Recognition for Clean Energy, Energy Conservation and Sustainable Living

SolarDay 2011 Events


Lend Your Support to Clean Energy


Plan Your Events for SolarDay 2012 – Wednesday, June 20 – the first day of Summer


Educating your citizens with SolarDay events about clean energy, lower utility bills and protection of the planet
SolarDay 2012 – which will be held on June 20 provides your company, organization and city with a unique opportunity to educate your citizens about clean energy, energy conservation and the renewable energy incentives available from your city and state. This is important since many cities and states have their own renewable energy and energy conservation programs for their citizens. And you can use SolarDay as a relevant fundraising date for your local schools – and help the planet to boot.

How we can help with your SolarDay 2012 event

Along with some of the suggested, informative event ideas below – and of course you can hold any type of event you wish – SolarDay will provide participating schools with the SolarDay 2012 logo to use on their printed materials and your city’s website and events website. SolarDay will also help publicize, in advance, your SolarDay 2012 event for participating schools, free.

Possible events ideas for your SolarDay 2012


For companies, hold an Open House and invite the public to your place of business.
1 – Weather permitting, simply hold your event outside your local schools or another suitable location. Include the mayor and speeches from city officials and perhaps a local representative from your utility.
2 – SolarDay 2012, Walk & Run for the Sun: how about a nice, friendly 5K walk and run event on a pleasant Saturday – with proceeds donated to a fine, local environmental cause in your hometown. A SolarDay Walk-A-Thon would also be great.
3 – SolarDay 2012, show Me Your Solar: How about a self-guided tour of local solar homes and businesses so people can see, firsthand, how solar works in your city?
4 – SolarDay 2012, My Town Eco-Tour: Most towns have cool eco-elements many people don’t know about. Why not an Eco-Tour on SolarDay 2012 to check out the people and places that are living and working eco-friendly in your town?
5 – SolarDay 2012, Going Green – Ten Steps to Sustainability: Need an expert for SolarDay? Your local solar energy company can help, as can the U.S. Green Building Council and local organizations that would be happy to discuss steps everyone can take to live better, greener lives.
6 – SolarDay 2012, Save Energy: Local solar companies can give plenty of advice on saving energy in the home and workplace. There are also experts from your local utility available to talk to SolarDay 2012 participants about saving energy – everything from turning back the thermostat to long-lasting, energy-efficient light bulbs to natural lighting to . . . it’s a long list of practical, inexpensive ideas that can help reduce the costs of energy in our daily lives.
7 – SolarDay 2012, Eco-Home, Eco-Business: We can start improving the quality of our homes and workplaces with low VOC paints, recycled carpets, natural glues and adhesives, natural cleaning products, recycled products, eco-friendly flooring and natural bamboo, FSC-certified wood products – this is a great place to start with an expert speaker about simple tips to improve the eco-quality of our homes and businesses.
8 – SolarDay 2012, Start Your Organic Garden – you can’t grow one without the sun. Why not have an organic gardening expert at SolarDay 2012 to talk about chemical-free foods, natural and organic and biodynamic gardening. All good.
9 – SolarDay 2012, Solar Oven Competition: Speaking of food, why not have a solar-oven competition? These are easy to build (just Google solar ovens), lots of different designs, you can actually cook food at SolarDay 2012, outside in the sun and offer those delectables to participants at your local event. Rather cool – and hot enough to cook with. Might be educational and fun to have a Solar Cooking Contest, too.
10 – SolarDay 2012, Green Getaway Silent Auction: Speaking of green, your organization can create a list of cool green destinations as a vacation getaway to the lucky bidder. We’ve all obtained sponsors for silent auctions for our schools and organizations, why not a green getaway weekend package with a green hotel, local organic restaurant, maybe a natural winery – you get the idea. A little creativity and a little work will go a long way toward creating a fun, green getaway package.
11 – SolarDay 2012, Green Photo Contest: Invite your community to post their green photos on your organization’s website to share what folks are doing, in your town, to live green.
For more about SolarDay 2010 or to contact the organizers visit:
John Reed

Jreed (at)

SolarDay 2012 – June 20

San Francisco, CA

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Below are some of the SolarDay 2011 events we are aware of created by organizations.  Somewhat similar to Earth Day, any individual, group of people, non-profits, cities, governments and company sponsors can hold a SolarDay 2011 event. These are some of the events for this year that we know about – other events we don’t know about will also happen.  Events for the Annual SolarDay continue to grow.  SolarDay works with many groups in helping to arrange their event with suggested event ideas and other information provided free to these organizations.  Some SolarDay 2011 events happen on Saturday, June 18 others happen before or after the official SolarDay.  Every state has their own solar and energy conservation programs and events related to these programs, so, always check with the organizer for details before planning your solar, green and SolarDay 2011 activities!




Solar Dedication Event, virtual: online and public access TV
The City of Mesa will be mostly providing a 'virtual' celebration this year of the City's first solar installation, a 70 kW dual tracking concentrated photo voltaic system.  City officials will be at the opening and the City channel taping the event will be shown online and on the City’s public access television.  Contact Donna for more information.
Donna DiFrancesco
Conservation Specialist
Environmental & Sustainability
480.644.3334 (tel):  480.644.4774 (fax)
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211-1466


City of Phoenix SolarDay 2011
Phoenix City Hall
200 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Friday, June 17, 2011    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:
Theme – “Show Me Your Solar”
Encourage homeowners and business owners to learn more about solar energy and protection of the planet.
Theresa Foster, Environmental Programs Coordinator


Steps to Purchasing Solar:  Key Questions to Ask to Ensure Quality
and Value
June 21, July 6, and July 18.  All events 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Visit our website or call for event locations.
Southern Arizona Solar Standards Board –
James McGinnis– 520-792-1093



Antelope Valley

Green Energy & Vehicle Expo at “Thunder on the Lot”
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds 2540 W. Ave H, Lancaster, Ca. 93534
Saturday, June 11th  2011  from 3pm – to 10pm and Sunday, June 12th 2011 from 10am to 6pm
This is the 5th Annual Green Energy Expo at the “Thunder on the Lot Event. Thunder is a Southwest regional car & motorcycle show, which supports Kid’s Charities in the Antelope Valley
Contact:  Curtis Martin
Program Coordinator
US DOE Clean Cities Program
Antelope Valley Coalition

City of Palo Alto Utilities

Solar Power 101: Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) Basics Workshop
Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
June 18, 9 AM – 12 PM
This free workshop will review how solar electric (photovoltaic) systems work, the financial and environmental impacts, and how to pursue a project for your own home. Learn about the City’s PV Partners rebate program and how to take advantage of Federal solar tax credits. To maximize the workshop benefits, participants are encouraged to research their own electric energy use (average monthly kilowatt-hours and electric cost) prior to the workshop.
Lindsay Joye, Marketing Engineer,
Event phone number: (650) 329-2241
Event website:

City of Redding

Energy Fair at the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay in Redding.  
Contact:  Susan Blake, Powerhouse Solar
4616 Caterpillar Road
Redding, CA  96003


Inquire about solar events and programs.
Western Riverside Council of Governments
4080 Lemon Street
3rd Floor, MS 1032
Riverside, CA 92501-3609
Phone: (951) 955-8379

City of San Jose
Juneteenth Cultural Festival, Plaza de Cesar Chavez, June 18 & 19, 12 PM – 7 PM. 
Breathe California will be promoting SolarDay 2011 at its booth at this event. 
Contact: Ramya Chitatoor, Coordinator – Breathe California of the Bay Area : (408) 998-5865

City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County

Annual, June Solar Fair at the County Fairgrounds.
Latest information at:
Monthly worksho ptopics available or call (707) 543-3886.
Hosted by: The Clean Energy Advocate


Inquire about solar events and programs.
Jennifer Hampton, Public Outreach Manager
Governor's Energy Office
1580 Logan Street, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80203
P: (303) 866-2259



Boca Raton

SolarDay 2011, Monday, June 20, 2011, 7:00-8:00PM
Lifestyle Center @ Whole Foods Market
1400 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33431
Bert Lichen, Organizer – South Florida Solar Energy Network or


Inquire about solar events and programs.
David Gipson, Director
Energy Resources Division




June 18, 2011
SOLAR Sports Spectacular
Sponsored by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.


City of New Orleans – Saturday, June 18, 10 AM – 2 PM
In front of the Whole Foods Market at 5600 Magazine St., New Orleans. There will be solar contractors and environmental non-profits to share information about the benefits of solar power and how to obtain it. Also, take a self-guide Solar Home Tour to view installed systems up close and talk to the owners to hear about their solar experiences.
Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association (GSREIA)
Jeff Cantin, director of GSREIA, - (504) 931-0954
Mike Murphy - Artisan Solar - (504) 202-8657
John G. Moore
Office of Community Development
Energy and Environmental Policy Analyst
City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street
8th Floor, Suite 8E08
New Orleans, La 70112
Office: 504-658-8423
Suzy Mason – Let's go Green Y'all!
Louisiana Green Corps Program Director
925 S. Labarre Rd.
Metairie, LA 70001

North Carolina

Inquire about solar events and programs.
Larry E. Shirley
Director of the Green Economy
Energy Division
N.C. Department of Commerce
4301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27601-4301
(919) 716-0110



La Grande, OR

2011 Eastern Oregon Solar Fair –  Jun 18, 2011, 9:00 AMto June 19, 12:00 PM
La Grande Public Library Community Room; 2006 4th St, La Grande, OR

The Oregon Green Expo, LLC

Saturday, June 25th – 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday, June 26th – 10 AM to 4 PM
Oregon Green Expo, Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1 Peninger Lane, Central Point, Oregon.
Gathering of public and private sectors that offer green/sustainable products, services and resources.  Draws consumers who want to fully embrace green and sustainable living and business practices as well as those curious about sustainable lifestyles.
Don McCoy, Event Organizer –
Event phone number: 541-773-8200


San Antonio: Inquire about solar events and programs.
Christopher Ashcraft
Clean Cities Coordinator - Natural Resources Department
Alamo Area Council of Governments
8700 Tesoro Drive, Suite 700
San Antonio, TX 78217


Inquire about solar events and programs.
Utah Clean Cities Coalition
855 E. Brigham Road
St. George, Utah 84790
office: 435-652-4721

Washington, D.C.

14th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy
& Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum
The EXPO is free, open to the public, and no RSVPs are required.
Thursday – June 16, 2011
9:30 am - 4:30 pm (exhibits open for viewing)
11:30 am – presentations by Members of Congress (to be announced)
Cannon House Office Building - Caucus Room (3rd floor)
U.S. House of Representatives
Independence Avenue and New Jersey Avenue SE; Washington, DC
This year’s EXPO will bring together over fifty businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, government agencies, and energy policy research organizations (see list to-date below) to showcase the status and near-term potential of the cross-section of renewable energy (biofuels/biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) and energy efficiency technologies.  The late morning program will feature Members of the U.S. Congress while speakers throughout the day will discuss the role sustainable energy technologies can play in meeting America’s energy needs.
Sponsored by:
6930 Carroll Avenue, #340; Takoma Park, MD 20912
301-270-6477 x.11; fax: 301-270-4291
Speakers Confirmed To Date:
- Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
- John R. Norris, Commissioner - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
- Philip D. Moeller, Commissioner - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
- Henry Kelly, DOE Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
- Sharon E. Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs,
- Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Assistant Secretary of the Navyfor Energy, Installations and Environment



Custer, WI

22nd Annual Energy Fair June 17-19, 2011
Renew The Earth Institute
7558 Deer Road
Custer, WI 54423
The MREA Energy Fair brings over 20,000 people from nearly every state in the U.S. and several countries around the world to learn, connect with others and ready them for action at home. The Energy Fair is the nation's longest running energy education event of its kind.
- Over 275 exhibitors - featuring sustainable living and clean energy products
- Over 200 workshops - including introductory level to advanced hands-on education: solar, wind, green building, local sustainable food, and more
- Clean Energy Car Show - featuring demonstration vehicles and exhibitors
- Green Home Pavilion - emphasizing building and remodeling in a sustainable way
- Green Building Demos - displaying sustainable building techniques in action

Madison, Wisconsin

Inquire about solar events and programs.
Jeanne Hoffman
(608) 266-4091

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Inquire about solar events and programs.
Amy Heart
MREA (Midwest Renewable Energy Association)
Tehri Parker, Regional Development Director


SolarDay 2011 in the Southern Hemisphere is Saturday, November 19.




Inquire about solar events and programs.
Dennis Terhove
Energy Codes Officer
Building Regulations
City of Calgary
Phone: (403) 268-5249
Fax: (403) 268-2147


Inquire about solar events and programs.
Rob Maxwell
Manager, Toronto Renewable Energy Office
Energy and Strategic Initiatives, Facilities Management Division
Metro Hall, 2nd floor,
55 John St.
Toronto  M5V 3C6
(416) 395-6927


Innovative ParkandBREAM– Run by the BRE Group
Aaron Pratt, Regional Director North America
(based in Portland, Oregon for BRE, UK)
Tel: 503 902 2414
The City of Cornwall(Invest in Cornwall) - Inquire about solar events and programs.
Lucy Hunt, Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 1872 32281
The City of London – Think London -Inquire about solar events and programs.
Pru Ashby, Senior Business Development Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7718 5421
The City of Milton Keynes – Low Carbon Living Programme - Inquire about solar events and programs.
Guy Barnett
Invest Milton Keynes,
414-428 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 2EA, England
The Isle of Guernsey – Inquire about solar events and programs.
Richard Lord – Sustainable Guernsey
Tel: +44 (0)1481 700688
Guernsey GY1 1BQ
Check out what’s going on in your city for SolarDay 2011.