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Solar power is sole power for stage at music festival

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 3, 2006) -- Ohio University will host the first annual edition of OHIO Unplugged, a renewable energy-themed music festival, on Friday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. on the South Green lawn. A number of local and regional entertainers will perform, including the Fossil Fools art collective, Attila Horvath and DJ Self Help.

The stage for OHIO Unplugged will be 100 percent solar powered, and the festival will be the university's first official zero waste event, meaning that only recyclables and compost will be generated.

The goal of the event is to expose members of the campus community to the benefits of using renewable energy, the need for resource conservation and the consequences of dependence on fossil fuels. Prizes will be awarded to audience members who visit information booths on site.

OHIO Unplugged will also launch the Planet OHIO Web site, which will function as Ohio University's gateway to campus and community sustainability. Planet OHIO will feature projects, programs, resources, courses, news, events and groups that deal with ecological sustainability and campus environmental efforts. The URL for the site, which will become active on Oct. 6, is www.ohio.edu/planetOHIO

OHIO Unplugged and Planet OHIO are projects of the Office of Resource Conservation, which was created in May 2006, dedicated to improving the efficiency of university facilities, greening practices and processes, and strengthening a campus-wide culture of environmental mindfulness. Co-sponsors of OHIO Unplugged include ACRN (All Campus Radio Network), the OU Hip Hop Congress, Dovetail Solar & Wind, Sustainable Living and Campus Recycling.

OHIO Unplugged is one of the events that comprise Athens Area Sustainability Awareness week.

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Media Contact: Resource Conservation Coordinator, Sonia Marcus (740) 593-0026 or marcuss@ohio.edu

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