Sunday, July 17, 2016

Energy (and Other) Events - July 17, 2016

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Full event information follows the Index and notices of my latest writings.

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Sunday, July 17 - Wednesday, July 20
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IEEE PES General Meeting:  "Paving the Way for Grid Modernization” 

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Monday, July 18
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12pm  6th Annual African Festival of Boston
7pm  Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do about It

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Tuesday, July 19
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8:30am  WELL Building Standard: Introduction + Discussion
12pm  Trends in Antarctic Subpolar Sea Sea Level: Evidence of Increasing Glacial Melt?
5:30pm  Gun Violence and Investor Action
7pm  Killer Drones: An evening of info and response
7pm  Let's Think About What We Put on Our Feet!

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Wednesday, July 20
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7:30am  July Boston Sustainability Breakfast
8:30am  The British are Coming: An update on BREEAM in the USA!
9:30am  Deer Island Tour
10am  Uplifted Arctic Continental Margins: New Concepts & Consequences for Barents Sea Exploration
5:30pm  Conversation in Civic Innovation: Financial transparency and citizen engagement
6pm  How epigenetics controls our genes in health and disease
6pm  Imagine Boston 2030
6:30pm  Imagine Boston 2030
7pm  Boston: Open Doors Party by Startup Institute 

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Thursday, July 21
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5:30pm  Building Tour + Networking Night: 75 State Street
6:30pm  Imagine Boston 2030
6:30pm  Imagine Boston 2030
6:30pm  Envision Cambridge: Alewife Visioning
6:40pm  How To Change the World
7pm  The Human Superorganism:  How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life

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Friday, July 22
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6:30pm  encuentro5's 10th Anniversary - Honoring Noam Chomsky & Charles Yancey

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Saturday, July 23
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10am  Boston Mini Maker Faire
2pm  From Kendall Square to Manila and Maputo: how microfinance enables innovative entrepreneurship in the developing world

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Sunday, July 24
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3pm  Living Building Challenge: Old Oak Dojo
6pm  Global Warming, Endless Growth, and the Extraordinary Power of the Powers of 2

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Tuesday, July 26
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12pm  Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice Brown Bag

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Sunday, July 17 - Wednesday, July 20
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IEEE PES General Meeting:  "Paving the Way for Grid Modernization” 
Sunday, July 17 - Wednesday, July 20

You are invited to join us for a series of strategic planning meetings this summer in Boston, Massachusetts. These meetings will be held July 17 – 20 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel concurrent with the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s 2016 General Meeting.

The Monday to Wednesday sessions will be led by IEEE Smart Village founders, chairs and experienced volunteers, divided into topics of interest and action. Subsequent to each panel session, time will be set aside to have individual discussions with prospective volunteers to sub-committees and working groups. It is at these sessions, during the IEEE PES GM, that volunteers interested in participating with IEEE Smart Village can share their humanitarian passion and learn about opportunities within the initiative. For a complete schedule of the IEEE Smart Village sessions at the GM, please see below.

As an institute-wide humanitarian initiative and a signature program of the IEEE Foundation, we are truly having transformative impact in energy-impoverished off-grid communities around the world. Your personal commitment and participation is critical to achieving our goal: to bring transformative power to 50 million people by 2025.

Our aim is to develop a skilled core support team in close partnership with each new startup. We are looking for IEEE members, experienced technical and business professionals to: 
lead and actively participate in a variety of impactful sub-committees, 
assist partners in the initial development of pilot proposals to demonstrate feasibility of growth to scale and sustainability, and
support in additional fundraising. 
We hope you will join us, and ask that you also suggest other IEEE members, within your IEEE society and across the spectrum of skills and interests, who may be candidates in volunteering for this member-managed initiative.   

Any questions, feel free to email us at smartvillagestaff@ieee.org, or contact Mike Wilson, Sr. Project Manager for Smart Village at 1.732.562.2622  

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Monday, July 18
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6th Annual African Festival of Boston
Monday, July 18
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, Boston

A massive New-England, multi-cultural celebration featuring the best of the African Arts and Culture which came to life for the very 1st time on July 17th 2010 bringing along the sights and sounds of Africa The African Festival of Boston also serves as a catalyst to rise wider public interest in the African Arts and to encourage artistic dialogue, cultural exchange, and celebrate the African heritage in the heart of Boston City Hall Plaza The City on a Hill." The African Festival of Boston presents a unique opportunity for emerging and established artists to showcase their work on a national platform. Therefore creating opportunities for collaboration with international artists, build new audiences, and share the culture and heritage of all people of African descent with the global community.

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Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do about It
Monday, July 18
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes food and travel writer LARRY OLMSTED for a discussion of his book Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do about It.
About Real Food/Fake Food

You’ve seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from sawdust. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. Extra-virgin olive oil that isn’t. Fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets. Award-winning food journalist and travel writer Larry Olmsted exposes this pervasive and dangerous fraud perpetrated on unsuspecting Americans.   
Real Food/Fake Food brings readers into the unregulated food industry, revealing that this shocking deception extends from high-end foods like olive oil, wine, and Kobe beef to everyday staples such as coffee, honey, juice, and cheese. It’s a massive bait and switch where counterfeiting is rampant and where the consumer ultimately pays the price.

But Olmsted does more than show us what foods to avoid. A bona fide gourmand, he travels to the sources of the real stuff, to help us recognize what to look for, eat, and savor: genuine Parmigiano-Reggiano from Italy, fresh-caught grouper from Florida, authentic port from Portugal. Real foods that are grown, raised, produced, and prepared with care by masters of their craft. 

Part cautionary tale, part culinary crusade, Real Food/Fake Food is addictively readable, mouth-wateringly enjoyable, and utterly relevant. Larry Olmsted convinces us why real food matters.  

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Tuesday, July 19
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WELL Building Standard: Introduction + Discussion
Tuesday, July 19
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT)
"Aristotle” Room, 50 Milk Street 15th Floor, Boston
Cost:  $50 - $65

You are invited to join the building commuity for an introduction to WELL. The Introduction to the WELL Building Standard presentation provides an overview of the WELL Building Standard ideology, structure, and certification process. The medical basis for the concept categories is introduced along with design and construction strategies to create healthy buildings. The time has come to elevate human health and comfort to the forefront of building practices and reinvent buildings that are not only better for the planet—but also for people. This presentation will introduce how to do this using the WELL Building Standard as the framework.

Objectives
Articulate the financial, societal, and environmental benefits of WELL certification
Identify the role of the International Well Building Institute and the WELL Building Standard
Recognize the structure of the WELL Building Standard
Explain the 7 concepts of the WELL Building standard, the strategies to achieve them, and the health impacts they address
Summarize the certification process of the WELL Building Standard

If you are interested in having this session count towards your LEED credential, please self-report at USGBC.org and use GBCI: 0920003583 when referring to the session.

Only students and chapter members qualify for the lower ticket price. We will be verifying this.

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Trends in Antarctic Subpolar Sea Sea Level: Evidence of Increasing Glacial Melt?
Tuesday, July 19
12:00p–1:00p
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Speaker: Craig Rye, CUSP (UK)

Sack Lunch Seminars (SLS) is a student-run weekly seminar series. Topics include climate, geophysical fluid dynamics, biogeochemistry, paleo-oceanography/climatology and physical oceanography. 

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Darius Collazo
617-253-2127

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Gun Violence and Investor Action
Tuesday, July 19
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Unitarian Universalist Association, 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston

While gun control has long been a contentious issue in American political discourse, the recent tragedy in Orlando has again underscored the tragic frequency of mass shootings in this nation. During this event featuring speakers Lauren Compere of Boston Common Asset Management and Meggin Thwing Eastman of MSCI, we will discuss the latest policy developments on gun control and action taken by investors in response. We will also review recent analysis from MSCI showing exposure to semi-automatic and civilian firearm manufacturers and retailers at the mutual fund and ETF level.
With a welcome and introduction by Tim Brennan, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. 
Speakers:
Lauren Compere is Managing Director and the Director of Shareowner Engagement at Boston Common Asset Management (www.bostoncommonasset.com), an employee-owned investment management firm specializing in U.S. and international responsible investing.  She oversees Boston Common’s global shareholder engagement initiatives.  Ms. Compere has worked in the responsible investment industry for over 25 years and has 17 years of experience in global responsible investing.  She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Ms. Compere sits on the Governing Board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and previously served as Treasurer.  She also serves on the Business Ethics Committee for the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN).  Additionally she sits board of the Access to Nutrition Index Foundation.  Ms. Compere was Co-Chair of the Emerging Markets Disclosure Project (EMDP) and co-lead for the EMDP Korean team (2009-2012).  
Meggin Thwing Eastman leads research methodology development across MSCI’s suite of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) product offerings, including ESG ratings, controversies, global norms, government and business involvement screening, and custom research. Her responsibilities include new product development as well as enhancements to existing models. Meggin also authors insights and guidance for asset owner and asset manager clients seeking to incorporate ESG considerations into their investment process.
Meggin has worked in the ESG field since joining the former KLD Research & Analytics in 1998. Prior to her current role, she led MSCI’s Boston and Asia Pacific-based teams of ESG ratings analysts and was MSCI ESG Research’s lead technology sector analyst. She joined MSCI with the acquisition of RiskMetrics in 2010, following RiskMetrics’s acquisition of KLD in 2009. At KLD she led a team of technology sector analysts for several years. 
Meggin served as co-chair of the Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN) Steering Committee from 2014-2015. She holds a BA in Spanish and Asian Studies from Williams College and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Killer Drones: An evening of info and response
Tuesday, July 19
7 PM
Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington

We will show excerpts from "Drone" and hear from Christopher Aaron, an ex-drone analyst in Iraq and Afghanistan who resigned due to ethical concerns.
Sponsored by Eastern Mass Anti-Drones Network and Arlington United for Justice with Peace.  http://www.justicewithpeace.org, (617) 776-6524

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Let's Think About What We Put on Our Feet!
Tuesday, July 19
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Le Laboratorie Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge

We were born to be barefoot. But what has the impact of footwear had on our feet? We may think that cushioned and supportive footwear is good for us...but actually it may not be! Learn and try some foot exercises that promote strong and healthy feet with Dr. Irene Sprague Davis.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Davis is Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School and founding director of the Spaulding National Running Center.  Dr. Davis received her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, and in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida.  She earned her Masters degree in Biomechanics from the University of Virginia, and her PhD in Biomechanics from Pennsylvania State University. 

Her research has focused on the relationship between lower extremity structure, mechanics and injury.  She is one of most foremost national and international experts in the area of running injury mechanics. Dr. Davis has given nearly 300 lectures both nationally and internationally and authored over 100 publications on the topic of lower extremity mechanics during running. She has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Discovery, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Parade and Time Magazine.  She was recently named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running by Runners World.

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Wednesday, July 20
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July Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, July 20
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (EDT)
Pret A Manger, 101 Arch Street, Boston

Celebrate Summer!
Join us for the July Sustainability Breakfast - Net Impact Boston's informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals together for networking, discussion and moral support. It's important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good! Feel free to drop by any time between 7:30 and 830 am.

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The British are Coming: An update on BREEAM in the USA!
Wednesday, July 20
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
50 Milk Street, 15th floor, "Aristotle" conference room, Boston
Cost:  $10 - $25

Come join us for a discussion of the newly launched BREEAM USA green building standard and learn how it can help transform the Boston marketplace. BREEAM is the world's leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It addresses a number of lifecycle stages such as New Construction and Refurbishment with a special emphasis on In-Use structures. Hear from CEO Barry Giles as he explains how BREEAM USA enables property investors, owners, managers and occupants to drive sustainable improvements through operational efficiency and effective building management.
With a focus on sustainable value and efficiency, BREEAM certified developments make attractive property investments and create environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them. Worldwide there are more than 545,600 BREEAM certified developments, and almost 2,246,500 buildings registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990. The core technical standards and processes of BREEAM USA will be discussed as well as its comprehensive, scientific approach to building sustainability. 
BREEAM USA is a partnership between BuildingWise, the award-winning US-based LEED certification consultancy, and BRE Group, the international provider of robust, independent, third party certification of fire, security and environmental products and services.

Barry Giles Bio
Barry Giles, CEO, BRE America
Based on his iconic status in the green building industry and his expertise as the first BREEAM In-Use assessor in the US, Barry was appointed CEO of BREEAM USA in May of 2016.
He first saw the potential for the BREEAM standards to apply to the US market after becoming a BREEAM International and BREEAM In-Use Assessor in 2009. Since then, Barry has taken the lead in developing the partnership between BuildingWise and BRE Group to create the BREEAM USA standard. He worked to specifically tailor the methodology for the unique conditions in the United States and continues to advocate for sustainability benchmarks in all existing buildings as a BRE Fellow.

In the early days of his career, Barry worked in virtually every aspect of the building industry —as an engineer, general contractor, systems operator and a facilities supervisor. His breadth of experience gives him particularly astute insight into what will satisfy the many different stakeholders in a project and inspires his strong, practical approach to green building.  Barry was a LEED for Existing Buildings pioneer and a founding member of its Core Committee, and has continued to assist the USGBC in the development of the LEED EB rating system in the years since as a LEED Fellow.

Barry’s passion, innovative thinking, and candor make him a highly sought after speaker, consultant and teacher. In 2005, Monterey County recognized Barry as the “Green Person of the Year,” and in 2009, he was invited by Mayor Gavin Newsom to be on San Francisco’s Green Building Task Force, which led to the city’s requirement of energy benchmarking for all existing buildings.

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Deer Island Tour
Wednesday, July 20
9:30 AM
Deer Island, 190 Tafts Avenue, Winthrop

I know you care about clean energy, and so I wanted to give you an opportunity to sign up to join MCAN for a tour of the Deer Island clean energy site, which includes solar, wind, and an anaerobic digester. On July 20th, from 9:30AM TO 11:30AM, join us at Deer Island in Winthrop, MA to learn more about anaerobic digestion as a clean energy source. This is a great opportunity to see clean energy up close and think about what additional on-site clean energy options your town might be able to take advantage of. 

Located on a spit of land in Boston Harbor, Deer Island is not only a Sewage Treatment Plant - it is a clean energy powerhouse. In addition to protecting Boston Harbor from pollution (the plant treats waste water from 43 communities in the greater Boston area), Deer Island sources renewable energy from solar panels and wind turbines, as well as an anerobic digestion facility, all of which will be part of the tour.

HOWEVER, we need signed liability release forms from all attendees by Friday, July 8th. Please sign up now if you are interested, and we will send out release forms. 
We hope to see you at this exciting event!

Contact Kelly Annese

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Uplifted Arctic Continental Margins: New Concepts & Consequences for Barents Sea Exploration
Wednesday, July 20
10:00a–11:00a
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Speaker: Paul Henry Nadeau, University of Stavanger
Advanced modal analysis methods are integrated with seismic reconstructions, gravity/magnetic, and well/core data, revealing the complex geo-history of Pangean organization, and its consequent tectonic break-up, mainly during the Cretaceous and Cenozoic. Sediment transport systems from orogenic Caledonian and Uralian terrains, as well as Fenno-Skandinavian shield areas, provide a wide variety of basin provenance signatures, as well clastic wedge basin fill sequences, recording the tectonic evolution of convergent margins creating the super-continent Pangea in this region. These sequences are followed by rifting events related to the opening of the Arctic Ocean basins. Pronounced uplift and erosion episodes of Arctic Greenland-Norwegian continental margins also occur during these times of rifting... 

PAOC Special Seminar

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Darius X. Inniss Collazo

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Conversation in Civic Innovation: Financial transparency and citizen engagement
Wednesday, July 20
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive 11th Floor, Cambridge

Many municipalities are feeling the pressure to be more transparent about finances.  They are looking for tools to make dense financial information accessible to citizens.   Local governments see these tools as a way to build trust with citizens by showing that they use tax dollars efficiently and effectively. 
Residents often engage with their local government around financial issues only when an issue comes up that feels like a crisis to them.  Suddenly, decisions they care about deeply are being made and the arguments for and against the choices involve understanding budgets and the budget process.  Often all the information they need is available but hard to find and hard to digest.  
What do municipal governments need to do to go from providing financials tools that build trust to providing tools that helps citizens engage in a meaningful and practical way with issues that concern them but have financial implications that constrain the options?  What would a set of tools that covered the whole financial waterfront - budgets, actuals, future projections, benchmarking, participatory budgeting - look like?  
Panelists will include:
James Milan, producer of Your Arlington Dollar on Arlington local cable
Mike Herbert, Ashland Town Manager 
Adam Langley, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Fiscally Standardized Cities database
Christopher Dwelley, Co-Lead & Performance Manager, Citywide Analytics Team at City of Boston
Schedule:
5:30 – 6 PM – Registration and networking
6:00 – 7:00 – Panel Discussion 
7:00 - 7:30 – Q&A
7:30 – 8:30 – Post event networking 

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How epigenetics controls our genes in health and disease
Wednesday, July 20
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Auditorium, 415 Main Street, Cambridge

Brad Bernstein
The one genome we inherit at birth gives rise to the thousands of different cell types in our body — blood cells, skin cells, neurons, and so on. How can cells with the same genes and DNA be so different? The answer lies in epigenetics, the  system of gene controls that turn on just the right genes in cells.Brad Bernstein will present an overview of the field of epigenetics and discuss his lab’s efforts to understand and correct epigenetic defects in human cancer.

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Imagine Boston 2030
Wednesday, July 20
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Mildred Avenue Middle School,  5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan

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Imagine Boston 2030
Wednesday, July 20
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Cleveland Community Center (Dorchester)
11 Charles Street

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Boston: Open Doors Party by Startup Institute 
Wednesday, July 20
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) 
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

Join our program director, alumni, current students, hiring partners, and members of the tech community for an evening of making new connections, reuniting, and having fun.
We're a community of awesome people. Together we are making huge contributions to the tech ecosystem and building great companies. Our Summer Open Doors party is an opportunity for us to come together to celebrate this growing community.
Our Open Doors party is being held at District Hall in the Seaport. Drinks will be served. 
This event is open to all. Do you know someone great, who wants to meet more people in the tech industry? Bring them along! 
Tell your friends, connect with others, and say hello with #SIOpenDoors on Twitter.

Please contact lauren@startupinstitute.com with questions about this event. See you there!

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Thursday, July 21
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Building Tour + Networking Night: 75 State Street
Thursday, July 21
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
75 State Street, Boston
Cost:  $0 - $25

During this joint building tour/networking night, you'll be able to experience great learning opportunities and be able to meet up with the Architect and Landscape Architect who contributed to the project’s success!  During the tour, we’ll explore the building, including tenant spaces and the roof deck. After the event, we'll be discussing all things sustainable!
Presented by the Outreach Committee.

Schedule:
5:30 PM – Initial Gathering in Lobby
5:45 PM – Project Presentation
6:00 PM – Building Tour
7:30 PM – Chapter Networking

About the Venue:
75 State Street, Boston, MA (Brookfield Properties)
LEED O+M: Existing Buildings Gold Certification in 2009
LEED O+M: Existing Buildings Platinum Re-Certification in 2014
The building is also Energy Star Certified.

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Imagine Boston 2030
Thursday, July 21
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Schraffts City Center, 529 Main Street, Charlestown


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Imagine Boston 2030
Thursday,  July 21
6:30–8:30 p.m.
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, 250 Sumner Street, East Boston


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Envision Cambridge: Alewife Visioning
Thursday, July 21
6:30-8:30 pm
Tobin School Cafeteria, 197 Vassal Lane, Cambridge


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How To Change the World
Thursday, July 21
doors open 6:40; film starts promptly 7pm
The Pisani Center, 131 Washington Street, Cambridge

Free UPandOUT film screening - GreenPeace folks will be here for Q&A
GreenPeace representatives will be here with us for Q&A; please come help give them a rousing welcome!
Representatives have been with the organization a number of years and have participated in numerous Greenpeace events and activities, e.g. actions and sailing on the GP ship, the Rainbow Warrior

How to Change the World

In 1971 a small group of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada in an old fishing boat. Their mission was to stop Nixon?s atomic test bomb in Amchitka, Alaska. Chronicling this untold story at the birth of the modern environmental movement and with access to dramatic archive footage unseen for over 40 years, the film centres on eco-hero Robert Hunter and his part in the creation of the global organization we now know as Greenpeace.

Alongside a group of like-minded and idealistic young friends in the 70s, Hunter would be instrumental in altering the way we look at the world and our place within it. These early pioneers captured their daring and sometimes jaw-dropping actions on film and from this director Jerry Rothwell has made a thrilling, sometimes terrifying film.

A prizewinner at the Sundance Film Festival, it is one of those must-see documentaries.

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends!
*free film & free door prizes
****[donations are encouraged]
*feel free to bring your own snacks and soft drinks - no alcohol allowed

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The Human Superorganism:  How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life
Thursday, July 21
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning researcher on the microbiome and professor RODNEY DIETERT for a discussion of his latest book, The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life.
About The Human Superorganism

The origin of asthma, autism, Alzheimer's, allergies, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and even some kinds of depression is now clear. Rodney Dietert presents a new paradigm in human biology that has emerged in the midst of the ongoing global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases.

The Human Superorganism makes a sweeping, paradigm-shifting argument. It demolishes two fundamental beliefs that have blinkered all medical thinking until very recently: 1) Humans are better off as pure organisms free of foreign microbes; and 2) the human genome is the key to future medical advances. The microorganisms that we have sought to eliminate have been there for centuries supporting our ancestors. They comprise as much as 90 percent of the cells in and on our bodies—a staggering percentage! More than a thousand species of them live inside us, on our skin, and on our very eyelashes. Yet we have now significantly reduced their power and in doing so have sparked an epidemic of noncommunicable diseases—which now account for 63 percent of all human deaths. 

Ultimately, this book is not just about microbes; it is about a different way to view humans. The story that Dietert tells of where the new biology comes from, how it works, and the ways in which it affects your life is fascinating, authoritative, and revolutionary. Dietert identifies foods that best serve you, the superorganism; not new fad foods but ancient foods that have made sense for millennia. He explains protective measures against unsafe chemicals and drugs. He offers an empowering self-care guide and the blueprint for a revolution in public health. We are not what we have been taught. Each of us is a superorganism. The best path to a healthy life is through recognizing that profound truth.

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Friday, July 22
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encuentro5's 10th Anniversary - Honoring Noam Chomsky & Charles Yancey
Friday, July 22
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, Boston
Cost:  $20 – $100

A pillar of Boston's progressive community, encuentro5 is the dream of solidarity made true...  - Junot Díaz
encuentro5 is celebrating its 10th anniversary! We’ve hosted l,000s of meetings, workshops, speakouts, & teachins. We’ve been a platform for pro-immigrant, anti-racist, pro-worker, #occupy, and anti-war organizing - right in the heart of Boston!

Every year our resident organizations raise tens of thousands of dollars to keep the doors open. But year-on-year, we’ve had to absorb several $10,000 rent increases - 2014, 2015, and 2016. We have never increased our monthly fees! The doors stay open!

You can help us launch another decade by coming to our 10th anniversary dinner & campaign launch.
Bring a friend, bring your organization, advertise your cause in the program book. Details online.

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Saturday, July 23
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Boston Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, July 23
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston
Cost:  $10

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From Kendall Square to Manila and Maputo: how microfinance enables innovative entrepreneurship in the developing world
Saturday, July 23
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Causeway Restaurant and Bar (2nd floor), 65 Causeway Street, Boston
Cost:  $6.09

Almost half the world -- over three billion people -- live with less than $2.50 a day. For those people, starting a business can make the difference between uncertainty and being able to provide food for their family on a regular basis. Like many Kendall Square startups, these small businesses are run by entrepreneurs who are, as Warby Parker cofounder and CEO stated, “working to solve a problem where the solution is not obvious and success is not guaranteed.” Microfinance institutions are uniquely positioned to provide the initial capital and lift some of the risks associated with starting a venture in those situations. They also have the capacity to guide entrepreneurs through the hoops to bring their enterprise to maturity and help ensure their sustainability. 

Join us and Opportunity International’s Vice President for Interactive Marketing Ian Haisley in an energetic workshop in which he will provide insights into how microfinance institution Opportunity International builds and nurtures startups and entrepreneurs in countries ranging from Peru to Mozambique and the Philippines. 

The event will last from 2pm to 4pm, with the space remaining open until 5pm for informal chatting.

Food will be provided, and a cash bar is available through the duration of the event.

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Sunday, July 24
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Living Building Challenge: Old Oak Dojo
Sunday, July 24
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)
Jamaica Plain, 14 Chestnut Place, Boston
Cost:  $0 - $10

Come join us for an intimate tour of this very special facility. The Old Oak Dojo is the first living building in Boston and we will gather the Collaborative for a summer meeting to connect and celebrate this special achievement.

The Living Building Challenge is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today. It is comprised of seven performance categories called Petals (Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty) which are subdivided into twenty Imperatives.

In April 2016, the Old Oak Dojo became one of the first 11 buildings in the world to be LBC-certified. On the fourth Sundays of the month, we offer tours of our space. We’ll show off our salvaged materials, rainwater harvesting, indoor compost toilet, urban permaculture gardens and more.

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Global Warming, Endless Growth, and the Extraordinary Power of the Powers of 2
Sunday, July 24
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Helen Snively's House, One Fayette Park, Cambridge

Potluck and Discussion

Al Bartlett (1923-2013) was a physics professor at the University of Colorado who spent the last few decades of his life educating on the insidious magic that takes place when anything doubles over time, i.e., 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 . . . "The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function."

This may sound formal and geeky, but we'll watch a video where Bartlett turns the subject into a funny, clear, insightful and wide-ranging discussion of many of the problems we face in today's global civilization.

When we apply this perspective to climate change, our understanding of climate deepens, especially with respect to positive feedback loops - which are accelerating, exponential phenomena - and their consequences. Adam Sacks, Executive Director of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, will lead us in a discussion of the implications of the exponential function for addressing climate and related phenomena.

Potluck starts at 6, presentation at 7.

We're a small non-profit so a $10 donation is requested, but no one will be turned away based on ability to pay.

If you have questions please post to this Meetup, or call Helen at 617 547-1326

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Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice Brown Bag
WHEN  Tue., July 26, 2016, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, 1557 Massachusetts Avenue, 214A Lewis Hall, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Athletic, Award Ceremonies, Business, Classes/Workshops, Comedy, Concerts, Conferences, Dance, Education, Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Exhibitions, Film, Health Sciences, Humanities, Information Technology, Law, Lecture, Music, Opera, Poetry/Prose, Religion, Research study, Science, Social Sciences, Special Events, Support/Social, Sustainability, Theater, Volunteer Opportunities, Wellness/Work Life, Working@Harvard
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice
DETAILS  Join the Houston Institute for Race and Justice as we kick off our series of Brown Bags. We hope to discuss issues arising from the need to rebuild our cities, as well as solutions within the Harvard Community. The first Brown Bag will be centered on Trauma and Violence and will serve as a planning session for future events. It will be held in 214A Lewis Hall on July 26th at 12PM. Lunch will be provided.

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Wednesday, July 27
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Emotional Intelligence
Wednesday, July 27
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
New England College of Business, 10 High Street, Boston
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Using big data to understand rare diseases
Wednesday, July 27
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Auditorium, 415 Main Street, Cambridge

Daniel MacArthur
More than one million humans have now had their DNA sequenced, providing tremendous amounts of information on the patterns of genetic variation across the human population. This talk will outline the Broad Institute’s efforts to create massive genetic databases and describe how these data can be used to understand human genes and the causes of rare, severe diseases.

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Startup Showcase 2016
Wednesday, July 27
6:00PM-9:00PM
The Promenade at the Innovation and Design Building, 21 Drydock Avenue, 6th Floor, Boston

Hope your summer has been full of sunshine! We've been having lots of fun here at MassChallenge helping the amazing 2016 class of startup finalists create massive impact, but now it's time for you to see them in action. I hope you can make it to our 2016 Startup Showcase on July 27th. 

This year we're going full-festival and hosting it right outside the Innovation and Design Building. In the words of a certain presidential candidate, it's going to be "yuge." Feel free to forward this invite along to folks in your network! 

You can register for free here:

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Thursday, July 28
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Immersive Tech: Demos and Drinks
Thursday, July 28
6:00 PM
Fragomen, 100 High Street, Boston

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are poised for rapid growth and Tech in Motion Boston is excited to showcase companies that are revolutionizing this sector of the tech industry! Join us Thursday, July 28th at Fragomen's Headquarters for our classic Demos & Drinks event - Immersive Tech edition! There is no formal agenda for this event - attendees arrive, grab a bite, drink, and interact with the various companies showcasing their products and technology (appetizers and drinks provided).

Demo companies to be announced shortly!

What is VR and AR? 

Virtual reality uses computer technology to create a simulated, three-dimensional world. In a virtual reality environment, a user experiences immersion, or the feeling of being inside and part of that world. Augmented Reality (AR) is the blending of virtual reality and real life, as developers can create images within applications that blend in with contents in the real world. With AR, users are able to interact with virtual contents in the real world, and are able to distinguish between the two.

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Imagine Boston 2030
July 28, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Roxbury/North Dorchester Neighborhood Opportunity Center (Roxbury)
565 Warren Street

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Friday, July 29
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Urban Innovation Festival
Friday, July 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM - Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM 
Channel Park, Traveler Street, Boston

Starting on July 29, our 3-day urban hack-a-thon will include teams consisting of 4-6 innovators from various industries, including design, architecture, real estate, engineering, technology, and more will gather and each be paired with a neighborhood stakeholder and an urban challenge, for example: economic development, youth, green space, health, housing, public safety, and more. During the 3-day festival teams will brainstorm, ideate, and prototype solutions in full view of our public audience, who will be able to provide feedback in real-time in-person and over social media.
Teams competing in this design challenge include diverse rosters of engineers, designers, architects, and innovators. Participating teams include Payette, Autodesk, Essential Design, MOO, Shepley Bulfinch, Wentworth Institute of Technology, CBT Architects, and MassArt.

Each day is free and open to the public, with key presentations throughout where teams will be presenting their design solutions to the judges and the public.

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Cambridge Jazz Festival 2016
Sunday, July 31
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)
Danehy Park, 99 Sherman Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 – $20

Come join us for our 3rd annual Cambridge Jazz Festival. Danehy Park, Cambridge, MA from Noon to 6 p.m. 
Festival lineup
Walter Beasley
Russell Malone
Bill Pierce
Ron Savage Trio
Nadia Washington
Rebecca Cline Trio

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Tuesday, August 2
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Boston TechBreakfast featuring awesome tech demos
Tuesday, August 2
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Microsoft NERD, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell show-case style presentations. And yes, this is free! Thank our sponsors when you see them. This edition at Microsoft NERD – Cambridge, MA features demos from 4 awesome tech companies Find out more and RSVP at http://bit.ly/1NnhwDS


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Is Living in Roxbury Making you Sick? Moving Screening of Unnatural Causes…
Tuesday, August 2
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) 
Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington Street, Boston

Join Madison Park Development Corporation, Black Girls Nutrition and Roxbury Innovation Center for a candid and interactive movie screening and community discussion about why Roxbury residents are sicker than residents in other neighborhoods of Boston, and how we can change that.
Why does your zip code affect your health?

Feel free to bring questions, to share stories and let's get down to business of making some sustainable change. The quality of our lives, health and childrens' health dependent on it. No is NOT negotiable!!!#RoxburyHealthMatters



Digital Marketing for Nonprofits
Wednesday, August 3
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)
New England College of Business, 10 High Street, Boston

~  attend in-person or virtually!

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EnergyBar!
Thursday, August 4
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville
RSVP at 

EnergyBar is Greentown Labs' monthly networking event devoted to helping people in clean technology meet and discuss innovations in energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech,’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional clean technology community. 
Our attendees typically span a variety of disciplines within energy, efficiency, and renewables. In general, if you're looking for a job in cleantech or energy, trying to expand your network, or perhaps thinking about starting your own energy-related company this is the event for you. Expect to have conversations about issues facing advanced and renewable energy technologies and ways to solve our most pressing energy problems. 

Light appetizers and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 pm. Suggested dress is shop floor casual. Parking is incredibly limited at Greentown Labs and we encourage attendees to consider taking advantage of public transportation. 
Hope to see you there! 

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Edible City: Grow the Future
Tuesday, August 9
6pm
Brookline Interactive Group theater, Third Floor of BHS' Unified Arts Building, 46 Tappan Street, Brookline 
Cost:  $5

Activists in San Francisco fight for healthy, socially-just, environmentally-sound, and economically-resilient food.

2016 Summer Film Series:  The Real Cost of Food
Another tantalizing selection of engaging films and local food snacks

Learn more and reserve your ticket at http://www.bountifulbrookline.org/p/programs.html

Questions?
See you at the movies!  


Freecycle and Farmers' Market on the Plaza
Tuesday, August 16
12–6 pm
Harvard, Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Join the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Green Program for their annual Freecycle at the Harvard Farmers' Market.

Need something for your office or cleaning it out? Come donate or check out all the reusable items from across the University.



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On the weekend of July 16 & 17th at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge we will be having a weekend event centered around Application Programming Interfaces.  If you have a work or home project that leverages API's, and are interested in presenting, then please let me know.  Talks can be any length.  If that weekend does not work, please note that there will be evening lectures over the next few months on API's.

For those who are new to API’s, these are being leveraged across many industries, and as such this event will have workshops to help participants learn how to access API’s; as well as on creating “data products” whether blogs, web applications, or the like. The event will have a special track devoted to “Civic Tech” and “Citizen Data Science”. The Programmable Web site provides good coverage of API’s, and beyond that there are many sites focused on specific applications.

API Categories
Social Media Top Ten API’s (article and review)
Machine Learning APIs (article and review)
Music API’s from Music Machinery
Federal Government

Many thanks to Microsoft NERD for hosting us!!!  Please let me know if you have any questions, and/or are interested in giving a talk!
John Verostek:  johnverostek@yahoo.com

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The Summer of 2016 there will be a special issue of the journal Socialism and Democracy (http://sdonline.org/) on Energy Transition, with an emphasis on renewable energy, including wind, solar, and biomass.

We are looking for reviewers of one or more articles. We are also seeking people who could send us reviews of relevant books, for this issue.

Weimin Tchen

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Solarize Somerville is a go! 
Hello neighbors--
On this cold winter day, I'm delighted to share the sunny news that Somerville MA has been chosen by the MassCEC (Clean Energy Center) to be a Solarize Mass community! You can see the announcement here:
State energy officials today announced the selection of the first five communities to participate in Solarize Mass for 2016.  The new municipalities participating in the community-based solar energy group-buying program that lowers overall costs of installing solar electric systems include Somerville and Natick, as well as Shelburne, Colrain and Conway, which have joined as a trio of partner communities....

You can learn more about the MassCEC and the SolarizeMass program at: www.solarizemass.com .
As the announcement has just been made, we don't have a lot of additional information at this time. But this selection means that we can now work with the city and the state to help residents of Somerville to decide if solar is a suitable option for them and their homes or businesses. We'll be developing and sharing educational materials, we'll have events to help people learn more and get questions answered, and we will help people to understand the processes associated with generating local, artisanal electrons.

Officially I'm the "Solar Coach" for Somerville. I am a point of contact to help people with basic solar PV issues and incentives. I'm working with folks from the city who will manage the overall project. This is a joint effort by the Office of Sustainability and Environment, with director Oliver Sellers-Garcia, and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development with Russell Koty.

As a Coach, I am a volunteer organizer and am not authorized to speak as a spokesperson on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or MassCEC. My job is to help people to understand the program once it's in place, and to answer questions that my neighbors may have as they consider the options. Things outside of my wheelhouse will be directed to the folks who can answer them.

You can contact me here with questions, or soon we'll have some information resources with more details. If you might want to volunteer to be on the outreach team. let me know.

Mary Mangan
Solar Coach Volunteer
[vendors should not contact me, I'm not supposed to have contact with them prior to the proposal process]

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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. Membership in the coop costs $2.50 per quart. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

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Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images
Have you ever wanted to learn where your home is leaking heat by having an energy auditor come to your home with a thermal camera?  With that info you then know where to fix your home so it's more comfortable and less expensive to heat.  However, at $200 or so, the cost of such a thermal scan is a big chunk of change.
HEET Cambridge has now partnered with Sagewell, Inc. to offer Cambridge residents free thermal scans.
Sagewell collects the thermal images by driving through Cambridge in a hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal cameras.  They will scan every building in Cambridge (as long as it's not blocked by trees or buildings or on a private way).  Building owners can view thermal images of their property and an analysis online. The information is password protected so that only the building owner can see the results.
Homeowners, condo-owners and landlords can access the thermal images and an accompanying analysis free of charge. Commercial building owners and owners of more than one building will be able to view their images and analysis for a small fee.
The scans will be analyzed in the order they are requested.
Go to Sagewell.com.  Type in your address at the bottom where it says "Find your home or building" and press return.  Then click on "Here" to request the report.
That's it.  When the scans are done in a few weeks, your building will be one of the first to be analyzed. The accompanying report will help you understand why your living room has always been cold and what to do about it.
With knowledge, comes power (or in this case saved power and money, not to mention comfort).

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Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents

Solar map of Cambridge, MA

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Hey Cambridge residents!

Did you know the City of Cambridge is trying to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize? It was created to develop a cleaner and more efficient energy future. Energy efficiency and conservation are the best ways to save energy and minimize environmental impact. In that effort, Cambridge is hoping all residents will get a no-cost energy assessment in order to make their homes more efficient and comfortable. Let us know you're interested here: http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/sign-up-for-an-assessment

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:
Install efficient light bulbs (saving up to 7% of your electricity bill)
Install programmable thermostats (saving up to 10% of your heating bill)
Install water efficiency devices (saving up to 10% of your water bill)
Check the combustion safety of your heating and hot water equipment
Evaluate your home’s energy use to create an energy-efficiency roadmap

Again, let us know you're interested here: http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/sign-up-for-an-assessment and someone will be in contact with you shortly to give you personally tailored contact information on how you can get your no-cost home energy assessment. Renters are also eligible!

Any action to save energy in the home will help Cambridge win this competition while protecting the environment. For additional ideas on how to save energy, please see the Cambridge Energy Alliance website at http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/resources/interactivehome

Please share with your Cambridge friends and family and ask them to get a free energy assessment!

Want to be more involved? Become a neighborhood Block Captain! Block Captains help their community members sign up for and complete no-cost home energy assessments through the MassSave program. Our team will give you the tools and guidance needed to recruit neighbors to get an assessment and improve the efficiency of their homes. Participation is welcome at whatever level you are able to commit to.
If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain, please fill out the form at http://tinyurl.com/blockcaptainsurvey and someone from the Cambridge Energy Alliance will be in contact with you shortly. If you know someone who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity!

Questions? Contact jnahigian@cambridgema.gov

Cambridge Energy Alliance
@cambenergy 

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Sunny Cambridge has just launched! Sunny Cambridge is the city-wide initiative that makes it easy for all types of residents to get solar power for their homes. Cambridge has lined up local solar installers through the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, which helps you request, receive, and compare solar quotes 100% online with support available every step of the way.

The City of Cambridge is working on many levels to reduce energy use and GHG emissions to make the city more sustainable. As a semifinalist in the nationwide competition for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, Cambridge Energy Alliance is encouraging residents to take actions to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Get involved by signing up for a no-cost home energy assessment at the Cambridge Energy Alliance home page (www.cambridgeenergyalliance.org/winit)
and going solar at http://www.sunnycambridge.org 

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Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide
SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!
To view the directory please visit: http://www.localgreenguide.org
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at adritha@sbnboston.org

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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

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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@bnid.org if you have any questions!

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BASEN / Boston Solidarity Network Economy:  http://ba-sen.tumblr.com
Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston:  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/

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Links to events at over 50 colleges and universities at Hubevents:  http://hubevents.blogspot.com

Thanks to
Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area:  http://www.BostonScienceLectures.com
MIT Events:  http://events.mit.edu
Sustainability at Harvard:  http://green.harvard.edu/events
Microsoft NERD Center:  http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/
Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:  http://www.greenhornconnect.com/events/
Cambridge Civic Journal:  http://www.rwinters.com
Cambridge Happenings:   http://cambridgehappenings.org

Cambridge Community Calendar:  https://www.cctvcambridge.org/calendar