Sunday, June 20, 2010

Energy (and Other) Events - June 20, 2010


Monday, June 21, 2010
"Pollution Transport, Atmospheric Chemistry, and Climate Change in the Himalaya"
Speaker: Dr. Arnico K. Panday, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: 54-915
EAPS Special Seminar

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
For more information, contact:
Roberta Allard

June 24, 2010
11:00am - 1:00 pm
Demonstration of Electric Smart Car
Stata Amphitheater MIT
Cambridge, MA
Introducing the smart for two electric drive vehicle to MIT.
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Perspectives on Energy and Climate Policy Research

Time: 1:00p–5:30p

Location: E51-Wong Auditorium

Please join us JUNE 24 at an Afternoon Symposium to honor and pay tribute to Co-Founder and Co-Director Professor Henry D. "Jake" Jacoby of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.

The afternoon will consist of a series of guest lectures on the topic:

"Perspectives on Energy and Climate Policy Research"

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Center for Global Change Science, Center for Energy & Environmental Policy Research, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, MIT Energy Initiative

For more information, contact:
Frances Goldstein
617 253-2682



Yardswap — Harvard Freecycle Event
Tue., June 22, 2010, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Science Center Overpass Lawn
Environmental Sciences, Special Events, Working@Harvard
FAS Green Program, Harvard Law School Green Team, Harvard Recycling, Harvard Office for Sustainability
Late spring cleaners, unite! Don’t trash your office and home leftovers, freecycle them! Both office supplies for Harvard reuse and items from home are welcome at this event. File folders, cabinets, printers/cartridges, books, movies, music, housewares, games, sports equipment, art supplies, and clothes welcome.
Please, NO: TVs, computers, large electronics, or large furniture.
Please bring items to donate on the day of the event between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
All leftover items will be donated to local charities.

Haiti: Sustaining the Response
Thu., June 24, 2010, 2 – 4 p.m.
O'Keefe Auditorium, Blake Building, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114
Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
Center for Global Health
Massachusetts General Hospital
David Henderson, Division of Global Psychiatry, MGH; Laurence Ronan
Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine, MGH


diybio june meetup 7:00 PM Tuesday 22 June 2010 at Sprout

Howdy Garagistas,

Do you like yogurt? This Tuesday, June 22, Vaughn Tan is bringing by a culture of 1000-year old yogurt that originated from India (and was handed-down by the mythical Harold McGee). We'll chat about biotech in the kitchen and the practicalities of culturing your own yogurt, and have little samples of Vaughn's strain for you to take home should you wish.

So please join us at Sprout* on June 22 at 7:00 PM EST.

Coming up, on July 1 Marcus Gay will present a DIY prototype of an algae photobioreactor he helped develop at a local biofuel startup company, and on July 20th participants from a biotech + game conference ("play + DNA") are invited to join us for a meetup.

Hope to see you for some conversation and yogurt on this Tuesday.

* Sprout is located at 339R summer St, Somerville, MA 02144 We also have the opportunity to use Lorem Ipsum Books in Inman square for our meetup - would this be preferable?

Tuesday, June 22
6:30 to 7:30 P.M.
Cambridge Public Library Children's Room, 3rd floor, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
Eager to cut your home's electric bills? Want to teach your kids how to save energy?

Six King Open students wrote and illustrated a book, "Energy Lite," to help families do this.

The Cambridge Public Library invites you to a book launch and reception recognizing these young local authors and activists, the Sprouts of Hope. The Sprouts of Hope are a community-based Roots & Shoots group. We hope members of the Cambridge community will join us to celebrate the library's acquisition of this one-of-a-kind book and the corresponding electricity usage monitors (Kill A Watt meters) donated by The Sprouts of Hope. The book and meter will be available for check out from the main library and branch libraries.

Learn how to use a Kill A Watt meter to measure how much energy your family uses. Then have fun using the book "Energy Lite" and learn how making small changes can make a big difference.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information about this event, please call 617-349-4038.


Tuesday, June 22, 6:30pm

King Corn

Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway

Followed by discussion and refreshments.

Description: In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm. The trailer can be viewed at


Weatherization Barnraising

Saturday, June 26th
12:30—5:00 p.m.
Attic air-sealing Saturday, June 19th 9-2

Cambridge YWCA Emergency Family Shelter
3 Bigelow Street, Cambridge

• Pitch in to help 10 homeless families who live at the shelter
• Lower vast energy bills for the shelter so it can help the families more
• Learn skills that can save you $$ at home
• Fight climate change
• Share food & celebrate after a job well done
• No skills necessary – training on the job!!

Work includes:

• An easy and cheap way to fix old vinyl replacement windows so they easily close again
• Air-sealing an incredibly leaky attic
• Using caulk and sprayfoam to stop air leaks
• Saving water and electricity
• Installing programmable thermostats
• Masonry, plastering, and more
If you want to take part in the attic air-sealing, check the box on the form, or if Emailing or calling, let us know.

Sign up today by web, email or phone!!

Organized by HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team), a Cambridge-based co-op that brings neighbors together to weatherize our homes and take the energy future into our own hands.
Co-sponsored by Cambridge Energy Alliance

Somerville Climate Action & Transition Somerville present

Tuesday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Somerville Welcomes Climate Riders! Tues. 6/22 to Sun. 6/27
Somerville hosts six New England Climate Summer Student Riders who are spending
their summer biking from town to town. The goal: to raise awareness about the climate
crisis and energize communities to do something about it! They will attend public
events, meet with community leaders, and lend a hand to make Somerville a climate-
friendly city! A gigantic THANK-YOU to First Church Somerville who will be housing the
Meet the students and hear their
story at the following locations:
> Wednesday 12:00 to 6:00pm
Davis Square Farmer's Market
> Thursday 6:00 to 9:00pm
Somerville Living Green Festival *
> Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Union Square Farmer's Market
> Saturday 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Somerville Community Growing Center **
* Climate riders will talk with attendees about the state of our climate, their climate summer project,
and the need for science-based legislation.
** Climate riders will facilitate a grassroots organizing training session

Somerville Living Green Festival! Thur. 6/24 6 - 9 pm Argenziano School,
290 Washington Street, Union Square
Learn to live green! Topics will include saving energy & money, gardening, eating local,
reducing waste, learning about green building, reducing toxics. Energy-efficiency
workshop in Spanish. Presentation by Climate Student Riders at 7:00pm. Kids crafts!
Co-sponsored by the City of Somerville’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment

Grassroots Organizing Training! Sat. 6/26 2 – 4 pm at the Somerville
Community Growing Center
The Climate Riders have been trained in renowned community organizer Marshall
Ganz’s organizing model and will be sharing these skills at this training. Come learn
how to be a new or more effective community organizer!

Screening of A Sea Change: Imagine a World Without Fish, Sat. 6/26
7 – 9 pm at First Church Somerville, 89 College Avenue. A film about ocean
acidification, climate change, and solutions. Co-sponsored by First Church Somerville,
Somerville Climate Action, and Ocean River Institute.

Student Goodbye Ride-Off – Sun. 6/27 2:00pm Bike-off with the students part
of the way to their next town! Leave from First Church Somerville, 89 College Avenue.


Thanks to Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area (

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