Nonprofit Green Event

Green Note Fest to celebrate largest solar installation in West Marin, raise funds to green the San Geronimo Valley Community Center Arts & environment showcase highlights “eco-music” & “recycled art” San Geronimo – The community will gather at the Green Note Festival on Saturday, August 23rd from 2-8pm to raise funds to green the operations of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center and in celebration of the historic new solar installation on the Lagunitas School campus where the Community Center is located. “We’re so excited about the impact the new panels will make and our initiative to further green the Community Center,” says Event Programmer Hannah Doress, who is also an Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow, “We’ve tried to add a new dimension with this event – to highlight how performing and visual artists are responding positively to the environmental challenges we face as a community.” The event will focus on the arts through “eco-music”, “recycled art” and interactive arts activities, as well as providing a variety of activities of wide interest such as workshops, tours, organic food and a green marketplace.
The festival, which is the brainchild of Doress and West Marin renewable energy expert and rock musician Peter Asmus (Space Debris), will be held at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd in San Geronimo. The public may go to www.sgvcc.org and click on arts & events for tickets and further information.
The solar system that is being celebrated, the largest that West Marin has ever seen, was made possible by a collaboration between Solar Power Partners, which owns and manages the system, Borrego Solar which designed and installed it, and the Lagunitas School District which will receive the resulting electricity at reduced rates and share these savings with its tenant, The Community Center. The panels are currently in operation and will provide approximately 65% of the power for both school and Community Center. Community members can learn more about Solar Power Partners, Borrego Solar and the new solar installation by visiting their tables in the green marketplace and by attending the panel discussion on new models of solar development. Seven musical acts who have been inspired by the environment, from rock to folk to children’s music will take the stage (listed in reverse order):
· Headlining the Eco-music showcase is the Tom Finch Group (TFG) whose leader is known as a Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame guitar virtuoso who also plays with Big Brother and the Holding Company. TFG plays original
music blending reggae, latin, world, jazz, rock, country & hip-hop.
· The Rebecca Riots, a top national folk act called “Best band with a conscience” (Bay Guardian), will also be part of the crescendo of the day bringing their environmental and social messages out with three-part harmonies, guitar, mandolin and harmonica.
· Retro psychedelic rock ‘n roll outfit Space Debris will riff on the need for cleaner power, among other issues, messages powered by player Peter Asmus, an influential local expert on solar power. With national airplay on David Gans’ show, they were a hit at The Whole Earth Festival.
· Singing Bear has been called “about as funky as you can get with
an acoustic guitar” by the Athens News, and has been a favorite at the Harmony, Raw Spirit and Dreamtime Festivals. His message of sustainability,
co-existence & love is paired with “world tribal folk jazz fusion”.
· Paul Berensmeier, co-founder of environmental nonprofit Wilderness Way will perform Native American Flute inspired by the Valley environment. He is the first person to pass the world renowned R. Carlos Nakai’s flute test in 16 years and has played a large concert with him.
· High school band Animal Instincts has played the Fairfax Festival and San Rafael Farmers’ Market. They play “hard acoustic funk rock” that brings divergent acts like Bela Fleck & Primus to mind. The band includes Cullen Gray (who has opened for Youtube star Trace Bundy) , Emiliano Flowerman and Riley Stockton. Gray will play his composition “Wilderness Way”.
· Leading off the show is exciting new children’s music and puppetry act Let’s Go Green supporting their eponymous CD. Featuring a Grammy-nominated songwriter, a member of award-winning a cappella group About Face, and the founders of Catsville Recordings & Jazzbeaux Studio, they “inspire young minds to go green through music, fun and laughter”.
In the Community Center’s West Room, “Talkin’ Trash: recreating art” will be an exhibit and sale of art made entirely from materials that would
otherwise be discarded, It features notable local artists such as Karyn Klinger (collection of Bonnie Raitt, etc.), cutting-edge recycling artist Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang (Electric Works Gallery), Victoria Saxe, Frank Gonzales, Sean Sullivan, Molly Rea, Danielle Fogel, Al Ardelle, Philip Wadsworth, Janet Hughes, Jenny Hunter Groat, Susan LaCroix, Debra Amerson and others. Sales of the art will benefit the greening of the Community Center. Workshops will take place on topics such as new models in solar development, the proposed Marin Clean Energy plan, plastics, reducing your footprint, as well as others TBA. SPAWN will lead two tours of the rainwater harvesting project at the school garden next door to the Community Center. Interactive activities geared towards young children led by the Community Center School Readiness Program and for tweens and teens led by the Community Center Youth Center as well as those geared towards adults will take place at various times throughout the day. In addition toys for young children to play with will also be available onsite and the venue is adjacent to two playgrounds.
A green marketplace will highlight the work of environmental organizations and businesses and will include affordably priced local, organic meals
and snacks from Catherine Broomhead and West Marin Green Cuisine, sponsored by Marin Sun Farms. Free valet bicycle parking will be provided by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. Solar Power Partners, Borrego Solar and Marin Municipal Water District have sponsored the Community Center’s Green Note Festival, generouslysupporting this benefit for the San Geronimo Valley Community Center’s initiative to green its operations. Because of the sponsorships, the event will offer free admission for children 12 and under. Tickets for youth 13-21 will be $5 (in advance and at the door). Advance tickets for adults are significantly discounted at $12 versus $15-25 sliding scale at the door. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.sgvcc.org/artsevents/centerevents.html.

Green Note Festival Energy Panel Schedule 2:30 – 3:20 New Models of Solar Energy Development
1) Jerry Lunsford (2:30) – “Solar Safety Net” at Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station Jerry installed the nation’s first “Solar Safety Net” at the Dance Palace Community Center this past May-June 2008. The hybrid AC/DC solar PV array will allow this disaster relief site to provide basic services for the surrounding community during times of extended power outages
2) Kevin Gage – (2:40) Borrego Solar: Community Centers in San Geronimo & Stinson Beach Kevin will describe the installation challenges with the 58 kW ground-mounted solar PV array for the Lagunitas School District/San Geronimo Valley Community Center. He will also describe his company’s community-based solar incentive program for West Marin to help fund a solar PV array at the Stinson Beach Community Center.
3) Todd Michaels – (2:50) Solar Power Partners: The Power Purchase Agreement Model Todd will describe the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) approach to financing of large solar PV arrays, such as the 58 kW system installed for the Lagunitas School District/San Geronimo Valley Community Center. The PPA model allows those without sufficient capital to enjoy benefits of solar energy and was employed in 60 percent of all non-residential installations of solar PV systems in 2007. 3:30- 4:20: Greening Local Power with Marin Clean Energy
1) Dawn Weisz (3:30) — Marin County: Marin Clean Energy Overview/Status
Report Dawn will provide an overview of “Marin Clean Energy,” a program that would allow Marin County to eventually obtain 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources, including providers located within the county’s borders
2) Jim McCray: — (3:40) Infotility: Solar PV, Demand Response and a Smart Grid Jim will describe a federally funded pilot program in Marin County testing how a smarter grid can employ solar power and “demand response” technologies to react to changing grid conditions without centralized control and dispatch.
3) Mark Pasternak – (3:50) Devil’s Gulch Ranch: Role of wind power in West Marin Mark will talk about his experience with small wind turbines at his Nicasio ranch and farm, and provide his views on the role wind power could play in the Nicasio region, perhaps Marin County’s most practical near-term wind power region.

Leave a Reply