Solar Energy International (SEI) is offering workshops on the practical use of solar, wind, and water power. The 1994 Renewable Energy Education Program (REEP) features one and two week workshops: Solar Home Design Principles, Alternative Building Technologies & Passive Solar, Women's Basic Carpentry, Solar Water Pumping, PV Design & Installation, Advanced PV, Solar Cooking, Drying & Water Distilling, micro-hydroelectric systems, alternative transportation & EV Conversions, Hydrogen Energy. Guest speakers and professional instructors will teach the design of state-of-the-art solar homes that are self-reliant, energy efficient, healthy to live in, and earth-friendly. Participants will learn the knowledge and skills to build energy independent homes with solar, wind, and water power. The series is for owner-builders, industry technicians, business owners, career seekers, and those working in developing countries. The workshops may be taken individually or as part of a program. The cost is $400 per week. Scholarships and work/study programs are available on a limited basis. Contact: Solar Energy International, PO Box 715, Carbondale, CO 81623-0715 or call 303963-8855.
The Crestone Energy Fair will be September 10-11, 1994. The usual fun — great solar-powered music, delicious solar baked food, and the gathering of the solar tribe for council. Contact Kenny Dessain, Turtle Island Peace Camp, PO Box 222, Crestone, CO 81131.
The 3rd Annual Boulder "New Renaissance" Festival will be held Sept. 3-5, 1994 in Boulder, Colorado. A future oriented community event whose focus is on creativity, art, education , health and wellness, and a strong emphasis on the environment and appropriate technology. This year's festival will spotlight technology for building a sustainable society with expanded emphasis on renewable energy. TIMEWEAVE, the educational non-profit group producing the festival, is working with Citizens for Clean Energy to design the Solar Electric Carnival, an interactive educational exposition of renewable energy technology. After the 1994 Festival this display will become a mobile educational exhibit, available for schools and other public events. Planned events also include media and policy maker's days for EVs, an electrathon race, a 10K WalkAbout# and a hybrid electric/HPV challenge. The Festival is seeking participation from individuals, groups and industry. To participate or exhibit, contact Steve Clark, TIMEWEAVE/BNRF '94, PO Box 348, Boulder, CO 80306-0348 • 303-939-8463
"Solar Systems Made Simple" June 25, Canon City, CO is a one day class designed for those living in a home powered by solar electricity, or those who plan to have their own system. The class covers all of the basics starting with basic electric terms and covering system design and sizing, and what appliances to use in an off-grid home.The day ends reviewing how to maintain and troubleshoot your system. The class takes a "Whole Home Approach", from space heating to water pumping and designing a system that will fit your life!. Cost is $30 ($10 pre-registration deposit required), $45 for two people from same family. Classes run from 9 AM to 4 AM. 800-784-3603
The Freedom Festival, Sunday July 3, 1994, is an event featuring great music and entertainment as well as providing an informal venue for inspirational, educational, alternative energy exhibits (solar, bio-mass, photovoltaics, new construction materials, etc.), alternative health care and healing arts, arts & crafts, good food, featured speakers, fun and educational activities for children and adults of all ages. The event will be located along the grassy banks of the Colorado & Roaring Forks Rivers at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs, CO For more information contact: Freedom Festival PO Box 1326, Carbondale, CO 81623, 303-963-2285
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Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.