SCF Hosted 2011 Renewable Energy Tour

(Bradenton, Fla., March 2, 2011) — Local officials, including State Rep. Ray Pilon and Sarasota Mayor Kelly Kirschner, led a panel discussion at the 2011 Florida Renewable Energy Tour town hall event attended by more than 70 people on Friday, Feb. 18, at State College of Florida, Manatee- Sarasota (SCF) Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy. East, Sarasota.

Sponsored by the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE), the tour focused on renewable energy policy, and the discussion included local job creation, manufacturing and export, and economic resurgence.

Committed to sustainability and green practices, the College was proud to host the event at SCF Lakewood Ranch, home both to the 30,000-square-foot Center for Innovation and Technology and the new 42,000-square-foot Medical Technology and Simulation Center (MTSC), SCF’s first building designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

Prior to the town hall event, SCF offered a tour of the MTSC and chiller plant, which uses a Thermal Energy Storage system to provide air conditioning for the entire campus and will serve as a hands-on learning lab for SCF’s future Energy Technology Management Program.

Mike Antheil, executive director of FARE, State Rep. Ray Pilon, Monica Kennedy,
president of Elite Solar Services and FARE board member; Daisy Vulovich,
associate vice president of Corporate and Community Development;
Sarasota Mayor Kelly Kirschner and Peter Laughlin, president of FARE
and cofounder of EcoTechnologies.

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