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Eastern to Host Energy Seminar

Written by Ed Osborn

Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University is hosting a breakfast seminar for small businesses from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on May 18 in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library. The seminar is designed to assist local small businesses in conserving energy, implementing energy efficiency processes, lowering energy costs and accessing federal funding for green jobs training.

Eastern is partnering with the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce to bring a number of organizations to campus on May 18, including utility company representatives and local officials.

"Eastern is one of Connecticut's greenest campuses, and was recognized last year by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's leading green colleges," said Eastern President Elsa Nunez.  "Helping the small business community to lower energy costs is a natural extension of our own interests in sustainability.  We are delighted to partner with the chamber, Connecticut Light and Power and other organizations to share resources and information on energy conservation with local businesses." 

Speakers include Nunez; Windham Mayor Ernie Eldridge; William Leahy, director of Eastern's Institute of Sustainable Energy; Randy Vagnini, senior energy engineer for Connecticut Light and Power; Tim Murney, green job coordinator for the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board; and Madeline Priest of the Neighbor2Neighbor Program and Clean Water Action.

The breakfast seminar is free of charge; participants should pre-register by May 13 by visiting or emailing The event is sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut State University Foundation and the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce. 



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