Renewable Energy Conference

Transition Salt Spring is pleased to announce its annual "What's Happening in Local Climate Action" event ––– for 2014 it will be an all-day conference at the Gulf Islands Senior Secondary. All members of the Gulf Islands and surrounding areas are invited to attend the Salt Spring and Gulf Islands Renewable Energy Conference: Exploring Issues and Solutions, that will run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday, April 5 at the high school multipurpose room.

The Conference will feature a public launch of the innovative GISS Solar Scholarship Project followed by a keynote address from Rob Abbott, Director of the BC Climate Action Secretariat. Following the Keynote, there will be three workshop/presentation sessions where people can choose from 14 different topics such as 'solar hot water for the home', 'electric vehicles as experienced by owners', 'energy efficiency considerations for house-building', and much more. There will even be a 'build your own solar toy car' workshop for parents, grandparents, children and teachers.

Demonstrations of solar panels and solar hot water systems will be complemented by a Green Power display where participants will generate green bicycle power. A tour of the new GISS greenhouse and considerations of permaculture and biodiesel are also on tap. Lunch ($10) will be available at the school cafeteria.

The conference fee is $10 in advance (From outer islands, contact 250-537-4797. On Salt Spring, purchase advance tickets from Salt Spring Books) or $15 at the door. All students are free. For more information visit http://transitionsaltspring.ning.com or http://SaltSpringCommunityEnergy.com

Conference organizers wish to acknowledge generous grants from the Capital Regional District and BC Hydro.

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Please Contact any of the following people if we can provide any further information!

David Denning 250-537-4797; Jon Healey 250-537-1222; Kjell Liem 250 538-7855

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By David Denning

I am a film-maker, photographer, naturalist, and science educator who has lived on Salt Spring Island for 17 years. My hobbies include kayaking, mountaineering, gardening and other forms of goofing around. My partner, Deborah Miller, and I are active with the Salt Spring Island Conservancy.

March 18, 2014 8:16 PM