Author Greg Pahl

Greg Pahl to Present Lecture at Hartwick’s Pine Lake Campus

October 25, 2012

On Thursday, November 1 at 7 p.m., Hartwick College will welcome author Greg Pahl, who will give a talk based on his new book, Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects.

The lecture, part of the Conversations at the Lake sustainability discussion series, will be held in the Strawbale House at Hartwick's Pine Lake Environmental Campus. This event is free and the public is invited to attend.

More than 90 percent of the electricity we use to light our communities -- and nearly all the energy we use to run our cars, heat our homes, and power our factories -- comes from large, centralized, highly polluting, non-renewable sources of energy. It doesn't have to be that way. In Power from the People..., Pahl explains how American communities can plan, finance, and produce their own local, renewable energy that is reliable, safe, and clean.

Pahl uses examples from around the nation and the world to explore how homeowners, co-ops, nonprofits, governments, and businesses are already putting power in the hands of local communities through distributed energy programs and energy-efficiency measures. Renewable, community power is a necessary step on the path to energy security and community resilience, particularly as we face peak oil, cope with climate change, and address the need to transition to a more sustainable future.

Pahl is the author of numerous books on energy and the environment, including Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy (2005, Chelsea Green), Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options (2003, Chelsea Green), and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Saving the Environment (2001, Macmillan/Alpha Books). He also writes for Mother Earth News and various other publications on biodiesel, wind power, wood heat, solar energy, heat pumps, electric cars, and other topics related to living in a post-carbon world.

Pahl has been involved in environmental issues for more than 25 years. He is a founding member of the Vermont Biofuels Association, as well as the Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op. Pahl attended the University of Vermont and was a military intelligence officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He currently lives in Weybridge, Vermont.

This event is sponsored by Hartwick College's Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. For more information, contact Dan Morse '97 at 607-431-4666 or

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