[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - June 30, 2013

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jun 30 09:43:30 PDT 2013

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Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index

Monday, July 8

6pm  The Art of the Scientist 

Tuesday, July 9

12pm  Boston Mayoral Candidates Environmental Forum
12:30pm  Creating a Law School e-Curriculum

Friday, July 12

9am  Counting Carbon: Lessons from the South African Fruit and Wine Industry Initiative

Monday, July 15

12pm  Applying Systems Thinking to World Hunger: Seeking Solutions in Agriculture, Food Production, and Sustainability

Tuesday, July 16

4pm  Tech, Drugs & Rock n' Roll 2013


Event Details

Monday, July 8

The Art of the Scientist 
Monday, July 8, 2013 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02163
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7213631165/es2/

with Ash Maurya
If you're following Lean Startup, then you know a critical piece is running experiments to validate your assumptions. But how do you craft the right experiments? Join Ash Maurya, author of Running Lean and creator of LeanCanvas, to hear his latest ideas around crafting effective experiments that lead to breakthrough insights.

It’s no accident that some of the biggest breakthrough business ideas have evolved from seemingly small and often unintended discoveries. Iterative innovation through experimentation isn't just limited to the "starting-up" stage but can be continuously applied to any organization bringing new products to market. Companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Intuit all employ a culture of continuous experimentation in everything they do. But even though we have learned a lot about the mechanics of running innovation experiments through methodologies like the Lean Startup, crafting effective experiments that lead to breakthrough insights is still considered more art than science. 

Ash Maurya is the author of "Running Lean: How to Iterate from Plan A to a plan that works" and the founder of Spark59 whose mission is helping entrepreneurs succeed. Driven by the search for better and faster ways for building successful products, Ash has been rigorously testing Lean Startup techniques for the past 3.5 years. He serves as a mentor to several accelerators including TechStars, MaRS, Capital Factory, and has worked with companies from one-person startups to large enterprises like Intel, Dell, and Amazon. He continues to share his ongoing learning on his blog and by way of workshops and bootcamps that he teaches around the world.

Tuesday, July 9

Boston Mayoral Candidates Environmental Forum
Tuesday, 09 July, 2013
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston
RSVP at http://bostongreenmayor.eventbrite.com

As Mayor Thomas Menino steps down from 20 years of leading Boston, his leadership in the areas of energy and the environment will be missed. At the same time, the transition to a new mayor offers opportunities for enhanced programs and policies on climate protection, sustainable transportation, parklands, green jobs, air and water quality, urban agriculture, and coastal management and many more areas that so greatly affect the quality of life in our communities. At this forum, the mayoral candidates will be given a chance explore a variety of topics related to community, development, jobs, sustainability, and livability in our city.

Contact Eileen Mullen
emullen at environmentalleague.org 


Creating a Law School e-Curriculum
July 9
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/07/goodenough#RSVP
The event will be webcast live (on this page) starting at 12:30pm ET on 6/9

Legal practice and legal education both face disruptive change. Much of how and what we do as lawyers and how and what we have taught as legal educators is under scrutiny.  Legal technology is an important factor in driving these challenges.  Law schools reform their curriculums law and technology is an area that is ripe for expansion in our teaching. It also provides ample room for scholarly examination. Creating opportunities for learning how technology is shaping legal practice should be a priority for any school looking to provide a useful education for the lawyers of the present, let alone the future.

About Oliver
Oliver R. Goodenough is currently a fellow at The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, a Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School and an Adjuct Professor at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.  He has also held appointments as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Neurology at Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge and a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a Research Fellow of the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, and heads its Planning and Programming Committee.

Friday, July 12

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

Monday, July 15

Applying Systems Thinking to World Hunger: Seeking Solutions in Agriculture, Food Production, and Sustainability
July 15, 2013
Noon – 1 p.m. EDT
RSVP at https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=227203197&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Hank Roark, senior staff systems engineer and researcher, Deere & Co., and SDM alumnus

Systems thinking offers possibilities for simultaneously addressing the increasingly urgent and interrelated issues of world hunger and sustainability. This approach can help categorize complex components, such as:
global population, which is projected to increase from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050
agricultural production, which will likely need to double—largely in the same land area—to provide enough food, fuel, and fiber for all
technological, business, and socio-political challenges that will need to be overcome to sustainably satisfy human needs

This webinar will discuss how to use a systems framework to categorize these components. Sample issues to be explored include:
water productivity improvements
value chain challenges in sugar production
ways to identify the many intersecting engineering systems involved using a socio-technical approach

One goal of the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series is to frame methodologies and ways of thinking about issues that attendees can apply in any domain. In addition, this webinar is designed to spark attendees' interest in agriculture, food production, and sustainability.

About the Speaker
Hank Roark has almost 20 years' experience working for large corporations and startups. Most recently, his work and passion have focused on applying systems thinking to address the food needs of the world's growing population. Previous experience includes leading multinational software product development teams, cofounding two companies, and providing consulting services in global finance, telecommunications, and travel and leisure. He has an S.M. from MIT SDM in engineering and management and a B.S. in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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

Register for this meeting at

Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting.

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Tuesday, July 16

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

More information at https://biology.mit.edu/about/events/open_co2_seminar_series_6


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.


"Effect of CO2 on the ocean, especially effects of the pH change, changes in ocean carbonate chemistry since the Industrial Revolution, biogeochemical consequences of ocean acidification and feedbacks to the Earth system"
Thursday, July 25, 2013
5:00pm - 7:00pm 
MIT, Building 68-181, 31 Ames Street, Cambridge

Presenter Richard Zeebe

More information at https://biology.mit.edu/about/events/open_co2_seminar_series_7


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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