2010 Addison County Green Energy Expo Next Week!By Sue Hoxie
Diverse Workshops and a Focus on Local Food
Middlebury, Vermont – March 5, 2010 – Final preparations for the 2010 Addison County Green Energy Expo are nearly complete. Scheduled for Saturday, March 13th at Middlebury Union High School (MUHS), from 9:00 am to 4:00 p.m., the Green Energy Expo will feature more than 20 workshops and 40 exhibitors at this year's event.
A Workshop for Everyone
More than 20 educational workshops have been scheduled covering a variety of topics that offer something for all interests and experience levels. Homeowners interested in energy efficiency may want to attend:
- “Button Up Vermont” Workshop presented by a certified energy auditor
- Getting the Most Out of Your Pellet Stove, presented by Vermont Wood Pellet Company and Cornwall’s Energy Coordinator
- Making Your Home a Healthy and Enduring Place to Live, presented by Fred Lugano
- Living Off the Grid, presented by Paul Kenyon
Attendees researching or installing renewable energy systems in their homes or businesses will be interested in these topics:
- Generating Electricity with Photovoltaics, presented by Building Energy
- Geo-Thermal Power—It’s Right Under Your Feet!, presented by Spafford & Sons
- Solar Hot Water & Wind with Backup Systems, presented by Central Vermont Solar & Wind
New for 2010 is a focus on local agriculture and food production. Look for the Farmers' Corner featuring members of the Addison County Food Collaborative, several local farms, a poster display from Addison County’s Future Farmers. Attendees can attend several new workshops on food preparation, preservation and growing:
- Growing Nutrient Dense, Carbon Negative Foods with Biochar, presented by Biochar NE. There will also be a hands-on outdoor session on how to make biochar and apply it to your soil.
- Root Cellars & Food Storage Structures, presented by Whole Farm Services
- Four separate 45-minute sessions on cooking with local foods, such as unusual meats and local vegetables, preserves and jams, crème brulee and seasonal crepes.
For younger attendees there will be children’s activities 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 more than 40 exhibitors will demonstrate and display their products and services. Current exhibitors include A. Ginsburg Architects, A. Johnson Company, ACORN Renewable Energy Co-op, Addison County Regional Planning Commission, Addison County Solid Waste Management District, Addison County Transit Resources, Alderman’s Toyota, Alteris Renewables, Biomass Energy Resource Center, Bob-White Systems, Building Energy, Chittenden Bank, Countryside Carpet & Paint, Efficiency Vermont, Green Living Journal, Green Mountain Renewable Energy, IBEW Local #300, Independent Power LLC, Jean Terwilliger, Architect, The McKernon Group, Middlebury College Solar Decathlon, Middlebury Energy Committee, Middlebury Natural Foods Coop, National Bank of Middlebury, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, Patullo Consulting, Inc., r.k. MILES, Sandy’s Books & Bakery, Shaklee, Smith & McClain Design Build Contractors, Snyder Homes, Spafford and Sons Water Wells, Stark Mountain Woodworking, Ted Lylis Residential Energy Audits, Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Country Soap, Vermont Golden Harvest Biofuels, and Vermont Insulated Concrete Forms.
Raffle, Prizes and Local Food!
Country Home Products of Vergennes has donated a Neuton CE 6.2 rechargeable lawn mower to be raffled 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 square feet 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.
In addition, every exhibitor will be offering free door prizes. Eligibility and rules of the drawings are established by each exhibiting company.
Affordable, locally-produced food choices will be available from Zest Catering. Several of the local farms exhibiting in the Farmers’ Corner will be offering food samples as well. 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:
Children: $1 (under 12)
Getting to the Expo
Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to keep the event green by taking ACTR to the event. The fare-free Middlebury Shuttle Bus (MSB) will be on its regular Saturday schedule stopping twice an hour at MUHS beginning at just after 9:45 a.m. (heading south) and just before 10:00 a.m. (heading north) until 4:45 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. For a detailed schedule, please visit the Expo website or www.actr-vt.org.
Thank You to Event Sponsors
The Addison County Green Energy Expo would not be possible without the support of its generous sponsors. They include: Acorn Energy Co-op, Building Energy, Chittenden Bank, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, National Bank of Middlebury, r.k. MILES and Shaklee. Sponsors of the Farmers’ Corner include Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont and Organic Valley. Media and graphic design sponsors include: Addison Independent, The Image Farm, and 89.3 WMUD.
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 www.greenenergyexpo.biz.