[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - June 11, 2017

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Monday, June 12

1pm  xTalk: Making Meaningful Media: The Impact of MIT+K12 Videos
6pm  Cambridge Clean Energy Municipal Aggregation Program Information Session

Tuesday, June 13

Carbon Pricing Lobbying Day
10am  Hearing by Joint Committee on Revenue on the Bill from Mass Assc of Housing Co-ops: Our Renters Tax Deduction Bill (H.3334/S.1520) 
12:30pm  Cambridge Clean Energy Municipal Aggregation Program Information Session
6pm  GE Robotics: Bridging the Digital Industrial Gap
6pm  Boston New Technology June 2017 Startup Showcase #BNT78
7pm  Rwanda Women Rising
7pm  Next Generation Boston: Transforming Cities with Technology:  A Talk with Boston Chief of Staff Daniel Koh

Wednesday, June 14

6pm  ArtScience Talks @ Le Lab: Modulating Voices: the Art and Science of Vocal Health in the Theater, Concert Hall, and Clinic
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights 99
6pm  Startup Spotlight 2017
6:30pm  Art & Activism: Civic Engagement Through Creative Expression

Thursday, June 15

12pm  Water Club Lunch and Learn - Energy from Salinity Gradients
2pm  Blueprint for a National Food Strategy
3pm  Be Strong, Tough, Adaptive and Self-healing: Life Lessons Applied to Soft Material Designs
4pm  Boston TechJam
5:30pm  NEWIN Water Pitch Night - Nitrogen & Coastal Water Quality
5:30pm  Green Building Showcase 2017
7pm  The Long Haul:  A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
7pm  Film Screening: Married to the Eiffel Tower, 2008
7pm  Green Cambridge Community Advocates­ Monthly
7pm  At the Still Point: Medicine from the Inside
7:30pm  Boston’s Future Buildings: How Do We Get to Net Zero?  An Expert Panel Discussion

Friday, June 16

9am  Preserving/Expanding Nuclear Power? &  Bringing Off-Shore Wind to New England's Shores
9am  Convergence Of Science and Engineering in Cancer Research Symposium
9am  EurekaFest 2017
6:30pm  In the Groves: Summer Solstice Legends

Saturday, June 17

11am  EurekaFest 2017 Design Challenge
2pm  Thoreau and the Language of Trees

Sunday, June 18

12pm  Jim Laurie, Restoration Ecologist, Bio4Climate

Monday, June 19

7pm  The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.:  A Novel

Tuesday, June 20

12pm  Understanding Biodiversity, Environment & Disease Dynamics Using Latest Technologies
2:30pm  Wearable Sensors and Wearable Robots in Rehabilitation Medicine
4:15pm  Wave Piloting in the Marshall Islands
5:30pm  Cass Sunstein, #Republic
6pm  Boston Entrepreneur’s Network Open Mic Night and Entrepreneur Stories


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


Monday, June 12

xTalk: Making Meaningful Media: The Impact of MIT+K12 Videos
Monday, June 12
MIT, Building 4-145, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

Speaker: Elizabeth Choe
What started as a library of 54 MIT student-produced educational YouTube videos has grown into a world-wide audience who has watched MIT+K12 videos over 5 million times, over 300 Boston-area middle school science media workshop participants, and over 140 MIT students who have learned to communicate their passion for STEM with others through our original web series, courses, and local outreach events. As the MIT+K12 Videos Program comes to a close, learn more from Elizabeth Choe about what the program has accomplished over the past six years, who has been impacted, and how MIT+K12 can inform future efforts around video, learning, outreach, and helping MIT inspire audiences in the broader global community.

xTalks: Digital Discourses 
The xTalks series provides a forum to facilitate awareness, deep understanding and transference of educational innovations at MIT and elsewhere. We hope to foster a community of educators, researchers, and technologists engaged in developing and supporting effective learning experiences through online learning environments and other digital technologies.

Web site: https://odl.mit.edu/news-and-events/events/making-meaningful-media-im 
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): xTalks: Digital Discourses, Office of Digital Learning
For more information, contact:  Molly Ruggles
xtalks-info at mit.edu 


Cambridge Clean Energy Municipal Aggregation Program Information Session
Monday, June 12
Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 3-076, Cambridge

More information at http://www.masspowerchoice.com/cambridge

Tuesday, June 13

Carbon Pricing Lobbying Day
Tuesday, June 13
Boston State House, Boston

The Campaign for a Clean Energy Future is inviting you to participate in our first big lobby day of the year on TUESDAY June 13th, 2017 at the Statehouse in Boston!  This is a big opportunity to push carbon pricing in Massachusetts. We will meet at the CABA/CXC office at the Old West Church at 131 Cambridge Street in Boston.  We will be looking to identify new supporters in the legislature and mobilize our current supporters to take action in advance of our eventual hearing date.  To accomplish both goals, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! http://www.massclimateaction.org/r?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fforms%2Fd%2Fe%2F1FAIpQLSc_b9ubGuTezYvarBTYiHYv8dali77WwMzx8TsWKWPTpSReaA%2Fviewform%3Fusp%3Dsf_link&e=9ecdcb834c5d1ff7a30dca892580fa70&utm_source=massclimateaction&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=carbon_pricing1&n=1&test_email=1&e=ed088ce65dcc1bc1521c3264f2c60015&utm_source=massclimateaction&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=carbon_pricing2&n=1>   

One of the best ways to discourage behavior we don?t want is to put a price on it, and studies have shown that pricing carbon would cut our carbon pollution by up to 10%. This legislation would establish a common-sense fee-and-rebate system of carbon pollution fees charged to fossil fuel importers.  The proposals before the legislature would combat climate change, promote green infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs.

To train for the lobby day and set our strategic agenda for the rest of this year,  we'll be hosting our GRASSROOTS SUMMIT on SATURDAY, June 10th (location TBD).   This is a great opportunity to get updated on the basics of the bills and the most recent news, to get to know your fellow carbon pricing activists, and to learn what is coming up in this campaign. This is going to be the most effective space to prepare for our lobby day and get started on some exciting next step tactics.  Fill out this form <http://www.massclimateaction.org/r?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fforms%2Fd%2Fe%2F1FAIpQLSc_b9ubGuTezYvarBTYiHYv8dali77WwMzx8TsWKWPTpSReaA%2Fviewform%3Fusp%3Dsf_link&e=9ecdcb834c5d1ff7a30dca892580fa70&utm_source=massclimateaction&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=carbon_pricing1&n=2&test_email=1&e=ed088ce65dcc1bc1521c3264f2c60015&utm_source=massclimateaction&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=carbon_pricing2&n=2>  to sign up for these events! 

MCAN is proud to be a member of the campaign for a clean energy future and believes that putting a price on carbon is a key tool we have to cutting climate change impacts.  Click here <http://www.massclimateaction.org/carbon?e=ed088ce65dcc1bc1521c3264f2c60015&utm_source=massclimateaction&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=carbon_pricing2&n=3> to visit MCAN's event page, it will continue to be updated with time and location information.  

If you have questions please contact Andrew Gordon (andrew at betterfutureproject.org) or Amenda Sebert (asebert at cleanwater.org).  


Hearing by Joint Committee on Revenue on the Bill from Mass Assc of Housing Co-ops: Our Renters Tax Deduction Bill (H.3334/S.1520) 
Tuesday, June 13
10 am 
State House Hearing Room,B-2, in the Annex, Boston

This Bill would permit resident owners of housing cooperatives to take advantage of the MA Renters Tax Deduction, if they do not also take the Federal Homeowners Deduction.  This will be beneficial to those who do not itemize their federal taxes, and particularly those of low and moderate incomes.

The maximum deduction will be $250/year.  We expect that approximately 1,000 people may take this deduction, statewide, resulting in a loss of revenue to the state of  about $250,000, and relatively small amount which may be very important to those taking the deduction.

We are prioritizing outreach the members of the Revenue Committee, particularly the Chairs and those who have coops in their districts.  Secondarily, we are prioritizing Legislator who have co-sponsored either of our Bills (incl. H.3017 on the Right To Purchase).  And thirdly, legislators from Boston and Cambridge, as there are so many coops here.  We are trying to mobilize coop members and Boards in those districts to
contact their legislators directly, and to copy us on letters and communications.


Cambridge Clean Energy Municipal Aggregation Program Information Session
Tuesday, June 13
Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

More information at http://www.masspowerchoice.com/cambridge


GE Robotics: Bridging the Digital Industrial Gap
Tuesday June 13
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Doors open: 6:00 P.M.;  Presentation: 6:30 P.M.;  Dinner: 8:00 P.M.)
Mass Robotics, Floor 5, Suite 502, 12 Channel Street, Boston
RSVP at http://ieeeboston.org/event/ge-robotics-bridging-digital-industrial-gap/?instance_id=2378

Presented by: Shiraj Sen, Lead Scientist at GE Global Research
Industrial-grade robotic systems will be the next great industrial tool; a tool that won’t eliminate people from work, rather it will amplify our capabilities, allowing us to safely operate at rates never seen, in places we could never access safely, and with physical and cognitive abilities we haven’t yet imagined. These next generation industrial robots are leading GE’s transformation into a digital industrial company. In this talk, I will share GE’s focus on the development of such “industrial service robots” – robots that can work with humans to address dull, dirty, and dangerous work in dynamic industrial environments. I will discuss some of the unique challenges with regards to the development of such systems for our field and service applications: tiny robots that can crawl inside turbines to inspect and repair them, ground-based robots that can work in railyards without human supervision, or aerial robots that can autonomously inspect assets.

Shiraj Sen is a Lead Scientist at GE Global Research and a core member of GE’s robotics team, focused on the research and development of robotic systems for field and service robots. At GE, Shiraj works toward developing autonomous system that work in the Oil and Gas, Transportation, and power sector. His research interest span perception, navigation, and manipulation to develop systems that work reliably in industrial environments. Shiraj received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA in 2013. Prior to joining GE, Shiraj was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts working with NASA to develop techniques that allowed robots to learn, and make decisions under uncertainty.


Boston New Technology June 2017 Startup Showcase #BNT78
Tuesday, June 13
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-new-technology-june-2017-startup-showcase-bnt78-tickets-34728265176

Free event! Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community! 
Please click here to share/tweet our event with your network.
Each presenter gets 5 minutes for product demonstration and 5 minutes for Q&A. 


Rwanda Women Rising
Wednesday, June 13 
7:00 pm
First Church, 3 Church Street, Cambridge

Swanee Hunt will speak about her experiences in Rwanda from her new book Rwandan Women Rising which follows the story of the women who worked for peace after the genocide in 1994.  Today 64% of the seats in the Rwandan parliament are held by elected women, a number unrivaled by any other nation.

Swanee Hunt chairs the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security. She is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and CEO of Hunt Alternatives.


Next Generation Boston: Transforming Cities with Technology:  A Talk with Boston Chief of Staff Daniel Koh
Tuesday June 13
MIT Building 9-255, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-generation-boston-transforming-cities-with-technology-tickets-34971241926

Daniel Arrigg Koh is Chief of Staff to the City of Boston. In this capacity, he advises Mayor Martin J. Walsh on key issues and helps him execute his vision for the City and its 18,000 employees.

Immediately prior, Dan served as General Manager of HuffPost Live, The Huffington Post Media Group’s streaming network, where he oversaw operations. Before HuffPost Live, he served as Chief of Staff to Chair, President, and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, aiding in the oversight of the 700-person international organization. Before his media career, he served as Advisor to former Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston.

Dan has worked in nonprofit consulting for Booz Allen Hamilton, executive search for Spencer Stuart, Strategy and Business Development for the New England Patriots and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Labor Relations for Major League Baseball. In college, he worked for two summers as an intern for Senator Edward M. Kennedy in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dan holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Wednesday, June 14

ArtScience Talks @ Le Lab: Modulating Voices: the Art and Science of Vocal Health in the Theater, Concert Hall, and Clinic
Wednesday, June 14
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT (Doors 6:00pm / Talk 6:30pm)
Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artscience-talks-le-lab-jayme-dowdall-erika-bailey-chandler-thompson-tickets-35044656511

Jayme Dowdall, Erika Bailey, & Chandler Thompson
Talk Curator > Arts & Humanities Initiative @ Harvard Medical School


Mass Innovation Nights 99
Wednesday, June 14
Thelma Burns Building, 575 Warren Street, Boston
RSVP at http://mass.innovationnights.com/node/add/rsvp

June is an exciting month for Mass Innovation Nights! Our theme for the June event is African & African-American Founders of Tech Businesses sponsored by Greater Grove Hall Main Streets. We will have 14 super cool products showcasing. 

More information at http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/mass-innovation-nights-99


Startup Spotlight 2017
Wednesday, June 14
Hatch Fenway, 401 Park Drive, Boston

The Startup Spotlight is a fun night of networking that features demos from 35+ startups. The event -- which is the capstone of our program season -- brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate business development and business professionals to experience what's next in tech from the innovators in our area...and beyond. 

Enjoy a cocktail and great food while you make your way through each exhibitor table, talk to the founders and learn more about their companies. Once you've met them all, vote for your favorites in several categories!

Web site: http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/event/startup-spotlight-2017/
Open to: the general public
Cost: $30 students; $65 members; $115 non-members
Sponsor(s): MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
For more information, contact:  Amy Goggins
entforumcambridge at mit.edu 


Art & Activism: Civic Engagement Through Creative Expression
Wednesday, June 14
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, 210 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-activism-civic-engagement-through-creative-expression-tickets-34976942978

Art is one of the most powerful ways for people to express themselves and make their voices heard. The Institute will explore how art serves as a form of civic expression, and the power of art to invigorate civic discourse. Educators and community leaders will share how they are harnessing art and creative expression to help young people contribute to the civic life of their communities.

Moderator:  Jared Bowen, @JaredWGBH, Executive Arts Editor, WGBH
Jason E. Talbot, @afhboston, Co-Founder/Special Projects Director, Artists for Humanity
Karen Gross, @KarenGrossEdu, Senior Counsel, Finn Partners and Senior Fellow, Complete College America
Dr. Tony King, @tkingboston, Headmaster, Boston International Newcomers Academy

The Institute is currently featuring two original art exhibitions that demonstrate how art is a powerful tool for people to make their voices heard:
From Her Beacon is a mural created by the students from Boston International Newcomers Academy, made up of nine original pieces depicting the Statue of Liberty. 
Immerica is a participatory mural created by student-artists from Artists for Humanity, celebrating the diversity of our community.

Thursday, June 15

Water Club Lunch and Learn - Energy from Salinity Gradients
Thursday, June 15
MIT, Building 1-150, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Sui Zhang
Come join the MIT Water Club for a lunch time lecture from Sui Zhang, who will be presenting on "Theoretical and Experimental Study on the Chemo-Mechanical Coupling in Hydrogels for Salinity Gradient Energy Extraction." Free lunch will be provided! 

Salinity gradients between seawater and river water offer great potential for renewable energy production. The global salinity gradient energy is estimated to be 1.4-2.7 TW, which is comparable to the worldwide hydropower capacity (~1 TW). One route to achieve energy production from salty waters is by mechanical stress. Hydrogels are a group of materials that absorb water to different extents depending on salt concentration or mechanical stress. Hydrogels may offer other advantages such as less fouling and ease of cleaning. In this work, we explore the potential of hydrogels for energy production by thermodynamic analysis and experimental demonstration

Web site: http://mitwater.org/events/2017/6/15/lunch-and-learn-extracting-energy-from-salinity
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Water Club
For more information, contact:  Brendan Smith
waterclub-officers at mit.edu 


Blueprint for a National Food Strategy
Thursday, June 15
2-3 PM EST 
RSVP at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/fd4c3095bf29086266858a512be5123a

Blueprint for a National Food Strategy is a collaborative project between the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School and Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic.  This presentation is focused on the national scale with at least one regional discussion, specifically on the Chesapeake Bay Region, to follow.

Laurie Beyranevand, Professor of Law, Vermonat Law School
Emily Broad, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Emma Clippinger, Harvard Law School

Blueprint for a National Food Strategy available at http://www.FoodStrategyBlueprint.org


Be Strong, Tough, Adaptive and Self-healing: Life Lessons Applied to Soft Material Designs
WHEN  Thursday, June 15, 2017, 3 – 4 p.m.
WHERE  Wyss Institute at Harvard University, 60 Oxford Street, Room 330, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Wyss Institute at Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. Zhibin Guan, Professor, Department of Chemistry,
University of California, Irvine; Chair, 2018 Bioinspired Materials Gordon Research Conference
DETAILS  Please join Dr. Guan as he examines the design, synthesis, and single molecule and macroscopic property studies of several dynamic adaptive polymers, as well as strong and autonomic self-healing systems.
LINK	https://wyss.harvard.edu/event/be-strong-tough-adaptive-and-self-healing-life-lessons-applied-to-soft-material-designs/


Boston TechJam
Thursday, June 15
4:00pm - 9:00pm
Boston City Hall Plaza, Boston
RSVP at https://events.attend.com/f/1383779667#/reg/0/
Cost:  $10.23 - $20.46

Join the block party while toasting to the region’s success and your role in making that happen. Listen to great local music, join the fun with many interactive activities and enjoy local food and drink.

Come on down and network in a whole new way. “Geek out” and see what other pioneering people and companies are doing with technology that will change the world. Whether you attend by yourself or bring your team, we’ve got some cool ways that make connecting with people fun. Visit fellow developers, marketing and biz dev pros, founders, tech execs and others who love to “geek out” and see innovation in action! Meet with Boston’s top VCs. Discover people who can help you with website design, PR, legal, and more.


NEWIN Water Pitch Night - Nitrogen & Coastal Water Quality
Thursday, June 15
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, 63 Franklin Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newin-water-pitch-night-nitrogen-coastal-water-quality-june-15th-2017-tickets-29270295241
Cost:  $25

Please join New England Water Innovation Network (NEWIN)and the local water industry startup community for an evening of water technology pitches and networking
WPN THEME: Nitrogen & Coastal Water Quality
Keynote - Speaker Name and URL will share their experience about their business add link here
We have gathered an amazing team. Four of our regions WaterIT and sensor technology innovators will pitch their solutions.

Entrepreneurs, academics, technologists and investors are all invited to join #WaterPitchNight to get a glimpse of local innovation and connect with other water professionals.
Water Pitch Night Agenda:
17:30 to 18:00 - Networking
18:00 to 18:10 - Introductory remarks
18:10 to 18:30 - Keynote speaker
18:30 to 19:00 - Pitch companies
19:00 to 20:00 - Networking


Green Building Showcase 2017
Thursday, June 15
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Northeastern University ISEC Building, 795 Columbus Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-building-showcase-2017-tickets-32896441141
Cost:  $85 - $250

Join us at the 2017 Green Building Showcase, the Chapter’s premier fall event to showcase and celebrate exceptional green buildings conceived, designed, built & operated by our community of practitioners over the past year. Over 100 projects will be on display. More than 300 leaders in our industry will be in attendance for this open bar reception and entertaining collection of green buildings.


The Long Haul:  A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
Thursday, June 15
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes long-haul trucker FINN MURPHY and The Pilgrim editor JAMES PARKER for a discussion of Murphy's memoir, The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road.

About The Long Haul
More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he’s covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people’s belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy.

In The Long Haul, Murphy offers a trucker’s-eye view of America on the move. Going far beyond the myth of the American road trip, he whisks readers down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains. As he crisscrosses the country, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades, from the hollowing-out of small towns to changing tastes in culture and home furnishings.

Some 40 million Americans move each year, and very few have any idea what they’re getting into or the kind of person to whom they are relinquishing their worldly goods. The Long Haul is also a behind-the-scenes look at the moving industry, revealing what really happens when we call in “the movers.”

Through it all, Murphy tells poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job: a feisty hoarder in New Hampshire; a Virginia homeowner raging when Murphy’s truck accidentally runs down a stand of trees; an ex-banker in Colorado who treats Finn and his crew with undisguised contempt; a widow who needs Murphy to bring her archeologist husband’s remains and relics to a Navajo burial ceremony in New Mexico. These experiences inspire Finn’s memorable reflections on work, class, and the bonds we form with the things we own and the places we live.
Brimming with personality and filled with great characters, The Long Haul is a resonant portrait of the enduring appeal of manual labor in the dark underbelly of the American Dream.


Film Screening: Married to the Eiffel Tower, 2008
Thursday, June 15
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street, Wiesner Building (Building E15), Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-screening-married-to-the-eiffel-tower-2008-dir-agnieszka-piotrowska-tickets-34071857844

A documentary about objectum sexual disorder (OS), women who fall in love with large inanimate objects and have intimate relationships with them. The film profiles Erika La Tour Eiffel, a former soldier living in San Francisco who is married to the Eiffel Tower. She describes what it is like to be in love with a highly public structure. 

This film is presented alongside the exhibition, An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art.

Pizza Served at 6:30. 
For more information, contact:  Emily Garner
eagarner at mit.edu


Green Cambridge Community Advocates­ Monthly
Thursday, June 15
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Eastern Bank, 1 Brattle Square, Camrbidge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Green-Cambridge-Meetup/events/240213949/

Look for our banner in the window!
Come and join Green Cambridge for our monthly meeting! 

We are a group of Cantabrigians dedicated to improving the environment and striving for sustainability. We'll be talking about all things green, giving run-downs on our community, advocacy and organizing work, and just getting to know one another.

We'll be repeating the event the third Thursday of every month. Check us out on Facebook and at www.greencambridge.org.


At the Still Point: Medicine from the Inside
WHEN  Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  The Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Classes/Workshops, Special Events, Wellness/Work Life
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Come hear and participate in a unique musical performance featuring MacArthur Digital Media and Learning award-winning violinist Benjamin Robison and emergency medicine physician-painter-spoken word artist Matthew Wetschler and explore the inner world of medicine brought to life in sound, image, and word. At the Still Point is a multimedia wellness project based at Stanford University School of Medicine that promotes mindfulness and shared empathetic experience through art.
Made possible with support and funding from Stanford University, Stanford University School of Medicine, and the Shenson - Medicine and the Muse Innovation Grant. Sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Ed Portal.
LINK  https://edportal.harvard.edu/event/still-point


Boston’s Future Buildings: How Do We Get to Net Zero?  An Expert Panel Discussion
Thursday, June 15
7:30 PM
First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, JP 

Speakers include:
Matt O’Malley—Boston City Council Chair, Environment & Sustainability Committee (panel moderator)
John Cleveland—Executive Director, Boston Green Ribbon Commission
Henrietta Davis—former Mayor of Cambridge
Joan Fitzgerald—Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
Stephanie Horowitz—Managing Director, ZeroEnergy Design 
Cammy Peterson—Director of Clean Energy, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

The most effective work to create a clean energy future needs to happen in our cities and towns.  We can be more nimble, targeted, and successful than the federal government and move our country forward by taking steps locally to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Boston has a tremendous opportunity to show how our state and our nation can accelerate this transition by maximizing energy efficiency and local, renewable sources of energy. The initial Imagine Boston 2030 report describes a major construction boom but does not call for the state-of-the-art efficiency requirements essential to keeping this development from locking us into new fracked- gas infrastructure to power new buildings and decades of dependence on fossil fuels.
We urgently need net-zero carbon requirements for all new buildings in Boston. This forum asks the question: How do we make net-zero carbon construction happen in Boston? There are certainly technical, financial, legal, and political challenges, but how do we get to YES? 
Boston Clean Energy Coalition (BCEC)
BCEC is currently comprised of leaders from the groups below. We hope to accelerate the transition to a clean, green economy by fostering collaboration among sectors that include city development, community development, architecture, finance, academia, labor, environmentalists, and faith-based organizations. We seek strong, democratic political leadership and a process that develops sound public policy—both of which must have a constant and concerned eye on our future.  
Boston Climate Action Network
Environment Mass
Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET)
Mothers Out Front
The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay Green Committee
Resist the Pipeline
Sierra Club of MA
West Roxbury Saves Energy

Friday, June 16

Preserving/Expanding Nuclear Power? &  Bringing Off-Shore Wind to New England's Shores
Friday, June 16
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preservingexpanding-nuclear-power-and-bringing-off-shore-wind-to-new-englands-shores-tickets-33818985496
Cost:  $40 - $80

Preserving/Expanding Nuclear Power in New England?
Is nuclear power in need of additional financial support to survive, and if so, what would be the best way to support it?  Both Illinois and New York have passed laws creating zero energy credits (ZECs) to bolster their nuclear power plants (and these laws are being challenged in the courts). Meanwhile, within New England, states and other entities are considering several different avenues of support for our existing nuclear power plants, including:
Proposed legislation in Connecticut that would allow Millstone to compete for long-term contracts.
Proposals in IMAPP to put a carbon adder in the wholesale energy markets.
Proposals to fully integrate nuclear in the development of Massachusetts' Clean Energy Standards (CES). 
Although these types of support are unlikely to preserve Pilgrim, which has already announced its retirement, they could influence the fate of Millstone and Seabrook, as well as support the next generation of more advanced nuclear energy technologies in New England.

We have a great line-up for this panel. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). will be represented by  Matthew Crozat, its Senior Policy Director.  NEI's members include all of the owners of New England's nuclear fleet (Dominion, Entergy, and NextEra), and NEI is actively supporting additional financial supports for nuclear power nationwide. Elin Swanson Katz, Consumer Counsel for Connecticut, is on the front lines of the proposed long-term contracting legislation in Connecticut. She will offer a consumer advocate's perspective on the legislation and nuclear power more broadly. John E. Shelk, President & CEO, Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA), will explain why his organization has been leading the challenge to the NY and Illinois ZEC laws in the courts and opposing the Connecticut legislation. Armond Cohen, Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force, will provide an environmentalist's perspective on nuclear power (including advanced nuclear technologies), and the role nuclear could play
in Massachusetts' emerging Clean Energy Standards. Finally, Ari Pescoe, 
a Senior Energy Fellow at Harvard Law School will discuss the relative legal strengths and weaknesses of the range of nuclear support approaches that have been adopted or are under discussion.

Bringing Off-Shore Wind to New England's Shores
With the launch of the first off-shore wind farm in the Western Hemisphere (Block Island), and BOEM's lease sale of off-shore tracts capable of supporting thousands of megawatts of wind development, New England finally appears poised to harvest its off-shore wind resources. Massachusetts' energy bill requiring utilities to contract 1,600 MW of off-shore wind by 2027 and Rhode Island's goal of 1,000 MW of renewables under contract by 2020 should significantly accelerate that wind development. But what's the best way to bring all this potential off-shore wind to shore?  Some argue that it should be left to each wind developer to build its own unique under-water transmission cables. Others argue that it would be much better to build one (or two) main back-bone trunk lines that all the wind projects can tie into (like what Texas has done for land-based wind). We will explore the important policy, economic, and legal ownership issues that each of these options raise, and take a look at how Europe has handled this challenge to date and what it has learned. The timeliness of this topic cannot be overstated, as Massachusetts readies its first off-shore wind RFP for release this summer.

To stimulate our thinking on this important topic we have put together a great panel that includes, respectively, one of the New England BOEM off-shore lease holders with extensive wind development experience in Europe; a regulated transmission company with operations in New England, New York, and Great Britain; and an independent transmission company with numerous innovative projects in the Northeast.

Søren Hindbo, Senior Director, Electrical Systems, Dong Energy
MikeCalviou, Senior VP, Regulation & Pricing, National Grid USA
Ed Krapels, CEO, Anbaric


Convergence Of Science and Engineering in Cancer Research Symposium
Friday, June 16
MIT, Building W-16, Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue (Rear), Cambridge

Koch Institute Annual Summer Symposium

Web site: http://kochinstituteevents.cvent.com/d/s5q0zp
Open to: the general public
This event occurs every year on June 16 through June 16, 2017.
Sponsor(s): Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
For more information, contact:  Pam DiFraia
pdifraia at mit.edu 


EurekaFest 2017
Friday, June 16
MIT, Building 32, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Join the Lemelson-MIT Program for EurekaFest 2017, a multi-day celebration of high school and collegiate inventors from across the country who will present and showcase their inventions to the public on Friday, June 17. Visit the Museum of Science, Boston on Saturday, June 17, for hands-on learning activities for young inventors and to watch "Duck-n-Hover," EurekaFest's wind-powered design challenge finale. Visit www.eurekafest.org for more information.

Web site: http://lemelson.mit.edu/events/eurekafest-2017
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Lemelson-MIT Program
For more information, contact:  Stephanie Martinovich
info-lemelson at mit.edu 


In the Groves: Summer Solstice Legends
WHEN  Friday, June 16, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Concerts, Music, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Diane Edgecomb, Storyteller, and Margot Chamberlain, Celtic Harpist
WRITTEN BY  Diane Edgecomb, Storyteller
COST  $20/person through June 10; $25/person after June 10
TICKET WEB LINK  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1024&DayPlannerDate=6/16/2017
TICKET INFO  617-384-5277
CONTACT INFO	adulted at arnarb.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Attend an enchanting evening of Tree Myths, Songs and Summer Solstice Legends. Diane and Margot spin tales of the human connection with trees and the deep meaning we have assigned to them through the ages. This unique performance, designed specifically for the Arnold Arboretum, travels through the Arboretum with story and music. Each story is told under a different tree or among a unique collection of Arboretum plants. The program begins under a grand Cedar of Lebanon, moves into the rosaceous collection, to the oaks of Bussey Hill, then onward to Hemlock Hill, culminating with the haunting Czech legend “The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove” told amid the birches at sunset. Appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above.
LINK	https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1024&DayPlannerDate=6/16/2017

Saturday, June 17

EurekaFest 2017 Design Challenge
Saturday, June 17
Museum of Science, Main Exhibit Halls, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114

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.

Web site: http://lemelson.mit.edu/events/eurekafest-2017
Open to: the general public
Cost: General museum admission required
Sponsor(s): Lemelson-MIT Program
For more information, contact:  Stephanie Martinovich
info-lemelson at mit.edu 


Thoreau and the Language of Trees
Saturday, June 17
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Richard Higgins, author of Thoreau and the Language of Trees
Trees were central to Henry David Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, his work as a naturalist, his thought, and his inner life. He admired their beauty, studied how they grew, took them as spiritual companions, and wrote about them as few have. When he said the poet loves the pine tree as his own “shadow in the air,” he was speaking about himself. In short, he spoke their language. In this illustrated talk, based on the new book Thoreau and the Language of Trees (University of California Press, 2017), Richard Higgins explores Thoreau’s deep connections to trees. Using Thoreau’s words, photographs of historic trees, and his own black-and-white photographs of trees today, Higgins looks at Thoreau’s keen perception of trees, the poetry he saw in them, and how they fed his soul. He presents trees as a central thread connecting all parts of Thoreau’s being—heart, mind, and spirit.


Sunday, June 18

Sunday, June 18
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. 
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 15, 2017.
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 

Jim Laurie, Restoration Ecologist, Bio4Climate	
Sunday, June 18
12pm - 2pm
Franklin Park Zoo, Tropical Forest Classroom, One Franklin Park Road, Boston	

A talk on organisms and biodiversity in the Tropical Forest Classroom, included with regular admission

Monday, June 19

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.:  A Novel
Monday, June 19
7:00 PM (Doors at 6:30)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, CambridgeCost:  $5.00 - $34.75

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning sci-fi author NEAL STEPHENSON—author of Cryptonomicon, The Baroque Cycle trilogy, Reamde, and Seveneves—and acclaimed historical fiction novelist NICOLE GALLAND—author of The Fool’s Tale, Revenge of the Rose, and I, Iago—for a discussion of their co-written book, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel.

About The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world "jams" the "frequencies" used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterize all of Neal Stephenson’s work and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humor of Nicole Galland’s storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realized work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible, and take you to places—and times—beyond imagining.

Tuesday, June 20

Understanding Biodiversity, Environment & Disease Dynamics Using Latest Technologies
Tuesday, June 20
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
Tufts, Cabot Center, Room 703, 170 Packard Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-biodiversity-environment-disease-dynamics-using-latest-technologies-developing-tickets-35247345760

Dibesh Karmacharya has a conservation biology degree from Wayne State College (US). He worked extensively in the US for Caliper Lifesciences in New Jersey as a research scientist (transgenic animal models). He promoted Genomics and Proteomics technology platforms for GE Healthcare Lifesciences in the US and Canada. He co-founded the Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN), a wildlife genetics and clinical epidemiology research centre and is the Chairman and Executive Director of the CMDN. He also co-founded Intrepid Nepal Pvt. Ltd, a molecular, diagnostics-based Biotechnology Company and Intrepid Cancer Diagnostics. He leads several innovative researches in Nepal including: building Nepal’s first genetic database of wild Bengal tigers through Nepal Tiger Genome Project (NTGP); and, several conservation genetics projects. He is the Principal Investigator of PREDICT Nepal Project-an emerging pandemic threat project. He has published several papers on conservation genetics, HIV/AIDS, molecular diagnosis and wildlife and human infectious diseases.

The Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) hosts visiting scholar, Dibesh Karmacharya, to speak about
Understanding Biodiversity, Environment & Disease Dynamics Using Latest Technologies: Developing Research Culture in Nepal

Contact Jill.Parlee at tufts.edu with any questions.


Wearable Sensors and Wearable Robots in Rehabilitation Medicine
WHEN  Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE  Wyss Institute, Room 330, 60 Oxford Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Paolo Bonato, Ph.D. 
Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston;
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School; Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering, MGH Institute of Health Professions; Associate Faculty, Wyss Institute at Harvard University
DETAILS  Wearable sensors and wearable robots have played an important but independent role in rehabilitation medicine. Dr. Paolo Bonato will discuss the relevance of wearable sensors and provide examples of application of this technology in the field of rehabilitation medicine.
LINK	https://wyss.harvard.edu/event/wearable-sensors-and-wearable-robots-in-rehabilitation-medicine/


Wave Piloting in the Marshall Islands
WHEN  Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Research study, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  John Huth, Co-director of the science program at the Radcliffe Institute and Donner Professor of Science in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Joseph Genz, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i
Gerbrant van Vledder, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Alson Kelen, Director, Canoes of the Marshall Islands, Marjuro, RMI
Isao Eknilang, Navigator, Majuro, RMI
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  For generations, traditional navigators in the Marshall Islands have relied upon the techniques of wave piloting — the subtle perception of wave and swell patterns along with the sighting of atolls and islands — to safely guide their outrigger canoes across the oceans. In 2015, researchers replicated these voyages as they journeyed between the atolls of Majuro and Aur in an outrigger canoe without instrumentation. In this discussion, these researchers will discuss their experience of wave piloting and explore possible links between modern science and this almost forgotten form of traditional Marshallese knowledge.
LINK	https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2017-wave-piloting-panel-discussion

Editorial Comment:  Pacific Islander navigation science and practice is fascinating.  Their “stick and string” maps are amazing works of art and technical knowledge.


Cass Sunstein, #Republic
Tuesday, June 20
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
The MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cass-sunstein-republic-tickets-34691398908

The MIT Press Bookstore authors at MIT series presents Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School and former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, discussing his new book #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media, Tuesday, June 20, at 5:30 pm at the Bookstore.

In #Republic, Sunstein, coauthor of Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness and author of The World According to Star Wars, describes the ways that the Internet drives political fragmentation, polarization, and even extremism—and what we can do about it.


Boston Entrepreneur’s Network Open Mic Night and Entrepreneur Stories
Tuesday, June 20
6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Pivotal Labs, 255 Main Street, 6th FL, Cambridge
RSVP at http://boston-enet.org/event-2314340/Registration
Cost:  $0 - $10

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 21

Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, June 21
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM EDT
Pret A Manger, 101 Arch Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-sustainability-breakfast-tickets-30734223891

Join us every month for Net Impact Boston's informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals 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 8:30 am.
For our June sustainability breakfast, we'll be co-hosting with WISE (Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy) as we continue the discussion from our May 24th event - No Food to Waste.


The Future of SREC: Come learn about SMART!
Wednesday, June 21
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
50 Milk Street, 16th Floor, Edison Room, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-srec-come-learn-about-smart-tickets-34829992445
Cost:  $50 – $65

Massachusetts is in the third cycle of solar incentive development. What we have known as the SREC program is developing into a block incentive program with a flat rate incentive, named SMART (Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target).
The switch is expected to cut the annual cost of solar installations to electricity ratepayers in half, from $400 million to $500 million under previous versions of the program to $200 million to $250 million under the new program.
State energy officials say the new structure will also provide more certainty to the market by ensuring that developers know how much of an incentive they will get for their projects over a 10- or 20-year time frame, depending on the type of project.
Breakfast and coffee will be provided.
"It provides a tremendous reduction in cost to every ratepayer but provides more financial stability that the program has lacked in the past," said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matt Beaton.
The switch was prompted by a solar energy bill that Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law in April 2016, directing the Department of Energy Resources to develop a new version of the solar incentive program. Utilities had said the old program was too generous to solar developers and resulted in unnecessarily high costs to ratepayers. The solar industry had stressed the importance of helping an industry that is expanding in Massachusetts, creating jobs and generating renewable energy.
There has been a release of the final program design but there are still many questions to be answered. Come join us for a presentation on what has been released on the incentive program and engage with the group conversation directly following.

Haley Belofsky, Solar Design Consultant
Haley is a native to the Boston area, raised in Arlington, currently residing in South Boston. Her passion for sustainability began with an eighth birthday party themed, “Save the Rainforest.” After graduating from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont she accepted a position as an Americorps volunteer working for the Hawaii Department of Education.

The Americorps contract came to conclusion but Haley was not ready to leave the islands. Her first position in solar was at a local Hawaiian company, Sunetric, working as an inside sales consultant and later moving to a project coordinator role. She started in the solar industry in 2009 and has since held roles in permitting, inspections, and sales at SolarCity, RGS Energy, and SunRun.


Reality Bytes - Utilizing VR and AR in the Library Space- a Brownbag with Matt Bernhardt
Wednesday, June 21
MIT, Building E25-401, 45 Carleton, Cambridge

Speaker: Matt Bernhardt
Terms like "virtual reality" and "augmented reality" have existed for a long time. In recent years, thanks to products like Google Cardboard and games like Pokemon Go, an increasing number of people have gained first-hand experience with these once-exotic technologies. The MIT Libraries are no exception to this trend. The Program on Information Science has conducted enough experimentation that we would like to share what we have learned, and solicit ideas for further investigation. 

This discussion will present participants with a first-hand opportunity to not only to hear about the ongoing learning in the VR and AR space in the MIT Libraries, but to also witness some of these technologies in action ??? both for viewing and creating relevant content. A variety of data will be shared and collected during the discussion.

Web site: http://informatics.mit.edu/event/virtual-enhanced-reality-library-space-brownbag-matt-bernhardt?type=month&month=2017-06
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free 
Sponsor(s): MIT Libraries
For more information, contact:  Kelly Hopkins
khopkins at mit.edu 


Summer Solstice Celebration 2017: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
WHEN  Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 5 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Exhibitions, Music, Science, Special Events
COST  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO  617-496-1638; hmsc at hmsc.harvard.edu
DETAILS  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.
LINK  https://hmsc.harvard.edu/event/summer-solstice-celebration

Thursday, June 22, 5:00 PM – Saturday, June 24, 1:00 PM

Frontiers of Democracy Conference 2017
Thursday, June 22, 5:00 PM – Saturday, June 24, 1:00 PM EDT
Tufts, Boston Campus, Sackler Building, 145 Harrison Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/frontiers-of-democracy-conference-2017-tickets-31104870505?aff=aff0eventful
Cost: $0 – $240

Tickets to the Frontiers of Democracy conference will be available through June 9, 2017, at 8PM.
We will honor your email request for a full refund through June 9, 2017, after this date we will be unable to refund any registrations. 
You are responsible for you own lodging and transportation.
145 Harrison Ave., Boston MA 02111 can be used as a point of reference when looking for lodging.

Thursday, June 22, there will be an evening reception with appitizers and drinks starting at 5PM.
Friday, June 23, breakfast and lunch will be offered.
Saturday, June 24, breakfast will be offered.
Check back for the full agenda, session descriptions and list of speakers at http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/civic-studies/frontiers/. This informaiton will be posted as the conference develops.
Preconference: June 22, 2017, from 9 am to 4 pm - Symposium on Deliberative Democracy in an Era of Rising Authoritarianism. (Tickets for the preconference cost $50; registrants must also have tickets for the conference.)
We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, June 22

City of Boston E+ & Net-Positive Development Seminar
Thursday, June 22
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
USGBC Massachusetts Chapter, 50 Milk Street, 12th Floor, Hummingbird Room, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-of-boston-e-net-positive-development-seminar-tickets-34807196261
Cost:  $40 – $65

Join John Dalzell - Senior Architect at the Boston Planning and Development Agency - for a morning introduction presentation on Boston's energy positive deep green affordable housing developments. This will be an in-depth conversation on net-positive building design and development and the measures we can take to advance our net zero energy and net positive goals.
Boston, a national leader in green building, is promoting the next generation of high performance deep green buildings. The E+ Green Building Program demonstrates the feasibility of regenerative multi-unit residential buildings and brings energy and environmentally positive homes to Boston’s neighborhoods.
Breakfast and coffee will be provided.
Learning Objectives:
Get inspired to go Net-Positive.
Learn basic concepts net zero / net positive building design.
Learn about the tools for assessing a design and the resource for getting to net zero / net positive.
Articulate challenges and opportunities of getting an existing design to net zero and beyond.

More on the presenter:
John has a long and deep involvement with the USGBC and LEED, as evidenced by his award of LEED Fellow. He is a Massachusetts registered architect, an Accredited Professional in BD+C and Neighborhood Development, a founding member of the USGBC Massachusetts chapter, and currently serves as Vice Chair of Board. John is Senior Architect for Sustainable Development at the Boston Planning and Development Agency where he champions green building and sustainable development initiatives.


#ScreenTimeBU: Fake News, Real Emotion, & The Mediated Self
Thursday, June 22
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
BU Student Village, 10 Buick Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screentimebu-fake-news-real-emotion-the-mediated-self-tickets-33286153782

Our keynote speaker will be S. SHYAM SUNDAR!

#ScreenTimeBU is a graduate student conference put on by Boston University's Emerging Media Studies program.

This conference aims to explore the civic, social, and psychological implications of today’s media landscape and is an opportunity to bridge diverse perspectives on the roles of users and technology in new media.

We would like to welcome presenters and attendees to this free conference on June 22nd, 2017!

Suggested topics for abstracts include, but are not limited to:  
Alternative media, and citizen journalism  
How emerging technologies change journalism and civic engagement  
Online relationships, communities, and social networks  
Big data analysis and machine learning  
Media effects and changes in digital media consumption  
Self-presentation on social media and digital privacy concerns  
Video games, virtual reality, and augmented reality


Consumer Protection for Community Solar 
Thursday, June 22
1:00pm — 2:00pm ET
RSVP at http://www.cesa.org/webinars/consumer-protections-for-community-solar/

Community solar is a rapidly expanding model for increasing solar access and solar deployment. Like all consumer products, however, community solar can raise consumer protection issues. This webinar will discuss consumer protection issues that may arise in community solar projects for residential consumers, and the role states play in ensuring appropriate consumer protections. The webinar will be based on a CESA guide on the subject authored by Diana Chace and Nate Hausman. 

Warren Leon, Executive Director, CESA
Nate Hausman, Project Director, CESA
Diana Chace, Program Associate, CESA  
This webinar is presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the Sustainable Solar Education Project. The Sustainable Solar Education Project, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, is helping state and municipal officials to ensure distributed solar electricity is equitable and consumer friendly. 

Consumer Protection for Community Solar: A Guide for States is the sixth and final guidebook in a series that CESA is producing as part of its Sustainable Solar Education Project. The project aims to provide information and educational resources to help states and municipalities ensure that distributed solar electricity remains consumer friendly and benefits low- and moderate-income households. The other five guidebooks in this series are:
Solar Information for Consumers
Publicly Supported Solar Loan Programs
Standards and Regulations for Solar Equipment, Installation, and Licensing & Certification
Solar+Storage for Low- and Moderate-Income Communities
Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers

For more information and resources about solar consumer protection and equitability, and for a link to sign up for our free monthly newsletter, visit the Sustainable Solar Education Project website at http://www.cesa.org/projects/sustainable-solar

Editorial Comment:  Perhaps all the states and cities which have decided to ratify the Paris Accords on their own will acquaint themselves with Clean Energy States Alliance.


Energy for Intelligent Environments
Thursday, June 22
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM 
Pivotal Labs, 255 Main Street, 6th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-for-intelligent-environments-registration-35199334156

6:30 - Doors open. Networking. Pizza, drinks. Members meet each other. 
7:00 - Welcome. Members to share topics of interests for future meetings. 
7:05 - When Physical Meets Digital: Unlocking Intelligent Environments by Suresh Rangarajan CIO of GE Current
8:00 - Q&A break & wrap-up.

Today, physical and digital are merging in powerful ways—driving productivity, valuable insights, and new revenue. Join Current, powered by GE, to see how we’re transforming physical structures from idle to intelligent through digital infrastructure.
Suresh Rangarajan - Chief Information Officer, Current Powered by GE & GE Lighting.
Suresh Rangarajan is the CIO for two inter-related GE businesses: Current Powered by GE and GE Lighting. Suresh has been in this role since March 2017. 

Suresh joined GE in 2015 as CIO – Enterprise Applications with GE Power. Prior to joining GE, Suresh led Data Technology and Architecture at Dun & Bradstreet Inc., a leading business credit risk assessment provider. 
Suresh received his B.S. in Electronics Engineering from BITS, Pilani – a leading Engineering University in India.


Dorchester and the Threat of Climate Change
Thursday, June 22
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
home.stead bakery & cafe, 1448 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dorchester-and-the-threat-of-climate-change-tickets-34940169989

Please join us at home.stead cafe Thursday, June 22, to hang out with Dorchester neighbors and:
Learn what UMass scientists think rising sea levels and extreme weather will do to our neighborhood and our neighbors
Pool our ideas -- what would a resilient, green Dorchester look like?
Hear what we can do to slow climate change now

The evening will bring together updates from Climate Ready Boston, Plan:Dorchester, and the Community Choice Energycampaign.

7:00pm Drink, snack and connect with neighbors
7:30-9:00pm Lively, interactive exploration

For info email Alice at actilton at gmail.com

Friday, June 23

PSFC Seminar: Reconstruction of R&D for HTS in Japan toward radical innovations of industry
Friday, June 23
MIT, Building NW17-218, 175 Albany Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Michiya Okada, AIST
The major Research and Development (R&D) projects relating to superconducting technology in Japan will be reviewed. At the moment, three major projects are in progress, and a new R&D consortium in private funds has been started.

Plasma Science and Fusion Center Seminar Series

Web site: http://www.psfc.mit.edu/events/2017/reconstruction-of-rd-for-hts-in-japan-toward-radical-innovations-of-industry
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Plasma Science and Fusion Center
For more information, contact:  Paul Rivenberg
rivenberg at psfc.mit.edu 

Monday, June 26

1st Workshop on Mechanism Design for Social Good
Monday, June 26
MIT in Cambridge

The first workshop on Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG '17) will be held in conjunction with the 18th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC '17) at MIT in Cambridge, MA on June 26, 2017, and will feature invited speakers, paper presentations, and a panel discussion with researchers in the EconCS community.

Synopsis: The EC community has made great contributions both to the development of theoretical foundations and applications of mechanism design. Key application domains have so far included ad auctions and electronic commerce, cloud computing, fair division, kidney donation, and school choice. In this workshop, we will focus on a set of promising applications of mechanism design that deal with access to opportunity including low-income housing, refugee resettlement, healthcare, and education. In each of these domains, the government and citizens design allocation policies, impose tax structures, create laws, and regulate activities. These are all mechanism design problems with the unifying property that progress has the potential to significantly improve societal welfare.

The workshop will have three main components: 
Invited talks from domain experts in fields such as public policy and economics.
Presentations of submitted papers by members of the EC community.
A panel of researchers with experience applying theoretical insights to areas with social good objectives.
The goal of this workshop is fourfold: 
Expose the EC community to new research directions through invited talks.
Engage the workshop attendees with domain experts to foster future learning and collaboration opportunities.
Jointly brainstorm and formalize research problems that the community can work on.
Highlight existing work in the community that falls under this theme.
More generally, we see this workshop as part of a broader goal to create and raise interest in different mechanism design problems with a social good objective.

Organizers: Rediet Abebe and Kira Goldner 
Contact: organizers at md4sg.com


Cambridge Clean Energy Municipal Aggregation Program Information Session
Monday, June 26
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge

More information at http://www.masspowerchoice.com/cambridge


Machine, Platform, Crowd:  Harnessing Our Digital Future
Monday, June 26
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $5

Harvard Book Store welcomes MIT's ANDREW MCAFEE and ERIK BRYNJOLFSSON, co-founders of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and authors of The Second Machine Age, for a discussion of their latest book, Machine, Platform, Crowd. This event will be moderated by TOM ASHBROOK, the award-winning host of WBUR's On Point. 
About Machine, Platform, Crowd

The best-selling authors of the The Second Machine Age are back with Machine, Platform, Crowd—a leader’s guide to success in a rapidly changing economy.
We live in strange times. A machine plays the strategy game Go better than any human; upstarts like Apple and Google destroy industry stalwarts such as Nokia; ideas from the crowd are repeatedly more innovative than corporate research labs.
MIT’s Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson know what it takes to master this digital-powered shift: we must rethink the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd. In all three cases, the balance now favors the second element of the pair, with massive implications for how we run our companies and live our lives.

In the tradition of agenda-setting classics like Clay Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma, McAfee and Brynjolfsson deliver both a penetrating analysis of a new world and a toolkit for thriving in it. For startups and established businesses, or for anyone interested in what the future holds, Machine, Platform, Crowd is essential reading.


Health and Sport – insights after the Race Across America
Monday, June 26
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm 
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sport-health-lessons-from-the-race-across-america-tickets-35178584092

3000 miles, 12 states, and three mountain ranges – a team from HESAV (Haute Ecole de Santé Vaud) is participating in one of the world’s most challenging bike races. The Race Across America (RAAM) starts in Oceanside California, from where ultracyclist from around the globe push their physical and mental limits all the way to Annapolis, Maryland. HESAV’s Team Pulse, taking on the journey with 8 cyclists, will share their experience in Boston on June 26, only days after completing their race.

After debriefing with the team on their participation in the continental ultramarathon bicycle race, Professor Kenny Guex of HESAV will deliver a brief presentation on the scientific experiments conducted during the race, followed by a panel discussion where experts from the fields of health, physical therapy and sports will discuss the intersection of sports and health both in extreme situations such as the RAAM, as well as in normal everyday situations.

6.00pm Doors open
6.30pm Debrief on the RAAM with Andréa Marcellini, HESAV TeamPulse crew chief, and the TEAMPULSE racers
7.00pm Presentation by Kenny Guex, Associate professor to HESAV and responsible scientist of the race
7.20pm Panel discussion
8.15pm  Networking reception at swissnex Boston (420 Broadway)
9.30pm  Doors close

Panel Discussion
Kenny Guex, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at HESAV.
Andréa Marcellini, HESAV Team Pulse Crew Chief
David Nolan, Associate Clinical Professor, Director – Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program, Northeastern University – Bouve College of Health Sciences
Sean Clarke, RN, PhD, FAAN Profesor and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program, Connell School of Nursing, Boston College.

More information at http://www.swissnexboston.org/event/health-and-sport-insights-after-the-race-across-america/


Boston Innovators Group: Voice Computing (#BIGVoice)
Tuesday, June 27
6:30 PM (EDT)
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-innovators-group-voice-computing-bigvoice-tickets-33147683614
Cost:  $0 - $29.69

With over 10M Amazon Echo devices sold, the introduction of Google Home, and a myriad of Voice Computing devices and services on the horizon, we are potentially on the verge of a new shift in technology platforms.  Join the startup/tech community for an evening of startup demos, panel discussions, and networking conversations dedicated to the next frontier of voice.

6:30pm: Arrival, Cash Bar, and General Mingling
7pm: "Main Dish" Demos will present on stage.
Dave Balter, CEO at Mylestone
Stu Patterson, CEO at Artemis / LifePod
7:30pm: Special Panel, "The Next Platform: Voice Computing" featuring panelists:
Moderator: Joel Evans, co-Founder of Mobiquity
Chris Lamb, Mobile Products at InterContinental Hotels Group (overseeing Alexa virtual concierge project)


New Climate CoLab Contests:
Carbon Pricing
Energy Supply
Land Use Change
Shifting Attitudes & Behaviors

More information at https://www.climatecolab.org/


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. 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 


Cambridge Coalition Solar Access Campaign is part of the DOE SunShot Solar in Your Community Challenge with a goal of 40 new solar electric systems installed in Cambridge, with a focus on serving low-to-moderate income communities.

Coalition partners include Green Cambridge, which works to create a more sustainable city and to protect the environment for the health and safety of all, Resonant Energy, a community-based solar developer, Solstice, helping every single household in America go solar, and Sunwealth, a solar investment firm.

More information at http://www.resonant.energy/sap-overview/

hat tip Cambridge Civic Journal 


"Greening Our Grid" Report Released April 24, 2017

MAPC is excited to announce the release of “Greening Our Grid,” a fact sheet and a case study detailing MAPC’s strategy to use municipal aggregation to help build new renewable energy in New England. 

“Greening Our Grid” highlights MAPC's work with the City of Melrose as a case study for MAPC's innovative green municipal aggregation strategy. Melrose recently completed its first year of implementation. The city’s results demonstrate that economic and environmental goals can be met simultaneously, and provide a compelling example for others to follow. 

The case study and fact sheet further describe the renewable energy strategy overall, why it can have a real impact on our electricity grid, and MAPC’s program to help other municipalities follow Melrose's lead. Arlington, Brookline, Gloucester, Hamilton, Millis, Somerville, Sudbury, and Winchester are poised to roll out their green aggregations within the year. 

MAPC believes that municipal aggregation offers an opportunity for communities to leverage the collective buying power of their residents and businesses to transform our electric grid to cleaner sources of energy, while also providing cost savings and price stability for electricity. The fact sheet and case study will be useful tools for cities and towns that are exploring green municipal aggregation, as well as for those that already have active aggregation programs.

Check out “Greening Our Grid” today at http://www.mapc.org/greening-our-grid, and contact Patrick Roche, MAPC Clean Energy Coordinator, at proche at mapc.org for more information about MAPC's program.


Cambridge Climate Change Game

Extending our work on face-to-face games, the MIT Science Impact Collaborative has developed a digital game on the health impacts of climate change that you can play alone on your computer or on your mobile phone. The game should take about 10-20 minutes. We would appreciate it if you could play the game at your convenience.

Play the game at http://www.doublecoconut.com/climate/

Any and all feedback on the game should be directed to Ella Kim at ella at mit.edu.  

Thank you for your time and consideration!


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 - 41 (up from 27 in 2016) and counting:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zGHnt9r2pQx8.kfw9evrHsKjA&hl=en
Solidarity Network Economy:  https://ussolidarityeconomy.wordpress.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/
Harvard Events:  http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/harvard-events/events-calendar/
Harvard Environment:  http://environment.harvard.edu/events/calendar/
Sustainability at Harvard:  http://green.harvard.edu/events
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
Take Action MA:  http://takeactionma.com

If you have an event you would like to see here, the submission deadline is 12 PM on Sundays, as Energy (and Other) Events is sent out Sunday afternoons.

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