[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - June 5, 2016

gmoke gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jun 5 09:58:29 PDT 2016

I will be away next Sunday and thus will not publish Energy (and Other) Events on June 12, 2016.  This week’s edition covers events through the end of June so just look ahead to find out what’s going on around town.  Enjoy the days.


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Monday, June 6

6pm  MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Startup SpotlightExperience What's Next in Tech

Tuesday, June 7

8am  Boston TechBreakfast featuring awesome tech demos
8:30am  Response to Global Climate to the Antarctic Ozone Hole 
9am  Women in STEM Summit
4:30pm  Future Mobility Workshop
5:30pm  Cybersecurity II
7pm  Education and Equality

Wednesday, June 8

6pm  Grunt:  The Curious Science of Humans at War
6pm  Speaker Series: Spotlight on Climate Change, Dr. Cameron Wake, UNH
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights 87
6:30pm  Old North Speaker Series: Margaret Bendroth - The Last Puritans
7pm  Technology + Fashion: Projects for Tomorrow and Today

Thursday, June 9

8:30am  Boston National Community Solar Partnership
12pm  The crucial role of the Sahara greening in suppressing ENSO variability during the Mid-Holocene
12pm  Keeping the Lights on with Clean, Green Energy
5:30pm  Starr Forum: SOLD (film screening & Q&A Skype session with director)
6pm  But What If We're Wrong?:  Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past
6pm  ClimateX Ideamaker Lab #2
6pm  Cleantech Startups with Emily Reichert (CEO Greentownlabs)
7pm  TEDxCambridge

Friday, June 10

9am  Boston Civic Media presents: Technology, Design and Social Impact
9am  Koch Institute Summer Symposium 2016 - "Prevention and Early Detection of Cancer”

Saturday, June 11 

9:30am  DayCon 2016: “Bodies in Motion”
10am  The Resilience, Resistance & Regional Equity Convergence::Keynote address by Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute
11am  9th Annual Fresh Pond Day!
12pm  Boston Public School K-12 2016 Robotics Olympics

Sunday, June 12

11:30am  37th Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
5pm  Tim Weiskel on Soils, Civilizations, Climate and Collapse - Discussion, Potluck

Monday, June 13

5th International Social Life Cycle Assessment Conference
8am  Driverless Cars: What Will They Change - and When? A Morning Forum
6:30am  Science by the Pint: Fires, Invasives, and Ticks, Oh My! 
7pm  Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies

Tuesday, June 14

8:30am  Performing Resilience: How to Get It Done
12pm  Can Computers be Feminist? Procedural Politics and Computational Creativity
6pm  Boston New Technology June 2016 Startup Showcase #BNT66
6:30pm  What Arctic Caves Reveal about Ancient Climate Cycles
6:30pm  Big Farms Make Big Flu
7pm  Frackopoly:  The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment


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

The Ecology of Freedom


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


Response to Global Climate to the Antarctic Ozone Hole 
Tuesday, June 7
MIT, Building 66-110, Edwin Gilliland Auditorium,

A distinguished group of meteorologists, oceanographers and climatologists will assemble in MIT's Edwin Gilliland Auditorium on June 7-8, 2016 for the third annual progress meeting of the NSF-supported Ozone and Climate Project. This project aims to understand the role of the Antarctic ozone hole and its importance in the global picture of climate change. The project team explores this through observations, theory and modeling of the ozone hole and its behavior. 

This year, some thirty project team members and guests will present and discuss our latest findings organized around these three main themes: 
Theme A: How well do we understand ozone forcing of the climate and its drivers? 
Theme B: How are ocean circulation, ice cover, heat and carbon uptake, and biogeochemistry impacted by the ozone hole? 
Theme C: Can we attribute the impacts of the ozone hole on global climate and identify observable indicators? 

Web site: http://ozoneandclimate.squarespace.com/june-2016-meeting
Open to: PAOC/EAPS Community
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  John Marshall
jmarsh at mit.edu 


Women in STEM Summit
Tuesday, June 7
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT) 
Wentworth Institute of Technology (Watson Auditorium), 550 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-stem-summit-tickets-25214826224

Please join Treasurer Deb Goldberg and Dr. Zorica Pantić at Wentworth Institute of Technology for a Women in STEM Summit on Tuesday, June 7, from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
The purpose of this exciting event is to bring professionals, policymakers, and advocates together to identify the challenges that women and girls face when entering and advancing in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
Come hear Treasurer Deb Goldberg and Wentworth Institute of Technology President Dr. Zorica Pantić make the case for the need to break down barriers and build a pipeline for women to participate in our state's innovation economy.
The event will also feature a breakout discussion session moderated by Dr. Yvonne Spicer (Vice President of Advocacy & Educational Partnerships at the Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy), allowing attendees to share best practices and proven strategies for advancing women in the industry. Recommendations gathered at the summit will help inform future STEM programming offered through the Massachusetts State Treasury's Office of Economic Empowerment.

A complimentary breakfast will be served promptly at 9:00 a.m.

For questions or assistance, please contact empowerment at tre.state.ma.us.


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! 


Cybersecurity II
WHEN  Tue., June 7, 2016, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Business School, Hawes 101, 60 Harvard Way, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Education, Information Technology, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events, Support/Social, Working at Harvard
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Business School Association of Boston
COST  $15 - $55
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.hbsab.org/s/1738/cc/index2.aspx?sid=1738&gid=8&pgid=49041&cid=105318&ecid=105318&crid=0&calpgid=13&calcid=54880
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Check-in, social hour
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Discussion and Q+A
Parking is included in HBS Campus Lot.
Registration Fees
Presidents Club Member: Free
HBSAB Member: $25
Guest* of Member: $35
Non-member: $55
HBS Student Member: $15
*Guest policy: HBS Alumni should join and purchase member ticket, or please purchase non-member ticket. Guest tickets must be purchased by a member.
On April 1, 2015, President Obama issued an executive order declaring that “the increasing prevalence and severity of malicious cyber-enabled activities… constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States.”
Boston has become one of the hotbeds for Cybersecurity firms. In April 2016, the Boston Business Journal estimated that the top 25 cybersecurity firms in Massachusetts employed approximately 3800 professionals and were growing at close to a double digits percentage annually.
Following up on the success of last year’s Cybersecurity panel, this year’s all-star panel will examine what is driving this explosive growth and what companies of all sizes can do to mitigate the threats. In last year’s panel, former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis urged attendees to eliminate their use of debit cards due to the high risk involved.
LINK	http://www.hbsab.org/s/1738/cc/index2.aspx?sid=1738&gid=8&pgid=49041&cid=105318&ecid=105318&crid=0&calpgid=13&calcid=54880


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.


Education and Equality
Tuesday, June 7
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Boston Review welcome Harvard professor and the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics DANIELLE ALLEN for a discussion of her book Education and Equality.
About Education and Equality

American education as we know it today—guaranteed by the state to serve every child in the country—is still less than a hundred years old. It’s no wonder we haven’t agreed yet as to exactly what role education should play in our society. In these Tanner Lectures, Danielle Allen brings us much closer, examining the ideological impasse between vocational and humanistic approaches that has plagued educational discourse, offering a compelling proposal to finally resolve the dispute. 

Allen argues that education plays a crucial role in the cultivation of political and social equality and economic fairness, but that we have lost sight of exactly what that role is and should be. Drawing on thinkers such as John Rawls and Hannah Arendt, she sketches out a humanistic baseline that re-links education to equality, showing how doing so can help us reframe policy questions. From there, she turns to civic education, showing that we must reorient education’s trajectory toward readying students for lives as democratic citizens. Deepened by commentaries from leading thinkers Tommie Shelby, Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Michael Rebell, and Quiara Alegría Hudes that touch on issues ranging from globalization to law to linguistic empowerment, this book offers a critical clarification of just how important education is to democratic life, as well as a stirring defense of the humanities. 

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

Wednesday, June 8

Grunt:  The Curious Science of Humans at War
Wednesday, June 8
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/mary_roach1/
Cost:  $5

Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author MARY ROACH and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist DEBORAH BLUM for a discussion of Roach's latest book, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War—an exploration of the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war.

About Grunt
Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries—panic, exhaustion, heat, noise—and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again.


Speaker Series: Spotlight on Climate Change, Dr. Cameron Wake, UNH
Wednesday, June 8
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) 
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, 400 Harvard Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speaker-series-spotlight-on-climate-change-dr-cameron-wake-unh-tickets-25554684750

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, with wide-ranging environmental and social impact across the globe. In the first installment of DWC’s new Speaker Series, Dr. Cameron Wake, Climatologist at the University of New Hampshire, will present on current environmental science research and discuss the importance of non-scientific communities rallying around the issues of climate change and sustainability.
Though the connection between dance and climate change may not be immediately apparent, at Dance for World Community we believe that everyone – including artists – has a role to play in changing the world for the better. Addressing climate change will require great innovation and creativity, not only in science and technology but also in all other sectors. Artists are uniquely innovative and creative and have enormous potential to be impactful change agents. Our goal is to bring the dance network together around a critical issue and to use our collective potential for impact to better our planet and our communities.
Please join us as we learn together and raise awareness about the current state of climate change research and explore how dancers can make a difference!


Mass Innovation Nights 87
Wednesday, June 8
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Bullhorn, Inc, 100 Summer Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-innovation-nights-87-tickets-25598161791

We are eagerly anticipating #MIN87 at the awesome new Bullhorn headquarters -- prepare to be impressed.  On June 8th, yes we are back to our usual Wednesday night, ten new products will showcase their innovative products. You can vote for your favorite to present onstage here!
Mass Innovation Nights is a monthly product launch and networking event featuring local startups at various locations throughout Boston. 


Old North Speaker Series: Margaret Bendroth - The Last Puritans
Wednesday, June 8
6:30 pm
Wednesday, June 8
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-north-speaker-series-margaret-bendroth-the-last-puritans-tickets-25492144691

The Last Puritans: Mainline Protestants and the Power of the Past
Speaker: Margaret Bendroth 
The New England Puritans have had a powerful hold on the American imagination, as everything from the founders of democracy to witch-burning killjoys. The Congregational churches, whose tall white spires still dot the New England countryside, took enormous pride in their Puritan and Pilgrim roots, especially as, in the years after the Civil War, Thanksgiving became a premiere American holiday. But, as they quickly discovered, history can be an unwieldy burden. The heirs of the Pilgrim Fathers also had to keep up with the times, to meet modern challenges that their 17th century forebears never could have imagined. Margaret Bendroth, author of The Last Puritans, will explain how a religious tradition deeply knitted to the past struggled to honor their founders even as they ran up against their faults and limitations, growing to become one of the most progressive and forward-looking religious groups in American society. 
Please join us for a reception and book signing following the lecture.
Margaret Bendroth is executive director of the Congregational Library & Archives and a historian of American religion. She received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, and has taught and written widely on all kinds of Protestants, from fundamentalists and evangelicals to mainliners and liberals. Her books include Fundamentalism and Gender, 1875 to the Present (Yale 1993) and Fundamentalists in the City: Conflict and Division in Boston's Churches, 1885-1950 (Oxford 2003).


Technology + Fashion: Projects for Tomorrow and Today
Wednesday, June 8
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://www.mfa.org/programs/lecture/technology-fashion-projects-for-tomorrow-and-today
Cost:  $10 - $12

Sputniko!, artist, designer, assistant professor at MIT Media Lab
Katia Vega, Nan Zhao, Cindy Kao, Xin Liu, and Viirg Kan, members of the techstyle ML group at the MIT Media Lab

Media Lab tech style group presentation at Boston's MFA
Immerse yourself in the gorgeous LED-lit, haptic feedback-enabled, and digitally printed projects of contemporary fashion. First, hear an overview of the current directions in technology and fashion by Sputniko!, whose recent work includes Amy’s Glowing Silk and The Moonwalk Machine. Then, moderated by Sputniko!, hear from the Media Lab’s techstyle ML students, who reveal the future of fashion design with innovative projects including conductive makeup and tattoos, on-skin and nail interfaces, wearable lighting, and social textiles.

Thursday, June 9

Boston National Community Solar Partnership
Thursday, June 9
8:30 AM to 4:30 P 
EPA Region 1 Headquarters, 5 Post Office Square Suite 100, Boston 

Community solar is emerging as a promising approach to accelerate the deployment of solar in the US. The National Community Solar Partnership – a growing group of over 100 leading businesses, nonprofits and government agencies spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – will be holding four regional workshops focused on furthering community solar.

You are invited to attend the regional workshop for the eastern US – hosted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Join national experts, state and local officials, industry representatives, utility providers, environmental justice advocates, and other key players to share success stories, discuss common challenges and goals, and offer troubleshooting advice. The group will also identify strategies to catalyze community solar projects and engage low and moderate income households in your region and beyond.

The program, designed and delivered by the DOE and Institute for Sustainable Communities, will include a mix of presentations, panels, and breakout sessions intended to engage participants in active dialogue with each other. Attendees will be active participants in identifying pressing problems and finding crosscutting solutions to further deployment of community shared solar throughout the region.

Event Contact:  cbaker at iscvt.org

More information at  http://www.iscvt.org/ncsp-ne/


The crucial role of the Sahara greening in suppressing ENSO variability during the Mid-Holocene
Thursday, June 9
MIT, Building 54-517, 21 Ames Street, (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Speaker: Francesco Pausata, Stockholm University
One striking feature of several paleoclimate records is that the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) variability was greatly reduced during the Mid-Holocene (MH) relative to today. However, MH model simulations have fallen far short on capturing the magnitude of this reduction. Here we use a fully coupled ocean-atmosphere model simulation for 6000 yr BP (MH) in which we prescribe not only the MH orbital forcing but also more extensive vegetation and reduced airborne dust concentrations from North Africa due to wetter climatic condition in the Sahara. We show that accounting for a vegetated and less dusty Sahara can reduce ENSO variability by 25%, more than twice the decrease obtained using orbital forcing alone (10%). We identify changes in tropical Atlantic mean state and variability as fundamental agents driving ENSO variations during the MH. The momentous strengthening of the West Africa Monsoon (WAM) simulated under vegetated Sahara leads to an Atlantic Nino-like mean state and a reduction of its variability (46%). These changes in the equatorial Atlantic, in turn, affect the ENSO behaviour over the Pacific through changes in the Walker circulation. 

PAOC Special Seminar

Web site: https://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/all
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  David McGee
davidmcg at mit.edu 


Keeping the Lights on with Clean, Green Energy
Thursday, June 9
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
Brown Rudnick, One Financial Center, Boston 
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keeping-the-lights-on-with-clean-green-energy-tickets-25167950016
Cost:  $0 – $30

As Massachusetts and New England face the looming threat of climate change it is clear that we must fundamentally shift our energy system. Can we support our growing economy with a combination of renewable energy and energy efficiency? Do we need more natural gas, or are there other cost-effective solutions? What is the role of off-shore wind and is it price competitive? Where will we get new based load power once older plants retire? Please join us for a panel discussion with distinguished experts who will explore the answers to these urgent questions.

Christophe Courchesne, Chief of the Environmental Protection Division, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
Matthew Morrissey, Executive Director, Offshore Wind: Massachusetts
Peter Shattuck, Director, Clean Energy Initiative & Director Massachusetts Office, Acadia Center

Lunch will be available.


Starr Forum: SOLD (film screening & Q&A Skype session with director)
Thursday, June 9
MIT, Building E51-115, Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Jeffrey D. Brown
Based on the international bestselling novel by Patricia McCormick, and inspired by true accounts, SOLD tells the story of 13 year-old Lakshmi, who is trafficked from her peaceful, rural village in Nepal to work in a brothel called Happiness House in Kolkata, India. Through one extraordinary girl's story, SOLD gives voice to the millions of children around the world who disappear every year. Globally the average age of a trafficked girl is thirteen, the same age as Lakshmi in the film. 

SOLD is a call to action, and a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit. 

Q&A immediately following after the film with the Director/Co-Writer, Jeffrey D. Brown via Skype. 

CIS Starr Forum 
A public events series on pressing issues in international affairs, sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies.

Please contact us at starrforum at mit.edu if you need accessibility accommodations

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/cis/eventposter_060916_sold.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:  617-253-8306
starrforum at mit.edu 


But What If We're Wrong?:  Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past
Thursday, June 9
6:00 PM  (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/chuck_klosterman/
Cost:  $5

Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author of I Wear the Black Hat and Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs CHUCK KLOSTERMAN for a discussion of his latest book, But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past.
About But What If We're Wrong?

We live in a culture of casual certitude. This has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. Though no generation believes there’s nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. And then, of course, time passes. Ideas shift. Opinions invert. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure—until, of course, they don’t.

But What If We’re Wrong? visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who'll perceive it as the distant past. Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown (or—weirder still—widely known, but entirely disrespected)? Is it possible that we “overrate” democracy? And perhaps most disturbing, is it possible that we’ve reached the end of knowledge?

Kinetically slingshotting through a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems, But What If We’re Wrong? is built on interviews with a variety of creative thinkers—George Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Junot Díaz, Amanda Petrusich, Ryan Adams, Nick Bostrom, Dan Carlin, and Richard Linklater, among others—interwoven with the type of high-wire humor and nontraditional analysis only Klosterman would dare to attempt. It’s a seemingly impossible achievement: a book about the things we cannot know, explained as if we did. It’s about how we live now, once “now” has become “then.”


ClimateX Ideamaker Lab #2
Thursday, June 9
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
MIT, Building 4-261, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

The challenge of climate change requires systemic innovation at every level of human existence- new science, new technology, new infrastructure, new economics, new policy and a new ethics. The ClimateX Ideamaker Lab focuses on fresh ideas; think about it as an incubator for climate solutions. Our goal is to create a supportive environment for unveiling bold new steps for addressing the climate crisis independent of where they come from.

Our Ideamaker Lab combines the sharing of ideas with networking and building of community. This time, Paul Dreyfoos and Mitch Anthony will present their vision of a New Climate Magazine. We welcome your participation in the second ClimateX Ideamaker session. Please do forward this invite to anyone who might be interested in attending. 


Cleantech Startups with Emily Reichert (CEO Greentownlabs)
Thursday, June 9 
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pivotal, 145 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-boston-presents-emily-reichert-greentown-labs#/
Cost:  $11 - $22

Join us in conversation with Emily Reichert, CEO at Greentown Labs, where she sets strategic direction, focusing on increasing the organization’s impact on clean and energy efficient technology commercialization through entrepreneurship. She also directs its efforts to engage new corporate and foundation partners, to expand recognition and education programs for clean technology entrepreneurs, to leverage the local community of entrepreneurs, investors, universities, government agencies and NGOs striving to build our clean energy future, and to maintain Boston’s global competitiveness in clean technology.

Website:  http://bit.ly/1XMjIxB 
Organizer:  Startup Grind Boston
Email:  carlos at startupgrind.com
Website:  https://www.startupgrind.com/boston/
Venue:  Pivotal, 145 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Cambridge


Thursday, June 9
7:00 PM
Boston Opera House, Boston, MA
Cost:  $45 - $150


Friday, June 10

Boston Civic Media presents: Technology, Design and Social Impact
Friday, June 10
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT) 
The Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive #1, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-civic-media-presents-technology-design-and-social-impact-tickets-24600991227

Boston Civic Media invites you to the 2nd annual conference on Design, Technology, and Social Impact featuring our Keynote Speaker Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley. Ayanna was first elected to the Boston City Council on November 3, 2009, becoming the first woman of color ever elected to the Council. She has a relentless determination to advance a political agenda focused on women and girls, building healthy communities, and breaking cycles of poverty, violence, and trauma. We are pleased to have her set the stage for conference participants, including- civic media designers, researchers, technologists, and community members. 
Last year, Boston Civic Media was launched after a convening on Metrics and Methods where we discussed the barriers, opportunities, and foundational goals of civic media research. This year we’re back with a full day of learning, celebrating, and community-building! We are thrilled to invite you to:
Meet community leaders, techies, city officials, journalists, designers, academics, students, and more who are passionate about using media and technology for the common good
Listen to lightning talks on topics ranging from civic technology case studies to best practices for community collaboration
Participate in workshops on topics such as facilitation, design-research, and media strategies for social change
The schedule of the day includes 4 tracks consisting of Civic Art, Media Literacy, Systems and Advocacy, and Engagement and Inclusion.

9:00 AM: Registration
9:30am-10:00 Introductions and Welcome
10:00 - 10:45 Keynote Speaker City Councillor Ayanna Pressley
10:45- 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00- 11:30 Plenary Lightning Talks
11:30 - 12:30 Workshops, Part I
1:30 – 2:30 Workshops, Part II
2:30-2:45Coffee Break
2:45-3:45 Workshops, Part III
3:45 - 4:30 The event will be followed by a book launch celebration and panel for Civic Media: Technology | Design | Practice (MIT Press) 
4:30 - 5:30 Happy Hour
Please RSVP and spread the word!

We look forward to your participation,
The Organizing Team
Catherine D'Ignazio, Assistant Professor, Emerson College
Eric Gordon, Associate Professor, Emerson College
Paul Mihailidis, Associate Professor, Emerson College

What is Civic Media?
Civic media are the mediated practices of designing, building, implementing or using digital tools to intervene in or participate in civic life. The emerging domain of civic media includes researchers and practitioners from many fields and sectors including art, design, computer science, social sciences, humanities, government, urban planning, community organizing, law & policy, education and more.


Koch Institute Summer Symposium 2016 - "Prevention and Early Detection of Cancer"
Friday, June 10
MIT, Building 76-156, 500 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Angela Belcher, Sangeeta Bhatia, David Hunter and many more
As much as 70% of cancer worldwide may be preventable. In fact, despite enormous progress in treatment, it is likely that the greatest reduction in cancer deaths to date is the result of cancer prevention and early detection. New technologies, combined with advances in understanding the genetics and cell biology of cancer, could help to further reduce the burden of cancer through simpler, cheaper, more precise, and more efficient approaches. This one-day symposium will include discussion of how to accelerate our efforts to find and intercept disease at the earliest possible stage, and, ideally, prevent many cancers altogether.

Web site: https://ki.mit.edu/news/symposium/2016
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
For more information, contact:  Pam DiFraia
pdifraia at mit.edu 

Editorial Coment:  Yes, that Koch.

Saturday, June 11 

DayCon 2016: “Bodies in Motion”
Saturday, June 11
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/daycon/

DayCon is Science in the News’ FREE, daylong conference for the public – a day of talks, posters, interactive sessions, and more! After the success of our inaugural event in 2015, we are pleased to announce that registration for DayCon 2016: Bodies in Motion is now LIVE! Please fill out the REQUIRED registration form below to claim your spot – no fee necessary!

The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at Maxwell Dworkin on Harvard’s main campus. This year, we are also thrilled to feature the Museum of Science in a new collaboration. See below for a sample schedule.

9:30-10:00 AM: Check-in
10-10:40 AM: A History of Movement
10:50-11:30 AM: The Physics of Sports
11:40 AM – 12:20 PM: The Future of Motion – Prosthetics and Artificial Limbs
12:20-1:10 PM: Lunch with graduate student scientists
1:10-2:05 PM: Concurrent lectures (choose two to attend) – The Science Behind Aging, Bioengineering and Robotics, The Genetics of Athletic Ability, and Skin: the Body’s First Line of Defense
2:10-3:00 PM: Eye Dissections with The Museum of Science –
Come explore the eye of an animal. How might different types of vision effect our behavior? What causes some of our eyes to look red in photos? Learn and talk about the human eye and more.
3:10-3:45 PM: Keynote Speech – Fueling a Body in Motion: Sports Nutrition and Metabolic Disease
3:45-4:30 PM: Poster Session


The Resilience, Resistance & Regional Equity Convergence::Keynote address by Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute
Saturday, June 11 
10am – 5pm 
First Church Unitarian in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-resilience-resistance-regional-equity-convergence-tickets-24327639625
Suggested Donation: $15 
Light Breakfast and Lunch Included

Across New England, a new world is being built. Grassroots activists motivated by their love for community and the planet are building resilient local communities, resisting fossil fuel projects, and making sure that all people can thrive now and into the future, regardless of race, class, income and more. On June 11 join a convergence of regional and local actors building this new world. You’ll connect with great people, hear stories and lessons to strengthen your work, help build the New England Resilience & Transition network, and get inspired!

The morning will include a keynote address and responses from members of the New England Resilience & Transition Network. In the afternoon we will have lunch, workshops and network-building sessions.

Propose a Workshop!

Co-Convene the Convergence
If your organization would like to be listed as a co-convener, just email sarah at localcircles.org. It’s free, and the more the better. Local, regional and national groups alike are encouraged to co-convene, especially NERT members.

About Richard Heinberg
Richard Heinberg is Senior Fellow-in-Residence of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. He has authored scores of essays and articles and twelve books. Since 2002, Richard has delivered over five hundred lectures to a wide variety of audiences in 14 countries—from insurance executives to peace activists, from local officials to members of the European Parliament. He has been quoted and interviewed countless times for print, television, and radio. Richard has appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour, is a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education, and in 2012 was appointed to His Majesty the King of Bhutan’s International Expert Working Group for the New Development Paradigm initiative.

Richard’s animations Don’t Worry, Drive On, Who Killed Economic Growth? and 300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Minutes (winner of a YouTubes’s/DoGooder Video of the Year Award) have been viewed by more than 1.5 million people.


9th Annual Fresh Pond Day!
Saturday, June 11
11:00am to 3:00pm
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge

Celebrate the land, water, wildlife, and people that make Fresh Pond Reservation a unique and vital place.

Fresh Pond Reservation is truly Cambridge's green gem - an urban wild that protects Fresh Pond, Cambridge's in-city drinking water reservoir. Fresh Pond Day is the Cambridge Water Department's annual tribute to this unique Reservation that is a vital natural resource, an invaluable sanctuary for wildlife, and a beloved recreational escape in the City. So let's give Fresh Pond the celebration, jubilation and love it deserves; join in the festivities! Attendees will enjoy live wildlife presentations, a wildlife and bike parade, live music, facepainting, truck climb-aboards, tours, and more!

Free and open to all, activities will take place in and around the Water Treatment Facility located at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge. For those arriving by car: plan on parking at the Tobin School (197 Vassal Lane). There are plenty of green transit options: the bikeway, bus routes 72, 74, 75 & 78; and Alewife T Station. On-leash dogs, including Cambridge dogs, are welcome. Please note that rain or other extreme weather cancels this event. For parking information, full schedule, and more, please contact Martine at mwong at cambridgema.gov, call (617) 349-6489, or visit www.cambridgema.gov/freshpondday.


Boston Public School K-12 2016 Robotics Olympics 
Saturday June 11
Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

More information at https://sites.google.com/a/bostonpublicschools.org/roboticsolympics/

Sunday, June 12

37th Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Sunday, June 12
11:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Memorial Drive Park, Cambridge

If you cannot come, you do not need to post reply and explain yourself why you cannot come. Just change your RSVP to No. 

Cambridge Side - Along Memorial Drive  
12:00PM – 5:00PM Asian Food

Cambridge Side - Main Tent  
12:00PM – 5:00PM Arts and Crafts & Asian Cultural Performances

Performances & Demonstrations
12:00 Chinese Waist Drum Dance (Boston side)  
12:15 Dragon Dance  
12:45 Opening Ceremony  
1:00 Chinese Traditional Music, Chinese Yo-Yo  
1:25 Folk Songs from Asia  
1:30 Bhangra & Bollywood Dance  
2:00 Chinese Drumming, Dulcimer  
2:15 Chinese Martial Arts  
2:45 Chinese Traditional Dance  
3:15 Rhythmic  
3:30 Bhangra & Bollywood Dance  
4:00 Chinese and Asian Arts Demonstration  
4:30 Japanese Taiko Drumming  
5:00 Awards Ceremony


Tim Weiskel on Soils, Civilizations, Climate and Collapse - Discussion, Potluck
Sunday, June 12
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
One Fayette Park, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Biodiversity-for-a-Livable-Climate/events/231313582/?rv=ea1

Today's soils are degraded or desertified on billions of acres around the planet. How did that happen and what are its consequences? Can human populations reverse this process and rebuild soils to capture carbon in the time-frame required for the survival of complex civilizations? 

The core of the problem is that over the last several centuries urbanized humankind has little experience with intact, healthy soil.  As a result modern cultures systematically underestimate,  -- and, more generally, simply ignore -- the vital necessity of healthy soils for their continued existence.

The alternative is clear.  A long tradition poets and prophets of the soil have declared for centuries that it is urgent to give soils their due.  We need to rediscover these voices and launch a major global campaign to regenerate soils in order to restore ecosystems and reverse the accelerated release of terrestrial carbon.The most effective strategy for carbon capture and storage (CCS) that the ecosystem has ever devised over the last several billion years has been to build soils. We would be foolish to abandon and continue to reverse this process if we wish to survive as a species.  

Some preliminary reading if you like:  Got a Carbon Problem? Fix it ! Part 1 – Some Prophetic & Enduring Testimony:

Our speaker, Tim Weiskel, is a historian and social anthropologist. He completed his B.A. at Yale and received further degrees in Social Anthropology and History at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He has received numerous research grants and has taught African history, historical ecology, ecological anthropology, and global climate change at Williams College, Yale University and Harvard University. Weiskel has published several books and articles and has researched belief systems within cultures and how core cultural beliefs can either facilitate or block change over time. He educates about the many social and scientific aspects of climate at Harvard Extension and through the website: Transition-Studies.Net.

Potluck starts at 6, presentation at 7.

We're a small non-profit so a $10 donation is requested, but no one will be turned away based on ability to pay.

Monday, June 13

5th International Social Life Cycle Assessment Conference
June 13–15, 2016
Harvard, Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://slca2016.splashthat.com
Cost:  $35-$450

The International Conference in Social LCA is the largest event in this field, and the only one that focuses specifically on quantitative and systemic assessment of social impacts and progress in supply chains and product life cycles. Attendees leave with an increased understanding of how to apply Social LCA in their work and an increased ability to be change agents in their industry.

The seminar theme ‘Moving markets on social sustainability’ aims to foster synergy between research and business. It provides a forum to exchange and discuss advances in social life cycle assessment.

Sponsored by: New Earth and the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment.

More at: http://green.harvard.edu/events/5th-international-social-life-cycle-assessment-conference#sthash.LMEyoEjd.dpuf


Driverless Cars: What Will They Change - and When? A Morning Forum
Monday, June 13
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
Federal Reserve Bank - 3rd Fl - Audiovisual Room 1, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ecmjby5u9785f2b9&oseq=&c=b77caa50-eace-11e3-83bf-d4ae529a7ac4&ch=b78312f0-eace-11e3-83bf-d4ae529a7ac4

Driverless cars are coming, ready or not. Please join us for a free forum about this transformative technology and its likely impacts. The forum will feature an expert panel that will bring together government and the private sector, and the topics will include driverless car technology, likely timeframe for implementation, how driverless cars might change the role of driving and transit in our communities, and the role of government in the process.

Space is limited to the first 100 registrants, and we anticipate high interest. Please register now!

This event is co-sponsored by theMetropolitan Area Planning Council and Transportation for Massachusetts.


Science by the Pint: Fires, Invasives, and Ticks, Oh My! 
Monday, June 13
6:30 PM
The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville

Guest scientist Michael Dietze
Michael Dietze is a terrestrial ecologist in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University. His research broadly focuses on how we forecast natural systems, spanning a wide range of ecological processes across many of the world’s biomes. Much of the current research in his Ecological Forecasting Lab combines field campaigns, paleoecological data, remote sensing, and computer models to better understand how ecosystems respond to climate change and to improve predictions of the global carbon cycle.

Science by the Pint is a monthly science cafe free and open to the public, run by the Harvard non-profit outreach group Science In The News (SITN). Read more here: http://sitnboston/science-by-the-pint/


Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies
Monday, June 13
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277
Fee $5 member, $10 nonmember; Free for students

Sara M. Lewis, PhD, Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology, Tufts University
For centuries, the beauty of fireflies has evoked wonder and delight. Yet for most of us, fireflies remain shrouded in mystery: How do fireflies make their light? What are they saying with their flashing? And what do fireflies look for in a mate? Join us for a presentation by noted biologist and firefly expert Sara Lewis as she dives into the fascinating world of fireflies and reveals the most up-to-date discoveries about these beloved insects. Hear dramatic stories of birth, courtship, romance, sex, deceit, poison, and death among fireflies. Following the lecture, look for fireflies at the edge of the Arboretum’s wet meadow. Sarah’s recently published book, Silent Sparks, will be available for sale and signing.

Tuesday, June 14

Performing Resilience: How to Get It Done
Tuesday, June 14
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
50 Milk Street, 17th floor, "Milky Way" conference room, Boston
RSVP at http://usgbcma.org/civicrm/event/register?id=1053&reset=1
Cost:  $17 - $29

Join the USGBC MA Chapter for an important morning program on implementation of resilience.

We are all hearing about the importance of this topic. We have participated in information sessions and presentations about the dangers of sea level rise, increased storm intensity and other issues connected to resilience. We have memorized the new shoreline maps and we "get it" that our infrastructure is going to need some help, big time.

How do we actually get resilience done? What are the practical things we can do as developers, designers, implementers and users of buildings and building systems?

The USGBC community has developed LEED Pilot Credits for resilience which are immediately available actions that every building project could incorporate - they are reasonable steps that any property can benefit from.

Filippo Masetti at SGH will talk about improving the resilience of buildings subject to coastal flooding and the new LEED resilience pilot credits.
Arlen Stawasz of Perkins+Will will present on the RELi Action List they have developed for designers.
Michael Green of Climate Action Business Association (CABA) will share their "BARS" program of resources for small businesses' response to sea level rise.

Jim Newman of Linnean Solutions will facilitate.

Join us for a sequence of important tool-sharing presentations, and a conversation among peers who are on the front lines of responding to the changing baseline of environmental conditions for our communities. 

Join us to learn steps you can take right now in your practice, at your company, or for your organization, to implement resilience in your building projects.

1h GBCI CEU pending approval. 


Can Computers be Feminist? Procedural Politics and Computational Creativity
Tuesday, June 14
MIT, Building  E25-401, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Gillian Smith
Computers are increasingly taking on the role of a creator, making content for games, participating on twitter, generating paintings and sculptures. These computationally creative systems embody formal models of both the product they are creating and the process they follow. Like that of their human counterparts, the work of algorithmic artists is open to criticism and interpretation, but such analysis requires a framework for discussing the politics embedded in procedural systems. In this talk, I will examine the politics that are (typically implicitly) represented in computational models for creativity, and discuss the possibility for incorporating feminist perspectives into their underlying algorithmic design.

Web site: http://informatics.mit.edu/event/brown-bag-discussion-gillian-smith?type=month&month=2016-05
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free 
Sponsor(s): MIT Libraries
For more information, contact:  Kelly Hopkins
khopkins at mit.edu 


Boston New Technology June 2016 Startup Showcase #BNT66
Tuesday, June 14
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Blvd, Boston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/231250591/

Foley Hoag is in the Seaport West building (entrance on B Street). Please bring identification and check in at our desk in the lobby. Then, take an elevator to the 13th floor. Enter the glass doors and walk down the hall to your right.

Free event! Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community!  


What Arctic Caves Reveal about Ancient Climate Cycles
Tuesday, June 14
6:30 PM
Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington Street, Belmont

Jeremy Shakun, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston College. 
The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on our planet, and as it warms the permafrost melts. The Arctic permafrost contains twice as much carbon as the atmosphere, so this melting releases massive amounts of greenhouse gases that amplify global warming. To analyze the global impact, paleogeologist Professor Jeremy Shakun deciphers the record of major climate shifts over millions of years: the ice ages and warming cycles that shaped Earth's history. One of the best sources of information is in Arctic caves: mineral deposits formed from groundwater are preserved in speleothems, such as stalagtites and stalagmites. These deposits contain precise records of chemical and physical changes associated with deep-time freeze-melt cycles. Dr. Shakun describes how he and his paleogeology team gather this information from Arctic caves --and how this information is used to anticipate the effect of the present global warming pattern.


Big Farms Make Big Flu
Monday, June 20
Encuentro5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston

Biologist Rob Wallace
Drawing from his new book, Big Farms Make Big Flu, evolutionary biologist Rob Wallace will explore the ways deadly avian and swine influenzas evolved out of an agriculture controlled by multinational corporations. Wallace will also touch on recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika, two other pathogens that have emerged out of neoliberal agroeconomics.


Frackopoly:  The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment
Tuesday, June 14
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes executive director of Food & Water Watch WENONAH HAUTER for a discussion of her book Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment. This event is co-sponsored by Food & fWater Watch.
About Frackopoly

Over the past decade a new and controversial energy extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has rocketed to the forefront of U.S. energy production. With fracking, millions of gallons of water, dangerous chemicals, and sand are injected under high pressure deep into the earth, fracturing hard rock to release oil and gas.

Wenonah Hauter, one of the nation’s leading public interest advocates, argues that the rush to fracking is dangerous to the environment and treacherous to human health. Frackopoly describes how the fracking industry began; the technologies that make it possible; and the destruction and poisoning of clean water sources and the release of harmful radiation from deep inside shale deposits, creating what the author calls “sacrifice zones” across the American landscape.

The book also examines the powerful interests that have supported fracking, including leading environmental groups, and offers a thorough debunking of its supposed economic benefits. With a wealth of new data, Frackopoly is essential and riveting reading for anyone interested in protecting the environment and ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for all Americans.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 15

June Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, June 15
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (EDT) 
Pret A Manger, 101 Arch Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/june-boston-sustainability-breakfast-tickets-25704358428

Join us for the June Sustainability Breakfast - Net Impact Boston's informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals together for networking, discussion and moral support. It's important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good! Feel free to drop by any time between 7:30 and 830 am.


SHINE NetPositive Summit 2016: Determined to Thrive
Wednesday, June 15 - Thursday, 17, 2016
Harvard University
RSVP at http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/shinesummit2016

Join leading scientists, academics, and business leaders to leverage the latest research in sustainability and health. We will challenge traditional assumptions about what is possible for creating positive impacts through business and the workplace.

This year's theme is Determined to Thrive. We will hear from leaders who are adapting a new vision for business—one that takes a regenerative and restorative approach to the sustainability of the planet and human well-being.

New global standards for NetPositive sustainability
New frontiers for thriving in the workplace 
Influencing worker well-being in the supply chain and going beyond health and safety
How to measure well-being handprints and make a NetPositive impact on employee health 
How the hotel industry is tackling sustainable local sourcing and food
Using capital markets to influence global economic growth and business performance through a NetPositive lens on health and well-being
Learn more and register

More at: http://green.harvard.edu/events/shine-netpositive-summit-2016-determined-thrive#sthash.W2GHmlP6.dpuf


Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story
Wednesday, June 15
MIT, Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: John Bloom, Ray Leopold
Join author John Bloom, and Iridium co-inventor Ray Leopold, as they delve into the story of how the largest man-made constellation was built by dreamers in the Arizona desert, targeted for destruction by Motorola, and saved by a single Palm Beach retiree who battled the Pentagon, thirty banks, Congress, the White House, and a mysterious Arab prince to rescue the only phone that links every inch of the planet. 

Books will be available in the Museum store for purchase

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free 
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:  Jennifer Novotney
novotney at mit.edu 


Impact Investing in Cleantech
Wednesday, June 15
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, 63 Franklin Street, Boston
RSVP at https://s01.123signup.com/servlet/SignUpMember?PG=1521972182300&P=15219721911420780300
Cost:  $20

Over the years, there is tremendous awareness of climate challenges and that has changed the behavior of many people, corporations and even countries. The COP 21 Climate Change Agreement in Paris late last year, has created quite an international effort to make something happen. Everyone recognizes that the cost to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be quite steep, but as many believe this can be managed. Private investors in addition to many governments have been providing funds to help drive the changes that are necessary. The major concern has been about the impact of these efforts on the economies and jobs across the globe. The recent growth of the solar PV deployment across the globe has shown that solar energy can have grid parity in many situations and further deployment will drive it towards grid parity in many more settings. The really good news has been that the wide scale deployment of solar PV has been accompanied by significant job creation in this industry.Impact Investors have been focused for many years, on financial returns and other metrics which include job creation and environmental ones.The focus of this event is to help entrepreneurs and the ecosystem building, providing and deploying clean technologies, better understand Impact Investors and how they influence companies impacting the environment and job creation.

We have reached out to experts who are active in the Impact Investing world to provide their special perspectives. The session will also include some entrepreneurs who have sought impact investments.

Moderator:  Vivek Soni, Managing Partner, Boston Cleantech Partners
Nancy Rosenzweig, Director, Big Path Capital
Paul Hilton, Portfolio Manager, Trillium Asset Management
Steph Speirs, Co-founder & President, Solstice Initiative
Duane Peterson, Co-President, SunCommon
Chris Reim, Managing Director, CDVCA
Dave Miller, Executive Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group
Rob Day, Partner, Black Coral Capital

The speakers will discuss:
Who are impact investors and what is the scale of their impact
What do they want to accomplish
How do they influence the marketplace – jobs and clean technologies.
What are some of the unmet needs

More at http://boston.tie.org/event/3530/?instance_id=424

Thursday, June 16

STEX Workshop - Robotics
Thursday, June 16
MIT, Building E90-1208, 1 Main Street, Cambridge

STEX Workshop

Web site: https://startupexchange.mit.edu/startupexchange/html/index.html#events
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Office of Corporate Relations/ILP
For more information, contact:  Kwan Lee
kwanhlee at mit.edu 


Boston TechJam 2016
Thursday, June 16
4:00 PM to 10:00
City Hall Plaza, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-techjam-2016-tickets-22928677291
Cost:  $16.37


Largest Festival of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Tech Culture Returns to Boston City Hall Plaza

On June 16, 2016, City Hall Plaza will once again be the home of the annual Boston TechJam, bringing together area entrepreneurs, startups, established tech companies, venture capitalists, non-profit organizations and students in celebration of the region’s technology ecosystem and culture. The event, now in its fourth year, is one part block party, one part tech showcase that connects the community and celebrates Massachusetts’ innovation economy.

“While TechJam evolves each year to adapt attendee feedback, what hasn’t changed is the momentum of the area’s tech ecosystem,” said Mark Lorion, co-founder of TechJam and chief marketing and products officer at Apperian. “The entrepreneurial spirit, collaborative culture and passion for technology in and around Boston has only gotten stronger. I’m proud that Boston TechJam can once again play a role in bringing people together showcasing the innovation happening right now in our city.”

Last year’s event sold out days in advance, with more than 4,000 registered attendees and contributed nearly $30,000 – 100 percent of the admission revenue – to the MassTLC Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on supporting computing education in Massachusetts.

The 2016 event brings with it some new changes. For the first time, the event will allow entrance to techies under 21 years old. As home to some of the top higher-learning institutions in the world, the goal is to encourage greater networking between current tech contributors and the next-generation of industry luminaries.

This year, exhibitions will be organized as “Innovation Villages,” to inspire community and networking within the event. Boston TechJam will also feature performances from live bands, appearances from entrepreneurial tech leaders – both past and present, local craft beer, food truck fare and “street-festival”-type games from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.

“Boston has become known as a focal point for tech incubators not only in the country, but around the world,” said Tom Hopcroft, president and CEO of the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), the lead organizer of the event. “From the individuals to the organizations, Boston TechJam celebrates those shaping, molding and growing the ideas and industries that have made the Commonwealth standout among other innovation regions.”

The event is being led by co-founder Mark Lorion of Apperian and co-founder Christine Nolan of MassTLC along with founding team members Dave Polcaro from East Coast Catalyst, Ben Maitland-Lewis from Pretty Instant, Dave Cutler from Influence Central and Joel Richman from SHIFT Communications. Other leading collaborators include GreenHorn Connect, MassChallenge, MITX, the City of Boston and New England Venture Capital Association.

The event would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial support of underwriting sponsors Autodesk, Constant Contact, Equinix, Kronos Incorporated, Fitbit, firstPRO, Monster and Rocket Software. Additional sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available.

How to Get Involved
To register to attend and get the most up-to-date information on the schedule of events, visit www.bostontechjam.organd follow @bostontechjam (#btj2016). Two-thirds of this year’s admission will go to support computing education in Massachusetts through the MassTLC Education Foundation.
To exhibit or sponsor, contact exhibit at bostontechjam.org.
To attend as a member of the press, contact btj at shiftcomm.com.

Website:  http://www.bostontechjam.com/


Just Consumption: How Do We Get There?
Thursday, June 16
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/just-consumption-how-do-we-get-there-tickets-25650676865

A panel discussion on spending money more justly
Presented by:
The Boston Faith & Justice Network and Esther Generation
We all are participants in the economy, both locally and globally. As people of faith, how can we best use our purchases to support justice rather than exploitation? 
Boston Faith & Justice Network and Esther Generation are teaming up to present a panel discussion on the practicalities and nuances of just consumption.Some questions the panel will address will include:
Who are we actually supporting with our spending? 
What is the impact of buying locally?
What role does Fair Trade play?
Is buying justly more expensive?
What difference do our spending choices make?

Panelists will include:
Irit Tamir, Policy Lead for Oxfam America's Behind the Brands Campaign
John Maudlin, Co-founder of the Fields Corner Business Lab
Alexandra Carroll, New England Fellow, Fair Trade Communities
Sarah Durfey Dunham, Director of the Abolitionist Network, and Jared Dunham, activist and advocate
The panelists will present and interact, followed by ample time for Q & A. Come out and be part of the discussion!

Boston Faith & Justice Network brings together Christians from many different traditions to live simply and give generously in pursuit of a just world. 

Esther Generation is a non-profit organization which uses music and fashion to unite women to run neighborhood, regional, and national campaigns to benefit social justice and humanitarian causes.


The Atomic Cafe" - Free UPandOUT film screening
Thursday, June 16
doors open 6:40; film starts promptly 7pm
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor, entrance on Windsor

One of the defining documentaries of the 20th century, /*The Atomic Cafe*/ offers a darkly humorous glimpse into mid-century America, an era rife with paranoia, anxiety, and misapprehension. Whimsical and yet razor-sharp, this timeless classic illuminates the often comic paradoxes of American life in the Atomic Age, while also exhibiting a genuine nostalgia for an earlier and more innocent nation.

Narrated through an astonishing array of vintage clips and music (from military training films to campy advertisements, presidential speeches to pop songs) the film revolves around the threat (and thrill) of the newly minted atomic bomb.

Taking aim at the propaganda and false optimism of the 1950s, the film's satire shines most vividly in the clever image splicing, such as footage of a decimated Hiroshima alongside cheerful suburban duck-and-cover routines. Immensely entertaining and devilishly witty.

More than anything else, /*The Atomic Cafe*/ shows how nuclear warfare infiltrated the living rooms of America, changing the nation from the inside out.

Immensely entertaining and devilishly witty, */The Atomic Cafe/* serves up a revealing slice of American history: the legendary decade when we learned to live in a nuclear world.

More information at http://rule19.org/videos

Friday, June 17

Lemelson-MIT EurekaFest 2016
Friday, June 17
9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
InvenTeams Presentations 
MIT Stata Center (Bldg. 32)
The 2016 InvenTeams will present their invention prototypes and explain their invention process in small groups. - See more at: http://lemelson.mit.edu/events/eurekafest-2016#sthash.uLIZyz0x.dpuf
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
InvenTeams Showcase
MIT Stata Center (Bldg. 32, 1st Floor)
The 2016 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams will exhibit their invention prototypes.
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Winners Presentations & Awards Ceremony
Kirsch Auditorium (Building 32-123)
MIT Stata Center
Winners of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize will discuss their technology-based inventions.  Following the presentations, each winner in the "Cure it!" Drive it!" "Eat it!" and "Use it!" prize category will be recognized for their inventive achievements.
June 18:
Main Exhibit Halls
Museum of Science, Boston
Cheer on students in a design challenge that explores the invention process. High School students from across the country will design and build a wind-powered device capable of hovering three stories in the air-carrying rubber ducks as payload. Students will be at MIT in the morning and then transport their devices to the Museum of Science to test and compete in Duck ‘N’ Hover, EurekaFest’s finale wind-powered competition which starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends around 4:30 p.m.
The Museum of Science will also offer hands-on learning activities for inventors of all ages from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Families are encouraged to join the fun!
General museum admission required.

Saturday, June 18

EurekaFest 2016 @ Museum of Science, Boston
Saturday, June 18
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

Cheer on students in a design challenge that explores the invention process. High School students from across the country will design and build a wind-powered device capable of hovering three stories in the air-carrying rubber ducks as payload. Students will be at MIT in the morning and then transport their devices to the Museum of Science to test and compete in Duck ???N??? Hover, EurekaFest???s finale wind-powered competition which starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends around 4:30 p.m. 

The Museum of Science will also offer hands-on learning activities for inventors of all ages from 11:00 a.m. ??? 3:00 p.m. Families are encouraged to join the fun!

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


Advancing Agroecology and Richard Levins's Legacy in China: A Report on Meetings in Beijing in May
Saturday, June 18
3 PM - 5 PM
Center for Marxist Education, 550 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Exploitation, and a 'culture of exploitation' arose with human adoption of agriculture less than 10,000 years ago. That culture of exploitation has ranged from idealist philosophies to the opposition between city and countryside, to the systemic inequality between men and women -- and treatment of the environment as the property (and garbage dump) of the ruling class.

Prevailing agricultural methods currently account for over 40% of all poisoning of the environment -- rivers, soil, the air and the oceans. Agroecology as developed in Cuba in the 1990s can help end the 'culture of exploitation' -- and the environmental damage that has accompanied it. Wadi'h Halabi reports on meetings on agro-ecology in Beijing in May, to advance agro-ecology, and the remarkable legacy of Richard Levins, a long-time friend of the CME.

Sunday, June 19

MIT Swapfest
Sunday, June 19
MIT, N4, Albany Street Garage and Lots, Cambridge

MIT's monthly Hi Tech, Computer, Electronics and Ham Radio Fleamarket. 
Buy Sell or Swap all things nerdly. 
Held the third Sunday of each month April thru October. 
Rain or Shine covered space is available for all sellers. 
In the Albany St Garage and adjacent lot. 
On Albany St between Mass Ave and Main St, Cambridge. 
$6 Buyers admission from 9AM to 2PM. 
$4 with MIT/ Harvard Student ID 
Free for MIT and Harvard Undergraduates with current ID

Web site: www.swapfest.us
Open to: the general public

Cost: $6

This event occurs on the 3rd Sunday of every month through October 16, 2016.

Sponsor(s): MIT Radio Society, Electronic Research Society, MIT, UHF Repeater Assn. W1XM, MIT

For more information, contact:  Mitchell Berger
w1mx-officers at mit.edu

Monday, June 20

Summer Solstice Celebration 2016: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
Monday, June 20
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Free Public Special Event

Kick off summer at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture's annual Summer Solstice celebration.

Enjoy a fun evening with circus performers, music, dance, food trucks, and hands-on activities for all ages, with free evening admission to the Harvard Semitic Museum, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, and Harvard Museum of Natural History.

You won't want to miss this special summer night featuring a special performance by the Revels Singers directed by George Emlen. Create your own summer crown with seasonal flowers and garden greens, turn yourself into royalty by making and wearing an Egyptian-inspired ornament, or craft your own sun streamer with powerful Aztec sun symbols.

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Bon Me’s pan-Asian delights will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, June 21

Intro to Living Building Challenge
Tuesday, June 21
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT)
US Green Building Council MA Chapter HQ, 50 Milk Street, 14th floor "Dali" Conference Room, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-living-building-challenge-tickets-25801011520
Cost:  $50 - $65

Join us for an introductory session on the newest and most rigorous standard in high performance buildings today. If you are new to the standard or have a few unanswered questions come visit this session. We will be breifly covering projects in the Commonwealth and will have mediated discussion after the comprehensive presentation. 
The Living Building Challenge is the built environment's most rigorous performance standard. It calls for the creation of building projects that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature's architecture.  Participants will gain a basic understanding of the Living Building Challenge - a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that addresses development at all scales. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements, including Net Zero Energy, Waste and Water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. Participants will learn to describe the key components of the program and discuss the rationale for restorative design principles.

Learning objectives:
1. Understand the basic philosophy of the Living Building Challenge
2. Describe the key components of the program
3. Discuss the rationale for restorative design principles
4. Identify and locate the resources provided by the International Living Future Institute for deeper engagement

Presenter: Jim Newman, LBC Ambassador
Jim transforms complex environmental performance information into valuable tools for decision-makers. His experience includes over two decades in strategic planning and operational efficiency management with educational institutions and real estate firms.As Director of Strategy and Business Development at BuildingGreen, LLC - the ‘go-to’ green building resource for North America – Jim was a driver of green design into the standard practices of design and construction firms. He led the development of the BuildingGreen Suite, through funding from NYSERDA, and a research and writing project to create Green Guideline Specifications, funded by EPA. Jim also led the development of the recently launched LEEDuser information resource.Jim serves on the Boards of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter and the Green Resources Institute. He is a regular speaker at numerous conferences and seminars around the US, including SXSW Eco. Jim was educated at Lehigh University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

A limited number of scholarships are available for students and those working in the non-profit sector. Please email celis at usgbcma.org for more information. 


Boston Local Food Festival Fundraiser
Tuesday, June 21
5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Flatbread Co, 45 Day Street, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-local-food-festival-fundraiser-tickets-25244384634

On Tuesday, June 21, dine at Flatbread to help support the Boston Local Food Festival. A portion of each flatbread sale will be donated to SBN to help sustain the Boston Local Food Festival and keep this a vibrant, free event celebrating the local food that New England has to offer!
The SBN team will be there to share more information about the Festival, sell raffle tickets for great prizes and connect with our partners and friends! 
RSVP is not required but will allow us to remind you about the event and send you any important updates that may occur!


Machine Learning: How Artificial Intelligence is Invading the Enterprise (Ascent B2B IT Forum)
Tuesday, June 21
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://ascentventurepartnersb2bitforu.splashthat.com

Machine learning is at the top of the “hype curve” for emerging technologies and is one of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016 according to Gartner. A method of data analysis that automates analytical model building, machine learning can benefit almost any business that gathers data with the intention of acting upon it. It’s safe to say that most of us are already interacting with machine learning applications on a daily basis, whether it’s Apple’s Siri, Facebook’s face detection, Amazon and Netflix personalized recommendations, or iOS’s autocorrect.

What can we learn from this growing trend? What can we do with such a widely applicable technology and how can we maximize its potential? What techniques are making it happen? Will its functionality evolve to threaten large numbers of white collar jobs? What problems does it solve and how does it affect businesses, the Internet of Things, cloud, and cybersecurity? And where are investors placing their bets in the evolving machine learning landscape?

We will delve into these questions, including the principles and practices of machine learning, and explore the machine learning market at our next B2B IT Forum on June 21, 2016 at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA.

Website:  https://ascentventurepartnersb2bitforu.splashthat.com/
Organizer:  Ascent Venture Partners
Email:  ascent at inkhouse.com
Website:  http://www.ascentvp.com
Venue:  Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Wednesday, June 22

Lunch & Learn: Cybersecurity in Wearable Robotics
Wednesday, June 22
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
Harvard University, Pierce Hall (Room 301); 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-learn-cybersecurity-in-wearable-robotics-tickets-25551918476
Cost:  $0 - $27.37

Join the Wearable Robotics Association on June 22nd for our inaugural Lunch & Learn event. In this presentation, Michael Vai with the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, will facilitate an open focused discussion with the audience to define and foster ideas, observations, and suggestions in the scope of Cybersecurity in Wearable Robotics. 

Particularly, the discussion will address the following questions: 
Why is cybersecurity in wearable robotics important?
What are the security requirements/concerns?
What research is being conducted?
What are the next steps?

Presenter:  Michael Vai, Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Secure Resilient Systems and Technology Group


Good Neighbors:  The Democracy of Everyday Life in America
Wednesday, June 22
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes NANCY L. ROSENBLUM, Senator Joseph Clark Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government at Harvard University, for a discussion of her latest book, Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America.
About  Good Neighbors

"Love thy neighbor" is an impossible exhortation. Good neighbors greet us on the street and do small favors, but neighbors also startle us with sounds at night and unleash their demons on us, they monitor and reproach us, and betray us to authorities. The moral principles prescribed for friendship, civil society, and democratic public life apply imperfectly to life around home, where we interact day to day without the formal institutions, rules of conduct, and means of enforcement that guide us in other settings.

In Good Neighbors, Nancy Rosenblum explores how encounters among neighbors create a democracy of everyday life, which has been with us since the beginning of American history and is expressed in settler, immigrant, and suburban narratives and in novels, poetry, and popular culture. During disasters, like Hurricane Katrina, the democracy of everyday life is a resource for neighbors who improvise rescue and care. Degraded, this framework can give way to betrayal by neighbors, as faced by the Japanese Americans interned during World War II, or to terrible violence such as the lynching of African Americans. Under extreme conditions the barest act of neighborliness is a bulwark against total ethical breakdown. The elements of the democracy of everyday life—reciprocity, speaking out, and "live and let live"—comprise a democratic ideal not reducible to public principles of justice or civic virtue, but it is no less important. The democracy of everyday life, Rosenblum argues, is the deep substrate of democracy in America and can be its saving remnant.

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

Thursday, June 23

Solutions for a Sustainable Community: Creating a Greener Greater Boston
Thursday, June 23
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT) 
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solutions-for-a-sustainable-community-creating-a-greener-greater-boston-tickets-25601244010

Join the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) for a morning of networking and learning as our cohort of eight nonprofits share their solutions for making our community more sustainable. This event is the capstone of our nine-week pilot Boot Camp program, funded by the Schrafft Charitable Trust. Launched in spring 2016, this program provides a condensed version of SIF’s signature Social Innovator Accelerator to a group of nonprofit organizations working on issues related to environmental sustainability.

Boston Area Gleaners is dedicated to rescuing surplus farm crops for people in need. By working closely with local farmers, BAG is able to distribute high quality produce to food pantries and meal programs.

Change is Simple aims to instill in students lifelong values of social and environmental responsibility through an innovative, comprehensive sustainability curriculum designed for grades 2-6. 

Food for Free improves access to healthy food within our community by: rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste, strengthening the community food system, and creating new distribution channels to reach underserved populations.
Friends of the Fells works to instill a sense of pride and foster stewardship through advocacy and service in the Middlesex Fells Reservation, all designed to both preserve and protect and promote the use of the Fells in a manner harmonious with landscape and habitat.

Healthy Waltham aims to promote healthy lifestyles and well-being for families and underserved populations through educational and collaborative programs that engage residents in healthy cooking and gardening, physical activity, and involvement in natural open space.

MassRecycle is the statewide nonprofit coalition of individuals, all 351 municipalities, recycling businesses and organizations dedicated to increasing recycling and waste reduction in MA through advocacy and education, plus innovative but pragmatic projects such as the MBTA Public Space Recycling Pilot Project.

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project works with beginning farmers through training, access to farmland, markets connections, and technical support to build strong businesses, expertise in the field, and a resilient local and regional food system.
Regional Environmental Council is an urban agriculture-focused youth development and employment program for low-income teens. This curriculum-based program is focused on Professional Development, Leadership Skills, Urban Agriculture, and Social Justice.

Friday, June 24

A Teacher and Edtech Product Summit
Friday, June 24
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)
Northeastern, Ell Hall, 346 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-teacher-and-edtech-product-summit-tickets-24841364189
Cost:  $0 - $100

LearnLaunch is partnering with Northeastern University, LearnPlatform, and MassCUE to showcase cutting edge technologies which will help schools move toward blended and personalized learning. K-12 educators, teachers, superintendents, and school teams that value having a chance to play with exciting new tools, giving feedback on new products, rating new edtech products, and interacting will like-minded educators are encouraged to attend this event. Entrepreneurs who are developing products to help schools address problems of practice - like teaching new concepts or curriculum, keeping learning on track or solving operational issues in schools - will be in attendance. 

9:00 am - 9:30 am 
All About Ratings 
Educators will explore the LearnPlatform rating system, which will be used to rate the products at this session. 
9:30am - 11:30am 
Edtech Tools Playground 
Educators will spend time assessing, giving feedback, and rating a select group of products that are in development. 
11:30am - 12:00pm 
Break and Lunch
12:00pm - 2:30pm [Choose One - These sessions will be run concurrently.]
Session 1 - Innovate: Design Thinking for Teaching and Learning 
Participants in this session are asked to bring an educational challenge or adopt someone else's, as educators and edtech entreprenuers work together through a design thinking process aimed at shifting narratives in teaching and learning. 
Facilitator: David Dockterman is a nationally recognized pioneer in the development and implementation of technology for classroom instruction. A former classroom teacher, David helped found Tom Snyder Productions in 1982 while earning his Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. At Tom Snyder, a later at Scholastic and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, David designed dozens of award-winning computer programs including Science Court and The Great Ocean Rescue. Most recently, Dr. Dockterman served as a key advisor for the development of MATH180, a revolutionary mat intervention program. David is a frequent - and popular - speaker at NCSM, Title I, Learning and the Brain, and other conferences. He is also a Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where his courses in innovation, technology, and instructional design draw students from around the world.
Session 2 - Deep Product Dive 
Participants in this session will get the opportunity to do a deep dive with better known edtech products. 


Powerful Change: A Mixer for Boston's Creative Community
Friday, June 24
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk Street 17th floor, Boston 
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/powerful-change-a-mixer-for-bostons-creative-community-tickets-25851969938
Cost:  $15

Powerful Pathways and Poetic Change unite to bring you Powerful Change: the 1st Annual Gathering for Boston's Black and Brown Creatives.

This is not your average networking event!  We'll have food, drinks, a collaborative mural and a networking 'speed dating' actvity, followed by an Open Mic and Performance session.
Tickets are $15, $20 at the door and proceeds go towards Beantown Society, social justice youth program at Spontaneous Celebrations and Poetic Change.
The Open Mic is open spoken word, music and theatrical performance artists. The Sign Up period is from 7 - 8 pm.

Boston is a multicultural city with endless possibilities. But for some, particularly people of color, who bring art, culture, social entrepreneurship and innovation to the city, their work and potential can go unnoticed and in silos. Boston's Black and Brown Creatives began as a virtual space on social media intended to unite Boston's underserved and under-promoted talent of color. Together, we celebrate Boston's and Brown creative community; and are redefining the creative class. While the group is intended for creative people of color who live and work in the city, everyone is welcome support and uplift creative place and space in Boston.

Sunday, June 26

Building with Biology: Activities and Conversations About Synthetic Biology		
Sunday, June 26
12:00 – 4:00 pm
Museum of Science, Blue Wing, Lower Level, Museum Of Science Driveway, Boston
Free with admission to exhibit hall

Humans have been engineering living systems for decades in a variety of ways, using agricultural breeding and genetic engineering. Synthetic biology is an emerging science that builds on these developments and is focused on understanding, redesigning, and constructing new biological systems in even more controlled and precise ways. Synthetic biology provides potential biology-based solutions to problems in health, energy, and the environment. It also raises important questions about how and why we use new science and technology in our lives.

Come discuss these issues and share your perspectives with scientists, students, and other members of the engineering biology community.

This program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.


Should We Engineer the Mosquito?
Sunday, June 26 
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Museum of Science, Museum Of Science Driveway, Boston
RSVP at http://www.mos.org/public-events/should-we-engineer-the-mosquito

Mosquitos are more than annoying pests — they're carriers of the deadly malaria parasite. Every year, hundreds of millions of people are infected with malaria, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths. Insecticide resistance is increasing, and the drugs used to treat malaria are becoming less effective. Scientists have developed a way to alter mosquito DNA to reduce their ability to transmit malaria. Releasing genetically modified mosquitos into affected environments could bring us closer to eradicating these diseases, but may also cause unforeseen consequences. Should we tinker with the mosquito?

Come discuss the potential benefits and tradeoffs. What would you do?

Monday, June 27

Climate Resilient Boston
Monday, June 27
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Atlantic Wharf, Fort Point Room, 290 Congress Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-resilient-boston-tickets-23060024153

Join Boston Harbor Now for presentations on the Climate Ready Boston and 100 Resilient Cities initiatives, followed by a focused, participatory session with the organizers of the Boston Living with Water Competition. Come with your best ideas on how we address sea level rise and extreme weather while improving social equity and other community goals. 

Co-Sponsored by Boston Harbor Now, the BSA Foundation, the Urban Land Institute and the City of Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer in partnership with Climate Ready Boston, Enterprise Community Partners, and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may contact Rebecca Herst, Climate Project Manager.


Boston Quantified Self Show&Tell #BQS20 (NERD)
Monday, June 27
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Sign in at the front desk and then take the elevators to the 11th floor.
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/BostonQS/events/231020544/
Cost: $7.00 /per person

After a brief hiatus, your favorite quantified self meetups are back! Please come join us on Monday, June 27th for another fun night of self-tracking presentations, sharing ideas, and showing tools. If you are self-tracking in any way -- health stats, biofeedback, life-logging, mood monitoring, biometrics, athletics, etc. -- come and share your methods, results and insights. 

We're happy to hosted by our friends at Microsoft. Be sure to RSVP early to grab your spot! Come to meet new people, check out new hands-on gadgets and tools, enjoy healthy food, and learn from personal stories. 

QS Boston is dedicated to hosting events that are safe and comfortable for everyone. All QS Boston events will follow the QS Boston Code of Conduct. Questions/feedback can be sent to Maggie (maggie.delano at gmail.com).

6:15 - 6:45 pm IGNITE SHOW&TELLS 
If you'd like to talk about your personal self-tracking story, please let us know in your RSVP or contact Maggie at maggie.delano at gmail.com, so you can discuss your topic. In your talk, you should answer the three prime questions: What did you do? How did you do it? What did you learn?

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

Don't know what Ignite means? Click here for more info and here for tips on how to deliver a fantastic quick-fire presentation.

6:45 - 7:15 pm KEYNOTE TALK
Listen to Professor Rosalind Picard share her experience in the field of wearables and human-computer interaction. Prof. Picard is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, co-director of the Media Lab's Advancing Wellbeing Initiative, and faculty chair of MIT's Mind+Hand+Heart Initiative. She has co-founded Empatica, Inc. creating wearable sensors and analytics to improve health, and Affectiva, Inc. delivering technology to help measure and communicate emotion.

7:15 - 9:00pm DEMO HOUR & SOCIAL TIME
Enjoy some snacks while chatting with speakers and fellow meetup attendees.

Are you a toolmaker? Come demo your self-tracking gadget, app, project or idea that you're working on and share with others in our "science fair for adults." If you are making something useful for self-trackers – software, hardware, web services, or data standards – please demo it in this workshop portion of the Show&Tell. Want to participate in Demo Hour? Please let us know when you RSVP or contact Kenny at ken.e.westerman at gmail.com for a spot. 

Tuesday, June 28

Reduce and Recover: Save Food for People
June 28-29
RSVP at https://www.events.harvard.edu/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x43527244fe
Cost:  $15 - $125

Join the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and RecyclingWorks Massachusetts for an action-oriented conference.

This two-day event will convene entrepreneurs, practitioners, policymakers, and enthusiasts to further a public dialogue on reaching EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national food waste reduction goal of 50% by 2030.

The conference will focus on the top two tiers of EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy, which prioritizes actions people can take to reduce and recover wasted food: “source reduction” and “feed hungry people.” Speakers will highlight innovative solutions from New England and across the nation to reduce wasted food and recover edible food for people.

Conference topics will include:

Food Recovery Entrepreneurs and Innovation
Donation Opportunities by Sector: Farm, Retail, and Institutions
Consumer Awareness and Education
Federal, State and Local Regulations and Policies
Strategies to Measure Waste

More at: http://green.harvard.edu/events/reduce-and-recover-save-food-people#sthash.4YyJFdAb.dpuf


Women in Cleanweb Presented by GA + Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Tuesday, June 28
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
General Assembly Boston, 51 Melcher Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-cleanweb-presented-by-ga-massachusetts-clean-energy-center-tickets-25414354017

MassCEC + GA are pairing up for the Second Annual Women in Cleanweb event, an evening panel discussion focused on bridging the developer and cleantech communities and highlighting challenges and opportunities for women in the cleanweb industry.
This is a free event open to all women and men interested in the nexus of tech and cleantech.
Join us for after work libations and snacks and meet movers and shakers in the community!
Cleanweb is a category of cleantech that intersects with and leverages the capability of big data, the internet, social media and mobile technologies to address energy, natural resources and the environment. Cleanweb goes beyond the typical images associated with clean technology and power generation -- PV panels or wind turbines -- to include the broad range and huge potential of all types of digital media and information technology.

About Our Partners
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts.


The Push for Renewable Energy
Tuesday, June 28
6:30 PM
Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington Street, Belmont

Philip Warburg, author, lawyer and former director of the Conservation Law Foundation, New England's oldest and largest environmental watchdog group. Philip Warburg is the author of two respected books on renewable energy, Harvest the Wind: America's Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability (Beacon Press 2012, 2013), and Harness the Sun: America's Quest for a Solar-Powered Future (Beacon Press, 2015).His articles have appeared in numerous policy journals and newspapers including Audubon, The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast, HuffPost Green, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, Orion, and The Washington Post.

In this discussion, Mr Warburg explains the important role of the public in making the shift to renewable energy, and describes his own experience in this regard. He also provides background on the various conflicts that accompany the energy change, and offers viable solutions to such problems.

Wednesday, June 29

Social Innovator Second Look
Wednesday, June 29
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
Brown Rudnick, One Financial Center, Boston 
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-innovator-second-look-tickets-25598863891

Did you miss the May Showcase? The Social Innovation Forum's 2016 Innovators will pitch again in June.
Join us for our "Second Look" breakfast event on June 29!
The event is a great opportunity for those who missed the Showcase to meet our Innovators and hear their presentations. The morning will begin with breakfast and networking, followed by our Innovator pitches.
2016 Social Innovators
African Community Education
Budget Buddies
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association
Dorchester Community Food Co-op
Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH)


Solar Monitoring, Information Systems and Asset Management
Wednesday, June 29
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT) 
Foley Hoag & Eliot, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston 
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solar-monitoring-information-systems-and-asset-management-tickets-25680698661
Cost:  $25 – $40

Please join us and invite your customers to join us in exploring PV system monitoring services and long term PV system asset management. Explore services helping to make owning and operating PV systems easier and make PV systems more productive.
**Additional details to follow**

Thursday, June 30

The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right
Thursday, June 30
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Professor of Law at Columbia Law School MICHAEL J. GRAETZ and Pulitzer Prize–winner LINDA GREENHOUSE for a discussion of their book The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right.
About The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right

A fresh and revelatory look at the Warren Burger Supreme Court finds that it was not a “moderate” or transitional court, as often portrayed, but a conservative one that still defines the constitutional landscape we live in today.

When Richard Nixon campaigned for the presidency in 1968 he promised to change the Supreme Court. With four appointments to the court, including Warren E. Burger as the chief justice, he did just that. In 1969, the Burger Court succeeded the famously liberal Warren Court, which had significantly expanded civil liberties and was despised by conservatives across the country.

The Burger Court is often described as a “transitional” court between the liberal Warren Court and the Rehnquist and Roberts Courts, a court where little of importance happened. But as Michael J. Graetz and Linda Greenhouse show, the Burger Court veered well to the right in such areas as criminal law, race, and corporate power. Even while declaring a right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, it drew the line at government funding for poor women. The authors excavate the roots of the most significant Burger Court decisions and show how their legacy affects us today.

The most comprehensive evaluation of the Burger Supreme Court ever written for a general audience,The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right draws on the personal papers of the justices as well as other archives to reveal how the Court shaped its major decisions. It will surprise even legal scholars and historians with its insights into a period that has received too little attention from either.

More at http://www.harvard.com/event/michael_j._graetz_and_linda_greenhouse/


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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