GMP Energy Innovation Center to Host Public Talk on January 7

06 January 2014

The next event in the monthly GMP College Lecture Series will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.  The Lecture Series is part of a continuing collaboration between the area’s four colleges and the new GMP Energy Innovation Center located on Merchants Row in downtown Rutland. 

January’s featured speaker will be Community College of Vermont’s Lecturer Michael “Mic” Metz.  The talk is entitled, “Energy and Us:  An interactive discussion of the nature of energy, and how our personal understanding and values lead to the decisions we make regarding energy and its use.”  The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Energy Innovation Center, and is expected to last 1 hour with discussion. 

Metz earned a BS in Biology from Rutgers University and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.  He has worked in several capacities for the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Park Service, as well as the Nez Perce, Salish and Kootenai, and Sioux and Assiniboine tribes.  He moved to Vermont in 2002 to work as a Wetland Ecologist for the State of Vermont and currently splits his time teaching science at Black River High School in Ludlow and CCV in Rutland.

The monthly lecture series is part of a recent agreement between GMP and all four Rutland County colleges to work together to bolster economic, educational and community development.  The lectures will be held at GMP’s new Energy Innovation Center and will be given by faculty from each of the Rutland County colleges.  The presentations will explore a variety of energy issues, including the science of energy, renewable power, financial concerns and the psychology of energy use.                                                                                                           

In addition to CCV, the other participating colleges are the Castleton State College, the College of Saint Joseph, and Green Mountain College. 

The event is free and open to the public.