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July 2010 – Alcohol Can Be A Gas!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2010
Contact: Leeann Drees
Phone: 313.316.1411
email: leeann@detroitevolution.com

FREE DETROIT GATHERING FOCUSES ON DIY ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
Detroit Abides screens selections from David Blume’s Alcohol Can Be a Gas!: Fueling an Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century on Wednesday, July 21st, 7-9p in Eastern Market’s Shed 5

Detroit, Michigan – July 12, 2010 – This month’s Detroit Abides event will focus on do-it-yourself alternative energy. Detroit Evolution, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, and Eastern Market Corporation are pleased to share selections from David Blume’s acclaimed film Alcohol Can Be a Gas!: Fueling an Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century, followed by a discussion with local innovators who are working to put alternative energies to use today.

As awareness of fossil fuel, carbon footprints, and climate change grows in the city and in the world, many community members are looking for more ecologically friendly, domestically produced sources of energy. David Blume’s film, a companion to his book of the same title, examines the possibility of using alcohol fuel as a cleaner, cheaper, and more sustainable alternative to currently available fossil fuels. After viewing selections from the film, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from two local innovators who are working to implement alternative energy systems using alcohol, geothermal, and solar technologies. Our discussion will focus on the viability of such technologies within Detroit.

On Wednesday the 21st, over the course of what is sure to be an informative and interesting evening at Eastern Market, participants will learn about the extraordinary and promising possibilities of alternative sources of energy. In Alcohol Can Be a Gas!, David Blume discusses how to make alcohol from a variety of readily available materials; the process of converting a gasoline engine to E-85 or 100% alcohol for as little as $50; how (and why) to start a community-supported energy co-op; and much more. Immediately following these selections will be a look at real-life, local applications sure to inspire Detroiters who are seeking to power their communities more sustainably.

Since 2008, Eastern Market Corporation, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit and Detroit Evolution have been partnering to present this FREE Movie Night in Eastern Market. On the third Wednesday of every month, Detroit Abides screens a movie on a sustainable topic, explores the topic at the local level through discussion and support from regional groups and businesses, and creates a space to meet like-minded people from all walks of life & grow an active, healthy community. For this casual event, attendees should bring a comfortable seat. Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell and Alfred St. Parking is available in the lots adjacent to the Shed. For more information or to get involved call Detroit Evolution at 313.316.1411.

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About Detroit Evolution – Detroit Evolution promotes the health, joy and liberation of all beings. Dedicated to sustainable practices, we present workshops and community focused events to assist in and inspire the co-creation of a resilient and relocalized Detroit. http://detroitevolution.com

About Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit – Bioneers comprise a network of visionary innovators working to build a sustainable, positive and creative future for the web of life. This year’s Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference, held October 15-17 at Marygrove College, will combine local sessions, solutions and events with international innovations. http://www.sustainabledetroit.org/bioneers/

About Eastern Market Corporation – Eastern Market’s public market is open on Saturdays from 6:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, contact 313-833-9300 http://www.detroiteasternmarket.com

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