GMP to schoolchildren: name our talking cow

10 September 2013

Schoolchildren are being asked to help name what may become the most-visited cow in Vermont.

Looking to connect Vermont schools and students to its new Energy Innovation Center, Green Mountain Power is holding a contest for schoolchildren to name one of the focal points of the educational section – a talking, animatronic cow in a planned GMP Cow Power exhibit.

The cow, created by the Imagination Company, a Bethel company creating a dozen exhibits for the EIC, is designed to engage children and adults alike and inform them about how cow manure can be used to create energy, benefit farms and solve environmental problems. The 7-foot cow will provide a high-level overview of GMP Cow Power through a conversational series of scripts when the EIC opens later this fall.   

“The Cow Power display will be one of the most engaging for younger kids and their parents, and it’s inevitable that children are going to ask her name, so we decided to ask them to help us name her,” said Steve Costello, vice president for generation and energy innovation.

Children 12 and younger are eligible to enter the “Name that Cow Contest,” which will run through Nov. 30. Once the EIC opens, children can enter a suggestion in person, or can send suggestions between now and Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. to Cow Name Contest, GMP EIC, 67 Merchants Row, Suite 104, Rutland Vt. 05701, or via email to cownamecontest@greenmountainpower.com.  Entries should include the suggested cow name, as well as the name, town, age, school name or home school and phone number of the child submitting the suggestion.  Teachers or parents may send entries from multiple children but should identify each child’s entry separately.

The winner will be invited to an ice cream party at the EIC for up to 30 people from their school or family, in the case of homeschoolers.

Green Mountain Power’s new Energy Innovation Center, now under construction, will be located at 68-70 Merchants Row in downtown Rutland.  The EIC will include a mix of office and public exhibit space created to help Vermonters understand energy technology and how energy choices affect the environment in Vermont and on a larger scale.  The EIC, which will be LEED Certified, will house GMP’s generation development and energy innovation team and related staff.

About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com) transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the state of Vermont. The company, which serves more than 250,000 customers, has set its vision to be the best small company in America. 

 Contact: Steve Costello, Green Mountain Power (802) 793-4031