Marlboro College

News Risks of Biomass Incineration Lecture, Feb. 15

MARLBORO, VT - (February 7, 2011) - Marlboro College hosts a free, public lecture by environmental journalist Josh Schlossberg concerning the risks of forest biomass incineration for electricity in Vermont. His lecture will take place in Appletree, Tuesday February 15, at 7p.m.

Biomass incinerators, which use felled trees for electric power, have been promoted as a clean energy source, but Schlossberg contends the amount of electricity produced from biomass incineration is negligible compared to the pollution it causes. Biomass incineration, according to some activist organizations, is a threat to the forest ecosystem and human health, and contributes heavily to America's carbon output.

A 2000 graduate of Marlboro College, Schlossberg is the communications coordinator for the Biomass Accountability Project, an organizer for Biofuelwatch and the editor of the Biomass Busters newsletter. He has been an environmental journalist for nearly a decade, both in Vermont and Oregon, and now lives in East Montpelier. He has been following the issue of biomass incineration on the national scale since 2005.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 orĀ  pr@marlboro.edu. In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College Events line at 802-451-7151.

For over 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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