To commemorate its commitment to clean energy and sustainable development, the Center for Energy Education will host a festive evening kickoff event to advance its renewable energy focus.
In preparation of its annual SolarFEST celebration, C4EE will display the Clean Power Avenue of Flags on its campus on Wednesday, October 5, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The center is located at 460 Airport Road outside Roanoke Rapids.
The following day ⏤ October 6 ⏤ the center will hold SolarFEST from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Both events are free and open to the public.
“The center will illuminate our community through a creative display that highlights renewable energy solutions,” said Mozine Lowe, C4EE executive director. “Visitors of all ages can join us for our outdoor celebration with music, cinema and food trucks. Join us to experience our silent disco too.”
The Clean Power Avenue of Flags, made of recycled ocean plastic, uses art as a catalyst to create positive social and environmental impact. The mission is to educate and empower individuals, businesses and leaders to drive systemic change and accelerate towards a zero-carbon future. It actively supports Goals 7 and 13 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
London-based co-creators Morag Myerscough and Oliver Wayman created bold and colorful supersize flags to showcase the climate change solutions of helping ensure affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.”
Messaging features the words sun, sea and air, key elements to renewable energy. The color palate for the flags includes bright hues of pink, orange, blue, yellow and green.
Wayman, who will visit Roanoke Rapids to attend C4EE’s special event, noted the flags are an accessible, fun mode to amplify the message that action, compassion and unity encourage smart energy use.
“We are proud to showcase the Clean Power campaign at C4EE,” said Wayman. “The essence of the campaign is to win over hearts and minds and inject positivity and courage towards a renewable future. As a bastion of renewable energy in the United States, C4EE is the perfect partner to help convey this message.”
Wayman noted the flags are created from marine waste plastic which was ground down and made into yarn. He added the flags will be given a third life and made into bags.
He also said he is exploring new biomaterial sources, ones that are “resilient but also work in the circular economy.”
The Clean Power campaign launched in London in early August.
The flags, which were on display on Oxford Street, Europe’s busiest street alongside a digital artwork on Piccadilly Circus ⏤ Europe’s equivalent to Times Square in New York ⏤ will travel throughout the United States, Japan, Australia, Italy, and New Zealand to promote social and environmental impacts. The flags were initially displayed in Glasgow, Scotland, during the UN COP26, a meeting of world leaders, including President Biden, to address worldwide agreements toward a more sustainable, low-carbon future.
SolarFEST is an annual daylong clean energy showcase of energy independence held on the C4EE campus. The celebration will highlight the topics of environmental justice, smart investment in renewable energy as well as economic opportunities in rural communities.
Public and elected officials, industry representatives, schools and community members have been invited. The event will feature exhibits, food and other hands-on activities.