[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - July 31, 2016

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Monday, August 1

12pm  Climate Ready Boston Webinar
7pm  Why Presidents Fail And How They Can Succeed Again

Tuesday, August 2

8am  Boston TechBreakfast featuring awesome tech demos
6pm  ProfDev: Socially Responsible Investing
7pm  Is Living in Roxbury Making you Sick? Moving Screening of Unnatural Causes…

Wednesday, August 3

9:30am  Digital Marketing for Nonprofits
6pm  American Heiress:  The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst

Thursday, August 4

12:15pm  Understand the Future of Solar, Free Lunch Included
5:30pm  EnergyBar!
7pm  The Nordic Theory of Everything:  In Search of a Better Life

Friday August 5

7pm  Penn Jillette - Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales

Sunday, August 7

Pirates Party Sail to Harbor Island
1pm  Global Zero’s Annual Bike Around the Bomb

Monday, August 8 

4pm  Roxbury Food Loop Tour | CERO x Haley House
5:30pm  Innovations and Impact in Sustainable Fashion, Supply Chains and EcoCouture
6:30pm  Engineering Health, Designing New Medical Technologies

Tuesday, August 9

5:30pm  Creative City - Information Session in the Fenway Area
6pm  Edible City: Grow the Future
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights Foodie #11


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

Memoirs of General WT Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman

Solar Electric Power to the People

Editorial Comment:  "Solar Electric Power to the People” is possibly one of the most important pieces I’ve ever written.  It gives facts and figures of how it is now practical and affordable to deliver entry level electricity to the 1.4 billion people around the world who do not yet have access.  IF we recognize this opportunity, we could end entry level energy poverty within 3 to 5 years I believe.  All the mechanisms are in place and individuals can start the process now with a variety of buy one, give one solar electric light programs.  We could do it more quickly by organizing but it is not necessary.  Please read this piece, if the subject is of interest to you.  We have an opportunity now to change the world for the better for the poorest of us and at the same time make the world safer, more secure, and more humane.


Monday, August 1

Climate Ready Boston Webinar
Monday, August 1
RSVP at http://www.greenovateboston.org/webinar_preparing_for_climate_change_in_boston

For the past few weeks, Greenovate has been sharing Boston’s updated climate change projections from the Climate Ready Boston team. Next Monday is your chance to get a more in-depth look at climate change in Boston. Join us on August 1st at 12pm for a webinar with Climate Preparedness Program Manager Mia Goldwasser -- she will explain how climate change is already impacting Boston, and how the City’s climate preparedness program will help us all prepare for the changes ahead.

This webinar is a great opportunity to see information about climate change and extreme heat presented in a new, interactive way - and to join a lively discussion about it!

How intense is sea level rise expected to get in Boston?  Are the recent years’ winter storms are part of a larger trend?  How much hotter are Boston’s summers projected to get?

Now’s your chance to ask! Submit your questions ahead of time (see link below) or ask them via chat during the webinar.

There’s nothing like some lunchtime climate talk. So join us on August 1st, won’t you?

Greenovate connects you with the latest climate information - and the experts who can help our communities become better prepared and more resilient. If you have any questions about registering for the webinar please email me atjessica.feldish at boston.gov.

Jessica Feldish
Greenovate Boston Program Manager
Greenovate Boston


Why Presidents Fail And How They Can Succeed Again
Monday, August 1
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes senior fellow in the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution ELAINE C. KAMARCK for a discussion of her book Why Presidents Fail And How They Can Succeed Again.
About Why Presidents Fail And How They Can Succeed Again

At the beginning of the century, the majority of Americans were satisfied with the way things were going in the United States. And then a slow decline began, seemingly uninterrupted by changes in party or achievements by the White House. As the campaigning for the next president begins, the question we ask ourselves now is who will be the most competent leader? In Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again, Elaine Kamarck asks another important question: When did Americans lose faith in their leaders? And how can they get it back?

Kamarack argues that presidents today spent too much time talking, and not enough time governing. After decades of "imperial" and "rhetorical" presidencies, we are in need of a "managerial" president. In her fully readable and accessible book, she explains the difficulties of governing in our modern political landscape, and offers examples and recommendations of how our next president can not only recreate faith in leadership, but also run a competent, successful administration.

Tuesday, August 2

Boston TechBreakfast featuring awesome tech demos
Tuesday, August 2
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Microsoft NERD, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

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/1NnhwDS

Website:  http://bit.ly/1NnhwDS


ProfDev: Socially Responsible Investing
Tuesday, August 2 
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The NonProfit Center, 89 South Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/sojust-tm/events/232036908/
Cost:   $15.76 - $30

Uncertain how to work towards a secure financial future while living out your values? Join Socializing for Justice for a ProfDev on Socially Responsible Investing on August 2, 6:00 - 8:30 PM. 

Fee: $15 advance/$30 door - split with trainer   
Limited space - register ahead of time: www.sojust.org   
Credit cards accepted online and at the door (if space available).  
Newcomers always welcomed!

How do we manage our savings to best sustain ourselves and support our vision of a more just economy? Whether you’re investing now, informing yourself for the future, or organizing a divestment or financial campaign, this is a chance to learn investment basics and discuss all those questions with a local progressive activist and finance professional. No prior knowledge expected: we'll start with basic terms and concepts, and also cover political choices and investment strategies. Participants gain a more intuitive sense of how to use investments, and ideas about how to research and choose between different financial tools without checking your politics at the door.

Joby Gelbspan is a lifelong progressive activist who has dedicated her career to "translating finance for activists." She holds a Master's in Accounting and an MBA, with financial and management experience ranging from non-profit organizations to the investment management industry. She has served on several nonprofit Boards and as CFO and Financial Consultant for grassroots, progressive organizations. She currently coordinates strategic corporate and financial research to support Corporate Accountability International's grassroots campaigns challenging the World Bank and some of the world's largest corporations to halt their abusive practices.  

6:00-6:30 Socializing - bring your own dinner  
6:30-8:30 Training and Q&A


Is Living in Roxbury Making you Sick? Moving Screening of Unnatural Causes…
Tuesday, August 2
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) 
Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/is-living-in-roxbury-making-you-sick-moving-screening-of-unnatural-causes-and-vision-planning-tickets-26223200298

Join Madison Park Development Corporation, Black Girls Nutrition and Roxbury Innovation Center for a candid and interactive movie screening and community discussion about why Roxbury residents are sicker than residents in other neighborhoods of Boston, and how we can change that.
Why does your zip code affect your health?

Feel free to bring questions, to share stories and let's get down to business of making some sustainable change. The quality of our lives, health and childrens' health dependent on it. No is NOT negotiable!!!#RoxburyHealthMatters

Wednesday, August 3

Digital Marketing for Nonprofits
Wednesday, August 3
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)
New England College of Business, 10 High Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-marketing-for-nonprofits-tickets-21239722582

~  attend in-person or virtually!


American Heiress:  The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge,
Tickets:  $5.00 - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store welcomes New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author JEFFREY TOOBIN and WBUR reporter and writer DAVID BOERI for a discussion of Toobin's latest book, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst—the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an era in American history.
About American Heiress

On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. The already sensational story took the first of many incredible twists on April 3, when the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the nom de guerre “Tania.”

The weird turns of the tale are truly astonishing—the Hearst family trying to secure Patty’s release by feeding all the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; the bank security cameras capturing “Tania” wielding a machine gun during a robbery; a cast of characters including everyone from Bill Walton to the Black Panthers to Ronald Reagan to F. Lee Bailey; the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event to be broadcast live on television stations across the country; Patty’s year on the lam, running from authorities; and her circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, after which the term “Stockholm syndrome” entered the lexicon.  

The saga of Patty Hearst highlighted a decade in which America seemed to be suffering a collective nervous breakdown. Based on more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents, American Heiress thrillingly recounts the craziness of the times (there were an average of 1,500 terrorist bombings a year in the early 1970s). Toobin portrays the lunacy of the half-baked radicals of the SLA and the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and re-creates her melodramatic trial. American Heiress examines the life of a young woman who suffered an unimaginable trauma and then made the stunning decision to join her captors’ crusade.   
Or did she?

Thursday, August 4

Understand the Future of Solar, Free Lunch Included
Thursday, August 4
12:15 PM to 1:15 PM (EDT)
Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understand-the-future-of-solar-free-lunch-included-tickets-5664093456

SolarCity and Impact Hub Boston member Solstice Initiative are hosting a Solar Lunch and Learn on Thursday, August 4th, from 12:15-1:15pm. 
Join us at Impact Hub Boston as we explain how both renters and homeowners can participate in solar, promote renewable energy, and make some money while doing so!
Lunch from Bertucci's will be provided. 


Thursday, August 4
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville
RSVP at 

EnergyBar is Greentown Labs' monthly networking event devoted to helping people in clean technology meet and discuss innovations in energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech,’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional clean technology community. 
Our attendees typically span a variety of disciplines within energy, efficiency, and renewables. In general, if you're looking for a job in cleantech or energy, trying to expand your network, or perhaps thinking about starting your own energy-related company this is the event for you. Expect to have conversations about issues facing advanced and renewable energy technologies and ways to solve our most pressing energy problems. 

Light appetizers and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 pm. Suggested dress is shop floor casual. Parking is incredibly limited at Greentown Labs and we encourage attendees to consider taking advantage of public transportation. 
Hope to see you there! 


The Nordic Theory of Everything:  In Search of a Better Life
Thursday, August 4
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Finnish journalist ANU PARTANEN for a discussion of her book The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life.
About The Nordic Theory of Everything

Moving to America in 2008, Finnish journalist Anu Partanen quickly went from confident, successful professional to wary, self-doubting mess. She found that navigating the basics of everyday life—from buying a cell phone and filing taxes to education and childcare—was much more complicated and stressful than anything she encountered in her homeland. At first, she attributed her crippling anxiety to the difficulty of adapting to a freewheeling new culture. But as she got to know Americans better, she discovered they shared her deep apprehension. To understand why life is so different in the U.S. and Finland, Partanen began to look closely at both.

In The Nordic Theory of Everything, Partanen compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region, focusing on four key relationships—parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens. She debunks criticism that Nordic countries are socialist “nanny states,” revealing instead that it is we Americans who are far more enmeshed in unhealthy dependencies than we realize. As Partanen explains step by step, the Nordic approach allows citizens to enjoy more individual freedom and independence than we do.

Partanen wants to open Americans’ eyes to how much better things can be—to show her beloved new country what it can learn from her homeland to reinvigorate and fulfill the promise of the American dream—to provide the opportunity to live a healthy, safe, economically secure, upwardly mobile life for everyone. Offering insights, advice, and solutions, The Nordic Theory of Everything makes a convincing argument that we can rebuild our society, rekindle our optimism, and restore true freedom to our relationships and lives.

Friday August 5

Penn Jillette - Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales
Friday August 5
7:00 pm 
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Legendary magician Penn Jillette was approaching his sixtieth birthday topping 330 pounds. He knew he was at a dangerous crossroads. And then came Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and an unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise saved Penn Jillette’s life with his wild “potato diet.” In Presto, Jillette takes us along on his journey from skepticism to the inspiring, life-changing momentum that transformed the magician’s body and mind.

Sunday, August 7

Pirates Party Sail to Harbor Island
Sunday, August 7
Georges Island, Boston Harbor
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/173692163045067/

Our annual trip to George's Island in Boston Harbor is primarily about picinicing and socializing, but we do plan for the upcoming year. Join the Pirates on the Noon Ferry, or sign up for the advance team to set up. Check back here soon for more information and a map to the picnic site.

Please share what you plan to bring along on this Pirate Pad: https://piratenpad.de/p/MAPP2016Picnic


Global Zero’s Annual Bike Around the Bomb
Sunday, August 7
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT) 
Riverside Press Park, 393 River St (Corner of River Street and Memorial Drive), Cambridge

What would a nuclear blast look like in Boston?
Nuclear weapons do not make us safer. Today, they are our greatest liability. And in just a few months, the United States will hand over the nuclear codes to a new leader. It’s our job to demand our next president make us safer from the threat of nuclear annihilation, not make it more likely.
That’s why on Aug. 7th we’ll be biking around Boston, roughly tracing the circumference of the blast at Hiroshima to symbolize what a “small” nuclear detonation would look like in our city and what we stand to lose.

Bike Around the Bomb is free, open to the public, and will bring everyone from Global Zero movement leaders to brand new activists together to urge world leaders to #KeepUsSafe.

More Information & Registration: http://bit.ly/batb16rsvp
Questions: Contact Ofelia Cohen-Odiaga: (781) 645-8952 or ocohenodiaga17 at gmail.com

Monday, August 8 

Roxbury Food Loop Tour | CERO x Haley House
Monday, August 8
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roxbury-food-loop-tour-cero-x-haley-house-tickets-26706679397

Join us in touring Roxboury's breakthrough local food economy.

Roxbury celebrates growing food and jobs in an innovative circular economy 
Join us on Monday, August 8th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm for a delicious, interactive tour celebrating our community’s accomplishment of closing the “food loop,” culminating in a party with pizza and beer! At 4:00 PM, we will gather at Haley House Bakery Cafe (12 Dade Street in Dudley Square) to meet groundbreaking CERO Co-op, the worker-owners, and to check out their new custom organics trucks, financed with small investments from community residents. At 4:30pm, we will walk, bike, or carpool to Haley House’s thriving urban Thornton Farm (less than a mile away). While at the farm, we will pick basil and arugula before returning to Dudley Dough (in the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2302 Washington Street) where we will top our pizzas with the freshly-picked produce. We will have a speaking program beginning at 6pm.  

4:00 | CERO Meet and Greet | 12 Dade St, Roxbury, MA
4:30 | Walk/Bike to Haley House Farm | 95R Thornton St, Boston
5:00 | Harvest Your Own Pizza Toppings | 95R Thornton St, Boston
6:00 | Free Pizza, Music, Beer, Speaking Program | Dudley Dough (2302 Washington St, Roxbury, MA 02119)

Dudley Dough, CERO Cooperative, and Haley House’s Thornton Street Farm offer a new paradigm for how a community working together can close the food loop, while also creating jobs, stimulating the local economy, and promoting social justice. Every week, CERO staff collect food waste from Haley House’s Dudley Dough pizza shop to be composted, saving it from landfill and incinerators. CERO workers then fill up the truck with rich compost, made from last year’s food scraps, for delivery to Haley House’s Thornton Street Farm (located up the hill from Dudley Dough, in Roxbury’s Highland Park) and other local growers. Some of the food grown at the Thornton Street Farm makes its way down to Dudley Dough to top the delicious wholegrain pizza and to Haley House Bakery Cafe where youth enroll in cooking classes and formerly incarcerated trainees learn job skills while cooking up delicious eats for the community at affordable prices.

Join us for the celebration! Commune with neighbors and hear from city, community and business leaders to learn more about this movement to grow food and prosperity through a thriving local economy.

See you there!


Innovations and Impact in Sustainable Fashion, Supply Chains and EcoCouture
Monday, August 8
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT) 
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive #1, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovations-and-impact-in-sustainable-fashion-supply-chains-and-ecocouture-tickets-26707351407

From the runway to your local H&M in weeks, we are living in an age of fast fashion. Clothes are made quickly and cheaply in factories around the globe at an unprecedented pace. What are large retailers doing to ensure sustainable sourcing practices, fair labor conditions, and environmental best practices in their supply chain? As investors and as conscious consumers, how can we make informed decisions about the fashion industry? 

Join WISE Boston and Conscious Capitalism to discuss the case for fashion with integrity, including sustainable fashion trends, innovations and impact stories with experts from the Good Clothing Company, Timberland and TAU Investment Management. 
Kathryn Hilderbrand, Founder and CEO, Good Clothing Company
Colleen Vien, Sustainability Director, Timberland
James Gifford, Director of Impact, TAU Investment Management 
WISE Boston would like to thank members Debbie Smith and Masha Birger for making this event a reality. 

About our event co-host, Conscious Capitalism: 
Conscious Capitalism, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating the theory and practice of Conscious Capitalism through events, presentations, publications and social media. We also support an emerging network of Conscious Capitalism Chapters, which serve as communities of inquiry for business leaders, entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants and others. 

Conscious Capitalism builds on the foundations of Capitalism - voluntary exchange, entrepreneurship, competition, freedom to trade and the rule of law. These are essential to a healthy functioning economy, as are other elements of Conscious Capitalism including trust, compassion, collaboration and value creation.
For more information, contact Darby Hobbs, Founder & CEO, SOCIAL3 and Chair of Conscious Capitalism New England, by email at darby.hobbs (at) social-3 (dot) net.


Engineering Health, Designing New Medical Technologies
Monday, August 8 
The Burren, Davis Square, 247 Elm Street, Somerville

Giovanni Traverso and Daniel Kohane

Tuesday, August 9

Creative City - Information Session in the Fenway Area
Tuesday, August 9
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
MassArt, Tower 1101, 621 Huntington Avenue, 11th Floor, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-city-information-session-in-the-fenway-area-tickets-26682266377

The next deadline to apply for Creative City is September 12, 2016.  If you are an artist interested in applying for Creative City, come to an information session to learn more about the program and application process.

CONTACT: creativecity at nefa.org | 617.951.0010 x518      


Edible City: Grow the Future
Tuesday, August 9
Brookline Interactive Group theater, Third Floor of BHS' Unified Arts Building, 46 Tappan Street, Brookline 
Cost:  $5

Activists in San Francisco fight for healthy, socially-just, environmentally-sound, and economically-resilient food.

2016 Summer Film Series:  The Real Cost of Food
Another tantalizing selection of engaging films and local food snacks

Learn more and reserve your ticket at http://www.bountifulbrookline.org/p/programs.html

Contact us at bountifulbrookline at gmail.com 
See you at the movies!  


Mass Innovation Nights Foodie #11
Tuesday, August 9
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) 
Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-innovation-nights-foodie-11-tickets-26660865366
YES, it is again time for MIN Foodie! Come meet and sample from 10 food and food-tech themed startups. MIN Foodie #11's venue is ideal. Join us on TUESDAY August 9th at ONCE lounge & ballroom in Somerville. ONCE in Somerville, winner of both Improper Bostonian's "Best New Addition" & included in the Boston Globe's "Best of the New". THE local music and food destination. Though ONCE in Somerville is fairly new, owner JJ Gonson is well know in the local food scene as owner of Cuisine en Locale. 
Special thanks to our partners Toscanini’s and Food Loft, who will both be providing awesome prizes to the winners of our Audience Choice vote.
The Food Loft is the first-ever Boston based co-working space dedicated to food and food tech startups and small companies, attracting bright, passionate entrepreneurs whose business ideas improve the current food landscape. Located in Cambridge, Toscanini’s is an award winning ice cream and coffee shop. It’s a great place for morning meetings, serving the best cappuccinos.  They open at 8 a.m. and all of their ice cream is made on the premises.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 10

Social Impact Investments Panel
Wednesday, August 10
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship - 1 Amherst Street, E40-160, Cambridge  
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-impact-investments-panel-tickets-26807488921

The advent of new legal frameworks on Public Benefit Corporations (PBC) and Program Related Investments (PRI) has opened new avenues for entrepreneurs to raise money from impact-minded investors.  At the same time, entrepreneurs are starting to pay more attention to the value of social, economic, and environmental impact in their business models. This panel will better educate MIT students on available opportunities in this space.

Featured panelists:
Miguel Granier – Founder/Managing Director, Invested Development, an impact investment fund manager specializing in early stage mobile, alternative energy, and agriculture technology startups.
Lauren Cochran – Director of Private Investments, Blue Haven Initiative. Lauren spent five years at Imprint Capital leading investments in emerging and frontier markets that provide a measurable positive social impact as well as a commercial financial return.
Joseph Stieg – CFO, Long River Ventures and Senior Advisor, Village Capital. Village Capital’s has a unique investment and entrepreneurship support methodology for regions of the U.S. that are often underserved by mainstream investment capital.
Adam Rein – Principal, MissionPoint Capital Partners. MissionPoint is accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy by providing growth capital, knowledge and a broad network of relationships to companies focused on the clean energy, energy efficiency and environmental finance sectors.
Sorin Grama, (moderator), Co-founder, Promethean Power Systems and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Martin Trust Center and MIT Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship.

This event is co-hosted with the MIT Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship.  The Legatum Center empowers the MIT community to accelerate social and economic progress across the developing world through innovation-driven entrepreneurship (IDE).

Thursday, August 11

Ignite Boston: Data
Thursday, August 11
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ignite-boston-data-tickets-25986555487

Enlighten us, but make it quick – August Edition!
Join us at the District Hall to connect with the data community and hear from those who have survived, thrived, or died in a data-driven world. Then stay to network with a beer and wine reception.

Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is an evening of fast and fun presentations which each last just 5 minutes.


The Hour of Land:  A Personal Topography of America's National Parks
Thursday, August 11
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author of fifteen previous books TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS for a discussion of her latest book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks, just as the National Park Service celebrates its Centennial this August.
About The Hour of Land

America’s national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why more than 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now Terry Tempest Williams, the author of the environmental classic Refuge and the beloved memoir When Women Were Birds, returns with The Hour of Land, a literary celebration of our national parks, an exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to them.

From the Grand Tetons in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas and more, Williams creates a series of lyrical portraits that illuminate the unique grandeur of each place while delving into what it means to shape a landscape with its own evolutionary history into something of our own making. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and a manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

Saturday, August 13

Interactive Clothing Solutions
Saturday, August 13
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
MIT Museum, Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Open Style Lab Project Showcase
Explore the interactive clothing solutions that student teams in Open Style Lab worked intensively to develop this summer, and meet the unique clients who inspired their user-centered designs.
Included with Museum admission.

Monday, August 15

Boston New Technology August 2016 Startup Showcase #BNT68
Monday, August 15
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Akamai Technologies, 150 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/232830487/

Akamai staff will be escorting attendees from the lobby up the stairs to the first floor, where you'll find our check-in table. Type the first few letters of your name on the screen and tap your name to print your name tag.

Free event! Come learn about 6 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community!   

Each presenter gets 5 minutes for product demonstration and 5 minutes for Q&A.  Please follow @BostonNewTech and use the #BNT68 hashtag in social media posts

Products & Presenters:
Look for our email announcement about the startups shortly.
Apply to present your company here: http://bit.ly/BNTform  

6:00 to 7:00 - Networking with dinner and beverages
7:00 to 7:10 - Announcements
7:10 to 8:20 - Presentations, Questions & Answers
8:20 to 9:00 - More Networking.

Tuesday, August 16

Eco-Districts: A new model of Urban Re-Generation: making resilient, sustainable and socially just neighborhoods
Tuesday, August 16
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT)
"Woolf” Room, 50 Milk Street 18th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eco-districts-a-new-model-of-urban-re-generation-tickets-26527841488
Cost:  $50 – $65

In this workshop you’ll discover a new framework to transform existing neighborhoods through the lens of Equity, Resilience and Climate Change to prepare a roadmap and structure for how to move forward.  This hands-on exercise will help you develop an action plan for how to move forward.

FORMAT:  1 hour and 45 minute discussion
discover a new process for bringing together community leaders, developers, architects and planners to develop sustainable neighborhoods
find ways to plan and incorporate district scale, net zero energy and water systems
develop a roadmap for planning goals, development targets and methods to galvanize support for your community

Speaker: Eric Corey Freed
organicARCHITECT is the office of Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, a licensed architect (California, New Mexico, Arizona), and a recognized pioneer in the tradition of Organic Architecture, first developed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A lifetime proponent of individualism and sustainability, Eric Corey Freed knew he wanted to be an architect at the early age of eight.

As a licensed architect, Eric brings over 20 years of experience in helping architects, builders and homeowners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of buildings around the country. Companies like Autodesk, Pixar, Apple and Lowe’s have hired Eric to help them incorporate deeper sustainability into their businesses.
Eric is the author of 11 books, including “Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies”, a bestseller with over 200,000 copies in print, and “Sustainable School Architecture.” His how-to book, “Green$ense for your Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He is also co-founder of Architect Exam Prep, providing innovative study guides for young architects.

Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine “Best Green Architect” in 2005; “Best Visionary” in 2007; and “Green Visionary” by 7×7 Magazine in 2008. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 “Best Green Architecture Firms” in the US, and one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects.” He also holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.

What are ecodistricts: EcoDistricts is propelling a new model of urban regeneration that ensures just, sustainable, resilient neighborhoods for all.
Through an integrated suite of programs, learning experiences and project certification tools, EcoDistricts aims to forever change how urban regeneration gets done.
With our roots in Portland, Oregon, we’ve built a global reputation as a respected nonprofit committed to address the complex, fundamental challenges facing our cities today:  Income, education, and health disparities that sit at the root of considerable social unrest. Ecological degradation. The growing threat of climate change. Carrying the burden of producing 80% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions while consuming 80% of the world’s energy.

In partnership with our Founding Members, generous funders and world-renown advisors, we’ve developed the unique EcoDistricts Protocol, a first-of-its-kind, holistic project development framework that makes addressing these challenges achievable. Our work emphasizes the unique proving ground of the district and neighborhood scale, and the critical importance of information sharing to stimulate innovation.

Our vision is to empower practitioners at every stage of our industry with a collaborative professional community, transformative learning experiences, pathways to EcoDistricts project certification and accessible practitioner accreditation. We are committed to a model that eliminates barriers to the exchange of information and peer learning and thereby enable innovation across our industry.


Ped101 - Learn how to advocate for change in your own community
Tuesday, August 16
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
WalkBoston, 45 School Street, Old City Hall, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ped101-learn-how-to-advocate-for-change-in-your-own-community-tickets-26053601022

In 2016, WalkBoston is rolling out free, beginner pedestrian advocacy trainings we’ve titled "Ped 101,” and we'd love you to come! Our goal is to help build the constituency of people that are comfortable to speak up for walking in their own community. Sessions are a small group, guided conversation and take place in our conference room - so please make sure to sign up in advance. Please feel free to bring a lunch for the mid-day sessions; we’ll have beer or wine for the after work happy hour sessions.

This session is helpful if you're interested in learning about: 
walkability, urbanism & the associated lingo (what's a "tight turning radius"?),
making neighborhoods safer for people walking & running,
how you can advocate for change in your own community.


Freecycle and Farmers' Market on the Plaza
Tuesday, August 16
12–6 pm
Harvard, Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Join the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Green Program for their annual Freecycle at the Harvard Farmers' Market.

Need something for your office or cleaning it out? Come donate or check out all the reusable items from across the University.

More information at https://green.harvard.edu/events/freecycle-and-farmers-market-plaza-2


How Restorative Development Can Address Climate Change
Tuesday, August 16
6:30 PM
Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington Street, Belmont

William Moomaw, Ph.D. is a former professor emeritus of International Environmental Policy at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (he retired in 2014). Dr. Moomaw was founding director of both the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) and Tufts Climate Initiative, and co-founder for the Global Development and Environment Institute. 

Dr. Moomaw was a lead author for a number of United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, and was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the IPCC. He serves on the boards of several notable organizations, such as The Climate Group, the Consensus Building Institute, and the Center for Ecological Technologies. He is also on a board for a new organization, Soil4Climate, and the work of that group is of special interest in tonight's discussion. 

Dr. Moomaw was an early innovator in cross-disciplinary training of students to address global environment issues and climate change. His many research contributions included quantitative indicators of environment and development, negotiation strategies for environmental agreements, water and climate change, and technology and policy implications for climate change. He has worked for decades on legislation in energy, forestry, and ozone layer protection.

William Moomaw was an author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment on nitrogen and serves on the Integrated Nitrogen Committee of the EPA Science Advisory board. He was the first director of the Climate, Energy and Pollution program at the World Resources Institute, and directed the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College where he held an endowed chair in chemistry.

Wednesday, August 17

August Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, August 17
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (EDT)
Pret A Manger, 101 Arch Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/august-boston-sustainability-breakfast-tickets-26771227462

Join us for the August 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.

Thursday, August 18

Thursday, August 18
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Workbar, 711 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/brexit-tickets-26629598847

Brexit happened: on June 23, 2016, the British people voted to leave the European Union.  Many Brits celebrated what they called their Independence Day -- freedom from EU rules, fees, and, perhaps most controversially, immigration laws.  While others fear that Brexit will severely damage the British economy and their status as a world powerhouse.

What does this mean for the UK, EU and... us?
Why was the EU formed, and what's it purpose?
Why was the Brexit referendum was raised in the UK?
What are the expected implications of leaving?
...and more.

Professor Graham Wilson is the co-founder and Director of the Boston University Initiative on Cities. Professor Wilson joined the Faculty of Boston University in 2007 where he served as Chair of the Political Science Department until 2015. His areas of specialization include American Politics, Comparative Politics, Business and Government, and Interest Groups. Professor Wilson received his BA and Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford University and his MA from the University of Essex.


Music + Tech: Save the Date!
Thursday, August 18
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Workbar Cambridge. 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Music-Technology-Group/events/231391055/

Save the date for the next Music-Tech Meetup, scheduled on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 6:30 pm, hosted by WorkBar, Cambridge and BerkleeICE.  

The night's theme is still to be determined, so get in touch via this form if you're interested in presenting or have a suggested topic.

Event Overview: 
6:30 - 6:45:  Arrive and snag some hot pizza! 
6:45 - 6:55: Welcome and Introductions
7:00 - 8:30: TBD - Give us your feedback here for future events
8:30 - 9:00: Open Networking


The Technical Challenge of Hate Speech, Incitement and Extremism in Social Media
Thursday, August 18
7:00 PM
MIT, Building E51-325, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Andre Oboler
This talk is being sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor program.

The primary challenge is working out how to identify incitement and hate speech given: (a) the volume of content creation in social media (b) the use of videos, images, coded language, local references etc (c) the changing nature of the expression over time (d) limitations that prevent governments demanding access to non-public data.

The approach my organisation uses relies on crowd sourcing, artificial intelligence and cloud computing. It enables content to be evaluated by people, but then quality controls the response of the crowd through AI. 

Dr Andre Oboler is CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute, an Australian charity combating racism, bigotry and extremism in social media. He also serves as an expert on the Australian Government's Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, co-chair of the Working Group on Antisemitism on the Internet and in the Media for the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism, and as a Vice Chair of the IEEE Computer Society's Member and Geographic Activities Board. Dr Oboler holds a PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University (UK), a Juris Doctor from Monash University (Australia) and completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University (Israel). His research interests include empirical software engineering, process improvement, hate speech in social media and the social implications of technology. Web: Online Hate Prevention Institute www.ohpi.org.au; personal website www.oboler.com.

This joint meeting of the Boston Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society and GBC/ACM will be held in MIT Room E51-325.  E51 is the Tang Center on the corner of Wadsworth and Amherst Sts and Memorial Dr.; it's mostly used by the Sloan School. You can see it on this map of the MIT campus. Room 325 is on the 3rd floor. 

Up-to-date information about this and other talks is available online at http://ewh.ieee.org/r1/boston/computer/. You can sign up to receive updated status information about this talk and informational emails about future talks at http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/ieee-cs, our self-administered mailing list.

Friday, August 19, 12:00 PM - Sunday, August 21, 6:00 PM

9th Annual Boston GreenFest Volunteer Registration
Friday, August 19, 12:00 PM - Sunday, August 21, 6:00 PM
Boston City Hall Plaza, City Hall Plaza, Boston


Boston GreenFest is the region’s largest multicultural environmental music festival.  It draws crowds of all ages and backgrounds. This year’s event will bring eco-innovation into the spotlight from across the New England states as a means to finding durable solutions.
We invite innovation in every form and from everybody.  The 9th Annual Boston GreenFest will take place at Boston City Hall Plaza, Faneuil Hall and Sam Adams Park on Friday-Sunday, August 19-21, 2016.
To register,  please click on GET TICKETS on the upper right corner of this screen.  You may select as many days as you wish.
Volunteers will be needed in many capacities:  site hands, stage hands, and on hand! See the many wonderful ways you can help us out with this "all-hands-on-deck" event:

Movers and Shakers to set up and break down the site.
Site Assistants to assist with problem-solving and on demand site needs throughout the weekend.
Stage Hands to help with the needs of our three performance areas.
Welcome Desk and Exhibitor Sign-in to provide info about the event to attendees and keep exhibitors, sponsors, performers, speakers and other guests on track.  Great for those involved in or interested in the hospitality industry.
EcoForum Assistants to keep the forums and speakers on track at Faneuil Hall, greet attendees and help manaage the programs.
EcoKids Helpers to engage in the kids' activities - help with keeping the kids involved and learning - scavenger hunts, recycled art projects, safety for the inflatables, etc.
Green Managers to help in each area of the festival, particularly with the exhibitors and vendors, troubleshoot, relay messages and provide assistance to those who need it.
GreenGuides to greet attendees and direct them around the site. Helpful to know a second language.
RecycleGuides to thank people for recycling (and composting) and be sure that trash is not mixed with recycling.
Wine and Beer Garden Assistants for those who enjoy ensuring that people are having a good time! (Must be 21+)
BostonGreenFilmFest Assistants for film lovers - help run the films and discussion sessions.
EcoArt Assistants to help with art installations and workshops.
EcoFashion Assistants to help with ecofashion shows.
Robotics and Tech Assistants to help with exhibitors who bring robots, 3D printers, etc.
Green Demographers to help us find out who comes to Boston GreenFest.  This is a great position for someone interested in marketing, statistics and/or public relations.

To register,  please click on GET TICKETS on the upper right corner of this screen. Remember, you may select as many days as you wish.
Thank you so much for joining us for our 9th Annual Boston GreenFest!

Festival hours are as follows:
Wednesday, August 17, 2016: 
Prepare site for festival from noon-8 pm.
Thursday, August 18, 2016: 
Move-in for large exhibitors from noon-5 pm. 
Friday, August 19, 2016: 
Move-in for exhibitors/vendors, food vendors, from 7-11 am. Festival hours:  12-10 pm (Exhibit hours 12-6 pm)
Saturday, August 20, 2016: 
Move-in for all exhibitors from 8 am-11 am. Festival hours:  12-10 pm (Exhibit hours 12-6 pm).
Sunday, August 21, 2016: 
Festival/exhibit hours:  Noon-6 pm. Break-down:  5:00-9:00 pm.

The hours available for volunteering are:
Wed 8/17 12:00- 4:00 pm
Wed 8/17 4:00-8:00 pm
Thur 8/18 9:30 am -1:30pm
Thur 8/18 1:00-5:00 pm
Thur 8/18 4:30-8:30pm
Fri 8/19 7:30 am -10:30 am
Fri 8/19 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Fri 8/19 2:00-6:00 pm
Fri. 8/19 5:30-10:30 pm
Sat. 8/20 7:30-11:30 am
Sat. 8/20 11:30 am-3:30 pm
Sat. 8/20 3:30-7:30 pm
Sat. 8/20 7:30-10:30 pm
Sun 8/21 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Sun 8/21 12:30-4:00 pm
Sun 8/21 3:30-8:00 pm (or end of clean-up)
Please help us get the word out about the 9th Annual Boston GreenFest: 
Use our blog and sign up for Boston GreenFest Group on Linked in. Hook up with Facebook and Twitter. Connect with your network of supporters and friends - please remember to include us in your  emails and when you talk with your friends, family and colleagues!
We recommend that you arrive at our event by public transit or bike.  If you need to drive to our event, we will provide instructions to reasonable-rate nearby garages.  
Volunteers signed up to do at least two shifts will receive a festival T-shirt!

WAIVER:  I, the Volunteer, hereby release and discharge Foundation for a Green Future Inc., the City of Boston and all businesses, agencies, and other sponsoring companies and persons from responsibility from all injuries or damages suffered as a result of participation in Boston GreenFest.  Additionally, I permit the use of my name and photos in all Boston GreenFest related media.  

Friday, August 19

9th Annual Boston GreenFest Transportation Tomorrow Today Forum 
Friday, August 19
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
Faneuil Hall, One Faneuil Hall Square, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-boston-greenfest-transportation-tomorrow-today-forum-registration-tickets-26796655518

Making strides in our city's transportation is crucial for our future. If we can envision exciting new forms of transportation that reduce pollution, the need for fossil fuel and bring new technologies to bear, why not put them into place in the next 3-5 years instead of wait for a point in the distant future. Meet with people who can help us make these visions happen. We will hear from government officials and industry experts about the ideas they are contemplating.

The Transportation Tomorrow Today Forum will take place on Friday, August 19, 2016 from 10 am to 12 pm at Faneuil Hall.
The canvas is open for maglev, kinetic energy, solar roadways, electric vehicles of all sorts, and more. What is your vision? 
To register,  please click on REGISTER on the upper right corner of this screen. 

Thank you so much for joining us for our 9th Annual Boston GreenFest!  This forum is only part of a much bigger whole - Boston GreenFest spans three days and three venues - Boston City Hall Plaza, Sam Adams Park and Faneuil Hall from August 19-21, 2016.  Check out our website for more details.

Connections are what make the 9th Annual Boston GreenFest: 
Use our blog and sign up for Boston GreenFest Group on Linked in. Hook up with Facebook and Twitter. Connect with your network of supporters and friends - please remember to include us in your  emails and when you talk with your friends, family and colleagues!
We recommend that you arrive at our event by public transit or bike.  If you need to drive to our event, we will provide instructions to reasonable-rate nearby garages.  

Saturday, August 20 – Sunday, August 21

Harvard Habitat for Humanity Stuff Sale
Saturday, August 20 – Sunday, August 21
9 am–5 pm
Harvard, Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Come to the Harvard Science Center Plaza to shop 200 truckloads of student-donated micro-fridges, microwaves, lamps, mirrors, chairs, rugs, coffee tables, books, clothing, fans, storage containers, shower caddies, waste baskets, posters, room décor and more!  All proceeds support Harvard Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build housing for the homeless. 

Cut your expenses, support Habitat, help the planet and reduce Harvard’s disposal fees, all at the same time.  All sales occur from 9 am–5 pm, weather permitting. 

For more details about the Stuff Sale, contact Brian Wagner, HHH Stuff Sale Captain bwagner at college.harvard.edu.  

Saturday, August 20

Beyond the Seal Documentary Screening
Saturday, August 20
Noon - 2PM
Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1649954481998000/ 
The screening is free.

This year marks Equal Exchange’s 10th year in the banana trade. To celebrate, we’ll be hosting a special screening for a new documentary called "Beyond the Seal" at Aeronaut Brewery in Boston. 

"Beyond the Seal" is an independent feature created by two Northwestern University alumni, Leah Varjacques and Katherine Nagasawa. The film is a story of a group of small farmers in Ecuador – and the activists and visionaries behind them – striving to change the banana industry as we know it.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring David Warner, co-founder of City Feed & Supply, and Nicole Vitello, President of Equal Exchange Bananas. More panelists to be confirmed closer to the date.

Come join us for an afternoon of delicious locally brewed beer and thrilling conversations around bananas! There will be a raffle giveaway at the end with some exciting Equal Exchange swag. And please spread the word.

Sunday, August 21

Sunday, August 21
MIT, Building N4, Albany Garage and Lots, Albany Street between Massachusetts Avenue and Main Street, 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. 

Web site: www.swapfest.us
Open to: the general public
Cost: $4 - $6
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 

Tuesday, August 23

Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered
Tuesday, August 23
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Tremont and Court Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reinventing-boston-a-city-engineered-tickets-25955318055
Cost:  $10 – $15

Boston has repeatedly reinvented its urban fabric to accommodate a growing population, the needs of business and industry, and the development of public and private transportation. From the first subway through the Big Dig, Boston has led the nation in transforming its cityscape. Join Boston By Foot and the BSA Foundation on this guided walking tour to uncover some of Boston’s many layers and explore its physical evolution, from the first American subway to the rise and fall of interstate highways to the recovery of Boston harbor. 

Meet your guide at the corner of Tremont & Court Streets near the Government Center T stop, in front of Starbucks.

This is a program of the BSA Foundation in partnership with Boston By Foot. Boston By Foot promotes public awareness and appreciation of Boston’s rich history and architectural heritage by offering a wide range of guided tour tours and programs.
Registrants to this event will be added to the BSA Space mailing list for updates on future public programs and exhibitions, and may unsubscribe at any time. Email addresses will not be shared or sold to third parties.
Interested in becoming a Friend of BSA Space? Sign up now, it’s free!


Last fall, Solve (solve.mit.edu/) convened technologists, philanthropists, business leaders, policymakers, and change agents like you from around the world to examine and address problems where technology, business innovation, and smart policy can be leveraged to bring about real and lasting change. 
The Solve program is organized around four “pillars”: Fuel, Learn, Cure, and Make. This year’s program poses three “challenges” within those pillars. Of particular note to the sustainability community are the Fuel challenges: 
Carbon price
How can new technologies (including digital currencies like Bitcoin) be used to put a price on emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases?
Negative carbon emissions
How do we remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in a way that is scalable, economical, and ethical?

What can you do right now?

The program is actively seeking proposals for these Fuel challenges. We encourage you to log in to the Solve CoLab platform (http://solvecolab.mit.edu) to propose solutions.  A distinguished panel of judges will select semifinalists, who will present their solutions at the Solve at HUBweek event, September 27 and 28, 2016. Registration for the Solve at HUBweek events is now open at www.hubweek.org.
Thank you for your continued support of the Solve program. Together, we can bring about real and lasting solutions to the world’s most challenging problems.

Editorial Comment:  I’ve alerted my contacts in the Geotherapy movement for enhanced soil carbon sequestration about this opportunity.  May they pick up on it.


Discounted Solar for Somerville

As part of the State’s Solarize Mass program, local volunteers and the City of Somerville recently launched the Solarize Somerville campaign to make it easier and cheaper for residents and small businesses to install solar panels.

The program, which is offering information and guidance, free site consultations, and solar panel discounts through November, has set an ambitious goal to inspire at least 200 property owners to sign up for solar —and each of those private solar installations will also benefit the community directly. For every 400 kW in signed private contracts through the program, the program’s solar vendor SolarFlair will donate a system of up to 5 kW for a public or community purpose. All are invited to the program kickoff at a Meet the Installer event on Tuesday, July 26 at 6-7:30 p.m., 167 Holland St. Additional events on topics such as solar basics, financing, and solar for multifamily homes will be announced.

Unique to the program is its neighbor-to-neighbor approach: trained resident volunteers and a designated volunteer Solar Coach are available essentially as mentors. They can, for example, walk anyone through the process, provide general loan program and tax incentive information, and share their own solar experiences. The campaign’s webpage and blog offers useful information, tips, and a link to websites where you can estimate the solar potential of your home and roughly calculate how much solar could save you on your energy bills at www.somervillema.gov/sustainaville/solarize.

Somerville is one of the most urban communities ever to participate in Solarize Mass, which makes the neighbor-to-neighbor approach especially helpful due to some of the unique challenges here such as multi-family houses with more than one owner. Winter Hill resident Mary Mangan, the program’s volunteer Solar Coach, went through that process and is ready to share helpful tips.

"I'm excited to work with our eager volunteers to help our neighbors understand the benefits of solar power. As a co-owner of a two-family home with solar, I can also offer some insights about how that process went for us," said Mangan.

Also key to the program is the selection of a designated vendor, which allows the program to offer reduced cost installation through bulk purchasing. Through a competitive process, SolarFlair, based in Ashland, MA, was selected. They were also the selected installer for the communities of Arlington, Hopkinton, Mendon, Brookline, Carlisle-Chelmsford, Newton, and Quincy.

"We're excited to be the selected installer for Solarize Somerville, and look forward to speaking with any home or business owners that are interested in reducing their electric bills while also making a great investment," said Matt Arner, the owner and President of SolarFlair.

Quick facts:
Solar systems can be purchased outright (with a payback of about 4-5 years). The Mass Solar Loan program offers rates of 3.25% or less. 
Or, for no money down owners can choose a power purchase agreement (PPA), where the system is owned and maintained by a third party, and residents buy back the electricity at a discounted price.   
More on-site renewable energy is critical to reducing carbon emissions.  It also saves money for residents.

Tax incentives for solar installations include:
Federal Tax Credit: A 30 percent federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is available for qualified residential and commercial projects
Massachusetts Personal Income Tax Credit: The lesser of 15% of the total cost of the solar electric system or $1,000, for qualified clean energy projects
Five-year Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS): Business owners can depreciate solar electric systems over a five-year schedule

For more information or to sign up for a free site consultation:

Visit the Solarize Somerville webpage at www.somervillema.gov/sustainaville/solarize for
Helpful information and FAQs
To contact a volunteer or Solar Coach Mary Mangan to discuss solar options and incentives
To set up an appointment for a free site consultation directly with SolarFlair
To find out about events
To volunteer for Solarize Somerville


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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