WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Northwest Renewable Energy Festival 2002 begins Friday, Sept. 20, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 22, on the Whitman College campus.

A tour of the Stateline Wind Energy Center and Boise's Fiber Farm will kick off the day's events Friday at 8:30 a.m. On campus, the festival begins at 11 a.m. with exhibitors and food booths available at various locations around campus. An energy basics panel with speakers addressing commercial, industrial and institutional energy issues begins at 12:30 p.m. Local school students are invited to enjoy hands-on educational workshops and model solar car races. Amory Lovins, world-renowned physicist, energy activist and author, will present the 2002 FPL/PacifiCorp Lecture "Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution" at 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. Admission to all events is free and open to the public. Those attending are asked to bring a canned good for donation to a local food bank.

On Saturday, the festival will sponsor more than 20 workshops on solar, wind, hydro, biomass, geothermal and fuel cell energy. Additional workshops will feature such subjects as energy efficiency and conservation, home construction, Green Tags/Blue Sky, recycling and waste reduction, solar cooking, renewable energy careers, and "How to Stay Warm at the South Pole." Around a dozen interactive educational activities and workshops, including model solar car races and solar cooking, will be available to children and teenagers.

Lovins will speak again at 12:45 p.m. on "Negawatts, Hypercars and Hydrogen: the Northwest's Surprising Energy Future." Product exhibitors and food vendors will be available during the day and "Enuf! Waste Band" members Renee and Hugo Schulz will conduct Wastrument workshops in which children and adults will make playable musical instruments from recyclables and castoffs. The band will also provide entertainment using musical instruments made from formerly disposable items. In addition, well-known environmental singer, songwriter and author Dana Lyons will perform.

Sunday's activities, in addition to numerous workshops, will feature tours to the Stateline Wind Energy Center, the largest individually-owned wind farm in the west, alternative energy homes and buildings including straw bale construction, Walla Walla's national award-winning trees, and Xeriscape Park, a model in water conservation.

More Information: www.info@nwrefest.org

CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman News Service, (509) 527-5156
Email: parishlj@whitman.edu