[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - May 26, 2013

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun May 26 10:29:45 PDT 2013

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Monday, May 27

7pm  Networking for Food Entrepreneurs
8pm  Nerd Nite

Tuesday, May 28

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

Wednesday, May 29

10am  Oceans Signal Climate Change - A Stakeholder Science Forum
12pm  A New Democracy Movement! Brown Bag Luncheon with Aaron Tanaka
2pm  Media Lab Conversations Series: Beth Noveck
4pm  TEDxBeacon Street:  3D Printing Adventure with Ben Peters 
6:30pm  RISD/Boston STEAM
8pm  MCAN Climate Education Meeting

Thursday, May 30

6pm  Creating Successful Crowd Funding Campaigns: What You Need to Know
6:30pm  Rise Of The Individual 
6:30pm  "Limitations of Modernism"

Friday, May 31
2pm  'An Open Forum to Strengthen Collaborations between Research, Outreach, and Education for the Northeast Food System.’ 
7pm  Boston Civic Expo:  Code for Boston

Saturday, June 1

Boston 500 Day of Action
10am  Weatherization Barnraising
10am  Co-op Power Barnraising at Seedpod Housing Co-operative
12pm  34th Annual Cambridge River Festival
7pm  IDEA Lab (hosted by CEMI): Getting Started in the Demoscene

Sunday, June 2

2pm  Fighting Climate Change Caused By Power Plants:  Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light (MIP&L)

Monday, June 3

Electoral Integrity Project 2013 Annual Workshop:  "Concepts and Indices of Electoral Integrity"

Tuesday, June 4

Electoral Integrity Project 2013 Annual Workshop:  "Concepts and Indices of Electoral Integrity"
6pm  Boston Area Sustainability Group 


Event Details

Monday, May 27

Networking for Food Entrepreneurs
Monday, May 27, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Grafton Street Pub & Grill, 1230 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Food-Biz-Network/events/118479512/

Follow Us on Twitter @FoodBizNet 

Join Our LinkedIn Group http://linkedin.com/groups/Food-Biz-Network-5014198


Nerd Nite
Monday, May 27
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge 

Talk 1 – “Poopfrastructure, or Why You Should Start Your Own Poovolution” by Lauren Burgunder
Talk 2 – “Triple E & Me” by Asim Ahmed

More information at http://boston.nerdnite.com/2013/05/18/nerd-nite-52713/

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.”

Wednesday, May 29

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

MIT Sea Grant Stakeholder Forum Series
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.


TEDxBeacon Street:  3D Printing Adventure with Ben Peters 
May 29   
4 PM
MIT Media Lab 
Apply at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16JXulvF1S6KR-RTMc_no96opGu9CKGsbO21sa--5bpg/viewform  

Adventure with Benjamin Peters (Speaker 2013) and learn everything about 3D Printing from the "jedi master".  Peters is a master’s degree student in the Mediated Matter Group at the MIT Media Lab, where he works to develop new digital fabrication technologies. His primary invention is a novel technique for efficiently actuating a large array of tiny pins for use as a molding tool. Similar to the common pin-art toy, the reconfigurable molding surface combines the speed of molding processes with the dynamic reconfigurability of a 3D printer. The development of a unique fusible alloy micro-clutch array allows the device to quickly reconfigure thousands of pins with only a single moving actuator. Aside from the digital mold, Ben has recently developed a cable suspended robotic crane for 3D printing buildings and novel devices for electro-discharge machining, ceramic superconductor synthesis, and inkjet deposition. Ben received an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He was awarded a first place award in the Lobby 7 Design Competition, and the Whitelaw Award for Excellence in Design and Manufacturing.  While Ben was an undergraduate, he was coordinator of Discover Mechanical Engineering, a popular freshmen pre-orientation program.  Ben can be found roaming around the Media Lab with his robotic, mobile office.


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 Street, 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

Thursday, May 30

Creating Successful Crowd Funding Campaigns: What You Need to Know
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Microsoft NERD Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://crowdfundinggames.eventbrite.com/# 

When an entrepreneur hears the words 'Kickstarter' or 'IndieGoGo', they think "wow, this is a great way to raise funds with no angels or VCs, presell my game, and spread the word about my goals and ambitions." But, could it be a whole lot more, or less? 

Come hear from game developers who have raised money on Kickstarter or other crowd funding platforms, as well as representatives from the crowd funding platforms themselves and industry analysts. Learn about what it takes to have a successful crowd funding program, the benefits, and the downsides of operating in such an open environment. Our panel, which includes Mike Vorhaus of Frank N. Magid Associates (moderator), John Vaskis of Indiegogo, Dan Silvers of the Boston Festival of Indie Games and Lantana Games, Joshua A.C. Newman of Mobile Frame Zero / glyphpress and others will discuss what an entrepreneur needs for a successful kickstarter, who should or should NOT try crowd funding, and what is the real cost in time and money of a crowd funding campaign. 

Come early or stay late to enjoy light appetizers / drinks and to network with your peers. The event will be held on Thursday, May 30th from 6pm - 9pm at the Microsoft NERD Center (One Memorial Drive, Cambridge). 

Event sponsored by Microsoft New England Research
Web site: http://crowdfundinggames.eventbrite.com/#
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge

For more information, contact:  Amy Goggins
agoggins at mit.edu 


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.


"Limitations of Modernism"
Thursday, May 30, 2013
6:30 pm
MIT, Kresge Auditorium W16, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Toyo Ito, Lecture by 2013 Pritzker Prize winner.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:  Anne Simunovic
annesim at mit.edu 

Friday, May 31
'An Open Forum to Strengthen Collaborations between Research, Outreach, and Education for the Northeast Food System.’ 
May 31st
2 pm through 4 pm EST.
RSVP  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2274763464511050496

Purpose: This webinar will help:
identify current efforts in research and extension that address the key dimensions of regional food systems and value chain development;
identify and measure key indicators that determine whether there is positive change in the regional food system as a result of projects or programs, and
improve research and extension integration across the region and help build stronger networks among land grant and related institutions in the Northeast.
Kate Clancy, Food Systems Consultant, School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University 
Stephan Goetz, Director, Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development 
Dr. Qingbin Wang, Professor, University of Vermont 
Dr. Todd Schmidt/Becca Jablonski, Agriculture Economics Development Specialist, Cornell University Extension 
Min-Yang Lee, Researcher, Northeast Fisheries Science Center 
Diane Holtaway, Rutgers University Food Innovation Center 
Jiff Martin, Food Systems Educator, University of Connecticut 
Ben Campbell, Extension Economist, University of Connecticut 
Christian Peters, Assistant Professor, Tufts University 
Dr. Jeff Hyde/ Winifred McGee, Penn State University
Intended Audience: This webinar is designed for research and extension professionals and practitioners engaged in work related to the Northeast regional food system. Participants will learn about research and extension efforts in the Northeast in key areas of regional food systems works, including:
estimating demand/identifying markets
building supply/measuring economic impacts
processing, aggregation,  and distribution
regional modeling, policy implications and recommendations, and
Extension’s role in regional food systems work.

To Access Webinar:
Please register for “Open Forum to Strengthen Collaborations between Research, Outreach, and Education for the Northeast Food System” on May 31, 2013 2:00 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2274763464511050496. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development is pleased to announce the following Webinar: 
For questions or more information, please contact Dee Singh-Knights, Extension Assistant Professor at 304-293-7606 or dosingh-knights at mail.wvu.edu


Boston Civic Expo:  Code for Boston
Friday, May 31, 2013
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Kantar Media Offices, 501 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at http://spring2013bostoncivicexpo.eventbrite.com

Part lecture series, part social mixer, and part unconference, the first Boston Civic Expo is a celebration of civic technology and innovation work being done right here in Metro Boston.

The evening will feature two hours of IGNITE-style talks from local civic innovators, academics, technologists, and community groups, followed by an hour of topic-based breakout sessions. It’s intended to help like-minded groups that may not often work together (or even be aware of each other’s existence!) to meet and mingle, fostering an atmosphere of learning and collaboration.

We hope that by setting the stage for cross-pollination between groups doing  civic innovation work in the Greater Boston area, the Boston Civic Expo will turbocharge our city’s activity in the Gov 2.0 Movement. 

As part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, this event will dovetail into the Random Hacks of Kindness hackathon happening the following two days on June 1-2. Boston Civic Expo attendees are encouraged bring or discuss problem statements for the hackathon, and to come out and participate for a full weekend of collaborative work and problem solving.

Saturday, June 1

Boston 500 Day of Action
Join with HEET, "Renew Boston, Mayor Menino, and 30 other community groups, in declaring June 1st as "the Boston 500: Challenge to Save Energy," the first citywide day of action for home energy solutions. On this day, in neighborhoods across Boston, concerned citizens like yourself will host events that help to mobilize 500 Boston households to sign up for a no-cost home energy assessment and take steps towards weatherizing their homes.
"We need your help! By hosting an event you can have fun with your neighbors while helping people in your community lower their energy bills.
"Register Now to Host an Event on June 1 
"500 households committing to weatherize on June 1st will eliminate 224 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, save residents over $50,000 on their annual energy bills, reduce noxious emissions that cause respiratory diseases and create new green collar jobs.
"You can help to make this impact! Boston 500 will support you to organize your event. No matter how small or simple it is, your participation will help to make a difference.  
"To learn more visit  
www.renewboston.org/boston500, email boston500 at renewboston.org or call Lourdes Lopez at 617-635-4189 .

"Together we can create a healthier, more economically just, and more resilient Boston. Join us!"


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


Co-op Power Barnraising at Seedpod Housing Co-operative
Saturday, June 1, 2013 
10:00 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT)
31 Leroy Street, Boston
RSVP at ommunitypowerdorchester-es2.eventbrite.com

Reducing utility bills, creating Green Jobs in our neighborhood!  Cooperating to improve our lives and wellbeing!

As part of the Boston 500 Challenge to Save Energy, Co-op Power will host a "Neighbor to Neighbor" barnraising (weatherization) at Seedpod Cooperative in Dorchester. Co-op Power is a consumer-owned renewable energy cooperative engaged in a multi-race, multi-class effort to empower our communities. Seedpod is the first house acquired by Boston Community Cooperatives, a nonprofit that works to create permanent, affordable, cooperatively-owned housing. 

Attendees can: 
Sign up to get their own home weatherized, saving energy, money and our environment 
Learn about the cooperative movement
Hear about historic advances in energy efficiency resulting from partnership of labor, environment, and community, and support Green Justice in our communities. 

A press event will be held at 2pm to celebrate the day's work and the ongoing advances in energy efficiency that are bringing money home to families, creating jobs and reducing pollution on the power grid. 

Members of cooperatives own equity shares in the institutions, leading to self-directed businesses and housing that is always "owned-occupied." 


34th Annual Cambridge River Festival
Saturday, June 1, 2013
12:00 Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Severe weather date of Sunday, June 2, 2013
Charles River between Western Avenue and JFK Street, Cambridge

Stage schedules & activities are now available!
Learn more at http://www2.cambridgema.gov/CAC/Community/CRF_Schedule_Events_2011.cfm

See you at the Festival!! 


IDEA Lab (hosted by CEMI): Getting Started in the Demoscene
Saturday, June 1, 2013
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Artisan's Asylum Inc, 10 Tyler Street, Somerville
RSVP at http://demoscene-at-cemi-efbevent.eventbrite.com/
Info:  $5 suggested donation at the door to cover overhead costs, bring snacks and beverages!

Getting started in the demoscene: towards your first graphics, music or demo production 

The demoscene is a grass roots computer art subculture. A demoparty brings together interested people, and hosts a competition where visitors get to vote on the submitted entries. Competition categories involve, among others, 2d images, 3d images, music, and demos (which can be thought of as a mixture between a computer game and a music video). Each of these productions can be in different formats and on different newer or older platforms, posing a variety of limitations (challenges!) to the artists. In this workshop I will provide an overview of what the demoscene is, what the different productions are, what their limitations are, and how they are made (what tools are used). 

Sunday, June 2

Fighting Climate Change Caused By Power Plants:  Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light (MIP&L)
Sunday, June 2, 2013
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Edwards Church (UCC), 39 Edwards Street, Framingham

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.
Join us to learn more about
New EPA rules for Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Power Plants
Making Massachusetts Coal-Free
This event is for people with a wide range of knowledge about issues related to climate change, from experienced environmentalists to others who are newly-concerned about the effects of climate change on our planet.  This event is FREE and we encourage people to register in advance.

More information at http://www.mipandl.org

Monday, June 3

Electoral Integrity Project 2013 Annual Workshop:  "Concepts and Indices of Electoral Integrity"
Monday, June 3 
The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, S020, CGIS-South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge 

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

Tuesday, June 4

Electoral Integrity Project 2013 Annual Workshop:  "Concepts and Indices of Electoral Integrity"
Tuesday, June 4 
The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, S020, CGIS-South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge 

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


Boston Area Sustainability Group 
Tuesday, June 4
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Venture Café, Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 4th floor 

This month’s topic is “Bringing Sustainability to Your Community”.  Speakers are Susan Jennings, UMass Dartmouth Director of Sustainability; Peter De Bruin, VP of Environmental Sustainability, State Street Corp.; Ian Todreas, environmental consultant & co-chair of the Belmont Energy Committee; Mike Balin speaking on “Green Churches”; and Jim Newman, Linnaen Solutions. 
Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6656396461#.


Carbon Footprinting Renewable Energy: Understanding the Carbon Cost of Low-Carbon Energy Sources
June 7, 2013 
2pm ET
RSVP at https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=177238662&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Speaker: Dr. Charles Barnhart, Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University's Global Climate and Energy Project
While many see renewable energy sources as the solution for oil dependence and climate change mitigation, the reality is that a transition to renewables like solar or wind requires the addition of significant energy storage within the grid in order to maintain stable energy supplies for consumers. As such, it's important to understand the carbon impact of any energy grid upgrades associated with renewable energy integration in order to compare energy sources fairly. Stanford University's Global Climate and Energy Project recently conducted a study to understand these costs, focusing on the life cycle costs of different batteries that could feasibly accommodate large-scale energy storage in the electrical grid. Charles Barnhart, lead author of this study, will discuss this issue, including the shortcomings of the US electrical grid, options for large-scale storage, and the resulting carbon impacts.
Registration is available here: https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=177238662&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.

Suzanne Greene, Project Manager, Environmental Footprinting Initiative
MIT Materials Systems Laboratory | Center for Transportation & Logistics
Phone:  (617) 715-5473
Email:  segreene at mit.edu


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 

3rd Annual Tours De Hives Swarming Boston
Sunday, June 9th
9:30am - 3pm
Meet at Boston Common near the Park Street T stop (Park and Tremont Streets)
RSVP at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/383795 ($10 suggested donation)

WHAT: Join fellow bike and bee enthusiasts for Boston’s third annual Tour de Hives - a yearly bicycle tour of urban bee hives. We will start our day at 9:30am in Boston Common for introductions and to create 2 “swarms” heading to 2 different hotel rooftop apiaries (in North End and Copley). We will then make our way to the South End, where we will visit the only urban honeybee research lab to discuss with Noah of BestBees the state of his research on honeybee health.  Our final stop in Fenway will combine a presentations about queen rearing and community outreach with visit of hives in an educational apiar, a light lunch provided by the organizers, an Inflatable Beehive (sure to delight all ages), honey tasting,  
Join us for a single site demo or spend the day touring by bike from hive to apiary as we gain insight into urban beekeeping. Total mileage from start to finish is just about 6 miles.
A light lunch and snacks will be provided. Don’t forget your own water and a bike helmet!

Hosted by the Boston Beekeepers Club
Generously sponsored by: Agricultural Hall, the Beekeeper's Warehouse, Broadway Bicycle, Follow the Honey, Maxant Industries, New England Beekeeping Supplies, Inc., Whole Foods Symphony.
Pre-registration available now at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/383795. 
The suggested donation of $10 covers event costs, Tour de Hives tee-shirts for all participants, and a light lunch; any proceeds will be reinvested in education and outreach initiatives by the Boston Beekeepers Club. No one will be denied Tour de Hives access/enjoyment for lack of funds.
Further details, a link to a map of the route and other updates can be found at:
Questions can be directed to: BostonTourDeHives at gmail.com


TED Global Simulcast 
Wednesday, June 12 
All Day
BATV, 46 Tappan Street, Brookline
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1c0fd2Yh9ZG_D5deQ0WfNO7HVgcbrC4MJwglHRY9q3Ww/viewform


ISO-New England's Generation Retirement Study & 2020 Resource Options for New England
The 135th NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Friday, June 14, 2013
9 am to 12:15 pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston

ISO-New England's recent analysis for its forthcoming report on generation retirement concludes that, due to a number of factors, 28 oil- and coal-fired generators in New England (representing 8,300 MW) are at risk of retirement by the end of the decade. 
Join us at our 135th New England Electric Restructuring Roundtable on June 14th to better understand ISO's analysis, and to explore the ramifications for New England of potentially losing over one quarter of its generation capacity in less than a decade.  We will also explore in detail what other resource options might be available to fill this potential reliability and resource adequacy gap - more gas-fired generators; on-shore and off-shore wind; hydro power from the North; solar and/or energy efficiency and demand response. 
Stephen Rourke, VP System Planning, ISO-New England will present ISO's analysis and conclusions.  Massachusetts DPU Commissioner David Cash will then provide a state's perspective on both the challenges and potential solutions.  Peter Fuller, Director, Market & Regulatory Affairs at NRG Energy will discuss his company's perspective as the holder of several fossil-fired generators in New England (as well as an increasingly diversified portfolio nationally).  Steve Molodetz, VP, Business Development, Hydro-Québec-U.S., will discuss the possibilities of importing substantial, primarily hydro-based resources, from Canada.  Paul Gaynor, CEO, First Wind, will discuss the role that renewables can play in meeting New England's 2020 energy and capacity needs, and Herb Healy, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, EnerNOC, Inc., will discuss the role that demand-side resources could potentially play.
We look forward to your questions and thoughts on this timely and important topic for the region.
Free and open to the public with no advanced registration!!


TEDxBeacon Street Adventure:  Kinetic and Monumental Adventure
June 15
11 AM
Christian Science Center Plaza, Boston 
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mtgd1m1NSQOewNK5LA7WYKjzvs9PMCMBVjai06OWIcg/viewform

Murray Dewart's tour/talk at the Christian Science Center Plaza  - "We have our immortal longings and sculpture is often their vehicle and their emblem. " -Murray Dewart  Arches, curves, and columns of stone and metal dot the plaza of Back Bay's Christian Science Center this summer in Byzantium Gates. They are elegant, solid, but What do they mean? Come hear the artist, Murray Dewart, explain in his own words how the sculpture speaks in metaphors.   Dewart is a Brookline-based sculptor whose gate-themed work has graced familiar landscapes such as the courtyards of Harvard and the lawns of Boston Common as well as sanctuaries as far away as Beijing, China. He combines diverse materials into pieces ranging from a few inches in height to a few tons in weight, that are each in harmony with the natural environments they inhabit. Since beginning his career as a sculptor over forty years ago, Dewart has sought to constantly reinvent himself, and this summer exhibit in downtown Boston is his latest creation.  This Adventure is co-presented by George Sherwood notable public artist.


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:




 Solar 101 in Cambridgeport
June 18th
136 Magazine Street, Cambridge

Hosted by Eitz Chayim and Greenport. Learn about solar, meet neighbors, and check if your roof has good potential!


TEDxBeacon Street:  A Farm in a Box Adventure
June 23  
11 AM
40 Newmarket Square Boston 
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12OLeuk2SdacObtURqHFBr6sa9IzwWONseF14KDemIRw/viewform

Freight Farms is changing how food gets to your plate by making local food supply the most sustainable option. The team has created a scalable farming platform using retrofitted shipping container that can be installed and operated in any environment. The result is fresh food production in 320 square feet that is equivalent to an acre of traditional agriculture. Come tour a unit in operation at one of the largest food distributors in New England and see how the food system is becoming sustainable. 


Counting Carbon: Lessons from the South African Fruit and Wine Industry Initiative
July 12, 2013 
9am ET
RSVP at https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=39390858&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Speaker: Shelly Fuller, Project Manager for the Confronting Climate Change: Fruit & Wine Industry Initiative
The South African fruit and wine industry exports 2.2 megatons of fruit and 412,000,000 liters of wine each year. As the threat of climate change continues to mount, governmental bodies and retailers are beginning to consider labeling schemes and other measures to track and reduce carbon emissions. In addition, the price of fuel will likely continue to rise, providing a potentially more significant incentive to reduce fossil fuel consumption. In response, the South African Fruit and Wine Industry worked together to develop a calculation methodology and local data set to help growers understand their carbon footprints and look for ways to reduce emissions and costs. Shelly Fuller will join us to explain their work to date as well as their next steps for the future. 
Registration is available here: https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=39390858&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.

Suzanne Greene, Project Manager, Environmental Footprinting Initiative
MIT Materials Systems Laboratory | Center for Transportation & Logistics
Phone:  (617) 715-5473
Email:  segreene at mit.edu


Tech, Drugs & Rock n' Roll 2013
Tuesday July 16th, 2013
4:00PM to 8:00PM EDT
Ziskind Lounge, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e76zqw5acf6e149e

Boston University's Office of Technology Development announces the 4th annual Tech, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll networking event.  
This is a unique event where we celebrate innovation in a high energy fashion. The atmosphere encourages interaction between the business and science communities to build lasting relationships that lead to innovative collaborations.

The Innovator of the Year Award will be announced by Boston University Provost Jean Morrison.

In addition, there will be exhibits by various applied and translational research centers.

This year's musical entertainment will be provided by
Brendan James, an emerging singer/songwriter who specializes in folked-based piano music. For more information, visit his website at http://www.brendanjames.com/




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.


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.

Contact http://www.heetma.com


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  s

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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