Sunday, March 04, 2012

Energy (and Other) Events - March 4, 2012

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Integrated Urban Agricultural Systems: on the thought experiment of making Cambridge, MA 100% food self-reliant


Monday, March 5

"Are Current Electricity Markets Suitable to Integrate Non-dispatchable (Renewable) Producers?"
Monday, March 5
12:00pm - 1:30pm Energy Policy Seminar
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Antonio Conejo, University of Castilla - La Mancha
Contact Name: Louisa Lund


Rio+20 and Cairo+20: What Now?
Monday, March 5, 2012
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Harvard School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Avenue, Building 1, Room 1208, Boston
The HSPH Department of Global Health and Population presents a Frontiers in Global Health Seminar:

Donald Sawyer
Professor, Center for Sustainable Development, Universidade de Brasília
Associate Researcher, Institute for Society, Population and Nature
Lemann Visiting Scholar, DRCLAS (2011-2012)

With remarks by
Marcia Castro, Assistant Professor of Demography, Department of Global Health and Population



"Layers of Uncertainty in Science Policy"
Monday, March 5
Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Rear Admiral Ali Khan, Director of Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Panel discussion with Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School; Dan Hastings, MIT Dean for Undergraduate Education; Eli Kintisch, MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow


"Are Abrupt Climate Changes Predictable?"
Monday, March 5, 2012
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Haller Hall (Geo Museum 102), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Peter Ditlevsen, Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark. Hosted by Peter Huybers.
Abstract: It is taken for granted that the limited predictability in the initial value problem, the weather prediction, and the predictability of the statistics are two distinct problems. Lorenz (1975) dubbed this predictability of the first and the second kind respectively. Predictability of the first kind in a chaotic dynamical system is limited due to the well-known critical dependence on initial conditions. Predictability of the second kind is possible in an ergodic system, where either the dynamics is known and the phase space attractor can be characterized by simulation or the system can be observed for such long times that the statistics can be obtained from temporal averaging, assuming that the attractor does not change in time. For the climate system the distinction between predictability of the first and the second kind is fuzzy. On the one hand, the predictability horizon for a weather forecast is not related to the inverse of the Lyapunov exponent of the system. These are rather associated with the much shorter times in the turbulent boundary layer and so on. These time scales are effectively averaged on the time scales of the flow in the free atmosphere. Thus, when forecasting, say, showers in the afternoon, this is really a forecast of the second kind giving a statistical probability of convection and precipitation at a specific location at a specific time as a function of a large scale flow pattern predicted from initial conditions. On the other hand, turning to climate change predictions, the time scales on which the system is considered quasi-stationary, such that the statistics, say mean surface temperature, can be predicted as a function of an external parameter, say atmospheric greenhouse gas concentration, is still short in comparison to slow dynamics such as the oceanic overturning. On these time scales the state of these slow variables still depends on the initial conditions. This fuzzy distinction between predictability of the first and of the second kind is related to the lack of scale separation between fast and slow components of the climate system.

The non-linear nature of the problem furthermore opens the possibility of multiple attractors, or multiple quasi-steady states. As the paleoclimatic record shows, the climate has been jumping between different quasi-stationary climates. Such a jump happens very fast when a critical tipping point has been reached. The question is: Can a tipping point be predicted? This is a new kind of predictability (the third kind). If the tipping point is reached through a bifurcation, where the stability of the system is governed by some control parameter, changing in a predictable way to a critical value, the tipping is predictable. If the sudden jump occurs because internal chaotic fluctuations, noise, push the system across a barrier, the tipping is as unpredictable as the triggering noise. In order to hint at an answer to this question, an analysis of the Dansgaard-Oeschger climate events observed in ice core records is presented. The result of the analysis points to a fundamental limitation in predictability of the third kind.

Contact Name: Sabinna Cappo


Physical and Chemical Modeling of Thermochemical Biomass Conversion to Fuels
Monday, March 05, 2012
MIT, Building 3-333, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Addison Killean Stark, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Center for Energy and Propulsion Research Seminar Series

Thermochemical conversion of biomass to liquid fuels offers an attractive option to satisfy the need to produce drop-in ready biofuels to meet national mandates designed to displace petroleum consumption for transportation. There are different conversion technologies and schemes under development from fluidized bed pyrolysis reactors for the production of bio-oil to entrained flow gasifiers coupled with Fischer-Troepsch synthesis. The aim of this talk is to give an introduction to the different thermochemical conversion pathways currently under development for ligno-cellulosic fuel production and to give an overview of modeling approaches for these processes. Particular attention will be paid to the modeling approaches for the physiochemical conversion of the solid biomass -pyrolysis, gasification and combustion- as this complex first step is shared between the various conversion technologies.

Addison Stark joined the RGD Lab in February 2010 after receiving Master's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Technology and Public Policy from MIT. For his Master's research, Addison analyzed thermochemical biofuel production using a life-cycle methodology. Addison graduated from the University of Iowa in 2007 earning Bachelor's Degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry. Outside of the lab Addison has been engaged with the MIT Energy Club and Conference, formerly serving as Co-President of the Energy Club, and Content Co-Director for the 2010 Energy Conference.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): RGD Lab

For more information, contact:
Jeff Hanna


The Geometry of Molecules
Monday, March 05, 2012
MIT, Building 2-132

D.W. Weeks Lecture Series
Women in Mathematics Lecture Series
Speaker: Julie Mitchell (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Mathematics, Department of

For more information, contact:
Avisha Lalla


Learning Through Noticing: Theory and Experimental Evidence in Farming
Monday, March 05, 2012
Harvard, Littauer M16, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Josh Schwartzstein (Dartmouth)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Applied Theory Workshop

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


CDD Forum - Shrinking Cities
Monday, March 05, 2012
MIT, Building 10-485, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Justin Hollander, Tufts University

City Design and Development Lecture Series focusing on Shrinking Cities

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:
Sandra Elliott


The Last Mountain - film showing
Monday, March 5, 2012
Nye BC (5th Floor, Taubman Building), Harvard Kennedy School, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

First screening of the 2012 Environmental Film Series: The Last Mountain

Q & A with the filmmaker, Bill Haney, to follow

Open to the public
Refreshments will be served

Film synopsis:
In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal.

The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America’s struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal.

David, himself, never faced a Goliath like Big Coal.

The citizens argue the practice of dynamiting the mountain’s top off to mine the coal within pollutes the air and water, is responsible for the deaths of their neighbors and spreads pollution to other states. Yet, regardless of evidence supporting these claims, Big Coal corporations repeat the process daily in the name of profit. Massive profit allows Big Coal to wield incredible financial influence over lobbyists and government officials in both parties, rewrite environmental protection laws, avoid lawsuits and eliminate more than 40,000 mining jobs, all while claiming to be a miner’s best friend. As our energy needs increase, so does Big Coal’s control over our future. This fact and a belief that America was founded on the democratic principal that no individual or corporation owns the air and water and we all share the responsibility of protecting it, drives these patriotic citizens and their supporters from outside of Appalachia, like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., to keep fighting.

A passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans who fight for what they believe in, THE LAST MOUNTAIN shines a light on America’s energy needs and how those needs are being supplied. It is a fight for our future that affects us all.
Written, directed and produced by Bill Haney, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder and president of the eco-housing start-up, Blu Homes, THE LAST MOUNTAIN was co-written and edited by Peter Rhodes and produced by Clara Bingham and Eric Grunebaum. Narrated by William Sadler, the film features original music by composer Claudio Ragazzi and includes the song “Your Control” by Crooked Fingers and Neko Case.

Speaker Info:
Bill Haney has written, produced and directed award winning documentary and narrative features for ten years. He is co-founder of Uncommon Productions.
His most recent feature documentary, The Price of Sugar, which he wrote, produced and directed, was short-listed for an Academy Award, nominated for the NAACP’s Image Award and was the recipient of numerous other honors, including the Gabriel Award and the Audience Award at South by Southwest.

In addition to filmmaking, Haney is founder of the eco-housing startup Blu Homes, using advanced technology to make housing greener, healthier and more affordable. He is also chairman of World Connect, a non-profit supporting programs to help women and children in 400 developing world villages.

More information about the film, which premiered at Sundance in 2011, can be found

Contact Name: Amanda Swanson Sardonis


Web Innovators Group 33 (WebInno33)
Monday, March 5, 2012
6:30 PM (ET)
Royal Sonesta Cambridge, 40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge

WebInno is an informal gathering of people interested in internet and mobile innovation - open to all in the community.
We'll begin with the doors officially opening at 6:30pm in the Cambridge Royal Sonesta Hotel.

7PM: Main Dish Presentations
MediaMob - Matt Snyder
GatherEducation - Pano Anthos, Chris Mortonson, & Shonak Patel
Lifeables - Jeremy Daly, Karen Macumber & Greg Czarnowski
6:30-9pm: Side Dish Demos
Abroad101 - Adam Miller, Mike Stone, Jamie Davidson, & Jenna Lashley
Zoora - Aubrie Pagano & Chirag Nirmal
Mosaic Storage Systems - Gerard Murphy & Andy Young
OnTheBar - Ian Stanczyk
Cangrade - Michael Burtov, Gershon Goren & Steve Lehr

Register at


8pm: Steve Papa, Founder and Chairman of Endeca, which was sold to Oracle for a rumored $1B+, will share his founding stories in session where Fred Shilmover of InsightSquared leads the discussion.
9pm: Co-Hosting AngelHack Hackathon Grand Prize Awards Ceremony (more info - use discount code "WebInno" to register as a participant).


ACT Lecture | Bruce Yonemoto - Re-representations and Simulations
Monday, March 05, 2012
MIT, Building E15-001

Speaker: Bruce Yonemoto, Professor of Studio Art in Video, Experimental Media, Film Theory, University of California, Irvine

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

In conversation with Stephen Prina, Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge

Bruce Yonemoto works within the overlapping intersections of art and commerce, and the gallery world and cinema screen. Yonemoto juxtaposes cultural material from different international communities, such as those of the Japanese Americans, Nipo-Brasiliero, Peruvian Quechua and Hollywood communities. The photographic series North South East West focuses on the erased history of American Civil War soldiers of Asian descent. Yonemoto's collaboration with Dr. Juli Carson deals with the discovery of the real and poetic convergence between two distinct phenomena in Argentina: the site of one of the few growing glaciers in the world and one of the last regions where Lacanian psychoanalysis is practiced. Most recently, Yonemoto's work was exhibited at the ICC in Tokyo, the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, and the St. Louis Museum of Art.

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


"From the Math Department to the Art Department: Larry Gonick on Being an Overeducated Cartoonist"
WHEN Mon., Mar. 5, 2012, 8 – 9 p.m.
WHERE Harvard, Science Center Hall C
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Statistics Department
SPEAKER(S) Larry Gonick, author of "The Cartoon History of the Universe," numerous cartoon guides, and the new "Cartoon Guide to Calculus"

Tuesday, March 6

NESEA's BuildingEnergy 12
March 6-8, 2012
Boston Seaport World Trade Center
As a special offer to Energy (and Other) Events readers, the promo code BE12NOW reduces the day pass for all activities, normally $150, by $20
Free trade show passes for Thursday at


MRCBG Seminar. "The Necessary Framework for Economic Reforms — A Comparative Analysis"
WHEN Tue., Mar. 6, 2012, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 70 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
SPEAKER(S) Francesco Giavazzi, professor of economics, Bocconi University, Milan and visiting professor of economics, MIT
NOTE Please RSVP to


Behind the Smart Grid, A Backbone of Regulations and Standards
WHEN Tue., Mar. 6, 2012, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE Wasserstein 2012, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Environmental Sciences, Information Technology, Law, Science, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Environmental Law Society
SPEAKER(S) Joel Eisen, energy lawyer professor
NOTE The Smart Grid can be a profound transformation of the current electricity system. However, how is it put together? Like the Internet, where familiar standardized protocols such as TCP/IP enabled revolutionary growth, the same is also possible in the Smart Grid. There is a complex process under way to set these standards. Eisen, writer of a leading energy law text Energy, Economics and the Environment, is taking a key role in this effort. He has consulted for numerous utilities, companies, and federal and state regulators on these issues. Come and learn about this exciting new area of work. Lunch (non-pizza) will be served!


Super Tuesday
Tuesday, March 6
12 p.m.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Melinda Henneberger, political reporter and blogger, The Washington Post


Enterprise Resilience: Turning Large Scale Disruptions into Competitive Advantage
WHEN Tue., Mar. 6, 2012, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St.
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; co-sponsored by the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
SPEAKER(S) Yossi Sheffi, Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems, and director, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Moderator: Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Lee Folger Fund Professor of History, and director, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University


Question Asking: The One Most Essential Skill for Learning and Democracy
WHEN Tue., Mar. 6, 2012, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Gutman Library, 13 Appian Way (Harvard Graduate School of Education), Gutman Conference Center (Library basement)
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Civic and Moral Education Initiative
SPEAKER(S) Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, The Right Question Institute; Amy Shine Jones, teacher, Haverhill High School
NOTE Food provided.
Followed by reception.
A participatory workshop and discussion about the fundamental importance of the skill of question-asking for both learning and democracy. Rothstein and Santana will talk about lessons from the innovative skill building work of the Right Question Institute in low and moderate income communities around the country and beyond. Participants will also be introduced through an active learning process to the Question Formulation Technique™ which is featured in Rothstein and Santana’s new book, Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press: 2011). Amy Shine Jones will offer a teacher's perspective along with others from the area who are using the Right Question Strategy in their classrooms.


The Political Economy of Sovereign Default and Market Reaccess
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
MIT, Building E52-244
Speaker: Guido Sandleris (UTDT)

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Macroeconomics/International Seminar
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism
WHEN Tue., Mar. 6, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Award Ceremonies, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Joan Shorenstein Center
SPEAKER(S) Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief, Guardian News and Media
COST Free and open to the public


Remember Fukushima
Tuesday, March 6
6:00pm until 9:00pm
Friends Meeting At Cambridge, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge

One year after the Nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Facility the situation is far from under control. Dangerous levels of radioactivity are still being found hundreds of miles from the site of the accident. More than 80,000 people have been forced to leave their homes with little hope of returning. In addition to the incalculable health costs, the decades-long process of clean-up and decontamination of almost 1,000 square miles of land may cost as much as 250 billion dollars with limited prospects for success.

Meet participants in a nineteen-day walk from Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant in NH to Plymouth Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, MA on the anniversary of the catastrophe at Fukushima, Japan and ending in Vernon, VT at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. The group will stop on the night of March 6th for this event at the Cambridge Friends Meeting House near Harvard Square. There will be a discussion on the dangers of nuclear power and current issues regarding the Plymouth and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plants.


Jamaica Plain Seed Swap potluck
Tuesday, March 6th
6:30pm at Nate Smith House
155 Lamartine Street, Jamaica Plain

As we move into Spring, and prepare our gardens, it is a good time to share seeds and learn how to start seedlings. You do not have to bring seeds, but that makes it more fun, we will have plastic bags to facilitate sharing.

For a $5 donation, Andree will provide plastic trays and soil for seed starts, so if you want to go home with some seedlings please RSVP and so she knows approximately how many to get.

Bring your own plate, cup, fork, if you can. There is a sink for washing dishes.

Invite your friends — and forward widely to folks in JP.


The Secret Talks That Led to the Fall of Apartheid
WHEN Tue., Mar. 6, 2012, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
WHERE Langdell North, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Ethics, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Program on Negotiation, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program
SPEAKER(S) Michael Young, specialist in conflict resolution and strategic evaluation, chairman, Michael Young Associates Ltd.
NOTE In the 1980s, Michael Young was head of communications for Consolidated Gold Fields, a British mining company with significant assets in South Africa. At the request of African National Congress (ANC) President Oliver Tambo, Young initiated a series of covert negotiations between representatives of the exiled ANC and powerful Afrikaner elite between 1986 and 1990, which led to the end of the apartheid system and the release of Nelson Mandela.
Refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, March 7


NESEA's BuildingEnergy 12
March 6-8, 2012
Boston Seaport World Trade Center
As a special offer to Energy (and Other) Events readers, the promo code BE12NOW reduces the day pass for all activities, normally $150, by $20
Free trade show passes for Thursday at

Goldsmith Seminar. "The Present and Future of Investigative Reporting"
WHEN Wed., Mar. 7, 2012, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
WHERE Fifth Floor, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Joan Shorenstein Center
SPEAKER(S) Panel discussion with the Goldsmith Award finalists for investigative reporting
COST Free and open to the public
NOTE Panel discussion with reporters from:
ABC News 20/20
The Associated Press
Center for Public Integrity and NPR
New York Times
Bloomberg News

Lighting Up Tightly Confined Photon Modes in Plasmonic Nanostructures

Wednesday, March 07, 2012


MIT, Building 36-428

Speaker: Prof. Nicholas Fang, M.I.T.

Optics & Quantum Electronics Seminar Series

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Optics & Quantum Electronics Seminar Series
For more information, contact:
Donna Gale


Climate change comes to Thoreau's Concord: Impacts on plants, birds, and butterflies
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
11:00am - 12:00pm
BioLabs Main Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
Richard Primack, Boston University

All are welcome to attend.


Du Bois Institute Colloquium Series: Calypso Blues: Black Music, Diaspora and the Search for Community
WHEN Wed., Mar. 7, 2012, 12 p.m.
WHERE Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Music
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research
SPEAKER(S) Joshua Guild, assistant professor of history and African American studies, Princeton University
COST Free and open to the public
NOTE A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.
Please feel free to bring a lunch.

Poverty, Growth and the Demand for Energy

Wednesday, March 07, 2012


MIT, Building E51-376

Speaker: Catherine Wolfram (Berkeley)

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Development and Environmental Economics Workshop

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy: "The Political Economy of Deforestation in the Tropics"
WHEN Wed., Mar. 7, 2012, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer-382
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Sustainability
SPEAKER(S) Benjamin Olken


"Inside Job" Film Screening with an Introduction by Professor Lawrence Lessig
WHEN Wed., Mar. 7, 2012, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Austin Hall, 100 North, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Film, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
SPEAKER(S) Lawrence Lessig, Harvard
COST Free and open to the public, please reserve a seat at
TICKET INFO Please reserve a seat at:
CONTACT INFO, 617.495.1336,
NOTE Come watch a free screening of the documentary film "Inside Job." Lawrence Lessig will introduce the film, which is being screened in advance of a public lecture to be given the following day (March 8) by the film's director, Charles Ferguson.


Future of Energy. “Bringing Back America: How Reviving Our Manufacturing Sector Is the Big Issue in the 2012 Election”
WHEN Wed., Mar. 7, 2012, 5 p.m.
WHERE Harvard, Science Center D, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard University Center for the Environment
SPEAKER(S) Carl Pope, former chairman, The Sierra Club
CONTACT INFO Lisa Matthews:
NOTE Why advanced, green-tech and clean energy technologies are the key to the America that most of us want, and what the federal government needs to do.
Thursday, March 8

NESEA's BuildingEnergy 12
March 6-8, 2012
Boston Seaport World Trade Center
As a special offer to Energy (and Other) Events readers, the promo code BE12NOW reduces the day pass for all activities, normally $150, by $20
Free trade show passes for today at


“Ending Violence Against Women: Pathways to Power, Resilience & Leadership”
Thursday, March 8
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston

Panelists include Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Purnima Mane, CEO and President Pathfinder International, Audrey Porter, Assistant Program Director and Coordinator of Survivor Services, My Life, My Choice, and moderator Ann Fleck-Henderson, Simmons College Professor of Social Work, Emerita

RSVP by Monday, March 5 to


Regulatory Uncertainty and Corporate Responses to Environmental Protection in China
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Harvard, Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

A Harvard China Project seminar featuring Christopher Marquis, Associate Professor of Business Administration and Marvin Bower Fellow, Harvard Business School
China's rapid industrialization and economic development in the past three decades has been accompanied by extreme environmental degradation. However, as development has progressed, there has been increasing awareness among the Government, business community and general public of the importance of environmental protection. The Chinese Central Government in particular has been paying increasing attention to these issues as environmental security is seen to be essential for China to continue its future growth trend. The 11th and recent 12th Five-Year Plans focus on energy efficiency and the enhancement of environmental protection are prominent examples of this recent commitment. While this change in governmental policy and action has been widely supported by the general public and global business community, it has created extreme uncertainties regarding the priority and goals among key business actors, both Chinese firms and multinationals. The talk will focus on questions of how have, and should, businesses operating in China respond to these changes?

Sponsored by the China Project, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Contact Name: Chris Nielsen

Microbial Facebook: Probing Bacterial Social Networks
WHEN Thu., Mar. 8, 2012, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE HUCE (Harvard Center for the Environment) at 24 Oxford St, 3rd Floor, Room 310
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Microbial Sciences Initiative (MSI)
SPEAKER(S) Marvin Whiteley (University of Texas at Austin)
NOTE MSI Monthly Thursday Seminar. Please join us for a wine and cheese reception at 5:30, followed by the seminar at 6 p.m.


Thursday March 8th
The Argenziano School, 290 Washington Street, Union Square, Somerville

Come meet the folks who grow your foods! We're bringing more than 20 local farms to the city to help folks sign up for local, fresh, weekly farm shares.
A farm share (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. We'll offer special kids activities, delicious/responsible pizza for sale, and farm share options for low-income households.

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

PRIZES: You can support theMOVE's great work and get in on the amazing prizes we're offering in our raffle, to some of Boston's most distinguished restaurants, bybuying online presale (attendance not required): Dinner for 2 at Henrietta's Table, $100 at Hungry Mother, $50 at Rendezvous, $50 at Upstairs on the Square


New Directions in EcoPlanning Annual Lecture A Great Green Cloud: The Rise and Fall of the City Elms
WHEN Thu., Mar. 8, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford St.
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Museum of Natural History
SPEAKER(S) Thomas J. Campanella, associate professor of urban planning and design, University of North Carolina
COST Free and open to the public
NOTE Decades before Olmsted park, Yankee villagers planted elm trees on their streets and commons to forge a union of rus and urbe, i.e. the rustic and the urban. The trees brought about “a kind of compromise between town and country,” observed Charles Dickens, as if each had met the other halfway and shaken hands upon it. The result was that lost masterpiece of American urbanism, “Elm Street.”
Campanella will explore elm culture in the U.S., and how our love affair with this giant nearly brought it to the edge of disappearance. Reception to follow, free and open to the public.

Free parking available in the 52 Oxford Street garage. Supported by a gift from Michael Dyett ’68, M.R.P. ’72 and Heidi Richardson.


Noam Chomsky on Arab Spring
Thursday, March 08, 2012
MIT, Building 26-100
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Amnesty International

For more information, contact:
Yiping Xing


Past Climate and Sea-Level Changes: Looking Back to Our Future

Thursday, March 8

7 pm

NE Aquarium, Harborside Learning Lab, 1 Central Wharf, Boston

Stephen Pekar, Ph.D, Queens College, City University of New York

Carbon dioxide levels are predicted to rise during this century to levels not seen in over 25 million years. Recently, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program traveled to Antarctica to recover sedimentary cores that go back to that period. Cores from this time interval are rare, and they can show us what an Earth with elevated CO2 looks like. Dr. Pekar will provide an overview of Antarctic climate changes when CO2 levels were similar to what is predicted for this century and also provide some of the early results from IODP Wilkes Land Expedition.

Register at


Working Group on Co-operation
Thursday, March 8
7:30 - 9:30 PM in Newton Lower Falls (email for address)

William Coughlan, author of several books on Co-ops – including Small Groups: the Process of Change and Co-operative Internet Learning – and other subjects, will be joining us for a wonderful and wide-ranging discussion. We will have his books available for sale then, and I have copies of his two books available now, if you want to read them before he arrives.

Editorial Comment: This is a weekly meeting for those interested in cooperatives in this international year of cooperatives.


Friday, March 9


"Designing Deception in the Magician Craft"

Friday, March 09, 2012


MIT, Building 7-431

Speaker: Graham Jones - Assistant Professor of Anthropology, MIT

Design and Computation Lecture Series, Department of Architecture

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Architecture, Computation Group Events

For more information, contact:
Daniela Stoudenkova


Histories of Now: Art, Digital Media + Contemporary Social Movements Symposium
March 9, 2012

1-7 pm

Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Attendees must obtain free tickets from a kiosk/ticket desk at an MFA entrance to gain admittance.*

1 pm Welcome, overview, logistics

1:15-2:30 pm. The Contested Present*
It is widely acknowledged that we are in a moment of global social transformation. This is a moment in which experiences of the world and modes of representing that world are changing. From actual physical libraries in places of protest and mobile citizen journalism to architecturally-scaled imaging projections and remote-controlled quadcopter drones, participants and allies of social movements are finding new ways to gather, relay and interpret information about the transformations underway. Often, these strategies are produced under urgent and temporary conditions with no centralized message or medium. There are multiple and contested experiences and representations. What currents of meaning are flowing through global audio-visual circuits? What cultural visions are embodied through emergent social protest movements? How do contemporary art and digital media makers work variously to negate, sharpen, or resolve contradictions?

2:45-4 pm. Condense/Disperse*
In February 2011, protesters dispersed word across their networks in Cairo and beyond?by friend, family, neighborhood and through globally-connected electronic media to take the uprising to the president's door. On the 11th, people made their way in twos and threes to the Heliopolis Palace, condensing by the thousands at the palace, an instance of a pattern of condensation and dispersal through which recent protest movements have expressed themselves in space and in network
effects. What are people condensing around, in digital and non-digital spaces? How are these condensations being evoked? What are the forms of dispersal, strategic or reactive? How are individual artists and mediamakers negotiating these movements? What new condensations and dispersals do artists and mediamakers initiate? How does the work of artists and digital media makers reflect, produce or problematize the claims of contemporary social movements in Cairo, Boston, and in between?

4:15-5:30 pm. Future Tellings*
Social movements both attract and produce storytellers: ordinary people, bloggers, tweeters, Occupy librarians, independent filmmakers and witness-participants, all breaking into storytelling in their own distinctive ways. What kinds of storytelling practices are emerging from movements to critique the present and project equitable futures? What are their new forms and routes of exchange? How do they embody new theories of justice and provoke visions of thriving, connected communities and societies? To what extent do they help justice, community, and global awareness to take root? How do stories travel from place to place, and what new forms does connected global culture take as a result?

5:30 pm Closing comments *

*5:45-7 pm**Reception at "Histories of Now:* Six Artists from Cairo" (SMFA's Grossman Gallery) In conjunction with the "Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo" exhibition at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), co-organized by metaLAB(at)Harvard.


DUSP GIS Symposium: Future Directions in Geocomputation, Georepresentation and Geovisualization in Urban Studies and Planning

Friday, March 09, 2012


MIT, Building 9-354

Addressing Complexity in the Urban Design and Planning Process
Mei-Po Kwan

Abstract: Cities around the world are undergoing significant transformation as the social, political and geographic processes underlying these changes become more complex. In turn, explaining urban change has also become more challenging given a) recent advances in geospatial technologies (such as GPS, GIS and remote sensing); b) the availability of new GIS-based analytical tools; and c) the burgeoning amounts of heretofore unavailable geographic data of urban areas. Taken together, these developments offer new opportunities for the analysis and theoretical understanding of cities and the people who live in them. My presentation explores recent developments in GIS, and discusses how these developments are likely to transform the fields of urban studies and planning.

Beyond the Buildings: Using GIS to see the Human City
Amy Hillier

Amy Hillier will discuss ways to use GIS that illuminate past and present patterns of racial and income disparities in cities. She will present examples from her work on historical mortgage redlining, W.E.B. Du Bois' classic 1899 book, The Philadelphia Negro, access to supermarkets and exposure to outdoor advertising as well as examples from her students.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn


Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters
WHEN Fri., Mar. 9, 2012, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE Belfer Case Study Room (S020), Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Reischauer Institute Japan Forum Special Series on Post-Disaster Japan presentation co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S) Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, and director, Reischauer Institute, Harvard University
COST Free and open to the public

The Veritas Forum @ MIT - Will Technology Save the World?

Friday, March 09, 2012


MIT, Building W-16, Kresge

Speaker: Rosalind Picard, Jose Gomez-Marquez, Susan Silbey, George Barbastathis, Ian Hutchinson

"However far modern science and technics have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson: Nothing is impossible."
Lewis Mumford, Technics and Civilization, 1934. (Columbia)

"Why does this magnificent applied science which saves work and makes life easier bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it."
Albert Einstein, in an address at Caltech, 1931. (Harper)

"Technology shapes society and society shapes technology."
Robert S. White, Environmental Science and Technology, 1990. (S&S)

Two atheist and two Christian MIT professors weigh in on the question, "Will Technology Save the World?" Come to The Veritas Forum to hear their reactions, thoughts, and conversations on this memorable night.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Asian Baptist Student Koinonia, Asian Christian Fellowship, Baptist Student Fellowship, Graduate Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ, Cross Products, MIT Gospel Choir, MIT Intervarsity, Tech Catholic Community, Victory Campus Ministries, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Large Event Fund (LEF), Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values, Innovations in International Health @ MIT, The Veritas Forum
For more information, contact:
Diana Jue

Saturday, March 10

The Massachusetts Pirate Party will be hosting our first conference - *Politics: share, remix, reboot*.
It will be all day on March 10th at the Democracy Center in Cambridge.
More details and registration at:

So far we have the following talks:
*David House*, a researcher at MIT who helped set up the Bradley Manning Support Network, will be giving a talk entitled: *Going toe-to-toe with the state: navigating the challenges of a digital activist*.

*Shauna Gordon-McKeon*, organizer for the Boston Sunlight Foundation, will talk about some of the programming projects transparency activists are using to open up government data.

Writer and publisher *Cecilia Tan*, and *Shane Bugbee* will be on the *Tales from the Net: Making a living at being creative* panel.

*Michael Anderson* will give a talk called *Fight Ridiculous With Ridiculous: The Guerrilla Tactics of Fair Use*.

Also, *Conor Sherman* will give a talk called *Stranger Danger: Don't Click that Link Even If They Offer Puppies and Candy*.

Finally, we will have a number of talks by Pirate Party members, including:
Exploring Kopimism* by *Lauren Pespisa*
Patents Upending* by *Erik Zoltan*
Fair Use for Activists* by *Chris Walsh*
How to Run for Office* by *James O'Keefe*

We will also have time for open discussion of where the Pirate Party should go and what issues we should focus on.

We will be showing open or public domain films in the evening.

We hope you can join us on March 10th.


Alewife Wildlife Walk Series
Saturday, Mar. 10, 9 – 11am
Sunday, Apr. 15, 1 – 3pm

Sponsored by The Friends of Alewife Reservation

Spring Migration, bringing songbirds and more through the coastal Northeast, will be in full swing for the best bird viewing opportunities of the year so bring your field glasses and guide books to join expert tracker naturalist David Brown in search of wildlife signs in this small but vital river floodplain forest in Belmont, Cambridge and connecting Arlington woodlands as we visit the precious local resource used to rest and refuel for the flight
Dress warmly and wear sturdy boots; terrain is rugged. Please note that this is an adult activity, but interested children are welcome with their parents. Little ones may need to be carried. Wetness requires boots. There is no cost; a donation is requested.

Meet at: The Alewife Reservation parking lot, Acorn Park Drive, off Rt. 2 Cambridge.
For additional information visit HYPERLINK "" \t "_blank" or call 617 415 1884
Sign up at HYPERLINK ""
Brown, an expert naturalist, has been giving walks for years at the Alewife Reservation and has published a professional assessment of the area "Biodiversity of the Alewife Reservation Area", available from FAR.




Feeding Boston, Changing the World: International Women’s Day 2012
Mar 10, 2012
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ballroom, Curry Student Center, Northeastern University, Boston

This International Women’s Day, Boston’s Oxfam Action Corps invites you to honor women who work the land, feed their families, and plow the way forward to more sustainable agricultural economies here and abroad. Worldwide, millions of women engage in small scale farming and are leaders in the fight against hunger, yet they face discrimination in access to resources like land and credit. Here in Boston, women are innovators in building a better food system that provides healthy and sustainable choices. Come together with Oxfam America, the GROW campaign, and our Host Committee organizations to celebrate women’s achievements here and worldwide in changing the way we grow, eat, and share food so that everyone has enough to eat, always.

Anna Oloshuro Kalaita, Masaai farmer from Tanzania
Ashley Stanley,Founder, Lovin’ Spoonfuls Inc., Boston
Molly Anderson, College of the Atlantic, Partridge Chair in Food & Sustainable Agriculture Systems
Melanie Hardy, Farm Manager, Land’s Sake Farm, Weston
Keely Curliss, Youth Intern, The Food Project, Boston
Moderator: Jennifer Hashley, Director, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Tufts University

Host Committee:
Boston Oxfam Action Corps, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Massachusetts Climate Action Network, Oxfam America, Science Club for Girls, Slow Food Boston, United Nations Association of Greater Boston

2012 Boston GreenFest, Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women, Foundation for a Green Future, GreenDorchester/the Dorchester Community Food Co-op, Massachusetts Climate Action Network, Microloan Foundation, MIT Fighting World Hunger, Northeastern University’s Women’s Law Caucus, Science Club for Girls, Slow Food Boston, Small Planet Institute, United Nations Association of Greater Boston, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Zonta Club International

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Curtis International Council Fund of the Boston Foundation.

Register at

Monday, March 12

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

Open to: the general public

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

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


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

Monday, March 12, 201


MIT, BuildingE62-262, 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

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


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.




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


MIT Energy Conference
March 16 and 17

Every year, thought-leaders in energy descend on MIT for one primary reason: to formulate powerful, productive ideas in the face of a rapidly changing industry.

This year's MIT Energy Conference will explore the challenge, and promise, of Insight and Innovation in Uncertain Times.

From the failure at Fukishima to the fall of Solyndra, the past year has been witness to several destabilizing events across the known energy landscape. However, despite the ambient sense of uncertainty around the globe, a different spirit animates MIT, where the pace of research discovery carries on, students and faculty of wide-ranging discipline interact, and critical new concepts, collaborations, and ventures emerge year after year.


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:


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,


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




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


*J e s t e r*
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P a r a n o i d Z e n*

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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