A List of Environmental and Telecommunications Events and Issues

December 12, 1997 to December 19, 1998

Published, Edited and Written by George Mokray for
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Saturday, December 13

8 pm
Merrimack Valley Greens Annual Pot-luck/latch Party
Bring a dish, a friend, an instrument, and a designated driver. Lots of fun guaranteed!
contact 688-3569
Hibernians Pub, Lawrence (?)

9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - "NGOs and the Conservation of Biodiversity: Issues and Challenges" (Day Two of Two): Case Studies Workshop
Moderator: Dr. Dan Perlman, Environmental Science and Public Policy, Harvard University. McCormack Hall, First Floor Room 409. Pre-registration required (no fee) at heatley@umbsky.cc.umb.edu or 617-287-6600 (HEN)

Sunday, December 14

11:00 am
Labor Goes on the Offensive
Ed Bruno, Labor Party
contact 266-6710 or commchurch@igc.org
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St, Copley Sq, Boston
Editorial Comment: Ed is part of a conversation about using union pension funds for sustainable development and industrial ecology projects. He is also a national and NE organizer for the Labor Party, a political movement coming out of organized labor.

1 pm
Radio Free Allston Update Session/Holiday Party - legal and legislative pot luck dinner and beginning of ZAP the FCC campaign
contact Andrew at 442-8736 (for food), improviz@gis.net and http://www.tiac.net/users/error/radiofreeallston/ (for details)
Allston Mall, 107 Brighton Ave, Allston

Monday, December 15

4 p.m. - "Corals as High Resolution Windows Into Past Climate"
Malcolm McCulloch, RSES, ANU. Haller Hall, Geological Museum, Harvard U., 24 Oxford St. Contact 617-495-2351(HEN)

4:15 pm
Basque Hip Hop? Language, Popular Music, and the Limits of Hybridity
Jacqueline Uria, UMASS Amherst
Harvard, Bowditch Room Peabody Museum(HG)

Corporate Governance in France, Italy and Spain: Is There a Trend Toward a Unique Model?
Ruth Aguilera, Harvard and Michel Goyer, MIT
Harvard, Center for European Studies, Garden Room(HG)

7:30 pm
The Philanthropy of Perversion - Another Kind of Violence
Judith Feher Gurewich, psychoanalyst
Harvard, Barker Center, Room 133(HG)

Tuesday, December 16

12 pm
The MInd and Its Place in Newtonian Nature
W Alan Gabbey, Barnard College
contact 253-6989 or dibner@mit.edu
MIT Building E56, Room 100(TT)

2-4 p.m. - "Collective Reflections on the Global Environmental Assessment Project"
William C. Clark, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. BCSIA Library, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard U., 79 JFK St. Contact rebecca_storo@harvard.edu or 617-496-7466(HEN)

4 pm
Medicated Manged Care: Has It Fulfilled Its Promise?
Arnold Epstein, Harvard; Deborah Freund, IN Univ; Patricia Riley, National Academy for State Health Policy; Sally Richardson, Health Care Finance Administration
Harvard, School of Public Health, Snyder Auditorium, Boston(HG)

4:15 pm
Learning from Water: An Educational Resource for Sustainability
Stephen Chorover and Stella Humpheries, MIT
contact 496-5208, tweiskel@div.harvard.edu or http://divweb.harvard.edu/csvpl/ee/hsev
Harvard, Hoffman Laboratory, fourth floor, 20 Oxford St
Editorial Comment: Timothy Weiskel is the director on the Harvard Seminar on Environmental Values and this event is part of a year's worth of water talks. He plans for a year each on earth, air, energy, and learning, I believe. The background material on the Website (http://divweb.harvard.edu/csvpl/ee/hsev) is always magnificent with incredible bibliographies and references. Tim Weiskel is in it for the long haul.

Wednesday, December 17

12 pm
The Myth of US Management of the Latin American Long Peace
David Mares, UC San Diego
contact 253-0133 or llevine@mit.edu
MIT Building E38, Room 615(TT)

12:30 pm
Can You Get There from Here? What Russia Must Do to Become a Market Economy
Marshall Goldman, Wellesley College
Harvard, Coolidge Hall, Room 4(HG)

4 pm
Electron Spectroscopy of Carbon-Chain Molecules
Amy Stevens Miller, Bunting Fellow
Harvard, Bunting Institute, 34 Concord Ave(HG)

The Geodynamo: Observations and Numerical Models
Jeremy Bloxham, Harvard
MIT Building 54, Room 915(TT)

5 pm
Spectroscopy and Trapping of Pendular Molecules
Bretislav Friedrich, Harvard
Harvard, Jefferson Laboratory, Room 356(HG)

Thursday, December 18

2-4 p.m. - "Domestic and International Environmental Regulation: The Hazardous Waste Trade Among OECD Countries"
Kate O'Neill, Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Seminar Room 4, Center for International Affairs, Harvard U., 1737 Cambridge St. Contact 617-495-3605(HEN)

4:30 pm
The Challenge of Classical Conceptions of Healing
Julius Moravesik, Stanford
Harvard, 9 Bow St(HG)

Friday, December 19

4 pm
Current Plasma Physics Issues in Electric Propulsion for Spacecraft
Edgar Choueiri, Princeton
contact 253-8101
MIT Building NW17, Room 218(TT)

Sources for Listings:
MIT _Tech Talk_ :
Harvard _Gazette_ :
Harvard Environmental Resources On-Line:
MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs calendar:
Earth Day Network international/national listings:
Earth Day Greater Boston calendar:

act-ma the Massachusetts activists mailing list:
subscribe by emailing majordomo@igc.apc.org, leaving the subject line blank and typing "subscribe act-ma" as the message

Peace and Justice Events Hotline at (617)787-6809

Computer Organizations of NE (CONE):
http://bcs1.ziplink.net/cone/sig - Special Interest Group list
http://bcs1.ziplink.net/cone/cal/index.html - calendar
Boston Webmasters Guild

Community Technology Center Network

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Annotated Listings

I decided to annotate the listings this week, to show you where these items are coming from. The items from HEN (Harvard Environmental Network) are reproduced verbatim in their original form. The items from the _Harvard Gazette_ are marked (HG). The items from MIT's _Tech Talk_ are (TT).

Other items come from the act-ma list and round about. See Sources for Listings at the end of the Listings section for further links.

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How HEN Works

Editorial Comment: HEN is Harvard Environmental Network, an invaluable resource. Here's how they work.



leave the subject line blank, and for the message write:

subscribe HEN-L

For example:

subscribe HEN-L Jane Doe

WEBSITE: "Harvard Environmental Resources On-Line"
Includes archives of past HEN Bulletins.
ABOUT HEN: The Harvard Environment Network Bulletin is supported by the University Committee on Environment. To have an event listed, email Young-Soo Lim at HEN-L@environment.harvard.edu, call 617-493-6494, fax 617-496-0440, or mail to:

Harvard Environment Network Bulletin
c/o Environmental Resources Librarian
Lamont Level 1
Harvard College Library
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

Requests are accepted until 5 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.

EDITOR: Young-Soo Lim '00, Environmental Science and Public Policy
MANAGING EDITOR: Tom Parris, Environmental Resources Librarian,
Tel: 617-496-6158; Fax: 617-496-0440;
email: tparris@fas.harvard.edu

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Share a Vital Earth (SAVE) at MIT is offering a series of lectures on Environmental Perspectives: Reserach at MIT throughout January's Independent Activities Period (IAP). The lectures will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 pm in Building 1, room 390. Further information is available from Bettina Voelker at 253-3726, voelker@mit.edu or Leah Nichols, 253-6299 or lnichols@mit.edu.

Thursday, January 8
Analysis of Mortality in the USA 1800-1997: Evidence for Environmentl Factors
William Thilly
Sustainable Agriculture in Arid Regions
Dennis Mclaughlin

Tuesday, Janury 13
Arsenic and Old Waste: The Legacy of Old-Time Chemical Manufacturing in the Aberjona Watershed
Harry Hemond
Molecular Ecology of Microbial Communities: A Case Study from Hydrothermal Vents
Martin Polz

Thursday, January 15
Sustainable Energy for the 21st Century
Elisabeth Drake
Can Ocean Disposal of CO2 Reduce Global Climate Change?
Eric Adams

Tuesday, January 20
Wetland Hydrodynamics: How Water Movement Affects the Fate of Chemicals
Heidi Nepf
Environmental Monitoring: Oak Trees as Biogeochemical Record Keepers
Dan Brabander

Thursday, January 22
Experimental Modelling of Contaminat Transport and Soil Remediation Problems
Patricia Culligan
Pollutant Transport in Groundwater: Portly Plumes in MIssissippi
Charles Harvey

Tuesday, January 27
Environment, Water, and Climate Change
Rafael Bras
Pretending to Save the Planet: US Firms and Voluntary Codes of Practice
Jennifer Nash

That's a pretty formidable list of topics.

IAP (Independent Activities Period) at MIT is a month of open university every January. During these four weeks, anybody from a janitor to a professor emeritus can give a one hour lecture or teach a full course on whatever topic they wish. It is a perfect example of _The Pattern Language_ (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0195019199/alistA/), University as Marketplace #43, to be exact. There are 46 pages of listings in the IAP Guide available at the Information Office (first right at the main entrance of 77 Mass Ave, Cambridge) or at http://web.mit.edu/iap/index.html

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Thorough Appliance Research

Editorial Comment: Austin Bliss (acbliss@amherst.edu) sent me the following result of his recent appliance researches. I'm still using the back porch for my refrigerator.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse (EREC)
PO Box 3048, Merrifield, VA 22116
Phone: in USA: 1-800-363-3732
Here are two Web sites to check out:
CEC Index of Appliances

For info on why and how appliance standards are developed, if you're interested, check out the Web site of the DOE Office of Codes and Standards, at

FYI, we, the EREC, have a variety of Factsheets that you can view/download from the Web at:

and we have additional information that can be downloaded from our BBS, which is accessible from the World Wide Web at:
http://erecbbs.nciinc.com; or directly, toll-free, through your modem at 800-273-2955. Once there, select the File Libraries section, and then the library, Residential Energy Efficiency.

You can also call us, toll-free, at (800) 363-3732 and ask hardcopies of our free factsheets.

Thank you for your interest in energy efficiency. Please contact us again if we can be of additional assistance.
Paul Hesse/EREC

PS - We appreciate any feedback on the usefulness of the info provided to you here.

The following information was prepared by the staff of EREC.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides general and technical information on energy efficiency. ACEEE researches and publishes information on energy use in buildings, industry, and transportation. ACEEE also provides information on government regulations related to energy efficiency.

The Council produces the publications "The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings" (published annually) and "The Most Energy Efficient Appliances." You can find them in most bookstores and libraries, or you can order them from ACEEE. Both publications provide information on the most efficient models on the market for a variety of home appliances, heating and cooling equipment, and water heaters. ACEEE also publishes a book series and offers a number of technical reports on energy efficiency topics. For more information, you may contact:
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 429-8873; Fax: (202) 429-2248
Internet: (E-Mail) aceee@ix.netcom.com

Reading List: Energy-Efficient Appliances

The following articles, books, and reports provide information on energy-efficient appliances. To find the publications listed, contact the source or publisher as indicated, your local public library, or a bookstore. Libraries may be able to obtain books and reports through their interlibrary loan system, and bookstores may be able to order books for you. This list does not cover all available information on this subject, nor is the mention of any publication, product, service, or organization to be considered a recommendation or endorsement. This list was reviewed in August 1997.

Books and Pamphlets

Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings (5th ed.), A. Wilson, J. Morrill, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), 1996. Available from ACEEE, 101 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036, (202)429-8873, 265 pp., $7.95.

The Most Energy-Efficient Appliances: 1996, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, (see above). 30 pp., $5.00.

Directories and Periodicals

The following publications have additional information for selecting new appliances.

Consumer Reports, Consumer's Union of the United States, Inc., 101 Truman Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10703. Published monthly. As topics vary, appliances may not be featured every month. Subscriptions are $24.00 per year.

Consumer's Directory of Certified Efficiency Ratings for Residential Heating and Water Heating Equipment, Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association, Inc., 1901 North Moore Street, Suite 1100, Arlington, VA 22209, (703) 525-9565. Published biannually, $7.50 per copy.

Consumer's Research Magazine, Consumer's Research, Inc., 800 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 546-1713. Published monthly. As topics vary, appliances may not be featured every month. Subscriptions are $24.00 per year.

Directory of Certified Refrigerators and Freezers, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, 20 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606, (312)984-5800. Published biannually, $7.50 per copy.

Directory of Certified Room Air Conditioners, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, (see above). Published biannually, $7.50 per copy.

Directory of Certified Unitary Air Conditioners,Unitary Air-Source Heat Pumps, Sound-Rated Unitary Equipment, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute, 1501 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209, (703) 524-8800. Published biannually, $14.50 per copy.

Home Energy, Energy Auditor & Retrofitter, Inc., 2124 Kittredge Street, No. 95, Berkeley, CA 94704, (510) 524-5405. Published bimonthly. Subscriptions are $49.00 per year. As topics vary, appliances may not be featured every month.


"Air Conditioning for Big Spaces," Consumer Reports, (59:6) pp. 400-401, June 1994.
"Clothes Dryers: The Wring of Progress," Consumer Reports, (62:3) pp.46-50, March 1997.
"Dishwashers," Consumer Reports, (58:10) pp. 637-41, October 1993.
"Do Your Old Appliances Stack Up?" E. Petrowski, Workbench, (50:1), pp. 52-53, March 1994.
"Guide to Choosing a Gas Range," Consumer Reports, (59:1) pp.12-13, January1994.
"A Guide to Cooling Off," Consumer Reports, (62:6) pp. 24-27, June 1997.
"Large Air Conditioners: Big Coolers," Consumer Reports, (61:6) pp. 38-42, June 1996.
"Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient," S. Date, Sail, (25:2), pp. 50-53, February 1994.
"Microwave Ovens: Which Make Zapping a Snap?," Consumer Reports, (59:2) pp.43-47, August 1996.
A New generation of Horizontal Axis Washing Machines on the Way," Environmental Building News, (6:4) pp. 6-9, April 1997.
"On the Range," Consumer Reports, (62:5) pp. 36-40, May 1997.
"Refrigerators: Big Changes in the Big White Box," Consumer Reports, (61:2) pp. 40-44, February 1996.
"Refrigerators for a Wiser World," Consumer Reports, (59:2) pp. 80-85, February 1994.
"Refrigerators: Good and Green," Consumer Reports, (61:5) pp. 34-37, May 1996.
"Refrigerators: The Cold Hard Facts," Consumer Reports, (62:2) pp. 32-33, February 1997.
"Refrigerators Turn a New Leaf," E. Petrowski, Home, (40:3) pp. 52-74, April 1994.
"Wall Ovens: A Cooktop's Compliment," Consumer Reports, (59:7) pp. 462-65, July 1994.
"Washing Machines," Consumer Reports, (62:7) pp. 48-51, July 1997.
"Washing Machines: Which Washer?," Consumer Reports, (61:7) pp. 36-39, July1996.

Source List: Energy Conservation Products

As energy efficiency becomes a way of life for more and more people, the demand for energy-conserving products and devices continues to increase. Your local hardware or home center store stocks a variety of energy efficient products. Finding one source for all of your needs can be challenging if you are looking for state-of-the-art products to build a home or retrofit a large multi-family complex.

To locate energy-conserving products, check your telephone directory under the heading of "Energy Products" to find out about any such companies in your area. Using local suppliers enables you to save on costly shipping and handling charges. It also expedites product repair or replacement. If you are unable to locate any local companies, refer to the following list.

These companies provide a wide variety of energy efficient and environmentally safe products. Some of these companies are wholesalers but may have a retail outlet in your area. This list is not comprehensive, and is not a recommendation or endorsement of the companies or their products.

For more information, or to receive a product catalog, you should contact the specific company as described below. This information was reviewed in October 1996.

Energy Federation, Inc., 14 Tech Circle, Natick, MA 01760, (800) 876-0660 or (508) 653-4299; Fax: (508) 655-3811; Internet: (E-mail) info@efi.org, (World Wide Web) http://www.efi.org. Energy Federation, Inc. (EFI) offers free product catalogs on an assortment of energy conserving devices and products, such as energy-efficient lighting. In addition, EFI distributes fact sheets that describe the savings incurred by using these products.

Jade Mountain, Inc., P.O. Box 4616, Boulder, CO 80306, (800) 442-1972 or (303) 449-6601; Internet (E-mail) jade-mtn@indra.com, (World Wide Web) http://www.indra.com/jade-mtn/. Jade Mountain offers a twice-yearly catalog of products, including indoor and outdoor lighting, appliances, insulation, and composting toilets. A two-year subscription to the catalog is available for $4.00.

Niagra Conservation Corporation, 45 Horse Hill Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927, (800) 831-8383 or (201) 829-0800; Fax: (201) 829-1400. Niagra Conservation's free catalog lists caulks and sealants, weatherstripping, window treatment products, and water-saving products, and is available for government agencies, utilities, and contractors.

Positive Energy, P.O. Box 7568, Boulder, CO 80306, (303) 444-4340; Internet: (E-mail) positiveEn@aol.com. Positive Energy offers a free catalog of products, including low-flow showerheads, weatherstripping and caulks, water-saving products, and various mobile home supplies, along with a catalog for "green" builders and contractors.

Real Goods Trading Corporation, 966 Mazzoni Street, Ukiah, CA 95482, (800) 762-7325; Internet: (E-Mail) realgood@realgoods.com; (World Wide Web) http://www.realgoods.com Real Goods publishes the 712-page Alternative Energy Sourcebook, which includes chapters on energy and water conserving products (waterless composting toilets, low-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads), recycled products, recycling aids, non-toxic household products, and water and air purification devices. Also available is the free, quarterly newsletter, Real Goods News, that contains listings of alternative energy products. The Alternative Energy Sourcebook is available for $24.95, plus $4.95 shipping and handling.

Resource Conservation Technology, Inc., 2633 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, (410) 366-1146; Fax: (410) 366-1202. Free literature is available to contractors and builders of new homes on a variety of energy conservation products, such as window and door seals, ventilation systems, caulking, building gaskets, air-vapor retarders, sun-controls, and water-saving toilets.

Resources Conservation, Inc., P.O. Box 71, Greenwich, CT 06836, (800) 243-2862 or (203) 964-0600; Fax: (203)324-9352. A free catalog of products, including aluminum and vinyl weatherstripping and caulking, shrink-fit windows, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, and water dams for toilets is available.

Seventh Generation, 1 Mill Street, A-26, Burlington, VT 05401, (800) 456-1177; Fax: (802) 658-1771. A catalog of more than 100 energy-conserving and environmentally safe products, including high efficiency lighting products, water-conserving products, energy-saving dryer vents, electric outlet covers, non-toxic cleaners, and biodegradable diapers and garbage bags is available for free.

SUN DAY Campaign, 315 Circle Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912, (301) 270-2258.

Sustainable Energy Businesses: A National Directory of Resources (2nd Ed.), is available, which lists more than 1,500 manufacturers, retail stores, design firms, and other companies that offer products or services in energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and related issues. Some of the listings are annotated. The directory is available for $22.50.

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Tree Stories

Editorial Comment: This came from ECOCITY: Sustainable Urban Development" <ECOCITY@SEGATE.SUNET.SE>, posted by Marty Kraft <martyk@COOP.CRN.ORG> of Kansas City, MO.

Tell Us Your Tree Story

If you have ever had a special tree in your life that offered you inspiration, that you visited often, or connected with in a deeply personal or spiritual way, we'd love to hear your story.

We are two authors working with a publishing company on compiling a book of people's special tree stories. We are looking for stories that show the impact trees can have on our lives, will fascinate the reader and have a universal message to them.

Your story is subject to editing and you will be given a by line in the book, but no fee will be given.

We hope you can be a part of this effort to collect stories which demonstrate how trees are so much more to us than a source for air, food, shelter, paper and timber.

Warren David Jacobs and Karen Ilene Shragg

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BTU/$ or $/BTU?

From 1973 to 1983, the decade of the Energy Crisis, the US economy grew roughly 25% while using 5% less energy. I checked the figures in the _1997 Statistical Abstract_ (but could find only the 1996 edition at amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=9996163601/alistA/) at the library and found:
1973 74.3 quadrillion btu 3.902.3 billion $ GDP
1983 70.5 quadrillion btu 4,803.7 billion $ GDP

1995 figures are 90.6 quadrillion btu 6,742.2 billion $ GDP
I estimate we are using 28% more energy for 40% growth since 1983.

Since the "first" Energy Crisis in 1973, every report I've read shows that Japan and Germany are twice as efficient in terms of energy use per unit production than the US is.
Japan's 1995 figures are 21.519 quadrillion btu 2,679.2 billion $ GDP
Germany's 1995 figures are 13.653 quadrillion btu 1,452.2 billion $ GDP

I wonder if btu/$ or $/btu is a measure of efficiency or consumption, neither or both?

Further fun with energy numbers can be found through the US DOE Energy Information Administration (http://www.eia.doe.gov or (202)586-1800).

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Outgassing on Global Warming

I don't care whether global warming exists or not. As a consumer, I demand a zero defect, zero emission economy. I want to have an industrial system that tracks all material flows throughout the economy and measures it down to the molecule. I want that information published on the label of everything offered for sale so that I can make an informed decision about what I buy. Until the market system provides such information in some form or other, we will continue to live in a fog of misinformation and destruction.

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The Begging Bowl

I wonder if you could sell kitchen worm composters on the Home Shopping Channel? How about home emergency photovoltaic electric systems that double as battery chargers? Would you watch that infomercial? And would wide adoption of those two simple technologies lead significantly to a more sustainable society and culture? What else would we need? Home high production gardening systems for south-facing windows with solar fish tanks as an add-on option? It the marketplace ready for that? Is there a sustainable/restorative "killer app"? Do you have to sell it or can you give it away?

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