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Former Gov. Ritter, environmental scientists participate in CSU Water Cafe today

February 9, 2012

Water is one natural resource that will be at the forefront of defining a healthy future. The CSU Water Center and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability will host the CSU Water Cafe today featuring former Gov. Bill Ritter and a host of CSU environmental experts.

Water Cafe is an interdisciplinary, interactive series designed to examine critical water issues and the university's roles in their solutions. The first event today will feature an interdisciplinary panel discussing water and energy from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Senate Chambers.

Members of the panel include:

The panel will be moderated by Neil Grigg, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Water Cafe sessions will create synergy among the greater CSU community with faculty groups working on topics related to water and sustainability issues to identify opportunities for university advancement in research, student activities, and outreach.

Water and energy bound

People who follow the news know that energy is a critical issue, but they might not connect the dots on the importance of water in generating energy or how energy use can impact water resources,” Grigg said. “Water and energy are bound together, and we will be developing a research strategy to help the nation solve the puzzle.

The next Water Cafe is planned for Feb. 29 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Senate Chambers. The session, titled “Exploring Sustainability in Our Own Backyard: The Cache la Poudre Watershed,” will feature two panel discussions, one focused on community stakeholders and another on CSU’s role in advancing water research and conservation in Northern Colorado.

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