Bill LeBlanc blends his comedy insights with his career in energy efficiency and technology. He travels around the U.S. talking with people about their energy use habits, but there's always a twist because humans don't behave well. They screw things up and generally don't know much about energy, which is true, sad, and funny. Bill is also a standup comedian, performing primarily at the big clubs in Denver and Colorado. He recently won the Boulder Comedy Contest, and has been a two-time finalist in Colorado's big New Faces Contest. His 'Watts' on Wednesday performance is geared toward college students and features adult humor.
LeBlanc's stand-up comedy will highlight 'Watts' on Wednesday, September 1, at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium, as a free fun event co-sponsored by UMC Student Activities and Otter Tail Power Company.
On Thursday, September 2, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., LeBlanc will address the campus community on a slightly more serious note dealing with energy conservation. In addition to being a stand-up comedian he is also a recognized leader in energy efficiency programs, with particular expertise in program design, marketing, market research, branding, and strategy. As president of the Boulder Energy Group, LeBlanc has more than 20 years of experience in assisting utility and public clients in understanding their customer markets, providing tools and messages to sway customer demand, and creating overall market strategies. He has also done extensive work on social marketing. Attendees of the the Thursday Commons event also will receive more in-depth information about energy savings and the plans and timelines for Campus Energy Challenge activities set for fall semester working with Otter Tail Power Company. There are no classes scheduled on Thursdays from 12 noon to 2 p.m., so plan to attend this event.