MREA Attends Sustainability Fair 2004
The Corporation for the Northern Rockies held its fifth annual Sustainability Fair in Livingston, Montana, on July 10. Each year, the fair hosts a variety of vendors and exhibits that demonstrate sustainable living options to people interested in reducing their ecological footprint. This year, an impressive 4,000-plus visitors attended the fair.
The Montana Renewable Energy Association (MREA) again had an exhibit at this year’s event, which served to educate participants about renewable energy. The booth featured MREA’s renewable energy demonstration trailer, which throughout the day provided enough solar electricity to power a big-screen plasma TV, two computers, LED lights, a soldering iron, and a cooling mist system. The booth, manned by LuMarie Strickland and Patrick Judge, featured a host of other attention-getters, including a piece of “art” constructed from photovoltaic cells and copper wire. The “art” was generating solar electric power by day’s end.
MREA President Dave Ryan also attended the fair, representing both MREA and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), an MREA member. Ryan and Debbie Rask distributed a large amount of renewable energy literature to eager participants, including a variety of MREA fact sheets.
Other highlights of this year’s event included:
All in all, the fair was deemed a great success. MREA looks forward to continuing renewable energy education at next year’s event.