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2011 Lectures and Workshops at the PA Renewable Energy Festival
Living Lectures
Social Justice
Green Building
Alternative Transportation / Vehicles on Display Workshops
All lectures,exhibitors, and demos will be included with admittance fee.
Some workshops will have sign-up requirements and  fees which will be posted with each workshop.

Renewable Energy Lectures
Refer to the [SCHEDULE] for times and location
  Fundamentals of Wind Energy
Jenny Heinzen - Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Fundamentals of Wind Energy will cover the basics of wind power and how it works. We'll cover upwind & downwind machines, vertical- and horizontal-axis machines, airfoils and number of blades, tower types and sizes, ratings of wind systems, interconnection and batteries, and energy output. www.midwestrenew.org
  Solar Site Evaluation and basic PV
Roy Butler - Four Winds Renewable Energy
Roy Butler, NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer®, NYSERDA eligible PV & Wind installer. Hands-on
experience with using a Solar Pathfinder and the Pathfinder Assistant software for performing solar site evaluations. We will also work with electrical test equipment on solar modules to observe the effects of shading on energy production.
  Small Wind Consumer Education
Roy Butler - Four Winds Renewable Energy
Roy will help consumers of small wind systems make a smart choice when purchasing their first wind turbine. Learn to spot scams and deceptive advertising.
  Roy Butler - Four Winds Renewable Energy
  Updates on Solar and Energy Efficiency initiatives in Harrisburg
Maureen Mulligan - Sustainable Futures Communications
Harrisburg has been a cauldron of activity around Marcellus Shale this year but what about other energy resources like solar and energy efficiency? For the sixth year, Maureen will provide an update on these other resources and how they are faring in Harrisburg policy circles and how Marcellus Shale, among other things has changed how solar and energy efficiency is viewed.
  Sunspace house heating
Nick Pine, Pine Associates
Nick Pine will describe how to solar heat a house and water using simple math and physics with an
inexpensive low-mass isolated-gain sunspace with site-built argon-inflated polycarbonate film double-glazed wall panels and a corrugated polycarbonate roof and some 2-watt motorized dampers with passive thermosyphoning warm air and a car radiator with a low-power fan and a large heat storage tank containing a 300' x 1" 13-gallon plastic pipe coil to preheat water for showers. As an electrical engineer, Nick often reminds people that solar heat can be 100 times less expensive than solar electricity, per peak watt, and that houses need about 4 times more heat energy than electrical energy.
  Dragon Husbandry: The Why and Wherefore of Biogas Systems
Melissa Miles - Permanent Future Institute
This presentation will begin with a discussion of the differences between the two biological pathways for reuse of organic materials: aerobic composting & anaerobic digestion, their respective places in nature and their potential for advancing sustainability. Learn about the materials appropriate for digestion; how to "feed" & care for digesters; uses for biogas & nutrient-rich digester effluents; and various designs in the US & around the world. We will explore some of the benefits and possibilities for symbiotically integrating digesters with greenhouses & other production systems. http://www.permanentfuture.com/
  Ron Celentano - Celentano Energy Services
CelentanoR@aol.com http://www.energywisepa.org/contractor/celentano-energy-services
  Ron Celentano - Celentano Energy Services
CelentanoR@aol.com http://www.energywisepa.org/contractor/celentano-energy-services
  PV and National Electrical Code
Bruce Hankins
- IBEW redchiliboy1@gmail.com
The National Electrical Code has an entire section devoted to the safe installation of photovoltaics.
Bruce Hankins, master electrician with 30 plus years experience and IBEW solar instructor, will outline the code as it applies to a residential photovoltaic installation.
  Electrical Grounding and Solar PV Systems
Bruce Hankins - IBEW
Bruce will give an overview of grounding and wiring requirements in the National Electrical Code for
residential and small commercial photovoltaic installations.
  Annual Passive Solar Storage for Homes or Whatever
Vertis Bream - Self-Sufficiency Consultant

Designing and building structures such as homes, solar greenhouses, food storage, animal shelters using the principles of annual passive solar storage. This is in contrast to the traditional approach using daily passive solar which has inherent built in problems; such as ...cloudy weather, climate change; temperature control (ie: late afternoon overheating), etc.. We use mass and the earth's flywheel effect to our advantage.

Environmental/Social Justice Lectures
Refer to the [SCHEDULE] for times and location
  Adam Garber - PennEnvironment
  Claire Holzner holzner@fastmail.fm
  Marcellus Shale Hype: Seeing Past the Spin, Karen Feridun - Berks Gas Truth
The natural gas industry has spent millions on promoting unconventional natural gas drilling of the
Marcellus Shale. Industry leaders, politicians, and policy makers speak in talking points telling us that drilling is safe, that it's great for the economy, that they're drilling responsibly, and that natural
gas is the energy solution for many years to come. We'll look at analyses, scientific studies, and
reports to find the truth behind the hype. www.gastruth.org
  An overview of Pennsylvania’s clean energy markets
Tanya Dierolf - Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture)
Join a member of PennFuture’s outreach staff for an overview of Pennsylvania’s clean energy markets. Learn more about our energy sources and what citizens can do to support the solar, wind and renewable industries. www.pennfuture.org
  Moving pennsylvania beyond coal: why and how we must move to a sustainable energy future, Jeff Schmidt - Sierra Club jeff.schmidt@sierraclub.org
Pennsylvania is home to the most polluting coal-fired power plant in the u.s. The commonwealth generates more carbon dioxide from its power plants than 47 other states, making us a major contributor to climate change. Mining operations are devasting communities and water supplies.this workshop will discuss the dangers of continuing to depend on dirty fossil fuels and how we can chart a course to a sustainable energy future www.pennsylvania.sierraclub.org
  Don't Nuke the Climate!, Mike Ewall - Action PA catalyst@actionpa.org
As fallout from the Fukushima meltdowns continues to blanket the U.S., those of us in Pennsylvania live with the second highest number of nuclear reactors of any U.S. state. Not only do we live among the radioactive fallout from two meltdowns in Pennsylvania's history, but we face new dangers as our reactors grow old but continue operating, and as new ones are proposed. The Obama (and potential Romney) administrations are committed to continuing to throw billions of our tax dollars are the nuclear industry -- money that could transition us away from dangerous energy sources. This workshop will cover the cradle-to-grave of nuclear power and let you know how you can join the anti-nuclear movement. http://www.energyjustice.net/
  How to Overthrow Corporate Rule in 5 Not-so-easy Steps, Mike Ewall - Action PA
Corporations run our government, our media, our schools and ourselves. Corporations have more rights than citizens, but it hasn't always been this way. The U.S. Supreme Court has been paving the way for corporations to buy our politicians without limit and is in the process of trashing tools we can use to preserve democracy. This workshop outlines specific methods to democratize and de-corporatize our communities and society. http://www.energyjustice.net/
  Milk Does Nobody Good, Mike Ewall - Action PA catalyst@actionpa.org
Milk doesn't prevent osteoporosis, it causes it. Milk also causes cancers and other health problems.Even organic milk comes contaminated with highly toxic dioxins, radioactive pollution and growth hormones that are strongly linked to breast, colon and prostate cancers. It also supports the cruel veal industry. Learn the truth about milk and dairy products and how to live without them. http://www.energyjustice.net/
  Alex Lotorto - Fracking U
  The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, Michael Mann
A central figure in the controversy over human-caused climate change has been “The Hockey Stick,” a simple, easy-to-understand graph my colleagues and I constructed to depict changes in Earth’s temperature back to 1000 AD. I will tell the story behind the Hockey Stick, using it as a vehicle for exploring the industry-funded campaign to deny the reality of climate change and the threat it represents.
  Natural Undertaking, Penny Rhoads pennyrho@aol.com
Home Funerals and Green Burial -- after death care with the family and planet in mind.
This talk will describe the continuum of choices for those families who want to be more intimately
involved in the after-death care of a loved one, and those considering green burial. Who, and why? We will talk about the legal, practical and soulful issues involved. www.naturalundertaking.org
  Green Burials, Mark Harris
  Reducing Your Carbon Footprint, Lisa Alexander - Green Life, Inc greeninc@ptd.net
What is Carbon Footprint, How do You measure it, Easy & Simple ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint & Save Money too. www.LiveBetterLiveGreen.com

Sustainable Living Lectures
Refer to the [SCHEDULE] for times and location
  Towards a Permanant Culture: Tips and Tools for Effective Group Dynamics
Liz Lynch - Three Sisters Farm
We all understand the problems of the world and even most of the solutions. The area where we generally get stuck is in how we work with each other to implement these solutions. During this session, learn some helpful tips on how to work more effectively with a group of people to efficiently accomplish clear goals while remaining friends and not getting burned out. Learn how to create more personal freedom and empowerment for members of your group while increasing group cohesion and individual accountability to the group. www.bioshelter.com
  Making your resources work for you: Experiences in raising pastured livestock
Jodi Torock - Penn State Extension, Northampton County
With the continual increasing costs of grain and demand for healthy, natural foods, farmers and farm dreamers are putting their pasture resources to work raising grass-based or all grass diets to raise and finish their livestock. Best practices and experiences raising grass-fed beef, pork, and lamb will be shared. http://extension.psu.edu/start-farming
  Meat’s Not Green What you eat has a greater impact on your carbon footprint than what you drive. Claire Holzner - Juniata Valley Vegetarian Society holzner@fastmail.fm
Claire Holzner of the Juniata Valley Vegetarian Society will describe the environmental impacts of animal agriculture, and offer motivation, advice, and recipes to help you reduce meat consumption and eat more sustainably.

Bioshelter Design and Management- Lessons Learned in 25 years of solar greenhouse operation, Darrell Frey - Three Sisters Farm defrey@bioshelter.com
This presentation will explore the design and management of the bioshelter at Three Sisters Permaculture Farm, a 5 acre market garden farm in north western Pennsylvania. Darrell Frey will describe the passive and active solar design of the ecologically managed greenhouse and examine lessons learned in over 20 years of operation. www.bioshelter.com


Serious Scrounging, Jim Juczak - Woodhenge Self Reliance Campus jsjuczak@gisco.net
Life's necessities and luxuries are available for free or nearly free if you just know where to look.
Homes, vehicles, food, clothing, entertainment and more are available in some obvious and not so obvious places. Jim will take you through these places... http://woodhenge.org/


Mortgage Free, Jim Juczak - Woodhenge Self Reliance Campus jsjuczak@gisco.net
Learn how to have a home without ever taking out a mortgage. Strategies for land acquisition, temporary shelters, scrounging materials, and building techniques will be discussed. http://woodhenge.org/

  BOKASHI COMPOSTING: compost meat, dairy and other materials, indoors (odor and pest-free!), Melissa Miles - Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild freethought01@mac.com
BOKASHI, a Japanese term meaning fermented organic matter, uses a selected group of microorganisms to anaerobically ferment organic waste (including meat, fish, dairy products ...). Bokashi uses a "closed system" to process food scraps, it is insect and odor-free --making it particularly well suited for use indoors in cold weather months, for apartment dwellers and in business settings. http://www.meetup.com/permie/
  Robyn Jasko - robyn@goindie.com
  Joe Judge - Composting
  Sara Moore - info@ju-jumonkey.com
  Intentional Communities, Bill Hartzell - Hundredfold Farm rhubarb@embarqmail.com
  Biochar Talk and Demo, Dale Hendricks dale@greenlightplants.com
  Go Wild! Get Certified!, Gloria Day - Pretty Dirty Ladies Inc. gloria@prettydirtyladies.com
Creating a certified wildlife habitat in your backyard requires just four simple steps: food, water, cover and a place to raise young. Learn how to successfully design or renovate your landscape, large or small, to qualify. Establish and maintain a sustainable garden for year-round interest with the addition of native plants and habitats. Watch your garden come alive!
  Chicken Whispering: Know the Chicken You Never Knew
Patricia Foreman - City Chicks
There are ways to handle and communicate with chickens that can result in trust, gentleness and even an emotional bond. But first you must learn how a chicken thinks, and prefers to be treated. It’s sometimes not what you think. Some birds can even be trained to serve as therapy chickens and class room assistants. Learn the basics of chicken whispering in this cutting edge seminar.
  Home healthcare for chickens, Patricia Foreman - City Chicks Pat@GoodEarthPublications.com


Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3PM at Main Stage:
"Parade of Electric & Alternative Fueled Vehicles"

Production Electric Vehicles
Electric Tesla Roadster
owned by Don Auker
Michael Craner is Driving
America Green in an electric
Tesla Roadster

Chevrolet Volt
electric series hybrid

Electrica Electric Production Car

Don Young uses the
GE Elec-Trak electric
tractor to make a greener lawn

Vectrix electric
motor cycle

US ElectriCar version of
Chevrolet Geo Prism,
courtesy of Jo Ann and Bob,
Green Road, Inc.
Jet Industries
Electrica 007

courtesy of
Jonathan and Bonnie Belak
PA Electrics

Gas Vehicles Converted to Electric

Electric VW Vanagon
by Bucks County Renewables
Honda Insight hybrid converted
to all electric, owned by
Val Bertoia

Honda Civic electric
conversion by Don Young

Saab 96-V converted to
electric by Brandon Hollinger

Mazda Miata, conversion by Brandon Hollinger
VW Rabbit Pickup
electric converted by Al Arrison

Mazda electric converted by Sherman Cox

Hyundai Tiburon, converted by Douglas A. Stansfield

Ford Ranger electric

converted by Bob Young

Allis-Chalmers G electric cultivating farm tractor
converted by Jim Coates,
Electric Tractor Store

Hybrid Vehicles

Toyota’s Prius Plug-in hybrid test vehicle

1958 Berkeley converted to
two-mode Plug-in Hybrid
Electric by Penn State

Toyota Highlander
gas-electric hybrid

Toyota Camry

Hydrogen Vehicles

GM Equinox fuel cell vehicle

Air Products hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

Gas Vehicles Running on Vegetable Oil

Volvo diesel converted to run on waste
vegetable oil by Matt Keller


converted by Jim Juczak

VW Jetta
courtesy of Anna Digate, MAREA

courtesy of Jennifer Ferencz-Barato

Human Powered
Specialty Bikes from Bike Man, Bob Swaim

Transportation Lectures
Refer to the [SCHEDULE] for times and location
T1 Electric Cars: Vehicles of the Future On the Roads Today - Jenny Isaacs, Bucks County Renewables www.buckscountyrenewables.com
The history and advantages of electric vehicles, along with an overview of EV-related events and resources in Eastern PA and Central NJ will be presented by Isaacs, who started Bucks County Renewables in 2006 to promote electric vehicles and help reduce U.S. dependence on fossil fuels.
T2 The 21st Century Automotive Challenge - Joel R. Anstrom, PhD, Director of the Hybrid and Hydrogen Vehicle Research Laboratory, Thomas D. Larson Transportation Institute, Penn State University.
Imagine you owned a solar home and alternative fuel or pluggable vehicle. What car would you chose and how would you plan charging and driving for best fuel efficiency during a day of errands or local travel? This premise motivates the 21st Century Automotive Challenge hosted at Penn State for teams with production and prototype vehicles.
T3 An Introduction to Converting Your Diesel to Veggie power
An introductory exploration of how you can convert your diesel vehicle to run on waste fryer oil and sustainable plant oils. Learn about the different bio-fuels, what vehicles work well, the conversion process and obtaining fuels for your vegetable oil powered vehicle.

Researching Down the Road - Joel R. Anstrom, PhD, Director of the Hybrid and Hydrogen Vehicle Research Laboratory, Thomas D. Larson Transportation Institute, Penn State University.
An important part of future vehicle technology is not just what kind of power you put under the hood. It also involves how you use that transportation and how the energy stored in your vehicle is allocated for other duties, like mitigating peak energy demand for the grid. Penn State has multiple research initiatives to discover how we can best meet our future transportation needs. Dr. Anstrom discusses Penn State’s research into hybrid technology, Vehicle to Grid (V2G) transportation and other topics that clarify our future down the road.

T5 Production Electric Vehicles – Panel
Volume produced electric vehicles are finally starting to arrive. Learn about these new vehicles, such as the Tesla, Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Volt and others manufactured originally as electric vehicles that are now being made “available” to you. Learn from EV-neers about how they were able to acquire their vehicles and their experiences with them. Will your next car be electric?
T6 Electric Tractors: Converting the Allis Chalmers “G” – Jim Coate, Free Range Electric, The Electric Tractor Store
Cars aren’t the only vehicles going electric. You can clean up the farm just like you can clean up the road with clean electric power. Jim Coate, a converter of all kinds of vehicles to electric who also distributes and services commercial electric tractors, shares his latest conversion, the venerable Allis Chalmers “G” cultivating farm tractor to all electric. Learn about Jim’s conversion as well as lots of valuable information about electric tractors past and present.
T7 The EV or the EVES? Which comes first? – Douglas A. Stansfield, EVEnergyStations
You have heard the old question "which came first the chicken or the egg?" Is the Electric Vehicle going to be a big seller before there are public EV Charging Stations? Ever wonder what it would take to get public EV Charging to public places near you? Come to this presentation and find out what you can do to be part of the EV solution.
T8 Introducing Alternative Transportation – Philip Jones, MAREA
It looks like it is finally beginning to happen. For 90 years the gasoline powered automobile has dominated the vehicle market and come to dominate all other forms of transportation. More recently, with the threat of dwindling gasoline supplies and acknowledgement of its environmental impact, the role of the gasoline vehicle has come under question. Alternative power and alternative fuels have been gradually gaining traction while the electric car might really be taking off. Consider the alternatives with this overview of alternative vehicles and transportation along with an introduction to what alternatives we are presenting at the Renewable Energy Festival.
T9 Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV) Demonstration Program – Chris Peterson, Toyota Hybrid Training Specialist
The Prius is one of the most ideal vehicles to extend into a plug-in version that operates more with battery power and less with gasoline, providing the flexibility of the hybrid with the environmental benefits of electric power. Toyota has developed a plug-in version of the 2010 Prius that uses Lithium-ion batteries in place of the Nickel Metal Hydride and developed new software and systems to allow the Prius to be plugged in and charged. To be successful with a new technology requires lots of real driving experience and consumer education to ensure market readiness. Chris will explain the Prius Plug-in Hybrid and Toyota’s program to introduce it. Chris also talks about other models of the Prius being introduced to expand the options of the world’s most popular and efficient hybrid.
T10 Hydrogen, the Fuel of the Future, Available Today – Donald P. Bucci, Air Products
We talk about hydrogen as a future fuel, but it is already taking hold today. There are multiple paths and multiple components to a hydrogen transportation system, some of which are happening right now and some of which will come with new developments. Don Bucci, one of the architects of the coming age of hydrogen, provides both important information and a demonstration of how hydrogen is made and how it powers fuel cells in a lab as well as how hydrogen cells run a full size automobile, the GM fuel cell powered Equinox test vehicle on display and in operation at our festival.
T11 The Driving Clinic - Techniques to Improve Your Gas (or Electric) Mileage
Want to improve your mileage but can’t or won’t get a more efficient vehicle? You can do better with the one you have, no matter what vehicle you drive using the techniques you will learn in this presentation. Jesse will also comment on which vehicles provide the best efficiency, reliability and performance.
T12 Converting a Volvo diesel to run on Vegetable Oil – R. Matthew Keller
Matt shares his experiences converting his diesel Volvo 245 Station Wagon to run on vegetable oil – why he did it, what issues he ran into and how it has worked out. Matt will complete his presentation with a tour inside his converted car.
T13 The Renew America Roadtrip - Michael L. Craner, co-founder, Renew America Roadtrip™
Solar power doesn’t just help in developed countries. Michael talks about his latest “Ride Solar” charity event to support a solar installation in Haiti. Michael started America's first volunteer green, charity drive in an all-electric sports car - a Tesla Motor's Roadster, powered by solar. Through photos, videos, anecdotes and diagrams, this presentation speaks to what motivated the cross-country roadtrip and subsequent green charity initiatives and campaigns like the Ride Solar. Michael will go on to present the economics of solar in PA, NJ, MD and then demonstrate the pioneering Tesla Roadster.
T14 The Best Gasoline Powered Cars for the Environment – Jesse Rudavsky
There are many high mileage and lower-emission gasoline powered vehicles that can improve your environmental footprint. Learn the differences in fuel ratings and how to compare models to maximize your efficiency and reduce your impact. Also, learn about the options and discuss the pros and cons of different hybrid cars for your particular needs.
T15 Alternative Transportation – A Recap – Panel
Several alternative transportation technologies were presented or demonstrated at the Renewable Energy festival. Review the pros, cons and forecast for each in a brief presentation followed by a forum to discuss technologies of interest and what next steps you can take to reduce your transportation environmental footprint and realize your alternative transportation dream.
T16 Experiencing Three Years of Car-Free Living Scott Slingerland, PE, LCI CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation
Scott shares his personal experiences living without a car for three years - motivated by the desire to live more efficiently at a higher quality of life. What are the benefits and drawbacks of living car-free in today's world? What options and steps are useful and practical to balance your personal transportation portfolio?
T17 PA's 1st Plug-in Hybrid School Bus - Meghan Ochs
Transportation Seminars
TS1 Converting your Vehicle to Electric, A Detailed Seminar - Jenny Isaacs, Bucks County Renewables www.buckscountyrenewables.com
Thousands of home hobbyists have successfully converted gasoline-powered vehicles to battery-electric operation, running off the local grid or from clean, renewable energy. Gain an overview of the process of building your own quiet, environmentally sound EV, including system options and conversion steps. Includes a Q&A session with a panel of EV owners, giving the opportunity to hear about a range of real-world experiences.
This 3-hour seminar has an additional entry charge of $15 for attendees.
  The Driving Clinic with Jesse Rudavsky
near the Transportation Tent entrance (Sat, Sun only)

Refer to the [SCHEDULE] for times and location
G1 Outside the Green Home - Principles of a Sustainable Landscape -
Lincoln Smith (202) 834-9188
Manage your landscape ecosystem! Ecosystems around the world benefit from your green home; your landscape is where you get to watch an ecosystem unfold, with you as a participant! In this presentation, we'll talk about landscape design for water quality, sustainable materials for hardscapes, hardy and beautiful native plants, and the wonders of soil. How can a landscape form the best habitat for wildlife and people? Lincoln Smith worked as a residential landscape designer for 5 years in Annapolis, MD, and will explore this question with photos and lessons learned from recent projects.
G2 Timber Frame Construction - Jeff Baum, Baum Construction
Learn the basics of timber frame construction. We will go over construction technique and general designs. The talk will also teach the “green” benefits of timber framing such as: usage of products and the high value of energy efficiency when coupled with Super Insulated Panels (SIP).
G3 Passive Solar - Dan Brown, MAREA
Explore some of the basic concepts of passive solar design. We will look at the different concepts that are use with success. At the same time there have been a lot of poor passive solar designs. The talk will look at what has worked and not worked. You will come away with clearer reasoning about passive solar design.
G4 Energy Independence - Dan Brown, MAREA, Passive solar design and energy efficiency consultant.
Concern for your environment, a desire to take responsibility for your home energy use, and thoughts about a future energy crisis: These are reasons we seek energy independence. Full of tips on how to conserve regarding heating/cooling and electrical use, this talk keeps cost effectiveness in mind and gives you a starting point for achieving energy independence.
G5 Masonry heaters: A Traditional Way of Heating with Wood - Brian Klipfel
Masonry heaters have the ability to store a large amount of heat. This means that you can rapidly burn a large charge of wood without overheating your house. The heat is stored in the masonry thermal mass, and then slowly radiates into your house for the next 18 to 24 hours. If you need even a very small amount of heat, such as between seasons when you simply want to take off the chill, you simply burn a smaller fuel charge–yet you still burn it quickly. The large surface is never too hot to touch. You have a premium radiant heating system with a comfort level that simply cannot be equaled by convection or forced air systems.
G6 We're Already There! Hundredfold Farm - Joel Platkin
Hundredfold Farm Eco-Housing in Orrtanna, PA is 100% solar: Passive, PV, and hot water. We recycle all of our wastewater into gray water. Pedestrian friendly design to foster interaction. Come hear about a community that was built green to stay green. We’ve got four years experience living sustainably, and the data to show it. Joel Plotkin is a resident of Hundredfold Farm Eco-Housing. www.hundredfoldfarm.org
G7 Cost Effective Ways to be Sustainable in Design: What
make sense? What doesn't? Why?
- Bruce Christman bruce@designworksarchitects.com
This presentation will focus on cost effective ways to retro fit existing buildings & homes to increase energy efficiency and to conserve resources. This approach has been successful on several commercial and residential projects. www.designworksarchitects.com
G8 Overview of Natural Building Techniques - Darren Port
Learn about Natural building Techniques in this lecture. Some Techniques have been around for many centuries and some are new. If you noticed we used the word “Natural” and not the word “Green” in the title.
G9 Design the most energy efficient house on the spot. - MAREA
We have gathered a fun group of experts form PA, NJ and NY to design a house during the presentation. The Panel has not talked with each other before the presentation; it will all be “Live.” Come and watch this entertaining panel come to some building conclusion. They could also use help from the audience in this quick design process. Who Knows, maybe you could walk away with the best plans every made.
G10 Old Building Practices Now - Jesse Pellman, Longview Structures LLC,
Re-capture the attainability of sustainability by looking back and re-instating the common sense, the simple, and the conscientious lifestyle & building practices of yesterday to push true & real change for today & tomorrow. We will look into local sourcing, smart framing, consumption, disposal and other building science specifics.
G11 Introduction to Strawbale Home Building - Darren Molnar-Port
No pig jokes, please!
Learn about building with locally available, minimally-processed materials to create beautiful, energy-efficient homes that are healthy for people and the planet. We will discuss: The history of strawbale building; Why build with straw? What is straw and what are its building qualities? Understanding straw bale principles; The planning stages; The building stages; Concluding with a photographic exploration of strawbale homes around the world.
Experience how easy it is to stack bales into walls, and learn the basics of straw-bale building (time permitting).
G12 Introduction to Green Building Materials - Darren Molnar-Port
Which has higher carbon footprint and more embodied energy a bottle of wine from France or a bottle from Napa?
Using green materials and products promotes conservation of resources and assists in reducing harmful environmental impacts. Participants in this session will be introduced to one of the main components of green building “Resource Efficiency.” Topics include: Life Cycle Analysis; Reduced material use; Durability; Rapidly renewable, natural and recycled content materials; Recycling construction waste; Embodied Energy of materials; Local and Salvaged Materials; Certified Wood; and Construction Waste Management. Many green materials samples will be available to illustrate the topics above.
Mr. Molnar-Port provides technical assistance and policy recommendations on energy efficiency, green building and greenhouse gas reduction to state government and other public and private entities. Mr. Port has taught classes and lectured nationally on Green Building, Environmental Public Policy and Affordable Housing. As the former (2000-2007) Founding Director of the New Jersey Green Homes Office Darren was responsible for creating the multiple award winning New Jersey Affordable Green Program, which produced nearly five thousand units of green high performance affordable housing. Mr. Molnar-Port is a recognized advocate of Natural Building techniques and has taught Strawbale Construction throughout the United States. Darren is LEED Accredited and Green Advantage Residential certified.
G13 Home Made Inventions (DIY Corner) presented by MAREA
Come and see and here about home made contraptions that various homeowners made themselves. This can be a homemade solar air heater, oven, wind turbine or whole house heater. It can even be about outside the home in the garden /yard/farm: chicken tractor, water barrel, hoop house, water heather. pump. No limitations on imagination. You are sure to be inspired to make your own low cost contraption.
G14 Ground Source Heating and Cooling - Laurie Drebitko – Marks & Alex Bodian
Ground Source heating and cooling, also called geothermal heating and cooling, is an environmentally friendly and economical way to provide heating, cooling, and domestic hot water for your home. The information session will discuss how the system works, the different types of systems, why the systems are the best option for heating and cooling, how they benefit the homeowner, and how they benefit the environment. The session will compare the costs of running the systems to those of running traditional systems, as well as discuss tax incentives for installing a system. naturalenergysolutionsllc.com
G15 Sustainable Urban Development - Christopher Scappaticci christopher@designworksarchitects.com
According to a recent UN survey more than 60% of the world's population lives in urban areas. As our cities continue to grow, we need to find a model for sustainable urban development. This presentation will discuss some of the strategies for developing and re-developing our aging urban centers including integrated, mixed-use programing and zoning, and urban agriculture. www.designworksarchitects.com


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