Sunday, April 10, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - April 10, 2011

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Legatum Lecture : Practical Entrepreneurship Tips from a Pro

Speaker: John Chisholm

Time: 5:00p–6:00p

Location: 32-141, Stata Center

John Chisholm will offer practical advice on how to bring an idea to market, while also touching on the enormous humanitarian benefits of creating for-profit enterprises.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: None
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
For more information, contact:
Agnes Hunsicker

Monday, April 11, 20112011

Annual Freeman Lecture: Closing the Water Cycle, Recovering Energy and Resources in Future Sustainable Communities

Speaker: Dr. Vladimir Novotny

Time: 6:00p–9:00p

Location: E51-115, Ting Foyer for Reception

Freeman Lecture

Reception at 6 p.m. Lecture begins at 7 p.m.
This lecture will present an up-to-date, integrated and interdisciplinary perspective on the role of urban water design and management in advancing urban sustainability goals.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Tickets: N/A
Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering, Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section
For more information, contact:
Lauren M

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The MIT Sustainability@Sloan Speaker Series and MIT Sloan NetImpact co-present:
Corporate accountability through the Global Reporting Initiative: Past, Present, and Future
Bob Massie and Allen White, co-founders, GRI

Tuesday, April 12th, 12-1PM
MIT Building E51, Room 325
70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Lunch will be served starting at 11:45AM

The Global Reporting Initiative has emerged as gold standard for reporting of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices by corporations and other organizations since its launch at the UN in 2002. Bob Massie and Allen White, as founders of this ground breaking initiative, will share with us their journey as leaders of the movement for corporate transparency, accountability, and sustainability. GRI is an exemplar of a growing number of collaborative global governance initiatives aimed at balancing the rights and freedom of organizations with their duties and obligations in a globalizing world. Since its conception, GRI's commitment to inclusiveness, transparency, technical rigor and continuous learning have propelled the initiative to the forefront of a new generation of non-governmental, multi-stakeholder initiatives that helping to shape transnational governance in the 21st century.

Open to: the general public

Cost: 0

Sponsor(s): Net Impact, Sustainability@MIT, Sustainability@Sloan Speaker Series

For more information, contact:
Jason Jay


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Conversation with Sherry Turkle

Speaker: Sherry Turkle

Time: 7:00p–9:00p

Location: 66-110

MIT Communications Forum

The eminent MIT professor, author most recently of Alone, Together, discusses her darkening view of our digitizing world, her sense of the culture of MIT and its students, and her own career with Communications Forum Director David Thorburn, a longtime colleague.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open
Sponsor(s): Communications Forum, The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT
For more information, contact:
Brad Seawell

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Future of Pakistan

Speaker: David Miliband, British Labor Party, MP - Round table discussion with Fotini Christia, Vipin Narang and Sameer Lalwani

Time: 12:00p–1:30p

Location: E40-496

SSP Wednesday Seminar

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program

For more information, contact:


Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Speaker: Prof Karan Venayagamoorthy, Colorado State

Time: 2:30p–3:30p

Location: 48-316

Environmental Fluid Mechanics / Hydrology Seminar series
Weekly presentations from local and international researchers in the fields of hydrology and environmental fluid mechanics.

Environmental fluid mechanics can be defined succinctly as the study of naturally occurring fluid flows in the earth's atmosphere and hydrosphere. The key questions in this broad and important area in fluid mechanics focus on how fluids move constituents through our natural environment. A defining characteristic of many environmental flows is density stratification which arises due to temperature and/or salinity variations. Understanding how turbulence and stratification interact with each other is a fundamental issue and provides the key to enhancing our ability to predict how mixing and transport occurs in the natural environment. In this talk, an overview on the application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in environmental flows will be presented. Three different research problems will be discussed to highlight the use of direct numerical simulations (DNS) and large-eddy simulations (LES) in studying research problems ranging from the laborarory scale to the field scale. The examples will focus on the following topics:
1.Stably stratified turbulent flows
2.Internal waves in the coastal ocean
3.Plume dispersion in coastal and estuarine flows.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering

For more information, contact:
Sheila Anderson


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Targeting the Hard-Core Poor: An Impact Assessment

Speaker: Jeremy Shapiro (Yale)

Time: 2:30p–4:00p

Location: E51-376

Targeting the Hard-Core Poor: An Impact Assessment

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Development & Environment Seminar

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Starr Forum- Afghanistan: Mending it Not Just Ending It

Speaker: Rt Hon David Miliband MP

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: 34-101

Please join us for a public lecture that jointly celebrates MIT's 150th anniversary and the Center for International Studies' 60th anniversary.

CIS is delighted to feature as our guest speaker a prominent MIT alumnus, Rt Hon David Miliband MP.

Miliband was the Foreign Secretary for the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010. He will join CIS as a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow in residence from April 11 through 15, 2011. He is an alumnus of the Department of Political Science Department at MIT, and he delivered the MIT Compton Lecture ( ) in spring 2010. Miliband will discuss the war in Afghanistan followed by a Q&A with the audience. Sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies. Free and open to the public.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar: Electrode Materials for Next Generation Lithium Ion Batteries

Speaker: Arumugam Manthiram, Materials Science and Engineering Program & Texas Materials Institute, The University of Texas at Austin

Time: 4:00p–5:15p

Location: 66-110

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series
Sponsored by CMSE, DMSE, and MPC. To receive announcements about this series and other events of interest to the MIT materials community, subscribe to the matseminars mailing list at

Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized the portable electronics market, but their adoption for transportation and stationary electrical energy storage applications is hampered by high cost and safety concerns. The success of lithium-ion technology for these applications relies heavily on the development of low-cost, safe cathode and anode materials with high energy and power densities as well as long cycle life. After providing an overview of the pros and cons of the existing cathode and anode materials, this presentation will focus on (i) high-capacity, high-voltage layered and spinel oxide cathodes, (ii) microwave-assisted solvothermal synthesis of nanostructured phosphate and silicate cathodes, (iii) high-energy density sulfur-carbon nanocomposite cathodes, and (iv) high-capacity nano-engineered alloy anodes. Particularly, the advantage of surface modification of cathodes and anodes with nanostructured materials in enhancing the energy and power will be emphasized.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Center for Materials Science & Engineering, Materials Processing Center, Materials@MIT


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Word of Mouth Advertising, Credibility and Learning in Networks

Speaker: Kalyan Chatterjee (Penn)

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: at Harvrd Littauer M16

Word of Mouth Advertising, Credibility and Learning in Networks

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Theory Workshop
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sloan Automotive Laboratory Spring 2011 Seminar Series

Speaker: Valerie Karplus

Time: 4:15p–5:30p

Location: 37-212

Sloan Automotive Laboratory Spring 2011 Seminar Series
Seminar on topics related to engines, fuels, vehicle behavior, broader transportation energy questions presented by graduate students, faculty, researchers, and special guest speakers of the Sloan Automotive Laboratory.

Topic: Climate and Energy Policy for U.S. Passenger Vehicles: A Technology-Rich Economic Modeling and Policy Analysis

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering Dept.
For more information, contact:
Janet Maslow

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Climate Fix

Speaker: Prof. Roger A. Pielke, Jr.

Time: 5:00p–6:00p

Location: E51-325

MIT Energy Club Lecture Series

The world's response to climate change is deeply flawed. The conventional wisdom on how to deal with climate change has failed and it's time to change course. To date, climate policies have been guided by targets and timetables for emissions reduction derived from various academic exercises. Such methods are both oblivious to and in violation of on-the-ground political and technological realities that serve as practical "boundary conditions" for effective policy making. Until climate policies are designed with respect for these boundary conditions, failure is certain. Using nothing more than arithmetic and logical explanation, this talk provides a comprehensive exploration of the problem and a proposal for a more effective way forward.

Bio: Roger A. Pielke, Jr. has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado since 2001 and is a Professor in the Environmental Studies Program and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). At CIRES, Roger served as the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research from 2001-2007. Roger's research focuses on the intersection of science and technology and decision making. In 2006 Roger received the Eduard Brueckner Prize in Munich, Germany for outstanding achievement in interdisciplinary climate research. Before joining the University of Colorado, from 1993-2001 Roger was a Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Web site:

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club, EAPS Graduate Student Advisory Council, Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, Science Policy Initiative
For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club

April 14: Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail book talk
5:30pm, Sever 213, Harvard Yard
Chasing Chiles is both a rollicking travelogue from three guys on the hunt for authentic food and cultural experience and an adventure with a larger, sobering mission: to understand the effects of climate change by zeroing in on one critical crop and the people whose lives are most deeply intertwined with it. Chef Kurt Michael Friese is author of A Cook’s Journey: Slow Food in the Heartland and owner and founding chef of Devotay, a restaurant in Iowa City that is a community leader in local and sustainable cuisine. He is owner and publisher of Edible Iowa River Valley magazine, a board of directors member for Slow Food USA and the Iowa Food Systems Council, and a graduate and former chef-instructor at the New England Culinary Institute. Free and open to the public.


Energy Industry Panel Featuring Chevron, Exxon, Schlumberger, & DC Energy

April 14, 2011


Meet with representatives from the world's top energy firms and learn the direction the energy industry is taking as well as opportunities available for both undergrad and grad students.
Dinner will be served, please RSVP at the website.

Category: lectures/conferences: business/entrepreneurship career development

Location: 4-163

Sponsored by: MIT Energy Campus Events, Sloan Business Club

Admission: Open to the public

For more information: Contact Christie


Friday, April 15, 2011
HyperStudio-Talk: "Learning Through Play"

Speaker: Prof. Eric Klopfer and Scot Osterweil (Education Arcade)

Time: 12:00p–2:00p

Location: E15-335

Play has no agenda. Children play for their own reasons, and even though their play can exhibit fierce determination, persistence, and a will to mastery, it does so only in the service of goals that children set for themselves. Even as we celebrate the learning that occurs in children?s play, and specifically in digital games, we must acknowledge that such learning looks dramatically different from the world of school. Though starkly different on the face of it, we nevertheless believe the ecologies of play and school can be successfully integrated, something we have witnessed through our own experience as educators and game designers. We will examine these issues through concrete examples of existing best practices, and speculative designs currently under development at MIT?s Education Arcade, and elsewhere.
Please RSVP to

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre

Friday, April 15, 2011

11th Annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture and Reception

Speaker: Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Time: 3:00p–4:00p

Location: W20-202, Reception held in Twenty Chimneys W20-306 following the talk.

The Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture Series honors the memory of Professor Henry W. Kendall (1926-1999) who was the J.A. Stratton professor of physics at MIT.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0.00
Tickets: N/A
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Center for Global Change Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering
For more information, contact:
Jacqui Taylor

Friday, April 15, 2011

Renewable Electrical Power: Wind, Wave, and Tidal (Mechanical Engineering Lecture in Energy)

Speaker: Professor James A. Fay

Time: 3:30p–5:00p

Location: 3-270

Mechanical Engineering Colloquium

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MechE Seminar Series
For more information, contact:
Harris Crist




Monday, April 11, 12pm-1:30pm
Richard Vietor, HBS
Low-carbon energy options
Weil Hall, Ground Floor, Belfer Building, HKS


Harvard Green Carpet Awards

WHEN Mon., Apr. 11, 2011, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
WHERE Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Award Ceremonies, Special Events, Working@Harvard
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Office for Sustainability
NOTE Reception to follow, 5-6 p.m., at Cambridge Queen's Head Pub.
This University-wide event supports the achievements of Harvard's sustainability goals – including the greenhouse gas/energy reduction goal – and recognizes the many dedicated and hard-working staff, faculty, and students involved in campus sustainability initiatives. Features distinguished presenters, live student performances, and award presentations. Don't miss the sustainability event of the year!


Tuesday, April 12
12 p.m.
"Did Dodd-Frank Fix the Mess?" Gretchen Morgenson, assistant business and financial editor and a columnist at The New York Times.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275


Mediactive: Using Media in a Networked Age
Dan Gillmor of ASU & Berkman Center Faculty Associate
Tuesday, April 12, 12:00 pm
Griswold Hall, Room 110, Harvard Law School
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (
This event will be webcast live at 12:00 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after at

Mediactive: Using Media in a Networked Age

We're in an age of information overload, and too much of what we watch, hear and read is mistaken, deceitful or even dangerous. Yet we can take control and make media serve us -- all of us -- by being active consumers and participants. In a networked age, we are fully literate only if we are creators as well as active consumers, and the Internet has given us the tools to be both.

As Berkman Fellow Clay Shirky, a renowned scholar of information and the Internet's influence on our modern world, says in a foreword to Mediactive: "Dan doesn’t make upgrading the sources, or the gatekeepers, or the filters—or any other 'them' in the media ecosystem—his only or even primary goal. Dan wants to upgrade us, so we can do our own part. He wants us to encourage media to supply better information by helping us learn to demand better information. And he wants us to participate as creators."

Dan's method starts with bedrock principles, for consumers and creators. He offers tactical advice as well, and looks at key modern issues surrounding policy, law and social norms. At every step he encourages an ethical and honorable approach, because trust is part of the foundation for useful and reliable information.

Mediactive is more than a book. It's a project designed in part to explore what a book should be in an interactive, networked age. it exists on paper, on the Web and in several e-book versions, with more to come. Dan will be updating all versions on a regular basis.


Politics, the Brain, and Human Nature
WHEN Tue., Apr. 12, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR This event is organized by the Program on Science, Technology, and Society, at the Harvard Kennedy School and co-sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Graduate School of Design, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
SPEAKER(S) David Brooks, columnist, The New York Times; commentator, PBS NewsHour
CONTACT INFO Lisa Matthews:, 617.495.8883
NOTE For decades we have tried to increase high school graduation rates and college completions rates. We've tried to reduce the achievement gaps. We've tried to depolarize our economy and moderate the financial cycles. These and many other public policy efforts have produced disappointing results. This is in part because the policies were based on a partial view of human nature and a simplistic view of human capital. Neuroscientific research over the past few years has pointed toward a richer view, one in which our emotions and unconscious play a far more important role in everyday decision-making. It is time to apply the findings of science to the world of policy, morality, and practice.


Wars and Budget Wars: Managing the Pentagon
WHEN Tue., Apr. 12, 2011, 6 p.m.
SPEAKER(S) A public address by Ashton Carter, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology & logistics

Moderated by Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs


Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 12 – 12:20 p.m.
WHERE John Harvard Statue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Social Sciences, Special Events, Support/Social, Working@Harvard
NOTE Nearly 10 years of war. Thousands of American lives, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghani lives, trillions of dollars. Come remember, mourn, and protest.


Lunch Seminar: Crisis Response and Crisis Management: Gulf Spill and Japan Nuclear Disaster
WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
WHERE Fainsod Room, 3rd floor, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Co-sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
SPEAKER(S) Ben Heineman, senior fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
NOTE Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to


Advance Screening: Under Rich Earth
WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 3 – 7:40 p.m.
WHERE Austin Hall West (111), Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Conferences, Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Film, Law, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Andes Initiative, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Human Rights Program; International Legal Studies; International Law Students Association; La Alianza; Advocates for Human Rights
DIRECTED BY Malcolm Rogge
NOTE This is an advance screening of "Under Rich Earth" (Ecuador/Canada 2008) for the panel discussion "Business & Bullets: Litigating Human Rights Claims against Transnational Corporations," taking place on April 14 at 5 p.m. in Austin West.


The Scientific Basis of Conflicts of Interest: The Role of Implicit Cognition
WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 3 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Ropes Gray Assembly Room (Pound 212), Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Ethics, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Sponsored by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Organized by David Korn & Max H. Bazerman
David Korn
Max H. Bazerman
Mahzarin Banaji
P. Read Montague
Francesca Gino
Don Moore
Sunita Sah
NOTE Free and open to the public.


Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series: "Science, the Private Sector and the Public Good"

WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue
Kresge Building, Auditorium G3
Boston, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Ethics, Health Sciences, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Office of the Dean, Harvard School of Public Health
SPEAKER(S) Gerald L. Chan, CEO, Morningside Group
Additional remarks by: Gokhan Hotamisigil, J.S. Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism, chair, Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health
Julio Frenk, dean of faculty, Harvard School of Public Health, T&G Angelopoulos Professor of of Public Health and International Development, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School
NOTE With a background in engineering and radiobiology, Gerald Chan is a co-founder and CEO of Morningside, the privately held investment group that has a global range of activities in the arenas of media, life science, and education as well as a strong commitment to social responsibility inclusive of supporting philanthropy and scientific research. Gökhan Hotamisligil will present content expertise and join Chan in discussion with the audience, moderated by Frenk.
Reception to follow, 5-6 p.m., Kresge Atrium.


John Merrow Book Talk: The Influence of Teachers
WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Monroe C. Gutman Library first floor reading area
TYPE OF EVENT Lecture, Presentation, Reception
CONTACT NAME Jennifer Marsh
CONTACT PHONE 617-495-4225
NOTE John Merrow will present his fourth book, The Influence of Teachers.
John Merrow is the education correspondent for PBS NewsHour and President of Learning Matters, Inc. His many accomplishments include two George Foster Peabody Awards, three Emmy nominations, and dozens of awards from the Education Writers Association.
In The Influence of Teachers, John Merrow paints a vivid picture of what goes on in our schools and what needs to change. The book addresses such hot topics as teacher training, merit pay, tenure, unions, charter schools and leadership. As one of the most respected education journalists in America, the author talks frankly with leaders such as Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein, walks the halls with students of all ages, and forces us all to think about the challenges of today’s education system.


"Louder Than a Bomb" - Film Screening and Discussion
WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE Askwith Lecture Hall, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge - HGSE campus
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Education, Film, Lecture, Poetry/Prose
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR HGSE Arts in Education program and several local literacy organizations
SPEAKER(S) With Louder Than a Bomb alumni Jose Oliverez, Amanda Torres, and Alice Costas, plus Louder Than a Bomb co-founder and HGSE Arts in Education student Anna West
CONTACT INFO 617.495.9068,
NOTE "Louder Than a Bomb" is a film that chronicles the stereotype-confounding stories of four teams as they prepare for and compete in the 2008 youth poetry slam competition that annually features more than 600 teenagers from more than 60 Chicago-area schools.


Lunch Seminar: Causes and Solutions to the Financial Crisis

WHEN Thu., Apr. 14, 2011, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE Bell Hall, 5th floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government (M-RCBG)
SPEAKER(S) John Haigh, co-director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government, and executive dean of the Harvard Kennedy School
NOTE Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to


Business & Bullets: Litigating Human Rights Claims against Transnational Corporations
WHEN Thu., Apr. 14, 2011, 3 – 6:45 p.m.
WHERE Austin Hall West (111), Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Conferences, Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Film, Law, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Andes Initiative, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Human Rights Program; International Legal Studies; International Law Students Association; La Alianza; Advocates for Human Rights
SPEAKER(S) Chris Jochnick, director, Private Sector Engagement, Oxfam America
Malcolm Rogge, director and producer, "Under Rich Earth"
Grahame Russell
Co-Director, Rights Action (USA/Canada/Guatemala)
Carlos Zorrilla
Defensa y Conservacion Ecologica de Intag / Intag Ecological Defense and Conservation (Santa Rosa, Ecuador)
NOTE A film screening & panel discussion with documentary filmmaker Malcolm Rogge.
3-4:40 p.m.: Screening, Under Rich Earth (92 minutes)
5-6:45 p.m.: Panel discussion
*Movie snacks & light supper will be served
** There will be an advance screening of "Under Rich Earth" on April 13 at 5 p.m. in Austin West.
The critically acclaimed documentary "Under Rich Earth" (Ecuador/Canada 2008) chronicles the grassroots resistance of Ecuadorian farmers who refuse to be forced off their land to make way for a massive open pit copper mine. This film gives a rare insider perspective on corporate violations of human rights by privatized security forces operating in weak governance zones. The film will be followed by an international panel discussion on the legal, ethical and practical issues at stake in litigating transnational claims against corporations for human rights abuses.
Panelists will consider the role of private law litigation in constructing an effective overall corporate accountability strategy for environmental degradation and human rights violations. Violations perpetrated by corporate security forces often involve serious violent crimes, including death threats, assaults, gang rape and murder. Each panelist has extensive on-the-ground experience working with communities that have spearheaded transnational lawsuits in Ecuador, Guatemala, the United States and Canada. The panelists are uniquely placed to comment both on the specifics of the case portrayed in Under Rich Earth and other issues of particular concern to affected individuals and communities.

For more information, see


The Nile Revolution: Constitutional Promises and Challenges
WHEN Thu., Apr. 14, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Law School, Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Islamic Legal Studies Program (HLS), The Provost's Fund for Interdisciplinary Researcher, CMES Workshop on the Social Sciences in Egypt, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Center, International Law Journal, and the Middle East Legal Studies Association
SPEAKER(S) Adel Omar Sherif, deputy chief justice, the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt,
with chairs and respondents: Nazim Ali, Vicki Jackson, Baber Johansen, Chibli Mallat, Frank Michelman, and Roger Owen
CONTACT INFO Leonard Wood:


Economics of the Third Way: Bioeconomics
WHEN Thu., Apr. 14, 2011, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE RCC conference room, 26 Trowbridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Real Colegio Complutense
SPEAKER(S) Manssur Mohammadian
COST Free, open to the public
NOTE in English


Does radiation from cell phones cause cancer?
April 14, 2011 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Sever Hall 113 Harvard Yard Cambridge, MA
A talk by Dr. Devra Davis, author of Disconnect.

Do you want to learn more about concerns that radiation from mobile phones may cause brain cancer? A growing number of environmental advocates contend the risk is real, though many experts say there is no known biological way this form of electromagnetic radiation can damage DNA in ways that lead to cancer. The National Cancer Institute, the World Health Organization, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer cite epidemiological evidence that says there is no link. Advocates offer different interpretations of the same research, and other studies, as proof not only that the link is real, but that radiation from cell phones may have caused the brain cancer that killed Senator Edward Kennedy and O.J. Simpson attorney Johnny Cochran, and many others.

Dr. Devra Davis, Founder and President of Environmental Health Trust and author of Disconnect,argues that the link exists and that the cell phone industry may be trying to do with this issue what the tobacco industry did to hide the health risks of smoking. Dr. Davis will be presenting as part of the course “Critical Thinking About Issues of Public and Environmental Health” (ENVR 160), an offering of the Harvard Extension School’s Environmental Management Program. You are invited to attend. The 175 seats will be available on a first-come, first-seated basis.


“Something in the Air: Climate Change, Science and Policy”

WHEN Fri., Apr. 15, 2011, 8 am to 5 pm
WHERE Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science
TICKET INFO Registration is required. Register at….
CONTACT INFO Debra Smith: 617.495.8600




Want to learn about sustainable agriculture sourcing and what it takes to work in this field? Tufts Food Works is hosting Jeff Allar, Vice President of Human Resources at Stonyfield Farms at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition.

About Stonyfield: Started in 1983 as a farming school that taught sustainable agriculture practices to other local farmers in Wilton, NH, Stonyfield has become one of the largest all-organic and sustainable yogurt companies- and it’s a philanthropic one too! Truly dedicated to its’ sustainable practices, Stonyfield gives 10% of its’ annual revenue to individuals and organizations working to restore and protect the environment.

Who: Jeff Allar, Vice-President of Human Resources, Stonyfield Farms
When: Thursday, April 14th, 6:30-8 pm
Where: Jaharis Auditorium, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition 150 Harrison Ave. Boston

Questions, comments, or thoughts:

Or visit Tufts Food Works:




Pardee Distinguished Lecture
April 15, 2011 - 10:45am
Barrister's Hall, BU School of Law Boston, MA

Dr. Mehmood Khan, the Chief Scientific Officer and CEO of the Global Nutrition Group of PepsiCo, will deliver the 2011 Pardee Distinguished Lecture.

Lecture and luncheon is free and open to public but requires RSVP and reservation. Because of limited seating, we request that an RSVP message with your full name and affiliation be sent to to reserve space.

The Karbank Symposium in Environmental Philosophy:

The Science, Ethics, and Politics of Climate Change
Friday, April 15th, 2011, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Barristers Hall, Law School, 765 Commonwealth Ave.

“Scientifically Flawed Solutions to Climate Change”
Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Dept of Philosophy and Dept of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame

“What Humanists Need to Know About the Science of Climate Change”
Robert K. Kaufmann, Department of Geography and Environment & Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston University

“International Climate Ethics in a Time of Uncertain Climate Policy”
Andrew Light, Dept of Philosophy, George Mason University and Center for American Progress




FILM SCREENING: GASLAND, Oscar-nominated documentary
Followed by a discussion with Denise Hart, New England Director, Food and Water Watch
Monday April 11th, 6:30 pm
Cornerstone Cohousing, 175 Harvey St, Cambridge

Sponsored by:
State Representative Denise Provost, Food and Water Watch (, and Somerville Climate Action (

The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudi Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.

Cornerstone is a 6-minute walk from Alewife T or from #77 Mass. Ave. N. Cambridge terminal (or at Cameron St. for the #77 Arlington-bound bus). Parking on street.


PechaKucha Boston 22
WHEN Mon., Apr. 11, 2011, 7 p.m.
WHERE Oberon, 2 Arrow St., 02138
NOTE PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.


Tuesday, April 12, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

2400 JFK Federal Building, 15 New Sudbury St., Boston, MA

Called by Beyond Coal Massachusetts

Take 30 minutes of your time and bring a handwritten note in support of clean air to drop by Senator Brown's office. We will be greeting people outside his office form 2-5:00 PM on Tuesday, April 12th before you go upstairs to Senator Brown's office to let him know Massachusetts wants him to vote for clean air.

You will meet volunteers outside before going through security inside and ultimately upstairs to the Senator's office. We strongly recommend you bring a handwritten letter in support of clean air initiatives. Ideas for letters and clean air facts can be found at


Marketing Massachusetts Agriculture: Farmers' Markets, Public Markets, and More
David Webber, program coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and Don Wiest, chair, Boston Public Market Association
Free Admission
Tuesday April, 12, 6 p.m.
Register at


Science by the Pint: SITN is hosting an all new Science by the Pint on Tuesday, April 12th at 7pm at the Tavern in the Square in Porter Square. Come meet Chris Reddy and his colleagues, who will talk about marine ecology and how oil spills affect the flora and fauna of the ocean. Chris will briefly introduce his research and take some questions before he and his colleagues mingle from group to group answering your questions about his work and science in general.


Dorkbot on April 12, 7:30 p.m., Sprout

This month's Dorkbot will feature two speakers. Eric Smith has entered the final stages of building a working wind turbine from the ground up, and he will present the turbine at the meeting. Also,
Chris Korda will join us in a second presentation on his pipelined parallel-processing technique, which he calls ganging. Useful in video processing, Korda finds a way around Amdahl's law and improves
parallel computing speeds.
Bring your projects and beverages to share with the crowd for this spring's first Dorkbot.

Directions to Sprout here:


Empires of Food
WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S) Andrew Rimas
CONTACT INFO Cambridge Forum: 617.495.2727
NOTE Rimas looks at the relationships among food, food availability, and developing human civilizations.


Cool tools: Members of Hacks/Hackers Boston share some favorite tools

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
7:00 PM
Boston Globe
135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester

Sharon Machlis will present Zoho Creator, a drag-and-drop database. Sharon is the Online Managing Editor at Computerworld, where she helped lead the transition from a print- to online-focused newsroom.
Matt Carroll will show how to create professional-looking, sophisticated data visualizations using, an online database tool. Matt is a reporter at the Boston Globe, specializing in data analysis.
Saul Tannenbaum is presenting ""Where Not To Walk in Cambridge: One Citizen Journalist's Journey Through Snow, Bureaucracy, and Google Fusion Tables Maps." He recently gave a talk on this at an Ignite Boston session.
Michael Morisy will do MuckRock, which files, tracks and publishes Freedom of Information requests on your behalf. A freedom of information request is a formal way to ask the government to show you it's documents. Michael is an award-winning journalist who has had worked featured in Business 2.0, the New England Center for Investigative Journalism, ITKnowledgeExchange and many other national and local publications.

Have something to share? E-mail me at
Note: T accessible. Red Line. Get off at JFK/UMass. Step out to Morrissey Blvd exit; go right. 5-7 min walk.


“Never Say Die: Immortality and Overpopulation”
with John Seager (Population Connection) and Dr. Michael Fossel (Rejuvenation Research); moderator Sally Jackson (Ford Hall Forum Board member)
Thursday, April 14, 6:30-8 pm
Moot Court Room, Suffolk University Law School

Michael B. Fossel, MD, Ph.D., founder of Rejuvenation Research and author of The Immortality Edge, draws on Nobel Prize-winning genetic research to advise us on slowing the aging process. John Seager, President and CEO of Population Connection and former staffer at the Environmental Protection Agency, tempers the excitement over lengthening life spans by discussing effects including overpopulation and increased competition for already-scarce resources. They join Sally Jackson, a Vice President of Ford Hall Forum, to debate the critical issues facing a population nigh on a significantly extended life expectancy.

For more information on Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, visit Information about Suffolk University’s partnership with the Ford Hall Forum can be obtained by contacting Mariellen Norris, (617) 573-8450,


Thursday, April 14th
A reception begins at 7:00 p.m., with the program beginning at 7:30 p.m.
BASEA Forum: Solar Decathlon -- Europe 2010 Overview and DC 2011 Massachusetts Preview
1st Parish Unitarian Church, #3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge

Join us for a free introduction to nonviolent communication
Date/Time: Thursday, April 14th from 7:00-9:00 pm (we ask that you arrive 10 minutes early so we can get started right at 7pm)
Location: Whole Foods Community Room on River Street in Cambridge, MA. We will begin promptly at 7pm. Please arrive prior to that time so you do not miss important information and to contribute to everyone’s learning.

In this two-hour format we want help you to determine how NVC can enrich your life, and whether you’d like to deepen your learning in a way that fits your unique path. You’ll witness tools and techniques (four ways to hear any message, an experience of empathy) that help transform lifelong habits of how we experience the world through our thinking, speaking and listening.
Bring your personal examples and questions. Gain insight into improving your relationships, discover how to hear what someone is longing for in their heart (even when they use language that makes it hard for you to hear), and learn about the possibilities for nurturing peace in your life, work, and community. Led by Bonnie Mioduchoski.

This is offered primarily to people new to NVC and looking to find out if it fits. People familiar with NVC are also welcome to explore our approach of focusing on inspiration and using the tools with personal authenticity. FREE PARKING.
Registration: Although the session is free of charge, we request pre-registration to help us have clarity about how many people will attend so we can be most effective in our preparations. Please contact Bonnie with any questions about the class or registration.
What to bring: Your energy and aliveness, your emotions (up or down), your personal experiences, are all welcome! You may wish to bring a notepad and pen or pencil if you enjoy taking notes to help you remember new ideas.
More info and other events at

Tufts Energy Conference
April 15

Two-Day Conference with Keynote Speakers Michael Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head, Environmental Finance, Institutional Clients Group, Citigroup and Former Founding President, American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE); Suedeen Kelly, Partner, Patton Boggs LLP and Former Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).


"Best Practices for Local Sustainability"
April 15, 2011 | Holiday Inn | Marlborough, MA
Full Conference Details at

Early registration till March 15 at $60, $75 after March 15


April 15, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable:

Smart Power and the Future of Electric Utilities; & Transforming the Electric Grid with Storage and Electric Vehicles

Raab Associates presents:
The 122nd NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Date: Friday, April 15, 2011
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

The Restructuring Roundtables are free and open to the public. Advanced registration is not required.
The Restructuring Roundtable has been meeting bimonthly since 1995, to discuss current topics related to revolutionary changes in the electric power industry in Massachusetts and throughout New England. It is supported by over 25 generous sponsors.
Jonathan Raab, Ph.D, moderator of the Roundtable, is president of Raab Associates, Ltd, a Boston-based mediation and facilitation firm specializing in energy and environmental issues. He also teaches the sustainable energy policy class at MIT.

Raab Associates, 118 South St. 3A, Boston, MA 02111
tel. 617-350-5544 fax 617-350-6655


saturday april 16th and sunday april 17th at Simmons!
A weekend of sharing skills! All day saturday and sunday!
• when: april 16th and 17th from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm both days
• where: 300 fenway, boston, MA
• donation: we request a $3-$10 sliding scale donation which covers the entire weekend of workshops, but you don''t have to pay anything if you wish!
• Check out all our awesome workshops this year! Over 80 of them! Wow!
hosted by the Simmons Progressive Librarians Guild
The Progressive Librarians Guild is a group of radical library students at Simmons that helps out the Skillshare in a major way by providing the space for all our awesome workshops! Check 'em out!
spread the word
• RSVP to our event on Facebook and invite your friends!


12th Annual Earth Day
Charles River Cleanup
Saturday, April 16, 2011
9am - 12pm
At sites all along the Charles River and its tributaries


JP Shopping Spree
Eat Local. Shop Local.
April 16, 10am - 4pm
Jamaica Plain
It's All Here!
When: Saturday April 16th, 10am-4pm
Where: Kick-off @ 12pm @ Crystal Fruit, 278 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
Why: Shop Locally to support JP's local markets, meet your neighbors, get great specials, enter to win a raffle, and celebrate our great community!
How: Visit a participating market, bodega or grocery store, get a "passport," visit the businesses on the passport and enter the raffle!


"Secret of the Dawn" - film screening, followed by a panel discussion about female genital mutilation (FGM) and efforts to stop it in Mali,
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 4:00-6:30 p.m. at Emerson Hall, Harvard U., 25 Quincy Street, Cambridge.

This documentary shows current attitudes of people in Mali toward FGM, and Malians struggling to end it, including Healthy Tomorrow's sister group, Sini Sanuman. Dancer and health educator Wyoma
will perform a dance of hope for a future without FGM. We will end with a music video that is shown on Malian TV, featuring 17 actual ex-excisers. This event is co-sponsored by Healthy Tomorrow and the Harvard Extension International Relations Club. For more info, call (617) 776-6524.

Feel free to call with any questions.

Susan McLucas, director, Healthy Tomorrow, (617) 776-6524,

Editorial Comment: Susan McLucas is an old friend who has been working in the US and Mali for many years on the issue of female genital mutilation.


Museum of Science, Boston
Now through May 12 (except for April 19 - 21), the Museum is celebrating Neighborhood Days and offering free admission to view
RACE: Are We So Different? for residents of Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere, Somerville, and Quincy on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.



GreenPort Forum

Street Trees in Cambridgeport
With David Lefcourt, City Arborist, Ellen Coppinger, DPW Landscape Administrator, and Carolyn Shipley from the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association
Please join us for a neighborhood discussion on street trees and plantings in Cambridgeport. How do street trees contribute to sustainability? What is the city’s approach to planning for trees in our neighborhood? How can neighbors help take responsibility for maintaining and improving street trees, and help in identifying areas that could benefit from more planting, or better care? This is your chance to learn from the experts, and ask questions of the leaders in street tree planning and implementation in Cambridge as a whole, and more specifically in Cambridgeport.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Av, Cambrige (corner of Magazine St. and Putnam Av)

GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood
For more information, contact Steve Morr-Wineman at

For more information on street trees, see these links, courtesy of Carolyn Shipley:

Recommended city trees:

Trees and tree care:

Link to state law that the city uses as a guideline.
If you want to have the city plant a tree on your front lawn:


The next Choose to Reuse event, MIT's bi-annual swapfest will take place on April 21st, Thursday 8am-2pm. At the event, you will be able to drop off reusable items (electronics, clothing, odds and ends, etc.) and also claim other goods as your own.

If you would like more information or would like to be involved in any reuse activities at MIT please email me.

Cordially Yours,
Nancy Kim


Thursday, April 21, 2011
Rethinking Climate Change: The Past 150 Years and the Next 100...
A panel discussion looking back at the last 150 years of climate research and rethinking the way forward. This event is sponsored by the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of this interdisciplinary research program on issues of global environmental change, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and in coordination with the MIT150. Professor Ernest Moniz will be among the panelists.
Time: 4-6pm
Tang Center, E51-115 (Wong Auditorium)


Registration for the MIT Sustainability Summit 2011 is now open! We are offering an early bird discount, so please register before April 8th.

This year's Summit will take place on Friday, April 22nd at the Microsoft NERD center. Our topic this year is “Bridging Thought and Action: Creating a Sustainable Organization.” Come to the summit to hear what experts think, share your ideas, network with others working in sustainability, and celebrate Earth Day with us. We are preparing a wide range of panels, including Bending the Water Cost Curve: Innovations to Avert Water Crisis, The Economic Case for Sustainability and Beyond Microfinance. We are also hosting two exciting keynote speakers:

Academic: Dr. John Ehrenfeld, the “Grandfather of Sustainability”
Dr. Ehrenfeld currently serves as Executive Director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. He retired in 2000 as the Director of the MIT Program on Technology, Business, and Environment, an interdisciplinary educational, research, and policy program. He holds a post as Senior Research Scholar at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In October 1999, the World Resources Institute honored him with a lifetime achievement award for his academic accomplishments in the field of business and environment. He received the Founders Award for Distinguished Service from the Academy of Management’s Organization and Natural Environment Division in August 2000.

Practitioner: Gary Hirshberg, “CE-YO” of Stonyfield Yogurt
Gary Hirshberg has overseen the growth of the organic yogurt company Stonyfield Farm from its infancy as a seven-cow organic farming school in 1983 to its current $300 million in annual sales. This growth has been built with innovative marketing techniques that often combine the social, environmental, and financial missions of the company. One of the company's five missions is "to serve as a model that environmentally and socially responsible businesses can also be profitable" and Gary has realized this vision in every aspect of the company.

Want to learn more? Check us out at:
MIT Sustainability Summit on facebook

We look forward to seeing you there!
-- The MIT Sustainability Summit Organizing Team

Editorial Comment: Both John Ehrenfeld and Gary Hirshberg are well worth listening to. They are skilled sustainability practitioners of long-standing.


Earth Day 2011

Make Your Voice Heard on Earth Day
Thursday, April 21
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Educational Fair
12:30 pm- Lobby Training
1:00 pm- Lobby Visits

This year's event will feature both an educational tabling as well as lobby training. We anticipate that more than 20 different environmental organizations from around the Great Boston Area will come out in support. Sponsors for this event include Senator Marc Pacheco and Representative Frank Smizik. Additionally, Michael Dukakis has graciously agreed to come speak at the event in support of 1% for the Environment in the budget, an issue that should be a major concern to all residents of Massachusetts. We encourage participants of all ages and walk to life to come join us in making our voices heard-whether it be Bottle Bill, E-Waste or Safer Alternatives. Participants are welcomed to interject their local issue as well! We hope to see you all there!! If you have any questions, please contact Phil at

Supporting organizations: Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, Environmental League of Massachusetts, Mass Audubon, The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, The Trustees of Reservations.



This Earth Day:

Three Great Violinists
Come Together to Beat Climate Change!

Mimi Rabson, Tara Bangalore, Beth Bahia Cohen

Friday, April 22 — 7:00 pm

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston

Tickets Are Available Online.

Regular Admission: $20 — Buy Now From CCNow
Student/Senior Admission: $15 — Buy Now From CCNow

Advance Ticket Orders Are Accepted Until 3 pm on April 22.

Orders received after Tuesday, April 19 will be held at the door.

One of the most exciting concerts this year! Enjoy an evening of dazzling virtuosity, daring improvisation and exquisite melody as three great violinists from different world traditions join together to celebrate Earth Day while drawing attention to the global climate crisis. Featured artists include: the great South Indian violinist Tara Bangalore, Eastern European and Middle-Eastern perspectives from Beth Bahia Cohen and her ensemble, and the vibrant jazz-rock of the Mimi Rabson quartet. The music begins at 7:00 pm, at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA. Tickets are $20; $15 students/seniors. All proceeds will go to the environmental organization For information, please call 781-396-0734 or go to the event website.

“Playing For The Planet: World Violins Against Climate Change” was conceived as a way for these creative musicians to contribute to the urgent struggle against global warming. Because the climate problem recognizes no national boundaries, the artists represent musical styles from three different parts of the globe. Rabson, Bangalore, Cohen and their accompanists may present different melodic and rhythmic concepts, but they share key musical values: listening, honesty, creativity, and respect. And, of course, all these artists are committed to raising awareness of the potentially devastating effects of global warming. Their choice of beneficiary,, is focused on building global consensus on reduction of atmospheric CO2 levels — action which climatologists agree is necessary to avoid catastrophic outcomes. It’ll be an incredible evening of powerful music — from some of the finest musicians in New England and the world.


April 25: Fred Kirchenmann on Sustainable Agriculture

4pm, Sever Hall 113, Harvard Yard

Join farmer, agrarian philosopher, author, and sustainable food advocate Fred Kirchenmann for a lecture and discussion about the future of sustainable agriculture. Free and open to the public.


April 27: Maria Speck book talk (Ancient Grains for Modern Meals)
5:30pm, Emerson 210, Harvard Yard
Food writer Maria Speck’s passion for propelling Old World staples such as farro, barley, polenta, and wheat berries to the forefront of new American cooking is beautifully presented in Ancient Grains for Modern Meals. In this inspired and highly personal book, Maria Speck draws on food traditions from across the Mediterranean and northern Europe to reveal how versatile, satisfying, flavorful, and sophisticated whole grains can be. Free and open to the public.

April 27 – “How to Organize a Common Security Club” Informational Webinar

Please join us for an interactive online webinar about Common Security Clubs, an approach to building individual and community resilience during difficult economic times.

We’ll talk about how to start a club for your community or congregation, including:

• finding an organizing partner
• how to share the idea of a club with others
• how to find a facilitator (if it’s not you)
• some notes on the curriculum
Wednesday, April 27 at 7 PM EDT (4 PM Pacific)Register for the free webinar here:
You will receive a confirmation email after registering with information about how to join the webinar.

Before the webinar, please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the Common Security Club six-session curriculum, which can be downloaded in Word or PDF format at these links:


Greetings Green Friends,

The Green Neighbors and the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc.

Mayday Spring Planting

May 1, from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Jamaica Pond, meet us by the Boathouse and Bandstand.

Come learn how you can prepare for the world food crisis by learning how to grow food at your house in the yard, on the porch and indoors.

Find out about Raised Bed Gardening from the Food Project

Get tips on Container Gardening from some BNAN volunteers

Check out more information from other friends

At the same time, join us to welcome springtime by trying Maypole dancing and watching the Maypole Dance Contest.

Enjoy the music

Make flags for Boston GreenFest 2011

Take walking tours of the area

The Food Project will have a workshop - A Garden of one's Own: a practical how-to about growing food.

The purpose of this workshop is to help aspiring gardeners successfully grow food in a small space. We'll talk about how to build a raised bed or use containers, as well as how to how to evaluate a site, what grows well in a small space, timing and spacing.

You must register in advance for this class by sending email to the address below.

For more information

To sign up for the Maypole dance Contest

To register for the Food Project workshop

Or to volunteer

Contact Owen Toney at:

(617) 427-6293

Saturday, May 21, 2011, join the Green Neighbors and the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. for a Green Entrepreneur Small Business Forum at the Second Church in Dorchester, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Stay tuned In¡

Owen Toney

Green Neighbors Education Committee

Museum of Science, Boston Hi, now through May 12 (except for April 19 - 21), the Museum is celebrating Neighborhood Days and offering freeadmission to view
RACE: Are We So Different? for residents of Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere, Somerville, and Quincy on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.


Save the date: 150th Barnraising!Sunday, May 1, 9:30 am - 2 pm
Boston Community Boathouse

Technically it is in Boston, but you can see it from our side of the river! Our next event will be at the Boston Community Boathouse. Check out the beautiful view from its dock, and help this nonprofit that offers so much to the Boston and Cambridge communities.

This will be our 150th building that we have worked on (either on our own or with another barnraising group). Come sign up to volunteer at

Save some money? Spare some money?Have you put the skills learned at a HEET event to good use? Have you saved money by doing so? It would be great if you could help “pay it forward” with even a small gift to HEET at

Matching Grant:
Right now we have a matching grant - for every one dollar you donate, we’ll make another from a generous donor. The deadline for the matching grant is fast approaching (the end of April), so please take a few moments to donate today!

Matching Donations:
Many corporations and businesses have a matching grants program and will give grants to
organizations their employees support or volunteer for. Please help us to sustain our work by asking your employer if they have a similar program!




Free Monthly Energy Analysis

CarbonSalon is a free service that every month can automatically track your energy use and compare it to your past energy use (while controlling for how cold the weather is). You get a short friendly email that lets you know how you’re doing in your work to save energy.


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


Artisan Asylum

Sprout & Co: Community Driven Investigations

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation, contact


Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents

Thanks to

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

Boston Area Computer User Groups


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