SUNY Canton Set for North Country Sustainable Energy Fair

A number of SUNY Canton students and faculty from the Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications (AREA) program are taking a hands-on approach to tackle the growing energy crisis. At the North Country Energy Fair on April 27 to 29, those students and faculty will be joined by members of the North Country community who take an active role in changing how energy is harnessed and used.

The Energy Fair, which is managed by Community Energy Services, begins on Friday, April 27. Events, seminars, and displays continue through the day Saturday, April 28, at locations in and around the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. There will also be a home tour of energy efficient and off grid homes during the day on Sunday, April 29, at locations across the North Country.

Among the professionals and renewable energy authorities who will be presenting during the weekend are:

  • Assistant Professor Michael Newtown will be presenting “Energy for Everybody” an introduction to renewable energy at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Miller Campus Center. Newtown is the AREA program director and advises the college’s student solar boat team.
  • On-Line Learning Technician Jerry Bartlett will be sharing and explaining his unique gift for revamping in a session entitled “Creative Retrofits for Off-Grid Living” at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Miller Campus Center. Bartlett has created a diesel motorcycle capable of achieving more than 100 miles per gallon and uses solar panels and wind turbines to power his home. Bartlett’s off-grid home is also a feature on the home tour.
  • Jim Merkel, Sustainability Director at Dartmouth College, will be presenting “Creating a Sustainable College Campus” at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Miller Campus Center. Merkel authored “Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth” and transformed his life into a model of economic sustainability. He created a personal economy that allowed him to live on just $5,000 per year, which is very close to the global average income.
  • Assistant Professor Matthew Bullwinkel, an AREA Program Faculty Member will be presenting an informational and instructional session on solar hot water systems at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Miller Campus Center. Bullwinkel supervises the college’s biodiesel research and also works with the solar boat team.
  • SUNY Canton Alumnus Daniel Haas, managing director of Noble Environmental Systems, will be presenting “Wind Energy in New York State” at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Kingston Theater. Haas oversees the design and construction of Noble’s wind energy facilities. He has been personally responsible for the design and construction of power facilities, including the installation of more than 1,000 wind turbines in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, India, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

All events are free and open to the public. For a complete listing of events and seminars at the North Country Sustainable Energy Fair,