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Environment / Sustainability

CSU sponsors free Net Zero Cities Conference

October 4, 2013

Conference organizers are now offering free admission to the two-day event that will explore water, energy, transportation and urban development at Lincoln Center, Oct. 23-24

Colorado State University is now a major sponsor of the free Net Zero Cities conference Oct. 23-24 at the Lincoln Center, along with the Cities of Fort Collins, Loveland and Boulder, the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and BizWest Media.

Thanks to generous sponsorships, conference organizers are now offering free admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required and available online.

Net Zero Cities will include presentations and panel discussions around four engaging tracks in net zero energy, net zero water, transportation innovations, and smart cities. Concurrent sessions will explore these topics through the lenses of technical and environmental solutions; people and policy; and economic development and business models. The panel discussions will be composed of industry executives and city leaders from around the globe.

As part of pre-conference activities, on Oct. 22, Colorado State will host a tour of its Foothills Campus facilities: the 5.3-megawatt solar plant, the biomass boiler and the Earth Bin composter. CSU panel participants include Morgan DeFoort, co-director of the CSU Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory at the Powerhouse Energy Institute, and Tom Bradley, mechanical engineering professor. Learn more about the event agenda here.

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall will make a special appearance at the conference along with U.S. EPA Region 8 Administrator Shaun McGrath and more than a dozen representatives of the International CleanTech Network.

A majority of the members of the International Cleantech Network, which was co-founded in Fort Collins with the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster, will speak at the event. The network includes the Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster, Denmark; Eco World Styria, Austria; Lombardy Energy Cluster, Italy; Oslo Renewable Energy and Environment Cluster, Norway; Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, North Carolina, U.S.; Tenerrdis, France; Renewable Energy Hamburg, Germany; Yixing Industry Park for Environmental Science and Technology; Ecotech Quebec, Canada; Incheon Technopark, South Korea; and Greenlys, France.

Contact: Emily Wilmsen