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Climate Change: Looking for Solutions / Wildacres Retreat by ETSU

August 29 @ 8:00 am - September 2 @ 5:00 pm EDT

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Alliance for Continued Learning invites you to attend its 2022 program at Wildacres Retreat to be held Monday, August 29 (after 4 PM) through Friday September 2 (after breakfast). Prices for 4 nights and 11 meals are $335.00 per person for double occupancy and $435.00 for single occupancy.

Wildacres is located in a beautiful wilderness area just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland, N.C.

Our facilitator-Dave Hrivnak will help us learn to live sustainably by taking steps to become more environmentally aware.

Session 1 — Climate Change – a Look at the Data

  • There is a lot of misinformation about climate change.
  • What do the scientists say?
  • What is the theory?
  • What are the predictions?
  • What does the current data show?

Session 2 — Solar Energy — What is it? 

  • How does it work, and is it right for you?

Session 3 — Electric Vehicles — 

Learn from someone who has driven more than 185,000 gas-free  miles over the past 12 years.  We will cover the environmental impacts, performance aspects, and living full-time with plug-in cars.

We will cover the many options available and have at least one EV to see and experience.

Session 4 — Driving to Net Zero — Our journey and stories of hope for a carbon-free future.

Conclusion — What organizations are working for a cleaner future?  What can you do to help move us to a cleaner, greener future?


About the Facilitator

Dave Hrivnak earned his BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations

He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from ETSU. He retired after 34 years with Eastman Chemical. He has designed and built 2 passive solar homes, built an all-electric plug-in hybrid car. His home and vehicles are powered from rooftop solar. He has also published a book: “Driving to Net 0- Stories of Hope for a Carbon Free Future”


                       Join us in beautiful tranquil surroundings to learn, socialize and relax.

Any questions?  Contact Barbara Prince at  BHBSP2@aol.com

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August 29 @ 8:00 am EDT
September 2 @ 5:00 pm EDT


East Tennessee State University Alliance for Continuing Education


Wildacres Retreat
1565 Wildacres Road
Little Switzerland, NC 28749 United States
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(828) 756-4573
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