RUTLAND - Green Mountain Power and all four Rutland County
colleges signed an agreement on June 20 to work together to bolster
economic, educational and community development, with GMP's new
Rutland Energy Innovation Center serving as the focal point of the
"Together we will promote educational and economic development
opportunities in Rutland in a way that will benefit the colleges,
the greater Rutland County region, traditional and adult students,
the City of Rutland and the state as a whole," said Mary Powell,
GMP's president and CEO. "We will work together to ensure that the
GMP Energy Innovation Center becomes a vibrant educational asset,
and the EIC will help the colleges connect their students with the
community and provide meaningful educational opportunities on
campus, at the EIC, and at other energy production sites."
Powell was joined by Castleton College President Dave Wolk,
College of St. Joseph President Rich Lloyd, Community College of
Vermont President Joyce Judy, and Green Mountain College President
Paul Fonteyn, who signed a memorandum of understanding.
Under the agreement, GMP and the colleges will:
· Create an EIC
College Lecture Series open to the public and within the EIC,
featuring professors and lecturers from the colleges on a rotating
monthly basis, focused on energy, the environment, efficiency and
· Collaborate to
identify and present lecture topics and demonstrations by EIC staff
within regular courses, on the college campuses.
internship opportunities for students of the colleges who are
interested in renewable generation and the energy industry,
business and related topics, within the EIC and GMP more
· Create a
job-shadowing program, so students can learn about different kinds
of job opportunities and day-to-day job responsibilities in
day-long or multi-day visits.
· Use EIC
exhibits and the EIC itself, the GMP Renewable Education Center in
Rutland Town and other GMP renewable energy sites as adjunct
classrooms for tours led by EIC staff for students from the
renewable development opportunities at the colleges and collaborate
to develop sustainable generation and associated educational
opportunities for students and the general public.
· Continue to
explore collaborative ideas to expand these partnerships.
"This is an extraordinary opportunity for our students," Wolk
said. "It will provide academic and community-building benefits,
connecting us to GMP's work and creating closer ties between the
college and the city of Rutland."
Lloyd said CSJ is already looking into solar development on its
campus in collaboration with GMP. "We have several options we
are considering," Lloyd said. "I expect we'll have a project or
projects to announce shortly, which will help connect our students
directly to GMP's efforts and the EIC."
"We are very excited to be a part of this initiative," Judy
said. "CCV serves 750 students in the Rutland area, and the job
shadowing and internship opportunities that this program will
provide will help students access the broad array of employment
possibilities in the energy field."
Fonteyn said the collaboration with GMP was a natural extension of
work at GMC. "We have been on the leading edge of energy issues for
many years, starting with our reliance on Cow Power a decade ago,
and continuing with work with GMP on electric vehicle and heat pump
research," Fonteyn said.
Steve Costello, GMP's vice president for generation and energy
innovation, said working with the colleges would have benefits for
all GMP customers over time.
"Above and beyond the educational value to individual students,
we see enormous potential for research, program and renewable
development, and ancillary benefits to the city and downtown
Rutland," Costello said. "Events at the EIC will bring both
traditional students and adults into downtown, which will add to
its vibrancy and bring additional business to restaurants and other