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HOME: An Earth Day Celebration


When:  Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 4 PM – 7 PM


Where: Denison Homestead: 1385 North St, Granville, OH 43023-9465


Mark your calendars for a wonderful close-to-home event to join in an Earth Day celebration for the Denison, Granville and Licking County communities. A variety of organizations, vendors and other participants will come together in celebration of our shared home, Earth.


There will be children’s activities, information about local environmental initiatives, vendors, music, food and tours of the Denison Homestead, an eco-minded intentional community unique among American universities. Here’s the Facebook link to learn more about the event:


There will also be a separate event through Green Columbus that you can attend—pulling garlic mustard at the Denison Bio Reserve. You can then come across the street to the Homestead afterwards to celebrate. You have to sign up here:




The Ice of the Planet as Witness to and Memory of Climate Change

Thursday, February 28, 2019 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Granville Public Library
217 E Broadway
Granville, Ohio

Polar ice sheets and high-altitude glaciers retain memory of past climate change, providing records that extend back almost 1 million years.   At risk of disappearing due to glacial melting, international research is now being conducted to salvage these precious archives.

Paolo Gabrielli is a research scientist at Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center of The Ohio State University.  His primary interest is the study of ice cores with emphasis on paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic reconstructions.
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Ohio Solar Congress

Join us for the 2019 Ohio Solar Congress

Solar supporters came from all across the state to attend the 2018 Ohio Solar Congress.

Saturday, March 9
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ohio University, Baker Center
1 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701

The Ohio Solar Congress is a free public conference that brings together solar supporters from across the state to learn and discuss the current state and future for solar energy in Ohio. The day will include a series of presentations about solar technology and policy topics as well as ways to get involved with helping to grow solar in Ohio.

Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

We are excited to partner with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs for the 2019 Ohio Solar Congress.

Topics will include: solar 101, residential solar + storage, how to best advocate for solar, success stories, working through local barriers to solar, and much more! The event will conclude with a participatory open forum discussion for all attendees to discuss priorities and opportunities that solar supporters in Ohio should focus on in the coming year.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Whether you are a solar homeowner, completely new to solar, or somewhere in between – this event is for you!

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for all attendees!

Where to stay

Make a weekend out of the Ohio Solar Congress! We have secured a bloc of rooms at the Ohio University Inn (331 Richland Avenue, Athens, OH 45701 – walkable to the solar congress venue) for Friday March 8, the night before the congress, at a rate of $129 + tax. Rooms will be available until February 23. Reserve your hotel room here.


9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Doors open, registration, breakfast (provided for all attendees)

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Welcome remarks: The state of solar in Ohio

  • Luke Sulfridge, Solar United Neighbors of Ohio
  • Special remarks by Voinovich School Associate Dean & Professor Dr. Geoff Dabelko

10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Session 1 presentations

  1. Solar 101
    Learn how solar works and how you can go solar by joining a local solar co-op.
  • Matt Bearzotti, Solar United Neighbors
  1. Ohio University Voinovich School’s research on solar energy
    A panel of Voinovich School faculty, staff, students, and alumni will discuss lessons learned from small-scale, community, and utility solar energy research on and around campus.
  • Facilitated by Gilbert Michaud, PhD, Assistant Professor of Practice, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University
  1. Community dialogue to achieve equitable solar in all communities (Discussion will span sessions 1 & 2)
    The Equity Committee of the Ohio Energy Table invites you to join them in a dialogue. This is the second of such talks that are happening around the state. 
  • Ohio Energy Table Equity Committee

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Session 2 presentations

  1. Rural electric co-ops
    Learn about Rural Electric Cooperatives and engaging with them to improve policy for members and solar generators.
  • David Carpenter, Research Scientist and Educator
  1. Community dialogue to achieve equitable solar in all communities (Continued from session 1)
    The Equity Committee of the Ohio Energy Table invites you to join them in a dialogue.  This is the second of such talks that are happening around the state. 
  • Ohio Energy Table Equity Committee

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch (provided), informal networking

  • Electric vehicle showcase
    Check out different electric vehicles and talk with electric vehicle owners.

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. – Session 3 presentations

  1. Working with the media to advocate for solar
    Learn effective techniques in speaking the media, writing and utilizing new media.
  • Krile Communications
    1. The PUCO, rate design and the value of solar
      The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio determines what most Ohioans pay for electricity and how your solar is valued. Learn from one of our partner advocates how rates are approved.
  • Miranda Leppla, Clean Energy Attorney, Ohio Environmental Council
  1. The Re-Power Wall
    Learn how a local group is working to recycle batteries to create residential storage systems.
  • Appalachian Renewable Energy Consumers Cooperative

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Participatory open forum discussion about solar priorities and opportunities in Ohio

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Closing remarks

Volunteer opportunities at the Solar Congress:

1. Volunteer videographer (2 – 3 volunteers) – we are looking for volunteer videographers with their own high resolution video camera to film presentations and footage during the event.
*If you don’t have a video camera, but would be interested in Facebook live-ing presentations by filming them on your smart phone and streaming them live through our Facebook page, we are looking volunteers to assist with this as well!

2. Volunteer photographer (1 volunteer) – we are looking for a photographer with their own high resolution camera to capture great photos of the event throughout the day.

To sign up for any of these opportunities, email Carra Cheslin at:

Please feel encouraged to share this event with friends, neighbors, colleagues, or community organizations who may be interested!

Past Ohio Solar Congresses

2017 Solar Congress highlights