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  • From: "Diane Dodge" <dianefaydodge@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2002 11:46:05 -0600


>Winter 2002
>Dear Colleague,
>We are inviting you to participate in a special U.S. delegation being
>organized to attend:
>The Fifth International Renewable Energy Conference
>Sponsored by Cuba Solar
>Cuba¹s foremost NGO for the development of renewable energy solutions
>Pinar del Rio, Cuba
>April 1 - 6, 2002
>³The Sixth International Renewable Energy Conference, organized by CubaSolar
>will be held in the scenic mountains of western Cuba, the Sierras de los
>Organos in April 2002. International experts from around the world will
>discuss problems relating to energy, society, and the environment, share
>experiences from different countries, and discuss alternative solutions.
>Special site visits will be organized during the conference so that
>participants will be able see actual renewable energy installations in the
>Cuban countryside as a complement to the presentations in the conference
>halls. Communication among specialists will take place in contact with
>nature and the communities being served. Site visits will include rural
>communities, industries, eco-tourist resorts, universities and research
>For more information on the conference (in Spanish) access the CubaSolar web
>site (click onto the CubaSolar conference section in lower left side of the
>home page, then click on the British flag for the English translation):
>… Renewable Energy Resources and Rural Electrification
>… Solar Energy Agriculture and Agro industry
>… Bio climatic Architecture
>… Eco-Tourism
>… Energy Education
>… Research and Production of Renewable Energy Equipment
>… Problems of hydrographic basins and the struggle against desertification
>… Exchange of Scientific and Technical Papers and Discussions Among Experts
>… Technical Poster Session
>… Open Debates with Participation of Researchers, Experts, Users and Others
>… Invited Papers
>… Visits to Research Centers, Universities, Industries, and Renewable Energy
>Abstracts to be published should not exceed one page (8 and 1/2 x 11) and
>should include the following information: CubaSolar 2002, title, author¹s
>name, address, e-mail, phone number and fax number.
>Send all abstracts to: CubaSolar fax: (537) 24-3117 or (537) 54-5135
>e-mail: taller2002@cubasolar.cu, or sol@colombus.cu
>€ CubaSolar, Cuba¹s foremost NGO researching and implementing projects in
>renewable energy, was the recipient of the United Nations Environmental
>Program 2001 ³Global 500 Award² in honor of their extraordinary
>accomplishments in the installation of solar panels on hundreds of family
>doctor clinics and 2000 elementary schools in rural Cuba and for their
>efforts in raising the ³energy awareness² of the Cuban people.
>€ The conference is a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of Cuba¹s
>renewable energy policies and programs, the significance of the Cuban model
>to other countries of the developing world, and how professionals from the
>developed world can work together with their Cuban counterparts to promote
>sustainability world wide.
>€ The conference will also be an opportunity to engage in interchange with
>renewable energy experts from many nations of Latin America and Europe as
>well as other regions of the world.
>In an effort to facilitate your participation in the conference, Global
>Exchange is organizing a special U.S. delegation, which will include
>environmental and cultural site visits during the three days preceding the
>conference, March 29, 30 and 31. The delegation will meet in Miami, Florida
>on Friday, March 29, 2002 for the flight to Havana. The entire ten day
>program will include: the conference itself with site visits to renewable
>energy installations; additional meetings with Cuban specialists involved in
>projects in organic agriculture, natural and traditional medicine, and other
>environmental projects; a visit to one or more of Cuba¹s six internationally
>recognized Bio Reserves, small group meetings in the evenings according to
>individual interests of participants, and cultural activities. The program
>will conclude on Sunday April 7, 2002.
>Travel and program arrangements will be made by Global Exchange Reality
>Tours, a licensed Cuba travel service provider with twelve years experience
>organizing educational Cuba tours. As professionals and/or participants on
>an educational trip, you will be fully licensed to participate in this
>The cost of the delegation will be $1850. This includes round-trip airfare
>from Miami to Havana; two meals per day; accommodation at three star hotels;
>conference fee, full program with translators and tour guides; all
>in-country transportation; and attention to participants¹ individual
>professional requests.
>Participants will cover the cost of their roundtrip airfare from their home
>cities to Miami, airport taxes, tips and incidental expenses.
>For more information on this Global Exchange Reality Tour:
>(You can print out an application form directly from this page)
>Global Exchange (www.globalexchange.org) has been involved in sustainable
>development projects in Cuba for many years. We have organized delegations
>to previous Cuba Solar and other environmental conferences. We have been
>continually impressed, as have participants on the many previous
>delegations, with Cuba¹s unique and ever broadening approach to meeting its
>food, medicine, and energy needs in an integrated and sustainable way.
>Articles on Sustainable Development in Cuba (See Section on ³Renewable
>In addition to the conference delegation, we invite you to become involved
>in future interchange with our Cuban renewable energy counterparts. We are
>developing a project called Eco Cuba Exchange to increase U.S. interchange
>with Cuba¹s large community of specialists who are developing policies,
>strategies and projects in sustainable development. The possibility exists
>for long term U.S.- Cuba exchanges of great depth and breadth. We welcome
>you to join us in this effort.
>Rachel Bruhnke, Renewable Energy/Eco Cuba Exchange Coordinator, Global
>Exchange rachel@globalexchange.org
>U.S. Mailing Address:
>Cuba Renewable Energy Conference/Rachel
>c/o Global Exchange
>2017 Mission Street, Suite #303
>San Francisco, CA 94708
>Phone 415-255-7296, ext 231
>To learn more about the conference and this project, please email, or
>otherwise contact, Rachel Bruhnke at rachel@globalexchange.org and type an
>"X" beside one or both of the categories on the form below, along with your
>name and contact information.
>___ Yes I am interested in participating in the conference and program.
>Please send me additional information and the application form.
>___ Yes I am interested in learning about future opportunities to engage in
>interchange with Cuban environmental specialists in the areas of energy,
>agriculture, health as well as general environmental projects. Please add
>me to your mailing list.
>Full Name:
>Profession/ Organization:
>Street Address:
>City. State, and Zip Code:
>Telephone Number(s):
>Email Address:

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