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Sunday Lecture Will Outline Renewable Energy Program

February 17, 2011 - Other News
As part of its 2011 Living Green Lecture Series, Oglebay Institute’s Schrader Environmental Education Center will host a presentation on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Renewable Energy Program, which provides free energy audits that help rural businesses reduce energy costs.

Jesse Gandee from the USDA will lead a presentation at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Center, located in Oglebay Resort. The program is free and open to the public.

Gandee will discuss the Renewable Energy program, which is conducted through a partnership between the USDA Rural Development office and West Virginia University’s Industries of the Future. The program allows agricultural producers and for-profit small rural business with fewer than 500 employees in designated areas to apply for the energy audits, which are conducted by WVU free of charge.

During the presentation, Gandee will describe in-depth details of the program. Engineers from WVU will discuss the nature of an energy audit and previous examples where the audits have led to significant reductions in energy expenses for small businesses in the Mountain State.

The lecture is the second in a series of eight programs planned for the Schrader Center’s 2011 Living Green Lecture Series, which explores a variety of nature and environmental topics. Living Green programs are proudly sponsored by TraDet Laboratories. All programs are free and open to the public. Other upcoming programs include:

“Spring into Action: Organizing Your Home in a Green Way,” presented by Julie Seibert of Healing Through Organization, at 2 p.m., March 20.

“Public Health Impacts of Marcellus Shale Gas Development,” presented by Dr. Conrad Dan Voltz of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Healthy Environments and Communities, at 2 p.m., April 17.

For more information on any of the programs, call 304-242-6855 or visit on the Web at


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