Sunday, June 14, 2015

Energy (and Other) Events - June 14, 2015

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Monday, June 15

4pm  Building with Biology
5:30pm  The Future of Fish:  Can We Bring Global Fisheries Back from the Brink?
5:30pm  Forum on Leadership and Effective Communications with author Gail Fairhurst
6pm  Global Pitchfest
7pm  Infested:  How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World
7:30pm  Support Relief in Nepal! Garrett Madison Presents on Everest, K2, Lhotse. Success, Failure, Leadership & Survival

Tuesday, May 16

9am  German American Smart Buildings Symposium
12pm  From Gene Therapy to Germline Editing: Promises, Challenges, Ethics
12pm  The Quantified Self; Newsfeed: Created by you?; Holding Crowds Accountable To The Public; EVE Online and World of Darkness
12pm  Special Climatea Seminar: A 20-year climatology of a NICAM AMIP-type simulation
4:30pm  Solar Sharing: Yeloha Launch Party
6pm  Big Data Gets Personal: Transforming Healthcare in the Age of Wearable Tech
6pm  Living Micro | 2015 Focus Group
6pm  Boston New Technology June 2015 Product Showcase #BNT54
6:30pm  A storyFirst Approach to Human-Centered Design
7pm  A Scientist's Story of Research and Funding featuring MIT's Dr. Hazel Sive
7pm  City Awake Festival - Team Recruitment Open House

Wednesday, June 17

7:30am  June Boston Sustainability Breakfast
7:30am  Clean Talks: Bringing Diversity to Clean Energy
8am  Boston Urban Ag Visioning Steering Committee & Public Meeting
6pm  Bigger Than a Breadbox, Smaller Than a Building
6:30pm  Public Forum: Is Obesity A Disease
7pm  On the Fringe: A Conversation with Mike Dacey of Repeat Press

Thursday, June 18

8:30am  Transit and Economic Imperatives for the Region
9:30am  Cognitive Computing Symposium
5pm  2015 TEDxCambridge
6pm  A Price on Carbon - Driving the Economic Road Forward
7pm  Unfair:  The New Science of Criminal Injustice
7pm  Lessons learned from successful failures
7pm  Thursday Socials with Green Cambridge!

Friday, June 19

9am  The New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable (146) Presents:  Next Wave of State Energy Efficiency Plans in New England; and Sustainable Rate Design for a Modern Grid
9am  EurekaFest
1pm  Hull Wind Turbine Summer Cruise

Saturday, June 20

11am  15th Annual Solar Picnic
11am  EurekaFest™ 2015: Duck 'n' Hover Competition III
1pm  Solar Open House

Sunday, June 21

5pm  Summer Solstice Celebration 2015: Night at the Harvard Museums
4pm  Mass Pirates (Monthly?) Meet Up

Monday, June 22

12pm  MASS Event
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  Topic TBA - Mitali Thakor
2pm  Municipal and Green Technology Collaboration
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


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


Monday, June 15

Building with Biology
Monday, June 15
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
LabCentral, 700 Main Street, Cambridge

The toolkit for biodesign is growing. If you’re curious about what these tools look like, how they work, and who’s developing them, then this Maker event is for you. Educators, entrepreneurs and innovators from MIT’s Department of Biological Engineering and Media Lab will partner with LabCentral to showcase the latest, greatest ways to program with DNA and engineer living systems.
Julie Legault (MIT's Media Lab) will present Amino, the Tamagotchi for Synthetic Biology
Caroline Lowenthal (Boston Museum of Science) will preview Synthetic Biology/Public Engagement activities
Charlestown High School's first ever Biodesign Team will describe their project to rid the world of smelly feet
We'll have lightening talks from these superstar BioBuilders, and then there will be time to mingle, to check out their works and to talk to each other.
Come be inspired and explore what's possible in Building with Biology. 


The Future of Fish:  Can We Bring Global Fisheries Back from the Brink?
Monday, June 15
Reception 5:30 pm; talk at 6:30 pm
Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion, Wimberley Theatre, 527 Tremont Street, Boston
Cost:  $25-$40

Many fish populations globally are in decline, due to changing ecosystems and fishing pressure. Even New England’s famed cod is struggling, bringing this global challenge very close to home. How can fishermen and scientists work together to save our fisheries? Can innovative solutions change the paradigm?


Forum on Leadership and Effective Communications with author Gail Fairhurst
Monday, June 15
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Simmons College, Paresky Conference Room, Main College Building, 300 Fenway, Boston
Featuring Gail Fairhurst, author of The Power of Framing: Creating the Language of Leadership
Come hear Professor Gail Fairhurst, author of “The Power of Framing” and a leading expert in organizational communications, in a moderated discussion on communications skills professionals need to embrace to be seen as leaders.  A limited number of Professor Fairhurst’s book will be available for those wishing to purchase a signed copy.
One of the most common communication errors made in today’s workplace is confusing talking with real communication.  One way to avoid this is to better understand the skill of framing through which we define the meaning of “the situation here and now.” Are we in a “crisis”? Is this situation merely “a cause for concern” or should we be on “red-alert”?  Am I appreciating all the stakeholders impacted?  When we connect with others through our framing, we shape reality and if we “manage meaning” when others can’t, we emerge as leaders.
Moderators: Mary Shapiro, Simmons College Diane Kagen Trust '77GS Professorship in Leadership Development and Toby Pearlstein, Retired Global Director of Information Services, Bain & Company, Inc.
Introduced by: Eileen Abels, Dean, School of Library and Information Science

Sponsor: H.W. Wilson Foundation
Hosted by: SLA@Simmons Student Group, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
Questions about this program?  Contact Ann Cullen ( or Caren Torrey (


Global Pitchfest
Monday, June 15
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Hult Business School, 1 Education Street, Cambridge

To apply as a pitching startup press here. Deadline is June 7th.
To attend the event in the audience register on this page.

Join swissnex Boston, venturelab, HULT Business School and MassChallenge to see impressive company presentations at the Global Pitchfest 2015! As part of the Venture Leaders Boston Bootcamp, 30 entrepreneurs from all over the world will be going head-to-head for the title of Global Pitchfest Champion. The event will end with a catered networking session.

By using our text-message-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 practice your pitch, while getting more visibility for your business? Pitches will be by one person for one minute using only one slide (Don’t worry - you don’t have to be Swiss or American... Every nationality is welcome!)
Apply to pitch at the Global Pitchfest here.

Running annually since 2000, the Venture Leaders program is a 10-day business development bootcamp in the US for Swiss entrepreneurs presented by venturelab 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.

Check out the companies here and click here for video profiles of all 20 Venture Leaders.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

The event space is easily accessible by public transportation (5 minutes walk from Lechmere Station, Green Line). Parking at the location is available, but limited. If you already know that you will be coming with your car, please register here for free on-site parking (limited availability, first-come first-serve).
6:00 PM: Doors Open & Registration
6:30 PM: Opening Presentation
6:45 PM: Pitch Round 1: Groups 1 - 5
7:35 PM: Finalists Announced
7:50 PM: Pitch Round 2: Groups Finalists
8:00 PM: Global Pitchfest Champions
8:20 PM: Networking


Infested:  How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World
Monday, June 15
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Brooke Borel, author


Support Relief in Nepal! Garrett Madison Presents on Everest, K2, Lhotse. Success, Failure, Leadership & Survival
WHEN  Mon., June 15, 2015, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard University, Science Center, Lecture Hall B, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Athletic, Humanities, Lecture, Special Events
SPEAKER(S)  Garrett Madison
COST  $15 suggested donation
DETAILS Garrett Madison began guiding professionally in 1999 on Mount Rainier, and is now America’s premier Everest guide. As Expedition Leader, he has personally lead 37 climbers to the summit of Everest over the last 7 years, more than any other American. In 2011, Garrett led the first expedition in history where climbers succeeded in the Everest – Lhotse combination, reaching the summit of two 8000 meter peaks in less than 24 hours (while personally guiding one climber peak to peak in 21 hours), and again repeated this “double header” in 2013. Garrett is currently the only climber in the world to repeat this “peak to peak” combination, and holds the record for guiding climbers (4) in this endeavor. In 2014, Garrett led the first ever successfully ‘guided’ ascent of K2, one of the hardest and most dangerous mountains in the world, reaching the summit with 2 climbers and 3 Sherpas on July 27, 2014. Garrett also regularly guides many “7 Summits” expeditions such as Aconcagua, Vinson, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, etc., during the year. In addition, Garrett is regularly involved with film productions on Everest, participating in 4 different features over the last 3 years.
Join us on June 15 to hear Garrett speak about his most arduous expeditions, the failures and successes that accompany them, leadership, and survival.

Tuesday, May 16

German American Smart Buildings Symposium
Tuesday, June 16
9AM - 5PM
MIT Department of Architecture, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at[event_uid]=55993&tx_cpsevents[contact]=1927987&cHash=ab9c810a402b8066aa1f3b9c36af1a99

The German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GACC) is pleased to announce the next event in our International Sustainability Series focusing on energy efficiency in buildings in Boston, MA.

Boston has been named most energy-efficient city in the US by ACEEE’s report ranking cities exclusively on energy efficiency efforts. As a leader in energy efficiency for the past years, it is not surprising that Massachusetts was also named the most energy efficient state in the US. Massachusetts’ “Green Communities Act” has galvanized significant investments in energy efficiency since 2008.

Boston is not only the economic and political capital of Massachusetts, the city is also known for its world-famous research institutions such as Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) and the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE).

The Smart Buildings Symposium will build on Boston’s vision for the future, bringing experts from Germany and local US innovators together to discuss ways to cooperate. Germany has been known for decades as a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The event will target professionals, researchers and opinion leaders in the fields of energy efficiency in buildings and green building technologies.

The program is sponsored by the Energy Efficiency Export Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy which aims to:
Highlight efficient solutions from Germany that can be implemented in the US.
Share industry knowledge internationally to further develop the sustainable building and infrastructure market.
Raise awareness among political decision makers and opinion leaders concerning the importance of energy efficiency and the synergy between the two countries.
Support climate protection and resource conservation through smarter buildings and infrastructures.

Susanne Rehse, Consultant Consulting Services
(212) 974-8836
(646) 974-8867


From Gene Therapy to Germline Editing: Promises, Challenges, Ethics
WHEN  Tue., June 16, 2015, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Medical School, Walter Amphitheater, Medical Education Center, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Ethics, Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR HMS Office of Communications and External Relations
SPEAKER(S)  George Q. Daley, professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology and pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Samuel E. Lux IV Professor of Hematology/Oncology & director, Stem Cell Transplantation Program, Boston Children's Hospital
COST  Free and open to the Harvard community
CONTACT INFO 617.432.3038
DETAILS  Light refreshments served.
Live stream will be added to website prior to event.


The Quantified Self; Newsfeed: Created by you?; Holding Crowds Accountable To The Public; EVE Online and World of Darkness
Tuesday, June 16
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.

Join Microsoft Research PhD Interns Ifeoma Ajunwa, Stacy Blasiola, Nathan Matias, and Aleena Chia as they present their current research at the Berkman Center

The Quantified Self
Ifeoma Ajunwa
Ifeoma Ajunwa is a 5th year PhD candidate in Sociology at Columbia University. Recurring themes in her research include inequality, data discrimination and emerging bioethics debates arising from the exploitation of Big Data. Her most recent law review article on genetic data has been accepted for publication by the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and her opinion piece on the same topic was published in the NY Times Room for Debate.

Newsfeed: Created by you? Examining the Discursive Work of Facebook
Stacy Blasiola
Stacy Blasiola is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow in Electronic Security and Privacy. Stacy's current research examines the mediating role of algorithms in the distribution of knowledge, the data collection that powers these algorithms, and the privacy considerations of online tracking.

Holding Crowds Accountable To The Public
Nathan Matias
Nathan Matias is a PhD Candidate at the MIT Center for Civic Media/MIT Media Lab, and a Berkman fellow. Nathan designs and researches civic technologies for cooperation and expression. Nathan researches technology for civic cooperation, activism, and expression through action research with communities, data analysis, software design, and field experiments. Most recently, Nathan has been conducting large-scale studies and interventions on the effects of gender bias, online harassment, gratitude, and peer thanks on social media and creative communities like Wikipedia

EVE Online and World of Darkness
Aleena Chia
Aleena Chia is a Ph.D. Candidate in Communication and Culture at Indiana University currently interning at Microsoft Research. Her ethnographic research investigates the affective politics and moral economics of participatory culture, in the context of digital and live-action game worlds. She is a recipient of the Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork grant and has published work in American Behavioral Scientist.


Special Climatea Seminar: A 20-year climatology of a NICAM AMIP-type simulation
Tuesday, June 16
Harvard, Geological Museum 418, 24 Oxford Street 4th Floor, Cambridge

Prof. Masaki Satoh is visiting us on June 15 and 16 (Monday and Tuesday) and will give a talk (see attached abstract). He is responsible for the development of the first global cloud resolving model and will talk about a 20-yr long simulation from such a model. If you are interested in meeting with him and/or attend the talk, please email Sabinna ( or Zhiming (kuang@fas.harvard). Thanks.

Contact Name:  Sabinna Cappo


Solar Sharing: Yeloha Launch Party
Tuesday, June 16
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)
WeWork Building, 745 Atlantic Avenue, 8th Floor, Boston

Join us in celebrating the launch of Yeloha, the only peer-to-peer sharing network for clean, solar electricity!

Meet the company, The Boston Globe, and Wall Street Journal are calling "the Airbnb for solar". Have a drink at our Boston headquarters, chat with our team members, and say hi to some of the Sun Hosts and Sun Partners who are already sharing and saving with Yeloha.

The event will include a Happy Hour with complimentary drinks, plus...WIN a free solar panel subscription!

How do you win? Get the most re-tweets of your tweet using the hashtag #yelohalive. The competition starts NOW and continues during the event, so get tweeting!

Learn more:


Big Data Gets Personal: Transforming Healthcare in the Age of Wearable Tech
Tuesday, June 16
6:00 PM
Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Avenue, Cambridge

From fitness bands to ingestible sensors, sensor tech has the potential to drastically change our daily lives. Well known consumer technology companies such as Fitbit and Jawbone help wearers keep track of their daily activity, sensors built into watches by Apple and Samsung can measure heart rate throughout the day, and pioneers in digestible sensors such as Proteus Digital Health are developing systems that can track health with metrics from within the body. Companies such as MC10 are pushing the limits of wearables by developing the Biostamp, a sensor that can measure temperature, movement, heart rate, and more within a device that is the size of two postage stamps. As these devices become more ubiquitous, the "connected human" will not only be able to monitor health metrics about him/herself in real-time, but also be able to share that data with healthcare professionals and other individuals. How will we adapt to this fast-approaching reality and what challenges remain to utilize this technology for improving human health?

We're thrilled to announce our all-star panelists: Dr. Michael Cima from MIT and co-founder of MicroCHIPS; Shahid Azim, CEO of Quanttus; Ben Schlatka, co-founder of MC10; Mandira Singh, Senior Business Development Manager at Athena Health; and Lesley Solomon, Executive Director of the Innovation Hub at Brigham and Women's! Following the panel discussion there will be a networking session with exhibitions from wearable tech companies. Registration is free!


Living Micro | 2015 Focus Group
Tuesday, June 16
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
ADD Inc. now with Stantec, 311 Summer Street, 6th Floor, Boston

Please join WHAT'S IN for a fun and interactive discussion with young designers and other micro housing residents like yourself and see what's next for WHAT'S IN! Food, drinks, and great times will be provided. 


Boston New Technology June 2015 Product Showcase #BNT54
Tuesday, June 16
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Foley Hoag, 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 Q&A.  Please follow @BostonNewTech and use the #BNT54 hashtag in social media posts

Foley Hoag is in the Seaport West building. Take an elevator to the 13th floor and look for signs. Please do not check in with security in the lobby.


A storyFirst Approach to Human-Centered Design
Tuesday, June 16
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Fresh Tilled Soil, 480 Pleasant Street, Suite A410, Watertown

When we design for experience, subtle and peculiar shifts come into play that demand a uniquely empathic way of thinking about our practice.

We’re no longer designing for an ‘audience’ or ‘viewers’ through our previously static / mass mediated, one-way delivery of the information and designs we’re communicating. Instead, when we consider aspects of interactive engagement for our ‘users’ to experience — we need to thoughtfully dream up the actual stories we’re asking the people in our audience to actively live out.

In this talk we discuss the benefits of putting story at the center of a human-centered design approach to improve the design process as well as the quality of the total human experience we’re ultimately all creating through our crucial work in designing for the direction of our mutual future.

About lou
As the an experience designer for Arbor Networks’ Security Experience Innovation Labs — lou suSi guides the way to long-term, strategic ‘Blue Sky’ prototyping and immersive testing for the firm’s critically acclaimed DDoS application suite for both enterprise and service provider customers. And as Director of Human Awareness Research formyOwnMind, LLC — lou delves into his more personal and passionate entrepreneurial design side by designing unusually brilliant, inspiring storyFirst experiences that frequently touch upon Design for Good. lou also teaches a rather unique and tactile human-centered Interaction Design course at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and also enjoys an eclectic array of other mentoring and teaching past lives with: University of Massachusetts at Lowell; ArtScience Prize, Boston; and Endicott College.


A Scientist's Story of Research and Funding featuring MIT's Dr. Hazel Sive
Tuesday, June 16
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 West Kendall Street, Cambridge

Dr. Sive will tell a story about scientific research, one crucial point in the spectrum of science + society + jobs. She will talk about a project concerning the ‘brain tube’ that is essential for health and mysteriously connected to disease. Together, we will explore how the project started and how its progress is intertwined with the people who have worked on it, how days in the lab go by, how paradigm shifts in thinking get made, and about the great challenges, frustrations and successes involved. We will also go into the crisis of funding research in the U.S.

Hazel Sive is Professor of Biology at MIT, a Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, an Associate Member of the Broad Institute and an MIT MacVicar Faculty Fellow. She received the B.Sc. Hons. from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and the Ph.D. from Rockefeller University. Her research focuses on neural disorders, as well as fundamental processes underlying brain and craniofacial development, using zebrafish and frog systems. She leads the Working Group on Neural Disorders for the Zebrafish Disease Models Society. Dr. Sive also focuses on education and training. She teaches Introductory Biology to undergraduates and Developmental Biology to graduate students. At MIT, she is Chair of the Committee on Student Life, Chair of the Faculty Postdoc Advisory Committee and co-Chair of the MITx Faculty Advisory Committee. She is Director of the MIT-South Africa Program and Coordinator of the MIT-AFRICA Initiative. Dr. Sive is committed to communicating the powerful contributions that scientific research makes to human health and society.

CafeSci Boston is a monthly science event organized by NOVA and WGBH Educational Foundation.


City Awake Festival - Team Recruitment Open House
Tuesday, June 16
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk Street, 17th Floor, Boston

City Awake is excited to invite passionate volunteers to join our planning team for the second annual City Awake Festival for Social Impact!

From November 5 – 14, 2015, City Awake will once again unite and empower the Boston community through the Festival for Social Impact. In bringing together individuals, organizations, and institutions that are invested in the growth of our city and its social impact work, this ten-day, citywide festival provides the platform to increase awareness and maximize impact of the efforts and initiatives of the for-impact community. Similar to the inaugural year, the pulse of the 2015 festival will depend upon our hundreds of existing and new partner organizations, while also featuring new elements that highlight the outcomes – and drivers – of City Awake’s 2015 programmatic initiatives. While it is a celebration of the achievements of the entire for-impact community, the festival also marks the chance for reflection and future planning.

If you are interested in joining the Festival Team in developing and organizing this pivotal gathering, please join us on Tuesday, June 16th from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Impact Hub. The team will be hosting a Recruitment Open House to share more details as well as ways that you and others can join us to strengthen our community’s social impact ecosystem!

The Festival for Social Impact is an annual 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.

City Awake emerged in December 2014, as it launched the ten-day social impact festival. In the belief that the inclusive yet diverse nature of a festival served as the best vehicle to catalyze Boston’s active community, the City Awake Festival brought together 235 partner organizations with a shared a vision of making Boston a capital of social impact work. True to its form, this festival was a genuine grass-roots effort and illustrated the capabilities of our united community: all 99 events were open to the public and all were designed, implemented, and hosted by the dedicated partners. Events varied in topic, format, and location, with many happening simultaneously across the city. City Awake is building upon this momentum as it moves into its second iteration, one that invests in Boston throughout the year as well as with its annual Social Impact Festival. As a growing organization, City Awake thrives due to the invaluable support of the Boston community, and importantly, as a result of the passion and commitment of its volunteer-driven team. Learn more and join the movement at City Awake!

Wednesday, June 17

June Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, June 17
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (EDT)
Pret A Manger, 185 Franklin Street, Boston

Join us for the June Boston Sustainability breakfast, an informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals together for networking, discussion and moral support.  It’s important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good!
So come, get a cup of coffee or a bagel, support a sustainable business and get fired up before work so we can continue trying to change the world. Feel free to drop by any time any time between 7:30 and 830 a.m.


Clean Talks: Bringing Diversity to Clean Energy
Wednesday, June 17
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (EDT)
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, 63 Franklin Street, Boston

Join MassCEC for Clean Talks: Bringing Diversity to Clean Energy. This event will feature a panel discussion focused on measures being taken within organizations and universities to include and encourage women and minority groups to take up clean energy careers and how to diversify the clean energy workforce.

Zorica Pantic, President of Wentworth Institute of Technology 
Amanda Downey, Counsel, National Grid and President of Greater Boston Chapter of American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
Geoff Chapin, CEO of Next Step Living

Sara Castellanos, Technology Editor, Boston Business Journal 

Light refreshments will be served. 


Boston Urban Ag Visioning Steering Committee & Public Meeting
Wednesday, June 17
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain

The next meeting of the Boston Urban Ag Visioning Steering Committee & Public Meeting will be held at Spontaneous Celebrations on June 17, 2015. This event is free to all and all are encouraged to attend. RSVP is requested by 6/16/2015.

Five monthly meetings have been held since January 2015 addressing the following:
Objectives and stakeholder expectations of the visioning process
Current urban ag activity in the city
Metrics and goals for measuring progress
Best practices here and elsewhere to consider for implementation or scaling
Alignment with other local, regional, state, and national urban ag initiatives
Design charrette to highlight opportunities and challenges of urban ag project development
In the remaining meetings, we will refine the emerging vision, define metrics and goals, and outline a path forward for strategic, collaborative, and sustainable development of urban ag in Boston.

In December 2013, the City of Boston passed Article 89, a new addition to the city’s zoning code that allows for urban agriculture. Since this time, the support for urban agriculture in the city has been tremendous, but there has been limited collaboration between the multitude of public, private, and non-profit sectors on how to create a vision for its future in Boston.

In support of a Boston Urban Ag Visioning process, the City of Boston has received a $25,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). The goal of this process will be to bring diverse organizations to the table to create a vision for Boston around food production and distribution, which will enable farmer livelihoods, provide multiple access points for food, and determine how to create food access for low-income constituents. Representatives from all aspects of urban growing in the city will be engaged, including community gardeners, traditional farmers, gleaners, edible forest developers, farmers’ market reps, traditional and rooftop farmers, as well as food production folks.


Bigger Than a Breadbox, Smaller Than a Building
Wednesday, June 17
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston
RSVP by emailing with "Breadbox 6/17"

Join us for the opening reception of Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building on Wednesday, June 17 from 6:00 pm through 8:00 pm. This special event is the first opportunity to explore the exhibition while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

In Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building, BSA Space will explore the medium of installation as a way for architects to explore and prototype exciting new technologies and building techniques. Curated by design team Khora, Inc., the exhibition will include a historical analysis of art installation and will feature experimental and visually arresting works by local and national architects and designers.


Public Forum: Is Obesity A Disease
WHEN  Wed., June 17, 2015, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Boston Marriott Long Wharf , 296 State Street, Commonwealth Ballroom, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Massachusetts General Hospital
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Is obesity a disease? You are invited to join leading experts in the field of obesity medicine from around the country, including faculty from Harvard Medical School and its affiliated hospitals, to discuss this question and it's implications for the medical treatment of obesity and related disorders.
Offered as part of the Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine, the 2015 Public Forum includes a Q&A session, during which you can pose your questions to the expert faculty.


On the Fringe: A Conversation with Mike Dacey of Repeat Press
Wednesday, June 17
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

Join the Creative Somerville Series in one of our monthly 'fireside chats’ with Mike Dacey of Repeat Press.
With a background in graphic design, Mike Dacey was looking to get off the computer screen when he learned about letterpress printing in his no-rules liberal arts college in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. In 2003, Dacey founded Repeat Press, a full-scale contemporary letterpress studio, offering custom letterpress printing to designers, businesses, creative agencies and individuals, including local businesses and restaurants. While Repeat originally focused on traditional wood type posters for bands and events, the studio has expanded to work with photopolymer plates, and eventually found a niche in contemporary custom letterpress printing. Repeat Press is located at Fringe, a multidisciplinary coworking space in Union Square founded by Dacey, which hosts over 15 other small businesses and creative studios, and has established itself as a hub of talent and creativity on a local and national level.
If you attended last month's talk, you know the Canteen & Co. bowls of delicious, local food were a huge hit and we're excited to welcome them back in June. Come early to grab dinner (menu and pricing details to come) and mingle.
Check-in and grab a beer in Aeronaut's taproom at 7 p.m. for the talk at 7:15.

Thursday, June 18

Transit and Economic Imperatives for the Region
Thursday June 18
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM EDT
WilmerHale, 60 State Street, 26th Floor, Boston

Insights from economists, business leaders and legislators on the importance of public transportation to the region's economy. Join us for an active discussion on the critical investments that are necessary for a prosperous future.

Welcome Address
Michael Cantalupa, Boston Properties, Senior Vice President - Development

Facilitator Doug McGarrah, Foley Hoag, Partner
Rick Dimino, President and CEO, A Better City
Michael Goodman, Executive Director of the Public Policy Center, UMass Dartmouth
Toni Horst, Senior Consulting Manager, AECOM
Bryan Koop, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, Boston Properties
Legislative Perspective
Senator Thomas McGee, Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Transportation
Representative William Straus, Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Transportation


Cognitive Computing Symposium
Thursday, June 18
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 136 Irving Street, Cambridge


2015 TEDxCambridge
Thursday, June 18
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston
Cost:  $70-$80

An opera singer. A shopfront educator. A distance athlete. A biostatistican. A microbial scientist. A neural nanotechnologiest. An urban futurist. What do these people have in common? Response. Each of them has an idea that can change the world we live in, on scales big and small.

What if our typical responses to...
the daily stressors of life were slowly killing us?
education models could be as free-flowing and responsive as the society we need to serve?
bad news opened up new opportunities rather than limited them?
wanting to make good decisions leads us to make bad decisions…or none at all?
curing disease was based on an outdated notion of who (and what) we really are?
previous failures in restoring lost connections were keeping us from making new ones?
the space around us was transformed to consider flexibility, rather than structure?

Gina, Sep, Kayla, Sebastian, Bernat, Polina and Hasier have tremendously compelling ideas that are truly worth spreading. We hope that you'll learn more about them and follow along as we share more about their journey to the TEDxCambridge event stage. Tickets to the June 18th event will be on sale shortly!


A Price on Carbon - Driving the Economic Road Forward
Thursday, June 18
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
NonProfit Center, 89 South Street, Boston

CABA (Climate Action Business Association) is inviting all of our members, and friends to attend a workshop on carbon pricing in Massachusetts. We have organized a comprehensive and dynamic workshop on the movement to put in place a price on carbon in Massachusetts. Building on the recent visit from folks in British Columbia, Canada, Massachusetts climate activists will gather to understand how a carbon tax can be implemented, why it will be good for the local economy. This event will be on the education of carbon pricing, and political campaign strategies.

The workshop features:
Keynote Speaker Senator Michael Barrett, discussing his bill An Act Combating Climate Change.
Quinton Zondervan will conduct an interactive demonstration of how carbon pricing can benefit your business and the climate.
Juliette Rooney-Varga from the Climate Change Initiative at UMass Lowell will use the new En-ROADS simulator to show us the potential impact of a carbon price on global temperatures this century.

Light food and beverages will be served.


Unfair:  The New Science of Criminal Injustice
Thursday, June 18
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes law professor ADAM BENFORADO for a discussion of his book, Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice.
A child is gunned down by a police officer; an investigator ignores critical clues in a case; an innocent man confesses to a crime he did not commit; a jury acquits a killer. The evidence is all around us: Our system of justice is fundamentally broken.

But it’s not for the reasons we tend to think, as Adam Benforado argues in this eye-opening, galvanizing book. Even if the system operated exactly as it was designed to, we would still end up with wrongful convictions, trampled rights, and unequal treatment. This is because the roots of injustice lie not inside the dark hearts of racist police officers or dishonest prosecutors, but within the minds of each and every one of us.

This is difficult to accept. Our nation is founded on the idea that the law is impartial, that legal cases are won or lost on the basis of evidence, careful reasoning and nuanced argument. But they may, in fact, turn on the camera angle of a defendant’s taped confession, the number of photos in a mug shot book, or a simple word choice during a cross-examination. In Unfair, Benforado shines a light on this troubling new field of research, showing, for example, that people with certain facial features receive longer sentences and that judges are far more likely to grant parole first thing in the morning.

Over the last two decades, psychologists and neuroscientists have uncovered many cognitive forces that operate beyond our conscious awareness. Until we address these hidden biases head-on, Benforado argues, the social inequality we see now will only widen, as powerful players and institutions find ways to exploit the weaknesses of our legal system.

Weaving together historical examples, scientific studies, and compelling court cases—from the border collie put on trial in Kentucky to the five teenagers who falsely confessed in the Central Park Jogger case—Benforado shows how our judicial processes fail to uphold our values and protect society’s weakest members. With clarity and passion, he lays out the scope of the legal system’s dysfunction and proposes a wealth of practical reforms that could prevent injustice and help us achieve true fairness and equality before the law.

General Info
(617) 661-1515

Lessons learned from successful failures
Thursday, June 18
MIT, Building E51-315, Tang Center, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dana Chisnell and Matt Weaver, US Digital Service
Government has seen its share of faulty rollouts and imperfect implementations. President Obama formed the Digital Service to prevent those mistakes from happening again. But the projects of government are often large and complicated. How does an understaffed, underappreciated team cope?

What if we thought of design as a tool for solving problems --does that change how we approach projects? When we look at the root causes of poor civic experiences for citizens, government workers, and all the other people served by government, what's the number 1 ingredient that is missing? If you could do just a few things to improve design in government, what would they be?

Dana Chisnell is an elections geek and a UX research nerd (her words) who has trained thousands of people to test their designs. What she really loves is giving design literacy to the world. She's the lead on a project to develop Field Guides To Ensuring Voter Intent, which are designed to be quick, easy, accessible help for American election officials to do the best possible design.

Matthew Weaver has spent his entire life taking things apart, understanding how they work, and fixing them. He's studied graphic design and holds a degree in computer science from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He's networked small communities in the Rocky Mountains, was a member and lead of the team responsible for operating Google web search for 9 years, and helped rescue

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 


Thursday Socials with Green Cambridge!
Thursday, June 18
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dana Park, 74 Magazine Street, Cambridge

Look for our banner!
Come and join Green Cambridge for our monthly Thursday meet-up! We are a group of Cantabrigians dedicated to improving the environment and striving for sustainability. We'll be talking about all things green, giving run-downs on our community, advocacy and organizing work, and just getting to know one another.

Can't make it? We'll be repeating the event the third Thursday of every month! Plus, our organizing and planning meetings happen the first Thursday of every month. Also check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and at 

Friday, June 19

The New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable (146) Presents:  Next Wave of State Energy Efficiency Plans in New England; and Sustainable Rate Design for a Modern Grid
Friday, June 19
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston
Cost:  $35 - $65
RSVP for live-streaming ($50) or on-demand streaming after the Roundtable ($40) at

Panel I:  Next Wave of State Energy Efficiency Plans in New England
New England states are in the process of rolling out their next generation of ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs. These plans will define the roadmaps for energy efficiency in New England for the foreseeable future. On April 30th, Massachusetts' energy efficiency program administrators released their 668 page first draft of the 2016-2018 Energy Efficiency Plan for the Commonwealth. New England states have seen substantial success in recent years with their energy efficiency programs - flattening electricity load growth while making great strides in gas and even some non-regulated fuel-related efficiency improvements. These successes have been nationally-recognized, with ACEEE ranking four New England states in the top six states nationwide, and all six NE states placing in the top twenty-two. But what will the next wave of state energy plans bring to the region?

We have assembled an excellent panel to discuss these issues. Newly-appointed Massachusetts DOER Commissioner Judith Judson is also the Chair of the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council. She will discuss the process to finalize the three-year plans in Massachusetts as well as the Administration's initial observations about the draft plan. Eversource Chief Customer Officer & Senior VP, Penni McLean-Conner, and Director of Program Strategy at National Grid, Carol White, will present high-level details of the draft Massachusetts 2016-18 energy efficiency plan. They will also discuss their companies' energy efficiency plans in Connecticut and Rhode Island, respectively. Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) Executive Director, Sue Coakley will conclude the panel by discussing energy efficiency related trends across all the Northeast states (which NEEP follows closely) and teasing out some of the important challenges and opportunities going forward.

Panel II: Sustainable Rate Design for a Modern Grid
With the expected maturation of the distribution grid to enable two-way power flow that integrates a bevy of distributed energy resources and systems (including PV, storage, demand response, EE, EVs, smart thermostats/appliances, CHP, microgrids, etc.), how will rate designs evolve to be able to 1) fairly compensate distributed resources for the value they provide to the grid; 2) fairly compensate distribution companies for the value that grid services provide customers; and 3) fairly distribute the costs and benefits of a modern grid among all customers? The Net Metering Task Force in Massachusetts released its final report (also on April 30th), which calls for conducting a comprehensive and transparent solar benefit/cost study to determine the value and impact of solar in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, across the country, utilities, stakeholders, and regulators are exploring ways to significantly modify rate-making, including reallocating costs from variable to fixed charges, moving toward time variable rates, having minimum bills, and even introducing demand charges for residential customers. In a modern grid, likely chock-full of distributed energy resources, what will a sustainable rate design look like?

To lead off this panel, Richard Sedano, Principal at the Regulatory Assistance Project will discuss RAP's forthcoming study on exactly this topic-customer rate-making for the grid of the future. Brattle Principal Dr. Ahmad Faruqui, well-known in New England for his advocacy of time variable rates, will discuss recent research and work that Brattle has been doing on increasing fixed charges and introducing demand charges for residential and other customers.  Shaun Chapman, VP for Policy and Electricity Markets at SolarCity will share his perspective on net metering and potential future rate-making paradigms that can fairly support an active PV industry. In addition to its role as the largest solar provider in the U.S., SolarCity is a close partner with Tesla, which just last week unveiled its new home battery "Powerwall," designed to support and integrate with PV systems. Rounding out the panel, John Howat, Senior Energy Analyst at the National Consumer Law Center, will provide a consumer perspective on the range of proposed rate design alternatives. In addition to advocating for low-income ratepayers for NCLC, John is also the national Coordinator of Consumer Advocates for the Fixed Charge Network.

Registration and Cancellation Policies
Registration policy:
The Roundtable registration policies introduced last fall will continue:
We are capping attendance and requiring pre-registration.
The general admission fee for this Roundtable is $65 (A discountedfee of $35 is available for government & non-profit employees, students, retirees, and low-income individuals).
Register HERE for live-streaming ($50) or on-demand streaming afterthe Roundtable ($40).
Both in-person attendance and live web-streaming will continue to be free for sponsors, but sponsors will have to pre-register like everyone else.

Cancellation policy:
Tickets are non-transferable. If you registered but won't be able to attend, please let us know ASAP so we can allow someone from the waiting list to take your place. Refunds will be accepted up to 48 hours before the start of the Roundtable (Wednesday June 17th at 9 AM). To cancel your registration or get a refund, please reply to your confirmation email or contact


Friday, June 19
MIT, Building 32, Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Join the Lemelson-MIT Program for our ninth annual EurekaFest event to celebrate the inventive spirit!

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.

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


Hull Wind Turbine Summer Cruise
Friday, June 19
1 - 5pm
Rowes Wharf, Boston
Cosst:  $11.49

Join us for one of our most popular events! The Hull Summer Cruise & Wind Turbine Tour is a relaxing afternoon of sailing from Boston to Pemberton Point to visit and tour Hull 1, the first community-scale wind turbine in Massachusetts. And for a limited time, members can save 50% on tickets.

The tour is open to the public, so invite your friends!
Get more infomation and tickets today - Come enjoy the summer on the Harbor and learn all about this local renewable energy source. Our members have been supporting this turbine since it was built in 2002!

If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Sean Hutton at .or 617-524-3950 x144.

Saturday, June 20

15th Annual Solar Picnic
Saturday, June 20
11:00 am - 2:30 pm (solar noon is 12:46pm)
Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Avenue, Somerville

Join Boston Area Solar Energy Association (BASEA) and the Somerville Community Growing Center for this annual gathering of old and new friends interested in solar, renewable and energy efficient communities. For more details, check out and local sponsor Somerville Climate Action at


EurekaFest™ 2015: Duck 'n' Hover Competition III
Saturday, June 20
11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

Come observe and cheer on high school students from around the country as they compete in randomly matched teams to design, build, and test a wind-powered device. The day culminates in a rubber duck themed finale which has to be seen to be believed! Join ongoing engineering and invention activities for families throughout the day, including those featured below.

Upon entering the Museum, you'll receive a special program including a list of the day's events and locations plus an activity passport. After completing each of the activities below, get your passport stamped. Turn your completed passport in at the EurekaFest table in the Museum lobby for a prize.

Design Challenges
Think like an engineer to design, build, and test a prototype solution to a given problem. Enjoy a fun, engaging experience with engineering and innovation processes.

Discovery Center: Experiment Station
Children up to age 8 can hone their basic engineering skills while designing, testing, and improving creations they build themselves. Assist your budding engineer in building a glider and sending it down our flight track, designing a bridge and testing it under the weight of model turtles, or creating a paper helicopter and trying out different blade designs.

Meet an Inventor
Inventors from Continuum, a global innovation and design consultancy, discuss the inspiration and process behind the development of some of their inventions, including the Reebok Pump and One Laptop Per Child.

EurekaFest is a multi-day celebration presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program and the Museum of Science, designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving. Supported by Continuum.

For more information about EurekaFest events citywide (June 19 – 20) call 617-253-3352 or visit


Solar Open House
Saturday, June 20
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
The Home of Mary and Butch Pierce, 30 Dearborn Street, Medford

Celebrate Medford’s 385th year and the City’s commitment to a clean energy economy. We are celebrating Medford and showcasing a local solar-powered home complete with food, beverages, games, music, A NEGATIVE ELECTRIC BILL. Learn about residential solar panels from the experts. This is a free and public event.

Sunday, June 21

Summer Solstice Celebration 2015: Night at the Harvard Museums
WHEN  Sun., June 21, 2015, 5 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Exhibitions, Music, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Kick off summer at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture's annual Summer Solstice celebration. Enjoy a fun evening of telescope viewings, music, dance, food, and hands-on activities for all ages, with free evening 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!


Mass Pirates (Monthly?) Meet Up
Sunday, June 21
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Regina Pizzeria, 353 Cambridge Street, Allston

Monday, June 22

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


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.


Topic TBA - Mitali Thakor
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 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


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.

Upcoming Events

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
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


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

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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
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.


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.


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

Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area:

MIT Events:

MIT Energy Club:

Harvard Events:

Harvard Environment:

Sustainability at Harvard:

Mass Climate Action:



Microsoft NERD Center:

Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:

Cambridge Civic Journal:

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Cambridge Community Calendar:

Arts and Cultural Events List:

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