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Joint Lecture Series (JLS) presents Building the World’s Largest Aquarium

Clarkston, GA - March 19, 2012

The Green Technologies Academy (GTA) at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), the Southeastern Institute for Sustainability at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC), the GPC Green Stem Initiative, and GPC Reads will collectively sponsor and present a lecture, “Building the World’s Largest Aquarium”, on Monday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. on the Clarkston Campus at Georgia Perimeter College in the Jim Cherry Learning Resource Center auditorium. Marking the eleventh event of the colleges’ Joint Lecture Series (JLS), this program will explain the green technologies, controls, and engineering challenges behind the Georgia Aquarium.

The guest lecturer will be Mr. Leroy Walden, vice president of McKenney’s Inc. –one of the largest mechanical contractors in the United States. During his presentation, Walden will take the audience behind the scenes of the aquarium by discussing how the environmental controls system was built, its remote operations, and the daily responsibility his team has in maintaining the diverse environments of the aquarium.

“McKenney's has been an important partner of GPTC and several programs under GPTC's Green Technologies Academy. Recently, 10 building automation students were invited to the Georgia Aquarium to observe the integrated control systems which maintain aquatic life there,” said Brian Lovell, director of Green Technologies Academy and Building Automation Systems at GPTC. “Soon after this event, I invited Mr. Leroy Walden to speak jointly to the Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Georgia Perimeter College communities about the challenges of designing, building, and maintaining the world's largest aquarium through the Joint Lecture Series (JLS) events we co-sponsor with GPC. Attending such events allow students to connect classroom theory with real world opportunities, and hopefully broaden their perspectives as to their own professional trajectories.”

For more information about this lecture and upcoming JLS events, contact Brian Lovell, Georgia Piedmont Technical College director of Green Technologies Academy and Business Automation Systems at 404.297.9522 ext. 1265 or via email at

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Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

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