GENESEO – Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated director, Josh Fox, brought his variety show “A Solar Home Companion,” to SUNY Geneseo on Sunday for an audience of 220. The show celebrated a recently instated ban on hydraulic fracturing gas drilling methods in New York State, and looked to organize new, local renewable energy efforts.
Special guests at the presentation included politician and Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout, renewable energy expert Tim Woodcock, and musician Dustin Hamman of the band Run On Sentence.
“The battle is not over yet,” announced Fox at the start of the show. “We are looking for New York to take an initiative in pioneering clean energy technology and infrastructure. This is the beginning of a conversation.”
The program was organized by Director of SUNY Geneseo’s Office of Sustainability, Dan DeZarn, in conjunction with the newly formed Little Lakes Sustainability Network, as well as Solutions Grassroots.
“We are trying to figure out what we can do to make SUNY Geneseo a sustainability leader in the community,” DeZarn said. “We want to become a resource for all of these other organizations, and help create a clean energy future.”
Inspired by Garrison Keillor’s radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” Fox’s show featured speakers, musical performances, Q&As with the audience, and a sneak preview of his upcoming film about the effects of climate change.
At the end of the program, Fox asked for six volunteers in the room to form a committee in association with Solutions Grassroots to meet weekly and discuss possibilities for raising awareness and support within the community. Both students and local activists volunteered.
PHOTO CAPTION: Josh Fox and Zephyr Teachout answer questions from the audience about renewable energy initiatives. (Photo/ Sean Russell)
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