September Solar and Sustainability Events
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September 19th – Wonder of Wood in Portland
With over 90% of Maine’s land covered by trees, the forest defines and directs our daily view of life. This one day expo brings together all those that have an appreciation of our great resource in the ‘Wonder of Wood’ fair. This event combines exhibits, workshops and informative displays and will be free to the public. This event is being held at the Sullivan Gym at USM Saturday September 19th from 10 am – 3 pm.
September 24th – Maine’s Energy Future Forum at Maine Audubon, Falmouth
Four panelists will discuss Maine’s Energy Future with emphasis on the “historic” LD 1485, An Act Regarding Maine’s Energy Future, passed in the last state legislative session. This event will be held at the Gilsland Farm and starts with breakfast and networking at 7:30am. Other pertinent energy legislation from last session also will be discussed.
The following four individuals, central in the formation of this legislation, will be the panelists: Senator Barry Hobbins, Senate Chair of the Utilities and Energy Committee, Senator Philip L. Bartlett II, Co-chair, Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Energy Future, Dylan Voorhees, Clean Energy and Global Warming Project Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Chris Jackson, Senior Governmental Affairs Specialist, Maine State Chamber of Commerce.
September 25th-27th – Common Ground Fair in Unity
If you love the coast of Maine, you won’t want to miss this show, where Tradition Meets Innovation. Celebrate Rural Living with MOFGA. Make connections with organic farmers in the state of Maine. See hundred of vendors, exhibitors and demonstrations; compete in various activities during this three day event.
September 29th – Fall Sustainability Festival in Standish
St. Joseph’s College of Maine’s newly formed “E-team” has decided to kick off the school year with a Fall Sustainability Festival. Organizations and businesses that promote sustainability will have booths set up and be available to answer questions. This event will be held rain or shine and is from 11am-2pm.
September 30th – Half Moon Seminar in Portland
This is a one day solar energy course for Architects, Engineers, and Contractors. Topics to cover include: solar photovoltaics, solar hot water systems, solar heating and cooling systems, economics of solar energy systems, and evaluating actual case studies. Fortunat Mueller and Bill Behrens, partners of ReVision Energy will be conducting the seminar.
For more information or to register for this event visit www.halfmoonseminars.com.
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) invites the public to visit local sustainable buildings across New England including Maine and New Hampshire to talk with energy-saving experts during the 2009 Green Buildings Open House on Saturday, October 3.
NESEA’s Green Buildings Open House, a part of the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour, is an opportunity to learn first-hand how to reduce heating costs, increase energy conservation, and even generate surplus clean energy. Private homes, businesses, nature centers and public buildings will be open for the public to tour.
One can ask questions and discover ways people are conserving energy, saving money and protecting the environment. Examples of what you may see on the Green Buildings Open House include passive solar heating and design, solar hot water collection and storage, radiant floor heating, the generation of electricity using photovoltaics (solar panels) or wind, use of energy-saving appliances and techniques (super-insulation and sealing air spaces), use of sustainable and healthy building materials, and the use of water-saving fixtures. A complete list of Green Buildings Open House host sites is available at www.nesea.org.
Use this list to plan a single visit or design your own tour of several local green buildings. Tours are to be self-guided; buildings can be viewed from 10am – 4pm. ReVision Energy will also post to its website homes that are participating on this year’s tour.
October 3rd – 2009 Conference “Cool Congress”, University of Maine Augusta
8:30am-4pm; The “Cool Congress” is an opportunity for Cool Teams, municipal leaders, energy committee member and citizens interested in getting involved in their Cool Community or starting one in their town to come together for a day of networking, workshops, and sharing of ideas & experiences. You can register the day of or online at Maine Partners for Cool Communities.
October 3rd-4th – Green Home and Living Show at the Portland Expo
Green Home & Living Shows exclusively feature the latest energy-saving, eco-friendly products, services and strategies. View more than 100 exhibitors that are leading the way to a smarter, more sustainable future, and who are eager to help your family live well and live wisely. Learn more here.