Energy Innovation Center Offers Discussion

27 October 2015

How a Changing Environment Affects Plants  
RUTLAND, Vt. – GMP is hosting a talk on Tuesday, November 3, at the Energy Innovation Center in downtown Rutland. The talk is part of the GMP College Connections speaker series.  
The free public event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will last approximately an hour. Light refreshments will be served.
Dr. Christine Palmer, of Castleton University, will present the challenges of growing healthier, more nutrient-rich plants in crowded environments. This is of vital importance, as the earth has 80,000 species of edible plants, yet 90 percent of the food humans eat comes from just 30 plants. The discussion will explore the effects of climate change, productive land use, and biofuels.  
Palmer is assistant professor of biology at Castleton University.  She received her Ph.D. in biology at Dartmouth College, an M.S. in cell and molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in biology from Williams College.  She is a broadly trained biologist with a passion for plants and education.     
The GMP College Connections is a lecture series created as part of an agreement between GMP and all four Rutland County colleges to work together to bolster economic, educational and community development.  Talks are authored and presented by faculty from each of the institutions.  The presentations explore a variety of energy issues, including the science of energy, renewable power, financial concerns and the psychology of energy use. All talks are held at GMP’s Energy Innovation Center in Rutland. 
In addition to Castleton University, the other participating schools are Community College of Vermont (CCV), Green Mountain College and College of St. Joseph.  
For more information on the series contact:  gerri.harrison@greenmountainpower.com
About Green Mountain Power 
About Green Mountain Power Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and has a vision to be the best small company in America by partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower. 

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