Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair Aug. 7-8

From press release

OREGON, Ill.—The Ninth Annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair will be Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-8, at Ogle County Fairgrounds near Oregon, Ill. More than 100 exhibitors and 60 workshops will be included.

Following are the major speakers for the fair:

→ Howard Latin, professor, Rutgers Law School, Newark, N.J: “International negotiations stalemate on global warming,” noon-1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7. Developing countries are reluctant to cut their carbon emissions to combat global warming. They feel developed countries should cut theirs instead since they made the greatest contribution. However, developing countries will be most adversely affected by global warming. Latin spent more than a month in India discussing climate change with policy leaders.

William Miller, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee: “Testing energy efficiency of building materials and designs,” noon-1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8. Four energy-efficient homes built with new materials and designs are being tested for energy use reduction. The goal is a 50 percent reduction in energy use. The best portfolio of materials and construction techniques will be used to develop a computer model to predict performance across the U.S. Dr. Miller is a senior research engineer working in the Building Envelopes Program of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Dave Rollo, Bloomington, Ind.: “Peak oil: the community response on reaching a fundamental ecological limit,” 2:30-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7. Peak oil poses a critical turning point for society. Because oil is a finite, non-renewable resource, a worldwide decline in production is inevitable. Many ways exist to meet this challenge. What are the obstacles, opportunities and the role of local community efforts? Rollo is the city council representative and chairman of the City of Bloomington Peak Oil Task Force.

Nearly 60 additional speakers will fill out the program of six concurrent speakers each hour for both days. Renewable energy installations, government programs, do-it-yourself workshops and personal experiences will be addressed. Many new topics will also be offered, including the following: home efficiency improvements; “new,” yet ancient, building techniques; growing and preserving vegetables; handicrafts; and finding green careers.

More than 100 exhibitors will address the many aspects of renewable energy and sustainable lifestyles. There’s something for everyone—from technology experts to seekers for natural home products.

The fair is an opportunity to meet others with similar interests and enjoy informed conversation. Visitors may chat with PV, wind, geothermal, biomass and other renewable energy installers.

Energy-efficient transportation options will be presented. Natural living products, native plants and crafts will be for sale. Events for children—including making solar ovens and building with cob—as well as camping and a variety of foods, are available, making it a family-friendly event.

Field trips to selected energy-efficient homes will be offered Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Major sponsors are The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, The Rock River Times, ComEd and Clean Line Energy Partners.

The workshop schedule, exhibitors, field trips, sponsors and special events are posted on the Illinois Renewable Energy Association’s Web site,

From the July 21-27, 2010 issue

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