This weekend: Green energy on display in Rosendale

Above: Retrofitters at work transforming a Rosendale home into a model of energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of Manna Jo Greene.

The Festival Town -- site of the first green-built, geothermal community center in the state -- will be ahead of the enviro-curve as usual this weekend. The 2013 Rosendale Energy Expo takes over the Rosendale Recreation Center on Saturday with “Retrofitting For Resilience: Preparing our Homes and Businesses for the 21st Century.”

Co-sponsored by NYSERDA, Central Hudson, and the upstate New York chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Expo will focus on a deep energy retrofit pilot project underway right now that’s transforming a leaky, creaky older home into a lean, green, energy-efficient machine. Those in attendance will enjoy an afternoon of education about the project from the builder, the homeowner, and experts on building science and the financing that helps make it all possible. After the Expo, from 5 to 6pm, there will be a site visit and group tour of the retrofit project.

Exhibitors will be on hand with cutting-edge products and information, and you can sign up for your own home energy assessment. Although the entire event is free, organizers do ask that you pre-register online. Snacks are free, and lunch will be available for purchase on-site from the Rosendale Café. The event organizers will even help you find a carpool ride -- because that's how they roll in the People’s Republic of Rosendale.

2013 Rosendale Energy Expo, 1055 Route 32, Rosendale. 12 noon to 5pm, Saturday, 4.15.2013. No charge for admission. For more information and a complete agenda, visit the event’s Facebook page.