[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - August 4, 2019

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Monday, August 5

12pm  No Rubber Stamp Permits #GovernorGas for Weymouth
7pm  Vanguards In Urban Planning: Transforming Vancouver, Toronto, & Minneapolis
7pm  The Public Option:  How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality

Tuesday, August 6

11am  Inspiration by Nobel Prize Laureate Seminar
2pm  Get to Know the InnoLAB 
6:30pm  Boston Harbor for All, Quincy! A FREE Community Cruise
6:30pm  Lobster War Screening + Q&A
7pm  Mystic River Watershed Association Talk and Meeting

Wednesday, August 7

10:30am  Justice, Just Us: National Convening for Teens in the Arts Public Day
12pm  Powering the Future: Electrifying & Expanding the MBTA Bus Network
1:30pm  E2 1 Hotels Fellowship:  2018-2019 Fellow Showcase
3:30pm  Extinction Rebellion Die-In
6pm  Sunrise Boston Potluck Picnic
6:30pm  Press Pause Webinar
6:30pm  Heading for Extinction and What to Do about It
7pm  Gods of the Upper Air:  How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century

Thursday, August 8

5:30pm  2019 Climate Action Business Association Cookout
6pm  Boston Climate Action Network - Action Team Meeting
7pm  Transformational Transportation
7pm  HEALTH JUSTICE NOW: Single Payer and What Comes Next w/ Timothy Faust
7pm  Somerville News Garden Meeting:  A News Garden for a (Potential) News Desert
8pm  #NotADrill Climate Emergency Training Call

Friday, August 9

9am  Electric Vehicle Charging: Basics and Beyond
9am  White Supremacy Culture 101

Saturday, August 10

2pm  Stories in Science Gallery and Symposium

Tuesday, August 13

4:30pm  Happy Hour with Cass Sunstein: How Change Happens
6pm  Transportation and Climate Community Engagement Workshop - Chelsea
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights 125:  Boston Scientific
7pm  Sudden Courage:  Youth in France Confront the Germans, 1940-1945
7pm  JP Solar Professionals - August Happy Hour


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

The Current Price of Solar Electricity

Geometry Links - July 30, 2019

Notes on The Healing Wound: Experiences and Reflections on Germany, 1938 - 2001 by Gitta Sereny


Monday, August 5

No Rubber Stamp Permits #GovernorGas for Weymouth
Monday, August 5
12:00 PM
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston

We cannot have any new fossil fuel infrastructure in our state, and we must be rapidly dismantling the current system. That's why the proposal to build an explosive gas compressor station in the Fore River Basin is insult on injury. 

Join us as we push him to keep his promises, and NO "rubber stamp" permits for Weymouth!

Like in 2017, we will assemble in the hallway outside his office in the statehouse. Please arrive with enough time to get thru security and take the stairs or elevator to the 3rd floor.

PLEASE SIGN UP HERE SO WE CAN GET A HEAD COUNT: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4eaea923a2f58-gov


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.


The Public Option:  How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality
Monday, August 5
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed authors GANESH SITARAMAN—Professor of Law and Director at the Program on Law and Government at Vanderbilt Law School—and ANNE L. ALSTOTT—Jacquin D. Bierman Professor at the Yale Law School—for a discussion of their new book, The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

About The Public Option
Whenever you go to your local public library, send mail via the post office, or visit Yosemite, you are taking advantage of a longstanding American tradition: the public option. Some of the most useful and beloved institutions in American life are public options―yet they are seldom celebrated as such. These government-supported opportunities coexist peaceably alongside private options, ensuring equal access and expanding opportunity for all.
Ganesh Sitaraman and Anne Alstott challenge decades of received wisdom about the proper role of government and consider the vast improvements that could come from the expansion of public options. Far from illustrating the impossibility of effective government services, as their critics claim, public options hold the potential to transform American civic life, offering a wealth of solutions to seemingly intractable problems, from housing shortages to the escalating cost of health care.
Imagine a low-cost, high-quality public option for child care. Or an extension of the excellent Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees to all Americans. Or every person having access to an account at the Federal Reserve Bank, with no fees and no minimums. From broadband internet to higher education, The Public Option reveals smart new ways to meet pressing public needs while spurring healthy competition. More effective than vouchers or tax credits, public options could offer us all fairer choices and greater security.

Tuesday, August 6

Inspiration by Nobel Prize Laureate Seminar
Tuesday, August 6
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM EDT
Havana Lecture Room, 5th Floor, One Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inspiration-by-nobel-prize-laureate-seminar-tickets-67632634029
Cost:  $13 – $25

To develop VISION and WISDOM, our AARD specially organizes outstanding seminars and let students learn from Nobel Prize Laureates every year. This is one of our unique A6-to-One innovative education objectives.
This year, it is our honor to have Professor Martin Karplus, 2013 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry to be our MENTOR for our faculty team and students.

On Aug 6th, we have big day events. This link is only for the Nobel Prize Laureate lunch seminar and roundtable discussion. Welcome you to join us for this exciting event!


Get to Know the InnoLAB 
Tuesday, August 6
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
The InnoLAB, Lower Level, Johnson Building, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-to-know-the-innolab-tickets-65969020115

Want to make a podcast and not sure where to start? Need a free space to film? Get an overview of the InnoLAB, a bookable space where you can work your creative projects. Learn about the policies and procedures, how to book the space, and get an introduction and overview of the equipment.


Boston Harbor for All, Quincy! A FREE Community Cruise
Tuesday, August 6
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Squantum Point Park, Miwra Haul Road, Quincy
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-harbor-for-all-quincy-a-free-community-cruise-tickets-65498649223

Welcome Aboard, Quincy For Your FREE Community Cruise On Boston Harbor!
Boston Harbor Now, along with Mass Bay Lines and in partnership with the National Park Service welcomes all members of the Quincy community on an evening cruise with light refreshments, music, Harbor views, entertainment and enjoyment with friends and family. The cruise will feature:
Rangers from Boston Historic National Park Rangers
Kids activities
Live Music
Light Refreshments
Cash Bar

With many of our communities located within a short distance from Boston Harbor, Boston Harbor Now, through funding from The Boston Foundation, wishes to introduce (or re-introduce) communities to the enjoyment of Boston Harbor so we can all take advantage of this great resource.

Event details…
When: Tuesday, August 6th (6:30 - 8:00pm), ship leaves on time 
Every member of the family (including children) must have a ticket to board.
Please leave yourself plenty of time to arrive on time.
There is plenty of parking at Squantium Point Park.
Boats will leave on time.
Boarding begins at 5:45pm and doors close at 6:25pm.
Questions: info at bostonharbornow.org


Lobster War Screening + Q&A
Tuesday, August 6
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/lobster-war-screening-qa-tickets-63791789961

What does climate change and New England's lobster industry have to do with the last land border dispute between Canada and the United States?

Learn about this climate-fueled international conflict at the screening of the award-winning feature film, Lobster War, co-sponsored by ReVision Energy.

As part of Eat Local Month, the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, in partnership with MDAR and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, is presenting a screening of Lobster War on August 6th at the Brattle Theater. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the director, David Abel from the Boston Globe.

See the trailer here!
Lobster War is an award-winning feature film about a climate-fueled conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea, known as the Gray Zone, were traditionally fished by US lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet, the area’s previously modest lobster population has surged. As a result, Canadians have begun to assert their sovereignty, warring with the Americans to claim the bounty.

Everyone who registers for an Eat Local Month event on Eventbrite will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a Cabot Creamery $75 Gift Box, which includes an assortment of award-winning cheese, plaid burlap bag, and a wooden cutting board. Our other Eat Local Month events include a tour of Boston Organics and a tour and tasting of the Urban Farming Institute's new headquarters.


Mystic River Watershed Association Talk and Meeting
Tuesday, August 6
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
20 Academy Street, Arlington
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Mystic-River-Watershed-Association/events/263029996/

Calling all volunteers, advocates, and Mystic River enthusiasts!

Want to learn more about our mission and upcoming initiatives? Want to speak to a member of our team to discuss ways in which you can help? Join us at our next speaker series and committee meeting taking place in Arlington on Aug 6.

Speaker from 7-8pm
Committee Meeting from 8-9pm

Each month we invite incredible speakers to share their stories with us. Stick around after the presentation to learn more about our policy and outreach committees. Find out how you can advocate for the Mystic! We meet from 7-8 PM for the special presentation and then break into groups from 8-9 PM for our committee meetings.

Our speaker this month is Karen Buck from Friends of the Malden River. She’ll present on the vision and work of the Friends of the Malden, and their recent grant award from the MA Environmental Trust—funding which will help create a trash free Malden.

At 8 PM the outreach committee will train new volunteers. Don't worry-if you come, you aren't committed to volunteering or to working on a committee. It's an opportunity for you to learn about the organization and what outreach volunteering actually means. And, you'd be prepared to volunteer at community events!

Join us at our office at 20 Academy St. in Arlington on the first floor-there is plenty of street parking.

Wednesday, August 7

Justice, Just Us: National Convening for Teens in the Arts Public Day
Wednesday, August 7
10:30 AM – 4:30 PM EDT
The Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/justice-just-us-national-convening-for-teens-in-the-arts-public-day-tickets-65186634980

Teens, educators, artists, policymakers, and more convene to advance the field of teen arts education

Ten years ago, the ICA galvanized a movement for teen arts education with the first-ever annual Teen Convening, which brought together teens and educators to exchange and debate ideas. This year’s convening will delve into teen arts education and social justice.
10:30-10:45 AM | Welcome 
10:45-11:15 AM | Performance by Teen Convening Artists Adobo-Fish-Sauce
11:15-11:45 AM | Presentations by teens from ICA/Boston, Walker Art Center, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, & Contemporary Jewish Museum
11:45 AM-12:00 PM | Break with coffee/tea and cookies 
12:00-12:30 PM | Presentations by teens from Contemporary Jewish Museum, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, & RISD Museum
12:30-2:00 PM | Lunch break (bring your own or visit lunch places in our neighborhood)
2:00-3:00 PM | Panel with Mariama White-Hammond, Ana Masacote, and Danny Rivera
3:00-4:00 PM | Breakout sessions to reflect and respond
4:00-4:30 PM | Conclusion and community announcements


Powering the Future: Electrifying & Expanding the MBTA Bus Network
Wednesday, August 7 
290 Congress Street, Boston
RSVP at https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000001vufQQAQ

Join A Better City for a series of short presentations and moderated panel discussion as they release their new report titled: "New MBTA Bus Maintenance Facilities & Evolving Battery Electric Bus Technology." Presentation topics will be related to the need for a bus maintenance modernization and the challenges and opportunities of moving towards an electric bus fleet. The Sierra Club's Veena Dharmaraj will be one of the panelists. 


E2 1 Hotels Fellowship:  2018-2019 Fellow Showcase
Wednesday, August 7
1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern
Dial-in information will be provided upon registration. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Embury at membury at e2.org
The E2 1Hotels Fellowship supports emerging business leaders execute projects that amplify the business and economic case for smart policies to address pressing environmental issues. In September, E2 announced our 2018-2019 class of 10 fellows at the Global Climate Action Summit. This will be the second of three webinars showcasing our new class of remarkable fellows working on issues ranging from agriculture, energy, and water. 

Please join us to learn more about the fellowship program and hear from three of our fellows about their projects and the progress they’ve made this year.

Jesse Barlow, Colorado
This project will culminate in the production of Clean Jobs in Colorado: A series of short documentary videos examining the economic and environmental advantages of clean job creation in Colorado and beyond.
Tasfia Nayem, New York City and other select municipalities
This project profiles cities pursuing innovative financing mechanisms, such as green bonds and public-private partnerships, to build the low-carbon transportation infrastructure we need to combat climate change.
Jordan Wildish, Washington
This project will create an agricultural carbon offset toolkit to help farmers and ranchers implement sustainable practices and sell carbon offsets from those practices in existing carbon markets.


Extinction Rebellion Die-In
Wednesday, August 7
3:30 p.m.
Carmen Park, corner of Congress and North streets, Boston

Coral Reef is organizing a die-in at a target we prefer to keep secure for now. Please save the date; the action will be from 4-6 in downtown Boston.

If you would like more information please contact noteaparty at gmail.com, or if you use Keybase you can contact any Coral Reef member or alice02138. Thanks and see you there!


Sunrise Boston Potluck Picnic
Wednesday, August 7
6 PM – 8 PM
Boston Common

Our first picnic was a blast, so we're doing it again! Join us for a potluck picnic to hang out, relax, and enjoy the warm weather together.

We will be in the space behind the Frog Pond Carousel (the Charles St./Beacon St. side of the Common):

We will provide some food, and please bring food if you can! Please also bring a plate and cutlery if you can, but we will also have disposables available. We will also provide some outdoor activities, and feel free to bring your own!

More information at https://www.facebook.com/SunriseBoston/


Press Pause Webinar
Wednesday, August 7
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
RSVP at https://action.aclu.org/webform/ma-press-pause-webinar

At our webinar, you’ll hear about face surveillance technologies and how they violate our civil rights and liberties, and learn about policies that would press pause on face technology. You’ll also hear how you can take action and support our campaign.

First San Francisco, then Somerville, then Oakland… and now Cambridge has introduced a local ordinance to ban municipal use of face surveillance technology. Cities across the country are taking up the mantle to protect their residents from the unprecedented dangers posed by this unregulated, dystopian technology.

Just last month, the ACLU launched a ground-breaking campaign to press pause on the secret use of face surveillance technology in the Commonwealth. You can be a part of the action.

Join volunteers from across the state and ACLU experts for a webinar about our effort to pause the use of face surveillance in the Commonwealth, at both the local and state level.

We’re working to build the future of freedom — and that means a future free of the secret government use of this dangerous, invasive technology.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Allen at mallen at aclum.org


Heading for Extinction and What to Do about It
Wednesday, August 7
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Public Library of Brookline (Brookline Village Library), 361 Washington Street, Brookline
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/3189791847705188/

We are in the midst of an unprecedented climate crisis and ecological breakdown that threatens the continuation of life as we know it, and we only have 10 years to make 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!


Gods of the Upper Air:  How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century
Wednesday, August 7
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

Harvard Book Store welcomes CHARLES KING—National Jewish Book Award-winning author of Odessa—for a discussion of his new book, Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century.

About Gods of the Upper Air
At the end of the 19th century, everyone knew that people were defined by their race and sex and were fated by birth and biology to be more or less intelligent, able, nurturing, or warlike. But one rogue researcher looked at the data and decided everyone was wrong. Franz Boas was the very image of a mad scientist: a wild-haired immigrant with a thick German accent. By the 1920s he was also the foundational thinker and public face of a new school of thought at Columbia University called cultural anthropology. He proposed that cultures did not exist on a continuum from primitive to advanced. Instead, every society solves the same basic problems—from childrearing to how to live well—with its own set of rules, beliefs, and taboos.

Boas's students were some of the century's intellectual stars: Margaret Mead, the outspoken field researcher whose Coming of Age in Samoa is one of the most widely read works of social science of all time; Ruth Benedict, the great love of Mead's life, whose research shaped post-Second World War Japan; Ella Deloria, the Dakota Sioux activist who preserved the traditions of Native Americans of the Great Plains; and Zora Neale Hurston, whose studies under Boas fed directly into her now-classic novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Together, they mapped vanishing civilizations from the Arctic to the South Pacific and overturned the relationship between biology and behavior. Their work reshaped how we think of women and men, normalcy and deviance, and re-created our place in a world of many cultures and value systems.

Gods of the Upper Air is a page-turning narrative of radical ideas and adventurous lives, a history rich in scandal, romance, and rivalry, and a genesis story of the fluid conceptions of identity that define our present moment.

Thursday, August 8

2019 Climate Action Business Association Cookout
Thursday, August 8
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Old West Church, 131 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-climate-action-business-association-cookout-tickets-65266823827
Cost:  $15

It’s that time of year again! Join us for the annual CABA cookout, an evening of grilled cuisine, refreshments, and lawn games. Learn what we’ve been up to this year, and engage with fellow member businesses and environmental professionals.

CABA members and local businesses are welcome! Whether you are simply building your network with like-minded businesses, learning how to become more involved with CABA, or finding out how you can incorporate sustainability and resiliency into your business practices, the annual cookout is a chance to build relationships in a relaxed atmosphere.

Thank you to our sponsors’ Willie’s Superbrew and Proud Pour. Additional sponsorship roles for the event are available. We welcome interested businesses to reach out to our Programs Director, Kristin Kelleher, at Kristin.kelleher at cabaus.org

We ask that if you register, please plan to attend so your food does not go uneaten!


Boston Climate Action Network - Action Team Meeting
Thursday, August 8
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain 
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-climate-action-network-action-team-meeting-tickets-54297388952

We're working towards fighting climate change through improved energy policy and education at the local level in Boston. The BCAN Action Team meeting is a great way to get directly involved in the effort to combat climate change in the era of Trump. We gather twice per month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6:00-8pm at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain.

Come meet the Communications Team, the Arts Team, and other dedicated climate campaigners to learn how you can help us plan outreach for the Community Choice Energy campaign.


Transformational Transportation
Thursday, August 8 
Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton Centre
RSVP at https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000001aZBLQA2

Come learn from Josh Fairchild and Jarred Johnson from Transit Matters about their vision for a truly modern regional rail system and how it can benefit the entire Greater Boston region. Their presentation will advocate for the need for flat platforms, electrified transit, and more frequent trains. 


HEALTH JUSTICE NOW: Single Payer and What Comes Next w/ Timothy Faust
Thursday, August 8
Trident Booksellers Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston

Author and activist Timothy Faust will be reading from his new book, Health Justice Now, and answering audience questions about singler-payer insurance and the state of health care in America.

About the book
The sun is setting on America’s half-century-long experiment in punishing the sick. A single-payer program is within reach. Even as their elected officials deny it, Americans demand it. In Health Justice Now, healthcare advocate and organizer Tim Faust shows the nuts and bolts of the current system—Who are the payers? Who are the providers? How are the rest of us lumped into risk pools? —can morph into a single-payer model that benefits us all. Once we’ve achieved single-payer healthcare, a whole world of progressive reforms becomes within reach.

TIMOTHY FAUST‘s writing has appeared in Splinter, Jacobin, and Vice, among others. He has worked as a data scientist in the healthcare industry, before which he enrolled people in ACA programs in Florida, Georgia, and Texas, where he saw both the shortcomings of the ACA and the consequences of
the Medicaid gap firsthand. Since 2017, he’s been driving around the United States in his 2002 Honda CR-V talking to people about health inequity in their neighborhoods. He lives in Brooklyn.


Somerville News Garden Meeting:  A News Garden for a (Potential) News Desert
Thursday, August 8
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Artisan's Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/64545756094

Chris Faraone and Jason Pramas of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism and DigBoston will address Artisan's Asylum members on the 
danger of Somerville becoming a "news desert"—a community that no longer has professionally-run news outlets to cover local happenings and events in the public interest. They will then discuss their new project, the  Somerville News Garden, a volunteer-driven effort aimed at reversing the process of news desertification with projects that will help strengthen and expand news coverage in the city, including: creating and  maintaining an easy-to-use "Somerville PR Wire" where individuals, community organizations, and businesses can post tips and event notices
to an audience of area journalists to help increase local news coverage;  regular "news clinics" where people can talk to trained volunteers about 
how to get their stories covered in the local press; researching all the ways that people get local news in Somerville, then working to help fill gaps by creating or assisting the creation of new social media boards and news outlets in the city; starting a "Neighborhood Media School" to 
train people in reporting skills they can use to cover their own community; and more!

The Artisan’s Asylum Speaker Series seeks to engage our community and inspire us to make the world we want to see.All events are free for members and Friends of Artisan’s and a $10 suggested donation from the public. If you are interested in being a speaker, email events at artisansasylum.com


#NotADrill Climate Emergency Training Call
Thursday, August 8 
RSVP at https://secure.everyaction.com/Nw3gznBmCUSmYglMN-QePQ2

This is not a drill: it's a Climate Emergency. This August, we are telling our Representatives that it's time for them to lead in the way that the Climate Emergency demands.

Join us Aug. 8 for a training call at 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern. We'll share all the details about the #NotADrill actions we are planning this month, and how YOU can join us in planning a local event. 

Whether your Representative has yet to join the call for a Climate Emergency Declaration, or has already signed on but needs to bring their colleagues on board, we hope you will join us. 

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

Friday, August 9

Electric Vehicle Charging: Basics and Beyond
Friday, August 9
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT)
"Edison" Conference Room, 16th Floor, 50 Milk Street, Boston
Cost:  $37.78
The growth of electric vehicles (EVs) and the behavior of EV drivers are increasing the demand for electric vehicle charging stations. This session explains the different types of charging available and their suitable applications, and discusses the planning and installation considerations for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).

This session will be presented by
Brian McKinnon, Regional Manager, Eastern US and Canada, New Construction and Electrical Distributors at ChargePoint
John Gilbrook, Director of Sales, Northeast US & Canada, at ChargePoint
Justin Ries, LEED AP, Account Executive, New England at ChargePoint
CEUs Available: 2 LU AIA credits, 2 GBCI CE Hour(s) for LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M


White Supremacy Culture 101
Friday, August 9
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/white-supremacy-culture-101-tickets-59888931406

In this training, participants will learn the basics of White Supremacy Culture (WSC). We will explore how WSC works to exclude people with marginalized identities, and maintain the status quo for those in power. Participants will develop their understanding of WSC, have the opportunity to explore barriers to identifying and challenging WSC, and see the ways that they individually connect to various aspects of WSC. For more info on WSC visit: www.bit.ly/SURJWSC

Breakfast refreshments provided, BYOBrown bag lunch or pick up something on your way in!

Saturday, August 10

Stories in Science Gallery and Symposium
Saturday, August 10
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Walter Milne Ballroom, Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-in-science-gallery-and-symposium-tickets-65082631904

Science is driven by people who face frustrations, mistakes, failures, success, discovery, doubt, lack of motivation, confusion, disagreements and so much more. The Stories in Science Gallery is a space for visitors to meet new people and engage in conversation regarding the diversity of stories in science and the connections between science and society. This interactive exhibit and symposium will feature a dance performance, visual displays of stories in science, a panel discussion, and showcasing by science storytelling organizations in the Boston area. Learn about this initiative at http://www.storiesinscience.org

Schedule for Aug 10:
2-220pm: Mingle/Exploration of the Gallery and Showcasing by Storytelling Organizations (Snacks Provided) 
220 - 245pm: Storytelling Matters: Welcome and Overview by Fanuel Muindi
245-3pm: Storytelling Through Movement: Dance Performance Dr. Madhvi Venkatesh (Prakiti Dance)
3-345pm: Stories in Science Workshop: Discussion with Founders
(i) Her STEM Story, (ii) Science and Us, (iii) Science in the News (iv) Prakiti Dance (and more)
345pm-5pm: Mingling/Exploration of the Gallery and Showcasing by Storytelling Organizations
Got questions: Email the organizers at scholarship at stemadvocacy.org

Tuesday, August 13

Happy Hour with Cass Sunstein: How Change Happens
Tuesday, August 13
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

A special "happy hour" event with author and Harvard Law professor Cass Sunstein! Join us to mingle over light refreshments, hear from the author, and get your copy of How Change Happens signed. Please note the 4:30 pm event time, and feel free to stop by throughout the hour!

"Sunstein's book is illuminating because it puts norms at the center of how we think about change."--David Brooks, The New York Times

How does social change happen? When do social movements take off? Sexual harassment was once something that women had to endure; now a movement has risen up against it. White nationalist sentiments, on the other hand, were largely kept out of mainstream discourse; now there is no shortage of media outlets for them. In this book, with the help of behavioral economics, psychology, and other fields, Cass Sunstein casts a bright new light on how change happens.

Sunstein focuses on the crucial role of social norms--and on their frequent collapse. When norms lead people to silence themselves, even an unpopular status quo can persist. Then one day, someone challenges the norm--a child who exclaims that the emperor has no clothes; a woman who says "me too." Sometimes suppressed outrage is unleashed, and long-standing practices fall.

Sometimes change is more gradual, as "nudges" help produce new and different decisions--apps that count calories; texted reminders of deadlines; automatic enrollment in green energy or pension plans. Sunstein explores what kinds of nudges are effective and shows why nudges sometimes give way to bans and mandates. Finally, he considers social divisions, social cascades, and "partyism," when identification with a political party creates a strong bias against all members of an opposing party--which can both fuel and block social change.

Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration. He was the recipient of the 2018 Holberg Prize, one of the largest annual international research prizes awarded to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social science, law, or theology. He is the author of The Cost-Benefit Revolution (MIT Press), Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler), and other books.


Transportation and Climate Community Engagement Workshop - Chelsea
Tuesday, August 13
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Mary C. Burke Elementary Complex, Kelly School Cafeteria, 300 Crescent Avenue, Chelsea
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transportation-and-climate-community-engagement-workshop-chelsea-tickets-66070204761

We have an opportunity to address two of our greatest challenges together -- transportation and climate change.

Opportunity - Equity - Investment
At this workshop we will talk about how states across the northeast are working together to develop a regional policy to fight climate change and improve transportation. The goal is to deliver a better, cleaner transportation system that benefits all our communities, while reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution across the region. And, in particular, to make improvements in communities who are underserved by current transportation options and disproportionately burdened by pollution.
Massachusetts state agencies are looking for your input on how to accomplish these goals through a program that would cap and reduce transportation emissions and invest proceeds from the program into low-carbon, more resilient transportation infrastructure.


Mass Innovation Nights 125:  Boston Scientific
Tuesday, August 13
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://mass.innovationnights.com/node/add/rsvp

So excited to be back at District Hall with second time sponsor Boston Scientific. Thanks to Boston Scientific, Mass Innovation Nights #125 will feature more than 10 innovations focusing on medical and tech solutions for aging in place, pediatrics and the disabled population. Join us on TUESDAY,  August 13th at 6pm for #MIN125 --  an evening of innovation in the Seaport District!

Don't miss it -- TUESDAY, August 13th 6pm-8:30pm for Mass Innovation Nights #125 
(617) 982-3213 


Sudden Courage:  Youth in France Confront the Germans, 1940-1945
Tuesday, August 13
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer and educator RONALD C. ROSBOTTOM—Winifred L. Arms Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Amherst College—for a discussion of his new book, Sudden Courage: Youth in France Confront the Germans, 1940-1945.

About Sudden Courage
The author of the acclaimed When Paris Went Dark, longlisted for the National Book Award, returns to World War II once again to tell the incredible story of the youngest members of the French Resistance—many only teenagers—who waged a hidden war against the Nazi occupiers and their collaborators in Paris and across France.
On June 14, 1940, German tanks rolled into Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation. Most citizens adapted and many even allied themselves with the new fascist leadership. Yet others refused to capitulate; in answer to the ruthless violence, shortages, and curfews imposed by the Nazis, a resistance arose. Among this shadow army were Jews, immigrants, communists, workers, writers, police officers, shop owners, including many young people in their teens and twenties.

Ronald Rosbottom tells the riveting story of how those brave and untested youth went from learning about literature to learning the art of sabotage, from figuring out how to solve an equation to how to stealthily avoid patrols, from passing notes to stealing secrets—and even learning how to kill. The standard challenges of adolescence were amplified and distorted.

Sudden Courage brilliantly evokes this dark and uncertain period, from the beginning of the occupation until the last German left French soil. A chronicle of youthful sacrifice and courage in the face of evil, it is a story that holds relevance for our own time, when democratic nations are once again under threat from rising nativism and authoritarianism. Beyond that, it is a riveting investigation about what it means for a young person to come of age under unpredictable and violent circumstances.


JP Solar Professionals - August Happy Hour
Tuesday, August 13
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
Bella Luna & The Milky Way, 284 Amory Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jp-solar-professionals-august-happy-hour-tickets-66983249703

Join friends, neighbors and solar professionals - this month we meet at Bella Luna in the Brewery Complex.

Upcoming Events

Make Our Voices Heard "Our Fight For Healthcare"
Wednesday, August 14
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-our-voices-heard-our-fight-for-healthcare-tickets-63996409985

This event is open to all. This event is designed to discuss solutions to the disparities that Black Women, the Elderly, and other underserved demographics in America face during their experiences with the American healthcare system. 

Unfortunately, in the United States, Black women experience significant issues with healthcare. Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related deaths than any other race. An American Cancer Society study showed the rate that black American women are dying from cervical cancer is comparable to that of women in many poor developing nations.

Dr. Sanithia L. Williams stated in the New York Times, “Actual institutional and structural racism has a big bearing on our patients’ lives, and it’s our responsibility to talk about that more than just saying that it’s a problem,”. 

The baby boomers are entering old age, resulting in the biggest elderly population in United States history. Researchers have concluded that ageism directly affects the longevity of older adults. In a study published by the American Psychological Association, concluded that old people with positive perceptions of aging lived an average of 7.5 years longer than those with negative images of growing older.
Immigrants are facing extreme threats due to current political administration policies, therefore affecting their access to healthcare.

Therefore, how can these demographics protect themselves? How can they make their voices heard? How can we change this narrative? What technology or policies could assist? Join us for a group discussion and educational health presentations!

This event is hosted by The Mary J. Harris Foundation, Inc a 501c(3) non-profit in partnership with the Cambridge Innovation Center
Sponsored by Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPN-ULEM)

Thursday, August 15

Food Forest
Thursday, August 15
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.


Tour and Tasting at UFI's Fowler Clark Epstein Farm
Thursday, August 15
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, 487 Norfolk Street, Mattapan
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/tour-and-tasting-at-ufis-fowler-clark-epstein-farm-tickets-64530578698

Join SBN as we tour the Urban Farming Institute (UFI)'s newly restored historic Fowler Clark Epstein Farm!

Historic Boston, along with its partners, the Urban Farming Institute, The Trust for Public Land, and North Bennet Street School, recently restored the 1786 Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, transforming the property into UFI's new urban farming headquarters and education center, including classrooms, demonstration kitchen, planting beds, and a farm stand.

Come learn how UFI is using Fowler Clark Epstein Farm to create healthy places and healthy people through training, education, research, and development. After the tour, you will be able to taste produce grown fresh from the farm!
Date: August 15th

Time: Join us at 5:30pm for casual networking with UFI, SBN members, and others engaged in the local food system. The farm tour will begin at 6:00pm, and a tasting selection will follow of produce grown directly from the farm!
Location: 487 Norfolk St, Mattapan, MA 02126

About UFI:  The Urban Farming Institute was founded in 2011 out of a global vision for a better food system and the local experience of neighborhood residents in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. They foresaw the challenges to a thriving urban agriculture industry in Boston: farmer training, land access, public education and policy.

The Urban Farming Institute brings its vision of a just food system into neighborhoods where it creates partnerships between residents and farmers to create healthy places and healthy people. And UFI continues to honor its local roots in the leaders, staff and participants of the program.

For more information contact Elena Klonoski, elena at SBNMass.org or (617) 395-0250

Everyone who registers for an Eat Local Month event on Eventbrite will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a Cabot Creamery $75 Gift Box, which includes an assortment of award-winning cheese, plaid burlap bag, and a wooden cutting board. Our other Eat Local Month events include a screening of Lobster War and a tour of Boston Organics.


White Flights:  Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination
Thursday, August 15
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer JESS ROW—author of Your Face in Mine—for a discussion of his new book, White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination. He will be joined in conversation by award-winning local writer GISH JEN. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

About White Flights
White Flights is a meditation on whiteness in American fiction and culture from the end of the civil rights movement to the present. At the heart of the book, Jess Row ties “white flight”―the movement of white Americans into segregated communities, whether in suburbs or newly gentrified downtowns―to white writers setting their stories in isolated or emotionally insulated landscapes, from the mountains of Idaho in Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping to the claustrophobic households in Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections. Row uses brilliant close readings of work from well-known writers such as Don DeLillo, Annie Dillard, Richard Ford, and David Foster Wallace to examine the ways these and other writers have sought imaginative space for themselves at the expense of engaging with race.

White Flights aims to move fiction to a more inclusive place, and Row looks beyond criticism to consider writing as a reparative act. What would it mean, he asks, if writers used fiction “to approach each other again”? Row turns to the work of James Baldwin, Dorothy Allison, and James Alan McPherson to discuss interracial love in fiction, while also examining his own family heritage as a way to interrogate his position. A moving and provocative book that includes music, film, and literature in its arguments, White Flights is an essential work of cultural and literary criticism.

Friday, August 16 - Sunday, August 18

12th Annual Boston GreenFest 
Friday, August 16 - Sunday, August 18
12pm - 6pm with some performances until 9pm
296 State Street, Boston, MA - T-Stop Aquarium
Rose Kennedy Greenway: from the Carousel to the Rings Fountain
Long Wharf: Christopher Columbus Park (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and Marriott Long Wharf Grand Ballroom (GreenTech Expo - Saturday only)
Central Wharf: EcoRide & Drive - try out an electric vehicle on Central Street. See exhibits near the Aquarium's iMax. Learn how to build a vertical garden!
Hennessy's Upstairs: Boston Green FilmFest at 25 Union Street, near Faneuil Hall

We're moving from City Hall Plaza to the Greenway and Long Wharf!  Also, a new feature of the festival:  on Sat. Aug.17th we will host the first Massachusetts GreenTech Expo!

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

Sunday August 18

6th Annual Monarch Butterfly Release
Sunday August 18
2 to 3:30pm
Fresh Pond,Cambridge

 Lovely kid-friendly event. View the 50+ Monarchs raised by volunteers and rangers, then join the parade to release them. And enjoy the plantings of milkweed and other wildflowers for butterflies!  https://www.facebook.com/events/485325068939702/

Tuesday, August 20 

Authors at MIT | Nolen Gertz: Nihilism @ The MIT Press Bookstore
Tuesday, August 20 
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/authorsmit-nolen-gertz-nihilism-tickets-66234251429

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming scholar Nolen Gertz to discuss his book, Nihilism, part of the MIT Press’ Essential Knowledge Series.

When someone is labeled a nihilist, it’s not usually meant as a compliment. Most of us associate nihilism with destructiveness and violence. Nihilism means, literally, “an ideology of nothing.” Is nihilism, then, believing in nothing? Or is it the belief that life is nothing? Or the belief that the beliefs we have amount to nothing? If we can learn to recognize the many varieties of nihilism, Nolen Gertz writes, then we can learn to distinguish what is meaningful from what is meaningless. In this addition to the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Gertz traces the history of nihilism in Western philosophy from Socrates through Hannah Arendt and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Although the term “nihilism” was first used by Friedrich Jacobi to criticize the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, Gertz shows that the concept can illuminate the thinking of Socrates, Descartes, and others. It is Nietzsche, however, who is most associated with nihilism, and Gertz focuses on Nietzsche’s thought. Gertz goes on to consider what is not nihilism—pessimism, cynicism, and apathy—and why; he explores theories of nihilism, including those associated with Existentialism and Postmodernism; he considers nihilism as a way of understanding aspects of everyday life, calling on Adorno, Arendt, Marx, and prestige television, among other sources; and he reflects on the future of nihilism. We need to understand nihilism not only from an individual perspective, Gertz tells us, but also from a political one.

Nolen Gertz is Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.


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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