FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2011
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications
GMC to Host Public Talks from Scholars in Residence
POULTNEY, VT – Green Mountain College welcomes Dr. Tyrone Hayes and David Blittersdorf, President/CEO of AllEarth Renewables, as this fall’s scholars in residence for the College’s graduate degree programs. Both will give public lectures during their time at the College.
Biologist and herpetologist Dr. Tyrone Hayes is this fall's scholar in residence for the College's Master of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) program. He is a full professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Hayes' research focuses on the role of steroid hormones in amphibian development through lab and field studies in the U.S. and Africa. Dr. Hayes will make a public presentation Thursday, September 8 “From Silent Spring to Silent Night” at the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Auditorium, Ackley Hall, 9:30-10:45 a.m. His talk “A Tale of Toads and Men” will be held in The Gorge, Withey Hall, at 7 p.m. the same evening.
Blittersdorf has spent his entire career focusing on renewable energy. He began in college, where he built a wind turbine as an engineering major at the University of Vermont. He continued with the development of his first company NRG Systems. With Blittersdorf at the helm, NRG Systems became an international leader in wind measurement technology. After stepping down as CEO after 22 years of service, he started Earth Turbines. This company developed residential sized turbines, and eventually began work on an All Sun Tracker. This development led Blittersdorf to rename the company AllEarth Renewables. On Thursday, September 15 he will make a presentation titled “Opportunities and Challenges in Renewable Energy” at 10:45 in the Gorge. He will also lead a panel discussion on the Gorge at 3:30 p.m. titled “Sustainable Business-Challenges and Opportunities.”
Green Mountain began its online master’s degree programs in the fall of 2007. The programs were created for working professionals and are conducted largely online.