2009 Addison County Green Energy Expo Gaining Momentum

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2009 Addison County Green Energy Expo Gaining Momentum

By Sue Hoxie

Sponsors on board, exhibitors signing up, workshop topics finalizing

Middlebury, Vermont – February 11, 2009 – The momentum is building towards another successful Addison County Green Energy Expo. The event, scheduled for March 21st at Middlebury Union High School (MUHS), from 9 am to 4:30 pm, brings together experts and businesses for a day of local food, workshops, exhibits, demos, entertainment and community. With the theme of “Building Sustainable Homes & Businesses”, home and business owners will leave the event with ideas on how to reduce energy costs, become more efficient in their daily lives, build “green” affordably, weatherize their homes and more!

The event builds on the success of last year’s Green Energy Expo which was attended by nearly 1,000 residents and business people. The event creates a forum where businesses with renewable energy, green building and efficiency products and services can showcase their wares, and all members of the community can come together to learn from each other or take part in a day-long series of related workshops led by area experts.

Event Kicks off Friday at Otter Creek Brewery

To kick off the excitement for the Green Energy Expo, Otter Creek and Wolaver's Brewery will be offering a green business tour from 4 to 6 pm on Friday, March 20th. A tour of the brewery and brief overview of the brewery's green energy initiatives will be provided along with free local cheese and beer pairings!

Sponsors Support Worthwhile Event

The Green Energy Expo would not be possible without support from our sponsors:

  • r.k. Miles: Provides energy-efficient doors, windows, lighting and insulation; materials from sustainable sources and products made from recycled materials; no-charge recycling services for compact fluorescent bulbs, traditional fluorescent bulbs, cell phone batteries, and alkaline batteries.
  • ACORN Energy Co-op: A new community-owned, renewable energy products and services business which will be launched in March.
  • The Image Farm: A dynamic graphic design and illustration studio committed to sustainable solutions. Expertise includes identity design, advertising, marketing, packaging, wayfinding, and information design. 
  • National Bank of Middlebury:  Offering sustainable community banking for 177 years.
  • Chittenden Bank: As part of Chittenden Bank's commitment to the community and sustainable energy, Chittenden partnered with Bread Loaf to achieve LEED™ Certification for its newest Middlebury Branch. This building demonstrates Chittenden Bank's belief in responsibly serving the community, on both a local and global scale.

For information on becoming a sponsor of the Green Energy Expo, contact Grover Usilton at gusilton@nationalbankmiddlebury.com.
Expanded Exhibit Area for Demonstrations and Product Displays

The MUHS gymnasium will be host to more than 50 exhibitors demonstrating and displaying their environmentally-friendly products and services. Anticipated exhibitors include a wide variety of Vermont businesses, organizations, and agencies dedicated to green energy practices. There will be home builders, solar energy firms, architects, building product companies, conservation consultants, wind power firms, utility companies, outdoor equipment businesses, wood heat producers, and more.

For information on becoming an exhibitor at the Green Energy Expo, email greenenergyexpo@yahoo.com

Educational Workshops for All Interests and Experience Levels

Workshops will be conducted from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm and will be held in MUHS classrooms adjacent to the exhibit hall.

Business owners will be able to learn efficiency and energy savings from experts and other business owners who have made such conversions. Homeowners can learn about affordable green building and weatherization options, as well as how to plan for the realities of living off the grid. Alternative fuels and energy will be covered including solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. Topics include:

  • Generating Electricity with Photovoltaics
  • Efficient Lighting
  • Greening Your Business
  • Pellet and Wood Burning Stoves
  • Geothermal Energy Systems
  • Living Off the Grid
  • Wood Lot Management

Additional workshop topics continue to be added to the event schedule. To recommend or present a topic, email GEExpo09@gmail.com.

Raffle, Prizes and Local Food!

Country Home Products of Vergennes has donated a Neuton CE 6.2 rechargeable lawn mower to be raffled off at the Expo. The Neuton CE 6.2 is the most powerful mower on the market with a removable, rechargeable battery. With 360 watt-hours of battery energy, it is suited for lawns up to 1/3 acre or 15,000 sf on a single charge.  The mower does not require gas or oil which means greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change are zero. The retail value of the mower is $499. Raffle tickets will be available at the Expo for $5 each. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Middlebury Area Global Warming Action Coalition (MAGWAC). 

The Home Energy Grand Prize package will include a free home energy audit provided by Tom Nickolson of Absolute Comfort and home efficiency products donated by local hardware and building supply stores. To be eligible for the grand prize drawing, attendees must complete an exit survey. The drawing will be held after the event and the winner does not need to be present to win.

In addition, every exhibitor will be offering door prizes. Eligibility and rules of the drawings are established by each exhibiting company.

Affordable, locally-produced food choices, supported in part by the Middlebury Natural Food Coop, will be available. Food will be prepared and served by Hannaford Career Center culinary arts students with the supervision and support of a local caterer.  Food waste and recyclables will be minimized, sorted and managed with help by ACSWD.

Nominal Attendance Fee

The cost to attend this year’s event has been set:
Families: $5 *
Adults: $2
Children: $1 (under 12)
College Students: Free (with ID)

* Download a coupon from our website (http://www.greenenergyexpo.biz/) for $1 off family admission

Getting to the Expo

Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to keep the event green by taking ACTR to the event if possible. The fare-free Middlebury Shuttle Bus (MSB) will be on its regular Saturday schedule stopping twice an hour at Middlebury Union High School beginning at 9:15 am and 9:25 am until 4:15 pm and 4:25 pm. For a detailed schedule, please visit the Expo website or http://www.actr-vt.org/.  Attendees and exhibitors are also encouraged to bring their own mugs and water bottles.

Volunteers Needed!

If you would like to volunteer and help make this event a success, people are needed to help with set up, escorting, sign posting, troubleshooting, waste management and clean up. If you have a few hours to spare, please contact ted@addisoncounty.com.

About the Green Energy Expo Steering Committee

The Green Energy Expo Steering Committee is made up of representatives from the Addison County Economic Development Corporation, Addison County Chamber of Commerce, Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC), Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR), Middlebury College, National Bank of Middlebury, Middlebury Area Global Warming Action Coalition (MAGWAC), and Addison County Relocalization Network (ACoRN).

Complete details and schedules are available at http://www.greenenergyexpo.biz/.


Media Inquiries:

Sue Hoxie
Addison County Chamber of Commerce
93 Court Street
Middlebury VT  05753
p: 802-388-7951
e: sue@addisoncounty.com

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