[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - July 12, 2019

gmoke gmoke at world.std.com
Fri Jul 12 21:00:08 PDT 2019

Early publishing this week because I am going away for the weekend.  Normal schedule resumes next week.  I apologize for any inconvenience but won’t know anything about it until Monday.


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Monday, July 15

5pm  Waterfront Transportation Visioning Event
6pm  Generation Putin: Reporting from Russia with PRI's The World
6pm  Boston New Technology Mobile Apps & Tech Startup Showcase #BNT103
6:30pm  On Nazis, Art, and the Question of Forgiveness: Two Novelists Confront the Legacies of Their Families with Rachel Kadish and Jessica Shattuck
7pm  American Exceptionalism and American Innocence:  A Peoples' History of Fake News—From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror
7pm  JP Solar Happy Hour, July 2019

Tuesday, July 16

7:30am  EBC Climate Change Program: Preventing Toxic Exposures During Climate Events Severe Weather & Emergency Preparedness for Facilities
5:30pm  Building a JUST Future: The Living Future JUST Program with Goody Clancy
6pm  Climate Ready Downtown & North End: Presentation & Open House #2
6pm  Ben Franklin Circles: Moderation
6:30pm  Residential Solar Panel Information Night
6:30pm  The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life's Work with Professor Nicholas Pearce
7pm  Darkness in Distress
8:30pm  Growing A Green New Deal

Wednesday, July 17

7:30am  Boston Sustainability Breakfast
10am  Celebration of Life for John Lewis
4:30pm  Presinar: Reimagining Building Codes: How to Green All Buildings
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights 124
6:30pm  50th Anniversary Celebration of Apollo 11 Moon Landing
6:30pm  Sea People: The History Behind Disney's Moana
7pm  Ten Years a Nomad
7pm  Science for the People

Thursday, July 18

9:30am  The Future of Retail Community Event
11am  Reducing the Environmental Impact of Concrete Through Performance-based Specifications
1pm  Joseph Warren Biography: Author Lecture and Signing
3pm  Food Forest
6pm  Red's Best Open Forum: Dive into New England's Local Seafood Supply Chain
6pm  Green Networking Event @ Staples Spotlight (Brighton)

Friday, July 19

9am  Explaining the Human Visual Brain: Workshop and Challenge

Saturday, July 20 - Sunday, July 21

Sunrise Boston - July 2019 Orientation Training 

Saturday July 20

9am  Second Annual Jamaica Plain Garden Tour
10am  Extinction Rebellion General Meeting
10am  Neponset RiverFest
2pm  Gardening Workshop with Green City Growers
6:30pm  Moon Shots

Sunday, July 21

12pm  XR NVDA Training
4pm  Evan Eisenberg: Trumpiad Poetry Performance

Tuesday, July 23

1:30pm  The Transition to Cleaner Cars:  Advancing State Policies While Defending Against a Rollback of National Standards
6pm  Oceans Event at EDF Boston
7pm  Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
7pm  State of the Heart


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


Monday, July 15

Waterfront Transportation Visioning Event
Monday, July 15
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Portside at East Pier Waterfront Entrance, 40 East Pier Drive, East Boston 
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/64177349179

Participate in the Waterfront Transportation Visioning Event

Boston Harbor Now and partners are working to expand water transportation through a harbor ferry system connecting East Boston to downtown and the Seaport. Learn more about current proposals and what needs to happen at Lewis Wharf for this to become reality!

Join us for a drop-in event between 5:00 and 7:00 to talk about ferry service and other water transportation for East Boston in the future. Stop by to learn more about Boston Harbor Now’s water transportation business plan for an Inner Harbor Connector, discuss the future of Lewis Mall’s ferry dock, share your water transportation needs, and enjoy a great view of the harbor.
If the weather is nice, we’ll be out on the second floor terrace of Portside at East Pier. If there is rain, we’ll be in the lobby. 
There will also be light snacks generously provided by Portside Market.
The best way to access this event is to take the Blue Line or the 114, 116, 117, 120, or 121 buses to Maverick Square or arrive on foot, by bike, or on BlueBikes. 

For information about Boston Harbor Now’s Water Transportation work, visit www.bostonharbornow.org/ferryplans. For information about other Eastie Week events, visit eastieweek.org.


Generation Putin: Reporting from Russia with PRI's The World
Monday, July 15
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
PRX Podcast Garage, 267 Western Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/generation-putin-reporting-from-russia-with-pris-the-world-tickets-64629341099

A generation who has grown up under President Putin begins to take its place in Russian politics. Russia is changing. Those born in the wake of the Cold War — a group of young people who have grown up knowing only a President Vladimir Putin — are just now coming of age and finding their places in Russia. They don’t watch TV — they prefer the internet. Some of them have taken to the opposition. Some are proud members of the youth wing of Putin's ruling party.

Join us for an evening of photos, video and audio from Marco and Daniel’s reporting in Russia.
This is not a Russia that you’d recognize from the news, pop culture, or your US history textbook. This is Russia right now.


Boston New Technology Mobile Apps & Tech Startup Showcase #BNT103
Monday, July 15
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Hult International Business School, 1 Education Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-new-technology-mobile-apps-tech-startup-showcase-bnt103-tickets-62436181299
Cost:  $15 – $99

See innovative and exciting local Mobile Apps & Technology demos, presented by startup founders

Network with attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community
Get your free headshot photo (non-intrusively watermarked) from The Boston Headshot!
Enjoy pizza, beverages and more

Each company presents an overview and demonstration of their product within 5 minutes and discusses questions with the audience.


On Nazis, Art, and the Question of Forgiveness: Two Novelists Confront the Legacies of Their Families with Rachel Kadish and Jessica Shattuck
WHEN  Monday, July 15, 2019, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Barker Center, Thompson Room, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Ethics, Humanities, Lecture, Poetry/Prose, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Summer School Writing Program and the Harvard Extension School Master's Degree Program in Creative Writing and Literature
SPEAKER(S)  Rachel Kadish and Jessica Shattuck
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Two authors discuss their common link to World War II: Kadish's grandparents were Polish Holocaust survivors and Shattuck's were members of the Nazi party.


American Exceptionalism and American Innocence:  A Peoples' History of Fake News—From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror
Monday, July 15
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Professor of Political and Social Ethics at Hope International University, ROBERTO SIRVENT, and activist, journalist, and scholar DANNY HAIPHONG for a discussion of their new book, American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A Peoples' History of Fake News—From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror.

About American Exceptionalism and American Innocence
Did the U.S. really “save the world” in World War II? Should black athletes stop protesting and show more gratitude for what America has done for them? Are wars fought to spread freedom and democracy? Or is this all fake news?
American Exceptionalism and American Innocence examines the stories we’re told that lead us to think that the U.S. is a force for good in the world, regardless of slavery, the genocide of indigenous people, and more than a century’s worth of imperialist war that the U.S. has wrought on the planet.

Sirvent and Haiphong detail just what Captain America’s shield tells us about the pretensions of U.S. foreign policy, how Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates engage in humanitarian imperialism, and why the Broadway musical Hamilton is a monument to white supremacy.


JP Solar Happy Hour, July 2019
Monday, July 15
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
Canary Square, 435 South Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jp-solar-happy-hour-july-2019-tickets-63951129550

July happening of JP Solar Happy Hour. Come join friends and colleagues over a drink at Canary Square.

Tuesday, July 16

EBC Climate Change Program: Preventing Toxic Exposures During Climate Events Severe Weather & Emergency Preparedness for Facilities
Tuesday, July 16
Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Nixon Peabody LLP, 53 State Street, Boston
RSVP at https://ebcne.org/event/ebc-climate-change-program-preventing-toxic-exposures-during-climate-events/
Cost:  $50 - $185

This EBC Climate program will provide EBC member companies and others with an opportunity to learn about ongoing planning tools and resources for containing chemicals and wastes during, and the movement of these materials after, major storms.

From the Nor’easter, to the harsher ‘Bomb Cyclone’ or ‘Bombogenesis’ superstorms of 2018, companies require tools and information to develop plans that keep themselves and their surrounding communities safe. In addition, by limiting and understanding the risks, a company can limit its liability and be better prepared to respond to its needs following a major storm event.

During this program, presenters will describe the risks that emerge with climate change and the various preparedness tools available to help companies plan for a major storm event. Audience members will hear perspectives from regulators, insurers, floodplain specialists, public health practitioners and industry experts on the importance of planning for a major storm event in the age of climate change.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Program Co-Chairs:
Will Campbell, Senior Project Manager, Tetra Tech
Tiffany Skogstrom, MPH, Outreach & Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA)

Nicholas Child, Chief Emergency Planning & Preparedness Officer, MassDEP
Shannon Jarbeau, Floodplain Specialist & CRS Coordinator, Barnstable County/Cape Cod Cooperative Extension & Woods Hole Sea Grant
Janet Persechino, Technical Manager, Chemical Process Safety Engineering Planning and Management (EPM), Inc.
Rick Reibstein, JD., Professor, Department of Earth & Environment, Boston University

Following the Speaker Presentations will be a Panel Discussion moderated by Will Campbell of Tetra Tech.


Building a JUST Future: The Living Future JUST Program with Goody Clancy
Tuesday, July 16
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Goody Clancy HQ, 2nd Floor, 420 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-a-just-future-the-living-future-just-program-with-goody-clancy-tickets-62941439540
Cost;  $37.79	

JUST is a disclosure tool in which organizations evaluate themselves through the lens of social justice and equity. To date, a handful of Boston firms have been through the evaluation process and disclosed their impressive results. Join the Chapter and the New England Living Future Collaborative as we celebrate the fantastic accomplishments of all of these firms who participate in the JUST evaluation - Goody Clancy, Next Phase, Bruner/Cott, and Integrated Eco Strategies - and hear tales of the process from each firm, in addition to updates on where JUST will next lead us.

Learning Objectives
Get introduced to the JUST evaluation for equitable organizations.
Understand what it takes for a design firm to go through the certification process.
Get insight into what the JUST evaluation means for a firm and what lessons are learned.
Learn about how the JUST program is changing and growing.


Climate Ready Downtown & North End: Presentation & Open House #2
Tuesday, July 16
6pm - 8pm
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Fort Point Room, Boston
RSVP at http://www.greenovateboston.org/crb_downtown_openhouse2

Join our second community event to learn more about the Climate Ready Downtown & North End project. You'll give your feedback to the design team on the proposed resilience strategies. 

Climate Ready Boston is the Mayor’s ongoing initiative to help the City grow and prosper in the face of climate change. Protecting the Downtown waterfront from sea level rise and coastal flooding is a priority. Through Climate Ready Downtown and North End, we will better understand current and future flood risk in Downtown Boston, and develop strategies to protect the neighborhood.

The event will have a presentation at 6:00 pm. We recommend you plan to attend the presentation and spend about 30 minutes afterwards for the open house.


Ben Franklin Circles: Moderation
Tuesday, July 16
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk Street, 15th Floor, "Socrates” Room, Boston
RSVP as https://www.eventbrite.com/e/64620199757

Ben Franklin Circles meet monthly to discuss one of Franklin's classic virtues and how they relate to our own experiences, goals and perspectives on life, and how they apply to the world today. We end the evenings with setting individual commitments: what we each want to work on around the discussed virtue until the following meeting for self-improvement. See the list of 13 virtues below. So far we have discussed Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, and Sincerity.
Ben Franklin’s 13 Core Virtues: 
Moderation - 7/16

Join us at our upcoming discussion on July 15th focused on Moderation,which Franklin explained as: “Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.”

Here is a little more exploration of the topic: “Choosing extreme positions or acting toward others in extreme ways often ends up with negative consequences for you without any real benefit. Avoid taking positions or behaving in ways that bring harm towards others unless you intentionally are bringing harm, in which case be careful in the amount of harm you bring.” - The Simple Dollar


The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life's Work with Professor Nicholas Pearce
Tuesday, July 16
6:30 PM (EDT)
MIT, Building 34-104, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-purpose-path-a-guide-to-pursuing-your-authentic-lifes-work-with-professor-nicholas-pearce-registration-63462324521

Many of the world's most successful companies―Apple, Disney, Google―are not simply profit-driven, but purpose-driven. They let the reason for which they were created drive what they do every day. But what about us - how do we define our purpose, the why behind the work we do? How can we find the inspiration to pursue more than just a paycheck and ultimately fulfill our authentic life's work?

In The Purpose Path, award-winning management expert Nicholas Pearce invites readers to courageously embark upon the journey of aligning their daily work with their life's work. This one-of-its-kind guidebook is for anyone--at any level, age, or professional stage--seeking to have more than just a job or career, but a meaningful calling. 

Readers will go on a journey of self-discovery that's organized around five key questions:
What is success? Who am I? Why am I here? Am I running the right race? Am I running the race well?

Drawing upon his years of experience as a global executive adviser, business school professor, and pastor, Pearce shows how people in a variety of fields have asked and answered these five questions as they launch, grow, or even completely change their careers. Inspiring, thought-provoking, and practical, The Purpose Path is an essential read for anyone longing to connect their soul with their role.


Residential Solar Panel Information Night
Tuesday, July 16
6:30–8 pm
Central Square Library, 45 Pearl Street, Lewis Room, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/residential-solar-panel-information-night-tickets-64943071475

Now Is a Great Time to Consider Solar! Come Find Out Why! 

Right now, Cambridge residents, businesses, and nonprofits can save 20% on installation, receive a 30% federal tax credit and apply for a zero-down loan to get the work done! So come learn more! The 20% discount runs only until July 31st! 
Please join​ Green Cambridge​,​ Mothers Out Front in Cambridge​,​ 350 Mass Cambridge Node​, and Neighborhood Solar​ for an informative presentation on the benefits of installing solar and why now is the perfect time to consider it. Parents and caregivers: feel free to bring children. 

Neighborhood Solar is a local nonprofit working to leverage group buying to make solar power more affordable. To learn more, go to​ neighborhoodsolar.org​. For a free solar assessment and proposal, email Neighborhood Solar at neighborhoodsolar at sunbugsolar.com or call 617-661-6098. 


Darkness in Distress
WHEN  Tuesday, July 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science, Special Events, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Hosted by the Arnold Arboretum and co-sponsored by Greening Rozzie, Boston City Counselor Michelle Wu, and The Boston Food Forest Coalition.
SPEAKER(S)  Kelly Beatty, Science Journalist
COST  Free, registration requested
TICKET WEB LINK  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=2054&DayPlannerDate=7/16/2019
CONTACT INFO  adulted at arnarb.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Light pollution, simply put, is any unnecessary or excessive outdoor illumination. Sadly, it’s become a pervasive and ugly consequence of modern 24/7 society. Light pollution robs us of the night sky’s beauty, negatively affects the ecosystem, and creates an in-your-face waste of energy. But a new mindset and new technology are poised to slow — and perhaps reverse — this bane of modern life.
Kelly Beatty has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the public since 1974. An award-winning writer and communicator, he specializes in planetary science and space exploration as Senior Editor for Cambridge-based Sky & Telescope magazine. Beatty enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy with a wide spectrum of audiences, from children to professional astronomers, and you'll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on National Public Radio and The Weather Channel. He served for a decade on the Board of Directors for the International Dark-Sky Association.
LINK  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=2054&DayPlannerDate=7/16/2019


Growing A Green New Deal
Tuesday, July 16
8:30 PM EST
Conference call
RSVP at https://addup.sierraclub.org/events/tele-town-hall-growing-a-green-new-deal

We're hosting a tele-town hall on July 16 at 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST to hear from Sierra Club's Executive Director Mike Brune, Sunrise Movement Co-Founder Varshini Prakash, and other local organizers on how you can help grow the Green New Deal.
RSVP to get plugged in to this summer’s kickoff call.

The Green New Deal is the first time we've seen a framework that matches the scale of two twin crises -- climate change and inequality. Our very future is at stake, and it's up to us to create a movement strong enough to leave our elected leaders no choice but to pass a Green New Deal in 2021.

Our pressure is working, and we can't let up now. It is crucial that we continue to push Congress to take action and work with our friends and communities to build this movement.

Join our action call “Growing A Green New Deal” on July 16 at 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST.
During this tele-town hall, we'll talk through our big plans for the next few months -- including new bold legislation in Congress for 100% clean energy, a series of online training opportunities on how to lobby your representative, organize Democratic Debate watch parties, and learn key leadership skills to help you take action in your community for the Green New Deal!

We have a long fight ahead. That's why it's so important that we keep taking action now to make sure we build a movement that's strong enough to sustain constant pressure until we win a just, safe, and sustainable future for ALL of us.  

I hope to talk to you next week!

Anthony Torres, Campaign Representative, Sierra Club
P.S. If you're not sure you can make this time, RSVP anyway and we'll send you a recording and notes from the call! 

Wednesday, July 17

Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, July 17
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-50422438872

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 Pret a Manger any time between 7:30 and 8:30 AM.


Celebration of Life for John Lewis
Wednesday, July 17
Christopher Columbus Park, Boston
RSVP at https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000001aNrbQAE&mapLinkHref=https://maps.google.com/maps&daddr=Celebration%20of%20Life%20for%20environmental%20hero%20John%20M.%20Lewis@42.374672,-71.051634

Please join us to celebrate and commemorate the life of our friend, long-serving Sierra Club member, and environmental champion John M. Lewis. John leaves a legacy of stalwart environmentalism, and decades of activism to help preserve and protect public lands across the Commonwealth.

A memorial ceremony will be held on July 17th, at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston -- a park John helped create as part of his decades of activism to help preserve Boston's waterfront and open space access. 


Presinar: Reimagining Building Codes: How to Green All Buildings
Wednesday, July 17
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Room Hummingbird, Floor 12, 50 Milk Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/presinar-reimagining-building-codes-how-to-green-all-buildings-tickets-62736930849
Cost:  $15

This session discusses how codes and LEED work in concert together with one another to enable a future where green building benefits are available to everyone in every building.

Course Objectives:
Identify opportunities within current traditional building codes that can be addressed via green building measures
Identify connections between LEED v4.1 and the International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC) and review examples where LEED v4 credits and code align
Review how LEED and green building codes have been incorporated into public policy, examples include CALGreen/LEED v4 crosswalk, and provide guidance on how to advocate for similar changes in your area
Impact green building codes in your community leveraging LEED v4 credits primed for adoption – examples include EQ credit Low Emitting Materials
Credits: 1 AIA 1 GBCI (LEED Specific BD+C, GA, O+M)


Mass Innovation Nights 124
Wednesday, July 17
Formlabs, 22 McGrath Highway, Suite 201, Somerville
RSVP at https://mass.innovationnights.com/node/add/rsvp

So excited to be at Formlabs, for the first time ever! SOLIDWORKS & Dassault Systemes are sponsoring Mass Innovation Nights #124. We have a great lineup with over ten cool, new products! Join us on WEDNESDAY,  July 17th at 6pm for #MIN124 --  an evening of innovation in Somerville!	


50th Anniversary Celebration of Apollo 11 Moon Landing
WHEN  Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Club of Boston, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Lecture, Science, Special Events
SPEAKER(S)  Captain Dr. John D. Kelly, Exploration Ground Systems, NASA
COST  Complimentary with registration
CONTACT INFO	Matt Hegarty  mghegarty at post.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Is there really more computing technology in our mobile phone than was available to NASA for the trip to the moon? How did we get from zero to the moon in nine years? And what does the future of space exploration look like? If you were over the age of 10 in 1969, you remember where you were on the 20th of July of that year. If not, you’ve seen the video footage.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the 60th anniversary of NASA, Program Executive for Exploration Ground Systems at NASA, Career Space Professional, Innovator, and Naval Officer and Captain Dr. John D. Kelly has generously agreed to offer an illustrated talk on this momentous achievement.
LINK	www.harvardclub.com


Sea People: The History Behind Disney's Moana
WHEN  Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Barker Center, Thompson Room, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Humanities, Lecture, Poetry/Prose, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Summer School Writing Program and the Harvard Extension School Master's Degree in Creative Writing and Literature
SPEAKER(S)  Christina Thompson
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Author Christina Thompson will read excerpts from her new book, "Sea People," and discuss the fascinating history and great navigational accomplishments of the people of Polynesia.


Ten Years a Nomad
Wednesday, July 17
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-author-matthew-kepnes-tickets-63121650556

Discussion, Q&A and Signing " Ten Years a Nomad"
Part travel memoir and part philosophical travel manifesto, Kepnes’ latest work is filled with stories of his adventures abroad, an exploration of wanderlust and what it truly means to be a nomad. For a rapidly increasing segment of the population, the traditional 9-5 life is losing its appeal. No one understands this better than Matt Kepnes. Almost ten years ago, he realized that living life meant more for him than simply meeting traditional milestones like buying a car, paying a mortgage, and moving up the career ladder, and subsequently quit his job to see the world. That initial trip, which was only supposed to last for a year, evolved into something even Kepnes couldn’t have predicted. On his blog, NomadicMatt, he shares his tried and true travel and budgeting tips with over a million visitors every month. TEN YEARS A NOMAD, however, is not merely a travel guide. Kepnes has compiled his favorite stories and experiences after traveling over 500,000 miles and staying in 1,000 different hostels in 90 different countries into this travel manifesto to show a different side of life. Filled with the color and perspective that only hindsight and self-reflection can offer, these stories get to the real questions at the heart of wanderlust. TEN YEARS A NOMAD is for travel junkies, the travel-curious, and anyone interested in what you can learn about the world when you don’t have a cable bill for a decade.
About the Author:
MATTHEW KEPNES is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, and runs the award winning budget travel site, NomadicMatt.com. He realized cubicle life wasn't for him, and set off to travel the world. His writings and advice have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian UK, Lifehacker, Budget Travel, BBC, Time, Yahoo! Finance and countless other publications. He is also a regular speaker at travel trade and consumer shows.


Science for the People
Wednesday, July 17
MIT, Building 66-160, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

You can find an agenda for the meeting at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xOkP9FyZhcXtDnWOZogEG0iPevaNj8xa5oQXvT8yoes/edit
If you have any additions, please let us know!

We will read and discuss a series of 6 articles written by local scientist and activist Nafis H about the cancer-industrial complex. You can find the series here: https://medium.com/the-cancer-industrial-complex

Nafis has graciously agreed to join us for the discussion of his articles, including a brief presentation in the first few minutes. As always, it is fine to read as much or little of the articles as your time and energy allow - we welcome any and all levels of participation, including just listening!

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Thursday, July 18

The Future of Retail Community Event
Thursday, July 18
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Ned Devine's, 1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-retail-community-event-tickets-62619816557

Join leading experts in the future of retail, consumer goods, technology, design, and startup investment for this inaugural conversation in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall!

Attendees will be provided the opportunity to connect to innovators, identify emerging technologies, share insights, and discover next-practices focused on enhancing the retail experience.

It’s all part of the Retail Tomorrow city immersion! Retail Tomorrow will bring leading retail executives from across the nation to Boston July 16-19 to experience our leading retail and consumer packaged goods ecosystem, as well as the innovative technologies that are changing the retail landscape in the ‘Smart City.’

The Community Event on July 18th will feature industry leaders and speakers including:
Janelle Nanos, Reporter at The Boston Globe
James McCann, Investor, Speaker, Author, and ex-CEO of Ahold USA
Rick Roche, CEO of Roche Brothers Supermarkets
Stephen Smith, CEO of L.L. Bean
Danielle Duplin, Co-Founder of AGENCY
Tom Furphy, Investor and ex-Amazon Executive
and startup presentations from Lighter Culture, Shower Pill, NERV, Alert Innovation, Flash Food, and more!

Following the Community Event, be among the first to experience Revolution Retail, our pop up retail experience in Fanuiel Hall, that will showcase the most innovative products and retail technologies transforming the future of food!


Reducing the Environmental Impact of Concrete Through Performance-based Specifications
Thursday, July 18
Contact cshub at mit.edu

This webinar will provide a general overview of performance-based specifications. A review of the state of prescription in a sampling of project specifications will be first discussed. An approach to implement performance-based specifications consistent with ACI Codes and specifications will be outlined. 

The attendee learning objectives are:
Understand how performance-based specifications can help lower GHG emissions and improve sustainability in concrete.
Recognize the synergy between performance-based specifications and quality, cost, and performance.
Evolve design office specifications to reduce prescription with alternative performance-based requirements.

The webinar will be presented jointly by Colin Lobo, Ph.D., P.E., executive vice president of engineering at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and Karthik Obla, Ph.D., P.E., vice president, technical services, also at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) webinar series offers information of general interest to members of the building, paving, and construction communities, as well as to educators, students, journalists, and law and policy-makers interested in the environmental and economic impacts of decision-making concerning infrastructure. Videos of past webinars are archived to the CSHub YouTube Channel.

Webinars are free and open to the public. Presentations are geared toward a lay audience.


Joseph Warren Biography: Author Lecture and Signing
Thursday, July 18
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joseph-warren-biography-author-lecture-and-signing-tickets-63303430264

Author and historian Christian di Spigna will discuss his new book “Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero.”

A prominent Boston physician, Dr. Joseph Warren was a key force in America’s revolutionary movement. He is responsible for setting Paul Revere on his famous ride, served in the Sons of Liberty with such leaders as John Hancock and Samuel Adams, and made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause when—although commissioned a Major General—he volunteered to fight alongside soldiers in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

The book focuses on newly discovered Warren material culture pieces, artifacts, and primary source documents. Di Spignal will deconstruct the many Warren legends and explore his resistance activities between 1765-1775.

Di Spigna graduated with a degree in history from Columbia University where he began his research on Warren 20 years ago. To immerse himself in 18th century history, Di Spigna moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, volunteered for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and worked closely with many period scholars.


Food Forest
Thursday, July 18
3 PM – 8 PM
Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/264347174399381/

Mark your calendars for Third Thursdays! Come and enjoy good company and good food with your fellow permaculture enthusiasts at the Third Thursday Boston Food Forest Potlucks!

Third Thursdays will be held all season on May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, and October 17. We welcome to come to both the Workday and the Potluck, or either if you can attend one!
The Workdays are from 3-6. We meet at the Gazebo to start, but come any time and find us in the food forest!
The Potlucks are from 6-8. Bring a dish or drink of your own choice, and your own tableware (we will set up a dishwashing station). We will be at the Gazebo next to the Community Gardens.

On most Thursdays we will be joined by Ben Crouch, tree expert, permaculture teacher, and proprietor of Land of Plenty LLC, to walk us through the plans for our work. Ben is amazingly knowledgeable and so the workdays will also be a great learning experience for all.

Come learn about how to take care of a food forest, help us build our flagship site, meet like-minded folks, and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Last year, we planted scores of new fruit and nut trees, and started building polycultures around them. This year, we are going to add new plants, but we will also be improving soil, pruning, maintaining plant health, and removing some of the competing invasive plants.


Red's Best Open Forum: Dive into New England's Local Seafood Supply Chain
Thursday, July 18
6 - 7:30pm
Red's Best Headquarters, 37 Boston Fish Pier, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reds-best-open-forum-dive-into-new-englands-local-seafood-supply-chain-tickets-50879584206

Have questions about our local, seafood supply chain? Do you know which species are harvested in New England and American waters? Are you maybe a little uncertain but hungry for more information?
Join Red's Best’s Founder & CEO, Jared Auerbach, for casual, transparent, quarterly conversations where you ask the questions and we dig into the inner workings of New England’s lively, historic fishing industry. All are welcome no matter how much seafood knowledge you currently have. Come learn. Come chat. Come participate.

Location Details
Red's Best Headquarters, 37 Boston Fish Pier, Boston, MA 02210
Meeting Spot: Red’s Best is the last door on the right at the end of the Pier. Come up to the reception area on the 2nd floor. 

About Red's Best
Red’s Best is the industry leader in seafood traceable to American fishermen. Our proprietary technology allows us to efficiently unload large fleets of small fishing boats, providing top-quality fish from our network of over 1,000 community based fishermen. We believe there is value in the story of who caught your fish, where and how, and to tell the story of each catch. 
Headquartered on Boston’s Historic Fish Pier, Red’s Best has additional aggregation and processing facilities in Chatham, Martha's Vineyard and New Bedford. Find Red’s Best Fish Market & Eatery inside the Boston Public Market and seasonal farmer's markets throughout Metro Boston.


Green Networking Event @ Staples Spotlight (Brighton)
Thursday, July 18
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Staples, 1660 Soldiers Field Road, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-networking-event-staples-spotlight-brighton-tickets-64376294229

Join us at Staples Spotlight to learn about making your business more sustainable and network with other Boston area business owners.

Hosted by: Green Mountain Energy Company (GME)
Join us at Staples Spotlight to learn about making your business more sustainable! 
Plus network with other Boston area business owners and residents over complimentary refreshments and a presentation from City Compost.
About the GME Host – Steve Rewinski: 
Steve Rewinski has worked for Green Mountain Energy Company for 8 years in many capacities. He currently is our Northeast Market Manager helping grow Green Mountain Energy in New York and New England. He also sits on the board of directors of the Green Mountain Sun Club as well as serving on the Development Advisory Committee of Ballaro Dance in New York City. Based in New York, Steve with his wife Michiko, travel often for both work and fun, and enjoy getting to know new neighborhoods, cities and countries. Currently, in his professional life, he is working on helping his team drive efficiency while maintaining a strong Life-Work Balance; and in his personal life he is studying Japanese to help build a better relationship with his in-laws.
About the Speaker – Adam Jankauskas: 
Adam is the Founder of City Compost, www.citycompost.com. Motivated by the limited access to clean, healthy food, and problems facing the industrialized food system and environment, in 2013 he left his role in technology to pursue soil. He works to provide composting solutions in order to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, return nutrients to the soil, and live an overall more sustainable life-style. Most importantly 100% of the compost made through City Compost's service can incorporated into existing soil (or no soil at all) to grow fresh clean healthy organic food right at home or at local sustainable farms.

Friday, July 19

Explaining the Human Visual Brain: Workshop and Challenge
Friday, July 19
9:00am to 6:00pm
Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Room 123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

The Algonauts Project brings together neuroscientists and computer scientists on a common platform to advance both fields. The first day of our workshop on the human visual brain will feature tutorials on modeling human and computer vision. The second day will feature posters and talks by neuroscientists and computer scientists.

Saturday, July 20 - Sunday, July 21

Sunrise Boston - July 2019 Orientation Training 
Saturday, July 20
10:00 AM
Sunday, July 21
10: 00 AM
TBD Boston
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfqLwqfoFQOxnW5fr48lP7NdlKv8mWLS6mfGpmpaoqOfgQCA/viewform

Welcome! We are so excited to have you be part of our upcoming Sunrise Boston in-person orientation training! 

Training Overview:
For Sunrise Boston's Training on Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st, 2019. More logistics info below. 
The training will be capped at 30 PARTICIPANTS SO REGISTER ASAP!! Registration does not guarantee a spot but we will try our best to take in everyone!

If you can't make it to this training or the training is full, there will also be future training opportunities, including another orientation training in August or September. You can also do Sunrise 101 online (https://www.sunrisemovement.org/trainings).

More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/2191851877599483/

Saturday July 20

Second Annual Jamaica Plain Garden Tour
Saturday July 20
9 to 2
Jamaica Plain
RSVP at http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/metro-boston/event-46168.html
Cost:  $20 to $30

Features lush, expansive private gardens in the Pondside neighborhood, many with beautiful stonework and unique specimen plants. Starts at JP Licks, 659 Centre Street. 


Extinction Rebellion General Meeting
Saturday, July 20
10 a.m.
RSVP at https://xrmass.org/action/meeting-7-19/


Neponset RiverFest
Saturday, July 20
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
Neponset II Park, Corner of Granite Avenue and Hilltop Street, Dorchester
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neponset-riverfest-tickets-55313695753

Join us as we celebrate the Neponset River and the beautiful parks and pedestrian paths along the shore, along with the natural salt marshes and wetlands that support more than 200 species of birds, fish and other wildlife.

This is a family-friendly, public event. We encourage you to bring a blanket and a picnic, and spend the day!

All activities are FREE and include kayaking, biking, rock wall climbing, soccer demonstrations, bouncy house, spray deck, fishing clinic, multiple food trucks, live musical performances, environmental and science exhibits, kid's activities, and more!

Music by American Idol Season 13 finalist, Sam Woolf; award-winning Indie folk soul vocalist, Morgan Minsk; the very talented Boston ILL Harmonic;and other local groups…

View a list of exhibitors and stay updated on event details at www.neponset.org/riverfest


Gardening Workshop with Green City Growers
Saturday July 20
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Central Library Lawn, Somerville Library, 79 Highland Avenue, Somerville

Interested in starting a garden? Already have one, but want to take it to the next level? The Somerville Public Library and Green City Growers have partnered to offer a fun organic gardening workshop on three Saturdays this season. A Green City Growers farmer will lead the hands-on workshop during which you'll learn when and what to plant, how to maintain, fertilize, and harvest successful crops. Wear comfortable clothes and get ready to get your hands dirty!

This workshop will meet at the raised beds on the east side of the Central Library lawn.

Food for Thought is a community gardening and cooking initiative, thanks in large part to a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant. All programs are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Meg at mragland at minlib.net or (617)523-5000 x2961.


Moon Shots
Saturday, July 20
6:30pm to 9:30pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://moon-shots.eventbrite.com
Cost:  $17

Our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon continues into the night with a 21+ over-the-moon event. Special guests, special spirits, and special activities are planned including lightning talks and hands-on activities, all while enjoying custom cocktails by Short Path Distillery.

At 7:00 p.m. Mike Stewart, Marc Verdiell, Ken Shirriff, Carl Claunch and Jimmie Loocke of the Apollo Guidance Computer Restoration Team will be on hand to show off the successful restoration and operation of an Apollo Guidance Computer. Unless you are an Apollo astronaut or part of the team that worked on the AGC and its software, this is the first time ever, to see this computer in action. 

We look forward to seeing you for lift-off. 

Sunday, July 21

XR NVDA Training
Sunday, July 21
MIT, Cambridge
RSVP at https://xrmass.org/action/nvda-training-july-2019/

Learn how to take part in XR actions at this NVDA training series! You will be empowered to engage in non-violent civil disobedience and have the opportunity to form an affinity group, which is your creative team and support system for Extinction Rebellion actions. Bring friends who you would like to form an affinity group with, or make one with fellow rebels that you meet while you're here!

We recommend that you attend an XR orientation meeting before you attend our NVDA training. You can find the next orientation on our calendar.

Schedule: training goes from noon-6pm

Preparation for Civil Disobedience. Honoring the movements we stand on. Building community for action.

This training session will provide engagement on non-violence and the dynamics of civil disobedience, offer scenarios and practical information for taking collective action, and look at movement messages that convey powerful impact. Time to connect, get energized, and deepen readiness for being and acting together.

Trainer Cathy Hoffman has been involved in activism over many decades - most recently with the two-year-long fight to stop the West Roxbury Pipeline and civil disobedience actions for the local Poor Peoples Campaign.

Contact mcusi at pm.me with questions.

This event is free. We will collect donations for our trainer.


Evan Eisenberg: Trumpiad Poetry Performance
Sunday, July 21
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evan-eisenberg-trumpiad-poetry-performance-tickets-64178324095
Cost:  $0 – $11.96

Please join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming author and satirist Evan Eisenberg, who will be reading from his latest book, The Trumpiad.

A satire for our demented times, following the arc of Donald Trump's career as it bends toward injustice, hits it, and then sinks still lower.

Few politicians in history have deserved lampooning as richly as Donald Trump. And few have gotten their just deserts served up as deliciously as they are in The Trumpiad, a work perceptively characterized by Stuart Klawans as “a true epic about a mock President.” In their caustic, uproarious Trumpiad, poet Evan Eisenberg and artist Steve Brodner present a satire in verse for our demented times. Inspired by Swift, Byron, and Ogden Nash as much as by John Oliver and Stephen Colbert, Eisenberg sets the stage (“Muse, you're fired”) and then traces our hero from the murk of his ancestry in the form of his grandfather Friedrich (an enterprising immigrant who ran a bordello) to the latest presidential high crimes and misadventures.

Using a rakish, endlessly flexible five-line stanza he calls the Emilick—the love child of Emily Dickinson and Edward Lear— Eisenberg follows the arc of Trump's career as it bends toward injustice, hits it, and then sinks still lower. Brodner matches the poet punch for punch, in the spirit of such great satiric artists as Hogarth, Goya, and Daumier.

Evan Eisenberg's essays and satire have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, Time, Esquire, and the New York Times. He is the author of The Ecology of Eden, called by the Washington Post “a prose epic [of] dazzling wit and impressive learning,” and The Recording Angel, selected as one of the "50 greatest music books ever" by the Observer.

Tuesday, July 23

The Transition to Cleaner Cars:  Advancing State Policies While Defending Against a Rollback of National Standards
Tuesday, July 23
1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern
RSVP at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OoIgs97ESI2bNepU7mQhgg

The transportation sector is the number one source of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions nationally. What are states and regions across the U.S. doing about it?
Please join E2 for a close-up look at how clean car policies are being advanced at the state, regional, and federal levels.
Attendees will hear from experts who are on the front lines implementing the Low Emission Vehicle and Zero Emission Vehicle standards in Colorado; improving transportation and the clean energy economy under the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) collaboration between Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states; and defending the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards - including California's Section 177 waiver to the Clean Air Act. 

Jordan Stutt, Carbon Programs Director Acadia Center
Luke Tonachel,Director, Clean Vehicles & Fuels Group, Climate & Clean Energy, NRDC
Will Toor, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office
Moderated by Susan Nedell, E2 Mountain West Advocate

 Dial-in information will be provided immediately upon registration. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Embury at membury at e2.org.
About the Speakers:
Jordan Stutt, Carbon Programs Director at Acadia Center, leads Acadia Center’s work to establish and strengthen regional and state programs to reduce climate pollution with a focus on three related issues: strengthening the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI); advancing state-level carbon pricing initiatives; and developing regional climate policy to reduce pollution from the transportation sector through the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI). Before joining Acadia Center in 2014, Jordan was an Energy Policy Analyst at Pace Energy and Climate Center at Pace Law School. He holds a BS in Environmental Studies and International Relations from Tufts University and a Masters in Environmental Management from the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment.

Luke Tonachel joined Natural Resources Defense Council in 2004. Since then, he has focused on reducing the environmental impact of the transportation sector. His work has encouraged governments to adopt policies that advance clean fuels and the development of energy-efficient vehicles. Before working at NRDC, he received hands-on experience with energy systems and propulsion plants while serving as an engineering officer aboard a U.S. Navy cruiser. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester and a master’s in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He is based in New York City.

Will Toor joined the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) as its Executive Director appointed by Gov. Polis in January 2019. Will’s background spans transportation electrification, sustainable transportation, smart growth, electric vehicle policy, clean energy finance, green building policy, local government policy and regional planning. Prior to CEO, Will was Transportation Program Director at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP).He has also served as Boulder County Commissioner, Mayor of Boulder, Chair to the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), and Director of the University of Colorado Environmental Center. Will holds a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago.


Oceans Event at EDF Boston
Thursday, June 27
EDF’s Boston Office, 18 Tremont Street, Suite 850, Boston
RSVP to Alysa Perez at aperez at edf.org

You are cordially invited to an event at EDF’s Boston office to learn more about our amazing and vast Oceans work. Come hear how we work not only with New England fisheries but in fisheries all over the globe. Marine Scientist, Jake Kritzer, will be the speaker and he is not to be missed!

Please RSVP to this email so that you may be added to our guest list. You are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend that you think would be interested in this topic. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
Tuesday, July 23
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed physicist and biotech engineer SAFI BAHCALL for a discussion of his debut book, Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries.

About Loonshots
What do James Bond and Lipitor have in common? What can we learn about human nature and world history from a glass of water?

In Loonshots, physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs.

Drawing on the science of phase transitions, Bahcall shows why teams, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing wild new ideas to rigidly rejecting them, just as flowing water will suddenly change into brittle ice. Loonshots identifies the small shifts in structure that control this transition, the same way that temperature controls the change from water to ice.

Using examples that range from the spread of fires in forests to the hunt for terrorists online, and stories of thieves and geniuses and kings, Bahcall shows how this new kind of science helps us understand the behavior of companies and the fate of empires. Loonshots distills these insights into lessons for creatives, entrepreneurs, and visionaries everywhere.

Over the past decade, researchers have been applying the tools and techniques of phase transitions to understand how birds flock, fish swim, brains work, people vote, criminals behave, ideas spread, diseases erupt, and ecosystems collapse. If twentieth-century science was shaped by the search for fundamental laws, like quantum mechanics and gravity, the twenty-first will be shaped by this new kind of science. Loonshots is the first to apply these tools to help all of us unlock our potential to create and nurture the crazy ideas that change the world.


State of the Heart
Tuesday, July 23
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
The Harvard and MIT Cooperative Society, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-dr-haider-warraich-tickets-63129718688

Discussion, Q&A & Signing - State of the Heart
In STATE OF THE HEART, Dr. Haider Warraich takes readers inside the ER, inside doctor’s offices and recovery rooms, and inside the history and technology of heart disease with his signature blend of lucid writing and compelling narrative. Heart disease has been around for a while, but the type of heart disease people have, why they have it, and how it’s treated is changing. Yet, the golden age of heart science is only just beginning, and with treatments of heart disease altering the very definitions of human life and death, there is no better time to look at the present and future of heart disease, the doctors and nurses who treat it, the patients and caregivers who live with it, and the stories they hold close to their chests.

About the Author:  DR. HAIDER WARRAICH is currently a fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. His medical and Op Ed pieces have appeared in many media outlets including the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, and the LA Times among others. He is also the author of Modern Death.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 24

Gardening for Butterflies and Moth
Wednesday, July 24
5:30 to 7:30pm
Arnold Arboretum
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277
Cost:  $25/$32

Colin McCallum-Cook, horticultural technologist, explains the lifecycle needs of butterflies and moths, so you can attract them to your garden. This work is crucial as many once common species are now threatened. He’ll also discuss citizen science applications: you can monitor species in your garden and contribute data to the conservation cause.  


Are We There Yet?:  The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless
Wednesday, July 24
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes author and historian of tech culture DAN ALBERT for a discussion of his debut book, Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless.

About Are We There Yet?
Robot-controlled cars have already logged millions of miles. These technological marvels promise cleaner air, smoother traffic, and tens of thousands of lives saved. But even if robots turn into responsible drivers, are we ready to be a nation of passengers?

In Are We There Yet?, Dan Albert combines historical scholarship with personal narrative to explore how car culture has suffused America’s DNA. The plain, old-fashioned, human-driven car built our economy, won our wars, and shaped our democratic creed as it moved us about. Driver’s ed made teenagers into citizens; auto repair made boys into men.

Crusades against the automobile are nothing new. Its arrival sparked battles over street space, pitting the masses against the millionaires who terrorized pedestrians. When the masses got cars of their own, they learned to love driving too. During World War II, Washington nationalized Detroit and postwar Americans embraced car and country as if they were one. Then came 1960s environmentalism and the energy crises of the 1970s. Many predicted, even welcomed, the death of the automobile. But many more rose to its defense. They embraced trucker culture and took to Citizen Band radios, demanding enough gas to keep their big boats afloat. Since the 1980s, the car culture has triumphed and we now drive more miles than ever before.

Have we reached the end of the road this time? Fewer young people are learning to drive. Ride hailing is replacing car buying and with electrification, a long and noble tradition of amateur car repair―to say nothing of the visceral sound of gasoline exploding inside a big V8―will come to an end. When a robot takes over the driver’s seat, what’s to become of us?

Are We There Yet? carries us from muddy tracks to superhighways, from horseless buggies to driverless electric vehicles. Like any good road trip, it’s an adventure so fun you don’t even notice how much you’ve learned along the way.

Thursday, July 25

2019 Babson Summer Venture Showcase
Thursday, July 25
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-babson-summer-venture-showcase-tickets-63008205238

Meet 13 Babson College student startup teams at the Summer Venture Showcase and watch them share their stories and present their business ventures.

The Summer Venture Program is a 10-week intensive experience that builds entrepreneurial skills and accelerates the development of student ventures. This year, 13 teams, ranging from consumer products to services and tech, were chosen from among the most promising graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurs to take their businesses through the program.

1 p.m. Registration begins
2 p.m. Opening remarks and venture presentations
4 p.m. Networking

Please share this with others who might be interested. More information on the Summer Venture Program can be found here.


Tour 2019: Central Square Activism from the 1960s to Now
Thursday, July 25
6:00-8:00 (Please arrive 5-10 minutes early.)
Meet at Sidney Place, Cambridge, MA 02139, at the corners of Green Street and Sidney Place in Cambridge. 
RSVP at http://bit.ly/historytour1
Cost: $10 CHS members, $15 non-CHS members

Description of event: This tour looks at Central Square and its surrounding neighborhoods as sites of tremendous social and political activity, where activists sought to achieve visions of affordable housing and food, equal representation, civil rights, and global peace. Through exploration of settings of debate, protest, community service, and organizing, both past and ongoing, the walking tour traces histories of activism in Central Square from the 1960s and 1970s to the present era to understand how this area has historically sparked and supported such community efforts.

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

Contact Information: Perri Meldon, Program Manager,
pmeldon at cambridgehistory.org

Organization Website:  http://www.cambridgehistory.org

Friday, July 26

EBC New England Climate Change Summit
Friday, July 26
7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Fidelity Investments, 900 Salem Street, Smithfield, RI
RSVP at https://ebcne.org/event/ebc-new-england-climate-change-summit/
Cost:  $25 — $90

The EBC New England Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation Summit is designed to provide an opportunity to learn from and participate with a range of speakers from the New England States regarding the important issues of climate change in the region.
The lead-in and keynote speaker will be U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, long a strong voice in responding to climate change.
View the Attendee List
Representatives from the New England State climate leaders will provide key success elements brief updates on their specific climate change plans, program priorities, and implementation strategies. The major focus will be on those key elements that are moving each state’s programs forward in preparation for the impact of climate change.
Also included with each state presentation will be representatives from the municipal and private sectors to provide key success elements of case studies for their respective municipality and facility.
Lunch will be included with registration.
Summit Chair & Moderator:
Craig Swanson, Principal Associate, Swanson Environmental Associates LLC
Keynote Presenter:
Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator, State of Rhode Island
State Presenters:
Brian P. Thompson, Director, Land and Water Resources Division, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
Aicha Woods, Executive Director, City Plan, City of New Haven, CT
Sarah Curran, Senior Analyst, Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, State of Maine
Mia Mansfield, Director, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
New Hampshire
Sherry Godlewski, Resilience and Adaptation Manager, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Todd Selig, Administrator, Town of Durham, NH
Rhode Island
Kate Michaud, Town Manager, Warren, Rhode Island
Shaun O’Rourke, Chief Resilience Officer, Director, Stormwater and Resiliency, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, State of Rhode Island
Vermont – Invited
Additional speakers to be announced shortly.
Following the state presentations, there will be a panel of thought leaders who will provide insight into the issues of climate change and the implications for New England.

Panel of Thought Leaders Addressing the Issues of Sufficiency 
Are actions being undertaken taken by state and local governments, utilities, private property owners, developers, sufficient to put the New England states (and the US) on a path to deal effectively with all aspects of climate change?

Program Details
Registration, Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
First Session: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Second Session: 12:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 27

Benefit yard sale
Saturday, July 27
9:30 to 3:30pm
Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Avenue, Somerville

They should have plenty of plants and garden-related items for sale. And what a great chance to come look around the recently renovated center, which offers multiple events every week, including music/arts, yoga, kids’ activities, much more.  http://www.thegrowingcenter.org 


Tour 2019: Central Square Activism from the 1960s to Now
Saturday, July 27
10:00am - 12:00pm (Please arrive 5-10 minutes early.)
Meet at Sidney Place, Cambridge, MA 02139, at the corners of Green Street and Sidney Place in Cambridge. 
RSVP at http://bit.ly/historytour2
Cost: $10 CHS members, $15 non-CHS members

Description of event: This tour looks at Central Square and its surrounding neighborhoods as sites of tremendous social and political activity, where activists sought to achieve visions of affordable housing and food, equal representation, civil rights, and global peace. Through exploration of settings of debate, protest, community service, and organizing, both past and ongoing, the walking tour traces histories of activism in Central Square from the 1960s and 1970s to the present era to understand how this area has historically sparked and supported such community efforts.

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

Contact Information: Perri Meldon, Program Manager,
pmeldon at cambridgehistory.org

Organization Website:  http://www.cambridgehistory.org


Heading for Extinction (and What to Do about It)
Saturday, July 27
3 p.m.
Watertown Free Public Library, Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room, 123 Main Street, Watertown

We are in the midst of an unprecedented climate crisis and ecological breakdown that threatens the continuation of life as we know it: record atmospheric carbon levels, global temperature rise, deforestation, plastic pollution, mass extinction of species... Join us to hear the latest information on the state of our planet, and learn how to become part of a global movement of social transformation for a livable future.

Sunday, July 28

2019 Cambridge Jazz Festival
WHEN  Sunday, July 28, 12 – 7 p.m.
WHERE	Danehy Park, 99 Sherman Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Cambridge Jazz Festival, Harvard University, MIT and others.
SPEAKER(S)  Performers: Elan Trotman, Carla Cook, Yoko Miwa, Eguie Castrillo & The Ron Savage Trio
COST  Free and Open to the Public
DETAILS	  Join us for a full day of performances at Danehy Park, featuring: Elan Trotman, Carla Cook, Yoko Miwa, Eguie Castrillo & The Ron Savage Trio.
LINK  https://www.cambridgejazzfestival.org/2019-jazz-festival


Be the Change Community Action: Climate Change
Sunday, July 28
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Join David Mahood, Frances Moore Lappé, and Alexa Figueroa for a discussion on climate change: how it affects us all, and what we can do about it.

David C. Mahood is a sustainability consultant, environmental writer and poet.  He holds a BA from the College of Wooster, and an MBA in Sustainability from San Francisco Institute of Architecture.  His articles have appeared in numerous publications including Interiors and Sources, International Ecotourism Society, The Environmental Blog, NEWH Magazine and Living Green Magazine.  His poetry credits include Writer's Cramp, Fifth Street Review, and Prick of the Spindle.  He attributes his environmental epiphany to a desperate act of consciousness back in 1998.  David spends most of his time in Massachusetts but can be found in one of various flanking airports. 

Frances Moore Lappé is the co-founder of Food First, the Institute for Food and Development Policy, and the Small Planet Institute. She is the author of nineteen books, including the three-million-copy Diet for a Small Planet and, most recently, World Hunger: 10 Myths, co-authored with Joseph Collins. Lappé has received eighteen honorary doctorates, as well as the Right Livelihood Award, often called the “Alternative Nobel,” and the James Beard Foundation’s “Humanitarian of the Year” award. Gourmet Magazine chose her among twenty-five people whose work has changed the way America eats. Lappé has been a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley.

Alexa Figueroa will represent the Sunrise Movement, a movement led by young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

20% of all sales from 3-5PM will be donated to The Sunrise Movement, http://www.sunrisemovement.org


Solar bills on Beacon Hill: The Climate Minute Podcast


"Hugs For the Planet" in support of the Green New Deal -- will take place late June or early July -- depending on when I can raise the money. I may be able to cover a small shortfall myself but, like many people, I struggle to cover my own needs for the most part.

I'm looking at a Saturday or Sunday, 1pm, one hour.

Our idea is to position ourselves at the Park Street T exit on Boston Common and give out free "Hugs for the Planet." The goal is to raise awareness of the climate change crisis and garner support for the Green New Deal -- the only blueprint to date that offers a comprehensive plan that reflects the urgency needed to, literally, save the planet for our kids and grandkids.

There is no party or group affiliation. I am a career journalist/writer/editor/activist of some standing, working independently, to contribute to building a critical mass of support for the Green New Deal.

I plan to hire (probably six) promotional/event models to give out free hugs and hand out leaflets with some basic info, a call to action, and Congressional phone numbers on them.

OUR SECONDARY GOAL IS TO GET SOME MEDIA COVERAGE. (I have worked in the media, as well as in the capacity of Press Officer and Communications Director.) I will also contact the mayor's office.

You can support Hugs for the Planet at https://www.gofundme.com/quothugs-for-the-planetquot-for-the-green-new-deal


Envision Cambridge citywide plan


Climate Resilience Workbook


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.

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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
MIT Events:  http://calendar.mit.edu
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/
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

Mission-Based Massachusetts is an online discussion group for people who are interested in nonprofit, philanthropic, educational, community-based, grassroots, and other mission-based organizations in the Bay State. This is a moderated, flame-free email list that is open to anyone who is interested in the topic and willing to adhere to the principles of civil discourse.  To subscribe email 
mbm-SUBSCRIBE at missionbasedmassachusetts.net

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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