Middlebury College celebrated the official launch of its new biomass gasification plant with a reception, tours, and lecture by world-renowned author, activist and Middlebury Scholar in Residence Bill McKibben on Thursday, Feb. 19, at McCullough Student Center. A full video of the event can be viewed here.

The event included remarks from President Ronald D. Liebowitz and McKibben’s talk titled “What Gives a College Power: On Being a Learning, Teaching Community at a Moment of Change.” The evening concluded with comments from Middlebury senior Billie Jayne Borden and a video slideshow “tour” of the new facility.

President Ron Liebowitz and Billie Jayne Borden ’09 speak at the opening celebration

President Ron Liebowitz speaks at opening celebration.audience gathered at biomass opening celebrationBille Borden \'09 speaks about her involvement with carbon neutrality at Middlebury

Walk through tours were available for people to see how biomass gasification works

Biomass gasification plant at Middlebury CollegeTom McGinn points to wood chips carried along the conveyer belt.Mike Moser explains how the biomass gasification system works.