Sunday, May 22, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - May 22, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events is a weekly mailing list published most Sundays covering events around the Cambridge, MA and greater Boston area that catch the editor's eye.

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My notes from three recent presentations on the Arab Spring are at


Mayor Menino's Inauguration of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at City Hall Plaza & Announcement of “EVboston” Initiative
Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM (ET)
City Hall Plaza
One City Hall Sq
Boston, MA 02201

Please join Mayor Thomas M. Menino at City Hall for the Inauguration of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at & an Announcement of "EVboston" Initiative!

Three parking spaces on Cambridge Street in front of City Hall Plaza have been outfitted with charging stations and have been set aside for the exclusive use of electric car owners who need to recharge the battery of their vehicle. Parking at these metered spaces will be limited to four hours at Boston’s standard meter rate of $1.25 per hour. The project is a year-long pilot to monitor the use and durability of the charging units.

The project is a year-long pilot to monitor the use and durability of the charging units. The three units were purchased from Coulomb Technologies. The pilot will inform future implementation plans for stations around the city. NStar has also installed a separate smart grid pilot meter in the stations control box to inform the utility on usage and load capacity. The additional NStar meter has remote access to the power to the three charging stations and will be monitored closely for future use in smart grid planning.


Monday, May 23, 2011
The Changing Nature of Research and Innovation in the 21st Century
Speaker: Irving Wladawsky-Berger, PhD Chairman Emeritus, IBM Academy of Technology, Visiting Lecturer of Engineering Systems
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: Virtual --
The MIT System Design and Management (SDM) Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series
The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

Over the past century, science and technology have been successfully applied to innovation in the industrial sector of the economy, leading to very high productivity and quality, and to the development of highly sophisticated and complex objects like airplanes, skyscrapers and microprocessors. The 21st century defines a new set of challenges, especially in the complexity of the systems we are now developing in all kinds of industries, including energy, health care, financial services and urban systems.

It is critical to once more leverage technology, science and innovation to address these challenges and make major improvements in the productivity and quality of these highly complex systems, including services, organizations and the very way the world works. Continuing advances in digital technologies promise to be as pivotal to the 21st century as steam power was to the industrial revolution, leading to an information and services driven economy which is changing the focus, design objectives and the methods by which the world innovates to meet global challenges.

The presentation will explore the key differences between "classic" industrial sector innovation and innovation in this emerging information and services economy, as well as the growing technical capabilities and business opportunities for organizations that embrace these new modes of innovation.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Tickets: See url above
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and Management Program
For more information, contact:
Lois Slavin


States within States: The Social Contracts of Armed Groups
WHEN Mon., May 23, 2011, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S) Jennifer Keister, research fellow, International Security Program


Environmental Health Colloquium
May 23, 2011 - 12:30pm
Contact Name: Alissa Wilcox
Building 1, Room 1302 Harvard School of Public Health Boston, MA
“Human health impacts of anthropogenic changes to Earth’s natural systems: Why destroying Nature may be bad for us." Dr. Samuel Myers, Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.


Sustainability in the Square

May 23, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Cambridge Brewing Company, One Kendall Square

Cambridge Energy Alliance along with Sustainable Business Network and Cambridge Local First are hosting a business workshop during Cambridge Go Green Month focusing on energy efficiency and sustainability. I've attached our flier and a description is below.
Please join us for an informative workshop on how you can make your small business more environmentally friendly while saving valuable natural resources and money!

This workshop will feature a presentation by Phil “Brewdaddy” Bannatyne, owner of Cambridge Brewing Company, who will highlight the steps that his business took to “go green” and share insights into the challenges and benefits of doing so. You will also have the opportunity to meet and hear from various organizations in the Cambridge area about the many programs and incentives that are available to you to make your own journey of
sustainability and energy efficiency easy, rewarding and fun!

Come and enjoy this informative and relaxed night of conversation, food, and free beer and leave with a clear understanding of how and why to green your small business.

Please RSVP to:

Monday, May 23, 2011
Egypt: Towards a Vibrant Civil Society (A Panel featuring Wael Ghonim)
Time: 6:00p–7:30p
Location: MIT 34-101
Join us for an engaging conversation on the role that the civil society can play in transforming Egypt post-revolution with speakers:

Wael Ghonim:
Wael is an activist, former Google Middle East Marketing Executive, and creator of the facebook page that helped spark the Egyptian revolution. Wael was a central figure in the pro-democracy movement in Egypt and was a subject of secret incarceration by Egyptian police during the revolution. He is among the TIME magazine's list of 100 most influential people of 2011 and is the 2011 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award (in the name of the people of Egypt).

Mona Mowafi: Dr. Mowafi is a postdoctoral research fellow in Social Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Moderator: Aly El Tayeb: PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering and an MBA at MIT.

The panel will discuss:
* The role of civil society and grass roots organizing in Egypt Post-revolution
* The role of the Egyptian diaspora in Egypt post-revolution
* Using IT as a tool for development and social change

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Egyptian Association, GSC Funding Board

For more information, contact:
Tamer Elkholy


Lunch Line: A Documentary on the National School Lunch Program

You are invited to a free screening of the film in Boston on Monday, May 23 at 7:30 pm
AMC Loews Boston Common 19
175 Tremont Street, Boston MA

Admission is free plus a post-film discussion with experts and activists in childhood nutrition and healthy eating.



berkman luncheon series >
may 24, 2011
Netflix for Voting

Seth Flaxman & Paul Schreiber
Tuesday, May 24, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site ( shortly after.

TurboVote is a service that makes voting by mail and voter registration as simple as renting a DVD with Netflix. Come hear how TurboVote built in two months for spare change what the government couldn't do for any price. The founders (one a former Berktern!) and developer will discuss the project's legal, technical and philosophical issues and how TurboVote will bring democracy into the 21st century.

About Seth
Seth Flaxman is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Democracy Works, the nonprofit behind TurboVote. While recruiting and managing the team that brought TurboVote to life, Seth received a Master's in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He previously worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, program administrator at the Institute for International Education and berktern at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. While receiving a B.A. in economics from Columbia University, Seth founded the Activist Council, a group that annually organizes hundreds of students for campaign trips and demonstrations, and served as student body president, leading the council in successfully lobbying Columbia to reform its financial aid policies.

About Paul

Paul Schreiber spent a decade as a software engineer, including eight years on Apple’s Mac OS X team. In 2008, he volunteered for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. In addition to knocking on doors and making phone calls, Schreiber co-developed Vote For Change, registering over 500,000 voters and helping a million people find their voting location. He can often be found at your local hockey rink, on his bicycle or behind the lens of his Nikon D70s. Before building TurboVote, he cofounded a nonprofit student news organization, a music classifieds web site and a health care video storytelling project.



Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN Wed., May 25, 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.


May 25th at 12:00PM EDT
Lessons from the Smart Grid Cyber Security No FUD Zone

Andy Bochman
Energy Security Lead
IBM Software Group/Rational

About the Event

Attend this free online event to learn what utilities, regulators, and vendors are doing to ensure the successful roll out of a safe and secure Smart Grid.

Presentation Abstract
The mainstream media gives us daily reminders of the risks anticipated from the emerging Smart Grid: Smart Meter related health concerns, new privacy issues, perceived exposure to higher monthly electric bills, and new threats to critical infrastructure from solar flares, EMP, and Stuxnet. This presentation will give attendees the other side of the story. We'll cover what utilities, regulators, and vendors including IBM are doing to ensure the successful roll out of a safe and secure Smart Grid, essential for enabling the Smarter Planet and our collective energy future.



We Shall Not Be Moved: Building Relationships
a community discussion with artist Kelly Creedon, City Life Executive Director Curdina Hill, Organizing Director Steve Meacham and members of the Bank Tenant Association

Wednesday, May 25th
7:00 p.m.
Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, MA (downstairs)

We Shall Not Be Moved is an ongoing multimedia documentary project by Kelly Creedon, in partnership with City Life/Vida Urbana and the Bank Tenant Association. The project tells the story of a growing grassroots movement that is using the power of bringing people together to help keep families in their homes after foreclosure. Since 2008, City Life/Vida Urbana has focused on preventing the eviction of both former owners and renters resulting from a rise in foreclosures. The Bank Tenant Association was created to stop evictions through a combination of legal defense, collective action, and political protest.

This discussion will be moderated by Susie Husted and will focus on the relationships that were built during the documentary project's development and exhibition.


2011 GoGreen Awards

Thursday, May 26, 8:30 to 10:00 am, Swissnex Boston/Consulate of Switzerland, 420 Broadway

The City of Cambridge will present the 2011 GoGreen Awards to businesses and organizations who are advancing sustainability in the city. Join us for a breakfast event hosted by Swissnex Boston. Please RSVP to Rosalie Anders at or 617-349-4604.


Energy Bar at the Venture Cafe: Who is Cleantech?
Thursday, May 26, 2011 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Venture Cafe @ CIC
One Broadway, 4th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

Event Details
Join Greenlight Distrikt and the Venture Cafe for an event generating ideas and action in Clean Technology! As the inaugural event of a new bimonthly gathering, Energy Bar is asking: Who is Cleantech? If you are a student, entrepreneur or investor with a passion for cleantech, join us for a gathering of people innovating across this growing industry. This event is about connecting people interested in becoming active players in the diverse range of cleantech companies emerging from Cambridge and Boston.
We will be hosting a mix of technology experts, entrepreneurs on the forefront of new developments in cleantech and "friends of cleantech" who are interrested in learning how they can get involved! This event is being organized by Greenlight Distrikt and is being hosted by the Venture Cafe, located in the Cambridge Innovation Center. Beer, wine and light refreshments will be served.

This event will occur on a bimonthly basis - make sure to mark your calendars for our next event on July 28th, 2011!

Organized By:
Green Light Distrikt (GLD) is a community of young, passionate professionals and entrepreneurs that are building friendships, sharing insights, and helping each other to change the world with clean technologies. We started in Boston, but now we’re spreading to every major US and international cleantech hub starting with NYC, DC, and Boulder.



Guest Street Session: Exploring Media's Role in the "Arab Spring"
Thursday, May 26, 7pm program, 8pm dessert reception, WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Brighton

Join us as WGBH's award-winning Frontline and The World team up with a panel of experts to explore how changes in the media and communications environment — social media, the Internet, satellite television — have affected the "Arab Spring," a term used to define the pro-democratic uprisings across the Arab world.

The World's Aaron Schachter moderates the discussion of how online cultural connections buoyed successful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt with Frontline’s Charlie Sennott, Al Jazeera's Gregg Carlstrom, Berkman Center at Harvard University’s John Palfrey, and the American Islamic Congress’s Nasser Weddady. Admission is free to News Club members, but RSVP is required:


Thursday 26 May 2011 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
(Note Location: First Church in Jamaica Plain UU, 6 Eliot St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)

RSVP and Invite your friends of Facebook,

$6.50 a gallon for gas? How will that impact you? How will it impact our community? What can we do about it? Whole Foods pricing isn’t the only thing making healthy food expensive these days. Globally analysts are concerned that food prices will continue to rise for years to come. What can we do to prepare?

There are many factors driving the increase in the cost of food and fuel, and most of them are expected to continue and worsen in the coming decades. Working together there is a lot we can do to strengthen community resilience in the face of potential economic and ecological shocks to the system — it is time to share our ideas for action.

Come join the conversation with your neighbors. Let’s get to know each other and how these deepening challenges impact all of us, and let’s brainstorm actions we can take today to be more resilient tomorrow.

A community conversation hosted by JP New Economy Transition:



May 27 - 30
"The Future of Biological Prototyping" - a diybio hackathon




Coming to Boston....
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
Join us at the Stuart Street Playhouse!
See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy at the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston! Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement.

The film also illustrates Leopold's continuing influence, exploring current projects that connect people and land at the local level. Meet urban children in Chicago learning about local foods and ecological restoration. Meet ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico who maintain healthy landscapes by working on their own properties, and with their neighbors, in cooperative community conservation efforts. Meet wildlife biologists who are bringing threatened and endangered species, from cranes to Mexican wolves, back to the landscapes where they once thrived. Viewers will learn how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land ties all of these modern conservation stories together, and offers inspiration and insight for the future.

Learn more...

DATE: Thursday, June 2, 2011
TIME: Doors open at 6:00pm; remarks and film begin at 6:30pm
LOCATION: Stuart Street Playhouse
ADDRESS: 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
TICKETS: Available through Brown Paper Tickets, $8 advance/$10 door

In a special Green Innovators in Business Network "Growing GIBN" webinar on June 2 at 12pm ET, Farron Levy, founder and president of True Impact, will join us to talk about his efforts to define measures and develop tools to track the "Triple Bottom Line."
Farron will talk about how True Impact approaches the problem of motivating and measuring beyond-compliance activities and demonstrate an online tool they have developed. Together, we'll discuss experiences with these issues and how these types of tools are helpful for sharingbest practices and develop benchmarks.

Date: June 2, 2011

Time: 12pm ET

Register for the webinar online at:

Dial-in at (760) 569-9000, code: 160031#

About True Impact
True Impact ( provides web-based tools and consulting services to help organizations quantify the social, financial, and environmental return on investment (ROI) of their corporate citizenship activities. True Impact's "triple bottom line" evaluations have been adopted by Allstate, Deloitte, GE, Home Depot, PNC Bank, and Verizon among others.

About Farron Levy
Farron Levy, founder and president of True Impact, was previously a consultant with social auditing firm SmithOBrien and economic consultancy Industrial Economics, Inc; and has served as an advisor to City Year, New Profit, and CitySoft. He is on the faculty of Boston College's Center for Corporate Citizenship, where he teaches coursework on ROI evaluation. Farron earned an MPP from Harvard University, and a BS with university honors from Carnegie Mellon University.


*Skillshare: Time Banking in the Time Trade Circle****
Monday, June 6
The NonProfit Center by South Station
Looking for an alternative economy? Need a ride to the airport, help with your garden or a massage? This workshop will talk about time banking - exchanging services based on time - and tell you all about the Time Trade Circle (TTC), a local time bank with 800+ members all over the greater metro-Boston and Eastern-Mass area. The workshop will explain how to join if you are interested, and forms will be available. I'll explain how time banking is different from bartering, how our local Time Trade Circle time bank works, what kinds of services people trade, and how members participate through their online account.
*Learn more and RSVP:** ** *(bring your own dinner)


June 10, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable:
Better Integrating Policy, Planning, and Electricity Markets in New England

Raab Associates presents:
The 123rd NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Date: Friday, June 10, 2011
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

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

June 10, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Better Integrating Policy, Planning,
and Electricity Markets in New England

New England has spent nearly two decades restructuring its electric utility industry, and developing more competitive market structures, ostensibly to bring enhanced benefits to customers. During the same time period, federal, state, and even local governments have developed a multitude of energy policies to encourage the development of particular resources, such as energy efficiency, demand response, and renewable energy (think RPS, energy efficiency and renewable energy system benefit charges, demand response initiatives), while discouraging other resources (think RGGI, various environmental regulations, etc.). Other types of policies and planning frameworks impact the choice between building more wires or more resources. Some states are even putting out RFPs to develop very specific types of resources. This Roundtable will explore the tensions between the desire for both workable markets and a variety of public policy objectives, and will consider how we can move forward to forge a more workable system here in New England.

Our first panel takes a step back from the specific struggles within New England to explore how these issues are playing out on the ground nationally, providing some bold ideas for New Englanders to consider. Former FERC Commissioner Nora Brownell will kick off the panel by discussing how markets can successfully accommodate a wide range of policy/planning objectives. Rich Sedano, Principal at the Regulatory Assistance Project, will share work RAP is currently undertaking to redefine the way markets and policy/planning should be integrated in pursuit of "Responsive Resources." Finally, Mauricio del Valle, Vice President, Global Power and Utility Group, Morgan Stanley, will provide some reality-testing from Wall Street about what's actually needed from markets and policy to get energy projects funded and built.

Our second panel focuses specifically on the current situation in New England, and offers some thoughts on what we should do over the next five to ten years to better integrate electricity markets and policy/planning. Leading off the panel will be Gordon van Welie, President/CEO of ISO New England, which is responsible for keeping the lights on and operating the markets in the face of increasing complexity. Massachusetts DPU Chair Ann Berwick will provide a state regulatory perspective, followed by Daniel Weekley, Vice President of Government Affairs at Dominion Resources, who will provide a generator perspective (and reflect on Dominion's just-announced decision to close Salem Harbor). Rounding out the panel will be Mary Healey, Consumer Counsel for the State of Connecticut and immediate past president of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates.

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


Greater Boston Connected and Consequential Conference: June 10, 11 and 12
June 10 & 11 Egan Center, Northeastern University
June 12 Design Studio for Social Intervention?

A place for artists and other creative thinkers and practitioners to gather and explore the intersection of art and other fields, including Health, Nature, Consumption and Justice. Through case studies and moderated discussions, conference participants will?learn how artists and their collaborators are using their creativity and finely honed skills to intervene in the major issues of our time to produce positive social outcomes.? The proceedings will focus on the best ways to develop successful?"integrated or hybrid?practices", including the role of collaboration, research, technology and sustainability.

The conference is free, but please pre-register online at

Friday, June 10 at Northeastern University, Egan Center,120 Forsyth Street,
Boston, MA 02115
6:30-8:30 p.m. Stories from the Field, with artists and community practitioners Gail Burton, New Freedwoman Project; Michael Dowling, Medicine Wheel Productions; Mariama White-Hammond, Project Hip Hop; Andi Sutton, National Bitter Melon Council; John Osorio-Buck; moderated by Kenneth Bailey, Design
Studio for Social Intervention

Saturday, June 11 at Northeastern University, Egan Center,120 Forsyth Street, Boston, MA 02115
8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks and Video, Marie Cieri and Louisa McCall, Artists in Context

9:15 a.m. Jeremy Nobel, Art and Healing
Jeremy Nobel is an Adjuncy Lecturer on Health Policy and Management Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health and President and Founder, Foundation for Art and Healing

9:30-10:30 a.m. Case Study: SUGAR and Story Circles with artist Robbie McCauley
Moderated by Jeremy Nobel, the discussion of story circles and their impact on diabetics, attitude, care-taking and healing will include Sharon Jackson, Mattapan Community Health Center, and Kathryn, a story circle participant. The case study will also examine how community interest and desire for this type of engagement are determined.

10:35-11:35 a.m. Case Study: Ideas Team with Artistic Director of Artlink, Edinburgh, Alison Stirling, and artists Kelly Dobson, Steve Hollingsworth and Wendy Jacob
How can people with profound developmental disabilities inform an artistic process? How do you bring people together to further inform and realize these ideas? In February, a group of artists, engineers, arts administrators and case workers met in Edinburgh to discuss the creation of a center part ideas laboratory, part university and part day center where individuals from across a range of abilities and disciplines could collaborate on creative projects that challenge normative ways of communication and being in the world. The aim of the center is to use the most cutting edge ideas for the most disadvantaged people.

11:45-12:30 p.m. Open Time networking and resource tables

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Judy Meredith, Institute for Public Policy
Negotiating Change with Power

1:30-2:30 p.m. Case Study: Crossing the Rubicon: On Contamination, Tragedy and the Possibility of New Cultures with Dan Borelli, artist; Gavin Kroeber, producer; moderated by Marie Cieri, Artists in Context Environmental contamination may be perpetrated by specific individuals and corporations, but the cultural conditions that permit such disregard are
collectively produced.? Starting from the environmental and social histories of Ashland, MA and the Nyanza EPA Superfund site that it is home to, this talk explores the possibility of an artwork that can trace a society?s failure to address its own excesses, honor the victims and heroes of this history, and finally lay the ground for a fundamentally more complex relationship within our community.

2:35-3:35 p.m. Case Study: The Story Behind with Mario E. Quiroz-Servellon, artist; Franklin Soults, Communications Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee and Advocacy Coalition; moderator TBD

3:45-5:00 p.m. Wrap Up Community Discussion

5:00-6:00 p.m. Open Time networking and resource tables

Sunday, June 12 at the Design Studio for Social Intervention, 1946 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02118 (entrance on Thorndike Street)
10:30-1:00 p.m. Conference reflections, discussion and networking


Taking Risks: The Journey from Blackjack to Big Blue - a talk with Yuchun Lee
Monday, June 20, 2011 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)

IBM Center for Social Software
1 Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142;utm_source=eb_email&utm_media=email&utm_compaign=invitenew&utm_term=readmore


*Recess for Justice - Saturday, June 25 - 11am-1pm*
Southwest Corridor across from Stony Brook T station in JP
Bring your favorite outdoor game or check out the assortment of fun we'll have on hand: Frisbees, kickball & chalk (for 4-square!), jump rope, basketball, softball (bring a glove) and whatever other randomness we can think of. If it's hot we can run through the fountain sprinkler to cool off. Around 1pm, we'll likely get out of the heat by going to Ula Cafe for lunch. So look no further if you want to cross-promote your events and campaigns while perfecting your Frisbee forehand, you're seeking like-minded progressives to hang out with in Boston, or are new to the area and looking for groups to get involved in.
*RSVP:* *Newcomers always welcomed!*


Climate Change Adaptation Workshop

Consensus Building Institute
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions
The Trustees of Reservations' Putnam Conservation Institute


Local Communities Adapting to Climate Change: Managing Risk in Decision Making
Monday, June 20, 2011
Leominster, MA

This one-day course will introduce municipal and community leaders, and planning professionals to the tools they need to better assess and manage the risks associated with climate change. Our approach helps community leaders to consider how they can alter everyday decision making to better prepare for the risks that may lie ahead. This course is tailored specifically for the needs of suburban and rural communities. The key concepts introduced will be "scenario planning" and collaborative approaches to decision-making.


Patrick Field
is Managing Director of North American Programs at the Consensus Building Institute and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. Patrick has helped thousands of stakeholders reach agreement on natural resource, land use, water, and air issues across the United States and Canada.

Steve Aldrich
is the founder and President of Bio Economic Research Associates LLC, an independent research and consulting firm specializing in complex issue analysis at the intersection of our emerging knowledge of biology and the economy. Steve studied evolutionary biology and has more than 25 years of experience working in various industries, including energy planning.

Workshop Fee: $45*

For More Information or to Register:
Pre-register online
Or contact
Miriam Scagnetti
978.840.4446 x1935

* Members of The Trustees of Reservations or the MA Association of Conservation Commissions may register for this workshop for $30 - New members welcome!




The presentations from the recent Affordable Comfort National Home Performance Conference are available online at

Lots of good information from what some call the best energy conference in the USA on Deep Energy Retrofits to Community Energy Challenges with details on insulation, heat flow, energy metering, ducting, hot water, and many, many other topics. If you are a practical energy wonk, this should make your eyes light up.


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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