Renewable Energy & Local Living Talks

The exciting 2019 presentations are listed below! All of the talks were held in the Renewable Energy/Local Living tent in the Portal to the Future area at the North end of the site. For talk details visit North Quabbin Energy.

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12:00 noon – Give Bees a Chance: What Everyone Needs to Know about Neonicotinoids – Tom Sullivan, Western MA Pollinators Network

1:00 pm – Common Good:  A Payment Card for Community Power – Christine Lindstrom

2:00 pm – Sunrise Movement, Extinction Rebellion and the Green New Deal – Extinction Rebellion MA and  Sunrise Movement

3:00 pm – Meet Your Community Makerspace – Brianna Drohen, President, Founding Director of LaunchSpace at the Orange Innovation Center


12:00 noon – Seed Saving+ Healthy Soil=Resilient Communities – Jess Cherry, Sweetwater Farm

1:00 pm – Mushrooms for Dinner:  With a Side Order to Heal Your Body and Mind – Paul Lagreze, New England Wild Edibles

2:00 pm – Moving Towards Sustainable Building Products:  From Where We Are to Where We Need To Be – Andy Cole, Andy Cole Builders and Scott Baum, Eco+Plan Design

3:00 pm – Greening the Grid – Molly Craft and Ed Rutledge, Center for Ecological Technology

As always, a giant THANK YOU goes to the presenters who volunteer to share their time, expertise, and enthusiasm to make these topics come alive for the festival audience.  If you have suggestions for future topics please fill out the form below.