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Green Energy Ohio plans tours, workshops in Dublin

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Dublin's green reputation will grow this weekend as Green Energy Ohio hosts two days of tours, meetings and workshops there.

The two-day event May 17 and 18 at various Dublin locations will include Green Energy Ohio's statewide spring tour, reception, annual meeting, workshop, green expo and teacher workshop.

"There are a lot of clean energy companies in Dublin," GEO Executive Director Bill Spratley said of the decision to hold the events in Dublin.

"We have a long relationship with the city of Dublin that goes back to Glacier Ridge Metro Park where we held the very first wind conference in Ohio there in 2002."

The lion's share of the GEO spring event will take place at Jerome High School, 8300 Hyland Croy Road.

"We've never had an event at a high school before and Dublin Jerome is an incredible forum," Spratley said.

"The champion there is one of the 13 science teachers, Mr. (Chuck) Crawford," Spratley said, noting that the high school has a solar panel on the roof to heat water.

"The really big story is the energy efficiency," he said. "The theme of these events is energy efficiency, solar and wind energy and electric vehicles."

The two-day event will kick off with a tour of facilities that feature energy efficiency and utilize wind and solar power.

The guided tour will begin at 1 p.m. May 17 at IGS Energy in Dublin.

"It's a world-class building and it's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified," Spratley said.

The tour will also include Dublin's Compressed Natural Gas Fueling station and a solar pavilion in Powell.

The non-guided tour has stops at businesses such as Flanigan's Pub and Byers Automotive that utilize wind and solar power, Spratley said.

The day will conclude with a free reception at the Golf Club of Dublin from 5 to 7 p.m.

A cruise-in for owners of Tesla cars and other electric vehicles will be held during the reception and attendees can check out a portable solar array that can charge and electric car, Spratley said.

Jerome High School will host festivities from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 17 as GEO's annual meeting, workshop, green expo and other activities go on.

"There's a free green expo with 25 exhibits with solar and wind," Spratley said.

"Several of the companies are from the Dublin and Columbus area," he said.

"In the commons we'll have lunch available and outside in the 1,000-car parking lot there will be an electric vehicle park and show for people who want to show their car," Spratley said.

"There will also be a free electric vehicle ride and drive. People can ride in an electric car."

Jerome will also host 20 speakers on subjects from green energy for schools to policy issues.

The speaking engagements run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and registration is $30 for GEO members and $40 for others until May 15.

Teachers can take advantage of free workshops.

"This is the first time we've done anything for K-12 educators," Jerome Teacher Chuck Crawford said.

"Dublin is being highlighted in the session because of saving huge money by implementing energy efficiency."

Crawford is teaching one workshop and organizing the others, and said the sessions aren't just for teachers.

"We're hoping to get not only curriculum managers from the district, but facilities managers and teachers to get how the overarching theme of energy conservation could be used in all three areas," Crawford said.

"The methodology could be used K-12 and it's free to educators," he said.

"The bottom line is it's about energy conservation and how we can help younger students or people understand the predicament we're in," Crawford said.

"I'm not one who is an extremist on any side, but having educated young people making decisions is important."

To register for one of the GEO events or for more information, look online at greenenergyohio.org.

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