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2008 GEO Annual Meeting & SE Ohio Workshop

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GEO Recognizes Statewide Renewable Energy Champions

Green Energy Ohio 8th Annual Meeting &
Southeast Ohio Clean Energy Workshop

Saturday, May 31, 2008
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
John Light Hall - Room 195

Hocking College, Nelsonville, Ohio


NELSONVILLE  - Clean energy advocates and educators Green Energy Ohio (GEO) will highlight what's happening in energy efficiency, green design and renewable energy at their annual meeting, Saturday, May 31, at Hocking College.  The afternoon will feature speakers presenting information about the greening of Hocking College's and Ohio University's campuses, LEED building design and statewide renewable energy installations.


This will be Green Energy Ohio's 8th Annual Meeting.  Bill Spratley, Executive Director, and the GEO Board of Directors will present Annual Awards which recognize contributions that individuals and businesses have made to promote and utilize renewable energy.


The public is invited to this free event to learn more about GEO's programs, initiatives and accomplishments.  The meeting will be held from 1-5 pm in Room 195 of John Light Hall, Hocking College, Nelsonville. 


                                         GEO 8th Annual Meeting Agenda

1:00  Welcome & 2007 Year in Review

            Bill Spratley, GEO Executive Director


1:20  2007 GEO Annual Recognition Awards - Award Recipient Backgrounds Below

            Bill Spratley and GEO Board Members

Non-Profit of the Year 2007

                    - Great Lakes Science Center
                      Cleveland, Ohio

                Clean Energy Community of the Year 2007
                    - City of Cleveland & Cuyahoga County

                Public Official of the Year 2007 
                    - Sara Ward, former Chief,
Ohio Office of Energy Efficiency
                      Columbus, Ohio

                Ohio Business of the Year 2007
                    - Duke Energy. Cincinnati, Ohio

                Pioneer of the Year 2007 
                    - Cleveland Indians
irst American League Team with Stadium Solar Array


                Volunteer of the Year 2007 
                    - Scotte Elliott
                      Lewis Center, Ohio

                GEO Board Dedicated Service Award 
                    - Dale Arnold
, GEO Board Secretary, 2003-2008

                      Newark, Ohio


                Executive Director's Award for Outstanding Staff Service 
                    - Barry Adler, GEO Operations Coordinator, 2004-2008
                      Plain City, Ohio



1:50  2007 Green Energy Ohio 2007 Volunteer Recognition Awards

            GEO Staff: Bill Spratley, Executive Director;

            Athan Barkoukis & Sarah Straley, Program Managers; 
James Kinsman, Project Coordinator


         *Award recipients are to assemble on the stairs for a group photo after all in attendance have received their awards.


2:00  Hocking College & The Global Energy Challenge

            Jerry Hutton, Dean of Advanced Energy & Transportation Technologies


2:30  What is Happening at Ohio University -
            From Sustainable Practices to Advanced Energy Research

            Heather Stephens, Consortium for Energy,Economics & Environment (CE3)


3:00  Break

            Exhibitors will be available for more information


3:15  Installers

            Geoff Greenfield of Third Sun Solar & Wind Power,
            Matt Bennett of Dovetail Solar & Wind


4:00  Athens Real Estate - LEED Registered Case Study

            Architect - Don Dispenza, Panich and Noel Architects

            Owner -  Russell Chamberlain, Athens Real Estate

            Commissioning Agent - John Seryak, Go Sustainable Energy

            Contractor - Tom Lovdal, T. H. Lovdal and Company

            Interior Designer - Viviane Herbert, Panich and Noel Architects

            Moderator - Teny Bannick, Panich and Noel Architects
            (LEED Project Team Administrator)    


4:45  Adjourn 


About GEO Annual Meeting & Southwest Ohio Workshop Presenters


Bill Spratley has led GEO since 2001 and is based in Columbus.  Bill lends a wealth of experience and knowledge in the utility and energy sector, having served as Ohio's first Consumer's Counsel and as a national utility consultant.  His vast national and statewide network of contacts, including the US Department of Energy, Ohio Dept. of Development, national foundations and Chairing SOLAR 2007 - the 36th National Solar Conference continue to gain new credibility and visibility for GEO.  He led the Ohio Wind Working Group for its first 15 meetings in 2003-2006.  He received the Advocacy Leadership Award in 2005 from Wind Powering America and the Green Power Pioneer Award in 2007 from Center for Resource Solutions.  An attorney since 1973, Bill was President of William A. Spratley & Associates Inc., a consulting firm with public interest clients starting in1993.  As the State of Ohio's first Consumers' Counsel, 1977-1993, Bill was founding President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA).  He served on U.S. Department of Energy advisory boards under Presidents Carter, Bush and Clinton.  A College of Wooster graduate, Bill's J.D. is from Ohio State University's College of Law.


Jerrold L. Hutton is the Dean of Hocking College's Advanced Energy & Transportation Technologies.   He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of this growing division of the college in Nelsonville, Ohio, which includes two Associate degree programs: Advanced Fuels & Fuel Cells and Advanced Fuels and Vehicular Hybrids. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Weber University in Ogden, Utah, majoring in Automotive Engineering and Technology and a Master of Education degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, majoring in Engineering/Technical Education.  He is currently studying for his Doctoral degree from Capella University.  He also served as a Munitions Maintenance Specialist in the United States Air Force from 1971 to 1975.


Heather Stephens, M.B.A., is an Energy and Environmental Programs Specialist with the Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment, part of Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Ms. Stephens helps coordinate the Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment (CE3) at the Voinovich School. She facilitates the development of public policies and funding opportunities that support both the innovative research at Ohio University and the economic development and environmental sustainability of the region and state. She has experience working on large-scale analyses for the U.S. Forest Service, conducting market research for small- and medium-sized businesses, as an analyst in the environmental division of Cinergy Corporation, as a Senior Legislative Assistant to former U.S. Congressman Thomas C. Sawyer, and as the executive director of a rural economic development organization. Ms. Stephens has an undergraduate degree in economics and public policy from Duke University and an M.B.A. in finance and marketing from Ohio State University.


Geoff Greenfield is the president and founder of Third Sun, a full service renewable energy design and installation firm serving OH and surrounding states.  Since 1997, his team of engineers, electricians and installers have provided power systems for more than 150 residences, businesses, utility companies and institutions.  Geoff's career includes work in the construction industry,  non-profit housing development, and service in the Peace Corps in Africa.  He has a BA from Miami University and a Masters from Ohio University.  Geoff, along with his wife and two children, live in an "off-grid" solar and wind powered home in rural Athens County.

Matthew Bennett is Operations Manager for Dovetail Solar and Wind, a renewable energy systems design and installation company based in Athens Ohio.  Dovetail specializes in solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, and wind energy systems for residential, commercial and industrial applications.  Matthew holds certifications from the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).  Matthew also trains Solar PV Installers at Hocking College.  A long-time advocate for renewable energy, he was a founding board member of Green Energy Ohio and continues to lead educational workshops on solar and wind power.


Don Dispenza is Project Architect and Design Director for Panich+Noel Architects. He is a registered architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a LEED Accredited Professional.  Don has completed projects throughout the United States, Thailand, China, Taiwan and Europe in a variety of typologies including Health Care, Residential, Retail/ Entertainment, Commercial and Education. Several of these projects have received AIA and trade Design Awards. His primary interest is to make sustainable design be great architecture by balancing the science of sustainability with a strong sense of aesthetics. Don is an active volunteer with Athens County Habitat for Humanity, occasional instructor in the Ohio University Interior Architecture program and a novice sustainable farmer.

Before moving to Southeast Ohio, Russell Chamberlain was a published short story writer and professor of English at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.   In the early 1990's, he left academe to pursue economic development work in the local food and agricultural communities.  Eventually, he and his wife Mary operated a sheep farm in Washington County, during which time they launched FeltWorks, a nationally-recognized fine-craft studio specializing in contemporary art made from felt.  Currently, Russell is the owner/founder of The Athens Real Estate Company, in Athens, Ohio. 

John Seryak is principal and lead engineer of /Go Sustainable Energy/. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, and a Department of Energy (DOE) pumping systems Energy Expert. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering with research concentrations in residential and industrial energy use. Recent services include energy assessments, energy-efficiency technical assistance, and instructional workshops. Mr. Seryak maintains his academic credentials, actively participating in the advancement of energy efficiency analysis techniques and methods, and publishing and presenting frequently in energy efficiency conference proceedings.


Tom Lovdal, owner of T.H. Lovdal & Co. Ltd., grew up on a dairy farm in Connecticut. Working side-by-side with his father, he developed a love for nature and a respect for the environment. He earned an electrical engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Northern Brazil and worked for USAID in Guinea Bissau. Tom worked as construction manager on large industrial projects in the United States and Canada before starting his own residential building business in 1982. He was building the "Not so Big House" long before its popularity entered the mainstream always emphasizing energy efficiency, compact floor plans and use of local materials. He is currently general contractor for 540 West Union, Athens first LEED registered project.  Present community service commitments are, Habitat for Humanity Green Build Committee, Sierra Club Energy Audit Committee, Christ Lutheran Church Eco-Justice Committee and Sugarbush Foundation board member.


Viviane Herbert, IIDA, joined Panich + Noel and Associates in Athens, OH with a background in healthcare and residential design.  In school she focused her senior presentation on the impact of design in the market, and the power of going green; this lead into her experience with healthcare where low VOC's were a consistent consideration. As a residential designer she employed a reuse/refurbish design principle whenever possible.  She feels a natural progression into LEED, and has been eager to apply her background into LEED design parameters.  She looks forward to becoming a LEED accredited professional in the next year.


Teny Bannick, Associate AIA, Consulting LEED AP, has been working as a sustainable design professional for over 25 years.  She is currently employed by Panich + Noel and Associates in Athens, OH, as one of three LEED accredited professionals on staff.  Dedicated to moving Ohio away from fossil and nuclear fuel dependency, she continues to advance high performance design, to transform the marketplace and increase the capacity of the building profession to integrate sustainable and regenerative design standards.  Teny is the LEED Project Team Administrator for the Athens Real Estate - New Offices, the first LEED Registered Project in this region.





Recipients of Green Energy Ohio's 2007 Annual Recognition Awards:


Non-Profit of the Year 2007
Great Lakes Science Center for the educational program and display of wind & solar systems on the Cleveland lakefront and educational exhibits and programs.  Efforts by staff at the Great Lakes Science Center to partner with many local companies and expand their renewable energy demonstration projects and educational displays to include both solar and wind make the Science Center a leader and icon for Northeast Ohio.  During the summer of 2006 the Great Lakes Science Center installed a refurbished Vestas V27 (225kW) wind turbine on their property.  This commercial grade wind turbine has provoked public dialogue, intrigue and a yearning for more wind turbines along the shores of Lake Erie.  Likewise, the dedication of a 31.2 kW Solar Canopy along the front walkway of the building during the 36th National Solar Conference, hosted in Cleveland in July 2007, provides visitors of the Science Center with a breathtaking view of the 4th largest solar installation in the state.  The community has embraced these demonstration projects and looks to them to serve as a catalyst for more to come at the Great Lakes Science Center and around Northeast Ohio.


Clean Energy Community of the Year 2007
City of Cleveland & Cuyahoga County for the community's wind, solar, energy efficiency programs & GEO partner for SOLAR 2007 - the 36th National Solar Conference attracting a record 5,000 people in July 2007. Over the past few years the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County have made great progress in the implementation of policies and programs to spur the development and deployment of wind, solar, fuel cells, energy efficiency and other clean energy technologies in Northeast Ohio.  In 2007, under leadership of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Bill Mason, the Great Lakes Energy Task Force entered into a feasibility study with JW Great Lakes Wind LLC  to assess the potential for Lake Erie to be site of the first offshore freshwater wind farm in the world.  Established in 2005, the City of Cleveland's Sustainability Program has grown from one to a staff of four with a commitment towards developing green building and high performance building standards, cultivating renewable energy and advanced energy opportunities and engaging the public in reducing waste/increasing recycling.  In June of 2007, the City of Cleveland partnered with GEO to provide a solar thermal training program for City employees, which also included the installation of a solar thermal system at Cleveland Fire Station #20.  The City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County were supportive both financially and as community partners for SOLAR 2007 helping it to be a success.


Public Official of the Year 2007 
Sara Ward, former Chief, Ohio Office of Energy Efficiency, for her 30 years of state service including championing clean energy within Ohio government and partnering with GEO 2001-2007.  Sara Ward is currently a consultant working for Greater Ohio to integrate energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and practices into smart growth activity in the state of Ohio and on the National level.  In addition, Ms. Ward is a founding steering committee member of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light a non-profit organization which seeks to mobilize a religious response to climate change and to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy.  She is a longtime fan of the GEO family, recognizing that the encouragement from the grassroots groups like GEO made it possible for the State of Ohio to keep moving forward, developing the infrastructure and funding opportunities to grow the use of these technologies in Ohio

Ohio Business of the Year 2007
Duke Energy for the investor-owned utility's Cincinnati area programs, which support renewable energy technologies and encourage energy efficiency and partnering with GEO and  ASES during SOLAR 2007.  Duke Energy is now four years into a seven-year, $21 million commitment to reduce carbon emissions to a level 5% below its year 2000 emission level.  While the bulk of that money is being spent on improvements to power plants, perhaps the most visible effort in this initiative is Duke Energy?s encouragement of energy efficiency and support of renewable energy technologies.                                                     


Pioneer of the Year 2007
Cleveland Indians, first American League Team with Stadium Solar Array with permanent educational kiosk featured at SOLAR 2007 and Tribe home games. In 2007, The Cleveland Indians were proud to announce the installation of a new solar electric system at Progressive Field , first American League ballpark to go solar.  The 8.4 kW Solar Pavilion at Progressive Field and permanent educational kiosk featured at SOLAR 2007 and all future Cleveland Indians' home games provides clean, renewable electricity and introduces solar energy concepts to millions ion Northeast Ohio.  The Cleveland Indians are committed to exploring opportunities to help preserve the environment through the use of advanced energy", said Jim Folk, Indians Vice President of Ballpark Operations during its unveiling on June 29th as part of 'Solar Day at the Ballpark.' Incorporating an educational kiosk into the design was an important aspect of the Solar Pavilion as well.  Currently, data monitoring software displays the output of the Solar Pavilion with a flash program on an LCD monitor, and the information is viewable online on the GEO website.  Partnerships and projects with organizations like the Cleveland Indians help in educating millions of people about renewable energy, which will be critical to increase the adoption of these technologies.


Volunteer of the Year 2007
Scotte Elliott, for his Central Ohio GEO volunteer service (Gov's Residence, Indians, SOLAR 2007) & solar home owner.  Scotte works for the State of Ohio as an engineer in the Legislative Information Systems group.  He has been an active volunteer since joining GEO over five years ago.  During that time he has helped with events such as the Ohio Solar Tour, Ohio Wind Power Conference, Summer Solar Social, Renewable Energy Showcase, and ASES National Conferences.  Scotte has written articles in GEO publications such as the Ohio Renewable Energy Resource Guide, and was the organizer and speaker in a forum at the ASES Solar 2007 conference which showcased several high profile renewable energy projects from across the state of Ohio.  Scotte has also been involved in technical projects including data monitoring and web-based displays for PV systems at the Ohio Governor's Residence and the Cleveland Indians stadium.  He hold a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton.  Scotte, his wife Jennifer and their two boys Aidan and Brendan live in an Energy-Star home powered by a 2.2 kW grid-tie PV system in Columbus, Ohio.  Their latest "green" improvement is a cordless (solar powered) Neuton electric lawn mower which can be seen on the 2008 Ohio Solar Tour.


GEO Board Dedicated Service Award
Dale Arnold
, for his dedicated service as GEO Board Secretary, 2003-2008, and the Ohio Farm Bureau. Dale is Director of Energy Services for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He coordinates the daily operations of the Ohio Farm Bureau Self-Help energy programs; conducts community service programs, represents farm, small business and rural residential energy consumers on several Ohio utility, regulatory and consumer advisory boards and works with the Ohio Department of Agriculture OSU Extension and other organizations. Dale holds a B.S. in Communications from the Ohio Dominican University.

Executive Director's Award for Outstanding Staff Service
Barry Adler, GEO Operations Coordinator, 2004-2008 for his dedicated staff service with GEO's finances, budget and office systems and personal educational outreach as the owner/operator of RainFresh Harvests, LLC near Plain City. Barry works part-time for the organization and oversees the computer database, office administration and a clearinghouse of responsibilities. Well-equipped to answer questions about renewable energy, Barry's family farm, where he grows organic crops and culinary herbs, operates an off-grid bio-integrated greenhouse featuring active solar PV (2.1 kW), a wind turbine (1.0 kW) and a solar thermal drain-down system (3 Sun Earth Collectors) with radiant floor heating. He holds an MS in Horticulture from Virginia Tech and BS in Agriculture from Berea College. He previously worked for over 20 years in the management and research at The Scotts Company in Marysville, Ohio