Renewable Energy Day returns |

Renewable Energy Day returns

John Colson

The second Aspen Renewable Energy Day, or AREDAY, is scheduled for Aug. 27 on the Hyman Avenue mall, Wagner Park and at the Wheeler Opera House in downtown Aspen.”AREDAY was created to promote effective solutions to the urgent challenges of global warming,” said Chip Comins, executive producer of the event. “The event has enormous potential for promoting increased awareness among Roaring Fork Valley residents and visitors.”The day will feature information booths, presentations by renewable energy experts, panel discussions and live music from a stage in the park.In addition, a key element of the day’s activities will be an evening screening of “Oil on Ice,” an award-winning documentary that explores the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge debate and the energy future of the United States.”The film reveals how the fate of the refuge is tied to U.S. energy and transportation policy, while the survival of native people and migratory wildlife hangs in the balance,” according to a statement issued by Comins. The screening of “Oil on Ice” will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and special guest speakers.The primary sponsor of the event is the Community Office of Resource Efficiency, and CORE’s director, Randy Udall, will be one of the lead speakers, Comins said.Also involved in hosting the event are the city of Aspen, Holy Cross Electric, the ABC Foundation and Pitkin County.Comins, a 25-year resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, has been producing environmental video projects since 1998 and produced the first annual AREDAY in 2004. Associate producer Jackie Francis grew up in Aspen, is a mother of two, and has been active in the community for years promoting environmental awareness through the Actions Speak Louder organization. Educational director Christopher Philipp has been teaching environmental education at the high school level for 12 years and has an extensive educational programming background dating to his co-design of Buckminister Fuller’s World Game Seminars. Comins and AREDAY can be found on the Web at or reached by telephone at 948-9929.

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