Oct. 15, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces that Galen Nelson, senior director of innovation and industry support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), will present the Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall, in the Sammer Dennis Room (218).

This annual lecture series, which is named for Professor Lawrence H. Vadnais and is sponsored by the Vadnais Endowment, is free and open to the public.

At the MassCEC, Nelson leads a team focused on providing targeted, strategic, and timely resources to help clean energy companies and entrepreneurs develop technologies, while moving closer to commercialization and market traction in established and emerging markets.  

The team’s multi-disciplinary approach includes efforts to strengthen workforce resources, inform market growth policy, develop and manage competitive technology development, demonstration and commercialization acceleration grant programs, and support key components of the Massachusetts clean energy industry ecosystem.

Nelson’s individual work focuses primarily on microgrids, energy storage, and energy resilience.

Prior to joining the MassCEC, Nelson led clean energy business and green affordable housing policy development efforts at the City of Boston. He has more than 10 years’ experience developing programs and policies at the city and state level, often at the intersection of urban planning, economic development, and clean energy.

Nelson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College.

MCLA’s next fall lecture will be presented by best-selling author, journalist, and comic book writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, who will deliver the Eighth Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture, which is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth E. Proud Charitable Trust.

At this event, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, in MCLA Campus Center Gym, Coates will read from and participate in a moderated conversation about his book, “Between the World and Me.”

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.​

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