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Sullivan Renaissance 2007 Winter Conference and Expo

January 8, 2007

[BETHEL] – With interest high and space limited, attendees are encouraged to sign up early for workshops at the 11th Annual Sullivan Renaissance Conference and Expo on Saturday, February 3 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York.


“Soul to Solar” will feature exhibits and workshops on main street lighting, solar energy, green resources and student involvement.  Seattle-based author and activist Paul Loeb will explore what it takes to inspire citizens to act on the issues that concern them most during his keynote address.  The conference and expo will bloom with spring flowers, inspiration, tools and resources that make a difference in the community. 


Details of the Sullivan Renaissance 2007 grant program will be announced.  Discussion and review of specific projects, as well as 2007 applications, will be available at a Sullivan Renaissance table. 


The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Workshops include:

           Why Solar Makes Sense in New York Now – Richard Perez, Research Professor, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, University at Albany.  “By the time you leave this room, I would like to have every one of you convinced solar energy can make sense in New York.”

           Lighting Connections (Two Parts): Main Street Lighting, Best Practices – Dr. Craig Bernecker, consultant on the science and design of lighting; Background & Demonstration of Solar Lighting – Moneer Azzam, President, SolarOne Solutions.  Solar electric (photovoltaic) technology and LED area lighting.

           Conversation with Paul Loeb – Limited to Sullivan Renaissance Groups Only.  What makes some people choose lives of social commitment while others abstain?  Sullivan Renaissance communities are invited to send two representatives to this small discussion with Paul Loeb to discuss citizen responsibility and empowerment.

           Building Seasonal Partnerships – Panel presentation with representatives from Swan Lake, Livingston Manor and other successful communities.  Learn how many Sullivan Renaissance communities have developed strong relationships among full-time, part-time, weekend and seasonal residents.

           Youth Activism: How to Make a Difference in Your Community – Liberty CDC Youth Voice and Team Skate will discuss how to organize youth projects in a community.  They will talk about the importance of organization and dedication toward the goal, and fund raising, as well as identifying barriers.

           Marketing Your Project with a Guerilla Marketing Kick – Danielle Gaebel and Lori Malone of The River Reporter.  Want to tell the world about your project?  Learn easy and cost free ways to market your project, group and fundraising event – from the professionals who do this for a living.

           Programs That Work: Liberty Curbside Recycling Program – Liberty Mayor Rube Smith and Ed Parks.  The village has successfully implemented a mandatory recycling program within village limits.  Hear the steps they took, the challenges they faced, and the successes and cost savings they are receiving. 

           Getting Started in the Garden – Vivian Multari-Ginsberg and Jill M. Weyer, Associate Planner.  Bring a photo, sketch or drawing of an area to work on, along with estimated size of the space.  Participants will take away a simple sketch to help them get started immediately on their new project.


Workshop space will be limited.  To obtain a workshop registration form, call Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445; or visit the website at  To send in a registration form, fax it to 845-295-2746; email to; or mail to Sullivan Renaissance, Beaverkill Foundation, PO Box 311, Liberty, NY 12754.


A list of recipients of the annual Sullivan First Achievement Awards will be announced soon.  Refreshments will be served by culinary students from the Delaware Valley Job Corps Center in Callicoon.  This is a recycling event; attendees will need to look for the appropriate receptacles.


Sullivan Renaissance provides communities with seed money to compete in a beautification contest, while building a sense of pride and spirit in the community. 

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program funded by the Beaverkill Foundation and the Gerry Foundation.  For more information, call 845-295-2445.