Future sources of renewable energy presentation set for April 1

17 March 2014

RUTLAND, Vt. – The GMP College Connections Series is hosting a free lecture on futures sources of renewable energy on Tuesday, April 1st, at the Energy Innovation Center on Merchants Row in downtown Rutland. The lecture will begin at 5:20 pm and is expected to last 1 hour with discussion.

Dr. Livia Vastag, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Castleton College will give a talk entitled, “Cellular Metabolism and the Future of our Renewable Energy Sources.”  Research in Dr. Vastag's lab focuses on understanding how metabolism allows various organisms to harvest different forms of energy from their environment. The metabolic conversion of renewable cellulosic biomass into biofuels promises to be one of the answers to solving the energy crisis and climate change problems.  Join us for a fascinating conversation on biochemistry and its relation to our energy future.?
Dr. Vastag received her B.A. in Chemistry from Middlebury College; her M.A. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University.

This talk begins the second rotation of lectures for Rutland County’s four colleges and Green Mountain Power.  The monthly College 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 and are free and open to the public.
In addition to Castleton State College, the other participating colleges are CCV, Green Mountain College, and the College of St. Joseph.

About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com), the Solar Electric Power Association’s 2013 Utility of the Year, generates, 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