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Alternative Energy Lecture Coincides with Major Art Exhibition


 An expert in alternative energy sources continues Ferrum College’s Sustainability Lecture Series on Oct. 8.

Heather Dawes, executive director of Energy Xchange, will outline her organization’s capabilities to capture methane gas from a landfill to power neighboring art studios. She’ll also discuss the mission of North Carolina-based Energy Xchange, which demonstrates different uses of alternate energy sources through environment, education and economic development.

Landfill gas consists of about 50 percent methane and 50 percent carbon dioxide, with small amounts of other compounds. Without a collection system, the landfill gas moves upward and finds places to escape into the air. At EnergyXchange the landfill gas is captured and used as an energy source. This helps reduce local smog and global climate change.

The lecture, sponsored by Ferrum’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Stanley Library Annex Room LA 101.

Dawes’ lecture coincides with the opening of a major exhibition at Ferrum’s Elizabeth Taylor Greer Art Galley in Stanley Library. This exhibition “Sustainability: Trash to Treasure, Ceramic and Glass Work from the Energy Xchange Studio,” will feature glass and ceramic artwork produced using landfill gas captured from the 7-acre mountain landfill adjacent to the studio property. The exhibition is open to the public. Attendees can then proceed to the Gallery to meet Ms. Dawes and view the artwork.

To learn more about Energy Xchange, please visit www.energyxchange.org.

More information on Ferrum’s lecture and film series for the 2009-2010 academic year is available at www.ferrum.edu. For further questions, contact Glen Stevens at (540) 365-4554 or gstevens@ferrum.edu.