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Sponsored by the Conservation Education Network

April 15, 2009

MONTICELLO – A workshop on how to use the sun’s power to benefit your home or business is being held on Sunday, April 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Ted Stroebele Neighborhood Facility in Monticello.  “All Things Solar” features Fran Notte on solar electric and Gordon Smith on solar thermal. 

The program will provide “how-to” resources for families and individuals who want to take specific and practical steps to make their homes and businesses more sustainable, lower their carbon footprint, and save money.  This is the first of a four-part series of workshops presented by the Sullivan County Conservation Education Network. 

Fran Notte is one of the principals at ETM Solar Works of Endicott, a woman owned business that specializes in solar energy and other renewable systems.  She designs, installs and repairs solar electric and solar hot water systems on residences and commercial buildings. 

Gordon Smith is president of Black Cherry Services and its subsidiary, Renewable Energy Solutions of Hankins.  He performs comprehensive home energy audits and installs solar thermal and solar electric systems, air source heat pumps, wood boilers and radiant floor heating.

The program is free and open to everyone.  Refreshments will be provided.  The public is encouraged to pre-register by calling 845-482-5400.

Other programs offered by the Conservation Education Network at the Ted Stroebele Neighborhood Facility will include:

·         “Greening Your Building” on Sunday, June 28 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Many modern materials and techniques help create buildings that are warm, healthy and efficient.  Beginning with a real home or business assessment (or audit), speakers will explain how to spend $50 to save $200. 

·         “Community Power” on Sunday, August 23 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Some projects are bigger than an individual or business – wind energy, solar panels on public buildings and hydro-electric dams.  Learn the basic steps needed for a community to lower its collective carbon footprint and control its own power.

·         “Heating Your Home” on Sunday, October 25 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – As winter approaches, thoughts turn to cold winds and snow.  New technologies allow homes to be heated by using geo and hydro-thermal systems, space heaters and wood.  A serious look at staying warm economically.

The Sullivan County Conservation Education Network is an inclusive partnership that uses education to promote a sustainable environment and commerce.  Members include: Bashakill Area Association; Catskill Mountainkeeper; Delaware Highland Conservancy; Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development; Sullivan County Department of Planning and Environmental Management; Sullivan County Office of Sustainable Energy; SPECS (Special Protection of the Environment for the County of Sullivan); and Sullivan Renaissance.