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National Grid Brings Renowned Environmental Experts to Campuses Across Upstate New York
National Grid brings Renowned Environmental Experts to Campuses across Upstate New York

February 2, 2009—The National Grid Power of Action Speaker Series continues in Upstate New York this month with appearances by Denis Hayes, environmentalist and coordinator of the first Earth Day, and Chris Palmer, an Emmy-award winning wildlife filmmaker and American University professor. The speaker series gives college students and members of the community an opportunity to hear from nationally-recognized environmental visionaries and thinkers.

Denis Hayes will speak at the University at Albany on Monday, Feb.9, at 4:30 p.m. and at Adirondack Community College in Queensbury on Tuesday, Feb.10, at 4:30 p.m. Chris Palmer will appear in Syracuse on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at 4:30 p.m. and at The MOSTís Bristol IMAX Theater at 7:30 p.m. for a special presentation of his award-winning film, Dolphins.

The National Grid speaker series is part of its 'power of action' campaign. The campaign encourages customers to partner with National Grid and take action in making a difference by saving energy, managing their energy costs and protecting the environment. The series launched in December with a presentation by Palmer at Utica College.

"Throughout my career I have been actively involved in the environmental movement as a professor, an activist, a lobbyist and attorney," said Denis Hayes. "This series gives me an opportunity to connect directly with students and community members regarding the actions individuals, organizations and the government can take in an effort to protect our environment."

Filmmaker Chris Palmer is also looking forward to the opportunity of sharing his experiences with others.

"My work has enabled me to travel to the far ends of the Earth researching and filming an amazing array of wildlife, giving me a deep appreciation for the delicate nature of our environment," said Palmer. "I am thrilled to be able to share these experiences and what they have taught me about the impact each of us can have our planet."

Susan M. Crossett, Vice President of Energy Solutions Services in upstate New York for National Grid said the speaker series bridges the gap between local action and global impact.

"Through the National Grid Power of Action Speaker Series we hope to inspire people to make a difference one action at a time, with the understanding that when we all work together, our collective impact can be incredible," Crossett said.

For those interested in learning more about their impact on the environment, last year National Grid introduced Floe, a virtual polar bear (nationalgrid.com/floe). Floe can help visitors analyze and measure the environmental impact of their daily activities, including eating, drinking, driving and making energy choices for the home. Visitors can interact with Floe or befriend another virtual polar bear and learn how positive environmental acts can help to protect the environment.

National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.