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Green technology centre heads for Washington.

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Machynlleth is preparing to represent Wales at a major international cultural event in the US capital, Washington DC.

Wales is the featured nation at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall this summer. Representatives from CAT will be among the participants representing Wales at the festival, which attracts more than a million visitors, as part of the Wales Smithsonian Cymru activity.

The CAT will join leading environmental thinkers from Wales to present its latest work. They will debate how the latest science and technology are helping Wales face the challenges of climate change.

Paul Allen, dS irector of the Centre for Alternative Technology, said: "We are honoured and excited to be given this Paul Allen opportunity to promote Wales and sustainability in Washington DC.

The conference organised by CAT, Convergence on Zero, will bring together environmental thinkers and doers from all over Wales to present their expertise alongside CAT's Zero Carbon Britain report.

"In parallel with the Convergence, a CAT team will construct an energy and buildings display on the National Mall to demonstrate sustainability to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival's one million visitors." Wales' site design will reflect the Welsh built and rural environment through site builds that include items such as a ty unnos (overnight house), rugby posts, slate and metal fencing and stone walls. Visitors will be invited to participate in hands-on activities that include adding to a recycled art project, building with straw bales and calculating their carbon footprint


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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 29, 2009
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