FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2009
Contact: Darcy Minter, 775.340.4240
Symposium on Energy Use in the Great Basin Scheduled for
October 17 at the Western Folklife Center
Elko, Nevada - The Western Folklife Center and the Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group are partnering to present a symposium about energy use in the Great Basin, Saturday, October 17, 2009, in the Western Folklife Center’s G Three Bar Theater. Sponsored by Nevada Humanities, this day-long event will include presentations by energy experts on topics such as wind power, solar power, coal and the history of energy use in Nevada. It will also include roundtable discussions, poster sessions and a keynote speaker.
The Energy Symposium hopes to enhance citizen awareness of the challenges and opportunities in energy development in the Great Basin. The topics of energy conservation, renewable energy and energy use are replete with issues of concern to the citizens of northeastern Nevada, where the potential for renewable energy is being developed, but where reliance on traditional forms of energy is still prevalent. As thinking about energy use changes, so changes the landscape of rural and semi-rural communities. The format of the symposium is designed to create dialogue and critical thinking about the changes in landscape and lifestyle, encourage ideas to increase positive social and economic effects while minimizing negative effects, and to encourage consideration about the benefits and difficulties of renewable and traditional energy sources.
The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.