Save the Date for the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair



Saturday, October 20th
10 am – 4 pm
Doane Stuart School
199 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, NY

This is a one- stop shopping event for information and products about renewable energy and living a more sustainable life. This is our third annual Fair.  Last year, we had more than 45 different organizations and vendors tabling and presenting workshops on topics from solar energy to composting- and expect the same this year!

There will be food and children’s activities in addition to displays and information on renewable energy and sustainable living. This event is free and open to the public with free parking. It is on the CDTA bus route, bus #214.

Last year, Judith Enck, former Environmental Protection Agency Regional Director under President Obama gave a keynote address at noon- stay tuned for this years special guest!

Some other highlights from last year include:

  • The Capital District Electric Vehicles Drivers Club offered test rides in their electric vehicles and there was even a solar boat present
  • Doane Stuart has a “Green Roof” and their students took visitors on a tour and explained what a Green Roof is
  • Information about solar installations on your home, community solar and buying your electricity through a renewable energy supplier
  • News from a Google offshoot making geothermal heating and cooling installations more affordable
  • Green and zero energy building techniques
  • Heat pumps
  • Teslas’ wall-mounted storage battery
  • Replacement windows
  • Energy efficient products
  • How to invest your money in sustainable businesses

There were over 25 not-for-profit organizations with information about

  • bicycling options in the Capital District
  • how to sign up for a NYSERDA energy audit
  • how your town can become a “Climate Smart Community”
  • the best ways to compost
  • environmental justice
  • lobbying for a carbon tax
  • biomass heating
  • the power of Community Choice Aggregation
  • making healthy soil
  • recycling
  • raising and saving bees
  • HVCC’s Clean Energy Management Program
  • a comprehensive Green Energy newspaper
  • local climate advocacy organizations

If you have any questions about signing up as an exhibitor for this event or being an attendee, please call Becky Meier or Bob Connors at 518-781-4686 or email: .

If you are interested in signing up as an exhibitor click here to fill out our registration form. Registration fees are lower if signed up and paid before July 31st.

Current Fair Registrations

These are the companies/organizations who have signed up so far for the 2018 Fair:

  • SunCommon
  • JouleCommunity Power
  • New Yorkers for Clean Power
  • Aztech Geothermal
  • Honest Weight Food Co-op
  • New York Interfaith Power & Light
  • Apex Solar Power
  • Clean Choice Energy
  • Solarize Albany
  • NY Renews
  • Affordable Housing Partnership

Volunteers needed 

Come join a fun team of volunteers to help plan our 2018 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair. Please email if you would like to help out in any of the area below:

  • Create a drop in room with children’s activities related to renewable energy and sustainable living
  • Coordinate the workshops offered at the Fair
  • Write letters to editor about the Fair
  • Place lawn signs in strategic places
  • Coordinate CASE food table
  • Program book sales
  • Outreach to colleges

Each newsletter between now and the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair will include a short piece about one of the companies that will be exhibiting at the Fair. SunCommon (the former Hudson Solar) was our first registrant.

Hudson Solar Merges with SunCommon
B-Corp Time: Business as a Force for Good

This spring, Hudson Solar merged with SunCommon, the market-leading solar business in nearby Vermont. SunCommon uses a community organizing model of marketing, meeting local residents face-to-face to teach them how clean energy can reduce their burning of fossil fuels while saving money.
This community-centric model doubled the amount of Vermont solar in just 3 years. Taking a page from Ben & Jerry’s there, SunCommon is a public benefit corporation and a certified B Corp – transparently making clear its commitment to people, planet and profit (in that order). The company is often recognized for the way it cares for its employees, the communities in which they work, and the habitats that sustain their very lives.
Joining forces with SunCommon, Hudson Solar will bring its 15 years of strong local reputation, commitment to quality, deep community roots, solid engineering, and 1,700 loyal customers who love to share in the clean energy revolution. SunCommon will add community-oriented marketing, commitment to growing solar, and a joyful brand. Our goal will be to rapidly grow employment and the use of solar energy in our region.
Keep an eye out as Hudson Solar becomes SunCommon and a B Corp, bringing renewable energy to thousands more Capital District and Hudson Valley residents and having fun along the way. Click here to learn more about B Corps.

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