Sunday, August 28, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - August 28, 2011

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Climate CoLab: Brainstorming Global Climate Change

Editor's national Climate CoLab plan:
The Editor's international plan is a series of notes at



Date: 8/26/2011 - 8/30/2011
Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Audience: Students and faculty from the Boston area and around the country working on ventures for the developing world
Description: Please note that this is a week-long workshop: August 26-30, 2011

VentureLab Sustainable Vision is a 5-day intensive workshop for students and faculty working on projects and ventures for the developing world. Students from Boston University, Northeastern, MIT (including Legatum fellows) Harvard and Tufts will meet and work with students from other programs around the country, to develop strong, sustainable business models that create products or services for the benefit of people living in poverty.


Monday, August 29, 2011
300 of the world's best design theses on view at SA+P: Archiprix
Time: 9:00a–8:00p
Location: MIT, 7-431, On the 4th floor above Lobby 7, at 77 Massachussets Avenue
A major exhibit on view throughout the summer at the School of Architecture + Planning is presenting 300 of the world's best thesis projects in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.

Sponsored by Archiprix International, the biennial exhibit is the largest such presentation in the world -- more than 1,400 universities were invited to nominate their best graduating students -- and offers a rare opportunity for assessing current trends in design education around the world and architecture in general.

Hosted by SA+P's Platform for Permanent Modernity, a research program in the Department of Architecture, the exhibit opened May 30 as part of a two-week international event that also features intensive six-day workshops for about 100 of the students represented in the show, conducted at MIT by prominent designers from leading architecture schools in the United States.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
This event occurs daily through August 31, 2011, except May 30, 2011 and June 6, 2011.
Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning, Arts at MIT
For more information, contact:
Alexander D'Hooghe
617 308 7386


Importance of The Nonprofit Sector Panel Discussion

WHEN Mon., Aug. 29, 2011, 3 – 5 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Belfer Building Weil Town Hall (BL1), 79 JFK Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
SPEAKER(S) Christopher Stone, Hauser Center Faculty Director and Dick Cavanagh, Adjunce Lecturer in Public Policy
COST Free and open to the pulic


Monday August 29, 5:30p
Dudley Branch Library, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

Are teachers and unions really to blame for failing public schools? What's the difference between traditional public schools and charter schools? What are tests like the MCAS used for and who uses them? Who is reforming our public schools, and who is funding these changes? What do parents, students, and teachers think about improving schools?

If you would like to talk to public school teachers and community members about these questions, please join us for a screening of "The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman" - a response to the film "Waiting for Superman" that highlights voices of parents, teachers, and students.


Presented by Teacher Activist Group (TAG) Boston


Monday August 29, 2011 — 8pm at Middlesex Lounge
315 Mass Ave, Cambridge In Central Square
Featuring Nerd-appropriate tunes by Claude Money

Talk 1. “Mumblecore: The Movement That Didn’t Roar” by Maria San Filippo

Talk 2. “How Do People Heal? An Integration of Acupuncture, Meditation and Placebo Research” by Jessica Shaw


Getting Molecules to “See the Light”: Nanostructures and Instruments for Biomedical Detection
Date: 08/30/11
Time: 10:00 am
PHO 339, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Boston, MA
Refreshments will be served

Prof. Brian T. Cunningham, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Bioengineering

His group focuses on the development of nanophotonic surfaces, plastic-based nanofabrication methods, and novel instrumentation approaches for biodetection with applications in pharmaceutical screening, life science research, environmental monitoring, disease diagnostics, and point-of-care patient testing.


BU ECE Seminar with Professor Catherine Rosenberg
11:00 am on Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Location:Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 428, Boston

How Can the Internet Help Smarten the Grid?

With Professor Catherine Rosenberg, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada

Faculty Host: David Starobinski

Abstract: This seminar presents the research activities on Smart Grids by the Information Systems and Sciences for Energy (ISS4E) laboratory co-founded by Professors Rosenberg and Keshav at the University of Waterloo. After a brief introduction on smart grids and their similarities with the Internet, two research projects will be presented. The first is on dimensioning transformers and storage using probabilistic analysis. The second one, on demand response, proposes a solution to take advantage of the elasticity inherent to most major home appliances.

All these projects are conducted in collaboration with Professor Keshav and graduate students.

About the Speaker: Catherine Rosenberg is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Since June 2010, she holds the Canada Research Chair in the Future Internet. She started her career at Alcatel in France and then worked at AT&T Bell Labs in the U.S. From 1988-1996, she was a faculty member at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique, in Montreal, Canada. In 1996, she joined Nortel Networks in the United Kingdom where she created and headed the R&D Department in Broadband Satellite Networking. In August 1999, Dr. Rosenberg became a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University where she co-founded the Center for Wireless Systems and Applications (CWSA) in May 2002. She joined the University of Waterloo on September 1, 2004, as the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for a three-year term. Rosenberg is on the Scientific Advisory Board of France-Telecom and is a fellow of the IEEE.


Looking before you leap: the argument for data-driven security
Speaker: Stefan Savage, University of California San Diego
Date: Tuesday, August 30 2011
Time: 3:00PM to 4:00PM
Refreshments: 2:45PM
Location: MIT 32-D463, Star Conference Room
Host: Dina Katabi, MIT-CSAIL
Contact: Mary cDavitt, 617-253-9620,

Computer security is a field that is fundamentally co-dependent, driven to respond by the actions of adversaries. This dance fuels both the research community and a multi-billion-dollar computer security industry. However, to date most efforts have focused on the technical components of this battle: identifying new vulnerabilities, exploits, and attacks, building and deploying new defenses, and so on.

In this talk, I will argue for a complementary research agenda based on
understanding the economic forces that drive today's Internet attacks, deconstructing the underlying value chain for attackers and ultimately using this information to better focus on security interventions. I will provide a rough sketch of the modern cyber-criminal ecosystem, describe its dependencies, and highlight some of the key open questions that motivate our focus. Using a range of activities, including our own completed studies, work in progress, and work in
development, I'll illustrate how many of these questions can be tackled empirically. Finally, I'll discuss the real and significant challenges in conducting this sort of research and in bringing it to appropriate stakeholders.


Green Drinks Boston - August Happy Hour
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
Kingston Station
25 Kingston St.
Boston, MA 02111

After a successful re-launch of Green Drinks Boston in June, we are building momentum by announcing our monthly happy hours on the last Tuesday of each month! Keep sending feedback to for ideas about speakers or content for the future and mark your calendar for drinks in July.

Green Drinks Boston builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues. We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.


Tuesday, August 30th at 7pm
Yochai Benkler
The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest

brookline booksmith
279 Harvard St. Brookline MA 02446 (617) 566-6660

Harvard Professor Yochai Benkler (The Wealth of Networks) is one of the world’s top thinkers on cooperative structures. In his new book, he uses evidence from neuroscience, economics, sociology, biology, and real-world examples to break down the myth of self-interest and replace it with a model of cooperation in our businesses, our government, and our lives.


Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN Wed., Aug. 31, 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.


BU ECE Seminar with Professor Aydogan Ozcan
11:00 am on Thursday, September 1, 2011
Location:Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 339, Boston, MA

Photonics Based Telemedicine Technologies Toward Smart Global Health Systems

With Professor Aydogan Ozcan, Electrical Engineering Department, California NanoSystems Institute University of California, Los Angeles

Faculty Host: Hatice Altug

Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 10:45 a.m.

Abstract: Today there are more than five billion cell phone users in the world, and the majority of these cell phones are being used in developing parts of the world. This massive volume of wireless phone communication brings an enormous cost-reduction to cell phones despite their sophisticated hardware and software capabilities. Quite importantly, most of these existing cell phones are also already equipped with advanced digital imaging and sensing platforms that can be utilized for various health monitoring applications. This impressive advancement is one of the central building blocks of the emerging fields of “Telemedicine” and “Wireless Health.” The success of these fields will surely increase the quality of healthcare and reduce the insurance costs in developed countries like the United States. However, their most important and immediate impact will be to provide breakthrough technological solutions to various global health problems including infectious diseases such as HIV, TB or malaria. Specifically, utilizing this advanced state-of-the-art cell phone technology toward point-of-care diagnostics and/or microscopic imaging applications can offer numerous opportunities to improve healthcare, especially in the developing world where medical facilities and infrastructure are extremely limited or do not exist.

Centered on this vision, Professor Ozcan will introduce fundamentally new imaging and detection architectures that can compensate in the digital domain for the lack of complexity of optical components by use of novel theories and numerical algorithms to address the immediate needs and requirements of telemedicine for global health problems. Specifically, he will present an on-chip cytometry and microscopy platform that utilizes cost-effective and compact components to enable digital recognition and 3D microscopic imaging of cells with subcellular resolution over a large field of view without the need for any lenses, bulky optical components or coherent sources such as lasers. This incoherent holographic imaging and diagnostic modality has orders of magnitude improved light collection efficiency and is robust to misalignments which eliminates potential imaging artifacts or the need for realignment, making it highly suitable for field use. Applications of this lensfree on-chip microscopy platform to high-throughput imaging and automated counting of whole blood cells, monitoring of HIV+ patients (through CD4 and CD8 T cell counting) and detection of waterborne parasites toward rapid screening of water quality will also be demonstrated. Further, he will discuss lensfree implementations of various other computational imaging modalities on the same platform such as pixel super-resolution imaging, lensfree on-chip tomography, and holographic opto-fluidic microscopy/tomography. Finally, he will demonstrate lensfree on-chip imaging of fluorescently labeled cells over an ultra wide field of view of >8 cm2, which could be especially important for rare cell analysis (e.g., detection of circulating tumor cells), as well as for high-throughput screening of DNA/protein micro-arrays.

About the Speaker: Dr. Aydogan Ozcan received his Ph.D. degree from the Stanford University Electrical Engineering Department in 2005. After a short post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford, he was appointed as a Research Faculty Member at Harvard Medical School, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, in 2006. Dr. Ozcan joined UCLA in the summer of 2007, where he is currently an Associate Professor leading the Bio-Photonics Laboratory at the Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering Departments.


Assessing Libya
WHEN Thu., Sep. 1, 2011, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE Center for Government & International Studies, Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Outreach Center at Center for Middle Eastern Studies
SPEAKER(S) Roger Owen, director, Contemporary Arab Studies Program & AJ Meyer Professor of Middle Eastern History, Harvard University; William Granara, Professor of the Practice of Arabic on the Gordon Gray Endowment, director, Modern Language Programs & director, Moroccan Studies Program, CMES, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO CMES Outreach Center:
NOTE A free public talk and discussion with Harvard faculty on the current, historical, and perhaps future history of Libya after Col. Gaddafi.


Kwan Hong Lee Thesis Defense: "The Influences of Just-In-Time Social Cloud on Real-World Decisions"
Friday, September 02, 2011 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: MIT Media Lab, E14-633
Speaker: Kwan Hong Lee
Host/Chair: Andrew Lippman
Participant(s)/Committee: Alex 'Sandy' Pentland, Pattie Maes
It is an open question how our day-to-day decisions will be affected by the always-on connection to our social networks via mobile devices. People have difficulty with choices that involve delayed utility. The immediacy effect of virtues and vices theorized by Daniel Read has shown that people value long-term and short-term utilities differently at the moment of decision making, with preferences for short-term choices that may end up costing in the long-term (vices). This work presents an empirical inquiry into the effect of just-in-time social influence in human decision making in the hope that these social forces can be utilized to nudge people towards decision making that has long-term benefits while thwarting the forces of the marketers. The thesis proposes a design and implementation of the just-in-time social cloud using mobile phones as platforms for just-in-time social influence. An Open Transaction Network was developed to generate just-in-time social networks based on the transactions shared by people in the context of commerce. The Open Transaction Network was extended to several systems to conduct real-world experiments involving real choices aimed at understanding transaction behaviors in the social network and the impact of the just-in-time social cloud at various scales.

Results show that the mobile commerce environment could be significantly impacted by augmenting the current methods of mobile payment with social network-based services that can guide our choices. The Open Credit Card Framework achieves this by using transactions as triggers to applications that facilitate just-in-time decisions or reflections. Different manifestations of the just-in-time social cloud resulted in different outcomes along the dimensions of taste, price, and time to decision. The Open Transaction Network can also be used to filter when and what mobile advertisements people receive to suit their habits and impulses. Additionally, social connections with similar transactions can help propagate and filter behavioral influences through different manifestations of the just-in-time social cloud.


Energy Materials Lecture: "The Inverse Problem in Materials Theory: Given a Target Property, Find the Structure"

WHEN Fri., Sep. 2, 2011, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE Pierce 209, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard University Center for the Environment, co-sponsored with the Applied Physics Department
SPEAKER(S) Alex Zunger, Chancellor Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
CONTACT INFO Brenda Hugot:
NOTE Alex Zunger’s research field is condensed matter theory of real materials. His main interest is electronic structure of solids, nanostructures, and renewable energy materials, as well as in the development of fundamental theoretical methods for describing the above, including the “Inverse Band Structure”.
He is an NREL Institute Research Fellow, a fellow of the American Physical Society, and the director of the newly established U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Basic Energy Sciences (BES) “Center for Inverse Design” (


Bread and Puppet Theater: Man = Carrot Circus,
with an introduction by Scott Alarik.
Held outdoors on Friday, September 2nd at 6 pm
on the Cambridge Common, near the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Garden St., Cambridge.
Free performance [pass-the-hat donations welcome], rain or shine. For further details, call the Boston-area Bread and Puppet Theater information line 617-800-9539 or log onto

The award-winning Bread and Puppet Theater, from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, presents their Man = Carrot Circus on the Cambridge Common, a space they have not inhabited since the mid-1980’s. Bread and Puppet champions a visually rich slapstick style of street-theater that is filled with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard, along with masked characters, political commentary, and a lively brass band for accompaniment.

Man = Carrot Circus, for children of all ages, is based on the revelation that upright man rooted in dirt was created in the image of the upright carrot rooted in dirt. Twenty-five Vermont puppeteers and musicians will enact the issues of the day, not only in how they affect carrots, but how they affect us all. Some of the circus acts may be politically puzzling to adults, but usually an accompanying kid can explain what’s going on. The audience is welcome to examine all the masks and puppets after the performance, and cheap art will be for sale. Some examples of Bread and Puppet’s work can be found

Scott Alarik (, who will introduce the show, is the author of the very recently published Revival: A Folk Music Novel. He is no stranger to the music, theater, and art scene that put Harvard Square on the map many moons ago. His novel, along with Bread and Puppet’s outdoor Circus on the Common, is serving as the impetus to reinvigorate Harvard Square with an entire month of reincarnations, complete with the return of the HONK! Parade: Share The Streets on Oct. 2nd, a Bread and Puppet-inspired procession on Mass. Ave. leading into Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest. For complete information on Harvard Square’s “Revival Month” visit For more information on HONK! and the parade that runs from Davis Square to Harvard Square, log onto




I hope you can join us for the TROMP Benefit at Flatbreads to take place in 3 weeks on Tues, 9/6/11. A portion of the proceeds of all pizzas sold (eat in or take out) from 5pm - 11pm will be donated to TROMP. This is a great time for you to be available to talk to, bowl with, and eat with our supporters!

Bowl & Eat Pizza to benefit TROMP on Tues, 9/6/11 Flatbreads in Davis Square
Flatbread & Sacco’s Bowl Haven
45 Day Street, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144
EAT & TAKE-OUT: 5pm to 11pm
BOWL: 7pm to 11pm



Event Details
Date: 9/7/2011
Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 8:00am - 9:30am
Audience: Root Cause's 2011-2012 Social Innovation Forum semifinalists
Twitter: @RootCause

Description: The Semifinalist Information Session is an optional, but recommended session for all 2011-2012 semifinalists as we want to make sure that organizations understand both the process going forward and the expectations for those chosen as Social Innovators. We will focus on what we’re looking for in the second-round application and how those applications are evaluated. We will also bring in a 2011 Social Innovator to speak for a few minutes about his/her personal experience with the Social Innovation Forum.

Register at


Saturday, Sept. 10th, from 8:30 am (bright and early) until 1 pm, you can help the Cambridge Zen Center lower its energy bill while you learn about energy efficiency and maybe a bit about Buddhism. Every hour a bell will ring to remind us to be mindful for a moment, while we help steward the planet.

This HEET ( event will be at the Zen Center in Central Square, Cambridge, which is sure to put you in a better state of mind by the end of the day.

Sign up here at and thanks.


The Fall 2011 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP
will be on
Saturday September 10
NOON to 2 pm

Rain date—in case of DOWNPOUR—is Sunday, Sep. 11, 12-2

at Fayette Park
(off Fayette St., across from the former Longfellow School and library, near corner with Broadway)

Bring anything that's growing in too much abundance in your garden. Elegant packaging not required, but please write down plant names. We expect to have perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds, houseplants, catalogs, pots, and lots of "whatever."

Contact Helen Snively at

SOMERVILLE GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE is on Sat., Sep. 17, starting at 9, in Davis Sq. Right—a week after our swap. In fact, our nice leftovers go to their sale. They have great stuff, at good prices, and lots of advice. Great event—Mark your calendar!


September 14 and 15
Current TV 24 Hours of Green Programming

24 Presenters. 24 Time Zones. 13 Languages. 1 Message. 24 Hours of Reality is a worldwide event to broadcast the reality of the climate crisis. It will consist of a new multimedia presentation created by Al Gore and delivered once per hour for 24 hours, in every time zone around the globe. Each hour people living with the reality of climate change will connect the dots between recent extreme weather events — including floods, droughts and storms — and the manmade pollution that is changing our climate. We will offer a round-the-clock, round-the-globe snapshot of the climate crisis in real time. The deniers may have millions of dollars to spend, but we have a powerful advantage. We have reality.


Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents

with Harper Barnes, Jan Freeman, Laura Shapiro, Paul Solman, and Mark Zanger
moderator Monica Collins

September 15, 6:30-8 pm
C. Walsh Theater
(Boston, MA 02114) Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents “The Real Paper: Journalism Then & Now” with Harper Barnes, Jan Freeman, Laura Shapiro, Paul Solman, and Mark Zanger; discussion moderated by Monica Collins. Thursday, September 15, 6:30-8 pm. Admission is free and open to all. C. Walsh Theater at Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston, MA. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Park St. MBTA Station. For more information, call the Ford Hall Forum at 617-557-2007 or

Ford Hall Forum Vice President and former The Real Paper journalist Monica Collins assembles this riveting The Real Paper reunion withHarper Barnes, Jan Freeman, Laura Shapiro, Paul Solman, and Mark Zanger. Hear how this free alternative weekly newspaper’s laudable format of an employee-run collective was, ironically, its undoing as the opportunity to sell arose, as did interpersonal conflict. Their experience with The Real Paper yields surprising views on modern-day journalism, including sustainable and fair business models, the future of free newspapers in a world of internet media, and whether journalists in today’s economy should strike out on their own.

Further background information on participants:

Harper Barnes is a longtime editor and cultural critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and has written for Rolling Stone and the Washington Post. He is the author of the novel Blue Monday and Standing on a Volcano: The Life and Times of David Rowland Francis, a biography of Woodrow Wilson's ambassador to Russia.

Monica Collins created and writes “Ask Dog Lady,” a humor/lifestyle column about dogs, life, and love that is syndicated to 400+ newspapers nationwide. Collins also hosts the radio program, “Ask Dog Lady,” on 980 WCAP in the Merrimack Valley. She is a regular guest on “The Callie Crossley Show” on WGBH-FM in a continuing series called “Pup Culture.” Collins is also a communications consultant and media strategist for non-profit organizations. A former staff writer and media critic for USA Today and the Boston Herald, Collins has written for the Boston Globeand various magazines, such as USA Weekend, ForbesLife Executive Woman, Ladies Home Journal, Vogue, and, of course, The Real Paper.

Since 1997, Jan Freeman has been writing the Boston Sunday Globe's weekly language column "The Word". She worked as an editor at The Real Paper, Boston and Inc. magazines, and the Boston Globe, where she was a science news editor until she launched her weekly column on English usage. She is the co-author of Ambrose Bierce's Write It Right: The Celebrated Cynic's Language Peeves Deciphered, Appraised, and Annotated for 21st-Century Readers.

Laura Shapiro currently writes as a columnist for, Gourmet magazine’s website. Formerly, Shapiro worked as a columnist at The Real Paper and after that worked for sixteen years as a writer for Newsweek. There, she covered food, women’s issues and the arts and won several journalism awards for her work. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Gourmet, Granta, The American Scholar, Gastronomica, Slate and many other publications. Her first book was Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century. She is also the author of Something from the Oven: Revinventing Dinner in 1950s America and Julia Child.

Since 1985, Paul Solman has been a business and economics correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. A business reporter for WGBH Boston since 1977, Solman was the co-originator and executive editor of PBS's business documentary series, ENTERPRISE. Solman was also the founding editor of The Real Paper as well as the East Coast editor of Mother Jones magazine. Solman began his career in business journalism as a Nieman Fellow at the Harvard Business School in 1976. His reporting has won him several Emmys and two Peabody Awards. Solman has also served as a Professor at the Harvard Business School, teaching media, finance and business history. He also co-authored the book, Life and Death on the Corporate Battlefield. In addition, Solman is the presenter and author of Discovering Economics With Paul Solman, a series of videos that accompany McGraw-Hill introductory economics textbooks. Solman also lectures on college campuses and has written for numerous articles including for Forbes magazine.

Since 2007, Mark Zanger has worked as the Director of Communications for the Coalition of Families and Advocates for the Retarded. Also, a seasoned journalist, Zanger has worked as a freelance writer and restaurant critic for the Boston Phoenix since 1981. Zanger has published five books most of which are related to his work as a restaurant critic. He has previously served as chief editor of, op-ed editor ofMetroWest News, and Public Information Officer for Oxfam America, Inc. Before that he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Real Paper from 1975 through 1980. Zanger studied English at Yale University.


September 16, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable:

Two Timely Topics:
FERC Order 1000 (Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation Requirements);
The Future of Solar in New England

Raab Associates presents:
The 124th NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Date: Friday, September 16, 2011
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

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

On July 21, FERC issued Order 1000, its long-anticipated, 600-plus page rule on the future of transmission planning and cost-allocation in the United States. According to Chairman Wellinghoff, "The Final Rule will profoundly affect the development of our nation's transmission system in coming decades." One of the many unique features of this Order is the requirement for integrating federal and state energy policies (e.g., RPS) in transmission planning and implementation.

Please join us at our next Restructuring Roundtable as we learn aboutFERC Order 1000 and discuss its ramifications and implications for New England transmission and non-transmission alternatives. The panel will begin with a succinct synopsis by Mason Emnett, Associate Director of FERC's Policy Office, and a lead FERC staffer on Order 1000. Mason will be followed by a panel of three discussants who will reflect on how this order will likely impact transmission, renewables, and other resource planning and implementation in New England.

Heather Hunt, Executive Director of the New England States' Committee on Electricity (NESCOE), will lead off the panel with reflections garnered from the six New England State PUCs on Order 1000 and an update on NESCOE's coordinated competitive renewable procurement and new interstate transmission siting collaborative. Peter Flynn, President of FERC Regulated Businesses at National Grid, will provide a transmission owner's perspective, and Seth Kaplan, VP of Policy and Climate Advocacy at Conservation Law Foundation, will offer an environmental perspective.

Our second panel focuses on the Future of Solar in New England. With photovoltaic prices continuing to drop due to technology breakthroughs and increasing economies of scale, coupled with new solar-related state policies, PV installations in New England are on the rise. Our panel starts off with international solar expert, ChrisPorter, Lead Downstream Analyst, Photon Consulting, who will talk about the international technology and price progressions and how they may impact solar supply and demand in New England. DOERCommissioner Mark Sylvia will then discuss the evolution of solar-related policies in Massachusetts, including the Commonwealth's unique SREC market and net metering rules. We round out the panel with two leading solar developers as they discuss both the opportunities and on-going challenges of developing solar projects throughout New England: Dan Leary, President, Renewable Energy Solutions, Nexamp and President of the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), and Bryan Miller, VP of Energy Policy/Sustainable Energy at Constellation Energy.




11:00 AM – 5:00 PM


The Urban-Ag Fair will showcase incredible locally grown fruits and vegetables in a judged competition. Visitors may sample recipes prepared using local ingredients and get tips from local experts on gardening topics like composting, container gardening, and raising chickens and bees.

The entire event is free, open to the public, and family-friendly. Cooking demonstrations by local chefs and Cambridge school student growers will be held throughout the day, along with talks on gardening topics. Prizes will be awarded for fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey, eggs, baked goods, preserves/pickles, and beverages, in the categories of tastiest, biggest, prettiest/most creative, most interesting/funny-looking, and student grower (under 17).

For basic info and application forms:
Please return the forms by September 8. You can also download forms from
Questions? or 617-491-3434
For more info/updates:


Wednesday, September 21st, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Sustainability and Portland's 5 Ecodistricts: A Discussion with Garry Sotnik

Join us for a a round table discussion with sustainability economist, Garry Sotnik,visiting from the hub of environmental innovation, Portland, Oregon. Presenting his paper on Portland's five ecodistricts, an initiative launched in 2009 in Portland, OR, to catalyze the city’s transition process towards sustainable development, Garry will also share his analysis on adaptability: What does it mean to adapt? What is required for adaptation? And what can be done to assist human systems (e.g. households, communities, regions, etc.) in adapting? He will then open the floor for an open discussion on the role of community organizing within the environmental movement, the ideas of connectedness and resiliency in the face of climate change, what could movements in Boston learn from the large-scale and well-subsidized efforts in Portland, similarly, what can the Ecodistrict Initiative learn from grassroots and multi-focus social change organizing?

encuentro 5
33 Harrison Avenue
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Close to Chinatown, Downtown Crossing, and Boylston T stops


Join us for the Greater Boston Slow Money Entrepreneur Showcase!
Thursday, September 22
6pm – 9pm
Non-Profit Center
89 South Street, Boston
South Street Conference Center

We will be bringing together investors, sustainable food entrepreneurs and leaders working together to rebuild our local food system. Learn about investment opportunities and how you can participate in rebuilding local economies based on the principles of soil fertility, sense of place, care of the commons and economic, cultural and biological diversity.

For investors: The Entrepreneur Showcase will provide access to sustainable food and farming businesses at different stages of development from start-up to expansion of existing businesses. The businesses and initiatives are also seeking different levels of financing — from small loans to major capital, as well as donations. Greater Boston Slow Money encourages investors of all resource levels to attend including institutional, individual, accredited, and unaccredited investors. This showcase event is not an offer to sell securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities.

For Entrepreneurs: The Showcase is a tightly produced event. Each entrepreneur will have five minutes and 6 slides to tell their stories, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from the audience. Presenters will also benefit from the networking opportunity specifically designed to encourage and elevate investor dialog. Throughout the event, your collateral will be available for attendees, and you will be mentioned in all promotional materials for the event.

The Entrepreneur Showcase offers all the advantages of a traditional venture fair and many more. Because of the shared vision that brings us all together, it is an unparalleled opportunity for you to build relationships with investors and entrepreneurs from all over the region. We are confident that, if chosen to participate, you will have opportunities to make important connections that add value to your enterprise.

Given the relatively short time horizon, please submit your application no later than Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Demand for participation in the Showcase is high; spots will fill up.

To apply: send an email to and we will send you the application. It is free to apply, but costs $25 to present and take advantage of this exciting opportunity.


September 24
Moving Planet: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels

On Sept. 24th, 2011, on the streets of Boston, join a worldwide event – Moving Planet – calling on our elected leaders, businesses and communities to get serious about moving beyond fossil fuels. Come on bike or on foot, by boat, carpool or public transportation! Come with your community, your organization, or simply yourself to help make one big, bold, beautiful statement:
We have the power to build a secure, healthy, just and sustainable future for our children and our planet!


The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future public hearing

October 12, 2011
Harvard Medical School Conference Center, 77 Louis Pasteur, Longwood, Boston, MA

BRC Draft Report to the Secretary of Energy

The Blue Ribbon Commission On America’s Nuclear Future is a Presidentially-mandated group composed of 16 people to make recommendations for national radioactive waste policy. The record of the work the Commission has done over the last year--available on-line in video form, transcript, written testimony, and public comments all posted at

These additional meetings in September and October are to collect public comments on the Commission's draft recommendations. The full draft report is available here:

The Commission website states: All public are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required. Information about registration will be available in the near future. The meetings will not be video webcast. Transcripts of the meetings will be available on the website, along with all written comments anyone chooses to offer. Comments can either be made directly to the website at or by email to: and via US postal mail:

Mr. Timothy A. Frazier
Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585

Comment deadline is October 31, 2011. NIRS will share a more complete set of comments for sign-on in October.




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 Success!

Young World Inventors ( finished their Kickstarter campaign ( to fund insider web stories of African and American innovators in collaboration successfully.

New contributions, however, will be accepted.


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:




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

------------------------'s Guide to Boston


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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