Thursday, 30 April 2009

Waitati energy subject of University seminar

Energy-saving and generation projects around the rural Dunedin
township of Waitati will be the subject of a University of Otago
Geography Department seminar next week.

The seminar "Hot air or small wind in Waitati?" on Wednesday 6 May
will discuss the small coastal community's search for sustainable
energy solutions.

Scott Willis, of Waitati Energy Project, will be going over his
group's actions and dreams.

Waitati activists and researchers have worked together to develop home
insulation retrofits, small-scale power generation.

These ideas have grown in a background of environmental and
alternative activism over many decades, ranging from 'Mushroom'
magazine of the 1970s to the recent Orokonui Ecosanctuary
predator-free nature reserve.

The seminar will be held in Room 5N4, Floor 5 of the Richardson
Building, at the University of Otago, at: 1 pm.

Photo caption: Wayne O'Hara wiring up the turbine. Photo courtesy of
Sabina Lobitz

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