Jefferson Center

Thursday, November 17, 2011


  8:30 –  9:10              Atrium                     Registration & Exhibitors


  9:15 –  9:40             Rehearsal Hall         Welcome -  Cristina Siegel,

                                                                 CVC Executive Director

                                                                 Energy in Virginia - John Richardson


   9:40 –  9:50             Atrium                      Break & Exhibitors


 9:50 – 10:30              First Floor                 Breakout Session One (4 sessions)

                                                                        (Wind, Solar, Energy Conservation, Uranium)

                                                                        Wind Energy – John Richardson

                                                                        Solar Power – Ricardo Brown

                                                                        Uranium in Virginia – Broaddus Fitzpatrick

                                                                        Energy Conservation – Diana Christopulos

                                                                         and Jerome Hairston


10:30 – 10:40           Atrium                       Break & Exhibitors


10:40 – 11:20           First Floor                 Breakout Session Two (4 sessions)

                                                                (Wind, Solar, Energy Conservation, Uranium)


 11:30 – 12:30          Shaftman Hall (second floor)

                                    Special Program – “My Coal Journey” by Kathy Mattea

                                    Kathy Mattea, the beloved, multi-grammy winning singer has a

                                    passion for music, her coal mining heritage and environmental

                                    and social justice issues.  The Jefferson Center & CVC are

                                    proud to bring Kathy to share her amazing program with our

                                    Earth Summit students as part of an Eco-Arts themed program.


12:30 –  1:15             Atrium                       Lunch, Exhibitors & Close




2011 Earth Summit

Speakers and Exhibitors


John Richardson

Environmental Science Teacher and Educational Outreach Director of the CEED and 

John teaches high school Environmental Sciences at the Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration in Rocky Mount, Virginia and is affiliated with the Center for Energy Efficient Design (CEED).  He has taught Earth Science, Biology and Environmental Sciences for thirty two years and was selected Franklin County Teacher of the Year in 2001, and Virginia Conservation Teacher of the Year in 2005.   He received his Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Sciences from The University of Virginia in May, 1975 and a Masters of Liberal Studies from Hollins University in 1986.

The Gereau Center is an innovative, high tech middle/high school that employs a Problem Based Learning model to address real world issues. John has been involved with the design, construction and use of the CEED, a 3400 square foot “green” building that is a template for a “zero energy” building used as an instructional space for the Gereau Center. Utilizing techniques and technologies including PassivHaus design, photovoltaics, wind and geothermal energies, rainwater harvesting and solar hot water, the CEED is truly a cutting edge example of what is possible and necessary to address energy and climate issues.


Ricardo Brown 

Outdoor enthusiast and environmentalist and 

 Ricardo’s passions run the gamut from cycling to organic gardening to climbing trees to playing his Spanish-built guitar. A former designer of electronic circuits/systems, he now focuses his attention on renewable energy as the owner of SolShine Energy Solutions, designing and building portable photovoltaic generators, and as the service engineer for Direct Connect Solar and Electric, a local installer of solar electric systems.

He and his wife, Christy Pugh, live in a 300 sq foot PV-powered home that they designed and built. One of the many reasons Rick and Christy moved to Floyd was to pursue living a radically simplified, rural life by developing a small footprint homestead. Rick’s larger goal is to promote, as author/educator Jim Merkel states, “Small footprints on a finite Earth.”


Broaddus Fitzpatrick

Attorney, Public Policy Consultant, Conservationist, Community Volunteer           

 A former litigating and estate planning attorney, Broaddus continues to work on land conservation and resource management initiatives as well as community service projects.  An Elder of his Presbyterian church, a senior high Sunday school teacher and a member of the Dominican Republic Mission Team that continues to build clinics and schools, he is also a disaster relief volunteer and coordinator, working in flood-ravaged parts of West Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi. Broaddus has rehabbed homes in the eastern Kentucky coalfields with the Appalachia Service Project and has built Habitat homes in Virginia since 1987. In addition to serving on a number of local, state, and national boards, Mr. Fitzpatrick has been a dedicated volunteer for the Blue Ridge Parkway and is committed to protecting and improving the Parkway for the future.  Broaddus took his Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, studied International Law at Queens' College, Cambridge University, and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond.  


Dr. Diana Christopulos

President, Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition 

 After owning a successful management consulting business for almost 20 years, Diana left the Dallas- Ft. Worth area and retired in Salem, Virginia. Her first retirement priority was to hike the Appalachian Trail, a goal she achieved in 2008. Now she is attempting a novel about hiking the AT.

In addition, she co-founded and serves as President of the Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization with more than 200 affiliates representing over 25,000 citizens Cool Cities assists governments, businesses and citizens in measuring and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

            Diana holds degrees from Cornell University and Binghamton University (New York) and has published in three disciplines: organizational development, history, and the environment.   A native of Wyoming, Diana likes to play outside. She is an avid vegetable gardener, and she and Mark McClain have canoed thousands of miles on American rivers.


Jerome Hairston

Environmental Manager, Environmental Management and Consulting (Emc)


Save our Streams

Wes Jargowsky and Rand Bowden, stream monitors and trainers

Western Virginia Land Trust 

Roger Holnback and David Perry, Director and Project Manager

Department of Environmental Quality

George Devlin, Regional Biologist

Virginia Western Community College

Hunter Moore, Asst. Professor Energy Management Systems

Ride Solutions 

Tyler Godsey, Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission

Breakell Inc.

James Breakell, Breakell Inc.

Roanoke College



Jefferson Center

Wilson R. Porterfield, Jr. Foundation

Appalachian Electric Power 

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