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Environment / Sustainability

Inaugural TEDxCSU features Bill Ritter, Hunter Lovins, and notable CSU teachers and researchers

April 19, 2012

To help forward environmental stewardship and global discussions on sustainability, CSU will host a diverse and innovative lineup of speakers for the first annual TEDxCSU, "Growing Greener Generations."

TEDxCSU, organized by university students, is an event for the university and surrounding community to hear speakers address different aspects of environmentalism such as energy, education, design and even the effects of language on the future of sustainability. 

TEDxCSU will be held at 2 p.m. April 23 at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center Performance Hall in Fort Collins. CSU students will receive free tickets, and general public tickets will be available for $12 through the Fort Collins Lincoln Center.

Inspirational speakers

Presenters include former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter; Hunter Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute; and Sanjukta Santra, an inspirational local 15-year-old with a passion for ending world hunger. Nick Forrester from eTown will be the host.

Speakers from CSU include chemistry Professor Amy Prieto, founder of Prieto Battery, a tech-transfer company revolutionizing battery technology; Brian Dunbar and Stephanie Barr, both from CSU’s Institute for the Built Environment; and Shermin de Silva, postdoctoral student in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology who is involved in the first-ever, long-term study of Asian elephants.

 “The speakers are what make up this event, but what is more important to us is that this event sparks important conversations, creates connections, and inspires our audience to take action,” said Hannah Toole, TEDxCSU co-founder and CSU journalism student.

A complete list of speakers and their bios is online.

Sponsors include Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE); Vice President for External Relations; Campus Activities;  School of Global Environmental Sustainability; and KUNC radio in Greeley.


TEDxCSU is a CSU organization working to bring “Growing Greener Generations” to Fort Collins, Colo. The group is sponsored by CSU’s world-renowned animal sciences Professor Temple Grandin and spearheaded by undergraduate students Hannah Toole and Brooke Burtard.  

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at

TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

More details on TEDxCSU and “Growing Greener Generations” are on the web and Facebook

Contact Andrea H. Rooney at (303) 902-6881 or for details on the event.