Toward a Green Petroleum – A Conversation at College of the Atlantic

Posted Sept. 15, 2012, at 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 4:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Location: McCormick Lecture Hall at College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Donna Gold; 207-288-5015;

BAR HARBOR, ME—The possibility of a green petroleum future will be the topic of College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum at 4 p.m. on Sept. 18. The talk, “Towards Green Petroleum,” by E. Paul Sorenson, will be in the college’s McCormick Lecture Hall.

Sorenson is an advisor at Equitable Origin an organization that promotes best practice in the exploration for and extraction of petroleum and gas. With the active cooperation of governmental entities, non-governmental organizations, petroleum and gas companies, indigenous communities, and other interested parties EO created the EO100 Standard—the first stakeholder-based standard in the industry. The standard promotes best practice by providing economic rewards to producers who follow best practices. The present focus is the Amazon region.

Sorensen received a PhD from Brown University in 1977. He worked in the mathematics department of General Motors Research prior to joining Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen, Inc., later ABAQUS, Inc., in 1979. The company developed the widely used general-purpose finite element software program ABAQUS. It is particularly strong in simulating complex solid and structural mechanics problems involving nonlinear response. After retiring from the company, Sorenson served on the ABAQUS board until it was sold to Dassault Systemes in 2005. Sorenson now serves on advisory committees and as a board member for numerous educational and charitable institutions and is a founding investor in various technology based, socially responsible start-up companies.

For more information on the 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 talk by Paul Sorenson, contact Heath Cabot at, 288-5015.

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