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Energy (and Other) Events Monthly - September 2022

by gmoke Mon Aug 29th, 2022 at 06:18:14 PM EST

*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-n yc-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/registr ation

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-registrati on-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-3 67862495627

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:
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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:
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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-399157790 697

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 <marc ATTTTTT improbable DOTTTTT com>



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=c24e327d71079787c6f5 6a6ac1caa7b3



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 policie

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by Cat on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 12:47:41 AM EST
Would be good if they were insulating the hell out of their homes in preparation for the winter as well.

Solar IS Civil Defense
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