Sunday, June 15, 2014

Energy (and Other) Events - June 15, 2014

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Monday, June 16

8:30am  The Second International Conference on Universal Village (UV2014)
8:30am  Climate Change Symposium on Sustaining Coastal Cities
12pm  “Hacking Medicine and the Rx It Offers for Innovation in All Industries”
6pm  2014 Global Pitchfest:  International Elevator Pitch Contest + Networking
7pm  Tweets and Trills: The Natural History of Birdsong

Tuesday, June 17

8am  Around the World in 120 Days: Latin America 101 - Opportunities South of the Border
12:30pm  Going Home? The immigrant experience through film
4pm  The History of the World Library from the Year 2040 to 2090
6pm  The Future of Startup Culture
6pm  Boston New Technology June 2014 Product Showcase #BNT42

Wednesday, June 18

7:30am  Sustainability Breakfast
2pm  Symposium and Demonstration on the Digitization of Manufacturing: 3D Printing and Innovation Policy
5:30pm  Hubway Open House
6pm  House of Genius Boston
7pm  Science in the News Lecture: Small Brains, Big Ideas: The Value of Model Organisms to Science

Thursday, June 19

1pm  Sustainability Public Policy Forum: Community Strategies for Sustainable Development
6pm  Earthos Conversation about Renewable Energy
7pm  The DataHub: A Collaborative Data Analytics and Visualization Platform

Friday, June 20

9am  EurekaFest 2014: InvenTeams Presentations
5pm  EurekaFest 2014: National Collegiate Student Prize Competition Showcase
7pm  EurekaFest 2014: National Collegiate Student Prize Winners Presentations & Awards Ceremony

Saturday, June 21

9am  Tour de Hives 2014
3pm  Knight-Mozilla-MIT "The Open Internet and Everything After" Hack Day
5pm  Summer Solstice Celebration: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Sunday, June 22

11am  14th Annual Solar (Cooker) Picnic

Monday, June 23

1pm  Introduction to Regenerative Practice for Social and Environmental Impact:  Environmental Leadership Program

Tuesday, June 24

Free Ferry to Boston Harbor Islands
12:30pm  (In)Security in Home Embedded Devices
6pm  Boston Businesses Acting on Rising Seas Launch: Climate Adaptation Strategies for Small Business


My rough notes on some of the events I go to and notes on books I’ve read are at:

Natural Gas Leaks:  Methane Management


Monday, June 16

The Second International Conference on Universal Village (UV2014)
Monday, June 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM (PDT)
Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel, 2 Cambridge Center, Cambridge

We are proud to invite you to attend the International Conference on Universal Village (UV2014) , that will be held on June 16-17, 2014 at MIT.
Universal Village is a new concept proposed by MIT Universal Village Program and exemplifies a desired future society that pursues human-nature harmony through the wise use of technologies. The concept is an expanded & advanced version of Smart Cities and signifies that we should follow the law of universe, protect environment/eco-system, understand humans' need in depth, and innovate new lifestyles. UV2014 calls for collective efforts across multidisciplinary fields to create an innovative new lifestyle which promises sustainable happiness for humanity’s future. UV2014 will convey the following themes and special sessions, including
1) Environmental Protection,
2) Green Energy source,
3) Innovative technologies that support new life styles on remote nursing, remote healthcare, intelligent transportation, city management, remote education, etc.
4) Integrated solutions on urgent challenges on safety, security, privacy, sustainability, climate changes, etc.
More details can be found at
We are still collecting posters and exhibiters, and are also recruiting volunteers. Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any suggestions and comments.

We sincerely hope that you will accept this invitation and forward the information to other people who might have interest. Thank you very much for your kind consideration.


Climate Change Symposium on Sustaining Coastal Cities
Monday, June 16, 2014
MIT, Building E-51, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Cost: Student full registration: $75, Daily rate: $150, Early Registration (by June 1st): $300, Full registration (after June 1st): $375

Speaker: Leaders in academia, government, and private industry
Climate Change Symposium on Sustaining Coastal Cities
MIT Sea Grant College Program is convening a three-day Climate Change Symposium on Sustaining Coastal Cities. Leaders in academia, government, and private industry will address concerns for change in sea level, storm surges, extreme precipitation and flooding and options for adapting to these risks.

Noted speakers and experts with vested interests in public health and safety will share the latest scientific, technical and social information in three general thematic areas. With shared knowledge and increased understanding, we can move forward to wisely use, manage, and protect our coastal areas now and in the future.

Our Non-Profit Organizing Partners include Boston Society of Architects, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, The City of Boston, Greenovate Boston, and UMass Boston Urban Harbors Institute. The Boston Foundation is a lead Symposium Partner, and Partners HealthCare and Sasaki are also event Sponsors.

MIT Sea Grant College Program is convening a three-day Climate Change Symposium on Sustaining Coastal Cities. Leaders in academia, government, and private industry will address concerns for change in sea level, storm surges, extreme precipitation and flooding and options for adapting to these risks. Noted speakers and experts with vested interests in public health and safety will share the latest scientific, technical and social information in three general thematic areas. With shared knowledge and increased understanding, we can move forward to wisely use, manage, and protect our coastal areas now and in the future.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Student full registration: $75, Daily rate: $150, Early Registration (by June 1st): $300, Full registration (after June 1st): $375
Sponsor(s): MIT Sea Grant
For more information, contact:  Gayle Sherman
(617) 252-1617


“Hacking Medicine and the Rx It Offers for Innovation in All Industries”
Monday, June 16
MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Andrea Ippolito, SDM '11, PhD Student, Engineering Systems, MIT
Allison Yost, PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, MIT

Free and open to all


2014 Global Pitchfest:  International Elevator Pitch Contest + Networking
Monday, June 16
6:00 - 9:00 PM
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

Join swissnex Boston, venture lab and MassChallenge at the Global Pitchfest 2014. As part of the venture leaders Boston Bootcamp, 30 entrepreneurs from all over the globe will be going head-to-head for the title of Global Pitchfest Champion. The event will end with a catered networking session.

Each entrepreneur will have 1 minute to pitch their company to the audience. By using our SMS-based polling system, you will choose your favorite pitcher of the night. Then, our jury will choose another winner!

Did you recently launch a startup in the Boston area and want to train your pitch, while getting more visibility for your business? (Don’t worry - you don’t have to be Swiss or American... Every nationality is welcome!)

Join our lineup of presenters by contacting Genevieve

Executed annually since 2000, the venture leaders program is a 10-day business development bootcamp in the US for Swiss entrepreneurs presented by Venture Lab and swissnex Boston. Every March, twenty Swiss-based entrepreneurs - out of hundreds of motivated candidates - are selected to attend the venture leaders program in Boston.

Visit for video profiles of all 20 venture leaders.


Tweets and Trills: The Natural History of Birdsong
WHEN  Mon., June 16, 2014, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Environmental Sciences, Science
SPEAKER(S)  Bruce Byers, Biology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
COST   $10 general; free for Arboretum members
CONTACT INFO 617.384.5277

Tuesday, June 17

Around the World in 120 Days: Latin America 101 - Opportunities South of the Border
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
MassBio, 300 Technology Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge
Cost: Free for MIT faculty, staff and students. $35 for others.

Speaker: Various Corporate Officers; Moderated by Pedro Arboleda, MS, MBA, Director, Strategy, Monitor Deloitte
South America, Mexico, and Central America are among the leading life sciences emerging markets in the world. Our experts will discuss the latest trends and cover topics ranging through market distinctions, business development, new product launches, clinical trial management, and CROs servicing companies in the region.

Key discussion points will include:
The role and importance of Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) in Latin America. How to materialize PPPs.
The role of patients when introducing new and innovative therapeutics in the region
The importance of including strong government affairs expertise from the start in your local team
Which big pharma/biotechs are striking deals with regional companies and why?
What are the barriers (IP, export control, etc.) to entry that U.S. companies need to consider/overcome in order to have successful product launches?
What do American companies need to do to partner with regional players and expand their markets?
What are the market distinctions among countries and subregions?
What are the pros/cons to conducting clinical trials in the region?
Are the market opportunities for U.S.???based CROs?

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free for MIT faculty, staff and students. $35 for others.
Sponsor(s): MIT Technology Licensing Office, MassBio Forums
For more information, contact:  Susan Silberman


Going Home? The immigrant experience through film
Tuesday, June 17
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
Selections from this event will be recorded and posted to our website afterwards

Dino Sossi, Berkman Fellow
The documentary film Home focuses on Victor Sossi, a European immigrant who has lived in North America for several decades. His nephew Dino traveled to Europe to discover the reason why he has never returned.

Home focuses on the tension between a younger generation's need for self-discovery and an older generation's wish to move on. Shot throughout Europe and North America, Home explores issues of personal identity, memory and collective grief.

The screening of this rough cut for the Berkman Luncheon Series will involve a Q&A with the filmmaker and an opportunity for audience members to provide feedback for this work-in-progress. For more information, please visit

About Dino
Dino Sossi has produced media for AOL, CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” CNN, The New York Times and VH1 at Viacom. His documentary films have screened at festivals in New York and Los Angeles as well as Berkeley, Cambridge, Columbia, Harvard, Oxford and Pennsylvania. Dino’s work has been broadcast on CBC, CTV, DiscoveryUSA, Globe & Mail, IFC, Life, MTV Canada, MuchMoreMusic, One, Pridevision and PrimeTV. His digital storytelling has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Dino studies Instructional Technology and Media at Columbia University, where he has also been a teaching assistant and digital media consultant. He earned his Master of Philosophy degree at Cambridge where he performed with the Footlights. Dino previously studied at Columbia Law School’s School Law Institute and the Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme. He was previously an intern at Berkman and is a fellow for 2013-14. For more information, please visit 


The History of the World Library from the Year 2040 to 2090
WHEN  Tue., June 17, 2014, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Kirkland & Ellis Classroom South, Harvard Law School
LIBRARY LOCATION  Harvard Law School Library
NOTE   Michael Cotta-Schønberg will be speaking NOT on the future of academic libraries, which he says he has done too much, but on the history of the World Library from 2040 to 2090. The presentation will take the form of a speech by the president of the World Library on the occasion of the 50-year jubilee of the Library. The audience will be transformed into members of the board of the World Library and the speech will end with a board vote on whether individuals should be able to have direct brain link-up with the Library.


The Future of Startup Culture
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
6:00 PM
WeWork (South Station), 745 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

Our workplace is drastically different from what it was not too long ago. Greater Boston's startup culture has also seen its fair share of an evolution and it isn't about to stop improving anytime soon. What does the future hold for those of us tirelessly contributing to the startup community? How will we shape our work to make the experience more impactful and meaningful for everyone, not just those in the startup peripheral? Join Matt Lauzon, Co-Founder of Dunwello, Michelle Darby, Co-Founder & CEO of Roomzilla, and Allan Telio, Vice President at Startup Institute for an honest talk about what we can do to ensure the momentum of startup culture enthusiasm keeps up with our ambitions!

Matt Lauzon, Co-Founder of Dunwello
Michelle Darby, Co-Founder & CEO of Roomzilla
Allan Telio, Vice President at Startup Institute


Boston New Technology June 2014 Product Showcase #BNT42
June 17
Foley Hoag LLP, Seaport West, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston,

Free event!
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 Questions & Answers. Please follow @BostonNewTech and use the #BNT42 hashtag in social media posts: details here.
Products / Presenters:

6:00 to 7:00 - Networking with dinner and beverages
7:00 to 7:10 - Announcements
7:10 to 8:20 - Presentations, Questions & Answers
8:20 to 9:00 - Networking
9:00 - More networking over drinks across the street, at The Whiskey Priest, 150 Northern Ave. (at Seaport Blvd.), Boston, MA. (optional)

Wednesday, June 18

Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, June 18
7:30am – 8:30am
Pret-A-Manger, 185 Franklin Street, Boston



Symposium and Demonstration on the Digitization of Manufacturing: 3D Printing and Innovation Policy
Wednesday, June 18
2:00 PM
Harvard Kennedy School, Nye ABC, Taubman 5th Floor, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

This symposium examines emerging trends of 3D printing and additive manufacturing (using digital 3D design data). Drawing from the case of Singapore, the symposium reviews innovation policies being pursued by governments to harness the power of additive manufacturing. The symposium will feature a demonstration by Pirate3D Inc., which will donate printers to African institutions. This event is part of the Innovation for Economic Development HKS Executive Education Program and is co-sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Singapore's Institution of Engineers. Speaker Info: Chaired by Professor Calestous Juma, Harvard Kennedy School Twitter @calestous Speakers: NEO Kok-Beng, National University of Singapore and Institution of Engineers, Singapore Damian Chan, Singapore Economic Development Board Roger Chang, CEO of Pirate3DP The speakers and panel discussion will run from 2-5:30pm and will be followed by a networking reception and 3D Printer Demonstration from 5:30-7pm. 


Hubway Open House
Wednesday, June 18
5:30-7:30 PM
Dana Park picnic tables, 10-20 McTernan Street, Cambridge

Please drop by at any time to learn more about Cambridge’s Hubway system,  how the bikes work, usage of the station at Dana Park, and parking data that we have been collecting around the Park.  

If you cannot make this open house, please contact Bill Deignan with questions, comments or for additional information after the meeting.  See contact information below.  If there is severe weather at the time of the gathering, the date of this gathering may be postponed.  Thank you.

Bill Deignan, Transportation Program Manager
Cambridge Community Development Department
344 Broadway, Cambridge, MA. 02139
M:  8:30-8:00   T-Th:  8:30-5:00  F:  8:30-Noon
617/349-4633  FAX
617/349-4621  TTY


House of Genius Boston
June 18
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge

House of Genius brings together entrepreneurs and a diverse mix of collaborators from the community for an evening each month of disruptive thinking, supportive input, and creative new ideas. You’ll find Houses in many cities and countries around the world.  House of Genius is continually growing based on grassroots demand. Together, we create Genius. 
See more at:

Example video from previous event:


Science in the News Lecture: Small Brains, Big Ideas: The Value of Model Organisms to Science
WHEN  Wed., June 18, 2014, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Pfizer Lecture Hall (B23), Malinckrodt Chemistry Lab, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Yuly Fuentes-Medel
NOTE   Come hear a Ph.D. student give an engaging and accessible lecture on his or her cutting-edge research. No prior knowledge necessary! Free refreshments!

Thursday, June 19

Sustainability Public Policy Forum: Community Strategies for Sustainable Development
June 19, 2014
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
BSA Space, Fort Point Room, 290 Congress Street, Boston
Meetings are free and open to all, but rsvp's are required. Click "Register" above to login and rsvp for this event.

with AIA Massachusetts and USGBC MA
States and local communities have taken up the task of crafting a sustainable future, and are leading innovation across the nation. This forum will showcase efforts currently being implemented in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with an emphasis on community-based initiatives. An afternoon of presentations will be followed by an opportunity for interaction, both in a formal wrap-up session and an informal reception in the BSA gallery.

Ken Fisher FAIA
Vernon Woodworth FAIA, LEED AP
Co-chairs, Committee for the Advancement of Sustainability


Earthos Conversation about Renewable Energy
June 19
Earthos Lab, 1310 Broadway, Somerville
Cost:  $15

How do we collaboratively create+innovate community-to-regional ENERGY systems that sustain all of us into the future? We've invited energy experts and innovators, along with community members, who are grappling with this question. Together, we'll explore possible solutions and directions for New England and other regions.

Each month, Earthos hosts a Conversation about a key resource at the New Earthos Lab for resilient and sustaining regions.  Each conversation focuses on a resource system, and how it relates to the other resources: food, energy, land, biodiversity, waste, and people [art+innovation+education+basic needs+economy+justice].

The Earthos Lab brings people together to research, learn, collaborate towards robust regional systems.


The DataHub: A Collaborative Data Analytics and Visualization Platform
Thursday, June 19, 2014
MIT, Building E51-325, Tang Center, corner of Wadsworth and Amherst Streets, Cambridge

Speaker: Sam Madden
In this talk, I will describe a new system we are building at MIT, called DataHub, which is a hosted interactive data processing, sharing, and visualization system for large-scale data analytics. Key features include:
1. Flexible ingest and data cleaning tools to help massage data into a form that users can write programs to operate on it. This includes both removing irregularity as well as exposing structure from unstructured data.
2. A scalable, parallel, SQL-based analytic data processing engine optimized for extremely low-latency operation on large data sets, by exploiting massive parallelism available in modern GPUs and manycore CPUs.
3. An interactive visualization system that is tightly coupled to the data processing and lineage engine. Specifically, DataHub provides a workflow-based visualization engine where users can choose from a library of pre-built visualizations, or define their own visualizations via a simple API.
4. Datahub is a hosted data platform, designed to eliminate the need for users to manage their own database. It includes features for selectively sharing data with other users, using complex context-sensitive predicates (e.g., that data about particular times or location should be visible to particular users).

Samuel Madden is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research interests include databases, distributed computing, and networking.

IEEE/ACM Joint Seminar Series
Exploring the edge of computing technology.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): ACM & IEEE/CS
For more information, contact:  Dorothy Curtis

Friday, June 20

EurekaFest 2014: InvenTeams Presentations
Friday, June 20
MIT, Building 32-144, 32-141, 32-155, 32-124, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

The 2014 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams will discuss their invention prototype and inventive process in small groups.
EurekaFest is a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving. Presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program, the 9th annual EurekaFest event will celebrate the inventive spirit June 20-21, 2014, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and at the Museum of Science in Boston.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Lemelson-MIT Program
For more information, contact:  617-253-1000


EurekaFest 2014: National Collegiate Student Prize Competition Showcase
Friday, June 20, 2014
MIT, Building 32, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Competition winners will exhibit their invention prototypes on the first floor of the MIT Stata Center.

EurekaFest is a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving. Presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program, the 9th annual EurekaFest event will celebrate the inventive spirit June 20-21, 2014, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and at the Museum of Science in Boston.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Lemelson-MIT Program
For more information, contact:


EurekaFest 2014: National Collegiate Student Prize Winners Presentations & Awards Ceremony
Friday, June 20, 2014
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Winners of the Cure it! and Use it! Lemelson-MIT Student Prize will discuss their technology-based inventions that can improve healthcare and consumer devices and tools. Cure it! and Use it! Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winners will also be recognized for their inventive achievements.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Lemelson-MIT Program
For more information, contact:

Saturday, June 21

Tour de Hives 2014
Saturday, June 21
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
John F Kennedy Park, 970 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
We will meet at 9:00am sharp in JFK Park in Cambridge, near the intersection of JFK Street and Memorial Drive. Please arrive on time to get your tour map and T-shirt so that we can get the tour rolling on time!
Cost:  $20

The 4th Annual Boston Tour de Hives will engage, educate and enchant you with a first-hand look at honeybees in hives across the city, and will be guided by the humans who tend them. On Saturday June 21st come celebrate the bees on this auspicious Summer Solstice during National Pollinator Week! Hives in North Cambridge, Fresh Pond, and Newton will be featured on this year's tour, which you will visit by bicycle.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN & STRONGLY RECOMMENDED (once we reach capacity we will have to close registration and turn away walk-ins on the day of):

Highlights of this year's tour include (not necessarily in this order)....
Site A: tending warre hives at an urban elementary school, chat with teachers
Site B: honeybees and fruit at an assisted living facility, speak with residents and their beekeeper
BYO PICNIC LUNCH: Featuring Commonwheels Bicycle Collective with a free DIY bike-maintenance skill share, including free tool use
Site C: backyard beekeeping, hear from a Newton family about their home honey production
Site D: beekeeping at Fresh Pond Reservoir in Cambridge

We will gather together at John F. Kennedy Park in Cambridge at 9:00am (near the intersection of JFK Ave & Memorial Drive), divide into 4 groups and visit 2 local apiaries, convening as a large group for lunch before splitting off into 4 groups again for the final 2 sites. At each site, you will have the chance to hear from local beekeepers and meet their bees! The total ride will be ~15 miles, broken up by hive visits, snacks and lunch (no single leg will be longer than 5 miles).

Please bring a bag lunch, bicycle, helmet, and water bottle!

Don't have a bike? No problem! Rent one from Urban AdvenTours at a discounted price of $20 when you mention Tour de Hives. A one-day, $20 rental is good for 24 hours. Bikes can be picked up on June 20th during UA's store hours and dropped off after the Tour during their hours. UA is located at 103 Atlantic Ave  Boston, MA 02110.

The registration fee of $20 covers snacks and an event T-shirt (organic & hand-printed by a local artist). Pre-register today at if you want to be sure to get a spot on the tour (and a T-shirt)! While no one will bee denied TdH access for lack of funds, once we reach capacity we will regrettably have to close registration. Please contact us if the suggested registration fee of $20 is prohibitive for you. Any proceeds raised will bee reinvested in education & outreach initiatives by the Boston Area Beekeepers Association (formerly Boston Beekeepers Club).


Knight-Mozilla-MIT "The Open Internet and Everything After" Hack Day
Saturday, June 21, 2014 3:00 PM
to Sunday, June 22, 2014, 6:00 PM
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Had fun at the last hack at the Media Lab? Here's your chance to do it again (although w different sponsors.)

Come and hack with an all-star cast of developers, entrepreneurs, journalists, and media thinkers at the MIT Center for Civic Media.

The Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project is sponsoring at 24-hour hack day as a lead-in to the 2014 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference. While the conference is invite-only, the hack day is open to talented developers, open web experts, and journalists who want to spend their weekend working with others to build amazing things.

Following the conference theme of "The Open Internet and Everything After," this hack day will focus on projects related to the open web and net neutrality.

If you have ideas for new tools or data sets that help us better understand how the open web works and what interests are at play on the web, sign up for a weekend of hacking and building with us!

Summer Solstice Celebration: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
Saturday, June 21
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Activities at: The Plaza, Harvard Semitic Museum, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, and Harvard Museum of Natural History

Kick off summer with the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture's annual Summer Solstice celebration! Enjoy a fun evening of telescope viewings, music, food, and hands-on activities for all ages at The Plaza near Memorial Hall, with free nighttime admission to the Harvard Semitic Museum, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, and Harvard Museum of Natural History. You won't want to miss this special summer night!

Sunday, June 22

14th Annual Solar (Cooker) Picnic
Sunday June 22nd 2014
11:00 to 3:00 (solar noon 12:46) If you have a solar cooker come early to setup
Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Avenue, Somerville

More information at

Monday, June 23

Introduction to Regenerative Practice for Social and Environmental Impact:  Environmental Leadership Program
Monday, June 23
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Suite 100, Cambridge

Introduction to Regenerative Practice for Social and Environmental Impact
Regenerative Development is a way of thinking and working through which the long-term and large-scale effect of an organization, project or community is considered. The ultimate goal of regenerative practice is that a project or organization will add value in a social, environmental, cultural and economic sense that goes beyond just remaining sustainable, and that has a continual ripple effect by design.

Please join Senior Fellow Andrea Atkinson and Bill Reed, regenerative development expert, in a session to explore how regenerative thinking can help you to bring a new perspective and energy to an aspect of your work and/or life. The goal will be to work individually and in small groups to tackle a challenge and begin to transform it into a viable opportunity that inspires you and engages others. Bring a community or work project in mind in order to apply basic principles of regenerative thinking.

About the Workshop Leaders
Andrea Atkinson
Andrea Atkinson is a sustainability professional with a background in international relations, non-profit management and sustainable program development. Andrea now manages her consulting entity, Scopa Group - providing sustainability solutions and programming for communities and companies. Previous to her current role, Andrea worked with The Green Roundtable, a green building organization, launching and managing NEXUS Green Building Resource Center, and educational center in downtown Boston. She has a degree in International Relations with a focus on sustainable development, Latin America and Africa.  Andrea grew up in Brazil, Bolivia and Niger and has travelled extensively, always with an eye for intercultural relationship-building and social and environmental perspectives.

Bill Reed
An internationally recognized proponent and practitioner in sustainability and regeneration Bill is a principal in three firms, the Integrative Design Collaborative, Regenesis, Inc., and Delving Deeper – green building consulting, living system design, and education organizations working to lift building and community planning into full integration and co-evolution with living systems. His work centers on creating the framework for and managing an integrative, whole-systems design process. The objective: to improve the overall quality of the physical, social and spiritual life of our living places and therefore the planet.

Tuesday, June 24

Free Ferry to Boston Harbor Islands
Boston Harbor Event

"Visit either Georges or Spectacle Islands on Tuesday, June 24 and enjoy a free boat ride to get there. Ferries depart every half hour from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. A return time will be assigned based on departure time when tickets are allocated. Tickets are to one designated island, and if visitors depart Boston by 3:00 PM, there will be approximately two or two and a half hours to explore either Spectacle or Georges. Due to high demand, all tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are available starting at 8:00 am on the day of the trip at Boston's Harbor Cruises Long Wharf-North Ferry Center. No advance reservations. Parties are limited to five."


(In)Security in Home Embedded Devices
Tuesday, June 24
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be webcast live on at 12:30pm ET

Jim Gettys
We now wander in Best Buy, Lowes and on Amazon and buy all sorts of devices from thermostats, hi-fi gear, tablets, phones, and laptops or desktops as well as home routers to build our home networks.  Most of these we plug in and forget about. But should we?

"Familiarity Breeds Contempt: The Honeymoon Effect and the Role of Legacy Code in Zero-Day Vulnerabilities",  by Clark, Fry, Blaze and Smith makes clear that ignoring these devices is foolhardy; unmaintained systems become more vulnerable, with time.

Structural issues in the market make the situation yet worse, as pointed out in Bruce Schneier's Wired editorial in January: "The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure — And Often Unpatchable", which I instigated and fed Bruce the ammunition. "Binary blobs" used in these systems have the net effect of "freezing" software versions, often on many year old versions of system software.  Even if update streams are available (which they seldom are), blobs may make it impossible to update to versions free of a vulnerability.

There are immediate actions you can personally take, e.g. by running open source router firmware in your network, but fixing this problem generically will take many years, as it involves fundamental changes and an attitude change in how we develop and maintain embedded systems, and hardest, changes in business models to enable long term support of popular hardware.

About Jim
Jim Gettys is an American computer programmer. He coined the term "bufferbloat" and has organized efforts to combat it in the Internet (see, and has been working on home routers. He was the Vice President of Software at the One Laptop per Child project, working on the software for the OLPC XO-1. He is one of the original developers of the X Window System at MIT and worked on it again with X.Org, where he served on the board of directors. He previously served on the GNOME foundation board of directors. He worked at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and was the editor of the HTTP/1.1 specification in the Internet Engineering Task Force through draft standard. Gettys helped establish the handhelds.orgcommunity, from which the development of Linux on handheld devices can be traced.


Boston Businesses Acting on Rising Seas Launch: Climate Adaptation Strategies for Small Business
Tuesday, June 24
6:00pm - 8:00pm
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA. 02210

CALC would like to invite you to our celebratory launch for our exciting project, Boston Businesses Acting on Rising Seas, BostonBARS!

Climate Action Liaison Coalition will be convening a discussion on climate adaptation strategies for small business and the City of Boston’s preparedness efforts in response to rising sea levels. The conversation will start with high profile speakers and a focus on moving data storage to the cloud for remote access to mitigate disruption during the fallout from an extreme weather event.

Speakers Include:
Jim Newman, LEED AP, Principal, Linnean Solutions
Susan Labandibar, President and CEO, Tech Networks of Boston
Brian R. Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy, City of Boston

Light refreshments (beer/wine) and snacks will be provided!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 25

Cambridge Net Zero Task Force
Wednesday, June 25
6:00 pm
Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This is a regular meeting of the Getting to Net Zero Task Force which is charged with coming up with recommendations by the end of the year on how to move Cambridge toward being a net zero greenhouse gas emissions community in terms of building energy use.  For more information,


EdTech Hack Night 2 - Community Projects
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
LearnLaunch Campus, 31 St. James Avenue, 9th floor, Boston

Join other members of the edtech community in building 2 projects! 

This time around we will present 2 projects to the group and then split into teams to begin working. These will be ongoing,  open source projects that will be built over time during a series of Meetups. The goal is that when complete, these projects will be very usable and also scalable.

At this meetup we will:
Hear an introduction to each project from a representative of 2 different organizations with tech needs.
Split into teams to start work on your project of choice.
Complete a set of deliverables, given to each team, by the end of the night.

We are looking for all types of people to bring their experience in building product to this event. We will be starting from scratch with both projects and while it is imperative that we have coders present, we also need UX designers, UI designers, anyone who has scoped and built an MVP, and people who deeply understand education and can help dig into requirements.

As always, you are welcomed to bring your own projects to work on if you prefer. :) There will be food and beverages for all.

** More details on the projects soon

Thursday, June 26

Using Multiplayer Games in the High School Math and Biology Classroom
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Cost:  $20

Speaker: Susannah Gordon-Messer, Education Content Manager, The Education Arcade at MIT
This one-day professional development session is designed for high school math, biology and technology teachers interested in using The Radix Endeavor, a new online, multi-player game. that will address many of your questions about using an online game for STEM learning within the classroom environment. This fun, hands-on workshop on the MIT campus will address:
How games can be used to set the context for or reinforce difficult concepts
The learning standards addressed in The Radix Endeavor
How scaffolding is addressed within specific quest lines
In-game assessments
Reports and built-in teacher monitoring tools
Options for enrolling in the Radix Pilot

PDPs available upon request.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Scheller Teacher Education Program, Comparative Media Studies/Writing, The Education Arcade
For more information, contact:  Carole Urbano


Boston BARS Launch: Climate Adaptation Strategies for Small Business
Thursday, June 26
7pm – 8pm
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

As a launch for our exciting project, Boston Businesses Acting on Rising Seas, Climate Action Liaison Coalition will be convening a discussion on climate adaptation strategies for small business and the City of Boston’s preparedness efforts in response to rising sea levels. The conversation will start with high profile speakers and a focus on moving data storage to the cloud for remote access to mitigate disruption during the fallout from an extreme weather event.

Friday, June 27

Bioinspired Adaptive Materials: From Molecules to Buildings - Wyss Institute's 5th Annual Symposium
Friday, June 27, 2014
8:15am - 6:30pm
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Amphitheater, Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA

The Wyss Institute's 5th international annual symposium will focus on the development of innovative materials inspired by Nature that respond to the environment by adapting their shape and function to continuously optimize energy efficiency, thermal gain, and other properties critical for sustainability or other high value applications. Organized by Wyss Institute Core Faculty members Joanna Aizenberg, Jennifer Lewis and Don Ingber, the day will include a number of distinguished speakers and a keynote presentation by Peter Vikusic from the University of Exeter.

Session Topics*
Programmable Fabrication
Built Environment
Bioinspired Surfaces: To stick or not to stick
Smart, Adaptive Materials

*The complete program will be available in the coming weeks.

Confirmed Speakers
Martin Bechthold, Ph.D., Wyss Institute, Harvard University
Lei Jiang, Ph.D., Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Jeff Karp, Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School
Hod Lipson, Ph.D., Cornell University
Achim Menges, Ph.D., Universitat Stuttgart
Fiorenzo Omenetto, Ph.D., Tufts University
Neri Oxman, Ph.D., MIT Media Lab
Ozgur Sahin, Ph.D., Columbia Universitykm
Stephen Selkowitz, MFA, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
George Whitesides, Ph.D., Wyss Institute, Harvard University

Contact information:

This symposium is free, however, registration is required:


The New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable Presents:  The Utility of the (Near?) Future; and The Promise of Storage for Renewables
Friday, June 27, 2014
9 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston

In this, our 141st Roundtable, we explore how the utility of the not-so-distant future will need to adapt and transform to accommodate a brave new world of ubiquitous distributed generation, storage, technology-enabled demand response, and electric vehicles. Such a utility will be required to manage more complex two-way power
flow, while facing greater load, and hence, cost-recovery uncertainty. How should
our utilities of the (near) future best be structured, what services will they need to provide to their customers, and how can costs be recovered from ratepayers, while compensating shareholders - without sparking massive load and customer defection?

While many states, such as Massachusetts and New York, have commenced proceedings to modernize the electric grid, it's essential to simultaneously consider both regulatory and business models to enable the utility of the future.  To provide deeper insight into these issues, we go straight to the source - the leaders of our
two largest PUCs in the Northeast, and the region's two largest utilities:

Chair Audrey Zibelman, New York Public Service Commission
Chair Ann Berwick, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Tom King, Executive Director US, National Grid
David McHale, Chief Administrative Officer & EVP, Northeast Utilities

Preceding The Utility of the (Near) Future panel, we are pleased to be presenting
two directly relevant, recently released studies related to The Promise of Storage
for Renewables. First, Jon Creyts, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute,
will present on RMI's study, "The Economics of Grid Defection: When and Where Distributed Solar Generation Plus Storage Competes With Traditional Utility Storage." In it, RMI looks at falling PV and battery storage prices and explores the tipping
point in five places around the U.S., including NY. In the second presentation, Paul Hibbard, Vice President at Analysis Group, discusses their findings in their recent study, "Project Vigilance: Functional Feasibility Study for the Installation of Ambri Energy Storage Batteries at Joint (military) Base Cape Cod." In this study, Analysis Group explores the economic and self-reliance benefits of various combinations of renewables and battery back-up.


Media Lab Conversations Series: National Geographic's Katy Croff Bell in Conversation with Joi Ito
Friday, June 27, 2014
MIT, Building E14-300, MIT Media Lab, Third-Floor Atrium

Speaker: Dr. Katy Croff Bell, Expedition Leader, National Geographic Nautilus Live, Vice President & Chief Scientist, Ocean Exploration Trust
Dr. Katy Croff Bell is an ocean explorer, using deep sea technology to explore what lies at the depths of the ocean. Over the past 13 years, she has participated in or led more than 25 oceanographic and archaeological projects. Her current work involves the utilization of telepresence technology on ocean exploration projects for remote science and education. She is chief scientist of the Nautilus Exploration Program, working with a large team to implement this technology on multidisciplinary expeditions to the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. The expedition will be shared with the world live, revealing the wonders of the undersea world in real time. Bell received her BS from MIT in ocean engineering, after which she was a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration. She received her master's degree in maritime archaeology at the University of Southampton. In 2006, she was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She completed her PhD in geological oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

MIT Media Lab Conversations Series
All talks at the Media Lab, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.
This talk will be webcast. Join the conversation on Twitter: #MLTalks 

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Media Lab
For more information, contact:  Jess Sousa 


Cambridge Dance Party
Friday, June 27
Massachusetts Avenue in front of City Hall, Cambridge

Join thousands of Cambridge residents and visitors for the City’s annual Dance Party.  This portion of the street, between Inman and Bigelow at the heart of Central Square, will be closed to traffic from 7-11 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.  MBTA: Red Line to Central Square.

The annual dance extravaganza with DJ spun music is a special opportunity for the entire Cambridge community to celebrate summer.  After dark, colorful lights will be launched, adding to the magic of the evening.

Originally conceived in 1996 as part of the 150th anniversary celebration of Cambridge, the Dance Party returns each year attracting young and old to join in the festivities!  The event is free and open to the public. 

Saturday, June 28

Silver Maple Forest Day of Action!
Saturday, June 28
10:00am - 2:00pm
Alewife T Station, Cambridge

Friends of Alewife Reservation, Green Cambridge, Belmont Citizen Forum and other local environmental organizations will rally and parade in front of the MBTA Alewife Station and to the silver maple forest (also known as the Belmont Uplands) Saturday, June 28th from 10am to 12pm to bring attention to the location of the T station which is only five feet above sea level. Speakers will include elected officials and spokespersons for the forest. The groups will be attending a Belmont Selectmen’s meeting in behalf of these requests demanding they be considered and be honored for our health and safety, and for the sake of future generations. They ask for protection of the eco-services the forest provides as a wildlife refuge, carbon sink, and for pollution, temperature and flooding mitigation.


Intern with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate!
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate (BLC) is a nonprofit based in the Cambridge, MA area. Our mission is to mobilize the biosphere to restore ecosystems and reverse global warming.
Education, public information campaigns, organizing, scientific investigation, collaboration with like-minded organizations, research and policy development are all elements of our strategy.

Background: Soils are the largest terrestrial carbon sink on the planet. Restoring the complex ecology of soils is the only way to safely and quickly remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the ground, where it’s desperately needed to regenerate the health of billions of acres of degraded lands. Restoring carbon to soils and regenerating ecosystems are how we can restore a healthy hydrologic cycle and cool local and planetary climates safely, naturally, and in time to ensure a livable climate now and in the future.

Our Work: immediate plans include
Organizing the First International Biodiversity, Soil Carbon and Climate Week, October 31-November 9, 2014, and a kick-off conference in the Boston area, “Mobilizing the Biosphere to Reverse Global Warming: A Biodiversity, Water, Soil Carbon and Climate Conference – and Call to Action” to expand the mainstream climate conversation to include the power of biology, and to help initiate intensive worldwide efforts to return atmospheric carbon to the soils.
Coordination of a global fund to directly assist local farmers and herders in learning and applying carbon farming approaches that not only benefit the climate, but improve the health and productivity of the land and the people who depend on it.
Collaboration with individuals and organizations on addressing eco-restoration and the regeneration of water and carbon cycles; such projects may include application of practices such as Holistic Management for restoration of billions of acres of degraded grasslands, reforestation of exploited forest areas, and restoring ocean food chains.

Please contact Helen D. Silver, for further information.


Climate Stories Project

What's your Climate Story?
Climate Stories Project is a forum that gives a voice to the emotional and personal impacts that climate change is having on our lives. Often, we only discuss climate change from the impersonal perspective of science or the contentious realm of politics. Today, more and more of us are feeling the effects of climate change on an personal level. Climate Stories Project allows people from around the world to share their stories and to engage with climate change in a personal, direct way.


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.


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


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

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