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The Nexus of Water and Energy:

What We Need to Know About Water and Energy, Today and in the Future

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 • University of Wyoming Conference Center • Laramie, Wyoming

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Sponsored by:

School of Energy Resources Rocky Mountain Power


To bring experts on energy and water together to learn and discuss water challenges facing the energy industry, and solutions and opportunities for the energy industry.

Who should attend?

·    Executives and managers in the energy industry
·    Managers engaged in exploration, extraction, processing, delivery or consumption of energy
·    Energy and environmental engineers
·    Public service managers


Please check back for a detailed agenda.



Featured Speakers

Robert W. Sandford, EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative and Director of the Western Watersheds Climate Research Collaborative

"Storm Warning: The Loss of Hydrological Stability and Its Consequences"

Bob Sandford is the EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of United Nations "Water for Life" Decade. This national partnership initiative aims to translate scientific research outcomes into language decision-makers can use to craft timely and meaningful public policy. Bob also sits on the Advisory Committee for the prestigious Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy. In this capacity Bob works to bring broad international example to bear on Canadian water issues. Bob is the Director of the Western Watersheds Climate Research Collaborative, (WWCRC) and an associate of the Centre for Hydrology which is part of the Global Water Institute at the University of Saskatchewan. He was also recently appointed a Fellow of the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary. (BGS). He sits on the Advisory Board of Living Lakes Canada, the Canadian chapter of Living Lakes International, and is also co-chair of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), a national water policy research group centred in Toronto. He is also a member of the Advisory Panel for the RBC Blue Water Project.

Don Collins, Chief Executive Officer of the Western Research Institute

"Challenges and Solutions to Water Use in the Energy Industry"

Don Collins is the Chief Executive Officer of Western Research Institute located in Laramie, Wyoming. He and his team focus on transitioning science to commercialization of technologies for clean zero-emission energy, environmental emissions capture, in-situ environmental remediation, water conservation and reuse, and lower cost methods for building highways. 
Don is a mechanical engineer and computer software engineer by training and early career work during which he completed a Master of Science degree in systems engineering.  He has 28-years of experience in engineering and management of research, design, and use of new technologies.
Prior to arriving at WRI, Don managed groups of scientific and engineering project managers in pursuit of the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Coal Technology R&D goals.  For ~6.5-years he managed DOE R&D programs focused on fuel cells and energy storage technology R&D for distributed and central power applications, including smart grid technologies.  In this role, he was responsible for hydrogen turbines and high efficient CO2 compressors development under the DOE’s FutureGen and Carbon Sequestration programs.
Don’s first 17-years were dedicated to submarine technologies and integration of complex systems for SEAWOLF and VIRGINIA Class submarines, for the U.S. Navy.


Attendees can book their own hotel accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie, Wyoming.  Please call the hotel front desk at 307-745-5500 and ask to book a room under the "UW Seminar on Sustainable Management" at the group rate of $99.00 per night plus taxes.

Group Rate: Please note that the group rate is subject to availability.  All rooms at the group rate of $99.00 must be booked by April 1, 2013.
Hotel Reservation and Cancellation Policy:  All reservations must be accompanied by a first night's room deposit.  All reservations must be cancelled by 6:00pm on the day prior to your arrival date to avoid a cancellation fee equal to one night's room and tax.  Attendees are responsible for calling the hotel directly to cancel their hotel reservation.

Hilton Garden Inn
2229 Grand Avenue
Laramie, WY 82070
307-745-5500 (FrontDesk)
Check In: 3:00pm
Check Out: 12:00pm

Transportation Information

Airport:  Attendees can fly into Denver International Airport (150 miles away; 2.5 hour drive) or the Laramie Regional Airport (7 miles away; 15 minute drive.)
Airport Ground Transportation:  Attendees are responsible for booking their own ground transportation. 

Suggested transportation options include:

Hertz Rent-a-Car at the Laramie Airport (Laramie)
555 General Brees Road
Laramie, WY

Enterprise Rental Car (Laramie)
Rental Car from Denver International Airport

Green Ride (Airport Shuttle from Denver International Airport)

Local Transportation:
All meetings sessions will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn.  The hotel also offers complimentary local transportation for guests.

Contact Information

If you have questions about your registration or if you need to cancel your attendance, please contact Kelly Garvey at or 303-842-2617.

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