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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.