Earth Day 2002
- Hello all,
Every time I go to Enron's "Earth" Day Concert, I grind my teeth at the
lack of environmental management that goes into planning and executing the
event. I always wished I could do it better. And then I realized that I
have an opportunity to do so. I'm a staff member at Rice University and am
in contact with most of the environmentally-minded folks on campus so I
figured that if I start planning now, we could pull off an Rice Earthday
Concert, featuring local talent (somehow I don't think Three Doors Down or
other "big" bands will play for us). But furthermore it'd be a chance to
put on an Earth Day that features environmental operations instead just
paying lip service to it.
Specific to HREG, in addition to distributing information as you like, I
would like to see about the possibility of having the concert powered by
renewables. More than likely this will mean PV's unless someone out there
has a brilliant idea for the other kinds (maybe we could have a
wind-powered generator for demonstration purposes). I'm in the midst of
finding out just how much power that equipment takes, but I wanted to check
with the local experts to see if such a thing is even feasible 'round these
parts. I know it's been done before in Maine for a concert.
What do you all think? I'll probably partner with the Citizens
Environmental Coalition (who advises Enron, et al, for their concert in an
attempt to get them to do environmental stuff) for some of the planning and
logistics so they can come back to Enron and show that it can be done. I
welcome any ideas. In fact, if someone going to Enron's this year could
keep a gripe list of the things that Enron does "wrong", we could try to
address them in the Rice event. Let me know what you think.
Re: [hreg] Earth Day 2002Having been a RG reseller, Local Pro and stock holder in the past I think if more people knew what is going on with this company they would be less inclined to conduct business with them.Recently RG elected to sell out to a large corporation in Ohio. Some of the terms of that deal were that the wholesale program for regional dealers and Local Pros was eliminated, stockholders were compensated at a ten to one loss and Schaeffer got to keep the Solar Living Center as his own little non-profit toy. Not to mention the massive layoffs that occurred at RG when the catalog operations were shifted to Ohio.Real Goods is not the warm, fuzzy company that they have successfully managed to convince the general public they are. This is yet another cold, calculating corporation that does not hesitate to screw associates, employees and investors to achieve single minded objectives. To anyone who thinks this company is a Earth friendly, green, sustainable business I hope they soon understand this is not the case.SBT Designs
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www.sbtdesigns.com----- Original Message -----From: Michael BegleySent: Wednesday, April 11, 2001 10:26 PMSubject: Re: [hreg] Earth Day 2002Real Goods SolFest every summer.More info from their newsletter:Plans continue to be laid for SolFest 2001, produced by the non-profit Institute for Solar Living, which nurtures and maintains the Solar Living Center, and concentrates on its mission of inspirational, environmental education. It is the ISL that puts on over 40 educational workshops every year, runs tours for students and energy professionals, and produces the 6th Annual SolFest, the nation's premier energy and sustainable living festival.
So far scheduled to speak are Roy McAlister, president of the American Hydrogen Association and Dave Foreman, founder of EarthFirst! and currently working on the "re-wilding" of the SouthWest. Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson, demographers extraordinaire who coined the term "cultural creatives", will be leading an interactive workshop on who we are as cultural creatives and where we are going. Many more great speakers are on the "not-yet-confirmed list.
Musically, the talent is beginning to line up and invitation letters have gone out to Bruce Cockburn, Crosby-Stills-Nash, Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper, Keb Mo, Indigo Girls, and more - just who we land musically is yet to be determined. Mark your calendars for August 25th and 26th! We'll keep you updated on more news about the event in future issues of the Solar Times.
Enjoy the Spring!
Real Goods President & Founder
I too read about that concert in California, but can't remember the
source. I think the concert was called Pig Fest, which may aid in
Robert Johnston wrote:
> I'm sorry I can't recall where I read about it, but it might have been
> the RealGoods catalog. Anyway, there is an annual concert in California
> by a rock band with a huge sound system that is entirely powered by solar
> panels. They have to store up the juice in batteries due to the high
> peak loads during the concert. You might search the web for this.
> Alternatively, you could always go with my preferred kind of music
> (classical) and have a string quartet play with little need for
> at all. :-)
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