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September 2, 2009

Worship the Sun!

Filed under: energy — Matt Dernoga @ 8:51 pm
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Kenny Frankel 301-437-8197

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UMD for Clean Energy will declare their love for what some call a “mass of incandescent gas” and renew their calls for sustainable energy at the University and all levels of government. Although the sun is not a place where you could live, students will demonstrate how its heat and light can reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. Such technology can enable the State to reduce emissions by 2020, as mandated by the Greenhouse Gas Reductions Act passed earlier this year and the University to be carbon neutral by 2050 which President Dan Mote agreed to accomplish by signing the President’s Climate Commitment in 2007 and create millions of new, well-paying jobs.

WHAT: A celebration of the Sun and the energy it provides. The University has committed to being carbon neutral by 2050, a goal that requires a significant, immediate investment in clean energy technologies like solar power.

WHEN: Friday 4 September 2009, 12-4pm (Raindate: 11 September, 12-4pm)

WHERE: The Sundial on McKeldin Mall on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park

WHO: University of Maryland students and their friends, members of UMD for Clean Energy

WHY: “While students enjoy these last hot summer days on campus, we shouldn’t forget the other benefits of a sunny day, like the tremendous amount of energy the sun generates.  With all the public debate about alternative energy forms these days, we would be remiss not to put solar energy in the forefront of the discussion,” says Kenny Frankel, Media Director for UMD for Clean Energy.

VISUALS + DEMOS: more than a dozen replica wind turbines, two types of solar cookers, solar baked cookies, solar panel demonstrations, and Sun-sational music.

UMD for Clean Energy is a group of concerned students at the University of Maryland founded in 2007. Currently the group is working to elect local candidates who endorse the Green Platform for College Park and to pass federal climate legislation. Called highly-motivated by the Washington Post, they persuaded the university system of Maryland to commit to carbon neutrality by 2050 and were instrumental in pushing the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act through the Maryland General Assembly, setting the strongest short-term emissions reduction target in the nation (25 percent reductions from 2006 levels by 2020.)

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