Monday, August 29, 2022

Energy (and Other) Events Monthly - September 2022

**Index**

**Conferences**

MIT Conference on Mining, Environment and Society
Wednesday, September 7, 10:00 AM – Friday, September 9, 1:30 PM EDT

EBC 4th Annual New England Climate Change and Resiliency Summit



Tuesday, September 13


Advancing the New European Bauhaus
Thursday, September 15

Reimagining the Role of Business in the Public Square
Thursday, September 15

International Conference on Sustainable Development
Monday, September 19, 2022 - Tuesday, September 20, 2022 (all day)

2022 MIT Sustainability Conference
Tuesday, September 20

NYC AgTech Week 2022
September 26 to October 1


**Lecture Series**

Cross-sectoral Climate Change Impacts in Europe: Our Warming Planet: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
Wednesday, September 7

Redesigning Our Communities for Life After Fossil Fuels
Saturday, September 10

Rising to the Global Climate Challenge: Australia's Leadership
Tuesday, September 13

Deploying the Synergies Between Energy Access and Sustainable Development: Digital Zukunftssalon in the “The Forces of Transformation” series
Tuesday, September 13

What Are the Soil Carbon Sequestration Potentials of Biochar and Enhanced Weathering?: Towards a Durable Understanding of Soil Carbon as a Tool for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
Tuesday, September 13

The Connective Tissue: Transmission in Support of Decarbonization
Friday, September 30

**Events**

Facing Our Climate Anxiety Health Crisis
Sunday, September 4

Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It
Tuesday, September 6

Wole Soyinka in Conversation with Henry Louis Gates
Wednesday, September 7

EBC Energy Resources Webinar: Plugging In – Perspectives on Interconnection and Microgrids
Thursday, September 8

Discussion with Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space
Thursday, September 8

Inverter Technology: Unlocking the Full Potential of Heat Pumps to Decarbonize the Northeast
Friday, September 9

Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP
Saturday September 10

Green Anarchy or Eco-Socialism: a debate on scale and tactics
Monday, September 12

Save Democracy and the Planet
Monday, September 12

California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric—and What It Means for America's Power Grid
Tuesday, September 13

Greentown Labs EnergyBar: Climatetech Career Fair
September 13

Confronting Climate Change with Design for Resilience
Tuesday, September 13

Environmental Justice: Past, Present, and Future
Thursday, September 15

The 32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Ceremony
Thursday, September 15

Funding Climate, Energy & Sustainability Ventures
Thursday, September 15

The State of the European Green Deal: Quo vadis EGD?
Friday, September 16

XRBoston Stop the Fossil Fuel Industry, Now: September Week of Rebellion
September 17 - September 25

Boston Local Food Festival
Sunday, September 18

Our Veterans, Wounds of War
Monday, September 19

MIT.nano September Seminar: Electronic skins for robotics and wearables
Monday, September 19

Anjali Waikar, Operations Director, Litigation, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Monday, September 19

Aging & the Economy
Tuesday, September 20

Climate Change: A Solutions Approach (webinar)
Wednesday, September 21

Environmental Justice: Case Studies on Policy, Advocacy and Litigation Trends
Wednesday, September 21

How Innovation Districts Can Embrace Risk and Strengthen Community
Wednesday, September 21

Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS)
Wednesday, September 21

Reaching Net-Zero with Credit Transparency
Thursday, September 22

Sustainability Festival
Thursday, September 22

Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics
Thursday, September 22

Responding to a Perfect Storm of Crises in Ukraine and Beyond: A European Perspective
Friday, September 23

13th Annual Dance for World Community Festival
Saturday, September 24

Creating a Climate Action Plan Centered in Justice, Part 1
Tuesday, September 27

Climate Change Impacts: How Massachusetts Can Stand in Solidarity with Cuba
Wednesday, September 28

Cleantech Open Northeast Finals Judging, Awards & Showcase
September 29

Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator Final Showcase
September 29

On Reckonings, Reimagining, and The Third Reconstruction: A Conversation with Historians Joseph Peniel and Ibram X. Kendi
Thursday, September 29

Gutman Library Virtual Book Talk: The Voices of the Trees
Monday, October 3

These kinds of events 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.

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**Conferences**

MIT Conference on Mining, Environment and Society
Wednesday, September 7, 10:00 AM – Friday, September 9, 1:30 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-conference-on-mining-environment-and-society-tickets-358555056827
Cost: $25 – $150

This virtual conference will examine environmental and social challenges around mining, and what stakeholders can do to address them.

MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI) will host an online conference on September 7-9, 2022 on “Mining, Environment, and Society”.
In the face of the urgent threat of climate change, economies are undergoing a transition from conventional to renewable sources of energy. What does this mean for the world’s future resource needs? We can expect to see less extraction of coal and oil—but more mining of metals like lithium, copper, cobalt, and nickel, which come with their own social and environmental impacts. This conference will bring together social and natural scientists, policymakers, industry stakeholders, and environmental organizations to examine the nature of these conflicting challenges and explore opportunities to collaborate for solutions.

The event is one of a series led by MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative to examine the environmental and social considerations of specific industries.
To promote dialogue and collaboration, registered attendees will have the opportunity to network in panel-specific chatrooms before, during and after the conference, will receive the complete registered attendee list, and presenters will have the option to upload their slides for the registered audience to view. Sessions will feature moderated Q&A. Session recordings will be made available to registered attendees after the conference.

There is a charge for attendance. Entry charges will fund the live video production of the conference and recordings, and post-conference research and publications.
The schedule is here. For more information, email us at esi-mine@mit.edu.



EBC 4th Annual New England Climate Change and Resiliency Summit
Tuesday, September 13
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
RSVP at https://web.cvent.com/event/5c474204-d65e-4d8c-a870-c5d34078a656/register
Cost: $25 - $190

Unprecedented policy, regulatory, and funding decisions related to how we address climate change are being made at the state and federal level. Whether you are in the public sector, work in industry, or provide environmental consulting services, climate change adaptation and mitigation impacts your work. The fourth annual EBC New England Climate Change and Resiliency Summit will provide an opportunity to learn how New England is addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with adapting to climate change and reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts, working to meet state and federal greenhouse gas reduction goals, and transitioning to a carbon-free economy. For those in the environmental business community at the frontlines of adaptation and transition, the Summit is a forum to listen, learn, network and ask questions related to rapidly developing policy and programs connected to climate change.

Representatives from the six New England States will provide updates on their specific climate change plans, program priorities, and implementation strategies. The major focus will be on those key elements that are moving each state’s programs forward in preparation for the impact of climate change.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.0 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.

Speaker Agenda:
Rhode Island
Terry Gray, Director, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Shaun O’Rourke, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
Connecticut
Rebecca French, Director of the Office of Climate Planning, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Massachusetts
Mia G. Mansfield, Director of Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Vermont – Invited
New Hampshire
Kirsten Howard, Resilience Program Coordinator, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Nathalie DiGeronimo, Resilience Project Manager, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Maine
Sarah Curran, Deputy Director, Climate Planning & Community Partnerships, Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, State of Maine



Advancing the New European Bauhaus
Thursday, September 15
RSVP https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/en/kick-off-conference-of-the-project-advancing-the-1

This international online conference marks the kick-off of the UBA flagship project "Advancing the New European Bauhaus” (AdNEB). The event features experts from the field and interesting discussions. The President of the German Environment Agency Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner as well as Ruth Reichstein (Advisory Board of the President of the European Commission) and Michela Magas (High Level Roundtable New European Bauhaus) will discuss in the opening panel the opportunities and challenges of the New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative to promote healthy, climate and environmentally friendly, high quality living for all.

Following a general introduction to the project AdNEB, there will be four parallel workshops focusing on urban retrofitting, climate adaptation, mobility inventions and multifunctional inner urban development.

A keynote by Prof. Dr. Harriet Bulkeley (Durham University and Utrecht University) on "Environmental Politics in the Anthropocene City” will be a further highlight (see Conference Agenda at https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/en/kick-off-conference-of-the-flagship-project).

The conference will be held in English

The Webex access link will be sent after registration is completed.



Reimagining the Role of Business in the Public Square
Thursday, September 15
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Harvard Business School Campus, Soldier’s Field Road, Allston RSVP at https://web.cvent.com/event/a189dbde-1f4d-467f-b87d-fd087d43e9bf/summary

Over the past two-plus years, the world has been forced to focus on several complex and interrelated challenges, including a global pandemic; the climate crisis and a series of environmental disasters; social unrest around policing and racial inequity; eroding confidence in globalization and capitalism itself, and; increasing skepticism about democracy as a pathway to positive change. Independently and together, these challenges are fueling demands around sustainability, economic and social justice, and the long-term interests of a broad range of stakeholders. Customers and employees, as well as investors, activists, and policymakers, increasingly lay these challenges at the doorstep of businesses. This event is dedicated to facilitating an exchange of ideas among leaders from business, public policy, law, academia and civil society about practical, principled, and effective ideas to make meaningful progress on ESG commitments, metrics, and accountability.



International Conference on Sustainable Development
Monday, September 19, 2022 - Tuesday, September 20, 2022 (all day)
RSVP at https://ic-sd.org/register/

ICSD is the top academic international conference for discussing sustainable development issues. The parallel sessions include over 300 oral and poster presentations from researchers and development practitioners from across the world, presenting their work on topics ranging from gender equity to climate change to economic development, all focused on solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In addition, ICSD’s plenaries allow participants to hear thought provoking speeches and conversations from leaders in the field of sustainable development. Speakers and panelists include heads of state, UN officials, CEOs, economists, and university professors.

ICSD is a truly global event with programming that spans across all time zones and welcomes participants from all across the world – 149 countries in 2020 to be exact! Side events offer participants additional opportunities to meet with fellow participants, explore specific topics with more detail, and learn something new.

This year’s theme celebrates our 10 year anniversary: A Decade of ICSD.

Registration is officially open and free for all!
To stay updated on the conference, you can also follow ICSD on Twitter, on Instagram, connect with ICSD on Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter.

Event Contact Information: ICSD
info@ic-sd.org



2022 MIT Sustainability Conference
Tuesday, September 20
8:00am to 5:00pm
Boston Marriott Cambridge 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142
RSVP at https://ilp.mit.edu/Sustainability22
Cost: $2250

Here at MIT, sustainability can mean many things. New materials for everything from electronics to infrastructure which are both functional and kind to the environment. “Green” government and corporate policies which regulate energy and greenhouse gas production. Innovative urban planning for a city of the future which is efficient, but also accessible and abundant. Whether stated in economic, environmental, social, or technological terms, sustainability is the capacity to endure – to consume, grow, and thrive – but not to be consumed and perish in the process. Join us for 2022 MIT Sustainability Conference: Technologies and Industry which explores how MIT and its community of researchers and corporate members are leading the way in sustainability research.

NYC AgTech Week 2022
September 26 to October 1
RSVP at https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2022/6/23/nyc-agriculture-collective-thought-for-food-partner-for-nyc-agtech-week-2022


**Lecture Series**

Cross-sectoral Climate Change Impacts in Europe: Our Warming Planet: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
Wednesday, September 7
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
RSVP at https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAudOGqpzktHtFk3RcJabclIypjlmPgxmLJ

Paula Harrison, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK
We are excited to announce the next few webinars featuring lectures from Our Warming Planet: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, published by World Scientific.

Access recordings from previous sessions here: http://www.ccrun.org/resources/lectures-in-climate-change-volume-2/

Purchase book: https://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/12312
Get 30% off by using the discount code: WSWARMING30

Event Contact Information: Manishka De Mel
manishka.demel@columbia.edu



Redesigning Our Communities for Life After Fossil Fuels: A series of virtual and in-person community events in 6 locations in the U.S. and Canada – Sept 2022 to March 2023
Saturday, September 10
1:00 – 4:30 pm ET
RSVP at https://bio4climate.org/redesigning-our-communities-for-life-after-fossil-fuels-september-10/registration/
Cost: $5 - $40

Keynote Address: Life After Fossil Fuels
Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute
Richard Heinberg is a Senior Fellow at Post Carbon Institute and is the author of 14 books, including POWER: LIMITS AND PROSPECTS FOR HUMAN SURVIVAL, along with hundreds of essays and articles, some of which have appeared in NATURE, WALL STREET JOURNAL and THE AMERICAN PROSPECT. He has lectured on 6 continents and has appeared in numerous environmental documentary films.

The Power of Ecosystem Restoration
Maya Dutta, Assistant Director of Regenerative Projects, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
Why Growing Food Must Be Our Top Priority
Philip Bogdonoff, Board Member and Co-Founder, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate D.C. Chapter
Transforming Dirt to Soil: Restoration Principles to Create a Local Green-Space Network
Kyree Clark, Network Builder, Community Gardens, IMPACT Silver Spring, Montgomery County Racial Equity (MORE) Network
Thinking Outside the Box To Transform Our Food Infrastructure
Graciela Rivera-Oven, Chief Executive Officer, UpCounty Hub
How to Substitute Native Plants for Lawn
and Easy Ways to Handle Stormwater in Your Yard
Kit Gage, Interim President, Friends of Sligo Creek and Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional
Equitable Access to Land for People of Color
Tope Fajingbesi, CPA FCA, Managing Partner, Dodo Farms
How to Start or Improve Your Backyard Compost
Benny Erez, Director of Urban Agriculture and Compost Guru, EcoCity Farms
How Permaculture Can Change Your Family Culture and the World for the Better
Bridgette Downer, Organic Farmer Permaculturist, Chicken of the Woods Farm
Youth Education: Teaching What the Classroom Doesn’t Provide on Regenerative Agriculture
Kayla Agonoy, Deputy Director, EcoCity Farms
From Housing to Villaging: 5 Essentials
Beck Mordini, Founder and Director, Villaging
Capturing Rainwater with Rain Barrels, Cisterns, and Bioretention Techniques
Danila Sheveiko, Fern Glade Urban Farm & Native Plant Nursery

Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is partnering with the Post Carbon Institute and many local community groups to bring you a series of events on transitioning our communities to manage our ecological crises. These events will take place virtually on Zoom and in-person at community events in 6 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our first location is in Montgomery County, Maryland and the surrounding area.

Join us and our local community hosts, the Montgomery County Racial Equity (MORE) Network and Impact Silver Spring, for our virtual event on Saturday, September 10 as we share resources, expertise, and actionable solutions to build resilience for these rapidly changing times

Biodiversity for a Livable Climate has been partnering with GBH on a climate lecture series and previous events can be accessed at https://forum-network.org/lectures/drying-rivers-and-drought-what-we-can-do-massachusetts/



Rising to the Global Climate Challenge: Australia's Leadership
Tuesday, September 13
4:00pm - 5:15pm ET
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rising-to-the-global-climate-challenge-australias-leadership-registration-401509514767
This will be a hybrid event, with virtual access provided via Zoom – details of how to take part, either virtually or in-person, will be found in your order confirmation email.This will be a hybrid event, with virtual access provided via Zoom – details of how to take part, either virtually or in-person, will be found in your order confirmation email.

As increasingly extreme weather events swept the country – such as the devastating wildfires of early 2020 – local advocates and activists contested widespread climate disinformation and mobilized people power to achieve meaningful governmental action. These efforts helped to bring about the groundbreaking Climate Change Bill, expected to become law in Australia in This will be a hybrid event, with virtual access provided via Zoom – details of how to take part, either virtually or in-person, will be found in your order confirmation email.

This will be a hybrid event, with virtual access provided via Zoom – details of how to take part, either virtually or in-person, will be found in your order confirmation email.


This will be a hybrid event, with virtual access provided via Zoom – details of how to take part, either virtually or in-person, will be found in your order confirmation email.
the coming weeks, which pledges to cut the country’s emissions 43% by 2030.

Climate change remains a highly divisive issue across the globe, but Australia’s gradual move toward this progressive new law is an example of cohesion in a fracturing world. It demonstrates that national governments are acknowledging the extent of this shared global problem and are enacting policies that make a difference.

Join Perry World House and the Annenberg Public Policy Center for a conversation on these developments with former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull and Penn’s Michael E. Mann, moderated by Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Turnbull will share how his government gained traction on critical climate issues, such as the development of new renewable energy projects like the Snowy Hydro 2.0 hydroelectricity scheme, and together they will examine how to make progress on climate change by tackling rampant disinformation and moving governments toward effective action.

This keynote conversation, part of Perry World House’s 2022 Global Order Colloquium, “A Fracturing World: The Future of Globalization,” also serves as the launch event for the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability, and the Media (PCSSM), which will be led by Professor Mann and housed at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. University of Pennsylvania President M. Elizabeth Magill will provide introductory remarks for the program.

Introduction
M. Elizabeth “Liz” Magill is the University of Pennsylvania’s ninth president. A legal scholar and inspiring leader, Magill came to Penn after serving as Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Virginia; prior to her role at UVA, she was the Richard E. Lang Professor and Dean of the Stanford Law School. A scholar of administrative and constitutional law, Magill is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, held a fellowship in the Law and Public Affairs Program at Princeton University, and was the Thomas Jefferson visiting professor at Downing College, Cambridge University.

Speakers
Michael E. Mann is Presidential Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in the Annenberg School for Communication. He is director of the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability, and the Media (PCSSM). He is also a co-founder of the award-winning science website RealClimate.org and the author of five books, including The Tantrum that Saved the World and The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet.

Malcolm Turnbull was the 29th prime minister of Australia. Prior to entering politics, he enjoyed successful careers as a lawyer, investment banker, and journalist. He entered the Australian Parliament in 2004 and during that time served as minister for the environment and water resources, minister for communications, and as prime minister from 2015-18. Mr. Turnbull has a deep interest in energy issues and renewable energy. He recognized the urgent need for large-scale storage to make intermittent renewables reliable and started the construction of the Snowy Hydro 2.0 pumped-hydro scheme. Mr. Turnbull is the author of several books including The Spycatcher Trial (1988), Fighting for the Republic (1999) and his memoir A Bigger Picture (2020).

Moderator
Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the Walter and Leonore Director of the University’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Program Director of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. She has authored or co-authored 17 books, including Creating Conspiracy Beliefs: How Our Thoughts Are Shaped and Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President, which won the 2019 R.R. Hawkins Award from the Association of American Publishers.



Deploying the Synergies Between Energy Access and Sustainable Development: Digital Zukunftssalon in the “The Forces of Transformation” series
Tuesday, September 13
4:00 AM - 5:30 AM EDT (10am - 11:30am Germany)
RSVP at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/218475582309100300

Securing universal access to clean and reliable energy is a critical milestone for both: realising the just and green transformations of our energy systems and achieving the other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted through the Agenda 2030.

On 13 September 2022 the Wuppertal Institute will hold a digital Zukunftssalon from 10.00 to 11.30 am as part of the "The Forces of Transformation" series to dive deeper into "Deploying the synergies between energy access and sustainable development".

By 2020 730 Million people still lived without access to electricity and almost a third of the world population relied on inefficient and unhealthy fuels and technologies for cooking their daily meals. Overcoming these energy inequalities and marginalisation is one of the core tasks for the realisation of just energy transitions. Moreover, energy marginalisation not only implies living conditions out of the reach of energy infrastructures. Very often it is also linked to poor access to other basic services, such as health, education, water, sanitation, transport and communication networks. And energy is often key for securing the provision of such services. Indeed energy is inextricably linked to virtually all other sustainable development goals (SDGs).

In the last decade, important advances have been achieved in attending the energy needs of marginalised population. However, the current pace of change is insufficient for reaching universal access to electricity, clean fuels, and technologies for cooking by 2030, as set under the SDG7. Moreover, the dynamics in other SDGs is similarly worrying. Therefore, more than ever before it is important to understand and effectively deploy the synergies between energy access and other sustainable development dimensions. In principle, energy can (em)power practically any component of the livelihoods of people. However, achieving real and long-lasting impacts remains a crucial challenge.

What are those general synergies between energy access and other SDGs?
How can energy access projects recognise and effectively attend the context-specific development opportunities, motivations and challenges of the involved communities?
What are the factors that influence the actual impact on sustainable development from energy access projects?

In this digital Zukunftssalon Dr. Long Seng To, Joint Director of the Centre for Sustainable Transitions: Energy, Environment and Resilience (STEER) at Loughborough University, and Dr. Julia C. Terrapon-Pfaff, Co-Head of the Research Unit International Energy Transitions at the Wuppertal Institute, will discuss both conceptual advances and evidence from empirical research about how energy access interventions can effectively spark sustainable development of the involved communities. The online seminar will be hosted by Dr. Willington Ortiz, Researcher in the Research Unit International Energy Transitions at the Wuppertal Institute.



What Are the Soil Carbon Sequestration Potentials of Biochar and Enhanced Weathering?: Towards a Durable Understanding of Soil Carbon as a Tool for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
Tuesday, September 13
3:00 PM Eastern
RSVP at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3779137337725556493

In our sixth webinar of 2022, “Biochar and Enhanced Weathering,” we will discuss two emerging soil sequestration technologies with leading U.S. experts. Dr. Johannes Lehmann (Cornell University) will discuss the path ahead for biochar utilization. Dan Maxbauer (Carleton College) will describe the technical potential for crushed silicate rocks to sequester CO2 through enhanced mineral weathering.

Dan Maxbauer is an Assistant Professor in the Geology Department at Carleton College where he teaches courses on climate science and the carbon cycle. His most current research is focused on carbon dioxide removal through enhanced weathering in agricultural systems. Along with undergraduate students from Carleton, Dan is overseeing an agricultural field trial for enhanced weathering through applications of crushed basalt and a commercially available slag fertilizer.

Johannes Lehmann focuses his research and teaching in soil biogeochemistry and soil fertility management. His specialization is in soil organic matter and nutrient studies of managed and natural ecosystems with a focus on soil carbon sequestration, nutrient recycling from wastes, biochar systems, circular economy, and sustainable agriculture in the tropics (especially Africa). His research stretches from ultra-fine scale microscopy to examine carbon stabilization in soils to global-scale carbon and nutrient cycles.



The Connective Tissue: Transmission in Support of Decarbonization
Friday, September 30
9:00 am-12:30 pm
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9-30-22-roundtable-transmission-in-support-of-decarbonization-tickets-367862495627
Cost: $0 - $100

FERC Transmission NOPR(s) and Joint Federal-State Task Force on Electric Transmission
Co-Keynotes
Chairman Richard Glick, FERC
Chairman Matthew Nelson, MA DPU
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has embarked on an ambitious, and likely ground-breaking, multi-faceted effort to revamp the nation’s transmission planning, cost allocation, and project development/ interconnection processes in support of decarbonization and the enhanced reliability, resilience, and cost-effectiveness of our electricity system. This began with an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANOPR) issued in July 2021 and has thus far resulted in the promulgation of a detailed NOPR in April focused primarily on regional transmission planning and cost allocation, and a second NOPR, focusing mainly on interconnection, released in mid-June.

In support of its inquiry into transmission reform, and in recognition of the critical roles that states currently do play in transmission siting and decarbonization - and could play in transmission-related planning and cost allocation - FERC, in partnership with NARUC, has launched a first-of-its-kind Joint Federal-State Task Force on Electric Transmission. The Task Force is comprised of all five FERC Commissioners and ten state public utility Chairs/Commissioners representing every region of the country.

We are honored to have as our co-keynote speakers FERC Chairman Richard Glick, who also co-Chairs the Task Force, and MA DPU Chairman Mathew Nelson, one of the two state Chairs/Commissioners representing the entire Northeast on the Task Force.

Key Innovations in Transmission Planning, Procurement, and Cost Allocation
Doreen Harris, President & CEO NYSERDA
Abe Silverman, General Counsel, NJ BPU
Aubrey Johnson, VP System Planning, MISO
Robert Ethier, VP System Planning, ISO New England

Virtually every major study on decarbonization has concluded that we need to double or triple the amount of transmission in the United States to fully decarbonize our economy. While FERC is busy revamping federal rules around transmission, the states and regional transmission organizations (RTOs) continue to forge ahead with major innovations in transmission-related planning, procurement, and cost allocation.

In this panel, we will hear from state and RTO leaders at the cutting edge of those innovations, which include: New York’s recent terrestrial transmission RFP, which resulted in the selection and approval of two major north-to-south lines - one bringing hydro from Quebec to NYC and the other delivering solar and other renewables from upstate NY to downstate NY. We will also hear about NY’s plans for building transmission to support its ambitious offshore wind (OSW) development plans.

New Jersey’s recent first-in-the-nation RFP dedicated specifically to offshore wind transmission, including network transmission options. This pioneering effort was supported by extensive PJM modeling and utilized FERC’s state agreement approach. The winners of this RFP should be announced in time for discussion at the Roundtable.

MISO’s recent $10 billion long-range transmission plan demonstrates many of the best practices illustrative of FERC’s recent transmission NOPR, including looking at a broader range of benefits over a 20–40-year time horizon, a large portfolio of “multi-value” projects across the region, the use of scenario analysis, and an innovative approach to cost allocation. This portfolio of projects is slated for approval in July.

ISO New England’s 2050 Transmission Study, conducted in close coordination with the New England states (through NESCOE), seeks to better understand the transmission that will be needed to support increased electricity demand (which is likely to double with electrification of buildings and vehicles to over 50 GW). ISO’s initial analysis showed that approximately half of our current transmission lines could be overloaded. In the study’s next phase, which should be complete prior to this Roundtable, ISO-NE will identify potential solutions to those overloads.


**Events**

Facing Our Climate Anxiety Health Crisis
Sunday, September 4
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/facing-our-climate-anxiety-health-crisis-tickets-402198645977

Join author and researcher Britt Wray speaking about transforming eco-distress into purposeful and compassionate action

Human responses to the global climate crisis and the earth’s current ecological state tend to span a wide range, including shock, grief denial numbness and rage. Embedded within the catastrophic risk of the climate crisis or issues of social justice, economic inequality, and cultural bias. Hear how we can create personal practices and collaborative activities to strengthen ourselves and our communities. Find out how we can meet our ecological grief and dread, turning it into purposeful action while staying connected to our emotional landscape. Britt Wray is an author and researcher working at the forefront of climate change and mental health. She is currently a Human and Planetary Health Fellow at Stanford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.



Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It
Tuesday, September 6
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. AZ Time
RSVP at https://asu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sDc_UV36SMuolAMM6s0T2A

Join us for a virtual seminar led by M. Nolan Gray, a professional city planner, expert in urban land-use regulation, and Affiliated Scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

In his new book, Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It, Gray lays the groundwork for this ambitious cause by clearing up common confusions and myths about how American cities regulate growth and examining the major contemporary critiques of zoning.

In this discussion, Gray explains how zoning has failed to address even our most basic concerns about urban growth over the past century, and how we can think about a new way of planning a more affordable, prosperous, equitable, and sustainable American city.

Moderated by David Crummey, Vice President, Community Development Banking (Arizona), PNC, this event is in partnership with Island Press, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that shines a spotlight on crucial issues and focuses attention on sustainable solutions.

Co-hosted by the Sustainable Cities Network at ASU.



Wole Soyinka in Conversation with Henry Louis Gates
Wednesday, September 7
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library, 449 Broadway, Lecture Hall, Cambridge
RSVP at https://cambridgepl.libcal.com/event/8906232

Join Nobel Prize Laureate Wole Soyinka as he discusses his work with acclaimed literary critic Henry Louis Gates.

Nigerian playwright and political activist Wole Soyinka received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. Soyinka, who writes in English, is the author of five memoirs, several novels, and 19 plays shaped by a diverse range of influences, including avant-garde traditions, politics, and African myth. His poetry similarly draws on Yoruba myths, his life as an exile and in prison, and politics.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or co-authored twenty-four books and created twenty-one documentary films, including Wonders of the African World and African American Lives.

This event is sponsored by the Cambridge Public Library Foundation.

Registration is required.



EBC Energy Resources Webinar: Plugging In – Perspectives on Interconnection and Microgrids
Thursday, September 8
9:00 am - 11:30 am EST
RSVP at https://web.cvent.com/event/1a4656b8-1164-4bd0-a186-8124672763b7/register
Cost: $25 - $120

Power grids are facing a major transformation, driven by the need to integrate renewable energy, improve energy efficiency, and allow consumers more control over their energy consumption. This EBC Energy Resources Webinar will present an overview of the current trends, policies, and processes required to connect renewables and behind the meter assets, such as microgrids, to the regional electric system. This webinar will explore the interconnection process from planning through permitting. Panelists will provide perspectives and experiences from a regulated utility company, private renewable energy generation developers, environmental permit specialists, and distributed energy resource development engineers.

A robust panel discussion with the audience will conclude the webinar.



Discussion with Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space
Thursday, September 8
12 – 1PM
Tufts, Breed Memorial Hall, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford
RSVP for Zoom at https://tufts.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Vk1bQ2vLTdOvGIOHaiEnNA

Join for lunch and a discussion with Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space. She will review how Boston has demonstrated its leadership as a Green New Deal city, including the ordinance around emissions standards and the launch of a green jobs program for environmental justice communities. Vegetarian food will be served, with vegan and gluten-free options available. Registration is not required for in person attendance.



Inverter Technology: Unlocking the Full Potential of Heat Pumps to Decarbonize the Northeast
Friday, September 9
1pm-2pm
RSVP at https://nesea.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=424

Join Jon Hacker, Manager of Energy Efficiency Business Development for Daikin USA, for our final BuildingEnergy NYC pre-conference webinar.

During this session you’ll gain a better understanding of what an inverter is, how it impacts heat pump and air conditioner operation, benefits inverters bring to occupants, and how inverters play a crucial role in decarbonizing buildings in NY and the northeast.



Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP
Saturday September 10
NOON to 2 pm (Rain date—in case of DOWNPOUR—is Sunday Sep. 11, 12-2)
Fayette Park, (near the corner of Broadway and Fayette Street), Cambridge
Contact: hmsnively@aol.com
As always, bring anything you’d like to share. No need for elegant packaging, but please do write down the names of plants. We expect to have perennials, seedlings, seeds, indoor plants, catalogs, pots, tools, and lots of "whatever." Feel free to just come, chat with neighbors, talk gardening. And if you can help with setup or cleanup, thank you. Please let me know.

But one caveat: we have to make sure this isn’t a superspreader of.. Asian jumping worms! They have spread so widely that it’s hard to be sure anyone’s yard is free of them. If you don’t know about them, see https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/fact-sheets/jumpingcrazysnake-worms-amynthas-spp

"Houseplants are fine… and so are seedlings started in potting soil.. And of course seeds, tools, pots, etc. Bring ‘em on! But if you're digging anything straight out of the soil, you have 2 choices:
If possible, please wash off the plant roots--dunk them in water till you see no soil on the roots, therefore probably no worm eggs. Then bring them bare root in wet newspaper or a plastic bag, or repot them in clean potting soil. If you don't have time to wash them off, we'll put them in a separate area where people can help themselves, knowing they could possibly have worm eggs. Not likely, but possible.

"And we'll have a couple people around who know about worms, and some info sheets. Yup, we're all sick of following protocols, but we'll just be careful and make it work. 'Spread the word, not the worm!'"



Green Anarchy or Eco-Socialism: a debate on scale and tactics
Monday, September 12
10AM - 11:30AM EST (4:00 PM – 5:30 PM CEST)
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-anarchy-or-eco-socialism-a-debate-on-scale-and-tactics-tickets-384215708527

Which alternative to techno-capitalism is better able to address the global change challenges we face: Green Anarchy or Eco-Socialism?

The debaters:
Benjamin Sovacool—energy and climate change scholar, Editor of Energy Research & Social Science, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, and Aarhus University, Denmark
Matthew T. Huber— Eco-Socialist and Marxist Geographer, Author of Climate Change as Class War (Verso 2022), Syracuse University
The facilitator:
Alexandra Köves— an ecological economist and associate professor at the Institute of Operations and Decision Sciences at Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary.

The Movements:
Green Anarchy and Eco Socialism, have emerged as alternative strategies to resolve global challenges such as the climate crisis, which neoliberal capitalism, time and again, has demonstrated an inability to address.

While sharing a similar urgency and critique on the role techno-capitalism and fossil capital are playing in global ecocide, there are substantial differences between them. Green Anarchists and other “small is beautiful” advocates aspire to empower local communities through mutual aid in a decentralized response to societal and ecological collapse, while those who identify as Eco-Socialists are focused more on harnessing the coercive power of the state for a centralized intervention that will transform society at national and ultimately international scales.

The Debate:
Acknowledging that both perspectives have a substantial diversity of views within them, this debate will focus on the essential differences, including scale and tactics to transform society, between the communitarian/anarchist and more centralized socialist approaches. The schism and polemical war between them has the potential for undermining the already daunting challenge of disrupting the techno-capitalist juggernaut that inevitably prioritizes profits over people and planet.

To discuss and debate the commonalities, differences and potential synthesis between localized Green Anarchy and more centralized Eco-Socialist interventions, this special debate will explore:
How does the emphasis on scale and tactics differ in these two approaches and why does it matter?
Can anarchists/localists and socialists/Marxists find synthesis to counter the fossil capitalism status quo, or will the ideological clash continue?
Will the differences between the approaches further fracture efforts to transform society or find resolution and become a path toward rapidly reducing climate and other global risks and increase societal resilience?



Save Democracy and the Planet
Monday, September 12
9PM - 10:30PM (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM PDT)
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-democracy-and-the-planet-tickets-387695958047

Take political action to protect democracy and our planet.

As our planet burns and political tensions rise, American democracy is under attack, due to partisan gridlock and disinformation that block climate action and social change.
Would you like to help save democracy and our planet in this time of crisis?
To learn more, sign up for Save Democracy and the Planet, our free Zoom event on Monday, September 12, at 6pm Pacific Time.

A select group of community leaders will speak about taking effective political action to build a more just and sustainable world. Meet our speakers:
Jared Huffman, U.S. Representative (CA02): Shoring up national climate progress
Ellie Cohen, The Climate Center: How California can lead the nation beyond net zero GHG
Stephanie Moulton-Peters, Marin County Supervisor: Climate action and local democracy
Laura Neish, 350 Bay Area: How to help climate and democracy win the midterms



Learn how to make a difference in the critical midterm elections, by taking actions such as: helping people vote and supporting green champions of democracy in federal, state and local elections.

In dark times like ours, action is the antidote to despair. Each of us can make a difference to change the world we live in. Find out how you can join your neighbors to be a part of the solution to our political and climate crises.

This free community meetup will be hosted by Green Change director Fabrice Florin with Time to Lead on Climate co-chairs Belle Cole and Bill Carney.
You will receive an email with the Zoom call link after you register, with reminders before the event. If you have any questions, please email us: team@greenchange.net .
We hope to see you soon!



California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric—and What It Means for America's Power Grid
Tuesday, September 13
2:30pm EST (5:30 PM PDT)
RSVP at https://commonwealthclub.secure.force.com/ticket/?_ga=2.131900230.858343528.1661301838-149928173.1643172478#/instances/a0F3j00001XecT7EAJ
Cost: $5 - $30

If you are not a member yet, now is the time to join our community and receive the great benefits of membership. We are a group of people seeking truth, insight and wisdom about the issues we face as individuals and as a society. Please join! You can become a monthly sustaining member for just $10 a month.

Author Katherine Blunt provides what is being called a "revelatory, urgent narrative with national implications," exploring the decline of California’s largest utility company that led to countless wildfires—including the one that destroyed the town of Paradise—and the human cost of infrastructure failure

Pacific Gas and Electric was a legacy company built by innovators and visionaries, establishing California as a desirable home and economic powerhouse. In California Burning, Wall Street Journal reporter and Pulitzer finalist Katherine Blunt examines how that legacy fell apart—unraveling a long history of deadly failures in which PG&E endangered millions of Northern Californians, through criminal neglect of its infrastructure. She says that as PG&E prioritized profits and politics, power lines went unchecked—until a rusted hook purchased for 56 cents in 1921 split in two, sparking the deadliest wildfire in California history.

Beginning with PG&E’s public reckoning after the Paradise fire, Blunt chronicles the evolution of PG&E’s shareholder base, from innovators who built some of California's first long-distance power lines to aggressive investors keen on reaping dividends. Following key players through pivotal decisions and legal battles, California Burning reveals the forces Blunt says shaped the plight of PG&E: deregulation and market-gaming led by Enron Corp., an unyielding push for renewable energy, and a swift increase in wildfire risk throughout the West, while regulators and lawmakers pushed their own agendas.



Greentown Labs EnergyBar: Climatetech Career Fair
September 13
5:30pm ET – 7:30pm ET
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://greentownlabs.com/event/energybar-climatetech-career-fair/

Join us in Somerville to learn about career opportunities with our community of world-changing climatetech startups!
We’re proud to support climatetech startups as they develop their technologies, scale their businesses, and grow their teams. Greentown startups are not only developing climatetech solutions—they’re building a climate workforce that is ready to harness the massive economic opportunities of the energy transition. And that climate workforce is hiring.

There’s a place for everyone in climatetech, whether they’ve previously worked in traditional energy, have experience tackling climate change, or are new to the climate and energy fields. The jobs are here. We just need you!

You can view all job openings on our careers page here.

ABOUT ENERGYBAR
EnergyBar is Greentown Labs’ signature networking event that fosters conversation and collaboration among entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders, students, neighbors, and other climate champions passionate about innovations in climatetech and the energy transition.



Confronting Climate Change with Design for Resilience
Tuesday, September 13
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/confronting-climate-change-with-design-for-resilience-tickets-399157790697

The 9th Trottier Symposium on Sustainable Engineering, Energy and Design will explore success stories of sustainable engineering and design while considering the following questions:
How can urban planners, architects and engineers incorporate nature-based solutions to build resiliency and sustainability in our communities?
What climate resilient living solutions have been implemented “on the front lines” of climate change and how can these strategies be scaled up more broadly?
To learn more, please visit: https://mcgill.ca/x/3oK



Environmental Justice: Past, Present, and Future
Thursday, September 15
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm EDT
RSVP at https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8cRwBRcJW4bnL3U Confirmation information will be sent a week before the event to all pre-registered attendees (in person and livestream).

The Robert R. Wilson Distinguished Lecture will feature the Rev. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., who is credited for coining the term "environmental racism," which he declared from his prison cell after being arrested during the protests. Chavis will discuss the past, present and future of environmental justice with Catherine Coleman Flowers, activist and recent McArthur Genius Grant awardee.



The 32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Ceremony
Thursday, September 15
6:00 pm
RSVP at https://improbable.com/ig/2022-ceremony/

Winners — Ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners will be introduced. Each winner (or winning team) has done something that makes people LAUGH, then THINK

Presenters — A gaggle of genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel laureates handed the Ig Nobel Prizes to the new Ig Nobel winners. Here’s the gaggle:
Frances Arnold (chemistry, 2018)
Marty Chalfie (chemistry, 2008)
Esther Duflo (economics, 2019)
Jerome Friedman (physics, 1990)
Eric Maskin (economics, 2007)
Rich Roberts (physiology or medicine, 1993)
Barry Sharpless (chemistry, 2001)
Donna Strickland (physics, 2018)

Theme — the theme of the 2022 ceremony, evinced in the opera and other bits, is: Knowledge.

Mini-Opera — A new mini-opera (called “The Know-It-All Club”) will premiere as part of the ceremony. The opera features Maria Ferrante, Ivan Gusev, Jupiter Montalvo, Ted Sharpe, Yulia Yun, and a peppering of other Know-It-Alls.

24/7 Lectures — Several of the world’s great thinkers will tell us, briefly, what they are thinking about (first in 24 seconds, then in 7 words) in the 24/7 Lectures. This year’s 24/7 lecturers:

Rosemary Mosco [topic: Pigeons]
Thomas Michel [topic: Medical Knowledge
Edward Tufte [topic: Information]
Paper Airplanes Throwing — You or your institution can submit a video to be included in the ceremony — The deadline for that is July 31, 2022. We especially welcome schools and libraries (feel free to display your school or library name blatantly, if you wish!). Have everyone aim their paper airplane at the camera. Keep your video brief — ten seconds max. An iPhone video works fine. Landscape orientation is best, but portrait is okay, too. For examples, watch the paper plane throwing in last year’s ceremony. Submit your video to



Funding Climate, Energy & Sustainability Ventures
Thursday, September 15
6:00pm to 7:30pm
RSVP at https://bit.ly/3QeyPPM

Ventures
Early-Stage Founder & Funder Panel

Join founders and funders with a passion for impact who are leading and funding innovative ventures helping to build a better world by solving climate, energy, and sustainability challenges.

Are you a founder or potential entrepreneur seeking to better understand funding options, timing, and resources available to you? Regardless of where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, join us to gain insights on forming, building, financing, operating, and scaling a venture with impact.

In this virtual session both founders and funders will offer advice to strengthen your fund-raising strategy with real-world, real-time, insights on funding sources, when to raise, resources available, how to engage funders, what funders value in their decision process, the vital role of your story, what worked (and did not), overall learnings, and finding your path to impact, success, and fulfillment.

The event kicks off with an informal panel of founders who are currently raising or have recently raised SBIR, Pre-Seed, Seed, or Series A funding. An informal funder roundtable follows. We will take your questions throughout the session and conclude with panelists offering advice to the audience.

Please register today and join us on September 15th @ 6pm ET. This session will focus on climate, energy, and sustainability ventures but all are welcome. Pre-registration is required. Sign up today!

*** Please note this session will not be recorded and will not be available on demand ***

Founders Panel
Sissi Liu, CEO & Co-Founder at Metalmark Innovations
https://www.linkedin.com/in/liusissi/

Elise Strobach, CEO & Co-Founder at Aeroshield
https://www.linkedin.com/in/elise-strobach/
Nick Myers, CEO & Co-Founder at Phoenix Tailings
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholaswilliammyers/

Funder Panel
Rajesh Mehta, Program Director, NSF SBIR/STTR
www.linkedin.com/in/rajesh-mehta-311a755/

Meghan Bader, Director, Breakthrough Energy
https://www.linkedin.com/in/meghanbader/

Pat Murray, Director, The Ridgevale Group
https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-murray-2962ba58/

Lou Schick, Director of Investments, Clean Energy Ventures
https://www.linkedin.com/in/louis-schick-1518504/

Moderator
Alice Nichols, National Trainer for NSF I Corps, Dept of Energy, National Renewable Energy (NREL) instructor Energy I Corps https://www.linkedin.com/in/alice-nichols-8954771/



The State of the European Green Deal: Quo vadis EGD?
Friday, September 16
10AM - 12PM (14:00 - 16:00 GMT+2)
RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CG1ujzFXRk6J3DTvk0Ko5A

This meeting is part of a series of events organized by ERCST on the European Green Deal. This workstream aims to bring together policymakers and stakeholders on a regular basis to take stock of current developments in the EGD framework.

Since the the publication of the Fit for 55 proposals in July 2021, the legislative process is entering a crucial phase. The co-legislators advanced their positions on many key dossiers and are getting ready to enter the inter-institutional negotiations.

However, geopolitical developments led to modifications of the initial proposals which spilled over to the key EGD files as portrayed in the REPowerEU plan. On the other hand, the voting on some files in the European Parliament – for example on the EU ETS and on inclusion of nuclear energy and gas in the Taxonomy – or the negotiations in the EU Council show the polarisation of views and how complex these discussions are.

This meeting intends to assess those developments and whether the EU institutions are succeeding in striking the right balance between the economic, social and climate aspects of a successful and sustainable transition.



XRBoston Stop the Fossil Fuel Industry, Now: September Week of Rebellion
September 17 - September 25
Extinction Rebellion Boston is holding a week of rebellion from Saturday Sept 17 to Sunday Sept 25. We are calling on the Massachusetts and federal government to ban all new fossil infrastructure and make a rapid transition away from existing fossil fuel infrastructure and onto renewable sources of energy.

More information at https://xrboston.org/news/september-week-rebellion-events/?link_id=0&can_id=c24e327d71079787c6f56a6ac1caa7b3



Boston Local Food Festival
Sunday, September 18
11am-5pm
Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston
more information at https://www.bostonlocalfood.org/bostonlocalfoodfestival



Our Veterans, Wounds of War
Monday, September 19
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
RSVP at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpcOGsqTgpHdUugmsjIa-VdRcIxVCb6pcR

In their new book Our Veterans: Winners, Losers, Friends, and Enemies on the New Terrain of Veterans Affairs, Suzanne Gordon, Steve Early, and Jasper Craven explore the physical, emotional, social, economic, and psychological impact of military service and the problems that veterans face when they return to civilian life. The authors critically examine the role of advocacy organizations, philanthropies, corporations, and politicians who purport to be “pro-veteran.” They describe the ongoing debate about the cost, quality, and effectiveness of healthcare provided or outsourced by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). They also examine generational divisions and political tensions among veterans, as revealed in the tumultuous events of 2020, from Black Lives Matter protests to the Trump-Biden presidential contest. Frank and revealing, Our Veterans proposes a new agenda for veterans affairs linking service provision to veterans to the quest for broader social programs benefiting all Americans.

Suzanne Gordon is Senior Policy Analyst at the Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute and the author of many books.

Steve Early is a freelance journalist, labor organizer, lawyer, and the author of, most recently, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Nation, among others.

This event is a Zoom webinar. Register to attend. We will also present the authors in person for a book talk at Porter Square Books on September 21. RSVP at https://www.portersquarebooks.com/rsvp-our-event-steve-early-suzanne-gordon



MIT.nano September Seminar: Electronic skins for robotics and wearables
Monday, September 19
10:00am to 11:00am
RSVP at https://mitnano.mit.edu/events/sept-seminar-Takao-Someya/registration
Virtual with a livestream viewing option at MIT, 12-0168

Takao Someya, Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Tokyo

The human skin is a large-area, multi-point, multi-modal, stretchable sensor, which has inspired the development of electronic skin for robots that simultaneously detect pressure and thermal distribution. By improving its conformability, the application of electronic skin, some of which are created using high-definition printing technology, has expanded from robots to human bodies, reaching a point where ultrathin semiconductor membrane can be directly laminated onto the skin.

Such intimate and conformal integration of electronics with the human skin allows continuous monitoring of health conditions. The ultimate goal of the electronic skin is to non-invasively measure human activities under natural conditions, enabling electronic skin and human skin to interactively reinforce each other. In this talk, Someya will review recent progress in stretchable thin-film electronics for applications to robotics and wearables, and address issues and the future prospect of electronic skin.

BIOGRAPHY
Takao Someya was appointed dean of School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo in 2020, where he has been member of faculty since 1997 and professor since 2009. He also conducted research at Columbia University’s Nanocenter and at Bell Labs.

Someya served on the board of directors of the Material Research Society 2009-2011. He is chief scientist at RIKEN and team leader at its Center for Emergent Matter Science since 2015. His expertise is stretchable and organic electronics, developing the world's first stretchable electronic skin for robotic application. He was awarded the 16th Leo Esaki Prize in 2019.



On the Public Interest Path: Changing Lanes Along the Way
Monday, September 19
12:45 - 2:10 PM
Northeastern, 240 Dockser, 65 Forsyth Street, Boston

Anjali Waikar, Operations Director, Litigation, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)



Aging & the Economy
Tuesday, September 20
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
BU, Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road, Boston
RSVP at https://www.bu.edu/european/2022/08/19/aging-the-economy/

Speakers Tim Vlandas
Join us for a lecture by Tim Vlandas, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy and Fellow in St Antony’s College, both at the University of Oxford. Moderated by Cathie Jo Martin, Professor of Political Science at Boston University.

Nearly 10% of the world population is over 65 while this share is almost twice as large in Europe and North America. In this talk, Tim Vlandas explores the political effects of aging electorates on the economic performance of advanced capitalist countries. Grey voters have different policy preferences, economic concerns and electoral behavior. As a result, governments facing aging electorates change their policy and economic priorities. Aging therefore alters the relationship between democracy and capitalism.

Dr Tim Vlandas is holds a PhD in Political Economy from the London School of Economics. His main area of expertise is comparative political economy, with a particular interest in the relationship between electoral politics, public policies and socio-economic outcomes. His research has been published in over 25 academic journals and has received awards from the American Political Science Association and the European Network for Social Policy Analysis. It has been cited by the UK House of Commons, World Bank, International Labour Organisation, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, European Commission, and the United Nations.

Contact Email edamrien@bu.edu



Climate Change: A Solutions Approach (webinar)
Wednesday, September 21
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-change-a-solutions-approach-webinar-registration-318574935207

This class introduces climate change science and solutions, and what you can do locally to make a difference. It is inspired by the work of Project Drawdown, a solutions-focused approach to climate change, sharing both global and local perspective on the issue and its many solutions. In joining us for this 1-hour presentation, you’ll become more informed on small and large, successfully implemented solutions to slow and eventually stop the increase of greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere. Participants will walk away with specific strategies they can implement in their own lives. Please register for this event ONLY at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com rather than any third party websites, as they are not affiliated with our classes and events. Once registered through Eventbrite, the system will send you a confirmation email.

The presentation uses technology for a fun and interactive discussion, so bring your smartphones or tablets .

For questions or further information, please call 941-861-5000 or email sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu. If you require special accommodations to attend one of our events, please contact us in advance at 941-861-5000 or sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu.

NOTE: Classes and events may be canceled at any time due to low registration or other circumstances, with full refunds issued for paid events. Similar classes or events often are offered on future dates.



Environmental Justice: Case Studies on Policy, Advocacy and Litigation Trends
Wednesday, September 21
12:45 - 2:10 PM
Northeastern, 240 Dockser, 65 Forsyth Street, Boston

Roundtable Panelists:
Deborah Jackson, Managing Director, Northeastern Law’s Center for Law, Equity, and Race (CLEAR)
Sofia Owen ’14, Director of Environmental Justice Legal Services and Staff Attorney, Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE)
Staci Rubin ’10, Vice President, Environmental Justice, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)
Moderator: Lee Breckenridge, Professor of Law Emeritus, Northeastern University School of Law

More at https://law.northeastern.edu/news-events/daynard/#_ga=2.109942029.987364188.1661658169-667078588.1640460424



How Innovation Districts Can Embrace Risk and Strengthen Community
Wednesday, September 21
3PM - 4PM (12:00 - 1:00 p.m. AZ Time)
RSVP at https://asu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ISDATD8MQ7Ghgoe9a27Thg

Join us for a virtual seminar led by Matt Enstice, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC).

In his new book, City Forward: How Innovation Districts Can Embrace Risk and Strengthen Community, Matt explains how BNMC works to promote a shared goal of equity among companies and institutions with often opposing motivations and intentions.

In this discussion, Matt offers insight about how innovation districts can speak about equity in an inclusive manner and keep underrepresented voices at the decision-making table.

Moderated by Meagan Ehlenz, assistant professor in the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, this event is in partnership with Island Press, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that shines a spotlight on crucial issues and focuses attention on sustainable solutions.

Co-hosted by the Sustainable Cities Network at ASU.



Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) Open House at the Leventhal Map & Education Center
Wednesday, September 21
6:00 PM EDT
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-house-fore-river-residents-against-the-compressor-station-frracs-tickets-407996487477

Join Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) for an Open House at the Leventhal Map and Education Center in the Boston Public Library’s Central Branch in Copley Square. Hear from residents of the Fore River Basin, on the South Shore of greater Boston, about their ongoing 7 1/2 year fight against Enbridge’s Weymouth Compressor Station. This Compressor Station, the only one in the United States to be located in a densely populated coastal area, poses a serious threat to the health, safety, environment, and economy of Greater Boston’s South Shore, and is sited adjacent to three Environmental Justice communities.

Folks can explore the Leventhal Center exhibit in which FRRACS is featured, titled: More or Less in Common: Environment and Justice in the Human Landscape. The exhibit also includes the stories of many other fights for environmental justice and the differences in environmental and social outcomes in different communities around the world, based on wealth, class, and race. The exhibit lets folks think critically about the environmental movement and relationship with environmental justice.

Registration is encouraged, though not required. For event reminders, please register.
FRRACS is a community-based group for residents of Weymouth, Quincy, & Braintree, MA who are concerned about the Enbridge compressor station. Learn more at www.nocompressor.com



Reaching Net-Zero with Credit Transparency
Thursday, September 22
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
RSCP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reaching-net-zero-with-credit-transparency-viridios-climate-week-nyc-tickets-403800818117

Join Marcelo Labre in exploring how to reach Net-Zero through focusing efforts on carbon credit price transparency.

With the climate crisis igniting the need for collective action to reduce carbon emissions, ESG investing has become a must-have for all portfolios. To meet net-zero emission reduction targets, corporates are increasingly turning to voluntary carbon markets and are looking for accurate carbon credit valuations and pricing.

This is where Viridios AI comes in, by providing clear, reliable, and organized market information, it creates transparency around the value and price of carbon credits and their co-benefits. It also helps demonstrate the wider role carbon projects play in delivering sustainable development.



Sustainability Festival
Thursday, September 22
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
BU, Marsh Plaza, 735 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Boston University’s annual Sustainability Festival returns for 2022! Connect with groups and departments across BU and the Boston area dedicated to sustainability and the environment.



Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics
Thursday, September 22
4 – 5 p.m.
RSVP at https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2022-drawing-us-together-opening-discussion-virtual

SPEAKER(S): Hillary Chute, author; Distinguished Professor of English and Art + Design, Northeastern University
Joel Christian Gill, cartoonist and historian; the Inaugural Chair of Boston University’s Master of Fine Arts in Visual Narrative
James Sturm, cofounder and director of the Center for Cartoon Studies

Cartoonists and scholars Hillary Chute, Joel Christian Gill, and James Sturm will discuss comics and their ability to tell stories across time, experience, and identity.
The global pandemic and recent movements for racial justice have tested public and private institutions in this country; our sense of collective wellbeing; and familial, social, and civic lives. “Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics” explores these challenges and the interconnectedness of contemporary public life and public health through the medium of comics. Authors and artists share a range of stories across time, experience, and identity through the interplay among images and words. Register online.

CONTACT INFO events@radcliffe.harvard.edu



Responding to a Perfect Storm of Crises in Ukraine and Beyond: A European Perspective Friday, September 23 11:00 am to 12:30 pm BU, Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering, Colloquium Room, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston RSVP at https://www.bu.edu/european/2022/08/19/responding-to-a-perfect-storm-of-crises-in-ukraine-and-beyond-a-european-perspective-09-23-22/

Join us on Friday, September 23, for a lecture by Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management. Commissioner Lenarčič will draw on his experience in leading the European Union’s humanitarian aid and disaster response work to illustrate how the Ukraine crisis has amplified an already unprecedented level of humanitarian needs around the world, and how Europe and the broader international community are responding. He will also look at the vital role of cooperation between Europe and the United States in addressing this ‘new normal’ of crisis and conflict.

Contact Elizabeth Amrien edamrien@bu.edu



13th Annual Dance for World Community Festival
Saturday, September 24
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Massachusetts Ave. (between Putnam Ave & Bow St) Cambridge, MA 02138

Greater Boston’s Famously Inclusive Dance Event Celebrates a New Era of Live Dance Performances, Community Gathering, and Collective Activism. It’s the Dance for World Community’s 15th Annual Festival and Everyone is Invited!

FREE-to-the-Public, the Indoor/Outdoor Event takes place on Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard/Bow Street and Putnam Avenue featuring:
Stellar Performances in a Diverse Array of Dance Forms
Introductory-Level Dance Classes in over 20 Forms of Dance

Exhibitions and Other Activities by Local Non-Profits
Arts & Crafts and Food Vendors
With the support of the area’s business community, local government, non-profit sector and other collaborating agencies, the Festival celebrates the remarkable breadth of talent from Greater Boston’s diverse dance communities.

More information at https://masspeaceaction.org/event/13th-annual-dance-for-world-community-festival/



Creating a Climate Action Plan Centered in Justice, Part 1
Tuesday, September 27
1PM - 2:30PS EST (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT)
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-a-climate-action-plan-centered-in-justice-part-1-tickets-403119038897

How can your business center justice in your climate action plans? Join B Corps across the U.S. & Canada to explore tangible steps to take.

At the core of climate justice is the recognition that those who are least responsible for climate change are more likely to suffer its most devastating effects, now and in the future. Globally and in the U.S. & Canada, these populations are disproportionately People of Color and systematically oppressed communities. It’s essential that our climate action and net zero transition plans center climate justice by placing the needs and voices of those who are most impacted by climate change at the forefront. This call will explore ways businesses can center justice in their climate action and net zero transition plans including considerations within scopes 1, 2 and 3 of greenhouse gas emissions. Most of this virtual event will include presentations from B Corp businesses and frontline community leaders. You'll also connect with your peers for shared learning, reflection on our collective work towards climate justice to date, and opportunities for the work ahead.

Topics will include
An overview of net zero and how you can center justice in reducing your scopes 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions. How frontline communities are affected disproportionately by climate change.
How businesses can start to identify, reflect and act on the harms to frontline and impacted communities they might be causing.
How businesses can adopt a climate justice framework to guide their climate action.
Stories/examples of B Corp partnerships and work to date to advance climate justice.

Who should attend?
This interactive, informational session is designed for business and organizational leaders who want to learn more about climate justice and how to embed it into their work. It is particularly relevant to those in the B Corp business community looking to drive climate solutions and collective action that center people and justice.

Stay tuned for Part 2 in late October when we will dig more into how your company can advance climate justice and hear directly from frontline community representatives.



Climate Change Impacts: How Massachusetts Can Stand in Solidarity with Cuba

Wednesday, September 28
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
RSVP at https://masspeaceaction.org/event/climate-change-impacts-how-massachusetts-can-stand-in-solidarity-with-cuba/

CREW will be joined by Jessica Fernandez Casañas, head of the Climate Change Department of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba! Ms. Fernandez will discuss the Republic of Cuba’s plan for climate mitigation and resilience, and then have a Q&A about how people in the United States can look forward and create cooperative relationships with the people of Cuba as the impacts of climate change are felt all around the world. This event is being co-sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action. There will be a Spanish interpreter present at the event.

Ms. Fernandez worked as a teacher before joining the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment as a senior specialist in 2017. Ms. Fernández has participated in national and international events and meetings related to the issues of desertification and drought, disaster risk reduction, climate change, gender, and more. She has held responsibilities working on the Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought, and the coordination of the National Reports to said Convention. She collaborated in the evaluation and proposals of national policies, plans and strategies; as well as national and international projects- including coordinating technical assistance at the international level for collaboration between Cuba and the European Union, as part of the EU’s Euroclima+ Plan.

Editorial Comment: Cuba has gone through “peak oil” when the Soviet Union collapsed and their supply of cheap oil and gas dried up in the 1990s. Their experience may have something to teach us and the rest of the world.



Cleantech Open Northeast Finals Judging, Awards & Showcase
September 29
3:00 pm – 7:00 pmEDT
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-cleantech-open-northeast-regional-finals-awards-showcase-tickets-390155935907
Cost: $0 -$10

Join us for this event! Open to all.

Join us for an afternoon and evening of live pitching, awards and showcasing to honor the 2022 Northeast Cohort in the completion of the accelerator program and to select the Northeast Regional Finalists. All of the 2022 Cleantech Open Northeast startups will be showcased throughout the event and the Top Finalists will pitch to the live audience for the Final Round Judges to select the 2022 Cleantech Open Northeast Regional Winners.

The Regional Finals Awards & Showcase is the largest Cleantech Open Northeast event of the year, bringing together industry professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators to celebrate the region’s top cleantech startups. This is a public event at Greentown Labs and all Mentors are encouraged to attend.

The schedule for this event will be created and shared soon.
Also coming soon is the finals website, where you can learn more about the 2022 Cohort. The Top Finalists will be posted the evening before the event.
ABOUT CLEANTECH OPEN NORTHEAST
Cleantech Open is the world’s oldest and largest cleantech accelerator and business plan competition. Our mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Cleantech Open provides the infrastructure, expertise, and strategic relationships that turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Over the past eight years, Cleantech Open has awarded over $5 million in cash and services. During that time, our 1,600 alumni companies have raised more than $1.2 billion in external funding. Fueled by a network of more than 2,000 volunteers, Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America’s cleantech sector a thriving economic engine.

NECEC is the Northeast regional affiliate for Cleantech Open, executing the Northeast accelerator and business plan competition and building the region’s innovation network with NECEC’s successor program for cleantech entrepreneurs, Navigate.



Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator Final Showcase
September 29
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Central
RSVP at https://greentownlabs.com/event/low-carbon-hydrogen-accelerator-final-showcase/
Agenda and speaker details to be announced. This event will be a hybrid event. A recording of the event will be emailed to all registrants.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, join us at Greentown Labs Houston to celebrate the culmination of the Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator—the 2022 program in the Greentown Go Energize track—a-first-of-its-kind startup-corporate partnerships accelerator focused on advancing innovations that are key to enabling a low-carbon hydrogen economy in partnership with EPRI, Shell, the City of Houston, and the Urban Future Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Together, these partners have supported seven innovative startups building the low-carbon hydrogen technologies required to enable economy-wide decarbonization. Attendees will hear the Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator participants speak about their technologies, their demonstration and validation work with EPRI and Shell, and where they are headed next.

Learn about the startups below!
Advanced Ionics (Milwaukee, WI) is enabling green hydrogen production without the green premium.
Arco Technologies (Bologna, Italy) is developing a proprietary Anion Exchange Membrane electrolyzer with the lowest capital expenditures and operating expenses possible today.
Clean Power (Greater Manchester, United Kingdom) is developing a novel, low-cost, highly durable hydrogen polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell delivering zero-emission electricity.
Element Resources (Houston, TX) is enabling compressed hydrogen storage tank technology.
Smartpipe Technologies (Houston, TX) is developing a robust self-monitored repurposed pipeline system for hydrogen with minimal environmental disruption.
SPEC Sensors (Newark, CA) is creating a robust and reliable meshed sensor network for hydrogen leak detection and line-monitoring systems.
RUNWITHIT Synthetics (Alberta, Canada) is creating a live, digital twin modeling platform that generates decision-support data for regional hydrogen-demand scenarios.

Check out the Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator landing page for more information on this program at https://greentownlabs.com/lcha/



On Reckonings, Reimagining, and The Third Reconstruction: A Conversation with Historians Joseph Peniel and Ibram X. Kendi
Thursday, September 29
7:00 pm
BU, Thurman Center, Main Event Space - 1st floor, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Brookline
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-event-with-historians-peniel-joseph-and-ibram-x-kendi-tickets-403149158987

Acclaimed historians Ibram X. Kendi and Peniel Joseph will join in conversation at a live event, “On Reckonings, Reimagining, and The Third Reconstruction.“ This free event will focus on Joseph’s latest work, “The Third Reconstruction: America’s Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century.” Kendi and Joseph will explore key learnings from past movements, and how this moment in time may provide an opportunity to achieve Black dignity and full citizenship at long last.

Contact Name Cristal Balis
Phone 7735200049
Contact Email cristalb@bu.edu



Gutman Library Virtual Book Talk: The Voices of the Trees
Monday, October 3
12 – 1 p.m.
RSVP at https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Dil1G4hdSEaoxQRe73ZB7A

Authors Fernando M. Reimers and Elisa Guerra

Dive into a parallel world of the lives of trees
where they show us how we humans harm nature, living beings, resources, the climate, being part of the same ecosystem and causing great damage to our planet.
The trees teach us to be more caring and collaborative with our environment through six different stories developed in a different country within the Americas in different contexts such as a plaza, a park, a school, a museum, and a nature reserve.

This book will help children discover different relevant aspects of global citizenship, a theme that has been recognized as a priority for the curricula of a new educational paradigm.
Join authors Fernando M. Reimers and Elisa Guerra in conversation about their book.

Please note that all of Gutman Library virtual events are open to the public and are live-captioned.

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.