Sunday, September 04, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - September 4, 2011

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Public Hearing Schedule for "America's Nuclear Future"

Editorial Comment: My policy is zero emissions, 100% recycling for all wastes, including low level and high level radioactive waste, and my immediate concerns for "America's Nuclear future" are 1) how quickly we can move commercial spent fuel from wet storage, which requires a constant supply and circulation of cooling water, to dry cask storage which does not; and 2) how many of the 35 US boiling water reactors like Fukushima have spent fuel pools on the top floors of buildings outside the radiation containment structures and how soon can that be remedied? Neither of these issues are top priorities in the present Blue Ribbon Commission report as they are looking at a different scale and timeframe.


FAS Freecycle and Sustainability Fair
WHEN Tue., Sep. 6, 2011, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Science Center Overpass
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Special Events, Wellness/Work Life, Working@Harvard
CONTACT INFO Gosia Sklodowska:
NOTE Late summer cleaners and scavengers, unite! Don’t trash your office and home leftovers, freecycle them! File folders, cabinets, printers/cartridges, books, movies, music, housewares, games, sports equipment, art supplies, clothes are all welcome. Please, NO: TVs, computers, large electronics, or large furniture. Save big items for Craigslist, the ReuseList or Harvie. Please bring items to donate on the day of the event (9-10.30am), or contact us at energy@fas to arrange a pick up ahead of time. All leftover items will be donated to local charities.
Celebrate the new academic year in a green and festive atmosphere!
Come to learn about environmentally friendly living, working, catering and transportation services and products offered by local businesses. Taste delicious food from Stone Hearth Pizza, get your bike tuned up by Quad bikes and learn about greening your home opportunities from Next Step Living. Many more attractions, including more tastings and raffles at the Fair!
The event is sponsored by the FAS Green Program, a partnership between the FAS Office of Physical Resources and Planning and Harvard’s Office for Sustainability.


Live Webcast — Disaster Response: A Decade of Lessons Learned Post 9/11

WHEN Tue., Sep. 6, 2011, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with Reuters
Opening Remarks
Julio Frenk, dean, Harvard School of Public Health

Aaron Pressman, correspondent, Reuters

Expert participants
Jennifer Leaning, Fran├žois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, and co-founder of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Isaac Ashkenazi, former surgeon general, Home Front Command, Israel; director of the Urban Terrorism Preparedness Project, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School, and professor of disaster medicine, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Stefanos Kales, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, associate professor, Harvard Medical School, Division Chief, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance, and principal investigator of a study of cardiovascular risk among firefighters

Stephanie Kayden, international emergency physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital, instructor in medicine, Harvard Medical School, and faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
NOTE Email questions before or during the live webcast to


Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Thermal Transport and Thermoelectric Conversion in Nanostructured and Complex Materials
Speaker: Dr. LI SHI, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering University of Texas, Austin
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: MIT 32-144

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MechE Seminar Series

For more information, contact:
Harris Crist


Ecologies of Human Flourishing Book Event
WHEN Tue., Sep. 6, 2011, 5:15 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue
SPONSOR Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School
CONTACT Lexi Gewertz, 617.495.4476
NOTE This event will celebrate the publication of the CSWR's latest volume in its Religions of the World and Ecology Series: Ecologies of Human Flourishing. The event will feature David Eckel, Professor of Religion at Boston University, as a discussant of the volume. Editors Donald K. Swearer, former director of the CSWR, and Susan Lloyd McGarry, former assistant director for planning and special projects at the CSWR, will respond to Professor Eckel's remarks.


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
Flatbread & Sacco’s Bowl Haven
45 Day Street, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144
EAT & TAKE-OUT: 5pm to 11pm
BOWL: 7pm to 11pm


Berkman Center Fall 2011 Open House
Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 pm
Ropes Gray Room, Pound Hall, Harvard Law School Campus (Map:
Free and Open to the Public
Please tell us if you plan to attend:

Come to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Open House to meet our faculty, fellows, and staff, and to learn about the many ways you can get involved in our dynamic, exciting environment.

As a University-wide research center at Harvard University, our interdisciplinary efforts in the exploration of cyberspace address a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. If you're interested in the Internet’s impact on society and are looking to engage a community of world-class fellows and faculty through events, conversations, research, and more please join us to hear more about our upcoming academic year!

Paid part-time research positions will be available in the fall, and you can visit to see the current available openings.

People from all disciplines, universities, and backgrounds are encouraged to attend the Open House to familiarize yourself with the Berkman Center and explore opportunities to join us in our research. We look forward to seeing you there!


Historical Context and Demos Illustrating the Relationship of Food and Science

WHEN Tue., Sep. 6, 2011, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Science Center C
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Dave Arnold (Food Arts magazine's contributing editor for Equipment & Food Science), Harold McGee (author of "On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen" and columnist for The New York Times) and David Weitz (Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics at Harvard)
COST Free. All are welcome to attend.



Event Details
Date: Wednesday, 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


Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 12 – 12:20 p.m.
WHERE John Harvard Statue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Social Sciences, Special Events, Support/Social, Working@Harvard
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.


Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
WHEN Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Kennedy School Room L-382
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Environmental Sciences
SPEAKER(S) Charles Kolstad: Public Goods Institutions with Other-Regarding Preferences


Fluid Architecture
WHEN Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE Pierce Hall Room 209, Harvard SEAS, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Education, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University/Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
NOTE Ned Kahn, an artist who has a background in environmental science, explores natural phenomena through his art. His works typically incorporate fluid dynamics, optics, acoustics, and other features of physics. During the 1980s, he was an apprentice to physicist Frank Oppenheimer at San Francisco's Exploratorium, which Oppenheimer founded. Kahn's works include Tornado, a simulation of chaotic phenomenon, and Gaussian Melody, whose pin array, related to the Gaussian distribution, produces a random tune. Converting abstract principles into tangible representations, Kahn's work is accessible to a vast and diverse audience, attracting and holding the attention of children, adults, artists, and physicists alike.


Herbert Sherman Memorial Lecture: Health Information Technology and the Medical Home
WHEN Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Kresge Cafeteria, Harvard School of Public Health
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Department of Health Policy and Management/HSPH
SPEAKER(S) David W. Bates, chief quality officer, BWH; chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, BWH


Harvard EPS Dissertation Defense
September 7, 2011 - 4:00pm
Haller Hall - Geo Museum 102 24 Oxford St Cambridge, MA
"Atmospheric pollution in the Arctic: Sources, transport, and chemical processing." Jenny Fisher, Harvard University.

Refreshments to follow in the Student Lounge, Hoffman 4th floor


Teaching 9/11
WHEN Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138
TYPE OF EVENT Discussion, Forum, Lecture, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT PHONE 617-384-9968
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Lecture, Special Events
Moderator: Meira Levinson, associate professor of education, HGSE
• Thea Abu El-Haj, associate professor, Rutgers Graduate School of Education
• Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures; chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
• Beverly Gage, associate professor of history, Yale University
• Diane L. Moore, senior lecturer on religious studies and education, Harvard Divinity School
• Christopher Ougheltree, social studies teacher, Cranston High School East, Cranston, R.I.
Teaching 9/11 brings together participants from the fields of education, history, government, religion, and politics for a roundtable discussion about how, why, and what we should teach young people about September 11, 2001. The forum provides a powerful and timely opportunity to reflect on questions such as: How should we teach the recent past? What are some of the complexities in teaching highly emotional and contentious issues? Is location of the classroom significant in teaching 9/11? What should the goals of teaching 9/11 include?
To listen to the Harvard EdCast: Teaching 9/11 podcast please visit,
This week's Harvard EdCast features Associate Professor Meira Levinson, political philosopher at HGSE, reflecting on the challenges of teaching 9/11 in the classroom and how to explain these events as both a mother or teacher to children born after September 12, 2001.
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Thursday, September 08, 2011
Affordable Hydrogen Infrastructure from New Approaches to Hydrogen Delivery and Renewable Hydrogen
Time: 10:00a–11:00a
Location: E19-319
A special seminar featuring Edward F. Kiczek, the Global Business Director of Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products and Chemicals Inc.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:
Jameson Twomey


Thursday, September 08, 2011
Renegotiation-Proof Contracts with Moral Hazard and Persistent Private Information
Speaker: Bruno Strulovici (Northwestern/Visiting MIT)
Time: 4:00p–5:30p
Location: at Harvard Location TBA
Renegotiation-Proof Contracts with Moral Hazard and Persistent Private Information

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Theory Workshop

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


10th Anniversary of 9/11 Campuswide Panel Discussion
WHEN Thu., Sep. 8, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Center, Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
Duncan Kennedy, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, Harvard Law School;
Jocelyne Cesari, director, Islam in the West Program, CMES;
Charlie Clements, executive director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
NOTE As part of Harvard programming in response to the 10th anniversary of 11 September 2001, this campuswide panel discussion will feature talks by several Harvard scholars engaging with questions of how to engage dialogue on 9/11 in America.


HUCE Special Seminar: "The Boundary Politics of Sustainability Science"
WHEN Thu., Sep. 8, 2011, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE HUCE Seminar Room, 24 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard University Center for the Environment
Tim Forsyth, reader in environment and development, London School of Economics and Political Science
Lisa Matthews:
NOTE In recent years, there has been growing trend towards so-called 'problem-oriented science' as a way to address urgent social problems. For example, 'sustainability science' seeks to address questions of long-term sustainable development, and 'adaptation science' analyzes adaptation to climate change. This presentation will talk supportively of these ventures, but argue that the transition to 'problem-oriented science' still lacks a sufficient political analysis of which problems are addressed, and how problem definition relates to scientific investigation. In response, the presentation proposes to use the concept of 'boundary politics' from related work in science and technology studies as a way to analyze the boundaries between scientists and policymakers / users, and the implications of boundaries for different forms of scientific explanation.


Thursday, September 08, 2011
Northrop Grumman Corporation: Future Technical Leaders Program Information Session
Speaker: David Rahn and Lori Daly
Time: 5:00p–7:30p
Location: 56-180
Future Technical Leaders Information Session.
Thursday, 8 Sept. 2011
Room: 56-180
PhD/M.S. Student Recruitment

Northrop Grumman is looking for Future Technical Leaders. Launching an advanced surveillance satellite to monitor the environment. Creating a citywide high-speed wireless network. Designing more effective navigation systems for commercial aircraft. Achievements like these are the lifeblood of working with Northrop Grumman, and as we continue to grow, we remain committed to addressing the national and local issues that affect the communities in which we operate and live. We believe in preparing for the future, which is why we sponsor community outreach programs with such goals as inspiring students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

By partnering with universities like MIT and offering company-wide mentoring, NGC is fostering a breadth of perspectives to power its world-class aerospace and defense projects. Perspectives like yours, as a new graduate, beginning your career with NG affords you the exciting opportunity to join an organization with diverse technologies, customers and locations across the country. Primary focus is on recruiting graduates of the 2011-2012 academic year.

Please visit for more information about the program.

Achievement never ends.
For current opportunities, please visit:

Web site:

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Industrial Liaison Program

For more information, contact:
M. Cattonar
617- 253-2691


"The Empire State ReBuilding: The Powerful Lessons from Reawakening the World's Most Famous Office Building"

WHEN Thu., Sep. 8, 2011, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Business, Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Real Estate Academic Initiative at Harvard University
SPEAKER(S) Anthony E. Malkin, president of Malkin Holdings, New York
COST Free and open to the public
Malkin will discuss how the $550 million "Empire State ReBuilding" program transformed this iconic building into a 21st century trophy, serving the needs of tenants, broadcasters, and visitors with restored grandeur and the latest technology. Groundbreaking energy efficiency work integrated in the building has proven to be a disruptive model challenging the accepted definition of "green."


Wyss Seminars Environmental Science and Engineering Seminars
A plan for powering the world for all purposes with wind, water, and sunlight
Mark Jacobson , Professor, Stanford University
When: Sep 09, 2011 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Where: Harvard, Pierce 100F
Speaker Biography:
Brenda Mathieu 495-5745


"The New Majority? The Past, Present, and Future of Women in the Workplace"

WHEN Fri., Sep. 9, 2011, 1 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Schlesinger Library
Welcome by Drew Faust, Harvard University president
Remarks about Clara Schiffer by Lois Schiffer
Marsha S. Berzon ’66, Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Ellen Bravo, Former Director, 9 to 5, and current Director, Family Values @ Work Consortium
Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women's Policy Research
Nancy MacLean, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences Professor of History, Duke University
Lynn Rhinehart, General Counsel, AFL-CIO
Kris Rondeau, Founder, Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers; Union Organizer
CONTACT INFO 617.495.8600
Women's increasing employment for pay has transformed households, workplaces, and social life over the past half-century. Now women workers make up half the labor force. While women are the breadwinners in their families more and more often, have their jobs, their pay scales, and their opportunities for advancement gained parity with men's? At this symposium, speakers with a wide range of involvement in the labor movement, labor law, and social policy will discuss what has changed, what has not, and what lies ahead.

September 9, 2011
3:00pm-8:00pm (Schedule below)
Visions of War

MIT W20-491

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we gather for talks by MARIANNE HIRSCH and ANDREA GEYER. Our speakers will address a set of interrelated questions: What is the role of art and the humanities in the work of social justice? What is the role of feminism? How does it provide a site of intervention? How do we critique what some critics are arguing is a permanent state of war or perpetual war? To address the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the symposium also asks how visuality has been instrumental in the conduct of war, and in critiques of it.
Marianne Hirsch "Postmemory, Art and Archive"
Andrea Geyer "Memory Now. A poetic challenge to Pasts, Presents and Futures"

Andrea Geyer, "Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb (2009; 42 min) and "Comrades of Time" (2010)
Coco Fusco "Operation Atropos" (2006; 59 min)

3pm-5pm: Screenings
5pm-6pm: Reception
6:15pm-8pm: Speakers with Q&A by Emma Teng

Sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Office of the Dean, MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences; additional support from MIT Foreign Languages and Literatures, Women's and Gender Studies Program, and The Technology and Culture Forum.

For additional information, please go to the the MIT Foreign Languages and Literatures website:


Friday, September 09, 2011
Starr Forum: Top Secret America
Speaker: Dana Priest
Time: 4:30p–6:00p
Location: MIT E14-674
Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State

Book Talk with Dana Priest, Washington Post

The top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere. In TOP SECRET AMERICA, award-winning reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin uncover the enormous size, shape, mission, and consequences of this "invisible universe."

About the speaker/co-author: Investigative reporter Dana Priest has been The Washington Post's intelligence, Pentagon and health-care reporter. She has won numerous awards, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for public service for "The Other Walter Reed" and the 2006 Pulitzer for beat reporting for her work on CIA secret prisons and counter-terrorism operations overseas. She is author of the 2003 book, "The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America's Military, (W.W. Norton).

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


Fri. 9/9
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays, monthly free evening
MIT Museum Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Free admission

Featured Program: Starbound with Joe Haldeman
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join MIT author Joe Haldeman and other members of MIT's Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies an evening of literature and conversation at the MIT Museum. Professor Haldeman will read from his latest work, Starbound, and discuss what it takes to become an award-winning science fiction author. Haldeman is a five-time recipient of both the Nebula and the Hugo Awards, the two most prestigious science fiction honors; in 2010 he received the Damon Knight Grand Master award from the Science Fiction and Science Fantasy Writers of America.


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!


Cambridge Carnival International
Kendall Square, Cambridge
12- 7 pm


RI Maker Faire, Providence, RI
• Free!
• September 10, 2011 Steeple Street at WaterFire. 2pm-10pm. Providence, RI.
• Support Maker Faire RI:


The Art of Survival: A Tenth Anniversary Observance of 9/11 in Words, Music, and Dance

WHEN Sun., Sep. 11, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Dance, Humanities, Music, Poetry/Prose, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Office of the President of Harvard University.
TICKET INFO Free and open to the public.Tickets required and available beginning Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Harvard Box Office or by phone (service charge applies to phone orders). Limit two tickets per person.
CONTACT INFO, 617.495.0738
Harvard’s observance of the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon will reflect on the local, national, and global ramifications of 9/11. Through musical and dance performances, images, and readings, the observance will explore themes of anxiety and security, imagination and empathy, survival and solidarity. It takes place in conjunction with an installation in Harvard Yard: a series of poles bearing flowers and poems that connect with the themes of the observance.




Monday, September 12, 2011
MIT Energy Club Information Session
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 1-190
Passionate about energy? Come learn about MIT's largest and most active student club with over 3000 members and more than 100 events a year. We will cover all the ways the MIT student energy community is working to tackle the energy challenge and how you can get involved. Representatives from the Energy Night, Energy Conference, Clean Energy Prize, and Energy Finance Forum will also be available. Pizza will be served!

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club


News and Entertainment in the Digital Age: A Vast Wasteland Revisited
Monday, September 12, 5:00pm ET, Harvard Law School. This event will be webcast live. Co-sponsored by the Dean's Office at Harvard Law School.

In 1961, Newt Minow – then Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission – delivered a landmark speech to the National Association of Broadcasters on “Television and the Public Interest,” in which he described television programming as a "vast wasteland" and advocated for public interest programming. Fifty years later, we aim to reflect upon the changed landscape of television and dramatic shifts in the broader media ecosystem, and identify lessons learned that may help to offer insight into the next 50 years of media and public discourse. This event will feature Newt Minow (Former Chairman of the FCC / Sidley Austin),Dean Martha Minow (Harvard Law School), Ann Marie Lipinski (Nieman Foundation), Jonathan Alter (Bloomberg View), Terry Fisher (Harvard Law School), Yochai Benkler (Harvard Law School), John Palfrey (Harvard Law School),Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard Law School), and many more. Special guests include Susan Crawford (Cardozo School of Law), Perry Hewitt (Harvard University), Ellen Goodman (Rutgers University School of Law - Camden), Reed Hundt(Former Chairman of the FCC), Kevin Martin (Former Chairman of the FCC), Nicholas Negroponte (One Laptop per Child), Tim Wu (Columbia Law School), Ethan Zuckerman (C4/Berkman Center), and more. Photo via Rantes. RSVP Required. more information on our website>


Tuesday, September 13, 12 p.m.
"Political Reporting in a Bare-Knuckled, Bare-Shouldered Media Culture."
Speaker Series with Jessica Yellin, chief White House correspondent for CNN.
Nye AB, Taubman Building, 5th Floor, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge
Harvard Kennedy School of Government


One of the most important elements of success in our sustainability initiatives is people. This month's Growing GIBN call focuses on the people instrumental in any business -- its employees.

September Growing Green Innovators in Business Network Conversation
Employee Engagement in Sustainability Efforts

Date: September 13, 2011
Time: 2pm ET
Call-in information: (760) 569-9000, Code: 160031#
Please join us by sending your RSVP to

We will be joined by Asheen Phansey of Quaking Aspen LLP who will share thoughts and recent research on employee engagement for sustainability, and Randi Braunwalder of HP who will provide case studies of HP's work on employee engagement. We look forward to your participation.


MIT Energy Club Opening Social

September 13, 2011 5:00p–7:00p

Come kick off the semester right at the MIT Energy Club Opening Social and get to know all the outstanding people that are making a difference in meeting the energy needs of tomorrow today. Hosted on the 6th floor of the Media Lab with refreshment, drinks (cash bar) and a gorgeous view of the Charles River, this is one event you do not want to miss.

Location: MIT E14-648

Sponsored by: MIT Energy Club

Admission: Open to the public

For more information:

Contact MIT Energy Club


Definitive NFC / Near Field Communication and Smart mCommerce News
Isobar Create 48 NFC Hackathon Boston Event

If you are an Android app dev,like the sound of NFC capabilities and want to get the low down from those in the know,you will make sure you are in Boston on September 13th –15th for Isobar Create 48.

If you live somewhere round the Boston area or can get there between September 13th and the 15th, you can take part in a unique experience the guys and gals from FutureM are calling Isobar Create 48. The point of the get n’code together event is to explore the possibilities of Near Field Communication (NFC). NFC is going to be built into products,services and marketing from here on out and for those with some solid knowledge of managing NFC developments,the future will likely be bright. The Isobar Create 48 NFC Hackathon will be the first of its kind to explore the NFC chip inside the Google Nexus S and find greater uses for this NFC. The Isobar Create 48 organizers are inviting local developers,programmers and hackers to create what they see as their visions for uses of NFC technology.

They’ve lined up some incredible speakers,trainers,judges and sponsors for the event,including Damien Balsan,who is the Director of NFC Business Development at Nokia and the Co-Chair of the Boston NFC Hub. He will be sharing his thoughts on the future of NFC and demoing some applications,and we’ll have some trainers on hand to teach participants how to program for NFC (ie,what can be done,what can’t be done,etc.) They have also lined up an esteemed panel of judges from Google, and Nokia,who will vote on the top 3 apps created during the hackathon and hand out prizes. Who knows,you may even pick up some important connections.

Other than that,we are going to hand over to details we took straight from the Isobar Create 48 website,as it says it all!

Isobar Create 48 NFC Hackathon.
Near Field Communication (NFC) technology will let us make transactions,exchange digital content,and connect electronic devices like never before. Your phone will be your credit card,boarding pass,hotel room key,coupons at the supermarket. You’ll buy only the 3 minutes you need on the parking meter.

It’s an amazing future that can continue to emerge. Or it can bust through the door now,screaming your name for all eternity.

Isobar Create 48 is the first hackathon of its kind to explore the NFC chip inside the Google Nexus S,as well as other potential applications. This is an open invitation to developers and designers to define the future of NFC and find greater uses for this exciting new technology.

Around the clock: Tuesday, September 13 at 3:00pm – Thursday, September 15, 2011, 3:00pm

Where: Space with a Soul,281 Summer Street,Boston,MA

Who: Created by Isobar, with an esteemed panel of judges from Google and, Isobar Create 48 is for developers and designers who have big ideas,the skill to bring them to life,and no fear of a little sleep deprivation.

How can I participate?
Isobar’s first “Create 48” is part of FutureM that draws hundreds of digital community creators and creatives every year. It’s FREE if you follow the steps and use the promo code below:

• Go to
• On the first page,fill out your first name,last name and email address.
• Choose “FutureM Pass – MITX Members Rate” and click the “Continue.” NOTE:The $99 fee will be waived for you if you follow the next step.
• Fill out contact information &a few demographic questions. Then, in the Promo Code field,enter the discount code HACK. Click “Continue.”
• Select Isobar Create 48,starting on Tuesday,September 13th.
What types of applications can I develop?
During the Hackathon,participants will have the ability to write five types of applications:

• Phone to phone: Nexus S ‘talking’ to another Nexus S,transferring something meaningful using the technology.
• Phone to tag: Using tags where the device (or a reader) can read data and react to it. Sometimes the data is a URL;other times it is just the ID of the device.
• Phone to reader: Having the phone act as a tag (or a card) and ‘speak’ to a computer with a tag reader attached to it.
• Tag to reader: Similar to phone to tag,only that a computer with a reader ‘responds’ to reading the tag.
• Phone to simulator: We will create ‘simulators’ of real-world machines we envision using NFC and how they can exchange data with smartphones. Examples include a gas pump and a cash register. Participants will be able to create apps that ‘talk’ to these simulators.
How can I prepare?
Attendees should be prepared to bring their laptop,power cables (and any other tools they need to create and develop with). Isobar will provide the facilities,power,connectivity,food,and refreshments,and experts will be on-hand to help you think through your idea,answer questions and give advice. We’ll also have the following equipment on hand,including:Nexus S phones,NFC Tags to make real-world objects ‘machine readable,NFC Readers (SCM 3711),and Demo code.

In the meantime,here are some links to documentation and technical resources that may help you prepare:

• NXP introduction to NFC – NXP is a pioneer of NFC technology,a bit hardware-oriented:
• Radio-Electronics – Introduction to NFC:
• Google I/O presentation featuring the Nexus S:
• White papers from the NFC Forum:
• The Android NFC Demo App:
• Slideshare presentations about NFC (some good overview here):
• Touchatag Developer site:
• NFC FAQ on TagStand:
If you need more inspiration,just read through posts here on there should be something to cook your noodle.
Who are the judges?
When coding ends at 3:00pm on Thursday 9/15,each team will have 5 minutes to present their work to the audience and our esteemed panel of judges,which so far includes:

• Dan Koulomzin,Software Engineer,Google
• Mike Lockwood,Engineer,Google Android Team
• David Chang,VP of Product &Strategy,
• Damien Balsan,Director of NFC Business Development,Nokia,and Co-Chair,Enterprise Forum/Boston NFC Hub
What can I win?
Do we need to give you something other than the admiration of your peers? A place in the history books? Exposure to our friends and judges from Google and MIT Media Labs?

Fine. Everybody gets an awesome gift bag. We’ll have door prizes (random,sure,but cool stuff). We’ll be giving out cash prizes to winners,a trophy we’re designing as we speak,and Google Nexus S phones for the winning team. But if you’re just in it for the admiration,that’s okay too. Who isn’t?

Can you hook me up with collaborators if I show up alone?
Isobar Create 48 is for designers,developers,and marketers. We encourage you to team up and work in ad-hoc development teams. If you have a good idea but you’re not sure you can build it on your own,or if you’re a coder who wants a designer and a marketer to work with,you can coordinate with others on our blog to share ideas and build a team. Don’t fret if you don’t have a team before you get there – we’ll do our best to match people up when you arrive.

Who owns the code I write?
You do,unless you’re using something that belongs to someone else. We’d like to make a few screenshots of promising projects,and we’ll be video taping certain parts of the event for public relations and marketing communication purposes;we assume that’s okay.

What’s the schedule?
Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect:

• If you’re looking for a team to develop something with,arrive by 3:00pm so you have time to mingle and hook up or ask us to help you.
• We’ll get started at 3:30pm sharp. We’ll present some new details on NFC technology and the Gingerbread OS,and you’ll get to work.
• We’ll feed you and water you and Red Bull you. We’ll also have a couple of couches if you need a nap.
• At 3:00pm on Thursday 9/15,everyone stops coding. Each team will have ten minutes to present their work to the audience — and the judges. Then we’ll go our separate ways for a few hours. We think you’ll go home and clean yourselves up!
• At 7:00pm on Thursday 9/15,we’ll regroup for the afterparty. We’ll have food,drink and a band,open to all FutureM attendees.
• At the afterparty,we’ll reveal the top 3 apps created during the hackathon and hand out prizes and respect to the winners.

Read more:


Energy 101 : Biofuels

September 14, 2011 12:30p–1:30p

Energy 101 lectures on biofuels. FREE FOOD.

Category: lectures/conferences: science/engineering

Speaker: Mark Wright

Location: MIT 3-133

Sponsored by: MIT Energy Club

Admission: Open to the public

For more information:

Contact MIT Energy Club


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.


Venture Cafe Night with Microsoft Bing! Findable and Fundable #SEO #Food #Swag
Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
The Venture Cafe at Cambridge Innovation Center, 4th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

Come for a fun night of learning, mingling, food and swag! Microsoft Bing will be on-site at Venture Cafe with a special visit from Duane Forrester, Bing's SEO expert and author of two books: How To Make Money With Your Blog and Turn Clicks Into Customers. Shasta Ventures' Jacob Mullins (investors in, will kickoff the evening by talking with startups about how to become fundable.
Visit the swag table to obtain your own Bing startup love kit (neat gadgets inside) and learn about Microsoft Bing's startup program from Bing Senior Program Manager Betsy Aoki.

5-6 p.m: Jacob Mullins of Shasta Ventures talks with startups about being fundable

6-8 p.m: Mingle with Duane Forrester, Microsoft Bing and Jacob Mullins, Shasta Ventures to ask your questions, gain answers over food and drink

Duane Forrester, Microsoft Bing
Duane Forrester is a Sr. Product Manager with Bing’s Webmaster Program. Previously, he was an inhouse SEM running the SEO program for MSN in the US &
Americas. He's also the founding co-chair of SEMPO's In-House SEM Committee, was formerly on the Board of Directors for SEMPO and is the author of two books: How To Make Money With Your Blog & Turn Clicks Into Customers. Duane was a moderator at and maintains his own blog at When writing for Search Engine Land, Duane's main focus was on in-house search marketing, both what it took to manage it, and who folks were in the industry.

Jacob Mullins, Shasta Ventures
Jacob joined Shasta Ventures in the summer of 2011 bringing with him a wealth of experience from many sides of the modern day startup industry. Before Shasta, Jacob joined Microsoft to help design and launch the BizSpark program, Microsoft’s first initiative tailored specifically for early-stage startups. As US program lead, his focus was working with all constituents of the startup ecosystem, from early-stage incubators, investors, service providers, and more, to
help align mutual interests for the startup’s success. At the time of his leaving, BizSpark had over 35,000 members in over 100 countries. Prior to Microsoft, Jacob was the “business guy” at leading all non-editorial efforts including revenue generation, advertising relationships and strategic partnerships with companies like The New York Times and IDG. During college, Jacob co-founded a nutraceutical company with significant international operations in South Africa. As CEO, he led this startup to become a publicly traded-OTC company that manufactured and distributed three product lines: a dietary supplement, gum, and energy drink, in retail, online, and direct marketing channels. Jacob is the co-founder and Chairman of the Beverly Mullins Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship at UC Berkeley that offers financial assistance to non-traditional aged single parents who are defying all obstacles in the pursuit of education. Jacob has a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.


Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)

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!


Cambridge Community Center Winter Market
Cambridge's first Winter Market is coming to the Cambridge Community Center. The market is expected to run every Saturday from January 7th to April 28th 2012. The market will take place inside the gym of the community center. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with setup and breakdown of the market.

We are also holding advisory committee meetings where we will be discussing the details of the market.

The first meeting will take place on September 27th 2011.

If you would like to attend please request an invitation by emailing Jose Mendez the Director of Marketing and Outreach at


HEET is organizing a workshop on reducing energy bills in larger buildings on Oct. 1st. It's being run by Marc Rosenbaum, an award-winning building systems analyst, and sponsored by Mass. Interfaith Power and Light. People-in-the-know murmur Rosenbaum's name with awe. Paul Eldrenkamp of Byggmeister fame will moderate.

The workshop will take place in the First Church in Cambridge, a large historical building being used in a wide variety of ways such as a homeless shelter, childcare center and office space.

During the workshop we will be guided through the church to examine its problems, then in small groups design a longterm plan going forward to reduce the church's energy use. Rosenbaum will comment on each of the plans to help us learn.

We're assembling a star-studded cast of guides to teach folks about how the building systems work and what can help.

We will also have a NSTAR representative explain available rebates, and the president of New Generation Energy talk about a great new financing mechanism for raising money through a community for energy efficiency.

We want to leave people with the practical knowledge about buildings and financing to reduce their building's energy use.

The workshop itself is on Sat. Oct 1st from 9 am to 5 pm. Lunch will be provided and the cost is only $75. Normally Rosenbaum's classes cost 3 times that.

Here's more info, and the sign up form

Please post the info wherever you can or mention it to all who might be interested. I think it will be a very helpful workshop.

We only have room for 100 attendees, so people might want to sign up soon.


Saturday, October 1, 2011 9am to 5pm Suffolk University, Boston
Register Online Now! [1]

Keynote speaker

2011 from Egypt to Libya: Triumph and Turmoil in the Arab world
The Conference

Fall 2011 marks ten years since 9/11, the War on Terror, the Afghanistan War, and the founding of UJP. The US/NATO bombing of Libya is the latest in the
series of wars. Domestically, greed is rampant and serious problems are getting worse. Few peace and justice activists can remember a more troubling time.

How did we get here and how can we change things?

What can we learn from the historic events in Egypt, where the people triumphed against huge odds, and the workers of Wisconsin?

How can the peace movement continue its work to end the wars and cut the military budget while also building cooperation with the economic and racial
justice movements?

We want a peaceful foreign policy based on democracy to focus on the pressing economic and human problems that must be solved.

Featuring Presentations by:

Kathy Kelly
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Report from Afghanistan and Iraq

Ann Wright
former U.S. Army Colonel
Report on the Gaza Flotilla and Palestine

Michael McPhearson
National Coordinator, United for Peace and Justice
Connecting to the War at Home

Will Hopkins
Iraq Veterans Against the War and New Hampshire Peace Action
The crisis and youth today

Max Elbaum
War Times/Tiempo de Guerras
Fighting for Peace Against an Empire in Decline

Patricia Montes
Centro Presente
How the wars affect immigrant rights at home

Registration Fee: $15, includes morning coffee and pastry. Free for Suffolk University students and faculty with ID. ?No one turned away.

Register online at

Lunch: $10 - pizza, salad and drink, served in Donahua Building cafeteria.
Directions: Take the T to Park Street or Government Center.
Suffolk University, Donahue Building, 41 Temple St.
Do not confuse Temple Street with Temple Place.

Registration opens at 9am at the Donahue Building, 41 Temple St.
Sessions will be held in Donahue and in the C. Walsh Theatre next door.


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: 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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