Renewable Energy, Sustainable Living Festival Presents Ideas for a Green Future

Public, experts to mingle at eastern Pennsylvania gathering focused on environment

Aug 20, 2010, 15:32 ET from MAREA

KUTZTOWN, Pa., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of ideas and techniques for creating an environmentally sound future will be the focus of the 6th annual Pennsylvania Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Festival in Kempton, PA, September 17 through 19, 2010.

The Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (MAREA) hosts this fun gathering with a serious purpose that annually draws thousands of visitors. Festival-goers can seek advice from experts and participate in hands-on sessions. During the three-day festival, more than 100 presenters will explore solar electricity, solar hot water, wind, micro-hydro, alternative transportation, energy efficiency and green building. Workshops will cover timber frame construction and electric and vegetable oil vehicle conversions.

Some 200 exhibitors will offer products and services designed to foster a healthy relationship between people and the planet.  Dozens of alternative fuel vehicles will be exhibited, including Teslas, electric conversions, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Sustainable agriculture is also a focus of the festival, which will feature a farmers market. A variety of vendors will offer healthy options for every taste.  The festival considers where food comes from, what we eat and how our waste can be a recoverable resource.

Family-friendly entertainment features many performers and artists. Cellist and vocalist Ben Sollee, named a Top Ten artist by NPR's Morning Edition, is the special musical guest. Sollee plans to bike to the festival. Oscar Lloveras, internationally-known nature-inspired landscape artist, will grace the grounds with his first U.S. installation.

In a Festival screening, Gasland, the HBO award-winning documentary, looks at the environmental hazards of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. Indie documentary distributor Bullfrog Films will also screen films throughout the festival.

All speakers, exhibits, entertainment and films are included with admission.  Admission:  $12/adults; $6/12 to 18; under 12/free. Camping is available, $15/day per campsite.

The festival runs 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17 through 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Kempton Community Center, Kempton, PA 19529 (north of Route 78 between Allentown and Reading). Learn more at or or contact Dan Brown, 610.509.4354. To schedule interviews or request press passes, contact Karen Feridun, 610.678.7726.


MAREA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to informing and educating the public on renewable energy production, energy efficiency and sustainable living through meetings, workshops, educational materials and energy fairs.