Sunday, July 15, 2012

Energy (and Other) Events - July 15. 2012

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Monday, July 16

Quantization and Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle
Monday, July 16, 2012
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Walter Lewin, LIVE! Special Lecture Series

MIT Physics Professor Emeritus, educator and author of "For the Love of Physics," will be giving a unique series of public lectures at MIT.

These lectures are free and open to the public. They will be videotaped to air on Japanese Public Television (NHK). By attending you are giving NHK your consent to possibly appear on this television program without any compensation or credit.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Physics Colloquia and Seminars
For more information, contact:  Nina Wu

Tuesday, July 17

Bringing Daylight into the Core of Buildings
Tuesday, July 17
Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress Street #200, Boston

Sustainability Education meeting, a video of the AIA ’12 presentation on daylighting

Bringing daylight into the deep interior of buildings involves understanding principles of optics and physics in order to optimize transmission via reflecting conduits, but also involves understanding the health benefits of daylight vs. some of the harmful effects of electric lighting. The session will also cover different methods of bringing daylight into the deep core of buildings.

FYI, I'm attaching a summary of LEED-related points to Sundolier®, one of the methods for bringing daylight into the core of buildings (as one of its directors I  prepared this summary for Sundolier®). Similar LEED scores are applicable to other daylight delivery systems. 

We offer 1.5 CE credits, and will feed you if you RSVP to the BSA by Monday, July 16: with “SEC 7/17” in the subject line.


Mihir Sarkar Thesis Defense: "World Music Technology: Culturally Sensitive Strategies for Automatic Music Prediction"
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
4:00pm - 6:00pm
MIT Media Lab, E14-633, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker:  Mihir Sarkar

Music has been shown to be an essential part of the human experience---every known society engages in music. However, as universal as it may be, music has evolved into a variety of genres peculiar to particular cultures. In fact, people acquire musical skill, understanding, and appreciation specific to the music they have been exposed to. This process of enculturation builds mental structures that form the cognitive basis for musical expectation.
In this thesis, Sarkar argues that in order for machines to perform musical tasks like humans do, in particular to predict music, they need to be subjected to a similar kind of enculturation process by design. This work is grounded in an information theoretic framework that takes cultural context into account. He introduces a measure of melodic and rhythmic entropy to analyze the predictability of musical events as a function of prior musical exposure. Then he discusses computational models for music representation that are informed by genre-specific containers. Finally he proposes a software framework for automatic music prediction. The system extracts a lexicon of melodic and rhythmic primitives from audio, and generates a hierarchical grammar to represent the structure of a particular musical form. To improve prediction accuracy, context can be switched with cultural plug-ins that are designed for and trained by specific musical instruments, genres, and performance styles.

In controlled listening experiments a culture-specific design fares significantly better than a culture-agnostic one. Hence Sarkar's findings support the importance of computational enculturation for automatic music prediction. Furthermore he suggests that in order to sustain and cultivate the diversity of musical traditions around the world it is indispensable that we design culturally sensitive music technology.


GreenPort Forum
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012  (Rain or Shine)
6:30 - Meet on steps of First Baptist Church, Central Square, Cambridge
6:55 - 19 Chalk Street
7:15 - Dana Park
7:30 - Corner of Pearl and Cottage
7:40 -  69 Brookline right around corner from community garden 
7:50 Peggy Hayes Community Garden Watson Street

Please join the PickaPocket Garden Volunteers, starting on the front steps of Central Square’s First Baptist Church, at the intersection of Magazine and River Streets, 6:30 start time. We will then proceed through the Cambridgeport Neighborhood.
GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood
For more information, contact Steve Wineman at
Wednesday, July 18

Atlantic Ocean circulation at the Last Glacial Maximum: Inferences from data and models
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
MIT, Building 54-915, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Doctoral Thesis Defense by Holly Dail
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Jacqui Taylor

Sustainable Business Network Presents A Special Film Screening of "Fixing the Future"
Wednesday, July 18
AMC Loews Boston Common, 175 Tremont Street, Boston

As part of a national event, Boston is one of dozens of cities hosting screenings of the documentary Fixing the Future ( Host David Brancaccio (of public radio's Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits people across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. Featuring communities using innovative approaches to create jobs and build sustainability, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in tough economic times.

Join us for the screening and an exclusive on-screen panel discussion after the movie, followed by tips from SBN and other partner organizations on what YOU can do to fix the future!

$12 Admission
Group discount available for purchase of 15 or more tickets ($7.50/ticket)
For tickets please visit:

RSVP on facebook at and tell your friends about it!
For more information please contact Amara at

Saturday, July 21

Help out community gardens around Boston!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
10:00 AM To 2:00 PM
Shirley-Eustis House and Gardner Carriage House, 33 Shirley Street, Roxbury

COGDesign is an organization who helps hold and grow plant material to be used at other gardens across Boston, many of which are community gardens or located at other non-profits.

The Shirley Eustis Historic House is located at 33 Shirley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119.  We will weed and deadhead the formal gardens of thishistoric house. There is also an orchard on-site in which we can tour. No experience necessary.  Tools and information will be provided.  Please wear comfortable clothes you do not mind getting dirty and closed-toed shoes.

Bring a snack and some water.  Volunteers may arrive late and leave early if need be.  Everyone will meet in the formal garden in front of the house.

Tuesday, July 24

Solar 3.0 Solar Innovation Forum
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (ET)
Atlantic Wharf Building, 280 Congress Street, Boston

See How Solar 3.0 Can Help Make Your Local Solar Industry More Competitive
If you work for a city, utility, or company involved in permitting, interconnecting, selling, installing, inspecting, or financing solar PV systems, you are cordially invited to attend "Solar 3.0 Solar Innovation Forum," a workshop covering national best practices and standards in the areas of solar permitting, installation, interconnection, and inspection. Solar 3.0 is focused on reducing the cost of residential and commercial solar installations in the U.S. market and is backed by SunShot, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy.

For more information, visit


 "Shellshocked: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves"
WHEN  Tue., July 24, 2012, 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
NOTE  A new documentary about the efforts to restore wild oyster reefs in the Northeast. Free and open to the public.


Stalled from getting public records? Here's how to pry them loose
Thursday, July 26, 2012
7:00 PM
Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester

Want to learn more about public records? Looking for a way to get a leg up on the competition, impress your editors, and literally have stories come to you while you sleep? Then get ready, because Access Across America, brought to you by the Society of Professional Journalists, is coming to Boston.
Learn tips and tricks gleaned by MuckRock founder Michael Morisy from thousands of public record and FOIA requests, and discuss your frustrations with getting government documents. Whether you are a seasoned pro or looking for your first internship in the media world, this session will help you report on the stories that matter, learning to think and investigate like a pro while avoiding the dead ends, frustrations and runarounds so common in both investigative and local beat reporting.
Sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists & Hacks Hackers Boston


Living Light:  The Art & Science of Bioluminescence
July 31, 2012, 6pm
Harvard Science Center, Hall B. One Oxford Street, Cambridge

Featuring:  Sylvia Earle, Explorer in Residence, Nat Geo;  J. Woody Hastings, Prof. of Natural Sciences, Harvard;  Kristin McArdle Dance performing Aqua Borealis

Free and open to the public, general admission seating. 
$5-10 suggested donation.

For more information on this and other events,


The future of local jazz radio — An open meeting of Greater Boston's jazz community
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
6:00pm until 8:00pm
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Mezzanine Conference Room, Boston

Members of the jazz community and allies inside and outside the arts world who share our concerns

To forge ties, agree on goals, and begin developing strategies for collaborative action to address the immediate issue of WGBH's withdrawal from weeknight jazz programming and the broader issues of local jazz radio and the place of the music in our city's cultural life

Conversation led by JazzBoston board members Emmett Price, musician and Chair of African American Studies at Northeastern University, and José Massó, community activist and announcer/producer of ¡Con Salsa! on WBUR FM.



Social Hour with the BSA and LivableStreets 
August 2, 2012 
5:30-7:00 PM 
BSA Space: 290 Congress Street Boston 
“Join LivableStreets and the BSA for a social hour that celebrates vibrant communities and the value of building connections. Learn more about the work of both organizations, and view the BSA’s new Let’s Talk About Bikes exhibition, which explores the role of the bicycle in urban centers like Boston. LivableStreets is your advocate for biking, walking and transit to make the Boston region a better place to live, work and play. LivableStreets fought for and won bike lanes on the BU Bridge and Commonwealth Avenue, and hosts the annual Boston Bike Update.” Admission is free and open to the public, and the exhibit is handicap accessible and appropriate for families and all ages. 
If you have any further questions, please contact me or Angela King at


Robotics Design Meetup
Friday, August 3rd
7:30 pm
Artisans Asylum 10 Tyler Street, Somerville

Hello all,
Think robots are cool? Like free drinks and food?
Come share your robotics enthusiasm/thirst/hunger at August's Robot Design Meetup,
August, Friday the 3rd, 7:30pm, at Artisans Asylum (10 tyler st, Somerville, MA)
We'll be having at least the following, and looking for more:
Update on Project Stompy, its Kickstarter and example pieces of the full-scale parts (
ArcBotics' Codename Discbot and Wisp: low-cost educational robotics platform project and micro-quadcopter project
Your own project! let us know at



Saturday, Aug 4th: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies Day of Action

On August 4th communities across Massachusetts will engage in a day of action to call for an end to taxpayer support of deadly energy like coal, natural gas, and oil that wreak havoc on our health, environment, and climate. Subsidies that impede community based solutions at the time when we need them most. How could ending fossil fuel subsidies support your local work? Join us in taking action on August 4th to demonstrate how ending subsidies to deadly energy will improve our communities. Whether it’s shutting down coal plants, installing solar panels, fighting corruption, or weatherizing a house, we will voice our opposition to funding the richest companies at the expense of our health and wellbeing. Learn more, or Sign up to host or participate in an event in your community.


Sunday, August 5

Come out to walk, bike, dance, and roll on open, car-free streets in and between our parks! Circle The City is free and open to people of all ages.

August 5, 10 am-1 pm, Rose Kennedy Greenway
Featuring a car-free corridor along the downtown waterfront.

Organized by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, the Boston Collaborative
for Food and Fitness, LivableStreets Alliance, Franklin Park Coalition, and the City of Boston.

Devil’s Tango (how I learned the Fukushima step by step)
Joan Ecklein’s house, 14 Sterling Street, Newton
Potluck •6 pm
Book talk by award-winning author Cecile Pineda
Sponsor:  Boston Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Organizer: Joan Ecklein • 617.244.8054

Boston GreenFest
Thursday, Aug 16   5 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday, Aug 17       noon - 9:30 pm
Saturday, Aug 18    11 am - 8 pm
Sunday, Aug 19    10 am - 5 pm
Featuring: The Movement Festival!
Boston City Hall Plaza, One City Hall Square, Boston


Thursday, August 23, 2012
7 to 9 pm 
Artisan's Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, Somerville
Uncover What's Next for the Creative Economy 
CreativeNEXT is a series of 21 state-wide events held bythe Massachusetts Creative Economy Council, an advisory Council to the Legislature and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and a variety of local partners. The MA Creative Economy Council is tasked to develop a statewide strategy for the enhancement, encouragement, and growth of the creative economy in Massachusetts. Working with the Creative Economy Industry Director this listening tour will help to guide the future priorities of the Council. The greater Boston event, co-hosted by the Artisan's Asylum and Union Square Main Streets, will take place on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 7 to 9 pm at the Artisan's Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, Somerville. Join colleagues in a discussion on furthering the visionary growth of your business and other creative industries across the state. Who should attend? Businesses, Organizations, and Individuals working in: Marketing: Advertising and marketing agencies and professionals Architecture: Architecture firms and architects Visual Arts + Craft: Museums, galleries, theatres and curators, artists, + artisans Design: Industrial, interior, graphic, web, fashion firms and designers Film + Media: Film, TV, animation, and radio businesses and talent Video Game: Companies, programmers, and individuals producing games Music + Performance: Venues, producers, and performers Publishing: Content creation, editors, writers and distributors What's on the agenda? You are! We want to hear from you, about you, as we explore future opportunities for like-minded businesses within the creative landscape. Through a round table discussion we hope to gain valuable insights concerning the growth and sustainability of your business within the state of Massachusetts. 

For more information and to register your space:




Boiler Rebate
If your boiler is from 1983 or earlier, Mass Save will give a $1,750 to $4,000 rebate to switch it out for a new efficient boiler that uses the same fuel (i.e. if you have oil, you have to continue to use oil) so long as it is installed by July 31, 2012.

Call Mass Save (866 527-7283) to sign up for a home energy assessment or sign-up online at  and HEET will receive a $10 contribution from Next Step Living for every completed assessment.

This is a great way to reduce climate change emissions for the next 20 or so years the boiler lasts, while saving money.


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.


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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