Sunday, May 06, 2012

Energy (and Other) Events - May 6, 2012

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Short Term Climate Forces:  Black Carbon, Methane, and Tropospheric Ozone


Spring of Sustainability
now through June 22
Free live and online speakers and events

Live and webcast conference with  Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Van Jones, John Robbins, Hazel Henderson, Frances Moore Lappé, John Perkins, Thom Hartmann, Aqeela Sherrills, Julia Butterfly Hill + MANY others

Monday, May 7

Connect the Dots Boston & Mass Uniting
Launching Metro Boston Climate Defense
Monday, May 7
6:30 am - 11:00 am

Meeting at Copley Sq. at 6:30 am to collect leaflets & uniforms (arrive wearing white shirt & dark pants, we'll provide vest & MBCD ball cap)
Leaflet rush hour T stops 7-9:00 in teams of 2-5
Return to Copley Sq. at 10:00 for Connect the Dots photo & press conference


Atmospheric histories and growth trends of C4F10, C5F12, C6F14, C7F16, C8F18
Monday, May 07, 2012
MIT, Building 54-915, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Diane Ivy (MIT)
MIT Atmospheric Seminar Series
The MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) is a student-run weekly seminar series within PAOC. Seminar topics include all research concerning the atmosphere and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars usually take place on Monday from 12-1pm followed by a lunch with graduate students. Besides the seminar, individual meetings with professors, post-docs, and students are arranged. The seminar series is run by graduate students and is intended mainly for students to interact with individuals outside the department, but faculty and post docs certainly participate.
Abstract: New atmospheric observations are presented for the high molecular weight perfluorocarbons (PFCs): C4F10, C5F12, C6F14, C7F16 and C8F18, based on 36 Northern Hemisphere and 46 Southern Hemisphere archived air samples, with fill dates from 1973 to 2011. The 2011 atmospheric mole fractions contribute 0.35mW/m2 to the Earth's radiative budget, which is 6% of the total PFC radiative forcing (including CF4, C2F6, C3F8 and c-C4F8). Annual growth trends based on the observations peak in the 1990s, suggesting that the high molecular weight PFCs usage increased as CFCs were phased out under regulation of the Montreal Protocol.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars
For more information, contact:  Daniela Domeisen 


Starr Forum: Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis
Monday, May 07, 2012
MIT, Building E62-262, 100 Main Street, Cambridge
Speakers: James Galbraith , David Singer, Rachel Wellhausen

Books sold and signed at the event

About The Speakers:
James Galbraith is professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Aairs, the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr Chair in Government/Business Relations. He is a leading economist whose books include The Predator State, Inequality and Industrial Change, and Created Unequal.

David Singer is associate professor of political science at MIT. He studies international political economy, with a focus on international nancial regulation, the inuence of global capital ows on govt policymaking, international institutions and governance, and the political economy of central banking. He is author of Regulating Capital: Setting Standards for the International Financial System.

Rachel Wellhausen is a PhD candidate in international political economy and comparative politics at the MIT Department of Political Science. Her dissertation seeks to explain why, in an era of economic globalization, emerging economy governments can sometimes break their commitments to protect foreign investors' property rights.

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


How to Build a Great Company, Step by Step: The Startup Owner's Manual
Monday, May 07, 2012
MIT, Building E62-276, MIT Sloan, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Bob Dorf

During this lecture, Bob Dorf will describe the detailed Customer Development process for building scalable startups and explain how Alexander Osterwalder's Business Model Canvas provides a framework for conceiving the innovator's business model and monitoring progress in the Customer Development process. The Customer Development process and The Startup Owner's Manual bring a nearly scientific method to the typically chaotic startup process.

Complimentary books will be given to 25 attendees

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, SEID, Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development

For more information, contact:  Agnes Hunsicker


CDD Forum - Shrinking Cities - The Power of Architecture
Monday, May 07, 2012
MIT, Building 7-431, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Andrew Zago, Principal, Zago Architecture

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 Urban Studies and Planning
For more information, contact:  Sandra Elliott

Tuesday, May 8

D-Lab Open Hours
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
MIT, Building E34, 2nd floor, Hayward Street, Cambridge
Come chat with D-Lab staff or tour around the lab to learn about our work. D-Lab focuses on international development, appropriate technologies and sustainable solutions for low-income communities, mostly in developing countries. There are currently 16 academic offerings that make up the suite of D-Lab classes, falling into the broad categories of Development, Design and Dissemination.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): D-Lab
For more information, contact: 


The Information: James Gleick
Tuesday, May 8
12:30 pm
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Classroom 1023, 1585 Massachusetts Ave, 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
James Gleick, author of The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, will discuss his new book.

About James
James Gleick is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Harvard and the author of a half-dozen books on science, technology, and culture. His latest bestseller, translated into 20 languages, is The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, which the NY Times called "ambitious, illuminating, and sexily theoretical." Whatever they meant by that. They also said "Don't make the mistake of reading it quickly."


Energy 101 : Solar Thermal
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
MIT, Building 66-168, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Matt Orosz
Energy 101 lectures series
The Energy 101 lectures aim at presenting an overview of various topics in the energy field. These lectures are open to everyone and require no prior knowledge.
Energy 101 talk on solar thermal : technologies, economics and future prospects.
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:  Aziz Abdellahi (MIT Energy Club) 
Historical Perspectives on Climate Change: Scientific, Technological, and Social Dynamics
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Jim Fleming, Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, Colby College
MITE Seminar Series sponsored by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates
How have scientists gained awareness and understanding of phenomena that cover the entire globe and that are constantly changing on time scales ranging from geological eras and centuries to decades, years, and seasons? How was this accomplished by individuals immersed in and surrounded by the phenomena? How were privileged positions created and defined? The answers are varied and worthy of extended reflection.

This talk argues that scientific, technological, and social dynamics play essential roles in the study of climate dynamics.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:  Jameson Twomey


"After the Factory" screening and director Q&A
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
MIT, Building 7-431, AVT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
The global economy is in crisis. More and more businesses are outsourcing their manufacturing. And former industrial towns -- whether they're in Ohio, Mississippi, or Poland -- are left asking the question, "What comes after the factory?" For questions like this, the best answers come from the people who have been there.

Detroit, Michigan has been running on fumes since the fall of the auto industry and Poland's textile industry in Lodz has been hanging by a thread since the fall of communism. In both cities, their populations have fled, their unemployment has spiked, and now, they're both knee-deep in the pressures of re-building their economies.

After the Factory presents an opportunity to learn from these two diametrically different cultures as their entire way of life transitions to something new. Stories from the citizens are inspiring. Ideas from community leaders are thought-provoking. Free-thinking entrepreneurs are putting a new spin on traditional concepts of growth.

Philip Lauri, the director of the documentary will be present for a Q&A after the screening.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning
For more information, contact:  Lyndsey Rolheiser 


Meet and Greet with the Echoing Green Social Investment Council
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
The Bocoup Loft, 355 Congress Street, Boston
Do you want to meet and support some of most promising social entrepreneurs?
Have you heard of Teach For America, City Ye ar, Citizens School or the One Acre Fund? 
Did you know they were all Echoing Green Fellows?  

Since its founding in 1987 by the leadership and investment of the leading global growth equity firm, General Atlantic, Echoing Green has provided more than 500 promising social entrepreneurs working in over forty countries with $31 million in start-up funding, customized support services, and access to our global network of champions. These social innovators have gone on to launch, and now lead,some of today’s most important social enterprises throughout the world. Others have gone on to become leaders in a variety of sectors, having been profoundly shaped by their experiences launching social enterprises.

Wednesday, May 9

Innovations in Videogames: Applications in Education
WHEN  Wed., May 9, 2012, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  RCC conference, 26 Trowbridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Conferences, Education, Information Technology
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Real Colegio Complutense + Spanish Ministry of Education
Eric Klopfer, MIT
Carl Robert Blesins, Harvard
Marina Bers, Tufts
Clara Fernández-Vara, MIT
Baltasar Fernández Manjón, UCM (Madrid)
Pilar Lacasa, U. of Alcalá
COST  Free and open to the public
NOTE  in English


Iran's Energy and Foreign Policies Over the Next 25 Years
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
MIT, Building E40-496, Pye Conference Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Speaker: Abbas Maleki
The MIT Center for International Studies Invites You to
Iran's Energy and Foreign Policies Over the Next 25 Years
Iran is a key player in its region which covers Middle East, West Asia, Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea. Recent developments of Iran's nuclear file, regional activities, and global energy demands urge us to look at this country in a wider framework. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
MIT Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge
(Pye Conference Room)

Featured Speaker:
Abbas Maleki, Wilhelm Fellow at MIT Center for International Studies, is associate professor of Energy Policy at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran. He is the former Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran from 1986 to 1997.

Free and open to the public
Light Lunch will be served
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact: 
Green Building Tour
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
The Harvard Student USGBC Chapter is hosting it's second event on Wednesday May 9th, a combined meeting and tour of the LEED Gold certified Wasserstein Hall. The tour is being conducted by Kevin Bright of Harvard Green Building Services and will be a good opportunity for students to learn more about green buildings and LEED. The last building tour drew almost 30 students and was quite informative.
This meeting will include a PIZZA LUNCH and will start at 12:00 PM Wednesday May 9th at Wasserstein. At the meeting we will introduce the next year's president of Harvard Student USGBC, Krista Palen and discuss plans for next year. The tour will follow and begin at 12:30 PM.
Please RSVP required, please register for the meeting/tour at
Space is limited, so REGISTER NOW!
View details of the event (and pictures from the last USGBC green building tour) on Green Design's blog:

China Urban Development Discussion Series: NGO 2.0 and Social Media
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
MIT, Building 9-354, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Dr. Jing Wang, Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies, S.C. Fang Professor of Chinese Languages & Culture, Affiliated Faculty, Comparative Media Studies, MIT; Discussant: Prof. J. Phillip Thompson MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
China Urban Development Discussion Series
Most contemporary U.S. discourse about digital media in China focuses on issues of state censorship of the internet. In "NGO 2.0 and Social Media", Jing Wang takes a different tack: stemming from her analysis of the blind spots of the Creative Commons movement and her commitment to exploring ways in which cultural studies scholars can translate academic expertise into social practice, she discusses the genesis and implementation of a civic media project she has designed to introduce social media tools to grassroots NGOs in underdeveloped regions of China. The challenges are considerable: most NGOs are not legally registered, and the Chinese government has no desire to encourage civic media participation. Alternative media is vitally important for recruiting new members and for choreographing social action; Web 2.0, driven by open-source software and network effects, offers exciting possibilities for both of these. Wang will describe the establishment of an open mapping platform that allows grassroots NGOs to connect with the Corporate Social Responsibility programs of transnational and domestic companies in China. She will also present Chinese and American examples of networked NGO practices.

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

Please RSVP at Complimentary lunch will be served at 12:10 pm in 9-554; talk starts at 12:30 pm and ends by 2 pm in 9-354.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Graduate Student Life Grants, China Urban Development
For more information, contact:
Shan Jiang 

Energy Efficiency Innovations Symposium
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
MIT, Building 9-450, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Panel discussion on Community Energy Efficiency Enablement Strategies, led by DUSP masters students completing thesis/research projects.

How we can extend the recent community efficiency momentum as we move from ARRA/stimulus to growing energy provider funding, through strategic innovations in engagement models, information tools, utility/community partnerships, and public policy?

Discussion Topics: New Models for Local Engagement (cities/towns, NGOs, and commercial), Community Energy Mapping, Microgrids, and Benchmarking.

Discussants to include recent alumni who are working on community efficiency solutions at national, state, and local levels.
Lunch/refreshments served.
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT Energy Efficiency Strategy Project (EESP)
For more information, contact:  Harvey Michaels
(617) 253-2084 

The True Cost of Energy:  Film and Panel Discussion
With a film screening of "The Last Mountain" and film short "The Cost of Power"
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
5pm to 8:30pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway Cambridge

Join the discussion and become better educated, as consumers, of the true costs of energy derived from coal.  The evening will include a showing of Avi Chomsky's short film "The Cost of Power" and "The Last Mountain," produced by Eric Grunebaum. There will be a panel discussion regarding the impact of coal energy from a health, human rights and environmental perspective. There will be exhibits and ways to get involved!

he Last Mountain: The fight for the last great mountain in America's Appalachian heartland pits the mining giant that wants to explode it to extract the coal within, against the community fighting to preserve the mountain and build a wind farm on its ridges instead.

Please RSVP to to ensure entry! - This is a free event.
or by email: (include name, # of people)


6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Description: Innovation Nights provides innovators, entrepreneurs and product marketers with a way to connect with the social networking world, the mainstream media, the marketplace and each other, and gain more visibility for their new products.

Information about new products is submitted through the website and every month joint new product launch party events are held locally. The events are promoted collectively and are free and open to the public. The social media community turns out and is urged to help spread the word about new local products. Meanwhile, the Innovation Nights website helps showcase new products to a global audience of eager early adopters.

Innovation Nights events are also great for connecting job seekers and recruiters, and local business experts with other members of the local innovation economy.
Innovation Nights is a platform for marketing, public relations and social media organizations that are interested in hosting their own new product launches and networking events in an effective and cost-efficient manner.



2.007 Design Competition:  Robot Games
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
MIT, Johnson Ice Rink
This annual contest features student designed and student built robots competing head to head. This year the theme is "Tech County Fair". The robots will engage in midway games the the "high-striker", inflate balloons, gather tickets for rides, and spin a Ferris wheel. Videos feature students explaining their designs and the technology they used. Come and see the engineering accomplishments of our students. Open to the public. Children especially welcome. Free popcorn and balloon animals.
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering Dept.
For more information, contact:  Mieke Moran
Join us for the third gathering of Cinematic Disobedience and see Richard Rogers's fascinating documentary "Neighbors - Conservation in a Changing Community" at 549 Columbus in the South End, the very same neighborhood where the film was made 35 years ago.

"Neighbors" will be followed by Rogers's 1979 study of people's attitudes toward money, "The Cost of Living."
After the screening we can reflect together on the dramatic changes that have taken place since the '70s and where Boston's neighborhoods stand now.

Date - May 9th (Wednesday)
Location - 549 Columbus Avenue, South End
Cost- free
Facebook RSVP -
Website -

Program of events:
7pm - potluck - bring something to share!
8pm - Neighbors (1977, 29 minutes)
Cost of Living (1979, 55 minutes)

Big thanks to Documentary Educational Resources and 549 Columbus for help with this screening!
Thursday, May 10

D-Lab International Craft Fair
Thursday, May 10, 2012
MIT, Building 10, Lobby, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Handicrafts from countries around the world are available for sale. Come by and support our community partners by getting a unique gift for someone special!
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): D-Lab


Stories of Science Communication Workshop
Thursday, May 10, 2012 
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (ET)
Stephen Kaufman classroom at MIT, Building 9-151, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

In this 3-hour workshop, Dr. Phoebe Cohen (lead facilitator of the Telling Your Story workshops) and Dr. Brian Wecht (co-founder of The Story Collider) will work with participants to develop skills for verbally communicating science to a variety of audiences. Participants will be asked to prepare a 5-minute spoken piece, and the majority of the workshop will focus on giving feedback on these pieces.

The workshop will be held simultaneously in Cambridge, MA (with Dr. Cohen) and Cairo, Egypt (with Dr. Wecht), and the two groups will be Live Linked for part of the workshop. Although most of the feedback will be given locally, at the end of the three hours, some stories will be broadcast to both groups.

The workshop is open to graduate students, post docs, research scientists, and faculty in science, math, and engineering. Participants should prepare a 5-minute spoken piece (which can be read and does not need to be memorized) in the style of either
1) a true narrative story about an experience they had with science (see for an example)
2) an "elevator pitch" describing their research to an audience of non-scientists.
Draft Agenda:
What makes good science communication? We will go over examples and critique the positive and negative aspects of various communicators.
Participant introductions
Presentations and feedback from participants and moderators - participants will present their prepared five minute piece and receive constructive comments from the group and Drs. Cohen or Wecht.
Cairo-Cambridge science communication exchange - one individual from Cambridge and Cairo will present their piece via the linked video system.
Wrap-up and conclusions


Solar in the developing World
Thursday, May 10, 2012
MIT, Building 4-159, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Richard Komp
Dr. Richard Komp, an expert on backyard solar do-it-yourself projects, author of several books including Practical Photovoltaics, Revised 3rd Edition, which has been called "the easiest and most complete education on photovoltaics" will talk about his work bringing solar energy to remote places in the developing world. He will present his recent work in Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Niger, Peru and Haiti. He will also explain how he works in these places and some of the successes and pitfalls of bringing power to the poorest people in the world.
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:  MIT Energy Club 

The Spread of Violent Civil Conflict: Rare, State-Driven, and Preventable
WHEN  Thu., May 10, 2012, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Nathan W. Black, research fellow, International Security Program


Environmental Health Colloquium
Thursday, May 10, 2012 
12:30pm - 1:20pm
Harvard School of Public Health, Building 1, Room 1302, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
George Luber, PhD
Associate Director for Global Climate Change, National Center for Environmental Health

Contact Name:  Alissa Wilcox

Media Lab Conversations Series: Howard Rheingold
Thursday, May 10, 2012
2:00pm - 4:00pm
MIT Media Lab, E14 6th Floor, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
The future of digital culture depends on how well we learn to use the media that have infiltrated, amplified, distracted, enriched, and complicated our lives. How we employ a search engine, stream video from our phonecam, or update our Facebook status matters to us and everyone, because the ways people use new media in the first years of an emerging communication regime can influence the way those media end up being used and misused for decades to come. Instead of confining his exploration to whether or not Google is making us stupid, Facebook is commoditizing our privacy, or Twitter is chopping our attention into microslices (all good questions), Rheingold has been asking himself and others how to use social media intelligently, humanely, and above all mindfully.

Rheingold's talk will be followed by a conversation with Joi Ito and Mimi Ito, as well as Q&A.

Biography:  Howard Rheingold, author of best-sellers Virtual Reality, The Virtual Community, Smart Mobs, and Net Smart,editor of best-seller The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, takes audiences on a journey through the human side of the technology-shaped future. He's been in on the Web since the beginning, and long before. He's studied Internet enterprises and started them. Rheingold was the founding executive editor of HotWired; founder of Electric Minds (named by Time magazine one of the ten best websites of 1996). He's a participant-observer in the design of new technologies; a pioneer, critic, and forecaster of technology's impacts; and a speaker who involves his audience in an adventure in group futurism. His books are published in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish language editions, in addition to distribution in the United Kingdom, and the United States. Rheingold has taught as appointed lecturer at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. He was a non-resident fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication, visiting professor at De Montfort University, UK, which awarded him an honorary doctorate of technology degree. He delivered the invited Regents Lecture for University of California, Berkeley.


Addiction by design
May 10
4:00–6:00 pm 
MIT, Building  E19-623, 400 Main Street, Cambridge
Natasha Schull, Cultural Anthropologist with MIT's Program in Science, Technology and Society.

BE Seminar Series/CEHS/DCM Schauer Lecture - Global health in the 21st century: A view from Fogarty
Thursday, May 10, 2012
MIT, Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Roger Glass - Director, Fogarty International Center; Associate Director, Global Health Research, NIH

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): Department of Biological Engineering
For more information, contact:  617-253-1712 

Cai Guo-Qiang, Director of Special Effects for Beijing Olympics
Thursday, May 10, 2012
MIT, Building E51-115, Wong Auditorium, Tang Center, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Cai Guo-Qiang
The MIT List Visual Arts Center and the MIT China Forum
invite you to the dedication of "Ring Stone," a public work by acclaimed international artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

The evening begins with an MIT China Forum talk by Cai in the Tang Center's Wong Auditorium (E51-115) from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., followed by a dedication of the sculpture and reception at 6:30 p.m. at the MIT Sloan School (E62) at 100 Main Street.

Trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theater Academy, Cai's work has since crossed multiple mediums within art, including drawing, installation, video and performance art.

Gunpowder, fireworks and attention-grabbing installations mark his notable works, as does a spectacular pyrotechnics display that was created for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Web site: Reserve free seats at:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Greater China Strategy Group
For more information, contact:  Mark Linga


2.007 Design Competition:  Robot Games
Thursday, May 10, 2012
MIT, Johnson Ice Rink
This annual contest features student designed and student built robots competing head to head. This year the theme is "Tech County Fair". The robots will engage in midway games the the "high-striker", inflate balloons, gather tickets for rides, and spin a Ferris wheel. Videos feature students explaining their designs and the technology they used. Come and see the engineering accomplishments of our students. Open to the public. Children especially welcome. Free popcorn and balloon animals.
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering Dept.
For more information, contact:  Mieke Moran

BASEA Forum: Movie Night! - "Burning In The Sun"
Thursday, May 10th
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist;  3 Church Street, Harvard Square

Presented in person by Dr. Richard Komp

Boston Area Solar Energy Association proudly presents......
Cinema for Peace 2012 International Green Film Award-winning, feature-length documentary film: 'Burning in the Sun'
Daniel Dembele envisions the rural villages of Mali in a new light - solar powered light.  Dr. Richard Komp becomes Daniel's mentor as they embark on a transforming journey, hand-fabricating photovoltaic panels, assembling solar cookers, and bringing together opposing groups - rebels and government - to put their differences aside and unite in a shared project with a common vision.  Their journey ignites innovation, resourcefulness and cooperation, as friendships form and hope is illuminated.

Come see the film and discuss it with pioneering renewable energy scientist, activist, author of 'Practical Photovoltaics', and our honored guest, Dr. Richard Komp.

"Before Banko's school had electricity, every year 20 percent of students passed their national exams. After Daniel installed lights, 97 percent passed."
"If you're educated, you could help develop your village."   - Jenebou [student]


BIodiversity and You: a Bazaar of Ideas
Thursday, May 10, 2012
MIT, Lobby-13, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
In an innovative "Bazaar of Ideas" format, freshmen from MIT's Terrascope learning community will present prototypes, models and demonstrations of the technologies and ideas they have been working on to explore and solve issues having to do with biodiversity
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Terrascope
For more information, contact:  Aczel, Debra Gross
617- 253-4074
Creative Leadership
May 10, 2012 
7:30 PM
RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge Street, Cambridge

Speaker: César Diaz Carrera

Abstract:  The quality of our lives, depends to a large extent, on the quality of our Leadership. And any reduction in the quality of our Leadership implies an increase in the number and gravity of the problems that we shall have to face as a society. On the other hand, “Leadership is the most studied and the least understood concept in Social Sciences”, posited George Mc Gregor Burns, former President of the American Political Science Association. 

This film contests the pessimist idea of the famous Political Scientist. Leadership can be grasped, and ought to be practically understood by the layman citizen, if we are to build organizations and societies better equipped to face the challenges of Globalization. Three prominent Women – including a Vice President of the Government, and the President of the Spanish Businesswomen Association-.  and four men –including the former Director General of UNESCO, the Entrepreneurial Founder of a University, and the CEO of the most important Communications holding in Spanish- share their experiences in helping the viewer to safely navigate the white waters of this time and age.

The film will be presented by César Díaz-Carrera, Professor of Public Leadership, Complutense University, Madrid and RCC-Harvard University Research Fellow. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A Session with the Author.

Free and open to the public

Friday, May 11
THESIS DEFENSE: Shape Formation by Self-Disassembly in Programmable Matter Systems
Friday, May 11 2012
10:00AM to 11:00AM
MIT, Building 32-G449 - Stata Center - Kiva Conference Room, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Kyle W Gilpin, MIT

Programmable matter systems are composed of small, intelligent modules able to form a variety of macroscale objects with specific material properties in response to external commands or stimuli. While many programmable matter systems have been proposed in fiction, (Barbapapa, Changelings from StarTrek, the Terminator, and Transformers), and academia, a lack of suitable hardware and accompanying algorithms prevents their full realization. With this thesis research, we aim to create a system of sand-grain-sized modules that can form arbitrary structures on demand. We develop autonomous centimeter-scale modules capable of bonding to and communicating with their immediate neighbors. In order to accomplish our long-standing goal of shape formation, we develop a suite of provably-correct distributed algorithms that allow shape formation through sculpting, magnification, replication, and duplication. Given that a programmable matter system is a large network of autonomous processors, these algorithms have applicability in a variety of routing, sensor network, and distributed computing applications. While our hardware system provides a 50-module testbed for the algorithms, we show, by using a unique simulator, that they continue to function as the number of modules in the system rises into the hundreds or thousands. Finally, we perform hundreds of experiments using both the simulator and hardware to show how the algorithms and hardware operate in practice. 

Contact: Kyle Gilpin, 617 253 6532,
Launching SpaceX: How to Build a Rocket Company
Friday, May 11, 2012
MIT, Building 3-270, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Adam Harris, Vice President for Government Sales, SpaceX
SpaceX has built one of the world's most remarkable, entrepreneurial high-tech companies. Come and hear about the breathtaking entrepreneurial journey that took SpaceX from visionary CEO Elon Musk's dream in 2002, to a now imminent first launch to the International Space Station as a cargo transport replacement for the US Space Shuttle, and their plans for space technology in the coming years. Complimentary lunch will be provided for attendees at 12.45pm, followed by the talk at 1.00pm. Adam Harris and a SpaceX recruitment representative will be available to answer questions after the presentation.
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): The MIT 100K
For more information, contact: 
Wind Energy Research at the National Wind Technology Center
Friday, May 11, 2012
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Fort Felker, Director of the National Wind Technology Center at NREL
Dr. Felker is the Director of the National Wind Technology Center, the principal research center for wind energy in the United States. He directs a team of 100 scientists, engineers and technicians working to develop the next generation of wind energy systems. Prior to becoming director of the NWTC in 2009, Dr. Felker was the co-founder and Vice President of Winglet Technology, a company that commercialized his patented design of "elliptical winglets" for business aircraft. Before his 6-year stint as an entrepreneur, Felker was an engineering analyst at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he developed the underlying theory and computational modeling for the hypersonic flow about re-entry vehicles undergoing extreme maneuvers. From 1994-1996, Felker worked in senior engineering positions at Kenetech Windpower. As manager of engineering modeling, he was responsible for developing wind turbine engineering analysis tools. Later as director of engineering analysis and test, he played a key role in the development of the KVS-45 wind turbine, and led a team of engineers and technicians in the testing of large wind turbine systems. His early experience includes nine years with NASA Ames Research Center and six years with the U.S. Army Research and Technology Labs, working on rotorcraft analysis and testing.

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

Saturday, May 12

6th Annual Youth Summit on Global Climate Change
Saturday, May 12, 2012
MIT, Building 32, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
6th Annual Youth Summit on Global Warming hosted by The Technology and Culture Forum, the Boston Latin School's Youth Climate Action Network, the Boston Public Health Commission's Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, and the Boston Youth Environment Network. The day will be filled with informative and fun workshops, free food and prizes. Last year's summit was a big success and this year's promises to be even better
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT
For more information, contact:  Patricia-Maria Weinmann


The Spring 2011 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP
Saturday May 12
NOON to 2 pm
at Fayette Park (near the corner of Broadway and Fayette St., across from former Longfellow School)

Rain date—in case of DOWNPOUR—is Saturday, May 19, 12-2

Bring anything that's growing in too much abundance in your garden. Elegant packaging not required, but please do write down the names of plants.   We expect to have perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds, indoor plants, catalogs, pots, and lots of "whatever."  Feel free to just come, chat with neighbors, talk gardening.



“Embrace the Spirit of the Forest”
Saturday, May 12
1 pm
Alewife Reservation, Silver Maple Forest, Cambridge

May is Massachusetts Rivers and Wetlands Month. Friends of Alewife Reservation is sponsoring a walk and encirclement of the silver maple forest with the Earth Drum Council and professional performers for a celebration of its trees, especially the mother tree which has lost many of its large branches. The title of the celebration is, "Embrace the Spirit of the Forest". 

It is being held to call attention to the preservation of the watershed functions of the floodplain and woodlands, and to bless the abundant wildlife habitat, which Friends have assessed as coyote, fox, mink, otter, deer and 90 species of birds, many of whom nest in the Reservation. 

The Ingathering with public participation at 1pm will invoke native, pagan and New England cultures that revere natural resources. Drums will resound around the forest, and each participant will speak his or her sentiments about the protection of the area and personal experiences there. 

Each is asked to bring a musical instrument if available. 
Publicity for the event states, "The woodlands are entitled "Belmont Uplands" because they are on the border of Cambridge, and there is a slight rise in land elevation from the road, but main area is in Belmont and it is the lowest part of the town.  Proponents say, "It is a center for wildlife and for floodplain absorption, which, for centuries, since the glacial era, created livable and protective watershed benefits of tributary sources:  ponds, river, streams, floodways, active aquifers, ground waters, and wetlands, marshes, bog, fen and vernal areas." 
Parking at the public Alewife Reservation Lot on Acorn Park Drive.  1:00 Ingathering in the meadows of Alewife Reservation. Specific participatory Instructions will be given out.  Phone: 617 415-1884, FAR offices for more information.
Shellshocked: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves
WHEN  Sat., May 12, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Education, Environmental Sciences, Exhibitions, Film, Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Museum of Natural History
SPEAKER(S)  Emily Driscoll and George Buckley
COST  $6-9 (includes admission to the museum galleries)
NOTE  Film screening and discussion
In conjunction with the new exhibition, Mollusks, the museum will screen Shellshocked, a new documentary by Emily Driscoll. The film follows efforts to prevent the extinction of wild oyster reefs, which keep oceans healthy by filtering water and engineering ecosystems. Due to overfishing and pollution, much of the world’s wild oyster reefs have been declared “functionally extinct.” Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and George Buckley of the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at Harvard Extension School.

Regular admission rates apply.

Monday, May 14

BUILDING TECHNOLOGY SPRING LECTURE SERIES: Computational Tools for Modeling and Control of Airflow in Buildings
Monday, May 14, 2012
MIT, Building 7-431, Long Lounge (AVT), 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr.Sunil Ahuja, Senior Research Scientist at United Technologies Research Center, CT,
In most building energy modeling tools, indoor air is described by lumped models, assuming it to be well-mixed with a uniform temperature. This assumption tends to fail in buildings equipped with low-energy HVAC terminal units, such as displacement ventilation, radiant ceilings, etc. The air in zones equipped with such systems is often characterized by thermal stratification or buoyancy. We present computational tools for developing models of such flows, using model reduction techniques that have matured over the last few decades in the context of aerodynamic and turbulent flows. We illustrate the application of these models in control design and in assessing energy savings in buildings. 
If time permits, the talk will also discuss computational tools for automated calibration of building energy models, otherwise an arduous task, using tools for uncertainty quantification and sensitivity analysis.

Bio: Dr.Sunil Ahuja is a research scientist at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), where he is involved in research in the areas of model reduction and control of fluid flows, uncertainty quantification, and nonlinear dynamical systems. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, MS from Boston University, and BE from University of Mumbai, all in mechanical engineering. Some of his publications can be found at:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, Building Technology Program
For more information, contact:  Alexandra Golledge
Open Pediatrics: A game changer in critical pediatric care
Monday, May 14, 2012 f
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)
IBM Center for Social Business, 1 Rogers Street, Cambridge

Event Details
The IBM Center for Social Business welcomes Dr. Jeffrey P. Burns, a game changer in pediatric care with an amazing story to tell. He will share a journey that began as a dream to help pediatric medical staff who did not have access to critical knowledge they needed to save kids lives. While watching the Masters in 2009, he saw an interactive "see and do" web site he thought could do exactly what he wanted. As it turned out, this site was designed by IBM Interactive, with a group based in Cambridge. After a three-year collaboration between Dr. Burns and a Cambridge-based IBM Interactive team led by Adam Cutler, Open Pediatrics is a reality.

Open Pediatrics
“OpenPediatrics Project,” the soon-to-be-released web-based educational application, will be a resource for pediatric critical care givers around the world. By harnessing the reach of the Internet, access to the latest knowledge about effective health care will no longer be bottlenecked within the walls of institutions. It can now be shared instantly so that clinicians across the globe can gain access to life-saving information at any time.
The early 2012 beta launch of this comprehensive, continually updated, and peer-reviewed knowledge exchange platform will be dedicated to providing multimedia and interactive educational resources to physicians and nurses on optimal care of the critically ill child.  More specifically, the overall objectives include providing information on demand, curricular learning maps for training clinicians, and a platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration between care providers around the world.

This beta release will include 1000 users in hospitals across six continents. A total of 9 modules will cover a range of topics pertinent to the care of critically ill children. Each topic will include expert content, including video lectures and demonstrations, pre- and post- topic knowledge assessments, and best practice protocols and guidelines. When applicable, a module will include a simulator or avatar-based simulations for more comprehensive and interactive learning.

This project is specifically designed to be a knowledge exchange platform, thus contributions in the content provided on the website will come from the best teachers from across the world.

About Jeffrey P. Burns, MD, MPH

Dr. Jeffrey Burns is Chief of Critical Care Medicine and the Shapiro Chair  of Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston and Associate Professor of Anesthesia (Pediatrics) at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Program Director for the Fellowship Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at both institutions.


The Impact of Pollution on Worker Productivity
Monday, May 14, 2012
MIT, Building E62-650, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Joshua Graff Zivin (UC San Diego)
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Seminar in Microeconomic Applications
For more information, contact:  Theresa Beneventon 
Coal-CO2 Slurry Feed for Pressurized Gasifiers: Heterogeneous Kinetics in a high CO2/CO Environment and Impact on Carbon Conversion
Monday, May 14, 2012
MIT, Building 3-333, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Cristina Botero, Mechanical Engineering Department, MIT
Center for Energy and Propulsion Research Seminar Series
Gasification of carbonaceous feedstocks such as coal produces synthesis gas (CO+H2) which can be used for the production of clean power, synthetic fuels, and chemicals. For high-P, high-T gasifiers of the entrained-flow type in plants with carbon capture, coal-CO2 slurry feed is an attractive alternative to the state-of-the-art coal-water slurry feeding system. System-level studies have shown that CO2 slurry feed leads to 15% lower oxygen-to-coal consumption, relative to a plant with water slurry feed. The gasification of char in CO2 has, nevertheless, been observed to be slower than that in steam. In addition, CO -which is present in larger quantities when the feeding system is CO2 slurry- is known to retard the gasification reactions. This talk will thus address the impact of CO2 slurry feed on the heterogeneous gasification kinetics -and ultimately on carbon conversion and oxygen consumption- in a pressurized, single-stage, entrained flow gasifier. The results from component-level simulations with a reduced order model (ROM) of the reactor will be presented, whereas Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics were used to quantify the gasification rate at high-P, high-T, in a mixed gas environment.

Cristina Botero is a PhD Candidate at MIT's Reacting Gas Dynamics Lab. She earned an MSc. in Chemical and Bioengineering in 2007 from the University of Erlangen in Germany. Prior to coming to MIT, Cristina worked for General Electric's Global Research Center in Munich.
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): RGD Lab
For more information, contact:  Jeff Hanna
"Defending Behind the Device: Mobile Application Risks"
Monday, May 14, 2012
6:30 PM
Fidelity Center for Applied Technology - Adjacent to South Station, 245 Summer Street, Boston

The Boston Google Technology Users Group is presenting "Defending Behind the Device: Mobile Application Risks".
On May 14th, Chris Wysopal, CTO of Veracode will talk about mobile app security entitled "Defending Behind the Device: Mobile Application Risks."
The event is hosted by GTUG, Fidelity and Kayak. Hack/Hackers Boston is a community sponsor.
We will also have a couple of developers demonstrate live device  exploits.

This link will provide further information

Tuesday, May 15
Microbial Facebook: Probing Bacterial Social Networks
WHEN  Tue., May 15, 2012, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Medical School, Warren Alpert Building, Room 563, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Hosted by the Graduate Students
SPEAKER(S)  Marvin Whiteley, University of Texas, Austin


MIT $100K Finale
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
MIT, Kresge Auditorium, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Come see the hottest MIT startups compete for the $100K grand prize at the MIT $100K Finale.

Startup showcase starts at 6pm
Finale show at 7pm
Event is free, no tickets required and open to the public!
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, The MIT 100K
For more information, contact: 
Greenport Forum:  Does Change Have to Mean Sacrifice?  Finding fulfillment in an already full world
Tuesday, May 15
7 pm
Cambrdigeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge (corner of Magazine St and Putnam Ave)

Cambridge City Councillor Craig Kelley

Concerned about environmental issues, in 1989 Craig Kelley went from being a Marine Corps Infantry Officer to canvassing for Greenpeace, from being a meat eater to being a vegetarian, from driving a four-wheel drive pickup truck to riding a bike.  For the past 20 years, he's tried to figure out how much of a difference those actions have made for him, for his family and how the world as he consistently falls short of his own expectations for living a climate changed life.  Join Craig and other environmentally concerned individuals for a discussion about lifestyle changes in a changing world.

For more information, contact Steve Wineman at




Science in the News Spring Lecture Series:  Neglected Diseases of the Bottom Billion
WHEN  Wed., May 16, 2012, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard University, Pfizer Auditorium, Mallinckrodt Building, 12 Oxford St, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Classes/Workshops, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Science in the News, sponsored by Harvard Medical School and the Graduate Student Council
SPEAKER(S)  Presentations given by groups of graduate students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
COST  Free
NOTE  Hosted by Science in the News, a student run group at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, our evening seminar series is free to the public! Discuss today’s hottest scientific topics, with seminars presented by current graduate students and aimed at a general audience. It's an interactive environment, so feel to ask questions at any point in the lecture! Hosted at Harvard University, Pfizer Auditorium, biweekly Wednesdays. See our website for the full schedule.


Playing for the Planet:  World Flutes Against Climate Change
Saturday, May 19
7:00 p.m.
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston
Regular Admission: $20
Student/Senior Admission: $15 
Steve Gorn (Hindustani bansuri),
Elizabeth Reian Bennett (Japanese shakuhachi),
Renaissonics (Renaissance music, featuring recorder virtuosi John Tyson and Miyuki Tsurutani)

Advance Ticket Orders Are Accepted Until 3 pm on May 19. Orders received after Wednesday, May 16 will be held at the door.
On Saturday, May 19, the sixth “Playing For The Planet” benefit concert will showcase master musicians from three widely different musical traditions in a rare evening of pan-cultural flute styles, with all proceeds going to benefit the environmental advocacy group The performers include Steve Gorn(Hindustani bansuri), Elizabeth Reian Bennett (Japanese shakuhachi), and the acclaimed Renaissance ensemble, Renaissonics, featuring the recorder virtuosity of John Tyson and Miyuki Tsurutani. The music begins at 7:00 pm, at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston. Admission is $20; $15 students & seniors. For information, please call 781-396-0734. “Playing For The Planet” can be found on Facebook.
More information at
“Playing For The Planet: World Flutes Against Climate Change” is the sixth concert in an ongoing series of cross-cultural events produced by Boston-area musician and environmental activist Warren Senders. These concerts were conceived as a way for creative musicians to contribute to the urgent struggle against global warming. Their choice of beneficiary,, is focused on building global consensus on reduction of atmospheric CO2 levels — action which climatologists agree is necessary to avoid catastrophic outcomes. Because the climate problem recognizes no national boundaries, the artists represent musical styles from three different parts of the globe. While the performers present different melodic and rhythmic concepts, they share key musical values: listening, honesty, creativity, and respect. And, of course, they are all committed to raising awareness of the potentially devastating effects of global warming. It’ll be an evening of powerful and evocative music — from some of the finest musicians in New England and the world.
The Age of Limits:  Conversations on the Collapse of The Global Industrial Model
Friday May 25th thru Monday May 28th, 2012
Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary, 190 Walker Lane Artemas PA
Dedicated to the pioneering work of Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers & Dennis Meadows
and their epochal 1972 report "The Limits to Growth."
Editorial Comment:  This is a way outside my geographic limits and is a conference that costs money but one of the subscribers suggested it and the subject and speakers are worthy of attention.

Data Therapy: Creative Ways to tell your Story with Data
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
6:00 PM
MIT Media Lab, E14-525, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Got data? Tired of using the same old bar charts to tell your story?
You need some Data Therapy!
Join MIT Media Lab researcher Rahul Bhargava for a workshop on making creative and compelling presentations of data.
We will cover: a process for picking appropriate data presentation techniques; real-world examples of various creative techniques; online tools to help you while designing your presentation; "group therapy" time to brainstorm about your specific needs.

A talk by Don Alberto Taxo
Master teacher from Ecauador
WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE 2012, 7.30 P.M.
Refreshments will be served
Don Alberto is a teacher and healer of the Andean Quechua peoples.  He speaks of the need for head and heart to unite, and to bring technology and wisdom together in healing our earth. He brings simple, ancient practices that open the doors of perception to our connection with all life, through gratitude and enjoyment.

NOTE: there are other opportunities to meet Don Alberto:
For more intormation:
Events in Eastern Mass.--to make reservations etc.: Dori Smith,   978-835-5568
Don Alberto’s work:

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

All community activists and residents, environmental justice advocates, lawyers, policymakers and others interested in public health and the environment in low income communities and communities of color are invited to attend.

Individuals may register for the event online by visiting the online registration page:  There is no cost to attend the event. Food, childcare, and great company are included. The deadline to register is May 18, 2012. Travel scholarships are available for individuals and groups that need assistance to attend.

For the first time in New England, residents of low income communities and communities of color, together with community organizers, attorneys, public health and environmental professionals and government officials will assemble for a one- day summit on environmental justice.  At the Summit attendees will share ideas, learn from one another and plan future work to address environmental and public health issues that especially affect low income communities and communities of color. NEEJF is a collaboration of Alternatives for Community and Environment, Connecticut Coalition for   Environmental Justice and Rhode Island Legal Services.

For more information, please contact Steve Fischbach: or 401-274-2652 ext.182




CEA Solar Hot Water Grants
Cambridge, through the Cambridge Energy Alliance initiative, is offering a limited number of grants to residents and businesses for solar hot water systems.  The grants will cover 50% of the remaining out of pocket costs of the system after other incentives, up to $2,000.

Applications will be accepted up to November 19, 2012 and are available on a first come, first serve basis until funding runs out.  The Cambridge grant will complement other incentives including the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center solar thermal grants.  For more information, see


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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