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Former Gov. Bill Ritter, CSU scientists tackle Colorado's clean energy future at forum Nov. 9

November 7, 2011

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability will host a panel on "The Clean Energy Conundrum: Potential and Pitfalls in Colorado's Energy Future" with former Gov. Bill Ritter and CSU scientists on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

The panel, which is free and open to the public, will be at 5 p.m. at Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St., Fort Collins.

This panel is part of the Managing the Planet Panel Series hosted by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, known as SoGES. The series occurs the second Wednesday of the month each semester, and is being co-hosted with Beet Street's Culture Cafes.

On the panel Wednesday:

Ritter is the former governor of Colorado and current director of the Center for the New Energy Economy. The Center for the New Energy Economy operates within SoGES and serves as a national leader in facilitating science-based policy, research and education to support the growth of the new energy economy in Colorado, the nation, and the world.

Thomas Borch, professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, focuses his research on determining reactions influencing the fate of trace elements and organic contaminants in soils.

Ken Carlson, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has research interests in environmental engineering, water treatment, agricultural contamination control and watershed processes.

Gene Kelly, associate director of research for SoGES and chair of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, will serve as moderator. Kelly teaches 150 students in the SoGES global environmental science class. His research explores the origin and evolution of soils and quantifying the biologically mediated processes of soil formation in many environments around the world.

Mark Paschke, research associate dean for the Warner College of Natural Resources and associate professor of restoration ecology in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, researches the mechanisms controlling community assembly in terrestrial plant communities.

Colorado State has been a world research leader in engineering clean and alternative energy solutions for decades. Colorado State University is internationally known for its green initiatives and clean energy research including alternative fuels, clean engines, photovoltaics, "smart" grid technology, wind engineering, water resources, and satellite-based atmospheric monitoring and tracking systems. CSU is also known for its sustainability efforts on campus.

In 2008, CSU established SoGES as an umbrella organization to develop and promote new strategies for global sustainability that address environmental challenges and inform solutions to global environmental problems, with an emphasis on areas such as food security, energy and the environment.

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