Four Freedoms Community Dialogue on Renewable Energy
The fourth Four Freedoms Forum community dialogue, the last in the series for this season, will address the topic of renewable, sustainable energy and will be held Thursday, May 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 at Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. With the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year and the more recent problem of the nuclear reactors in Japan after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, this topic is more urgent than ever.
Massachusetts is a leader in renewable, sustainable technologies, and five leaders in the field will offer short presentations and then participate in the town meeting-style conversation. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by Laurie Norton Moffatt, director/CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum.
The five featured speakers are Mike Balawender of New England Hay Supply; Stu Besnoff of Alpine Solar Heat and Hot Water; Dicken Crane of the Massachusetts Forest Landowners Association and owner of Dicken Crane Logging; Chris Kilfoyle of Berkshire Photovoltaic Services; and James Noel, manager of environmental affairs for Crane & Company.
Balawender operates New England Hay Supply, a full-service, family-run hay farm in Cheshire, Massachusetts, and is part of Hilltown Farmers Bio-Diesel, LLC, a five-farm co-operative that will soon be pressing sunflower seeds for biodiesel.
Besnoff is the owner of Alpine Solar Heat and Hot Water in Windsor, Massachusetts, and an expert in production of energy off the grid; his company markets evacuated tube solar hot water collectors.
Crane is the president of the Massachusetts Forest Landowners Association, which works for the conservation of stewardship of trees and forests in the Commonwealth. Crane also is a licensed timber harvester and owner of Dicken Crane Logging, Inc., in Dalton, Massachusetts. He is an expert on biomass burned directly in the form of wood, grass, and pellets, for electricity and heat.
Kilfoyle, an expert in solar energy, is the president of Berkshire Photovoltaic Services, based in Adams, Massachusetts, and dedicated to providing durable photovoltaic systems and bringing clean electricity to western Massachusetts.
Noel, the manager of environmental affairs for Crane & Co. in Dalton, Massachusetts, is an expert on Crane’s biomass to oil project, as well as the company’s working hydropower facility.
The discussion series commemorates the 70th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s renowned Four Freedoms speech, which inspired Norman Rockwell to paint the iconic quartet of paintings.
For more information, visit www.nrm.org.
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183