Eco-Fair 2007, May 07 | Eco-Fair: Sustainable Energy—Watt’s Powering the Future?

On Friday, May 11, at 7:45 p.m. in the MSAE auditorium, the 7th Annual Eco-Fair, sponsored by Maharishi University of Management, will begin with a special award presentation and keynote speech. The director of the Leopold Center, Jerry DeWitt, will be receiving a Maharishi Award in honor of the center’s 20th anniversary of research and education in the area of Sustainable Agriculture. The center’s vision is to cultivate alternatives that secure healthier people and landscapes in Iowa and the nation. Kamyar Enshayan will follow with the keynote speech. Mr. Enshayan coordinates the University of Northern Iowa’s Local Food Project, is an agricultural engineer, and a member of Cedar Falls City Council.  Enshayan’s short book, Living within Our Means, outlines considerations for communities as we plan for a renewable energy future.

Saturday holds a full day of lectures, trade vendors, hybrid car rides, and outdoor fun. Headlining the day is Professor Elwynn Taylor, Michael Ott, Mark Kresowik, and Lonnie Gamble; topics of discussion include climate change, regenerating the economy, and biofuels. Their talks will remind us of our connection with the planet and offer ways to get involved in creating a clean and affluent future. The excitement will continue in the evening with the much-loved Eco-Jam Fashion Show, which will feature student fashion designed from organic and recycled treasures as well as clothing from Natural Selections. All the activity centers around the Maharishi University of Management Student Union.

On Sunday, the Maharishi University of Management greenhouses will host a Mother’s Day plant giveaway and workshops in vermicomposting, straw bale building, and solar electricity. After lunch, head over to the Student Union to catch the film Who Killed the Electric Car?

The 2007 Eco-Fair is brought to you by the students, staff, and faculty of Maharishi University of Management. All students are admitted free with a valid student ID. Regular admission is payable at the door: $25 for the entire weekend or $5 per session speaker, $10 for the Eco-Jam, and $10 for the Sunday workshops. The fair is open to the public. For more information, contact Anna Bruen at (641) 919-2692, annabruen@gmail.com, or visit www.mum.edu/ecofair.