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Sustainable Estes Events Point Us Toward The Future

Eagle Rock School’s Estes Earth Fest has a new look, a new name and a new location. We are now “Sustainable Estes Green Living Tour and Expo” and on September 24, 2011, our festival, now known as an “Expo” will be held at the Rocky Mountain Park Inn (Estes Park Conference Center), 101 S. St. Vrain Ave. from 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. On the same day, in conjunction with the Expo, a Green Living Tour — formerly the Estes Park Solar and Green Home Tour, sponsored by TW Beck Architects — will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tickets will be available the day of the Green Living events or in advance at two locations in town – watch for more information, coming soon.

Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center, in cooperation with Beck Architects and the Sustainable Estes Group, is gearing up for the Fourth Annual Sustainable Estes Expo recognizing and honoring our relationship with the earth. The festival, which started in 2008, was created to build community and offer a venue to discuss our relationship with the earth.

As has been the case with the tour in previous years, the organizers have partnered with the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Home Tour to feature homes, businesses and organizations that have incorporated energy savings and renewable energy technology into their building design. Together, the tour and the expo will offer demonstrations of solar and other renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, sustainable design, permaculture, workshops and speakers on a variety of related topics to meet the interests of homeowners, planners, students and all citizens.

According to John Guffey of Eagle Rock School, organizer of the original Estes Earth Fest, “Sustainable Estes has its sights on reconnecting our community with natural systems and feedback mechanisms that will help us live sustainably, in harmony with our surroundings. This goal will take time to achieve. We recognize that we have a long ways to go here in Estes Park. We must begin where we are today, basing our efforts in the realization that people can learn new ways and that we cannot afford to be distracted by the distance we have to go or the task that lies before us. We can learn to work together and we can bring the changes that are needed in our greater community. We can create examples for such change by working together, respecting nature, building relationships, learning to live sustainably, re-localizing our economy, and recognizing our potential.”

Please join us in making this vision our new reality. For more information call 970-586-3913, email or visit

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