[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - July 21, 2019

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Tuesday, July 23

1pm  Public hearing on Emissions Targets, Energy Storage, & Electric Vehicles Legislation 
1pm  Cognitive capacity, development and brain networks
1:30pm  The Transition to Cleaner Cars:  Advancing State Policies While Defending Against a Rollback of National Standards
6pm  Oceans Event at EDF Boston
6pm  Sunrise Boston Full Hub Meeting
7pm  Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
7pm  State of the Heart
7pm  Living Without Regret

Wednesday, July 24

12pm  Evaluating Progress: An In-Depth Conversation with a Group of 2017 Social Innovators
5:30pm  Gardening for Butterflies and Moth
6:30pm  Old North Speaker Series: Amanda Goodheart Parks - Sweethearts at Sea
7pm  NOVA "The Planets" Sneak Peek & Panel Discussion with Miles O’Brien
7pm  Are We There Yet?:  The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless

Thursday, July 25

1pm  2019 Babson Summer Venture Showcase
5:45pm  Sailing! Boston Sustainability Dinner Series
6pm  Tour 2019: Central Square Activism from the 1960s to Now
7pm  Boston book launch: "The Making of a Democratic Economy" w/Marjorie Kelly

Friday, July 26

7:30am  EBC New England Climate Change Summit

Saturday, July 27

9:30am  Benefit yard sale
10am  Tour 2019: Central Square Activism from the 1960s to Now
3pm  Heading for Extinction (and What to Do about It)
3pm  Nurturing a Waste Conscious Family
6pm  XR Sing!

Sunday, July 28

12pm  2019 Cambridge Jazz Festival
3pm  Be the Change Community Action: Climate Change
3pm  Extinction Rebellion New Member Orientation
6pm  Your Toxic Back Yard- How to Prevent Toxic Yard Syndrome

Monday, July 29

7pm  The Cuba Revolution Day 60^th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, July 30

2pm  The Public Health Crisis on the U.S. Border: An Urgent Conversation


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

Zero Net Energy - July 18, 2019


Tuesday, July 23

Public hearing on Emissions Targets, Energy Storage, & Electric Vehicles Legislation 
Tuesday, July 23
1:00 P.M. 
Massachusetts State House, Hearing Room B, Boston
RSVP and more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/854878234898135/

On Tuesday, the Legislature's energy committee will hold a public hearing on the 100% Renewable Energy Act (H.2836, S.1958) which will transition Massachusetts to 100% clean and renewable sources of electricity by 2035, and phase out the use of fossil fuels for heating and transportation by 2045.

"This is our biggest chance to show support for a transition to 100% renewable energy in front of the elected officials who will decide whether this bill moves forward."


Cognitive capacity, development and brain networks
Tuesday, July 23
1:00pm to 2:30am
MIT, Building 46-3189, McGovern Seminar Room, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Marie Arsalidou, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, National Research University, Moscow, Adjunct Professor, York University, Toronto, Canada

75 minute talk with a 15 minute Q&A session. Lunch will be included.

Cognitive capacity is linked to academic achievement and professional success. Psychologists have been interested in identifying the best methods of evaluating cognitive competence. Although intelligence tests remain fairly popular in psychology, neuroscientists are moving towards finding improved methods for assessing core cognitive constructs such as working memory and executive attention. I consider mental attention as the maturational component of working memory.  Tasks that assess mental attentional capacity have at least six levels of difficulty and an invariant task goal across difficulty levels, rendering these tasks suitable for use with individuals with variable performance.  In this presentation I will discuss three related lines of work: (a) behavioural assessments of mental attentional capacity showing cross cultural data from Toronto and Moscow, (b) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data in adults that examine brain responses to mental attention tasks, and (c) fMRI meta-analyses that examine overarching brain patterns across studies that used working memory tasks in children and adults and how these compare to other cognitive functions such as mathematical problem solving.  Implications to cognitive science and education will be considered.


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.


Sunrise Boston Full Hub Meeting
Tuesday, July 23
6 PM – 8 PM
Old South Church in Boston, 645 Boylston Street, Boston

All are welcome! Come join us, get to know the Boston Hub, and here what's next for Sunrise Boston! 

The meeting will take place in Mary Norton Hall on the 2nd floor of Old South Church, which is a wheelchair accessible space.

After the meeting we will be hanging out at Clery's Bar and Restaurant. All ages welcome!

Questions? Email: SunriseMovementBoston at gmail.com or message our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SunriseBoston/


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.


Living Without Regret
Monday, July 22
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Harvard Law School, Austin Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Talk, Meditation, and Q and A with Charlie Hobb of Brahma Kumaris

Wednesday, July 24

Evaluating Progress: An In-Depth Conversation with a Group of 2017 Social Innovators
Wednesday, July 24
12:00-12:30 pm - Lunch & Networking
12:30-2:00 pm - Panel Discussion 
2 Oliver Street, Suite 802, Boston
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSehxetowAvyn8i47QDpG72eeHQeUtJ3YOra3T3VHC3q2PTLRw/viewform

Please join us for a thoughtful and honest conversation with evaluation expert Julia Gittleman, and many of our 2017 Innovators about their two-year learning journey alongside our team and our network. In this session, you will have the opportunity to know more about the progress and development of the 2017 nonprofit organizations and what their successes and challenges have been. 

Please note that this event is intended for donors and funders who want to learn more about how nonprofits measure progress. It is not a learning session for nonprofits to learn how to measure performance.
Julia Gittleman, Principal, Mendelsohn, Gittleman & Associates LLC
Veronica Serrato, Executive Director, Project Citizenship
Corinn Williams, Executive Director, Community Economic Development Center, New Bedford
Facilitator: Susan Musinsky, Executive Director, Social Innovation Forum

We encourage guests to come around noon for an opportunity to network and grab some delicious lunch!  

We also aim to make our events as accessible as possible. If you have any questions, require any other accommodations to participate, or if you require assistance on the day of the event, please email kgoncalves at socialinnovationforum.org or call 617.649.1531. 


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.  


Old North Speaker Series: Amanda Goodheart Parks - Sweethearts at Sea
Wednesday, July 24
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-north-speaker-series-amanda-goodheart-parks-sweethearts-at-sea-tickets-58816499734

Speaker: Amanda Goodheart Parks
Presented in partnership with Boston By Foot
During the nineteenth century, when Yankee whale oil lit the world, men from more than sixty New England communities sailed the world in pursuit of whales. In an era before petroleum and plastic, whale oil, baleen, and ambergris were used in the production of consumer goods ranging from corsets and buggy whips to industrial lubricants and lighting. Meanwhile, New England society began exploring new ideas about the role of romantic love in marriage. The combination of these new ideas and increasing demand for whaling products meant men and women in whaling communities were spending most of their lives apart by the mid-nineteenth century. That is until the 1840s, when a small group of married couples defied tradition by going to sea together. This lecture will chronicle the history of American whaling before shifting focus to one of these remarkable couples: Captain John and Elizabeth Marble of Fall River, Massachusetts. Using the letters, journals, and family heirlooms they left behind as a point of departure, this lecture will tell their incredible story of love, loss, and life at sea.

Amanda Goodheart Parks has studied gender in the New England whaling industry for more than a decade. With undergraduate degrees from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI and a M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amanda has an extensive career working as a public historian, museum educator, and historical interpreter. She is currently working on a book about the history of love and marriage in New England's whaling communities.

Interested in life at sea in Boston? Take the Adventures at Sea walking tourwith Boston By Foot on Thursday evenings in June! Boston By Foot and Old North members receive a $10 discount on tickets.


NOVA "The Planets" Sneak Peek & Panel Discussion with Miles O’Brien
Wednesday, July 24
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nova-the-planets-live-at-boston-public-library-tickets-65561994691

You're invited to a free event on Wednesday, July 24 from 7 - 7:45 p.m. at the Boston Public Library to celebrate PBS's Summer of Space!

Join astrophysicist Dr. Anjali Tripathi, NOVA's Co-Executive Producer Chris Schmidt, and PBS NewsHour's science correspondent Miles O'Brien for a panel discussion and sneak peek of *The Planets*, NOVA's upcoming five-part series that explores the awesome beauty of the planets in our solar system.  From Mercury to the Kuiper Belt, learn about the history of the solar system, and how we've come to learn about its radical transformation over the last 4.6 billion years.

To reserve your seat in the in-person audience, visit novaplanets.eventbrite.com. If you cannot attend this event in person but are interested in the discussion, it will be live streamed on the NOVA Facebook page (facebook.com/novapbs).

The first two episodes of The Planets air on Wednesday, July 24 at 9/8c on PBS.


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.


Sailing! Boston Sustainability Dinner Series
Thursday, July 25
5:45 PM – 8:15 PM EDT
Tall Ship Liberty Star, Docked at Central Wharf, alongside the New England Aquarium, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sailing-boston-sustainability-dinner-series-tickets-63990882452
Cost:  $64

We keep doing this because people keep loving it.
Please join other Boston-area sustainability professionals for a quintessentially Boston evening aboard the Liberty Star tall ship.

Details: Meet at 5:45 pm at Central Wharf. We sail promptly at 6:00. Tack out across the Boston Harbor, watch the sunset and return around 8:00. 
Ship’s capacity is 39 people. 
Ticket is $64 and includes a Mediterranean picnic spread from Piperi, plus all taxes and tips for the boat crew. There will be plenty of vegetarian & vegan options. Please email me if you have allergies or requests. Elizabeth.t.henry at gmail.com. Cash bar. Their Dark & Stormy is a treat.

For those that want to continue past 8:00 with a drink, coffee or dessert, a number of folks usually head to the Granary Tavern at 170 Milk St. This is a block from where the ship docks.
Bring: A jacket, camera + sunglasses
Directions:  Here is a map to the ship. Looking out towards the harbor, it is docked directly to the left of the Boston Aquarium; you can see the tall wooden masts from the street. 
Lost? Call my cell: 781.742.4202.
What about rain and refunds?
Light rain? We’ll still sail. Heavy rain? The ship will cancel and you’ll be reimbursed through EventBrite.
If you bought a ticket but your plans changed, I can reimburse you until July 22nd. After that, I'll do my best to find someone to buy your ticket from you, but won’t be able to refund it directly.
Looking forward to seeing you in July. Happy summer!
Elizabeth Henry
p.s. Save the date: our last dinner in 2019 is Tuesday, November 19th!

Dinner Series: what to expect?
The intent is to build a lively mutual aid society for those working to improve the environmental performance of organizations. Not a forum for sales pitches, but for human connection and collegial exchange. 
Dinners have: robust vegetarian options, good public transit access, rotating seatmates with each course, and camaraderie with other organizational sustainability professionals. 
Short personal introductions will be done early in the evening; otherwise no formal agenda
Chatham House Rules may be invoked by anyone at any time.
This network warmly welcomes new practitioners - If there are people you think would be a good fit, please send a brief introductory email and I’ll add them to the list.


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


Boston book launch: "The Making of a Democratic Economy" w/Marjorie Kelly
Thursday, July 25
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk Street, 20th floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-book-launch-the-making-of-a-democratic-economy-wmarjorie-kelly-tickets-62851421293
Cost:  $0 – $26.95

Join Marjorie Kelly, Senior Fellow and Executive Vice President of The Democracy Collaborative, to celebrate the release of her new book.

From Ted Howard, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, and Marjorie Kelly, author of The Divine Right of Capital and Owning our Future, The Making of a Democratic Economy is a clarion call for a movement ready to get serious about transforming our economic system. Illuminating the principles of a democratic economy through the stories of on-the-ground community wealth builders and their unlikely accomplices in the halls of institutional power, this book is a must read for everyone concerned with how we win the fight for a economy that’s equitable, not extractive.

The event starts at 7PM with an introduction from Chuck Collins, Director the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies. After Marjorie's book talk and Q&A, we invite you to stick around for an informal reception to keep the conversation going.

Co-sponsored by Jamaica Plain Forum, Boston Ujima Project, and New Economy Coalition.

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
9:30am 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.


Nurturing a Waste Conscious Family
Saturday, July 27
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Jamaica Plain Public Library, 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nurturing-a-waste-conscious-family-tickets-65746548697

Is it possible to reduce me waste and still live like a normal person? 
What are some ease steps I can take to reduce me family’s waste? 
I have kids - is going “zero-waste" even possible for me???
If one or all of these questions have been on your mind, 
this event is for you!
Meet community members at this workshop where we will discuss the most important steps you can take toward Living a Low-waste Life.
This event will be co-facilitated by JP resident Elizabeth Tamton and Cambridge-based environmental professional Sarah Atkinson (whose class was featured in the Boston Globe Magazine!).


XR Sing!
Saturday, July 27
6 PM to dusk
Rain date: Sunday, August 4th at 6 PM
Filippello Park, Watertown

Join us for a singing party to build community and prepare a stockpile of songs to be sung at actions.  All levels of singing abilities welcome!  Some folks have written XR relevant lyrics to familiar and/or highly singable tunes and anyone is welcome to do so.  If you've prepared a song, we hope you will introduce it to the group.  Pizza and water will be provided.  Feel welcome to bring food and drink stuffs to share.  Get in touch with me via email or on Keybase with questions, suggestions, whatever.
email: jmsmith5000 at gmail.com
Keybase: little_otis aka Jennifer Smith

But how will I get there?  Filippello Park is an 11 minute walk from Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown.  Take the 71 bus from Harvard Square towards Watertown Square.  Get off at the Keenan Street stop.  Walk southwest and take a left at Arlington Street.   At the fork, Stay left on Grove Street.  The park will eventually be on your right.  
If you have a little more time and enjoy tombstones and trees, get off at Mount Auburn Cemetery and wind your way southwest to where Field Road meets Grove Street. Turn left and Filippello Park will be across Grove Street.

What shall I bring? 
Lyric sheets, multiple copies (or send me your lyrics by Monday, 7/22 so I can compile a songbook)
Food and drinks to share
Your own plates, cups and silverware (minimal waste event)
Blanket and/or lawn chair
Musical instruments
Wireless speaker (I will bring mine)
Children (I'm bringing my 10-year-old and there's a playground nearby)
Dogs (there's a fenced in dog park nearby)

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


Extinction Rebellion New Member Orientation
Sunday, July 28,
3 PM – 4:30 PM
Encuentro 5,  9 Hamilton Place, Boston

If you are new to XR or would just like to learn more about how it works, please come to our next new member orientation session. We will cover the following:
Where did XR come from? What is civil disobedience & direct action?
What is the extinction rebellion about? What do we want?
What are our principles and values? What brings us together?
How are we organized? What are working groups & affinity groups?

Come out and meet some of our local XRebels and learn how you can get involved!

The session will run for around 90 minutes.

More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/775361942860688/


Your Toxic Back Yard- How to Prevent Toxic Yard Syndrome
Sunday, July 28
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
One Fayette Park, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Biodiversity-for-a-Livable-Climate/events/262660657/

Laura Stabell is a master gardener, arborist, horticulturist and naturalist whose work has been featured in magazines and on the Garden Conservancy open garden tour.

Laura will discuss general toxicology issues, what toxic substances may be found in your back yard, how they came to be there, and the role of plants can play to remediate contaminated soils. We'll also discuss what you can do to prevent toxic yard syndrome.

Questions can be texted beforehand to Laura at 203-313-2828

What to bring
An item of food or drink to share, tending to the healthy and organic.
Important to know
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is a small non-profit so a $10 donation is requested.

Monday, July 29

The Cuba Revolution Day 60th Anniversary Celebration
Monday, July 29
Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston Street, Boston

Program Introduction by Margaret Witham
Moderated by Nalda Vigezzi
Living and Working in Cuba as a Young Revolutionary
Jessica Borges, graduate student, Clark University; Policy Specialist, Cuba Ministry of Foreign Relations; Intern, Cuban Institute for 
Friendship with the Peoples, http://www.icap.cu/
LGBT in Cuba: Personal Narrative of a Gay Northamerican Comrade
Wally Sillanpoa, political activist, July 26th Coalition, 20+ years experience in Cuba
A DC Strategy in the Current Era of U.S.-Cuba Relations
Mavis Anderson, Senior Associate, Latin America Working Group, https://www.lawg.org


Tuesday, July 30

The Public Health Crisis on the U.S. Border: An Urgent Conversation
WHEN  Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 2 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Jefferson Lab - 250, 17 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Conferences, Education, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Harvard Global Health Institute
COST  Free
TICKET WEB LINK  https://globalhealth.harvard.edu/events/migration
DETAILS  The public health crisis on the U.S Border is escalating. Children are being held in squalid conditions; abuse is rampant and people are dying due to inadequate health services. In response to this dire situation, the Harvard Global Health Institute is convening a multi-disciplinary panel of front-line responders and experts to provide a health perspective on the situation; identify action steps to mitigate the crisis and highlight the consequences of inaction.
LINK  https://globalhealth.harvard.edu/events/migration

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 31

As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock
Wednesday, July 31
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

Through treaty violations, struggles for food and water security and protection of sacred sites, Native people have resisted environmental injustice and land incursions for hundreds of years. Join Indigenous researcher and activist Dina Gilio-Whitaker to explore this history and discuss how modern environmentalists can look to Indigenous resistance for new approaches.

Book signing to follow


The Drama of Celebrity
Wednesday, July 31
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author and editor SHARON MARCUS—Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University—for a discussion of her latest book, The Drama of Celebrity. She will be joined in conversation by JOSEPH REZEK, Director of Graduate Studies in English at Boston University.

About The Drama of Celebrity
Why do so many people care so much about celebrities? Who decides who gets to be a star? What are the privileges and pleasures of fandom? Do celebrities ever deserve the outsized attention they receive?

In this fascinating and deeply researched book, Sharon Marcus challenges everything you thought you knew about our obsession with fame. Icons are not merely famous for being famous; the media alone cannot make or break stars; fans are not simply passive dupes. Instead, journalists, the public, and celebrities themselves all compete, passionately and expertly, to shape the stories we tell about celebrities and fans. The result: a high-stakes drama as endless as it is unpredictable.

Drawing on scrapbooks, personal diaries, and vintage fan mail, Marcus traces celebrity culture back to its nineteenth-century roots, when people the world over found themselves captivated by celebrity chefs, bad-boy poets, and actors such as the “divine” Sarah Bernhardt (1844–1923), as famous in her day as the Beatles in theirs. Known in her youth for sleeping in a coffin, hailed in maturity as a woman of genius, Bernhardt became a global superstar thanks to savvy engagement with her era’s most innovative media and technologies: the popular press, commercial photography, and speedy new forms of travel.

Whether you love celebrity culture or hate it, The Drama of Celebrity will change how you think about one of the most important phenomena of modern times.

Thursday, August 1

Heading for Extinction and What to Do about It
Thursday, August 1
6 PM – 8 PM
1 Marina Park Drive, Boston
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/703348666791218/

We are in the midst of an unprecedented climate crisis and ecological breakdown that threatens the continuation of life as we know it, and demands profound changes in all aspects of society. Join us to learn how you can be part of a global movement of social transformation for a livable future!

Friday, August 2 - Sunday, August 4

Friday, August 2- Sunday, August 4
Cambridge.(Place to be announced.)
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9RR9_IG98eWSEoSMQ5MzvqGU4hqD74JhkdUaUbQ6ity_E-A/viewform?usp=pp_url

a weekend "training" to support a new cadre of trainers-to-be on nonviolence, civil disobedience, community-building -

open to those interested in becoming a trainer/NVCD resource person for their movements.

This weekend will include materials, approaches, and training strategies for offering trainings to include:

considerations for making decisions re. civil disobedience
opportunities for community-building/relational connection
inquiry into the power of nonviolence
logistics/practicalities of arrestable situations
honoring the roots and messages of other freedom movements
inviting awareness about the sacred space we occupy
exploring privilege and identity

Dear Friends, 
I have been offering nonviolence, civil disobedience training for many years, including with the Resist the West Roxbury Pipeline fight, XR, immigrant, racial and economic justice, youth, GLBTQ/Trans and environmental gatherings. My approach has morphed over the years as I draw more deeply on the justice work I have been part of over 4 decades, experience other peoples' workshops or incorporate other modalities from insight dialogue to beloved community. 

I would love to expand our capacity as movement builders by offering a training for people who want to become trainers for NVCD- to share the framework I have developed and try to spread the practices to others. 

There may be some "guest" trainers there to add some of their approaches. 

If you are interested or know people involved in activism who might be interested, please let me know.

I look forward to this experimental and hopefully amazing weekend of connecting.

Cathy Hoffman

RSVP needed to create a workable size group: 

Specific details:
August 2 Friday  6-10 PM , 
August 3 Saturday 10-6,  
August 4 Sunday 11-5

Donations accepted.  (Suggested $50-$150)
For more information, catherinebhoffman at gmail.com

Monday, August 5

Vanguards In Urban Planning: Transforming Vancouver, Toronto, & Minneapolis
Monday, August 5
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egfncmv69e850c52&oseq=&c=&ch=

Vancouver, Toronto and Minneapolis are flourishing. Through innovative housing, green space and transportation policies, plus shifts to renewable energy, these communities offer roadmaps for sustainable urban growth.

This free community event brings together three renowned chief city planners who are transforming their cities, tackling where and how people live and how they get around. Together, they’ll offer lessons for our own region, revealing ready solutions to our shared challenges.

Gil Kelley, General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, City of Vancouver
Jennifer Keesmaat, Former Chief Planner, City of Toronto
Heather Worthington, Director of Long-Range Planning, City of Minneapolis

Barbara Moran, WBUR Senior Producing Editor, Environment.


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.

For more information checkout.


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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