Electrify Everything!!! Earth Day Expo

Oak Grove hosted a successful Earth Day “Electrify Everything” event on Saturday, April 22, 2023.  The event featured talks by Buff Grace of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light on the federal Inflation Reduction Act and by Alexis Troschinetz of CERTs/UMN Extension on Heat Pumps as a powerful climate solution.  

The event also included tours of Oak Grove’s Green projects including: Solar, EV charging, Insulation, Heat Pumps, Recycling-Composting, Rain Gardens, and LED Lighting throughout the church. Scroll down for photos and links to slide shows.

Thanks to the volunteers:  Pdon Pinkham, Bob Gerdes, Eric Duvall, Amanda Fineran, Larry Klueh, Al Greimel, Randy Dop, John and Mary Crampton, and Ruth Dukelow; staff members Sue Gjerset, Mary Koon, and Bart Roush, along with partnering organizations Erica Sniegowski and Peggy Kvam of Nine Mile Creek Watershed District and Madyson Hoese of the American Lung Association Minnesota.  We estimate that 70 people attended, many from other faith communities who came to learn from our work here at Oak Grove.  Next up is our annual EV Expo in late September…. stay tuned. 

Link to Earth Day Expo lecture and tour brochure

2023 Earth Day Expo signage

Electrify Everything!!! Earth Day Expo
Saturday, April 22, 2023, 1:00-5:00 p.m. 

Green Committee member John Crampton opening remarks at Earth Day Expo 2023
Green Committee member John Crampton opening remarks at Earth Day Expo 2023
intro Mary Koon
Pastor Mary Koon introducing speakers at Earth Day Expo 2023

1:00-2:30 p.m. Talks by Experts:
– Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) for All, Buff Grace, MN Interfaith Power and Light¬† Link to Buff Grace’s Presentation (YouTube video)
– Heat Pumps for You, Alexis Troschinetz, CERTs/ UMN Extension¬†Link to Alexis Troschinetz’ Presentation (YouTube video)

2023 Earth Day Expo Buff Grace
Buff Grace, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
2023 Earth Day Expo Alexis Troschinetz
Alexis Troschinetz, CERTs/UMN Extension

2:30-5:00 p.m. Tours of Oak Grove Projects:
– Solar: Solar Panels Slide Show

2023 Earth Day Expo solar
John Crampton, solar panel tour stop
2023 Earth Day Expo solar
Solar panels & rain garden tour stops

– Insulation: Insulation Slide Show

2023 Earth Day Expo insulation
John Crampton & Bob Gerdes, Insulation & weatherization tour stop

– Heat Pump: Heat Pump Slide Show

2023 Earth Day Expo heat pump
Bob Gerdes, heat pump tour stop
2023 Earth Day Expo heat pump
Bob Gerdes, Heat Pump tour stop

– LED Lighting: LED Lighting Slide Show

2023 Earth Day Expo LED
Randy Dop, LED tour stop
2023 Earth Day Expo LED
LED tour stop

– EVs and EV Charging (two slide shows):
*EV 101 Slide Show
*EV Grad Level Slide Show

2023 Earth Day Expo EV
Pdon Pinkham and Madyson Hoese of the American Lung Association Minnesota, EV tour stop
2023 Earth Day Expo EV
Pdon Pinkham, EV tour stop

– Rain Gardens and Native Plants: Rain Garden Slide Show

2023 Earth Day Expo rain garden
Erica Sniegowski and Peggy Kvam of Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, rain garden tour stop
2023 Earth Day Expo rain garden
Erica Sniegowski of Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, rain garden tour stop

– Recycling/Composting/Reuse: Recycling Slide Show

2023 Earth Day Expo recycling
Eric Duvall, tour stop: Recycling/composting/reuse
2023 Earth Day Expo recycling
Recycling containers