[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - December 17, 2017

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Monday, December 18

1pm  Movie Screening: Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America
3pm  xTalk: Faculty Innovators Wolfgang Ketterle & Lorna Gibson
4pm  Whitehead Institute Seminar Series (Dr. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz)
4pm  Unseen Enemy: A Film Exploring the Threat of Pandemics
6:30pm  Black Inventors and Suffragists: How Women and African American Innovators Have Promoted Civil Rights

Tuesday, December 19

12pm  Natural Gas Effects On Human Health
12pm  Ending the Gridlock: A Game-Changing Approach at the Intersection of Climate and Transportation
6pm  Future of Wearable Technology with David Cohen-Tanugi (Co-founder EMBR Labs, Forbes 30 Under 30)
6:30pm  Our Rising Seas
7pm  How Childhood Stress Can Cause Depression and How We Can Prevent It

Wednesday, December 20

7:30am  Boston Sustainability Breakfast


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

City Agriculture - December 13, 2017


Monday, December 18

Movie Screening: Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America
Monday, December 18
1:00pm to 2:30pm
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

The movie, produced by Verizon, explores the digital divide in the United States and demonstrates how the lack of consistent, reliable internet access in high-poverty schools can limit students' educational opportunities and future job prospects.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with Justin Reich, Executive Director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab. 

Editorial Comment:  Might be a good opportunity to talk about what the revocation of net neutrality means for the future of the digital divide.


xTalk: Faculty Innovators Wolfgang Ketterle & Lorna Gibson
Monday, December 18
3:00pm to 4:15pm
MIT, Building 4-163, 182 Memorial Drive (rear), Cambridge

Professors Wolfgang Ketterle and Lorna Gibson use the flipped classroom in their teaching as a vehicle for activating learning and engaging students.

Prof. Ketterle had his residential MIT students watch the video lectures from his MOOC as preparation before class. This completely changed the dynamics in his classroom. “Using online material in [my] residential course was transformative for me as a teacher.” It allowed him to engage in a series of surprisingly deep conversations with his class -- discussions that were the most interactive he’d ever experienced.

An advantage for Prof. Gibson in flipping her class and using online problem sets was that the p-sets were now in sync with the lecture material. The students would watch a set of videos, attend a face-to-face recitation with Gibson, do a combination of written and online problem sets, receive immediate feedback on the online portion, and take an assesment quiz -- all within nine days.  In addition, her students liked the flexible access to videos and other online material.

Moderated by Dean for Digital Learning Krishna Rajagopal, this xTalk will offer an opportunity to hear additional thoughts from Ketterle and Gibson on the challenges and opportunities of a flipped classroom.

Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Ketterle is MIT professor of Physics.
MacVicar Fellow Lorna GIbson is MIT professor of Materials Science and Engineering. 


Whitehead Institute Seminar Series (Dr. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz)
Monday, December 18
Whitehead Institute, McGovern Auditorium, 9 Cambridge Center, Cambridge

Speaker: Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, University of Cambridge


Unseen Enemy: A Film Exploring the Threat of Pandemics
Monday, December 18
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)
JLABS @ LabCentral, 700 Main Street, North, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unseen-enemy-a-film-exploring-the-threat-of-pandemics-tickets-38818154144

Experts say we are “due” for a pandemic. When it happens, they tell us it will probably have a greater impact on humanity than anything else currently happening in the world. 

Unseen Enemy, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Janet Tobias, shadows some of the world’s top pathogen hunters and scientists as they travel the globe to track outbreaks of some of the world’s greatest health threats, focusing on Ebola, Zika and Influenza. The film is an intense look at the increasing threat of emerging infectious diseases; there are some aspects that viewers may find disturbing. 

Directly following the screening, we will be holding a short Q&A with Nicola La Monica, Johnson & Johnson Infectious Disease expert, to examine and discuss some of the key challenges we face in controlling infectious disease – from a scientific, political, educational and social perspective. 

This event is supported by Johnson & Johnson. 

This event is geared toward healthcare professionals and the scientific community. Please note that this film may not be suitable for children. 

Nicola La Monica | Senior Director, Scientific Innovation, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines,Johnson & Johnson Innovation. read bio» 

4:00 PM | Registration
4:20 PM | Opening Remarks 
4:30 PM | Film Screening Begins (97 minutes) 
6:10 PM | Q&A with Nicola La Monica
6:30 PM | Program Close 

Speaker Biography: 
Nicola La Monica | Senior Director, Infectious Disease and Vaccines Scientific Innovation, Janssen R&D 
Nicola is Senior Director of Infectious Diseases and Vaccines Scientific Innovation at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Boston. From 2009 to 2012, Nicola was at Idera Pharmaceuticals, where he was Vice President of biology. From 1991 to 2009, he was the Director of Antiviral Research at the Istituto di Ricerche di Biologia Molecolare (IRBM), Rome, Italy, a research site of Merck Research Laboratories. Prior to that, he held the positions of Director of Oncology and Director of Cancer Immunology and Genomics. 

During his career, Nicola has led drug discovery efforts for the treatment of Hepatitis C virus infections and oncology, as well as development programs for cancer immunotherapy. Nicola earned his BA degree in Biology from the University of Rochester in 1982. His graduate studies were completed at Columbia University, where he earned a PhD in Microbiology in 1988. 


Black Inventors and Suffragists: How Women and African American Innovators Have Promoted Civil Rights 
Monday, December 18
The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville

Dr. Kara W. Swanson, JD, PhD, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law 
Starting in the early 19th century and continuing to the present, African Americans and women have sought to count patents earned by their group and publicize inventors in order to prove their worthiness for full civil rights – the right to vote, to employment opportunities, and to educational opportunities. These campaigns show the high value Americans have placed on inventiveness as a key characteristic of United States citizens, originating in our founding of the world’s first modern patent system and a new type of democratic republic virtually simultaneously. In her talk, Dr. Swanson will describe how black inventors and women inventors are not just heroes to those from diverse backgrounds aspiring to careers in STEM, but have been repeatedly used as a political tool to argue for full civil rights for each of these groups. 

Science by the Pint is a free science café in which we invite a Boston-area research lab out to a pub or brewery to chat science over a cold one. The events are geared toward a general audience – all are welcome and no experience is necessary! 

Tuesday, December 19

Natural Gas Effects On Human Health
Tuesday, December 19
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
RSVP at https://online.architects.org/bsassa/f?p=STDSSA:101:::::P101_VC,P101_CONTEXT,CUST_CONTEXT,G_SUCCESS_URL:,COMMAPLACEHOLDER,,censsareqauth%3Fp_url%3Devtssarsvp.display_page%253Fp_cust_id%253D__CUSTID__%2526p_event_id%253D2302%2526p_item_id%253DCTE_RSVP:

Dr. Brita Lundberg will link for us health risks and natural gas.   

While portrayed as a “clean” fuel, the CO2 emissions of natural gas are compounded by the much greater methane gas footprint, which is greater than that of coal when the full impact of methane emissions due to gas leaks, intentional releases of gas, and burning at power plants is taken into account.

Architects and developers are in key positions to avoid using gas when electricity sourced from renewables can be incorporated into buildings today. As electricity from renewables become ever more competitive with fossil fuels, the entire building industry can start today to help society reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thereby decrease the rate of global warming and climate change.

This event is co-sponsored by the BSA-COTE.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

To learn more about the Sustainability Education Committee, visit architects.org/committees/sustainability-education-committee


Ending the Gridlock: A Game-Changing Approach at the Intersection of Climate and Transportation
Tuesday, December 19
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Nixon Peabody, 100 Summer Street, Boston
RSVP at https://members.e2.org/ext/jsp/controller?sponsor=WILLCA1&sv=NE_TCIevent

Join Environmental Entrepreneurs and a panel of experts to discuss innovative market-based solutions to reduce transportation emissions while boosting economic growth. Featured speakers include Ken Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists; Jordan Stutt, Senior Analyst with Acadia Center; and  Tod Hynes, whose company XL Hybrids is bringing cost effective solutions to commercial and municipal fleets.

Contact:  ying at e2.org


Future of Wearable Technology with David Cohen-Tanugi (Co-founder EMBR Labs, Forbes 30 Under 30)
Tuesday, December 19
6:00 PM
Pivotal, 255 Main Street, 6th FL, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-boston-presents-future-of-wearable-technology-with-david-cohen-tanugi-co-founder-embr-labs-forbes-30-under-30#/
Cost:  $11.58 - $22.13 

David is co-founder at EMBR Labs, an MIT startup reinventing how we relate to temperature by developing technologies that improve our thermal comfort. Their flagship product is Wristify, a wearable device focused on reducing the energy footprint of buildings by cooling/warming people instead of the whole room. He was listed on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list in 2014 and on Technology Review's French Innovators Under 35 list in 2015.

He is an applied scientist devoted to building a cleaner water & energy future. Before starting EMBR Labs, he worked on China-US clean energy collaboration for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from MIT in 2015, where he leveraged computational methods to investigate the potential of next-generation water desalination membranes made from graphene. His research was listed among the Top Five Most Surprising Scientific Discoveries of 2012 by Smithsonian. 

In graduate school, David also held leadership positions in the MIT Water Club and the MIT Energy Club. He also holds a B.A. in Physics from Princeton University. He originally hails from France and is an avid student of Mandarin, rock climbing, and mindfulness meditation.

Agenda 6:00 pm Networking and Food
7:00 pm Fireside Chat
8:00 pm Networking


Our Rising Seas
Tuesday, December 19
6:30 PM
Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington Street, Belmont

Andrew Kemp, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Tufts University. Dr. Kemp explains the cycles of ocean rise and fall over the past 2000 years. For most of that time these changes were due to natural forces; but the present sealevel rise is due to human-produced climate change.

Dr. Kemp's discusses how scientists distinguish the natural cycles from the situation today. His research focus is on reconstructions of sea-level change over eons. To establish that record of sealevel change over very long periods, he combines factors such as salt marsh fossil records, marine and land sediments, and other indicators. We learn how this precise reconstruction uncovers past geological and oceanographic history and how this record is used to help predict the scope of present and future sea level rise.


How Childhood Stress Can Cause Depression and How We Can Prevent It
Tuesday, December 19
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Johnson Building, Central Library, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-childhood-stress-can-cause-depression-and-how-we-can-prevent-it-tickets-40911940716

Exposure to childhood stress is one of the biggest risk factors for depression that onsets in adolescence or adulthood. But how do we identify which individuals might be more susceptible to developing depression following exposure to stress? And are there sensitive periods, or stages during a lifespan when stress is particularly harmful in increasing the risk for depression?
In this talk, Dr. Erin Dunn will share examples of how her research lab is studying the role of genetic variation in shaping risk for depression, the potential ways in which stress changes our biology to make us more at risk of developing depression, and the time periods in development when stress may be more likely to “get under our skin” to increase the risk of depression.
Seating is first-come, first-serve in WGBH's Boston Public Library Studio. Overflow seating will be located in the Newsfeed Café and is not guaranteed.

Speaker bio:
Dr. Dunn is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist with expertise in genetics. Her research laboratory (http://www.thedunnlab.com) uses interdisciplinary approaches to better understand the social and genetic factors that influence the etiology of mood disorders, with an emphasis on depression among women, children, and adolescents. The goal of her work is to identify the causal mechanisms underlying risk for mood disorders, develop population-based strategies for prevention, and target these strategies to “sensitive periods,” or developmental stages in the course of the lifespan when the brain is highly “plastic” and therefore when experience, including exposure to childhood adversity, can have lasting impacts.

Wednesday, December 20

Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, December 20
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM EST
Pret A Manger, 101 Arch Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-sustainability-breakfast-tickets-30734229909

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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 28

Boston Climate Action Network Meeting
Thursday, December 28
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain 
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-climate-action-network-meeting-tickets-39329028182

We're working towards fighting climate change through improved energy policy and education at the local level in Boston. The BCAN Action Team meeting is a great way to get directly involved in the effort to combat climate change in the era of Trump. We gather twice per month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6-8pm at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain.
Come meet the Communications Team, the Arts Team, and other dedicated climate campaigners to learn how you can help us plan outreach for the Community Choice Energy campaign - https://communitychoiceboston.org
Curious to learn more about Community Choice Energy? Check out our video at https://youtu.be/6HkNZiN-FX4


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.


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents

Solar map of Cambridge, MA


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 


"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://calendar.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

If you have an event you would like to see here, the submission deadline is 11 AM on Sundays, as Energy (and Other) Events is sent out Sunday afternoons.

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