Sunday, February 12, 2012

Energy (and Other) Events - February 12, 2012

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Channel Surfing from Doomsday Preppers to a Navaho Community Greenhouse


Restoring the Gulf of Mexico—An Energy Policy? A Historical Perspective on Energy/Environment in the Gulf Region"
Monday, February 13, 2012
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JKF Street, Cambridge

Jason Theriot, Energy Policy Fellow, Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard

Contact Name: Louisa Lund


Challenges of Globalization: Global Engagement
WHEN Mon., Feb. 13, 2012, 2 – 5 p.m.
WHERE First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church Street (Harvard Square)
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Conferences, Humanities, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S) Richard Parker, Mark N. Katz, and others
CONTACT INFO, 617.495.2727
NOTE At a conference on the impact of global engagement on America's sense of security and well-being, speakers examine the challenges posed by the European debt crisis, changing relationships with Israel and Palestine, and the war on terror.


Design and Optimization of Hybrid Electrical Energy Storage Systems
Monday, February 13 2012
2:30PM to 3:30PM, Refreshments: 2:15PM
MIT, Building 32-G449 - Kiva, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Massoud Pedram, EE department /USC

Abstract: Electrical energy is a high-quality form of energy, and thus it is beneficial to store the excessive electric energy in the electrical energy storage (EES) rather than converting it into different types of energy. EES systems can also be used for energy management on the Grid, peak load shaving, and UPS applications. Unfortunately, no existing EES element can fulfill all the desired requirements for electrical energy storage, such as high power/energy density, low cost/weight per unit capacity, high round-trip efficiency, and long cycle life. Furthermore, despite active research on the new EES technologies, it is unlikely that we will have an ideal EES element in the near future.

Our approach for improving the performance of EES systems is to exploit different types of EES elements, where each type has its unique strengths and weaknesses, to design hybrid EES (HEES) system architecture along with dynamic control policies that can dramatically improve the key performance characteristics of the EES system. This approach exploits fundamental properties that provide a HEES system with the potential to achieve a combination of performance metrics that are superior to that for any of its individual EES elements. In fact, in some cases, it is possible for a HEES system to attain values of individual metrics that are close to their respective best values across its constituent EES elements. The proposed architecture is inspired by (and similar to) the memory hierarchy of a modern computer system.

In my talk I will describe the circuit and architecture design of (bus- and network-based) HEES systems and give an overview of the HEES management policies, ranging from charge allocation to different banks of EES elements, pre-emptive charge migration from one EES bank to another, charge replacement (i.e., discharge) from different banks of EES elements, and on-the-fly reconfiguration of EES elements within each bank. I will conclude my talk with performance results obtained for some HEES systems.

Biosketch: Massoud Pedram joined the EE department of USC after receiving a PhD in EECS from UC-Berkeley in 1991. He is a recipient of the 1996 Presidential Faculty Fellows Award, a Fellow of the IEEE, an ACM Distinguished Scientist, and the Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems and the IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems. Dr. Pedram's research focuses on energy-efficient computing, energy storage systems, low power electronics and design, and computer aided design of VLSI circuits and systems.


Future Prospects for Nuclear Power after Fukushima

Monday, February 13, 2012


MIT, Building 26-414, Kolker Room, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Jacopo Buongiorno, MIT

Nuclear is a high-intensity energy source with a practically unlimited fuel availability and a long record of excellent safety. The environmental benefits of nuclear are clear: as a near-zero-CO2 emission energy source, nuclear can contribute to combating climate change. However, its contribution will be greatly enhanced, if its use is not limited only to the electric power market. In this presentation we will discuss a new paradigm in which (i) nuclear energy can be used to displace large amounts of fossil fuels (and their related CO2 emissions) from the transportation sector, and (ii) nuclear can be combined with and stabilize renewable energy sources (such as wind and solar) to enable their expansion. A second focus of the presentation will be a review of the advanced Light Water Reactor designs being considered for new plant construction in the US and overseas. Emphasis will be on their safety performance, in particular with respect to accident scenarios similar to the recent event at the Fukushima-Daiichi plant in Japan.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Laboratory for Nuclear Science Colloquia and Seminars
For more information, contact:
Randyn Miller


How Finance Went Wrong, and How to Fix it: Some Worthwhile Canadian Initiatives
WHEN Mon., Feb. 13, 2012, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Wasserstein Hall, Room 2036, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR WCFIA Canada Program and the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S) Randall Morck, the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Distinguished Chair in Finance, University of Alberta
COST Free and open to the public and off the record


The Electric Information Age Book
WHEN Mon., Feb. 13, 2012, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Harvard, Boylston Hall, Room 403, Harvard Yard
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Information Technology, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR De Bosis Colloquium in Italian Studies
SPEAKER(S) Jeffrey Schnapp, Harvard University
COST Free and open to the public
NOTE Schnapp presents his book "The Electric Information Age Book" (Princeton Architectural Press). Talk in English.

What Do Artists Know? Contemporary Responses to the Deskilling of Art

Monday, February 13, 2012


MIT, Building E15-001, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Michael Corris, Professor/Chair of Studio Art, Southern Methodist University, Dallas

Part of the ACT Spring 2012 Monday Nights Lecture Series:
Experiments in Thinking, Action and Form

Some contemporary art is profoundly engaged with the world in ways that go beyond interpretation. We seem to be in the midst of a cultural moment where the instrumentalization of art has never been more widely accepted among artists. Whether such artistic practices seek to work across disciplines like science or sociology, or aim to intervene positively in the social and cultural life of communities, the artists involved may be said to hold in common the belief that there is a real advantage that flows from the fact that they come to the scene as artists. We are familiar with the notion of the artist as a problem-solver. But what of other, more contentious knowledge claims? Michael Corris is an artist and writer on art whose work is most closely identified with the critical practices and attitudes of Conceptual art; specifically, with the work of the collective, Art & Language.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:
Laura Anca Chichisan


The Future of Power
WHEN Mon., Feb. 13, 2012

7 – 8:30 p.m.

3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S) Joseph Nye
CONTACT INFO, 617.495.2727
NOTE Kennedy School Professor Joseph Nye discusses the options that “soft power” and “smart power” offer to American foreign policy in the 21st century.


Vicky Chow, Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Cage Recital

Monday, February 13, 2012


MIT, Building 14W-111, Killian Hall, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

In honor of John Cage's centennial, Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow will perform John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano. These pieces are a landmark in the history of classical music and piano repertoire. Written in 1946-48, this hour long set of pieces is one of the examples of Cage's life long fascination with the exploration of sound. 8pm, Killian Hall. Free and open to the public.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Tickets: none required
Sponsor(s): Music and Theater Arts
For more information, contact:
Clarise Snyder



The Boston-Area Climate Experiment: Responses of a local old-field Ecosystem to Simulated Climate Change
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
HUH Seminar Room, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
Jeffrey Dukes Purde/UMASS,


Tuesday, February 14, 12 p.m.
"Covering the Age of Political Uprising: Decentralization of Politics and the Media."
Speaker Series with Matt Bai, chief political correspondent, New York Times Magazine.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge


World Regions in Turmoil: Globalization, Asia, and Europe
WHEN Tue., Feb. 14, 2012, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, co-sponsored by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, the Harvard University Asia Center, and the Program on Transatlantic Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA)
SPEAKER(S) Kumiko Haba, academic associate, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; and Jean Monnet Chair and Professor of European International Politics, Aoyama Gakuin University
Karl Kaiser, director, Program on Transatlantic Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), and adjunct professor of public policy, Harvard Kennedy School


The North African "Arab Spring": Days of Rage, Dreams of Trespass
February 14
MIT, Building E51-395, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. William Lawrence, Director, North Africa Program for International Crisis Group

Dr. Lawrence is a Massachusetts native and holds a B.A. in History and French from Duke University, a 2nd level certificate in History from the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) and a MALD and PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

He is currently the Director of the North Africa Program for International Crisis Group, a leading international think tank based in Morocco.


Legatum Lecture: Mastering Business Model Innovation
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
MIT, Building E62-276, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Reception to follow

Speaker: Alexander Osterwalder

The Business Model Canvas, a conceptual management tool to visualize, discuss, and invent business models, has known a phenomenal success around the world. Now its inventors, Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur are working on a series of new practical tools to continue to revolutionize how executives and entrepreneurs think of business. Besides explaining the Business Model Canvas, Alexander will elaborate on the usability of management concepts and how this will change the way we approach business.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
For more information, contact:
Agnes Hunsicker


What is Massachusetts Doing to Address Climate Change: From the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to the Global Warming Solutions Act
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
MIT, Building 4-145, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Dwayne Breger, Director of the Renewable and Alternative Energy Division at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)

While federal attention to global climate change has waned, Massachusetts continues to confront and embrace the challenge. Massachusetts played a leading role in the development of the northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a 10-state, first-in-the-country mandatory CO2 cap-and-trade program on the power generation sector in effect since 2009. In 2008, the Massachusetts passed the Global Warming Solutions Act which commits the Commonwealth to economy-wide reductions of GHG emissions of 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. This presentation will provide a summary and update on RGGI, as well as an overview of the policies and programs being implemented across the state to meet our GHG reduction commitments.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club, Energy & Environment Community

For more information, contact:
Energy & Environment Community @ MIT Energy Club


Solar Energy the Third Way: Solar Thermoelectric Generators
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
7:00 PM
Boston University College of Arts & Sciences (west side), 725 Commonwealth Ave, Room 522
Last fall, Professor Gang Chen was a guest on SftPublic’s Contemporary Science Issues & Innovations program. There was so much interest that we asked him to give a presentation in our Lecture series at Boston University so that more people would be able to talk with him. This time, Dr. Chen will expand on the topic of solar energy and he’ll tell us more about the “third way” of generating solar power and why this technology is taking off in other countries.

The conversion of sunlight into electricity has been dominated by two approaches: photovoltaic (PV) and solar-thermal power generation. Photovoltaic cells are mostly deployed as flat panels on rooftops or solar farms, while solar-thermal electricity generation technology relying on bulky optical concentrating systems and mechanical heat engines are used in large power plants.

In this presentation, Professor Gang Chen gives an overview of the two current methods of generating electricity from sunlight. He then turns to the potential of using the thermoelectric effect to harness solar energy for the production of electricity. He explains the basics of thermoelectric energy conversion and advanced materials, and then describes solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs) that combine solar power with thermoelectric generators. Dr. Chen explains the increasing popularity of STEGs in Europe and China as these devices become more efficient, less expensive and easier to install compared to other types of solar energy.

Gang Chen, Ph.D., is the C. R. Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from UC Berkeley in 1993 working under then Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien. He was a faculty member at Duke University (1993-1997), University of California at Los Angeles (1997-2001), before joining MIT in 2001. He is a recipient of the NSF Young Investigator Award, the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, the R&D100 Award, and the MIT McDonald Award for Excellences in Mentoring and Advising. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Guggenheim Fellow, an AIAA Fellow, an AAAS Fellow, and an ASME Fellow. He serves as the director of Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC), a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center. He has published extensively in the area of nanoscale energy transport and conversion and nanoscale heat transfer, and co-founded GMZ Energy.



Wednesday February 15

12pm EST/9am PST for an interactive webinar about organizing a Resilience Circle!

Register here.

We’ll talk about how to start a group for your community, including:

finding an organizing partner

finding participants through "base communities" and the "linking method"

how to share the idea of a circle with others

some notes on the curriculum

Before the webinar, please take 10 - 15 minutes to familiarize yourself with the Resilience Circle seven-session curriculum. Contact us ( for an electronic copy.

You will receive a confirmation email after registering with information about how to join the webinar. View system requirements below.

Webinar System Requirements:
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows(R) 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh(R)-based attendees
Required: Mac OS(R) X 10.4.11 (Tiger(R)) or newer


MassChallenge UnTapped @ CIC: Featuring 2011 Alum Sonia Divney
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (ET)
Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 14th Floor, Cambridge

What is MassChallenge? When can I apply?

Join MassChallenge Alumni Sonia Divney, CEO & Founder ofZarzaTech, who will share her experience in the MassChallenge program. Learn first-hand the benefits of participating in the Accelerator from one of our very own!

Joining Sonia is Akhil Nigam, Founder & President of MassChallenge, who will talk about the founding of MC and what we have in store for 2012. Find out how you can compete for a portion of $1 Million, no strings attached!

Please join us for an information session and lunch
at Cambridge Innovation Center
Pizza and drinks on us

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Suggestions?
Register at


Wednesday, February 15, 2012Triple Agent: Lessons from the CIA's Disaster at Khost, Afghanistan

Speaker: Joby Warrick, Washington Post


MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

SSP Wednesday Seminar

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program

For more information, contact:


Wednesday, February 15, 1:30 p.m.
"Agriculture and Obesity Can Teach Us about Media and Ignorance."
Speaker Series with Clay Johnson, founder of Blue State Digital. Moderated by Nicco Mele, Adjunct Lecture in Public Policy.
Harvard, Cason Seminar Room, Taubman Building, First floor, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge


How Do Bugs' Gases Alter Planetary Atmospheres?

WHEN Wed., Feb. 15, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE Geological Museum, Haller Hall (Room 102), 24 Oxford Street
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Origins of Life Initiative
SPEAKER(S) Paul Falkowski, Rutgers University


Is America in Decline?
WHEN Wed., Feb. 15, 2012, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE Harvard, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
SPEAKER(S) Joseph Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor, and former dean, Harvard Kennedy School
CONTACT INFO Bruce Jackan:, 617.495.7548
NOTE In this Decline of Democracy Seminar, Professor Joseph Nye will draw upon the argument of his recent book, "The Future of Power," to discuss what we mean when we talk about decline, what the relevant indicators are, and what difference it makes to our future.


Film screening: "Bully" and Forum Discussion
Wednesday, February 15
Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
Hosted and organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Education in conjunction with the Berkman Center and Facing History and Ourselves.

Introduction: Kathleen McCartney, dean and Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development, HGSE

Moderator: Richard Weissbourd, Ed.D.’87, director, Human Development and Psychology Program, HGSE

Panel participants include:
Lee Hirsch, director and documentary filmmaker
Stephanie Jones, assistant professor of education, HGSE
Jennifer Clark, associate program director, Facing History and Ourselves, New England

5:00 - 6:30PM - Film screening of Bully documentary
6:30 - 7:15PM - Panel discussion regarding the film and The Bully Project

Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, Bully follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. As teachers, administrators, kids and parents struggle to find answers, Bully examines the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth. Through the power of their stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children and society as a whole.


My Sabbatical at Hogwarts: Initial Explorations into Meaningful Gamification
Wednesday, February 15th
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Kotzen Meeting Room, Lefavour Hall, Simmons College, Boston
Free and open to the public

Join Dr. Nicholson as he presents the tales of his exploration and learn about his early explorations in developing Meaningful Gamification, which is grounded in theories from Education, HCI, and LIS. Attendees will see MIT from the view of someone from the LIS field, will learn about life in the dorms and on the MIT campus, and will learn about gamification and how to think more deeply about the use of meaningful play.

Over the last academic year, Scott Nicholson has found himself in a world of magic and mystery – MIT. He is normally an LIS professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, but for his sabbatical, has been working with several game research centers at MIT and living as a visiting scholar in one of the undergraduate dorms. While here, he has been watching for ways to connect libraries and LIS theories into game studies, and has found a connection through Gamification (the use of game design for non-game activities).

Pizza will be served!

Dr. Scott Nicholson, MLIS
Syracuse University / MIT

Civic Media Session: "What's Your Information Diet?"

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


MIT, Building E14, (Media Lab 6th floor, "Skyline Room"), 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Civic Media Sessions

If we are what we eat, does it hold that we are also what we read and watch? You've made a New Year's Resolution to eat healthy, but do you ever consider what you feed your brain? When's the last time you took a critical look at the news and information sources that help you form opinions, learn new things, and generally live your life?

Center director Ethan Zuckerman will discuss these questions with Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet, and Sean B. Cash, Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

We'll have a lively, interdisciplinary conversation about health and sanity in an age of overconsumption, and how to best design tools to help people.

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


Countdown: Iran, Israel and the Threat of a Military Strike

WHEN Wed., Feb. 15, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK St., Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics; co-sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Middle East Initiative
SPEAKER(S) Nazila Fathi, spring 2012 Shorenstein Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); Neiman Fellow (2010-11)
Charles Freilich, senior fellow, International Security Program, HKS
Steven E. Miller, director, International Security Program, HKS
Meghan O’Sullivan, Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, HKS
David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent, New York Times
Stephen Walt (moderator), Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, HKS

Ben Houge Artist Panel: Sound and Real-Time Systems

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


MIT, Building E15-001, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ben Houge, Joe Paradiso, Evan Ziporyn, David Cossin, Nick Montfort

Visiting Artist Ben Houge leads the panel Sound and Real-Time Systems, a discussion about the overlap between such disparate disciplines as video games, digital media, and music composition. To underscore these connections, MIT panelists will share their experience in a range of fields: Joe Paradiso will present his modular synthesizer, newly installed at the MIT Museum; Evan Ziporyn and David Cossin of Bang on a Can All-Stars will discuss performance and composition; and Nick Montfort will provide insights into media environments.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Arts at MIT
For more information, contact:
Meg Rotzel



Amory Lovins presents "Reinventing Fire"

February 16, 2012


MIT, Building 54-100, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Lovins is Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute, an independent nonprofit think-and-do tank that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources. Lovins will present key ideas form one of his latest books titled "Reinventing Fire." In it, he builds a case that maps pathways for running a 158%-bugger U.S. economy in 2050 but needing no oil, no coal, no nuclear energy, one-third less natural gas, and no new inventions. "Reinventing Fire's" business case -- built on enduring value, resilience, and risk management -- is so compelling that its execution wouldn't require new federal taxes, subsidies, mandates, or laws; it makes sense and makes money. Written for all of America's leaders, it's a story of astounding choices and opportunities for creating the new energy era.

Sponsored by: MIT Energy Campus Events

Admission: Open to the public

For more information: Contact MIT Energy Club


Experiments in Social Computation

Thursday, February 16, 2012


MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Michael Kearns

Dertouzos Lecturer Series 2011/2012
The Dertouzos Lecturer Series has been a tradition since 1976, featuring some of the most influential thinkers in computer science, including Bill Gates, Steven Jobs, Donald Knuth, John McCarthy, and Mitchell Kapor. Formerly the Distinguished Lecturer Series, the series has been renamed in memory of Michael Dertouzos, Director for the Lab for Computer Science from 1974 to 2001.

What do the theory of computation, economics and related fields have to say about the emerging phenomena of crowdsourcing and social computing? Most successful applications of crowdsourcing to date have been on problems we might consider "embarrassingly parallelizable" from a computational perspective. But the power of the social computation approach is already evident, and the road cleared for applying it to more challenging problems. In part towards this goal, for a number of years we have been conducting controlled human-subject experiments in distributed social computation in networks with only limited and local communication. These experiments cast a number of traditional computational problems --- including graph coloring, consensus, independent set, market equilibria, biased voting and network formation --- as games of strategic interaction in which subjects have financial incentives to collectively "compute" global solutions. I will overview and summarize the many behavioral findings from this line of experimentation, and draw broad comparisons to some of the predictions made by the theory of computation and microeconomics.

Web site: University of Pennsylvania
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): CSAIL
For more information, contact:
Colleen Russell


"Coming to a city Near You? Economic Crisis and Social Unrest in Greece and Europe"

Thursday, February 16, 2012


MIT, Building 4-231, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Prof Kalyvas

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Hellenic Students' Association
For more information, contact:
Dimitris Chatzigeorgiou


Biodiversity, Ecology, and Global Change. “Global Change, Biodiversity and Poverty: Insights from the Himalaya”
WHEN Thu., Feb. 16, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Biolabs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Ave, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard University Center for the Environment with generous support from Bank of America
SPEAKER(S) Kamaljit S. Bawa, professor, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston
CONTACT INFO Lisa Matthews:
NOTE Followed by a reception.
Global change in the form of climate, land use and biodiversity change is underway in the Himalayas at an unprecedented rapid rate. The Himalayas are the most spectacular of the 34 global hotspots of biodiversity. With about 15 000 glaciers—the highest concentration in the world— these mountains are also the source of Asia’s eight largest rivers. More than 2.0 billion people inhabit the basins of these rivers. Thus global change in the Himalayas is likely to have serious consequences for almost one third of the humanity. In the first part of his talk, Kamal will present recent data from his group on climate and land use change in the Himalayas. In the second part, he will outline the constraints in maintaining multi-functional landscapes that could conserve ecosystem services and foster human wellbeing. In the third and final part, he will comment on the knowledge and institutions required to promote landscape resilience.


20 Questions with Steven Pinker on Violence

WHEN Thu., Feb. 16, 2012, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE Sackler Auditorium (029) at 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Humanities, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S) Steven Pinker
Moderated by Homi Bhabha
Amy Hollywood
Jim Kloppenberg
Charles Maier
Michael Sandel
Elaine Scarry
CONTACT INFO, 617.495.0738


Darwin's Nightmare: climbing the evolutionary ladder on the backs of Africans
Thursday, February 16
6:40 pm doors open, 7 pm film starts
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor, entrance on Windsor

This is a tale about humans between the North and the South, and about globalization, and about fish.

Some time in the 1960's, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. The new fish multiplied so fast ...its white fillets are today exported all around the world.

The larger scope of the story explores the gun trade to Africa that takes place under the covers -- Russian pilots fly guns into Africa, then fly fish back out to Europe. Huge hulking ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo ? Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the continent. The hazards and consequences of this trade are explored, including the pan-African violence propagated by constant flow
of weapons into the continent.

If it is a "survival of the fittest" world, as Darwin concluded, then the capitalist interests that fund the gun runners are climbing the evolutionary ladder on the backs of the Africans in this stark Darwinian example. Much like the foreseeable extinction of the Lake Victoria perch, and death of Lake Victoria itself, the Africans are in grave jeopardy, even as they survive in the only ways they know how.

This booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world's biggest tropical lake: an army of local fishermen, World bank agents, homeless children, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Tanzanian prostitutes and Russian pilots.

" extraordinary work of visual journalism, a richly illustrated report on a distant catastrophe that is also one of the central stories of our time." ~ NYT

"Sauper's delicately horrific documentary is a short, sharp slap in the face of the developed world, and a long overdue one at that." ~ Austin Chronicle

"It immerses you in its reality one toe at a time, until suddenly you are in over your head, gasping for air as the horror of the situation reveals itself in all its savage devastation." LA Times

"This isn't Darwin's nightmare; it's our own." Howard Schumann, IMdb

"Mr Sauper has done something extraordinary. Without putting in any bias, he has allowed this story to unfold on its own. I've never, EVER seen a documentary like this." ~B Merritt,

Director Hubert Sauper says: "In DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE I tried to transform the bizarre success story of a fish and the ephemeral boom around this "fittest" animal into an ironic, frightening allegory for what is called the New World Order. I could make the same kind of movie in Sierra Leone, only the fish would be diamonds, in Honduras, bananas, and in Libya, Nigeria or Angola, crude oil. Most of us I guess, know about the destructive mechanisms of our time, but we cannot fully picture them. We are unable to "get it", unable to actually believe what we know.

It is, for example, incredible that wherever prime raw material is discovered, the locals die in misery, their sons become soldiers, and their daughters are turned into servants and whores. Hearing and seeing the same stories over and over makes me feel sick. After hundreds of years of slavery and colonisation of Africa, globalisation of African markets is the third and deadliest humiliation for the people of this continent. The arrogance of rich countries towards the third world (that's three quarters of humanity) is creating immeasurable future dangers for all peoples."

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends!
free film, free refreshments, & free door prizes.
[donations are accepted]

Harvard Law School Food Law Society Hosting a Raw Milk Debate
When: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm
Where: Harvard Law School, Langdell South Classroom. For those that can’t make it, the event will be live-streamed. Video will also be available after the event.

At one time, everyone drank raw milk. But with the invention of pasteurization and its attendant safety benefits, consumption of raw milk in this country almost completely disappeared. In fact, in many states it is illegal to sell raw milk. But a growing segment of the population is clamoring for increased access to raw milk, citing its nutritional benefits. Opponents are skeptical of such nutritional claims and believe the safety risks of unpasteurized milk are simply too high.

Join the Food Law Society as we present a debate covering the legal, health, and nutritional merits of raw milk. The participants are:

Fred Pritzker, Pritzker & Olson Law Firm
Dr. Heidi Kassenborg, Director, Dairy & Food Inspection Division, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Sally Fallon Morell, President, Weston A. Price Foundation
David Gumpert, Author, The Raw Milk Revolution

Contact: Jonathan Abrams,



Lessons Learned from Actual Multifamily Renovations
February 17
8:30 am
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Presenters: Beverly Craig, Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc. & Matt Root, Conservation Services Group

Explores sustainability and construction management issues for multifamily housing as well as meeting Energy Star requirements, low HERS indexes, and LEED for Homes.

Sponsored by Boston Society of Architects Housing Committee


Implementing Bold State Energy-Related Environmental Regulations, Policies, & Programs in Massachusetts and Connecticut;
and The Future of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

Friday, February 17, 2012
9 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston, MA 02210

***Free and open to the public with no advanced registration***

Join us as we kick off the Roundtable's 17th year with a blockbuster Roundtable focusing on bold state and regional energy-related environmental regulations, policies, and programs.

Our first panel features recent important state-level developments in Massachusetts and Connecticut.Massachusetts Department of Environmental ProtectionCommissioner Ken Kimmel will describe the various new activities that DEP and the state are undertaking to insure the successful implementation of Massachusetts' landmark legislation, including the Global Warming Solutions Act and the Green Communities Act.

Connecticut's recently-appointed Deputy Commissioner of Energy Jonathan Schrag will then discuss the plethora of activities Connecticut is undertaking (following the recent consolidation of its energy and environmental agencies under a new Department of Energy and Environmental Protection), all of which aim to reduce energy prices, while enhancing the pursuit of energy efficiency and clean energy technologies.

Our second panel focuses on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the first carbon cap and trade system in the United States, as it completes its third year of operation and begins a three-year review process that could result in changes to RGGI's design and implementation. Yet with New Jersey's recent withdrawal from RGGI and New Hampshire's near-withdrawal, is RGGI's future secure?

The panel begins with Maine PUC Commissioner David Littell (who is also Chairman of RGGI,Inc.)
Commissioner Littell will take stock of RGGI's first phase, laying out the questions that the states will be trying to answer in their review process and describing the review process itself.

Analysis Group Senior Vice President Paul Hibbardwill then present the findings of an in-depth study undertaken by Analysis Group, with funding support from several foundations, on the economic costs and benefits of RGGI's first phase - both regionally and state-by-state. Rounding out the panel and sharing their insights on RGGI's first three years, the Analysis Group study, and their hopes and fears regarding RGGI's future, will be Environment Northeast's Director for Energy/Climate Policy Derek Murrow, and NRG Energy's Senior VP for Sustainability Policy & Strategy Steve Corneli.

12/9/11 Restructuring Roundtable Meeting video at


From Ruins to Revival A Blueprint for Reconstruction, One Year After the Great Earthquake and Tsunami in Northeastern Japan
10:00am - 12:00pm
Harvard Neighbors Meeting Room, Loeb House, 17 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Learn more about the terrible disaster, the rescue efforts, the government’s response, and the reconstruction plans for this region, including the problem of the disabled nuclear power plant.
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Using Computational Optimization to Support Sustainable Building Design

Friday, February 17, 2012


MIT, Building 1-150, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Forest Flager, Ph.D.

This seminar presents computational design optimization methods that enable architects and engineers to quantitatively evaluate orders of magnitude more design alternatives than currently possible using conventional simulation-based processes, and thereby, facilitates the discovery of innovative robust and sustainable design solutions. The successful application of these new design methods to several building and sports stadia projects in collaboration with Arup, Disney and The Beck Group will be discussed.

Dr. Flager is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) at Stanford University as well as a lecturer for the Architectural Design program. He received his MEng from MIT in 2003 and has practiced as a structural engineer for Arup in San Francisco and London.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering

For more information, contact:


Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq: War and Landscape Photography

Friday, February 17, 2012


MIT, Building 14E-304, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Chuong-Dai Vo

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: N/A
Sponsor(s): Foreign Languages & Literatures, Women's and Gender Studies
For more information, contact:
Chuong-Dai Vo


The Precision vs. the Energy Frontier-Testing the Standard Model at Jefferson Lab

Friday, February 17, 2012


MIT, Building 26-414, Kolker Room, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Juliette Mammei, University of Massachusetts

The Standard Model of Particles and Interactions (SM) describes our current understanding of the fundamental particles that make up matter and their interactions. However, there are still many questions which are not answered by the SM, such as the origin of dark matter and dark energy, which together make up 95% of the energy in the universe, but are not yet included in the SM. Various extensions to the SM predict the existence of new particles, some of which could be dark matter candidates. The SM can be tested with direct searches for as-yet-undiscovered particles, such as the Higgs boson, at colliders which explore the energy frontier such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). An alternative, yet complementary, approach is to search for physics beyond the SM by making extremely precise measurements of SM quantities, where deviations from predicted values would indicate the presence of new physics. Qweak and MOLLER comprise a program of measurements at Jefferson Lab which will test the SM by exploiting the property of parity-violation in the weak interaction. They will measure the parity-violating asymmetry in elastic electron-proton or electron-electron (M??ller) scattering, respectively, anticipated as the world???s most precise measurements of the weak mixing angle, sin2??W, away from the Z resonance. I will describe the experiments and their potential impact on the development of the New Standard Model.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Laboratory for Nuclear Science Colloquia and Seminars
For more information, contact:
Randyn Miller


Breaking down old approximations to help develop third generation solar cells: a quantum mechanical model for singlet fission

Friday, February 17, 2012


MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Paul Zimmerman, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

Chemical Engineering Department Seminar Series
See speakers, talk titles, and dates at

Strong interest in creating next-generation solar cells has renewed focus on singlet fission, where one absorbed photon converts into two triplet charge carriers. Utilization of singlet fission could lead to solar cells with efficiencies greater than the Shockley-Quiesser limit. Before effective design of such cells could be achieved, a fundamental understanding of the singlet fission mechanism must be developed. This is challenging because it requires a detailed characterization of multi-exciton (multi-charge carrier) states. While many quantum simulations are unable to capture even the qualitative nature of these states (ie most TD-DFT, EOM-CCSD theories), multi-exciton states can be characterized using restricted-active-space spin-flip methods. In this talk, the double and quadruple spin flip methods are applied to singlet fission in tetracene and pentacene crystals. A specific intermolecular motion will be highlighted as the key nuclear coordinate responsible for singlet fission in the acenes. This vibration facilitates nonadiabatic conversion of a bright, single exciton state to a dark multi-triplet state. From this mechanism, I'll discuss implications for the design of new solar cells that utilize singlet fission to harvest a maximum portion of the solar spectrum.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Chemical Engineering Department
For more information, contact:
Melanie Miller




CDD Forum - Shrinking Cities
Tuesday, February 21, 2012


MIT, Building 10-485, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

City Design and Development Lecture Series focusing on Shrinking Cities

Speaker: Daniel D'Oca - Interboro Partners

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Sandra Elliott


The Boston Globe's digital strategy: a peek behind the (pay)wall
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
7:00 PM
Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester

Jeff Moriarty, vice president of digital products, will talk about the Boston Globe’s digital strategy – the launch of the premium BostonGlobe.comalongside the advertising supported — and how the websites embody and renew the values and ambitions that have guided its parent newspaper for 139 years.
With more ways to present the news, tell stories, and convey data the Globe is pursuing new products and transforming its business across all of its print and digital brands.



GreenPort Forum

Two New GreenPort Projects: Greening our Buildings and Neighborhood Kitchen

Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00pm

Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Ave.

How can our neighborhood green up its buildings? How can GreenPort help make more energy audits, efficiency implementations renewables happen? House parties? Energy walks? A buddy system? We've got some ideas and would like to spark a discussion about what might work and how to start. Presented by Rosalie Anders. Rosalie works on climate issues for the City of Cambridge and is active in GreenPort.

GreenPort is starting a Neighborhood Kitchen--food prep, meal distribution and meal sharing for Cambridgeport. Sue Reinert and Sally Watermulder are initiating this. Sue is a Cambridgeport resident, member of Simplex Community Garden and a good eater. Sally is also a Cambridgeport resident, GreenPort Coordinating Committee member as well as a green building architect and community planner.

Come with your ideas for how we can launch these two important projects.
GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood

For more information, contact Steve Wineman at


Five members of the Beehive, a design cooperative based in Machias, Maine, will be in residence in the Art Education Department from February 21-28. They will be visiting classes and studios, installing an exhibition in the Arnheim Gallery, and giving two public presentations.

The Beehive?s mission is to create collaborative, anti-copyright images that can be used as alternative educational and organizing tools. Best known for their posters, the bees collaborate to create visual narratives that break down and deconstruct complex and overwhelming political/social issues.

Schedule of Beehive Events at MassArt:
February 27 - March 14 Arnheim exhibition
Monday, Feb. 27, 7:00 - 8:30pm opening

Wednesday, February 22, 5:15-7:00 pm, Kennedy 406, MassArt, Boston
Presentation on running a collaborative of artists and activists

Monday, February 27, 5:00-7:00 pm, Tower Auditorium, MassArt, Boston
Presentation on the True Cost of Coal Banner

The Beehive Collective releases their innovative graphic, "The True Cost of Coal: a visual exploration of Mountaintop Removal coal mining and Resistance"
Two years in the making, "The True Cost of Coal" is an elaborate narrative illustration that explores the complex story of mountaintop removal coal mining and the broader impacts of coal in Appalachia and beyond. The image is the culmination of an intensive and collaborative research process, as the Beehive methodology centers on first hand story-sharing. To create the poster, the Beehive interviewed hundreds of community members throughout the Appalachia region. "We feel it?s
extremely important to gather our information from as close to the source as possible," a Beehive illustrator says.

The Bees craft visual metaphors and weave them together in a patchwork "quilt" of personal stories. In their interactive picture-lectures, the Bees lead audiences through an engaging, larger-than-life banner version of the graphic, interweaving anecdotes, statistics, and history. The experience prompts discussion and understanding of contemporary struggles about energy and coal, while honoring the deep legacy of the Appalachian experience. Upon seeing the graphic, Tanya Turner of Pineville, KY said, "This image is changing Appalachia. Appalachians are taking back Appalachia and this image is a tool for that change."


"Drones: the New Frontier of Warfare and Spying"
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
7:00pm until 10:00pm
Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge

U.S. use of drones for warfare and spying has become routine. The use of drones increased dramatically under the Obama administration. Pentagon funding for drones is scheduled to increase by up to 60 percent while other programs are being cut. Drones have been used for targeted killings in Pakistan,. Afghanistan and Yemen. One in three U.S. warplanes are now drone piloted. Drones have also been used for surveillance in the U.S.

Learn more about this new instrument of war and plan together about how we can respond.

Bruce Gagnon - Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
Nancy Murray - American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
Matthew Hoey - Military Space Transparency Project

For more information contact: -- 617-244-8054 or -- 617-383-4857


Thursday March 1st @ 5:30-8PM | Free Admission
The Argenziano School in Union Sq @ 290 Washington St / Somerville

We’re bringing lots of local farms to the city! Meet the folks who grow your food, and sign up for a local CSA share to get weekly fresh veggies!

A CSA share is a weekly box of fresh/delicious/natural veggies (and sometimes meat/fish) delivered by local farms to convenient pickup spots within our community.

* Presented by theMOVE | more info @
* Sponsored by Rafiki Bistro + Craigie on Main
* Co-sponsored by Somerville Climate Action + NOFA/Mass + Somerville Community Health Agenda + Union Square Main Streets


Landlord Profitability Workshop
Saturday, March 3
9am to noon
MIT Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Water bills high?
Tenants keep moving out?
Hefty common area electricity bills?
Bed bugs, rats, or mice?
Too much garbage?
Choose from several short talks. Ask questions of the experts:

Sam Corda, Water Department Director

Michael Blasnik of Blasnik Associates

Wegowise Utility Tracking

Winn Management’s Energy Coordinator
And others!

Get answers from the experts.

Get paid for solar panels
Sign up for free email water-use alerts
See a free infrared scan of your building

We’ll only have room for 100 attendees.
Reserve your spot and learn more at

Sponsored by HEET, the Cambridge Energy Alliance, and the Sustainable Business Network.


Statewide Farm to School Convention
March 15, 2012
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA!

Come hear how inspiring food service directors, educators, students, parents, and community members are building connections between schools and farms in Massachusetts - and learn what you can do to further those connections.

This year's convention will feature Curt Ellis, Executive Director of FoodCorps, and Abbie Nelson, Vice President of the SNA in VT and Director of VTFEED, as well as six workshop tracks:
New Ideas for Locally Grown in School Cafeterias
Farm to School for Very Young Students
New Strategies for Expanding Farm to School Sales
Models for Successful Agriculture-Based Education
Community Connections
New Initiatives in Colleges and Other Institutions

Register at


Transition to a New Economy Conference
March 30th - April 1st at Harvard University

Speakers include: Richard Heinberg Post Carbon Institute and Juliet Schor Boston College and others

Apply online and find out more at
Early application deadline: Feb 15
Final application deadline: Feb 21




Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images

Have you ever wanted to learn where your home is leaking heat by having an energy auditor come to your home with a thermal camera? With that info you then know where to fix your home so it's more comfortable and less expensive to heat. However, at $200 or so, the cost of such a thermal scan is a big chunk of change.

HEET Cambridge has now partnered with Sagewell, Inc. to offer Cambridge residents free thermal scans.

Sagewell collects the thermal images by driving through Cambridge in a hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal cameras. They will scan every building in Cambridge (as long as it's not blocked by trees or buildings or on a private way). Building owners can view thermal images of their property and an analysis online. The information is password protected so that only the building owner can see the results.

Homeowners, condo-owners and landlords can access the thermal images and an accompanying analysis free of charge. Commercial building owners and owners of more than one building will be able to view their images and analysis for a small fee.

The scans will be analyzed in the order they are requested.

Go to Type in your address at the bottom where it says "Find your home or building" and press return. Then click on "Here" to request the report.

That's it. When the scans are done in a few weeks, your building will be one of the first to be analyzed. The accompanying report will help you understand why your living room has always been cold and what to do about it.

With knowledge, comes power (or in this case saved power and money, not to mention comfort).


Cambridge Energy Alliance is kicking off a brand new pilot project to make Cambridge more energy efficient and install more renewable energy one neighborhood at a time. Live Better Porter Square will simultaneously engage every sector in Porter Square; bringing together churches, schools, community gardeners, business leaders,
students and more!

The goals of this four month campaign are to promote community involvement, support the local economy, and highlight Porter Square as a model for the rest of the city.

Neighborhood Liaison volunteers will assist with planning and implementing outreach efforts, as well as community events. We are looking for individuals with an interest in community organizing, outreach, and event planning.

If you are interested in volunteering please sign up to attend the information and interview session on February 14th.

We’ll be offering an interactive and fun half-day training session for Neighborhood Liaison volunteers on March 3rd.

Questions? Email Meghan at


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Hi All,

I am sending this out to a bunch of lists I'm on, so apologies for cross posting effects.

Our new forums are up and running, and they are free for all! We are aiming for this to become a place where Boston area collaborations, discussions and skill shares in audio, video, lighting, programming, hacking, and other various forms of 'making' happen.

Find them here:

Since its early, I imagine they will go through some serious evolutions in terms of organization but we hope you will stop by and check them out. The forums even work on most mobile platforms :)

You can sign in using your Gmail, Google app, or Facebook credentials so there is no need to create a new account (we'll be adding a button to make that more obvious soon).

If you have any suggestions or changes, let us know, and if you are up for helping moderate, please reach out!

Many thanks, and I hope to see you there!




Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide

SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!

To view the directory please visit:
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at


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


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

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


Free Monthly Energy Analysis

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


Boston Food System

"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships, programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."

The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food, farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health, environment, arts, social services and other arenas. Hundreds of organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on week-to-week is not always well publicized.

Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let everyone know about these activities. Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of subscribers. Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and other posting guidelines will be provided as well.

It's easy to subscribe right now at


Artisan Asylum

Sprout & Co: Community Driven Investigations

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

------------------------'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

Arts and Cultural Events List

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