss this burgeoning response to climate change. 350 MA is the Massachusetts response to Bill McKibben's international 350 organizing.  Among its activities are organizing protests against Tar Sands pipelines and a do-the-math campaign.

GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood
For more information, contact Steve Wineman at steven.wineman at gmail.com

EcoLogic Green Bag:  How to build a project from the ground up in Mexico
May 22, 2013
12:30-1:30 pm
EcoLogic Headquarters, 25 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 203, Cambridge
and online at https://global.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join/246036277

Join us as we discuss how EcoLogic is planning, coordinating, and will execute our latest project in the Chinantla highlands in Oaxaca, Mexico. EcoLogic's Program Officer in Mexico, Marco Acevedo, will outline the project area, goals, and long-term strategy for sustainable conservation.

Wednesday, May 22

Identifying large-scale patterns of variability in the extratropical atmospheric circulation 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Dave Thompson (CSU)
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.atmos.colostate.edu/faculty/thompson.php 

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


The Future of Bioethics
WHEN  Wed., May 22, 2013, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Medical School, Tosteson Medical Education Center, Carl W. Walter Amphitheater, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Ethics, Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Sponsored by the HMS Division of Medical Ethics
SPEAKER(S)  Dan W. Brock, Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, HMS
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	RSVP to DME at hms.harvard.edu
NOTE  The 2013 George W. Gay Lecture in Medical Ethics.


The Deans' Health and Life Sciences Challenge
WHEN  Wed., May 22, 2013, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard innovation lab, 125 Western Avenue, Batten Hall, Allston 
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Award Ceremonies, Business, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard innovation lab
SPEAKER(S)  Gordon Jones, managing director of the i-lab; Dean Flier, Dean of Harvard Medical School; Dean Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School
COST  Free
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5979750595
CONTACT INFO	vsar at harvard.edu
NOTE  We are pleased to invite you to the Deans' Health and Life Sciences Challenge Demo Day here at the i-lab. At the Demo Day, finalist student teams will show their projects to the Harvard and local communities and share their ideas during a reception.
The grand prize winner and runner(s)-up will be announced on the night!
LINK	http://ilab.harvard.edu/deans-health-and-life-sciences-challenge


“Challenges facing marine ecosystems”
 Wednesday, May 22, 2013 
5 p.m.
The Fenway Center, 77 St Stephen Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.northeastern.edu/cos/scc2013/scc2013-registration/rsvp-for-sylvia-earle-free-public-lecture/

National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and  first Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries, Oryx Energy, the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Ocean Futures.

Formerly Chief Scientist of NOAA, Dr. Earle is the Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., Founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, Chair of the Advisory Council of the Harte Research Institute, the Ocean in Google Earth, and leader of the NGS Sustainable Seas Expeditions.  She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and PhD. from Duke University, 22 honorary degrees and has authored more than 190 scientific, technical and popular publications, lectured in more than 70 countries, and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.

She has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7000 hours underwater including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970, participating in ten saturation dives, most recently in July, 2012, and setting a record for solo diving in 1000 meters depth. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.

Her special focus is on developing a global network of areas on the land and in the ocean, “Hope Spots,” to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes, from maintaining biodiversity and yielding basic life support services to providing stability and resiliency in response to accelerating climate change.


Flash Forum:  Social Media in the Boston Marathon Bombings
Wednesday, May 22
6:30-8:00 pm
C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston
Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Park St. MBTA Station

Garrett Quinn (news correspondent, Watertown TAB & blogger, boston.com), Adam Gaffin (editor, Universal Hub), Cheryl Fiandaca (Bureau Chief of Public Information, BPD);
discussion moderated by
Skip Perham (Clerk, Ford Hall Forum Board)

As the Boston Marathon bombing crisis unfolded over a week's time, we witnessed firsthand how integral social media is to a public emergency in these modern times. While Redditors worked to identify the culprits, innocent victims were wrongly accused. It facilitated both the accommodation of those stranded after the Marathon and urban legends of those supposedly helped. 

We were thankful for the connection to loved ones during Friday's lockdown, yet did little besides exacerbating our own fears while glued to Facebook for eight hours. 

Join Garrett Quinn (news correspondent, Watertown TAB and Blogger, Boston.com), Adam Gaffin (Editor, Universal Hub), and Cheryl Fiandaca (Bureau Chief of Public Information, Boston Police Department) as they discuss with moderator Skip Perham (Board Clerk, Ford Hall Forum) how we can capitalize on social media's incredible benefits of crowd sourcing and speed while protecting against its inaccuracy and fear-mongering.

Flash Forums are programs that Ford Hall Forum plan to produce right when the news hits. Arranged roughly a week or two in advance, Flash Forums will bring in an expert speaker, either in person or via Skype, to deliberate on a hot-off-the-press issue.

Ford Hall Forum is the nation's oldest free public lecture series. 
For more information on Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, visit www.fordhallforum.org. Information about Suffolk University's partnership with the Ford Hall Forum can be obtained by contacting Mariellen Norris, (617) 573-8450, mnorris at suffolk.edu.


The Diet Climate Connection by David Freudberg
Wednesday, 22 May, 2013
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Avenue, Belmont

David recently wrote and produced a 4-part series under this title for public radio. He will present a condensed version of his research. Click here for the full length program. The Huffington Post also recently did a piece on his work.

Event Contact Sustainable Belmont
Email:  sustainablebelmont at gmail.com 
Website: http://sustainablebelmont.net

Thursday, May 23

Plant structure and function - from biological to bio-inspired materials
Thursday, May 23, 2013
MIT, Building 1-131, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Ingo Burgert
The talk presents basic principles of structure-function relationships of plants at various hierarchical levels with a specific focus on the micro- and nanoscale of plant cell walls. In particular aspects of the mechanical performance of the cell wall assembly, the hydro-actuation of plant organs and the use of the underlying design principles as bio-inspiration for the improvement of wood materials are highlighted. 
The plant cell wall consists of stiff cellulose fibrils embedded in a pliant matrix of hemicelluloses, pectin and/or lignin. General principles of cellulose-matrix interactions and in particular the specific role of cellulose orientation are analyzed with respect to mechanical properties of cell walls, mechanisms of tensile and compressive stress generation as well as hygroscopic behavior which is utilized to activate plant systems to undergo large movements. Two examples, wheat awns and ice plant seed capsules, are presented which generate movements by the same principles of swelling and shrinkage but in entirely different ways. 
Research activities to transfer underlying principles of the biological materials for the design of bio-inspired materials are mainly about the hygroscopic behavior of cell walls which is either reduced to improve the material performance for the application of wood products or utilized to develop convertible structures which may function as autonomously shape-changing facade elements.

CEE Mechanics Seminar
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering
For more information, contact:  Markus Buehler
mbuehler at MIT.EDU 


The use of biomass residues for generation of solid and gaseous fuels
Thursday, May 23, 2013
MIT, Building NW17-218, 175 Albany Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Sergio Peres, Universidade de Pernambuco, Brazil
Disposition of MSW residues in urban locations remain a substantial problem. In Recife, a 3.5 million inhabitants city in Northeast Brazil, the situation is no different. About 3100 metric tons of residues are dumped every day in landfills. Between 2 and 6% of these wastes are civil construction biomass residues including tree pruning. The total amount of daily disposed biomass can be as high as 200 tonnes. This biomass could be separated from MSW and used as feedstocks for fuel making, such as pellets (solid fuel that can be a replacement of wood in applications such as cooking, ovens), for heating and in boilers. It could also substitute the sugarcane bagasse for steam/electricity production in the sugar mills when there is no bagasse available (between sugar cane crops), hence, producing steam/electricity during the whole year instead of only five to six months following the harvest, as usually is the case in Brazil. Also, the residues could be use in a gasification/pyrolysis process to generate gaseous fuels that can be used as fuel in a generator set. The gasification process produces a fuel with a heating value of 4 - 5 MJ/m3 gas, while in the pyrolysis process produces a fuel with medium heating value (8 - 11 MJ/m3). These gaseous fuels can be used directly in Otto cycle engines and microturbines with small engines modification. In this way, biomass residues can be used for heating and power generation, replacing fossil fuels, and help to reduce the electricity bill

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Plasma Science and Fusion Center
For more information, contact:  Paul Rivenberg
info at psfc.mit.edu 


May 2013 Boston New Technology Showcase #bnt29
Thursday, May 23, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
DLA Piper LLP, 33 Arch Street, 26th Floor, Boston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/117189582/
Arrive by 7 pm to be allowed entry. Please check in at the lobby and proceed to the 26th floor.
Free event! Boston New Technology's April product showcase - 29th edition!  

Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community! Each presenter gets 5 minutes for product demonstration and 5 minutes for Q&A. Please follow @BostonNewTech and use the #bnt29 hashtag in social media posts: details here.

Yesware / @Yesware - Email for Salespeople. Gmail extension helps 200k salespeople close more business. (Matthew Bellows / @MBellows)Tech: Javascript, Ruby on Rails, Heroku/AWS www.Yesware.com
Mobee / @MobeeApp - Rewards-driven mobile app to share your experiences about places you visit and get rewarded with cash and gift cards. (Erika Gordon / @ErikaGord) Tech: iOS www.GetMobee.com
Tocobox / Mail Ninja - @Tocobox / @MailNinjaApp - Emailing on iPhone made super efficient, easy and fun. (Dennis Bolgov) Tech: iOS, Scala, Akka www.MailNinjaApp.com
SpeakYourMind Foundation / @SYMFound - Nonprofit develops and supports assistive communication technologies for individuals who are unable to effectively communicate due to neurological injury and disease. (Dan Bacher) Tech: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Flashwww.SpeakYourMindFoundation.org
Nightingale / @NGaleApp - Mobile app helps patients manage their physical health (Delian Asparouhov / @MITDelian) Tech: Ruby on Rails, Jquery Mobile, Android, iOS www.NightingaleApp.com
Sensible Baby/Smart One / @MySensibleBaby - Sensor-based baby monitoring to keep children safe and give parents peace of mind. (Ben Cooper) Tech: iOS, Bluetooth www.MySensibleBaby.com
Care Thread / @CareThread - HIPAA-compliant secure mobile messaging and team collaboration tools for healthcare providers. (Nick Adams / @NickTAdams) Tech: Node.js, Python, PostgreSQL, WebSockets, HL7, RabbitMQ, Linux, HTML5, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, Android, iOS, Cocoa Touch www.CareThread.com
NuoDB is a distributed cloud database built on a patented emergent architecture with full support for SQL and ACID guarantees.  It’s an elastically scalable distributed database that provides developers and administrators with single intuitive interface for centrally monitoring deployments. The NuoDB cloud database ships with full support for Node.JS, Ruby, PHP, Java, .NET, and C++. It's the ideal database for high-performance Cloud, datacenter, mobile, and SaaS applications. Please follow @NUODB and join them on facebook. www.NUODB.com [masked]
Attendees must arrive prior to 7pm to be allowed entry
6:00 to 7:00 - Networking with pizza and beverages
7:00 to 7:10 - Announcements
7:10 to 8:30 - Presentations, Q&A
8:30 to 9:00 - More networking

Friday, May 24

Letters to a Young Scientist
Friday, May 24, 2013 
Geological Museum Lecture Hall 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and the Harvard Museum of Natural History welcome Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist EDWARD O. WILSON for a discussion of his new book, Letters to a Young Scientist.

Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. Reflecting on his coming-of-age in the South as a Boy Scout and a lover of ants and butterflies, Wilson threads these twenty-one letters, each richly illustrated, with autobiographical anecdotes that illuminate his career—both his successes and his failures—and his motivations for becoming a biologist. At a time in human history when our survival is more than ever linked to our understanding of science, Wilson insists that success in the sciences does not depend on mathematical skill, but rather a passion for finding a problem and solving it. From the collapse of stars to the exploration of rain forests and the oceans’ depths, Wilson instills a love of the innate creativity of science and a respect for the human being’s modest place in the planet’s ecosystem in his readers.

Advance reservations required, on sale now for $6.00. 
hmnh at hmnh.harvard.edu

Saturday, May 25

Weatherization Barnraising
Saturday, May 25
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Roxbury Presbyterian, 328 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA

We'll work on: Window and door weatherization, programmable thermostats, insulating attic hatches, duct repair, potentially mortar with a professional mason, and efficient computer settings.

Sign up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGVSZURVV0MtU1E2cHhkTmxVMmtFb2c6MA#gid=0&utm_source=Special+HEET+eNewsletter+April+25+2013&utm_campaign=HEET+eNewsletter&utm_medium=email

More information at http://www.heetma.com

Tuesday, May 28

Technologies of Choice? – ICTs, development and the capabilities approach
May 28
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be webcast live on this page at 12:30pm ET. You do not need to RSVP to view the webcast.

ICT for development (ICT4D) scholars claim that the internet, radio and mobile phones can support development. Yet the dominant paradigm of development as economic growth is too limiting to understand the full potential of these technologies. One key rival to such econocentric understandings is Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach to development – focusing on a pluralistic understanding of people’s values and the lives they want to lead.

In her book, Technologies of Choice? (MIT Press 2013), Dorothea Kleine translates Sen’s approach into policy analysis and ethnographic work on technology adaptation. She shows how technologies are not neutral, but imbued with values that may or may not coincide with the values of users. The case study analyses Chile’s pioneering ICT policies in the areas of public access, digital literacy, and online procurement  and the sobering reality of one of the most marginalised communities in the country where these policies play out. The book shows how both neoliberal and egalitarian ideologies are written into technologies as they permeate the everyday lives and livelihoods of women and men in the town.    

Technologies of Choice? examines the relationship between ICTs, choice, and development. It argues for a people-centred view of development that has individual and collective choice at its heart.

Discussant: Dr Nancy Hafkin (formerly UN Economic Commission for Africa)

About Dorothea
Dorothea Kleine is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and Director of the interdisciplinary ICT4D Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2013 the Centre was named among the top 10 global think tanks in science and technology (U of Penn’ survey of experts, 2013) and has a highly recognised PhD and Masters programme in ICT for development. Dorothea’s work focuses on the relationship between notions of “development”, choice and individual agency, sustainability, gender and technology. She has published widely on these subjects, and has worked as an advisor to UNICEF, UNEP, EUAid, DFID, GIZ and to NGOs. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the IBG). Dorothea will be discussing her new book, Technologies of Choice: ICTs, development and the capabilities approach  (MIT Press 2013).  

Dr. Nancy J. Hafkin has been working on ICTs in Africa and other developing areas, with particular emphasis on gender, for more than three decades. At the UN Economic Commission for Africa she established the Program to Promote IT in Africa and developed the African Information Society Initiative. Nancy has written widely on IT, gender and international development. In 2000 the Association for Progressive Communications established the annual Nancy Hafkin Communications Prize competition for innovative communication projects in Africa. In 2012 she was in the first group of honorees inducted into the Internet Society Hall of Fame, in the category of “Global Connectors.”


Oceans Signal Climate Change - A Stakeholder Science Forum
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
MIT, Building E38-300, 292 Main Street, Cambridge

The MIT Sea Grant Stakeholder Forums provide an opportunity for our funded researchers to present their research and current findings to their peers and the public. Audience members and other presenting researchers are encouraged to ask questions and engage in dialogue. The goal of the series is to promote peer-to-peer networking, to connect research to those who can benefit from and apply the findings of MIT Sea Grant funded research, and for MIT Sea Grant to receive input on outreach programs whose goal is to deliver economic, social, and environmental benefits.

In this seminar, Sea Grant investigators will present their scientific findings, then answer questions from the audience. Please join us in the conference room to listen, learn and participate in this stakeholder science forum that will showcase efforts in ways that the oceans signal climate change. 

Seth Newburg, MIT Sea Grant 
Project: Autonomous Vehicle Exploration and Sampling of Deep-Water Corals 

Robert Chen, Univ. of Massachusetts-Boston 
Project: Consortium for Ocean Sensing In the Nearshore Environment (COSINE) 

Changsheng Chen, Univ. of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and Robert Beardsley, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute 
Project: Development of an Inundation Forecast System for Massachusetts Coastal Waters 

Stefano Brizzolara, MIT Sea Grant 
Project: Innovative use of Computational Fluid Dynamics Tools

Web site: http://seagrant.mit.edu/press_releases.php?ID=419
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Sea Grant
For more information, contact:  Gayle Sherman
gsherman at mit.edu 


A New Democracy Movement! Brown Bag Luncheon with Aaron Tanaka
May 29th 
Community Change, Inc. Yvonne Pappenheim Library, 14 Beacon Street, Boston

AARON TANAKA*, recipient of our 2012 Drylongso award, will lead a brown bag discussion on his ideas for a new economic framework to combat racism systemically. After more than 7 years of organizing, Aaron will present some key challenges that exist in combatting systemic unemployment, and share potential strategies for building a racially equitable economic future. Aaron will introduce the framework of Economic Democracy as an alternative to both unregulated capitalism and state controlled socialism, and will discuss how these ideas could help pave a path for new organizing and long term movement building in the US.

As the co-founder and former executive director of the Boston Workers Alliance, Aaron had the opportunity to help support campaigns and economic development projects to challenge the crisis of joblessness in Boston's communities of color. The Boston Worker's Alliance is well known for its leadership role in a nationally heralded campaign to reform the state's
CORI (criminal record) system. BWA has also assisted thousands of residents with CORI sealing and job search in its Grove Hall office, and has become a notable political force within Boston's movement building community.

Please RSVP to kelly at communitychangeinc.org
or by phone at 617.523.0555

A $5 Donation is suggested.
Building is wheelchair accessible.
The event will also be streamed live at http://ustre.am/JDvY


Media Lab Conversations Series: Beth Noveck
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 
2:00pm - 3:30pm
MIT, Building  E14-300, Media Lab, Third-Floor Atrium, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Beth Simone Noveck is founder and director of The Governance Lab. Funded by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Gov Lab aims to improve people’s lives by changing how we govern using advances in technology and science.

Beth is a visiting professor at both New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the MIT Media Lab, and is on leave as professor of law and founder of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School.She served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and founder and director of the White House Open Government Initiative (2009-2011). UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her senior advisor for Open Government, and she served on the Obama-Biden transition team.

Her scholarship, activism, and teaching focus on accelerating and assessing progress toward smarter, more collaborative and decentralized governance. Among projects she's designed or collaborated on are Peer To Patent, the US government’s first expert network; OrgPedia, the Wikipedia of firms; Data.gov and Challenge.gov.

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, she was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company magazine and one of the “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post. She is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful, and co-editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds. Her next book, The Networked State, will appear with Harvard University Press. She tweets @bethnoveck.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Microsoft New England Development + Research (NERD) Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://risdsteamboston.eventbrite.com

RISD has been talking a lot about STEAM lately, but what is it really? STEAM is a RISD-led initiative to add Art and Design to the national agenda ofSTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and research in America. 
STEM + Art = STEAM. The goal is to foster the true innovation that comes with combining the mind of a scientist or technologist with that of an artist or designer. RISD President John Maeda and other members of the community have been championing the idea that STEM expands into STEAM when art is part of the equation.
OK, now what does it mean really? We've brought together 4 members of the RISD community - faculty, alumni and students - who will share with you how they are using their art and design education to explore new solutions  to current economic, social, political, organizational and environmental challenges.Come on out and be part of the conversation!

Light refreshments will be served.  Panelists are:
Ryan Scott Barsdley 98 ID
Ryan is a researcher who's work is dedicated to making the field of medicine safer. For the past 15 years, he has worked to improve medical education through the advancement of simulation technologies for both the Massachusetts General Hospital and the U.S. Army. He is currently tinkering in surgical gesture recognition, 6mm cardiac ablation robots, and an ultra low-flow infusion monitoring system. He lives in Boston with his wife and two fine sons.
Samantha Dempsey 13 IL
Samantha Dempsey is a senior in Illustration at RISD and a Maharam STEAM Fellow. She is a fierce advocate for collaboration between designers and medical professionals and spent the last summer working with the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation to develop new methods of visual communication between doctors and patients. She is always looking for the fuzzy areas where art and science combine and most recently found this at the TEDMED conference where she performed as a graphic facilitator.
Catherine Schmidt 14 GD
Catherine is a rising senior in Graphic Design at RISD and the president of the RISD STEAM club. With Sarah Pease 13 FD, she is working to develop a vision for STEAM in K-12 schools and at the university level. Catherine is interested in non-latin scripts and the relationship between design & code.
Lucy Spelman
Lucy is a biologist with an unusual background: she is one of a handful of veterinarians certified in zoological medicine. Her patients have included giant pandas in China, Asian elephants in Burma, giant river otters in Guyana, and mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She is also a writer and an educator with a keen interest in exploring new ways to use the arts to communicate and interpret science.


MCAN Climate Education Meeting
Wednesday, 29 May, 2013
8pm to 9:30pm
Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St, Arlington
Attendence is free, light refreshment served.  All are welcome.

Steven Clarke, Assistant Secretary for Energy, will be speaking on the Climate Plan/Global Warming Solutions Act and
Lisa Capone, Deputy Director of Green Communities at DOER, will be speaking on the Green Communities Act.
Following Steven and Lisa's presentations, MCAN Executive Director Rob Garrity will lead a discussion of important topics in climate change, including the latest on fracking, Keystone, and state legislative issues.

In 2008 Massachusetts passed two major pieces of climate related legislation.  The Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) required the state to set 2020 and 2050 greenhouse gas reduction targets and develop a plan to hit those targets, and the Green Communities Act (GCA) greatly accelerated energy efficiency work in Massachusetts and created the Green Communities Program incentivizing Massachusetts cities and towns to go green.

Event Contact Info:  Rob Garrity
Email:  rob.garrity at massclimateaction.net 
 Phone: 6175150600 
Website: http://massclimateaction.net


Rise Of The Individual 
Thursday, May 30
6:30-8:00 pm
C. Walsh Theatre at Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston
Admission is free and open to all. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Park St. MBTA Station. 

Nicco Mele and Kevin Bankston ; discussion moderated by Dharmishta Rood. 
The invention of the internet has opened an entirely new world of communication and, therefore, organization. With so much power now in the hands of the individual, one questions whether we need institutions anymore. As this technology progresses, we face an inevitable need to restructure our government systems, safety measures, and concept of ownership, as well as their attached legal implications. But while the world touts the internet as the prime conveyer of a bold, new democracy, we consider how it also ushers in sharper methods of surveillance and control. 

Moderator Dharmishta Rood (Fellow, Harvard University Psychology Department) leads Nicco Mele (Founder, EchoDitto and author, The End of Big) and Kevin Bankston(Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy & Technology) in a bold discussion on how the internet is giving rise to the individual.

Further background information on the participants:
Nicco Mele, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, is a leading expert in the integration of social media and Web 2.0 with politics, business, and communications. As the internet operations director for Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential race, Mele and the campaign team pioneered the use of technology and social media that revolutionized political fundraising and American politics. Later that year, Mele founded EchoDitto, a leading internet strategy consulting company. Melo also co-foundedGeniusRocket.com, which uses the internet to solicit advertising creative, and launched ProxyDemocracy.com, an online resource for proxy voting and shareholder resolutions.

Kevin Bankston is Senior Counsel and Director of the Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). Prior to joining CDT in February 2012, he was a Senior Staff Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) specializing in free speech and privacy law. From 2003-05, he was EFF's Equal Justice Works/Bruce J. Ennis Fellow, studying the impact of post-9/11 anti-terrorism surveillance initiatives on online privacy and free expression. Before joining EFF, Bankston was the Justice William J. Brennan First Amendment Fellow for the American Civil Liberties Union, where he litigated Internet-related free speech cases. 

Dharmishta Rood is a Masters student at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, studying social media tools and their applications for informal learning. With this interest in new media, she also works at the Berkman Center as a research assistant for Yochai Benkler, delving into online cooperation. She is the co-founder of Populous, a Knight Foundation-funded project that aims to provide collegiate and small town newspapers with the tools they need to survive in a web 2.0 environment. Rood was recently a Knight News Challenge Fellow at MIT's Center for Civic Media.

About Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University:
Ford Hall Forum is the nation's oldest free public lecture series. The Forum provides an open venue for sharing opinions and discussing controversial points of view. It advances the First Amendment through freedom of expression, encouraging attendees to engage directly with speakers. Ford Hall Forum discussions illuminate the key issues facing our society by bringing to its podium knowledgeable and thought-provoking orators from a broad range of perspectives. These experts participate for free, and in settings that promote a culture of involvement in a non-partisan environment.

The Forum began in 1908 as a series of Sunday evening public meetings held at the Ford Hall, which once stood on Beacon Hill in Boston. While the original building no longer exists, the public conversations have continued throughout the Boston area with the generous support from state agencies, foundations, corporations, academic institutions, and individuals. In its 104th year of programming, the Forum continues to build upon its partnership with Suffolk University. Suffolk is now housing the Forum's administrative offices just a block away from where the original Ford Hall once stood.

Ford Hall Forum programs are made possible through the generous contributions from individual members as well as corporations and foundations, including American International Group (AIG), AMES Hotel, Broadway Video, Compass Eight, The Fred & Marty Corneel Fund, Gray Media, Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, Helen Rees Literary Agency, Iron Mountain, Jackson & Company, LCMG Certified Public Accountants, The Lowell Institute, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Penny Pimentel, The Pfizer Foundation, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation, Prince Lobel & Tye, Saturday Night Live, Suffolk University, True North,  and WBUR 90.9 FM.

For more information on Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, visit www.fordhallforum.org. Information about Suffolk University’s partnership with the Ford Hall Forum can be obtained by contacting Mariellen Norris, (617) 573-8450, mnorris at suffolk.edu.


Weatherization Barnraising
Saturday, June 1
10 am - 2 pm
Saint James Church, 1991 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

We'll work on: Door weatherization, thermostat programming, closing up wide open damper that looks like it has been open since the church was built, basement air-sealing with masonry and spray foam, and grading some of the ground outside so the water runs away from the foundation.

Sign up to participate at 

More information at http://www.heetma.com


Fighting Climate Change Caused by Power Plants (Federal and State Initiatives)
Sunday, June 2, 2013
2-5 PM
Edwards Church (UCC), 39 Edwards Street, Framingham MA

Carbon dioxide emissions from power plants produce nearly 40 percent of the global warming pollution in the United States. Despite this, there are currently no limits on the amount of carbon pollution that can be released from power plant smokestacks.

Invited experts will be speaking on new initiatives to counter this.

Keynote talk: New EPA rules for Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Power Plants
Speaker: Rachel Cleetus, Ph. D., Senior Climate Economist, Union of Concerned Scientists
The focus of her work is designing and advocating for effective global warming policies at the federal, regional, state and international levels.

Making Massachusetts Coal-Free
Speaker: Eugenia Gibbons, M.A., Program Director, Environmental League of Massachusetts

Eugenia oversees ELM's Global Warming Solutions Project (GWSP) – a diverse network of representatives from MA state and local government, business, labor, academia, public health, and environmental advocates – and coordinates joint action and advocacy.

Join us for an informative afternoon, and learn how you can help support these important initiatives.Admission is free!
To register for this free event, go to: www.climatechange-powerplants.eventbrite.com.
For directions, go to: http://www.edwardschurch.org/directions/
For more information, please email mipandl2013 at gmail.com.

Download a flyer at http://www.mipandl.org/newslink/fighting_climate_change.pdf


Saturday, June 8, 2013 
3:00PM to 9:00PM
Cooperative Artists Institute, 311 Forest Hills Street, Jamaica Plain

The Unexpected Party is a musical fundraiser for the Partnership For whole School Change . It features a fun game that expands our understanding of schools, a drum circle for all ages, networking, and a performance by the The Unexpected — Jamaica Plain’s new underground band. Bring what you can afford for the donation bucket (checks are payable to Cooperative Artists Institute). If you cannot attend, make your donation using PayPal and click the Make A Donation button, then under "Descriptions" type PWSC donation. Bring a potluck dish if you plan to eat dinner or snacks and beverages if you plan to nibble. If you wish to attend, send us your RSVP ASAP by sending us this email with your phone number or call us at 617-524-6378 


From Blogger.com to Kim Dotcom: Legal Considerations of Digital Publishing
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/hackshackersboston/events/118533072/

Amy Mugherini and Larry Stanley of Bingham McCutchen will lead an engaging discussion concerning legal considerations and implications associated with journalism in the digital age and the ever-evolving scope of the internet and publishing content online.  The discussion will address not only the protection of your work and brand in a proactive manner but also how to defend yourselves against claims made against you as a result of your reporting.  In particular, we will explore how to protect your content and/or your website, the development of terms of use for your website, and what privacy laws may apply to the information you collect. We will also discuss legal issues that may arise as a result of your journalism, including the standards for copyright and trademark infringement, what to do when someone infringes your intellectual property, what to do when you have been accused of infringing someone else’s intellectual property, what fair use defenses apply under the law, and social media issues and cybercrimes that every hack/hacker should be familiar with.

Ms. Mugherini and Mr. Stanley hope this will be an interactive discussion, with lots of comments and questions from people in the room.

Bios:  Amy Mugherini is a partner in Bingham McCutchen’s corporate practice group.  Ms. Mugherini focuses her practice on domestic and international technology, including licensing, acquisition and development transactions, and outsourcing, consulting and distribution arrangements. Ms. Mugherini advises clients on several different topics regarding both intellectual property and information technology and the day-to-day operation of their business in a multitude of fields, both product and service oriented.  She has experience drafting and negotiating commercial technology agreements from both the in-house counsel and outside counsel perspective, including a wide variety of IP and software license agreements; development agreements; outsourcing and distribution agreements; manufacturing, supply and sales agreements; and non-disclosure agreements.

Larry Stanley is a counsel in Bingham McCutchen’s intellectual property group.  Mr. Stanley’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including specifically patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress, false advertising and trade secret matters.  Mr. Stanley has represented a wide variety of clients with matters in state and federal courts as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board and the International Trade Commission. He is registered to prosecute patents before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has been involved in client counseling and providing infringement, validity, patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions. Representative technology areas in which Larry has litigated and counseled clients include medical devices, computer software, electronic trading platforms, electronic patient diaries, consumer electronics, electrical safety circuits, fuse indicator labels, brightness enhancement films, flash memory products and sporting goods.

For more information on Amy Mugherini and Larry Stanley, please see the links to their bios below:






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.)




Cambridge Solar Challenge

We're working to get 100 solar-panel installations on residential roofs in Cambridge this summer.

Because of the scale of the project, we've managed to bargain with Next Step Living (the solar installer) to get a:
20% discount for Cambridge residents from May 1st until August 1st. (That's 20% below the state average price per watt installed.)  The discount applies whether the solar is purchased outright or leased.

$300 donation to any nonprofit for any solar installations that result from their referral.  So, if your church, preschool or other nonprofit persuades a family in its community to sign up for a solar evaluation, and the family ends up installing solar, the nonprofit will earn $300 for its sustainability needs (such as adding insulation, installing efficient lighting, creating a garden, etc.). In this way we double the amount of good we are doing.

You can easily look up your home's solar potential through MIT's solar map (http://www.cambridgema.gov/solar/). Then email us (heet.cambridge at gmail.com) to sign up for a free solar assessment with an expert.

If you are associated with a nonprofit and want to help sign up solar assessments to increase the renewable energy  in Cambridge as well as earn money for your nonprofit, email us with questions or to get started.

We will happily attend events at your nonprofit in order to explain how solar works, figure out who has good solar potential and explain how it can save residents money.


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


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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