FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Jan. 31, 2012
CONTACT: Chris Mayer, Fulton Center for Sustainable Living
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3247
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – “Energy and You 2012 – Individual Choices, Global Impact,” a day-long workshop for home and business owners who want to learn how to reduce energy consumption and costs, will be held at Wilson College on Saturday, Feb. 11. The workshop, which will feature a keynote lecture, breakout sessions and a closing speaker, will be held in the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology.
Preregistration closes Feb. 7, but walk-in registrations will be taken from 8 to 9 a.m. the day of the workshop.
John Hanger, who served as Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection from 2008 to 2011, will deliver the keynote address, “America’s Energy Choice: The Truth and Nothing but the Truth,” at 9 a.m. Hanger is a nationally recognized expert on the environment, energy, gas drilling and green economy issues who has experience in government and the private sector.
Also a former commissioner of the state Public Utility Commission, Hanger was the founding president of Citizens of Pennsylvania’s Future, or PennFuture, the state’s leading public interest organization working to improve the environment and the economy.
The day’s other speaker will be Kristin Sullivan, who will give closing remarks at 3:15 p.m. Sullivan, a graduate of Gettysburg College and former energy analyst, is energy manager for the City of Philadelphia and directs the Philadelphia Solar City Partnership Program.
Breakout sessions will be held throughout the morning and afternoon. Participants will choose four from 10 available sessions on such topics as: saving with solar thermal energy systems, conducting home energy audits and how to use the results to reduce consumption, tapping wind energy and the basics of geothermal heating and cooling systems.
Breakout session topics include:
“Energy Pyramid: Start with Efficiency Before Investing in Energy Generation” — Dennis Buffington, Penn State University.
“Solar PV with Leasing Options” — Marcus Cullen, Renewable Energy Specialist, Envinity.
“The Energy Audit” — Jon Kautz, BPI Energy Auditor.
“The Real Estate Value of Solar Panels” — Michelle Liefke, Mtn. View Solar.
“An Energy Retrofit Case Study: The Mackey Home” — Wayne Mackey, green advocate.
“Getting Started with Solar Thermal” — Bill Mooney, Appalachian Energy Systems.
“Green Remodeling – More than Just a Color” — Michael Ryan, architect.
“Wind Energy in South Central PA” — St. Francis University.
“Insulation Pros and Cons” — Chet Shank, Thinking Green Systems Contracting Services.
“Geothermal Nuts and Bolts” — Tony Valente, Hagerstown Community College.
“Energy and You 2012” will also feature electric cars on display, educational exhibits and alternative energy vendors.
Admission with preregistration is $15 per household and $5 for students with identification; Wilson students get in free. Lunch is included with preregistrations taken by Feb. 7.
Walk-in registrations will be accepted, space permitting, the morning of the event at a cost of $25 per household.
Registration forms and a complete schedule with times and speakers can be found by visiting www.wilson.edu/energy.
The workshop is co-sponsored by Wilson’s Fulton Center for Sustainable Living and the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund. For more information, contact FCSL Program Manager Chris Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-264-4141, Ext. 3247.
Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2011-12 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 746 and includes 21 students from 10 foreign countries.
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