[NMSEA-news] Conferences, Classes, Solar Fiesta
News from New Mexico Solar Energy Association
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Mon Aug 27 13:09:43 MDT 2007
Hi Solar Enthusiasts!
Here's the current list of events in our area and beyond. First is the
calendar summary, then further below are more details for each event:
NOTICE: There will not be a regular NMSEA info meeting this month at REI
due to lack of a speaker, as well as the space being used by REI. We'll
announce the September meeting as soon as a speaker has been confirmed.
9/8 – Pubic Talk at UNM on The Ecovillage Model: New Approaches to Urban
9/8-16 - Ecovillage Design Education Training
9/15-16 - Solar Fiesta – Highland High School
9/15-16 - Second Annual Kids Solar Micro Stock Car Challenge
9/29 - Hands-on Biodiesel Class
10/12-14, 20-21 - Hands-on PV Design and Installation Class
10/19-21 - Bioneers Conference
10/19-28 - The Natural Building Colloquium, Quiet Valley Ranch,
11/7-9 Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference! Sacramento, CA
GENERAL INTEREST ITEMS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST
Please see the NMSEA Event Calendar for the complete list of events:
http://www.nmsea.org/Events/Event_Calendar.php. We usually only list the
most recent notices here.
Any questions? Please contact us!
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9/8 THE ECOVILLAGE MODEL: NEW APPROACHES TO URBAN REGENERATION
A public talk
Ecovillage Design Southwest & Village Design Institute Present:
May East - CEO of CIFAL Findhorn, a United Nations Associated Training
Centre in Scotland and Director of Gaia Education speaking on:
The Ecovillage Model: New Approaches to Urban Regeneration
September 8th 2007 at 11 am—1 pm
Auditorium at University of New Mexico (UNM) Conference Center
1634 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM
Suggested Donation $5
No where on earth is the need for ecological understanding greater and
more urgent than in cities where human activity is most intense. This
talk will present an integrated model for sustainability encouraging
environmentally responsible design and development of our North American
cities. We will be examining a systemic new approach for addressing
sustainable urbanization, as promoted by the Global Ecovillage Network
(GEN), a worldwide network of sustainable human settlements and
For More Information
info at ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org
9/8-16 ECOVILLAGE DESIGN EDUCATION TRAINING
Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) is a four-part introductory training
course being offered over the course of the next year through the
Univ.of New Mexico Continuing Education. The program is dedicated to
creating solutions to global environmental, social, and economic issues
through local and regional community building. Course content provides
an overview of design considerations for establishing sustainable
communities ("eco-villages") in both urban and rural settings in order
to promote and prepare for a sustainable future and has already been
presented and implemented in ten other countries including Germany,
Brazil, and India. This year EDE is being offered for the first time in
the United States, right here in New Mexico! EDE is a project of Gaia
Education, a component of the Global Ecovillage Network and an official
contribution to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable
For detailed course or registration information, visit:
<http://www.ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org> or e-mail
info at ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org
<mailto:info at ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org>
<mailto:info at ecovillagedesignsouthwest.org>.
9/15-16 - SOLAR FIESTA
Find Brighter SOLutions at this year's Solar Fiesta…
Our new location (Highland High School) is a brighter solution with a
larger indoor exhibit area and greater workshop capacity. Come to see
and learn about brighter solutions to enhance your life!
Meet professionals in the solar and renewable industries and like-minded
organizations face-to-face. Find qualified installers. Get answers to
your questions, from basics to the nitty-gritty technical. See new products.
(Visit our website for a list of this year's sponsors and exhibitors:
www.nmsea.org <http://www.nmsea.org> <http://www.nmsea.org>
Classes on renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living
are organized in a "track" approach. (Visit www.nmsea.org
<http://www.nmsea.org>, to see the developing schedule.)
Energy Efficiency Savings
Solar Tax Credits
Renewable Energy Certificates
We offer a free, hour-long workshop each morning of the Solar Fiesta at
9:30am. If you're a newbie to solar, come get a brief introduction. Then
decide whether to stay for the exhibits and other workshops.
Especially for Kids
Solar Scavenger Hunt
Visit exhibits to gather solar clues and win a prize!!!
Bring your own model solar car or purchase one to assemble and race.
See more details in separate listing below.
Other Solar Projects--
NMSEA encourages students to bring their science projects to the Fiesta
to show others. Please contact the office, if you are interested.
For the Industry and Other Interested Folk, the Technical Sessions--
NMSEA began as a technical society. Numerous requests brought back that
quality last year. We are proud to repeat the Technical Sessions.
Marlene Brown has issued a call for papers to solar techies,
professionals and enthusiasts (see above). That and suggestions for
topics are on our website. Papers will be reviewed by a committee of
Submission deadline: August 1.
We anticipate another first-rate, well-rounded session!
For Solar Fiesta and throughout the year, we rely on and greatly
appreciate volunteers. You are the ingredient which makes NMSEA and the
Solar Fiesta successful!
Volunteer opportunities abound. Please contact us for tasks that would
be helpful. No solar knowledge needed!Currently, we are looking for a
few good people to coordinate several activities. If you are interested
in helping to manage the Fiesta, please contact the office,
info at nmsea.org
<mailto:info at nmsea.org><mailto:info at nmsea.org><mailto:info at nmsea.org>,
505-246-0400, 888-886-6765. To volunteer over the weekend, contact John
Salinas, jsalinas at vt.edu
<mailto:jsalinas at vt.edu><mailto:jsalinas at vt.edu><mailto:jsalinas at vt.edu>.
9/15-16 SECOND ANNUAL KIDS SOLAR MICRO STOCK CAR CHALLENGE
Join the “Second Annual Kids Solar Micro Stock Car Challenge” races at
Solar Fiesta 07 Sept. 15-16 and win cash & merchandise awards in
numerous categories. Bring your own car, order a new one from
www.nmsea.org <http://www.nmsea.org> or buy one at the Solar Fiesta. If
you can not afford to buy one and have a NMSEA family member or sponsor
you can volunteer as a solar car kid and you can probably earn enough
points to get a solar car kit. P.R. Solar Car trade in Bring your old
solar powered car running or not to the 07 Sept. 15-16 Solar Fiesta and
we will buy it or you can trade it in on one of the new “X-treem Series”
solar cars. P.R. Win a toy Solar Car Come to the Kids Corner at the “07”
Solar Fiesta Sept. 15-16, buy a raffle ticket for $2. & win a toy Solar
Car, several will be raffled off Sat. & Sun. “Great odds!’
Sponsors Needed for the Second Annual Kids Solar Car Races We would like
to find sponsors to buy the $20. kits down to $10.00 or so and or to
provide prizes or prize money for the competition races. The sponsors
will be posted on a bulletin board at the kids area and the NMSEA booth;
they can also have their business cards or card size add placed on the
car race tracks. The winners will be published in the Sunpaper, posted
on MNSEA's Web sight and offered as a press release to Solar Today,
Electric Vehicle magazines etc. Sponsors can send checks to NMSEA 1009
Bradbury SE. Alb. NM 87106. Please note “kids solar races” on check or
The New Solar milli Race Car Kit:
Each kit includes two unbreakable solar cells, a pre assembled drive
unit, (motor, gears& wheels), a printed instructed, body sheet, (a
simple straight cut and fold to shape), and a steering axle with
wheels.Peel back tape is included for adhering the parts.
Let The Races Begin !
Dragster Races -These will be timed races held on straight tracks with
multiple cars competing. The cars will challenge until the top three are
determined. Before each race an insolation reading will be taken.
Rally Race (Oval, Hill Climb, & Jump) - Two cars at a time will compete
in a timed lapp or lapps.
Demolition Derby - This will be multiple cars placed in a round track,
all cars will start at once & go until the last one moving wins.
There will be individual prizes for each of these races plus a Grand
Prize for the best performance in the most competitions.
Questions or comments about the kits, races, or sponsorships, please
contact Monte @505.422.2268 or email; solpwr at plateautel.net
<mailto:solpwr at plateautel.net> Monte Ogdahl Thanks for the support.
9/29 – BIODIESEL CLASS
The next hands-on Biodiesel Class is 9/29.
James Burgess and Eric Chrisp continue their series of hands-on
Biodiesel101classes. They will cover sourcing oil, economic and
ecological pros and cons, preferred vehicles, how to make your own
biodiesel processor for under $400, how to brew on a small or medium
scale, how to test oil quality, safety issues, washing fuel, politics,
why we drink beer when we brew and much, much more!
Why: Because it's fun to make biodiesel! Oh yeah, and because "here we
have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often
imported from unstable parts of the world" (G. W. Bush, January 2006).
Learn many more reasons at the workshop.
Who: James Burgess and Eric Chrisp have been declared "Biodiesel Jedi"
by the New Mexico Solar Energy Association. They have conducted numerous
presentations and workshops. Each has been running one or more vehicles
on home-brewed biodiesel for over two years.
Non-Members - $110
NMSEA Members - $99.
See http://www.nmsea.org/Workshops/biodiesel_workshop.php for further
10/12-14, 20-21 – HANDS-ON PV DESIGN AND INSTALLATION CLASS
Photovoltaic (PV) Design and Installation Class (Hands-On) 5-Day Class
Sponsored by New Mexico Solar Energy Association
Next class: October 12-14 & 20-21, 2007
Cost: $500.00 per person; NMSEA members - $450
Are you interested in learning more about solar electricity? Would you
like to learn about siting, sizing and safely installing a PV system?
This class will be held over two weekends, October 12-14 and 20-21,
2007. Topics to be covered include photovoltaic components, designing
and sizing a system, siting, and the configuration of stand-alone
(off-grid) and grid-tie (utility-connected) systems. Safety and energy
efficiency will also be covered.
The class will start with three days in the classroom. It will include
visiting instructors, tours of local PV systems and hands-on labs. The
last two days will be spent installing a PV system. Students will have
the opportunity to hear from local PV business owners, installers and
other PV experts. Depending upon the group's interest, there may be
evening slideshows and talks from members of the
New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA).
The instructor is Marlene Brown. Marlene is President of the New Mexico
Solar Energy Association (NMSEA). She has been working with PV systems
for over 15 years and has installed hundreds of systems in the U.S. and
the developing world. Marlene has been teaching PV classes for over 10
years. There may be other co- and guest instructors throughout the course.
http://www.nmsea.org/Workshops/pv_workshop.php contains these details.
Contact the office to register (info at top).
10/19-21 – BIONEERS CONFERENCE
The Bioneers Conference <http://www.bioneers.org/conference> is a
dynamic, leading-edge forum, focused on practical and visionary
solutions for restoring the Earth’s imperiled ecosystems and healing our
See http://www.bioneers.org/ for details.
NM Bioneers Conference - Early Bird Rates Through August
There's still time to register at early-bird rates for the NM Bioneers
Conference. The fee for attending the entire 3-day conference (Oct.
19-21) at the College of Santa Fe is only $95 for general admission -
and only $50 for youth, educators, elders, and nonprofit staff. Register
today because the early-bird rates end August 31.
Your early registration saves you money - and shows your support for the
conference. To register online or to print a form, visit
www.nmconference.org. Or call us at 505-428-1227. The website also has
information on becoming a conference sponsor, exhibitor, presenter, or
CONFERENCE-RELATED NEWS (Visit www.nmconference.org
<http://www.nmconference.org> for More Details)
Join us on Thursday, August 30, for a special "sneak preview" screening
of The 11th Hour, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. We are honored to have
Kenny Ausubel at the screening to introduce the film. He served as a
main consultant to Leonardo and is featured in the film, along with more
than 30 other Bioneers. This event is a fundraiser for the NM Bioneers
Conference. Tickets are only $15, including the movie and a brief
reception for Kenny before the film. The reception is at 7 pm, and the
movie starts at 7:30 pm at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCS) at
1050 Old Pecos Trail Road in Santa Fe.
The Youth Scholarship Raffle is taking shape to raise money for
conference scholarships for up to 200 youth. The grand prize is an
electric car. Also included are a vacation at an eco-resort in Mexico,
an electric bike, and many other prizes. If you would like to
participate in this important project by donating a raffle item or
helping us sell tickets, please contact Richard Kujawski
(richard at living-green.org <mailto:richard at living-green.org> or
505-751-3424). The tickets to win these great give-aways are $100 each,
and will go on sale shortly after Labor Day.
10/19-28 -THE NATURAL BUILDING COLLOQUIUM
October will bring an opportunity to connect with natural builders and
those committed to sustainability and community. The Natural Building
Colloquium, Oct 19-28, 2007, will bring together many skilled,
interesting, big-hearted people. It will be in Kerrville, a couple of
hours from Austin or San Antonio. If the announcement below interests
you, follow the link at the bottom for more information.
Director, Builders Without Borders
In the spirit of strengthening and expanding our community of those
interested in sustainable building, central Texas invites you to attend
a Natural Building Colloquium, October 19-28. Colloquia are gatherings
of people, ranging from experienced to simply curious, who come to learn
from each other, to synergize their experience and to remind themselves
of their larger vision.
Oct 19-28, 2007 ... come one weekend, two weekends or all ten days
Quiet Valley Ranch, Kerrville, TX
In our case, the vision is of a lifestyle and building culture that
could repeat itself indefinitely through successive generations. With
careful searching many of us have concluded that the use of locally
abundant, unprocessed materials such as earth, stone, straw and native
timber provide the structure with which to achieve this vision. Cob,
strawbale, adobe, earthbag, leichtlehm (straw-clay), and timber frame
are a few of the types of systems that exemplify this philosophy.
Natural buildings become pieces of art created with soul and purpose.
Permaculture , or "permanent agriculture," helps us integrate human
patterns into the landscape surrounding our homes. As originated by Bill
Mollison, permaculture is the practice of designing sustainable human
following nature's patterns, integrating ecology, landscape, organic
gardening, architecture and agroforestry.
There are other important aspects as well: delicious food that nourishes
the body, music, laughter, creativity, families of all sorts, eager
minds and willing hands. We seek to create homes that comfort the body
and lift the soul. If you possess or aspire to any of the above, we
invite you to join us this fall. We have in incredible group of
presenters and hands-on projects.
Details on presenters, registration, costs, meals and accomodations at
early registration ends Aug 15
We hope to see you in Texas this October!
11/7-9 - BEHAVIOR, ENERGY, AND CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE
The first-ever Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference ("BECC")
is a national conference focused on understanding the behavior and
decision-making of individuals and organizations and on using that
knowledge to help accelerate our transition to an energy-efficient and
The conference program and registration details will be announced soon
on the conference Web site: http://aceee.org/conf/07becc/07beccindex.htm.
What Topics Will Be Addressed? (partial list)
Behavior and technology-design, adoption, and use
Motivating individual and collective action
Behavior and policy design and regulation
Insights from anthropology, sociology, psychology, and public health
research and interventions
Increasing program participation and effectiveness
Incorporating behavior in energy potential studies
Lessons from 30 years of program evaluations
People are different-leveraging segmentation
Behavior in organizations
Impacts of changing lifestyles on energy use
Social norms and networks
Economic models and behavior
Social marketing and other behavior change strategies
Attitudes, opinions and "public will"
Messages, messengers, and role models
Who Should Attend?
This first-ever conference on Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change will
attract a diverse group. The meeting will be of interest to anyone
interested in behavior, energy, and climate issues, especially
researchers; policymakers and advisors (national, state and local);
program developers and implementers; marketing, advertising, and
communications professionals; corporations; consultants; evaluators;
utilities; technology manufacturers; NGO's; faculty and students.
The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference will be held November
7 - 9, 2007 in Sacramento, California. The conference will begin on
Wednesday evening, November 7 with Registration and a Networking
Reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Two full days of sessions will be
held on November 8 and 9.
Online registration will be available soon at
2007 GREEN POWER INDUSTRY DIRECTORY ON CD-ROM, PDF, AND HARD COPY TODAY!
Need a list of a comprehensive, industry-wide listing of manufacturers
and dealers of renewable/clean energy products and systems? Webcom's
Renewable/Clean Energy Database mailing list of 3,000 contacts and 2,143
companies & locations worldwide, has what you're looking for. Updated
daily, the list includes company, name and title of contacts, address,
phone, fax and website or email address when available.
For further information please contact Donna Chrivia at
donna at infowebcom.com <mailto:donna at infowebcom.com> or call 720 528 3770,
THE ELEVENTH HOUR
The 11th Hour is premiering this Friday, August 24th!
Go support this important film in its limited early release and help
make an impact on climate change!
Find showtimes at http://www.fandango.com/the11thhour_108034/movietimes
Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we
face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity
... We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming
and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable
environmental future for our planet. - Leonardo DiCaprio
The 11th Hour is a 2007 feature film documentary created, produced and
narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio on the state of the natural environment.
With the contributions of over fifty of the world's most prominent
thinkers and activists, including reformer Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist
Stephen Hawking, and Earth Policy Institute founder and president Lester
Brown, the film documents the grave problems facing the planet's life
systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and
depletion of the oceans' habitats are all addressed. The film's premise
is that the future of humanity is in jeopardy.
Note: With friendly managers you might be able to give a little speech
inside the theatre before the previews start, in addition to passing out
information as people leave.
Please check local listings for showtimes in your area. The movie is
being released in a number of cities this week and next week (see list
THE LASE NEWSLETTER
LASE Newsletter is taking the summer off, but here is a recent report
that many of you will find interesting.
"zerocarbonbritainis a radical vision of Britain’s energy future,
outlining bold policy drivers to reduce carbon emissions to zero within
20 years. What follows is a scenario demonstrating possible outcomes of
these policies, using only existing and proven technologies."
Download from http://www.zerocarbonbritain.com/ (warning: 4 MB)
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