Energy Innovation Center hosts June 3rd presentation on food and energy

19 May 2014

RUTLAND, Vt. – The GMP College Connections series is hosting a presentation on the link between food and energy on Tuesday, June 3rd, at the Energy Innovation Center, 68-70 Merchants Row in downtown Rutland.   The free public event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will last approximately an hour.  Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Kenneth Mulder of Green Mountain College will give a talk entitled, The Nexus of Food and Energy:  Realities and Prospects.  Mulder will review how two potential constraints on society--our need for food and energy--are intertwined, creating the potential to exacerbate both problems, or possibly create new and exciting solutions.

According to Mulder, “It takes energy to grow food--a lot of it!  It also takes energy to run society--a lot of it!  Land can be used to grow food, and it also can be used to grow fuel.  My work explores the ways we can balance these competing needs.”

Dr. Mulder is the Director of Quantitative Literacy and Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Green Mountain College.  From 2007 to 2013 Dr. Mulder was the Cerridwen Farm Manager at Green Mountain College and Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture.  He received his Doctorate in Natural Resources from UVM, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics in 2006.  He has an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Oregon, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Kalamazoo College.

The monthly GMP College Connections lecture series was created as part of a recent agreement between GMP and all four Rutland County colleges to work together to bolster economic, educational and community development.  The talks 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. All talks will be held at GMP’s new Energy Innovation Center.
In addition to Green Mountain College, the other participating colleges are College of St. Joseph, Castleton College, and CCV.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the state of Vermont. The company, which was named 2014 Solar Champion by Vote Solar, serves more than 250,000 customers and has set its vision to be the best small company in America. 

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