[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - May 22, 2016

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Monday, May 23

11am  MITx and HarvardX - On Campus and Open Online
2pm  Precise bioengineering of functional materials and biomimetic environments
5pm  C.C. Mei Distinguished Speakers Series: The Complex 3D Hierarchical Oganization of Bone: Surprising Structure-Function Relations
5:30pm  Discovering Justice: An Evening to Stand Up for Your Rights
6pm  The World According to Star Wars
7pm Labor of Love:  The Invention of Dating
7pm  Will the Bats Come Back? Confronting White-Nose Syndrome
7:30pm  PInt of Science:  Brain Science on Alzheimer’s and Neuron Types

Tuesday, May 24

12pm  Are we shifting to a new post-capitalist value regime?
5pm  MBTA Focus40 
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - May Happy Hour
6pm  2016 Cleantech Open NE Boston Mentor Mixer
7pm  Louis D. Brandeis:  American Prophet
7pm  MIT FAC Presents: Movie Screening of “Just Eat It”

Wednesday, May 25

12pm  Mechanisms of Southern Ocean heat uptake and transport
12pm  Webcast: International Climate Change Policy after Paris
4pm  What can metabolomics teach us about microbial activity in the ocean?
4:30pm  Techstars Boston 2016 Demo Day
5:30pm  A Journey to Home: Understanding the Syrian Refugee Crisis
5:30pm  Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator Pitch Competition & Awards Night
6:30pm  An Evening of Food Justice - featuring Ali Berlow & Orion Kriegman

Thursday, May 26

12pm  NASA's Journey to Mars: Exploring Today for Tomorrow
12pm  2016 NEMPA MIT Technology Conference: The Intersection of Technology and Design
6pm  Through the Virtual Reality Looking Glass in Partnership with Venture Cafe
6:30pm  From Space to Earth: Past, Present and Future of Food
6:30pm  Cambridge: Who We Are and How We Got Here 

Friday, May 27

9am  International Development Design Summit: The Colombian Experience 
10am  EM Technology™. Safe Biotechnology for a sustainable future
10:30am  Radcliffe Day Panel: Building an Economy for Prosperity and Equality
12pm  The buoyancy-driven ocean circulation in idealized and realistic basins
12:30pm  Radcliffe Day: A Conversation with Janet L. Yellen
1pm  MIT Biotech Group Seminar with Dr. Ailis Tweed-Kent, CEO and founder of Cocoon Biotech

Tuesday, May 31

1pm  Preparing Health Systems for an Aging Global Population Symposium
5:30pm  Earth Night 2016
6pm  Energy Technology and Policy Discussion Event: Energy and Big-Data


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

Free as in Sunlight

Advertorial Education for Solar


Monday, May 23

MITx and HarvardX - On Campus and Open Online
WHEN  Mon., May 23, 2016, 11 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard, RCC, 26 Trowbridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Information Technology, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	RCC Study Group: Internationalization and Innovation in Higher Education, Digital Learning at MIT
SPEAKER(S)  Isaac Chuang, Professor of Physics, Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Senior Associate Director of Digital Learning at MIT
CONTACT INFO	rcc at harvard.edu
DETAILS  Three years of data from over 168 open online courses, accessed by over 3 million participants, complemented by dozens of on-campus courses, taken by thousands of residential students, provide rich perspective into how far MITx and HarvardX have progressed towards goals of advancing access, research, and residential education.
Lunch reception to follow event.
LINK	http://rcc.harvard.edu/event/mitx-and-harvardx-campus-and-open-online


Precise bioengineering of functional materials and biomimetic environments
Monday, May 23
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wyss Institute, 3 Blackfan Circle, Room 521, Boston

Speaker:  Alvaro Mata, D.Eng., Reader in Biomedical Engineering & Biomaterials, Institute of Bioengineering Director, Queen Mary University of London
The talk will present novel self-assembling and printing technologies enabling the fabrication of 2D and 3D bioactive and/or biomimetic materials for potential application in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and in vitro models. Examples of projects that will be presented include a) a bioactive membrane capable of growing hierarchically-ordered hydroxyapatite structures that resemble those found in human dental enamel; b) a dynamic self-assembling peptide-protein system capable of controllably accessing non-equilibrium to grow robust tubes and capillaries with potential application in tissue engineering; and c) a simple 3D molecular printing method to create distinct chemical environments ranging from tens of microns to centimeters in size and depth within different types of hydrogels.

More at http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewevent/530/precise-bioengineering-of-functional-materials-and-biomimetic-environments


C.C. Mei Distinguished Speakers Series: The Complex 3D Hierarchical Oganization of Bone: Surprising Structure-Function Relations
Monday, May 23
MIT, Building 2-190, 2 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Professor Steve Weiner, Weizmann Institute of Science
The structure of bone is still producing surprises, even after 300 years of research. 3D analysis of mammalian bone using the FIB SEM slice and view technique shows that bone is composed of two different materials: the well known ordered material composed of aligned arrays of mineralized collagen, and a newly discovered disordered material composed of mineral crystals, individual fibrils, and much ground mass. The cellular network is embedded in the disordered material. Another surprise is that the spongey motif of trabecular bone has connecting nodes that exhibit geometrically symmetrical motifs. These embedded motifs probably optimize the filling of space with the smallest amount of material. These insights have inspired us to produce a new scheme for the hierarchical organization of bone. Hosted by Professors Lydia Bourouiba and Admir Masic.

C.C. Mei Distinguished Speaker Series 
The talks will be held on Mondays 5-6 pm except if otherwise noted below. Refreshments will be served preceding the talks at 4:30 pm.

Web site: http://cee.mit.edu/system/files/CEE_SpeakerSeries_Weiner2016_Poster_Rev2.pdf
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering
For more information, contact:  Marilyn Siderwicz
ceed at mit.edu 


Discovering Justice: An Evening to Stand Up for Your Rights
Monday, May 23
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Boston University, Moakley U.S. Courthouse, Boston

An Evening to Stand Up for Your Rights, scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., is the culminating event of our spring after school program, Stand Up for Your Rights. Stand Up is a mock appellate program in which volunteer attorneys work for eleven weeks with over 150 middle school students from Boston and Chelsea to prepare oral arguments in a hypothetical First or Fourth Amendment case. Stand Up for Your Rights teaches young people about law, the Bill of Rights, and the value of our justice system while also engaging them in critical thinking, evidence-based argumentation, and respectful advocacy.

Source: http://www.bu.edu/calendar/?uid=182286@17.calendar.bu.edu


The World According to Star Wars
Monday, May 23
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/cass_r_sunstein1/
Cost:  $5

Harvard Book Store and the Harvard Law Library welcome Harvard Law School professor and bestselling author CASS R. SUNSTEIN for a discussion of his latest book, The World According to Star Wars. Sunstein will be introduced by Harvard Law School professor JONATHAN ZITTRAIN.
About The World According to Star Wars

A deeply original celebration of George Lucas’s masterpiece as it relates to history, presidential politics, law, economics, fatherhood, and culture by Harvard legal scholar and former White House advisor.
There’s Santa Claus, Shakespeare, Mickey Mouse, The Bible, and then there’s Star Wars. Nothing quite compares to sitting with down with a young child and hearing the sound of John Williams’ score as those beloved golden letters fill the screen. In this fun, erudite and often moving book, Cass R. Sunstein explores the lessons of Star Wars as they relate to childhood, fathers, the Dark Side, rebellion, and redemption. As it turns out, Star Wars also has a lot to teach us about constitutional law, economics, and political uprisings.
In rich detail, Sunstein tells story of the films’ wildly unanticipated success and what it has to say about why some things succeed while others fail. Ultimately, Sunstein argues, Star Wars is about the freedom of choice and our never-ending ability to make the right decision when the chips are down. Written with buoyant prose and considerable heart, The World According to Star Wars shines new light on the most beloved story of our time.


Labor of Love:  The Invention of Dating
Monday, May 23
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome writer and Yale PhD candidate MOIRA WEIGEL and the Boston Globe's Love Letters columnist MEREDITH GOLDSTEIN for a discussion of Weigel's first book, Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating.
About Labor of Love

“Does anyone date anymore?” Today, the authorities tell us that courtship is in crisis. But when Moira Weigel dives into the history of sex and romance in modern America, she discovers that authorities have always said this. Ever since young men and women started to go out together, older generations have scolded them: That’s not the way to find true love. The first women who made dates with strangers were often arrested for prostitution; long before “hookup culture,” there were “petting parties”; before parents worried about cell phone apps, they fretted about joyrides and “parking.” Dating is always dying. But this does not mean that love is dead. It simply changes with the economy. Dating is, and always has been, tied to work.
Lines like “I’ll pick you up at six” made sense at a time when people had jobs that started and ended at fixed hours. But in an age of contract work and flextime, many of us have become sexual freelancers, more likely to text a partner “u still up?” Weaving together over one hundred years of history with scenes from the contemporary landscape, Labor of Love offers a fresh feminist perspective on how we came to date the ways we do. This isn't a guide to “getting the guy.” There are no ridiculous “rules” to follow. Instead, Weigel helps us understand how looking for love shapes who we are—and hopefully leads us closer to the happy ending that dating promises.

More at http://www.harvard.com/event/moira_weigel/


Will the Bats Come Back? Confronting White-Nose Syndrome
Monday, May 23
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at http://my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277
Cost:  $5 member, $10 nonmember

Christina Kocer, Northeast Regional White-Nose Syndrome Coordinator, Ecological Services Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Have you noticed the decline in bat populations? White-nose syndrome (WNS) has killed more than 5.7 million bats in eastern North America. Named for the white fungus found growing on the muzzle, wings, and exposed skin of hibernating bats, WNS is associated with extensive mortality of bats in eastern North America. First documented in New York in the winter of 2006-2007, WNS has spread rapidly across the eastern United States and Canada. At some hibernation sites, 90 to 100 percent of bats have died. Christina Kocer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will speak about this fungal disease, where it may have come from, the dynamics of infection and transmission, and the search for a way to control it. She will also speak of ways to support bat populations in your neighborhood.


PInt of Science:  Brain Science on Alzheimer’s and Neuron Types
Monday, May 23
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Asgard, 350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Dr. Eloise Hudry + Dr. Susanne Wegmann ( )Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) effects more than 5 million Americans and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. However, the underlying pathophysiology is not well-understood...yet! Drs. Elo and Suze have been hard at work uncovering the biological mechanisms behind AD. These preeminent researchers work together at the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease where they unravel the pathology of AD and look for potential therapeutics. In this combined talk, Elo and Suze will explore the roles of proteins Tau and ApoE in normal brains as well as how these proteins go awry.

Dr. Shruti Muralidhar (Postdoctoral Associate, MIT)
The mammalian brain consists of two types of neurons - ones that excite and ones that inhibit. The excitatory ones are always the most talked about. Maybe its time we listened to their silent brothers…

More at https://pintofscience.us/event/dont-be-nerve-us

Tuesday, May 24

Are we shifting to a new post-capitalist value regime?
Tuesday, May 24
12:00 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge
Event will be live webcast at https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2016/05/Bauwens at 12:00 pm.

with Michel Bauwens, Founder and Director of the P2P Foundation 
Every 500 years or so, European civilization and now world civilization, has been rocked by fundamental shifts in its value regime, in which the rules of the game for acquiring wealth and livelihoods have dramatically changed. Following Benkler's seminal Wealth of Networks, which first identifies peer production, the P2P Foundation has collated a vast amount of empirical evidence of newly emerging value practices, which exist in a uneasy relationship with the dominant political economy, and of which some authors claim, like Jeremy Rifkin and Paul Mason, that it augurs a fundamental shift. What would be the conditions for this new regime to become autonomous and even dominant, and what are the signs of it happening? As context, we will be using the Tribes, Institutions, Markets, Networks framework of David Ronfeldt, the Relational Grammar of Alan Page Fiske, and the evolution of modes of exchange as described by Kojin Karatini in The Structure of World History. We will argue that there is consistent evidence that the structural crises of the dominant political economy is leading to responses that are prefigurative of a new value regime, of which the seed forms can be clearly discened.

About Michel
Michel Bauwens is the founder and director of the P2P Foundation and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. Bauwens travels extensively giving workshops and lectures on P2P and the Commons as emergent paradigms and the opportunities they present to move towards a post-capitalist world.

In the first semester of 2014, Bauwens was research director of the floksociety.org which produced the first integrated Commons Transition Plan for the government of Ecuador, in order to create policies for a 'social knowledge economy'.

In January 2015 CommonsTransition.org was launched. Commons Transition builds on the work of the FLOK Society and features newly revised and updated, non-region specific versions of these policy documents. Commons Transition aims toward a society of the Commons that would enable a more egalitarian, just, and environmentally stable world.

He is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, with Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, who have organised major global conferences on the commons and economics. http://commonsandeconomics.org

His recent book 'Save the world - Towards a Post Capitalist Society with P2P' is based on a series of interviews with Jean Lievens, originally published in Dutch in 2014 it has since been translated and published in French with an English language publication expected in the near future http://www.samkinsley.com/2015/03/31/to-save-the-world-preface-by-bernard-stiegler-for-michel-bauwens-new-book/

In more academic work Michel co-authored with Vasilis Kostakis ‘Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy’ published by Palgrave Pivot in 2014. http://p2pfoundation.net/Network_Society_and_Future_Scenarios_for_a_Collaborative_Economy

He has also writen for Al Jazeera and Open Democracy. He is listed at #82, on the Post Growth Institute (En)Rich list. http://enrichlist.org/the-list/

Michel currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


MBTA Focus40 
Tuesday, May 24
5:00 – 9:00 pm,
Interactive Panel:  6:30 – 8:00 pm
Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

The MBTA is launching its Focus40 Plan process which is about developing a 25-year capital investment plan for our regional public transit system.  Among the issues the MBTA is addressing is the impact of climate change.

More information at https://www.massdot.state.ma.us/focus40/Home.aspx


Boston Green Drinks - May Happy Hour
Tuesday, May 24
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Scholars , 25 School Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-green-drinks-may-happy-hour-tickets-24969249698

Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists.  Enjoy a drink and build your connection with our green community!
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.


2016 Cleantech Open NE Boston Mentor Mixer
Tuesday, May 24
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
LogMeIn, 333 Summer Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-cleantech-open-ne-boston-mentor-mixer-registration-25241812942

Please join Cleantech Open Northeast for our exclusive mentor and semifinalist networking event and cocktail mixer. This will be a great opportunity for mentors and teams to meet each other before the May 31st matching request deadline!
This year’s mentor pool includes some of the area’s most innovative business and technology leaders - corporate executives, serial entrepreneurs, and representatives from law, venture capital, consulting and accounting firms.

Come enjoy refreshments with the Cleantech Open community! RSVP Required.


Louis D. Brandeis:  American Prophet
Tuesday, May 24
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes professor of law and contributing editor to The Atlantic JEFFREY ROSEN for a discussion of his latest book, Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet.
About Louis D. Brandeis

According to Jeffrey Rosen, Louis D. Brandeis was “the Jewish Jefferson,” the greatest critic of what he called “the curse of bigness,” in business and government, since the author of the Declaration of Independence. Published to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of his Supreme Court confirmation on June 1, 1916, Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet argues that Brandeis was the most farseeing constitutional philosopher of the twentieth century. In addition to writing the most famous article on the right to privacy, he also wrote the most important Supreme Court opinions about free speech, freedom from government surveillance, and freedom of thought and opinion. And as the leader of the American Zionist movement, he convinced Woodrow Wilson and the British government to recognize a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Combining narrative biography with a passionate argument for why Brandeis matters today, Rosen explores what Brandeis, the Jeffersonian prophet, can teach us about historic and contemporary questions involving the Constitution, monopoly, corporate and federal power, technology, privacy, free speech, and Zionism.

More at http://www.harvard.com/event/jeffrey_rosen/


MIT FAC Presents: Movie Screening of “Just Eat It”
Tuesday, May 24 
MIT Sid Pac, 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1w_JCaEmEXxjuAK6rh0I9w5rPcOPTxSvpqVYuMtYmDEE/viewform?c=0&w=1

Join MIT Food and Ag Club for snacks and to watch "Just Eat It", a documentary about food waste and food rescue. See the movie trailer and learn more at http://www.foodwastemovie.com/about/

Wednesday, May 25

Mechanisms of Southern Ocean heat uptake and transport
Wednesday, May 25
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Speaker: Adele Morrison (Princeton)
Sack Lunch Seminars (SLS)

Sack Lunch Seminars (SLS) is a student-run weekly seminar series. Topics include climate, geophysical fluid dynamics, biogeochemistry, paleo-oceanography/climatology and physical oceanography. 

Web site: http://bit.ly/1RQpuuO
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Darius Collazo
dcollazo at mit.edu 


Webcast: International Climate Change Policy after Paris
Wednesday, May 25
12 pm
RSVP at https://exed.hks.harvard.edu/forms/icc/icc.aspx

Join the Harvard Kennedy School for a live webcast with leading environmental economist and Director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Robert Stavins.

During this 45 minute session, Professor Stavins will examine the Paris Agreement—why it is an historic accomplishment and what remains to be done to elaborate and implement the Agreement. He will also briefly discuss an important new Executive Education program to be offered by Harvard Kennedy School later this year: Climate Change and Energy: Policy Making for the Long Term.

At the conclusion of Professor Stavins’ presentation, there will be a chance to ask questions — providing a rare opportunity to interact with one of the world's most respected experts on environmental economics and policy.

Reservation is required. To register for the webinar, please complete the form at https://exed.hks.harvard.edu/forms/icc/icc.aspx and you will receive an email with a link and password to view the session.  

If you have any questions, please email Caitlin McBride or call +1 617-495-8036.

Robert Stavins is the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements. Stavins is also Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Director of Graduate Studies for the Doctoral Program in Public Policy and the Doctoral Program in Political Economy and Government; and Co-Chair of the Harvard Business School-Kennedy School Joint Degree Program. He was formerly the Chairman of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. 

More at: http://green.harvard.edu/events/webcast-international-climate-change-policy-after-paris#sthash.nRu1CPv5.dpuf


What can metabolomics teach us about microbial activity in the ocean?
Wednesday, May 25 
4:00 – 5:00PM
MIT, Building 48-316, Parsons Lab, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Winn Johnson, Kujawinski Lab, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

More at https://microbialsystems.wordpress.com


Techstars Boston 2016 Demo Day
Wednesday, May 25
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Back Bay Events Center 180 Berkeley Street. Boston

Join us for Techstars Demo Day in Boston at the Back Bay Events Center on Wednesday, May 25th. Fourteen companies will take the stage to tell their stories and pitch their businesses!

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM  Doors Open & Registration
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  Welcome Note & 1st Half Presentations
6:00 PM – 6:15 PM  Intermission
6:15 PM – 7:00 PM  2nd Half Presentations
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM  Afterparty

More at: https://techstars.strobetickets.com/details/demo-day-2016

Contact Us:
If you have general inquiries or additional questions about Demo Day, please contact boston2016 at techstars.com.


A Journey to Home: Understanding the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Wednesday, May 25
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-refugee-road-tickets-24788768875

An interactive event exploring the Syrian refugee crisis Hosted by Oxfam and Microsoft at the Microsoft NERD Center

“The Refugee Road” will be a unique and interactive opportunity for participants to engage with the powerful themes of choice, loss, and uncertainty.

Most individuals in Syria face terrible choices about how to escape the unrelenting violence in their homeland. Yet few of these choices can ensure their safety. Syria’s war—described by the UN as “the worst humanitarian crisis of our time”—has forced more than 11.4 million people to flee their homes. Those who stay are often in danger. Many of those who leave must risk their lives to make dangerous journeys in pursuit of better lives for their families and themselves. 

Humanitarian experts will be present to discuss the crisis, answer your questions, and tell you what you can do to assist the many Syrians trapped on The Refugee Road.

Doors open at 5:30pm. Program begins promptly at 6:00pm. Refreshments served.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required as space is limited. We encourage you to share this event page with friends and colleagues.


Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator Pitch Competition & Awards Night
Wednesday, May 25
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) 
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, 63 Franklin Street 3rd Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-cleanweb-haccelerator-pitch-competition-awards-night-tickets-24457888202

Please join MassCEC for the Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator Pitch Competition and Awards Night!

Meet the startup teams competing in the Haccelerator and see the future of energy and resource efficiency, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator is an eight-week mini accelerator program that immediately follows the conclusion of the Boston Cleanweb Hackathon. The goal of the Haccelerator is to provide training, resources and mentorship for teams that want to continue working on their projects after the Hackathon. The competition is designed to help the teams grow and hone their ideas into viable businesses, along with connecting them to the larger cleanweb and cleantech ecosystem in the Boston area.

5:30 - 6:00 PM | Registration and Networking 
6:00 - 6:15  PM | Opening Remarks
6:15 -  7:15  PM | Pitches by Haccelerator Teams
7:15  - 7:30  PM | Judges Deliberate
7:30 - 8:00 PM | Winners Announced, Closing Remarks and Networking


An Evening of Food Justice - featuring Ali Berlow & Orion Kriegman
Wednesday, May 25
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) 
Old West Church, 131 Cambridge Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-of-food-justice-featuring-ali-berlow-orion-kriegman-tickets-25447320621

Discover Your Inner-Food- Activist and the Power of a Food Forest with Ali Berlow and Orion Kriegman

What does a healthy and resilient regional food system look and taste like? Who is included, who isn’t and why not? From the fields and farms to the ocean and the docks in our communities, region and beyond, how do we create access to fresh, healthy, fair, safe, just, and good food for all?
Ali Berlow will lead us with a lively presentation about how we can effect positive change in the food system today and for future generations.  Ali is the author of 'The Food Activist Handbook,' co-host of WCAI’s Local Food Report, co-owner of Edible Vineyard magazine and former founding executive director of Island Grown Initiative.

Ali will be joined by Orion Kriegman of Boston Food Forest Coalition who will share his personal story of joining neighbors to create a "forest forest" in his neighborhood of Egleston Square. These edible public parks engage hundreds of volunteers; host annual harvest festivals and community events; and grow relationships among neighbors, land and food. We will hear stories of people, such as the parishioners at Old West Church who are transforming their church yard into a “forest forest,” at the forefront of that positive change Ali asks us to activate and the community resilience that undeniably links to a regional food system that feeds and serves us all. 
The event is free to attend. 

There will be a book signing of The Food Activist Handbook after the talk!

For information about Ali Berlow’s work http://www.aliberlow.com/ 
For information about Boston Food Forest Coalition http://www.bostonfoodforest.org 
For information on Old West Church, contact Reverend Sara Garrard at pastor at oldwestchurch.org or visit Old West Church http://www.oldwestchurch.org

Thursday, May 26

NASA's Journey to Mars: Exploring Today for Tomorrow
Thursday, May 26
MIT, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Dr. Dava Newman, NASA Deputy Administrator, presents MIT-Stanford Women in Aerospace Symposium keynote address, "NASA's Journey to Mars: Exploring Today for Tomorrow"

Open to: the general public
Cost: free 
Sponsor(s): AeroAstro
For more information, contact:  Joyce Light


2016 NEMPA MIT Technology Conference: The Intersection of Technology and Design
Thursday, May 26
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nempa-presents-the-intersection-of-technology-and-design-tickets-22459074697
Cost:  $0 - $100

In the vehicle development process, the intersection of technology and design hold accountable many factors: safety standards, fuel economy and emissions mandates, infotainment systems, reduced production times, visual appeal, brand distinction, competitive advantage and much more.

The New England Motor Press Association and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are hosting a panel discussion to explore these challenges and trends in technology meeting design.

What will the self driving vehicles of the future look like? What materials will vehicles be made of? Will there always be buttons on the dashboard? What designs appeal to Millennials and Generation Z? What comes first technology or design? How are OEMs using design to solve challenges they face?


Through the Virtual Reality Looking Glass in Partnership with Venture Cafe
Thursday, May 26
6:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Cafe, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge

The evening’s programming aims to support organizations working in the Virtual Reality world or utilizing VR in its operations. Virtual Reality night will offer a forum for companies to share the the reality of using VR in various business applications as well as for participants to learn about the future of VR entertainment. The evening will also include plenty of opportunities to network with industry companies and to test out many companies' demos.

Free drinks, no fee, and no RSVP limit. We expect around 600 or so interesting people.  

Desolus by Mark Mayers (http://www.desolus.com/)
Lost Loot by Michael Schenck (https://michaelschenck.itch.io/lost-loot)
Skreens by Benjamin Callivari (http://skreens.com/)
BIMocracy by Paul Umbro
Specterras by Luke Farrer
Wayfair Patio Design by Mike Festa
VicoVR by Dimtry Morozov
Meta.versatile by Jonathan Linowes
VR Witness by Terrassa Ulm and the Becker College group.
Polyspace Party by Charity Everett

MENTOR HOURS 3:00-5:00pm & 6:00 – 8:00
Experts in venture funding and technology will be available to advise entrepreneurs and startups in VR, AR, and related technologies. Visit them in the Venture Cafe and Acapulco rooms

PANEL ON VR FOR ENTERTAINMENT 5:30 – 6:30, Havanna Room
Moderator:   Will Brierly (moderator) – VR Game Designer at Snowrunner Productions
Eric Malafeew - Previous CTO of Harmonix and current co-founder of VirZoom
Jack Dalrymple - Albino Lullaby
Dawn Rivers Harmonix (also was on Forbes 30 under 30 list)
Elliott Mitchell - Vermont Digital Arts (Worked on The Leviathan Project)

with Chris Allen of Red 5 Pro and Pete MacDonald of Silicon Valley Bank.

Moderator:  Neil Gupta – Member of Venture Backed Commercial Engagement (VBCE) Team at Draper Laboratory
Frank Valdes, Associate Principal, DiMella Shaffer Architects
Mike Festa, Director of Wayfair Next
Angeline Focht, Designer @ Shepley Bulfinch
Zack Markell, Special Assistant to the CMO at Boston Red Sox

More at http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Virtual-Reality/events/230138826/


From Space to Earth: Past, Present and Future of Food
Thursday, May 26
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM 
MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Room 32-155, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-space-to-earth-past-present-and-future-of-food-tickets-25277743411

Houston, we have a problem
Nowadays, due to too many work commitments and busy lifestyles, people do not have much time to dedicate to food preparation. This ends up with improper nutrition and a lack of important micronutrients.

Astronauts and nutrition
Thanks to studies and research conducted for the development and production of the Bonus Food for European Astronauts, Argotec Space Food Lab was able to identify interactions between nutrition and the human body and to develop a balanced diet and a safe packaging technology for astronauts in space. Being able to provide the right food and nutrients is fundamental to guarantee a healthy and disease-free life for astronauts in zero-gravity.

Tradition, technology and innovation
Our forefathers’ nutrition was simpler than ours, but richer in micronutrients, because food respected seasonality and was less processed. Today the challenge is to rediscover tradition and renew it through technology, in order to produce innovative food able to provide all the necessary micronutrients.

Stefano Polato - Chef, Food Consultant, Space Food Lab Responsible – Argotec
Michael Brenner - Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

An event organized by PIB - Professional Italians in Boston and MITItaly


Cambridge: Who We Are and How We Got Here 
Thursday, May 26
Cambridge College, Room 152, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.cambridgema.gov/civicunity

The Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity and the City of Cambridge invite you to the event Cambridge: Who We Are and How We Got Here. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Families are welcome!

Join us for a special presentation by Charles Sullivan, Executive Director of Cambridge Historical Commission and Clifford Cook, Planning Information Manager for the City of Cambridge, on the dynamic demographics of Cambridge and how the diverse community we love came to be.
The presentation will examine the diversity of the City, including when and how different groups of residents came to Cambridge, how the City’s demographics have evolved over time, and some of the conditions that have fostered changes in the community. The presentation will be followed by facilitated group discussions and an opportunity to share your thoughts and questions.

This community event, which helps connect the City’s past with the present, is intended to lay the foundation to better understand the context of the current demographics in Cambridge, as well as to help identify and explore new opportunities to build community connections and conversations.

The present day Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity began meeting in early 2015 and builds on the history and work of Cambridge’s prior Civic Unity Committee, which existed until 1992 and was formed to address racial discrimination faced by returning World War II veterans.

The mission of the Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity is to foster fairness, equity, unity, appreciation, and mutual understanding across all people and entities in Cambridge. The group aims to do this through recognition and awareness of historic, existing, and potential civic issues; providing opportunities for honest dialogue and engagement; and by building bridges across different communities.

Please visit www.cambridgema.gov/civicunity for additional information and to RSVP for this event.

Friday, May 27

International Development Design Summit: The Colombian Experience 
Friday, May 27
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Conference Room, Cambridge
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/99498#RSVP
How can we generate practical experiences through innovation to solve common challenges people face living in areas of poverty? This is perhaps  one of the biggest challenges for developing countries. Our next Breakfast of Ideas will explore the work and impact  of the International Development Design Summit (IDDS) in Colombia as a model for local development. IDDS brings together people from all walks of life to create low-cost and practical innovations to improve the lives of people living in poverty. In its second year in Colombia and its ninth of existence, IDDS has impacted more than 600 people all over the world and aggregated them into a dynamic network of innovators.

Summits emphasize the importance of “co-creation,” the idea that working with communities is more powerful than designing solutions for them. During a summit, participants work in teams with community members from developing countries, learn the design cycle, identify problems and solutions, and test prototypes. With Pedro Reynolds Cuellar, we will explore the work, impact, and future of the International Development Design Summit (IDDS) in Colombia as a model for local development.

The Breakfast of Ideas seeks to gather both people from Latin American and individuals who have a sincere interest in Latin American affairs revolving around issues of children and youth, technology, Internet and social media, education technology, and new applications for social changes.

About Digitally Connected and Conectados al Sur 
Digitally Connected and the sub-initiative Conectados al Sur for the Latin American and Caribbean regions is a collaborative initiative between UNICEF and the Berkman Center building upon a multi-year partnership for analyzing digital and social media growth and trends among children and youth globally. Our team has at its core a networkconsisting of academics, practitioners, young people, activists, philanthropists, government officials, and representatives of technology companies from around the world who, together, are addressing the challenges and opportunities children and youth encounter in the digital environment.

About Pedro Reynolds Cuellar
Pedro, originally from Colombia, is a graduate from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia with degrees in Linguistics and Language Philosophy. He currently works at the MIT D-Lab as a researcher in the area of innovation in humanitarian contexts and as an instructor of the waste management and grassroots education classes and coordinator of the Youth Program. He is a graduate student at the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab where he focuses his research on self-driven learning models for literacy.


EM Technology™. Safe Biotechnology for a sustainable future
Friday, May 27
10:00 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT) 
MIT, Building  32-G449, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/em-technologytm-safe-biotechnology-for-a-sustainable-future-registration-25464036619

The purpose of this seminar is to introduce the principles on which the EM Technology™ is based as well as present case studies and experiences around the world of the use of Effective Microorganisms™ in a variety of fields, such as medicine, agriculture, animal husbandry, environmental restoration, industry and construction.


Radcliffe Day Panel: Building an Economy for Prosperity and Equality
WHEN  Fri., May 27, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE  Virtual Event
Webcast live from the Radcliffe Institute
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Moderator, Cecilia Rouse ’86, PhD ’92, dean, Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education; professor of economics and public affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
David Autor AM ’94, PhD ’99, professor, Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Douglas W. Elmendorf AM ’85, PhD ’89, dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Claudia Goldin RI ’06, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Harvard University; director, Development of the American Economy Program, National Bureau of Economic Research
Louise Sheiner ’82, AM ’89, PhD ’93, senior fellow in economic studies and policy director, Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, the Brookings Institution
COST  Free livestream
CONTACT INFO	events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Virtual Radcliffe Day! The Radcliffe Day panel, “Building an Economy for Prosperity and Equality,” will be webcast live.
LINK	http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/radcliffe-day-2016


The buoyancy-driven ocean circulation in idealized and realistic basins
Friday, May 27
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Joe LaCasce (U of Oslo)

Sack Lunch Seminars (SLS)
Sack Lunch Seminars (SLS) is a student-run weekly seminar series. Topics include climate, geophysical fluid dynamics, biogeochemistry, paleo-oceanography/climatology and physical oceanography. 

Web site: http://bit.ly/1RQpuuO
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Darius Collazo
dcollazo at mit.edu 


Radcliffe Day: A Conversation with Janet L. Yellen
WHEN  Fri., May 27, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE   Virtual Event
Webcast live from the Radcliffe Institute
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Award Ceremonies, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Ben S. Bernanke ’75, former chair of the Federal Reserve; fellow in residence, economic studies, the Brookings Institution
Gregory Mankiw, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Janet L. Yellen, chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley
COST  Free livestream
CONTACT INFO	events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  This year, the Radcliffe Institute is honoring Janet L. Yellen with the Radcliffe Medal, presented annually to an individual who has had a transformative impact on society.
This webcast will feature personal reflections from Ben S. Bernanke, the former chair of the Federal Reserve, after which Gregory Mankiw, the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard, will engage Yellen in conversation about her groundbreaking achievements. View the live webcast via the event link.
LINK	http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/radcliffe-day-2016


MIT Biotech Group Seminar with Dr. Ailis Tweed-Kent, CEO and founder of Cocoon Biotech
Friday, May 27
MIT, Building 4-145, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Ailis Tweed-Kent
The MIT Biotech Group is excited to host Dr. Ailis Tweed-Kent, CEO and founder of Cocoon Biotech. As a physician, she saw the potential to transform osteoarthritis treatment and other degenerative joint disorders. In collaboration with Tuft's Professor David Kaplan, she founded Cocoon to develop a biocompatible silk protein that can be injected into joints to provide effective long lasting pain relief and potentially delay the progression of disease. 

We'll discuss how scientists can better work with physicians to identify unmet medical needs, the process of in-licensing technology, and the path forward for Cocoon Biotech.

Open to: the general public
Cost: 0 
Sponsor(s): MIT Biotech Group, GSC Funding Board
For more information, contact:  Anthony Kulesa
akulesa at mit.edu 

Tuesday, May 31

Preparing Health Systems for an Aging Global Population Symposium
WHEN  Tue., May 31, 2016, 1 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, WCC 2019 Milstein West A, Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Global Health Institute
SPEAKER(S)	Lisa F. Berkman, director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Len Fishman, director, Gerontology Institute, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, UMass Boston
David C. Grabowski, professor of health policy, Harvard Medical School
Ashish K. Jha, faculty director, Harvard Global Health Institute
Vincent Mor, Florence Pirce Grant University Professor and professor of health services, policy and practice, Brown University School of Public Health
Susan Reinhard, senior vice president and director, AARP Public Policy Institute; chief strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America
Kenji Shibuya, professor and chair, Department of Global Health Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
TICKET WEB LINK  https://fs6.formsite.com/harvardhigh/form132/index.html
TICKET INFO  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  abby_campbell at harvard.edu
DETAILS  The symposium is devoted to an examination of aging and health systems, including changing demographics and policy implications, and models for care design and health care delivery for the aging world.
LINK  http://globalhealth.harvard.edu/event/preparing-health-systems-aging-global-population-symposium?delta=0


Earth Night 2016
Tuesday, May 31
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Boston College Club,100 Federal Street 36th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-night-2016-tickets-22583691429
Cost:  $35 – $100

Join us to celebrate 20 years of Earth Night! Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and spectacular views of Boston from high above the city at our biggest bash of the year. Bringing friends, allies and the environmental community together, Earth Night will feature music, merriment and ways to make a difference for the Massachusetts environment. Tickets start at $35 and sponsorships at $500. Tickets available at the door as long as you have a photo ID!


Energy Technology and Policy Discussion Event: Energy and Big-Data
Tuesday, May 31
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Room 32-123, Cambridge

The information technology is changing the energy sector dramatically, both in the new and renewable energy sector (such as wind, solar, storage etc.) and the traditional energy sector (such as utility, oil and gas). Data sciences are not only helping solve the many challenges that energy technologies such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and demand response are facing, but also penetrating into the traditional energy operations and optimizations. This event is designed to address the following questions:
How do we characterize big data in the energy sector?
How does it differ from big data in other industries?
How is big data and information technology transforming the energy sector (upstream, mid-stream, downstream)?
What are the new opportunities for entrepreneurs in the energy sector?

1. Dr. Richard Tabors (Co-Director of the Utility of the Future Project at the MIT Energy Initiative, CTO of NewGrid) 
2. Richard Ward (Sr. Expert, McKinsey & Co.)
3. Ms. Mengrong Cheng (CEO, China State Grid North America)
4. Mr. Tilak Subrahmanian (VP of Energy Efficiency, Eversource)
Moderator: Mr. Joshua Paradise (GE Current / former EnerNoc)

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 1

Cannabinoids: Curse or Cure?
Wednesday, June 1
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
MassBio, 300 Technology Square 8th Floor, Cambridge

Years of government-funded research in synthetic cannabinoids shaped a path to robust commercial drug development programs with a pipeline of formal clinical trials tested on promising candidates. The role of cannabinoids in human health remains hotly debated and controversial: it could take years to determine if any significant breakthroughs are on the way, and the recent failure of the major Sativex Phase 3 clinical trials feeds the skeptics. Additionally, existing drug scheduling and abuse potential as well as other safety concerns make the development of cannabinoids no less challenging and problematic than opioids.

Concurrent with academic and pharma R&D, a growing recreational use of marijuana and legal access to the cannabis materials for masses of users (both healthy and sick) and medical practitioners keeps generating the data and medical claims that are hard to ignore.

Can these two worlds be bridged? Are there important lessons to learn and adopt? And most importantly, is there a better way for patients to benefit? Bring your questions and join the conversation!

We will begin our moderated discussion with an overview by our featured speaker:

Alexandros Makriyannis, PhD, George D. Behrakis Chair in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Director of the Center for Drug Discovery, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
“Cannabis and the Endocannabinoid System: Horizons for New Therapies”

Although the role of cannabis in health and medical uses dates several millennia, the biochemical system through which cannabis produces its effects has been discovered only recently. Since then, over the past three decades there has been an intense effort seeking to understand the manner with which cannabis, as well as synthetic cannabinoids related to its active ingredients work. This also opens the doors for the development of novel therapeutic drugs.

Mihir Kamdar, MD, Director, Cancer Pain Clinics, Massachusetts General Hospital
Lisa Jenkins, PhD, VP, Regulatory Strategy and Content Development, Virtual Regulatory Solutions, Inc.
Mark Tawa, MS, Director of Formulations, Alkermes
Jordan Tishler, MD, Physician in Chief, Inhale MD
Moderator:  Mike Palfreyman, PhD, President, Palfreyman BioPharm Advisors, Inc. 
Live-stream this Forum

More at https://www.massbio.org/events/cannabinoids-curse-or-cure-1284


Batsuits, Bike Frames and Boogie Boards: New Materials built from the Atom Up
Wednesday, June 1
Northeastern, 105 Shillman Hall, 115 Forsyth Street, Boston

Kate Ziemer   


Things I Think About: Fibers, Gangs, Bait & Meat
Wednesday, June 1
Honeycomb, Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge

Kit Parker

More at http://www.lelaboratoirecambridge.com/#!programs/c1tl


The Politicians and the Egalitarians:  The Hidden History of American Politics
Wednesday, June 1
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Princeton University professor and acclaimed historian SEAN WILENTZ for a discussion of his latest book, The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics—a look at how  the commanding role party politics has played in America’s enduring struggle against economic inequality.
About The Politicians and the Egalitarians

“There are two keys to unlocking the secrets of American politics and American political history.” So begins The Politicians & the Egalitarians, Princeton historian Sean Wilentz’s bold new work of history.
First, America is built on an egalitarian tradition. At the nation’s founding, Americans believed that extremes of wealth and want would destroy their revolutionary experiment in republican government. Ever since, that idea has shaped national political conflict and scored major egalitarian victories—from the Civil War and Progressive eras to the New Deal and the Great Society—along the way.
Second, partisanship is a permanent fixture in America, and America is the better for it. Every major egalitarian victory in United States history has resulted neither from abandonment of partisan politics nor from social movement protests but from a convergence of protest and politics, and then sharp struggles led by principled and effective party politicians. There is little to be gained from the dream of a post-partisan world.
With these two insights Sean Wilentz offers a crystal-clear portrait of American history, told through politicians and egalitarians including Thomas Paine, Abraham Lincoln, and W. E. B. Du Bois—a portrait that runs counter to current political and historical thinking. As he did with his acclaimed The Rise of American Democracy, Wilentz once again completely transforms our understanding of this nation’s political and moral character.

Thursday, June 2

Thursday, June 2
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/energybar-tickets-21458381597

EnergyBar is Greentown Labs' monthly networking event devoted to helping people in clean technology meet and discuss innovations in energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech,’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional clean technology community. 

Our attendees typically span a variety of disciplines within energy, efficiency, and renewables. In general, if you're looking for a job in cleantech or energy, trying to expand your network, or perhaps thinking about starting your own energy-related company this is the event for you. Expect to have conversations about issues facing advanced and renewable energy technologies and ways to solve our most pressing energy problems. 
Light appetizers and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 pm. Suggested dress is shop floor casual. Parking is incredibly limited at Greentown Labs and we encourage attendees to consider taking advantage of public transportation. 

Hope to see you there! 


Environment District Policy Panel with Congresswoman Katherine Clark
Thursday, June 2
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Tufts University, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop Street, Medford
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/environment-district-policy-panel-with-congresswoman-katherine-clark-tickets-25486789674

Please join us for our next district policy panel focused on the environment and mitigating climate change.
Through research, education, technology and innovation – Massachusetts is poised to continue to drive policy, our economy and be a national and global leader in combating climate change. 

Hosted by Tufts University and moderated by Congresswoman Katherine Clark, a panel of experts will discuss their work and ways we can all do our part to protect the environment.

For more information, please contact: lauren.pardi at mail.house.gov or (617) 354-0292.


Radical Redesign of Health Care and Its Implications for Policy: A Lecture by Don Berwick, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2010-2011)
WHEN  Thu., June 2, 2016, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Milstein East ABC, Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Opening Lecture and Reception hosted by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, cosponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, the Boston University School of Law, and the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund.
SPEAKER(S)  Don Berwick, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2010-2011)
Introduction by Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor, Harvard Law School
Moderator: I. Glenn Cohen, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School
COST  Free, but registration required.
TICKET WEB LINK  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ec7qkrhzf3210329&llr=jb84h4cab
DETAILS Don Berwick is one of the United States’ leading advocates for high-quality healthcare. From July 2010 to December 2011, he served as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For 22 years prior to that, he was the founding CEO – and now President Emeritus and Senior Fellow – of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a nonprofit dedicated to improving healthcare around the world. A pediatrician by background, he has also served on the faculties of the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Berwick sees tremendous unrealized potential in American medicine. Despite our outstanding knowledge base, expert practitioners, and world-class equipment, too many Americans do not have access to safe, high-quality care. Dr. Berwick presents a vision of how, through continual improvement, innovations in healthcare delivery, stronger leadership, and smarter policy, America can forge a system that satisfies our patients, achieves better outcomes, respects our limited resources, and honors our moral imperative to care for the disadvantaged.
LINK	http://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/don-berwick-aslme-lecture


The Impact of Invasive Lionfish on Bermuda’s Marine Ecosystem
Thursday, June 2
NE Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre, I Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=106430&view=Detail

Corey Eddy, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Lionfish have become the poster animal for invasive species, and they fit the definition perfectly; they were introduced by humans to the Atlantic Ocean, where they do not belong and could potentially cause significant environmental harm, possibly decimating entire ecosystems. Naturally found in the Indo-Pacific, they were first reported off the Florida coast in the 1980s, and in less than 30 years spread throughout the entire northwestern Atlantic.

Join us to hear from a local researcher about his study of their potential impact on Bermuda’s coral reef ecosystem. You’ll learn how their biology and ecology make them an incredibly successful predator and why we are so concerned with this invasion. 


Thursday, June 2
MIT, Building E15, Bartos Theater (Lower Atrium Level), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.catalystconversations.org/upcoming-events/

Catalyst Conversations is pleased to present “Things, Theories and Creatures”, a conversation between artist Andrew Yang and biologist Naomi Pierce. 

For artist/biologist Andrew Yang and Harvard biologist and butterfly curator Naomi Pierce, both scientific and aesthetic curiosities drive their respective research and art-making. Join them for a fascinating and enlightening discussion as they explore many of their overlapping interests, among them - animal perception, mutualism and natural history collections. As a harbinger of summer, their conversation alerts us to our place among all the other species on the planet.

This program is free and open all

About the Speakers
Andrew Yang is a transdisciplinary artist and scholar interweaving across the natural, cultural, and bio-historical. His projects have been exhibited from Oklahoma to Yokohama, Chicago to Kassel, including recent work for the14th Istanbul Biennial (2015) and an upcoming solo show at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. His writing and research appear in journals spanning biology, art, and philosophy, including Biological Theory, Gastronomica, Leonardo, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Philosophy of Science and part of the recent anthology City Creatures: Animal Encounters in Chicago Urban Wilderness (UChicago Press).  He was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in 2015 and an invited speaker and seminar-leader on aesthetics at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) Anthropocene Campus event in 2016.  He holds a PhD in Biology and MFA in Visual Arts and is currently an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as a research associate at the Field Museum of Natural History.

Naomi E. Pierce is the Hessel Professor of Biology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, and Curator of Lepidoptera in the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Research in her laboratory focuses on the ecology and evolution of species interactions. This has ranged from field studies measuring the costs and benefits of symbioses between ants and other organisms, to genetic analyses of biochemical signaling pathways underlying interactions between plants, pathogens and insects. She has received prizes such as a Fulbright Fellowship and a MacArthur award, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. 

For more information, contact:  Deborah Davidson
deborah at catalystconversations.org

Saturday, June 4

National Day of Civic Hacking: Boston 2016
Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-day-of-civic-hacking-boston-2016-tickets-25113045796

Please join Code for Boston for a weekend of unconference discussions and civic hacking at our fourth annual National Day of Civic Hacking event on June 4-5. Taking place over two days, this year’s event will feature a CommonCamp unconference on Saturday, and a technology-focused HackLab on Sunday.

For Saturday’s CommonCamp, Code for Boston is once again collaborating with MassIT, the IT department for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on a CityCamp-style unconference event to kick start a dialogue about some of the critical issues that face our Commonwealth, bringing together government employees, technologists, and community members for a series of facilitated sessions in the areas of transportation, environmental & energy concerns, the opioid crisis, youth employment & workforce development, and more. No coding skills are required at CommonCamp. 

For Sunday’s HackLab, we’ll invite local technologists to join us for a relaxed day of technological exploration and civic hacking. At HackLab, participants can follow up on ideas from Saturday’s CommonCamp, work on National Day of Civic Hacking challenges from Code for America, hack on open-source projects from government and community organizations, and redeploy Code for Boston apps with new partners.

Participants can register for the events on Saturday, Sunday, or both. We can't wait to see you all for a couple days of collaboration, discussion, and civic hacking!

Should I come to CommonCamp?
Yes! CityCamp events like CommonCamp are all about inclusion, multiple viewpoints, and collaboration – technology skills are not required. At CommonCamp, we’ll be inviting citizens, civic leaders, elected officials, government employees, entrepreneurs, technologists, and more to come together to share perspectives and insights about state and local civic issues, and to create formal problem statements and actionable steps that we can then pursue together after the event.

The goals of CityCamp events are to:
Bring together local government officials, municipal employees, experts, programmers, designers, citizens, and journalists to share perspectives and insights about Massachusetts government
Create and maintain patterns for using the Web to facilitate local government transparency and effective local governance
Foster communities of practice and advocacy on the role of the Web, mobile communication, online information, and open data in cities
Create outcomes that participants will act upon after the event is over

What will we be doing at CommonCamp?
CommonCamp is a civic unconference, which means we’ll be having a series of participant-led conversations, facilitated by Code for Boston and MassIT staff. Our focus will be on the following topic areas:
Environmental / Energy
Youth Workforce & Employment
Municipal Operations
Open Data & Government Transparency
If you are interested in leading a session in one of these topic areas, please head over to this form and tell us about it.

All that talking sounds great, but I want to hack!
Awesome! Sunday’s HackLab sounds like it’s the place for you. HackLab will be a great chance to get your code on in an informal and relaxed setting. You’ll be able to see what we’ve been up to at Code for Boston and redeploy some of our code, work with local government partners on some of their open source projects, hack on some national challenges from Code for America, and even start working on problem statements from CommonCamp. And of course, we’d love it if you came for both days of the event!

The final schedule is TBD. Keep an eye here for details! 

A logistical note…
All CityCamp events, including CommonCamp, are on the record by default. Participants should be made aware that they may be quoted, photographed, videotaped and otherwise recorded. Exceptions must be agreed to by all parties present in a conversation in order for the conversation to be off the record.

I have other questions, ideas, or partnership opportunities for National Day of Civic Hacking!
Awesome! Here's how we can hook up:
If you would like to lead an unconference session at CommonCamp, connect with us using this form.
If you are a government or community group and would like to submit an open-source project for work at HackLab, tell us about it here.
If you are interested in making a financial contribution, donating a meal, or other forms of sponsorship: Contact kristen at codeforboston.org or becky at codeforboston.org
If you have a general question not covered here: Contact hello at codeforboston.org

About National Day of Civic Hacking
National Day of Civic Hacking is a nationwide day of action where developers, government employees, designers, journalists, data scientists, non-profit employees, UX designers, and residents who care about their communities come together to host civic tech events leveraging their skills to help their community. This annual event provides citizens an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our society. 
About Code for Boston
Part of the Code for America Brigade network, Code for Boston is a volunteer group of developers, designers, data geeks, and citizen activists who use creative technology to solve civic and social problems in the Greater Boston area.
Part mission-driven non-profit, part technology meetup, part advocacy group, part social club, we provide a way for citizens to give back to their communities by building civic applications, opening public data sources, and generally helping to leverage technology for use in the public sphere.


Humanitarian Technology Festival
Saturday, June 4,
9:30 AM - Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
Berkman Center for Internet and Society, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/humanitarian-technology-festival-tickets-22926226962
Cost:  $20

Ever wanted to know about, or work on, disaster and humanitarian response technology from a people-first perspective? Join us for Aspiration's second #HumTechFest on June 4th and 5th at the Berkman Center in Cambridge, MA for a participatory and community-driven convening designed for field practitioners, media makers and storytellers, technology developers, information security practitioners, members of affected populations, researchers, and everyone in between. We'll run from 9:30a to 6p both days. Sliding scale is absolutely available -- please reach out if interested.
Agenda and Sessions
The agenda is co-developed with participants, facilitators, and partners in the time leading up and during the event.
We'll strive to build capacity for humanitarian aid and disaster response efforts through technology and community. This is similar but separate to the Humanitarian Technology Conference taking place later that week.
Topic areas likely to be on the agenda include...
Existing Response Technology Projects
Situational Awareness
Responsible Data Lifecycles
Easier After-Action Reports
Self-Care for Organizers
Participant-Led Sessions: More than half of the agenda will be built by participants before and during the event, covering topics, tools, themes and issues proposed by those present.
Learning by Making: Hands-on workshops for sharing essential technology skills.
More, more more! Tell us what other hands-on tech skills you would like to learn, and we'll try to find facilitators to get you there.
Let us know what should be on the agenda and how we can make this event more relevant and valuable for you!


2016 Cambridge Arts River Festival 
Saturday June 4
11 AM - 6 PM
East Cambridge waterfront along Cambridge Parkway between Edwin H. Land Boulevard and the Lechmere Canal, Cambridge

More at  https://www.cambridgema.gov/arts/Programs/riverfestival

Monday, June 6

MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Startup SpotlightExperience What's Next in Tech
Monday, June 6
6pm - 9pm
Microsoft NERD Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://mitefcamb.z2systems.com/np/clients/mitefcamb/eventRegistration.jsp?event=653&%20%20
Cost:  $35 - $95

On June 6, 2016, from 6:00-9:00PM, the Startup Spotlight will bring together 350+ innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate business development and business professionals for a unique, interactive and delicious networking event at the Microsoft NERD center in Cambridge.

Attendees are encouraged to network and make their way through each exhibitor table so that they can vote for their favorites in three categories:
Company I want to have a beer with
Most likely to develop a cult following

Tuesday, June 7

Boston TechBreakfast featuring awesome tech demos
Tuesday, June 7
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Microsoft NERD, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://bit.ly/1NngZSx

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell show-case style presentations. And yes, this is free! Thank our sponsors when you see them. This edition at Microsoft NERD – Cambridge, MA features demos from 4 awesome tech companies Find out more and RSVP at http://bit.ly/1NngZSx

Phone:  4104290092 
Website:  http://bit.ly/1NnfCm


Future Mobility Workshop
Tuesday, June 7
MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.de/e/future-mobility-workshop-tickets-24381050378

Future Mobility matters. Not only because it will make vehicles safer and more comfortable, but also because our cities and the environment need the change.
We want to bring students with diverse backgrounds together and exchange ideas to increase our understanding how the future mobility could look like.
We will have 4 meetings
1.5h Kick-off-Meeting @ 7th June, Tuesday, 04h30 pm
4h Workshop @ 18th June, Saturday, 09h30 am
4h Workshop @ 25th June, Saturday, 09h30 am
1.5h Wrap-up-Meeting @ 28th June, Tuesday, 04h30 pm
And a three step agenda
Trend Research
Scenario Building
Business Modelling
+++ Goal: Publish workshop results as PDF online! 


Tuesday, June 7
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Cafe, 5th Floor, One Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/light-pollution-prevention-innovation-and-public-health-tickets-25220739912
Cost:  $10 -$12

Our June event has many inspirations, is a long time coming, and we cannot wait to wrap our arms around the enormous topic of LIGHT. This is a conversation for anyone interested in the effects of light pollution on wildlife and ecosystems, the impacts of artificial light on public health, the trend of dark skies laws passed by local municipalities, and what lighting industry leaders see in the future for smarter, more efficient illumination in our lives.

The evening will start with a screening of the award-winning documentary The City Dark (2011), by director/producer Ian Cheney. After moving to light-polluted New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks, “Do we need the dark?” The film is a story of light pollution and the disappearing stars. The film asks viewers to stop and ponder what light, darkness and the stars mean to us, spiritually, physically, intellectually, socially and economically.

We will continue our reflection with the help of two extraordinary subject matter experts, Dr. Eva Shernhammer, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Jennifer Dolin, Manager of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, OSRAM SYLVANIA, who will share their insights from the respective fields of health and industry.

Dr. Eva Schernhammer, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Eva Schernhammer is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Harvard Medical School) and Epidemiology (Harvard School of Public Health). In addition, she holds adjunct faculty positions at the Department of Epidemiology, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA, and the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Vienna Medical School, Austria (her native home town). She is based at the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Harvard Medical School, home of several famous cohort studies including the Physicians’ Health Study and the Nurses’ Health Study.

Shernhammer's primary research interest is the relation of circadian rhythms and markers of the circadian system (e.g., melatonin) to cancer risk. Her major scientific contributions have highlighted the effects of light at night on cancer risk through the melatonin pathway. This work has led to the establishment of a new classification of shift work as a probable human carcinogen by WHO in 2007.

Schernhammer holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Vienna Medical School, a Doctor of Public Health degree (epidemiology) from the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as a Master of Science degree in psychology from the University of Vienna. She completed her medical training in Vienna and practiced for several years in hematology/oncology before becoming interested in cancer prevention.

Jennifer Dolin, Manager of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, OSRAM SYLVANIA
Jennifer Dolin has been with OSRAM SYLVANIA since 2004, where she is the manager of sustainability and environmental affairs.  She oversees environmental sustainability issues including lamp and ballast recycling, greenhouse gas emissions reporting, and OSRAM SYLVANIA’s Global Care corporate responsibility initiatives. With over 25 years of experience developing public and private environmental policy, her areas of expertise include lamp recycling programs, green building methods and solutions to combat climate change.

Ms. Dolin spent 10 years with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, first as an early member of the ENERGY STAR® labeling team and then as the creator and manager of the SmartWay program for the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ). 

Ms. Dolin holds a masters degree from Tufts University in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. 

Professionally, Ms. Dolin is a LEED® Accredited Professional, Lighting Certified, co-vice chair of the ASHRAE/IESNA/USGBC Green Buildings Standards Project Committee 189.1 and chair of the Indoor Environmental Quality working group, former chair of the Greenbuild Exhibitor Advisory Working Group, a founding board member of the North Shore Transportation Management Association, a member of the TFM Green Building Advisory Board, and a member of the UL Environment 106 standard committee for luminaires.


On the weekend of July 16 & 17th at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge we will be having a weekend event centered around Application Programming Interfaces.  If you have a work or home project that leverages API's, and are interested in presenting, then please let me know.  Talks can be any length.  If that weekend does not work, please note that there will be evening lectures over the next few months on API's.

For those who are new to API’s, these are being leveraged across many industries, and as such this event will have workshops to help participants learn how to access API’s; as well as on creating “data products” whether blogs, web applications, or the like. The event will have a special track devoted to “Civic Tech” and “Citizen Data Science”. The Programmable Web site provides good coverage of API’s, and beyond that there are many sites focused on specific applications.

API Categories
Social Media Top Ten API’s (article and review)
Machine Learning APIs (article and review)
Music API’s from Music Machinery
Federal Government

Many thanks to Microsoft NERD for hosting us!!!  Please let me know if you have any questions, and/or are interested in giving a talk!
John Verostek:  johnverostek at yahoo.com


The Summer of 2016 there will be a special issue of the journal Socialism and Democracy (http://sdonline.org/) on Energy Transition, with an emphasis on renewable energy, including wind, solar, and biomass.

We are looking for reviewers of one or more articles. We are also seeking people who could send us reviews of relevant books, for this issue.

Weimin Tchen
weimintchen at gmail.com


Solarize Somerville is a go! 
Hello neighbors--
On this cold winter day, I'm delighted to share the sunny news that Somerville MA has been chosen by the MassCEC (Clean Energy Center) to be a Solarize Mass community! You can see the announcement here:
State energy officials today announced the selection of the first five communities to participate in Solarize Mass for 2016.  The new municipalities participating in the community-based solar energy group-buying program that lowers overall costs of installing solar electric systems include Somerville and Natick, as well as Shelburne, Colrain and Conway, which have joined as a trio of partner communities....

You can learn more about the MassCEC and the SolarizeMass program at: www.solarizemass.com .
As the announcement has just been made, we don't have a lot of additional information at this time. But this selection means that we can now work with the city and the state to help residents of Somerville to decide if solar is a suitable option for them and their homes or businesses. We'll be developing and sharing educational materials, we'll have events to help people learn more and get questions answered, and we will help people to understand the processes associated with generating local, artisanal electrons.

Officially I'm the "Solar Coach" for Somerville. I am a point of contact to help people with basic solar PV issues and incentives. I'm working with folks from the city who will manage the overall project. This is a joint effort by the Office of Sustainability and Environment, with director Oliver Sellers-Garcia, and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development with Russell Koty.

As a Coach, I am a volunteer organizer and am not authorized to speak as a spokesperson on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or MassCEC. My job is to help people to understand the program once it's in place, and to answer questions that my neighbors may have as they consider the options. Things outside of my wheelhouse will be directed to the folks who can answer them.

You can contact me here with questions, or soon we'll have some information resources with more details. If you might want to volunteer to be on the outreach team. let me know.

Mary Mangan
Solar Coach Volunteer
somervillesolarcoach at gmail.com
[vendors should not contact me, I'm not supposed to have contact with them prior to the proposal process]


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

Solar map of Cambridge, MA


Hey Cambridge residents!

Did you know the City of Cambridge is trying to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize? It was created to develop a cleaner and more efficient energy future. Energy efficiency and conservation are the best ways to save energy and minimize environmental impact. In that effort, Cambridge is hoping all residents will get a no-cost energy assessment in order to make their homes more efficient and comfortable. Let us know you're interested here: http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/sign-up-for-an-assessment

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

Again, let us know you're interested here: http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/sign-up-for-an-assessment and someone will be in contact with you shortly to give you personally tailored contact information on how you can get your no-cost home energy assessment. Renters are also eligible!

Any action to save energy in the home will help Cambridge win this competition while protecting the environment. For additional ideas on how to save energy, please see the Cambridge Energy Alliance website at http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/resources/interactivehome

Please share with your Cambridge friends and family and ask them to get a free energy assessment!

Want to be more involved? Become a neighborhood Block Captain! Block Captains help their community members sign up for and complete no-cost home energy assessments through the MassSave program. Our team will give you the tools and guidance needed to recruit neighbors to get an assessment and improve the efficiency of their homes. Participation is welcome at whatever level you are able to commit to.
If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain, please fill out the form at http://tinyurl.com/blockcaptainsurvey and someone from the Cambridge Energy Alliance will be in contact with you shortly. If you know someone who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity!

Questions? Contact jnahigian at cambridgema.gov

Cambridge Energy Alliance


Sunny Cambridge has just launched! Sunny Cambridge is the city-wide initiative that makes it easy for all types of residents to get solar power for their homes. Cambridge has lined up local solar installers through the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, which helps you request, receive, and compare solar quotes 100% online with support available every step of the way.

The City of Cambridge is working on many levels to reduce energy use and GHG emissions to make the city more sustainable. As a semifinalist in the nationwide competition for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, Cambridge Energy Alliance is encouraging residents to take actions to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Get involved by signing up for a no-cost home energy assessment at the Cambridge Energy Alliance home page (www.cambridgeenergyalliance.org/winit)
and going solar at http://www.sunnycambridge.org 


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


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


The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) maintains a website (BNID.org) that serves as a clearing-house for information on organizations, events, and jobs related to international development in the Boston area. BNID has played an important auxiliary role in fostering international development activities in the Boston area, as witnessed by the expanding content of the site and a significant growth in the number of users.
The website contains:
A calendar of Boston area events and volunteer opportunities related to International Development - http://www.bnid.org/events
A jobs board that includes both internships and full time positions related to International Development that is updated daily - http://www.bnid.org/jobs
A directory and descriptions of more than 250 Boston-area organizations - http://www.bnid.org/organizations
Also, please sign up for our weekly newsletter (we promise only one email per week) to get the most up-to-date information on new job and internship opportunities -www.bnid.org/sign-up
The website is completely free for students and our goal is to help connect students who are interested in international development with many of the worthwhile organizations in the area.
Please feel free to email our organization at info at bnid.org if you have any questions!


Boston Maker Spaces - 27 and counting:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zGHnt9r2pQx8.kfw9evrHsKjA&hl=en
BASEN / Boston Solidarity Network Economy:  http://ba-sen.tumblr.com
Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston:  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/


Links to events at over 50 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://mitenergyclub.org/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
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/
Cambridge Civic Journal:  http://www.rwinters.com
Cambridge Happenings:   http://cambridgehappenings.org
Cambridge Community Calendar:  https://www.cctvcambridge.org/calendar

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