MCLA

Averill Cook to Speak as Part of Environmental Issues Lecture Series

11/03/2010

NORTH ADAMS, Mass - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host the annual Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall, room 218. Williamstown native Averill Cook will present "Biomass Stewardship, A Practioner's Journey," about his focus on green farming.

This event is free and open to the public.           

Cook has made significant strides in the fuel pellet industry for the past 20 years, and after 12 years he started the Biomass Commodities Corporation, a residential and commercial fuel pellet heating equipment provider servicing the Northeast. In recent years, Cook's work has been installed in Dartmouth College, New Hampshire Ball Bearing, West River Assisted Living Center in Townshend, Vt., and Maine Wood Pellets in Athens, Maine, where Cook served as a project manager. 

"Alumni and current students are buzzing about the event," said Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Elena Traister. "Averill's lecture will address what is certainly an important current issue and hot topic in environmental studies." 

Through the fuel pellet corporation he has developed, Cook has several projects underway in Serbia, Brazil, Uruguay, Upper Michigan, Mississippi and Arkansas. Cook also operates Wendling Biomass Consulting, which supports biomass projects throughout the world. 

The Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Lecture Series is named for Professor Lawrence H. Vadnais and his wife. For more information, call (413) 662-5185, or go to www.mcla.edu/speakers