Sunday, March 11, 2012

Energy (and Other) Events - March 11, 2012

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Monday, March 12

NIMBY-ism and Wind Power — a New Look at an Old Problem
Monday, March 12, 2012
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Tufts University, Goddard 310 (Crowe Room), The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
Maria Petrova, Postdoctoral Fellow, CIERP

Open to the public. Convened by the Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher.

The acronym NIMBY, known to stand for “not-in-my-back-yard,” is generally used for describing resistance to siting projects close to one’s area of residence while exhibiting acceptance of similar projects elsewhere. As wind energy continues to be recognized as a successful technology for mitigating climate change, the siting of wind turbines is a growing challenge that policy makers, facility planners and wind developers face. Social science researchers have been examining NIMBY attitudes for the last three decades from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives because of the complexity of the issues and the multifaceted nature of this phenomenon. This presentation will review the state of knowledge and answer this particular question: Is the conventional wisdom that NIMBY-ism is so pervasive that no new energy facilities can be constructed in the U.S. correct?

Maria Petrova’s research involves analyzing U.S. climate and renewable energy policy from a socio-economic and policy perspective. More specifically, she summarizes and reviews U.S. public perceptions of renewable energy technologies (RETs), the impact of social networks on public opinion, and conceptualizing renewable energy values. Dr. Petrova came to CIERP from Oregon State University, where she completed her PhD in Environmental Science in 2010. Her doctoral dissertation focused on public acceptability of wave energy technology in Oregon. Her main interests are in public opinion and acceptability of RETs, as well as the policies that need to be in place to advance RET development and deployment. She is also interested in comparative RET policy studies, mainly between the U.S. and countries in the EU.

Contact: Miranda Fasulo


Monday, March 12
MIT, Building 7-431, Long Lounge (AVT), 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Stephen Kemp, Principal, Enermodal Engineering
Building Technology Spring Lecture Series

The use of energy modeling to design buildings for low energy consumption has started to penetrate the mainstream--albeit driven by energy code and voluntary energy labeling systems (e.g. LEED). This presentation will review how the use of energy modeling can be a part of the commissioning of low energy building. It will include a review of what the traditional building commissioning is (often no commissioning at all) and into what commissioning should encompass in a world where low energy buildings are required to address energy security and climate change.

The lecture will also explore the experiences of a private firm in the commissioning of low energy buildings, in particular combining Commissioning with monitored data and the results of our energy modeling. The goal is to have the building realize the operating energy of the idealized-but calibrated-energy model. Trials, tribulations and anecdotes will be liberally shared.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, Building Technology Program

For more information, contact:
Alexandra Golledge


Borders, Geography, and Oligopoly: Evidence from the Wind Turbine Industry
Monday, March 12, 2012
MIT, Building E62-650, 100 Main Street, Cambridge
Speaker: Paul Grieco (Penn State)

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): IO Workshop (Sponsored by Analysis Group)

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


MIT China Forum lecture: The Chinese Century? Business and Higher Education in the 21st Century

Monday, March 12, 2012


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

Lecture given by William Kirby, T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies; Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration; Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies; Chairman, Harvard China Fund, Harvard University

Open to: the general public

Cost: n/a

Tickets: n/a

Sponsor(s): School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Information Center, MIT China Forum

For more information, contact:
Institute Events


Legatum Lecture ~ Standing on the Sun: The Emerging Economies Drive the Evolution of Capitalism

Monday, March 12, 201
MIT, Building E62-262, Sloan School, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Christopher Meyer

For half a century the US has sat at the center of the global economic system, and Western-style capitalism has dominated. Now, it's no secret that the center of gravity is shifting. The advanced economies that in 2000 consumed 75% of the world's output will, by 2050, consume just 32%. Meanwhile, the emerging economies of the world--Brazil, India, China, and others--will surge forward. As these fast-growing, low-income economies mature, will they adopt the practices of the old guard? Or will they make their own way, and create the next prevailing version of capitalism? What new opportunities will that create for firms around the world?

Copernicus saw the true shape of the solar system by realizing he was not at it's center, in effect, by standing on the sun. Chris Meyer will be at MIT to discuss today's deeply held assumptions about capitalism, and the world of other possibilities in emerging economies.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
For more information, contact:
Agnes Hunsicker


ACT Lecture | Taru Elfving - Archipelago Logic: Towards Sustainable Futures

Monday, March 12, 2012


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

Speaker: Taru Elfving, Artistic Director, Contemporary Art Archipelago (CAA), Finland

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

In conversation with:
Renee Green, Associate Professor, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
Gediminas Urbonas, Associate Professor, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
Nomeda Urbonas, ACT Fellow, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology

Taru Elfving, curator and director of Contemporary Art Archipelago (CAA), calls into play the curatorial notion of the "dysfunctional" exhibition and its role within the larger concept of sustainability. CAA, a trans-disciplinary, cross-cultural exhibition spread across the isles of the Turku Archipelago (Baltic Sea), included over 23 international artists who researched the area's environment and ways of life, and worked with the local community and institutions. Elfving will elaborate on the modes of collaboration between artists and curators, the ecological system as a potential generator of thinking and cultural production, and as a site of pilgrimage, as well as the potential of contemporary art as a force in cross-disciplinary research and action. Her presentation will be followed by a conversation with CAA artists Renee Green, and Gediminas & Nomeda Urbonas.

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


Tuesday, March 13

America's Transportation Future Meets Politics and the Federal Budget: An MIT Professor's Experience Inside the Obama White House

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


MIT, Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Prof. Xavier de Souza Briggs

Transportation@MIT Speaker Series

Obama White House

Beyond the specific questions transportation experts and advocates have about maximizing economic benefits, expanding consumer options, and curbing carbon emissions, America's transportation choices, at the federal level on down, reflect major challenges at the intersection of planning, financing (who pays, what can we afford), politics, and capacity -- for everything from improved project selection to system management and oversight. How should we interpret President Obama's priorities and approach on these fronts, along with those of the Congress? What major opportunities and challenges will the next president and Congress face, and what outcomes are most likely?

The Speaker:
Xav Briggs is an author, commentator, educator, and scholar, as well as an experienced manager and policy adviser. He is Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and heads the Housing, Community and Economic Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies + Planning. Briggs spent January 2009 to August 2011 on public service leave from the MIT faculty, appointed by President Obama to serve as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House. There, he oversaw a wide array of policy, budget, and management issues for roughly half the cabinet agencies.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Transportation Club
For more information, contact:
Vig Krishnamurthy


The Growth and Decay of Shared Knowledge
Tuesday, April 3
12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after at
Dennis Tenen, fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Knowledge grows, but it also contracts as outmoded facts and theories are replaced with new ones. This talk will discuss our intuitions about knowledge domains and the methods by which such intuitions could be modeled empirically. Along the way, Dennis will unpack the "information as organism" metaphor, construct taxonomies of epistemological lifeforms, and consider evolutionary pressures on knowledge systems. The talk will conclude with a conversation about the health of the academic publishing industry, and about the challenges of doing comparative work between new and old media.

About Dennis
Dennis Tenen is a literary scholar and a recovering software engineer. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, working with metaLab and the Cooperation Group. His research concerns the poetics of human-computer interaction, the study of co-authorship and editorial practice, the formation of cultural capital, and experimental criticism.

He is joining the faculty of the English Department at Columbia University as an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and New Media in the fall.

Clean Energy Day at the Massachusetts State House

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
1pm - 6 pm
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston

The New England Clean Energy Council, in partnership with Senator Ben Downing, Co-chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, is hosting its inaugural Clean Energy Day on March 13th at the Massachusetts State House from 1:00pm-6:00pm.
We need your help to demonstrate the strength of the clean energy industry to the legislature. Join us for this unique opportunity to highlight your business, represent innovative energy technologies, connect with industry colleagues, and meet with your representatives and other important energy policy makers during a critical time of year for energy policy.
Clean Energy Day will showcase the broad range of clean energy businesses across the Commonwealth, and the job growth the industry is providing to our local economy. A short speaking program at 1:30pm will feature key Legislative and Administrative leaders, a clean energy business expo, and will conclude with a networking reception from 5:00pm - 6:00pm.

Space is very limited, RSVP today at

Contact Name: Scott Szycher

User-Controllable Privacy: An Oxymoron?

Tuesday, March 13 2012
1:30PM to 2:30PM
Refreshments: 1:15PM
MIT, Building 32-D463 (Star), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Norman Sadeh, Carnegie Mellon University

Abstract: Increasingly users are expected to evaluate and configure a variety of privacy policies (e.g. browser settings, mobile app permissions, or social networking accounts). In practice, research shows that users often have great difficulty evaluating and configuring such policies. As part of this presentation, I will provide an overview of research aimed at empowering users to better control their privacy in the context of a family of location sharing applications we have deployed over the years. This includes technologies to analyze people’s privacy preferences and help design interfaces that are capable of effectively capturing their desired policies. This research helps explain why, with the possible exception of Foursquare, applications in this space have failed to gain traction and what it will likely take to go beyond the mundane scenarios captured by Foursquare. Part of this talk will be devoted to user-oriented machine learning techniques intended to reduce user-burden and help users converge towards policies they feel more comfortable with. Beyond location sharing, this talk will also discuss our longer-term goal of developing personalized privacy assistants (or “agents”) capable of engaging in dialogues with users to help them semi-automatically evaluate privacy policies and configure privacy settings.

Bio: Norman Sadeh is a Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. His current research interests include Mobile and Pervasive Computing, Web Security and Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Human Computer Interaction. He is also interested in the broader social and policy issues associated with the emergence of social and pervasive computing.

Norman is co-Founder and co-Director of the School of Computer Science’s PhD Program in Computation, Organizations and Society. He also Founder and Director of the School’s Mobile Commerce Lab. He has been on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon since 1991 and is also well-known for his earlier work in scheduling, constraint satisfaction and constrained optimization, supply chain management, automated trading, and the Semantic Web. In the late nineties, he served as Chief Scientist of the European Union’s $800M e-Work and e-Commerce program, which at the time included all pan-European research in cyber security and online privacy. He is also co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies. Among other awards and honors, Norman was co-recipient of IBM’s 2005 Privacy Faculty award and of the first Google Focused Research Award in Privacy.

Norman received his PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University, an MSc, also in computer science, from the University of Southern California, and a BS/MSc in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from Brussels Free University.

Contact: Marisol Diaz, 617.324.8430,

Awakening the Arab Spring - Lecture and Demonstration
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (ET)
Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
This event is free and open to the public but tickets must be reserved online by visiting:

Professor Philip Khoury, Ford International Professor and Associate Provost at MIT
Jamshied Sharifi, MIT Visiting Artist and Composer-In-Residence
Obaidah Abuhashem '12, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and President of the MIT Arab Students’ Organization
Emily Jackson ‘13, Chemical Engineering, President of the MIT Wind Ensemble

MIT Ford International Professor of History and Associate Provost Philip Khoury will discuss the Arab Spring, a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests occurring in the Arab World that began in December 2010. Professor Khoury is joined by MIT Visiting Artist and Composer-In-Residence, Jamshied Sharifi, who will discuss Awakening, his new composition inspired by the events of the Arab Spring. The piece, which uses Arabic maqam as source material, was commissioned by and for the MIT Wind Ensemble.

Also joining the panel is Obaidah Abuhashem, president of the MIT Arab Students’ Association and a native of Gaza Strip in Palestine. Musical excerpts of Awakening will be presented by MIT Wind Ensemble president and flute player, Emily Jackson, ‘13.

Mr. Sharifi will be composer-in-residence at MIT March 12-17. Sponsored by the MIT Visiting Artist Program and Music and Theater Arts.

Professor Philip S. Khoury was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and educated at the Sidwell Friends School, Trinity College, and Harvard University. He joined the MIT History Faculty in 1981 and is currently the Ford International Professor of History. He served as Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences between 1991 and 2006, became Kenan Sahin Dean in 2002, and Associate Provost in 2006.
Professor Khoury is a political and social historian of the Middle East. Among his publications areUrban Notables and Arab Nationalism (Cambridge University Press); Syria and the French Mandate(Princeton University Press), which received the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association; Tribes and State Formation in the Middle East (University of California Press); The Modern Middle East: A Reader (Palgrave/MacMillan); and Recovering Beirut: Urban Design and Post-war Reconstruction (Brill).
Professor Khoury is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a past president of the Middle East Studies Association. In 1985, he established the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar at MIT, a leading public forum for the examination of contemporary Middle Eastern affairs. He is chairman of the American University of Beirut Board of Trustees, chairman of the World Peace Foundation, and vice chairman of the Trinity College Board of Trustees. He is also an overseer of Koç University in Istanbul.

Jamshied Sharifi is a New York-based composer, producer, and keyboardist.
He was born in Topeka, Kansas to an Iranian father and an American mother. Sharifi graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in humanities, and Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Sharifi has composed the scores for the feature films Harriet The Spy, Down To Earth, Clockstoppers, The Thomas Crown Affair, Muppets From Space, Footsteps in Africa, 14 Women, and for many other films and television shows. As a producer, he has made records for Mamak Khadem, Yungchen Lhamo, Susan McKeown, and Mirabai Ceiba. As an arranger, he has written for Ray Charles, Paula Cole, Dream Theater, Cee Lo Green, Reba McEntire, Mis-teeq, Matthew Morrison, Sam Moore, Smokey Robinson, and Jordin Sparks. His world-inspired debut CD, A Prayer For The Soul Of Layla, was named ‘Best World Album’ by New Age Voice magazine, and ‘Best Album of the Year’ by critic and radio host John Diliberto. In 2009 he served as an arranger for the Inaugural Concert for President Obama at the Lincoln Memorial.
Sharifi recently completed the score for the second season of On The Road In America, an unscripted documentary about four young Arabs traveling in the United States. The show is currently airing in many Arab markets, and will come to the States later this year.

Obaidah Abuhashem, ’13, is an international student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from Gaza Strip, Palestine. He is currently a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and minoring in Economics. Obaidah’s interest in spreading awareness about the Arab World at MIT led him to join the MIT Arab Students’ Organization during his freshman year. He has served as vice president and a president for the organization. Next year, he will be pursuing his Masters of Engineering in Electrical engineering and Computer Sciences at MIT.

Emily Jackson, ’13, is a Southern California native and a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying chemical-biological engineering and minoring in music. As a flautist, she enjoys playing in MIT’s Wind Ensemble and, occasionally, with the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble. She has served as the president of the MIT Wind Ensemble for the past two years. As an Emerson Scholar, she studies flute with Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin. Next year, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering.


Minding the Gap: A Conversation about Economic Inequality
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Join David Autor, Associate Chair of the MIT Department of Economics, and his colleagues Frank Levy, Daniel Rose Professor of Urban Economics, Arjun Jayadev, Assistant Professor of Economics, UMASS, and Nobel Laureate, Peter Diamond, MIT Department of Economics, for a candid exploration of the complexities of the increasing wealth gap in the U.S. In light of, what they all agree is a serious problem, David will invite these distinguished scholars to think together about where we go from here, and why.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT
For more information, contact:
Patricia-Maria Weinmann

Wednesday, March 14

China Urban Development Discussion Series: Challenges of Urban Energy Planning in China
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
MIT, Building 9-354, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Hammer, Lecturer in Energy Planning, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning; Discussant: Prof. Karen R. Polenske, Peter de Florez Professor of Regional Political Economy, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

China Urban Development Discussion Series

In January 2012, China's urban population surpassed that of rural areas for the first time in the country's history. Rapid urbanization trends greatly exacerbate China's energy challenges. After a decades-long boom of economic growth, China has now become the world's largest energy consumer. With an ambition to upgrade its economic structure and to respond to energy depletion and natural environment deterioration, China's central government has started initiating stricter requirements and restrictions on provincial and local governments in order to achieve energy conservation and emission reduction. In the 12th five-year plan, China has mandated a 16% decrease of energy consumption per unit of GDP by 2015 from its 2010 level. Delivering this change will not be easy, however, for a variety of institutional, market, and behavioral reasons.

Please join us in the lecture for more perspectives and insights on this topic.

Please RSVP at Complimentary dinner will be served at 5:10 pm; talk starts at 5:30 pm and ends by 7 pm.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Graduate Student Life Grants, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Graduate Student Council
For more information, contact:
Yunke Xiang


Thursday, March 15


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


Fighting and Helping? Domestic Politics and NGO-Military Relationships in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
WHEN Thu., Mar. 15, 2012, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S) Chiara Ruffa, research fellow, International Security Program


Scaling Up Social Innovations in Developing Countries: Challenges, Lessons and Strategies
WHEN Thu., Mar. 15, 2012, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Center on the Developing Child
SPEAKER(S) Richard Kohl
COST Free and open to the public
NOTE Drawing on examples from his work in public health, early childhood development, and rural anti-poverty programs in India, Nigeria, Mexico, Southeast Asia, Richard Kohl will present an intellectual framework, tasks, tools, and practical guidelines on how to think about scaling up in international development.

The Future of the Post Office

Thursday, March 15, 2012


MIT, Building E14-633, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: V.A. Shiva Ayyudurai, MIT; Richard R. John, Columbia University; Kent B. Smith, U.S. Postal Service; David C. Williams, USPS Inspector General

The American postal service has an impressive history, but an uncertain future. Older than the Constitution, it was a wellspring of American democracy and a catalyst for the creation of a nationwide market for information and goods. Today, however, its once indispensable role in fostering civic discourse and facilitating personal communications has been challenged by the Internet and mobile telephony. How is the post office coping? What are its prospects in the digital age?

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Communications Forum
For more information, contact:
Brad Seawell


Friday, March 16


Harvard Freecycle
Friday, March 16, 2012
11am - 2 pm
Holyoke Arcade Information Center, Holyoke Center, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Harvard Recycling and Campus Services will host a Freecycle on Friday March 16 from 11-2PM at the Hoyoke Arcade Information Center in Holyoke Center.
Drop of unused or lightly used items or stop by to pick up a treasure for your home, office or dorm.


MIT Energy Conference

Friday, March 16, 2012


On Campus, Boston Park Plaza Castle

Speaker: Mark Vachon, Ernest Moniz, and many more

The MIT Energy Conference Friday Workshops take place on campus - see the website for timing and location information. For the first time ever, we will be hosting a fireside chat with Mark Vachon, VP ecomagination, GE and Professor Ernest Moniz, Director of the MIT Energy Initiative. This will be followed by the Energy Showcase, which will take place from 5-8 PM at the Boston Park Plaza Castle (near Arlington T stop). Note that Friday's events are free and open to the public while Saturday is a ticketed event at the Westin Copley Place.

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM The Future of Baseload Power Generation
MIT Campus, 6-120
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Building the Bridge to a Solar Powered Future
MIT Campus, 32-123 (Stata Center)
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Alternative Strategies for Technology Commercialization (registration starts at noon)
MIT Campus, Building 50 (Walker Memorial, Morss Hall)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM The Future of Transportation Fuels: Challenges & Opportunities
MIT Campus, E14 (Media Lab, 6th floor)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Friday Fireside Chat with Mark Vachon (GE, VP ecomagination)
MIT Campus, 32-123 (Stata Center) (Overflow in 26-100)

Friday Night Energy Showcase
Free and open to the public! No registration necessary.
Free transportation from the MIT Campus.
Date: Friday, March 16th, 2012
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Boston Park Plaza Castle
What is the Friday Night Energy Showcase?
The Friday Night Energy Showcase is a free event open to the public designed to exhibit the latest research and technologies in the energy space. With more than 100 presenters and 1500 attendees, the Friday Night Energy Showcase is the most widely attended event of the MIT Energy Conference. Energy professionals, students, researchers and the general public will be able to explore the innovations that will shape the industry in the near future.

Along with posters from academic institutions and start-ups, the Showcase will also feature interactive demos and prototypes, giving attendees a unique opportunity to mingle with prominent energy researchers and innovators within a hands-on atmosphere. The casual setting is designed to foster dialogue amongst energy-conscious community members and experienced professionals.

New this year: technology pitches!
This year, a select group of our presenters will give 3-minute pitches describing their work. We encourage you to listen to them and follow up at their booth to have a deeper conversation!

Who will be presenting?
We have a very exciting lineup of startups and researchers confirmed for the event, who will be joining our sponsors in presenting their work. The list below is just a sample of our presenters; please check back for periodical updates!

Come see our ARPA-E Corner!
This year, the MIT Energy Conference Showcase will be hosting representatives from ARPA-E. They will be surrounded by researchers from MIT research projects that have recieved support from ARPA-E. The projects that will be represented are:

Prof. Grossman’s Hybrid Nanostructures for High Energy Density Solar Thermal Fuels

Prof. Sadoway’s Liquid Metal Battery

Prof. Sinskey’s Engineering Ralstonia eutropha for Production of Isobutanol (IBT) Motor Fuel from CO2, H, O2

Prof. Stephanopoulos’ Bioprocess and microbe Engineering for Total Carbon Utilization in Biofuel Production
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: $50-$400

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club, MIT Energy Conference

For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club


Taking charge of carbon capture: electrochemical strategies for greenhouse gas abatement

Friday, March 16, 2012


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

Speaker: T. Alan Hatton, Chemical Engineering, MIT

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

Anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth'??s atmosphere has been cited as a primary cause of global climate change and threatens global public health and welfare. Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) is an effective and important part of CO2 emission abatement strategies, with the major CCS efforts to date focusing on the removal of CO2 directly from large-scale carbon emitters and storing it in secure geologic reservoirs. Electrochemically mediated separations offer a nearly isothermal alternative to the thermal-swing separation strategies typically used for CO2 capture. The driving force in these systems is supplied by changes in electrochemical potential to modulate the redox state of an active species and thereby mediate the complexation of the sorbents with CO2. These potential swings can be controlled precisely to reduce energy losses. We will discuss the operational concepts of three different strategies that exploit the isothermal electrochemical switching of separation conditions. The underlying physicochemical thermodynamic and transport behavior of these systems will be discussed, and an overall assessment of their potential for use in large-scale applications given.

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


Monday, March 19


Webinar: Addressing the Crisis in Employment and Consumer Demand -- A Systems Approach

Monday, March 19, 2012


Location: Virtual -- see url below for registration link.

Speaker: Nicholas A. Ashford, PhD., JD Professor of Technology and Policy Director, MIT Technology and Law Program

MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series

This series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

At present, national and global reforms are focused on improving the financial system, which is not synonymous with reforming the economic system or improving the economic status of individual citizens. The session discusses the root causes of the crisis and offers specific policies and initiatives that need to be considered to ensure sustainable employment and livelihoods in the context of a well-functioning and equitable economic system.

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

For more information, contact:
Lois Slavin


The 4th Amendment and the Modern Grid
Monday, March 19, 2012
12:00pm - 1:00pm
HUCE Seminar Room, 24 Oxford Street 3rd Floor, Cambridge

Environmental Law Society March "Energy Series"
Can police use your meter to find out what you're doing? Listen to HLS’s own Sonia McNeil, JD ’12, discuss the complex legal issues that come with a smarter, more intrusive electric grid. She recently published on this topic for the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology.

Contact Name: Sachin Desai

Israel & the Arab Spring: Risks and Opportunities

Monday, March 19, 2012


MIT, Building E40-496, Pye Conference Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Ehud Eiran

The historic changes in the Middle-East are bound to affect Israel's strategic environment and its relationship with its neighbors, in profound ways. These changes create new risks for the Jewish state, but also provide it with new opportunities. The talk will explore both, as well as some of the possible effects on the internal Israeli arena.

Dr. Ehud Eiran is a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of International Relations at the University of Haifa, Israel. Eiran held research appointments at Harvard and Brandeis Universities and is a former assistant to the Foreign Policy Advisor to Israel's Prime Minister.

Introduction by Prof. Stephen Van Evera, Ford International Professor in the MIT Political Science Department.
Light refreshments will be served.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MISTI MIT-Israel Program, Center for International Studies, Security Studies Program


"Simultaneously Mitigating Near-Term Climate Change and Improving Human Health and Food Security"
Monday, March 19, 2012
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Joel Schwartz, Harvard School of Public Health

Contact Name: Louisa Lund


Finding a Drinking Water Supply for Rural Bangladesh that Reduces Exposure to both Arsenic and Diarrheal Diseases
WHEN Mon., Mar. 19, 2012, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE HSPH Kresge Bldg, 677 Huntington Ave., Room 907 (Epidemiology Library), Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR HSPH Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics Spring Seminar Series
SPEAKER(S) Michael Emch, professor, Department of Geography (adjunct, Department of Epidemiology), fellow, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
COST Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO Linda Coventry:


How Science Can Contribute to Poverty Alleviation in Africa: Lessons from the International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology
WHEN Mon., Mar. 19, 2012, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE Harvard University Center for the Environment Seminar Room, 24 Oxford Street 3rd Floor, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard University Center for the Environment; the Science Technology and Globalization Program; the Sustainability Science Program; and the Center for International Development
SPEAKER(S) Christian Borgemeister, director general, International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology
CONTACT INFO Lisa Matthews:
NOTE Christian Borgemeister spent time in a variety of developing African and Asian countries, and for the past seven years, has directed the International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology, an independent pan-African research center headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. Its mission is to improve the livelihoods and environments of people through the sustainable control of insect pests and disease vectors.

CDD Forum - Shrinking Cities

Monday, March 19, 2012


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

Speaker: Jill Desimini

Jill Desimini is a landscape architect and an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her research focuses on landscape strategies for shrinking cities in North America. The work attempts to re-frame the normative dialogue surrounding population loss towards a productive outcome. Prior to joining the GSD, she was a senior associate at Stoss Landscape Urbanism. She holds MLA and MArch degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

The 2012 City Design and Development Forum public lecture series will bring to MIT emerging and leading thinkers in disciplines influencing the urbanism of shrinking cities, including: landscape, architecture, planning, and photography.

Open to: the general public

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

For more information, contact:
Sandra Elliott




6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

Description: Boston + New England have an impressive number of companies creating tools and technologies to help promote and fund music projects. We also have a vibrant and diverse music community. Music 2.0 keeps connecting the two for the benefit of both.

With 200+ attendees, at both the 2010 and 2011 events, they were terrific evenings, pulling together many of the music, tech, and event companies from Greater Boston.

For 2012, we are going to have more music-related companies present, quick updates from some companies that presented in years past, and more time to meet friends new and old (read: networking!) and a chance for companies that are hiring to press the flesh with folks who are job hunting.

Music 2.0 is a terrific event for:
Musicians of every genre (rock, hip hop, jazz, folk, classical, electronic, opera, etc.)
Marketing folks from venues, arts organizations, etc.
Managers and agents
Members of the media
Promoters and presenters that work at venues, music organizations, etc.

Register at


GreenPort Forum: How Can We Prepare for Climate-Related Emergencies?

Tuesday, March 20


Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge

Extreme weather events have escalated in recent years – floods, droughts, and storms. Progressive climate change, rising ocean levels, and depletion of basic resources such as land and water make future emergencies more and more likely. We need to find ways as a community to prepare for these threats. Hear about practical steps we can take, and share your ideas. Our panel will include:

Sam Lipson from the Cambridge Public Health Department [invited]
Helen Kobek, community activist and co-leader of Do-It-Ourselves workshops
George Mokray, Cambridgeport resident and longtime solar activist

GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood
For more information, contact Steve Wineman at

Editorial Comment: Your editor will be presenting on Solar IS Civil Defense:


Currencies dis/Conference
Harvard University
March 23, 2012

Currencies are telling of our current time. Debt, labor, commodification, ownership, and consumerism structure and characterize contemporary life and academia. From the monetization and protection of intellectual property to the debts that students accrue, from the exploitation of adjunct labor to the re-productions of class lines, this dis/Conference seeks critical engagement with what has currency and what serves as currency in education and life today.

In contrast to traditional conference formats, this dis/Conference seeks to facilitate open, horizontal education through substantive knowledge sharing, inquiry, critique, and discussion. Together with David Graeber, anarchist, and anthropologist - we will engage the economies of academia by subverting its dominant forms of knowledge production. In the process, we will participate in the purposeful creation of an alternative model for scholarly engagement, beyond mere discussion. Under this model, our primary resources will be ourselves. Everyone - inside or outside of academia - is welcome.

We invite you to take an active role in shaping and leading this dis/Conference.
Register at


Weatherization barnraising at
St. John /St. James Church
Saturday, March 24th, 9 am to 1 pm
149 Roxbury Street, Roxbury

This beautiful historic church's heating bill is over $30,000 per year and there are only 50 people in the congregation.

Help the congregation lower these crippling bills. (HEET is also advising the church in how to get rebated or free professional work to lower the energy bills a lot further).

Sign up at


Lecture and Meeting with Bill McKibben
Sunday, 25 March, 2012
03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
The Congregational Church of Weston, Weston

The Environmental Action Group of The Congregational Church of Weston, UCC, will be hosting its annual Harnish Lecture, and we're pleased to announce that we have secured a very exciting speaker, Bill McKibben. He will be speaking at the Weston High School on 3/25/2012 at 3pm. As one of the nation's leading environmental activists, Bill will be sharing his thoughts about ways to shape the public debate about climate change and to influence energy and environmental policy at all levels of government.

Immediately following his lecture, we will be holding a "Forum" where members of various environmental action groups from MetroWest will have a chance to sit down with Bill and discuss ways we can all work together to be most effective at influencing policy. We would like to invite one to two delegates from your organization to participate in this forum on your behalf. Please RSVP with the name(s) of these delegates by March 9 to, to help us plan the most meaningful event. We hope that this forum will generate new and exciting strategies for working together to create a more sustainable environment for our children and grandchildren. We look forward to working together with you in this endeavor.

PS: Please find and 'like' us on facebook at for more information and updates as the date approaches.



Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents
Strategery: SNL’s Remarkable Influence Over Politics Through Satire
the Annual Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award presented to James Downey
with moderator Bill Murray

Tuesday, March 27, 6:30-8:00 pm
C. Walsh Theater at Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston

preceded by a special First Amendment Award Reception, fundraiser held from 4:00-5:30 pm at the
Offices of Prince Lobel Tye LLP (Boston, MA 02114) , MA. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Park St. MBTA Station. For more information, contact Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University: 617-557-2007,


The Green Streets Initiative, Cambridge Energy Alliance & Cambridge Local First cordially invite you to our
March Green Drinks Celebration

Join us on the Wednesday night before Walk/Ride Day for some beverages, complimentary appetizers and green trivia at Area IV. We'll be giving away fun prizes and picking your brain for all of your environmental and local smarts.

While you're there, be sure to ask about and sign up for the Green Streets Initiative Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge!

When: Wednesday, March 28, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: Area IV, 500 Technology Square Cambridge, MA 02139
Who: The Green Streets Initiative, Cambridge Local First and more



Babson's 6th Annual Energy, Environment and Entrepreneurship Conference
March 30th, 2012

This year’s theme is “Energy, Environment & Entrepreneurship: Challenging Assumptions, Changing Perceptions.” We believe there are some tough questions to be addressed and our panels are designed around real challenges and exciting opportunities in energy, alternative transportation, sustainable development, and several other topics within the energy and environmental space.
We have two exciting key note speakers:
Mark Rodgers - Director of Communications, Cape Wind
T.I. (Tahmid) Mizan, Senior Technology Planning Advisor, ExxonMobil Corporation

More information on our strong list of speakers and event details can be found at
Early bird ticket pricing ends on March 5


Wild and Scenic Film Festival EcoFest

March 31st, 11 AM-4 PM
290 Congress Street, Boston

The national Wild and Scenic Film Festival tour is coming to Boston, beginning with EcoFest, an afternoon of films and environmental activities at Atlantic Wharf in Fort Point. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival combines stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling. The event will include international short films, puppet-making, a kids’ matinee at 11 AM, environmental activities, an eco-marketplace, and a cinematic tribute to Kenyan Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai. Be prepared to be inspired!

Admission to EcoFest is free. Admission to the films is $5, payable online or at the door. More information about the program, including tickets and the complete film lineup, is posted on the “e” inc.
website,, and on the Facebook page for the event -

This festival is a fundraiser for “e” inc., an environment science learning and action center whose pairing of science education with community action leads to environmental change in urban communities.


The Finale: Locavore Tasting and Environmental Film Night

March 31st, 6-10 PM
290 Congress Street, Boston

A fundraising locavore tasting supper for “e” inc. will offer delicious local food samples from Boston vendors such as Cabot Creamery, Green Gal Catering, and Channel Café.

This will be followed by two films – With My Own Two Wheels and The Work of 1000. “e” inc. will present The Children’s Planet Protector Award to the two featured activists, Marion Stoddart, who led the struggle to regain clean rivers, and David Branigan, who used the life-changing value of bicycles to create opportunities in Ghana. After the films, the activists and filmmakers will answer audience questions. A silent auction and dessert will round out the evening.

Early bird admission discounts are available. Boston Globe subscribers can receive a Globe-sponsored discounted admission. To reserve your seats, please visit More information about the program is posted at and on the Facebook event page -

“e” inc. is an environment science learning and action center whose pairing of science education with community action leads to environmental change in urban communities.


It is with a sense of gratitude and deep joy that we announce the Art and Soul program at Wellesley College will be hosting three of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers this spring. The Grandmothers will give a talk at Houghton Chapel on Thursday, April nineteenth at seven p.m. The theme of their talk will be Planting Seeds for Seven Generations: Making Change. The Grandmothers will share their cultural treasures and life experience, in support of our community’s exploration of an ethics of wholeness, which can bring about a sustainable future for the generations to come.

Originating from all four corners of the world, these 13 wise women elders and medicine women first came together in 2004 at a peace gathering. They represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Earth, all her inhabitants and the next seven generations. We are honored to host, as representatives of this Grandmothers’ Council, Grandmothers Rita and Beatrice Long- Visitor Holy Dance of the Lakota tribe and Grandmother Mona Polacca of the Hopi/ Havasupai/Tewa tribe. This event is open to all, as an offering to our circles of community. For more information about this event, contact Ji Hyang at 781.283.2793


Saturday, April 21st
for our first 2012 cleanup of Magazine Beach, Cambridge. This will be part of the much larger 13th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup, organized by the Charles River Watershed Association, Charles River Conservancy, etc., etc.

If you would like an official Earth Day Cleanup t-shirt to wear that day, please e-mail me your name, phone number and t-shirt size by this Sunday, March 11th. Large youth shirts are available and adult shirts in small, medium, large and extra large.

Looking forward to hearing from you. Shirts will be available, with drinks and refreshments, at our table in front of the Riverside Boat Club 4/21.

Cathie (Zusy)
Questions? Call 617-868-0489


Weatherization barnraising at
The Friends Meeting House
Sunday, April 22nd from 1 to 5 pm
5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge

What a great way to celebrate Earth Day. You will be taught how to do the work by experienced team leaders, while you learn how to lower your own bills at home.

Sign up at




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).


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents


HEET has partnered with NSTAR and Mass Save participating contractor Next Step Living to deliver no-cost Home Energy Assessments to Cambridge residents.

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:

Install efficient light bulbs (saving up to 7% of your electricity bill)
Install programmable thermostats (saving up to 10% of your heating bill)
Install water efficiency devices (saving up to 10% of your water bill)
Check the combustion safety of your heating and hot water equipment
Evaluate your home’s energy use to create an energy-efficiency roadmap
If you get electricity from NSTAR, National Grid or Western Mass Electric, you already pay for these assessments through a surcharge on your energy bills. You might as well use the service.

Please sign up at or call Next Step Living at 866-867-8729. A Next Step Living Representative will call to schedule your assessment.

HEET will help answer any questions and ensure you get all the services and rebates possible.

(The information collected will only be used to help you get a Home Energy Assessment. We won’t keep the data or sell it.)

(If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call HEET’s Jason Taylor at 617 441 0614.)




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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