Sunday, August 30, 2015

Energy (and Other) Events - August 30, 2015

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Monday, August 31

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

Tuesday, September 1

8am  Boston TechBreakfast featuring awesome tech demos
11am  Measuring the impact of Internet Censorship
4pm  2015 Ash Center Open House
6pm  Boston's Sustainability Community Invites You to Paris this Summer!
6pm  TechHubTuesday Demo Night - September 2015

Wednesday, September 2

4:30pm  MIT Adventure—Generating World-Changing Ideas to Shape our Future
4:30pm  The Revolution Online:  The future of digital education
5:30pm  A Special Event to Protect Treasured Ecosystems of the Atlantic Ocean
7:40pm  Jill Abramson presents "Page One: Inside the New York Times"

Thursday, September 3

5:30pm  EnergyBar!
6pm  Sustainability Collaborative
6pm  Harvard—Undersea Research and the Future of Science

Sunday, September 6

3pm  Bread & Puppet Theater's The Overtakelessness Circus
7pm  Science and Cooking Public Lecture: Thinking about Flavor

Tuesday, September 8

3pm  Seamless Astronomy Colloquium: Visualizing big data: evidence and futures
4pm  Health in the Era of Sustainable Development
6pm  Vision and Robotics
6:30pm  Olmsted Lecture: Charles Waldheim, Landscape as Urbanism: A General Theory
7pm  Origami: Art and Science
7pm  #ItWasNeverADress: A Conversation on Women in Tech with Everyday Superheroes


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

Trailer for Banksy's Dismaland

The Great Animal Orchestra


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!


Measuring the impact of Internet Censorship
Tuesday, September 1
11:00 am - noon
Tufts, Halligan 209, 161 College Avenue, Medford

Speaker: Zartash Uzmi, LUMS, Pakistan


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. 


TechHubTuesday Demo Night - September 2015
Tuesday, September 1
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Demo Night is a chance to see what the top startups are working on, these are the people that are changing the future of business & tech!

Join #TechHubTuesday at Microsoft NERD to experience great demos from the exciting tech entrepreneur community.   Follow the # all day to see other demos taking place in Bengaluru and then London.

Each startup has 5 minutes to demo their product in front of a live audience, it's not a pitch but an opportunity for each startup to explain (and show) what they have been working on. After each demo there is live Q&A with the audience.  The idea is to foster innovation and iteration.  It's not about slamming the presenter!

Afterwards, stick around for beer and wine, network, play ping pong or take a look round the space.

Wednesday, September 2

MIT Adventure—Generating World-Changing Ideas to Shape our Future
Wednesday, September 2
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

***Due to the limited number of spots for this adventure, exact location will be shared with those who are accepted to join HUBweek and Ideas in Action on this adventure.***

Learn how to think like the leading researchers and entrepreneurs who are shaping our future with everything from what we eat (vertical open-source farming) to where we live (connected homes / IoT, furniture assembling robots), to how we move things and travel (drones, 3D printed wearable large intestine for space travel) to the future of bionics and digital money (Bitcoin) among many other transformative ideas.


The Revolution Online:  The future of digital education
Wednesday, September 2
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $11.54

Boston International is delighted to invite you to our 1st event of September with Dr. Sanjay Sarma.

As the first Director of Digital Learning at MIT, and the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT he will be discussing with us the future of education.

Dr. Sarma co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He serves on the boards of GS1, EPCglobal and several startup companies incuding Senaya and ESSESS. Dr. Sarma received his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Sarma also worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in California. He has authored over 75 academic papers in computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation and CAD, and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research including the MacVicar Fellowship, the Business Week eBiz Award and Informationweek's Innovators and Influencers Award. He advises several national government and global companies.

Tickets, which include light hors d’oeuvre and refreshment are limited.


A Special Event to Protect Treasured Ecosystems of the Atlantic Ocean
Wednesday, September 2
5:30 PM (Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer)
6:15 PM (Presentation)
Simons IMAX Theatre, 1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at;jsessionid=D31D6CE1BD29DDB541B20A0592E39176.app312b?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1771&utm_source=crm&utm_content=RSVPButtonLink&autologin=true

We invite you to join Earthjustice at the New England Aquarium in Boston for an evening with renowned National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry and a panel of leading marine scientists. You will learn through photography, video, and discussion about New England’s vital and fragile ocean ecosystems, including Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine. The New England Aquarium and the National Geographic have created this event to raise awareness about the need to protect these special places from human threats.

We hope you’ll join us for the free pre-meeting reception at 5:30, where you’ll meet supporters from Earthjustice and other environmental organizations involved in this historic effort to permanently protect Atlantic Ocean treasures and make your voice heard in support of these marine treasures.

For more information, please email


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.


Harvard—Undersea Research and the Future of Science
Thursday, September 3
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

***Due to the limited number of spots for this adventure, exact location will be shared with those who are accepted to join HUBweek and Ideas in Action on this adventure.***

Explore the underground laboratory of Dr. Peter Gurguis, and the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. In his labyrinth of underwater discoveries, meet the creatures that sparked animators' imagination for Finding Nemo.  Shed some light on modern oceanographic research and how the deep sea and its denizens play a critical role in supporting all life on Earth. Hear how renewable energy is finally becoming competitive with fossil-fuel sources. Finally, find out how discoveries in natural ecosystems are being used to treat and cure disease.

Though the deep sea represents the vast majority of our biosphere, we have literally seen less of our ocean floor than we’ve seen of the surface of Mars.  Nonetheless, the deep sea is a critical part of our ecosystem, and the Girguis lab at Harvard University is committed to understanding how animals and microbes make a living in the deep sea. Their lab features some of the best-preserved deep sea specimens, a live high-definition video feed from the sea floor, one of the world’s few deep sea simulation facilities, and novel deep sea sensors developed in the lab. A visit to the lab will include all of these aspects, and ends with a visit to their underground research facility, which is currently under renovation. Notably, the Girguis lab is also working towards developing a “maker space” for ocean science instruments in this underground lair, and Professor Girguis is looking to get your thoughts on how to establish and operate such a space. A tour of the Girguis lab takes you down into the deep, dark sea…right here in your own town.

Sunday, September 6

Bread & Puppet Theater's The Overtakelessness Circus
Sunday, September 6
3 pm
Magazine Beach Park, Cambridges

"The overtakelessness of those ....." [from Emily Dickinson's The Single Hound (part five, xc)]

The award-winning Vermont-based Bread & Puppet Theater takes its annual Labor Day weekend "little big tour" down to the Boston area, this year bringing their new The Overtakelessness Circus to be presented outdoors on Sunday, September 6th, in Cambridge at Magazine Beach Park and on Monday, September 7th, in Lawrence at the 31st Annual Bread & Roses Heritage Festival.

The Overtakelessness Circus presents the most popular races and competitions of modern life and its economy, including the race between the proletariat and the CEOs, and the race between the limping city pedestrian and the sports car in a typical traffic jam. The Circus will also commemorate several historic events that do or do not influence modern life, such as the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta and the 30th Anniversary of the federally supported firebombing and destruction of the MOVE Family in Philadelphia.

A poem by Emily Dickinson serves as inspiration for the variety of "overtakelessness" themes and slapstick comedies that make up this year's Bread & Puppet Circus. As described by Bread & Puppet's founder and artistic director Peter Schumann, the Circus addresses:  "The overtakelessness of all that which runs it's fatal or ridiculous course. The running of all aspects of modern life towards it's high-falutin' goals and pitfalls. The running itself is the subject matter."

As always with Bread & Puppet outdoor events, The Overtakelessness Circus features a brass band, a string ensemble, various birds, tigers and cockroaches, and a vast array of representatives from all categories of the human hodgepodge. If some of the circus acts are politically puzzling to adults, accompanying kids can usually explain them. After each performance, sourdough rye bread will be served and the audience is welcome to stay and check out all the masks and puppets and to peruse the Cheap Art, posters, and banners for sale.

Listings information:
Bread & Puppet Theater: The Overtakelessness Circus
Sunday, September 6, 3 pm [rain location provided]
Magazine Beach Park (along the Charles River), 719 Memorial Drive,
Cambridge, MA 02139
[Located at the foot of Magazine St., across from Trader Joe's and the Micro
Center; in close proximity to the Red Line stop: Central Square Station,
less than 1 mile walking/biking distance.]
Free, pass-the-hat donations welcome; rain location: Morse School, 40 Granite Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
For more information:,, 617-286-6694

Presented with assistance from the Cambridge Arts Council and the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association.

Monday, September 7

Science and Cooking Public Lecture: Thinking about Flavor
Monday, September 7
Harvard, Science Center Lecture Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Dave Arnold (@CookingIssues), Booker & Dax, and host of “Cooking Issues”
Harold McGee (@Harold_McGee), writer, “Curious Cook”

For more information about the lecture series, visit
Host: Science and Cooking

Tuesday, September 8

Seamless Astronomy Colloquium: Visualizing big data: evidence and futures
Tuesday, September 8
Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge

Professor Nick Holliman, The Digital Institute, Newcastle University
Description: Visualization techniques, often including interactive methods, enable a viewer to gain an understanding of the key features within a set of data in order to facilitate decisions to be made and actions to be taken. As a process visualization has literally become about generating ideas in people’s heads efficiently and accurately.

Across all fields where it is collected big data continues to expand in terms of the volume, variety and velocity of its content. This is both true is established fields such as astronomy and cosmology, and equally as true in emerging fields such as the Internet of Things. The scale of these data sets is challenging our ability to visualize them effectively using existing techniques.

We will present recently collected evidence on the effectiveness of stereoscopic visualizations of cosmological and astronomical data sets, this was undertaken using a quasi-experiment gathering one group pre-test post-test audience feedback. This showed that high quality TV sized displays are as effective as large projection displays in presenting stereoscopic visualizations to small groups.

We then look to the future of visualization for big data, and how the increase in data set size is leading to a need for new visualization techniques. We consider how the cloud computing infrastructure might support transformational new approaches to interactive, personalised visualization. We will argue that the cloud has the potential to provide unique capabilities not found in today’s client-side and web-based visualization applications.

Health in the Era of Sustainable Development
Tuesday, September 8
Lecture: 4-5 p.m., Kresge G3
Reception: 5-6 p.m., Rosenau Atrium
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Speaker: K. Srinath Reddy, MD, DM (Card), MSc, (Epi), FAMS, DSc, DLitt (Hon. Causa), President, Public Health Foundation of India
Welcome and Discussion Moderated by:  Acting Dean David J. Hunter, MBBS, ScD, Dean for Academic Affairs
Vincent L. Gregory Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Vision and Robotics
Tuesday, September 8
6:00 PM
Microsoft NERD Center, Mann Theater, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Robots have made amazing advances other the last few years, and vision has played a big part of it.  We have two amazing companies so far. Boston Dynamics has brought us Big Dog and the Atlas Robot.   Vecna has started pushing robots into health care. It should be an exciting night.

Rough agenda:
6 - 6:30:  Networking and Pizza
6:30 - 7:20:  Three Speakers
(1) Marc Raibert. Founder Boston Dynamics. 
(2) Daniel Theobald. Founder Vecna Robotics.
(3) TBD.
7:20 - 7:30:  1 min pitches from audience. Need help? Looking for a job? Let us know.
7:30 on:  More networking.


Olmsted Lecture: Charles Waldheim, Landscape as Urbanism: A General Theory
WHEN  Tue., Sep. 8, 2015, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Graduate School of Design
DETAILS  Charles Waldheim will present material from his forthcoming book Landscape as Urbanism: A General Theory (Princeton University Press). Waldheim argues that the discourse and practices of landscape urbanism represent the third historical moment in the past two centuries in which landscape has been called upon to absorb the shocks associated with transformations in industrial economy. Rather than a simply stylistic or cultural question, the talk describes a structural relationship between landscape as a medium of design, and transformations in the industrial economies that enable processes of urbanization. Charles Waldheim is John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard GSD.


Origami: Art and Science
Tuesday, September 8
7:00 PM
Belmont Public Library 336 Concord Avenue, Belmont

L. Mahadevan, Ph.D., de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics; Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Professor of Physics, Harvard University

Origami, the art of folding paper into complex shapes, is in the midst of a revolution driven by the realization that it is simultaneously the fount of new mathematics and the potential origin of many engineering applications. As it happens, it also appears naturally in many biological systems. Dr. Mahadevan discusses these different facets of origami and demonstrates how crossing the divide between art and science enriches both immeasurably.


#ItWasNeverADress: A Conversation on Women in Tech with Everyday Superheroes
Tuesday, September 8
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
General Assembly, 51 Melcher Street, Boston

Join the creators behind Axosoft's viral #ItWasNeverADress campaign and the Girl Develop It community for a conversation on how being conscious and collaborative leads to innovation.

In an effort to break down barriers and shift perceptions of women in technology—and all spaces—Axosoft used their tech superhero powers of collaboration, cross-functionality, and agility to offer up a radically reimagined women’s bathroom symbol.

This new symbol has started an international conversation that is picking up STEAM! Since the campaign launched just a few month ago, it has generated over 20 million impressions, received attention from every major media outlet, and is funding a scholarship at Arizona State University for a need-based student entering a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) field.

In this inviting, and humorous talk, the instigator behind It Was Never a Dress, Tania Katan, shares tips for artful disruption inspired by agile methodology!

Tania Katan  Creator of #ItWasNeverADress, Axosoft

Tania Katan is an award-winning author and creative instigator who believes in storytelling at all costs. Katan has performed her stories at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, NPR Snap Judgment, TEDX, Comedy Central Stage, and more. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Huffington Post, TIME, BuzzFeed, GLAMOUR, and others. Formerly a Curator of Literary and Performing Arts at a contemporary art museum, Katan made the audacious leap into technology and is currently the Curator of Code at Axosoft, because every rock star company needs a punk.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 9

Trends, Opportunities and Challenges driving Architecture and Design of Next Generation Mobile Computing and IoT Devices
Wednesday, September 9
MIT, Building 34-401, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Karim Arabi, Qualcomm
The mobile computing and communication industry has been characterized by constant changes and rapid expansions. Aggressive silicon integration technology scaling, advanced low power design techniques, efficient mobile wireless and connectivity solutions and advances in a plethora of sensor technology have been critical in enabling mobile computing in a ubiquitous and cost-effective manner. Mobile computing continues to drive innovation in technologies that will enable new use cases and applications in an energy and cost efficient manner. The industry is now evolving quickly to leverage these capabilities to address the emerging wearable and IoT opportunities expected to sustain growth for the next decade. Choice of device architectures and features are impacted by market requirements and mega trends. In this presentation mega trends, opportunities and challenges driving next generation mobile and IoT devices will be reviewed.

MTL Seminar Series
Refreshments at 11:30 am

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories
For more information, contact:  Valerie Dinardo


What Have We Learned about Culture and Black Youth?
WHEN  Wed., Sep. 9, 2015, 12 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
SPEAKER(S)  Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  A Q+A session will follow the lecture.

Clean Energy Policy Briefing
Wednesday, September 9
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville

Join the NECEC policy team and Greentown Labs for lunch to learn about how proposed state and regional policies could affect your business. Janet Gail Besser, NECEC’s VP of Policy and Government Affairs will summarize key policy issues affecting emerging clean energy companies across New England and New York, field your questions, and provide avenues to participate in and influence policy discussions. Policy topics will include:
Solar net metering
Distributed generation incentives
Grid modernization
Utility regulation and rate design

Get up to speed and stay on top of policy developments directly affecting your business.

12:00 - 12:40 Clean Energy Policy Topics - Janet Gail Besser, VP of Policy and Gov’t Affairs
12:40 - 1:30 Conversation and Q&A

Janet Gail Besser, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs
Janet brings deep expertise and credibility to lead NECEC’s policy and government relations efforts. Most recently she was Vice President of Regulatory Strategy and Policy at National Grid, and previously was Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. Janet has been in senior roles in the Massachusetts Energy Office and New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and has been an executive and expert consultant on electricity markets, transmission, policy and economics at two leading consulting firms: Analysis Group and Lexecon. She also brings experience as policy director for a DC-based national independent power industry association, and is a nationally recognized expert on a wide range of energy policy issues with deep relationships across the industry. 


Is an Era of Geopolitics Replacing an Era of Peaceful Economic Obsession?
WHEN  Wed., Sep. 9, 2015, 12:30 – 1:50 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, S020, Belfer Case Study Room, Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Critical Issues Confronting China Seminar Series; co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
SPEAKER(S)  William Overholt, senior fellow, Harvard University Asia Center
COST  Free and open to the public


Berkman Center Fall 2015 Open House
Wednesday, September 9
5:00 pm, webcast portion starting at 6:00 pm
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein Rooms, 2nd Floor, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Free and Open to the Public

Come to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Fall 2015 Open House to meet our faculty, fellows, and staff, and to learn about the many ways you can get involved in our dynamic, exciting environment.

5:00-6:00 pm - Project Showcase Session: Select Berkman projects will be present with information about their projects' current activities. Staff working with each of these projects are eager to share information about the big research questions they are considering, meet potential future collaborators, and solicit ideas. In addition to the project tabling, there will be space and opportunity to connect with new Berkman community members and Berkman Center Staff and Faculty. You may come for any portion of time during this session.
 6:00-7:00 pm - Plenary Session with Jonathan Zittrain: Learn more about the Berkman Center for Internet & Society -- and its network of researchers, activists, faculty, students, technologists, entrepreneurs, artists, policy makers, lawyers, and more -- in an interactive conversation lead by Berkman Center Faculty Chair Jonathan Zittrain. If you’re curious about connecting with our research, our community, or our events, or are just generally interested in digital technologies and their impact on society, please join us!
 7:00 pm - Reception: Keep the conversations going with the help of light snacks and drinks!
As a University-wide research center at Harvard, our interdisciplinary efforts in the exploration of cyberspace address a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. If you're interested in the Internet’s impact on society and are looking to engage a community of world-class fellows and faculty through events, conversations, research, and more please join us to hear more about our upcoming academic year.

People from all disciplines, universities, organizations, and backgrounds are encouraged to attend the Open House. We look forward to seeing you there!


Women in MassChallenge Showcase
Wednesday, September 9
6-8 pm
21 Drydock Avenue, 6th Floor, Boston

Did you know Boston was recently named the #2 city in the world for female entrepreneurs and that 44% of the startups in this summer's class at MassChallenge Boston are founded by women?

Women in MassChallenge (WiMC) was founded by MassChallenge alumni in 2012 to provide better access, education and support for the unique challenges that face female founders.

Please join us for dynamic conversations around women in entrepreneurship as Female-founded startups showcase their companies to the community.

Thursday, September 10

NECEC Policy Series - 2015 Legislative Session Roundup
Thursday, September 10
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT)
Brown Rudnick, One Financial Center, Boston
Cost:  $53.74

NECEC's VP, Policy & Government Affairs Janet Gail Besser and NECEC's state coordinators will provide an overview of key clean energy legislation that has emerged from the 2015 state legislative sessions. Learn what new legislation will mean for the clean energy industry, and what to expect in the coming year.
Continental Breakfast & Networking, 8:30am - 9:00am
Panel Discussion & Q&A, 9:00am - 10:30am
NECEC Members & Sponsors: No charge
Non-Members: $50.00**
**Non-Member companies may apply registration fees toward NECEC Membership if they join before October 1st! Learn more about Membership today.
Moderator: Janet Gail Besser, VP, Policy & Government Affairs, NECEC
Dan Bosley, Government Relations Executive, NECEC
Kate Epsen, Executive Director, New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association (NHSEA)
Mary Phil Guinan, President, Guinan Associates
Gabrielle Stebbins, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Vermont
Jeff Marks, Executive Director, Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech)
Sue AnderBois, Rhode Island State Coordinator, NECEC


Growing Economies: Agricultural Innovation and Economic Transformation in Africa
WHEN  Thu., Sep. 10, 2015, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development and director of Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at HKS
Lunch will be served.


Preparing for Workforce Continuity and Business Operations for the Upcoming Flu Season: It's Nothing to Sneeze At!
Webinar at

Speaker: Richard C. Larson, Ph.D., Mitsui Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT; Founding Director, MIT Center for Engineering System Fundamentals
It is not too early to plan now for the next flu season: Research shows that your organization???s workforce could suffer a decrease of 20 percent to 30 percent. If you run a lean shop, that's a lot of lost capacity!

In this webinar, MIT Professor Richard C. Larson will highlight results of a six-year research project he codirected in collaboration with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He will discuss:
1) how to educate your staff on behavioral changes that they and their family members can make to reduce the chances of getting sick;
2) ways to alter business processes to reduce infection pathways; and
3) why it is imperative to start planning now.

A Q&A will follow the presentation.
Be proactive! Join us and learn how to keep your employees and your business healthy.

The MIT System Design & Management Program's Systems Thikning Webinar Series
This series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to all
Tickets: Virtual -- see link above.
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design & Management
For more information, contact:  Lois Slavin 


Theo Jansen's Strandbeests
Thursday, September 10
3-7 p.m.
MIT Media Lab Cambridge

A panel discussion with Theo Jansen, PEM curator Trevor Smith, and MIT associate professor Neri Oxman will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., after which the standbeests will walk around the plaza outside).


Energy Innovation at the Intersection of Technology and Government
Thursday, September 10
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville

5:30 - 6:30 PM Networking
6:30 - 7:30 PM Panel Discussion
Networking to follow

What fosters private and public sector ideas at the nexus of technology and government. How does innovation happen that solves civic problems?  What jumpstarts it? Who drives it? What kinds of problems get addressed?  What is the role of entrepreneurs?  What is the role of policy?

As public and private sector leaders, you are working on this issue every day.  The City of Somerville has several activities including the Somerville Greentech program; Mapdwell began out of discussions between the City of Cambridge and MIT to help residents and businesses understand rooftop solar potential; and Rainbank is working with cities with regulations to address storm water pollution.

Panelists for this event include:
Oliver Sellers-Garcia, City of Somerville, Director, Office of Sustainability
Katie Stebbins Assistant Secretary of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship for Massachusetts' Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development 
Eduardo Berlin, Founder, Mapdwell
Andrew Amigo, CEO, Blackburn Energy (they are developing energy systems for truck fleets to eliminate diesel-powered cabins that run all night)
Kevin Dutt, CEO and Founder, Rainbank

Information about the location:


Climate Climate Protection Action Committee
Thursday, September 10
6:00 pm
City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Sullivan Chamber, Cambridge

The September meeting will be CPAC’s annual meeting with the City Manager and departments.

More at

Friday, September 11

Inaugural Forum on Population Health Equity
WHEN  Fri., Sep. 11, 2015
WHERE  Martin Conference Center, Harvard Longwood Area, Boston, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Forum for Population Health Equity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is made possible with the generous support of the Aetna Foundation
SPEAKER(S)  David Stuckler, Oxford University
Billie Giles-Corti, University of Melbourne
David Mah, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Sir Michael Marmot, University College London
Nancy Adler, University of California, San Francisco
Arjumand Siddiqi, University of Toronto
David Williams, Harvard T.H. Chan School
Jussi Vahtera, University of Turku, Finland
Philippa Howden-Chapman,
Sanjay Basu, Stanford University
Dean Sandro Galea, Boston University School of Public Health
COST  Free and open to the public; seating is limited
DETAILS  For more information:
Twitter:; @PopHealthEquity; #PopHealthEquity.

Please only register if you are able to attend.


Computational Research in Boston and Beyond Seminar
Friday, September 11
MIT, Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Arvados: A Free Software Platform for Big Data Science

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Mathematics, Department of
For more information, contact:  Alan Edelman 

Saturday, September 12

The Second Climate Summit
Saturday, September 12
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.


2015 Boston Festival of Indie Games
Saturday, September 12
10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
MIT, Johnson Athletic Center, 120 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 - $13.29
The Boston Festival of Indie Games celebrates independent game development in New England and neighboring regions. Our goal is to create an inclusive environment for everybody who enjoys and appreciates games in any shape or form. The festival seeks to support and showcase the efforts of independent game developers, as well as youth programs focused on game development and related fields.

We encourage attendees of our annual festival to participate and play games in different formats: video games, location-based games, tabletop games and more! The games featured at the annual festival are innovative and refreshing, demonstrating both the budding and the established talent of game makers in the American northeast.
The Boston Festival of Indie Games is a registered non-profit with the State of Massachusetts, dedicated to fostering the next generation of game developers. Through youth and small-business outreach initiatives culminating in the yearly festival, the Boston Festival of Indie Games strives to strengthen the game development industry of New England.

Buy your tickets now to get an early bird discount! Standard price tickets will be available starting August 1st for $12, with $15 tickets at the door.


The Fall 2015 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP
Saturday September 12
NOON to 2 pm
Fayette Park (off Fayette St., across from the King School, formerly Longfellow School and library, near corner with Broadway), Cambridge
Rain date—in case of DOWNPOUR—is Sunday, Sep. 13, 12-2

Bring anything that's growing in too much abundance in your garden. Elegant packaging not required, but please write down plant names.   We expect to have perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds, houseplants, catalogs, pots, and lots of "whatever."  Nothing to swap? Come anyway—meet other gardeners!

Sunday, September 13

Sustainable Belmont Green Garden Tour
Sunday, September 13
11 to 3, rain or shine 

Pick up map on September 13 at 266 Beech Street, Beech Street Center, Belmont

Or find it (soon) on


Cambridge Carnival
Sunday, September 13
12pm - 6 pm
Kendall Square, Cambridge


A New Water Paradigm: Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming (Preview)
Sunday, September 13
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
1 Fayette Park, Cambridge

Can we address the extreme weather effects of global warming by direct action on water cycles? Our upcoming October conference, Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming, will demonstrate the possibilities featuring presentations by internationally renowned Slovakian hydrologist Michal Kravcik (author of Water for the Recovery of the Climate: A New Water Paradigm) and Canadian water rights activist and Maude Barlow (chair of the board of Food and Water Watch), among others.  

At our September 13th Meetup, Biodiversity for a Livable ClimateProgram Coordinator Brian Cartwright will present a conference sneak preview to introduce us to the New Water Paradigm which is the framework for the event. Brian will highlight a variety of successful large and small scale methods for keeping water circulating in local landscapes, supporting vegetation and biodiverse species working cooperatively.

Join us from 6:00-7:00 p.m. for a potluck and informal networking before Brian begins his presentation. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Biodiversity for a Livable Climate team

Monday, September 14

Gauging the Effects of Teach for America on Hard-to-Staff Schools
Monday, September 14
 MIT, Building E62-650

Speaker: Sally Hudson (MIT)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Public Finance/Labor Workshop
For more information, contact:  economics calendar 


Science in Cooking:  Pasta Magic
Monday, September 14
7 pm
Harvard, Science Center Lecture Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Mark Ladner, (@ChefMarkLadner), Del Posto

Science by the Pint:  What is Synthetic Biology?
Monday, September 14
The Burren, Davis Square, 247 Elm Street, Somerville

More information at

Tuesday, September 15

Bob Schieffer - The 2016 Presidential Election
Tuesday, September 15
Harvard, Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building, 5th Floor,  15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

In his first event as the new Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow, Bob Schieffer, one of America’s most honored and respected journalists, gives his expert analysis on the current status of the 2016 presidential election campaign.


When online is offline: the case for hyperlocal webservers and networks
Tuesday, September 15
12:00 pm
Harvard Law School campus, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Event will be webcast live on at 12:00 pm

with Berkman Fellow, Jason Griffey
The LibraryBox Project (along with other emerging projects like PirateBox,, IdeasBox, and others) is an attempt at bridging the divide in delivery of digital information in areas where there is a lack of communications infrastructure or where that infrastructure has been damaged or is overly monitored or controlled. As self-contained, non-connected portable servers, these devices can be used to circumvent governmental firewalls, distribute information in areas of political upheaval, reach the most remote areas to deliver healthcare information, and help recovery efforts after natural disasters. This presentation will be an overview of the LibraryBox project and its current state,  goals and development roadmap, and a discussion of possible next directions and needs.

About Jason
Jason Griffey is the founder and principal at Evenly Distributed (, a technology consulting and creation firm for libraries, museums, education, and other non-profits. Jason is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he studies hyperlocal micronetworks such as his LibraryBox project.

He has written extensively on libraries and technology, most recently a chapter in The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: A LITA Guide. His previous book, Mobile Technology and Libraries, is a part of the award-winning Tech Set series. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2009, Griffey has written and spoken internationally on topics such as the future of technology and libraries, personal electronics in the library, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.

He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces.

Griffey is the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system. He can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.


xTalks: The Future of STEM Education: Using a MOOC to Prepare the Next Generation of Faculty
Tuesday, September 15
MIT, Building 4-153, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

Speaker: Bennett Goldberg
Talk Description:   More than 80% of future STEM faculty that will teach the next generation of students in the 4,500+ institutions of higher education in the US receive their PhDs at fewer than 100 institutions. Preparing graduate students and postdocs at these relatively few research universities to use evidence-based instruction, active-learning, and effective teaching practices can change the future of higher education. Dr. Bennett Golldberg will discuss the model of the Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network, a coalition of 22 universities preparing future faculty. To scale and reach the more than 43,000 STEM PhDs that graduate each year and 20,000 that take postdoctoral positions, we created a massive open online course, 'An Introduction to Evidence-based Undergraduate STEM Teaching.' Remarkably, 50% of postdocs and nearly 40% of graduate students who signed up completed the course, demonstrating a significant need and success at serving our target audience. Bennett Goldberg is Professor of Physics and Director of STEM Education Initiatives in the Office of the Provost, Boston University.

xTalks: Digital Discourses
The xTalks series provides a forum to facilitate awareness, deep understanding and transference of educational innovations at MIT and elsewhere. We hope to foster a community of educators, researchers, and technologists engaged in developing and supporting effective learning experiences through online learning environments and other digital technologies.

This event is co-sponsored with the Teaching and Learning Laboratory at MIT.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Office of Digital Learning, Teaching and Learning Laboratory, OEIT- Office of Educational Innovation and Technology
For more information, contact:  Molly Ruggles


Starr Forum: Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now
Tuesday, September 15
MIT, Building 34-101, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

A conversation with Ayaan Hirsi Ali
A distinguished political leader and relentless champion of free speech and women's rights, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of today's most admired and controversial public figures. She will be coming to MIT to discuss her latest book: "Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now" (published March 2015). Hirsi Ali has been honored as one of TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People," a "Glamour Magazine Hero" and as "Reader's Digest's European of the Year." Praised as "required reading for everyone everywhere," her memoir "Infidel" illustrates how a determined woman can impact much more history than just her own. Currently, Hirsi Ali is a fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

Joining the conversation will be John Tirman, the executive director and a principal research scientist at MIT's Center for International Studies. A prolific writer, his most recent book is "Dream Chasers: Immigration and the American Backlash" (published March 2015).

Refreshments will be served.

Copies of the book, "Heretic," will be available for purchase at the event.

CIS Starr Forum
A public events series on pressing issues in international affairs, sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:


MIT Center for Real Estate Thought Leader Speaker Series
Tuesday, September 15
MIT, Building 9-354, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Lisa Picard MSRED 95
Lisa Picard '95, EVP and Regional Manager, Skanska in Seattle
She will address innovations in complex urban mixed use properties

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for Real Estate

For more information, contact:
Michelle Heller


Boston New Technology September 2015 Product Showcase #BNT57
Tuesday, September 15
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Blvd, 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 #BNT57 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
9:00 - More networking over drinks across the street, at The Whiskey Priest, 150 Northern Ave. (at Seaport Blvd.), Boston, MA. (optional)


Organs-on-a-Chip: Revolutionizing the Drug Discovery Process
Tuesday, September 15
6:00pm - 9:00pm
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Don Ingber, M.D., Ph.D.
The paradigm used by pharmaceutical companies to discover and develop new drugs is broken. Clinical studies take years to complete and testing a single compound can cost more than $2 million. Meanwhile, innumerable animal lives are lost, and the process often fails to predict human responses because traditional animal models do not accurately mimic human physiology. For these reasons, the pharmaceutical industry needs alternative ways to screen drug candidates in the laboratory. Microchips, called organs-on-chips, could one day form an accurate alternative to traditional animal testing. How is emulating human systems on microchips changing the drug development process?

Learn more and RSVP...

About Don Ingber
Don Ingber, M.D., Ph.D.
Founding Director, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology, Harvard Medical School & Vascular Biology Program, Boston Children's Hospital
Professor of Bioengineering, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Donald E. Ingber is the Founding Director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital, and Professor of Bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He received his B.A., M.A., M.Phil., M.D. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Dr. Ingber's work has catalyzed the convergence of far-reaching disciplines never before connected, ranging from biology, medicine, engineering, computer science and physics to art, architecture and design. His efforts contributed to the emergence of the field of Biologically Inspired Engineering, and at the Wyss Institute, he oversees a multifaceted mission to identify the mechanisms that living organisms use to self-assemble from molecules and cells, and to apply these design principles to develop advanced materials and devices for healthcare and to improve sustainability. He also leads the Biomimetic Microsystems Platform in which microfabrication techniques from the computer industry are used to build tiny, complex, three-dimensional models of living human organs. These "Organs on Chips" mimic complicated human functions as a way to replace traditional animal-based methods for testing of drugs and establishment of human disease models. In addition, he has made major contributions to understanding cell structure, mechanobiology, tissue engineering, tumor angiogenesis, systems biology, nanobiotechnology, medical devices, and translational medicine. Dr. Ingber has authored more than 400 publications and 100 patents, founded three companies to commercialize his technologies, and has received numerous honors in a broad range of disciplines, including the Holst Medal, Department of Defense Breast Cancer Innovator Award, Pritzker Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society, Rous-Whipple Award from the American Society for Investigative Pathology, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of In Vitro Biology, Leading Edge Award from the Society of Toxicology, NC3Rs Award, and 2015 Design of the Year Award. He is also an honorary member of the Society of Toxicology, and member of both the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the U.S National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine). His work has been featured by various national and international media organizations, such as BBC, NOVA, CBS, and NPR, and his organs-on-chips technology is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.


Food in the City: Boston Happy Hour
Tuesday, September 15
6:30 PM
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville

Boston-Area Urban Agriculture


Marc Rosenbaum, a long-time energy efficiency practitioner and engineer, is teaching a 10 week in-depth course for professionals who are serious about transformative energy upgrades to residential and commercial buildings. He'll cover the pertinent building science, techniques for superinsulating foundations, walls, windows, and roofs, appropriate mechanical systems. There will be a weekly in-depth case study as well. Please join him, and pass this on to anyone who might benefit. Here's the link: 


Keeping A Promise for Solar Teaching in Indonesia (from Richard Komp)

Last May, after I spent a month teaching groups of students in in Sumatra, Indonesia.  I promised them I would come back for a second set of courses next Spring.  Since then the part-Indonesian woman who had financed the project has had a slight reversal of fortune (the stock market has not been kind to her lately).   While the costs of the course and materials and my stay in Indonesia are still covered, I will have to arrange for the cost of my own travel arrangements.  In the next trip I will be teaching in a school run by a Christian family where most of the students are Muslims and staying at a Buddhist monastery, where I will also be giving seminars.  All these people expect me back.
I will be traveling directly from Managua, Nicaragua to, and inside, Indonesia, then back to here in Maine.  This is a distance longer than a round the world trip  I have the trip from Managua to Los Angeles covered by frequent flier miles but still have the rest of the travel to pay for.   While air fare in Indonesia is cheap (and with a questionable safety record), I have some long distance flights on airlines like Singapore Air.  While they have five classes of accommodations in their two stories Airbus 380, I travel downstairs in “steerage”, the lowest class.  I also have to get back from Los Angeles to Maine; so I calculate I will need about $2600 from Skyheat Associates to cover all the expenses.
I am asking for your help!
Please think of donating money to a special Skyheat program to cover all these expenses.  Skyheat doesn’t have any arrangements for paying by credit card, and PayPal won’t deal with me (a long old story) so you will have to send checks to Skyheat at the address below.   Skyheat Associates is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity (IRS # 31-1021520) and all your donations will be tax exempt.  You can go to our website and read my report on the first Indonesial trip on the International work page.   Please feel free to pass this request on to anybody  you think might be interested.
Thank your for your help,

Richard Komp PhD, Director
Skyheat Associates
PO Box 184, Harrington ME 04643
207-497-2204, cell 207-450-1141,


Internship at Trustees Boston
If you (or know any students who) want to make an impact connecting the community to green space, gardening and local food in Boston, we have an internship ready to hire!  Trustees – Boston is filling two internship positions for this fall: Communications & Social Media and Event Management. 

We have a great lineup of programming coming this fall including our Fall Festival & Plant Sale, the Great Pumpkin Float, the Children’s Harvest Festival (at the Boston Children’s Museum) and a Holiday Lantern Walk (and more!).  With support from Programming Managers, these interns will play an integral role both in making them happen as well as ensuring a wide cross-section of the Boston community has access to these great opportunities to get to know the importance of urban greenspace!

Please direct any questions to Ashley Hampson at or 617-542-7696 ext. 2112.


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

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:

Cambridge Happenings:

Cambridge Community Calendar:

Arts and Cultural Events List:

Boston Events Insider:


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