• Posted Sep 7, 2006

Promote the benefits of alternative power as The Green Bike Tour begins in Iowa September 21st

The Green Bike Tour is a venture to use solar powered bicycles to draw attention to operating examples of renewable energy use around the world. The 2005 tour kicks off on September 21st from Waterloo, IA with a "Clean Energy" Kickoff Rally at Lincoln Park. Plans for the week-long 2006 Green Bike Tour are shaping up and they have events scheduled in five Midwestern States. From Sept. 21 to 28, students across Iowa, along with other sustainability-minded groups, will traverse 1,270 miles to promote the benefits of alternative power and to tour green buildings. "The Midwest is really full of energy resources," said Teresa Galluzzo, a research assistant for the Iowa Policy Project, the group sponsoring the ride. "We want to draw attention to global warming and to the fact that there are [alternative] energy solutions on the ground working." At the stops, the group will meet with local sustainability organizations, politicians, and people using alternative energy. The members will also tour biodiesel factories, wind farms, green buildings, and ethanol plants. A strong visual image is the key, Kresowik said. The sight of bicyclists will not only promote use of bicycle power but will also show people that alternative energy sources are available, he said. Read more here...
Tour Schedule Thursday, Sept. 21 Waterloo, IA: Kickoff Rally for Clean Energy at Lincoln Park Cedar Falls, IA: Tour of Center for Energy & Environmental Education at University of Northern Iowa Decorah, IA: Rally for Clean Energy at Luther College Friday, Sept. 22 La Crosse, WI: Rally for Clean Energy to Kickoff Car-Free Day at Cameron Park Austin, MN: Rally for Clean Energy Saturday, Sept. 23 Mankato, MN: Rally for Clean Energy at Minnesota State University showcasing plug-in hybrid cars Saint Peter, MN: Rally for Clean Energy near Gustavus Adolphus College Sunday, Sept. 24 Montevideo, MN: Rally for Clean Energy with Clean Up Our River Environment Lake Benton, MN: Rally for Clean Energy with local wind developers Monday, Sept. 25 Sioux Falls, SD: Rally for Clean Energy Sioux City, IA: Rally for Clean Energy Tuesday, Sept. 26 Oakland, NE: Tour of farm-based alcohol plant, home-made wind turbine, and biodiesel system Council Bluffs, IA: Tour of biocenter Wednesday, Sept. 27 Ames, IA: Rally for Clean Energy at Iowa State University and Ames Power Plant Grinnell, IA: Rally for Clean Energy at Grinnell College Thursday, Sept. 28 Cedar Rapids, IA: Rally for Clean Energy at Coe College Iowa City, IA: Closing Rally at Conference of Engineers for a Sustainable World
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