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Alison Pechenick <[log in to unmask]>
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Engineers Without Borders <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 26 Feb 2007 15:20:39 -0500
Hi everyone,

Sound like a nice activity for some of us to attend (second Saturday of
Spring Break)?

I know many of you received this in your cems mailboxes, so please
excuse the extra mailing in that case.



-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Building Local sustainalbe Energy Solutions - Saturday, March
17 Mt. Abraham HS
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 11:21:58 -0500
From: Dawn Densmore <[log in to unmask]>

*Announcing the 2007 Addison County Conservation Congress*

*Fueling Our Community:*

Building Local, Sustainable Energy Solutions

Saturday, March 17, 2007

9am - 3:30pm

Mount Abraham Union High School, Bristol

No pre-registration necessary

$10 donation suggested. Students $5. Lunch available for $7, benefiting
Future Farmers of America.

Energy issues are among the hottest topics in regional, national, and
international news. Join Vermont Family Forests, local organizations,
businesses, and community members for a lively day of
information-sharing on cultivating community-based, sustainable energy
solutions. Learn about local efforts to move beyond fossil fuels and
build energy self-sufficiency, and discuss ways to build on these successes.

Keynote speaker Scudder Parker, who brings years of experience in
energy efficiency and planning to our event, will provide the context
for the day’s discussions. Participants can then choose from six morning
concurrent sessions, largely focused on optimizing local energy
efficiency, led by an outstanding array of individuals who have donated
their time and expertise to this event.

During both morning and afternoon sessions, participants will have the
opportunity to discuss and tour Mount Abe’s new wood gasification
heating system. These sessions will be led by high school science
teacher Tom Tailer and Mount Abe students.

Following a lunch featuring locally grown foods prepared by Future
Farmers of America students, afternoon concurrent sessions will focus on
cultivating local energy sources. Ron Slabaugh of the Addison County
Relocalization Network will facilitate the closing session, during which
we’ll bring together the day’s learnings. It’s going to be a great day,
made possible by the generous support of the Fieldstone Foundation and
Vermont Community Foundation. We hope to see you there!

*Afternoon Concurrent Sessions*

· /Vermonters Making it Happen: Current Renewable Energy Sources in
Home and Office Use/

· /Agriculture-based Energy Sources/

· /Sustaining Forests as Wood Energy Demands Rise/

· /Sustainable Hydropower in VT: Back to the Future/

· /Mount// Abraham Union High School// Wood Gasification Heating
System: Tour and Discussion/

· /Screening of An Inconvenient Truth/

*Morning Concurrent Sessions *

· /Exploring Transportation Alternatives/

· /Improving Woodburning Efficiency/

· /Community Energy Planning/

· /Optimizing Home Energy Efficiency/

· /Mount// Abraham Union High School// Wood Gasification Heating
System: Tour and Discussion/

· /Confronting Global Climate Change/

* *

*Schedule of Events*

*9:00-9:30 *Registration, refreshments and circulate among exhibits**

*9:30-9:45 Welcome and Orientation—*David Brynn, Vermont Family Forests**

*9:45-10:30 Opening plenary session. Keynote Speaker—*Scudder Parker,
former Director of the Energy Efficiency Division of the Vermont
Department of Public Service and 2006 gubernatorial candidate.
/"Building the Structures for a Sustainable Future"/

*10:30-10:45 *Break and refreshments**

*10:45-12:15 morning concurrent sessions—*/Maximizing Efficiencies in
Energy Use and Production/**

*12:15-1:15 Lunch */(Localvore menu)/**

*1:15-2:45 afternoon concurrent sessions—*/Cultivating Alternative Local
Energy Sources/**

*2:45-3:00 *break and refreshments* *

*3:00-3:30 Closing Plenary Session—*Ron Slabaugh, Addison County
Relocalization Network


Addison County Localvores

Addison County Regional Planning


Addison County Relocalization Network

Addison County Transit Resources

Biomass Energy Resource Center

Bristol Recreation Hub Youth Group

Central Vermont Public Service

Conservation Commissions of Bristol,

        Ferrisburgh, Lincoln, Salisbury, and


Efficiency Vermont

Farm Bureau

Future Farmers of America

Green Mountain Power

Green Mountain Renewable Energy

Middlebury Area Global Warming

        Action Group

Middlebury Area Land Trust

Middlebury College

Mount Abraham Union High School

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Otter Creek Audubon

People for Less Pollution

The Climate Project

The Watershed Center

University of Vermont’s Rubenstein

       School of Natural Resources

       Green Forestry Education Initiative

Vermont Biofuels

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Fueling our community
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 11:47:00 -0500
From: TOM TAILER <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>

Dear dawn,
please let people at UVM and elsewhere know about this event.
It is open to the public and might interest some engineering types.

Alison Pechenick, Lecturer
Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences
351 Votey Hall
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405