Sunday, August 08, 2010

Energy (and Other) Events - August 8, 2010


Monday, August 09, 2010
MIT Energy Club Energy 101 Series: Nuclear Fusion
Speaker: Andrea Schmidt
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: 2-136
Nuclear fusion holds the promise of essentially unlimited fuel, no greenhouse gas emissions, short-lived radioactive waste, and inherent safety. Fusion power could be put on the grid without a massive overhaul in conventional electricity storage and distribution. But commercial fusion, initially thought to be "50 years away," is still several decades away despite the US fusion program being nearly 60 years old. Why has it taken so long to reach the holy grail and what is the current road-map to success? This talk will be a basic overview of the technology behind fusion and challenges that lie ahead, with a focus on the tokamak-type reactors. MIT's own tokamak will be introduced, as well as ITER, the massive international tokamak to be built in France.

Lunch will be provided. No RSVP necessary.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club



Yardswap II- Harvard Freecycle Event
Tue., Aug. 10, 2010, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Science Center Atrium, 1 Oxford St.
Law School Green Team, FAS Green Program, Harvard Recycling, Harvard Office for Sustainability
Back by popular demand! Items went quickly last time, and we heard from you that there’s much more to donate.
Donate items from 8am-11am by bringing them to Science Center classroom 110. Browse and take from 11:30am-2:30pm in the Science Center Atrium. Both office supplies for Harvard re-use and items from home are welcome. File folders, cabinets, printers/cartridges, books, movies, music, housewares, games, sports equipment, art supplies, clothes, etc., welcome. All leftover items will be donated to local charities. Check out this video of our June Freecycle:
Please, NO: TVs, computers, large electronics, large furniture, or IT-managed equipment.


Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert

Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston MA 02115

Hosted by J. Curtis Warner, associate vice president for education outreach/executive director, Berklee City Music, this musical extravaganza will feature Boston's most talented inner-city youth in concert at the Berklee Performance Center. Showcasing students from a cross section of Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville public high schools, this evening promises to be exciting for all! Noteworthy will be the traditional awarding of full-tuition SYSTEM 5 Continuing Scholarships to eight deserving students who will have successfully completed Berklee's five-week summer performance program. Featuring Sharon Young, Marty Walsh, Winston Maccow, Mike Tucker, and Nichelle Mungo.

Admission: $5 in advance, $10 day of show. Student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office.

RSVP for Conference Call with Al Gore
Please join Al Gore on Tuesday, August 10 at 8:30 p.m. EDT, 7:30 p.m. CDT, 6:30 p.m. MDT, and 5:30 p.m. PDT for a Virtual Town Hall. He will discuss potential next steps for the climate movement.
Use this form to RSVP for the conference call. You will receive a confirmation email with the call-in details.
You can also include a question to submit with your RSVP. Although we may not get to address every submission, we will try to discuss as many as possible during the length of the call.


Ignite Spatial: Boston
Thursday, August 12th, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

If you would like more information please contact us

Special thanks to Microsoft New England Research & Development for providing the venue for this event.

The event is free, however, due to limited space at the venue you must RSVP:

CFL swap
Central Square
August 14th
12:30 to 5 pm

We will go door to door, exchanging highly efficient CFLs (compact florescent bulbs) for incandescent light bulbs.

Each CFL saves $11 and 70 lbs of CO2 a year (assuming it's left on 3 hours a day). Replacing 200 bulbs = 70 tons of CO2 and $22,000 saved over the next decade.

For those of you averse to our normal barn-raisings, which may involve crawling around in attics with cans of spray foam, this is your chance to save a lot of carbon without ripping your favorite pair of pants.

Meet your neighbors and hand them a gift. This is community at its finest.
Pizza and a band afterward. Sign up here:

CFLs kindly donated by the Cambridge Energy Alliance.

Organized by the Home Energy Efficiency Team http://www.heetmacom


Perseid Meteor Shower

August 12 and 13



August 19-21, Boston City Hall Plaza

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