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“Promoting Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future”

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Grass is Greener! — Carbon Capturing Ecology

Land and climate are inseparable. An essential element of mitigating global warming will be restoration of the world's depleted ecosystems, including estuaries, forests, and grasslands. While we reduce carbon emissions with the ongoing shift to clean, renewable energy, the atmospheric load of 'legacy carbon' is still barrelling down on us. Can the land and ecological processes offer hope against this global warming threat?

Seth Itzkan reports from the Africa Center for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe, part of the Savory Institute, where grazing, in accordance with evolutionary patterns, is re-greening highly depleted landscapes: helping to provide sustainable food and water security in semi-arid areas while invariably sequestering carbon through new soil formation. The climate mitigation potential, if applied on range lands globally, may be significant, and far larger than is conventionally calculated.

Seth Itzkan is President of Planet-TECH Associates, a consultancy focusing on trends and innovations. Seth has twenty five years experience consulting with private and public agencies on strategies for success in changing times. His clients include The Boston Foundation, The U.S. Census Bureau, The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and the City of Haverhill. Seth is interested in climate change mitigation and is investigating new approaches to the problem, particularly the role of soils and grassland restoration through Holistic Management. Seth is a graduate of the Tufts College of Engineering and the University of Houston Masters of Science Program in Studies of the Future.

Location: First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist 
3 Church Street, Harvard Square


Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.

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One-day Workshops for Building Professionals - Various Locations

Smart Building: High Performance Homes

Learn the latest in smart building techniques through presentations, case studies and discussion, from foundation to roofs. Presented by the Center for EcoTechnology and the CSG; and the Mass. Department of Energy Resources. Smart Building Flyer

AEENE Dinner Meeting and Seminar: The Association of Energy Engineers, New England Chapter

Monthly meeting, first Wednesday of the Month (check for details) AEENE Meeting Schedule


Volunteers Are Always Needed for the Forum, the annual Junior Solar Sprint competition, and the website.


Visit our Forum page, where you'll find our complete listing of past forum speakers, topics, and resources.

The BASEA Forum Series is held September through May, on the second Thursday of each month, at the 1st Parish Unitarian Church, #3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Reception begins at 7:00 pm, with the program beginning at 7:30. The forums are free and open to the public.


BASEA Activities and Services

  • BASEA Forum - Renewable Energy Lecture Series
  • Junior Solar Sprint - Model solar car competition for middle school science students, organized and sponsored by BASEA in Eastern Massachusetts.


BASEA is looking for additional ways to help create a more sustainable energy future.

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  • NESEA Chapter - BASEA is the Boston area chapter of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). Links to NESEA and other regional, national and international solar organizations can be found on the BASEA Links page.
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BASEA's Mission

The Boston Area Solar Energy Association is convinced that New England's primary dependence on non-renewable energy sources is costly to our environmental, social, economic and political systems.

Therefore, we foster the design and use of solar and sustainable energy technologies through education, advocacy and the demonstration of practical, cost effective techniques.

It is our goal to promote Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future.

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BASEA is affiliated with

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

The American Solar Energy Association.

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The International Solar Energy Association