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  • Co-operative Network for Community Power Addressing Barriers to the Sector May 30, 2012

    Its exciting to see the growing interest in the renewable energy (RE) co-op model as a result of the FIT 2.0 rules. Of course, its still unclear on exactly what the rules will look like and what it will mean for our prospective and/or existing projects, but at least community power is enjoying some profile among energy developers. Next step, building projects!

    In anticipation of an upsurge in CP activity the Co-operative Network for Community Power (CNCP) is trying to tackle a number of key barriers that have challenged the sector to date. Since the inaugural webinar earlier this spring many conversations and meetings have been had and there are several updates to report – CNCP UPDATE REPORT_May12

  • Minister of Energy visits Kids’ World of Energy Festival Today May 18, 2012

    The TREC team was very pleased to be able to show off the Festival to the Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley, today. 

    With almost 400 kids in attendance, Day 4 was kicked off with a welcome address by the Minister.  On his tour of our event he met a few of our Renewable Energy Design Challenge students from Lawrence Heights Middle School, who explained their wind turbine designs. Then it was off to learn about turbine engineering concepts at our Capture the Wind workshop, where kids test which size and style of blade is most effective at driving the volt meter in our model turbines.   

    Next was Solar 101 where the Minister helped students learn the basics of solar power first hand. At the Commitment Tree, the Minister joined the kids in making a making a commitment to the environment to be pasted on our model tree.  And what is his commitment? He promises to turn off the lights!

    On his way out he met several Festival sponsors and content providers: Kiosk Solar, Mortensen Construction, SolarShare Energy Co-op and ZooShare Energy Co-op. 

    We’re looking forward to inviting everyone to the Festival tomorrow when we open it to the general public.  We’ll be next to the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday.  Come by to learn about our exciting work, get involved in a few activities and go home feeling inspired about a renewable energy future. 

  • Sun Shines on 5th Annual Partners' Breakfast and Festival Day 3 May 18, 2012

    It was another glorious day at the the Evergreen Brick Works for day 3 of our Kids' World of Energy Festival and Partner's Breakfast.   Also an annual tradition, the Partners' Breakfast is a chance to celebrate the successes of the TREC family of organizations with friends, family and supporters and our way of saying thanks to everyone for their hard work and commitment to environmental education. 

    We are especially grateful to our guest speakers who reflected on why educating today for a renewable energy future is so critical, lauded our work and gave us new ideas about how we can reach new and more audiences in the year ahead. Toronto City Councilor, Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth), started off by reminding us of the urgency to address climate change and lauded the work of TREC Education and Evergreen in inspiring the next generation to become green leaders. Toronto District School Board Trustee, Sheila Cary-Meagher, spoke of the power of education to influence life long attitude, decisions and behaviors,  reminded of the power of small acts and explained how the TDSB EcoSchools Program instills an attitude of environmental stewardship among students, teachers and the broader school community.  And last but not least,  Steve Bibla, Science and Technology  Program Coordinator for the TDSB emphasized the importance of experiential, hands on learning for students, but also for teachers as a training method. It was suggested that next year we could precede our students days with a PD for teachers to give them hands-on interaction with  renewable energy technologies so they are better equipped for the classroom. We like that idea;  watch this space to see how it evolves.  

    After breakfast and presentations guests were taken on a tour of the Festival to see for themselves how much fun learning can be.  The following quote from one guest sums it up:  "I can't believe how engaged the kids are!"

    Thanks to all who came out for the PArtners' Breakfast and to the almost 600 kids  and 50 volunteers who joined us for the Festival today.  

    Stay tuned for Day 4 and visit from the Minister of Energy tomorrow. 

  • Kids' World of Energy Festival off to a Sunny Start May 15, 2012

    Our Kids's World of Energy Festival got off to a brilliant start this morning at the Evergreen Brick Works, blue skies and all!.  In our fifth year of putting on this magnificent event, even the first day doesn't phase us anymore. 
    Between TREC Education's excellent staff, committed volunteers and enthusiast workshop leaders we delivered a day full of energy fun and learning for the 500+ students participating on the first day of the Festival.

    It was great to see the unique and informative workshops of some of our sponsors, notably Kiosk Solar with their model solar house and Morteson Construction, presenting on how to build a wind farm.  We're always grateful to the many content providers that make our event a little different every year. 

    And of course, a big thanks to our Sponsors who enable us to reach as many kids as we do: Gold Sponsors Toronto Hydro and Kiosk Solar; Silver Sponsors HSBC, Mortenson Construction and the Canadian Wind Energy Association and Bronze Sponsors Bullfrog Power, Recurrent Energy, Portlands Energy Centre, Public Mobile and PCL Renewable Energy. 

    The forecast is a little cooler and wetter tomorrow, but we anticipate another excellent day with new kids and many smiling faces. 

    Don't forget the public day on Saturday - where you too can join the Festivities - at Evergreen Brick Works in the Don Valley (9 am - 2 pm)

  • TREC Education’s “Kids’ World of Energy Festival” inspires Ontario’s future green energy leaders May 03, 2012

    KWEF Press Release

    From May 15th – 19th, 2012, in Toronto, Ontario – TREC Education’s fifth annual Kids’ World of Energy Festival will educate and inspire students and families in topics of renewable energy, energy conservation and the science of energy through one-of-a-kind, hands-on, interactive activities. Be it cooking s’mores in a solar oven, generating electricity with model wind turbines and solar panels, or powering light bulbs with bicycles - there is no shortage of new ideas and unforgettable experiences.

    From Tuesday to Friday, May 15-18, approximately 3,000 students will participate in the Festival – the palpable excitement and children’s eyes lighting up with genuine “eureka moments” will provide excellent photo-ops, visuals and sound bites. In addition, on Saturday, May 19th, for the “public festival day”, approximately 1,500 family members will participate in more hands-on energy and environmental themed activities at the Festival.

    Kirstan Vanstone, TREC’s Education Director, highlights the value of the annual event: “The Festival is a unique opportunity for students to connect with important issues in a really fun, meaningful way.  We hope to create lasting experiences that students can take with them as they begin making decisions on how they will consume energy and resources.”

    One past student participant from the festival explained some valuable lessons learned from one of the festival activities he attended: “It taught me not to be greedy when using resources.”

    As the Ontario government, private sector and citizens continue to chart the path for Ontario as a North American green energy leader – the Festival plays a vital role in ensuring the next generation and the public are informed and engaged in the renewable energy conversation.

    What: 2012 Kids’ World of Energy Festival

    When: May 15th – 19th 2012

    Best time for media: May 15th – May 17th 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4W 3X8 

    About TREC Education:

    Using the wind turbine that TREC launched with Toronto Hydro as the foundation of all our programs, we work to educate Ontarians about the link between their energy habits and environmental impacts through renewable energy tours, curriculum‐linked workshops and hands‐on activities related to renewable energy. TREC Education now delivers TREC’s educational programs and reaches over 25,000 students, youth, families and professional groups each year. In 2011, TREC Education received the Green Toronto Award for outstanding contribution to the greening of Toronto.

    Contact person: Wesley Normington

    Address: 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 407, Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8

    Office: 416.977.5093

    Mobile: 416.993.7460


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