Posted by: Stefan Anderson | July 3, 2012

23rd Annual MREA Energy Fair

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A highlight of my summer for the past few years has been the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Energy Fair which is held the third weekend of June near Custer, Wisconsin. The Energy Fair is an extravaganza of workshops and exhibits. Fair goers learn about sustainable living, clean energy products, renewable energy and are invited to enjoy inspirational keynotes, lively entertainment and great food. Conserve School is proud to be able to not only exhibit at the Energy Fair, but to also be an Energy Fair sponsor.

Many people stopped by the Conserve School exhibit to learn more about Conserve School’s semester school program for high school students, graduate fellowship partnership with the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and about other programs Conserve School supports. Very few left the booth empty-handed as the school was giving out posters from the Timber Wolf Alliance and Loon Watch, two programs that Conserve School also sponsors.

Attending the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair gives Conserve School staff and alums the chance to reconnect at an event that is well aligned with Conserve School’s mission. This year we had alums from all four Conserve School semesters and alums of the Graduate Fellowship Program. In addition to reconnecting, many of the alums gave back to the school by volunteering their time in the Conserve School booth. They were great ambassadors for the Conserve Semester School program. I was excited to learn that one of our alums, Kira Minehart, had won a scholarship from the MREA in recognition of her dedication to environmental sustainability.

The Energy Fair also gives Conserve School staff a chance to network with others who are working on behalf of environmental stewardship. I was pleased to have a chance to talk to many other exhibitors, especially those from Working Bikes, Citizens Climate Lobby, the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education, the Ice Age Trail Alliance and of course our friends at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

If you are interested in environmental stewardship, sustainable living and/or renewable energy I strongly recommend that you consider attending the Energy Fair next year, and if you do, please stop by the Conserve School booth and say hello.


Stefan Anderson
Head of School



  1. I wish I could have attended, it sounded great this year! Were they doing any special give-a-ways in concerns to grants for those interested in furtering their education in solar energy?

    -Sharone Tal

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