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4 Our Kids Recycling Services presents the 7th Annual Family Funergy Festival on Earth Day

4 Our Kids Recycling Services presents the 7th Annual Family Funergy Festival on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd from 10am-1pm at The North Conway Community Center in North Conway, NH. Come enjoy this hands-on investigation of energy and resource conservation!

Funergy is a rain or shine,  bottled water free event with a full slate of environmentally friendly vendors, activities, and live demonstrations that is sure to please kids and grandparents alike.

Schedule of Events

  • 10am-10:30am – Food preservation workshop by UNH Cooperative Extension
  • 10:30am-11:30am – Family Basketball
  • 11am – Visit from the Lorax and free gently used book giveaway
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – Family Floor Hockey
  • 12pm – Story of Stuff: Bottled Water movie
  • 12:30pm – Rally for Science and Climate Change at the Gazebo with speakers from Bowdoin College and The Union of Concerned Scientists
buffet for worms 2013
A family enjoys learning the science of composting through the “Worm Buffet” activity at The Earth Day Funergy Festival at the North Conway Community Center.

Grab some lunch and check out the free activities such as Ray’s Solar S’mores, The Energy Scavenger Hunt (free LED bulbs while supplies last), The Scrapwood Catapult, The Pedal Powered Shower Bike, Recycled Hula Hoops or The Aluminum Can Crusher to name a few. Talk to a renewable energy company, a green builder, a recycling business and more. Shop for green goods, including gently used children’s clothing.

Don’t miss this “Something for Everyone” kind of day! The Funergy Festival is free of charge thanks to the generosity of major sponsors, Cormack Construction Management, of Madison and Frase Electric, of Sandwich. For more information, contact Colleen Cormack at 603-447-8361 or visit 4 Our Kids Recycling Services on the web at http://4ourkids.homestead.com/.


Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installed at Mt. Washington Auto Road Just in Time for Tesla Car Club to Make First Group Drive to Summit of Northeast’s Highest Peak

Mt.WashIt was a notable day for Alternative Energy vehicles at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, as the first ever Electric Vehicle Charging Station was just installed. Less than 24 hours later, the first all electric vehicle, a Tesla S Model, pulled in for a charge. The Auto Road does not “charge for a charge”, though a donation slot is there for those so inclined. Fifteen more Teslas from the New England chapter of the Tesla Car Club arrived for a drive to the summit, which were certainly the quietest cars ever to ascend the Road!

Given the proliferation and widespread acceptance of electric vehicles, Auto Road GM Howie Wemyss decided this was the year to have the Clipper Creek CS 90 charger installed. “Considering that we are hosting the Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit event here on September 14 and 15, there couldn’t be a better time to make this kind of energy available onsite,” Wemyss noted. “We are looking at adding an electric vehicle to our line-up sometime this year and have been evaluating various alternative fuel sources for our stages, as well,” Wemyss added.

Alternative energy is not a new concept for the Auto Road, which currently derives approx. 80% of the energy used for the base building operations from an onsite hydro power source. “Given that we are an environmentally based attraction, we want to do everything we can as individuals and as a company to protect and preserve the natural resources and environment that surrounds us here in Pinkham Notch,” Wemyss said.

An example of what those savings and impact can be was clearly exemplified by the Tesla group’s ascent. “The trip up and down the mountain was as breath-taking as always and everyone enjoyed it.  As expected, the trip down was excellent.  The cars could not have been built better for descending a mountain.  Stable, low to the ground, and aerodynamic, the cars handle wonderfully on the road.  Additionally, the regenerative braking means that you don’t have to worry about a straining engine or overheating brakes as the car gracefully glides down at a comfortable and safe speed requiring only occasional touches of the brakes at the hairpin turns,” explained Daniel Einspanjer, a Tesla S model owner and organizer of the group’s gathering.

Perhaps even more impressive than the view and drive down was the energy consumption data: “The 8 mile long and 4,600 feet high ascent consumes somewhere between 12 and 14 kW of energy (about 40 to 45 miles of rated range), while the descent reclaims between 5 and 7 kW of energy (about 20 to 23 miles of rated range) through regenerative braking. This is the future! There are currently more than 13,000 Teslas on the road in the US” Einspanjer noted.

For more information about the new charging station, the Tesla group ascent or the upcoming Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit, call 603-466-3988 or online at www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com

Learn More About Building “Green” with the WMHBRA Guest Speaker Night

White Mountain Home Builders & Remodelers

The High Performance Builder’s Mantra –
Manage Energy and Moisture with Equal Intensity


The WMHBRA wants to help you be in the “know” about energy codes as they keep getting tougher on energy. The introduction of new products and building systems is relentless. And web-savvy customers can THINK they know more about building, including green building, than you do.


There is a way to take charge, of both the building process and the business proposition. Getting the building science right guides design, material selection, and job site practices. It also opens the door for true performance-based marketing of your homes and remodeling projects.


Peter Yost will use real science, real projects, and real, tried-and-true marketing approaches to layout a 21st century approach to home building and remodeling.


6 pm Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in the Legends Room at Eastern Slope Inn, North Conway Village.
$15 for members, $20 for non-members – this includes salad and pizza from Flatbread Company and plenty of networking! 


About our speaker:


Peter Yost is the person you turn to if you want to truly understand how to green your home. He brings more than 25 years experience in building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes to his twin roles as director of residential services for BuildingGreen, and technical director for Taunton Press’s GreenBuildingAdvisor.com. His expertise stretches from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency and building durability.

Peter has been called upon to provide this building-science expertise to the nation’s leading homebuilding programs, including NAHB’s Green Building Standard, USGBC’s LEED for Homes, EPA’s WaterSense, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America. Peter is an instructor for the Boston Architectural College’s Sustainable Design Certificate program and for the University of Massachusetts Department of Building Materials and Wood Technology program in Amherst. A LEED AP, he is a past co-chair of the USGBC’s LEED for Homes program, a member of the LEED faculty, and a certified instructor for the NAHB Advanced Green Building: Building Science course. When not at his computer or teaching a class, Peter is often in the attic, basement, or inside the walls of his own 100-year-old home, which he is methodically transforming from an energy hog to a model of efficiency


Food and Film Festival, April 28, Highlights Connection Between Health and Diet

On Saturday, April 28, Evergreen Institute for Wellness is sponsoring a “Food & Film Festival”
at Kennett High School from 10am to 3pm.

This free event offers fun family activities that highlight connections between what we eat and how we feel.  Exhibits and demonstrations promoting nutritional awareness and healthy eating habits will continue throughout the day.  In partnership with Green Mountain Conservation Group, there will be a special showing of the film “Food, Inc.”

“We want to encourage a greater understanding of the relationship between our diet and our health, between what we put on our plates and the health of our planet,” said Evergreen’s event coordinator Kat Alden. “Our festival will be a great place to learn more about the steps we can take to improve our nutrition and our environmental impact. “

Local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) groups will be among many food and nutrition based exhibitions at the festival.  Other organizations interested in participating in the festival should contact Evergreen. “There will be something for everyone to help improve their sense of wellness through a better relationship with food,” Alden said.

For more information about the Food & Film Festival, go to EvergreenForWellness.org, call 651-7475, or email evergreenforwellness@gmail.com.