The City of Seward and the Seward Sustainable Energy Group (SSEG) are hosting their fourth annual Seward Energy Forum & Fair on Oct 13th and 14th at AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology in the Student Service Center from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday and 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday. This is the only sustainable energy conference and fair event held on the Kenai Peninsula that is open to the general public and is free to attend.
Presentations, Exhibitors & CO2 Heat Pump Tour
Speakers from various statewide agencies and businesses will be presenting updates and educational talks on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Representatives from the Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, USDA – Rural Development State Office, Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP), Alaska Center of Energy and Power (ACEP), Homer Electric Association, The Comforts of Home and Your Clean Energy will be presenting throughout this two day event. Exhibitors, including Alaska Efficient Energy Solutions, Northern Energy Technology, Susitna Energy Systems, and The Comforts of Home, LLC. will also be on hand sharing product information on renewable energy systems, energy efficiency educational material, and to answer general questions. At the end of Friday, a tour is being offered to learn about the Alaska Sealife Center’s new CO2 Heat pump. Sign up is required due to limited space available.
Energy Art Contest
Throughout the Seward Energy event, attendees are able to enjoy and encouraged to vote on the fourth annual Seward Energy Fairs Student Art Contest. The top two placements from elementary, middle and high school students will receive prizes that encourage outdoor recreation and have been donated from various tourism business that support sustainability and reducing our carbon imprint. To make this event ever so popular, donations have been made by Major Marine Tours, Alaska Railroad, Alaska Sealife Center, Alaska Rivers Company, Alaska Wildland Adventures and Stoney Creek Canopy Tours. Submissions for the art contest are due to the Seward Chamber by October 11th.
Student Science Challenge
New for 2017 is the first annual Seward Energy Forum & Fair Science Challenge being held on Saturday for middle school and high school students to compete for over $2500 in scholarship funding. The SSEG has a “Design & Problem Solving with Technology Science Challenge” for Kenai Peninsula Borough School District students to find alternative and sustainable resources to reduce and stabilize the cost of energy for heat and power for their schools, as well as encourages energy efficiency methods in their daily operations. Scholarship contributions have been generously made by Chugach Electric Association, Marathon Constructors Inspection Services, First National Bank Alaska, Seward Chamber of Commerce and Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce. Entry applications are due to the Seward Chamber office by October 10th. Following the Student Science Challenge, renewable education presentations and exhibits will be available and open until the Forum and Fair closes at 4 pm.
The complete schedule for the Seward Energy Forum & Fair can be found by visiting the following 2017 Seward Energy Forum & Fair Presenters & Schedule. For more information on the Student Energy Art Contest, Seward Science Challenge, Exhibiting or Sponsorship Opportunities, please visit the Seward Energy Fair page found at Seward.com, or by calling the Seward Chamber of Commerce at (907) 224-8051.
Seward Sustainable Energy Group
The Seward Sustainable Energy Group was founded by the Seward Chamber of Commerce under the Seward Economic Growth Plan. SSEG is a group of local citizens who wish to encourage renewable energy and clean technology development in Alaska. The function of SSEG is to educate, create awareness, support for their cause in promoting a community-wide energy plan. Seward’s energy plan’s overall objective is to decrease the community’s carbon imprint on the environment, reduce the cost of living and lead to economic growth for their region.