Sunday, August 22, 2010

Energy (and Other) Events - August 22, 2010


Wednesday, August 25

6:30 - 9:30pm

SIGGRAPH 2010 Electronic Theater Animation Festival

MIT Campus Stata Center, 32-123
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

6:30pm - 7:30pm - meeting people, talking and networking.
7:30pm - 9:30pm - We will be seeing the SIGGRAPH 2010 Electronic Theater Festival
Please RSVP at



6 to 8 PM

Hyde Square Green Zone kick-off party

Hyde Square Task Force's Cheverus Bldg, behind the church at 365 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Make your home more affordable and comfortable and help start the Hyde Square Green Zone

Come learn about energy-saving tips and resources for your home and neighborhood.
Refreshments will be served! Kids welcome!

Sponsored by the Cool JP committee of Boston Climate Action Network ( 857-544-6846

What's a "Green Zone," you ask?

A "green zone" or "green block" is an area where neighbors decide to work together to cut their energy use significantly.

Are you wondering if your home is an ENERGY HOG? Or are you disgusted by the oil drilling mess in the Gulf of Mexico? Or maybe you're anxious to get a job in the rising Green Wave of energy efficiency jobs. If so, joining with your neighbors to create a “green block” is a great way to turn your personal action into political action.

Recently Boston Climate Action Network launched an initiative called "Cool JP," a campaign that aims to get at least 25% of JP's 12,300 households involved to lowering their carbon footprints by 25% (per household) in 3 years. This is part of a larger Cool Mass project lead by Mass Climate Action Network and we hope our Cool JP pilot project will generate ideas that will catch on throughout Boston's diverse neighborhoods.

One way we're engaging folks in Boston is through creating GREEN BLOCKS and GREEN ZONES where neighbors learn and work together to reduce their energy bills and make their homes and neighborhoods more sustainable. By talking together about energy conservation, we can pool information and share our lists of what types of work we might undertake to make our homes more efficient. If we have a long list of potential work in a small area, we can attract contractors who are able to pay better wages to their workers and offer us a group discount.

BostonCAN can help you reach out to your neighbors and get started: with smart energy parties, low carbon living groups, home energy coach visits, weatherization barn-raisings, and collective approaches to landlords and to contractors about cost-effective energy efficiency improvements. Get involved by coming out on August 27, signing up for updates, or calling us at 857-544-6846 to volunteer.

Hope to see you soon!




August 29th, Sunday


Bill McKibben Speaks About His New Book, Eaarth

Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. Free Admission.

You can hear Bill McKibben speak in person about his new book, 'Eaarth'. In this Green-Sanctuary group recommended book, he says our hope depends on building the kind of societies that can concentrate on essentials. This book is being sold by the Green Sanctuary group at Sunday coffee hours.


Ongoing resources

The Forum Network,, has a library of public lectures and courses and is sponsored by from PBS, NPR, CPB, Lowell Institute, WGBH. Lots and lots of subjects and speakers to choose from, individual talks and ongoing series. It looks like a much wider ranging version of what CSPAN II does with their Book TV every weekend.

Artisan Asylum,, a public workshop, offers a series of skill-building courses.

Boston Latin Youth School Climate Action Network,, could use your help in winning a grant to build a green roof on America's oldest public school. See their website for further details.


Also available as a listserv, email to subscribe
Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area
Boston Area Computer User Groups

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