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RE: [hreg] Earth Day 2002

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  • Lafleur, Oral
    Good call Ryan! For past two years I to have been looking to the mean idea behind this Enron s Earth Day event. I really thought that I would see a lot of
    Message 1 of 42 , Apr 3, 2001
      Good call Ryan! For past two years I to have been looking to the mean idea
      behind this Enron's Earth Day event. I really thought that I would see a
      lot of renewables being used but found out that the only renewable
      technology at the event is what's displayed mostly by HREG.

      It might take a lot of solar and wind energy to put on a concert like
      Enron's but I would really like to see us try. Maybe something smaller!
      Let's talk about this further with some other experts. I can put you in
      contact with others in the industry.

      Since you're not far from TSU, stop by and see what's in our solar lab. We
      will also have some small PV systems generating electricity at the HREG
      booth on Saturday during Earth Day so stop by and see us.

      Oral LaFleur

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Ryan McMullan [mailto:mcmullan@...]
      Sent: Monday, April 02, 2001 11:53 PM
      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [hreg] Earth Day 2002

      Hello all,

      Every time I go to Enron's "Earth" Day Concert, I grind my teeth at
      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.


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    • Steve Shepard
      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
      Message 42 of 42 , Apr 12, 2001
        Re: [hreg] Earth Day 2002
        Having 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.
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        ----- Original Message -----
        Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2001 10:26 PM
        Subject: Re: [hreg] Earth Day 2002

          Real 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!                                               

                                                        John Schaeffer                                          
                                                        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
        anyone's search.


        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
        > amplification
        > at all.  :-)
        > Robert

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