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Panel Presentation I: Biggest Bang for the Buck: Solar Hot Water: 9:00 Bradford Academy Brett Tofel owns ReKnew Energy Systems, Inc. a family owned and operated solar energy company that works with residences in VT, NH, and MA to provide custom designed electric, solar heating, and solar hot water systems . The solar design and installation team has over 25 years of collective experience in the solar industry. www.reknew.net Howie Michaelson: Has been designing and installing renewable energy systems since 2002, and has lived offgrid for 12 years. He founded Sun Catcher in 2006, a renewable energy company which designs, installs and repairs residential and commercial systems in VT and NH. www.suncatchervt.com Brad Vietje owns Green Works Solar Store in Groton, VT, one of the 32 USA Solar Store locations . Brad designs and installs solar electric, solar heating and solar hot water systems, as well as providing consulting on renewable energy, conservation and efficiency measures, passive solar design, and green building practices. He is also a partner in a firm that provides design and engineering for zero energy buildings, and installs solar heating systems. www.greenworkssolarstore.com Energy Ball: Wind Generator: 9:00 Bradford Academy Be Green Solar, LLC (BGS) was founded in 2007 in response to a need for on-site maintenance of renewable energy systems. most especially for system components such as inverters, charge controllers, generator interface. BGS designs, installs and provides on-site maintenance support for solar, wind and micro-hydro renewable systems. John Hassell, president and founder of BGS, retired from the normal job market in 2007, after 45 years (including 23 years in the US Air Force) as a communications and renewable systems engineer.. He has created a large customer base for maintenance support and, yes, he makes house calls! www.begreensolar.com Toss the Toxins: Cleaning Naturally: 10:30 Bradford Academy Jessica Barber will take us through a list of common potentially harmful chemicals and how to reduce exposure. How to seek and use effective alternatives to cleaning, remodeling, building, furnishing and everyday use. Jessica Barber is Owner of Interiors Green in Bethlehem NH. www.interiorsgreen.com Panel Presentation II: Why Solar, Why Now? Solar Electricity: 10:30 Bradford Academy Brett Tofel, Howie Michaelson and Brad Vietje: See above for Bios. KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Fossil Fuel-Aholics Anonymous – A 12 Step Program to End the Addiction and Save the Planet. 12:45 Bradford Academy Patrick Parenteau, Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental and Natural Resoures Law Clinic at Vermont Law School Fashion on a Shoestring – 1:45 Bradford Academy Reduce, Reuse, Recycle will be exemplified in a fashion show of clothing from area thrift stores. Produced and presented by Oxbow High School students, this show will demonstrate that you don’t have to spend a fortune to look great. The Future of Energy: Using Technology: 2:20 Bradford Academy Introducing several alternative and sustainable energy technologies that will potentially offer economical energy solutions that do not rely on fossil fuels. The basic principles and practical application of these technologies will be discussed as well as the challenges that must be overcome to result in viable products. Brent Bartlett is the Engineering Manager at Turbo Solutions Engineering LLC. He has more than ten years of engineering experience, in both turbo machinery and industrial plasma cutting. At Turbo Solutions Engineering LLC, Brent performs aerodynamic and hydrodynamic design and analysis of components, and integrates components in com-plete models of fluid systems and thermodynamic cycles, many of which use sustainable energy sources such as wind, solar, and geothermal energy.
Life Beyond Oil: Transition Towns: 2:20 Bradford Academy The Transition movement is a vibrant, international, grassroots initiative that seeks to build sustainable community as we face the challenges of climate change, oil depletion, and economic instability. The heart of Transition is the belief that if we engage with enough imagination and ingenuity to unlock the collective genius of our communities, we can choose a future that is abundant, equitable and socially connected. Carl Etnier is director of Peak Oil Awareness in Montpelier, VT. He has worked with sustainability issues since the 1980s, with much of that time in sustainable water and wastewater treatment. In 2006, he turned his attention full time to educating people to prepare for peak oil. A founding member of Washington County’s Post-Carbon Sustainability Network and Transition Town Montpelier, Carl hosts two radio shows and writes in newspapers and a blog related to the transition to a lowenergy future. Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Practical Approaches To Insulating Your Home: 3:30 Bradford Academy Case studies and demonstrations that show how heat moves in a home, clues you can use to locate weak spots, the amount you might expect to save, and the products that you may use to improve the thermal shell of your home. Jon Haehnel is an energy auditor with specific expertise in insulation and air sealing. He has been testing and evaluating residential and commercial building envelopes from Maine to NY for the past 8 years. His business, Zero by Degrees specializes in infrared and airtightness testing for large complex buildings and provides energy audits, design support, and energy plans for all types of buildings. firstname.lastname@example.org www.insulation-guide.com How Wet Will it Get? Climate Change & Extreme Precipitation Events: 3:30 Bradford Academy Roger Hill has over 25 years of experience in forecasting the weather all over the country. He began his weather career in the US Army in Hawaii in 1973, then worked for the National Weather Service for over 10 years serving in Montana, the California Sierras, Cape Hatteras and upstate New York. In 1986, he moved to Vermont and has since consulted for a variety of clients from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra to the Grateful Dead to Thunder Road. Along with his accurate predictions, Roger is best known for explaining complicated weather phenomena in terms that anyone can understand. www.weatheringheights.com Good Times with Enzymes: Cheesemaking: 9:00 Methodist Church With Ron Langdon, a cheesemakers at the Robie Farm in Piermont . The Robie Farm produces five different styles of cheeses. Piermont is a semisoft Tomme; Toma and Gruyere are of the alpine family, Swaledale is a cloth bound cheddar type cheese, and Manch-vegas is what they call a Yankee-friendly, cow-milk version of the Spanish cheese Manchego. The Robie Farm owned and operated by Lee and Betty Sue Robie is a multi-generational, sixth-generation family farm that offers raw milk; whole, low fat, skim and heavy cream; natural beef, pork sausage; ice cream, freerange eggs, farmstead cheese, fresh produce, home-baked goods; and other local products ; Rt 10 Piermont, NH 03779 (603) 272-4872 email@example.com www.robiefarm.com Don’t Name Your Goats: Raising Goats: 9:00 Methodist Church Amy Cook will describe her efforts and successes in developing a meat goat herd. Her primary objective, however, will be to address the questions raised by participants about their own herd. Amy Cook has been a veterinarian at Stonecliff Animal Clinic in Bradford for the past 14 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1992 and completed her graduate degree at Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She and her family run a small farm in Bradford that provides almost all of the food for their table and all of the wood for their heat. Design, Plant, Cook: 10:30 Methodist Church Kitchen Gardens: Vegetable garden designs with European potager style, featuring ornamental edibles, culinary herbs, greens and aromatics. Learn how to start seeds, grow organic, and cook seasonal recipes. Ellen Ecker Ogden Vermont food and garden writer and author of five books, including the upcoming /The Complete Kitchen Garden Book/Co-founder of /The Cook’s Garden/ seed catalog and author of /From the Cook’s Garden/ cookbook. www.ellenogden.com
Straw, Clay, Sand, Stone, Wood: Cold Climate Building: 10:30 Methodist Church New Frameworks Natural Building is a collectively-owned natural building company based in Montpelier, VT. They are committed to creating ecological, durable, beautiful structures and finishes for clients, through a building process that is healthy for all involved, focusing on natural, local, low-impact materials such as straw, clay, sand, stone, and wood. They combine these elements to build straw bale, wood chip/clay, cob, and timber frame walls; to mix and apply natural, non-toxic paints and plasters; to install stone and tile installations; and to pour and set adobe floors. Ace McArleton has led workshops and taught classes locally and nationally on natural building as well as on issues of gender and access to the building trades, for both youth and adults. www. newframeworks.com Smells Like French Fries: Bio Diesel: 2:20 Methodist Church Learn how vegetable oil is converted into a fuel that can heat your home or run your car. Robert Kuhsel of White Mountain Biodiesel recycles waste oil from local restaurants and converts vegetable oils into a fuel that has many applications. For example, they supply the fuel for The Mount Washington Cog Railway. The locomotives that were burning a ton of coal per trip now use 18 gallons of bio-diesel instead. Grow More, Grow Longer: Extending The Growing Season & Putting The Garden To Rest: 2:20 Methodist Church How to extend the growing season into late October and November with greens and roots crops along with information on cold-frames and root cellars. The second part will focus on putting the garden to sleep with cover crops and compost. Please bring your gardening questions. Ron Krupp is the author of The Woodchuck’s Guide to Gardening, a Vermont organic gardening book, which received the Christian Science Monitor Garden Book of the Year award for New England. Ron has been the garden and farm commentator on Vermont Public Radio for the past 12 years. Can Bio Char Save the Planet?: Improving Soil Fertility With Biochar: 3:30 Methodist Church Gardeners and farmers know that successful food production begins with healthy soil Peter Hirst will describe how to make and apply biochar at home efficiently, responsibly, and safely. The process creates a fine-grained, highly porous charcoal that helps soils retain nutrients and water and improves water quality. More nutrients stay in the soil instead of leaching into groundwater and causing pollution. Peter Hirst is President and Chair of Biochar Northeast. His company, New England Biochar, offers finished biochar products, biochar production equipment and training and consulting services. firstname.lastname@example.org <http://newenglandbiochar. org/> Knitting Basics: 9:00 Bradford Library Jeanne Smith owns Bradford Yarn in Bradford, Vermont. She also works at Grafton County Nursing Home as an RN. www.bradfordyarn.com Rags to Riches: Extending The Life Of Your Clothing: 10:30 Bradford Library Conni Bryan of West Topsham is a life-long Vermonter, has been sewing for over 40 years and works as a home sewer. Quilting For Beginners: 2:20 Bradford Library Conni Bryan of West Topsham is a life-long Vermonter, has been sewing for over 40 years and works as a home seamstress. Gubernatorial Candidate’s Forum: 5:00 Bradford Academy – Vermont’s Energy Future
For Youth and Families:
Kid’s Craft Room: All Day Bradford Academy Solar Panels, Batteries & Circuits: 9:00 Aubuchon Building Jim McCracken, Bradford Elementary School (ages 8 – 12) Electricity & the Environment: 10.00 Aubuchon Building VT Energy Education Program (ages 8 – 12) Solar Challenge: 12:30 Aubuchon Building VT Energy Education Program (ages 8 – 12) Oxen Agility: During Morning Breaks & at 12:15 Kyle Boutin, Oxbow High School student and his awardwinning oxen will demonstrate their abilities in the parking lot across from the Bradford Academy
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ARC Mechanical Contractors- Kim Sager 229 Depot St., Bradford, VT 05033 email@example.com www. arcmech.com Be Green Solar °© John Hassell 459 Bradley Hill Rd. Benton, NH 03785 firstname.lastname@example.org Building Energy °© Brent Mellen_2458 Christian Street, Suite 101, White River Junction, VT 05001 buildingenergyvt.com Cookeville Composting - Robert Sandberg_Owner, Operator, 587 Abe Jacobs Rd, Corinth, Vt. 05039 Efficiency Vermont www.efficiencyvermont.com Green Mountain Geothermal °© James Ashley PO Box 222, West Danville, VT 05873 email@example.com www.vermontgeo.com Green Works Solar Store °© Brad Vietje 1334 Scott Memorial Highway, Groton, Vt. 05046 greensun@fairpoint. net www.greenworkssolarstore.com gro Solar °© Gaelan Brown 601 Old River Road, White River Jct., Vt. 05001 firstname.lastname@example.org www. grosolar.com Interiors Green °© Jessica Barber 2021 Main St., Bethlehem, NH 03574 email@example.com www. interiorsgreen.com New Creations °© Peggy Lydem 721 Village Rd, East Corinth, Vt. 05039 firstname.lastname@example.org New Frameworks Natural Building, LLC °© Ace McArleton 134 Barre St, Montpelier, VT 05602 info@
ReKnew Energy Systems, Inc. °© Brett Tofel 50 Cliff Street, South Royalton VT 05068 email@example.com www.reknew.net Roywood Masonry Heaters °© Royce Thompson1854 Fuller Rd, Newbury, Vt. 05051 firstname.lastname@example.org www.masonryheat.com The Sewing Studio °© Carolyn Cross 3-10 Eastern Ave. St Johnsbury, Vt. 05819 email@example.com www.sewingstudiovt.com Solartech °© Rich Nicol 754 Station Rd, Sutton, VT 05867 firstname.lastname@example.org www.solartechvt.com Solarium Arch Drywall °© Michael C Lehoe 916 Ducharme Rd., Marshfield, Vt. 05658 email@example.com Sun Catcher °© Howie Michaelson_1050 Lost Meadow Rd, Corinth, Vt. 05039 firstname.lastname@example.org www.suncatchervt.com Tarm Biomass 4 Britton Lane, P.O. Box 285, Lyme, NH 03768 email@example.com Two Rivers –Ottauquechee Regional Commission °© Chris Sargent_www.trorc.org Upper Valley Land Trust - Nora Doyle-Burr 19 Buck Rd., Hanover, NH 03755 firstname.lastname@example.org www.uvlt.org White Mountain Biodiesel °© Robert Kuhsel_35 Business Park Rd N. Haverhill, NH 03774 robertkuhsel@ yahoo.com www.whitemountainbiodiesel.com Wind Turbines of Vermont °© Dale Leroux 1369 Glover Rd Barton, VT 05822 windturbinesofvermont@comcast. net www.windturbinesofvermont.com Zero by Degrees °© Jon Haehnel 287 Fairview Square, Fairlee, VT 05045 email@example.com www.
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