On May 27th, 2016 the Wintergreen Renewable Energy Co-operative will be holding the 6th Annual Community Energy Retreat at Wintergreen Studios, along with long-term partners, Sustainable Eastern Ontario and the Community Energy Network of Eastern Ontario.
This year’s retreat will open with a presentation featuring uplifting examples of how practices of all kinds, all around the world, are shifting as we move towards a sustainable future. Some examples will be large scale (leaps), and others smaller scale (steps), recognizing that change of all kinds is what is need to reach the tipping point for renewable energy to become the norm.
The opening presentation will be followed by introductions to the participants, with an invitation to share a success story—a leap or a step—that brings us closer to 100% renewable energy or related efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. Before breaking for lunch, there will be a presentation on what it takes to make a successful transition to 100% RE.
After lunch, we will examine some of the popular campaigns that focus on making the broad changes that we so urgently need, such as the Leap Manifesto and 350.org, identifying common threads. Then, we will break into groups to identify concrete ways to bring community plans to fruition, featuring initiatives in both Kingston and Ottawa. The Kingston discussions will focus on Kingston’s Community Energy Plan and Climate Action Plan, while the Ottawa conversations will zone in on 100% Renewable Ottawa.
We intend to finish the day both inspired and filled with actions that we are ready to take as individuals and collectives.
As in previous years, the event will include a mixture of presentations, roundtable discussions and themed group discussions, along with delicious food featuring local produce. There will be opportunities to network with like-minded friends and colleagues throughout the day.
This day-long event is open to the public and to Wintergreen Co-op members. Arrival for tea and coffee at 9:00; the event itself will run from 9:30 – 4:00. The fee includes workshop materials, an optional tour of Wintergreen’s facilities, as well as snacks, tea, coffee, and lunch. The subsidized fee is $20, thanks to the contributing partners.