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GEO’s Bill Spratley Speaks to First OSU Workshop on Green Homes

OSU Green Home Workshop
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-­‐H Center and OSU Solar House—enCORE
This ​first ​Ohio State University ​Green ​Home ​workshop ​will ​help ​Ohioans ​navigate ​the ​complex ​landscape ​of ​designs ​and ​technologies ​available. ​ ​
B Spratley headshotGreen Energy Ohio Executive Director Bill Spratley will give an overview of solar energy applications.  See Bill’s

 recent TV interview on “Solar Tax.

To help Ohioans to make informed decisions on adoption of green home designs and technologies, Ohio State University is initiating its first Green Home Workshop with support of an OSU Engagement and Impact Grant “Establishing a Green Home Technology Center: An OSU Community Partnership.”  The ultimate goals of the workshop are to help Ohio homeowners to reduce home energy consumption and cost, improve indoor air quality, and achieve a healthy and sustainable living.

Take the FREE GEO Tour Across Ohio on June 3, 4 & 5

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 3-5 Across Ohio

This FREE statewide event features self-guided, guided or open house tours in all corners of the state and highlights homes, businesses, and public places that are using green technologies such as solar, wind, biomass, green design, energy efficiency and more.

Each Tour is made possible through hundreds of volunteers that present their hands-on experiences with clean energy technologies to thousands of Tour goers. GEO is also planning a limited Tour in the Fall of 2016.

The 2016 Green Energy Ohio Tour will be GEO’s 14th Tour, and will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June, 3rd, 4th and 5th.  GEO has featured 840 tour sites in 66 Ohio Counties since 2001.

2016 GEO Tour collage

GEO is excited to move the large Fall Tour (previously held over the first weekend of every October to coincide with the American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Tour) to the Spring in 2016!

Sponsorship Opportunities
Reach Ohio’s Green Energy Market – See 2016 GEO Tour Sponsor Opportunities.

Design Your Own Tour
Enter the 2016 GEO Tour Portal to search for open houses and guided tours in your area! Use GEO’s interactive web site to select tour sites you wish to visit. You can search sites in a selected region or county. Sites are listed alphabetically and may also be searched by types of technology (solar, wind, etc.) and types of site (businesses, homes, etc.). Each tour site gives a description by the site owner, directions and up to four photos. The web site will create a Google Map of your personalized tour with directions between sites. Print out your planned tour and enjoy your green energy tour of the Buckeye State!

2016 Spring GEO Tour Flyer_FINAL

2016 GEO Tour Site Owners
Want to sign up to be a site on this year’s Tour? New GEO Site Owners should register on the New Site Form.

Site Owners that participated in the 2015 GEO Tour should receive an email from GEO to revise previous site information on Find My Sites.

If site owners need more information or have trouble with the online forms, contact GEO at tour@greenenergyohio.org or call the GEO Office at 614.985.6131.

See MORE DETAILS on GEO Tour web page.

Speaker Presentations at April 7th Ohio Green Energy Policy Conference

Conference Attendees collage

Ohio Green Energy Policy Conference:
Energizing Green Ohio Communities 

GEO’s 2016 Policy Summit, Luncheon & Awards Reception
Green Buildings Tours & Green Expo Trade Show
Thursday, April 7, 2016  8:30 am – 5 pm
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2210 Fred Taylor Drive, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Sponsored by: 
NextGen Climate  A Renewable America &
Law, Finance & Governance Program at the
Ohio State University College of Law


This event featured 30 expert speakers on a dozen green energy issues affecting the everyday actions of the Buckeye state’s community leaders, professionals, policy makers, business owners, media, educators and students.   Policy issues included current practices, regulations and laws at the community, state and national levels.  See the Winter 2016 GEO News Magazine on-line on Ohio Green Energy Policy: Key Issues for 2016.  Presentations of most speakers (.pdfs) appear with their name in Agenda below.

Conference Overview   The 140 Who Attended  ♦  Speaker Photos & Bios  Agenda  ♦ 2015 GEO Annual Awards  ♦  Partner/Sponsors/Exhibitors ♦    Green Buildings Tours ♦  News Release 3.26.16 ♦  Event Flyer

2015 GEO Annual Awards

The “GEOs” – the Annual Recognition Awards for 2015 were presented to recipients at the Ohio Green Energy Policy Conference, on April 7, in Columbus, Ohio.
2015 GEO Awards