Announcing our Flourish Fiction Summer Workshop Series 2022!
These four events will help you make progress towards a finished piece of climate fiction. Registration is open now! Join for all four or any combination.
Summer is officially here (for those of us on the northern hemisphere of planet Earth), and it brings with it some of the year's best chances to experience natural splendor. We pass amongst trees as they put forth their lushest greenery, we hike up mountains as they reach ever upwards to the clear blue sky, and we sit on the beach as the vast ocean sends its waves crashing against yellow sand.
However, the hot weather can also be a reminder of the threats facing this planet. Many communities are already dealing with oppressive and deadly heat, and the situation is due to get worse before it gets better. How does a climate-conscious individual balance enjoyment of warmer weather with concerns over a warmer planet? At Flourish Fiction, we believe it's not only possible but essential to hold both these ideas at once. We must relish in the joys of this world, while also pushing towards meaningful climate solutions.
That's why we're excited to announce our summer workshop series! The goal of these workshops is to help our community to take the leap into writing hopeful climate fiction, possibly for the first time, embracing art as a means of envisioning a brighter future.
Prompt Generation Workshop - July 6, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
Infinite Hope: Imagining a Better World - July 20, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
Open Feedback Workshop - August 3, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
End-of-Summer Showcase - August 24, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
Each event can potentially stand alone, but we encourage you to register for and attend all of them, because they'll progressively move you towards a finished story at the end of the summer.
Read on for more information about each workshop!
Prompt Generation Workshop
8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
RSVP at https:/www.eventbrite.com/e/prompt-generation-workshop-tickets-369898294757
Are you interested in writing climate fiction but struggling with where to begin? Or do you have so many ideas you couldn't possibly pursue all of them? Writing intriguing prompts rather than fully formed stories can help get the juices flowing, with the additional benefit of inspiring others.
In this workshop, we'll go over some key elements of an engaging prompt, and we'll each have an opportunity to generate as many prompts as we can. The prompts will be shared anonymously via Flourish Fiction, potentially leading to a whole host of new stories from the Flourish community and beyond.
Infinite Hope: Imagining a Better World
8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
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This workshop will be hosted in collaboration with the Civic Imagination Project, and they describe it as "a future-focused workshop highlighting the power of stories as tools for fostering civic imagination and inspiring real-world change."
Together, we will engage in collective worldbuilding by brainstorming elements of a future world where humans have managed to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Then we will each individually come up with outlines for stories that might happen at any point between the present day and that imagined future. At the end, you'll have the chance to share your story and explore how it might weave together with stories from other participants.
For a longer description of this program: https:www.civicimaginationproject.org/copy-of-origin-stories
Open Feedback Workshop
8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
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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.
8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
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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.
Heat Pump Water Heaters- Builders share their experience
Tuesday, July 12
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PDT
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Join the Electrify Coalition as we hear from 3 home builders about their experience installing heat pump water heaters in new homes.
Installing Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH) in new homes is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to incorporate efficient, reliable, low-cost water heating into buildings. Yet, the vast majority of builders are not familiar with and not using advanced water heating technology.
Join the Advanced Water Heating Initiative (AWHI), EEBA and Electrify Now for a webinar that will profile three American homebuilders who are installing heat pump water heaters in new homes and loving it. Our discussion will highlight the experiences these builders have had with this important technology and cover the following topics:
Installing HPWHs in new, all-electric homes
Why builders are installing and excited about HPWH
What are the benefits and challenges of installing HPWH in new homes?
Are builders modifying their homes to fit and take advantage of HPWH?
What are homeowner's saying when they buy homes with HPWHs?
Any lessons that can be applied to installing HPWHs in existing homes?
Juan Fernandez - Owner, CVF Homes in San Antonio TexasLeigha Dickens of Deltec Homes in Asheville, NC
Stefan Orenda of Mandalay Homes in Prescott, AZ
Learning objectives of webinar:
Guidelines for how to install HPWHs in new or existing homes and how that differs from gas or electric resistance water heaters
How to communicate with customers on the monetary and energy saving potential of these devices.
How to incorporate heat pump water heaters into new home design and construction
The role water heaters play in the decarbonization and transformation of the electric grid.
The Storage Opportunity: Customer Demand, Market Reform, and Technology Innovation
Thursday, July 21
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Women in clean energy webinar series
In the face of increased extreme weather events and an uncertain electric grid, customers are demanding more control over their energy in the form of battery storage and other distributed energy technologies. The shifting regulatory policies that impact these assets, the rapidly evolving suite of technology applications, and new approaches to marketing storage products to consumers all point to significant growth, but with no shortage of complicating factors and barriers. Join experts across the storage and energy sectors to discuss the latest trends and what to expect from this critically important technology as the United States deploys more clean energy and distributed resources nationwide.
Conservative [UK] solutions to air pollution * Webinar and Q&A
Monday, July 4
1pm - 2pm (18:00 - 19:00 BST UK)
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Earlier this year the Government used our new Brexit freedoms to improve our air quality by proposing a more ambitious target for slashing our fine particulate matter levels -- the most harmful pollutant -- from 20 micrograms to 10 by 2040.
With air pollution causing the leading environmental threat to human health and an estimated cost to society of £1.7 billion per year -- this new target, if delivered, is a clear win for the taxpayer, public health, and the environment.
Now you've been elected, we hope that you'll join the CEN councillor network for a discussion on how to reach our air quality targets. We will explore what powers and means different levels of councils have to cut air pollution, what policies they can implement, and what we need to do to tackle pollution from different sectors like transport or industry, all in a way that is distinctly Conservative.
Boston Climate Tech Social 2.0
Wednesday, July 6
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
The Last Hurrah, 60 School Street, Boston
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Gathering climate-interested students and professionals in the Boston area to facilitate connections this summer and beyond
Come to our Boston climate social event to meet others interested or working in the climate space! Started with MBA students coming from different schools, this meet-up is open to students from other disciplines and industry professionals in the area. Folks from all competencies welcome and encouraged to come to chat about this interdisciplinary space - everyone from operating to investing to research roles. Hope to see you there!
BE+ Building Tech Forum 2022
Thursday, July 7
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
District Hall Boston, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA
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Cost: $65 - $160
Green technology firms and building product companies will discuss innovations in building technology advancing us towards our vision.
Built Environment Plus envisions a thriving and diverse community, creating a built environment of net positive systems of water and energy, of financial and social equity, and of ecological and human health.
Which innovations in building technology are advancing us towards this vision?
At BTF '22, green technology firms and building product companies will answer this question and explore the future of building science.
Start the night with food, drinks and networking, followed by a series of presentations where industry leaders discuss advances in building technologies.
All presentations are split into education tracks organized by topic.
Polish the night off with more food and drinks and table top networking sessions with the presenters.
5:00 - 6:00pm Networking + Welcoming
6:00 - 7:30pm Presentations
7:30 - 9:00pm Networking
Circular Economy Boston Kick-Off Meeting
Thursday, July 7
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Waikiki Poke, Sushi, Bubble Tea, & Smoothie, 27 Holland Street, Somerville, MA
RSVP at https:/www.meetup.com/circular-economy-boston/events/286753176
This is a kick-off meeting for this meet-up group to get to know each other and talk about what upcoming events we want to organize. The event will be at a local restaurant that participates in the circular economy. We will enjoy Poke and bubble tea too.
Discuss the purpose of the group
Brainstorm activities and future events
Discuss chopvalue and circular initiatives at restaurants
EAP Lab: Floating Wetlands
Saturday, July 9
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
Kendall/MIT Open Space, 292 Main Street, Cambridge, MA
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Celebrating the Charles River and Mother Nature
LEAP Labs are geared towards kids and families!
Join the Charles River Conservancy and MIT Sea Grant for hands-on activities and take a walk to visit the floating wetland on the Charles. Microscopes, an engineering challenge, and more!
11:00am-12:00pm Hands-on activities
12:00pm-12:30pm Walk to the floating wetland on the Charles
Registration is recommended!
Keeping us safe: This event will follow all MIT policies and Covid safety guidelines. Face coverings are not required, but you are most welcome to wear one if you wish. More info on MIT policies can be found at now.mit.edu/policies.
All minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Responsible adults, please keep a close eye on your kids.
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Energy After War: How Ukraine Affects Us All
Tuesday, July 12
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
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Cost: $0 - $15
Join us as we will collectively gain insight on up-to-date research on the changing energy landscape as it related to global events.
In February of this year, Russia invaded Ukraine. Since then, global energy markets have been in a state of flux. With energy companies divesting from Russian providers and strategic oil reserves across Europe and America running dry, the immediate future of conventional energy production and usage is rife with unknowns. To complicate matters further: the direct attacks on Ukrainian nuclear power plants and the stability of Chernobyl renew questions regarding the use of nuclear power. The matter goes beyond energy itself-the increase in military spending will affect social safety nets, such as healthcare, and environmental protection. This panel will synthesize what has happened across global energy markets since February 2022, how that affects us in the present, and how this will change our future energy landscape.
Join us on July 12th at 1pm, as we will collectively gain insight on up-to-date research, policy, and real-world information on the changing landscape of the energy system as it relates to global events. We will engage experts in economics, supply chain modeling, and policy to offer insights on questions such as: How has the recent conflict impacted global energy markets? How does this mitigate climate change issues? Finally, we will discuss strategies on how to advocate for consideration of climate change issues amongst global events.
Trees and Forests: Methane and other greenhouse gas emissions
Wednesday, July 13
RSVP at https:yale.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tDdw93moQ1GNUnK-vQnSyA
Jon Gewirtzman, PhD student
Editorial Comment: Methane in the short-term may be more important than CO2.
Friday, July 15
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM EST (9am - 12 pm Berkeley, CA)
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The Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force presents:
CEMTF 3RD Virtual Summit Series: Environmental Protection
9:00 - 9:15 AM
Corrina Gould, Tribal spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan & Co-Founder, Sogorea Te' Land Trust
Cheryl Davila, Chair of CEMTF Former Councilmember, City of Berkeley
Marcy Winograd from Code Pink speaking about the military and climate
10- 11:00 AM Petrochemicals. Plastics and Climate
Ben Schleifer and Sarah Packer or Andrea Braswell from the Center for Environmental Health
Carol Kiatkowski, Green Science Policy Institute
11:05 - 11:50 AM Deforestation and the Threat of Wildfire
Maya Khosla--Wildlife Biologist and Filmmaker
Greg Simon-Author of Flame and Fortune in the American West, about the 1991 Oakland fire
11:50 Announcements about coming summit events
EPA National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Call
Tuesday, July 19
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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EPA invites EJ advocates to participate in National EJ Community Engagement calls. These calls are free & open to the public.
DATE: Tuesday, July 19, 2022
TIME: 2 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. Central, Noon Mountain, 11 a.m. Pacific
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Lead Paint Remediation Program update
Engagement Session and Dialogue: Q&A about ongoing EJ initiatives
The purpose of these calls is to inform communities about EPA's environmental justice work and enhance opportunities to maintain an open dialogue with environmental justice advocates. As environmental justice continues to be integrated into EPA programs and policies, the Agency hopes that these calls will help reaffirm EPA's continued commitment to work with community groups and the public to strengthen local environmental and human health outcomes. EPA has increased the frequency of these engagement calls to learn more from stakeholders and communities and to provide updates about ongoing initiatives.
Registration: Due to limited space, participation in this call will be on a first come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is highly suggested, but not required. If registration has reached capacity, please see the links below for instructions on how to access the call if seating is available on the day of the meeting. If you are unable to join the call, a summary will be posted to the U.S. EPA Office of Environmental Justice's website after.
Interpretation: If you need English-language interpretation assistance, or special accommodations for a disability or other assistance, you can submit a request when registering for the meeting. Please submit your request by July 15, to give EPA sufficient time to process.
For more information about EPA's National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls, please visit the website or email: Johnathan Garza (email@example.com)
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Extreme Heat Bostonwww.eventbrite.com/e/extreme-heat-boston-tickets-372284582207
Wednesday, July 20
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA
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Join a conversation about extreme summertime heat and share your perspectives on local resilience plans.
Boston is known for its picturesque and snowy city streets. We budget for plows, salt on our roads, and do the "penguin shuffle" to get to the car. But, surprisingly, it is summertime extreme heat that holds the most danger by causing more deaths in the US than all other weather hazards combined.
As daily temperatures continue to increase in Massachusetts, the Museum of Science, Boston invites you to join us for this locally focused deliberative forum around climate change, extreme heat, and local resilience plans to prepare for a hotter Boston.
Using materials developed by working with community groups and civic partners, you will explore local extreme heat issues using community science collected data, local resilience plans, and a strong call to action.
This is a free, evening-long, in-person forum. Snacks will be provided. Masks are encouraged but optional. Parking at the Museum garage will be validated at the event.
Patti Poppe: Navigating PG&E through Climate Disruptionwww.commonwealthclub.org/events/2022-07-21/patti-poppe-navigating-pge-through-climate-disrup
Thursday, July 21
3PM EST (6:00 PM PDT)
The Commonwealth Club of California, 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
5:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
6-7 p.m. program (all times PDT)
Free for members
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Patricia Poppe, CEO, PG&E
Greg Dalton, Founder & Host, Climate One
As the CEO of PG&E, Patti Poppe is charged with navigating the company through epic wildfires, disrupted energy markets, and lingering public distrust of the utility. The company is undergrounding 10,000 miles of electric lines, working with GM and Ford on incorporating EV batteries into homes and the grid, deploying batteries at large power plants, and pushing to change net metering rates that pay homeowners for electricity generated on their roofs.
In 2006, PG&E was perceived to be one of the most progressive utilities in the country. They supported California's landmark climate law AB 32, and a few years later, quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its opposition to climate action. But recently, a string of self-imposed disasters has damaged the company's image and public trust. A company gas line exploded in San Bruno, killing eight people, and failure of PG&E equipment caused a rash of deadly wildfires -- Butte, Tubbs, Camp, Kincade and Dixie -- killing 113 people and burning nearly 1.5 million acres. The company's 2019 bankruptcy was the largest ever for a U.S. utility.
Climate One welcomes you back for our first in-person event at the Commonwealth Club. Join PG&E CEO Patti Poppe and Climate One host Greg Dalton for a radio and podcast discussion of what one of the country's largest utilities is doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a time of turmoil in energy markets and accelerating climate impacts in the American West.
Worlds of Gray and Green: Mineral Extraction as Ecological Practicewww.eventbrite.com/e/worlds-of-gray-and-green-mineral-extraction-as-ecological-practice-tick
Wednesday, July 27
7pm - 9pm EST (10:00 am - 11:00 am AEST in Sydney, Australia)
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Sociologist Sebastián Ureta, explores how the waste produced from mining interacts with human and non-human ecologies.
In the second seminar of SEI's Occasional Talks Series, sociologist and SEI's 2023 Environmental Humanities Visiting Fellow Sebastián Ureta, explores how the waste produced from mining interacts with human and non-human ecologies.
The Anthropocene has arrived riding a wave of pollution. From `forever chemicals' to oceanic garbage patches, human-made chemical compounds are seemingly everywhere. Concerned about how these compounds disrupt multiple lives and ecologies, environmental scholars, activists and affected communities have sought to curb the causes of pollution, focusing especially on the extractive industries.
In this talk, Sebastián Ureta will draw on his recently published book with Patricio Flores, Worlds of Gray and Green, to challenge us to rethink extraction as ecological practice. Adopting an environmental humanities analytic lens, this book offers a rich ethnographic exploration of the waste produced by Chile's El Teniente, the world's largest underground mine. Deposited in a massive dam, the waste -- known as tailings -- engages with human and non-human entities in multiple ways through a process the authors call geosymbiosis. Some of these geosymbioses result in toxicity and damage, while others become the basis of lively novel ecologies. A particular kind of power emerges in the process, one that is radically indifferent to human beings but that affects them in many ways. Learning to live with geosymbioses offers a tentative path forward amid ongoing environmental devastation.
Associate Professor Sebastián Ureta, Universidad Alberto Hurtado
Dr Sophie Chao (Chair), University of Sydney
Professor Susan Park (Chair), University of Sydney
Associate Professor Thom van Dooren (Chair), University of Sydney
This event is part of the Sydney Environment Institute's Occasional Talks Series, which provides a space for a diverse range of international speakers to share their ideas about pressing environmental challenges. This event brings together SEI's research theme Biocultural Diversitiesand research project Unsettling Resources.
UVA's Opening Reception: Inspiring Change for the Climate Crisiswww.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uvas-opening-reception-inspiring-change-for-the-climate-crisis-regist
Thursday, July 28
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
UVA's Art Exhibit Gallery at the Arthaus, 43 North Beacon Street, Allston
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UVA's Opening Reception with the curator and the artists at UVA's Exhibit Gallery at Arthaus
Inspiring Change for the Climate Crisis , organized and curated by Adriana G. Prat, designed and installed by Unbound Visual Arts, July 24 - September 16, 2022.
Live music, refreshments, wine, and lively discussions with the curator and artists.
UVA's Arthaus Gallery, 43 N. Beacon St., Allston, MA
CDC-recommended masks required in the gallery. Bring your own or pick up a free one at the gallery.
Featuring 16 artists from the i3C artists group and 5 UVA affiliated artists
i3C Artists: Steve Bennett, Cedric Harper, Martha Heller, C.J. Lori, Maria Celeste Linardi, Michelle Lougee, Rebecca McGee Tuck, Michael Manning, Sarah Meyers Brent, Shelby Meyerhoff, Carol Moses, Jeffrey Nowlin, Paula Pitman Brown, Steven Rudin, Luna Sconty, Cynthia Staples.
UVA artists: Si Chen in collaboration with Hui Huang, Muriel Horvath, Pauline Lim, Nilou Moochhala, Michaela Morse
The current environmental crisis is multifactorial: pollution, extreme weather, loss of biodiversity, and other tragedies - too complex, too intertwined, and yet too urgent. A collective problem that requires collective solutions. But, as individuals, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. We wonder, "How can I contribute to the solution?"
This exhibit of 2D and 3D artworks offers the perspective of multidisciplinary artists exploring various aspects of this crisis. Some address the impact of consumerism by reinventing reclaimed materials, or by creating a dialog with humanity's waste and pollution. Some explore the effect of climate change in our local communities or global ecosystems, and others celebrate natural beings and their interconnection, pointing to their unique beauty and vulnerabilities.
We hope to inspire in the viewer a sense of wonder, as well as an awareness that change is not only possible but also a necessary and powerful element for critical environmental transformation. Awareness and recognition of the crisis are the first personal steps to change the current trend. We can tap into each of our creative strengths, deliver action, big or small, and contribute to the ripple effect needed to resolve this global crisis. This joint force is fierce and those in power are listening.
EnergyBar August 2022: Summer Rooftop Networking/www.eventbrite.com/e/energybar-august-2022-summer-rooftop-networking-tickets-333145255427
Thursday, August 4
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA
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EnergyBar is Greentown Labs' networking event devoted to connecting partners and investors to our community of climatetech entrepreneurs!
Please join us on Thursday, August 4 for a summer edition of our signature EnergyBar networking event! Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and friends of climatetech are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional climatetech network. Come network and enjoy a beverage on the Greentown roof deck!
This event is currently slated to be in-person and masks are encourage but not required while inside Greentown Labs. Greentown provides medical grade masks at the front desk of each location. Please reach out Jill Kirkpatrick (firstname.lastname@example.org), Senior Manager of Events, with any questions on our safety policy.