The State Fair Community College Renewable Energy Technology Club, “The Renewables,” will sponsor a Green Day in May 5K run/walk and a free renewable energy seminar May 3 on the Sedalia campus.

The Renewable Energy Technology Club is a group that's working on all the ways that people here in our area can produce and use more affordable energy, and more efficient energy. They're open to all students on the SFCC campus, not just those who are majoring in that particular field. Everyone can use the information, and everyone can participate in their fundraising race.

The race will start at 8:30 a.m. and will begin and end in front of the north entrance of the Yeater Learning Center. The course is 99 percent pavement, so people who have disabilities, families with pets or young children, or anyone who might have a little trouble walking are more than welcome. Race day registration will begin at 7 a.m.

Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for students with ID who register on race day. All participants will receive free T-shirts, and post-race refreshments will be available. Proceeds will benefit club projects like the old golf cart they're re-purposing for campus use. Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in seven age categories. Parking will be available in the main college lot on 16th Street. To register online, go to their website.

The interactive seminar “Renewable Energy Assessment” is open to the public and will begin at 11 a.m. in the Parkhurst Student Commons in the Stauffacher Center. Topics will include solar panels, solar thermal and biomass systems, but the audience will be steering the actual discussion. Whatever you wanted to know or any questions you wanted answered will definitely be covered here. Renewable energy technology will be on display in the commons.

I got to talk with three of the leaders of The Renewables; Bruce Arvizu, Jared Hoft and John Burns about the run, the seminar and their new renewable energy center.

For more information, contact John Burns, Renewable Energy Technology director, at or at (660) 530-5800, ext. 7275.

Energetically yours,

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