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Williams College Conference: Building Green In The Purple Valley

12:00AM / Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Williamstown - On Nov. 10 and 11, Williams College will host a conference "Building Green in the Purple Valley." The conference is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

On Fri., Nov. 10, Marc Rosenbaum, noted for his work in design of energy efficient sustainable architecture, will deliver the keynote address, "Leading Edge Buildings: A View from the Trenches in New England." The talk is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in The Science Center's Wege Auditorium. The talk is free.

Rosenbaum uses an integrated systems design approach to help people create buildings and communities, which connect us to the natural world and support personal and planetary health. He studied mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a B.S. and M.S. degree.

Rosenbaum built his first super-insulated house in Meriden, N.H. in 1978. The design process of the house was driven by the goal of heating the house with one cord of wood per year. In 1979, he co-founded Energysmith, an organization that helps people create buildings that rely on sustainable systems. He has won numerous awards, including a Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Green Building Award and Better Buildings by Design Award.

Nov. 11, conference offerings include a panel discussion.

"Practically Green: Designing and Building with Renewables and Energy Efficiency" will focus on the practical application of renewable energy and green building technologies and touch on solar electricity and heating, geothermal heating ad cooling, and LEED buildings. The event will be begin at 10 a.m.

Panelists include Joan Kelsch '85, environmental planner for the city of Arlington, Va., Bruce Harley, technical director of the Conservation Services Group, Todd Holland, energy manager for Smith, Amherst, and Mount Holyoke colleges, and Rosenbaum. Panelists will consider ways that Williams College can decrease its energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and overall environmental impact through green building practices and renewable energy. The event will be held in Griffin Hall, rooms 4 and 5. This event is free.

A buffet luncheon will be served at noon, by reservation only to szepka@williams.edu. There is no charge.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Environmental Studies and a Henry Luce Foundation Grant on Campus Sustainability.



The Class of 1960 Scholars Program at the Center for Environmental Studies brings prominent individuals to campus to speak on a broad range of environmental studies.

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