High in the Himalayas, a renewable power system built by a group of Connecticut high school students is expected to provide electricity--for the first time--to a school in a small Nepali village.

It’s the result of a surprising project by an unlikely alliance of students, businesses and a globe-travelling entrepreneur. It’s also putting a new face on the power of sustainability.

In the photo above are students in the Nepal project from the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology (AoEGT), their teacher David Mangus, and college interns. They're sporting t-shirts from CPEP, the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program that the Werth Family Foundation chose, with a grant, to launch and oversee the project.

CBIA’s 198th Annual Meeting and Reception on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Hartford Marriott Hotel will explore the progress and promise of sustainability in today’s economy, with a special program featuring:

Sustainability’s New Bottom Line

A new era at DEEP, expanding opportunities, and sound environmental stewardship all point the way to achieving long-term business success through sustainability. Panel discussion with Dan Esty, Commissioner, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; Don Droppo Jr., President and CEO of Curtis Packaging; Beth Barton, Partner, Day Pitney LLP; and John Rathgeber, President & CEO, CBIA.

From Hartford to the Himalayas

Journey over 3,000 miles--and soar 13,000 feet--to see how a remarkable alliance of high school students, a world-traveling entrepreneur and Connecticut businesses brought electricity to a school high in the mountains of Nepal. Peter J. Werth III, director, Werth Family Foundation (expected); Michael Maziarz, Principal, Academy of Engineering and Green Technology, and Akeem Brown, senior at the Academy.   

Event details [Download the event brochure]

Each year, more than 400 business leaders from across the state come to the CBIA Annual Meeting & Reception for a mix of information, business, and networking.

The event on Oct. 24 begins with a 4:30 pm business meeting, followed by the program at 5 and a reception from 6-7:30 pm.

Per person fee for CBIA members is $95, which includes validated parking at the adjacent Connecticut Convention Center garage.

For more information, call the CBIA registrar at 860.244.1977.