John Spears, President of the Sustainable Design Group

John Spears, president of Sustainable Design Group

Ecological pioneer John Spears kicked off the first of what will be monthly Bethesda Green lunchtime discussions October 13 with an informative presentation about building energy self-sufficient homes.  Nearly 20 attendees learned about a variety of renewable energy sources and the financial paybacks for investing in them.

Spears, president of Sustainable Design Group, is an internationally recognized expert with 30 years experience in energy conservation, renewable energy systems, indoor air quality and sustainable design.  He provides design and consulting services in the areas of residential and commercial building energy conservation, renewable energy systems, “Green Building” design, indoor air quality and sustainable community development.

Bethesda Green is featuring a number of Upcoming Events in October on Energy Efficiency, including an introductory 101 workshop Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7-9 pm.

Bethesda Green's Solar Decathlon visitors

Bethesda Green's Solar Decathlon visitors

After the Spears presentation, a group headed down to DC to visit the Solar Decathlon, which runs until Oct. 18.  The Solar Decathlon, an event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, presents the powerful combination of solar energy, energy efficiency, and the best in home design.  Set up on the Washington Mall, the event joins 20 college and university teams in a competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house.

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