Sunday, August 23, 2015

Energy (and Other) Events - August 23, 2015

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Monday, August 24

10am  MIT-WHOI Joint Program Thesis Defense - Submesoscale Turbulence in the Upper Ocean
6:30pm  Permaculture on Library Lawn--Attend Somerville Library Visioning Evening
7pm  Middlesex Fells

Tuesday, August 25

12:30pm  In-Focus Talk: Gropius and Schawinsky, Bauhaus and Black Mountain
12:30pm  Investing in Sustainable Food and Agriculture with Fresh Source Capital
6pm  Boston New Technology August 2015 Product Showcase #BNT56

Wednesday, August 26

1pm  Nanophotonics for Tailoring the Flow of Thermal Electromagnetic Radiation
4pm  Complex Systems BBQ at the MIT Media Laboratory
6pm  BNID's International Development Networking Night
6pm  Surreal & Brain Power
7pm  Social Good – How Groups Make it Easier to Have an Impact

Thursday, August 27

1:30pm  Special Seminar: KickSat: Crowdsourcing the World's Smallest Spacecraft
6:30pm  From Idea to Product - A Talk with Founders

Friday, August 28

11am  Theo Jansen's Strandbeests
4:30pm  Theo Jansen's Strandbeests

Monday, August 31

7pm  Stories from the Shadows:  Reflections of a Street Doctor

Tuesday, September 1

8am  Boston TechBreakfast featuring awesome tech demos
4pm  2015 Ash Center Open House
6pm  Boston's Sustainability Community Invites You to Paris this Summer!


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

The Current Cost of Carbon

I, Candidate for Governor and How I Got Licked

The Voice of Memory:  Primo Levi


Monday, August 24

MIT-WHOI Joint Program Thesis Defense - Submesoscale Turbulence in the Upper Ocean
Monday, August 24
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Speaker: Jorn Callies

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: n/a
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Roberta Allard


Permaculture on Library Lawn--Attend Somerville Library Visioning Evening
Monday, August 24
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
TAB building, 167 Holland Street, 2nd Floor, Somerville
Let's show up and let Somerville know about what permaculture can do for our community. Libraries are educational entities: let's have the lawn outside educate about a truly sustainable world and carry a message of empowerment rather than waste.

for more complete information:


Middlesex Fells
Monday, August 24
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Comprising over 2,500 acres of forest, wetlands, and rugged hills, Middlesex Fells, just seven miles north of Boston, is one of the nation's first state parks and contains the world's first public land trust, Virginia Wood. For centuries, the Fells provided rich hunting and fishing grounds for Native Americans. In 1632, Gov. John Winthrop and others explored the area and named the largest pond Spot Pond because of the many islands and rocks protruding through the ice. The Fells was used for farming and timber, and Spot Pond Brook became the focus of industrial activity, which culminated in 1858 with the Hayward Rubber Mills. In the 1880s and 1890s, Middlesex Fells was a key property in the Boston metropolitan park movement driven by conservationists Wilson Flagg, Elizur Wright, Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles Eliot, George Davenport, and Sylvester Baxter. In 1894, the Metropolitan Park Commission began acquiring Fells land. Electric trolleys crossed the Fells from 1910 to 1946, and in 1959, with the car culture in control, Interstate 93 was built through the area. Today, the Fells, as envisioned by its founders, is a forested haven for city dwellers.

Alison C. Simcox and Douglas L. Heath are environmental scientists with an interest in local history. For this book, they traced the history of the Fells using images selected from private collections and public archives.

Tuesday, August 25

In-Focus Talk: Gropius and Schawinsky, Bauhaus and Black Mountain
WHEN  Tue., Aug. 25, 2015, 12:30 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Education, Lecture
SPEAKER(S)  Robert Wiesenberger
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO 617.495.9400
DETAILS  Join us for a gallery talk by Robert Wiesenberger, the Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, as he discusses continuity and change from the Bauhaus in Germany to Black Mountain College in North Carolina. He will focus on an architectural proposal by Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer for the Black Mountain College campus, as well as on the work of Bauhaus artist Xanti Schawinsky at Black Mountain.
Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk.
Free with museums admission. This talk is limited to 15 people and is available on a first-come, first-served basis; no registration required.
In-Focus gallery talks are offered by curators, conservators, fellows, and other museums staff; they focus on aspects of the installation process, exploring both intellectual and more practical considerations. Museums staff will, for example, tease out arguments at play in the galleries, discuss conservation treatments, look closely at specific collections, or draw connections between works of art throughout the museums.


Investing in Sustainable Food and Agriculture with Fresh Source Capital
Tuesday, August 25
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
Next Mile Project, One Congress Street, Suite 113, Boston

Join us for WISE Boston's August meeting, hosted by the Next Mile Project during lunch (BYO!).
We are honored to welcome Lisa Sebesta, managing partner of Fresh Source Capital, and Charlotte Leife, Senior Consultant at Just Add Cooking.
We will hear from Lisa about Fresh Source’s mission and investment model, which focuses on sustainable food and agriculture companies, as well as the considerations that go into the investments that the Fund makes in the region. Following on her introduction, we’ll hear from Charlotte about the challenges and excitement of starting a new venture in the sustainable food space here in the Northeast.
Lisa Sebesta is managing partner of Fresh Source Capital, an investment firm focused on the sustainable food and agriculture sector.  Prior to forming Fresh Source, she spent over 15 years as a quantitative equity analyst and portfolio manager in the investment management industry.  Lisa currently serves on the leadership team of Slow Money Boston, a network connecting local entrepreneurs to angel investors in their community.  She also serves on the advisory board of Recover Green Roofs and is a member of Sprout Lenders, LLC, an investment club dedicated to supporting sustainable agriculture in the greater Boston area through investments.  Lisa is a CFA charterholder with degrees from the College of the Holy Cross and the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Charlotte Leife is a Senior Consultant, Sales and Marketing, for Just Add Marketing, a locally sourced meal kit delivery service based in Boston. She developed her career in biotechnology sales and management in the Nordics. Most recently, Charlotte served as a senior executive at Biogen Idec in Boston on the Global Commercial Excellence team, where she was responsible for driving the strength and development of the sales team globally. She has an MS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA, both from Uppsala University in Sweden. 


Boston New Technology August 2015 Product Showcase #BNT56
Tuesday, August 25
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Microsoft NERD, Horace Mann Room, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

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 #BNT56 hashtag in social media posts: details here.

6:00 to 7:00 – Networking with dinner and drinks
7:00 to 7:10 – Announcements
7:10 to 8:30 – Presentations, Q&A
8:30 to 9:00 – More Networking

Wednesday, August 26

''Nanophotonics for Tailoring the Flow of Thermal Electromagnetic Radiation '' 
Wednesday, August 26
MIT, Building 4-331, Duboc Room, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

Speaker: Ognjen Ilic
Physics Ph.D. Thesis Defense

You are cordially invited to attend the following thesis defense.
Committee: Prof. Marin Soljacic, , Prof. John Joannopoulos, Prof. Martin Zwierlein

Best of luck to Ognjen!

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Physics Thesis Defense
For more information, contact:  Sabrina Thompson
(617) 253-9703 


Complex Systems BBQ at the MIT Media Laboratory
Wednesday, August 26
4:00 pm
Circular grass next to the Media lab, MIT E15, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Join NECSI and the groups of Sandy Pentland, Deb Roy, Laszlo Barabasi, and other complex systems researchers for food and fun.

Food will be provided, feel free to bring frisbees and outdoor games.

BNID's International Development Networking Night
Wednesday, August 26
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
HI Boston, 19 Stuart Street, Boston

Come enjoy an evening of networking and international conversation during BNID's end of the summer international development mixer.  Held in Hostelling International-Boston's Community Room, attendees will have the chance to learn about Boston's premier international development organizations and how they can support their work. Partners include Boston International, the Next Mile Project, United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNA-GB), Acumen Boston, MercyCorps, The Philanthropic Initiative (Center for Global Philanthropy) and more.   Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided.  

Please make sure you are at our program by 7:00pm to hear about the work of some incredible organizations.

Partners: Boston International, Boston Network for International Development, Acumen Boston, Mercy Corps, United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNA-GB), the Next Mile Project and Hostelling International


Surreal & Brain Power
Wednesday, August 26
6:00 PM to 9:45 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center - Venture Cafe, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge

Join us and explore the virtual universe created by Surreal, a NYC based VR studio. Learn about how smart glasses and AR can be used to help people with autism from Brain Power, a Boston based company.  

Surreal is the first fully immersive virtual universe for VR, where players engage in real-time adventures with their friends, in and out of this world. Soar over Manhattan at dawn in your own futuristic drone transport, or ride the dragon and survey your medieval kingdom. Dance the night away or just kick back in the hot tub and talk about your day. Unless of course you want to explore the Rings of Saturn, or find a dragon egg in the sacred forest and hatch it. We'll keep you entertained, whether you want to ride with Genghis Khan or dance to Chaka Khan. See:

Brain Power - The World's First Wearable System for Autism
The award-winning Brain Power System is an augmented reality toolset that helps people with autism work toward their own customized goals for happy self-sufficiency. (  The focus is on teaching language (with multi-lingual support), interview skills, control of behaviors, physiology-triggered cues to relax yourself, and the like, which would be fun for anyone. We choose smart glasses and AR as opposed to VR (or phones or tablets), in order to keep the person with autism looking up and at people in his or her world. Brain power is platform-independent and portable to all the new smart glasses. Google called it  the most creative and impactful use of Google Glass. It has been featured in TechCrunch, WIRED and almost 200 media outlets.

Presentation by Dr. Ned T. Sahin, Brain Power CEO  
See videos:

6 - Doors open, demos begin
7 - 7:30 - Brain Power Presentation
7:30 - 8 - Surreal Presentation
8 - 8:15 - Demo intros & announcements
8:15 - 9:45 Demofest!!
9:45pm - Come with us to the afterparty at Firebrand Saints (it's right downstairs!!)


Social Good – How Groups Make it Easier to Have an Impact
August 26
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GA Boston, 51 Melcher Street,  Boston

Join Boston Rotaract at General Assembly to learn about the advantages of joining a group that creates social change in local and international communities.

Boston Rotaract, part of the global Rotary family, is committed to connecting professional and community leaders, exchanging ideas, and taking action through local and international service projects.

We’ll be showing the documentary The Final Inch, talking about how Rotary and service have impacted our lives, and then discussing the aspects of groups that make it easier to do social good.


Thursday, August 27

Special Seminar: KickSat: Crowdsourcing the World's Smallest Spacecraft
Thursday, August 27
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin G125, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Zachary Manchester
The rapid miniaturization of commercial-off-the-shelf electronics, driven in recent years by the emergence of smartphones, has made many of the components needed onboard spacecraft available in very small low-cost packages.  This  trend has inspired the “ChipSat” concept – building centimeter-­‐‑scale satellites with the same parts and processes used in the consumer electronics industry. The ability to mass produce such devices, along with their small size, leads to the realistic near-term possibility of sub-$1,000 satellite missions for scientific, educational, and hobbyist use.

This talk will focus on the KickSat project, which I founded in 2011 with the dual goals of engaging the public in spaceflight and advancing the technologies needed to enable low-cost ChipSat missions. At the heart of the project is the Sprite, a 3.5-by-3.5 centimeter printed circuit board spacecraft with a mass of 4 grams. Sprites are capable of collecting measurements from a variety of sensors and communicating directly with ground stations from low-Earth orbit using a code division multiple access (CDMA) communication scheme. To launch and deploy these tiny spacecraft, a CubeSat “mothership” that can accommodate over 100 Sprites has  also  been developed.

 In addition to highlighting the engineering challenges associated with KickSat, I will discuss several of the ways in which the project has engaged the “Maker” community and the broader public. People from around the world have participated in crowdfunding, setting up ground stations, and even mission operations. Finally, I will share some results from recent flight experiments and discuss the upcoming KickSat-2  mission.

Speaker Bio:  Zac Manchester is a graduate student in aerospace engineering at Cornell and the founder of the KickSat project. His research interests include nonlinear dynamics, control, estimation, and optimization, with an emphasis improving the performance and reducing the size, mass, and cost of aerospace vehicles. He has previously worked at NASA Ames Research Center and Analytical Graphics, Inc.

Contact: Hetchen Ehrenfeld
Phone: 617-495-5124


From Idea to Product - A Talk with Founders
Thursday, August 27
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
CIC Venture Cafe (5th floor - Havana room), 1 Broadway, Cambridge

StayInDrops ( organizes an even featuring founders and their stories of how they went from idea to the product. How they found product-market fit, identified target customers and acquired first users. What are the hard lessons and how to avoid them. Presentations and panel will be followed by q&a. You would also need to register at the lobby and at the entrance of Venture Cafe.

Friday, August 28

Theo Jansen's Strandbeests
Friday, August 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at City Hall Plaza
Friday, August 28, 4:30-7 p.m. at the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Dewey Square

Monday, August 31

Stories from the Shadows:  Reflections of a Street Doctor
Monday, August 31
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Three decades ago, Jim O’Connell, MD, was fresh out of Harvard Medical School and on his way to a prestigious oncology fellowship at Sloan-Kettering. His mentor, a legendary Boston doctor-humanitarian, asked him to head up a new pilot medical program for the city’s homeless men, women and children— Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). Dr. O’Connell thought he’d put in a few years, and then get back on track with his “real” career. But along the way, he fell in love with the challenges of homeless medicine, his patients and their stories.

Those stories are now collected in a book by Dr. O’Connell, Stories from the Shadows. As president of BHCHP with an active practice working with “rough sleepers,” (people who live outside), Dr. O’Connell has become an international expert on homeless medicine, helping transform it into a highly respected specialty with a strong research base. His book eloquently and poignantly tells the history of homeless medicine in Boston, largely through the treatment, triumphs and tragedies of some of his most memorable patients.

Jim O’Connell, MD, has a master’s degree in theology from Cambridge University and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the founding physician and president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, which delivers services to more than 12,000 homeless men, women and children at more than 60 shelters and sites. Working with the Massachusetts General Hospital Laboratory of Computer Science, Dr. O’Connell designed and implemented the nation’s first computerized medical record for a homeless program in 1995. He is the editor of The Health Care of Homeless Persons: A Manual of Communicable Diseases in Shelters and on the Streets. His articles have appeared in many journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation, the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Clinical Ethics. He has received numerous awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award in 2012.

Tuesday, September 1

Boston TechBreakfast featuring awesome tech demos
Tuesday, September 1
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Microsoft NERD - Horace Mann Room, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations.
And yes, this is free! Thank our sponsors when you see them :)

Agenda for Boston TechBreakfast:
8:00 - 8:15 - Get yer Bagels & Coffee and chit-chat
8:15 - 8:20 - Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements
8:20 - ~9:30 - Showcases and Shout-Outs! 


2015 Ash Center Open House
WHEN  Tue., Sep. 1, 2015, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Social Sciences, Special Events, Support/Social
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
DETAILS  Join us at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation’s 2015 Open House!
Learn about the Ash Center’s research, course offerings, and programs fostering excellence in democratic governance and innovation. Hear about our many student resources including travel grants, fellowships, experiential learning programs, and research opportunities.
Our faculty and fellows will be available to meet and answer questions during the event. Food and drink will be provided.


Boston's Sustainability Community Invites You to Paris this Summer!
Tuesday, September 1
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, Venture Cafe - 5th Floor, Cambridge
Cost:  $10 - $12

September is special as the Boston Area Sustainability Group, Net Impact Boston, and the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts come together for one big event and conversation!

We're opening a new season of learning, networking, and collaborating with an unprecedented gathering of Boston's sustainability community and what better topic for the docket than the upcoming COP21 in Paris this fall?

In addition to special presentations by each host organization, Dr. Matthew Gardner, Founder and Managing Partner at Sustainserv GmbH / Inc. and COP expert will frame and lead the group discussion of what to expect from the Paris 2015 meeting. What needs to be done to address global climate change? What will be asked of each nation? How will it be funded and done? What will the potential outcomes mean for us all?

Join us for this unique evening with all of Boston's sustainable-minded talent under one roof! Refreshments will be served.
About Our Speaker
Dr. Matthew Gardner is a Founder and Managing Partner of Sustainserv (, a Boston Massachusetts and Zurich Switzerland based firm that works with public and private sector organizations to design and implement sustainability strategies, programs and communications. His work includes a wide variety of sustainability strategy, data and communications focused projects across many sectors in many countries, including manufacturing, banking and financial services, logistics, chemicals, electronics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and consumer products.

Matt received his doctorate in Chemistry from Michigan State University, was a postdoctoral researcher in Chemistry at MIT, where he spent five years as the Executive Director of the Earth System Initiative. He currently teaches sustainability strategy and entrepreneurship in the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at the Harvard University Extension School and is one of the faculty of the Youth Encounter on Sustainability, a Swiss-based training program for young professionals and graduate students, where he lectures and leads interactive workshops on climate change, climate policy and sustainable entrepreneurship. 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 2

Jill Abramson presents "Page One: Inside the New York Times"
WHEN  Wed., Sep. 2, 2015, 7:40 – 9:40 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center D, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Extension ALM in Journalism Program
SPEAKER(S)  Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New
York Times, visiting lecturer in Harvard’s Department of English
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  This presentation is in conjunction with the Harvard Extension School Journalism Program course "From Watergate to Wikileaks; Journalism Ethics Through Film." c.

Thursday, September 3

Thursday, September 3
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville
Cost:  $0 - $10

About EnergyBar: EnergyBar is a monthly event devoted to helping people in clean technology meet and discuss innovations in energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech,’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional clean technology community.

Light appetizers and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 pm. Suggested dress is shop floor casual.


Sustainability Collaborative
Thursday, September 3
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Venture Cafe, Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 5th floor,  Cambridge

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

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


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!


Artisan Asylum

Sprout & Co:  Community Driven Investigations

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation, contact

------------------------'s Guide to Boston


Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents

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