Heartland staff to participate in Plain Green Conference

Sioux Falls Green Project, Koch Hazard Architects and South Dakota State University (SDSU) have teamed up once again to bring the Plain Green Conference to Sioux Falls, SD  September 14. Founded in 2008 by Koch Hazard and SDSU, Plain Green is “where innovators and change-makers gather to learn and connect around green design, healthcare, education, business and ideas.” The conference and marketplace features a full day of keynote speakers, workshops, networking opportunities and green exhibitors under one roof at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Sioux Falls.

This year’s “Plain Awesome” speakers will cover a number of green-related topics, ranging from green economics to simplified lifestyles. The conference will feature two opening and closing keynote speakers, James Kunstler and Susan S. Szenasy. Kunstler is the author of The Geography of Nowhere and many more polemical books. His latest book, Too Much Magic, questions various technologies heralded as “magic bullet” solutions to the energy crisis. His address, “Can America Remain Civilized?” is scheduled for 8:00 am on September 14.

Szenasy is the Editor in Chief of METROPOLIS, the award-winning NYC-based magazine of architecture, culture and design. She currently sits on the boards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the Center for Architecture Advisory Board and the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Her presentation, “Sustainable Design and Innovation,” is scheduled for 4:00 pm on September 14.

Heartland General Manager Mike McDowell and Manager of Community & Economic Development Russell Olson are scheduled to participate in a Renewable Energy Panel as part of the conference. The panel will be led by Mitch Krebs, director of public policy for ethanol producer POET. The group will focus on renewable energy aspects specific to the state of South Dakota, including providing a general overview of renewable energy in the region, ethanol’s outlook, information on photovoltaic technologies and wind energy, and the future of renewable energy in the state. It will also examine the historical and current status of wind and solar energy, annual average wind speed, biomass resources and solar resources. The panel will take place on Friday, September 14 at 2:30 pm.

The 2012 Plain Green Conference kicks off with an opening party at the Museum of Visual Materials, also in downtown Sioux Falls. Formally home to Consolidated Tank Line, the restored Museum of Visual Materials is an interactive learning facility and South Dakota’s first LEED Platinum building. The opening party begins September 13 at 6:00 pm.

For more information about the Plain Green Conference, visit http://plaingreenorg.

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