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Sustainable Energy & Buildings Education Workshops to Kick Off St. Lawrence County Home, Garden & Business Expo, April 27

Clarkson University, the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and others have partnered to add a "Go Local, Go Green" theme this year to the ninth annual Home, Garden and Business Expo to encourage visitors to learn the value of sustainable construction and energy use to save money, their health and the environment.

Ken VisserThe expo will be held April 28 and 29 at Clarkson's Cheel Campus Center (#12 on the map at ).

An evening of general talks from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, will precede the expo to help educate contractors, residents and building owners about opportunities for improving homes for health and efficiency. This event is free and open to the public.

The sessions will start at 4 p.m. in Cheel Campus Center with introductory remarks and a keynote presentation by Karen E. Hamilton, director of Single-Family Residential at New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. NYSERDA’s residential programs use market-based approaches to make energy efficiency services more available to households in one-to-four family homes, and provide resources to facilitate energy services for low-to-moderate income households.

Hamilton also oversees innovative consumer financing that enables households that ordinarily might not qualify for financing to obtain energy services. Her team also is exploring strategies to ensure energy efficiency is included in everyday decisions homeowners are making regarding the investments in their homes.

The keynote will be followed by concurrent educational workshops designed to enable people reduce their grid electricity needs and create a healthy indoor environment. The sessions include:

Solar PV and Small Wind Renewables -- Striving for Net Zero Energy for Your Home will be presented by Scott Shipley, president of Northern Lights Energy, Inc. and Clarkson Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineer Ken Visser. Both presenters have decades of experience in the development and implementation of renewable resources. They will provide a vision of current opportunities for renewable energy in residential installation and the future of homes that depend less on grid electricity.

Understanding How We Use Water and Energy will be presented by Clarkson Interim Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment / Associate Director of Sustainability / Jean '79 and Robert '79 Spence Professorship in Sustainable Environment Systems Susan Powers and electrical engineering graduate student Alan Schay. They have worked with Clarkson’s smart housing project to carefully measure electricity and water use in on-campus student apartments. Results that show which activities consume the most energy can be used to target priorities for energy reduction through conservation and efficiency.

Local Greening Efforts: How USGBC Can Help will be presented by Tracie Hall, director of New York Upstate for U.S. Green Building Council. Going green. Sustainability. Resilience. These are all buzz words for our time. What people really need to know is what they can do as individuals, businesses and organizations to make these concepts a reality in their communities. This presentation will share resources and tools, as well as a simple roadmap to help guide businesses, neighborhoods, and towns toward local green efforts and sustainable initiatives. Bring your stories, your ideas and your questions!
Indoor Air Quality and Your Health will be presented by Clarkson Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Andrea Ferro and Associate Professor / Associate Director for the Institute for a Sustainable Environment Alan Rossner. Take a virtual walk through a typical North Country home to identify indoor air pollution sources. Examine which sources impact indoor air quality the most in a home and what can be done to eliminate or reduce them. Interact with low-cost air quality sensors that are new on the market and discuss their advantages and limitations. The goal of this workshop is to learn how to create a clean, healthy environment at home.

A panel discussion at 7 p.m. will wrap these ideas together to enable participants to leave the event with a vision of the future of sustainable buildings and energy systems.  

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided with additional food options available in the Cheel Campus Center food court. Details for these workshops and the entire expo are available at .

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University Professor Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Ken Visser and a wind turbine. Sustainable energy and buildings education workshops are free and open to the public from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. Learn how to reduce energy use and create a clean, healthy environment at home or at work.  Workshops are targeted for home and business owners, students and contractors.

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