Energy Innovation Center Offers Discussion About Life Experiences and Views of Energy Sources

27 April 2015

RUTLAND, Vt. – GMP is hosting a discussion about how our life experiences shape our view of different sources of energy at the GMP College Connections lecture series, Tuesday, May 5, at the Energy Innovation Center in downtown Rutland.  

The free public event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will last approximately an hour. Light refreshments will be served.

Mic Metz, instructor at Community College of Vermont (CCV), will lead the discussion on the costs and benefits of current energy consumption, outlining the various forms of available energy sources and their specific impacts on the environment.

"When it comes to energy, beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” Metz said. “We’ll explore what lies at the core of people's attitudes towards different sources of energy, how life experience and environment shape our beliefs, and how new information is processed or ignored." 

Metz earned a BS in Biology from Rutgers University and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.  Metz 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.  Metz moved to Vermont in 2002 to work as a wetland ecologist for the state of Vermont.  He currently splits his time teaching science at Black River High School in Ludlow and CCV in Rutland.

The monthly 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 presented by faculty from each of the Rutland County colleges.  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 Community College of Vermont (CCV), the other participating colleges are Castleton College, Green Mountain College and College of St. Joseph. 

For more information on the series contact:  gerri.harrison@greenmounainpower.com
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