Planning Underway for 2010 Addison County Green Energy Expo

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Planning Underway for 2010 Addison County Green Energy Expo

By Sue Hoxie

Great lineup of workshops and thought-provoking keynote speaker set

Middlebury, Vermont – January 19, 2010 – The Addison County Green Energy Expo is scheduled for Saturday, March 13th at Middlebury Union High School (MUHS), from 9 am to 4 pm. The event brings together experts, homeowners and businesses for a day of local food, workshops, exhibits, demonstrations and community. With the theme of “Building Sustainable Homes & Businesses,” attendees will learn how to reduce energy costs, become more efficient in their daily lives, build “green” affordably, weatherize their homes and more! The event was attended by more than 1,000 people in 2009 and more are expected in 2010.

This year’s Green Energy Expo, now in its third year, will have a greater focus on local food. Look for the Farmers' Corner featuring members of the Addison County Food Collaborative, Future Farmers photo display, and new workshops on food preparation, preservation and growing.

Beginners and experts alike can visit with local businesses and groups offering renewable energy, green building and efficiency products and services, or attend workshops led by area experts. Participants will take away many tools and resources to help them move toward a clean and green energy future. This year’s event will feature approximately 50 exhibits and 30 workshops, seven short documentary film screenings, and a children's program.

Sponsors Support Worthwhile Event

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

  • Acorn Energy Co-op: A new member-owned, renewable energy products and services business which launched in March 2009.
  • Chittenden Bank: Responsibly serving the community, on both a local and global scale.
  • 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.
  • Farmers’ Corner sponsors include: Organic Valley
  • Media sponsors include: Addison Independent, Green Living Journal and WMUD Farm Fresh Radio

For information on becoming a sponsor of the Green Energy Expo, contact Grover Usilton at
Keynote Speaker Explains ‘Radical Simplicity’

This year's keynote speaker will be Jim Merkel, author of "Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth." In his address, Jim will suggest many Yankee-practical lifestyle steps to help lighten your ecological footprint and brighten our prospects for the years ahead.

Originally a military engineer trained in foreign military sales, Jim was prompted by the Exxon Valdez disaster and the invasion of Iraq to devote his life to sustainability and world peace. He founded the Global Living Project and initiated their Summer Institute where teams of researchers strive to live on an equitable portion of the biosphere.

Educational Workshops for All Interests and Experience Levels

Workshops will be held in MUHS classrooms adjacent to the exhibit hall.

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. Here’s a sample of topics:

  • Living Off the Grid
  • Building Green Homes
  • Cooking with Unusual Meats and Produce
  • Generating Electricity with Photovoltaics
  • Heating with Biofuel Boilers
  • Root Cellars and Food Storage Structures

Exhibit Area for Demonstrations and Product Displays

The MUHS gymnasium will be host to about 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

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 (ACEDC), Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC), Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC), Addison County Relocalization Network (ACoRN) – Addison County Food Collaborative, Middlebury College, National Bank of Middlebury, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, and the Town of Middlebury.

Complete details and schedules are available at


Media Inquiries:

Sue Hoxie
Addison County Chamber of Commerce
93 Court Street
Middlebury VT  05753
p: 802-388-7951

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