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2013 Energy Fair Keynote Speakers
Friday, June 21 - Danny Kennedy
Danny Kennedy is a passionate activist, successful cleantech entrepreneur and recognized opinion leader on global environmental issues. Kennedy’s accomplishments in the cleantech sector have earned him numerous awards, including “Innovator of the Year,” from PBS program, Planet Forward, for founding the leading residential solar power company, Sungevity® Inc.
Kennedy has worked on climate and energy issues for over two decades, starting as a campaign manager for Greenpeace in Australia and the Pacific, and moving on to become director of Greenpeace’s California Clean Energy Campaign in 2001-02. In 2010 he spearheaded the “Solar on the White House” campaign that resulted in the Obama administration’s decision to place solar panels on the First Family residence. The administration has yet to honor this commitment.
Kennedy serves on the board of the Solar Foundation, a global research and education organization in Washington DC, and Solar Mosaic, a solar-focused, crowd-funding start-up in Berkeley, CA. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Macquarie University in Sydney.
Saturday, June 22 - Josh Fox
A finalist for a Academy Award for Best Documentary, GASLAND is a gripping, timely, and necessary film about the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history. Conceived of, directed, narrated, and filmed by Josh Fox, GASLAND premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won six major awards: a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, a Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Artistic Vision award, a Thin Line Film Festival Audience Award, a Yale Environmental Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, and a Sarasota Film Festival Special Jury Prize. The film premiered on HBO in June 2010 and received Emmy nominations for cinematography, writing, and exceptional merit for nonfiction filmmaking, and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction for Nonfiction Programming. GASLAND is dedicated to the non-profit organization Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS).
All of Josh's work is produced and created with the award winning International WOW Company, a theater and film group with membership of over 100 actors, dancers, musicians, technical, and visual artists spanning 30 countries on 4 continents. The New York Times hailed him as "one of the most adventurous impresarios of the New York avant-garde" and Time Out NY called him "one of downtown's most audacious auteurs," citing his "brilliantly resourceful mastery of stagecraft." Josh earned his BA from Columbia University
Sunday, June 23 - Seeing RED in Communities
What will our economy look like when clean energy is conventional? How might this shift our perspective about energy, about design, about wealth? And most importantly, what must we do to get there? Seeing RED (Renewable Energy Development) is an effort by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) to engage leaders and visionaries in the renewable energy market to share their ideas.
New this year is our Seeing RED in Communities Contest. The Seeing RED in Communities Contest is a national contest open to non-profit organizations that have innovative community development projects that promote sustainability. With support from our sponsors, the MREA is offering a fully installed, 2 kilowatt photovoltaic system to the winning applicant! To learn more and to enter the contest, visit http://www.seeingred.org/communities.