It’s all about the environment as the 2nd Annual Green Energy Forum is about to arrive in Parry Sound.

Presented by the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve and the Active Transportation Committee, the event will feature a tradeshow of booths from organizations and businesses related to energy and design, including architects, solar companies, utilities, and more.

“There are a lot of things going on related to renewable energy and climate change,” says Greg Mason, general manager of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. “This event is a good place to network and ask questions and learn from others.”

Speakers from Toronto, Sudbury and Huntsville will provide their views and recommendations for the area including Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve’s David Bywater who will summarize climate warming trends given in the 2018 ‘State of the Bay’ report.

Other speakers include David Sweetnam, executive director of Georgian Bay Forever,  Climate Initiatives Coordinator for the District of Muskoka Kevin Boyle, and Dr. Elaine Blacklock, a member of the Citizens Climate Lobby of Canada.

At 1:00 pm, a bus leaves from Canadore College to visit some homes that are off the public electrical grid, often with a combination of solar, wind design. With a $10 donation for the bus, the off-grid house tour visits a property in Whitestone and another in Carling to help people see energy efficiency designs and retrofits.

Tour guide and building performance expert, Myles Donoghue, will share ideas to conserve energy, save money, and reduce your carbon footprint. “Retrofits can be expensive,” he says, “and people want to know what will be the results, financially and for the environment.”

The free event begins at 9:00 am and runs until 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 17th at Canadore College’s Parry Sound Campus at 1 College Drive.

You must register ahead of time for the bus tour.

For more information and to register, go to the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve website or if you just want to register, click Eventbrite.

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