16th Annual Michigan Energy Fair Announces TWO New Partners: Sustainable Living Summit 2016 and The Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo

June 24 & 25, Ingham County Fairgrounds, Mason, MI.

The combination of the Michigan Energy Fair, The Sustainable Living Summit 2016, and the Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo, all in one place, for one weekend, could be the most fun and educational family friendly event you will attend all year.

Renewable energy, energy efficiency, emergency preparedness and sustainability come together to make this the most comprehensive fair yet. This year’s theme ‘Connect Here’ is the focus to network with industry leaders and learn about sustainable lifestyles, create sustainable homes, businesses, and communities. The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) announces these two new partnerships that will complement and enrich your experience at our 16th annual event.

The Sustainable Living Summit 2016 (SLS) features acclaimed keynote speakers, panel discussion with expert presentations, dozens of exhibitors, workshops, in a family friendly atmosphere. The Sustainable Living Summit is an energetic, solutions based approach to building and enhancing our community and guides us toward a vibrant and healthy future.

The forums will include experts in:

  • Renewable Energy • Energy Efficiency
  • Alternative Transportation
  • Local & Sustainable Agriculture
  • Green Buildings
  • Natural Health & Wellness
  • Environmental & Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable Economic Development
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Breakthrough Technologies Press Conference

The Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo (GLEPE) is the leading emergency preparedness convention in the Midwest. The Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo offers a large audience for survival professionals and industry enthusiasts. Local businesses and emergency responders, including the local government agencies and military professionals are among the many pre-registered exhibitors with floor space and booths at the GLEPE. Attendees will learn about preparing a 72-hour kit, food storage, and water purification. Other vendors will provide tips and information about first aid, gardening, pet care preparedness, radio communications, cooking, heat, light, and fuel options.

Numerous training classes, presentations, and demonstrations encompassing the prepping, self-reliance, and emergency management industries will make this Expo a one of its kind event for both attendees and exhibitors. We encourage county and local governments, municipalities and businesses leaders who prepare Emergency Action Plans to attend. The information you receive about how to reduce costs in your jurisdiction through energy savings and incorporating renewable energy while learning the latest in emergency preparation.

The 16th annual Michigan Energy Fair

Each year thousands will gather from around the Great Lakes to attend the Michigan Energy Fair which features over 100 exhibitors, hands on activities, alternative vehicle car show, free workshops, prizes, local food and music. The event is open to the public and will be promoted extensively via direct email, social media, internet marketing, and regional broadcast media.

The fair welcomes anyone to attend …homeowners, business owners, students, teachers and the just plain curious. The fair attracts those who want to take control of their utility bills, prepare homes and businesses for emergencies, and learn sustainable living practices. The fair is known as a ‘one-stop’ resource for sustainable living practices. More information may be found at www.glrea.org and www.greatlakespreppers.com.

About GLREA: for 25 years GLREA has served people in the Great Lakes region as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. GLREA is the leading renewable energy organization promoting policies, technologies and practices which are environmentally and economically sustainable.

For more information or to participate contact:

Ms. Mary McGraw
Michigan Energy Fair

Mr. Douglas Elbinger
Sustainable Living Summit

Mr. Kyle MacNall
David Castlegrant & Associates

Some of the distinguished speakers include:


Reporter for MidWest Energy News


Andy started as a reporting fellow for Midwest Energy News in May 2014. He previously spent four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. In addition to Midwest Energy News, Andy also covers state politics and business policy for Inside Michigan Politics and MiBiz. He is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School and received multiple awards as an undergraduate from the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. He is based in Grand Rapids.




Jeffrey Rostoni

Diagnosing & Restoring your Home or Work Environment

Analyzing Mold and Moisture Problems in Buildings

Jeffreys presentation will cover the basics and misconceptions about mold, liability associated with mold, mold and moisture’s impact to structures and occupant’s health, and will address the many moisture sources in buildings, typical mold remediation techniques, as well as other indoor air quality issues arising from tight buildings.  AQC will discuss moisture sources in great detail as well as prevention.  There will be a Questions and Answer session at the end to field questions from the audience.

Mr. Jeff Rostoni is an environmental consultant specializing in indoor air quality issues in residential and commercial buildings.  Mr. Rostoni has extensive knowledge about indoor air quality problems and building diagnostics and provides consulting services to help identify, solve and remediate indoor air quality problems.  Mr. Rostoni also has his LEED accreditation and is routinely involved in diagnosing problems associated with “tight” buildings.   Jeff evaluates mold and moisture problems, asbestos, lead paint, methamphetamine houses, VOCs, house ventilation issues, attic ventilation, crawl space moisture and venting, and other building and air quality related problems.


Executive Director

Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association

Bridley ByrdBridley-Byrd

Advocating Public Policy for Energy Conservation

After graduating from Michigan State University, Brindley founded and successfully managed a residential remodeling company for 12 years.  He leveraged his own professional development experience into being a national speaker and presenter for the National Association of Home Builders.   After serving as founding executive director of the Michigan Construction Career Council, part of Capital Area Michigan Works!, Brindley moved into utility rebate program design with CLEAResult and then onto advocating for the energy efficiency industry as the founding executive director of the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA).  He also serves as executive director of the Michigan Air Conditioning Contractors Association (MIACCA) fighting for fair competition throughout Michigan’s mechanical industry. He is currently working to expand Michigan’s integrated energy efficiency market.


Building Automation Specialist

TH Eifert Mechanical Contractors



You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Measure

In order to get control of your spending on Utilities, you must first have the ability to understand how your facilities consumes energy.  According to the Building Owners & Manufacturing Association, approximately 72% of a buildings monthly energy spend is on Space Heating, Cooling, Water Heating and Lighting.  Understanding how efficient your building is performing in each of these parameters, requires that you first discover how your building compares to others of similar size, age and usage nationally and receive an EnergyStar Score from the United States Department of Energy.  This score provides the data that is necessary for your Energy Consultant to determine to what extent there is Energy Savings Potential.

Mark Bates brings nearly 40 years of experience in the Construction Services business, specializing in “all things low voltage.”  As a Building Automation Solution Specialist at Lansing-based T. H. Eifert Mechanical Contractors, Bates, is responsible for helping the company evolve into providing innovative Energy Management solutions for its’ HVAC service clients.  His career includes serving as a Sales Engineer with Honeywell’s Commercial Construction Division, where he designed and project managed a building management solution for the State of Michigan office buildings including, the State Capital, inner-connected State-owned buildings downtown and the State Secondary Complex.


Newman Consulting Group LLC


 James Newman

Improving Energy Efficiency in New and Existing Buildings

Jim Newman is one of the country’s most experienced energy efficiency and green building experts. Known as the “Dean of Green,” Jim regularly speaks across the US and internationally to professionals, student groups and the media about sustainability and green technology. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP), a LEED Accredited Professional, an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer (DL), an Operations and Performance Management Professional (OPMPa Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) and a Fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit (FESD). In 2012, he was named a Green Leader by Corp! Magazine and the Detroit Free Press.Jim Newman has been involved in this industry long enough to be both a seasoned expert and a pioneer. Internationally recognized speaker and writer on Indoor Air Quality, Energy Conservation, Green Design and Efficient Operating and Maintenance, USGBC and LEED®.


Ingham County Drain Commissioner

Patrick Lindemann

Greening of the Drains

Michigan stands as one of the guardians of The Great Lakes …the largest body of fresh water in the world.  Storm water runoff is the largest transporter of non-point and point source pollution discharges to the waters of all jurisdictions in Michigan and throughout the Nation. “This is where we draw the line in the sand and develop new Best Management Practices for negating the pollution conveyed by storm water runoff,” says Pat Lindemann, one of the nations leading experts in water management systems who will talk about the cutting-edge efforts in Ingham County to protect our valuable water resources.

Pat Lindemann was first elected as the Ingham County Drain Commissioner in 1992, an office he has re-defined to reflect his environmental stewardship ethic and systems approach to stormwater management. He has received international, national, and state recognition and awards for his innovative drain projects. The design for a wetland filtration system in the Tollgate Drainage District in Lansing Township, Michigan is the first of its kind, and has received national awards and international interest. Pat holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State University in Resource Development, with credits toward an advanced degree in the same discipline.




The Future of Food and Farming Systems

Food and farming systems are the same system.  How do we share a vision of a sustainable food system and what framing and language do we use to communicate in our planning discussions?  How do we honor the past while coping with the rapid acceleration of technology that provides so many new possibilities for our relationship with food?  How do we bridge the gaps in income and labor between food production and modern lifestyles?  This talk attempts to answer these and other questions about our future.

Agronomist, Ron Doetch, was raised on a small working dairy farm in Northern Illinois.  The farm at this time was without chemicals and integrated as a diverse system where everything got used in some way.  After receiving a degree in agronomy at the University of Illinois, Ron worked on special projects for John Deere including new ways to incorporate conservation into modern farming techniques.  It was then a natural fit to become specialty crops manager for Itochu, a global Japanese trading firm, to connect Japanese food processors to American farmers.   In 2003, Ron assumed the helm as Executive Director of the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute to oversee the agriculture education, research and outreach programs of the now 20 year old organization in East Troy, WI.  Today, Ron works as an independent consultant in food and farming systems

Complete information about these events may be found at www.glrea.org

For information about opportunities for speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors contact:

Douglas Elbinger