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Exploring Energy Efficiencies and Alternatives

The Geneva Library Foundation Speaker Series

Exploring Energy Efficiencies and Alternatives with Dr. Patricia Vary, Distinguished Research Professor, Retired
was presented on Wednesday, May 22 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

With increased use of gasoline by East Asia, limited supplies of oil, inevitable price increases, as well as population explosion, water scarcity and climate change, it is imperative that we all learn new energy efficiencies for our homes and businesses. This presentation will examine the present status of climate change data and the progress in energy alternatives including solar, wind, geothermal, biodiesel, and fuel cells. This will include strategies being used in businesses and government, as well as steps everyone can take to retrofit their living quarters and daily routines for better efficiency and sustainability.

Patricia Vary has a B.S degree in Medical Technology and an M.S. degree in Microbiology, both from Texas Christian University, an M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Microbial Genetics from Stanford University. She was on the faculty of the Biological Sciences Department as a Microbial Geneticist at NIU for 28 years and a Department Chair for four years.

Pat retired in 2003, but worked five more years on a genome sequencing project. She achieved the title of Distinguished Research Professor, holds two patents, has published more than 100 papers and abstracts, and had a licensing agreement with a major pharmaceutical company.

Her favorite activities are gardening, bicycling, travel, reading, and watching movies. She delights in five grandchildren, sings in the Bread & Roses women’s chorus, and plays violin in the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She is involved in the community and served 10 years on the DeKalb County Board until December 2012. She served on Planning and Zoning for 10 years, was Vice Chair for two years, Chair of Economic Development, and was co-initiator of the DeKalb County GoGreen Initiative as well as helped to establish a wind farm.

The Geneva Library Foundation was established in 2005 as a charitable organization to provide support for current and future library materials, services and facilities. It is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. With a goal of raising $1 million by 2016 and $2 million by 2021, the GLF is committed to providing a substantial, permanent, and stable source of funds to support the Geneva Public Library.

Cynthia Wade, 708-989-4439,

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