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Energy Fair Celebrates Sustainable Living

May 25, 2012 08:50AM

The 23rd annual Energy Fair will be held June 15 to 17 in Custer, Wisconsin. The nation’s largest and longest-running energy education event of its kind, the fair features more than 200 workshops on energy and the environment and 250 exhibitors that connect visitors with products and services to help them live sustainability. The event also features keynote speakers, local food, music and children’s activities.

Leslie Glustrom, who will speak on June 15, is a biochemist who has spent more than 30 years working in a variety of roles, including science writer, policy analyst, college instructor and research-lab manager. Most recently, she has devoted herself to climate change and clean-energy issues, and is the recipient of several prestigious awards.  

Frances Moore Lappé will be the keynote speaker on June 16. The author of 18 books, including Diet for a Small Planet, she is a frequent public speaker and contributor to several publications. She also is the co-founder of Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy; The Small Planet Institute; and The Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide.

On June 17, 10 presenters from Renewable Energy Development (RED) will discuss the future of renewable energy. RED is on the frontlines of clean-energy action and advocacy in the Midwest, and will share information on renewable-energy technology, financing, policy, design, education, politics and partnership.     

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