10:15 AM Opening Remarks
10:30 AM Composting 101: in Your Home or Backyard: Anyone can do it!
Speaker: Jessica Weiss, Growing SOUL, Inc.
11:15 AM Deep Green Homes, Living in Harmony with Nature and not the Utility Company:
Homes should be healthy for your family and the planet and be secure and sustainable.
Speaker: John Spears, Sustainable Design, Inc.
12:00 PM Community Solar Power Purchasing: Solar power for the other 80%; Have you always wanted to put solar panels on your home but don't have the right roof? Here's a way to get involved and invest in solar right in your own neighborhood.
Speaker: David Brosch, MD Sun
1:15 PM Introducing the Bethesda Green Energy Tool Loaning Library
Speaker: Eric Coffman, Montgomery Department of Environmental Protection& Susanna Parker
2:00 PM Efficiency Incentives: Pepco Rebate Programs for 2013
Speaker: Pepco Representative
Jessica Wiess: Founder of GrowingSOUL . Jessica’s passion for food, combined with her scholastic know-how and desire to connect her community, prompted her to create growingSOUL- Sustainable Opportunities for Universal Learning. The organization consists of educators and leaders who embrace a zero-waste, closed-loop food cycle. They compost and create their own “soil with soul” from the community’s leftover food scraps, coffee grounds, and yard waste.
John Spears: President of Sustainable Design Group www.sustainabledesign.com , architects and builders of custom solar homes and renovations. Mr. Spears has been a pioneer in sustainable building technology and community design worldwide for over 40 years. He specializes in zero energy and self-sufficient buildings and communities.
David Brosch: Trained as a city planner and architect. John has worked for local government and in private practice in the areas of community planning, housing, energy efficiency, energy auditing, and weatherization. Mr. Brosch spearheaded one of the first community solar projects in the nation in University Park, MD. He is currently organizing community solar projects throughout Maryland.
Eric Coffman: Senior Energy Planner with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. Responsible for the County’s public energy programs, energy policy, and coordination of energy matters between County Agencies.
Susanna Parker: Susanna Parker is a recent college graduate and volunteer with Bethesda Green. She is also works for Green Wheaton. Her interest in sustainability leads her to look for green solutions in uncommon places. She is a regular contributor to the Bethesda Green blog.