Thursday, Dec 12th, 2013
Report from Warsaw (COP-19)
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New Insights on Creating an Operational Rating System for Homes
The march continues toward a new international agreement on economy-wide emissions-reduction commitments. Warsaw, in November, hosted the Nineteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-19) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Next stop: Paris, COP-21, in 2015, where the treaty will be concluded, as determined at Durban, COP-17, in 2011. According to plans, the treaty will be effective beginning in 2020.
Though it seems so far away in distance, time and accessibility to us, we are fortunate to have a firsthand report from Adam Greenberg, a locally-based attendee who served as a delegate for U.S. Youth for Sustainable Development. Who did he meet on his journey? What insight has he gained into the process? How has the experience inspired his continued commitment to environmental and social policy work?
Despite the big-picture, high-level view of the UNFCCC COP meetings, can we see a connection to our life, work and efforts?
Keith Burrows has delved into the data of Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). While the EIA employs site Energy Use Intensity (EUI) for regional and national projections, Keith has seen a way to parse the numbers and apply simple models to arrive at operational ratings for single and multifamily residences. These models allows us to easily understand our energy use. As presented in last month's BASEA Forum, gaining a meaningful understanding of one's energy use leads to energy use reduction.
Come to this BASEA double-feature and help make the case for how our local action contributes to the global movement towards climate security.
13th Annual Solar Picnic at the Somerville Community Growing Center
Celebrate another year's growth in the garden. Join Boston Area Solar Energy Association (BASEA) for this annual gathering of old and new friends interested in solar, renewable and energy efficient communities.
Enjoy solar cooking and potluck delights (optional, bring a dish to add to the feast). In case of clouds or rain, we will have pizza under pop-up canopies. A great place for a picnic, the Somerville Community Growing Center is an urban oasis that was designed and built by local residents and is maintained by volunteers.
It's a recipe for a fine summer's day: friends, fun, food and the sun! Relax, chat, learn and explore the gardens. And when the aroma of delicious solar-cooked cuisine fills the air, come to the table and feast!
Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave. Somerville, MA
(near Union Square)
MassCEC Catalyst Program Awards
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, in partnership with the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center welcomes you to apply for MassCEC Catalyst Program Awards.
The Program's primary intent is to stimulate the commercialization of clean energy technologies developed in the Commonwealth. Awarded funds are used to demonstrate the feasibility of technologies in specific industry applications in order to obtain increased industry and investor interest.
- Applicants must be either a:
- Principal Investigator ("PI") at a Massachusetts-based nonprofit research institution; or
- Massachusetts-based early stage clean energy company with no more than $1,000,000 in combined equity financing and grant funding with four or less employees.
Student groups are welcome to apply with some restrictions (outlined in our guidelines).
Please click in the left column for application guidelines and visit the updated Grants section of our website http://www.mattcenter.org/events/grants-home.html for a proposal template.
If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com.
Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center
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
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.
Also, if you are interested in working with this group, please let us know. Send comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- Referral Program - Write us for information on solar vendors, designers, architects, installers and service in your area. We want to help you with practical ways you can use solar and other sustainable energy technology.
BASEA is affiliated with
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association