Sunday, August 19, 2012

Energy (and Other) Events - August 19, 2012

Energy (and Other) Events is a weekly mailing list published most Sundays covering events around the Cambridge, MA and greater Boston area that catch the editor's eye.

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Convivial City
Monday, August 20
Identifying Architectural Modularity in the Smart Grid
Monday, August 20, 2012
Webinar, register at
Speaker: Brad Rogers, MIT LGO '09; Managing Consultant at Navigant
One significant challenge facing a broader deployment of modern grid technologies is integrating with legacy systems while driving toward elegant, interoperable solutions in future grid integration efforts. This challenge is compounded by the de facto approach of customizing point-to-point integration solutions, resulting in an "accidental architecture" of the existing grid.

The Design Structure Matrix methodology is applied to two publically available architecture models to demonstrate how this approach can help define smart grid architectures and to help identify architectural groupings that can lead to better modularization of smart grid systems and standardization efforts. The analysis concludes that initial smart grid architectural efforts can be improved upon by identifying areas of modularity and organizing around them.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): SDM activities - sponsored by GSC


Intelligence and Neurons: can we begin to build a bridge?
Monday, August 20, 2012
MIT, Building 46-5165, McGovern Institute 5th Floor Reading Room,  43 Vassar Street, Cambridge
MIT I^2 presents a mini-workshop "Intelligence and Neurons: can we begin to build a bridge?"

We plan to discuss whether it is feasible and useful to work on (low-level) neural correlates of high-level intelligent abilities, such as social intelligence, language, theory of mind. A panel with optimistic and pessimistic views will argue about what can be achieved in the next 5-10 years and *how*.

We hope to get interesting ideas and perspective from the audience.

Matthew Wilson, BCS Dept., MIT
Gabriel Kreiman, Harvard U., Children's Medical Boston
Nancy Kanwisher, BCS Dept., MIT
Joshua Tenenbaum, BCS Dept., CSAIL, MIT

Moderator: Tomaso Poggio, BCS Dept., MIBR, CSAIL, MIT

Alternate location 45-3189 (in case of overwhelming attendance)
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free - Open to public
Sponsor(s): MIT Intelligence Initiative, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
For more information, contact:  Kathleen D. Sullivan

Tuesday, August 21
Please join us for a local house tour of both solar thermal and photovoltaic panels.  Learn about pros and cons of different approaches, installation issues and procedures, and paybacks.
(Rain or Shine)

Tour Locations and Approximate Times:
6:30 -- 26 Glenwood Avenue
7:00 -- 116 Henry Street
7:30 -- 21 Acorn Street
8:00 -- 15-17 Whitney Avenue

GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood

For more information, contact Steve Wineman at
Boston New Technology Meetup 
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
6:30 PM
Brightcove Office, 4th Floor, 290 Congress St, Boston

Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community! Each presenter gets 5 minutes for product demonstration and 5 minutes for Q&A. Please follow @BostonNewTech and use the #BNT20 hashtag in social media posts: details here.

Products & Presenters:
1. Trendslide / @Trendslide - Personalized business intelligence when and where you need it! (Jeffrey Vocell / @JVocell)
2. SociableNow / @SociableNow - URL's let people contact you directly via voice and capture analytics! (James Jones / @outcast)
3. Handybook / @HandybookHQ - Lets you schedule household services like cleaners and handymen in 2 minutes! (Oisin Hanrahan / @OisinHanrahan)
4. Mapocosm / Map Explorer - Mobile app with innovative features for exploring and sharing custom maps! (David Asher / @AsherDavid)
5. ShopDAQ - Comparison shopping browser extension finds the best prices while you shop online! (Lenny Grover / @LennyGrover)
6. PowerInbox / @PowerInbox - Makes email interactive! Purchase items, play games and more within an email! (Dileep Thazhmon)
7. ADC2 Technologies - Superior video compression/decompression technology! (Dr. Angel DeCegama)

6:00 - Setup time for presenters
6:30 to 7:30 - Networking hour (we're still seeking a sponsor for dinner)
7:30 - Presentations, Q&A
9:00 - (Optional) Gather at a nearby bar for drinks and more networking

"Do It Yourself Medical Technology."
Tuesday, August 21
Tavern in the Square, Porter Square, Cambridge

Jose Gomez-Marquez, Little Devices Group
Science by the Pint
Data Visualization MeetUp - Gabriel Florit: Instant Feedback
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
7:00 PM
Bocoup Loft, 355 Congress St., Boston

Most creative processes exhibit instant feedback. A painter's brush stroke immediately colors the canvas. A guitarist's fingerpicking immediately creates sound. An opera singer's vocal chords immediately fill the room with her voice. Coding, also a creative process, often lacks this immediate feedback, replacing it instead with the familiar write-compile-load cycle. In this talk, Gabriel Florit will present various browser-based tools that try to add instant feedback to the creation of web graphics. Examples presented will be written in html/css/javascript/d3.
Thank you PayPal Data Science for Sponsoring this meetup! Pizza & Beer will be available.

About Gabriel:
Gabriel Florit makes data visualizations for the Boston Globe. Previously, he wrote software to keep track of trains, fell 200 feet off a mountain and got lost in Alaska for two years.


Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
7:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Eastern Bank, 647 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

The Agenda is:
We will introduce ourselves and tell about our interest, expertise or work (1st hr)
You can give a ~3 to 5 minute elevator speach about your startup if you would like. (We will divide the 1st hour by # of people.)
What stage is your ideas or startup?  What is your goal?
Tell what personnel or additional expertise, funding, etc. you are seeking,
Discussion and Brainstorming on (2nd hr)
ideas for viable moneymaking startups,
methods of collaboration, networking, forming teams & partnerships etc.
marketing, media, social media, ideas that have worked well for publicity
Agencies, websites, companies that assist startups
Boston Greenfest & Gov't opportunities.
What would ou like to see in future meetups?

This bank is near the center of Central Sq., where Prospect and Mass Ave cross, - there is a Starbucks on the Northeast corner of the intersection.  Next to Starbucks is a Flower shop, and next to that is Eastern Bank.  You can see the conference room thru the window, so just wave to us and we will let you in.

Wednesday, August 22

Biz2Bands: A Music and Innovation Showcase
Wed, 08/22/2012 
7:00pm - Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:00am
Storyville 90 Exeter Street Boston, MA 02116 
Biz2Bands is a unique hybrid event that showcases the enterprising spirit of the local music community and blends it with the entrepreneurial minds behind great start-up companies. It all comes together in a hip, sexy, comfortable environment that fosters creativity and positive interaction: a concert, a networking event, and a creative business showcase all rolled into one.
The event will start at 7PM with the start-up showcase and open networking. Music will start at 8PM.

Midsummer Night's Feast: Potluck for Urban Gardening Enthusiasts
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
6:30 PM To 8:30 PM
Somewhere in Cambridge
Join us on Wednesday, August 22nd for a summer potluck feast!
Our goal is to unite food, farming, and gardening enthusiasts under one roof to build community and share tips on urban gardening and homesteading ideas.
This will mark the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s third potluck in the Metro Boston area.
Thursday, August 21
*A Service Rooted in the Sikh Tradition*  A Demonstration of Solidarity and Support
Thursday August 23
6:00 pm
Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St Boston
Guru Ka Langar* meal to follow

Offered by the Gurdwara Sahib in Milford, Guru Ram Das Ashram and Gurdwara in Millis, Gurudwara Guru Nanak Darbar in Medford, and the Sikh Sangat Society of Boston in Everett

Hosted by the Islamic Council of New England, the Jewish Community Relations
Council of Greater Boston and the Massachusetts Council of Churches

*The langar, an integral part of Sikh religious practice, demonstrates a commitment to sharing and equality, and is much more than just a meal.
Please join us in the Undercroft beneath the Sanctuary to continue our time together as all are fed a traditional vegetarian Indian meal by the local Sikh community.
In solidarity and support, join us to pray for those killed at Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and peace among all people. Musicians from the four Sikh Gurdwaras in Massachusetts will share shabads  (songs) from the Gurmat Sangeet (Sikh Sacred Music) Tradition. All are welcome to listen and learn about this religious community. Christian, Jewish and Muslim Leaders
will speak in support of religious liberty for all. All are invited to stay for the Guru Ka Langar (meal) to follow.

In solidarity with the Sikh community, you are invited to cover your head when entering the Sanctuary as you feel comfortable. If you would like to participate, scarves will be provided at the entrance to the Sanctuary. In several Eastern traditions, including Sikhism, it is customary to cover one's head while entering a holy space as a mark of respect.
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:


National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance
8/23/2012 - 8/27/2012
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

Audience: Faculty and students from New England and throughout the country working to commercialize ventures for the developing world
Description: Sustainable Vision VentureLab is an intensive, five-day, highly experiential and immersive workshop designed to enhance the success of base of the pyramid ventures. Students from Boston University, Northeastern, MIT (including Legatum fellows) Harvard and Tufts will meet and work with students from other programs around the country to develop strong, sustainable business models that create products or services for the benefit of people living in poverty.

$100 per team
Register at

Saturday, August 25
Fruit Trees: New Orchard Maintenance
Saturday, August 25
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park Street, Dorchester
So you have planted some new fruit trees. What do you do now to ensure fruitful trees for future seasons? This informative program will illustrate the training, pest control, pruning, soil building and fertilization techniques required to grow healthy trees and delicious fruit.  Co-sponsored by Boston Tree Party.
Program is FREE but registration is required by calling 617-542-7696 or


Save the Silver Maple Forest nature hike
Saturday, August 25
meet at Alewife Station on the Red Line (passenger pick-up area), Cambridge

The Silver Maple Forest, an urban forest adjacent to Alewife Reservation in Cambridge, is slated to be cut down to make way for housing development.

This walk will introduce people to the Reservation and Silver Maple Forest so they can understand the importance of this urban wilderness and join activists and concerned citizens working to preserve it.

In this walk we will learn to identify some of the wild plant foods and medicines found here.

Leading the walk is Jules Kobek, co-founder of DIO (Do-It-Ourselves) Skillshare and knowledgeable forager.
call 617-492-2340 for more info about walk

Heavy rain cancels (call if not sure)
Be prepared for rough ground and possibly mud, mosquitos, and ticks (I strongly recommend wearing long pants tucked into socks and long sleeves)

for more info about the Silver Maple Forest, check-out these websites:
Coalition to Preserve the Belmont Uplands:
Friends of Alewife Reservation:

Tuesday, August 28

Micro-Finance OPEN HOUSE - Volunteering Opportunity with Social Enterprise
Tuesday, August 28
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
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. 

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:


Minute to Pitch it
Tuesday, August 28, 2012  
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
1 Marina Park Drive Boston

Minute to Pitch It
Join MassChallenge for an evening of speed pitching!
Be wow'd by pitches from the teams working to change the world. Finalists have one minute to pitch their companies to a crowd of supporters and startup enthusiasts!
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Suggestions?

Tour of International Markets
Sat, September 1st
Union Square, Somerville
As part of our ArtsUnion project, the Somerville Arts Council gives tours of Union Square international food markets. Join us and learn where to find ingredients like Nepalese timur (a fragrant spice used in pickles), squid ink pasta and Haitian akasan (a cornmeal drink). Beyond discovering the culinary exotica available in Union Square, we’ll learn about the history of these stores and how their clientele represents the cultural community of Somerville. Each tour visits three markets and we’ll point out others along the way. Featured markets include: Casa de Carne, Well Foods Plus Halal Market, La Internacional, Little India, New Bombay Market, Pao de Acucar & Brazilian Buffet and the Reliable Market. Without leaving Union Square, we’ll visit Brazil, Korea, India, Nepal, Guatemala and Haiti! Dates:  Sat, September 1st, 2pm-3:30pm Thur, September 13th, 6pm-7:30pm Cost: free How to sign up: send an email


The Circus of the Possibilitarians
Sunday, September 2nd
3 pm
Cambridge Common, Cambridge

kicks off Harvard Square’s annual “Revival Month”

Bread & Puppet Theater: The Circus of the Possibilitarians . Held outdoors on Sunday, September 2nd at 3 pm on the Cambridge Common, near the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Garden St., Cambridge. Free performance [pass-the-hat donations welcome], rain or shine. For further details, call the Boston-area Bread & Puppet Theater information line 617-286-6694 or log onto

Soon to begin celebrating its 50th anniversary, the award-winning Bread & Puppet Theater, from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, presents their The Circus of the Possibilitarians on the Cambridge Common, a public space they used to frequent prior to the mid-1980’s. Last year the theater finally returned to help launch Harvard Square’s inaugural “Revival Month.” And now a return engagement is in order.

The Circus of the Possibilitarians is a satirical horse and butterfly circus, addressing pertinent national and international issues in a clownish fashion, features rotten ideas, a wild dancing horse, a saxophone ballet, a solemn salute to the world's casualties and much more! Not to mention The Dire Circumstance Jubilation Ensemble providing a little bit of brass and a lot of noise. Please take note that if some of the circus acts are politically puzzling to adults, accompanying children can usually explain them. The audience is welcome to examine all the masks and puppets after the performance, and Cheap Art will be for sale. Examples of Bread & Puppet’s work can be found at

Bread & Puppet’s outdoor Circus on the Common is serving as the kick off to what is now Harvard Square’s annual “Revival Month,” an entire month of “reincarnations” which will spill over into early October with the return of the HONK! Parade: Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes, and Feet Parade on Oct. 7th, a Bread & Puppet-inspired procession on Massachusetts Avenue leading into Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest. For complete information on Harvard Square’s “Revival Month” visit For more information on HONK! and the parade that runs from Davis Square to Harvard Square, log onto

Special thanks to the Cambridge Arts Council and the Harvard Square Business Association for helping make this event possible; funded in part by the Cambridge Arts Council.


American Red Cross Workplace Safety Seminar
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

Description: The American Red Cross, the largest non-profit organization in the world and world leader in emergency response, is offering a Workplace Safety Seminar to business leaders in Massachusetts to assist in identifying gaps in safety protocols and save lives by having procedures in place for any anticipated emergency.
Key speakers and panel guests include:
American Red Cross Preparedness Health and Safety Services, offering the latest resources from the Red Cross to help your company identify gaps in safety procedures to be proactive in emergency preparedness;
OSHA, outlining safety requirements in various workplace environments;
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, presenting the plan that keeps their employees safe and why they feel it is so important to be a model of safety in the community; and
Cardiac Science, demonstrating the ease of operation of a state of the art fully automatic AED.

This event will be a benefit to your business, offering you an opportunity to find out not just what is required of you according to state and federal mandate, but the gaps in your preparedness plans that can help to protect and save the lives of your staff to keep your business running smoothing when an emergency strikes.
Audience: COOs, Property and Office Managers, Safety and Emergency Preparedness Directors and other business managers from Boston and across Massachusetts.
Twitter: #redcross


6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

Description: Future Energy is a brand new conference where you can see the most revolutionary energy technology of the future before it hits mainstream. At each Future Energy event, 8 startups present to a panel of energy and cleantech venture capital investors for feedback, advice, and networking. The audience votes on the best presenters who win prizes and media attention to help launch their business.

Applications to pitch can be submitted at
The platinum sponsor for this event is the Shell International Game Changer program.
Audience: Entrepreneurs, Investors, Media, all are welcome
Twitter: @crisdeluca
Register at
Editorial Comment:  Early bird tickets are $10 and general admission is $20.  Not free but still relatively inexpensive access.


Tour of International Markets
Thur, September 13th
Union Square, Somerville

As part of our ArtsUnion project, the Somerville Arts Council gives tours of Union Square international food markets. Join us and learn where to find ingredients like Nepalese timur (a fragrant spice used in pickles), squid ink pasta and Haitian akasan (a cornmeal drink). Beyond discovering the culinary exotica available in Union Square, we’ll learn about the history of these stores and how their clientele represents the cultural community of Somerville. Each tour visits three markets and we’ll point out others along the way. Featured markets include: Casa de Carne, Well Foods Plus Halal Market, La Internacional, Little India, New Bombay Market, Pao de Acucar & Brazilian Buffet and the Reliable Market. Without leaving Union Square, we’ll visit Brazil, Korea, India, Nepal, Guatemala and Haiti! Dates: Thur, September 13th, 6pm-7:30pm Cost: free How to sign up: send an email to

New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Friday, September 21, 2012 
9:00am - 12:30pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston
Better Aligning Capacity Markets with Policy/Planning Objectives
Perhaps no development in the history of electricity markets in New England and throughout the US has been more controversial than the emergence of capacity markets. With New England contemplating numerous changes to its capacity market design (partially in response to a FERC order, and partially due to the efforts of ISO and other stakeholders to better align capacity markets with planning and policy objectives), now is a perfect time for a dedicated Roundtable on capacity markets.
In our first panel we will explore evolving regional capacity markets in three ISOs: New England, New York, and PJM. To share both the lessons ISOs are learning and the improvements they are contemplating, we are very pleased to have joining us President and CEO of the New York ISO, Stephen Whitley; Vice President of Market Operations and Demand Response at PJM, Stu Bresler; and Vice President of Market Development at ISO New England, Robert Ethier. We have asked Johannes Pfeifenberger, Principal at the Brattle Group, who has worked with many ISOs in the U.S. and beyond, to lead off the panel with an overview of the role of capacity markets and an "apples-to-apples" comparison of the three ISOs' capacity market designs and performances to date.

For our second panel we have invited a cross-section of leading stakeholder group representatives to share their perspectives on how to better align capacity markets in New England to ensure resource adequacy, while also meeting other important regional policy/planning objectives. Our illustrious panel will include:

Chairman Thomas Welch, Maine Public Utilities Commission
Commissioner Elizabeth Miller, VT Deptartment of Public Service
Peter Fuller, Director of Regulatory Affairs, NRG Energy
James Daly, VP Energy Supply, Northeast Utilities

We have also asked Bob Ethier to join this 2nd panel for the Q & A and discussion among the panelists.
Contact Name:  Susan Rivo

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
6:00 PM To 9:00 PM
Microsoft N.E.R.D. Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Because social media is essentially 'real-time' information, it provides an efficiency mechanism to reduce intelligence time to action if it can be harvested effectively. Fusing social media with traditional intelligence information provides additional context and connections of entities and events, which increases quality, relevance and predictability.
Learn how with IKANOW's open source platform, Infinit.e, your organization can gain valuable intelligence by fusing social media data with traditional enterprise data.
Presentation will be given by one of IKANOW's Intelligence Analysts and food and drinks will be provided by IKANOW.

Register at



Where is the best yogurt on the planet made? Somerville, of course!

Join the Somerville Yogurt Making Cooperative and get a weekly quart of the most thick, creamy, rich and tart yogurt in the world. Membership in the coop costs $2.50 per quart. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

For more information checkout.


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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