Events Calendar | UpGrade Ohio

Here you can view our full list of public, southeast Ohio energy-related events. Read more details about UpGrade Ohio’s featured events below the calendar. Though most of our calendar is dedicated to our lead project, UpGrade Athens County, we welcome events from across the state and across the Appalachian Ohio territory. If you have questions or want us to add an event to the page, please contact us!

Come enjoy a sunset hike, dance to the Wild Honeybees and support two local Athens, Ohio non-profits! We’ll have spring-themed door prizes, raffle baskets, delicious local food trucks parked outside and a cash bar. All proceeds will benefit The Dairy Barn Arts Center and UpGrade Athens County (UpGrade Ohio) .

March 24, Saturday @ The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio

Sunset Hike begins at 6:45 pm
Doors to the Swarm open at 7:00 pm
The Wild Honeybees hit the stage at 8:00 pm

Tickets are only available online at
Questions? Call The Dairy Barn Arts Center at 740-592-4981



At 7:30 in the evening, Dr. Mann will give a public lecture at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The title of his talk is, “A Return To The Madhouse: Climate Change Denial In the Age of Trump.” Dr. Mann will update the story told by his third book, The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying our Politics, and Driving us Crazy. Using science, humor and satire, Dr. Mann will review the scientific evidence of climate change, the reasons we should care, and the often-absurd efforts by special interests and partisan political figures to confuse the public, attack the science and scientists, and deny that a problem even exists. Dr. Mann will explain why he is cautiously optimistic we will prevail in the greatest battle human civilization has ever faced—the battle to avert catastrophic and irreversible climate change impacts.

Mann is a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University and the director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center. Among his many honors, Mann was selected to receive the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science Public Engagement with Science Award. The honor recognizes Mann’s “tireless efforts to communicate the science of climate change to the media, public and policymakers…. Mann has done more to engage with the public on science than most active scientist-communicators do in an entire career…. There is no scientist reaching greater numbers of people with such depth of communication as Michael Mann.” (


Ohio Solar Congress 2018 to be hosted at NE Ohio regional Wilderness Center

Saturday, March 17, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Wilderness Center
9877 Alabama Ave SW, Wilmot, OH 44689

The Ohio Solar Congress is a free public conference that brings together solar supporters from across the state to learn and discuss the current state and future for solar energy in Ohio.

The day will include a series of presentations about solar technology and policy topics as well as ways to get involved with helping to grow solar in Ohio.

Topics will include: solar 101, residential solar + storage, how to best advocate for solar, success stories, working through local barriers to solar, and much more! The event will conclude with a participatory open forum discussion for all attendees to discuss priorities and opportunities that solar supporters in Ohio should focus on in the coming year.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend! Whether you are a solar homeowner, completely new to solar, or somewhere in between – this event is for you! Please feel encouraged to share this event with friends, neighbors, colleagues, or community organizations who may be interested!

Interested in volunteering at the Ohio Solar Congress?
We are seeking the following volunteer support here!