[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - June 16, 2013

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jun 16 09:59:44 PDT 2013

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Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index

Monday, June 17

6:30pm  Edtech Lightning Talks & Networking

Tuesday, June 18

12pm  Freecycle at the Farmers' Market
12:30pm  Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now
2pm  Reinvent Climate Management
7pm  From Blogger.com to Kim Dotcom: Legal Considerations of Digital Publishing
7pm  Solar 101 in Cambridgeport
7pm  Law of the Locusts
7pm  Time Travelers' Café w/ CafeSci Boston

Wednesday, June 19

7:30am  Sustainability Breakfast Meetup:  Net Impact Boston Professional Chapter
7pm  talk big data

Thursday, June 20

12pm  FAS Monthly Environmental Movie/Brown Bag Lunch Series
12pm  Film Screening: "Forks over Knives"
2pm  EurekaFest 2013
5pm  EurekaFest 2013 - Master Class
5pm  "Greenhouse gas, assessment of CO2 and methane effects on the environment, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change"
6pm  swissnex Boston & MassChallenge present: Global Pitchfest 2013
6pm  Boston QS and Women's Health: Starting the Conversation
6:30pm  EurekaFest 2013
7:30pm  EurekaFest 2013

Friday, June 21

8am  MAPC Data Day 2013: Democratizing Data to Drive Community Change
10:30am  IAEA Safeguards and the Additional Protocol — A Discussion With the Author Seminar
6pm  EurekaFest 2013 - Master Class
7pm  Dancing for the Planet

Saturday, June 22

PlanetSolar DeepWater Expedition in Boston
10:46am  Boston Area Solar Energy Association 13th Annual Solar Picnic at the Somerville Community Growing Center 
12pm  Sidney Pacific Cultural Festival

Sunday, June 23

9am  Clean Up Central Square!!!
11am  TEDxBeacon Street:  A Farm in a Box Adventure

Monday, June 24

8pm  Nerd Nite

Tuesday, June 25

1:30pm  Climate Change and the Global Water Cycle
6pm  REWIRE: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - June Happy Hour
6:30pm  Power Plants and the Freshwater Crisis


Event Details

Monday, June 17

Edtech Lightning Talks & Networking
Monday, June 17, 2013
6:30 PM
NERD, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Have an tool, app or website you can't live without? A project you're working on that you're excited about or struggling with? 
Come to the inaugural Boston EdTech Meetup on a date to be scheduled in June. Each presenter will have two-three minutes to share, with plenty of time for networking afterward.

Presentation slots are limited, so if you'd like to present, fill out the form below:


The form is short and simple, and presenters will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Sign up quickly if you'd like to share! And RSVP as well, whether you'd like to present and/or just watch and network.

Tuesday, June 18

Freecycle at the Farmers' Market
Tuesday, June 18
12-2 pm
Event will be located right next to the Farmer's Market, under the main tent on the Science Center Plaza. Donations can be dropped off between 9am and 11am. All are welcome!

Clean out your home or office for the summer and bring your reusable items to the FreeCycle (or come looking for that particular item that will make your space!)

Organized by the FAS Green Program, the Law School Sustainability Program and the SEAS Sustainability Program, in conjunction with the Food Literacy Project.


Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now:  Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock, in conversation with David Weinberger
June 18
12:30pm ET
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Classroom 1015, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
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.


Reinvent Climate Management
June 18, 2013 
2:00 pm EST 
online at http://reinventors.net/roundtables/reinvent-climate-management/

Managing the climate in the face of global warming is a wicked problem with almost no precedent. Given the global nature of the problem, no one nation can solve it without getting virtually all other nations involved. Even if Americans stopped driving cars and eating meat en masse tomorrow, it would not make much of a dent if the Chinese kept burning coal at their mad pace. India, Japan, even Canada all play outsized roles.

The problem demands engaging almost every independent nation in a highly coordinated manner. Therein lies one aspect of the climate management problem: coming up with global governing systems that could monitor and coordinate in ways that are far beyond the capabilities of our current international institutions.

Another aspect of climate management is geoengineering. Some studying the changes in our climate think that we already may have gone too far in dumping global warming pollution into the atmosphere — that even with drastic cuts to carbon, we will still be unable to avoid huge climate changes. They and others are contemplating ideas such as “solar radiation management”– blocking out something like 3 percent of the sun’s light by, for example, spreading and maintaining particles of sulphur dioxide in the upper atmosphere, similar to what happens when volcanos erupt.

It gets potentially more complicated because such a geoengineering project in the upper atmosphere could lead to unintended changes to regional climate conditions, and potentially be seen as a threatening action. And it wouldn’t take a superpower to make geoengineering happen — a wealthy private sector actor who wants to “save the Earth” (Nathan Myhrvold and other tech titans have talked about similar projects) could do it. So could any country with a small air force, such as India, Saudi Arabia, even Belgium.

During this roundtable we will face up to this extremely difficult problem and talk about how to Reinvent Climate Management. What would a system of global governance look like that’s up to the true challenges ahead? What kind of authority would it need? If actors like rogue nations or geoengineering tech titans broke the rules, what could be done? We’ll look at a range of possibilities, including those that don’t involve big government. Is there a bottom-up way forward? One led by corporations?

This roundtable will be driven by Jamais Cascio, a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, who is author of Hacking the Earth: Understanding the Consequences of Geoengineering, and who is now at work on his second book.

We’ll be filling up the roundtable with other systems thinkers in the weeks ahead.


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!


Law of the Locusts: Lecture by Steve Simpson
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 
Harvard, Haller Hall, Geo Museum 102, 24 Oxford Street 1st Floor, Cambridge

Join Steve Simpson for his lecture, Law of the Locusts: What Insect Swarms Teach Us about Cannibalism, Aging, and Human Obesity, on Friday, June 18, 7:00 pm. Locust swarms can be one of the most destructive plagues to mankind, but they also offer important new insights into the causes of human obesity, the aging process, and the complexities of crowd behavior. Australian biologist Steve Simpson (University of Sydney) will take us on a strange journey from insect swarms to human health.
Free and open to the public.


Time Travelers' Café w/ CafeSci Boston
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

What would it be like to travel through time?

We've all thought about it...seeing into the distant future, or perhaps traveling into the past (only to have our mothers fall in love with us instead of our fathers, then having to team up with eccentric genius Dr. Emmett Brown to figure out how to channel lightning into the flux capacitor, all while fixing a major paradox to avoid being erased from existence).

While time travel has been a favorite science fiction topic since HG Wells' "The Time Machine," time travel hasn't made the transition from fiction to fact...yet...

With this month's Science Café, join Prof. Seth Lloyd of MIT as he introduces us to "a new theory of the physics of time travel." He'll talk about how scientists are puzzling over the theories that might eventually take Marty McFly back to 1955, or ahead to a 2015 complete with hover boards (don't you just want a hover board so badly?).

Wednesday, June 19

Sustainability Breakfast Meetup:  Net Impact Boston Professional Chapter
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (EDT)
Pret A Manger, 185 Franklin Street, Post Office Square, Boston
RSVP at http://nibjunebreakfast-eac2.eventbrite.com

Join us for our third informal breakfast meetup of 2013 to get sustainability professionals together for networking, discussion and moral support.  It’s important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good!

So come, get a cup of coffee or a bagel, support a sustainable business and get fired up before work so we can continue trying to change the world.
This is an evolving event so your input and participation is more than welcome.  Please share any thoughts or ideas with events at netimpactboston.org.


talk big data
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
7:00 PM
MIT Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Weisner Building (E15) Lower Level, Cambridge, MA
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/BigDataBoston/events/94947932/

Thursday, June 20

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


Thursday, June 20, 2013 
Harvard, Thompson Room at Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge

To all health and food enthusiasts!
Join us for a screening of "Forks over Knives", an inspiring and data packed documentary about health benefits of eating a plant based diet. While you're there, take a veggie quiz for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Farmer's Market and get a few tasty recipes from Harvard's Food Literacy Program.

Brought to you by the FAS Green Program and the Food Literacy Program
Contact Name:  Gosia Sklodowska
gosia_sklodowska at harvard.edu


EurekaFest 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Attend presentations and demonstrations by the winners of the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prizes at MIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as several high school InvenTeams.

Web site: www.eurekafest.org
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Lemelson-MIT Program
For more information, contact:
eurekafest at mit.edu 


EurekaFest 2013 - Master Class
Thursday, June 20, 2013
MIT, Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Drs. Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden
Master Class by the 2013 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation Winners 
A presentation by Drs. Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden, the Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovations winners and professors of bioengineering at Rice University, discussing the technical aspects of their inventions and their latest research.

Web site: www.eurekafest.org
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Lemelson-MIT Program
For more information, contact:
eurekafest at mit.edu 


"Greenhouse gas, assessment of CO2 and methane effects on the environment, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change"
June 20, 2013 
5:00pm - 7:00pm
MIT, Building 68-181, 31 Ames Street, Cambridge

Presenter Richard Lindzen


swissnex Boston & MassChallenge present: Global Pitchfest 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013 
6:00pm - 9:00pm
MassChallenge, Inc. One Marina Park Drive, 14th floor Boston, MA 02210
Register at http://globalpitchfest2013.eventbrite.com

Join swissnex Boston, venture lab and MassChallenge at the Global Pitchfest 2013. As part of the venture leaders Boston Bootcamp, 30 entrepreneurs from all over the globe will be going head-to-head for the title of Global Pitchfest Champion. The event will end with a catered networking session.

Each entrepreneur will have 1 minute to pitch their company to the audience. By using our SMS-based polling system, you will choose the 5 best pitches of the night. Then, our jury will pick the overall winner!

Did you recently launch a startup in the Boston area and want to train your pitch, while getting more visibility for your business? (Don’t worry - you don’t have to be Swiss or American... Every nationality is welcome!)

Join our lineup of presenters by contacting Johan Boissard at johan at swissnexboston.org

Executed annually since 2000, the venture leaders program is a 10-day business development bootcamp in the US for Swiss entrepreneurs presented by Venture Lab and swissnex Boston. Every March, twenty Swiss-based entrepreneurs - out of hundreds of motivated candidates - are selected to attend the venture leaders program in Boston.

Follow swissnex Boston's tumblr at http://yourswissnexboston.org/tagged/ventureleaders for video profiles of all 20 venture leaders.


Boston QS and Women's Health: Starting the Conversation
Thursday, June 20, 2013
6:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) - 5th Floor - Havana Room, 1 Broadway (crossing of Broadway & 3rd Street), Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/BostonQS/events/122986832/

The Quantified Self movement consists of users and tool makers who have a shared interest in self-knowledge through tracking of habits, behaviors, and life activities. One of the major innovations that Quantified Self tracking and technology offers is the possibility to better understand and improve our health.

Boston QS and Women's Health: Starting the Conversation will focus on the intersection of the Quantified Self movement and women’s health. We’ll learn how self-tracking technologies are being created and utilized by members of the Boston QS community to make strides in reproductive health, pregnancy and childcare. We’ll end the evening with a guided discussion about other ways that these technologies are being used or could be used in the women’s health space.

Meet fellow community members and enjoy healthy refreshments provided by Neumitra.
Dulcie Madden - Co-Founder and CEO, Rest Devices 
Empowering women in the developing world through self-tracking. 
Jacqueline Thong - Co-Founder and CEO, Ubiqi Health 
A self-tracking project on quantifying pregnancy, post-pregnancy, and newborns. 
Jen MacLean - Business Development, Ovuline 
How can self-tracking help women to better understand and control their reproductive health?
We’ll break out into groups to discuss our own ideas about self-tracking and technology in the women’s health space. Which challenges in women’s health are being addressed by QS right now, and which are not? Can we pinpoint opportunities for innovation and better health outcomes in women’s health using QS?

Event Sponsor:  Neumitra develops wearable and mobile technologies to measure and mitigate the effects of daily stress on health, productivity, and happiness. Our biosensor technologies monitor bodily states associated with the autonomic nervous system and the people, places, and events that cause stress. Mobile applications add personalized support to mitigate acute and chronic stress. From one person to thousands across minutes to years, we develop the technologies to transform how we all live, work, and play.

Sign up for the latest news at neumitra.com

Follow us @neumitra


EurekaFest 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
MIT, Building 32, MIT Stata Center, 1st floor, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Collegiate Student Prize Showcase 
The 2013 Collegiate Student Prize winners and finalists will exhibit their invention prototypes. The following will be showcasing: 
Ahmed Kirmani, Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Finalist 
Inventor of 3dim, a compact, low-power 3D camera 

Benjamin Peters, Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Finalist 
Inventor of a novel technique for efficiently actuating a large array of tiny pins for use as a molding tool. 

Navid Attary, Lemelson-Renssaelaer Student Prize Finalist 
Inventor of a seismic protection device to boost the resiliency of bridges and buildings to earthquakes. 

Rebecca Wachs, Lemelson-Renssaelaer Student Prize Finalist 
Inventor of a new implantable sensor that can wirelessly transmit data from the site of a knee replacement, spinal fusion, or other orthopedic surgery. 

Eduardo Torrealba, $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize Winner 
Inventor of Plant Link, a soil moisture monitoring platform 

Ming Ma, $30,000 Lemelson-Rensselaer Student Prize Winner 
Inventor of a new method for brighter, energy efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) 

Nikolai Begg, $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Winner 
Inventor of Puncture Access Mechanism and Laparoscopic Tissue Retractor

Web site: www.eurekafest.org
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Lemelson-MIT Program
For more information, contact:
eurekafest at mit.edu 


EurekaFest 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Drs. Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden
Presentation by the 2013 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation Winners 

Drs. Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden, the Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation winners, will discuss their life-saving technology for the world's poorest communities that were developed in partnership with students through the Beyond Traditional Borders initiative.

Web site: www.eurekafest.org
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Lemelson-MIT Program
For more information, contact:
eurekafest at mit.edu 

Friday, June 21

MAPC Data Day 2013: Democratizing Data to Drive Community Change
Friday, June 21, 2013
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Northeastern University Curry Student Center, 346 Huntington Avenue, Boston
The event is free but registration is required. To register, go tohttp://dataday2013.eventbrite.com/

More data are available today than ever before. In addition, new tools are making it easier to explore trends, craft powerful stories, and spur change. Learn how to access information, meet colleagues from across sectors, and get inspired to apply data to your work, all for free at Data Day 2013!

The focus of Data Day this year is Data and Story Telling. Keynote speakers from the Boston Globe’s 68 Blocks project will discuss how they utilized administrative and crowd-sourced data, maps and other visualizations, interviews with residents, and first-person observations to paint a rich, layered portrait of a year in Boston’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood.

Data Day 2013 is not just for journalists, though. Data Day will also help non-profits, civic institutions, and municipalities expand their capacity to use technology and data in innovative ways to advance their goals. Geared for data users at all levels, Data Day 2013 will include:
Hands-on workshops on: 
Census 2010 and American Community Survey data 
WEAVE (Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment), the web-based  open source data visualization software behind the MetroBoston DataCommon
Data visualization and information design best practices
Introductions to free and open source software for data analysis
New technologies and techniques for crowd-sourcing data
And much more!
The day will provide an excellent professional development opportunity for organizations looking to get the most from their existing resources and staff. If you are interested in presenting a workshop or poster, or have general questions about the conference, please contact Holly St. Clair at (617) 933-0717.


IAEA Safeguards and the Additional Protocol — A Discussion With the Author Seminar
June 21, 2013
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Harvard, Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker:	Laura Rockwood, Section Head, Office of Legal Affairs - International Atomic Energy Agency
Related Projects: Managing the Atom, International Security, Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Description:  Laura Rockwood has served in the Office of Legal Affairs of the IAEA since 1985. For over 27 years, Ms. Rockwood has been involved in all aspects of the drafting, negotiating and advising on the interpretation and implementation of IAEA safeguards agreements and protocols, and resolutions of the IAEA Board of Governors and the United Nations Security Council. In 2004, she was appointed Section Head for Non-Proliferation and Policy Making in the Office of Legal Affairs.
Ms. Rockwood has served as the primary legal advisor in the IAEA’s strengthening safeguards activities, and was the principal author of the document that became the Model Additional Protocol. She served as counsel for the IAEA’s Action Team and Iraq Nuclear Verification Office (INVO) from 1991 through 2005, drafting reports to the Board of Governors and the Security Council and participating in the Director General’s delegations to the Security Council and to high level meetings with Member States. She has participated in three NPT Review Conferences, including the 1995 Review and Extension Conference, as well as in the Director General’s Expert Group on Multilateral Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle.
In July 2012, Ms. Rockwood was honoured with the receipt of the Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), which is awarded for long-term noteworthy accomplishments in, and service to, the nuclear materials management profession. She recently received a personal promotion from the Director General of the IAEA in recognition of her exceptional dedication over many years to the work of the Agency.
Ms. Rockwood has published numerous articles on safeguards and non‑proliferation, and has contributed to a number of books on the subject. She was also interviewed as part of an oral history on “Foundations of International Safeguards – Safeguards in the Nuclear Age”, a 4-CD recording of interviews with individuals involved in key aspects of the development of the nuclear non‑proliferation regime and IAEA safeguards (http://pnwcgs.pnl.gov/fois/default.stm). Ms. Rockwood is a regular speaker for training courses for the Department of Safeguards and Member States, and for academic courses around the world, including the World Nuclear University Summer Institute and the International School of Nuclear Law.
Prior to working for the IAEA, Ms. Rockwood was employed by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., for eight years as a trial attorney in radiation injury cases, and as counsel in general legal matters.
Ms. Rockwood received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1973, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1976. She is a member of the State Bar of California and of the Washington, D.C., Bar Association.
Coffee and tea provided. Please join us - Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.
Contact:  MTA Project Coordinator
Project on Managing the Atom 79 JFK St, Mailbox 134 Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard University
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Email: joshua_anderson at hks.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-495-4219
Fax: 617-495-0606
Url: http://www.managingtheatom.org


EurekaFest 2013 - Master Class
Friday, June 21, 2013
MIT, Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Angela Belcher
Master Class by the 2013 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize Winner 
A presentation by Dr. Angela Belcher, the Lemelson-MIT Prize winner, discussing the technical aspects of her inventions and latest research.

Web site: www.eurekafest.org
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Lemelson-MIT Program
For more information, contact:
eurekafest at mit.edu 


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.

Saturday, June 22

PlanetSolar DeepWater Expedition in Boston
June 22 - 26, 2013

Boat arrival
Join the swissnex Team to welcome the boats arrival, planned for Saturday, June 22, at Fan Pier.

Check http://www.swissnexboston.org/planetsolar-deepwater-expedition-in-boston or contact Claudia Ruegger at Claudia at swissnexboston.org to find out the exact timing of the arrival.

Activities for Families
Build your own Solar Boat: swissnex Boston, the University of Geneva and PlanetSolar have teamed up with the Boston Children’s Museum to offer your children the unique opportunity to build their own SolarBoat on Sunday, June 24. Please check this website for further details in the beginning of June.

PlanetSolar Presentation at Museum of Science: Don’t miss the PlanetSolar presentation at the Museum of Science Boston on the CS&T Stage on Sunday, 23rd at 11.30am and meet a member of the PlanetSolar crew. At the same time you can visit the exhibition ENERGIZED! and learn more about sunlight, wind, moving water, and other self-replenishing sources that generate with fewer negative side effects.

Scientific conference:
From the Alps to the Atlantic: Water in a changing climate

Scientists of the University of Geneva and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute will present their findings about the impacts of climate change on the water global cycle, from “the water tower of Europe”, the Alps, to the Atlantic Ocean. This event is geared towards the scientific community and will feature keynote remarks by Professor Susan Avery, President of the WHOI, and Professor Martin Beniston of the University of Geneva, Initiator of the DeepWater-Project as well as the EU-FP7 ACQWA. For more details on the DeepWater-Project, click here.

Date: Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Time: 1.30pm to 4.30pm, with subsequent networking reception and visit of PlanetSolar
Place: The Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Avenue, Boston

For a draft program, see http://www.swissnexboston.org/deepwater-conference-outline

If you would like to register, please contact Sebastien Hug, Project Leader, at Sebastien at swissnexboston.org

About PlanetSolar
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is a catamaran that runs exclusively on solar energy. After two years of design and construction, PlanetSolar is responsible for many technological advances, notably in the domain of composite material manufacturing and solar energy storage. On May 4, 2012, after sailing for 584 days and traveling over 60,000 km, PlanetSolar completed the first solar-powered trip around the world in history. Innovative routing software was developed specifically for this expedition. Over 500m2 of solar cells power the boat and the life on board. The 8.5 tons of lithium-ion batteries allow the boat to travel 3 days and night in case of bad weather.

Learn more about PlanetSolar see http://www.planetsolar.org/deepwater/?page_id=6&lang=en

About the DeepWater Project
The objective of the “ PLANETSOLAR DEEPWATER PROJECT ” is to use the exclusive features of the “MS Tûranor PlanetSolar" – the biggest solar boat ever built - to carry out a unique scientific measurement expedition along the Gulf Stream and to contribute to raising awareness about the reality and complexity of climatic change.

The Gulf Stream is one of the significant regula­tors of climate, but the dense saline and cold waters that ac­tivate deep-water currents remain relatively unexplored. Any disruption affecting zones of deep-water formation could have vast repercussions for global climate. As a result, Deepwater Project, led by Professor Martin Beniston of the University of Geneva, intends to identify and document even subtle changes in the behavior of the ocean-atmosphere interface along the course of the Gulf Stream. The unique measurements provided by this kind of expedition have never been collected at such a scale. Critically, the data could be used to improve climate models, especially concerning small-scale processes.


Saturday, June 22nd
10:46 to 2:46 (Solar Noon will be 12:46 PM)
Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Avenue, Somerville (near Union Square)   
Celebrate another year's growth in the garden. Join Boston Area Solar Energy Association (BASEA) for this annual gathering of old and new friends interested in solar, renewable and energy efficient communities. 

Enjoy solar cooking and potluck delights (optional, bring a dish to add to the feast). In case of clouds or rain, we will have pizza under pop-up canopies. A great place for a picnic, theSomerville Community Growing Center is an urban oasis that was designed and built by local residents and is maintained by volunteers.     

It's a recipe for a fine summer's day: friends, fun, food and the sun! Relax, chat, learn and explore the gardens. And when the aroma of delicious solar-cooked cuisine fills the air, come to the table and feast!

Local Sponsor: Somerville Climate Action (http://somervilleclimateaction.org
The Boston Area Solar Energy Association,  http://www.BASEA.org; a chapter of NESEA.  


Sidney Pacific Cultural Festival
Saturday, June 22, 2013
MIT, Building NW86

Come celebrate various cultures across MIT through food as well as musical and dance performances. Participating groups include: the Canadian Club, Egyptian Students Association, Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association, Grad Hillel, Sangam, Singaporean Student Society, Turkish Student Association, Hellenic Student Association, Chinese Students Scholars Association and possibly more. Contact sp-cultural-chair at mit.edu for more details.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Sidney-Pacific Graduate Community, ARCADE (Assisting Recurring Cultural Diversity Events)
For more information, contact:  Franco Chingcuanco
sp-cultural-chair at mit.edu 

Sunday, June 23

Clean Up Central Square!!!
Sunday, June 23rd
9:00am until 12:00noon
Toscanini's Ice Cream

On June 23, 2013 Toscanini's Ice Cream in conjunction with the Central Square Business Association will be hosting the annual Central Square Clean Up. Everyone is welcome! Gloves, garbage bags, and brooms will be available to anyone who wants to help keep the greatest place in Cambridge clean for the summer. Coffee and a free Toscanini's one scoop cone will be offered to anyone brave enough to come down at 9:00am to help the Central Square community clean Mass Ave., Bishop Allen Dr., and Green St. until 12pm. Please contact Patrick W. Barrett III if you have any questionsatjbrealtyllc at gmail.com.


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. 

Monday, June 24

Nerd Nite
Monday, June 24
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge

Talk 1 – “Books Made Out Of Science!” by Nellie McKesson
Talk 2 – “Comics and Healthcare” by Cathy Leamy

More information at http://boston.nerdnite.com/2013/06/13/nerd-nite-62413/

Tuesday, June 25

Climate Change and the Global Water Cycle
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
1.30pm to 4.30pm, with subsequent networking reception and visit of PlanetSolar
The Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Avenue, Boston

Scientists of the University of Geneva and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute will present their findings about the impacts of climate change on the water global cycle, from “the water tower of Europe”, the Alps, to the Atlantic Ocean. This event is geared towards the scientific community and will feature keynote remarks by Professor Susan Avery, President of the WHOI, and Professor Martin Beniston of the University of Geneva, Initiator of the DeepWater-Project as well as the EU-FP7 ACQWA. For more details on the DeepWater-Project, click here.

For a draft program, see http://www.swissnexboston.org/deepwater-conference-outline

If you would like to register, please contact Sebastien Hug, Project Leader, at Sebastien at swissnexboston.org


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
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
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.


Boston Green Drinks - June Happy Hour
Tuesday, June 25, 2013  
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Pasta Beach, 30 Rowes Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://june13bgd-es2.eventbrite.com

This June, we are working with SideCar, an on-demand ridesharing service new to Boston.
SideCar uses smartphones to instantly connect everyday drivers with a car with people nearby 
looking for a ride. It’s like getting a ride from a neighbor or a friend.  The service also allows urban dwellers to reduce the environmental impact of driving by increasing their number of car trips.
For our event this month, our partner SideCar is proud to offer FREE RIDES to Pasta Beach. If you haven't had a chance to try out the service yet, here's your chance, and it's on them! Download the app at www.side.cr and join the rideshare revolution. Request a driver and watch on your phone as they drive to your location. By the time you've driven to your destination, you will have made a new friend, saved some money, and promoted green living.

To take advantage of this offer just download the app and enter your trip details. When you enter your trip destination, you'll still see the estimated suggested donation for future rides, but this one's on us (you'll see a screen confirming your free ride once you're dropped off). 
Want to become a driver? Visit http://www.side.cr/drivers to learn more and apply.

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

Boston Green Drinks  builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues.  We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.
SideCar (side.cr) is the leading on-demand rideshare community. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, SideCar’s community of 700 drivers has facilitated more than 100,000 rides. The 
company’s investors include Lightspeed Venture Partners, Google Ventures and others. The free mobile application is available for download for riders via the App Store for iPhone and 
GooglePlay for Android users. Drivers can sign up to be part of the community at www.side.cr/drive. SideCar operates in San Francisco and Seattle and will expand into more cities soon


Power Plants and the Freshwater Crisis
June 25, 2013
6:30 PM 
Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont

John Rogers, Senior Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge MA. Mr. Rogers is Co-Manager of the UCS Energy-Water Initiative, which focuses on solutions to the waste of freshwater in the production of electricity.

Freshwater is a critical resource and the supply is rapidly dwindling in an era of climate change. The demand for water far exceeds the rate of natural replenishment, leaving a seriously depleted water table and increased conflict over water rights in many regions. The bulk of our freshwater use is for cooling in power plants and irrigation in large-scale agriculture. In this discussion, John Rogers focuses especially on the problem of power plants. In the United States, 90 percent of electricity comes from conventional thermoelectric power plants—coal, nuclear, natural gas, and oil, and such technologies depend on freshwater cooling. Much of that freshwater is wasted. In a time of critical loss of freshwater, the deployment of alternative energy systems cannot be postponed.

some UCS background on freshwater use by power plants from the UCS: The Energy-Water Collision: Ten Things You Should Know

Mr. Rogers formerly managed the Northeast Clean Energy Project, working to implement a range of clean energy and climate policies. He worked primarily on renewable electricity standards and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. He serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative and of RENEW, an organization that promotes renewable energy in New England. He also serves on the advisory boards of several nonprofit organizations promoting U.S. renewable energy and global energy access.
John Rogers joined UCS in 2006 after working for 15 years on private and public clean energy initiatives, including as a co-founder of Soluz, Inc., a leading developer of clean energy solutions for rural markets, and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras. He earned a B.A. at Princeton University and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Mr. Rogers has been cited by the Associated Press, Business Wire, Boston Globe, Des Moines Register, and St. Petersburg Times, as well as by NPR and Boston’s local PBS and NBC television affiliates.

Who uses our fresh water supply? John Rogers' blog on water usage by power plants and irrigation John Rogers' UCS Blog, The Equation at 


Learning from Citizens’ Calls: Using the Boston Mayor’s Hotline
WHEN  Wed., June 26, 2013, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Emerson College, Bordy Auditorium and Theater, 216 Tremont Street, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Information Technology, Research study, Social Sciences, Support/Social
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Boston Area Research Initiative, an initiative sponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the City of Boston
SPEAKER(S)  Nigel Jacob and Chris Osgood, co-directors, the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics; Dan O'Brien, research director, Boston Area Research Initiative, Harvard's Radcliffe Institute; Eric Gordon, director, Engagement Game Lab and Associate Professor of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College; Marie St. Fleur, director of intergovernmental relations for the City of Boston; Sarah Williams, assistant professor at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and director, MIT’s Civic Data Design Lab
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	BARI at radcliffe.harvard.edu
NOTE  This event focuses on cutting-edge collaborations between policymakers and researchers to explore how citizens use the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Hotline and other systems, such as the Citizens Connect smart phone application, for requesting city services.
Registration is required at http://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?450410
LINK	http://www.bostonarearesearchinitiative.net/calendar.php


"Ways to reduce CO2 emission, use of CO2 as syngas, other ways to lower the CO2 concentration in the air, carbon capture technologies (pre-and post-combustion, oxyfuel, chemical looping)
June 27, 2013 
5:00pm - 7:00pm
MIT, Building 68-181, 31 Ames Street, Cambridge

Presenter Howard Herzog


Mattapan to Ruggles in 12:  Solar Personal Rapid Transit 
June 27, 2013
6:00 PM
Mattapan Library, 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan

For more information www.southshoremobility.com 
or the Green Neighbors at (617) 427-6293


The Pollinators' Corridor
Thursday, June 27 
6:30-8:00 pm 
BNAN, 62 Summer Street, Boston

The Boston Gardeners Council at Boston Natural Areas Network is pleased to welcome Aaron Birk, author of The Pollinators' Corrdidor, to speak on his new graphic novel The Pollinators' Corridor Volume 2.

Birk will be discussing the on-going story of The Pollinators' Corridor, highlighting topics such as seed bombing, prescribed burning, algae biofuels, and guerilla gardening with goats.  In this volume Birk tries to look beyond the domesticated honey bee into the world of native bees, butterflies, and moths.

As a fundraiser for the new novel, Birk will be offering limited edition woodcuts, prints, postcards, and original paintings and drawings from his collection, as well as his first book.

To RSVP, contact Dana at dana at bostonnatural.org. 
Feel free to spread the word, and we hope to see you there!


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/


"Storage and monitoring (geological, ocean, terrestrial), geologic sequestration of CO2"
July 18, 2013 
5:00pm - 7:00pm 
MIT, Building 68-181, 31 Ames Street, Cambridge

Presenter Ruben Juanes


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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