Saturday September 17, 2016
Smith College, Northampton MA
Powerful Speakers - Workshops - Exhibits - Pitch Grants - Lunch - Music - Member Meeting
Please join us for the 12th Annual Co-op Power Regional Sustainability Summit. Explore ways we can shape our movement, working for collective impact by uniting our work to RESIST harm, REFORM current structures, RECREATE new structures and REIMAGINE a just and sustainable future. Click HERE for the program link and register HERE. There is a sliding scale for registration (just choose the amount that works best for you). You can also register with Promo Code “STUDENT” (with ID) for free registration. There's a great free childcare program, Spanish language interpreting, and transportation stipends available to help make the Summit accessible to all. Click HERE to Volunteer (help staff the event and attend for free). Click HERE to Exhibit or Sponsor.
WHO: We’re expecting about 200 people from across the Northeast. Students, activists, young professionals, community leaders, community organizations, green businesses, elected officials, children (attending our children’s program) and more.
WHEN: Saturday, September 17th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
WHERE: Smith College - Wright Hall from 8:30 am to 11:00 am and Seelye Hall from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Join us for an inspiring and informative day of discussion, workshops, speakers, and demonstrations that will help you and your community plan for a sustainable and just renewable energy future.
We have a great plenary session designed for you with keynote Sandra Steingraber, an acclaimed biologist and activist who speak on the health impacts of fossil fuels and what we can do about it. She will introduce our RESIST workshops that show best practices for protecting the health and well-being of all life and the planet. Holmes Hummel will introduce the REFORM workshops that show best practices for working within our current systems for incremental change. Lynn Benander will introduce the RECREATE workshops that demonstrate new systems we’re developing. Sherry Mitchell will introduce the REIMAGINE workshops that help us envision a just, democratic, and sustainable future.
Dr. Sandra Steingraber is our keynote speaker. Ecologist, cancer survivor, and anti-fracking activist, you will want to hear what she has experienced and researched on the effects fossil fuels have on health. She has played an influential role in the surging interest toward climate related policy making during this past presidential term.
The historic agreement in Paris last winter points us toward a future where nations work together to meet the enormous challenge of climate change. With Gov. Baker recently signing the Energy Bill momentum for Renewables increases further. But we cannot ignore the politics of today and this year's election will be pivotal.
Here in our own home region, we must also make post-Paris plans, by cutting our carbon emissions and marching toward fossil fuel freedom and participate in rousing our communities, friends, family to join us.
So take advantage of this event, be part of the conversations, attend workshops, network and enjoy being among a focused group of regional energy leaders and professionals. FREE ENTRANCE in exchange for volunteering.