(Awakening the Dreamer) --
Dr. Lawrence Cottle, a local chiropractor, committed environmentalist, and new Sierra Club member, is a trained volunteer facilitator for the Symposium “Awakening the Dreamer,” and will give an informative overview of this dramatic and uplifting program, along with an accompanying six-minute film. He notes that this unique presentation’s purpose is “…to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet as the guiding principle of our time.” The Symposium is thus a program designed to put the participant in a state of “blessed unrest,” to awaken him or her from the dream of the Modern World, and to take action to help improve our global environmental predicament. Through the Symposium experience it is hoped that you will learn how to become more motivated and inspired to make a real difference in recreating a better world, starting in 2011. Here is a link to the Web site: http://awakeningthedreamer.org/
(Renewable Energy) --
Dan Lepinski will talk about solar electricity, solar hot water, and wind power. With a unique talent for discussing complex aspects of solar energy and energy conservation in plain English, Dan has been conducting public presentations on energy conservation and solar energy for more than 20 years.
Dan is a true pioneer in the solar energy industry. He has been involved in solar energy for 39 years, the last 10 as Senior Engineer at Exeltech in Fort Worth, Texas. Exeltech manufacturers inverters for grid-tied solar energy and other applications. (Grid-tied inverters convert solar direct current into household alternating current that in turn connect the solar energy to the public utility grid.)
Dan lived "off-grid" in Wisconsin for eight years, with solar and wind energy as his only sources of electricity. His Texas home today is equipped with solar electricity (connected to the utility grid), solar hot water, and a host of energy efficient steps.
Dan spent seven years as a member of the Technical Editing Staff of Home Power Magazine, and three years as co-host Mother Earth News Radio, a nationally syndicated program carried on the USA Radio Network and select NPR stations. He occasionally still co-hosts the show when his schedule permits.
As a member of the Curriculum Advisory Boards for both Dallas and Tarrant Community College Districts, Dan works with the schools to recommend courses related to energy conservation and renewable energy. Dan is also Adviser to the North Texas Renewable Energy Group, North Texas Chapter of the Texas Solar Energy Society.