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What is Clean Energy?

Cleaner energy initiatives are intended to aid energy consumers, state policymakers, and energy suppliers by giving objective information, forming public-private partnerships, and offering technical support.

Leading organizations that embrace energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and practices are also recognized by the United States Environmental Protectection Agency (EPA).

An example of this technology would be the promotion of use of biogas recovery systems to reduce methane emissions from livestock waste. Another example would be environmental impact of power generation or reducing methane gas emissions from landfills by recovering and using the landfill gas as a renewable energy resource.

History of the Local Living Festival

The local living festival is designed to promote and demonstrate sustainable environmental practices in the North Country of New York State. These sustainable practices make sense for many residents because of high heating costs, rudimentary infrastructure, and the resources at hand.

The core curriculum includes topics such as food production, consumption, and conservation, renewable energy systems, green architecture, a healthy hearth and woods, and traditional rural skills. As a result of these creative community projects, many local companies will flourish!

Community members from all over New York come to visit and share with one another. There are many examples to use alternative energy. For example, there are solar panels, green houses, and even alpacas.

Featured Speakers

Severine vonTscharner Fleming

The “Greenhorns” Tilling “Our Land”

As Severine, a farmer, activist, and director of The Greenhorns, a documentary film and grassroots movement, works to recruit, promote, and assist the rising tribe of new agrarians, you'll be able to see how she does it. "Farming is an appealing career for folks who are getting out of school and feeling like there is a poisonous consumerism and aren't too enthused about working for the Man, especially because he has ruined our politics and a lot of our ecological," says the author.’

Elizabeth Henderson

Introductory Address for Community Supported Agriculture Panel Discussion

Elizabeth has been growing organically produced veggies for the fresh market at Peacework Farm in New York for for 30 years. She is a founding member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) in Massachusetts, has been on the Board of Directors of NOFA-NY since 1989, and represents NOFA in national organic standards negotiations and on the Agricultural Justice Project's Management Committee.

Greg Pahl

Community Energy

Greg demonstrates how communities in the United States may plan, fund, and create their own local, renewable energy that is dependable, safe, and environmentally friendly. Renewable, community-based energy is an important step toward energy security and community resilience, especially as we approach peak oil, deal with climate change, and make the transition to a more sustainable future.

Leanna Mulvihil


Leanna talks about how they want to become carbon neutral by using alternative energy sources including fuel cells, bio-diesel, and forest management. FarmHack is a community for folks who enjoy tinkering, creating, fabricating, adjusting, and fixing things that break, as practiced on farms for generations. Overall, bridging the gap between farmers and engineers.


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