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    Pennsylvania Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Festival
    September 19, 20 and 21, 2008
    Location: the Festival: Kempton, PA

    2008 Date & Times:
    Fri., Sat., & Sun. - Sept. 19, 20, & 21, 2008
    Fri. & Sat.: 9 AM to 10 PM Sunday: 9 AM to 5 PM
    Exhibits open until 6:30 PM

    Entry Ticket Prices:
    Adults: $12.00 Under 12: FREE
    Ages 13 to 21: $6.00 Campers: $15.00
    Parking: FREE
    Most lectures, exhibitors, and demos will be included with admittance fee.
    Some workshops will have sign-up requirements and fees which will be posted the beginning of August on this web-site in the [speakers & workshops page]

    Sorry no dogs allowed on the festival grounds.
    It's an insurance thing.

    - - New This Year - -


    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
    12:30 pm at Main Stage

    4H CLUB

    Friday & Saturday
    in the Pole Barn

    This Year's Musical Guest: Livingston Taylor

    Saturday, Sept. 20

    2008 Highlights
    Green Builder's Forum

    The Transportation Tent
    2008 Keynote Speakers

    Main Stage Colin Beavan - "The No Impact Man"
    Author of several bookson low impact lifestyle.
    "A No Impact lifestyle."

    Main Stage U.S. Senator Bob Casey
    "National Interest Electric Corridors: What the New Federal Law for Designating and Siting Power Lines Means for Pennsylvanians"
    Main Stage Greg Pahl
    Journalist & author of five books on renewable energy & sustainable communities
    "Community Supported Renewable Energy "

    Main Stage Jeffrey Cramer
    The Walden Woods Project?s Thoreau Institute
    Editor of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition ( Yale University Press, 2004), a winner of a 2004 NOBA (National Outdoor Book Award) and a co-winner of the Boston Authors Club's 2005 Julia Ward Howe Special Award.
    "Living Deliberately: Thinking Like Thoreau Today"

    Main Stage Christopher Weber
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Carnegie Mellon University
    "The Average American Footprint "

    Main Stage Patricia DeMarco
    Rachel Carson Homestead
    "Rachel Carson's Legacy"

    Additional information is avaialble at the site below.
    We were put on this earth to help and take care of one another.

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    Re: Pennsylvania Renewable Energy Fest

    List of expected exhibitors

    1 SUNTEQ GEO Distributors - Manufacturer & distributor of geothermal heat pump & components & supplies.

    59 Rushforth Solar, LLC - designs and installs large solar hot water systems for apartment buildings, hotels and other buildings that use a lot of hot water.

    2 Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center - offering environmental education programs. The center covers more than 665 acres of beautiful deciduous woodlands and coniferous plantations.

    60 Green Collar Consultants, Inc. - LEED Accredited professionals facilitating and promoting the design and construction of energy efficient and environmentally friendly buildings.

    3 Keystone Home Energy Loan Program - AFC First Financial Corp., Great Bear Bank - A national leader in energy efficiency lending through the inclusion and expansion of the EnergyLoan platform of AFC First, an industry leader in energy efficient home improvement lending in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S.

    61 Dickinson College - an undergraduate, liberal arts institution that encourages its students to engage the world in a useful and environmentally sustainable manner.

    4 Kutztown Area Democratic Club - KADC strives to create a community that supports legislation and elected officials dedicated to progressive ideals, including sound stewardship of our natural resources.

    62 Dickinson College

    5 Berks Solar - Photovoltaic installations for homes & businesses 63 Stark Environmental, LLC - Consulting firm providing design and product specification for sustainable projects

    6 Lancaster Farming - Lancaster Farming newspaper covers the whole spectrum of agriculture in the mid-atlantic region, including dairy, livestock crops, alternative energy and organic farming with an emphasis on family and youth features.

    64 Green Schools Alliance - The GSA is an alliance of Pre-K to Grade 12 schools uniting to take action on climate change and the environment.

    7 Rainforest Ambassadors/ Amazon Wellness and Skin Care Consultants - We Save The Rainforest Through Ecological Commerce

    65 RAC Energy Consultants, Inc. - Geothermal heating and cooling systems. Indoor air quality improvement. Wireless and LAN control systems. Radiant heating and more!

    8 EURO RSCG Impact/Green Works - Green Works (TM) products are made with biodegradable ingredients such as coconuts, lemons, and corn. Made from plant- and mineral-based ingredients.

    66 Clothesline Organics - offers current styles in organic cotton, hemp, cashmere and more. Women, men and baby. All sweatshop-free. You?ll look great AND feel great.

    9 The Environmental Home Store - Responsible, sustainable, recycled, non-toxic building materials and solutions for commercial and residential projects. Complete materials, design and installation services. Contractor discounts.

    67 GoggleWorks - Our nurture the arts, foster creativity, promote education and enrich the community. One of the largest, comprehensive interactive community art and cultural resource centers in the country.

    10 D&M Insulation Systems, Inc. - Spray foam insulation 68 Four Leaf Energy, Inc. - Save money on your residential or commercial electric bill with simple, guaranteed, certified GREEN technology. Use the same electricity, save money AND help the planet!

    11 Lakeside Wind Power - (Skystream Dealer) Heating, air conditioning and Southwest Wind Generators sales & service, Airbreeze wind turbines.

    69 MAREA Book Sales - Proceeds benefit MAREA

    12 NaturaLawn of America - Organic based lawn care, aeration/overseeding, soil analysis, biological and bio-rational flea and tick program, Safer Lawn Care Naturally (with the high up little TM behind that) and an exclamation point!

    70 Northern Sun Merchandising - Progressive messages on shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, etc.

    13 SPIN Farming, LLC - This self-directed online learning series shows you how to start a home-based farm business that can generate $50,000+ from a half-acre.

    71 Northern Sun Merchandising

    14 Exclusively Green, LLC - Your one stop GREEN solution for organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp products for your baby, home and yourself.

    72 Northern Sun Merchandising

    15 Greenline Paper Company, Inc. - a dependable source for a diverse line of recycled and tree-free papers. 7

    3 Bullfrog Films - The nation's leading distributor of DVD's about the environment and related social justice issues.

    16 Moyer Plumbing and Heating - Water conditioners, air conditioning, heating systems, & quality heating oil, including biofuel products.

    74 Nu Skin Enterprises - FDA compliant nutriceuticals, anti-oxidant scanning service, skin care products.

    17 PA Sierra Club

    75 Antique Building Material Company
    PGB: Recycled lumber, reclaimed flooring, antique beams and material.

    18 PA Sierra Club - Our mission is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the Earth?s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

    76 Sailsports - A full service bicycle shop specializing in hybrid, electric bicycles. We are dealers for Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Redline and KHS bicycles.

    19 Brown House - Design & consulting for energy efficiency, green building, and passive solar in new or existing buildings.

    77 TM Stoves

    20 Vertis M. Bream - Energy Audits & renewable energy products. 78 TM Stoves - Design & installation of high efficiency heating & A/C systems. Customized alternative heating systems, specialized green energy.

    21 Home Funeral Counseling
    You can care for your loved one at home. . . hold a wake. Learn your options.

    79 Power Up - manufacturers & distributors of PV modules and turnkey systems.

    22 Amazin Masons - specializing in the design and construction of hand built, high efficiency, clean burning, European masonry stoves. A fireplace that truly heats your home. 80 Power Up - manufacturers & distributors of PV modules and turnkey systems.

    23 Kutztown University - Kutztown University offers a diverse range of excellent academic programs to prepare individuals for successful careers.

    81 Close the Loop - a wide variety of recycled products and green building materials.

    24 Ashley Fetherolf, llc - eco-friendly fashion design 82 Kutztown Home and Farm Center

    25 MAREA Green Fashion Show - Environmental friendly clothing and accessories. 83 Kutztown Home and Farm Center
    Many models of multi-fuel stoves (wood pellet/corn) to choose from.

    26 PPL Electric Utilities: Committed to Renewable Energy 84 Rebecca Francis: WEAVER
    Recycled clothes + natural yarns + one woman's energy = RAG RUGS

    27 PPL Electric Utilities 85 Langan Engineering & Environmental Services - Our professionals are focused on site/civil, geotechnical, environmental and transportation engineering, as well as natural and cultural resources, landscape architecture and surveying to support renewable energy development.

    28 Heat Shed, Inc. - Designers and installers of Solar Photovoltaic systems for homes and businesses 86 Peace, Love and Rocks - A metaphysical apothecary and collector's emporium. A beautiful selection of gems and minerals to cure what ails ya or add to your collection. Beautifully hand crafted hemp jewelry featuring sterling silver wire wrapped stones from DayDream Designs.

    29 Hickory Ridge Radiant - Thermal solar systems, radiant heat products, Geothermal heating & cooling, instantaneous hot water heaters and high efficiency hydronic heating. 87 School of Living - Community Land Trust education and support, permaculture demos and education, green building and sustainable living workshops, books by Ralph Borsodi and Georgist Philosophy, t-shirts.

    29A Hickory Ridge Radiant 88 Alliance for Sustainable Communities - Lehigh Valley - The Alliance is a coalition working to promote sustainability in the Lehigh Valley via working groups, endorsements of projects of other organizations and projects of its own.

    30 Space Inventors Professional Organizers
    Provides hands-on and coaching assistance to make the most of your time and space.

    89 Alliance for Sustainable Communities - Lehigh Valley

    31 Seven Generations Charter School
    A school with a strong environmental focus

    90 I B Brite - LED's and Solar

    32 Weston A. Price Foundation & Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund - an organization formed to promote social welfare, and further the common good of the people in Pennsylvania Communities.

    91 Bamboula Ltd. Handmade baskets from natural/sustainable fibers.
    33 Pennsylvania Independent Consumers and Farmers Association - PICFA strives to protect farmers' and consumers' rights including to conduct unregulated direct trade to insure the availability of locally produced, nutrient rich foods.

    92 Radius Toothbrush Corporation - Manufacturers of innovative tooth brushs focused on design & user enjoyment. Includes products both for children & adults.

    34 Lehigh Valley Vegetarians - Providing info. about the benefits of plant-based eating: better health, less animal cruelty, less environmental damage. 93 National Fiber - Premium quality cellulose. Full house retro fits. New construction and additions. 100% green qualifies for federal tax deduction for insulation material, all natural.

    35 Musser Refrigeration - DC powered refrigerators and freezers. Staber clothing washers. 94 American Vegan Society - American Vegan magazine with articles on compassionate sustainable living: nutrition, recipes, environment, health; not killing animals for food, clothing, commodities. Books and media materials, also.

    36 Joyce Moore Financial Services - a financial planning practice specializing in socially responsible investing.

    95 Service Select Solar Energy - Site Surveys, Commercial Grid-Tied & Off Grid Solar PV Systems; Commercial Solar Signs; Solar Area Lighting; Residential Wind Turbines; Experienced with Greed Building Council LEED Certification.

    37 Statement Apparel - offers comprehensive promotional planning including a full line of Eco-friendly advertising produts, apparel and accessories to promote your business and the environment.

    96 Native American Jewelry - Contemporary and traditional hand-crafted sterling silver Native American jewelry from the Navajo and Zuni Indians of Arizona and New Mexico.

    38 Get Clean by Shaklee - Safe, natural, concentrated non-toxic cleaners. Food based food supplements. No. 1 natural nutrition company in USA. 52 year old "green" company.

    97 Apex Geothermal, Inc. - We have been providing high efficiency and alternative heating and airconditioning systems energy sources since 1979; maintaining the highest standards in the market place today.

    39 Reflected Innocence Fine Art Eco Photography of Children - The entire finished piece is made of recycled or renewable materials. Beautiful, sustainable, local.

    98 Kindle Arts & Cards - Charming greeting cards featuring original art printed on 100% post-consumer waste/process chlorine free recycled paper. Winter holidays, birthdays, all-occasion and more!

    40 Antonio Zullo Electric, LLC - Electrical contracting, power quality and power saving technology, solar power, residential/commercial/industrial.

    99 Cleaner Greener Technologies - Hydro-assist fuel cell, Pre-ignition catalytic converter, magnetic laundry system plus other innovative products that conserve our economic and natural resources for a cleaner greener earth.

    41 BackHome Magazine - Useful do-it-yourself information on sustainable, self-reliant living 100 Agape Industries LLC dba West Industries - outdoor wood furnaces and a sharpening service (we sharpen everything)

    41A East Penn Manufacturing
    Makers of thousands of different sizes and types of batteries, battery accessories, & wire & cable products for virtually any application.

    101 Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative - America's largest organic cooperative having over 1,2000 farmers in 34 states. Producing dairy, soy, eggs, product, juice and under the name Organic Prairie producing meat

    41B Advanced Solar Industries LLC - We specialize in solar electric, wind energy, and water heating systems.

    102 Cool Flame, LLC - Cool Flame is a distributor of efficient Brown's Gas electrolyzers. We sell the ER 1200 Watertorch and ER Hyzor for mileage enhancement.

    41C WDIY Public Radio - 88.1 FM is the Lehigh Valley's NPR member station, serving up news and original programming to the Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton area of northeastern PA

    103 Four Winds Renewable Energy - a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer
    and a NYSERDA Eligible Installer for the New York State PV and wind incentive programs.

    42 Solardelphia - consults, designs and installs solar photovoltaics and wind renewable energy systems for home and business. 104 Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, Reading & Northern Railroad - Long Haul of freight is much more economical and environmentally friendly on railroads.

    43 Hershey Electric & Solar - Dealer/Installer: Solatube: Innovation in daylighting. Highest performance guaranteed. All day long. All year long. Solastar: The solar powered attic fan that pays for itself. 105 All Efficient, LLC - Dealer for the Woodmaster Quality Outdoor Wood Furnace and the Woodmaster Plus Outdoor Alternative Fuel Furnace.

    44 Young Living Essential Oils - Provider of therapeutic grade essential oils and essential oil enhanced products. Featuring the legendary NingXia Wolfberrry Infusion. 106 Sustainable Business Network, Lehigh Valley - promotes and connects locally owned, independent businesses and individuals who support the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit.

    45 TLC Candles
    Hand poured all natural soy candles in a wide variety of fragrances.

    107 Sugarbush Nursery - a wide variety of perennials native to Pennsylvania, as well as organic products and clean-air gardening tools.

    46 Amsoil/Reliable Lubes
    Amsoil Dealer Dave Nolf - Complete line of synthetic lubricants as well as a number of other innovative, high quality automotive products.

    108 Wood-Mizer Products, Inc.
    Portable saw mills

    47 White Hawk Ecovillage - a group of people from all walks of life who have chosen to establish a sustainable neighborhood on 120 acres in Danby, NY near Ithaca.

    109 Henninger's Nursery - A full service nursery and garden center. We grow most of what we sell.

    48 Hundredfold Farm - Building lots available in a passive/active solar eco-housing community in a bucolic setting near Gettysburg, PA

    110 Freedom Toyota - Route 61 at Interstate 78, Hamburg, PA

    49 Backyard Windmills, LLC. - We sell and install residential/small business windmills. We are an Authorized Southwest Windpower Dealer. We provide people with an alternative energy source, wind, which is endless and free.

    111 Better World Building Technology - Our mission is to sell, distribute and/or install Energy Efficient Products that are used for Integrated Green and Sustainable Building Technology.

    50 The JDK Group - unique & state of the art solutions to energy & environmental problems. An Independent Rep. of activTek Environ. & EcoQuest Int.

    112 Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be featuring its renewable energy trailer at the PA Energy Festival. The trailer is a workable unit equipped with clean energy technologies and green building materials with hands-on activities for kids.

    51 Lande Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.
    Solar heating with Sunda evacuated tube design high efficiency heating and air conditioning.

    113 Creekside Cultural Center - Creekside Cultural Center provides educational, cultural, recreational and spiritual activities and resources. Opportunities include concerts, drama, poetry, children's activities, an art gallery and lending library.

    52 Water Furnace International - Geothermal Heat Pumps for residential and commercial applications.

    114 Lehigh Carbon Community College - Since its inception in 1966, Lehigh Carbon Community College has touched thousands of lives. From associate's degrees to certificates to workforce training to community education, LCCC's influence in the region has been profound .

    53 Green Party of Pennsylvania - The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party working to strengthen democracy, advance social justice, protect the environment and promote non-violence.

    115 Environaire Corp - Rainbow - Environmentally friendly vacuum cleaners
    54 Action Center, Inc./Energy Justice Network - Fact sheets and information about dirty energy sources and technologies, and waste disposal. Buttons and bumperstickers with progressive slogans.

    116 Glass By Erica, LLC - Recycled glass art and handmade glass jewelry.
    55 Shumei of America - is an organization comprised of people from diverse backgrounds that provides an environment for spiritual growth by promoting natural agriculture, practicing Jyorei and appreciating art and beauty.

    117 DayDream Designs - unique jewelry highlighting the natural beauty of crystals and gemstones. Have a custom piece made, or make one yourself!
    56 Bucks County Sustainable Building Alliance - Network of individuals and businesses who support concepts of sustainability in Bucks County and adhere to core values of accountability, local investment, and resource conservation.

    118 Smokeless Heat - W e all like our homes to feel warm and comfortable in the winter, but with soaring energy costs, most of us are looking for a way to minimize heating expenses. Wood burning boilers are an excellent and economical answer to that need.

    57 Belmont Solar - Solar products and services tailored to the customer's individual needs.

    119 Highline Construction, LLC
    ELi S. Stoltzfus, 717-529-0180

    58 MAREA Book Sales - Proceeds benefit MAREA 120 Renewal by Andersen - Energy efficient windows and doors.

    121 Milanek Energy - Save up to 25% on your energy bill for home, business or commercial setting with the KVAR Energy Controller.

    122 Young Living Essential Oils/Lucey Harley - Independent Distributor of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, body and skin care for children, pets and adults, cleaning products, NingXia Red Nutrient Infusion and Wolfberry products.

    123 Allentown Window Pros - We feel what sets us apart is our warranty. We, at Allentown Window Pro's, believe in our product and installation procedure so much that we offer a lifetime, unconditional warranty on all labor and material.

    124 Appleby Systems, Inc. - Appleby Sunrooms are Americas Favorite Home Improvement? Manufactured by us, right here in the USA with proven Appleby? brand quality

    125 SolarTricycles (at the transportation tent)

    126 Green Spring Energy - We provide solar energy products and solutions.
    We were put on this earth to help and take care of one another.


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      Report from the Festival

      Attended the Pennsylvania Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Festival today. There was a good mix of exhibitors and speakers on the topic of renewable energy. Most seemed to have a good handle on what they claimed as their area of expertise. My better half reported the speaker on Hybrid cars and electronic car conversion was pretty basic. We came away with a few ideas to make the homestead more energy efficient with an eye toward eventually going net 0. (It’s nice to dream!)

      The ideas included:

      Start by working with what we have and adjusting some habits.
      1) Make the home more energy efficient with compact florescent lighting, energy efficient appliances, added insulation, passive solar installations, more energy efficient windows, having an energy audit done, thermal scan, eliminating phantom loads, using dehumidifiers and exhaust fans when appropriate during hot weather and using rain water collection barrels.

      2) Changing habits such as line drying clothes and being more conscious of what appliances are purposely being left “on” (computers, monitors, etc.) and using timers and zip strips to control them, simple passive solar fixes such as opening blinds and curtains in winter to let in light and heat and closing them in the summer to reflect it and cooking outside more during the summer to avoid heating up the interior of the home.

      3) The suggested first step toward homemade, sustainable, renewable energy that was suggested was getting a solar hot water heater. Some of the various kinds were briefly discussed.

      4) The next step would be to produce electricity via solar, wind. Options for wind and solar electricity production were briefly discussed. There was a talk on small scale hydroelectric but I was not able to attend it. Geothermal was suggested for heat. Vendors also displayed and demostrated wood, pellet and grain/soybean buning stove and furnaces.

      One talk that had standing room only was on SPIN farming. Roxanne Christensen discussed SPIN farming: methods of making small-scale micro farms in suburban and urban areas, sustainable and profitable. These farms do not require the large financial investment required by traditional modern farming practices. The speaker generously shared suggestions on farm bed specifications, specific equipment and building requirements (post harvest processing facility, shed for storing tools, farm stands for selling produce), costs involved with obtaining land, equipment and tools. She recommended specific tools such as stirrup and wheel hoes. She also went into the time and labor estimates needed per acre and added guidelines to help optimize farm output using available labor and resources.

      This was more than just a big victory garden. After listening to her talk I wanted to tare apart my garden beds and start over from scratch utilizing some of her designs. She suggests using uniform sized beds separated by narrow walkways and claims 480 of these beds can fit in one acre. I’m too tired at this time to check the math. These beds can easily be straddled and allow for measuring individual bed profitability and productivity. It also allows the farmer to more easily specify intensive farming beds (beds that turn over 3 crops in a growing season), Bi-? Beds that turn over two crops in a growing season and long season beds with only one crop per season. Her stated SPIN farming goal was to have a $100 dollar return per bed, per crop. While I doubt I can come close to this ambitious goal I believe I can utilize many of her practices to improve productivity and use my limited time and labor more effectively.

      All in all a productive day, even the weather cooperated providing plenty of sunshine and comfortably cool temperatures. I wish we could have attended more of the lectures. My husband would have like to have gone to the ones on geothermal and biodiesel. I would have liked to attended more on local sustainable food systems and passive solar earth shelters.

      -Amish Country
      We were put on this earth to help and take care of one another.