2009 Addison County Green Energy Expo Next WeekBy Sue Hoxie
Diverse Workshops, Kids’ Program, Exciting Grand Prize
Middlebury, Vermont – March 12, 2009 – Final preparations for the 2009 Addison County Green Energy Expo are being made by the event’s steering committee. Scheduled for Saturday, March 21st at Middlebury Union High School (MUHS), from 9 am to 4:30 pm, the Expo will feature more than 70 workshops and exhibitors at this year's event.
A Workshop for Everyone
More than 30 educational workshops have been scheduled covering a variety of topics that will offer something for all interests and experience levels. Homeowners interested in energy efficiency or generating their own power may be interested in attending:
- Creating an Energy Efficient Home, presented by Efficiency Vermont
- Making Your Home a Health and Enduring Place to Live, presented by Fred Lugano
- Create Your Own Off-Grid Wind Power System, presented by Paul Kenyon
- Combining Solar/Wind with Backup Systems, presented by John Bittersdorf
Several workshops focus on local food systems. Creating a Basement Root Cellar, presented by Chris Chaisson, expects to one of the most popular sessions given the large audience it received at last year’s event. Other food-related topics include:
- Relocalization of Food and Energy, presented by Jock Gill
- Homegrown Feed, Food and Fuel in Addison County, presented by Marshall Web of Shelburne Farms
- Pete’s Greens and the Hardwick Area Local Food Revolution, the Expo’s keynote session, presented by Pete Johnson of Pete’s Greens
For younger attendees there will be four sessions devoted to the 3 R’s of recycling—reduce, reuse and recycle. Children of all ages and their parents can explore the life cycle of everyday waste, and the 3 R's to address strategic waste reduction. Learn about our landfills, how they operate, and their alternatives. Kids are encouraged to bring clean recyclable materials from home to create fun projects in our Recycling Workshop.
Full descriptions of every workshop and a schedule are available from the Expo website at www.greenenergyexpo.biz.
Diverse Exhibits and Demonstrations
The gymnasium at MUHS is the site of the Green Energy Expo exhibit hall where we expect more than 40 exhibitors to demonstration and display their products and services. Current exhibitors include Absolute Comfort, Addison County Solid Waste Management, Addison County Relocalization Network (ACoRN), ACORN Energy Co-op, Addison County Regional Planning Commission, Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR), Building Energy, Countryside Paint, Distinctive Paint & Interior, DR Equipment, Efficiency Vermont, EWB of Vermont Wood Boilers, Golden Russet Farm, Green Mountain Renewable Energy, GroSolar, Hannaford Career Center, Independent Power LLC, Johnson Wood Products, LandWorks, Middlebury Area Global Warming Action Coalition (MAGWAC), McKernon Group, Middlebury Natural Foods Coop, National Bank of Middlebury, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, Patullo Consulting, Inc., r.k. Miles, Town of Middlebury, Simple Systems of Vermont, Solar Wind Solutions, Snyder Homes, SunWood Systems, Vermont Book Shop and Vermont Sun Structures
Check Your Bike, Get it Checked
The Bike Center of Middlebury will be providing a free bike valet service for ecologically-minded attendees who pedal their way to the Expo. The Bike Center will also offer a free safety check for all bicycles.
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 Nicholson of Absolute Comfort plus a house full of energy efficient bulbs donated by Martin’s Hardware & Building Supply of Middlebury. 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 Foods Co-op, will be available from Zest Catering. Food waste and recyclables will be minimized, sorted and managed with help from ACSWMD.
Nominal Attendance Fee
The cost to attend this year’s event has been set:
Families: $5 *
Children: $1 (under 12)
* Download a coupon from our website (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 www.actr-vt.org. Attendees and exhibitors are also encouraged to bring their own mugs and water bottles.
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 www.greenenergyexpo.biz.