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Diverse Speaker Lineup for 25th Anniversary Energy Fair

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (BREA) will feature a diverse and dynamic lineup of speakers for its 25th Anniversary Energy Fair, to be held June 20 through June 22 at the Renew The Earth Institute, in Custer, Wisconsin. The hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Speakers in such fields as open-source technology, sustainable living, organic farming and race car driving will share their expertise.

Friday’s schedule includes keynote speaker Marcin Jakubowski, founder of the Open Source Ecology, a collaboration of engineers, producers and builders that is producing open-source blueprints for civilization’s 50 most important machines. The Saturday morning keynote speaker is George Siemon, founding CEO and co-founder of CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley. Leilani Münter will speak Sunday afternoon. A biology graduate and environmental activist, she

became the first carbon-neutral race car driver in 2010. For every race she drives, Münter adopts an acre of rain forest to offset the carbon footprint of her race car.

Founded in 1990, the nonprofit MREA is dedicated to promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living through education and demonstration.

Cost: Adults, $15/day, $35/weekend; seniors and youth (13 to 18), $10/day, $20/weekend; MREA members and children under 12, free. Location: 7558 Deer Rd., Custer, WI. For more information, call 715-952-6595 or visit

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