August has been a very busy month for the Hive Orlando. The group organized a series of events every week entitled “Fossil Free Fridays” aimed at fighting the fossil fuel industry and celebrating clean energy.

The inaugural Fossil Free Friday, was a speakeasy round table event where attendees gathered to discuss the state of our climate, and explore the social, economic, political and environmental implications of our current trajectory.

The following week, the local leaders screened the movie Switch and facilitated a panel discussion about what it will take to switch from the energy that built our world, to the energy that will shape our future.

On the third Friday, The Hive was given an exclusive tour of the first solar farm in Orange County, a 6-Megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) array that is generating enough renewable energy to power more than 600 homes throughout Orlando, Florida.

And not to be outdone by previous weeks, the final event was a premiere EV showcase of the future of transportation. Held at the beautiful Wekiva Island, “Lead the Charge” featured a panel discussion with EV experts, a car tour, and a screening of “Revenge of the Electric Car”.

The final Fossil Free Friday closed out a very successful month of action towards energy sustainability.

: Lead the Charge opened with a panel discussion that highlighted some really promising facts about the EV market in the US. Panel speakers included: Al Lococo, Carolyn Amon, Bill Ferree, and Jeremiah Johnson to talk about the future of transportation at the national and global level.

: Following the discussion, attendees were given a tour of some of the most fuel efficient and eco-friendly vehicles on the market including 3 Tesla Model S, 4 Nissan Leaf’s, 3 Chevy Volts, 1 Ford C-Max and 2 Electric Motorcycles.

The Hive is a monthly meeting of community leaders, presented by IDEAS for Us aimed at solving environmental problems and increasing awareness at the local level.