Saturday, July 30, 2022

Energy (and Other) Events Monthly - August 2022

Energy (and Other) Events Monthly - August 2022

**Index**

**Conferences**

Decolonizing and Regrowing Our Food Systems
Friday, August 5 - Sunday, August 7

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TEDxBoston Traction
Monday August 15

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**Lecture Series**

Flourish Fiction Summer Workshop Series 2022!
Open Feedback Workshop
August 3

End-of-Summer Showcase
August 24

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How to Cover the Climate Crisis — and Fight Disinformation
August 8 – September 4

**Events**

Continued Conversations: Indigenous Land Rights with Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Monday, August 1

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Project Carbdown: ERW MRV - Dirk Paessler, Carbon Drawdown Initiative
Tuesday, August 2

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World Sustainability Collective - Atmospheric Greenhouse Gases Remova
l Tuesday, August 2

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Informational webinar on Environmental Justice Data Fund Grants
Wednesday, August 3

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Debating Eco-Socialist Futures
Wednesday, August 3

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EPA Environmental Justice Outreach Session: General Issues
Wednesday, August 3

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Bridging the Great American Divide
Wednesday, August 3

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Engineering Solutions for Earth's Oceans presented by STEMSpark
Thursday, August 4

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EnergyBar August 2022: Summer Rooftop Networking
Thursday, August 4

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A Half-Built Garden: Ruthanna Emrys in conversation with Ada Palmer
Thursday, August 4

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Cool: Women Leaders Reversing Global Warming
Friday, August 5

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Reclaim Rock City Free Community Fair!
Saturday August 6

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Deep Dialogue Part 2 on weatherizing and electrifying heating in our residential buildings
Monday, August 8

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The Rise of Eco-Fascism - Lowell Bliss
Tuesday, August 9

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Building Business Resilience in the Climate Change Era
Wednesday, August 10

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A Global Energy Revolution: Blueprint for a Prosperous, Zero-Carbon Future
Thursday, August 11

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CLF Boston Reuse: Highlighting Circular Materials Innovation
Thursday, August 18

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Carbofex: Biochar at Scale - Founder and CEO Sampo Tukiainen
Tuesday, August 23

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Embedding sustainability in governance, structure and culture
Wednesday, August 24

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Wetlands, mangroves and global warming!
Wednesday, August 24

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These kinds of events below are happening all over the world every day and most of them, now, are webcast and archived, sometimes even with accurate transcripts. Would be good to have a place that helped people access them.

This is a more global version of the local listings I did for about a decade (what I did and why I did it at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it.html) until September 2020 and earlier for a few years in the 1990s (https://theworld.com/~gmoke/AList.index.html).

A more comprehensive global listing service could be developed if there were enough people interested in doing it, if it hasn’t already been done.

If anyone knows of such a global listing of open energy, climate, and other events is available, please put me in contact.

Thanks for reading,
Solar IS Civil Defense,
George Mokray
gmoke@world.std.com
http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com - notes on lectures and books
http://solarray.blogspot.com - renewable energy and efficiency - zero net energy links list
http://cityag.blogspot.com - city agriculture links list
http://geometrylinks.blogspot.com - geometry links list
http://hubevents.blogspot.com - Energy (and Other) Events
http://www.dailykos.com/user/gmoke/history - articles, ideas, and screeds

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**Conferences**

Decolonizing and Regrowing Our Food Systems
Friday, August 5 - Sunday, August 7
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA and Online
RSVP at https://whova.com/web/svpe5bvjQOTfM1bhecxw-LIgynjAFqtBK1FpGrmqYPE%3D/
Cost: $250 - $50 with scholarships available

Over 60 educational workshops, panel discussions, keynote session with Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, a children’s conference, live music, food trucks and more.

25 workshops available online as livestreams and on demand after the conference for those who prefer to attend remotely.

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TEDxBoston Traction
Monday August 15
RSVP at johnkwerner09@gmail.com

The format will include TED Talks on how far we've come and where we go from here. Meet the speakers at https://tedxboston.com/events/quin-house-8-15-22/
Speakers range from: Airline CEO; Artist; Director Lab @MIT; Lindbergh; Teacher of the Year; Mother that *choose* to be Locked-up; Manifesto-writer; NatGeo Explorer; NYT Bestselling Author; Political Innovator; Psychiatrist; Wrestler; Volleyball Pro; Start-up Founder; Surgeon; World Champion Accordionist. Speaker topics range from: Accordion Music; Being Invisible; Brain Disease; Clothes; Dentistry + AI; First-class Air Travel; Gridlock; Happiness; Incarceration; Kindness; Oldest Lab @MIT; Philanthropy for Cures; Cities; Reflective Surfaces; Size Discrimination; Sports; Teaching; Women & Work, and more. What to attend? Email johnkwerner09@gmail.com

**Lecture Series**

Announcing our Flourish Fiction Summer Workshop Series 2022!
These four events will help you make progress towards a finished piece of climate fiction. Registration is open now! Join for all four or any combination.

Summer is officially here (for those of us on the northern hemisphere of planet Earth), and it brings with it some of the year’s best chances to experience natural splendor. We pass amongst trees as they put forth their lushest greenery, we hike up mountains as they reach ever upwards to the clear blue sky, and we sit on the beach as the vast ocean sends its waves crashing against yellow sand.

However, the hot weather can also be a reminder of the threats facing this planet. Many communities are already dealing with oppressive and deadly heat, and the situation is due to get worse before it gets better. How does a climate-conscious individual balance enjoyment of warmer weather with concerns over a warmer planet? At Flourish Fiction, we believe it’s not only possible but essential to hold both these ideas at once. We must relish in the joys of this world, while also pushing towards meaningful climate solutions.

That’s why we’re excited to announce our summer workshop series! The goal of these workshops is to help our community to take the leap into writing hopeful climate fiction, possibly for the first time, embracing art as a means of envisioning a brighter future.

Open Feedback Workshop – August 3, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
End-of-Summer Showcase – August 24, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
Each event can potentially stand alone, but we encourage you to register for and attend all of them, because they’ll progressively move you towards a finished story at the end of the summer.

Read on for more information about each workshop!

Open Feedback Workshop
August 3
8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-feedback-workshop-tickets-372043832117

This workshop will be a safe space to share work and get feedback from the group. Feel free to bring whatever you’re working on, whether it’s inspired by a previous Flourish workshop or something completely different. Anything is fair game: story ideas, flash fiction, short story excerpts, novel excerpts, and poems. If you can share it in five minutes, then you’re good to go. This will be a valuable chance to get thoughtful feedback from real human beings who are passionate about climate fiction.

End-of-Summer Showcase
August 24
8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/end-of-summer-showcase-tickets-371858357357

Community members with work that’s finished or near-finished will have the chance to showcase it in short snippets to an audience of supportive peers and representatives from the climate fiction community. Pieces will be selected from the wider pool of Flourish submissions.

This will be a great chance to preview work that could be published in the Flourish Fiction fall line-up.

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"How to Cover the Climate Crisis — and Fight Disinformation," organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and sponsored by Google News Initiative. During this four-week massive open online course, which will be held from August 8 – September 4, 2022, students will learn about climate science and climate journalism, as well as efforts to fight disinformation that tries to undermine climate science.

RSVP at https://journalismcourses.org/course/how-to-cover-the-climate-crisis/#1

**Events**

Continued Conversations: Indigenous Land Rights with Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Monday, August 1
6:00 PM EDT
Boston Public Library, Central Branch (Rabb Hall), 700 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continued-conversations-indigenous-land-rights-with-dina-gilio-whitaker-tickets-378019676027

Join us with Dina Gilio-Whitaker for a conversation on indigenous land rights, environmental justice, and forms of resilience, featuring maps from our collections and a screening of The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory.

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes descendant) is a renowned scholar, educator, journalist, and author in American Indian studies. In her most recent book As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock(Beacon Press, 2019), Dina applies her expertise in environmental justice to create a foundation for thinking through what environmental justice policy means in Indian country. The only book of its kind, it stands as a primer for governments and organizations of all kinds who are engaging in environmental justice work with Indigenous peoples.

This talk is part of our Continued Conversations series in conjunction with our current environmental justice exhibition, More or Less in Common: Environment and Justice in the Human Landscape.

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Project Carbdown: ERW MRV - Dirk Paessler, Carbon Drawdown Initiative
Tuesday, August 2
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-carbdown-erw-mrv-dirk-paessler-carbon-drawdown-initiative-tickets-387133856787

OpenAir is excited to present This Is CDR, an online event series that explores the wide range of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) solutions currently being researched, developed, and deployed, and contextualize them for policy proposals OpenAir seeks to advance in New York, and other states, localities, and jurisdictions worldwide.

This week on This Is CDR, we are pleased to welcome Carbon Drawdown Initiative Founder and CEO Dirk Paessler and geologist Ingrid Smet to tell us about Project Carbdown, a long-term field enhanced rock weathering (ERW) field trial, with a focus on the Project's efforts to develop effective and practical measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) of ERW as a method of durable carbon removal.

About Dirk: After founding and running Internet/software companies for 30 years, Dirk Paessler turned his attention to climate solutions in 2020. With Carbon Drawdown Initiative he works on speeding up negative emissions together with CTO Ralf Steffens. They currently focus on enhanced rock weathering on croplands as one of the few CDR solutions that can be scaled up to climate relevancy in the next 2-3 decades.

About Ingrid: Geologist Ingrid Smet obtained a PhD for her geochemical research into Greek volcanoes after which she explored active volcanoes worldwide as a tour organizer. Her research focus shifted to climate change mitigation when in late 2020 she was hired by FSM software company Fieldcode to set up their CO2 removal project. She carries out multiple enhanced weathering field trials in Greece, combining existing agriculture with locally found olivine-rich rocks, in collaboration with Project Carbdown.

About Carbon Drawdown: Carbon Drawdown Initiative GmbH was founded in January 2020 and is focused on promoting research, public discourse, and impact investment in the field of “negative emissions”. This involves the removal of carbon from the atmosphere with subsequent long-term storage of that carbon. This CO₂ removal is crucial to counteracting climate change by achieving “net zero”. This is especially important considering that certain emissions are difficult to avoid and will continue to occur in the future. The next step would then be to reverse the impact of historical emissions to bring current temperatures back down. If this does not happen, the excessively warm climate will continue for millennia.

In addition to public discourse, political work, and early investment in start-ups with innovative concepts for CO₂ removal, the Carbon Drawdown Initiative also launched its own Enhanced Weathering project: “Project Carbdown” tries to measure the actual speed of basalt weathering with synchronized experiments in the lab, in pot experiments and in nature. It is a collaboration of more than 20 scientists and engineers across Europe. Partners are various international universities, including the Alfred Wegener Institute and the universities of Hamburg, Erlangen, Mainz, and Wageningen.

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World Sustainability Collective - Atmospheric Greenhouse Gases Removal
Tuesday, August 2
4PM - 5PM EDT (08:00 – 09:00 BST)
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-sustainability-collective-atmospheric-greenhouse-gases-removal-tickets-383847868307

World Sustainability Collective is holding a 60-minute free live online event for business owners with a positive sustainability business model on Tuesday, 2nd August 2022 at 8am UK time.

World Sustainability Collective is thrilled to introduce you to our special guest speaker, Professor Richard Templer of Imperial College London, who will be talking and answering questions about Atmosperic Greenhouse Gas Removal during our next live online event on 2nd August 2022 at 8am UK time!

Professor Richard Templer of Imperial College London holds a joint appointment with the Department of Chemistry and the Grantham Institute. He is the Director of Innovation at the Grantham Institute and the founder of their centre for climate change innovation – a collaboration with the Royal Institution.

He is the current Hofmann Chair in Chemistry and is a member of the London Sustainable Development Commission and advisory body to the Mayor of London.

Prompted by the outcome of collaborative research on biorefining he led, Professor Templer was part of a successful bid to the European Institute for Innovation and Technology to create a Climate Knowledge Innovation Community. In 2010 he became the Director of Climate-KIC UK and Director of Education. He and his team created a programme of education to inspire climate innovators and entrepreneurs and developed and ran the UK Cleantech Accelerator. The education programme has now trained more than 2,000 students from across the world in the arts of environmentally sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship.

Professor Templer stood down from the Climate-KIC in 2015 and joined the Grantham Institute to work on creating the Centre for Cleantech Innovation. The Centre launched in 2021 in its home at the Royal Institution. It’s activities support the education and training of cleantech innovators and entrepreneurs and enhance their R&D by enabling access to the College’s science and engineering ecosystem.

The Royal Institution, Mayor of London, HSBC, Slaughter & May, Pollination Group, Arup and the Centre for Net Zero are founding partners. The centre is also the London location for two UKRI-funded national hubs, the CO2 Removal Hub and the Centre for Greening Finance and Investment.

Professor Templer advises a number of national programmes in climate innovation in Germany and Denmark, and works with private investors in climate innovation in an effort to support the acceleration of the transition to a sustainable and resilient low-carbon society.

Register today and get your FREE ticket for our live online event on 2nd August 2022 at 8am UK time “Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Removal”.

Our event attendees will be encouraged to ask questions, so we are looking forward to having an interactive session! This is a must attend event and a unique opportunity to engage in the discussion with WSC Founder, Bill Colquhoun and Professor Richard Templer of Imperial College London!


Do you have a colleague that would love to know about this event?
Share this event page so they can grab their ticket too!
The more voices, the more powerful we can be as a collective!

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Informational webinar on Environmental Justice Data Fund Grants
Wednesday, August 3
1 pm
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfND9fVU36BWxT9ixh_arMqj-N-T4Kgof_jKG-F7tUhlLRb-w/viewform

"The (Environmental Justice) Data Fund has set aside $1 million in available grant funds for smaller-scale or early-stage data projects, including organizational capacity building for data work. The EJ Data Fund will award grants in two tiers: $25,000 and $50,000. The fund anticipates making 20 to 40 of these grants and will prioritize locally focused community-led organizations as the primary recipients.

"If you are unsure of whether your organization currently engages in relevant data work, please know that these funds can be used to build capacity in service of building future data projects. The purpose of these funds is to support organizations who might currently lack the resources to begin building their capacity to collect, analyze, and use data to inform their work."

For more information about the grant funds, go to https://www.environmentaljusticedatafund.com/

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Debating Eco-Socialist Futures
Wednesday, August 3
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/debating-eco-socialist-futures-tickets-384184224357
Cost: $0 -$25

What are the most useful frameworks to help the Left to organize our climate justice movements? What demands should we prioritize, and what strategies can we borrow from history and from other social movements? How can utopian thinking expand our horizons in what must be a massive fight for a more sustainable future?

Centering class struggle, transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy, anti-capitalist economic alternatives like degrowth and socialist planning: can all of these ideas (and more!) be woven into a clear message and a blueprint for change?

Join a panel of environmental thinkers to discuss left climate strategy and to assess where we are and what could be possible.

A conversation with Drew Pendergrass, co-author of Half-Earth Socialism: A Plan to Save the Future from Extinction, Climate Change and Pandemics, Matthew Huber, author of Climate Change as Class War: Building Socialism on a Warming Planet, Andrea Vetter, co-author of The Future Is Degrowth: A Guide to a World Beyond Capitalism, and Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, author of Reconsidering Reparations and Elite Capture. Moderated by Thea Riofrancos.

***Register through Eventbrite to receive a link to the video conference on the day of the event. This event will also be recorded and live captioning will be provided.***

Speakers: Drew Pendergrass is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering at Harvard University. His current research uses satellite, aircraft and surface observations of the environment to correct supercomputer models of the atmosphere. His environmental writing has been published in Harper’s, the Guardian, Jacobin, and Current Affairs. He is co-author of Half-Earth Socialism. Matthew T. Huber is Professor of Geography in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is the author of Lifeblood and Climate Change as Class War.

Andrea Vetter is a transformation researcher, activist and journalist, using degrowth, commons and critical eco-feminism as tools. She is co-author of The Future is Degrowth.

Thea Riofrancos is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Providence College. She is the author of Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador (Duke University Press, 2020), co-author of A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal (Verso Books, 2019), and currently writing Extraction: The Frontiers of Green Capitalism for W.W. Norton. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and The Guardian, among others.

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He is the author of the book Reconsidering Reparations and Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (And Everything Else). He has published in academic journals ranging from Public Affairs Quarterly, One Earth, Philosophical Papers, and the American Philosophical Association newsletter Philosophy and the Black Experience. Táíwò’s theoretical work draws liberally from the Black radical tradition, anti-colonial thought, German transcendental philosophy, contemporary philosophy of language, contemporary social science, and histories of activism and activist thinkers. His public philosophy, including articles exploring intersections of climate justice and colonialism, has been featured in The New Yorker, The Nation, Boston Review, Dissent, The Appeal, Slate, Al Jazeera, The New Republic, Aeon, and Foreign Policy.

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EPA Environmental Justice Outreach Session: General Issues
Wednesday, August 3
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST RSVP at https://usepa.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItc-2tpzoqE1b_Sy57ZdzqB84IexyC_i4

Virtual Public Outreach Session on EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management’s Environmental Justice (EJ) Action Plan focused on General Environmental Justice topics (To Be Determined).

Registration for Virtual Public Outreach Session on EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management’s Environmental Justice (EJ) Action Plan focused on General Environmental Justice topics (To Be Determined).

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Land and Emergency Management has developed and is seeking stakeholder input on a draft EJ Action Plan. This public outreach session will focus on general Environmental Justice topics (To Be Determined).

The EPA will be hosting five virtual public outreach sessions, each on a different aspect of the draft plan, to provide the public with an opportunity to submit input before the plan is finalized.

If you cannot attend the webinar session that is specific to your timezone, EPA encourages you to register for another session that works for you. Interpretation and disability access support will also be provided.

If you are unable to attend any of the outreach sessions, you will be able to submit written input by email to EJActionPlanOLEM21@epa.govuntil August 1, 2022.

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Bridging the Great American Divide
Wednesday, August 3
9:00 PM EST
RSVP at https://commonwealthclub.secure.force.com/ticket/?_ga=2.162931708.1344668403.1658692302-149928173.1643172478#/instances/a0F3j00001XFx61EAD
Cost: $5

Most Americans say they support climate action, but you wouldn’t know it from Congress or the courts—or from most of the media. People on both the left and the right experience the same devastating floods, the same life-threatening heatwaves and the same catastrophic wildfires. Climate change knows no borders. Yet individuals tend to socialize within insulated political tribes, operate in completely different information bubbles and see the problems and solutions through different lenses.

Joan Blades, co-founder of LivingRoomConversations.org (and before that, MoveOn.org) and John Gable, founder of AllSides.com, have been working to burst those bubbles and bridge the divides. Together, they model an all-too-rare friendship, with deep respect for each other's views. How can the rest of us learn to bridge ideological divides, develop trust, and find the common ground needed to rebuild respectful civil discourse?

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Engineering Solutions for Earth's Oceans presented by STEMSpark
Thursday, August 4
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
43 Church Street, Dedham, MA
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/engineering-solutions-for-earths-oceans-presented-by-stemspark-tickets-375409037537

The Dedham Public Library is pleased to host STEMSpark's interactive program "Animal Adaptations", a fun and engaging event perfect for kids in K-5th grade. Environmental science and engineering come together to inspire creative problem solving to help clean up and save our oceans! Space is limited so registration is REQUIRED for this program. Please email dedhamlibraryyouth@minlib.net with any questions.

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EnergyBar August 2022: Summer Rooftop Networking
Thursday, August 4
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energybar-august-2022-summer-rooftop-networking-tickets-333145255427

EnergyBar is Greentown Labs' networking event devoted to connecting partners and investors to our community of climatetech entrepreneurs!

Please join us on Thursday, August 4 for a summer edition of our signature EnergyBar networking event! Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and friends of climatetech are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional climatetech network. Come network and enjoy a beverage on the Greentown roof deck!

This event is currently slated to be in-person and masks are encouraged but not required while inside Greentown Labs. Greentown provides medical grade masks at the front desk of each location. Please reach out Jill Kirkpatrick (jill@greentownlabs.com), Senior Manager of Events, with any questions on our safety policy.

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A Half-Built Garden: Ruthanna Emrys in conversation with Ada Palmer
Thursday, August 4
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-half-built-garden-ruthanna-emrys-in-conversation-with-ada-palmer-tickets-387702778447

Join us for a brilliant evening of speculative fiction to the tune of queer family, climate action, alien first contact, and Jewish traditions, with author Ruthanna Emrys in conversation with Ada Palmer!

The event is free and online, and captions are provided; RSVP on Eventbrite to get the Zoom link! It will take place Thursday, August 4th, from 7 PM Eastern time, and everyone is welcome.

About the Book: A literary descendent of Ursula K. Le Guin, Ruthanna Emrys crafts a novel of extraterrestrial diplomacy and urgent climate repair bursting with quiet, tenuous hope and an underlying warmth. A Half-Built Garden depicts a world worth building towards, a humanity worth saving from itself, and an alien community worth entering with open arms. It's not the easiest future to build, but it's one that just might be in reach.

On a warm March night in 2083, Judy Wallach-Stevens wakes to a warning of unknown pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay. She heads out to check what she expects to be a false alarm—and stumbles upon the first alien visitors to Earth. These aliens have crossed the galaxy to save humanity, convinced that the people of Earth must leave their ecologically-ravaged planet behind and join them among the stars. And if humanity doesn't agree, they may need to be saved by force.

But the watershed networks that rose up to save the planet from corporate devastation aren't ready to give up on Earth. Decades ago, they reorganized humanity around the hope of keeping the world livable. By sharing the burden of decision-making, they've started to heal our wounded planet.

Now corporations, nation-states, and networks all vie to represent humanity to these powerful new beings, and if anyone accepts the aliens' offer, Earth may be lost. With everyone’s eyes turned skyward, the future hinges on Judy's effort to create understanding, both within and beyond her own species.

About our Guests:
Ruthanna Emrys lives in a mysterious manor house on the outskirts of Washington, DC with her wife and their large, strange family. Her stories have appeared in a number of venues, including Strange Horizons, Analog, and Tor.com. She is the author of the Innsmouth Legacy series, which began with Winter Tide. She makes home-made vanilla, obsesses about game design, gives unsolicited advice, and occasionally attempts to save the world.

Ada Palmer is a professor in the history department of the University of Chicago, specializing in Renaissance history and the history of ideas. Her Terra Ignota series explores a future of borderless nations and globally commixing populations. The first volume Too Like the Lightning was a Best Novel Hugo finalist, and won the Compton Crook Award, while Ada received the Campbell Award. She composes music including the Viking mythology cycle Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok, and performs with the group Sassafrass. She writes about history for a popular audience at exurbe.com and about SF and fantasy-related matters at Tor.com.

Editorial Comment: My online friend, the writer Cory Doctorow, has written very highly of this book and it definitely sounds interesting. It is NOT a climate dystopia but a possibly positive future.

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Cool: Women Leaders Reversing Global Warming
Friday, August 5
8:30pm EST
RSVP at https://commonwealthclub.secure.force.com/ticket/?_ga=2.166037758.1344668403.1658692302-149928173.1643172478#/instances/a0F3j00001Wq1VeEAJ
Cost: $10

Women and girls all over the world are using intelligence, creativity, energy, and courage to help stop global warming. Paola Gianturco and her 12-year-old granddaughter Avery Sangster set out to chronicle their stories, interviewing and photographing women politicians, corporate executives, scholars, heads of grassroots groups, and presidents of organizations that are all dedicated to combating global warming. These women leaders are based in 10 countries: the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Tanzania, Australia, Sri Lanka, India, and Hong Kong.

Learn more about what women around the world are doing through the book co-authored by this granddaughter-grandmother team, COOL: Women Leaders Reversing Global Warming. Gianturco and Sangster will be joined by one of the leaders they interviewed, Sheila Watt-Cloutier. Watt-Cloutier, an Inuit activist, will share her thoughts about life in the Arctic and how her Indigenous people are climate change sentinels for the world.

Tackling global warming takes all ages. Paola, Avery and the leaders in their book demonstrate that when the generations listen to one another, change is possible. We invite young people and adults to come, learn together, and be inspired to take action in your own communities.

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Reclaim Rock City Free Community Fair!
Saturday August 6
12-6 PM
Ringer Park, Allston, MA
For more info, contact reclaimrockcity@gmail.com

Join your neighbors to make connections, enjoy free music, games, sports, poetry, freebies, and collaborative art! All ages.

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Deep Dialogue Part 2 on weatherizing and electrifying heating in our residential buildings
Monday, August 8
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83538742353

Roger Luckmann, Ed Woll, and Arnie Epstein of our Research Team have been exploring the challenges of weatherizing and electrifying heating in our residential buildings and potential solutions.
Residential buildings emit the majority of building emissions.

For the second part of our Deep Dialogue, continuing from July 25, we discuss our view of approaches to meet the emissions reduction targets for these buildings and review the building emission reduction scenarios identified by the administration in their just released 2030 CECP (Clean Energy and Climate Plan).

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The Rise of Eco-Fascism - Lowell Bliss
Tuesday, August 9
3PM - 4PM EDT (12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT)
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-rise-of-eco-fascism-lowell-bliss-tickets-249030576157

Lowell led the writing team for the Lausanne Global Consultation on Creation Care and the Gospel “Call to Action” and is one of the few evangelical Climate Leaders with the Climate Reality Project. He and his wife, Robynn (co-author of Expectations and Burnout), were church planting missionaries for fourteen years in India and Pakistan. They now reside with their three children in the tal lgrass prairie ecosystem of Kansas. Lowell has authored or contributed to People, Trees and Poverty: A Snapshot of Environmental Missions; Environmental Missions: Planting Churches and Trees; and Creation Care and the Gospel: Reconsidering the Mission of the Church. He is also a missionary with Christar USA and Interim Executive Director at We Stand With Paris. Lowell will speak to us on The Rise of Eco-Fascism.

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Building Business Resilience in the Climate Change Era
Wednesday, August 10
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-business-resilience-in-the-climate-change-era-tickets-374580750107

Is your business climate-forward?
The climate might seem outside the purview of your small to medium-sized businesses, but no business is immune when extreme weather events disrupt global supply chains. Meanwhile, consumer demand for sustainable business practices and products is skyrocketing and customers are ditching brands that violate their values. Employees, too, prefer to work with organizations that align with their values.

This webinar helps you understand what it takes to start and grow a resilient business, what you need to adapt to climate-related risks and market pressures, align to Net-Zero Emission policies, and Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) practices.

Read my article on Medium as a preface to this webinar at https://medium.com/@martin.gierczak/building-business-resilience-in-the-climate-change-era-e977f2091be1
Learn more about the speaker, Martin Gierczak, Vice-President, Resilience - Canada/North America at https://linktr.ee/martingierczakpublishing

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A Global Energy Revolution: Blueprint for a Prosperous, Zero-Carbon Future
Thursday, August 11
8:30PM - 10:30PM EDT (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PDT)
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-global-energy-revolution-blueprint-for-a-prosperous-zero-carbon-future-tickets-390707585907

Join us to hear how the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is transforming the global energy system to secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all! RMI is catalyzing rapid, market-based change in the world’s most critical geographies to be aligned to a 1.5°C future.

There is no charge for this online event but please register in advance:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlf--oqjosHtWXPofkh5xE1quZoXl-OKzF

Our presenter for this talk is Justin Locke, who is the managing director for RMI’s Global South Program, which includes three geographical programs covering small island developing states, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia. In addition, there is also a focus on climate finance access via the Climate Finance Access Network, and work force development through the Energy Transition Academy. The Global South Program aims to accelerate the transition of developing and emerging economies from a heavy dependence on fossil fuels to a diverse platform of renewables and energy efficiency while establishing a blueprint for the global energy transition.

There will be time for questions from the audience.

Editorial Comment: RMI has been doing exemplary energy work for decades.

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CLF Boston Reuse: Highlighting Circular Materials Innovation
Thursday, August 18
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
290 Congress Street, Boston, MA
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clf-boston-reuse-highlighting-circular-materials-innovation-tickets-381014383277

CLF Boston's Reuse Working Group consists of professionals from across the Architect/Engineer/Contractor (AEC) industries as well as state and local policy makers, all dedicated to furthering reuse and waste diversion efforts on construction projects throughout the greater Boston area. We meet monthly to discuss current and upcoming initiatives, events, and projects related to reuse, share best practices, and learn from a variety of guest speakers.

This month we are excited to meet in person at the BSA Space, where we will host researchers from Washington State University (WSU) who have developed a revolutionary set of products made from reused building materials. By using waste and scrap gypsum wall board in their products, these researchers have created a product that not only helps to solve a critical waste stream in New England, but can help accelerate the change in our region towards a more circular economy. This meeting will provide an opportunity to view their material in person and provide critical feedback for use in further development.

Guest Speaker Profiles:
Taiji Miyasaka Professor, School of Design & Construction
David Drake Assistant Professor, School of Design & Construction

Taiji and David are with the WSU Reuse Design Laboratory, where they work with industry to identify C&D waste streams where robust recycling and reuse is constrained by a lack of current applications. They apply their expertise as designers and researchers to develop new products made from these low-value wastes, expanding markets for C&D waste recyclers, and reducing costs for construction and demolition industries.

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Carbofex: Biochar at Scale - Founder and CEO Sampo Tukiainen
Tuesday, August 23
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carbofex-biochar-at-scale-founder-and-ceo-sampo-tukiainen-tickets-390440196137

OpenAir is excited to present This Is CDR, an online event series that explores the wide range of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) solutions currently being researched, developed, and deployed, and contextualize them for policy proposals OpenAir seeks to advance in New York, and other states, localities, and jurisdictions worldwide.

This week on This Is CDR we are pleased to welcome Carbofex Founder and CEO Sampo Tukiainen to tell us about the company’s pyrolysis systems that use waste biomass to produce biochar and renewable energy at scale.

About Sampo:
Sampo Tukiainen is the CEO and founder of Carbofex, a revolutionary CO2-removal (biochar) company. Carbofex developed the first biochar based CO2-removal methodology with Puro.earth, and was the first company to sell biochar based CO2-removal certificates.

Carbofex was also the first company to successfully build and operate a large scale allothermal continuous pyrolysis process, and utilise the energy excess in the district heating network of the city of Tampere.

Sampo Tukiainen has worked in the renewables industry for the past 20 years pioneering pyrolysis technology. Over the years he has been active in the implementation of a variety of innovative projects from gasification to pyrolysis and liquid biofuels, with more than 15 international projects under his belt.

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Embedding sustainability in governance, structure and culture
Wednesday, August 24
7am - 8:30 am EDT (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM BST)
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/embedding-sustainability-in-governance-structure-and-culture-tickets-377715636637

This session will focus on strategies for embedding sustainability in governance, structure and culture with some case studies and examples. The event will include presentations from health leaders, followed by a panel discussion.

AGENDA
Governance and climate change
Richard Smith - Chair, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change
Embedding sustainability in governance and culture
Dr Adrian James - President, Royal College of Psychiatrists
An action plan for tackling climate change
Dr Liz Marder - Treasurer, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session on how organisations can make the changes needed to embed sustainability in organisational culture, the challenges and opportunities. Participants will be encouraged to direct questions and get involved to ensure an engaging and informative discussion on actions that members of UKHACC can take forward after the session.

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Wetlands, mangroves and global warming!
Wednesday, August 24
8PM - 9PM EDT (8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Singapore Standard)
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wetlands-mangroves-and-global-warming-tickets-384509186327

A live, interactive tour using Zoom, where we will travel to Sungei Buloh, or Bamboo River in Malay. Situated at the northwestern part of Singapore, this 202 hectare wetlands (used to be 103 ha) is home to birds, otters, water snakes (yes it is!), crocodiles and eagles.

Let's talk about global warming, wetlands and how nature is affected by climate change, and what places are doing to reduce the effects of climate change and adapt to a changing / warming planet.

Let's talk a little about the birds; there are resident and also migratory birds, and September is the month were they start coming here, to Singapore. Many come all the way from Siberia, Tibet and China, to escape the cold.

For enquires about the tour, pls email: kevin@crts.asia

Editorial Comment: Wetlands and mangroves are potent tools in protecting shorelines and drawing down carbon from the sky. If I were king of the world, I’d focus on these liminal spaces first as, from what I’ve read, they give the biggest bang for the buck. There are seagrasses which can draw down 35 times the carbon than any terrestrial plants can.

Friday, July 01, 2022

Energy (and Other) Events - July 2022

**Index**

**Lecture Series**

Announcing our Flourish Fiction Summer Workshop Series 2022!
Prompt Generation Workshop – July 6, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
Infinite Hope: Imagining a Better World – July 20, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
Open Feedback Workshop – August 3, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
End-of-Summer Showcase – August 24, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT

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Heat Pump Water Heaters- Builders share their experience
Tuesday, July 12

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The Storage Opportunity: Customer Demand, Market Reform, and Technology Innovation
Thursday, July 21

**Events**

Conservative [UK] solutions to air pollution • Webinar and Q&A
Monday, July 4

Boston Climate Tech Social 2.0
Wednesday, July 6

BE+ Building Tech Forum 2022
Thursday, July 7

Circular Economy Boston Kick-Off Meeting
Thursday, July 7

EAP Lab: Floating Wetlands


Saturday, July 9

Energy After War: How Ukraine Affects Us All
Tuesday, July 12

Ecological Protection
Friday, July 15

EPA National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Call
Tuesday, July 19

Extreme Heat Boston
Wednesday, July 20

Patti Poppe: Navigating PG&E through Climate Disruption
Thursday, July 21

Worlds of Gray and Green: Mineral Extraction as Ecological Practice
Wednesday, July 27

UVA's Opening Reception: Inspiring Change for the Climate Crisis
Thursday, July 28

EnergyBar August 2022: Summer Rooftop Networking
Thursday, August 4

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These kinds of events below are happening all over the world every day and most of them, now, are webcast and archived, sometimes even with accurate transcripts. Would be good to have a place that helped people access them.

This is a more global version of the local listings I did for about a decade (what I did and why I did it at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it.html) until September 2020 and earlier for a few years in the 1990s (https://theworld.com/~gmoke/AList.index.html).

A more comprehensive global listing service could be developed if there were enough people interested in doing it, if it hasn’t already been done.

If anyone knows of such a global listing of open energy, climate, and other events is available, please put me in contact.

Thanks for reading,
Solar IS Civil Defense,
George Mokray
gmoke@world.std.com
http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com - notes on lectures and books
http://solarray.blogspot.com - renewable energy and efficiency - zero net energy links list
http://cityag.blogspot.com - city agriculture links list
http://geometrylinks.blogspot.com - geometry links list
http://hubevents.blogspot.com - Energy (and Other) Events
http://www.dailykos.com/user/gmoke/history - articles, ideas, and screeds

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**Lecture Series**

Flourish Fiction

Announcing our Flourish Fiction Summer Workshop Series 2022!
These four events will help you make progress towards a finished piece of climate fiction. Registration is open now! Join for all four or any combination.

Summer is officially here (for those of us on the northern hemisphere of planet Earth), and it brings with it some of the year’s best chances to experience natural splendor. We pass amongst trees as they put forth their lushest greenery, we hike up mountains as they reach ever upwards to the clear blue sky, and we sit on the beach as the vast ocean sends its waves crashing against yellow sand.

However, the hot weather can also be a reminder of the threats facing this planet. Many communities are already dealing with oppressive and deadly heat, and the situation is due to get worse before it gets better. How does a climate-conscious individual balance enjoyment of warmer weather with concerns over a warmer planet? At Flourish Fiction, we believe it’s not only possible but essential to hold both these ideas at once. We must relish in the joys of this world, while also pushing towards meaningful climate solutions.

That’s why we’re excited to announce our summer workshop series! The goal of these workshops is to help our community to take the leap into writing hopeful climate fiction, possibly for the first time, embracing art as a means of envisioning a brighter future.

Prompt Generation Workshop – July 6, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
Infinite Hope: Imagining a Better World – July 20, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
Open Feedback Workshop – August 3, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
End-of-Summer Showcase – August 24, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
Each event can potentially stand alone, but we encourage you to register for and attend all of them, because they’ll progressively move you towards a finished story at the end of the summer.

Read on for more information about each workshop!

Prompt Generation Workshop
July 6
8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prompt-generation-workshop-tickets-369898294757

Are you interested in writing climate fiction but struggling with where to begin? Or do you have so many ideas you couldn’t possibly pursue all of them? Writing intriguing prompts rather than fully formed stories can help get the juices flowing, with the additional benefit of inspiring others.

In this workshop, we’ll go over some key elements of an engaging prompt, and we’ll each have an opportunity to generate as many prompts as we can. The prompts will be shared anonymously via Flourish Fiction, potentially leading to a whole host of new stories from the Flourish community and beyond.

Infinite Hope: Imagining a Better World
July 20
8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/infinite-hope-imagining-a-better-world-tickets-371160449897

This workshop will be hosted in collaboration with the Civic Imagination Project, and they describe it as “a future-focused workshop highlighting the power of stories as tools for fostering civic imagination and inspiring real-world change.”

Together, we will engage in collective worldbuilding by brainstorming elements of a future world where humans have managed to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Then we will each individually come up with outlines for stories that might happen at any point between the present day and that imagined future. At the end, you’ll have the chance to share your story and explore how it might weave together with stories from other participants.

For a longer description of this program: https://www.civicimaginationproject.org/copy-of-origin-stories

Open Feedback Workshop
August 3
8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-feedback-workshop-tickets-372043832117

This workshop will be a safe space to share work and get feedback from the group. Feel free to bring whatever you’re working on, whether it’s inspired by a previous Flourish workshop or something completely different. Anything is fair game: story ideas, flash fiction, short story excerpts, novel excerpts, and poems. If you can share it in five minutes, then you’re good to go. This will be a valuable chance to get thoughtful feedback from real human beings who are passionate about climate fiction.

End-of-Summer Showcase
August 24
8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/end-of-summer-showcase-tickets-371858357357

Community members with work that’s finished or near-finished will have the chance to showcase it in short snippets to an audience of supportive peers and representatives from the climate fiction community. Pieces will be selected from the wider pool of Flourish submissions.

This will be a great chance to preview work that could be published in the Flourish Fiction fall line-up.

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Heat Pump Water Heaters- Builders share their experience
Tuesday, July 12
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heat-pump-water-heaters-builders-share-their-experience-tickets-339004691157

Join the Electrify Coalition as we hear from 3 home builders about their experience installing heat pump water heaters in new homes.

Installing Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH) in new homes is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to incorporate efficient, reliable, low-cost water heating into buildings. Yet, the vast majority of builders are not familiar with and not using advanced water heating technology.

Join the Advanced Water Heating Initiative (AWHI), EEBA and Electrify Now for a webinar that will profile three American homebuilders who are installing heat pump water heaters in new homes and loving it. Our discussion will highlight the experiences these builders have had with this important technology and cover the following topics:
Installing HPWHs in new, all-electric homes Why builders are installing and excited about HPWH
What are the benefits and challenges of installing HPWH in new homes?
Are builders modifying their homes to fit and take advantage of HPWH?
What are homeowner’s saying when they buy homes with HPWHs?
Any lessons that can be applied to installing HPWHs in existing homes?

Panelists
Juan Fernandez - Owner, CVF Homes in San Antonio TexasLeigha Dickens of Deltec Homes in Asheville, NC
Stefan Orenda of Mandalay Homes in Prescott, AZ

Learning objectives of webinar:
Guidelines for how to install HPWHs in new or existing homes and how that differs from gas or electric resistance water heaters
How to communicate with customers on the monetary and energy saving potential of these devices.
How to incorporate heat pump water heaters into new home design and construction
The role water heaters play in the decarbonization and transformation of the electric grid.

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The Storage Opportunity: Customer Demand, Market Reform, and Technology Innovation
Thursday, July 21
1:00 PM
RSVP at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gVofSrPVTyq2CblBafNwcw

Women in clean energy webinar series
In the face of increased extreme weather events and an uncertain electric grid, customers are demanding more control over their energy in the form of battery storage and other distributed energy technologies. The shifting regulatory policies that impact these assets, the rapidly evolving suite of technology applications, and new approaches to marketing storage products to consumers all point to significant growth, but with no shortage of complicating factors and barriers. Join experts across the storage and energy sectors to discuss the latest trends and what to expect from this critically important technology as the United States deploys more clean energy and distributed resources nationwide.

**Events**

Conservative [UK] solutions to air pollution • Webinar and Q&A
Monday, July 4
1pm - 2pm (18:00 – 19:00 BST UK)
Online event
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conservative-solutions-to-air-pollution-webinar-and-qa-tickets-354575824837

Earlier this year the Government used our new Brexit freedoms to improve our air quality by proposing a more ambitious target for slashing our fine particulate matter levels — the most harmful pollutant — from 20 micrograms to 10 by 2040.

With air pollution causing the leading environmental threat to human health and an estimated cost to society of £1.7 billion per year — this new target, if delivered, is a clear win for the taxpayer, public health, and the environment.

Now you’ve been elected, we hope that you’ll join the CEN councillor network for a discussion on how to reach our air quality targets. We will explore what powers and means different levels of councils have to cut air pollution, what policies they can implement, and what we need to do to tackle pollution from different sectors like transport or industry, all in a way that is distinctly Conservative.

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Boston Climate Tech Social 2.0
Wednesday, July 6
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
The Last Hurrah, 60 School Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-climate-tech-social-20-tickets-375635133797

Gathering climate-interested students and professionals in the Boston area to facilitate connections this summer and beyond

Come to our Boston climate social event to meet others interested or working in the climate space! Started with MBA students coming from different schools, this meet-up is open to students from other disciplines and industry professionals in the area. Folks from all competencies welcome and encouraged to come to chat about this interdisciplinary space - everyone from operating to investing to research roles. Hope to see you there!

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BE+ Building Tech Forum 2022

Thursday, July 7
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
District Hall Boston, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-building-tech-forum-2022-tickets-356645114137

Cost: $65 – $160

Green technology firms and building product companies will discuss innovations in building technology advancing us towards our vision.
Built Environment Plus envisions a thriving and diverse community, creating a built environment of net positive systems of water and energy, of financial and social equity, and of ecological and human health.
Which innovations in building technology are advancing us towards this vision?
https://builtenvironmentplus.org/btf22/
At BTF ’22, green technology firms and building product companies will answer this question and explore the future of building science.
Start the night with food, drinks and networking, followed by a series of presentations where industry leaders discuss advances in building technologies.
All presentations are split into education tracks organized by topic.
Polish the night off with more food and drinks and table top networking sessions with the presenters.
5:00 – 6:00pm Networking + Welcoming
6:00 – 7:30pm Presentations
7:30 – 9:00pm Networking

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Circular Economy Boston Kick-Off Meeting
Thursday, July 7
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Waikiki Poke, Sushi, Bubble Tea, & Smoothie, 27 Holland Street, Somerville, MA
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/circular-economy-boston/events/286753176/

This is a kick-off meeting for this meet-up group to get to know each other and talk about what upcoming events we want to organize. The event will be at a local restaurant that participates in the circular economy. We will enjoy Poke and bubble tea too.

Get food/drinks
Intros
Discuss the purpose of the group
Brainstorm activities and future events
Discuss chopvalue and circular initiatives at restaurants
Continue eating/mingling

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EAP Lab: Floating Wetlands
Saturday, July 9
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Kendall/MIT Open Space, 292 Main Street, Cambridge, MA
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leap-lab-floating-wetlands-tickets-343361051147

Celebrating the Charles River and Mother Nature

LEAP Labs are geared towards kids and families!
Join the Charles River Conservancy and MIT Sea Grant for hands-on activities and take a walk to visit the floating wetland on the Charles. Microscopes, an engineering challenge, and more!

11:00am-12:00pm Hands-on activities
12:00pm-12:30pm Walk to the floating wetland on the Charles
Registration is recommended!

Keeping us safe: This event will follow all MIT policies and Covid safety guidelines. Face coverings are not required, but you are most welcome to wear one if you wish. More info on MIT policies can be found at now.mit.edu/policies.
All minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Responsible adults, please keep a close eye on your kids.
With any questions, email us at openspace@mit.edu.

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Energy After War: How Ukraine Affects Us All
Tuesday, July 12
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-after-war-how-ukraine-affects-us-all-tickets-368629670267
Cost: $0 – $15

Join us as we will collectively gain insight on up-to-date research on the changing energy landscape as it related to global events.

In February of this year, Russia invaded Ukraine. Since then, global energy markets have been in a state of flux. With energy companies divesting from Russian providers and strategic oil reserves across Europe and America running dry, the immediate future of conventional energy production and usage is rife with unknowns. To complicate matters further: the direct attacks on Ukrainian nuclear power plants and the stability of Chernobyl renew questions regarding the use of nuclear power. The matter goes beyond energy itself–the increase in military spending will affect social safety nets, such as healthcare, and environmental protection. This panel will synthesize what has happened across global energy markets since February 2022, how that affects us in the present, and how this will change our future energy landscape.

Join us on July 12th at 1pm, as we will collectively gain insight on up-to-date research, policy, and real-world information on the changing landscape of the energy system as it relates to global events. We will engage experts in economics, supply chain modeling, and policy to offer insights on questions such as: How has the recent conflict impacted global energy markets? How does this mitigate climate change issues? Finally, we will discuss strategies on how to advocate for consideration of climate change issues amongst global events.

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Trees and Forests: Methane and other greenhouse gas emissions
Wednesday, July 13
6:30 PM
RSVP at https://yale.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tDdw93moQ1GNUnK-vQnSyA

Jon Gewirtzman, PhD student
Editorial Comment: Methane in the short-term may be more important than CO2.

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Ecological Protection
Friday, July 15
6:00 AM – 9:00 AM EST (9am - 12 pm Berkeley, CA)
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ecological-protection-registration-367672326827

The Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force presents:
CEMTF 3RD Virtual Summit Series: Environmental Protection
Summit Schedule:
9:00 - 9:15 AM
Land Acknowledgement
Corrina Gould, Tribal spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan & Co-Founder, Sogorea Te' Land Trust
Welcome
Cheryl Davila, Chair of CEMTF/ Former Councilmember, City of Berkeley
Keynote speaker
Marcy Winograd from Code Pink speaking about the military and climate
10– 11:00 AM Petrochemicals. Plastics and Climate
Ben Schleifer and Sarah Packer or Andrea Braswell from the Center for Environmental Health
Carol Kiatkowski, Green Science Policy Institute
11:05 – 11:50 AM Deforestation and the Threat of Wildfire
Maya Khosla—Wildlife Biologist and Filmmaker
Greg Simon–Author of Flame and Fortune in the American West, about the 1991 Oakland fire
11:50 Announcements about coming summit events

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EPA National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Call
Tuesday, July 19
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/epa-natl-environmental-justice-community-engagement-call-july-19-2022-registration-372254752987

EPA invites EJ advocates to participate in National EJ Community Engagement calls. These calls are free & open to the public.

DATE: Tuesday, July 19, 2022
TIME: 2 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. Central, Noon Mountain, 11 a.m. Pacific
AGENDA:
Leadership Updates
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Lead Paint Remediation Program update
Engagement Session and Dialogue: Q&A about ongoing EJ initiatives

The purpose of these calls is to inform communities about EPA's environmental justice work and enhance opportunities to maintain an open dialogue with environmental justice advocates. As environmental justice continues to be integrated into EPA programs and policies, the Agency hopes that these calls will help reaffirm EPA’s continued commitment to work with community groups and the public to strengthen local environmental and human health outcomes. EPA has increased the frequency of these engagement calls to learn more from stakeholders and communities and to provide updates about ongoing initiatives.

Registration: Due to limited space, participation in this call will be on a first come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is highly suggested, but not required. If registration has reached capacity, please see the links below for instructions on how to access the call if seating is available on the day of the meeting. If you are unable to join the call, a summary will be posted to the U.S. EPA Office of Environmental Justice’s website after.

Interpretation: If you need English-language interpretation assistance, or special accommodations for a disability or other assistance, you can submit a request when registering for the meeting. Please submit your request by July 15, to give EPA sufficient time to process.

For more information about EPA's National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls, please visit the website or email: Johnathan Garza (garza.johnathan@epa.gov)
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Extreme Heat Boston
Wednesday, July 20
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/extreme-heat-boston-tickets-372284582207

Join a conversation about extreme summertime heat and share your perspectives on local resilience plans.

Boston is known for its picturesque and snowy city streets. We budget for plows, salt on our roads, and do the “penguin shuffle” to get to the car. But, surprisingly, it is summertime extreme heat that holds the most danger by causing more deaths in the US than all other weather hazards combined.

As daily temperatures continue to increase in Massachusetts, the Museum of Science, Boston invites you to join us for this locally focused deliberative forum around climate change, extreme heat, and local resilience plans to prepare for a hotter Boston.

Using materials developed by working with community groups and civic partners, you will explore local extreme heat issues using community science collected data, local resilience plans, and a strong call to action.

This is a free, evening-long, in-person forum. Snacks will be provided. Masks are encouraged but optional. Parking at the Museum garage will be validated at the event.

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Patti Poppe: Navigating PG&E through Climate Disruption
Thursday, July 21
3PM EST (6:00 PM PDT)
The Commonwealth Club of California, 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
5:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
6–7 p.m. program (all times PDT)
COST Online:
Free for members
$5 nonmembers
RSVP at https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2022-07-21/patti-poppe-navigating-pge-through-climate-disruption

SPEAKERS
Patricia Poppe, CEO, PG&E
Greg Dalton, Founder & Host, Climate One

As the CEO of PG&E, Patti Poppe is charged with navigating the company through epic wildfires, disrupted energy markets, and lingering public distrust of the utility. The company is undergrounding 10,000 miles of electric lines, working with GM and Ford on incorporating EV batteries into homes and the grid, deploying batteries at large power plants, and pushing to change net metering rates that pay homeowners for electricity generated on their roofs.

In 2006, PG&E was perceived to be one of the most progressive utilities in the country. They supported California’s landmark climate law AB 32, and a few years later, quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its opposition to climate action. But recently, a string of self-imposed disasters has damaged the company’s image and public trust. A company gas line exploded in San Bruno, killing eight people, and failure of PG&E equipment caused a rash of deadly wildfires — Butte, Tubbs, Camp, Kincade and Dixie — killing 113 people and burning nearly 1.5 million acres. The company’s 2019 bankruptcy was the largest ever for a U.S. utility.

Climate One welcomes you back for our first in-person event at the Commonwealth Club. Join PG&E CEO Patti Poppe and Climate One host Greg Dalton for a radio and podcast discussion of what one of the country’s largest utilities is doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a time of turmoil in energy markets and accelerating climate impacts in the American West.

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Worlds of Gray and Green: Mineral Extraction as Ecological Practice
Wednesday, July 27
7pm - 9pm EST (10:00 am – 11:00 am AEST in Sydney, Australia)
Online event
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/worlds-of-gray-and-green-mineral-extraction-as-ecological-practice-tickets-377115782457

Sociologist Sebastián Ureta, explores how the waste produced from mining interacts with human and non-human ecologies.

In the second seminar of SEI’s Occasional Talks Series, sociologist and SEI’s 2023 Environmental Humanities Visiting Fellow Sebastián Ureta, explores how the waste produced from mining interacts with human and non-human ecologies.

The Anthropocene has arrived riding a wave of pollution. From ‘forever chemicals’ to oceanic garbage patches, human-made chemical compounds are seemingly everywhere. Concerned about how these compounds disrupt multiple lives and ecologies, environmental scholars, activists and affected communities have sought to curb the causes of pollution, focusing especially on the extractive industries.

In this talk, Sebastián Ureta will draw on his recently published book with Patricio Flores, Worlds of Gray and Green, to challenge us to rethink extraction as ecological practice. Adopting an environmental humanities analytic lens, this book offers a rich ethnographic exploration of the waste produced by Chile's El Teniente, the world's largest underground mine. Deposited in a massive dam, the waste — known as tailings — engages with human and non-human entities in multiple ways through a process the authors call geosymbiosis. Some of these geosymbioses result in toxicity and damage, while others become the basis of lively novel ecologies. A particular kind of power emerges in the process, one that is radically indifferent to human beings but that affects them in many ways. Learning to live with geosymbioses offers a tentative path forward amid ongoing environmental devastation.

Speakers
Associate Professor Sebastián Ureta, Universidad Alberto Hurtado
Dr Sophie Chao (Chair), University of Sydney
Professor Susan Park (Chair), University of Sydney
Associate Professor Thom van Dooren (Chair), University of Sydney
This event is part of the Sydney Environment Institute’s Occasional Talks Series, which provides a space for a diverse range of international speakers to share their ideas about pressing environmental challenges. This event brings together SEI’s research theme Biocultural Diversitiesand research project Unsettling Resources.

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UVA's Opening Reception: Inspiring Change for the Climate Crisis
Thursday, July 28
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
UVA's Art Exhibit Gallery at the Arthaus, 43 North Beacon Street, Allston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uvas-opening-reception-inspiring-change-for-the-climate-crisis-registration-371203408387

UVA's Opening Reception with the curator and the artists at UVA's Exhibit Gallery at Arthaus

Inspiring Change for the Climate Crisis , organized and curated by Adriana G. Prat, designed and installed by Unbound Visual Arts, July 24 - September 16, 2022.
Live music, refreshments, wine, and lively discussions with the curator and artists.

UVA's Arthaus Gallery, 43 N. Beacon St., Allston, MA
CDC-recommended masks required in the gallery. Bring your own or pick up a free one at the gallery.
Featuring 16 artists from the i3C artists group and 5 UVA affiliated artists
i3C Artists: Steve Bennett, Cedric Harper, Martha Heller, C.J. Lori, Maria Celeste Linardi, Michelle Lougee, Rebecca McGee Tuck, Michael Manning, Sarah Meyers Brent, Shelby Meyerhoff, Carol Moses, Jeffrey Nowlin, Paula Pitman Brown, Steven Rudin, Luna Sconty, Cynthia Staples.
UVA artists: Si Chen in collaboration with Hui Huang, Muriel Horvath, Pauline Lim, Nilou Moochhala, Michaela Morse

Curatorial Statement:
The current environmental crisis is multifactorial: pollution, extreme weather, loss of biodiversity, and other tragedies - too complex, too intertwined, and yet too urgent. A collective problem that requires collective solutions. But, as individuals, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. We wonder, “How can I contribute to the solution?” This exhibit of 2D and 3D artworks offers the perspective of multidisciplinary artists exploring various aspects of this crisis. Some address the impact of consumerism by reinventing reclaimed materials, or by creating a dialog with humanity's waste and pollution. Some explore the effect of climate change in our local communities or global ecosystems, and others celebrate natural beings and their interconnection, pointing to their unique beauty and vulnerabilities.

We hope to inspire in the viewer a sense of wonder, as well as an awareness that change is not only possible but also a necessary and powerful element for critical environmental transformation. Awareness and recognition of the crisis are the first personal steps to change the current trend. We can tap into each of our creative strengths, deliver action, big or small, and contribute to the ripple effect needed to resolve this global crisis. This joint force is fierce and those in power are listening.

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EnergyBar August 2022: Summer Rooftop Networking
Thursday, August 4
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energybar-august-2022-summer-rooftop-networking-tickets-333145255427

EnergyBar is Greentown Labs' networking event devoted to connecting partners and investors to our community of climatetech entrepreneurs!

Please join us on Thursday, August 4 for a summer edition of our signature EnergyBar networking event! Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and friends of climatetech are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional climatetech network. Come network and enjoy a beverage on the Greentown roof deck!

This event is currently slated to be in-person and masks are encourage but not required while inside Greentown Labs. Greentown provides medical grade masks at the front desk of each location. Please reach out Jill Kirkpatrick (jill@greentownlabs.com), Senior Manager of Events, with any questions on our safety policy.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Energy (and Other) Events - June 2022

**Index**

**Conferences**

Numbers and Nature: Mitchell J. Feigenbaum Symposium
Thursday, June 2 - June 3

MA Solidarity Economy / Worker Co-op Festival & Gathering
Saturday & Sunday, June 4-5

The Pulitzer Center's 2022 Annual Conference
Interconnected: Reporting the Climate Crisis
June 9 - 10

Eurekafest!
Wednesday, June 15

**Lecture Series**

Weaning Buildings Off Fossil Gas & Market (Redesign) Pathways to a Decarbonized Grid
Friday, June 10

Portable Heat Pumps - Low Cost Supplemental Heating and Cooling
Wednesday, June 22

**Events**

Webinar: Get All the 𝚍̶𝚒̶𝚛̶𝚝̶ SOIL on Soil Conservation in Urban Agriculture
Wednesday, June 1

Boston MA Budget Hearings on American Rescue Plan Act Funds
Wednesday, June 1

Countdown: An Evening with Alan Weisman
Wednesday, June 1

Wanjira Mathai on Sustainable Development and the Power of Women
Tuesday, June 7

Commonwealth Kitchen Food Show
Thursday, June 9

Right to a Healthy Environment: Symposium
June 9, 2022

Ukraine and beyond: Lessons in refugee education
A Brookings-Yidan Prize event on key issues in refugee education
Tuesday, June 21

Climate Change, Our Youths, and Mental Health
Monday, June 27

Education meets the metaverse: The promise and the worry
A Brookings-Yidan Prize event on the future of education in the 21st century
Tuesday, June 28

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These kinds of events below are happening all over the world every day and most of them, now, are webcast and archived, sometimes even with accurate transcripts. Would be good to have a place that helped people access them.

This is a more global version of the local listings I did for about a decade (what I did and why I did it at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it.html) until September 2020 and earlier for a few years in the 1990s (https://theworld.com/~gmoke/AList.index.html).

A more comprehensive global listing service could be developed if there were enough people interested in doing it, if it hasn’t already been done.

If anyone knows of such a global listing of open energy, climate, and other events is available, please put me in contact.

Thanks for reading,
Solar IS Civil Defense,
George Mokray
gmoke@world.std.com
http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com - notes on lectures and books
http://solarray.blogspot.com - renewable energy and efficiency - zero net energy links list
http://cityag.blogspot.com - city agriculture links list
http://geometrylinks.blogspot.com - geometry links list
http://hubevents.blogspot.com - Energy (and Other) Events
http://www.dailykos.com/user/gmoke/history - articles, ideas, and screeds

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**Conferences**

Numbers and Nature: Mitchell J. Feigenbaum Symposium
Thursday, June 2 - June 3
9:00am to 5:30pm
MIT, Building 6, Room 120, 182 MEMORIAL DR (REAR), Cambridge, MA 02139
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/numbers-and-nature-mitchell-j-feigenbaum-symposium-registration-333126399027

AGENDA- THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2022
8:00 Registration
9:00 Welcome
Daniel Rothman — Professor of Geophysics and Co-Director of the Lorenz Center, MIT-EAPS
Predrag Cvitanović — Professor and Glen P. Robinson Chair in Nonlinear Sciences, Georgia Tech
9:10 - MORNING LECTURE SESSION 1
Overcoming the Random Closed Packed Barrier: Crystallization in Granular Media
Harry Swinney — Professor Emeritus, UT Austin
How to Compute the Universe
Stephen Wolfram — Founder and CEO, Wolfram Research
Folds, Cuts and Isometries: Art and Science
L. Mahadevan — Professor of Physics, de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, and Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard
10:40 Coffee Break
11:00 - MORNING LECTURE SESSION 2
Turbulence, From Newton’s Quadratic Law of Drag to Mitch Feigenbaum and Recent Times
Yves Pomeau — Emeritus Research Director, French National Centre for Scientific Research
Fluids Experiment
Bjorn Hof — Professor of Physics, IST Austria
Life and Death of Turbulence
Nigel Goldenfeld — Swanlund Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
12:30 Lunch | Ida Green Lounge, Green Building, Room 54-923
2:00 AFTERNOON LECTURE SESSION
Geometry, Topology, and Electrophysiology: How Excitable Tissues Sense their Shapes
Adam Cohen — Professor of Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Physics, Harvard
Cognitive Neuroscience
Josh Tennenbaum — Professor of Computational Cognitive Science, MIT-BCS
Optics, Vision, and Evolution, after Mitchell Feigenbaum, 1944-2019
Jean-Pierre Eckmann — Professeur Honoraire, University of Geneva
Collective Dynamics with Complex Connectivity
Boris Schraiman— Professor of Physics, UC Santa Barbara
4:00 Coffee Break
4:30 KEYNOTE LECTURE
Mirrors and Mirages
Sir Michael Berry — Melville Wills Professor of Physics (Emeritus), University of Bristol
5:30 Reception | Hockfield Court, outside Stata Center east entrance

AGENDA- FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2022
8:30 Registration
9:00 MORNING LECTURE SESSION 1
Overview; Feigenbaum’s Role in Chaos
Albert Libchaber — Detlev W. Bronk Professor of Physics, Rockefeller University
Broken Symmetries in Living Systems
Nikta Fakhri — Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Career Development Professor, MIT-Physics
Hydrodynamics and Microbes
Alex Petroff — Professor of Physics, Clark University
10:40 Coffee Break
11:00 MORNING LECTURE SESSION 2
Singularity in a Teacup — When Nature Gives Infinity
Dwight Barkey — Professor of Mathematics, University of Warwick
TBA
Michael Brenner — Michael F. Cronin Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics, Harvard
TBA
John Bush — Professor of Applied Mathematics and Fluid Dynamics, MIT-Math
12:30 Lunch | Ida Green Lounge, Green Building, Room 54-923
2:00 AFTERNOON LECTURE SESSION 1
Encoding Patterns in Single-Cell Locomotion: Oscillations, Synchronization, and Excitability
Kirsty Wan — ERC Starting Grantee, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
The Mysteries of Gaps and Pile-Ups at Planetary Resonances
Renu Malhotra — Louise Foucar Marshall Science Research Professor and Regents Professor of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona
TBA
Sara Seager — Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Science, Professor of Physics, and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT-EAPS, Physics and AeroAstro
3:30 Coffee Break
4:00 AFTERNOON LECTURE SESSION 2
TBA
5:30 Adjourn

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MA Solidarity Economy / Worker Co-op Festival & Gathering
Saturday & Sunday, June 4-5
10:00am-4:00pm
RAIN DATE: June 11-12, 2022
Global Village Farm, Grafton, MA
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ma-solidarity-economy-festival-gathering-registration-327544072137

Another World Is Here! Let’s Build It Together
Join us for a weekend of festivities, networking, learning, visioning, strategizing and movement building.

The Massachusetts Solidarity Economy Network (MASEN) is organizing a two-day gathering on June 4-5, 2022 to celebrate, learn, strategize and build together at Global Village in Grafton, MA. Camping will be available for overnighters - a great opportunity to build relationships and have fun together around a bonfire, swimming, and maybe some music (bring an instrument). Here’s a link to a rideshare board. We will be providing Spanish interpretation and childcare.

Saturday, June 4th - Festival & Solidarity Economy/Worker Co-op Teach-in
Enjoy and celebrate the solidarity economy (SE) in Massachusetts:
Co-op vendors: As a major backbone of the SE, we’ll be spotlighting co-op businesses - come meet them and shop their wares.
Learn about solidarity economy organizations and initiatives.
Come to a participatory Solidarity Economy 101 teach-in. What’s the relationship between co-ops and the solidarity economy?
Open space: brief workshops and discussions that anyone can offer, so come with your ideas.
Come and enjoy cultural offerings and hands-on activities, including farm work.
Are you a member of a worker co-op? If YES, we want to support you with funds to be here! Please use this url: https://bit.ly/3y2An9q to sign up for a worker co-op stipend for Saturday June 4.
Organized in partnership with the Coalition for Worker Ownership and Power (COWOP).

Sunday, June 5th - State of the Solidarity Economy Movement & Collective Strategy
Help us build and strengthen the solidarity economy movement in Massachusetts. All are welcome, whether you are new to this movement or an old hand.
Build relationships, network and do some speed dating.
Participate in collective visioning, strategizing, setting priorities.
Learn and exchange on a range of topics such as childcare, culture and SE, co-op policy, local SE case studies

The venue: Global Village
This event is held at Global Village, an international initiative building centers for education, training and movement building. Global Village is part of creating a new sustainable economy and cooperative living spaces with low-income immigrant communities of color and other colonized and marginalized people.

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The Pulitzer Center's 2022 Annual Conference
Interconnected: Reporting the Climate Crisis

June 9 - 10
RSVP at https://www.tfaforms.com/4981120
More information at https://pulitzercenter.org/events/pulitzer-center-2022-annual-conference

We are pleased to invite you to join us for the Pulitzer Center's annual conference, taking place onJune 9 & 10, 2022, with virtual programming in five languages for a global audience.

Interconnected: Reporting the Climate Crisis will feature unique and engaging discussions centered on the Pulitzer Center’s mission of quality journalism and education, bringing together journalists, editors, educators, students, and experts from around the world at the forefront of climate change and environmental reporting.

Across two days of plenary sessions, panel discussions, Q&As, and informal networking, attendees will examine emerging trends in journalism through the lens of Pulitzer Center investigations; explore new and innovative tools for conducting cross-newsroom and cross-border investigations; and discover career opportunities made possible through Pulitzer Center climate reporting grants and fellowships.

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Eurekafest!


Wednesday, June 15

10:00am to 12:00pm
MIT, Stata Center, Stata Center32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
More information at https://lemelson.mit.edu/inventeams#current-inventeams

Join us for the 16th annual EurekaFest celebration to honor young inventors! This year's showcase will be held on Wednesday June 15, 2022 from 10-12 in Stata

EurekaFest is an event that empowers student inventors, honors role models, and encourages creativity and problem solving. Programming includes an introduction to the 2022 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams — teams of high school students from across the country who received an InvenTeam grant to build a working prototype to solve a real-world problem in their community or beyond.

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**Lecture Series**

Weaning Buildings Off Fossil Gas & Market (Redesign) Pathways to a Decarbonized Grid
Friday, June 10

9:00 am-12:30 pm
Convener/Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Raab, Raab Associates, Ltd.
Host: Foley HoagHost: Foley HoagHost: Foley Hoag
To attend in-person* or to livestream:
*All visitors to Foley Hoag must be fully vaccinated and boosted.
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weaning-buildings-off-fossil-gas-market-pathways-to-a-decarbonized-grid-tickets-314024093517
Cost: $0 - $100

Weaning New England’s Buildings Off Fossil Gas
Judith Judson, VP & Head of US Strategy, National Grid
William Akley, President & COO of Gas, Eversource Energy
Rebecca Tepper, Chief Energy & Environment, MA Attorney General’s Office
Amy Boyd, Director of Policy, Acadia Center

Decarbonizing buildings will likely be New England’s greatest carbon emissions reduction challenge in the coming decades - particularly in our existing building stock heated by natural (aka fossil) gas. Options for decarbonizing these buildings include deep weatherization, electrification, decarbonizing the gas itself by using renewable natural gas and hydrogen, and/or geothermal energy. Various important developments are currently underway in the region. These include consideration of a Clean Heat Standard in Vermont, suspension of subsidies for new natural gas hook-ups in Connecticut, and the establishment of a Clean Heat Commission in Massachusetts.

In this Roundtable, we focus on what may prove to be the most promising development for building decarbonization in the region--Massachusetts DPU’s 20-80 Docket [Role of Gas Local Distribution Companies as the Commonwealth Achieves its Target 2050 Climate Goals]. Specifically, we examine the Massachusetts’ gas distribution companies recently filed strategic gas decarbonization plans and proposed common regulatory reform framework. These filings are, in large part, based on the recently released Technical Analysis of Decarbonization Pathways conducted by E3 on behalf of the gas distribution companies. Leaders from National Grid and Eversource will present their strategic decarbonization plans, as well as the key findings from the E3 study and their joint regulatory reform framework. This will be followed by critiques of these proposals and the underlying study from leading voices on behalf of consumer and environmental advocates.

Market (Redesign) Pathways to a Decarbonized New England Grid
Katie Dykes, Commissioner, Connecticut DEEP
Gordon van Welie, President & CEO, ISO New England
Todd Schatzki, Principal, Analysis Group
Peter Fuller, Principal, Autumn Lane Consulting

As a result of the New England states participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), carbon-emitting generation in New England pays a price for carbon it emits. But that price is too small - in and of itself - to shepherd in the amount of new carbon-free electricity resources that New England needs to decarbonize its electricity grid. Hence, many New England states have been issuing their own solicitations to procure clean energy resources (e.g, from offshore wind and hydro from Quebec). Meanwhile, ISO New England, the New England states, and diverse regional stakeholders have been exploring various ways to redesign our wholesale markets to better align with our decarbonization aspirations. These ideas include the incorporation of a more impactful carbon price in wholesale energy markets and the introduction of a new forward clean energy market (FCEM).

At this Roundtable, we will examine the strengths and weaknesses of these various options, as well as stakeholder preferences regarding these choices. We begin with the findings of a recent ISO-New England sponsored comparative study conducted by Analysis Group. The study, which includes significant input from the New England States and NEPOOL stakeholders, compares the status quo with various approaches, including carbon pricing, FCEM, and a hybrid design combining carbon pricing and FCEM. We will then hear our panelists’ reactions to the study, and a spirited discussion about what New England should do.

Materials from our March 25th Roundtable Materials from our 3/25 Roundtable, Federal Support for Clean Energy & Equitably Decarbonizing the Northeast, including speaker and convener biographies; a list of registrants; RTO Insider's 3.29.22 Edition (with coverage on page 23); and a link to the on-demand video are available on our website. Please note that there were no speaker slides to post for this Roundtable. The video can be viewed for free by employees of our Sponsor organizations. For non-Sponsors it costs $100 to view at the General rate and $50 at the Discounted rate.

2022 Roundtable Sponsorship Drive


We are currently accepting new NE Roundtable Sponsors for 2022. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Roundtable Sponsorship, please email Susan at susan@raabassociates.org.

Remaining 2022 NE Roundtable Dates
September 30 • December 9
(Topics, Speakers, & Registration TBD)

Raab Associates, Ltd / www.raabassociates.org

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Portable Heat Pumps - Low Cost Supplemental Heating and Cooling
Wednesday, June 22
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/portable-heat-pumps-low-cost-supplemental-heating-and-cooling-tickets-335311213867

Portable heat pumps are a way to lower utility bills by efficiently warming or cooling a single room - a great solution for renters.

Portable heat pumps can heat or cool your home just like a regular heat pump, but with the additional advantage of being transportable. They come in window mounted options or roller options which are easier to move from room to room. They are a great solution for supplemental heat to reduce your reliance on gas or electric baseboard heating, and since they are portable, they are a great solution for renters.

These units are often used to heat or cool highly used spaces like kitchens or living rooms or to cool a bedroom for sleeping, and a single unit can heat and cool a small apartment. They offer the efficiency of a heat pump without the cost of whole house or ductless heat pumps.

Join the Electrify Coalition as we investigate portable and window heat pumps just in time for summer in the northern hemisphere. We will answer questions like:
How much do portable and window heat pumps costs?
What are some of the top brands?
How do you install and use them?
Do they really work?
What are things to consider when purchasing one?
What are their advantages over ductless and whole house heat pumps?
Where do I buy them?

Panelist
Sean Armstrong is a leading Electrification expert in North America and has co-authored five user-friendly guides to building electrification, both new construction and retrofits. His firm, Redwood Energy, has led the nation in residential ZNE design since 2011 with more than 5,000 100% solar powered homes.

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**Events**

Webinar: Get All the 𝚍̶𝚒̶𝚛̶𝚝̶ SOIL on Soil Conservation in Urban Agriculture
Wednesday, June 1
12pm
Contact Abigail at abigail.appleman@usda.gov
Registrations after 11:00am (Eastern) on June 1 will not receive the link to the live webinar but will receive a link to the recording afterward.

Is it just dirt, or is your soil alive? Join our virtual event, hosted by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Pennsylvania, to hear from:
Resource Soil Scientist Dr. Kefeni Kejela - Urban Soils
and State Soil Scientist Yuri Plowden - Soil Your Undies!

We'll talk about urban soils and their properties, soil quality and management, life within the soil, and an invitation to Soil Your Undies*. There will also be time for questions and answers.

Enter your information to register for this USDA-NRCS webinar. This event will be held virtually using MS Teams at noon on June 1, 2022. You will receive a reminder with a link to join the day before.

Questions? Contact Abigail at abigail.appleman@usda.gov

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Boston MA Budget Hearings on
Wednesday, June 1, at 2 PM - Housing
Friday, June 3, at 10 AM - Climate, Mobility, and Digital Equity
Friday, June 3, at 2 PM - Public Health
More information at https://bostoncan.org/ and https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n7b8Ur3XLU9QY0zdbJI3tp5ij185C8bElvKOblVYBtE/edit#

Did you know the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocated nearly $560 million to the City of Boston with $350 million of those funds earmarked for new, transformative investments?! The City Council is holding hearings this week to discuss the allocation of these funds and we need YOUR voice there:

There are many ways to testify at a hearing: register ahead of time for live virtual testimony, send a pre-recorded testimony, send an email, or attend the meeting in person at the Iannella Chamber on the 5th floor of City Hall! See more details on our talking points at our Budget Hearing Info sheet. We need YOUR voice advocating for:
Crane Ledge Woods
BERDO staffing & software resources
BPS retrofits
Housing retrofitting & anti-displacement
Tree canopy

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Countdown: An Evening with Alan Weisman
Wednesday, June 1
7 PM – 8:15 PM
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2537801879683909/

Join us for a live virtual interview with bestselling author, Alan Weisman, in conversation about his multiple-award-winning book Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? The conversation will be moderated by Population Balance Executive Director Nandita Bajaj.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Weisman traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth — and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth’s ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth?

Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world’s cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it’s in their own best interest to limit their growth. The result is a landmark work of reporting: devastating, urgent, and, ultimately, deeply hopeful.

By vividly detailing the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence, Countdown reveals what may be the fastest, most acceptable, practical, and affordable way of returning our planet and our presence on it to balance. Weisman again shows that he is one of the most provocative journalists at work today, with a book whose message is so compelling that it will change how we see our lives and our destiny.

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Wanjira Mathai on Sustainable Development and the Power of Women
Tuesday, June 7
11:30am EST
RSVP at https://commonwealthclub.secure.force.com/ticket/?_ga=2.159403646.2102446830.1653886399-149928173.1643172478#/instances/a0F3j00001VZZycEAH

Africa is responsible for less than 4 percent of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions. Yet its people are already suffering some of the world’s most devastating climate impacts. And as the Global North looks to reduce its addiction to fossil fuels, the minerals required to do so increasingly depend on exploiting natural resources in the Global South, exacerbating a cycle of extraction, environmental devastation, dislocation, and political and social instability. How can these ongoing injustices be stopped and rectified?

Wanjira Mathai is the vice president and regional director for Africa at the World Resources Institute, and the daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, who empowered more than 4,000 women’s groups to protect and restore their local forests, even in the face of death threats. Wanjira herself has tackled such global issues as landscape restoration, youth leadership and sustainable development. She has focused on the power of emotional intelligence and has repeatedly been named one of the 100 Most Influential African Women.

Join Climate One for an in-depth conversation with Wanjira Mathai.

NOTES
This is a free, online-only program; please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

This program is free for everyone, thanks to our generous supporters. We welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming.

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Commonwealth Kitchen Food Show
Thursday, June 9
85 Northern Avenue – across from the ICA, next to District Hall, Boston, MA
11am-4pm: Private Industry Show
4pm-7pm: Show opens to the public!
RSVP at https://commonwealthkitchen.org/foodshow/
Cost: $15

For one day only, we’ll be serving up culinary magic alongside over 90 of Boston’s most talented, creative and diverse food entrepreneurs and culinary trendsetters.

We're bringing together CWK members, grads, and alums, including food trucks, caterers, bakers. brewers, sauce makers, and packaged goods companies all under a giant tent in Boston's Seaport District! 85 Northern Ave!

The event will take place outside, under a big tent. Rain or Shine

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Right to a Healthy Environment: Symposium
June 9, 2022 (Virtual Program)
1:00 - 4:30 PM
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/right-to-a-healthy-environment-in-us-law-tickets-325027956367

The Right to a Healthy Environment in US Law: Justice for Communities Today and Tomorrow is a symposium and CLE course (approval pending in NY and CA) that focuses on the newly-endorsed right to a healthy environment and draws connections between this right and efforts to promote environmental justice in the United States.

The event will consist of a keynote speech on environmental racism, a panel on environmental justice, and a panel on youth engagement and intergenerational obligations.

The event is hosted by the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at the Northeastern University School of Law on behalf of the Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network. All are welcome!

Opening Remarks. Martha Davis, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Keynote Speaker. Dominique Day, United Nations Working Group on People of African Descent/ Daylight Law
Session I - Implementing Environmental Justice. Moderator: Rachel Gore Freed, Vice President and Chief Organizer, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Panelists: Ka’sha Bernard, Center for International Environmental Law
Ann Marie Chischilly, VP, Native American Initiatives at Northern Arizona University
Katrina Kuh, Haub Distinguished Professor of Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
Sharon Lavigne, Founder, RISE St. James/2021 Goldman Environmental Prize Recipient
Session II - Future Generations. Moderator: Erin Daly, Professor of Law, Dignity Rights Project, Delaware Law School at Widener University.
Panelists: Julia Olson, Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust
Ramin Pejan, Senior Attorney, Earthjustice
Samia Shell, Ron Brown Scholar, St. John’s University School of Law
Jonathan Todres, Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law

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Ukraine and beyond: Lessons in refugee education
A Brookings-Yidan Prize event on key issues in refugee education
Tuesday, June 21
9:30 AM EDT - 10:30 AM EDT
Online Only
RSVP at https://connect.brookings.edu/register-to-watch-ukraine-refugee-education

Join the conversation on Twitter using #BrookingsYidanPrize
Since February 2022, the war on Ukraine has disrupted the education of millions—as more than half of Ukrainian children have left their homes, and over 1,800 education institutions have been damaged. The next months will determine how many of these children are able to access education in their host communities across Europe. Globally, nearly half of all refugee children are out of school. Millions of Syrian, Afghan, Rohingya and other refugee children are unable to access education. In this—and all crises—host communities must be prepared, national policies responsive, and funding available.



The initial education response by countries hosting Ukrainian refugee children has primarily been promising, leading refugee education advocates to question the double standard facing children from other countries. They also worry resources will be shifted away from other already underfunded humanitarian crises. Others have posited that the favorable response by European host communities presents an opportunity to improve refugee education policies globally and advance more innovative practices.

On June 21, the Center for Universal Education and the Yidan Prize Foundation will co-host a virtual event to explore critical issues in global education today. Join Maysa Jalbout, Erum Mariam, Viktoriia Gnap, Zarlasht Halaimzai, and David Edwards as they address key questions including: Are the European countries neighboring Ukraine prepared to deliver education to millions of refugee children? What are the roles of teachers and civil society in responding to the crisis? What could Europe learn from other countries hosting large numbers of refugees? How could education responses for Ukrainian, Rohingya, Afghan refugees and others help inform the development of more sustainable system-level solutions?

This webcast is the first in a Brookings-Yidan Prize event series on the future of education in the 21st century. Together, the two organizations are exploring emerging and timely topics in education likely to have deep implications for decades to come.

Viewers can submit questions via email to events@brookings.edu or via Twitter at #BrookingsYidanPrize.

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Climate Change, Our Youths, and Mental Health

Monday, June 27
9pm EST
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Join us for an in-depth discussion focused on the latest Youth Climate Survey by Blue Shield on how climate change is affecting the mental health of our youth community.

We'll be talking with David W. Bond, who is the director of behavioral health at Blue Shield of California—Promise Health Plan, where he leads initiatives to restore, sustain and enhance the behavioral health and well being of the state's Medi-Cal and Medicare beneficiaries; Kat Lee, a youth environmental activist and youth organizer for APEN (Asian Pacific Environmental Network)' and Maya Gomez, a Whitney High School sophomore and a student representative for the Mind Out Loud program.

Join us in-person for this timely talk!


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This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. For online viewing, pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

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Education meets the metaverse: The promise and the worry
A Brookings-Yidan Prize event on the future of education in the 21st century
Tuesday, June 28
10:00 AM EDT - 11:00 AM EDT
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When education trails technology, the technology rather than educators defines what counts as educational opportunity. This is largely what happened when “educational” apps designed for use on smartphones and tablets meant for adults were introduced to children.

Today, as the metaverse infrastructure is still under construction, researchers, educators, policymakers, and digital designers have a chance to lead the way rather than get caught in the undertow. To leverage the potential of the metaverse as a 3D, global, interconnected, immersive, and real-time online learning space, we need new ways to connect the physical world with augmented and virtual reality experiences.

On June 28, the Center for Universal Education and the Yidan Prize Foundation will co-host a virtual event to consider a path for bringing the best educational practices into the metaverse, stemming in part from a recent policy brief. A moderated discussion of expert panelists will seek to answer questions such as: How can those creating educational products for the metaverse work with educators and scientists to ensure that children experience real human social interaction as they navigate virtual spaces? How can we empower and support children as they safely explore these spaces? Is there a real eye to diversity in the representation and access to what is created?

This webcast is the second in a Brookings-Yidan Prize event series on the future of education in the 21st century. Together, the two organizations are exploring emerging and timely topics in education likely to have deep implications for decades to come.

Viewers can submit questions via email to events@brookings.edu or via Twitter at #BrookingsYidanPrize.