Mother Earth News Fair will illuminate
renewable energy options
15-plus workshops show how to design and build solar and alternative fuel projects at home

TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 26, 2010) — Do you want to save money on your monthly utilities but aren’t sure whether solar is worth it? Are you concerned about coal- and petroleum-based fuel’s environmental costs? Renewable energy is gaining traction as a reliable alternative but still may be confusing.

At the Mother Earth News Fair, slated for Sept. 25-26 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort near Pittsburgh, clean energy lovers of all levels can choose from more than 15 hands-on demonstrations and seminars on everything from a beginner’s guide to passive solar design to building your own budget-friendly electric car.

Scheduled renewable energy-related speakers and topics include:

  • Dan Chiras – introduction to solar electricity; passive solar electricity; passive solar heating; experts’ panel
  • James Dunn – personal experience with a geodesic dome solar greenhouse
  • Richard Freudenberger – small-scale alcohol fuel; basic passive solar design; experts’ panel
  • John Ivanko – powering your home with renewable energy
  • Angus Macdonald – DIY construction of solar and energy-efficient homes and garden structures
  • Ben Nelson – building your own electric car, cheap
  • Greg Pahl – community-supported energy; experts’ panel
  • Darree Sicher – alternative fuel uses for sewage sludge
  • Michael R. Wurzbacher – masonry heaters, stoves and ovens
  • Brad Yocum – why now is the time to go solar

The Mother Earth News Fair will offer more than 200 sessions on renewable energy, green building and remodeling, DIY projects, homesteading, green transportation, organic gardening, real food, natural health, small-scale livestock, and related topics.

Attendees also can take part in vendor, livestock and craft demonstrations; a green shopping pavilion; a seed swap; artisan food tastings; children’s projects; live music; and local and organic food offerings.

Tickets cost $15 for a one-day adult pass or $25 for both days. Children 17 and under are free. To order, go to http://tickets.7springs.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=69 or call (800) 234-3368.

Call (866) 437-1300 for lodging information and reservations at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

The Mother Earth News Fair is sponsored by Toyota, Stonyfield Farm, Polaris, Central Boiler, Long Creek Herbs, Mother Earth Resources Co-Op and My Amish Goods.

About Mother Earth News
Mother Earth News (www.MotherEarthNews.com) is the Original Guide to Living Wisely. Topics include organic gardening, do-it-yourself projects, cutting energy costs, using renewable energy, green home building and rural living.

About Ogden Publications Inc.
Ogden Publications Inc. (www.OgdenPubs.com) is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

About Seven-Star Inc.
Seven-Star Inc. (www.sevenstarevents.com) is the nation’s largest full-service event company focusing exclusively on green events. Since 1999, Seven-Star has provided turnkey green event services for trade and consumer expositions, conferences, concerts and mobile tours, including the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Live Earth concert events and the Green Festivals.

About Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Seven Springs Mountain Resort (www.7springs.com), located in Seven Springs, Pa., is the perfect place for family vacations that create lifelong memories. Each year the family-friendly resort hosts more than 1 million overnight and day guests, who enjoy a vacation that includes the finest skiing, snowboarding and golf that Pennsylvania has to offer, the exhilaration of sporting clays, and the luxurious Trillium Spa. 

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Andrew Perkins, event manager: (785) 274-4378, aperkins@ogdenpubs.com 
Brandy Ernzen, brand manager: (785) 274-4304, bernzen@ogdenpubs.com, Twitter: @bernzen

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