[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - August 3, 2014

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Aug 3 11:19:08 PDT 2014

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Watt d’Or Exhibition of Swiss Energy Innovation Award Winners
Northeastern International Village, 1155-1175 Tremont Street, Boston 
until September 14

Tuesday, August 5

6pm  Open Hours - Talk and Do Science
6pm  Nuclear Savage:  The Islands of Secret Project 4.1
7pm  Cambridge Local First Celebrates Their 9th Anniversary!

Wednesday, August 6

9am  Introduction to Programming with Imagination Toolbox - Family Friendly
3pm  Boston: Boston Remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki
5:30pm  Boston Workmen's Circle’s Second Interfaith Vigil to call for an end to the violence and a sustainable peace in Israel/Palestine
6pm  Cambridge Getting to Net Zero Task Force
6:30pm  Taste the Tap Waterworks
7pm  Hiroshima Day Observance

Thursday, August 7

1pm  HEET Race to Solar Workshop
1pm  Thesis Defense: Interactions between learning and decision making
5:30pm  EnergyBar!
6pm  Startup Stir Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - Don Berwick
6:30pm  Sustainability Collaborative

Friday, August 8

10am  Exploring Boston’s Urban Forest

Saturday, August 9

Boston BattleHack
HubHacks: Boston's Civic Hackathon

Tuesday, August 12

8am  Boston TechBreakfast


My rough notes on some of the events I go to and notes on books I’ve read are at:

How to Beat Drought: Clayton County, GA 2007 Flashback


Watt d’Or Exhibition of Swiss Energy Innovation Award Winners
Northeastern International Village, 1155-1175 Tremont Street, Boston 
until September 14

Tuesday, August 5

Open Hours - Talk and Do Science
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
6:00 PM
BOSSLab, 339r Summer Street, Somerville
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Open-Science-hands-on-learning-BossLab/events/197418672/

Come down to the lab to take a tour and discuss Bio / Science, Tuesday Aug 5.
Talk about ideas for projects, find partners, and see if BOSSLab would be a good place to run your idea. 
Check out ongoing projects, find projects you can join or participate.
Play with the new robo-microscope. 
Ask each other the questions we're asking ourselves.


Nuclear Savage:  The Islands of Secret Project 4.1
Tuesday, August 5
6:00pm - 9:30pm
First Church in Boston Unitarian Universalist, 66 Marlborough Street, Boston

Adam Jonas Horowitz shot his first film in the Marshall Islands in 1986, and was shocked by what he found there, in this former American military colony in middle of the Pacific Ocean. Radioactive coconuts, leaking nuclear waste repositories, and densely populated slums were all the direct result of 67 Cold War U.S. nuclear bomb tests that vaporized islands and devastated entire populations. 

Twenty years later, Adam returned to these islands to make this award winning shocking political and cultural documentary exposé titled 'Nuclear Savage;' a heartbreaking and intimate ethnographic portrait of Pacific Islanders struggling for dignity and survival after decades of intentional radiation poisoning at the hands of the American government. Relying on recently declassified U.S. government documents,devastating survivor testimony, and incredible unseen archival footage, This untold and true detective story reveals how U.S. scientists turned a Pacific paradise into a radioactive hell. Marshall islanders were used as human guinea pigs for three decades to study the effects of nuclear fallout on human beings with devastating results. Nuclear Savage is a shocking tale that pierces the heart of our democratic principles.

The film will be shown in Hiroshima and in Nagasaki on August 5 and 8 respectively.

In, May, the Marshall Islands sued the 9 nuclear weapons states, including the United States, in U.S. federal court as well as in the International Court of Justice, for failing to eliminate their nuclear arsenals as required by the Non-Proliferation Treaty. http://thebulletin.org/import-marshall-islands-nuclear-lawsuit7143

6:00pm Potluck 
7:00pm Film screening begins
8:30-9:30pm Discussion

This event will also welcome the walkers participating in "Walking for Peace and Non-Violence" from July 30 through August 6, organized by New England Peace Pagoda.


Cambridge Local First Celebrates Their 9th Anniversary!
Tuesday, August 5
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
Workbar, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cambridge-local-first-celebrates-their-9th-anniversary-tickets-12322897117

This is a potluck event so please bring something to share.
Potluck dishes determined by the first letter of your last name: 
A-H - Main dish
I-P - Salad
Q-Z - Dessert 

Cambridge Local First will provide drinks and utensils.
All friends, supporters, and members of Cambridge Local First are invited!

Wednesday, August 6

Introduction to Programming with Imagination Toolbox - Family Friendly
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
MIT, Building 56-154, Access Via 21 Ames Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-programming-with-imagination-toolbox-registration-11224654243
Cost: $20 - $25

Speaker: Daniel Wendel
In this fun, intensive, hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to program 3D games and/or science simulation models using StarLogo Nova, an online educational software tool with a graphical programming interface. If you have never programmed before, this workshop will be a great introduction. For people with prior programming experience, this workshop will provide you with experience in an easy-to-use, powerful programming tool to add to your repertoire.

Web site: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-programming-with-imagination-toolbox-registration-11224654243?aff=eorg
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Scheller Teacher Education Program, The Education Arcade
For more information, contact:  Carole Urbano
curbano at mit.edu 


Boston: Boston Remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Wednesday, August 6
First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, Boston 

Memorial Procession from the Church to the Ceremony at Boston City Hall Plaza, keynote address by Tina Chery, reading of of city council resolution by Charles Yancey, musicians Evan Greer and John Loretz, remarks by professor Elaine Scarry and by Anna Baker of the Pilgrim Coalition, "Soran Bushi" Japanese dancers, Taiko drumming 


Boston Workmen's Circle’s Second Interfaith Vigil to call for an end to the violence and a sustainable peace in Israel/Palestine
Wednesday, August 6
5:30-7:00 pm
Park Street Station, downtown Boston
Please join us for a vigil that recognizes the common humanity of both Israelis and Palestinians and the complexity of resolving the cycle of violence.


We affirm these principles:
End the violence on both sides. Negotiated ceasefire now!
All lives are equally precious and worthy of respect, Palestinian and Israeli.
It's not possible to understand the current violence in a vacuum and without considering the complex narratives of both Palestinians and Israelis.
There is no military solution.
More than ever we need a comprehensive diplomatic solution; ending the Occupation is part of that solution.
Palestinians and Israelis both have a right to security and to a viable homeland.

Signs consistent with the above concepts will be provided. Please do not bring your own signs or organizational banners. Thank you for respecting that request.

For more information contact Boston Workmen's Circle at
info at circleboston.org or 617-566-6281


Cambridge Getting to Net Zero Task Force
Wednesday, August 6
6:00PM to 8:30PM
Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue (1st floor ballroom), Cambridge
All Task Force meetings are open to the public.  
Please feel free to forward this notice to others who might be interested.


Taste the Tap Waterworks 
Wednesday, August 6
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM 
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Inc, 2450 Beacon Street, Boston

Where does our water come from?
How does it get here? 
What does utraviolet light have to do with our drinking water?
Why is tap water considered better than plastic bottled water? 
Learn the answers to these questions and more at Greenovate Boston's Taste the Tap event, hosted by the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum on Wednesday, August 6th from 6:30-8pm. The evening will kick off with a guided tour of the museum, followed by a panel discussion featuring local experts in the water management and public health fields. This event is free and open to the public.
Our panel speakers include:
Marcis Kempe, Executive Director of the Waterworks Museum
Joshua Das, Public Health Project Manager of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)
Paul Shoemaker, Associate Director of the Environmental Health Office of theBoston Public Health Commission

Getting to the Waterworks Museum:
Parking is limited. We strongly encourage taking public transit, walking, or biking to the museum. Located on the Chestnut Hill Reservoir at 2450 Beacon Street, it's a short walk from the Green Line's Cleveland Circle stop ("C" line) or Reservoir stop ("D" line). For more information and directions, please visit http://www.waterworksmuseum.org/plan-your-visit
Those who ride a bicycle to the event and show their helmet will receive a Greenovate Boston stainless steel water bottle! 

Greenovate Boston, City of Boston:   http://greenovateboston.org


Hiroshima Day Observance
Wednesday, August 6 
Cambridge Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge

Collective reading of Thomas Merton’s meditation “Original Child Bomb”, then walk to the Charles to float candles. 

Thursday, August 7

HEET Race to Solar Workshop
Thursday, August 7
12pm  to 1:30pm
South End Branch, Boston Public Library, 685 Tremont Street, Boston

Through the Race to Solar program, eligible nonprofits can  acquire a solar electric energy system for their school, house of worship, food pantry, community center, or other building owned by their nonprofit organization. Learn more about the  Race to Solar program at the upcoming workshop and meet the solar and efficiency experts that can help your organization save energy and money. Please RSVP to attend the following workshop:

For more information about the program contact info at HEETma.org or call 617-HEET-350


Thesis Defense: Interactions between learning and decision making
Thursday, August 7
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
MIT, Building 32D-463

Speaker: Theja Tulabandhula , Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Abstract: We quantify the effects of learning and decision making on each other. In the first study, we look at how knowledge about decision making can influence learning. Let decision cost be the amount spent by the practitioner in executing a policy. If we have prior knowledge about the decision cost, for instance that it should be low, then this knowledge can help restrict the hypothesis space for learning, which can help with its generalization. We derive a suite of theoretical generalization bounds and an algorithm for this setting. In the second study, we look at how knowledge about learning can influence decision making. We study this in the context of robust optimization. Taking uncertainty of learning the right model into account, we derive probabilistic guarantees on the robustness of the resulting policy.

Bio: Theja Tulabandhula is a doctoral candidate in EECS at MIT. Prior to that, he obtained a dual degree in EE from IIT Kharagpur in 2009. He was awarded the Prime Minister of India Gold medal for getting the highest GPA among dual degree students. At MIT, he is a member of the Prediction Analysis Lab. His research interests span machine learning theory, optimization and decision-making.

Contact: Theja Tulabandhula, theja at csail.mit.edu


Thursday, August 7
5:30-8:30 PM 
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/greentown-labs-energybar-tickets-12331444683

From 4:30-5:30, we will be hosting a Prospective Tenant Night for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a member of the Greentown community. Attendees of Tenant Night are encouraged to stay for EnergyBar!

EnergyBar is a bi-monthly networking and social event intended to connect stakeholders in the clean technology sector, and spark discussions on innovations in energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and 'friends of cleantech' are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand the regional clean technology community that has been growing organically around Greater Boston.

Drinks and food are served starting at 5:30pm. Dress code is shop floor casual.

The Autodesk RV will be making a stop at EnergyBar!
In May, the Autodesk RV embarked on an 8-month, 100+ stop RV road trip of the United States. Led by writer TJ McCue, the 3DRV tour is "exploring the cities, towns, and off-the-path byways to uncover fundamental change in the way things are designed and made, and how this is bringing radical change to business and to society at large." To learn more about the tour and follow the route, see http://3drv.com


Startup Stir Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - Don Berwick
Thursday, August 7
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Workbar, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-stir-gubernatorial-candidate-forum-don-berwick-registration-12070251447

Startup Stir Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - Don Berwick
This summer Beacon Hill Partners is excited to host a 4 part series with candidates vying to be the next Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts - the Startup Stir Gubernatorial Candidate Forum.  We're asking - 
If elected, what will you do to foster the innovation economy and help startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed?
Each candidate will speak independently on their candidacy, their plans for small business development and their support of entrepreneurs and the innovation economy.
Don Berwick, Democrat
Don Berwick has dedicated his life to creating stronger communities and saving lives.  Now he’s running for Governor to make Massachusetts a beacon for the rest of the nation.
Don has called Massachusetts home for decades – first as a student, then as a pediatrician, a teacher, and a CEO. Don and his wife Ann live in the same Newton house where they raised their four children and now play with their grandchildren.
In 2010, the President asked Don to go to Washington to lead the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Don took charge of an agency with a budget over $800 billion—larger than the Pentagon’s—and led a staff of more than 5,500 people. At one of the most critical times in our nation’s history, Don implemented many of the most important provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  


Sustainability Collaborative
Thursday, August 7
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venture Café (Cancun) @ CIC, One Broadway, Cambridge

Venture Cafe Foundation has partnered with EcoMotion to bring the Sustainability Collaborative to monthly Venture Café gatherings during the first Thursday of each month. Sustain ability advocates are given the chance to share and participate in a collab orative discussion around sustainability innovation in mini unConference st yle. Join them this Thursday in Cancun (the room! 5th floor) to engage in meaningful discussion and connect with like minded innovators and entrepreneurs. 

Questions? Contact Sierra at sflanigan at ecomotion.us

Friday, August 8

Exploring Boston’s Urban Forest
Friday, August 8
Cost $15.00 but free if participants use the promo code TREES upon sign-up
RSVP at http://earthwatch.org/expeditions/exploring-bostons-urban-forest

How are our most important neighbors—our cities' trees—faring? Find out while exploring one charming city.

Urban forests are more than pretty: they mitigate climate change, improve psychological health, filter pollutants, and increase oxygen levels.

Cities are made up of buildings and streets, but between and among human structures are thousands of trees that make up the urban forest. Earthwatch is collaborating with the arborist of the City of Cambridge, just across the river from Boston, to collect data to study and protect the 18,000 trees that make up the city's critically important urban forest.

You'll be trained in techniques for identifying species, measuring and observing individual tree samples, and uploading data via mobile apps. During the course of the day you'll work in groups, exploring Cambridge's urban forest and collecting data on the health, growth patterns, and impact on buildings and streets of individual trees.

You'll help build a growing database of information needed to understand how trees positively impact urban areas and what trees need to survive and thrive in stressful environments.

Saturday, August 9

Boston BattleHack
August 9-10 
Isobar, One South Station, Suite 300, Boston
RSVP at https://2014.battlehack.org/boston#registerand

Create an app that helps solve a local problem.

Here's your shot to become national hack heroes. Create a killer app to help your city, get plenty of cool giveaways, tech toys, food, and beer.

Win your city, represent your country, and march straight to our World Finals. Earn the respect of your countrymen because you are now their Ultimate Hacker.


HubHacks: Boston's Civic Hackathon
August 9 – 10
75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://hubhacks.challengepost.com

Mayor Martin J. Walsh made a commitment early in his first tenure to make processes like Permitting easier on Bostonians, from individuals hoping to start small businesses, to developers and contractors, to  homeowners looking to make additions on their homes. In addition to a full review of the permitting application process and portal, Mayor Walsh, along with the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM), is inviting IT developers and members of the Boston community to come together for HubHacks, the City’s first-ever civic minded Hackathon.

At this in-person Hackathon, developers are invited to work together to attempt to solve a series of challenges that represent the most pressing pain points for those seeking permit applications. Teams can pick among four available challenges related to the permitting system of the City of Boston. On the second day, teams will present their solutions and those with the best ideas for each challenge will be recognized. The challenges include:
Which Permits Do I Need?: A single project may require multiple permits. Applicants need a clear, intuitive, and enjoyable guide that will help applicants identify the permits they need to start working!
What’s my Address of Record?: Every project needs to be linked to an address in the City’s master database.  In the current system, finding your address is tougher than it should be. Our new online system needs a clear way to search addresses and suggest alternatives, getting it right the first time.
Can I Apply for that Permit Online?: With September 1st weeks away, developers will try their hand at a challenge to provide a very practical solution using the City’s new API - creating a simple online and/or mobile application for Street Occupancy permits required to block space for a moving truck.  
Where am I in the Approval Process?: Complex building projects can take months to review and permit, even if the process works correctly. Residents needs a clear way to track all permits associated with their project, which helps them understand how close they are to getting underway. 

Tuesday, August 12

Boston TechBreakfast
Tuesday, August 12
8:00am - 10:00am
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-TechBreakfast/events/155722982/

Based on the popular TechBreakfast format, the Boston TechBreakfast is a "show and tell" format event where up to five different technologists will demo their technologies from a wide range of industries ranging from software to hardware, IT to Biotech, robotics to space tech. The event is "triple agnostic". We don't care if the technology is from a start up, a large company, a university, a government agency, or someone's hobby. We are also agnostic as to the industry of the tech - it could be IT, biotech, robotics, aerospace, materials sciences, anything tech and innovative is cool. And we're also region agnostic - even if you're not from where we're hosting, we want to see you and your technology!

8:00 - 8:15 - Get yer Bagels & Coffee and chit-chat 
8:15 - 8:20 - Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements 
8:20 - ~9:30 - Showcases and Shout-Outs! 
Basepair - Amit Sinha
EcoCloud360 - Olafur K. Olafsson
Jisto - Parasvil Patel
Rocketboard: Rocketboard.it - Joe Lemay
Jetco Research: lüv.it - Douglas Humphrey
~9:30 - end - Final "Shout Outs" & Last Words

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 13

Mass Innovation Nights Foodie #7
Wednesday, August 13 
6:00pm - 8:30pm
District Hall 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
Cost:  FREE
RSVP at  http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/mass-innovation-nights-min-foodie-7
Each month, ten companies bring new products to Mass Innovation Nights and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, post pictures and video, add product mentions to LinkedIn and Facebook, and otherwise help spread the word. In the last four years, the events have helped to:
Launch more than 650 products
Connect dozens of job seekers and hiring managers
Profile dozens of local experts
Launch a wave of Innovation Nights events around the world (coming soon)

Held once a month, with registration and networking at 6:00 p.m. and presentations starting at 7:00 p.m., the live events allow companies to show off Massachusetts-based innovation. Innovation Nights are held on-site at various venues who donate their space to further the cause of local innovation.

Behind the Scenes Look at mbtaviz (MBTA Data Visualization)
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
7:00 PM
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/hackshackersboston/events/197794892/

Visualizing MBTA Data is an interactive report of the performance and behavior of Boston's subway system that we launched in June. This talk will outline how we combined traditional and modern visualization techniques to create this application. We'll cover the design process, lessons learned from collecting and processing train data, how we built and scaled a large D3.js based project with a responsive UI, and techniques for exploratory visualizations.  We’ll also touch on what’s happened with the project since the launch including the release of the website source code and feedback we’ve received from the MBTA and other groups.


Author Bios:
Mike Barry is a software engineer at Twitter who focuses on backend services and data analysis, Brian Card is a software engineer at ViaSat who focuses on UI design and network management. Both Mike and Brian have an active interest in data visualization and analysis. This project was expanded from a graduate course on data visualization from WPI where Mike and Brian are part time students.

Friday, August 15 - Sunday, August 17

Friday, August 15 - Sunday, August 17
Boston City Hall Plaza

Friday-Sunday, August 15-17, 2014, Boston City Hall Plaza

Envisioning Our Future!

Boston GreenFest 2014 is presented by the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc.  Our goal is to educate and empower people to create a more sustainable, healthier world. We are actively building an interconnected, ever expanding network , with a diverse audience, throughout our neighborhoods, city and region. From business to nonprofit, neighborhood association to academic institution, BostonGreenFest spans age, culture and industry.

This year the emphasis of Boston GreenFest is on envisioning our future.  We are featuring innovations and information that will educate festival-goers about ways to create a bright future for all of us.  The Boston GreenFest team has new plans brewing for 2014 - come and be part of it!  

As the region's largest multicultural environmental festival, Boston GreenFest 2014 has many opportunities to volunteer and be part of our team. We will offer you the opportunity to get involved on different levels and help festival-goers find their way to healthier more sustainable choices.  

Contact http://www.bostongreenfest.org

Saturday, August 16

Union Square Fixer Fair Call for Fixers
Saturday, August 16
3PM to 7PM 
Union Square, Somerville

The Fixer Fair is an event devoted to fixing, repairing, maintaining and making new. Attendees will be encouraged to bring items to fix and a willingness to learn how to repair instead of replace and recycle.

We are seeking participants, volunteers, workshop leaders and vendors whose work educates, encourages and employs repair.

You can:
Volunteer to work in the general repair tent, helping attendees diagnose problems with anything they bring in, and helping them use tools and materials to try and fix it.
Run a workshop or demonstration that shows how to take something apart, put something together, fix something or maintain it.
Promote your repair business by doing on-site repairs on common household items.
Run an educational workshop for kids using old or recycled items to help demonstrate making, fixing, upcycling and fabrication skills.
Sell upcycled or repaired things.
Help sign people up to start the Somerville Tool Library
Something else related to the theme!

dinagjertsen at gmail.com 

to get involved or check out Union Square Fixer Fair
Fixer Fair is a community event in Union Square Somerville celebrating repair, tinkering and fixing.

Tuesday, August 19

Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, August 20
7:30am – 8:30am
Pret-A-Manger, 185 Franklin Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/august-boston-sustainability-breakfast-meetup-tickets-12292562385


Summer Solar Soiree:  The African Photovoltaic Project and Community Water Solutions
Tuesday, August 19
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
TRADE Restaurant and Bar, 540 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-solar-soiree-tickets-12425323477

Please join us for a networking mixer on Tuesday, August 19th from 5:30-8:30pm at TRADE 540 Altantic Ave. Boston, MA 02110 for the:

Summer Solar Soirée a.k.a SOLAREEZY a social accelerator attracting a dynamic and bright demographics of professionals and students in the hub. Light appetizers will be provided with a cash bar.
 The purpose of the event is to create buzz, awareness, and discuss future benefits for two local nonprofits that were initiated in hub that now have a global impact:  Community Water Solutions andThe African Photovoltaic Project. These projects promote water and renewable solar energy - green living, as well social innovation. 
Find out about current and future projects, big events, partnerships, and how you can get involved with these exciting environmentally sustainable nonprofits! Feel free to invite colleagues and friends!
Looking forward to seeing you all there!



Boston New Technology August 2014 Product Showcase #BNT44
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
IBM Innovation Center, 1 Rogers Street, Cambridge,
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/195066542/
Take the elevator up to the second floor and sign in at the registration table.

Free event! Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community! Each presenter gets 5 minutes for product demonstration and 5 minutes for Questions & Answers. Please follow @BostonNewTech and use the #BNT44 hashtag in social media posts: details at http://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/pages/Help_Promote_BNT_Meetups_and_Companies!


CafeSci Boston - "The Science of Decision Making" with Leslie Pack Kaelbling
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/NerdFunBoston/events/198373872/

Hey all. Scott from NOVA here with August's CafeSci Boston. This month, our speaker is Leslie Pack Kaelbling, professor of computer science and engineering at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT.

Leslie will be talking about her work in robotics and the continuing development of artificial intelligence at CSAIL. Specifically, we'll be learning about "decision making under uncertainty" and reinforcement learning in artificially intelligent robots.

Thursday, August 21

HEET Race to Solar Workshop
Thursday, August 21
12pm  to 1:30pm
Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge

Through the Race to Solar program, eligible nonprofits can  acquire a solar electric energy system for their school, house of worship, food pantry, community center, or other building owned by their nonprofit organization. Learn more about the  Race to Solar program at the upcoming workshop and meet the solar and efficiency experts that can help your organization save energy and money. Please RSVP to attend the following workshop:

For more information about the program contact info at HEETma.org or call 617-HEET-350.


Startup Stir Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - Charlie Baker
Thursday, August 21
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Workbar, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge

We're asking - 
If elected, what will you do to foster the innovation economy and help startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed?
Each candidate will speak independently on their candidacy, their plans for small business development and their support of entrepreneurs and the innovation economy.

Charlie Baker, Republican
Charlie Baker is a Republican candidate for governor of Massachusetts. A former Secretary of Administration and Finance under Governors Weld and Cellucci, and former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Charlie has been a highly successful leader of complex organizations in both the private and public sectors. He has spent the past three years as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners.
Charlie and his wife, Lauren, have been heavily involved in numerous civic and charitable endeavors.  They live in Swampscott, and have three children: Charlie, AJ, and Caroline.  

Friday, August 22

Building a Movement of Movements: Towards the Peoples Climate March in NYC
Friday, 22 August
7:00 to 9:30PM
Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-a-movement-of-movements-towards-the-peoples-climate-march-in-nyc-tickets-12358629995
Cost:  $12 - $100

A night of inspiring stories, lessons, and ideas from across the climate movement!
A movement of movements is growing around the Peoples Climate March this September in New York City. As United Nations Secretary Ban Ki Moon calls world leaders together for a landmark summit on climate change, we know that this is our moment for a historic march of unprecedented proportions to demand climate justice and build real solutions to the climate crisis.
As we build towards this mobilization - we want to highlight the important ongoing work and struggles happening in communities across the globe, and illuminate how climate change is a cross-cutting issue that impacts every person and every issue. And it's our opportunity - to build a movement of movements powerful enough to transform our society - and build a world that is based on justice and sustainability at the core.
Join us in Boston to hear inspiring movement leaders, community organizers, and activists talk about these issues, and get connected to local organizing around the Peoples Climate March.
Speakers at the Boston event include:
Bill McKibben - author, educator, environmentalist, co-founder of 350.org
Vanessa Rule - Co-Director of Mothers Out Front, co-founder of Better Future Project
Koreti Mavaega Tiumalu - Pacific Islands Climate Warrior Campaigner
Sandra Steingraber -Biologist, author, and science advisor for Americans Against Fracking
Varshini Prakash - UMass Amherst student, Board Member at Responsible Endowments Coalition and Divestment Student Network
More tbd!

Doors open at 6:30, Show starts at 7:30 promptly! There will be informational tables in the lobby about the PCM - including ways to join (or host) a charter bus, organize in your community, and outreach materials.
For more information on the Peoples Climate March, September 21st in NYC, visit: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/
This is an invitation to change everything.
In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

To change everything, it takes everyone.
Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Join us.



Engadget Live
Friday, August 22
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Royale, 279 Tremont Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/engadget-live-in-boston-registration-10679579911

Unlike all the tradeshows and press-only events that don’t let consumers attend, Engadget Live is designed specifically to bring gadget lovers and tech brands together.
As always, we’ll have a bunch of great companies with us at the event ready to show you their newest products and hear what you think.
There’ll be tons of great swag and chances to win some awesome gear.
If you're a member of the media and you're interested in attending the press preview hour from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, email live at engadget.com and we’ll send you the details.
If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, send an email to sponsors at engadget.com
You can see the current list of the companies participating at http://www.engadget.com/engadget-livebut check back because we’re still adding more.
Also, be sure to follow @engadget for updates! The official hashtag for this event is #EngadgetBOS. We’d love to have everyone join the conversation before, during and after the show.
See you there!

Saturday, August 23

Grow or Die Garden Bike Tour
Saturday, August 23
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
Roxbury, MA
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/grow-or-die-garden-bike-tour-tickets-12459902905

Dave Jenkins
For three years, the Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP) has been transforming communities with urban gardening. This August, we want to share it with you.
Please join us for a bike tour of our beautiful community gardens and learn about our campaign for food justice!
In 2011, REEP launched Grow or Die in response to the lack of healthy and affordable food in our neighborhoods.  We began taking over vacant lots, testaments to Boston’s racism and classism, and building raised beds to grow our own food. Today, over 100 families grow vegetables and herbs in our Roxbury and Dorchester gardens.
Join us and our friends at Bikes Not Bombs to see the impacts of our campaign and help keep this work going. Bring your bike. A light lunch will be provided.
August 23, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Start location TBA
“The food system we know is rooted in racism, poverty, and corporate greed. Food should be about life, growth, health, community, and justice."
--Grow or Die launch statement

Tuesday, August, 26

Tuesday, August, 26-28
Facilitating Remote and Online Meetings - Essential Success Skills, featuring Michael Fraidenburg.
RSVP at https://remotemeetings.eventbrite.com

Thursday, August 28

Boston Games Forum: August Demo Night
Thursday, August 28
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Microsoft, 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-games-forum-august-demo-night-tickets-12474630957

The Games Forum is the place to see the newest independent games being built in Boston and network with the people who built them.  Each month, we get together to watch five awesome demos and eat pizza. We're doing it again this month at Microsoft. Join our community of game developers, designers, creatives, investors and more building across multiple platforms and genres.

Want to demo your game? Complete the form here and we'll be in touch.

Please include your first and last name when you RSVP.  Your name must be on the list to get past building security.  Also, all guests must RSVP on their own.


Digital Health: Designing for Behavior Change
Thursday, August 28
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center (NERD), 1 Memorial Drive, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-health-designing-for-behavior-change-tickets-11768143835
Cost:  $20 

This unique event will feature forward thinking entrepreneurs, researchers and companies who are redefining the digital health space through the use of self-tracking systems, behavior change psychology, and human analytics.

6pm- Networking with refreshments
7pm- Presentations
8pm- Moderated Panel Discussion
Amy Bucher, PhD - Associate Director of Behavioral Science,  
Wellness & Prevention, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson Company)
Dr. Bucher works as a member of the Behavioral Science and Data Analytics Group at Wellness & Prevention, Inc., with a focus on grounding digital health coaching program content, design, and functionality with behavioral-science based approaches. Within Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Bucher works to shape convergence opportunities where psychological science supports consumer behaviors and outcomes. She also consults with customers to design solutions that meet business challenges while being engaging, appealing, and behaviorally sound. Prior to her current role, Dr. Bucher lead the content and design development teams for HealthMedia’s suite of specialty programs, customized for pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer packaged goods clients. Dr. Bucher received her A.B. magna cum laude in psychology from Harvard University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. 
Margaret McKenna - Head of Data and Analytics, RunKeeper
Margaret is a software engineer and the Head of Data & Analytics at RunKeeper, where she leads a team of engineers and analysts focused on providing personalized guidance and motivation to people who want to improve their fitness. Margaret recieved her MPS in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University. Prior to joinging RunKeeper she worked at IBM's Visual Communication Lab and at ChoiceStream as a Senior Implementation Consolutant. 
Stephen Intille, PhD - Director of the mHealth research group,Northeastern University
Stephen Intille, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science and Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. His research focuses on the development of novel healthcare technologies that incorporate ideas from ubiquitous computing, user-interface design, pattern recognition, behavioral science, and preventive medicine. Areas of special interest include technologies for measuring and motivating health-related behaviors, technologies that support healthy aging and well-being in the home setting, and mobile technologies that permit longitudinal measurement of health behaviors for research, especially the type, duration, intensity, and location of physical activity. After ten years as Technology Director of the House_n Research Consortium at MIT, in 2010 he joined Northeastern University to help establish a new transdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Personal Health Informatics.
Natasha Schüll, PhD - Associate Professor in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, MIT - Author of Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas
Natasha Dow Schüll is a cultural anthropologist and associate professor at MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society. Her recent book, ADDICTION BY DESIGN: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas draws on extended research among compulsive gamblers and the designers of the slot machines they play to explore the relationship between technology design and the experience of addiction. Her current, ongoing research concerns the rise of digital self-tracking technologies and the new modes of introspection and self-governance they engender. Schüll graduated Summa Cum Laude from UC Berkeley’s Department of Anthropology in 1993 and returned to receive her PhD in 2003. Schüll held postdoctoral positions as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and as a fellow at NYU’s International Center for Advanced Studies. 
If you are a designer, technologist, health professional, entrepreneur, journalist, scientist, or user, please join us for an interactive evening of inspiration packed with great speakers, networking and more!

Friday, August 29

Innovation Breakfast at The Food Loft
Friday, August 29
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
The Food Loft, 535 Albany Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-breakfast-at-the-food-loft-tickets-12391512347

The Roving Innovation Breakfast's next step is at South Boston's Food Loft, a co-working space dedicated to Food and Tech entrepreneurs.  Join us to talk about using social media to help get the word out about great new food products!


Summer Series: Urban Design Film, The Human Scale
Friday, August 29
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Assembly Row, 100 Foley Street, Somerville
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-series-urban-design-film-the-human-scale-tickets-12125195787

50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Experience a one-time film screening of The Human Scale at Assembly Row’s new outdoor amphitheater. Enjoy pop-corn and a live-skype discussion with the Danish filmmaker Andreas Dalsgaard.
The first ever Design Museum Boston Summer Series will be hosted at the outdoor amphitheater at Assembly Row in Somerville, MA. The series will consist of 3 events, each focused on a theme related to urban design (urban planning, landscape architecture, transportation, etc). When looked at holistically, the design of our urban environment and public infrastructure can shape communities to be more livable and sustainable— this tri-event series will showcase innovative thinking & inspirational examples of great urban design!

Saturday, August 30

Bread and Puppet Theater:  Insurrection Oratorio
The Quarry, Acton, MA
Saturday, August 30
7 pm
Magazine Beach Park, Cambridge
The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus
Magazine Beach Park, Cambridge, MA
Sunday, August 31st, 3 pm
Bread & Roses Heritage Festival, Lawrence, MA
Monday, September 1st, 4 pm

The award-winning Bread & Puppet Theater takes its annual Labor Day weekend "little big tour" down to the Boston area, this year not only bringing a new Insurrection Oratorio, to be performed in The Quarry located at Contemporary Arts International (CAI) in Acton on Saturday August 30th, but also their new The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus presented in Cambridge's Magazine Beach Park on Sunday August 31st. Bread & Puppet will then cap the holiday weekend by also performing their Circus at the 30th Annual Bread & Roses Heritage
Festival in Lawrence on Labor Day Monday.

Detailed listings information:
Bread & Puppet Theater: Insurrection Oratorio
Saturday, Aug. 30, 7 pm, rain or shine
The Quarry, Contemporary Arts International, 68 Quarry Road, Acton, MA 01720
[Closest stop on the Fitchburg Line commuter rail: South Acton Station, 3 miles biking distance.]
$20 general admission ("walk-in discount" $10), $35 per carload (over 3
people $10 each); tickets available at the door (cash or check only) or general admission in advance at
For more information: http://www.contemporaryartsinternational.org,
Description: An improvised piece developed by Peter Schumann, artistic director of Bread & Puppet, with instrumental music created on mechanical sound sculptures including "Container Man," a massive multi-media kinetic sculpture. All sound sculptures were designed by Viktor Lois, Hungarian-born artistic director of Contemporary Arts International (CAI). The Oratorio
will include Bread & Puppet's signature visual elements, along with movement, vocals, and pertinent political social commentary. Sourdough rye bread will be served and cheap art will be for sale after the performance.
Presented by CAI.

Bread & Puppet Theater: The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus
Sunday, Aug. 31, 3 pm, rain or shine
Magazine Beach Park (along the Charles River), 719 Memorial Drive,
Cambridge, MA 02139
[Located at the foot of Magazine St., across from Trader Joe's and the Micro
Center; in close proximity to the Red Line stop: Central Square Station,
less than 1 mile walking/biking distance.]
Pass-the-hat donation, rain location: Cambridge Community Center
For more information: http://www.magazinebeach.org/events,
http://www.cambridgema.gov/arts/Programs/summerinthecity.aspx, 617-286-6694.
Description: The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus is for the not yet existing upriser masses and their kids who need to practice their upriser skills by teaming up with butterflies, cockroaches and elephants. Lions, horses and dogs are also employed to invent the correct rhythmical patterns that fight planetary destruction. The boot flags of the 15th century peasant revolution
lead the way, with a lively brass band for accompaniment. Bread & Puppet’s "Circus" acts can often be politically puzzling to adults, but accompanying kids can usually explain them. Sourdough rye bread will be served and cheap art will be made available (with a recommended donation) after the performance. Presented with assistance from the Cambridge Arts Council and the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association.

Bread & Puppet Theater: The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus
Monday, Sept. 1, 4 pm performance (entire festival runs noon-5pm), rain or
30th Annual Bread & Roses Heritage Festival, Lawrence Common, Lawrence, MA
[Located in close proximity to the Haverhill commuter rail stop: Lawrence Station, less than 1 mile walking/biking distance.]
The Festival is free & open to all, festival donations welcome.
For more information: http://www.breadandrosesheritage.org, 978-794-1655.
Description: The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus is for the not yet existing upriser masses and their kids who need to practice their upriser skills by teaming up with butterflies, cockroaches and elephants. Lions, horses and dogs are also employed to invent the correct rhythmical patterns that fight planetary destruction. The boot flags of the 15th century peasant revolution
lead the way, with a lively brass band for accompaniment. Bread & Puppet’s "Circus" acts can often be politically puzzling to adults, but accompanying kids can usually explain them. Sourdough rye bread will be served and cheap art will be for sale after the performance. Presented as part of the 30th Annual Bread & Roses Heritage Festival, an open-air social justice celebration.



Intern with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate!
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate (BLC) is a nonprofit based in the Cambridge, MA area. Our mission is to mobilize the biosphere to restore ecosystems and reverse global warming.
Education, public information campaigns, organizing, scientific investigation, collaboration with like-minded organizations, research and policy development are all elements of our strategy.

Background: Soils are the largest terrestrial carbon sink on the planet. Restoring the complex ecology of soils is the only way to safely and quickly remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the ground, where it’s desperately needed to regenerate the health of billions of acres of degraded lands. Restoring carbon to soils and regenerating ecosystems are how we can restore a healthy hydrologic cycle and cool local and planetary climates safely, naturally, and in time to ensure a livable climate now and in the future.

Our Work: immediate plans include
Organizing the First International Biodiversity, Soil Carbon and Climate Week, October 31-November 9, 2014, and a kick-off conference in the Boston area, “Mobilizing the Biosphere to Reverse Global Warming: A Biodiversity, Water, Soil Carbon and Climate Conference – and Call to Action” to expand the mainstream climate conversation to include the power of biology, and to help initiate intensive worldwide efforts to return atmospheric carbon to the soils.
Coordination of a global fund to directly assist local farmers and herders in learning and applying carbon farming approaches that not only benefit the climate, but improve the health and productivity of the land and the people who depend on it.
Collaboration with individuals and organizations on addressing eco-restoration and the regeneration of water and carbon cycles; such projects may include application of practices such as Holistic Management for restoration of billions of acres of degraded grasslands, reforestation of exploited forest areas, and restoring ocean food chains.

Please contact Helen D. Silver, helen.silver at bio4climate.org for further information.


Climate Stories Project

What's your Climate Story?
Climate Stories Project is a forum that gives a voice to the emotional and personal impacts that climate change is having on our lives. Often, we only discuss climate change from the impersonal perspective of science or the contentious realm of politics. Today, more and more of us are feeling the effects of climate change on an personal level. Climate Stories Project allows people from around the world to share their stories and to engage with climate change in a personal, direct way.


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.)


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  http://thesprouts.org/

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

MIT Events:  http://events.mit.edu

MIT Energy Club:  http://www.mitenergyclub.org/events/calendar/

Harvard Events:  http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/harvard-events/events-calendar/

Harvard Environment:  http://www.environment.harvard.edu/events/calendar/

Sustainability at Harvard:  http://green.harvard.edu/events

Mass Climate Action:  http://www.massclimateaction.net/calendar/events/index.php

Meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/

Eventbrite:  http://www.eventbrite.com/

Microsoft NERD Center:  http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/

Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:   http://www.greenhornconnect.com/events/calendar

High Tech Events:  http://harddatafactory.com/Johnny_Monsarrat/index.html

Cambridge Civic Journal:  http://www.rwinters.com

Cambridge Happenings:  http://cambridgehappenings.org

Boston Area Computer User Groups:  http://www.bugc.org/

Arts and Cultural Events List:  http://aacel.blogspot.com/

Boston Events Insider:  http://bostoneventsinsider.com/boston_events/

Nerdnite:  http://boston.nerdnite.com/

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