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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

2015 Teacher of The Year Award Ceremony/Renewable Now's Summer Celebration at my house

This week we sold out our summer bash and brought together some of the brightest leaders in New England to honor what is truly a remarkable teacher and motivator of children.

As reported on our main site this week, Renewable, Labor Day weekend became a true celebration of living green and passing that honor on to the next generation.  The back drop, pristine, reclaimed Narraganset Bay, on a beautiful, picture-perfect day, allowed us to show case solar power, electric cars, lawn mowers, trimmers, home efficiency, local organic food and wine and alternatives on heating and cooling homes.  That culminated with the 2015 Teacher of the Year award to Ross McCurdy and his wonderful talk to our over flowing crowd.

All waste was recycled and composted.  A fitting end to a great testimony to living in harmony with our natural surroundings, living in balance and protecting the world for future generations.

It was a fantastic Labor Day weekend for ReNewable Now’s Summer Time Celebration that experienced a capacity crowd of sustainability enthusiasts that came from all over the U.S., and we even had some guests from as far as China!  Everyone was there that day to not only celebrate, but to also recognize ReNewable Now’s 2015 Teacher of The Year, Ross McCurdy,for his efforts in inspiring others when it comes to sustainability. On hand to present Ross the award was Rhode Island College’s Sustainability Coordinator, Jim Murphy, and ReNewable Now’s Peter Arpin.

The day also celebrated eco-conscious living by presenting a panel of speakers that each shared their experience and tips of how they are moving towards becoming more sustainable within their home and their daily life. The panel included Julian Dash of Clean Energy Directors who spoke on financing opportunities for homes upgrading to renewables. Joe Lemoine from Lemoine Construction spoke about his installation of a wood burning boiler and what he experienced through the process and what he has saved. 

Peter ArpinReNewable Now’s gracious host, dedicated his home for the celebration as a living example that reflects the upgrades made through renewables. Peter spoke about how he started and what he has saved, and where he is eventually taken his sustainable vision to for his home. The final speaker was entrepreneur/attorney, Robert Healey, Jr., who spoke about his entrance into sustainability back in the 70s & 80s before it was mainstream and how he has developed an organic wine business that reflects the values of eco-smart agriculture. Robert also was nice enough to conduct a wine tasting of his fantastic organic wine from Spain,Lobetia.

We also can’t forget about all the fantastic locally grown, organic food and grass fed meat, it was a HUGE hit. From corn picked just two hours before the event, all the way to barbecued burgers. The crowd enjoyed it and ReNewable Now was happy to have had everyone as our guests.

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