Berkshire Forum to Host 'Cleantech: Building Sustainable Communities'

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Forum’s “Cleantech: Building Sustainable Communities” panel will take place on the Colonial Theatre stage on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 8:20 a.m. The panel will be moderated by WAMC Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz, and Spencer Reiss of Wired magazine will be the commentator.

Confirmed panel participants include Alan Cummings, co-founder and CEO of Seldon Technologies in Windsor, Vt., Tyler Fairbank, CEO of EOS Ventures LLC in Hancock, Steve Nelson, president and CEO of Solar Electric Service Corp in Washington, and Stephen Sears, principal of Berkshire Renewable Power LLC in Dalton.

Cummings’s company, Seldon Technologies, is the creator of world-leading nanotechnology filtration products capable of cleaning water, air and fuel without the use of heat, chemicals, power, ultraviolet light or contact time. Seldon's water filtration products function at a high flow rate to EPA drinking water standards and are saving lives around the world.

Fairbank’s EOS Ventures is a renewable energy development company focused on solar and wind technologies. His team has completed the first and only privately owned megawatt class turbine in the nation for on-site energy usage.

Sears is working to build and operate a bio-fuel and electrical generation facility at Ashuelot Park located in the town of Dalton and City of Pittsfield. The bio-fuel created would be distributed for use locally to displace fossil fuels and provide electricity through diesel generators. And, Nelson’s Solar Electric Service Corporation is a start-up company launching in the Berkshires to make the benefits of solar power affordable to the average citizen. 

An inaugural rate of $49.99 for the entire three-day 2010 Berkshire Forum event is currently being offered to the community, with an additional discount available to members of all area Chambers of Commerce (by phone or in person at the Colonial box office). Educators and students will be offered complimentary seating with the presentation of a teacher/student ID, subject to availability.

Tickets are on sale now through or by calling the Colonial box office at 413-997-4444.
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