Wild About Ohio’s Green Zoos at GEO 11th Annual Meeting

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Wild About Ohio’s Green Zoos at GEO 11th Annual Meeting

May 4, 2011

COLUMBUS – The public is invited to join Green Energy Ohio (GEO) on Saturday, May 7th for an all-day event celebrating Ohio renewable energy and energy efficiency at five of Ohio’s zoos– Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo. Expert speakers, tradeshow, silent auction, renewable energy leadership awards, and tour of the Columbus Zoo green energy systems will highlight GEO’s 11th Annual Meeting from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Wild About Green Zoos, is a public event from 9:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Activity Pavilion of the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, 4850 West Powell Road, Powell, Ohio 43065. The event Sustaining Sponsor is gridSMART from AEP Ohio.

Registration for the Annual Meeting and Lunch event from 12:00 to 5:00 pm is $35 for Non-Members and $28 for GEO Members with discounted Zoo-only admissions available on-line at: www.greenenergyohio.org. The green energy trade show exhibits and silent auction are free to all Zoo visitors for the day, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at Activity Pavilion.

The Annual Meeting features presentations by Zoo green energy experts: Doug Piekarz, Vice President, Planning & Conservation, Akron Zoo; Mark Fisher, Senior Director of Facilities, Planning & Sustainability, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; Cathi Lehn, Ph.D., Resource Specialist, Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Mike Long, Sustainability Consultant with Terri Kepes, Vice President, Design, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.

Special guests will receive the “GEOs” – the Annual Awards of Green Energy Ohio which recognize 2010 contributions that individuals and businesses have made to promote and utilize renewable energy, including:

Pioneer of the Year Awards:
Michelle Greenfield, CEO, Third Sun Solar, Athens, Ohio
Al Frasz, Vice President and Principal Owner, Dovetail Solar & Wind, Cleveland, Ohio
Greg Kuss, CEO, SolarVision, Westerville, Ohio

Public Official of the Year Award:
Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City of Columbus

Non-Profit of the Year Award:
Chris Meyer, Energy Program Director, Dayton Development Coalition

Business of the Year Award:
Design Group, Columbus, Ohio

GEO’s Clean Energy Community of the Year Award goes to five Ohio Zoos for their commitment to green energy education excellence by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and installations. The recognized zoos are:
Akron Zoo
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
The Toledo Zoo

GEO will also recognize two Volunteers of the Year for the Dayton Solar Tour:
Karen Diehl, Fairborn, Ohio
Roger Hummel, Tipp City, Ohio

This event will also feature the GEO 2010 Annual Report and GEO Volunteer Recognition.
For more information, please visit www.greenenergyohio.org or call (614) 985-6131.

About Green Energy Ohio (GEO)

Green Energy Ohio (GEO) is a nonprofit organization that promotes economically and environmentally sustainable energy policies and practices in Ohio. GEO conducts public outreach on all forms of renewable energy, serves as the Ohio American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Chapter and provides a statewide residential solar thermal rebate. To learn how renewable energy can work for you or see GEO’s Milestones in Greening Ohio 2001-2011, visit www.greenenergyohio.org

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