[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - June 2, 2013

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jun 2 12:08:11 PDT 2013

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Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index

Monday, June 3

Electoral Integrity Project 2013 Annual Workshop:  "Concepts and Indices of Electoral Integrity"
6pm  Boston Urban Agriculture Zoning Public Meeting

Tuesday, June 4

Electoral Integrity Project 2013 Annual Workshop:  "Concepts and Indices of Electoral Integrity"
4:30pm  Cambridge Urban Agriculture Public Meeting
6pm  Boston Area Sustainability Group 
7pm  Spring of Sustainability Teleseminar:  Clare Dakin, Stewardship

Wednesday, June 5

7pm  Spring of Sustainability Teleseminar:  The Time of the Black Jaguar: Indigenous Wisdom for the Continuity of LIfe on Earth

Thursday, June 6

5:30pm  EnergyBar at Greentown Labs: Summer BBQ Edition
6:30pm  Book Talk: “Cooler Smarter”
6:30pm  2013 Green Cambridge Annual Meeting 
6:45pm  War on Whistleblowers:  Free Press and the National Security State
7pm  Spring of Sustainability Teleseminar:  PANEL: The Artist as Messenger

Friday, June 7

2pm  Carbon Footprinting Renewable Energy: Understanding the Carbon Cost of Low-Carbon Energy Sources

Saturday, June 8

8:30am  Symposium on Urbanism, Spirituality, and Well-being: Future Urbanisms
3pm  The Unexpected Party Musical Fundraiser

Sunday, June 9

9:30am  3rd Annual Tours De Hives Swarming Boston

Monday, June 10

6pm  Mass Innovation Nights #51

Tuesday, June 11

12:30pm  Jazz and Journalism: Reporting with Improvisation


Event Details

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


Boston Urban Agriculture Zoning Public Meeting
Monday, June 3rd
6:00 p.m.
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, downtown Boston (Park Street “T”)

Please come help us kick off our neighborhood outreach!  NOTE:  For this first meeting, a picture ID will be required to clear building security.  Only if you do not have an picture ID, please send me your name in advance of the meeting and I will add your name to a list for building security staff. 

Eleven other public meetings on this issue will be happening in different Boston neighborhoods throughout June and July.

Contact  john.read.bra at cityofboston.gov for further information

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


Cambridge Urban Agriculture Public Meeting
Tuesday, June 4
4:30 PM
Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The Neighborhood and Long Term Planning Committee will conduct a public meeting to explore the potential and long-term impact of developing urban agriculture initiatives throughout the neighborhoods of the City of Cambridge.


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

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#.


Spring of Sustainability Teleseminar:  Clare Dakin, Stewardship
Tuesday, June 4  
Webinar at http://springofsustainability.com/

Clare Dakin founded TreeSisters after a car crash that delivered a life changing message. Considering herself ‘an unlikely leader’, she is an Earth loving social entrepreneur and inspirational speaker with 18 years of international experience within the personal growth sector, facilitating groups, coaching business leaders and creating change processes that lead to lasting shifts in behavior. She is a Be The Change Symposium facilitator and freelance writer who worked for three years as the UK co-ordinator for a massive agro-forestry initiative in southern India called Project GreenHands (PGH) before initiating TreeSisters. Through her work with PGH she has distilled the social mobilization strategy deployed with great success in India, and now turns it towards the mobilization of women within TreeSisters: a women's crowd-funding campaign to help reforest the tropics within 10 years. Clare has a long time commitment to the creation of balance, an ongoing interest in Sacred Masculine and Feminine principles and a love of psychology, ecology and spirituality. She believes in our ability to choose and create a human culture that respects and protects life.


Wednesday, June 5

Spring of Sustainability Teleseminar:  The Time of the Black Jaguar: Indigenous Wisdom for the Continuity of LIfe on Earth
Wednesday, June 5
Webinar at http://springofsustainability.com/

Arkan Lushwala: Indigenous Ceremonial Leader, Healer, Teacher, Author
Hosted by Sharon Brown

Author, teacher, ceremonial leader, and healer, Arkan Lushwala has been entrusted with the sacred indigenous traditions of Peru.  In his new book, The Time of the Black Jaguar, Arkan shares a mentality carried by Indigenous people since ancient times that has the power to bring forth new stories for our time and challenges us to play our rightful role in ensuring the sustainability of life on this planet.  Born and raised in Peru, Arkan currently lives, teaches, and leads ceremonies in New Mexico.  He also serves as a ceremonial advisor to the San Francisco based non-profit organization, The Pachamama Alliance.


Thursday, June 6

EnergyBar at Greentown Labs: Summer BBQ Edition
Thursday, June 6, 2013 
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 337 Summer Street, Boston

It's time for the next chapter of Greentown Labs' EnergyBar: Summer BBQ Edition. Join us Thursday, June 6th on the shop floor for an evening of a cleantech networking + grilling on the loading dock! 
Drinks/food served around 5:30pm. Dress code is shop floor casual. Please RSVP to help us plan for food and beverages. See you there!
About EnergyBar

EnergyBar is a bi-monthly event devoted to helping people in clean technology meet and discuss innovations in renewable and advanced energy technologies. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech,’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional clean technology community.
Our attendees typically span a variety of disciplines within energy, efficiency, and renewables technology. If you're looking for a job in cleantech, trying to expand your network, or perhaps thinking about starting your own cleantech company this is the event for you. Expect to have conversations about issues facing advanced and renewable energy technologies and ways to solve our most pressing energy problems.


Book Talk: “Cooler Smarter”
Thursday, June 6
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Boston Building Resources, 100 Terrace Street, Boston (near Roxbury Community College)

with Jeff Deyette, the co-author of the Boston Globe bestseller Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Livingfrom the Union of Concerned Scientists. Based on two years of research and analysis, the book shows the most effective strategies for reducing your global warming emissions, and how to take action at work, in your community, and politically. And Cooler Smarter helps you "sweat the right stuff" with answers to dozens of questions about your personal carbon emissions, such as:
Do books or e-readers cause more emissions?
Is it worth washing clothes in cold water?
Which foods contribute most to global warming?

RSVP https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VuAdipKC1xUnuAo3ifFoZ2m3TcHDFoxY1Yhl62bQOac/viewform


2013 Green Cambridge Annual Meeting 
Thursday, June 6 
6:30 to 9pm
Youville House Atrium, 1573 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

The first hour will be used  to conduct Green Cambridge business, including the election of board members and officers.  At 7:30 there will be a presentation on Grassroots Environmental Action in Cambridge including details about our current and planned campaigns and events. Find out how you can support and participate in these efforts! 

Active Campaigns:
Cambridge Solar Collaboration with HEET
Silver Maple Forest Preservation with Friends of Alewife Reservation
Green Building Zoning petition
Commercial recycling and composting
Plastic Grocery Bag ban
Rain barrel installation program
Renewable Energy Advertising at MBTA venues

Upcoming Events:
City Council Candidates night [Fall, 2013]

Every Green Cambridge meeting is open to all who share our interests.  You are especially invited to attend this annual meeting to hear about our activities and plans.  I hope you can join us!

Contact http://www.greencambridge.org


War on Whistleblowers:  Free Press and the National Security State
Thursday, June 6
6:45 to 9pm
Central Square Library, 45 Pearl Street, Central Sq T, Cambridge

After more than a year of research and in-depth interviews, the newest documentary from producer and director Robert Greenwald and Brave New Foundations, War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State highlights the stories of four individuals who were compelled to reveal grave acts of government illegality and violations to the U.S. constitution during the explosion of the military industrial complex followed by 9/11. Whistleblowers, journalist and experts, such as Michael DeKort, Bill Keller, Jane Mayer, Franz Gayl, and Thomas Tamm, share what happens when the government turns its back on the people they?re sworn to protect and punishes those who stand up to defend the constitution.


Sponsored by the Cambridge Peace Commission
Refreshments will be served
For more information: 617.969-2758


Spring of Sustainability Teleseminar:  PANEL: The Artist as Messenger
Thursday, June 6
Webinar at http://springofsustainability.com/

Alex Grey: Visionary Artist, Sculptor, Chair of Wisdom University's Sacred Art Department
Allyson Grey: Visual Artist
Gary Malkin: Award Winning Composer of Music for Health and Wellness
Rha Goddess: World Renowned Performance Artist, Activist and Social Entrepreneur
Mikki Willis: Filmmaker, Founder of Elevate
Kim Rosen: Author, Spoken Word Artist, Poet, Therapist

Alex Grey is an American artist specializing in spiritual and visionary art and Vajrayana practitioner. His body of work spans a variety of forms including performance art, process art, installation art, sculpture, visionary art, and painting. Grey is a member of the Integral Institute and also on the board of advisors for the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, and is the Chair of Wisdom University's Sacred Art Department. He and his wife Allyson Grey are the co-founders of CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, a non-profit church supporting Visionary Culture in Wappingers Falls, New York.

Allyson Grey is an artist whose textural oil paintings and watercolors are mind bogglingly labor intensive fields of spectral squares. She received a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Tufts University, attending Tufts and the Boston Museum School simultaneously. She taught art at the Museum School and Tufts University and exhibited at Stux Gallery, Harris Gallery, White Columns, The Clocktower in New York City, in Boston, San Francisco and throughout the U.S. Her paintings have been collected by many corporations and individuals. Commissions of Allyson Grey's permanent public works include a thirty foot mural at the First Bank of Lowell, Massachusetts, and a large scale oil painting installation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She paints and collaborates with her husband, artist, Alex Grey, and beautiful actress daughter, Zena Lotus, in Brooklyn, New York.

Gary Malkin is passionate about the sharing the healing role that music and the arts can play in humanizing society’s institutions such as healthcare, religion, education, and corporate cultures.  Founder of the life-enhancing media company, Wisdom of the World, he consistently inflames the hearts and minds of his audiences around the globe through his media projects, keynote presentations, workshops and performances. 

Rha Goddess is a cultural innovator and social entrepreneur who brings over two decades of transformational “crowd rocking’” in the name of social change. As a world renowned performing artist and activist, her work has been internationally featured in several compilations, anthologies, forums and festivals. Hailed extensively in rave industry re-views from Time Magazine, Ms. Magazine, The Source and The Miami Herald among others-Rha’s work has consistently received critical acclaim. In her 30+ year tenure as a creative organizer, Rha has helped shape the face of racial justice and equality, electoral politics, offender aid and restoration, men-tal health and youth and young women’s empowerment. She was the 2008 recipient of the National Mu-seum of Voting Rights prestigious Freedom Flame Award and a 2009 recipient of the Herb Alpert Award’s Hedgebrook Prize. In 2009 and 2012, Rha was part of a special delegation invited to the White House and also in 2009 served as a U.S. Cultural Envoy to Rwanda. Rha’s latest venture, Move The Crowd is the nation’s first entrepreneurial training company dedicated to helping the next generation stay true, get paid and do good. Move The Crowd uniquely focuses on cultural and innovators who are redefining what it means to handle our business.

Filmmaker/humanitarian Mikki Willis is respected internationally as an innovator of socially and environmentally conscious media. His passion for uniting creatives inspired the vision for Elevate Film Festival in 2006. In less than three years the festival earned the title of "the world's largest single screen film event," hosting up to six thousand people per screening. It was the catalyst for the movement that is Elevate. Today, Mikki stands at the center of a global community of visionaries who realize the power of art and entertainment to inspire the masses and activate change. To date, Mikki and his award winning team have produced over 300 productions, ranging from network television specials, to theatrical features, viral media campaigns, and music videos for platinum artists. Mikki lives to the fullest with his beloved wife and partner Nadia, their son Azai, cat Navi, and chickens Blanca and Goldie.

Kim Rosen, M.F.A., has awakened listeners around the world to the power of the poetry to heal and transform individuals and communities. Author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words (Hay House, 2009), she travels the planet teaching and learning how poetry can foster healing and peacemaking within and around us. From runaway Maasai girls in Kenya who recite poems to educate their elders on the horrors of Female Genital Mutilation, to Sunnis and Shiites in Baghdad, who join poetic forces in the midst of explosions and clashes, Rosen has documented the power of poetry to melt the walls between cultures, creeds and generations. Combining her devotion to poetry with her background as a spiritual teacher and therapist, Rosen weaves inspiration, story, poetry, and music in her lectures and workshops. Co-creator of four CDs of spoken poetry and music, Rosen has been on the faculty of the Omega Institute, Wisdom University and the International Pathwork Foundation. Kim earned a B.A. from Yale University and an M.F.A. in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been published in O Magazine, The Sun Magazine, The Huffington Post, Feminist.com, HealYourLife.com and The Texas Review among others, and she was a recipient of the 2001 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry. She has appeared as a guest on Oprah Radio, New Dimensions Radio, and CNN Radio Network, among other media. She is a facilitator of inner work for groups and individuals, a Pathwork Helper and a certified practitioner of the Breathwork and the Work of Byron Katie.

Friday, June 7

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

Symposium on Urbanism, Spirituality, and Well-being: Future Urbanisms
WHEN  Sat., June 8, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Sperry Room, Andover Hall, Harvard Divinity School Campus
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Health Sciences, Humanities, Lecture, Religion, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Harvard Divinity School, the Center for Health and Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality, and the North Carolina State University College of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Tim Beatley, Teresa Heinz of Professor of Sustainable Communities, University of Virginia; Julio Bermudez, associate professor, Catholic University of America; Alan C. Logan, scientific board member, International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine; Nader Ardalan, senior editor, GSU, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Thomas Barrie, professor, North Carolina State University School of Design; Nimi Wariboko, Katherine B. Stuart Professor of Christian Ethics, Andover Newton Theological School; Jack Spengler, Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Health and Human Habitation at the Harvard School of Public Health and director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment; Ahmed Ragab, Watson Assistant Professor of Science and Religion and director of the Science, Religion and Culture Program at the Harvard Divinity School
COST  Free and open to the public. Registration required on entry.
NOTE  How can the design of future cities support spiritual, physiological, and ecological well-being?
This day-long event, the third in a series of three symposium meetings, will highlight contemporary global trends and speculate on advances in urban design that support spiritual, physiological, and ecological well-being. Speakers will pay specific attention to our relationship with natural resources and environments—both ecological and social—that sustain us.
The day will include morning and afternoon panel sessions followed by a reception for symposium participants.
Session 1 will feature Professor Tim Beatley on “biophilic cities,” Professor Julio Bermudez on inclusive modernism, and Alan Logan, ND, on the contribution of natural environments to health. Professor Jack Spengler, Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health, will moderate the discussion.
Session 2 will feature Professor Nimi Wariboko on the “charismatic city,” Professor Tom Barrie on the ontological roles of the city, and Nader Ardalan on the value of the cosmogonic city. Professor Ahmed Ragab, Director of the Science, Religion and Culture Program at the Harvard Divinity School, will moderate the discussion.
Professor Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor at the Harvard Divinity School, will provide closing remarks prior to a reception from 5-6 pm for all participants.
LINK	http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=usw


The Unexpected Party Musical Fundraiser
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 

Sunday, June 9

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

Monday, June 10

Mass Innovation Nights #51
Monday, June 10, 2013 
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Microsoft NERD Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://mass.innovationnights.com

Our 51st monthly product launch party and networking event will be held at the Microsoft NERD Center in Kendall Square. Come support local products -- see something cool?  Blog about it, tweet about it, Like or just tell someone.  Make a difference for a local innovator.  And good networking too!

Tuesday, June 11

Jazz and Journalism: Reporting with Improvisation
June 11
12:30pm ET
Location TBD
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/06/amico#RSVP
This event will be webcast live on this page at 12:30pm ET. You do not need to RSVP to view the webcast.

Laura Amico, Nieman-Berkman Fellow in Journalism Innovation
Improvisation theories, drawn mostly from jazz, have increasingly been applied to entrepreneurship, new product development, and other fields, but rarely, if ever, to journalism. Yet journalism is an industry built on improvisation, from the actions of reporters out in the field, to the deadline work of editors and page designers.  More than that, it is an industry that needs a new framework in order to survive. Journalists must, I believe, be more agile, more open, more listening, and more willing to work as teams, take chances and improvise, if they are to succeed.

At this luncheon, Laura will present her preliminary  ideas on improvisation theory and jazz in news development, arguing for a journalism framework that builds new culture out of improvisation.

About Laura
Laura Amico is a Nieman-Berkman fellow in journalism innovation. Her work focuses on building more effective strategies for newsrooms to cover beats and build community engagement. 

Laura is CEO of Glass Eye Media, the company behind Homicide Watch, a Washington, D.C.-based website for data-driven coverage of violent crime that was recognized as a notable entry in the 2011 Knight-Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism. News organizations and universities including the Sun Times, Digital First Media, and University of Colorado Boulder have partnered with Glass Eye Media to license the technology and use the community-driven approach to journalism that Glass Eye Media advocates. In 2013, Homicide Watch DC won the Knight award for public service journalism, was a finalist in the general excellence category for news sites by the Online News Association, and received a special citation from  the National Press Foundation for online journalism. 

Laura  has reported for the Register-Pajaronian and The Press Democrat in California, received a New York Times Chairman?s Award, and held fellowships with the Online News Association and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America.


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


Sustainability Las Vegas Style
Thursday, June 13, 2013      
1pm EST; 12pm CST
RSVP at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/334891614?utm_source=SCN+InBox+e-Newsletter&utm_campaign

Known as the "City of Lights," the Las Vegas of today is a shining star when it comes to sustainability. From its new LEED-Silver city hall to its recent conversion of 42,000 streetlights to LED lamps, the city makes sustainability a top priority, and it shows. One of the most water-smart cities in the nation, Las Vegas has decreased its water consumption by 36 billion gallons per year, while adding nearly half a million people to its population. 

This free one-hour webinar features Tom Perrigo, chief sustainability officer for the City of Las Vegas, who will provide an overview of his city's sustainability programs and answer audience questions. Since adopting its first Sustainable Energy Strategy in 2008, Las Vegas has, among other things:
Constructed more than 5 megawatts of renewable energy, including solar covered parking structures at 30 city facilities;
Made energy improvements to more than 1 million sq. ft. of city buildings;
Purchased two electric and two plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and installed charging stations at six city facilities (nearly 100 percent of city vehicles now run on alternative fuels);
Introduced recycling at parks and city facilities, and now half of all waste is being recycled;
Converted more than 8 acres of grass to artificial turf;
Added more than 125 miles of bike lanes and started a bike share program;
Upgraded 42,000 streetlights to LED lamps that will save the city about $2 million per year in energy and maintenance costs;
Built its new city hall to LEED Silver standards, reducing energy costs by more than $500,000 annually;
Achieved a 24 percent reduction in annual energy consumption by city operations, saving $4.4 million since 2008; and
Saved 200 million gallons of water at city facilities.


Action to Save Silver Maple Forest
Friday 14 June, 2013
Alewife MBTA Station, 8am to 910am, 5pm to 6pm

Followed by a full day vigil along Acorn Park Drive

A Silver Maple Forest day of action will take place at the Alewife MBTA Station and Acorn Park Drive on Friday, June 14th . Starting at 8:00am during rush hour, citizens of Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge and the surrounding area will make known their concerns about proposed dangerous, illegal wetlands development in the area with a group demonstration at the Alewife MBTA Station.  All are welcome to join us and participate in a respectful and peaceful manner. Following the demonstration, we will move along Acorn Park Drive and hold a vigil throughout the day, moving back to the Alewife MBTA station starting at 5pm.  A guided bicycle ride around the Reservation perimeter will start at 5:30pm for individuals and families, to learn about the rich ecology of the 130 acre Alewife Reservation and the adjoining Silver Maple Forest.

Many local organizations, environmentalists and residents are greatly concerned about the impacts of a proposed housing development on the Belmont Uplands, a beautiful forested area within the greater Alewife ecosystem. The threatened forest connects with many acres of Cambridge wetlands, and is a rich wildlife corridor through Cambridge, Belmont and
Arlington including the Little River that flows through the Route 16 greenway north to the Mystic River. Concerns about the proposed development, which are well documented, range from traffic problems, garbage dumping, water quality and flooding in the Alewife area, to loss of open space, wildlife and habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity. Clear-cutting most of the forest would be required to accommodate the proposed development.

Replacing this large and unique natural forest in the Boston area with condominiums would represent a critical loss of natural habitat to the area. Continuous appeals by the citizen based Belmont Coalition and Friends of Alewife Reservation, who are both plaintiffs in an active lawsuit to stop this development, have kept the trees standing, with an important
court judgment pending.  Green Cambridge is organizing this day of action to help bring recognition and urgency to the work of the many courageous individuals and groups who have been working for years to preserve this important urban wild, including: Coalition to Preserve Belmont Uplands, Friends of Alewife Reservation, Sustainable Arlington, the Belmont Citizens Forum, First Parish Cambridge, First Parish in Arlington, Boston Sierra Club, Lesley University, Mystic River Watershed Association, Belmont Conservation Commission, and The City of Cambridge.

All are welcome to participate for all or any part of the day?s action.

Contact: president at greencambridge.org
For more information:  http://friendsofalewifereservation.org/news.htm#forests


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.


Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now:  Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock, in conversation with David Weinberger
June 18
12:30pm ET
Location TBD
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/06/rushkoff#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

The always-on, simultaneous society in which we have found ourselves has altered our relationship to culture, media, news, politics, economics, and power. We are living in a digital temporal landscape, but instead of exploiting its asynchronous biases, we are misguidedly attempting to extend the time-is-money agenda of the Industrial Age into the current era. The result is a disorienting and dehumanizing mess, where the zombie apocalypse is more comforting to imagine than more of the same. It needn't be this way.

About Douglas
Winner of the Media Ecology Association's first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, Douglas Rushkoff is an author, teacher, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other's values. He is technology and media commentator for CNN, digital literacy advocate for Codecademy.com and has taught and lectured around the world about media, technology, culture and economics. 

His new book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, explores the always-on, simultaneous society in which we live, as well has how this new temporal landscape influences media, culture, economics, politics, and meaning. His previous best-selling books on media and popular culture have been translated to over thirty languages. They include Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, a followup to his Frontline documentary, Digital Nation, and Life Inc, an analysis of the corporate spectacle, which was also made into a short, award-winning film.

His other books include Cyberia, Media Virus, Playing the Future, Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism, Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out and Coercion, winner of the Marshall Mcluhan Award for best media book. Rushkoff also wrote the acclaimed novels Ecstasy Club and Exit Strategy and graphic novel, Club Zero-G. He wrote the graphic novels Testament and A.D.D., for Vertigo. 

He has written and hosted three award-winning PBS Frontline documentaries - The Merchants of Cool looked at the influence of corporations on youth culture, The Persuaders, about the cluttered landscape of marketing, and new efforts to overcome consumer resistance, and most recently, Digital Nation, about life on the virtual frontier.

His commentaries have aired on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR's All Things Considered, and have appeared in publications fromThe New York Times to Time magazine. He wrote the first syndicated column on cyberculture for The New York Times and Guardian of London, as well as regular columns for Arthur, Discover Magazine and The Feature. He also hosted is own radio program on WFMU, The Media-Squat. 

Rushkoff has taught regularly for NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, The New School University, the MaybeLogic Academy and the Esalen Institute. He also lectures about media, art, society, and change at conferences and universities around the world.

He has served on the National Advisory Board of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, the Board of Directors of the Media Ecology Association, The Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, the United Nations Commission on World Culture, and as a founding member of Technorealism. He is on the Advisory Boards of MeetUp.com and HyperWords. He has been awarded a Fullbright Scholarship, and Senior Fellowships by the Markle Foundation, the Center for Global Communications, and the International University of Japan. He served as an Advisor to the United Nations Commission on World Culture and regularly appears on TV shows from NBC Nightly News and Larry King to the Colbert Report and Bill Maher. He developed the Electronic Oracle software series for HarperCollins Interactive.

Rushkoff is on the board of several new media non-profits and companies, and regularly consults on new media arts and ethics to museums, governments, synagogues, churches, universities, and even Fortune 500 companies that are willing to listen to reason.

Rushkoff earned his PhD in New Media and Digital Culture from Utrecht University with a dissertation entitled Monopoly Moneys: The media environment of corporatism and the player's way out. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, received an MFA in Directing from California Institute of the Arts, a post-graduate fellowship (MFA) from The American Film Institute, a Fulbright award to lecture on narrative in New Zealand, and a Director's Grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has worked as a certified stage fight choreographer, an SAT tutor, and as keyboardist for the industrial band PsychicTV.


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!


FAS Monthly Environmental Movie/Brown Bag Lunch Series
WHEN  Thu., June 20, 2013, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Mallinckrodt Faculty Room, 102, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Film, Lecture, Science, Sustainability
CONTACT INFO	gosia_sklodowska at harvard.edu
NOTE  Join us every month to watch some of the most inspiring TED talks on different environmental topics, such as energy, waste, water or health.
LINK	http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2012-10-18/fas-monthly-environmental-moviesbrown-bag-lunch-series


Dancing for the Planet
Friday, June 21
7:00 pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston
Tickets are $20; $15 students/seniors. All proceeds will go to 350ma, the Massachusetts chapter of the environmental organization www.350.org. 
For information and online ticket purchases, please visit http://www.warrensenders.com/journal/?page_id=6011

On Friday, June 21, three dance companies representing diverse movement traditions will join together to draw attention to the global climate crisis. Featured artists are the Zoé Dance Company, the Navarasa Dance Theater, and Nani Agbeli & The Agbekor Society.  

“Dancing For The Planet” is the seventh concert in the “Playing For The Planet” series, conceived as a way for creative performers to contribute to the urgent struggle against global warming. Because the climate problem recognizes no national boundaries, the artists represent styles from three different parts of the globe.   Their choice of beneficiary, 350MA.org, is focused on building global consensus on reduction of atmospheric CO2 levels — action which climatologists agree is necessary to avoid catastrophic outcomes. It’ll be an evening of brilliant dance and movement — for the central cause of our century.


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. 


REWIRE: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection:  A book launch with the author, Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the MIT Center for Civic Media
Tuesday, June 25
time TBD
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC
Reception to immediately follow the book talk.
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2013/06/rewire#RSVP
The event will be recorded and posted to our website in a few days.

We live in an age of connection, one that is accelerated by the Internet. This increasingly ubiquitous, immensely powerful technology often leads us to assume that as the number of people online grows, it inevitably leads to a smaller, more cosmopolitan world. We’ll understand more, we think. We’ll know more. We’ll engage more and share more with people from other cultures. In reality, it is easier to ship bottles of water from Fiji to Atlanta than it is to get news from Tokyo to New York.

In Rewire, media scholar and activist Ethan Zuckerman explains why the technological ability to communicate with someone does not inevitably lead to increased human connection. At the most basic level, our human tendency to “flock together” means that most of our interactions, online or off, are with a small set of people with whom we have much in common. In examining this fundamental tendency, Zuckerman draws on his own work as well as the latest research in psychology and sociology to consider technology’s role in disconnecting ourselves from the rest of the world.

For those who seek a wider picture—a picture now critical for survival in an age of global economic crises and pandemics—Zuckerman highlights the challenges, and the headway already made, in truly connecting people across cultures. From voracious xenophiles eager to explore other countries to bridge figures who are able to connect one culture to another, people are at the center of his vision for a true kind of cosmopolitanism. And it is people who will shape a new approach to existing technologies, and perhaps invent some new ones, that embrace translation, cross-cultural inspiration, and the search for new, serendipitous experiences.

Rich with Zuckerman’s personal experience and wisdom, Rewire offers a map of the social, technical, and policy innovations needed to more tightly connect the world.

About Ethan
Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media, is cofounder of the citizen media community of Global Voices.

Prior to MIT, Ethan worked with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University on projects focused on civic media, freedom of speech online, and understanding media ecosystems. He led a team focused on Media Cloud, a project that builds an archive of news stories and blog posts applies language processing and presents ways to analyze and visualize the resulting data. Zuckerman also founded Geekcorp, a non-profit technology volunteer corps that has done work in over a dozen countries, and helped found Tripod, an early participatory media company.


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/


Boston Quantified Self Show&Tell #13 (NERD)
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Bring ID and come to 1st floor
Price: $5.00/per person
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/BostonQS/events/121586872/

Please come join us on July 23rd for another fun night of self-tracking presentations, sharing ideas, and showing tools. If you are self-tracking in any way -- health stats, biofeedback, life-logging, mood monitoring, biometrics, athletics, etc. -- come and share your methods, results and insights.

6:00 - 7:00 pm DEMO HOUR & SOCIAL TIME
Are you a toolmaker? Come demo your self-tracking gadget, app, project or idea that you're working on and share with others in our "science fair for adults." If you are making something useful for self-trackers – software, hardware, web services, or data standards – please demo it in this workshop portion of the Show&Tell. Please let us know you will be bringing something to the Show&Tell, so we can be prepared for you.

7:00 - 8:00 pm QS SHOW&TELL TALKS
If you'd like to talk about your personal self-tracking story, please let us know in your RSVP or email me (JoshuaKot at gmail dot com), so we can discuss your topic and how much time you'll need. In your talk, you should answer the three prime questions: What did you do? How did you do it? What did you learn?

If you've never been to a meetup before, you can get a sense of what the talks are like from watching videos of previous QS talks.

Talk to the speakers, chat with new and old friends, ask other people what they're tracking, and generally hang out and have a great time.




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  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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