Sunday, July 22, 2012

Energy (and Other) Events - July 22, 2012

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Ecological Restoration:  Cleaning the Fisherville Mill Canal


Monday, July 23

Determination of the Atomic Structure of Thin films and Quantum Dots With Sub-Angstrom Resolution
Monday, July 23, 2012
MIT, Building 3-133, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Prof. Yizhak Yacoby Racah, Institute of Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MechE Seminar Series
For more information, contact:  Harris Crist
Engineering for the mining industry (Chilean case)
Monday, July 23, 2012
MIT, Building E51-395, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Adolfo Andrade - Mining Manager at GSI Chile - is coming directly from Antofagasta, Chile to give a Lecture at MIT. He will present the challenges and opportunities of the mining industry using the case of Chile.

Note: This event is organized by the MIT Mining, Oil and Gas Club and the System Design and Management Program. It is open to the whole MIT Community and everyone interested in the topic.
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Mining, Oil and Gas Club
For more information, contact:  J. Esteban Montero 
Nerdnite Boston
Monday June 25, 2012 
Middlesex, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Featuring Nerd-appropriate tunes by Claude Money
The lineup:
Talk 1. “Are We Rolling?: Trial and Error in the Music in Cambridge Oral History Project”
by Katrina Morse
Talk 2.  “Saving the Last Lustron Home in Boston”
by Sonja Vitow
Talk 3. “Heat It & Beat It: From Wootz to Modern Super Metals”
by Rick Karnesky
For more information about the speakers and the talks:

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


July 24, 2012
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Launched in July 2011 with 600 bicycles and an eye towards expanding into Boston neighborhoods and surrounding communities, Hubway provides Boston with an accessible and green transit option. Celebrate Hubway’s first birthday at BSA Space—mingle with other bike lovers and experience special demonstrations, including Boloco’s bike-powered smoothie maker and Taza’s famous Chococycle. Ride your bike to the celebration and enjoy free bike valet parking courtesy of Commonwheels.
Sponsors and supporters include BSA Space, Equal Exchange Café, Taza Chocolate, and more.
RSVP for this free event at
Contact:  617-391-4039,

Micro-Finance OPEN HOUSE - Volunteering Opportunity with Social EnterpriseMonthly Event 
Fourth Tuesday of every month
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
Stata Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

MONTHLY OPEN HOUSE invites you to join us for our Monthly open house to learn about how to get involved with our new micro-finance and micro-philanthropy startup venture. We are currently looking to add members to our team.  This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a promising new social enterprise.  Please BRING YOUR RESUME!  Also submit your resume and desired role in advance via:   The ideal candidates are energetic problem-solvers, networkers, big-picture thinkers, and experts at execution.

Current opportunities allow qualified candidates to demonstrate deep involvement without the risk.  At the moment, we only need ONE NIGHT PER WEEK of your time as we lock down our strategy, develop processes, and perform the basic "blocking and tackling" required to get a venture off the ground.  The team currently meets weekly on Tuesday nights from 6-10pm. 

Open House Agenda:
6:00-6:30 Networking/Introductions
6:30-7:00 Video Presentation
7:00-7:30 Group Interviews
7:30-8:00+ One-on-One Interviews
There is no Cost to attend, but please be on time as we cannot accept late arrivals. 

More About this Exciting Opportunity: is currently seeking funding and cannot offer salaried compensation at this time.  But your participation offers immediate return as a valuable experience item on your resume during this down economy.  Naturally, the organizations success (and your part in that success) offers future earnings potential, namely on booking micro-finance tours (expected to pay about $1000 commission per sale).  The job entails working with sophisticated banking software platform and operating in a fast-paced high-tech environment.  You should have a cell phone, a laptop computer, a positive attitude, great people skills, a strong work ethic, and an entrepreneurial spirit.  Most importantly, we are seeking hard working, honest people who are motivated to succeed in business and life by helping others less fortunate.

Numerous Positions are available.  This is a great opportunity.


Learn more:  
For those looking for entrepreneurial adventure, consider joining us on our next inspiring Micro-Finance Profiling Field Trip in January.  View Pictures from the last trip in September:

Did you know?  In the Dominican Republic (alone) the Market for Micro-Finance Loans is over $28 Million?  The Average Loan is $361 USD with over 50,000 clients having small loans.  Over 70% are women, and payback rates exceed 97% (better than traditional banking).  Please see the few examples on Youtube, and research Micro-Finance prior to Arrival so you are fluent in terminology:


"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.

Wednesday, July 25

Bright Lights, No City
Author Talk with Max and Whit Alexander
6 – 7 P.M.
Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
At age 47, Whit Alexander, the American co-founder of the Cranium board game, decided to start a new business selling affordable goods and services to low-income villagers in Ghana, West Africa. His brother Max, a journalist, came along to tell the story. Neither of them could have anticipated just how much of an adventure they’d find there.
Along the way, Whit and Max relive their own childhood, bickering across the African bush and learning a great deal about Africans as well as themselves. Irreverent, hilarious, and ultimately inspiring, Bright Lights, No City challenges accepted notions of charity, shows the power of broadening your horizons, and suggests that there is hope and opportunity in Africa

FREE screening of the movie, What's on Your Plate? hosted by CitySprouts
Wednesday July 25th
Russell Youth Center, 680 Huron Avenue, Cambridge

What's On Your Plate? is the story of two New York City middle school age girls and their quest to discover where there food comes from. Length is 76 minutes.
CitySprouts is a school garden program based in Cambridge, MA.
Please call 617--876-2436 with any questions.

Thursday, July 26

Higher-order Structure by Distributed Self-assembly Robots
Thursday, July 26 2012
1:00PM to 2:00PM
MIT, Building 32-D463 (Star), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Shuhei Miyashita, Carnegie Mellon University

One of the major features of biological systems is that the activities at the molecular level are realized in a decentralized fashion, namely, without any central control. The phenomenon is termed self-assembly, which is defined as “autonomous organization into patterns or structures without human intervention” (Whitesides & Grzybowski, 2002), and is expected to play a key role in the realization of life-like machines (e.g. self-repairable machines). In this talk, I will investigate the potential for developing self-assembly systems that are applicable on different scales and will present a series of robotic components, which are capable of self-assembling on a liquid surface. Each robotic model has an incremental level of complexity, which satisfies the prerequisites of performing self-assembly at molecular levels. I will first discuss the design scheme for realizing efficient self-assembly on the centimeter scale and then introduce the developed self-assembly components while focusing on the interactive perspective, the effect of dynamics, and logical reactions that are mechanically attained. As a proof of the scalability of the model, a scheme of two-dimensional micro module reconfiguration that is based on inter module interactions will be presented.

Shuhei Miyashita is a postdoctoral research associate at NanoRobotics Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, where he pursues his research interests on self-assembly robots at the micron scale. After he obtained his Masters Degree in Computational Intelligence and Systems Science at the Tokyo Institute of Technology under the supervision of Professor Satoshi Murata, he continued his work at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Zurich, where he obtained his Ph.D. working with Professor Rolf Pfeifer. Throughout these periods, he has been working on the development of self-assembly robots across various scales, and he has been dedicated to realizing devices that can attain functionalities comparable to living systems, such as development, self-repair, or catalysis. His ultimate aim is to establish a link between artificial systems and living systems by realizing biological wisdoms in an engineering context and by adopting robotics theories in chemistry. Key concepts that define the methodologies he uses in his research are “self assembly robotics”, “dissipative autonomous-distributed systems”, “systems with multi-degrees of freedom”, and “micro mobile robotics”. 

Contact: Mieke Moran, 617-253-5817,
Relevant URL: 


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

Friday, July 27

Community Metabolism of Aquatic Closed Ecological Systems
Fri, July 27
2pm – 3pm
Harvard, Northwest Lab, 425, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Frieda B. Taub, Professor Emeritus, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. 

 Within an ecological community, the nutrients for one trophic level can be the waste products and excess production of the previous trophic level. Algae, microbes, and grazers (Daphnia) interact via multiple transfers. By preventing exchange with the open atmosphere, we can more critically measure O2 changes (during light and dark cycles) as an index of energy change. The effects of carbon sources, grazing, and changes in light:dark cycles on O2 and CO2 dynamics will be demonstrated. The general patterns have a high degree of similarity and suggest some general ecosystem principles.



The Muddy Megawatt Hour
Friday, July 27, 2012
MIT, 50-Muddy
Starting this week we're bumping the start of the Muddy Megawatt Hour back to 4 pm and will have a new official Energy Club Muddy Megawatt Hour Flag marking our space. Don't miss this great weekly opportunity to chat with people from the other side of campus about what they are working on here at MIT. In the first month, we've had great discussions around the Solyndra scandal and DOE loan guarantees, startup company financing, this year's Energy Conference topics and opportunities for storage technologies to make an impact. Come see who you will meet and what part of the energy world you will learn more about while informing others about your work and interests. Come early, come late, stay as long as you can on the hallowed ground where the Energy Club started.
Open to: the general public
This event occurs on Fridays through October 7, 2012.
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:  MIT Energy Club 
Saturday, July 28

South End Foraging Walk
9:00 a.m.
Meeting Location to Be Determined
Discover the diverse world of edible weeds growing along the edges of community gardens, parks and sidewalks. Bring your walking shoes and explore Boston’s forgotten harvest.
All Seed, Sow and Grow programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required for all programs and registering early is recommended. Participants should dress appropriately for weather and program content. Outdoor programs may be cancelled due to rain or severe weather.
To register for a program: Call 617-542-7696 or
View the Seed, Sow and Grow brochure for full schedule at

Saturday, July 28th
10 am - 7 pm
Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain  (
$3-10 sliding scale donation

The Boston Skillshare is back with a whole new look! We will be in a wonderful *community space* this year where we will have the opportunity to share *hands-on, DIY workshops* from pilates to storytelling, carpentry to hula hooping, bike repair to home brewing...

We are looking for workshops with a focus on *participation*, and the spaces for workshops are very different from the traditional university rooms we have used in the past. This year we have space of all shapes and sizes, from large dance halls to intimate smaller spaces to open fields!

There are some limitations on accessibility with our spaces this year, so please contact us in advance if you have accessibility needs and we will do our best to be most accommodating.

The Boston Skillshare is an annual weekend event seeking to create a temporary space for sharing practical skills to live a more happy, creative, and sustainable life. We believe learning is plentiful, everywhere, and need not come with price tags or expert degrees. The $3-10 donation covers entrance to all workshops both days, breakfast and lunch.

Spread the word!!!!
The Boston Skillshare Organizing Collective!


12th Annual Solar Picnic 
Saturday, July 28th  
11:00 to 3:00 (Solar Noon will be 12:51 PM)
Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave. Somerville, MA  (near Union Square)    
See map:  
12th Annual Solar Picnic at the Somerville Community Growing Center
Celebrate the sun and another year's growth in the garden. Come and join us for a solar picnic - no gas, wood or charcoal grills, just solar cookers using the energy of the sun! 
This event is a simple, traditional pot-luck picnic. No fire, just solar ovens/cookers. We will have a few solar cookers and some space available for you to bring your own. If you want to learn how to build one or see how they work, this is your golden opportunity! For more information see:
There will also be other solar devices demonstrated (of course, feel free to bring your own) and a good chance to see old friends and meet new ones. A great place for a picnic, the Somerville Community Growing Center is an urban oasis that was designed and built by local residents and is maintained by volunteers.    
It's a recipe for a fine midsummer's day: friends, fun, food and the sun! Relax, chat, learn and explore the gardens. And when the delicious aroma of solar-cooked cuisine fills the air, come to the table and feast!

Sponsors:   The Boston Area Solar Energy Association: (a chapter of NESEA).
Somerville Climate Action:

Sunday, July 29

Sunday, July 29th
10 am - 7 pm
Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain  (
$3-10 sliding scale donation

The Boston Skillshare is back with a whole new look! We will be in a wonderful *community space* this year where we will have the opportunity to share *hands-on, DIY workshops* from pilates to storytelling, carpentry to hula hooping, bike repair to home brewing...

We are looking for workshops with a focus on *participation*, and the spaces for workshops are very different from the traditional university rooms we have used in the past. This year we have space of all shapes and sizes, from large dance halls to intimate smaller spaces to open fields!

There are some limitations on accessibility with our spaces this year, so please contact us in advance if you have accessibility needs and we will do our best to be most accommodating.

The Boston Skillshare is an annual weekend event seeking to create a temporary space for sharing practical skills to live a more happy, creative, and sustainable life. We believe learning is plentiful, everywhere, and need not come with price tags or expert degrees. The $3-10 donation covers entrance to all workshops both days, breakfast and lunch.

Spread the word!!!!
The Boston Skillshare Organizing Collective!

Dialectics: insights for movement building
Sun. July 29 
1:30 pm
MIT, Building 56–114

Richard Levins 
Richard Levins is an ex-tropical farmer turned ecologist. He has engaged in activist and theoretical struggles for Puerto Rican independence, against wars and imperialism, for ecological agriculture in Cuba and against reductionism in science.

Dialectics is a way of dealing with complexity and change in the natural and social sciences.

Presented by Encuentro 5, Boston & the Brecht Forum, New York
Facebook event:

NOTE: This event is being held at MIT and streamed live to NYC.


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.



Boston Green Drinks - July Happy Hour
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
kingston station, 25 kingston street, Boston

Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists.  Enjoy a Drink at Kingston station and build your connection with our green community!
Keep sending feedback to for ideas about speakers or content for the future and mark your calendar for drinks on the last Tuesday of every month.

Boston Green Drinks  builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues.  We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.

Art of the Algorithms at Boston Cyberarts Gallery (free!) 
What: free movie showing with Q&A with the director and emcee
When: Wednesday, August 1, 7PM
Where: The Boston Cyberarts Gallery, inside the Green St. Orange Line MBTA station building
Sign up at:

The demoscene is an electronic art subculture which began in Europe in the late nineteen-eighties, whose participants include programmers, graphic artists, animators, musicians, electrical engineers, and more.

Hungarian studio Flame Film recently completed a documentary intended to introduce people to the scene's remarkable technical accomplishments and productive artistic community. You can view the trailer and the opening sequence below.

@party is a local demoscene event, or demoparty, a collaborative electronic art festival where people meet and participate in a variety of competitions which allow them to demonstrate their technical and artistic skills. In addition to competing, attendees at demoparties socialize, network, learn from each other, and sometimes collaborate onsite on last minute entries.

@party and the Boston Cyberarts Gallery are programs of Boston Cyberarts, a non-profit arts organization created to foster, develop and present a wide spectrum of media arts including electronic and digital experimental arts programming. They exhibit and promote the media and digital arts of Boston, New England and the world to audiences in the New England region and beyond and by doing so, helping to promote a sense of media and digital literacy, locally and regionally.

Sign up at:


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


Spare Change for Big Oil
Saturday, Aug 4th

Want to take part in a big of climate activism street theater?
Big Oil, Coal, and Gas companies need our help!  In this time of recession and economic stagnation, the Big Five oil companies -- BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Shell -- are not making enough money.  They made only $137 billion in 2011.  They deserve more than just the $11 billion of our taxpayer dollars in subsidies.  It's important that we come together to support them in this time of need.

So on August 4th, citizens across Massachusetts will hold Spare Change for Big Oil! donation drives. We want to find out how Americans really feel about these handouts.
Let's keep this simple.  None of this fancy lobbying for us.  Head to the beach, farmer's market, or Main Street with your donation coffee cans, set up an old-fashioned lemonade stand, or hold a bake sale! Imagine people conducting these drives all over the state!

Here's the plan:
Make some signs ("The fossil fuel industry needs YOU!", "Help raise ExxonMobil's profits today!", or "Billions more for Big Oil!").
Stick our snazzy "Please Donate" label on coffee cans.
Get friends and allies together and go to a high traffic place, like the beach, your town square, or your farmer's market.
Ask for donations for Big Oil, Coal, and Gas and take pictures and videos of your interactions.
Email your photos and YouTube links to
Let your local newspaper know what you're doing with a media advisory (before event) and press release (after event)
Then, in early September, we will hold a press conference and present a check to our elected representatives who have supported subsidies for Big Oil, Coal, and Gas, on their behalf.

Susan and Adi in Boston, Katie in Amherst, and Bonnie in Somerville have already started organizing actions.  The planning meeting for Boston will take place this Thursday, July 18 from 6 to 7:30pm at the Democracy Center in Cambridge. Join them by planning an action in your community!

You will find a suggested script and other resources for your action at


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


Comparing Boston v. SiliconValley & NYC w/ Social Media APIs,TextMining (Group1)
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
6:30 PM To 7:30 PM
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Price: $5.00/per person
Refund policy
The $5 fee will first go to pizza (50%), then charity as described below (25%) and some O’Reilly books (25%) to be given away to the group.  The fee is towards reducing no-shows which range anywhere from 30-50% of rsvps when there is a free event.  Please note there is a no-pizza, $2.50 for charity, session #2 at 7:45.
Boston's Meetup Tech and Business scene has grown stronger; however Silicon Valley and New York City have both higher adoption and scale.  What might Boston do to improve its Tech and Biz community landscape?

Social Network Analysis and Machine Learning are used on data pulled from Meetup's API.  The talk will cover the application-side, analytics using R, and some on pulling data via an API.
This talk is a follow-up to the "Utilizing Meetup to Analyze Boston, Silicon Valley and NYC" presentation I gave back February. This extension includes additional Social Network and Machine Learning analysis towards addressing questions such as "What specific Meetup Groups would be helpful for Boston towards improving its tech and biz scene relative to Silicon Valley and NYC?"
There are two main layers of the presentation:
(1) Regional Comparisons:  Silicon Valley, not surprisingly, has a higher percentage of tech and business groups than either NYC or Boston.  NYC is slightly above the national average; whereas Boston has an on-par tech scene, though lower than average percentage of business groups.  This will be explored in more detail.
(2) Analytics:  Social Network Analysis and Machine Learning as a means to describe different communities.  "R" (tnet and RTextTools libraries among others) was used with data originating primarily from the Meetup API.
Please note the talk is low on hardcore Computer Science, i.e. there is not going to be discussion of achieving 99.999% accuracy using 20 different models ensembled together ala Amazon or Netflix.   Please refer to Stanford's Online Learning website ( which has a great ML course; and both Coursera and Udacity have upcoming Social Network Analysis courses.  It would be great to have a 2-hour ML event; however this is not the time for it.
The fee, which is to reduce the no-shows/waitlist, will partially be given to charities.  One thought is to have the donations given to a local non-profit for whom Meetup could be a benefit (much as it has shown to be in tech and biz communities). Interestingly, this brings up a different set of questions including "What is the adoption rate of Meetup in inner cities?"   As of this time I don't know which organization; however there's time to explore this before the event, and I may be able to go back into the Meetup data and local economic data to see if those sources can be helpful.  If you are interested in helping out in identifying a non-profit organization, then please let me know.

Sponsor:  Boston Predictive Analytics 


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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