Sunday, July 31, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - July 31, 2011

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Solar PSA: a South-Facing Window Is Already a Solar Collector

A George Carlin Protest


Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN Wed., Aug. 3, 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.


Wednesday, August 03, 2011
"Timescales and Processes in Climate Change: Transience, Persistence, and Irreversibility, and the Surprising Roles of Different Gases"
Speaker: DR. SUSAN SOLOMON, Adjoint Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: MIT, 66-110

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

For more information, contact:
Roberta Allard


Boston Quantified Self MeetUp #6 :: Data of Our Lives
Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 7:00 PM
Sprout, 339R Summer St, Somerville, MA
Price: $5.00/per person

Announcing the next Boston QS Meetup, #6 :: Data of Our Lives-- novel solutions to chronic problems.

The event will feature speakers who are working on novel approaches to chronic health problems. They'll give short presentations and this'll be followed up by a panel. Please send in questions and areas of interests. I'll use these to seed initial questions before opening the panel up to the audience.

Speaking will be
Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Director of the Center for Connected Health at Partners Healthcare (
Rick Lee, CEO of Healthrageous, using biometric data to create personalized care (
Jackie Thong, CEO of Ubiqi Health, using mobile tools for migraine management (

If you know other speakers who could contribute to this discussion, please let me know.

There's a $5.00 fee to help cover expenses with the Meetup. This event will also be featuring video documentation.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

6 pm

First Parish Church, 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All

Oran Hesterman

RSVP Alex Linkow at


Time: 07:00 PM-08:00 PM
Harvard Coop, Level 3, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Reading /Signing - William Gibson
Please join us as we welcome William Gibson as he reads from and signs copies of the paperback version of his novel, Zero History. The Boston Globe touts Gibson as one of the most visionary, original, and quietly influential writers currently working.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Robocon 2011

Time: 9:00a–12:00p

Location: MIT, 34-101

University students representing countries all over the world gather up for the ROBOCON program. For 2 weeks, they'll share their life and thier knowledge and thier technology of robotics to go for winning the final contest.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering Dept.
For more information, contact:
Olga V Parkin


"Hibakusha, Our Life to Live" - Screening with Talk by Director
Friday, August 5
6:30pm - 9:30pm
All Saints Parish, 1737 Beacon St. (corner of Corey Rd), Brookline, MA

Boston premiere of the film about the survivors of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

On August 6, 1945, a great terror was thrust upon the world. David Rothauser’s 80 minute documentary, Hibakusha, Our Life to Live, probes the life stories of Japanese, Korean and American survivors of the terror; the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

There is an URGENCY here. The survivors are dying off, victims of radiation poisoning and other a-bomb related diseases. It is equally important to tell the stories on film of people who should never be forgotten. To keep their memory alive is to make an active contribution to a world where peoples of all races may embrace life as a precious gift and no longer live in the fear of nuclear annihilation.

To make this movie, Memory Productions completed over 90 hours of filming, including interviews with Japanese, Korean and American hibakusha and international youth participating in the 60th Anniversary Peace Ceremonies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The screening will be followed by a talk and Q&A by the filmmaker, David Rothauser, who is a Brookline resident. Co-sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action and Brookline PAX.​/1362


The Ethical Society of Boston will have a discussion on Sunday, August 7 from 10AM to 12PM.


The discussion will take place at Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge.

The discussion will be led an Ethical Society member - Gaston de los Reyes.




AC Swap – The Cambridge Energy Alliance’s window air conditioner swap program is in progress. Residents can obtain a voucher for $125 if they swap an inefficient window AC unit for an Energy Star rated model This is a limited time offer. Go to the CEA website for participation details:


Free Solar Panels for Houses of Worship

From a recent Mass Interfaith Power & Light ( email
"We've recently been talking with DCS Energy ( who has an unbeatable offer: if your site qualifies, they design and install the panels at no cost, don't charge you for any electricity, and donate the system to your house of worship after five years. Your only costs will be for a building permit, possibly a structural engineer to verify that your roof can support their weight, and any preparatory work such as roof work or tree removal. If solar panels are so expensive how can anyone give them away for free? First, there is a federal grant program that is only available until November that pays for 30% of the cost of the system. Then there is an accelerated depreciation option that gives certain kinds of investors another tax advantage. Finally, the state awards a special allowance called a "Solar Renewal Energy Credit" (SRECs) to owners of solar electricity systems which are sold at auctions to utilities who buy them to meet their requirements under the Massachusetts' renewable portfolio standard. DCS is betting that the price of these SRECs will remain high. Jim Nail, president of MA IP&L, has talked to DCS Energy and is currently having them prepare a proposal for his church, St. Dunstan's Episcopal in Dover. Jim says, "The references I've talked to have been quite positive about the program and the company has been very responsive. "If you think your site might qualify, contact Peter Carli,, with the address of your house of worship and your contact information. He'll take a preliminary look at your site and advise you if it meets their criteria."


Young World Inventors ( has started a Kickstarter campaign ( to fund insider web stories of African and American innovators in collaboration, whom Diane Hendrix will be following with her camera from June 23 to August 2 in Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. They are building a community and raising funds for production and editing.

One of the people she will be following is Bernard Kiwia, a Tanzanian inventor who teamed up with MIT grad Jodie Wu to start Global Cycle Solutions in Arusha, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. They are starting with ten insider stories of innovators (high and low tech) in East Africa on a new interactive site, with collaborators who'll help distribute stories, such as AITI, who who led us to some fascinating projects (see our intro to AITI on YouTube).

Editorial Comment: I too have met Bernard Kiwia and am deeply impressed by the variety of projects and collaborations happening between Africa and the USA. Bernard's bicycle cell phone charger is only one of the many innovative ideas coming out of young African and American imaginations and expertise these days.


What you need to know: The Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur (YSE) Competition is a global competition created by Staples Foundation and Ashoka to recognize exceptional young people using innovation and technology to advance social change and improve their community and the world.

Who’s eligible?: Young people (age 12-24), living anywhere in the world, are eligible to apply.

Dates and details: Apply online between June 22 and September 19, 2011.

For more information:
Laura Sampath
MIT International Development Initiative
77 Mass Ave, 10-110
Cambridge MA 02139

Sign up for the 2011 Yunus Challenge Facebook page:


The Medford Farmers Market is looking for organizations, individuals, chefs, nutritionists, educators, musicians, physical activity specialists, gardeners, and other fun people who would like to do educational activities on market days.

We are looking for activities that are interactive and enjoyed by all ages. Demos, how-tos and games are encouraged. Should be somehow related to sustainable living, health, nutrition, farming, gardening, physical activity, sustainability, learning and development, music, art, creativity. Most importantly it should be entertaining for people at the market.

We are looking to fill 1, 2, 3 or 4 hour time slots. The Medford Farmers Market is a great place for you to gain experience and exposure - there are over 20 vendors signed up for the season including local wine, meat, vegetables, honey, bread, art.....Your activity/demo/gig will be well publicized via social media, as well as local newspapers and newsletters sent to hundreds of people.

The market goes from June 16- Oct 13 at the Whole Foods Market Parking Lot, 2151 Mystic Valley Parkway (Rt 16), Medford, MA 02155. Plenty of parking and restrooms are available.

Please contact me if you are interested. Please feel free to forward this e-mail to people who you think may be interested. Thanks so much, have a great weekend!

For more info, please see the following:
twitter: MedfordFarmMkt
Address: Whole Foods Market Parking Lot, 2151 Mystic Valley Parkway (Rt 16)

Editorial Comment: I have taken some of my solar displays to farmers' markets from time to time and have advocated doing so as a way to change US energy attitudes, policies, and realities as the people who go to farmers' markets are a core constituency for renewable energy. More at




Massachusetts Attitudes About Climate Change – An opinion survey of Massachusetts residents conducted by MassINC and sponsored by the Barr Foundation found that 77% of respondents believe that global warming has “probably been happening” and 59% of all respondents see see it as being at least partially caused by human pollution. Only 42% of the state’s residents say global warming will have very serious consequences for Massachusetts if left unaddressed. The 18 to 29 age group is more likely to believe global warming is appearing and caused by humans compared to the 60+ age group. African-American (56%) and Latino residents (69%) are more likely than white residents (40%) to believe global warming will be a very serious problem if left unaddressed. The MassINC report, titled The 80 Percent Challenge: What Massachusetts must do to meet targets and make headway on climate change (, contains many other findings.


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

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