Energy Fair Exhibits
- Geothermal at Glacial Drumlin. A detailed explanation of the most amazing renewable/carbon free method for heating and cooling buildings in the MidWest.
Adjust the dial of the giant carbonometer, and calculate the weight of carbon you burn while traveling by car to your favorite destination. Then try your hand at lifting that carbon weight. (Sure hope you have a fuel efficient car!)
- Vermiculture Exhibit The Winnequah School Soaring Earth Environmental Club Members Did you know Charles Darwin’s last scientific monograph was written about worms? Why would a world-renowned scientist who had discovered the most important theory of all time waste his time on worms? It’s because worms are terribly important to all live on earth! In this exhibit we will learn how worms can help us turn kitchen garbage into garden treasure.
- The Natural Step: Monona is a local grassroots organization spreading the message of sustainability and building community in the process. Fueled by possibilities, determined to make progress, and practicing ongoing dialogue and action toward creating a livable future, they are people making a difference. Learn the four basic principles of sustainability, see how your neighbors have taken steps toward a better future, and make your own “leaf pledge” to take steps and make a difference, too.
- Energy Upgrades in the MG School District--McKinstry Corporation In 2006, High School student Logan Bliss asked a simple question—how much energy do we waste at our school just by leaving lights on when no one is around and computer on when they are not in use? His answer startled the School Board into action, and last year our district signed a contract with the McKinstry Corporation to help us reduce our energy use. The program has been wildly successful so far, and the McKinstry Corp would like to let the community know all about it’s efforts.
- Energy savings tips. Alliant Energy- As a power provider to some of our district’s buildings, Alliant wants the community to know what everyone can be doing to rein in energy use.
- Energy savings tips. MG&E-As a power provider to some of our district’s buildings, MG&E wants the community to know what everyone can be doing to rein in energy use.
- MG&E Solar Trailer. How cool is solar energy? What can it do? Step into the Solar Trailer and see for yourself!
- MG&E Energy Bike. How much energy does it take to turn on a blender? How many revolutions (of a bicycle pedal, that is) does it take to turn on a light bulb? Climb aboard the MG&E Energy Bike and se for yourself!
- Climate Change 101: Taking you to school on global warming. MGHS Global Impact Class— On hundred percent of climate scientists agree human-caused global warming is real, happening now, and poised to disrupt if not destroy human civilization in the next 100 years. Yet only 36% of Americans believe humans are causing climate change. To raise awareness and set the record straight, take the Climate Change tour through our 100-poster exhibit on what we know about global warming.
- Reduce/reuse/recycle. MGHS Environmental Club—This exhibit offers lots of practical tips on how you can reduce your consumption of all kinds of materials, reuse materials that used to be seen as trash and recycle almost everything else that used to go on the garbage.
- MGHS Environmental Club- Fact Number 1: More than 25% of America’s carbon emissions come from our agricultural and food systems. Fact Number 2: The way we eat today is making us sick and lowering our life expectancy. Fact Number 3: It’s incredibly easy to begin eating more sustainably. This exhibit will show you how!
- LED Lighting- Bob Everhardt— What’s better for the environment than a compact fluorescent light bulb? A light-emitting-diode (LED) bulb. Greenhouse gases.
- The End Of Cheap Stuff? Madison Peak Oil Group— It may seem like everything costs to much these days, but think about it…a radio made from parts manufactured in China, assembled in Thailand, packaged in Argentina and sold in Madison for $15.00? How is that possible? An packet of energy able to push a car up a thirty mile-long hill in 25 minutes—for less than three bucks? What’s up with that? Well, believe it or not, it’s all been brought to you by cheap oil. And once half the oil is gone, the other half is harder to get and therefore more expensive. Learn what we can expect as we shift from a cheap-energy economy to whatever comes next.
- Alternative Energy. MGHS Science classes—You know the line-up—wind power, solar power, biofuels. But what are the pros and cons of each? Where will we see them come into play? This poster display explain it all!
- Environmental Library Items. MG School District IMCs— What energy and sustainability resources are we making available to our students and staff in the Monona Grove School District?
- What’s green in your kitchen? Sue Vogt--Check out this collage of kitchen "gadgets", and think about how you use energy in your kitchen. Considering technologies both past and future, what 4 kitchen gadgets could you survive with? Then test your muscles against a hand-held electric mixer by taking on the "whipping cream challenge".
- Steps to greener living. EnAct-- Useful tips on how to reduce your water consumption, drive less, eat better and waste less.
- How to get around with out owning your own vehicle. Community Car- You’ve all heard of ride-sharing and car-pooling. The next step might be carsharing—an excellent way to have the wheels you need only when you really need ‘em.
- Solar oven. Linda Olson—It's fun, it's easy, and it's really soltacular. You'll be beaming as you watch these solar ovens in action. Smell and taste the mouth-watering apple crisp and gingerbread that are so worth waiting for. Visit the Green Kitchen display to add whipped cream.
- Tire Inflation Booth. MG Global Impact class— If every car on earth had its tires properly inflated we could save millions of tons of Co2 emissions per year. Stop by our booth and we’ll run out to your car, check the tires and you’ll leave the Fair properly inflated. We’ll also leave you a note explaining how much money, energy and waste you’ll save if you keep your tires properly inflated—all for free!
- What’s your carbon footprint? MG Global Impact Class—Answer a few questions and we’ll fill you I on how much CO2 your household emits per year. Then to put it into perspective, we’ll explain how much typical families in other nations emit.
- The Aldo Leopold Nature Center—A local sustainability treasure, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center will be on hand to share information about their summer programs and green building design. Check out the hands-on energy activities for kids and families!
- City of Monona Sustainability Committee
- LED Lighting Solutions-Explore the possibilites that LED lighting can offer for homes and businesses. It is your chance to see the latest technologies. http://www.ledenergysolutions.com/