Sunday, June 21, 2015

Energy (and Other) Events - June 21, 2015

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Monday, June 22

12pm  Gathering to Support Charleston, SC
12pm  MASS Event
5:30pm  Cambridge Net Zero Action Plan City Council Discusson and Vote
6pm  BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever In An Age of Google
7pm  ALEX SHOPOV: Dolphins, Turtles, and Tuna: Issues in Marine Ecology

Tuesday, June 23

8am  Bring Your Own Bag Community Forum
12pm  Toward Critical Feminist Technology Studies of Youth Safety: Problematizing Dominant Digital Approaches to Sexual Exploitation of Children Online
2pm  Municipal and Green Technology Collaboration
3pm  Juvenile Justice Forum: Meet the Chief Justice of the Juvenile Court
3:30pm  Boston's New Superintendent Tommy Chang Meets the Edtech Community
5pm  Virtual Reality in the Natural World
5:30pm  Women in Energy & Environment Shaping the Agenda: Public Sector
7pm  Organizing for power and development!  Case study:  The Maasai Stoves and Solar Project

Wednesday, June 24

8am  Roundtable Discussion: Cybercrime in the Public Sector
11:30am  Solar Personal Rapid Transit Showcase at the John D. O'Bryant School
12pm  Brown Bag with Kim Dulin, Harvard Law Library: Taking on Link Rot: Harvard Library Innovation Lab's
6pm  Ginkgo Bioworks: Building the Foundry for Organism Engineering

Thursday, June 25

10am  #Screentime: Graduate Student Conference
5:30pm  Women in Cleanweb
6pm  Closing The Cellular Circuit: MIT & ETH Zurich Discussion & Reception

Friday, June 26

8:30am  Innovation Breakfast at TechHub
7pm  Central Square Dance Night

Saturday, June 27

9am  Water Chestnut Community Event
9am  Holistic Land & Health Management Learn In
10am  Biomimicry & Boston Harbor Boat Tour
10am  Climate Summit
10am  Exploring Boston's Urban Forest- South End

Monday, June 29

8:15am  Bioinspired Robotics: Softer, Smarter, Safer

Tuesday, June 30

8am  Visible Solutions: How Neuroimaging Helps Law Re-envision Pain
9am  Watson Analytics LIVE! - Cambridge
4pm  You've Got a Great Idea & Nobody Cares with Richard Banfield
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - June Happy Hour
7pm  Sustainability unBrella - Team Recruitment Open House


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

EU 2014 Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Monday, June 22

Gathering to Support Charleston, SC
Monday, June 22
MIT, Building W15, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

A gathering of the MIT community in the chapel for reflection and prayer in response to the tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): chaplaincy., 6582, MIT Religious Life
For more information, contact:  Robert Randolph
(617) 258-5484 


MASS Event
Monday, June 22
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar Series (MASS)
The MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) is a student-run weekly seminar series within PAOC. Seminar topics include all research concerning the atmosphere and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars usually take place on Monday from 12-1pm followed by a lunch with graduate students. Besides the seminar, individual meetings with professors, post-docs, and students are arranged. The seminar series is run by graduate students and is intended mainly for students to interact with individuals outside the department, but faculty and post docs certainly participate.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars (MASS)
For more information, contact:  MASS organizing committee


Cambridge Net Zero Action Plan City Council Discusson and Vote
Monday June 22
Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Council agenda for final adoption. Please join us. Your attendance and support would be most appreciated.

On June 9th, the Health and Environment Committee voted to approve the net zero action plan and also request language to change the LEED requirement in the zoning code by the Council’s summer meeting (August 10). Click here for a summary of the Committee Report.

Net Zero report at


BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever In An Age of Google
Monday, June 22
6:00 pm
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
Reception immediately following Book Talk

John Palfrey will discuss his new book, BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever In An Age of Google.  He argues that anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online.  Libraries play a crucial role in making these skills and information available — and yet are at risk. In order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible—by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online, while continuing to play the vital role as public spaces in our democracy that they have for hundreds of years.

About John
John is the Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover.  He serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Knight Foundationand President of the Board of Directors of the Digital Public Library of America.  He also serves as a director of the Data + Society Research Institute.

John’s research and teaching focus on new media and learning.  He has written extensively on Internet law, intellectual property, and the potential of new technologies to strengthen democracies locally and around the world.  He is the author or co-author of several books, including BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google (Basic Books, 2015); Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems (Basic Books, 2012) (with Urs Gasser); Intellectual Property Strategy (MIT Press, 2012); Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives (Basic Books, 2008) (with Urs Gasser); and Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Global Internet Filtering (MIT Press, 2008).

John served previously as the Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School.  He is a director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where he was executive director from 2002-2008. John came back to the Harvard Law School from the law firm Ropes & Gray, where he worked on intellectual property, Internet law, and private equity transactions. He also served as a Special Assistant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration.  He previously served as a venture executive at Highland Capital Partners and on the Board of Directors of the Mass2020 Foundation, the Ames Foundation, and Open Knowledge Commons, among others.  John was a Visiting Professor of Information Law and Policy at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland for the 2007-2008 academic year.

John graduated from Harvard College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School.  He was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar to the University of Cambridge and the U.S. EPA Gold Medal (highest national award).


ALEX SHOPOV: Dolphins, Turtles, and Tuna: Issues in Marine Ecology
Monday, June 22
7:00 PM
Tavern-in-the-Square,­ Back Room, 730 Mass. Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge

A Cambridge Science Meetup. Members receive a personal email notice of each meeting at least a week ahead

With 71% of its surface covered by water, the planet Earth could be more aptly named the planet Ocean. Life on land cannot exist without life in the
oceans, yet the oceans currently find themselves in dire straights as a direct result of human activity, with strong evidence to indicate that the
total collapse of the world's fisheries may occur by the middle of the century. This talk will serve as a primer on the current state of the oceans, how they reached their current condition, and what actions can be taken to stem the tide. Topics will include ecological destabilization due to the large scale reduction in aquatic biodiversity, ocean acidification and climate change, cetacean captivity, and the surprising identity of the
most dangerous threat to marine life today.

Alex Shopov is co-coordinator of the New England branch of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an international organization specializing in ocean
conservation and anti-poaching operations around the world. He has previously worked as a science communicator and veterinary assistant at the New England Aquarium, and conducted published research in marine microbial ecology for NOAA.

At 7 pm we will order supper on individual bills. The talk won't begin till after supper, about 8 pm.  A wireless mike and speakers will be available. People are welcome to gather in the Back Room as early as 6:00 or 6:30 pm for conversation.

Tuesday, June 23

Bring Your Own Bag Community Forum
Tuesday, June 23
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
Middle East Downstairs, 480 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RVP at
Cost:  Suggested Donation $5.00

As of March 2016, plastic bags will be banned in the city of Cambridge. We're excited that Cambridge has stepped up and taken an important step to lessen our impact on the environment. We also acknowledge that this may be a difficult transition for business owners and are hosting this forum to make the transition as efficient as possible!
Speakers will include business owners from Brookline whom have already phased out plastic bags and community leaders in Cambridge who can explain what to expect and when.

Panel: Rep Marjorie Decker & more TBA
Moderated by Quinton Zondervan of CABA & Green Cambridge
In partnership with:
Cambridge Local First
Brookline Local First
Central Square Cultural District
Cambridge Chamber of Commerce (MA)
Climate Action Business Association
Green Cambridge
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub

8:00 am - 8:30 am - Networking/Sign In
8:30 am - 9:15 am - What to expect, when to expect it and how to make the transition simple and cost effective.
9:15 am - 10:00 am - Q&A/Networking

Have questions that you would like answered? Feel free to send them to
$5.00 Registration Fee
Other Information:
Coffee & tea will be served. Please use the entrance to The Middle East 'Downstairs' Club, located on Brookline Street. Metered street parking is available but we strongly recommend the use of the T. Please use the Red Line Central Square T Stop.
Questions? E-mail or call 617-395-0250 for more information.


Toward Critical Feminist Technology Studies of Youth Safety: Problematizing Dominant Digital Approaches to Sexual Exploitation of Children Online
Tuesday, June 23
12:00 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be webcast live on at 12:00 pm

Mitali Thakor
Mitali Thakor is a PhD student in MIT's HASTS program. She studies sex work, sex trafficking, technology, and digital forensics. Mitali uses Feminist STS, queer theory, and critical race studies to explore the ways in which activists, computer scientists, lawyers, and law enforcement officials negotiate their relationships to anti-trafficking via emergent technologies and discourses of carceral control.


Municipal and Green Technology Collaboration
Tuesday, June 23
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)
SmartBear Software, 450 Artisan Way, Somerville

Join the city of Somerville and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center for the Municipal and Green Technology Collaboration, a networking event to connect commercial ready green technologies and municipalities.
Municipal adoption of new technology involves risk and uncertainty, while cleantech companies face obstacles in understanding municipalities’ procurement processes related to new technology. This event will feature a facilitated Q&A discussion followed by networking with the goal of discussing potential solutions to bridge the gap between municipality and clean tech company operations.
Municipal officials who interact with facilities and technology adoption looking for new ways to reduce energy and water use/costs
Companies with energy/water technologies that are ready for the market. Please fill out this application to participate.
Industry stakeholders

Registration 2:00 PM
Welcome Remarks 2:30 PM
Doug McNary, SmartBear CEO
Mayor Curtatone, City of Somerville
Alicia Barton, MassCEC CEO
Facilitated Q&A 2:45 PM
Networking 3:15 PM

Mayor Joe Curtatone launched the Somerville GreenTech program in May 2015.  The program’s mission is to engage the green technology industry in municipal partnerships that can help address climate change—today and in the future.  More information is available at


Juvenile Justice Forum: Meet the Chief Justice of the Juvenile Court
Tuesday, June 23
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)
Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston

Citizens for Juvenile Justice in partnership with the Boston Bar Association will host a Juvenile Justice Forum at the BBA to meet The Honorable Amy Nechtem, Chief Justice of the Juvenile Court. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.


Boston's New Superintendent Tommy Chang Meets the Edtech Community
Tuesday, June 23
3:30 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)
LearnLaunchm 31 St. James Avenue, Suite 920, Boston

Tommy Chang will formally become Superintendent of Boston Public Schools on July 1.  He  is conducting a listening tour and is eager to meet the edtech community.

LearnLaunch will be hosting this  “Getting to Know You”  event on June 23rd from 3:30-6pm  at LearnLaunch Campus. Join us to meet this new dynamic leader of Boston's schools and hear his vision regarding innovation.

3:30-4:00   Registration and networking
4:00-5:00   Tommy Chang introduces himself to the community; Q & A
5:00-6:00   Reception


Virtual Reality in the Natural World
Tuesday, June 23
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Cambridge Innovation Center, 101 Main Street, 15th Floor, Cambridge

Virtual Reality in the Natural World: A Digital Exploration into some of Nature's Most Remarkable Landscapes
Immerse yourself in nature as never before with the latest VR Oculus Rift technology!
Have you ever wondered just what it feels like rappelling down and hiking through one of Australia's most undiscovered, inaccessible, and ancient slot canyons?
Or ice climbing in New Hampshire's beautiful Flume Gorge?
Or flying over a Red Rock Canyon in Nevada like a Red-Tailed Hawk?

At Specterras, we know that the Oculus VR technology allows one to experience these places in a way in which you feel truly transported. Once you put on the VR headset, you can look around and feel the awesomeness of nature all around you.  We have integrated photography, videography, and laser scanning in order to create an experience that is closer to nature than any other media available today.

Space is limited, and this event will fill up quickly, so please RSVP as soon as you can.
Looking forward to seeing you on June 23rd!
The venue has been generously provided by the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC).
Sparkling wine will kindly be donated by Bellavista and hors d'oeuvres will be served!
Luke Farrer and Michael Breer


Women in Energy & Environment Shaping the Agenda: Public Sector
Tuesday, June 23
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
MIT Sloan School of Management, 100 Main Street, Building E62, First Floor, Executive Education Suite, Cambridge
Cost:  $22.09 - $48.47

NEWIEE is thrilled to announce a yearly panel series “Women Shaping the Agenda in Energy and Environment.”  The inaugural panel, “Women Shaping the Agenda in Energy and the Environment: Public Sector” will be held on June 23 at the MIT Sloan School of Management, 100 Main St. (Building E62, First Floor, Executive Education Suite). The panel will be moderated by Martha Broad, Executive Director, MIT Energy Initiative and the panelists (bios below)will include: Melissa Hoffer, Chief, Energy and Environment Bureau, Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts; Judith Judson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources; and Jessie Stratton, Director of Policy, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

We hope you will join us at 5:30pm for a welcome reception with drinks, heavy appetizers and networking. The lively discussion will kick-off at 6:30pm and will be followed by desserts and more networking at 8pm.

Melissa Hoffer, Chief, Energy and Environment Bureau, Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts
Melissa joined the Attorney General’s Office as Chief of the Environmental Protection Division in November 2012, and was named Chief of Attorney General Healey’s newly formed Energy and Environment Bureau in February 2015.  Melissa oversees the work of the Bureau’s attorneys on a range of matters including prosecuting civil enforcement of environmental laws and cost recovery cases, proceedings before the DPU, energy policy, defensive cases, and undertaking affirmative advocacy, including litigation in support of EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, and federal regulation of carbon pollution.
Judith Judson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Judith was appointed as Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources in April 2015. Prior to joining the DOER, Judith worked at Customized Energy Solutions as Director of Emerging Technologies for the U.S. where she advised clients on the use of innovative technologies to cost-effectively modernize the US electric grid.  Judith joined Customized Energy Solutions from Massachusetts-based clean energy technology company, Beacon Power LLC, where she served as Vice President of Asset Management and Market Development. As a nationally recognized expert on energy storage, Judith has participated in numerous hearings and technical conferences at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Jessie Stratton, Director of Policy, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Jessie was appointed Policy Director for the newly created Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in May 2011. In that capacity she is responsible for overall policy coordination for the three branches of the agency.  In particular she has helped develop a 21st century state energy policy and integrate it into the agenda of the Environmental Quality and Environmental Conservation branches of the agency.Jessie now serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the newly created CT Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, a collaborative effort between DEEP and the University of Connecticut.


Organizing for power and development!  Case study:  The Maasai Stoves and Solar Project
Tuesday, June 23
7 PM
MIT, Building 4-231, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

What is culture and what is poverty?  What is to go, what is to stay, when organizing for power and development?  What are possible and desirable roles for outside agencies and individuals?  What are the problems raised by donor ideology in development work?
A presentation by Bob Lange on his many years of work in East Africa with the International Collaborative.  Bob taught Physics at Brandeis, was an active member of Science for the People and extensively involved in its "Science for Nicaragua" Project.   He has been involved with work in Africa since 1986.

For a general introduction to the project, visit
The women of the Maasai Stoves and Solar Project  are deeply committed.  They love the work and the feelings of new power and freedom that comes from their participation and appreciate new health for themselves and their childen and less menial wood-gathering labor.

To determine and achieve their own goals as Maasai women, they formed a new group last spring named the Maasai Pastoralist Women?s Organization (MPWO), the group  has more than 100 members.  The place of women in traditional Maasai culture is very problematic.  They associate the freedom to express their values in the care of their families with having some financial resources under their own control.   This leads to their organization focusing on income generating activities above what they can earn through their work with the Maasai Stoves and Solar Project.

Editorial Comment:  I've known Bob Lange and his work with the Maasai for years now.  He is doing practical work on the ground directly with people who need it.  His example and the wealth of his experience is invaluable.  If you have a chance to meet him, take it.  If you want to support a program which makes a difference in the lives of people in the developing world, you couldn't do better than helping Bob with his work.

Wednesday, June 24

Roundtable Discussion: Cybercrime in the Public Sector
Wednesday, June 24
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT)
Hyatt Regency Boston, One Avenue De Lafayette, Quigley Room, Boston

The Ponemon Institute's Cost of Cyber Crime research study reported an average of $12.7 million in losses to cybercrime last year.  Among the organizations studied, the average cost of cybercrime climbed by more than 9% over the course of the year.  Yet with public sector budgets under increasing pressure, cybersecurity technologies and expert personnel are imperative to effectively prepare for a cyber attack.

Among other findings, the most costly cybercrimes are those caused by denial of services, malicious insiders, and malicious code. These threats account for more than 55 percent of all cybercrime cost.

For a detailed look at the study's results, please join Hewlett Packard’s Public Sector Security Chief Technology Officer, Robert Roy, in a roundtable discussion with executive colleagues from the state, local and education cybersecurity community. In this moderated discussion, we will explore the cost of cybercrime in the public sector, focusing on tactics and strategies to help shift the balance of power from the attacker to the defender.

A full copy of the report will be presented to attendees.
Complimentary Registration
Please register or call (202) 237-0300.


Solar Personal Rapid Transit Showcase at the John D. O'Bryant School
Wednesday, June 24
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science, 55 Malcolm X Boulevard , Roland Hayes School of Music Auditorium - Building 6, Roxbury
RSVP at,

The Green Neighbors Education Committee has invited Bill James, Founder and CEO of JPods and his team to hold several workshops with students at Boston’s High School of Math and Science, the John D. O’Bryant.  On May 19th, under the auspices of Michael Sullivan, the O’Bryant Director of Science and Technology, Bill James guided the students through the use of his proprietary Solar Personal Rapid Transit network software. The students in Mr. Paul Muller’s ninth grade class learned to design SolarPRT networks and place them on Google Earth maps of their neighborhoods; placing stations where they think appropriate; creating time maps showing how long it will take to reach other parts of Boston from their neighborhoods and other techniques to make SolarPRT possible in Boston. Bill James and his team will return on June 23rd to teach the students how to assemble an 11’ x 12’ x 50’ ground-level and ride-able version of his JPods SolarPRT network including how to program and operate the device. On June 24th the project will be concluded at a school assembly where the students will display their handiworks.
The John D. OBryant is a short walk from Dudley Station, a slightly longer walk from Roxbury Crossing Station on the Orange Line and is on the #23 and #28 bus routes.There is also street parking nearby.
This is the first in a series of green technology projects that Owen Toney will sponsor at the John D. O'Bryant school.


Brown Bag with Kim Dulin, Harvard Law Library: Taking on Link Rot: Harvard Library Innovation Lab's
Wednesday, June 24
MIT, Building E25-401, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Kim Dulin ( is a web archiving platform and service developed by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab (LIL) to help combat link rot. Link rot occurs when links to websites point to web pages whose content has changed or disappeared. allows authors and editors to create permanent links for citations to web sources that will not rot. Upon direction from an author, will retrieve and save the contents of a cited web page and assign it a permanent link. The link is then included in the author's references. When users later follow those references, they will have the option of proceeding to the website as it currently exists or viewing the cached version of the website as the creator of the link saw it. Regardless of what happens to the website in the future, the content will forever be accessible for scholarly and educational purposes via

Discussant: Kim Dulin is Associate Associate Director for Collection Development and Digitization at the Harvard Law School Library, and directs the Harvard Library Innovation Lab.

Information Science Brown Bag talks, hosted by the Program on Information Science, consists of regular discussions and brainstorming sessions on all aspects of information science and uses of information science and technology to assess and solve institutional, social and research problems. These are informal talks.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Libraries
For more information, contact:  Chen, Andrew


Ginkgo Bioworks: Building the Foundry for Organism Engineering
Wednesday, June 24
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, Havana Room, One Broadway , Cambridge

Our first speaker is Dr. Barry Canton, Co-Founder of Ginkgo Bioworks, a local firm that utilizes synthetic biology technologies to design, build, and test new organisms. Ginkgo seeks to make organism engineering as easy as writing software code.

Nature's biodiversity holds answers to challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Leveraging the worlds first Organism Engineering Foundry, Organism Engineers at Ginkgo learn from Nature to develop new organisms that replace technology with biology.

Refreshments provided by Helbling.

6:00-6:30 Refreshments (Swiss Bakers) and Networking
6:30-7:30 Dr. Barry Canton
7:30-8:00 Networking
Then join us for the afterparty at Firebrand Saints!

Thursday, June 25

#Screentime: Graduate Student Conference
Thursday, June 25
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
BU, Photonics Center, West End Lounge, 8 St Marys Street, Boston

Screentime: Integrated Communication, Digital Diffusion, and the Networked Era
Emerging media platforms permeate almost every aspect of our lives including work, learning, public engagement, governance, human development, and community interaction. The implications for how these advancing technologies will both augment and challenge our lives are enormous--yet the study of this field is still in its infancy.  This conference will explore the fascinating dimensions of the unique (and still evolving) phenomena of individual and collective experiences with emerging media platforms.

More information at


Women in Cleanweb
Thursday, June 25
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Posternak Blankstein & Lund, Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston Street, Boston

As part of MassCEC’s Boston Cleanweb Meetup series, please join us for an evening panel discussion focused on bridging the developer and cleantech communities and to highlight challenges and opportunities for women in the cleanweb industry.

Kathryn Wright, Consultant, Meister Consultants Group, Co-Founder of MySunBuddy-Winner of the 2015 Boston Cleanweb Hackathon
Erica Hines, Program Manager Renewable Production Registration, MassCEC
Nancy Riley,  Senior Director of Product Management, EnerNOC
Sam Hammar, Director of Strategic Partnerships, MassIT

Cleanweb is a category of cleantech that intersects with and leverages the capability of big data, the internet, social media and mobile technologies to address energy, natural resources and the environment. Cleanweb goes beyond the typical images associated with clean technology and power generation – PV panels or wind turbines – to include the broad range and huge potential of all types of digital media and information technology.


Closing The Cellular Circuit: MIT & ETH Zurich Discussion & Reception
Thursday, June 25
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
MIT Koch Institute1st Floor, 500 Main Street (MIT building 76),  Cambridge
Cost:  $25.00 (includes hors d'oeuvres and wine)

Watch two of the world’s leading researchers in synthetic biology come together for a lively conversation on their latest research.

The MIT Alumni Association, in partnership with swissnex Boston, is excited to bring together two of the world’s leading researchers in synthetic biology for a lively conversation and networking reception on Thursday evening, June 25th. Professors Ron Weiss (MIT) and Yaakov (Kobi) Benenson (ETH Zurich) will share their latest research in enabling more sophisticated synthetic circuits at the cellular level with alumni from MIT and Swiss universities.

Weiss’s and Benenson’s research in biological circuitry is being used to better understand the way RNA communicates with DNA and how circuits engineered from biological materials can connect to strengthen or weaken cells. Such research may have longstanding impacts on efforts to combat disease at the cellular level.

Ron Weiss, a world leader in the field of synthetic biology, is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering and EECS at MIT. He is noted for his development of systematic engineering methodology in this nascent field. He has designed and constructed synthetic networks in bacteria, yeast, and mammalian cells, which in particular may lead to revolutionary medical applications. His group developed synthetic biological systems that sense and destroy cancer cells by detecting diagnostic miRNA signatures and gene circuits that control stem cell differentiation into pancreatic beta cells for diabetes, as well as for other cell types. He founded and co-directs the MIT Synthetic Biology Center and takes a leading educational role, developing new classroom subjects and coaching the undergraduate iGEM Competition.

Yaakov (Kobi) Benenson is Professor of Synthetic Biology at ETH Zurich. Benenson is best known for his work on biomolecular computing devices made of DNA and enzymes, which he later upgraded to perform diagnostics using molecular disease markers. MIT Technology Review named Benenson one of the world’s top 100 young innovators in 2004. After completing his PhD in 2005, Benenson moved to Harvard University to take an independent position at the FAS Center for Systems Biology. In collaboration with Professor Weiss’s lab, Benenson’s lab at Harvard pioneered an RNA interference-based approach to molecular computing in mammalian cells. This method is successfully being used to construct increasingly complex synthetic circuits for the benefit of basic science as well as biotechnology and biomedicine. Benenson joined ETH in 2010 to establish a Synthetic Biology group at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering in Basel.

MIT Alumni Association, ETH Alumni, and swissnex Boston

More at

Friday, June 26

Innovation Breakfast at TechHub
Friday, June 26
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
TechHub Somerville, 212 Elm Street, 3rd Floor, Somerville

The roving Innovation Breakfast continues! Hosted by Bobbie Carlton, founder of Mass Innovation Nights, this Innovation Breakfast is returning to the area's newest coworking space, TechHub. Right in super hip Davis Square!
Come out for a chance to talk with other innovators over a cup of coffee, network and check out the new co-working space.


Central Square Dance Night
Friday, June 26
Massachusetts Avenue, in front of City Hall, Cambridge

Saturday, June 27

Water Chestnut Community Event
Saturday, June 27
9:00am - 1:00pm
Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville

Using canoes, kayaks, and small boats, volunteers will pull water chestnuts out of the water by hand and then deposit the harvested plants at a designated shore site. Please register for the June 27th event. Space is limited.


Holistic Land & Health Management Learn In
Saturday, June 27
67 Common Street, Groton
Cost:  $75;  $25 students/children 6 & over
$100 at the door (lunch not guaranteed) - check in at 8a

Using plants & animals to heal our land & families
Healthy Soil > Healthy Plants  >  Healthy Animals = HEALTHY Humans

Join Groton Wellness is featuring the world-renowned expect Ian Mitchell-Innes to Groton, MA for a day of learning, exploring and sharing holistic, land-management tips.  Ian Mitchell-Innes, a certified Holistic Farm Management Consultant lives on a 15,000 acre ranch in KwaZulu Natal, a beautiful
area of South Africa, where he tried many different crop and management styles before settling on a holistic approach to optimize profitability and crop stability. He is a sought-after speaker and mentor and travels the world to share his top tips on how to avoid costly mistakes.

Learn about:
Rotational Mob & Ultra Stock Density Grazing
The comprehensive healing potential of this method
Holistic land/animal Plan for optimal yields
Growing top soil and improving soil health
How to start your backyard farm sanctuary and  food resource center


More information at 978.842.8028


Biomimicry & Boston Harbor Boat Tour
Saturday, June 27
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston
Cost:  $11.54  - $37.92

On this two-hour boat tour, learn how biomimicry can help address local climate change effects in Boston Harbor, including sea level rise, storm surges, and flooding. Anamarija (co-founder Biomimicry New England) and her students will share examples from the Green Harbors Project and Biomimicry LivingLabs: a classroom that empowers students to participate in the development and demonstration of solutions for local issues in harbors.

The tour will pause at several possible locations for future biomimicry LivingLabs as we explore the intersection of the Charles and Mystic Rivers. You will learn about the harbor's improved health as we pass by Deer Island, the second largest waste water treatment plant in the world. The tour will end at Savin Hill Cove, the site of the first Biomimicry LivingLabs and is funded by the Schmidt Family Foundation.
What do you think nature would do to improve conditions in urban harbors?


Climate Summit
Saturday, June 27
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
St Peters Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Massachusetts is a coastal state. Like other coastal communities, it is already feeling the effects of climate change. We will see more snowy winters and warmer summers and that's only the tip of the melting iceberg. The fossil fuel economy is unsustainable and unjust; not only does it lead to global warming, it is also a direct contributor to economic inequality as well.

While fossil fuels are the core of this struggle, we are beginning to see intense anguish around water (the drought in California being a recent example) and other natural resources. It's increasingly clear that the climate crisis is an ethical crisis and a crisis of faith. How can we come together to address this call to justice.

Sometimes, it appears as if the climate is too big an issue to address at a local level. However, every crisis is also an opportunity for people to show solidarity with each other and to bring about a new world. Cambridge is home to an exceptional array of people who are working to address the challenges of the climate era.

Co-sponsored by Saint Peter's Episcopal Church and the South Asian Center in Cambridge, the Climate Summit is a celebration of faith and imagination, of the possibilities that lie ahead and the creation of a platform for collaboration. We don't know exactly what lies ahead, but we know we can overcome any challenge if we work together.


Exploring Boston's Urban Forest- South End
Saturday, June 27
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Boston South End Library, 685 Tremont Street, Boston

Earthwatch is collaborating with the City of Cambridge Arborist, Chelsea Department of Public Works, the City of Somerville, and the City of Boston to collect data to study and protect the trees that make up the city's critically important urban forest.
As a participant on this one-day program, you'll be trained in techniques for identifying species, measuring and observing individual tree samples, and uploading data via mobile apps. During the course of the day you'll work in groups, exploring Boston's urban forest and collecting data on the health, growth patterns, and impact on buildings and streets of individual trees.
You'll help build a growing database of information needed to understand how trees positively impact urban areas and what trees need to survive and thrive in stressful environments.
To see our 2015 dates, and to sign up, please see the link to our website:
Use promotion code: TREES to field on this expedition for free!
If you are unable to personally join us, we would still love to have your colleagues, students, friends or family participate! Please spread the word!
If you have any questions or are interested in putting together your own group team, please contact

Monday, June 29

Bioinspired Robotics: Softer, Smarter, Safer
WHEN  Mon., June 29, 2015
WHERE  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Education, Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Science, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Raffaello D'Andrea, ETH Zurich, Verity Studios
Ken Gabriel, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
Helen Greiner, CyPhy Works
Don Ingber, Wyss Institute at Harvard University, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard University
Homayoon Kazerooni, University of California, Berkeley
Radhika Nagpal, Wyss Institute at Harvard University, Harvard SEAS
David Reinkensmeyer, University of California, Irvine
Koichi Suzumori, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Daniel Theobald, Vecna
Barry Trimmer, Tufts University
Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University
Conor Walsh, Wyss Institute at Harvard University, Harvard SEAS
Robert Wood, Wyss Institute at Harvard University, Harvard SEAS
The Wyss Institute's 6th annual international symposium will focus on the recent development and near-term impact of bioinspired robots that self-organize, respond and adapt to their environment, enhance movement, and interact in a seamless way with humans to improve health and society. Organized by Wyss Institute Core Faculty members Radhika Nagpal, Conor Walsh, Robert Wood and Don Ingber, the day will include a number of distinguished speakers and end with a panel discussion focused on the future of this innovative field, followed by a keynote presentation from Helen Greiner of CyPhy Works.

Tuesday, June 30

Visible Solutions: How Neuroimaging Helps Law Re-envision Pain
WHEN  Tue., June 30, 2015, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Health Sciences, Law, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR This event is part of the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, a collaboration between the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Cosponsored by the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, and with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund.
COST  Free and open to the public; registration required
DETAILS  Can brain imaging be a “pain-o-meter” that tells courts when a person is in pain? Can fMRI help us discern whether intractable chronic pain is “all in your head” or all in the brain – or will it require us to reconsider that distinction? Leading neuroscientists, legal scholars, and bioethicists will debate standards and limits on how the law can use brain science to get smarter about a subject that touches everyone.
The full agenda will be announced on the website in the coming weeks.


Watson Analytics LIVE! - Cambridge
Tuesday, June 30
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
IBM, 1 Rogers Street, Cambridge

Watson Analytics LIVE! is a live event running in Cambridge on June 30 designed to introduce you to revolutionary approach to analytics that is smart data discovery. Learn from Watson Analytics experts how you can benefit from guided exploration, automated predictive analysis and effortless dashboard creation. See a live demonstration of the power of collaborative analysis combining data from Twitter, Cognos Enterprise Reporting systems, standard relational databases and cloud data storage sources.

Following the demonstration of the solution, spend some time networking with your peers and experts.

8:30-9:00am Breakfast
9:00-11:00am Demonstration of power of Watson Analytics
11:00-12:00pm Networking Hour – Ask the Experts


You've Got a Great Idea & Nobody Cares with Richard Banfield
Tuesday, June 30
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)
Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston

You have a great idea and nobody cares: How to figure out who cares and how to get them to buy from you.
Richard Banfield, Co-Founder and CEO of Fresh Tilled Soil, will give you the essential tools to identify who your customers are and what the various touch points will be along their journey with your product or service. These tools are the same tools used by leading design-driven companies like Apple, Google and Dyson to develop a remarkable and rewarding experience for their customers.
From this workshop, you'll learn tools that are both lean and useful for:
Identifying who your customer is
Defining the experience that will get them to buy (or use) your product

Boston Green Drinks - June Happy Hour
Tuesday, June 30
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Scholars, 25 School Street, Boston

Find us on the balcony!
Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists.  Enjoy a drink 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.  Also, if you RSVP and can't make it, e-mail us to let us know.

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.


Sustainability unBrella - Team Recruitment Open House
Tuesday, June 30
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk Street, 17th Floor, Boston

City Awake is excited to announce the launch of Sustainability unBrella and to invite passionate volunteers to join our growing team!

The Sustainability unBrella aims to foster and infuse sustainability principles into Boston’s social impact and start-up ecosystem. We strive to connect like-minded individuals, organizations, and ideas in unconventional ways to broaden impact and empower Greater Boston residents. This is accomplished through specific deliverables that complement strategies for reducing our individual footprints and magnifying our collective handprint.

Fueled by a team of changemakers dedicated to transforming Boston into a model for innovative sustainability through social impact, the Sustainability unBrella grew out of the 3rd annual Sustainability unConference. While strengthening sustainability practices within each of City Awake's undertakings, our goal is to foster connections and partnerships and to build the necessary pathways and infrastructure needed to accelerate closed-loop, creative solutions within and across greater Boston.

If you are interested in joining the Sustainability unBrella Team, please join us on Tuesday, June 30th from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Impact Hub. The team will be hosting a Recruitment Open House to share more details on the initiatives as well as ways that you and others can join the talented, passionate team!

The Sustainability unBrella is a 2015 initiative of City Awake, which seeks to establish Boston as a global capital for social impact by building a vibrant, collaborative ecosystem. In strengthening this community and building the infrastructure to collaboratively take action on local and global problems, we believe that a genuine infrastructure, one with logistical mechanisms, resources, and social spaces, is only as sustainable as the relationships it supports. For this reason, City Awake strives to connect Boston’s leaders, thinkers, and do-ers, and develop the partnerships and opportunities for greater impact that extend beyond existing silos.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 2

A Complex Story of Iran’s Rapidly Disappearing Most Famous Lake: Can Water Diplomacy Enable a New Future for the Urmia Lake?
Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 8:30 AM - Friday, July 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
Tufts University, Tisch Library - Austin Room, 35 Professors Row, Medford

Future of Urmia Lake: An exploration of a cross-disciplinary approach
Urmia Lake is the largest inland lake in Iran and one of the largest saline lakes in the world. The lake basin registered as an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because it is one of the most influential and valuable aquatic ecosystems in the country. The lake basin, as a socio-ecological region, faced extreme water shortages in the recent years due to water overuse and climate change. The lake’s surface water levels are below the critical level and groundwater level in parts of the basin have decreased by up to 16 meters. The lake requires a minimum inflow of 3.1 billion cubic meters per year to compensate for evaporation; reduced lake levels increases the occurrence of salty dust that causes respiratory health problems for people and agricultural challenges when its settles on nearby cropland.
Currently, local and national organizations including multiple government and non-governmental groups are working to maintain the lake’s condition. However, there is no consensus among the stakeholders with regard to the water allocation mechanism. The main issue is that cutting water from one section for the benefit of others is so difficult.
An effective way to address these types of complex water allocation problems is to reframe them as joint decision-making problems. From identifying and defining the problem to innovating and implementing mutual gains options for resolutions, these tasks can generate politically legitimate policies and projects based on science with active participation of all involved parties. The Water Diplomacy Framework (WDF) is emerging as an alternative to traditional technology- or values-focused approach to water management (Islam and Susskind 2013). The WDF diagnoses water problems, identifies intervention points, and proposes sustainable resolutions that are sensitive to diverse viewpoints and uncertainty as well as changing and competing demands.
To explore these issues, Tufts University Water Diplomacy Program is organizing a workshop with the help of MIT to focus on the Urmia Lake case study. The event will be attended by several experts from Iran, and will attempt to answer these questions:
What is the “bottleneck” in water allocation in Urmia Lake Basin?
How can the water be reallocated from agricultural for the benefit of the environment?
How to compensate the farmers regarding for their water rights?
What are job creation opportunities for the farmers in this region?
At the end of the event a technical report will be compiled and presented to those working on Urmia Lake restoration.

July 2, 2015, Day 1: Tufts University, Medford, MA
8:30 Registration
9:00 - 13:00 Topic One: Challenges of Urmia Lake
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 Topic Two: Solutions

July 3, 2015, Day 2: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
8:30 Registration
9:00 - 13:00 Topic Three: Socio-economic Impacts and Challenges of Urmia Lake Restoration Plans


Sustainability Collaborative
Thursday, July 2
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Venture Cafe – Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 5th floor,  Cambridge

The Venture Café Foundation has partnered with EcoMotion to bring the Sustainability Collaborative to monthly Venture Café gatherings.
Stay tuned for more information about this month’s Sustainability Collaborative.

Questions? Contact Sierra at
Venture Cafe Foundation


Why Information Grows:  The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies
Thursday, July 2
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

Harvard Book Store welcomes MIT associate professor of media arts and sciences CÉSAR HIDALGO for a discussion of his book Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies.
What is economic growth? And why, historically, has it occurred in only a few places? Previous efforts to answer these questions have focused on institutions, geography, finances, and psychology. But according to MIT's antidisciplinarian César Hidalgo, understanding the nature of economic growth demands transcending the social sciences and including the natural sciences of information, networks, and complexity. To understand the growth of economies, Hidalgo argues, we first need to understand the growth of order.

At first glance, the universe seems hostile to order. Thermodynamics dictates that over time, order—or information—disappears. Whispers vanish in the wind just like the beauty of swirling cigarette smoke collapses into disorderly clouds. But thermodynamics also has loopholes that promote the growth of information in pockets. Although cities are all pockets where information grows, they are not all the same. For every Silicon Valley, Tokyo, and Paris, there are dozens of places with economies that accomplish little more than pulling rocks out of the ground. So, why does the US economy outstrip Brazil's, and Brazil's that of Chad? Why did the technology corridor along Boston's Route 128 languish while Silicon Valley blossomed? In each case, the key is how people, firms, and the networks they form make use of information.

Seen from Hidalgo's vantage, economies become distributed computers, made of networks of people, and the problem of economic development becomes the problem of making these computers more powerful. By uncovering the mechanisms that enable the growth of information in nature and society, Why Information Grows lays bear the origins of physical order and economic growth. Situated at the nexus of information theory, physics, sociology, and economics, this book propounds a new theory of how economies can do not just more things, but more interesting things.

Featured event books will be for sale at the event for 20% off. Thank you for supporting this author series with your purchases.
General Info
(617) 661-1515

Tuesday, July 7

The Web We Want & The Ed We Want
Tuesday, July 7
12:00 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
Event will be webcast live on at 12:00 pm

with Justin Reich
The past decade has seen a dramatic decline in user agency all across the Web, but especially in education. The Aughts saw the budding of a golden age of user-produced media on the Web. But these buds never fully flowered, over-shadowed by the development of proprietary platforms like Facebook in the social sector and learning management systems in the educational sector. Thinkers like Anil Dash have lamented "The Web We Lost," and groups like the Indieweb movement and the Reclaim Innovation movements are working to revitalize a user-owned and user-produced Web.
In this talk, Justin Reich will highlight some of the exciting innovations within education that seek to put students and learners in charge of their online lives. Experiments are taking place in scattered courses and across entire colleges to raise a generation of learners ready to stake out their own claims on the Web, and to take back the means of production and sharing.

About Justin
Justin Reich is an educational researcher broadly interested in the future of learning in a networked world. His professional work is motivated by a desire to transform the architecture of education away from centralized, hierarchical models of teaching and towards distributed, networked models of learning. He studies, designs, and advocates for learning systems that shift education from something done to learners to something done with learners, from channels of dissemination to webs of sharing.

Justin is the Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow, based in the Office of the President and Provost at Harvard University, where he explores the possibilities and limits of open online learning. He is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and a visiting lecturer in MIT’s Scheller Teacher Education program. He is also the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments.He earned his doctorate from Harvard University, where he led the Distributed Collaborative Learning Communities project, a Hewlett Foundation funded initiative to examine how social media are used in K-12 classrooms. His dissertation, The State of Wiki Usage in U.S. K-12 Schools, drew upon a population of 180,000 education-related wikis as well as over 100 interviews and observations with wiki-using teachers to measure the degree to which wikis supported deeper learning in classrooms across the United States.

Justin is a co-author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers, and his academic work has been published in Educational Researcher, Social Education, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, and other venues. His opinion writings have been published in the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The Providence Journal, and other publications. He blogs for Education Week at EdTechResearcher.

Justin has taught in a wide variety of settings. He was a camp counselor and trip leader at Camp Chewonki, a lifeguard and CPR instructor with the American Red Cross, a search and rescue instructor with the Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group, a wilderness medicine instructor with Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities, and an international expedition leader with World Challenge Expeditions. He taught at the Shackleton school, an expedition-based school, and he taught freshman world history and electives for seniors at the Noble and Greenough School, where he also coached wrestling and co-led the outdoor activities group.

Justin served as Outstanding Educator in Residence for the Academy of Singapore Teachers, a Digital Media and Learning Summer Fellow with the MacArthur Foundation, and a member of the 2012 class of Emerging Leaders for the International Society for Technology in Education. He is a member of the Digital Learning Advisory Council for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and serves on the advisory boards of the Chewonki Foundation and the Fay School.


The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) maintains a website ( that serves as a clearing-house for information on organizations, events, and jobs related to international development in the Boston area. BNID has played an important auxiliary role in fostering international development activities in the Boston area, as witnessed by the expanding content of the site and a significant growth in the number of users.

The website contains:

A calendar of Boston area events and volunteer opportunities related to International Development
A jobs board that includes both internships and full time positions related to International Development that is updated daily -
A directory and descriptions of more than 250 Boston-area organizations -

Also, please sign up for our weekly newsletter (we promise only one email per week) to get the most up-to-date information on new job and internship opportunities

The website is completely free for students and our goal is to help connect students who are interested in international development with many of the worthwhile organizations in the area.

Please feel free to email our organization at if you have any questions!


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

Thanks to

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Microsoft NERD Center:

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