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Community forum on renewable energy in the High Country to be held March 1

BOONE —Appalachian State University will host the forum “Energy Innovation in the High Country” on Thursday, March 1, from 6-9 p.m. at the Broyhill Events Center on campus, formerly the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center.

The program, which will focus on clean energy adoption, has been developed by students in the university’s government and justice studies program and is part of Focus the Nation’s nationwide Forums to Action Campaign.

Local business leaders, industry experts and Appalachian faculty will begin the conversation by addressing the current state of energy and facilitate 30-minute break-out sessions related to various clean energy topics, including financing, available technology, project planning and community involvement.

Speakers are Ged Moody, director of the Office of Sustainability at Appalachian, and Brian Crutchfield, director of sustainable development with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Cooperative. Panelists are Rio Tazewell from the Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy and Dr. Brian Raichle, an associate professor in Appalachian’s Department of Technology and Environmental Design.

While registration is not required for event attendance, guests can register at the following website:

Focus the Nation is a non-profit based in Oregon. Its Forums to Action program is designed to create a new generation of student leaders who can work with their campuses and communities to develop ways to move forward with renewable energy.

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Information about Focus the Nation’s Forums to Action Campaign is available at

About the Speakers

Ged Moody was entrepreneur in residence at Appalachian’s Walker College of Business prior to being named university sustainability director at Appalachian, where he works to further sustainability initiatives on campus.

Brian Crutchfield works toward bettering the environmental and energy future while still providing power at reasonable prices.

Rio Tazewell is the outreach and education director at the Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy, a startup consulting group focused on nonprofit renewable energy finance.

Brian Raichle focuses on appropriate technology in the Department of Technology and Environmental Design.