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The new energy economy and land use Oct. 22

October 20, 2009

A panel presentation on Colorado's role in the new energy economy will be held at CSU on Thursday, Oct. 22. The event is part of a tour (planned by the Urban Land Institute/Colorado) of businesses and organizations who advocate for clean and renewable energy in land use and development.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 230 

Colorado's new energy economy

Speakers from the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation, UniverCity Connections, the McWinney Corporation, and Neenan–Archistruction will join in a panel discussion to be held at Colorado State that will focus on: 

  • Colorado and the role it will play in the emerging energy economy
  • How the new energy economy can be linked to land use and development

The discussion will start at 1 p.m. in the Lory Student Center, Room 230, on Thursday, Oct. 22. Steven Laposa, Ph.D., with the Department of Finance and Real Estate at Colorado State will moderate the panel.

Sponsors of the presentation 

The presentation is being sponsored by the Colorado District Council of the Urban Land Institute and the Everitt Real Estate Center at Colorado State University.

CSU is one of stops on tour

The presentation is part of a tour planned by the Colorado District Council of the Urban Land Institute. Members of ULI Colorado will visit the Colorado State University Engines and Energy Conservation Laboratory on Thursday, Oct. 22 as part of a trip to explore Northern Colorado’s energy efficient initiatives as they relate to land use. 

“ULI believes that, with zero-energy neighborhoods and huge new manufacturing plants for wind and solar, the Fort Collins-Loveland region is becoming Ground Zero for Colorado’s emerging energy economy,” said Michael Leccese, executive director of ULI Colorado. 


A limited number of Northern Colorado residents can register for the presentation at the two-for-one price of $60. Otherwise, registration is $70 at the door or $45 for students and public officials. To reserve a space, contact or (303) 893-1760.

Speakers are expected to include:

  • Michael Masciola, vice president, Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation
  • Doug Johnson, director of the UniverCity project, downtown Fort Collins, who will discuss efforts to link the historic downtown and CSU campus to the Poudre River, as well as Fort ZED, a proposed net-zero energy downtown neighborhood
  • Dean Barber, vice president, Development – Office/Industrial/Medical at McWhinney
  • Randy Myers, Neenan – Archistruction

Tours to stop at clean energy sites

ULI will also visit the All American Homes Factory in Milliken and New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins. All tour sites were selected because of their clean and renewable energy initiatives.

The program concludes with a VIP happy hour at New Belgium before a group of Metro Denver ULI members returns to Denver Union Station. Northern Colorado guests can join the bus tour of All-American, the Engines Lab, and New Belgium at the Lory Student Center. 

Event second of two-part series

The event is the second in a two-part ULI Colorado series on the New Energy Economy and land use. The first was held on Sept. 29 in Denver with Gov. Bill Ritter as a keynote speaker as well as expert speakers from NREL, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, and the sustainable development community.

ULI is an international nonprofit research and education organization that supports best practices in land use through Smart Growth programs, networking events and project tours. For more information go to

Contact: Emily Narvaes Wilmsen
Phone: (970) 491-2336