Colorado State University - Pueblo and SECRES host renewable energy expo in August


Colorado State University - Pueblo and SECRES host renewable energy expo in August

PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo and the Southern Colorado Renewable Energy Society (SECRES) will host a free community event that showcases renewable resources, energy efficiency, and job development in the new energy economy from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 6 at CSU-Pueblo.

According to event organizer and CSU-Pueblo Engineering Professor Jane Fraser, the event, in its third year, will encourage businesses and residents to better understand and adopt renewable technology and understand job creation in the New Energy Economy, which inspired the theme, REpowering Southern Colorado: Jobs In New Energy Economic Development (NEED). 

Registration and the opening of exhibit booths, including a solar cooking demonstration, begin at 9 a.m. An exhibition area will feature companies and organizations illustrating energy efficient practices and renewable energy technologies and products.  A keynote address, Innovation and New Thinking in the New Energy Economy, will begin at 10 a.m. in the Life Sciences Auditorium.
 
Two panels, one at 10:30 a.m. moderated by KOAA NewsFirst Weatherman Craig Eliot and a second at 1:30 p.m. moderated by Pueblo County Commissioner Jeff Chostner will examine separate but related topics.  Eliot will lead a discussion on local successes with creating jobs in the new energy economy. Among the participants will be representatives of Pueblo Community College, Black Hills Energy, Xcel Energy, Vestas, the Colorado Solar Energy Industry Association (COSEIA), and the Governor’s Energy Office.  

Chostner’s panel will focus on future jobs potential and how the community reacts to and creates economic conditions to attract these types of jobs. This panel will include representatives from CSU-Pueblo, Pueblo County, Sturman Industries, Colorado Springs Urban Development and COSEIA.
 
Live music will be provided by George Samaras and Theo DeCenzo from noon – 1:30 p.m.

Event host CSU-Pueblo has affirmed its commitment to becoming a model for energy efficiency and renewable energy resources as evidenced by the installation of two solar power arrays, including one of the largest solar arrays on a college campus in the nation. Recent campus projects have included a $24 million library renovation designed and construct to LEED Platinum standards, representing the highest standards in the industry for sustainability and efficiency.

Linda Wagner of Bennet, Wagner, and Grody Architects, will provide two tours of the facility from 1-1:30 and 3-3:45 p.m.  Numerous other green initiatives and energy performance measures have been included in campus architectural and building system designs including movement sensitive light controls, water efficient fixtures, and more efficient cooling towers.

Major event sponsors for the REpowering event include KOAA NewsFirst5, Xcel Energy, Black Hills Energy, and Vestas. The event has been endorsed by the City of Pueblo, Pueblo County, the Colorado Solar Energies Industry Association, Sustainable Pueblo, and the Governor’s Energy Office. 

More information about the renewable energy expo may be found at
www.cres-energy.org/events or www.secres.org.  Exhibitors also may also contact Fraser regarding booth availability at jane.fraser@colostate-pueblo.edu

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.