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Lake Oswego Fair focuses on benefits of an all-electric lifestyle

Lake Oswego Fair Focuses on Benefits of an All-Electric Lifestyle

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023, 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Oswego United Methodist Church
1855 SW South Shore Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR

The Lake Oswego Sustainability Network (LOSN) is hosting its annual Electric Home and Vehicle Fair on Saturday, September 23 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, 1855 South Shore Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR. The Fair will provide attendees an opportunity to learn how to make the transition to an all-electric life style from local experts and homeowners. This is the sixth year LOSN has held this event.

Admission is open and free; no tickets are required.

The exhibits and talks will provide answers for the increasing number of people who are wondering what to do about the growing impact of climate change: record-breaking heat, unprecedented atmospheric river storms, and seasonal air pollution from forest fires. Audiences will discover not only the benefits of all-electric living but also practical ways to apply what they learn throughout their homes.

In its first four years, the fair featured owners of EVs displaying their cars in the church parking lot and answering questions as well as dealers who can offer test drives.

Now the Fair has expanded with presentations and exhibits to include all aspects of home electrification. Exhibits will range from solar panels with battery storage, through heat pumps for space and water heating, to induction cooktops – and more.

In addition, speakers will cover a range of topics including rooftop solar panels, the financial incentive available for home electrification, and even designing a whole solar-electric home.

“This Fair provides a great opportunity for members of our community to understand what we can do to address climate change”, said Lake Oswego Mayor Joe Buck. “The city continues to be a proud sponsor and supporter of this event. I would encourage any who can to attend.”

Attendance is expected to increase dramatically this year over the approximately 400 people who attended last year to match the increased sales of all kinds of electric appliances and vehicles.

The Lake Oswego Sustainability Network (LOSN) is a community-based, non-profit organization run by volunteers with the purpose of promoting sustainability in Lake Oswego. The network includes businesses, community partnerships through individuals and nonprofit organizations, faith communities, educational institutions, and government entities—all committed to creating a community that values environmental quality, social equity, and economic vitality.

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Author Bio

Meredith Connolly

Oregon Director, Climate Solutions

Meredith brings over a decade of climate policy experience to her work accelerating Oregon’s transition to a clean energy economy. She advocates for innovative and equitable policy solutions to reduce pollution and create clean energy jobs across the state. Currently, Meredith leads a team diligently working to electrify everything from cars, trucks, and buses to homes and buildings, and power it all with 100% clean electricity.

Prior to joining Climate Solutions, Meredith was a Climate and Energy Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. At NRDC, she advanced renewable energy policies in the U.S. and internationally. She also implemented programs to protect public health and improve climate resilience to heat waves and air pollution in India’s growing cities. Before NRDC, Meredith practiced law in the private sector.

Meredith is a member of the Oregon and California State Bar Associations. She holds a JD from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and French from Santa Clara University. In her free time, Meredith enjoys exploring her incredible home state of Oregon with her family and rooting too loudly for the Portland Thorns and Timbers.