WALLA WALLA, Wash.-Northwest Renewable Energy Festival 2003, to be held on the Whitman College campus Thursday, Sept. 18, through Sunday, Sept. 21, will feature presentations by renowned energy adviser Christopher Flavin, tours of the Stateline Wind Energy Center and off-grid and energy efficient homes, renewable energy sessions and workshops, children's activities, exhibits, and more. All events are free and open to the public.

More than 30 panels and workshops will cover topics including solar, wind, hydro, biomass, geothermal and fuel cell energy, energy conservation, alternative home construction and renewable energy. Interactive educational activities for children will include solar cooking, pedal power generation, renewable energy art, super conducting materials and sterling engines, solar water heating and a solar water fountain. More than 20 exhibitors will demonstrate creative energy products for homes and businesses.

Flavin, who will deliver the keynote address at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, in Cordiner Hall, is president and CEO of the Worldwatch Institute, an international research organization which focuses on moving toward an environmentally sustainable future. Worldwatch is recognized around the world for its path-breaking work on the global connections between economic, social, and environmental trends. Flavin is co-author of the Institute's widely read State of the World book, published in more than 30 languages.

Mike Nelson, who will deliver a second keynote address on Saturday at noon in Cordiner Hall, was the first recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy's "True Solar Champion" award. He was also a co-founder of Western S.U.N. (Solar Utility Network) in western Washington and founder of the Washington Chapter of The American Solar Energy Association. Mike and his family lived "off-grid" for 26 years on a barge in downtown Seattle and then in northeastern Washington. The nonprofit co-operative Western S.U.N. develops prepackaged/pre-engineered solar electric systems for residential and commercial use. Western S.U.N. has 27 member utilities throughout the Northwest.

A Segway Human Transporter (HT), valued at more than $5,000, will be raffled off at the festival Saturday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 pm. Raffle tickets are available for $1 each, and participants need not be present to win. The Segway HT, a self-balancing, electric-powered human transporter, travels over three times faster than most people walk and is less expensive to own than a full-sized vehicle. The Segway HT also leaves the environment clean and quiet.

As part of the festival the Washington State Department of Ecology, in partnership with the Inland Northwest Technology Education Center (INTEC) and Washington State University will present a report Friday at noon on initial findings of a comprehensive survey of bioenergy potential in Eastern Washington.

Festival energy partners include Whitman College, Washington State Department of Ecology, Bonneville Power Administration, PacifiCorp, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Columbia REA, and Home Power Magazine.

For further information, please contact the Northwest Renewable Energy Festival at (509) 525-8479, or email info@nwrefest.org.

More information, including a schedule of events and description of workshops, is available at www.nwrefest.org. Additional information is also available at www.worldwatch.org (Christopher Flavin), www.westernsun.org (Mike Nelson), and www.segway.com (Segway).