'Mission Zero Fest' will make a block party out of sustainability, June 9-10

Showcase of 'grassroots solution to complex global program'

Mission Zero Fest, described as “part sustainability symposium, part environmental exhibition, part green home tour, and part neighborhood block party” will offer tours of ultra-green homes, workshops with sustainability experts, delicious food and great music in Ann Arbor Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10.

mission zero logoThe event is focused on grassroots solutions to a complex global problem—climate change—which is one reason why the Ecology Center’s Ann Arbor 350 campaign is one of the celebration’s sponsors.

Mission Zero refers to the efforts to make homes self-sufficient in terms of energy and water consumption, using no non-renewable resources.

“Mission Zero Fest is a two-day celebration of making our homes, neighborhoods and communities more energy- and water-efficient, which will reduce our overall carbon footprint,” according to Monica Patel, policy specialist at the Ecology Center and coordinator of the Ann Arbor 350 campaign.

“We also want to make this stuff more cool, accessible and fun for people, so the food, music and celebration are a great way to do that.”

Home tours and other parts of the program will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 9 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 10 in Ann Arbor's Water Hill neighborhood, located just northwest of downtown.

The event will include:

  • Tours of six ultra-green homes, including America's oldest net-zero energy home, a passive solar home, and three LEED Platinum homes
  • Informative seminars and workshops led by leading experts in energy efficiency and sustainable living, including Michael Garfield director of the Ecology Center and Jeff Gearhart, the organization’s research director, who will discuss efforts to make indoor environments safer and less toxic.
  • Displays showcasing environmentally conscious companies and organizations 
  • Local food and food carts
  • A line-up of live music acts

Other sponsors for Mission Zero Fest include Meadowlark Energy, the Clean Energy Coalition, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Architectural Resource, the US Green Building Council, GreenovationTV, A2energy, Urban Ashes, Meadowlark Builders, Clean Water Action, and the City of Ann Arbor.

For more information, see www.missionzerofest.org.


EcoLink — May 2012 Ecolink
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