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In collaboration with SunCommon and CyclEffect
Regenerating Planet, People and Economy
By pairing a marketplace of new energy leaders and environmental advocates with an afternoon of presentations and discussions by community leaders and alternative energy experts, this new free, annual program will invite attendees to come together to seek solutions for the greatest communal challenge now facing us, the climate and energy crisis.
With a particular focus on exploring both community solar and bioenergy – the generation of energy from food waste and similar organic materials – as vital examples of the move away from the archaic, destructive energy models which have left us in climate chaos, the Green Energy Fair will give attendees the tools to protect our future and to together serve, inspire and care for the region we live in.
Moving toward our ten year anniversary in 2020, our commitment is to enter a more sustainable means of running our building, a reclaimed, solar-powered factory on the waterfront of the historic Hudson River. Basilica firmly believes that the only way to move forward is by harnessing the power of new technology and new energy. Basilica will move the Climate and Energy crisis to the top of our mission and agenda by offering access to information and solutions while transforming our building into a model of what is possible..
Basilica hopes that, through working with inspiring partners in sustainable energy, we will be able to improve its environmental infrastructure both in in its own building and in the wider world.
Basilica will stand alongside SunCommon, as the organization continues its journey into being an organizer, educator and leader empowering the general public with accessible community solar. SunCommon is a market-solution to climate change with a purpose beyond profit. As Vermont’s largest solar provider and a quality leader in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region of New York, SunCommon believes that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and brighter future – and renewable energy is where it starts. SunCommon is a Certified BCorp based on a rigorous third party assessment of its commitment to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. SunCommon will present its vision of community solar, explaining the pioneering measures they have taken to ensure that solar power can now be a viable option within reach of all homeowners in our region.
Venture Capital Cooperative Firm and presenting partner CYCLEffect will also present its inspiring vision of ethical and environmentally focused investing, with a particular focus on its work into biogas, a model which captures, reuses and recycles food waste to create sustainable energy, ‘closing the loop’ between waste and energy and restoring the planet’s biological and social systems to a healthy balance. CYCLEffect will present its newly installed biodigester by Impact BioEnergy on public display for the first time onsite at Basilica. Impact BioEnergy is a leader in the biogas industry specifically around transportable, modular and distributed digester technologies, and is soon to install its first east coast installation at Basilica to expand its inspiring vision of biogas, a renewable and clean alternative to natural gas.
Basilica will also continue its long-standing and popular partnership with acclaimed filmmaker Jon Bowermasterwith a screening of Growing With The Grain and Undamming The Hudson River, the latest films in Jon’s Hudson River Stories series of stunning short films. The series, produced by Jon’s Ocean’s 8 Films, explores and examines the environmental issues facing the region’s waterways, and presents studies into those working to protect this vital asset to our state, our country and our planet.
GROWING WITH THE GRAIN (15:15)
RESURRECTING GRAIN GROWING IN THE NORTHEAST
Upstate New York used to be a breadbasket of grain growing. Westward expansion yielded more ideal climates for growing and production shifted to the midwest. Scientists, farmers, bakers and brewers take part in a grain trial test that hopes to produce a new generation of grain suited for the northeast, bringing sustainable and more localized grain production back to the region.
Undamming the Hudson River (15:34)
REOPENING THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM OF OUR LANDSCAPE
Many fish use tributaries to the Hudson River as pathways to move between feeding, nursery, and spawning grounds. Unfortunately, thousands of dams, many built in the 19th and 20th Centuries are blocking those pathways and dramatically shrinking accessible habitat area, causing declines in fish and other wildlife. As the years have passed, these dams often no longer serve the purposes for which they were originally built and many have fallen into disrepair.