Sunlight is Life! The Path Toward a Sustainable Future: a visual presentation on solar- and wind-powered buildings

Steven Strong, President of Solar Design Associates in Harvard, Mass.

Where:    Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA
When:     Sunday, October 21, 2007, 7:30 p.m., Free Admission


Steven Strong

Sunlight is Life is a highly visual world overview of solar- and wind-powered buildings using the best built examples of residences and commercial-scale buildings from Europe, Japan and the US. These early solar- and wind-powered buildings provide a window into the coming new era of environmentally responsive, energy-producing buildings where elegant, life-affirming, renewable technology will become commonplace as an integral part of the built environment.

Sunlight is Life weaves technology, politics and social policy together with humor and compelling graphics to clearly demonstrate that the end of the era of cheap oil is upon us and that renewable energy is ready here and now to help define the path to a sustainable energy future in the post-petroleum world.

Steven J. Strong is Founder and President of Solar Design Associates, Inc., a group of Engineers and Architects dedicated to the design of environmentally responsive buildings, and the engineering and integration of renewable energy systems which incorporate the latest in innovative technology.

He founded the firm in 1974 after serving as an energy-systems engineering consultant on the Alaskan pipeline where he became convinced there were easier, less-costly, more environmentally desirable ways to provide comfort and convenience to the consumer than "going to the ends of the earth to extract the last drop of fossil fuel".

Drawing on his background in architecture and engineering, he has earned the firm an international reputation for the pioneering integration of renewable energy systems - especially solar electricity - with environmentally responsive building design.

Over the last 25 years, he has designed dozens of homes and buildings powered by solar electricity. In 1984, working with New England Electric, he completed the world's first PV-powered neighborhood in central Massachusetts. In 1996, he worked with Olympic village architects to power the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta with solar electricity using the world's largest roof-top PV power system. His firm consults to private and public clients and architects in the design of solar-powered buildings as well as to industry on product development for building integration.

He has represented the US on the International Energy Agencys expert working group on Solar Electricity in the Built Environment for the past 8 years and has served as an advisor on energy and environmental issues to 3 Governors, 4 US Congressman, 8 US Senators and 4 presidential candidates as well as a number of electric utilities.

He is the author of The Solar Electric House and Solar Electric Buildings, an Overview of Today's Applications and the editor and contributing author of Photovoltaics in the Built Environment, a Design Guide for Architects and Engineers as well as contributing author to Photovoltaics in Buildings and Building with Photovoltaics.

Articles about him and his work have appeared in some 100 publications including TIME Architecture, Architectural Record, Environmental Design and Construction, World Architecture, Popular Science, Spectrum, Wired, New Age, Fortune, Forbes and Business Week and on television and in energy and environmental documentaries.

Steven received the first 'Inherit the Earth Award' from Connecticut College in 1993 for his 'pioneering work in furthering sustainable energy'. In the spring of 1999, TIME Magazine named him an 'Environmental Hero of the Planet'. In the spring of 2001, the American Solar Energy Society honored him with its Charles Greeley Abbot award - the Society's highest honor - for lifetime achievement in advancing solar energy. In the spring of 2003, the Audubon Society named him its 'Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year'. In March, 2007, TIME Magazine again recognized Steven in its series: "Innovators: Building a Greener World".

In the summer of 2002, Steven designed and oversaw the installation of three solar energy systems at the White House in Washington, DC. He recently completed a new 'solar skin' for the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and is currently working to power the San Francisco Giants' baseball stadium with solar electricity and developing two new communities completely powered by renewable energy.

Mr. Strong invests a good deal of effort to bring the message of sustainable energy and design to the rising generation. He has lectured and/or taught at the following colleges and universities: Tufts University (4)*, Duke, North Carolina State University, Arizona State University (3), Cornell (2), MIT (5), the Boston Architectural Center (3), Cooper Union, City University of New York (4), State University of New York - Buffalo, Northeastern University, University of Oregon (4), the New School of Architecture (San Diego), University of California - Santa Barbara, Oberlin College (2), University of Vermont, Boston University (4), Rutgers University, University of Aachen (Germany), University of Toronto (4), University of Waterloo (3), Queens University (Ontario) (2), University of British Columbia, Simon Frasier University (Vancouver), Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture - Spring Green & Scottsdale, University of Wisconsin - Madison (3), Carnegie Mellon University, University of California - Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology (3), Worcester Polytechnic, Pace University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne), University of Florida - Gainesville, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arch), University of California - LA, University of Massachusetts (5), College of the Atlantic, Conway School of Landscape Architecture (12). Marlboro College, University of Colorado - Boulder, New Mexico State University - Las Cruses, Lane Community College - (OR) (2), Princeton University, Connecticut College, Montana State University - Bozeman, University of Maryland, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, University of Hawaii (2), Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Northern Arizona University, Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania State University, Green Mountain College, Roger Williams University, Cape Cod Community College, Harvard (3), Yale (2), Oxford University and Murdoch University (Perth, Western Australia).

*() denotes multiple appearances

Mr. Strong's lectures and symposia have been pre-approved by the American Institute of Architects for AIA professional continuing education credits in the Health, Safety and Welfare area. The AIA helped to co-sponsor his involvement in the development of renewable-energy-based curriculum for design students in schools of architecture as well as for practicing professionals.