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Tina Clarke, noted authority on energy, will speak at the Greenwich High School, on Wednesday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m.  Her topic will be "Zero Energy Power-House: Creating Your Path to Energy Independence and a Resilient Lifestyle."  The talk is open to the public.  A $5 donation is suggested.

Are you concerned about rising fuel costs and the cost of everything that depends on fossil fuel? How will this impact your quality of life and the lives of your community?

Come hear Tina Clarke, Transition Towns trainer and educator for resilient, sustainable communities. She has trained citizens in over two dozen communities, mostly in the north-east United States. Her presentation will give you practical solutions that you can help to implement here in your community.

Sponsored by Greenwich Citizens Committee, Inc and Battenkill Transition Communities. To get more information and to download a flyer visit www.greenwichcitizenscommittee.org.

Clarke brings to her subject a wealth of experience: both personal and professional.  On the personal side, she was one of the designers and builders of the less-than-zero-energy, passive solar-heated, where she now lives. Dubbed the "Power House," it's located in Turners Falls, MA. In 2010 this home won the Northeast Solar Energy Association award for zero energy buildings.

On the professional side: she has been providing training and support for community leaders and campaigns for over 20 years.  Recently she has worked with Transition US, helping communities find ways to improve their quality of life in the face of escalating energy costs and increasing environment degradation. She has trained and advised over three dozen Transition Initiatives, primarily in the northeast U.S, including the Battenkill Transition Communities in this area.

Robert Kazmayer, co-chair of the Greenwich Citizens Committee, says: "To hear Ms. Clarke speak is to be filled with hope.  It's not an empty hope based on wishful thinking, but a hope that comes from knowing that there are practical solutions to the problems of energy shortage and environmental pollution, and that citizens can implement these solutions."

The Greenwich Citizens Committee and the Battenkill Transition Communities are cosponsors of this event.  The Greenwich Citizens Committee, Inc. is an over twenty-year-old non-partisan, not for profit 501(c)3 membership organization. Their goal is "to educate and advocate for the common good and our long-term legacy in southern Washington County."

The Battenkill Transition Communities is one of hundreds of groups worldwide, inspired by the transition initiative started in 2006 by Rob Hopkins in Totnes, England.  in March of this year,  BTC held a two-day training in Greenwich led by Clarke and Alastair Lough.  Thirty-three men and women from Washington County and the surrounding area attended.  They are now planning and promoting events and activities such the Battenkill Time Traders - activities that will raise awareness and create resilience in our environment and our economy.

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