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Energy Innovation Center offers Discussion: Forests as Fuel: Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Biomass Energy in Vermont

18 May 2015

RUTLAND, Vt. – GMP is hosting a discussion about Vermont’s leadership in biomass energy and the outlook for its future at the GMP College Connections lecture series, Tuesday, June 2, 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.
 
Sarah Mittlefehldt, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College, will lead 
the discussion on how Vermont came to be a national leader in developing community-scale biomass 
energy systems and how that can help us think about the future of biomass energy in Vermont. 
 
"I am fascinated with the relationship between our political systems and grassroots social action and 
how they affect energy generation,” Mittlefehldt said. “We’ll talk about the history of biomass energy 
and some of the cultural barriers to developing this local energy, as well as implications for other forms of decentralized energy." 
 
Mittlefehldt directs the Environmental Studies Program at Green Mountain College, and has examined 
the cultural and political barriers that renewable energy advocates have faced in their efforts to 
decentralize power systems—particularly in the context of biomass (wood) energy. She holds a PhD in 
forestry and environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s degree in 
education from Harvard University, and a BA in Social Ecology from Carleton College in Minnesota.
 
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 Green Mountain College, the other participating colleges are Castleton College, 
Community College of Vermont (CCV) and College of St. Joseph.  
 
For more information on the series contact:  gerri.harrison@greenmounainpower.com
 
About Green Mountain Power 
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Steve Costello, Green Mountain Power, (802) 793-4031